Over the years, I’ve experimented with virtually every single “superfood” on the planet. So far, nothing has come close to making me feel as good as eating raw meat.
Does that sound gross to you?
I understand, really. It sounded gross to me at first too. But once I was able to wrap my head around the idea that raw meat is healthy, all of my reservations disappeared.
I’m very lucky to have read Arnold’s Schwarzenegger’s “Encyclopedia Of Bodybuilding” when I was a teenager. The Terminator isn’t just a meathead – he’s a very wise man.
In his book, there is a quote that goes something like this:
“Instead of focusing on the momentary pleasure that you feel when a piece of food touches your tongue, try to derive enjoyment for what it’s doing for your body.”
I’m SO lucky that I was exposed to that concept when I was in my early teens as it’s helped shape me (and my body) ever since.
Is raw meat all you really need?
I first tried eating raw meat shortly after I began my Snake Diet journey.
After having fully jumped on the Snake Diet bandwagon, I watched a video where Cole ate half a kilo of raw beef liver, washed it down with some raw eggs, and then munched on a stick of butter all in about fifteen minutes.
Needless to say, my jaw hit the floor when I saw him do that.
At that point I already had a TON of respect for the guy just for the simple fact that he was the one person I’d seen in real life who had more knowledge about fasting and OMAD than I did.
And you know how it is when you respect someone’s opinion about something – you more readily accept their ideas about other things, too.
This was no exception.
I was living in New York at the time and that day I found a Halal butcher and bought some beef liver. (I wasn’t specifically looking for Halal. That was just the only butcher I could find that wasn’t overpriced.)
I spent $5 on a pound of beef liver, brought it home, and ate the entire thing.
I was living with some roommates and as each of them would walk by, they would do a double-take at what I was doing.
“You’re eating that RAW?”
I had an Israeli roommate who would say, “Sheh’tiyeh bari.”
Literally translated this means, “That you will be healthy.”
The actual meaning is something more like, “God I hope you don’t get sick from that.”
And if we’re being completely honest, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit scared while I was eating it.
Who knows what kind of weird parasites might be living inside some raw beef liver?
Anyway long story short, I ate it and was completely fine.
Not only was I completely fine, but I experienced a strange feeling that I only ever feel while eating raw meat.
The main benefit of eating raw meat: satiety
The main benefit of eating raw meat is that you feel full without FEELING full.
That might sound a little confusing, but what I really mean is that you just feel satisfied with the amount of food you’ve eaten despite the fact that you don’t have a bloated feeling in your stomach.
Those of you who have experimented with OMAD or intermittent fasting know that the biggest risk you run of messing up your diet is ravenously overeating during your refeed.
When your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you end up stuffing yourself PAST the point of satiety. At least I do.
In fact, I can even tell you what goes through my mind when I do that. I think to myself, “It’s going to be another 20+ hours until I eat something, so I better make sure to get my fill now.”
I allow myself to cheat on my refeed, to eat unhealthy foods, and binge on stuff that I would NEVER in a million years recommend to other people to eat – all because I know that I’m going to spend almost a full 24 hours fasting again and won’t be able to experience the pleasure of eating for a relatively long time.
That said, I’ve found when I eat raw meat, the desire to binge on unhealthy foods is virtually non-existent.
I eat and eat and eat until I’ve had enough. When I hit this point, I push the plate away and don’t want to eat any more.
I’m not “full” in the same way I’d be full if I ate a plate of pasta, but I don’t feel the need to eat anything else.
It’s kind of amazing.
And if you have had problems binge eating in the past, then eating raw meat is an excellent way to curb that tendency.
Should you eat raw liver too or just raw meat?
In my experience, I’ve found that a ratio of 90/10 or 80/20 of raw meat to raw liver seems to be best.
As usual, I base this on absolutely no scientific research whatsoever and only by gut feel (no pun intended).
If you want to talk about superfoods, raw liver is where it’s at.
Raw liver has so many nutrients that it makes raw beef look like celery by comparison.
That said, I find it hard to eat more than 100-200g of it at a time, regardless of how much hot sauce I use.
For one thing, it’s kind of gross and slimy.
Muscle meat is fun to eat. If you get a piece that’s properly tenderized, it’s the perfect consistency, easy to chew and goes down smooth.
I’m not gonna lie, I find eating raw liver to be gag-inducing.
It’s entirely possible that it’s healthier to eat more raw liver than my 80/20 recommendation, but I personally just can’t stomach that much at once.
It’s also possible that it has to do with the quality of the liver. I mentioned earlier eating a pound of raw beef liver from the Halal butcher. That was somewhat edible.
But when I was in Vietnam, I bought my liver from an open air market. The liver had been sitting out in the open in the heat for the better part of the morning. It was supple and extra slimy, whereas the Halal cut still had a bit of shape to it and was more firm.
I could totally be imagining things right now and obviously there’s no way to actually check, but I think the Halal cut was higher quality. If I recall correctly, it was grass fed as well.
Still, regardless of the quality of the raw meat, I’m going to say that eating raw meat still offers more benefits than eating cooked meat. Which brings me to my next point…
Grass fed or grain fed: does the quality of raw meat matter?
Unpopular opinion incoming: I’m gonna say no, the quality of the raw meat doesn’t matter.
You probably think I’m insane for saying this, but obviously use some common sense.
I’m not saying that you should eat rotten disease-ridden raw meat (although “high meat” is a thing and said to be extremely healthy).
What I AM saying is that if you can’t find beef that is caressed daily and told how beautiful it is, that eats only the finest grass grown from compost that’s only find at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the mountains of Nepal, it doesn’t really matter.
In other words, eating raw meat of “low quality” is a better choice than eating cooked meat of high quality.
Again, I realize you probably think this is an extreme statement. And I base it off of absolutely no scientific research whatsoever.
What I DO base it off of is lots of anecdotal experience of what I’ve noticed in myself when eating both raw and cooked meat. And I gotta tell you, the raw meat wins every time.
When I stuff myself on cooked meat, it feels like I have a giant lump of denatured flesh in my stomach that my body has to work harder to digest.
When I stuff myself on raw meat, I don’t even feel full. It feels like it just melts in my stomach.
And yeah, I know that doesn’t fit your description of a scientific study, but to be honest I don’t really care. I’ve tested both extensively and raw meat just makes me feel and perform better, so I’m not going to wait around for some scientists to do a study on it.
I don’t need them to, because I already know it works better.
Why is raw meat better than cooked meat?
Let’s just assume for a second that this is true – what’s my rationale for saying that raw meat is better regardless of the quality?
Having spent the last six months in Southeast Asia, I have tried raw meat from several different countries and of varying quality. Most notable was Vietnam, where I bought all my meat from an open air market with awful sanitary conditions.
And when I say awful, I’m saying that old Vietnamese ladies would be sitting on the counter with their shoes off. The same counter that “fresh” cuts of meat would be laid out for people to buy. Not a single ice cube in sight.
I knew that if I could eat the raw meat that was in that market, I could eat raw meat pretty much anywhere.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared the first time. But I tried it and was totally fine.
More than that, I felt like a million bucks while I was eating mostly raw meat.
I placed MASSIVE demands on my body as well during this time, as you can see from the following daily list of activities:
- Wake up at 6 AM
- Work on stuff until around 10 AM
- Go run on the beach in the 100 degree heat for an hour
- Record YouTube videos for another hour
- Work in a cafe for 5-6 hours
- Do a 2 hour strength training workout in a local gym
- Come home and stuff myself on raw meat
- Snack a bit on various Vietnamese local snacks
I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty hardcore schedule for anyone to follow. I was jacked, lean, and getting a TON of work done with a clear head.
And while I can’t credit the raw meat with all of that (I was taking a bunch of supplements as well), I DEFINITELY noticed a difference on days where I would stray from the raw meat diet and eat something else instead.
How to integrate eating raw meat into your diet
You’ve been patiently waiting for my super-advanced formula on how to start eating raw meat. I appreciate that.
And to thank you for reading my unnecessarily long article, I’m going to break it down for your right now.
This plan is SO advanced, SO ahead of it’s time, that it is probably going to be difficult for you to fully absorb the first time you read it.
But that’s okay, my brain is ultra-developed as a result of eating all this raw meat. You might not be able to comprehend complex concepts like this at first, but after enough time, you might catch up.
That said, don’t be ashamed to re-read my super-advanced formula for eating raw meat several times. It’ll be our little secret.
Ready for it?
The secret to integrating raw meat into your diet is this:
Did you get that? I know, it’s very complicated. I apologize for that. Sometimes my massive raw meat-expanded brain just moves too fast for “normal” people like you to understand. I’ll try and explain it again.
This time, I’ll break it down into a step by step plan that you can study for for several hours before putting it into practice.
Don’t rush into it, because this is something that requires lots of careful planning.
- Go to the store
- Purchase raw meat
- Bring the meat home
- Sit down at the table with your raw meat
- Open the raw meat container
- Pick up the meat in your hand
- Lift it to your mouth
- Put the meat inside your mouth
- Chew as much as you feel is necessary
- Go back to step one until you’re full or just don’t feel like eating anymore
Look, I apologize if I explained things in a way that’s hard to understand. Really I am. I’ve been eating so much raw beef and raw liver that it’s hard for me to relate to people that still haven’t made their ascension into godhood like I have.
In fact, I cringe when I have to refer to them as “people.”
Conclusion: raw meat is good, just eat it
You’ll notice that there’s a noticeable lack of scientific evidence in this article. That’s because I haven’t done any research on the benefits of eating raw meat vs eating cooked meat.
In fact, you’ll probably find a lot of stuff that correlates the expansion of civilization with the advent of cooking.
If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that this has more to do with the ability of cooking to preserve foods for longer periods of time than it does with the supposed improved bioavailability of cooked meat over raw meat.
I suppose that’s a plausible theory. But at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter.
There’s a reason why I’ve spent this entire article talking about my EXPERIENCE with raw meat instead of just quoting a bunch of scientific facts at you.
Because at the end of the day, experience is king.
On the one hand, I feel kind of sad that very few people seem to think this way. It’s all about facts and data and double blind studies. B
But meanwhile, the people who promote that stuff are all fat and dead by 65. They don’t live their lives according to how they feel, only by what the scientists tell them is healthy.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what science says if something doesn’t work in the real world.
Sure it may make a nice blog post. They may get a nice chunk of funding for it. They might even get their study covered by CNN.
Meanwhile, I’ll be over here in my little corner of the internet, doing things that actually work and sounding like a crazy person.
That used to make me sad, but now I realized that it’s actually a good thing.
Why? Because my message WILL resonate with some people. And those people will see eye to eye with me and I’ll be able to attract them into my life.
Yet on the other hand, the majority of people will reject my message and keep their blinders on. This will give me a natural advantage over them in the real world.
If everyone started eating raw meat, I’d have to find another way to make myself feel superior to other people.
I’d have to actually find ways to work on myself OTHER than changing what I buy at the grocery store.
That sound like too much work for me. I’d rather type up 2500 word articles from my bed instead.