The Keto Carnivore Experiment Week 1
A steak lover’s dream, the carnivore diet may sound crazy but it can provide an incredible amount of health value. My personal version of a keto paleo diet has always been more protein intensive than average and I’d been curious about going full carnivore for a while, so I decided to run a little experiment and try out the keto paleo carnivore diet. In this article, I’ll be sharing my overall experience, struggles with cravings, and the results I observed.
Dr. Shawn Baker has his version of the carnivore diet, which I recommend you read about on his website. However, some micronutrient gaps in the carnivore diet have been identified and I would suggest incorporating organ meats to bypass the lack of nutrients. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find links to some amazing recipes using liver, heart, and other organ meats.
It should be known that I do not intend to blindly endorse this particular way of eating. There’s a wealth of research proving the benefits and disadvantages of eating a carnivore type diet. Here, I am just simply attempting to do my own version of a “clinical study” to observe the results and how it affects ME on an individual level. I always encourage you to remember your own BIO INDIVIDUALITY. I also invite you to listen to your own body and its needs. As you will see below, I am doing my own modified version due to how I’m feeling as I move through the experiment.
The Keto Carnivore Experiment:
- A modified version using 90% meat with 5-10% bitter greens.
- Plus, some fat tea in the mornings with the occasional matcha and nootropics.
- Consuming mostly animal proteins three times per day until feeling full without counting any calories.
- Daily workout program: The 30-day Animal Moves Challenge.
- Monitor mood and energy levels while also watching for strength gains.
Transitioning from High-Carb to High-Fat Diet
I’m a believer in including more protein in your diet than what is normally recommended. There are lots of benefits like building muscle and getting leaner, but it’s also a helpful bridge in transitioning from a high-carb to a high-fat diet. When making the transition, patients of mine often complain of constantly feeling hungry because they’re used to all the carbs. Protein is incredibly effective for curbing cravings because it makes you feel full. Before you go really high fat with a ketogenic diet, use protein to suppress your desire for carbs and keep your energy up throughout the day.
Individual Experience and Different Physiologies
There’s a ton of incredible research and studies done on the nutritional benefits of a carnivore diet, but the reality is you have to try it out for yourself. All kinds of different factors come into play as to how your body will respond to a change in diet. A 20-year old athletic male is going to have a different experience with a particular diet than a 50-year old woman. Some people will get more satisfied by eating protein, and for others it’s fat. It’s all about finding something that is sustainable and works for you on an individual level.
Furthermore, due to a large degree of difference between microbiome form from one person to another, this way of eating could be either very beneficial or possibly inadequate. In my case, it made me constipated until I gave in to my bitter greens craving, then all went back to normal. In the case of my patient who went full carnivore for 3 months, her experience was exactly the opposite.
Observations from week 1:
- I’m seeing an increase in energy that is maintained throughout the day.
- My mental focus has improved.
- More than anything, I’m seeing a dramatic increase in mood.
Consuming all that meat has given me A LOT of energy. I’m feeling invigorated all day long and I have plenty in the tank to attack the new exercise program I’m trying out. The impact on my mood has been amazing. For those of you who know, when you’re in perimenopause you can go into some funky places (LOL) and I observed a noticeable difference in this regard.
I’ve also discovered that I’m simply not ready to give up vegetables and my body feels like it needs them. I was craving some greens pretty much all week. For this coming week, I’ve purchased all kinds of delicious meats, brisket, steaks, ribeye, lean ground beef, plus I’m also mixing in some bitter greens, like radicchio, escarole, dandelion, and endive. This time around, I’m going with about 80% to 90% meat with 10% greens.
Summer is here and there’s no better time to get in shape with a new workout program.
Your feedback is always encouraged and appreciated. Have any of you tried a carnivore diet in the past? What’s your experience in dabbling with a high-protein diet? Let’s keep this conversation going. I learn a ton from you guys as well!
Not sure what to cook? Try out some of these delicious carnivore recipes!
And a last quick tip! Check out this great resource page to get started with Keto Carnivore!