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I also remember thinking that the way to a svelte figure and health remained in the hands of dry chicken breast, sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli while guzzling a gallon of water a day and working out for 2-3 hours 6 days a week. I’m exhausted even writing that.
Two ways of eating. Two schools of thought. And many arguments to be had within the world of nutrition, fitness, and of course, the need to be right. Nutrition was nothing more to me than a vehicle to feel my best. I used that vehicle to get me from here to there and back around again because I struggled/struggle for years with body issues that never seemed to come full circle within my healing process. Generally, I followed option number two listed above and more of a “clean eating” style. I’d load up on carbs, starches, and typical mono/poly unsaturated fats like olive and avocado oil, avocados, nuts, and what not. You would never see me consume butter, lard, tallow, or any rendered fat much less any sort of meat or protein with any fat in it. I ate sweet potatoes and oatmeal like they were going out of style and drank smoothies with fat free vegan protein powder. I had it dialed in. But the biggest issue was that I struggled significantly with chronic gut issues. Constant IBS from all the high fiber veggies sometimes consuming the upwards of 10-12 cups a day in the form of cruciferous veggies, salads, and leafy greens. I also ate plenty of chicken, fish, and egg whites. But even with this way of eating (WOE), I never felt well. Not for long anyway. I would have burst of energy and then crash but unable to recover even with a full night of sleep.
Nutrition is a picky topic these days. There is so much more to it these days than what nutrition really is about because now there is the ethical movement about consuming animals which goes way beyond the scope of what I am writing about and way beyond the scope of territory that I even care to embark upon. That’s dangerous ground to tread on. But the fact remains that there is definitely a discrepancy between what we are eating and what we are receiving in terms of “benefit” from our food.
It’s January 1, 2019. I’ve done a lot of reflection based on my health history in terms of what I have tried, what I have experienced, and what comes next for me. I can no longer deny that what I have followed has lead me down the path of most resistance in regards to attaining the level of health I seek. And when you come to the point in your journey where you feel you are out of options, perhaps it’s time to go for the option that you resisted all along. Take a leap of faith. And get down with what that which you thought was “disgusting.”
I’m not moving to the south. I am however taking a leap of faith and radically changing the way that I eat. You see, I literally shoveled enormous amounts of vegetables into my body for years thinking that a plant based (not vegan) diet was the foundation for gut health and autoimmunity. But if it were, I would not have had IBS, constipation, and high antibodies for so long. I would not have had to monitor every morsel of food that I consumed. And I wouldn’t have had to micromanage my entire lifestyle around my gut issue. That’s not health. And yet so many of us find our way into eating primarily vegetables and plant based diets and still not feeling well. Possibly even feeling worse 🤦♀️
Vegetables are great. I’m not saying they cannot be a part of a healthy dietary lifestyle. But if anything that you are consuming on a regular basis is causing you to not be regular, or causing you significant discomfort, it’s not you....it’s the diet. And this goes for ALL diets. That said, the diet that I followed was 90% vegetables and lean protein with a modest amount of fats like nuts, seeds, and cooking oils. None of which truly were nourishing my body on a cellular level. More on that later.
Every diet and food has a special day named on it’s behalf. Like National Donut Day or National Pancake Day. Just check out the hashtags on Instagram and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Well, January happens to be “World Carnivore Month” I know, it sounds a little funky. But once I got beyond the name and started to research why people were doing. this.....not just because they are gluttons and want to justify eating meat, but rather because the discovery of specific antinutrients in certain plant based foods were causing autoimmune reactions, digestive health disturbances, and thyroid issues, all of which I suffer with significantly, well I simply could not turn my attention away from it. I have been playing around with this way of eating on and off for the past couple of months with either a no or low vegetable diet and honestly say that when I nix them completely, I have no IBS symptoms at all, I feel more stable in my mind, I sleep like a log, and I have little to no anxiety.
My why is different from your why is differently from everyone else’s why. But they are all valid reasons. As are any reasons for going on any diet at all. I simply was not able to resolve my health issues on keto alone. I personally feel that all the veggies and their components aggravate my gut to the point of significant inflammation. Inflammation in the gut = inflammation in the blood = the body = the brain and it just circulates throughout the body. And if I keep doing what I’m doing, I will not get the results I’m looking for. Especially as I get older, I’m 44, the immune system tends to struggle more with autoimmune conditions.
So after much research and internal dialogue, here I am starting my World Carnivore Month experience. I am doing this with a group of people so there is support and I’m doing this in a responsible way in regards to the quality of meats I’m eating. Making sure to balance my fats and proteins, getting my omega 3 fats in from cod liver oil, plenty of fat soluble vitamins from said cod liver oil, organ meat—specifically grass fed beef liver, and lot of grass fed meats and some wild fish. I will be cooking with ghee and tallow.
Personally, I have been craving these foods fo so long which really means that my body has been deficient. For years I was malnourished from eating in a deficit, over training, and definitely over cleansing (occupational hazard). And now it’s time to heal from the damage that’s accrued. This experiment goes through the end of January at which point I will reassess. I’ll be looking for signs of:
- Digestive improvement: Mitigation of IBS, bloating, constipation. Elimination of candida which I believe is behind all of this.
- Energy: More even keel energy throughout the day
- Mood/Emotions: Reduction/elimination of anxiety and reactiveness
- Skin: Improvement in skin hydration and lipidation as well as improvement with dermatitis
- Sleep: I can already say that I sleep A LOT better on this way of eating. Proper sleep heals the body and helps with that which is listed above.
- Workouts: I have lost weight over the past few months and I am looking to see what kinds of muscular gains I can achieve at the gym. It’s important for me for metabolic purposes and for bone health as well as mental stability.
- Cognitive Function: Our brains are made up primarily of fats with very little need for sugar/glucose which our livers naturally made biologically. I’m looking for increased focus and attention on tasks that I have been putting off like my writing, meditation, and duh, social life.
I realize that food and diet and nutrition are a hot controversial subject. Putting all of that aside, I’m doing this for me. I’m no longer wanting to do anything that is popular but more of what is potent. After all, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you will keep getting what you’re getting. And that simply doesn’t work for me anymore.
I’ll be updating this as I go along with some pictures.
Happy New Year and Happy New You!!
What I'm looking for from these foods are a HIGH vitamin content. Specifically the fat soluble vitamins A, D, K, & E. The fat soluble vitamins help to heal the body on a deep level, specifically the skin. Which is why I am also consuming 2 tsp a day of cod liver oil and taking supplemental vitamin D3 and K2.
I have been continuing my use of L-Glutamine. Not going crazy with it.....just 1 tsp of 5000 mg a day. I will increase that in February.
Water consumption varies depending on my thirst and yes, I'm still drinking organic coffee with gelatin.
My meals are basically 70/30 grass fed meat with liver and eggs for breakfast and chuck roast or steak with broth that I cook in my crockpot for dinner.
WHAT I'VE NOTICED: Definitely still adapting to this high fat diet so my digestion is a little funky. Some days I have diarrhea and then I think there were two days I didn't eliminate at all. Mentally that drove me batty but I didn't feel badly at all. No bloating at all.
My skin is really clear. I have been taking KOLOREX with my two meals which is an antifunal/all natural that has proven effective with dermatitis in the past. But I strongly believe that not having any carbs, fiber, or irritants along with the kolorex was the key.
See you on the next update