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Journals / Megan: Ex-vegan, Ex-sheep
« on: April 20, 2010, 03:25:13 am »
I'm starting this journal to document my habits so I can keep track of what works for me. I not only try to eat paleo, but I've also been trying to make my own paleo skin products. All those years of commercial acne creams, body soaps, and shampoos has left my skin dry and scarred, and my hair brittle.

My journal is less about my diet and more about my experiments with my own skin. Foods will still be somewhat discussed, however, because good skin starts on the inside as well as the outside.

So, for now, lets rewind. What was my skin like a few years ago, when I was Vegan? A mess. I had dry patches and bumps all over my face, and my acne pretty much covered everything except my legs. I was trying everything by not drinking milk, staying away from meat and using harsh chemicals to fight the symptoms of my malnutrition and oily skin.

After being vegan for two years, I was finally and very abruptly hospitalized for anemia and vitamin B-12 deficiency. My hair had been falling out in patches, I had patches of skin with no pigment, Cheilitis (cracking of the corners of the mouth), and shooting pains in my arms and legs. The doctor told me to stop being vegan, and for fear of dying, I did as I was told.

The road to recovery was long, especially since I was now on a SAD diet. My hair eventually did stop falling out, and my skin improved little, but I still wanted to be healthier. I as tired of being sick all the time and feeling fatigued by just getting up and walking around. I wanted energy, I wanted to live and take life by the horns, so to speak. So I began researching and I found information on RPD. I immediately began adding raw foods into my diet, and miraculously, my recovery took a more rapid pace. Soon I was able to run again, soon I was able to do the things I used to do.

With the addition of raw meat into my diet, something else also happened; my skin started clearing up. Unlike on the vegan diet, which had promised clearer skin, RPD seemed to actually be living up to all of its hype. I continued to get better till where I am today.

But the real focus of this journal happened about two weeks ago. I was reaching into the cupboard above the bathroom sink for my acne cleanser and I thought to myself "Paleo man had no access to salycilic acid, so is it really that good for me?". So I did what I always do when a questions comes to me, I boldly went to the internet!

I started researching natural cures for skin ailments and stumbled upon coconut oil, the first addition into my quest for clear skin. I slowly weaned myself off of my commercial cleanser and immediately saw an improvement.

So here I am today, playing around with natural cures for acne, scars, and other skin maladies.

Note: I probably wont update this on a regular basis, so don't get your hopes up! =]

Off Topic / Salamanders anyone?
« on: February 07, 2010, 05:09:54 am »
I was outside foraging through the woods when I lifted up a log and found dozens of salamanders. I quickly grabbed them up and put them in a jar and thought that I could maybe eat them.

When I got home I rinsed the soil off of them and popped one in my mouth. It was surprisingly good. It was smooth, a bit tangy and tasted nothing like anything before! I recommend putting pepper on the little things.  ;D

Health / Rabies?
« on: January 29, 2010, 07:22:26 pm »
I've decided to start hunting for the majority of my meat. Mostly small animals like birds and rabbits, and occasionally large game like deer. All of this will be a bow.

My question is, I've heard of rabies transmissions through wild meats, can this happen to me? Please help quell my fears.  :(

General Discussion / Chitterlings
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:30:54 pm »
Chitterling, otherwise known as Chitlins are the intestines of pigs.

Has anyone ever eaten these raw? Do they taste good? I'm thinking about picking some up next time I go to buy some meat along with some tripe and livers.  :D

Hot Topics / hand washing?
« on: December 12, 2009, 01:46:20 pm »
I searched the forumns and found no results on this topic.

These days, people are encouraged to wash their hands all time. Before meals, after using the restroom, after handling animals, and after shaking hands. If they can't get to a sink they reach for the nearest wet wipe or bottle of hand sanatizer.

Hand sanatizer is becoming especially populat with all the fear of swine flu and pandemics.

So, rpdf, what are your thoughts on the subject?

I personally, wash with only water ad not very often. Soap makes my hands itchy and I seem to get sick more often when I use it. Maybe its just a coincidence, but id rather not use it either way.

Welcoming Committee / Hello, trying new things!
« on: November 18, 2009, 08:12:27 am »
Hello, My name is Megan and after years of being Vegan, I've stumbled upon the idea of this diet.

About two years ago, I decided to go vegan, however it wasn't because I was concerned about my health, it was for the animals. I had found Peta2 (whom I no longer support) and became a Vegan, and began to support them. Over the next years, I began to get fairly weak. My weight dropped to a featherlight 95 pounds and I began to worry. My bones felt frail, and my teeth became incredibly sensitive, and my hair began to fall out. I scrambled to get my health back in line and began trying to eat "properly" which included a lot of tofu, beans, highly cooked and processed foods. Though my health improved little, I felt it was a huge victory at the time.

Within the last months of my veganism, I began to have huge cravings for raw meat, particularly beef. I fought the cravings, trying to find reasons for why I craved such food that I considered to be "taboo" until I just couldn't stand it anymore. I broke down, bought a bunch of raw meat (steaks, fish, oysters, other such things) and ate all of it within two days.

Surprisingly, I felt better. I began to research my odd cravings and behavior and found I wasn't the only one who had eaten raw meat, and that it was common amongst Eskimos and others.

Since then, I've been eating about 50/50 as far as raw food goes. I can't go 100% raw, however, my mom doesn't approve, and I have to eat raw meat behind her back, but all that matters is that I feel better, I'm healthier, and I can take a few steps for my own health. Until then, I'm 50/50 till I move out. =]

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