Meat Up with Cara
1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating.
Currently, I eat a meat-heavy ketogenic diet, but not strictly zero-carb carnivore. My favourite foods lately have been grilled chuck and flank steaks, chicken thighs in the air fryer, pecans, and mozzarella cheese. I start my day with a glass of cold brew coffee, and I eat my first meal around three-o-clock in the afternoon.
2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.
This year I learned a few things that have drastically improved my understanding of my personal nutritional needs. The first is that adhering to a ketogenic diet is critical for my mental health. It stabilises my moods and reduces my anxiety.
Secondly, I stumbled across the fact that some foods are high in histamines. This was the missing piece of the puzzle as to why, even on a strict carnivore diet, I continued to have some issues. I eliminated the highest histamine foods such as aged cheeses and beef jerky, started freezing my leftovers, and tried a few supplements to help empty my histamine “bucket.” I do not have to be very strict about histamines like some, but I do have to be mindful of them.
Another intriguing find is that if I fast until about three-o-clock in the afternoon every day I eliminate my horrific period cramps! It is completely anecdotal, and I have no explanation as to why that would help, but it has been nearly miraculous.
My latest discovery has been supplementing with something called “Pancreatin 1300.” These digestive enzymes taken before a meal allow me to have some condiments on my meats and a small amount of nuts without any of the digestive issues I used to have. This has made my diet much more enjoyable and, thus, easier for me to avoid diversions.
3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year.
This year was an absolute rollercoaster as I am sure it has been for many. My life was completely upended starting from 14th of March; the stress and uncertainty drove me back to my favourite (high carb) comfort foods. This phase lasted for longer than I would like to admit. In July I settled into what is depressingly called “the new normal”, then I started to slowly return to a healthier diet. It was a bumpy journey, but I am back on track.
The stress from all the changes wasn’t completely negative as I channelled some of it into bike riding. I spent all spring and summer exploring the local trails and roads on my bike. I started taking my fitness more seriously as suddenly it had life-or-death consequences in a way that had never felt so real. I spent a record amount of time this year walking local trails. The time in nature helped calm me and taught me to accept things beyond my control.
4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.
I would like to stick with my ketogenic diet long-term, especially over the holidays. I have no particular plans to return to a zero-carb carnivore diet as adding a little bit of keto-friendly plant foods has drastically improved my ability to avoid carbohydrates. I have decided it is better to choose a diet that I can stick with long term that makes me feel very good (keto) than to attempt and fail over and over at a diet that makes me feel great (zero-carb carnivore).
As far as fitness, I am now focusing more on lifting weights to improve my strength and physique. I have a very nice home gym, so there are no excuses. I bought an elliptical so that I can maintain my cardiovascular fitness despite the cold, rainy days. I hope that by next year I will have completely transformed my body composition.
5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey.
Please eat a diet to which you can adhere to, that makes you feel good instead of trying to copy the diet of someone you follow on social media: The best diet for you may not look like anyone else’s diet, and that’s okay!
I am @woodlandcara on Instagram, but this year I have mostly avoided social media for my own sanity.
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