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Steak and Eggs Diet

Shed Fat, Improve Mood & Lower Inflammation

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Are you interested in a diet that may be able to help you:

  • Shed body fat
  • Detox from decades of a bad diet
  • Increase lean muscle mass
  • And improve your skin
  • For just 3 INSTALLMENTS OF $9.99…just kidding! The steak & eggs diet, one of the simplest ways of eating in the world, may be it. 

This article explains what the steak and egg diet is, how it works, commonly reported benefits and what science has to say about it. It also offers guidance on how to begin this radical eating plan and what you should expect from a physiological viewpoint.

What is the Steak & Eggs Diet?

The steak and eggs diet is similar to the “all meat diet”, the “zero-carb diet”, and the “carnivore diet”. It is a simple but radical eating plan that helps many people to lose fat and develop more lean, ripped muscles. It’s all about healthy fats and protein!

It is simple because it only consists of – you guessed it – broccoli. No, it’s just steak and eggs, of course! It goes against the mainstream beliefs about healthy dieting and sticks a defiant middle finger in the air at veganism and other plant-centered, carb-heavy diets.

Eating only steak and eggs for lunch and dinner every day is radical because it totally eliminates every single other food. NO vegetables or vegetable oils. NO grains. NO sugar. NO carbs! This nonconformist eating plan makes the body burn fat as a primary energy source.

That means that people on the steak and eggs diet are not exposed to all of the bad foods that most other people are. 

And because there are only 2 meals eaten each day within an 8-hour time period, practitioners are engaging in Intermittent Fasting, which offer loads of healthy benefits – like losing weight, having more energy, and enhancing the body’s detoxification capacity!

Many of you know why a carnivore diet works well already. The steak and eggs diet works for many of the same reasons. The first of which is because it’s a radical elimination diet, cutting out many of the ubiquitous disease causing foods

  • Seed oils
  • Sugar
  • Refined carbs
  • Processed food
  • Alcohol
  • Inflammatory vegetables

It’s no secret that many (most) people consume nutrient-void foods that cannot enable their bodies to function optimally. Most of the foods that people eat cause systemic inflammation, a key marker in nearly every disease including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease, and arthritis just to name a few.

Check out this more in-depth article about why the carnivore diet works to learn more.

Who is Vince Gironda?

Before we jump in further, let’s take a look at where the all-meat diet originated from. 

Enter Vince Gironda, a champion bodybuilder in the 1950s and trainer to celebrities in and out of the bodybuilding realm – including Frank Zane, Larry Scott, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cher, Denzel Washington, and the great Lou Ferrigno. Vince is perhaps most famous for calling Arnold a “fatfuck”.

Gironda attributed his success in bodybuilding to his diet. In his opinion, about 80% of a bodybuilder’s success depends on the foods he or she consumes. He developed the steak and eggs eating plan based on what our human ancestors survived and thrived on for millennia: animal meats and organs. The goal: to shred body fat in a hurry.

Vince Gironda at certain points would eat 36 eggs a day, which he compared to a cycle of steroids. Steak & eggs are two of the most anabolic foods in the world, as they increase cholesterol, have a lot of protein, and a complete amino acid profile.

Benefits of the Steak & Eggs Diet

Note that there has not been any long-term clinical research that supports or refutes the proposed benefits of the steak and eggs diet. However, there have been various small trials conducted that strongly suggest multiple health benefits, at least in the short-term.

With that being said, millions of people swear by the results they achieve while practicing this radical meal plan program. Here are some of the commonly purported benefits:

  • Rapid fat reduction and associated weight loss
  • Reduced systemic inflammation
  • Increased sexual drive (libido)
  • Increased testosterone levels
  • Stronger, less painful joints
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Happier mood
  • Healthier skin

The steak and eggs diet requires no calorie counting, carb counting, or any other type of dietary counting.

In a nutshell, it includes 1-2 pounds of beef meat and organs and 6-10 eggs daily, divided between two meals. That is ALL!

It makes grocery shopping a breeze and eliminates a lot of cooking time relative to preparing multi-course meals.

The steak & eggs diet is a great diet. But an even more powerful way of eating is adding in the other animal products that are even more nutrient packed (like beef liver!). 

How Does the Steak & Eggs Diet Work?

Consider the prehistoric person: There was no McDonald’s or Pizza Hut to drive through and obtain food.

Instead, hunter-gatherers had to acquire their meals by eating other animals and gathering what plants they could. The bulk of their calories came from the animal meats and organs – not from the organic plants they discovered while on routine gathering trips.

#1 Radical Elimination Diet

The biggest reason why the steak & eggs diet is so effective is because it eliminates all of the main inflammatory culprits.

The standard american diet is death in a package. Frankly, anything that moves away from it is going to be beneficial.

The steak & eggs diet removes everything on the Mt. Rushmore of inflammatory foods: vegetable oils, sugars, processed carbs, fructose and inflammatory vegetables + pesticides. 

All too often, people search for the next superfood to add, when in reality cutting out problematic foods often yields the greatest benefit. 

Cutting out these foods will dramatically reduce immune system activation and inflammation. And yes, even supposedly healthy vegetables can be damaging.

Plants produce their own natural pesticides to fend off predators like you. Lectins, saponins, oxalates, and goitrogens in plant foods all play a role in disease.

Almost every single plant food has one of these booby traps. Learn why you don’t need vegetables here.

#2 Ketosis

The primary method of action that makes the steak and eggs diet so effective for shedding fat involves making a shift from using glucose and other sugars for energy to burning stored fat for energy.

When the body uses glucose, fructose, lactose, and other carb-based foods for energy, it relies on glycolysis to break those sugars down.

You can read more about ketosis and its effects in the article from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

When the body takes in NO carbohydrates, it begins to metabolize stored fats in order to gain the energy it needs to facilitate its many metabolic processes. This is WHY we store fats in the first place: to have nutrients and energy available to us in times of famine.

In fact, animal meat, organs, and fats are what made humans evolve in the manners that they did. It wasn’t bananas, broccoli, rice, tofu, or French fries. It was animal meat, animal organs, and animal fat!

Ketones have a number of benefits including

  • Increase longevity in c. elegans by 20%
  • Improve sirtuin function + DNA repair
  • Increase glutathione endogenously
  • Reduce oxidative damage
  • Upregulate foxo3, a longevity gene 
  • Reduce DNA damage in the brain
  • Increase cognitive function

They are the ultimate superfuel.

This study from ben bikman pictured below also showed that a low carb keto diet actually makes you burn 300 more calories at rest

Talk about a cheat code for weight loss.

#3 Satiety

Satiety is feeling full after eating. It comes from the brain recognizing that some quality nutrients have been taken into the body. Our brains shut off hunger signals to tell us that we have eaten enough. The food is then digested and nutrients are derived and distributed throughout the brain and body to enable function.

Most people believe that they MUST eat 3 meals daily and that being hungry will surely cause them illness and eventual death. They mistake the hunger signals from their brains, believing that they need “food” instead of “nutrients”.

THIS is all-together inaccurate. In fact, this erroneous belief is one of the largest contributors to the pandemic levels of obesity and almost every other disease in nearly every country on the planet today.

Frankly a calorie is not a calorie. Try eating 2000 calories of both doritos and eggs. The doritos will disappear without even flinching. Whereas doing it with eggs is near impossible (unless you’re Vince Gironda). 

Your brain gives a hunger signal when it requires nutrients to facilitate the many processes of daily life – including walking, talking, thinking, hunting, gathering, and even thinking and sleeping. EVERYTHING we do requires energy. The better the source of the energy, the better the brain and body can function. 

Poor foods, like those that comprise the modern western diet, are poor energy sources. When eaten, they provide no real nutritional value for the body or brain. It quickly results in the brain sending out more hunger signals – because it recognizes that it has not yet received the nutrients it requested initially.

And over the course of decades of consuming these nutritionally-void foods, they destroy their health, wreck their psychology, and often die prematurely. No thanks!

The Steak and Eggs meal plan gives your body all of the essential nutrients it requires to burn fat and thrive. It is so simple because meal planning and food preparation times are significantly reduced. This radical diet also works by:

  • Providing nutrient-dense foods
  • Increasing protein intake
  • Eliminating bad foods
  • Improving gut health

#4 Increased Nutrient Density

Nutrients are vital for all cellular function. They play a role in everything from growth to immune support, to brain function. Many also have antioxidant properties that can protect against diseases like cancer and Alzheimers. .

But most people are extremely deficient in vitamins. Some common ones are below:

  • Vitamin D: 77% of American’s are deficient in Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12: 3% of adults over 50 have extremely low vitamin D levels. 20% have borderline deficiencies. Amongst Vegans and Vegetarians vitamin b12 deficiency is much more common
  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A is only found in sufficient amounts that your body can absorb in animal products. It’s likely that if you’re not eating enough animal products, you’re deficient. Deficiencies amongst children and women are the most common. Approximately 127 million preschool-aged children and 7 million pregnant women are vitamin A deficient.
  • Iron: 25% of the world is deficient in iron. Anemia is even more common amongst vegan
  • Calcium: Over 20% of men and 10% of women over 50 are deficient in calcium
  • Zinc: 1.1 billion people are deficient worldwide

This paints a disturbing picture. No wonder chronic disease is so prevalent. Adequate vitamin intake is necessary for optimal function.

The steak and eggs diet increases satiety after meals because both red meat and eggs are LOADED with quality nutrients. This comes as a big surprise to a lot of people. They are unaware that red meat and eggs are two of the most nutritious foods in the world. 

Wanna check it out for yourself? OK – here it is! The micro-nutritional breakdown of 2 pounds of steak and 8 chicken eggs (the percentages are relative to the US RDAs for each):

  • 660% of vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
  • 479% of zinc
  • 438% of selenium
  • 291% of phosphorus
  • 216% of vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • 183% of iron
  • 177% of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • 175% of vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • 92% of potassium

That’s not all! The same amounts of steak and eggs also contain vitamin B1 (74%) magnesium (66%), copper (64%), folate (63%), pantothenic acid (57%), vitamin A (54%), vitamin D (34%), calcium (32%), vitamin E (27%), and manganese (8%), and even trace amounts of vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

Possible Downsides of the Steak & Eggs Diet

Again, there have been no long-term clinical studies exploring the health benefits or negative effects of the steak and eggs meal plan. Most of what is known about it stems from anecdotal reports by people who practice it.

Although eating steak and eggs and nothing else may sound enticing, it can take some getting used to, especially for those who have had poor diets for many years. Some people report having cravings for the foods they are used to consuming.

That’s OK!

It is good advice to allow yourself a cheat day here and there when beginning to practice any new eating plan. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Many people even schedule a cheat day once every 6th day to avoid becoming burnt-out of only red meat and eggs. Just try to avoid carbs as much as possible on your cheat days.

Aside from cravings, there aren’t a lot of downsides reported about the steak and eggs diet. Just pay attention to what your body and brain are telling you and modify your eating habits accordingly. 

If you have ANY chronic underlying medical condition, then please consult with your doctor before changing your eating habits.

Conclusion

The steak & eggs diet is a great diet. But an even more powerful way of eating is adding in the other animal products that are even more nutrient-packed (like beef liver!). 

If you’re interested in learning more about the carnivore diet, sign up below for my 14 day guide to mastering it. 

This article originally appeared on carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later with Vesna

It is a year since Vesna did her Carnivore Diet success story for me, so it is about time we caught up with her to see how she is doing.

Her original story is here

Meat up with Vesna

1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating. 

I’m still a relaxed carnivore (red meat, chicken, eggs, dairy). I try to buy as sustainable as possible (and as much as I’m able to afford). I’ve been a relaxed carnivore for almost two years now (will be 2 years on 11th November). I still can’t digest any plants, so I continue doing what works best for me – avoiding them.

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition and health over the last year.

I’ve been learning a lot about exercise over the last year. How different types of exercise affect health in different ways and about internal muscle strengthening moves (I already knew about Kögels for internal lower abdominal muscles but this year I also mastered Mewing – internal facial muscles and stomach vacuuming for internal abdominal muscle wall). Posture is also very important when it comes to overall health. More than people like to think.


I’ve advised a couple of acquaintances about their diets and have been able to pick up on some reoccurring symptoms and common issues with people in my country. There’s a lack of information in my country and I’m planning on making it more viable and in my language.


I’m also highly fascinated by genetics, evolution and neuroscience, and I have been focusing on that as well. In my opinion, nerve health has a lot to do with nutrition, specifically with saturated fat and fat-soluble vitamins.

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year. 

I haven’t had major fitness improvements other than slowly getting lean and gaining muscle over time (I feel like this is a little more difficult/a slow process for people with chronic pain as we like to resort to comfort eating – btw nothing wrong with carnivore comfort eating).


Setbacks; I sometimes struggle when my partner is eating crisps next to me, because I do like the flavour, it just makes my pain a little harder to take. Also running out of time! I’m a busy person.

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

My fitness goal in the next year is hopefully to get lean and strong enough to show some abs.

Health wise; I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to resolving the issue with my trigeminal nerve. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to eliminate the pain I’m still experiencing during the year ahead. I’m not convinced, because from what I read, healing something like this can take many years, but I’m very hopeful to find a shortcut nonetheless.

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?

For anyone out there, struggling with chronic pain, do not give up and keep looking for answers. There’s so much to learn and so much to experiment with. You may as well have fun with it.

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Week 8 & 9

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

The training continues.

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What a really excellent 2 weeks I have had.

The more the world seems to be descending into madness. I seem to be getting more chilled, more relaxed, yet more focussed.

I put this down to the confidence I have in my diet, my health and my fitness. It gives you a fearless attitude, well compared to the general public anyway.

The purchase of my Ultimate Direction Fastpack 35 is going to take me down an alley of minimalist fastpacking (combo of running, hiking and wild camping), which ironically is not vey minimalist on the back pocket haha, well not to begin with anyway.

It baffles me when people have no hobbies, I have the opposite problem, I can’t keep a hobby long enough to get good at them, before moving onto something else. Whoops.

Monday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

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

Food

Bacon, pate, black pudding, rump steak, kefir

Tuesday

Exercise & Recovery

1 mile dog walk

17.5 mile bike ride

Food

Cold meat platter, pate, pork chops, kefir

Wednesday

Exercise & Recovery

3 miles of dog walks.

Food

Bacon, beefburgers, bacon & cheese omlettes, kefir, egg yolks

Thursday

Exercise & Recovery

17.5 mile bike ride

Food

Bacon, chicken thighs, kefir, egg yolks

Friday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile of dog walks

Food

Bacon, cheeseburgers, rump steaks, kefir, egg yolks

Saturday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

25 mile bike ride

Food

Full English breakfast, Chinese Takeaway

Sunday

Exercise & Recovery

1 mile dog walk

Went to the Lake District, had a chill day at Glencoyne beach. Then a night camping

Food

Bacon, Sausages, Indian curry and naan, chocolate

Monday

Exercise & Recovery

4 mile dog walk in the fells of the Lake District

Food

Quiche, Cheese and Pickle sandwiches, crisps, pizza

Totally off the rails with my diet haha

Tuesday

Exercise & Recovery

3 mile dog walk

Food

Bacon sandwich, cheeseburgers, bacon & egg sandwich

Wednesday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

4 mile run

Food

Bacon, kefir, egg yolks, cheeseburgers, steak, greek yogurt

Thursday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

4 mile run

Food

Bacon, kefir, egg yolks, cheeseburgers, ribeye

Friday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

Food

Cold meat platter, pate, brisket, raspberries, greek yogurt

Saturday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

17.5 mile run

Food

Full english breakfast, Prime Snacks Beef bar, raw fruit/nut bars, chicken thighs, strawberries & cream, dark chocolate

Sunday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

Chilled out day in the Lake District

Food

MacDonald’s breakfast, sausages, crips, raw fruit/nut bar, mince and dumplings

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Contemporary Carnivore Diet

5 Ways Poor Diet May Increase Coronavirus Severity

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Coronavirus should be called the Standard American Diet flu. The diet is perfectly designed to make American’s who’ve dutily followed the food pyramid sick.

America is like a hot dog stand. COVID is like Joey Chestnut.

We’ve created the perfect backdrop for this disease to thrive. If you build a house out of sand and a wind gust comes and knocks it down, is it the wind or the shaky foundation that caused the fall?

The most prominent risk factors for the severity of the disease are metabolic in nature: Things directly caused by the western diet. In fact, this study on 5700 NYC patients showed that 94% had a diagnosed comorbidity: comorbidities that all have dietary causes  .

Our health is only getting worse and this should be the kick in the a** to turn it around. But no…

Instead, we’re going to get through COVID with 0 additional awareness about the benefits of metabolic health & the connection to immune function. It’s so f**king sad.

The media wants you to think that if you’re outside and the wind gust hits just right, you can get COVID from miles away…and no matter how healthy you are you can and will drop dead. They’ll tell you that the only way out is with a global vaccine.

But the real focus should be on metabolic health & functional medicine.

That is how we beat COVID, prepare for another similar pandemic & truly revitalize this country.

Let me explain.

Before going further, I am not a medical professional. I am a statue. This is my read based on the research.

We’re Swimming in Polluted Water…And Nobody Realizes It

This is the elephant in the room…the real cause of this corona panic. There’s a meteor approaching earth and they’re silencing it. Fragments are breaking off. And they want us to stay inside to minimize  the death rate in case of a collision. They’re using this as an excuse.

No, there’s no conspiracy here. Just one of the softest sickest societies ever getting attacked by a virus.

In fact, recent NHANES data revealed that  88% of this country is metabolically sick. How are more people not outraged over this? Little by little our health is whittled away by the sick, synthetic modern society we live in. And not only are people okay with it. They justify it, celebrate it, and attack detractors for “fat shaming”. WTF is going on.

We’re on a high speed train careening off of a cliff. And nobody sees it. Instead of going in reverse, or even pumping the breaks, we’re just throwing water balloons on the train. 

And it’s not just obesity that is up. Autism is up 270x in the last 40 years. 20% of people are on psychiatric drugs. There are too many disastrous health trends to keep track of.

It’s time to wake up.

And just to make this extra clear, I am not for making anybody feel bad about their weight. But at the same time, I think we all need to acknowledge that obesity is an illness that severely compromises your health. For the same reason we don’t have a cocaine addiction positivity movement, we should not have a body positivity movement.

Here’s a quote from Epictetus I turn to often:

“Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility is possible”

If you try to control the outside world, you’re doomed to failure and will be riddled with anxiety. But if you figure out what’s in your control and attack that, you will find peace.

Back to the flu.

The truth however, based on my analysis, people have a lot more control than the media leads them on to believe. Once again, this isn’t to diminish the severity of the disease or the caution you should take.

But I think that there are steps you can take to dramatically reduce your risk of dying from COVID.

Based on my research into the epidemiology and the pathophysiology of the disease, I hypothesize that the severity of the disease is highly correlated to metabolic health.

Why is metabolic health so predictive of a severe outcome? First, let me touch on how COVID exerts most of its damage.

How COVID Kills: ARDS

Very briefly….

Viruses are extremely intelligent. To live they need a host. COVID-19 infects humans through a receptor called ACE2 that lines many of our organs and epithelial cells. It’s fairly unique in this attachment mechanism.

After entering a cell through ACE2 it hijacks the ribosomes in cells and actually uses our own machinery to replicate itself.

Unlike the common cold, what’s especially bad about this coronavirus is its ability to enter the ACE2 receptors on the alveoli of our lungs. If you get rid of coronavirus before it reaches the lungs you’ll just get what seems like a common cold. But if it can get into organs like the lungs, this is when real issues begin.

Lungs are like sponges that use alveoli as air pockets to exchange oxygen and co2.

ACE2 receptors line what are called type 2 pneumocytes in the lungs. When COVID attaches it can destroy them and cause alveoli to collapse.

Your body’s immune system goes on high alert and releases what are called cytokines — like immune system alarms — signaling it to attack. This is not only normal, but is beneficial to fight off the infection.

Pus forms around the alveoli as cells die. This is what’s known as a bad time — or also pneumonia.

If your immune system is functioning appropriately you should be able to win this war against pneumonia. Many people get pneumonia every year and few die.

Most people from coronavirus are not dying from pneumonia. They’re dying from the immune response gone haywire and leading to something even worse.

They’re dying from ARDS — Acute respiratory distress syndrome. This is the rapid onset of widespread inflammation in the lungs. It happens when the immune response is dysregulated and goes haywire. It’s like if you tried to put out a fire with a hose but instead drowned everyone in the home.

It’s similar to what will happen if I criticize the vegan diet for too long and dr greger comes over and holds my head under water….

The real question is what leads to this exacerbated response and why isn’t everybody experiencing it.

I believe it’s due to poor metabolic health and something that ties all these comorbidities together: low grade, chronic systemic inflammation

How Poor Nutrition May Increase The Severity of COVID

First off, what is poor metabolic health? It is characterized by a milieu of factors consisting of elevated blood glucose, low HDL, increased waist size, high blood pressure and increased triglycerides. And over 88% of the US has poor metabolic health. Amongst people above 65, only 2% are metabolically unhealthy.

Despite more Americans eating so called “healthy diets” metabolic issues continue to increase in prevalence. The food pyramid scheme all but guarantees poor metabolic health and susceptibility to coronavirus.

How does it exert these effects? The SAD produces a metabolic cocktail of consequences which all exacerbate coronavirus

Don’t get me wrong…metabolic health doesn’t make you invincible. But based on all the studies I’ve reviewed below, I think that the stronger your metabolic health, the greater chance you and your immune system dominate the hell out of COVID if you get it.

Briefly I will touch on them.

#1 Obesity Disrupts Immune Function & May Make People More Contagious

People are starting to wake up to the impact of obesity on coronavirus. As I constantly preach, being obese should not be part of your identity. Not only is it an attack on your beauty…it is an attack on your health & arteries. It is not fat shaming to tell someone they should lose weight. It is tough love. It is caring for them and trying to improve their health.

This review in the United Kingdom found that 72% of patients with COVID-19 were overweight or obese. And that among patients with BMI > 30 who had undergone intensive care, 61% died .

This review found that BMI was directly correlated to severity of COVID outcome . Lastly, a study in a Shenzen found hospital found that obesity increased the risk of a severe case by 3.5x .

There’s clearly more at stake when you’re obese than having to wear bigger clothes…

Why is that the case?

The health of fat cells is critical for your immune function. In healthy fat cell tissue macrophages — a type of immune cell — make up ~5–10% of cells. However, in obese cells, they can comprise up to 50% of all cells .

Overstuffed fat cells are inflamed and release cytokines like IL-6 and TNF-α . They are crying out for help, even if you are not.

The release of these proinflammatory cytokines can block the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines, impairing the resolution of inflammation.

Obesity also dysregulates the adaptive immune system response.

The immune system is made up of 2 distinct arms—the innate and adaptive immune systems. It all needs to be carefully regulated and coordinated for you to mount a proper response to infections. The innate immune system has no memory — like someone deficient in vitamin B12. Whereas the adaptive immune has B and T cells which are capable of remembering diseases.

The adaptive immune system has two types of responses: TH1 and Th2. To completely oversimplify this system for the sake of discussion here, you can think of TH1 helper cells as the front line army of your adaptive immune system and TH2 as those inside the fort.

According to a great paper Tommy Wood put out, obesity and metabolic dysfunction downregulates TH1 relative to TH2. And this imbalance is “thought to underlie the increase in mortality seen in mice who received a prototype vaccine for the related SARS‐CoV‐1 virus and were then exposed to a viral challenge”.  Obese individuals have higher baseline inflammation which downregulates the initial response. This ultimately then leads to a hyper exaggerated follow on response which may trigger ARDS.

The last reason why we should be concerned about obesity in relation to covid is because some research shows that obese people are more contagious . Obese people take longer to shed viruses, thus can increase the r0 of the disease. Even worse, they serve as breeding grounds for potentially more “virulent strains” . Essentially, this article is saying an obese person is almost a walking viral lab — creating new strains and spreading them.

Given this is the case, should we really still be encouraging and celebrating obesity?

#2 Elevated Blood Glucose Impairs Lymphocyte Function & May Exacerbate the Cytokine Storm

The CDC estimates that diabetes may increase your risk of death up to 10 fold from coronavirus. This study found that excessive blood glucose variability increased the risk of death 7x (vs glycemic variability within 3.9 to 10.0 mmol/L) .

Why is this the case? Part of it is probably because of the chronic inflammation I mentioned above.

But some evidence shows that hyperglycemia is directly related to the severity of the cytokine storm that brings on ARDS.

‘The transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) is critical for pro-inflammatory cytokine production and, if it is genetically deleted in mice, the animals are protected against influenza-induced cytokine storms.

Glycation is necessary for the storm and that patients infected with influenza have higher blood glucose levels and more O-GlcNacylation of IRF5 than healthy controls. Furthermore, blood glucose levels correlated tightly with levels of inflammatory cytokines ”

David Sinclair at Harvard proposed another mechanism whereby high blood glucose could exacerbate the disease. Some research suggests that covid 19 attacks hemoglobin in red blood cells which render them incapable of carrying oxygen.  The higher the glycation of red blood cells, the more vulnerable they are. Glycation is just a measure of how much glucose is stuck to them. If that was the case we’d expect to see more severity with increasing hba1c, which is actually what we’re seeing .

Some other mechanisms also relate to immune system dysregulation. Fasting blood glucose is associated with a lower neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio. Like the movie the purge, high blood glucose disables the police department protecting your body’s first defense layer . Short term hyperglycemia can also unfavorably redistribute T helper cell balance like discussed above .

#3 Low Cholesterol May Impair Immunity

Another metabolic issue is low cholesterol. Yes you heard that correctly. I think there’s a good case to be made that low cholesterol is worse than high healthy cholesterol — which for some people will be like hearing smoking is good for you.

In fact, low HDL is one of the characteristics of metabolic syndrome.

Let me step back. Cholesterol is one of the most feared molecules in the world today — next to gluten and nuclear weapons. It’s the reason for the “diet heart hypothesis” and most dietary recommendations today. But cholesterol is one of the most vital compounds: It’s necessary for vitamin d production, sex hormones, brain synapses and all cell membranes.

With regards to covid, it’s an extremely important component of our immune system. It binds to and can help to eliminate pathogens. Our bodies actually increase cholesterol production when we’re damaged to aid in the healing process . And LDL lipoproteins carry antioxidants like vitamin E.

This observational report found low serum cholesterol among patients with COVID 19 in China. Now, this may be because LDL levels fell during infection, not that they were low before the infection.

However, a letter in the BMJ recently underscored these findings. “In a meta-analysis of 19 cohort studies including almost 70,000 deaths, Jacobs et al. found an inverse association between serum cholesterol and mortality from respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, most of which are of an infectious origin”. In fact, the editors even recommended that people discontinue cholesterol lowering treatment while the COVID vigilante is still out there .

HDL also plays a potent anti-inflammatory role. It serves as a carrier for oxidized lipid neutralizing enzymes and is also capable of neutralizing LPS .

#4 Nutrient Deficiencies Disrupt Immunocompetence

Another major piece in this disastrous health puzzle are nutrient deficiencies which are ubiquitous.

Vitamins A D E K zinc, iron selenium, are all critical for the immune system — immunocompetence some call it — and mainly found in animal products. With the inane recommendations to avoid red meat, people have gaping holes in their immune system. Once again, not claiming this is solely responsible, but another factor that’s in your control

The chart below (you may need to squint, but if you ate liver every day you’d be able to see this perfectly…lol jk) shows the role of different vitamins in immune function.

Based on my read, Vitamin D seems to be one of the most important nutrients in relation to covid outcomes. Innate immune cells express a vitamin D receptor and it is critical to their function.

“The active form of vitamin D regulates two important antimicrobial proteins, cathelicidin and defensin. Vitamin D has also been shown to stimulate other components of innate immunity, including immune cell proliferation and cytokine production. Through these roles, vitamin D helps protect against infections caused by pathogens.”

This helps to explain how Vitamin D levels are so strongly correlated to severity of COVID. In this study pictured below 96% of the patients with mild illness had normal vitamin D. Whereas only 4% of patients with severe cases did .

Another study in Indonesia showed that those with a Vitamin D level between 20 ng/mL and 30 ng/mL had a 7x higher risk of death than those with levels above 30 ng/mL .

Lastly, this report showed that 90% of ARDS cases had low Vitamin D .

Raising your vitamin D levels is free. There are no excuses not to.

Some other important nutrients for immunocompetence are below :

  • Selenium: Supports enzymes involved in glutathione production. Low selenium is associated with more severe COVID outcomes
  • Vitamin E: Helps to support the TH1 response and downregulate TH2
  • Zinc: Essential for T lymphocyte development & activation. Also supports the TH1 response. Scavenges free radicals.
  • Copper: Free radical scavenger. Has roles in antibody production.
  • Folate: Supports TH1 immune response
  • Vitamin A: Necessary for proper function of lymphocytes and generation of antibodies

How many of the so-called “healthy people” dying from COVID are actually severely deficient in these nutrients? I’d guess a lot, considering how ubiquitous these deficiencies are.

#5 Seed Oil Consumption Increases Baseline Inflammation & May Trigger the Cytokine Storm

The increase in seed oil consumption is the single largest change in diets in the last 100 years.

I believe consumption of seed oils is the single worst thing for health…even worse than (gasp) broccoli!!

Seed oils consumption unsurprisingly may play a role in COVID severity.

COVID-19 is new, sure. But ARDS is not. An older study on ARDS that Tucker Goodrich surfaced can help provide some insight into the role seed oils may play.

This study cites:

“During intensive care treatment, patients with ARDS decrease their percentage plasma concentrations of total plasma linoleic acid, but increase their percentage concentrations of oleic and palmitoleic acids. As plasma linoleic acid concentrations decreased, there was usually an increase in plasma 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal values, one of its specific peroxidation products, suggestive of severe oxidative stress leading to molecular damage to lipids”

4-hydroxy-2-nonenal values, or 4-HNE is one of the primary breakdown products of linoleic acid that I frequently rail against. This study reveals that 4 HNE levels were significantly higher in patients who experienced ARDS. Interestingly this breakdown occurs during the course of the disease from the immune response.

If there are higher 4HNE levels in patients who experience ARDS, you’d think people would recommend against consuming the foods that break down into 4HNE!

What may be happening is that the cytokine storm from an infection is breaking down stored lipids into their even more toxic byproducts.

According to another paper

‘”The calculated ratios of serum free fatty acids (i.e., the ratio of C18 unsaturated fatty acids and to fully saturated palmitate, C16:0) increased and predicted the development of ARDS in at-risk patients.””

Lastly, similar to obesity, n-6 fats may exaggerate the cytokine storm by elevating baseline cytokine levels.

“Monocytes taken from subjects consuming a cholesterol-lowering diet, which involved a reduction in saturated fatty acid intake from 14.1 to 4.0% of dietary energy, and an increase from 6.1 to 8.8% in LA, over a 24-wk period, exhibited enhanced IL-1 and TNF-a production in response to endotoxin.”

Linoleic acid is also associated with the comorbidities mentioned above and could be one of the unifying mechanisms.

You can find more than you could ever want to know about this in Tucker’s great paper here.

Not sure you needed another reason to cut seed oils out of your diet, but here you have it.

Conclusion

Taking into account all of the studies discussed here, it’s not hard to see that we could dramatically lower the (already low) COVID death rate by improving metabolic health.

And frankly, I’m not sure what better catalyst we’ll ever have to galvanize a movement towards better eating & living.

I want to also give shoutouts to Ivor Cummins, Paul Saladino, Joseph Mercola & Tucker Goodrich who’ve done great work on the relation of this disease to metabolic health.

This article originally appeared on carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Mike

Interview with Mike

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Mike Lewis. I work as a medical doctor in the UK. I work in A&E and General Practice. Married with 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren aged 3 and 1. I live in the Lake District in the UK. 


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have followed a low carb diet for years. Initially the Atkins diet. He definitely had the main idea correct. He was criticised by the uninformed but I liked his philosophy. And why shouldn’t you try and make money from an idea you and your life’s work. Contrary to popular belief he wasn’t obese when he died from a head injury in 2003. 

My diet has changed over the years to paleo then ketogenic before carnivore. 


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

The evidence seemed to be convincing that the majority of plants weren’t that healthy an option. Many of our ideas about how great they were to eat are based on marketing and the factual information doesn’t match this hype. 


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started off eating mostly steak, lamb, chicken, eggs and dairy. I still drank coffee with cream initially. Then I dropped the chicken and then dairy and added in organ meats. So now I have steaks, heart and liver (mostly beef) and eggs. I eat twice a day. Still have coffee without cream though.  


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

Since making that change I have lost a further 8lbs and % body fat is 16.  I weigh 151 Lbs and 5’9”. Much more energy. Never had any medical issues to begin with and not on any medication. I’m in ketosis all the time but rarely check it any more. 


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

None personally. Loose stools were noticeable sometimes on the ketogenic diet but ok on carnivore. My wife is not a big fan but that’s mainly because there is uncooked beef liver and heart in the fridge. I don’t eat it raw by the way. Some people do but that is not for me. 


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

I am a CrossFit guy so workout most days for an hour. I would recommend this to anyone no matter what stage of fitness. Lifting heavy is probably THE most beneficial exercise you can do. 


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. It’s simple. Doesn’t have to be expensive as you are not buying a whole load of crap to eat too. I’m hardly ever hungry and I eat twice a day in average. You don’t have to be super strict just eat when you want. You can generally eat as much as you want too. It’s almost impossible to overeat doing carnivore in my experience. And I’m 2 years in now. 


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

Probably not. It’s going to take several generations to change the attitudes of many, medical doctors especially. But we’ll keep putting the message out there. 


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

Keep reading about it. Most of all, just start. Take a load of pics before you start because you will be amazed at the changes. 

Follow Dr Shawn Baker, Dr Berry, Dr Paul Saladino and Dr Robert Cynewes

And me of course @dr_michael_lewis on Instagram.  


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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Caroline

Interview with Caroline

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Caroline Mellone and I am currently a stay at home mom and aspiring yoga teacher. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before carnivore, I was living a Ketogenic lifestyle, for three years! I did great with Keto, in the beginning but towards the end…I struggled with binge eating disorder and was rapidly gaining weight again.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started carnivore after joining some carnivore women Facebook groups and hearing about how the diet could help with a myriad of things…from chronic pain, endometriosis, PCOS, anxiety, and lots of things in between.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I decided that the best way to avoid any adverse effects of the transition would be to do a three day bone broth fast. I made some homemade bone broth and slid right into the carnivore lifestyle!

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

Within just a couple of weeks I started noticing that I was sleeping through the night, where I used to toss and turn for hours on end. My first cycle was night and day difference from the debilitating pain that I had before, my skin issues cleared up and I became less anxious and way more even keeled. I feel like a brand new person! 

I was also able to lose and maintain a loss of 15 lbs, and for me with PCOS that is a HUGE accomplishment! It’s so easy for me to gain weight but much harder to lose it! 

I have found boundless energy and finally freedom from binge eating! 

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

I haven’t experienced anything negative as a result of the carnivore diet. Aside from the looks of horror on people’s faces when someone tells them that I only eat meat and eggs! 

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

When I first started out, I wasn’t exercising at all but after a couple months I started doing yoga and since then I’ve been able to build on that, and I now have a daily yoga practice as well as participating in more vigorous Beachbody workouts, daily! 

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 and join an online community. It really helps to have people to talk to who live the same kind of lifestyle and can offer you advice and support. Start right where you are and give yourself some grace! It won’t always be easy but it’s worth it!

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

I really hope that it will and I think that eventually we will get there. The more that people share their wellness successes; I believe that it will be more widely accepted. 

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

I’ve only been at this six months but I have never felt better and I’ll never go back! You can find me on Instagram @Carolineisfine_ feel free to reach out to me, if you have any questions or would like some support on your journey! I will be your biggest cheerleader! 

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Carnivore Diet: Everything You Need to Know

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Heck yes, you’re interested in the carnivore diet.

Let’s face it. Vegetables suck.

You haven’t liked them since the first time your mom served you bland, microwaved broccoli.

You’re tired of having to starve yourself and eat like a rabbit when you want to be healthy.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be a slave to plant foods to have the body, mind and energy you want.

The carnivore diet is the exact opposite of what we’re fed by today’s diet culture. Yet it has:

  • Cleared people’s skin
  • Supercharged energy
  • Helped people drop weight faster than a vegan drops $16 on avocado toast

All while eating the juiciest, most flavorful, mouthwatering foods in the world.

It may not do these things for you, but it’s still too interesting to ignore.

Read more to learn everything you need to know about the carnivore diet: the benefits, meal plan, results and how it works.

What is the Carnivore Diet?

Everything You Need to Know

The carnivore diet is a high-fat, high-protein diet consisting mainly of animal products. Yes, that’s right. No more grains. No more sugar. No more vegetables. And no more bitching.

Wait, vegetables? The healthiest foods in the world? The foods God put on our beautiful earth so Karen from yoga could have her green smoothies?

Yup. As I’ll describe below, it turns out plants are loaded with endogenous pesticides (like lectins, oxalates and goitrogens) that could be causing your health issues.

It’s surprising, but you should be happy. After all, don’t we only eat salads for the dressing and the bacon bits? Let’s be honest.

The carnivore diet is a more restrictive variation of the ketogenic diet. It’s very low in carbs and will put you into ketosis, which has tremendous health benefits. It’s also sometimes referred to as the all-meat diet or the zero carb diet.

Some people say that if your ketones are high enough, you can talk to electricity. I haven’t confirmed this yet, but please let me know if you can.

The carnivore diet took the world by storm when Shawn Baker appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. Dr. Baker is an athlete in his fifties, and to put it bluntly, he’s absolutely ripped.

I tried counting his abs but lost track at 3,412. He recently set two indoor rowing world records, and he attributes his success to the carnivore diet.

Other prominent advocates include clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila – both have reversed lifelong autoimmune and mental health issues by adopting the carnivore diet.

I get it – this may be shocking at first. The carnivore diet preaches the exact opposite of all mainstream nutrition recommendations. We’re told to limit our meat intake and subsist mainly on whole grains and vegetables—including the controversial Game Changers documentary on Netflix. But are we any healthier for it?

If you look at the state of health around the world, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that people are looking for a change. What everybody is doing is undoubtedly NOT working. And as I’ll argue, the exact opposite will. Eating meat. Cutting out plant foods. And walking backwards.

The carnivore diet is centered around some of the healthiest, tastiest, most nutritious foods in the world: steaks, animal fats, lamb, butter, beef tallow and liver.

Think of this diet like Noah’s ark: if it’s an animal, hop on board. Noah left plants behind – why shouldn’t you?

Read the complete Carnivore Diet Guide at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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The Wall 2021 Ultra Training – week 7, GNRsolo, & Great North Run Virtual

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

The training continues.

The Wife was meant to do the Great North Run proper this weekend, an event she is obsessed with. However for obvious reasons she couldn’t do it.

However I must say they put on 2 excellent virtual events to try to make up for it.

Firstly the did the GNRsolo. Where you had to do 40 runs in 78 days to mark their 40th anniversary. There were no limits on distance or times, so you could have just done 40 * 1 miles runs which would have less than an hour a week. So it was something everyone could do, and very hard to fail. You just had to get out of the house 4 times a week. It was a good opportunity to build commitment and consistency.

They did reward distances with different coloured medals though, we ended up doing around 240 miles. Which was a silver medal.

Then on what would have been the actual GNR day they did a virtual GNRreimagined race. Where you could download an app, and they played you motivational GNR sounds and voices around your chosen route.

If it wasn’t for the fact that is was a virtual event, I wouldn’t have ran due to a calf injured. But I took the risk and just about got away with it. I think I will give is a weeks rest now, and do lots of bike rides this week instead.

It was probably the one and only time The Wife and I could run together at GNR, as I am normally on Dog and Driving duties haha.

Monday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

Tuesday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

7k run, and a 3k walk. It was meant to be a 10k run but I tweaked my calf, so walked it in.

Used the Lifepro Sonic massage gun on the calf after to try to rehab it a bit.

Wednesday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

17.5 mile bike ride, as my calf is defo injured.

Thursday

Exercise & Recovery

Zero day.

Friday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

Saturday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

Sunday

Exercise & Recovery

2 mile dog walk

1 mile pre race walk

Great North Run virtual halfmarathon

2.5 mile post race walk

Conclusion

Target running miles for the week – 30 miles

Completed miles – 19 miles due to injury, but did a 17.5 mile bike ride to fill in some gaps.

Total amount of training run miles – 180 miles

Training miles missed due to injury – 11

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Craig

Interview with Craig

1) Introduce Yourself.

My Name is Craig Smart I’m a Gold and Platinum Singer Songwriter.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Bar food, restaurant food. Didn’t cook at all. I was eating, burgers, chicken wings, chicken fingers, drinking beer. Chicken mashed potatoes, beef now and then. I never did like vegetables though. Which I was chastised for by friends, nor did I eat eggs before the carnivore diet.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I saw Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan show, as well as seeing Sean Baker. So I researched a lot of carnivore pages, and because I never liked vegetables to begin with, nor did I see the point of them, it looked like a diet that I would love, and could thrive on, and continue with, which I have. I started on February,19,2020

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I have usually been eating once or twice a day on the carnivore diet, I’m have a Ribeye, or New York with three eggs, and maybe some bacon now and then, and some cheese, or Chicken thighs, or pork chops. I drink beef bone broth now and then, and doing my best to only buy grass fed butter with grass-fed beef and free range chickens.

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

I’ve lost 50 lbs, and am in the best physical shape I’ve ever been in in my life and I’m 51. And I feel great!!

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

The only negatives I’ve found, is going to restaurants that make it hard for me to eat my diet. Lol

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

I do exercise. I have lots of strength, and I’m trying to get lean, so not lifting incredibly heavy weights.

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 tell them, as I’ve told many of my friends that have seen my transformation, and asked me what have I done, to try it for 30 days, and see how they feel? One girl friend of mine who runs a hospital has already lost 30 lbs, and loved it!

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

I sure hope not, otherwise there will be no meat left for me. LOL I don’t think it will go mainstream, because it doesn’t meet the plant-based narrative to keep people in hospitals, and buying pills.

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

People can follow me on my Instagram page @smartcarnivore

I’d like to ask, people to do their research on Red Meat, and the health benefits of a high fat low carb, high protein diet verses referring to old science, propagated by BIG Pharma, vilifying red meat, by telling people it’s unhealthy, and Carcinogenic. And that if they’re curious about the Carnivore Diet, they should try it out for 30 days and see how they feel.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Michaela

Interview with Michaela

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Michaela Bileci. I am Scottish but managed to escape the rain and now live in Tuscany with my husband and daughter Ava. I home-school my daughter Ava who has Autism and Epilepsy and am in the process of building a website, which will serve as a support to other families who have children with Autism. I am also currently studying for a degree in Psychology, with the aim to specialise in neurological disorders such as Autism and ADD/ADHD.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

When my daughter was diagnosed with Autism, I completely changed both of our diets as we both tested positive for coeliac disease and had various food intolerances. I have eaten a gluten free/ dairy free diet for over ten years and in the past two years, focused on the Ketogenic Diet as a way to support my own health and also support my daughter who was on this diet for seizure control.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I have suffered with many health problems in my life such as asthma, depression, anxiety, coeliac disease, arthritis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. Despite my best attempts at other dietary therapies (GFCF, BED, GAPS etc) and biomedical interventions, I was still on a pile of medications.  If there was a treatment available, then I was first in line to try it. There’s nothing I haven’t “bio-hacked”!

This led me to keep searching for answers. I heard about the Carnivore Diet after listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Mikhaila Peterson. At that point in my life, I was in constant joint pain and was on high levels of corticosteroids every day trying to reduce painful inflammation and breathing difficulties related to my Asthma and past episodes of pneumonia. I would also have severe immunological reactions to random foods and some have resulted in hospitalisation for treatment. I really didn’t have anything to lose, yet had everything to gain.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m currently following the Level 1 Autoimmune Protocol from Craig and Maria Emmerich’s book “The Carnivore Cookbook”.  I will be moving to Level 2 soon to see if that works for me.  I obviously have to be a little stricter with the Carnivore diet than some people due to the severity of my Autoimmune problems.  Most days, my meals are steak, salt and water based. I use beef tallow/suet if I want to add a little fat to my meals. I find steak agrees with my body more than ground beef. I only eat one meal or two meals daily, as I’m incorporating intermittent fasting into the Carnivore Diet too. IF happened quite naturally as I find myself more satiated after eating on the Carnivore Diet. As time goes on, I would like to introduce other things, but for now, this is my happy place health wise.

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

I’m off all of my medication and have lost 25 kilograms!

One by one, the need for each medication disappeared. The psoriasis plaques that were all over my body have cleared up and all the inflammation around my joints has disappeared. I don’t take inhalers, antihistamines or corticosteroids anymore and I naturally weaned off of escitalopram and clonazepam for depression and severe anxiety.

I recently ran another thyroid panel and all my levels are in the optimal range, which is a stark contrast to how it was before. I had gained 50 kilograms and have now lost half of that in 7 months of eating Carnivore.

However, I think the starkest contrast is in my energy levels. Before the Carnivore Diet, I could barely lift my head off of the pillow and now I’m able to walk, run and hike pain-free, which is just phenomenal. That’s the real blessing. Having the energy to play with my daughter and go on outings with my family- that’s priceless.

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

I haven’t really found there to be any negatives with the Carnivore Diet or eating this way because I have had such improvements in my state of health.

The only thing I would warn people with severe autoimmune conditions about, is that this is a very potent and therapeutic diet. I made the gargantuan mistake of thinking I was fine and all my health issues had disappeared and ate some gluten free, dairy free pizza. The next morning, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and spent the week there because the immunological reaction was so severe. My father had to bring me out of hospital in a wheelchair because I couldn’t walk. It took a month of strict Carnivore to correct that mistake.  I would caution people with Autoimmune Conditions that this is not something you can play around with. Commit and remain consistent if you have similar issues to me.  That would be the only negative I would say that I have experienced.

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

Yes, I love to exercise and now spend a lot of time outdoors. Most days, I go for a jog and do a kettlebell workout. I also enjoy wild swimming, hiking and ballet. I wasn’t able to exercise for years due to pain and fatigue and now it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s such a joy to be able to go hiking or jogging pain-free.

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 suggest they read a bit first to help them understand what the diet is about and why removing plant toxins is useful. There are several ways to go about implementing the Carnivore Diet and I personally think it’s important to have that information at your disposal. I would recommend reading anything by Craig and Maria Emmerich, Dr. Shawn Baker or Dr. Paul Saladino. They all put out excellent material and you will find out which approach resonates with you and works for your body. Understand your reasons for wanting to do this diet and don’t become dogmatic. Listen to your body!

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

I hope so. My desire would be to see the Carnivore Diet accepted as a healing protocol, if nothing else. However, I do see that the tide is now turning, and many people are returning to ancestral dietary wisdom, turning their backs on the low-fat, sugar and grain propaganda of the past fifty years. Animal products are an extremely beneficial, not to mention crucial component of a healthy human diet.

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

I would encourage people who feel like this diet resonates with them to give it a try. Try it for at least a month, ideally three months and see how you feel. My guess is that you won’t look back.

I am in remission from asthma, anxiety, depression, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. I gained 50 kilograms in a year when my thyroid function was underactive and within 7 months of the Carnivore Diet, I have optimal thyroid function and have lost a little over 25 kilograms so far. This Diet is a powerful, healing protocol that has given me my life back.

People can follow me and my carnivore journey on Instagram

@michaelabileci

…and if they’re interested in following our Autism/ Epilepsy/ Keto journey with my daughter Ava then they can follow us on Instagram @reimaginingautism_

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Media

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