From Carb Addiction to Carnivore: How Mieken Transformed Her Health and Got Rid of Gut Issues and Acne

As a proponent of the carnivore diet, I am always impressed by the success stories of individuals who have transformed their lives through this way of eating. Today, I will be reviewing the story of Mieken, who shares her journey from being a vegan to adopting the carnivore diet. Her experience is an excellent example of how the carnivore diet can heal the body and improve one’s overall health.

Summary of Mieken’s Story:

Mieken’s journey to the carnivore diet began with a binge-eating disorder and carb addiction that led to weight gain during her teenage years. At 18, she turned to macrobiotic veganism and lost ten pounds in the first month, but eventually, slipped into a Standard American Diet (SAD) vegan diet. This shift led to chronic fatigue and even more weight gain. After a few years, she discovered paleo and low carb and incorporated animal foods back into her diet, which helped with her fatigue.

However, Mieken continued to struggle with disordered eating habits, IBS, body acne, and rosacea. She found relief in the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, but her digestive issues persisted. Eventually, she discovered the carnivore diet through Mikhaila Peterson and Shawn Baker and found that eliminating all sources of fiber from her diet was the key to healing her gut.

Approach to the Carnivore Diet:

Mieken approached the carnivore diet with the goal of healing her body, and she did not limit portions or calories or do any fasting. She allowed herself to listen to her body and go with her instincts. She eats about 95% beef because it makes her feel the best and gives her the most energy, and the other 5% is eggs, butter, ghee, organ meats, pork, fish, and chicken. In the beginning, she ate large meals three times a day because she was starving and tired, but her appetite has since stabilized, and she now eats twice a day on most days.

Benefits of the Carnivore Diet:

Since starting the carnivore diet, Mieken has experienced numerous benefits, including vastly improved energy and cognitive function, a drop in water weight, disappearance of bloat and inflammation, and almost complete disappearance of her digestive symptoms. Her skin has also started to clear up, and all food cravings have disappeared. Hunger feels different, and she no longer experiences daily hypoglycemic episodes. The carnivore diet has transformed Mieken’s life, and her weight is now 20 pounds less than her heaviest when she was heavily inflamed and eating a lot of plants.

Benefit 1: Improved Digestive Health

One of the significant benefits of the carnivore diet is improved digestive health. Plants contain fiber, which is known to cause digestive issues in some people, as was the case for Mieken. By eliminating fiber entirely from her diet, she was able to heal her gut and reduce her digestive symptoms. The carnivore diet consists of nutrient-dense animal foods that are easily digestible and do not cause inflammation, making it an excellent option for those with digestive issues.

Benefit 2: Increased Energy Levels

The carnivore diet can also improve energy levels, as Mieken experienced. By eliminating carbohydrates and sugar from her diet and focusing on nutrient-dense animal foods, Mieken was able to sustain her energy levels throughout the day. Additionally, protein and fat are more satiating than carbohydrates, making it easier to avoid snacking and feel fuller for longer periods.


Mieken’s story is a testament to the transformative power of the carnivore diet. By eliminating all sources of fiber and focusing on nutrient-dense animal foods, she was able to overcome years of disordered eating and improve her energy, mood, and gut health. While the carnivore diet may not be for everyone, it’s clear that it can be a valuable tool for those struggling with similar health issues.

It’s important to note that Mieken’s success story is an old post and we don’t know if she is still doing the carnivore diet or if she has maintained the benefits she experienced. As always, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant dietary changes, and to listen to your body and adjust your diet accordingly.

Original Post: Mieken’s Jaw-Dropping Carnivore Diet Transformation: Success You Won’t Believe!

Interview with Mieken


1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Mieken and I’m 29 years old. I was born in San Francisco and then moved to the mid-west where I grew up in Kansas City. I then moved to Los Angeles for college and have been here since.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I went through a lot of different phases, starting when I was about 18 years old. During my teenage years I had developed a binge eating disorder connected to chronic anxiety and carb addiction, and started to gain weight. When I was 18 I started to get into health and nutrition and decided to go macrobiotic vegan. I lost ten pounds and felt great the first month, then I started to slip into a more SAD vegan diet. The weight came back on and after some time I developed chronic fatigue. I felt like a zombie all day every day, and was sleeping 12 hours a night. I finally trusted my instincts and added eggs and dairy back in, then eventually meat. I got some energy back. I had been plant-based for two years at this point. A few years later I started to get into weight lifting and found out about paleo and low carb. I did some research and then started eating a more paleo, higher fat diet. I still went back and forth with eating grains and sugar though, and my disordered eating habits were still present. I went through periods where I was only eating 1200 cals per day, training two hours a day five days a week, then I would cave and binge on junk. Eventually, I developed IBS. I tried clean paleo many times with no success. I would eat a lot of vegetables and plant matter because I believed the popular narrative that was telling me fiber was necessary, especially for digestive health. My IBS only got worse and then I developed skin issues like body acne and rosacea. I was constantly bloated and heavily inflamed. Finally, I found the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. I had tried other versions of gut-healing diets like the anti-candida diet and low fodmap with little improvement, so I decided to give the GAPS diet a try. It was through reading about GAPS that I first heard that fiber can actually cause problems for people with digestive disorders. After three weeks I realized the veggies I was eating, even after being boiled in bone broth for 30+ minutes, were still causing me issues. That’s when I discovered Mikhaila Peterson and Shawn Baker and learned about carnivore. I was shocked that it was possible to thrive on a diet completely devoid of plants, but what I was reading about how fiber can be harmful to some people made sense for me, so I went for it.

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3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had developed issues with carbohydrate intolerance and mal-absorption after years of disordered eating and depriving my body of animal foods, not to mention put on weight and developed devastating and embarrassing skin conditions. I also had constant brain fog, mild depression, anxiety and felt irritable on a daily basis. I realized through a lot of trial and error and years of research that the only way to heal my gut would be to cut out all sources of fiber, despite what doctors and mainstream nutrition advice had told me.

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I started carnivore I was committed to healing my body (and still am) so I did not limit portions or calories or do any fasting. I allowed myself to just listen to my body and go with my instincts. If I’m craving fat I eat fattier cuts, if I want more protein I eat more muscle. I eat about 95% beef because it makes me feel the best and gives me the most energy, the other 5% is eggs, butter, ghee, organ meats, pork, fish and chicken. I also make my own bone broth and use it to make gravy and stews. I don’t tolerate conventional dairy other than butter. In the beginning, I was eating large meals three times a day because I was starving and would get tired. I could tell my body was crying out for nutrients from animal foods. After about 2.5 months my appetite has stabilized and I’m only eating twice a day most days and smaller meals. I still drink coffee with ghee and collagen powder blended in but want to experiment with cutting it out soon.

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

Vastly improved energy and cognitive function. I used to have daily hypoglycemic episodes and now I have sustained energy all day. I no longer get irritated by small things like I used to, I feel calm and content most of the time. I dropped all of my water weight and my bloat and inflammation disappeared in the first week. My digestive symptoms have almost completely disappeared and my skin has started to clear up. All food cravings have disappeared, and hunger feels different. It’s no longer urgent. I can put eating off if I need to, and am perfectly content eating the same thing over and over. I know I’m still healing and have a ways to go but I feel like I’ve done a complete 180 from how I used to feel. I also weigh about 20 pounds less than my heaviest, when I was heavily inflamed and eating a lot of plants.

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

Adaptation was really hard on me. I had the “low carb flu” for a couple weeks while I was doing the GAPS diet, before starting carnivore, so by the time I went carnivore I was pretty much fat adapted, but that didn’t stop me from coming down with other adaptation symptoms. I got a few bad migraines, one in particular left me with peripheral neuropathy in my face, hands and feet. I went to the hospital because I was very dizzy and I thought the numbness in my face meant I was having a stroke. It was about 3 weeks into carnivore and I got scared and started eating a few plants again. But the doctors could not find anything wrong with me, all of my bloodwork and tests came back normal. Then my digestive issues started to come back from the plants I had added back in, so I re-committed to carnivore. I realized I hadn’t been eating enough so I upped my food intake. The numbness cleared up after a couple of weeks and I haven’t had any more headaches. A few weeks later I started to get random dizzy spells throughout the day, but I just made sure to eat a lot and those went away as well. Now I’m feeling great and my appetite has regulated itself.

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

No. I would like to start incorporating some gentle exercise like yoga, walking and maybe some functional movement weights soon, but I was intentionally avoiding over-exerting my body in order to give it enough rest to start healing. Since adaptation was so hard on me, I had to focus on getting adequate sleep and rest whenever I could.

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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, and transition slowly. Listen to your body. Ask yourself why you want to do carnivore and what you want out of it. If you’re just looking for quick weight loss, this might not be the diet for you. Carnivore is a healing way of eating, not a weight loss diet, though weight loss is common. Some people gain weight at first because their bodies are desperate to cling to the nutrition they are getting from the animal foods, and it can take some time for their bodies to relax and realize they don’t need to store all of it in case it gets deprived again. Make sure you are committed to healing. Also, healing can be uncomfortable at first, it was for me, but the more uncomfortable it is, the more your body probably needs it.

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

I hope so. There has been a lot of attention drawn to the myths about cholesterol and saturated fat and heart disease recently, and diets like paleo and keto are gaining popularity. However I feel like vegan and vegetarian diets have also made a huge comeback in response. We just need to keep educating people and encouraging everyone to look into the science for themselves, not just trust what is mainstream or who we think are “authorities” when it comes to nutrition.

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

I just want to stress the importance of doing your own research and experimenting. What works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for another. HOWEVER, we are all humans and have the same digestive systems and nutrient needs. Experiment, and find what feels best for you. Some people prefer to eat mostly beef, while others do well on pork or chicken. Some people like more fat while others thrive on more protein. Some people need to eat three times a day while others can do just one meal a day or less. Some people can eat small amounts of plants here and there, others, like me, can’t tolerate any. Whatever your individual preferences are, it won’t change your basic systems or nutrient requirements. Carbohydrates are non-essential. For everyone. Saturated fat and protein are essential. For everyone. Do your own research. I found websites like very helpful, and have been reading some of the books on their resources page. I’ve also joined a few carnivore Facebook groups and have found them helpful for sharing knowledge and experiences.

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Thanks for reading, Steven

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