19 February 2010

Lenten Season and Primal Eating

Whether or not one happens to be religiously inclined, religious seasons can be good opportunities to rededicate. Stephanie, who is Jewish, and I, a religiously mediocre Catholic, are taking advantage of the Lenten season - a forty day period of "purification and enlightenment" - to engage in some dietary refocusing.

What's "primal eating?" Steph introduced the subject here, and we went into a little more detail here and here. Basicially it's a practice based on the philosophy that we evolved to eat certain things (such as wild meat, nuts, berries, leafy vegetables), and not others (agricultural grains, processed carbohydrates). I must be truthful and confess that dairy is pooh-poohed by the strictly Primal people, but I won't give it up, and I'm not nearly as rigorous as a great many committed primalists, but I'm going to try for Lent. And I'm looking forward to doing it in solidarity with a partner.


Laura, The Hungry said...

There is no way I would ever give up dairy foods. How else would I eat my cereal?

I look forward to reading your next blog detailing how you feel after your new diet for Lenten season.

Mark Lee said...

You may not even recognize me for the blinding radiance of my countenance and the withering power of my written word.

Or I could go complete stoopid.

mary said...

I try to follow that diet anyhow, seeing's I'm sensitive to wheat and diabetic. I didn't know that's what it's called, though, and wondered if we need to growl as we tear flesh from bone. Consciously, that is. Heh.
I do dairy! I'm Danish!

talesfrommidair said...

I could never give up dairy. I get mean without cheese. But I'm interested in seeing how this works for you two. I've been trying to clean up my dietary act lately, too. But I suspect it might take some more radical lifestyle changes to make it stick. Maybe, no cheese for EVERY meal.


Tovar Cerulli said...

I'm still eating a certain amount of grain, but a lot less than when I was a vegetarian.

Dinner last night: lightly sauteed venison (from about a quarter mile away) over salad greens (from a bit farther away).

I love your blog, folks, and hope to see more posts soon!

Mark Lee said...

Mary, I growl a great deal while I eat. And when I get up. And when I bend over to pick something up.

Alma, you can't look to me for help getting away from dairy. But the processed sugar and carbs, yes. I got your back there, sister.

Thanks, Tovar. I've got a local contact who sets me up with deer jerky that he makes from time to time. It's always a treat, and I'm glad you've got access to local wild meat.

Tovar Cerulli said...

Glad to hear you can get local deer jerky, Mark.

My access to wild meat comes through long hours in the woods and a carefully aimed rifle. It's been a challenging but rewarding shift from buying tofu and rice cakes in the store!

Stephanie said...

Tovar, would you ever be interested in selling some of your venison and shipping to NY? Seriously, I buy venison occasionally at the farmers market, but the guys who sell it - Quattro's Game farm - they raise their own deer and supplement their diet with corn and barley. I would prefer wild deer.

Tovar Cerulli said...

I can understand your wish for wild deer, Stephanie!

Honestly, though, I can’t imagine selling venison. Though it has started to become a regular part of my diet, it still feels like something of a sacrament—a strange word for me to use, being an agnostic! For me, it’s a gift from the forest, one that I, in turn, gladly share as a gift to people I know will appreciate it. It sounds like you’re one of those people.

My other impairment as a regular source of venison is that deer are few and far between in these parts. Where I hunt, usually within a few miles of home, the odds are against getting one. I’ve had a few lucky seasons, but have never killed more than one deer in a year. My first successful year, I didn’t want to kill again soon. In years since—feeling more willing, and knowing there are plenty of folks who’d welcome the meat—I’ve either not gotten a second opportunity or not had the time to continue hunting later in the season. In other parts of the country, including other parts of the Northeast, deer are much more plentiful.

Also, as I understand it, wild venison cannot legally be sold and then transported out of state, and can only be sold in-state within a few weeks of season’s end.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful on this account. Might you ever consider trying hunting yourself? It’s a big leap for most non-hunters (and anti-hunters, such as I used to be). It has its difficulties and challenges. And its rewards.

Stephanie said...

Well thank you for such an honest and in-depth answer, Tovar. I understand the legal, supplemental, and moral constraints of selling and shipping meat. You're right, I should take up hunting myself. I may still try it in this lifetime, although it would be a huge stretch for my sentimental conscience. It was hard enough for me to start eating meat again, but killing my own would be seriously challenging; albeit the right thing to do.

Tovar Cerulli said...

Hunting certainly isn't for everyone. For quite a while, I wasn't sure it was for me, especially in the moments right after finally killing my first deer. Talk about conflicted!