It’s the 27th of March and I feel as though I have gotten all of the information that I need out of eating just meat. It is possible to eat just meat three meals a day. It will not kill you to try it, it might do you some good. If you are going to live primarily on fats and proteins then I recommend that you find a high quality source of meats. Since you will be counting on the food chain to deliver the essential nutrients to you, instead of eating the source of those nutrients yourself, then eating meats that are consuming a limited diet of corn and soy will not do that for you. You will be only getting the nutrition in the chemically enhanced soils of the no-till, GMO farms of Iowa. It’s not a recipe for biological balance in your diet.
As a recap, in the first week of just eating meat three meals a day I experienced dehydration symptoms and had difficulty sleeping due to this. Once I figured out how much water I had to drink during the day I found out I was much more comfortable. I didn’t have any problem keeping on task, I didn’t have any hunger, or food anxiety. I ended up looking around for different ways to cook meats, though. While it would be pretty simple to just eat a beef steak every day for dinner, I mixed it up between ground beef, pork chops and roasts, corned beef and sausages. It was a very filling diet, actually. I got to where I wouldn’t even eat my entire two egg and breakfast meat breakfast. I could eat less than a pound of meat at each sitting and not be famished in the morning when I woke up. Its pretty remarkable.
However, if you wait too long to eat it is very difficult to not be tempted to eat something convenient. If there were chips on the counter and dinner was cooking it was almost impossible to not grab some. Sometime I would succeed, sometimes I would give in. I never binged on any carbs, but I did taste some along the way. It was way easier to not have this temptation if I was fed regularly. With my crazy work schedule, though it was easy to go eight hours between lunch and dinner, and that is just too long to safely make it without hunger.
So now, I will move forward on my diet journey. I will go back to eating a ‘balanced’ diet that includes fruits and vegetables. The real reason to go back to eating like the rest of the family is to be able to share in what they are eating. Just eating meat all by yourself is a bit of a lonely journey. If I needed to do it in order to break a carb addiction, or if I gained an inordinate amount of weight when I ate carbs, then I would easily and confidently do it again. I only lost about five pounds, but I wasn’t overweight to begin with. I hardly ate any carbs on a daily basis, so going from next to none to none didn’t have much effect on my weight.
I checked my urine a few times for ketones and the most it ever got to was ‘moderate’. I am certain that all my tissues were living entirely on the fats that I ate and the fats that are stores in various places on my body. One of the first places I show fat is in my face and under my chin, and those parts are visibly thinner.
Now I will go forward. I am looking forward to trying to eat rice that is cooked with fats and then cooled, and reheated at meal time. This method of cooking it fundamentally changes the starches in the rice. This excites me, and I look forward to reincorporating rice into my meal rotation. Actually, I look forward to every new day, as I learn and grow in the eating adventure I am on.