Hi all… I’ve been carnivore for about 2.5 months now…eating 5-6 pasture raised eggs, an avocado and 1-2 cups of black coffee in the morning around 7:30am and then a roughly one pound ribeye or ny strip at about 1:30pm. I know the avocado isn’t carnivore…but they don’t seem to bother me and as far as fruit/veg go, they are one of the best. No other food or snacks in between. Only other thing I have been doing is a magnesium supplement and one unflavored LMNT packet in water per day.
This diet change was literally overnight, from a standard american diet. I was at or above 300g of carbs per day prior. Took weeks for my body to get over the change. I never weigh myself, so I’m not sure how much weight I have lost but it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 pounds. I have shed a lot of fat though. I mostly just go by how my clothes are fitting and I’ve gone down 2 pants sizes from 36 to 34 and a shirt size from large to medium.
This leads me to my issue. In the past, I have had several gout flair ups so I know I’m somewhat prone to them. They were very painful but only lasted 5 or so days in one foot. Last weekend 11/12, I started to get a flair up in my right big toe. This progressed over the next few days into my foot and then ankle as well. Tons of swelling and pain. Then yesterday, 11/19, my left big toe started. I’m just at my wits end with this. I can hardly walk or stand for any length of time and this is orders of magnitude worse than any of the gout flairs I’ve had in the past.
“People” always say that red meat is particularly bad for gout and that is basically all I’ve been eating. But some, like Dr. Berry, also say that red meat isn’t really an issue for gout. I have also heard that uric acid can be stored in your visceral fat and when you have a rapid fat loss, tons of uric acid is released into the body. I have been praying this is the root cause of my issue and trying to just make it though till this acute gout attack is done. But it’s been a full week now, and it still shows little signs of it getting better. All the typical things that are always suggested to avoid, I have not been eating for months now…sugar, processed foods, carbs, seed oils, etc.
With all that being said…I have decided to stop eating red meat for 1-2 weeks and see if that helps clear up this issue. So I’m trying to find ideas on foods to eat. I was thinking boneless skinless chicken thighs for one. Would be easy to grill up a ton for my meals. I don’t really have problems eating the same thing all the time or anything like that. But I’d like to maybe get some other suggestions from other carnivores.