Personally I like to sear the outside of the meat for a few seconds but that’s it (so it is very rare – some would say “raw”). I think it helps to view it from an evolutionary perspective, in times of energy deficits (limited food around), creating more kids to feed would be problematic. My husband and I have been trying this for about a month, with great results. My crohns was close to ending my life and I had almost given up hope. Yes that’s fine – I’d recommend reading the 30 day guide as there is much more in that about what to eat on a day-to-day basis. Can you drink chocolate milk or have hot chocolate made with warm milk? Do you think a small amount of Kefir would be ok to drink? Can l eat raw fish? Many people have seen improvements in joint pain. I’m really excited to get into it. Having read that goat meat is the healthy red meat, I cook it in the crockpot, after a warm marinade of coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and sage to tenderize it (several hours). I add moringa powder and hemp seed when I serve it, and often one meal a day turns out to be enough. I’m super interested in this but my thing is, what type of seasonings can I use or should I not use any? I’m not sure what you mean “accommodate” but the diet is used by athletes (world record holders) as well as physique/bodybuilders. Have any of your clients had similar injuries and saw improvement with carnivore diet, possibly to help with inflammation? That said, I did a bit of research and investigating and found that on average: 1 meal per day is not better than 2, nor 3 better than 4. Hey Dan have you checked out the ebook “Health Dangers of a Plant-based Diet”? Bone broth is great 4. You can’t live 120 years with diseases. Time will tell I suppose. Hi Tom I’m going to be writing about this in more depth in the near future. Thanks. In the 30 day guide – in the “WARNING” section at the end 2. Do they fall in the same category as all other fruits and vegetables in the anti-nutrients and harmfulness in a human diet? What do you say about honey as candy every couple of days/weeks or in general? Weight loss isn’t a linear process and in my experience adding extra fat isn’t the best solution. So with higher protein intake, the level of calcium in the blood is increased because it is better absorbed. If I were you i’d probably eat a lot of the local freshwater fish (especially if there are some fatty fish like salmon). I can’t sleep or lay down without pain in my head. Any thoughts on carnivores, calcium, acidosis and it’s purported process of extracting calcium from bones, thereby creating the real potential for osteopenia or osteoporosis? Have you worked with anyone in this situation before? I found the majority of people average 2 meals per day. Yes decay requires a carbohydrate substrate, so eating a low / no carb diet should greatly improve things . Foods Okay on the Carnivore Diet What is the best why to start? The transition/adaptation may take a bit longer, so I’d be sure to check out the 30-day guide on things to help make that transition a bit easier. Thanks doctor now on the specific carbohydrate diet which is specifically used for crohns its the same as what we are doing now except you make your own non carb yogurt packed with probiotics to repopulate the gut flora. And this meat is mainly fatty cuts. I was planning to do Carno+ Cranberries, but that seems so counter productive. What about chlorophyll drops in my water? Salmon roe seems a good candidate to me. When I tried getting off the pill, apparently it messed up my thyroid and I’ve been having to take meds since (88mg thyroxin now). Now im finding the carnivore diet (im not a huge meat eater so im not to excited to eat loads of meat) but it works. (Link below). I want to know if this works against the benefits of the diet or it won’t deviate them as much (maybe slow it down but still keep me in ketosis?). I have had gut issues that I am trying to repair, as well as become more attune with my body and its sensitivities. “Accidentally, I “intermittently fast/feast” such that I eat 2x a day usually within a 4 hour window, but always within an 8 hour window. Funny I just answered this almost exact same question. Thanks. I wouldn’t worry about it, in fact, I think this is a good thing. Ive been getting kidney pain quite regularly im 6 days in. Am I missing it or is that in the 30-day guide, which I read months ago, and that warning claim that the explanation is below doesn’t apply to this page in particular? I personally wouldn’t want a bridge as they can be an oral hygiene issue. I’m doing this diet strictly for the weight and fat loss………I understand that it’s not “pure carnivore” to use seasonings, but if the particular spice has no carbs and sugar, then as far as losing weight and fat are concerned, I should be fine right? Hi Serena, often days 4 – 8 are the worse, and your symptoms aren’t uncommon. 3- many of the flavours I have loved using to flavour meat dishes are plant-based in nature (eg garlic, ginger, soy, sesame oil and herbs like mint, fennel, chives and celery seeds). I naturally found myself on the so-called “16-8 plan” before I even heard of it as a means to intermittent fasting. As an Argentine I eat organ meats on a regular basis and have all my life. I am 68. Or are you referring to things like cured meats? Have you had bariatric patients to carnivore? Also do you believe no amount of plant matter either fruit or veggies where apart of our optimal evolution? However, if it ends up helping me in gaining weight and clearing my skin it would be worth the money. The guide contains everything from what to eat, to what to watch out for. I have been carnivore for almost three months. I struggle with depression and emotional eating but I also have IBS. The longer your “test experiment” the better gauge you’ll have knowing if this diet is for you. Here’s a brief overview, but for a more thorough look at the 3 Levels grab the “30 Day Guide to Going Full Carnivore.”, Level 3 is the ultimate “elimination diet.”, Cut Everything but (Grass Fed, Grass Finished) Beef and Water. But to address these – my first thought is – who wants to go through life with chronic pain and spinal issues? I prefer newyorks think cuts from costco. I’ve been on level 1 for a month now, and planning to go into level 2 soon. You mention fatty beef so I’m going to assume he’s getting enough fat, but then I would try a bit leaner to see how that goes – while many people do best with fatty meat, some do better eating just a bit leaner 3. My main motivation is to feel better and look better. I think being paranoid about losing weight too fast is an unfound worry – I’d worry about not losing weight first. Hello. Then I heard Amber O’Hearn say that the one thing she feels very deeply about is that carnivores should eat until they are satisfied because the body is signaling that it needs more if you aren’t satisfied. Hi Victoria, excited to hear you and your partner are diving in! Thank you! Thank you! The long-term health benefits of water are more than you can imagine. You are correct – if that’s your natural circadian rhythm – stick to it. I am one week into a no carb/ no sugar diet and eating meat, fish, green veg, some cheese, cream etc.. All joking aside, I’ve served red and gray side by side during St.Patrick’s Day celebrations and you can really taste the chemicals in the red stuff. Yep many benefits (especially from removing plant-based foods, vegetables oils, etc…that are “keto” but not “carnivore” . Keep salting to taste . Carnivore Diet Food List. I weigh 220lbs. I was told to eat very little protein. If you decide to have abit of bacon and eggs at somepoint will that put you back to square one in the cleansing period? However I have one now and then…maybe one every few years. I have just started and am almost through my first week. Including checking out your footnote references….:-)…. or the like to be sure to have some calcium, so that 300-400% of it will amount to what we need? Hi Carryl of course you can try this, though I’d recommend reading this article on the carnivore diet and fat loss: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/fat-loss-and-the-carnivore-diet/. Maybe twice a month. I could gorge on cereals, bread and pasta for a month, then start level 1, or I could start on level 1 right away and say, have a bowl of the cereal or toast for breakfast or have pasta every other night but be a carnivore for the rest of the time. I don’t know yet if we will even try going even to stage 1 with the kids, they might still get the occasional carrot or berry treat and at least one sweet potato dinner per week. On high for 3 hours, then on low for 5 more hours. Most people think you should have ~150 mcg/day which is probably close to what you’d get on a meat-based diet (depending on meat choices) so I don’t think most people have to go out of their way hunting to get additional iodine. I started about 4 weeks ago pretty much level 1, not lost any wight yet, sugar lowered to about 110-115 on average without meds, (was at 170~ with medication). I feel uncomfortable taking veg out of the equation too, especially for the kids. Thanks for the message Jonathon – great to hear! (sorry if I sound thick! I eat 3 or more yogurts. Hey everyone I’m new to all of this and it sounds right up my alley. Can’t it be hard on the kidneys, as well? I’m fortunate to be able to live next to a grass fed beef farm so only grass fed beef on my plate and water to drink. Here is just about everything you need: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/how-to-build-muscle-on-the-carnivore-diet/. True, while not plants, mushrooms do have their own issues, and really are not a part of this way of eating. But you may try adding eggs back in, and you feel good with them and like having them as a side. And then I end up eating twice that day to not mess with carnivore satiety signals and hormones, right? So is it wise for me to explore pork at this level when I haven’t had it since I was a kid, and then even sparingly? But I’m keeping an open mind. The carnivore diet is an all-meat diet where you eat only meat, eggs, and, in some cases, dairy. You don’t need to eat only grass fed (unless you want to). So are all strict, full carnivore dieters stool-free?? Have you seen this before? Right now I am following protocol 1. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. How long would it take full carnivore to raise healthy iron levels so hair no longer sheds? Regarding magnesium – I address supplements in the 30 day guide, if you haven’t downloaded it, I recommend starting there. Hello Dr Stock, Thanks so much for the tremendously useful plan and detailed explanations. Hello Kevin. I would focus on eating whole fresh meat as much as possible and use “gummies” or other food-like stuff as exceptions. Those seem like important things, but messing with the satiety may be even more important, and I am a satiety junkie. Thank you. Some people love a huge meal early in the day and then don’t feel like eating the rest of the day and that’s just fine. If this is the case if you can add some animals fat or even butter that will help. I had never heard of it before, and at this point I think I’ve read everything you’ve written that’s on the net. I do not recommend jumping to Level 3 until having completed at least 30 days at either Level 1 or 2. I don’t mean to be negative but its a fact. What is also common is people mistaken this for being constipated as they aren’t going every day. Many eat two or even one and some can go a couple of days after a particularly large meat based meal. Imagine how much higher it is compared to people on the carnivore diet who eat only meat. Do you personally get into ketosis on this diet? Keep them. But, if everyone tried to get through the carnivore adaptation plus caffeine withdrawal, carnivores would likely become endangered or extinct. What you eat is your business, not theirs. You keep telling us to go to Facebook for more answers? I’d recommend reading the 30 day guide that goes into much more detail about macro ratios and meat selection. Maybe I should listen to my body? I can’t speak to adderall, but my gut instinct is that the mental benefits of this way of eating would make adderall unnecessary. Poultry tends to be quite lean, and many people prefer fattier cuts, and staying closer to ketogenic ratios (~70% fat, 30% protein). It’s made with a salt brine and contains NO nitrates. Keto has not worked although I feel better I still have lots of joint pain can’t get the weight to go away and I feel defeated. (I’ll usually step in and decline it) My kids are getting to know if they are chill about food while out, we will make or get a ‘treat’ when we get home or for ‘dessert’ This used to be berries often enough but recently we decided to go super low carb for a try (which has led me to investigating carnivores) but we still make either butter mixed with xylitol, lemon jelly (grass fed gelatine, water, lemon and xylitol) or unsweetened lemon jelly if we can’t afford xylitol. (for reference I’m a 31 y/o female who has a pretty high level of exercise and lean muscle mass). Have you written that yet? What to eat on the carnivore diet. How i can stay stable ( or even gain) weight ? Is calf organ meat better or worst than beef organ meat? Would you suggest I go full on level 1 or just stay here a while? In the second it was only 1.5kg. Occasionally I’ll have some other meats like pork, lamb, and chicken. For the vast majority of people (and their goals) I don’t recommend whey protein. Will this craving pass, or will this allergy to it pass? Turkey is just fine. For example, just eating liver can lead to a lot of vitamin A which is a fat soluble vitamin that can store up to toxic levels.Having liver or organ once per day is probably just fine, I just wouldn’t do it for every single meal. Your guide says 250-500mg per day as an option during the adaptation phase, but I thought I saw somewhere that you recommended Mg Citrate, but I can’t find that comment at the moment? In my first week I dropped 3.5kg (about 7 pounds) of water wait. I’ve got a 2yr old and a 6yr old (who mostly ate meat anyway, we make mixed cooked diced veg with meat for most of our meals) I have Celiac disease and find I still regularly develop anemia (mostly iron and b12 are they ones I’ve noticed) Would be fine to continue supplementing for that when I feel the need? Hi Evan, I talk about this in some detail here: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/carbohydrates-and-the-carnivore-diet/, What a great article. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your being here to answer our questions! Near the top of this page I read this warning form you: But I’ve been looking through the page for the explanation and didn’t find it. My question for now, however, is this. There’s a double-edged sword to eating it (meaning chocolate, or carbs/sugar) on an occasion. It’s completely different. 1. I understand that you don’t fast intentionally, and recommend that we not either. I don’t eat much/any dairy and think meat-based foods provide what we need (likely in a range of 200-500 mg/day depending on cuts/etc). Even if there were waste material going through to the colon, it would be digested there and fed to the system, leaving no indigestible material to be expelled. No meat is not 100% absorbed (although it is very effectively and efficiently absorbed) – so pure carnivore’s do have bowel movements though they tend to be smaller and less frequent. In my experience it’s best to start with a 3 Level process for the smoothest transition and best results. Think about that guys, 13% higher than people who eat some meat. Or is it something that you wouldn’t recommend it entirely? but if we were to get there, would mince be ok? There is no better food for humans. I’m asking because organ meat tends to be cheaper. FYI, Someone has to write a book on how to cook for everyone else in the family and keep the peace . I’ve always loved meat, and so this is probably why I’m finding it quite easy. You can find basically any claim you want to claim, but I think if you’re here you probably know my thoughts on these. Is prociutto allowed? You’re not actually craving food. It’s not that I dislike them. Most of the time I ate grass fed ground beef or bison as that was the most affordable along with some fish and some organ meat. I am severely lactose intolerant and can only consume lactose free dairy (not plant based dairy, but real dairy with lactase added). Hi George, yes like you said I generally don’t recommend people forcing a fasting schedule early on because regulating your appetite is one of the huge benefits of eating this way. So, since everyone else has gotten quite personal with their details I feel comfortable doing the same. This may help clarify a bit more: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/atkins-diet-vs-the-carnivore-diet/. “Alkalinization” is kind of a catch-all word that I personally wouldn’t worry about. I have a regular workout routine of at least 4 days a week, with 3 of them being high cardio (Muay Thai) so my question is, is there any special consideration I should have in mind besides the ones in the guide? I have been doing Keto for about 6 months now, but my weight loss has stalled. Perhaps a combination of doing a couple of days of OMAD and then back to twice a day and alternating? Homemade beef jerky is a great snack (especially since you are the one making it, so you know what is/isn’t in it! Thanks again for your work on this, much appreciated. But basically, my meal plan is governed by what good deals I can find that week , I’m not sure what your question is? We (hubby, 18 year old daughter and I) are starting on Level 1 Monday! I realise that the milk and cheese is probably inadvisable, but I fear that I won’t be able to maintain it if I go all in straight off the bat. Yes there are supplement guidelines in the 30-day guide (that you can download here on this site). I just started my diet today and want to know if I can continue to take my pre-workout (LIT) and I also take BCAA’s? Is it OK to supplement with a green powder in the morning on an empty stomach (I specifically use GREEN VIBRANCE because of the probiotic content) and have all my main meals of the day strictly meat based while I’m fully adapting? Finally, it’s time to eat like a human was meant to and not starve yourself like a rabbit on the diet. The 30 day guide will be useful. I’ve been mostly following a carnivore approach for the past 30 days. I would say eat until you’re satisfied. But wait! Do we need minerals? I noticed a body composition change when I first started carnivore, everything has remained the same, but my body composition has changed back to what it was prior to starting carnivore. I have almost no calcium in my diet, and that fact, combined with the fact that my weight keeps going down has me wondering if I could be losing bone density. My body just rejects the idea. I’m considering this carnivore diet to see if it would improve my MS symptoms. Organ meat from which animal is best? I’ve been on carnivore for 5 days now and so far I’ve been feeling awful. Just starting this diet so don’t have any feedback atm. Really depends on the “results” that you are after. I want to celebrate your journey, resolve, and new life with you! Sleep – I know this isn’t diet related but often “not feeling good” is related to sleep (especially with people who suffer anxiety) – I mention this as some of this “agony” can not be diet related rather of lifestyle things, sleep being a big one (also exercise, stress management, etc). I’m on my 5th month and feel great! I’m off to see my new best friend, the local butcher, tomorrow ! Thanks! Thus, it appears like a lot of people will go out if their way to eat Liverwurst simply as a way to get liver. I’m having 1c Greek plain yogurt with no more than 1/3c of mixed berries in the evening. It sounds like you’ve read the 30 day guide (but if not I’d highly recommend it – because there are all kinds of tips to getting through this tough time). Can you have those since they are not technically plants? I’d recommend checking out this article: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/fat-loss-and-the-carnivore-diet/, Let me know if you have further questions – or if that article didn’t answer it. It’s ok if you want, though I don’t think there are benefits for most people (and perhaps the opposite). Actual constipation, I think, is quite rare but I’ve heard a couple people say it was an issue during transitioning to this way of eating. 2) If meat is fully digested in the stomach and small intestine, then theoretically someone who eats only meat would not have any bowel movements, as there would be no waste material going through to the colon. Hi Marcus I’d recommend reading the ebook/download “Health Dangers of a Plant-based Diet” that goes into that question in quite some detail. 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