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Carnivore Diet success stories with Huw

Interview with Huw

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Huw Davies, live in London, have 2 kids and a dog. I’ve been a near-full-time parent for the last  12 years or so, while maintaining a low level of coaching work. I’m a Level 3 triathlon coach and ex-coach educator for Triathlon England; did a level 1 run coaching cert years ago with UK Athletics, that’s probably expired now; qualified as a reflexologist and practised for a while in the 90s, but don’t do that any more; certified kettlebell instructor; certified carnivore coach. Ex-rugby player, men’s lacrosse player, cricketer, squash player, triathlete, cyclist, runner, ultrarunner…So now it’s kids, kettlebell, strength and conditioning, some endurance clients too.


2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

As an idealistic student I became a vegetarian. Later I shared a house with vegans, and was in practice a vegan for a short while. Living in France and Spain cured me of my vegetarianism, thank god, and when I took up triathlon, in my 30s, I ate a high-volume, high-calorie, high carb, high toilet visiting diet. As I later got into coaching I started learning about the dangers of grains, and gradually moved towards low-carb, then paleo, then keto, then relaxed carnivore, and now fairly strict carnivore. This took place over the course of my 40s. I am a slow mover when it comes to changing habits!


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

On the one hand it was an evolutionary step, as I was looking to improve, improve, improve. So it went LCHF, paleo, keto, carnivore, each step a step closer to an optimal WOE. On the other hand, I’d had an MCL injury (medial collateral ligament at the knee), that I’d re-injured and which caused my knee to swell up to the size of a grapefruit at the slightest provocation. So one day, during my keto phase, I just said F**k it, I’m binning all carbs, I want to see my knee again. Early 2017, that was, and it’s been really good ever since.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Very simply. I’m not perfect, but from day to day I eat from a fairly narrow range of regular items: steak mince from my butcher, bacon, and eggs. At the moment I eat a lot of butter and salt and Lo-salt. When I can afford it I buy rib-eyes in bulk and eat one or two a day. Rib-eye has the best flavour for me. I managed to give up coffee and tea, which I’m convinced helps a ton, and I rarely drink, maybe a glass of wine every 4-6 weeks, which is also a very good thing in my opinion. I eat twice a day, at around 11 and 7, and that usually is fine. Today I was hungry at about 10 am, so I ate my meal then – I’ve learned not to clock-watch like I did when I was doing intermittent fasting – Oh, I can’t eat until the minute hand hits the 12.


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

Despite being a lifelong athlete/sportsman, and on paper in decent shape almost all the time, I think I was suffering from chronic global inflammation, and probably other carb-related issues. I’ve had constant back pain since a bad injury aged 18 – that has gone – and constant neck pain from about the age of 30, at times so bad I contemplated contemplating suicide (!) – that is gone. No carby mood swings and grumpiness (my kids might not agree about the grumpiness!). Better body composition, more muscle than when I was a (pretty decent) triathlete. The brain fog thing I lost when I started keto, so I can’t really ascribe my mental clarity to carnivore per se, but it certainly is a part of being carnivore, the sense of peace, the clarity etc.


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

I find myself drinking loads of water – apparently high protein and high salt lead to this – which means I get up to go to the loo twice a night. And obviously what people think when they find out that I only eat meat. Everyone suddenly becomes a f**king nutrition expert and warns you about er, arteries, er, cholesterol, er, gout, er, constipation and all the rest. It can get wearisome. (But it’s worth it a million times over).


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

I have played sport and/or raced all my life, up to birth of second child, so I have always trained fairly hard. Nowadays I train twice a day: a fairly intense kettlebell session in the morning, and a strength session in the afternoon. I love to train, I love kettlebells, and I no longer have any desire to swim, bike or run. I walk about 6 miles a day with the dog. I’d love to take her for a multi-day hike somewhere one day. 


8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

First, just go for it, try it out – what have you got to lose other than a load of fat and a load of bad moods, and a load of bad skin and a load of brain fog? It has to be worth a good (60-day) try. Second, be patient and persistent and work with the process, not your imagined goals.


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

Unlikely. There is a strong anti-meat narrative pushed by very powerful and influential and evil people, and while they are funding veganism and manipulating the narratives, pushing it in the media, and making films like The Game-Changers, then carnivore is unlikely to hit the mainstream. I predict that it will grow, though, and be less marginalised.


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

Thank you for the interview! I really appreciate it.

I’m crap on Instagram, but anyway, I’m at huwcarnivorecoach.

I have a website, huwcoach.com, which is live but I’m still developing bit by bit. 

I’m on MeatRx.com’s coaching page now for carnivore coaching. Huw D. 

I do Zoom sessions a lot now, mini-sessions for mobility and strength, so your readers are welcome to contact me to join a group.

Thanks again, enjoyed this!

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Carnivore Diet success stories with Nicola

Interview with Nicola

Introduction yourself 

Hey, my name is Nicola Lewis. I am a 28-year-old who works in a A&E department in the UK, I have two fur babies (cats) called Alan and Molly! So far in my journey I have lost 105lbs with a ketogenic and carnivore lifestyle, I am a meat lover. 

How did you eat before Carnivore. 

Before carnivore I was living the ketogenic lifestyle from 2018 till November 2020 when I went carnivore. 

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

The reason I started carnivore was because I’d still overeat on keto especially the keto treats and I wanted to get rid of them cravings, don’t get me wrong I loved keto but I feel so much better doing carnivore.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I approached the carnivore diet at first by going basic eating meat, eggs and dairy. 

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet. 

My benefits since being carnivore are zero bloating, clear skin, I have battled my cravings and I have more energy! 

What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Honestly, I can’t think of any negatives. 

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

I have a very active job, so I am on my feet a lot anyway walking around but exercising at the gym no, I haven’t really been to the gym, I just do a lot of walking. 

What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

My advice would be getting rid of all temptations in the house, for the first month eat meat when you’re hungry and keep it basic. 

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

I would like to think it would be in time, but I am unsure I will. 

Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

I would love people to just try it and see how they feel and the benefits, even if it is for 30 days there is lots of support out there and information. 

Instagram: – @zerocarb.nic 

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Carnivore Diet success stories with Katie

Interview with Katie

1) Introduce Yourself.

Anyone else get anxiety when asked this question? Haha! Like where do I start?

I wear many hats!

To sum it up: Indiana cattle farmer’s daughter, Purdue University Grad, CrossFit Level 1Registered Radiologic Technologist, Certified Nutrition Coach via ISSA & Precision Nutrition. Lover of CrossFit, coloring, entrepreneurship, an old fashioned, and all the meats! Huge obsessions with my airfryer, InstacartAmazon Prime, & Stitch Fix. Secretly competitive about everything, inappropriate & laughing 99% of the time.

— Nailed it.

My heart is in helping others find their health & happy. I specialize in mindset, gut health, & sports nutrition with a no diet dogma or one size-size-fits-all approach when it comes to coaching.

Like I stated earlier, struggled for decades with my own health issues from Crohn’s, being overweight, disordered eating, infertility, & hormonal imbalances. I’m passionate about helping others find self love, attain their goals, & create sustainable success habits.

38 years old, currently reside in Fishers, IN with my cat, Pete, working for 3 major hospital systems in Radiology. I’ve worked in the healthcare field for over 16 years and look forward to hearing everyone’s story!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I grew up as an overweight kid. I was told to lose weight & tried to diet before I was 10 years old. My self-esteem & body image issues started at 8. Standard American Diet, being a “farm kid” we ate the good home cooked stuff. I had no portion control whatsoever. Kids were mean, & I couldn’t tell you how many times I was told, “If you’d just lose weight you’d be pretty like the other girls.” This translated into, “You won’t be successful, loved or worthy unless you’re thin & look the part.”

Following came the years of disordered eating & orthorexia — binging and purging with intermittent phases of anorexia. I would gorge & then hide Reese’s wrappers, tubs of ice cream, bags of chips, crackers, cookies – anything I had denied myself. Then the guilt-restrict cycle would kick in as I layed there with puffy cheeks & bloodshot eyes from throwing up food. I had a food addiction and carbs were not only a big autoimmune & gut trigger, but they were like giving an alcoholic a drink.

I found CrossFit in 2013, was a competitive athlete & then beat my body down into a hole of metabolic adaptation, exacerbated gut issues, & hormonal imbalances due to over exercising & under eating. It took 4 years for me to reverse diet up to my true maintenance calories so know this is a long journey. Have patience. I was misdiagnosed with IBS, as many are. Went through tons of testing & doctors. Honestly, I feel the only diet I haven’t done is a vegetarian diet. I’ve done’em all. As a CrossFit athlete fueling for my sport, I leaned more towards a high carb diet. (Knowing I had a poor relationship with them.)

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

The last Crohn’s flare was about a year ago, I knew I needed a reset. I was stressed out, eating out more, sleep was terrible, and I felt horrible. I had put on 10lbs of inflammation & felt I was insulin resistant. So I thought, this is my time. I’m gonna commit, cut the carbs & clean my shxt up, frankly.

As for my relationship with carbs, I am an abstainer. I am not a moderator when it comes to food. You need to determine which one you are too, an abstainer or a moderator? I do better with food rules and an all or none approach. I cannot have just 1 cookie, that leads to wanting the whole pan!

My own personal experimentation, data keeping via tracking food, journaling symptoms & triggers were my best “doctors.” Figuring out my trigger foods took YEARS. Years of getting to know myself, my needs, and how my body responded to food and stressors.

As far as my specific needs, I don’t digest veggies, fruits, fiber, gluten, dairy, lectins, high oxalate, or high fodmap foods well. ⁣That’s a lot, right?!

I noticed when I finally got my gallbladder out, I could eat meat just fine. My digestive symptoms went away.

I suggest for anyone else out there struggling with chronic bloating, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, heartburn, feeling like your food just sits there and you’re bloated and look 6 months pregnant every night, etc — these are warning sings. They are not normal and sign of an imbalance. An elimination diet like the carnivore diet is a great first step. Seek help from a qualified coach, dietitian, or practitioner.

Often we don’t realize the ‘healthy’ food we’re eating are the culprits because we cannot properly digest and absorb them. Often the plants, pre-packaged frozen meals, diet bars and shakes are the culprits. That’s what happened to me. The fiber, fruit, and veggies were causing me more harm because of my compromised digestive system. I’m grateful for these experiences because now I’m able to help clients pinpoint their trigger foods too and start the healing process.

Repeat after me, “We are what we DIGEST and ABSORB.”

My safe foods when having a gut flare were always soft meats like fish, ground meat, rice Chex cereal, eggs, plain rice cakes, & white rice. Basically a low residue diet & absolutely no fruits or vegetables. I could not break them down, they caused bloating & agony.⁣

⁣Nutrition is not a one size fits all. Reason we need to track, experiment, & realize templates or cookie cutter meal plans rarely work long term.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.


People are more familiar with the term “Carnivore Diet.” I prefer to reference it as an animal based diet. That’s because there are 50+ shades of the Carnivore Diet. I feel you have free will and choice to eat the meats & foods that make you feel your best. You don’t have to be strict carnivore (beef & water). We all have different trigger foods, preferences, and individualized needs.

I call my myself a “Liberal Carnivore.” I believe in flexibility. The majority of my meals are ground meats such as 85% ground beef & chicken, eggs, steak, ribs, lamb, & bacon. Occasional dairy such as cheese. Tried organs, don’t like’ em. If I feel I need a refeed day of higher carbs, I choose white rice, rice chex cereal, or plain rice cakes. They don’t bother my digestion. Rarely do I go over 50g of carbs, my average is around 20-25g daily. I don’t deny myself or feel guilty if I need to consume them for my health, gym performance, & recovery. All carefully portioned, of course.

Another common question I get is, “Do you drink?” Yes, socially. Rarely more than 2 times a month and I limit myself to no more than 3 cocktails. Usual choices are bourbon, vodka, & wine (Love Prosecco, Apothic Red, vodka and diet coke, & an Old Fashioned) Guess you could call those “Refeed Days” Hahaha!

**Disclaimer: This is what works for ME. I am not a medical doctor giving advice, simply sharing my experiences.

As far as macros and ratios, again, we are all different. I prefer a higher protein approach for my needs. As far as my activity & physical stats for comparison, I’m currently 5’1, 110lbs, cross train 5 days a week, average 13-15k steps/day.

Sweet spot for maintenance seems to be around 1900-2200 calories per day, ratios around 68% Fat, 27% Protein, 4% Carbs. I eat when I’m hungry, fast when I’m not. Fasting window is around 16-20hrs. Work out fasted at 5am most mornings during the week. Largest meal post workout with another meal around 1-3pm. I don’t force fasting and I don’t do extended fasts. If I feel I need a crunchy snack, Epic Brand baked pork rinds are my go to.

I do track food & macros via My Fitness Pal. I track weight, sleep, steps, & menstrual cycle via my Fit Bit Versa 3. I track my heart rate during workouts via my MyZone chest strap monitor. Blood glucose and ketones are checked via Keto Mojo. I’m also teaming up with NutriSense utilizing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). What gets tracked gets managed. Not necessary, but I’m a data girl  It helps me make more educated decisions and adjustments.

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


A TON! The biggest benefits have been no gut issues or flares, increased, steady energy (once adapted, it took me about 7 months), no carb cravings or binge eating urges, no more constipation, normal appetite and satiety, no more inflammation, and eventually, fat loss.

I didn’t go into the Carnivore Diet chasing fat loss or weight loss, I went into it chasing better health. I preach this to my clients, chase health and healing first, everything else will fall into line. The problem with yo-yo dieting is chasing unrealistic goals and expectations with an unsustainable diet &/or training approach.

I’m gonna be real, I gained 15lbs total when I started the Carnivore Diet. After 1 year, I lost that 15lbs, however. I wanted to quit many times and felt like shxt early on trying to adapt. I listened to the veterans and my own intuition, kept going.

Your appetite does correct and level out. Performance in the gym does suffer, initially. Depends on what modality of training you prefer. Take it easy. I significantly reduced my workout volume and intensity with no HIIT for about 6 months. Did a lot of walking and lifting simple weights, keeping my heart rate in a lower range.

About month 8/9, I noticed I was able to hit it harder in the gym and everything else was falling into line. That’s about when my weight started dropping as well.

Meal timing is important, especially when timing appropriately for your workouts. If you eat larger meals, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to digest them. Meat and fat are naturally “heavy” and the body has to work hard to break them down for digestion, affecting your energy levels. Again, everyone is different.

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


I’m gonna be real, I gained 15lbs total when I started the Carnivore Diet. After 1 year, I lost that 15lbs, however. I wanted to quit many times and felt like shxt early on trying to adapt. I listened to the veterans and my own intuition, kept going.

Your appetite does correct and level out. Performance in the gym does suffer, initially. Depends on what modality of training you prefer. Take it easy. I significantly reduced my workout volume and intensity with no HIIT for about 6 months. Did a lot of walking and lifting simple weights, keeping my heart rate in a lower range.

About month 8/9, I noticed I was able to hit it harder in the gym and everything else was falling into line. That’s about when my weight started dropping as well.

Meal timing is important, especially when timing appropriately for your workouts. If you eat larger meals, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to digest them. Meat and fat are naturally “heavy” and the body has to work hard to break them down for digestion, affecting your energy levels. Again, everyone is different.

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

Yes, absolutely! The gym is my sanctuary. I found CrossFit in 2013, drank the Kool-aid. My love affair has been ever since the first sound of a barbell dropping. My weights, intensity, and volume have changed with my seasons. I no longer train like a competitive CrossFit athlete. Yes, its hard to beat the competitiveness out of me, but is absolutely necessary for longevity.

I modify weights and movements to my needs. I listen to my body and rest when needed. Workout 5 days a week, rest 2. I get in about 13-15k steps a day

I feel the term “CrossFit” gets an unfair bad rap. It’s simply a term and just another modality of exercise. I love it because it combines strength and conditioning made up of functional movements performed at a your desired intensity level. The intensity and approach are up to you. Anyone can do it and you determine the pace and modifications of your workouts. Invest in a quality gym with quality coaches. Three Kings Athletics in Noblesville, IN is my second home and family.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Thinking about carnivore in terms of 3 phases is helpful starting:

1.) Just get adapted – eat meat, find the low carb sources you love, cut the junk, find what eating windows work for your schedule, track to make sure you’re eating enough food.⁣

2.) Focus on healing any G.I. issues & give it time. Be patient & consistent. You don’t feel good all the time, as with any diet it takes time to find your groove. Most hit a slump around 2 weeks. You didn’t develop gut issues overnight and you didn’t put on 30lbs overnight.⁣

3.) Thrive & THEN play around with fat loss or muscle gain goals. You’ll be more self aware & educated once your reach this point.⁣

⁣Highly recommend getting the book Carnivore Cure by Judy Cho!

Not until someone is adapted & healed do I recommend any kind of playing around with fat loss cuts.⁣ For some it may take 3-6 months or it can take years depending on what kind of healing (gut, hormonal, metabolic etc) you have to do.⁣ Honor your biofeedback. Biofeedback means my quality of sleep, energy level, recovery, performance, mental clarity, menstrual cycle, sex drive, hunger & satiety cues, etc.⁣

Tips for tracking more accurately:

  • Pick meats that are easier to track. Ex: ground meats like beef/turkey/lamb/pork. The protein & fat grams are not as variable as say a ribeye or chuck roast.
  • Weigh your meat raw before you cook. Meat shrinks down something like 20-30% when you cook it. It can account for a big difference in protein/fat grams & calories if you’re logging the oz or grams of cooked meat vs the actual raw weight. Fat will differ as well, especially if you’re draining or dabbing the fat off your meat after cooking. Here’s a good resource explaining what happens.
  • Measure out your fats (butter, bacon fat, tallow, etc) Don’t guess. Weigh it out on a scale for most accuracy. Most of us use teaspoons or tablespoons but I don’t recommend eyeballing until you master accurately weighing food.

Reasons you may be gaining weight on low carb:

  • You’re eating in a surplus. As with ANY diet you choose if you are eating in a surplus chances are you will put on body fat. It’s part of it. This is when you should be focusing on muscle gain & strength.
  • You’ve been eating in a chronic deficit & your body is finally getting the nutrients it needs to function & grow muscle. You WANT muscle growth. More muscle=more food=more badass.
  • You’re snacking too much on things like pork rinds, fat bombs, or fake keto junk like Atkins bars. Guilty. They’re easy to overeat & nutrient deficient. Go back to the basics. Simplify. Meat, water, coffee, no sweeteners, no supplements.
  • You’re choosing highly palatable low carb foods like ribeyes, bacon, & cheese & eating when you’re not really hungry. It’s like when you’re not hungry but then they bring out dessert. Most of us will have that extra piece of cake. Choose foods that are satisfying & get the job done. I find ground beef to be most satisfying.
  • You’re overly fasting &/or overly training. Chronically high cortisol & hormone imbalances affect your weight, recovery, energy, & fat loss. Reduce your intensity & workout volume. Walking & simply just moving does wonders. Don’t over complicate your workouts. SLEEP. Shorten your fasting window or STOP fasting.
  • You’re eating too much protein, throwing hormones & your biofeedback off. Try increasing your fats & start with protein around 1g per lb of lean body mass, your goal weight, or 20-30% of your daily calories. Our energy sources come from fats & carbs. Take away your carbs & what do you have left? Fat. Don’t fear it. Play around with it you’ll find your threshold.

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

Never say never, but I doubt it. Carnivore is just like being a vegetarian only we prefer meat. No one bats an eye when you say you’re a vegetarian, but you say you only eat meat? They look at you like 4 eyes. The awareness, research, and education is spreading, however, so that is promising!

Is any diet really mainstream?

There’s hundreds of ways to eat. All that matters is you pick the one that suits YOU.

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

Anyone is welcome to become part of my digital family here, lilbitoffit.com and Instagram, @lil_bit_of_fit If you’d like to be added to our email list, click here.

Thank you all for reading and thank you, Steven, for allowing me to have this opportunity!

I hope this was of value in some way to all your journeys! Please feel free to tag and share with all of your friends and family!

oxox Coach K

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Carnivore Diet success stories with Emma

Interview with Emma

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Emma. I’m a mummy to a beautiful 3-year-old little boy. I have been a qualified nurse for 8 years and just recently been promoted to clinical lead.

I’ve always struggled with my weight even as a child. When I look back at my childhood and the foods I was eating, I can’t help but shudder! I can’t blame my parents as they were giving me foods only deemed ‘healthy’ but were far from the truth!

As a young teenager I would go out partying and mix the alco-pops with fried carb heavy food! No wonder the weight kept piling on. 

In my 20s I was overweight and I thought low calorie diets where carbs were heavily included were the way to go, how wrong. Weight watchers, slimming world were the heavy offenders! Promoting having carbs and eat as much speed food as you can but myself not realising that these speed foods were full of sugar. They promoted to eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks!! Which I now know is insane, constantly stimulating an insulin response and making my body have a very bad issue of being insulin resistant. The hunger was beyond control due to the foods I was consuming not being satiating. The hungrier I was the more overeating I would do at the next meal. Such a vicious cycle I was stuck in. I’d drop at the very most 2 stone and more would come back on. It was neve1r sustainable.

August 2019 myself and my fiancé decided to try Keto. That was 18 months ago and I’m down 68lbs.  I have never felt healthier! 

Keto/carnivore has given me the ability to not be ruled by food, and as a family we are teaching our little boy the appropriate relationship with food. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was on keto before carnivore, so I was eating all different varieties of foods but found I still would overindulge if I could on deserts!! My weakness! 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I hated counting macros I was so religious I would not eat anything unless it was counted for. I felt a little but like I was not free to just enjoy the food I would be so worried I over consumed my carbs. Carnivore gave me freedom to eat from a certain variety of food without that pressure. 


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I stuck to a variety of meats, eggs, and little dairy consumption with no variance of plan for about 9 months. The last few months I have been experimenting with adding pecans, cacao, and avocado in. However, I have learned my body does not appreciate the avocado at all. It leaves me with bad stomach cramps. This might be down too not having a tolerance for this food anymore. 

Due to my working schedule, I do OMAD Monday-Friday and weekends 2MAD this seems to be working well. 


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

My energy levels are amazing, I am so satiated which allows me to OMAD quite regularly. 

A huge benefit I’ve noticed on carnivore is I can see more that my visceral fat has melted away! My waist has gone tiny and that’s where I held all my fat post having a baby. 

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

Depending on my hormones being female I would have really bad food aversions and the sight of certain meats would turn me. Which makes it difficult on an all-meat diet! 


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

I have been recovering from a work injury so only been doing controlled physio. However, I have just started a new fitness goal and its going well. 


8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

What have you got to lose? Trust that your body will thank you for this huge leap of faith. Make sure you look at the research, so you know you are getting all your nutrients. But just simply enjoy!!! Let loose and feel the freedom of not being controlled by sugar cravings. Take back the control! Its liberating!!! 


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

I would hope so but not until the government decide to delete all their so-called research for what is considered a ‘balanced diet’. 

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

Try it! I was only going to do carnivore for a week, that went on to a month and then it became 11 months.!! I have never been happier! 

Yes, the weight loss helps but truly my relationship with food and general health have improved so much. Why would I ever want to go back to being sluggish, carb induced obesity! 

Eat the meat you can it doesn’t have to be expensive. Make small changes to being with and you will notice massive improvements in yourself.  You can find me on instagram @ ourmetabolicjourney

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Carnivore Diet success stories with Richard

Interview with Richard

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Richard. I am 42 years old. I’m engaged to my fiancée Emma and we have a 3-year-old son who follows a ketogenic diet. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Ketogenic diet for 7 months. Prior to this I struggled unsuccessfully with low calorie, low fat diets.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started as a one-month trial initially not expecting to do it long term. I tried this following weight loss stall on keto. I was curious about claims of improved digestion and leaner bodies.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Try to eat beef and at least 6 eggs every day.  I eat a variety of meats including lamb, pork, chicken, salmon, trout, haddock, scallops, and prawns. For beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, I eat the fattiest cuts available.  I cook mainly in ghee and beef dripping/tallow.  I eat liver and heart twice a month on average.  I season food in salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and sometimes chilli powder and paprika.  I use condiments but limit to very low carb hot sauces.  I limit dairy but do not avoid it completely.  I eat desserts quite frequently made from eggs, sour cream, vanilla and erythritol. I drink mainly mineral water. I often drink black coffee but have recently switch to black tea. Treats are very very rare and are strictly limited to keto foods which include some nut flours, erythritol and cacao. Meal frequency is usually OMAD or 2MAD with no snacks.  I eat until I am absolutely full.

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

Improved digestion.  Further weight loss. Leaner body.  Fewer cravings. No need to track calories or macros. Easier food prep than keto. 

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

Lack of variety but I got used to it pretty quickly.  Less energy than on keto.  

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

Yes. I do weightlifting and body weight resistance circuit/Hiit training 2-3 times a week. Usually 20-45 minutes.  

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Understand your reasons for doing it. Is it an elimination diet for ailments, digestive reset, or long-term body composition reason?  If your gonna trial it, stick it out for at least 30-60 days.  Don’t worry about the lack of fibre, you don’t need fibre in your diet.  Carnivore isn’t as limiting as you think, and you get used to eating what’s available. There’s some flexibility depending on your body’s tolerances, like some veg, dairy, berries etc. 

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

Absolutely not. There is too much stigma and too much influence by regulatory bodies, celebrities, big food etc.  There’s not enough accessible or widespread education on the subject unless you are open minded and willing to look things up yourself. Messages regarding environmental issues are very inaccurate and misleading.  Misconceptions over saturated fats and red meat need to be corrected.  

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

Ask yourself ‘If our existence on this plant is based on the successful evolution of our ancestors, what did our ancestors eat for 100s of million years?’ If you don’t know, look it up using quality data.  Do you think eating anything different to this in the past 100 years of our existence will improve on this?

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Carnivore Diet success stories with Yuli

Interview with Yuli

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Yuli, born in the Soviet Union, raised in Israel, lived in Germany for 8 years and now living in the UK. The carnivore diet helped me reverse and put into permanent remission; Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto thyroiditis, PCOS, IBS, inflammatory arthritis, depression, brain fog, migraines, and a binge eating disorder. I’ve been exclusively carnivore for about 3 years and recently started adding some non-sweet fruit and veg into my diet with no issues, yet animal products are always the main part of every single meal I eat.  

My personal journey may have started with me only trying to change my diet, yet the more I’ve learned about our ancestry the more it seeped into my overall lifestyle. I now have improved my sleep, my focus, my productivity, my creativity, my relationships, and my mindset. All thanks to what started as “a few weeks long” meat only elimination diet. 

This way of eating and getting back to more ancestral values has also inspired me to create art as a carnivore, focusing on the beauty of food animals and the nourishing, health promoting products they provide us. 

I think art changes how people see the world. I think art informs what is valued as beautiful and admirable. Art has been a part of every revolution, evolution, and social movement throughout history. 

There are trends in art just like in any other fashion and while you can walk into any museum and see stunning images of still life featuring meat as a sign of wealth and prosperity in old master paintings – nowadays we have lost it. 

Over time, with the rise of processed foods and the vegan/vegetarian agenda we seemed to have lost the beauty of meat and animal products as a society. A person can walk into any design shop and buy pizza pillows, cupcake shaped serving dishes and anything imaginable with a donut printed on it – yet you’ll never see a steak. 

I think this shift in visual culture to be more plant based is a part of the propaganda against meat, and I’m trying to do whatever I can to change it, by making it beautiful again. 


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My diet growing up was full of rice, pasta, and grains. I’ve had bread with pretty much every meal. processed foods were everywhere with treats and sweets. To try and be healthy I spent a few years mostly vegan/vegetarian, though I’d also ‘cheat’ a lot on the diet by going to supermarkets and buying processed carbs.

I could eat two pints of ice cream with some gummy bears instead of a real meal. I didn’t cook for myself or knew how to make a tasty meal until my mid 20’s. I also worked in the food industry in my teens and early twenties and would just eat at work and take leftovers home.

I got more and more unwell as time passed yet didn’t connect it to diet for the longest time.


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I’d get extremely ill at least twice a year with a bacterial or viral infection. I’ve always had hormonal issues had quite bad PCOS. I had IBS and was later diagnosed with Crohn’s, after a flair of gastritis. I’ve always had joint pains and swelling in my joints. I suffered from migraines and was depressed and lazy, lacking all motivation.

About 5 years ago I got into a very toxic relationship that caused me a great deal of stress, and the majority of my issues got worse during that time. I was on an extremely restrictive diet and lost a lot of weight quite rapidly which led to me developing a binge eating disorder. I was very unhappy and had brain fog – I felt I wasn’t able to think at the same speed as before, processing words or remembering things became rather difficult.

I was desperate to find some way to stop the binge cravings and through reading online found the keto diet and decided to try it.

I was on keto for about a year and a half and many of the issues I was struggling with got much better, but weren’t gone. The migraines decreased in frequency, my joints weren’t hurting as much, my digestions was a bit more stable yet the binge eating persisted and I felt completely out of control, and each episode brought all the symptoms back.

I started going to doctors who kept sending me to other doctors and each test made them order more tests. My bloodwork came back a mess: I’ve had rheumatoid factor come back positive, inflammatory markers were very high, my thyroid antibodies were extremely elevated, and the thyroid hormones were low, and my calprotectin was over 700 when it should be below 40.

I was put on thyroid meds and steroids, PPI’s and a few other pills with no helps – my wellbeing and quality of life decreased to such a level I got desperate. This is when I started to dive into the literature and research how to ‘fix’ myself. After listening to podcasts with Dr. Shawn baker and Mikhaila Peterson and put myself on a carnivore diet for “3-4 weeks max” only it lasted over 3 years and I’m never going back.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started the diet around July 2017. It took a lot of personal experimentation and data collection until I found what works best for me. I think this is probably the case with most people who start trying to resolve multiple issues. I started by cutting out of plant foods yet still including pork, dairy, eggs and chicken. Over time I realised pork and chicken aren’t good for me, and milk products have to be raw and fermented. I only eat pastured eggs.

Nowadays I eat beef, lamb, venison, goat, organ meats and sea food. I live in a small town in the UK and have an amazing family farm that raises all the previously mentioned animals and at least 6-7 kinds of poultry so variety is never a problem, yet still find myself sticking to the same meals over and over.

Since now I’m trying to lose some fat, I eat two meals a day, about 300-450g of meat per meal depending on how lean it is, and use beef tallow, goats’ butter or ghee to cook with. In the last two months I’ve also been adding some non-sweet fruit, vegetables, eggs and some fermented dairy with no adverse reactions. About 85-95% of my calories are coming from meat and animal products.

My favourites are all the various cuts from the rib area, beef tongue, lamb chops and salmon.

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


Within the first few weeks my digestion got much better and became regular. IBS and Crohn’s were gone within about two months at most, my sleep improved, my PCOS normalised and I started getting my period again, my joints became less inflamed, walking and then going back to exercising became easier. I was off all steroids and PPI’s within less than 8 weeks.

After a year on the diet my thyroid antibodies were back to normal, yet my thyroid levels themselves were low, so I was still medicated for it. Two years after starting the carnivore diet I was able to get off all thyroid meds as well.

My body composition improved and I was able to gain and maintain muscle, increase my bone density and get rid of my brain fog and all mental health issues. No migraines, no weird aches and pains.

On the carnivore diet I feel calm, happy, content, a lot less agitated, I’m never anxious and can handle stress very well. It’s as if this way of eating was a facilitator of internal zen.


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

It did require a lot of patience, consistency, tracking, and trial and error to finally find true health. I had to do a lot of experimentation with my food to figure out pork and chicken weren’t good for me, to figure out that if I overeat I have issues even if I’m only eating foods I normally do very well with. I had some issues with histamines which took experimenting and tracking to figure out, I had to experiment with my fat to protein ratio to find what I do best with. The Crohn’s and the steroids depleted a lot of my vitamins and minerals some of which I had to supplement. My progress wasn’t always linear and was made much slower by the fact that I also battelled the binge eating craving despite being fully carnivore. It helped make the binge eating more manageable, yet I wasn’t truly recovered and it was extremely discouraging hearing experts on podcasts time after time state “you can’t overeat on steak and eggs” because I was living proof you very much can and that no matter how much eliminate – even the excess of good foods can lead to problems or prevent healing.

It wasn’t until I added stearic acid to my cooking fats (a la Brad Marshall) that I saw the cravings diminish until they were completely gone.

It was also harder on my social life with regard to eating out and eating with people, but I made it work and my real friends/family don’t mind it and are used to it by now.


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


I love exercise. I do resistance training. I used to work out 3-4 times a week and do long gym sessions, yet this year I transitioned more into home workouts and invested in resistance bands, kettlebells and a cast iron dumbbell set. I now do shorter, more intense functional training.

I recover very well from my workouts; I am very strong and find building muscle relatively easy.


8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

This is an extremely powerful intervention that can change your life and health for the better, however it’s not magic. You may still have issues that other people in the community say cleared for them within 3 days, and it can be very discouraging and lead to a feeling of being broken, but it just takes dedication.

Every change has a transitional period where things feel unfamiliar or strange and you miss your old ways but remembering why you’re doing it helps so much. You can get used to anything and anything can seem normal, no matter how foreign the idea was when you heard it first. If your current normal is inflamed, in pain, struggling to think clearly or get motivated – carnivore will 100% help. It’s an extremely simple diet which isn’t easy to implement but you overcome the initial hurdles it’s worth it.


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

I think that in the future more and more doctors will use it as a healing tool for their patients, which will help legitimize it in the eyes of the public.

This way of eating is essentially fighting the way in which big parts of our society and economy are founded on, so there will be resistance and pushback throughout the way. I do believe that evidence speak for themselves and the voices of people in the community are reaching larger audiences now. There are doctors educating other doctors on low carb and carnivore as treatment modalities which means it’s growing. The obesity and chronic disease epidemic took decades to develop and I think that we now have the power of the internet to speed up the timeline in which carnivore will grow. I hope that by then the cost of entry and price of meat won’t be a limiting factor for population in poor areas which arguably need this diet more than others.


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


For me the carnivore diet opened up so many things. I did a butchery class, went to live and volunteer on a farm for 6 weeks, started making meat based art, did a nutrition certification and am a much better and more resilient person for having been through all of this.
 
I am on instagram as @healthy.craft and am about to launch a new store for my meat-based art on nosetotail.org, in collaboration with the maker of the ‘Food Lies’ film, Brian Sanders.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Crystal

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. 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Christine

Interview with Christine

1)     Introduce Yourself.

Hii there, my name is Christine Postma from Holland. I live in a small village with a lot of water nearby. I love the water and I’m totally in love with mountains. Music is the best there is and my big passion are cars…


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I ate keto for a few months and before that plant based.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started eating Keto because I was sick for a long time. Lyme disease. Nothing worked and I tried it all, even ate plant based for more than a year. After I read about a women who healed from rheumatism by eating the keto way I wanted to know more about it and started to really understand the damage of sugars and wanted to give it a try. It was my last hope… Keto worked for a lot of things from week one and I could not be happier. But because I already ate a lot of meat with greens the step to carnivore was an easy and logical step for me. I wasn’t the baking type and really wanted to get healthy from real foods. Someone pointed carnivore out to me and I started searching for everything I could find.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

After about 2 years I can read my body and feel exactly what’s best for my body and what my body needs. I eat mostly beef, grassfed beef. Ribeyes, striploin and ground beef or sausages mixed with liver. I season them with salt and some pepper. I eat it raw or rare. Occasionally some fish like herring, ale or salmon. But that’s a side dish once a week, my main meal is beef. Mostly with butter because I feel best on high fat.

Mostly I eat one meal a day, about 500/600 grams of meat with about 40 grams of butter but if I want to eat two meals I mostly eat about 3-4 eggs with bacon. Occasionally I will eat some Greek yoghurt, cheese or other dairy products but not every day.

I do drink coffee, I am a coffee lover… Mornings I have my bulletproof coffee and after dinner I treat myself with a coffee with some heavy whipped cream… But one day I’m gonna try to see how I feel if I don’t drink coffee, but that moment is not here yet.

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

From the first week I was less tired and had less joint pain. A big relief because pain everyday, starts to make you so damn tired. My migraines never came back and after stopping eating greens and vegetables my intestinal pains were gone as well. Both things I had from birth. I had a lot of issues because of lyme disease and was nearly at a point I couldn’t walk anymore. I couldn’t lift things and even brushing my teeth became painful. In a few weeks after I started carnivore I felt better and after a couple of months I got even more energy back. I had no trouble sleeping, no joint pains, no migraines and no eczema. My muscles got stronger. After I started taking supplements from Ancestral like the bone marrow and the liver I was not only the old me again, but even better then the old me. I struggle eating head to toe that’s why I use the supplements.


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

Lately I’m having a really dry skin, dry hair and hair loss and that’s bothering me a lot. So since this week I also started taking collagen from grass fed cows.


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

No I didn’t. In the beginning they warned me. First heal your body fully and then work out or exercise again. First I couldn’t wait, I wanted to lift those weights again… But I waited… But actually I don’t need it, I don’t feel the need anymore.


8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Please try it, it will change your live for the better. I wish I started this way of eating years ago and I’m sure I would have never got sick in the first place if I did. So please try it, but not for a week, at least try it for a month and longer is even better.

Try what feels best, there are a lot of ways eating this way..


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

I’m not sure, eating good meat here in Holland is more and more a thing. But trying to explain to people you only live on animal meat and don’t need anything next to it is hard to believe. Right now the vegan people are getting more popular because people still think you need vegetables and fruit because it’s healthy. But for me, that was the first thing that was making me ill. Eating plant based even made everything worse and almost broke my body.


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

Meat healed my body and gave me back my live.

I post daily on my Instagram (mountain_keto_carnivore) pictures of everything I eat. I like to make pretty pictures especially from my coffee. I don’t post updates about how I’m feeling or what I went though. There are so much interesting people there who have the best advice and knowledge. But if people DM me or just ask me I will always tell my story and try to help where I can. It’s that help from others that has helped and taught me so much. I couldn’t have done it without their help so I’m so grateful I can’t explain in words.

I’m still learning and trying things out to see how my body reacts.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Aline

Interview with Aline

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi I’m Aline aka Karnivorgirl. I’m a Swiss girl living in Nevada, USA. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

When I was 10 years old I decided to become a vegetarian (luckily not vegan!!!). At 21 it didn’t feel right anymore and my body started to crave meat. 

In 2014 I started getting into bodybuilding and of course started with a typical bodybuilding diet. Turkey, white rice, asparagus. Once a week I usually had a cheat day where I stuffed myself full of carbs. I just ate as much as I wanted when I wanted and whatever I wanted. Every time I got sick, overate and felt bad for at least two days. 

I got really sick in 2015. Chronic Mono, Hashimoto, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), IBS, Panic Attacks, Depression… ended up in the ER twice. In 2016 I got forced to a restrictive diet by my neurologist. I switched to keto fairly soon. 

I was all about numbers while being Keto. Dirty Keto! As long as I was in my numbers and it didn’t contain gluten and tomatoes, I was happy. I had cheat days where I just stuffed my belly with tons of “healthy” keto sweets and bacon. 

I have an eating disorder that probably started when I was 16 and my obsession with food got crazier and crazier. I had (still do, didn’t delete them) lists on my phone with all different kinds of “healthy” keto sweets with all the different flavors there are. Because I needed to try every single one of them. There are also lists where I wrote down how I ate every single one. Microwaved, frozen, with heavy whipping cream, with whipped heavy whipping cream, wrapped in bacon, with butter,…. I call it food OCD. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Keto worked pretty good for a while for me. But I fell off every time a depression attack hit me. It started happening more often and the attacks last up to 2 weeks instead of just 1-3 days. Also the depressions came out of nowhere and vanished just as suddenly. 

November 2019 again I had such a bad attack. Like always I said I can’t anymore. I need to change something. This time I knew I need to completely change something. My friend told me about the carnivore diet about 2 years prior and for some reason out of nowhere I remembered it and knew that’s it! Even before I started I knew that’s what I have to do!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

First I used it as an elimination diet and figured out very quickly I don’t do well with dairy especially cheese. After 30 days just ribeye salt and water I started reintroducing different things again but I kept having issues. I went back to just beef: steak, ground and very bloody roast. 

I realized I need to give my body more time to heal! Also the more different foods I’m able to eat the more my eating disorder reappears. I’ll start making lists again with all the different meats and egg variations I could combine and I’m getting overwhelmed and obsessed again. 

Also I figured out I’m always addicted to something. From Fruits, cereals, carbs, protein bars, keto sweets, bacon, heavy whipping cream, cheese to now fat. 

What works for me the best at the moment is: eating very lean. I can eat a lot more while still not being too high in calories. I tend to overeat if I eat delicious fatty meats cuz it’s just so good. But I also do allow myself days where I eat more fattier cuts because sometimes my body demands it. 

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

So many. But I soon figured out unfortunately I’m not one of those lucky ones where carnivore just cured everything. I still had lots of problems while being carnivore. BUT everything was sooooo much worse when I wasn’t carnivore! At least when I was binge eating it was just on meat and my ibs and anxiety attacks were much less severe. 

Now I’m doing amazing! Even tho I’m still having some issues. Most times I’m actually able to listen to my body. This wasn’t possible on any other lifestyle. But I have to say I’m also taking a looooot of supplements. I guess my brain is just a bit wired differently. For me it’s a combination of the right supplements and being a currently very strict carnivore. And very slowly I keep adding more variety to my meals. 

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

My fridge is basically empty but I never have enough freezer space. 

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

I’d say I’m a carnivore athlete. Lol. I do weight lifting, pole fitness, MMA, Dancing, weapons training, hiking, cardio on the elliptical and basically whatever I can get my hands on. 

Beef Liver!!! Best preworkout ever!!! I get my best workouts with just 15-20g of beef liver rolled up in a very thin tiny slice of fatty meat. Gives me so much energy! I also like working out fasted but the beef liver before a hard training is the absolute best!

If you don’t like liver don’t look at it as food. Look at it as a supplement / medicine!

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Everybody’s body and brain are different and you need to find out what works best for you! 

But, you should definitely give carnivore a try. I’m convinced some form of carnivore is best for everyone. You just gotta figure out what form. And don’t forget there’s an adaption phase. Your body needs time to get rid of all the toxins and gets accustomed to a different lifestyle. Also your body keeps changing. Something that might have worked for you for a while suddenly won’t work anymore. Even on carnivore. 

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

I hope not. I don’t think carnivore should be used as a diet. Carnivore should be used as a lifestyle. And I hope it won’t become just the mainstream lifestyle. I hope it’ll just be the normal lifestyle that everyone is living in their own way that works best for them. 

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

Everything happens for a reason! Never give up! NEVER!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Ralph

Interview with Ralph

1) Introduce yourself. 


My name is Ralph Ospina. I’m a Physical Therapist Assistant at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital in Athens, GA. I treat individuals who have been hospitalized for a variety of conditions or procedures and my main purpose is to help improve their strength/endurance/balance and overall function so that they can mobilize as independently and safely as possible. I am a martial artist and have studied/practiced a variety of arts when I competed briefly in amateur MMA, but I’m most proficient at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in which I hold a black belt under Adam and Rory Singer out of Straight Blast Gym Athens. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.


I have followed different nutrition protocols and have been very mindful about my diet for about 13 years, although it has taken me some time to find what truly works for me. Before becoming mindful about my diet, I ate a typical standard American diet full of ultra-processed food. I got up to about 200 lbs (I’m 5’6″ so that didn’t work well from a proportional standpoint…) But over the last 13 years I have tried everything from the awful US dietary guidelines, the “bro bodybuilder” diet of chicken and broccoli, vegetarian (very, very briefly), and I’ve tried traditional/targeted/cyclical ketogenic. My approach prior to starting Carnivore was keto with a very plant-based approach, although I still ate about 50% of my diet from animal foods. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I first heard of Carnivore about 1 year ago but didn’t actually start it until late April or early May of this year. I have had some issues with IBS for the last 3-4 years and keto had given me the most relief at that time. I still had several symptoms that I had learned how to live with, and I figured this was as good as it was going to get. I researched carnivore for a bit, but what got me to take the plunge was a podcast in which I heard Robb Wolf discuss how he used a Carnivore-ish approach to improving some nasty gut issues he was having from a recent bug he caught sometime after he moved to Texas. His symptoms seemed similar enough to mine, and I figured I’d give it a try. Since then, I have fully embraced a nose-to-tail carnivore-ish approach to nutrition and I feel great! 


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat 95% carnivore with a few non-carnivore foods that I tolerate well. I LOVE organ meats (except for kidney) and luckily, I have access to good quality meat from local farmers in my area and I have several friends who hunt and are very generous (I’m in the process of learning this skill now, but for now, I rely on good friends!). I stick to ruminant animals – mostly beef, venison, and lamb. I eat about 1lb of meat/day and I will pick fattier vs lean cuts based on my activity level (at least 1:1 and up to 2:1 fat to protein ratio). I take an electrolyte supplement and so far my favourite is LMNT.  As far as “non-Carnivore” foods, I can tolerate and enjoy avocados, cucumber, berries, and I LOVE Ketobricks. Oh, and I have absolutely no ties with these companies, they are just the products that I personally like. 


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

The main benefit I have experienced is an improvement in my IBS symptoms. My digestion has improved tremendously and going strict carnivore for 6 weeks helped me pin-point a lot of food triggers that I wasn’t aware of. I would say I’m about 90-95% Carnivore, but I also throw in what I can tolerate now such as avocado, cucumber, and some berries – but this isn’t daily. I also used to have issues with satiety and would use fiber/veggies as a means to “fill myself up.” I didn’t realize how much proper protein/fat intake would be more useful for that instead of filling up on fiber (which made my IBS symptoms WORSE). 


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

There was a short period of time where my digestion had to adjust to the lack of veggies and other fiber sources – let’s just say I had a similar experience to Joe Rogan. That resolved pretty quickly though, and I haven’t felt this good consistently since I started having my IBS symptoms. I was used to restrictive diets from my experience with weight cutting and I honestly like having a regimen/protocol to follow. It keeps me on track. 


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

I exercise regularly. I have been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for about 13 years now and it’s my passion. Right now, I’m only able to train about 3x/week ~1 hour each, which is much less than I was training prior to the pandemic, but it’s better than no jiu jitsu! I also strength train 3x/week and my job is very active as well. I don’t do any extra cardio aside from long distance walks with a weighted back-pack. 

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

If this is something you’ve been thinking about doing, then go for it. Setbacks aren’t failures – they are opportunities to adjust and find out what truly works for you. It’s easy to get discouraged, but if you change your perspective, it’s easier to adhere. I’ve done better since I started looking at this as a fun “n=1” experiment, instead of putting pressure on myself about reaching a weight on a scale or a certain body composition. If you get healthy, everything else will work itself out. Also, always be open minded – the goal is to learn and find the truth, not to be right. 

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

It’s hard to say. There are a lot of people who are still terrified of red meat, fat, and meat-based diets in general. I think it will continue to grow as people get results. Keto was unheard of 5 years ago in the mainstream. People thought I was crazy for eating under 30g of carbs/day and nobody had really heard of it. Now keto is everywhere. So, you never know. I hope more clinicians start taking interest in this topic. 

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

My coaches frequently say, “Always be a white belt.” What they mean is, always be a student. Be curious to learn new things everyday, this way you’re always in a state of growth. The moment you think you have all of the answers you stop learning. It can be easy to get caught up in routine and to become static. Find mentors or people to learn from and look up to. 

You can follow me on instagram @ralph_ospina (I need to think of something more creative) – I’m no expert by any means, but I LOVE talking about this stuff.

Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

Amazon

Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

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