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    Question Raw Foodist Going Primal

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    I have been 'raw' for over four years, with blood sugar issues the entire time. I went 'protein type' on the metabolic typing diet (which meant cutting out fruits and honey... I'm already grain free). I added raw eggs and fish to my diet and was doing very well for about two weeks- then my stomach would cramp up horribly for at least an hour after eating fish, and a few days later it happened when I ate the eggs. Eating these proteins with other fats/veggies helps, but I have had to cut way back on my consumption. I do eat raw cheeses and will be getting raw milk tomorrow. Any suggestions/insights would be fantastic!

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    Are you committed to staying raw? Is there a reason for this? A basic primal diet with lots of meats, fat, and veggies is a great way to control blood sugar.

    I would suggest adding in cooked bone broths - chicken or beef bones simmered for hours with some veggies and liberal amounts of sea salts. They are really nutritious and highly digestible.
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    I eat the eggs raw blended up in a small 'shake', but I eat the fish lightly grilled in a Foreman grill unless I eat it sushi style. The broth concept sounds like a great idea- thank you!

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    Are you opposed to eating beef?
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    Not necessarily, but I would probably want to start with seared steak and the like. The closer to raw the better... In my mind.

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    Good steak and snitchel are both pretty good when barely cooked.

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    You still need to work on the notion that "raw" is inherently better. With a few exceptions (beets, maybe carrots), vegetable nutrients are more bio-available when cooked, and less likely to come with any toxic stowaways. That applies even moreso to meat and eggs.

    A variety of cooked and raw foods is really the way to go, especially if you're taken with the paleo concept. Humans were cooking their food at least as far back as a million years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaohinon View Post
    You still need to work on the notion that "raw" is inherently better. With a few exceptions (beets, maybe carrots), vegetable nutrients are more bio-available when cooked, and less likely to come with any toxic stowaways. That applies even moreso to meat and eggs.

    A variety of cooked and raw foods is really the way to go, especially if you're taken with the paleo concept. Humans were cooking their food at least as far back as a million years.
    Exactly this.

    Though I would never cook a melon or blueberries, I would'd a pig raw, or a mass of spring greens.

    I saw a documentry with Dr Alice Roberts, that was looking at human evolution, she tried to eat half a days worth of calories from raw carrots and it took about 4 hours, then tried the same with cooked carrots, took less than an hour. Cooking food gave us the time to form social bonds, make tools etc etc, cows have to eat all day, you don't have to..

    Like Chaohinon said, we evoloved from apes that were cooking, we have been cooking since before we were homo-erectus, let alone homo-sapien (snigger at erectus), I'm just not convinced there is any benifit to eating 100% raw, I eat plenty of raw food, but pelenty cooked too.
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    i was a raw foodist for 1.5 yrs (100%.) i have never been in worse health in my life. my health and body have improved tremendously since i have been primal. i really should write my story some time and send it to mark...

    i still eat huge salads and lots of fresh greens, but i'm often shocked at how much animal protein i'm taking in. it took a while to break through from that "i'll try meat in moderation" to "complete and frequent indulgence." if you're tempted to try, just jump in as you feel comfortable! i do a lot of research when i make grassfed meat purchases and often visit the farms from the places i purchase. i felt/feel so much better about transitioning into carnivorism (omnivorism...but i really feel like a carnivore) when i know the animals have been raised and slaughtered humanely.

    i will add something totally weird- eating this much animal has me feeling tied to the earth in this completely insane circle-of-life kinda way. good luck!
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    Raw eggwhites can be pretty hard to digest (if you ate them raw that could have been upsetting your stomach?) So heat it till it turns white, but eat the egg yolk raw. That's also how egg tastes best IMO.

    Try to eat a balance of both cooked and raw food and see how you feel. You don't have to be less advanced than some of our earliest ancestors
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