If you haven’t heard about the Carnivore diet, well, it’s how mankind was created, how our primal ancestors had to eat and thrived. The diet requires you to eat mostly meat, fish, seafood, fat, and eggs.
But don’t worry, the Carnivore diet is neither boring nor expensive to maintain. I’ll explain in simple terms how it works, how you can convert to eating mostly meat, and how to shop and keep within budget.
The Carnivore diet is essentially the same as the Keto diet, however, with the Carnivore it’s recommended to eat far fewer vegetables, and only a few nuts and seeds, if any.
Vegetables and nuts contain carbohydrates, which, if consumed in excess, can bounce you out of ketosis and the fat-burning process, confusing your body about which fuel source to expect and use. Glucose via carbs, or fat via meats.
Vegetables further contain anti-nutrients, including lectins and phytate, both of which can cause your intestines to be ruptured, leading to celiac disease.
The Carnivore diet concept is simple: Animal products provide the human body with all the healthy nutrients it needs to thrive.
The only nutrients animal products do not provide are fibers, which is why small amounts of fruit (or veggies) are permitted, along with eggs.
Being Carnivore isn’t as restrictive as it sounds. It’s mostly about your percentiles, meaning 85% to 95% of your food consumption should be animal products, such as meat, fish, seafood, and eggs.
How I cook my food
I like my food tasty not bland and I’ve found the ideal way to make each dish flavorful and satisfying.
I sauté meat or fish in a frying pan, using grass-fed butter, lots of garlic, and onions, with red chili peppers, salt, and pepper, as the base.
The butter adds a rich and creamy flavor. The chili peppers are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, and garlic and onions are antioxidant-rich with great nutrients.
Sometimes I’ll add tomatoes, mushrooms, heavy cream, and cheese to make a creamy mushroom sauce.
Slow cooking is another great and simple way to go:
Throw all your ingredients, including your meat choice, into a large pan or pot, and add butter, water, and your choices of vegetables (but not too many). Then let the mix strew at a low temperature for an hour or two, while occasionally stirring.
The result is a super flavorful dish, loaded with protein, healthy fats, and tasty vegetables and fiber.
There’s nothing simpler than shopping for your homemade, healthy, carnivore meals.
All you need to purchase is your choice of 2 to 3 types of meat or fish, onion, garlic, butter, eggs, bacon, a few select veggies, butter, some cheese, and whipping cream.
My favorites are ground beef (85% lean 15% fat), chicken breasts, bacon, and the occasional rib-eye steak. 300g to 500g of 2 or 3 meats each will see me through the entire week while providing plenty of cooking options and variety.
And that’s your shopping and cooking done for a healthy weekly Carnivore diet and meal plan.
By following the Carnivore diet, you’ll naturally lose excess body fat, transforming into a “fat burner” instead of a carbohydrate sugar burner. This allows your body to use your internal fat cells and consumed healthy animal fats as fuel for your energy supply.
The internal fat-burning process, while being fat-adapted, in combination with light to moderate strength training with bodyweight exercises, results in a lean and muscular body.
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