There are so many different diet fads out there right now. Diets that limit gluten, those that give you “eating windows” or those that have you carb cycling. While each of these diets has their own detailed philosophy—there is one diet plan out there that takes the opposite approach and actually makes things simple; the carnivore diet.
You won’t need a 300 page book, ongoing coaching or a detailed calendar to stay on the carnivore diet, and you won’t need to give up your paycheck just to pay for organic groceries. In fact, the details on this diet plan are quite simple…just eat meat and water. That is it. In fact, it is so simple that I can go through the entire diet plan in this single article.
What You CAN Eat on the Carnivore Diet
When I said the carnivore diet was all about meat and water, I wasn’t kidding. And there are a few different types of meats that you can easily incorporate into this diet plan.
Your primary focus should be on beef, such as ground beef, roasts, prime rib and brisket. Steak should also be a big part of your diet plan, particular cuts like ribeye, sirloin, strip and chuck eye. If you like the organs, you can include those as well—particular liver. If not, you can still stick to the other cuts.
There are other meats you can be eating as well on the carnivore diet, especially as you ease in to eating only meat. This includes:
- Lamb chops and shank
- Pork shoulder and butts
- Pork Ribs
- Pork Belly
- Chicken wings, thighs and drumsticks (they have all of the good fat on them)
- Wild game
- Shrimp and scallops
- Lobster and crab
As for your beverages, you should be drinking water and bone broth (if you want a different liquid in the mix). We will discuss coffee and tea later.
What you CAN’T Eat on the Carnivore Diet
This is the list with any diet plan that has most people cringing. And to put it simply—you can’t eat anything that is not meat while on the carnivore diet.
This means avoiding all of the seasonings and sauces that often come with meats. It also means avoiding processed meats as much as possible. Many times, these processed meats are filled with additives.
You should also be careful about aged meats. This type of meat is often high in histamines, which can increase inflammation in the body as well as your sensitivities and intolerances.
A note on alcohol. You should also not be drinking alcohol on this diet. Not even red wine.
Other “normal foods” to avoid include:
When the carnivore diet says meat and only meat—that’s really what it means.
Details and Exceptions
Like every diet plan, there are a few rules and exceptions. After all, we aren’t living in the stone age, so there needs to be a little wiggle room.
One of the biggest questions that people tend to have about embracing a diet plan like this is “what about coffee?”
Many of us can’t imagine starting our days without coffee, and if you are already a coffee drinker, you can keep drinking it, especially during your first month as you transition into the diet plan.
Coffee is a plant extract, not a meat, but if you are going to struggle without it or if it is going to convince you to give up the diet, then it is OK to keep coffee as part of your routine.
Tea also falls into this category.
There are some people who believe in being very strict with the carnivore diet, and only allow eggs on special occasions. However, many carnivore dieters will include eggs into their diet regularly—although it shouldn’t be the main/only food in a meal. Think of eggs as a side not a main dish.
Dairy is another grey area for many people looking to the carnivore diet.
Hard cheeses, heavy cream and butter are also a big topic of discussion among those who are new to the carnivore diet and should also be considered sides that you can have on an occasion, but meat should still be your primary food source.
How to Start Embracing the Carnivore Diet
The great thing about the carnivore diet is that it is not only simple in terms of what you can eat and what you can’t eat, but it is also doesn’t have many restrictions on how much or how often you are eating either.
For most people, it is best to start with 30 days on the carnivore diet and then seeing how you feel. Chances are, when you take the time to reassess, you are going to notice better energy levels, less aches and pains, better sleep, weight loss and more. Give it more time, and you will start seeing better blood test results as well. In fact, many people try the carnivore diet to help with inflammation and autoimmune issues.
The better cuts of meat you can get, the better off you will be. If you can find, and afford high-quality grass-fed beef, you should try to only eat this type of meat.
So, now that you think you have the rules, here is an example of how you can embrace the carnivore diet with a sample meal plan.
Breakfast: Bacon, three hard boiled eggs, glass of water
Lunch: Hamburger patties, glass of water
Dinner: Rib eye steak and a side of cooked shrimp, glass of water
Everything you eat should come right from an animal. It can take some time to get used to, but you may be surprised by how much of a transformation you can make by embracing the carnivore diet. Now the only question is—do you think you are up for the challenge of this all-meat way of living?