Updated: Sep 14
I had done diets over the years and expected when I went carnivore, I would need to make my grocery list. What do you eat as a carnivore? Meat. Eggs. Dairy. Seasonings. If it had a face or came from something with a face, I eat it. This is such an effortless way of eating it almost made me feel lost when I started. Through this journey I have learned the importance of doing the simple things well.
Meat and Eggs. Nose to tail and everything that comes between. Take your time at the store to pick the cuts that appeal to you. With the lower cost you can spend a little more on the better piece of meat. Making your meat and egg choices seems simple and it can be if you consider the following:
Fat is your friend so do not try to limit yourself to lean cuts
Processed meats will have hidden sugars and other chemicals, limit these items
Precooked / Fast food items can be prepared with vegetable and seed oils, limit these items
While seasonings can be used sauces like BBQ and Ranch contain sugar and other chemicals, these items should be avoided
Dairy. This is a tough topic as it is unique to every person. If you can include dairy products, they serve as a reliable source of fat. The standard American industrialization of food has created pit falls on this topic as well:
Fat is your friend so avoid fat free products as they also contain sugar and other chemicals
Products like yogurt and ice cream should be avoided as they contain sugar and other chemicals
Seasonings. Salt and pepper are acceptable ways to elevate your meals. Take your time and slowly experiment with other spices and premix seasonings. While seasonings can be used sauces like BBQ and Ranch contain sugar and other chemicals, these items should be avoided.
My grocery shopping is no longer stressful. My grocery bill is lower. Meal prep takes less time. I have much less waste. This way of eating allows me to focus on doing the simple things well. Start to ask yourself:
What are my favorite cuts of meat?
What method of cooking do you prefer?
Can I cook proteins to my desired temperatures?