I’ve been keto / very low carb for quite a few years varying a little in just how many carbs I take in on average. Came from a vegan / vegetarian background before going keto so it was kind of gradual in moving from being very plant heavy to being very meat heavy. I still don’t consider myself “carnivore” by definition but do sometimes have days when that is how I eat.
Had a higher carb meal at a friend’s house on Thursday afternoon. Not awful, but higher carb than I’d have liked. But something didn’t sit well with me. So Friday morning, I decided, “just coffee”. Afternoon came and I decided it was gonna be a burger. I do half-pound burgers, pretty much naked. (I did have a few homemade pickle slices, but no big sides of anything.) I ate two of them so one full pound of ground beef. I had made an extra, hadn’t decided whether I’d eat the extra one or not before hand but wanted it after eating the first so I did. And when I finished, I was full, not bloated and uncomfortable, but full, not wanting anything else.
That was just for context.
I’m a piano player and play in a band. Friday evening was a 3 hour gig. Something I do on gigs where I need to know I have the energy on stage, I’ll take along a cooler that I have on stage with me. I have 2 or 3 bottles of water and 2 bottles of Pepsi. The water is for keeping hydrated and I almost always drink all of that. The Pepsi is there if I feel like I’m running out of steam and I gotta have something to pick me up. If I don’t need it, I never open it.
At other gigs, I’ve usually drank both the water and the Pepsi. Interestingly, this past Friday for our gig, I only drank the water. And I was fine. Energy never wavered, all the way from setting up (I’m also pretty much the sound guy and the biggest of the speakers is about 140 pounds, yeah, it can be a workout. I played, then it all got taken back down again. I felt great. Even felt great the next morning, which is quite unusual as gigs like that are often quite exhausting.
Made me go “hmmm” for sure. I can’t explain it 100% but am suspecting that the breakfast of coffee only (bulletproof, basically just coffee with a little butter and cream whipped with the immersion blender) and an early afternoon lunch of a significant fat / protein meal must have really fed me well. Even by 9:00pm or so when we had taken down all of the equipment and packed it all in the van, I still wasn’t hungry nor did I have any desire to have that Pepsi. That would have been 7 hours or so after the burgers.
I’ve not paid a lot of attention to people when they remark about how good they feel on a carnivore diet but I think I may have had a tiny taste of it… and I kinda liked it. I think I need more of those days.