Welcome to UK Carnivore Club

This is the place to come for all UK based people just starting out with or already following a Zero Carb diet.

Zero Carb simply means that we eat only from the animal kingdom. So absolutely no plants that grow above or below the ground are consumed, including cooking oils such as sunflower, coconut oil, nut oils or olive oil. We prefer to cook our meat with butter, lard and ghee.

There is no ‘but what about…..’ allowed here. There is no room for any ‘whataboutery’ here. We eat meat, drink water (and some drink tea or coffee) and some eat eggs and dairy if they are tolerated and cause no inflammatory or digestive issues.

ZC is primarily about healing our bodies after years of sub-optimal eating following the standard UK diet (SUK) or needing to heal and regain health after years of low fat, vegetarian or vegan diets that have resulted in damage to the digestive system, deficiencies and poor health.

Weight loss: Most people turn to ZC after seeing successful weight loss from following a LCHF or Keto diet. We ask you to leave your keto at the door here because with ZC you don’t have to count macros, count calories or worry about meeting protein / fat ratios. In fact there is no counting needed at all here!

Yes, you can lose weight following a ZC way of eating, but weight loss is not our primary goal. We are here to heal. Weight loss happens as a wonderful side-effect of eating optimal food.

Please don’t start ZC with an expectation that you will lose weight. Some people don’t lose anything for a long time. Some people even gain weight. If you have been starving your body of essential nutrients for many years, you may find that you initially gain weight while the body makes good use of your food to repair and re-build your cells from the inside out.

“But, but, but, but….aren’t carbs essential…?” This is what we hear from a lot of people when they find out we only eat meat. The simple answer is ‘no – carbs are not essential in any way to our health’. There’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.

If you would like to contribute your ZC story, have useful articles to share or know of a great UK based online butcher who delivers superb meat, then do let us know!

 

Zero carb but not burning fat?

For the average layperson coming to keto or carnivory, this can be a tricky aspect to get your head around. Huw does a very good job of explaining things in easy to understand language.

Zero-a-day.

As a (‘dirty’) carnivore, I shouldn’t be too fussed about opening a can of worms.

So here goes. It’s quick look at the issues around storing or breaking down fat, and under what circumstances. And I will be using the ‘k’ word!

Could something be stopping you from burning fat when you are to all intents and purposes zero carb? It could be that you want to get leaner, but it’s not happening.

Dairy? Caffeine? Volume/quantity? Silent, secret carbs? The dreaded macros – too much fat, or too much protein?

Dr Zsofia Clemens of Paleomedicina says you can be ‘zero carb’, total carnivore, and totally plant free and STILL run on glucose if your protein consumption is excessively high.

Amy Berger, author of ‘The Alzheimer’s Antidote’ and low-carb nutrition expert says that when it comes to fat loss, protein is your friend, and you mustn’t be scared of gluconeogenesis…

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Coffee up, insulin up?

Another thought inspiring post from Huw. Love it or hate it, coffee is an addictive substance.

There are arguments for and against drinking it, especially for ZCers who shouldn’t be taking in anything from plant sources. The jury is out on this one.

Zero-a-day.

My mum looked at bit sheepish, and said: ‘22 cups‘.

I’d just asked her how much coffee she’d drunk each day when pregnant with me.

‘They were small cups,’ she added hopefully, as if my neonatal caffeine addiction would have been worse if they’d been large cups. When she breastfed the baby me without having first primed the system with coffee, apparently, baby me would go apeshit. And after a few slugs of the good stuff the next attempt at feeding would result in a happy, contented, caffeinated baby me.

So caffeine is addictive, to the extent that, with enough effort from your mother, you can even be born addicted to it. Don’t ask me for tips on giving up coffee either, because I have none. Not only am I addicted to consuming it, I fetishise it, in that I buy green beans and lovingly roast them myself…

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What would happen if you made your cells eat themselves?

A nice breakdown by Huw. Explains how eating when hungry (only meat) can mimic the advantages of fasting, but without the hardship.

Zero-a-day.

Take my friend, oh what name shall I invent to hide his identity, Ignatius. Iggy, let’s call him, has chronic stress in certain areas of his life, and is a lot more rotund than would be thought healthy. His diet is standard western, hence rubbish, he drinks ad lib (good name for a drink, you heard it here first) and wears trainers but rarely exercises. Not only do the stairs seem a lot steeper these days, he sometimes has little memory lapses.

Iggy doesn’t know it, but he has chronic inflammation in lots of his cells, including plaques, or neurofibrillary tangles, in his brain. But he doesn’t think there are any real problems because, despite his belly and breathlessness, he can get through his working day just fine, and that’s what counts, isn’t it?

So there’s this thing called apoptosis, or the scheduled dying-off of cells. Under…

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Guess what. Cows are zero carb!

An insightful look at how we humans differ so much with our gut structure when compared to great apes and ruminants.

Zero-a-day.

The internet is rife with vegan propaganda on the theme that if a plant-based diet is good for certain animals then it is good for humans. Here’s one.

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Let’s forget for one moment that gorillas often eat insects and grubs and snails, making a mess of that ‘exclusively’ in the strapline, and move on to that word ‘vegetarian’ A gorilla is a herbivore. This is the word for an animal that only eats plants. A ‘vegetarian’ is a human who eats only fruit, vegetables and grains. BY CHOICE. (And cheese. And maybe a nice egg or two. But let’s skate over that inconsistency, they’re only human after all). A gorilla is a monogastric herbivore: a herbivore with a single-chambered stomach.

Calling a gorilla a vegetarian is cynically anthropomorphic. Representing an animal as a human in order to manipulate emotions. Implying that gorillas dither about whether to eat leaves…

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Which deaths are worse? (Warning: might make you sad).

Huw has completely nailed the argument about creatures that die for our food. Spot on!

Zero-a-day.

Causing death seems to be a major argument against carnivory. Oh no, a lovely little lamb is being killed. This is cruel, callous and murderous. I want no part of it so I’ll be a vegan forever, and no creature will ever, ever die so that I can be fed. Blood is shed, the cute creatures have fear in their eyes, some of the cows even cry in terror just before they are slaughtered. I can live happily and well and be strong on beansprouts and soy milk.

Causing death is one the major arguments against a plant-based diet. Look, look at those soy crops. Stretching out as far as the eye can see. Right to the horizon. All that land, that precious, rolling, ancient land, has been drained of life: cauterised, sterilised, homogenised.

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7 portions of secret meat info

Great information Huw. Glad that we don’t (as yet) have meat glue in the UK. Gah!

Zero-a-day.

I’m an idiot when it comes to meat. An ignorant, overcautious lout. A pan of minced beef cooked in lard or dripping is fine for me. Most of my pre-zerocarb adult (brainwashed) life was a steak-free and red meat-free zone, so I struggle not to default to mince and bacon and eggs as my staples. (I used to think that the pepperoni on a pizza was the unhealthy bit!)

However, what’s sauce for me isn’t necessary sauce for you. (I’m not going to discuss eating goose meat – it gives me gooseflesh. You can PayPal donations for that joke to my email address on request). I thought I’d have a hunt around to see if I could find a few interesting or little-known portions of knowledge about meat so we can all broaden our horizons.

1 – secret burger ingredient: bone marrow. Ask your butcher for beef legs sawn…

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Saturated Fat is Good For You!

Yes, you read that right! Saturated fat is good for you and there has been a lot of recent studies that have helped to dispel the old-fashioned myths created by the food industry to push a high carb, low-fat diet (which has seen metabolic disease skyrocket over the past 30 to 40 years) while turning people away in droves from eating meat, eggs and saturated fats.

This is a fabulous infographic on the subject – a link to the source article is listed below too!

 

 

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Full article : 9 Reasons Saturated Fat is Good For You!

Infographic attribution:  https://nutritionadvance.com 

Five things wrong with calorie-counting.

‘Calorie counting is code for calorie reducing. (not insulin reducing). ‘ Well said Huw!
A fantastic post that explains why CICO doesn’t matter.

Zero-a-day.

We Zcers are only human. Most of us have wanted, or still want, to lose a little or a lot of the excess baggage. Many of us have tried the conventional CICO (calories in, calories out) approach, as espoused by WeightWatchers TM, most doctors, some academics, many reality TV shows, and my mum.

Then people try ‘keto’, or IF (intermittent fasting), or a combination of both or even, gasp, ZC, and as their eyes fall upon their scales, the scales fall from their eyes. I’ll give you a moment to appreciate the pyrotechnic brilliance of that last bit of wordplay.

OK, back to it. Reducing or eliminating carbohydrate from your diet is what will bring about long term weight loss. It’s ironic that many, many people desirous of fighting the flab use exercise as their first port of call, when it is more likely to have the wrong…

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Is it ok to change your mind about vegetables?

Yes, yes and yes again! It is OK to change your mind about vegetables!

Zero-a-day.

Do you live in, and respond to, a world as it is? Or do you carry on as if you are in a world as you would like it to be? The former requires clarity of thought and integrity. A bit of mental toughness. The latter stems from a reluctance to accept reality.

At certain points, you get a stark choice: look at the evidence, see the facts, and alter or choose your behaviour accordingly, or turn a blind eye to the evidence and facts and logic itself, and find a way to justify continuing with one’s faith or ideology, what one WANTS to be true.

This is a constant in life. A conflict between how feel about ourselves, how we construct our identities, and the harsh realities of the world.

This must happen with religion all the time as one grows up; it certainly happened to me…

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Vegan pork pies #3: soy for longevity

More reasons to avoid soy – despite it being touted as a health food! Another great post from Huw.

Zero-a-day.

Third in this occasional series on vegan pork pies (lies) is this: soy consumption equals longevity. This is still commonly found around the Internetz: a website about super-aging has a section on the Okinawans. ‘Eat more soy,’ it says, as a key to longevity. And it is via the Japanese island of Okinawa that this vegan myth, helped along by the pro-vegan food writer John Robbins, emanates. Centenarians run, or used to run, at 34 per 100,000 people there. In the far less sub-tropical, far more stressful, post-industrial hellhole that is the UK, the current rate of centenarians is, by my calculation, around 23 per 100,000. Okinawans, it is said – mainly by vegans, of course – eat lots of soy products, and this is why they tend to live so long. Robbins has asserted that Okinawans eat 12% of their calories as soy, but it turns…

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