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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Catherine

Interview with Catherine

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Catherine Denise Lim. I am 41 years old, mother of 4 – a daughter and triplets (boy-girl-girl)! I am a business owner and a carnivore for about a year now and living in Manila, Philippines.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I had PCOS before I conceived my first daughter. I found this out at the age of 28. My doctor put me on the pill for a year, and then metformin (high dose) when we were ready to conceive. My obstetrician also told me to exercise and to eat fewer carbs. It was also at this time that I was told that I was a pre-diabetic and would most probably be diabetic in the future.

My dad has type 2 diabetes which began at the age of 30, he has had open heart surgery and a kidney transplant. At the age of 67, his glucose levels are still uncontrollable. This posed a lot of questions for me. I have seen my dad follow the Standard American Diet (which is also prescribed here in the Philippines) to no avail. His endocrinologist and nephrologist keeps pushing oatmeal, healthier whole grains, and vegetables. I can see that although my father is on the heavier side, he seems to be always craving and starving and can’t stop thinking about food.

I started trying to control carbs when I was trying to get pregnant, and then again when I was pregnant to prevent myself from getting gestational diabetes (which most of my cousins living in Manila and abroad had whenever they were pregnant). I went very low carb when I got pregnant with my triplets. This astounded my doctor as being one of her few cases of multiple pregnancies which did not require insulin treatment. I gave up grains, fruits and anything with sugar. I learned first about paleo – dabbled in it on and off, then intermittent fasting, then eventually keto. On keto, I lost quite a lot of weight, around 25 pounds easily. My starting weight was around 128 and I ended up being 105 pounds (or less). This was more or less close to my weight when I was in my twenties. I felt healthy, strong and was exercising almost daily. I tracked my macros consistently.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Despite being keto- with carbs coming mostly from vegetables, nuts and seeds, some dairy and a few keto treats. I woke up one-morning feeling pain in my buttocks. I thought it was just some exercise-related injury. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who ordered some bloodwork and subsequently referred me to a rheumatologist. My condition spiralled downwards until all my joints were aching and I could barely move my neck. The rheumatologist then ordered some genetic tests and MRI’s which led to a diagnosis of an autoimmune condition called ankyliosing spondylitis. I was given the option of either managing the pain with NSAIDs (which I knew would ultimately destroy my kidney), or take injectable biologics. I opted for the second treatment. I am currently on monthly injections of Humira. This was also the time when I decided (after much research) to go Carnivore (around June 2018). I read that a Carnivore (elimination diet) may help my autoimmune condition. Although I am not completely off my meds like others are, I did notice that the medication immediately took effect and I was back to normal in less than 3 weeks (my rheumatologist said it would take 3 months or so, 3 to 6 cycles of the treatment to feel its effect). We were all surprised when after one injection, I had little to almost no symptoms. I attribute this to my diet. I probably eliminated a lot if inflammation when I went Carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started my Carnivore journey with a variety of meats – beef ribeyes, fatty chicken thighs, lamb, fatty fish, organ meats, eggs and a lot of bone broth. I still tracked at the start to know how much fat-protein I consumed in a day. After 4 months of doing this and after listening to so many podcasts- I decided to try and be more intuitive. I also do intermittent fasting. I started this diet doing OMAD, and eventually moved to one main meal at around 3:00PM and some eggs if I am still hungry in the evening. Nowadays I try to be even more intuitive and eat when I feel hungry. I usually do not consume any food at least 4 hours before I go to bed. I still take 2 cups of coffee a day and make olive oil mayo – these three things -coffee, olive oil, pepper- are the only plant-based food I consume.  

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

During keto, I felt bloated after meals. I would look 3 months pregnant. With the carnivore diet, there is barely any bloating. I also feel satiated when I eat fat and meat. There will be days when I would feel supercharged after eating healthy fats and meat. I found that with this diet, my weight seems to be regulating itself. I was very thin when I was doing keto and OMAD. I actually gained 5-10 pounds as I did not restrict on this diet. I also noticed that it is easier to maintain my weight.

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

Here in the Philippines, keto has become big BUT not as big as in the USA. I don’t know of any physicians here who would recommend keto, much less Carnivore. I am the only Carnivore I know. The only other Carni’s that I know of are in Instagram and are all abroad. I learn through reading books, looking things up online, following the Carni’s on IG, listening to a ton of podcasts. Every person who sees me eat copious amounts of meat (and I’ve never even eaten more than 500 grams of ribeye at one sitting) would pointedly ask me about my bloodwork. My own parents ceaselessly remind me that I have 4 kids to take care of and I shouldn’t eat myself to death with too much meat. Everyone is worried about me. Culturally, Southeast Asia is the rice basin and so keto and Carni does not stick so long. But I have made this my WOE and lifestyle and haven’t looked back.

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

I do light jogging or walking for 15-20 minutes 5 to 7 times a week (as schedule permits) to soak up the sun. And then I lift light weights for 20-30 minutes also 4-6 times a week at home. I sometimes change this up to do body weight exercises.

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

I believe in n=1. So the only way one will know if it’s a fit is to try it. I also recommend getting a Functional Medicine Practitioner to help one out at the start. I went to a Functional Medicine Practitioner (and there are only 20 in the Philippines) who is also an internal medicine MD. Through her, I was able to see what I was deficient in and we have tried to make some adjustments from there.

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

Not in SEA. Rice is a staple here in our country.

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

Thank you to all the brave and inspiring carni’s out there who share all their knowledge and experiences about this way of eating. I look forward to the day when meat heals me completely and I would get off my meds and live vibrantly until 100! my ig is @filipina.karnevore

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Haley

Interview with Haley

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Haley and I’m a 29-year-old stay at home mom. My pride and joy are my husband and my little girl. I’m currently in school for marketing management! I was overweight for nearly 24 years of my life until I decided to change my life forever. I love swimming (let’s be real, laying in the pool tanning), cooking, and road tripping with my fam.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have tried literally everything under the sun. Atkins, weight watchers, Nutrisystem, IF, everything. I grew up eating a lot of meat but my main form of nutrition was processed sugary crap. I’m talking eat an entire Red Baron pizza in one sitting and wash it down with ice cream

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My husband listened to the Joe Rogan and Shawn Baker podcast and we figured it would be worth a try since nothing else was sustainable and I was miserable in my current state.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I personally can’t seem to part ways with dairy so I eat beef, seafood, chicken, pork, and dairy. I eat when hungry and eat until I’m full. No limits. No calorie counting.

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

Being carnivore has cured a lot of the ailments that I thought were just genetic and I would suffer with forever. Such as acid reflux, digestive issues, high blood pressure, and diabetes. I no longer have intense joint pain, my anxiety and depression are near gone, and my hair is healthier than ever.

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

It’s not a social norm so I get a lot of funny looks or questions any time I eat out.

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

I personally don’t exercise outside of my normal, everyday activity. Haven’t found a need for it just yet.

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 30 days. Let your body adapt and get ready to live your best life.

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

I sure hope that it will. I feel like the carnivore community needs to be more vocal about the benefits of this lifestyle and hopefully, more people can jump on board.

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

I’m so grateful to have found Carnivore. It literally saved my life and I hope that anyone struggling gives it a try. My IG handle is: bonjourcarnivore

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Cassie

Interview with Cassie

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m Cassie, freshly 32 and live in northern Pennsylvania.  I’ve been eating a carnivore diet since October 1, 2018.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

In 2012 I found a podcast Vinnie Tortorich who has coined No Sugar No Grains (NSNG) and I drank up every word he said as I trained for half marathons.  The message is there and it’s solid and simple but I couldn’t quite nail it.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

In 2015 I had a second baby and almost immediately I could tell something wasn’t quite right.  After weeks of research and zero help or support from medical professionals and lactation consultants I determined that my baby was Milk Soy Protein Intolerant and also intolerant to tomatoes, store-bought beef (most likely due to the soy they are fed in feedlots) and eggs.  I went months on strict elimination diets eating mainly chicken, pork, carrots and zucchini to be able to breastfeed. For 15 months I didn’t eat a single thing I didn’t prepare myself and a select few processed and packaged foods. One food that is not an allergen is sugar. I ate a lot of sugar during these 15 months. Coffee and nut milk with sugar, constantly creating dairy-free desserts I ate round the clock.  I’d also determined that gluten, wheat, and nuts were not a trigger for the baby so I made a lot of homemade bread ate my weight in pasta with cashew cream sauces, and on and on. This period of time really showed me what we put in our bodies really effects us in so many ways. My baby had gone from screaming in miserable pain with rashes on his body and projectile vomiting at just days old to complete delight in 8 weeks.  

Post breastfeeding I was successful at Whole-30 for a couple of months and from there transitioned into a keto/NSNG lifestyle.  I would be successful for a couple of weeks and then just lose myself in a couple of days of nothing but carbs. I found the carnivore hashtag on Instagram and dove into that community.  I knew I had to try it. About a week into my journey I was listening to a podcast on a walk when the host said ‘pure abstinence is easier than perfect moderation’ and that hit me like a brick wall.  I’d been attempting for so many years to try to moderate my carb intake and failing 100% of the time. I find that staying away from all carbs is essential to my health.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

For myself, the carnivore diet means that much of my food comes from local farms.  Within 40 miles of my house, I have access to raw milk, raw milk cheese, grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork, chicken and eggs.  I usually have beef in the freezer from a local farmer but I’ve out eaten what he could raise and am currently stuck buying high-quality meat from a bulk store and butcher until July.  

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

Since starting carnivore I’ve drastically improved my sleep.  My whole life I’ve struggled to fall asleep and stay asleep, most nights feeling lucky to get three straight hours.  Eating carnivore I’m full of energy all day and can fall and stay asleep with no trouble every single night. Another favourite thing that’s happened since going carnivore is that my mood is so much more stable.  I don’t get worked up over anything anymore. I’m able to look at a situation and evaluate my options rather than lashing out. Other benefits included my hair no longer falling out and my pores shrinking. I also find intermittent fasting easy with a meat-based diet.

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

I’ve experienced no negative effects of eating this way but what is frustrating is eating this way around people that do not know the truth about eating red meat.  I find it hard to tolerate that the majority of the US population think that eating the fat off of grass-fed beef or a slice of bacon will significantly shorten their lifespan while they themselves are eating gas station pizza slices, packaged donuts and washing it down with a high sugar coffee milkshake.  

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

I joined a gym in February.  In years past I’ve loved running.  I ran 7 half marathons over 5 years but when I joined this gym I did so with the intent to lift weights for the first time in my life.  I started out with an app on my phone that introduced me to the different machines and dumbbells but felt like I was capable of more. I found Sydney Cummings on YouTube and am obsessed. She releases a new video every morning at 5am and has been doing it for over a year so there are pages and pages of workouts to choose from.  I also got a stand-up paddle board recently and plan on spending a lot of time with it on the local lakes this summer.

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

I highly encourage anyone interested in feeling good, physically and/or mentally, to try the carnivore diet for a period.  Fight through those sugar cravings that first week with a dash of Redmond’s Real Salt and plenty of good quality meat. I find red meat the most satiating.  

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

I hope that the carnivore diet will one day be accepted as a ‘normal’ way of eating but I do think that right now the deck is stacked against that happening in the short future.  There is too much anti-meat propaganda floating around out there with more money behind that is suppressing our message.

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

You can follow me on Instagram at cassiethecarnivore.  In the fall I will be starting the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program through the NTA.  After the NTA I plan on also becoming a certified lactation consultant and a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Association.  I think it’s really important to spread the message of nutrition affecting every cell in our body and how to get your body functioning at an optimal level.  

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Aimee

Interview with Aimee

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Introduce Yourself

Hi, I’m Aimee Perrin. I’ll celebrate my 65th birthday in July. I’ve been married to my awesome artist husband, Dennis Perrin for 40 years this summer. He started eating carnivore 20 days before I did! We have 3 children, all grown up and 5 grandchildren, so I’m a grandmother!  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1971 at age 16. By the time I was 22 years, after college, I became a vegetarian and started researching natural healing. Even though type 1 diabetes is called an incurable disease, I have believed that it is healable if I found the right combination of diet and/or therapies. So I haven’t touched the Standard American Diet for the last 43 years. I tried just about every healing diet out there over the years.

How did you eat before Carnivore?

Right before carnivore, I had eaten very low carb, high fat or Keto for the last 9 years. But before that, I was raw vegan for 7 years from 2003-2010. Before that, I was low carb eating meat, eggs, cheese, and veggies for 1996-2003. Before that was about 20 years ovo-lacto Vegetarian from 1976-1996. And before that, I was a kid eating the Standard American Diet.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

I’ll try any diet that I feel promises to improve my health, period. I’m hoping to heal type 1 diabetes, 48 years, and improve my hands, dupuytren contracture, causing all fingers to stay bent.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet

I’m open to switching things up, but right now I eat eggs and bacon for breakfast, a half a steak for lunch, usually a ribeye, and a burger and egg scramble and butter with pork belly. I tend to eat a high-fat version, using raw grass-fed jersey butter that I get from a local farm. The meat and eggs I eat come mostly from a local farm. I’m planning on giving up coffee and dairy next month for a 30-day experiment to see if that could help further in my healing.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet?

My energy is better, all day. The food is simple to prepare and to buy and extremely satisfying. The floaters in my eyes are nearly completely gone. My sleep is better and my dreams have increased and are interesting. I used to almost never dream. I used to have this pesky patch of flaking painful and irritated skin on an eyebrow, and now it’s completely gone! And I am definitely hoping for more healing. Travel is very easy on carnivore!

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet

It took over 5 and a half months for the diarrhea every morning to stop. But now I have formed poops. I really don’t see any negatives.

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

I walk several miles every day and I do body weight exercises like pushups, squats and stuff like that. As part of my month long healing experiment, I am doing 100 pushups everyday. That will be May 12 to June 12.

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

Do it! Eat meat that you like. If you get muscle cramps, take potassium and magnesium and drink plenty of water.

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

I’m not sure I would even want that, I like being different. I do think the Carnivore Diet will be known as one of the options when someone is looking to lose weight or improve their health. Speaking of losing weight, that was never a reason for me, I’ve always been thin and haven’t been an unconscious eater for the last 43 years, that long without junk food!

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

My Instagram is @thebuttereater_t1d and I’m Aimee Fields Perrin on FB. I write a blog about my journey that I started when I was Keto, so there are some keto recipes on the blog. I’ll certainly have a new blog on there soon about my month-long experiment with no dairy and no coffee –  www.thehappyhealinglife.com

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Raymond

Interview with Raymond

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Introduce Yourself.

Hello, my name is Raymond, and as of writing this I am 27 years young of age, I’m from the Netherlands. Since the age of 11 I have been a type 1 diabetic.


How did you eat before Carnivore.

Mostly a plant based way of eating, some meat here and there (mostly beef liver), and eggs eaten on a weekly basis.


Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Recently I acknowledged that I have been depressed for most of my adult life, due to my diabetes and a family relationship that inflicts a lot on me. Binge eating was a way of neglecting anxiety and depression on a short term, but doing a lot of damage to me mentally on a long term basis.

The vicious cycle was of following; I experience negative emotions → binge eat → short term good feelings/long term negative consequences → negative impact on my diabetes → negative emotions, and the cycle loops.

I am addicted to high palatable foods, which make me feel like a sort of ”high” when consuming them. For me it is impossible to have them in moderation, and I was looking for a way out, and the carnivore approach offered me that solution.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat, a lot! I don’t restrict, restricting has lead me to a path of getting out of touch with my body and neglecting the signals its telling me.

A typical day of eating consist of two meals (sometimes I do omads, and include a lot of yummy ”junk” animal foods), organs meats are on the daily, fish, cheese, eggs, and meat smothered in butter! I also consume coffee (black).


What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

The two most important changes are reduction in my depression and anxiety, while being on a plant based approach, I had a very hard time leaving the house, meeting up with friends and loved ones and socializing in general, while still being very prevalent, I now meet up with friends more often and socialize more.

The other important change is that I no more crave foods, this literally blows my mind, while on a plant based way of eating, my mind was continually thinking about what my next meal would be, as of being on a carnivore approach, the thought of that is non existent.

Now when I am ”hungry” I want meat.

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Adaptation phase, it was horrible and gruesome. I had (and still have occasionally) thoughts about ending my own life, and while transitioning to a carnivore approach those thoughts were daily, its bizarre how the brain works in those mentally heavy situations, I was having mental conversations with myself that ”its okay to have an apple, you had a good workout today, you totally deserve it!”, knowing well that if I had that apple, a binge spree would conclude.

The other negatives are, the occasional runny bathroom trip and socially people WILL judge you and ”inform” you what you are doing is totally unhealthy.


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

Yes! Weight training since I was 18 years of age, its a habit that invoked so many positive effects on my quality of life, and I am proud to say that even in these hardest parts of my life I maintained the habit.

As of transitioning from a carbohydrate burner to a fat burner, it took a hit to my strength, a minimal one (and totally worth it!) of about 10% of reduction of all my lifts. While saying that, I am now at the point of beating my old personal records!

Recovery is insane! Previously I had a hard time lifting weights on a daily basis, now I am lifting weights 6/7 times a week and maintaining or gaining reps!


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

Cliche, but try it.

It all depends on where you stand in life at this point, if you are desperate and tried many other approached and failed, I can promise you, that a carnivore way of life, will make YOUR LIFE BETTER.


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

Carnivore/zerocarb no, for many its too of an extreme approach way to eating, but in the future, I am of the opinion that people will realize that excluding animal products from your way of eating will have a grave negative impact in the long term health wise.


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

People can follow me on instagram @carniboy_z

I post my foods on a daily basis, with glucose reports and also a workout clip here and there.

And for any questions, any at all, please feel free to contact me.

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Guest Post: Can the Keto Diet make cancer therapy more effective?

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A ketogenic diet refers to a diet which is high in dietary fats and low in carbohydrates with 80 % of the daily calories being derived from fats and less than 5 % from carbohydrates with the remaining being from proteins. Ketogenic diet has been suggested as an adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment as it caters to improve individual’s response to treatment. This article will cater to explore this claim with the help of succinct evidence.

A balanced diet includes carbohydrates in a greater proportion than fats, which means that ample amount of carbohydrates, and thus, glucose is available to all the cells of the body. Glucose is utilised both by normal body cells and cancerous cells. In fact, it has been recognized that cancer cells thrive on glucose. Like normal cells of the body require fuel or energy for survival, cancer cells also need some sort of fuel, which is majorly derived from these sugars. While normal cells of the body can also learn to thrive on alternate sources of energy like fats and proteins by altering their energy pathways, cancer cells find it increasingly difficult to alter their principal source of energy. This is in favour of the ketogenic diet as it reduces the availability of the major source of energy to the cancerous cells reducing their chances of survival.

Further, consuming carbohydrates raises blood sugar levels in the body leading to an increased production of insulin. Insulin has been found to mediate cancerous growth as it leads to the activation of P13K signalling in tumour cells causing these cells to replicate. By consuming a ketogenic diet, insulin levels in the body can be regulated, which makes cancer treatment more effective. However, definitive efficacy and safety of the ketogenic diet has not yet been established. Rather, some studies have found a reverse claim, in that, ketogenic diet consumed in isolation in cancer patients can have some harmful effects or it may exhibit no positive effects at all. This implies that there is a need to alter between different types of diets even while promoting ketogenesis in the patient. This also implicates that switching to a ketogenic diet without the recommendation of your doctor or the cancer group can indeed have a harmful effect, and thus, must be avoided[1].

While definite clinical course of the diet is yet to be established, ketogenic diet has demonstrated its repeated success as an adjuvant therapy for cancer in several preclinical and lab studies. These studies have provided evidence in the favour of anti – tumour effects of ketogenic diets. When combined with existing treatment protocol that is, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, ketogenic diet immensely helped in reducing the growth of neuroblastoma. This has been noted for 2:1 KD (ratio of fat to carbohydrates plus proteins) along with calorie restriction. Although calorie restriction has an anti – tumour potential as it helps to sensitize cancerous cells to chemotherapy, it is usually not recommended in patients due to weakness and weight loss witnesses in cancer. So, while ketogenic diet has been evidenced to have potential as a promising therapy, its clinical utilisation remains challenging.

Why a ketogenic diet has been proven effective with these lab studies can be explained in the lines of reduced ability of cancerous cells to proliferate in the absence of glucose. It has been found that cancer cells lack the ability to metabolise ketone bodies due to mitochondrial dysfunction and down – regulation of enzymes necessary for the utilization of ketone bodies. Further, reduction in blood sugar drops the levels of insulin and insulin – like growth factors, which are essential for the proliferation of cancerous cells[2]. Another pathway by which ketogenic diet is helpful in cancer therapy is that it also induces the shortage of lactate in the body, which is also essential for tumorous cells. It has been found that tumour cells take up an increased amount of glucose as compared to normal cells in the body and produce lactate, which they utilise for their proliferation[3]. By limiting glucose, the availability of lactate is also reduced, which is made through aerobic glycolytic pathways in cancerous cells.

Keeping aside the standard ketogenic diet, optimised ketogenic diets have proven to be more efficacious and safer during the treatment of cancer. Ketogenic diet in a ratio of 8:1 had a stronger anti – tumour effect as compared to a standard ketogenic diet when tested in patients. Within this diet, the fat content comprised of 25% medium-chain triglycerides and 75% long-chain triglycerides. This combination was more efficacious than an all long – chain triglycerides diet in the same ratio. This ascertains that there is a need for optimisation of the ketogenic diet based on the needs of the patient, the type of the tumour and the dietary requirements, in addition with optimization to suit the standard therapy for cancer management.

As stated above, ketogenic diets are not favoured in cancer therapy because of their weight – loss effect. However, if calorie restriction in ketogenic diet is managed, weight loss will not be a delinquent of ketogenic diet and then it can be more greatly utilised. When patients affected with gastric cancer were given a ketogenic diet for a duration of 8 weeks, they demonstrated increased energy intake and an improvement in body weight, which implies that weight loss effect in ketogenic diet can be managed with the help of optimizations. The effect of the diet also depends on the type of cancer. Particular benefit of the diet has been found in advanced cases of gastric cancer in which metastasis has occurred.

All in all, ketogenic diet is effective in the management of cancer as it improves patient’s response to treatment. However, this depends on the advancement of the tumour and the type of cancer. In cancer patients, optimised ketogenic diets have demonstrated greater potential than standard ketogenic diet and must be utilised while facilitating optimisation on the basis of type of cancer, its progress, patient needs, type of fat given and the amount of calories fed to the patient. It is important to rule out calorie restriction in ketogenic diets before advising it for cancer patients to prevent cachexia and other side effects. Due to the risk of these side effects, it is imperative that you do not begin a ketogenic diet unless so advised by your doctor and cancer group.

[1] https://blog.aicr.org/2018/09/17/the-ketogenic-diet-and-cancer-treatment-what-patients-should-know/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5842847/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5624453/

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KetoCarnivore: Glen’s Journey Month 5

Spartan was amazing! It was tough (of course) but such a good atmosphere and such a great day out! It took us 4 hours to complete the 21km trail run and 30+ obstacles plus an additional 60 burpees for failing on a couple obstacles (30 burpees for each) But being out in the elements and getting in amongst it is awesome, such a great way to enjoy being fit & healthy! I might sign up to more of those, they’re just such a great day 🙂 My fuel for the day was Generation UCAN Superstarch & UCAN Electrolytes and Amino Water. I think I’m onto a winner there and will use the same fuel plan for the Sydney Marathon.

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

Plan: Strength exercises at 90% effort and running & cycling at 80% effort to ensure I can exercise every day. Change up workout every month.

Training: The weekend after Spartan I did a little 13km trail run on Mt Sugarloaf – it was excellent but when I got home I could barely walk (low back pain from trail shoes that don’t have enough support for my foot arches) That’s stuffed my running this month, I think I’ve managed two runs in May. This did however get me onto the in-door cycle trainer (Elite Arion Digital Smart B+) I bought which I’ve tried out a couple times. A little trickier than the normal fixed trainers but eventually you get used to it. It came with a year of training exercises in their app so I’ll be using that for now. Next year I’ll sign up to Zwift!

Food: No change there, still on the KetoCarnivore diet. Bulletproof coffee in the morning. Nuts to snack on (almonds and cashews) Little bit of fruit (avocado, blueberries, grapes and bananas) Dark chocolate for dessert.

Extras: Since training has been limited I’ve had to focus on the Wim Hof Method. Instead of a cold shower after training I’ve been getting into the pool for a freezing cold dip before I go to bed. It feels absolutely crazy getting into a cold pool before getting into bed but the freezing cold turns white fat cells (the stubborn ones) into brown fat cells (the ones we burn for energy) I know you must must be thinking it can’t possibly get cold in Australia but I assure you its down to about 6 degrees at night here and we’re only just going into winter. The cold water shower I take after the cold dip actually warms me up!

Notes: I’m not entirely happy about all my diminishing stats, its time to increase the strength exercises!

Stats: Here is a table of stats from all the body scans so far:

Date Weight Body Fat Chest Biceps Waist Hips BMI
Jan-19 90.5 kg 14% 99 cm 32 & 31cm 87 cm 109 cm 25.9
Feb-19 89.5 kg 13% 102 cm 32 & 34cm 86 cm 106 cm 25.6
Mar-19 89.6 kg 13% 104 cm 32 & 34cm 86 cm 106 cm 25.6
Apr-19 88.8 kg 12% 104 cm 32 & 35cm 85 cm 105 cm 25.4
May-19 87.5 kg 12% 104 cm 33 & 35cm 84 cm 105 cm 25
May-19 84.5 kg 12% 103 cm 33 & 34cm 84 cm 104 cm 24.2

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Tani

Interview with Tani

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Introduce Yourself.

My name is Tani, @taniblue_artist on Instagram, I am a 46 yo mother of a 15 yo daughter. Widowed for 10 years this May. I am an artist and dancer, have been an aerialist and am currently retraining in classical ballet with a view to teaching and journalism in dance.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

B.C. Before Carnivore.

I was raised a vegetarian by my parents in the 70’s. I am fairly certain my mother was vegetarian while I was in-utero too. I was born anxious, I was also born with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome but I was not diagnosed until I was 42. It is a collagen disorder. It seems that vegetarianism was probably the worst dietary choice my parents could have made for me, outside of full veganism. As a child I was extremely hypermobile per EDS but I had a myriad of issues not connected with the syndrome. Migraines, I remember having a blinding ‘sore heads’ from about 4. I thought it was normal, because my mum also had headaches. I had insomnia as long as I can remember. I had extreme tantrums that would be accompanied by out of body experiences right through to adulthood. My hands always shook. I would see auras and feel like I was a giant balloon at school, and all sorts of odd hallucinations and imaginings. I had weird learning issues, they thought I was dyslexic, but I was not. I just couldn’t quite remember things right, I guess we now know this as brain fog. I found ingenious ways to keep up with the other kids. I would have extreme wheezing attacks if we did lots of running at school, nobody noticed, I thought it was just normal puffing as I doubled over unable to breath. I had stomach aches. All the time.

Sanitarium (the 7th day adventist company) is big in Australia, I remember, pre-primary school, eating sloppy weetbix soaked in reconstituted powdered soy milk. I would have the worst tummy aches. My mum would make the most amazing home made stone milled whole wheat bread, it was nearly indigestible for me and made my tummy hurt. But I ate it. We fortunately ate home grown veg so that was toxin and glyphosate free. My favourite food was egg yolks with salt. I hated eggwhites. My little brother liked the whites so we would swap.

When I was between 9 and 11 my parents split. My mother was diagnosed as anemic and so we started eating some lean meat, mostly skinless chicken. We were veg focused though and had nuttelex (margarine) as our bread spread. By 14 I had pretty severe depression. I didn’t really know why. (we did have some very bad life experiences but still it didn’t make sense). I had constant bouts of conjunctivitis, mouth ulcers, and chronic hay fever. My stomach was always a bit bloated and I was nearly always constipated in my teens. I was diagnosed by a friend at ballet (I started dancing at 3, on a doctor’s orders for the hypermobility) with scoliosis. At 16 I had a spinal fusion and had to quit ballet. This saw a rapid decline in my physical and mental health. At 17 my eyesight began to rapidly deteriorate (I was studying fine art) so I had to get glasses. In my early 20’s I developed cystic acne, still had constant migraines and started to seek help for my stomach which was switching between diarrhoea and constipation. I was self medicating (alcohol mostly) to try to deal with the migraines and depression and insomnia and pain.

An allopathic naturopath got me off wheat and kept me away from dairy. It helped a bit. At 20 I joined the circus. I trained as an aerialist. I was very strong. But, I injured my ankle and kept performing on it for a few months. I left after a year and had a severe limp for several years. I thought it was normal to take years to heal, it always took me so long to heal from anything (this is partly due to the EDS) At 22 I was medicated for depression, I took the meds for about a year. By 25 I was on crutches from severe hip pain. A specialist wanted to do surgery. I said no. I put it off for 17 years and had my hip replaced at 42. The initial damage to the hip would have been from the scoliosis and the ankle limp, impacting on the hip causing spurs and then osteoarthritis, I treated it with chiropractic. For EDS and scoliosis chiropractic has been an absolute godsend. I was also diagnosed with osteoarthritis around this time, I have it everywhere.

I lived off grid in my late 20’s with my partner, we ate all sorts of hunted foods like hare and rabbit and duck and deer. My gut was quite a bit better and my migraines less and sleep better, but I was still drinking frequently and eating tons of veggies and vegetarian meals.

I had a baby at 30. My pregnancy was perfect, which is astonishing, a drug free and fast delivery (perhaps because of all the dance training and high pain threshold I developed over decades of chronic pain), while I was pregnant I could eat as much dairy and pastries as I wanted with few ill effects bar constipation. All my food reactions came back after delivery. By my mid 30’s my migraines were so bad I would have them 6 days out of 7. I had chronic diarrhea, I was medicated for cystic acne with a type of hormonal pill and had severe PMT. My stomach would swell so bad and the gas was utterly horrific. I was tested for celiac but it was negative. I stopped eating all grains around this stage.

In my later 30s I had a bone test done at a chemist. She said my density looked extremely low and I should get it looked at by a doctor. The doctors refused to believe I could have anything wrong with my bones ‘so young’. So it was 7 or so years more before I got a dexa. When I was finally tested I was diagnosed with full blown osteoporosis in my spine and osteopenia in my hips at 42. I was still eating a ‘whole foods healthy fats low protein’ diet at this stage. My husband (we broke up but were still very close)passed away when I was 36. I developed severe PTSD. I kept a business running, just. But within 2 years my body had deteriorated so much that I had to close my business. I had shingles. I could barely walk. And my gut was getting worse. I was mostly in bed for nearly 4 years.

At one point I was eating Keto, I loved it, no one knew about it then. My brother introduced me to it. My peers told me I was insane, that I needed soluble and insoluble fibre to be healthy. But I felt incredible! For the first time in my life my toilet experience was “normal”.Of course eventually I was convinced to go back to LFHC after about 3 months. HUGE MISTAKE. I was so sick I also dabbled in a bit of juicing, a bit of raw vegan, but mostly just stuck to the usual veg and fruit laden low meat diet. I had got rid of legumes by now though, they would just kill me.

After I had my hip sorted by cutting it out and putting in a metal one, I went to a gp and talked of my stomach ills (by this stage I had been bleeding from my rectum for about a year) and of my concerns about my bones. Miraculously she listened. I was tested. I had pylori, we got rid of that. I had fructose and oligos malabsorption and I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. The bones of a sickly 90 yo. I was put onto FODMAPS diet. It helped, quite a bit. I did FODMAPS for about 2 years. Plus insane meds for ulcerative colitis/proctitis. I had a friend tell me about EDS, I was genetically tested and found to have the syndrome at the same time.

Then I stumbled back on to keto just through looking up foods constantly on the internet.I experienced even more improvements. I did that for about 8 months. Then in November 2018 I stumbled upon and started with Carnivore. I had heard of it years before and thought it was insane but I am pretty much willing to try anything now I am in so much pain and so sick of it.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

So I started ‘dirty’ carnivore. BAM game changer! I had developed rosacea acne after a stressful incident a year before. That was the first ailment to go, in about 3 weeks. I had also developed sjorgens syndrome when I was little, that also went (it is just dry mucous areas, eyes, mouth, privates)I had migrating tongue and severe ulcers even on Keto, gone in a few weeks on Carnivore. All migraines, gone. Insomnia, gone. I sleep solidly for at least 7 hours a night, for the first time in my life. The ulcerative colitis is still healing, and I still have small flare ups but it is so much improved. I am getting rid of egg whites at the moment and this seems to be helping (only been off them 4 days). Severe memory loss,  is so much improved. My healing time is improved. Trauma reactions have been reduced. I am still triggered by the same things, filling forms, loud noise, crowds etc but so much less so, I am able to navigate these things so much better, although I suspect there might be a bit of ADHD as well, but of course ADHD can also be treated with HFLC. Depression is gone. That went with Keto. Anxiety and “overthinking” is gone. I think I even need to get a new glasses script, my eyesight seems to be changing. And there is probably so much more, that I will think of after I submit this. Oh and I already look 5 years younger and as a pale redhead, I don’t sunburn at all any more.I literally do not need sunscreen even at the height of Australian summer. This is incredible to experience. I used to burn in 5 seconds of sun exposure.

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How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

What do I eat at the moment? Mornings I have coffee blended with 2 egg yolks, a huge chunk of butter, a few tablespoons of colostrum and some gelatin. I usually have two of these. Lunch I will have a burger patty, or steak, some sort of seafood and recently added in a variety of cheeses high in K2. When I first added these in a few weeks ago, I had a HUGE oxalate dump. It was intense and painful. I drink lemon water to help with the oxalate overload. For dinner I will have some more meats. I also have a bit of whey protein isolate. Eggs done different ways. LIVER! I have been eating a little raw liver pretty much the whole time, it is incredible. I am coming at this from a very medicalised point of view. I am eating a ton of calories. I dont track, because I think I would be horrified. I suspect I am eating about 2000-2500 cal a day. I am 4’11 (stunted growth plus scoliosis, my mother is about 6 inches taller than me, my daughter is about 4 inches taller) and I weigh 53kg.

I have recently stopped eating – blueberries, cacao, sugar free sauces including tomato sauce, black tea and egg whites and I have very little stevia. This is because of my suspicion that oxalates have been my biggest problem all along. I have only recently found this information. I drink a bit of milk kefir and goats milk and yogurt. I try and get the best quality and grass fed when I can. I am extremely low income so I seek out direct bulk and plan very carefully.

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

I do about 15-20 hours a week of dance classes and am studying a certificate in dance, I walk outdoors every day and do a small amount of cross training at home, if I stop training my EDS symptoms – chronic pain etc go nuts. I am looking down the barrel of more surgery, on my foot this time, my ankle is bone on bone and cysts have formed. This was from a twisted ankle 18 months ago (just before Keto). So I am still dealing with extreme arthritic pain in my ankle, my knee is playing up. I still see a range of specialists for EDS symptoms, BUT I am actually in the best health of my entire life. I think that it is going to take a long time to heal 40+ years of damage but it has started and I am so excited, but I am also so sad and angry. I was never ever meant to be this sick. Yes, my genetics have had an impact, but the healing I have experienced this past 6 months had been utterly profound. Life changing. I can now actually start looking at gainful employment as my health improves, because I am not on the toilet all day every day. Telling people you are unemployed because of your bowel movements is pretty bloody mortifying.

Weight has not played any part in any of these choices and changes for me. My weight has been pretty consistent all my life, but my health has always been awful. What I have noticed since carnivore is my muscles are denser and I don’t get tired from exercise and I rarely get sore muscles.I have lost a lot of adipose tissue from my hips and upper arms that I thought I was stuck with due to aging and my boobs have changed shape, still small but firmer. All my skin is looking better!

I also had to nap every day up until starting carnivore, sometimes for hours or even all day. I no longer need naps, another improvement that means I can look at gainful employment. The impact to my capacity to make any kind of living has been devastating. I think this is so important to note. My quality of life as an adult has been severely messed with, and I am seeing this more and more in young adults now, people who should be in their prime!

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

My main advice, if you are really unwell and looking at this, is start slow. Go Keto first, gradually remove foods. Oxalate dumping is painful and can be dangerous (I recently found out). The transition is easier too. There was a mild transition period with FODMAPS, then for Keto it was about 3 months of adapting for me (most people it is about 2 weeks) and then carnivore came pretty easy overall from there.

If your gut and skin are playing up, I believe this is a sign of deep underlying damage. You have probably been sick for years but it is starting to show on the surface. Carnivore type diets may not be for everyone, but as far as my ancestral history is concerned, and my reactions to the changes, it is definitely for me. And probably for life by the looks of it.

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

I do think carnivore will end up mainstream. Even as the big multinationals push for more fake food and earth destroying monocropping, I think the pushback is going to be huge soon. Too many of us are getting too sick from the last 60 years of BS food guidelines and crap on the shelves (which I never ate!). They nearly killed me for goodness sakes, which is bonkers! I ate the “healthiest” diet on the planet my whole life and I nearly ended up with bowel cancer (still at very high risk) and mush for bones. I do think that ancestral diets will return with force, maybe sooner than the multinationals can reckon with! I certainly hope so, and this is why I am sharing my experience.

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

I post regularly in my stories and feed on instagram. My focus is ballet, health, diet and art. @taniblue_artist is where you can see what I get up to and how I am progressing.

My final word is please feed your children ample quality meat and animal fats. I was the experiment in the 70’s and the experiment failed, terribly.

Thanks for reading my story.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Marcus

Interview with Marcus

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Marcus, from Nashville, Tn. I have 2 kids and a 3rd on the way. I am a free thinker, minimalist and love doing things the hard way ( you learn so much more🤣).

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate whatever I wanted when I wanted. I “tried” the vegan diet but realised very quickly that it was nonsense.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

To get the most out of life.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

As simple and basic as possible. I hardly use salt anymore. If I do eat breakfast its 6-8 raw eggs, then for lunch usually 1 pound of beef and a pound of chicken with some added rendered fat. Dinner is another 2 pounds of beef. My multivitamins are raw beef liver and raw oysters.

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

I sleep a lot better and my hair is growing crazy fast.

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

Finding high-quality animal products where I live.

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

I train 5-6 days a week, everything is about the same but with just lower body fat %. Only lifting, powerlifting and bodyweight.

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

Nose to tail!

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

Not if the powers at be have anything to say about it. Eventually, people will come back around to their primal nature.

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

Don’t eat like this because it’s cool or whatever, get back to your primal nature and everything will get better for you.

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