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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