The HyperCarnivore 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 briefer e-book, 10 Common Reasons People FAIL TO THRIVE on Popular Restrictive Diets, available for FREE at, or via this link here.

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, eggs, fats, organs, marrow, and all other parts.

Sweets refers to fruits, honey, and other tree saps. Dairy swings both ways, and is both a meat and a sweet.  When consumed in an appropriate combination, they 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.

While it may make sense to many as to why these types of diets are not appropriate for all people, or for many people all the time, we have since formulated a newer understanding of human health that goes far deeper than you hear any of the diet gurus ever discussing.

As a result of our direct experience, and much thought 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.

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 now eat what we classify as a hypercarnivore diet.

We follow the work of Shawn Baker, MD, but we are not following his stricter, plant-free 'carnivore diet' plan.  We also greatly appreciate the information being made available at There are many excellent interviews, presentations, and documentaries available for members, including presentations by Dr. Georgia Eades at,  and Dr. Ted Naiman, at

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

Our motto is to encourage you to learn to trust your true nature instead.

Once you get all the toxic foods out of your diet, including grain products (all manner of breads, bagels, muffins, cookies, pastas, etc.), refined and processed foods, artificially sweetened beverages, and commercial plant oils,  and begin to eat a whole foods, low-carb, higher protein and fat diet, ketogenic or hypercarnivore diet, we believe your body will guide you to make the best choices.

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.

A first of its kind!  Don explores human nutrition and diet from multiple angles.The Hypercarnivore Diet is incredibly well researched and written!Now Available at Amazon.

Ketones can help with:

  • Eliminating between meal hunger, energy drops, and sugar cravings
  • Improve mental clarity
  • Elevating moods and disposition
  • Increase productivity
  • Appetite suppression
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Eliminate or minimize brain fog

Just Imagine ~ you could be experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • More efficiently creating lean muscle, and burning fat
  • Improved focus and moods ~ especially once you get into ketosis, or try these exogenous ketones!
  • Better sleep
  • Increased libido
  • Greater protection from cognitive decline, premature aging, impaired vision, and more
  • Possible improvement ~ especially after your first few months or more, depending on your health history ~ in elimination
  • Greater freedom from joint pain
  • Reduction in allergies
  • Improved health of skin

For more detailed information of our trust your true nature, low-carb, hypercarnivore approach, including tips to make it super simple, enjoyable, and sustainable ~ and to help you through any rough spots ~ be sure to download my 25+ page e-book, The Hypercarnivore 30-Day Challenge.

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I originally started the when I transitioned from being plant-based to a low-carb diet in May, 2017.  I have since created two separate blogs:

I apologize for any confusion, deleted posts, and broken links!

I have done  my best to transfer over some of the recipes from my earlier, longer posts here for greater ease.


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