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Keep it simple and focus on the basics

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You've probably heard someone say or read someone post that the carnivore diet, "is not about losing weight, it's about healing your body."
Umm...
I have to disagree with the idea that this diet should or shouldn't be about any one thing. Many people choose to follow this way of eating for many different reasons. Every one of them is what the diet "is about" for them.
When it comes to the idea of using the diet to lose weight, sure we need to focus on fat loss not overall weight, but why not make that the first thing you aim for when you start? 
In most cases, regardless of what issues or conditions you're dealing with, reducing your body fat percentage will be the easiest, fastest, and the most effective result you can achieve.
Having a healthy body composition is the number one thing you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and any number of other health conditions.
Don't just take my word for it...

- The Brazilian Journal of…

Do you need to limit your protein?

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I've written a little bit about this before http://blog.themeatlife.com/2018/07/the-protein-myth.html

Protein is a subject of much debate in regards to healing insulin resistance and improving performance.

These are different discussions that many times get crossed up in how people apply different guidelines.

First things first.

We need protein. After water, protein is the main component of cells and is essential to life. Protein is used to build and maintain these parts of our body:
Muscles: Those responsible for movement and the muscles around our organs and our heart.Collagen: Provides strength and structure to tissues (e.g. cartilage in joints).Skin, hair, and nails: These are mainly composed of protein.Hemoglobin: Transports oxygen around the body.Hormones: Act as your body’s chemical messengers.Enzymes: Regulate metabolism - they support important chemical reactions that allow you to digest food, generate energy to contract muscles, and regulate insulin production.Antibodies:…

Bloodwork update

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We're 6 months in and here's a bloodwork update!


Age:Weight:Body Fat %:46yrs185lbs12%6/19/18183lbs10%9/16/18Inflammation6/19/189/16/18ChangeMyeloperoxidase199Not TestedHigh-sensitivity CRP0.8Not TestedADMA78Not TestedSDMA106Not TestedF2-Isoprostane-CreatinineNot Tested0.51LipidsApopB10735-72Total Cholesterol207201-6

It's in there! Do we need vegetables?

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I get asked all the time how I can consider myself healthy if I'm not getting the nutrients I need from fruits and vegetables. The very thought that all the essential vitamins and minerals a body needs could be found in just meat is often a leap too far for people to make.

But it's true.

According to the Harvard Medical School, there are 14 Vitamins and 16 Minerals that are essential to the human body. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/listing_of_vitamins

VITAMINBENEFITSDID YOU KNOW?RETINOIDS AND CAROTENE (vitamin A; includes retinol, retinal, retinyl esters, and retinoic acid and are also referred to as "preformed" vitamin A. Beta-carotene can easily be converted to vitamin A as needed.)Essential for vision Lycopene may lower prostate cancer risk. Keeps tissues and skin healthy. Plays an important role in bone growth and in the immune system. Diets rich in the carotenoids alpha-carotene and lycopene seem to lower lung cancer risk. Carotenoids act as ant…

What's the deal with Insulin?

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Everyone is on the march to kick Insulin in the teeth.

Insulin is the fat storage hormone! You must control Insulin in order to lose fat and beat insulin resistance!

Why is Insulin such a big deal and why should it matter to you?

I want to discuss what Insulin does and how it all comes together to affect our health and fat management.

While you're reading this I want you to remember that Insulin is triggered by food, it does not just come out and do its own thing whenever it wants to. It is a response to what you put in your mouth.

Insulin is responsible for getting glycogen into our cells to be used as fuel. How does this make it the fat storage hormone?

Fat
Well,... when there is too much glycogen and we aren't using it, Insulin tells our bodies to store it as body fat.

There are two types of fat, Brown, and White. Insulin promotes white fat cell production.

Brown Fat burns fuel, White fat stores it.

More info here (This is a must watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t1JN…

Eat until you're full

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What does "full" feel like? Most people don't know. It's completely subjective and one person will describe it differently than another person.

There is no way to quantify or measure what "full" means to any individual person. It amazes me how so many people in the Carnivore community preach N+1 and at the same time give the same answer to every question....

"How much do I eat?" ....."Until you're full."
"When do I eat?" ....."When you're hungry and until you're full."
"How do I heal my body?" ....."Eat when you're hungry and until you're full."
"Will the WOE cure my Insulin Resistance?" "Sure, just eat meat and water when you're hungry. Eat to satiety."

The idea of your body self-regulating and sending signals to your brain to tell you what it needs at any given time is fantastic, amazing, and can be incredibly effective.

Two problems.

1. Most people ha…