Interview with ICA
Irish Carnivore Addict who is 34 and works in a college. I have a huge passion for nutrition, fitness, and yoga
My goal is to gather as much information as possible on diet/fitness and be able to pass on my research to my family, and whoever might need help.
How did you eat before carnivore
I used to be very high carb 500 grams a day, trying to build muscle only to get fat and extremely tired all day. Then moved over to keto for 6 months, before finding a diet that had it all … the carnivore diet.
Why did you try the carnivore to begin with
I began to see more and more information coming out. And from questioning doctors every time I was looking for answers to what was an optimal diet why was I having heart burn on the old diet, why does peoples stomach acid reduce as we get older, why are people bloated from a lot of foods, so I jumped right into carnivore after a lot of reading up on it. I was nervous at first to consume such a high volume of red meat but what can I say? my digestion is on point with no heart burn ever and getting optimal vitamins + plenty of zinc daily through food. I feel my stomach acid is optimal now not like before causing heart burn.
How do you personally approach the carnivore diet
My diet daily is 2.3 to 2.5lbs consisting of ground beef and ribeyes. I will also have some raw cheese daily. I also have lambs liver every 3rd day and sardines. I eat 2 ribeyes at 7.15am than some raw cheese at 1, and finish off with ground beef at 5.30. My job involves lots of walking so 3 meals suits me best. What has being a game changer for me is not consuming water after meals for at least 2hrs this has given me a lot more energy as I feel I am absorbing more of my food and keeping my electrolytes in check. My water intake for the day going off drinking to thirst is around 1.5 to 2 litres, considering I used to drink a gallon this is working very well.
What benefits have you seen since starting the carnivore diet
Gaining muscle and loosing fat which I thought wasn’t possible, as I have being seeing my weight going up, more muscle, and body fat coming down. I regularly check on a body composition analyser in gym. This is a dream as I can now just eat carnivore and never worry about bulking and cutting . I will just continue this way getting stronger and leaner. Also the mental clarity and energy no longer needing caffeine to get through the day and my skin conditioning has improved.
What negatives have you found with the carnivore diet
I guess some of negatives have being not going out for family meals unless its a fancy steakhouse. Avoiding going for drinks as I am trying to consume optimal foods and avoid alcohol but feeling the way you do on a daily basis makes you not miss those things.
Do you exercise on carnivore diet if so how do you find it and what do you do
Bodybuilding 2 full body workouts a week and 2 yoga sessions, with hit sessions before yoga. Skipping rope 1 min fast 2 min rest. Letting my heart rate come back down to a complete rest has been improving my resting heart rate which now ranges 45 to 50 beats per minute. Two days a week lifting weights works perfect, I tried 3 but would not be recovered. In my case less is more, recovery is key, and with only hitting the muscles twice a week I am refreshed every session and lifts are going up every time. As for yoga this works wonders along side lifting weights, its better for recovery, more flexibility, less stress, better posture, and reducing risk of injury for lifting weight. My job also has me walking on average 15000 steps a day.
What pieces of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet
Depends on how hard willed you are, you could start on keto which would give you more of a variety.
Then transition to carnivore after a few months after becoming more fat adapted, or if you are ready to just dive in, go for it, just be sure to consume plenty of salt and keep your electrolytes in check, and don’t worry about eating so much, your body has to heal and requires nutrients so be sure to consume 2 to 2.5lbs of meat a day, and more depending on your activity level, and don’t forget to add in some liver and fish a couple of times a week.
Do you think carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream
Doubtful, too much conflicting information and this huge push lately for plant based diets, that’s why we need more information to get out there, how this way of eating can help people feel better about themselves.
Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey
Yes try not get caught up in what people say about this diet and that diet try it out and see how you feel and make you decision than and I will look forward to reading your blog in 6 months because when you start your hooked 😊
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