All meat is over. This will dismay some readers, but it is what it is. I consumed absolutely nothing but animals and water for three years. It restored my health from the throes of vege/fruitarianism and was the most effortless way of eating I’ve experienced. It was begrudgingly that I decided to experiment with anything non-carnivorous, but the driving factor behind this decision was body temperature.
I had low body temperature before I went all meat. However, it wasn’t until two-plus years into all meat that I started to realize it’s not normal for one’s teeth to chatter any time the temperature is below 75 degrees. While all meat resolved many health issues for me, body temperature was something that never improved. The more I communicated with others eating all meat, particularly active men in their 20’s and 30’s, I discovered nearly all of them were experiencing low body temperature, seemingly brought on by low or zero carbohydrate intake. So while meat didn’t create this problem for me, it was creating it for others, and considering both their experience and my own, it didn’t seem like all meat was going to solve it. Around the three-year mark, my body temperature grew noticeably worse – to the point where I would become painfully cold. While activity level and frequency of eating were factors, it got to the point where it actually felt dangerous to be that cold. So after enough research on the anti-thyroid effect of zero carb intake, and enough time living as a vibrating human icicle, I decided to mix things back up and see what the results were.
While I believe I still have lifelong gut health issues to address, reintroducing other foods in combination with more frequent eating has had a positive effect on my body temperature and metabolism. I’m still not the heat machine I’d like to be, but I feel like I’ve at least gotten my broken down thyroid out of the garage. It’s not ready for the interstate, but at least I’m back on the surface streets with a little wind in my face and Warrant coming through the stereo.
So what have I actually added back into my diet? Not a whole hell of a lot, really. Primarily yams and juice. I have some fermented veggies on occasion – sauerkraut or cultured carrots – and I’ve been using coconut oil and salt quite liberally. Animal products are still the backbone of what I eat, but with the addition of other foods, I’ve obviously scaled my 100% beef intake back vastly. I’m essentially in a holding pattern, doing an unmotivated version of Danny Roddy with my average daily menu consisting of eggs, yams, and orange juice. Beef, fish, chicken, etc all cycle through, I’ll consume any organic coconut product there is, and grass-fed butter is still on par with disease-free vagina in terms of unrivaled bliss, but eggs / yams / OJ are baseline as of late.
So where do I stand on carnivorous eating? Hell if I know. Plenty of people are thriving on it years in, now, and if it’s working for them, I certainly ain’t going to slag it. If anything, I’m envious, because I’d truly prefer to continue eating that way. But my body temperature will not be reconciled via all meat, so for now I will pile yams down my throat and be happy that I can actually feel my extremities again. I don’t know if the apparent thyroid-suppressing nature of carnivory will catch up to those that maintain it, but again, if their metabolism keeps firing on all cylinders, there’s no reason to stop. If I’m ever able to stay warm eating only meat, I’ll drop everything else like a sack of yams. I said before that if carnivorous eating ever stopped working, I’d move on. That’s what I’ve done. No way of eating should become a religious faith.
The bottom line is that I don’t know shit. Some things work better than others, and the whole nutrition game seems destined to be a permanent work in progress. Which is fine. While I loved the notion that all meat was it and I’d never have to burn a mental calorie worrying about this shit again, on I go.
As for the site, my nutritional habits have never been more than a backdrop, so nothing changes. The primary purpose here was and always will be to provide myself an outlet to rant like a grandiloquent prick. Most nutrition-related content consisted of lambasting the asinine shit that I witness or that comes through mainstream information outlets. This, too, will not change. While I don’t have all the right answers, I know plenty of wrong ones, and they’ll be mocked accordingly.