The Carnivote Diet
The Carnivore diet is a therapautic tool which can help address many issues when it comes to sensitivity to plant toxins, nutrient absorbtion, gut health and more.
Is Carnivore a new thing
To many a carnivore diet sounds very strange and only a diet that has recently came about. However this could not be further from the truth. There is evidence that we have evolved to be hunters around 2 million years ago when we could hunt animals in organised groups and had the tools to eat all parts of the animal. This is long time before we started using fire around 500K years ago. Our brain has been growing exponentially ever since, primarly due to the fat content that comes with the protein when eating meat. This should not come as a surprise. We need around 60% of caloric intake for energy. Did our ancestors have access to so much carbohydrates? Hell no. Depending on the time of the year there might be fruit around for short periods of time but for sure not enough to cover their caloric needs and not enough to meet the high demand of nutrients our brain has especially in omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA).
The human developement both in terms of brain growth but also height kept going until around 12K years ago at which point there was an explotion of agriculture. At that point there are also suggestions that the decline in the human health started. One could say that even though our ancestors followed a mostly carnivore diet, this was not optimal for health and longevity. However, the evidence suggests otherwise and this change came about mostly in order to a meet the growing demand for food of a growing population.
Why follow a Carnivore diet
Let’s dial time forward and come to the present. We have solved many of the survival issues our ancestors have. We have sheltor, warmth, a medical system and we mostly don’t run the danger of being run down and eaten. What would be the reasons to follow a carnivore diet?
Animal food has a caloric superiority
When trying to thrive you need plenty of nutrients. Following a Carnivore diet will give all the nutrients you need without the need to overeat due to its caloric density. You need both plenty of protein and fat on a daily basis to thrive and only animal sources have this balance and have a great bio-availability. And you can get most of the vitamins and minerals by eating a not only muscle meat but also organs such as liver.
Anti-nutrient and toxins in plants
The most common reason people start a carnivore diet is plant sensitivities. Plants can’t run away but equally don’t want to be eaten, so they have developed ways to protect themselves by releasing toxins to let the predator know they are not edible. And there many toxins in most plants
- Sulforaphane in cruciferous vegetables
- Oxalates in spinash and nuts
- Flavanoids in kale and onions
- Lectins in beans
- Phytates, Saponins, Gluten, Tannins etc
And the list goes on.
Some people will be more sensitive than others to these compounds but as a population there is an increasing number of people having gut issues, skin issues, joint pains which are all inflammatory conditions which make us weak and vulnerable. Following a carnivore diet has the power to address such inflammatory condition and give your gut the opportunity to heal itself.
Planning for a carnivore diet
We are aiming for around 30% protein, 50% fat and the rest %20 carbs.Your week’s cooking should include
- Bones for bone broth
- Whole chicken for chicken broth
Main sources ( Meat , Fish , Eggs)
- Rib-eye steaks for fried steak
- Osobouko for your stew
- Lamb chops
- Ground beef burger
- Bones for bone broth
- Chicken (with skin)
- Pork belly
- Small amounts of Liver, heart, kidney on a daily basis as a side dish
- A2 Dairy from sheep or goat (if you can tolarate it)
- Lemon juice
- Salt and Spices
- Zucchini, squash, pumpkin
- Raw honey
- One piece of seasonal fruit per day
- Drink some ACV before every meal. We don’t want to run into digestio issues because of increasing the amount of fat.
- Choose fatty cuts of meat. Note that the ratio is around 2:1 of fat to protein
- Eat slowly. Carnivore is very satiating so ensure you don’t overeat. Track closely your calories.
- Try to find get grass-fed (or Bio, organic) meat and note the price difference. It is probably not so big and well worth it.
- Lightly cook your meat. Even better to stew it. Over-cooking it (or charring it) releases carcigenerous toxins and you lose most of the nutritional value of the meat
- Break your fast with bone broth. Bone Broth contains collagen and glycine which is needed to balance methionine. On days where you don’t have bone broth take collagen.
- Include organs on small amounts on daily basis. Try to batch cook them maybe 3-times a week
- If you really miss your salads go with a simple option like cucumber, avocado, parsley and a sauce of Olive oil, lemon, mustard, honey
The ketOntrack opinion
Although a carnivore diet is indeed the way our ancestors thrived, it has not been extensively studied for it’s long term effects.
And we believe that a balanced diet will bring the best results for our health and longevity. Too much of anything will cause some sort of inbalance and while fixing one issue you may create others. Specifically the long-term effect on the microbiome and potentially increased acidity are areas where the jury has still not concluded on.
However for those that are facing gut and inflammation issues following an elimination protocol such a carnivore diet will help in relieving and reversing some of those issues until which point you can try to slowly re-introduce some foods if you wish to do so.
On the other we believe that a primarly animal based diet is the best way to thrive. A nose-to-tail animal diet gives you all the nutrients you need and in amounts you can’t get from plan sources due to it’s caloric density. Following a carnivore diet will give you the opportunity to try out some organs like liver, heart, kidneys and incoporate them in your eating routine.