If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been looking into ways to change your eating habits to achieve better health. Or, perhaps you’re already into animal-based eating and just looking for a few pointers along the way.
You’re definitely not alone. I’m still looking for new ideas along the way.
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, you’ve come to the right place.
No one should just jump into this without a plan.
I’m going to cover five different steps you’ll need to take in order to be successful in taking the path of animal-based eating. The “how,” if you will.
Step One: Research the benefits of animal-based eating
Before you go out and get a bunch of groceries from the market, take an evaluation of any foods you know of that don’t cooperate well with you.
For example, some people are very intolerant of dairy, while others thrive on it without problem. If dairy’s a problem, either limit recipes with dairy or eliminate them right off the bat.
Aside from that there’s many, many benefits to animal-based eating. This will help guide you in selecting what to eat.
For example, animal foods are terrific sources for the 9 essential amino acids. We all need these, and animal products provide in abundance. Eggs, hard cheeses, and salmon give you the best bank for your buck. Those are the real superfoods.
You’ve been told all your life to eat, eat, eat those veggies because of all those vitamins! No one ever told you growing up animal products also are rich in vitamins. You were probably misled on a lot more than just that growing up, but I digress.
One of the most important vitamins you can get, particularly for your mental health, is vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is rich in a number of meats, such as steak and canned sardines. Want to avoid brain fog and maintain mental stability? Vitamin B12 is a must.
In general, we all strive to maintain a great quality of life, don’t we? Don’t we all strive to live our lives with dignity and functionality right up to the end? An animal-based diet can help with that, in avoiding all the processed foods that tempt us today and drive up disease and lower quality of life.
I hope this fired you up. I hope this left you wondering, where do I go from here?
Well, let’s go.
Step Two: Recipes
Before you start out, you’ll need to find some delicious meals to start preparing.
Start simple, then work your way up as you go along.
One tasty recipe is a carnivore beef stroganoff with no noodles.
1.) Brown one pound of 80/20 or 85/15 ground beef. Don’t drain. Leave in the pan.
2.) Add 2 tablespoons of sour cream
3.) Add 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese
4.) Stir until all the ingredients are even.
5.) Add salt and dill to taste
6.) Stir for 10 seconds
If you like steak, I have a way to make that.
Breakfast? This is how I make an omelet.
This alone will give you the knowledge and the inspiration to come up with many, many meals.
Step Three: Buying the ingredients
By now, you should have picked out 1-2 weeks’ worth of recipes.
The easiest way to do it is to focus mainly on dinners.
For breakfast, either make a few eggs with butter, or skip breakfast altogether. Coffee with heavy whipping cream is a must, at least for me. You can do without the heavy whipping cream, or even coffee if you prefer.
Lunch is oftentimes either the previous night’s leftovers or something made in advance and spread out over several days. One of the ideas in step two should provide a hearty lunch.
For dinner, compile the recipes you’d like to try.
Write a list of meals for each day of the week. For example:
Sunday: Steak and broccoli
Monday: Bacon, sausage, and egg scramble
Tuesday: Salmon with asparagus
Thursday: Pork chops and sauteed spinach
Friday: Chicken and fresh green beans
Saturday: Cheeseburgers, chicken thighs, and sausage on the grill
If you opt to shop for two weeks, make a similar list for the next several days.
You don’t have to have the meals on those days in particular. This simply ensures you have enough meals for the number of days you want to shop for. When you prepare and eat a meal, simply cross that one off the list.
Make a list of all the ingredients you need, then subtract anything you already have in your house. Then, go purchase what you need.
You can shop for a lot of the stuff online and then hit up your supermarket of choice for the rest.
I like to do my supermarket trips early in the morning. The crowds are smaller, but also stores mark down the prices on some of their meat from the night before to make room for the latest inventory.
Step Four: Try Out New Foods
It’s important to keep things fresh. If you don’t, you risk getting bored with the same 10 recipes over and over again. This boredom could lead to freefall into your old eating habits.
Remember, this way of eating is no diet. It’s a way of eating. It’s a lifestyle.
It’s something that’s going to require effort and discipline, but that effort and discipline is totally worth it in the end.
From your first 10 recipes, take note of the ones that were a hit and eliminate the ones that weren’t so great. Then, add more recipes. Create your own arsenal of great dinners.
Make your one-week or two-week list, shop, repeat.
Step Five: Let social media further motivate and inspire
Vinnie Tortorich is one of my favorites follows on both Facebook and Twitter. There is even a Vinnie Tortorich NSNG group on Facebook that helps with good ideas as well as accountability. I’m a member there myself.
Twitter has many good experts in the field of animal-based eating, carnivore, and Keto, just to name a few. Dr. Eric Westman, Paul Saladino MD, Dr. Shawn Baker, and Ivor Cummins are some of my favorite accounts.
Pinterest is a social media platform that I still don’t understand fully. I’m still learning that as I go. There are a lot of people there who provide “pins” of things like recipes and motivation to stay on the course. A pin is the Pinterest equivalent of a tweet on Twitter.
These are just my opinions and observations as a guy who’s screwed up his whole life and has found a clear path with this way of eating.
Switching to an animal-based way of eating is a commitment not to be taken lightly. Making your gameplan out of the steps I outlined above will make things much easier, as opposed to going into this half-cocked.
I wish I had these steps laid out for me from day one, but in a way I’m glad I didn’t. It forced me to come up with my own plan that’s worked. This is knowledge I can pass onto you and others.
I believe these steps will work for you.
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