Thinking about taking the leap to eating only meat? I’m going to teach you how to shop smart right from the start!
I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about how to get started on your Carnivore Diet journey. Keep in mind, I’m not a dietitian, a nutritionist, or a doctor. I’ve just dieted for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried almost everything; Keto, Weight Watchers, Atkins, LA Weight Loss , South Beach, and intermittent fasting. The only diet I haven’t tried is Veganism because it seems to make people whiny and annoying.
Carnivore is the easiest diet to follow. But if you aren’t extremely disciplined, it’s the most difficult diet to maintain.
I’ve just completed 90 days of Carnivore living. If I could travel back in time, these are the things I would tell my slightly younger self to be prepared for.
If you want to spend a ton of money on food, by all means do your Carnivore diet shopping at the super market!
Here’s the haul from my first Carnivore diet shopping trip to the grocery store.
As you can see, I went a little overboard. I was also all over the place with my Carnivore selections. I filled my cart to the brim with eggs, sausage, ground beef, bacon, pepperoni, steaks, ribs, pork rinds, and cheese. My grand total rang in at $193.53.
I ended up never eating any of the cheese (it’s still in my fridge, tempting me) and would later discover that I should steer clear of sausage, and pepperoni because these are processed meats and those can mess with your system. Oh and did you know that sometimes ground beef has fillers mixed into it that may contain carbohydrates? Me neither, but now I know so I cut out ground beef too.
I shopped like this for over a month. I became accustomed to being asked strange questions in the checkout line, “Is this for a restaurant?” Then I wised up. I cut everything out of my diet except for rib eye steaks, eggs, and butter and found a new place to shop.
Local Farmers’ Markets are the best place to shop for Carnivore food
I didn’t even know double yolk eggs were a thing until I wondered into my local farmers’ market! For Carnivores the yolk is what you’re after and buying a dozen of these babies is the same as buying 2 dozen jumbo eggs. It’s quite the deal!
Shopping at the farmers’ market, I was able to buy larger quantities of quality rib eyes, for a fraction of the cost at my local grocery store. Yes, that’s prime rib eye for only $8.99/lb. They even cut the meat to your preferred thickness. After a few experiments, I settled on 1″ thick cuts.
My weekly food spend dropped by over $30 when I switched to shopping exclusively at the farmers’ market. It also shortened the length of my shopping trips from 30 to 15 minutes. Instead of wondering up and down the aisles of my grocery store, I go to one stand at the farmers’ market and get everything I need!
Bottom line, if you want to simplify and save shop for your Carnivore diet needs at your local farmers’ market.
If you don’t know where your local farmers’ market is, head over to this site and plug in your zip code.
If you’re wondering about the best way to cook your massive haul of farmers’ market steaks, check out cooking with a Sous Vide.