UPDATE: My current diet
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but not without reason. I am currently 8 months pregnant! So the blog and many other things have taken a backseat, but I didn’t want to leave anyone hanging about my experience on the carnivore diet.
Am I still on the diet?
No. I stuck with it for about 3 months then got struck with a meat/egg aversion during my first trimester. After the first trimester I went back to eating a lot of carnivore foods, since then my diet has been about 70% carnivore.
My main reason for changing my diet is due to the pregnancy and the fact that I haven’t been having as many IBS symptoms, even with adding other foods and dealing with pregnancy symptoms. I really think the carnivore diet healed my gut enough that I can tolerate some foods that were off limits before. But then again, it’s hard to judge since my body is going through a lot of changes right now. I’m curious to see what happens after pregnancy.
Will I return to the carnivore diet after pregnancy?
My symptoms, or lack thereof, will be the deciding factor. I will probably not go full carnivore unless I have an ibs flareup, and even then it will probably be temporary. The main reason is convenience and cost.
I cook for myself and one other person who is not a huge meat eater, so this makes meals more complicated, and it’s just more convenient to add some of his foods to my menu. Even if he followed my diet more closely, buying enough high quality meat to cover both of us is just too costly. Supplementing with some cheap foods like white rice, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, etc is so helpful to the budget.
One more factor is that I don’t even like meat that much haha I’ve never been a big meat eater, and I was even vegetarian for awhile. As much as I hate admitting it, I just hate so many things about meat from the smell to the grease getting all over my kitchen to the taste. BUT I do it because my body loves it, I do so well with meat and eggs being a predominant part of my diet. Luckily I seem to get the same benefits of the full carnivore diet while adding some other foods to make things more palatable.
Do I recommend the carnivore diet to others?
Absolutely. I think people should try it especially if they are having symptoms from IBS or other gut issues. Even if you don’t stick with it, you’ll likely see benefits and can continue using it as a therapeutic diet for flare ups. The effects of the foods we eat can vary somewhat from person to person, so it’s important to try different things and look at it objectively. Stick with the diet (whatever diet you’re trying) for at least a month and keep a food journal.
Hopefully I will be able to give more updates, my diet journey has definitely been interesting and I look forward to seeing what happens in the future!