You know me...I was curious. I had to try it. Who are we kidding? It was only a matter of time. I went carnivore.
Carnivore, also sometimes called zero carb, has been making its rounds and has been on and off my radar for quite a while now. I held off, I researched it, I dabbled in it for a few days here and there, but never really gave it a shot. Finally, I decided to try it for a week.
I'd been stalled out on keto and the whole covid quarantine saw my weight sneaking back up. I was bored. It seemed a good time to give carnivore a whirl!
Now, in case you don't frequent the parts of the net that I do, what is carnivore? Basically, carnivore is a diet, a way of eating, that is exactly what it says: carnivore. You eat like a carnivore. As with anything, there are varying versions of it: those that seem to eat only ribeyes, those who stick to only beef, those who stick to only meat, those who include all animal products, those who insist on eating nose to tail as a more complete version, etc, etc... But basically it's an animal protein based diet.
So, I set out to try it for a week. Actually my original intent was 10 days, but I am writing this after my first week on carnivore. Not sure if I'll continue or not, but wanting to share my experience on the diet.
First, how did I "do" carnivore? I wasn't what I would call strict carnivore, as in no plant products at all. I ate mostly meat, I relied mainly on ribeye steaks, chicken breast, and turkey burgers because that's what I had on hand. I also ate eggs on a few days and grass-fed beef burgers once. I allowed 2 keto coffees per day consisting of coffee, 1 tablespoon of Keto Creamer, 1 scoop of collagen, and a packet of Truvia (and a dash of cinnamon occasionally). The keto creamer contains: MCT oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, ghee, and sunflower lecithin (so, not strict carnivore). I also allowed some herbs and spices, obviously of the plant kingdom. Things like chili powder, basil, and turmeric. I used avocado oil and grass-fed butter to cook my meat in. I drank mostly plain Pellegrino and a little herbal tea (that's normal for me). I did not track or worry about portions. I ate when I was hungry and how much I felt like eating. I took magnesium and potassium and used sea salt on all my meals (this is normal for me on keto, so I just kept it up).
As for workouts there weren't many. I took it easy. Went for a walk once or twice. I tried one intense workout, more on that in a bit.
So, what do you think? Would you ever try it? Have you tried it? Advice? Should I continue? Tweet me!