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Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Winter running
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:34:49 am »
Back to winter running, you don't need shoes to run in winter.  It takes some time, but you can acclimate your feet to handle cold surfaces.  I started January 1 here in Vermont (New Year's resolution), and can now run a mile or so through the snow, slush and ice before my feet feel too cold and I need to stop and put shoes back on.  You do need to make sure you aren't running through salt, though.  Salt tears your foot pads up, and will cause the skin on your soles to wear off very fast so that your feet will be raw even after very short runs.

General Discussion / Re: Barefoot Shoes and Agion Antimicrobial
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:23:06 am »
As for walking/running in the cold, our feet can adapt to this over time.  I just ran a mile completely barefoot over ice, slush and snow earlier today.  You just have to go a little at a time, pushing your edges each time.  My only regret is that I didn't start this earlier, although we have a solid month of winter left so I should be up to a couple miles in sub-freezing temps before the weather stays above freezing during the day.  Just make sure you don't run on surfaces that have been salted, as salt tears the shit out of your feet and makes the skin on your soles wear off very fast, leaving your feet raw after even a very short run.

As far as minimalist shoes, my favorite is the SoftStar RunAmok.  It looks like a moccasin, has a Vibram sole and passes both as a minimalist running shoe as well as a dress shoe if you keep it clean.  I presented some of my consulting work to clients a few days back wearing the same pair of shoes I run in, and no one even noticed the difference.  They're a great all-purpose minimalist shoe.

As for the biochemistry of silver, I can't speak to that.  The idea of wearing minimalist shoes that require some sort of chemical treatment to keep microbes in check doesn't appeal to me in the least.

General Discussion / Re: Feeling and looking a bit seedy
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:10:07 am »
How big are you Sitting Coyote?

Just hopped on the scale and it said 137 pounds.  I didn't eat today though (I only eat if I feel hungry, and today I never felt hungry so I didn't waste time eating).  I also just got home from MMA training, and earlier this afternoon went for my longest barefoot run so far (about a mile over snow, slush and ice).  If I had eaten today, or if I hadn't worked out, I suspect I'd be at least a few pounds heavier.  When I started RPD in December 2009 I weighed about 110-115 pounds, as a point of comparison.

Primal Diet / Re: Vonderplanitz formal education???
« on: February 18, 2011, 05:48:02 am »
Excellent question.  I hope someone who's close to him will chime in, as I have serious questions about the PhD he claims to have. 

Hot Topics / Re: Cooking and Evolution
« on: February 18, 2011, 05:10:04 am »
It is true that there is "evidence" that people began cooking 150,000-300,000 years ago, but that doesn't mean that everyone cooked everything always starting during that time.  What likely happened is that people began experimenting with cooking different foods in different areas of the world at different times.  Most people of European descent come from a particular lineage that left Africa at some point, and may have brought the cooking adaptation with it or not.  Whether you individually are adapted to cooking, then, is a question of your genetics.

Some people can live well and live over 100 years eating highly processed, cooked foods.  Most people though, need a different diet to live well for that long.  Most of the people who post here realize that they need a different diet to live well, and have settled on diets composed of mostly raw animal foods. 

General Discussion / Re: Need Help: Buying on Budget
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:58:19 am »
I think learning to hunt or scavenge (on road kill) is the key to keeping costs down while eating well.  I hunt, gather roadkill, and also get lots of waste from local game processors, and end up with 150 pounds of free wild venison each year.  If I shoot a deer, I end up with even more (a 150 pound deer yields about 100 pounds of food) although hunting takes a lot of time so it's tough to call that meat "free".  You work for meat you hunt.

I probably spend $25 per week on food, though if I were to spend more time gathering I could get that down to almost nothing.  I'm really busy right now with school, so spending a little money on food to free up time is worth it to me.

Buying organs is a good way to stretch your dollar.  I get grass fed, grass finished beef, lamb and sometimes goat organs for $1 per pound, a reasonable price.  I occasionally buy eggs, but can't find them 100% pasture raised this time of year her in Vermont.  Price is $4.50-$5.00 per dozen right now, but that price will go down once summer comes so I'll just wait. 

General Discussion / Re: Feeling and looking a bit seedy
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:40:20 am »
I agree with 4tH, 1 kg per day is a lot.  I typically eat about 500 grams, and like 4tH I am quite active, training in mixed martial arts and barefoot running nearly every other day. 

You might think about a short (1-3) day fast to let your digestive system clean itself out a bit, then ease back into a lower level of calorie consumption to see how you feel.  Even though I am very active, I probably only eat 1500 kcal per day.  That's enough to give me plenty of energy and keep my weight creeping upwards as I slowly add more muscle mass while keeping a solid layer of fat under my skin.

General Discussion / Re: Is Suet or Tallow truly raw?
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:34:09 am »
Geoff (Handle:  TylerDurden) is correct.  Suet is unheated, tallow has been heated and processed.

General Discussion / Re: What do yo do with fish with visible parasites?
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:31:09 am »
I would probably soak the fish in vinegar or brine to kill the parasites before eating.  Otherwise I'd compost the fish. 

Hot Topics / Re: Wolfe,Vitalis & Calkin Report
« on: February 10, 2011, 11:25:48 pm »
On a more lighthearted note, Daniel Vitalis recently posted this video spoofing himself, David Wolfe and Matt Monarch and their involvement in a recent longevity conference.  I thought it was funny.  You might too.

General Discussion / Re: Organs meat digestion
« on: February 10, 2011, 11:06:02 pm »
I can't say that they're easier to digest, but they certainly aren't harder.

Off Topic / Re: Do you Rock the Ganja?
« on: February 10, 2011, 10:57:37 pm »
How about just kicking your addiction, so you don't have to worry about it?

Off Topic / Re: Funny vid
« on: January 22, 2011, 07:21:18 am »

Health / Re: How do you eat tallow/suet?
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:57:41 am »
Phil has a good method.  I eat it straight occasionally, but most often chop it into little bits and mix it with meat.  It's quite easy for me to find suet from grass fed/finished cattle for cheap, so I buy it often and stockpile it in case the doomsayers are right and we fall on lean times.

You sure that's a woman?  The website belongs to a man, and it looks like his photograph.

Hot Topics / Daniel Vitalis on animal foods
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:06:32 am »
Great video by a former raw vegan who's gone raw paleo.

Primal Diet / Re: Primal Diet books for sale
« on: January 09, 2011, 05:37:59 am »
Books have been sold.

Primal Diet / Re: Primal diet books?
« on: December 12, 2010, 09:27:25 pm »
The book has been sold.

Primal Diet / We Want to Live for sale
« on: November 26, 2010, 03:46:13 am »
I have a copy of the most recent edition of We Want to Live that I'd like to sell.  I'd like to get $15 for it + shipping.  PM me or email me at if you're interested.

[edited on 11-25-2010 to reduce the price]

Primal Diet / Re: Primal diet books?
« on: November 26, 2010, 03:44:36 am »
I still have a copy of We Want to Live that I'd like to sell for $15 + shipping.

[edited on 11-15-2010 to reduce the price]

General Discussion / Re: Hunting anyone ?
« on: November 22, 2010, 03:03:51 am »
Crossbows are illegal to use for hunting in most areas, unless you're handicapped. 

General Discussion / Re: Hunting anyone ?
« on: November 21, 2010, 07:46:57 am »
I hunt for deer, small game (squirrel, rabbit, hare, upland game birds), and turkey.

I got a deer last year during rifle season, but haven't gotten anything yet this year.  I saw a beautiful 8-point buck on opening day, and a smaller 4 point earlier today.  I didn't get a good shot angle at either of these deer, so didn't even try shooting them.  The 8-pointer probably weighed 220 pounds, the little guy I saw this afternoon probably around 160 pounds. 

I try to avoid hunting near farms, unless they're organic farms and do NOT raise grain.  Deer that grow up near farms inevitably eat lots of grain and soybeans, so the meat is about as low quality as grain-fed cow.  Not something I'm interested in.  Some organic farms around here grow only vegetables, and those farms I'd be willing to hunt on.

Still got a week of rifle season left here, and then a week of late season archery.  Hopefully I score at least one deer.

As for what I use, I hunt with a 6 mm Browning X-Bolt rifle using Remington CoreLokt cartridges with 100 grain bullets.  The rifle is bolt action with a scope, but I'd like to get a lever action rifle and learn to shoot instinctively, as you can get off a quicker shot with lever action and just steel sights. 

During archery season I hunt with a wooden bow that I make myself, as well as wooden arrows that I make.  I'm big into primitive skills, so make much of my own archery equipment, including quiver, bows, arrows, etc.

General Discussion / Re: Raw paleo on 2 body functions
« on: November 21, 2010, 07:37:55 am »
I suspect that if you asked everyone who adheres to some version of a raw omnivore diet, you'd get a different start-up experience. 

When I first started RAVF, I saw zero negative symptoms.  No belly aches, no irritated bowels, no nothing.  My stools became a little smoother but not softer, and decreased in frequency but became more regular.  So rather than going once or twice each day at random times, I only went once every other day at about 10 am. 

At the time I started RAVF I was already eating two or three meals per day, now I eat once or twice each day and sometimes I'm not hungry all day so I don't eat at all.  I'm fairly active and train in martial arts, but despite this I'd bet I only eat 1500 calories per day and I always have abundant energy and my weight is slowly creeping upwards.

I definitely did not have to endure any negative symptoms like those others have experienced and described.

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Study: Low carb diets and death risk
« on: November 20, 2010, 07:37:38 am »
I was making sweeping generalizations, of course.  The point I really wanted to make is that what we do well on over the short term may not keep our bodies healthy over the long term, and that the diets we eat are an experiment that could fail.

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Study: Low carb diets and death risk
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:14:56 pm »
Important observations:

You don't hear about raw vegans dying of cancer.  They die of starvation.

You don't hear about raw carnivores or raw near-carnivores dying of starvation.  Some do seem to die from cancer.

Seems to me the ideal diet would lie somewhere in the middle, where we eat enough plant foods to avoid dying of cancer and enough animal foods to avoid dying of starvation?

Homo sapiens has not eaten the type of diet that is advocated on this website in at least a thousand years, probably several thousand or even tens of thousands of years.  We are abandoning thousands of years of human diet-digestive tract coevolution and trying to turn the clock back.  Suddenly.  We are an experiment.  Maybe the experiment will fail. 

Many people, including myself, have enjoyed short-term health benefits from eating raw animal foods.  What the human digestive system works well with over the short term won't necessarily keep the body healthy over the long term.  This is an experiment.  Maybe the experiment will fail.

It's important that we keep track of what we eat and how we live, and make this known to others along with any maladies we suffer.

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