The cryptocurrency world is an odd one, with schemes ranging from a Jesus Christ-themed token to the proposed purchase of a small libertarian country. Meanwhile, the prices of Bitcoin and Ethereum keep soaring (albeit still with dramatic swings), and more money than ever has poured into "initial coin offerings." The strange, frothy market is accompanied by important innovation, much like the early days of the internet itself. There's no reason why that can't apply to diet as well as finance.
Wait, what? Yes, diet -- you read that right. The cryptocurrency community has experienced an emergent surge of unusual diets. A popular option is the ketogenic diet, which entails eating lots of fat, moderate protein, and very few carbs. But some people go farther than keto: They only consume meat, a practice known as carnivory. Y'know, like wolves and lions and such. The carnivores say they're modeling their habits on what humans evolved to eat, like a more extreme version of the paleo diet.
Thinking about getting into cryptocurrency? Be warned: it comes with a lot of social pressure to only eat meat for some reason-- Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) August 18, 2017
Neeraj Agrawal, the communications director at cryptocurrency policy think-tank Coin Center, has noticed this phenomenon. "There is probably a bit of self-selection going on here," he explained via Twitter DM. "You can't really work in cryptocurrency without an openness to weird ideas." The technology unites people who are willing to challenge a foundational assumption like how money works. Naturally, Agrawal said, "It's not surprising that many of these same people are looking at other parts of society that some might considered 'settled questions,'" he said, "like what makes a healthy diet and trying to find a better way."
Zcash creator Zooko Wilcox made the same point on Twitter, noting that "there are few defenders of the nutritional orthodoxy among cryptocurrency folk." He continued, "Carnivory and veganism are both heterodox."
It's exciting that (according to my twitter bubble) keto and even *carnivore* ("ZC", no plants) is taking off. Wonder what will happen.-- zooko (@zooko) June 30, 2017
Zooko (who usually goes by his first name, a la Madonna) even offered to talk Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin into carnivory.
One of the best-known hardcore carnivores is Michael Goldstein, founder of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute and self-described "Bitcoin and meat maximalist":
Have questions about Bitcoin, carnivory, or Bitcoin carnivory? DM me! pic.twitter.com/VF1U5bE7ej-- Michael Goldstein (@bitstein) August 16, 2017
Saifedean Ammous?, whose book The Bitcoin Standard is forthcoming from Wiley, is another evangelist of carnivory:
I have a very restrictive diet: only the best tasting and most nutritious food for every meal. Why have variety when you can have the best? pic.twitter.com/mdVQEUlmko-- Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean) July 15, 2017
...as well as Bitcoin, of course:
I had 99 problems but bitcoin carnivory solved every one! https://t.co/uMpoXJCLRX-- Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean) September 8, 2017
HODLing required strength,meat provides the energy and strength in spades ??-- Tom Vaughan (@TsonicTsunami) August 11, 2017
You will now live long and be wealthy and healthy! #Carnivore
Admittedly, it's unclear how many people are actually practicing carnivory (and how many of those people are Bitcoin maximalists in particular). But the topic has certainly generated chatter, at least in the lively portion of the cryptocurrency community that uses Twitter. If you try the all-steak diet, please let us know how it goes, especially if it enhances your investment returns. As Goldstein said, "Bitcoin carnivore bodybuilders shall inherit the galaxy." Why not test the hypothesis?