There’s something incredibly inspiring about a genuine success story, especially when it comes to transforming one’s health and well-being. Today, we’ll be diving into the remarkable journey of Ævar, a 50-year-old husband, father, grandfather, and head chef of a small hospital kitchen, who hails from Iceland. Ævar’s experience with the carnivore diet not only changed his life but also demonstrated the potential benefits that many others can achieve by adopting this way of eating.
Ævar’s Carnivore Diet Success Story
Before embracing the carnivore diet, Ævar had been following a low-carb approach for about five years. In January 2017, he was challenged to go vegan, but instead, he opted to go “plant-free.” This decision led him to research the carnivore diet, and eventually, he participated in Dr. Shawn Baker’s Nequalsmany experiment, which started in August 2017.
Ævar initially experimented with various meats, such as pork, beef, lamb, chicken, and fish, but soon found that red meat was the most satisfying option. He now primarily consumes lamb and beef, along with salt, water, and coffee. Eating when hungry and until full, Ævar typically consumes two meals per day.
Improved Physical Health and Weight Management
One of the most noticeable benefits Ævar experienced after adopting the carnivore diet was weight loss. Within the first few months, he lost about 13 kilograms (approximately 28 pounds). He later regained 5 kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) as muscle mass. In addition, Ævar’s joint pain, which had been bothering him for some time, completely vanished.
The carnivore diet is high in protein and fat, which can contribute to increased satiety and better appetite control. This may have played a role in Ævar’s weight loss and muscle gain, as he was able to consume nutrient-dense foods without feeling hungry or deprived.
Enhanced Mental Health and Sleep Quality
Another significant benefit Ævar reported was an improvement in his mental health and sleep quality. Despite having a history of depression, he no longer experiences depressive episodes, even during Iceland’s long, dark winter days. Ævar’s work performance, relationships, and gym progress have all improved since adopting the carnivore diet. Additionally, he no longer requires medication for acid reflux or high blood pressure, and his ADD medication dosage has been cut in half.
The carnivore diet’s focus on nutrient-rich animal foods may provide essential nutrients that support mental health and sleep, such as B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Furthermore, by eliminating processed foods, Ævar likely reduced his intake of sugars and additives, which can negatively impact mental health and sleep quality.
Conclusion: A Life Transformed and a Path Forward
Ævar’s life has improved dramatically since adopting the carnivore diet. His physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life have all reached new heights, and his success story serves as a powerful testimony to the potential benefits of this way of eating. For those struggling with similar health issues, the carnivore diet might be worth considering.
It’s important to note that this success story is an old post being reviewed for additional information and insights. We don’t know if Ævar is still on the carnivore diet or has maintained these benefits. It’s also crucial to remember that each person’s experience with the carnivore diet may vary, and it’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant dietary changes.
Interview with Ævar
I am a 50 year old husband to Ása Sif father to Elsa and Misty grandfather to Harpa Lind and expecting a grandson in April. I‘m also stepfather to Tryggvi and Erla. And we have two dogs, Kátur and Píla.
I am a Butcher and a Diet Cook by trade and work as a head chef of a small hospital kitchen.
I was born in the town of Húsavík in north Iceland but for the past 8 years, I have been living in Vestmannaeyjar…a small remote island just of the south coast of Iceland.
How did you eat before Carnivore
Before Carnivore I had been low carb for about 5 years and before that, I had been hungry for about 44 years.
Why did you try Carnivore to begin with
I was challenged to go vegan for the month of January 2017 but instead, I went “plant-free“ as I called it at the time. I did it for 25 days in January that year and then went back to low carb. I wanted to have my blood checked and see if this was OK. Obviously, I was afraid it wasn’t the best thing to do as we are constantly told meat isn’t good for us. Even if I didn’t actually believe meat was that bad, I had doubts about eating only meat. That was the time I started researching this diet and came across Dr. Shawn Baker. I took part in his Nequalsmany experiment that started on August 15th, 2017 and I have been carnivore since then.
How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
At first, I tried to eat as many different things as I could, like pork, beef, lamb, chicken and some fish. It only took me about 2 weeks to realize that red meat is king. So I mostly eat lamb and beef with salt. I drink water but also some coffee. I eat when I‘m hungry and until I‘m full: usually 2 meals per day. Usually, my first meal is around 9am and second around 7 pm. The only rule I follow about timing is that if I‘m not hungry at 9am I don‘t eat until noon and if I‘m not hungry at noon I will eat dinner at 7pm after my workout on that day.
What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
I have had many benefits. Luckily I wasn’t in bad health and actually thought I was in great health but still my health has improved dramatically. I lost some weight in the first few months. About 13 kg‘s. I have gained about 5 of those back as muscle. I also lost my joint pain that had been bothering me for some time. My sleep improved a lot and my mental health also. I have had depression issues throughout the years but now it doesn’t get to me. Not even at this time of the year in the long dark Icelandic winter days that used to be hard on me. My performance has improved at work, at home, and in the gym. I am also off medication for acid reflux and high blood pressure and my medication for ADD has been cut by half.
What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Apart from people being uncomfortable inviting me to dinner at their homes. None.
Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I do exercise and always have. I train and teach karate 3 times a week. I also lift 1-2 times and recently I started to ride a bike but in the winter I do indoor rowing. Like I said before my performance has improved. I am lifting more weights and also my speed and sharpness have improved in karate.
What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Most of the time I tell people to just go for it. If you have trouble adjusting or don‘t want to go “all in” from the beginning I recommend starting by eating the first meal of the day as meat only and then a regular second meal for a few days. I know a lot of people who have started that way.
Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
Yes, but it will take time. It‘s up to us, the people who are doing it. We have to spread the word. Other people deserve to know how good this can be for you. So many people are basically slaves to their diets. Always hungry and weak. But we are up against the industry of processed food and the drug industry. They probably don‘t want people to stop being hungry or sick. So it’s a huge task.
Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.
My opinion is that the advice people are given about nutrition and health are made from money and to make money.
Find out for yourself what works for you and don‘t make your diet a religion.
My carnivore journey and thoughts are on Instagram: @austfjord, and I am also on twitter but mostly to observe @aevaraust
Thanks for reading, Steven
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