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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Daniel

Interview with Daniel

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Daniel Munro. I’m a Canadian musician who has been struggling with atopic dermatitis and topical steroid withdrawal for the last 5 years.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate mostly processed junk food and fast food. If I was making food for myself it was usually stuff like pasta, stir fry (usually a variety of vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, with chicken breast and a teriyaki sauce), fruit smoothies, toast with eggs. I was also a very frequent drinker.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had tried everything else. After my health went downhill my wife Kelsey and I tried a lot of different diets to address the problem. We started by trying a vegetarian diet, then we went paleo, then keto, then back to paleo. I even had an IgE/IgG blood allergy test done and cut out any offending foods from my diet for over a year. Finally after trying everything else I tried carnivore and started seeing results by the end of my first month.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

We try to do nose to tail. We incorporate organ meats and have broth as often as possible (nearly daily). I tend to start the day with a bone broth then don’t eat anything until around 10AM where I eat a can of sardines. Then at lunch I have 10 oz. of ground beef. When I get home I will have whatever kind of meat is available: steak, chicken wings, bacon, pork butt being some of our favourites.

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

The biggest benefit has been my skin clearing up. I had cracks (more like cuts) on my neck, wrists, fingers and knuckles. Oozing on my face, hands, and feet. This kept me from being able to work for 4 years and kept me mostly bed ridden. My sleep schedule was a mess, I couldn’t sleep at all at night and would lie awake at night unable to sleep even though I was exhausted (wired but tired), also accompanied by intermittent itch fits throughout the night. I now sleep relatively soundly at night. An unlikely benefit has also been a huge decrease in my depression, which is something I have lived with all my life. It decreased so gradually that I barely even noticed, but as I started seeing results in my physical appearance my mental state also started to improve. Overall I feel calmer and less stressed while eating this way. I do believe that my gut health was destroyed by eating too many processed carbs before, while also eating way too much. I think this stressed my digestive system and ended up causing a lot of stress for me.

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

It’s hard to eat anything that I haven’t prepared myself. Eating at conventional restaurants is basically impossible since they all tend to use seed oils or my food gets cross contaminated with something that I react to. I have also had a hard time gaining much weight while on this diet. That could be due my gut dysbiosis.

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

My job is rather physical (shipping/receiving) so I lift a lot of heavy boxes all day and am walking around a lot. I do a lot of yoga and try to get some body-weight and kettle bell workouts in when I can as well.

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

Eat nose to tail. Organ meat is necessary to get the full array of nutrients that you won’t be getting from vegetables in a more bio-available form. Bone marrow is also awesome.

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

I’m back and forth on this. I see a big push right now for people to not eat meat. However, when you look at the health benefits people are experiencing it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore. When you really start to dig into the evidence it becomes more and more logical: you can get almost all the necessary vitamins, nutrients and amino acids necessary to thrive from meat, in a more bio-available form. Our digestive systems has evolved to eat meat; we have one stomach and a short colon, we simply lack the digestive enzymes needed to properly digest plant material. We developed tools initially to extract bone marrow from animal bones and ate animal products for a lot longer than we have been eating fruits and vegetables in the quantities we do today, let alone the amount of processed food we have been introduced to over the past few decades. I think there’s good reason to think that a lot of us aren’t adapted to today’s modern high carbohydrate diet.

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

I think finding a community online can really help with this diet. No one I know in real life follows this diet; some of them would even think that it’s crazy to even do. Finding support online can provide you with useful tips on how to maximise your results as well as help you from feeling like you’re some meat crazed weirdo.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Richard

Interview with Richard

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1) Introduce Yourself.

61 year old male, British expat living in Hong Kong for 20 years. I am married with four kids, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

I manage a five star hotel and am a Professor of Hotel Management and Tourism and teach in a University.

I left the UK aged 2 and lived in Singapore, Tanzania, Ghana, UK ( private boarding school aged 8-19 ), also worked in British Virgin Islands, Bahrain, Bangkok Thailand, East Java- Indonesia, Hangzhou- PRC China, Singapore and HONG KONG.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I’ve done every diet that was ever introduced including the Fit For Life Diet by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, Fruit Diet of the 1980’s, Atkins, Paleo, Primal Health, Keto 2015-2019, Carnivore Jan 2019 – present.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

When I did Keto in 2015 I was following Tristan Haggard Primal Edge Health YouTube channel and even paid for one month of coaching but I wasn’t seeing any lean gains (my goal was to reach 158lbs and 18% body fat for years which was my weight in the 1980s when I was ripped. I stalled on Keto in fact I didn’t lose more than 7kg in 5 years. I stalled at 73 kg and as I was following him when he wandered into the carnivore diet I followed along. I also followed Siim Land and started fasting. On carnivore I dropped from 73kg to 68kg and am at 18% body fat. I also feel amazing.

I quit alcohol in 2000!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

With the KISS formula I eat the same two meals every day sometimes one.

I’m one day I’ll consume 2oz calves liver, one 20 oz rib eye, salmon roe 2 Tablespoons, and 6 eggs plus kerrygold butter. I sometimes add Anchovies and sheep’s or goat cheese.

I fast for 20 hours and workout fasted my first meal is 3pm and the second at 7pm.

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

I burned off the body-fat, no other side issues I’m not getting insulin spikes and cortisol is under control.

My cholesterol is a high number so at the request of my doctor had a pulmonary MRI and also tested my carotid arteries both sides. They were shocked to see I had 0% calcium and 0% plaque in my arteries and 0% blockage.

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

I feel woozy dizzy when I stand up after sitting for an hour, I also passed out one night when I went for a pee at 3 am and hit my head.

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

Yes 3/5 days a week. At my lunch break I follow the Kino Body protocol heavy small reps, push and pull alternating daily I also row and walk to achieve 300 calories burned this is Tabatha style.

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

Skip Keto and keep it simple eat the same thing daily and eat highly nutritious densely packed 2:1 fat to protein meals but don’t over eat over your BMI.  Must lift weights and walk an hour a day at a slow pace. Drink ACV.

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

Never .

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

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Grace

Interview with Grace

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1)      Introduce Yourself.

My name is Grace! I’m 32, from Seattle, WA, and started the carnivore diet in January 2019.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was low carb/keto for a year or so before carnivore, and before that I was eating the Standard American Diet.  I’ve dabbled in paleo years before and was successful with losing weight, but ended up eating SAD again, and thus gained about 25 lbs.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

We started the carnivore diet because my boyfriend was having stomach issues, and I suggested it.  I was hesitant to suggest it at first because our variety of foods would dramatically decrease, but I wanted to try it in solidarity with the boyfriend.  After just 2 weeks, his stomach issues went away, and we just kept sticking with a carnivore diet.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

We now order a quarter cow from a nearby farm.  It’s grass-fed and grass-finished, and we can be confident in the source of our meat.  Other than eating beef, I also include cheese, salami, bacon, and eggs in my diet.

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

Since I transitioned from keto, it wasn’t a drastic change.  However my cravings have disappeared completely.  When I was on keto, I was still including random treats in my diet – Quest bars/cookies, dark chocolate, etc.  Now I just eat animal products and feel completely satisfied.

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

Honestly nothing.  Maybe the social aspect of it, but it’s not necessarily a negative.

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

I lift weights and strength train about 4 days a week, and I walk my dog about 2 hours a day.

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

I would say give it a shot! You’ve got nothing to lose J

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

I sure hope so – it’s gaining traction now so we might be heading in that direction.

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

Everyone’s success stories inspire me so much, and I am so happy to be a part of this community!  My IG is @ms.grace.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Emanuel

Interview with Emanuel

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hello I am Emanuel, I’m from Portugal originally but I live in Northern Ireland with my wife and 4 children, 3 of which are under 3 years of age! We have a very fun and busy house.

I was in a car crash 5 years ago, I had to stop training and I pulled up a bunch of weight! I fell into depression and was miserable! But last year I had to have a very hard look at myself and decided to embark on a weight loss journey which led to the carnivore diet.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before carnivore I was eating what’s now called carnivore keto. There was always a fatty piece of meat or fish plus eggs in my meals, plus vegetables and peanut butter. I had peanut butter every day! That was so addictive!

Before keto I was doing IIFYM with intermittent fasting which was how I started my weight loss a year ago!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was doing keto and I was happy with how it made me feel, from a performance and mental perspective. However I am always looking for better way to improve myself and take my journey and progress further, so I can across Dr. Shaun Baker, Jordan Peterson and Mikhaila Peterson stories and I was hooked, I done so much research and eventually joined the carnivore for beginners group on Facebook where the owner has an app called : carnivore diet.

I downloaded and it explained everything in detail which gave me security to try it! So I did for 30 days. The results were good so I kept at it!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started my weight loss journey with intermittent fasting and I kept it as part of my routine with carnivore.

So the way I do it is by keeping the food list as simple as possible and fasting every other day for 16h to 20h depending on hunger levels.

Hunger levels went up from keto which I don’t see as a bad thing at all, I dont need to fast every day like I was doing on keto either.

I am more in tune with my body, I listen to it and I give it what it needs!

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

That’s a great question! Where do I begin? Reduces inflammation in my joints, increased strength, muscle gain, fat loss, more endurance, more focus, I feel mentally better, no more signs of depression nor anxiety, libido went up, I am more productive and I am a better husband and father as a result! Oh and no cravings! Even if my wife is beside me eating ice cream I still don’t get craving which had always been my downfall.

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

Probably too much information but the toilet situation wasn’t the best lol from being used to go everyday to not need to go everyday was weird for me. I did experience some discomfort and constipation which is a small price to pay for all the upsides that this way of eating offers

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

Oh yes I do! I do Strength training 3 times a week, I squat, deadlift, bench press, weighted dips and pull ups mainly. Sometimes I throw some isolation exercises if I am in the mood but overall I stick to big compound movements where I can measure my progress on a weekly basis.

This is how I normally judge a diet, if I get stronger its good, if I lose strength then it’s not for me.

I’ll be honest much like the keto diet I lost Strength in week 1 and 2 due to lack of carbs, but after the adaptation period my Strength and recovery as gone up!

Most people would probably freak out and give up on week 1 after losing strength but I knew I had to stick to it for 30 days straight before I could draw any conclusions.

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 be afraid to try it, you won’t die in 30 days if you try it!

Also don’t be afraid of asking for help or pointers.

Research research research and more research!

And if after all that you are still too afraid to try it then consider doing keto first, get fat adapted and then do the transition into carnivore.

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

Yes eventually it will absolutely, as long as we have people like me and you with open mind to try and experiment stuff and then point people in the right direction. Also I think carnivore is now in the same spot where keto was a few years ago. Everybody including me was saying it was crazy; it would never work etc… Years later we all know that’s not the case at all. The carnivore is just one step above the ketogenic diet in my eyes, truly the ultimate elimination diet.

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

Anyone can follow my journey @fastingcarnivore  on both Instagram and Facebook. I do run challenges from time to time where I teach others how to eat carnivore and/or how to start implementing intermittent fasting.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Melinda

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Melinda Appleby, 55 yr. old, wife, mom of 3 grown children.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate vegetarian/vegan in the 80’s then SAD till around 2000 when I started the Atkins diet.  Then I went back and forth between SAD, Paleo, Autoimmune, low carb till 2014 when I went full carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Several reasons: pain in my joints, out of control weight gain, food cravings and insatiable appetite, exhaustion to the point where I was falling asleep in the middle of the day. I’m a librarian and, at the time, was working in a maximum security prison. Despite the fact that I was in a room by myself with 40 inmates, I was dozing off.  I figured it had to be my glycemic levels fluctuating and the only way I knew how to control that was through diet – by eliminating carbs.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat dairy, drink coffee with heavy cream and drink alcohol once in a while. I will deviate from strict carnivore for special occasions, but it usually causes me great pain so I don’t do it regularly.

I eat chicken, seafood and pork but 90% of my diet is red meat. It’s the only thing that keeps me satiate and makes me feel content.

I’m struggling right now with hot flashes so I am supplementing with herbals and vitamins to combat them. I’ll stay on them for a month and reassess.

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

More energy, no more afternoon slump.

I don’t eat as much or have cravings (I used to think about food nonstop).

More freetime – I don’t spend hours in the kitchen cooking high carb meals anymore.

My 30 year battle with Tinea Versicolor has ended.

My skin is softer than a baby’s bottom.

I never have body odour.

Lost ~30 lbs. I’m 5’2″ – my highest weight was 158, I’m now 125.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia are pretty much gone.

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

None really, except if I over eat past fullness then I’ll get diarrhoea.

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

Always been kind of active, hiking, skiing, on-again off-again runner since high school and have done a bunch of half marathons, the last one in May. I’m done with long distance running now though because it’s too time consuming and my body does not like, nor need, the extended cardio workout.  I’m focusing now on upper body strength.

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

Do it “your way”. Some people have to ease into it, some have to go into it cold turkey. Either way is fine,  just stay the course and keep focused on the long term benefits of eating carnivore.  It’s the ultimate elimination diet if it’s given a chance to work.

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

No, only because people believe the propaganda and the narrative being pushed by our overreaching government and the media.

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

The claim that veganism is a healthy diet is a lie. The claim that red meat is unhealthy is a lie. The truth is out there,  it must be pursued.

I’m @carnivoremelinda on Instagram

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Carmela

Interview with Carmela

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! My name is Carmela and I’m a Carnivore! I’m a wife & mommy of 3 aged 7, 2 and 1, 2 girls and a boy and I hope my story inspires someone to take the next steps to better themselves and their life!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

S.A.D – Standard american diet, high carb diet. I tried every “diet”out there over a period of 15 years and nothing ever really worked to better myself for more than only a temporary short time.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My husband told me about it back in June of 2018 and how it was changing people’s lives and to be honest, I thought he was nuts and that everyone doing it was crazy too. I mean I have been told that meat is not healthy my entire life. That you need to limit red meat. Then I started researching it myself and was astonished to say the least.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

So I am not a strict carnivore (at least not yet) which means consuming beef water and salt only. I consider myself 90% standard carnivore and 10% keto carnivore. I mostly eat beef and onions. Protein and Fat. I also eat other proteins including dairy sources such as eggs cheese sunflower/pumpkin seeds chicken pork turkey fish shellfish, anything protein but zero carb. I do zero carb zero sugar.

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

In 6 1/2 months I have lost 68 pounds, i have energy, no more fatigue, high blood pressure and diabetes disappeared. My cholesterol dropped 75 points, my triglycerides dropped 130 points, my liver function returned to normal, my A1C went from 6.5 to 5.7 and much much more!

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

The first 2 weeks are rough. but really NOTHING!

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

No I am not yet.

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

Just do it!  You must be mentally prepared to change for life for good. No cheat days, this is i this is life. sure as time goes on and you are mentally ready to cheat at a meal, go for it. I’m not there yet. Might never be.

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

Eventually, if enough of us tell our story, yes I think so.

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

It has changed my life and brought me back to life. I have lost a total of 102 pounds since having my son in August of 2018 and experimenting with Keto. It was that time at the dr’s office back in january 2019 where I had to stay an extra 30 mins for them to triple check my blood pressure that was so high for a 34 year old that they were about to call an ambulance that was my wake up call to say enough is enough.  Follow my journey on instagram @carmy_mommyof3 and on SNAPCHAT @ only4daddi

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Rhonda

Interview with Rhonda

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Rhonda. My weight issues started in my 40’s, but my entire life I feel like I have struggled to stay at a certain weight. Menopause made everything worse. Working on my goals.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I thought vegan would be the answer LOL. I did that for two years craving meat the whole entire time but I was too shamed into indulging. I feel horrible that my body was craving what it needed to heal with and I was withholding it. Then I decided to try keto and I really didn’t have much success with it. I did that for nine months before trying carnivore (10 total carbs a day).  I thought I’d try carnivore for one week and I am on month 17.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I discovered I had an oxalate and lectin issue. I had a lot of digestive issues with the vegan diet, where I was always in the bathroom. With keto I was always constipated. So carnivore was my answer everything that was wrong with me has cleared up.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I ate freely from the animal kingdom but beef is 99% of my diet now. Eat when hungry stop when full repeat. No forced fasts, no counting no macros.

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

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, bloating, menopausal symptoms, sugar cravings, crashing mid day, high blood sugar , moody, need for a nap, are all gone…plus I’m never hungry. Even when I am hungry it’s a dull nudge to eat lol also my neck skin tags started falling off at month 11. Skin tags on the neck falling off. They are a sign of insulin resistance in that area I read, so that was a sign I was healing.

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

Zero

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

I hike but I don’t excessively exercise, but I am a busy hair stylist so I move all day long.

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

I would say ease into it. Coming from strict keto helped me because my cravings were lower than as a vegan. Try it for a solid week. If I never lost another pound I would stay carnivore because of how good I feel!

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

Yes I do so many never heard of it. Results speak for themselves.

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

Carnivore is freedom. No more ball and chain to restrict. Carnivore is a healing diet, weight loss is a side effect of a efficient running body! Don’t do it for weight loss alone. It wasn’t created for that.

Follow me at @cats.and.carnivore

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sarah

Interview with Sarah

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I’m Sarah, a personal trainer from New Zealand. I’m 30 years old – soon to be 31 in a week!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I came to the carnivore lifestyle in a very natural way – although I did kind of get my mind blown a few times! Before carnivore, I ate very much a standard diet – with maybe a bodybuilder twist. I loved eating oats with protein powder in the morning. Things like egg whites, chicken breast with broccoli, chicken breast and rice, chicken rice and broccoli, haha you get the idea. There was a lot of chicken breast in my diet. And every now and then I would eat something completely off plan like a chocolate bar or bag of lollies, because as much as I told myself I loved my diet, it wasn’t that satisfying. I gulped down like a protein bar a day and loved Diet Coke. Just all things I wouldn’t even look at now!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

For a long time, the body builder style way of eating worked very well at keeping a lean physique. But after a few years it stopped working. I was eating the same things, but just gaining weight this time. I started increasing output, decreasing input, to get a small result, and then weight gain again. I was so tired – all the time. I decided to push harder – much more output in the gym, less input food wise – no more treats and more dry chicken breast, more diet cokes. I was running myself into the ground. I felt the sickest I had ever felt. I couldn’t work as much, I would get home and collapse into bed with a very strong pulsing sensation in my neck. My psoriasis was at the point where it was cracking and bleeding. I felt at breaking point. I started seeing the doctor, where he suspected I had a thyroid condition – I was referred to a clinic. Whilst waiting to be seen by the clinic, I told my boyfriend that maybe I should try fasting. I didn’t believe in it, I’ll admit that. I just saw it as an easy way to get my calories down. It was a cry for help. My boyfriend is very much into researching things, so one night he pulls up YouTube on our telly and just starts playing a Jason Fung video on fasting. I remember mildly being interested as we were packing for a trip away. The video was an hour long. By the end of it, I was hooked on the science. I told my partner I was going to commence a 5 day fast – right then and there – with my limited knowledge of fasting, I began. We went on holiday and I stuck to my guns. I fasted the whole 5 days, although I struggled one day and cried. Of those 5 days, I immersed myself in study. I read and I read and I read. I dropped a large amount of weight. I felt a strange sense of energy. That was when my mind started to open. Jason Fung had mentioned about keto – I previously was a hater of anything that mentioned ‘low carb’ – I would get mad and say it was such a dangerous diet and you needed carbs – THAT person. But because my fast had worked so well, and I had been researching keto on my 5 day holiday, I then instantly launched into keto. I was definitely laughed at by a few of my colleagues. But I kept on. It was the first time I ever felt a shift in the right direction health wise. I continued this for maybe a year, where I met an amazing woman Theresa, who competed in a bodybuilding show – on keto. I was so intrigued, I asked if I could have coffee with her. I remember telling her how my mind was blown about keto and I couldn’t believe this information was not more mainstream. I told her what I was doing was safe – I was getting enough fibre, and having healthy fats like coconut oil. I remember her laughing and saying ‘you know you don’t have to do that, right?’ And I will always remember her words ‘that whole fibre argument is a myth.’ So mind blown number 1: fasting is actually healthy. Mind blown number 2: keto is actually healthy, so long as you eat vegetables. Mind blown number 3: vegetables may not actually be that good for you, in fact, they’re kinda harmful – and there are people who go without them altogether! I remember saying to her – ‘wow that’s amazing, but I couldn’t do that. That would be too hard. Where is the variety?’ But as you know, I went home and researched my little heart out. And the next thing I knew, I was dipping my toes in the water to carnivore. That was where I saw the most increases in my health. It made me realise that I might actually live one day symptom free – of my thyroid condition, of my skin condition, of depression even – which I had never considered would improve!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My way of approaching the carnivore diet changes all the time. When I first began, I needed to vary meats a lot, to keep myself interested. Nowadays I have mostly beef, and supplement with other meats. I have now say I have popped my raw beef cherry, as well as lambs liver (still working on enjoying the lambs liver). I tend to eat once a day, at the end of the day. With how far I have come so far, I can only hope that I will grow more into eating this way as time goes by!

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

The benefits that carnivore has provided for me are immense. My thyroid condition only appears now when I stray from diet. Psoriasis has cleared. Joint pain is almost non existent. I now fall asleep quickly – coming from previous struggles with insomnia. My hair grows so fast and my eyes are brighter. I have struggled my entire adult life with depression, with multiple bouts of feeling suicidal – this is now completely gone and I’m 100% unmedicated – in fact, I take no medications at all now – for anything. I don’t even get headaches anymore, whereas I used to get insane migraines. My weight has now balanced out, and I don’t have to work hard to keep it that way. My training in the gym has improved. My period has returned – from 8 years without one. It is crazy how many benefits I’ve had, in fact I could go on and on with this one! But you get the idea.

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

As for the cons, I don’t know if there are any cons – when adjusting to the diet, for sure there are some digestive issues in the first few days. Also my electrolytes fell out a lot in the first few days – this has all panned out now. The main con would be not being able to talk to everyone about this. People are not very open at all to this idea, and I constantly get people asking me to ‘prove it’ to them – I’m lucky that I don’t feel the need to prove it. I don’t mind what other people do, I don’t take it upon myself to convert everyone to eating meat. It is too tiring, and the old saying goes – you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink!

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

I do exercise regularly on this diet – being that it is my job, but also a big hobby of mine. I exercise fasted, always. I have no issues with this and find I can push really hard in my sessions! My sessions are not about weight loss anymore, more about building muscle and just enjoying what my body can do. I probably train anywhere from 3-6 times a week.

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

My best piece of advice to someone looking to try this lifestyle, is to do research. Find people with experience, ask them questions. Find out your ‘why’ – why are you doing this? This will make it easier to stick to, as you get more used to it.

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

Unfortunately I don’t feel carnivore will ever be accepted as a main stream diet. I think it will become more accepted, but never mainstream.  There’s not a lot of money to be made from it (same with fasting actually!) and also – sugar addicted people who prefer to stay in denial, will never want this to be true that this is a healthy way of eating – it threatens their sugar addiction after all! I do find it very sad that a lot of people are still addicted to these fake foods – I was one of them!

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

Thanks for asking me about my journey! It’s been fun reflecting on it.

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