As a proponent of the carnivore diet, I am always impressed by the incredible success stories shared by those who have transformed their health and lives by adopting this way of eating. In this post, I will be reviewing the story of Cara, who lives in Ohio and found success with the carnivore diet. Her story is an inspiring example of how this diet can have profound benefits for those struggling with gut health issues and other health problems.
Summarizing Cara’s Story:
Cara had tried many diets, including veganism, to manage her food intolerances and gut health issues. However, she found that the high-fiber “health foods” she was consuming only worsened her symptoms, while processed foods provided some relief. She then came across the carnivore diet, which eliminates all plant fiber, and decided to give it a try. After just one week, she experienced a complete disappearance of her IBS symptoms and depression, along with a significant increase in energy levels. Cara approaches the carnivore diet locally and incorporates a little bit of maple syrup and apple cider into her diet, along with non-carnivore condiments like barbecue sauce and dried herbs.
Benefit 1: Improved Gut Health
One of the most significant benefits Cara experienced with the carnivore diet was a complete disappearance of her IBS symptoms. This is because the carnivore diet eliminates fiber, which can be hard to digest and lead to gut issues for some people. Additionally, the carnivore diet is rich in nutrients like collagen and glycine, which can help heal the gut lining and improve overall digestive health. By removing inflammatory foods from her diet and focusing on nutrient-dense animal products, Cara was able to transform her gut health and feel much better.
Benefit 2: Increased Energy Levels
Cara also reported a significant increase in her energy levels after starting the carnivore diet. This is likely due to the high protein and fat content of the diet, which provides a sustained source of energy for the body. Additionally, by removing processed foods and inflammatory plant foods from her diet, Cara was able to reduce inflammation in her body, which can often lead to fatigue and low energy levels. By providing her body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally, Cara was able to regain her energy and tackle projects and activities she previously couldn’t.
Cara’s story is a powerful example of how the carnivore diet can help improve gut health and increase energy levels. By focusing on nutrient-dense animal products and removing inflammatory plant foods, Cara was able to transform her health and feel much better. While the carnivore diet may not be for everyone, it is worth considering for those struggling with gut health issues and other health problems. It is important to note that Cara’s story is an old post, and we do not know if she is still doing the carnivore diet or if she has maintained the benefits. It is always recommended to consult with a doctor or nutritionist before making any significant dietary changes.
Original Post: Cara’s Carnivore Conquests: Tasting Victory on a Meat-Only Diet
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Cara, and I live in the woodlands of northeast Ohio. I enjoy hiking, grilling, and photographing mushrooms.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I have eaten nearly every way there is—I’ve dabbled in paleo, keto, vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, whole30, various “bro-science” diets, IIFM, calorie counting, elimination diets, and a low-FODMAP diet. With the exception of veganism, all of them were short-term attempts to figure out how to lose weight and manage my difficult-to-pin-down food intolerance’s.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
It started with an online book called The Fiber Menace, which describes the history of dietary fiber and how it may do more harm than good for human gut health. This book completely changed my views of healthy eating. After searching for years, it provided me with the first sensible explanation of the digestive issues I struggled with over the past decade. During that time I noticed a pattern: the “healthier” I ate (ie. more whole grains, legumes, leafy greens, and fresh fruit) the more I hurt, so I would switch to eating highly processed foods, which improved my IBS symptoms, but left me susceptible to other health issues. Consequently, I would switch back to the high fiber “health foods” and the cycle began again. I now realize that processed foods improved my gut issues because they have very little fiber!
This led me to finding the carnivore diet, which eliminates all plant fiber. I was immediately drawn to it and overhauled my way of eating completely.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
My carnivore diet approach in one word is local. I acquire all of my meat, dairy, and most of my supplementary foods from here in Ohio. I love getting to know the farmers in my area through farmers markets and visits to their farms and orchards. At this time, I choose not to experiment with ketosis, so I incorporate a little bit of maple syrup and apple cider into my diet. I also use non-carnivore condiments such as barbecue sauce and dried herbs.
My favorite foods are barbecue ribs and burgers on the grill and full-fat cream top yogurt with a drizzle of maple syrup.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
I do not exaggerate when I say the carnivore diet has saved my life. Veganism left my body and mind damaged: I lost two jobs consecutively because I missed so many days from reoccurring illness. I have always been an energetic, optimistic person, but after three years of veganism, I had debilitating depression and anxiety. I quit veganism one year ago, and my health improved on a more balanced diet, but the depression and IBS lingered. After only one week on a carnivore diet, both disappeared completely. My pain and discomfort vanished. I felt calm and happy—I smiled a lot. People noticed a difference. But most of all, I had energy again! Energy to do the dishes without exhaustion; energy to tackle neglected projects; energy to start my longtime dream of photographing and sharing my food and hikes through Instagram.
An additional benefit is that I do not have to chop vegetables or eat vegetables, both of which were more burdensome than I realized.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
There was one incident recently where I discovered the hard way that the carnivore diet drastically changes one’s alcohol tolerance. I will not be drinking again, which does not bother me as I rarely drank before, but it was a rather negative experience.
Otherwise, it’s wonderful so far!
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
My exercise primarily comes from gardening and yard work, which I do freelance and as a volunteer at a local garden, plus my own yard. I go on long walks in the woods nearly every day. More recently, I wrote myself an exercise calendar to get back into sprinting and lifting. My newfound happiness and energy makes it much easier for me to motivate myself to workout.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Do not worry about things you already have in your cupboard or refrigerator—give them away or throw them away—your health is more important than the money you spent on those things. Do not mourn for money or food wasted. Do not tell yourself “tomorrow” or “Monday” or “when I finish this fifty pound bag of rice”—start right now!
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
In the end, the proof will be in the long-term health and sustained results of individuals. If my experience as a vegan taught me one lesson, it is humility. I thought that way of eating was the healthiest for everyone, and it destroyed me. I had to swallow my pride and admit I was wrong to myself and everyone else to whom I had espoused its benefits. Many others have the same story, which is why veganism will soon fade away. Similarly, if some time from now the carnivore diet no longer benefits the majority of its adherents, it will be discarded. All I know is this way of eating works for me right now.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.
@theoutdoorcarnivore on Instagram where you can find photographs of the interesting things I find in the woods and the food I eat. My favorite thing about sharing on social media is interacting with others—so don’t be afraid to reach out to me if you have questions, comments, or think there is some way I could be of help to you.
Thanks for reading, Steven
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