Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet

Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet is the latest collaboration between Don and myself, sharing an approach to eating that is a culmination of extensive research and direct experience!


We have also written a free-book, 10 Common Reasons People FAIL TO THRIVE on Popular Restrictive Diets, available at

Humans are well adapted to eating mostly animals and fruits.

Meat, for our purposes, includes flesh foods from any animals ~ land or sea ~ and products made from animals, which would include dairy foods and eggs.

Sweets refers to fruits, honey, and other tree saps. 

When consumed in an appropriate combination for your needs, Meats & Sweets A High Vitality Diet will help improve your metabolism, reduce inflammation, and improve your overall sense of balance.  

Meat, dairy, eggs, and fruit provide a healthier balance of flavors, vitamins and minerals, and are considered to be nature's most nutritious foods.

Contrary to popular beliefs, fructose is an essential element currently lacking in many people's diets, as the fear programming around all carbs, or all sugars has been pervasive.  However, research indicates that fructose is precisely what people are lacking that may be contributing to a range of health problems! For example, consumption of glucose containing foods (starches, breads, pasta, grains, etc.) without a balance of fructose found in fruit and honey ~ and especially in combination with a moderate to high fat diet ~ impairs blood sugar metabolism, leading to a host of health issues.

Don published The Hypercarnivore Diet in 2018, promoting a whole foods, animal centered approach, with plant foods included as per individual preferences and tolerances.

After a decade or more of experimenting with a variety of 'diets' ~ from produce-rich, plant-based to nearly plant free, we have experienced the highs and lows of all these approaches.  Often, we enjoyed great results initially, yet none were sustainable longer term.  Each time, we felt like we totally stalled on our goals, and had a failure to thrive.

As a result of our direct experience and deeper research, we have co-written Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet, inspired in part by some of the work of biologist, Ray Peat.  

As I wrote in Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet, I had a trigger thumb of the distal joint in my right thumb coupled with an inflamed tendon at the proximal thumb joint that showed NO signs of improvement for nearly one full year while eating a very low-carb, keto-carnivore type of diet.  It IMMEDIATELY began to heal within a couple weeks once I added fruit and honey back into my diet.  I was extremely relieved to be able to avoid getting surgery on my thumb, which would snap and lock into a bent position, requiring my needing to straighten the joint with my other hand.  I could barely use my right dominant hand until this healed!

We are not ideally suited to sustain a plant only diet for any length of time, nor do we believe that diets devoid of plants are sustainable long-term for most people.  Each of these approaches lack important nutrients, which will create deficiencies and imbalances over time. 


All animals will eat opportunistically.  Herbivores can be seen consuming small animals.  And carnivores can be seen eating plants.

Carnivores are scientifically defined by either the types of foods an animal consumes, or by the percentage of 'meat' in their diet.    Some may include insects in their diet as well.

An herbivore has an extra stomach, or rumen, and an entire colony of bacteria and fungi that allows for the digestion of cellulose and plant matter.  The reason large herbivores grow so big eating grass is because it converts grasses into short chain fatty acids.  Most herbivores essentially eat a ketogenic diet, with close to 70% of it's nutrient and energy needs ultimately as fat.


A  hypercarnivore derives 70% or greater of its energy and nutrient needs from animal foods.
A mesocarnivore consumes 50-70% meat/animal foods.
A hypocarnivore consumes 30% or less of it's diet from meat and other animal foods.

Contrary to what many plant-based diet advocates claim, our digestive system, beginning with our jaws, and including our high stomach acid content, the length of our digestive tract, and many other features of our physiology are much more similar to that of other carnivorous animals, including dogs.

Some people may feel better eating a plant-based diet initially.  This will depend on what the person was previously eating.  There are some important B vitamins that store in the liver.  However, after time, many begin to experience increasing difficulty maintaining an entirely plant-based diet.

This was our experience.  We consumed a whole foods, produce-rich, plant-based diet for 5+ years, and while we had an improvement in certain troubling symptoms initially, over time, we noticed many changes to our health.  I had increasing fatigue, and difficulty getting going in the morning.  This was accompanied by low motivation, and low/poor mood states.  My blood sugar imbalances were at times pretty extreme.  I had on and off constipation, despite my high-fiber diet.  And I had signs of increasing premature aging.  This is just a few of the symptoms I personally experienced.  Don had his own, including a long standing case of psoriasis that seemed to be worsening, rather than improving.

We both had decreased visual acuity.  Dry skin and hair.  Wrinkling.  And on and on.

We believe in helping people break free from rigid box-think.

We each experienced a relief of various symptoms while consuming an entirely plant-based diet, and while consuming a nearly plant-free diet.  All of our experimentations provided endless valuable feedback as to our upper and lower limits of each of the macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and types of foods ~ protein-rich flesh foods versus plant foods.  

Our desire is to encourage you to learn to trust your true nature, rather than blindly follow ideologies.

Once you get all the toxic foods out of your diet, including refined grain products (all manner of breads, bagels, muffins, cookies, pastas, etc.), refined and processed foods, artificially sweetened beverages, and commercial plant oils,  and consume a diet centered primarily around lean animal proteins, eggs and dairy plus some fruit, we believe you will find your sweet spot of satisfaction, balance and health.

You are equipped with sensory organs that will help you determine which foods will seem most appealing to you at any given time.

No other animal, and none of our early ancestors ever concerned themselves about eating specific macronutrient ratios.  Neither were they hyper-concerned about being in a continual state of ketosis.

Since writing Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet, we have read through the biblical dietary laws, and have continued with our own experimentation and research into health and human nutrition.  

Our follow up book, due 2021 will reflect updated tiers of foods, and more how-to instructions for implementing a customizable meat and fruit centered meal plan.  All dietary lists in our follow up book conform to biblical dietary laws, which will exclude 'unclean' meats, shellfish and other foods.

When you focus on nutrient-dense animal foods, you will experience:

  • Better efficiency at creating lean muscle
  • Improved metabolism
  • Improved focus and moods
  • Better sleep
  • Increased libido
  • Greater protection from cognitive decline, premature aging, impaired vision, and more
  • Improved regularity (elimination)
  • Greater freedom from joint pain
  • Reduction in allergies
  • Improved health of skin
  • Minimize degenerative decline from aging
Learn more about which foods to enjoy, which foods to avoid, and see samples of some of our Meats & Sweets, or meat & fruit-centered meals for inspiration at