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Hunter mum, 43, says she only eats MEAT because she’s ‘allergic’ to fruit and veg

A single mother who found her passion in hunting only eats meat – because she claims to be allergic to fruits and vegetables.

Colette Crick, 43, from Bedfordview in South Africa, says she was sick for much of her childhood while eating a typical diet. However, she says most of that faded away when she started eating a high-protein diet at 18.

Her problems reappeared years later when Colette decided to have a baby and started eating healthier – that’s when she sent her hair for DNA testing.

This revealed that she had a sensitivity to salicylate, a natural chemical made by plants to protect against pests and disease.

She went back to her high-protein diet and then decided to hunt meat herself.

Colette, mother of nine-year-old Colt and 11-year-old Cody, said her youngest son had the same sensibilities and would one day teach him to follow the same lifestyle.

Colette Crick, 43, from Bedfordview in South Africa, says she was sick for much of her childhood from eating a typical dice

The mother-of-two insisted most of her illness subsided when she started eating a high-protein diet at 18 - and now hunts for her own food

The mother-of-two insisted most of her illness subsided when she started eating a high-protein diet at 18 – and now hunts for her own food

“My advice to someone who wants to start hunting their own food is to give it a try,” Colette said.

“I believe venison is the new vegan. At least when I know the apocalypse is coming, I’ll be able to fend for myself.

Colette started hunting in 2019, when she decided she wanted her meat free-range and hormone-free – and the only way to ensure that is to hunt it herself.

Soon she bought a bow and arrow and started training for her new hobby. She practiced her archery skills for a full year before making her first kill to develop her strength and accuracy. The first animal she hunted when she felt ready was a warthog.

Colette started hunting in 2019, when she decided she wanted her meat free-range and hormone-free – and the only way to ensure that is to hunt it herself.

Colette started hunting in 2019, when she decided she wanted her meat free-range and hormone-free – and the only way to ensure that is to hunt it herself.

Colette started hunting in 2019, when she decided she wanted her meat free-range and hormone-free – and the only way to ensure that is to hunt it herself.

Colette, mother of nine-year-old Colt and 11-year-old Cody, has since said her youngest son has the same sensibilities and will one day teach him to follow the same lifestyle.

Colette, mother of nine-year-old Colt and 11-year-old Cody, has since said her youngest son has the same sensibilities and will one day teach him to follow the same lifestyle.

The mother-of-two uses the skills she has acquired over years of her unusual diet to prepare the meat she kills

The mother-of-two uses the skills she has acquired over years of her unusual diet to prepare the meat she kills

Colette started hunting in 2019, when she decided she wanted her meat free-range and hormone-free – and the only way to ensure that is to hunt it herself.

Colette started hunting in 2019, when she decided she wanted her meat free-range and hormone-free – and the only way to ensure that is to hunt it herself.

She said: “I chose a bow and arrow because guns give us such a massive advantage that it almost doesn’t feel like hunting.”

She says she’s received mostly positive comments like “you’re an inspiration and ‘when the apocalypse happens I want you with me'” but had a few ugly replies like “you should be ashamed of yourself.” killing animals”.

The ingredient in fruits and vegetables that can cause

A salicylate allergy is a reaction that occurs when you come into contact with salicylates, salicylic acid, or related chemicals.

Salicylates are found in plants. They are a natural ingredient in many fruits, vegetables and spices.

Symptoms can include:

  • Asthma-like symptoms, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Skin color changes
  • Itching, rash or hives
  • Swelling of the hands, feet and face
  • Stomach pain or pain
  • Eczema
  • Nasal polyps
  • Runny nose
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Diarrhea
  • Colitis

Colette says hunting is her passion and she loves being part of nature and the circle of life.

“My family is very supportive and impressed and my kids are proud of their mom,” Colette said.

“When your health is failing, you become dark and desperate.

“It was when I was at my lowest that I found the DNA hair analysis company and sent them some hair samples, even though I was skeptical,” she said.

“I have hives, eczema, sinusitis, sore throat, mood swings, anxiety, indigestion and insomnia.

“I literally cried with laughter when I researched what salicylate sensitivity was. Everything I did 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 very toxic to me. I cannot consume tea, coffee or even pepper.

“The moment I stopped eating the culprits and resumed a high protein diet, my health recovered within days.

“My vegan or free-range enthusiast friends made me think about where my meat comes from.

“The best way to make sure my meat was truly free and hormone free was to hunt it myself. I also felt like I owed the animals I was consuming to have the stomach to carry out the process. If I couldn’t do everything, did I deserve to eat the animals?

Colette said that the “moment” she stopped eating generally healthy foods, she felt much better.

“I thought bowhunting was the most non-invasive way to hunt, with no loud bangs to stress the animals or spoil the meat,” she said.

Collette, pictured, now believes that

Collette, pictured, now believes ‘venison is the new vegan’ and says ‘when the apocalypse happens’ she can ‘manage on her own’

“I have been hunting for two years now, but I only hunt when my freezer is out of meat and only kill what I intend to eat.

“I would say that 90% of the meat I eat comes from hunting and I hunt about five animals a year.”

Her son Colt has the same sensibility, and Collette explained that she would like to teach him how to hunt when he is strong enough to do so.

She said: “Hunting with a bow is much more difficult than hunting with a gun. If I was a rifle hunter, I would have taken it with me already.

“He needs to increase his draw weight to hunt ethically with a bow.”

Soon she bought a bow and arrow and started training for her new hobby.  The mother-of-two trained for a year before making her first kill: a warthog (pictured)

Soon she bought a bow and arrow and started training for her new hobby. The mother-of-two trained for a year before making her first kill: a warthog (pictured)

“On a typical hunting day, you wake up around four in the morning and put on all your diapers. You can’t wear anything scented like face creams or deodorant or the animals will notice,’ Colette said.

“I leave before the sun comes up and once I get to the lookout I don’t like to leave. If you need to pee, you need to pee in a bottle!

“If you’re lucky and you kill, you have to check first if the arrow went through.” Then you follow the blood trail and hopefully find your pet.

“The animal I enjoyed hunting the most was an impala because they are very difficult to hunt – the biggest animal I have successfully hunted is a hundred and ten pound impala.

“I find butchering, butchering and cooking hard but rewarding work. I love to cook so this part is very rewarding.

“My advice to someone who wants to start hunting their own food is to give it a shot. I believe venison is the new vegan. At least when I know the apocalypse is coming, I’ll be able to fend for myself.

The mother-of-two practiced with her bow for a year before making her first kill: a warthog (pictured, while hunting)

The mother-of-two practiced with her bow for a year before making her first kill: a warthog (pictured, while hunting)

The mother-of-two now hunts, butchers, cleans and prepares the meat entirely herself (pictured)

The mother-of-two now hunts, butchers, cleans and prepares the meat entirely herself (pictured)