When I went carnivore a week ago, I had no idea what I was in for. I figured it would be like Keto with a boring menu, and I wouldn’t notice much of a change. I was completely wrong.
I honestly went into this with every expectation that the food would be boring. I mean, I wasn’t always in love with the Keto menu, so taking more options away led me to a seemingly safe assumption that my satisfaction would go down.
It turns out that I love meat more than I ever knew.
Funny enough, it turns out that I love meat more than I ever knew. The thought of eating the flesh of animals is, and always has been disgusting to me, but it tastes wonderful. In the last week, we have had strip steak, chicken thighs, chicken breast, pork tenderloin, and more. There is not a lack of variety at all.
The preparation methods have been varied too. We’ve used our air fryer a ton, grilled a bit, and even baked and sautéed a few things. Not all of our recipe ideas were spot on, but it’s been fun to experiment so freely.
Think about it. If you are serving meat, and nothing else, there is no preparation time or effort for side dishes. As a part of my experimentation, there were times that I made multiple variations of things in a single meal, but that’s not normal.
The preparation for most of our food is minimal. Anything going on the grill gets seasoned, and it’s ready to roll. Air fried meats usually get a dip in some fat and tossed in a bit of parmesan and seasonings. Most of our time in the kitchen now is spent waiting.
I also noticed that it creates very little garbage. When we were Keto, we typically created a bag of garbage per day. It wasn’t all food garbage, but probably half or better was. Some food came in aggressive packaging, and there was some loss during preparation (snapping asparagus, etc.). Now I seem to make a bag of garbage about every two days.
Part of the reduction in the trash is also from our reduced desire for drinks other than water. My plan going into this was that I would keep things like diet soda and others. Surprisingly, I don’t really crave them at all now. I’ve even lost my cravings for coffee.
I didn’t plan on making this post. I figured that any benefits I would get would take time to appear. I mean, what can you expect in just a week from a diet change? It turns out, you can expect a lot.
- Sleep – It’s easier to fall asleep, I stay asleep, and I feel rested in the morning.
- Bowels – I have less discomfort and reduced frequency (that’s a good thing).
- Mental – Slightly reduced anxiety, significantly less panic, small overall mood elevation.
- Joints – Freakishly improved flexibility
- Skin – Slight reduction in psoriasis plaques, heavy sloughing
- Gut – From hard to squishy in only three days.
That might be a bit more than you want to know, but it’s what I’ve noticed in only a week. It’s bizarre.
And the big question everyone asks: Weight loss? 12 pounds.
I mean, what can you expect in just a week from a diet change? It turns out, you can expect a lot.
Things I’ve Learned
The biggest thing I’ve learned in my first week is that lean meats are my enemy. For dinner the one night I had some meat I needed to use up, so I made pork tenderloin and chicken breast in my air fryer. They tasted delicious, but not too long after I found myself dragging. My energy was gone, and I barely had the energy to finish our shopping trip.
Fat is king, carbs are evil, and vegetables are the antichrist.
I figured out why I had run out of energy: My dinner was too lean. On a ketogenic diet of any kind, your body wants to run on fat. Guess what? If you don’t supply it with some, you will run out. But when I got home and ate a chicken though I perked right up.
When I was young, I was taught by trusted authorities that fat is evil, carbs are good, and vegetables were like tiny messiahs. With this way of eating, I’ve had to adopt the opposite strategy. Fat is king, carbs are evil, and vegetables are the antichrist. It’s like a cognitive dissonance jamboree.
This Could Be Home
On a personal level, I feel like being a carnivore could be sustainable for me. I don’t feel like I’m on a diet at all. I have no cravings, I eat when I’m hungry, and I get delicious foods. When I was Keto, I seemed to jump at every opportunity to break my diet, but with carnivore, I have no desire to eat other things.
I’m perfectly content.