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Concerns and Questions Before Going Carnivore

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 cancerright?”

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
  • OCD

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:

  1. 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
  1. 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.

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  1. I am on TRT and would like to stop the weekly injections. I have suffered from low testosterone since my mid forties. Does this restimulate the testes or do I have to an outside protocol first?

    1. Hey Dwight, while many people see an increase in testosterone, I’d recommend working together with your doctor on this one – people respond quite differently to TRT and removal. Wish I could be more helpful!

  2. Hi,

    Has anyone gained bone density on this diet? I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and am concerned about keeping blood at the right PH, which I believe is around 7.4. Please excuse my ignorance on the subject. Thanks!

    1. I have heard several people improve skeletal help with this way of eating.

      Perhaps you are concerned about diabetic ketoacidosis (which results in a drop in blood ph)?

      But this is a diabetic condition (not to be confused with being in “nutritional ketosis”) – there is a big difference: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/ketosis-vs-ketoacidosis/

      You may be in nutritional ketosis eating this way, but you won’t be ketoacidotic.

  3. Can carnivorous diet help people affected by narcolepsy-cataplexy disorder?

  4. Ok I have been doing Keto on and off for the past 6months and in the last week started going full Carnivore. I am really struggling with it. I am getting headaches, very low energy, and kind of depressed. The only med i am on is synthroid for my hypothyroidism. Should I proceed with the diet? Is this normal

    1. Hi Megan, sorry to hear about the struggle. I’d recommend reading the 30 day guide that you can download on this site, as all of these symptoms are addressed.

  5. After going a month on beef, water and salt, How long do you recommend adding each new thing in before deciding whether to keep it in? ( like ghee, coffee, etc). ?

  6. are there any legit medical studies on the subject ?
    there seems to be a mindset war on diets leading to tons of fake articles and sites trying to push an agenda. (especially vegans)
    I love meat and really wanna try this one but am still concerned about the ramafications of not eating any vegtables whatsoever.

      1. I meant like from recognized Medical journal (such as the Harvard medical journal for example).
        One of the problems i found when I research for dietary plans online, is that suddenly everyone’s an expert, and mostly none have medical studies to back up the claims. Seen these quite a lot so can’t really know what to believe and go for anymore. Hope you can settle this for me.

        1. Lidor you can go through the medical literature and find “legit” studies to support whatever you are wanting to support.
          Most nutritional research is epidemiology. I will be writing extensively about the limitations of this “legit” research that much of our dietary recommendations are based on.

  7. Two questions, first I just started this diet and noticed my allergies seem to have spiked. Could I just be more sensitive to histamines temporarily? Second, if you take a look at the calendar, Christmas is coming up, and I had family vacation planned. Should I wait until after to start the diet?

    1. It more than likely just adaptations symptoms which are very common (if you haven’t read the 30 day guide, I’d really recommend starting there)

      As far as Christmas, I think this is really a question of is this a short term diet for you or more of a long term lifestyle – your goals of what you want are really what will answer this question.

  8. My blood was fine three days into eating meat my blood has risen 140 over 81 once 168 over 86 most the time in the low 140’s and lower 80’s is this bad or will it correct over time? Please answer soon. Thank you Norma

    1. Most people see great improvements in their blood pressure – early on in adaptation though it’s not uncommon for many things take time to balance out – I’d highly recommend reading the 30 day guide.

  9. Is the fat fuel coffee part of this carnivore diet? I notice it has 5.5 carbs.

  10. I am low thyroid (no Hashi’s antibodies) and have been so for over 25 years I have been on Levo ever since then. Trying to lose weight rarely works, though on occasions it has, when I had not changed diet or medication at all so I had no idea why I was able to lose weight, but sooner or later it all stopped and I gained again.

    These are the times when I get terribly upset because I know exactly what I have eaten (I keep a detailed diary recording food, calories, carbs, protein, fat, etc etc I only threw 12 of them out a couple of months ago because I am running out of space to store them!) I eat low carb, because I think that that suits me better, I have eaten dairy free but that didn’t seem to make any difference, gave up coffee and that changed nothing either. I can’t lose with my low carb, nor on a 4 month vegan diet, vegetarian, Weight Watchers, etc etc etc Though I haven’t tried zero carbs yet, but am very interested in trying that. I do wonder how I will cope again if it turns out not to work again for me.

    At the moment I am doing low carbs 20g max, yesterday only 3g of net carbs, 796 calories and limiting fat because if I eat more fat I start to gain. I eat no grains, no potatoes, or other root vegetables although I love them all. So I am in this vicious circle that I can’t get out of.

    I have tried Atkins (in 1978 I tried it, got into ketosis but didn’t lose an ounce) more recently October last year I tried so hard to lose weight, used ketosticks which turned deepest darkest purple, but again I didn’t lose an ounce.

    I am 68 now and for most of my adult life I was 147 lbs and I really want to lose weight, which would go a long way towards improving my life. I don’t mind putting the work in, but I have found nothing that works for me.

    I have a family history of type 1 diabetes, my brother was diagnosed in early adulthood, his son was diagnosed age 3 years and my own grandson was also diagnosed at the age of 3 years. My first cousin is celiac (I have no gluten intolerance though I stay away from any grain products) and my mum had type 2 diabetes though she wasn’t overweight.

    I don’t know why I am telling you all of this but I am at my wits end and don’t know how to go, or where to go. My GP is no use he just tells me to reduce calories in and increase calories out. Thanks, for listening

    1. Hi Sandra, I would highly recommend downloading the “fat loss guide” which you can get on this website. I would focus on “Part 1” of that guide in particular – I think you’ll find some answers you’re looking for.

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