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General Discussion / Re: Northstar
« on: August 04, 2011, 12:19:59 am »
I ordered from here yesterday. I've never ordered animal products through the internet before, so this will be an interesting experience. 12 pounds of bison suet, 4 pounds of liver, and assorted organs.

Hot Topics / Re: Nora Gedgaudas - Primal Diet, Primal Mind
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:17:19 am »
Just finished the book. This is the best book catering to those interested in the paleo diet that I have read, and it was updated and a new edition published this year so it is very up-to-date. At the end she even recommends specifically eating at least 50 percent of one's calories RAW, INCLUDING ANIMAL FOODS. She mentions freezing and marinades for those who are still hesitant because of parasites, but seems to dismiss the parasite issue. It's almost as if she's read through this site...

As noted above she recommends a low sugar intake, particularly fructose, so she downplays the role that fruit should play in a person's diet. She makes something of an exception with berries though, since they are lower in sugar than more "domesticated" fruits like apples and stonefruit (i.e. peaches, nectarines, cherries, etc.) Her general dietary recommendations are to eat fat until feelings of hunger dissipate, then eat enough protein from animal products to meet your body's rebuilding and maintenance needs. She recommends a fairly low protein intake, because a lot of research correlates lower but adequate protein consumption with greater longevity and staying sharper later in life. Her recommendation for protein intake translates to 6-8 ounces of meat per day for an average person, a bit more for those who are athletic and have greater needs for repair (I'd probably fall in this latter category due to my exercise routine and martial training...).

Overall a great book. I recommend it highly!

Off Topic / Re: Why did you give up Vegetarianism/Veganism?
« on: July 18, 2011, 07:24:04 pm »
I tried raw vegan for a while, and since going raw omnivore my food bill has gone down. I eat mostly wild stuff, though (whitetail deer, wild edible plants, wild-picked fruit). The only thing I regularly buy is grass fed, grass finished cattle marrow and suet, and occasionally organs like heart, kidney, liver and glands.

Hot Topics / Re: Nora Gedgaudas - Primal Diet, Primal Mind
« on: July 18, 2011, 07:17:52 pm »
She recommends very low carb (zero fruit) PLUS low protein. Her diet is based on pasteurized butter. A pure disaster for me...

Did you actually read the book? I don't see where you got this from. She actually recommends low fruit intake, not zero fruit, to reduce the harmful effects of fructose. She recommends enough protein for bodily maintenance and repair, perhaps just a bit more, to reduce the conversion of protein to sugar so as to help the body learn to burn fat for energy. She DOES NOT recommend a diet based on pasteurized butter and does not recommend the consumption of pasteurized dairy more generally, so I have no idea where you got that from. I agree that if you followed the advice you offered it would probably be disastrous, but you didn't get that from this book, it came from elsewhere...

Because sometimes people need to end up backed into a corner in order to wake up...

For once I agree with Geoff. To the extent that medicinal plants are needed, there's no reason people can't harvest locally, or grow herbs important to them in their garden or in a nearby friend's garden. Most of the supplements sold at "health food stores" are garbage anyway. Hopefully FDA is successful on this front.

Hot Topics / Re: Vodka, alcohol
« on: July 09, 2011, 05:42:15 am »
I generally avoid consuming alcohol, partly because it's high in carbs and partly because it's a mind-altering substance and I'm just not into that.

Hot Topics / Re: Nora Gedgaudas - Primal Diet, Primal Mind
« on: July 09, 2011, 05:41:01 am »
I just received the updated (2011) version of her book, and it doesn't give me the impression of being poorly written at all.  In fact I'd say it's among the better written paleo diet-esque books I've seen.  I haven't finished reading it yet, but will offer a review once I have.

I am also wondering how many lbs a week of organs the ZC's eat because I am starting ZC today and would like to know how much organ meat is necessary.  I ate about 1/3lb of kidney today.  It was difficult.  I did not enjoy the flavor.

If you want to go ZC then you probably shouldn't eat organs.  They are high in sugar, thus high in carbs. 

On the whole I eat organs probably a few days each month.  I eat what I can get inexpensively that's still grass fed and grass finished.  This usually includes heart, kidney, and liver.  I eat bone marrow or suet usually once each day, and muscle meat most everyday as well.

I followed the link to its original place of publication.  Oak Park, Michigan, USA.  Michigan is such a derelict place.  Right up there with Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California and New Jersey in terms of its ability to micro-manage itself into financial, social, and ethical bankruptcy...

This is in America, I assume?  It doesn't mention the name of the city, at least that I could find.  It wouldn't surprise me a bit if this were in an American city.  People here--particularly those who work in managing cities--are diabolical fools who are constantly looking for ways to assert their power over normal, everyday people. 

Hot Topics / Nora Gedgaudas - Primal Diet, Primal Mind
« on: July 04, 2011, 08:35:29 am »
A book recently came out entitled Primal Diet, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas.  It is not related to Aajonus V's Primal Diet, and from the interviews I've heard it sounds like a melding of the Weston A Price Diet and a more typical Paleo Diet.  Anyone read the book yet, and want to offer any thoughts?

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: How do you eat suet?
« on: July 02, 2011, 06:26:07 am »
I've found a good source for grass fed, grass finished suet and eat it on occasion, although lately I've been eating mostly marrow.  When I eat suet, I often chop it into fine pieces and mix it in a small amount of raw honey to make it a little more palatable.  I also mix it in with raw meat sometimes, or mix it into raw meat and mix in a little raw honey too.

I've never seen it come out the other end undigested.

General Discussion / Re: Tools to make bone meal
« on: June 28, 2011, 01:22:54 am »
I prefer shagbark hickory, white oak, white ash and eastern hophornbeam for bows.  They're dense woods and are fairly common around where i live.

General Discussion / Re: Tools to make bone meal
« on: June 27, 2011, 03:04:19 am »
I use a Nichols woodcraft rasp like these:

I clamp the file in a vice so the finer side is facing up and the file is at an angle.  I then put something under the file to catch the bone dust, and run the bone over the file over and over.  You'll get a mildly unpleasant "burnt bone" smell as you file away, but this does the job.  I usually couple this with carving bone arrowheads for hunting season.

I can probably run for a bit over an hour, and do enjoy doing these longer runs too.  I run barefoot (actually barefoot, not "barefoot" wearing minimalist shoes or Vibram FiveFingers) and my feet are still in the re-strengthening phase, so I can't go quite as long as I'd like before my form starts to suffer.  I'll keep at it though, and I trust that my feet's strength will improve and I'll eventually reach the 2 and 3 hour marks, and longer.

I echo Ioanna's preference to run on a completely empty stomach.  I purposely run in the morning, since I usually don't eat until 11:00 or 12:00.  I get to run on an empty stomach, then load up on calories with a mix of raw honey and raw bone marrow before filling up with a 0.5 kg of meat or so.  I usually drink a liter or two of water while running, or immediately after.  I've found this to be a great wake-up routine.

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Winter running
« on: June 24, 2011, 10:22:36 am »
My experience has been similar.

Since most of us don't live in Africa, I wonder if we should be exploring what tubers are edible raw where we live?  I am particularly interested in wild edibles, and eat fair amounts of jerusalem artichoke, burdock root, dandelion root, wild carrot, cattail, and curly dock.  That said, plant foods more generally or roots/tubers specifically never make up the majority of my diet, either by mass or by calories.

General Discussion / Re: I'm writing a RVAF book, ideas please!
« on: June 21, 2011, 11:15:31 am »
Who will your publisher be?  Do you have an agent?

Off Topic / Re: HTML editor and/or host
« on: June 09, 2011, 08:42:19 am »
I'm building my site at using KompoZer, a free drag-and-drop, what-you-see-is-what-you-get web design tool.  It seems to work well, although it does have a few bugs that have thus far been easy to deal with.

As far as hosting, I host on FatCow's servers (  I've found them to be reasonably priced and reliable, and have no complaints.

I've had similar experiences, although somewhat less extreme.  I occasionally crave vegetables and less commonly fruits, but most of my diet consists of animal foods. 

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: What plants do you eat?
« on: May 23, 2011, 09:24:50 pm »
I eat wild plants.  Pretty much whatever's in season.  I spend a lot of time outdoors, so am constantly exposed to poison ivy.  Eating a few young leaves each spring helps to desensitize me to the oil, so I don't constantly get rashes.

Primal Diet / Re: Ron Paul advocates for choice to drink raw milk
« on: May 19, 2011, 01:11:26 am »
Obama is every Americans fault. We need to run that prick out with torches and pitchforks.  ;D

Just like Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and all the rest were Americans' fault.  We needed to run all these pricks out with torches and pitchforks, but we didn't, so here we are.

Primal Diet / Re: Ron Paul advocates for choice to drink raw milk
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:59:02 am »
I voted for Barr & Root, so Obama's not my fault either.  But Obama's better than McCain & Palin (who didn't stand a chance in hell of winning anyway).

I'd vote for Ron Paul if I saw his name on the ballot.

Off Topic / Re: Living in the wild
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:50:20 am »
I have.  I found it mildly entertaining and insightful, albeit childishly written.  If you feel drawn to the anarcho-primitivist worldview advocated by folks like John Zerzan, Derrick Jensen and Daniel Quinn, you might find it amusing. 

Urban Scout (the author) has his own website ( and his own message board (  He also contributes to Derrick Jensen's forum (find it through  I know at least a couple other folks who regularly contribute here are members of Derrick's forum.

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