I have seen my own health improve for the better with a carnivore diet. And I’ve been eating clean and living healthy for over 10 years now.
I couldn’t imagine I could reach another level, but I have.
My personal transformation as well as the mountain of research I’ve done and the world-renowned carnivore experts I’ve interviewed have led me to the obvious conclusion that the carnivore diet, or some close version of it, is the OPTIMAL HUMAN DIET for long-term health and well being.
This I firmly believe.
Let’s say you are not yet sold.
I would encourage you to read the entire Carnivore Guide from start to finish. If you have, great. Here’s how I would think about figuring this out for yourself…
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT A CARNIVORE DIET
Let’s ignore all the science or lack thereof for this thought exercise.
Imagine you just finished a 30-day carnivore diet experiment.
You now feel better, probably shed a couple pounds, and have a better grasp on your appetitive, to name a few of the hypothetical benefits.
At this point, you might still have some concern about long-term health since there is still a large vocal majority of people telling you to be careful eating meat.
Ok, fair enough.
Answer me this: Do you feel better? Do you look better? Is your blood work better? Are you sleeping better? Has your digestion improved?
30 days carnivore can lead to you answer YES to all of these questions and many others.
So let’s assume for this thought experiment that you committed for 30 days and you were able to answer yes to the above questions.
Now I will pose you with a task.
Go to any doctor and ask him or her the following:
Based on the available research, if I’m feeling better, looking better, sleeping better, and my blood panels are in better ranges or headed in the right direction, am I more or less susceptible to disease?
They will have to answer LESS.
You are HEALTHIER.
And that should always be the primary data point.
Yet it doesn’t fit into some model of “science” or “medicine” that big Pharma can quantify or the FDA can regulate or malpractice insurance can insure doctors against.
On and on the nonsense of the system goes when you really look into it.
This is why the individual patient and her health is always a secondary concern at best.
Doctors just can’t work with it.
And if you then tell this same doctor that you did this with a 100% animal-based diet, they will likely take on the tone of a scolding parent then proceed to tell you how you can’t trust this since it’s only 30 days and on and on they will go in an attempt to downplay your results so that their worldview is kept intact.
Doctors that follow the system do not like seeing patients that contradict their models of understanding the world.
And that’s why so little changes; because there are billions of dollars and countless man-hours invested into propping up the current systems.
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair
Many people today will still have trouble accepting this reality because it is too counterintuitive to what the majority of people think. They can’t reconcile this. Some are not built to go against the grain.
And that’s a damn shame because the grain today is fat and sick.
So what can we do to help convince people?
Well let’s assume we get the physical side because we felt the results, but maybe we are still hung up on what could happen in the long term.
If I wanted to understand why a carnivore diet might be good for me, I would turn first to the ancestral perspective. This would lead me to focus on Real Foods from nature as my nutrition principle number 1 based on how our ancestors lived in the wild for hundreds of thousands of years.
I would then consider what foods were available to our human ancestors.
This would lead me to a diet with a lot of animal foods at the base of the nutrition pyramid.
Then I would look at the various foods that comprise this group and reconcile that with the current understanding of human biology to see how certain foods affect the body.
For example, sugar, fructose specifically, is used by animals to fatten up. This is observed in bears, birds, and humans. It’s a strategy to help species survive in times of famine. Since we can be reasonably certain that sugar leads to fat gain, and since I don’t want to gain fat, I’ll just stop eating sugar.
We can take this a step further and see that fat gain increases the risk for just about every modern disease.
So it becomes a simple equation of 1 + 1 = 2.
Sugar = bad for long-term health.
Next I would look at other plant foods that modern humans consume in large quantities, like grains.
Grains affect insulin; they are highly insulinogenic. Personally, when I eat grains I often feel bloated. Based on this, it would be reasonable to ascertain that I should probably avoid grains,
Then I would look to the plant kingdom, greens especially.
I would start by testing how eating various plants affect me. And assuming I knew nothing about plant toxins, I would ask myself this question:
When my fridge is stocked, why do the plant foods usually go bad before I eat them? Why do I crave protein and fat-rich animal foods? And why do I never feel satisfied when I’m eating plants?
Hmm. Maybe there’s something there.
So I would test various plants to figure out the species and the dose that my body can tolerate and that brings with it a level of enjoyment and satisfaction.
Finally, I would look at the essential amino acids and fatty acids as well as the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals that the human animal needs to survive.
And guess where I would want them?
And what you end up with is a carnivore diet with a few certain foods from the plant kingdom thrown in here and there.
Then I would get my bloodwork checked out a couple times a year and do any other tests that make sense to see if I”m deficient in anything.
And as long as my health was holding steady, I would have the peace of mind that I’m doing the right thing
That’s how I would think about a carnivore diet if I were you.