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September 05, 2008

A Day in the Life of Modern Grok: An MDA Reader Gets Primal

By Mark Sisson
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As a follow up to last week’s Primal Challenge, “Getting Back to Nature,” I thought I’d published a few emails I’ve received from a hardcore Primal Blueprint follower. Talk about getting Primal. This guy is trying it all.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to catch, gut and eat your own rabbits or gather your own raspberries to mimic the life of Grok, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Check out these extreme Primal anecdotes from a fellow MDA reader, and then hit me up with a comment with your own Primal stories.

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So, my wife was out of town the other weekend, and I had “caveman” day. I “harvested” a bunch of grasshoppers (about 100) and believe me, without a net, it is not fast nor easy. Gotta get me a net. And about 3/4 gallon of wild raspberries. I had my dog along (Siberian Husky) and she catches lots of varmints.  She regularly eats mice and rabbits while we are on hikes or ATB rides.  I took advantage of her hunting skills and got two rabbits from her. She got the guts and scraps, I cooked the meat for myself once we got home. I did cheat by cooking up the grasshoppers as a coconut curry dish. I still am sorta grossed out to eat hoppers, but do it once in a while lately as they are SOOOO abundant right now. But it was an eye opener day. I bet Grok ate alot of small game and bugs, and only rarely took out a bison or mammoth, or other large game. Oh, and around here, rattlesnakes are a real threat that coulda cut Grok’s life short with some bad luck. I’ve run into a couple while foraging out on the trails. I think I want a cable TV show! I think I’m gonna have to eat a rattlesnake!

I was just mulling over how much better off she’d be if she ate more naturally (meat).  Same with our cats, so they get grasshoppers alot now. Thanks for the info, I’ll be hitting up the butcher for dog and cat food now!

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That first grasshopper I ate was a real eye opener. It got me thinking, so I figured I’d try out a day of feeding like that. Once I realized I’m pulling 8 ounces or so of protein away from my dog (mice, rabbits, etc) a lot of days that we go out in the woods behind the house, I figured it can’t be any less safe than the meat I’d buy at the grocery. You don’t read about E. Coli outbreaks in the local ‘hopper population. I am indeed trying to minimize risks with this food. The raspberries are out of reach of any pesticide/herbicides of civilized landscaping. The grasshoppers (eaten in any quantity) are harvested away from town as well, and I now cook ’em. Not that I eat grasshoppers often, only a handful of times I’d count it as a “meal”, and I freeze them, wash them and cook them now (I read somewhere they can carry parasites of sorts). But again, I don’t do this often (yet?) and I still am grossed out by eating hoppers just a bit. Wonder if I’ll get over the gag reflex?

The rabbit gutting is sorta gross, but I used to hunt a little in junior high and high school with my Dad, so I’ve processed my share of deer, elk, antelope (back home in Wyoming). Both my parents were raised on farms, and it is amazing the food processing/handling knowledge they have (looking back on it now). Of course, thoroughly grilled the meat.

My raspberry patches are depleted, and I picked up some poison ivy, bummer. So I’ll have to go looking further out for those, now. And soon enough we’ll have a frost and that will be that. Chokecherries here are coming on, but they are a bitter little berry to eat, most folks sugar the hell out of them (not me, not now, thanks to you). And getting meat is tougher than I’d thought, especially without a gun. But the dog is a bonus for rabbits. I still need to get a net for grasshopper picking.

Certainly a garden is in order next summer. Raising chickens for eggs (and meat) is not out of the question either. Lots of stuff swimming in my head, and the internet makes a lot of info available. I am impressed every day by the folks that have been living on their own food for a long time, they are actually all around you when you look. Bummer is they often augment their garden fresh salads and veggies with storebought crap dressings and ranch dips, and serve it along side a big juicy processed bratwurst on a white bun with loads of ketchup, bluch.

OakleyOriginals Flickr Photo (CC)

Further Reading:

Would Grok Chow the Cheese Plate?

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

The Primal Eating Plan for Dogs

Insects: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

The Definitive Guide to Primal Eating

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Jerry
Jerry
8 years 21 days ago

That is fun stuff. It is worth noting how foreign all those acts seem to modern man. As you alluded, we don’t need to take Primal to this extreme to be Primal. But it is a good illustration of what being Primal could mean, and you can learn things from these sorts of experiences to help guide how you live like Grok on a day-to-day basis in a modern world (i’m thinking of your foraging in the modern world post).

Dan
6 years 8 months ago

Grasshoppers eat grass and leaves which may make them high in omega-3s?

Grasshoppers are also standard faire in the Mexican diet.

Anyone care to try out maggots? Those are really high in protein.

Sasquatch
8 years 21 days ago

Are grasshoppers generally good to eat or do you have to know what you’re doing?

You know what else Grok would have eaten that’s almost impossible to get these days: brains. No, Grok was not a zombie, he just didn’t like to waste.

I asked around at my farmer’s market, no one has brain (excellent source of n-3 fats and vitamins) or blood (excellent source of vitamin D and minerals). I think they’re regulated due to prion concerns.

Arthur P.
Arthur P.
8 years 21 days ago

Cute story. I just ran into the closet and dusted off my bear skin one-sy and cleaned up my poaching stick to roam the wild as a free man!!!!!

Bob
Bob
8 years 21 days ago

No kidding, Jerry. I get a funny image of a regular Joe in a suit and tie strolling down a suburban sidewalk with a dead rabbit slung over his shoulder. Mothers would be covering their kids’ eyes in horror.

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Much kudos to this dude for trying out all this stuff. I wish it was easier to to this sort of thing in the UK – you need licenses to shoot almost anything here, not to mention for the gun itself. We also have a fairly pathetic insect population. On the food front I have been making do with an exploration of what animal products I can get from my local market. Lamb hearts, pork livers, kidneys, whole rabbbits and hares have all found their way to my wok or oven, but it’s no substitute for catching it yourself. There… Read more »
Earl Cannonbear
Earl Cannonbear
8 years 21 days ago

Eating grasshoppers is totally gross and I think any self respecting Grok would have passed on the bugs and instead would have bagged himself a tasty mammoth, tiger or bear…. anything!

It seems to me that historically, agricultural was probably invented because our ancestors were having to resort to eating creepy insects.

In my opinion the email writer who did this is in desperate need of intervention.

sarena
sarena
8 years 20 days ago

GROSS!!

Sorry I had to comment….

Jennifer Eloff
8 years 19 days ago

LOL Funny post this! I can’t believe you would eat grasshoppers!

I like your blog and have linked to it. 🙂 You can find mine if you first go to http://www.low-carb.us

Only trouble is I was looking at this guy (you) on the internet with washboard abs (without his shirt on) and my husband came in and looked over my shoulder. I found myself scrambling to explain the embarrassing situation I found myself in.

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Barefoot Mrissee-Bob
7 years 5 months ago

I’ve eaten grasshoppers, crickets, and sow bugs before. They don’t taste the greatest, but I was curious (as well as…I must admit…trying to impress the little boys I nannied). I have found through eating grasshoppers that the larger ones are more likely to taste putrid, whereas the smaller ones have little taste, mostly just texture.

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Lion McLean
6 years 3 months ago

Eating bugs, while not the tastiest or most texturally pleasing thing to do, is almost undoubtedly good for you.

Think about it: protein that is at the bottom of the food-chain so very little bio-accumulation of toxins, and the exoskeleton I am sure helps scour your gut and clean the gunk out of you.

I am not saying that I would do it, but hey , more power to you.

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