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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Travis Statham

Interview with Travis Statham

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Travis Statham and I’m a 29 year old tech worker living in New York City but born an hour away in Connecticut. I am a metal-head who loves going to live shows in the area and I like all sorts of sub-genres of death metal and the associated mosh-pits. I’ve also been doing Brazilian Jiu Jujitsu for the past 5 years at Clockwork Jiu Jitsu in Manhattan and cannot recommend the sport enough to fellow adults looking for some interesting physical activity. I rowed for 5 years from high school to college and played some soccer and ran the mile in middle school. I admit I never understood anything about nutrition until I read Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes when I was 22 and slightly overweight after graduating college. It was a book that my mom recommended to understand low carb diets and I’m super glad I read it because it exposed layers of reality that I’m not sure many know how to cope with.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate predominantly a meat-based ketogenic diet before going full carnivore. Interestingly, I remember hearing about it when I read Good Cal Bad Cal and thought at the time that it was too crazy to be considered useful or necessary, but over the course of the book I became convinced I could cut carbs to zero and be healthy as ever. I ate keto or a very guilty SAD diet ever since. I was one of the few doing it at work way back in 2013, finding good keto friendly meals while looking for lunch with my coworkers in Manhattan, at first to lose a bit of weight and then because I felt better on it. A lot of those meals by necessity were meat-only, but I wasn’t avoiding plants, just realized they are sometimes hard to get with lunch. I talked about it on Facebook back then and took a lot of heat and realized how big a battle I’d have to fight to do low carb for life, but I like doing the seemingly wrong things when I know I have the right reasons, so it’s been a natural thing for me to do as a rebel. That said, over the years, I’ve read more books, studied more material, and become more confident that a low carb diet is the natural human diet, but only in the past year have I truly questioned whether humans are facultative carnivores.

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I’ve read many books on low carb dieting, including

  • The Art and Science of Low Carb Living by Phinney / Volek
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
  • Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
  • The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
  • The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz
  • Lore of Nutrition by Tim Noakes and Marika Sboros
  • The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
  • The World Turned Upside Down by Dr Richard David Feinman

After becoming a carnivore

  • Not by Bread Alone by Vilhjalmur Stefansson
  • Fiber Menace by Konstantin (gutsense.org)
  • The Stone Age Diet by Walter Voegtlin (justmeat.co)
  • The Hypercarnivore Diet by Don Matesz (reading now)
  • The Carnivore Diet by Dr. Shawn Baker (upcoming)
  • Strong Medicine by Dr Blake Donaldson

On my List

  • Chasing Antelopes by Dr Robin J Willcourt (need to start)
  • Doctoring data by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
  • Dr Newbold’s Type A Type B Weight Loss Book
  • The Diet of the Mountain Men
  • The Relation of Alimentation and Disease by Salisbury
  • Pure White and Deadly by John Yudkin
  • Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake by Dr. Verner Wheelock
  • Lies My Doctor Told me by Dr. Ken D Berry
  • The Diabetes Code by Dr Jason Fung
  • The Salt Fix/Superfuel by Dr James DiNicolantonio
  • Deep Nutrition
  • The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman (reading now)

Books I’ve started Recently

  • Cancer as a Metabolic Disease – On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer by Dr Thomas Seyfried
  • The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with

Nequalsmany.com carnivore study group 2 is the first video I saw by Dr. Shawn Baker and I thought it was really cool that we could collect anecdotes and create hypothesis about how nutrition affects humans and outcomes. The video came out in middle September of last year and I was just finishing up The Case Against Sugar and was 100% committed to going strict keto and thought that carnivore was worth investigating. I found r/zerocarb, read a bunch about Charles Washington, The Bear’s advice and forum posts, and joined Zeroing in on Health and Principia Carnivora on Facebook. The anecdotes fascinated me and I was moved by the science saying that fiber should stay in a role where we don’t know if it’s really good for us.  I gradually reduced all plant consumption from August until December as I was researching and experimenting with shorter stints and then went pretty strict Carnivore around January 1st.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Personally, I approach the Carnivore diet as the best long term and the best short term diet. I don’t think there’s any reason to feel guilty over not eating any plants and I think keto should be the desired metabolic state by a majority of people. I treat any cheats I have now as experiments to see how they change my baseline. I know that cheating makes me gain 4-6 pounds for about half a week. On the whole I don’t cheat and stay strict Carnivore all the time.

Routine: 2 meals a day Lunch and Dinner.

Lunch = 1-1.5 pounds of meat (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, hot deli assorted fatty meats, skewers, etc)

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Dinner: 1-1.5 pounds of meat, cheese, and eggs (Ribeyes, NY Strip, slow cooked corned beef or chuck roasts or pork butt/shoulder, salmon or what’s on sale, pork chops, ground beef burgers, duck, lamb. I post most of my meals to instagram : houseofcarnivores

I only drink black coffee, especially redeyes (coffee + espresso), seltzer, water, and rarely diet soda. I almost never drink beer or wine but will have liquor like single malt scotch or vodka. I consider milk no better than sugar water, and I consider fruit juice as worse than soda because it is touted as being healthy.

I don’t think we need to eat organ meats, but I’m open to the possibility that they help give us better nutrition. I would like to get to a spot where I can recommend optimum meats in optimum quantities to hit some sort of optimum feeling of best, but I can’t really say what that is yet, I just have an idea of what variables can be tested in the process. Those include omega 3 / omega 6 fat ratios, organ meats, quantity, eating windows, spices, salt, liquids, and coffee.

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5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

  • Clean, level, constant energy, and optimistic outlook – I call this Zerocarb Zen
  • No hunger, effortless intermittent fasting, diminished cravings, iron will.
  • No bloating, indigestion, GERD, constipation.
  • Better sleep (deeper sleep, no digestive pain during sleep)
  • A general litheness – very in tune with myself

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Sometimes loose stool, but usually due to coffee.

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.

I do 2-4 hours of intense Brazilian Jiu Jitsu per week. I keep saying I should do some sort of basic bodyweight exercise in the morning (pushups, squats, jumpies, dips) and use it to gain a couple of pounds of muscle, but I don’t lift and I’m not sure if I want to start. I’m tentative about gaining muscle, getting injured, or having to maintain the muscle, and I’m not convinced I must gain more muscle just for benefits of insulin resistance when I have a diet that crushes that into the parking lot. Generally I’ll do BJJ on weekdays 6-8 pm, so I eat lunch at noon and try to keep it a basic meat without a lot of spices(simple cheeseburger) to encourage digestion. I find I feel bad if I have coffee 2-3 hours before BJJ, so I usually have my last cup at 2 pm if I’m planning on rolling (what we call going to BJJ). When I roll, I almost never drink water, and often don’t drink water until I get home, but I sweat a great deal and get absolutely tired. I have really great endurance when I roll, and will use it to exert a lot of control which tires out my opponents, and I think my diet helps me, but it’s hard to say for sure. Generally, I have a feeling of calmness, a quiet fortitude perhaps, that emanates out when my ketones are flowing.

I wish I could go back in time to when I was a rower in high school and college and try the carnivore diet then. I think it would be super interesting to see how being fat adapted changes endurance or oxygen requirements. My recovery would probably have improved, my soreness would be reduced, and I’d stay healthier with a better immune system. Instead, I ate a lot of carbs and never considered them a factor to tweak for performance.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Use your skepticism to your advantage. There’s more to unlearn in terms of what you already think you know than there is to learn about how the carnivore diet. If you start from a point where you say “I know nothing” and use intuition to work your way forward, you’ll be pretty surprised how un-intuitive a lot of our nutritional advice is. That said, the indoctrination is strong and it will take years for you to realize the full scope of the agenda waged against your health in competition for your wallet. You don’t need to rush into trying this diet, but I think it’s extremely safe, hard to mess up, and ready for prime-time. So start it today and give yourself homework so you can understand it. Read a new non-fiction book you would have never considered reading. Download a PDF on your iPad and read a book during commercials while watching Football. Subscribe to some carnivore or keto themed podcasts and listen during your commute to work. Join the Facebook groups (World Carnivore Tribe, Zeroing In On Health, Principia Carnivora, 100% Carnivore And Beyond), join Twitter and the community of doctors and people who care to discuss health and the #MeatHeals message publicly. Join reddit, read the latest science at r/ketoscience (or beat me to the punch in posting it) and post your experience at r/zerocarb or ask for tips. Follow some hashtags on instagram like #carnivore or #carnivorediet if that’s the only social media network you use.

Know that if you put in the homework, you will come away with a deep and nuanced view of what it means to be human, and you will be ready to test whether you are a facultative carnivore. That’s the question I think this diet is trying to answer. Are humans the best they can be when they eat only meat? Right now, it appears this is still very subjective, I’m wondering at what point we say that is true objectively. Overall, I find the evolutionary side of the diet one of the strongest reasons to try a meat only diet – it is hard to imagine us depending on any source of plants in our diet and all too easy to understand that we preferred being facultative carnivores when we had the meat supply intact.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.

Yes, I absolutely believe that Carnivore will be accepted as a mainstream diet – the question is how long does it take. I’m really inspired by the growth of our Facebook group reaching 21,000 in 10 months and having mostly new carnivores, but I think the spate of news articles didn’t really delve deeply enough to show the benefits. It’s going to take some sort of other exposure to get the media coverage the movement needs to get exponential growth. It needs more doctors taking public positions in support of it. It needs some sort of controversial TV event that makes it past the health / biohacking / millennial sphere and into the greater media landscape – but I can say first hand that the Good Morning America exposure I had was not that event. I believe Shawn’s new book The Carnivore Diet could be huge, elevated with some aggressive marketing, and another round of media blitzes. We could suggest some sort of 30 day carnivore challenge that is as popular as the Ice Bucket challenge.. I’m hoping it gets used in science experiments / diet studies but I doubt anything useful will arrive within five years, unless it’s tested for short 3 month stints as a basic elimination diet for people who suffer gastrointestinal issues. I think ‘keto’ has finally hit mainstream and you can get away with saying it and witness some level of awareness. That said, I don’t think most people could name what makes a diet ketogenic beyond restricting carbs in general. I think keto and it’s subgroups, including zero carb will continue to evolve, and there will likely be factions within zero carb as well (strict beef & water or raw only) that will present their best version of health, but the cat is out of the bag and I think we’d be very surprised to hear that any ketogenic diet is unsafe or dangerous in the long run, especially compared to the uncontrolled junk food binge fest we call modern eating.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.

I don’t think I have any particular remarkable story to tell, just that I became convinced by the science and then experienced it for myself. Until you do the same, you just won’t know if you’re a facultative carnivore. I’m not sure I can convince you that you’re one until you add your own vote by trying the diet out yourself, but if you do the homework, you will likely near a conclusion that many of us have arrived at.

I’m very approachable on social media. I appreciate interesting content and links and stories of all sorts – so if you have them – share them! I contribute a ton of time to organize links and content, submit well formatted and constructive posts (ketoscience), and always be reading and learning and connecting the dots.

https://www.instagram.com/houseofcarnivores/

https://www.reddit.com/user/dem0n0cracy

https://www.reddit.com/r/ketoscience/

https://www.reddit.com/r/zerocarb/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldcarnivoretribe/

I originally made a star chart of diet advice, then made a chart of books I recommend, then I conducted 15+ polls in WCT and made this gigantic graphic. You have to click to zoom in and pan about – but it has as much carnivore advice as I could fit. I really wanted to get across that we all have different ideas on how we think of the diet and that there isn’t too much consensus once we get past the basics. Obey the basics, experiment until you find your optimal diet.

All this stuff is in here:

https://pastelink.net/carniwoe

I also got some media exposure this year

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Wellness/trendy-meat-carnivory-diet/story?id=56856367

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/11/the-carnivore-diet-all-meat-health-benefits-dangers

https://nypost.com/2018/07/24/new-diet-claims-you-can-lose-weight-eating-only-steak-and-burgers/

And have done a couple of podcasts

https://www.carnivorecast.com/podcast/travis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I318bqHdc5A

https://mysugarfreejourney.com/the-my-sugar-free-journey-podcast-episode-95-travis-statham/

One for HVMN that hasn’t been released, as well as one for On the Bus which hasn’t been released. (KE edit – HVMN is out now).

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.

I feel great on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, that is N=1.

My wife is experiencing similar benefits to me, that is N=2.

This series of Carnivore Diet Success Stories, shows it could be N=Many.

If you have a Carnivore Diet success story you would like to share. Please get in touch with me or join the Facebook group Carnivore Diet Success Stories for inspiration, support and a meat loving community.

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Now for the marketing bit haha.

You can read my newest book Carnivore Fit which is available on Amazon.

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I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery. Includes T-Shirts & hoodies. There is a greater range than pictured here.

I have an even wider range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.

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I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.

I am also a fan of Softstar Shoes for minimalist footwear, Quad Lock for sporting mobile phone accessories, Skulpt to measure body fat, and Cheesies for a Carnivore appropriate snack. I use these companies myself and recommend them.

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SKINS review: DNAmic PRIMARY Top and Half Tights

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“Stay committed to your active goals all year round with SKINS DNAmic PRIMARY Men’s Long Sleeve Top. With a low neckline for comfort and a minimal seam design that won’t dig into your skin, this long sleeve compression top reduces injury risk and keeps your performance consistent on the field or in the gym.”

It is no exaggeration to say that I only wear SKINS clothing when exercising. In fact I would now feel weird wearing anything else.

I see this Primary top as an all rounder. As a compression top it is not as tight as the DNAmic ultimate cool range for example, but provides more compression support than the Activewear T-Shirts. It is a top I could go for a run in, do some indoor rowing or lift some weights in. A true everyday compression top. I would image it would be a good top to do team sports training in too.

I love the look of the top. It has a minimalist look to it. However, it also has a bit of a shine to it. This makes your definition stand out a bit, so people will still notice your physique. Sometimes black exercise clothing dulls your look, this top doesn’t do that. In fact, I often look more muscular in it than I really am.

This is a top that could be worn all year round, although probably not in the depths of winter in England where I live. I will have to get my SKINS thermal clothing out for that time of year.

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“Take up the pace on your morning run or amp up your reps on leg day in SKINS DNAmic PRIMARY Men’s Half Tights. With a soft, wide waistband that anchors comfortably onto your hips and a minimal seam design that won’t irritate the skin, these full-length compression leggings are made for practical comfort, whatever your sport.”

I also got the half tights, which match the top. This is the second pair of half tights I have from SKINS.

I am a bit of a snob when it comes to my exercise clothing. Basically I like to match. So if I have the top, I usually get the tights or shorts to match.

I am a fan of all the half tights SKINS offer. Your thighs and quads are huge muscles, and you are at risk of injuring them. So I like the compression aspect of the half tights, but also the functionality and adaptability of the shorts.

These also have nice deep pockets, so you can keep your keys safe when working out. As with the top, I have worn these on runs, the rowing machine and lifting weights. There is nothing much to add. They are high quality half tights. If you want a pair of shorts, which also provide compression. Then these should be right at the top of your to get list.

I have seen SKINS really push on over the last couple of years, I am excited to see where they end up. Right at the top, hopefully.

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SKINS provided me with these items, to provide an honest review.

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SKINS review: DNAmic Elite Recovery Tights

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“After pushing your legs to the edge during intense training sessions or competitions, SKINS DNAmic ELITE RECOVERY Men’s Long Tights boost oxygen delivery to sore, tired muscles to reduce swelling and enhance your natural recovery rate so you can get back on fresh legs in time for tomorrow’s session. Wear these high-performance recovery leggings for at least three hours after exercise for best results.”

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I am a big fan of SKINS, and they have really upped their range this year. You can wear their gear for all manner of activities. They have yet to release a compression tuxedo or wedding suit though, so there is still room for expansion!

I do a fairly wide range of activities. Mainly running, indoor rowing, weight lifting, hiking and dog walking. So I do put my legs through some work.

So the Elite Recovery tights did appeal to me. I have worn them after runs and leg days in the gym.

I do find that there are recovery benefits to them, however it is hard to quantify how much. It could be 1%, 10% or 50%. It is really hard to judge. It could even be complete placebo. However, for me there is a place in my wardrobe for these recovery tights.

I wear these at night in the house, after leg based exercise. So mainly, they have to be very comfortable or else I would not wear them regardless of the benefit. I eat the majority of my daily food in one large meal at the end of the day. So my evening wear has to be comfortable. I normally wear some jogging bottoms or pajama bottoms. So these tights have to be equally as comfortable, and they are. I have even worn them to bed, and kept them on all night as a test. They are compression tights but aren’t as tight as the normal tights, and are made from a thicker material. The waist band is also very comfortable, yet is also secure. I have no issue sat vegging out in front of the TV with these on.

So in conclusion I would say that if you take exercise relatively seriously and can afford them, then you should consider them. As any improvement in recovery, will help prevent injuries and improve your next work out.

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SKINS provided these tights for an honest review.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Don Matesz aka The Hypercarnivore

Interview with Don

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Introduce yourself

My name is Don Matesz.  I am 57 years old and have been fitness and health oriented for more than 40 years.  I have Master’s degrees in philosophy and Oriental medicine and a nutritionist certification from the American Academy of Nutrition.  I practice acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition counselling in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I was one of the presenters at the first Ancestral Health Symposium in August 2011.

How did you eat before carnivore?

Over 40 years of experimenting with diet, I have eaten many variations of plant based diets, including lacto-ovo vegetarian, whole foods omnivore, macrobiotic, paleo, and strictly whole foods vegan.  In 2011 I adopted a whole foods plant-based vegan diet and continued that for more than 5.5 years, during which my health and vitality declined along with my serum cholesterol.  In late 2016, while still on that diet, I had a blood test which showed I had low globulin, a sign of protein deficiency, and low phosphorus, indicating dietary phosphorus and vitamin D deficiency.  I started adding small amounts of animal products back to my diet in March of 2017.  I continued eating a whole foods plant based diet, but with some animal products added, until May of 2017, when I adopted a hypercarnivore diet.

Why did you try carnivore to begin with?

Almost all of my dietary experimentation was aimed at reducing, reversing and recovering from seasonal allergies, dermatitis and psoriasis, which I have had in some form for as long as I can remember.  So long as I ate plant based diets, the conditions did not improve or got worse, unless I used medication (either pharmaceutical or herbal).  During the last year or so of the 5+ years that I ate a whole foods plant based vegan diet my psoriasis and dermatitis got markedly worse and started spreading. In Spring of 2017 I read a post on ZeroCarbZen.com by Candi Leftwich, who reported obtaining almost complete relief from Crohn’s disease and psoriasis by eating only meat, fat and water for 3 months.  At that point I realized that I had tried to heal my condition by restricting amounts or types of animal foods and eating whole plant foods for long periods many time over nearly 40 years, but I had never tried severely restricting plant foods for any length of time.  Even when “paleo” I had eaten a “produce dominant diet” with plenty of fruits and vegetables.  So I decided I needed to try a highly carnivorous diet to heal my skin.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

In biology and general language, the word “carnivore” means meat-eater, but does not specify how much meat is eaten.  Biologists distinguish three main types of carnivores:  hypocarnivores, which obtain less than 30% of their food from meat; mesocarnivores, which obtain 50-70% of their food from meat; and hypercarnivores, which obtain more than 70% – i.e. 71-100% – of their food from meat.  In Nature, most hypercarnivores eat some minor amounts of plants.

I eat a hypercarnivore diet. I eat meat, eggs and dairy products, including milk and yogurt.  I eat 1-2 pounds of meat daily, usually 4 or more eggs, 1-2 quarts of whole milk or whole milk yogurt, some cheese, butter, and cream, bone broth and eggshell powder.   I have experimented with excluding dairy products, but I have gotten the best results in healing my skin by including whole milk yogurt and whole milk, generally 1-2 quarts per day, along with bone broth and eggshell powder to obtain a calcium intake ranging from 1500-2500 mg daily.  I use salt and also supplement with magnesium because my water supply is low in magnesium.  I generally avoid plants – especially all nuts, seeds, beans and grains – but I drink tea and coffee and sometimes eat some small amount of low sugar fruit (like berries or melon), cooking herbs or cooked or fermented vegetables that I know I tolerate.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet?

  1. No more bloating, flatulence, or loose, explosive stools.  Although it took almost 6 months for my bowels to adapt to the elimination of fiber, now my bowel function is better than ever; so far as I can remember.
  2. Healing of psoriasis.  This has been a gradual process over more than a year, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the 40 years during which I have had this disease.
  3. Healing of a knee injury that would not fully heal when plant based.
  4. Improved overall skin quality (better moisture without needing to apply lotion).  For example, for as long as I can remember before carnviore my elbows were always dry and rough.  Now they are smooth and soft.
  5. Reduced fat mass.  Reduced my waist circumference to what it was when I was in high school.  This had been impossible on every plant based diet I tried.
  6. Improved muscle mass and strength compared to highly plant based diets.
  7. Far more satisfied with meals.  No longer looking for “something” after stuffing myself full of plants.
  8. Greater tolerance for heavy labor/training and quicker recovery.
  9. Greater libido.
  10. Less frequent need to eat.  Almost never need to eat more than two meals in a day, and some days can eat just one large meal a day and be done.
  11. Meal preparation is easier and less time consuming.
  12. Shopping for food is easier and less time consuming.

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What negative have you found with the Carnivore Diet?

  1. Muscle cramps.  Due to the drop in insulin levels, one loses more salts in the urine than if eating a plant-based carbohydrate-rich diet.  Presently I live in Arizona so I lose a lot of fluids and salts in sweating.  If I don’t get enough salt I get cramps. I have had to learn to use more salt on my food than I did when plant-based.  I also take salt in water when cramps occur, or before, during and after heavy sweating.
  2. If you are vocal on social media, you will be attacked by vegans.
  3. Sometimes hard to get other people to understand why I eat almost exclusively meat, eggs and dairy.  So many people believe these are the most toxic foods.

Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do?

I do strength training including bodyweight training and gymnastic strength training.  I had immediate improvements in training when I adopted the hypercarnivore diet.  Only have a drop of energy or stamina if I neglect my salt intake.

What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet?

  1. Be patient.  The carnivore diet is about eating the most nutrient dense foods in alignment with your biology.  Realize that if you have been eating any form of plant-based or plant-rich diet for many years, it will take some weeks or even months to fully adapt to an animal based diet.
  2. Focus on health, not weight loss.  This diet is for restoring health, and a healthy body composition is a side effect of establishing health by eating a nutrient-dense diet.
  3. Focus on eating enough meat, eggs, and dairy to feel satisfied.  If you focus on eating enough meat and fat to reach satisfaction, rather than focusing on restricting other foods, your body will experience what it feels like to be properly nourished, and you will gradually lose your desire for what doesn’t really satisfy your nutritional needs.
  4. Focus on whole foods, not added fats, and don’t fear protein.

The point is that this diet is not about controlling your food intake with your will power according to ideas and beliefs you have about what is good or not good to eat.  It is about properly satisfying your body’s nutritional requirements with the most nutrient dense foods – animal products.  When you achieve this proper nourishment, the desire or need to eat lower quality foods will diminish and eventually disappear.

I think most people are best served by these steps:

  1. Start by increasing your intake of red meat, eggs and, if you tolerate them, fermented dairy products, aiming for at least 70% of your diet from those foods.  Eat as much as you enjoy, to satisfaction.  Don’t limit your portion size by ideology.
  2. Eliminate starches (bread, pasta, potatoes, cereals, etc.), nuts and seeds, and all plant-based oils.  If you are hungry, eat more meat, eggs or dairy products.
  3. Continue to eat any low-sugar fresh fruits and cooked vegetables you enjoy.

From there, let your senses of hunger, taste and satisfaction determine what and how much of any fruits or vegetables you want to eat in addition to eating animal products.  When in doubt, increase the nutrient density.

Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet?

No, not in our current culture.  Too many special interests depend on sales and consumption of plant products for profit.  Most likely those interests will do their best to demonize this “unbalanced” diet.

Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey

I wrote a book on my experience and the science that supports this way of eating.  It is titled The Hypercarnivore Diet and is available on Amazon.  https://amzn.to/2NWnyYB

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.

I feel great on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, that is N=1.

My wife is experiencing similar benefits to me, that is N=2.

This series of Carnivore Diet Success Stories, shows it could be N=Many.

If you have a Carnivore Diet success story you would like to share. Please get in touch with me or join the Facebook group Carnivore Diet Success Stories for inspiration, support and a meat loving community.

I have recently had issues with being #shadowbanned on Instagram for promoting Carnivore Diet Success Stories. I do not know if similar things will happen with Twitter, Facebook, and google in the future. So if you like these stories, please consider following this blog through WordPress, or sign up for my newsletter. This means you will be notified when each story is published. I do not use the newsletter for marketing or anything like that, it will simply send out Carnivore Diet Success Stories.

Now for the marketing bit haha.

You can read my newest book Carnivore Fit which is available on Amazon.

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I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery. Includes T-Shirts & hoodies. There is a greater range than pictured here.

I have an even wider range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.

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I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.

I am also a fan of Softstar Shoes for minimalist footwear, Quad Lock for sporting mobile phone accessories, Skulpt to measure body fat, and Cheesies for a Carnivore appropriate snack. I use these companies myself and recommend them.

I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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SKINS review: K-Proprium

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“Stay strong during high-intensity workouts and hard-knock sports in SKINS K-PROPRIUM ULTIMATE Posture Men’s Short Sleeve Top. Designed to protect your upper body muscles with our highest DNAmic Gradient Compression profile and tape your upper body muscles into place with strategically placed Proprioceptive Power Bands, it’s a must to keep you feeling stronger for longer and minimize injury in your arms, shoulders and core.”

I think it was August when I received the SKINS newsletter, and they highlighted their new range that would be coming out. I was immediately drawn to this top, and I was pretty obsessed with getting it.

I train for marathons in the summer, but in the winter I do weightlifting and HIIT training for cardio. I also have sub-optimal posture and rounded shoulders. So I thought this could be the perfect top for my winter training.

It did not disappoint. This is a brilliant top, in fact, I would almost call it equipment. I use it when I am doing upper body days. Specifically when I am doing bench presses, and upright rows.

Getting this top on is a workout in itself, it is very tight and a struggle to get on. Especially if you aren’t uber flexible. I have no issues with that though, it is a compression top after all. It is meant to be tight. Once you have it on you can feel where the power bands are. They are not uncomfortable though, but you can definitely feel where they are though.

The top helps me keep mindful about my posture when doing my exercises.

So practically it is a very useful top, but there are two sides to every top. Namely, what does it look like? Well, I think it looks cool AF. The colour is great, the graphic design is subtle, and the panels give it a bit of a 3D look. I am very happy with this top.

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“When the demands of fast-paced, heavy-weight sport start to take their toll, gear your legs in SKINS K-PROPRIUM X-FIT Men’s Long Tights. We’ve combined our highest DNAmic Gradient Compression profile with Proprioceptive Power Bands to boost blood flow through your legs and stabilise active muscles to reduce risk of injury to your Achilles tendon, ITB and TFL when your legs start to tire.”

To go with the top, I got these tights for the same reason. I wanted tights to do the same job for my leg days.

These definitely do that. Again they are difficult to get on, which is a sign of quality in a compression item.

I like functional training. This means I am more likely to be doing Squats and Deadlifts, than being on Isolation machines.

I don’t think I ever want to do Leg Day without these tights again. They are brilliant. One example of why I believe this is that. When Squatting your knees have to slightly open up. If your knees come inwards, injuries can occur. With these tights on you can actually feel when your knees come in, it pulls on the tights. So it helps you be mindful of your form.

Let’s be honest over 90% of your results and injuries will be down to preparation and form. However if you can get a couple of extra percentage benefit from clothing, then it is something that should be considered. The less injuries you get, and the quicker your recovery, the quicker you can work out again.

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I have two pairs of Activewear shorts in Blue and Utility. I like these shorts for running in the summer. However I often wear them over the top of my tights when I am working out in the gym. As SKINS tights leave very little to the imagination. So there is a little tip for you.

“Made from lightweight, quick dry fabric, ACTIVEWEAR Network 4 Inch Shorts are designed to help you go the distance in maximum comfort. With strategically placed eyelets and laser cut details for added ventilation, these active shorts are ideal for summertime training.”

SKINS provided me with the items in exchange for an honest review.

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SKINS review: ACTIVEWEAR Avatar Singlet

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You can buy the reviewed item here: SKINS. At the time of writing it was a bargain at £15 due to a 50% sale. Still a good price at the usual £30.

If you are after a tank or vest top, this would be an excellent choice. It is designed to keep you cool and dry in the summer months.

The design is excellent, and it fits really nicely. It is a slimmer fit, but because the fabric is so soft you barely remember you are wearing anything. It is a perfect top for me to wear in the gym for weightlifting and indoor rowing. It is also a handy top for jogging in the hot weather. You really have to work up a major sweat before you notice any signs of it on the vest. The vest is very versatile, I have worn it with all my SKINS shorts and tights.

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The only negative I have with the top is that I have the Citron Marle (bright yellow) version, and it is like a homing beacon for these little beetle fly things we get where I live. Not sure if this is a problem all over or just in the North of England. So I can only wear this top in the gym now, it is too annoying to wear it outside in the summer.

Overall it is an excellent addition to the range of SKINS products I already have.

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SKINS provided me with the item for an honest review.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jarrett

Interview with Jarrett

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Introduce yourself

My name is Jarrett and I am 24 years old living in Virginia. I have been an active person all my life. I grew up playing sports and actually played 4 years of DIII basketball for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Now that my athletic career is over, I still try to remain in good shape by lifting weights and eating healthy foods that suit my lifestyle.

How did you eat before Carnivore?

Before carnivore, I ate like an average person would. I never counted calories or really even thought about what I was putting into my body. I ate some sort of vegetable with every meal and often consumed large protein shakes after workouts that had fruit, yogurt, and milk in them. I was eating 3 meals a day with some sort of snack in between usually.

Why did I try Carnivore?

I had a friend tell me about Shawn Baker and my friend actually made fun of the way Shawn Baker was eating and working out saying that what he was doing was not sustainable or smart. I checked out Shawn and his story fascinated me. My roommates went on a 2-week vacation to Europe so I figured I would give this all meat diet a 2-week trial run just to see if I could see any of the positive results that Shawn was talking about. Side note: I was never on a ketogenic diet prior to this. I jumped straight from my traditional way of eating right into carnivore. I did not experience any side effects in doing this such as keto flu, which does effect some people when starting out.

How do you personally approach carnivore?

I approach carnivore as a completely new lifestyle. I have embraced it and after the 2 weeks, there was no going back from there. Also, when it comes to this diet you can expect pushback from friends and family saying you’re crazy because you only consume meat. This does not bother me because most people telling you that you are crazy are not educated on the diet at all. All they hear is “all you eat is meat” but besides that I thoroughly enjoy this lifestyle and wish I would have discovered it sooner. Another approach I have taken with this diet is intermittent fasting. I normally fast for 16 hours then have an eating window of 8 hours.

What benefits have you seen from carnivore?

Everyone that commits to this diet will see different results because everyone is built differently but for me the benefits have been:

      1. Dropped over 20lbs since starting
      2. I wake up feeling more refreshed and awake
      3. I feel as if my recovery time is shorter
      4. My strength in the gym has gone up. All lifts have increased
      5. It’s a simple way of eating and is convenient
      6. I also feel more focused/mentally clear at work
      7. Learn how to cook a perfect steak.

What negatives have you found from the diet?

So far, I only experienced one negative and it has finally subsided. I was dealing with some bad diarrhoea when I started and my bowl movements were very frequent but after about 40 days this stopped and my bowl movements regulated and returned to normal.

Do you exercise on the Carnivore diet?

I exercise 6-7 days a week. I am addicted to the gym and love going and embrace that fact that when I’m grinding at 6am on the bike that I am bettering myself. Sometimes I’ll do a cardio session in the morning in a fasted state then do an evening workout after work. My workouts often consist of weight lifting, indoor cycling, battle ropes, and mobility work. I also play rec league basketball once a week.

What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap just yet?

My advice would first do research and see if this is something that is sustainable for you. Also, don’t let outside noise effect your process. If you need a lifestyle change that brings endless benefits then you should look into carnivore. It took me two weeks to get acclimated and I haven’t once thought about going back to a traditional diet. Also black coffee, green tea, and water is your best friend.

Do I think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet?

My prediction would be no. But honestly who cares. If you think this is something that can positively impact your life then it shouldn’t matter if this is an accepted way of living. DO YOU!!!

Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.

If anyone is interested in following me, I am on Instagram @mr.meatheals (KE edit: it was @dr.meatheals at time of writing), I will have to say though I am not an actual doctor. I had my roommate call me Dr.Meat because he said I was filling steak prescriptions for the house so when I made the Instagram and I thought it was comical and clever. I post regularly basically my meals and occasionally a short workout clip. Feel free to DM me and ask me any question you may have. I love sharing my story.

Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.

I feel great on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, that is N=1.

My wife is experiencing similar benefits to me, that is N=2.

This series of Carnivore Diet Success Stories, shows it could be N=Many.

If you have a Carnivore Diet success story you would like to share. Please get in touch with me or join the Facebook group Carnivore Diet Success Stories for inspiration, support and a meat loving community.

I have recently had issues with being #shadowbanned on Instagram for promoting Carnivore Diet Success Stories. I do not know if similar things will happen with Twitter, Facebook, and google in the future. So if you like these stories, please consider following this blog through WordPress, or sign up for my newsletter. This means you will be notified when each story is published. I do not use the newsletter for marketing or anything like that, it will simply send out Carnivore Diet Success Stories.

Now for the marketing bit haha.

You can read my newest book Carnivore Fit which is available on Amazon.

IMG_5358

I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery. Includes T-Shirts & hoodies. There is a greater range than pictured here.

I have an even wider range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.

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I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.

I am also a fan of Softstar Shoes for minimalist footwear, Quad Lock for sporting mobile phone accessories, Skulpt to measure body fat, and Cheesies for a Carnivore appropriate snack. I use these companies myself and recommend them.

I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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Softstar Shoes review – Dash RunAmoc – customised

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This review is for my new Dash RunAmoc’s, this is the fourth pair of SoftStar Shoes I have.

“Finally, a shoe you can slip on, lace-up…and forget about! From the streets to the trails, work meetings to the Leadville 100, these super soft, ridiculously flexible minimal shoes let you move lightly, strongly, and responsively through your daily journeys, no matter where they may take you. Available with two VibramTM sole options to let you choose your own adventure, your classic Dash RunAmocs will quickly become your new favorite mode of transportation!

  • Made with Premium, responsibly-sourced leathers
  • Choose your VibramTM rubber sole: 5mm Trail sole or 2mm Street sole
  • Zero drop sole between toe and heel
  • Spacious toe box allows feet to stretch comfortably
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon using US-sourced materials”

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I am a minimalist shoe convert. I got into minimalist running a couple of years ago. I loved the freedom of running almost barefoot. Then it dawned on me that I was running in minimalist shoes, but spending the rest of my day to day life in normal shoes. I thought this was pretty silly.

I have found that the range Softstar Shoes offers, enables you to live a full minimalist lifestyle. I have the Hawthorne’s for more formal occasions and for work. I have the Moc3s for shorter road running and for the gym. Then I have 2 pairs of RunAmocs for an everyday shoe.

I felt I needed a second pair of RunAmocs for 2 reasons. Firstly, vanity. My other pair were brown. So I wanted a black pair, as certain chino and jean combinations go with brown and black shoes. Secondly, and the most important is that I do put these through a lot of use.

I wear RunAmocs for longer distance road runs, trail runs, indoor rowing, weight lifting, dog walking, hiking, shopping, and importantly going to the pub!

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I decided to go with a customized RunAmoc this time. I had in mind a mainly black shoe with some white in it, as my favourite football team is Newcastle United. However when playing around with the colour combinations, I found that Silver looked better. So I went with that.

The customiser on the site is very simple to use, and the mock up of the shoe is excellent. So you have a very good idea of what you are getting. It only took a couple of minutes to get a design I wanted. This was probably a bit easier for me, as I knew what size I would need and what soles I prefer. I always go with the 5mm trail sole, so I am not limited with what I can do in them.

As I have mentioned I put all my Softstar Shoes through a lot of vigorous use. I have had zero quality issues with any of them. This is incredible because they are so soft, so you would think they would wear out quickly. They do not, all my shoes are still in very good condition and I have had my first RunAmocs for 2 years.

So in conclusion, my new RunAmocs are excellent and I highly recommend the brand in general.

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Softstar shoes provided me with the shoes, in exchange for an honest review.

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SKINS review: Activewear Bolmen Hoodie & Pants

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“Keep the chill out wherever you go with SKINS ACTIVEWEAR Men’s Bolmen Light Fleece Hoodie. Made from light, warm technical fleece with an athletic design, this hoodie is the perfect cozy layer to pull on for sport, walks, resting or traveling in cool weather conditions.”

“Rest day or race day, SKINS ACTIVEWEAR Men’s Bolmen Light Fleece Pants are your go-to cool-weather layer to pull on when temperatures start to drop. Made from light and warm technical fleece and finished with a tapered leg design and handy side pockets, it’s designed for toasty cozy comfort while you’re training, recovering or relaxing.”

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I would say that this Hoodie and Pants combo is perfect for Autumn and Spring use. I do not think that they are warm enough for the depths of winter. I have the Active Linear Tech Fleece Hoodie and Pants. They are better for colder weather.

As long as you are aware of that, then overall these are excellent. As is everything from SKINS to be fair.

They are more of a relaxed fit than I am used to from SKINS, as a whole the company is definitely more on the slim fit side of life. These are more of a lounging around on the couch fit.

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The hoodie has a nice length, and a comfortable laid back feel to it. It has a simple logo design and an almost vintage/retro feel.

The pants are great also. They have a very comfortable waist, that sits nicely on your hips. The cut of the leg is nicely fitted but still relaxed. There is one problem with them, which is the same with any man wearing grey jogging bottoms. It puts your package right out there for the world to see. So you just have to rock that aspect haha. For the most part, I wear the hoodie and pant on the way to and from the gym. Leaving them in the locker whilst I work out. I would have no issues wearing the hoodie to the shops or the pub, with some chinos. I would never wear the pants to the pub or shops though, as I am not 12.

I have been wearing SKINS for a couple of years now. I have seen them grow their range nicely over his time. You can now own SKINS products for a wide range of exercise pursuits. I am very impressed.

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SKINS provided me with the items for an honest review.

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SKINS review: Bergmar men’s short sleeve top

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I have two of these tops, one in Utility/Marle and one in Navy Blue Marle.

SKINS ACTIVEWEAR Men’s Bergmar Round Neck Short Sleeve Tee combines moisture managing jersey fabrics with anti-odour features to keep you active and comfortable during warm weather sessions. Whether it’s strength, cardio, flexibility or team sport on your active plan, this light t-shirt is a must for everyday sweat sessions.”

At the time of writing this top was £35. For me, this is excellent value for money.

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The fit is ridiculously good. It is the exact fit I like. It is slim fitting and hugs your body. However, it doesn’t look like it is trying too hard to be slim fitting. You know the types of t-shirts I mean, where it looks like someone is wearing body paint.

It also hugs your shoulders and biceps nicely. So if you have some definition in these areas, these t-shirts will definitely show them off nicely. The neck is cut quite tight and high up compared to the average t-shirt. If I knew this before, it might have put me off from getting them. This would have been a mistake. The neckline is very comfortable and it makes your traps look bigger too.

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I mainly wear these t-shirts in the gym. They are very stylish, however, they are also practical and do not interfere in any gym movements. Whether that is weight lifting or cardio. Unless you are an overly sweaty person, it is very difficult to get visible sweat marks in these t-shirts. Which is obviously another bonus.

As with a lot of the SKINS products, you would be brave to wear these if you were overweight or self-conscious. However if you are in decent shape or rock whatever shape you are, then I would highly recommend this top. If you are on the edge of two sizes, I personally would recommend going for the bigger size.

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SKINS provided me these tops for an honest review.