Interview with Susan
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Susan, and I am 27 years old from Ontario, Canada. I am passionate about psychology, self-improvement, and health.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I was keto for two months before I started carnivore, and prior to keto, I followed a vegan/vegetarian/plant-based diet for nearly ten years. My diet at the time was primarily low fat (or no fat), high carb (LFHC). Despite drinking green juices, and eating oatmeal, fruit, and tofu, LFHC was not sustainable for me because I was always hungry. It kept me in a vicious cycle of destructive eating/diet behaviour. I also found myself opting for junk food on weekends and during periods of high stress, so weight management became very difficult.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
After following Mikhaila Peterson’s journey for a year, I was curious about the diet and was attracted to the reported benefits. I was suffering from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), mood instability, depression, emotional eating, anxiety, and a broken metabolism, and thought why the hell not! If it doesn’t work, then I’ll find something else. At that point, I was willing to try anything because I felt awful—and I was sick and tired of feeling awful.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I follow a carnivore diet most days and leave a bit of room for keto options. Given my history with yo-yo dieting and restriction, it’s the best approach for me because it gives me the freedom to eat what I want.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
Carnivore helped regulate my hunger. When I was plant-based, it was almost impossible to feel satiated. I was always hungry. Always. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. No matter how many smoothies I drank or quinoa bowls I ate, I was hungry an hour later. I’m glad that insatiable hunger is no longer a problem on this diet—it’s exhausting to constantly think about your next meal!
My mental health has improved drastically. It wasn’t an immediate improvement, but I remember thinking one night, “wow, I don’t think I’m depressed anymore!” Needless to say, it was a sobering realization because I’ve struggled with depression all my life.
My PMDD symptoms are nearly gone. I do experience low moods from time-to-time, but for the most part, they’re manageable and life doesn’t feel like a rollercoaster anymore. My emotions are stable, and I don’t feel out of control at certain times of the month.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
The two that stick out to me are (1) loss of libido and (2) slow fat/weight loss. Since starting keto/carnivore, my libido has been at an all-time low. It’s been interesting to say the least because it used to be very high. As for fat/weight loss, it’s been slow. I guess that’s what happens when you put your body under stress and ridiculous dietary restrictions for almost ten years—it doesn’t trust you!
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I don’t exercise enough… but I want to (and should) exercise more.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Commit to prioritizing your health because you are worth it. Obesity and mental health issues continue to skyrocket in Western society. The fact that a diet can help with both should intrigue people. The fact that a particular diet may alleviate if not eradicate your psychological suffering is more reason to try it. If nothing improves or the improvements don’t last, you always have the freedom to try something else. Thankfully, the Carnivore communities on reddit, YouTube, and Instagram, are (for the most part) open-minded and informative, so you don’t have to go into this diet alone or blindly.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
Will carnivore replace the standard American diet? Probably not, but anything is possible. I’m at least hopeful that it will gain popularity like some of the other diets out there. Look at what happened with veganism; a vegan/plant-based diet is now the diet to follow, but that wasn’t the case ten years ago. If not carnivore, then I think people—at the very least—will adopt an animal-based diet. But I don’t think that will happen until we reduce the stigma surrounding (daily) meat and fat consumption.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where people can follow you.
If you’re thriving on carnivore, keto, or low carb, then great. If not, find something else. At the end of the day, your health and well-being should override dogma. Your body is intelligent, so pay attention to what it’s telling you. It’s your responsibility to listen and take action to find what works for you!
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