A man who has eaten raw meat for almost ten years and even eats rotten meat says he has never felt healthier.
Eating everything from sheep intestines in the stomach to animal spleen, liver and testicles, Derek Nance lives on a diet that consists almost entirely of raw meat.
The 35-year-old self-proclaimed carnivore from Lexington, Kentucky, says the only parts of an animal that he will not eat are the hooves and horns.
Nance has been following his caveman-like diet for almost 10 years and the father of four, who eats raw meat, is safe, even feeding his children the same diet.
But his partner, Joanne Prosser, who was a vegetarian, still doesn't eat raw meat.
Perhaps the most unusual part of the Nance & # 39; high meat & # 39; diet is, in essence, rotten animal meat.
Derek Nance stops at home with raw meat in Lexington, Kentucky. The meat eater has only eaten raw meat for the past ten years
Nance even makes smoothies from the sheep's stomach, which he eats as a quick snack and feasts on rotten meat
Fermented meat releases certain bacteria that give a feeling of euphoria when used, hence the nickname & # 39; high meat & # 39 ;.
He even makes smoothies from the sheep's stomach, which he will eat as a quick snack on the go.
Nance explained how he eats even dissolved meat and how it is part of a & # 39; healthy diet & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; If I get a new animal, there is something with fresh blood that just stimulates appetite.
Dissected meat is part of a natural diet of almost every predator on this planet. There are many animals that you can see that go in search. & # 39;
Every month, Nance drives organic family farms, chooses live animals for slaughter and butchers itself.
Nance said: & # 39; An adult sheep, such as & # 39; n 175 kilos or so, will last about a month. & # 39;
All parts of the animal & # 39; from head to tail & # 39; food, Nance claims that this adds variety to a diet that might otherwise seem boring.
As part of his diet, Nance also eats live maggots because they have beneficial enzymes that help him digest the large amounts of raw meat he eats
The Nance diet also includes what is known as & # 39; high meat & # 39 ;, which is essentially rotten animal meat
Nance says the only time he got sick from bad food poisoning during his raw meat diet was when he ate raw chicken for a week
As part of his diet, Nance also eats live maggots because the carnivorous creatures contain beneficial enzymes that help him digest the large amounts of raw meat he eats.
Nance claims that his diet has hardly any adverse effects on his health – the only time he got sick from bad food poisoning was when he ate raw chicken for a week.
He also claims that feeding raw meat to children is completely safe, as long as the meat comes from a clean and healthy animal.
Nance said: & # 39; I believe that the diet in raw animal food is much better than the baby food. & # 39;
By not cooking the meat, Nance makes sure that he gets all the nutrients he needs to stay healthy.
He explained: & # 39; There are certain nutrients in raw meat that are cooked – there are traces of vitamin C, vitamin A, and B vitamins. & # 39;
Nance & # 39; s partner Joann Prosser, 60, was a vegetarian for more than 20 years before getting to know Derek.
Although she is now an omnivore, she says she will never try high meat, although she acknowledges that it has environmental benefits.
She said: & # 39; I can never get past the scent. I think the way Nance picks meat is much more ethical than buying at a supermarket. & # 39;
Derek Nance for dinner with his four children and partner Joanne Posser. Nance claims it is safe to feed raw meat to children, as long as it comes from a clean and healthy animal
Derek Nance & # 39; s daughter Maddie Nance and her partner Joanne Prosser go out to dinner with the rest of the family
Now used to Nance's eating habits, Joann admits that Derek's preparation methods may still be too much for her.
Joann said: & # 39; When he gets hold of the brain, I will sometimes say, "Please open that head out". I never thought I'd say that to anyone. & # 39;
The four children of Nance have all tried raw meat, but have an opposite opinion on this – his older son Aldous says, & # 39; everyone would think it is rather odd, while younger sister Maddie thinks it & # 39 ; cool & # 39; is.
Having grown up with numerous food allergies and intolerances, Nance was forced to find an alternative, eventually settling for his extreme diet.
He said: & # 39; I was experimenting with so many different diets and nothing seemed to work. & # 39;
After years of trying different things, he came across the studies of the Weston A. Price Foundation on the nutrition of the Inuit and the Native Americans.
He said: & # 39; I had so many problems digesting everything else that meat seemed to work for me. & # 39;
It all started when Nance decided to slaughter two pygmy goats he considered dairy.
He said: & # 39; In the winter it came to the point that I couldn't afford to buy hay for them and they were just very hard and annoying, and you could only get a few liters of milk from it. & # 39;
Initially, she experimented with eating just two pounds of goat a day, but Nance was surprised how much better he felt.
Nance now hopes to follow the remaining meat of his life.
He said: & # 39; I have invested in it for ten years and now I am very curious how far I can push.
& # 39; If I could reach the age of 80, it would validate many of the theories about this diet. & # 39;
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