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Meat Up: 1 year later with Dawn

“Fat is not my enemy and grains are not my friend. More importantly, I learned that other people’s ideas about diet aren’t what keep me healthy.”

It has been a year since Dawn’s carnivore success story which can be found here

Interview with Dawn

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

I am very much part of the ‘carnivore-ish’ crowd. 99.5% of my diet is meat, eggs and dairy (and I love experimenting with new cuts and bits of organ meat – pork head terrine is lovely!) but I am experimenting with what I can add back into my diet.  I’m avoiding gluten and oxalates but haven’t yet found anything that doesn’t trigger a physical reaction (or sugar cravings). Long term, it looks like my diet might be made up of meat, eggs, dairy and the occasional ice cream! 

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

Oh… loads! Nutrient density is the most important thing for my own personal nutrition.  It is key to satiety, energy levels and keeping my inflammation at bay.  Fat is not my enemy and grains are not my friend. More importantly, I learned that other people’s ideas about diet aren’t what keep me healthy.  Doing my own thing has always worked for me elsewhere in life so, if ‘eating the rainbow’ isn’t for me, that’s ok, too. Oxalates are, quite possibly, the cause of all of my EDS symptoms and, without them, I can walk. Vitamin C turns to oxalate if we have too much…  I could write a book with how much I’ve learned about food this year! 

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

Adding new foods back into my diet was a little scary and, on the occasions that trying new things led to uncomfortable bloating, joint pain, or headaches, I questioned if it was all worth it… but I feel stronger than I ever have!  I will not stop trying new things, but I am comfortable eating meat on its own for long stretches between trials.  I am not interested in being in pain or dislocating joints for the sake of fruit or flour. Between nutrition experiments, my fitness has come on leaps and bounds.  I have danced, climbed, and run my way through 2020 and hope to keep being able to do new things! 

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

I’d like to be able to do a handstand, after getting involved in aerial hammock practice in my garden in lockdown.  I love being upside down.  That’s a big goal for me, as someone who has woken up hundreds of times with dislocated shoulders….. but I feel like it’s achievable!  

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

I can’t quite believe the life that I’m building and how much of it is down to giving up vegetables and grains.  When everything I’ve ever been taught is that meat and fat are bad and veg and grains are good….  it’s incredible that I am doing so well with the opposite philosophy. 

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