Looking Back on 30 Days of the Carnivore Diet

The amazing and unexpected

I just finished 30 days of the Carnivore Diet. I only ate meat and cheese. The most important point: I did not die. I never got sick. I do not feel weak. In my research, I’ve found that some folks go for years on the diet. So, yeah. It’s a thing. It’s not going away.

OK, that’s out of the way. I did not get incredibly ripped like those before and after photos you see. I lost a little bit of weight. My body changed a little bit. I got in touch with the hunger signals of my body. I learned not to binge as much. I learned about some food groups I should avoid.

All in all, I think it was time well spent.

I will do it again when I get a little closer to my ideal weight—and when this Carona Virus thingie has died down a bit. Until then, I’m fasting to keep my immune system at tip-top shape (but more on that some other time).

Here’s what happened over the last month…

  • Weight loss – People talk about extreme weight loss, but I don’t think that’s the main point of this diet. I think it’s more about getting healthy, learning your body signals, and changing your body composition. I did end up losing 6 pounds and adding an extra notch to my best. Not phenomenal, but I’ll take it!
  • Improved eyesight – This was an odd one. I have been noticing over the last few months that my long distance vision was a bit fuzzy. I thought this just meant I was getting older and it was time for new glasses. My vision was noticeably better starting on the third day. I couldn’t remember the last time I could see that far in the distance. It was quite cool.
  • Depression greatly reduced – I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for the last few months. While it is not gone completely, it is much better. I’ve gone from have an entire week of down days to just one or two. Even on those days, I can usually distract myself out of my funk. That would have been impossible before.
  • Skin complexion improved – My face used to be full of rashes. This got steadily better.
  • Food sensitivity increased – The Carnivore Diet is great for elimination and figuring out food allergies & intolerances. Everything just settles better – until you eat something you should not. The bad reaction is almost immediate. It is easy to say, “Yup. That’s an issue.” I found out that I have a problem with the following:
    • Milk
    • Butter
    • Eggs (whites and yolks)
    • Wheat
    • Smoke Flavoring
    • Nitrates

Keeping these things out of my diet going forward can only help.

  • Libido improved – It got better. It wasn’t great before. Desire increased. I won’t say anything else about that.
  • Sleep improved – Rest was deeper and I fell asleep faster.

Meals were easier to prepare. That was the good thing. The bad thing is that it got monotonous. I got to the point where all I was eating was meat and cheese.

Quick tip there: If you are going to eat a lot of cheese, do not buy the cheapest stuff. It kinda plumbs up the works. There are tiers of cheese. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. You can’t afford the expensive stuff. Buy the middle stuff.

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