The Carnivore Diet: Foods, Menus, FAQs, and Recipes

Carnivore Diet

Everything you need to know about the carnivore diet including foods to eat, menus, FAQs, shopping lists, and more.

The carnivore diet is exactly what you would think it would be. This diet consists of eating strictly all meats and all animal products and illuminating all other foods from one’s diet, including some dairy products. Although this diet is to help lose weight, blood sugar corrections, and mood swings, it is very restrictive and not healthy long-term. It’s advised to eat more of a well-balanced diet which includes vegetables, fruits, and fiber.

However, if you are interested in learning more about this diet. Here is the breakdown for you.

What Is The Carnivore Diet?

The carnivore diet is considered a low-carb diet although this diet excludes carbs altogether. Every single meal consists of all animal meats and animal products, for example, chicken, eggs, beef, turkey, seafood, pork, and maybe a limited amount of lactose-free or low-lactose dairy products. Dieters who have found that they were not successful on The Keto Diet or The Paleo Diet may switch and try The Carnivore Diet.

Like other popular diet plans, you would typically follow strict diet plans or follow different phases throughout your entire weight-loss journey however, with the carnivore diet there is no specific plan and you are allowed to eat whenever you would like. The goal is to eat meats that naturally boost your energy as well as boost your metabolism, leading to weight loss. Since protein keeps you full for longer, the idea is that you will actually consume less throughout the day.

Foods to Eat on the Carnivore Diet

Although this diet consists of eating purely meat and animal products, you will find some gray areas. So, while on this diet these are the foods that you would typically eat.

  • Meats: bacon, beef, pork, lamb, bison, venison
  • Poultry: chicken, turkey
  • Fish
  • Bone marrow and bone broth
  • Butter and lard
  • *Milk (some people still include this in their diet)
  • *Yogurt (some people still include this in their diet)
  • *Cheese (some people still include this in their diet)

Foods Not to Eat

  • Beans
  • Bread and grains
  • Desserts
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Pasta
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables

What to Drink on the Carnivore Diet

  • Bone Broth
  • Sparkling water
  • Water
  • *Coffee (some people still include this in their diet)
  • *Tea (some people still include this in their diet)

What Not to Drink

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Juices
  • Tea
  • Sugary drinks

Download our free checklists with all the approved Carnivore Diet foods (and what you should avoid.)

FAQs section

What are the side effects of the carnivore diet?

There are quite a few side effects that can happen on the carnivore diet. Sometimes these can lead to more serious health concerns. If you are experiencing these side effects for a long period of time you should consult a doctor. Here are the most common.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation

These side effects can also lead to the following serious health risks.

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Kidney stones
  • Hepatic steatosis (which is an access of fat in the liver)
  • Hypoproteinemia (which is abnormally low blood protein levels)

What snacks can I have?

Even though you are just eating protein there are still some great snack ideas that are approved on this diet. Here’s a few of the most popular.

  • Beef jerky (all natural)
  • Salami roll-ups
  • Bacon and pepperoni chips
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Pork rinds
  • Cheese
  • Hot dogs

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The diet eliminates processed foods and food with refined carbs like candy, cookies, sodas, etc.
  • For some, the carnivore diet can greatly reduce inflammation throughout the body
  • Includes eating healthy fats
  • Eating a high protein diet keeps you feeling more full for longer
  • Since you are only eating protein and will feel full, you will naturally eat less, causing you to lose weight
  • This diet has been linked to helping to improve health conditions such as; arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and digestive problems.

Cons

  • The lack of nutrition that you would get from fruits and veggies on the carnivore diet is a cause for concern
  • The carnivore diet is also pretty restrictive and can make it difficult for some people to stick with.
  • It is not suitable for people with certain diseases, like kidney disease.

The Carnivore Diet Sample Menu (One Week)

Here’s an example of a simple first-week carnivore diet plan menu. So if this doesn’t seem to motivate you, there are many great recipes available. Check Pinterest for a huge variety of hundreds of different recipes and ideas. This menu is a really simple one just to get you started. 

Monday

  • Breakfast: hard-boiled egg and bacon
  • Lunch: turkey-burger patty 
  • Dinner: lamb chops

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: eggs and turkey sausage
  • Lunch: tuna and salmon
  • Dinner: steak and eggs

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: hard-boiled egg and bacon
  • Lunch: shrimp and chicken
  • Dinner: stir-fry, your choice of meat, with a fried egg

Thursday

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs and shrimp 
  • Lunch: burger patty
  • Dinner: salmon and shrimp

Friday 

  • Breakfast: eggs and turkey sausage
  • Lunch: chicken breast
  • Dinner: meatballs with no sauce

Saturday

  • Breakfast: eggs any style and bacon 
  • Lunch: shrimp and salmon
  • Dinner: steak and shrimp

Sunday

  • Breakfast: eggs and turkey sausage 
  • Lunch: turkey breast 
  • Dinner: salmon and steak  

Summary 

Thank you for reading our guide on the carnivore diet. Please feel free to download and use our free embedded checklists. This will be helpful when creating your menus and making your grocery shopping list.