Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
February 14, 2021
As most of you know, I started the Carnivore Diet on 1/1/20. It’s now been over 12 months. And for me, this animal-based diet has been impressive. It’s a major part of my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. Although I can’t isolate it as the most important, it is a critical component.
What I know is this:
- I have abundant energy, improved lean muscle mass, and excellent Body Mass Index
(BMI = 23.2).
- My blood chemistries and complete blood count are in the “normal” range, some of which were out of range earlier.
- My PET Scan on May 8, 2020 showed no active cancer cells in my entire body, but I am not in remission from my multiple myeloma.
Where did I get the idea to include this way of eating in my Cancer Protocols?
I did some research and eventually found the Paleomedicina Clinic in Budapest, Hungary. The doctors at the clinic have treated over 5,000 patients since 2011 with an animal-based diet. This clinic treats patients with various serious chronic diseases including cancers. The physicians who treat these patients place them on an animal-based way of eating. They call their diet the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD). Patient results were impressive. In certain cases, this program allows small amounts of paleo-friendly vegetables and fruits.
With all this in mind, I tweaked the PKD. I integrated the elements to recreate a healthy gut and provide all the necessary nutrients that our DNA blueprint requires. Also, I eliminated any plants with significant levels of antinutrients (i.e. phytates, lectins, and oxalates). I redefined the food proportions and called my animal-based way of eating the Better Belly Blueprint (BBB)
The BBB is designed to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, burn fat, identify food sensitivities, reduce allergic reactions, boost energy, regulate blood sugar and stabilize mood. It almost seems too good to be true, but I’ve done this myself. Science shows that no other therapy – natural or otherwise – can come close to accomplishing all of these goals in such a short period of time. Some people may need 30, 60, or even 90 days to get the full benefits from this new lifestyle eating program.
A typical volume of a “plate of food” representing the Better Belly Blueprint is made up of at least 70% animal-based foods and less than 30% fruits and vegetables. All nuts and seeds are “no-nos” because of their high level of antinutrients.
As I mentioned above, it is important that these fruits and vegetables be low in phytates, oxalates, and lectins. Phytates, oxalates, and lectins are inflammatory substances. These antinutrients can damage the gut microbiome and the gut epithelial lining. A damaged gut will lead to a “leaky gut”. This is when toxic and undigested foods in the gut leak through the gut lining into the blood circulation. The immune system reacts by creating systemic inflammation. When this inflammation becomes continuous and chronic, it increases the risk of all chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, dental diseases, skin rashes, cancer, and many others.
A major nutrient of an animal-based diet is saturated fat (animal fat). Animal fat is essential in the Better Belly Blueprint. You should consume approximately “2 grams of fat” for every “1 gram of protein”. This is not a “high protein” diet. It is a high-fat but moderate-protein way of eating.
My Way of Eating
My personal diet looks like this:
For 6 continuous days, I eat one or two meals a day based on my hunger. Looking at the volume on my plate, I eat more than 90% animal-based foods and less than 10% selected fruits and raw honey.
This way of eating helps me maintain metabolic flexibility.
My wife and I are enjoying these foods. As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten so excited that I created my own recipes that follow the guidelines of this diet. Some of these recipes are not appropriate for a person who is on a strict 100% animal-based diet. Obviously, you must be the judge of what you eat and what you don’t eat.
To date, I have created and shared 24 original or tweaked recipes. I continue to experiment, prepare, and photograph new ideas all the time.
As you will notice almost immediately, I am not a professional food photographer. All the shots are taken with my iPhone – and an old iPhone to boot. So, how sophisticated could they be? Give me some leeway, please!!
But I love my recipes and sharing them. As soon as I create a new dish that pleases my wife and me, I post it on my website. These dishes have been proven through the critical gastronomic criteria of my wife. I usually love everything I create, but my wife is not so kind. So, if she doesn’t give me an enthusiastic nod, then I don’t publish it.
Here are the 24-individual links to each of my food creations:
To help you, I’ve added photos of my favorite food sources, which I personally consume or use as ingredients in my recipes.
Also, to make it easier for my readers, I created a dedicated website page to house the Better Belly Blueprint Recipes.
So, check out my recipes. Experiment with them and try them. Tweak them to your own tastes. I relish your comments. Let me know what you think. I’m all about improving them to make them better.
Check out my new training on the Better Belly Blueprint! You can watch it HERE.