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Meat Health and The Carnivore Diet FAQ

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Here are some common questions:

What’s the evidence for a meat-based diet?

What’s wrong with eating plant-based foods anyways?

How do I get started? (What to eat, avoid, etc…)

Will this help me lose fat?

Don’t I need to eat fruits and vegetables for their vitamins and minerals?

Won’t all this fat and cholesterol give me a heart attack?

Doesn’t meat cause global warming?

Is a high fat diet a good idea?

Isn’t fruit healthy?

Are GMOs (genetically modified organisms) bad?

Does red meat cause cancer?

Should I do intermittent fasting?

Are humans designed to eat meat or plants? AND What did humans evolve to eat?

If I’m on a ketogenic diet won’t I get ketoacidosis

Why did Dr. Kevin Stock start the Carnivore Diet?

Is it ok to eat dairy? 

Aren’t the antioxidants from plants good for you though?

Don’t I need fiber?

What about studies that show that plant-based diets are good?

Will I get scurvy (what about Vitamin C)?

What do I do if I’m gaining weight on The Carnivore Diet?

I’ve been Keto, anything I need to know to switch to Carnivore?

How do I build muscle on the Carnivore Diet?

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Comments

  1. I know that during the first 30 days you said it would be OK to continue drinking (a small amount) of coffee or tea if you are used to drinking it, what about if we drink soda pop instead? that is what we drink to get caffeine in our house

    1. I don’t recommend it, but if it helps get through the first 30 days, in which you can then slowly remove it after, then I’d go ahead and leave it in (I just wouldn’t leave it in long term).

  2. On day 3 and lost a pound. digestive stress is decreasing,too! questions. I vape at a relativly high nic level, is that ok? I use it to montior my bipolar disorder. When do you somewhat recommend i can do without my meds?

    Thanks!

    1. While I don’t recommend vaping or high nicotine intake, it may be best to see if you can slowly decrease/eliminate over time (if that makes sense with regard to the bipolar disorder). Often just being on a carnivore diet helps reduce addictions. For example, many people can’t imagine giving up coffee, however, after a couple months of carnivore diet they lose the attachment to it, and find it easier to quit the caffeine. Trying to quit an addiction like caffeine or nicotine while also making a dramatic dietary change (that often has unpleasant symptoms until adapted) can be too much. Often it’s easier to focus on one at a time.

      Regarding your meds, I would work with your doctor (obviously I can’t give medical advice here). See if it makes sense to slowly reduce as your health improves.

  3. Is it ok to drink Crystal light tea? shows 5 calories per serving. I have completely cut out soda but i started drinking crystal light more often the lemon tea flavor.

    if its not ok, do you recommend any type of water flavor that is ok for this diet? just curious.

    NUTRITION
    Serving Size: 0.03 oz(s) – 1 g
    Amount per ServingMy Daily Value
    Calories 5Kcal0%
    Total Fat 0g0%
    Saturated Fat 0g0%
    Sodium 0mg0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0g0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    Sugars 0g0%
    Added Sugars 0g0%
    Protein 0g0%

    INGREDIENTS

    Citric Acid (Provides Tartness), Instant Tea, Corn Syrup Solids (Adds Trivial Amount of Sugar), Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine) (Sweetener), Maltodextrin, Contains Less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Magnesium Oxide (Prevents Caking), Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Red 40 Lake, Red 40, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 1, Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness).

    1. Hi Alex, I don’t recommend it or any artificial sugars/flavorings. One of the amazing benefits of this way of eating is the killing of carbohydrate/sugar addictions. And often these sweeteners can keep them alive. From a fat loss perspective they are fine, but from a long term success point of view they are something I think most people do better without.

  4. Been doing keto for 7 weeks. Just starting carnivore. My goals are:
    Energy
    Anti inflammatory (oh the pain)
    Brain fog
    Weight loss
    I’m off all sodas, I’ve substituted, stevia sweetened drinks or sugar. My understanding doesn’t spike insulin

  5. Hello! What to do, I was on the CARNIVOR for 2 months and yesterday and today my blood pressure rose from 125/85 to 162/122 I was not hypertensive and I didn’t have that at keto nutrition (7 months) and today I allowed myself to eat persimmon and pie. I do not want to throw Carnivore and what should I do to start the carnivore first?

    1. Your blood pressure could be “high” at any one time for a variety of reasons.

      I would consistently monitor over time to get a more accurate gauge.

  6. Hi Kevin,

    Is this something that will starve/cure cancer Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and anaemia?

    I have been on just fruit and vegetables the last couple of months but deciding to potentially give this a go as it sounds healthier.

    Thanks,

    Ben

  7. Hello,

    I read that meat is acid-forming.
    Does a meat only diet not have a negative effect on the bodys pH-balance?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Vital

    1. Hi Vital, this is a common concern.

      With a high protein diet we often see increased calcium excretion in the urine. And there is a false believe that high protein (meat-based diet) increases acidity in the blood.
      The thought is: the body needs to keep the pH balanced so it releases alkaline compounds along with calcium and other minerals from the bones into the blood to achieve this.

      But dietary protein improves gut absorption of calcium (by up to 300-400%). So with higher protein intake, the level of calcium in the blood is increased because it is better absorbed.

      Research shows positive effect of dietary protein on bone mineral density. Further, evidence suggests that low, not high protein is detrimental for bone health. And more research shows dietary protein works synergistically with calcium to improve calcium retention and bone metabolism.

      Intentionally restricting dietary protein to improve bone health is not a good idea in my opinion.

  8. Hi Kevin,

    To absorb the most nutrients of the meat, is it good to eat it raw, or is there a preferable way to prepare it?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Vital

  9. I need help with GI issues. Have done sonogram, colonoscopy, MRI, Testosterone tests, food tracking, 3 doctors and 4 nutritionists guides, stress tests, and ALL are perfect except they can’t figure out why I bloat. I have been dealing with this issue fro 2 1/2 years now. I have done extensive research and Shaun Baker seems to be the guru until I met your site. I hope you and Baker can help solve the problem. I am VERY DEDICATED to protocols from pros.

    1. Have you tried the carnivore diet?

      If I were you, I’d probably go through the 3 levels just as outlined in the 30 day guide on this website.

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