This article will always be a "work in progress" - as I run across
new tips and ideas, I'll add them in here. Each one is listed alphabetical by
person who I got the tip(s) from, and any notes I have on his/her tips and ideas.
Using your own blood to stave off the Thirst does
As you try to ease the stress your body is taking by having the Thirst, you
are also adding the stress of forcing the body to repair a part of itself (where
you cut). This can take more out of your system then it originally was deficient.
Also, if this condition (I know, not very PC, but will do), is caused by a deficiency
of a protein or hormone that is not found naturally in your system, what good
will taking in blood that is deficient do? Pointless, really. So this practice
only does more harm than good...
ur's blood - its 1/2 carrot juice and 1/2 tomatoe juice ... warning if not
used to the taste add more tomatoe than carrot
(No comments yet, I haven't tried it. I've had some success with just
This recipie was developed as a side effect of an individual's
plasma research. The person who researched this recipie has no desire to be
involved in the vampire community, but has passed along this recipie in the
hopes that it will help others.
Simplified Food Version
3,000mg Potassium (Do not increase this!)
40g Sugar (10 measured tsp)
2 cups water
2 cups milk(calcium & potassium)
1/4 tsp salt (sodium)
8 egg yolks (cholesterol & Iron)
2.5 tsp sugar
Supplement version can generated by finding supplement pills in your local
grocery store, Wal-Mart or other supplier of nutritional supplements. Capsules
can be pulled apart and just added to the mix, but if you find them as tablets
you WILL have to crush them up - a morter and pestle would be ideal, but you
can always use a hammer or rock and put the pills in a freezer baggie (thicker
plastic) to hold the pills so the powderized bits don't go all over the place.
Food version has raw yolks. If you are concerned about Salmonella, you can
substitute iron pills and some other source of cholesterol instead. Substitute
bananas if you can't tolerate milk. The recommended amount was 8 bananas,
but that seems a bit much compared to the rest of the recipie.
Potassium can be an issue if you have kidney problems; you should take your
own health requirements and limitations into account and modify the recipie
accordingly if necessary.
BLOOD & COFFEE
Live foods such as yogurt, sprouts and algae/chlorophyll drinks, as well
as green leafy wgetables and things like tomatos.
Yogurt with active/live yogurt cultures. Sprouts should be fresh for best
results (ideally, grow your own, but that's not always practical) - mung bean
sprouts are an example. Algae/chlorophyll drinks, well, you have to like seaweed/sea
plant flavor. It was pointed out to Emilly that beet juice can be a blood
substitute on it's own.
She mentions the electrolyte balance seems to be cruicial, and I'm starting
Chlorophyll-Booster - run through a juicer:
Half a bunch of spinach
one whole chopped beet
Carrot juice, gatorade, or plain water to taste
Bloodwine is CG's method of short-term storage - the blood can be from any
of the usual sources, although the most likely source will come from drippings
when cutting up beef.
One bottle of wine (chilled)
Amount of blood equal to about 1/3 of bottle (also chilled)
Pour out 1/3 of wine (or share with a friend).
Pour equivalent amount of wine into a bowl.
Add a small amount of wine to blood in bowl, and stir carefully.
Add another small amount of wine and continue stirrinng.
Add blood/wine from the bowl back into the bottle, pouring carefully (A funnel
is good for this.)
Recork or seal with wax (prevent air leaks that would spoil it.)
Store in refridgerator.
Gently shake before using.
Keeps for about 2 weeks.
The need for blood can also be satisfied in ways other than intimate
contact with a willing human donor. Try drinking red Gatorade mixed with a little
bit of orange juice and beef broth and liquid multivitamins. (Try it, it tastes
almost like blood and it's VERY nutritious.)
One person in IRC made this recipe, and passed on the following approximate
proportions with good results, added the caveat of "adjust for taste"
and that they wanted to try the next batch with Hawaiian Punch instead of
32oz orange juice
16oz beef broth
4oz liquid multivitamins (with a total of about 750% recommended
daily values for the ENTIRE batch)
Total Volume: 116oz, or 14.5 cups - 3.6-something
Breaking this down into something a little more manageable for those with
lack of space or who are uncertain whether this will work for them, 1/8th
of that is:
4oz orange juice
2oz beef broth
.5oz liquid multivitamin (a bit under 100% recommended daily
Total Volume: 14.5oz, or not quite 2 cups.
Ice/cold drinks, Gatorade, sour food such as lemons and tart candies,
salty food such as Pringles and Lays potato chips, rare steaks. Suggestions
she knows of from others include Pedialite (a child's cough syrup brand or an
electrolyte supplement, depend on how it's marketed in that area), fresh raw
fruits and pickle juice.
For some people, spicy foods and caffeine also work, but for others may be
Things that can help control your Thirst or at least
distract you from being Thirsty
- Plain water with added salt to taste (kosher
or sea salt recommended over "standard" salt)
- Ice/cold drinks
- Sour food (lemons, tart candies)
- Salty food (lite regular Pringles and lays potato
chips are great for this)
- Raw/rare steak (Rare is safer than raw ~SphynxCat)
- Pedialite (though the taste is not great)
- Fresh, raw fruits
- Pickle juice or at least pickles
- Spicy peppers
- Keep something in your stomach at all times -
drink, food, healthy snacks...
- Beef bouillon / broth / consommé - Canned
is the most convenient. Not the greatest blood substitute in the
world, but who's going to think buying cans of broth is particularly
weird? They're generally under $2/each (larger chain grocery stores
will probably have them cheaper than "mom and pop" corner
store / convenience marts) as well, making it less expensive than
beef and easier to get.
- Au Jus - in good steakhouses, guess what's in
it. :) Using a spoon is less obvious than plate-diving, even if
it is slower and less satisfying. Save lapping the plate for when
you're alone or with people who understand.
- Warm very salty water - kosher or sea salt recommended.
Rare steaks. Milk. Canned beef broth - experiment to find what works
best for you, and don't use the bullion cubes that are primarily a flavored
salt lick. Anything beyond meat and milk doesn't seem to be effective
as a temporary substitute for me.
Rare steaks: See my article on getting
blood from a steak. The better quality steak you use, the better
the results will be. Even better, look for labels in your local grocery
store that indicate that the hunk of beef came from a cow that was specifically
NOT treated with "bovine growth hormone". (If rBGH is not
allowed in your country, you probably don't need to worry about this.)
Ideally, grass-fed and organic is THE way to go. It's expensive, but
worth the extra money. Grass-fed steaks are better for you because the
cow had appropriate nutrition (i.e., it ate what it was *supposed* to
eat, not what fattens it up faster) and better nutrition means happier,
healthier cows with almost zero risk of e.coli or other ailments requiring
antibiotics. Which means it's healthier for YOU too.
Milk: As strange as it may sound, milk - especially whole milk
or half-and-half - seems to work to calm the cravings a bit. It's liquid,
it's a bit of protein, and it's really good cold. :)
Canned Beef Broth: Different brands
of beef broth have different flavors. Some will taste better to you
than others, but you need to experiment to find which one(s) those are.
The primary ingredient should ALWAYS be "Beef Broth" or something
similarly named. And those cubes are just basically flavored salt licks.
Great if you like licking beef-flavored salt, but not for this purpose.
Beef Broth Paste: This is an actual
paste, NOT cubes, and it blends with warm/hot water very well. This
even beats the previous recommendation of canned beef broth. Some example
brands can be seen on
Amazon, but they're not the only ones.
(The variety that *I* prefer is this
Places to look: Major grocery stores,
warehouse clubs and food service suppliers that are open to the public.
Here's what the paste looks like.
Electrolyte Cocktail: Not a substitution
per se, but it is known that a lack of electrolytes are a reason for feeling
continually run down, and might be a reason for persistent thirst (and you
should also have the requisite medical checks done for things like diabetes
1 quart unsweetened tea (can be instant unsweetened tea)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Mix, chill, and drink. Have a glass periodically (once an hour?)
until it tastes bad. And as strange as that sounds, it really DOES
work that way! If it tastes really nasty to start with, then a lack
of electrolytes is not the problem.
If you accedentally double the sugar, salt or baking soda, increase
the rest to match. The tea can be left at original listing strength,
but the other three items need to be maintained in balance if one
is accidentally increased.
Other foods that may help the electrolyte balance: Olives, pickles,
many things with vinegar in them. Most diets are on the sweet side and
occasionally need some sour to balance it out.
ASSORTED SUBSTITUTE OR DISTRACTION IDEAS
V-8 Splash / Plain V-8
Spicy food / hot peppers
V8 and beef broth
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