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Carnivore Diet success stories – Jordan

Interview with Jordan

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Jordan Snow! I was raised in Florida, but now I reside in Chicago, IL. I am 29 years old, married and mother to two boxer dogs. I grew up as an athlete that had zero knowledge about nutrition except that “veggies are good and fat is bad.” With this limited nutritional insight and a significant sweet-tooth, my weight shifted drastically when I stopped playing soccer every day. My weight gain and unhealthy eating habits finally got to the point where I avoided looking in mirrors, avoided spending time with friends and tried to remain as covered up as possible so my boyfriend (now husband) couldn’t see how terribly I had let myself go. I began my weight loss journey with Keto and then eventually transitioned to Carnivore! I’m proud to say that I have lost about 51lbs; I started at 209 and am currently sitting at 158lbs! I still have 10-15lbs that I would still like to lose, but I am so happy and proud of where I am! Keto and Carnivore have really been the cause of my weight loss and weight maintenance over the last three years!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My hometown is extremely Southern (North Central Florida) so I grew up on carbs and saturated fats; cheese grits was (still is) a delicacy, banana pudding, BBQ with all of the sides and sugary sauces, fried chicken… you get the picture! After moving for college and then eventually to two other major US cities as an adult, my palette evolved and matured, and my sweet tooth became insatiable. I would find myself binging on ice cream, baked goods… honestly, anything with 40+ grams of sugar in a serving. I also ate a lot of carbs and starches: deep dish pizza, a lot of Americanized sushi with the sugary sauces, fried foods and lots of bread.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After living a Ketogenic lifestyle for about a year, I began learning about Carnivore through Keto online networks and really became intrigued. Keto has such a large range of eating possibilities that the thought of a narrowed scope of options was appealing to me (I am a very indecisive person- where my Libras at?!). I also loved that Carnivore eaters rarely experienced morning/evening bloating and that they experienced quick weight loss and toning.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I mainly eat fatty cuts of steak (ribeye and porterhouse), salmon, eggs, and bacon. I typically only eat once or twice a day and occasionally incorporate cheeses and sour cream. Honestly, I’ve noticed personally that I usually had a larger weight drop the day after incorporating the dairy. I drink a lot of water and sugar/sodium/carb-free seltzer waters. One thing that I refused to cut out is lemons and occasionally limes. Since the fatty steaks and fish can feel very rich and heavy sometimes, the brightness of the acidity from these fruits gives me life!

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

The most obvious benefit that I noticed after transitioning to Carnivore was the quick drop on the scale. I lost about 5 lbs in 2.5 weeks! This may not sound like much, but as one gets closer to their goal weight, weight drops off more slowly. I also noticed more toning and definition in my body; I wake up with a flat tummy, my slight sag under my chin has completely gone and my clothes fit amazingly! I have been plagued with acne since my pre-teen years and even as an adult, I would get them a couple of times a month. After transitioning to Carnivore, my skin has become flawless! I haven’t had a breakout in almost a year!

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

The only negatives that I have experienced after transitioning to Carnivore are ironically one of the reasons I started: narrowed range of options. This really only affects me when we are eating out or at a holiday/event. The worst was at a wedding where I had to wait until the entree course where the only edible Carnivore part was a tiny Cornish hen! Also, people’s unsolicited “health” advise can be an eye-roll moment when they discover that you only eat meat.

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

I did not exercise initially on Keto/Carnivore. After wanting some true definition and toning, I now work out 3-4 days a week doing strength training and cardio. I work in real estate in Chicago, so I have a very active position where I walk at least 2-3 miles a day and climb an average of 12 staircases.

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

Just try it for 7 days! That was my goal with I transitioned and I loved it so much I kept at it indefinitely! With Keto becoming mainstream, (and consequently Carnivore has become more popular) there are now so many support options online and meet-ups in person. These support networks really have helped me when I have days where I struggled.

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

I began Keto about 6 months to a year before it started receiving notice and I am still shocked at how mainstream it is! I wish that Carnivore would follow in Keri’s footsteps, but sadly there are no Carnivore alternatives to desserts and carb-heavy meals. Also, America is still brainwashed to believe that you solely receive nutrients from vegetables.

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

I highly recommend giving this lifestyle a try! Feel free to follow my journey on Instagram @zerocarbsnowflake; once there, I would be happy to connect you with the awesome support groups I am in!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jonn

Interview with Jonn

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Jonn Øyvind, I’m 30 years old and I’m born and raised in Norway. 5’ 11” tall and currently around 103kg (227lbs). I’m a former carpenter and now work as a civil/constructional engineer.

 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Until 2014 I was eating a standard diet, with lots of pasta and carbs. My weight was going up, I had always been on the heavier side. I tried calorie restriction, meal prepping and all sorts of things to lose weight. I was 130kg (286lbs) for several years, nothing I did helped my weight, until a coworker told me about the paleo diet, and actually ordered The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf to my address. This turned my life around. 1.5 years later I was 97kg (213lbs)! After this I have been through a depression, did not sleep enough for a long time, and even if I was still paleo (some months I did keto), my weight got back up to 115kg (253lbs). I would also have problems with digestion issues every now and then, things did not feel right.


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started looking for answers to my digestive problems and wanted to eliminate everything that could be a potential problem. I had heard about the carnivore diet around 2016, stumbling over an article about the Anderson family. I remember thinking that really says something about how little we know about diet and the human body, since all other knowledge I knew said a diet like that would not be good for you. While I was searching for answers to my problems Joe Rogan had a lot of podcasts about the carnivore diet, and I started to look into all the information I could find. Late August 2018 I found that I had to try this diet.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

At first, I was going to use it as the ultimate elimination diet. I planned on introducing fermented foods after some months, then introduce one thing after another, slowly getting to a keto-like diet that would work for me. This way I could find foods that were problematic, and keep foods that worked for me. Around Christmas 2018 I ended up eating some veggies (paleo safe), but I did not feel so great. So in January, I was back to strict carnivore and feeling great. Now I’m planning to stay carnivore for a long time, I started looking into the research Paleomedicina does on a pure animal based diet with 2:1 ratio of fat: protein (by weight) and see if this further improve my health and can fix my gut issues.


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

First of all, I feel great! My digestion is better (still not perfect, but I’m working on that). I have almost no cravings, and if I do, it is for meat. It now feels good to be hungry, unlike before when I would get hangry and moody. I’m down over 12kg (26lbs). And maybe the best thing: I spend a lot less time preparing food! I use about 10-20 minutes a day, maximum!

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

It can be hard when going out eating, they often do not understand my order or just get it totally wrong. Sometimes it gets tiring to have to explain my choices.


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

I have not done much training on carnivore, but I want to get back into that. I’ve done weight lifting, cycling, and CrossFit before, and love all of it!


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

Just try it for 30 days, you will not regret it! It might be hard the first weeks if you come from a standard diet, I would recommend figuring out if you want to switch everything at once, or if you are like me and want to take it gradually. Some people like switching everything at once, which is fine. Other like to switch one meal at a time, or do paleo/keto some weeks first. This might help to avoid big troubles like keto-flu and gives you some time for trial and error.


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

Sadly, I do not think so, but I really hope it will be more accepted than it is today.


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

You can find me on Instagram @carnivoreviking

 

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Yecca

Interview with Yecca

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Yecca! I’ve always been in love with food and everything around it! For as long as I can remember, I was so infatuated with the way food worked, how it looked, smelled, tasted, how it made others feel… I started working in restaurants at 12 years old, been cooking since I was 8. Food has literally been my life and my love! I currently work from home doing meal prep for families in my neighborhood and also at a local catering company that uses local and organic foods. I love supporting local businesses, farms, and ranches. Knowing where your food comes from brings you closer to your food, supports the economy and environment.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have tried just about every single “diet” out there! As most Americans, I grew up eating a Standard American Diet (SAD). I was always overweight, tired, moody, and negative. When I started culinary school, health started becoming more important to my life; So, I, as most others do, went towards a plant based diet. I ate mostly vegetarian for about 3-4 years. Then I tried gluten free, then vegan, then raw vegan, then grain free, then Paleo and Primal, then dairy free, then low carb, the candida diet, the lemonade diet, the cabbage soup diet, and so on and so forth… Everything I tried either didn’t work, or only worked temporarily.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had candida that I could not get rid of. I had taken many supplements, done countless cleanses and diets FOR 3 YEARS and nothing would make it go away permanently. I was also wanting to lose weight that I had gained back from being Paleo and from being depressed. I was depressed with my life and my past relationship and felt like there was no way out. I had also completely lost my libido 100%. A couple of friends of mine had told me about it, and even though I thought they were crazy, at first, I knew and understood that cutting all sugars out completely would be extremely beneficial for someone with serious health issues like cancer. When I had arrived at the moment that I was going to try carnivore, I had just finished reading someone’s blog about a similar story to mine. 30 days? I had to try it out, 30 days after 3 years was like nothing! Of course I fell off a couple times, but sure enough after the first 30 days, I added another 30 days. Then, after the first 60 days, I said 6 months. Before the 6 months came, I knew I was in it for the long run. I was feeling younger, healthier, and so full of life I couldn’t believe it!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I explain what I eat to others, I mention I eat meat, dairy, eggs, and sauces. I also eat fresh herbs. I rarely drink alcohol, but when I do I stick with low carb drinks like dry wine, tequila, and vodka. Just because they’re no carbs doesn’t mean I don’t get bloated for 2-3 days, though! I don’t think supplements are necessary on this way of eating, but I do take some just to try them out, to be “superhuman”, or to flush toxins out after I’ve eaten garbage or alcohol. Carnivore is the best way to heal your body and give it the proper nutrition in the most easy way possible. Yes, it takes time, but it’s absolutely worth it! Even if carnivore doesn’t work for you in the long run, you can always learn about YOUR body from simply trying it out.

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

Clear skin. Muscle gain without working out or super muscle gain when I do work out! When I work out my arms or legs, I can literally tell a difference in just 1-2 days. Steady mood, no mood swings, and hardly anything bothers me anymore, unless I fall off and eat something with sugar or grains in it. The side effects are either immediate or happen the next day. NO GAS!! I get to eat as much as I want when I’m hungry. No bloating, unless I eat too much cheese or dairy. Little to no joint pain. I’ve had scoliosis for years and years and a lot of joints would hurt to the point where I couldn’t stand up or go to work! Carnivore has rid me of this problem. No body odor. Regular poops. No more dry scalp which used to be so bad, I could scratch off chunks from the top of my head!   I used to have super short, thin, and brittle nails with skin always peeling off around the edges. I now have long, strong, and beautiful nails, with no dry skin around the edges. On point menstrual cycle. High energy all throughout the day with 6-7 hours of sleep. Libido back up 110%! No candida! It was healed within a couple months and has not returned once! Depression vanished.

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

Always having to explain myself to others. When you have standards/preferences like mine, (no vegetable oils, no commercially raised meat, little to no pork, grass fed/organic only, no soy), it actually can be hard to dine out and leave full most times, so I’ve had to be a little flexible on that end.

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

I’m just starting to get into exercising. I’ve always hated it, but now I’m having all this excess energy I don’t know what to do with! And I’m already making gains!  I workout at home mostly, but in total I workout 5 days a week for 20-30 minutes. When I wake up early enough, I go to the gym with my boyfriend and do the same workouts he does. Most days I still don’t enjoy it mentally, but it takes time to change your thought processes! My mind is easier on me when I go with my boyfriend, though. I never regret working out no matter how hard my mind fights it. I want to enjoy working out. I love the idea of being a superhuman, and working out is definitely a big part of that, in my opinion.

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

Just jump in, don’t wait. Buy as much meat as you can and prep a lot of meat to help kill the cravings, because the cravings are so real!!! (Especially if you go out a lot.) Bacon, burgers, cheese chips, pork rinds, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna, cheese, heavy whipping cream… stock it all up! The cravings are hard to pass, but drinking cream is what helped me get rid of them in the beginning. Nowadays, a cold burger will do. LOL

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

I believe it’s the next up and coming “fad”! I also believe it will be bashed and trashed by all the “fake news” stating lies about how meat is bad for you and the earth. When, in reality, it s not true at all! I’m one of the biggest “hippies” I know and I would not be eating this way if I knew it was bad for the planet, our bodies, or our souls. I believe in living a “full circle” life and this couldn’t be anymore closer to that! (Unless I was hunting my own food! Hopefully one day!)

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

No matter how hard carnivore is for you, it’s always best to listen to your body. There are so many carnivores out there and all of our stories are different. All of our food sensitivities are different. No one carnivore is the same. Find what makes YOU feel good, what foods YOU love and can afford and stick with that. Being a carnivore is like knowing this huge secret that no one wants to believe. When others turn their nose up at me, I just smile and eat more steak. And that’s what you call zero carb zen.

I post all my meaty delicacies on Instagram @eatmeatqueen. I have a cookbook I am working on and a website coming this year!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Chris

Interview with Chris

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1. Introduce yourself.

I’m Chris Bement. I live in Pennsylvania, USA. I’m a husband, dad of 2 wild kids, aspiring bodybuilder, and exist from 9 to 5 as an outsourced facility management professional.

2. How did you eat before Carnivore?

Isn’t that a loaded question!? Before Carnivore, I was keto. Before keto I was SAD, and before SAD I was keto a few times, and SAD a few times, and calorie counting, typical bodybuilding diet (before I actually was much of a musclehead) follower. I got my start in eating right back in 2008. A friend was gifted a year-long gym membership and wanted a buddy to train with. I had never seriously lifted a weight in my life, and had just left an unhealthy relationship with a sedentary person. It was the perfect time for it. I trained with him for a few months and ate his 6 meal a day plan for a while – until he took a layoff and stopped going to the gym. I floundered for a few months, following this or that program online (Stronglifts, Starting Strength, the usual suspects).

I then met my future wife- moved to NYC to live with her and started training in a New York gym. By that time strength training was all the rage on the internet (pretty much still is), and I trained 5/3/1 for about a year, bulking on a heavy processed food diet. My bulk was from 175lbs to 200lbs, and then I was to cut. Well, we became pregnant with our second child in 2011 and I followed my wife’s diet of Chef Boyardee ravioli and ginger ale. Needless to say, the bulk became somewhat permanent. I had tried to stick to keto diets for a while after that but never really lost the weight. We moved again, and I was in and out of the gym. This time I followed another powerlifting routine from Chaos and Pain, a 13 out of 14 day heavy training workout that lasted 6 week cycles with 1 rep max testing between each cycle. I was eating a diet prescribed by the proprietor of C and P, Jamie Lewis (shoutout www.plagueofstrength.com NSFW), the Apex Predator Diet. This consists of 6 double protein shakes a day plus a 2lb steak at night. That was it. I saw the most gains on that diet, and hit my all-time best lifts: Squat 385 lbs (low bar), deadlift 405 lbs, bench press 225 lbs. I haven’t yet beaten those maxes. I was 235-250 pounds at that point, and not lean at all.

Anyway, as I said, I burned out. I continued to eat really unhealthily and drink alcohol for a few years. In August 2016, I felt so bad after a hangover that I vowed to quit alcohol and did. I’ve had 1 glass of champagne and 4 or 5 whiskeys since then. During this time, money was short, our family was surviving on frozen meals and other processed junk. Though I did feel better off the alcohol, I still wasn’t happy with how I felt or looked and was certainly on a short path to long-term problems. January of 2017, I learned about extended fasting from Rhonda Patrick, via the Joe Rogan podcast. I had already been well-acquainted with intermittent fasting and was already a practitioner, thanks to leangains. But this had now opened all kinds of doors to me. Joe was keto too, and since I already had knowledge of that diet, I figured I’d go back to it. So, in 2017, I began to eat one meal a day at lunch, which consisted of half a dozen sausage links, some cheddar cheese, a giant, grassy kale shake (thanks Rogan) and some greek yogurt.

3. Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

I continued my keto/OMAD until August 11, 2017. This was the day someone on reddit, while discussing fasting, linked to a subreddit called “zerocarb”. As a keto guy, I was instantly intrigued. I guzzled the zerocarb Koolaid. I read everything I could find by Bear Owsley, Stefansson, Charles Washington, Kelly Hogan, the Andersens, Shawn Baker, Amber O’Hearn, and many others.

I went from 230ish pounds, down to 155 pounds by the summer of 2017, using the previous protocol. By then I was fasting for about 3 days a week and feasting the rest. Sometimes I would fast up to 5 days. I started doing pull-ups, now that I was getting leaner, and bought a kettlebell to do some other at-home exercise. Not quite sure I wanted a gym membership yet. In November of 2017, I had an injury which severed some tendons in my ring and pinky fingers on my right hand, so I decided to stop fasting altogether and let myself heal. I had my surgery and rehab and by January of 2018 I was ITCHING to get re-acquainted with the iron. So, I bought a gym membership in a chain that had a location near my office, and started going religiously every single morning (and still go). First, I was just doing a full-body routine, not really paying attention to weights or reps, just getting acclimated to my favorite barbell movements again. No real goal in mind other than to get bigger and stronger. I spent the entire year going to the gym every day. After a short time, I was in bed by 9pm and waking up at 3 am to beat the crowds. I still practice this today. I find I require far less sleep on this diet. Anyway, I began to get comments from coworkers and clients about how “buff” I was starting to look. I began to wear tighter clothes, skinny jeans, shirts with shorter sleeves that would show off my arms.

4. How do you personally approach the Carnivore diet?

I try to keep it simple. I eat mostly beef, in fact right now it’s pretty much ground beef 24/7 for cost and ease of advance meal prep. For the longest time I was not tracking calories or macros at all, but as of recently my goals have become specific, and I track everything religiously. However, my typical non-ground-beef meal and ideal meal is steaks. Steaks of any kind, really. I prefer them seared in cast iron in bacon fat. Top round, ribeye, sirloin, chuck steaks, NY strip, you name it, I’ll eat it. I will eat organs if prompted, but I don’t chase them. I enjoy and do eat eggs here and there, and am not opposed to dairy, though heavy cream causes me to gain weight. I may incorporate raw milk after I’m finished with my current short-term goal, which is a test “cut”. I want to see just how lean I can diet down. So right now I’m eating 20oz of ground beef a day, and that’s it. On the weekends I do small refeeds, of 2000-3000 calories on Saturday, and 1800 calories on Sunday. It’s very low calorie for the rest of the week, around 12-1500 depending. Yes, I know no one in the ketosphere is a fan of caloric restriction. I am telling you this because I’m honest. I am not restricting calories for health, I’m doing it for aesthetics to further my goals. I will end this cut within the next two months and begin a “bulk” (carnivorous) once I’m satisfied with my abs, etc. That’s where the raw milk may come in. As far as seasonings, I’ll use Tabasco or other low-ingredient hot sauces from time to time, as I generally tend to tolerate them well. But I won’t cheat, as I have, and when I do I tend to binge. I’m still overweight at heart.

5. What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore diet?

Oh boy, this is gonna be good. First of all, I’m a kid that has always had a hard time on the toilet. Chronic constipation, regardless of medication or fiber supplements, how many kale shakes I could choke down in a day, it did not matter, I was always backed up. 34 years of having a rough time going. As soon as I cut plants out of my diet, my seated life in the restroom has been like a dream. You could give me heart disease and I would not care, because this just means so much.

Aside from relief from constipation, I need less sleep, 4 to 5 hours a night, can wake up earlier (was a night owl before), can fall asleep easily, I have energy throughout the day, I no longer crave sweets, I have mental and spiritual clarity and an indescribable connection with the world around me. I also have more confidence than I did before. There could be a long list of other benefits, but I was not seeing any medical practitioners for the entire time I was eating unhealthy, so I’m not sure what else could have been wrong, but I’m positive I was insulin resistant and still may be to some degree.

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6. What negatives have you found with the Carnivore diet?

None. Some people would say the social aspect of eating out and going for drinks is more difficult, but I’m more of a homebody anyway and prefer to cook for myself rather than eat out. I still do on occasion but usually for work events or to treat my family.

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

Yes. As I mentioned previously, I train at the gym with weights 5 days a week. Currently, I am following a routine by Layne Norton, called Power Hypertrophy Adaptive Training or PHAT. It’s pretty good. I have an upper body strength day where I hit all the upper body muscles, and a lower body strength day for the same, followed by back/shoulders hypertrophy, legs hypertrophy, and chest/arms hypertrophy on the remaining 3 days. This allows me to hit each muscle twice a week. So far I am enjoying it. I am also a fan of full body routines, as well as your typical 5-day bro split. I spend anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours at the gym every morning starting at 4 am, and some of that time is in their sauna or tanning. Sometimes I will throw in some conditioning like rowing or pushing a weighted sled.

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

Just have an open mind and give it real chance. Many if not most carnivores will tell new folks to try it for at least 30 days. I don’t think that’s enough to convince most people. I am more inclined to recommend at least 90 days before giving up, in order to reap as much of the benefit as possible. I have heard of people not adapting fully for a year, in some cases. I think 90 days is a good compromise. In the span of an average human life, it’s not very long. You won’t die by eating only meat for 90 days (I certainly didn’t die after 9 months of only ravioli and soda!).

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

I am cautiously optimistic, but I think that would take a lot. If it does become mainstream it won’t happen this year. We are buried under years of dietary dogma, and there’s a growing plant-based movement that’s even more vocal than the carnivores. I do have hope though, and I speak openly and honestly about my experiences in hopes that people will listen, but I refuse to try to force my beliefs on anyone.

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

Nothing to add, but I wanted to personally thank you for inviting me to share my story. I don’t think I’ve yet had the chance to fully write all of this out.

You can follow me on instagram, twitter, and my facebook page: all of which are @carnivoremuscle.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Mark Strough

Interview with Mark

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I am Mark W. Strough. I’m almost 50 years old. I live in Northwest Arkansas on a 225-acre farm with my wife & kids. I am HIT Trainer too. I train clients at my studio & do online training & coaching as well. I am a Martial Arts instructor & lifelong student.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate in many different ways from keto to a more plant-based way of eating trying to find help for my a Rheumatic Arthritis & Psoriasis.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I switched to Carnivore Way of Eating because I had success with it from the late 1980’s while in College & was lifting a lot plus doing martial arts nearly every waking hour that I could. I was a huge fan of Vince Gironda who was Mr. Steak & Eggs. I only did it then for help with adding muscle & strength and it worked & I loved it. After a series of health issues from a few accidents in 2014 I went back to it to drop weight rapidly to hopefully help prevent surgery on my broke foot & ankle. I did Carnivore with just a bit of sauerkraut over the meat at that time. At that time it was not being done for my autoimmune issues just weight loss. My wife thought I had lost my mind but when she saw I lost 60 pounds in under 2 months she was impressed. My orthopedic surgeon was shocked & impressed. I went back to a ketogenic way of eating. Later I noticed after doing a three day or longer fast my pain & inflammation and my psoriasis would greatly improve. It would fully return after eating food to normal within 6 to 12 hours. I noticed when I broke my fast with meat only it did not return to normal. Dr. Stephen Gundry’s book The Plant Paradox came out at about this time. I started researching a carnivore way of eating for my issues and found lots of online resources and people that were so helpful. I discussed doing this & my wife at this point thought it would be a great thing to try. She actually wanted to try it for her IBS & other GI Issues too. I was desperate to try something because I was losing all function of my hands & especially my thumbs and fingers. I was getting lots of twisting of my digits. I was also getting to the point I could no longer engage in one of my favorite hobbies combat pistol shooting. I was getting unable to manipulate the pistols mechanisms such as doing a tactical mag release & reload.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach to Carnivore eating is exceptionally simple. I eat high-fat beef 95 percent of the time for my meat. It’s almost always ribeyes steak. I now eat our farm eggs with my steaks. I use a little bit of butter. I put pink Himalayan salt & a bit of pepper on my steak & eggs. I only drink water. I rarely ever do cheese. I seldom do pork. I do no poultry. I just eat until totally full & eat when hungry & don’t eat when not hungry. I generally eat only one meal a day (OMAD).

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

My Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Tendinitis, Joint Pain & Sciatica are all in full 100% remission. I haven’t felt this good in over two decades. My athletic performance has gotten even better with all the reduction in inflammation & pain. My recovery is so much better too. My sleep has gotten great better. I feel better in every category on doing Zero Carb 100% Carnivore!!

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

There have been no negatives on this way of eating except a little social awkwardness at first but that is not an issue any longer. All our family & friends are very understanding & accommodating.

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

Yes, I do my HIT resistance training once per week. I do a Mike Mentzer’s Heavy Duty approach of a split body so maybe two to three exercises consisting of one set to full momentary muscular failure. I also do sprint intervals occasionally. I do my martial arts of various things too. Not exercise but great activities of being active on the farm work & playing with the family. I love hiking, stand up paddle boarding, combat pistol shooting, snorkeling & etc. Since going Carnivore everything has gotten better especially my recovery.

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 own research. Read & listen to as many people who have done this for a while. Give it a 30 to 120-day trial and see what happens. Question everything that you have heard from all the “experts”. Check out Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Ben Bikman, Dr. Nevada Gray, Dr. Paul Mabry, Dr. Ken Berry, Dave Feldman, Scott Myslinski, Phil Escott, Chris Donohue, Lisa Bailey so many more too. Don’t believe all the common myths & half-truths like you will die of scurvy without your veggies & fruits. Will be constipated without fiber. Must be in a large calorie deficit for weight loss. You only get the health benefits from Carnivore from doing extreme calorie restriction. You must have your “healthy” whole grains. You will get Gout, Kidney Stones, Heart Disease, etc, etc from doing Carnivore.

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

No, I do not think it will ever be a mainstream way of eating because of the propaganda, advertisements & the “studies” from vegans, climate change fear mongers, Big Food, Big Pharma & Big Medicine. I hope I’m wrong about that.

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

I encourage anyone to give this a one month to 4-month experiment. It may take a little while for your body & mind to adapt but preserver and it will. I think you will be amazed at your results.

I have a Facebook Group on Health & Nutrition. I also am on Twitter @mark_strough & I’m on Instagram under the same.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Markhit/?ref=share

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Megan

Interview with Megan

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Introduce Yourself.

Hey there! My name is Megan I am 28 years old, I like piña colada, getting caught in the rain. Okay maybe not the first one, but it is a fun song (I feel like I just dated myself). Anywho, I am currently a health coach that specializes in a whole foods approach to keto.

I run the Thriving on Fat website and podcast. On the site, we talk a lot about the 5 pillars of health (healthy eating, movement, mindfulness, sleep, and community), and how problems in one of those areas can cause downstream effects. Our bodies are amazing machines that can compensate for our immediate benefit, regardless of what later problems may occur. Type 2 diabetes and a texting-related dowager’s hump are two examples of our bodies correcting for our immediate benefit which was can have negative effects, in most cases these two examples can be corrected. During the podcast on the Monday show we talk with my co-hosts about their journey with the ketogenic diet, and on the Friday show, we talk to experts as well as regular peeps about their health journey and how they have implemented lifestyle changes to make them better humans.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I got bit by the keto and now carnivore bug, I tried many things to feel physically and mentally better. I tried cutting my calories, weight watchers, slow carb, paleo/primal (sloppy at first, then it got better) then keto, now carnivore.

As I learned more I was able to help others around me too. I am still floored thinking about what a wonderful thing the human body is; it withstood all of the garbage I used to put down my gobhole. It’s amazing how our bodies compensate to help us deal with the sugar and grain assault we give it in the Standard American Diet.

Before learning about health, my idea of a great breakfast was half of a frozen pizza, a soda or two along with a Poptart. As I started to learn more about health and nutrition I found that my body reacted differently depending upon what I ate. When I started primal/paleo and got the sugars and grains out of my diet, it made me feel like a million bucks. I didn’t realize how addicted I was to the garbage I fed myself.

After that, my basic meals would break down into a hunk of meat, veggies (mostly brussel sprouts, grilled onions, mushrooms, and broccoli) and fat, with nuts and dark chocolate.

As I learned more and as I got more in tune with my food triggers and I found that keto was amazing for my ADHD and my other nagging ailments. I was learning so much about primal, paleo, keto it was amazing. I felt like with each podcast or book I read I would both understand more, yet have 100 more questions. I love getting lost in the rabbit holes.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Well, one such rabbit hole that I came across was Carnivore. I was listening to a podcast ( I cannot remember which) and the host brought on back to back carnivores (Amber O’Hearn and Shawn Baker). Just when I thought I had a handle on Keto, a new rabbit hole appeared.

You mean I can skip the veggies, eat all the meat, and not have to worry about deficiencies… Are you sure? I was interested, yet skeptical. I then followed along with Danny Vega and Brian Williamson as they did their Surf and Turf experiment (red meat and salmon). They seemed to love it. I started to warm up to the idea. Slowly, I started dipping my toes into the water. I didn’t really dive into the pool until the Carnivore Keto Cut was released by Danny Vega and Chris Irvin. I bought the program and participated in the cut, I really liked how I felt. After the cut, I would eat plants or nuts from time to time, but nothing too crazy, especially since I did not feel as good with too much. Fast forward to the end of last year I wanted to see if I could not just cut on carnivore, but also gain muscle in the gym. So I tried that, and it worked swimmingly! Most recently, I wanted to have an event to train for. I modified my programming and I am adding in more CrossFit style workouts. My goal is to see how well I can do in the CrossFit open next year being fueled on most, if not all meat.

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How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Since going carnivore I eat mostly red meat, pork with some cheese, eggs, and the occasional chicken. I want to start incorporating more fish and organs, I am looking for a good “It’s so good can’t believe it’s liver/fish” recipe. Really I need to suck it up and try it, but I will get there. Back to the food, on occasion, I do eat nuts or some veggies with my meal. But normally nothing too crazy. It is more of a weekend kind of thing because I have found that my menstrual cycle works better when I had a “carb-up” every week or two. By carb up I mean whole food based carb, it would look like a regular keto day for most people. I cap it out at about 10-25 total carbs. This is a carb-up for me since it is a larger intake of carbs than I normally have. I am not uber crazy with never eating another plant in my life, because I feel decent with them. However, if they start to negatively affect me I will take them out.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

The biggest benefit for me is that if I do choose to eat nuts, plants what have you, I can taste the flavors so much better. When I was just keto I thought veggies had a sweetness to them, but now I can eat 88-90% chocolate, and find it sweet. If I make my own chocolate I do not use near the amount of sweetener than I used to. I also find it is super simple to compose my meals. The question is less, “What do I want today.” and more, “Do I want 2 or 3 cheeseburgers or steaks.

Another big benefit is that I can stay lean without much effort and I have very low inflammation. Right now I am building muscle, so I do not care as much about my weight, but carnivore makes it so easy to not have to worry. If I am not including cheese I find it hard to get enough food in me to not lose weight.

What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

The same thing that makes it simple, can also make it difficult. I say this not because I get bored of the food, instead, since I am the main cook of my household I make a decent bit of regular keto stuff. A lot of the time I end up tasting the food I am prepping for my wife and son to make sure it’s not too spicy, sweet, and so on. This is why I am not super crazy if I happen to not be fully carnivore all the time. I don’t mind cooking regular keto for them considering carnivore is my choice. My wife does better with a few more veggies in her diet, and with my son, he’s growing, so we don’t mind if he has some extra veggies. He doesn’t eat much different from us. It is important for me, that I don’t want to get dogmatic about carnivore. If you think it’s a good fit for you, do it; if it’s not, don’t sweat it.

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

Yes, I do. Like I mentioned above I am building muscle on a carnivore diet, which is working. I am also preparing for the CrossFit open next year. So for right now, my training is heavy in the strength building phase, with some metcons, HIIT work, and longer steady state stuff. As I get closer to the competition date I will be ramping up the volume and intensity.

With that said, right now I find it quite easy to finish my training, and rest and recover after, as I ramp up the intensity and volume, I am not sure what that will mean for my carnivory. I may end up eating a more consistent carb intake, but I know I will still get 90% of my intake from meat. However only doing the work will help me see how my body responds to the workload, so, for now, I will keep an open mind, test and adjust as needed.

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

Be sure to keep on top on your electrolytes, even more so than on keto. A lot of the minerals are not available in the common cuts of meat consumed on carnivore. This is not as much of a problem if you are eating nose to tail, but you will still want to increase your electrolytes when you first start to cover your bases. Also, don’t be worried if your stool is a little loose when you first start to get used to carnivore. As your gut gets used to the lack of fiber it can still function, just give it some time. If you worry about your gut bugs, there are still carnivore probiotics you can get in yogurt and so on.

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

It’s possible, regardless, it serves as a good counterbalance to Vegan. As the inflammatory nature of this gets more publicized I know it will evolve, no matter where it goes, it will be interesting to see.

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

If you would like to follow along with my journey, I am most active on Instagram: @Thrivingonfat or you can email me from my site: thrivingonfat.com/contact, lastly you can catch me on my main podcast The Thriving on Fat Podcast.

Before I finish up, I would like to thank you for reading thus far, and if you take anything away from this let it be that no matter where you are on your journey; you can improve on yourself.

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Guest Post – 5 Carnivore and Keto Diet Foods You Should Definitely Be Eating

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Not only do the carnivore and keto diets work when it comes to weight loss, but you also don’t have to give up some of your favorite food. In fact, you can indulge in them. You can eat burgers and bacon by the bucket load! But an important part of any diet is to have as much variety as possible. It’s going to be harder to avoid carbs if you’re bored with your keto meal plan. So, here are 5 keto diet foods that you might not have even thought about trying, but should absolutely be eating more of and slapping them on your shopping list.

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1. Oily Fish

Let’s start with something straightforward, possibly a bit obvious, and not very shocking: oily fish.

Oily fish include:

  • Anchovies
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

All of these are high in protein and are rich in minerals. But the real selling point is the fact they’re packed with Omega-3. This seemingly miraculous fatty acid can help you with everything from improving your vision to reducing the risk of heart disease.

However, some people find the strong fishy flavor of these a little too hard on the palette, especially for stronger tasting ones like anchovies and herrings. But if you can suffer the taste of this feisty little swimmers, their oiliness provides you with plenty of fat for turning into ketones, along with their other benefits.

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2. Oysters

Shellfish are good to eat on both the carnivore and keto diets. They’re high in protein and full of minerals and that fantastic Omega-3, but there’s one shellfish that really rules over them all: oysters.

Why? because of the insane amount of zinc in them.

One serving of oysters contains more than 1500% of your recommended daily intake (RDI). Some of the many things that zinc does are boost your body’s immunity and repair systems, as well as increase your cells’ metabolism rate. This means you’ll recover quicker after a hardcore workout or a seasonal illness, and burn energy quicker.

And yes, the rumors about them boosting your libido is true. Oysters also help increase sperm count and sperms’ swimming ability, whilst helping support estrogen production and ovary health in women.

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3. Bone Marrow

Now we’re getting onto the more interesting keto diet foods: no bones about it! Have you ever thoughts about eating the inside of a bone? Probably not. But it’s a great carnivore and keto treat.

Marrow is the soft bit that’s in the center of a bone. When an animal is alive, it’s responsible for creating new blood cells. When bone marrow is cooked, it’s a brilliant source of Omega-3, gelatin, and collagen. All of these help to keep your digestive tract healthy and boosts your immunity and healing ability. It also keeps your joints healthy which is great if you’re doing high impact exercise.

What’s more, it’s the perfect ketosis food. The marrow itself is made up of 96-97% fat!

To get bone marrow into your diet, buy bones from your local butchers. Beef joints are best to cook with as they’re usually the biggest. Make sure you ask the butcher to cut the bones up into smaller pieces, as it can be quite difficult to cut bones in your home without the correct knives.

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4. Bone Broth

Scoping out the squishy bit from the inside of bones is hardly elegant and probably quite unappealing to some. So, you might want to consider drinking or cooking with bone broth instead.

Bone broth is made by boiling down bones and joint tissue for a long period of time. Bone broth is different to stock because it has been cooked for significantly longer, meaning there’s a lot more of the nutrients from bones and joints in it: specifically protein, gelatin, and collagen.

What’s great is that it can be used just like stock. So you can add it to soup to give them a keto boost. You can even flavor it with some herbs and spices and drink it by itself. Drinking it will help keep you hydrated, which will help combat some of the symptoms of keto flu.

Make it yourself by buying bones and joints from your butcher and popping them in a crockpot or slow cooker for 10-20 hours.

5. Animal Organs (Offal)

This is probably the wildest suggestion on this list. Animal organs as carnivore and keto meats sounds as crazy as it is off putting. But it needn’t be either.

Animal organs are full of vitamins and high in protein, making it one of the ultimate keto diet foods. Particularly, they’re usually packed with vitamin B12. This vitamin is key to maintaining healthy bones and warding off osteoporosis. B12 is also said to give you an energy boost. This will give you a little extra vim over what the ketones are already fueling you with.

Different organ meat has slightly different benefits to the next. For example, liver is packed with a vast variety of vitamins. Tongue is full of that great fat you need for ketosis. Whilst heart is packed full of folate, iron, zinc, and selenium.

However, the idea of eating any of these can be unappetizing. Sitting there with a slab of meat that looks like a heart because it is a heart can make it difficult to tuck in. Also, some organs have quite distinctive and strong tastes which can get some getting used to. That’s if you can stomach it in the first place.

Therefore, start by using milder tasting organs such as liver and heart. Furthermore, you can also chop them up and mix them with your usual meat to make food like meatballs. This makes them a little more edible if the thought of eating them by themselves makes you queasy.

Level Up Your Carnivore and Keto Diet Foods

So, there you have it. 5 great carnivore and keto meats and foods you can put onto your carnivore and keto shopping list. Try your best to get as much of these into your diet as possible. However, some of these will certainly require a bit of bravery, and maybe even a bit of adjustment to eating.

But try to try them.

If they’re really not working for you, don’t worry. Remember, as much as variety is important on any diet, enjoyment is too. Don’t ever force yourself to eat something you dislike. If you’re not finding the keto or carnivore diet fun, you’re going to be less likely to stick to it.

However, if you’re able to broaden your food horizons, it could have some great benefits for you.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Bret

Interview with Bret

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Brett Lloyd. I am a 57-year-old musician/producer/songwriter of no particular note. I have been living carnivorously for right at 7 months. I take no pharmaceutical medications of any kind & I feel healthier now than at any time in my adult life.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore, I was on a LCHF diet for 3.5 years in which I lost 94 lbs. Prior to that I was eating the SAD & weighed up to 289 lbs.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I decided to try Carnivore after watching Dr Jordan Peterson describe how he & his daughter had seen their lifelong severe depression symptoms vanish after they began eating beef & drinking water. Dr Shawn Baker & Amber O’Hearn also played a huge role in my deciding to give this way of eating a go.  They all make very compelling arguments why humans SHOULD be eating this way vs the S.A.D. way that dominates much of western society. After watching their testimonials I knew I had to give this way of eating a solid chance because I wanted to be 100% free of my lifelong depression, anxiety & insomnia forever!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I approached Carnivory with the certainty I was going to give it a solid 90 days before making any lasting judgments. I also felt confident something positive would take place due to the integrity of Dr Peterson, Dr Baker & Amber O’Hearn. I was not disappointed. I also knew that if I tried to only eat one kind of meat at any meal I would become instantly bored. I eliminated this concern by always eating 2 kinds of meat at every meal. Primarily beef & bacon. 7 months into the experience I have zero complaints. Deciding to eat meat & drink water has been one of the best decisions of my whole life!

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

The benefits of living carnivorously have been many! 10 or so days in I woke up without ANY joint pain. I never thought I ‘suffered’ from joint pain but that I had “aches & pains” just as a matter of living to be 57. I felt incredibly healthier right then, to be honest, & that was but the 1st 10 days!  On day 23 into day 24 as a carnivore, I felt ALL my depression symptoms VANISH.

They are GONE! I’ve also lost sour gut, hemorrhoids, dry flakey skin, skin tags, enormous amounts of body fat. I no longer suffer from headaches. My anxiety problem is GONE! I sleep 7-8 hours a night after decades of surviving on 3-4. I no longer suffer from hypothyroidism. My libido is back to what it was when I was a teenager. Every single aspect of my life has benefited from my decision to live carnivorously! I weigh what I did when I graduated high school & my waistline is again the same today as it was then, 32″. I am so blessed!

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

I have suffered no negative effects from living carnivorously. I do not miss carbs, sugar or plants at ALL! I miss the mental illness even less as you might imagine.

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

I do exercise some, light resistance training & I walk several miles a week. I do find I enjoy exercising more as a carnivore because I enjoy moving around a lot more now. I am gradually adding long, lean muscles & am increasing my core strength slowly & gradually as planned without issue.

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

My 1st bit of advice for anyone considering living carnivorously is to PREPARE 1st. Go on a LCHF diet for 30 days 1st. IMO, this allows the healing process to begin & one can at the end of 30 days LCHF general expect to has a less contentious adaption phase after going full carnivore. Be sure to eat when hungry & when you eat be sure to eat until you are “not another bite” full. Eat the meat you crave & can afford. My 2nd bit of advice is to BE PATIENT! Most of us ate garbage for decades & never heal/get well as fast as we would prefer. Trust your body to heal itself once you stop eating poisons, toxins, carbs & the evilly destructive thing called sugar! It works if you stick with it & keep things at the eating meat, drinking water level.

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

The carnivore diet can become mainstream if we but share our stories of healing with the world. No pseudo science can ever trump our personal experiences. No amount of Big Food propaganda can make our health journey’s invalid. But we must expend the energy & seek out ways to share our experiences living carnivorously!

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

Folks can find me at Instagram where my handle is @thankful.carnivore

I spend a lot of time on Twitter these days sharing my love for carnivory via @StickmanBleedin

If you are in Facebook you can read & follow my carnivorous journey in the Zeroing In On Health group.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Mark

Interview with Mark

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m Mark Hannigan and I’m a 1:1 diet consultant. After spending over 20 years fighting my weight & health issues I changed my life and career to help others.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I grew up eating homemade foods as a child which quickly progressed into processed convenience foods as my brother and sister were born and it was easier for my mum. I carried on this way with bouts of ‘healthy’ eating throughout my life until I completely changed everything in 2015. After following a medically proven plan I lost 9 stone and reversed my Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnoea and then chose a ketogenic lifestyle to maintain my weight and health. I’ve now been carnivore for 14 months.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was reading about carnivore more and more online through the keto communities and I was personally experiencing severe constipation several times a week and symptoms of inflammation with psoriasis on my scalp and face whenever I was eating fibrous greens and other plants. The more I read about people being relieved of these kinds of symptoms the more I was inclined to try carnivore. I always loved steak anyway, veggies not so much!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I keep it simple and eat meat, fish & eggs though predominantly beef when hungry and I don’t eat until I’m hungry again (usually once a day). Mostly rib-eye and sirloin steaks. I drink only water to thirst.

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

I’ve seen many benefits and constant improvements in my health as well as bodily functions etc

I was diagnosed as a child with a Neutrophil disorder which meant I had a very weakened immune system and almost died on several occasions because of a simple cold sore on my hand. I often experienced sepsis and secondary infections during hospital visits from what most people would fight off with a basic dose of antibiotics.

Improved physiology by gaining lean mass without training at all as well as perfect bowel movements and generally feel very energetic and massively increased libido. Here’s a list of all the illnesses and ailments I no longer suffer from:

Type 2 diabetes

Hypertension

Sleep apnoea

Constant abscesses in the groin and underarms

Neutrophil disorder

Psoriasis

Herpes Simplex

Otitis externa

Tinnitus

Depression

Aggression

Constipation

Bloating

Lowered libido

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

Really none. I love eating meat and not having to count calories etc

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

I now do a High Intensity (HIT) Strength training session every 5 to 7 days and find it great for keeping my lean tissue strong as well as improving my bone mass and overall strength. I carry out 1 set to failure and stick to compound exercises. This means my training is over within less than 15 minutes or so and I can get on with my life. Recovery with carnivore is amazing.

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

Try it for 30 days, it’s only 30 days of your life and you may find that like so many others you keep adding another 30 days.

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

Ideally, it is I believe the way were are meant to live but I doubt it becoming the norm because sadly people are so addicted to their carbs and convenience foods, although what could be more convenient than cooking a steak in 5 minutes?

From a selfish point of view, I hope not because the cost of meat will soar!!

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

I can’t recommend this lifestyle enough to anyone who’s open to trying it out. It’s simplicity and freedom from the mental battle with food and the constant question of what, when and where to eat.

I am one of the admin in the Zero Carb UK Facebook group or you can follow me on Instagram @carnivorous.scot

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Glen’s Journey – KetoCarnivore – Month 2

I’m starting to gain traction now but the heat of Australia is still a major issue. Instead of using that as an excuse I’ve just had to work around it. Never in my life have I been getting up so early! I’m up at 5am so that I can be back before 7am (which is when temperatures start rising above 25 degrees) In the UK I used to workout in the evenings but here its way too hot to do that.

Goal: Sydney Marathon in September and get body fat below 10%

Plan: Continue working out and running at 80% effort to ensure I can exercise every day. Change up workout every month.

Training: I did the first 4 weeks of Ross Edgley’s 12 week “getting back into fitness” plan this month. Started running in minimalist running shoes (Vivobarefoot) to strengthen the muscles in my feet.

Food: KetoCarnivore diet. Bulletproof coffee in the morning. Dark chocolate for dessert. Nuts to snack on (almonds and cashews) Little bit of fruit (avocado, blueberries, grapes and bananas) Veg is minimal and only if I actually want it. My days of eating veg because I felt ‘I have to cause its good for you’ are over. If I don’t want it, I don’t eat it.

Extras: Still continuing with cold showers after exercising (Wif Hof method) Not sure if having a bulletproof coffee in the morning as my breakfast means I am technically no longer intermittently fasting? I feel like I am as I’m only having my first food of the day at lunch.

Notes: Do yourself a MASSIVE favour and get Ross Edgley’s book: The World’s Fittest book. Its not a book about how fit he is, its about what he’s learnt studying sports science and working alongside some of the worlds greatest athletes. If you want to learn how to take your training beyond what you thought was possible, this is the book to own.

Stats: Back up to 90kg (put on the weight I lost last month) but body fat percentage still the same. Chest is 6cm bigger and shoulders are 2cm wider. I think all the upper body work and less running distance is helping me bulk up a bit. I’ll keep an eye on things…

Regards,
Glen

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He’s got a very smart way of handling his nutrition and exercise. I am looking forward to seeing where he ends up. His process differs slightly from mine, however what we both know is that consistency is key… and limiting processed junk food.

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