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General Discussion / Why is meat predominantly cooked?
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:40:55 am »
I know this has been asked before but I just don't think it's "addicting" or the opioid or whatever. Nor does cooked meats taste better.
I don't know about the transition and "raw meat tastes bad you have to get used to it" thing people are talking about. Raw meat tastes so good in its own right, maybe it's because I am already a sushi-lover. Cooked or boiled fish tastes utterly disgusting to me. When I tried raw meat it didn't take any effort to get used to it.

Cooked meats taste more gamey (but in a weird way), they're dry, and they taste rusty compared to raw meat. They even feel acidic in the stomach if they're not boiled. Raw meat has less gamey flavors, it tastes savory, and its texture is way better. Cooked meat only tastes better if it's heavily marinated, which may explain why most traditional recipes require marinating the meat. But raw meat can be marinated too.

Cooked meat benefits:
-denatured proteins, might be easier to digest. That's the main thing people say is the benefit of cooked meat but I personally can't tell.
-Tougher cuts of meat that you can't chew through become softer after cooking. This is the biggest benefit I can think of.
-Easier to separate the meat from the bone by boiling/cooking, and boiling brings out the nutrients out of bones
-you eat more (how is it a benefit though?)
-You can extract the fats easily in order to use it for other foods (eating with vegetables and grains, cooking vegetables for extra flavor).
- Marinating and cooking infuses the flavor deep into the meat, while marinating raw meat just covers the surface. Maybe this is why people love cooked meat.
- eliminating dangerous pathogens, parasites, and bacteria such as rabies
- more texture variety? crunchy bacon, fried crunchy tempura, chewy marinated steak
- warmer during cold seasons

Raw meat tastes good too though and has pros too:
-less gamey
-less effort to make & much faster. you have to pay attention to how you cook steak for example, or it's going to be too dry.
-naturally tastes better (cooked liver tastes utterly disgusting while raw liver tastes sweet)
-nice moist texture, not rusty and dry like raw meat
-stuck in your teeth less
-you need less to feel satisfied or get nutrients
-probably has more nutrients that didn't break down thanks to heat
-no burnt carcinogens
-Raw fats always taste better and even feel better, doesnt feel slimy in the stomach like cooked fats do
-beneficial bacteria and parasites
- cooler during hot seasons
- can be easily preserved just as cooked meats (such as curing. I heard that natural quality meat doesn't actually go bad, just ferments or dries out)

It would make sense if cooked and raw meats were eaten in equal amounts side by side, but why is most meat predominantly cooked (especially boiled) in most cultures? There must be a reason?
Little children prefer raw meat and crave raw meat, I never heard of a kid wanting cooked meat. How in the world did we even begin cooking meat in the first place?
Cooked meats don't taste any better IMO, and it's so time and energy intensive to cook meat. I don't get how it became more popular than raw meat.

Journals / It Better Goddang Work!
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:12:50 pm »
Thanks to my crappy diet during childhood, I don't think even regular paleo will do it for me, even though it seems to help a lot of other people.
So I am really hoping that raw paleo will help me. After all it wasn't difficult at all to say "screw it" to cooked meats and chow down on the raw. The only cooked meat I like is bacon, but who knows. Maybe someday I'll be like "what is this crap" and stop eating bacon.

I am struggling with:
PCOS - Endometriosis - Rheumatoid Arthritis - Candida - Acne - PTSD
Funny how if you have one, you tend to have many other illnesses.

Hot Topics / Has anyone tried urine for skin/hair care?
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:27:48 am »
I know that CW argues that urine is a "toxic waste product", but then there's also people who claim to have scientific proof that urine is just filtered blood with excess hormones/minerals/substances because the kidney is constantly regulating levels of substances in the blood. I don't know who to believe anymore. Just because some highly accredited Institute XYZ said something doesn't mean that we can blindly trust them. Everyone here knows that by now. But also I never heard of the "urine is filtered blood" thing before.

Anyway, urine was apparently used for hair wash by the Inuits and the Peruvians. If it's free and we eat a healthy, natural diet, then why not? I am already over the ick factors (that's how I got started on raw meat despite CW), so I might as well try urine for topical care as well. Just for the heck of it.
I am afraid of the urine lingering in my hair and stinking up. I just rinsed my hair in diluted pee with a cup and a basin. I poured the urine dilute onto my scalp and surprisingly, my hair didn't tangle up from being wet. It's not like shampoo or conditioner but I was able to rub the urine into the hair without too much friction. After rinsing for maybe 5 minutes, I turned on the shower head and rinsed my hair thoroughly. My hair is still wet and I don't notice any odor. However someone else might if they met me LOL.  I am waiting for it to fully dry in order to see how my hair feels.

So, has anyone tried using urine on your skin before?
What about using urine to wash your hair? Did it clean well enough, or did it smell bad or build up in any way?
Is anyone willing to try this with me and post your results (anonymously is fine)?

Welcoming Committee / Once upon a time
« on: December 29, 2013, 10:59:59 am »
Once upon a time,
I ate cooked meat. I hated it, and I wondered why I had to cook it. It was dry and powdery. Even grass fed meat seemed to give me acne, but I knew I needed meat. I craved meat. I even tried frozen veal liver. I hated the texture of the cooked liver, yet my body craved liver.

I would often bring grass fed meat from whole foods, and they would smell so fresh and sweet. It was sad that I couldn't just eat it raw (or can I?).
As I prepared the pots and turned on the stove, I would sadly look at the sweet, bright red slabs and think, "I didn't pay $10 just so I can turn that into leather.."

I researched more, and eventually found the idea of eating raw meat appealing. However, despite thinking about my persistant health issues, I never got the push towards raw meat.

However, looking at the beautiful Inger (and reading about her transformation on Jack Kruse), I gave raw meat more thought. A few minutes later, I watched the TLC Freaky Eater's Raw Meat guy, who looked incredible. I concluded that if the guy from the show can eat even the cheapest cuts of meat from CAFO factories (which sounded like eternal diarrhea right there), then grass-fed meat must be a non-issue.
I know this is shallow but hey, beauty is a signal of health: these raw meat people are hot so they must be doing something right. I am sold!

During the holidays, I was like screw it and ate raw lamb instead of cooking it. It was like warm sashimi in my mouth. I didn't feel sick nor die, so I continued little by little.
Today, I tried fresh raw liver as well. The texture was smooth and the mouthfeel felt nice. Chewing on the liver felt weird but I can get used to it. It even tasted good, savory and sweet even though there's that hint of odor (like when you drive across the countryside). But it's okay.
My body's craving for the formerly wretched liver was answered.

So here I am.
I am struggling with:
PCOS - Endometriosis - Rheumatoid Arthritis - Candida - Acne - PTSD
Funny how if you have one, you tend to have many other illnesses.

Primal Diet / Has anyone tried fermenting raw meat in yogurt
« on: December 23, 2013, 01:38:02 pm »
I am thinking of using yogurt or kefir to give raw meat the extra boost. It would make the meat more bioavailable,fight off the pathogens more, and speed up the "rotting" process towards high meat, wouldn't it?
Has anyone tried this or have recipes for it?

I hope the yogurt helps with the taste of liver.

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