Interview with Jayvee
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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