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Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: July 12, 2009, 06:51:39 am »
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

Doing the salt water flush today... I mixed 2 teaspoons of sea salt in 4 cups of water and added an orange and some grape fruit (I don't have lemons or limes). I'm waiting for it to get cold in the fridge; I think I'll have an easier time getting it down that way.

I am concerned I'm going to throw it up. One small taste of it had my stomach in knots for about 15 minutes. Doesn't help I'm nervous. I've been eating candied ginger on and off since I woke up a few hours ago in hopes it'll help, but I guess we'll see.

It probably won't take all 4 cups anyway, I'm guessing 2, and I can probably take my time getting it down. I'm small and have a sensitive stomach. The fact there's fruit in it will probably make the reaction happen faster also. I can't eat fruit without getting sick.

In other news, I just put in an entire onion and some mushrooms in a crock pot with a leftover ham bone. I'm going to cook the hell out of that, since I read onions and bone stock help the small intestine (which, if I do have celiac, is damaged). I'm going to do my best to stay far, far away from gluten. I don't think getting tested is worth the insane cost, considering I should keep the grains I eat to a minimum ANYway; so out with that idea. It's a good excuse to eat closer to paleo regardless.

I'd just hop into straight paleo/raw paleo, but I can't handle the transition after this mess. Maybe I really should have done it before I started school.  -X I'm going to mix it in with a gluten/dairy-free diet though, as if I make steak I always leave it raw in the middle and I'm going to try and use more paleo foods if I can handle nut flours.

*sigh* This is getting truly old already, and I know there are people dealing with so much worse on here.  -v


Oh damn this is foul. Getting this down is going to be a real test. The salt bites right through the taste of the fruit. I'm chasing it with plain water, which gets rid of the desire to vomit mostly, but while it's in my mouth it makes me really nauseas.

Nevermind, desire to vomit is sticking around now. Yes, getting this down in half an hour is NOT going to happen unless I do want to throw up (something I haven't done for 10 years). It's been 15 minutes and I haven't even gotten 1/2 a cup down.

Yeah... this isn't going to happen. I can't get it down.  -v Nevermind that idea.  l)

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: July 11, 2009, 08:57:08 am »
Never done straight raw-paleo (yet).

First time I tried paleo, I was eating nothing but ground beef (grain-fed) and occasional ketchup/pepper. I felt great and don't remember having any stomach issues. That lasted a week. I can't remember why I stopped though. That was about May of last year.

Second time I tried paleo, I was eating a variety of things. Mostly meat (all grain-fed), but some nuts and spinach and things like that. Mentally I felt better, but I had loose stools that didn't seem to want to go away. Finally stress got to me and I started eating SAD again. I also seemed to get a case of parasites, but that's self-diagnosis. I don't know for certain what happened. It cleared up with a parasite tincture. That was August of last year.

Now I haven't eaten anything unusual at all. That's why I am so stumped. My diet, as horrible as it is given that it's SAD, hadn't altered even a little bit. No organ meat, and I tend to eat very similar things each day. I tried to figure out what I had done differently that set it off, but there doesn't seem to be anything there.

The only change I had made was drinking filtered water instead of carbonated mineral water (which is what I usually drink), and then going back on the mineral water. I'd read carbonation sometimes gave people with IBS issues, so I stopped drinking it for a while to see if it made a difference and there was no change.

I read that celiac and similar "diseases" can appear spontaneously. I find this kind of strange, but if it is my issue it's not entirely spontaneous anyway--I've been getting more and more intolerant for a while, it's just much worse now.

When I woke up today I seared a natural steak in olive oil (so it was raw inside) with a little bit of mushrooms. My stomach felt better about it (no nausea at the time, though I'm nauseas now), but I seem to have moved from loose stools to flat out diarrhea (how nice!). Could be anything I ate in the last day or it could be the imodium still reeking havoc.

I realized I made a mistake though. I shouldn't have eaten today. I should have done that salt water flush and then eaten. I'm debating now whether doing a flush when having eaten recently is a good idea or not.  -\ Sounds a little scary.

Depending on how much it costs, I'm thinking I'll go to the doctor to get tested for parasites, allergies, and celiac and see if I can pin down what the issue is.  >:

Journals / Re: GoodSamaritan's Experiments
« on: July 11, 2009, 07:13:02 am »
Lex, I thought that with meat the body would be converting the protein to glucose like you said?


The liver converts a percentage of protein to glucose, because a few cell types in the body require glucose to function.

Otherwise, once transitioned to zero-carb, the body is running on ketones not glucose.

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: July 10, 2009, 09:36:17 am »
*sigh* I have been so busy I can't even think straight. Social, school, therapy.. it's nuts. Thinking about this diet feels like taking on hell, because I'm already dealing with so many GI issues right now.

My digestion is taking a turn for the worse. About 3 weeks ago I started having loose stools every single morning without fail after I ate. This has not stopped. I tried altering my diet in all kinds of ways to try and figure out the source since it was a random occurrence, and NOTHING changed. I was on a flawless morning schedule with no alterations. It looks like malabsorbtion.

I took imodium day before yesterday to see what it would do after weeks of this (I was going camping with someone.. didn't want to deal with lack of a bathroom and having that issue) and all it did was make me high/drowsy initially, made my muscles really weak, and now I'm suffering pretty severe intenstinal pains, probably due to some level of constipation, I'd assume. God only knows. I'm never taking that stuff again.

I'm really starting to wonder if being stressed gave me celiac disease (disease... I don't really consider it a disease so much as a natural occurrence when an animal eats something it's not supposed to). Apparently stress can activate it. I've become exponentially intolerant to most foods--dairy destroys me, I can't go near any fruits or juice, I seem to be having a harder and harder time with baked things that didn't bother me before... waffles, cake, junk like that. This suggests to me there's something worsening with time.

The problem with this is when I ate paleo (not raw) the second time (tried it once for a week and was fine), I had loose stools on and off all day for several weeks before I finally cracked under stress and stopped. I'd rather have a predictable morning than that.

I don't even know what to do. It doesn't matter what I'm eating or taking, my stomach is giving me trouble. It's making it hard to do anything. I feel like I need to lock myself up until I figure this out.

I just need to vent. I think I'll be taking a trip to the doctor to get tested for gluten intolerance and maybe some other allergens.

I'm considering doing the salt water flush mentioned a while back tonight or tomorrow. I want that imodium out of my intestines NOW, and that flush only takes.. what, an average of an hour and a half or so? I think I could deal with that. It's better than being miserable for several days.

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 23, 2009, 02:00:56 am »
When I make steak I normally do just cook the outside. All we have is hamburger, though; and I'll be ordering from Slanker's within the next week so no point is going out for steak.  :)

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 22, 2009, 04:01:32 pm »
Oh yeah, immediately my mood is a THOUSAND times better. I chopped mushrooms and onions and mixed it in with hamburger; then I melted butter, separated the whey, and poured it in with it and heated it all up.

The smell of the raw hamburger nearly made me dig into it (usually I hate that smell), but while I'm convinced the germ issues are mostly paranoid lies, I'd prefer waiting until I have Slanker's. If I got sick I wouldn't last long, not much weight; and that would be a pretty lame way to go.

Amazing how much better my mood is. I don't feel great, but I don't feel nearly as overwhelmed anymore.


Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 22, 2009, 03:08:38 pm »
I'm still planning on doing this soon, but unexpected challenges came up that have diverted my attention and mental resources, so I haven't been ready to take it on. As a result, I've now lost a week, which means I'll probably be lenient when I try and transition since I'll be in school, instead of trying to force a quicker conversion.

Not what I was hoping for, but it happens. Have to adapt to life sometimes.

My body is telling me now more than ever, though, that I need raw animal food. I've barely been eating (this has been a recent pattern under stress), which is a combination of the stress, no motivation, and zero appetite. Grain carbs and sugars sound disgusting; vegetables and fruits sound disgusting. Both make me nauseas when I eat them. Cooked meat is somewhat unappetizing, but better than those two. However, I've been extremely down and haven't had the willpower to make myself cook.

I keep fantasizing about eating raw meat every time I walk to the fridge and stare at the contents. I would call it bizarre, but it's a good thing, so I'm not complaining. I'm wishing I'd put in the order to Slanker's, but I bloody put it off because I didn't want to deal with cleaning out the freezer for space.

I should probably just force myself to cook SOMEthing. This has been going on for days, and yet I've avoided doing so. I'm basically living off of protein bars loaded with carbs and soy protein, because they're easy. Occasionally I have a sandwich with nice sugary jelly. It's disgusting. Even my carb-addicted body knows its disgusting.

On another note, I don't know if this will ever be relevant in my diet future, but my sleep schedule has been TERRIBLE. Completely nocturnal. I wake up between 4pm and 7pm and sleep at around 8am. Today, I stayed up until about 12pm, slept until 6pm; and then slept again from maybe 8pm to 11pm. It's 1am now.

I had about a week where I was getting a consistent 8 hours of sleep and feeling great upon waking, until my mood slid down. I was also able to stay awake a lot longer, instead of getting tired after 12 hours. This is completely unusual for me. I usually require 10-12 hours of sleep to feel even close to normal. My sleep schedule was still off, waking up between 12pm and 4pm, depending on when I went to bed.

Now, I think I'm sleeping anywhere between 9 and 12 hours a night and feeling like ass when I wake up, which just slides into further ass as I stay awake.

I have no idea what's causing the shift in sleep. I've been under equally high stress, so who knows? I don't know if it'll be relevant later, but there it is.

Right. Off to force myself to cook something with animal food in it. I've practically been an accidental vegetarian, and I doubt this is improving my bad mood any. It's as bad as living off of cake and little debbies about two weeks ago. Ugh.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: May 17, 2009, 04:42:19 am »
I suspect the dental improvements and not needing to brush have to do with the fact most bacteria feed off of carbs--if you're not eating them, there's nothing for them to feed off of, which means they don't multiply and don't create acid that destroys your teeth.

I'm looking forward to that improvement--I have horrible demineralization from drinking 3 sodas a day for about 4 years.  -X

Hot Topics / Re: Cooked palaeo Youtube video
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:07:56 pm »
I thought that was really well done. I posted a topic on it a big ago, but then saw this here.  :P

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 16, 2009, 01:02:48 pm »
Sort of getting my plan together.

I'll probably be eating ginger. 1 tsp of the spice has about 1.27g of carbs. 1 tbsp is about 3.82g. Or I might get an extract. I'll see what they have at the health food store. Maybe peppermint extract also.

I'm afraid the digestive discomfort is going to get the best of me before the carb-cravings do.

When I went cooked paleo I got really sick after a while. It could have been a case of parasites (I got sick right after swimming and a parasite herbal tincture helped it) or it could have been an odd reaction to the cooked paleo. Ginger ale (REAL ginger ale, with the extract) saved me a lot of misery, but I don't want to drink soda, obviously. Before getting really sick I was still having some digestive problems on it.

So if (when) my stomach gives me problems I can fall back on ginger and peppermint and hopefully they'll help.

If I absolutely need significant carbs I'll pick them in this order (fruit doesn't usually agree much with my stomach and sometimes vegetables don't either, hence they're at the bottom of the list.):
Raw Honey (although I suspect it's heated)
Ginger Candy

If I can't down it raw, unseasoned (which is likely) I'll start playing with seasonings:
Real salt
Garlic Salt
Chili Powder

If I can't down it raw, seasoned I'll move to lightly cooking it (which I'm already used to). I really like Lex's suggestion:
One of my favorites when I was first starting was to take Slankers course ground Chili meat, add my extra fat (well chopped), lightly season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then toss in a skillet over medium heat just to warm everything up.

I have the option of adding cooked eggs and seared salmon. I'm also going to get a few packages of Beef Chili Meat. I have it in my head that bison is "cleaner", though it's grass-fed and I know intellectually the beef is just as "clean," which is why I'm not starting with beef. So there's a little variation.

I think I can push through feeling miserable due to no-carb (unless I instinctually judge that it's a bad idea... I'm hoping I can tell the difference), but the digestive conversion might do me in when hit with both at the same time. My body is definitely telling me I need raw animal food in my diet and need to stop eating grains (vegetables I never crave and fruit very sparingly). It has been for a while, but I am so wimpy with digestive problems.  l)

General Discussion / Re: little help?
« on: May 16, 2009, 12:14:47 pm »
I'm kind of worrying about this myself. My social life is getting more active, and I'm about to go on RPD (assuming I don't crack and stuff myself full of cake or something).

But as with most things--don't worry about it and people will probably just look at you funny if you're forced to mention it. The more we worry about something the more attention it draws and the more we entice someone to make a negative judgment. People smell fear and lack of confidence ;) If you appear completely suave, like it's an everyday thing for people to eat a hunk of raw liver with their bare hands, people are less likely to mark it as "gross" and more likely to mark it as just something weird you do.

The problem is this takes a good dose of healthy self-esteem, and there's nothing more difficult to keep than self-esteem in a social situation. Especially when it involves someone you're interested in.

One thing you could tell her in a somewhat rushed situation like that (where you don't want to sit there and answer questions about your diet) is that you just don't eat anything you don't prepare yourself. If she asks you why you don't, tell her you just like knowing the source of your food.

Or... just flat out tell her you're into the raw paleolithic diet and cover your bases right there. If she asks questions, answer them as if you're not doing anything peculiar at all.

Definitely don't go on the defensive or feel shame if she disapproves. There's nothing worse than being coaxed into a "debate" or feeling self-conscious about it just because the person takes offense to your choices. They own their negative reaction; you don't have to.

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 16, 2009, 11:43:34 am »
I live with my parents, so I have to watch them eat macaroni and cheese and oreos and junk like that while I try to do this lol! That'll be fun. :P If I lived alone I would just refuse to have anything else in the house.

I've considered having my private fridge in my room, but I don't really have floor space for that; the one we have isn't really "mini" and I don't have cash for another one. Not a big deal though.

I've already cut dairy out of my diet (except in baked foods) so that helps. I don't have to resist cheese; I already resist it. Resisting it hasn't gotten any easier though and was only motivated by the fact I get sick and suffer pain every time I eat it. Resisting carbs will be interesting. Definitely a test in will power. I think if I can make it through two weeks, I can make it to a month and then, hopefully, not turn back.

Though I may end up posting in the Confessional.  -d

Journals / Re: From SAD to Zero-Carb
« on: May 16, 2009, 03:26:48 am »
Thanks for all the suggestions. Tons of thanks for the measurements, since I don't have anything to weigh things with. That'll make it easy to make sure I'm getting a decent protein/fat ratio.

I'm going to try unseasoned raw, but if I just can't do it I'll go for seasoned (salt, pepper, garlic salt, maybe chili powder), and then lightly cooked, as Lex suggested. I've been lightly cooking meat for a few months, so I'm used to that if it's necessary (although the addition of the suet could make things more difficult, depending on how I like it). I'm definitely going to pick up some Real Salt, as I suspect if I want nothing else, I'll want salt.

When the carb cravings hit, I know I'll struggle. I have some ginger candy if go truly nuts trying not to eat carbs. At least they're not loaded with preservatives or grains, and I can keep track of how much I'm eating. I could also eat spinach or bananas. I'm not big on vegetables and fruit otherwise.

I also have eggs, which I really can't stand eating raw at this point, but will hardboil or cook if I need more variety. There's some frozen salmon as well.

I just want to be over the digestive conversion phase in two weeks. There's nothing worse than having stomach upset and having to go places. -v The rest of the conversion I know will take quite a bit longer. If it takes cooking it some or smothering it in seasonings, I'll fall back on that.

I'm looking forward to the benefits despite the inevitable misery of carb-cravings. Especially if it gets rid of my acne. If it does nothing else, but helps that, then I'll be thrilled.  8)

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?

Wow.. she looked terrible. He looked really good and his kids looked good too. Worms are a bit too much for me, though. Don't think I'll be eating any of those anytime soon. :P

I loved the health expert at the end. No science at all, eh?

Off Topic / Re: Herbal medicine issue
« on: April 30, 2009, 09:08:31 am »
There are herbs that can make finger digit grow back.

I've never heard of that. I know they found out a few years ago you can use the powdered lining of pig's bladder, but herbs?

General Discussion / Re: How much water do you drink?
« on: April 14, 2009, 08:06:34 pm »
I agree, protein I imagine. It even mentions that in the article.

General Discussion / Re: How much water do you drink?
« on: April 14, 2009, 06:53:21 pm »
I didn't know much about rabbit starvation so I was looking it up and on the wikipedia page it says:

# The ammonia released during the process of converting amino acids [from protein] into glucose cannot be cleared by conversion to urea unless enough water is consumed to void it. The buildup of ammonia or urea is poisonous.

Made me wonder if the reason we and other animals get thirsty after eating meat is because of this.

General Discussion / Re: Healing Scars?
« on: April 06, 2009, 02:59:32 pm »
I've heard Bio-Oil works very well and have started using it myself for some scars on my arms and acne scars on my face and back. I have noticed my skin feels better, but it's too early to tell if it's actually helping scar appearance on me.

It has a synthetically produced version of the preening oil ducks produce, mineral oil, and some other oils (like lavender).

What I don't like about it is the fact it has unnatural crap like coloring and the mineral oil, and I hate the smell of lavender. So that's kind of an at your own risk thing. I try to avoid using unnatural products on my skin (I now use soapnuts and baking soda exclusively), so it kind of irks me to use it for that reason, but I've heard it works much better than other over-the-counter scar treatments and have decided it's worth trying.

Raw Weston Price / Re: Baldness American indians
« on: March 19, 2009, 12:57:47 pm »
I believe goodsamaritan says on his site that he reversed his hairloss and graying with... and I could be wrong, it's been a bit since I read it so he'll have to correct me on it... but with coconut oil and RAF.

I'd like to hear more about that.

Maybe there's some kind of link between a lack of good fats and the activation of some kind of genetic factor? There's clearly a genetic factor for it, but I wonder if there's a diet factor also.

General Discussion / Re: How much water do you drink?
« on: March 17, 2009, 03:44:33 am »
I subscribe to the idea that humans are not drinking animals.

I used to drink a ton of water and keep peeing all day.  Raw fruits and raw meat are superior to being forced to drink water when eating cooked food.  In my experience anyway.

I agree that when eating entirely raw humans probably don't require an extra water source very often. Possibly in drier areas we would. I, for instance, live in Colorado and the air here is incredibly dry nearly all the time. Couple that with a mostly cooked diet and I suppose what I'm drinking isn't really that much. I only drink when I'm thirsty. I did notice that when I drink perrier I pee less often than when I'm drinking the tap water.

from my own experience, as well as my research, i've concluded that what in the us is called "mineral water" is highly deleterious health-wise

Because of it's low mineral content?

Interesting how acidic perrier is, I wasn't aware of that. I still prefer it to tap, but I'm not exactly happy with that.

Little gas (CO2)      X
Acidity (PH)      5.46
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)      475 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++)      147.3 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++)      3.4 mg/l
Sodium (Na+)      9 mg/l
Potassium (K+)      0.6 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-)      390 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-)      21.5 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--)      33 mg/l
Fluoride (F-)      0.12 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-)      18 mg/l

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.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: March 16, 2009, 03:22:37 pm »
Certainly useful.

I've been fascinated recently while reading about cellular respiration and carbs and fats and protein. I've been considering continuing to study biology and chemistry to understand how it relates to RPD.


Like you've said, I think that focusing on all the science of it is relatively meaningless in my personal life. Logic dictates that we eat what our paleo ancestors ate, and we have a good idea of what that was. The health improvements speak for themselves, and our bodies are very capable of telling us what they need and what they don't.

I hope that someday science will unravel why RPD helps us the way it does; but I highly doubt that will be within my lifetime, and I'm only 20.

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

Health / Re: I need to gain weight
« on: March 11, 2009, 02:55:44 am »
You could try eating a bunch of pumpkin seeds. They should sell them at Whole Foods, though whether they sell raw or not I don't know. They probably aren't paleo either, but they work VERY well for pushing things through when digestion isn't going too well since they're full of fiber. They help with parasites also.

You could couple that with fresh garlic, ginger, and peppers, which are all excellent for digestion issues and parasites. Peppermint oil helps with bloating and pain from gas.

Maybe that would get things back on track.

I know when I went fully paleo (not raw though), I had very similar issues. I didn't stay on it long enough (I believe it was three weeks) to see if it was just temporary and a change in intestinal flora or not. But I also had poor digestion, less bowel movements with loose ones when I did, and some bloating problems. I was eating a ton of protein and not enough fat, so maybe it's related to that.

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