• How Do I Get Started?
    Please visit our “Get Started” page!
  • What Do I Do About Mold or Biotoxins Exposure?
    First off - mold exposure is way worse than most people are aware of and needs to be taken seriously. A lot of autoimmune issues start with mold/bacteria exposure from water damaged houses even when it’s caused by a leak that got under the floor. Please go to biotoxin.com and read everything on that website - particularly the FAQ  and how to remediate and clean your environment. The number one thing you have to do if you’ve had previous exposure or are currently in exposure to mold or biotoxins is remediate and clean your living space. This is extremely important to people on the lion diet as well and needs to be addressed along with diet. Biotoxin.com FAQ will help with that!
  • What Is The Difference Between The Carnivore Diet And The Lion Diet?
    The carnivore diet has different versions but it generally includes any food that comes from an animal. Meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs. There are also people who include coffee, tea, and spices. The Lion Diet is an elimination diet that includes ONLY ruminant meat (such as beef and lamb), salt, and water. You can think of it as a plant-free, ketogenic diet.
  • What Is Ruminant Meat?
    Ruminant meat includes any meat from animals with rumen. Ruminant animals have multiple stomachs, hooves, and generally eat grass. They’re able to acquire nutrients from plants partly by fermenting the plants in a specialized stomach called the Rumen, through microbial action. Ruminant animals include cows, bison, deer, moose, sheep (lamb), goat, etc. Technically giraffes and camels are in there too. Humans have been eating meat for millions of years, mainly in the form of large ruminant animals.
  • What About Vitamin Deficiency?
    Everyone on the Lion Diet and figuring out their health should have their micronutrients tested and stool tested at least once at the beginning of your health journey so you have some data. If you do the diet for a while and feel good, then start feeling bad, test again. When you're suffering from chronic illness, you want as much data as possible regarding your health. Please read THIS article for more info. If your vitamins are depleted, the first thing you should check is whether you have been or are currently being exposed to mold or a water-damaged building. This can absolutely plummet vitamin levels regardless of diet. If you have bloodwork done and it shows you are lacking a vitamin or nutrient, either before or while on the diet, supplementing is probably a good idea. I prefer vitamin IVs over oral supplementation. If you go the oral route, be careful of supplements that have fillers that can cause a reaction like stearic acid. There are versions of supplements without fillers but they can be more expensive. You can try to buy the pure powders, or better yet – hit up a naturopath (or even a Botox clinic/beauty salon) and get their IV vitamin infusions. This can boost you up while your body recovers and won’t cause an autoimmune reaction like pills with fillers can. Also, make sure you're not exposed to anything water damaged which could be producing mold! Lastly, eating excess amounts of organs and supplementing organs may cause high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C deficiency if you’re on an only meat diet. I do not recommend organ supplementing. On occasion is fine.
  • Why Be So Strict With Diet?
    People with mood disorders or autoimmune disorders or idiopathic disorders that have no other place to turn to, should think seriously about trying this, and being strict. There is evidence from thousands of anecdotal stories and a number of case studies that eating only ruminant meat can heal leaky gut. There is evidence that everything other than ruminant meat can contribute to a leaky gut, particularly if the gut is already damaged. Normally people should be fairly resilient to what they are eating. They should be able to eat plants and fruits without having a leaky gut. However, once the gut is damaged it can be difficult to heal it without removing potentially inflammatory components (plant food and meat that isn’t from a ruminant animal).
  • What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
    Leaky gut is a term for gut damage that many North Americans unknowingly have. Processed foods, grains, alcohol, antibiotics, and medication can contribute to the formation of a leaky gut. It occurs when the connections holding the cells together in your intestines (called tight junctions) start to produce more Zonulin and allow gaps between the cells (Simplified Science Behind Gluten). When tight junctions stop holding the cells in your gut together closely, foods you ingest can make their way into your bloodstream. When/if this happens, your body responds with inflammation to fight these foreign food invaders. Your body thinks there’s a bacterial invader or some sort of pathogen because food isn’t supposed to be in blood in large particles. Your body coats these food particles with antibodies in an attempt to protect you from the potential pathogen. This is called a type 3 hypersensitivity reactions (Type III and IV Hypersensitivity Reactions). If this happens frequently and your body doesn’t have time to get rid of the immune complexes, they can start to build up in tissues. This can turn into autoimmunity. Cutting out the foods that cause a leaky gut can usually help heal the gut and eventually reduce sensitivity.
  • Should I Go Carnivore Or Do The Lion Diet?
    If you have a serious autoimmune disease, mood disorder, or are on medication: Ease in or go straight to the Lion Diet. At this point, your body is so aggravated and inflamed it’s destroying its own tissue. These diseases can kill you, you need to heal as soon as you can. Many people with autoimmune or mood disorders react to eggs and dairy and even some forms of meat so the carnivore diet may not be appropriate. However, this diet is not forever. You’ll need at least 6 weeks eating only ruminant meat, salt, and water. That first 3 weeks are going to suck. After your symptoms are under control – usually this happens within the first 6 weeks but can take up to 5 months – you can slowly try to add in foods and see how you react. Most people need a number of months on this baseline diet to achieve gut healing and tolerate some other foods. If you don’t have an autoimmune or mood disorder and you’re not on meds: If you’re looking to lose weight, get less anxious, or optimize your health, you probably aren’t nearly as sensitive as someone with a mood disorder, on medication, or with autoimmunity. Generally speaking, you could do a diet that’s very heavy on meat and include greens and some fruit, and you’d have an extremely healthy diet. Contrary to most carnivore proponents, I do not advise eating any dairy or eggs. Dairy causes cravings and weight gain for the most part (try stopping it and feel the cravings yourself). Eggs seem to be problematic for people with GI issues. Some people do better with duck eggs. Try a meat, greens and limited fruit diet and see if that achieves your health goals. Then add in other foods one at a time and see how that goes.  
  • How Much Do I Eat?
    Eat until you’re full. Eat when you’re hungry. Same with water – drink when you’re thirsty. However, if your body is all out of sorts it’s not quite that simple. If you’re excessively thirsty you should try salting your water. Don’t drink unsalted water. You could be thirsty because your body is asking for electrolytes and drinking unsalted water can dehydrate you if you drink too much. Add salt to your water if you’re excessively thirsty. Also, remember that if you’re anxious you can get quite thirsty – monitor this because drinking too much water will dehydrate you if you don’t add salt. Think saline solution in hospitals – they use that in your blood, not water. You need the salt if you’re excessively thirsty. For food, you should be eating approximately how many calories your body height requires. I ate a lot more at the beginning of the diet. A lot of people do. People suffering from tissue damage may need more calories to heal. Try not to worry about the amount – I’d worry about under-eating more than overeating. However, if you find you’re eating 5 pounds of meat a day and you’re 5’8 then you can’t intuitively eat and you need to eat based on calories. Some people are so out of whack with their hunger cues that when they stop eating carbs they don’t understand what full feels like without bloating (hi, me). That can confuse people. So go based on calories approximately. I’m 5’6 and I eat about 1.5 lbs of meat a day if averaged over a week. Men who are 6’ should eat about 2.5 lbs. If that’s off by ½ lb that’s okay. Generally speaking, just eat how much you feel like you should.
  • What Happens If I Have Histamine Intolerance?
    Histamine intolerance can look like as little as a runny nose while/after eating to a flushed face, diarrhea, bloating, and even vomiting after eating high histamine foods. Ruminant meat is not particularly high in histamines but for sensitive people, beef, particularly aged beef can cause an overload of histamine in the body. Histamine intolerance is often caused by a damaged gut. And once the gut is damaged, it can prevent gut healing if there's an excess intake that your body cannot manage. A DAO enzyme can help your body breakdown histamine significantly. Mikhaila takes double the dose of this supplement 20 minutes before eating each meal. Recommended for people with damaged guts.
  • I’ve Started The Lion Diet, Do You Have Any Immediate Advice?
    Get the food you don’t want to eat out of your house. Cravings can and will get bad. You don’t realize how addicted to sugar you are until you truly get off of it. If you start having dreams about cake and sugar (which can happen), you know how much your body is addicted to them. This can happen when the bacteria in your gut that feeds off sugar begins to die off and they send strong ‘feed me’ signals. With regards to cravings, there is a different feeling when craving sugar compared to craving meat for instance. One is more of an addiction while the other is more of what your body desires to feel healthy. A yearning. It will end up being pretty instinctive what the difference is over time. If eating a lot of fat at the start is making you feel sick, start off with leaner cuts of meat and ease your way into fattier cuts. It stops your body from suddenly being overwhelmed with the amount of fat you’re consuming. If you’re still feeling bad, change how much potassium you’re getting in, and sodium, and switch to lamb. Some people feel much better with more fat, and some with less. Play around with it. I needed more fat initially, possibly for neurological healing, and now I eat much less fat.  
  • Unaged or Aged Beef?
    When you age meat, you increase the histamine levels present in the food. The vast majority of meat that is found at grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and even local ranches, is aged. When the immune and digestive system are in good condition, histamines usually are not a problem, but if you are sick there is a high probability your body is going to have difficulty detoxifying histamines. Histamines can lead to symptoms such as headaches or migraines, nasal congestion or sinus issues, hives, digestive issues, irregular menstrual cycle, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. You do not need to eat unaged meat to begin your healing journey, but if you are sensitive to histamines it may slow down your recovery and if progress halts later down the road, this should be one of the first things you address. If you have loose stool for more than the first month on the diet, make sure to try unaged meat to see if that’s easier on your digestion. The unaged company that I use is BetterFed. White Oaks also has unaged that I can tolerate but BetterFed tastes better (less nutty and they also sell sausages which are insanely good). You can use LIONDIET as a code and get 15% off your first order (that’s an affiliate code so I get money too) but I’m not lying when I say it tastes the best. If you’re sensitive to everything, don’t get the smoked sausages get the regular ones. That’s the meat I eat! BetterFed has unaged meat, White Oak Pastures has unaged grass fed meat, Billy Doe claims to have unaged meat but I get histamine reactions from them so be aware of that. A list of places to get unaged meat:
  • What Do I Do If I Want To Ease Into The Diet?
    For people who are very ill, reducing carb intake and “weaning” into the diet may be the appropriate path. Some people can jump right in. If you’re very sick I recommend weaning carbs for a few months leading into the diet. Month 1: No grains or dairy, drink only water. That’s going to be much lower in inflammatory foods right away. Sparkling water is fine. Month 2: Remove soy, and legumes, and eat only meat, vegetables, and some fruit. Eat meat first at each meal so you end up eating mostly meat. Month 3: (If your symptoms haven’t been alleviated by the Month 1 or Month 2 diet, continue to the Lion Diet)
  • What Are The Main Problematic Foods?
    1. Gluten – You know those stereotypical Californian girls who don’t eat gluten “because it makes you fat” but they don’t exactly know what it is? They had a point. Gluten is composed of two proteins; gliadin and glutenin. Gliadin is really not good for people. Yes, all people. Not just people either, mammals. The gluten molecule can be found in wheat, rye, barley, kamut, spelt, and those foods are everywhere. Twizzlers, soy sauce, BBQ sauce, any thick sauce or soup, and some chocolate bars all contain gluten. Plus all your favourite foods are made with flour (wheat) – cake, pancakes, pizza, spaghetti, etc. Sorry, it’s really gotta go. There is hard evidence it causes leaky gut in everyone. If you get an afternoon or mid-morning crash – it’s probably the gluten.
    2. Dairy – Cow milk is for baby cows. Sounds like a vegan slogan but it’s probably true. The dairy industry has everyone convinced that you need milk to have healthy bones. This is a blatant lie. The highest rates of osteoporosis are in countries that drink milk. Yes, unfortunately, this includes cheese. If you are completely opposed to giving up cheese, switch to goat cheese.
    3. Soy – Soy is everywhere. For people who have joint problems or mood problems, soy isn’t a good idea. For men, soy really isn’t a good idea.
    Eliminating these three foods might make a massive difference. Don’t just cut back though, get rid of them. That includes beer. If you really want to lose weight fast, also cut down on processed foods and other grains. Eat whole foods (but avoid grains). Basically eat meat, green vegetables, root vegetables, and berries. Don’t eat candy, eat less sugar (or no sugar), and don’t drink anything except water – you can drink carbonated water instead of pop. If you cut those three foods out and want to cut out more, get rid of these next:
    1. Grains – Filler food. They make you gain weight, and they make you tired. Rice, quinoa, oats, etc. They’re empty. They’re not like gluten-containing grains but they’re not good for you. You want meat, veggies, and fats to be healthy.
    2. Other legumes – Kidney beans, black beans, etc. – anything that makes you bloat you should avoid. Your body doesn’t like it, and it’s important to listen to it. Green beans don’t seem to be in the same category of gut damage as the bigger beans. Listen to your body and pay attention to your bloating.
    3. Sugar – Our microbiome is really important and the bacteria in our gut compete with a yeast called Candida. Sugar feeds Candida. If you suffer from yeast infections that is a sure sign you have an overgrowth of Candida. Fruit, sugar, and even plants (if you have it really badly) can feed Candida. Meat does not.
  • What About Antibiotics?
    Antibiotics are best avoided. A lot of the chronic health problems we are experiencing are probably from generational antibiotic use. However sometimes you get an infection and need them (and thank goodness they’re here for those circumstances). Doxycycline seems to be the best tolerated antibiotic with the fewest side effects. If it comes in a blue capsule, buy gelatin capsules and pour the powder into new gelatin capsules to take it. Avoid swallowing blue dye (it can cause allergies and immune responses). Cephalexin seems to be well tolerated and amoxicillin. Azithromycin seems to be harder on the gut. Macrobid can cause allergic reactions more commonly, and flagyl/metronidazole can cause allergic reactions and lasting damage. Avoid fluoroquinolones at all costs. Fluoroquinolones have different names but any antibiotic with “flox” in it (like ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone. Those seem to cause lasting damage in people. Don’t take those no matter what. You are more than welcome to ask your doctor for different classes of antibiotics when they’re prescribed.
  • Guide to Perfect Air Fryer Steak
    In this guide, we will be using the Ninja Air Fryer (any air fryer will do, but you may need to adjust cooking times)
    1. Purchase a steak with a thickness of about an inch or a little less than an inch (not frozen)
    2. Set the temperature to 400° and time for 6 minutes. Put the steak in (you can add chunks of beef fat in there if you want).
    3. Let the air fryer cook (you may want to turn on your air vent if you have one, there’s not a ton of smoke but there is a little bit)
    4. Once the 6 minutes are up, flip the steak and keep the temperature the same but change the time to 4 minutes
    5. Once the 4 minutes are up you can take your steak out. This temp/time amount will most likely give you a medium-rare steak, so if you want it to get to medium put it in for another 2-3 minutes
    Enjoy!
  • Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed
    There are some extremely sensitive people that do better with grass-fed beef but for the majority of people (including me (Mikhaila) who is very sensitive), grain-fed beef is fine. Buy the highest quality meat you can afford. I’ve seen people heal themselves on a diet of pure patties from McDonald’s! Eat the best you can afford but don’t sweat quality if you can’t afford it.
    Eat the best you can afford, and when you can afford the best – you can also try to eat beef from regenerative farms. I healed by eating grain-fed beef I could afford and did just fine. Try to avoid feed-lot beef but if you can’t afford anything else – it’s better than not trying the diet. You can worry about quality once you’ve healed  (and don’t let any snobs tell you otherwise). (Also McDonald’s patties add pepper – but you can go to In-N-Out Burger and ask for unsalted and those are plain—their salt has pepper in it).
  • Do I Need to Eat Organs on the Diet?
    No. If you’ve been on the diet for more than 6 months are are unable to reintroduce foods, most likely something else is going on. Mold, bacteria, virus, environment. Something else is bothering you or has caused a change in your immune system. If you are on the Lion Diet, and you test and have a low vitamin, supplement via IV. After 5 years on the diet with no organs I had low folate, with no symptoms of low folate, and I supplemented a bit anyway. It can be a risk for pregnant women and this can be mitigated by supplementation. Some people eat liver for folate which is fine but I’ve also seen people get vitamin A toxicity and develop scurvy after excessive organ supplementation. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your vitamins, and if you’re deficient you can get vitamin IV’s to boost yourself up. This diet should take care of all your vitamins, but most people are deficient and getting back to baseline by having a few IV’s isn’t a bad idea. Be careful with supplementing pills - many of them can cause insomnia for sensitive people and other reactions which is why we’re recommending vitamin IV’s instead.

  • SSRI/PSYCH Med Warnings
    If you take a low dose of a psych medication (other than a benzodiazepine) for a year or less, it doesn’t appear to cause significant withdrawal. However, if you take a psych med for 2+ years, especially at higher doses, getting off them can be extremely difficult and very scary. You can read more at rxisk.org about this. You can become sensitive to light, sound, touch, temperature, and seriously sensitive to inflammatory foods. The good news is that the Lion Diet will help this, and the neurological damage will go away with time. Once the psych med withdrawal is over you’ll be able to eat other foods without as severe depressive reactions from inflammatory foods. Doctors often do not talk about the dangers of staying on psych meds because they aren’t aware of the withdrawal and physical dependence that accompanies taking these medications. There are no studies on any psychiatric medication that has lasted more than 8 weeks. No long-term studies. Do not suddenly stop psych meds. Many people are able to very slowly wean off the medication while on the diet with minimal symptoms. There’s more information in this article.
  • I’m Breastfeeding And I’m Worried About My Baby’s Health And My Own, What Should I Do?
    All I can say is I did strict Lion Diet 4 months into breastfeeding and my baby’s cradle cap went away and she stopped getting stomach aches. There have been people who have done this diet pregnant and breastfeeding and in my opinion, it’s safer than a high sugar high carb diet. Hello, diabetes. So this is what I suggest. Ignore everyone who says ‘you need certain foods to make you healthy’ if those foods are making you sick. Do whatever diet makes you feel the healthiest. If that’s all meat – keep at it. If that’s paleo or keto, keep at it. Trust your gut, not the people around you. If you’re getting morning sickness (Morning Sickness Cure) – start looking at what you’re eating carefully because it’s probably caused by what you’re eating. Your doctor probably isn’t going to be happy with an all-meat diet but if you’re happy, I’m happy.   Ken Berry, MD on Pregnancy and the Carnivore Diet
  • Do I Need To Take Supplements On A Carnivore Diet Or The Lion Diet?
    Organ supplements: You can increase your consumption of organ meats, but there is no actual evidence to suggest that you need organ meats to keep up your nutrients. As the diet is so new, evidence is sparse, and anecdotes are what we have. Sometimes people’s bodies don’t really like organs. I’ve also seen two cases of scurvy now from excessive organ supplementation on a meat diet. Excess liver may cause high vitamin A and low vitamin C. May. Careful with Cod/fish Liver Oil: Most companies that sell fish oil, sell rancid oil, and you can often taste that by its horrible fishy flavour. If you’re going carnivore, it’s way safer and nutritionally beneficial to eat wild-caught sardines instead. On the Lion Diet – wild salmon and sardines can be one of the first foods to reintroduce and are generally well tolerated. The company Rosita also has high quality fish oil that normally isn’t rancid. The only supplement I generally recommend now are electrolytes at the beginning of the diet and THIS histamine supplement. Electrolytes are not absolutely necessary. I did not take anything other than salt on my steak for a year. However, the first month was fairly unpleasant and I did develop fairly intense muscle cramps in my calves around month five. I now know that could have been avoided by increasing my potassium intake (and possibly magnesium). My potassium serum wasn’t low but my body certainly wanted it. I find that people beginning the diet can benefit from including electrolytes to stave off headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue while their body is adjusting to the diet. When people first go low carb or zero carb, their bodies secrete a lot of sodium. Adding in electrolytes can help replenish this. They’re also very good for adding to water to avoid dehydration (drinking so much water with no electrolytes that you deplete your electrolytes). If electrolytes don’t seem to be helping, it may be because you’re overdoing them. Unfortunately, the amount of electrolytes per person differs. I needed a lot of sodium at the beginning. Almost 4 grams. Now I’ll have electrolytes every few days but mostly just eat salt. There are rare individuals who actually stop eating salt altogether. You’re going to have to play around with it. Too much or too little sodium or potassium can cause headaches. If you drink salted water and you immediately experience a salt flush – it goes right through you – you don’t need that much salt. If you drink salted water and wait 30 minutes and you feel better, you’d probably benefit from adding in electrolytes. I certainly wish I’d found them in the first year of the diet.

  • Why is Fiber Not an Issue on the Lion Diet?
    The Carnivore/Lion Diet has unbelievable success when it comes to constipation and bloating for many. Countless people report they now have the best digestion of their entire life… without fiber… so maybe we have made a mistake in our assumption that fiber is necessary… If we take a hard look at what is going on here, it appears that when you are eating a high-fiber diet, plants ferment inside the digestive system producing gases that move the matter along (this is why fiber is “valued”). This is not a necessary process, however, as our digestive system has peristalsis; “the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine or another canal, creating wave-like movements that push the contents of the canal forward.” Fiber is only needed if you’ve damaged your gut enough (overconsumption of plant/processed foods) to stop peristalsis from occurring and you need fermentation/gases to move stuff out. Ken Berry, MD Discussing Fiber
  • How Can I Make My Own Electrolytes?
    • 2 tsp sodium chloride or Himalayan salt
    • 1 tsp potassium chloride (potassium citrate is okay)
    • ¼ tsp magnesium chloride or magnesium glycinate
    • 1L of water or more
    I drink about double that in a day if my electrolytes are low but this could be too much for some people. If you mix it and it tastes too salty to you, dilute it. You have to play around with it a bit! If you’re feeling fine, don’t add in electrolytes. But if you have muscle cramps, brain fog, fatigue, or feel heavy, try having more. You can buy those pure ingredients on Amazon.
  • Why is Ruminant Meat Better Than Other Meat?
    Ruminant animals have multiple stomachs to break down grass. Because their food is broken down so thoroughly, the meat they produce has fewer plant anti-nutrients. Animals like pigs and fish and chickens have one stomach so the food they eat is more likely to impact their flesh.
  • What About Meat Type/Quality?
    I don’t do well with pork. My response to that is even worse than some plant foods. If you’re eating a lot of pork and don’t feel good, try reducing or ideally eliminating it. Ruminant meat (cows, sheep, even moose, elk) is drastically different than pig meat. Be careful of organically farmed salmon. It sounds healthy but it’s not. They can and are still commonly fed organic soy which is not a natural diet for salmon (who are carnivorous fish). Farmed salmon makes me ill but wild salmon does not. Try to go for wild-caught fish and fish like mackerel with less heavy metal buildup (the bigger fish like tuna that eat smaller fish will have more toxins built up in their flesh – that’s why they tell you to limit tuna while pregnant). Don’t force feed yourself anything if it makes you feel sick though. Although make that decision after the first month because as I wrote above, nausea can be normal for the first few weeks. After that, your body will help guide you to what you need to eat.
  • What is Ketosis?
    Ketosis is a natural state the body finds itself in when it is using fat as its main fuel. Body fat, or ingested sources of fat. This occurs when following a very low carb, ketogenic diet, and often during intermittent fasting as well. A healthy body should be able to switch between ketosis and carb burning easily. Ketosis is characterized by the controlled and regulated production of ketone bodies in the blood via various metabolic processes. During zero or limited carbohydrate intake, reduced insulin levels lead to a reduction in lipogenesis and fat accumulation. After several days (depending on the person) of fasting, or eating low carb, glucose reserves deplete enough that the body then switches to using fat for another source of fuel.
  • I Have No Appetite for Meat? What Should I Do?
    The first thing you should address is the cooking of your meat. If you undercook or overcook the meat it will be harder to digest. Most people do not know how to properly cook meat even after doing all throughout their lives. Here is the Ultimate Steak Cooking Hack:
    1. Take the meat out of the fridge about an hour before to let it come down to room temperature (the cooking is more even throughout the meat)
    2.  Put the meat on the grill
    3.  Wait for the juices to rise through the meat
    4.  When juices begin puddling on top, flip the meat over
    5.  And then when the juices puddle for the second time on the other side, take the meat off the grill