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Descended From Odin – Sol Ari Brenna T-Shirt Review

This is my review for the Descended From Odin Sol Ari – Brenna T-Shirt.

You can get 10% off any order with the code ketogenicendurance

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In the words of Descended From Odin “Out of the darkness, the hissing black sea, a new world will arise, green and remade. Waterfalls cascade from the gleaming rocks, an eagle cries in the clear-Blue sky, rivers teem with life. A new-born sun rides high in the heavens and the children of the old gods return to wander the green earth, abundant with crops growing wild and gold.”

The T-Shirt in the photos is a Medium, I am 6 foot and 12 stone 6 pounds ish. It is made from 100% organic cotton, and is a regular fit. It is a comfortable and durable T-Shirt, it washes well, and the print is of a high quality which looks like it should age well.

I chose this T-Shirt because it is an interesting and unique graphic. It is large and bold, yet at the same time, it is detailed. So it looks great from afar but gets better up close and personal. I love the colour too, it is perfect for autumn but will work all year round.

The website is easy to follow, the T-Shirt was easy to order, and you get a quick confirmation email. You also get a lot of shipping updates, a lot more than the majority of companies provide. They do warn you that the T-Shirt may take a few days to dispatch, however, it has never taken that long for me. Within 2 days it has been dispatched and it arrived the next day. However, note I do live in the same country as the brand.

In fact, the only issue I have with the brand is that they only have one photo of the clothing products with a model. You cannot zoom in and it would be better if there were numerous photos. This is a minor issue though, as the photo they do provide represents the product well. Plus too be fair the models all look very cool in the items, and fit the brand perfectly.

All in all a very nice T-shirt which represents value for money. It is designed for people with an interest in Viking / Norse culture, however it is just an universally interesting design that would peak the interest of anyone.

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Disclaimer – I am an ambassador for DFO, however they have had no input in this review. These are my own thoughts.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Alicia

Interview with Alicia

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Alicia Capell, 41 years old .

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I started carnivore in February of 2019. Before that I was Keto for 17 months , since September of 2017. Before that, I was complete SAD diet but had tried every diet imaginable just for them to just fail me.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was Keto and my weight loss stalled . My whole goal at that time was weight loss but that changed when I started studying carnivore and saw the health benefits.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat beef mostly, eggs and fish/seafood. Every once in a while I’ll have pork and dairy/cheeses. I get lots of salt in. Salt is important.

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

Some weight loss but more importantly my body composition has changed. I’m getting leaner though I still have a ways to go. I’ve lost 103 lbs so far.

My PCOS is almost non-existent now. My anxiety, depression and reflux are gone . My hormones are corrected for the first time in my life. I actually have a normal cycle. My mood is so much better. I’m almost always happy now. I just feel amazing!!

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

None at all

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

I’m started lifting since going carnivore. I feel stronger and stronger as I go.

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

Go for it. Be strong and stick to it the first month and it gets easier. GET ENOUGH SALT IN YOU. Salt is important.

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

No but we can hope.

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

I’m carnivoreleesh on IG

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My 4 Pillars of Health: Week 2

Mission Statement:

Use my 4 pillars of health to build a base of fitness, whereupon I am capable of achieving any goals with minimal specialisation.

The four pillars are: Speed, Strength, Flexibility and Diet.

Stronger

In Week 1 I talked about getting faster. This doesn’t just mean faster over 100m but faster over all running distances.

Also, it isn’t just about running but could just as easily include other disciplines like rowing, cycling and swimming in the future. Not just that, it is also about locking out a deadlift quicker or transitioning between yoga poses more fluidly.

To do this I will need to increase my strength and power. This is the beauty of my 4 pillars of health. They are all constantly working together, so even though I am working on different things everyday. They are all meshing to improve my body and mind.

Before I start going after specific Strength goals like Deadlifting 2.5 times my bodyweight. I need to build a strong foundation. I thought about just doing the Strong Lifts 5*5. However, after reading The Fittest Book In The World, I will be adopting something similar to Stronglifts but with a twist. You see I also need to build power for speed and also target muscle endurance for a lot of my goals.

Yet at the same time, I have to build all this slowly, so that I do not inhibit other pillars. For instance, I don’t want to crush my legs doing squats, so that I am unable to go for a run or do some yoga the next day. The difficulty in this is that I also can’t go too easy on my weight lifting because then I will not be stimulating an adaption. Hence, I will be limiting strength gains.

For the most part, I will be using the rep range of 3. However, I will progressively overload with weight and sets. This should build strength, but also power and endurance.

I will begin at a given weight with 3 sets of 3 reps. Then each time that workout comes around, I will up the sets until I can go 8 sets of 3 reps. Only then will I increase the weight.

Workout A and B will be big strength-building compound moves –

A – Squats, Bench Press and Bent Over Rows.

B – Quarter Squats (to aid my running), Overhead Press and Deadlifts.

Workout C will be a bit different they will be more volume-based and will involve single-leg exercises to help my running and core stability.

It sounds more complicated than it is….. I hope!

Below is how I have started out.

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Monday 21/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 8. Which included Yoga For Calves – 7 minutes.

6am: Dog walking, which included working on posture.

8am: 300g bacon and 75g of cheese.

6pm: Gym

Squats

Warm up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 80kg 3 reps for 4 sets, 1 minute rests.

Bench Press

Warm Up – 20kg 12 reps, 30kg 8 reps, 40kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 60kg 3 reps for 4 sets, 1 minute rests.

Bent Over Rows

Warm Up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 70kg 3 reps for 4 sets, 1 minute rests.

7pm: 300g beef short rib, 4 scrambled eggs, 500ml raw Kefir.

8pm: Heidi’s foot strengthening exercises from OYF.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Tuesday 22/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 9. Which included Yoga for Flexibility and Yoga For Calves – 16 & 7 minutes.

6am: Dog walking, which included working on posture.

8am: 375g beef burgers, white coffee.

6pm: Run

Warm up and OYF drills, then a 1500 run then I felt something in my left leg. It seems to be the same calf I injured before the marathon. Not necessarily the calf but more something that connects to the calf on the inner side of the shin just below the calf.

7pm: 500g beef burgers and 500ml raw Kefir.

8pm: Heidi’s foot strengthening exercises from OYF.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Wednesday 23/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 10. Which included Heidi’s foot strengthening exercises from OYF.

6am: Dog walking, which included working on posture.

8am: 375g beef burgers, white coffee.

1pm: 125g beef burgers

6pm: Gym

Quarter Squats

Warm up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 100kg 3 reps for 4 sets, 1 minute rests.

Overhead Press

Warm Up – 5kg 12 reps, 10kg 8 reps, 20kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 30kg 3 reps for 4 sets, 1 minute rests.

Deadlifts

Warm Up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 90kg 3 reps for 4 sets, 1 minute rests.

7pm: 500g Quiche and 500ml raw Kefir.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Thursday 24/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 11. Which included Yoga for Flexibility & Yoga For Calves – 16 & 7 minutes.

6am: Dog walking, which included working on posture.

1pm: 500g beef burgers, 75g cheese. White Coffee.

6pm: Gym

Exercise bike.

7pm: 500g beef burgers, 4 egg yolks,  and 500ml raw Kefir.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Friday 25/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 12. Which included Press Ups to failure.

8am: 300g Bacon, and white coffee.

6pm: Gym

Pull Ups – 3 reps for 5 sets

Dips – 5 reps for 5 sets

Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts – 20kg – 3 reps for 5 sets

Single Leg Calf raises – 10 reps for 5 sets

7pm: 500g beef burgers, 4 egg yolks and 500ml raw Kefir.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day. Half a bottle of Red Wine.

Saturday 27/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 13.

9am: Gym

45 minutes on the Exercise bike.

10am: 300g Bacon and white coffee.

1pm: 4 double cheeseburgers from Macdonalds without the buns.

6pm: 500ml raw Kefir, 4 raw egg yolks.

Half a bottle of Red Wine.

Sunday 28/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 14.

10am: 500g beef Meatza with 75g cheese. 2 White coffees.

12pm: Dog walk.

Going to the cinema later so will have some cinema snacks.

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If you like what I am about, check out the below.

  • Carnivore Fit detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore, and how to exercise on it.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

 

Get healthy, get fit and get happy.

Target Goals – Started October 2019

Flexibility

Full splits

Front splits

Suspension splits aka Van Damme style

Strength

Bench Press 1.5* body weight

Deadlift 2.5* body weight

Overhead press body weight

Press ups 50 in row

Press ups 100 a day for 30 days

Press ups one arm strict form

Pull ups 20 in a row

Pull ups one arm strict form

Squat 2* body weight

Visible Abs

10% body fat

Sport

Age group GB record in anything.

North East British masters 100m Track and Field race.

Run Half marathon PB 1:50

Run 5K PB 22 minutes

Run 10K PB 50 minutes

Run the Ullswater way

Run 520 miles in a calendar year.

Other

Camp in Cornwall

Camp in Loch Lomond

Cold showers 30 day streak

Hike Helvellyn

Miracle Morning 30 day streak

48 hour fast

72 hour fast

Completed Goals

Zero so far haha

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Merrel Vapour Glove 4 – review

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I have a pair of Merrel Vapour Glove 4, which I wore in the Loch Ness Marathon in October’19.

This is what Merrel say:

DETAILS

This minimal trainer provides little between you and the ground for maximum freedom and connection underfoot.

FEATURES

• Cordura® mesh and TPU upper
• Traditional lace closure
• Hyperlock™ TPU film heel counter for security
• M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial agents reduces shoe odor
• Breathable mesh lining
• Integrated insole
• Merrell Barefoot 2 construction for enhanced proprioception and stability during variable movement
• Vibram® TC5+
• Stack Height (heel/toe): 6.5/6.5mm; insole: 0mm; insole: 3mm; midsole: 0/0mm; sole: 1.5mm web, 2mm lug
• Weight: 4oz / 122g (1/2 pair)
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The Wife has had a pair of the Vapour Glove 3 for a while, and she raves about them. I have been barefoot running for 3 years now, however, I had a partnership with SoftStar Shoes for the majority of this time. So I always ran and walked in those for the most part. However that partnership came to a natural conclusion, and I needed some new running shoes for my marathon. I was happy to get the 3 but the 4 were almost the same price, so I went with the newer model.

It is a very nice shoe, I think it looks great. Some barefoot shoes look a bit naf and silly, but these just look like normal running shoes really. So they would probably be something a barefoot newbie would think looked good.

They are very comfy and my foot stays nice and cool in them, they are narrower than a lot of barefoot shoes, but there is still ample room. I like to loosely tie my laces, the lace closure allows this whilst also being stable and not feeling like they will fall off. I do wear socks with them, and I have suffered no blistering or discomfort. These are excellent if you mainly road or track run. I have found them to be sub-optimal on gravely trails where you slip a bit and the stones hurt. I haven’t tried them on grassier trails or fells, as I do not think they would be suitable. However, they do a Trail Glove for such things, which I do not have.

All in all, this is a well made barefoot shoe, at a very reasonable price, made by a recognisable brand. The sole is hard wearing, and the upper is made with quality materials. They have lasted 6 months so far during the high mileage part of a marathon training plan, and still, look brand new. You could do a lot worse than starting a barefoot adventure in these.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kelsey

Interview with Kelsey

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Kelsey (@carnivore.kelsey on instagram) and I’m loving the carnivore diet so far as it has improved my life an incredible amount. I love learning about the topic and creating recipes that fit within the parameters. My husband has struggled with health issues for over 4 years – I have watched him go from seemingly healthy to almost dying. It was terrifying because doctors could not help, everything that was suggested made it worse. We had to take his health into our own hands, and I’ve been researching about the carnivore diet constantly since January 2019 to see if it would be right for him. After we saw that it is possible for him to thrive without carbs I figured why not? It would be easier to support his new way of eating if I joined and I’ve got some nagging health issues of my own such as migraines, cystic acne, pre-diabetes risk, exercise induced asthma. As well as some old injuries like an old slipped disk in my lower back and pain at the base of my neck and I also still had some weight to lose.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I’ve had so many different stages of my life regarding my food habits. Growing up my family followed the Canada food guide, and we would always demand the fun processed foods and lots of sugar. I was so addicted to junk food, I would sneak it whenever I could. As I started to work, I found I could support my own bad habits and eat whatever I want. I was working in bakeries, or coffee shops. Unlimited sweet drinks and discount treats and I was so happy getting fat. People would always tell me that I was going to give myself diabetes but I never listened. When I moved in with my husband we continued to eat badly, drinking and eating out often, especially because it was the first stage of our relationship and we lived blocks from Main street in Vancouver with the best restaurants. It did inspire me to learn to be a better chef and I definitely became a foodie. I was determined to cook and master every one of my favorite foods at least once. Let’s just say I had a lot of favorite foods. We tried multiple diets: Vegetarian for a bit, then Paleo for the most part, as well as Keto, and AIP -Auto Immune Paleo protocol. Before carnivore I was trying to lose weight for a year so I was trying lowish carb paleo without dairy. I was able to lose 49 lbs on those diets over 3 years but I had plateaued, and carnivore helped me with the last 10 lbs I needed to lose. I was able to reverse prediabetes and don’t get me wrong – I love fruits and vegetables, but they aren’t worth it to me anymore. I started the diet thinking I would use it as an elimination diet tool but I don’t feel the need to introduce anything yet because I’m so happy with how I feel.  I don’t believe in calorie in calorie out, or calculating net carbs. When I was keto I had too much lower quality dairy and I would try to replicate all my old favorite desserts with keto recipes and I went overboard. Any form of sweet seriously messes with me now, I know that this is realistically the only thing I can’t compromise on – carbs are poison to me and I have never been able to control myself.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My husband already had eczema then he got gastroenteritis which I think started the severe leaky gut issues – he gradually became allergic to most foods it seemed. His eczema was worsened by the dermatologist’s recommendations and his health spiraled out of control (his story is much more interesting than mine, he suffered for many years but has found incredible progress on this diet . His instagram @itchydan has it all documented over the years so there are extensive progress pics). When he was given high strength topical steroid creams with instructions that said “apply liberally as needed” of course he did just that. However these creams stop working, they end up chasing eczema all over and then it spreads fast. Some people go through topical steroid withdrawal, a painful process usually lasting between 3-5 years of pure suffering – constant cycles of flares and terrible side effects from those steroid creams. We were 4 years in and the end did not seem near, things were just as bad as ever so this was literally our last ditch effort we were out of ideas. Dan wishes he found this way of eating years ago as it could have prevented all of this.

After seeing how many legitimate health professionals advocate for this way of eating I investigated. I learned more about how our government’s health recommendations are bogus thanks to the work of Nina Teicholz who does a great job at exposing how corrupt nutrition science and policy has been lately. I was also convinced after seeing the digestive systems of other carnivores compared to our own, it just clicked in – why are we fighting our own biology? We know what we have been doing with low fat has been wrong – why have we not embraced high fat? After I learned about Dr Zsófia Clemens and how the Paleomedicina clinic is having so much success healing people with autoimmune issues with the Paleo Ketogenic Diet it was clear that we needed to try something drastic that goes against western medicine since the Canadian medical system has failed us.

I’ve been following the reddit community r/carnivore and r/zerocarb as well as people on instagram. I love carnivore aurelius’ webpage as it goes over so much of the important information in a way that is both scientific and easy to digest. One of the most inspiring things I found was just reading about how others have fixed their health. I honestly never thought that I would be approached and be considered a success either. Now with all the results we have seen we can’t help but put it out there so hopefully the more people see it maybe we can prevent someone else’s suffering.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My husband, Dan is on a more strict version of carnivore – meat and water only (including non ruminants like fish and chicken, but mostly beef). I believe it is best to stick with this for at least the first month, from there try introducing egg yolks, then whole eggs, dairy, etc. The more healing you have to do the more likely it’s best to stay on basic carnivore (it is very important to supplement with raw grassfed liver)  until your health is under control again so you can really tell when you’re getting a negative reaction from the food. If you do this in a controlled way while documenting any negative effects it will be the best thing you will ever do for yourself. At the end of it all – all we truly have is our body so prevention is very important, even if you don’t have as much healing as us to do.

Right now I’m eating: beef, pork, chicken, eggs. I am prioritizing grassfed/pastured meats (mostly in the form of ground beef and liver because grassfed cuts are so expensive). I do like white meats but they are not as filling, so I make sure to eat ruminants daily. I try to ensure that I’m eating a rotation of various beef cuts focusing on fatty options, and if I’m having a lean meat I will add some extra fat to it.

At the beginning of carnivore I overate conventional cheese and monitored how my skin healed over a few weeks with an adjustment of switching to a2 dairy and had raw frozen grassfed liver on a daily basis. It was apparent then how important liver is for healing as it really sped up as soon as I introduced it. I found that even the a2 switch didn’t help with my acne in the long run unfortunately. Cheese is great if you can tolerate it but I’ve been in denial and I can’t. I have seen a lot of improvement since cutting it out. I still have grassfed butter, I don’t think it affects me too much but I can cut it out if I notice I’m not progressing.

I don’t find that I have many cravings,  I haven’t been tempted to cheat other than testing out to see if coffee and wine were ok to introduce but both did not work out. I found incredible results after adopting more of a nose to tail type of eating with broth daily, combined with intermittent fasting these are great tools for healing. I’m not completely healed but I can see that grassfed liver as a multivitamin is way better than any other supplement I’ve tried. Most people say you don’t need supplements on this diet but I take ox bile pills with fatty meals, Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate, and Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil. I really like Ancestral Supplements organ meat capsules – my skin was great when I was taking 6 of these a day but they are expensive so I just trained myself to not be disgusted at the taste of liver. I consider servings of marrow and frozen raw liver to be important supplements to a carnivore diet. I really love drinking snake juice as well, it’s something new that I’ve introduced but it feels like it really quenches my thirst how a nice cold coconut water used to.

I’m trying to do this on a budget – It’s probably still cheaper than spending money on all the supplements prescribed by naturopaths as well as other medical costs. If you rearrange your budget and don’t eat out ever it can be doable – you just have to think hard about what your priorities are. If you try to do your own cooking, butchering, and packaging it will really help make this affordable. Think of a whole chicken for example – it’s cheaper to purchase 1 whole chicken rather than get chicken breasts because you have to pay someone extra to process and package it. My gadgets save me a lot of money like my foodsaver vacuum sealer, deep freezer, dehydrator, instant pot, sous vide, blender, and sodastream.

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

  • 10 lb weight loss
  • I have way more time – spending less time grocery shopping, meal planning and prepping, cooking, and cleaning on this diet.
  • Energy to exercise
  • I’m happier
  • Reduction in migraine attacks – it’s easier to diagnose and prevent them now rather then letting it build into a full blown 1-2 day event.
  • Reduction in cystic acne
  • Skin tone is clearing up and redness is going away
  • Scalp eczema patch at the base of my skull that I’ve had all my life is gone
  • My nails would always flake and break but now they grow fast and they’re strong
  • Better sleeps and I’m able to go to bed earlier and will tend to wake up at around 6-7 am naturally.
  • Reduced neck and back pain
  • Stable mood and energy
  • I learned discipline
  • Working out is easier and I feel more powerful
  • Haven’t had an exercise induced asthma attack since starting (but also less cardio).

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

  • Social stigma
  • Too hard to eat out, but I just pack lunches and fast if I need to.
  • I avoid a lot of the things I used to enjoy, but my old hobbies fostered an unhealthy lifestyle and were mostly revolving around food rituals.
  • I had to purchase a new wardrobe, some people would say this is a positive though (LPT: if you’re a lady and losing weight, invest in stretchy comfy dresses as they will last you longer than pants will, and also- get lots of yoga pants)

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

I have way more energy and time to dedicate to exercise – I love swimming, yoga, jogging, as well as nature walks, and I hear how great resistant training pairs with this diet so I’m trying to learn more about how to do that properly. I have been doing a lot of infrared yoga lately 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.

Don’t wait until your health is so bad that you have to be desperate about it – prevention is key. If you have any autoimmune type problems please dedicate some time and research into learning about the carnivore diet. Instead of snacking I distract myself by doing research which inspires me to not poison myself with carbs.

If you are going through carbohydrate withdrawal early on make sure to have enough electrolytes, quality salt (redmond real salt), lots of broth, beef and sugar free bacon. Stay full and don’t bother with fasting early in the diet just listen to your body’s hunger signals which will regulate over time and you’ll find the best eating pattern for yourself. Don’t cheat, the only one you’re cheating is yourself. Find other hobbies or projects to distract yourself so you don’t miss the ritual of your old food habits.

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

Yes, Its essentially a strict form of keto and keto is becoming mainstream despite the suppression of information regarding this topic and various people/corporations spreading misinformation and lies. I think though word of mouth and the thousands of anecdotal results from this the information can spread once people see it for themselves. We are in a health crisis and we can either acknowledge that what the government  recommended doesn’t work or we can continue to get sick. If you’re desperate enough you will take control of your health.

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

Eat meat!

Instagram – @carnivore.kelsey and my husband:@itchy.dan

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Clothing – Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company

Low Content Books – Journals, Notebooks, Diaries and Planners.

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later – with Sylvia

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1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating.

Currently I’m still carnivore. I enjoy eating steaks, raw egg yolks, and organ meats.

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

During this carnivore journey I have learned that carnivore is even healthier than I thought. My mindset now is if it’s not carnivore and I want to eat it I will but I find myself sticking to carnivore foods all the time because I don’t see a point of eating anything else especially when it could compromise my gut and digestion.

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year.

A year ago I broke my knee rock climbing in Utah. My tibia was shattered and meniscus torn. I went through a surgery to put my knee together but now a year later my knee is still in bad condition. Not to mention I wasn’t really able to do much in terms of fitness.

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

My goal for the year ahead is to fix my knee so I can do the types of workouts that will keep my body strong and thriving as well as making sure my health stays optimal by focusing on high quality, nutrient dense animal foods, daily sun exposure, grounding, and connecting to the nature as much as possible.

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey

Carnivore way of eating is the one consistent “diet” I have tried and I’ve tried many. Carnivore allows me to feel amazing on mental and physical level. If things change in the future I’m definitely open to adjusting things but for now steak on!

If people want to follow my journey I’m on IG @biohacking.chick

The original post from last year is here.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jayvee

Interview with Jayvee

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Jayvee, 36 years old and was raised in the Philippines. I moved to Alberta, Canada in 2008. I’m a food and beverage worker and have mostly worked around food all my life. I live with a 4 year old Bichon Shihtzu named Wicket who keeps me busy. I love him! I started the carnivore diet in July 2018.

I was at my heaviest weight in 2017. I was dealing with PCOS, insulin resistance, dysbiosis, inflammation, skin issues and high blood pressure. Diabetes runs in our family. So, March of 2017, I started turning things around. I did Keto for a year. I lost 60lbs doing that and learned about Carnivore last year.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore

Changing the original meaning of S.A.D. to Standard “Asian”Diet. Hahaha!! —— I ate mostly rice and bread. I pretty much start my day with rice and egg. I can never have enough of rice. I also had the biggest sweet tooth in the world. I always had to have something sweet daily. I’ve always struggled with my weight until I became really sick and just not feeling good overall. I’m one of millions of people who have tried every diet there is until I found about the ketogenic diet.

I transitioned from keto to carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was doing great with keto, I lost 60lbs but my blood pressure was still high even with medication. My hair was falling out. Even though I was losing weight and shredding off inches in all places, I didn’t feel quite optimal. I actually felt weak and too skinny. My friends think I’m fading away. I was still experiencing Candida flare ups. I had rheumatic fever when I was a young kid and took antibiotics daily for years. My gut was a mess.

So, when I thought that keto was gonna be the forever solution for me to be healthier, my stomach wasn’t agreeing with all the vegetables like spinach, kale, zucchini, cabbage, etc. My candida issues flared up whenever I eat veggies as such. Avocados would give me the worst stomach ache or will make me burp for hours. Nuts have became a problem for me too.

Then I came across zero carb fast challenges on Instagram. I just started eating a whole lot of meat. I felt great after 7 days and I did enjoy the benefits and experience so I just kept going.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I make things as simple as it can be. I mostly do beef, salt and water approach. I enjoy fatty cuts of meat like ribeyes and pork belly. I do enjoy cooking and miss spending a lot of time in the kitchen especially baking.

I incorporate beef liver in my diet every week. My body seems to tell me when I need it the most. Especially during ovulation period, I just can’t have enough beef liver. I actually crave it.

I am familiar with how to prepare some organ meats or do a nose to tail kind of approach. I ate a lot of it before but I just can’t get them where I live.

I also like to eat cheese from time to time and I still drink coffee with cream. With cream, I use half and half (10%) or 18%. If I use heavy cream, it’s a little too fatty for me. I also add beef gelatin powder to my coffee. I eat a lot of eggs too.

I do intermittent fasts (12hrs minimum). I make sure I nourish myself with electrolytes and bone broth during extended fasts of 36hrs or more.

I buy meat that fits my budget. So I’m not strict about eating only grass fed meat. Although, grass fed liver, to me, is a different story. Grass fed beef liver is waaaay tastier. I can’t recommend it enough.

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

Oh, wow! Where do I begin? Well, that ZERO CARB ZEN! It’s amazing. It’s that feeling when you feel at peace with your body. That you are nourishing it well and your body says thank you.

Within 2 months of going full on carnivore, I just felt amazing. Then I hit my lowest weight. I also got off my blood pressure pills that time.

Having PCOS since 21, my periods now are not painful. I learned to become more in tuned with my reproductive health and actually used it as a marker. I get regular, shorter periods now.

My stomach also felt better. Now, bloating is a sign that I ate something that didn’t agree with me or I had too much fat for the day.

My hair grows fast, skin is great, mood is stable and mind is clear. I sleep well. Sometimes, a little too well.

Mental clarity. You know when they say that your brain is lit? I felt that. Carnivore with fasting made me dig deeper to self awareness.

Sweet cravings have gone down. I got more control now of my urges. I am not perfect, sometimes I give in and have keto treats (but apparently, that doesn’t agree with me anymore either). Mentally, I am more aware and better as the old me would have beaten myself and feel bad about my choices and just be stuck in that cycle all together.

I can fast longer and I’m not hungry all the time.

With full disclosure, I was off carnivore for about 3 months this year and also did keto-carnivore approach for a bit. I was on vacation and going through some personal stuff. I really didn’t feel good about that. But I am taking that as a positive experience. It made me want to go back to carnivore diet even more as I don’t want that awful feeling again. My body became very sensitive to carbs and even keto meals.

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

The social aspect of it. People still can’t grasp the idea that you can survive just eating meat. People think I am crazy and what I am doing is unhealthy. And I am in awe of how many people have asked me about my bowel movement! Hahaha! It’s just one of those awkward conversations you have to deal with.

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

Initially, I didn’t. But once I started incorporating a little workout here and there, I actually enjoyed it. I felt a lot better and got energy. I don’t have a regular exercise routine. I walk my dog for a minimum of 3kms almost everyday. I move a lot. Working 2 jobs most days, work is moderately active and I’m on my feet 80% of the time.  But I do think I should exercise more and establish a routine. I started doing kettlebell workouts and stretches at home and I do enjoy them.

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

Just give it a try for at least a month. Keep things simple. There are a lot of information around now about this way of eating. Look for like minded people. Set your goals but don’t just focus on losing weight. I think this is where people get so discouraged. When they see that the scale is not moving, they give up. Get to know yourself and see how you feel about your body. Don’t make things complicated. Start with cuts of meat you can afford and has access to. Eat when hungry and do not overthink things. Stick to it and your body will thank you!

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

Probably not. People are triggered of anything that is extreme. If people will hear more success stories like ours, I think they will at least open their minds to it and accept the fact that it actually works for a lot of people.

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

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share my story. I hope in a way, I can inspire people to take that step in reclaiming their health through this way of eating.

My Instagram page is @carnivore_venture

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My 4 Pillars of Health: Week 1

Mission Statement:

Use my 4 pillars of health to build a base of fitness, whereupon I am capable of achieving any goals with minimal specialisation.

The four pillars are: Speed, Strength, Flexibility and Diet.

Faster

I did the Loch Ness Marathon on the 6th of October in 5 hours and 2 minutes. I was happy with this because I had a left calf issue for the 4 weeks before the marathon, and I could not run in this time.

I have trained for 3 marathons (completed 2) and each time my long runs got over 17 miles, I would break down. I would also take a long time to recover, so I could not do many shorter runs during the week.

Training for 10k’s and Half Marathons posed no issues.

So I found myself at a crossroads…. Do I just accept that I am not built for marathons and just do shorter races, or do I take 10 steps back to hopefully take 11 steps forward.

I chose the latter, you should never place limits on yourself. Humans are well adapted to running. So I have decided to go back to the drawing board and change my technique.

So I will be using the book Older Yet Faster as a coaching manual.

I have been barefoot/minimalist running for 3 years now, and the book does recommend this type of footwear. However, the technique they promote is quite different to mine. I got in the habit of slow running, where it is was more of a shuffle than a stride. Probably due to a misunderstanding of the mechanics of barefoot running, and as a protective mindset when using running sandals especially. However, the good news is I have a head start on someone who is coming into the program from wearing “normal” healed running shoes.

The new technique is more about good efficiency and a balanced bounce to create a naturally long stride without overstriding. This is best achieved at relatively higher speeds.

So my previous training runs were more long and slow. Whereas now they will start off much shorter, and I will only build up the distance when I can do the previous distance at sufficient speed and efficiency. Again I should have an advantage with this, I can shuffle around a marathon in 5 hours so I do have a decent base level of fitness. So it will be about getting that speed back now.

I envision running at 8-minute miles in training, which would give me a half marathon time of 1 hour 45. This seems really achievable. So, for example, I will run a mile, until I can do it in 8 minutes at a reasonable level of effort. Then go to 2 miles. stay there until I can do that at 8-minute miles and so on. Obviously, this is just an initial guide to what I might do, as I don’t know how the adaption to the new technique will go. However, I think 8m/m will be there or thereabouts.

Monday 14/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 1. Which included Yoga for Flexibility – 16 minutes.

6:30am: Dog Walk which included working on my Posture.

8am:  375g beef burgers and white coffee.

6pm: Gym

Squats

Warm up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 80kg 3 reps for 3 sets, 1 minute rests.

Bench Press

Warm Up – 20kg 12 reps, 30kg 8 reps, 40kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 60kg 3 reps for 3 sets, 1 minute rests.

Bent Over Rows

Warm Up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 70kg 3 reps for 3 sets, 1 minute rests.

7pm: 500g beef burgers and 80g of Cheese. 500ml of Raw Kefir.

8pm: Heidi’s foot strengthening exercises from OYF.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Tuesday 15/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 2. Which included Yoga for Flexibility – 16 minutes.

6:30am: Dog Walk which included working on my Posture.

8am:  400g beef burgers and white coffee.

7pm: 250g bacon and cheese, 500ml of Raw Kefir.

8pm: Heidi’s foot strengthening exercises from OYF, and drills 1 and 2 from Keith.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Wednesday 16/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 3. Which included Yoga for Flexibility – 16 minutes.

6:30am: Dog Walk which included working on my Posture.

8am:  250g bacon, 100g cheese,  and white coffee.

6pm: Gym

Quarter Squats

Warm up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 70kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 100kg 3 reps for 3 sets, 1 minute rests.

Overhead Press

Warm Up – 5kg 12 reps, 10kg 8 reps, 20kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 30kg 3 reps for 3 sets, 1 minute rests.

Deadlifts

Warm Up – 20kg 12 reps, 40kg 8 reps, 60kg 6 reps.

Work Sets – 90kg 3 reps for 3 sets, 1 minute rests.

7pm: 500g beef burgers and 50g of Cheese. 500ml of Raw Kefir.

8pm: Heidi’s foot strengthening exercises from OYF.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Thursday 17/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 4. Which included Yoga for Flexibility – 16 minutes.

6:30am: Dog Walk which included working on my Posture.

8am:  400g beef burgers and white coffee.

6pm: Warm up drills and 1 mile run on the running track, 7:43 minute miles.

7pm: 500g beef burgers and 75g cheese, 500ml of Raw Kefir.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Friday 18/10/2019

5am: Miracle Morning streak : day 5. Which included Yoga for Flexibility & Yoga For Calves – 16 & 7 minutes.

6:30am: Dog Walk which included working on my Posture.

8am:  400g beef burgers and white coffee.

9am, 10am, 2pm, 3pm: white coffee.

6pm: Gym

Pull ups – 3 reps 5 sets.

Dips – 5 reps 5 sets.

Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts

Warm up – bodyweight 12 reps each leg.

Work Sets – 20kg 3 reps 5 sets each leg.

Single Leg Calf Raises

10 reps 5 sets each leg.

7pm: 454g Ribeye steak, 500ml of Raw Kefir.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Saturday 19/10/2019

7am: Miracle Morning streak : day 6. Which included Yoga for Flexibility & Yoga For Calves – 16 & 7 minutes. White coffee.

9am: 250g Bacon and 75g Cheese. White coffee.

11am: OYF drills and warm ups. 1 mile run in 7m23s. Then Gym time. Depth Jumps, hip flexors, plank.

12pm: Dog walk.

4:30pm: 500g beef burgers and 75g cheese. 500ml of raw Kefir.

7pm: 200g Bowl of Beef and 4 Beers with friends.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

Sunday 20/10/2019

8am: Miracle Morning streak : day 7. Which included Yoga For Calves – 7 minutes. 2 White coffees.

11am: 500g Brisket.

1pm: Dog walk.

4pm: 300g Short Ribs.

2 litres of snake juice throughout the day.

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Get healthy, get fit and get happy.

Target Goals – Started October 2019

Flexibility

Full splits

Front splits

Suspension splits aka Van Damme style

Strength

Bench Press 1.5* body weight

Deadlift 2.5* body weight

Overhead press body weight

Press ups 50 in row

Press ups 100 a day for 30 days

Press ups one arm strict form

Pull ups 20 in a row

Pull ups one arm strict form

Squat 2* body weight

Visible Abs

10% body fat

Sport

Age group GB record in anything.

North East British masters 100m Track and Field race.

Run Half marathon PB 1:50

Run 5K PB 22 minutes

Run 10K PB 50 minutes

Run the Ullswater way

Run 520 miles in a calendar year.

Other

Camp in Cornwall

Camp in Loch Lomond

Cold showers 30 day streak

Hike Helvellyn

Miracle Morning 30 day streak

48 hour fast

72 hour fast

Completed Goals

Zero so far haha

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Lukasz

Interview with Lukasz

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Lukasz, 36 years old, living in Warsaw in Poland.

From childhood I was so into the sports and shaping my body. I am fascinated by how our body can heal itself and how we need nature like our ancestors.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Well, when I was at secondary school, around 17 years old I started to work out at home and gym and started to pay attention to what I eat. So my first nutritionist knowledge I got from magazines like FLEX or Muscles and Fitness. So…because of that advice I started to avoid saturated fast and eat a lot of carbs (oats, rice, whole grain bread) and chicken breast. This time of overeating and not being comfortable with food developed bad relationships to food and moreover some problems with my insulin sensitivity. After a huge breakfast of oats I was not able to stop falling asleep during my lessons then I started to drink coffee. During the last 17 years, I tried many diets and ways of eating: high carbs, vegan, 10-day water fasting (two times – those times I had no idea that during those days my body ran on ketones). Around 2014 I found first time some information about paleo (Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson etc) I was so fascinated about the fact that such delicious food like eggs and meat where allowed,  which I liked so much, weren’t so unhealthy as I thought before lol. And this is how I started my journey with a low-carb approach. After few years of testing healthy/paleo approach but not being satisfied 100% (I had energy drops during the day- probably my body had not enough carbs to create energy but still too many carbs to start producing ketones) I found on YT the film of Jason Wittrock:

https://youtu.be/YoA5yAvbN5U

It was in April 2018, just after Easter Holiday (I was full of sugar after celebrating the Easter). I was truly fascinated and I decided to try and put my body in a state of ketosis. It tooked to my body around 5 days to completely use the glycogen stored in my muscles and start using ketones – I will never forget how different and better I felt – the most important thing, my energy drops disappeared, my energy level was constant, I started waking up early even without the ring and naturally feel sleepy around 22.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

After following Shawn Baker, Paul Saladino, The primal edge health and reading Steven Gundry book I started to realize that maybe we do not need so much the plants and the whole issue about the importance of veggies is just propaganda.

I decided to give the carnivore a try.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

The animal product from best and local sources, eat beef, eggs, seafood, liver, occasionally chicken – generally, the nose2tail eating seems to be the most accurate and in line with the ancestors’ approach

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

Finally, I was able to get shredded and improve my guts (I am still working on healing it)

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

My digestion system at the beginning was a bit shocked (no fiber)

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

yes: gym, swimming, running

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

keep trying even if you had some cheat meals (not enough strong will power), even if something kicked you out of ketosis, even if you feel energy deficiency, it will pass away – enjoy the process.

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

nope – it is too radical and completely opposite to mainstream which is promoting plant-based food which is in line with what is now produced in the world (GMO, cheap large soybean, corn)

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

IG: @carnivore_samurai

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Meat up: One year later – with Cara

I love doing the Carnivore Diet Success Stories, I find it very rewarding to share peoples progress. So I am going to try to catch up with people once a year to see how they are getting on.

Will they all still be Carnivore, probably not. However, I believe they will have an appreciation of the benefits of a meat-heavy diet and will use that knowledge as a tool to further their health.

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1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating.

Since my original interview one year ago, I have been carnivore most of the time.

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

Food is more than objective optimal nutrition. The most difficult part of sticking to a zero carb carnivore diet is overcoming acculturation. I have used carbohydrates for my whole life to celebrate, reminisce, connect, and handle physical and emotional pain or discomfort. Switching my diet to something so drastically different has been extremely difficult for me. I have created long lists of scenarios that have come up and how I can cope with them without using carbohydrates. Still, sometimes situations I have not anticipated arise, and I find myself running back to my old comforts. In the past year I have been forced to face a lot of uncomfortable emotions and situations from which I had been using food to numb and distract.

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year.

I have been so healthy! Carnivore is excellent for my formerly delicate immune system. Setbacks only arise when I deviate from the diet for reasons listed above.

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

My goal is to stick with zero carb carnivore through any situation. I want to break my dependence on carbohydrates once and for all!

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?

If you don’t already have one- buy an air fryer! It is a total game changer for containing the mess of cooking fatty meat and for reheating leftovers.

I am on Instagram @woodlandcara , but I haven’t posted anything. It’s been a crazy year!

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Here is Cara’s Carnivore Diet success story from a year ago – Original Post

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