Interview with Aline
1) Introduce Yourself.
Hi I’m Aline aka Karnivorgirl. I’m a Swiss girl living in Nevada, USA.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
When I was 10 years old I decided to become a vegetarian (luckily not vegan!!!). At 21 it didn’t feel right anymore and my body started to crave meat.
In 2014 I started getting into bodybuilding and of course started with a typical bodybuilding diet. Turkey, white rice, asparagus. Once a week I usually had a cheat day where I stuffed myself full of carbs. I just ate as much as I wanted when I wanted and whatever I wanted. Every time I got sick, overate and felt bad for at least two days.
I got really sick in 2015. Chronic Mono, Hashimoto, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), IBS, Panic Attacks, Depression… ended up in the ER twice. In 2016 I got forced to a restrictive diet by my neurologist. I switched to keto fairly soon.
I was all about numbers while being Keto. Dirty Keto! As long as I was in my numbers and it didn’t contain gluten and tomatoes, I was happy. I had cheat days where I just stuffed my belly with tons of “healthy” keto sweets and bacon.
I have an eating disorder that probably started when I was 16 and my obsession with food got crazier and crazier. I had (still do, didn’t delete them) lists on my phone with all different kinds of “healthy” keto sweets with all the different flavors there are. Because I needed to try every single one of them. There are also lists where I wrote down how I ate every single one. Microwaved, frozen, with heavy whipping cream, with whipped heavy whipping cream, wrapped in bacon, with butter,…. I call it food OCD.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
Keto worked pretty good for a while for me. But I fell off every time a depression attack hit me. It started happening more often and the attacks last up to 2 weeks instead of just 1-3 days. Also the depressions came out of nowhere and vanished just as suddenly.
November 2019 again I had such a bad attack. Like always I said I can’t anymore. I need to change something. This time I knew I need to completely change something. My friend told me about the carnivore diet about 2 years prior and for some reason out of nowhere I remembered it and knew that’s it! Even before I started I knew that’s what I have to do!
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
First I used it as an elimination diet and figured out very quickly I don’t do well with dairy especially cheese. After 30 days just ribeye salt and water I started reintroducing different things again but I kept having issues. I went back to just beef: steak, ground and very bloody roast.
I realized I need to give my body more time to heal! Also the more different foods I’m able to eat the more my eating disorder reappears. I’ll start making lists again with all the different meats and egg variations I could combine and I’m getting overwhelmed and obsessed again.
Also I figured out I’m always addicted to something. From Fruits, cereals, carbs, protein bars, keto sweets, bacon, heavy whipping cream, cheese to now fat.
What works for me the best at the moment is: eating very lean. I can eat a lot more while still not being too high in calories. I tend to overeat if I eat delicious fatty meats cuz it’s just so good. But I also do allow myself days where I eat more fattier cuts because sometimes my body demands it.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
So many. But I soon figured out unfortunately I’m not one of those lucky ones where carnivore just cured everything. I still had lots of problems while being carnivore. BUT everything was sooooo much worse when I wasn’t carnivore! At least when I was binge eating it was just on meat and my ibs and anxiety attacks were much less severe.
Now I’m doing amazing! Even tho I’m still having some issues. Most times I’m actually able to listen to my body. This wasn’t possible on any other lifestyle. But I have to say I’m also taking a looooot of supplements. I guess my brain is just a bit wired differently. For me it’s a combination of the right supplements and being a currently very strict carnivore. And very slowly I keep adding more variety to my meals.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
My fridge is basically empty but I never have enough freezer space.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I’d say I’m a carnivore athlete. Lol. I do weight lifting, pole fitness, MMA, Dancing, weapons training, hiking, cardio on the elliptical and basically whatever I can get my hands on.
Beef Liver!!! Best preworkout ever!!! I get my best workouts with just 15-20g of beef liver rolled up in a very thin tiny slice of fatty meat. Gives me so much energy! I also like working out fasted but the beef liver before a hard training is the absolute best!
If you don’t like liver don’t look at it as food. Look at it as a supplement / medicine!
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Everybody’s body and brain are different and you need to find out what works best for you!
But, you should definitely give carnivore a try. I’m convinced some form of carnivore is best for everyone. You just gotta figure out what form. And don’t forget there’s an adaption phase. Your body needs time to get rid of all the toxins and gets accustomed to a different lifestyle. Also your body keeps changing. Something that might have worked for you for a while suddenly won’t work anymore. Even on carnivore.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I hope not. I don’t think carnivore should be used as a diet. Carnivore should be used as a lifestyle. And I hope it won’t become just the mainstream lifestyle. I hope it’ll just be the normal lifestyle that everyone is living in their own way that works best for them.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
Everything happens for a reason! Never give up! NEVER!
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