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General Discussion / Kelp Noodles
« on: June 21, 2014, 07:16:16 am »
Has anyone tried them? My store carries 100% raw kelp noodles with just a sodium extract from brown seaweed. They are supposed to be just like eating kelp, so they'd have a lot of trace minerals and iodine. I thought it might be a fun way to eat more sea veggies, but wanted to get some opinions.

General Discussion / Corn
« on: June 09, 2014, 05:57:07 am »
Something I've been meaning to ask. Assuming it's non-GMO / organic, etc., why is corn so bad for you? I know it's a grain, but unlike other grains, it's completely edible and actually tasty when raw. I remember very well when I went to the midwest, we would gather fresh corn from the field (it was organic) and just eat it. Sometimes with butter and salt, but it didn't even need it. And it was raw. A couple of weeks before I went paleo, I enjoyed a few "ears" of raw corn from a neighbor. So corn just stumps me. Usually the idea for me is that if you can't eat it raw (like grains), it's not going to be good. So what's the case with corn?

General Discussion / Sun Exposure
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:48:59 pm »
Hey guys. I know that sun is healthy and I do my best to get sun exposure. I don't use any sunscreen/sunblock at all. Anyways, I walk to work 2-3 times a week and it takes me about 45 min. I'm always in direct sunlight the entire time. I wear a tank top of some sort to get more skin exposed to the sun while I can. It's been very sunny and hot here the last week, so I actually got a noticeable tan on my chest and arms already. But I actually slightly burned. It looks like a tan with a hint of red, and the skin is a little sensitive. No real pain. I've had a real sunburn as a kid and this is nothing at all. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if not for seeing the slight redness. My worry is that I got some sort of irritation on my chest twice in a row now. A very itchy area like a small rash. Google says you can have an allergy to sunlight, but that sounds like some serious nonsense to me.

What is safe for sun exposure? I didn't really think there's an issue, but I seem to be burning after 45 minutes in the sun. I want to go out sunbathing / tanning tomorrow with my boyfriend since we have the whole day to ourselves. I'm very fair skinned and he's tan (I'm white, he's filipino). I have no intentions of using sunscreen either.

General Discussion / Temporary Sleeping Aid?
« on: June 01, 2014, 03:25:29 pm »
What would be the best thing to take to aid in sleep. Like a sleeping pill, but obviously not. I've heard that melatonin supplements are very bad especially if you take them often. I'm just looking for something that can aid in falling asleep (magnesium isn't enough) for my boyfriend. He itches a lot while his skin is healing and it impairs his sleep. I'm afraid that the lack of sleep is impairing the healing. It's a vicious cycle. So what would be a good temporary sleeping aid? If there isn't one, that's fine too. Just need an honest answer. Thanks. :)

Health / Swollen Lymph Nodes
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:15:40 am »
What causes swollen lymph nodes? My boyfriend has lumps around the groin and his side/rib area (where the obliques muscles are), so I'm sure they are the lymph nodes. I'm certain that this is linked to all the stress going on with his system overall while he still has eczema, but just wondering in general what causes this and what can fix it?

Health / Acne
« on: May 15, 2014, 05:40:21 pm »
What exactly causes acne when eating RPD? I thought this was a little temporary issue, but it's not going away. I have never had acne more than some blackheads even as a teenager, and even when SAD. People have complimented my skin throughout my life. But since going RPD, it seems like I'm suffering from blackheads. At one point, my forehead was covered in them (thank goodness I have bangs), and it's getting bad enough that I'm having dark spots in some areas to where I look like I have more freckles. It's never big red pimples, just blackheads. But a lot. I get new ones everyday, so it must be something I'm doing wrong ....

Note: When I went primal/paleo (still cooked), what little acne I did have was COMPLETELY gone. Even consuming large amounts of dairy.

General Discussion / Parrot Fish
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:34:23 am »
My boyfriend spotted parrot fish at an Asian fish market on his way home. Has anyone had it?

Health / Weird Reaction?
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:17:37 am »
I'm having a weird reaction right now. I had chicken thigh, then maybe 20 min later I ate a banana that was nearly gone bad. Very brown in some spots, and I only ate the non-brown parts. I hate waste, but it was too far gone to eat without gagging. Then, I had a manila mango. All was fine while I was eating the mango, but as soon as I had finished and thrown the peel away, the left side of my mouth got a harsh prickling and burning sensation. It's like little prickling/stabbing and it burns inside my right cheek, along the side of my tongue, and my entire throat.

It's really weird. This is far from my first time eating either of these three items. Is this an allergic reaction though? Unless there was some cross contamination, but even then I have no idea what could've happened.

Note: I almost always eat with my hands, so I touched all of these things quite a bit and I'm not experiencing any reactions on my skin. My lips are fine too.

General Discussion / Best Red Meat
« on: May 10, 2014, 03:53:30 pm »
What's everyone's favorite species of red meat? I'm having trouble enjoying beef, despite it being my absolute favorite when cooked. I really love raw poultry, much to my surprise, but I do want to make sure to include red meat in my diet. I don't think just poultry and seafood is enough. I just never care to eat beef. It tastes unusual now. I have a small amount of venison which I'm enjoying. It's more fresh and flavorful. But, it's very expensive ... though I don't mind spending extra if I'll enjoy it. I was thinking about antelope and elk .... what's your opinion on elk vs venison vs antelope?

Any other red meat suggestions?

General Discussion / Any Meat To Avoid?
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:05:18 pm »
Pretty much like the title says - is there any raw meats or organs that are actually BAD for you?

I'm not talking about things like grain-fed meats or processed stuff like bacon. But like a specific species of animal in which you would not want to consume any meat/organs from.

General Discussion / Mystery Organ
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:46:01 am »
I was eating a salmon head when a mystery organ fell out. I didn't see what part it came from, so I was completely lost as to what it was. It was sac-like, and full of semi solid blood.

I ate it ... tasted good and I wasn't concerned about it. But I'm wondering what it was.

General Discussion / Escolar (Butterfish)
« on: April 27, 2014, 04:30:44 am »
I recently heard about a fish known as "butterfish," that's supposed to be a very high fat, oily fish. Coincidentally, I also tried "white tuna" sashimi while out with my boyfriend's mom the other day. I looked up butterfish because I saw it being sold at the fish market I go to, and found that sometimes "butterfish" which is actually escolar, can be sold in sushi restaurants mislabeled as "white tuna." Anyways, I really liked the "white tuna" at the restaurant, so I wouldn't really mind getting it from the market, since escolar is supposed to be fatty. But I read some weird stuff online about side effects and toxicity ...

"Escolar's wax ester content can cause keriorrhea (Greek: flow of wax), gempylotoxism or gempylid fish poisoning.[4] Keriorrhea is similar to diarrhea, only the body will expel yellowish-orange drops of oil instead of liquid bowel movements. Some individuals suffering from escolar-induced keriorrhea also report other digestive issues, including stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and anal leakage; onset may occur between 30 minutes and 36 hours following consumption.[5] This condition may also be referred to as steatorrhea."

I didn't experience this myself when eating what was most likely escolar, but I also only had three pieces of it, and it said less than 6 oz will let you avoid the symptoms. But it even says that Italy and Japan has completely banned the sales of the fish because it's considered toxic.

I was wondering if anyone here eats escolar? If it's what I tasted at the restaurant, I really, really liked it. But I just want to know if the side effects are concerning.

General Discussion / Water
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:51:24 am »
I was wondering what everyone's opinions are about how much water you should drink. We're told we need to drink something like 10-12 glasses of water a day for proper hydration.

I find that I can go two whole days without drinking water before I even realize that I haven't had any. But, this is only if I haven't had a very productive day. If I work (where I'm constantly on my feet), I'll definitely drink more water. But still, I probably don't even get close to half of that recommended amount. I would estimate that the most water I drink is 3-4 glasses, and only if I've been on my feet a lot of the day and also ate a lot of salty food or just salt in my food. My pee is never really yellow either, so I can't imagine I'm just permanently dehydrated and unaware.

Is it okay to drink so little assuming I'm not actually feeling thirsty? If I feel thirsty, I drink immediately. So, just wondering how much water everyone drinks, and what they think of it.

Personals / Northern California
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:47:59 am »
Hey guys! I'm not really new to RPD, but new to the forum. My boyfriend and I live in Northern California, inland of San Francisco. Contra Costa County to be exact. I noticed there was one for San Jose, but that's a bit too South of us, and the thread is a bit old, too. I figured I'd just start something fresh.

I was hoping some other people might be in this area or close to it that might be interested in connecting whether it's just chatting, recommending good meat sources, or more. Hope to hear from someone! Cheers! ^_^

General Discussion / Loss of Appetite / Lack of Cravings
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:42:54 am »
Hey guys. As some of you know I've been back to 100% raw foods for about 3 weeks now.

Since two nights ago, I've really lacked any urge to eat any raw meats (seafood included). And it's not like I'm craving cooked food either. Literally, everything just sounds bland, and it even tastes bland when I eat it (which I know is a sign that you don't need it). I've done this with an assortment of meats and fish - even cuts with lots of fat and the fat is just meh. Egg yolks have lost their appeal, too, and they were tasting delicious for a while. Fruit is the only thing that still sounds somewhat appealing, but I don't want to just eat that.

What do you guys do when you lack appetite or cravings? I still feel somewhat hungry, but not ravenous.

Health / Painful "Acne" Bumps?
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:14:30 pm »
Hey guys. Just before starting to eat raw again (so almost 3 weeks now), I started getting very large bug-bite / acne-like bumps on my thighs and butt. Just those two places. Random parts of my thighs (more towards the outer parts, nothing on the inner thigh or crotch), and then random parts of my butt cheeks. I've NEVER dealt with body acne. I thought they were just bug bites, but I'm getting them often now. They're large, very red, and hurt. A couple were itchy, but most are just very painful. Some do have stuff in them when you squeeze them, suggesting that they're pimples ... but again, I've never had any type of body acne, even when eating the worst of SAD. I just got another one today just above the inside of my knee, and it's SOO painful. It stings really bad just going from sitting to standing. So, finally, it's bothering me enough that I wanted to post.

Any idea what this could be? Aside from this one thing, I'm feeling AMAZING back on raw. So I hope this is just something small that can be fixed.

General Discussion / Wild Game Meat
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:53:56 am »
Kind of a newbie question. I'm in Northern California, and having a bit of trouble finding wild game meat. I did find one seller in San Francisco that has a decent variety, species-wise, but not a lot of different cuts. Mainly just the popular cuts like steaks, loin, and ribs.

Does anyone know of any local Farmers Markets or butcher shops in general that have quality game meat? I'm also curious about how diet comes into play. I'm always very serious about pasture-raised animals, but it seems like most are fed some type of grain. I'm also okay with ordering online if there is absolutely nothing local. But again, most sites have grain-fed animals. :/

Health / Eczema - A Journey To Healing
« on: April 10, 2014, 06:05:36 am »
Hi everyone. I've been a lurker for a while now and just finally made an account. My boyfriend and I both started eating a little under a year ago, but sometime during Winter we screwed up and ended up eating almost entirely cooked food again. We have always eaten primal/paleo and really thrived once we got off of SAD (seriously). We're back to 100% raw now, though. I've been using recipes (I know, mixing is frowned upon by some here) to keep things interesting so that we DON'T stray away again. I've been enjoying it even more now than before. I feel like a new person.

I'm writing here to document everything and also to get suggestions from the community. I've read about eczema on here already, but I wanted to make a personal post.

My boyfriend has had eczema for his entire life. His childhood was all about covering himself from head to toe in steroidal/topical creams and using lotion at all times. It wasn't until I started really studying nutrition and learned about leaky gut and all that stuff that he even considered that eczema was an internal problem - not some skin disease you're permanently born with as the dermatologists always say. One of our visits to a derm actually concluded with her saying "There's nothing you can do, your body is just lacking topical creams, which is why you need to use them." I was stunned. His skin got better when we swapped from SAD to Paleo/Primal (still cooked). He was still using Aveno lotion (not the worst but still), though. When we went raw back last Summer, his skin did get better. He noticed that flare-ups would go down much faster especially right after a meal of raw beef or salmon. There wasn't any serious bad changes when we ended up eating cooked food again. It was during December that things just suddenly went downhill. But, he did stop using Aveno, and he was using Dr. Bronner's organic lotion. Once things got REALLY bad, even Aveno didn't make things better. Nothing would, but we weren't going to turn to topical creams.

- Extremely itchy skin
- Inflamed skin (puffy/swollen and red)
- Very dry, sometimes cracking skin
- Extreme shedding (we have to wipe dead skin off of the bed multiple times a night)
- Sweating/oozing when skin is against something for a long time (i.e. if I end up against him during the night, it was be burning hot and wet)
- Bad dead skin smell EVERYWHERE

Before going back to 100% raw, he was eating pretty basic foods - veggies, some fruit, lots of meat (primarily red meat), fats, and minimal dairy. Now, we're eating nothing but raw meat (grass-fed beef and seafood/shellfish) with minimal amounts of fruits and veggies, lots of animal fats when it's included in our meat, some oils, and beef liver and bone marrow when we can get ahold of it. Everything is raw. We were going to do raw goat kefir for the probiotics, but we've just cut out dairy completely. He also eats a bit of fermented vegetables (kimchi/sauerkraut) daily. No kombucha, though.

He's also taking some supplements to help with his gut. Enough research on probiotics made me feel like they were a good idea, so the one he is currently taking is called RAW PROBIOTICS Ultimate Care 100 Billion with 34 probiotic strains. The guy at the health food store that we go to (who we know pretty well) highly recommended a supplement called IntestiNEW. It contains: L-Glutamine, N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, Gamma Oryzanol, Cranesbill root, Ginger root, Marigold Extract 5:1 flower, and marshmallow root, along with the capsule (veggie fiber and water). I didn't see anything wrong with it, and I've read good things about L-Glutamine and Glucosamine, so we included that.

Also, he stopped using all lotions at this point. He was using coconut oil, but noticed a slight irritation (nothing visible like a rash, but he would feel an unpleasant tingling), so he's since switched to olive oil. That's been working out just fine.

Since taking these things (it's been 2 weeks now), and going back to raw (1 week in now), we've seen improvement. It's very, very slow, though.

- Legs are very cleared up (skin is smooth but still dry, and it itches occasionally)
- Hands appear to be healing (skin will shed off, revealing healthy skin, but then it dries up quickly and repeats the cycle)
- Face and arms are significantly less inflamed

- The sweat got significantly worse for a few days. I actually thought he wet the bed because the sheets were soaked.
- Feet are VERY swollen to the point of not being able to wear certain pairs of shoes. This is still ongoing.

Even though there's a lot clearing up, he's still very miserable. He itches 24/7, sometimes getting less than an hour of sleep at night because he is so uncomfortable. The shedding is insane, we had probably 2-3 lbs of JUST dead skin in our vacuum. The sheets, chairs, linoleum floor, and just about everything are covered in this dead skin shed. And we vacuum 2-3 times a day now. Still covered. I feel like he's improving. Certain areas are definitely clearer. But the swollen feet and inflammation hasn't gone down, and I'm wondering what swollen feet means. I've read that this could all be signs of die-off (bad bacteria, candida, etc) from having such a messed up gut.

Can anyone give any info? Any advice on what else we can be doing to help? Does this sound like it's getting better or worse? All inputs are welcome and appreciated! I'm literally doing everything all day and night for him. I really hope we'll be able to put his eczema to rest once and for all.

TLDR: My boyfriend suffers from eczema, and is hoping that a 100% raw diet of mainly animal meats, fats, and some organ/marrow along with a supplemented probiotic, intestinal healing supplement, and fermented vegetables will help. Suggestions, advice, tips, and any other inputs are greatly appreciated.

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