Carnivore Diet

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By Claire McDonnell Liu, Nutritionist at

The carnivore diet is based on the principle of eating animal-sourced foods, whilst avoiding non-animal-based foods.  

Followers of the carnivore diet predominately, or solely, eat meats, fish, eggs and other animal products, such as tallow, lard, fish roe, and chorizo.  

The carnivore diet is a low carbohydrate diet, as carbohydrate foods and ingredients are chiefly avoided, including, grains, vegetables, fruits and pulses.    In fact, many carnivore diet followers aim for zero carbohydrate intake.

Carnivore for Health Challenges

For many, the Carnivore lifestyle is an ancestral hunter diet, aligned with human evolution.

While there are no large-scale research studies into the effects of the diet as yet, some smaller trials are planned that may provide initial data to assess the diet effects.   There are also a number of individual reports on personal benefits with physical and mental health conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes type 2, bipolar, depression, and anxiety.

Advocates promote the Carnivore Diet approach as beneficial to health due to the potential to increase nutrient-dense and essential high-protein foods. While removing highly-processed inflammatory modern foods, that are linked to high rates of chronic disease. Proteins that form the basis of the diet are essential for building and repairing muscle, skin and other body tissues.

Low Carb Gold Coast 2022

Dr Anthony Chaffee

Dr Anthony Chaffee will be presenting ‘Plants Are Trying to Kill You’ at Low Carb Gold Coast 2022. Dr Chaffee MD will share his research and own practice in a carnivore lifestyle for health improvements. Early Bird tickets are available during July 2022.

Dr Chaffee is an American medical doctor and Neurosurgical Registrar, now based and practising in Australia. His nutrition science research has led him to become an advocate for the carnivore lifestyle as an option for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.

Dr Anthony Chaffee MD on the How To Carnivore Podcast: ‘Why We Are Carnivores’.

Dr Chaffee interviews and presents regularly as the host of the Plant-Free MD podcast, the Carnivore Fix Facebook group, and Anthony Chaffee MD YouTube channel, as well as appearing on other related podcasts, such as the How To Carnivore Podcast, an interview below.

Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan

Perth family Physician Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan will be presenting a panel discussion during Low Carb Gold Coast. The “Lipids, Statins and Coronary Artery Calcium” panel discussion, presented alongside Dr Deepa Mahananda and Dr Laureen Lawler-Smith, is an opportunity to hear information on dietary interventions for heart and coronary health.

Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan’s interview on Meat RX

Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan promotes the significance of protein in diet for maintaining health. In the interview below Dr Balakrishnan discusses nutrition with prominent carnivore diet advocate, Shawn Baker. Sanjeev discusses the increase in chronic health diseases, such as diabetes type 2 and fatty liver disease and misinformation around dietary advice. He explains how important it is to address patient’s diets that are making them unwell and how he supports patients with low-carb nutritional changes.

4 Responses

  1. Deb kelly
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    My husband has stg 4 cancer and told he does not have long to live we have been doing a multitude of off label drugs etc etc. including a vegan diet. The cancer is still spreading. Can you tell me if there is a clinic or Dr in Qld that recommends the carnivore diet? We feel we need more info, thank you

    • claire
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      Not specifically for carnivore, or for cancer, but we do have a number of GPs listed in Queensland. Here is a link to the directory. You may like to reach out the the practices to discuss whether they will be a good fit.

      Kind wishes, LCDU Team

    • Anne
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      Hi Deb

      So sorry to hear about your husband’s cancer. You must both be feeling very scared and terrible at the moment.

      I can’t recommend a doctor in Qld, sorry, but you might want to have a look at videos on Youtube by Dr Anthony Chaffee and Dr Paul Mason. They are both in Australia and have both given lectures at the Low Carb Down Under conferences and both seem to be really nice, humble men and both extremely knowledgeable about the carnivore diet. See if they will maybe give you a consultation via video link (Zoom or the like).

      You will find lots of information about the carnivore diet and it’s health benefits in their Youtube channels. There is also a Youtube video about someone who had stage 4 colon cancer and cured it with fasting. He did a fast and his tumor went from 10cm to 5.5 cm. He then did a few of hits of chemo (6?) but stopped as he figured if fasting halved the size of his 10cm tumor he might not need the chemo so he fasted some more (4 months from memory) and got rid of the tumor. There are lots of examples of people fasting for cancer and the theory is basically that cancer cells like sugar so fasting and also a ketogenic diets like the carnivore diet where you are not eating any carbohydrates (which contain sugar) deprives the cancer of sugar.

      Of course everyone one’s situation is different and you should do whatever your think is best for you and your husband. Were it me, I would be doing an extended fast. Given your husband is so ill I wouldn’t fast for more than a week though without medical supervision by one of those doctors I mentioned or someone familiar with carnivore diets and fasting for cancer. With medical supervision you could do a longer fast.

      After the fast I would eat a pure carnivore diet with only fatty beef (mince with a 50% fat and 50% beef, which is cheaper) and other fatty cuts like scotch fillet (which is fatty but very expensive) and purified water. I wouldn’t eat other types of ketogenic diets that do have some carbohydrates as you are in a situation where you need to go all out to try to reduce the cancer. I would then alternate between fasting and carnivore.

      Best of luck.


  2. Lee
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    Tried the Carnivore Diet for 6 months > test result Everything is OK > BUT BAD cholesterol is high. I only have 2 meals a day breakfast and lunch. No dinner.
    The doctor asked me to slow down on my red meats and animal fat. Now I have to go on plant-based diet to get the bad cholesterol level down > not one size fit all solution :D

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