12 months of Carnivore




Everyone is concerned

May 1st, 2018 is when I stopped eating vegetables. The results were almost instantaneous. Overnight, I went from being a respectable person with years of experience managing data and making decisions based on hard analysis, to being a zealot, putting myself at risk, denying science, and being “extreme”.

People became worried about me. I was asked, a million times, why I would do something so drastic. I was even accused of promoting this dangerous behavior to my clients and betraying the vision I had for helping people improve their health and lifestyle.

The first thing following the Carnivore diet taught me was that no one, I mean, No One wants to find out that everything they know could be wrong. I learned that the Carnivore diet is not being fought because it has holes or it doesn’t fit scientific principles. It’s being fought because people don’t like to be wrong. No one likes to change.

Most people that I talk to don’t realize that I wasn’t convinced when I first started. I did it on a whim. I was interested to see if I could go a month just eating animal-based food.

I was skeptical, just like everyone else I talk to. (It wasn't really until month 6 or 7 that I closed all the holes I could find and bought into what this way of eating could do.)

But instead of listening to the talking heads on either side and blindly following one direction, I started doing my own research. Imagine that...I took responsibility for my actions and looked for answers to the many questions I had, in order to help me decide what I was going to do.

I started this blog. Much of what I’ve found is located in here. Most of it is not new information. Most of it is data, testimonies, and historical references that we as a society have had access to for years and years.

What’s old is new again

The second thing I learned about the Carnivore diet is that it’s not a fad. It’s not new. AT ALL.

Humans have been eating animal-based diets for a very long time. 800 years ago the Mongols of the Kahn Empire subsisted solely on animal flesh and milk products.

“The Chinese noted with surprise and disgust the ability of the Mongol warriors to survive on little food and water for long periods; according to one, the entire army could camp without a single puff of smoke since they needed no fires to cook. Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains. The grain diet of the peasant warriors stunted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak and prone to disease. In contrast, the poorest Mongol soldier ate mostly protein, thereby giving him strong teeth and bones. Unlike the Jurched soldiers, who were dependent on a heavy carbohydrate diet, the Mongols could more easily go a day or two without food.” - Ghengis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford.

135 Years ago Dr. James Salisbury invented the Salisbury Steak (ground beef) as a solution for a number of chronic ailments that unfortunately are more prevalent now than they were then.

“The first step is to wash out the sour stomach and bowels and to change the food. The food selected should be such as is least liable to ferment with alcohol and acid yeasts. This is muscle pulp of beef, prepared as heretofore described when it affords the maximum of nourishment with the minimum of effort to the digestive organs. Nothing else but this food, except an occasional change to broiled mutton.” - Dr. James Salisbury

When a society rediscovers an old truth it often gets labeled as new, temporary, and fleeting. The Carnivore Diet is anything but fleeting.

I’ve heard the argument that science doesn’t support the Carnivore diet. SO MANY studies show that meat is bad for us.

Really?

Meat is bad for humans. Then why are we still here?

Did you know that only 3%- 8% of the USA is either Vegan or Vegetarian??
Did you know that number is the highest it’s ever been?
Did you know that 60% of the people that identify as Vegetarian still eat meat sometimes?? http://bit.ly/2Uw1xyd

So many people eat meat and have been eating meat for so long yet we have more people on this planet than ever.

Science today just isn’t

Something else I learned over the last year is that Studies don’t mean a damn thing. The only thing that matters in the realm of science is Experiments and Tests. I refuse to argue a point with anyone who wants to use a study of surveys, metadata, or epidemiology to prove a point. It’s a waste of time.

You want to show me an RCT (Randomized Controlled Trial) that demonstrates a causal relationship to something related to this way of eating, then I’m all ears. Until then I will look at what’s right in front of my face.

The EVIDENCE of health, vitality, and healing is so abundant, you have to be completely and willingly blind to what this way of eating does for people.

If you were standing in a room with 100 people and each person in that room had a different story to tell, it would be hard to figure out what was going on.

If only 8 of the people in that room told you that they had a better option than the other 92 people, would you believe them?

We’re on our own

I’ve learned that the problem with our society today isn’t meat at all. It’s industry. Mainly the food and medical industry.

They want to feed us crap and keep us sick. It’s how they make money. They fund efforts and manipulate the data to make people think they’re making the right choices. They lobby the government to standardize the worst nutrition guidelines possible to ensure the general public consumes their products and takes their medicine.

These industries have created a pandemic of chronic illness and monopolized the cure. And everyone is buying it.

Red meat is bad
Eggs are bad
Butter is bad
Low fat is good
Grains are good
Fruit is good
Vegetables are good

Worse yet, many many people are defending it. Hard… I regularly have people attacking my stance on nutrition and fighting to prove that what I’m doing is “WRONG”.

Seriously, since the 80’s when the first FDA Dietary Guidelines came out that were more carbs and veggies than meat, AND suggested low fat and vegetable oils….We have become sick and are exponentially getting more sick year by year.

Again, society has bought into the low fat, eat your veggies message. It’s been bought, hook, line, and sinker. Yet, we aren’t getting more healthy. We’re getting more sick.

Tell me again how meat is bad and veggies are good.

What has happened over the last 40 years in the USA is the largest real-life, real-time, ongoing experiment in history. The results, up to now, are not strong for carbohydrates in particular, with plant-based eating running a close second.

More out there than you know

Over the last year, I’ve found so much information on health, nutrition, and how the human body works that I'm overwhelmed at times.

It’s very hard to filter out the noise from the useful information. I started on this path with many questions….

Will I get enough micronutrients?
How will so much protein affect my longevity?
Don’t we need anti-oxidants?
Isn’t fiber good for the gut?
Won’t eating that much fat give me CVD?
How will I gain muscle and improve my performance without carbs?

After a year of research, asking questions, reading everything I can find, talking to other people, and seeing the testimonies of thousands of other people, I’ve answered all my questions.

I’ve spent many years as a health and fitness professional. I have spent a lot of time learning a variety of topics that pertain to improving health and performance. The concepts and ideas that the Carnivore Diet are based on, fit with everything I’ve learned in that time.

As I’ve looked at each question and compared it to all the available information, every concern and every inconsistency I had with other nutrition methods fell into place. Any answer that led to another question also had an answer…..and everything matched up…..every single time.

If you think this diet is crazy, unscientific, and extreme. Do the research. Look at the evidence. Learn how the body actually works and what that means for what we put into our mouths.

How to get started with your own research

Regardless of what nutrition methodology you subscribe to, ask yourself these questions and see where that methodology falls in relation to the Carnivore Diet.

What foods are the most nutrient dense and bio-available?
What is the most digestible food?
What foods promote improved metabolic function?
What makes mitochondria happy?
What does the brain need and how does it get it?
What macronutrients cost the least for the body to process?
What foods create the least amount of oxidative stress and inflammation?

N=1, nothing works for everyone

Before I go into all the details about what happened to me and my results over the last year, I want to clarify something. This has taken me a long time to put into words.

I 100% believe that NO diet or way of eating will work for everyone. I also believe that there is an optimal way for humans to eat at a basic level.

As a species, we are genetically built identically in the basic function of our bodies. We breathe and process oxygen, we procreate, we move our bodies, we generate energy, and eat and process food the same way.

We all walk, talk, breathe, have sex, sleep, and eat. The core function of each of these doesn’t change person to person. Some people walk on their toes, others on their heels, but they walk. Some people have sex with the opposite gender, other with the same gender, but they have sex. Some people sleep on their backs, others on their fronts, but they sleep.

Sleep is sleep, sex is sex, walking is walking. The same can be said for eating and nutrition.

Metabolic function is a basic human characteristic and it is impacted some by genetics, but more by external influences than anything else.

An individual’s environment and lifestyle play the biggest role in creating variance and changes to how their body functions.

Are there genetic anomalies? Are some people unable to metabolize fat? Do some people have problems processing protein?

Sure, there is always an exception and they must be accounted for. However, the majority of us can improve our health simply by eating a diet that fits within the parameters of optimal metabolic function.

My results after 12 months

Let’s start this off with why I got started and what the results were after a year of only eating animal-based foods.

I started this way of eating out of curiosity. I was interested in the prospect of losing body fat while building muscle. I wanted to see if it was possible to improve athletic performance without having to live in the “bulking/cutting” training cycle.

I also had some gut “issues” that my wife was very interested in eliminating.

Here is the data for my before and after. Make of it what you will. Remember I’m turning 47 in a month. I’ve gotten stronger, lost body fat, improved my overall fitness, and my health markers are great.

Yup, meat is bad for us….

Body Composition
May 2018
Body Weight: 215lbs
Body Fat%: 19.5%
Lean Muscle Mass: 93.9 lbs

May 2019
Body Weight: 185lbs
Body Fat%: 11%
Lean Muscle Mass: 95.9 lbs

Strength
May 2018
Back squat: 265lbs
Deadlift: 325lbs
Bench Press: 235lbs
Clean: 205lbs
Jerk: 195lbs
Snatch: 155lbs

May 2018
Back squat: 295lbs
Deadlift: 385lbs
*Bench Press: Haven’t tested yet.
Clean: 225lbs
*Jerk: Haven’t tested yet.
*Snatch: Haven’t tested yet

* I tore my labrum in November 2018. I’m just now getting back to heavy pressing work. The heaviest I’ve lifted to date was a Floor Press 1 Rep Max at 225lbs. Which was a match of the last Floor Press 1 Rep Max I had before I started the Carnivore Diet.

CrossFit Performance



Workout NameScorePrevious Score
Elvis9:20 Rx8:22 Scaled
For time:(155lbs)
30 Squat Cleans (185lbs)
10:00 Cap
Death by Burpees16 Rounds10 Rounds
EMOM as long as possible:
Minute 1: 1 Burpee
Minute 2: 2 Burpees
Minutes 3: 3 Burpees
And so..
*Score = rounds and reps
Time Bomb22 Reps0 Reps
In 12:00
50 Wallballs (20lbs)
40 Burpees over the Bar
30 Deadlifts (255lbs)
Remaining time AMRAP: Wallballs
Score Total Wall Balls
Chuck Taylors4 Rounds +4 Rounds
AMRAP 8:0018 Rep
10 Deadlifts (225lbs)
10 Burpees
Adrenaline50 Reps44 Reps
8 :00 AMRAP of ascending reps:
2 Burpee Box Jumps (24")
2 Squat Cleans (135lbs)
4 Burpee Box Jumps
4 Squat Cleans
6 Burpee Box Jumps
6 Squat Cleans
And so on a... Score = total reps

Over the last year, I also performed the most Handstand Push-ups, Bar Muscle-ups I’ve ever done. I completed a Spartan race and competed in the CrossFit Open where I beat my previous ranking in a majority of the workouts.

Overall Health and Bloodwork.

I’m not going to break it all down here. I have already done that in these two blogs, so I’ll just give you the links to follow.

Summary…… It’s all good. For everyone that was so concerned for me, I’m in better shape than ever and still getting better.

10 Month Bloodwork
http://blog.themeatlife.com/2019/02/bloodwork-update-10-months.html

CIMT Scan
http://blog.themeatlife.com/2018/12/carotid-intima-media-thickness.html

What’s next?

I have no plans to stop following this way of eating. It’s doing me very well. It’s simple to follow and the most effective nutrition plan I’ve ever seen.

I will continue to research different aspects of nutrition that interest me. I am making more connections in the community and I hope my network grows to enable a greater ability to share information that will help people improve their health.

This last year has been an adventure and I can’t begin to imagine where it will go from here.

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