As mentioned previously in my goals-setting post, I have been (mostly) carnivorous for approximately 9 months now, and I feel the best I have ever felt. When I slip, I really notice the effects of high carbs and industrial seed oils. I simply feel worse.
My diet is quite limited, but when you start replacing highly processed industrial foods with high-quality meats and vegetables, (I think) the flavour and nutrition far outweigh any amount of variety.
From all the research I’ve done, I truly believe that pushing society towards a more carnivore-style diet, buying locally from regenerative sources, is the direction we need to go for the long-term health of humans and the planet. Therefore, part of this blog will be dedicated to educating and hopefully enabling others to realise this. The more we can get on board, the more we can start a movement, and the healthier the people and the planet will be
As a starting point, I thought it would be nice to share my current mostly carnivore meal plan. The great thing about eating more carnivore is that all the meals that I prepare are simple and delicious, and take no time at all to cook. The very definition of ‘meal plan’ almost ceases to exist. That’s one less thing to worry about in an already busy day.
Essential Tools for the Kitchen
When cooking for this WOE (way of eating), there are a few things that I recommend for the kitchen that make cooking more convenient. You don’t need much, and most of these items can be found relatively cheaply.
When you’re eating a more carnivore-style diet, a slow cooker is essential for tougher cuts of meat. Tougher cuts of meat are often cheaper than traditional muscle meats (think steak cuts), and will often be more nutritious with the addition of connective tissues and, sometimes, bones.
I currently use an Anko Slow Cooker that I purchased from Kmart, which cost me all of $19, but you can most likely find something quite affordable on Amazon or in any department store local to you.
This is a given and I assume that everyone owns one of these. I recommend cast iron frying pans, as they’re probably less toxic than the non-stick stuff and will last forever if you get a good one.
Soda Stream Machine
We used to buy sparkling water in the bottle, which is terrible for the planet. A soda stream machine is a good substitute for the bottled stuff. Replacing any carbonated beverages with carbonated water will be extremely good for your health.
Air Fryer (optional)
I don’t currently have one of these but it is definitely on the ‘to-buy’ list. Quick snacks can be made with bacon or chicken wings, and as the fat drips to the bottom, any meats cooked in this are great for those on a more P:E type of diet. I have heard that steak is also great in an air fryer, but I have yet to try it.
As I live in Australia, I currently source most of my meats from a company called Meat at Billy’s. All the meat sourced by Meat at Billy’s is organic, grass-fed and high quality. Some producers also practice regenerative farming methods, which I am a big fan of. The cuts of meat that I currently buy include:
- Lamb Shoulder
- Pork Shoulder/Leg
- Chuck Beef
- Beef Brisket
- Osso Bouko
- Beef Cheeks
- Chicken Breast
- Chicken Wings
I should also be eating more organ meats but for now, I substitute with the stuff in pill form from Ancestral Nutrition.
I keep vegetables fairly limited on this carnivore-ish meal plan, but I make sure to obtain them from organic sources. Currently, I get all my vegetables from Ripe n Raw Organics. Veges that I typically buy include:
- Bok Choy
I tend to limit my vegetables to the above list, with tomatoes on the odd occasion.
Last but not least, there are a couple of other things I tend to consume regularly on this meal plan.
Super-Kraut Fermented Vegetables
I try to get a good dose of fermented vegetables in my diet. The team at Peace, Love and Vegetables provides a delicious range to choose from. I often have sauerkraut with every meal, more often than fresh vegetables.
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
I often have a dash of apple cider vinegar with carbonated water. It’s a great substitute for unhealthy sugary soft drinks.
Last but not least, no carnivore-ish staple would be complete without eggs. Always free-range and organic, eggs are an almost daily staple.
This concludes the high-level overview of my carnivore-ish meal plan. Hopefully, if you aren’t already on this way of eating, I have given you some ideas. Most meals consist simply of some sort of meat, vege and/or sauerkraut. Slow-cooked cuts are often eaten over multiple days.
I know what you are most likely thinking: All this grass-fed, organic produce must cost a fortune, right? Yes, it does cost more than industrial raised meat and vegetables, but I hardly ever spend money on take-out. Plus, this way of eating most definitely tastes better.
So, the next time you feel like spending $50 on UberEATS, put that money towards some high-quality beef instead!