Carnivore Diet Update - October

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This diet has got me questioning everything I know right now. Aside from it making me distrust a lot of mainstream science and nutrition, but then I still live in a perpetual state of ‘what if I’m wrong?’ I can’t deny how good I feel and the effect that this diet has had on my body though. My biggest thing is that, whilst I feel great and for the foreseeable future, see no reason to stop, I don’t want my diet to be at the expense of life enjoyment. In Milan last month, there was a part of me that felt like I was missing out on sampling local dishes. That being said, although it was my first time in Milan, I’ve been to Italy many times, so it’s not like I’ve never experienced proper local Italian food.

Enjoying life is central to why I’m doing this. For so long I’ve thought bloating after a meal was normal. It’s only now that I realise it doesn’t have to be like that. However, I also love to travel and want to enjoy as much as I can of places I visit. I’m also a huge fan of Christmas, and all the festive treats that go with it, and I’m worried how the reintroduction of sugar and carbs in large doses will affect my digestive system. I’ve got a trip coming up in a few weeks and it’s a once in a lifetime destination. I don’t want to ruin it with a dodgy tummy, but at the same time, I don’t entirely know how easy it would be to only eat meat… and even if it’s possible, will I be missing out on some key parts of that culture? It’s a conundrum!

Anyway, as much as I’m pondering the future of this diet, I do feel great, and for the most part, it’s actually really easy to maintain. My new favourite place to eat out is Flat Iron. They have a few places dotted around London, and it’s super easy to just eat meat there, without getting too many strange looks from the staff. They also know their stuff when it comes to ordering the fattier options from the specials board… plus it tastes sooooo good!

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As I mentioned earlier, the weight loss I’m experiencing is insane on this diet! Its actually pretty consistent too, both on my actual weight and also my body fat reduction. This is despite not tracking macros or counting calories at all. I’m just eating until full (or sometimes past feeling full!). I’ve passed my actual weight loss goals in terms of numbers, but they’re kind of arbitrary as my real goal is to reveal my abs. I’m not quite there, but I’m as close as I’ve ever been, and due to the speed of the weight loss, it’s been amazing to see the changes to my body in the mirror!

I keep seeing more and more vegan you tubers switching to this way of eating, due to having issues on a plant based diet, and seeing improvements almost right away, which gives me hope that I’m on the right path. Rob Stuart, a prominent vegan YouTuber that I watched when I was trying to find cures to my Sebbhoreic Dermatitis just went ketogenic and fixed many of his problems through animal foods. This discussion is very interesting.

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I’m still not bored of eating meat. It’s kind of crazy really. I’m really noticing the flavour differences in the different steak cuts, and am genuinely excited for every meal. I’m cooking a lot more roasts. Partly because they’re super easy to just shove in the oven for an hour or so, but also because they don’t cover the kitchen in frying spatters, which is definitely a con of this diet. I’m definitely better on beef than I am on pork. I really love roast pork with crackling, but I just feel like my body finds it harder to digest than beef.

I’m certain I’m lactose intolerant now. I had some cheese last week, and immediately my stomach felt off and the following day my skin was horrendous. It seems to be worse on cheap cheddar, than it is on more expensive artisan cheeses. I may have to experiment to find out why that is. I’ve heard that most mass produced cheeses are made using pasteurised dairy, which doesn’t contain any of the good bacteria that raw dairy does, but I need to do more investigation on that front.

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I’ve got an event coming up this week involving a ‘gala dinner’. I had to pre-select my food from the menu beforehand, which as you can imagine proved complicated. There was a section for ‘Dietary Requirements’, however, so I put ‘protein only, no carbs or starch’. Will see how that works out for me, and let you know in the next update!

Are any of you on the carnivore diet or thinking of trying it? I’d love to hear your thoughts and share experiences. Leave a comment below!