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Eat what you are?

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Created February 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I recently heard someone say 'eat what you are', no, not cannibalism, but eat what you are made of, which is mostly protein & fat. It makes sense.

Taking it further eat, muscle meat, heart, kidney, bone marrow, liver, brain...

So, how do you Paleos cook up your Heart?

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Nice comment, Bones. I love rational counterarguments.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:24 PM

Bit like pigs eat their own shit. Can't digest it first time round and don't have multiple stomachs? Try and try again. Paleo animals: stubborn, determined, don't care what the other animals think, eat's what's good for them, is made of meat. Don't care rabbits eat their shit, they're cute and I'm not an arable farmer; as for pigs eating their shit? One word: bacon. They could snort shit for all I care just keep it coming.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 25, 2013
at 11:52 AM

good point, i guess when i heard the guy point out 'we're made of protein & fat so eat protein & fat' it just resonated with me, i eat plenty veggies/leafs aswell

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 25, 2013
at 08:03 AM

@thhq What dyou mean...?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 24, 2013
at 09:28 PM

Better get your daily booger allowance

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 24, 2013
at 09:20 PM

So much for grassfed cows. You want utter-fed cows

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 24, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Nah, it's animal product at that point. ;)

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on February 24, 2013
at 07:13 PM

When we lost the curved fingers we diverged from the chimp path. As nature's loafing species, we probably weren't all that good at it and did OK with what fell on the ground.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on February 24, 2013
at 05:31 PM

I think Paul Chek preaches this.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on February 24, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Their own shit made of plants.

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Take another little piece...

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:55 PM

Rabbits are so dumb they would never think of paleo.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:24 PM

Rabbits actually eat their own shit (look it up).

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:52 PM

I think periods of higher protein combined with periods of fasting (very low protein) are natural, but like that blog talks about its hard to know the balance.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Some organs have special nutrients, like K2-MK4, choline, omega 3 fats, loads of minerals, and incomplete amino acids (like tendons) which can be beneficial.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:27 PM

please elaborate?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:26 PM

thanks, ill check it out

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Does that mean a perfect diet for rabbits consists out of 100% meat? think about it.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 24, 2013
at 11:55 AM

young lamb hearts are very tender, they do great raw. Beef heart is more dense and chewy. My favorite organ is lamb liver, but one has to strictly moderate liver consumption.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 11:36 AM

duck eggs sound delicious, i need to find a source, right now all i can get is pigs heart, which doesn't look as appetizing as lamb or beef, im definitely up for it though!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 24, 2013
at 11:08 AM

Yes, I cut it in strips. (Don't do it often tbh as in this respect I am lazy. Isn't really that arduous though...) Link below has 'beef heart chips', lol. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/03/the-nasty-bits-beef-heart-4-ways-stew-seared-or-grilled-burgers-french-fries.html I havrn't considered trying it raw but if you're certain it's fresh, I say go for it! I read people eating liver raw, although I haven't tried myself, and they say it imparts one with quite positive feelings afterwards...

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:13 AM

lol cheers, do you cut it in half before cooking? it looks quite thick. i must admit cows heart actually looks quite appetizing to bite into raw

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 24, 2013
at 02:06 PM

This makes sense. That is why many animals evolved to be herbivorous. Seriously, where does all this BS come from?

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(10601)

on February 24, 2013
at 03:55 PM

Rabbits are so dumb they would never think of paleo.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 25, 2013
at 11:52 AM

good point, i guess when i heard the guy point out 'we're made of protein & fat so eat protein & fat' it just resonated with me, i eat plenty veggies/leafs aswell

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on February 24, 2013
at 05:31 PM

I think Paul Chek preaches this.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 24, 2013
at 09:20 PM

So much for grassfed cows. You want utter-fed cows

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on February 24, 2013
at 10:02 AM

Well I tend to get into emotionally trying situations then address the issues. Sometimes I can feel a bit cooked afterward...

The answer you might have wanted: Pan fried or stir fried. It is lean and overcooking will make it very tough.

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Take another little piece...

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 24, 2013
at 10:13 AM

lol cheers, do you cut it in half before cooking? it looks quite thick. i must admit cows heart actually looks quite appetizing to bite into raw

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on February 25, 2013
at 08:03 AM

@thhq What dyou mean...?

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on February 24, 2013
at 11:08 AM

Yes, I cut it in strips. (Don't do it often tbh as in this respect I am lazy. Isn't really that arduous though...) Link below has 'beef heart chips', lol. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/03/the-nasty-bits-beef-heart-4-ways-stew-seared-or-grilled-burgers-french-fries.html I havrn't considered trying it raw but if you're certain it's fresh, I say go for it! I read people eating liver raw, although I haven't tried myself, and they say it imparts one with quite positive feelings afterwards...

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8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on February 24, 2013
at 02:51 PM

Actually, this idea of "eat what you are" is mentioned in the book Perfect Health Diet. The composition of most mammals is fairly similar, yet their diets vary widely. Why is this? It's because mammals have digestive tracts of varying sizes. Herbivores have the longest, which allows them to ferment fiber into fat. Carnivores have the shortest, which makes this fermentation rate rather low. Because of this, they try to get fat directly from meat. Their liver is used to convert protein to glucose. The intake of protein is similar between herbivores and carnivores.

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on February 24, 2013
at 02:49 PM

With some fava beans and a nice chianti!

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:16 PM

Eat nose to tail. If you have not read Dr. Cate Shanahan's Deep Nutrition, it's worth your time to get a copy and read.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:26 PM

thanks, ill check it out

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:32 AM

I just cut up half a raw lamb heart to my salad, also 3 cooked duck eggs. I really like to use lamb kidneys and hearts, they are just hard to source here. I cooked one beef heart in pressure cooker, but its better just on hot grill or raw, otherwise its so dry (it has no intermuscular fat at all)

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on February 24, 2013
at 11:55 AM

young lamb hearts are very tender, they do great raw. Beef heart is more dense and chewy. My favorite organ is lamb liver, but one has to strictly moderate liver consumption.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 24, 2013
at 01:27 PM

please elaborate?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 24, 2013
at 11:36 AM

duck eggs sound delicious, i need to find a source, right now all i can get is pigs heart, which doesn't look as appetizing as lamb or beef, im definitely up for it though!

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C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

on February 25, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Does this work in reverse? Does this mean that if I eat enough bacon, I'll turn into bacon?

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on February 24, 2013
at 07:03 PM

I think the only issue with that is at one point in our not so distant past we most likely ate a diet similar to our closest relative the chimpanzee. So we would have eaten lots of fruit and I think this would of made it's mark on our biochemistry. Also the mutation in our amylase gene before our last migration tells us that we were eating lots of starch as well. Lots of animal food is good but there is definitely a place for fruit and starch in our diets.

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on February 24, 2013
at 07:13 PM

When we lost the curved fingers we diverged from the chimp path. As nature's loafing species, we probably weren't all that good at it and did OK with what fell on the ground.

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:26 PM

I don't see how it follows that because one is made of protein and fat one should therefore eat protein and fat, though intuitively it seems to make sense.

Douglas Graham advocates a low protein vegan diet based on the following rationale:

"Proteins (amino acids) are the building blocks of living cells. Once we have done our growing, we have very little requirement for the raw materials of which we are made. Think of the analogy of building a brick house: you need truckloads of bricks during the construction stage. Once the house is built, however, if trucks continue to deliver bricks, you have a problem on your hands. The same is true of protein in the human diet."

I'm inclined to think it depends on whether you want to build or want to detox.

Denise Minger has an interesting post on this: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/04/07/cleansing-vs-building-can-detox-go-too-fa/

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:52 PM

I think periods of higher protein combined with periods of fasting (very low protein) are natural, but like that blog talks about its hard to know the balance.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on February 24, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Some organs have special nutrients, like K2-MK4, choline, omega 3 fats, loads of minerals, and incomplete amino acids (like tendons) which can be beneficial.

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