Going Carnivore: What to Expect in Terms of Digestion

Course Summary

Week Two Recap and Guidance

  • Week One Recap:
    • Discussed the importance of electrolytes, digestive enzymes, and magnesium.
    • Emphasized a high-protein, moderate-fat diet, resembling a carnivore lifestyle.
    • This approach aims to control glucose responses, insulin, and curb cravings.
  • Results:
    • Most participants will see a significant drop in weight.
    • The diet helps the body shift from burning glucose to burning ketones.
    • Some might experience constipation due to changes in eating habits, reduced food intake, and muscle memory of the bowels.
  • Bowel Movements:
    • It’s normal to have daily bowel movements.
    • Constipation or irregular bowel movements can indicate dehydration or issues with digestion.
    • Proper hydration and digestive enzymes are crucial for regularity.
  • Benefits Observed:
    • Reduced cravings.
    • Improved sleep quality.
    • Loss of inflammation and excess water.
  • Hydration and Minerals:
    • Essential for proper cell function and avoiding flushing out vital minerals.
    • Emphasized the use of mineral-rich salts like pink Himalayan salt, sea salt, and Celtic sea salt over table salt.
  • Continuation:
    • Participants should continue the current eating pattern for week two.
    • Guidance will be provided on when and how to reintroduce fruits and vegetables.
  • Long-Term Considerations:
    • While the carnivore diet can be sustained, it’s essential to consider the health of the microbiome.
    • A balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich foods supports a healthy microbiome.

Key Takeaway

Adopting a high-protein, moderate-fat diet, resembling a carnivore lifestyle, can lead to significant weight loss, improved sleep, and reduced cravings. However, it’s essential to ensure proper hydration, maintain digestive health, and eventually reintroduce a variety of nutrient-rich foods for a balanced microbiome and sustainable long-term health.


Daily Hydration Log: Track your daily water intake to ensure you’re staying properly hydrated. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day and note any changes in how you feel.


Week Two Weight Loss & Health Protocol:

  • Hydration:
    • Start each day by drinking water immediately upon waking up.
    • Aim for at least 8 glasses of water daily.
    • Consider adding a slice of lemon to your morning water for added benefits.
  • Dietary Focus:
    • Continue with a high-protein, moderate-fat diet.
    • Avoid dairy, sweeteners (even artificial ones), and cheeses.
    • Incorporate healthy fats like avocado, butter (not margarine), olive oil, and coconut oil.
    • Be cautious of seasonings and sauces; avoid those with sugars and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Supplementation:
    • Take digestive enzymes as recommended to aid in breaking down food.
    • Ensure a daily intake of magnesium, focusing on magnesium glycinate.
    • Monitor your body’s response to magnesium intake and adjust the dosage if needed.
  • Digestive Health:
    • Monitor bowel movements, aiming for 1-3 times a day.
    • Ensure stools are of solid form and smooth; adjust hydration if they appear hard or rocky.
    • If experiencing constipation, ensure you’re taking digestive enzymes, staying hydrated.
  • Sleep & Energy:
    • Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep each night.
    • Note the quality of sleep and any improvements since starting the diet.
    • If consuming coffee or tea during the morning, consider adding a pinch of baking soda for smoothness and blending with a teaspoon of butter for a creamy texture.
    • Avoid caffeine after 1pm for restful sleep.
  • Monitoring & Adjustments:
    • Track daily food intake, noting any changes in weight, energy levels, and overall well-being.
    • If weight remains stagnant, consider factors like hydration, digestive enzyme intake, and bowel movement regularity.
    • Prepare for the reintroduction of fruits and vegetables in the coming weeks. 
  • Support & Environment:
    • Engage family members or housemates in your journey, asking for their support, especially in removing potential dietary triggers from shared spaces.
    • Stay informed and motivated by revisiting the lesson’s content and seeking additional support in the private Facebook group if needed.

Remember, this protocol it’s essential to listen to your body, make adjustments as needed.