My only ONLY complaint with this diet (and believe me, I think anything that works for anyone should be the diet they do, be it vegan, omnivorous or carnivorous) is that in nature even carnivores eat SOME type of non meat product occasionally. Large predators will still eat fruits and nuts occasionally, and also occasionally eat green leafy veggies to help digestive issues. Granted we're not talking about regular daily consumption, but when fruits are in season even the most ferocious of carnivore will eat them.
Absolutely no argument here. A ferocious carnivore would also eat a loaf of wonderbread, most likely. Fruits and nuts taste great because they're dense in energy, and if you're struggling to get daily calories or building up fat to hibernate for the winter, they're wonderful.
So nothing eats ONLY meat, and even those that do seem to eat only meat (I'm thinking polar bears right now), remember they are usually eating prey that itself eats veggies, and unlike humans, they're eating the entire digestive tract as well so they eat small amounts of undigested vegetable food.
The question is not whether they inadvertently eat vegetables, but whether they need to, and whether said veggies make up any significant part of their diet. To be honest, I have no idea. It makes sense that elephants, cows, and many other mammals would have undigested plants inside them, but the polar bear is a poor example- the majority of its diet is seals, which are also carnivorous.
I have to ask though, how did you do with carb withdrawal? Whenever I have tried low carbing I had crazy carb withdrawal issues, where I would have killed someone for a piece of bread, but of course I was still consuming some carbs. So I'm curious how it worked with completely 0 carbs.
I expected heavy carb withdrawl, but never really encountered it. I kept meat/nuts/cheese in the fridge, and if I was hungry, I ate those. At first I ate when I craved carbs, but within a few days, I ate because I was simply hungry. I should also note that I did a quasi-paleo diet with no sugars or refined grains for a few weeks before starting this, so the transition was pretty easy. That diet probably had me consuming 100-150g carbohydrates every day, mostly from fruit, yogurt, and legumes. I had significantly fewer carbs to cut out than someone on a standard american diet.
Also how frequently do you eat and how much? And what does a meal consist of for you? Are you seasoning your meat or eating it completely natural? Raw or cooked?
I eat 2-4 times a day. People that have been doing it longer tend to eat 1-3 times a day. Here's what a typical day looks like for me:
-Breakfast: 4-egg omlette, sometimes with cheese (on a whim) or chicken (if I feel like I'm low on protein)
-Lunch: Chicken breast, hamburger (no bun, cheese optional), or sausage. Sometimes nuts.
-Dinner: Steak, 8-16oz.
-Post-dinner: nuts and/or cheese if I get hungry (happens if I eat early and stay up late)
Seasoning: I play around, but the longer I do this, the less seasoning I need. I try to avoid salt, because it makes me thirsty and sometimes triggers carb cravings. Once I stopped eating salt, my tastebuds got much more sensitive to other flavors, and I'll usually top off my meat with a little chili powder, italian seasoning blend, or a homemade marinade (Olive oil + some sort of vinegar + a few spices). I use black pepper and garlic heavily, and salt my eggs a tiny bit, because they get bland otherwise. To be honest, though, if it's a good-quality steak cooked medium rare in butter, I can be satisfied with no spices whatsoever. My experiences make me wonder whether the lack of hunger could be related to flavor- by the standards I used to use, my day is much lighter, possibly more so than someone eating a normal diet and drinking olive oil or sugar water.
Cooking: I shoot for rare to medium rare, but I'm not the best steak chef yet, so sometimes it comes out medium. I cook frozen meat all the way through. I've heard good things about raw meat and eggs, but it sounds gross to me.
One more thought: I used to consider myself a foodie. I loved spices, loved salt, loved beer, bread, ice cream, crackers, and pastries. I loved ethnic food, and when I traveled abroad, would revel in experiencing the local cuisine. When I first read about it, I thought a carnivorous diet would be boring, bland, and cut out a natural, wonderful part of human culture, and felt that it would be impossible to keep up for more than a day or two. Once I adapted, though, I lost all desire for carbohydrates, and while food pictures are still pretty, they don't look that appetizing anymore, nor do they trigger much of an insulin response.