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Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: Calculations
« on: May 11, 2015, 09:56:10 pm »
Derek, what are some of the things you look for to make sure you get a healthy sheep? I have a friend who runs a lamb farm and she's offered to sell me one or a few culls. The idea is intriguing as I can get all the organs and bones, but I don't want to waste my time if the animals aren't healthy.

I definitely concur regarding animals' ages and body fat percentage. I enjoy lamb organs, but wouldn't waste my money on their meat. I've had it, and it's way to lean and too bland tasting. If I were to buy meat or fat, I'd want it to be from an adult animal.

Many indigenous peoples preferred older, mature animals too, that's why hunting traditions emerged that glorify taking large animals, particularly big bucks. The meat is very rich from a lifetime of accumulating minerals and phytochemicals, and older animals typically have higher body fat percentages, just like people.

General Discussion / Re: food monster
« on: May 08, 2015, 05:31:41 am »
One thing you should be mindful of is that the water content of raw foods is often much higher than the water content of cooked or otherwise processed foods. If you eat (for instance) one pound of cooked food, you're actually eating more calories than if you were to eat one pound of that same food uncooked because cooking evaporates away some of the water. Given this, it is quite natural for those who eat raw foods to eat more pounds of food to maintain their weight than those who eat cooked/processed foods, because more of what the raw foodists eat is water. This is also why many of us don't need to drink water, because we get more of it in our food and thus don't need to drink it separately to replace what was evaporated off during cooking/processing of food.

I would invite you not to worry so much about how much you eat. Over the years I've trained myself to eat when hungry, and only when hungry. This seems to help me maintain a solid yet lithe physique, without excess weight or body fat but also without becoming too thin.

Personals / Re: Project Raw Paleo Footage
« on: May 01, 2015, 11:50:28 pm »
A bone saw is nice, but not necessary. For smaller animals like goats and sheep you can probably get away with a very sharp filet-type knife for precision cuts and a heavy duty cleaver that is stout enough to play double duty as a light hatchet. You can get a wooden mallet to pound the cleaver through the breast bone and the front of the pelvis.

General Discussion / Re: Raw Liver Poll
« on: April 29, 2015, 09:36:55 pm »
I eat raw liver at least once each week, on average. It's easy for me to get, and cheap. There are several farmers that raise 100% grass fed cattle, goats and sheep in my area, I buy it directly from them usually for about $5 per pound. I buy in quantity when they bring it to farmers' markets and store it in my chest freezer for when I'm ready to eat it. I also hunt, so when I kill something I eat all of the organs.

I think it's important not to become too fixated on a single organ, even liver. Diversity is important. I make sure I eat a diverse array of organs each week, and in fact rarely even eat muscle meat anymore. I eat liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas, tongue, testicles, and other things when I can get them.

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: Why are vegetables bad?
« on: April 29, 2015, 09:32:51 pm »
I eat lots of raw vegetables when they're in season and I can get them fresh. Kale, chard, spinach, other salad greens, celery, garlic, onion, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes (in small quantities), and other tubers and roots, to name just a few. I also gather a lot of wild vegetables and even mushrooms. Just harvested some wild leeks the other day, and hope to get out later this week to harvest some wild burdock root.

I can't imagine raw paleo without vegetables. It seems like it would be (a) too deficient in phytochemicals, and (b) far too expensive.

Off Topic / Re: The need for variety
« on: April 17, 2015, 06:06:15 am »
Except we need to be careful which varieties of domestic fruits and vegetables we eat. As Jo Robinson notes in her book Eating on the Wild Side, some varieties of domestic fruits and vegetables are more nutrient dense than others, and most are far less nutrient dense than wild varieties. In the photograph of carrots you show, for instance, the only variety there worth eating is the dark purple one, and even that variety pales in comparison to wild carrots. The others varieties, including the orange versions people are so accustomed to, are pretty much junk food.

Off Topic / Re: Amazing ability to communicate with animals
« on: April 11, 2015, 02:08:50 am »
You may have mentioned this in the past, but are you familiar with Tom Brown and his tracker school?

I am, although I've never met Tom personally and have never taken classes at his Tracker School. I have worked closely with Jon Young though, the first student Tom took on back in the 1970s and his first employee at the Tracker School. Most of my survival classes have been taken at the ROOTS School here in Vermont.

Off Topic / Re: Amazing ability to communicate with animals
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:58:57 pm »
For those who are interested in this area, this documentary on Anna Breytenbach is one of the better ones I've found:

You concluded that we're running a scam based on a few pictures of the snacks we sent out last month? Now that's a little unfair, isn't it Eric?

I don't think it's unfair at all. I made a judgment based on the information I had available, and I have every right to do that. I also have the right to share my opinion in public forums like this, and the forum has every right to keep your SPAM here along with my and other's reactions to it for the world to see in perpetuity.

I visited the website and this looks like an advertising scam. The gist of the business model is that the company gathers "paleo" snacks from other companies and provides 8-10 per month in their box. You don't get to choose what you get. I put the term "paleo" in quotation marks because, from what I can tell, all of the snacks are heavily processed and come packaged. There's nothing paleo about this product really; people in the paleolithic era would not have eaten anything like this. The $25-30 you pay each month doesn't even look like it buys you a substantial amount of food. The packages they show look like sample-sized snacks, like what you'd get for free from a vendor at a grocery store.

Paleo Life Box looks like a rip off to me. I hope potential customers find this thread when they do internet searches for the company's name and avoid buying the company's products.

Personals / Re: Project Raw Paleo Footage
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:12:44 am »
I notice you list your name as Derek Hunter. Did you change your name? I thought your last name was Nance?

Off Topic / Re: Global freezing
« on: February 20, 2015, 07:06:16 am »
Geoff, you're such a dunce. This has huge consequences. It's so much bigger than your petty recreational activities.

Great video, thanks for posting it!

Journals / Re: Inger's healing journey
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:25:40 am »
I empathize with you Inger. My partner and I struggle with our lifestyle differences too. She loves my quirky dietary preferences and other associated health choices, but I've yet to convince her to even try most raw foods, aside from certain commonly available sweet fruits and the occasional raw veggie. We've ended up settling into a polyamorous relationship so we can enjoy our attraction to each other while looking for other people who might be better matches.

General Discussion / Re: Organic apples and ANTIBIOTICS!!
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:52:43 pm »
I guess I don't understand why you're surprised. Organic is a big market globally, as is grass fed. Of course industry will lobby to water down criteria for those labels so they can tap into those markets. What else would you expect them to do?

If you want good food, food that you know how it was grown or raised, you need to be involved in the process. Grow your own, buy or trade for food from neighbors whose farms and land you can visit, or hunt and gather it. Otherwise, you're gambling.

Hot Topics / Re: Digestibility of raw animal skins
« on: January 29, 2015, 09:03:18 am »
I suspect that if your stomach acid production is good, most animal skins are digestible. I get deer hides from a game processor friend each fall, and turn most of them into rawhide to back wooden hunting bows with. I do save some of the scraps to eat though, and to make into broth. It's been my experience that if I slice the hides into small enough pieces to swallow without having to chew (you can't really chew it into small pieces like you can meat), then it seems to digest fine.

General Discussion / Re: Wolfs... Friend or frenemy
« on: January 17, 2015, 05:16:44 am »
There are very, very few records of people being attacked by wolves.

Where do you live? If wolves are in your area, it's more likely they were following you in hopes of scavenging off any kill you made, or feeding on the gut pile you left behind. Hunters commonly leave the organs of their kills and only take the muscle meat, so wolves, coyotes and bears have grown accustomed to following at a safe distance to get their share of the left overs once the humans have taken what they want.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Vice article featuring Me
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:39:24 pm »
I really think that making our own YouTube (or Dailymotion, or Vimeo) videos is the way to go. That way we control how we're portrayed. In a recent online course I taught on Agriculture and Energy, one of the students' assignments involved designing for themselves a diet that they would eat for one day that delivered more edible food energy than it required as fossil fuel energy inputs. I made a YouTube video to explain the assignment (linked below) and noted specifically that eating mostly raw foods would make achieving an 'energy positive' diet easier. In the video I drink a half dozen raw eggs, and talk about other raw foods.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Vice article featuring Me
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:49:01 am »
Derek, Luke Sniewski spoke rather positively about you here... The host, Armi, was critical at first, but Luke really turned him around quickly. That was one of the most effective bits of persuasion I've heard on a podcast.

I haven't listened yet, but interestingly enough Luke is a graduate of Green Mountain College's Masters in Sustainable Food Systems Program. I happen to be one of the instructors in that program, and teach an online graduate-level course in Agriculture and Energy (SFS 6030). Small world...

Off Topic / Plant intelligence
« on: January 05, 2015, 03:04:33 am »
Found a couple really fascinating videos on the intelligence of plants that I thought others might find interesting.

First is called Mind of Plants:

Second is called What Plants Talk About:

Fun stuff!

Health / Re: Epsom salt baths
« on: December 28, 2014, 10:46:07 pm »
I can't say whether Mg is better absorbed with Cl or with SO4, but many people have trouble getting enough sulfur in their diet so I'd rather use MgSO4. Both Mg and S are easily absorbed through the skin, and sulfur is very good for the skin.

I like how the french farmers are dealing with bullshit laws.

They weren't protesting 'bullshit laws'. They were protesting to get more agricultural subsidies. Unless France's unwillingness to shower its farmers with subsidies represents a 'bullshit law' in your eyes.

Hot Topics / Re: Cooking
« on: November 03, 2014, 12:28:24 am »
I don't understand why people make a big deal about the fact that our brains are shrinking. What are the benefits of a larger brain? If having a big brain is so great, why don't blue whales rule the earth? Their brains weigh 15 pounds, much larger than ours.

It's not about how big brains are, but what you do with them and how readily you're able to acquire the food energy needed to adequately power them.

Hot Topics / Re: Cooking
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:41:56 pm »
I think it worthwhile to be a bit more openminded about the value of different foodstuffs. A food, a tuber for instance, doesn't have to be digested in our stomach to be useful. That non-digestible starch in the tuber will travel to our large intestine which, if we're healthy, should host a range of bacteria that can digest the starch that's indigestible by us and turn it into a range of fatty acids that our bodies can use. So human use of starchy tubers doesn't depend on us having learned to cook them. I've seen videos of African bushmen digging up tubers and eating them straight away, no cooking at all.

Obviously some roots and tubers are more valuable than others. Some are relatively free of toxic compounds, and those that remain are of low enough concentration and potency that our livers can effectively render them harmless. Others, like cassava, require extensive processing and cooking to render non-toxic enough to eat, so these are much less valuable without cooking.

There's a continuum here, it's not just black and white.

Off Topic / Re: This guy is awsome! - Wild man Andrew Ucles
« on: October 29, 2014, 12:46:05 am »
Yeah, Laura's pretty cool. We met at the Roots School in Vermont. I took several wilderness skills classes there years ago when she was an instructor there.

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