I’ve been doing a carnivore diet for over 120 days now. There are a few things they don’t tell you that I want to highlight today.
1. WHEN YOU CHEAT, YOU FEEL IT.
I lost a few hours of work productivity yesterday because of a poor decision ot eat Five guys burgers, no bun, and some fries in addition to a side of gluten-free mod pizza.
I will say, that GF pizza was good, but man did this hit me.
My back started to hurt on the drive home. I felt sluggish and sleepy. I could barely sit up at my desk to work.
I eventually had to go outside and walk around to try to “get through” this.
It seems like when you’re following a carnivore diet, cheating hits you harder.
I’ve heard from some others that during the initial 90-120 adaptation phase, it becomes easier to cheat, so I guess we’ll see. It could also be person-dependent.
2. IT IS HARDER TO EAT OUT AND MORE EXPENSIVE
Now I don't see this as a huge negative to me since my goal is to pretty much never eat out at restaurants.
But there is a point where I want to eat while traveling, for example, and not have to only opt for $50 a steak restaurant.
One can only eat meat-only chipotle bowls so much.
I’m hoping I do get better at handling cheat meals after being carnivore for 6 months so that I can have the flexibility to eat out here and there.
3. YOU’LL THINK DIFFERENTLY
This may be a good thing depending on your social circle and how aggressive your family is in making comments about what you do.
It could create rifts and divides.
So you may want to find some strategies to mitigate this like shrugging your shoulders and moving on rather than trying to argue every time someone makes a comment about something they don’t understand.
4. GOING OUT WILL BE LESS ENTICING
I used to go out and work at a coffee shop then eat my first meal at Whole Foods or Chipotle or Tacodeli.
If you are lucky to have a place that sources high-quality local meat then you could still have something to look forward to when you’re out and about.
If you don’t, you’ll end up spending more time at home since that’s where you’ll prepare your meals. This could be a good thing if you have trouble simplifying your routine. Plus there are other things you can do like go to a part, read, take a walk, that doesn’t always have to revolve around food.
5. IF YOU DRINK, YOU’LL PROBABLY STRUGGLE.
I don’t drink so I can’t offer advice in this regard, but I suspect that there will be some issues you may have to deal with. Or you could use carnivore as a way to clean up your entire life, and then this would be an asset.