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Paleo - where do you draw a line? (A.K.A. Watch to stop your food binge)

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Updated November 27, 2014 at 3:42 AM
Created May 09, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I came across a couple of articles that made me think that some things that are definitely Paleo, but I would never accept them.

I mean, I know that some Koreans consumed dog meat in the past - I would try some if I could. I have tried Scottish Haggis - very very tasty. I have had horse, snails, frog legs, and willing to try insects.

But is there such thing as too Paleo for a regular person? Where do you draw the line? Is Paleo a diet, a lifestyle, a philosophy?

Here are two videos that will definitely stop your sugar cravings... or any food cravings...

I DO NOT RECOMMEND WATCHING IT PRIOR TO MEAL CONSUMPTION OR IF YOU HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/us-china-urine-eggs-idUSBRE82S0EE20120329

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFEX9EVmnZA

http://www.impactlab.net/2008/04/29/a-visit-to-beijings-exclusive-penis-restaurant/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5371500.stm

Maybe I am missing something. Maybe I am not as open-minded as I thought I was...

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5188 · May 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

True, I might draw the line at eating a unicorn.

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1646 · May 10, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Balut is what you're thinking of. It's tasty, but quite the visual and textural challenge; I thought it tasted very close to a hard boiled duck egg, but with some oddly very chewy and crunchy things thrown in.

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4458 · May 10, 2012 at 5:26 AM

too true...about learned behaviour. some people might feel 'disgust' about eating the animals on their coat of arms. but i've eaten both Emu and Kangaroo (Australia coat of arms). Not sure if eating a Koala is legal or not, have not seem them in the shops or restaurants, maybe they are too cute. I hve eaten crocodile tho, i suppose they are not deemed as cute as Koalas.

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15400 · May 10, 2012 at 4:57 AM

You should have warned me... There goes my breakfast today...

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15400 · May 10, 2012 at 4:34 AM

I know, I know, plus I think it has been made illegal now. I want to assure you that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with eating dog meat or horse meat (like in France). I wanted to have some when I was in Korea.

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10044 · May 10, 2012 at 3:22 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3a9r8qFlhQ

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5188 · May 09, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Our sense of disgust is a powerful agent in our mission to avoid killing ourselves. Fecal matter sure suppresses the appetite, as does rotting flesh. But for the most part it's over-active. Where you draw the line is entirely individual, albeit heavily dominated by your cultural upbringing. If you trust the preparation, and you have a strong enough motivation you can stick anything in your mouth. Some people even enjoy that kind of thing...

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15400 · May 09, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Fair enough. I need to be more acceptant.

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15400 · May 09, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Amazing... You are braver than I am!

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15400 · May 09, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Thank you for your answer. But... aren't some things are just too gross to eat?

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5188 · May 09, 2012 at 11:05 AM

If I'm understanding your question correctly, a huge amount of our behaviour towards food is learned. Our instincts are rather limited (and worse than useless in the modern food environment) in determining what we should or should not eat. We're very much dependent on what we experienced growing up. There's a reason children put everything they can find in their mouth (well, several actually). And as a social creature we benefit from the knowledge passed down in the meals of whoever raises us. And this is possibly the most important thing we learn, it gets pretty hard-wired into our brains because it's a fundamental issue of life and death.

So a lot of 'regular' people are restricted by their upbringing. Many, particularly when looking at paleo-type lifestyles, attempt and sometimes succeed at breaking their previous food associations and learning to appreciate different types of food. And that's usually because they understand rationally that these things are nutritious and as a mature, healthy human they ought to be able to eat them. It happens on a lower level for some people with certain vegetables, it happens for former vegetarians and meat, and it happens for 'regular' people with meat and two veg. They accept that it's a cultural distinction that is counter-productive much like an addiction to bread at every meal. And that the paleo thing to do would be to eat every edible part of the animal. But in general the paleo lifestyle isn't really about going out of your way to eat things that aren't readily available for no good reason. You might be able to argue that people need to eat more live and suck the marrow out of bones but it's still a judgement call on the availability of those items where you are and whether it's worth the physical and mental effort of including them in your diet.

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5188 · May 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

True, I might draw the line at eating a unicorn.

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5188 · May 09, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Our sense of disgust is a powerful agent in our mission to avoid killing ourselves. Fecal matter sure suppresses the appetite, as does rotting flesh. But for the most part it's over-active. Where you draw the line is entirely individual, albeit heavily dominated by your cultural upbringing. If you trust the preparation, and you have a strong enough motivation you can stick anything in your mouth. Some people even enjoy that kind of thing...

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15400 · May 09, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Thank you for your answer. But... aren't some things are just too gross to eat?

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4458 · May 10, 2012 at 5:26 AM

too true...about learned behaviour. some people might feel 'disgust' about eating the animals on their coat of arms. but i've eaten both Emu and Kangaroo (Australia coat of arms). Not sure if eating a Koala is legal or not, have not seem them in the shops or restaurants, maybe they are too cute. I hve eaten crocodile tho, i suppose they are not deemed as cute as Koalas.

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13635 · May 09, 2012 at 11:24 AM

If desperate enough, the only line I'd draw is at eating human. All other critter flesh is fair game.

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15400 · May 09, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Fair enough. I need to be more acceptant.

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581 · May 10, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Dog meat is not popular in South Korea and it's rarely eaten, actually. It's usually consumed by older generation Koreans, but not on a regular basis. A very small percentage have actually even tried it. The idea that Koreans are constantly eating dog is just hyped-up misinformation and lack of cultural knowledge.

Just had to put my two cents in, because of my Korean heritage. :)

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15400 · May 10, 2012 at 4:34 AM

I know, I know, plus I think it has been made illegal now. I want to assure you that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with eating dog meat or horse meat (like in France). I wanted to have some when I was in Korea.

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431 · May 09, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So many places. I was about to say, if I know its really good for me and its safe, I'd eat anything...and then I thought of one of those Filippino duck fetus things. And those things in your links, and I don't know how the hey I'm going to stomach eating my own placenta one day.

But if there were nutrients in it that I could get nowhere else, I like to think I'd man up and eat anything.

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15400 · May 09, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Amazing... You are braver than I am!

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1646 · May 10, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Balut is what you're thinking of. It's tasty, but quite the visual and textural challenge; I thought it tasted very close to a hard boiled duck egg, but with some oddly very chewy and crunchy things thrown in.

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