Xtreme low carb – Caveman style

Having been eating low carb pretty seriously for the last 5+ months and now having lost 61 lbs in that time frame, I think it’s time to go even further.  This time I’m going extreme low carb.  I’m cutting out dairy.  And preservatives – definitely preservatives.  Except salt. I do think we need some salt, so that’s still on the table.

So today is a Thursday and I think I am going to try to cut out dairy (a pretty major staple of my low carb diet) for the next four days (til Monday).  Or longer if I feel good-er.  I am also excluding all artificial preservatives and am also cutting out vinegar (natural preservative).

The reason being?  It’s been freaking cold this winter and I feel like I’ve been hibernating in a cave, so I might as well go all out caveman.  But the real reason is mainly just curiosity.  I’ve never tried it and thought it might be worth exploring.  For the last several days I’ve cut out preservatives entirely.   I try not to eat them in general, but when you start to do some research, you’ll find that just about everything you buy in a local grocery store that isn’t produce or fresh meat has preservatives or has been pasteurized.

Little things like dill relish has artificial preservatives (in addition to vinegar) and even artificial coloring.  The flavored mustard has chemicals added to it.  The commercial mayonnaise is kept refrigerated and still has preservatives in it.  Don’t even get me started on bacon and worse the shelf stable non-refrigerated bacon (a really bad idea), not to mention pepperoni or luncheon meats.

Scientists are even working to genetically modify our produce so that it won’t spoil – ever.  Irradiating foods & genetically modifying them so they won’t go bad and will last longer.  As though decay (a critical part of the life cycle) were an alien concept.  In my opinion, if food doesn’t go bad within a few days, then we probably shouldn’t be eating it.

I’ve noticed that just cutting out artificial preservatives (which can be heavy in a low carb diet) has significantly reduced my joint pain and swelling.  And it’s not that hard to do.  Just buy and eat fresh.  And many health food companies avoid preservatives in their products, so it’s still possible to buy canned and jarred stuff.  As fas as vinegar goes, I’m ok with vinegar normally (found in mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, pickles, relish, tapenades, ketchup, etc), but wanted to see what it was like to cut it out all together for a few days.

So here are my ‘xtreme low carb caveman style’ rules:

Meat (beef, chicken, pork, fresh fish, eggs)
Veggies (green leafy, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers)
Berries (blueberries)
Organic Oil (Udos Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil) – essential fatty acids
Sea Salt
Dried and fresh Herbs & Spices (organic and sulfite free – garlic, onions, basil, paprika, thyme, oregano, sage)
Water & Green or Black Tea (unsweetened)

Am cutting out dairy & vinegar for the next four days to see if there is any noticeable difference.  I don’t use artificial or natural sweeteners, so that’s not an issue.  And as for artificial preservatives, they are just not worth it to me.  I’m cutting those out indefinitely.

Let the party commence!

2 Responses to “Xtreme low carb – Caveman style”

  1. avatar Tamara says:

    Hi so it’s now April 4th how has the diet worked for you now by totally eliminating it all but salt?

  2. avatar Robert says:

    Hi Tamara-

    I did make it the 4 days and I did feel better with much less swelling in my joints. It was pretty noticeable as I recall. BUT….I couldn’t sustain it. I went back to eating dairy and a little vinegar. But still 99% preservative free (as much as possible0.

    I’m down almost 70lbs since last August. It’s really hard for me to give up dairy on low carb. And I lose weight eating dairy. So, I’m eating if it helps me stay the course.

    Are you doing low carb? Dairy free? Paleo?

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