I have seen my health improve for the better with a carnivore diet. And I've been eating clean and living healthily for over ten years.
I couldn't imagine I could reach another level, but I have.
My transformation, the mountain of research I've done, and the world-renowned carnivore experts I've interviewed have led me to the obvious conclusion that the carnivore diet, or some close version of it, is the OPTIMAL HUMAN DIET for long-term health and well-being.
This I firmly believe.
Let's say you have yet to sell.
Please read the entire Carnivore Guide from start to finish if you have; great. Here's how I would think about figuring this out for yourself…
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT A CARNIVORE DIET
Let's ignore all the science or lack thereof for this thought exercise.
Imagine you just finished a 30-day carnivore diet experiment.
You now feel better, probably shed a couple of pounds, and have a better grasp on your appetitive, to name a few of the hypothetical benefits.
At this point, you might still be concerned about long-term health since a large vocal majority of people are telling you to be careful eating meat.
Ok, fair enough.
Answer me this: Do you feel better? Do you look better? Is your blood work better? Are you sleeping better? Has your digestion improved?
Thirty days of a carnivore can lead to you answering YES to all these questions and many others.
Let's assume for this thought experiment that you committed for 30 days and could answer yes to the above questions.
Now I will pose you with a task.
Go to any doctor and ask them the following:
Based on the available research, if I'm feeling better, looking better, sleeping better, and my blood panels are in better ranges or headed in the right direction, am I more or less susceptible to disease?
They will have to answer LESS.
You are HEALTHIER.
And that should always be the primary data point.
Yet it doesn't fit into some "science" or "medicine" model that big Pharma can quantify, or the FDA can regulate, or malpractice insurance can insure doctors against.
On and on the nonsense of the system goes when you look into it.
This is why the individual patient and her health are always a secondary concern at best.
Doctors can't work with it.
And if you then tell this same doctor that you did this with a 100% animal-based diet, they will likely take on the tone of a scolding parent and then proceed to tell you how you can't trust this since it's only 30 days and on and on they will go in an attempt to downplay your results so that their worldview is kept intact.
Doctors that follow the system do not like seeing patients that contradict their models of understanding the world.
And that's why there are so few changes; billions of dollars and countless person-hours were invested into propping up the current systems.
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.
Many people today will still have trouble accepting this reality because it is too counterintuitive to what most people think. They can't reconcile this. Some are not built to go against the grain.
And that's a damn shame because the grain today is fat and sick.
So what can we do to help convince people?
Let's assume we get the physical side because we felt the results, but maybe we are still hung up on what could happen in the long term.
If I wanted to understand why a carnivore diet might be good for me, I would turn first to the ancestral perspective. This would lead me to focus on Real Foods from nature as my nutrition principle number 1 based on how our ancestors lived in the wild for hundreds of thousands of years.
I would then consider what foods were available to our human ancestors.
This would lead me to a diet with many animal foods at the base of the nutrition pyramid.
Then I would look at the various foods that comprise this group and reconcile that with the current understanding of human biology to see how certain foods affect the body.
For example, sugar, fructose specifically, is used by animals to fatten up. This is observed in bears, birds, and humans. It's a strategy to help species survive in times of famine. Since we can be reasonably sure that sugar leads to fat gain, and since I don't want to gain fat, I'll stop eating sugar.
We can take this a step further and see that fat gain increases the risk of every modern disease.
So it becomes a simple equation of 1 + 1 = 2.
Sugar = is bad for long-term health.
Next, I would look at other plant foods that modern humans consume in large quantities, like grains.
Grains affect insulin; they are highly insulinogenic. Personally, when I eat grains, I often feel bloated. Based on this, it would be reasonable to ascertain that I should probably avoid grains,
Then I would look to the plant kingdom, greens especially.
I would start by testing how eating various plants affect me. And assuming I knew nothing about plant toxins, I would ask myself this question:
When my fridge is stocked, why do the plant foods usually go bad before I eat them? Why do I crave protein and fat-rich animal foods? And why do I never feel satisfied when I'm eating plants?
Hmm. Maybe there's something there.
So I would test various plants to figure out the species and the dose that my body can tolerate, and that brings with it a level of enjoyment and satisfaction.
Finally, I would look at the essential amino acids, fatty acids, and the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals the human animal needs to survive.
And guess where I would want them?
And what you end up with is a carnivore diet with a few specific foods from the plant kingdom thrown in here and there.
Then I would get my bloodwork checked out a couple of times a year and do any other tests that make sense to see if I" m deficient in anything.
And as long as my health was steady, I would have the peace of mind that I was doing the right thing.
That's how I would think about a carnivore diet if I were you.