I want to do a zero-carb diet/all meat as an elimination diet. I have digestive issues and I'm trying to identify food intolerances. I don't plan to stay on zero carb for very long maybe a few weeks to a month, and then I'll reintroduce foods to see what kind of reactions I get.
What do I need to do this diet safely and healthfully? Particularly with regards to water intake and electrolytes.
asked byWherestheBeef_ (159)
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on February 05, 2013
at 09:55 PM
Beef, water, and fat is all you need! I throw in some lamb or fish on occasion, but in all honesty it is not necessary. I live off of 75% ground beef + occasional beef tallow thrown in (all grassfed of course)
I've been ZC for 3 weeks and I've destroyed the Candida thats been killing me over the last 5 years. Absolutely amazing what cutting out the few green veggies I had remaining in my diet did for me.
While on the Paleo diet I had to supplement Vitamin A, B, C, D, probiotics, fish oil, digestive enzymes, magnesium, calcium, etc.. I was a walking supplement shop for years and barely improved my health - in fact probably worsened it with all these synthetic chemicals, fillers, and additives in literally all brand of supplements these days (unless you search long and hard for the hypoallergenic supplements).
Since transitioning to ZC, I cutout EVERY SINGLE SUPPLEMENT I WAS TAKING EXCEPT CALCIUM! Literally everyday I feel better and better - its incredible! On this forum you won't find much support for this way of eating, but check out ZIOH or Dirty Carnivore for lots of great information.
Let me know if you have any specific questions, glad to help!
Reply to comment from WherestheBeef (couldn't create a new response for some reason):
Thats a great question. Prior to starting ZC I ate mainly chicken breast/fish/ lots of steamed low carb green veggies and raw salads, and tons of sea salt on everything I ate. After switching to ZC I lost a lot of the excess water weight and was doing great, but I started to get bad foot cramps every night. Painful to the point where I would have to jump out of bed instantaneously, if you know what I mean. So I wasn't sure if this was a calcium deficiency or electrolyte imbalance at first, but did some experimenting. I realized that the sea salt I was dumping on everything I ate was causing me to retain a lot of water, giving me excessive thirst, and after reading about other peoples experiences on ZC, I decided to eliminate sea salt. It was tough mentally to convince myself to do this but after 2-3 days, I lost even more water weight, and my levels of thirst really started to balance out. On a ZC diet you only really need to drink when thirsty, and this might be only a few glasses a day. I was used to pounding down 1-2 glasses after every meal and taking really big gulps all the time, maybe drinking about 12-15 glasses of water per day - which was constantly flushing out all the minerals in my body and causing more of an imbalance.
Personally, I'm about 10 days without salt and would never go back to adding this chemical to my meals. As I mentioned, the only supplement I need to take is calcium, and day by day the small amount of remaining yeast is leaving my body and I have a feeling that my calcium supplementation might be greatly reduced in some time as well (hopefully). Are you taking any supplements daiiy?
I don't eat any organ meats. I tried beef liver 2 weeks ago and had a terrible reaction - felt just like when I eat foods with MSG, or some type of vitamin overdose. Really horrible couple of hours from < 1oz of cooked liver.. After doing a lot of reading on other peoples experiences on ZC, I stopped worrying so much about whether I was meeting the "RDA" for the spectrum of vitamins, and started to trust that grass fed beef really contains almost everything my body needs to survive and thrive!