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Are you a 'hunter' or a 'farmer'?

Was recently reading an article in a magazine by Dr. Oz.
I asked my husband the question, "are you a hunter or a farmer?"
"I'm a hunter" he said without even knowing why I asked. "What am I"
I asked. "You're a farmer."
He craves proteins, I crave fruits and vegetables.

What are you?

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  1. huh, i'm not either one, since I crave carbs, wine and chocolate! :)

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      around here- that is called a MOM- like me!

    2. JuJu&Old~
      you are both hysterical :) and ..........soooooo correct!

      1. I am a hunter, crave meats. I'll bet our dogs think we're the best hunters in the world when we get back from grocery shopping!!

          1. I lean toward hunter. Is fish craving part of hunter?

            I love seafood of all kinds.

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            1. re: pinehurst

              Same here....more of a Hunter than a Farmer overall and if it has come from the sea? Get outta my way cuz I'm going to eat it it one form or another before I eat my veggies.

            2. Most definitely a hunter! While I enjoy fruits and vegetables, I never crave them, but always crave meat!

              1. Me, I'm a 'hound. I crave what tastes best. I'd rather have a tomato from my garden in August than a broiled steak from the supermarket, a steamed Gulf shrimp than a piece of June corn from Florida, a hunk of smoked pork barbecue than a fried fish filet that was frozen before it got to Costco.

                Seriously, what does Dr. Oz know? Does he even eat real food?

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                1. re: MGZ

                  I'm going to guess that Dr. Oz, like so many of his ilk, "enjoys" food in the sense that he likes the flavors and it satisfies his appetite. Having grown up in a family that actively enjoyed food, discussed food, remembered meals and anticipated coming ones, and having married into another family that did likewise, I think that Dr. Oz and I barely share the same planet, and suspect that most Chowhounds would feel the same.

                2. another glutton here ..... like all and if a craving strikes it could be a peach or a steak

                  1. I guess I am a farmer. But my cravings lean toward french fries, bread, and apple pie. So I am not a 'good' farmer, I guess.

                    1. Both....Literally and figuratively ............

                      1. What ever happened to 'hunter/gatherer' I want my meat, but would happily glean your field for grain and produce. I couldn't be bothered planting and tending the fields.

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                        1. re: bagelman01

                          I'm just referring to Dr. Oz's article in a magazine that's what he called it.
                          I'm sure the other term still exists.

                          1. I am a woman of the fork.

                            1. Scavenger.

                              open fridge. find food. eat food.
                              open cabinet. find food. eat food.
                              visit mall. find food. eat food.

                              1. Gosh, I am really neither.

                                Now, I enjoy the "fruits of labor," from both, but an not actively involved in either.

                                I eat a great deal of meat, but also enjoy great, fresh veggies, and especially some of the various heirloom varieties of those.

                                Given the choices to decide, I would say that I was a "diner," and leave it at that.


                                1. Hunter. Like your husband, without even reading the explanation, that was my answer. After reading the explanation, it still is.

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                                  1. re: magdeline687

                                    I'm a hunter.Should I try to date this farmer girl ? How are we going to get along?

                                  2. I crave salt, fat, and alcohol, not necessarily in that order.

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                                    1. re: MelMM

                                      Well, that's three of the four food groups.

                                    2. man you latest posters are corn~fuzzin the heck out of me....
                                      are we still talkin bout what your body craves = meat or veg or is everything up for discussion now?

                                      if you're a farmer you probably eat & crave what's grown in soil.
                                      if you're a hunter you want and crave things that make a noise of some sort :}}}}}
                                      have I lost you all?

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                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                        Oh, I think we all get it... but we find the idea absurd that our cravings can be so simply divided into two categories like that. I, for one, just don't feel like I crave either meat or veg more than the other.

                                        1. re: MelMM

                                          not a big deal Mel, I'm not talking Rocket Science.
                                          all I did was bring up something Dr. Oz had written about in a magazine.
                                          and I read it cover to cover.
                                          if the subject isn't of interest~walk on by.

                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                            I know there are a few real farmers and hunters here, but the rest of us are all just shoppers. Silly labels. Why not just ask who is a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?

                                            1. re: Bkeats

                                              because I'm using words from a magazine article.

                                      2. I haven't read the article in question, but it sounds to me as if Dr Oz may have missed the basic premise of the book he was referring to- it's not about carnivores vs herbivores; my understanding of the distinction is that it's a question of metabolism.

                                        The hunter metabolism can go for relatively long periods without feeling hungry, and is well adapted to a diet centered around protein-rich meats and fish. These folks are better off not eating when they don't feel hungry and may be prone to develop diabetes if they persistently overdo it on carbs, and are more likely than farmer types to have cardiovascular troubles in the long run.

                                        The farmer metabolism requires more frequent meals and is better adapted to a carbohydrate-rich, grain-based diet. These do best on lower-fat meals throughout the day at regular intervals, can be more prone to hypoglycemia and cancers than their hunter cousins, and may even develop gout if they overdo it on fats.

                                        Plenty of vegetables and sensible amounts of fruit suit both models- the theory was, after all, conceived by a nutritionist.

                                        Again, I haven't personally read either the Oz article or the book in question, but I heard the book's author, Dr Liponis, interviewed on the radio a month or two ago and that's the impression I came away with. For what it's worth.

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                                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                          very perceptive....you're right eclectic, the article he was going off of was for dietetic purposes which I didn't bring up because it could have been a health issue thread which I know CH frowns on. how to drop a few because of the foods you crave and take in. interesting article which made perfect sense regarding what this farmer eats.
                                          but for info and being nosey I thought I'd inquire if its half and half or way one sided. think I got my answer