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.
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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