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Journals / From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 15, 2009, 08:32:12 am »
I'm going to order from Slanker's finally. I'm going to start with about 24lbs of bison chili and 8lbs of suet, so about a 3:1 ratio, though that's a bit high in fat I think--maybe 3.5:1. I'll alter the ratio of fat to meat, depending on how I feel I suppose. Of course I don't have anything to measure it with so it'll just be guessing basically. Might also order some marrow bones also.

I'm expecting to eat between 1 and 1 1/2lbs a day, maybe less, as I have a very low weight and small frame. I'm a little concerned about the initial weight loss, but I know it'll stabilize eventually.

I'm going to be going from a horrible, cooked, totally SAD diet to raw zero-carb. If I can't down it raw, I'll wait until I'm hungry enough to down it raw. I think it'll be easier to just get the transition over with while I have a break from college and very few things I HAVE to do in the next 17 days, rather than dragging it out over months. Last time I tried to do that the digestive conversion was really distracting from school.

Though I'm going to try and do this in one shot, I'm also going to give myself leeway to cook some and eat paleo carbs if I absolutely have to. One can only handle so much.

I've got a lot of mental issues, and I'm interested to see how they're impacted after the switch. What pushed me over the edge to this diet decision was finding out I probably have mild psychotic depression. Psychosis can be impacted by sugar and caffeine for sure, and who knows what else in SAD could be creating the chemical conditions for it. I want to eliminate as many factors for that as possible, because I refuse to go on medication for it (meds make me crazier  8)). I also have anxiety, so we'll see how that changes.

I expect to have about two weeks of feeling like hell and isolating myself near the toilet before I feel better.

I'm debating whether I should exercise or not (more than I am, which is only some interval training playing with my dog). I do want to exercise more eventually (martial arts and strength training), but right NOW I just want to make the transition from high-carb SAD to zero-carb as smooth as possible (done in two weeks) so it doesn't interfere with how I feel during school.

Any thoughts for those who are already went zero-carb?

General Discussion / How much water do you drink?
« on: March 16, 2009, 04:08:15 pm »
I drink nothing but Perrier. I can't go near our tapwater now that I'm drinking this, even though we have a filter. It tastes awful. I suppose it might be the fluoride. I'd like to move on to better mineral water, but we can get this in bulk at Costco, so it'll do for now. Way better than the filtered tap. Yuck.

Anyway, I noticed, I drink a LOT of water. Between 2 and 3 .5 liter bottles a day, so about 1 to 1.5 liters. Is that "normal", especially for someone small? (I'm about 85lbs).

Granted, I'm not on raw yet and struggle to eat paleo 100%, so that probably increases my water intake, but it still seems like a lot. I'd prefer to drink less for monetary reasons (hah...), as this is pretty expensive and therefore detracts from buying better quality food (still living with my parents).

Just curious how much others drink.

Just wondering everyone's thoughts on this and what implications it might have if it's passed:

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Meat Cuts?
« on: January 25, 2009, 06:19:29 pm »
I know absolutely nothing about meat cuts. I want to order from Slanker's, but I'm not sure what to get.

What cuts are easiest to cut into small, regular pieces that could be swallowed whole? I'm still new at eating raw, and I suspect I'll have to do a lot of that, unless I like the taste of pastured/organic enough to ignore I'm eating muscle meat.

I've tried this with steaks, but between the fat, the texture of the meat, and the sinew it just doesn't work out. Although I really do need to invest in a decent knife, which I'm sure would help.

Personals / Attraction
« on: August 05, 2008, 07:48:10 am »
Not exactly personals, but it seemed to be the right place to put this.

Is it just me, or do others have the same problem with being attracted to non-paleo dieters?

I've always struggled with feeling shallow and never being attracted to someone for long, but the more I think about it, the more I think it's diet related. Even with people who are in good shape, it's almost like I can sense they're still unhealthy because of their diet. Anytime I see people eating non-paleo now, it makes me shudder.

I haven't been paleo for more than two weeks, and it's not complete yet, but I can see the difference. My breakout is clearing up, my teeth feel cleaner, even the color of my skin looks better. I've lost 4lbs already, and I didn't even need (or want) to lose weight. It looks like it's mostly in the abdominal area.

There just aren't that many paleo-dieters, though. And people tend to be defensive about grains and dairy, even when health-conscious. I don't even care if someone isn't eating raw.

Just kind of frustrating.

General Discussion / Raw fat vs Cooked fat
« on: August 03, 2008, 01:32:24 pm »
I was talking to my dad earlier who doesn't believe that raw fat could possibly be good for you cholesterol wise. Does anyone have a website that describes the change heat has on fat? I don't know any of the chemistry behind it. I'm also limited in my chemistry knowledge, so one that isn't too above my head would be nice. :P

Health / What do you use for sunblock?
« on: July 26, 2008, 08:19:54 am »
I was musing on this today, because I spent my time at a pool for 3 hours yesterday and got a minor sunburn despite the sun block.

Obviously, sunblock is full of chemicals and rubbing it on your skin isn't that great of an idea. I don't think the sun is harmful, but we have done damage to the ozone layer, which means we're experiencing more radiation then we would have during the paleo era. Plus, I freckle, and I hate that. :P I'd rather not cook it in to permanent freckles. Damn irish blood.

So what do you do for sunblock?

Health / Recommended Tests?
« on: July 19, 2008, 09:23:58 am »
I'm planning on getting some tests done before I switch my diet and exercise. What tests I should request from my doctor? There's basics like BG and BP, but what else? Does anyone have some kind of list of recommended tests to request?

I've barely had any tests done, and it's been a long time since I did. I know as a kid I leaked protein in my urine, but came up negative for any diseases, so I'm interested to see if that has or will change.

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / A few questions from a beginner
« on: July 10, 2008, 08:55:54 pm »
I'm finally starting on the diet; I've been thinking about it for a while now. I'm going to start by going off of grains, dairy, and legumes. I'll work on the raw part later (I tried raw eggs and a slice of beef and nearly tossed my salad at the taste. No cold turkey for me [pun not intended]).

I'm aiming for a diet of mostly meat, with limited carbs from vegetables and fruit, but I don't really know where to start.

I know fats are important, but, other than the fat laced within meat, I'm not sure how to go about getting it (suet is mentioned a lot). I won't be doing any online ordering; it'll all be through Whole Foods and local grocery, with the occasional farmers market. Also, I'll be cooking it, so is excess fat a bad thing? I'm not sure what kind of effect heat has on it. Does anyone know?

My understanding is that mixing up the kind of meat eaten is ideal--not eating just beef or fowl. I love raw fish (I always thought it was wrong to cook it), so I'll definitely be making that a staple. Low-mercury, ideally.

And what kind of ratio of organ meats to muscle meats should I go for? I think I can down heart; maybe liver if it's mixed with something--anything else I'm not sure I can eat at this point.

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Self-Teaching Martial Arts
« on: July 10, 2008, 08:37:20 pm »
For those of us who can't afford to pay for martial arts lessons (or at least right now), anyone have any websites/videos to share?

I'm against using gym exercises or standard push-up, sit-up kinds of exercises. I think the muscles that get developed look strange and unnatural. I eventually want to do a martial art, but it's expensive, and my physical abilities (aka: lack thereof) would make it a complete waste of money for at least a few months. I found an Iaido website a year or so ago, worked with it a little, and saw results.

It's obviously not as good as going to a dojo, being trained by someone who knows what the hell they're doing, and having a sparring partner; but it's better than nothing (that said, I'm also looking into isometrics and running).

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