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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

Running, to run The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 – Week 4 & 5 Training

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK. Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

I think my ultratraining plan is basically for simpletons haha. Not sure it could be any easier.

For the most part I am running 4 times a week, and increasing my mileage by a mile a week. With a combination of long weekend runs or back to backs. When I get up to the 30-35 mile a week range, I’ll start running 5 times a week. I am not really into tempo runs, and all my runs have hills in them. So really I’ll just be going out for aerobic runs. I am not trying to win the race, just survive it!

I have combined 2 weeks into this post because Sunday to Monday I went Camping to Dunbar in Scotland. So there was no running on these days and limited dog walking. So I had to get my runs into a slightly more condensed window. Which wasn’t a problem mileage wise. However in week 5 I did 2*10k runs on the roads instead of the trails and my shin issue flared up a bit. It is something I ll need to work on as a lot of the race will be on roads, but currently I am just enjoying getting out on the trails and upping my mileage.

It might just be in my head but the Lifepro Sonic massage gun is proving a god send. I use it after each run, and when my shin does play up it is very satisfying getting one of the pointy attachments right into the muscle.

Week 4

Monday

Exercise & Recovery

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

Tuesday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

3 mile of dog walks

Push ups

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Wednesday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

3 mile of dog walks

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

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Thursday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

Mile of dog walk

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

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Friday

Exercise & Recovery

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

Saturday

Exercise & Recovery

1 mile dog walk

15 mile run

2.5 mile walk

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

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Sunday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

Camping

Conclusion

Target running miles for the week – 27 miles

Completed miles – 27 miles

Total amount of training run miles – 105 miles

Week 5

Monday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile dog walk

Camping

Tuesday

Exercise & Recovery

Zero day

Wednesday

Exercise & Recovery

10k run

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

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Thursday

Exercise & Recovery

10k run

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

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Friday

Exercise & Recovery

A zero day, did bot all haha

Saturday

Exercise & Recovery

1 mile pre run dog walk

16 mile run

3 mile post run walk

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles

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Sunday

Exercise & Recovery

Went over to the Lake District, Glencoyne Bay at Ulswater. Had a cold water dip for recovery, then ate lots of bacon, sausage and chicken on the camping stove.

Conclusion

Target running miles for the week – 28 miles

Completed miles – 28 miles

Total amount of training run miles – 133 miles

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Rashad

Interview with Rashad

Introduce Yourself.

My name is Rashad Lavelle. I have been eating Carnivore since November of 2019. My mission is to debunk lies that are targeted towards the Carnivore diet as well as the aspect of consuming red meat.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I was a strict plant based Vegan diet for 2 years. Most of the diet was low fat and high carbs. Before the vegan was a typical standard American diet.  I only started to eat vegan because of the severe gout issues that I was experiencing at a young age. The doctors told me that I had to stay away form Red Meat and certain fishes.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I eventually had to quit the Vegan diet, because of the severe gut issues such as bloating, and I also had high blood pressure of 160/110 on this diet, as well as brain fog. I heard of Carnivore from the Joe Rogan Podcast when he interviewed Jordan Peterson. This began my research on ancestral eating and the many health benefits that they were experiencing.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Through the weekdays, I am pretty much 100% Carnivore, starting with eggs and a protein of either sausage or bacon. This is usually around 12ish. The 2nd meal is either some type of steak, ground beef, or salmon. For the weekends I am about 85% carnivore and I add a few berries or maybe a bell pepper to my egg scramble. I stay away from dairy as much as possible though, just because I am lactose intolerant.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

The biggest benefit is gout being in remission since I started. I went against what all the doctors were saying. I used to have a gout flare up at least once per month. It seems like a miracle. The other major benefits are the gut issues. No more bloating. The bloating was so horrible, that I thought I had a severe case of IBS. In reality, I just couldn’t digest beans and legumes. Mental Clarity is back, and I have noticed a spike in libido.

What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Social influence can be a problem when I am around gatherings. Sometimes the temptations are there with other foods that I used to participate in. The first few weeks of Carnivore diet was some constipation, but this went away as I progressed.

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

I exercise at least 3 x’s per week with weights at the gym or either through the Beach Body on Demand. But daily is biking riding in the mornings or evenings. This has become easy, because I always take my dogs biking riding around the neighborhood for a quick cardio.

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

Get plenty of knowledge about the diet, and myths, before jumping in full force. Purchase books and find a mentor that you can ask plenty of questions. The reason is because there is a lot of misinformation on the media as well as vegan propaganda that may confuse you or discourage you. A lot of misinformation will stir up fear.

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

Food has become political and it seems to be a never-ending battle. Accepting Carnivore in mainstream is pretty much telling the government (with their Food Pyramid), that they were wrong. Nobody likes to be wrong.

The Carnivore movement is definitely growing and I do have hope that it will be accepted, but it’s a battle between us and the Sugar & Food industry.

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

You can find me on

IG @CarnivoreJunkie

Facebook: @carnivorejunkie

Or Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpIz9cts_R0vZfRjUiDwHjg?view_as=subscriber

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Rachel

Interview with Rachel

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi. My name is Dr Rachel Brown and I am a consultant psychiatrist working within the NHS in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I’ve been low carb for years, probably for around 10 years continuously, but I also dabbled with low carb around the time Atkins came out circa 2000. I followed a primal style diet (been a huge fan of Mark Sisson for years) until around 2 – 3 years ago when I went keto. So pretty standard keto, with the inclusion of dairy, nut butters, dark chocolate etc. I didn’t do much in the way of sweeteners.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was curious. I thought it sounded mad at first, but after watching Shawn Baker’s interview at Carnivorycon, and Michaela Peterson’s story from that same event, I was curious and set out to try it for 30 days. I didn’t really have any major health issues.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat mostly red meat – beef in the form of ground beef, burgers or steaks, and lamb. I eat bacon most days. I eat chicken from time to time (but don’t enjoy it nearly as much as the red meat), and include some fish in my diet. I try to focus on A2 dairy, so will have some goats cheese when I feel like it, and I also include eggs. I’m fairly relaxed carnivore, so I use spices and herbs from time to time. Mostly I just use salt – pink himalayan or real salt. I eat 2 meals per day and tend to intermittent fast 16:8 or 18:6.

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

My immune health has improved noticeably – I haven’t had a proper cold since going carnivore, and usually that would be an issue a few times a year. It’s great to never feel bloated or uncomfortable. One of the biggest benefits for me personally has been finding food freedom. I don’t have to deal with cravings – I consider myself to be a sugar addict, but in retrospect there were other foods too that caused issues, like nut butter, as one example. I love the simplicity of carnivore, and being able to eat until satisfied, then not think about food at all until the next meal. Since giving up coffee my energy levels have been much more stable, and despite never having had problems with mood or anxiety, I know now what ‘Zero Carb Zen’ is – it’s hard to explain but the closest I can say is having a sense of optimism and wellbeing.

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

The only negative I can think of is eating out – it can be tricky to get enough food in a restaurant, due to their reliance on side dishes that I don’t eat now. That and the funny looks you get when you tell people you only eat animal foods!

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

I do bodyweight exercises and also lift weights and kettlebells. I do HIIT training most weeks but prefer to work out when I feel like it, rather than having a rigid schedule. Within a week of going carnivore I noticed that I could do more push-ups than ever before. Strength has improved noticeably. I’m lifting heavier weights than ever before. I also find myself wanting to exercise more / feeling like I need to.

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

If you’re coming from a standard diet with plenty of carbs and fibre, you might want to ease in slowly over a number of weeks. You might want a strategy for sugar cravings, if those are an issue for you. I tend to be an abstainer rather than a moderator, so once I decided I was doing it I went ‘all in.’ I had been keto for a while and still had transition symptoms for 2-3 weeks. Probably because I was still including a fair bit of fibre on keto (e.g chia seeds). I would also say commit to the first 30 days – there were times when my transition symptoms made me wonder if I was doing the right thing, but once you get over that hurdle it’s likely to be straightforward. I’ve never looked back. Also make sure you’re eating enough at the start. It took me a while to include enough fatty meat in my diet, and once I did everything was so much better. I’d say it also took a while to get the taste for eating so much meat – in the beginning I wasn’t sure I would manage it, and now I can’t imagine doing anything else! Follow like-minded people on social media, it really helps to keep perspective.

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

I think it could eventually be more accepted, but I can’t see it being mainstream in my lifetime. There’s far too much investment in processed food, and generations of people are addicted to that food, and unlikely to be motivated to change.

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

I’d just like to mention how encouraged I’ve been to read people’s success stories when it comes to mental health. There are some amazing transformations out there, if you know where to look! You can find me on Instagram as @carnivoreshrink

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Liv

Interview with Liv

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name: Liv Irene Halvorsen

From Lillehammer – Norway

4 kids – 3 dogs and one cat

I am a meat lover and a Carnivore in my heart. I thrive on this way of eating, and I am not thinking of Carnivore as a diet, but a way of living for the rest of my life.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Ancestral

I have tried all different diets there is in the past and I was never able to lose excess weight on these different ways of eating.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was learning about mineral balancing from Morley Robbins and have studied with him for 3 years. I have also studied nutrition alongside my other studies.

I have healed myself with what I have learned from him and the Carnivore diet from

Hypothyroidism

Insulin resistance

Estrogen dominance

Periodontitis

High blood Pressure

Brain Fog

Adrenal Fatigue

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I am only eating when I am hungry and fasting 30-50 hours every 10th – 20th days.

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

Lost a lot of weight

Estrogen dominance gone

Insulin resistance almost healed and many other things.

I feel happy and I am very in tune with myself and my surroundings. I also feel very strong in my mind and soul.

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

None

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

I am lifting heavy weights and some cardio. I also love being outside and in the mountains.

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

Take good care of your adrenals and make sure you take enough salt

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

Yes I hope so.. but I am very aware that Carnivore is not for everyone because we’re all different.

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

Facebook: Carnivore Bitch

Instagram: Carnivore_Bitch

I also want to add that I am not nearly done yet.. I am lifting weights every day these days, so I am aiming to gain a lot of muscles in the months ahead. I used to be a athlete before I got sick with hypothyroidism.

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

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Running, to run The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 – Week 3 Training

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK. Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

I did this week a bit differently due to a couple of time reasons. So instead of doing my mileage over 4 runs… 3 short ones and 1 long one. This week I spread it out a bit more evenly over 6 runs. I did 5 * 4 milers and 1 * 10k. I need to not only increase mileage but also increase volume and the amount of days I run during this training. So this was a nice little test.

I did it fairly easily to be fair. I ran a 50/50 split of roads and trails, and felt fine. A month or so ago I was having issues with the muscle down the right side of my right shin. So too run 6 days in a row without any issues was a good morale boost. I can’t prove it but I think the biggest help on getting over the muscle issue was that I started using the sonic muscle gun.

Monday

Exercise & Recovery

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – bacon

Lunch – pork joint

Dinner – Meal out with The Wife at a Thai Restaurant

Tuesday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

3 mile of dog walks

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – kefir and egg yolks

Lunch – pork belly

Dinner – fish and chips

Wednesday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

3 mile of dog walks

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – kefir and egg yolks

Lunch – cheeseburgers

Dinner – pork belly

Thursday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

3 mile of dog walks

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – kefir and egg yolks

Lunch – cheeseburgers

Dinner – pork belly

Friday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

2 mile of dog walks

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – cold meat platter and pate

Lunch – chicken thighs and kefir

Dinner – chicken thighs, strawberries & cream

Saturday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

1 mile dog walk

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Brunch – sausages

Dinner – pork joint, Greek yogurt & dark chocolate

Sunday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run

4 mile walk

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Brunch – sausages

Dinner – lamb steaks, Greek yogurt & dark chocolate

Conclusion

Target running miles for the week – 26 miles

Completed miles – 26 miles

Total amount of training run miles – 78 miles

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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 Zach

Interview with Zach

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Zach, I’m from Texas and have been eating a strict carnivore diet since October 2019 in an attempt to heal my autoimmune disease. In 2015, I survived multiple daily heart attacks and triple-bypass open heart surgery at the age of 23, caused by inflammation and 95-99% blockage of my coronary arteries.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I switched from a standard American diet to keto starting around May 2019, and moved gradually more towards carnivore in an attempt to lower my inflammation further.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

When I started keto, I initially had much more inflammation than my previous SAD diet, but I believe that was from eating such a large amount of dairy which might be a dietary trigger for me. While outward inflammation that I’m able to see or feel has been non-existent since switching to carnivore, my blood markers for inflammation still have a ways to go. I’m in the process of trying different things to lower that. Also to note, I did lose 20 lbs of extra weight I had very quickly when I went keto, but I’m sure it would have been lost just as quickly on carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach is to keep things as simple and easy as possible. I recently bought my first 1/2 cow, buying in bulk saves a lot of money and I like not having to buy meat as often. Just about every meal I eat is either air fried, broiled, or cooked in a pan. I usually eat around 2 lbs a day, most days 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of a whole cut. The ground beef I spread into a big patty in my cast iron pan, cook one side until it’s nice and browned, flip, and repeat. Usually in my 10 inch pan, the patty is thin enough to cook all the way through by cooking both sides once. For whole cuts, most days I put them in my Ninja Foodi with the Broil setting (an oven or toaster oven on the Broil setting works just as well here!), 7-8 minutes on one side, flip, and 5-6 minutes on the other side. I don’t care that much about the doneness of the meat, I usually just aim to get a good sear and keep most of the inside as rare as possible. Really thin cuts I will air fry from frozen for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway. That method is really useful if you forget to thaw something! I don’t pressure cook or slow cook very many meals anymore as it seemed to upset my stomach, but oxtail is amazing and can only really be cooked that way, and I will make the occasional batch of bone broth as well. There are so many different cuts and ways to cook beef that I never really get bored!

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

The biggest benefit I’ve found is not having to think about what I’m going to eat, nor having a constant hunger to worry about. I just pick a cut of meat out of the fridge, cook it how I like, then eat it. The boredom some people have with eating nothing but meat is nothing to me, since I gain the simplicity of having all of my meals already planned out.

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

When I started keto in 2019, I had a ton of energy, while with strict carnivore my energy levels are a bit lower. However, my energy level is consistent all day long, and is much better than when I was eating SAD.

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

Before the whole Coronavirus lockdown, I was getting in some exercise two or three times a week by going to my local climbing gym, but since they’ve reopened, I’ve only been going once every one or two weeks. It’s a great way to exercise for me since I love rock climbing, but taking such a long break from it really set back my progress. It will take some time for me to get back into it at the same level I was before, but I’m definitely looking forward to doing it often again! It was definitely interesting to see how quick my recovery was when I stayed strict carnivore, versus when I would cheat and be incredibly sore for several days after.

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

If you do try it and see improvements in your health, but rebound back to eating sweets and other carby foods due to cravings, just know that getting back on the diet and trying again makes the cravings weaker each time. My first 4 months of carnivore were plagued with so many cheats, and more inflammation came with most of them, but each time I persevered for the sake of my health and it only got easier. Now I’m at a point where I don’t have any desire for cheats, and I love every single meal I eat, despite being the most limited version of carnivore possible with only beef, salt, and water.

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

I hope it will be, I really think we should turn the plant based agenda on its head and have meat based dietary recommendations instead. We would have a much healthier society that way, and I’m sure we’ll get there if enough research is done on low carb and meat based diets.

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

If you’re interested in my full heart surgery story, you can view my imgur album here: https://imgur.com/gallery/4jq7z

Also please follow my Instagram page @EZCarnivore if you would like updates on my autoimmune journey, or just to see pictures of my food and the super easy methods I use to cook it!

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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.
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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Barb

Interview with Barb

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Barb Shaw, and I’m 53 years old.  I started running trails when I was 7 years old, as my dad started running that year, and it was a great way to spend time with my workaholic father.  I ran my first marathon when I was 11, and needless to say, I won my age group!  I did run competitively through my freshman year of high school, and since then it has been more of a constant companion for me.  I spent a semester of college in Bratislava back in the early 1990’s, back when it was part of Czechoslovakia, and it was a difficult time for me.  During that semester, I realized how important my running was for my mental health, and it has been a part of my life ever since.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was raised by parents who lived very low fat.  In fact, my father (a doctor) was of the mindset that he could eat just about anything, as long as it was low fat.  Our cupboards were filled with fat free cookies, etc.  He would eat a bowl of cereal with applesauce on top and use orange juice instead of milk!   My husband and I have tried lots of different ways of eating.  I hesitate to call them diets, as they become lifestyle for us, but I grew up eating tons of carbs.  In fact, part of the lure of running with my dad was the “carbo loading” rewards we got.  Loading up on donuts and pasta before a big run.  My teammates and I, in high school, would go to the grocery store at lunchtime and buy bananas and fat free (sugar loaded) yogurt, raisins, you name it!  We thought low-fat was the way to go.

My husband and I have always considered ourselves very health conscious, and focused on whole foods, canning and baking.  My husband used to make the most amazing sourdough bread with coarse stoneground whole grain flour, he would grind it at home with his own grinder!  He even built a brick pizza oven in our backyard and we had the most AMAZING pizza.  We even farmed for five years, raising our own vegetables, laying hens, pigs, broiler chickens, ducks and turkeys.  We would can or freeze our own veggies, make our own pizza and pasta sauce, etc.

I was always hungry for some sweet homemade something first thing in the morning; muffins, scones, pancakes, sourdough waffles, and we raised our kids on this food.   It was hard to understand why our middle son had developed Ankylosing Spondilitis at the age of 11 or why my husband couldn’t lose the weight that was building despite exercising everyday.  We were runners until he couldn’t run, due to spinal compression in his lower back, and then began swimming and doing hot yoga.

My husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 35, and was at the point where he was taking 5 medications to control it.  We adopted a vegan lifestyle for a solid year, hoping this would help, but it didn’t.  Plus, I found it much harder to live a vegan lifestyle than Carnivore, especially when eating out.  There’s always a burger on the menu!

In the fall of 2017, friends introduced us to keto, and that was a game changer.  The first amazing thing was that my husband stopped snoring on the second night, and hasn’t started again since!  People would assume that this was due to weight loss from keto, but that hadn’t started yet, having only been two days.  It had to be inflammation reduction.  I wasn’t heavy, but had been putting on a few pounds as I approached my 50 year mark, and was getting a belly, so was happy to lose about 10 pounds quickly, I’m sure mostly water.  My husband began to drop weight rapidly and is now down about 60 pounds.  He was able to cut three of his BP meds in half and cut one out altogether over the next two years.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with

I decided to try Carnivore a few months ago, after reading an article on the Diet Doctor website.  I had been experiencing a rash on my abdomen that was getting more irritating, and anecdotal evidence pointed to possible relief for this with a Carnivore diet.  I ended up reading three books about it, and was still a little worried, but when I heard about Zack Bitters (you know, the carnivore who holds the 100 mile run record), my mind was made up that it would be worth a 30 day challenge.  The books I read were all written by physicians who had supported their positions with science and personal experience, so I felt it was safe and actually made a lot of sense.   I had been experiencing more and more bloating and reflux than I wanted.  It seemed everything would give me heartburn anymore.  I realize now that I was just substituting keto junk food for my previous junk, even though I made it all from scratch.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I mentioned to my husband that I was going to try Carnivore for 30 days, he said he would do it, as well, so we got the foods we like to eat out of the kitchen, at first storing them in the garage (we have since given most of it away), and began with meat, dairy and eggs.  I tried giving up my morning coffee, but soon realized that it was the one thing I really didn’t want to get rid of.  It seemed like enough change was happening right away, so I held onto that comfort.  I did get rid of sweetening it, so just milk and coffee.  We typically eat our first meal around lunchtime, maybe eggs with a little leftover meat.  We eat a large meal sometime between 3 & 5 pm, as we head to bed between 8 & 9.  This is typically just fatty meat.

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

My GI tract is doing so well, and my rash cleared up in a matter of weeks.  My energy is stable during the day, I sleep well at night, and I’m noticing muscles I didn’t realize I had showing their faces.  I’ve dropped about three pounds in a couple of months, which isn’t much, but I really wasn’t looking to lose weight.  I do like seeing my body composition change a bit.  I was on an estrogen/progesterone supplement, which I have stopped taking.  I just feel so good, it’s hard to put in words.  Plus, I feel so satisfied eating this way.  I really don’t crave any sweet food.  My husband will eat some Lily’s chocolate or some keto ice cream from time to time, but I find that I don’t even want it.  I’d much rather have a steak or a slice of cheese.  My husband has been able to get rid of another of his BP meds, so now is just taking the three half doses, so that’s progress.  He continues to drop more weight, gradually, and we are curious to see how his BP control evolves over time.

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

The only negative for me, so far, has been fine tuning my electrolyte needs, as this took me a while to figure out when we went keto.  I think I had been sodium and magnesium deficient for most of my life, before beginning keto, so that was helpful realizing I needed to take more salt and magnesium.  I used to have circulation issues, developing Reynaud’s Syndrome in my fingers and toes.

I do get strange responses from people who realize how we eat now.  Like I did, they think it’s a bit crazy.  It’s hard to wrap your head around the idea that we don’t NEED to eat plants.  We have all been programmed to believe that they are essential for good health.  Plus, the belief that too much meat and saturated fat has got to be bad for us, right?!

Because we started eating Carnivore during the Coronavirus Quarantine period, we haven’t had to deal with social situations much, let alone being invited to someone’s house for dinner and dealing with our unique dietary choices.  And we aren’t eating out, at the moment.  I, actually, haven’t really wanted to eat out since starting Carnivore, as we can cook great meat at home for much less money.

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

We run a 5.5 mile trail loop Monday, Wednesday and Friday, followed by about 30 minutes of arm weight work, abs and stretching on the floor.  On Tuesday and Thursday we change it up with a cardiovascular workout in our garage.  We bought a used Elliptical Trainer and Recumbent Bike Trainer a few years ago and have them set up in our garage with a TV, so we watch something entertaining while working out different muscles.  These days in the garage are sort of recovery days, trying to keep ourselves in a Zone 2 training pace.  This also allows some balance work, as I can run on the elliptical backwards for part of the time, not holding on to the handles.  This has been really helpful.  Then we usually end the week with a longer trail run, about 7.5 miles, on Saturday and enjoy a real day of rest on Sundays.   If anything, we have found our energy and strength to be improved since switching to Carnivore.

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

I would encourage anyone who is thinking about Carnivore to give it a try.  How will you know if it helps or not, if you don’t give it a shot.  I would say get fat adapted, first, if you aren’t keto already.  I did have a more difficult time when we started keto with “keto flu”, my husband adapted much easier than I did.  Maria Emmerich’s website was super helpful for me, at the start.  It has been truly amazing to realize how different we all are, regarding dietary needs.  I do think I was someone lucky enough to handle a high carb load most of my life, and I wouldn’t have come to Keto on my own.  I’m so glad I got here.

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

I think it will get harder and harder for people to deny that this is an ok, and possibly much superior, way to eat as more and more people adopt the lifestyle and overcome physical and mental illness.  We have three sons, all in their 20’s, and they all think about eating this way, and have cut a lot of carbs out of their lives, but none have made the total switch due to the social difficulties of it.  I hope it can become more mainstream.  We would see a much healthier population, if it does.

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

My degree is in Public Health/Community Health Education, so have always tried to educate people, mostly by example.  It is hard to understand, when you are a person who has benefited from a way of life, why everyone doesn’t want to try it, but all I can do is be an example.  To this end, I have felt driven to create a personal blog website where I can share my experience and recipes with other women who may want to try and change the way they age.  I feel like I’m defying aging a bit, at this point.  In fact, my husband and I took a biological age test, this past January and at 52, my biological age was 44.  At 55, my husband’s biological age was 46, so we were really pleased to see that.  My website is PrimalMenopause.com and I’m on IG as @primalmenopause.

People will ask us how much more expensive this lifestyle is, and we are actually spending less right now on food.

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

Running, to run The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 – Week 2 Training

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK. Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Monday

First run after the halfmarathon on Saturday. I felt pretty good actually, my legs didn’t have 100% juice in them but they were fine. No injuries to report. All hunky dory at the minute, almost going too well at the moment haha.

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile run.

2 mile dog walk.

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – bacon

Lunch – cheeseburger

Dinner – Meal out with friends at an Indian takeaway

Tuesday

Rest day due to social occasions.

Exercise & Recovery

Two 2 mile dog walks.

Food

Brunch – cheeseburger

Dinner – cheeseburger

Wednesday

Rest day due to social occasions.

Exercise & Recovery

3 miles of dog walks.

Food

Cooked up a big batch of Pork Chops and ate those throughout the day. Had some smoked cheese too.

Thursday

Warm day today, so took the dogs out at 6am to avoid the heat. I ll have to run in it later on today though haha. Least humans are designed to sweat!

I was right it was very sweaty!

Exercise & Recovery

3 mile dog walk.

4 mile run.

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Cooked up a big batch of chicken thighs and ate those throughout the day.

Friday

Lovely early morning dog walk, in very pleasant weather. Then a run after work in less pleasant weather. I am not one for complaining when it’s too hot, as it is all to rare in the North East of England…. but damn it was hot. I just took it easy though as have a long run in the morning. So very little recovery time.

Exercise & Recovery

4.5 mile dog walk.

4 mile run.

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Food

Breakfast – cold meat platter

Lunch – rump steak

Dinner – rump steak, strawberries & cream

Saturday

A beast of a day. It was sunny, hot and stuffy. I love this weather, I am definitely a person who prefers warm than cold. However, I  had a lot to achieve today.

Firstly I walked the dogs so we didn’t come home to a little present on the floor. Then threw on the running vest, and out on a 14 mile run straight away. At midday and the hottest part of the day. I do my runs on what I call the “lines”, basically old railway lines that have been turned into walking and cycling paths. I class them as very easy trailrunning. Beginner level haha. I run in barefoot/minimalist shoes, and my feet were sore by the end of the 14 miles. Apart from that though I managed it quite well, quite slow but quite well!

Taining for Ultra’s, is slowly changing my mindset, in the fact that the Stava time for my 14 mile run is irrelevant. It is all just about time on your feet.

The run purposely ended 3.5 miles before home. So I had an additional walk after my run to help with my ultra methodology.

Push ups, Older Yet Faster foot exercises, 10 minutes of Lifepro Sonic massage gun on all lower leg muscles.

Exercise & Recovery

1 mile dog walk

14 mile run

3.5 mile walk

Food

Breakfast – rump steak

Run food – I am learning how to eat on a run. I have a Prime Beef bar, a salami stick and 2 real fruit and nut bars. My initial plan is I would like to eat little and often on race day so I need to practise

Dinner – chicken, dark chocolate & Greek yogurt

Sunday

Active recovery day. I like to do a cold water dip/swim once a week. I am sure it will help with recovery. Today the water seemed almost too warm, however, I am sure it will have had some positive benefits.

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk and a cold water dip in the river.

Food

Breakfast – sausages

Lunch – black pudding and sausages

Dinner – cheeseburgers, dark chocolate & Greek yogurt

Conclusion

Target running miles for the week – 25 miles

Completed miles – 26 miles

Total amount of training running miles – 52 miles

All my runs were down with The Wife, and 14 miles was her furthest ever run. So she is doing great.

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Petrit

Interview with Petrit

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Petrit Kotarja, aka crnvr_daddy on Instagram. I’m a husband, father of one, business owner and Health/fitness enthusiast. Before my carnivore journey I always ate “healthy” I mean once i was of the age to make my own dietary choices.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I started at a young age reading fitness magazines and following their advice of a low fat , high carb diet high protein diet.  I was young and very active so i didn’t notice the ill effects of this insulin roller coaster, eating every two hours to keep the “furnace burning.” Until I look back at all the acne I had and swollen face despite my low body fat%. Then at around 30 years of age I found this thing called the Paleo diet. I thought it was crazy. “No grains” I thought, but I tried it. It changed my life and perspective on health. Shortly after I stumbled upon the Keto diet, once again I thought it to be crazy because of all the high fat foods people were eating. “what about their hearts”. I tried it and got even better results. I never chased ketones, never even tested , just cut carbs and ate a high fat high protein version. Which naturally tranistioned me into the Carnivore way of eating in Jan. 2019

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I heard this doctor talking about the Carnivore Diet on the Joe Rogan podcast. An all meat animal based diet and again i thought he was crazy ( what a trend). I decided to try it seeing as I wasn’t too far off at this point. So I dove deep in research, listening to the top docs on podcasts and haven’t looked back since.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Now I don’t call myself a 100% carnivore. I do enjoy a snack here and there (some of my sons left over berries or popcorn) or a few drinks with friends and my wife. I would say I eat 95% animal based .

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

Things I’ve noticed since being carnivore is no inflammation, more energy, better mental clarity, less need for caffeine (I drink decaf mushroom coffee) and better body composition. but the biggest thing I’ve noticed and the one I’m most happiest/proud of is my craving/need for alcohol is gone. I used to be a big drinker, like 24 beers in a weekend type of drinker. Having or needing 2-3 cans a day after work. Now, no urges after work. no weekend heavy binges which would take me a few days to recover from. I do still enjoy a few drinks on the weekend or special occasion but I can easily stop after a couple because my body tells me I’ve had enough. I find this pretty amazing.

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

I don’t really notice many negatives or disadvantages being on the carnivore diet. Maybe the reactions when I order a burger with just cheese and bacon. or opting out of certain foods when I’m a guest. most people around me are okay with it by now.

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

I exercise regularly and don’t notice much difference from when I ate high carb. I play hockey and still maintain my burst and stamina.

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

I usually don’t recommend the carnivore diet to everyone, or at least right off the bat. Not because I don’t believe in it but because they don’t. Not everyone wants to eat just meat and eggs everyday and that’s fine. I can still help them with foods they enjoy so long as they are not damaging them. I would usually slowly transition someone into this way of eating, the way I did. Some people can go all in right away, if that’s your personality then i say do it!

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

I feel like more and more people will start accepting this way of life, as the more people benefit it will be harder to deny.  That’s why I’ve created my platform, creating content on the regular and that’s why I’m working on some new and exciting things to come in the near future. To help people realise their potential. To help people realize there’s other options and to help people realize it’s easier than they think.

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

Once again I don’t think we need to feed the world like this, but it wouldn’t hurt 😉

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021

Running, to run The Wall Ultramarathon 2021: Nutrition – initial thoughts

I don’t presume to know anything about ultra training and race day nutrition. I am an expert on watching ultras on youtube though haha.

So my nutrition will evolve as I learn, and as my training ramps up. However I do have dietary beliefs, which I will be unlikely to stray to far from.

My current rough outline is that I will stay on my version of the Carnivore Diet, especially during the week. As these days will be rest days or lower mileage days. On race day and my long weekend runs, I will be experimenting with food a bit more. More KetoCarnivore than strict carnivore perhaps, but certainly still in the low carb realm.

You will not see me messing around with carb loading or energy gels. I just do not think it is necessary for my level of running. Also by Keto I don’t mean I will be eating spinach and broccoli, but I will probably bring in some dried fruit bars etc for ease. I will also be manipulating my fat intake for body composition and energy levels. So I have started to make a list of all the most common meals I have, and what their Protein Energy score is. This will help me target certain foods at certain times. For a 40 year old normal person, I am in pretty good shape and I am happy with what I look like at the minute. However, for an ultramarathon runner I am overweight. So if at points in my training I need to lose weight, then I will bring in some leaner meats. If I feel like I am lacking a bit of energy or if I have a tough training block coming up, then I could eat fattier cuts of meat.

I think I will have to get used to eating little and often whilst running. So currently on my training runs, I will eat something on the hour every hour I am running. This is because when I get hungry I will just eat anything and I will eat too much of it. So on race day if I get too hungry I could make bad decisions at a pitstop aid station and suffer the consequences. So I will probably be taking a lot of my own food on race day.

So last Saturday for example I did a halfmarathon. I could have easily done it completely fasted, however, I did it with an ultramarathon mindset. 1 hour in I ate a Prime Beef bar, hour 2 I had a raw fruit and nut bar which was just prunes and cashew nuts with no added crap, then when the halfy finished I had a salami stick. All the food settled well, I had no digestive stress and my energy was good, but like I say it was just a halfy.

I am  looking forward to learning more about low carb ultra nutrition, but all the learning will be N=1 rather than copying others.

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

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