In January of this year, a good friend visited and cooked lunch for the both of us. I had 1lb of ground beef, six eggs, ½ package of bacon, ½ cup of shredded cheese and an avocado. I couldn’t finish it. I also wasn’t hungry until the next day.
This meal taught me two things:
-Fat and protein alone are extremely satiating.
-I was Tokyo Sushi full, but didn’t have a gaseous bloating discomfort.
This had me thinking. What type of impact would this diet have on me? What about carbs? Would I crash in the gym? I’m active, eat healthy, and return my shopping cart. Could I really thrive off protein and fat alone?
Unopposed to using my body as an experiment, this was the beginning of my transition to an animal-based diet that has since improved mental clarity, rid me of GI issues, and increased my performance in the gym.
Ok Lance, so you’re eating Paleo? Not quite. Keto? Not necessarily.
Unique to an animal-based diet is something known as the plant toxicity spectrum. Plants are rooted in the ground. To avoid being eaten, they have developed toxins and protective chemicals as a natural defense. We all have a unique ability to process these toxins, but at what cost?
The user manual for what we should eat was written by our ancestors. Food was hunted and consumed nose to tail without waste. They occasionally consumed carbohydrates through the form of fruits and plants, but these were seasonal and served as a “fall back” providing little energy compared to the meat from animals.
Most aviators should be familiar with the challenge of finding nutrient dense plant food in nature.
During SERE, how many of you chose to consume calories through plants and seeds? No one spent their time digging up a water chestnut over the opportunity to throw a rock at a squirrel or crush a snake. This is also in part because you couldn’t remember which plants were actually safe to eat. Do you think our ancestors knew any better??
Over the next five weeks, I’m going to release a weekly article dispelling common myths, sharing my results and experiences, and support why you should incorporate elements (if not all) of this diet in your life.
Don’t I need vegetables? What about fiber? Wont my cholesterol skyrocket? Isn’t this terrible for the environment? How expensive is this to do?
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Man Meat Monday.