A huge thing I’ve learned in the past 9+ months is that there’s 2 types of people:
1. Those who are already under so much physical stress and unhealthiness that any more stress will push them over the edge—into systemic inflammation, autoimmunity, thyroid/adrenal shut down
2. Healthy people that see benefits under healthy amounts of stress
I live (online) in communities of group 1- super sick people with YEARS of built up insulin resistance, stress, gut damage, gut dysbiosis, multiple diseases or recovering vegans… so I made the mistake of assuming the diet for them is also the diet for me.
This group thrives on strict carnivore. They need it for their body to heal. For most, it’s the only time they’ve felt GOOD in years. Even a little plant matter (just using pepper), can send them back into systemic inflammation.
However, if you’re part of group 2 (which 20-somethings hopefully you still are!) small amounts of plant matter like bitter greens actually help digestion. It does activate the fight-or-flight system a tiny bit, but it’s a healthy amount that wakes the body up and gets enzymes flowing.
I think there’s so much space to use herbs, adaptogens, superfoods, tonics, & fermented foods wisely to help people. But many are so sick and haven’t had results with anything until they found carnivore. And some just love eating meat! Strict carnivore is right for them!
I had to remind myself: I don’t have systemic inflammation, my gut isn’t ruined from years of constant processed food and malnourishment. My gut’s probably actually pretty good. I need to listen to my body, the diet for others is not the one for me. DUH
Moral is: don’t mess your diet up for too long, or you might be stuck eating only meat until you heal.
Restrictive diets, chronic cardio, low-fat, vegan, low calorie, low sleep or high stress for too long will wreck your body at a cellular level - it’s basic chemistry. Without these ingredients, things will short-circuit until it reaches systemic shut down- aka “disease”
If you eat a non-human diet for too long, your human body will fail. You can’t override your biology with brain power.
Don’t forget how to be human. Your life depends on it🤷🏻♀️