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#Carnivore

2018-09-01

I understand that snapping a picture of that pile of bloody read meat and posting it to Twitter before shoving it in your face is a form of virtue signaling. But the easily ridiculed practice of photographing your food is something I’m not entirely ashamed of having participated in.

Hash-tag-Carnivore is now a thing, and while elements of a fad it may have, the takeaway is that many are waking up and realizing that a lot of what we’ve been led to believe about nutrition is plain bullshit.

Grain-based foods, carbs, and vegetable oils, which turn out to be some sort of industrial byproduct, are now considered poison—the culprits behind what ails you from inflammation to obesity.

Turns out the oft-cited Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid is turning Americans into the very thing they should be eating instead—fat fucking cows.

It’s not hard to understand why the Department of Agriculture would promote a diet comprised primarily of products of, well, Agriculture but our Baby Boomer forbears were happy to overlook this apparent conflict of interest in favor of their stronger predilection for blindly receiving intellectual spoon-feedings from Big Brother.

And what of the recommended 3 meals a day?

Bullshit.

Turns out regular intermittent fasting works wonders not only for your physical and mental health, it’s a boon for your productivity as well.

And how many cups of water am I supposed to be drinking? There are no shortage of rationalizations for why drinking the recommended amount of water everyday simply leads to an inconveniently high number of piss breaks.

Bullshit.

Drink when you’re thirsty.

And finally we come to the vilification of fat, and cholesterol. Conventional wisdom was that high cholesterol will give you heart attacks, and eating fat will give you high cholesterol.

Also bullshit.

Cheese, cream, butter, bacon, salami, lard, shellfish, that fat off your steak that you used to feed to the dog—all good for you and your brain (which is composed primarily of fat by the way.)

For many it has been quite revelatory. And I can tell you anecdotally, along with many others, that flipping the food pyramid upside down (i.e. going low carb), avoiding vegetable and seed oils, limiting sugar, and intermittent fasting have not only helped me with chronic headaches, irregular breathing, and depression, they have made trips to the grocery store much less anxiety-provoking as I can shop for what the body craves, rather than what some stupid food authority says you’re supposed to eat to make a “balanced meal.”

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