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I'll start with a few paragraphs personal update, and then go on to what I'm learning about health and longevity, which interestingly aren't exactly the same thing (but interrelated).

So every now and again I find myself re-committing to the raw paleo lifestyle, which usually has me checking in here to see how things have progressed. In the interim years I'm usually just out living life, having fun, or pursuing passions. Even at my worst I still tend to try and maintain some semblance of reasonable food choices.

The past few years I've traveled S America, taken Ayahuasca, partied, meditated, learned Unix, got into crypto early enough for a nice payday, and learned how to navigate markets/investment. Spent the past 6-9 months being relatively unhealthy, not sleeping enough, not enough variety in food, not enough exercise, too much booze.

It was painfully obvious to me that I was visibly aging, which was a pretty big thing I wanted to avoid when I started this journey 15 years ago (altho ofc it's unavoidable). So I decided that the least I could do was get back into RP. That was a couple weeks ago now.

I'm pleasantly surprised how quickly I can see immediate reversal in some of those signs. Simply sleep, resistance training, and raw paleo.

But what is raw paleo exactly? It's quite varied. Everything from borderline vegan to 100% carnivore. I don't have time to lay out the full case, but at this point I think it's *very* clear what a generally ideal RP diet looks like:

60-80% fat. Then half-and-half carbs/protein. Minimizing: Seeds (worst), then starch and sugar; in favor of *soluble* fiber.

Now ofc there is always variability here. Some people can't tolerate any plant material and need months-to-years to heal from rare conditions. Some of you are gym rats and can justify some extra starch/sugar, and protein. But overall, by and large, the ideal RP diet is fairly simple.

One big mistake that I and others here make, is eating too much protein. Consuming it raw is the primary saving grace that we get; avoiding many negative/aging effects of extra protein. Now I know this might sound crazy, but I'm going to side track here, only to come back and tie it all together.

I started this journey at 25 years old. I'm now almost 40. It was clear to me at 25 that not only was the established medical paradigm out to lunch, but the cutting edge aging research was woefully incomplete. Turns out that vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are (mostly) not strongly correlated to longevity (with some exceptions).

But guess what. In the past 15 years, they've learned ALOT about what actually causes aging, and how to avoid it. Wouldn't ya know, raw paleo, exercise, rest, and lifestyle are the foundation of anti-aging. LMAO. But there are some very counter-intuitive results from the huge mass of studies that have emerged.

For example, if you want to live longer, gents, chop off your nuts. Eunuchs live on average 14 years longer than the average male. As it turns out, testosterone and high male sex hormones, While correlated with strength and quality of life, are anti-correlated with longevity.

The paradox is that low T men tend to be weak, have brain fog, and lower quality of life. Now of course I'm joking about becoming a eunuch, but it's striking example of this paradox.

The other thing is protein heavy diets. One of the many aging pathways, is clumps of protein that get stored inside of cells and interfere with gene transcription, epigenetic function, and intercellular communication. Another pathway is something called senescent cells. These are zombie cells which wont die, due to various malfunctions, and they secrete inflammatory and panic signals.

This happens to you *REGARDLESS* if you're 100% on raw meat or not. One of the ways to clear these proteins and cells, is fasting. I've done a 7 day and 15 day fast in the past few years.

Additionally, eating lots of red meat, caused my ferratin (iron content stored in cells) to increase to borderline problematic levels. Iron is heavily oxidizing, and when your body is unable to tuck it away, it causes damage. I actually have to chelate that out. Primarily using tumeric rn to do that, but I'm adding IP6 soon to get it done faster.

So I'd like to conclude this update, with a plug for longevity supplements. Yes I know that's triggering for many people. Essentially, researchers like David Sinclair, and many others, have actually begun to crack this nut. They're *actually* are starting to understand the mechanisms and patheways by which we age and ultimately die. Most of the vaccinated plebs have no idea, and never will.

But look this guy up on YT. He's 53. Tell me he doesn't look like he's in his 30s/40s. He's obviously doing something right.

Even better, these compounds and supplements they're experimenting with are shown to significantly extend lifespan in everything from mice, to yeast, to insects and other mammals ... And almost all of them are sourced directly from ... FOODS. They isolated, concentrated, and administered at levels far higher than you'd ever get from eating foods.

The other problem is that foods are now often unreliable sources of these various compounds, whether that's due to soil depletion, pesticides, or other industrial unhealthy practices.

I will eternally be greatful for the preservation that Raw Paleo has given me. It was always my hope that I could stay young and preserve my health long enough for them to actually start figuring this stuff out. Well, we're on the verge of alot of people being very young/healthy well into their 50s/60s, and the next 10-20 years will almost certainly see protocols that can significantly reverse aging, and in fact, we're already seeing some of the first human trials where they're taking 2-10 years off biological age.

So I'll leave yall with that. Start researching this stuff. Start learning about it. Because you're all here for the same reason I am. To extend our health-span for as long as possible. And probably anyone willing to go to the lenghts to eat a raw paleo diet, is someone that we want on this Earth for as long as possible.

General Discussion / Grapes, Now and Then
« on: January 22, 2017, 06:24:39 am »
Grapes are paleo right?

What if I step on them and wait a few weeks?  At least 1/4 of my calories are consumed in this way ;)

On a similar note, I have a story where alcohol actually cured a weeks long stomach problem.  Recently, while in Costa Rica.  Tell y'all about it if ur interested.

Health / Concussion Nutrition
« on: February 06, 2011, 05:12:49 pm »
I apologize in advance for speling mistakes or word pooring, I just had a concussion.

Snowboarding, not sure exactly how it happened, supposedly my memory for the rest of the week should begin returning, it has a little.  Disclaimer! I have sought medical treatment, I was released from the hospital, my gf is taking care of me at home now.  I don't consider any replies or comments as a substitute for professional medical advice.

That said, I know we have some smart peeps; what do you guys think is the best raw foods treatment?  I've been eating lots of raw honey, strawberries, blueberries, and egg yolks. 

I got some oysters too, but I can't open them since my wrist is also a little messed up.  I was thinking about picking up liver since its so nutrient dense, I also figure I need plenty of raw fat, which i need to go get.


Hot Topics / Ardipithecus
« on: October 12, 2009, 02:30:02 pm »
You guys ever check out one of the earliest hominids - ardipithecus?  Pretty cool stuff.  She lived about 4.5 mya predating lucy by 1 million years, was bipedal, but also had grasping fingers on her feet.  Brain about the same size as a chimp. 

It was always assumed that bipedalism developed in African savannahs, but apparently this view has been overturned b/c the areas in which this hominid are found were all covered by forest.  So basically bipedalism first developed in the forest as opposed to the grasslands.  Paleontologists speculate a number of reasons.  Hands to carry: foraged food back to women/kids, tools, babies.  There are other advantages that probably refined our bipedal nature as climate and our location changed, but it looks like these were the original stimuli for bipedalism. 

And on a side note, I would guess that we began using tools at least as early.  2 reasons - first chimps have demonstrated ability to use tools, and two, it appears to be part of the reason why bipedalism developed.  Kind of cool to think we've been using tools for over 4.5 millions years.  Who knows if this particular line of hominids actually developed in to modern humans, but no doubt this still gives all kind of insight into our development.

Health / Foot Fungus
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:25:54 am »
I've had foot fungus for like 8 years now.  My nails are yellow and thick, which wouldn't really be a problem except that as my nails grow, they separate from the skin below, not painful tho.  It's especially bad on one of my big toes.  I have completely removed the nail before, leaving nothing but tough skin or shallow nail underneath, and it grew out pretty well over 1/2 a year, but then today I noticed it had separated again and cut most of it off. 

Any advice for curing?

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Insulin, Growth Hormone, bulking
« on: April 21, 2009, 08:10:29 am »
This thread is dedicated primarily to the discussion of high-intensity strength training and muscle building.  I'd like to hear from the long distance/endurance side of the house as well, but I don't want the convo to break down into a debate between the marathoners and gym rats.   

That said, I go back and forth between heavy weights (heavy for me that is) and lighter weight, fully body, high intensity exercises (crossfit type stuff).  I lean more towards weight lifting though, as I'm generally trying to add muscle mass - losing excess fat is a piece of cake on a very low carb diet. 

I posted the poll b/c I'm curious what kind of exercise you guys do, to see how many others have the same fitness goals as myself, and to share different thoughts and strategies on how best to to achieve those goals.  I'll skip talking about what to do in the gym, as there is already tons of info out there on the what why and how.  Instead I'd like to talk about diet and rest. 

Rest:  Has anyone noticed a decrease in recovery time with RP?  I've gotten to the point where I notice my biggest gains are if I work the same muscle groups rather close together, sometimes consecutive days.  I know it's said that you should only work each muscle group once a week, but I notice slow and sporadic gains when I try that.  I don't think I've ever tried something like upper body 3 or 4 days in a row though.  Anyone ever try that?  What are your experiences with varying amt of rest between workouts?

Food:  Here is where there seems to really be some conflicting advice, esp with low carb paleo type eating.  The debate seems to center around muscle glycogen and insulin.  I'd like to share some things I've read about insulin and human growth hormone, as well as a strategy for maximizing gains (I just started doing this), and see if anyone has tried it before or can share more info.

So when we work out we spend muscle glycogen for immediate energy.  HGH is secreted and ends up primarily in the muscles being worked, sometime at the end of the workout to an hour after.  Now conventional wisdom says that at the end of a lifting session, it is necessary to immediately replenish muscle glycogen and spike insulin to put the body into an anabolic state (taking in and storing nutrients), thus the protein smoothies and whatnot.

But I've been reading that insulin actually reduces HGH, and if you eat sugars/carbs before or after lifting, you can basically kiss your growth hormone goodbye.  Instead, it's better to work out on a completly empty stomach, not eat afterwards until you get hungry, and when you are hungry to eat protein and fat but no carbs.  The idea is to keep your body in ketosis: a state where you burn fat instead of sugar to obtain energy.  Incidentally it seems very in line with a paleo mindset to go hunting (exercise) because you are hungry and on an empty stomach.

So the idea is to put you body into ketosis for 5-6 days per week, and then to carb load for 24-36 hours.  In this period you want to reduce your fat intake while upping the carbs.  The idea is this period will rapidly increase muscle glycogen for the following week (which I buy), the insuline spike will cause your body to store protein and begin muscle synthesis (which I also buy), and that despite insulin's generally negative effects on HGH, that your levels will actually surge (which I might not be able to buy w/o a good explanation).  And because you are doing that for only 1 day, you aren't losing your adaptation for ketone metabolism (just as it takes a week or so to adapt to fat burning instead of carb burning, it takes a week or so to reverse the process). 

Some will say, "yes, but what about glycogen replacement."  Well, I've also been reading that there are multiple pathways the body can utilize for producing glucose when necessary, but only 1 pathway (insulin) for decreasing it.  Thus, our bodies can become very adept at producing all the glucose we need even in the absence of dietary sugars.  As a side note, the only time I get light-headed from standing too quickly is when I have been eating more carbs than usual (I'm already pretty low carb).  Anyways, what it means is my blood sugars never really get that low on low carb, even though they can get low when on a higher carb diet.   

So I've just started doing this to see if it actually works.  I would always eat some kind of sugars before, or at least after the gym to hit that insulin spike.  Now I realize it's possible I was shooting myself in the foot.  The last few days I've been to the gym on an empty stomach.  Warming up was a bit more difficult/longer the first couple days, but not so bad today.  Like I said, I usually sugar spike myself before the gym.  I'm going to limit my carbs even more during the week, and then splurge for that one day on carbs to see if this works. 

Anyone ever heard of this before?  Tried it before?  Have info to add?


Exercise / Bodybuilding / Running and crapping
« on: April 03, 2009, 06:30:20 am »
So why is it most times that I really really push myself running (usually 1 to 1.5 miles), I end up having to take the most urgent and gigantic liquid crap 10-30 mins after?  I don't run long distance at all, and when I do run, I usually try and break it up with push-ups, pull ups, sprints, etc.  Anyone else have the same experience / know why this happens?

General Discussion / Hunger
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:30:22 am »
So generally I'll wake up hungry, like it's time to eat, but as soon as I get moving it goes away for a few hrs.  Not really a problem of any sorts, just curious if anyone else experiences this.

General Discussion / RAF and children
« on: February 16, 2009, 03:33:09 am »
Do any of you out there have children that eat RAF (whether RP, primal, etc)?  Did you/you partner eat RAF during pregnancy?  Did you start afterward?  How do they like it?  Can you tell any distinct differences between them and non-RAF kids? 

Just curious in general how children respond, and curious about what I don't know.

My sister complains that if my neice (2 years old) eats too much fruit she gets the runs.  I try to tell her it's b/c her body is using the good nutrition to detox from the other crap she feeds her.     

General Discussion / herbs
« on: February 14, 2009, 04:39:59 pm »
Ever since my wicked bout w/ parasites (which are gone) I make sure to eat plenty of garlic and ginger (which helped to get them gone); and oh yeah, to stay away from non-organic liver.  I also used cloves, wormwood, cinammon, and walnut hulls.   

So there are 1000's of different herbs that can be useful for influencing the body/mind.  What are your preferred herbs?  What do you use them for, and how do you use and/or combine them?

Health / Parasites
« on: December 16, 2008, 10:34:10 am »
The reason I ask is b/c I'm almost positve that I just got over a case of parasites, and I would like to share with all how to immediately rid yourself of them if you suspect they have taken up residency. 

I know some claim that parasites are all good for you, but I don't believe that to be the case:

A couple weeks ago I ate some dirty chicken livers.  It gave me the worst case of food poisoning I've ever had, and I was sick for 2 days.  But after the fever, body cramps, diarrhea, and general weakness subsided, I still never felt completely well and strong again.  I started eating again, in fact, eatin alot, and I mean ALOT.  But even after I ate, it was like I still felt hungry.  I just couldn't be fully satisfied, even after 1 1/2 lbs of fatty meat and liver.  30 mins later I would even go top off with 2-4 eggs.  So somewhere in there I began to speculate that I had a parasite, but sort of just passed it off in my mind as 'unlikely.'

Well Saturday morning I started what would become a 2 day marathon of the liquid $hits.  Anything I ate would pass straight through me in 3-15 minutes.  As I was sitting on the john I started to think, "If it was bacteria flushing out something not good, it should have run it's course by now.  Shouldn't take more than a day, for a healthy guy who's eaten entirely RP for 5 months now, w/ only a couple hiccups.  Especially when I give my body good nutrition during such occasional bacterial episodes (lemons/limes, apple cider vinegar, raw eggs, plenty of coconut water).  Suddenly I remembered about the ridiculous eating I had been doing the last week, how I hadn't put on any muscle or even fat despite it, and I thought perhaps everthing I'm eating now is only going to feed a parasite, which my body is trying to flush. 

So I got on the forum to check and see what people had to say.  I didn't find a whole lot other than bowel cleanses and some parasite cleanses, but nothing really all that clear that said, "here, if you suspect you have parasites, do this."  Anyways so I looked around the internet in general, and found ginger and garlic to be reappearing themes in getting rid of parasites.  Also, I remember Aajonus talking about peppers, when eaten very spicy, tend to ward off parasites.  So it was time to go to work.  I first cut a 1/2 thumb size portion of ginger and munched on it.  Spicy!  10 mins later, it went straight through, but poo smelled a little different this time (looking back I think it was the final ridding of the parasites).  I waited another 20 mins, and ate a clove of garlic.  My stomach started to feel MUCH better now, and so I drank some water with it, and this time, it kept.  So 1 hour later, I ate 1/2 a habanero for good measure.  Burned like hell, but hey, I wasn't taking any chances.  1 hour after that, I ate 5 ounces of liver (w/ more garlic for safety - didn't wan't to rejeuvinate any mostly dead parasites).  I had mostly solid poo this morning, and then 3/4 pound beef for lunch, it all kept.

So, if you're eating alot and not feeling filled, if food is passing straight through w/ reckless abandon at liquid velocity, if this keeps up for more than 24 hours, it's quite possible you have a parasite.  And if you down a good bit of the foods I mentioned, I'm proof positive it will fix you up in a matter of minutes, hours at most.

Hope this is helpful for some poor sap out there like me.       

General Discussion / Vitamins and Minerals
« on: December 14, 2008, 09:14:35 am »
A little too complex for me, but for those of you who are so inclined, below is a link to a PDF file that details minimum recommended vitamin and mineral intake.  It gets pretty in depth, there is quite a bit of bio-chem involved, but I thought someone out there might enjoy.

Health / Muscle Soreness / Cramps
« on: December 14, 2008, 04:40:17 am »
So I hit legs in the gym thursday.  Hadn't done legs in a couple weeks.  I focused a bit more on calfs than usual.  I felt good.  Just a little soreness on Friday, until the evening when my right calf started to cramp up ridiculous.  Like, if I sit down and let the muscle contract for a few mins, I can't even stand up straight on it; without slowly, over the course of a couple minutes stretch it out.  I drink plenty of coconut water, a lemon/lime in my mineral water during work out, and eat a papaya b4 work out.  I eat lots of eggs, liver, beef.  I just can't see it being a mineral shortage, but I've never had a muscle cramp in my life (other than the occasional charlie horse) until now.  I mean I can't even walk properly.  What caused this?  What will fix it?  Was it just cause I made my calfs burn real good the other day?  Why was it delayed by over 24 hours?  Ideas?

General Discussion / Not enough fat on grassfed beef?
« on: December 10, 2008, 09:40:50 am »
I just started yesterday on grass fed instead of grain fed beef.  Much leaner, much tougher.  In fact, I can't even chew it to 'pasty' like other meat, so I just tenderize it by chewing and then swallow in rather large chunks.  Don't' seem to have a problem digesting.

But it is so much leaner that I felt hungry for 1/2 the night and all day long, despite eating tons of the stuff.  I'd like to get more fat, but they don't have fat cuts at whole foods from grass fed beef since it's already so lean, only from grain fed.  But it is precisely the difference in the fat that I'm after with grass fed.  I don't like this lack of satiety, I won't eat raw butter (and it doesn't seem to help fill me up that much anyways).  So what do you guys do to get more fat?  Is that suet?  What is that, where can I get it?  HELP!

General Discussion / Liver, the good, the bad, and the smelly
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:31:59 am »
In light of my recent ordeal with food poisoning which I'm almost positive was caused by inorganic chicken liver, I thought I'd open some discussion on your experiences and opinions regarding liver.  Here's what I have so far: 

-TONS of A and B vitamins, which is great for energy and muscle building
-High in some of those trace minerals like zinc and copper
-Perhaps one of the most nutrient dense animal foods out there.  Definitely on the top 5 list. 

-Filter of the animal, so toxins tend to accumulate there in greater quantities than elsewhere
-So even if organic, there's still some chance of eating some toxic liver (though much reduced if organic)
-(personal) I'm having trouble finding fresh organic liver the last month

So I bought some chicken liver which wasn't organic, and I got food poisoning from it.  Frustrating.  But I'm all better now and I'm still not deterred from liver, but I'm going to make sure to buy only organic from now on.  Except maybe not.  I came across some calf liver today, and though not organic, the calf was slaughtered before ever being weened from milk, and neither it nor the mother were given antibiotics or growth hormone.  So though the diet of the mother cow may not be ideal grass fed, I would think the milk it produces would be filtered from most toxins anyways.  In addition, I think cows are raised in more sanitary conditions that chickens (not sure though, feel free to educate me), and at least cows aren't fed soy like chickens - which can only be fed to chickens if first cooked (again, feel free to educate me if I am incorrect).  Keep in mind, this is all coming from Whole Foods.

One last question, when liver starts to smell strongly after a few days in the fridge, is it still good to eat?  Is it a personal preferrence thing, or is it not a great idea to eat liver that is starting to expire?


Health / Food Poisoning?
« on: December 04, 2008, 01:40:25 pm »
Okay so yesterday evening I ate some east coast oysters and chicken liver with the intent on eating a full pound of beef in about 1/2 an hour.  So I ate the oysters and the juice they came in and started eating the chicken livers, but after the first couple swallows I had a HUGE gag reflex.  I nearly ralphed all over the floor right there except for I have an amazingly strong stomach.  So I quit eating at that point and went to Whole Foods to get my beef, thinking it was just the taste of the liver that caused it.

So after like 1 hour, I can still feel the taste of liver, oysters, and acid sitting just below my throat, and feel pressure there, almost as if it hadn't even made it to my stomach.  No nausea, no real pain, just a gross feeling from above my stomach to right at my throat.  So I finally get tired of this and decide to puke it up (finger in back of throat).  Mostly got rid of the taste and symptoms, and so 30 mins later I ate some  bland fruit  salad with a honey/apple cider vinegar dressing to help clear the digestive tract.  Then about 1 hour later, 1/2 lb of beef.  But all the time my body is feeling worse, and then I come down with a fever (nothing major) and my body started feeling sore.  I went like that for the rest of the night, feeling better in the morning but not fully well.

No fever today, or nausea, just some diahrrea and body pains.  I ate some eggs, honey, berries, and plent of coconut water in the morning, and some beef throughout the day.  Its now almost bed time and I can feel that I'm coming down with a fever again.  I realize this is somewhat of a good thing as my body will soon go in to accelerated healing from whatever the hell happened.

And that's why I'm posting.  Does anyone have any experience, even theories?  In the last year of raw paleo, I would say I have never  gotten sick from something I ate, but today I'm fairly certain that either the oysters or the liver caused this.  I lean towards the liver as it is what caused the gag reflex, and though all natural (free of antibiotics and horomones) was not organic.  I know they feed, chickens lots of cooked soy, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was the liver.  Also, I ate some the night before last right after a good solid work out with no real problems (though still some very minor problems w/ gag reflex).  I wouldn't be surprised if my body delayed the detox of whatever may have been in the liver, b/c of need to recover from the gym that night.

Anyways, I'd like to hear your guys thoughts and experience. 

General Discussion / Raw Oysters
« on: November 27, 2008, 01:32:23 pm »
Might be a dumb question, but are you supposed to eat the brown creamy stuff inside of Pacific oysters?  I don't think I've ever seen it in Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico oysters.  The jar (no preservatives, just oysters and water) said something about edible portion in the serving size info, but not much else.  I just ate 1/2 a pound, whole w/o cleaning out that stuff.  Hopefully it's not gonna kill me. 

General Discussion / Eye Color Change
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:06:51 pm »
Has anyone noticed a change in eye color/clarity/brightness as the months go by?  My eyes have slowly turned from a dark brown all my life to now a fairly light brown, almost amber.  I have read this is not uncommon, some people reporting to have changed from green to blue, or even from amber to blue.

General Discussion / Mushrooms anyone?
« on: November 15, 2008, 12:02:42 pm »
Just curious on you guys' take on shrooms.  I think Aajonus says it's a fruit; I know at least that it's the fruiting stage of the organism's life cycle.  I eat portabellas pretty regularly.  Anyone have problems?  Notice particular benefits?  Or even just changes? 

Welcoming Committee / New to forum, 1 year of raw paleo so far
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:34:07 pm »
Name's Jason, I live in Las Vegas, the driest damn place on the planet.  Just found this forum; glad to have found some people who are of similar mind/determination to have true understanding of the body, and to bounce ideas around.  I've been doing raw food for almost a year now, it's been an enlightening journey.  I owe alot to Aajonus and the ideas in his book, We Want to Live.  If you are new to Raw Paleo, I highly recommend you go read it, today.  I waited a month or so and it cost me fumbling around on alot of stuff I could have avoided.

I've experimented with alot of different types and combo's of raw food, from mostly vegetarian to almost zero carbs.  Here's where I'm at now:  breakfast - berries, honey, 4-7 eggs  :  lunch - 3/4 to 1 pound beef with tomato/peppers/bell peppers  (maybe only 50-100 calories carbs)  :  dinner - same as lunch, usually a full pound  : snacks in between include eggs, berries, papaya, particularly before workout in early evening (tho I haven't mixed papaya and eggs yet).  I also drink raw goats milk as a midnight snack for recovery and better sleep.  Sometimes I'll eat some chicken or rarely fish when I have a taste for them - I generally try to be mindful of the instinctive self.  I also noticed a need for alot of juicy fruit at first, and then slowly seemed to move towards a taste for more meat, less sweet ripe fruit.

I pretty much went cold turkey into this and noticed some immediate benefits (1-8 weeks):
Sleep better at night / have more energy during the day
Face cleared up immediately; have very few if any pimples
Not nearly as thirsty - if only I didn't live in the desert, would probably drink hardly any water at all
Lips hardly ever chapped anymore - I used to need chap stick constantly
Much more resilient to cold (and subsequently heat, as I started this diet 1 Jan 2008)

Of course my 25 yr old self in a city like Las Vegas did lend itself to boozing it up (and of course the drunken munchies afterwards - pizza, burritos, burgers/fries) on a week-endly basis, which held me back for quite awhile.  It was a process of detox from the weekend, feel good again wed/thur/fri, and then start all over.  I know stupid right?  Nonetheless, I still accomplished some detox and health benefits, learned alot from experimentation of food combinations, what works/doesn't work, and finally brought the drinking to almost none (only a couple times in the last few months).  And it's been the last few months that some very profound changes have taken place:    

Tons of energy in the gym - can regularly keep going for 2 hours
Eyes have lightened in color and brightened in clarity
Breath is much better - never brush teeth anymore
Singing voice suddenly got better
I can go for much longer periods w/o eating but still keep energized
Body seems very resilient to injury/sickness/change in environment
Senses feel sharper, more alert
Emotions more balanced; calmer but energized
Mind is calmer and more focused; more perceptive and sharp/quick; more creative

Some of these seemed to happen almost overnight, some of them came on more subtly, but no doubt apparent.  It's been kind of a journey of peaks and valleys.  I've definitely had my share of detox symptoms, though nothing that has been too extreme or too long lived.  I'd say to most new guys, you will probably go through periods of feeling great mixed with periods of not so great, usually marked by diarrhea sometimes lasting up to 2-3 weeks.  Stick it out, maybe experiment some, but believe me, it's worth it.

So I have been meaning to try something that I know will probably bring great increases in health - I'd like to start growing worms, crickets and other bugs for food.  I know we had to have eaten alot of these as hunter-gatherers in times of shortage, or even as just snacks throughout the day or on the hunt.  Anyone out there have any experience with this?  I'd like to hear what you have to say.  

Last thing I'll say is about alignment health.  If you have chronic bone or muscular pain (back pain, tendinitis, a 'hitch' in your knee or whatever), the best thing you could possibly to do is go buy a book called "The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion," by Pete Egoscue.  Read it, follow it it to the letter.  My dad used his methods to kick gigantic knee braces he wore for decades; I used it to come back from a 25 foot fall off a balcony (which broke my foot in too many places to count and jacked my back for awhile), and showed it to my girlfriend to CURE her headache problems and back tension (I know right, cure your woman's headaches, who would have thought it possible?).  If you do it, and stick with it, it works, results are equally as dramatic as this diet.  

Well I guess that's it.  I could go on, but I'll save it for other posts.  Anyways, glad to have found a place to learn/share ideas, hope I can offer some good information to contribute.


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