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Off Topic / Rudolf Steiner and the Philosophy of Freedom
« on: March 30, 2012, 11:12:43 pm »
Introduction to Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom:

Rudolf Steiner: The Last Stage Of Human Evolution

Available on Amazon at cost.

What's the difference on a diet that is high in carbohydrates, low in carbohydrates and a moderate amount of carbohydrates?

I'm afraid that if I eat too much carbohydrates I become sluggish and sleepy; if I avoid carbohydrates my energy level is low and I eventually become irritable.

How can one avoid either of these extremes?

Would this require a consistent load of carbohydrates that do not have a high glycemic load (the impact upon blood sugar) spaced throughout the day? 

What do you think is ideal for yourself?

Primal Diet / Why the Milk Diet Worked for Me and Could Work for You
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:50:53 am »
I did the Milk Diet for about a month or so and felt better than I ever did on a diet based primarily in raw animal foods and not until now have I determined that it is because a diet of mostly raw meat has led to some terrible form of starvation.

In a guest post on The Nourished Life Matt Stone discusses the Milk Diet and why it works--especially if you are starving yourself. There is so much valuable information in this post about the root cause of eating disorders, dieting, starvation and obesity.

In the article Stone discusses leptin and how problems with leptin in the body can lead to all sorts of troubles and how the Milk Diet alleviates many of these issues because milk is "nutritionally super-abundant" and the diet promotes rest and relaxation and also consumption beyond one's appetite in order to heal by exercising the digestive system through exercise.

I highly recommend that you read about the Milk Diet and the Miracle of Milk (available on the previous website) or Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chronic Disease (Porter).

This is a warning to those who are experiencing difficulty with this lifestyle and also for the inexperienced: Don't starve yourself because others demonize dairy, grains, or tubers! You may not be ready to thrive on a diet that consists of predominantly meat. Listen to your body. Even though it may seem crazy that you are craving that cheese or ice cream, it probably is occurring for a good reason.

Off Topic / LA Times: All Red Meat is Bad for You
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:20:42 am »
According to an study that was discussed in the LA Times, all red meat is bad for you.

From the article:

But Pan said the bottom line was that there was no amount of red meat that's good for you.
Previous studies had associated red meat consumption with diabetes, heart disease and cancer, all of which can be fatal. Scientists aren't sure exactly what makes red meat so dangerous, but the suspects include the iron and saturated fat in beef, pork and lamb, the nitrates used to preserve them, and the chemicals created by high-temperature cooking.
Additionally, Ornish said, "What's good for you is also good for the planet."

What's comical is that all three health concerns (discussed above) are moot when one consumes wild/naturally-raised meats, fresh meat, and one does not cook meat.  l)

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Seasonal Foods
« on: March 05, 2012, 02:20:06 am »
I'm interested in learning more about the seasons and the plant and animal foods that they bring to bear. Please share about your bio-region and foods that are available based on the seasons.

I'll start with the few foods I have experience with. With hope, this list will expand.

Sierra Nevadas and Truckee Meadows
Migratory fowl (Canadian Geese)
Pinyon Pine Nuts

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Muscle Activation Therapy
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:20:01 pm »
Muscle Activation Therapy is a form of therapy that I recently discovered through a friend who injured his shoulder. Check the website for the theory behind the application.

Below is a simple video that explains and demonstrates the technique. Skip to 6:47 for the nitty gritty.

Turn On Muscles-Turn On Healing: How To Address the Root Cause of Many Common Physical Ailments

I've lived in big cities all my life and I'm ready to move on to a different way of life. I've been contemplating areas within North America that would be good to live in.

I live in the west coast and therefore the obvious choice would be the Pacific Northwest (Washington or Oregon), Alaska, or Canada, but I've never lived in the east and have fantasized about maple syrup in New England and seeing Carolina.

I've primarily been doing research with regard to access to fresh food (milk and meat) and wild game with plenty of opportunities to work or be outside. However, I haven't found much information with regard to places that someone with my values might feel at home. For example, a commune would be awesome but most people scarf on grains all day long at those places.   :o

Have you thought of relocation? What are your priorities and why? What places intrigue you? Could you comment on your locale?

General Discussion / Incorporating Raw Vinegar in Daily Diet
« on: February 26, 2012, 12:57:26 pm »
I was recently re-introduced into mustard since experimenting with a raw animal foods diet and have been enjoying bottles at a time with eggs and meat. I had the revelation that I may be craving the vinegar and have been brainstorming ways in which to incorporate vinegar into my diet.

I find ACV to be too powerful to consume alone but this may be recommended. I've experimented with vinegar with water and prepared mustard.

I'm not sure why I crave vinegar but that I have a limited selection of offal and am forced to eat quite a bit of muscle meat (in effect creating some sort of weird imbalance, I believe).

I've yet to read Dr. Bragg's book on ACV but I intend to find a copy soon.

General Discussion / Honey and Infants
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:51:26 pm »
On honey labels it clearly states that honey should not be fed to children under the age of one. Does anyone know the reason for this and whether or not this is related to the pasteurization of honey?

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / What's the Beef with Raw Dairy?
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:49:49 pm »
I would like for the members of this community to expound upon the theoretical and practical concerns of consuming raw dairy. It seems that raw dairy should be a celebrated food in a raw food circle such as this. Is it because dairy is only available through the domestication of animals? Or is it because humans are the only animals to consume milk (and of another species) into adult hood?

The reason I ask is because I definitely benefited on a diet of solely milk and enjoy milk but don't understand why some people celebrate abstaining from dairy or don't condone consuming raw dairy.

Display Your Culinary Creations / Pickled Animal Parts
« on: December 29, 2011, 08:33:23 am »
I recently made a broth of goose feet and head. I stuffed an entire foot into my mouth and sucked off all the gelatin, spitting out the bones. I then thought I'd like to try pickling the feet and head but I'm under the impression that most recipes recommend boiling these parts then pickling them. I'd like to stick the head and feet into a pickling solution and just let them break down slowly rather than using heat but I'm not sure what solution to use or if this is dangerous.

Does anyone know of a recipe or technique for pickling animal parts?

Display Your Culinary Creations / Article on Fermented Icelandic Sheep
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:35:44 am »
I stumbled upon an article about fermented Icelandic sheep. Hopefully someone with the resources will give this a try!

Health / Chronic Dehydration
« on: December 25, 2011, 09:47:26 am »
I've been pondering that the area along my kidneys in my lower back becomes sore due to dehydration. I've been noticing a correlation of consumption habits and pain. Furthermore, when I was on the milk diet I never felt this pain. I hypothesize it was because of the adequate hydration I was receiving.

This issue of hydration is a tough one. I'm not sure how to find a system that works for me.

I've been contemplating increasing my water intake with distilled water but water just doesn't seem to do anything for me. Another option is supplementing with hydrogen peroxide. Perhaps it will be just the key.

Any thoughts or recommendations on the subject of dehydration and hydration?

Info / News Items / Announcements / Internet Freedom: Stop SOPA
« on: December 23, 2011, 11:12:14 pm »

Video about law in the U.S. called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). View at 1:18 to understand the relevancy of this law for people outside the U.S.

Stop SOPA and protect internet freedom.

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Upper Body Exercises
« on: December 21, 2011, 06:35:11 am »
I have a lean build and have ran for most of my life without much experience training my upper body in a way that I find enjoyable. I enjoy running and sports that involve movement but I've yet to find a sport or exercise that helps me build my upper body that I can appreciate. I enjoy running and jogging because it is relaxing and meditative, yet it is easy to push oneself for my type of build and exercise history.

What exercises or sports would you recommend to build up my upper body that are low-impact and don't involve cumbersome equipment?

I was thinking about creating or following a fitness program such as MovNat. I enjoy the idea of being outside running around and carrying logs or the like.

The first exercise that comes to mind is push-ups but I've never been able to find this or similar exercises enjoyable or meditative--especially if I'm doing them inside.

I decided to try creating a fine 'kraut that can be eaten by spoon which has resulted in somewhat of a disaster that I'm not sure how to reconcile.

I juiced the 'kraut ingredients then mixed the pulp with the juice. However, the pulp has such a great surface area that it absorbs all the brine which results in a slurry of vegetable pulp and juice. The vegetables are not dense enough to be firmly compacted to the bottom of the container to allow separation from the brine.

I tried adding more water. This did not solve the problem--only diluted the slurry slightly to consist of more water.

I'm concerned that the aerobic environment will be dangerous and also that this experiment will be wasteful. Is there anyway I can salvage this 'kraut?

General Discussion / Sources of Unadulterated Fat in a Fat-phobic World
« on: December 19, 2011, 11:06:26 am »
This is more of a rant and rhetorical question rather than a literal question.

How does one find unadulterated sources of fat in this fat-phobic world we live in?! At the grocery store there is nothing but sweet snacks and nothing of pure, awesome fat to quench my cravings. I resorted to a damned, ridiculous nut butter! I feel like an herbivore!

Everything is either cooked or raised on GMOs! The most difficult part of this diet is having an adequate source of quality fat! That our society has become completely afraid of fat does not help.

Any recommendations/comments?

Health / Dietary and Lifestyle Changes to Promote Deep Sleep
« on: December 13, 2011, 11:42:42 pm »
I've been dealing with insomnia irregularly for about five years. Cutting out cooked foods and creating a good rhythm have helped dramatically in sleeping soundly.

On this forum I've heard that vitamin D supplementation has helped others in sleeping more soundly. Are there any other changes in diet or lifestyle that anyone can recommend for a dramatic difference in sleep?

Often, I'll wake up in the middle of the night to urinate or defecate even though I don't eat or drink several hours before sleeping. I think I'm going to experiment by eating only while the sun is out to see if there is any effect.

I also tend to go to bed while my mind is still active which keeps me from relaxing and falling into a deep slumber.

Health / Blood in Stools
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:14:51 am »
What are some of the causes and meanings of blood appearing in the stool?

Since I began the Milk Diet I've noticed that blood appears in my stools more frequently than before. The blood doesn't seem related to any pain and I generally feel that it may be good, as if I'm removing something harmful. Could this be a negative manifestation, such as malnutrition?

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Vegetable Juice Fermentation
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:20:38 pm »
It is generally advised to consume vegetable juices fresh within minutes of juicing the vegetables.

However, I'm interested in fermenting vegetable juice to see the benefits. I suppose this would be something like making beet kvass but from all different vegetables such as carrots, squash and so forth.

I figure there is a window in which the juice is most fresh, which lasts about seven minutes or so before the juice becomes oxidized by oxygen and then begins to ferment and for the juice to become well ripened it will take about the same amount of time it would take to ferment sauerkraut.

Would there be greater benefit to fermented juice over fresh juice?

In particular I'd like to hear KD's opinion on this.

General Discussion / Food Safe Utensil, Cutlery Alternatives
« on: December 06, 2011, 03:54:06 am »
For cutlery, I'm looking into a set of ceramic knives and scissors. For utensils I'm trying to find a set made of wood.

Could anyone make any recommendations for brands or for information as to how I might be able to craft utensils. I saw a spoon made from coconut shells the other day and I think I'm going to try to craft one.

Raw Weston Price / Website: Modern Nomadic Man
« on: November 28, 2011, 01:09:17 am »
I found a website called Vagabond Journey about a man who practices perpetual travel, similar to nomads but in a modern context.

The author travels to Göbekli Tepe, a sanctuary built in southeastern Turkey just north of the Syrian border. He travels to Göbekli Tepe in order to learn more about the transition of man from nomads to sedentary citizens. Göbekli Tepe is hypothesized as the birthplace of agriculture and civilization (or at least one of them). Most believe agriculture to have arisen to procure food, but the head archaeologist, Klaus Schmidt, suggests that alcohol could have been the reason behind the advent of agriculture and eventually civilization:

“You can use it [grain] for food, and you can also use it for beer,” he explained. “There are now ideas that the beginning of cereal domestication was not so much in connection with bread and with food, but with beer making, for brewing. It is easy to do it, it is not like our beer, all you need is water and if let to stand in some container it will start to produce alcohol. So maybe it was beer making at the beginning.”

The authors conclusion to the article:

"The people who built and worshiped at Göbekli Tepe were initially nomadic hunters who knew neither grain nor how to sow it, but they began to change the world around them, and eventually set the stage for the infectious spread of civilization over the planet. In a period spanning roughly a thousand years, the mechanisms where put in place through which the plains and plateaus that surround Göbekli Tepe were transformed from forest to field. I went to Göbekli Tepe, stood on the mound and looked out across an expanse that was once a lush forest full of game, herbs, shrubs, and sustenance for hunter-gatherers. That same expanse is now looks beat, having been set upon for thousands of years by goat, sheep, and plow. A lone tree sits on top of Göbekli Tepe, seemingly reminding us of a lost era in human history, a lost sense of innocence before man moved on to control the ebbs and flows of nature, of a time before my species laid down their satchels and spears and picked up hoes and plows.

The modern human is not completely the same animal as was our migratory hunter-gatherer ancestors, and I soon realized that my search for my species’ lost nomadic roots just lead me into a study of people who had a physical and mental makeup that was slightly different than my own. I am the product of 10,000 years of super charged genetic adaption which was suppose to equip me to be a part of a sedentary, agricultural, civilized society. My biology is that of Cain the farmer not Abel the nomad, but I know that the restlessness of the nomad still lives inside of the modern human, as the wolf still lives inside of every dog."

Hot Topics / Enema
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:32:41 pm »
Several people on this forum seem to question the value of enemas. Why is this? Although they aren't a tradition practiced during the Paleolithic era they seem to be an effective way of cleansing one of the elimination systems.

GS, you recommend liver flushes before resorting to coffee enemas. Is this true in the case of water enemas or EVOO enemas as well? Do liver flushes and enemas achieve results that are entirely different? In what instance should they each be applied?

Everywhere except on this forum enemas are touted as a surefire way to kick start the elimination system.

A Personal Aside
I find that my digestive system is sluggish, in that, it requires a great deal of energy to process foods and I do so at a retarded rate. This explains how the Milk Diet has been successful for me: the milk is much more easily digested than solid foods and also provides a balanced nutrition. However, the Milk Diet has not been perfectly curative because I still find that when I do eat solid foods, I still require quite a bit of energy to process the foods and I still suffer from a retarded digestion on the Milk Diet. This leads me to believe that while the milk is supplying me with plenty of nutrition which I was previously deficient of (which explains why I've been feeling better than ever since I began the Milk Diet), the Milk Diet may not be enough to solve my issues. To be honest, I really have no idea what I'm facing (in regard to my problem with digesting food)! However, I observe that the only time I've been able to conquer insomnia since high school was when I was a vegetarian eating minimally and now on the Milk Diet.

This brings me to the conclusion that an enema would be able to help my sluggish digestive and elimination system but the tone of this forum causes me to be apprehensive. I've tried liver flushes with success and I've had a colonic. I found the liver flush to be taxing yet effective in flushing stones and the colonic to be more pleasant and convenient overall and effective in flushing compacted fecal matter.

How would one go about raising a child on the Raw Paleolithic Diet both in theory and in practice? What foods could be potentially dangerous for young children just weaned from breast milk?

The way GS offers raw meats to his children is an example in children at an older, cognizant age, but what about younger children? I've heard of parents raising children vegan. Is this similar?

Are there any parents here who offer raw animal foods to their children? If so, at what age did they begin eating this way?

If I ever beget children I'd like to know if there are any boundaries I should be aware of.

General Discussion / Using a Sweat Lodge for Detoxification
« on: November 23, 2011, 11:41:03 pm »
I spent some time on a bison ranch in California. While there, I constructed several sweat lodges and participated in several ceremonies.

I recently built a sweat lodge myself for the first time with a friend.

Sweat lodge

Sweat lodges are a great way for a powerful detoxification through the pores even throughout the cold winter months. Moreover, you can harvest all the materials from the natural environment (depending on your area), which is a great way to interact and become acquainted with the natural environment surrounding you. If you cannot find these materials in your area, supplies can be purchased, too.

Here are three guides to help you get started: A Sweat Lodge, Building your Own Sweat Lodge, Building a Sweat Lodge.

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