Raw Paleo Diet vs. Cooked Paleo Diet

I would like to discuss the benefits of following a raw paleo diet as opposed to a cooked paleo diet.  Some caveman way back when probably stuck a piece of buffalo, or whatever on a stick and put it over the fire to cook it and eat it!  Yum!!

Today, people argue that it’s natural to cook food ‘just like the caveman!’  One big difference is that the caveman was using an open fire that was red or yellow, not the blue flame we cook with today.  Higher temperature heat is more detrimental to food than lower temperature heat!

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Is the raw paleo diet healthier?

When cooking, boiling or steaming food is less damaging than using a barbecue, stove top blue flame, or a broiler which also has a very high temperature.  When cooking meat it blackens and becomes carcinogenic, not to mention very difficult to digest or simply move through the digestive system.

Nutrition that was originally in the meat, you can now smell when you are cooking it, that good smell is what you should be eating in the way of nutrition.  When cavemen did cook they probably cooked one big piece of meat over the fire, so the outside became cooked, the inside warmed, but remained raw!

Does the Raw Paleo Diet lack flavor?

A Paleo diet is an extremely healthy diet, but it does remove many of the flavors and tastes we all grew up on.  The paleo diet begins the path of converting eating into a method of gaining nutrition rather than a favorite pastime.

A cooked paleo diet can still be followed at any average restaurant, or steakhouse.  Just eat a cooked steak…  It usually has those blackened lines on it to show the grilling.  If you ask for your steak rare or “blue”..which means more having it seared than anything else, it is healthier than they would cook it regularly since you are getting more nutrition.

Many restaurants won’t serve their steak blue though.  Also be aware of what kind of meat you are eating at that restaurant or steakhouse.

Important! Editors note:  It’s never a good idea to eat a rare steak if it’s made from standard commercially ground beef such as a Salisbury steak since this increases the risk of contamination and food poisoning.

Some say raw meat has no flavor!!!  Transitioning to a healthy diet  or a raw food diet takes time.  There are countless variations of what constitutes a healthy diet, so you have to choose the one that will realistically work for you.  If you put honey, or chopped jalapenos on a steak then it will still have plenty of flavor.

Making healthier diet choices?

It is fun to think that we could all follow a healthier diet by cutting out many of the wrong foods most of us ate as kids, but how much are we improving our diets if we simply cut out most or all of those wrong foods, the cookies, cakes, pasta, cola??

Making the choice of eating meat raw allows one’s body to venture into benefitting from a variety of other things.  The fatty acids have not been changed.  They are more recognizable and digestible by the human body as are the proteins and other nutrition in meat.

The meat does not create the state of toxicity of cooked meat.  Raw meat moves through the system very easily and is continually digested through the entire passage through the digestive system, not creating problems or getting stuck in pockets of the small or large intestine.

The meat being not cooked is easier to digest.  One’s body learns to be more easily satiated and will need to eat less.  Raw meat has a higher water content therefore does not dehydrate the body like eating cooked meat does!  Because the raw meat is digested, it doesn’t create crystals in the joints causing aches and pains when moving around, or weightlifting!

Eating cooked meat increases the toxicity in the body and forces the body to work harder when it doesn’t have to.  Consequently, your body needs to spend more time recovering from workouts or even from daily tasks.  The body needs more sleep when toxic and the mind cannot think as clearly.

Raw paleo isn’t cold food?

There are a variety of healthy and tasty dishes that can be made.  Raw meat does not mean eating cold meat though, it should be at least room temperature so that the fats are more easily digestible.  One option is to use a dehydrator and warm or dry meat.

Many long time raw fooders don’t believe in this, but we are all on a path of our own, and you have to find what works for you.  If you dehydrate a steak with a little honey and garlic it tastes delicious.  I used to eat this way, now my body doesn’t allow it.  We all have to find our paths, and the rate at which we progress along our paths.

Some will move very quickly and others slowly, but if you are making an honest attempt at improving your own diet then you are doing more than most.  This is not about eating healthy for a month or two, or a year!  This is about finding a path and gradually moving forward with it as you see fit.  Monitor your own health and see how you feel!


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8 thoughts on “Raw Paleo Diet vs. Cooked Paleo Diet

  • September 18, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Speaking of RAW PALEO DIET—that is the topic of my new book. Would anyone like to review it for this site & amazon?

    Announcing the Release of a New Book that Exposes Vegetarian Myths: Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work
    Before and after writing the award winning book The Live Food Factor, I was a raw vegan for six years, and I mean 99% vegan, and 90 to 100% raw. My only cheat from veganism was an occasional raw egg yolk, a bit of raw goat cheese, or some raw ice cream once every month or two. But I was getting deficiencies. I began to exhibit health issues such as deficiencies in B12, memory problems, muscle tissue loss, bloatedness, irritability, cravings, weight gain, and more.
    I consulted with Dr. Stanley Bass, who led me to conclude that it was a lack of vital nutrients found only in animal products that were causing the problems. He prompted me to read dozens of books, going down the rabbit hole of nutritional knowledge and leading me to the shocking conclusion that we evolved eating animal products—and a few of us have adapted to a vegetarian or vegan diet (not the other way around, as many in the “veg”movement suppose). This led to my next book, Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work. Dr. Stanley Bass, ND, DC, PhC, PhD, DO, DSc, DD, who has over 50 years of clinical experience with raw vegan and nonvegan diet counseling, wrote a foreword to my book.
    As far as I am concerned, “raw is law.” There is no healthier way to eat than a mostly raw food diet. But I often lightly steam my meat as I don’t like the raw taste of most meats. Light cooking avoids the toxic byproducts. I eat raw egg yolks, but boil the whites a couple of minutes. So I now eat about 80% raw—finding it especially difficult to be 95% raw now that I live in Ecuador, where I can’t get the raw goodies and even raw nuts that I consumed in California. But 80% is that critical cutoff point for avoiding disease. Most important—I do not eat a lot of meat. Three to four ounces a day is enough. And oily small fish are the most critical.
    My new book discusses the urgency in avoiding factory farmed animals for health and moral reasons. It also discusses vegetarian myths, how weight loss is easier with a nonvegan diet, why the human brain has shrunk 11% in the past 11,000 years, man’s dietary history, how the vegan diet may affect the brain and emotions unless carefully planned, critical nutrients found only in animal products, how it is possible for some to adapt to a “veg” diet, dangers of soy, how to eat raw meat safely, flaws in the China Study, different metabolic types, and much more. You can find the book on Amazon or request it at stores.
    Susan Schenck, LAc, is a raw food coach, lecturer, and author of the 2-time award winning book, The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet, which has gained a reputation as the encyclopedia of the raw food diet—as well as Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work.
    The book Beyond Broccoli can be viewed on Amazon.com below. It was released on August 20, 2011.
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    • September 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Wow…isn’t that interesting. I am 100% raw, and started experimenting with raw foods just over 15 years ago…cooking didn’t satiate me, and I have been 100% raw for roughly 10 years. My wife is mostly raw, and my 3 kids are 95% raw. We all eat raw meats, this week a lot of turkey, my son likes chicken, last week more red meat, grass fed meat, and sirloin, kids had fish for dinner. We eat all raw meat, straight out of the package from the butcher, sometimes we put it on a dehydrator at 95 degrees for about an hour…eggs, yogurt, milk and cheese, and fruit. Veggies and nuts as well. Would like to review your book, can you send me a copy…send me your email address and I’ll give you an address! Sounds like you wrote a book people need to read!


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