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Journals / Ramblings of a madman...
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:24:58 am »
I.E. my Journal. :P
I'm also not technically nuts but I'm far from the status quo and I enjoy being an individual. ;D

I figured this is a better place to ask questions and note progress than my introduction post so I'll do all of that here now. :)
Anyways, a full month of raw ZC and I'm doing really good.

Maybe a week ago I crested the initial lethargy from my adaptation and my energy levels started going back to normal. My head also was fully clear for the first time in years (and years and years). Since then I've been doing really good and enjoying the extra energy.

I was incredibly hungry on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and took a lot of food down (maybe 1/2 pound of fat and 3-5 pounds of decently marbled cuts of beef) but I couldn't shake that empty "hungry" feeling in my stomach. It all sat great as well.

Monday night I tried my hand at Pemmican albeit only mild rendering of the suet fat to make it mixable but not bother removing too much moisture as I was going to eat it that night. Freshly prepared without setting it was a delightful experience much in the vein of chewing sawdust. After setting 20 minutes in the fridge though it was much better. After my limited list of things I've been able to eat the past few years it was nice to have a nougat-like texture even if it was a bit meaty. ;D

Tuesday started out with the same voracious appetite but I had a chunk of grainfed suet and 3 slabs of grassfed chuck roast for lunch at 2ish (about a pound and a half) and felt an uncomfortable heavyness in my stomach. Spent the entire evening with this fullness and only had a couple pieces of homemade jerky at dinnertime. I also had a number of very unpleasant & overproductive trips to the bathroom that night (bile mustard yellow with a slight burn in case that wasn't TMI yet).
I had another two pieces this afternoon and reawakened the beast in my gut so I think I know the culprit (I was thinking it could also be the grainfed muscle meat I used for the jerky).
In hindsight it had a slightly odd smell to the meat but it didn't taste funny and appeared healthy so didn't give it much thought. I'll know better next time and don't plan to buy from the seller again (local farmer's market vendor where I got this, some pretty tasty marrow bones, and a fairly bland chuck steak-all grassfed).

I've been finding and tasting a number of local sources for the grassfed beef but so far the only source of grassfed fat has been Slankers (my order arrives tomorrow and includes 20ish pounds of lamb fat as they were out of beef & bison).
The farm selling at the farmer's market had bland meat at overinflated prices and one cut is pretty clearly implicated in making me sick. A real shame as I'd rather support a local farm.
I've found pastured beef from Australia at a local supermarket (ShopRite). It's not the best price ($7.99/pound) but is very nicely flavored and incredibly soft textured (they are loin cuts though so...). White fat though.
I recently traveled to a larger food store (but not a supermarket, closer to a real market) about 40 minutes from home and found some nice deals on grassfed beef as well as some goat which I've never had before (too fatty looking to be grassfed but I couldn't argue $2.49/pound to try it). This meat is deliciously flavored but the drive is prohibitive to do weekly. I'll definitely be utilizing them when I need holdovers to my next Slanker's shipment. Oh yeah, as much free Suet as I want (even if it's grainfed it's good stiff suet perfect for Pemmican). ;D
I've also got a 65 pound order on it's way from Slankers which is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I ordered a good mix of product including a sampling of the lamb, bison, and goat as well as a sampling of each of the beef organ they sell other than testicles as I'm not quite ready for that (although I am warming to the idea to try them). I can't wait to dig in.

In a whole different vein I've begun exercising again after taking a few weeks off to deal with the keto-adaption (my IT band in my right knee was aggravated as well so it was killing two birds with one stone).
Took my first jog/run on Monday morning and it felt great. I was definitely out of breath and pushing myself hard but it felt so good to do it I couldn't help it. I'm working on fox-walking when I can and tried to figure out "fox running" but it wasn't coming as intuitively as I'd have liked. Any tips?
I've also started some simple weight training and will be keeping my eyes open for exercises & routines better suited for me. I want to build up more functional muscles as opposed to just bulking up. Right now it's a couple exercises for the core, push-ups, and tricep curls to get them up to snuff. I'm going to start chin-ups tomorrow as well.

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for reading. :)

Primal Diet / Re: Need Ideas for Shaving Cream Please
« on: September 15, 2009, 09:46:45 pm »
If you find that you need to use something, I have found on occasion that those re-useable mineral stones are very effective and last forever!  Simply run under the tap and wipe under your arms like a normal roll-on.

I use the same but in the spray they have as the stone didn't work as good for me. It's just a simple suspension of mineral salts in water. Works fantastic even under very heavy exercise and doesn't ever dry my skin out of leave residue like conventional deodorants. I've been using it for maybe 3 years now without a single problem. :)

I shave in the shower using a bit of soap to lather up.

I brush my teeth with water and a stiff brush.

If interested, I could tell you how 'I' do it.

I'm interested. Seems like a waste to throw them all away if we can use them for something. :)

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 11, 2009, 09:09:53 am »
Today was a better day. ;D
I picked up the only two packs of grass-fed beef they had at the supermarket last night as well as a 2 pound block of grainfed suet. Had a ~4oz block of suet at 8am this morning along with ~3/4 pound of beef. Had another ~8oz of suet with ~3/4 pound of beef at 1:30. I've also been nibbling all night on some jerky I have drying (I had a couple boneless short ribs which were smelling like they were on the way out past where I currently feel safe eating so I'm prolonging their shelf life by a day or two heating them through at 95*F-they're in the tasty "meat fries" stage now and can't keep out of them ;)).
I also had run out of my daily dose of Claritin D yesterday so gave these up like I gave up my vitamn supplement last week. This would have normally resulted in some sneezing throughout the day as well as a general tiredness but I noticed almost no difference. :)

I did have some mental fog at point throughout the day but it was much better than yesterday. I also had an abundance of energy (still do after my evening exercise as well) which was a nice change. Definitely feels like I may have crested the first big hurdle of acclimation.

I also placed a 50 pound order with Slankers (they're out of beef fat & suet though so I settled for some Lamb fat -\) which will ship out on Monday. I'll stop at the local farmer's market on Saturday and check out a local grass-fed farmer's wares. Maybe their stuff will be even better and cheaper than Slankers. :)

I've also begun practicing fox walking and went barefoot for 3/4 mile of the 1 1/2 mile loop I walked. It's fun. ;D

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 09, 2009, 10:36:07 pm »
I know the following will jump around a bit but I'm not quite as focused as I'd like to be right now and frankly don't have the drive at the moment to organize it cogently. -[

I've had stomach issues with some of the meat since I changed my diet. Some sat fine, some caused odd noises from my stomach, and some gave me outright diarrhea/constipation. I've attributed this all to acclimation and my body's slow transition towards a high-fat-intake & eventual keto-adaptation. I'm getting concerned at this point though it may be continuing allergic reactions to my food due to a couple signs I'm picking up on.
I also noticed the slight runny/stuffy nose that I had immediately following eating at the beginning of my diet change was no longer present.

As mentioned in an earlier post I'm currently doing this all on grain-fed beef as I have not had a chance to place an order with Slanker's yet (bills the past few weeks and rent this week have just made it unfeasible-my first order will be next Tuesday morning so I should be eating 100% grassfed by Friday afternoon). I am also very allergic (Rast 3 on the blood tests performed) to corn and most grains so I'm sure the full diet the cattle I'm consuming are on would be a gut-killer to me.

When I began the diet I lost a decent amount of weight in a very little time (not my intent as I was right where I felt my weight was good-~182 pounds) and by last week was down to 175 pounds. I attributed this to both water weight from cutting out any of the unknowingly offending foods in my diet as well as the typical loss most everyone else experiences when they switch to ZC.
I also cut salt out completely and had less desire to drink water (went from 10-12 16.9oz bottles a day to 3 or 4 bottles a day). I just didn't have the same level of thirst I used to have.
Unfortunately I'd had the recurrence of my light-headed issue from the past (see last posts) and after dealing with this for a couple days I thought I should switch things up a bit to see if I was not getting enough water or calories. I upped my food intake by almost double (my appetite for raw fat and meat had been steadily growing the last week or two so this wasn't hard)  and began drinking more water with the addition of some electrolytes I had on top of the fridge ( My thinking was maybe I was having issues utilizing the water I needed due to salt imbalances.

Over the span of three days on this increased caloric and water intake I've bounced back up to 183 pounds. It's also visibly water weight in my abdominal area (it's not an adema but it's not fatty tissue either).
I have noticed my dizzyness/light-headed issue has minimized (had one small occurence yesterday but not the half dozen I had been having each day).
Unfortunately I've also noticed that 1 1/2-2 hours after eating my attention and energy levels go to complete shit. I can't focus for anything and it takes at least another 3 hours to resolve itself to a good functional level but it doesn't go completely before I eat again (i.e. I had a big meal at 8am yesterday, another at 1:30, and some jerky last night at 7ish and feel a bit hung over today).

Does anyone have similar experiences? Is this semi-common or could it be my food allergies?
I think I am going to attempt to eat a big meal once a day for the next 1 1/2 weeks until I get some grassfed beef and see if that helps. Does anyone think this approach of one big bombardment of "pathogens" a day with 23ish hours for recovery would be more detrimental to my system than a steady influx throughout each day (generally 3-4 meals)? Any input as to when the best time for this meal would be? I'd like to continue daily early morning exercise, work a productive work day, and still get a good night's sleep if possible so I thought 3-4pm might be best.

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 07, 2009, 08:40:33 am »
Said to take years to cure, and my experience confirms this. The only cure AFAIK is raw paleofood.
You found the right forum.  :)
Sounds good to me. ;D

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:28:15 am »
There is a 'zero carb' forum with about a thousand members and the vibe is that going 'cold turkey' you feel low on energy and a bit rubbish for around 3 weeks, and then things start balancing back.

Thanks for the lead. I found the forum and have been skimming it the past few days for useful info. :)

I've been feeling a bit better the past couple days.
Still very wiped when I do exercise so I may start cutting the frequency back a bit, at least for now.
I've also noted an old problem I had coming back lately. I used to have an issue that would crop up occasionally where I'd get lightheaded when I stood up too quick. Most times it's bad enough that I feel like I'm blacking out but I still keep upright the second or two it takes to pass.
I've had this in the past but it's begun to show up again this past week.
While browsing a thread elsewhere I read mention of a connection between Candida overgrowth and adrenal fatigue (thyroid too but I'm not as concerned about this one). This lead to research on adrenal fatigue which in turn led to a possible link to my issue (
Can anyone give me some personal input as to what to look for if I am having any adrenal problems? I'm not one to prematurely jump the gun on things but I've got a hunch I should look into this a bit deeper.
Also, any recommendation on the lightheaded issue? I had been drinking less water and had cut salt out when I began the diet. I've upped my water and added a bit of salt back in the last two days just in case it's a slight case of dehydration or a mineral imbalance. I haven't noticed much improvement yet but we'll see in time.

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 05, 2009, 07:02:39 am »
Hmmm, no. I've been running faster and easier on my morning sprints, and my muscles are less sore, especially if I get enough sleep. Of course, I was eating VLC for months before I went carnivorous, so maybe this helped, though about 1/2 the people report problems despite a gradual transition.
That's the odd thing, it's cycled from much better performance (I went for a 28 mile bike ride a week ago after not using a bike for at least 5 years) to downright miserable some days. Who knows, maybe it's just some die off?
I've been eliminating things fairly consistently for years now due to the food allergies so I would think it's been long enough without a heavy source of carbs.

Tyler has raised the possibility that maybe people like myself and Lex had some heavy-duty carnivores in our family trees, and I suspect he might be right. I doubt there were any serious agrarians in my family tree until the last one to two thousand years. I respond so positively to meats and animal fats that I suspect being descended from a long lineage of hunters. But it's pure speculation on my part. Tyler is descended from Scandinavia, which is hunter-pastoral country, so it doesn't make perfect sense. If he had a parent with Mediterranean, Asian-Indian or Chinese lineage, it might add up.

My heritage is almost entirely Western European (Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, Scottish, German) with a liberal dose of Northern Italian as well. Far back there's also a bit of Native American. Much of this I'd suspect would be of a greater hunter stock as well so I'm at a loss too.

Fascinating. It sounds like you definitely had some serious probs with carbs if you still have white tongue. If I were you, I might try swishing lemon-flavored fish oil around in my mouth and using a tongue scraper to help kill off those little devils. GoodSamaritan might have some other advice on it.
I don't know how my body would like that. I'm definitely allergic to lemons and any fish now seems to sit funny (even the Salmon I had the week before going raw sat very heavy and gave a lot of indigestion). I know Coconut Oil is recommended for a lot of things as well (I think it might be more for parasites though) but I'm allergic to coconuts as well. I might have to just suck it up, scrape the tongue as need be, and let the absence of food kill it off.

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 05, 2009, 06:21:30 am »
I think the sweet saliva was indeed due to consumption of excess fats, as I cut back on them a bit since and the sweetness is gone. I also googled on it and found other people saying its caused by ketones. Apparently I don't get a stop when eating fats, so I'll have to keep that in mind. A few other people have said that they were overeating fats and didn't realize it, so it looks like I had a similar experience. It may also be because I haven't achieved optimal efficiency in using fats for energy. Given my past problems digesting fats, that would not be surprising.

Funny you should mention that; I'm currently feeling a bit nauseous myself due to wolfing down a fair amount of fat myself this afternoon (both suet and marrow). Definitely felt no "stop" and ate until I ran out of what I had taken out. Probably polished off 1/4 pound of suet, 5 decent sized marrow bones, and a 1/2-3/4 pound grass-fed beef chuck steak before I was full. I've also been notably tired and lethargic the last day to day and a half (and went from 182 to 177 in the couple days since weighing myself) so I wanted to make sure I got plenty into myself today.
Had a couple very well marbled boneless beef ribs this morning as well as the last of my last suet purchase. I had this larger meal at 4:30ish. And I'll probably have a small meal again an hour or two before bed to make sure my calories are enough.

I had a suspicion the sweet taste might be Ketone related. :)

As mentioned earlier (I think in another thread) I've gotten much more active the past couple months with running and biking. Unfortunately since going zero carb my morning jog/run has occasionally been much more difficult. I saw this a couple days after I began, then it got better. The last two days have been pretty difficult as well and I've also noticed more knee and ankle pain than I've experienced in the past. The weirdest part is it's the first 20 minutes of any aerobic exercise which seem to kick my butt (this is problematic as my quick morning jog usually lasts 20 minutes or so and it's been more to jumpstart me in the day rather than build fitness). Anyone else have similar experiences as your body is keto-adapting and does it get better or does the typical keto-adapted individual function this way?
I know I'm pushing myself as much as I can to keep my glycogen stores low and speed things along. Is this a bad idea; should I just let it progress a bit slower?

One last thing; I've had the classic white coating on my tongue after some time on ZC so it looks like the Candida (or maybe another opportunistic yeast based affliction) was still kicking around.  :)

Journals / Re: PaleoPhil's Journal
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:23:04 am »
A very interesting history Phil.
I look forward to seeing how things go for you the longer you're on a ZC/raw diet. :)

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 03, 2009, 08:41:46 am »
Thanks the welcome Phil. :)

I was surprised at the similarities we've had to deal with in our endeavors with/against our bodies. Until I found this forum I'd never spoken with, or read of, anyone having a similar breadth of allergies. My father, when tested in 2007, had a similar list but he's been very lax about caring so it's not quite the same. It'll be nice to have a sounding board for advice with similar experiences (fire away if you've got any for me as well). ;)

Yeah, it usually tastes a bit sweet to me now too; as does water and now even my own saliva. I never would have guessed it either.
OK, so maybe I'm not imagining that one. My mouth seemed entirely too "sweet" the past few days but I thought it was in my head. Have you ever read any hypothesis on why this would be?

Your experience pretty much mirrors mine, except that I was very thin in my youth, then suddenly started putting on weight at age 30 and eventually got flabby with thin limbs, and am now thin again.
I was actually rail thin as a kid. It was only when I hit puberty that I began bulking up. This was exaggerated by the fact that I took a lot longer to grow height-wise than my peers. I was roughly 5'-10" and maybe 220 pounds in 11th grade but by the first year of college I was at my final height of 6'-3" and 240. Then began the water weight rollercoaster.

Out of curiosity Phil, have you done much research into Candida overgrowth as a possible cause or exacerbater of the allergies?
I've mulled this one over for a while as a possibility for my issues. A number of my issues could correlate to systemic issues with Candida and I believe (I'll have to check the bloodwork) that I tested positive for some marker in regards to it on the last round of tests. Just something I've thought about although it doesn't matter where the problems came from, just how to cope.

I had been eating lower carb due to numerous food allergies for a couple years (I'm also convinced there was/is a fairly well rooted Candida issue).
At some point I switched to a fairly pure meat diet (chicken thighs usually with the occasional beef). I never had a chance to start burning ketones though as the calorie content from fat of my meals was probably only 50% and there were almost weekly indulgements in one carb or another in attempts to find something my body would/could handle.
I switched to all meat (cooked rare/bleu) a month ago and have eaten everything rare for close to two weeks now.

Even on my stepped transition as it were (I don't know if you could call it cold turkey as I was mostly low carb before this last step) I've still had some problems.
At first I was mentally alert and had lots of energy. Over the next few days my energy levels began to fall followed by 2-3 days of mental fogginess and attention issues. I've only now begun to start feeling "right" and I can tell I will feel even better over the next week or two. My daily morning jogs went from ~10min/miles to 6 or 7min/miles, to 10 or 12 min/miles, back to 8min/miles this morning. I even missed Monday morning because I felt like someone beat me with a bat overnight. Once I get warmed up though my endurance has been getting better the whole time.
The only stomach problems I've encountered were loose stools in the beginning from eating lots of fat. I got nausea as well. I'm tolerating it much better now. I got this from both raw suet & marrow as well as marrow bones warmed up in the oven or on the grill (first couple weeks). This too seems to be clearing up this week.
No issues with my teeth but my breath is rough (ketones I assume, I can smell the change in my urine as well).
I had been a bit more easily aggravated for a week or two but now seem to be fine (if not a bit more mellow). No paranoia or anxiety.

I started serious daily jogging/running two months ago. I do 1.5-2.5 miles each morning to warm up my body for the day and then try to get a longer run in 3 times a week (interspersed with riding my bike).
I definitely noticed a difference from the first month into the second (when I began ZC). Some of it can be explained away with my increased fitness but there was a stark increase in my speed & endurance with the switch. I went from averaging 10 minute miles jogging to 6-7 minute miles and could go twice the distance before feeling wiped out (this is when I realized quick progression can aggravate things like my IT band). After a week or two of the gains my performance took a hit (I agree with the logic of Lex's view on the body using up glycogen stores he mentions in the beginning of his journal). I noticed a similar mental & energy dip at the same time. I'm now beginning to feel like I've worked through the worst of this dip and ran an 8 minute average mile this morning. Hopefully I adapt to burning ketones quickly so I can get back to feeling great after a morning run.

It's not just your muscles which change on this diet. Tendons etc. do too. My technique for running and walking has improved.

I've noticed my running and walking style has definitely changed. The tendons in my feet and legs are springier. I've noticed this over the last six months. I jog to the beach barefoot and I just seem to spring back fast after the initial impact. So when I run I bounce more than stomping like I used to. I feel more efficient.
It makes barefoot running more pleasurable.
I walk differently too, maybe because I'm more supple or I feel better overall, but I seem to walk with my back now.


I noticed this early on as well. It's almost a more supple and streamlined motion. Much more economical with the energy.

I have a pair.. They're nowhere near as good as barefoot for running (At least on surfaces like tarmac, which isn't too rough and debris are visible), badminton, rock-climbing, parkour etc... They come in very handy sometimes though; I'd say they're better than normal shoes anyway for sure.. Barefoot is still better where possible though.

I've seen 'Elite' Taceurs, rock-climbers and free-runners putting them to good use.

I actually picked a pair up for myself after seeing them here. Took about a week for my feet to get conditioned to more direct feel of the pavement but after that they've been great. The pavement around here is too littered with miscellaneous debris for me to consider true barefoot but these suffice for me in that regard. My family still thinks I'm nuts for wearing them but if it works for you why stop? Unfortunately it's been 40*F the past few mornings and doesn't look like it'll be warming up any time soon so they're probably going to sit until spring.

Health / Re: What's your Body Mass Index? BMI?
« on: September 03, 2009, 12:28:04 am »
1 1/2 weeks raw meat
1 month ZC
3 years LC/VLC

While I agree that a BMI number is not terribly representative without a bodyfat percentage I think it's adequate for the general public. It's only when you start building significant muscle mass that it skews unfavorably (e.g. at one point I was measured at less than 5% BF but by the calculator I was still a BMI of 20.9).

Welcoming Committee / Re: Hello
« on: September 03, 2009, 12:15:13 am »
Comes straight from the gut.

No pun intended. :P ;D

Thank you for the welcome. :)

Welcoming Committee / Hello
« on: September 02, 2009, 11:14:28 pm »
Hello everyone. I've been reading the forum fairly intensively now for a couple weeks and decided it was time I registered & introduced myself. :)

I'll start with the personal info then move onto my health and dietary regimen...
My name is Dan. Twenty eight year old male living in the "boonies" of the lower/mid-Hudson River Valley of New York State, US. Married, no kids.
Hobbies include anything automotive (my "baby" is a '71 Checker Marathon in the driveway awaiting some TLC), reading, exercise/sports (not too big on large group sports though, most of it's solo or small groups), and video games.
Professionally I'm a project manager for an architectural firm specializing in healthcare architecture (I design and oversee construction of hospitals, doctor's offices ,etc. all day).
I guess that's a decent synopsis of myself for now. :)

As for health, this is a long and sordid tale like many of your past histories.

In 2001 my brother came down with a debilitating stomach or intestinal infection which had him bedridden for a month or two. As part of the testing they ran to determine what was going on they ran so blood allergy tests. He came back with intolerance to dairy and wheat (I believe he tested positive on the IG-g side).
As I had had stomach issues (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation) on and off since puberty we had the doctors run similar tests on me. Of the 10 common allergens tested I came back positive on 9 of them (Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rye, Milk, Crab, Shrimp, Peanuts, and Soy; the tenth-egg albumin-was just below the lowest threshold at the time). This was done in May of 2001.

Upon elimination of the known offenders I had a couple of notable improvements of my health. My stomach was a lot better (not "right" but noticeably better), my mood was more optimistic (well, slightly less cynical at this point), I had more energy than I previously had, and most noticeable of all I lost a lot of weight. Since the onset of puberty I had always been a heavy kid and by 2001 I was at 240 pounds. Within 2 or 3 months of the eliminations I had dropped 70 pounds and was down to 170. Over the next few months I gained a good deal back (although my diet didn't change) and went up to 200 but plateaued there.

I lived life like this for 2 more years but always had thoughts there were other problems. Then in 2003 I had another blood test done. This was much the same panel but included Corn. Another offender discovered and eliminated. The cycle began again and I had much the same results. Slightly better stomach, better mood, lost some water weight (but it came back in time). By this time my diet was a heavy concentration of fruits and vegetables, lots of lean meats (a lot of poultry), and a heavy dependence of rice and rice products. I actually felt pretty good on my diet (in retrospect I wasn't doing as good as I thought I was) and lived this way for a while.

As I was set to turn 25 in 2006 my insurance was going to run out under my father's plan (I was a full-time student) so I did some research and found a good allergist who was willing to listen to me and do the full barrage of tests available to him. 8 vials of blood later and I had a much clearer idea of just what my body was fighting on a daily basis. The list is pretty staggering but includes a plethora of fruits and vegetables as well as rice (like you didn't see this one coming :P).

I set about further elimination (which was easier than expected after the first two bouts); first with the known list of foods and then trial & error with the unknown variables. As time went by I found just about all fruits, veggies, and starches bother me in large amounts and most in small amounts as well. I've experimented with alternative starches (Quinoa, Amaranth, Tef, Tapioca, etc.) and tried far-flung foreign fruits (Rambutan, Dragonfruit, Mangosteen) but these have all had problems (most prevalently a mental fog and lethargy). Kumbucha worked pretty good for a couple months but this too began giving me problems after a while.
Frankly, the only thing which I could depend on was meat and this had it's own concerns. Some meat didn't sit well and this was hit or miss (some vendors have to be injecting certain cuts with something because some meat bothers me no matter what) and then there's the fear pounded into you about red meat and saturated fat which kept me from depending too greatly on red meats. I would eat mostly fish for months at a time but this never satisfied me (and again, some fish-particularly white fish-would bother me), at other times I was easting chicken thighs almost exclusively.

Most recently I spent 8 months eating almost nothing but Tyson brand thighs since they were cheap and sat well but they recently began giving me stomach issues so I believe they've changed something as well (maybe injecting them with broth now?). This is actually what led me to do deeper research into a diet based on red meat (beef in particular).
I found Steffenson's (sp?) articles online at the beginning of August which gave me hope and I began easing into a carnivorous way of life. Within the week I found this site and began to get better insight on the dos and don'ts (particularly raw v. cooked).
I've also been gung-ho all-or-nothing with what I do so it's been cold turkey for me since the beginning (barring the night during the first week that I ate two lightly cooked livers and proceeded to feel horrible-only later did I find out they were so carb based).
The beginning was easy since I've been so acclimatized to eating meat as my primary (and often only) food source. It was downright tasty when I was searing the meat but I was overeating as a result. I also was having issues with processing the fat and as a result I was dealing with daily loose stools.
The transition into raw the past week and a half was a bit more difficult. As a society we're acculturated that raw meat is dangerous so it takes a bit to get past the fears of food poisoning. The meat (90% of what I'm eating now is grainfed and I'm still working on finding a good local grassfed source) also has little flavor unless it's sat for a bit or is marbled nicely. Even much of the fat is hard to deal with at first if it's grainfed since it's not as tasty and you're getting used to eating raw fat. I also was dealing with a low energy level for about a week as I've upped the fat ratio while going raw.
The turning point was yesterday as I was reading Lex's journal (only up to page 11 at the moment) and seeing how he did as time went by (and some of the conjecture on the whys). A big thank you to you Lex, you've given me a big boost to my determination that I needed. I am getting better as time goes by and see a very positive outcome in the near future.
I had a big slab of suet this morning and it actually tasted sweet to me. Never would have thought it but I was definitely enjoying it. The london broil on the side was kind of lackluster though since it wasn't well marbled.  l)

I used to be so shy and shut down around new people. As time has gone on and I've began healing my health issues though I don't shut up. Sorry about that. ;D

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