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Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Rendered lamb fat
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:58:59 am »
The taste and texture of animal fat changes substantially over the course of the year. I've found that suet tastes quite good when the animal is slaughtered in the summer after it's been eating the first fresh, green grass of the season for a couple months. Suet from cattle slaughtered at this time, around late June or early July, has the taste and consistency of fine butter. But as the season progresses, and as cattle (or other ruminants) are forced to eat drier and drier forage, their fat becomes dominated by longer chain fatty acids and it becomes more waxy and crumbly. It still tastes good, at least to me, but I'm not fond of the texture. So when I buy suet, I focus specifically on getting fat from animals slaughtered in June or very early July. Once they've left that window, I do not buy their suet.

Back fat is generally of better consistency, though I can't say that I notice a difference in taste. Back fat is often, but not always, less crumbly or waxy than suet is. So back fat from an animal slaughtered in August might still be okay.

Another thing you might do if you want to eat raw fat but it's not palatable when you eat it by itself is to chop it up finely, or send it through a meat grinder, and mix it in with meat of some sort. You can turn this mixture into tartare, or another recipe. Finely chopped suet mixed with raw honey is quite nice too, although it's obviously sweet. The high fat concentration seems to balance out the excess sugar.

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General Discussion / Re: What exactly are paleolithic forms of carbs?
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:50:41 pm »
Some of the microbe's metabolites are nutritionally valuable too.

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Health / Re: 22 Years Old, Severe Leaky Gut, Help Going Raw
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:56:39 am »
And although it isn't raw, consuming meat stock can also help a leaky gut. Meat stock is made by gently cooking a piece of meat with bone in it (and connective tissues like ligaments, cartilage, and tendons) in water for a few hours. This is very different from making bone broth, which is generally cooked for much longer periods, sometimes 24 hours or more. This light cooking at lower temperatures (below boiling) draws collagen into solution without damaging it too much as would happen with prolonged boiling, and that collagen has been proven to help the gut heal. Certain herbs can also help the gut heal, particularly herbs that promote the re-growth of collagen fibers like common plantain. If you can find some, i would recommend eating a few whole, raw plantain leaves at various points throughout the day. These leaves are very fibrous, so chew them thoroughly and swallow them. Not very tasty, but proven to help heal collagen-rich tissues.

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Health / Re: 22 Years Old, Severe Leaky Gut, Help Going Raw
« on: January 01, 2018, 07:27:31 am »
You might also consider a prolonged fast, or at least intermitted fasting to let the gut rest for longer stretches.

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Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Cooked tubers - healthy or unhealthy?
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:51:58 am »
I would say that there are better things to eat than potatoes, but there are worse things too. They're cheap calories, so if you're poor, then sure, potatoes can be a useful thing to have as the cornerstone of your diet. They're better than wheat, for example, since they don't have gluten.

If you have to eat potatoes, some methods of cooking are better than others. Frying and baking are quite bad, as they chemically create toxins in the potatoes. But eating potatoes raw isn't so good either, as potatoes contain alkaloids that can cause harm if consumed consistently. They build up in the body. If you want to eat potatoes, I'd steam them, or, as was mentioned, boil them in soups or stews.

Other tubers you can eat raw more easily, without having to worry about alkaloids so much. Sweet potatoes are like this, and Jerusalem artichokes are great raw. If you can gain access to these tubers, they can be a calorie-rich dietary cornerstone that can be eaten raw.

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And given how young Dr. Ron was when he died, it might be worthwhile to temper our acceptance of his advice. The man didn't live long and prosper, exactly.

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General Discussion / Sabertooth (Derek Nance) on A Worldview Apart Podcast
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:34:00 pm »
Greetings folks. A couple months back I posted on the forum that I was looking to have someone on my podcast, A Worldview Apart, to talk about raw food. Our own sabertooth (Derek Nance) stepped up, and a few weeks ago we had a great phone conversation. This became Episode 45: The Raw Paleo Diet, with Derek Nance. In addition to listening through this link, folks can also listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and other podcast apps that draw RSS streams from these aggregators.

As folks know, Derek has been featured in a number of media pieces, including articles by Vice and Men's Health, and in the docuseries Million Ways to Live. Let me know what you think of the episode, once you have a chance to listen.

Cheers,

Eric

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Another option if you want to raise animals on a wild-type diet for food is insects. I don't do this currently but intend to start this coming summer, probably with what we call waxworms in the US because their generation times are short and because they are quiet. And their fat content is very high, as is the case for most larvae. I did a podcast about this not too long ago, feel free to give it a listen:

Episode 17: Wendy Lu McGill on Reclaiming Insects as Food

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Hot Topics / Re: Looking to talk to someone on my podcast about raw food
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:39:50 pm »
I will. I've PMed her about other things recently and received no response though. She's not spending much time on the computer these days.

What are you up to Jessica? I haven't seen you posting much.

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Hot Topics / Re: Looking to talk to someone on my podcast about raw food
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:40:22 pm »
Message has been sent to Derek. Still happy to hear from other folks too, who meet the criteria.

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Hot Topics / Re: Looking to talk to someone on my podcast about raw food
« on: October 14, 2017, 08:32:37 pm »
I was hoping you'd speak up. We definitely have our differences, but I think most of them stem from how you presented yourself through Vice and other similar outfits in the past, rather than how you actually live or what you eat. What's the best way to get in direct contact with you? I think we were friends on Facebook at one point, if we still are I will message you my contact info. I think this will be fun!

And I'm open to talking with more people too, including international folks provided they meet all of the criteria and have access to Skype.

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Hot Topics / Looking to talk to someone on my podcast about raw food
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:20:17 pm »
Greetings folks. As some of you might know, earlier this summer I started a podcast called A Worldview Apart. Episodes have explored a range of topics, and I'd love to add raw food to the list. I'm on the lookout for someone who I can engage in a conversation with on raw foods who meets the following criteria:

1. They speak fluent English (accents are okay).
2. They can participate in the conversation without cursing.
3. They will not go off on tangents about conspiracy theories (not to say I don't think some conspiracy theories have merit, just that I want to keep my episodes focused on specific topics and I want this episode to focus on raw foods).
4. They have been eating raw foods for at least 5 years, ideally at least 10. They don't have to be 100% raw, but raw foods, including raw animal foods, need to be a substantial part of their diet.
5. To reiterate part of #3, they must be omnivores. I'm not interested in interviewing a raw food vegan for this.

If anyone on this forum meets ALL of these criteria and would be interested in coming on, let me know. Also, if you know of someone who doesn't participate in this forum anymore who might be interested, I'd be grateful for an introduction to them.

Cheers folks,

Eric

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Greetings folks. As some of you might know, earlier this summer I started a podcast called A Worldview Apart. Episodes have explored a range of topics, and I'd love to add raw food to the list. I'm on the lookout for someone who I can engage in a conversation with on raw foods who meets the following criteria:

1. They speak fluent English (accents are okay).
2. They can participate in the conversation without cursing.
3. They will not go off on tangents about conspiracy theories (not to say I don't think some conspiracy theories have merit, just that I want to keep my episodes focused on specific topics and I want this episode to focus on raw foods).
4. They have been eating raw foods for at least 5 years, ideally at least 10. They don't have to be 100% raw, but raw foods, including raw animal foods, need to be a substantial part of their diet.
5. To reiterate part of #3, they must be omnivores. I'm not interested in interviewing a raw food vegan for this.

If anyone on this forum meets ALL of these criteria and would be interested in coming on, let me know. Also, if you know of someone who doesn't participate in this forum anymore who might be interested, I'd be grateful for an introduction to them.

Cheers folks,

Eric


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General Discussion / Re: Metabolism Boosting Raw Foods for Winter
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:51:23 am »
I think sabertooth is probably correct in his association between lactofermented vegetables and a largely cooked food diet. I think the main thing that lactofermented veg provides is at least some uncooked vegetable fiber. Some of the fiber in fermented vegetables is obviously broken down by the bacteria, but not all of it. I think uncooked vegetable fiber is a very important part of a healthy diet, especially from alliums (onion-family, which includes garlic, onions and leeks) and from non-nightshade roots and tubers.

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General Discussion / Re: Metabolism Boosting Raw Foods for Winter
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:36:13 pm »
I'm becoming less enamored of fermented foods. They are high in histamines, so tend to induce inflammation. They do have some good properties, but for me I think their negatives outweigh their positives. I tend to eat my vegetables raw or very lightly steamed.

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Health / Re: Eye Infection??
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:39:25 pm »
One way to get the swelling down is to make a saline solution and warm it up on the stove so it's hot to the touch but doesn't scald. Then soak a rag in this solution and press and hold the hot, saline rag over your eyes for a while. I had an eye infection several years ago that got bad enough that I went to a doctor. This is what they told me to do, and it really worked well. Now if I feel an eye infection coming on (that dry, scratchy feeling along with redness and a little swelling), I just start doing a hot saline compress every couple of hours and that always stops the infection in its tracks. It's usually gone before the end of the day.

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General Discussion / Podcast episode on eating insects
« on: September 27, 2017, 08:46:50 pm »
Greetings folks, I thought I'd share my most recent podcast episode where I talk with founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch Wendy Lu McGill about raising and eating insects. You can listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and YouTube, and on my website at the following link:

Episode 17: Wendy Lu McGill on Reclaiming Insects as Food

Comments and questions are welcome!

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General Discussion / Re: Raw Beef Fat vs Raw Butter
« on: September 23, 2017, 01:45:28 am »
Butter is made by skimming the cream off of unhomogenized milk, then churning it until it solidifies into fat that is solid at room temperature. There is some processing involved in making butter, in the most basic sense of that term, though the processing doesn't have to involve cooking. That said, if you bought butter from a store in the United States, most likely it will have been made from milk that was pasturized, so its fats will have been altered and some of its polyunsaturated fats (omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids) will have oxidized a little. Although raw butter made from raw (unpasturized) milk from 100% grass fed cows is tasty, it's terribly hard to find and when you can find it it's often very expensive. I just buy raw back fat or suet from beef cattle, or from goats or sheep. It's completely unprocessed and so much cheaper, often less than $3 per pound.

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General Discussion / Re: Tattoos or no?
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:25:11 pm »
I don't have any tattoos, and have no interest in getting any.

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Ground meat is usually cheaper, as are certain cuts like skirt steak or stew meat. Organs are usually very cheap. You can probably find liver or heart from a grass-fed animal for under $5 per pound.

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Iguana's suggestion of relying on seafood is a good one. I don't eat a lot of seafood because I don't live on a coast, but if I did my diet would be quite different than it is now.

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You'll get a variety of opinions regarding your questions. Those of us who have stuck with a raw omnivorous diet over the longer term have all diverged from one another in subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways. I for instance avoid dairy entirely, and never recommend it to people even if it's unpasturized.

To your question on finding grass-fed beef, it might be harder where you're at. You might have to gravitate towards a different type of animal for meat, like lamb or goat. I've not visited Florida for decades, so don't know what it's like down there. Do you have a Whole Foods near you, or a health food store? Those are the places I'd check out. You might also look out for farmers' markets. You might find a vendor there who sells naturally-raised meat.

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Health / Re: Weight gain
« on: September 07, 2017, 02:53:17 am »
What muscle meats are you eating that yield 30% fat? Are we talking by weight, or by calories? Reading through the numbers you're offering us, I see many discrepancies and am struggling to make sense of it.

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Health / Re: Weight gain
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:14:23 pm »
Looks like Van beat my post by a few seconds. At any rate, my take is about the same as his. My first guess is that you're eating way to much protein, given the diet you listed. When we eat more protein than out body needs, our kidneys turn the excess into sugar. When we have sugar in our bloodstream that we don't need for fuel, our bodies can turn it into fat and store it. If we don't get much exposure to cold, this will likely be white fat, which is slow to disappear because it's not metabolically active.

My advice, as unpleasant as it might sound to you, is to make some substantial changes to your daily diet. I'd first suggest adding in a little carbs, as they can help convince the body you aren't about to starve and keep your metabolic rate up. Eating carbs from raw root vegetables like Jerusalem artichokes, onions, sweet potatoes, beets, etc. will add a lot of fiber to your diet, which your gut bacteria will turn into short chain fatty acids. These make great fuel, and will help to coax your body to burn more fat as fuel. My next suggestion is to reduce your protein intake to just barely what your body needs to replace/repair muscle and other tissues. There are equations you can use to estimate what this is. My guess is that for you it is probably no more than 6 ounces of meat/organs per day. The rest of your calories should come from fat.

Getting all of your daily calories from fat and carbs will likely involve eating a lot more fat than you're used to. It might mean eating a stick of butter every day if you're into dairy, or eating a sizable chunk of suet or back fat from a grazing animal if you can get it.

I would also suggest regular cold exposure, especially on your upper chest and upper back. This will turn your white fat into brown, metabolically active fat that has more mitochondria in it. The more brown fat you have, the easier it will be to burn fat and to reduce your body fat percentage. You can start with cold showers, then you will probably want to transition to ice water baths or swims in cold (under 50 degrees F) streams or lakes.

Good luck!

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Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Insects - what to look for when buying
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:20:23 pm »
Up to you to decide that. What place did you find that raises wax worms on wheat bran and capping honey?

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