WHAT IS THE CARNIVORE DIET?
Simply put: it is the simplest diet there is. You eat meat, a little dairy, and drink water. That's it.
- Fast and safe weight loss
- Muscle gain
- More mental clarity
- Eliminate Depression
- Eliminate Anxiety
- Sleep better
- Possible explosive gains to your vertical*
*We are testing this in users now
A RADICAL IDEA... PLANTS ARE BAD FOR YOU
We know, we know. This literally goes against everything we were ever taught about healthy eating. But there is actual science behind the claim that plants are bad for you.
Let's use a little common sense about this first: What defenses do animals have to protect themselves?
Answer: teeth, claws, tails, armor, running, flying, etc. They can fight you or get away from you. But once you kill animal, its defenses are useless.
Now ask yourself, what defenses do plants have to protect themselves?
Answer: thorns and poison.
In layman's terms then, the reason plants are bad for is is because plants actually contain poisons. Most of the time they don't cause us much harm, but maybe, just maybe, if we stop eating them we might feel SUPER HUMAN.
Since we are not medical professionals at BoingLIFE, we thought we would let an expert go into detail about the carnivore diet. We look at this page as a starting point for your journey into carnivore eating.
BoingVERT and BoingLIFE is merely offering an overview of a popular diet trend. BoingLIFE and its owners are not nutritionists or doctors. Any diet should be only commenced after talking to a health professional.
FALL IN LOVE WITH FAT
Paul Saladino writes: "My general perspective is that animal fat is a vital and valuable part of animals that humans have uniquely sought out throughout our existence, and which should not be neglected or undervalued. Just like how liver and the other organ meats have a unique nutritional profile, animal fat does as well and I believe that it should be intentionally included on a well constructed nose to tail carnivore diet.
I am most interested in athletic performance. With this in mind, I aim for about 1.5-2g of fat per gram of protein that I eat on a daily basis. For protein, I aim for about .8g per lb of lean body weight per day. As a 170 lb dude, this ends up being about 140g of protein and 230-280g of fat per day!"
*Grass-fed beef also has many vitamins, including Vitamin E.
TRY THIS: 30 DAYS OF PURE CARNIVORE
Go 30 days on a strictly meat based diet. Fish, meat, eggs - and that's it. Then try to add in some veggies and note how your body reacts. You may want to add one thing at a time - such as mushrooms, or broccoli, etc. Note how you feel mentally, how you sleep, energy levels, soreness. Then try to add some dairy, and cheese.
Every individual likely reacts to veggies and dairy differently - this is likely genetic. Some people even find eggs troublesome - so if you go on this diet and don't see the dramatic results, try cutting eggs.
SAMPLE MEAL #1
2 oz beef liver
6 oz NY steak
100g beef suet
SAMPLE MEAL #2
8oz grass fed ribeye steak with sea salt
4 oz scallops cooked in tallow
1 oz Kidney
WHEN TO EAT
- Meat really fills you up
- Most Carnivores eat twice a day
- Many eat only one meal a day (OMAD)
- The #1 rule is: eat until you feel full and then eat again when hungry!
IS THIS THE TRUE PALEO DIET?
It is well known that when our human ancestors started to eat meat (and cook it), their brains quickly increased in mass. That extra protein severely enhanced their cerebral cortex. More yet, it is suggested by Carnivore experts that meat is what they lived off of most of the time. And that plants were only "survival foods" (cf. Paul Saladino's work.)
KEY PRINCIPLE 1: EAT THE ANIMAL HEAD TO TAIL
Why? Because our ancestors ate the animal head to tail. And when you eat head to tail, then you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need. This includes eating "bone" and "organs." Before you start swallowing chicken bones, there are other ways to get what you need from bones, such as bone broth.
KEY PRINCIPLE 2: EAT TO FULL, EAT TWICE A DAY
Eat until you are full, you should never be hungry on this diet. (Unless you are fasting). Eating twice a day seems to be more in line with what our ancestors likely did. (A lot of people on carnivore only eat once a day, as well as a lot of people into longevity).
KEY PRINCIPLE 3: KEEP TRACK OF HOW YOU FEEL
It is easy to not notice the changes you have on this diet. Mood, sleep, energy, etc. Keep detailed notes on how you feel as you transfer over to this diet.
WHY LIVER? YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE TASTE BUT...
"So the liver isn’t a filter, you get it, but you didn’t grow up eating liver and the taste is different than what you are used to… Is it really that uniquely nutritious? In a word, yes! Muscle meat from animals is very rich in a lot of vitamins and minerals, but it doesn’t have all of them. Simply adding liver to a Tier 3 carnivore diet really helps fill in many of the possible nutrients that could be limited on this type of diet." from Dr. Paul Saladino (CarnivoreMD.coom)
ALSO: The liver prepares toxins to get rid of chemicals in your body!
- Vitamin B12: 3,460% of the RDI. Vitamin B12 helps the formation of red blood cells and DNA. It is also involved in healthy brain function
- Vitamin A: 860–1,100% of the RDI. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, immune function and reproduction. It also helps organs like the heart and kidneys function properly
- Riboflavin (B2): 210–260% of the RDI. Riboflavin is important for cellular development and function. It also helps turn food into energy
- Folate (B9): 65% of the RDI. Folate is an essential nutrient that plays a role in cell growth and the formation of DNA
- Iron: 80% of the RDI, or 35% for women of menstruating age. Iron is another essential nutrient that helps carry oxygen around the body. The iron in liver is heme iron, the kind most easily absorbed by the body
- Copper: 1,620% of the RDI. Copper acts like a key to activate a number of enzymes, which then help regulate energy production, iron metabolism and brain function
- Choline: Liver provides all of the Adequate Intake (AI) for women and nearly all of it for men (AI is used because there is insufficient evidence to set an RDI). Choline is important for brain development and liver function
- Meat. Your main calorie source should come from fatty cuts of grass-fed meat like NY strip steak, porterhouse, ribeye, 80/20 ground beef, t-bone, bacon, pork chops, and flank steak. Since you’re restricting carbohydrates, meats with more fat content are preferred so your body can use those fats as a source of energy.
- Fish. Salmon, sardines, trout, mackerel, and catfish are allowed. Just like meat, aim for the fattiest fish you can purchase.
- Eggs. Also known as nature’s multivitamin, eggs are the perfect ratio of protein, fats, and essential nutrients to keep your body performing at its best on the carnivore diet.
- Bone Marrow. Bone broth is carnivore-approved and it’s a great protein source that also helps with gut, skin, and joint health.
- Dairy. Milk, grass-fed butter, and cheese are technically allowed since they come from an animal but many carnivore dieters try to keep dairy intake at a minimum since a large percentage of the population eventually develops an intolerance. Try goat products before cow products. (NOTE: Many people need to cut all dairy).
- Fatty meat food products. Use lard, tallow, and other animal-based fats to cook your food instead of vegetable oil.
- Condiments. Salt, pepper, herbs, and spices are allowed on the carnivore diet. Stick to simple ingredients that don’t contain any sugar or carbohydrates.
THESE VEGGIE USUALLY ARE LOWER IN TOXICITY
- Cucumbers (no skin or seeds)
Various squashes in this group (no skin or seeds - note it can interfere with ketosis)
BEWARE SEEDS, GRAINS, NUTS, BEANS
This is from Dr. Paul Saladino on seeds: "At the opposite end of the spectrum I would place plant seeds. The category of plant seeds really includes seeds, grains, nuts, and beans. These are all plant seeds, and they are all very heavily defended by plants. They contain digestive enzyme inhibitors, lectins, high amounts of phytic acid- a molecule that binds phosphorus in plants, but can also bind other positively charged ions such as Mg, Zn, Ca, and Se, limiting their absorption. In addition to plant seeds, the nightshade or solanaceae family (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, goji berries, peppers, paprika, chili peppers) is also known to be a common immune trigger." (CarnivoredMD.com)