WHAT IS THE CARNIVORE DIET?
Eating a carnivore diet is exactly what you would think:
You eat animal products (and by-products).
You do not eat plants (vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, fruits).
The carnivore diet is also known as a “zero-carb” diet, or “all-meat” diet, although zero carb is a bit misleading as olive oil is a zero-carb plant, and therefore, not on a carnivore diet. Also, eggs have a trace amount of carbohydrate. Full-fat dairy, such as cheese and whipping cream, also have trace amounts of carbohydrate. Therefore, when you eat a so-called “zero-carb” diet, it could have a trace amount of carbohydrate, depending on the animal foods you eat.
Still, some people on a carnivore diet consider these technicalities to be splitting hairs and they call it a zero-carb diet because it has essentially no carbs.
What Can I Eat on a Carnivore Diet?
There are a few ways to approach the carnivore diet.
You might think, “How is that? Seems pretty simple… eat animals and don’t eat plants. Got it.” True, that is the diet in its most basic form. But from there, you’ve got a lot of options.
A carnivore diet can include any of the following foods:
Oyster, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Squid, Octopus
Offal (liver, kidney, tongue, heart, etc)
Snake, alligator, frog legs
Dairy (whole-fat choices are best: cheese, yogurt, milk, heavy cream, butter, and ghee)
That’s a lot of choices. Furthermore, there are different ways to prepare these foods for a plethora of meat-heaven diversity. Roasted, stewed, grilled, steamed, seared, etc.
Two things worth noting:
1.Over time, it’s common for carnivore dieters to gravitate to a beef-heavy diet. It happened to me, too. It’s easy, delicious, and the desire for variety just starts to dwindle.
I’ve read about carnivore dieters who eat only beef and drink only water. That’s it. There are others who are even more specific in eating only ribeye steaks and drinking water.Many carnivore dieters avoid dairy or consume it only occasionally. If they do have dairy, it’s always full-fat (cheese, butter, ghee, heavy cream).
2.Many carnivore dieters avoid dairy or consume it only occasionally. If they do have dairy, it’s always full-fat (cheese, butter, ghee, heavy cream).