Interview with Landon
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Landon; I’m 30 years old. I live in Northern Utah and work in Salt Lake City. I love hunting, fishing, and camping. I was born with a heart condition that has been a thorn in my side. I was diagnosed at 18 years old with Bipolar 1 and generalized anxiety.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I ate the Standard American Diet for the most part. I tried to eat a normal healthy diet off and on and always failed. I have tried Low Fat, Vegetarian, Vegan, Herbalife, Freelife, Slim Fast and nothing worked. When I was in the hospital for surgery or psych ward stays, they always told me to limit my meat intake and to eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains. I was 380 pounds and in July of 2017 I tried Keto for a few months and it was better than anything I had tried. I lost 60 pounds and was doing great until I went to my old primary care and he freaked out on me about my diet and freaked me out. I went back to eating a “normal” healthy diet. I would stick to keto or carnivore for a week or two and then go back to eating regular food. I couldn’t stay consistent because I didn’t have the will power anymore. It was a terrible decision. I was depressed and had a lot of anxiety. December 31st I was back up to 360 pounds and disgusted with myself. I had always been a big kid, but this was ridiculous.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
In April of 2018 I developed an issue that Doctors still can’t pinpoint. I was having severe chest pain and my arms and legs would go numb. I would get brain fog, fatigue, dizzy spells, chronic headaches, couldn’t sleep, and my concentration was all over the place. I was very sensitive to light which affected my work life and would get dull pain in my jaw. I was in and out of the Doctors office and emergency rooms. They had no clue what was happening and said to just come back if it gets worse. I would get sent home feeling just as terrible as when I went in. I was spending thousands for no answers. My blood pressure was high, and my blood sugar was creeping back up. I was in and out of psych wards and mental health facilities. I had lots of medications for my head and my heart. I had really bad sleep apnea and snored so loud my siblings growing up would throw things at me to get me to stop. I was just sick of getting pills that didn’t work and just getting sicker. I decided to just try things my way.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I didn’t want to get bored and have any temptation with junk. So on January 1st of this year, I switched. I would eat brisket, ribs, bacon, burgers, wings, cheese, raw milk, crab, lobster, salmon, deer, elk, etc. If it came from an animal in any way, I was eating it. I don’t count any calories or macros. I usually eat one meal a day, but sometimes I ate sooner if I was hungry. I don’t restrict myself. I eat like a king and love it. I drink a lot of raw A2 milk, and have done two raw milk fasts. I used to take Omeprazole daily, and I finally was able to completely stop it. I now use HCL and Raw milk to fix my stomach issues.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
I restarted my Carnivore journey on January 1st. My blood pressure on January 2nd was 163/98 with a BPM of 84. Today it was 121/73 with a BPM of 68. I’ve lost 59 pounds so far this year and a total of 79. I have lost 7 inches from my stomach and 5 from my chest. My blood sugar ranges from 65 – 85. I no longer sleep with my cpap and am as quiet as a mouse. I’m off all my Bipolar and heart medication. The only pill I take is HCL. I’m happy for once and feel pretty great. I haven’t had any episodes for a few months and have been able to stay out of the hospital. I still don’t know what has caused all those issues, but I know that eating 99.99% meat keeps my symptoms away. My cardiologist is happy with my weight loss, and my heart is as healthy as it’s ever been. She knows about my diet and is completely fine with it.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
None really. I go out to eat, and people give me weird looks for not wanting sides. So I usually get the sides and give them to the people I am with. I rarely eat out though, so it doesn’t affect me much. I just prefer to make my food.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I do not. I am going to start soon. I am now 1 pound away from being under 300 pounds and feel that I can exercise without feeling like I am dying now.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Give it a solid 3 months. I didn’t stick to it, and it was horrible. It won’t work if you only do it half the time. I lost 0 pounds my first two weeks. It was beyond frustrating. I knew I had messed up my body, and it needed to heal. I stuck with it and then I lost 29 pounds the next two weeks. I don’t consider it a diet. I don’t starve myself like I did on my other diets. I eat until full and eat amazing food! If you give it a few weeks, it becomes very easy. Read and research for yourself. There is lots of information available online. It will help you tremendously.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
Sadly no, people have been told that meat is terrible and it’s going to take a lot to change that view. I ate like my old cardiologist wanted me to because it was heart healthy. Now I know that couldn’t be further from the truth. I still have brief moments of doubt. It’s hard to go against everything you have ever known, especially when your heart is involved. Luckily I have very supportive friends and family. They don’t eat like me, but they respect my lifestyle.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.
You can find me on Instagram @dino_the_carnivore and I am always available to talk or help with any questions you might have.
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