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THE ANIMAL BASED DIET: UNLEASH YOUR INNER CARNIVORE

Welcome to our page dedicated to the animal-based diet, also known as the carnivore diet. If you've ever considered adopting a carnivorous lifestyle, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll explore what the diet entails, the health benefits it may offer, potential skin benefits, reasons for choosing this approach, the foods you can enjoy, and how to get started. Plus, we invite you to visit our recipes page to help kick-start your carnivorous journey.

THE ANIMAL BASED DIET: UNLEASH YOUR INNER CARNIVORE

WHAT IS THE ANIMAL BASED DIET?

The animal-based diet, or carnivore diet, is a unique dietary plan centered around the consumption of animal products exclusively. Unlike most conventional diets that emphasize a balance of plant and animal-based foods, the carnivore diet focuses solely on animal-derived sources of nutrition. This means eliminating all plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and possibly even some dairy products depending on how your body tolerates them. The primary focus is on meat, fish, eggs, and animal fats.

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Welcome to our page dedicated to the animal-based diet, also known as the carnivore diet. If you've ever considered adopting a carnivorous lifestyle, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll explore what the diet entails, the health benefits it offers, potential skin benefits, reasons for choosing this approach, the foods you can enjoy, and how to get started. Plus, we invite you to visit our recipes page to help kick-start your carnivorous journey.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE ANIMAL BASED DIET

Advocates of the carnivore diet suggest various health benefits, although scientific research in this area is limited. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Weight Loss: The high protein and fat content in animal-based foods can help control appetite, promote satiety, and support weight loss.

  2. Improved Blood Sugar Control: By eliminating carbohydrates, the animal-based diet may help stabilize blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

  3. Reduced Inflammation: Cutting out potentially inflammatory plant foods could lead to a reduction in inflammation for certain individuals. This is due to the elimination of omega 6 vegetable and seed oils, grains, plant foods, and sugar

  4. Simplicity and Convenience: The carnivore diet offers simplicity and convenience by eliminating the need for complex meal planning and food choices.

  5. Other potential health benefits: increased lean muscle mass, improved sleep quality, improved mood and mental health, Increased energy due to using fat for fuel instead of carbs, decreased cravings for sugar and sweets with a change in palate towards more savory foods, Increases nourishment to the body due to the high nutrient density of animal proteins which allows the body to heal, Healing of leaky gut which is caused by eating plant foods that contain oxalates, lectins, and gluten, and healthy, glowing, and more youthful looking skin.

SKIN BENEFITS OF THE ANIMAL BASED DIET

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Although scientific research specifically focusing on the skin benefits of the carnivore diet is limited, anecdotal evidence suggests that certain individuals experience improvements in their skin health. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Reduced Acne: By eliminating potential acne triggers found in certain plant-based foods, some individuals may experience a reduction in acne breakouts.

  2. Improved Skin Texture: The high protein content and collagen-supporting properties of the animal-based diet may contribute to improved skin texture and a more youthful, glowing appearance.

  3. Enhanced Moisture and Hydration: Healthy fats present in the diet, such as those found in fatty fish and grass-fed meats, can contribute to better skin moisture and hydration.

  4. Improvement of inflammatory skin conditions: The carnivore diet has been reported by some individuals to have positive effects on skin inflammation and conditions like eczema. By eliminating potential dietary triggers found in plant-based foods, the diet may help reduce inflammation in the body, which can contribute to improved skin health. However, it's important to note that individual responses can vary, and consulting with a healthcare professional or dermatologist is advisable for personalized advice and guidance regarding skin conditions

REASONS FOR CHOOSING THE ANIMAL BASED DIET

People opt to follow the carnivore diet for various reasons, including:

  1. Weight Loss Goals: Some individuals adopt this diet as a way to achieve weight loss and improve body composition.

  2. Autoimmune Conditions: Certain individuals with autoimmune conditions report symptom relief when eliminating potential dietary triggers found in plant-based foods.

  3. Simplicity and Elimination of Food Sensitivities: The carnivore diet is a form of an elimination diet which simplifies food choices and can help individuals identify and eliminate potential food sensitivities.

FOODS TO ENJOY ON THE ANIMAL BASED DIET

When following the carnivore diet, the primary focus is on consuming animal-based foods.

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MEATS

Fatty cuts of meat

Beef, pork, lamb, poultry (chicken, turkey), game meats, and organ meats.

Shrimp, Clams, and Oysters

SEAFOOD

Fatty fish & shellfish

Salmon, sardines, trout, shrimp, and shellfish.

Raw Eggs

EGGS

Whole eggs with the yolk

Eggs from chickens, quail, duck, goose, ostrich and caviar.

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FATS

Fats to fuel your body

Butter, ghee, lard, and tallow

Homemade Cheese and raw milk

DAIRY

Dairy & Raw Dairy

Some individuals include dairy products like cheese and heavy cream if they tolerate them. Choose raw dairy when its available.

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

The Animal Based Diet might appear to be complicated and confusing, especially if you have well-meaning friends or family giving you faulty information. But if you know the basics of how to get started then you will stay on the right path regardless of the distractions you hear anywhere else. However, before you get started it's essential to recognize that individual responses to the animal-based diet can vary. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist before making significant dietary changes.

 

​There are 2 main approaches to transitioning to an animal based or carnivore diet:

  1. All in approach-If you're motivated and already fat adapted from eating a mostly animal based diet (keto/ketovore) and looking to dive right in, then this approach may be a good option for you. Transitioning this way is much quicker, but the transition symptoms can be more severe.

  2. Carb taper approach- If you are new to a low carb or ketogenic diet and eat a considerable amount of carbs, then it may beE easier for you to adopt a low carb diet for the first few weeks prior to going full Carnivore. One method of doing this is by incorporating a few full carnivore meals into your diet each week and gradually increasing the number of meat based meals that you eat over a period of several weeks to a month. This method will take you longer to transition, but the transition symptoms may be less severe.

 

Ready to embark on your carnivore journey? Visit our recipes page for a wealth of inspiration and mouthwatering dishes that will help you get started on the animal-based diet. From succulent meat recipes to delightful seafood creations, and even pizza or bread (yes believe it or not carnivores can eat these foods!), our collection has something to satisfy every carnivorous craving. Explore our recipes and discover flavorful options that the entire family can enjoy while embracing the benefits of the carnivore lifestyle. Let's make mealtime a delicious and nutritious adventure!

DISCLAIMER: This has been written for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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