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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Angie

Interview with Angie

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi my name is Angie McCauley I’m a nutritionist and have used my knowledge to help others learn how to use nutrition and holistic health to live and heal their bodies. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was eating low carb/ ketoish for the past 4 years.  Before low carb I was vegetarian for a 2 years and raw vegan for 1 year 1/2.  

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I watched Shawn Baker and then did my own research to assure that all nutrients can be met eating meat and thought why not I’m sick of feeling bloated and having stomach pain. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet. 

I look at carnivore as a lifestyle and I eat whatever meats are available. I personally like a variety of meats, eggs, fish, seafood and some dairy.  

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

Digestion is great, The bloating is a thing of the past. I wake up with energy and feel rested everyday.  My hair and nails grow like crazy and my skin is showing signs of reversing the aging. 

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

Nothing negative for me because meat is available anywhere. 

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

Yes I do exercise heavy weights 3 times a week and cardio running or boxing 3 times a week.  I exercise most of the time in the early morning fasted. 

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

Give it a try for just 30 days that’s what I did and because of how great I felt my 30 days has grown to 2 years.  Also lead by example others may not listen but they will definitely watch what you do.  

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

I think so because more people are trying it and seeing such great benefits of healing  from eating a animal based lifestyle. 

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

I really can’t say enough good things about eating carnivore it’s truly food freedom. You can find me on Instagram at angie_nutrition

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Meat up: 1 year later with Don

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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How would you currently describe your current way of eating.

I currently get 70-90% of my energy (calories) from animal products (i.e., hypercarnivore), with the balance (10-30%) from fresh and dried fruits and fruit juices, typically as follows:

2-4 pints of whole milk or whole milk yogurt

3-4 eggs

200-300 g beef (usually leaner cuts, sometimes fatter cuts or other types of meat)

2-4 tablespoons of gelatin daily

2 ounces of liver several times weekly

Small amounts of separated fats such as butter, cream, lard or tallow

Daily variable amounts of orange juice (usually 1-2 cups), grapes (100-200 g) or grape juice (1 cup), or other fresh or dried fruits

1-2 tablespoons honey

This I call “enhanced hypercarnivore”, or “meats & sweets.”  This approach is based on the fact that we humans have gut adaptations to eating both meats and fruits. I discussed some of this in The Hypercarnivore Diet but did not realize its full implications or learn the full extent of our adaptations to fruit sugar until I did more research into it in 2019. In October 2019 we released a book entitled Meats & Sweets: A High Vitality Diet which provides a brief review of the evidence and eventually I will provide much more detail in a revised edition of The Hypercarnivore Diet. 

What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

  1. After eating at least 95-100% animal based for more than 18 months, I had one main daily complaint and one occasional complaint.  The daily complaint was muscle cramps, which increased in severity the longer I continued.  This problem was of minor issue during my first 12 months of eating that way, and I was able to manage it with magnesium and potassium supplements and salt.  However, as time marched on, the cramping became more severe and the salt and magnesium supplementation became progressively less effective at controlling it, so I got no more than temporary relief of the cramps. The cramps interfered with my sleep (woke me in the middle of the night), my work (cramps in feet, calves and abdomen when spending long hours on my feet and bending forward to treat patients in the clinic), and my training (cramps in my feet, calves and abdomen when doing resistance and mobility training).  I was losing flexibility and at one point strained my left hip adductors, which I think may have been a consequence of a the general high level of muscle tension. The more cramping I had, the more salt I took to try to control it, and eventually I developed (predictable) water retention (feet and ankles) as a side effect of high salt intake. I have tracked my nutrition all along, so I knew that I was typically getting insufficient potassium and magnesium from food, and by experiment I knew that using potassium citrate also controlled the cramping without inducing water retention (quite the opposite).  However, I did not want to depend on mineral supplements for potassium and magnesium indefinitely.  Also, restricting carbohydrate lowers insulin so more minerals are lost in urine.  Fruits provide magnesium and potassium primarily in the organic acid forms such as potassium citrate.  As I suggested to do in The Hypercarnivore Diet, I decided to add fruit to my diet to increase my carbohydrate, potassium and magnesium intake. Simultaneously I reduced my salt and fat intake. Since making these adjustments I no longer deal with cramps or unusual water retention, and only use salt for flavoring rather than as a “supplement” for electrolytes. Which brings me to my second complaint.  When I was eating at least 95% and up to 100% animal based, my diet provided 60-70% of energy as fat.  About once every 4-6 weeks, I had a bout of nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal discomfort that was due to fat indigestion (I exceeded my fat tolerance). I would just fast and take bitters and artichoke extract for 24-48 hours to resolve it.  Since reducing my fat intake and taking supplements to enhance my bile flow more than 6 months ago I haven’t had one of these episodes. By the way, reducing fat and increasing fruits and honey resulted in a loss of some waist fat that I had gained while on the higher fat diet that had the higher proportion of animal foods. I did have one other issue:  Although I got a great improvement in my psoriasis eating at least 95% animal based, it did not resolve completely. In particular, I got little if any significant improvement of my scalp lesions beyond some reduction of itching within 24 months.  Something was missing.  This led me to further research into the relationship between psoriasis and diet,  discussed below.
  1. Like many others, I believed (and wrote in The Hypercarnivore Diet) that fructose is very harmful in almost any quantity, regardless of source (e.g. fruits or honey vs. refined sugar).  In the last year I learned that this belief is probably ill-founded, partly based on animal studies that involve doses of fructose that are unattainable with natural foods, and typically using animals that are choline deficient because choline deficiency accelerates development of fatty liver; and partly based on very weak epidemiological data from human populations.  I have discussed the limits of this research on my IG page.  Space does not permit going into the details here, but I have shared and will continue to share my journey and discoveries on my Instagram page, my Gaining Strength Facebook page, on my Gaining Strength website, in our book Meats & Sweets: A High Vitality Diet, and eventually in a revised edition of The Hypercarnivore Diet.
  1.  I learned that many modern diseases including autoimmune conditions like my psoriasis may be caused or promoted by absorption of bacterial endotoxin into the blood stream, and that some fruits  and fruit juices have been shown to prevent absorption of this toxin.
  1. I have learned so much more that it is impossible to list it all here.  Follow me on Instagram to stay abreast of what I am learning because I share a lot of it there.

 

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

  1. In the past year I have been developing and testing a nutritional protocol (including supplements) for addressing the causes of psoriasis based on research I have collected that shows psoriasis is a bowel disease involving liver malfunction dysbiosis, gut inflammation and permeability, endotoxin absorption, nutritional imbalances and glandular hypofunction.  Reducing intake of plant foods helps some aspects of the disorder, but a very high fat intake may worsen other aspects (gut dysbiosis, liver function), at least in some people; meanwhile intake of flavonoid-rich fruits may reduce endotoxin absorption and skin inflammation.  So far I seem to be making some further progress with my psoriasis following this experimental protocol.  I will report if/when I have major success.
  1. As mentioned already, when I was eating at least 95-100% animal, high fat and high salt, I suffered an adductor strain that stopped my progress in mobility training, particularly straddle split training. Since reducing my fat intake and increasing my use of fruits and honey, I have had significant improvements in my mobility/flexibility compared to the rate of progress when I was eating at least 95% animal based.  The latter approach produced some good results, but my current approach (above) seems to have an even greater anti-aging or even age-reversing effect, at least so far, and temporarily.
  1. During the last year I did not achieve any increase in lean body mass or strength. Since increasing my fruit intake I have so far found that my recovery from strength training is improved and I am starting to see renewal of strength gains.  Time will tell if this turns into muscle mass gains.

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

  1. Complete resolution of my psoriasis.
  2. Gain as much strength and lean mass as possible at my age (58 years).
  3. Achieve straddle splits.

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

As always, I don’t know what I don’t know.  My knowledge and experience continues to expand.  I could be wrong or misled about some things, and reserve the right to change when I realize my error.  Everyone needs to find his/her own way. Stay alert to your own responses to foods and open to make changes as needed.  I recommend avoiding using your food choices to define your identity, with language such as “I am a carnivore.”  Instead, I recommend viewing diet and nutrition as tools to achieve the outcomes you desire, using language like: “I eat an animal-based diet to the extent and as long as it improves my outcomes and helps me reach my goals.”

Follow me and my wife Tracy:

Instagram: @donmatesz and @strongspiritwoman

Facebook: Gaining Strength and The Hypercarnivore Diet group

Websites: www.gaining-strength.com and www.live-fruitfully.com

Don’s original Carnivore Success Story post is – HERE

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Amy

Interview with Amy

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Amy – I’m 49 and currently live in Bucks County, PA (near Philadelphia). I grew up in New Jersey, but then travelled all over the country and world for about 10 years when my husband joined the Air Force. We have two grown sons. Today we are settled in one area, but my husband and I are consummate travellers. We recently completed a trip to our 49th state on my quest to visit all 50 states in 50 years.

I have always had issues with food addiction and body dysmorphia from as far back as I can remember. I went on my first diet at age 9 although I was a normal and healthy body size. Once I hit my early 20s, I started having real issues with weight, though, and proceeded to take my seat on the weight gain and loss roller coaster. After more than a decade of this hell, I found a 12 Step Programme where I walked in at over 300 pounds (136 kg) a broken woman in so many ways.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Upon joining the Programme in 2002 I started a food plan that eliminated all sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, caffeine, alcohol (surprise! I also found out I was an alcoholic!) and excess dietary fats. This plan also called for me to weigh and measure everything I put in my mouth and to eat three set meals a day with one snack at night. I ate a *lot* of vegetables, a decent amount of fruit, a good bit of grains, and minimal protein and fat. I lost 140 pounds (63.5 kg) in my first year or so of the program and have maintained that general amount of weight loss for the past 17 years. My food plan between 2002 and 2008 changed a number of times; I went through a period where I tried to reincorporate wheat back into my diet (that didn’t go well) and I added back and took out caffeine & dairy too many times to count.

In 2008 I started developing health issues. They were mild and seemingly random at first: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and a frozen shoulder were the first things to occur and I took care of each of those through physical therapy. But then I was in a car accident late that year and after that the physical ailments started piling up. I was in and out of doctor’s offices and my journey to find better health began in earnest. After trying pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy, I started to look towards my diet with the first stop at an ayurvedic medicine clinic. That didn’t seem to help so I tried a vegetarian diet for 6 months. I didn’t notice any improvement, but I didn’t get worse so I went vegan. After about 6 months of being vegan, I felt considerably worse – to the point where I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed some days. It was around this time that a doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was also seeing a neurologist for an issue with frequent migraines and was put on a preventative medicine for those. My instincts told me to add animal products back to my diet and I felt better almost immediately after doing so, but I still didn’t feel as good as I thought I should for a woman in her 30s.

That period of trial and error lasted about 3 years and in 2011 I discovered the Paleo diet and Robb Wolf’s work. I felt somewhat better following the paleo diet, but I still had many physical issues and continued to seek solutions without success. Then in 2015 I was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma and began a regiment of medication for that disease. My frustration with all of my health issues really peaked here. I wasn’t sure what else I could try and basically decided that it was just my constitution – I thought I was just the type of person who was meant to get sick and frail at an early age.

In late 2017 I had a hysterectomy and pelvic reconstructive surgery. By mid 2018 I had gained at least 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and was feeling horrible physically. Once again I decided to look at different food plans and began earnestly searching online. Thankfully, the ketogenic diet was gaining in popularity around this time and I came across some resources that seemed promising. I decided to try it. Those 10 pounds came off quickly and my husband was inspired to try the diet with me. He had much more weight to lose and rapidly lost 40 pounds, but was worried that we were going to give ourselves heart attacks with all the meat and fat we were eating. I found a low carb doctor in our area and made appointments to see him to help put my husband’s mind at ease.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

During that doctor’s appointment, the doctor mentioned the carnivore diet – not as a suggestion, but in passing – and my first reaction was, “Who would want to do that??? I could never just eat meat. How boring!” When I went home, though, I began researching to see what the carnivore diet was all about and why people would go on it. I discovered the meatheals.com website and began reading some of the success stories and started to wonder if a carnivorous diet could help me fix my health issues. By this time I had been on keto for 2 months and although I felt pretty good (after the initial carb flu), I still was suffering from asthma pretty badly. I stewed on the idea for a couple of weeks and finally on October 18, 2018 decided to take the plunge for 30 days to see if it would help my asthma and fibromyalgia. I felt so good after 30 days that I decided to extend the trial to 90 days. (Spoiler alert: the trial hasn’t ended yet, I’m still doing carnivore.)

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Because of my history as an addict and needing to see things in black and white, I take a pretty strict approach to carnivore. I mainly eat ribeyes from Costco (we buy a full primal and cut it ourselves), ground beef, eggs, and very occasionally bacon and cheese. I used to salt my food, but have not been doing that for about a month and I feel better. I don’t allow for “cheats” (I’m only cheating myself and what would be the point of that?) and I don’t add any condiments or spices. When I travel I make pemmican (can’t wait until the Carnivore Bar goes into production!) to take with me. I also have been doing some form of fasting since I started the keto diet in August of 2018. I started with a 16:8 approach but these days I usually do 18:6 or just do OMAD (one meal a day). I have done some extended fasting up to 72 hours and I plan to incorporate more of that as I go along because of the health and body composition benefits I have seen from it. As someone who has lost such a large amount of weight, I have excess skin that bothers me. I have found that it is starting to diminish with longer fasting regimens.

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

I have not taken asthma medication since late 2018 (10 months ago as I write this) – right around 2 months after starting the carnivore diet I noticed my breathing was improving so I stopped my maintenance inhaler and decided to just use my rescue inhaler as needed. Well, I haven’t needed it. I also have not had any “fibro flares” in all this time. None!! I am no longer exhausted, achy, foggy-headed and miserable from that dreadful autoimmune condition. Another fibro-related issue I suffered from was IBS-type symptoms (I was never diagnosed with IBS nor did I ever mention those symptoms to a doctor). But I suffered from intermittent constipation and diarrhea as well as issues with gassiness for many years. After the initial adjustment to carnivore, those issues mostly went away.

I have noticed other miscellaneous health improvements as well as recovering from those two major ailments. All my life I thought I had low immunity; if there was a cold or flu going around, I caught it. I have suffered from pneumonia multiple times and was even hospitalized for it once. Every winter I was sure to get bronchitis at least once and several head colds and/or the flu to boot. Since going carnivore, I have had one mild cold. ONE! That is just miraculous in my book. Additionally, some time in the past 5 years or so I started developing cherry angiomas all over my body. My dad has a lot of these so I thought I just inherited that trait from him and there wasn’t much I could do about them except burn them off (shhh, don’t tell the dermatologist!). My husband asked me just a couple of weeks ago if I had burned off the ones on my back because he noticed they were gone. I had done no such thing – they had all disappeared on their own! I then realized that other ones I had in different areas were also gone. Every website I have read about cherry angiomas says the cause is unknown. Well, I still am not 100% certain of the cause, but I definitely know the cure.

On a different tack, but equally (or possibly even more) impactful than the health issues resolving is how the carnivore diet helped me to recognize my satiety point. Ever since joining a 12-step program for food addiction, I was basically taught that my satiety meter was broken and could not be fixed nor trusted. And I saw the truth in that while I was eating the traditional food plan that is followed by many in that organization. If I didn’t weigh and measure my meals, I could easily overeat at every meal. As I progressed in my recovery and felt safer not weighing or measuring my food while eating out, I noticed that I would often end up overfull after meals having eating more than my body needed. While I was eating, though, I had no signals that told me to stop eating. I could have easily kept going if I wasn’t being mindful and trying to eat reasonable portions. Eating carnivore, though, changed all that. It is just about impossible to overeat because my body physically won’t let me eat any more. I find I naturally lose interest in eating or put my fork down without even thinking about it. In extreme cases, I start to get nauseated as my body sends clear signals that it has had enough. This is something I don’t remember experiencing once in my entire life prior to eating a carnivorous diet. And as a recovering food addict, this is downright mind blowing and awe inspiring.

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

The initial adjustment period to carnivore was hard on my digestive system. I had diarrhea for the first several weeks. I do still sometimes experience “dumping” after a meal – I have not been able to figure this out yet. It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while I’ll eat and then soon after I have to make a run for the toilet.

I did initially gain weight on the carnivore diet and that freaked me out. There seem to be two schools of thought about the approach to the carnivore diet – one is not a proponent of fasting (except as it occurs naturally due to hunger cues) and the other believe that fasting is a great tool to incorporate. I wanted to listen to the first school and let my body heal naturally and be okay with the weight gain, but it was too difficult for me. The toll on my mental health was not worth it. Once I started incorporating longer fasts, the excess weight I gained initially came off and I started needing much less food at every meal when I did eat. I would say a downside to carnivore is that it can be confusing to not have one “right” way to do it.

The only other downside of the carnivore diet is the fact that it’s not mainstream so it can be a pain to go out to eat or just eat with others (e.g. at work or in other social functions). I am used to being the one who eats differently in a crowd, though, so this isn’t a big deal to me personally, but it is an annoyance.

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

I do exercise, but lately I haven’t been doing as much cardio as I used to. Prior to carnivore I was a pretty regular runner (despite all my health issues), and I have run some smaller races since being carnivore, but I find more and more that my body doesn’t prefer to do that. It’s quite interesting how much more intuitive I am about everything related to my body since eating this way. I do a lot of walking and I have a love for weight lifting (I’m still a baby weight lifter, though). We have a home gym that consists of a weight bench, treadmill, rowing machine and an infrared sauna. It is my sanctuary. Recently I joined the #Carnivore75Hard challenge and one of the components is to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. This challenge has made me realize that I need to be more disciplined with my exercise routine; I can sometimes let too many days go in between exercising way too often. So I am working on improving that and I’m so glad I joined this challenge in hopes that it installs that discipline in me even after the challenge is over. I may go back to running distances some day or I may not, I will let my body dictate that. For now my overall goal is to get and stay strong, flexible, and injury-free.

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

If you are reading this, then you have given some thought to trying the carnivore diet (or you’re already on it). If you haven’t started yet, but think it could help you in some form, my advice is to try it earnestly for 90 days. Commit yourself to doing it 100% by eliminating all added sugars, sweeteners, etc. and just eat animal products. See how you feel mentally and physically after those 90 days and then decide how to proceed. What do you have to lose?

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

I’m not sure if carnivore will ever be accepted in the mainstream. We have a lot of forces with a lot of money, power, and influence who are against us. There is a lot of misunderstanding (and misinformation!) about ecological issues concerning animal farming and production that prevent people from thinking this is a good idea not only for themselves but for the planet. We have a lot of work to do to raise awareness about the personal health benefits as well as the global ecological and agricultural benefits that come from eating animal foods. Thankfully we have some vocal pioneers like Shawn Baker who are writing books and leading a social revolution – that is a good start. It’s also heartening to see a network of doctors embrace low carb diets and support a carnivore diet as well. I try to follow as many of them as I can on Twitter and retweet their information to help get the word out. I also like wearing my “Eat Meat” and “Meat Heals” shirts when I travel to expose that message to as many people as I can. Personally I believe we become accepted in the mainstream step by step. Gaining acceptance of a ketogenic diet is the first hurdle and there is still a lot of work to be done there, as well.

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

I know the carnivore diet can seem like a crazy idea. It did to me when I first heard about it, too! But if you can open your mind and do a little due diligence research on the topic, you will probably find what I have – it’s a true lifesaver. I mentioned my husband briefly above, but the full story is that he started the carnivore diet two months after me and has lost 80 pounds and feels the best he has in his life. He also struggles with food addiction and carnivore has helped him there as well. He didn’t have the health issues I did (but he also didn’t eat the vast amounts of plants and oxalates I did either), but he has reaped the benefits of carnivore just as I have. And if carnivore is just not your thing, that’s okay, too. I respect everyone’s right to their own choice and I appreciate when that respect is given to me as well.

You can find me on Instagram @_amethyst_amy_ and Twitter @anaisamy

 

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The 5 Pillars of Fitness: week 6

Faster

As I have effectively banned myself from running until the 1st January 2019. I have been working on a base of general fitness instead.

My gym work has been focused on strength and power, which are pretty important in improving speed and endurance.

However, I haven’t been neglecting my cardio. I did two specific Cardio sessions this week.

The first was a High-Intensity Interval Training session, which was 10 times 100-meter sprints on the Concept2 indoor rowing machine. Full out, max effort blast. It only took around 15 minutes as I only took 1-minute rests, after a little bit of time warming up.

The second session was 45 minutes on the exercise bike, keeping under my MAF Heart rate.

HIIT is a good option if you are like me, and work a 9-5 full-time job. You can quickly pop into the Gym on the way home and get an effective workout in.

Benefits of HIIT

  • If you believe in Calories In Calories Out. Then it is a good way to increase your calories out. I acknowledge CICO as a potential tool, but do not think it is as big a deal on Carnivore as other diets because it is hard for your body to turn protein into fat.
  • It raises your metabolic rate for hours after the workout.
  • It has been shown to target visceral fat for burning, which is the bad fat around your organs that can be linked with numerous metabolic conditions.
  • Improves your muscle’s ability to use oxygen. Which is great for explosive pursuits but will also improve your speed and power at aerobic fat burning endurance levels.
  • Has been shown to be beneficial for blood pressure.
  • Can help control blood pressure.

The above are the common benefits you will see from google, however, really if you had a decent diet you wouldn’t need to worry about a lot of them, like the potential benefits for blood pressure.

Diet is the biggest lever in health, exercise should just be viewed as a nice optional extra.

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Daily Diary

Monday 18th November 2019

5am – miracle morning

6:30am – dog walk

7:30am – 500g bacon, 500ml raw kefir, 4 raw egg yolks, white coffee.

10am – white coffee

1pm – 500g cheeseburgers, white coffee, 500ml raw kefir

6pm – Gym

Squats

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

Work Sets – 80kg 3 reps for 8 sets, 1 minute rests.

Bench Press

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

Work Sets – 60kg 3 reps for 8 sets, 1 minute rests.

Bent Over Rows

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

Work Sets – 70kg 3 reps for 8 sets, 1 minute rests.

Tuesday 19/11/2019

5am – miracle morning

6:30am – dog walk

7:30am – White coffee

10am – white coffee

1pm – 500g cheeseburgers, 300g bacon, 500ml raw kefir and white coffee

6pm – Steak and Prawns, 3 bottles of Non-Alcoholic Lager.

Wednesday 20/11/2019

5am – miracle morning

6:30am – dog walk

7:30am – White coffee

10am – white coffee

1pm – 500g cheeseburgers, 300g bacon, 500ml raw kefir and white coffee

6pm – Gym

Quarter Squats

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

Work Sets – 100kg 3 reps for 8 sets, 1 minute rests.

Overhead Press

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

Work Sets – 30kg 3 reps for 8 sets, 1 minute rests.

Deadlifts

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

Work Sets – 90kg 3 reps for 8 sets, 1 minute rests.

Thursday 21/11/2019

5am – miracle morning

6:30am – dog walk

7:30am – white coffee

10am – white coffee

1pm – 500g cheeseburgers, 300g bacon, 500ml raw kefir and white coffee

3pm – white coffee

6pm – Gym – HIIT training. 10*100m sprints on the Concept2 indoor rower with 1 minute rests.

Friday 22/11/2019

5am: Miracle Morning

6:30am – dog walk

8am: white coffee.

1pm: 500g beef burgers, 300g bacon, 100g cheese, 500ml kefir and white coffee.

3pm: white coffee.

6pm: Gym

Pull Ups – 5 reps for 5 sets

Dips – 7 reps for 5 sets

Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts – 20kg – 5 reps for 8 sets

Single Leg Calf raises – 13 reps for 5 sets

8pm: 3 cans of Alcohol-Free lager.

Saturday 23/11/2019

7am: Gym.

Pull ups, Press Ups, Romainian deadlifts, Calf raises and 45 minutes on the Exercise bike. 

11am: Dog walk.

1pm: 4 bunless double bacon cheeseburgers from McDonald’s.

7pm: Beef plate joint, 2 bottle of beer, and a bottle of red wine.

Sunday 25/11/2019

9am: Kefir, raw egg yolks, bacon, and cheese.

11am: dog walk.

2pm: Beef cheek,

3pm: dog walk.

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

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • 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”

 

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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 Gabe

Inteview with Gabe

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Gabe Gilleran. I am 26 years old and live in Northern California.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Standard American diet. I have always eaten meat but ate plenty of grains and sugar for 23 years.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I developed an autoimmune condition, Ulcerative Colitis at 23. I had never paid close attention to nutrition until this point in my life. Eating such a wide variety of things made tracking any sort of pattern very complicated. I happened to listen to Dr. Shawn Baker on the Joe Rogan podcast. Steak was already my favorite food so it made sense to give carnivore a shot. I immediately experienced relief from my symptoms and then began noticing benefits in most other aspects of my life.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I am currently eating 2-3 lbs of beef, 7 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, 2 chicken thighs, and a cup of plain yogurt a day. Originally I was just eating beef twice a day but I have recently been training and putting on muscle so I added more food and spread out intake throughout the day. I occasionally have black coffee. On heavy training days I have experimented with half a cup of white rice around the workout.

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

Major relief from my autoimmune condition – Ulcerative Colitis. I am lean and continue to gain muscle mass. Great sleep, energy, happiness, and simplicity. I feel the healthiest I have ever been and I am much more disciplined in my approach to life.

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

Most people don’t understand why I eat this way even though the results are undeniable. Family, friends, girlfriend think I’m a little crazy. I’m not sure this is really a negative it’s just that most people do not fully consider the importance of good nutrition.

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

I have played team sports almost my entire life. With all that activity I had an athletic frame but did not desire to workout outside of sports. Once I went carnivore my body “woke up” and I was full of energy. Out of the blue I had a desire to improve myself physically. I currently lift weights 5 days a week, high rep body building style. I am seeing tremendous results. After 6 months I plan to switch to powerlifting to see just how much weight I can move.

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

Embrace it and give it a fair shot. The only person that will know whether or not it works is you. If you experience the same results I have chances are you will stick with it. It is a really eye opening experience.

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

Our society has gotten so out of tune with real nutrition that it is going to be hard to get us back on track. My view is that carnivore is our species appropriate diet. Our best bet is to influence those people who just simply want to answer “what are we supposed to eat?” After that the results will speak for themselves.

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

I am just really grateful that I have figured this out at a relatively young age. You can find me on IG @carnivore_usa. Thanks!

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

Media

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  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sim

Interview with Sim

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Sim van daele, originally from Belgium, moved to Norway in
2015 to work as a Personal Trainer. The move to Norway was the end
accumulation of years of hard work on my psyche and physique. At nine I
got diagnosed with Major Depression as an initial diagnosis. However, my
mother remained very skeptical as I didn’t only display the
characteristic traits of depression.  Like my erratic behavior and
moods, outbursts, breakdowns, sensitivity to all stimuli (light, sound,
touch), constant nightmares, severe anxiety (especially with strangers),
inability to deal with surprise or change, poor social skills or social
understanding. My parents couldn’t even leave the house for an evening
without it turning into a scene for me.

When they diagnosed me with (mild) autism at age 11 it put those
characteristics in perspective. Which lead to a ton of therapy in
different therapeutic methods. I had weekly meetings with a counselor at
school, which I hated at the time because it put a bulls-eye on my back
and enforced the idea that I was somehow different. That being different
wasn’t something I perceived as positive, it was actually inherently
negative. I tried to not stand out, to hide in my clothing, behind a
cap, behind my hair. Whatever put a barrier between me and the outside
world was welcomed and used.

Eventually I was forced to change my lifestyle and eating habits when I
saw a picture of the weight I had gained between 11 and 18. The picture
really confronted me with the undeniable reality of how I had been
eating and living. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches each day with a
loads of mayonnaise, as eating was my coping mechanism throughout my
depression getting worse from being in a hostile high school
environment. My circadian rhythms was broken because I refused to go to
sleep as I couldn’t bear the coming day and it’s terrors. So
understandably all the junk food, poor sleep, poor circadian rhythms,
little exercise, little sun exposure started to add up.

It wasn’t until I started running stairs are home and changed my diet
that things started turning around for me. The physical and
physiological changes brought for psychological changes, which also
allowed me to do the heavier psychological work as time went on. After
taking my training outside and changing my diet to a low carb and
fasting approach my autistic tendencies disappeared. My depression had
completely gone for a while by then. From there on out I had the
opportunity to work on myself daily through exercise, nutrition, sleep
and philosophy that has brought to where I am today.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I ate Paleo pretty strictly. The emphasis in my dishes
was animal protein with a little bit of vegetables fried in fat or oil.
I’ve been experimenting with different fasting protocols since 2009,
which has helped immensely to offset some of the intolerances I have
food wise.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I tried Carnivore because of the first episode I saw of Dr. Jordan
Peterson with Joe Rogan. When he talked about his diet experience and
how some foods would put him back into depressed state that matched my
experience almost perfectly. I didn’t get depressive bouts as much as
really negative and moody. So I had to look into it, which brought me to
Dominic Rapson (@origins.nutrition) through the power of the instagram
algorithm.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
My approach to Carnivore isn’t as much my approach as it is Dominic
Rapson’s suggestions and guidance. My girlfriend has Psoriasis so I
urged her to work with Dominic. Through his work with her, buying his
book and interacting with him I had a general idea on the approach. Upon
his recommendations and his knowledge of me, I stay pretty strict with
meat, fish, eggs and some avocados. I’m still dealing with some fungal
issues in the gut so my adherence to his advice is on point.

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
The major benefits I have experienced and experience now is extremely
stable moods and clarity of mind. Nothing like I’ve ever felt before,
even with Keto. I went from Warrior Diet, to low carb and fasting, to a
Paleo template, then to Keto, then to a stricter Paleo style. None of
that made my moods stable or my mind as clear as Carnivore does. It’s
like you’re able to see and understand more, while residing in a more
logical and reasonable part of your brain.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Haven’t experienced any negatives to the Carnivore Diet. Should I want
to go off protocol I’m aware of the trade off and the price. Going off
protocol is very rarely worth the short term pleasure of whatever I ate.

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and
what do you do.
I maintain a movement practice, very similar to Dominic’s practice.
Which means it’s a combination of body-weight exercises, mobility, joint
conditioning, stretching, end range training, locomotion, lifting and up
until recently martial arts (Krav Maga, Submission Wrestling, MMA).

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in
trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
A piece of advice I give to people that are on the fence is that
experiential understanding always trumps cognitive understanding. You
don’t know if you don’t try, and quite frankly: most people have nothing
to lose.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I think as the anecdotal evidence keeps mounting and the testimonials
come in people will have to start taking it seriously. Because of my
experience with my mental health conditions I didn’t need much
convincing after so many people’s experiences reflecting my own.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
It’s worth the adherence and consistency. Takes a while to find the
optimal for oneself, which requires experimentation. I also maintain
that those first few months you really should get someone to guide
through the process like Dominic Rapson (@origins.nutrition).

People can follow me https://www.instagram.com/simvandaele/?hl=en
or check out my site: www.simvandaele.com
I do a lot of writing on medium as well:
https://medium.com/@cafshadow/how-slipknot-saved-my-life-98f313662f62

If you want me to expand on something let me know 😀 I tried to keep it
coherent and digestible!

I’m working on a platform to help more people called PTGM

Post Traumatic Growth Method.

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The 5 Pillars of Health: Week 5

Mission Statement:

Use my 5 pillars of health to build a base of fitness, whereupon I am capable of achieving any goals with minimal specialisation.

The five pillars are: Speed, Strength, Flexibility, Mentality and Diet.

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Smarter

Well 5 weeks into My 4 Pillars of Health fitness plan, I have realised there is a massive area I am not talking about…. the Mind.

So hence forth it is now The 5 Pillars of Health haha.

The mind is too huge of an area to not talk about. For instance people rightly know that junk food is unhealthy, however, most people just think it is unhealthy for the body and pay no attention to the effects on the mind.

A poor lifestyle is just as destructive on the mind as it is on the body. However, the effects are to harder to pinpoint. So people don’t link the two as easily.

The mind is vital for motivation, positivity, determination, happiness, will power, decision making and good habits. I know as much as anyone that it is hard to resist that chocolate bar or apple crumble. Even though you know fine well they are not healthy, but you can still succumb to them.

The good news is the mind can be trained like any muscle. The more you work on it, the stronger it becomes. You hear people all the time talking about how hard it is to lose weight, it isn’t, losing weight is very easy, what people mean is they find it hard to do what is necessary for a sufficient period of time to lose weight. That is all in the mind.

It might be a massive change to stop the Friday night pizza’s or having a bag of sweets and popcorn for Saturday movie night. You might even think life isn’t worth it without those things and it is important to put life into living. However, that is our mind lying to us, to make us feel better. Being fit and healthy is better than any sandwich tastes!

You should eat food to live, not live to eat. You will get more enjoyment from being pain-free, active, and mobile than whatever joy you think you get from a biscuit.

So in future posts, I will delve into how I am training my mind, and how that could help you. No one is perfect, and you shouldn’t whip yourself over having a Quality Street. However, you shouldn’t kid yourself either. You are where you deserve to be, if you want to be fitter and healthier than you have ever been, you will have to do stuff you have never done before, and open your mind to new possibilities.

I am arguably in the best shape of my life. My under 21 years old self could have smashed me in a few events, but that was through natural talent and before the Standard Western Diet and copious amounts of booze took its toll. Even though I am loving where I am at currently, I am not done yet. I have work to do, just like most other people.

I will find myself in a few dead ends, but I am always looking and experimenting.

Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

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

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • 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”

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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 Allison

Interview with Allison

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! My name is Allison. I live with my boyfriend Alex and my two special German Shep fur babies Leo and Abby. I am a retail store manager with a nutty schedule! Currently I’m out on leave due to major surgery but hoping to get back to working out on 10/18 after my post op!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I was Keto starting in May of 2018. Before that it was your typical SAD diet. Pizza, chicken nuggets, etc. Basically “convenience foods” as my schedule was wacko and I felt like I didn’t have time to meal prep or really cook anything.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had seen a few people keto accounts I was following on Facebook and Instagram transitioning to Carnivore or trying Carnivore weeks. I was genuinely interested not only for the weight loss potential bit also the healing. I was noticing they had glowing skin, big beautiful hair and a LOT of energy! I wanted some of that!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My personal approach to Carnivore was just keep it super simple. I transitioned out pretty quick, dropping veg and keto sweets within a week. I don’t do a ton of meal prep but I will cook up some beef (a few days worth) if I know I’m working nights or I’m eating alone. My staple items are beef, eggs and steaks. I also take Ancestral Supplements Bone Marrow for added benefits!

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

Since starting Carnivore, the biggest change I have noticed so far is my skin! I’ve always been on the dry side and now I barely have to use any facial products! My nails are also much stronger and I’ve recently just noticed my hair has started growing quicker then usual. But I think the BEST benefit is my overall energy. I no longer need naps and time flies a lot quicker throughout the day because I have the energy to just keep going! It has made me a more productive member at my job and in my home!

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

As far as negatives go, I truly haven’t found any other then having to explain my lifestyle sometimes. It can get hard especially with family. My boyfriend is very supportive but he loves his greens and I won’t argue with that .

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

My exercise regimen is pretty simple. I walk 6 days a week, approx 4-5 miles on a trail near my house. I also get a lot of movement and even some slight cardio working in retail  I also throw in some light weights a couple 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.

If I could give anyone any kind of advice to someone considering the Carnivore lifestyle it would be 2 things: keep it simple and do your research! There are many ways to be carnivore and also many ways to get started. Not everyone can go cold turkey off sugar and carbs while for others it’s very very easy. When planning your meals again, don’t overthink! I found it best to start simple ground beef, salt and water! Hydration is key! Salt will help immensely with that.

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

I do hope someday the Carnivore lifestyle will be considered mainstream or something even close to that. I still think there are a few walls to break down, especially in the medical industry. There are so many positive things healing wise with the Carnivore lifestyle that I think it scares Big Pharma a little bit. And that’s a good thing!

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

I hope even my very simple, non-influencer life might inspire more simple guys and gals to step out of their comfort zone and start this Carnivore lifestyle for their health! My instagram handle is @allythecarnivore

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  • 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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SOLE RUNNER – Transition Vario 3 Black Leather

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The Brand

SOLE RUNNER is a German barefoot shoe company. I heard about them from a Barefoot Running Sub-Reddit. They make a range of shoes, trainers and boots for Men, Women, and Children.

When I first went on the website, I thought the site was a little basic. For example, there is no company information on the About Us page. Which is a good way for a company to set out what they are about. However the website is easy to navigate, and you can easily find what you like the look of. There are multiple photos and descriptions to help you decide on what you want. So it is a functional and effective website.

The Model

What Sole Runner says “Sole Runner Transition Vario 3, the 365-day boot in the Sole Runner Barefoot Shoe Comfort Line. Water-repellent Mesh material with a weather seal and the removable heating elements are the highlights of the ankle-high Transition Vario. Almost like walking just on the soles of your own feet.”

I have the Black Leather version. However, you can also buy them in Black/Red mesh and Dark Brown.

I live in the North-East of England, which means the weather is pretty changeable. So I needed a barefoot walking/hiking boot. I spend a lot of time walking my two Lurchers. I also do a lot of camping and spend a lot of time in places like the Lake District. However, this is the first time I have had barefoot hiking boots. I have barefoot shoes/trainers for all occasions, apart from hiking boots. So I have finally plugged that gap in my barefoot lifestyle.

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The Specs

From website:

“Upper: Leather, quick drying, water-repellent (water-repellent, not waterproof)
Closure: Functional closure: single-pull lacing system
Shape: Extrawide cut for strong feet. Wide at front. The toes have lots of room to move around.
Sizes: 36 – 48
Weight: 250g.
Outer sole: 6mm rubber, non-marking. Allows as direct a contact to the ground as possible.

The Shipping and Packaging

I ordered the shoes late on Tuesday afternoon. They were dispatched on Wednesday and arrived on Friday. I was very happy with this.

The ordering was really easy. I created an account when I ordered, and you could check the status of the order whenever you liked. Then once it was sent out, there was an excellent package tracking page. So you knew exactly where your package was at.

At checkout, I just picked the cheapest shipping option, and I was very happy with the delivery time.

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The Soles

As all barefoot shoes should be, these are zero drop. They are 6mm which I believe is a good thickness for a boot made for all occasions. If it was any thinner, then it might not be suitable for all weathers and types of walks.

The tread is made from rubber and it looks like little stones. Giving the tread a natural look, rather than a manufactured one. These boots are made for all occasions, however, like I mentioned I will primarily be using them to replace traditional hiking boots.

You could never replicate the big clunky treads of “normal” hiking boots. So barefoot shoe brands have to get sufficient grip without losing the “feel” you want from barefoot brands. Sole Runner gets around this issue by using a sticky rubber, to make this a true 365-day shoe.

The shoe arrived with 2 removable insoles, which I didn’t expect. The boots had a 6mm black insole already in. These are meant to be for colder months of the year, or probably all year round in the UK haha. The second insoles are red and 2.5mm. These are for nicer weather, less gnarley terrain, or if you just prefer as little protection as possible. You could double these up too, for extra protection if needed.

I am not sure why but the red insoles come with 3mm heel cushions glued to them. I have no need to use the red insoles as it is currently winter, but when I do. I will remove the heel cushion. It looks like it will easily peel off.

The Uppers

The upper part of the boot is made from water-repellent and breathable leather. It is certainly very flexible and soft. This is important for me as I want this boot to become my go to hiking boot. So it does need to have some level of water resistance. The fact that it is not fully waterproof is not a deal breaker. I am rarely out walking if it is raining heavily, mainly because my two dogs hate the rain! To I just need a reasonable level of protection, if the ground is wet. I have been out on two long dog walks of over 4 miles, wearing these. The ground was wet and muddy but my feet remained dry. If for whatever reason I knew I was going to be out in the rain for a long period of time, I would treat the boots with a waterproof spray beforehand and/or wear waterproof socks.

The sole is protected by a rubber cover, that goes right around boot and up and over the toe area. This gives it a bit of a look of a steel toe capped work boot, albeit a lot more stylish and comfortable. This will also help the boot with being water-repellent, as very shallow puddles and mud will not get over the rubber section.

I really like the lacing. They use loops instead of eyelets, which again will help with water protection. It also give the boot a military look I think, not sure why but I think it is a nice touch. I must also note that the one pull lacing system is awesome, literally one single pull and the entire boot closes around your foot and ankle. This is a great feature, and normal hiking boots are usually a bit of a chew on to get on and off quickly. Which can be really annoying if you are away camping.

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The Toe Box

As mentioned above the toe box is “hard rubber”, some minimalist purists may not like this. I do not mind it, I have other barefoot shoes that have hard toe boxes. This boot is designed to be an all year round boot for all occasions, the positives of having a bit of toe protection outweighs any perceived lack of natural feel. Plus I am a bit clumsy, so any help in not stubbing a toe on a rock is welcome indeed.

They class these shoes as extra wide, which they may be for their range. However in comparison to other minimalist shoes, I would not class them as extra wide. They are wide though, and my feet had loads of space to splay. Also if I was been picky, the toe box might be a little shallow for some. They actually fit me great and they are well shaped for my feet. However some people may prefer a slightly higher toe box. However that might then throw out the look of the boot, or effect something I haven’t considered.

The rubber is textured, rather than smooth. This makes them look cool, but it does make them harder to clean. The mud does come off with a damp cloth, but the mud can get “stuck” in the indentations a little. So it a little harder to clean than it could be.

The Style

I love the look of these boots. Sometimes minimalist shoes can look a bit weird or “grandady”. I quite like my shoes to be a bit weird to be honest, I do like to stand out from the crowd. However I don’t want them to look old fashioned for example.

I think these have a bit of a military boot look to them, I can imagine seeing someone running past me, with a military pack on, scaling a fell I am on. They look sturdy, and would fit the type of attire you wear on long cold walks. However I could quite happily wear them to the pub or a restaurant without feeling like I am under or overdressed. This is important as they are marketed as a 365 day all year round footwear.

I don’t think people would immediately notice these were barefoot shoes, unless you have an eye for them. I could spot them a mile away, but I think a regular person would just presume they were a normal boot.

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The Sizing

I am a UK 9, so I googled what that is in a EU size. It was a 43. However I thought it was wise to use their size guide to double check. Turns out I was only just a 42. However, I weighed it up and thought I could be wearing them with thick thermal walking socks a lot. So I took a bit of a risk and ordered the 43.

This was a good choice, they are nice an snug with thick socks on and nice an roomy with thin socks on…. perfect!

When ordering from Sole Runner as with any barefoot company, always follow their size guides. They are often independent companies and will often have their own quirks with sizing.

Final Thoughts

I have worn these everyday for a couple of weeks, this is a minimum of 2 miles of dog walking a day. It has been wet and windy pretty much all of the time. I have found these boots to be extremely comfortable, and my feet have remained dry.

You do not have to ease yourself into these aka the breaking in period. In fact if you have to break in a minimalist shoe…. then is it even a minimalist shoe.

I have worn these on roads, paths, dirt paths, woods, forests, farmers fields, flat ground and hills. There has been zero issues with them. They provide protection from the elements, feel “safe”, durable, yet have that classic barefoot connection to the earth that you want. Where you can feel the ground, but you are not worried about what you are going to find on each step.

You can often tell if a shoe is cheaply made and can guess that they will not last long. I have the complete opposite feeling about these. They have a look and and feel of quality and attention to detail.

I am looking forward to trying out more from the Sole Runner range.

I will add an additional edit to this review in 12 months time, to see how the wear and tear actually was.

Goodbye, and happy barefooting!

HRP_5079

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Lynn

Interview with Lynn

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I am a 64-year old woman, a retired adjunct professor of English, current literary writer exploring fantasy fiction.  My primary role right now is one of care-giver.  My 88 year old father has Parkinson’s Disease, COPD, and heart disease and needs someone around full time.  I have an adult son with Down Syndrome as well. My writing has suffered a bit lately as I struggle with these developments.  It’s imperative I protect my health so I can care for others.  I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is my only health problem to date. At present, I have very low blood pressure (110/60 most of the time, sometimes lower, never ever 120/80 or higher), high cholesterol, though great ratio, high HDL, very low triglycerides, fluffy cholesterol size, low blood sugar (no metabolic syndrome).  I now weigh 118, with normal BMI.

I blog about diet, writing, dreams, philosophy and miscellaneous fare.  But I always include things about my diet and well-being journey since it is the key to all the rest!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I used to eat fairly “well” according to most conventional medicine folks.  Low fat, minimal red meat, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.  I felt terrible and hurt all over.   Was not really overweight per se, but I was not in good shape. Then I moved into Paleo eating about two years ago.  I felt somewhat better but didn’t lose any weight. And I still hurt and had headaches. Graduated to Keto and felt better yet, lost about 12 pounds and plateau-ed.  I decided to try Carnivore.  (I have listened for years to people like Dr. Mercola, Chris Kresser, Dave Asprey, and my personal favorite Mark Sisson.)

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried carnivore just as an experiment.  Having a lot of allergies and auto-immune issues, I wanted to see how I felt without plants. I had listened to Mikhaila and Jordan Peterson talk about how much better they felt and thought it would be an interesting experiment.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat all meat including seafood like oysters, mussels, shrimp, fish, beef, lamb, pork,  wild game of all sorts, chicken (I don’t feel as good on chicken).  I am not fond of organ meat except chicken livers, so don’t get much of them. I also eat heavy cream and cheese and sour cream.  Eggs.  I love eggs.  I cook with strained bacon fat and butter mostly.  I DO have an occasional glass of wine or liquor and I use spices on meat and seem to do well.  I also rotate a very limited keto diet into my regimen and I fast one day every week or two.  I also limit my eating to about six hours most days.

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

I went about 56 days without cheating and lost six pounds more and I don’t seem to gain weight when I cheat anymore, even for a couple days at a time.  My mood definitely improves on strict Carnivore.  I have moments of euphoria even when things are completely stressful.  My skin improved, much less dry, wrinkles disappeared (well, improved). I slept better and needed less sleep to feel good.  I woke without that feeling of dread.  My muscle tone improved vastly even though I have always exercised.  My hair is thicker.  My overall energy improved and most exciting, I had almost no body aches and pains.  My lower back had begun to be an issue, a disk problem, and some cysts, so this was fabulous.

My c-reactive protein is very low, inflammation markers went down.  I recently had a Lifeline screening test and I have no peripheral artery disease, normal carotid arteries, and no plaque in abdominal aorta.  No heart rhythm problems (this is despite the fact that my mother died of a brain aneurysm at my age, my father has stents and blood clots everywhere, and my younger brother has had a mini-stroke, and has a 5.2 aneurysm in his thoracic aorta that may require open heart surgery–they all eat (or ate) a regular western diet.  Due to my brother recently discovering this aneurysm, I will have an echo soon to be sure I don’t have this since it can be genetic, but I do not anticipate anything due to everything else being so good.  I will report in if people wish to follow me.

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

Well, people think you’re nuts.  I’m sure everyone thinks the social aspects are the biggest down side.  (I’m a libertarian).  Liberals think you are a monster and don’t care about the planet and that you are making some political statement (nothing could be further from the truth and I’m not certain you can’t make a good case for the environment eliminating GMO and pesticides on plants and grazing animals).  Conservatives just think you are nuts period.

Health wise, my numbers remained good EXCEPT my cholesterol went from 284 to 446!  This unnerved me quite a bit.  I have to be honest. Even though nobody has yet studied people eating grass fed meat who have high cholesterol from those eating french fries fried in trans fats and junk food, I was still a bit nervous, so I took Berberine and added a bit of salad in and my cholesterol went to 246!  Right about where I want it (people who have cardiac events do not have high cholesterol on average).  So now I rotate in and out of keto/carnivore –limited keto.  Mostly lettuce, a bit of broccoli, mushrooms.

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

I have always exercised.  I was athletic as a child and I still do full body exercises, weight lifting type twice a week, strength or meditation yoga three-four times a week, and I walk a lot.  I didn’t notice much difference in my exercise ability except that I could suddenly build muscle when I had some problems with that before.

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

You do feel a bit poorly first week or so, headaches, but after that, you’ll feel fabulous.  Jordan Peterson’s wife developed kidney cancer–no idea if her diet was involved.  But I do worry some about cancer.  In order to activate autophagy and AMPK pathways and shut down MTOR part of the time, I am a believer in fasting and exercising –as well as rotating the diet some.  It will be a long time before we know much about cancer and carnivore.

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

Possibly for a huge segment of the population.  However, when I did my 23 and Me studies, I found out people have three types of muscles.  I have an “elite athlete” style muscle.  So it makes sense to me that different people would do better on different diets.  Whole foods is the key, but I expect that studying nutrition will get more specific and tailored to individuals. I hope doctors will have one on staff soon.  But to think one diet suits all seems ridiculous.

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

I wish everybody well on this journey.  It’s great you have this website and everyone shares experiences because there is so little information out there to date.  Thanks, Steven!

You can follow me at lekimball.com  https://lynnfay73.wordpress.com/

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