Interview with Kimberly
1) Introduce Yourself.
Hello! My name is Kimberly Brooke. I am a Primal Health Coach, Yoga teacher, ELDOA practitioner, and CrossFit Coach, who specializes in optimal health and wellness for women.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I came from a high-carb diet! For the first 25 years of my life, I ate the Standard American Diet. Being from the South, it consisted of a lot of potatoes, corn, bread, meat, along with homemade sugary dessert treats (like pies, cobblers, cookies), and Blue Bell ice cream!
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
That’s a bit of a story… I went to college to play volleyball in 2004 and really hurt my knee, as so many young women in collegiate sports do. I became almost sedentary, but didn’t have the knowledge or anyone to help me change the way I ate. I was depressed, lonely, and homesick in college, and I began self-medicating with food. Very quickly, I ballooned and gained about 85 pounds. I weighed 260 pounds on my 20th birthday and absolutely hated myself.
After several years of yo-yo dieting, starving myself, running countless miles on the treadmill, and trying everything from Atkins to South Beach to Jenny Craig, I finally decided that my body just “wanted to be heavy,” since nothing would keep the weight off. I was in denial about my binge eating and carb addiction.
In 2010, a friend introduced me to Primal eating through Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint program, and I was able to drop about 65 pounds by removing sugar, grains, alcohol, and refined seed oils from my diet. I began noticing that I would have insane bloat almost immediately after eating any meal and would never feel satisfied. I always reached for seconds and sometimes thirds… It was like there was a hole inside me that I was trying (unsuccessfully) to fill with food. My weight would yo-yo back and forth between 180 and 200 pounds, but I believed so fully in the success I’d had at that time that I became certified in the Primal method in order to help other people break free of their sugar addiction.
It was Nov. 2018 when I stumbled across Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Kevin Stock, and the Carnivore Diet. I started looking into the anti-nutrients in fruits and vegetables, specifically regarding issues I was having. I literally could NOT believe that fruits and vegetables, the absolute bastions of healthy super foods, were causing me to gain weight, throwing my hormones off, continuing to keep me addicted to carbs, and causing my sugar cravings.
I presented this newfound information to my husband, who was immediately skeptical. After he read several articles and saw the anecdotal evidence of people like Kelly Hogan and Dr. Baker who had been doing Carnivore long-term, he decided we could give it a try, and we both jumped in cold turkey.
Within days, my bloating resolved, I lost 12 pounds in 10 days, and I felt incredible. While the Adaptation was a little rough on my husband and me, we got through it and HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK!!!
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
In our house, my husband and I eat similarly, but he is much more tolerant of things like seasonings (“flavor plants”) and can go off the diet without too much trouble. If I deviate, I experience near-instant bloating, headaches, and a general sense of malaise. It’s enough that it’s become self-perpetuating for me. My diet consists mostly of red meat (steak or ground beef), eggs, bacon, and butter.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
Level energy, I can go hours and hours without eating and be totally fine (I have developed a natural 16:8 fasting pattern), I am as lean as I have ever been, and my strength gains are out of control. My cystic acne is gone, my hair and nails are thicker, and my skins feels softer and smoother. I’ve found that my unreasonable sugar cravings completely abated after a week, and I am totally satisfied by what I eat. My husband reports very similar improvements!
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Honestly, nothing with the diet or nutrition… Interestingly, we’ve found that social gatherings can become quite difficult, especially when it comes to going out to restaurants. I have to be insanely careful when I order and insist on no seasoning on meat, no bread, no veggies, no sides… People look at me like I’ve grown another head. On the other hand, it’s showed me who my REAL friends are. They say they find my odd ordering style rather endearing now!
The only other negative is the unreal debates I’ve gotten in with friends and family. They seem concerned I’m going to kill myself, despite animal foods being the most bioavailable source of nutrients for a human. So far, it’s been well over a year and I show no signs of deterioration.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I do CrossFit three to four times a week and Yoga and meditation every day. Form weeks two to four, weeks when I was adapting to Carnivore, I was hardcore on the struggle bus during my workouts. Every day life was fine when it came to energy levels, but the moment I tried to lift or do anything involving endurance, I would crash. Just to get through the work outs, I would take every weight off the bar and still almost pass out before the end. It wasn’t until the end of the fourth week that I noticed my energy coming back, and now I absolutely coast through workouts and go even heavier than the workout calls for.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
JUST DO IT. You’ll never be “ready.” There will never be a “right time.” We started the day before Thanksgiving and absolutely made it through eating turkey and prime rib. YOU CAN DO THIS!! I believe in you. ️ This is one of those things that, if you wait, you’ll wish you’d started six months ago!
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
As long as the FDA and Big Pharma have a say, absolutely not. It’s really unfortunate, but the way the system works now focuses on “sick care” rather than getting people well and healthy.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
This way of eating is the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Truly, give it 60-90 days of honest, strict effort before saying it’s not for you. You can always add fruit and veggies back in!
You can find me on IG @carnivorekimberly.
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