I belong to several groups. I love community. I think it is important to have a tribe, people who will cheer you on, keep you going when you want to quit, and hold you accountable.
I have found there are some people and groups out there that have a one size fits all approach. They spew things like “just eat more butter,” or “just eat meat until you are Thanksgiving stuffed.” I’m not here to say this approach might not work for you or for someone. But I can guarantee you it will not work for the majority.
Just think, if this were the answer, eat more butter/eat more meat, we would have no need for doctors, carnivore groups, carnivore coaches, functional medicine practitioners and the list goes on because we would be healed already by just eating meat and butter. For most of us that is not enough.
The really sad thing is so many of us, including myself, came to carnivore out of desperation to find a cure for what ails us. We were sick, struggling and had tried everything. In that desperation we tend to listen to anything said and try anything they suggest.
There has never been nor will there ever be a one size fits all approach to health, healing or weight loss. Weight loss comes as a result of a health body and a healthy body looks different for everyone. How you came to unhealthy MATTERS! We all came to be unhealthy in different ways. What our mothers ate while we were in the womb matters; how they fed us when we were growing up matters; what vaccinations we have had, what food we have eaten, what environmental toxins we have been exposed to, OUR ENTIRE LIFE SITUATION MATTERS. So, if all that is true, and believe me it is, how can a simple statement like just eat meat and butter be the fix for everyone?
What I love to hear in these carnivore communities and group is the simple phrase “it depends.” Because it really does depend on your life and situation.
The other thing about community and groups is they are supposed to be friendly, supportive, informational, and ETHICAL. You should be able to ask any question, tell your story honestly, talk about your issues honestly, and get honest answers for you. If you are in a group and you feel like you can’t be honest, or if you believe if you say, “I eat meat AND FRUIT,” they are going to demonize you…. RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN! Just leave. There are plenty of groups and communities where you as an individual will be welcome. Don’t stay in the stress and condemnation of a group … just leave.
And here is something else to remember. Our body/mind will send us red flags when something is not right. Listen to your red flags.
One last thing … Do your own research! A lot of what you hear is not based in science or common sense. There are a lot of resources out there to help you determine what is right for you. Be your own advocate, be your own friend, be your own accountability.