Dr. Paul Saladino is a physician and board-certified nutrition specialist. He’s a leading expert in the science and practice of the carnivore diet, a food regimen to which Saladino credits numerous health benefits seen in the patients under his care.
Where was I the day this bear was born? Surely I wasn’t even a hunter then, in those days I bought all of my meat. Were we on a collision course from the start? Where was he the day I signed up for my hunter safety course? Perhaps making his way from the wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains down towards the food rich valleys that border the state of Maine? Was he in the area when I took my first bear? My second? My six or seventh? Had we been close before, maybe even occupying the same few square miles? Have I encountered his brothers or sisters, his sons, or daughters? Is it possible that a scar on his nose or the tear in his ear was caused by the bear I harvested last year? Surely they’d met in pugilism, these two large and dominant boars. What was he doing the day I got married? Feeding on blueberries and staying cool in the dry bed of a forest brook? It was summer then. Did he have memories? Where was he the night before this hunt? Did he dream? He could have gone so many directions but instead, he came to me. Was it our destiny? He was cautious, circling slowly, making sure he was alone. But he wasn’t. It was our nexus in spacetime. Did he ever suspect I was there? Now all of the carbon he’d accumulated, all of the minerals he’d acquired, the proteins he’d built and lipids he’d stored all reside here with us. Now, we’ll be built from his body. I didn’t take his life lightly, it weighs heavily on me in fact. Not regret but respect. Face to face on equal terms I’d be no match for him — he might be making his own body out of mine. But for human cunning, it wouldn’t be possible. But this was our story — and this bear is part of me now. #RatherHuntGather #WildFed