Interview with Cystal
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Crystal Sales. I am a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful children. Buy trade I am a Master Hairstylist. I run my own Hair salon. I’ve been doing hair for 21 years and running my salon for 6 years and love it. I’ve struggled with weight for most of my life, it started to be predominant during puberty and only spiralled from there. In my early 20s I was able to control it and had maintained A healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and frequently working out. I was able to maintain that for 4 years until I had kids. I was 28 years old when my first child was born and 33 years old when my youngest was born. It wasn’t until I had my third child that I was at my all-time high with my weight 260 pounds and not able to control it. I had learned and was informed about the keto diet through a dear friend, who I will forever be grateful for. That is now almost 3 years ago and I am 110lbs lighter, and over the last year have just been working on maintaining.
I’ve always been passionate about food and cooking. Fun fact I only ever wanted to be a hairstylist or a chef. Now that I am keto carnivore enthusiast/recipe developer, I feel blessed that I get to do two things that I love the most!
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I had been eating strict/clean keto for a year before I had transitioned over to carnivore.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
The more I learned about my health and feeling better with keto, the more reading and information I came across. That being mostlyhow toxic and how many anti-nutrients there are in a lot of the plant foods I was still eating on keto. Whether it be oxalates, lectin, Phytates etc. It was then that I decided to go carnivore. I feel a bit of an outsider here because I had already lost almost all of my weight prior to starting carnivore and had no prolonged illness or medical condition I was trying to cure. I was just on a mission to feel my optimum!
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I’ve personally just try to do my best and not be dogmatic about it. I followed strict carnivore for close to a year and then slowly started to work things back one at a time to see how my body reacted. I’ve tried to incorporate the least offensive and toxic vegetables back into my diet, mostly for a little bit of texture and variety. Although I add things to my meals here and there for variety, I feel optimum following 100% carnivore and now aim for about 95%.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
The biggest benefits I’ve experience going carnivore would be the increased/consistent energy. There has been other positives as well, I have experienced better stable moods, better sleep, better body composition, skin, hair and nail growth. Aside from one hiccough with an allergic reaction last year I have had no eczema flare ups either.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
For me the biggest negative about the carnivore diet would definitely have to be defending my choices or explaining them to friends and family that just don’t understand. Or at least in the beginning anyways. People don’t tend to bring it up now, because they see that I am healthy, thriving and scurvy free and it’s been well over a year and a half. And really for most of them, they’re actually in no position to talk to me about diet, if you know what I mean.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
A couple months into my keto journey I would do crunches to help with some of the loose skin and push-ups to help with the loose skin in my arms but that was it. I did not start really working out in my journey until I was on carnivore for close to a month. Since starting I’ve switched up the types of workouts I do. When I started I was running and doing weight training in the gym. I have now switched to Long walks and heavier resistance training at home. Although I’m not as consistent as I would like to be I still do this a couple times a week, but aim for more.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
My suggestion would be to do your research as far as what you’ll need for electrolytes and supplements. At the same time, try not to get too stressed out or dogmatic about it and just start! You can always tweak things along the way, to find out what works best for you.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I truly do hope so! I believe we are truly meant to eat an animal-based diet. I feel most peoples Health issues would improve greatly by doing so. At this point though I’d just be happy to see keto as main stream…although I feel carnivore is optimal.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
I would encourage people just to try. Originally I had tried, thinking I was only going to do 30 days and haven’t looked back. So at the very least give it the 30 day trial and see how you feel! It doesn’t have to be all ribeyes either! Eat the meat you crave and can afford. I have a ton of recipes and ideas on Instagram and have recently started my YouTube channel as well, so there are some recipes there too.
You can find me on Instagram @keto.carnivoreish.crys
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