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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training Week 18

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

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training Week 18

This weeks mileage:

24 miles walking, mainly with the dogs

29 mile running

This will be a pretty normal amount of walking and running for me over the winter months.

Having dogs is such an advantage, it is extra time and miles on your feet that is non-negotiable. My dogs might and do disagree but they have to be walked everyday no matter the weather.

And that is all ultra training is really time on your feet, dog walking isn’t gonna help you PB a 5k but it could help you PB an ultra. It will 100% help me get a PB in The Wall… as it is my first ultra so I just have to finish it to get a PB haha. Awesome.

My winter training is going to be all about consistency and repetition. Due to lockdowns and dark nights I am restricted to where I can run. So I am not going worry about it, I am just gonna crank out the miles.

Then hopefully as spring comes I can start hitting the trails, ways, and fells of the Lakes, Yorkshire, and Northumberland. As I am very excited to get my fastpacking career on the go, not that I have any of the equipment to do it yet!

Strava craic

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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later – with Gabe

Meat Up with Gabe

It has been a year since Gabe’s Carnivore Diet Success Story, so lets catch up.

How would you currently describe your current way of eating.

My diet revolves around animal foods. I eat 6 times a day. Eggs, steak, chicken, and dairy. I have incorporated easy digesting carbohydrates as a way to put on more body weight for powerlifting. Those foods include white rice, potatoes, honey, and blueberries. I eat over 4,000 calories a day.

What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

I have learned that the magic of the carnivore diet is not necessarily the absence of carbohydrates, it is the fact that it floods your body with essential nutrients, and it eliminates poisons within processed foods. Once those needs are met, certain carbs can be looked at as a performance enhancer. When selecting carbs, pick easy digesting carbs that don’t upset your body. Additionally, I have learned that in order to get big you have to eat big! 

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

I have greatly improved my strength once I focused on powerlifting and I have put on size going from 170 lbs to 210 lbs while staying pretty lean. My current lifts are 520 lb deadlift, 400 lb squat, 260 lb bench press.

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

Long term my health and fitness goals are not lifting a certain number or achieving a certain physique. My goal is how consistent can I be. I don’t miss training days; I don’t miss meals and I don’t miss sleep. If consistency is achieved, progress cannot be denied.

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

I can be found on ig @carnivore_usa.  

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Contemporary Carnivore Diet

7 Glycine Benefits (& How to Get More in Your Diet)

Know your Amino Acids

Glycine is one of the most underrated amino acids in the world. Sort of like the beef liver of amino acids. 

These 7 glycine benefits will shock you, especially if you’ve never heard of it. And most people aren’t getting enough of it.`

Let’s dig in.

What is Glycine?

Glycine is a non-essential amino acid that the body is able to make in small amounts. Don’t get scared off by the term amino acid, I’m not getting into complex science here. Amino acids are simply the building blocks of protein. 

There are twenty different types of amino acids the body relies on to build and maintain tissues like muscle and bone. Eleven of the twenty are considered non-essential because technically, to stay alive, you don’t need to get them from food.

One of the biggest glycine benefits is more strength in the gym

But merely staying alive compared to thriving are two different matters all together. You don’t want to just have a pulse, right? This is a distinction modern medicine so often ignores. If you want to be just average, then skip this post all together.

But you’re not mediocre, or you wouldn’t be here.You want to excel. If so, this post is for you.

Where is Glycine Found?

In humans and animals glycine is concentrated in collagen, the most abundant protein in the body. Gelatin is also a good source of glycine. That’s because gelatin is a food derived from hydrolysing collagen. This essentially means breaking down the protein into individual amino acids. Gelatin is often used in food and food products as a gelling agent.

You may be surprised to learn that the chocolate pudding or cherry jello you grew up with is actually a product of hides, bones, connective tissues and other animal parts. While many kids would turn their noses up at this fact, the gelatin is by far the healthiest ingredient in the package. 

Long before the commercial food industry made these sugar laden wiggly desserts, gelatin was consumed mostly in soups, broths and stocks made with bones. Have you ever made homemade soup with bones and noticed a thick layer of gel form as the soup cools? Bingo – that is gelatin, one of the best sources of glycine you can eat. 

This is also why glycine is highly concentrated in collagen tissues — it is the glue that keeps many of your internal structures together. 

You Aren’t Getting Enough Glycine

Our grandparents and generations before them likely got enough glycine eating ‘nose to tail’. Decades ago, the entire animal was eaten, not just the tender, lean cuts of muscle meat that are popular today (boneless skinless chicken breasts anyone???). Think about it, when was the last time you saw cow tongue or pig trotters on a restaurant menu or even at the grocery store for that matter? Exactly.

People look at me like I’m a lunatic when I eat chicken bones after finishing the meat (maybe I am a lunatic?). 

True, your body can make glycine but not in amounts high enough to meet the demands of optimal health . Between what we make (approximately 3 g) and what a normal diet provides (between 1.5-3 g), research shows that we are short about 10 g of the glycine we need to maximize our body’s collagen production.

Because of the gap between what we need for optimal health, experts argue that glycine should be considered “semi-essential” (*). And eating muscle meat, like most of us are used to, isn’t going to do it. Take a look at how a typical serving of muscle meat (3 oz) compares to a typical serving of collagen (10g):

3 oz flank steak, cooked = 1.42 g

3 oz ribeye, cooked = 0.976 g

3 oz 80/20 beef, cooked = 1.56 g

3 oz pork chop, cooked = 0.91 g

3 oz sockeye salmon, cooked = 1.08 g

3 oz beef liver, cooked = 1.38 g

10 g collagen hydrolysate = 2.5 g

Collagen has double the glycine as compared to muscle meat (*,*). Additionally, when you consume substantial amounts of methionine from muscle meat, a sulfur containing amino acid, you need to eat more glycine to balance it out (*,*). 

Daily intake varies slightly based on the cuts of meat you’re eating. But on the carnivore diet, 2 lbs of meat should provide roughly 10-16 g of glycine per day. Some experts estimate we need 10-60 g per day, on the lower end when health is good and on the higher end in poor health or if muscle meat intake is high because of the methionine (*).

I’ll get into the specific glycine benefits and best sources below, but glycine plays an essential role in physical and mental health. It’s common to think of building muscle when it comes to protein but glycine does so much more. From keeping your digestion running smoothly to reducing joint pain and protecting each and everyone of your cells, glycine is truly an ancient super nutrient that has taken a backseat in recent years

7 Glycine Benefits That Will Supercharge Your Health

#1 Aids in building and maintaining muscle. 

So let’s get this one out of the way first. Glycine is the second most abundant amino acid in the body. It helps to build and maintain your muscle and other structural tissues in the body. When you exercise you break down muscle tissue, damaging the tissue a bit. 

Following exercise, your body starts the process of repairing that muscle and building new tissue so the muscle becomes stronger and better able to handle the exercise the next time around. Glycine plays an essential role in this process.

Given this information, it’s probably no surprise that glycine also plays a role in preventing age related muscle loss known as sarcopenia. Studies investigating muscle loss in animals have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of glycine, to reduce inflammation, stop muscle loss and to make muscles more responsive to exercise and other activities that normally build muscle in younger individuals but tend to be less effective in the elderly. Researchers concluded that eating glycine rich gelatin regularly might be a simple and effective strategy to prevent, slow or stop age related muscle loss (*). 

In humans, one study found that compared to placebo, collagen supplementation (one of the best sources of glycine, remember?) in combination with resistance training resulted in a significantly higher increase in lean body mass (muscle, bone and other tissues), muscle strength and fat loss in men with sarcopenia than exercise and placebo alone (*).

#2 Heals a Leaky Gut

Your digestive tract is a long hollow tube made of smooth muscle. While this muscle does contract and relax like the muscles in your arms and legs it is different in that you can’t consciously control it – it moves on its own. 

Your digestive system sees a lot of action and as a result is highly susceptible to damage. Pesticides, herbicides, environmental pollutants, chemicals in drinking water, you name it – can all damage the cells that line the digestive tract. When the cells are damaged they loosen up and let undigested food particles and other digestive remnants into your circulatory system to excite your immune system and cause all sorts of problems. This is known as leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability. 

Glycine, along with other amino acids helps repair the lining of the digestive tract to keep food and other particles from getting out before they are supposed to. This helps food become fully digested and efficiently absorbed and metabolized while waste products remain contained and eventually eliminated.

How does it work? Glycine and other amino acids act as fuel for the cells that line the digestive tract and act as precursors to essential substances like the antioxidant glutathione. Because of this it is considered essential for maintaining the integrity of the intestinal lining (*). 

#3 Glycine Keeps the Brain Calm & Helps sleep

Glycine is not only an amino acid but it also functions as a neurotransmitter, essentially a gatekeeper of nerve impulses that regulate behavior. It both stimulates and inhibits the brain and central nervous system. It participates in the regulation of memory, sleep, appetite and mood, among other things.

Glycine also helps produce serotonin, another neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the mind and body, in turn stabilizing mood and improving sleep (*). For this reason, high doses of glycine have been used successfully in the treatment of psychotic disorders.

#4 Glycine Protects Joints

Glycine is one of the main amino acids found in cartilage, the tissue that makes up our joints (knees, elbows, hips, etc.) (*). If you aren’t getting enough glycine, your body will have a hard time producing or maintaining the cartilage.

Some studies show a reduction in pain and stiffness among athletes and individuals with osteoarthritis who supplemented with gelatin, a rich source of glycine.

#5 Prevents Inflammation

Glycine acts as a potent anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is an immune response initiated by the body during times of illness or injury as a protective mechanism. Acute inflammation will kick in for example, if you break a bone, causing the area to heat up to prevent infection, swell to stabilize the bone and provide cushioning. Clotting factors in the blood will even increase to prevent excessive blood loss. 

In an emergency this can be good but when inflammation is turned on chronically it can actually wreak havoc. Enter glycine. Glycine suppresses activation of inflammatory cells including macrophages and suppresses free radical and cytokine production that can further damage cells.

Glycine also helps prevent inflammation by being an essential ingredient for methylation. Methyl-what??? I hear you! But I’ll keep this short and sweet. Methylation is where a molecule known as a methyl group is added to another substance (like DNA or another protein) so that the other substance can do its job (*). So, methylation is like the first domino in a line of dominos that keeps the body’s systems running.

Nearly every physiologic function you can think of requires methylation but some really important ones that help keep inflammation under control include running the body’s detox and immune systems.

#6 Glycine Protects Cells from Damage 

Cells are damaged constantly through oxidative stress. Exposures including UV rays from the sun, environmental pollutants, alcohol, cigarette smoke, eating junk food, etc. all contribute to oxidative stress. Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage by actually neutralizing the threat (*). Sure, you’ve heard of vitamin C and other nutrients functioning as antioxidants, but there are many more less commonly known antioxidants including glycine.

Glycine is somewhat unique in that it both protects cells against free radicals and also reduces production of free radicals (*,*). Glycine has demonstrated this protective activity in many disease states including cancer, arthritis, liver fibrosis, organ transplant, drug induced kidney and liver damage, hemorrhagic shock, and gastric ulcers (*).

Finally, glycine supports production of the body’s master antioxidant glutathione (*). Therefore in absence of glycine the body down regulates manufacturing glutathione.

#7 Protects against signs of aging and skin health

Because of glycine’s role in the production of glutathione it also has the potential to protect against signs of aging. Damaged cells contribute to the visual signs of aging like wrinkles as well as the internal signs of aging like decreased functioning of tissues and organs. Adequate glycine helps the body continuously make more glutathione to prevent cellular damage. 

A study of elderly adults found that supplemental glycine restored suboptimal glutathione production (*).

In addition to its antioxidant properties. Glycine is also an essential component of human collagen. And collagen is the spongy substance under your skin that keeps joints gliding pain free and skin plump. Studies show that elevated levels of glycine boost collagen production to make sure your body has what it needs to look and feel vibrant.

How To Get More Glycine: These are the best sources

Because glycine is an amino acid it is found in most protein rich foods like meat, poultry, fish and eggs. But, as I’ve alluded to earlier, muscle meat is not the best source. Collagen and gelatin are the best sources. Sure, you can buy supplements but you can also get a significant amount of glycine by making a bone broth.

Additionally, bones, tendons, and ligaments are good sources of glycine. I also consume suet regularly to get some more collagenous tissue.

Conclusion

If you’re looking to revitalize your health, you need to get some of these glycine benefits.

It’s abundant in my favorite way of eating, the carnivore diet.

This article was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later – with Ally

Meat Up with Ally

It has been a year since Ally shared her Carnivore Diet Success Story, so lets see how she is getting on.

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

STILL CARNIVORE! All the way! I cycle between lean and fatty meats, dependent on my activity level. I also fast at least 20 hours a day. That alone has helped curb any snacking mindset I had left and really keeps me going during my hectic work day.

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

That my body works best on meat alone (with a little dairy sprinkled in). I also have been working through what is best for me may not be for someone else. Throughout the last year I’ve had several people I know reach out for help losing weight or healing their bodies and you simply cannot take a “one size fits all” approach! You need to dig deep, ask questions and kind of trial and error things to find out what may work for you!

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

Last year I was just starting to recover from an abdominal hysterectomy. Throughout my healing, which took much more time than I thought, I realized that you don’t have to go so hardcore to see or maintain results! I get a lot of success from walking our local trails or busting my hump at work. The results are light years beyond what they were on a SAD diet with heavy cardio.

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

I want to start running!!! I’ve had it in my head all year that I want to train up and do some 5ks next summer! This summer with covid and in a newly promoted position at work, things just became hectic! 2021 will be the year!

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

You can follow me at @allythecarnivore her on Instagram!

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training Week 17

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

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training Week 17

Had a lovely week and a productive week at that. Who would have thought that Ultramarathon training was a perfect lockdown pastime haha… but still Fuck You lockdown you bag of shite.

I actually ran 5 times this week which is not the norm for me, I usually aim for 4 times a week but probably often only hit 3 times a week. In my head as I get deeper into my ultra training, 5 times a week will be the norm hopefully.

The Wife got over her injury so started joining me on the 4 milers during the week, but didn’t feel comfortable trying my 18 miler at the weekend. So she did a 10 miler by herself.

But it was good to have her back for a bit, having a training partner is always handy.

All in all I ran 30 miles and walked 21 miles, not bad at all. But it is only the start really. Onwards and upwards.

Strava craic

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Christopher

Interview with Christopher

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Christopher Nance aka Carnivorous Beast, I am 32 years old from Cornwall, UK. I am currently a Corporal in the Royal Air Force.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I used to eat the typical bodybuilding diet, low fat, high carb, lots of sugar laden protein shakes, pastas, breads and lots of lean meat, I then went paleo/keto for a short period before going Carnivore. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

It was actually my partner who introduced me to Carnivore, I initially disregarded it but I decided why not give it a go for a month and see how it goes, now 11 months down the road I’m still Carnivore 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I initially started Carnivore eating all meat, eggs and dairy, after about 4 months I decided to eliminate dairy as I was still getting skin issues, as soon as I eliminated dairy my skin issues reduced dramatically 

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

Benefits I have seen is mental clarity, I had suffered with mental health issues and I am now completely off any medication, I have also been able to read 15 books so far this year (I could barely read 1 book a year in previous years). I also dropped a lot of body fat starting at 95kg, I am currently 78.2kg, I also feel very energetic and overall sleep better, my skin also has improved – I used to have eczema but no longer have it.

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


The biggest negative is fitting it in an everyday life, its difficult to eat out at restaurants or someone’s home. Also having to constantly defend my diet to people stuck in the conventional way of thinking 

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


I exercise 5-6 times a week I have had a varied gym background coming from Powerlifting to Strongman to strength training and I am now focusing on bodybuilding, my workouts are usually Weightlifting with occasional cardio.

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


Make sure you are ready for it, it’s difficult to come from a standard Western diet with high sugar processed foods to completely eliminating them, I always recommend going paleo first to get used to eating real food then trying keto to become fat adapted and then going Carnivore 

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


My hope is that it would but I just don’t see it happening, unlike Vegan diets which can be mass produced and profitable for big brands meats are difficult to heavily manufacture.

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

Carnivore has been great for me and I stand by it but I recognise it isn’t for everyone, I also highly recommend Paleo and Keto. I am on YouTube as Carnivorous Beast and on Instagram as @carnivorousbeast

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11 Carnivore Diet Benefits: Why You Need to Try It

Could the Carnivore Diet be the most species appropriate diet for humans

This was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com, and they asked me to share this wonderful info on my blog… as we are all here to help each other.

“You can’t do the carnivore diet, you’ll get scurvy!” 

I’ve heard this way too many times. People are terrified of adopting the carnivore diet because of the scurvy boogeyman…

The carnivore diet may have massive benefits. People that have followed the carnivore diet have

  • Dropped weight faster than a vegan drops $16 on avocado toast
  • Cured depression
  • Rejuvenated skin
  • Experienced limitless energy.

What the carnivore diet teaches you is that the food you eat permeates every aspect of your life. Diets aren’t just for weight loss.

Simply: you are what you eat. You’ve been fed bowls of bullshit. And they don’t even taste as good as Frosted Flakes. 

It’s time to throw them in the trash and start fresh.

Carnivore Diet Benefits

Here are some of the potential benefits of the carnivore diet. If you’re interested in how it works so well, check out the carnivore diet science here.

#1 Simplicity

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

One of the biggest benefits of the carnivore diet is how simple it is. Simplicity is all about identifying what is essential and eliminating the rest.

Food doesn’t need to be complicated. Most diets practically require a PhD in “making shitty foods taste good,” sucking up valuable time and energy. Even on Keto, for example, people spend countless hours counting their fat calories and devising ways to make their healthy dishes taste like the unhealthy ones they’re addicted to (I’m looking at you, cauliflower pizza).

The carnivore diet eviscerates this paradigm. Steak. Eggs. Beef liver. Beef Tallow. Cast-iron pan. What other diet can be complete with just 5 things?

Instead of spending hours preparing your meals and thinking about food, you can read a book. Start a business. Hang out with loved ones. Do the things that actually matter and use food as medicine to optimize your energy for the things that really matter.

#2 The Carnivore Diet May Support Positive Mental Health

The carnivore diet may improve your mental health and mood. At least it did for Brett.

Recent science shows that the prevailing approach to mental health is ALL wrong. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors have persuaded you that mental health issues all arise from chemical imbalances. 

But the truth is that mental health issues stem from inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and too many hours wasted playing Fortnite…

The carnivore diet may help with these issues (although I can’t promise it will make you stop playing video games all day). 

Studies continue to reveal that low serotonin levels are not the cause of depression . What is? Elevated inflammatory markers .

Inflammation elevates proteins and cytokines in your blood like CRP and IL-6. Studies have shown that patients who don’t respond to depression medication, for instance, tend to have elevated levels of CRP .

This is why the carnivore diet has reversed depression and mental health disorders for so many people. Brett Lloyd, for instance, was prescribed dozens of different medicines over the course of 25 years. None worked. But the carnivore diet cured him in 25 days.

How? The carnivore diet can reverse inflammation by cutting out all the junk you’re intolerant to: such as seed oils, fructose, glucose, and even many vegetables (like nightshades).

Ketones, like beta- hydroxy butyrate, help to reverse inflammation . And the carnivore diet puts you into ketosis.

By contrast, diets high in carbohydrates increase inflammation .

Then the carnivore diet also tackles nutrient deficiencies that all exacerbate mental health issues. 

Zinc, DHA, Vitamin B12, Iron and Vitamin B6 deficiencies are all associated with depression.  [*] [*]

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Many of these nutrients are absent from plant foods. Guess what? Without animal foods, you may be deficient. .

#3 The Carnivore Diet May Supercharge Your Energy

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that …the Carnivore Diet turned me into the Energizer Bunny. Literally. I might as well have grown grew bunny ears and started playing the drums…

Why? Studies show that inflammation and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to fatigue. 

Nutrients aren’t just those things on the back of your food label. They’re fuel for mitochondria. When you don’t get sufficient amounts of protein, vitamins and nutrients, your body slowly sputters to a halt.

Deficiency in nutrients — many found predominantly in animal foods — can lead to fatigue. 

This study found that people with chronic fatigue have low levels of carnitine . The best source of carnitine? Red meat.

Furthermore, the foods you’ve replaced your red meat with may be throwing a wrench in your mitochondria engine as well. 

For instance, studies have found that people with fatigue have higher levels of omega 6 fatty acids . The seed oils you’re eating instead of “dangerous saturated fats” are loaded with these omega 6’s.

Lastly, ketones are superfuel for your brain. They have more ATP per gram than glucose, for instance. And they lead to more efficient energy usage. Why would you submit power your brain to with glucose sludge when you could power it with high- octane ketones? 

Beef liver is one of the best sources of nutrients in the world. It substantially increased my energy levels because of the B vitamin content. 

#4 The Carnivore Diet May Increase Weight Loss

The carnivore diet may help you lose weight. Studies show you gain weight for two main reasons:

(1) your insulin is always elevated, locking your body fat in storage mode

(2) you eat processed foods that throw off your innate satiation mechanisms.

The carnivore diet eviscerates these issues.

First and foremost, it reduces insulin levels by removing all foods on the Mount Rushmore of glycemia. 

A Virta Health study on the ketogenic diet revealed that 94% of subjects with Type 2 Diabetes were able to eliminate or reduce their insulin dosage after starting the diet.

Body fat isn’t just a fashion statement – it’s supposed to be stored for later energy use. But when insulin is perpetually elevated, body fat is locked into storage. 

When insulin levels fall, the opposite happens when it falls. You shed body fat for fuel. 

The second punch: cutting out processed junk and powering yourself off of protein, fat and ketones will reduce your hunger. You’ll be more satiated, even at a lower caloric intake.

This study, for instance, found that simply eating processed foods increased caloric intake by 500 calories a day .

This is why people on the carnivore diet are losing 50+ pounds, even without exercise. It’s simple – your calories are more filling and more efficient. 

#5 The Carnivore Diet May Rejuvenate Your Skin 

Acne and skin issues are not natural. They’re diseases of western civilization – that’s why a 2002 study found that 0 out of 1200 Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guineas examined had acne. While over 90% of 16-18 year olds in Westernized societies do .

It pains me to say, but the truth is that I myself wasted thousands of dollars on acne meds and countless hours trying to dissect my pimples like a surgeon. 

When in reality, all I needed to do was change my diet. 

I bet the house on Proactiv, only to be dealt a losing hand every morning I woke up with a face full of acne. I thought Proactiv was god’s gift to earth, only to be let down when it made things worse.  

Remember the phrase “you are what you eat?” Your skin is made of what you eat. If you eat junk, your skin will be junk. If you eat good foods, you’ll have good skin. If you eat porcelain, your skin will look like porcelain…… okay, maybe not. 

You break out because you have inflammation and nutrient deficiencies that increase sebum production. Both of these things cause a hormonal explosion that results in a big, red, white head exactly when you need it least. 

The carnivore diet can fix these issues. It provides you with copious amounts of acne- zapping vitamins and can reduce inflammation:

  • Vitamin A (if you eat beef liver): Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for your skin’s health.
  • DHA
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin E

#6 The Carnivore Diet May Support General Health & Wellness

Insulin resistance is related to almost every disease : 

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia  
  • Veganism

It may not cause them all. But at the very least, persistently high insulin levels exacerbates them.

Good news: the carnivore diet may be able to help maintain proper blood glucose levels.

By increasing protein, cutting out high- glycemic foods, and removing the weapon of mass destruction that is vegetable oils, you’ll remove the worst offenders.

See the complete list of Benefits of Carnivore Diet at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later – with Sim

Interview with Sim

It has been a year since Sim’s original Carnivore Diet Success Story.

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

My current way of eating is 2 meals a day in a window of about 6
hours. The window can vary depending on how I recover from training.
Generally, I have minced meat with some eggs as my first meal after
training, and a bigger meal with some more fatty steak around 16:00
(4PM)


2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year?

I’ve learned two important things:
1. Context is important. There’s so much going both within and beyond
nutrition that influences what is needed for a person at any given time,
and these parameters change and so the context changes. I got to
understand that what is right is based on individual context. A general
template can work and does work for the general population. If we look
at any given population as a bell curve, it’s clear that the majority
fall in the middle and that a generalized template tends to work for
them. The outliers on both ends of the spectrum need context and
thus a very different approach.
2. The second thing I learned is the importance of organs in this
context. We all know how important our organs are for our health and
digestion, though I think it’s easily brushed aside as given that your
organs are either healthy or functioning optimally. Increasing my
understanding of organ function has been a major impact on how to
approach my nutrition.

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


I had a major setback because of accidental poisoning. I tried to
use oregano oil from a brand that turned out to be too highly
concentrated. I had just hit my stride, was the leanest I had been in a
decade by being carnivore for only 4 months. The diet worked like a
charm, best I ever felt, great energy. The oregano oil took all of that
away by destroying my gut, destroyed my digestion to the point of me
literally not being able to digest. Everything felt like a brick in my
stomach, even water was totally indigestible. My sleep tanked, my mood
tanked. My liver and gallbladder were highly affected. My gallbladder so
much so that I couldn’t break down fat nor salt. From there my thyroid
down-regulated into hypothyroidism. Which lead to a complete hormonal
crash. My sympathetic system was completely overburdened by trying to
compensate for my poor liver function. This started in the middle of
June and got progressively worse until the end of August. The subsequent
months from September to January were a real struggle. I slipped into a
minor depression, I had panic attacks, my training just ground to a halt
because my energy was so low.

At the beginning of February, I got on board with Dominic Rapson
(@orinins.nutrition) who guided and rehabbed me and my organs with a
holistic nutrition protocol that is carnivore-ish. It took a long time
for things to heal, given the extent of the damage. Though with
Dominic’s guidance I finally close to 100%. My gut sensitivity to foods
was already high and is even higher now, though I don’t mind as much
seeing that all my organs are back to optimal function. Dom got me all
the way back here with nutrition alone, psychologically I’m in the best
place yet. Physiologically I’m in a good place, leaner and building
decent muscle volume again. So this speaks to the power of the diet to
come back from something that laid me out for almost a year. Without Dom
this wouldn’t have been possible. Hence what I wrote above, that the
individual context and knowledge of organs really play an important role
when something is very wrong.


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

My goals are to drop down to 6-8% body fat, which will just happen by
training the way I do. Devin Kelley (@devinpkelley) is coaching me on
the strength stuff, his approach is very precise, so I’ve already been
packing on more muscle in 2 months. Both the fat loss and the muscle
gain will be an extension of the work we put in and the guidance from
Dom on the nutrition. I’d like to be about 5kg heavier be
next year and about down 4% body fat.

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


This period of rehabilitation of my organs showed me in no uncertain
terms how important our physiology is for the expression of who we are.
I will never take that for granted again. My mood, energy, focus, and
cognition have surpassed my peak from last year. In light of all this, I
also started a holistic health platform called Reclaimer Method, which
you can find at @reclaimermethod or www.ptgmethod.com.
For anyone interested to follow me personally:
IG @simvandaele
www.simvandaele.com

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The Wall Ultramarathon 2021 Training

The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training week 16

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

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training Week 16

Seriously undercooked the running this week, as I only did 2 * 4 mile runs. Whilst I did enjoy them when I was out, it was mentally challenging to do any more running this week. Just winter blues I think.

But on the bright side I did a lot of walking, 26 miles. Then I swapped my weekend long run for a tootle on the trails with my bike, 24 miles.

So it certainly wasn’t a lazy week.

That is what I like about ultra training over say marathon or half marathon training. You don’t have to be as specific with what you do. Ultra training is more about just getting used to moving for hours and hours on end. So to me its all ultra training whether I am dog walking, hiking, running or cycling. Although you obviously do have to put the milage in with your running but you do have a little more leeway to keep things interesting.

I can find marathon training is an absolute slog, but but in a funny way ultra training could be less draining. As anything you do outside, in nature, and moving by your own volition… is training. And I like being outdoors, so this will suit me better hopefully.

Strava craic

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Cynthia

Interview with Cynthia

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Cynthia, I’m in my early 50s and I’m an Executive Assistant for a science and technology company in Pennsylvania.  I’ve been Carnivore since January 5, 2020. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Growing up my family ate the Standard American Diet (SAD) and in my late teens and 20’s I briefly tried a Low Fat Diet, but I really hated it.  I ate Low Carb for many years because it was the only diet that I could maintain for more than a week, without feeling hangry.  I switched to the Ketogenic Diet a few years ago and then, this past January, I decided to give Carnivore a try.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I mainly started Carnivore for weight-loss purposes.  After a death in the family, when I was 29, I initially lost some weight but as grief set in I began comfort eating and gained quite a bit of weight over a short period of time.  During my 30’s, I was obese and extremely addicted to processed foods, fast foods and sweets.  Low fat diets were torture for me, when had I tried them.  So, when I found Low Carb I was very happy for quite a while, until my weight stalled.  As an adult I’ve always questioned the mainstream diet recommendations because they were clearly more about big business, the food industry and the government making money, than about health.  I don’t remember if I first came across information about the Carnivore Diet on Facebook or on YouTube but the more I researched it, the more sense it made to me.  I had been doing a lot of Fasting, along with my Ketogenic Lifestyle, and I thought that trying Carnivore could help me lose the last of my lingering extra weight, and also cut down on the Fasting while still receiving the healing effects of a “fasting-mimicking diet”.  I was also hoping that Carnivore would help me stop craving the Keto treats and dark chocolate.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I started in January, I approached it as a 30 day trial.  During my first week or two, I came across info on Carnivore 75 Hard and decided to extend it to 75 days.  Then at the 75 day mark, I extended it to 90 days.  By the 90th day, I was sure this was the best way of eating for me and my lifestyle.  When I first began, I ate a big variety of meats, poultry, seafood and dairy.  It took me a while to get used to not having any “sides” with my protein.  I was basically using chicken or seafood as side dishes with either beef or pork as the main course.  These days I still eat a variety, but it’s almost always based around Beef, and I don’t have dairy very often (except butter).  Some of my favorite foods are Ribeye and Porterhouse Steaks, Beef Short Ribs, Hamburgers topped with Kerrygold butter and crispy Chicken Thighs.  I eat eggs quite a bit, but not every single day, and I occasionally include beef liver and chicken livers.  I usually have my lunch around 2 pm and my dinner around 8:30 pm.  Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding more Beef Suet or Beef Fat Trimmings every couple of days.  

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

Within the first month, I noticed that all of my regular aches and pains had disappeared, my mood stabilized and I had great energy.  It took several months before the cravings went away. Now, every once in a while, I’ll think of something that I used to eat all the time and I think “I’d like to have that”, but I don’t actually crave it.  Now it’s just a passing thought.  I no longer have any bloating or gas and my painful indigestion has all but disappeared. Also, my dental cleanings are much quicker and less painful than they used to be.

I have a couple of skin conditions, that usually flare up in the summer, and they didn’t occur at all this year.  The first is a mild case of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and I usually have a few painful weeks when it’s very hot and humid outside, but I didn’t have any this year.  The second is Sun Poisoning (aka Polymorphous light eruption), which I’ve had since I was 8 or 9 years old, and I’ve had outbreaks every single summer.  I have always limited my direct sunlight exposure to no more that 30 mins, to minimize my reactions.  This summer I noticed that the usual reactions, on the back of my hands, were not occurring like they had every other year before.  I decided to test it.  So, every sunny weekend, I spent a little more time in direct sunlight to see if my skin would react.  It did not.  My longest test was when I spent 4 hours, in direct sunlight on the beach, and the only thing that happened was I got a bit of a tan.  No rash, no itchiness, no discomfort.  It seems that Carnivore has put my skin conditions into remission.  I was floored and ecstatic!  Oh, and I haven’t had the hiccups at all this year.  I don’t know for sure if that is because of Carnivore or not but…it could be.

I did lose some weight, but the inches lost and the change in my body composition were more noticeable.  The scale is the least helpful tool when it comes to gauging your progress on the Carnivore Diet.  Since January, I have gone from wearing a size XL to a Medium, or a size 14 to a size 10 in US sizes.  I also love the fact that I don’t have any true cravings anymore and that I don’t think about food all day, from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, the way I used to on the SAD, Low Fat and even Low Carb diets.

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

Oy, the grease all over the stovetop and air-fryer!  The amount of splatter and clean-up from searing my steaks is definitely a negative.  LOL!  

Similar to some folks, I also had the transitional intestinal distress, for about a week upon starting the Carnivore Diet.  I chose to do a Water Fast for a few days and when I slowly added food back in (started with Bone Broth for a day or two) I no longer needed to run to the bathroom (thank goodness).

Eating out can be a challenge, and a bit pricey, especially when a restaurant refuses to give a discount for ordering a protein without all of the salads, side dishes, vegetables and breads.  A $12.00 burger patty with one slice of cheese is just outrageous!

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

I don’t do much exercise outside of the occasional walks and periodic use of my dumbbells.  I know that I should really “workout” to be healthy but I just don’t love working out.  I also have Osteoarthritis in my hips and I was hoping that Carnivore would help reduce that pain but it hasn’t. Unfortunately, that makes it more difficult to walk long distances like I used to.

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 before starting.  Utilize all the resources that you can (e.g., Google, YouTube Videos, Carnivore Facebook Groups, Instagram Influencers, Podcasts, etc.).  Give yourself at least 30 days to try it and pay attention to how you feel prior to starting Carnivore, during and at the end of your 30 days.  Meal prep at the beginning so that you always have something that you like to eat ready in your fridge (burgers, bacon, steak, chicken, eggs, etc.).  Only eat when you’re hungry and eat until you’re satisfied each time that you do eat.  Pay attention to how your body, your mind, and your mood feels, and possibly reacts, to the different things that you eat.

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

That would be great, but I don’t think it will ever be accepted as mainstream, unfortunately.  There just isn’t enough money to be made in the Carnivore Diet for Government and Big Business to support it.  Plus, since the mainstream media reports on what the Government, and/or Big Business, tells them to….they probably won’t share the anecdotal evidence, the real-world testimonials or the obvious health benefits of Carnivore.

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

Honestly, except for the Osteoarthritis hip pain (due to age), I haven’t felt this good since I was in my 20’s.  Anybody interested can follow me on my Instagram – @cyns_joy.  I share photos and the occasional video of my Carnivore journey.  Good luck to all who decide take on this great adventure.  It is worth it!

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