The Evolution of a Carnivore Diet

Here's the thing about the carnivore diet. Because you eliminate so many of the problematic foods in our culture today, some people are going to get crazy good results, not necessarily from eating all meat, but from removing all the junk.

There's going to be a spectrum here. Some people are going to get more benefit out of just removing toxic foods and then if they ate kind of a balanced diet that included animal proteins and fats and maybe some plants here and there and certain things like that, they're going to be able to do very well.

You see a lot in the carnivore community going down to those minute toggles and trying to find out what's perfect. Should you eat plants, no plants, all meat, this, what fat, protein, more or less, whatever.

99% of people don't need to go there. They just don't. If you're at that point where you've already gone to carnivore, and you're doing a strict carnivore, and you want to optimize different things for certain goals, then you should absolutely explore those different rabbit holes. You should test, tweak, and optimize for yourself.

I'm now six months into this, and I found that there are certain low-toxin plant foods that I'll have in my diet from time to time. I've been loving strawberries lately, clean, comfortable; they fill me up. Super low sugar, high satiety, and they kind of get rid of my sweet tooth. Avocados, some days I'm just craving it, sounds fantastic. I eat it with just salt, so good. Other days, doesn't entice me at all.

Then still as the bulk of my diet, it's mostly animal proteins.

So to simplify this for you, if you're new to this, just getting into it, thinking about it, whatever, the reason you want to go towards that carnivore end of the spectrum, that most animals end of the spectrum, is because it helps eliminate those foods. And for you, there's going to be certain foods that affect you more than others. Maybe getting rid of corn is going to change your life.

Maybe you're eating cassava chips because that's paleo and it's kind of approved in those circles. Then you take it out because it's not a carnivore, and again, it changed your life because cassava was destroying your gut, for example.

The entire spectrum could be green beans, it could be peas, it could be this, it could be maybe white rice you're eating, it could be spinach, there's going to be the foods in there you don't know how they affect you until you remove them completely. Then you can test adding them back in. So that's the evolution of the carnivore diet for most people.

It's, let's eliminate pretty much everything, and go just straight meat, straight seafood. Let's see how the body adapts. Let's add in strategic low-toxin foods, avocados, berries, maybe experiment with white rice here and there. Perhaps you do some iceberg lettuce because it's like whatever, it's mostly 99% water, kind of filling.

It's going to depend on what you like, it's going to depend on your own biology, it's going to depend on what your body responds well to, and then you start building a log of the foods that affect you. Because this is now what I think about the carnivore diet.

I think you have a small, select group of people, maybe with certain autoimmune issues that have to go straight carnivore. And that even have to go to the Mikhaila Peterson-style where it's the Lion Diet and it's just beef, water, and salt. It's the far end of this spectrum, right?

And then you start coming back a little bit. And you're mostly carnivore, but you eat a little bit of dairy. You try some whole milk yogurt or different things like that. You experience here, and there based on what you like, what you respond to, what your goals are. And then that's a category of people. And then you have a category of people that does maybe carnivore plus yogurt or maybe no yogurt, but adds certain plants, avocado, berries, sort of like I talked about.

You have people who want to do a good amount of plants in their diet and want to do a lot of the low toxins because they want to eat a lot of butter, they want to do lard.

They want to do maybe a high-fat style, and they want to keep their protein around 20%. Perhaps they want to have seafood once or twice a week or no seafood at all. Perhaps they want to start with grass-fed beef and keep it super simple. They could be somewhere in the middle here. And they can maybe eat 50% of their calories from the plant kingdom in varying ways.

The key, though, to make that successful because obviously, the further we get from the carnivore end of the spectrum, the more issues you're going to get and the more things you have to take into account. It's not easy. The further you go from the spectrum, the more difficult it is. There are more variables. But when you get to that spectrum and you've removed things, and you kind of come back in, that's when you can have a list of foods that you know your body intuitively does well with and that you enjoy. Where you take, how often you have cheat meals, what you add into your diet, whatever, it's 100% up to you.

This is a problem with all diet and nutrition advice is people want, "Do this, don't do this," across the board.

They want, literally, nothing in the middle.

They don't want a spectrum in the middle.

They want black or white, it's either plant-based, all plants are good, or animal-based, all animals are good.

And that's actually pretty much closer to the truth than this side, but you see what I'm saying? It's black versus white, people want simplicity. They don't want to think about it, they don't want to do experimentation where they take foods out, put them back in.

That's way too much work. And if that's you, then yeah, you should just eat a mostly carnivore diet. Maybe throw in a little bit of dairy and spices, things like that to add some variety and flavor to your life.

But for 99% of the people, you should go all the way over to the strict carnivore and then you should walk back and figure out where in that middle you're going to fall. And if you don't want to walk back, if this works for you just fine, if you're not a foodie like me that enjoys certain plant foods at certain times, that enjoys being able to eat out and travel and do those things, then stick to the carnivore diet, and you will be in optimal health if you do it the right way.

There are a few considerations, but generally, it's pretty easy to live a long and healthy life by just eating clean, happy animal products like ... That really is the simple solution.

But if you want to factor in other things, like lifestyle, enjoyment, mental sanity, then you're going to have to go to this end, come back, and go through the trajectories. Go through testing dairy. Go through testing things like avocados and berries and certain other low-toxin foods. Test whether you should have coffee or not. Test what of those plant foods you do well with and if you want to have them more often. Maybe spread your diet out a little bit, maybe have more salads.

This is the trajectory that I think everybody should take, but also, it's kind of a way to redefine the carnivore diet. It's hard because carnivore is a keyword, people search for it, whatever. But really, it's something closer to an animal-based way of eating. And maybe we can make that an essential way of eating because ... And an essential way of eating is definitely an animal-based way of eating.

Now I will add you with one disclaimer to close this video out. So for all the strict carnivores out there, there's one thing that's for sure. I believe it is a first principle of human health that our ancestors would not have eaten meat every single day. You can look at this as meat fasting; you can do a two-day fast, which I did last week in Florida. It was amazing. I'm going to be doing that way more often, is doing multi-day fasts. So amazing, so amazing. I can't recommend it enough.

Our ancestors would not have been able to have meat year-round all the time, every day without fail. There's no way that could have happened. And even if, like a couple of humans in history, done that, their whole life they were able to have meat every single day, they're going to be the exception rather than the rule. So that's why I believe that fasting from meat and fasting completely ... So you could do your two-day fast where you don't eat meat at all is something that has to go along with the carnivore diet.

I'll probably do a video on that, maybe look at some of the evidence. Look at the frequency of eating animals, maybe look at some hunter-gatherers that we have observed. From most of the research that I've done without specifically trying to look into that, it seems like hunters in small hunter-gatherer groups would go for periods of time without successfully killing meat. They would go periods of time without meat, and they would obviously eat plants during that time, or maybe they wouldn't eat anything for a while. So that's something I feel like should be added to the carnivore community that we talk about more.

I think carnivore diet plus fasting, I think they go hand in hand. I think actually any diet plus fasting go hand in hand. I've heard some people talk about how they don't really think you need to fast on a carnivore because it mimics some of the benefits. I don't agree with that at all. I mean, if you look at fasting, fasting is whether you eat calories or you don't eat calories. Like you have fasting or feeding.

This is an evolutionary first principle of human health. People like to think of fasting as a weight-loss trick, gimmick, hack, whatever. I don't think about that at all. I think of it as a first principle of human health, of human metabolism, of just like resting and being active, fasting, feeding, night and day. It's only nature. So that's what I'll leave you with today.

I know this video doesn't offer you any crazy call to action or anything simple, but it should provide you with some ways to think about what you're doing right now and maybe some things to experiment with. Don't fall into the dogma of thinking that you have to eat only this or only that or whatever. Experiment, find out what works for you.

There is a perfect human diet for most people. And as much as I hate the "what works for you" advice, because you see it used poorly in like the calories in, calories out camp. If you're using it from a first-principles approach where you're eating mostly clean, healthy animals and then you're going to experiment with some of the low-toxin plant foods and you're going to listen to your body, then absolutely figuring out what works for you is the best thing you should do. But if you're using the, "Well, if it fits your macros and you're under 2,000 calories a day, you can eat pretty much whatever you want." If that is what you're going by, then I'd call nonsense.

So that's it for today. Like, subscribe, and share if you want to or don't, but make sure you subscribe for sure because I got way more videos coming out on the carnivore diet plus all things related to health and just being an optimal human in a modern world. I'll see you at the next one.