So yes, I am still digging into why carnivore works for so many people. See my previous blog on whether or not we should be eating our veggies. HERE I was reminded recently how acidic the human stomach is. Human stomach acid pH is around 1.5 (between 1 and 2). And it made me wonder what the stomach pH of other carnivores would be versus the pH of herbivores. What I’ve come across is an article that I’ve linked below.
This article suggests that the stomach acts as a filter. If the species’ specific diet of an animal is closely related to itself, the stomach pH would be low like ours. Versus an herbivore with a more neutral pH between 4.5 and 7, eating plants with little resemblance to their own physiology. This has to do with the need to digest and breakdown certain parasitic organisms that we don’t want in our system. You may have heard me say in previous talks or blogs that some of the parasites inside us closely resemble our own DNA, so the immune system might not always recognize them as foreign invaders. There are some carnivores who eat species completely unrelated to themselves and therefore do not need as a low a pH as we do. This is another piece to the puzzle of figuring out whether we are truly carnivores or omnivores. We are certainly not Herbivores.
I let myself fall into the sweet treat addictive hole over the holidays, and it was difficult to pull myself back out. What finally startled me awake, was the fact that every time I indulged, it sent me running to the bathroom. Since Wednesday, I’ve had ZERO plants, and guess what? My hair stopped falling out. It’s been falling out in handfuls and covering my bedding and clothes daily for the past several weeks. I thought it started around Thanksgiving when I was not feeling well. But that was about the time I splurged on my first carbohydrate treat in a long time. So was it the sugar? The toxins in the plant? Or the fiber? I suppose it could have been “just” the sugar. However, my guess is that it was a combo of all 3. Before I began Carnivore back in June, my hair was falling out and I was keto, very low carb, and eating lower carb veg. So I don’t think it was the sugar alone.
We need hormones for practically every function in the body. Toxin load interrupts hormone function. Lower saturated animal fat interrupts hormone function. Sugars and things that break down quickly into sugar are imbalancing to the pancreas, which is an endocrine/exocrine (hormone) gland. And the fiber slows down and blocks the absorption of nutrients. (See previous Carni blog) Why fill your gut with a whole bunch of fibrous rich foods of a low energy source, like salad, broccoli, or cauliflower? The fiber and the toxins block the absorption of the nutrients present in the food. You aren’t getting any fuel from it either.
I feel like a super hero, just like Anthony Chaffee and Kerry Mann talked about in this video.
I feel amazing! I don’t feel sluggish. I don’t have brain fog. My hair isn’t falling out. My face isn’t breaking out; my skin looks amazing. I’m dropping weight again. I have a desire to exercise because I have so much energy! I worked 2 very long days yesterday and the day before and I’m still going. It really is amazing how different I feel on Full Carnivore as opposed to 90-95% Carnivore. I wish I could convince others to try this, and just let their emotional foods go. Just let ‘em go. It’s not worth it.
Your tastebuds will shift, and pretty soon you won’t even want that other stuff. I don’t want to live the next 30 years feeling mediocre, or in any way less than I could feel. Just plodding along. And the funny thing is, I never used to have a taste for meat. Didn’t like it much really. Now I LOVE it! It tastes incredible! And lettuce and veggies taste incredibly bitter to me. Processed foods taste like a mouthful of chemicals.
I choose to follow nature. What does my gut tell me about what I should eat. Do I have a large cecum for fermenting fiber? No. Do I have a large foregut or hindgut for fermenting? No. I am an animal with a stomach pH of 1.5.
I want to thrive for the rest of my life. Not just survive. Next time I’m in an addiction hole eating sugar and other plants, will somebody please remind me how good I feel right now?
P.S. Did anyone else learn in elementary school the difference between predator and prey? I distinctly remember being taught that animals with eyes on the side of their head are prey. They need to be able to see all around them as a protective measure. Animals with eyes in the front are predators and have sharp vision to track down their prey. Does this make anyone else feel primal?
Cheesy Shrimp Dip
1 package organic cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1 c raw cheddar cheese (shred)
1 c raw parmesan cheese (shred)
1 c cooked and sliced wild caught key west shrimp
Thaw and then sauté the shrimp in butter or tallow in a pan (instead of boiling – too much liquid gets into the shrimp with boiling). Pat dry. Slice into 3/4cm lengths. Set aside. Mix the 2 cups of shredded cheeses with the softened cream cheese and roll in the sliced shrimp. Place in 8x8 glass pan or equivalent. Bake at 350*F for 40-45mins or until lightly browned on top (ovens vary).
Optional: I like to spread the leftovers on a grass-fed burger (no bun). Tastes amazing!
(In the picture I put some uncured bacon pieces on top, not necessary, tastes amazing without the bacon)
1/2 c pork rinds (unflavored)
1 c raw cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, provolone…)
Sea Salt or seasoning (optional)
Blend pork rinds into a powder. Mix powdered pork rinds and raw cheese together. Sprinkle thin layer in silicone muffin tin. Bake at 400*F for 10min or until crispy. Include on your charcuterie board instead of crackers!
Does eating saturated animal fat make you fat?
Actually, eating sugar and a high carbohydrate diet will turn to fat in the body. A better marker than cholesterol is how high your triglycerides are. The amount of fat your body carries is directly proportional to the amount of sugars/carbs you take in, stress, and the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. What are you putting on your skin? And what are you cleaning your house with?
A high carbohydrate diet will also lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and eventually diabetes. Fat does not create fat in the body. Sugar does, and those foods that break down quickly into sugar.
But won’t the saturated animal fat increase LDL cholesterol, and shouldn’t everyone go on a statin if their total cholesterol is over 230?
The answer might surprise you.
This past summer has been an interesting study into the Carnivore Diet versus keto and low carb. If you’ve been with me for awhile, you’ll know that I used to recommend a lower carb food plan to reduce inflammation and heal the body that consisted of 50-75% veg, 25-50% animal protein, and quality fats such as butter, avocado, olive oil, ghee, or tallow. I am realizing now that I was wrong. And I’m willing to admit that I was wrong, if it means embracing something closer to the truth
“What do I eat if I have to cut out sugar, bread, and grains?” I get this question a LOT. You are not alone. Transitioning from a sugar/carbohydrate-based diet into a less inflammatory, higher-nutrient food plan takes time. It just takes a little planning, but hopefully, this will give you some ideas. The possibilities are endless, especially when you factor in changing up the spices. Spices and a little fat are key to a satisfying meal.
If you don’t have any fat in the meal, you will be hungry in about 2 hours. Also, consider having some protein for breakfast, which will help you think better at work all morning long. I have had clients add protein for breakfast, and suddenly they start losing weight. Be careful with too much fasting at the beginning of a healing program. Protein breaks down into amino acids. You are going to need those amino acids to repair organs.
I am keeping a food log right now as I finally found someone I can be accountable to. I’m turning in my plan to her every morning and attempting to stick to it. So I am turning mine in, too, just like all of you. Here is last week’s food log. If you would like any of these recipes, let me know.
When you get tired of the same old salad…try this spin!
Below is the recipe for the salad in the picture, that I made for dinner tonight, with hardly any cleanup involved. First I headed to the grocery store to pick up some salad fixins,’ and what I couldn’t find there, I gleaned from the local health food store. I use what I can find. Every salad I make is a little bit different than the last based on what is available at the store, and what I’m in the mood for. I can’t wait for the farmer’s market to open for the summer. The fresher the ingredients, the better the taste, and the healthier for my body (and the farmer’s market veggies are way cheaper than the grocery store!). I can usually find 1-3 “organic” farms at the market. They may not be certified, but they don’t spray, and they utilize sustainable organic practices which puts back into the soil the nutrients the plants have taken. Non-GMO and organically-grown produce contains up to 100-fold more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown produce! The fennel will be more flavorful from the farmer’s market (tastes like licorice – yum!)
I wanted to touch on a few aspects concerning healing the brain. There are collections of symptoms that, in our day and age, are considered diagnoses (Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lupus,
Epilepsy), but what we often forget to look for is the root cause. It comes down to detoxing metals and chemicals, ridding the body of immune challenges, and repairing the myelin sheath. If it is an autoimmune condition, we look at gut-restoring supplements to heal the gut lining, improve digestion, and balance the microbiome. However, how can we fully recover if we do not handle our environment, clean it up, and discover the contributing factors that continually bombard the brain?
Allergies are typically a symptom of gut dysfunction or the need for a liver detox. When one of your channels of elimination is not functioning at optimum, it can clog the drainage funnel, causing a back-up with the liver. Bowel, liver/kidney, and lymph are at the bottom end of this funnel (listed from the bottom up).
Think of the liver like a bucket. If the bucket is only ¼ full, and you add additional toxins to that bucket, no problem! But if the bucket is full, a small amount will cause it to overflow into the bloodstream, resulting in a histamine response. Allergies.
What should we call this year’s stuffy nose and upper respiratory congestion immune challenge? How about SNURCIC (pronounced snur’-kik). Sounds fitting, as we KICK this thing to the curb!
You know I’m not an MD, so I can’t legally give recommendations for the immune challenge that comes around every year in a new and varied form about this time November…December…. And what I do with muscle testing is not a diagnostic tool. If you need to absolutely know for sure, then go to urgent care and have them check for it. But you know which immune challenge I’m talking about. So many people are getting it, so it is time for a new blog for a new year. The only thing the medical community has for this is Tamiflu…and the side effects that go along with that can make you feel like you have the abdominal vomiting version. SNURCIC is a real doozer this year. And there is not just one strain (found 2 so far).
Let’s look at a simple protocol to root out the cause and help you feel better more quickly. I, personally took this on day one, and I was better in 2 days. If I hadn’t, I am positive I would’ve ended up like everyone else with the upper respiratory lung and bronchial involvement, and a cough that lasts for weeks.
Here it ‘tis for winter ‘22-23, the SNURCIC protocol:
Cataplex AC 8-15 per day
Antronex 6-10 per day
(Both Standard Process)
That’s it! That is all you need usually. Spread it out into 3 doses, daily.
If you let it go too long before starting the SNURCIC protocol, and end up with a bad cough, then you may need these additional remedies:
Pulmonest (MarcoPharma) 30-40 drops 3-4 times a day (in 4-8 ounces of water) – clears the mucus out of the lungs and bronchi.
Fen-Gre (Standard Process) 3-6 per day (watch bowels, most people are constipated so taking this much fenugreek is fine, however if you’re like me, I had to limit it) – fenugreek thins mucus secretions in the sinuses, lungs, and bronchi.
Congaplex (Standard Process) 3-6 per day (if your nose starts running, back off on this one) – for sinuses and stuffy nose, also contains a little bit of Cataplex AC.
The reason I use Standard Process so much, especially in cases like this, is because it heals the body so quickly.
Some have needed additional Zinc, Rose hips, Iodine, Quercetin, GOLD, or Broncafect because they didn’t call me when they first began having symptoms and ended up really sick.
If you have the high spiking fever with this, you can take Feverfew or Calcium Lactate to bring it down to a manageable range. A low grade fever can be a good thing to work through once a year, as it will detox you from some of the junk you came into contact with this past year.
Remember Cataplex AC and Antronex are whole food. You can’t really over-dose on them. They are nutrition to help heal the body and support the immune system. Cataplex AC is the perfect ratio of echinacea and vitamin C to help push the Echinacea in. Antronex is a liver fat extract that flushes the immune challenge out of the liver/gallbladder where it likes to hang out. If these two are taken upon onset of symptoms, often you can handle it pretty quickly. I’ve tried piecing together echinacea and vitamin C to replace the Cataplex AC and it never works as well. Why? Because there is more in Cataplex AC than just those 2 ingredients.
I’ve had people take a handful of Antronex at first onset of symptoms, like 6 of them in one sitting, and it completely flushes it out before it can take hold!
One last thought… if you are sick, stay home and rest! Everyone is getting sick, and it’s just common courtesy to get better before you rejoin the work group, the school group, or touching things and putting them back at the grocery store.
[If you are celiac, you won’t want to take Cataplex AC as it does contain a minute amount of gluten. I recommend either Viranon as a replacement at 6-8 per day, or try the homeopathic blend called Flu-Tone, 1 dropper periodically throughout the day when it feels like the prior dose is wearing off.]
Contact our office to stock up, because sooner or later SNURCIC will be knocking at your door! And remember, when you are unwell, that is the time to give us a call so we can help you feel better!
What happens if I don’t take the supplement right away that was recommended?
Muscle testing is communication between the practitioner and a client’s body. What I find that day as a priority is the body’s communication with the client that it is getting stuck healing a particular organ or system or attempting a detox that is getting backed up. So, when we find a solution to this function deficiency, it’s the body saying, “Yes, I would like that nutrient right now!” It doesn’t mean, “let’s wait a week or two.” The limbic system is like a 2-year-old. You don’t give a 2-year-old a toy and then take it away again. Or say to a 2-year-old, “wanna go get an ice cream?” And then not take him there. The 2-year-old will cry or scream when you are inconsistent with your behaviors.
Just like the 2-year-old, the body will do the same thing. It will get upset if you don’t give it the nutrient you just offered to correct the nutrient deficiency or toxin overload.