Getting Started

Introduction

The Lion Diet is basically the closest thing you can get to a whole food elemental diet. It allows the gut to heal the leakiness that can be caused by years of accidental abuse. Classically leaky gut is caused from a standard American diet, medications, or a dysbiotic microbiome that can occur if you’re born through a c-section or you take antibiotics. The Lion Diet is a healing elimination diet.

Surprisingly, can get all the nutrients you need from ruminant meat, and the diet doesn’t irritate the gut. Meat is mainly absorbed in the small intestine and because there are no tiny little plant pesticides (like lectins) that naturally occur in plants, it’s not irritating to an immune system that can be easily triggered, and the meat doesn’t continue gut damage. Once you heal the physical gut damage that people with autoimmune and mood disorders can suffer from, you can begin to reintroduce food slowly and carefully, identifying what your body likes, and doesn’t like.

Mikhaila began this diet due to her experience of having rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 2. The arthritis eventually destroyed her hip and ankle joint. She had chronic fatigue starting at age 14, and was put on around a dozen strong medication to control her symptoms. To find out more about Mikhaila’s journey click here.

How It Works

The Lion Diet is the ultimate elimination diet. It reduces your food to the most restrictive, yet least inflammatory foods it can whilst keeping you in the best health. When you reduce your intake of food to one variable, you can control for any dietary variable this way. You can heal, and then reintroduce foods to understand what’s bugging your body. The Lion Diet consists of only ruminant meat, salt, and water. This diet has been used periodically to heal people, but the mainstream medical system periodically forgets it exists. The Lion Diet is mainly for people who are sick, or medicated. By the point a person has an autoimmune disease, their body is so aggravated and inflamed it’s destroying its own tissue. By the time someone has psychiatric symptoms, rashes or chronic fatigue, there’s quite a bit of inflammation causing symptoms.

Tips for Success

  1. Get the food you don’t want to eat out of your house. Cravings can and will get REALLY bad.
  2. Don’t worry about overeating, it’s a lot trickier than you think on this diet.
  3. Buy or make electrolytes flavoured with stevia, it’s a healthy drink that tastes delicious and makes the whole transition process easier.
  4. Avoid eating out for at least the first 2 weeks so you know exactly what is and isn’t in your food. When you begin eating out again, opt for steakhouses and ask for nothing else but the meat without any additions like parsley.

Side Effects

In the first few days you may notice some flu-like symptoms. This is completely normal and happens to around 70% of people. This is commonly due to a phenomenon named ‘Candida Die-Off’ where dying yeast and bacteria that feed off sugar began to die and release toxins. Symptoms can take up to 2 weeks max to pass completely.
To help ease these side effects:
  • Loose bowels
    • Try switching to lower fat content meats and ease in to fattier cuts. Switch to more lamb instead of more beef products.
  • Mental Fog, Muscle Cramps, Fatigue
    • Increase salt and electrolytes. Consider buying an electrolyte mix or click here for a recipe to make your own.

How To Re-Introduce

After 6 weeks, the time has come for you to review how far you’ve come and how you’re feeling. Maybe your joint inflammation, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, gut issues are starting to clear up. If so, you can start considering the prospect of adding in new foods.

Start with a small portion of very low inflammatory, minimal carb foods and see how you feel over the next 2 weeks after consumption. It’s a lengthy process but it’s going to prevent you from ending up in the same hole you were in before and continue to improve. Chicken, fish, blueberries, herbal tea, herbs, and different types of seeds are great first options to begin reintroductions, just don’t add them all at once so you can get an understanding if any of them are causing you trouble.

It’s not recommended to ever reintroducing grains, dairy, sugar, or legumes. These foods are a ridiculous source of problems for such a wide range of people and have only gotten worse over the years with each lacking more and more of a nutritional profile thanks to the way they are farmed.

NAILED IT!

You have nailed the Lion Diet! By this point you’ll likely be looking much more healthy due to no bloating and an increase in protein and feeling it too. Your gut has had its most important healing time it so desperately needs, now it is just a game of upkeep and not letting yourself slide back to where you were. I’d love to hear from you at this stage so send an email to info@liondiet.com with some information and we might get you on the transformations page!