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World Carnivore Month – ADHD – Day 25

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I have already listed many people who have stated improvements in a range of mental health issues like Anxiety, Depression, and Brain fog.

The carnivore diet seems to help reverse physical disease, and also seems to be an important preventative measure…

But what cannot be ignored either is the mental improvements people report.

The mental side actually seems to improve quicker than the physical improvements.

And ADHD and ADD seem to be improved pretty quickly on carnivore.

Maybe it is a hormone thing, maybe your brain isn’t jacked up on sugar, maybe both.

What I do know is I would research every single thing I could do to help my condition before I took some very serious mind altering drugs such as methyphenidate, dexamfetamine, and guanfacine.

It always shocks me how easy people just accept pharmaceutical drugs like they are just vitamin pills or something. All these drugs are meant to impact your body in various ways, and that logically cant be good because if it is stopping something in the body you know your body is going to over or under compensate somewhere else.

Its a dangerous game, especially with mood changing drugs… in my opinion.

Check out my canrivore success stories on ADHD and ADD below:

Ruibo “I have celiac and had been gluten free for about a decade. Apart from that, I’d tried about every way of eating and supplementation out there in an attempt to hack my way to relief from lifelong depression, anxiety, and ADHD. From paleo to primal to plant-based and raw vegan, even a brief stupid stint as a fruitarian, I seriously tried it all. Right before I went full carnivore, I had been experimenting again with vegan/plant based, to my detriment.”

Katja “I lived with bipolar depression and anxiety starting at 12 years old. My symptoms got classed as severe and I kept developing additional degradation of my brain and body. I started getting ADHD as a young adult, developed Aspergers, my doctors thought I gone mad and did nothing to even get me a proper diagnosis.”

Megan “As I learned more and as I got more in tune with my food triggers and I found that keto was amazing for my ADHD and my other nagging ailments. I was learning so much about primal, paleo, keto it was amazing. I felt like with each podcast or book I read I would both understand more, yet have 100 more questions. I love getting lost in the rabbit holes.”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Michaela

Interview with Michaela

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Michaela Bileci. I am Scottish but managed to escape the rain and now live in Tuscany with my husband and daughter Ava. I home-school my daughter Ava who has Autism and Epilepsy and am in the process of building a website, which will serve as a support to other families who have children with Autism. I am also currently studying for a degree in Psychology, with the aim to specialise in neurological disorders such as Autism and ADD/ADHD.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

When my daughter was diagnosed with Autism, I completely changed both of our diets as we both tested positive for coeliac disease and had various food intolerances. I have eaten a gluten free/ dairy free diet for over ten years and in the past two years, focused on the Ketogenic Diet as a way to support my own health and also support my daughter who was on this diet for seizure control.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I have suffered with many health problems in my life such as asthma, depression, anxiety, coeliac disease, arthritis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. Despite my best attempts at other dietary therapies (GFCF, BED, GAPS etc) and biomedical interventions, I was still on a pile of medications.  If there was a treatment available, then I was first in line to try it. There’s nothing I haven’t “bio-hacked”!

This led me to keep searching for answers. I heard about the Carnivore Diet after listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Mikhaila Peterson. At that point in my life, I was in constant joint pain and was on high levels of corticosteroids every day trying to reduce painful inflammation and breathing difficulties related to my Asthma and past episodes of pneumonia. I would also have severe immunological reactions to random foods and some have resulted in hospitalisation for treatment. I really didn’t have anything to lose, yet had everything to gain.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m currently following the Level 1 Autoimmune Protocol from Craig and Maria Emmerich’s book “The Carnivore Cookbook”.  I will be moving to Level 2 soon to see if that works for me.  I obviously have to be a little stricter with the Carnivore diet than some people due to the severity of my Autoimmune problems.  Most days, my meals are steak, salt and water based. I use beef tallow/suet if I want to add a little fat to my meals. I find steak agrees with my body more than ground beef. I only eat one meal or two meals daily, as I’m incorporating intermittent fasting into the Carnivore Diet too. IF happened quite naturally as I find myself more satiated after eating on the Carnivore Diet. As time goes on, I would like to introduce other things, but for now, this is my happy place health wise.

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

I’m off all of my medication and have lost 25 kilograms!

One by one, the need for each medication disappeared. The psoriasis plaques that were all over my body have cleared up and all the inflammation around my joints has disappeared. I don’t take inhalers, antihistamines or corticosteroids anymore and I naturally weaned off of escitalopram and clonazepam for depression and severe anxiety.

I recently ran another thyroid panel and all my levels are in the optimal range, which is a stark contrast to how it was before. I had gained 50 kilograms and have now lost half of that in 7 months of eating Carnivore.

However, I think the starkest contrast is in my energy levels. Before the Carnivore Diet, I could barely lift my head off of the pillow and now I’m able to walk, run and hike pain-free, which is just phenomenal. That’s the real blessing. Having the energy to play with my daughter and go on outings with my family- that’s priceless.

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

I haven’t really found there to be any negatives with the Carnivore Diet or eating this way because I have had such improvements in my state of health.

The only thing I would warn people with severe autoimmune conditions about, is that this is a very potent and therapeutic diet. I made the gargantuan mistake of thinking I was fine and all my health issues had disappeared and ate some gluten free, dairy free pizza. The next morning, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and spent the week there because the immunological reaction was so severe. My father had to bring me out of hospital in a wheelchair because I couldn’t walk. It took a month of strict Carnivore to correct that mistake.  I would caution people with Autoimmune Conditions that this is not something you can play around with. Commit and remain consistent if you have similar issues to me.  That would be the only negative I would say that I have experienced.

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

Yes, I love to exercise and now spend a lot of time outdoors. Most days, I go for a jog and do a kettlebell workout. I also enjoy wild swimming, hiking and ballet. I wasn’t able to exercise for years due to pain and fatigue and now it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s such a joy to be able to go hiking or jogging pain-free.

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

I would suggest they read a bit first to help them understand what the diet is about and why removing plant toxins is useful. There are several ways to go about implementing the Carnivore Diet and I personally think it’s important to have that information at your disposal. I would recommend reading anything by Craig and Maria Emmerich, Dr. Shawn Baker or Dr. Paul Saladino. They all put out excellent material and you will find out which approach resonates with you and works for your body. Understand your reasons for wanting to do this diet and don’t become dogmatic. Listen to your body!

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

I hope so. My desire would be to see the Carnivore Diet accepted as a healing protocol, if nothing else. However, I do see that the tide is now turning, and many people are returning to ancestral dietary wisdom, turning their backs on the low-fat, sugar and grain propaganda of the past fifty years. Animal products are an extremely beneficial, not to mention crucial component of a healthy human diet.

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

I would encourage people who feel like this diet resonates with them to give it a try. Try it for at least a month, ideally three months and see how you feel. My guess is that you won’t look back.

I am in remission from asthma, anxiety, depression, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. I gained 50 kilograms in a year when my thyroid function was underactive and within 7 months of the Carnivore Diet, I have optimal thyroid function and have lost a little over 25 kilograms so far. This Diet is a powerful, healing protocol that has given me my life back.

People can follow me and my carnivore journey on Instagram

@michaelabileci

…and if they’re interested in following our Autism/ Epilepsy/ Keto journey with my daughter Ava then they can follow us on Instagram @reimaginingautism_

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jurriaan

Interview with Jurriaan

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Jurriaan 32 years old and I’m from the Netherlands. I live in Amsterdam and work as a personal trainer and Health Coach. As a child I was always a bit insecure about myself. My childhood has been a bit bumpy and when I look back I think I wasn’t a real happy and healthy child. I had severe acne. I had asthma. At even younger age I had many ear infections and I was sick all the time. There was a period I was depressed and went to a psychologist. I had mood swings all the time and was really anxious. From the age of 14 (until 25) I’ve been drinking almost every weekend. At that time it was pretty normal for dutch kids to get there first beers around this age. I thought it was just about having fun with friends, but clearly I was dealing with my insecurities, anger and sadness by drinking alcohol.

Luckily I was always into sports. I played field hockey at a pretty high level. In my teenage years I started playing with dumbbells. At that time you couldn’t go to the gym before the age of 18. I didn’t knew nothing about strength training so is just did biceps curls all the time. When I was 19 I went to a sports college. I did an internship at a gym and after that I started working at that same gym. In this period I started working out more seriously. I was really into bodybuilding but I didn’t knew nothing about nutrition. My coach at that time just told me to eat. So I did. Lots of pasta, chicken, bread, oatmeal, protein shakes, carb-drinks and other (useless) supplements. I did build muscle but it had nothing to do with a healthy lifestyle.

At the age of 25 I became more serious about nutrition. I also didn’t drink as much anymore. After seeing cowspiracy, forks over knives and what the health I started a plant-based diet. In the beginning it felt really good but that was just for the first couple of months. Pretty soon after starting this diet I got into trouble. Low energy, slow recovery, mood swings, trouble with sleeping. After two years on a plant-based diet I was totally burned out. I couldn’t train, had severe depression, depersonalisation, my body was full of inflammation, brain fog, no control over my body, forgetful, sleeping thru the day, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, always cold and the list goes on.

In the first period I didn’t want to blame the plant-based diet. My believes around it where so strong. I am eating an whole food plant based diet and I took my supplements. This diet can’t be the problem. What was I thinking? After a while I started looking more into B12 deficiencies. With almost every symptom I could have raised my hand. So I did some advanced blood-work, and surprise, levels of b12 and vitamin D were low.

From this point I started eating meat again. But just a little bit. Big part of my plate was filled with veggies. Still lots of oatmeal, green smoothies, nuts, grains etc. A paradise of anti-nutrients with a bit of meat. I was starting to feel a little bit better but I was still struggling. So from vegan to carnivore was a transition phase of 4-5 years. Like I sad, the first period was mostly plant-based with a bit of meat, after that it was a bit more paleo style, from paleo to keto but still much plant based foods. Every time I made a step towards a more ketogenic/carnivore diet I felt better. So after seining Shawn Baker at the Joe Rogan podcast I was like: F*ck it, let’s do this! That is now almost 9 month’s ago.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I started this carnivore diet, I tried many things. Until the age of 24 it was more of a SAD diet. It was not like I was eating candy bars, cookies and chips. But lots of bread, pasta etc. After that I tried a high protein and lower fat diet. That really was a good period. I felt strong, was lean and happy. After that I started a plant-based diet and than I made the transition into paleo, keto and eventually carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Because I always knew there was something wrong with the way I ate. I only didn’t knew what it was. I never heard of anti-nutrients, I thought to much animal protein would kill me and without fibre I couldn’t survive. But I didn’t feel healthy at all. I implemented all the so called healthy food in my diet. But it did not work for me! I had so many weird symptoms. After reading and listening stuff about the carnivore diet I was like: they are talking about me! That’s my story too!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

So I started with variety. Because I was still a bit doubtful. That lasted for about three month’s. I soon felt that the best way for me is just to eat beef with salt and drink water. So as Mikhaila calls it: Lion diet! I do eat some liver and salmon roe ones in a while. Most days I eat 2 times a day and around 1,5 kg on total per day.

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

Wow, I don’t know were to start. After a couple of years of not being able to lift weights I could finally work out again. I gained lots of muscle. The mental part is maybe the best part. Before carnivore I was so depressed and had mood swings all the time, anxiety/panic attacks, couldn’t concentrate at all. I read about ADD and bipolar disorder and had many corresponding symptoms. But after a couple of days eating meat, all these symptoms became less. My focus is much better now. Mentally I am more stable. No more mood swings. I haven’t got any anxiety ever since and depression is gone. Before carnivore I had so much inflammation and my body was always sour. Now the inflammation is gone! I sleep better, have Better gut health and digestion. The list goes on.

Long story short. I got my life back. To be honest, I have been in a dark place for a long time and some days I still can’t believe that I have found an answer. Maybe this sounds crazy but I feel that this way of eating has saved my life.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet

After getting the veggies out of my diet I experienced severe oxalate dumping. When I started the diet I didn’t knew nothing about anti-nutrients so I learned the hard way. I still have problems with this, but it is getting better and better. Actually this is not really a negative thing. My body is finally getting the junk out of the body. But I do think oxalate dumping is an important thing to look at. I think in the future more often we gonna see vegans transition into a more meat-based diet with low oxalates. That can get many people into trouble because vegan but also keto diets can be very high in Oxalates.

Socially it can be tricky sometimes. Not everybody understands that this is a real thing. YES, people can be healthy without the ‘magical’ fruits and veggies. Sometimes I feel I have to defend myself. But to be honest, I’m at a point that all the critics just make me stronger. I find it hard sometimes to see that so many people choose pleasure above health. It became so normal to eat crappy food that people find it strange I eat the way do. Unfortunately this way of eating makes many vegans angry. I hope to see a future were both vegans and carnivores can live together. I think carnivore is much more about human health and that’s why I like it so much. I’ve never met an angry carnivore. Most of them are really calm and relaxed.

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

Yes I do but the first three months I did nothing at all. I wanted my body to recover. After three months I started doing some body weight exercises like push ups and squats. After half a year on this diet I started working out at the gym again. I train 3-5 times a week. Mostly bodybuilder style workouts. I also do some intervals with kettlebell swings, slamballs, airbike etc. In the beginning I didn’t knew what to expect. I did not get any carbs from the diet and I always thought you needed it for workouts. Of course by that time I heard many people doing it without any carbs. Still it was a bit strange in the beginning. Now that I am used to it I feel so strong and my recovery is so much better. I almost have no muscle soreness after workouts. It is great!

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

Before you start, learn! Learn about anti-nutrients. Learn about bio availability, learn about human history. Try to understand why this diet can be a good thing for you. I needed that to continue. I now understand why veganism wasn’t good for me. Keep an open mind. Maybe carnivore is to big a step. Than just start with paleo or keto. Try to find your way. Listen to your body. Don’t just blindly follow mainstream media. Choose for your personal health. Maybe join a Facebook groups and tell your story and ask for help if needed. Most people in this community are really supportive. If we want to make a better world we need healthier people.

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

I see such a big push from the plant-based industry here in the Netherlands. So many people are falling for this fairy tail. So I don’t know if carnivore is gonna be mainstream. I hope people will wake up and start thinking a bit more about their own health instead of following mainstream news.

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

I just wanna thank everybody for sharing there knowledge and experiences inside this community. The last 8 months have been such an amazing journey. I hope for people who are reading this and struggle with health they choose to make changes in their lifestyle, instead of popping pills and eat garbage food. Food can be such an important tool if you look at physical and mental health. If you want to know more about me or want to follow my journey you can find me on instagram BB Jay (username: bbja.y).

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