Why do the Carnivore Diet?
If you are like I was, a meat-only diet sounds intriguing but also quite insane.
It almost instantaneously brings a thousand questions and concerns to mind.
“How do they poop without fiber?”
“Why don’t they all have scurvy?”
“Surely their cholesterol is through the roof?”
“And surely, they are all on the fast track to heart attacks?”
“This will absolutely give me cancer…right?”
This curiousity causes people to dig deeper.
They discover this “underground cult” of carnivores that are healthy, vibrant, world record holders.
They read about amazing stories of diseases being cured and health restored.
They may even dive into the research and realize the propaganda and hidden agendas with standard dietary device.
They even – MIGHT – consider experimenting with this diet.
This is were most of us start. We are experimenters. We can ignore the status quo, make our own decisions in the face of resistence, and take personal responsibilities for our health and lifes.
We know our “why.”
Many Carnivores come from a Ketogenic Diet or Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet, or have experimented with Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Macrobiotics, or a Lectin Avoidance Diet. Many have done the Bulletproof Diet, the Whole30 Diet, or the Atkins Diet.
I’ve done about every diet that has a name and invented many my own that are too crazy to even name.
I can tell you, the Carnivore Diet offers something none of these diets do. But you have to know your “why.”
Know your “why.”
Everyone’s why is different. My why was a laundry list of non-ideal function. I had no “medical diagnosis” but I knew I had a lot more in me. Some people have more acute sickness. Some people just like to experiment with an open mind.
People experiment (and frequently stick) with a carnivorous diet for numerous reasons, and it’s vitally important to “know your why” which may include:
- Ketogenic: weight loss plateau or muscle gain loss/stalemate
- Mood: Brain fog, focus problems, mood swings depression, bipolar
- GI: Digestive problems like bloating and gas, heart burn/gastric reflux, Crohn’s or colitis
- Skin: Psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, acne
- Autoimmune: Arthritis (or just joint pain like I had), asthma, MS, migraines, lymes disease
For myself and many carnivores, it comes down to
– Knowing you have Superhuman in You –
and wanting it because living life less than that is unacceptable.
Will this help with XYZ?
I’m not going to tell you that a Carnivore Diet is going to cure a disease, eliminate a symptom, or transform your life. I’m also not going to tell you it won’t. I see many people with mysterious and difficult health issues resolve every day. In my experience, I’ve found that a carnivore diet can help with:
- Difficult Weight Loss and Stalled Fat Loss
- Brain Fog and Focus Problems (ADD/ADHD)
- Low Energy and Crashes
- Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sleep Problems (Insomnia, Snoring, Apnea)
- Joint Pain
- Skin (Psoriasis, Eczema, Rosacea, Acne)
- Neurologic issues
- Digestion (Heart Burn/GERD, Acid Reflux, IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis)
- Hormone Imbalances
- Low Testosterone and Libido
- Eating Disorders and Food Addictions
- Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
- Mold Illness
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Mental Health, Depression, Mood Swings, Bipolar
- Reproductive Health (Fertility)
- Cardiovascular Health (High Blood Pressure)
- Autoimmune Diseases (Arthritis, Asthma, MS, Lyme’s)
- Migraine and Headaches
- Histamine Intolerance
How do I deal with this in social situations?
One of the main reasons I stress “Knowing Your Why” is because of the external pressures, whether it be from family, friends, internet trolls or your doctor.
You need to have a plan for social situations.
You can tell someone you eat donuts every morning, fast food for lunch, and piazza for dinner that you wash down with soda and top it off with ice cream, and it’s cool.
Tell someone you aren’t eating plants and they jump down your throat.
Sadly, it’s usually not because they are actually concerned about you, rather it is to justify their own dietary positions.
You don’t need to justify yourself.
2 Techniques I Use:
- Tell them you’re doing an experiment on this diet as a test for food allergies.
- Most people are cool with experimenting and they won’t take it as an attack on their food choices
- If they take offense…
Candidly ask, “Are you concerned about my health or yours?”
- I’ve found this to really help open up a real dialog or bridge to easily dropping it and switching subjects
This is what I’ve found: Those that love you will support you.
They may express concern from their limited understanding and preconceived beliefs, but they come from an area of support, love, and care. They will engage with learning more and ultimately support you in whatever you decide.
There are those who are defensive, taking your Way of Eating (WOE) as an attack on their WOE and feel they need to justify themselves. They don’t care about you and really aren’t interested in understanding, but they want to justify their position to themselves. Not worth your time. Just say “you be you. I’ll be me.” Done.
If you need a supportive community, you have one here.
I’m with you.