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Hot Topics / raw coffee?
« on: May 15, 2012, 02:49:49 am »
I saw this a couple of months ago at Whole Foods and gave it a try. I've been drinking some coffee recently to keep awake during full day study sessions and lab work (during which I could fall asleep while pinching my ear if I'm not careful).
There are other brands and I searched online and found recipes for making your own but this is the only stuff I've tried so far. Tastes like coffee, I mix it with milk (usually raw but w/e) and honey. If you use raw honey and milk you could have a fully raw coffee drink that is taste wise the same as chilled "regular" coffee.

Anyone try it?

Health / how would you treat brain injury?
« on: April 30, 2011, 11:53:49 am »
If you had a relative that had a traumatic brain injury and was basically in a coma and on a feeding bag (that goes into the stomach, not the veins) what could you do? Are there different formulations for that stuff? Would fish oil be good for brain repair in that situation? Anyone know of any science in the area?

General Discussion / ancestral health symposium
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:38:44 am »
I'm going to this with our own famous Lex Rooker. Anyone else interested?

Yo. I have a friend with MS and she likes hearing about foods she can cut out of her diet that contribute to inflammation, and I suppose on the other end foods she can add that either don't contribute to inflammation or reduce it. But mostly it seems like there's info out there about nightshades and vegetable oils. I sent her a link to the Loren Cordain write up about hot peppers and other nightshades, and was wondering if you guys could rustle up some other stuff in that vein. Scientific journal articles or journalistic write ups are what I'm looking for, anything about foods that cause inflammation. Thanks!

Off Topic / condiments, how bad?
« on: July 01, 2010, 06:11:56 pm »
How bad for you do you guys think commercial condiments are? I'm talking about sauces made with cooked plant oils, some sugar, etc.

Off Topic / my cat has worms?
« on: June 08, 2010, 09:08:33 am »
Back story:I've been feeding my cat raw meat for at least a couple of years now. Occasionally someone helps me take care of him and he might get a can of commercial cat food or some canned fish, but his diet is overwhelmingly raw meat. At least that's what I feed him, but he's an indoor/outdoor cat and might be digging through garbage or people might be feeding him.

A day or two ago I saw two little worms in my carpet, at separate times of the day. I was surprised and just picked them up and threw them out. Then today I'm on the phone laying on my couch telling my girlfriend about it and look down at the carpet: dozens of the worms. They were all over, seemingly coming out of the carpet itself. My first thought was that they were the larval stage of fleas since my house had fleas before. But afaik flea larvae are minuscule and these were about a cm long. Then I thought of my cat. What kept me from being sure it was him is that the worms are in places he can't get to, like under the couch and all against the walls. Some of these places haven't been available for contact since I moved my furniture around months ago. That gives more evidence to the flea egg/larva theory.

Anyway I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow and hopefully grabbing a worm to take with me. This episode brings some doubt into my mind about natural health and all that. Maybe he did get into some garbage, but still having to give an animal medication attacks the foundation of belief in paleolithic health strategies.

General Discussion / MOVED: Good Calories, Bad Calories E-book
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:52:07 am »

General Discussion / MOVED: Eat Fat Get Thin! E-Book
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:51:50 am »

General Discussion / suet vs. hide fat
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:45:11 am »
I got the impression from a lot of people on this forum that for some reason suet was superior to hide fat. I remember reading that hide fat is tough and hard to eat. I tried it a couple of times and didn't find that at all. It's harder than suet, more so in that it doesn't crumble and squish like suet. It seems like it might be denser as well.

Anyone else try hide fat and have an opinion vs. suet? Ever try to render it?

It's a step towards bacon I guess from suet. Any other reasons it's not as good? I might prefer it, or maybe just like to go back and forth for a change.

Off Topic / protein poisoning in carnivores?
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:37:56 pm »
I have a cat and I feed him raw paleo. He doesn't like suet or even fatty pieces of muscle, he usually eats around it. Occasionally he'll eat something fatty but not often. His favorite foods are raw fish and raw red meat. I've been told by neighbors that he sometimes goes around the neighborhood and eats some cat food that people leave out for neighborhood cats.

My question is, do carnivores like cats have a different metabolic way of dealing with protein burning waste? He seems to only like eating lean protein from what I feed him. I have seen him lick at butter before and I have fed him egg yolks, but like I said he doesn't seem interested at all in suet. I tried to cut it up small and put some red meat fluid on it but he still doesn't like it much. I don't think he likes the texture of it, chewing something that soft and sticky.

Off Topic / I bought a house!
« on: March 26, 2009, 01:07:44 am »
An offer I made on a house just got accepted today. So now I have to sign some contracts and settlement is set for May 7th. Hopefully I can have some raw paleo people over for raw paleo parties soon. Anyone in the Philly/South Jersey area?

Display Your Culinary Creations / two sauces! berbere and sriracha
« on: March 16, 2009, 05:46:25 am »
Starting with the berbere, there is a cooked version you can find online and I'm taking the ingredients for that, which are:

    * 14 dried Piquin chiles, stems removed
    * 2 Tablespoons ground cayenne
    * 2 Tablespoons ground paprika
    * 4 whole cardamom pods
    * 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
    * 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
    * 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
    * 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
    * 4 cloves garlic
    * 1 cup water
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    * 3 Tablespoons oil

What you do with the cooked version is toast some of the spices, then grind them together and blend them together with the oil and garlic and onions and water and everything, then simmer it in a pan to reduce it down. So I just didn't put in the water and I'm using onion powder instead of fresh onion because fresh raw onion gives me a weird reaction.

Here it is in a jar

As for the sriracha, that is a very easy recipe. You fill a container (I use glass jars) about half way with peeled garlic. Then you fill it about the rest of the way with dried or fresh hot peppers. Fill the jar up with vinegar (I use the raw apple cider vinegar) and let it sit for about a week. Then blend the contents and put it back in the jar. Here's everything in the jar, I'll put up the blended pick when I get to blending it.

Off Topic / nootropic drugs
« on: March 04, 2009, 11:53:01 am »
What do you guys know or think about them? I'm looking for ways to enhance or alter my mental abilities.

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / adapting to no carb
« on: February 05, 2009, 06:14:46 am »
How long would a zero or very low carb dieter take to adapt to no carbs? By adapting I mean convert to using ketones (which can be measured by urine ketone analysis) and losing carb cravings (subjective measurement)?

Also, if you wanted to have a cheat day on your diet, how often would be too often to stay adapted to very low or zero carbs? For example, if once a week you wanted to have one meal where you ate whatever you wanted, carbs, cooked etc, would that mess you all up? My experience has been that this usually causes discomfort from bloating, so I would guess that the body is struggling to digest that stuff. Maybe in the zero carb world there isn't really room for cheating with carbs? You could cheat on raw I suppose with a cooked low carb paleo food, as I've done that and haven't experience the problems I get when eating non paleo and carb heavy fair, whether raw or cooked.

General Discussion / healing cuts
« on: January 22, 2009, 07:35:04 am »
I have cut on my foot under and to the side of my smallest toe on the side where it faces the next toe. It's a spot that gets moved a lot while walking so it's having a hard time healing. I looked through AV's books sure that he would have some kind of remedy, putting meat and stuff on it or some poultice, but nothing could I find. I tried putting a piece of meat on it for a few hours while I took a nap one day but I didn't try it again and didn't notice anything. I'm a little worried about it, have stopped going to the gym because wrestling mats are known to give people some nasty stuff and I really don't feel comfortable rolling around on wrestling mats with a foot with an open cut almost right on the bottom of it. Not to mention the grappling would use foot strength and probably spread it open even more than walking does.

Any suggestions? Sometimes it hurts when I walk, sometimes it itches, and sometimes it doesn't feel like anything.

General Discussion / had raw beef at a restaurant
« on: November 07, 2008, 08:45:48 am »
I went to a Korean restaurant last night that I'd been to before and it was different. Sadly the sushi bar was gone from the menu, but much to my delight was replaced by a more extensive Korean menu including a beef tartare dish! The beef was very tender and reminded me more of sashimi than the beef I'm used to. It was mixed up with Asian pear slices and some kind of chopped nut, maybe pine nut, surrounded on the plate by thinly sliced and folded cucumber. A cucumber "dish" held an egg yolk that they put on top of the meat in front of me and also poured on some spicy sauce (the only unhealthy part of the whole dish) and mixed it all together. It was really really good, probably the first time I preferred the meat to be raw rather than cooked in terms of taste and texture.

I also got a cooked beef stew that appeared to have some intestines in it. There are now dishes like beef intestine casserole and other such authentic Korean fare.

I'm planning on supporting them as much as I can by going there as often as possible. Before my only good option for reasonably healthy food was Japanese but now I have another! I really can't get over it, it was a very positive experience. They gave me a lot of attention while I was there asking how everything was and talking to me because I was enjoying a dish that probably no other "American" ever tried, and this added to the positivity.

Off Topic / story of stuff
« on: October 31, 2008, 07:35:24 am »
I got this in an email from Paul Lundkvist who is the guy who first introduced me to RAF back when I was a raw vegan posting on David Wolfe's or now forums. I need to be presented with information like this often or else I forget and am tricked by marketing. That's a scary thought since I think I'm probably the least prone of anyone I've ever met IRL of being tricked by marketing.

General Discussion / raw vegetarians/vegans - allies or enemies?
« on: October 31, 2008, 07:10:59 am »
For fun I was just watching some youtube videos of raw vegans. I like to just watch videos sometimes even if I'm not looking to get some particular knowledge from them; it can be relaxing.

So I'm watching these videos and people are always trashing meat and dairy and eggs without making any distinction between cooked and raw. I used to do the same thing, the (I believe) false information given out about how bad meat is for you tends to convince you that all meat is bad rather than that the particular meat that is available today and the way it is prepared today is what's bad. The information is designed to lead people to these conclusions.

The raw vegetarian/vegan movement has a lot of things going for it such as celebrity endorsement, a growing following, some very nice restaurants (mostly in NYC and California) etc...

Is there any way to some bridge the divide? It seems that from the people I've met over a 3 or so year stint on that diet and watching videos and everything else very few people even think about the idea of eating raw meat. It's like they've removed the conditioning that you need to eat cooked food but not that raw meat will hurt you, which is interesting because it seems like the same thought process of having to cook things and sanitize everything and all that leads to both of those ideas, that you need to cook your meat and that you need to eat cooked plants as well. Or perhaps not need to, but that the cooking doesn't harm plant foods and make them less valuable nutritionally.

It seems like raw vegans are much more dogmatic and (for lack of a less harsh term) insane about their dietary convictions. It is rather common to see very thin and sickly looking people talking about how good they feel and how stupid everyone around them is. I thought Juliano looked ok in person the one time I saw him in his restaurant and also in the pictures in his book, but some videos I was watching today made him look less good. It seems women do better on raw vegan, or perhaps it's just more socially acceptable for women to be skinny than men. But I find that men tend to be even more thin on the diet and some women can (at least for a while) keep their attractive curves and appear healthy and attractive. Perhaps this is hormonal, or maybe it's that mens bodies are formed from a greater ratio of muscle curve vs. fat curves while women are in comparison more fat to muscle than men and that fat is easier to maintain on raw vegan than muscle; hence a womanly figure could be maintained as minimal muscle mass (as compared to a man) is necessary for today's idea of what healthy attractive women look like.

On a lot of videos too they are always talking about "super foods" and saying "best ever" about everything ala David Wolfe. The whole thing is pretty space cadet-ish and the people I've met IRL and on forums from that diet tend to be much more "out there" than the people I've met at the AV lecture I went to and on this forum.

So what do you guys think? Any of you from the raw vegan diet like I am? Is there any hope for them losing their rapid anti-meat stance in terms of raw meat? I think I read somewhere that David Wolfe said meat is a super food but then gave a reason why not to eat it, either environmental or the standards it's raised and prepared or something. If someone like that switched over that would be almost as big as if Tom Cruise got Oprah Winfrey to become a Scientologist.

General Discussion / do we know what healthy is/looks like?
« on: October 07, 2008, 08:59:29 pm »
The only examples of anything like a raw paleo diet are isolated tribes like Inuit and maybe some Africans and South Americans, but these are getting few and far between.

When people get blood work done and their "numbers" and with the "normal range" what does that mean? The normal range of people in a society that is extremely unhealthy? Where does the idea of "normal" come from? This is an important idea since we don't consider the diet and lifestyle of most people as "normal" and definitely not healthy.

There's height/weight charts for growing children, food guide pyramid and other information based on caloric needs determined by weight, and a ton of other standard measures. And other than them are the non standard measures such as how a person looks, what people think constitutes a healthy looking individual. Things like morning sickness in pregnant women, getting "colds" a few times a year, food poisoning from bacteria are al considerd "normal" and not viewed as symptoms of a persistent state of poor health. Add to that list a 1 in 3 (or even greater, keeps increasing) chance of getting cancer, good odds also of heart disease, impotence in men, increasing infertility of men and women and a slew of digestive, skin and muscle disorders are being seen as normal afflictions that are not caused by the lifestyle of the individual. Even a disease like diabetes which is so obviously caused by diet is starting to be viewed as genetic in origin.

The concept of health in a community such as the raw paleo forum is so disconnected from the concept in the greater population. What can this mean in the greater context?

I for one do not always enjoy being on the fringe. I tend to always be, politically, art tastes, diet and general lifestyle choices of mine are usually at least a little on the edge of society and very often way off in the fringe area. This leads some people to have suggested in the past that I do things that are unique or rare just to appear special or just to not conform, which is a form of conforming itself (conforming to nonconformist attitude). But I don't, I choose what I do based on whether I like it or not. I'd love for society at large to have attitudes on the above topics closer to mine. I don't like having to angrily change the radio station every time I hear a story (public radio) about the latest pharmaceutical researcher receiving a Nobel or hearing some politician lie about something.

What about the health of society? There is debate about the issue, but many believe that older societies had less intra-societal violence, disease, insanity/mental retardation etc. Are people in most of today's modern societies taking these macro-health issues as normal as well? Do most people consider it normal to have dozens or hundreds of murders every year in major cities? For a certain percentage of people to become insane or otherwise mentally impaired and become a danger to themselves and others? It has been normal for a while now for the world to be constantly poised towards war, in fact since WWI I don't think there has been global peace for one second.

So what is the normal human condition? Do we believe that we know it or are we striving for something we cannot see or understand yet? Is the breakdown of societal and human health the eventual outcome of a species with such controlling powers over their environment? Could human history have happened any other way? And more simply, what does health look like?

General Discussion / recommend products to me
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:09:18 am »
Ok first of all I want to get a good water filter for drinking water. I was looking at BEV or BFRV filters and then read about Daulton gravity filters. Recommendations?

Also for making my meat mix I want either a glass food processor (my current one is plastic) or a meat grinder (stainless steel I suppose). I was looking at grinders online and there are many options online from $30 home units to >$1000 professional ones. It seems like most food processors come with a blender (like mine did) so I might just get rid of my blender/food processor combo and get a new one with both units glass. I liked the one I had because it fits Mason jars like AV recommends you get, but Osterizer probably makes the same thing with a glass food processor.

Lastly I was thinking of getting a meat slicer for helping finely slice meat for drying into jerky. When I sliced it myself it seemed a bit thick and especially the ends were hard to slice safely. When it was done drying it seemed a little thicker than I would have wanted it. Also Satya recommended trying to use jerky as a chip for dips and the jerky I had was too thick for that definitely. Meat slicers are much like the grinders online, tons of options and a huge price range.

Thanks in advance!

Off Topic / my cat is missing
« on: August 29, 2008, 05:59:24 am »
Last time I saw him was yesterday (Wednesday) morning, and the food I left out for him this morning looks to be still all there. I keep thinking I hear him meowing but I tend to imagine that often. It's unusual for him to stay away this long, and the food thing is the biggest worrying piece of evidence. He doesn't have a collar so someone could have grabbed him for themselves, he could have been hit by a car somewhere, or attacked by something/someone. I looked all around the house anywhere I think he could trap himself, and walked around the neighborhood a little bit. If he's still gone into the weekend I'll probably put up missing cat flyers with a picture.

General Discussion / the ideal student vs. mr. bungles
« on: August 29, 2008, 05:56:00 am »
First off a background for the name of this thread. One of my friends had a class in community college called "The Ideal Student" and it was just about good study habits and how to be a good college student. He was talking about it at home and his dad said that reminded him of a character they used to use when he was in grade school called "Mr. Bungles." Mr. Bungles did everything wrong, and presumably the ideal student would do everything right.

Having gotten that out of the way, I have a question about how often you can "do the wrong thing" without too much consequence. As far as following a diet like this, is it even worth it to cheat on the diet? When I do I usually feel less good than before, I've learned not to do that on work nights or days because I don't want to be feeling crappy when I have things to do.

But living life I see people cutting back and eating unhealthy food and drinking alcoholic beverages, you know that kind of thing. Sometimes it seems like life isn't even worth it if you're not able to cut back and do what you want sometimes. It's like living forever but to achieve it you have to cut out everything you like about life.

That is not to say that being on a raw paleo diet is completely unsatisfying and not worth it, but after being raised on eating whatever you want (or close to it) and then self-imposing (without any serious health problems) such a strict regimen, you start to question what the point is.

So I'm thinking of doing an experiment that I would call "The Ideal Student vs. Mr. Bungles" and seeing what happens if I eat whatever I want on a restricted basis. I was thinking that I cannot go off the diet any sooner than late Friday (after work) and not stay off of it any later than after I go to sleep Saturday night (all Sunday will be back to normal).

Can you adapt to something like that? My body was certainly used to eating SAD for years and it didn't bother me much, but now when I eat something SAD I feel it sooner or later. Can your body get used to eating different stuff on a stratified basis? Or will you just detox when you're being good what you ate when you were being bad?

Off Topic / calling all people who read science
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:43:52 am »
That means all the moderators and anyone else who has ever posted a link or full story of a science study or journal article.

It would be a wonderfully huge favor if you guys could go back through some of the science literature you've read and/or posted on this topic (diet, raw, natural stuff, debunking medicine, etc) and look for studies done at institutions or by scientists. I trust your judgments, so I'll just tell you what I'm looking for and you can decide what fits. I'm looking for institutions and/or scientists who are conducting research in this area that I would try and contact to potentially work with. I just got a job but I'm thinking ahead and behind about the fact that I always wanted to eventually go for a PhD and also will not want to work where I am forever. So I'm looking to get in contact with scientists who are working a little outside the box, but not so much outside the box that they don't get anything done. I remember seeing names from Europe on carb studies, stuff like that.

Because when you want to study under someone for a PhD in science (at least for biology) you need to basically apply to a person or group of people who are doing research, not really so much the institution itself. Even if you have the grades to get into the institution you need to be able to work in the research which means there needs to be a spot for you and the senior researchers need to want you there. And since the vast majority of research is NOT in this area at all it would be incredibly difficult to go through all of the various scientific institutions in the world and look for people doing this work. It would be much easier to look at the work that is already done and try to contact those responsible and then work towards possibly studying at their institution and working with them.

For anyone that helps I'd like to give a preliminary big thanks!

Off Topic / I got a job!
« on: August 17, 2008, 02:41:24 am »
After looking for jobs since graduating mid-May it appears I landed one (contingent on drug test and background check) for American Water, the largest water testing company in the country. I believe my job will consist of gathering samples of water from different locals in the morning and in the afternoon running some tests on it and sending samples to different labs. All in all I'm pleased with the job and hopeful that I'll at least a little bit enjoy it. Yesterday I went out and bought some snazy clothes for work so that was fun too!

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