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!

 

Seventh Day Adventists at it again

Another good insight by Huw to help dismiss another very vague non-science based study by a religion with their own plant-based bias.

Zero-a-day.

Low-carb advocates Belinda Fettke and Dr Georgia Edes have recently brought to our attention another piece of pro-vegan, anti-meat propaganda flouncing round digital media poorly disguised as a scientific study.

The study is also nasty piece of scaremongering worthy of the Daily Mail. Its conclusion strapline is:

‘Adolescents who consume a diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress coping skills, signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.’ Sat fats give teenagers PTSD – that’s quite a claim, isn’t it?

Sometimes, when I tell someone that a large majority of nutrition science over the past 100 years or so is ALL WRONG, they usually give me a pitying look. I am nobody (true); how could I know better than The Trusted Scientific Community, which must be correct (untrue).

This study is such a perfect example of how we’re being lied to for ulterior gains that I wish everyone who…

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Jordan Peterson, carnivore

Another great post by Huw. I think that as more prominent and well-known people take up this way of eating, the benefits of it will reach more people that need to know about it. Anything that can dispel the old fad low fat diet and set people on a better course is good in my book.

Zero-a-day.

Why is everyone fat and stupid?‘ asks tell-it-like-it-is-don’t-hold-back academic Jordan Peterson in an interview about the massive changes that carnivory has brought to his life. (The answer appears to be, ‘because they don’t eat ZC’).

So Jordan Peterson, dashing anti-PC (political correctness, not Windows-based computers) intellectual, clinical psychologist-turned-media-darling (or ogre, depending on your politics) recently did an interview about his move to carnivory. It’s a fascinating interview, as you’d expect from Mr P, and I’ll use this blog post to sum it up and get an angle on it, in case you haven’t watched it yet.

Anyway, to begin with, why is it worth repeating the advocacy for ZC from this man? Because he has 1 million+ subscribers to his YT channel, and has clocked up over 50 million views of his videos, that’s why. He may not be a household name (no one else in my household…

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Dairy, dairy, quite contrary

Blessed are the cheesemakers! Or are they really? An interesting viewpoint by Huw about the need for dairy in our diet.

Zero-a-day.

Dairy, dairy, quite contrary,

how does your biome grow?

With bunged-up guts or constant trots

and toilet rolls all in a row.

With all the bad press grains (rightly) get for having been so recently assimilated into the human diet, relatively speaking, it’s easy to forget that dairy has been a regular for only about the same length of time, in the region of 10,000 years.

So can the arguments against grains – we haven’t evolved to eat them, we flourished and thrived for millions of years without them, we only tolerate them at best but ultimately they make us ill, etc – equally be applied to dairy? Should we drink milk? Should we eat cheese? And who are ‘we’ exactly? If you’re of old European stock, the answer might not be the same as if you’re of, say, Vietnamese extraction.

In the 1970s, archaeologists excavating a Stone…

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Zero carb weight loss: muscle, fat or water?

Another fine post from Huw. It just shows how much negative dogma is still carried forward in the world of food and nutrition and how impossibly hard it can be to shake it off.

Zero-a-day.

A common concern amongst beginner ZCers – and also a sneer at them from the plantatarians – is that the weight lost on a zero-carb/LCHF way of eating is mainly water and muscle.

The continued existence of this myth – which I could easily have devoted a ‘Vegan Pork Pie’ to – is down to the ‘victory of dogma over data‘ as Messrs Volek and Phinney put it. For example, a scientist may design a study to run for two weeks, knowing full well that if it ran for, say, six weeks the results would not look the way they wanted them to look. Or a scientist may choose not to publish ’embarrassing data’, fairly safe in the knowledge that for the most part peer-reviewers won’t go the extra mile and join the dots.

So bad science can turn into misinformation that in turn becomes woven into…

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Food for thought

Fab post once again!

Zero-a-day.

So, to remind you all that the aim of this blog is to attempt to show that there’s no need for any carbs at all in the human diet, which naturally means no fruit and vegetables, and therefore that the old 5-a-day guideline is quite simply misguided and unnecessary. One of my concerns about the downsides of eating a diet that includes carbs is mental health. So I’ll throw out a few basic quickfire points in this post to give you all something to chew on. Food for thought.

We know that the standard western diet (should that be US/UK diet? What nations are more obese than the UK/US?) causes lots of damage: inflammation; oxidation; insulin resistance; hormonal problems; micronutrient deficiencies.

Now then, just as these issues can affect the internal organs and systems, so can they affect the brain. As Dr Georgia Edes, practising psychiatrist and…

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Naughty misnomer (ii)

Another great read. Cannot believe how I ever ate TVP and thought it was good for me!

Zero-a-day.

Last time, I looked at ‘vegetable’ oils; in this post I’ll take a look at ‘vegetable’ protein. (Again, the term ‘vegetable’ is being used as a modifier rather than as an indicator of the source of the protein). ‘Vegetable’ proteins come from grains and legumes

As a student, I was, for a while  – gasp – a vegetarian. A crap one, with a raft of vague reasons why, but a vegetarian nevertheless. We often feasted on meals made with TVP, textured vegetable protein, available in our local ‘health food’ shop. I can laugh about it now, but in those days, I think we thought that we were ‘making a difference’ as well as getting our protein. (We were making a difference to our health, but not in the way we expected). TVP is made from soy that has not been fermented, and that key aspect of its production…

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TVP? Don’t Get Me Started!

Another fantastic post about why vegetable protein is in no way a perfect substitute for good old fashioned animal meat!

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Veggies – toxic waste?

Another great post! Happy to share.

Zero-a-day.

In case the whole angle of this blog series isn’t totally clear from its title, Zero-a-day, let me start off by underscoring once again the basic premise: humans have no requirement for dietary carbohydrate.

So I’ve looked at fruit and fructose, and now I’ll have a quick look at vegetables, although – spoiler alert! – you now know I’m going to conclude that there’s no more need to eat vegetables than there is to eat fruit.

Tell me if you ever see a broccoli plant scampering up a tree in order to escape its natural predators. Or a lettuce. (Although broccoli didn’t even exist until it was bred about 2,500 years ago, a mere pulse in the human timeline). While plants and trees want animals to eat their fruit, if they bear any, in order to propagate their seeds, they don’t want animals to freely eat their…

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