So what exactly is a Hypercarnivore Diet? Is that different than a Zero-Carb or 'Carnivore Diet?' Is it a ketogenic diet?
Carnivores are often classified according to the total percentage of their diet/caloric needs derive from animal foods:
As you can see, even those consuming only one third of their total calories, or less, from animals are still classified as ' carnivores' versus as an 'omnivore' despite a greater percentage of their diet coming from fruits, fungi, or other non-animal sources.
Our own physiology and high stomach pH best matches that of other carnivores. Therefore, we define our Hypercarnivore Diet as per the actual biological definition of a hypercarnivore, that being an animal who consumes 70% or greater total calories from animal foods.
A hyper carnivore diet emphasizes nutrient-dense foods required for longevity and prevention of disease, and allows for plenty of wiggle room with which each individual can include plant foods, as per individual preferences and tolerances.
Don and I have experimented with several variations of a hyper- carnivore diet, from super low to moderate carbohydrate consumption, and from a higher protein, to a more ketogenic, or higher fat approach; and with varying amounts of dairy foods, each with their own sets of subsequent results.
During summer months, we enjoy seasonal fruits to satisfaction, adding enough protein and fat to provide our nutritional needs, and as per individual cravings. During colder months, we may crave more fats, slow roasted meats, and even a little more sodium.
The higher potassium in fruits is an ideal complement to meats. Fruits are also more cooling and refreshing, balancing summer heat.
Fruits and honey provide sweetness which satisfies sweets cravings that many have when eating a super low-carb diet. We have sweet taste receptors on our tongue, indicating that we have evolved eating sweet tasting foods.
It may be that many people who feel weak-willed are just craving a substance that their body needs to best function.
According to this article by Ray Peat, a biologist, fructose could be precisely what is deficient in most people's diets, especially given the demonizing of all sugars including the fructose found in fruits. In fact, those with a sluggish thyroid may actually benefit from a diet higher in fructose, contrary to popular belief!
Ray Peat recommends consuming roughly the equivalent of 2 quarts of (whole) milk, and 1 quart of orange juice daily to get the amount of fructose required to help mitigate stress, and fuel the brain and nervous system, among other benefits best supplied by fructose!
Most Americans consume a starch-heavy diet, obtaining the bulk of their carbohydrates from grains and cereals, beans, and starchy vegetables. Most processed foods are high in refined grains, and plant seed oils which is a very toxic combination for health.
While many people now fear eating too much fruit, it has been our observation over the years that people are by and large addicted to breads, pastas, potatoes, pizzas, pastries, sugary sodas and more.
These are modern foods that humans never consumed throughout much of history. However, there is little question that indigenous populations would have supplemented what they hunted with what they gathered, including seasonal berries, underground tubers, and wild plants.
Fruits are the enticing, sweet, juicy part of the plant that the plant itself seeks to share, although once upon a time, they were higher in protein, smaller, and less sweet. Still, when animals, insects, or human animals eat fruits, and deposit the seeds, it helps the plant to propagate itself. It's a symbiotic relationship.
Contrast this to the bitter flavors of the stalks and leaves. Most people shove the kale and spinach into a blender just to 'get down' what they believe to be an essential component to their diet. We have been indoctrinated into believing these foods to be super foods.
As explained in my article, When a Higher-Protein Ketogenic / Hypercarnivore Diet may be Beneficial, greens, grains, beans, nuts and seeds contain compounds that may be unwittingly sabotaging many people's health.
Don and I quite enjoy our simple hypercarnivore diet of meats & sweets, including milk and dairy foods, eggs, seasonal fresh fruits, dried fruits, and local raw honey.
We also do our best to include organ meats, such as seared chicken livers, or raw calves liver, and other nutrients we believe to be essential for healing certain conditions, and maintaining optimal health, such as Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate, or bulk unflavored gelatin, which is high in glycine, and has been found to have many health benefits, including for healthy skin, hair, joints, and brain health.
We regularly supplement our hypercarnivore, meats and sweets diets with homemade yogurt and bone broth; and occasionally make big batches of naturally brined cabbage, and/or beets with red onions, which go great with roasted meats or raw fish.
We also make ground eggshells as an alternative to calcium supplements.
For a lot of my life, I avoided dairy foods, believing them to be the root of excess phlegm and sinus congestion, allergies, acne, and digestive distress. Of course, I had major phlegm and sinus issues, and horrible seasonal allergies all made worse while eating an entirely plant-based diet!
When we first began to eat a low-carb hyper carnivore diet, we immediately eliminated all the grains. I now find that I easily tolerated dairy foods! We often make our own yogurt. It is easy, and far more economical.
In late 2018, I was turned on to Pruvit Exogenous Ketones which provided an even greater, yet unexpected boost to my moods, focus, clarity, and ability to go longer between meals. I am far more productive and motivated running on ketones!
The various fun-flavored exogenous ketones, Keto Sweet Kreme, and Keto Salted Caramel Broth now helps me to fill in the gaps. I carry a packet and an empty jar or shaker container every where I go, and take 1/2 to 1 packet as needed, just adding cold or hot water and possibly cream.
The ketones really helps while busy traveling or working away from home allowing me to go for several hours without having to pack or even have a thought about food. SO LIBERATING!
While exogenous ketones are not for everybody, I do consider them a good potential complement to a hypercarnivore diet ~ whether low-carb or not.
Our Hypercarnivore Diet is a super simple, flexible, enjoyable, and nutrient-dense way of eating.
Each person will need to determine their optimal lower and upper limits of each of the macronutrients, which can fluctuate over time, something we help clients achieve during our affordable health coaching.
Worried about cholesterol?
Don't be. It was never proven to be a factor that determined heart disease, however high cholesterol is a good tool for selling statins! Learn more by reading The Great Cholesterol Myth Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - And The Statin-Free Plan That Will, by Stephen Sinatra.
The Trust Your True Nature Low-Carb Lifestyle is available in print, Kindle and e-book versions. Look for the color versions if you want the delicious food photos included!
Aside from The Hypercarnivore Diet, by Don Matesz, here are a few more recommended reads to help you understand why our low-carb, keto-hypercarnivore diet is an ideal diet for long-term health:
NeanderThin, by Ray Audette; Life Without Bread, by Christian B. Allan, MD, and Wolfgang Lutz, MD; and Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes. Why We Get Fat, by Taubes, along with Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter, MD, are also recommended.
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