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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
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)
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.
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.
I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.
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