'Venison is the new vegan': Hunter allergic to veggies claims she eats ONLY meat, kills 90% of her food
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BEDFORDVIEW, SOUTH AFRICA: A single mother-of-two claims that she eats only meat as she is allergic to fruits and vegetables, and she actively hunts for her meat as well, according to a report. Colette Crick, 43, explains that she was regularly falling sick in her childhood when she was on a typically controlled diet. But her issues seemed to fade away after she turned 18 when she adopted a high-protein diet. However, her problems resurfaced when she was pregnant and had to fall back on the previous diet. This is when she reportedly went to test her DNA.
Colette Crick, 43, mother to Colt, nine, and Cody, 11, realized that was allergic to salicylate which is a natural chemical produced by plants that act in prevention against pests and disease, reported Daily Mail. She soon returned to her high-protein diet and this time decided to hunt for her own food and to ensure free-range and hormone-free meat. She first started hunting in 2019 and believes that this hunting lifestyle will most definitely pass on to her children, as well as her youngest son, who suffers from the same allergy. After buying a bow and arrow, she began training for her new hobby. After practising for a full year, she was ready to procure unadulterated meat which was a part of her goal. When she thought she was ready, she went hunting for a warthog. Crick said, "I chose a bow and arrow because firearms put us at such as huge advantage that it almost doesn't seem like hunting to me."
She explained that she is proud of her choices. "My family are all very supportive and impressed and my kids are proud of their mummy," said Crick, "When your health is failing, you get bleak and desperate. It was when I was at my rock bottom that I found the DNA hair analysis company and sent them hair samples, even though I was skeptical," as reported by Daily Mail.
The mother with a knack for hunting reflected on the array of issues she was when she was a child. "I got hives, eczema, sinusitis, sore throat, mood swings, anxiety, indigestion, and insomnia. I literally cried tears of laughter when I researched what salicylate sensitivity was. Everything I was doing to be healthy was poisoning my body. I was making fruit and vegetable smoothies, eating coconut oil and lots of avocados and raw fruits and vegetables, all of which were highly toxic to me," the outlet quoted her as saying.
Crick continued, "I can't consume tea, coffee, or even pepper. The moment I stopped eating the culprits and went back to a high protein diet, my health turned around in a matter of days." Where did she get the idea of hunting for most of her food? Crick said, "My friends who are vegan or staunchly into free-range farming got me thinking about where my meat was coming from. The best way to ensure my meat was truly free-range and hormone-free was to hunt it myself."
She continued explaining the process, "I also felt like I owed it to the animals I was consuming to have the stomach to see the process through. If I couldn't do the whole thing, did I deserve to eat the animals?" Crick explained her choice of acquiring her meat, "I felt bow hunting was the most non-invasive way to hunt with no loud bangs to stress the animals out or meat spoilage."
How much does Crick hunt? She continued, "I've now been hunting for two years but I only hunt when my freezer is running low on meat and I only kill what I plan to eat. I would say 90 percent of the meat I eat is from hunting and I hunt about five animals a year." Her son, Colt, also has the same insensitivity and her mother has the same plans for her as she said, "It's much harder to bow hunt than rifle hunt. If I was a rifle hunter I would have taken him with me already. He has to build up his draw weight to hunt ethically with a bow."
Crick explains her meticulous hunting process. "On a usual day hunting, you wake up at about 4 am and throw on all your layers. You can't wear anything scented like face creams or deodorant or the animals will pick up on it. I head out before the sun rises and once I get to the hide I don't like to leave again. If you need to pee, you have to pee in a bottle! If you are lucky and make a kill you first go and check if the arrow passed through. Then you track the blood trail and hopefully find your animal."
She is one to enjoy a challenge and there's one animal in particular that tests Crick's wits, said the report. She explained, "The animal I most enjoyed hunting is an impala as they're very challenging to hunt - the biggest animal I've successfully hunted is a one-hundred-and-ten-pound impala. I find the skinning, butchering and cooking to be hard work but rewarding. I love to cook so that part is very rewarding. My advice to someone who wants to start hunting their own food is to give it a go. I believe venison is the new vegan. At least when I know the apocalypse happens, I'll be able to fend for myself."