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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Rose

Interview with Rose

Introduce Yourself.

“Would you rather be right? Or happy?” This was the question I had to ask myself when I made the transition to the Carnivore diet 3 and a half years ago. My name is Rose, I’m 35 years old and I am an autoimmune warrior of over 10 years. I have fibromyalgia, celiacs and arthritis. Luckily I also have an answer to my earlier question that has given me an extraordinary improvement in my quality of life.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

My diet before going Carnivore was full of extreme choices. I became vegan when I was 14, not a junk food vegan but whole food based “super food” obsessed vegan. Autoimmune conditions run in my family and I thought if I adopted an “ultra healthy” way of eating and avoided modern medicine I could avoid developing an autoimmune condition of my own. Unfortunately I was wrong, as I got older I developed many symptoms we now relate to plant intolerances and inflammatory reactions. I tried many different extreme versions of elimination plant based diets over over the next 11 years. I spent thousands of dollars on supplements and detoxes and natural treatments to cure my reactions, not understanding the reactions were directly related to what I was eating. It didn’t make sense to me at the time…because I was “doing everything right”. Finally by the time I was in my late 20s I was beat down. None of my choices were providing lasting relief, so I gave up and adopted the SAD diet. I felt like at least if I was in pain I could enjoy a cupcake! Of course that choice only inflicted further harm to my sensitive system, and I became very sick. That health bottom led me to try Keto and opened my mind to Carnivore.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I always had an intuitive sense there must be a way of eating that could optimize health. It seemed rather sensible to me that eating less processed foods might give ones health an advantage. I just happened to be very wrong about my choice of unprocessed food for a long time. Trying Carnivore for me was like grasping a life raft right before going under. My health was eroding and my metabolic system was clearly out of whack. Beyond that depression and anxiety I had been dealing with since I was a teenager was starting to really make coping with my physical experience difficult. I became very open to any change that might give me any way out of that cycle. Thank goodness!

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I personally approach Carnivore like its an adventure. I like learning, about biology, about hunting and field-dressing/butchering, about different cultures, about animal husbandry and my role in it as a Carnivore. As a vegan I did the same thing, I read a great deal about Biodynamic farming and rotation farming during that phase of my life. I understood animals had a part to play in sustainable farming. But I’m happy now to have a healthier relationship with the circle of life which I believe is a great advantage to life and a greater understanding of how much respect I have for food that heals me and the stewards of that care take that cycle.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Hmmmm it might seem unbelievable if I list all the benefits I’ve experienced since adopting Carnivore, but I will do my best. Firstly relief from constant gastric discomfort, colitis, ibs, intermittent constipation, bloat and interstitial cystitis. Manageable monthly cycles instead of debilitating cramps. Reliable muscle strength and relief from chronic muscle exhaustion and cramping. Full range of motion without pain in my hands and other joints affected by arthritis. Relief from myofascial pain/ nerve pain in trigger points. A reliable reduction in my inflammatory response overall. Much more energy. Reduction in my overall anxiety and depression. Balanced endocrine hormones. More joy. More desire to be active and seek out challenging physical activity. More hopeful mental outlook. Better memory, focus and overall mental clarity. Clear, younger looking skin and healthier hair. Weight loss over all but more importantly dramatic body composition shifts without much effort. I’ll stop there!

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Any negatives of the Carnivore diet that I’ve noticed don’t really have so much to do with the diet so much as how practicing the diet outside of the home can impact me personally. I’m still very sensitive to polyunsaturated fats like canola or soy oil, so if I eat out and my burger or steak gets contaminated that can really negatively impact me. How diligent I have to be can be annoying to waitstaff and awkward socially. But its a small price for health. They don’t have to be in my body. I have noticed the diet does illicit strong reactions from people. Far more frequently than when I was vegan, I have had to stand my ground with people who care about me who want me to eat a few veggies “to make them feel better”… but again they don’t have to live in my body. I’ve learned to have firmer boundaries about that kind of exchange about my food. Those are negatives of perception, not that diet itself. Honestly I can’t think of any!

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

I do exercise on Carnivore. It’s one of the many joys of the lifestyle to me. Because I have much more available energy and the stress of activity doesn’t send me into a flare straight away I can actually enjoy being active. I can freely follow the natural impulse to move and build strength. I dance, I love resistance training, plyometrics and hiking.

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

Meat is not bad for you. It doesn’t make you a bad person to eat it. And it doesn’t make you a bad person to prioritize your health by eating what will optimize it. Get to know a rancher or farmer through a meat CSA or farmers market if you feel any shame about eating animals. Learn about regenerative agriculture if your worried about the environment. Otherwise… dive in! Let the diet do what it does best by breaking the carb/sugar addiction. Eat till you’re full! Your pallet will change naturally, just wait and see!

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

Gosh its hard to say if it will go mainstream. I think as more people catch on to regenerative agriculture it might be possible. I hope so. I think with the hard work of people like Shawn Baker, Nina Teicholz, Peter Ballerstedt to name just a few Carnivore luminaries anything is possible.

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

Just try it for 30 days. Seriously. And come see me over on MeatRX.com where there is heaps of research and support available. I just recently became a coach. I will be debuting a cooking channel called “Rose’s Recipes” on Youtube later in June and You can also find me on instagram at www.instagram.com/wild_bk_alchemy   

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

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Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • 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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kelly

Interview with Kelly

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hey guys! My name is Kelly and I am a Primal Health Coach from Pennsylvania. I also work in the medical field for a living. Watching the system fail patients and push medicine while changing my health with only food has created a passion to help others heal and feel their personal best! Given my own struggles along the way I’ve spent years researching and trying N+1 experiments. For me the lifestyle matters just as much as the food. I also have a herd of littles so I understand the complexity of bringing a new lifestyle to the whole family! I love to travel and do anything involving the outdoors!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I was eating pretty much a veggie dense Keto diet.  (Even though I started with a very heavily meat based Keto diet in 2013 that healed my Metabolic Disease.)

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My health was taking a bad turn. I started having severe bloating and constipation. Pain in my illeocecal valve area. I had gained about 15lbs. My face would get hives near my cycle, indicating a hormone imbalance. Food sensitivities seemed to increase. My immune system was surpressed. Neuropathy. I was just miserable. Meat was all I could tolerate to function and is honestly my favorite foods to eat so I just kept eating that way. I was also lucky enough to get some unusual labs back on an in-depth cholesterol panel to confirm part of the problem. I was considered a hyper-absorber. After research I figured so much out! I had previously done genetic testing and knew that I have no family genetic cholesterol issue. (It’s actually pretty rare, when it does exist it’s know to kill people between the ages of 30 to 50.)  I had these same labs drawn back in 2013 also and wasn’t an absorber then. What changed? My gut health and the copious amounts of veggies I ate. Turns out cholesterol markers like campesterol and sitosterol indicate hyper-absorbtion, which means veggie cholesterols were not being eliminated in my bowels but being absorbed where they don’t belong into my bloodstream!!! If something doesn’t belong in your blood stream your immune system kicks in. My gut had been destroyed and veggies were making it worse!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I use a nose to tail approach. I include organ meats, mussels, salmon roe, and cod livers on the regular, in addition to my steaks, burgers/ground beef, pastured bacon and duck eggs. Dairy is very minimal and if I do I try to stick to raw goat’s milk versions of cheese, or cream. I really try to get a nice variety. I eat about twice a day. 10 and 2. I’m still drinking one cup or organic coffee in the am, with collagen and an egg yolk at times. Everything gets pink salt, but I also take some Electrolytes from LMNT because they help quench my thirst. I will say this is a lifestyle for me. I always get outside a few times daily for the benefits of the sun and grounding, I detox, try for optimal sleep and stay active. Unfortunately you can’t workout your way out of a bad diet, and you can’t eat healthy and expect it to make up for a bad lifestyle.

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

Simplicity! Satisfying! Cheap!  Symptoms improving or gone! The boating and pain is gone, my bowel movements are regular. Hives have stopped occuring most of the time. The immune system is stable. I will say there was some underlying infections present that I found through doing some testing that I treated with antimicrobials. However, I wouldn’t have been able to function daily without carnivore during the healing. I think this is really important to share. Carnivore does wonders and I believe is the optimal diet coded for humans, however I still wasn’t 100% (high cholesterol for me, (250 was my norm, I was up to 450 and dense small particles), weight, nutrient deficiencies even eating the foods with them, ex zinc). If you are still struggling in some areas you should dig deeper. This is an important message I’d love to get out in our community. Because if you have a gut infection or mold/metal toxicity and your functional you may decide your life is liveable and miss the signs. Down the road you can have organs that get destroyed, auto-immune issues, or even heart disease. Not from meat but from ignoring symptoms. There is more than one way to get disease.

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

Other than some negativity from those that don’t bother to listen with the intent to understand. Nothing. I’m eating my favorite foods and I feel amazing!

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

Currently I do not do what I’d like to be.. It was too much of a stressor lifting weights on my immune system. My stress bucket was too full. So I walk. Which if you can’t do anything else walking is the best thing for you. I also do yoga. However now that I’m feeling better I will be adding weight training 3x week soon!

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!!  Remember it’s ok to change over slow or at your own pace. Small changes still benefit you. It’s ok to make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up. Remind yourself of your goals and what reaching them will feel like if it gets tough. Reach out to the tribe, I really find this whole community supportive, friendly and helpful. Also try new foods. You may be surprised what you like and how much variety there can be with this woe. Beef tongue is amazing. Looks terrible. Tastes like a moist fatty pot roast only no chunks of fat! I personally think Snake Juice or Electrolytes helps with transitioning too. I don’t worry about macros. I eat when hungry. Some do better with high fat, some lean, I naturally have days of each, do what makes you feel best. Simple is so satisfying.

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

Hopefully!! I think the more we tell the world, and people get tired of feeling sick, they will get brave enough to try and they won’t be able to go back either!

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

I’m a great coach to help you dig deeper! I have amazing insight and personal experience with gut health, metabolic and auto-immune. Having support and a good mindset helps with your success. Anyone can tell you what to eat,  I’m here to share knowledge and support success, dig deep into health if need be, and help you relove-nutrition and life!

Side note, I’m currently enrolled with Metabolic Solutions to be able to interpret labs even better for my clients! I never stop learning.

You can find me as Kelly Troup on Facebook. @therealfoodrevol on Insta.

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

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Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • 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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Leigh

Interview with Leigh

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Leigh Roberts.I am 24 years old. I’m a stay at home mother to two young children under the age of Two! My hobbies include cooking, baking, swimming, cycling, and playing squash.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Last year, I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 10 months old. She was predicted to be a very small baby when born. This was a result of suffering from really bad hyperemesis in the first half of my pregnancy which had left me in hospital on several drips. As soon as i was able to eat again, I ate it all! It had worked, She was born a decent 8lb 1oz.

I gained a huge amount of weight from eating so much and thought that I would lose it all during breastfeeding but that didn’t happen. I was still eating everything I could get my hands on and downing calorie shakes to boost my milk supply. I stopped breastfeeding at 11 weeks. (This was not weight related in anyway)

I then decided to do keto but I found macro counting absolutely tedious. I hated constanly counting macros and trying to figure out how much of everything I should eat, I lasted a little while but around Christmas, I gave up and let myself indulge with the family

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I wondered if I was able to have zero carbs, no more eating vegetables as I’ve always been a huge meat lover. I googled it and came across Carnivore. I didn’t find much information apart from the negative reviews and sites calling it a fad diet, I wanted to see the other side and so I decided to join several groups on Facebook and check out what the real Carnivores was saying and how it benefits them! I ended up starting on new years day!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

At the beginning, I wasn’t very strict about it, I was drinking drinks containing artificial sweeteners, I was eating tons of dairy and drinking spirits, I was getting the results that I hoped for. On my birthday (which is mid march), I accidentally drank a coke cherry that I wrongly assumed was zero sugar with rum and I had the worse stomach pains, the next three days was painful and I broke out in terrible acne, I then realised that I need to be more careful with what I’m eating. I soon moved on to drinking just water and I decided to cut out the cheese and cream which I believe was also holding me back. I now eat Beef, Seafood, Eggs, Fish and salt.

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

The major one has been weightloss! It was the original reason for starting carnivore and it actually worked! I started off as 68kg which is overweight for my height and I am now a healthy 55kgs!

Another benefit has been the change in my skin and hair. My skin is a lot clearer and after 10 years of acne, its a huge relief! I have tried all sorts of acne treatments for my skin from over the counter treatments, prescription treatments and even antibiotics for 3 years. None of these worked. If only my teenage self knew about carnivore!

My hair is so thick now! I actually recently shaved it off because I want to grow it out natural and undyed. So far it’s thicker than ever and I cannot wait to see how it looks when it is long again!

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

The negatives for me personally would be the carb cravings. The rest of my family are not carnivore, the arent even close. There is always junk food in the house and it does get hard to resist but then I think about that diet coke and cringe, there’s no way that I would put up with 3 days of pain for a custard pastry! 😉

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

I don’t exercise anymore than I usually would but I have found that the exercise that I do is A LOT easier than how it was before, I have more energy and endurance! I don’t know if that’s carnivore related, weightloss related or both but it definitely makes exercise more fun and rewarding!

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, seriously, just try it for a month and see how you feel! You will never know if it’s right for you if dont take that leap!

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

No. And that’s okay!

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

I am on instagram @Leighdoescarnivore. If you are thinking of doing carnivore or you have any questions, please just send me a message! I will always try and help you out and offer honest advice.

I also want to add that not everyone suffers from diarrhoea at the beginning of doing carnivore. I didn’t, I poop great!

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Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • 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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Steve

Interview with Steve

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Stephen Machina, a born and raised Texan. Before COVID-19, I ran a corporate dining cafe and catering program so being surrounded by delicious food day in and day out was the norm for me. Even though I was heavily involved in sports all the way through high school, I somehow was still always the fat kid growing up. That’s certainly not easy when you’re as competitive as I am. A lot of people don’t believe in epiphanies, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to make a positive, 180-degree change in my life.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

For the majority of my life, I had a very poor diet – especially once I graduated from high school. I wasn’t playing sports anymore and eating and drinking became my outlet. Countless cheeseburgers, fried foods, pizza and A LOT of beer. In fact, craft beer became a hobby of mine! Not too long before I started Carnivore, I experimented with some intermittent fasting and switched from beer to Vodka/water, noticing some weight loss results before the diet even began.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Corporate dining and catering can be a physically demanding job. On big catering days, I could walk 15 or more miles in a day. I was always exhausted and my head felt cloudy on a regular basis. I am a big fan of Joe Rogan’s podcast and I had just happened to see Chris Bell’s name in a video title. Chris Bell is a talented documentary filmmaker that I had followed a few years ago. On this particular podcast, he and his brother talked to Joe about the Carnivore diet. Shortly after watching the podcast, I had my last hoorah at a family friend’s wedding and decided February 11, 2020 was my official start date.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

It started out as a simple goal of trying to reverse some of the damage I had put on my body throughout the years. After a month, my way of thinking developed for the better. I became way more focused on other activities that could help me increase my results. I think in order to see the type of results most people are looking for on this diet, you really have to maintain the “tough mindset”.

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

One of the main benefits I’ve seen after starting this diet includes increased energy for sure! I find myself on the move constantly now, around the house and on my single-speed bike. I’ve stopped snoring, my inflammation is now manageable, my recovery time has reduced and I have continued to gain strength while losing over 75 pounds. I now live an active lifestyle and am  depression free.

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

The first couple of weeks, my stomach felt uneasy. Once I got really strict on myself after the 90-day mark, I had trouble maintaining my appetite. Other than that, nothing has been unbearable.

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

I now exercise on a regular basis. However, it took baby steps to finally get where I am now. I started off walking on the treadmill and doing a little bit of weights. Eventually, it went to inclined walks and kettlebell circuits. Once the lockdown happened, I went out and bought a single-speed bike. It has been a great way to continue to challenge myself. Now that the gyms are open, I am getting back to the weights. My goal is to work on endurance and flexibility at the moment. High reps with lower weight to continue to burn more calories build stamina.

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

Do your research! There are a ton of resources out there!

Make a conscious decision in your head that this is something you are GOING to follow through with. If you don’t have a purpose behind this decision, it will be hard to pull off. It will also be easy to make excuses when times get tough.

Remember: On this diet, your food is your FUEL. Take your emotions out of it, and eat what you need and not what you want.

When you hit a wall and things get harder than they have ever been, dig in and keep getting after it. Sometimes it only takes one more swing to knock down that wall.

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

I hope so. I think it could save countless lives! Unfortunately, most of the food industry values profit over health. After spending years in the food business, I realized that most of this industry is far more interested in turning a profit than the health of its consumers. My mission now is to inspire people to try Carnivore as an elimination diet in order to experience the health benefits.

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

Feel free to reach out if you ever need help on your carnivore journey. You can follow me on Instagram @the_carnivore_machina. Watch my continued progress while getting healthier yourself!

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

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

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Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • 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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Nancy

Interview with Nancy

1) Introduce Yourself. 

My name is Nancy, I’m 30 years old, and I am an amateur photographer. I live with my husband and three cats in the south of England. I was diagnosed with various chronic illnesses in my early 20’s and since then it’s been a long battle back to being healthy and functional. The dream is to reclaim my health and start travelling as much as possible.

 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

Through my childhood and teens I ate very poorly, obviously I didn’t understand at that age the importance of nutrition when it comes to health. I was spoilt as a child in terms of food, what I asked for I got, and that was often chocolate, packets of crisps, you name it. I always had an appreciation for good food though, my father cooked meals from fresh and taught me how to cook. Cooking for my friends and family was something I was proud of and enjoyed doing. Nevertheless, there was still a lot of carbs and sugar in my diet up until my early 20s. When I was at my sickest, I decided to overhaul my lifestyle habits, I quit smoking at the age of 24 and from then on tried every diet you could think of. The Antihistamine Diet, Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Low Carb High Fat, Hormone Balancing Diet and many others.

 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with. 

Despite years of trying these different diets and having some drastic improvements from being unable to walk without a walking stick and needing assistance with daily activities to almost functioning like a healthy person, I was still suffering from a lot of physical pain and exhaustion. Outside stress factors caused me to turn to food and alcohol for comfort, so even though the bulk of my meals were healthy, I was undoing all my hard work by comfort eating and drinking. No painkiller was helping the pain and I had convinced myself that the only way to bare the pain in my body was to drink it away, which helped at the time but was gradually increasing inflammation in my body. I was bloated and gaining weight.

 

At my biggest I was 10st 11lb, for someone the height of 5ft 3inches I was overweight. I had some health scares that knocked me to my senses. I cut out all the crap in my diet and stopped drinking. I was eating some variation of a Keto hormone balancing diet. I started losing weight and feeling better but the one thing that never improved was my bowel problems. From the age of 17 I had suffered from chronic diarrhoea, despite investigations the Doctors couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong and I was hit with the umbrella term “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. Despite what I believed to be a healthy diet of meat and plant foods. I still had severe diarrhoea and unnaturally coloured bowel movements. I also started to develop the most horrendous GERD symptoms, where stomach acid was aspirating into my lungs and burning my throat. I couldn’t bare it any longer and after seeing a family members improvements through the Carnivore Diet, I took the plunge.

 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet. 

If I’m totally honest I’m not a 100% strict zero carber, I eat what I want and often that is cheese. I have cheese with a lot of my meats. My main food I like to eat is Steak, it’s delicious and simple and hits the spot. I also use Erythritol to sweeten my Teas and Coffees. A real treat for me is having some Cocoa Kefir which is delicious, but most of all my diet consists of Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Eggs, Cheese, and Bone Broth. I intend to get stricter; I’m even considering trying a 30 day Beef, Salt, and Water only cleanse.

 

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

As soon as I switched to Carnivore the GERD symptoms disappeared. I still struggled with a bit of heartburn but that doesn’t touch the horrible symptoms of before, before Carnivore I was struggling to swallow food and even struggling to breathe. The biggest transformation and the one that has been completely life changing is I am now having completely normal bowel movements. No more running to the toilet in pain, no more toilet mapping when I go out, no more embarrassment. That’s worth it all on its own. But a big plus is the weight loss, I’m feeling and looking good and lots of people have complemented me.

 

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

I would say it’s still early days so I couldn’t answer definitively yet but the main thing is I’m still fighting the sugar cravings. The relationship I had with food and comfort eating is a hard psychological tie to break and that is not something that is to blame on the Carnivore diet, but it is hard when you are around family who are eating sweets and you have to really utilise your willpower in situations like that.

 

I’m tracking my health during this way of eating and all my bloods have improved except for my Cholesterol, which is to be expected, but we know what a controversial subject that is.

 

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

I am currently not exercising as this is a slow process of reclaiming my health, but despite not exercising I have still lost 2 stone. As my health further improves I intend to start weight training and I’m looking forward to it.

 

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

You can’t know what the Carnivore diet will do for you until you try and if you are someone who is struggling with health issues I would definitely say give it a go for at least a month or two, see how you feel. Just eat what you want as long as it’s animal based and eat when you are hungry. Don’t throw yourself in the deep end with Beef only OMAD/Fasting levels of strictness. That is the sort of thing that could turn you away.

 

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

Being Vegan is really being pushed by the media and whilst it is admirable for its intention of lessening harm, not everyone can live and exist like that. I certainly know when I tried going Vegetarian I became really quite unwell.

 

There can be a lot of outrage when people find out that we eat this kind of diet, but I can tell you that my best friend is a Vegan so that’s proof that it’s possible for us to get along, we shouldn’t let these things divide us. If people can learn to accept each other’s life choices then maybe one day the Carnivore could be a mainstream diet, but no doubt there will be a lot of pushback about it. 

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

You can find me at @carnivoreandthriving on Instagram where I post what food I’m eating and tracking any changes in my health. Come say hi!

 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jill

Interview with Jill

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m a 52 yr old mom of six children.  I’ve been coaching women to restore, nourish, and optimize their health for over ten years.  I live by this motto and teach others to embrace it as well – KNOW BETTER DO BETTER (by Maya Angelou).  It’s how I began my site and YouTube channel YOU. ONLY BETTER.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Prior to eating carnivore I was eating ketogenic for 3.5 years.  Did daily intermittent fasting and longer fasts (3-5 days monthly).  I have tried most diets that are popular today – vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, Paleo, Whole30 and Gluten and Dairy free, to ketogenic and now Carnivore for almost 11 months.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started carnivore because I was started to gain weight on ketogenic diet and struggled with inflammation.  It worked very well for me at first until it didn’t. I was intrigued by eating zero carbs and wondered how it would impact my health.  I had watched several videos about it and began doing some research on its benefits, and figured what could thirty days hurt, if I gave it a true shot. Thirty days quickly turned into three months and the rest is history. Within three to five days my stomach bloat went away and with that the intense pain in my gut. I started to notice inflammation leaving the rest of my body as well. By the end of the first month I lost twelve pounds and was feeling better each day.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I believe you have to approach the carnivore diet having a strong “why”.  What does that mean?  Well, when you decide to truly give this drastic of an elimination diet a true go, you must first develop what your goal is in doing it.  You need to be honest with yourself so that when the hard days come or you don’t lose the weight you thought you would, your “why” is going to help you stay the course.  I don’t believe in one way of eating works for everyone.  We all have to find our metabolic best in whatever way we choose to eat.  For some eating carnivore that might mean 1-2 pounds of animal protein a day, for others that might mean 3-4 pounds of animal protein.  Some will need higher amounts of fat and others can’t tolerate it. So, again its finding your perfect balance for optimal metabolic performance. The key is getting your insulin resistance normalized and steady.  When you get there healing happens very deeply.  No other way of eating has had as much of a profound impact on my overall health as carnivore.

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

I’ve already mentioned the big ones.  I’ve lost over 45 pounds in a matter of seven months.

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

I wish I would have known more about oxalates and what to expect when detoxing them (dumping them).  I created a 30 day carnivore success guide that I wish I would have had when I first got started. It literally answers all of the questions I wanted to understand but didn’t know where to look, along with meal plans and a few of my favorite recipes.

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

I rebound and walk. That is it. I went to the gym once a week for a month.  But I couldn’t stick to it and went back to walking and rebounding.  But exercise is not crucial to success on carnivore at all.  It enhances your health and physique, but definitely not a huge component.

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

Get my guide and read it. Keep it simple and if you are coming from a Standard American Diet, then go slow.  Take a month to get down to zero carbs and eating only red meat.  Stay there for 30 days and see how you feel before changing things up.  The body is quick to tell you what it can and can’t tolerate once you have removed all the foods triggering negative responses you are experiencing.

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

Depending on the agenda of our government around proper nutrition and if the general public is willing to learn how to use it to heal their bodies will determine if it becomes mainstream.  My hope is YES!!!!

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

Don’t get caught up in the dogma around the word “diet”.  Don’t make this about what you can’t eat and instead make it about what your body is going to thrive on.  You can get my guide on my website www.jill-samter.com and follow my carnivore journey on my YouTube channel.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Joe

Interview with Joe

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hey there! My name is Joe, I currently reside in Phoenix, Az.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I started carnivore I kind of just jumped around with my diet. I ate mostly high carbohydrate foods such as potato’s, white rice, sourdough bread mixed with a little meat & sometimes vegetables. I would snack on junk food & justify it by saying I’m only eating small portions (we know those add up).

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried the carnivore diet because I was trying to lean out for a Jiu Jitsu tournament and heard from a friend that it was a great way to lose weight, it was mostly for a weight cut hack, but I didn’t know what I was in for and how much of an impact it would have.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach to the carnivore diet is to eat when I’m hungry, which is not typically in the morning. I’ll usually throw a 12oz ribeye on the grill around 12pm after my Jiu Jitsu training. Around 3 or 4pm I throw about five 85% 15% ground beef patties on the grill and eat those with a couple slices of bacon. I will eat once again around 8pm and that usually consists of either a New York strip or a pound of pressure cooked beef short ribs from Costco.

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

The benefits have been vast. At first I a lot of diarrhea, but soon found out that I started off with way too much fat, it doesn’t happen to everyone, but I was sensitive to it. I have celiac disease and was dealing with wounds on my scalp and lots of psoriasis on my shins and elbows which all went away two weeks after going on the diet. Sleep improved, mood improved, sex drive went WAY up (I had to stop sleeping on my stomach in the am…tmi I know). My recovery from was cut in half. Insane!

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

At first the negatives were diarrhoea and getting enough food, but I have a hard time finding any negatives the further along I go.

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

Yes, I lift heavy 3 days a week & train and compete in Jiu Jitsu 7 days a week. The carnivore diet has really helped with my energy levels and duration of workouts between days at the gym.

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

I say if you want to try the carnivore diet just keep an open mind, it’s hard for a lot of people to wrap their minds around only eating animal products. I say give yourself 30 days, anyone can commit to something for 30 days especially if that means it might help them with health issues you’re trying to heal. You have nothing lose.

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

I believe the carnivore diet will become as common as the paleo & keto diet. I’m already seeing a lot more people experimenting with the diet and seeing great results. I’m hearing people talk more and more about it everyday.

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

Like I said before, just have an open mind. Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake, it’s a learning process and everyone is built differently. The results will speak for themselves. You can find me on my Instagram @carnivorewildling and I’m always there to answer questions.

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Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Ericka

Interview with Ericka

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Ericka aka Dr. Carnivorkian. I adopted that alias when I told a friend of mine I had started eating a strict carnivore diet. He then told me I was going to kill myself and others by telling them to eat that way. I found it totally appropriate to call myself Dr. Carnivorkian, as a hilarious play on words I could relate to. If you’re old enough to get it, bravo you! Other than that, I am an overly verbose, married, working mother of 3, living a very busy, yet optimal, primal life! I’ll bet you’re already sorry you asked.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I went from growing up on the SAD, and then transitioning to “keto” around late 2017. I was raised by my Dad who basically let me do all the grocery shopping, and I’m sure you can guess, it was all sugar & starch. I came to keto after debilitating migraines that kept me from performing my best at work. The prescription med’s I started taking for the migraines were even worse. Luckily, I found #NSNG through Vinnie Tortorich and haven’t had 1 headache since!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Honestly, it was a dare. Unlike most people in this community, I have no autoimmune issues, weight problems, or anything really outside of a family history of Alzheimer’s/dementia, and headaches. It was simply a dare. I was remotely familiar with Dr. Shawn Baker after seeing him on Joe Rogan… and one night we were watching Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan show. He said something to the matter of feeling “impending doom” when he re-introduced anything outside of beef into his diet. My husband and I got a kick out of that, and as you can imagine, certainly couldn’t fathom what he was talking about. So my husband dared me to see if I could eat only meat just for one week. I said I could do it if you do it with me. And honestly, it was the most amazing I had ever felt. I did not intend to keep it up, as I was traveling for work (which normally has me so very anxious)… I noticed I didn’t have as much anxiety and I felt very present and energetic. I made this assumption before I had an Instagram page for the carnivore diet and before I knew anyone else was feeling that way. I feel so lucky to have found this way of living and so proud of the things I’ve learned and enforced into my daily living. I feel like I’m going to live forever!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

After about a week of only meat and then another week following where I incorporated eggs and dairy, I knew there was no turning back. Honestly, it’s like achieving the highest of highs mentally and physically. I noticed while I traveled that it was so simple. I could grab some hard-boiled eggs or a cheese stick or just order some plain meat and I was good to go. There was no longer this planning out this keto meal, or to re-create this bread that takes forever to make, or this excessive creating in the kitchen. I have recently started practicing intermittent fasting and have completed two prolonged fasts as well.

This has further simplified the carnivore diet for me, as I now do two hearty meals a day. I’m not a strict “carnivore”, per say. Ever since completing the carnivore 75 challenge, I’ve reintroduced the occasional mushrooms, bite of avocado, seaweed, and a few chomps of Dark chocolate.

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

The benefits are endless, really. Immediately I noticed I rose above the workout plateau that I had in dealing with endurance and strength. That first week, my boxing game was up and felt so much endurance. Then it was time to move up a level from the beginning Pilates class I had done for the last three years. I finally felt so strong and capable. It was almost embarrassing how much energy I had in the beginning, yeah I felt so focused. That is the complete 1-80 from my normal self… Sluggish and attention deficit. I didn’t lose weight per say, but changed my body composition. And the best part, it was SO easy!  Oh, and who can forget the “glow”. Everyone and their mom asked me why my skin looks younger than ever and they laugh when I tell them, “it’s the meat”. Lol! Another huge benefit from finding carnivore is the Instagram community, and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way!

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

In the beginning, the negatives for me we’re navigating the social waters. My friends already think I’m a freak and expect weird things from me, but this was just over the top. I found myself super defensive over peoples misconceptions of this diet, and dove knee-deep in to every podcast and book I could get my hands on. For me, I was learning a lot but having a really hard time regurgitating the information for people. I knew that I knew, but that wasn’t enough. And then I just let it go. People are people and they do what they do. When people now ask me who what where when why and how, I simply ask if they seriously want to know. And then, if I trust this is not a vegan VS carnivore argument, I point them in the direction of the pro’s.

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

So, exercise for me has never been a love affair, to say the least. I’m the type who doesn’t like to know that I’m working out and I was that way in my entire life. I had to be tricked into it, which is why I took to reformer Pilates immediately. Honestly, it just felt like a wonderful break from my hectic work schedule, where I could just tune out, lay on my back and stretch/strengthen at the same time. I work with a lot of models so I’m constantly asking them what they do to stay in shape, especially because they are always traveling to different places around the world. The majority ruled: BOXING. I wasn’t doing too much cardiovascular exercise other than I stand all day at work, and walked the dog, so I decided I would give it a go! I LOVED it. It’s also something I can do with my husband and children, who also took to it immediately! Tell me that’s not like winning the lottery?! So to sum it up, pre-quarantine I was doing Pilates 2 to 3 times a week, and Boxing once a week. So to sum it up, pre-quarantine I was doing Pilates 2 to 3 times a week, and Boxing once a week. During lockdown, I’ve had to adjust my workouts which was hard at first because I’ve been telling myself for years that I’m not a self motivator I need to pay somebody to tell me what to do. Turns out that’s not true. Lol! I got a free stationary bike from a friend and my husband found an elliptical trainer & some dumbbells  at a thrift store. I just kind of bounce back-and-forth between the two, and try to stay in zone 2 cardio… cause remember, I don’t like to know I’m working out!!!

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

I guess it depends on the person. Are they someone who just dives into things headfirst? If so, go for it. You can do it! Maybe get a support group online to keep you interested and inspired? If you’re someone who’s a little more hesitant, by all means, take your time. Get online, listen to some podcasts, watch some videos, make a meal plan, and then slow your way into it. Perhaps try keto first? But whatever type of person you are, just make sure to answer to yourself. You really have to be truthful when you say you gave it your all and went for something. Anything. If you can hold yourself accountable, and show up for yourself, of course you’re going to be successful! What are you waiting for?!  That would be my advice.

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

I don’t really know. I mean, if Atkins sort of had a more refined comeback (ketovore), after being plagued the heart attack diet years ago, I don’t see why not. It wasn’t very cool to be a vegan back in the 90s, and now look what’s happened. You never know! Fingers crossed

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

I think if you’re going to try it, give it a week. And after that week, give it a month. After that, you’ll truly know if this way of living is for you. And who’s to say you can’t have the occasional treat here or there or the occasional veggie. To each his own. And that ownership is up to the individual.

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Carnivore Diet success stories -with Megan

Interview with Megan

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! My name is Megan, I’m an Aerospace Engineering student from the UK, currently living in the Netherlands. I’ve struggled with weight my whole life and have been trying to lose weight since I can remember. The past couple of years, this has transformed into an effort to get healthy, not just lighter, as I’ve learned so much more about gut health, hormones, and nutrition.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I come from a family that loves to cook. We lived to eat, not ate to live. I started Keto Summer 2018 after spending the year in the US and eating everything! Around the same time, I found out I was celiac so already had to cut out gluten anyway. I was losing weight on keto but seemed to be stalling and also had other issues like eczema that weren’t getting better.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I’d heard a lot about carnivore healing gut issues. I have celiac disease and years of gut damage from eating gluten had caused me to develop intolerances to other foods like eggs and avocados which I wanted to be able to eat again so I’d been considering trying carnivore for a while. I naturally became more carnivore last year as my keto meals became more simple (meat with some kind of side vegetable) so I figured I might as well take the small jump to carnivore and try it out.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I intermittent fast and then usually eat two meals each day. I mostly eat whatever is on offer in the supermarket and whatever I can get cheap: ground beef, pork belly, etc. I also drink coffee – black during my fasting window and with heavy cream after that. I’ve started to incorporate more nose-to-tail recently to make my diet more nutrient-dense, sustainable, and to save money.

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

I can tolerate eggs a lot more now which I am very happy about. I love eggs. I’ve also managed to lose weight (40+ pounds) and body fat, which I have struggled with my whole life and also struggled to do after a while on Keto. My skin and sleep are also the best they have been for years.

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

Social events can be difficult when based around food. Luckily I can blame a lot on allergies. But I’ve actually grown to love questions about my way of eating and had some very interesting conversations because of it.

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

I do Jiu Jitsu a few times a week and cycle 1 hour every day to and from work. Jiu Jitsu has really helped me to de-stress after work and the community is great too. I’ve really appreciated this since moving to another country on my own.

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

Since I gradually transitioned from low carb to carnivore, I seemed to skip a lot of the negative side effects people often mention at the beginning of carnivore so maybe a more gradual transition would be better for people worried about this. And give it at least a few months. If you’ve had years of gut damage, you can’t expect it to be gone in a few weeks.

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

A lot of people I’ve talked to have expressed concern with the long term effects of the carnivore diet so hopefully as time goes on, people will see it as a more sustainable, healthy way of eating. But I think this is also very dependent on people wanting to take control of their own health and do their own research/experiments rather than listen to misinformed, outdated guidelines.

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

People can follow on @megs_and_bacon98

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Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
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