Interview with Corey
Hi, My name is Corey Baughman. I have been following the Carnivore Approach for 2 years and feel like I have taken back my health in the best way possible! My background includes being certified as an ACSM CPT and B.S. of Exercise Science, Shippensburg University.
How did you eat before Carnivore:
Before Carnivore, I followed the IIFYM approach, meaning that the only thing you count is calories! It didn’t matter if it were poptarts, skinny cows, or sweet potato fries, all that mattered was the number of macros! LOL! Eventually eating this way caught up to me leading to acne, continuous bouts of the flu, poor sleep, increased fatigued, and increased joint pain!
Why did you try a Carnivore Diet to begin with:
I tried the carnivore approach because after transitioning from IIFYM to keto, I felt like I needed more. More strength and endurance. After I saw the results a friend got from carnivore, I gave it a try. For a few months I still felt like I needed plant foods, but then after deeper research from Dr. Shawn Baker and Dr. Paul Saladino, I was all in!
How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet:
I approach the Carnivore Diet based around my training and daily schedule. If it is a non training day, I will use intermittent fasting combined with one or two large meals per day based around Ribeye, New York Strip, or Burger. On training days, I have just enough carbs to help with the resistance training (30-60 grams). Believe it or not, that small amount can go a long way!!!
What benefits have you seen on the Carnivore Diet:
Benefits I have seen on the Carnivore Diet include mental clarity, increased focus and attention, increased testosterone, more happy, decreased joint pain, and improved athletic performance (strength and endurance)
What negatives have you found on the Carnivore Diet:
There is only one negative that I have found with Carnivore. When I try to have a cheat/free meal, I really feel the effects of the processed sugars and refined oils in those foods, which shows you how bad those foods can really be.
Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet:
For exercise, I follow the Dorian Yates approach to resistance training, Blood and Guts High Intensity! I love it! Get in and get out in 30-45 minutes. I started using this strategy in college when I bulked up to a fat 5’9” 230 lbs. But over time I lost my ability to train this hard with the horrible diet I followed. Now with carnivore, I have that extra gear of strength to really dig deep for those last couple repetitions! That’s what you need when training this hard!
What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet:
Advice for someone who is considering the carnivore approach would be to do your research. I know that everyone cannot jump all in immediately and that’s okay. Eliminate the foods with labels first as best as you can and use resources like Shawn Baker, Paul Saladino, and Kelly Hogan! There are alot of great resources on Instagram as well (@therealfoodrevol, @getbetternaturally, @carnivoremikefoxtrot, @kentonkramer, @mwibble22)
Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet:
I would hope that Carnivore would be accepted as a mainstream diet, but with so much bad information put out by government guidelines, I do not see that in my lifetime.
Anything else you would like to add:
People can follow me @keystone_carnivore on Instagram and Corey Baughman on Facebook. I’m a Carnivore looking to share the truths about nutrition in my community. Passionate about the healing power of BEEF. Hobbies include my job in Personal Training/Coaching, bodybuilding, hunting, and fishing! I’m a firm believer that we need to get more people eating animal-based foods so that we can be hormonally primed to care for our future generations!
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