Since early 2019, the Carnivore Diet interested me. Eating meat, fish, and eggs improves your health? What about vegetables? We need those for the human body to function. That’s what I thought. But after watching YouTube videos from various people trying the diet, and reading articles and Twitter posts, it turns out the human body doesn’t need fruit or vegetables to function properly.
What Is The Carnivore Diet?
The Carnivore Diet is a way of eating focusing on eating meat, seafood, fats, and possibly dairy. Some people on the diet include dairy while others don’t. Those who remove dairy do so to see if it causes inflammation. And for some people, dairy does. However, I don’t have a problem with dairy so I’m keeping it in my diet.
What Can’t I Eat?
While on this diet I can’t eat the following:
I already eat very little of these since I’m on Keto, however I do eat nuts and seeds. I love pecans and Brazil nuts but I can give these up for a full week (and my budget will thank me).
How Did My Week Go?
My Meal Plan
For the week, I ate the following for my Carnivore Diet experiment:
- Wild-caught Salmon
- Wild-caught Shrimp
- Beef Marrow
- Beef Liver
The entire week I only ate twice a day as I fast during the morning.
For lunch, I brought the same meat and eggs everyday, as I’m fine eating that way. For the week I took:
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 2 – 3 strips of bacon
- ~ 1/2 pound of roasted ham
Most days I ate the food cold, as I don’t like microwaving ham, as it makes it kinda rubbery and changes the texture. Although I don’t have a problem microwaving eggs though (I just have to make sure they don’t explode).
My workplace provides a catered lunch throughout the week, but I didn’t eat anything from it most days as the meat was covered in some sugary sauce. However, there was a day where we had grilled chicken breasts, and I ate one of those in addition to the food I brought. That was pretty good.
In regards to what I ate for dinner, or my second meal, I was usually pan-fried pieces of wild-caught salmon, roasted beef marrow, pan-fried beef liver, some ham, and pan-fried shrimp. With all my pan-fried items, I used either organic unrefined coconut oil or bacon fat. Yes, I know coconut oil isn’t a meat but it’s a oil I enjoy using for pan-frying.
Would I Do The Carnivore Diet Again?
Yes, with some modifications.
Instead of being a strict carnivore eater, I would eat nuts, nut butters, and the occasional Quest protein bar (those are really good on the go). Finally, I would add in fruit, specifically berries, since I do make my own kombucha.
Also, I would add in dairy (heavy whipping cream and grass-fed yogurt) and coffee back into this way of eating.
Overall, I enjoyed this way of eating very much. I don’t miss eating fruit or veggies at all. Eating this way feels very natural.
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