Interview with Michael
1) Introduce Yourself.
Hi, I’m Michael Scher, and I’m a carnivore. I’m also a guy who’s interested in longevity, human optimization, philosophy and the general state of humanity and how we interact with each other and with our planet.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I have always eaten “healthy” as a result of my upbringing, having been transplanted as an adolescent from New York City to rural Canada, where we raised our own food in a fairly ancestral manner. I started transitioning away from gluten, then grains and sugars about 12 years ago, and have been keto/LCHF for about 10 years.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I tried carnivore because I had plateaued with keto/LCHF, and felt that I still had gains to be made. When I first heard about carnivore, I thought it was the craziest thing I had ever heard! But I did the research, and with a BSc in biochemistry, I felt I had the tools to evaluate the data I was absorbing. I became convinced that a well-constructed nose-to-tail carnivore diet could be nutritionally complete, so I tried it for a 30-day period. That was nearly a year ago, and I haven’t looked back since.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I am also a trained chef, so I try to make my plates as interesting as I can, without sacrificing either taste or good nutrition. I source my food from a variety of providers, emphasizing good and humane rearing practices such as grass-fed and -finished ruminants and dairy, pastured eggs and wild caught seafood. I eat nose-to-tail every day, trying to balance meat and offal, including whole organisms such as eggs or sardines, and limiting my dairy. I eat foods which I consider to be “vitamin-rich” raw, such as liver, egg yolks and bone marrow, to avoid denaturing the nutrients. I avoid snacking between meals and processed foods, especially dessert replacements. I eat within a six-hour window, having my first meal at around 1pm and eating until fully satiated. If I am hungry in 4-5 hours, I will eat again, usually a smaller meal. If not, I will stop eating until the next day.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
I have seen a leaning out of my physique, better and easier digestion, improvements to my hair, gums, skin and nails, quicker recovery from athletic activity and better sleep.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
I occasionally have sporadic and short-lived digestive issues, which I attribute to eating certain foods raw (liver, yolks and marrow). I still crave sweets from time to time. I find that too much dairy, especially processed, unfermented dairy, can cause me to feel bloated. And I am so tired of explaining my WOE to skeptics who, despite their own obvious bad health, feel justified in warning me of the imminent perils of being a carnivore.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I do exercise, nearly every day. I am an avid competitive cyclist, and ride about 7,000 miles (10,000km) per year. I also workout in the gym, doing short, bodyweight sets to failure (à la Ted Naiman) 4-5 times per week.. I find that carnivore, like any LCHF diet, allows me to ride for hours on end in a fasted state, using only my stored body fat as fuel. I’m not sure if lifting would be better with the inclusion of carbs in my diet, because I only started lifting in the last 5 years. I occasionally experiment with resistant starches such as UCAN with my athletics, but I can’t really speak definitively to the results yet.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
I would say, “Give it a try, what have you got to lose?!” You’ll know with 30-days how it’s working for you. I would also advise eating at home for the first 30-days, because there are so many hidden sources of unhealthy foods in restaurant foods, such as hidden sugars and industrial seed oils, which I think are the two worst foods for human health (especially the latter!).
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
As a diet? No, I don’t thinks so. As a directional indicator towards improved health, I certainly hope so. And I think we are seeing that happen already, but so are we seeing the rise in popularity of veganism…
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
I think it is critical that we all take individual responsibility for the way we feel every morning when we wake up. We have become overly reliant on the medical system to fix the woes we are bringing upon ourselves. Eat well, as your great-grandparents might have. Sleep deeply. Turn off the television and hug your children. Embrace the world around you. And do the work – any life that feels too easy probably is, and by the time you realize the price you have to pay for that ease, it will be too late to renegotiate!
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