We are carnivores

As paleo and primal become more complex, authoritarian, licensed, profit driven, subverted and infected with fear based marketing efforts, Primal North seeks to simplify, unify, and advocate a proper level of scientific skepticism to the world of paleo, primal and low carb nutrition. Meat is food, plants are medicine, food is fuel, and movement is pleasure. Lets stop making a mess of it!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Life without plants - Lessons from the Inuit and Modern Zero-Carbers

I was a very short time member of a well known zero carb group, lasting really only a week.  I had personal disagreements with the leader which caused me to leave.

Soon after that, annoyed but wanting to try zero carb or close to it, I returned to it and did my "Summer of No Excuses" during which time I ate fewer than 10 grams carb a day and 95% of my calories from animals, using plants only as herbs and seasoning, not the main course.

During this time I also ran my first half marathon distance, 13.1 miles, off road and liking to think at much the same pace as an Indian scout ;) I wish! LOL

So I admit that upfront I did not leave their circle on good terms, and feel free to accuse me of bias against online zero carb communities,  but I am not writing this to say their way of eating does not work because for many it does, just that some of the claims about the Inuit diet seem now to be inaccurate.

I do think it fair to say a lot of zero carbers remain my friends and see overall I am supportive of their way of eating as a viable, I just do not agree with the "historical base" portion.  The ideal is a simple one, by eating very very few but nutritionally complete foods we reduce our need for "other nutrients".  I would whole heartedly agree with that, and think a fabulous example is vitamin C.  Vitamin C, in part, is used to metabolise dietary glucose, so by not eating starch you simply need less Vitamin C thus even rare meat becomes an adequate source.

During my short time within the zero carb community I noticed a few things.


Please note:  Zero carbers try to stay under 5g total carbs a day on an all meat diet, even meat has some carbs so a true zero carb diet is not plausible.

  • We were told that beef (lean and fat) and water, were all the body required
  • That grass fed beef was a waste of money
  • That organ meats should be avoided and are "to carby" and their added vitamins are not necessary
  • That bone broth was not necessary
  • That inuits hunters (the healthiest) ate only the lean and fat, gave away the organ meat to the children and elderly or the dogs
  • There is no need to add salt or magnesium, if you get cramps or other symptoms you need more water, recommendation I got was to start at a gallon a day and this would resolve any cramps (I was definately getting keto cramps at one time, since resolved)
  • That the beef, beef fat and water approach is the ideal approach and most health issues with your diet can be resolved by restricting back to these and only these
The main focus is "lean and fat" is all that is required.  The ratio determined by your "Fat hunger".  In other words always be well hydrated, eat the fat until you no longer want more fat, then eat the lean until sated.  Simple advice that would go a long way to ensure you end up with a predominantly high fat diet.

Snipped from the website, its interesting that the  blog of the leader of the movement, the guy who keeps telling us that grass fed is a waste of money, is affiliated to and a customer of US Wellness.  Meanwhile advising newcomers as I was that it is a waste of money.

What I did learn interacting with the Zero Carb community

Hey its not all bad!  They gave me a lot of great stuff that has proven true to me over time.
  • Carbs really are optional at best
  • Keto adaptation period should indeed not be combined with working out, its best to just rest and at most gentle walks until you are fully keto adapted
  • Drinking lots of good water to stay hydrated is very important when very low carb
  • Worry far more about adequate fat then adequate protein, keto is protein sparring and you just simply need less if fully keto
  • How full of shit Danny Roddy and Paul Jaminet are when they talk about scurvee
  • Keto is so much better when done with real animal fats and minimal plant fats and proteins
  • Fiber sucks, and you will never be more "regular" then when you remove all sources of fiber from your diet and adapt

As for the Inuit? I have learned many of these claims are not true.

In fact this is when I started "Primal North" and my own twist on things "Eating your odd bits" aka organ meats and bone marrows.  As to me this more accurately reflected the diet of hunter tribes such as the Inuit and the Plains Indians.

Inuit and Fish and Bone Broths

Inuit would slice off the lean, and the toss the skin, of fish caught that day.  They would cook fish that were over a day old.  They would also eat fish that had been poorly stored and partly rotten, without fear.

They would feed the scraps of fresh eaten raw fish to the dogs, but the scraps did not go exclusively to the dogs.

Traditional Inuit Fish (Bone and organ) Broth


Inuit did indeed drink bone broth for one, actually every single day.  Their fish broth was consumed almost daily and was created by slowly simmering fish heads, guts, spines, etc... (including all the organ meats).  Yes, they also fed these scraps to the dogs but not exclusively as noted above.

Inuit and Liver / Organ Meats

When a seal is killed and dressed out for the feast, it is split open and laid out raw.

Hunters will eat first, and will use a tea cup to drink the warm blood (to warm themselves) and cut a peice of liver.  Liver being considered a choice cut (not something tossed to the dogs as I was once lead to believe).

Quite often the blood and fat would be mashed up with some brain between the fingers and enjoyed.

The hunters would then also eat lean and blubber to sate their appetite.

The women would then go for any remaining liver, the intestines and whichever amount of lean and blubber those wished.

Polar Bear Liver = Fatal

Polar bear liver is never eaten as it contains very high concentrations of Vitamin A and is fatal to humans AND dogs.  Polar bear meat, as an eater of carrion, is always cooked first and not consumed raw to avoid trichinosis.

Blood

Blood is not just a rich source of nutrition, it is incredibly reverred by the Inuit.  Inuit have a spiritual belief that seal blood is connected to human blood and a health beleif that drinking seal blood fortifies human blood and restores our health.  Seal blood is enjoyed fresh from the kill.

Reverence for their Food

Unlike the zero carb community online who seems not at all bothered by the wastefulness of not eating any organ meat or bone marrow, or the horrid conditions at CAFO's, (and I am not trying to paint members with a broad brush but lets face it we support this with our pocket books if not our morales) the Inuit are quite reverant and respectful of their kill.

The Inuit believe there is an agreement between man and seal that a hunter will only kill what is necessary for feeding his family.

Seals are thought to be constantly thirsty, as they live in salt water.  An Inuit hunter will offer a dying seal he has taken, a drink of fresh water, so it need not die with thirst.

No attempt is made at "Seal husbandry". 

Further Reading / Viewing

The plains Indians, some tribes, lived exclusively on buffalo.  Here we find out about how it was dressed and consumed.


Anthony Bourdain eats raw seal with the Inuit


"I can't wait to eat the brain" ~ Says Grandma

Pass some time in your own igloo learning Inuit String Art


Check out Inuit ice fishing legend Sara Annanak catching Arctic Char


Sources etc...


John Tyman's Inuit Food

Discover Magazine:  The Inuit Paradox

Vilhjalmur Stefansson:  My Life with the Eskimo



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Provocation Marketing in the Blog-O-Sphere, a Trial Case


I have talked about provocation marketing so much on my page I thought it was worth doing once to see if my suspicions were correct.

Most drama is, I think, engineered by one or both bloggers.  Its a traffic generation cycle.



Having watched various popular blogs for some time I have noticed a pattern.


So I thought I would put it to the test and found myself a suitable hot head, and wrote an article.

http://primalnorth.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sorry-anthony-colpo-truly-keto-athletes.html

Which generated this response

http://anthonycolpo.com/sorry-danny-albers-but-low-carb-diets-still-suck-for-athletes/

Which resulted in traffic for me!

41 viewers I would not have had otherwise, even got a few likes on the page.

Experiment in provocation based marketing seems successful...  resulting in my latest post being one of the most read on my blog, a couple of new likes on my FB page, lots of empathy and support from my awesome readers.

One of my more read posts 
How often do I want to repeat this cycle til I R famous?

Likely never again, fun as it was, those who need what I have to say will find me without continuing to employ such negative, provocation based tactics.

But as an experiment it worked out quite well.  Anthony responded perfectly in the perfectly predictable way.

Please remember, everyone on the net has an angle, turf to protect, and deep down we can sometimes just be attention whores ;)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sorry Anthony Colpo - Truly Keto Athletes Do Exist


Yet again, we see how the low-carb movement pumps out more bollocks than a room full of politicians. If you are a highly active individual, learn to love your carbohydrates because they are critical for supporting the high volume training necessary to achieve peak fitness and sporting proficiency.  ~ Anthony Colpo

http://anthonycolpo.com/the-myth-of-mamo-wolde-and-zero-carb-diets/

My favorate way to counter sweeping declaritions of certainty is with a clinical trial that proves otherwise.

http://www.jissn.com/content/9/1/34/abstract

And another...

http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2


It may be true that world class athletes do not use ketogenic diets, or it would be true, if we ignored the fact that ketogenic diets have been used by world class bodybuilders for decades.  Many bodybuilders have "stayed keto" 100% of the time simply because it felt good to do so, rather than cycling in and out.  I have known some amateur powerlifters who follow this approach to stay in their weight category.

But we need to be clear, a world class athlete is likely not going to "Go Keto" because he has likely spent his entire life training and eating reletavily healthy food and has long since found a balance that works.



Why then would a world class athlete change his mind and go keto?  Of course you are not going to find very many ketogenic athletes in ANY SPORT because prevaling advice, an example provided above, is that its IMPOSSIBLE.  And if you are told its impossible without carbs, you are just going to eat carbs and get on with training right?

I will briefly discuss some athletes that are using various levels of carb restriction before I get to the truly keto folks.

Timothy Allen Olson (The moderately low carb runner) and a Red Herring that had the doubters of the world pointing fingers


I thinks its quite obvious Tim does not follow a ketogenic diet at all, but he does follow a "minimal carb approach" and mindfully times his carbs and eats in a way that promotes body fat as his primary fuel source. An earlier article by Anthony Colpo rightly points out that Tim Olson is not a VLC practitioner, however his carb consumption compared to others in his sport is incredibly lower in carbs.

Very Low Carb Athletes
(skirting keto.. hard to say)


They may not be 100% keto but no way total calories from carbs is > 20%

The point is this guys take advantage of a high level of carb restriction to gain competitive advantage.

Ben Greenfield

Usually 30g hemp/pea/rice protein with coconut milk for breakfast, sardines/avocadoes/olives on mixed greens for lunch, and meat + roasted/steamed veggies for dinner. Pre or post workout is typically seeds/nuts/coconut and occasionally dark chocolate or ginger. Average 30-100g carbs/day.
Bear in mind this includes 60-90 minutes of very high intensity exercise on daily basis.
Weekends that may include 2-3 hours of training typically add in sweet potato, yam, fermented grain sources, natto, etc. with either breakfast or dinner, pushing closer to 100-150g carbs/day on one day of week.
Getting ketone monitor and 12 week of hormone/inflammation/lipid panel testing from May 15-August 15 to attempt full blown keto in my buildup to Ironman Canada.   ~ Ben Greenfield
 Source:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrimalBodyPrimalMind/permalink/10151585706465266/?comment_id=10151587025645266&offset=0&total_comments=9



Of course Ben has long pushed a low carb diet for triathletes.  I wonder why Anothony overlooked Ben?

Ben authored this book years ago... I guess he never sent Anthony a copy.


Larry Scott




Sort of says it all... and we mourn his passing.  Sadly taken from us by Alzheimers, a disease normally that responds very well to a ketogenic diet but has a high genetic component.


Truly Keto Athletes - As Promised!

The Legend - Vince Gironda "The Iron Guru"


Coached and counselled so many successful bodybuilders its impossible to imagine and if you think the training volume of Arnold cannot compare to a crossfit session you lack knowledge of the kind of extremes Arnold and Franco used to put themselves through, to the point of having oxygen masks to recover faster between brutally heavy full body weight sets.

Vince Gironda - The Iron Guru, gave rise to a generation of elite bodybuilders who ate steak, eggs, and a few green veg
Mostly eggs
You can read about his famous steak and eggs diet all over, some versions include a once a week binge free for all, but by accounts Vince himself did not have many "cheat days".

Arnold and many of the bodybuilders of the 60's were on the Vince Gironda's diet of steak, eggs, protein powder mixed with whole cream, etc. It was a healthy moderate fat, high protein, low carb diet with plenty of green veggies.
Source:  http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/becker25.htm

But there are a great many sources to choose from honestly I could post links all day to Vince Gironda's diet, its amazing Mr. Colpo was unaware of it or maybe he does not consider him an elite athlete as I do.

Darilyn Doddy - Power Lifter

From Paleo For Power


First, lets watch this young lady squat 505lbs, which is "elite" by any standard



The above a snip from this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzBSgg28Trc


The diet?  The workload?


I have been in nutritional ketosis for the last 17 weeks.
My diet is around 80% fat, 18% protein and 3%carbs
I have never felt or looked better!
I am a competitive powerlifter that has also added CrossFit into my training. My recovery is so good while being in ketosis that with the major increase in volume i've added to my training, it has not effected my strength one bit. In fact, I am getting stronger by the week while getting leaner.
I train 6-7 days a week, and 3 days out of the week I am getting in 2 workouts.
 Sounds kind of like she has no trouble working out with "intensity" ... hrm

Jamie Caporosso - Power Lifter


Drug free. Not supplementing with HRT.  I'm 40. No spring chicken. I'm not new to the game. Not like I'm in some type newbie in a honeymoon phase. I've added a ton of extra work. That should be beating the shit out of me. Max lifts took a little dip in the beginning but they are back on the rise. I had to dial in my programming. I'll keep you updated on that as it develops cause I know you are interested and that's a whole nother post if not multiple. 
    Stay tuned for more posts on this. I'm going to try and stay in NK until my birthday , Oct 31st,  as well as continue to improve in Crossfit and powerlifting. 
Wow, this also sounds intense!

He does Crossfit 4 times a week in addition to his power lifting training and competing.

Looking at before and after pictures below you can likely figure out why he found low carb appealing...





Hrm... Anthony how do you explain this?

Oh wait I can see it coming...  The skeptical response and rightly so... "Well he hasn't been low carb until recently"

Well and thats the point right? He went low carb and his performance got EVEN BETTER.  And to the point he wants to continue with it.

http://blog.paleoforpower.com/2013/04/15/getting-bigger-stronger-and-leaner-in-nutritional-ketosis.aspx

Mark "Doc Ott" Ultra-Runner

His BLOG:  http://run.docott.com/

Here it is folks, the one that we all know is out there, the nutritional ketosis ultra-runner.

Nuthin' traditional about Doc Ott it seems!
Our vibram wearing, keto eating ultra runner.

Here you can read about his 2nd place overall, first place male finish on a 100 mile run.


Hey Anthony, is this elite??? I'm not sure...

On a side note Doc Ott and I have been comunicating via Facebook messages lately and he is a follower of Primal North.   A really nice guy!

Mike Morton - Champion Ultra Runner


Another ultra-runner who apparently inspired our friend Doc above is Mike Morton

Winner of the Rocky Racoon Trail 100 Mile - While keto


From Mike:

“I switched to a high fat diet about three months ago. I’m in a state of Ketosis; that is when the body turns fat into Ketones for fuel rather than using Glucose from carbohydrates. The tough part for me has been finding a good “comfort food” and cheese with its high fat content has filled that void. The switch has had many benefits but it is tough to give up carbs. The rewards are worth it to me so far. I don’t have the crazy cravings and my energy and mental clarity have been great. Rocky Raccoon 100 was the first race since switching. I had been eating a huge volume of food and if you eat a lot you poop a lot! By eating a high fat diet I eat less volume, have a flattened energy curve and don’t need to poop five or six times in a 100. More to follow on the diet as the year goes along!”  ~ Mike Morton
Source:  http://endurancebuzz.com/2013/02/08/rocky-raccoon-trail-run-2013-results-mike-morton-and-nicole-studer-win-100-mile-dash/

Mike details his diet here:  http://www.runmortonrun.com/fuel

He does credit the Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living for his success in adopting the diet.

Anthony Colpo, I forget.. is this 'elite' or does he need to carb up??

20 laps and 30 miles ahead of 2nd place - NICE!

 

And an entire website of ketogenic runners!

Cause you know we have looked high and low and cannot find truly keto athletes... **cough**

Runketo.com


Cherry Picking?  Confirmation Bias?  Who knows and who cares!


I'm sorry but this info took me all over an hour to find and compile.  I imagine if I spent more time I would find more results. I do not think Mr. Colpo searched all that hard.

To state elite athletes cannot be keto and MUST use carbs as a cornerstone is obviously false as some hard requirement, even if these folks are outliers their existence is proof of no universal rule.


My honest take


Training keto is a new approach, it may not be fully tested, but clearly people are having success with it.  It may not be ideal for everyone but it certainly seems to be helpful to a great many.  I have had great personal success in running with keto but mixed results doing HIIT.

Anthony Responds:


Seems I touched a nerve, I'd be lying if I said the worst thing he could have done is ignore me, I feel so validated and infact the angrier this response becomes as I read it, the more I enjoyed it.

Did he really mention me in my undies eating bacon? I haven't got that far yet...

http://anthonycolpo.com/sorry-danny-albers-but-low-carb-diets-still-suck-for-athletes/

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

For My Family - Thank You

Thank you Liam


Thank you Liam for filling my life with joy, energy, enthusiam and teaching me to overcome stubbornness.

Unbridled joy. That is Liam!



Thank you for showing me

  • How to live and love the moment
  • How to laugh like nobody cares
  • How to be a little boy having fun when the world seems so damned determined to make things otherwise

Thank you Jenna


Thank you for being strong during those times your mother and I are not so much.  Thank you for all those times you reach out and invite me back to the camp fire when I isolate myself


Jenna is always up for trying anything once.  I love that about her


Thank you for showing me
  • Strength - Jenna you are my hero in so many ways, you teach me over and over its not the cards you are dealt but the cards you play that matter
  • Forgiveness and mercy and joy
  • Caring and compassion
  • For teaching me its GOOD to be SILLY

Thank you Kyla


Thank you for your love, trust, support and straight honest talk.

Thank you for making it great when things are going great.

And thank you for working on it with me when things are not so great.

Thank you for overcoming, and being positive when I am dour.

You truly are the other half of me.  Waited almost 40 years to meet you but it was worth it.

Thank you for this

And our "Get aways"

And our "Firsts"

And our "Adventures"

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Yes, you can be Spiritual AND Paleo

Alternate Title - In Defence of Jimmy Moore

Thats right you can have faith in something intangible, from God to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and still have a valid opinion in other areas.

I have seen Jimmy Moore attacked many times for following a paleo low carb eating plan even though he is a creationist.

Do you know who else did not believe in evolution, yet practiced a paleo diet? How bout the guys in the picture?

It is an inconvenient truth perhaps that spiritual belief may well be as paleo as coconut oil, in fact I would say far more so.  As unlike coconut oil, spirituality was universally available and universally practiced.


I have seen many spiritual people being told they cannot buy into the paleo diet because of their beliefs and are therefor unqualified to share their opinions on it.  This is ridiculous.  This is fallacy based off the idea that a person can only think along one simple line.  We see things in the movies all the time that we learn from knowing they are not real, so too with books.

Dismissing a persons opinion on something like nutrition because they have a differing belief system than your own displays your own limitations not theirs.  It is, in short, a cop out.  You do not agree with their conclusions so you instead attack the person, diminishing their contribution based on irrelevant things.

It is actually a mark of intelligence to be able to entertain another point of view, explore and entertain it, learn from it, even though you do not fully or even at all believe it.  But lets ask someone smarter than I.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

5 Simple Workouts That You Will Never Outgrow

No matter how big and bad you become, these workouts will just get harder and badder too.

All these workouts will scale with your fitness

The fitter you are the harder some workouts get

#5 - The 2000m Ergo Row


The 2000m row for time

Go ahead, get on an ergo like the one above and cover 2000m as fast as you possibly can at decent resistance!  The fitter you are, the faster your row, the more painful it becomes!

#4 The Hill Sprint

Sprinting as fast as you can up some crazy hill, ski hills in summer are fun!


Add some burpees at the top while you are completely out of breath!  Suck it up!
Rest only as long as it takes to get to the bottom!

#3 The "Car" Sprint


That's right, get someone to sit in the driver's seat, put it in nuetral, and then sprint 200m pushing your car.

Have them step on the breaks every 25 meters, forcing you to start over gaining momentum.

This workout kills everyone fast.

#2 - The Heavy Bag

Keeping mine close to my sledge and tire (I also have a 400 pound tire for flipping)
200 sledge hammer swings on the tire for time is a great finisher!
The heavy bag is one of the most intense, stress busting workouts there is.

Work your way up to 5 minute rounds.  5 minutes is an eternity even for the most in shape when giving all they have on the heavy bag.  The heavy bag is one of those workouts where the tougher you are, the tougher it gets!

#1 - The Burpee Pyramid

Do this sequence of burpees, as fast as you can for time, with as little rest between each set as possible, goal is to get to 100 burpees continuous without rest one day



1 burpee
2 burpees
3..
4..
5..
6..
7..
8..
9..
10..
9..
8..
(you get the idea)
All the way back to 1

Challenge!

Do one of these each day for a week

Monday, April 15, 2013

Life Without Plants - Lessons from the Inuit and today's Zero Carbers

I was a very short time member of a well known zero carb group, lasting really only a week.  I had personal disagreements with the leader which caused me to leave.

Soon after that, annoyed but wanting to try zero carb or close to it, I returned to it and did my "Summer of No Excuses" during which time I ate fewer than 10 grams carb a day and 95% of my calories from animals, using plants only as herbs and seasoning, not the main course.

During this time I also ran my first half marathon distance, 13.1 miles, off road and liking to think at much the same pace as an Indian scout ;) I wish! LOL

So I admit that upfront I did not leave their circle on good terms, and feel free to accuse me of bias against online zero carb communities,  but I am not writing this to say their way of eating does not work because for many it does, just that some of the claims about the Inuit diet seem now to be inaccurate.

I do think it fair to say a lot of zero carbers remain my friends and see overall I am supportive of their way of eating as a viable, I just do not agree with the "historical base" portion.  The ideal is a simple one, by eating very very few but nutritionally complete foods we reduce our need for "other nutrients".  I would whole heartedly agree with that, and think a fabulous example is vitamin C.  Vitamin C, in part, is used to metabolise dietary glucose, so by not eating starch you simply need less Vitamin C thus even rare meat becomes an adequate source.

During my short time within the zero carb community I noticed a few things.


Please note:  Zero carbers try to stay under 5g total carbs a day on an all meat diet, even meat has some carbs so a true zero carb diet is not plausible.

  • We were told that beef (lean and fat) and water, were all the body required
  • That grass fed beef was a waste of money
  • That organ meats should be avoided and are "to carby" and their added vitamins are not necessary
  • That bone broth was not necessary
  • That inuits hunters (the healthiest) ate only the lean and fat, gave away the organ meat to the children and elderly or the dogs
  • There is no need to add salt or magnesium, if you get cramps or other symptoms you need more water, recommendation I got was to start at a gallon a day and this would resolve any cramps (I was definately getting keto cramps at one time, since resolved)
  • That the beef, beef fat and water approach is the ideal approach and most health issues with your diet can be resolved by restricting back to these and only these
The main focus is "lean and fat" is all that is required.  The ratio determined by your "Fat hunger".  In other words always be well hydrated, eat the fat until you no longer want more fat, then eat the lean until sated.  Simple advice that would go a long way to ensure you end up with a predominantly high fat diet.

Snipped from the website, its interesting that the  blog of the leader of the movement, the guy who keeps telling us that grass fed is a waste of money, is affiliated to and a customer of US Wellness.  Meanwhile advising newcomers as I was that it is a waste of money.

What I did learn interacting with the Zero Carb community

Hey its not all bad!  They gave me a lot of great stuff that has proven true to me over time.
  • Carbs really are optional at best
  • Keto adaptation period should indeed not be combined with working out, its best to just rest and at most gentle walks until you are fully keto adapted
  • Drinking lots of good water to stay hydrated is very important when very low carb
  • Worry far more about adequate fat then adequate protein, keto is protein sparring and you just simply need less if fully keto
  • How full of shit Danny Roddy and Paul Jaminet are when they talk about scurvee
  • Keto is so much better when done with real animal fats and minimal plant fats and proteins
  • Fiber sucks, and you will never be more "regular" then when you remove all sources of fiber from your diet and adapt

As for the Inuit? I have learned many of these claims are not true.

In fact this is when I started "Primal North" and my own twist on things "Eating your odd bits" aka organ meats and bone marrows.  As to me this more accurately reflected the diet of hunter tribes such as the Inuit and the Plains Indians.

Inuit and Fish and Bone Broths

Inuit would slice off the lean, and the toss the skin, of fish caught that day.  They would cook fish that were over a day old.  They would also eat fish that had been poorly stored and partly rotten, without fear.

They would feed the scraps of fresh eaten raw fish to the dogs, but the scraps did not go exclusively to the dogs.

Traditional Inuit Fish (Bone and organ) Broth


Inuit did indeed drink bone broth for one, actually every single day.  Their fish broth was consumed almost daily and was created by slowly simmering fish heads, guts, spines, etc... (including all the organ meats).  Yes, they also fed these scraps to the dogs but not exclusively as noted above.

Inuit and Liver / Organ Meats

When a seal is killed and dressed out for the feast, it is split open and laid out raw.

Hunters will eat first, and will use a tea cup to drink the warm blood (to warm themselves) and cut a peice of liver.  Liver being considered a choice cut (not something tossed to the dogs as I was once lead to believe).

Quite often the blood and fat would be mashed up with some brain between the fingers and enjoyed.

The hunters would then also eat lean and blubber to sate their appetite.

The women would then go for any remaining liver, the intestines and whichever amount of lean and blubber those wished.

Polar Bear Liver = Fatal

Polar bear liver is never eaten as it contains very high concentrations of Vitamin A and is fatal to humans AND dogs.  Polar bear meat, as an eater of carrion, is always cooked first and not consumed raw to avoid trichinosis.

Blood

Blood is not just a rich source of nutrition, it is incredibly reverred by the Inuit.  Inuit have a spiritual belief that seal blood is connected to human blood and a health beleif that drinking seal blood fortifies human blood and restores our health.  Seal blood is enjoyed fresh from the kill.

Reverence for their Food

Unlike the zero carb community online who seems not at all bothered by the wastefulness of not eating any organ meat or bone marrow, or the horrid conditions at CAFO's, (and I am not trying to paint members with a broad brush but lets face it we support this with our pocket books if not our morales) the Inuit are quite reverant and respectful of their kill.

The Inuit believe there is an agreement between man and seal that a hunter will only kill what is necessary for feeding his family.

Seals are thought to be constantly thirsty, as they live in salt water.  An Inuit hunter will offer a dying seal he has taken, a drink of fresh water, so it need not die with thirst.

No attempt is made at "Seal husbandry". 

Further Reading / Viewing

The plains Indians, some tribes, lived exclusively on buffalo.  Here we find out about how it was dressed and consumed.


Anthony Bourdain eats raw seal with the Inuit


"I can't wait to eat the brain" ~ Says Grandma

Pass some time in your own igloo learning Inuit String Art


Check out Inuit ice fishing legend Sara Annanak catching Arctic Char


Sources etc...


John Tyman's Inuit Food

Discover Magazine:  The Inuit Paradox

Vilhjalmur Stefansson:  My Life with the Eskimo