I know, my last post was about the Ketogenic Diet. I still love Keto, but I think I need to figure out more about my body. The easiest way I’ve found to do that over the years is to strip back everything unnecessary and then slowly add things back. That’s why I’m going to remove everything back to just meat and see what my new baseline is.
What is the Carnivore Diet?
At its core, it’s super simple: Eat meat, drink water. That’s it. No complicated rules, no counting, just meat, and water. Some people still eat eggs, butter, hard cheese, and some other dairy. Some don’t.
You’ll notice that on the list there are no vegetables at all. Why? Because we don’t necessarily need them. There are plenty of websites out there that will give you all the arguments you need about why it’s perfectly healthy, and there are others that will argue the opposite. Honestly, I couldn’t really care about either opinion. I’m not trying Carnivore because I see it as the ultimate diet or anything silly like that.
Why Try Carnivore?
For me, the reason is simple: I need to change something, and I don’t know what it is. Over the years, I have found elimination diets to be super useful in finding out what ails me. I spent years (and many thousands of dollars) trying to hunt down what was wrong with my guts. I finally went on an elimination diet and found out my body hated foods high in free glutamates. I had so many tomatoes in my diet that they were the first culprit found and the list expanded as we did more targeted experiments.
This time my main list of ailments all revolve around extreme inflammation. I’ve read many articles about how Carnivore can help inflammation, so I’m going to give it a spin. I’m hoping to do 30 days of nothing but meat and some dairy, and then I’ll see what the results feel like. If it doesn’t help, I’ll return to the relative ease of Keto, but if there is a significant improvement, I’ll start adding foods one at a time to see where the problem is coming from.
Won’t the Food be Boring?
I doubt it. I will miss some veggies (especially asparagus), but my favorite part of our meals lately has been the meat. There have been times recently that I have also just served meat as a meal. Everybody seemed to enjoy nothing but a giant pile of grilled chicken to tear into.
Besides, there are a lot of great things to do with meat. I’ve found a preferred preparation method or two for most meats we buy, so I’m sure there will be plenty of variety. A meal plan for a week could look something like:
- Grilled Sirloin
- Roast Pork Tenderloin
- Grilled Chicken
- Braised Beef
- Grilled Pork Chops
- Cast Iron Chicken Thighs
- Sautéed Shrimp
That’s just a single week of dinners off the top of my head. There are so many more ways to prepare meats out there that the only reason I’ll eat anything twice in a row is if I’m lazy or having leftovers.
Will the Carnivore Diet be Expensive?
That’s my only real concern, but I think I’ll pull through it. I’m planning for 2 – 4 pounds of meat per person per day in the beginning. I’m expecting that amount to go down as we continue with it. Our appetites should change as our bodies get used to the new menu.
We are fortunate to be able to get great prices on meat in our area. Some stores in our area sell quality steaks in the $4 – $5 per pound range, while their competitors are in the $12 – $15 range. Chicken and pork usually run in the $1.60 – $2.50 range, so it’s not bad at all.
We also have costly tastes in vegetables so there will be some cost recovered there as well. Buying things like artichokes, asparagus, and avocados can really add up. We will also have a lot less food waste because we can buy meat in bulk, butcher it, and vacuum-seal the meat ourselves. Fresh vegetables don’t provide us with as good of an opportunity to store them.
I think trying the Carnivore Diet will be fun. The worst it will be is a 30-day meat festival that will remind me how much I love having vegetables in my life. At best, it will be a tool to help me learn more about my body and nutrition. Either way, it should be a great experience to have.
Have you tried the Carnivore Diet? Let me know in the comments below.