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Four Years Eating Raw Meat
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Emails and comments often provide the impetus behind a new post. So, today I thought I’d outline my experience eating raw meat in all the gory details. This post will be shocking and interesting to some, repulsive to others, and helpful for yet others.

I’m writing about eating raw meat because there aren’t a whole lot of people out there who’ve got much experience with it and some people want to know what it’s like. I’m not writing this post to get an onslaught of criticism. It’s not like I don’t know that raw meat kills thousands of people a year all over the country! It’s not like I haven’t heard of bacteria and parasites and worms and viruses and fungus that will burrow into my digestion and slither their way up to my brain…

(Do you think I scared them off? hehehe)

For the record, there is a HUGE difference between the way I have fed myself raw meat and the way I’ve fed my daughter. My daughter is no science experiment – like I essentially am. I eat raw meat like a primal woman, she eats raw meat in a “civilized” manner – previously frozen and fresh.

How I Got Started Eating Raw Meat
You probably know that I have had quite a few health problems (another good post would be naming all of the symptoms that vanished) and that after years of doctors visits and a plethora of prescription drugs taken and enormous loads of money spent, I had no choice but to look to diet to help me. While the diet changes I made did help from the beginning they didn’t make me feel great. I went on searching for solutions to some of my more persistent symptoms.

During one lazy summer in 2007 I read Shogun. I’ve always been in awe of how beautiful and young looking Japanese people are. I had some Japanese friends in college and they were simply perfect. Being the brainwashed American that I was I thought it was luck or genetics. Until I read, in 1152 pages, how those people eat. They actually live on raw fish, fish broths, rice, and a little fermented veggies, I thought! How simple! How wonderful! I was in utter awe. I studied this idea and then, naturally, tried it on myself.

At first, I wasn’t prepared to add rice because that was practically against my Paleo religion but the idea of including raw animal food was really starting to make sense to me. I had read about others who ate raw meat. Weston Price had mentioned them and so had Aajonus Vanderplanitz. And it was always in the context of healing and optimal nutrition.

What I Eat and How I Ate It
I started eating raw meat in 2007. It’s almost 2012 now and I’m still alive and quite well.

I started out drinking raw milk. I was actually really surprised that it didn’t kill me. Then I ate jerky dried at 100 degrees – bacteria still in tact but looked cooked. Then I made some cured salmon by leaving it out on the counter for a few days with salt and honey (really really good stuff by the way). For the most part only good bacteria can survive in super salty and sugary environments so I knew I would be safe there. Then I had some sushi grade raw tuna (which just means previously frozen). Then I had raw eggs. Then I tried some raw grassfed ground beef that had been frozen for 14 days. (I was still being careful.) Then I tried other raw seafood that had been frozen.

Then I quit eating cooked meat entirely.

I ate some raw liver and kidney that I got directly from a farm and I ate it without previously freezing it. If the Inuits could tear into a freshly killed animal and eat its liver then maybe so could I, I reasoned.

It had been months and I was doing fine. I had never gotten sick.

I started getting more and more confident that raw meat doesn’t make people sick and so I started caring less and less about where it came from and whether it had been previously frozen. I digested raw meat so well and my digestion had changed so much I was just in heaven.

Usually, I buy my meat grassfed and around here that usually means frozen but sometimes I get grassfed meat from Whole Foods and I eat that without bothering to freeze it.

Freezing meat kills a lot of pathogens but it kills a lot of beneficial bacteria as well. So I definitely like to eat some of my meat unfrozen. Bacteria from raw meat may help populate a healthy bowel. I’ve read this but until I see more on the subject I’m not taking it for certain.

However, my bowel sure was a lot healthier since eating raw meat. So I took the notion to the next level and experimented with eating rotten meat – that’s what Aajonus Vanderplanitz is known for.

This involves putting meat into little jars in the fridge or cupboard and waiting until it gets super duper disgusting before you eat it. It’s really really disgusting. It’s freaking repulsive actually. But it doesn’t hurt you to eat it. No stomach aches or puking or anything. In fact, it’s rather energizing. My neice and nephew and myself all used to do this. We don’t do it anymore because it’s gross, unfortunately. Aajonus did it because he learned that it could cure his cancer. I don’t have cancer so I’ll save the rotten meat for when I’m dying. Bleh.

If you want to see what it looks like to eat rotten meat, check out this video of Aajonus Vonderplanitz on Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Why Doesn’t Raw Meat Kill Me?
Because my stomach acid is strong. Because my transit time is good. Because I don’t eat industrial foods. Because I eat only natural foods. Because I am fit. Because I have a very strong immune system – I never get sick. Because my body will most likely take care of any pathogen that were to enter my blood stream. Pathogens don’t always mean death. Sometimes they mean diarrhea for a couple of days, vomiting, or other important built-in detox methods. I wrote more about about parasites here.

Eventually I stopped eating raw land animals and narrowed it down to raw seafood. I did that for two years. It was lovely but I guess I got cravings and started started eating cooked meat again. To this day, eating cooked meat comes in phases for me. I always find my way back to raw meat. Cooked meat slows down my digestion, my complexion isn’t as pretty, my mood not as positive, and I feel less energetic.

I’ve been eating raw meat and seafood for over four years and can’t see any reason why I would ever stop. It works for me. No need to say in the comments, “Hey it might kill you someday too dip shit!” That’s fine. I’m not worried about death. We all have our time. The only thing I’m worried about is feeling great while I’m alive. No need to outline the whole paralysis/loss of quality of life thing that a parasite might cause. I’m also quite fine with seppuku.

Why Don’t I Just Eat Like a Normal Person?
A lot of people have never bothered to go to the measures I have with diet either because they don’t have a whole lot of problems to worry about, they like eating too damn much, or because they still don’t believe that diet can transform a body and mind so profoundly. Or they’ve tried some version of the Paleo diet and it didn’t provide totally amazing results. They didn’t bother to keep on tinkering with it.

For me, it was important to feel spectacular. I devoted a few years to learning and experimenting. There were some symptoms I just couldn’t bare to live with. One of those was bloating, gas, and constipation. Eliminating grains, vegetables, and most cooked meat fixed that for me. Same goes for bad skin. I don’t have to eat a raw diet to be doing well, but I do have to eliminate cooked meat to do great.

Some people can happily settle for poor or mediocre health, especially if great health means eating weird food or giving up comfort foods, but I just couldn’t. That is just me. If that’s you too, keep searching. It may take a couple of years to narrow down your own sweet spot, but what is a few years in 70 or 80? Nothing. Striving for good health is worth it.

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67 Responses to “Four Years Eating Raw Meat”

Jennifer
November 7, 2011 at 11:44 am #
I have been thinking about trying a week or two of just meat, but I would probably still cook it. I don’t mind raw fish, but I suppose it’s just a psychological thing for me with other raw meats.

At the same time the idea that most raw meat grosses me out kind of makes me want to take it up as a challenge.

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Melissa @ funfitchic.net
November 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm #
Interestingly enough, digesting most meats is a problem for me. Cooked or not my body doesn’t do well with red meat and I’m allergic to most seafood. I am hoping that the 7 year allergy thing is true because I really would like to eat more seafood. I do it anyway sometimes and I suffer greatly. The stomach pangs, the rolling over, the bloating and the gas isn’t fun. I can’t say I have ever tried raw meat but I am afraid of it because the reactions my body has when I have it cooked.

Any Paleo people had similar reaction to red meat before they went Paleo? It sounds like a great concept in theory but I am terrified of putting it into practice. I haven’t met a cow that doesn’t give me a tummy ache.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm #
Melissa, it couldn’t hurt (for too long) to try it. As much as I love cooked beef it always makes me bloated and kind of lethargic. Sometimes it makes my digestion too slow and sometimes it makes it too fast. But raw, it doesn’t do this. It’s really nice actually.

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Naomi Niles
November 7, 2011 at 11:47 am #
I tried raw ground beef for the first time a few weeks ago and thought of you. It was surprisingly tasty actually. I could see myself eating regularly it without a problem. On the rotten meat, I don’t think I could stand it. I wonder if taking probiotics would have a similar effect though?

From June to October, I also tried just eating all meat and fat. At first it was ok, but I progressively felt worse and worse. I felt totally exhausted and didn’t want to believe it was the diet. I hardly lost weight either.

I kept thinking if I just stuck with it, it’d work out. Finally though, it started affecting my work so I decided it wasn’t worth it. So, I integrated green vegetables in and immediately felt much better.

Now I feel energetic and the weight loss started again. I wonder though, if I had had the meat raw instead of cooked, if the experience would have been different.

I’ll have to try it some day.

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Eva LaRoche
November 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm #
Hey, Peggy! This is a great subject. I actually had Ajonous over to my house to do a lecture in my garage years back when I first learned about eating animal foods raw. I used to eat my meat and fish raw and everything else, too. I’ve always (and still do) ordered my steaks blood-dripping rare when dining out and enjoy steak tartar on occasion. Steak tartar is a delicacy for many cultures across the world, so it’s not that strange eating raw meat. Sushi (raw fish) not so strange either.
After reading this blog post, I’m leaning towards going all raw again. I never did try the rotten meat; maybe some day. The only way I could get myself to eat chicken raw was by soaking it in freshly squeezed lemon juice and seasoned it with fresh herbs. I know this somehow cooks the meat, but does it degrade the beneficial bacteria, enzymes and nutrients like when you cook with fire? I can’t remember what Ajonous said about this in his book I have. I’ll have to dig it out and reread it.
I think I went back to eating my meat and fish cooked, because I needed my food to be warm, especially going into the winter months.
Thanks again for the inspiring knowledge that you share. Have a great day!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm #
Eva, sounds like me. I did all raw for a long time and then I guess I just wanted my food warm too. And everyone around me was eating their food warm. And at first I always tolerate it ok but in time, I seem to get less and less efficient with it. So back to raw I go. I’m not quite there again this round. I’m still eating cooked fish but that’s it. I’ve not been eating cooked meat for a while now.

That’s so cool that you had Aajonus over. I’ve always wondered what he’s like. He has a peaceful, experienced looking face.

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Eva LaRoche
November 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm #
He is definitely peaceful and oh so knowledgeable. But you know how you had mentioned in another blog how you become unemotional when you eat all raw meat. Well, that is exactly how Aajonus is. No emotion whatsoever, just a calm, steady aura about him.

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Cassir
November 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm #
I don’t really suffer from anything major. I would like to have more energy figure out why my sinus hurt some days, and have better digestion. I really want to figure out what’s best for me. I have a few road blocks with doing this right now.
1. I have two kids 2 and under and I don’t get enough sleep usually. Even though I nap when they do, I still find myself tired. With that being said, what if it’s due to my diet? I eat paleo and am starting to add more fermented foods in order to help digestion.
2. I’m nursing both of my kids so I can’t really ever skimp on food or fast or try something dramatic because, well, I’m not willing to sacrifice milk production of quality of milk.

I wanna know how you start testing what’s good for you. is there a way I could go about this?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm #
Did you read my post on self-experimentation? I don’t remember if I went into detail about the process or not but I start with a base of just meat and then slowly build from there. Things that wreck my digestion are precisely the things that most people say are supposed to help, like vegetables and fermented foods. It might be really difficult to figure out what’s going on if your body doesn’t approve of the usual suggestions.

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Cassie
November 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm #
I will take a look at it. I just remember you lived off of raw milk. I guess I was also wondering if i could be doing all the right things but may not be able to pin point anything due to lack of sleep? Thank you!!

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Eva LaRoche
November 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm #
Cassie,
I found when I first started to move into the paleo lifestyle my energy levels were extremely low, too. I never took naps, but I had to every day. Then I read on one of the paleo blogs that it is very important to increase healthy fats to replace the carbs that you are no longer eating. I consume raw grass-fed butter by the tablespoonful(between 5-8) on a daily basis and EVOO (1-3 tbsp), because it has increased my energy to the point where I don’t have to nap anymore. Plus everything tastes better with butter!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm #
You may not be truly lacking sleep at all. I have had times of extreme fatigue and it has been because of something off in my diet (or a head injury…), either a food allergy, or something that I was not digesting properly. Once I solve the food problem, my energy will increase almost immediately. Either something is keeping you unnecessarily awake, your sleep quality is poor, or you’re not going to bed in time. You are breastfeeding and all!

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Cassie
November 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm #
Thanks for the ideas. Looking back, it might be fat. I’m gonna try this first this week. I love this post thank you.

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Heather
November 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm #
As a kid I used to steal raw ground burger when my mom was preparing dinner. I always got in trouble. But I loved it! To this day I love cappacio, sashimi. I always make my burger patty or steak rare or I cannot digest it. If meat is cooked to medium it feels like it sits in my stomach for 24 hours and does not move. Because of you, I am going to try some steak tartar with a raw pastured egg yolk (I always order a raw quail egg at sushi and it never made me sick). Do you add sea salt to your raw meat? Do you add any seasonings? Like with Sashimi I usually use lemon juice or ponzu sauce. Thanks for this blog!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm #
You’re welcome Heather!

I don’t like lemon juice on my sashimi because I don’t like the way it “cooks” it. With sashimi I usually indulge in wheat free tamari. With oysters I use just lemon juice. With raw beef I use sea salt and a sprinkle of herbs and sometimes a tiny bit of lime juice. Eggs I just gulp down. 😛

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Crunchy Pickle
November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm #
Love this post! It is great to get a look at how you found out the best ways that your body responds to food. It seems simple, but most people don’t even think that way!

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iniQuity
November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm #
Fascinating stuff, truly.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the work of V. Steffanson (but if you’re not: http://www.biblelife.org/stefansson1.htm … no idea why it’s hosted on “biblelife” but the document has no religious tones) he also eventually ended up eating rotten fish with the Eskimos.

I don’t really have anything else to add, but I do enjoy your blog a great deal.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm #
I have read that over and over and linked to it many times on my site here! I always thought that was funny it was on biblelife too.

He was another one of the key figures that changed the way I look at food. He made a big impression on me. As well as Pottenger. Whoof. Powerful stuff.

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Lydia McD
November 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm #
Fascinating blog, thanks for sharing. I try to eat red meat as rare as any restaurant will let me, but don’t buy much meat for home consumption, mainly getting my protein at home from eggs. Sushi feels like my powerfood, though, and after years of reading about raw meat in Nourishing Traditions and now reading this, I REALLY want to try to get more into it. Thanks!

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ak
November 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm #
raw eggs make me feel sick. I’ve read that my reaction could be to the grains and soy in the chicken’s diet that get preserved in the egg. Eating eggs on a frequent basis makes me ill too. I’ve noticed that I feel best when eating beef and fish everyday and not chicken but I can’t afford that right now. Do you have any thoughts? I have some meatballs in the freezer, I’ll try defrosting a few and eating them raw. Since you posted about poop I’ve made sure to eat a lot of fat and to eat beef or chicken every day, along with probiotics. I think my digestion has sped up and of course I am feeling a lot better. But I want to continue to improve. I used to eat frozen coconut milk smoothies for breakfast and now that it is cold I’m stuck on what to make, since eggs would have seemed like the logical choice. I’ll keep at it. Thank you for this blog, it is the primal blog that has made the biggest difference for me, I appreciate it so much!

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Eva LaRoche
November 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm #
Hi, ak! When I used to eat Trader Joe’s organic omega-3 cage-free vegetarian fed eggs, I developed an allergy to them–itchy, watery eyes with sinus congestion. I would eat 3-4 a day. So I do believe it is a result of what they are feeding the chickens, soy, corn, etc; because ever since switching to 100% pasture raised Amish eggs, I have not had any allergies at all. I eat three a day no problem and have for the past 10 months.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm #
I have read that about eggs as well but then pastured eggs should be fine right? Have you tried those? Sometimes I wonder about the theory. I have issues with eggs sometimes and I have never found that it matters where they come from.

I should have added this to the post, but forgot; anyway, I eat much less food in general when I eat raw and that saves a lot of money. 😉 There’s something about cooked food that makes me want to eat larger quantities. I think this is pretty common.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm #
For the record, though, I do not have an egg allergy and don’t have the symptoms that Eva mentioned. Sometimes I have felt that eggs are problematic when combined with other things for me. I never did figure out what those other things are though… Maybe it’s cooked meat. haha!

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Eva LaRoche
November 8, 2011 at 6:28 am #
Peggy, wanting to eat larger quantities of food–could it be because when we cook food it diminishes the quantity and quality of nutrients in it, therefore the body has to eat more of it in order to get more. Since raw food has all of that intact, I would assume we wouldn’t have to eat as much to get the amount our body needs. Just a theory on my part–or is it?

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ak
November 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm #
I guess I just have to keep experimenting! I haven’t tried different eggs consistently enough to know if changing the kind made a difference. There was a sale on omega 3 eggs today so I bought a whole bunch. Here we go!

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Donna
November 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm #
I love steak tartare..It is on the menu at all of the french bistros here…Is there a safe and preferred way to approach poultry raw? Fantastic article as usual Peggy..Thank you for the enlightenment

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm #
Thanks Donna!

It isn’t as easy to find truly pastured poultry as it is to find grassfed meat. But as long as they are living in good conditions, not penned up, get to peck and scratch a bit, and not fed antibiotics, the meat will probably be fine.

I don’t find raw poultry all that appetizing and so don’t eat it raw these days but I used to. When I started this I ate everything. I would marinate it in lemon juice. It kind of cooks it – think ceviche.

I don’t eat raw poultry these days but I also do not bother to carefully wash the things that touch it. I usually just rinse my hands. I don’t think it is unsafe. I don’t think raw meat is unsafe in general.

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Michael
November 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm #
Hi Peggy! Once again you have written an excellent article! You are a dear to share your experience, so that all can benefit from your experience. If I can ever be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Michael Parastino

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm #
Thanks Michael and thanks for commenting. Good to see you here!

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pete smith
November 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm #
Hi Peggy, I am interested in incorporating some raw meat into my diet. How would you recommend transitioning into this? To me, cutting a steak into small pieces and freezing them in a zip-lock bag for 2 weeks before eating seems favorable. Would you agree? As for egg yolks, I don’t see any reason why i shouldn’t be able to eat those immediately.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm #
Hi Pete. What you suggest is actually what I do with organs since I don’t eat large quantities at once. Thin slices of steak, kind of like sashimi, is nice. Minced steak like in steak tartar is also nice. You can buy sashimi grade seafood at Whole Foods or at a Japanese market. They will have been previously frozen.

Do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

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Nancy
November 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm #
Peggy: What about meat (beef) seared on the outside but extremely rare on the inside? Would that work to get the benefits of raw but the flavor and warmth of cooked?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm #
I would say so. As long as it’s just barely warm inside and looks quite raw. Mmm. I’m drooling now. A super rare steak is one of my favorite things.

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Casey
November 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm #
I think grocery stores (like Whole Foods, you mention) actually get their meat frozen and then thaw it. Or, at least that’s what I’ve heard.
I am very much into raw seafood, and I like rare steaks and burgers (and I have to admit pork and turkey too), but I just have a hard time convincing myself that I would be ok if I ate the red meat completely raw. It’s probably years and years of being conditioned to fear it, but it’s a scary thing to venture into for me. And, my husband wound up with a very serious case of poisoning after just touching a dead crab on a beach once. But, again, we have both eaten raw crab so I don’t know what the difference was.
One of these days I might get brave and just not cook that steak or something. I don’t find the idea disgusting, just scary! Thanks for posting this, it definitely gets my mind working.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 9, 2011 at 6:38 am #
Casey,

I always ask questions at the grocery store. Some of the meat is previously frozen and then thawed, pretty much all seafood is, but at least the couple of times I’ve asked about their grassfed ground beef, it was fresh. It probably varies, so I’d say just ask.

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Sara
November 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm #
Aside from sushi, my first raw meat experience was 4 months ago when, inspired by you, I ate raw GF beef liver (previously frozen). I never even ate cooked liver before this. It took a huge mental leap to do it. Now, I usually have it for breakfast as it helps the bowel. It’s especially nice after a morning workout. It makes me feel strong and my body just knows what to do with it. I feel great when I eat it without anything cooked. Although, I don’t eat completely raw, as I can handle cook meats just fine.
Since then, I order raw oysters at restaurants, eat raw sardines, and request med-rare steak from the grill. My husband thinks it’s a phase. It’s not. It’s really the only way I feel good. Luckily he is very supportive and cooks the meat to 145 deg, no questions asked. Guess he likes the resulting good moods and physical changes in me, too 
One glitch, just happened today:
I decided to cleanse, eat only raw meat. For breakfast I had 1/2 raw GF beef liver, and 1 raw oyster. Then around lunch time, I started to get really worried that I didn’t have enough raw food for the day, and I obsessed about when and how I was going to portion each bit of raw meat. I passed by the cafe on my way out for lunch, my mistake. I completely overindulged on beef brisket, trout, nuts, and sweetened mango kefir.
I know it came from the brain induced fear of not having enough food. Is this a will power thing? Should it be done on a “rest” day (i.e. no bike riding or other high intensity workout)? Any supplements for anxiousness, or other suggestions?
Thank you so much for every post! It’s inspiring & life changing.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 9, 2011 at 6:50 am #
Sara, that is so awesome that you’re feeling good! That’s how I am with raw meat. It makes me feel light and happy.

Next time you know you don’t have enough food for the day, just tell yourself you’ll be fasting. Then it is easy to deal with psychologically. I’ve done what you describe before too.

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Eva LaRoche
November 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm #
Hey, Peggy!
Just wanted to let you know that I ate raw chicken liver for the first time in my life yesterday after dinner. I had some leftover, so I ate it this morning for breakfast with a heaping tablespoon of raw butter. I don’t mind the taste at all. I, actually, liked the creamy, smooth texture of it, too.
You’ve inspired me to going back to eating my meat raw, too. For dinner tonight, I ate a 1/2 pound of rib eye thinly sliced with some mixed lettuce greens, a heaping tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of EVOO. I felt so much lighter and content afterward.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 9, 2011 at 6:44 am #
Awe I’m jealous. I’m all out of liver. I need to do a US Wellness order…

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Nelly
November 9, 2011 at 6:33 am #
Great post, Peggy! I’ve been lurking here for a while and loving it all. I’m sort of easing my way into the raw meat dealio – I get grassfed hamburger made from old dairy cows in their entirety (i.e. not just the trash cuts) and started having a small bowlful of that with olive or coconut oil and sometimes balsamic vinegar. I absolutely adored it, but then the boyf moved in and started gagging anytime he saw me doing it, so it’s gone underground. He says he’d be more ok with raw steak, though, just hates the visual texture of the hamburger, so maybe that will win him over!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 9, 2011 at 6:43 am #
Thanks for commenting Nelly! That’s pretty funny. My boyfriend is Colombian so he’s pretty tough about gross foods – they eat all the gristle and cartilage over there. That stuff makes me gag. But the first time he saw me eating raw meat, he thought it was pretty cool. I was like, nice, this guy’s a keeper. 🙂

Honestly though, I can sympathize with your boyfriend. It does look kind of weird.

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mark bouvier
November 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm #
peggy, thanks for the great insights and encouragements i’mgoing to give raw grassfed ground beef a try for the first time tonight, i’ve got some in the fridge and was previously undecided on what to do with it tonight, but now i’ve got it all figured out
thanks again,
keep up the great article writing!

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StoneAgeMom
November 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm #
Thanks for the inspiration to include more raw meat in my diet! I grew up on a farm and drank only raw dairy (unfortunately “illegal” here in the dairy state), and I eat most of my steak and hamburger patties rare. I, too, used to sneak the raw and undercooked hamburger meat from my mother’s cooking.

I had some raw oysters sprinkled with lime juice yesterday. Yum! How many do you eat at a time? I had 3, which was a good amount to start.

I do want to try rare liver.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 11, 2011 at 9:11 am #
You’re welcome! It depends on the oysters. If I haven’t had them for a while I might eat a whole dozen, if I’m eating them regularly I’ll usually just eat a few too.

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Eva LaRoche
November 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm #
Tried raw chicken gizzards and raw beef heart for the first time in the last couple of days. Not bad at all. Also, I used to marinate raw chicken in lime to pre-cook it and make it more palatable; but I had straight raw chicken for dinner tonight, and it was actually tasty. I’ve been eating my steak raw again, too. I think I’m well on my way to eating mostly raw. What I have noticed when I do eat something cooked now, I get a bit of an upset stomach. But when I eat the meats raw, I feel great!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 11, 2011 at 9:12 am #
You’re my partner in raw meat eating crime!

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Eva LaRoche
November 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm #
😉

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Alexis
November 10, 2011 at 11:31 pm #
Ok awesome post, I d been wondering about this. I m game to try most things…. I found shrimp & oysters to be to slimey… Ground gf beef not bad, steak good and liver really gross… I dont mind it cooked though. Salmon, hmmm not great but edible. Do you really like this way? Or just because the better digestion? Or are some things more of and aquired taste? Anyways thanks for posting, does seem hard to train out years of thats not safe.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 11, 2011 at 9:10 am #
There are some raw meats I really like, like sashimi and beef carpaccio, and there are others that I just eat because I’d rather not eat them cooked. I have found my body to be so much happier with raw meats and I like a happy body! Lots of my favorites probably are an acquired taste. I love raw squid, something I used to find totally disgusting.

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Brandon
November 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm #
I am sixteen soon to be seventeen kid that is not in “bad” shape but needs improvement. I have been trying many things to be in better health but nothing worked. Then I came along to this type of diet. I want to try it but I do not know where to start. Do you think I should ease into it or go full guns ablazing? I dont care about taste really but I NEED to know what im getting myself into. PLZ Peggy tell my the best way to handle it.

PS. my parents will prob not approve due to bacteria and what not. How can I explain it to them tht makes it seem like a good thing? I mean is it really tht much different then telling them that I was a vegetarian? (sorry for second post)

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Peggy the Primal Parent
November 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm #
I definitely can’t advise you about how to deal with your parents. My mom still cringes when she sees my daughter and I eat raw meat and I’m all grown up. 🙂

I would suggest reading Aajonus’ book for more info on how to get started. Personally, I went in full guns a blazing, but that’s how I go about everything. I drank fermented vegetable juice back then so I trusted that to save me if everything else failed. I would have a hard time recommending an exact diet or approach because what I d…