Meat up with Jennie
1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating.
Currently I am eating a high fat ketogenic diet that includes animal fat, meat & seafood, high fat dairy, nuts and low sugar fruits and vegetables.
2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.
I have found many success stories eating a Carnivore diet. I have also learned people don’t usually highlight the problems they encounter along the way. Eating 2 pounds of meat a day may work for many people. This high volume meat, high protein way of eating a carnivore diet, in fact did what I set out to do. I healed my skin and my gut so I don’t suffer like I once did from food sensitivities. With this success I would call a year of Carnivore diet a success story. But there is a dark side.
3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year.
Improving my gut wall by eating a Carnivore diet was the ticket to healing my food sensitivities. However, that year of Carnivore diet came with a cost. You see for me, eating meat, salt and water was not perfect. I didn’t have enough fat in my diet to be satiated. I over ate meat to combat my hunger, some days 3 to 4 pounds of meat. Over the course of a year, this resulted in a 25 pound weight increase that I’m not excited about. More importantly, without paying any attention to my electrolytes or water intake, I became unbalanced in my electrolyte ratios and dehydrated. Some people shout on social media that all you need is meat, salt to taste and water. In fact this is not the case for me. After 8 months into my carnivore journey I noticed I looked older, skin wrinkly, dark circles under my eyes. It wasn’t until my return to a ketogenic style of eating and more research that I was making an effort to get more potassium into my diet. I quit drinking a pot of coffee a day. I have daily goals of potassium from food, and water intake I reach daily now. I take a magnesium supplement. The side by side photo compares me at 8 months into Carnivore (dehydrated and ignoring electrolytes) vs 4 months into a well formulated ketogenic diet.
4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.
Over the next year I want to remain healthy and lose the body fat I have gained on the Carnivore diet. I do daily walking/hiking, yoga and I lift weights several times a week. I’m trying to become more flexible with yoga, and maintain, maybe grow my muscle. Fat loss is the first priority so any muscle gains will be appreciated.
5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?
I can be found on Instagram @tenacious_tangles
Advice I would give at this point, is to seek as much information as possible. IG Influencers speak loudly, sometimes it’s not the best advice. It wasn’t until I sought out answers from old school ketogenic masters such as Dr. Steven Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek that I was able to understand “How” to balance my electrolytes and feel better.
Original carnivore diet success story is here
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