I've been reading anecdotes lately of people who eat mainly or exclusively raw meat. Does anyone here have experience with that? Why did you choose to do it, and did it improve your health? What are your favourite ways to eat raw meat (cuts, recipes)? How did you make the transition?
Required reading (keep reading about Lex to get some idea of what it takes to make this transition):
He has reported that it took him quite some time to adjust to his raw diet. Months of getting used to eating raw meat and regaining some appetite, longer to really enjoy it. He seems to be doing ok and given how much he tests himself and gets tested (and how ambivalent he is about the whole thing, regularly saying he'd switch diets if he saw a reason), I'm inclined to believe him. The best thing about Lex is that he understands that his N=1 doesn't say diddly about anyone else's, and how he encourages everyone to find their own way.
I do not subscribe to random evolutionary speculation about how we need to cook, don't need to cook, bla bla. Primitive cultures eat random raw stuff all the time and also cook all the time. You can eat raw if you want to, and if you can overcome your socialization surrounding cooked food to transition to raw, you'll probably be fine. If you don't want to, then don't. You'll probably be fine too. There's about zero actual evidence surrounding the practice of eating only raw meat so it's all speculation and experiment - enjoy if you're into it.
I initially felt great but after a few days of it I got really tired. Not tired, per se, but really needing a lot of rest. Some days I just couldn't get out of bed! I think its because humans have adapted to cooked food. Digestion takes a lot of energy and cooking pre-digests food before you take the first bite. Once I switched back to rare/medium-rare meat I was fine.
I do 6 oz of raw grass finished ground beef every week. No real concrete reasoning i suppose. It's a PWO refuel for me. Seems to metabolize/digest very easily and rapidly. I don't feel as if I've eaten afterward. In a good way. I just kind of figure that humans can handle raw meat and prolly did for spans of time so it might be beneficial to introduce to our systems when we can.
I would consider it if I had a lot of bad allergy or instestinal probs. Seems like you can be healthy on it if done right, or at least some people can. And it's the ultimate exclusion diet. I'd probably try cooked first though before going to raw. I like my meat rather rare already, but I think I'd at least start on cooked and then maybe just cook it less and less over time,giving myself time to adapt gradually.
I haven't tried it and I wouldn't ever consider it. Human beings evolved by eating cooked food. It's what makes us different to other animals. We have small stomachs and large brains. Our food needs to be cooked. If you insist, read this first