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General Discussion / Re: How ferment raw honey? (Not Mead)
« on: May 12, 2011, 02:35:59 am »
High moisture (18.6%) and tempurature above 80 deg. F. is what is cited as conditions for honey to ferment. Source:

Journals / Re: eveheart's Journal
« on: May 09, 2011, 08:20:34 am »
Ioanna: Thanks for your encouragement. I live in a converted garage behind my daughter's house. It was her look of concern that helped me decide that I'd better do some serious improvement. She never nagged me, but I could see the worry in her eyes.

TD: You answered my unasked question: am I detoxing or reacting badly to dairy? My other big questions are: Am I carnivore or omnivore? And if omnivore, how much carbs? Plenty of time and good guidance, thanks.

Journals / Re: eveheart's Journal
« on: May 09, 2011, 06:33:02 am »
This, my third week, was full of good news and had a little bad news.

GOOD NEWS: INSTINCTO! For years, I've felt like I had no sense of my own satiety. My commitment to RPD comes from a sense that I've been eating myself into an early grave. This week, I have noticed that I seem to be hungry for particular foods, tastes, and smells - and none of my hunger drives me to fast food (hooray!). I eat with less relish, but enjoys my food more, and this seems to be proper.

MORE GOOD NEWS: My daughter says I look like I've lost about 30 pounds. Paleolithic man did not get weighed, and neither shall I. My hips do not hurt when I walk or stand. I feel like I'm standing straighter. My shoulders feel freer, and I have no doubt that they will heal and function fully without restriction, by and by.

GOAT SHARES: I bought goat shares for 2 quarts per week of raw goat-milk kefir from a farm that is 11 miles from my house. California law lets me buy this raw animal milk if I swear I will only give it to my pets, so I have decided to be a cat. I hope I don't confuse the archeologists.

BAD NEWS: DETOX :(  I am having detox symptoms that feel like a hangover. I ate cooked Japanese yams to slow down the detox. Of course, detox is not truly bad news - it leads to a good healing. :)

I like reading this forum. The post about the healing from Crohn's disease was encouraging, because it took a long time. I think it will take me some years to be well. I don't know what I have, disease-wise, because I won't buy a diagnosis from an American doctor, but I am not well. Whatever disease-name can be found, cleaning and nourishing the body should achieve the repair. When I read AV's book, I strongly identified with the title (We Want to Live). All of you have been good role models, and your posts offer me lots of good advice and encouragement.

General Discussion / Re: Fermented Rabbit
« on: May 02, 2011, 03:02:03 am »
Thanks for sharing that link.

The terms beneficial bacteria and rot might require some clarification. Bacteria cause decomposition. Bacteria are part of a vast array of decomposers. Other decomposers are enzymes, molds, fungi, and so on. When we eat, we decompose our food.

You can introduce decomposers, e.g. adding a yeast starter to dough, but most decomposers are readily available in the environment.

The way I understand it, Bill Mollison is describing a way of letting the rabbit decompose without first getting eaten by maggots and bears. I'd paraphrase the article as a way of making week-old high meat.

Journals / Re: eveheart's Journal
« on: May 02, 2011, 02:05:57 am »
My second complete week of raw paleo... with three "restaurant" compromises (eggs that fell into the hot springs and got hard-boiled, potatoes that got too close to the fire and got baked, and boiled shrimp that accidently fell into a bowl of cocktail sauce). My diet consists of raw beef and lamb muscle meats, lamb kidneys, scallops, oysters, tuna, eggs, citrus fruit, avocado, berries, papaya, banana, walnuts, kimchi, and coconut. I drink moderate amounts of water. I can feel my body healing.

HOW LONG WILL I DO THIS? At the onset, I said I'd try RPD for two weeks. Looking forward, I will commit to the whole month of May. In the back of my mind, I hear a faint forever.

KITCHEN. If RPD prevails, my kitchen is too modern. It has too many appliances and gadgets, and mostly the wrong ones. My daughter has already taken most of the pots and pans to her kitchen. I've been tempted to buy a meat grinder, but I've held back because I think I can find a stone implement to do what I need - or maybe a better knife for meats. Also, I need to chew, and I believe chewing will be a part of healing.

FOOD CRAVINGS. None! For my whole life, I've been plagued by food obsessions and cravings. I have labeled myself an emotional eater. That's not happening now. I estimate that I'm eating one-third to one-half the food I ate before.

SIMPLICITY. RPD seems comforting, simple, and uncomplicated. I like it.

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: How to tell if eggs are fertilized?
« on: May 01, 2011, 03:08:18 pm »
If a rooster is kept with the laying hens, then I would consider the eggs likely to be fertilized.

If you were planning to hatch chicks, you would check the front of a bright light (called candling) after a few days of incubation, to see if you can see the beginning of the umbilicus. The shell does not get cracked.

You can't do this if the egg has been gathered for sale - room temperature or refrigeration stops the growth process.

Yolk color and flavor are better with healthy hens, but there are still variations depending on breed, feed, etc.

I live in the city, but I have an egg lady who sells her own eggs. I've visited her little farm, about 20 miles from where I live. She commutes to the city, so I arrange to pick up my eggs here. I found her because she advertised on craigslist.

Off Topic / Re: Being thankful
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:01:04 am »
How nice it is to read this thread.

I believe that the expression of gratitude has the highest healing power of any "treatment" that we can use. I have an aunt who, when asked "How are you?" always replies, "I'm counting my blessings, I'm counting my blessings." Some years ago, I started actually counting my blessings, and my life has improved in every area since then.

My favorite blessings are the ones that come from things that didn't seem to work out at the time. For example, I had a hard time with an unsettled career for about 15 years. At first, I would wake up grudgingly every morning and curse my work. Then, I read the little book, As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, and I learned that my circumstances were a result of my own thinking. When I started mentally blessing my work and the people that I worked with, miracles began to happen. Miracles? yes! someone offered me full tuition at a private university and living expenses for to learn a new profession. My gratitude was tested for another three years with entry-level jobs, but I was careful to be grateful every day. Then, my position was suddenly terminated, but by then, gratitude had become a habit! My next job was the one I have now, one that I look forward to every day.

Supplies (food, shelter, and such) are another area of blessings that I am thankful for. I am grateful for these supplies, and more grateful for the Source of these supplies.

Relationships are another basket of blessings. Cultivating love for all brings joy. A smile to a stranger is an expression of love; hearing an emergency siren and blessing the police, firefighters, paramedics and all those who respond selflessly to human need; patient and kind words for difficult relatives. Invent ways to express love.

I've only belonged to this forum for a few weeks, but I am thankful for all the members, and send brightest blessings to all!

Hot Topics / Re: Kombucha tea anyone?
« on: April 30, 2011, 11:17:01 pm »
Homemade and store-bought kombucha is very popular here, and I've never known someone to suffer a bad effect.

In the world of GMO, what I object to is inserting the genes from one species into another species to develop a desired trait that would be impossible in the target species. It seems that these oysters are produced to increase the likelihood of a naturally-occurring variation. That sounds okay to me...

... and besides all that, a plumper oyster! well, I'm speechless with joy!!!

Hot Topics / Re: Kombucha tea anyone?
« on: April 30, 2011, 11:17:42 am »
I ferment kombucha. My adult daughter drinks it every day. It's her favorite thing to be addicted to, and it's much better for her than diet cola. I don't drink it regularly, but I let part of the batches go for 30+ days and use the resulting kombucha-vinegar for cleansing my body.

I am familiar with milk and water kefir grains, and also with wild fermentation of vegetables. As far as fermenting carrot juice with water kefir grains, I've never heard of anybody doing it. My skeptical side says that carrot juice (1) oxidizes almost as fast you juice it, (2) separates when it is left to sit, and (3) the grains go dormant in the refrigerator and room temperature might not be good for the carrot juice... but go ahead and try it. Successful food fermentation has a delicious smell, so if it stinks, throw it out.

Have fun!

General Discussion / Re: Bone marrow vs suet?
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:42:35 am »
I've seen raw marrow (boneless) for sale online at about 40 USD per pound. That got me wondering - is that a typical price, a good deal, or a high price? I can get wild game marrow bones for free, but it won't be hunting season for a while yet.

Journals / Re: eveheart's Journal
« on: April 24, 2011, 12:16:37 pm »
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz is a great book.

I'm a Sandor-kraut fan! I do all my own fermenting - fruits and veggies. It was in Wild Fermentation that I first heard about high meats. Indirectly, that's how I ended up here.

Hot Topics / Re: Colonic Irrigation?
« on: April 24, 2011, 08:03:23 am »
I did the exact protocol from the book Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management by Bernard Jensen, DC. It was a 10-day routine with daily colonics done by a colon hydrotherapist. I was impressed with the results: relief from severe allergies and eczema. I prepared for the colonics for a month with herbs and strict food combining. I was a long-time vegetarian in those days. This was about 20 years ago.

I tried colonics last fall, expecting another miracle, and didn't get the same happy results. IMHO, I'm not in good enough shape to do a rigorous cleanse - I need to heal more first. Perhaps my experience gives you some guidance.

Journals / eveheart's Journal
« on: April 24, 2011, 05:06:57 am »
I read Aajonus' first book last weekend and made a decision to eat RPD for two weeks. The next day, last Monday, after about one day of eating raw, a co-worker noticed that I looked better. Yes, I've been visibly ill and noticeably declining for a few years. I have every reason to be well, a happy home life, a satisfying career; yet I had been waking up with morbid thoughts, wondering when I'd need a wheelchair and a personal attendant.

Aajonus' negative attitude toward medical science matches mine. I'm sure I could buy a scary diagnosis and a bleak prognosis. Then, I could consent to medical treatment and let the doctors document my decline. I have a good health insurance policy.

This is the end of week one. Thursday, another co-worker noticed that I had been losing weight. I replied that I had eliminated all processed food from my diet. I'd estimate that I am about 200 pounds overweight, and I can see that I don't look so bloated. I can also see that my mobility and range-of-motion has improved. My joints still ache, but there has been enough improvement so that I threw out the ibuprophen that I took several times a day.

I've been helped by reading posts on this forum. At first, I didn't know what to read besides Aajonus. Now, I've read Cordain, Wai, and Burger. In the past, I've been familiar with the raw-vegan writers, as well as the juicists, the non-juicists, the fruit-eaters, and too many others. I know all sides of the eating-disorder literature, too. All this reading and knowing has made me cynical, but not closed-minded. I know for sure that I do not tolerate grains and dairy, therefore, RPD makes sense.

One area of confusion that I share with many posters is what to eat, if anything, besides raw meats. The gurus add to this confusion by quibbling among themselves over what are the true nutritional needs of mankind.

I have decided to resolve my confusion with caveperson thinking. So, when confronted with a non-meat food choice, I ask myself, "What would a caveperson do?" For example, if I saw a squirrel nibbling the seeds in a field of ripe grasses, I'd try one and spit it out. Thereafter, I'd invent the game Spit the Seed. I wouldn't gather, winnow, and make a pilaf!

Another confusion-buster is availability, including seasonality. This is a better guide, IMO, that eating what a guru says to eat and fussing because I can't get it locally. I am not a cookbook cook. I prefer to buy what is available and then fix a meal from what I buy. I'll keep reading this forum and adapt my food preparation to the ideas that sound good.

Haunted by the question, "How do I know this (RPD) is IT?" I hear the answer, "Don't be a silly, this is not IT, and there is no IT!" Improvement does not require omniscient perfection. I will grow, learn, correct, refine and change my mind.

Then there's the relationship question, my intimate relationship with food. Breaking up with Fast Food was easy; I said good-bye and got a restraining order. But when I told my beloved Kimchi that I needed a few weeks to think this over, he went into shock. I can hear him in the refrigerator, sobbing, "You said you would love me forever." In my paleaeolithicity, had I stumbled on wild fermentation, or not? I'll decide later.

My rebellion this week has been over the loss of convenience by not freezing food. Providence has been symbolized by having a freezer full of meats and a pantry full of grains and legumes. I'll have to re-think this one, and probably put IF (intermittant fasting) into the picture. This is an eating-disorder thought: "What if I get hungry and I can't instantly satisfy my hunger?" Ironic - I was dying from eating, and now I'm worried that I'll "die" if I feel a little hungry.

I'm glad this forum has a section for my journal. Writing this morning has been very helpful.

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