Mark’s Daily Apple Guest Post: “Next Level Primal — I Killed a Chicken and Ate It”



This is a guest post I wrote for the wildly popular primal blog, Mark’s Daily Apple. On his blog, Mark Sisson “empowers people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically re-thinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness.” I LOVE that! Don’t you? Head over to for awesome info on all things primal!

I still remember the first time I killed a chicken. I had watched it happen hundreds of times. I’d even helped out with all of the other steps involved in chicken processing (scalding, plucking, eviscerating, and packaging), but I couldn’t quite bring myself to take a knife to a chicken’s throat and end its life.

But why?

I had no problem eating chickens that someone else killed. I’m not terribly freaked out by blood. And I had already gone through the gutting process more times than I could count (which is way gross-er than killing).

After about a year of helping out with processing days, I decided that it was time for me to kill a chicken.

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