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The Carnivore Diet

March 10, 2022 Alexis Perkins Season 1 Episode 47
We Are Living Healthy
The Carnivore Diet
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The Carnivore Diet

Linda Salant AKA The Carnitarian has been doing the Carnivore diet for 7 years. She discusses her journey and gives us practical tips on how to eat a meat only diet. 

A carnitarian is when you don't eat vegetable oils and keep carbohydrates low, and it turns out it's very good for your health. This is also a good alternative for someone who wants to play their part in helping the environment. Being a carnitarian is a good option, not only for the environment but also for your health. 

Question from Alexis with Linda Salant, The Carnitarian:

  • What is to be a carnitarian? 
  • As far as nutrients, how do you get all of them? 
  • How can you live without carbs, or pasta? 
  • How a meat-based diet can help improve health and fitness without supplements?
  • What was your experience during the first 30 days of diet? 
  • How humans really don’t need plant foods and how eliminating fiber and plant compounds can benefit people? 
  • Is this diet for anyone?
  • How can people find you? 

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Alexis: Hello, and thank you for tuning into this segment of we are living healthy. Many of you may be familiar with the term vegetarian or pescatarian, but have you ever heard of a carnitine here to tell us all about it and some possible health benefits? We have Linda Solana. Please welcome her to the show. 

Linda: Hi.

It's so great to be here. Thank you for having me 

Alexis: on. Yes. I'm really excited to chat with you about this. Could you tell us exactly what is a current? 

Linda: So cartons hearing is just sort of like the name that I've given myself, but really what are the way that I eat is just like a meat based carnivore diet.

It's a diet that basically just excludes all plant foods. And so everything I eat is. An animal product. So that includes any kind of meat. So there's like, you know, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, it includes [00:01:00] dairy and it includes eggs and all fish, you know, shellfish and just excludes 

Alexis: plants. Yes. And what led you to becoming a current Attarian and what health benefits has it had in your life?

Linda: So the way I came to it was through the adoption of a ketogenic diet and a ketogenic diet is generally a low carbohydrate diet, which is heavy on meat and some low carbohydrate vegetables a carnivore diet. Basically just takes that to the next level of excluding those vegetables and maybe some berries that people include and some low carbohydrate fruits that people include on an otherwise ketogenic diet.

So carnivore diet to me. Like the ultimate elimination diet. So this is something that I got interested in because I was just trying to lose like the last, you know, 10 or 15 pounds of baby weight. And I knew that I. Felt best on a low carbohydrate [00:02:00] diet. So when I found the carnivore diet, I said, well, this is perfect.

It's like, you know, broccoli, wasn't my thing, steak and blue cheese. That was my thing. So it just seemed to fit me really well. I intended to do this diet for about 30 days. And at this point it's been over six years, almost seven that I've been eating this 

Alexis: way. Okay. And as far as nutrients, that's a popular thing that people are going to want to know is we know proteins come from our meat and our meat products.

But what about the vitamins? What's how do you get those? Do you take supplements? 

Linda: Right. So this is sort of a thing that people get confused about because we hear so often how essential fruits and vegetables are for nutrients, but actually everything we need in our proper human diet is in animal foods and in the meats things like you know, vitamin D three is completely unavailable in plant foods and things like vitamin B12 and the most essential form of iron that we need.

That's the one. Nutrient [00:03:00] dense bioavailable form is going to be in the meat. So with no supplementation needed at all, if you are eating things like steak and eggs throw in a little bit of liver or for good measure, if you enjoy that and you'll be good to go you don't need to have any supplements.

You don't need to add any, you know, green smoothies or anything. 

Alexis: And what are a few misconceptions that people have about your diet or common questions that you hear from others? 

Linda: Well, I hear all the time, you know, how can you live that way? How can you live without pasta? How can you live without bread or isn't it boring or aren't you going to get high cholesterol, heart disease, things like that.

So to the first point I'm completely satisfied with the way I eat in terms of variety and not having. Like breads and pastas. I mean, the feelings that I get after eating a pasta, Neal art, you know, not atypical, like there's the bloat of that, you know, big, like [00:04:00] pasta belly that you feel after. You know, and same with breads and things like that.

I just don't feel like I need them. People get concerned about things like cholesterol and oh, your cholesterol must be through the roof like that. That's crazy. Aren't you worried about it? But actually the studies show that the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease that we think is the cause of these diseases is not actually the case.

The studies that have been done, I need consumption and things like heart disease or. Other issues are all correlational studies. They're really low quality studies and they don't take into account the other behaviors of the people in the studies. So you may say, well, the people who eat fruits and vegetables have the best outcomes.

But these are sort of anecdotal stories and it's not taking into account other behaviors, like exercise and people who don't smoke and things like that. So It, you know, I just sort of pushed those criticisms aside and I say, well, I feel the best I ever [00:05:00] have, and I'm going to keep it up. 

Alexis: I used to originally started off with doing it for 30 days, trying to lose some baby weight.

And I know that's a common problem that a lot of women have. What did you experience. Healing in that first 30 days. 

Linda: Well, for me, I didn't have any trouble with withdrawal, but that is something a lot of people do experience when they kick that processed food standard, American diet, you know they will experience things like sugar, withdrawals, headaches fatigue, you know, that they're real withdrawal.

Symptoms, and I didn't have any of those. I felt much better. And in those 30 days I was feeling less bloat, less knee pain, less anxiety you know, things like skin clearing up. And I was like, well, this is for me. I mean, this can be absolutely longterm. I was feeling pretty great. So people have an adaptation period, like I talked about, but for me, it just flowed really [00:06:00] nicely 

Alexis: and your skin does look fabulous.

Nobody can argue you look at me crazy. Those who are interested in trying this out is there is this to be for anyone. Are there certain stipulations are candidates for it? What are your thoughts? 

Linda: I think this diet can be absolutely for everyone. From little kids to, you know, the elderly population, it is the proper human diet.

There are no essential carbohydrates. There's nothing that is in plant foods that we can't get from animal foods. And, and it can be for everybody because really this is a very ancestral way of eating by. Know, the fruits and vegetables that we see now in our supermarket, weren't there 200 years ago.

We certainly didn't have them year round. But what we did have access to year round are, you know, the animals and fish and things that made us human. So it's a proper human diet and it can be for everyone. 

Alexis: Yes. And to kind of give it [00:07:00] a imagery. What is a dietary day in the life of misaligned? What do you eat?

Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Tell us 

Linda: well it's a very protein, heavy diet, so I'll start my morning with some high protein, low fat Greek yogurt with a protein powder mixed into that. That's just like quick and easy. I still drink coffee. So I'll have. For lunch, it's typically a steak and lately I'm into like sirloin steak, flat iron steak, ribeye steak is absolutely delicious.

Any kind of cut like that. And then the same thing for dinner. That's it. I mean, steaks and chops. Eggs are always fantastic. So a bacon and egg breakfast isn't too far off. You can have that for dinner too. It's actually a really simple way of eating. It simplifies everything that you need to buy in the supermarket to just the outer rim of the supermarket.

You're in, you're out, you get your meats, regs, your cheese, and you're done. 

Alexis: Yes, you made it sound so [00:08:00] good. Ribeye and things like that. So what are the common side that you might have, or do you just stick with me and that's it. 

Linda: That's it, no sides necessary. I'll tell you what, if I'm going to have a side, it's going to be like steak with a side of shrimp, right?

Or steak with a side of lobster tail. I'm not, you know, I'm going without, in any way. It's a very satisfying way to eat. Yes. 

Alexis: I mean, I sounds delicious. Also complicated, but delicious. Oh, for those who have more questions, how could they get in contact with. 

Linda: You can find me on Instagram. My handle there is at the Carnot's hereon.

I'm always available by direct message. There's a link in my bio there. If you'd like to contact me directly and talk for a longer period of time to send me a message. I answer everybody. 

Alexis: Yes. Thank you so much for being a yesterday. I really enjoyed our conversation. 

Linda: Thank you so much for having me. I have as well.

It's great to see you. 

Alexis: Well, that's it for this segment of we are living healthy. I really hope that you enjoyed the information. [00:09:00] Please remember before trying any diets to always consult with your doctor, if you have any concerns at all, and if you haven't already follow us on Facebook at we are living healthy and subscribe to the show so we can continue to give you great information.

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