I’ve been about 80-90% carnivore for close to a year. I transitioned to CV quickly from keto after only a few months because I’m entirely too lazy to track macros. I started to, but that got old real fast.
CV is so freaking simple and very much in line with this deep desire to return to simpler times. Did you ever hear statistic about humans used to only work 20 hours a week? And not only that, but we thrived as a species without modern technology. No cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or cancer. And we lived as old as we do now, again without any of the modern technologies and modern medicine.
There’s something to be said for that. I think it’s funny how humans think we are the superior species, and yet we keep getting outsmarted by things like viruses. It seems like no matter what precautions we take as humans (e.g. condoms to prevent STIs), mother nature outwits us (e.g. HPV).
Now we have corona virus and the hysteria is out of control. I am a little nervous as a health care professional, since I will be in close proximity to those who are vulnerable, but personally, my focus is to maximize my own health to ensure my immune system is top notch. By keeping that, instead of “don’t get the corona virus”, as my focus, I’m covering all my bases and my goal is simpler and easier to manage.
My primary concern in changing my eating habits has always been health and vitality, which isn’t merely the absence of disease. I have no desire to live to 95 if it means spending the last 15 years of my life in a bed where someone else has to feed and bathe me or prick my finger everyday. I’ve witnessed way too many people, both in my professional life and my own, be reduced to a shadow of their former selves. Reduced to baby talk by people a third their age. Reduced to a diagnosis or a room number. It breaks my freaking heart. And not only that, it’s expensive. (Health is BIG part of my financial independence “why”.)
There are so many things I can’t control. But I can control the food I put into my mouth. I can control where I source my food from. And I can live by example. I can’t stand when people say they’re gonna do something and don’t, and I especially can’t stand when I don’t keep my own promises.
I keep saying that I’m gonna go 30 days CV (only exception is coffee), so here I am, making a promise to myself. Recommitting to myself. Caring for myself. I’m promising to be especially mindful about my food for the next 30 days. Taking a moment to ask myself “am I hungry or bored?” before shoveling a piece of food in my mouth. Thinking about whether something will truly nourish me or if it’s purely for entertainment.