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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 Ruibo

Interview with Ruibo

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Ruibo and I am New York City based actor and artist. I’m deeply passionate about nutrition, biohacking, and mental and spiritual wellness. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore

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.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I’ve always believed in the power of nutrition, biohacking, and energy healing for optimal health. In 2010 I successfully weaned myself off a cocktail of pharmaceutical antidepressants and anxiolytics and transitioned to a Paleo/Primal diet which sustained me for a number of years. Around 2016/17 I started to experience a whole slew of troubling new health issues. In the end it was a cocktail of gut permeability, autoimmune issues, hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and a growing list of food intolerances that sent me down a major decline that impacted not only my body but also my mental health in a really severe way. I was exhausted, suicidal, battling agoraphobia, and experiencing recurrent debilitating panic attacks all of which is nightmare fuel for anyone, but as a performer it felt insurmountable and potentially career-killing.

I was too afraid and embarrassed to reach out to anyone for help, terrified it would affect my work or that I’d be shunned, perceived as weak, or make myself a burden, so I essentially isolated and did my best to push through and maintain a facade of put-togetherness. Of course that approach never pans out well. From the outside I think it just seemed like I was volatile or erratic, standoffish, rude, insensitive. It was a spiral for me, the desire to be healthy, to connect with others, the fear of being misunderstood or perceived a certain way, my own perfectionism in my work and the ensuing anxiety, all made me feel powerless to stop any of it. Self loathing was at an all time high. 

Long story short, eventually the stress caused my entire body to give out and I spent all of my (few) waking hours in bed researching how to “fix” myself. I had come across Carnivore years prior and at the time it felt too extreme, but at the end of my rope I did my research and finally decided I really had nothing to lose. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Nose to tail. Organs and ruminant meat are the backbone of my diet, 50/50 raw to cooked. Pork and seafood a few times a week, poultry only on occasion; though I enjoy it, I don’t find it as satiating. Suet, tallow, lard, and butter liberally. Coffee, mostly decaf these days. I’m (tragically) allergic to both egg whites and yolks and intolerant to dairy, but working on a gut healing protocol and hope to reintroduce in the future. Limited supplementation to assist with methylation issues for now. 

Most days I naturally fast 20:4 unless I’m on my cycle, in which case it’s pretty no holds barred. Filtered electrolyte water all day. And plenty of sea salt. 

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

Countless, the most prominent being mental clarity and the lifting of depression and anxiety. It cannot be overstated, it truly saved my life. Most miraculously, the immediate effects were apparent within 10 days. 

Other benefits include improved hormonal balance and cycle regulation, massively improved gut function  (I’d always half-believed bloating and stomach pain were normal after eating), improved blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, and improvement in body composition, strength, skin tone and texture. Chronic fatigue is gone, fibroid symptoms are gone, back pain is gone. I’m remembering what real joy feels like for the first time in many many years; this is probably the closest to “normal” I’ve ever felt in my adult life, like I finally understand how humans are meant to feel. 

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

Really the negatives are so minor for everything I’ve gained. If I had to name my two, they’d be 1) I’m a foodie and I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, so I’ve had to shift my way of thinking about food and cooking. 2) Explaining or defending the how and why to others can sometimes be uncomfortable.

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

Yeah, I don’t have a set routine. I rotate between yoga, kettlebells, and bodyweight workouts depending on what my body feels like doing. 

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

Give yourself one month, and assess how you feel. There’s really nothing to lose. Beyond that, read and watch as much as you can from veterans and resources like Judy Cho, Paul Saladino, Shawn Baker, Ken Berry, etc. Join the forums, ask lots of questions, reach out for support, soak up the success stories! That’s what finally got me on board, diving into the research and science and overcoming any negatively planted beliefs about “fad diets” and trends.

When I first came across this concept years back, there weren’t as many prominent resources available which made the whole undertaking seem extreme and unwise. But the more I read and understood about human physiology and the more I learned about how my own individual genetic makeup and polymorphisms affect my nutrient absorption, gut microbiome, and overall health, the more this approach quickly became the only viable approach for me.

That said, if you’re not as skeptical as I am, it can really all just be as simple as eat meat, drink water.

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

I do think it’s possible. As more people lean toward an ancestral and holistic approach to health and share their experiences of dramatic improvement (in all the myriad ways this diet offers), I think it will be inevitable that others follow suit. But right now it really is a lead-by-example undertaking. It’s going to take people individually doing their own research and releasing themselves from dietary dogma, but I think (hope) we’re heading there.  

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

In the end I think we have to remember that we’re all bio individual, and even within Carnivore there are a lot of different approaches. It’s all about figuring out what works best for you, and being aware that your trajectory and specific diet will not (and should not) look like anyone else’s. So while I do encourage soaking in as much as you can, remember that progress is all going to depend on what needs healing within you, and as you learn to listen to your body, you’ll figure out how to tailor your diet to your individual goals.

My Instagram is @carnivaura. I hope this encourages others to share their experience, and to reach out to me or someone else if they need support. Mental health concerns can be incredibly isolating, particularly if you’re someone who others expect or demand to be in a state of “on”. I never want anyone to go through what I went through, and I want to spread the message that we are not alone, and there can really and truly be relief. 

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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 Katja

Interview with Katja

1) Introduce Yourself

My name is Katja, I am 39 years old,  originally from Germany but live in the UK. I started the carnivore diet in December 2018.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

I ate ‘well’, as much fresh and organic vegetable as possible I even trained as a gardener at some point because I liked my allotment so much.

4 years ago I had a headache that lasted three months (!) no doctor could help me and eventually I fixed it by cutting out gluten.

That was the first time I saw how food can make a difference. But I stayed fairly naive and just started baking my own sourdough loaves, which I could tolerate.

I had meat and eggs as well, but I would have chicken rather than beef. When my anxiety and panic attacks where at there most severe I was eating a lot of kale and sweet potato.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

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.

When arthritis started to set in my hands (I am a practical person and an artist) I couldn’t take anymore. That anger I felt then and having more terms to google got me to the carnivore diet. I changed my food from one day to the other I had nothing to lose.

I was lucky to meet a real-life carni in a new colleague and when I saw how healthy and fit the community looked I had no worries to jump right in.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

My baseline is beef. I like rib-eye steaks, brisket and short ribs best. I add eggs, seafood, butter and organs. I drink water, coffee and whiskey.

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

I had a hard time during the adaptation phase my mood and energy were struggling. My cognitive function improved significantly after the first six weeks and I live symptom-free and without any meds. I am learning to trust myself and enjoying life like never before. Every day is a gift. I am humbled by having a proper life now.

If I ever get symptoms I know that I did or eat something that harms me and I adjust.

I stopped having milk and cheese and had another significant shift. That was seven months into the diet. I must have had insulin resistance and a bad reaction to dairy because my energy improved and suddenly I dropped two dress sizes. A nice bonus.

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

It can be socially awkward, but I think the biggest change is how I relate to the world. Seeing that not all TRUTHS, like ‘veg is healthy’ are real. I look behind the facades. I think my non-standard views are the greater social change. On the other hand, I am learning to communicate in a completely new way. So really it’s just another gift 🙂

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

I used to run for fitness and anxiety, now I can’t be bothered with it.

I like to swim and would like to lift weights. However, currently, this is on hold, as I get histamine intolerance triggered by doing workouts. I am pretty certain I can overcome this health issue too.

I go for walks every day.

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

Join the carnivore community, having a peer group will improve your success rate. There are many helpful Facebook groups, like ‘Zeroing in on health’ and individuals on Instagram. I have recently qualified as a coach on MeatRX (great portal for info on the carnivore diet) where you can pick up inexpensive 30 min coaching sessions for 1:1 help.

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

That is the big question. When carnivores show off their health, joy, energy and confidence from this way of eating people pay attention. I started talking about it openly in September and I can see a lot of curiosity for this diet. People get into trouble with their health and actively looking for answers. Thank goodness for the internet. Some doctors started paying attention too and I am thankful for the likes of Dr Chris Palmer, (in the field of Bipolar and Schizophrenia at Harvard Clinics) recommending a ketogenic approach for mental health.

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

I am on Instagram under @how.carnivore.saved.my.ass on Facebook and YouTube as How Carnivore Saved My Ass. I am always happy to chat with people, so say hi.

I am also a qualified carnivore coach via Shawn Baker’s MeatRX.com website.

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Bart

Interview with Bart

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Bart Jankowski 37-year-old from the UK.

I am a certified personal trainer and paleo nutritionist, currently working to become a health coach.

My journey with nutrition started in 2009 when I watched video from Sean Croxton titled “is god stupid?” which completely changed my views on food.

What started me into digging deeper into nutrition was my health situation which year by year was getting worse; my weight was getting harder and harder to shift. My body didn’t recover as well as it used to and it felt like my body is falling apart.

List of health problems I suffered with;

IBS – 20+ years, constant diarrhea and bloated every day (now gone)

Psoriasis (now gone)

Joints and back pain (now gone)

Muscle weakness (now gone)

Brain fog, lack of drive and motivation(now gone)

Memory issues, ADHD, (now gone)

Bleeding gums and teeth aching  (now gone)

Sugar and coffee addiction (now gone)

Cravings off the scale (now gone)

Problem with sleep and waking up (now gone)

Anxiety and depression (now gone)

Yeast overgrowth (now gone)

Lack of energy, two double espressos first thing in the morning. (now gone)

Anger issues (now gone)

Late 2017 after going to the toilet one morning I discovered a lot of blood in my stool which continued for a few days. As you can imagine my first thought was “bowel cancer”.  I started researching, and all the symptoms I had were pointing to that diagnosis.

My GP sent me straight to the hospital to do all sorts of tests; colonoscopy was the next step for me. In the time leading to that procedure, I went deep into reading books on the microbiome, gut health colon cancer you name it.

I decided to cut a few types of food from my diet dairy, grains, legumes, and beans to start with I followed advice from “Microbiome solution” book and started heavy dose of probiotics and to be honest, my symptoms improved a bit.

On the day of the procedure, I was about to cancel it as I told my doctor that “I think I know what happened and I am much better now” to which he replied “your diet has nothing to do with your gut health” I decided to go with the procedure which showed all clear.

I decided after that that I’m going to figure it out and get myself better.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Mid 2018  I decided to go Strict Keto after reading “Keto reset diet” by Mark Sisson. I did full 14 weeks recording all food etc. I have lost a bit of weight around 6lb but my bloating and all other symptoms I listed previously were still there, I hit the wall, and my energy levels in the gym suffered drastically.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

I decided to try this diet after watching Joe Rogan with Shawn  Baker podcast in November 2018 I only did it for a few weeks but then I fell off due to Christmas. So 31st of December was the day when I decided I will go full 2019 carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

For the first month I started eating Ribeyes, and fattest meat I could get, around 3lb per day.

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

Within three days my IBS, bloating digestion problems were gone, after seven days bleeding gums stopped, two weeks into it my depression and anxiety lifted and my sleep improved massively, for the first time in life I wake up early 🙂 and the list goes on, I feel better now than in my 20’s

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

So far I have not found anything wrong about it, to be honest.

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

Yes, I do I lift weights four times per week, box and run 30-50km per month. The first month was hard when it comes to training but now energy is crazy, and for the first time in 20 years I don’t need coffee before the gym just to get that motivation to train.

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

I would say do it for 30 days; you have nothing to lose (apart from fat lol)

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

I do hope so, but that is hard to predict, with this constant push towards a plant-based diet and registered interest from biggest companies in the world, it’s going to be a hard battle to relate this message across. I reckon keto diet will be a bridge for carnivore as certain countries such as the UK accepted this diet as a treatment for metabolic dysfunctions so that carnivore could be a natural progression.

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

My message is, don’t rely on government agencies or doctors to teach you how to eat, do your research you have all the info you need in your pocket. The only way for us to regain our health is to get back the roots. Look at the food you buy, if that food wasn’t here thousands of years ago don’t eat it, because it looks nice and it has some stamp of approval on it don’t buy it, it is all marketing BS. Don’t be scared of red meat and fat for millions of year those two were the staple of our diet and got us to this point in evolution as a species.

So far I have lost 21lb of fat and still loosing

My waist dropped by 5 inches body fat % by around 8%

You can find me on Instagram @carnivore_explorer

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Megan

Interview with Megan

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Introduce Yourself.

Hey there! My name is Megan I am 28 years old, I like piña colada, getting caught in the rain. Okay maybe not the first one, but it is a fun song (I feel like I just dated myself). Anywho, I am currently a health coach that specializes in a whole foods approach to keto.

I run the Thriving on Fat website and podcast. On the site, we talk a lot about the 5 pillars of health (healthy eating, movement, mindfulness, sleep, and community), and how problems in one of those areas can cause downstream effects. Our bodies are amazing machines that can compensate for our immediate benefit, regardless of what later problems may occur. Type 2 diabetes and a texting-related dowager’s hump are two examples of our bodies correcting for our immediate benefit which was can have negative effects, in most cases these two examples can be corrected. During the podcast on the Monday show we talk with my co-hosts about their journey with the ketogenic diet, and on the Friday show, we talk to experts as well as regular peeps about their health journey and how they have implemented lifestyle changes to make them better humans.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I got bit by the keto and now carnivore bug, I tried many things to feel physically and mentally better. I tried cutting my calories, weight watchers, slow carb, paleo/primal (sloppy at first, then it got better) then keto, now carnivore.

As I learned more I was able to help others around me too. I am still floored thinking about what a wonderful thing the human body is; it withstood all of the garbage I used to put down my gobhole. It’s amazing how our bodies compensate to help us deal with the sugar and grain assault we give it in the Standard American Diet.

Before learning about health, my idea of a great breakfast was half of a frozen pizza, a soda or two along with a Poptart. As I started to learn more about health and nutrition I found that my body reacted differently depending upon what I ate. When I started primal/paleo and got the sugars and grains out of my diet, it made me feel like a million bucks. I didn’t realize how addicted I was to the garbage I fed myself.

After that, my basic meals would break down into a hunk of meat, veggies (mostly brussel sprouts, grilled onions, mushrooms, and broccoli) and fat, with nuts and dark chocolate.

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.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Well, one such rabbit hole that I came across was Carnivore. I was listening to a podcast ( I cannot remember which) and the host brought on back to back carnivores (Amber O’Hearn and Shawn Baker). Just when I thought I had a handle on Keto, a new rabbit hole appeared.

You mean I can skip the veggies, eat all the meat, and not have to worry about deficiencies… Are you sure? I was interested, yet skeptical. I then followed along with Danny Vega and Brian Williamson as they did their Surf and Turf experiment (red meat and salmon). They seemed to love it. I started to warm up to the idea. Slowly, I started dipping my toes into the water. I didn’t really dive into the pool until the Carnivore Keto Cut was released by Danny Vega and Chris Irvin. I bought the program and participated in the cut, I really liked how I felt. After the cut, I would eat plants or nuts from time to time, but nothing too crazy, especially since I did not feel as good with too much. Fast forward to the end of last year I wanted to see if I could not just cut on carnivore, but also gain muscle in the gym. So I tried that, and it worked swimmingly! Most recently, I wanted to have an event to train for. I modified my programming and I am adding in more CrossFit style workouts. My goal is to see how well I can do in the CrossFit open next year being fueled on most, if not all meat.

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How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Since going carnivore I eat mostly red meat, pork with some cheese, eggs, and the occasional chicken. I want to start incorporating more fish and organs, I am looking for a good “It’s so good can’t believe it’s liver/fish” recipe. Really I need to suck it up and try it, but I will get there. Back to the food, on occasion, I do eat nuts or some veggies with my meal. But normally nothing too crazy. It is more of a weekend kind of thing because I have found that my menstrual cycle works better when I had a “carb-up” every week or two. By carb up I mean whole food based carb, it would look like a regular keto day for most people. I cap it out at about 10-25 total carbs. This is a carb-up for me since it is a larger intake of carbs than I normally have. I am not uber crazy with never eating another plant in my life, because I feel decent with them. However, if they start to negatively affect me I will take them out.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

The biggest benefit for me is that if I do choose to eat nuts, plants what have you, I can taste the flavors so much better. When I was just keto I thought veggies had a sweetness to them, but now I can eat 88-90% chocolate, and find it sweet. If I make my own chocolate I do not use near the amount of sweetener than I used to. I also find it is super simple to compose my meals. The question is less, “What do I want today.” and more, “Do I want 2 or 3 cheeseburgers or steaks.

Another big benefit is that I can stay lean without much effort and I have very low inflammation. Right now I am building muscle, so I do not care as much about my weight, but carnivore makes it so easy to not have to worry. If I am not including cheese I find it hard to get enough food in me to not lose weight.

What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

The same thing that makes it simple, can also make it difficult. I say this not because I get bored of the food, instead, since I am the main cook of my household I make a decent bit of regular keto stuff. A lot of the time I end up tasting the food I am prepping for my wife and son to make sure it’s not too spicy, sweet, and so on. This is why I am not super crazy if I happen to not be fully carnivore all the time. I don’t mind cooking regular keto for them considering carnivore is my choice. My wife does better with a few more veggies in her diet, and with my son, he’s growing, so we don’t mind if he has some extra veggies. He doesn’t eat much different from us. It is important for me, that I don’t want to get dogmatic about carnivore. If you think it’s a good fit for you, do it; if it’s not, don’t sweat it.

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

Yes, I do. Like I mentioned above I am building muscle on a carnivore diet, which is working. I am also preparing for the CrossFit open next year. So for right now, my training is heavy in the strength building phase, with some metcons, HIIT work, and longer steady state stuff. As I get closer to the competition date I will be ramping up the volume and intensity.

With that said, right now I find it quite easy to finish my training, and rest and recover after, as I ramp up the intensity and volume, I am not sure what that will mean for my carnivory. I may end up eating a more consistent carb intake, but I know I will still get 90% of my intake from meat. However only doing the work will help me see how my body responds to the workload, so, for now, I will keep an open mind, test and adjust as needed.

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

Be sure to keep on top on your electrolytes, even more so than on keto. A lot of the minerals are not available in the common cuts of meat consumed on carnivore. This is not as much of a problem if you are eating nose to tail, but you will still want to increase your electrolytes when you first start to cover your bases. Also, don’t be worried if your stool is a little loose when you first start to get used to carnivore. As your gut gets used to the lack of fiber it can still function, just give it some time. If you worry about your gut bugs, there are still carnivore probiotics you can get in yogurt and so on.

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

It’s possible, regardless, it serves as a good counterbalance to Vegan. As the inflammatory nature of this gets more publicized I know it will evolve, no matter where it goes, it will be interesting to see.

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

If you would like to follow along with my journey, I am most active on Instagram: @Thrivingonfat or you can email me from my site: thrivingonfat.com/contact, lastly you can catch me on my main podcast The Thriving on Fat Podcast.

Before I finish up, I would like to thank you for reading thus far, and if you take anything away from this let it be that no matter where you are on your journey; you can improve on yourself.

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