Should You Do A Strict Carnivore Diet? If so, for how long?

Should you do strict carnivore forever, or is maybe there is a better path? What's up, ladies and gents?

This one's on the carnivore diet, but this could also apply to any diet, AIP, Whole30, autoimmune protocol, anything that is an elimination-based diet.

Carnivore itself is pretty much the purest form of elimination-based diet. It is just meat, just animal products, right? And you can even take it to the nth degree where you don't even do dairy because dairy can have its own things that you have to throttle and understand and test.

Carnivore's really, really good. It's just like a Whole30. You should do it, eliminate all those things. But I think you should take it a step further, whereas Whole30.

People would do a Whole30, 30 days are up, maybe they go back to the way they were eating. Perhaps they keep certain things out, like grains or something, but perhaps they add in all the other stuff like cheese, and this and that, and tortillas or whatever.

I think with the carnivore diet, you do the same thing, but you should, for a period of time, maybe six months, slowly introduce foods in a way so that you can understand how they affect you.

Maybe you start by adding grass-fed dairy to your diet. So you do strict carnivores three days, grass-fed dairy a couple of weeks. See how you feel. Maybe test certain things, cheese, cream, whatever you're doing, milk.

Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't.

And you kind of build a repertoire of the foods that work, the foods that borderline, and the foods that you can pretty much enjoy all the time. You build that into your eating plan. So now you have a carnivore plus dairy, certain dairy, I should say, eating plan.

Now you want to introduce something like certain fruits. So you do carnivore plus dairy and fruit, or you remove the dairy, and the next phase test is carnival plus fruit. Maybe you have some honey in there.

I know Saladino was talking about that a lot. He's made that popular. So carnivore plus fruit, I also think, is very appropriate. It's kind of like if you wanted to add something to your diet that was very metabolically flexible and ancestrally appropriate, it would be a carnivore-based diet with some fruit here and there, and maybe some honey here and there.

That is probably closest to the natural diet. And of course, you're closer to the equator. Your ancestors ate more fruit. The further are you away, the lighter your skin is, the more likely you're going to do better on straight animal foods.

After you do the carnivore plus fruit, now you have a carbon diet plus fruit, you have a carnivore diet plus dairy, and maybe you mix them both on the next phase. Maybe only do this for a week at a time, or perhaps every day you take one food, and you eat that with your main meal, maybe a steak or whatever, have something on the side, and then you see how you feel.

You could also test doing your second meal of the day, where instead of having any animal foods, you do just the food you're testing. So maybe you have a bowl of yogurt. Maybe you have some cheese and maybe some salmon roe or something, or just straight cheese.

What you're trying to do is test the different foods to figure out what's perfect for you. You want to answer the question, do you need to do a strict carnivore diet forever?

A lot of us don't need to. A lot of us may not even really do our best on that way of eating.

It's definitely sustainable, but there is a case to be made for gut flora and variability, and just mental sanity, to having other foods in your diet.

So for me, I'm still through this tweaking phase, where I'm still doing primarily carnivore.

I'll have fruit here and there, not a big deal.

I'll have dairy as part of my carnivore diet. I'm trying to optimize for protein so I can get down to a certain leanness level while also prioritizing strength and muscle building.

And if I want an almond flour tortilla ever so often, I might have that.

If I want some sweetened sparkling water drink, like mango flavor from that Waterloo brand, I might have that. And I'll have my Rebel ice cream from time to time, but I don't find myself craving many green plant-based foods.

We'll have salads sometimes, that's fine. It's never something that I'm like feel amazing. I don't ever feel really bloated, especially if I do an iceberg or a very mild romaine lettuce salad, it's fine.

It doesn't fill me up a ton. I might even do some cucumbers without the peel as a way to get a high-satiety food with low calories.

That's a really good strategy if you're trying to lose weight and/or manage your appetite. And the more I do this, the more I get in tune and closer, closer, closer to what my ideal diet is, and really what it is, is a flexible carnivore diet, or ancestrally appropriate, flexible animal-based way of eating.

I know that's a mouthful, but that's basically what we're after. Because again, this is the most ancestrally appropriate way of eating. Our ancestors ate plants.

They ate honey, they ate anything they could get their hands on, for the most part.

A lot of it, though, would have been animal foods. Those animal foods would have been cycled because they wouldn't have been successful hunting every single day.

The one thing about carnivores that is not exactly a replica of what our ancestors used to do, unless we're Inuit, or maybe the Plains Buffalo Indians or whatever, it's likely that we wouldn't have eaten meat every single day.

It doesn't mean you can't do it. It doesn't mean... I don't want to go down the rabbit hole, but it does mean that you might run into problems if you do that over and over and over again. So there could be a case to be made to having some flexibility once you're eating.

But like I said, I'm getting closer and closer to what my ideal diet is, and I can say that it's going to include dairy.

It's going to include some fruit here and there if I want it.

I'm going to have some salad from time to time if I want it.

I'm going to have some sweet potatoes from time to time if I want it.

I'm going to have my Rebel ice cream from time to time if I want it.

I'm going to have some rice from time to time if I want it.

Lately, we've been doing gluten-free pasta and making shrimp pasta, and I made a garlic shrimp thing last night, and that's fine.

I felt kind of bloated afterward, just like carbs. I definitely don't want to do that every single day, and I definitely keep my carbs super low, but what I'm finding, for the most part, is these things aren't really creating any nagging issues.

And so I can kind of have my approved list, and things that I know bother me, I put on my disprove list. That's really, I think, what the goal of the carnivore diet should be.

You should get to that flexible animal-based way of eating through testing and then use that to sustain you for life.

And if you fall off here and there, you get right back on, and if you need a reset here and there, you do strict carnivores 30 to 60 days, and bam, you're right back to where you started, and then you can start the process again.

Let me know what you think about this, and your experience, and where you're at on your ancestrally appropriate animal-based way of eating diets.