Meat Up Year One

Meat up: 1 year later with Jurriaan

Interview with Jurriaan

His carnivore success story from last year is here – https://ketogenicendurance.com/2019/12/13/carnivore-diet-success-stories-with-jurriaan/

1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating. 

So I have been on this animal based diet for almost two years now. The first period I did a nose to tail approach but after a couple of months I realized I couldn’t handle foods like eggs and dairy for example. So I decided to go for what felt best at that time: Meat, salt and water! It was after 1,5 years I started to try eggs and dairy again and with great success! I do feel best on meat but I can now add some foods for variation. A positive side of dairy is that I can train harder with it. It is also great for weight gain if that is what you are looking for. So to summarise: I’m still on a meat based diet. Zero plants for almost two years. I feel like this year I’m gonna try some plant based fermented foods. Not that I think there is some magical about them but just to have some extra flavours on my plate. I eat two meals a day. Most days I eat 1-1,5 kg of red meat and I will add some eggs, dairy or cod liver. 

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

What I’ve learned about nutrition is that there is so much we do not know yet. I see so many different approaches and they all seem to work. For some people it is high fat and for other people it is high protein. For me it is mostly high protein and moderate fat, but there are days I crave more fat and will add some extra. My point of view regarding carbohydrates is changed a little bit too. I now understand that most people don’t do well on carbs if they have a compromised metabolism. I have seen this within myself and many of my clients. The more health (and muscle) I gained the easier it is for me to handle greater amounts of carbohydrates (dairy in my case). So I do not think carbs are bad, only in people with compromised health conditions. At first the body needs to heal on lots of fats and protein and I think for some this process can last for years. After this ‘healing’ period the body can handle a different variety of foods. The work of Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride has been a real eye-opener for me on this topic. 

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year. 

Due to corona my workout routines have been slightly different. I tried a bit more high intensity style training and I must say it felt great! My body can handle all kinds of training now, even without any added carbs. If I do add some dairy I feel that I can train harder. I can talk about my improvements but I think my 1,5 year progression photos will say enough. 

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

I will further explore the more high intensity workout routines. The talks and books by Mike Mentzer really gave me a different perspective on building strength and gaining muscle. I want to gain lots of strength on the big lifts. I will do a high intensity workout with four to seven rest days in between. I want to go to 8-9% body fat this year. The only thing I do to lose excess body fat is to eat a little bit leaner and some days do OMAD. 

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?

I wanted to say that this way of eating really changed my life. I now realize how important our food choices are on our journey for better physical and mental health. I hope that in the future more and more people will come to the same realisation, because if more people ask for better quality we can change our food system. I really think that people who will find optimal health, will be better people. In my opinion this is the way to a more sustainable future. If people want to ask me something about this lifestyle, training or just want to have a chat with me, they can find me on Instagram bbja.y. I really like talking to people all around the world.

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