Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out my first post! A bit nervous.
I am a 40/M and started my carnivore journey a week ago coming from an omnivorous diet with a higher fat intake (50f/30p/20c). I frequently supplemented with Probiotics and work out 3 days a week.
One week in my carnivore diet has been an interesting ride. The first couple of days I was hit with nausea while at the gym. I read that low sodium could be the culprit and consuming salt helped tremendously. I’ve been drinking Salt-Sole (Made with Himalayan Salt) with water for years so I thought I was okay on sodium but this diet taught me I have to up my game. I’ve since ordered Re-lyte electrolyte mixes and put them in my water. I’ve quit taking probiotics to let my gut flora recalibrate to the new way of eating. I know it is TMI but my toilet experience has been a rollercoaster ride in more ways than one.
One surprise for me was how much I am getting in touch with eating food. Everything seems to taste much better. Who knew that a simple 80/20 ground beef with some salt and cheese can be so satisfying? I’ve also noticed that I am much calmer throughout the day while I used to get anxious and stressed.
I’ve felt great and noticed a decrease in body fat from looking into the mirror without any calorie restriction or changes to my workout. I’m not sure if this is a placebo effect but I’m feeling like my T levels are rising. Workouts feel stronger and I feel more confident. I’ve noticed myself being extra flirty with women.
So far I’ve been faced with a couple of challenges.
Buying Organ Meats. I’m a big fan of organ meats and seems to be a challenge buying them at stores. As a Japanese person, I miss the restaurants in Japan that specialize in organ meats. They call them ホルモン (Hormones) and go to Japanese-style BBQ places that serve only organ meats. Wish there was something similar to that here in the states. I have ordered Ancestral Supplements’ Grass Fed Beef Organs supplements and see how I feel about them. Does anyone have suggestions/tips on where to purchase organ meats? I’m dying for some liver, tripe, tongue, and other delicious portions of meat.
Sleeping and Urination. I have noticed that I get up multiple times during sleep hours to urinate. When I do, it’s quite the load of urination as well. It’s really odd that I don’t find myself urinating as much during the day versus during the nighttime. I’ve read some users stating that zero carb with only salt will be challenging with water retention. I will try to cut down on fluid intake during the nighttime hours. Any suggestion/advice/tips on this?
Toilet. My trips to the #2 have been rather insane. I’m feeling a little insecure about it but I will post it here anyway. The first couple of days I felt more constipated as if something was “stuck”. Got a bit bloated and gassy but I figured that’s my gut microbiome adjusting and getting rid of the “crap” (pun intended). Now a week into my diet, I’m noticing that my #2s have been more “gooey” and stick to the bottom of the toilet. The smell is rancid and gives me the gags. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this? I hope this is still the transition phase and level off soon.
Thank you to anyone that happens to read my post and any suggestions you may have. I am loving this diet and planning to continue it for a while longer.