If you've landed on this site because you're one of few people who follow a strict carnivore diet, you are definitely still human and therefore happen sometimes to crave a dessert. Well, we don't have anything sweet for you, but we do have a cake! A carnivore cake.
A few years back, when we started our keto journey, we came across a guy named Shawn Baker. Back in the days, he had a few Twitter followers, and he started posting some strange twits and photos. Photos of meat. A lot of meat. Basically, only meat and some hardcore weightlifting exercises.
He probably didn't start a new diet movement, but for us, he is the one who introduced the carnivore diet to us. We are still following Shawn on IG, and it looks like he still eats meat. All-day, every day.
Although the idea looks interested enough to test it for a week or a month, none of us can imagine eating ONLY meat. With so many different textures and flavors, why would you commit only to one type of food (if not necessary)?
We put together a summary of the basic ideas behind the carnivore diet for you. If you are interested in a carnivore diet, take a look here for more details.
What is a carnivore diet?
Vegans, be afraid, be very afraid. A new diet has taken the wellness industry by storm, and it has nothing to do with plant-based foods.
The carnivore diet
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors roamed this earth looking for sustenance, and they found it most often in the form of meat and fish. Paleolithic man was a roamer, a hunter/gatherer, and he ate what he could find. Villages and organized societies had not developed yet, as man roamed the Earth looking for food. They had to go where the animals roamed, or they would starve!
The carnivore diet is a restrictive way of eating that promotes only the consumption of animal products: fish, eggs, and meat. All other foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes, are "forbidden." The diet theorizes that today's way of high carb, highly processed way of eating, is to be blamed for almost all chronic diseases. Eliminating processed foods and adhering to a high protein, high fat diet is thought to improve mental clarity, promote fat loss, and regulate blood sugar levels.
Controversial, but does it work?
Some members of the community are now linking the carnivore diet to the improvement of all kinds of chronic conditions, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Heart disease
Let's look at what a typical day on the carnivore diet would look like.
Following the carnivore diet
A typical day on the carnivore diet entails eliminating all plant-based foods from the diet and focusing on lean sources of protein from meat, fish, and eggs. Small amounts of lactose-free dairy products are also allowed on this diet.
Foods to include on the carnivore diet include beef, lamb, pork, fish, turkey, organ meats, salmon, heavy cream, hard cheeses, bone marrow, lard, and butter.
Sounds delicious, doesn't it? Loyal followers note that the fattier the meat, the more it increases their energy levels and mental clarity; people note that they actually eat less on this diet, as they feel satisfied much of the time.
Beverages of choice while on the carnivore diet include water and bone broth, but the use of plant-based drinks such as tea and coffee are strongly discouraged. There are no specific requirements with regard to caloric intake, the number of daily meals, or serving sizes while following the carnivore plan.
Will the carnivore diet help me lose weight?
Certain aspects of the carnivore diet may help promote weight loss. Some experts believe it is because followers end up eating less than those who are following traditional diets, due to the fact that they are satisfied and satiated with less food. The carnivore community, on the other hand, is full of positive feedbacks with weight loss.
Benefits of the carnivore diet
Eating the carnivore diet means giving up highly processed foods that are not beneficial to anyone, such as cookies, cakes, processed pasta, and other inflammatory foods that irritate the system. People note feeling better, feeling more mentally clear, and happier than they have been in years.
Downsides of the carnivore diet
The carnivore diet is quite restrictive, and as a result, people have difficulty sticking to it long term. Eating animal products almost exclusively can result in higher fat, cholesterol, and sodium that can be attributed to higher rates of high blood pressure, kidney and liver problems, and even certain cancers.
The carnivore diet does provide basic nutrition and a feeling of fullness, but there are crucial elements such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are missing as a result of restricting all plant-based foods. You may have to supplement to receive more comprehensive nutrition and safeguard against certain illnesses.
Up to you
Only you can decide if the carnivore diet is worth a try; It sounds delicious and satisfying, but you'll have to decide if eliminating all plant-based foods from your diet is something you can do. Who knows, we might give it a try one day as well as we did with egg fast. It sure won't be a dull diet anymore after trying this carnivore cake.
If you like what you see and/or even try this recipe out, do not forget to leave a comment below. Thank you!
- 8 eggs
- 10 oz smoked salmon
- 7 oz cream cheese
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch dill - optional for decoration
- Beat eggs and salt in a small bowl until blended.
- Heat 6-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
- Pour ¼ cup of the batter into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Place the pan back on the heat to let the egg cook.
- Cook the egg crepes until they are just set at the surface (about 30 seconds) and there’s no browning on the edges. Flipp over the crepe gently, and cook for a few seconds on the other side.
- Repeat until all the batter is used.
- Stack the cooked crepes on a plate or wire rack to cool down.