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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Heather aka The Wife

Interview with Heather

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Heather AKA The Wife, and I am married to Steven AKA Ketogenic Endurance! I am a fur-mama to our rescue lurchers, Bambi and Luna. I enjoy camping, walking, running, gym, photography and general self-improvement.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

A variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. At worst, I’ve eaten what I want, when I want, with a ‘life’s too short not to enjoy yourself’ attitude. I dabbled in vegetarianism for (misplaced) ethical reasons but this lasted less than a year, as I experienced strong cravings for a traditional Sunday Roast! Most dietary decisions I’ve made were with weight loss in mind – I lost significant amounts of weight on the Weight Watchers and Slimming World diets, however, I found them unsatisfying and therefore difficult to sustain. When Steven discovered the ketogenic diet, I tried it short term but gave up after some stomach issues and struggled to get back on track. I later focused on the Perfect Health Diet, which was quite easy for me and resulted in some modest weight loss.  I was eating meat/fish with ‘safe starches’ (mainly potatoes and basmati rice) and vegetables. So in summer 2017, at 5 feet 1 inch in height, I weighed around 9st 5lbs, so although my BMI was still in the healthy range, I was very close to being overweight.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Steven had already tried carnivore and had experienced some positive changes to body composition. At this time I was still on the Perfect Health Diet, so I would come home from work, walk the dogs, then begin preparing what I thought was a balanced meal using a variety of cooking methods, loads of pans, and taking a lot of time! I would be lucky to start eating by 8pm. Steven on the other hand, would have his meal ready in less than 10 minutes – one ingredient (steak!); one pan; no planning or preparation required. One night I was particularly tired, so I thought why not try the meat on it’s own, and forego the starches and vegetables. I thought the meal would be boring, but I was wrong! And it was such a luxury to save all of that time. I basically tried the carnivore diet through laziness!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I try to keep it simple the majority of the time, particularly throughout the working week. Breakfasts and lunches during the week include things like gluten-free sausages and hard boiled eggs, cooked in advance. If I haven’t prepared anything, then I will buy a bacon sandwich but discard the bread. My evening meal is always the biggest meal of the day and might include pan-fried steak, roast lamb, pork chops, homemade burger patties, roast chicken thighs, cheese, eggs, or a combination of these things. I don’t worry about being in ketosis, but I do cook with butter a lot of the time. I love homemade bone broth but don’t make it as often as I should. I still drink tea, milky coffee (full-fat milk of course!) and occasionally alcohol. If I am socialising or on holiday, I do not stay carnivore, I just eat whatever I fancy.

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

Weight loss! Very quickly, and I’ve maintained it easily. Not just weight loss; people tell me that my body shape has completely changed. As I’ve already mentioned, I am 5 feet 1 inch in height – at my heaviest, in summer 2017, I was around 9st 5lbs, with a BMI of 24.7 (25.1 would be considered overweight). I started the carnivore diet at the beginning of December 2017 and on 13 January 2018 I was down to 8st 2lbs. On 24 March 2018, I weighed 7st 8lbs, with a very healthy BMI of 20.7. I have hovered around 7 and a half stone ever since, despite numerous holidays and ‘cheat days’! I feel energetic, I sleep better, and my skin has improved. I also tan much more easily on carnivore.

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

My alcohol tolerance was never very high but has reduced even further since starting this way of eating. I can’t think of anything else particularly negative! I do still eat non-carnivore foods on occasion, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out. It’s actually easier for me to be carnivore during the working week anyway.

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

I’ve been running regularly for about 1 year, specifically training for a half marathon. This will continue as I have registered for another half marathon next year. I go to the gym twice a week – kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands, and resistance machines. I also walk my dogs for 1-2 hours per day. I try to do yoga for 10 minutes every day but I’m not too strict about this.

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

Don’t worry too much about what other people think. People may tell you that this way of eating is no good for you – if you are reading this blog then I assume you’ve done your research; trust your judgement.

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

I would like it to be more mainstream, to benefit as many individuals as possible. My own journey is predominantly centered around weight loss, however, there are claims that this way of eating has helped many people to overcome a variety of physical and mental health conditions.

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

I can be found on www.instagram.com/heather.and.the.hounds. Feel free to say hello!

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different 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.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • 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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Mariela

Interview by Mariela

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Introduce Yourself.

Hi! My name is Mariela, I was born and raised along the US/Mexico border (El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico). I currently live in the Chicago suburbs.  I am a Speech Language Pathologist, Published Author, Actress, Keto Coach and fitness enthusiast.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate low carb for 12 years with a lot of success (and three pregnancies), then went vegan for 6 years (worse decision I ever made) and my health declined in so many ways. So after being hospitalized, I had to leave veganism and I came back to low carb.  First doing Keto and then Carnivore.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Once I started Keto, I realized I had damaged my gut from years of veganism, so I realized I had so many issues with certain foods. I had to remove dairy, veggies and nuts, to heal my digestion/gut, as they were very causing so much inflammation/bloating and water retention. I have had to re-build my gut with digestive enzymes and I am healing one day at a time. So I transitioned to Carnivore and focused on foods from the animal kingdom and all my gut microbiome issues are improving as well as my IBS/digestive issues and regularity.

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How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat intuitively….When I started, I used to have a snack here and there, but now I find out that I do not need them. I now eat 2 meals a day, as I am used to this now and I am not hungry outside this window period. I focus on meat for most meals, but do incorporate eggs almost daily, and from time to time will have other animal sources (chicken, fish, and pork). I used to have some coconut cream with my coffee since I cannot tolerate dairy, so I figured out a way to make egg cream and I replaced it with the coconut cream and it is just amazing! I also use Ketocream when on the go. I used to only have 1 cup of coffee per day as I used to be addicted to caffeine, but now I do not need it. In the past few weeks, I have been able to wean myself off caffeine completely and I have felt amazing. I never thought I could do it as my addiction to coffee was so severe. From time to time, I eat a little bit of 100% unsweetened chocolate. This way of eating allows you to run on Ketones as energy and you can go longer between meals, and intermittent fasting is a daily practice (between 18-22 hours till my first meal) this allows for healing of the mitochondria, autophagy (replacing old parts of the cells) to occur, it fights inflammation, boots brain function and neurodegenerative diseases, boosts metabolism, increases growth hormone secretion, delays aging, extends longevity, immune system reset and regeneration, improves insulin sensitivity, prevents cancers, speeds up metabolism, clears skin/prevents acne and contributes to self-enlightenment. My longest IF period has been around 40 hours and I felt amazing the entire time.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

I have lost body fat, gained muscle (a lot!) and maintaining it even when I don’t work out, improved sleep quality, digestion improved/IBS relief, regularity, I feel full and satiated eating nourishing foods, no cravings, control of food, reduced hunger, mental clarity, more energy, cognitive sharpness, reduction in swelling/body inflammation, skin appears clearer, plumper/less wrinkles, hair/nails growing back stronger and faster, I feel happier on a constant high, I have a lot of energy which is stable throughout the day, without caffeine or stimulants, less sleep, I wake up wide-eyed, fresh with tons of energy. I have improved endurance and recovery during workouts. I just feel in the present moment and connected to everything.

What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

None really! I love the way I feel and love the foods I eat. I am healing from within and do not feel any negatives from eating Carnivorous.

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

I do! I have tons of energy, but currently, I actually work out less but do try to do resistance/weight training 2-3 x per week and Pilates on a reformer 1-2 x per week. I do cardio- bike/elliptical/rowing/HIIT (15-20 minutes). I stretch and breathe in between exercises to reduce cortisol levels while exercising. Lately, with work and family, I have not been able to work out as much as I like, but my body’s recomposition continues to improve, despite the limited physical activity, which has been a nice surprise. When I was a vegan, if I stopped working out (on vacation, traveling, etc.), I would lose my gains fairly quickly.

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

Just do it! I feel like the best way to know is self-experimentation. I am always trying new things, modifying/adapting and you cannot truly know if something will work until you try it. I have pretty much tried every diet under the sun, and this one has by far yielded the best results and overall improvement in overall health and wellbeing and I am reaping those benefits day by day. Patience is key and while many people throw the towel too soon, and do not allow their body to heal because they want a quick fix. This is unrealistic after years of dieting, metabolic damage and abuse to your body, metabolism, and health. Give your body time, after a while; it will learn to trust you again. In time, all the benefits you seek will be attained.  I am always researching, learning how to biohack your mind and body to become the BEST version you can become. Why would you fall short in your path of acquiring a strong body, and a sharp mind and neurological functioning? I believe I have found the Holy Grail and I am happy to share my success and help others along their journey.

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

I feel it will. I love that there is a lot of research going on (for both Keto and Carnivore), which is expanding on the truth about the benefits of cholesterol and protein consumption and understanding the negative and dangerous effects of sugar. Amazing researchers and physicians are giving us so much wealth of information and are paving the way for new research and medical data such as Dr. D’Agostino, Dr. Champ, Dr. Westman, Dr. Enfeelt, Dr. Gustin, Dr. Peterson- just to name a few, along with thousands of case studies that are arising daily, such as Dr. Baker’s n=many, as we are all paving the way for showing the positive effects of the carnivore and ketogenic diets. I am my own case study and have a tonne of intrinsic and extrinsic data to back it up! The fact is that we are finding more and more personal stories (case studies) adding up to the ever-growing data and strengthening the research.

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

I urge people to educate themselves and re-learn everything they think you know about nutrition and health. Many physicians/nutritionists still follow outdated/outmoded research and clinical methods and still recommend low fat, grains and plant-based diets, which will not only make you sick but ill.

Plant-based and veganism is NOT a sustainable long-term way of eating…I am NOT the only one who has suffered the ill effects of a vegan diet…so many vegans I know from different circles, have too stopped being vegan for the same reasons/struggles/issues. Even pioneer/leaders in the vegan movement after 30 years have returned to eating meat. Many people feel better at first, but over time, the vegan diet starts causing all sorts of issues and your body begins breaking down. Sure you can survive on a vegan diet, but you will NEVER thrive, instead, your body will break down. That is why I feel that the vegan agenda cannot be fulfilled, because many people cannot tolerate sugars/carbs/vegetables. Who are those people? People with autoimmune disorders, Hashimoto’s Disease, graves disease, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, heart disease, IBS/Gut issues, joint issues, mood, and neurological disorders, children and many more. So a vegan/plant-based diet is actually detrimental to these populations and instead these groups of people need to eat a sugar-free, grain and even vegetable-free diets focusing on foods from the animal kingdom in order to heal and live an optimal life, free of disease. There is no other option.

Children should never eat a vegan diet, so many research articles and cases showing the dangers of veganism on developing children. Their development stalls, they suffer from chronic nutritional deficiencies and cognitive decline. You have to understand how your body works and what it needs to survive and thrive.

For me personally, It was very hard to detach from the “Vegan” label, but what is a label worth, if it destroys the very thing you are trying to attain?

I know many people are in different points along their journey on health, so I wish I had learned this a lot sooner and is why I am sharing my story in the hope I can help others find their path to true healing, optimal health and learn the truth. I am not asking them to believe me- I am urging others to do their research on their own.

There are many Facebook groups for ex vegans recovering “Restoration Health Vegan Recovery” and “Raw Wisdom” and so many YouTube stories of “Ex-Vegans”….if anyone is doubtful, just research a little and you’ll find the ugly truth. The information is out there, you just have to be unbiased and realize you may be wrong, but accepting that, moving forward with change takes bravery. Being brave, knowing you will encounter opposition, takes courage. No matter how long or strenuous the journey will be, you and your health are worth it.

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You can follow my journey and/or if interested in coaching services you can contact me at:

http://www.marielastewart.com

https://www.instagram.com/mariela_n_stewart

https://www.facebook.com/MarielaNStewart/

https://twitter.com/marielanstewart

 

 

Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different 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.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • 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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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Bronson

Interview with Bronson

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1) Introduce Yourself.


My name is Bronson Dant. I’m 46 years old. I’ve been following a carnivore diet for almost 8 months. I’m former US Army, spent 20+ years in IT, and currently own a Fitness Center in Ellicott City, Maryland, USA. As a fitness professional, my goals are about improving health and wellness. I’m very happy with what I’ve seen from the carnivore diet and its impact on all aspects of fitness and health.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was somewhere between regular paleo and keto. No processed grains, low sugar, and some veggies. I’m a bourbon guy, so that was in there a few times a week as well. Percentage-wise, I never really keep track. I followed the “that looks like enough” method of portion sizing.


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

A) Improve my bathroom experience

B) I was tired of losing strength when I lost body fat and gaining body fat when I added strength. I wanted to see if I could get stronger and leaner at the same time.

C) I wanted to see if there was any validity to the things I was hearing, in case I could use this diet to help my clients.

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’ll try and keep this short… I’m balancing a couple things. First I’m working through what will work for me. Second I’m testing things out so I have an idea of how things could work for others.

The first 6 months were very strict and I went through periods of tracking everything to tracking nothing. I wanted to see how easy it was to maintain certain numbers without having to obsess over the amounts.

The last two months I’ve added cheese, some condiments, and even had ice cream once a week. I wanted to see if the additional carbs made any change or if my body was able to “dual-burn” after being fat adapted for so long. (sneak peek: numbers haven’t changed yet…..)

Next on my list is to go strict again, test OMAD, and then try calculated carb cycling with my workouts to see what effect it may have. There are so many things to learn. It’s never-ending.

My overall take on carnivore is that for a majority of people, it is a fantastic elimination diet. It can be a long-term diet for some people, but there has to be a certain sense of “rightness” that a person feels with this way of eating in order to make it work. I’ve mentored enough people in my 6-week program to know that transitioning to a low % keto is much more sustainable for most people. I’m leaning more towards promoting what I’d call a “Meat-Based” diet than trying to force 100% carnivore down people’s throats.


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

I  went from 17% body fat to 9.5%. Overall I’ve gained a few pounds of muscle. My testosterone has increased. My LDL numbers all got better. My Inflammation markers have stayed good. My bathroom experience has been a life-changing experience. No muss, no fuss.

I’m able to workout 2-3 days more per week than I was before. My recovery time is greatly reduced. I’m able to get more training in the same amount of time. This plus less body fat, and more muscle has contributed to many, many new personal records in strength and high-intensity workouts.


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

It is easy to see how one could get bored with the reduced color and flavor options. You’ve gotta be creative and remind yourself why you are following the diet.

I’m not 100% sold on the question of micro-nutrients. I’ve been doing research on what’s in various kinds of meat and I’m finding some small holes with some vitamins and minerals. Nothing I can conclude yet, but I’m not sure everything is in meat……

That being said, I’m also not sure everything NEEDS to be in the meat. The RDA’s we follow are based on a diet that is so far away from what carnivore is, we have no idea to what level there is or if there is any overlap between the two. We don’t need vitamin C, or fiber like we once thought. Who knows what else we don’t need as much of, when we remove carbs from our diet.

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

Crossfit, working out is awesome. I feel great every day! Remember I’m 46 years old I have herniated discs in my neck. I found CrossFit when I was 40 and it’s done nothing but make me better.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQNHT0GyHGsfJTUTGdTTQyVIoWPxdpoAg
Here’s the basic template that I work off of.
– Monday: Heavy Lower
– Tuesday: Heavy Upper
– Wednesday: Active Recovery, Accessory work
– Thursday: Hypertrophy Lower
– Friday: Hypertrophy Upper
– Saturday: Rest
– Sunday: Accessory, Skill work

A typical workout for me goes something like this.

10:00 Warm-up
15:00 to 20:00 Main lift
10:00 to 15:00 Secondary lift/Superset work
10:00 to 20:00 Metcon
10:00 to 15:00 Accessory/Finishing work

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

Do your research, decide how you want to start and don’t change anything from that plan for the first 3 months. It’s so frustrating to work with people who want to make a change every single week. It takes time and you have to give it time before you make changes.

Have a measurable goal. If you don’t define what you want to get out of this then you won’t be as successful as you could be.


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

Nope. Although I guess you’d have to define what mainstream means. Will millions of people follow it, probably not. Keto has a better chance of that.


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

There are a ton of things I could add but I’ll let you guys follow me on my blog and social media for all that. I have become passionate about what this diet can do and learning how it does it. I’m just a guy asking questions and sharing the answers I find with you.

http://themeatlife.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themeatlife/
@the_meatlife on Instagram

I wrote a short book about a bunch of the things I learned during the first few months I was doing this. It’s a quick summary of some eye-opening information that has drastically changed the way I view modern medicine, nutrition, and everything I thought I knew about health. https://goo.gl/QKTAsj

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different 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.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • 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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Guest Post – Keto Smart Coffee

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Snacking on Keto? Really?

One of the great benefit of a High Fat Low Carb diet is that you don’t feel the need to snacking during the day. When you have three hearty meals full of healthy fats hunger is kept at bay for hours after each meal. And that is great! Probably you are doing a great job regarding your diet, you are highly motivated and please keep doing what you do.

But this is not always the case, isn’t?

Many of us, including myself, have to deal with the chaotic pattern of the modern way of life. Irregular working hours; the meeting that kept longer; an unexpected travel that supposed to end today but it didn’t; a long traffic line that ruined your schedule; that spreadsheet file of 4500 lines of raw data that needs to be processed right now. And the list can go on for many pages. For some of us, it is not always applicable to program our meals, our day to day activities and to be always 100% focused.

Hey, that is ok. This is life and we don’t give up our nutritional goals. A Keto diet is more than planning your meals; it is a way of loving yourself and taking care your body.

If this is the case, then snacking some days may be a powerful tool to maintain your willpower, your focus and boost your energy in times of great need.

What a Keto Friendly Snack should be about?

There are hundreds of options in the market that offers a great variety of products. But when it comes to snacking on a keto diet there are some things we need to consider.

Firstly, a snack is not a meal replacement. Therefore, it should contains enough calories to boost you up until your next meal, but not so much. Anything around 60-120 kcal should do the job and keep you going. More calories may affect your appetite and less might not be enough to keep the hunger away.

Most importantly, a keto friendly snack should contain as energy source healthy natural fats. There is nothing worse than taking an unhealthy snack especially when you are trying hard to keep your keto diet in a balance.

Lastly, a snack should be easy to carry with you and also be an all day option meaning that it will be pleasant to consume regardless the time of the day.

Keto friendly coffee and creamers

One of the best option for snacking is a coffee with a fat based creamer, low in carbs and full with healthy fats. Coffee is an all day beverage, including the non caffein version (decaf). As a product is easy to carry around and most of the time easy to make, as a standard ingredient to provide the hot water and sometimes your creamer of choice.

The average keto friendly coffees (or creamers) that are available on the market right now offer around 6.5 grams of fats with the most frequently calorie content around 70. Most of them use MCT as fat source but there are other options as well like butter, DHA Omega 3 and Sunflower.

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KETO Smart coffee is the only instant coffee mix packed with 10 grams of olive oil. Olive oil is one of the best fat source because it is more than just a fat. It contains other nutrients like natural antioxidants and has unique health benefits. Olive oil has a omega 6:omega 3 ratio and it is full with monounsaturated fats.

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Yes, monounsaturated fats. If you are a supporter of saturated fats on keto diet you may find this a little bit disturbing, but 10 grams of olive oil daily as a snack is only 4-10% (depending on your goals) of the total fat that you should consume daily. Olive oil should be included on your diet because you may benefit of the unique nutritional profile; remember it is not only a fat source but a healthy natural juice full of other ingredients. It is also contains saturated fats; less than MCTs or coconut oil but still does!

For that reason we believe that olive oil in a snack may be an extremely useful and healthy choice in ketogenic diets. Keto Smart coffee with olive oil has a calorie content around 100 Kcal and offers almost double fat of the majority of other coffees and creamers. As a Greek Company we are using our expertise in olive oil and inside a Keto smart product you will find only the best extra virgin olive oil. We are even using Stevia from local producers to get the utmost of the rich Greek agriculture and to ensure the premium high end quality of a natural tasty hot beverage.

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Ketogenic Endurance – this is not something I would buy myself, as I don’t currently consume Olive Oil. However I am all for helping out up and coming Keto companies and products, by giving them a bit of exposure. 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Rachel

Interview with Rachel

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Rachel.  Mom of two kids (9 and 11).  Fitness fan. Love for life. I geek out on science and nutrition.  I never stop reading and learning and expanding.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate almost vegetarian/vegan at some points in my life. No beef or pork for over 5 years until going keto.  5 months into keto I craved red meat and bacon. It’s now been 1.5years since starting keto and I am almost 100% carnivore.  Quite a big shift from salads and veggies at every meal.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was in a Carnivore cutting challenge. I had always been intrigued by it and this was a good chance to use a program to eat meat and get shredded.

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I first started Carnivore I was cutting.  I ate lean meat and lowered my fat significantly from my keto beginnings.  I found it difficult to stick to and eventually went to fattier cuts of meat and a bit of added fat again (in coffee and butter or bacon fat on meat).  I no longer track anything and eat very intuitively. I often fast, doing 16-8 and have a coffee with MCT or HWC in the morning. Yes, my Carnivore Diet includes coffee and MCT powder.  But otherwise there is no “cheating” and no cravings to eat anything other than animal products.

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

Mental clarity, boundless energy, need less sleep, better digestion, even moods, less soreness, better gym performance, better body composition, stronger hair and nails.

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

None.  Mostly just trying to make things work with my family so that everyone feels included and understands why I am making this dietary choice.

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

I have always worked out. I love bodybuilding style training, HIIT, yoga, rowing machines… Since going Carnivore my strength is improving, my endurance on the rower is improving, and my recovery is great.

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

If you are curious I think trying keto first is a good step to get in the meat and fat eating game. Eventually cut out treats, sweeteners, and plants.  If you are into going full force into the diet, then plan ahead in the beginning. Have a freezer, fridge full of a variety of meats, always have eggs and bacon in the fridge, eat pork rinds when you feel snacky, and don’t be concerned with macros – just eat fatty meat, and eat it until you are full.

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

I do.  Maybe it won’t be a huge percent of the population but I think it is slowly gaining momentum.  Keto is growing also and I think Carnivoe is so close to the keto diet that some of us naturally went to this particular version of it.  It’s always going to be different for each individual so it’s a little bit harder to market to the masses.

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

@rachelc_ketofit  – instagram

Honestly Keto –  free facebook group

Rachel Cogan Keto Fit – facebook fitness page

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Gina

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I have been low carb since January 2016. I started with the Ketogenic Diet, and I have been on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet (eBook) since October 2017. I love this way of eating but there are only so many times I can blog about how great I feel. So I decided to get other people to tell you how great they feel instead!

This is a really touching story from Gina, and I am sure it will resonate with a lot of people.

If you have a Carnivore Diet success story you would like to share. Please get in touch with me.

Interview With Gina

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Gina, Soon to be 34 female. 5’6, 135lb. Hair stylist and artist.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Growing up, I ate pretty balanced diet. I had a healthy relationship with food and my body until high school. A comment from my older brother about how much I was eating at a meal and that I was going to be fat made me suddenly very aware of my body. I had never felt self conscious until that very moment. So began years of restriction and over exercising. I would say from 18-25 were my worst years. Painfully thin and miserable. My parents lovingly and very supportively intervened and helped me get the help I needed. I got somewhat better but still struggled with obsessive exercise and control issues with food.

From 25-31, I ate high protein, low fat, and high carb, high fiber, gluten free diet. Huge plates of plain roasted , unsalted vegetables. Chicken breasts. Tons of processed “healthy” snack foods. I’d often consume 70g of fiber a day. I was drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day. All while calculating and stressing over how to fit alcohol into my already miserably low calorie allowance I had given myself.

I transitioned to low carb high fat which eventually and thankfully led me hear today.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After having physical, mental, and emotional improvements from going low carb, I still wanted to feel better. That mental clarity helped me realize and see the bigger picture of total health and wellness, not just how I looked or having “control” over food and numbers. I had new goals like getting off of SSRI’s and healing my gut and reproductive health (years of amenorrhea)

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I personally would say I am 98% carnivore. I still have my coffee with a splash of cream. I will occasionally have a small serving of romaine lettuce for a side salad. Or say a few pickles on a burger. But since March when I transitioned to carnivore, the desire for even that 2% of “other stuff” becomes less and less. I’m consuming about 2-3lbs of meat a day. I typically don’t eat before 2:00pm during the week, usually consuming 2 meals a day. On the weekends, to enjoy social situations like a Sunday brunch, I won’t fast.

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

Most importantly and dramatically, within the first week, my anxiety and mood swings were gone. I had begun tapering my anti-anxiety meds but still felt this anxiety over actually ever being able to be off of them. After that first week, I tapered down even further, and after one month I was off of them completely! Being peaceful and happy has a huge impact on not only how I feel, but how I interact with friends family and loved ones. I could hide it so well but it was so hard. I would turn down many social situations. Now I want to be out and about and experience whatever I can.

Low carb high fat had brought my cycle back, it was becoming more regular, but it was still not quite right. I have had my cycle on time since March. I never expected that to work that dramatically. I feel very in tune again with my symptoms. Also, those symptoms aren’t nearly as bad on carnivore as they were before. I used to be in tears sometimes, now I get a little puffy in the midsection and mild cramping. That’s it!

My hair is incredible on carnivore. It’s growing, shiny, and my natural curls are prettier than ever. Same with my nails. My skin used to be SO dry. Now, it’s even and glowing.

When I was eating my old diet, I was constantly bloated. I literally looked pregnant. I have been lifting regularly for over a decade so my arms would look nice but I would have to wear flowy shirts because it looked odd that someone that was fairly lean had such a bloated stomach. Now, other than before my cycle, my stomach is always flat and calm. Never upset. My legs have leaned out dramatically as well. Cellulite diminished.

The first few weeks of carnivore I definitely felt weak but then it was almost overnight that the transition period seemed to lift and I felt normal again. My lifts have improved, I feel strong, my joints never ache anymore.

Professionally, it’s incredible how much better I perform. I have mental clarity and energy to be on my feet all day long and still go home feeling great.

Budget wise, it’s saved me so much time and money! Grocery shopping is quick and painless. When I was a carb addict, grocery shopping was torture and I would spend so much money on snacks and “trying new things”. It’s like I was an addict surrounded by shelves and shelves stocked full of my favorite drug! Now I buy what I need, eat it, and I don’t spend a dime more.

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

The negatives seemed to only exist on the beginning and they quickly solved themselves. Learning to listen to hunger signals, learning what meats work and don’t work well for me, etc.  Now I’m trying to honestly think of anything negative concerning my diet and Nothing comes to mind. It’s perhaps still a struggle for others to see me eat this way but again, not a negative for me.

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

I have been lifting and even over exercising for a long time probably in an attempt to out exercise a bad diet. Now I lift heavy full body two days a week. I stay active and do light circuits the other days. I purchased the Mind Pump RGB bundle last year and it’s been so good! I encourage anyone that wants to purchase solid programming to check it out.

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

I always tell people that if they can persevere for years on a diet that makes them feel miserable, what’s the risk in just trying something else for thirty days? You literally have nothing to lose and SO much to potentially gain. If after thirty days it doesn’t work, your old crappy diet will always be there!

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

I can only hope so but if it is, I think it will take a long time.

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

I just want to thank everyone else on the same journey because it’s been incredibly helpful to learn from others.

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I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.

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Guest Post: What is intensity and how to make it work for you

I would like to thank Bronson for doing this post. I hope you enjoy it.

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You just finished your workout and you are sweaty, gasping for air, laying on the floor barely able to get up on your knees and slowly crawl over to a bench to recover your senses, when you hear it from across the room….

“That wasn’t so bad.”

“Are you freaking serious?!?!”, you ask yourself, “That sucked, what’s wrong with that guy?!”.

There’s nothing wrong that guy. He’s just working at a different level of intensity.

But I thought to get any benefit from exercise you had to crush yourself every time.

Sure you can, but you don’t have to. In fact, a good fitness program will have varying levels of intensity in every single workout.

What is Intensity?

There are three things to consider when talking about intensity. (I’ll try and make this part quick, we could fall down a hole and get lost….where is that rabbit?)

Absolute Intensity

This is the work actually being done. If you move 100 pounds, then you just moved 100 pounds. If you ran 1 mile, then you just ran 1 mile. That’s it. The work being completed is the absolute intensity.

Relative Intensity

This is basically the % of the effort required to complete the work based on an individual’s level of fitness. If the most you can move is 200 pounds and you move 100 pounds, then your relative intensity is 50%. If Nancy can move 400 pounds and she moves 100 pounds, then her relative intensity is 25%.

The focus of any fitness program should be to increase your ability in both of these areas.

Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

This is the one that gets people all messed up and this is where we’re going to focus our discussion. RPE is 100% based on how hard a person feels they are working.

Here’s why RPE can be so confusing and why it’s hard for people to actually workout as hard as they may want to or think they are.

When most people talk about intensity in a workout, they’re talking about RPE. “That workout crushed me!” It’s a subjective observation about how much energy they feel they put into the work. In most cases, it has nothing to do with how much work they actually did. (See: The Do More Work Blog) This is the same as when someone says, “Oh, that wasn’t so bad.”.

These two points of view can and often do exist at the same time.

They’re all related

When you first start a new fitness routine everything seems hard. You aren’t worried about how much weight you’re using or how fast you do the work. You’re just worried about getting through the workout. You want to perform the movements safely and correctly and that’s where your focus is (and should be).

Your Absolute and Relative Intensities are low. Your RPE is high. Everything seems hard.

After a while, you get more comfortable with the movements and you sense that you can go faster or use a heavier weight. Your Absolute and Relative Intensities are increasing. As these increase, your RPE is decreasing. The work “feels” easier even though you may be doing more work.

The key is to find a way to increase your RPE again. This is the glue that ties the effort you put into a workout and the improvement of your overall fitness together.

Here’s the kicker

How do you know when this happens and what to do about it? Obviously, if the work feels easier then you should make it harder right? Isn’t that what getting better is all about?

The amount of work you can do as you get more in shape should increase. How hard it feels to do that work should stay the same.

This is what trips people up. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard a relatively new person tell me that the workouts aren’t challenging anymore. “I’m getting bored, the workouts aren’t hard enough.”

My response…. “Then make it harder.”

What’s written on the whiteboard does not determine how hard you work or the effort you put into it. If you feel like the workouts are easy, it’s because you’re getting better! Now go make it hard again!

Missing the point

If your fitness program is working, you will and should, reach a period where things seem easier than they did before. You will know this by how you feel. If you are tracking your performance, you’ll know it by looking at the evidence in the numbers.

If you aren’t tracking your performance then it’s going to be very hard to know when it’s time to increase your RPE through additional Relative Intensity in your workouts.

You won’t know how fast you did this workout last time so you can try and go faster this time. You won’t know what weight you used last time so you can use a heavier weight this time.

Anyone who is not tracking their performance is not serious about improving their health. They can’t be, it’s the most important part of the process.

Getting better in three easy steps

There are 3 things that affect or create an intensity that you can use to improve your fitness and get a more intense feeling out of your workouts.

Technique – Focus on getting better at executing a movement. The better you perform a movement, the more you’ll get out of it.

Weight – Lifting or moving more weight than you did before is a hallmark for improving your fitness. How can you expect gains if you always pick up the same dumbbell?

Time – The speed at which you move is a sure fire way to get more intensity into your workouts. How much more speed? Only your past performance can tell you that.

Past performance is the map that will guide you to improved health and fitness.

Just the beginning

Here’s the really cool part of the whole process.

Intensity works two ways!

Because fitness is a personal journey, each person has different needs. While one person may be looking for more intensity, another may need less.

Someone new to fitness needs less intensity as their body and central nervous system grows into the new routine. A person who just had back surgery needs a level of intensity that their newly repaired body can handle without breaking again.

Whatever fitness program you choose, make sure it has coaching and flexibility to allow for whatever level of intensity YOU need. There is no “one size fits all” in fitness. Your story and goals are different. Your training should be too.

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