Interview with Sarah
1) Introduce Yourself.
I am an almost 40 (in June) year old yoga teacher and mom to a severely autistic little girl living in Atlanta. I practice yoga and meditation daily to manage my chronic stress, but parenting a special needs child can be unrelenting on your adrenals and overall wellness.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
When I began teaching yoga seven years ago I followed a strict vegan diet. I felt pretty good initially as a vegan, but I began to notice that I was always injured, exhausted and got chronic sinus infections and colds. After 2 years of a strict vegan diet I added in chicken & eggs and immediately felt better. Over the last 5 years I have experimented (mostly unsuccessfully!) with everything from the bone broth diet to vegan cleanses to manage my weight and hormonal issues.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
During the holidays of 2018 I got an ultrasound due to pain, and we discovered ovarian cysts. My blood work was also sub-optimal with low testosterone and progesterone, and a saliva test confirmed that I had low cortisol (major adrenal fatigue!). My stress level was at an all time high, and I had some very stubborn weight that I was carrying due to stress.
A good friend of mine is also a doctor, and she had been following the Carnivore diet for 5 months and recommended it to me!
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I eat lots of grass-fed red meat, eggs & very small amounts of chicken.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
My bloodwork has improved to reflect normal levels of testosterone, progesterone and my insulin resistance (PCOS) is no longer! An ultrasound confirmed that my ovarian cysts are gone, my cortisol has also returned to normal levels – and I have lost weight. My deep sleep (the stage of sleep where the body performs deep healing and restoration) has also increased from less than an hour per night – to as much as 2.5 hours per night!
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Honestly – I love the simplicity of the carnivore diet, and the only negative is that when I eat out – I have to order 2 meals to get enough meat!
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
Due to my severe adrenal fatigue, I have not done any exercise other than walking and yoga. Now that my levels are all in a good place, I am easing back into the gym and using an Oura ring to track my HRV.
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 wait any longer to get your health back! I have struggled with my health for years, and I am so grateful every day to wake up and feel good!
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I think this will take a long time, and many doctors who are doing the diet themselves (such as Shawn Baker & Paul Berry) will continue to be vocal and advocate for the movement in the public eye.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.
Stress management and getting your cortisol under control will greatly improve your ability to follow this diet! I am on Instagram as @Carnivore.Yogi
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