The Carnivore’s Dilemma – A Diet of Just Meats and Fats?

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Pemmican, grassfed beef and liver, pastured eggs, lime, shrimp, chicken

I eat a diet of meat, seafood, eggs, and animal fats. I don’t eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, or vegetable oils. I don’t eat grains. I am able to throw in some coffee, limes, non-fat yogurt, and cane sugar with little problem. I have tried every possible version of a Primal type diet over the last six years until finally, about four years ago, I settled on a carnivorous diet.

I didn’t come about this decision intellectually, though I did read just about everything I could get my hands on about nutrition. I ended up here after years of experimentation in an effort to feel excellent.

In 2007, after having been Paleo for two years, I still had a good long list of symptoms I wanted to overcome, so I decided to try an elimination diet. Since I did’t eat grains, of course my base could not be rice, so I chose fermented raw dairy. I had eliminated dairy two years before, after going primal, but since I had never tried raw dairy and, being infatuated with Weston Price’s work, I thought I’d give it a shot.

For about six months or so I drank only raw dairy which I soured, unrefrigerated on the counter. I stayed on just that one food for so long because each time I tried adding something else, I didn’t feel as good. I was also reading the most underground, alternative nutrition info could find – all meat diets, raw meat diets, raw juice diets, raw dairy and blood diets. I had had enough of feeling like crap my whole life and so I explored everything.

At some point I added raw beef and blood. No problems there so I’d found another food. I added other raw meats and seafoods and even included a little white rice (which I don’t eat anymore) and eventually eliminated dairy again. For the next year or so I ate a raw Primal diet and felt amazing! I was able to maintain the discipline to eat a strict diet of raw meat, raw seafood, raw eggs, and a little white rice because I felt so great. It just didn’t make any sense to add other foods which altered my mood, impaired my delicate digestion, and fired up my joint pain.

It was getting practically impossible to get back to a “normal” diet because I was feeling so spectacular. I took long hikes every day carrying my daughter on my back for miles. I slept only 6 hours a night and always felt rested. I was happy and smiling all the time. I was busy and productive. My skin was clear for the first time in 12 years. I quit needing lotion or deodorant. Why would I ever go back?

I probably wouldn’t have had I remained a single mom, but I met my boyfriend who ate cooked food and thought it was kind of weird that I didn’t have a stove or oven in my apartment. He brought over a single burner for the counter and little by little I started eating cooked meat again. Cravings are not as easy to control on a cooked carnivorous diet as they are on a raw meat diet so I began trying other Primal based foods as well.

Very slowly I started to discover which particular foods bother me and why. While people are generally ready to accept that food affects our physical health, people often balk at the idea that our attitudes, intelligence, and motivation are affected by the same. After years of careful observation I am certain that the food we put in our bodies is largely responsible for our moods, our mental disorders, our productivity, and satisfaction.

It really is this big.

Interestingly, I have determined that at least for myself a carnivorous diet is not perfect either. A carnivorous diet comes with its own set of emotional complications, namely no emotions. A carnivorous diet makes me Vulcan.

This wouldn’t be much of a problem if I had remained a single mom with no emotional investments (raising children is a job, and doesn’t have to be particularly emotional) but I met this boyfriend of mine whose personality is in stark contrast to my own.

The dilemma: To be or not to be like everybody else. Well the answer is easy if it involves feeling crappy. I am done falling apart from the inside out and am quite content being a Vulcan thank you very much! Except that I am in a relationship and have friends and family who all have heightened emotions. That makes me look rather cold. If I could just run away to Mongolia where people eat a native heavy meat diet and don’t feel much pain, I would be fine, but here I am tethered to the US. Oh well, I went on being a carnivore anyway!

But one particularly hot summer week I stumbled upon a solution to this dilemma: non fat yogurt and a small amount of pure cane sugar does not bring about any of the symptoms I mention below and, in fact, makes me somewhat caring, silly, and mildly emotional. Sugar cured my apathy! (Not that I believe apathy is a thing to be cured. Weston Price noted repeatedly that primitive peoples did not “suffer” from a whole lot of emotion. When people died, loved ones did not dwell or freak out.) I realize that this may come with some trade off since sugar and pasteurized dairy are not primal foods but I have weighed this against ruining my boyfriend’s life (that’s almost a joke) and have decided that I will simply stay tuned for any deleterious effects and fine tune things as needed.

Laugh all you want it won’t bother me too much and if it does I’ll just remove sugar for a couple of days and return to my usual poker face.

With no further ado, I will leave you with a sample week of my carnivorous diet that has seen me well through many years (other than my moments of weakness and failure because we all have them, even Vulcans).

Food Diary and Exercise Regimen:
A note on exercising
I’m not really big on exercising anymore but I don’t drive very often and I live in a hilly area. I ride my single gear bike daily 6 miles to daycare and back, pulling my daughter behind me in a trailer. I also walk to the nearby stores and cafes. I get a lot of enjoyment out of walking and contemplating so I will often walk many miles in one day. I also run around and play a lot with my kid. I don’t do sit ups too often but being a singer and doing lots of turning movements gives me six pack abs nevertheless. My arms are fairly strong from the pull ups that I often do walking through my bedroom doorway and the heavy things I carry around (such as the groceries I have to carry up the hills and the 20lb trailer I place on the other side of the gate each day.) Life is exercise for me.

UPDATE: This is a sample of a real week. While I do eat pretty much the same things all the time, there is some variation. For example, I don’t usually eat yogurt every single day. I often throw one food in, which isn’t in my base diet just to keep it interesting and to observe my reaction. So, this month it’s been yogurt. Last month it was bacon. I’ve had hot dog phases, and gellato phases, phases where I drink a whole lot of tea or a whole lot of alcohol. Sometimes I even let myself eat peanuts for a week because I like them so much. As soon as I get tired of feeling icky, I get back to the tried and true.

I also wanted to mention that I was out of fish oil on the week that I charted all of this, but usually I take cod liver oil each morning. I also drink bone broth several times a week but it has been so brutally hot in the last couple of weeks that I haven’t fired up the pot. I eat 100% local grass finished grass fed ground beef because I lOVE it. I realize that steaks may be healthier but I love ground beef, so there.

A week in the life:
Wednesday:
Up at 6:30
8am breakfast: 2 eggs cooked in grassfed tallow from US Wellness with about 6 wild shrimp.
Bike ride 3 miles to daycare.
10am Black organic coffee.
12pm Lunch: Ground grassfed beef and a can of sardines.
4pm 3 mile bike ride to daycare
6pm Dinner: Two chicken thighs with skin, a glass of limeade (1 lime, 2 tsp sugar, water), and a few bites of raw, grassfed liver.
Walk to the river. We all stopped at the store hungry and bought some vanilla non-fat yogurt.
Bed at 11pm

Thursday:
Up at 6am
8am Breakfast: Decaf orgainic black coffee, a good sized handful of grassfed ground beef, 2 pastured eggs cooked in tallow.
Walked 1.5 miles to daycare (the trailer broke down!). Rode my bike back.
11am Lunch: Glass of limeade, 1 can of sardines in water with lime, cup of non-fat yogurt.
1pm cup of decaf coffee
6:30 Dinner: I had a coupon at a wicked sushi place nearby so we went out to eat.
We all shared tuna sashimi, muscles steamed in a saki lemongrass broth, and three huge orders of pork and apple skewers. Things I shouldn’t have had included apples, saki (rice), wheat free tamari, and maple syrup. Oh well. I survived.
A walk down to the river and back, about 2 miles.
11pm Bed time

Friday:
Up at 6am
7:30am Breakfast: 2 pastured eggs cooked in tallow with 3 slices of bacon. (While I absolutely love bacon I don’t eat it too often because I can’t digest it well. The same is true for all processed meats.)
3 mile bike ride to daycare.
10am Black organic coffee
11am Lunch Cup of yogurt, super thick slice of ham, 1 hard boiled egg.
3 mile bike ride to daycare.
No Dinner: I decided to fast till tomorrow.
5pm Evelyn and Julian ate dinner and I had a small glass of fresh squeezed limeade.
5:30 5 mile bike ride downtown to go shopping and see a movie.
(Evelyn had a sucker during the movie. I had water. While Winnie the Pooh and I were fasting I was thinking that planning a fast before going out on the town would not a bad idea. I have super human discipline and think that anything sold at a movie theater is utterly repulsive so I wouldn’t have need for this tactic but I bet this could work for a lot of people.)
Bed at 10pm

Saturday:
Up at 6am.
8:30am breakfast: 2 pastured eggs scrambled in tallow with some grassfed ground beef.
I rode as fast as I could on my 3 mile commute.
10am Snack: A hard boiled egg, a cup of non-fat yogurt with sugar, and a cup of black coffee.
1pm Another Snack: Cup of iced coffee and a thick slice of ham plus a few bites of pemmican.
A 2 mile walk down to the cafe and back for a cup of ginseng peppermint tea.
5 mile bike ride to daycare and downtown.
6pm Dinner: Chipotle carnitas, double meat with lime.
2 mile walk downtown and back.
Cup of black coffee and one Grey Goose and soda with lime.
Bed at 2am

Sunday:
Up at 6am
9am Breakfast: 2 pastured eggs and 1 yolk with white fish cooked in tallow.
12pm Lunch: A potluck with our meetup group: 1 hardboiled egg, 2 bautwurst, homemade beef jerky, iced decaf coffee (this was not a carnivorous meetup group, that’s just what I ate for lunch.)
Long bike ride and walk in the hot sun.
6pm Dinner: Frozen yogurt – hot sun, hangover, and no sleep = bad decisions (although frozen yogurt doesn’t come with too many consequences for me).
Bed early

Monday:
Up at 5:45
8:30am Breakfast: Shrimp sauteed in tallow.
3 mile bike ride to daycare and back. Some pull ups
12pm Lunch: 400 calorie pemmican bar
7pm Dinner: 12 raw oysters with lemon juice, non-fat yogurt, and a chicken thigh with skin.
3 mile bike ride to daycare and back.
Sparring with Julian.
Bed at midnight

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184 Responses to “The Carnivore’s Dilemma – A Diet of Just Meats and Fats?”

Jessica
July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm #
Your story is so interesting! I had no idea we could be allergic to the foods that you are allergic to. Thank you for sharing with the world.

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Cassie
July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm #
Wow. You ate amazing for figuring that out!! I wouldn’t think you need to work out either so much bike riding that’s awesome!
I always wonder when certain things bother me or not. The main thing I’ve noticed since goin primal is more energy and better digstion. Though I still have weird digestion sometimes but it’s hard to pinpoint what it is. Sometimes I think it’s when I have a lot of berries. I’ve told you before I’m nursing two kids so I don’t want to eliminate a bunch of stuff to figure it out cuz I gotta eat enough to make lots of milk.
Anyway that was a really interesting post. Thanks for sharing a week in the life 🙂

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm #
I know what you mean, Cassie. That’s why it took me so long to even start the elimination diet. I was pregnant and breastfeeding for over two years in the beginning of my Primal journey.

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Amber
July 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm #
Wow, Peggy, I wish I had your discipline! Since becoming “Primal” (very loose for me, 80/20 for sure, probably more like 75/25, and full-fat dairy) a year ago, I have felt healthier and shed some fat. The things I struggle with are emotional and hormonal and the idea of any kind of elimination is overwhelming. As you mentioned the difficulties of just adding a boyfriend in the mix, I have my hubs and four kids to contend with and they balk at the tinest changes I try to make. In fairness to my kids, they are pretty willing to go with my flow, it’s the husband that throws a fit.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm #
It’s a lot harder to be strict with yourself when you’re tempted by other people’s choices, that’s for sure. While I do have huge discipline I have weak moments too! It gets easier, though, to be more strict the more strict you are. A diet that is easy on your body is easy on your mind. They just kind of work together.

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Lindsey
July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm #
Thanks for this post, I was so looking forward to it! I’m currently in the stages of figuring out what exactly I’m “allergic” to. I like how you said “but what does a diagnosis matter really?” I feel the exact same way…if a food makes me feel crappy, I stop eating it. Whats the point? I don’t need a doctor to tell me whats good or whats bad for me. I’m not sure I could do raw meat, its the consistency that I can do. Raw fish I don’t mind at all. My body definately doesn’t handle sugar well, and I’m very lactose intolerant.
Knowing what you eat on a daily basis is SUPER helpful! Now I have some awesome guidelines on what to work on! Thanks so much!

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Jamie
July 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm #
This is awesome! I’ve experienced so much of the same well being in being Primal. And the few cheats have made it very apparent how certain foods affect me. What I love about this article is that it’s easily digestible to pass on (pun intended). I have 2 folks dear to me whose mental state is never great. Ima forwarding this on. Thanks for all you do Peggy (yeah…I’m blogger-crushing).

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm #
Lindsey and Jamie you’re welcome! Thank you for reading! My favorite articles to write are ones that I always wished I’d found when I first started all this. Glad you like them.

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Tony
July 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm #
Excellent story. Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing the journey one must take to learn the truth about one’s own health.

Through research and personal experience I have come to most of the same conclusions as you. I am mostly Paleo/Primal in my eating but am still working to nail down what foods are best for me personally. Your story is encouraging.

If you have not already come across it, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride published a book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” which, as the title indicates, provides a lot of explanation and support for the connection between our diet and our psychological states.

Cheers

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm #
I’ve taken a look at that book before. It was that theory which got me thinking about all this stuff to begin with years ago.

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Jennie (the gf-gf)
July 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm #
This is so interesting, Peggy! Thank you for sharing.

I remember you saying that you can’t tolerate butter, but it looks like you eat non-fat yogurt with no problems – was it cow’s milk yogurt that you ate? I have Celiac Disease too, so I didn’t eat dairy for about a year, and have experimented with adding it back into my diet. High-fat dairy like butter and cream I can eat with no problems, but the low or non fat does not treat me well!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm #
How funny. I am totally the opposite. I have experimented numerous times to get butter and cream back in my diet but it makes me so mucusy and pimply. We’re all different aren’t we! I

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Stef
July 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm #
How did you figure out you were allergic to these various foods? When you did elimination did you try to subsist on one thing at a time? Say fruit for the whole Day/week? I’m trying the fodmaps to figure out what the heck keeps causing my stomach discomfort.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm #
For the specific allergies I had IgG testing done with my Naturopathic doctor. As far as pinning down symptoms, though, I’ve kept food diaries literally for years. And yes, I will add one food in at a time and check out how I feel for a few days. It can be pretty obvious when your diet is simple and is one on which you feel quite perfect from the beginning. I don’t suspect this would work to well, though, if you didn’t feel great from the beginning.

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Kristi
July 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm #
Hi! I find your story very interesting. I started my food conversions while wanting to naturally treat my son’s ADHD. Salicylates is one of the things we avoid as well as processed foods.

We started SAD then went more WAPF and now are moving more Primal. I feel better with no grains. But still have lots of cravings and give in more than I should. (I’m also nursing right now and that has to have something to do with it all.)

Have you every heard of the GAPS diet? It uses lots of bone broth and fermented foods and is supposed to heal food allergies and gut issues. We’re working towards that, but it’s very restrictive…which you are already good at. LOL

Do you have reactions with ghee? I’ve read that most people who can’t have butter do fine with it.

Why do you only eat the non-fat yogurt? I’ve read so much about why it’s bad and why whole milk (preferably raw) yogurt is best. I was just wondering your stance on that.

Thanks!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm #
I eat non-fat yogurt because I can’t tolerate dairy fat at all. Yes, I have tried ghee, plenty of it. It was equally problematic. But clearly dairy solids and lactose are not an issue for me, so why would ghee vs butter matter anyway? 🙂 I don’t think non-fat yogurt is a good thing, but I like it and it doesn’t cause me any noticeable problems (for now). I actually do quite a bit of bone broth throughout most of the year, but not during the summer! I have done a diet heavy on the fermented foods and bone broths to heal the gut, yes, but in the end I still cannot tolerate the same foods I’ve had issues with for years.

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Sarah
July 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm #
I love reading about your journey. I am sending this to my husband because he will find it equally fascinating!

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Becky
July 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm #
Wow! You are intolerant of/allergic to more foods than me, I didn’t think that was possible! Thanks for sharing your story. It always feels good to know there are others like me out there! I eat mostly paleo w some soaked millet/quinoa and can tolerate small servings of low sugar fruit. No dairy for me but ghee is okay. Over the process of working w a ND the past year and a half, I have discovered that I’m sub clinically hypothyroid (symptoms but lab scores in “normal” ranges) with adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, and lead/mercury poisoning. I’m chelating the metals right now and am hoping it heals my gut. But when it comes down to it, I don’t care what I eat as long as I feel good. I’m glad you have figured out what works for you.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #
I’d be interested to hear how the chelation treatment turns out. I had a my heavy metals checked years ago and found no significantly high levels… unfortunately. I was really hoping that would be the answer to all my ills…

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Sally
July 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm #
Very interesting peek into your life and diet. It all sounds delicious to me. Out of curiosity, what do you do for work? Do you have to sit all day?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm #
I am a writer, for work. I sit way too much but never a day goes by without getting outside to moving around. I can’t stand to sit for too long. I get up and to lunges, pullups, or pushups for breaks during the day.

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Sara
July 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm #
I find this fascinating. We started the GAPS diet in February, and I felt absolutely terrible on it for the first 3-4 months, until my naturopath had me take a metabolic typing test and we figured out I needed massive amounts of fat and protein and almost no carbs. Now, I feel like I *can* feel good, IF I eat carefully. It’s a relief to me! I much prefer the outlook of the primal community to the attitude of the GAPS community, though the diet is so similar – primals tend to be happy to have found a way to feel good. GAPS people tend to be at their wit’s end and furious that it has come to this. Of course those are generalities. 😉

My question is this though: do you worry about nutrient deficiency since you’re not eating veggies? Veggies do not work well for me either. I’m currently pregnant and eating liver regularly and my body seems to LOVE nettle infusion, both of which my midwife is comfortable with me using to replace a prenatal vitamin (which I cannot tolerate because of the iron content), but I still wonder if I’m getting enough nutrients.

I also notice that if I eat no fruit/starches, I have no cravings. But as soon as I start again, oh man! The cravings get intense!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm #
That’s an interesting comparison but looking at the detailed list of foods to avoid, I can see how it would be frustrating.

I don’t worry about nutrient deficiencies. I eat lots of special foods like bone broths, shellfish, liver, kidney, and quite a variety of fishes, meats, and fats. When I first started this, I was worried about it but after doing it for so long it’s not so much of a concern. I experience the worst nutrient deficiencies when I eat foods which compromise my digestion.

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sqt
July 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm #
This is so fascinating to me. I am literally only a week into eating low carb. I can’t say I’m primal yet, because I’m just learning what that means. I totally agree that food effects our moods. For the first few days I felt great, but today I’ve had muscle and joint aches, and that has made me really grumpy. I think I’ve been eating too many egg yolks, so I’m backing off for a few days and seeing how that feels. I do think avoiding sugar and grains is hugely beneficial. I have osteoarthritis throughout my body and need a diet that is as low inflammatory as possible- so I’ll be experimenting with food too.

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Leila
August 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm #
You’re probably low on sodium or potassium. Dr. Mike Eades just did a good 2-part blog post on starting low-carb – http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/

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Laura Bond
July 28, 2011 at 4:37 am #
What a brilliant blog Peggy! I live in London and have been trying to follow a weston-price-ish diet since reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration ( ordering raw butter from france, going to farmers markets for milk) I found your thoughts on how foods influence personality really interesting – it’s something I seem to be reading about more and more. I look forward to your next blog! x

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Jade
July 30, 2011 at 12:50 am #
Oooo… where do you order your raw butter from? I’ve been trying to find a decent source in the UK for ages, to no avail…

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Matt
July 28, 2011 at 5:24 am #
Great article Peggy.

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Pam S.
July 28, 2011 at 9:24 am #
Thanks for the post and detailing out your diet was probably not an easy thing to make public.
I commend you on your determination for sure. For me cutting out dairy and grains was a huge deal and it has impacted my life pretty significantly. I’ve also read GAPS and found it to be a brilliant book that finally explained my digestion issues.

I’m still having some issues with fatigue and considering that I get 8 hrs sleep I think it could be food related, or possibly hormone related. Now I just have to decide if I want to bite the bullet and pay for a homeopathic dr visit to really find out.

Also I think it is great that you can get by without using a car. I imagine in the winter time you have to drive?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm #
It can be a little scary to get so naked, but I just don’t think about it. I am quite certain that this info will help so many people who search all over the internet for something that makes sense. I just think about that and then lay it all out there.

I ride my bike up until about January here in Colorado. I actually have a snow tire so sometimes I’ll ride in snowstorms. My boyfriend has a car though so when we need it, it’s there, and when we want to go on trips, it’s there. We’re responsible driver; we only drive when we need to. 🙂

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Grainne
July 28, 2011 at 10:01 am #
Your articles are always great, and you don’t hold anything back (vodka and soda water;) ) which is so helpful for everyone else. I think that when we do give into things sparingly, it doesn’t even have to be a “cheat.” When you take such good care of yourself, good food, good sleep hygeine, good emotional state, low stress, having a glass of vodka, or some chocolate ice cream (or a vodka and ice cream shake…….. 😀 ) is nothing your body can’t handle. And you can enjoy it guilt free as an extroidinary occasion.

I too was eager to see what your diet looked like, when I first saw that you didn’t eat nuts or vegetables. While I have always loved my veggies, I find that I am often left bloated, have heartburn and don’t have that great energy you expect to have from eating such colourful foods. It was a puzzle, and if you have any articles or books that were helpful to you, please post them. In the meantime, I have just naturally gravitated towards a more canivorous primal diet, With fat being my main staple, followed by meat, offal, and some veggies. I rarely eat fruit, though I have no problem with most of them (bananas and pineapple are a no go for me) I just don’t like too many sweet things. I eat a lot of pemmican, now that I know how to make it 😉 Thanks for that too Peggy. You’re spectacular!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm #
Thanks Grainne for the kind words. And I will amend this post with some extra resources in a few days. I really wanted to do that but I’ve been wildly busy. Thankfully, I can focus on a few other things for a week while your pemmican guest post takes the stage. Be sure to drop by for comments!

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John Torres
July 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm #
I love your blog! This is probably the most intriguing and fascinating post that I’ve read in a while. Thank you! You know have a new reader in me!

I do not have many issues anymore. My weight and health are in check (started with Atkins and now I am mostly Paleo/Primal except for a thing here and there [real beer, not the mass produced crap]). I have no issues with “will power” as I’ve learned to be responsible for my actions (meaning, I learned that I could not blame anyone but myself for what went into my mouth).

Thank you for this!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm #
Welcome John and thank you for reading! I think it’s awesome that you’ve mastered will power. By the looks of it you keep active and I bet that has a lot to do with it.

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John Torres
July 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm #
Thank you!

Will power is a state of mind. No?

But you are an inspiration to many by how you are searching for what works for you, regardless of what popular fads are in fashion at the time. Thank you for being honest. 🙂

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Caszie
July 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm #
Thank you for foraging so bravely into this new world. You’ve inspired me to analyze my own eating habits in the effort to beat PCOS entirely.

One question: can you eat plain Greek yogurt?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm #
I wish you well beating PCOS. I don’t eat greek yogurt. I have tried dairy fat in just about every way possible and for quite a length of time and it just doesn’t make me feel optimal.

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Kristof
July 29, 2011 at 2:30 am #
Interesting…. thanks for sharing…
I’m eating a ton of raw goat milk kefir, butter and raw goat cheese now, it goes pretty good i think, i want to experiment soon with adding some grasfed beef and fish and leaving the dairy out… see if i feel anything different! Greetz!!

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Kristof
July 29, 2011 at 2:30 am #
Interesting…. thanks for sharing…
I’m eating a ton of raw goat milk kefir, butter and raw goat cheese now, it goes pretty good i think, i want to experiment soon with adding some grasfed beef and fish and leaving the dairy out… see if i feel anything different! Greetz!!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm #
I’d be interested to hear of your results. Are you eating anything else or are you doing some temporary kind of dairy diet? 🙂

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Erik
July 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm #
Hi Peggy!

Im 21 and used to be depressed. Ive become better but I still dont feel as good as I hope to become. I sometimes feel strong anguish and sadness. Sometimes even thoughts about suicide if something goes wrong. But those are just thoughts these days, not wishes.

My question is if you think becoming less emotional by eating certain foods would help?

I too feel bad if I eat fruit or nuts and other natural healthy stuff. Im sensitive to many things.

Thanks for a great blog. Take care!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm #
I am certain it would help, Erik. My depression used to be just as severe, if not worse. The thing is, I have learned to be very careful about what I eat in order to feel great. I have known others who have depression and panic attacks who ate paleo but did so about 80/20 and they never got well. Some people are easy cases and some people aren’t. Figure out which you are, accept it, and then go with it.

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Jade
July 30, 2011 at 12:39 am #
I went in to my (fabulous) doctor earlier this week, frustrated by the constant elimination diets I have to do and the huge amount of carb restriction I need to feel good, and said “It’s like even diabetics have an easier time with food than I do!” And she said, “Yep.” I think this extreme food sensitivity thing may have to do with PCOS. Just another gift it bestows upon you.

But yes, I agree with the above comments – another great post! I’m so glad I’m not alone in my carnivory… Do get a lot of questions about my bowels though, which I think might be a tad invasive. 🙂

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 30, 2011 at 8:47 am #
Wow, if severe food intolerance is responsible for PCOS, then the only cure for it would be this crazy ass meat diet.

I have gone into my doc’s office in the same way. “Can’t you please help me eat other foods!?” So far, she can’t…

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Marina
July 30, 2011 at 1:58 am #
Hi Peggy!

I’m the spanish girl with acne and PCOS who commented a couple of weeks ago. After reading your post I decided to try a zero carb diet combined with intermittent fasting, in order to try to clear my skin and feel better. And well, two weeks after starting the diet I am ALMOST CLEAR. So, so unbelievable. You don’t know how big is that for me. I had been trying with paleo diet for A YEAR with little or no improvement in my skin condition.

You know, I had always read these stories about people getting magically clear one way or another, and for me It just wasn’t happening. I was asking so desperately for my little miracle… and two weeks ago, I stumbled upon your post through Mark’s Daily Apple, I read it and I just thought “everything is going to be fine”.

At the moment I’m having no troubles with ZC diet. Not constipation at all (fat is great for that) and not insomnia, although I do need less sleep. My mood is so great, I’m completely free of anxiety and cravings and I’m just peaceful and happy. I’m also trying to exercise, have a lot of sun and enjoy life.

I’m eating lots of pastured eggs, liver, seafood, meat and fish. I’m also eating raw cheese, heavy cream, organic butter and some yogurts (but only the cheese is raw, I’m afraid). I’m supplementing with magnesium, vit C and cold liver oil, and planning to get a good multi. I don’t know if I will continue eating this way my whole life, since I do miss veggies and I think I…