1. How long have you been eating a Zero Carb (No Plant Foods) diet?
Since December 2012
2. What motivated you to try this way of eating? Weight? Health?
Primarily weight. I started on Low Carb (Atkins), then transitioned to ZC within a month.
3. How long did it take you to adapt to a Zero Carb diet, both physically and psychologically?
Physically I felt great within a week. The carb detox headaches subsided and I felt better than I ever had. Psychologically I adapted fairly quickly once I went full ZC partly due to loss of appetite. Within a couple weeks I had zero cravings.
4. What books or people were most influential in guiding you to this way of eating?
I did A LOT of reading of various websites, read people’s stories, etc. There was no one specific source…I started out learning by trial and error. It’s definitely not a one size fits all way of eating.
5. Do you eat only meat, or do you include eggs, cheese, and cream in your diet?
I eat meat and eggs. I also allow myself one teaspoon of HWC in my coffee daily. I don’t eat any cheese.
6. What percentage of your diet is beef versus other types of meats?
Approximately 70% beef.
7. When you eat beef, do you cook it rare, medium, or well done?
8. Do you add extra fat to your meat? (i.e. butter, lard, tallow)
9. Do you limit your meat consumption or do you eat until satisfied?
I eat until I’m comfortably full.
10. Do you eat liver or other organ meats? If so, how often?
No. I tried them but I’m too squeamish!
11. Do you consume bone broth? If so, how often?
12. How many meals do you eat per day on average?
Usually one meal. I occasionally fast as well (longest fast was ten days, most recent was eight).
13. How much meat do you eat per day on average?
Anywhere from one-half to one pound. If I eat eggs, I eat 3-4.
14. Do you eat grass-fed/pasture-raised meat, or regular commercially produced meat?
Grass-fed pasture-raised. I buy a half cow at a time.
Stephanie with her beloved husband in 2014, part way through her Zeri Cab journey.
15. Do you drink any beverages besides water? (i.e. coffee, tea)
I drink one cup of coffee per day and occasionally an iced green tea. I also allow myself one diet coke per day, but I typically only drink three per week.
16. Do you use salt?
17. Do you use spices?
No. I was very surprised to discover the amounts of hidden carbs in a lot of popular spices. Garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika are some of the higher carb count spices. Occasionally I’ll use one clove of fresh garlic.
18. Do you take any supplements?
19. How much money do you spend on food each month?
400-450$ (for groceries for two people)
20. Do you have any tips for making this diet more affordable?
Buy in bulk and separate into single portions, hit the meat department when they’re marking down prices, and the best, but not feasible for everyone, buy fresh, locally raised meat in bulk.
21. Do you exercise regularly? If so, how often and how vigorously?
Not regularly. I used to walk a lot. I keep busy and still walk/jog on my treadmill but not often.
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.)
Huge weight loss (appx. 100 lbs.), skin looks better, teeth appear healthier, and my blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels are all perfect, no more joint pain from a past injury, overall happier feeling, tons of energy.
23. What do you enjoy most about eating a Zero Carb diet?
It’s so easy. I never have to figure out what to make for dinner! I take meat out of the freezer and toss it on the grill.
24. Do you have any advice for someone who is just beginning a Zero Carb diet?
Stick with it and measure yourself!! I regret not taking measurements at the very beginning. There are times when my scale doesn’t move but I know I’ve lost inches.
25. Are your friends and family supportive of your Zero Carb lifestyle? If not, how do you handle this?
In the beginning they were not. They thought if I ate just meat that I would get sick. They constantly tried pushing veggies on me. Once they saw how healthy I was becoming they wanted to be a cavewoman too!
26. Is there anything you would like share about this way of eating that I have not already asked you?
Give it a try. Research it. There are SO many health benefits to this WOE. Diabetics no longer being dependant on insulin, stomach issues that disappear, blood pressure lowers, etc. It’s amazing!!
Please visit my “Interviews” and “Testimonials” pages linked at the top of this website to read the stories of other short and long term 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.