A Day in the Life of a Carnivore: What I Ate & Drank and How I Exercised
Well hello there! If you read my last post or followed along with me on IG, you’re well aware that I’ve been following a carnivore diet for the past couple weeks. Many people have asked me how I’m doing this—what do I eat? What do I drink? Do I exercise? Today, I’m going to walk you through a pretty typical day in my carnivore lifestyle. Let’s get into it!
This post is part of a series about my six week carnivore diet experiment. To read more about my experiment, check out one (or all!) of my other helpful carnivore posts:
To be honest, a carnivore day varies only slightly from a regular day for me. For my experiment (and beyond), I kept things like exercise, sleep, and schedules exactly the same…the main difference being, of course, that I only ate animal products. Here’s how that looked:
Wake up, drink 20 oz of water. On my way to the gym, I sip on my homemade pre-workout, which contains:
- 16 oz filtered water
- 1/2 packet of Celsius (100 mg caffeine and B vitamins, plus other nutrients)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Redmonds Real Salt (electrolytes are super important with low carb diets to prevent fatigue, and I use this salt because it's very pure)
- 1 serving (3 scoops) MSM powder (good for protecting your joints—I'm not getting any younger and the types of exercises I like don't do my knees any favors)
- (occasionally) 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar (there's no real reason for this except that it's good to have first thing in the morning and I like the taste. I don't always remember this though tbh.)
Fasted workout. As you know, I love a good interval workout. Opinions are mixed on whether fasted workouts are better for fat loss than eating before a workout, but I prefer to work out fasted because it just feels better for me, and I am not hungry right when I wake up. It hasn’t affected my performance in the gym (as far as I know!), so I see no reason not to. I personally recommend you figure out what works best for you in this regard.
Here is one of my workouts for reference (leg day):
I usually drank half an Isopure zero carb whey protein drink after my workouts because I wasn’t quite ready to eat, but post-nutrition fuel is important. Whey comes from dairy, so that counts as carnivore, right? Possibly bending the rules here, but…they’re my rules, so…yeah.
Eat my first real meal of the day (see sample meals below).
Eat a snack. I’m not usually a snacker, but I did notice I was far more hungry on carnivore than usual, so I had this snack almost daily (see sample snacks below).
Eat dinner (see sample meals below).
10:00 - 11:00 PM
Bedtime! Like clockwork, I started getting sleepy at 10 PM. Major win for me, because I usually have trouble falling asleep on time! There is an hour variance because sometimes I went with the feeling and sometimes I had a few bedtime routines to finish (or shows to watch).
Throughout the day, I drank around 75-100 oz water, usually with the Redmond’s salt for electrolytes. After the first week, I got religious about adding Natural Calm to my night time water intake as well, because my body begged me for more electrolytes. It helped tremendously in staving off headaches and fatigue the next day.
Some sample meals:
- Breakfasts: N/A unless I was hungry (I naturally intermittent fast...I’m not a big morning eater)
- Lunches: 10 oz ground beef with cheese/8 oz steak and eggs/9 oz of sardines/Half a chicken from Nando’s
- Dinners: Liver with eggs/8 oz of broiled salmon/Chicken “nachos” with pork rinds
- Snacks: Chick N’ Skins, yogurt, pork rinds/cracklings, parmesan cheese crisps
Here’s how a typical day played out in MyFitnessPal:
So there you have it! A snapshot of my daily carnivore routine. I’d say the major change was adding electrolytes and having a snack, which I don’t usually do. Oh, and a super simple meal prep! I was not mad at that.
How does this day compare to your normal day? Let me know in the comments!