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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training Week 17

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK.

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training Week 17

Had a lovely week and a productive week at that. Who would have thought that Ultramarathon training was a perfect lockdown pastime haha… but still Fuck You lockdown you bag of shite.

I actually ran 5 times this week which is not the norm for me, I usually aim for 4 times a week but probably often only hit 3 times a week. In my head as I get deeper into my ultra training, 5 times a week will be the norm hopefully.

The Wife got over her injury so started joining me on the 4 milers during the week, but didn’t feel comfortable trying my 18 miler at the weekend. So she did a 10 miler by herself.

But it was good to have her back for a bit, having a training partner is always handy.

All in all I ran 30 miles and walked 21 miles, not bad at all. But it is only the start really. Onwards and upwards.

Strava craic

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Christopher

Interview with Christopher

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Christopher Nance aka Carnivorous Beast, I am 32 years old from Cornwall, UK. I am currently a Corporal in the Royal Air Force.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I used to eat the typical bodybuilding diet, low fat, high carb, lots of sugar laden protein shakes, pastas, breads and lots of lean meat, I then went paleo/keto for a short period before going Carnivore. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

It was actually my partner who introduced me to Carnivore, I initially disregarded it but I decided why not give it a go for a month and see how it goes, now 11 months down the road I’m still Carnivore 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I initially started Carnivore eating all meat, eggs and dairy, after about 4 months I decided to eliminate dairy as I was still getting skin issues, as soon as I eliminated dairy my skin issues reduced dramatically 

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Benefits I have seen is mental clarity, I had suffered with mental health issues and I am now completely off any medication, I have also been able to read 15 books so far this year (I could barely read 1 book a year in previous years). I also dropped a lot of body fat starting at 95kg, I am currently 78.2kg, I also feel very energetic and overall sleep better, my skin also has improved – I used to have eczema but no longer have it.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.


The biggest negative is fitting it in an everyday life, its difficult to eat out at restaurants or someone’s home. Also having to constantly defend my diet to people stuck in the conventional way of thinking 

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.


I exercise 5-6 times a week I have had a varied gym background coming from Powerlifting to Strongman to strength training and I am now focusing on bodybuilding, my workouts are usually Weightlifting with occasional cardio.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.


Make sure you are ready for it, it’s difficult to come from a standard Western diet with high sugar processed foods to completely eliminating them, I always recommend going paleo first to get used to eating real food then trying keto to become fat adapted and then going Carnivore 

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.


My hope is that it would but I just don’t see it happening, unlike Vegan diets which can be mass produced and profitable for big brands meats are difficult to heavily manufacture.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

Carnivore has been great for me and I stand by it but I recognise it isn’t for everyone, I also highly recommend Paleo and Keto. I am on YouTube as Carnivorous Beast and on Instagram as @carnivorousbeast

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11 Carnivore Diet Benefits: Why You Need to Try It

Could the Carnivore Diet be the most species appropriate diet for humans

This was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com, and they asked me to share this wonderful info on my blog… as we are all here to help each other.

“You can’t do the carnivore diet, you’ll get scurvy!” 

I’ve heard this way too many times. People are terrified of adopting the carnivore diet because of the scurvy boogeyman…

The carnivore diet may have massive benefits. People that have followed the carnivore diet have

  • Dropped weight faster than a vegan drops $16 on avocado toast
  • Cured depression
  • Rejuvenated skin
  • Experienced limitless energy.

What the carnivore diet teaches you is that the food you eat permeates every aspect of your life. Diets aren’t just for weight loss.

Simply: you are what you eat. You’ve been fed bowls of bullshit. And they don’t even taste as good as Frosted Flakes. 

It’s time to throw them in the trash and start fresh.

Carnivore Diet Benefits

Here are some of the potential benefits of the carnivore diet. If you’re interested in how it works so well, check out the carnivore diet science here.

#1 Simplicity

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

One of the biggest benefits of the carnivore diet is how simple it is. Simplicity is all about identifying what is essential and eliminating the rest.

Food doesn’t need to be complicated. Most diets practically require a PhD in “making shitty foods taste good,” sucking up valuable time and energy. Even on Keto, for example, people spend countless hours counting their fat calories and devising ways to make their healthy dishes taste like the unhealthy ones they’re addicted to (I’m looking at you, cauliflower pizza).

The carnivore diet eviscerates this paradigm. Steak. Eggs. Beef liver. Beef Tallow. Cast-iron pan. What other diet can be complete with just 5 things?

Instead of spending hours preparing your meals and thinking about food, you can read a book. Start a business. Hang out with loved ones. Do the things that actually matter and use food as medicine to optimize your energy for the things that really matter.

#2 The Carnivore Diet May Support Positive Mental Health

The carnivore diet may improve your mental health and mood. At least it did for Brett.

Recent science shows that the prevailing approach to mental health is ALL wrong. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors have persuaded you that mental health issues all arise from chemical imbalances. 

But the truth is that mental health issues stem from inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and too many hours wasted playing Fortnite…

The carnivore diet may help with these issues (although I can’t promise it will make you stop playing video games all day). 

Studies continue to reveal that low serotonin levels are not the cause of depression . What is? Elevated inflammatory markers .

Inflammation elevates proteins and cytokines in your blood like CRP and IL-6. Studies have shown that patients who don’t respond to depression medication, for instance, tend to have elevated levels of CRP .

This is why the carnivore diet has reversed depression and mental health disorders for so many people. Brett Lloyd, for instance, was prescribed dozens of different medicines over the course of 25 years. None worked. But the carnivore diet cured him in 25 days.

How? The carnivore diet can reverse inflammation by cutting out all the junk you’re intolerant to: such as seed oils, fructose, glucose, and even many vegetables (like nightshades).

Ketones, like beta- hydroxy butyrate, help to reverse inflammation . And the carnivore diet puts you into ketosis.

By contrast, diets high in carbohydrates increase inflammation .

Then the carnivore diet also tackles nutrient deficiencies that all exacerbate mental health issues. 

Zinc, DHA, Vitamin B12, Iron and Vitamin B6 deficiencies are all associated with depression.  [*] [*]

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Many of these nutrients are absent from plant foods. Guess what? Without animal foods, you may be deficient. .

#3 The Carnivore Diet May Supercharge Your Energy

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that …the Carnivore Diet turned me into the Energizer Bunny. Literally. I might as well have grown grew bunny ears and started playing the drums…

Why? Studies show that inflammation and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to fatigue. 

Nutrients aren’t just those things on the back of your food label. They’re fuel for mitochondria. When you don’t get sufficient amounts of protein, vitamins and nutrients, your body slowly sputters to a halt.

Deficiency in nutrients — many found predominantly in animal foods — can lead to fatigue. 

This study found that people with chronic fatigue have low levels of carnitine . The best source of carnitine? Red meat.

Furthermore, the foods you’ve replaced your red meat with may be throwing a wrench in your mitochondria engine as well. 

For instance, studies have found that people with fatigue have higher levels of omega 6 fatty acids . The seed oils you’re eating instead of “dangerous saturated fats” are loaded with these omega 6’s.

Lastly, ketones are superfuel for your brain. They have more ATP per gram than glucose, for instance. And they lead to more efficient energy usage. Why would you submit power your brain to with glucose sludge when you could power it with high- octane ketones? 

Beef liver is one of the best sources of nutrients in the world. It substantially increased my energy levels because of the B vitamin content. 

#4 The Carnivore Diet May Increase Weight Loss

The carnivore diet may help you lose weight. Studies show you gain weight for two main reasons:

(1) your insulin is always elevated, locking your body fat in storage mode

(2) you eat processed foods that throw off your innate satiation mechanisms.

The carnivore diet eviscerates these issues.

First and foremost, it reduces insulin levels by removing all foods on the Mount Rushmore of glycemia. 

A Virta Health study on the ketogenic diet revealed that 94% of subjects with Type 2 Diabetes were able to eliminate or reduce their insulin dosage after starting the diet.

Body fat isn’t just a fashion statement – it’s supposed to be stored for later energy use. But when insulin is perpetually elevated, body fat is locked into storage. 

When insulin levels fall, the opposite happens when it falls. You shed body fat for fuel. 

The second punch: cutting out processed junk and powering yourself off of protein, fat and ketones will reduce your hunger. You’ll be more satiated, even at a lower caloric intake.

This study, for instance, found that simply eating processed foods increased caloric intake by 500 calories a day .

This is why people on the carnivore diet are losing 50+ pounds, even without exercise. It’s simple – your calories are more filling and more efficient. 

#5 The Carnivore Diet May Rejuvenate Your Skin 

Acne and skin issues are not natural. They’re diseases of western civilization – that’s why a 2002 study found that 0 out of 1200 Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guineas examined had acne. While over 90% of 16-18 year olds in Westernized societies do .

It pains me to say, but the truth is that I myself wasted thousands of dollars on acne meds and countless hours trying to dissect my pimples like a surgeon. 

When in reality, all I needed to do was change my diet. 

I bet the house on Proactiv, only to be dealt a losing hand every morning I woke up with a face full of acne. I thought Proactiv was god’s gift to earth, only to be let down when it made things worse.  

Remember the phrase “you are what you eat?” Your skin is made of what you eat. If you eat junk, your skin will be junk. If you eat good foods, you’ll have good skin. If you eat porcelain, your skin will look like porcelain…… okay, maybe not. 

You break out because you have inflammation and nutrient deficiencies that increase sebum production. Both of these things cause a hormonal explosion that results in a big, red, white head exactly when you need it least. 

The carnivore diet can fix these issues. It provides you with copious amounts of acne- zapping vitamins and can reduce inflammation:

  • Vitamin A (if you eat beef liver): Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for your skin’s health.
  • DHA
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin E

#6 The Carnivore Diet May Support General Health & Wellness

Insulin resistance is related to almost every disease : 

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia  
  • Veganism

It may not cause them all. But at the very least, persistently high insulin levels exacerbates them.

Good news: the carnivore diet may be able to help maintain proper blood glucose levels.

By increasing protein, cutting out high- glycemic foods, and removing the weapon of mass destruction that is vegetable oils, you’ll remove the worst offenders.

See the complete list of Benefits of Carnivore Diet at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Meat Up: 1 year later – with Sim

Interview with Sim

It has been a year since Sim’s original Carnivore Diet Success Story.

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

My current way of eating is 2 meals a day in a window of about 6
hours. The window can vary depending on how I recover from training.
Generally, I have minced meat with some eggs as my first meal after
training, and a bigger meal with some more fatty steak around 16:00
(4PM)


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

I’ve learned two important things:
1. Context is important. There’s so much going both within and beyond
nutrition that influences what is needed for a person at any given time,
and these parameters change and so the context changes. I got to
understand that what is right is based on individual context. A general
template can work and does work for the general population. If we look
at any given population as a bell curve, it’s clear that the majority
fall in the middle and that a generalized template tends to work for
them. The outliers on both ends of the spectrum need context and
thus a very different approach.
2. The second thing I learned is the importance of organs in this
context. We all know how important our organs are for our health and
digestion, though I think it’s easily brushed aside as given that your
organs are either healthy or functioning optimally. Increasing my
understanding of organ function has been a major impact on how to
approach my nutrition.

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


I had a major setback because of accidental poisoning. I tried to
use oregano oil from a brand that turned out to be too highly
concentrated. I had just hit my stride, was the leanest I had been in a
decade by being carnivore for only 4 months. The diet worked like a
charm, best I ever felt, great energy. The oregano oil took all of that
away by destroying my gut, destroyed my digestion to the point of me
literally not being able to digest. Everything felt like a brick in my
stomach, even water was totally indigestible. My sleep tanked, my mood
tanked. My liver and gallbladder were highly affected. My gallbladder so
much so that I couldn’t break down fat nor salt. From there my thyroid
down-regulated into hypothyroidism. Which lead to a complete hormonal
crash. My sympathetic system was completely overburdened by trying to
compensate for my poor liver function. This started in the middle of
June and got progressively worse until the end of August. The subsequent
months from September to January were a real struggle. I slipped into a
minor depression, I had panic attacks, my training just ground to a halt
because my energy was so low.

At the beginning of February, I got on board with Dominic Rapson
(@orinins.nutrition) who guided and rehabbed me and my organs with a
holistic nutrition protocol that is carnivore-ish. It took a long time
for things to heal, given the extent of the damage. Though with
Dominic’s guidance I finally close to 100%. My gut sensitivity to foods
was already high and is even higher now, though I don’t mind as much
seeing that all my organs are back to optimal function. Dom got me all
the way back here with nutrition alone, psychologically I’m in the best
place yet. Physiologically I’m in a good place, leaner and building
decent muscle volume again. So this speaks to the power of the diet to
come back from something that laid me out for almost a year. Without Dom
this wouldn’t have been possible. Hence what I wrote above, that the
individual context and knowledge of organs really play an important role
when something is very wrong.


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

My goals are to drop down to 6-8% body fat, which will just happen by
training the way I do. Devin Kelley (@devinpkelley) is coaching me on
the strength stuff, his approach is very precise, so I’ve already been
packing on more muscle in 2 months. Both the fat loss and the muscle
gain will be an extension of the work we put in and the guidance from
Dom on the nutrition. I’d like to be about 5kg heavier be
next year and about down 4% body fat.

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


This period of rehabilitation of my organs showed me in no uncertain
terms how important our physiology is for the expression of who we are.
I will never take that for granted again. My mood, energy, focus, and
cognition have surpassed my peak from last year. In light of all this, I
also started a holistic health platform called Reclaimer Method, which
you can find at @reclaimermethod or www.ptgmethod.com.
For anyone interested to follow me personally:
IG @simvandaele
www.simvandaele.com

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training week 16

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK.

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training Week 16

Seriously undercooked the running this week, as I only did 2 * 4 mile runs. Whilst I did enjoy them when I was out, it was mentally challenging to do any more running this week. Just winter blues I think.

But on the bright side I did a lot of walking, 26 miles. Then I swapped my weekend long run for a tootle on the trails with my bike, 24 miles.

So it certainly wasn’t a lazy week.

That is what I like about ultra training over say marathon or half marathon training. You don’t have to be as specific with what you do. Ultra training is more about just getting used to moving for hours and hours on end. So to me its all ultra training whether I am dog walking, hiking, running or cycling. Although you obviously do have to put the milage in with your running but you do have a little more leeway to keep things interesting.

I can find marathon training is an absolute slog, but but in a funny way ultra training could be less draining. As anything you do outside, in nature, and moving by your own volition… is training. And I like being outdoors, so this will suit me better hopefully.

Strava craic

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Cynthia

Interview with Cynthia

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Cynthia, I’m in my early 50s and I’m an Executive Assistant for a science and technology company in Pennsylvania.  I’ve been Carnivore since January 5, 2020. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Growing up my family ate the Standard American Diet (SAD) and in my late teens and 20’s I briefly tried a Low Fat Diet, but I really hated it.  I ate Low Carb for many years because it was the only diet that I could maintain for more than a week, without feeling hangry.  I switched to the Ketogenic Diet a few years ago and then, this past January, I decided to give Carnivore a try.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I mainly started Carnivore for weight-loss purposes.  After a death in the family, when I was 29, I initially lost some weight but as grief set in I began comfort eating and gained quite a bit of weight over a short period of time.  During my 30’s, I was obese and extremely addicted to processed foods, fast foods and sweets.  Low fat diets were torture for me, when had I tried them.  So, when I found Low Carb I was very happy for quite a while, until my weight stalled.  As an adult I’ve always questioned the mainstream diet recommendations because they were clearly more about big business, the food industry and the government making money, than about health.  I don’t remember if I first came across information about the Carnivore Diet on Facebook or on YouTube but the more I researched it, the more sense it made to me.  I had been doing a lot of Fasting, along with my Ketogenic Lifestyle, and I thought that trying Carnivore could help me lose the last of my lingering extra weight, and also cut down on the Fasting while still receiving the healing effects of a “fasting-mimicking diet”.  I was also hoping that Carnivore would help me stop craving the Keto treats and dark chocolate.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I started in January, I approached it as a 30 day trial.  During my first week or two, I came across info on Carnivore 75 Hard and decided to extend it to 75 days.  Then at the 75 day mark, I extended it to 90 days.  By the 90th day, I was sure this was the best way of eating for me and my lifestyle.  When I first began, I ate a big variety of meats, poultry, seafood and dairy.  It took me a while to get used to not having any “sides” with my protein.  I was basically using chicken or seafood as side dishes with either beef or pork as the main course.  These days I still eat a variety, but it’s almost always based around Beef, and I don’t have dairy very often (except butter).  Some of my favorite foods are Ribeye and Porterhouse Steaks, Beef Short Ribs, Hamburgers topped with Kerrygold butter and crispy Chicken Thighs.  I eat eggs quite a bit, but not every single day, and I occasionally include beef liver and chicken livers.  I usually have my lunch around 2 pm and my dinner around 8:30 pm.  Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding more Beef Suet or Beef Fat Trimmings every couple of days.  

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Within the first month, I noticed that all of my regular aches and pains had disappeared, my mood stabilized and I had great energy.  It took several months before the cravings went away. Now, every once in a while, I’ll think of something that I used to eat all the time and I think “I’d like to have that”, but I don’t actually crave it.  Now it’s just a passing thought.  I no longer have any bloating or gas and my painful indigestion has all but disappeared. Also, my dental cleanings are much quicker and less painful than they used to be.

I have a couple of skin conditions, that usually flare up in the summer, and they didn’t occur at all this year.  The first is a mild case of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and I usually have a few painful weeks when it’s very hot and humid outside, but I didn’t have any this year.  The second is Sun Poisoning (aka Polymorphous light eruption), which I’ve had since I was 8 or 9 years old, and I’ve had outbreaks every single summer.  I have always limited my direct sunlight exposure to no more that 30 mins, to minimize my reactions.  This summer I noticed that the usual reactions, on the back of my hands, were not occurring like they had every other year before.  I decided to test it.  So, every sunny weekend, I spent a little more time in direct sunlight to see if my skin would react.  It did not.  My longest test was when I spent 4 hours, in direct sunlight on the beach, and the only thing that happened was I got a bit of a tan.  No rash, no itchiness, no discomfort.  It seems that Carnivore has put my skin conditions into remission.  I was floored and ecstatic!  Oh, and I haven’t had the hiccups at all this year.  I don’t know for sure if that is because of Carnivore or not but…it could be.

I did lose some weight, but the inches lost and the change in my body composition were more noticeable.  The scale is the least helpful tool when it comes to gauging your progress on the Carnivore Diet.  Since January, I have gone from wearing a size XL to a Medium, or a size 14 to a size 10 in US sizes.  I also love the fact that I don’t have any true cravings anymore and that I don’t think about food all day, from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, the way I used to on the SAD, Low Fat and even Low Carb diets.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Oy, the grease all over the stovetop and air-fryer!  The amount of splatter and clean-up from searing my steaks is definitely a negative.  LOL!  

Similar to some folks, I also had the transitional intestinal distress, for about a week upon starting the Carnivore Diet.  I chose to do a Water Fast for a few days and when I slowly added food back in (started with Bone Broth for a day or two) I no longer needed to run to the bathroom (thank goodness).

Eating out can be a challenge, and a bit pricey, especially when a restaurant refuses to give a discount for ordering a protein without all of the salads, side dishes, vegetables and breads.  A $12.00 burger patty with one slice of cheese is just outrageous!

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.

I don’t do much exercise outside of the occasional walks and periodic use of my dumbbells.  I know that I should really “workout” to be healthy but I just don’t love working out.  I also have Osteoarthritis in my hips and I was hoping that Carnivore would help reduce that pain but it hasn’t. Unfortunately, that makes it more difficult to walk long distances like I used to.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Do your research before starting.  Utilize all the resources that you can (e.g., Google, YouTube Videos, Carnivore Facebook Groups, Instagram Influencers, Podcasts, etc.).  Give yourself at least 30 days to try it and pay attention to how you feel prior to starting Carnivore, during and at the end of your 30 days.  Meal prep at the beginning so that you always have something that you like to eat ready in your fridge (burgers, bacon, steak, chicken, eggs, etc.).  Only eat when you’re hungry and eat until you’re satisfied each time that you do eat.  Pay attention to how your body, your mind, and your mood feels, and possibly reacts, to the different things that you eat.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.

That would be great, but I don’t think it will ever be accepted as mainstream, unfortunately.  There just isn’t enough money to be made in the Carnivore Diet for Government and Big Business to support it.  Plus, since the mainstream media reports on what the Government, and/or Big Business, tells them to….they probably won’t share the anecdotal evidence, the real-world testimonials or the obvious health benefits of Carnivore.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

Honestly, except for the Osteoarthritis hip pain (due to age), I haven’t felt this good since I was in my 20’s.  Anybody interested can follow me on my Instagram – @cyns_joy.  I share photos and the occasional video of my Carnivore journey.  Good luck to all who decide take on this great adventure.  It is worth it!

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Contemporary Carnivore Diet

Red Meat is a Health Food: Why Meat Heals and should be a part of any healthy nutrition plan

Ditch the kale, ditch the cereal bars, and eat lots of meat

Red meat is one of the most feared foods in the world today. Some would say it’s even more feared than (gasp) gluten.

But in my opinion, red meat is actually one of the healthiest foods you can eat. 

No wonder why metabolic health is so poor today.

Let me explain

What is Healthy?

Today, healthy to most people means the opposite of red meat. In fact, most people define foods as healthy by what they are not rather than what they are.

For instance, most people would say a vegetable is healthy because it’s not red meat.

They’ve heard it parroted that red meat causes disease, but they don’t really know why or understand the mechanism.

This is the power of the media.

I would define healthy based on the inflammatory components and nutrient density. 

What does healthy and unhealthy even mean? Below is my rendition:

  • Unhealthy: Doesn’t satisfy the body’s nutrient requirements. Has adverse consequence
  • Healthy: Satisfies the body’s nutrient requirements. No adverse consequences.

We eat for two main reasons:

  1. Energy
  2. Essential nutrients

Humans are heterotrophs. Our bodies cannot manufacture everything we require to function. We must get certain nutrients from food. 

There are three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. We need these to function properly.

There are four classes of micronutrients that are essential.

  • Vitamins (A, B, C, E, K, Choline, Folate, etc)
  • Minerals (Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Ionide, etc)
  • Fatty Acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6, etc) 
  • Amino Acids (Isoleucine, leucine, etc.)

Then there are more subjective nutrients determinations. Areas where we have reason to believe that more than what the government recommends would be beneficial for health. These include conditionally essential bioactives like taurine, carnosine and creatine. 

There are also more subjective determinations such as cholesterol being good or bad, saturated fat being good / bad, etc. 

And lastly, there is bio individuality in each individual and certain components of foods which can trigger an individual’s immune system. I call these inflammatory components.

This is all to say that determining what is healthy or not is a lot more complicated than most people believe. A healthy food is not merely “something that’s not red meat or not fried”. It needs to take into account all of these factors. 

If you were to rank the three factors above, I’d have to put essential nutrients first. These are essential. That isn’t an exaggeration or the millennial filler word. Without these you cannot survive. Almost like avoiding oxygen, you will suffer without these.

So let’s discuss meat.

Red Meat is The Most Nutritious Food

First, from the nutrient perspective, red meat is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world.

Nutrients aren’t just those things on the back of your food label. They’re fuel for mitochondria. When you don’t get sufficient amounts of protein, vitamins and nutrients, your body slowly sputters to a halt.

Deficiency in nutrients — many found predominantly in animal foods — can lead to major health issues.

Red meat is loaded with almost every single essential nutrient. If you consume an entire animal, nose to tail, you can meet the requirement for every single nutrient. This cannot be said about a plant based diet.

The challenge for plant based advocates is that many of these essential nutrients are not prevalent in adequate amounts in plants. Call these zoonotic nutrients: nutrients only available in sufficient amounts in animal products. Nutrients such as B12, vitamin A retinol, Vitamin k2 and DHA. 

Then there are bioactive, conditionally essential nutrients that are predominantly found in red meat like creatine, taurine, carnosine and carnitine

This study found that people with chronic fatigue have low levels of carnitine . The best source of carnitine? Red meat.

But how do vegetables really stack up? Biochemically, animal products are the only sources where we can get all our macro and micronutrient needs. 

Vitamins A, B12, D and K2 — nutrients that we cannot function without — are not prevalent at all in plant foods. 

While a separate issue, this is also a huge contributing factor to the mental health crisis today. Many of these vitamins — DHA, B12, Iron & selenium, for instance — are critical for brain health. If you deprive your brain of animal products, it will lash out. 

Humans are able to survive off of animal products alone. The same cannot be said about plants or carbohydrates.

A properly constructed carnivore diet, consisting of beef steak, beef liver and eggs is 100% nutrient sufficient. 

What about the so called dangers of red meat?

Sure, maybe meat is loaded with nutrients — but what if it’s killing you? Like a multivitamin laced with chloroform.

Well, in my opinion, the vilification of meat is the biggest health disaster of the last century.

And at this point there is NO evidence to support it.

When it comes to meat, most people are afraid of both cholesterol & saturated fat. But over the last decade there have been a number of studies debunking these common fears. Let me show you

Saturated fats

This 2015 meta analysis concludes… “Saturated fats are not associated with all cause mortality, CVD, CHD, ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes”

Other interventional trials lowered cholesterol by reducing saturated fat and did not obtain the outcome they desired. For instance, in the minnesota coronary experiment rsearchers lowered cholesterol like they intended by 14%, but this led to a “22% higher risk of death for each 30 mg/dL reduction in serum cholesterol”. This study was BURIED for 40 years.

Lastly in the RCT Sydney heart health study which was meant to support the AHA’s hypothesis,

The group that replaced saturated fat with vegetable oils had a 62% HIGHER death rate despite lowering cholesterol

Cholesterol

When it comes to cholesterol, the studies have been just as disastrous. 

In fact, just recently 19 BMJ researchers called for us to retract guidance on reducing saturated fat as evidence no longer supports it.

This was largely based off a 2019 meta analysis of 22 studies that concluded:

‘The preponderance of evidence indicates that low-fat diets that reduce serum cholesterol do not reduce cardiovascular events or mortality”

Lastly, Inflammatory Components

The last point I’ll touch on is inflammatory components. This is much more controversial and speculative, but I believe that for many people plants are increasing their inflammation and leading to sickness. 

Plants do not want to be eaten. And like kevin mccallister in home alone, they’ve set up chemical booby traps to defend themselves. 

vegetables are actually harmful to many people. 

In fact, there are 8 ubiquitous vegetables that destroy you from the inside.

Amber O’hearn was looking for evidence to support the necessity of vegetables in our diet, and stumbled upon evidence that proved the opposite. 

A randomized controlled study looked to determine the effects of green tea extract on smokers. To remove other confounders, they decided to remove vegetables from the diets.

They actually found that removing vegetables from the subjects’ diets reduced oxidative damage. Vegetables were harming the participants  .

A 1990 study identified 27 rodent carcinogens in plants that are produced for self defense.

About half of the tested chemicals were rodent carcinogens, and are found in many common foods. 

Our beloved vegetables — the foods that we hated so much as a child, but our parents forced us to eat because they were “healthy” — are actually TOXIC. 

Almost every vegetable has a toxin in it that can be irritating. The table below summarizes some of the toxins that you can find in plants. 

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussell sprouts and cauliflower produce sulforaphane when cut or chewed . As mentioned above, Sulforaphane is touted for its antioxidant benefits. 

And there is some evidence that it can kill cancer cells. But the problem is that it doesn’t discriminate between healthy and cancerous cells, just like chemotherapy.  At a high enough concentration, Sulforaphane can be damaging to health and even cause cancer . Sulforaphane also competes for Iodine and can cause hypothyroidism .

Nightshades have alkaloids which damage fat and carbohydrate metabolism and DNA function. Limes, carrots and celery have photosensitizers which can irritate animals when they go in the sun. Resveratrol has been shown to inhibit androgen precursors . And polyphenols can cause DNA damage  

I can go on all day….

There are also a number of what are referred to as anti-nutrients in vegetables.

Phytates, in both beans and tortillas, inhibit zinc absorption and decrease nutrients’ bioavailability. If you consumed zinc with black beans, you will absorb only about half the zinc. This is part of the reason why the RDAs are wrong.  Spinach has oxalates, which bind to calcium and magnesium and reduce absorption. 

Conclusion

If you’re looking to improve your health, it’s time to center your diet around red meat.

Red meat is the healthiest food in the world, loaded with nutrients and safe for your immune system.

It’s time to banish this anti red meat propaganda.

If you’re interested in getting started with the carnivore diet, check out this meal plan and guide to getting started that I put together.

This article was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Meat Up Year Two

Meat Up: 2 year’s later – with Cara

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.

Previous posts – Carnivore Diet success stories and Meat Up year 1

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training Week 15

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK.

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training week 15

I ran 21.5 miles this week over 2 runs, a 17.5 miler and a 4 miler. On top of that I walked 22 miles, mainly with the dogs.

It was a difficult week to get more runs in. The dark nights are here and it was bonfire night on Thursday. Which wouldn’t be so bad if it was just one night, but for some reason people seem to set off fireworks for at least a week. Bambi our Saluki gets scared of fireworks, so we had to make sure she was ok. Running was secondary. Hopefully the fireworks will come to an end now. So I can have a better running schedule next week.

I did feel really good on the long run, felt strong and had consistent energy, and pretty much kept to the same pace throughout.

I am guessing this is very important for ultra running. The ability to just keep going at the same pace for hours and hours. I am not looking to win, I am looking to complete. So I need to be able to keep a sensible pace throughout. This moderate pace strategy, is a better method than running a quick 35 miles in the beginning, then blowing up, and having to walk the last 35 miles.

This weeks runs

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Raf

Interview with Raf

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Raf and I’m a 30-year-old backpacker, known on Instagram as the carnivore traveller.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was trying to eat “healthy”: lots of protein, carbs, veggies and rather avoiding fat. I was also snacking on junk food and candy pretty much every day.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

First, I started keto after I got a bit chubby from quitting smoking. Besides losing weight I greatly enjoyed some mental clarity, better energy levels and I fell in love with the concept of body optimisation. Keto was great, but after eating my OMAD, I was feeling kind of bloated from all those veggies and also annoyed with the complicated process of weighing my food as well as shopping for all that spinach, kale and other “beneficial” nuts or berries. Then I came across the idea of the carnivore diet somewhere on the internet. I decided to try it and I never looked back. I got really into the subject of evolution, species appropriate diets etc. I started reading about it, lots of books, forums, whatever was available – it has become my passion and it still is. Other than that, I learnt fishing, hunting, butchering and preserving my meat. It has been a wonderful journey so far.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

From evolutionary perspective. I believe our bodies are excellently equipped with senses like hunger and thirst, hence if we don’t distort them with unnatural substances that work like drugs (high sugar, processed foods etc.) – we can trust our appetite senses about the quantity and kind of meat we should eat. I put emphasis on relearning my body signals – eating should be a natural process, I let my body decide when, how much and how fatty I eat. I don’t force ratios, eating windows, I don’t track ratios. I eat what I want and when I want, and I never crave anything other than meat.

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Mental clarity, peace of mind, high and stabilised energy levels, great digestion, excellent sleep, beautiful skin, and resistance to sunburn, and last but not least – better body composition.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

At first the social aspect was an inconvenience, but then it became a plus, when I learnt it helps me differentiate intelligent individuals – who get curious and open about the concept of the carnivore diet – from close minded people who bring no value to my life. No other negatives yet.

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.

Now, having so much energy this diet gives me I find it hard not to exercise. I always try to make my exercise pleasant and among nature – usually it’s barefoot running in the forest or on the beach, also swimming in the ocean. I also go to the gym to do a full body workout whenever I have the time plus I stretch in the evening every day.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Don’t try, just do it.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.

Yes, every month I see more and more people coming to the fb groups and other community “hangouts”. I hope the Harvard study organised by Shawn Baker will help to bring a positive light on this way of eating.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

@carnivoretraveller on instagram – that’s where I post photos of carnivore foods (including some weird seafood, coral reef fish, snails and lizards).

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