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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Tani

Interview with Tani

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Introduce Yourself.

My name is Tani, @taniblue_artist on Instagram, I am a 46 yo mother of a 15 yo daughter. Widowed for 10 years this May. I am an artist and dancer, have been an aerialist and am currently retraining in classical ballet with a view to teaching and journalism in dance.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

B.C. Before Carnivore.

I was raised a vegetarian by my parents in the 70’s. I am fairly certain my mother was vegetarian while I was in-utero too. I was born anxious, I was also born with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome but I was not diagnosed until I was 42. It is a collagen disorder. It seems that vegetarianism was probably the worst dietary choice my parents could have made for me, outside of full veganism. As a child I was extremely hypermobile per EDS but I had a myriad of issues not connected with the syndrome. Migraines, I remember having a blinding ‘sore heads’ from about 4. I thought it was normal, because my mum also had headaches. I had insomnia as long as I can remember. I had extreme tantrums that would be accompanied by out of body experiences right through to adulthood. My hands always shook. I would see auras and feel like I was a giant balloon at school, and all sorts of odd hallucinations and imaginings. I had weird learning issues, they thought I was dyslexic, but I was not. I just couldn’t quite remember things right, I guess we now know this as brain fog. I found ingenious ways to keep up with the other kids. I would have extreme wheezing attacks if we did lots of running at school, nobody noticed, I thought it was just normal puffing as I doubled over unable to breath. I had stomach aches. All the time.

Sanitarium (the 7th day adventist company) is big in Australia, I remember, pre-primary school, eating sloppy weetbix soaked in reconstituted powdered soy milk. I would have the worst tummy aches. My mum would make the most amazing home made stone milled whole wheat bread, it was nearly indigestible for me and made my tummy hurt. But I ate it. We fortunately ate home grown veg so that was toxin and glyphosate free. My favourite food was egg yolks with salt. I hated eggwhites. My little brother liked the whites so we would swap.

When I was between 9 and 11 my parents split. My mother was diagnosed as anemic and so we started eating some lean meat, mostly skinless chicken. We were veg focused though and had nuttelex (margarine) as our bread spread. By 14 I had pretty severe depression. I didn’t really know why. (we did have some very bad life experiences but still it didn’t make sense). I had constant bouts of conjunctivitis, mouth ulcers, and chronic hay fever. My stomach was always a bit bloated and I was nearly always constipated in my teens. I was diagnosed by a friend at ballet (I started dancing at 3, on a doctor’s orders for the hypermobility) with scoliosis. At 16 I had a spinal fusion and had to quit ballet. This saw a rapid decline in my physical and mental health. At 17 my eyesight began to rapidly deteriorate (I was studying fine art) so I had to get glasses. In my early 20’s I developed cystic acne, still had constant migraines and started to seek help for my stomach which was switching between diarrhoea and constipation. I was self medicating (alcohol mostly) to try to deal with the migraines and depression and insomnia and pain.

An allopathic naturopath got me off wheat and kept me away from dairy. It helped a bit. At 20 I joined the circus. I trained as an aerialist. I was very strong. But, I injured my ankle and kept performing on it for a few months. I left after a year and had a severe limp for several years. I thought it was normal to take years to heal, it always took me so long to heal from anything (this is partly due to the EDS) At 22 I was medicated for depression, I took the meds for about a year. By 25 I was on crutches from severe hip pain. A specialist wanted to do surgery. I said no. I put it off for 17 years and had my hip replaced at 42. The initial damage to the hip would have been from the scoliosis and the ankle limp, impacting on the hip causing spurs and then osteoarthritis, I treated it with chiropractic. For EDS and scoliosis chiropractic has been an absolute godsend. I was also diagnosed with osteoarthritis around this time, I have it everywhere.

I lived off grid in my late 20’s with my partner, we ate all sorts of hunted foods like hare and rabbit and duck and deer. My gut was quite a bit better and my migraines less and sleep better, but I was still drinking frequently and eating tons of veggies and vegetarian meals.

I had a baby at 30. My pregnancy was perfect, which is astonishing, a drug free and fast delivery (perhaps because of all the dance training and high pain threshold I developed over decades of chronic pain), while I was pregnant I could eat as much dairy and pastries as I wanted with few ill effects bar constipation. All my food reactions came back after delivery. By my mid 30’s my migraines were so bad I would have them 6 days out of 7. I had chronic diarrhea, I was medicated for cystic acne with a type of hormonal pill and had severe PMT. My stomach would swell so bad and the gas was utterly horrific. I was tested for celiac but it was negative. I stopped eating all grains around this stage.

In my later 30s I had a bone test done at a chemist. She said my density looked extremely low and I should get it looked at by a doctor. The doctors refused to believe I could have anything wrong with my bones ‘so young’. So it was 7 or so years more before I got a dexa. When I was finally tested I was diagnosed with full blown osteoporosis in my spine and osteopenia in my hips at 42. I was still eating a ‘whole foods healthy fats low protein’ diet at this stage. My husband (we broke up but were still very close)passed away when I was 36. I developed severe PTSD. I kept a business running, just. But within 2 years my body had deteriorated so much that I had to close my business. I had shingles. I could barely walk. And my gut was getting worse. I was mostly in bed for nearly 4 years.

At one point I was eating Keto, I loved it, no one knew about it then. My brother introduced me to it. My peers told me I was insane, that I needed soluble and insoluble fibre to be healthy. But I felt incredible! For the first time in my life my toilet experience was “normal”.Of course eventually I was convinced to go back to LFHC after about 3 months. HUGE MISTAKE. I was so sick I also dabbled in a bit of juicing, a bit of raw vegan, but mostly just stuck to the usual veg and fruit laden low meat diet. I had got rid of legumes by now though, they would just kill me.

After I had my hip sorted by cutting it out and putting in a metal one, I went to a gp and talked of my stomach ills (by this stage I had been bleeding from my rectum for about a year) and of my concerns about my bones. Miraculously she listened. I was tested. I had pylori, we got rid of that. I had fructose and oligos malabsorption and I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. The bones of a sickly 90 yo. I was put onto FODMAPS diet. It helped, quite a bit. I did FODMAPS for about 2 years. Plus insane meds for ulcerative colitis/proctitis. I had a friend tell me about EDS, I was genetically tested and found to have the syndrome at the same time.

Then I stumbled back on to keto just through looking up foods constantly on the internet.I experienced even more improvements. I did that for about 8 months. Then in November 2018 I stumbled upon and started with Carnivore. I had heard of it years before and thought it was insane but I am pretty much willing to try anything now I am in so much pain and so sick of it.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

So I started ‘dirty’ carnivore. BAM game changer! I had developed rosacea acne after a stressful incident a year before. That was the first ailment to go, in about 3 weeks. I had also developed sjorgens syndrome when I was little, that also went (it is just dry mucous areas, eyes, mouth, privates)I had migrating tongue and severe ulcers even on Keto, gone in a few weeks on Carnivore. All migraines, gone. Insomnia, gone. I sleep solidly for at least 7 hours a night, for the first time in my life. The ulcerative colitis is still healing, and I still have small flare ups but it is so much improved. I am getting rid of egg whites at the moment and this seems to be helping (only been off them 4 days). Severe memory loss,  is so much improved. My healing time is improved. Trauma reactions have been reduced. I am still triggered by the same things, filling forms, loud noise, crowds etc but so much less so, I am able to navigate these things so much better, although I suspect there might be a bit of ADHD as well, but of course ADHD can also be treated with HFLC. Depression is gone. That went with Keto. Anxiety and “overthinking” is gone. I think I even need to get a new glasses script, my eyesight seems to be changing. And there is probably so much more, that I will think of after I submit this. Oh and I already look 5 years younger and as a pale redhead, I don’t sunburn at all any more.I literally do not need sunscreen even at the height of Australian summer. This is incredible to experience. I used to burn in 5 seconds of sun exposure.

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How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

What do I eat at the moment? Mornings I have coffee blended with 2 egg yolks, a huge chunk of butter, a few tablespoons of colostrum and some gelatin. I usually have two of these. Lunch I will have a burger patty, or steak, some sort of seafood and recently added in a variety of cheeses high in K2. When I first added these in a few weeks ago, I had a HUGE oxalate dump. It was intense and painful. I drink lemon water to help with the oxalate overload. For dinner I will have some more meats. I also have a bit of whey protein isolate. Eggs done different ways. LIVER! I have been eating a little raw liver pretty much the whole time, it is incredible. I am coming at this from a very medicalised point of view. I am eating a ton of calories. I dont track, because I think I would be horrified. I suspect I am eating about 2000-2500 cal a day. I am 4’11 (stunted growth plus scoliosis, my mother is about 6 inches taller than me, my daughter is about 4 inches taller) and I weigh 53kg.

I have recently stopped eating – blueberries, cacao, sugar free sauces including tomato sauce, black tea and egg whites and I have very little stevia. This is because of my suspicion that oxalates have been my biggest problem all along. I have only recently found this information. I drink a bit of milk kefir and goats milk and yogurt. I try and get the best quality and grass fed when I can. I am extremely low income so I seek out direct bulk and plan very carefully.

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

I do about 15-20 hours a week of dance classes and am studying a certificate in dance, I walk outdoors every day and do a small amount of cross training at home, if I stop training my EDS symptoms – chronic pain etc go nuts. I am looking down the barrel of more surgery, on my foot this time, my ankle is bone on bone and cysts have formed. This was from a twisted ankle 18 months ago (just before Keto). So I am still dealing with extreme arthritic pain in my ankle, my knee is playing up. I still see a range of specialists for EDS symptoms, BUT I am actually in the best health of my entire life. I think that it is going to take a long time to heal 40+ years of damage but it has started and I am so excited, but I am also so sad and angry. I was never ever meant to be this sick. Yes, my genetics have had an impact, but the healing I have experienced this past 6 months had been utterly profound. Life changing. I can now actually start looking at gainful employment as my health improves, because I am not on the toilet all day every day. Telling people you are unemployed because of your bowel movements is pretty bloody mortifying.

Weight has not played any part in any of these choices and changes for me. My weight has been pretty consistent all my life, but my health has always been awful. What I have noticed since carnivore is my muscles are denser and I don’t get tired from exercise and I rarely get sore muscles.I have lost a lot of adipose tissue from my hips and upper arms that I thought I was stuck with due to aging and my boobs have changed shape, still small but firmer. All my skin is looking better!

I also had to nap every day up until starting carnivore, sometimes for hours or even all day. I no longer need naps, another improvement that means I can look at gainful employment. The impact to my capacity to make any kind of living has been devastating. I think this is so important to note. My quality of life as an adult has been severely messed with, and I am seeing this more and more in young adults now, people who should be in their prime!

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

My main advice, if you are really unwell and looking at this, is start slow. Go Keto first, gradually remove foods. Oxalate dumping is painful and can be dangerous (I recently found out). The transition is easier too. There was a mild transition period with FODMAPS, then for Keto it was about 3 months of adapting for me (most people it is about 2 weeks) and then carnivore came pretty easy overall from there.

If your gut and skin are playing up, I believe this is a sign of deep underlying damage. You have probably been sick for years but it is starting to show on the surface. Carnivore type diets may not be for everyone, but as far as my ancestral history is concerned, and my reactions to the changes, it is definitely for me. And probably for life by the looks of it.

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

I do think carnivore will end up mainstream. Even as the big multinationals push for more fake food and earth destroying monocropping, I think the pushback is going to be huge soon. Too many of us are getting too sick from the last 60 years of BS food guidelines and crap on the shelves (which I never ate!). They nearly killed me for goodness sakes, which is bonkers! I ate the “healthiest” diet on the planet my whole life and I nearly ended up with bowel cancer (still at very high risk) and mush for bones. I do think that ancestral diets will return with force, maybe sooner than the multinationals can reckon with! I certainly hope so, and this is why I am sharing my experience.

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

I post regularly in my stories and feed on instagram. My focus is ballet, health, diet and art. @taniblue_artist is where you can see what I get up to and how I am progressing.

My final word is please feed your children ample quality meat and animal fats. I was the experiment in the 70’s and the experiment failed, terribly.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Jordan

Interview with Jordan

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Jordan Snow! I was raised in Florida, but now I reside in Chicago, IL. I am 29 years old, married and mother to two boxer dogs. I grew up as an athlete that had zero knowledge about nutrition except that “veggies are good and fat is bad.” With this limited nutritional insight and a significant sweet-tooth, my weight shifted drastically when I stopped playing soccer every day. My weight gain and unhealthy eating habits finally got to the point where I avoided looking in mirrors, avoided spending time with friends and tried to remain as covered up as possible so my boyfriend (now husband) couldn’t see how terribly I had let myself go. I began my weight loss journey with Keto and then eventually transitioned to Carnivore! I’m proud to say that I have lost about 51lbs; I started at 209 and am currently sitting at 158lbs! I still have 10-15lbs that I would still like to lose, but I am so happy and proud of where I am! Keto and Carnivore have really been the cause of my weight loss and weight maintenance over the last three years!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My hometown is extremely Southern (North Central Florida) so I grew up on carbs and saturated fats; cheese grits was (still is) a delicacy, banana pudding, BBQ with all of the sides and sugary sauces, fried chicken… you get the picture! After moving for college and then eventually to two other major US cities as an adult, my palette evolved and matured, and my sweet tooth became insatiable. I would find myself binging on ice cream, baked goods… honestly, anything with 40+ grams of sugar in a serving. I also ate a lot of carbs and starches: deep dish pizza, a lot of Americanized sushi with the sugary sauces, fried foods and lots of bread.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After living a Ketogenic lifestyle for about a year, I began learning about Carnivore through Keto online networks and really became intrigued. Keto has such a large range of eating possibilities that the thought of a narrowed scope of options was appealing to me (I am a very indecisive person- where my Libras at?!). I also loved that Carnivore eaters rarely experienced morning/evening bloating and that they experienced quick weight loss and toning.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I mainly eat fatty cuts of steak (ribeye and porterhouse), salmon, eggs, and bacon. I typically only eat once or twice a day and occasionally incorporate cheeses and sour cream. Honestly, I’ve noticed personally that I usually had a larger weight drop the day after incorporating the dairy. I drink a lot of water and sugar/sodium/carb-free seltzer waters. One thing that I refused to cut out is lemons and occasionally limes. Since the fatty steaks and fish can feel very rich and heavy sometimes, the brightness of the acidity from these fruits gives me life!

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

The most obvious benefit that I noticed after transitioning to Carnivore was the quick drop on the scale. I lost about 5 lbs in 2.5 weeks! This may not sound like much, but as one gets closer to their goal weight, weight drops off more slowly. I also noticed more toning and definition in my body; I wake up with a flat tummy, my slight sag under my chin has completely gone and my clothes fit amazingly! I have been plagued with acne since my pre-teen years and even as an adult, I would get them a couple of times a month. After transitioning to Carnivore, my skin has become flawless! I haven’t had a breakout in almost a year!

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

The only negatives that I have experienced after transitioning to Carnivore are ironically one of the reasons I started: narrowed range of options. This really only affects me when we are eating out or at a holiday/event. The worst was at a wedding where I had to wait until the entree course where the only edible Carnivore part was a tiny Cornish hen! Also, people’s unsolicited “health” advise can be an eye-roll moment when they discover that you only eat meat.

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

I did not exercise initially on Keto/Carnivore. After wanting some true definition and toning, I now work out 3-4 days a week doing strength training and cardio. I work in real estate in Chicago, so I have a very active position where I walk at least 2-3 miles a day and climb an average of 12 staircases.

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

Just try it for 7 days! That was my goal with I transitioned and I loved it so much I kept at it indefinitely! With Keto becoming mainstream, (and consequently Carnivore has become more popular) there are now so many support options online and meet-ups in person. These support networks really have helped me when I have days where I struggled.

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

I began Keto about 6 months to a year before it started receiving notice and I am still shocked at how mainstream it is! I wish that Carnivore would follow in Keri’s footsteps, but sadly there are no Carnivore alternatives to desserts and carb-heavy meals. Also, America is still brainwashed to believe that you solely receive nutrients from vegetables.

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

I highly recommend giving this lifestyle a try! Feel free to follow my journey on Instagram @zerocarbsnowflake; once there, I would be happy to connect you with the awesome support groups I am in!

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Carnivore Diet success stories: with Miki

Interview with Miki

Editors note : Between Miki submitting her Story and the time I published it. She has stopped doing strict Carnivore. She has transitioned to a meat based diet, where she has reintroduced FODMAP fruit and vegetables. Meat and Eggs are still the primary target of her meals. She believes she does better on leaner meats and some carbs, and feels more comfortable tracking her macros. I have nothing but respect for this, as it is important that you find what works for you. She is currently doing around 80g Carbs, 130g Protein and 100g Fat. If the whole world adopted a meat heavy diet with fresh fruit and veg, then it would likely be in a let better shape than it is now. I personally have no metabolic issues, so I don’t have to stick to strict Carnivore. I do it because it is something I enjoy, it is working and it is convenient for me currently. If I get the urge to have some fresh strawberries one day, I ll have them. It isn’t going to destroy my belief’s or digestion. I am thankful I have the choice, a lot of people end up on Carnivore as a last resort. Anyway I feel there is still a lot of useful information in this post, enjoy. 

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I am a bartender/personal trainer living in Las Vegas. I also compete in bikini.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before carnivore, I was a vegetarian.  I believed that I would become fat and pudgy by eating meat. It was a really high carb diet.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I reintroduced meat into my diet after feeling depleted during prep for my bikini competition. I was 10 weeks out with horrible acne, constant panic attacks and feeling mentally unstable all the time. I was craving meat!!! I ate a double-double at In-N-Out protein style and as a cheat meal and I could literally feel the blood pumping through my veins and a mood boost. From then on I ate a lot of red meat and eggs with brown rice and veggies while shredding weight for the show, then dumped the rice and veggies altogether the day after I competed and haven’t felt happier 🙂

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I personally approach the Carnivore Diet by eating what I want when I want it. If the cut of meat is too lean, add bacon grease, butter or ghee to it. A lot of people post their recipes on Instagram that I follow so I also get heavily influenced by them too.

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

The benefits I’ve seen since starting the Carnivore Diet would be cleared skin. I’ve always had acne throughout my life to a point that my family members called me Pizza Face. Now that’s not a problem. I would also say that my stomach isn’t pudgy, my body is well balanced, and my energy level is amazing that I don’t need coffee but just drink it because I love the taste. No more anxiety or depression.

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

The negatives on the Carnivore Diet, was for a few days I had diarrhea when I started.

Also when I compete again hopefully summer 2019, I’ll most likely be coaching myself because I can’t find a coach who has experience with 100% carnivore. Everyone is saying I need vegetables to digest….*laughs*

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

Yes, I exercise on the Carnivore Diet, I feel like I have so much energy I’m in the gym every day. I lift 5 times a week and with cardio 3 times a week currently.

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

Advice for someone who is interested in trying this diet is to trust the process. Also, one size doesn’t fit all. Find what’s best for you.

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

Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet. No. I want a documentary on Netflix that makes me believe otherwise.

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

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

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

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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