The Carnivore Diet is very easy to maintain. Any animal-based food is allowed. However, red meat seems to be the ultimate favorite of most practicing carnivores. This includes any four-legged animal such as cow, pig, or lamb. And, yes, pig is actually a red meat (not white)! A typical Carnivore Diet meal plan may include bacon for breakfast, a hamburger for lunch, and a juicy ribeye steak for dinner.
Though many carnivores choose to eat only meat, some include eggs and dairy as they are technically animal-based foods. Still yet, others include coffee and tea which are really plant-based. Just keep in mind that the Carnivore Diet is about healing. Therefore, you must choose how strict you need to be in order to heal. It’s best to start with meat only for 90 days and then reintroduce foods like eggs, cheese, and coffee after you’ve experienced the benefits of healing.
You may have learned what foods are allowed with this way of eating from What is a Carnivore Diet? However, a more inclusive Carnivore Diet food list is provided below. Please note that there is no calorie or macronutrient counting with this diet. Just eat when hungry and until full but not overstuffed. However, keeping track of calories and macros is a choice and you may do so. I’ll discuss more about this in a future article.
Carnivore Diet Flesh
With the Carnivore Diet, you have dozens of choices of meat which include mammal, poultry, seafood, and reptile. Land mammal, especially beef and bison, seem to be the favorite of practicing carnivores. Keep in mind that not only the meat is important for health, but the fat that comes with the meat is just as important. Also, organ meat is super nutritious. Many carnivores include liver, heart, and sweetbreads (generally thymus). Liver is known to be the best of the superfoods. A future article will be written on this highly nutritious food.
Land Mammal (including organs)
- Bison / Buffalo
- Lamb / Mutton
- Wild Boar
- Game Birds
- Guinea Hen
- Fish (i.e., anchovy, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna)
- Roe (i.e., caviar, ikura)
- Shellfish, Crustacean (i.e., crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp)
- Shellfish, Mullusca (i.e., mussel, octopus, squid)
- Echinoderms (i.e., sea cucumber)
- Medusozoa (i.e., jellyfish)
- Tunicates (i.e., sea squirt)
- Crocodilia (i.e., alligatator, caiman, crocodile, gavial)
- Sphenodontia (i.e., tuatara)
- Squamata (i.e., lizard, snake, worm lizard)
- Testudines (i.e., terrapin, tortoise, turtle)
- Beetle Grubs (i.e., mealworms, larvae of darkling beetle)
Carnivore Diet Byproducts
Though some practicing Carnivores are strict with meats only, others do include the byproducts of those meats (i.e., dairy). The choice is yours. Keep in mind that not everyone can or should eat these byproducts. For those with gut issues, dairy may need to be eliminated until the gut is healed. Then there are those with insulin resistance that should avoid anything that may spike that such honey from bees. Following are some of the animal byproducts, but this is not an exhaustive list.
- Butter or Ghee
- Heavy Cream
- Raw milk
- Honeybee honey, larvae, nectar, royal jelly
Carnivore Diet Beverages
Though coffee and tea are technically plant-based beverages, some carnivores do choose to include them as they can be beneficial for health. As mentioned earlier, you may want to eliminate them for a while if you have health issues you’re trying to heal. You may do this by weaning off of them for the first 30 days of the diet and then eliminating them for at least 90 days thereafter. Once healing occurs, you may slowly include them again. Be sure to note any negative side effects and eliminate immediately if they do occur.
- Water (drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day)
- Bone Broth (drink for electrolytes)
Carnivore Diet Supplements
Meats and dairy have very tiny amounts of carbohydrates, so the Carnivore Diet will never be a zero-carb diet. However, it is essentially free of added carbs. During the first few weeks of this way of eating, you’ll lose excess body water. When this happens, electrolytes are often lost. However, the body will readjust quickly. Until adaptation occurs, you may want to add a little Himalayan pink salt to your foods and drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. You may also add meaty bone broth as it will provide your body with needed electrolytes (i.e., sodium, potassium, and magnesium).
Beware though! Many uneducated carnivores will encourage you to take this or that supplement without really knowing your situation. This can be dangerous, but it is really unnecessary. Just look at the Inuits or other historical carnivores. They didn't have access to all the supplements we have, and they lived healthily.
Most Carnivores do not have any symptoms from this way of eating. Some have slight symptoms that usually go away within a few weeks as the body adapts. This was proven with a strict one year study of a meat-only diet which proved no nutrient deficiencies. Taking too many electrolytes can actually cause an imbalance or overdose. Plus, certain electrolytes like potassium are self-regulating.
With that being said, more severe symptoms may show in certain people. However, it's usually with people who aren't eating enough or only concentrating on only one food that doesn't provide the body with enough nutrients. What can quickly help with these overpowering symptoms is a little homemade bone broth. Or, the appropriate supplements can be taken at this time. Otherwise, Himalayan pink salt and bone broth will provide the body with all nutrient necessities. We’ll discuss more on electrolytes in a future article.
The Carnivore Diet is the simplest way of eating. With its healing and weight balancing benefits, it can be a lifestyle to enjoy for years to come. Also, be sure to follow our channel, as well as like, share, and comment. You may also download our interactive and useful app to stay tuned with the Carnivore Wellness channel.