Interview with Freda
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Freda Mooncotch
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
Growing up we were probably on the traditional standard american diet in the 70’s but my mom did cook everything from scratch and was very “health” conscious. It wasn’t until high school that I started becoming more aware of what I was eating because I started breaking out with cystic acne and it was really bad. That is when I started connecting food with health issues and digestive issues. I was always tired but in my junior year of high school I got Mono and that made me really exhausted. Little by little I started eliminating things from my diet like pop, chips, and garbage foods in general and tried to eat more “healthy”. I know I wasn’t getting enough protein that is for sure. By the time I was 19 my acne had cleared up and I had a baby. Everything was great until after I stopped breast feeding when he was 15 months old. Then within a month my body went wackadoodle. I started breaking out with cystic acne again and gaining weight, was exhausted and just really felt off. I was looking for answers, anything. My parents had joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church and shortly after I joined them. We didn’t adopt the vegetarian diet right away. It took some convincing for that to happen but eventually it worked and along with being more “spiritual” because you eliminate meat, I thought it would help with my skin issues and help me manage my weight. The exact opposite happened and I thought, “maybe I’m doing it wrong. Maybe I need to go VEGAN.” And so I did. At first I went vegan then even tried raw vegan. We made everything from scratch and spent a horrible amount of time in the kitchen trying to make all this vegan food. I put on even more weight, was getting more depressed by the day. It was not a fun time in my life. I did that for about 3 years and then remember the day my Dad brought home a warm roasted chicken from Whole Foods and it smelled so good I just couldn’t resist and I once I took a bite of the thigh, I couldn’t stop and ate over half of the chicken. It was DELICIOUS! So, I started eating more chicken (with a side of huge guilt) and salads.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
From all the years of being weak, sick, struggling with acne and starving myself to stay thin, I became very very sick. I ended up on Spiranolactone for my adult acne that started again in my 30’s. I was on a very high dose for far too long and each year I was getting sicker and more dis-regulated. I never connected my mounting health issues to Spironolactone. I came off of it after 3 years and by the time I was 38 I was struggling really bad with my health and finally at 39 I completely crashed. At 38 I had started learning about Weston A. Price and had started incorporating more red meat, COD liver oil, organ meats and raw dairy into my diet but at that point, I think it was too late. Once I went down, I slept for almost a year. I had severe neurological problems, digestive problems, I was drooling, slurring, stumbling when I walked, tripping up the stairs and was losing my coordination and balance. My head was very dark. I was in the darkest place I’d ever been in my life. Paleo was very popular at the time so I thought I would try Paleo and I did that religiously for about 10 months, and while I felt a little better I had to take a lot of supplements and was exhausted. I then transitioned over to the Ketogenic Diet and I did experience some relief for about 2 to 3 months and then I started having some more health issues like losing gobs of hair and becoming super dizzy and other weird and random things. I was doing the HIGH FAT (consume copious amounts of fat), low protein and no carbs version. This was very popular at the time. I DO NOT recommend this. What ended up happening is that due to the low amount of protein I was consuming I ended up getting sepsis, leaky gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, a blood bacteria infection and a bunch of heart problems like fainting when walking up a flight of stairs. Waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I was having a heart attack and vomiting all over the floor. Vertigo and many other issues. I was kinda forced into Carnivore at that point because I couldn’t eat anything else but red meat. I would have to slow cook it in a crock-pot and that is all I could eat. Everything else, I mean everything including salt, bone broth, sauerkraut, kefir, diary, vegetables, fruit, anything made me blow up like a puffer fish. So I ate nothing but red meat for almost a year but something happened miraculously. I started eating red meat only in March 2014 and by June of 2014 I had dropped my body fat down to like 12% from like 25%. I lost weight, my energy started coming back and I became strong AF. The problem was there wasn’t enough research and I was afraid I wasn’t getting enough nutrition. The only person I knew of that was eating only meat was Steve Cooksey and he was able to reverse his diabetes. I followed and read Dr. Michael Eades book Protein Power and knew how important protein was but was still fuzzy about eating only red meat. Which is silly because I was looking amazing and feeling really good. Everything was starting to turn around.
I made the mistake of starting to introduce other foods back into my diet and started replacing some of the red meat with Paleo Protein Powder and Collagen Protein. You know, because everyone and their mother said that Collagen protein was equal to regular protein which is totally NOT the case. Chris Masterjohn explains that really well. You cannot and shouldn’t try to replace meat protein with collagen protein. Little by little it didn’t take long before my body started weakening and going back to the disease like state I had been in previously. By January 2016 I was having severe neurological issues again where I felt as if I were being zapped by a tenz unit all the time, especially at night while asleep. My arms would completely fall asleep down to the tips of my fingers. I felt like I had concrete in my legs it was so hard to walk. I slept a lot and I was turning purple/blue. I could get into a steaming hot bath and turn it cold within 15 minutes because I was so cold.
I never made the connection between these protein powders and my health. By June of 2016 I went to see Dr. Brownstein and started my monthly supplement and alternative treatment regimens which included thyroid meds, bio-identical hormones, ozone blood transfusions and a lot more. It was expensive to say the least. I was still low carb and still religiously drinking my Paleo Protein protein powder and Collagen powders. I did this until December 2018 when the light finally went on and I started to eliminate things. I was tired of spending the amount of money I was spending on my monthly regime and I was tired of swallowing all the damn stuff. I started asking a lot of questions. I started eating more red meat, donating blood and eating raw liver. Magically I started having to quit or cut in half the things I was taking because I was starting to have adverse reactions and my energy was through the roof. I felt like I was on to something and then by chance, came across Dr. Shawn Baker’s instagram page and I couldn’t stop reading and looking. I was very reluctant at first but after reading so many testimonies and remembering my own, I started eating steaks and red meat every day. Then I realized I wasn’t eating enough and started eating more. By July, I was able to quit all my bio-identical hormones and by August 2019 I was able to quit all remaining supplements, including my thyroid medication.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I started out with 6 oz tenderloin steak a day with stew meat and burgers and I was still mixing in veggies. I wasn’t convinced that the few veggies I was eating were bad for me. But, I was still having a few issues so I was like lets quit them for 30 days and see what happens. It was amazing. I will never go back. Now I am trying to eat more every day. I drink raw goat milk, 6 oz of raw goat kefir, eat 9 oz steak and have either 1 lb of burgers or other red meat. I’m trying to eat 1.5 lbs a day. I have a tendency to under eat and end up malnourished. I also add in a little bit of raw beef liver/heart once a week.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
My energy has increased and I’ve been able to come off of all my supplements, bio-identical hormones and thyroid medication (3 grams of naturethroid). It’s been about 4 months since I quit my thyroid medication so we will see as time goes on how I do. So far so good. Fingers crossed. I don’t struggle with my weight, and I’m strong AF! Almost zero gas too which is amazing! Even on my low carb diet I had some gas. My recovery time after training is insane and I don’t get injuries.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
None really but be prepared for some digestive upset/changes in the first few months of making the change.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I train contortion and calisthenics’s, but mostly contortion right now. I used to be a pole fitness instructor and into pole fitness. I will get back to that as soon as I get as bendy as I can. The great thing about the Carnivore diet is that I don’t have to exercise like I once did to keep my body or abs. I mean I could and look even better but why? I love the exercise I do now. The thought of going to a gym and doing squats and weights… I left that life a long time ago. Stretching is where you will find me.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
DO IT! Read Shawn Baker’s book The Carnivore Diet first so you know what you are doing.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I wish it would but I think people are so highly addicted to their food and the way it makes them feel that unless they REALLY put more value on their health and feeling awesome, they will continue to come up with every excuse in the book as to why they can’t eat only meat. They will refuse to see the connection between their food and their health.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
My instagram handle is @fredammoon you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you are willing to put in the time, commitment and work. Carnivore requires the least amount of work/effort to accomplish the most powerful goals!
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