1. How long have you been eating a Zero Carb (No Plant Foods) diet?
For a year, graduated from living Keto/LCHF for two years.
2. What motivated you to try this way of eating? Weight? Health?
A little bit of weight. To start, I have always been a very active kid growing up, I had so much energy I could sell extra. I might have invented ADHD, so to keep my focus, I have always been involved in martial arts, gymnastics, weight-lifting, professional dance, and chasing women (haha!). After high school I began searching for the perfect diet, blindly reading flex and muscle magazines and trying to be the know-it-all in fitness. At one point, I almost enrolled in science and nutrition. I have naturally always wanted to know the answer and help ANYONE who needed dietary advice on how to be healthy or how to look sexy. As I got older, I found that eating oatmeal in the morning, counting calories, and shoving chicken breast down my throat stopped working, and I was really sick of it.
I finally admitted to myself that I HATE “eating clean.” I announced to myself that I will not leave the bookstore until I find out how the body works. I searched books on medicine, sports-medicine, Arnold lore of weight training, and nutrition-science, yet nothing made sense. I remember passing by some lonely red spine paperback book over and over, and I finally grabbed it and read the title, “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It.” I read the back of the book and it looked promising and convincing. After I took it home and spent some time reading it, I’ll be honest, I almost threw it out the window in rage. The information went against EVERYTHING I had learned up to that point and thought I knew. However, I kept reading and eventually was enthralled and hooked. I was glued, in fact, and did not put the book down till it was finished that very day. As I put the book down, I felt like I was floating in the air, as if I had just woke up from the MATRIX.
That evening I cut the Standard American Diet cold turkey and never looked back. I ended up losing 27 pounds in first three months, 37 in 6 months. Last year I found the Facebook forum Principia Carnivora, this website Zero Carb Zen, read all about Stanley Owsley (aka The Bear), and all the amazing interviews you have shared. After learning vegetables are absolutely useless, I fell in love with this way of eating and living. Think about it – It’s so much easier and less confusing. I never have to think of another meal plan or recipe, I just EAT MEAT. POW!
3. How long did it take you to adapt to a Zero Carb diet, both physically and psychologically?
One day because was already fat adapted from being Keto/LCHF. Even when I first went Keto, it only took me 24 hours to adapt physically. I felt like crap for one day only. I found the diet very easy to adapt to psychologically as well.I am much happier eating this way.
4. What books or people were most influential in guiding you to this way of eating?
“Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes, “Keto Clarity” by Jimmy Moore and all the rest of the low carb keto top sellers, plus reading the writings of The Bear took me the rest of the way.
5. Do you eat only meat, or do you include eggs, cheese, and cream in your diet?
I eat eggs and cheese at work for convenience, but not at home. I don’t mess with cream.
6. What percentage of your diet is beef versus other types of meats?
90%, it’s mostly beef and BACON, I don’t bother with chicken or fish.
7. When you eat beef, do you cook it rare, medium, or well done?
Rare, but someday I would like to try it raw.
8. Do you add extra fat to your meat? (i.e. butter, lard, tallow)
Butter, I’d pour it all over my body if I could (hehe!).
9. Do you limit your meat consumption or do you eat until satisfied?
I always eat until satisfied. Whatever I don’t finish, I save for the next meal. I am on a budget and cannot afford to waste food.
10. Do you eat liver or other organ meats? If so, how often?
11. Do you consume bone broth? If so, how often?
Not yet, sounds like a lot of work.
12. How many meals do you eat per day on average?
Two or three. I hold off as long as I can for the first meal which is past 10 A.M and that often carries me until evening.
13. How much meat do you eat per day on average?
14. Do you eat grass-fed/pasture-raised meat, or regular commercially produced meat?
I eat commercially produced, but I have plans to raise my own cows to eat after they deliciously ripen.
15. Do you drink any beverages besides water? (i.e. coffee, tea)
Water and coffee. That’s it.
16. Do you use salt?
Only on eggs.
17. Do you use spices?
Only on steaks and ground beef.
18. Do you take any supplements?
No, I used to. After I weaned off, I did not feel any different. So I guess they were useless to my needs.
19. How much money do you spend on food each month?
$300 between the wife and I.
20. Do you have any tips for making this diet more affordable?
I start by saying, all diets are EXPENSIVE, whether it’s veggie, vegan, gluten-free, organic, doesn’t matter what it is because you are no longer buying college food and cheap grains like you did on SAD. It all boils down to buying cleaner more wholesome products which inevitably cost more. I put it in this perspective: with ZC the food choices will be higher in price, but you eat less often and stay fuller longer, so your food bill should not be significantly higher. It sort of evens out in my experience.
21. Do you exercise regularly? If so, how often and how vigorously?
I run 3 miles 5 times a week, and do push-ups and sit-ups to stay above physical fitness standards in the Military. My workouts take about 1 hour. Oh, and I practice my gymnastics in the backyard when bored.
22. What benefits have you experienced since beginning a Zero Carb diet? (i.e. recovery from illness, overall health, body composition, exercise performance, hormonal, mental or psychological, etc.)
The main benefit I gained is the loss of the extra 37 pounds I didn’t need. Also, I used to have acne in my chest and back and went away with ZC. Additionally, I no longer have migraines. My fingernails look cleaner too. However, I did not start ZC to fix anything; I just wanted to find the healthiest diet.
23. What do you enjoy most about eating a Zero Carb diet?
Eating everything the world is afraid of and knowing that I am in top notch health because of it. I feel like I have discovered the Holy Grail.
24. Do you have any advice for someone who is just beginning a Zero Carb diet?
Read books stupid! The only way to keep yourself on track is to understand why you are eating this way. This will give you the motivation to persevere if you hit a rough patch during your adaptation to the diet. It takes a special kind of person to stick to this on his or her own.
25. Are your friends and family supportive of your Zero Carb lifestyle? If not, how do you handle this?
Most of my friends bust me on this all the time with no mercy. My family though is absolutely supportive, but too afraid to embark. My wife is supportive and knows this lifestyle works and has seen it work on others that I have coached. While my wife is not yet ZC, she has reduced the carbs and sugar dramatically in her own diet. I have managed to convert one family member to ZC and she had lost over 50 pounds. AMAZING! Hopefully, this will be motivation for them to stick with it. But most people, even when they know that what they are eating is not working for them, they still do not want to let go of their favorite foods. Sad, but true.
26. Is there anything you would like share about this way of eating that I have not already asked you?
This is the only dietary life-style that will allow you to control your weight or lose excess fat and keep it off, especially if you are insulin resistant as so many of us are today. This is true even for people who are physically incapacitated due to some type of injury and cannot exercise. Exercise is not necessary to maintain a healthy body weight because this diet addresses the hormonal imbalance that is at the root of our current obesity epidemic.
Please visit my “Interviews” page linked at the top of this website to read the stories of other long time Zero Carb veterans.
If you are interested in meeting others who practice an All-Meat diet, please feel free to join us in the Facebook group “Principia Carnivora” for support.
Nice interview….I take it he is in the military. Is he active and is there a problem if he is sent off to fight somewhere in the world?
Good evening Susan, won’t be a problem if I deploy for the third time. The only set back will be leaving my wonderful wife and beautiful two month old daughter. I am in a position where I most likely won’t be in harms way. Thank you and have a wonderful New Years
I think what Susan meant to ask was whether you would still be able to stick with ZC if deployed. Would it affect your diet?
Oh… My mistake. It wiould make it harder but can find a way. While deployed on a base, everyone has a chance to walk to the chow hall breakfast lunch and dinner. Plenty of food choices. When I do a mission, it will cost me money for food, I have to buy pounds of packaged meat and brisket. Field chow is very limited.