Bryan Paul

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I fast sporadically nowadays (once a month or two for 24 hours), but I have gone for several days in the past (just vitamins and water).  I found that my hunger pains went away after a day or two even with keeping up with a pretty intense training regime.  I wasn't tracking weight or anything like that, just felt like the best way to cleanse any junk from my body would be to just not put any in for a while.

The greatest benefit I feel I got from the experience was to break the cycle of habitual eating.  I only felt the desire to eat when I was truly hungry instead the 3 meals a day or more that many of are trained on from an early age.  The effect has carried over for years now, and I still only feel like eating once or twice a day.
2 weeks ago
I second Daniel's idea of a branched greywater system.  PVC pipe and fittings can be attached to drains with virtually no tools and run outside to your reed bed easily.  Then you don't have to worry about hauling stinky buckets outside every few days.
7 months ago
Good point Len.  And since stratification chamber RMH designs are so new, maybe I'll have get the numbers myself of how hot the top vs. the bottom gets.
7 months ago
I love the look of log homes too.  But the expense and maintenance of a conventional log home is pretty prohibitive to a lot of people.  I found this site a long time ago that advocates owner-built, butt and pass method cabins.  If nothing else I hope it gives people wanting to go the log cabin route some ideas.
7 months ago
When using barrels for the stratification chamber, do they require barrel prep like removing paint, or are the temps low enough that they won't off-gas?
7 months ago
Wofati is number 1 for me, with the fermentation cookbook a close second.
7 months ago

Kelly Hart wrote:

Bryan Paul wrote:I like the idea of earthbag construction, but I wonder if this book includes alternatives to polypropylene bags and Portland cement stabilizers?  

There are alternatives to polypropylene bags but they will not last as long, nor are they as strong as the synthetic fiber. Generally clay is sufficient as a stabilizer, but the use of lime is also possible. The book does cover these topics.

Thank you Mr. Hart.  I look forward to reading your book.
8 months ago
I like the idea of earthbag construction, but I wonder if this book includes alternatives to polypropylene bags and Portland cement stabilizers?  
8 months ago
It doesn't seem like much work is required.  Does the inside need finishing to make it habitable?  It looks like it has electricity although the light fixture above the door is not the best choice.  Does it have insulation or internal fixtures?
8 months ago
I wanted to echo a few things that Bryant R and others mentioned, and add my own thoughts:

Are you prepared for consequences that any major changes will have for your relationship?

A tribe can mean a lot of things, what sort of relationship are you looking to fill?  

I haven't seen things end well for those that jump into transitions too fast.
Paul has his Wheaton Scale, and moving from one end to the other immediately is going to appear/be pretty crazy.

To start with, I think it's important to disengage from those things that making you unhappy, and see if that changes your perspective on things.
For instance, trying a different job, and/or home is a good start.  If you are feeling trapped by that economic machine, something in that cycle needs to change.
You may find that find that you don't even need to work full time, hopefully in a job you enjoy, if you live somewhere that doesn't cost much.  This could leave you a lot more time to hunt/fish, and may fulfill that need for you without sacrificing everything that makes your wife happy.
A good resource for this sort of information is in the books by Jeff Yeager "The Cheapskate Next Door" and "The Cheapskates Guide to Retirement".

If that sort of life still seems unfulfilling, another possible intermediate step is Rubber Tramping.  Selling everything but a van or RV and going wherever the wind blows you.  Bob Wells has a Youtube channel( that has lots of good information about this lifestyle, including good seasonal jobs that will allow you to live the rest of the year on couple weeks/month worth of income.  He interviews lots of people with different gear setups, backgrounds, and financial plans so you may get inspired by the way that someone does things, even if they don't have their own channels.  One nice thing that comes with this lifestyle is a sort of tribe.  A few of Bob's videos shows a get together for a Rubber Tramp Rendezvous that ended recently in Quartzite, AZ.

Just a word of warning.  I testing out going "Full Native" in my youth and got in trouble pretty fast with trespassing, taking animals out of season, etc.  I'm pretty sure you'll find fulfillment with something in-between Suburban living and Hunter-gatherer.
2 years ago