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Any tips for an all meat diet?

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Created May 11, 2010 at 1:14 AM

Been strict paleo now for 3 months and have great days and not so great days. Plan on doing an all meat trial for 2-3 weeks to see how I feel. I plan on only eating organic meat so I will be eating plenty of animal fat. Anything that I need to look out for? I think the only other thing I might eat is seaweed to get my iodine in. Also will continue to supplement with D3 and fish oil.

Any tips for marinading or seasoning the meats? I normally use marinades that have night shades in them and the reason I'm doing this trial is to cut out any possible food that could be causing me issues. Anything else basically harmless besides salt and pepper?

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Eva, Stefansson wrote the exact opposite, that organs were fed to the dogs by Inuit unless they were on the brink of starvation. Do you have a source for your claim about Inuit and organs? I'm always looking to expand my library of such things :)

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on October 18, 2010
at 06:53 PM

Inuit diet has changed too. I would be careful on this sort of information. 4 decades ago my father was up in small village in Northwest Alaska for many months building city hall/school it was very small and isolated from everything including phones. He was invited to Inuit homes for meals and one of their favorite things was Crisco on white bread!

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on July 20, 2010
at 03:01 PM

I have read some evidence for organ eating among the Inuit, not enough space to give them here through. There were also likely cultural differences between different groups. Also a pack of healthy of sled dogs is one of the most important possessions for survival in the Arctic. Feeding such dogs good food is important if you want them to be able to drag your sled all day.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on May 11, 2010
at 06:43 PM

A local store here has "grassfed milk"... except that they only have skim! I left shaking my head wondering why they bothered at all.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 11, 2010
at 06:09 PM

Just a note: organic and "grass finished" meat may not be the same thing in your country. Check the labels. Grass finished is still better

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on May 11, 2010
at 01:48 PM

I would even say especially organic; it is marketed to "health-conscious" people who mostly still believe the anti-fat hype.

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on May 11, 2010
at 01:41 PM

The nori sounds nice, but be aware that it isn't a great iodine source the way kelp and some other seaweeds are.

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on May 11, 2010
at 01:41 PM

The nori sounds nice, but be aware that it is not a high iodine source the way kelp and some other seaweeds are.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on May 11, 2010
at 12:14 PM

Oh, yeah, high fat. You should be shooting for something like 80% calories from fat. That's just a random number, though - 60-80% calories from fat is usually the range given, based on the Stefansson study at Bellevue.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on May 11, 2010
at 12:09 PM

Yeah google "Lex Rooker". I'm editing that into the original comment because I tend to forget that people don't just know about the guy - all raw beef diet for four years. You'll be perfectly fine for three weeks :)

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on May 11, 2010
at 02:59 AM

If you eat sea vegetables (like nori) you can wrap salmon or other fish in it... I always wrap nori around my fish and it's delicious! If you allow yourself sesame seeds then definitely include those as well! (and wasabi & soy sauce too - ha ha, I guess I am starting to veer off the all meat diet) Oh but wait, would you consider fish meat?

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on May 11, 2010
at 02:52 AM

So beef is okay for all meals? I guess for the short time I'm doing it Id work? Was thinking perhaps some organic chicken too but it is maybe to low in fat

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on May 11, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Sounds good thanks. Found out I'm allergic to eggs so I'll be dropping those as well. It's a shame as scrambled eggs mixed with ground beef was an easy and tasty meal for me :-)

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on May 11, 2010
at 02:15 AM

For me and most meat only is a temporary thing to rebalance the body. It worked particularly well at eliminating gas producing bacteria and clearing up my gums. Post-meat only, I can eat vegetables that previously gave me gas and sugar cravings are lower.

I wouldn't worry about iodine if it's temporary. I did do "surf n. turf" for dinner which was seafood + steak/marrow and that took care of any DHA and some iodine requirements. I did surf n turf because most seafood is kind of lean and adding in the fatty meat really made it better. Salt and pepper are great seasonings, but other-non nightshade spices like cumin or coriander are great too.

Breakfast was eggs, lunch was LOTS of ground meat. Someone here was surprised I ate 300 grams bison, but on this diet I regularly did almost an entire lb a day (still do...).

I don't often have the foresight to marinate, but lime juice based marinades are great.

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on May 11, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Sounds good thanks. Found out I'm allergic to eggs so I'll be dropping those as well. It's a shame as scrambled eggs mixed with ground beef was an easy and tasty meal for me :-)

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on May 11, 2010
at 06:12 PM

Skip the marinades and seasonings and just vary the meat. The best thing about eating large amounts of meat is actually getting the taste for it.

Try to buy all grass finished meats, and pastured chickens. They taste so freaking good you don't need any sauces.

If you must add flavor, use spices only. No salt. Recommendations: rosemary and black pepper for beef; oregano, basil, parsley and maybe some lemon peel for pork; black pepper and/or dill for chicken.

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4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on May 11, 2010
at 01:59 AM

In my ZC days I basically ate the following:

breakfast (if I ate it at all, I'm skinny as hell so I don't fast very well) Hamburger or steak, unseasoned

lunch: steak

dinner: hamburger or steak

I quickly lost any desire for seasonings. I don't know if this is just me or a general thing but when all you're eating is a steak, salt and pepper quickly stop being compelling. Don't know why.

Cook it rare to preserve nutritional value (although that might just be superstition as some of the zeroing in on health folks claim/prove through eating only well done meat). Eat a lot of fat. Oh, LISTEN to your appetite! Don't eat unless you're hungry and when you do eat stop when you feel full.

You probably don't have to worry about iodine for a 3 week trial, or really much of anything given the short timeframes. The only warning I would have is that if you are not digestively used to a high fat diet, or are currently not firmly in ketosis, you might be in for a rough ride. This will pass as your body adjusts, providing you are otherwise normal, and it may persist for the entire three weeks of your experiment. I was ZC/VLC for about three months before my digestion came under control, but I also have Crohn's so I'm probably a bad barometer. Just be aware of the possibility.

Otherwise, have fun. ZC can be a liberating thing if you're the sort who just wants to refuel and move on with whatever else you were doing - you always know what you're going to eat, your body will tell you when to eat, and it's pretty easy (and quick!) to cook a decent rare steak with some practice.

edit: Comment reminded me to note this: http://www.dirtycarnivore.com/Lex.html

Lex Rooker has eaten nothing but raw beef parts for the better part of four years, and he ate cooked meat for a year before that.

The biggest danger you face is not having a health problem in three weeks on this diet. Your biggest danger is drawing incorrect conclusions due to three weeks not being enough time to really judge your response. As I mentioned, it took months for me to adapt, and I'm very glad that I stuck it out - if I had set out to do a three week experiment instead of a one year experiment, I would have failed rather than succeeded.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on May 11, 2010
at 12:14 PM

Oh, yeah, high fat. You should be shooting for something like 80% calories from fat. That's just a random number, though - 60-80% calories from fat is usually the range given, based on the Stefansson study at Bellevue.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on May 11, 2010
at 12:09 PM

Yeah google "Lex Rooker". I'm editing that into the original comment because I tend to forget that people don't just know about the guy - all raw beef diet for four years. You'll be perfectly fine for three weeks :)

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on May 11, 2010
at 02:52 AM

So beef is okay for all meals? I guess for the short time I'm doing it Id work? Was thinking perhaps some organic chicken too but it is maybe to low in fat

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on July 20, 2010
at 02:22 AM

Ordered a Quarter of natural grass finished moo cow. Going to all meat for 30 days and blog it I think, with photos. I'm already pretty lean, but I think it will take me from soft pack to 8 pack, we will see

I won't be eating offal, but fatty and lean cuts and cooking bones in crock pot

No multi, just some Salmon, Tuna, Forest Pig and Grass Beef

Spices just for flavor variety

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on July 19, 2010
at 07:57 PM

The inuit do this successfully but keep in mind they eat all parts of the animal including organs. Muscle meat was typically considered the least healthy of all the meat parts and was giving to the dogs. They target the fat and nutrient laden parts for health. Most city folk probably would not want to eat the foods that the inuit eat regularly. In addition, finding healthy grassfed meats would also be an obstacle for some. I think it would be difficult, but not impossible, long term to be healthy on an all meat diet. For a short term trial, it probably would not be a problem provided your body, and especially your intestines, are able to adapt quickly to high protein and fat digestion.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Eva, Stefansson wrote the exact opposite, that organs were fed to the dogs by Inuit unless they were on the brink of starvation. Do you have a source for your claim about Inuit and organs? I'm always looking to expand my library of such things :)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 20, 2010
at 03:01 PM

I have read some evidence for organ eating among the Inuit, not enough space to give them here through. There were also likely cultural differences between different groups. Also a pack of healthy of sled dogs is one of the most important possessions for survival in the Arctic. Feeding such dogs good food is important if you want them to be able to drag your sled all day.

Ba63c7e94661dab9e244b751a87154c3

(45)

on October 18, 2010
at 06:53 PM

Inuit diet has changed too. I would be careful on this sort of information. 4 decades ago my father was up in small village in Northwest Alaska for many months building city hall/school it was very small and isolated from everything including phones. He was invited to Inuit homes for meals and one of their favorite things was Crisco on white bread!

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on May 11, 2010
at 06:41 PM

sea salt is rich in potasium, unlike other salts. Id use that. I make a bone marrow soup and render it down and use it when I cook. I still would carmelize some onions, garlic, etc- it is much better than any bottle crap which is the same thing and sugar.

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on May 11, 2010
at 09:45 AM

Make sure you include plenty of fat in your meat choices. Many cuts in the supermarkets are lean (even when organic), and you'll feel a lot better and more able to stick to your all meat diet if you include enough fat for satiety. I would think psychologically that quite a bit of variety would help you - plenty of different animals to eat. I find the meat juices themselves can quite easily be made into a basic sauce with a bit of water and if you're prepared to stray a bit, a few herbs and spices.

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on May 11, 2010
at 01:48 PM

I would even say especially organic; it is marketed to "health-conscious" people who mostly still believe the anti-fat hype.

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on May 11, 2010
at 06:43 PM

A local store here has "grassfed milk"... except that they only have skim! I left shaking my head wondering why they bothered at all.

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