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General Discussion / Kimchi good or bad for ecxema?
« on: April 21, 2015, 11:52:20 am »
A family member tends to have ecxema flair up. Some writing says fermented vegetables are bad for excema, some writing says they help reduce inflammation.

A Korean friend is supplying me with home-made kimchi (Korean fermented napa cabbage and daikon radish with garlic and ginger and hot chili pepper and shrimps). Does anyone know if kimchi is good or bad for eczema?

General Discussion / group raised ground veal?
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:34:57 pm »
Someone gave me several packages of raw frozen ground veal. On the label is written "never tethered...raised in groups....never administered growth homones...born ,raised, and harvested in the USA...federal regulations do not permit the use of hormones in veal...Strauss Brands Inc." These packages are sold/purchased in supermarkets.

Is it fit for raw consumption?

Is veal better than beef?

General Discussion / satiety
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:47:49 am »
I am reading a book Calorie Myth. In it the author says that there are 3 factors necessary for the feeling of satiety. One of the factors is that the digestive organs have to be stretched enough; thus one half of our food intake (by volume) should be non-starchy fibrous water-rich preferably-raw vegetables.    Is he correct?

General Discussion / do you eat salmon skin?
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:38:54 pm »
I am eating marinated wild caught raw keta salmon fillet and enjoy it. I discard the skin. Upon second thought, I wonder if anyone eats salmon skin (and how do you make it palatable?) and if there is any benefit or caveat with regard to salmon skin.


What do you think one may expect to get out of this workout?

Do you think one has to do this daily to receive results?  Or does one do it every other day in order to allow recovery time?

Hot Topics / raw cheese article by Dr. Mercola
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:36:39 am »
What do you think of Dr. Mercola's article on cheese? He is not concerned about  the calcium/magnesium ratio or any other supposed drawbacks of dairy. It appears he thinks raw grass-fed cheese is a super food.

Cheese—A Nutritional Powerhouse that Can Help Protect Your Heart, Brain and Bones

June 17, 2013 | 

 By Dr. Mercola

If you’re a cheese lover struggling to resist cheese because you’ve heard it’s not good for you, then brace yourself for some really good news. Cheese can be an excellent source of nutrition, a food you may want to include more of in your diet rather than less.

Cheese, especially that made from the milk of grass-pastured animals, is an excellent source of several important nutrients.

One of the most valuable nutrients in cheese is vitamin K2, which the latest scientific studies indicate is even more important to your heart, brain and bones than previously thought. Cheese also provides a cornucopia of vitamins, minerals (including calcium), protein, and fat.

Even if you’re lactose intolerant, there are many cheeses you will likely tolerate just fine. Most of the lactose is removed during the cheesemaking process. Pairing cheese with other foods enhances your absorption of important nutrients.

This article aims to separate fact from myth and will provide guidance on how you can incorporate your favorite cheeses into your daily diet, with joy and gratitude instead of guilt.

Cheese Will Clog Up Your Arteries... and Other Food Fairytales

Although nobody knows for certain when or where cheesemaking first began, cheese has been a staple for thousands of years. Cheese dates back to the domestication of milk-producing animals, between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago.1 The history of cheese can be traced back to the Roman Empire, the Middle East, Tibet, Mongolia, the Ming Dynasty, and of course Europe.

In spite of its rich history and enthusiastic fan base, cheese is much maligned in America due to the saturated fat/cholesterol myth.

Does eating cheese lead to obesity and heart disease? Absolutely not! This unfortunate myth stems from an outdated and seriously flawed hypothesis, perpetuated by decades of wildly successful marketing.

Numerous recent studies have confirmed saturated fat is NOT associated with obesity or heart disease and is actually associated with improved heart health. Most Americans today are consuming inadequate saturated fat. In fact, the Greeks, French and Germans eat much more cheese than Americans but enjoy lower rates of hypertension and obesity.2

I believe one of the primary factors driving obesity is overconsumption of sugar, refined grain and processed food in the standard American diet, made worse by a sedentary lifestyle. Given these facts, many nutritional experts believe that most people need 50 to 70 percent healthful fats in their diet for optimal health, and I agree. Cheese is a delicious way to help you meet that requirement Cheese holds a wealth of good nutrition, including:
•High-quality protein and amino acids
•High-quality saturated fats and omega-3 fats
•Vitamins and minerals, including calcium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamins A, D, B2 (riboflavin) and B12
•Vitamin K2
•CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a powerful cancer-fighter and metabolism booster

Natural Cheese Versus Fake Cheese

There is a difference between natural cheese and processed “cheese foods.” Natural cheese is a simple fermented dairy product, made with nothing more than a few basic ingredients — milk, starter culture, salt and an enzyme called rennet. Salt is a crucial ingredient for flavor, ripening and preservation. You can tell a natural cheese by its label, which will state the name of the cheese variety, such as “cheddar cheese,” “blue cheese,” or “brie.” Real cheese requires refrigeration.

The starter culture and cheesemaking methods are what give each variety of cheese its particular taste, texture, shape and nutritional profile. The following factors differentiate between one variety of cheese and another:
•Specific starter culture, which is the bacteria or mold strains that ripen the cheese
•Type of milk used (cow, sheep, goat, etc.), and the conditions under which those animals were raised
•Methods of curdling, cutting, cooking and forming the curd
•Ripening conditions such as temperature, humidity, and aging time (curing)

Processed cheese or “cheese food” is a different story. These products are typically pasteurized and otherwise adulterated with a variety of additives that detract from their nutritional value. The label will always include the words “pasteurized process,” which should be your clue to walk on by. Velveeta3 is one example, with additives like sodium phosphate, sodium citronate and various coloring agents. Another clue is that most don’t require refrigeration. So, be it Velveeta, Cheese Whiz, squeeze cheese, spray cheese, or some other imposter — these are NOT real cheeses and should be banished from your shopping cart.

Raw Cheese from Pasture-Raised Animals is the Ultimate

Ideally, the cheese you consume should be made from the milk of grass-fed animals raised on pasture, rather than grain-fed or soy-fed animals confined to feedlot stalls. The biologically appropriate diet for cows is grass, but 90 percent of standard grocery store cheeses are made from the milk of CAFO cows. These cheeses are nutritionally inferior to those from grass-pastured animals. The higher quality the milk, the higher the quality of the cheese... it’s just that simple.

Even cheesemakers will tell you that raw cheese has a richer and deeper flavor than cheese made from pasteurized milk because heat destroys the enzymes and good bacteria that add flavor to the cheese. They explain that raw cheese has flavors that derive from the pastureland that nourished the animals producing the milk, much like wine is said to draw its unique flavors from individual vineyards. Grass-fed dairy products not only taste better, they are also nutritionally superior:
•Cheese made from the milk of grass-fed cows has the ideal omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio of 2:1. By contrast, the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of grain-fed milk is heavily weighted on the side of omega-6 fats (25:1), which are already excessive in the standard American diet. Grass-fed dairy combats inflammation in your body, whereas grain-fed dairy contributes to it.
•Grass-fed cheese contains about five times the CLA of grain-fed cheese.
•Because raw cheese is not pasteurized, natural enzymes in the milk are preserved, increasing its nutritional punch.
•Grass-fed cheese is considerably higher in calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, D and E.
•Organic grass-fed cheese is free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

The FDA Cracks Down on Raw Cheese

For years, federal regulators have been threatening to ban raw milk products, including raw cheese, due to what they claim are increased safety risks. Lately, they’ve begun targeting artisan cheesemakers, as this is a fast growing industry in America.4

However, the FDA’s crackdown on raw cheese is based on a flawed argument.5 According to Grist, between 1973 and 1999 there’s not a single report of illness from either raw or pasteurized cheeses. However, since the year 2000, illnesses have begun to appear from raw and pasteurized cheese alike. Most outbreaks have been found to result from post-production contamination and laxity in quality control, not lack of pasteurization.

The truth is that raw cheese is not inherently dangerous, provided high standards are followed in the cheesemaking process. Hard cheeses like cheddar dry out as they age, making them relatively inhospitable to invading bacteria. The FDA’s attack on raw cheese is not based on facts, but simply is an extension of their long-standing hostility toward raw milk in general.

Salt Content Prompts Cries of ‘Cheesageddon’

Another recent concern is that cheese contains excessively high levels of salt. The Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is a group interested in reducing the salt in processed foods and is urging the cheese industry to reduce the amount of salt in cheese.6 It is true that American food is the saltiest food in the world. But how much is cheese responsible for the excess sodium in the American diet?

Cheese looks like a minor player when you consider the amount of salt in processed food and restaurant food, and how much more of those are consumed than cheese. Take a look at the table below, which compares salt levels in the saltiest cheeses and in the saltiest restaurant dishes, and you’ll see what I mean. Keep in mind that your sodium intake should be less than about 2,300 mg per day, which is approximately a teaspoon.

About 90 percent of the salt in the standard American diet comes from packaged foods and restaurant foods. Only about 11 percent is attributable to the salt you add during cooking and at the dinner table. Your sodium intake is even lower if you salt your food with natural sea salt instead of processed salt. It seems clear to me that, given all of the nutrition packed into a relatively small piece of cheese, the sodium is not much of an issue, particularly if you minimize processed or packaged foods and don’t eat out often.

Food (Cheeses Listed are the Saltiest Varieties)  Sodium (mg) 
Roquefort cheese (100g)  1,300 
Edam cheese (100g)  1,200 
Feta cheese (100g)  1,200 
Chicken McNuggets (100g)7  1,600 
Dunkin Donuts Salt Bagel8  3,420 
Ruby Tuesday Chicken Piccata  4,194 
P.F. Chang’s Mu Shu Pork  5,820 
Red Robin Buffalo Clucks and Fries  4,479 
P.F. Chang’s Pork and Double Pan-Fried Noodles — awarded “Saltiest Food in America”  7,900 

Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, and Calcium — A Whole in One!

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Cheese contains a synergistic blend of nutrients that make it a veritable nutritional powerhouse. When consumed together, vitamins K2 and D3 and calcium are especially powerful for protecting your bones, brain and heart. And cheese contains all three! I recently interviewed Dr. Kate Rheamue-Bleue, a Naturopathic Physician and author of one of the most comprehensive books on vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 plays critical roles in protecting your heart, brain, and bones, as well as giving you some protection from cancer.9 Not only does K2 help channel calcium into the proper areas of your body (bones and teeth), it also prevents it from being deposited in areas where it shouldn’t, such as your arteries and soft tissues.

So, taking calcium supplements when you don’t have adequate vitamin K2 is a setup for arterial calcification and cardiovascular problems.

Since cheeses are all produced by different strains of bacteria, they differ in their total vitamin K2 content, as well as their K2 subtypes. Cheeses contain primarily subtypes MK-4, MK-8 and MK-9, in varying proportions. MK-4 is the least biologically active form (but the most abundant form in cheese), so it takes more of it for your body to benefit. MK-7, MK-8 and MK-9 stay active in your body longer so your body can benefit from much lower levels.

According to a 2009 Dutch study,10 subtypes MK-7, MK-8 and MK-9 are associated with reduced vascular calcification even at small dietary intakes (as low as 1 to 2 mcg per day).

When It Comes to K2, How Do Your Favorite Cheeses Stack Up?

In my interview with Dr. Rheamue-Bleue, she identified the cheeses highest in K2 are Gouda and Brie, which contain about 75 mcg per ounce. Hard cheeses are about 30 percent higher in vitamin K2 than soft cheeses. In perusing the nutritional tables myself, I found it interesting that the cheeses highest in vitamin K2 also tend to be the highest in protein and calcium — so the most nutritious overall. Just realize that the values listed for “vitamin K” in common nutritional tables are of limited value because they don’t specify what TYPE of vitamin K they’re measuring.

As it turns out, scientists have found high levels of MK-7 in one type of cheese: Edam.11 This is wonderful news for those of you who would much rather sit down to a slice of Edam than a bowl of natto! (Natto, a strongly fermented Japanese soybean product, has the highest MK-7 level of any food.)

Earlier, I made my case for selecting raw cheeses from grass-pastured, grass-fed animals. However, cheese contains a bacterially-derived form of K2, so it doesn’t matter if the cheese was made from grass-fed milk or not — the bacteria used to culture the cheese is the same. Grass-fed dairy is important for the other reasons I’ve already discussed — just not specifically for the K2.

To summarize then, if you’re going to select cheese with your primary goal being a good source of vitamin K2, the best ones are:
•Other cheeses with lesser, but significant, levels of K2: Cheddar, Colby, hard goat cheese, Swiss, and Gruyere.12

Smile and Say Cheese!

Cheese lovers rejoice! Don’t be afraid to add healthy high-quality cheese to your diet. Cheese offers a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, including the magic trio of vitamin D3, vitamin K2 and calcium. This nutrient triad is vitally important for reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. And don’t be afraid of raw cheese (as long as it comes from a reputable cheesemaker), which beats ordinary cheese in both taste and nutrition.

Your best option is cheese made from the milk of pasture-raised cows, sheep and goats, as opposed to feedlot livestock fed grain and soy.

Although some cheeses are fairly high in salt, their sodium levels pale in comparison to those in common fast foods, processed foods and popular restaurant entrees that make up a large part of the standard American diet. My top picks are Gouda, Brie, and Edam cheese, but you can’t go wrong with high-quality cheddar, Swiss, Colby, Gruyere, and goat cheese.

General Discussion / Humans Natural/Optimal Habitat
« on: November 29, 2013, 12:03:48 pm »
Inger, I read the post Jessica referred me to.
It is great that you have found the diet and lifestyle that is good for you.

I have one question: What is the reason you want to keep your sleeping environment cold and to take cold bath?

I grew up in an Asian culture. The three-thousand-year-old medicinal system recommends warm diet and warm environment.
I think it is agreed that mankind originated in tropical areas of the earth. So it seems mankind is more suited to warm environment.

General Discussion / cucumber and tomato are fruit?
« on: May 12, 2013, 01:32:56 pm »
Is it true that both cucumbers and tomatoes are fruit and thus they contain no anti-nutrients as other vegetables do?

General Discussion / RP food items that promote bone health?
« on: March 12, 2013, 01:38:06 pm »
And please briefly give the reasons why  a food item is good for bone health.

I think SALMON is good for bone health because each 4 oz. serving provides 264.7% DV of vitamin D.

General Discussion / fat/oil promotes aging?
« on: February 18, 2013, 02:12:41 pm »

Many on this forum promote a high-fat diet. Is fat really good for health and anti-aging?

Any food item which contains some fat has an extremely high amount of AGEs. Fresh fruit and almost-fat-free vegetables (when not cooked with fat) contain very low AGEs.

Following is a sample of AGE contents in foods (KU per 100 grams) taken from the above website. From this sample it can be seen: Yes cooking increases AGEs, but food items containing some fat are the most AGE-rich food, even in their raw state.

Apple (AGE content is 13)
Avocado (1577)
Banana (9)
Cantaloupe (20)
Dates (60)
Carrots (10)
Celery (43)
Cucumber (31)
Olives (1670)
Onion (36)
Tomato (23)
Grilled vegetables (broccoli, carrots, celery) (226)
Raw beef (707)
Roast beef (6071)
Broiled beef steak (7479)
Raw pork chop (1188)
Pan fried pork chop (4752)
Raw lamb (826)
Broiled lamb leg (1218)
Raw chicken breast (769)
Chicken breast boiled with lemon (1123)
Deep fried chicken breast (9722)
Raw trout (783)
Raw shrimp (1003)
Salmon poached for 7 minutes (1801)

Poached eggs (90)

Omelet (olive oil, low heat) (339)
Butter (23340)
Parmesan cheese (16900)
Philadelphia cream cheese (10883)
Brie cheese (5597)
Mozzarella cheese (1677)
Raw cashews (2723)
Raw pumpkin seeds (1853)
Raw sunflower seeds (2510)
Broiled beef frankfurter (11270)
Mayonnaise (9400)
Potato chips (2883)
Extra virgin olive oil (10040)

Vinegar (40)
Bagel, small, Lender’s (133)
Bagel, large (107)
Biscuit (Mc Donald’sd) (1,470)
Bread, whole wheat, slice, toasted, slice, (Rockland Bakery) (137)
Croissant, butter (Starbucks, Seattle, WA) (1,113)
Roll, dinner, inside (23)
Roll, dinner, outside 77
Potato, white, boiled 25 min (17 )
Potato, white, roasted 45 min, with 5 mL oil/servingc (218)
Potato, white, french fries (McDonald’sd) (1,522)
Coconut cream, Coco Goya cream of coconut (Goya, Secaucus, NJ) (933)
Coconut milk, leche de coco, (Goya) (307)
Coconut, Baker’s Angel Flake, sweetened (Kraft) (590)

Shrimp, fried, breaded (take out) (4,328)
Shrimp, marinated rawb (1,003)
Shrimp, marinated, grilled on BBQb (2,089)

Tuna, broiled, with soy, 10 min (5,113)
Tuna, broiled, with vinegar dressing (5,150)
Tuna, fresh, baked, 25 min (919)
Tuna, loaf (chunk light in recipe), baked 40 min (590)
Tuna, canned, chunk light, w/water (452)
Tuna, canned, white, albacore, w/oil (1,740)

"The current dAGE database demonstrates that a significantly
reduced intake of dAGEs can be achieved by
increasing the consumption of fish, legumes, low-fat milk
products, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and by
reducing intake of solid fats, fatty meats, full-fat dairy
products, and highly processed foods. These guidelines
are consistent with recommendations by organizations
such as the American Heart Association (42), the American
Institute for Cancer Research (43), and the American
Diabetes Association (44)." (taken from the above website)

General Discussion / silver brite salmon imported from Canada
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:35:16 pm »
I could get whole silver brite salmons imported from Canada at a very inexpensive price at a local grocer ($2.99 a pound). The taste is OK to me. Does anyone know of any health concern regarding eating this species of salmon? I understand that it is considered Pacific salmon.

General Discussion / cow/ox spleen
« on: January 12, 2013, 08:45:36 am »
I am going to get my first order of fresh spleen from grass-fed cows/oxen at WholeFoods because I need the iron in spleen. (Spleen does not have Vitamin A and so is a better source of iron than liver.) I made a search on this forum and did not see much discussion about spleen.  Is there anyone who is experienced in spleen consumption and could offer some advice/caveat on eating spleen?

General Discussion / questions for egg-lovers
« on: December 22, 2012, 11:29:28 am »
(1) Are you concerned about yokes' AA, which is strongly inflammatory?

(2) What are some of the tasty ways to eat raw egg-whites? I do not like the texture of egg whites. Or are there ways to utilize egg whites if I do not eat whites?

(3) I read somewhere that a biotin deficiency may cause hair to fall out. Has any egg-lover (eating whites too) ever experienced this balding problem?

The eggs I get are pastured fertilized eggs.

Hot Topics / Fiber benefits article
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:51:48 pm »
Comments on the following article paragraph, please.

"Women who ate about 25 grams of fiber a day were 22 percent less likely to die during the nine-year study than those who ate only 10 grams daily. And the risk of death from heart disease, infections, and respiratory diseases was reduced by as much as 50 percent in in the high-fiber eaters, with the greatest benefit seen from consuming grains."

Hot Topics / drawbacks of walnuts, macadamia nuts, and black sesame seeds?
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:11:02 pm »
Does anyone know if there are drawbacks if one eats a couple ounces of walnuts, macadamia nuts, or black sesame seeds on most days? I know walnuts have an omega 3:6 ratio of 1:4 and macadamia nuts have an omega 3:6 ratio of 1:6. I cannot find  info on black sesame seeds.

This is the fat information for 36 g (1/4 cup) of sesame seeds (not necessarily black sesame seeds)

fat - total 17.88 g        27.51%DV
saturated fat 2.50 g    12.50 %DV
mono fat 6.75 g            28.12% DV
poly fat 7.84 g                32.67% DV

An ounce of sesame seeds contains 0.1 g omega-3.

Hot Topics / raw protein for person refusing to eat raw meat/seafood?
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:16:43 pm »
What raw protein foods are available for someone who does not want to eat raw meat/seafood/organs?

I know nuts/seeds have much protein. But they also have a high amount of omega 6 except for walnuts and Macademia, which contain mostly fat and little protein. I don't think eating much omega 6 is a good idea.

What sprouts are protein-rich and beneficial to health?

Off Topic / Metasexuality (split from "Can we do w/o vegetables/greens?")
« on: November 03, 2012, 04:07:26 pm »
As for "unfairly", I do not view being deprived of sunlight and good food as being part of a prison-sentence. Being locked up is one thing, but other stuff designed to kill you off at an earlier age is not acceptable.

So should we deliver 100% grass-fed bison, raw oysters,  and organic berries to prison kitchens using tax payers' money?

General Discussion / Can we do without vegetables/greens?
« on: October 24, 2012, 11:27:56 am »
It seems many people on this forum do not eat much vegetables/greens. That goes against the popular diet recommendations which do have the support of much scientific research. 

Does animal food have all the nutrients that are in vegetables/greens? What about chlorophyll?

General Discussion / clam and oyster have parasites?
« on: September 25, 2012, 12:37:03 pm »
My doctor prescribes an iron supplement for me because I am excessively deficient in iron and he said I need to bring up my iron level quick. I tried 2 iron supplements and I could not stand the stomach cramps side effect.  So I am trying to take in iron through food.   My research told me that clam and oyster are exceptionally rich in iron. Now I have always had the notion that raw shelled seafood (clam oyster mussel) are particularly prone to parasite problems. I would lik to know the view of people here.

BTW, I know liver also carries a lot of iron. But I am afraid of Vitamin A overload. (My doctors wants me to take in 500% of RDA iron for several months). I also know chicken heart has a good amount of iron. But I have to eat well over one pound of chicken heart to come close to the iron contained in the iron supplement my doctor prescribes. I cannot do that everyday.

Instincto / Anopsology / GCB's book and questions about instinctive eating
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:40:46 am »
Hi, all. I finished reading GCB’s book, or rather, parts of his book which are interesting to me at this point. I skipped much of his detailed speculation about germs and so on. His argument appears very convincing. I do have a few questions at this point.

(1)   I remember GCB said (on this forum) that his wife got cancer because she ate one pound of beef daily. So what does that mean? Her instincts did not work? Many of the members on this forum appear to eat over one pound of animal flesh daily; are they in danger? Or is beef more injurious than seafood? Does an instinctive-eating person (if not in the process of healing diseases) then tend to live mostly on fruits/vegetables rather than on animal flesh?

(2)   In his book GCB mentioned that modern fruits are so sweet that one will be mistakenly led (by taste) to eat more fruits than vegetables and so imbalance will happen. Since precious few have access to wild fruits, does that mean the rest of us still need to use intellect to curb our fruits consumption? Do you guys who eat instinctively end up eating much fruit? Too much fruit?

(3)   GCB is against grinding/spicing up foods. I happen to be very fond of my way of eating animal flesh. I mince beef/shrimp/salmon (separately) in my food processer with spices and then warm it in my dehydrator at low-temperature so the animal flesh is still raw. Will this minimal processing really cause my instincts to go awry?

(4)   Has anyone seen GCB in person (not his photos merely)? Did he look young and healthy for his age?

(5)   A couple of days ago I was at my gym when I had no easy access to food except black sesame seeds in my locker. I was hungry because I hadn’t had any food that day. So I ate my sesame seeds even though I felt no special draw to them. But once I started eating them, they tasted quite OK and I finished the whole can (about a cup). So is this instinctive eating or not? After all, sesame seeds had no smell.    On the other hand, while I was eating sesame seeds, I thought of the almonds I had in my fridge. That night, when I was already in my bed, I kept thinking about almonds  and eventually I got up and ate a cup of them. After that I have not felt a desire for almonds.

(6)   I just had my first-ever physical results back. (I do have had good health insurance. I was just too lazy to do a physical. Plus, I have had no needs for doctors/medicines after my childhood and so I thought I did not need a physical either.) Everything is excellent except that my very low red blood cell volume/size. The doctor said that means I had excessive iron-deficiency. I guess this is the result of my years of near-fruitarian diet. It explains my chronic low energy, which is the main reason I am seeking diet improvement. It may also explain why I felt such a big appetite for beef for months when I started Raw Paleo in early 2012. The doctor prescribed an iron supplement and recommended that I take it for at least 3 months but preferably one year. I asked him if I could just eat an iron-rich diet. He said it would take a long long time. I believed him, because for four months earlier this year I average ate more than one pound of beef daily and now my red blood cells are still in a very poor state. So I decided to take the iron supplement. My question is: will this supplement impact my food instincts?

I will really appreciate if anyone will take time to give me answers.

General Discussion / Mexican Gulf Shrimps
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:14:09 am »
A large local Mexican grocer, Fiesta, usually sells seafood charging about 1/2 of what local Whole Foods stores charge. This week Fiesta is selling Mexican Gulf wild caught Jumble-sized head-on (previously frozen) shrimps for $3.99 a pound. The cheap price baffles me.  When I asked the girls working there, all they could tell me was that the shrimps were government-inspected to be Mexican Gulf wild caught. They said the gulf water is clean. When asked why the price was so low, they said, "We are Fiesta."

Does anyone know if I can trust that Fiesta is selling good-quality Mexican Gulf shrimps as Whole Foods stores do?

BTW, I read that  headless devined shrimps contain more preservative-chemicals than head-on whole ones. And  I read that all wild-caught shrimps/seafood go through a preservative-rinse as they are caught to prolong their freshness. But frozen shrimps/seafood have gone through less preservative-rinses than fresh ones (I mean the shrimps/seafood that are sold as "fresh" at seafood counters) do. Does anyone have sure information on these things?   I am talking only about wild-caught Mexican Gulf Shrimps and other wild-caught seafood. I live in Texas.

Instincto / Anopsology / canteloups overload
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:23:45 am »
Lately I am trying out the "instincto" route and I have found myself only wanting  to eat canteloupes. For more than a week I only desire to eat canteloupes.   I could eat several extra large canteloups during daytime and towards the end of the day (if I feel hungry) I still just want more canteloups rather than other foodstuff.  OK the weather is overly warm here (close to 100 degree F) but I do not feel like eating other juicy fruits such as watermelons.

 I do use my intellect and make myself eat other food stuff containing protein and fat in the evening every day, although I do not much enjoy it.  I feel perplexed. What am I supposed to do? Listening to my desire for more canteloups or to my intellect to take in balanced nutrients?

General Discussion / Organic 100% grass-fed beef from Uruguay?
« on: August 26, 2012, 11:34:54 am »
At a local Sprouts grocer I found "organic 100% grass-fed beef" from Uruguay.  I was told that the Uruguay beef has never been frozen and is vaccum-sealed and it takes only one day to transport it from Uruguay to my city Austin.   Does anyone know of any objections against beef from Uruguay?  It is less expensive than the grass-fed beef sold at my local Whole Foods stores. (WF said they get their beef from Texan farms.)   So if the Uruguay beef is good  I plan to buy at Sprouts instead of at WF from now on.

General Discussion / for Dorothy and other chicken-egg-experts
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:05:39 am »
Dorothy,  There are now two kinds of pasture-raised chicken eggs in Austin supermarkets.  One is in HEB and the other is in Natural Grocers. If you have seen them, I would like to know your opinions on them. OK, both are washed so they do not pass your inspection on that point. But I would like to know which one is better. It seems to me the cheaper one--the one in NG--is more genuine.

The shell color of these individual eggs varies from whitish to deep yellow. Which ones are better nutritionally?

Off Topic / math question about FORUM STATISTICS CENTER
« on: July 31, 2012, 11:57:14 pm »
This is from “GENERAL STATISTICS” of this forum:
Total Members: 10084

And this is from “FORUM HISTORY” of this forum:
Yearly Summary   (New Members)
 2012                                    (13,270)
 2011                                    (20,450)
 2010                                     (3472)   

The numbers do not add up?

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