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Carnivore Diet success stories: with Alma-Jade

Interview with Alma-Jade

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I’m Alma-Jade, originally Swiss/British, and currently living in the Netherlands doing a masters in Communication, Health and Life Science.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My dietary path before carnivore has been very colourful and diverse! I’ll start from the beginning and present my life in chronological diet format. At 13 I turned vegan and then followed a low-fat, fruit-based raw vegan diet (80/10/10 style, which refers to the macros: 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein and 10% fat, a framework put forth by Doug Graham) until around the age of 20 years old, at which point I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease (autoimmune thyroid condition) and PCOS. The raw vegan movement and vegan movement in general is like an echo chamber where you only encounter similar beliefs that perpetuate the reinforcement of existing views in a way that excludes alternative or more complete truths. It has grown even more since I was involved in it, with leaders advocating a “fully raw” vegan diet to millions of people, especially appealing to young women at an impressionable age like myself, without disclosing the potential detriment that so many experience. The lure of a “Garden of Eden” diet can be very attractive, making it seem like cultivated, hybridised and modern fruit and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods, and that all animal foods and all of animal agriculture are eco-terrorism and the cause of our chronic disease epidemic. Complexity gets thrown away for black-and-white thinking, and there is no room for nuance. It is very hard to see the label when you are in the jar. Grave’s disease was the tipping point and last straw that forced me to snap out of my brain-washed vegan dogmatic state and start the path of re-introducing high-quality animal foods in order to restore my health. I had already had many, many red flags along the way, including blood tests showing severe deficiencies and metabolic disorders, my teeth chipping as I ate, which led to the need for a root canal for a dead tooth and multiple fillings. After a few years, I had developed deep ridges in my nails, skin issues (random rashes when eating fruit), a yellow tint to my skin (high levels of beta carotene circulating in my bloodstream not being absorbed – nor converted to the retinol vitamin A due to lack of dietary fat that my immune system and thyroid sorely needed!), chronic fatigue (HPA axis disorder), depression, anxiety, chronically low mood and apathy, lack of motivation for life, high body fat percentage despite a high level of training, and then all of the symptoms leading up to the autoimmune: hair thinning, insomnia, food reactions and random intolerance’s to foods that would come and go, systemic inflammation, joint pain, gut distention and IBS symptoms as well as an indication of an inability to absorb nutrients from food, as well as arrhythmia (heartbeat irregularities). One of the most alarming symptoms to experience was tachycardia, where my resting heart rate was above 100 bpm. This came as quite a shock, as I had been training for long distance endurance triathlon, with a resting heart rate under 50. I had to stop training because anything above walking felt like my heart was ripping out of my chest (it’s a very peculiar feeling, not like being out of breath).

At one point I was in such gut distress that I turned up at the local emergency hospital asking for an X-Ray. It showed severe intestinal impaction – my intestines in a state of complete distress. Vegans will tell you that meat rots in the colon, yet here I was fully raw vegan with a completely backed up colon! I believe this was due to the nutrient deficiencies that stopped peristalsis as well as compromised detoxification pathways. Within the first year of veganism, I also lost my menstrual cycle, which is critical for bone density and is an indicator of general health. I didn’t get it back until reintroducing animal products and finding balance again years later, with a firm foundation of proper deep nutrition. Yet, in the raw vegan community, these were all just “detox symptoms” or not diet-related – or worse yet, as in the case of amenorrhea, seen as a good thing. In my mind, I was following the ultimate diet for human health.

How I wish I knew about this way of eating way back then!! From the point of “divorcing” veganism, I struggled with psychologically with my vegan biases, and then physically with impulsive binge eating (whole foods like almond butter, avocado, coconut, fruit) and confusion over what to eat as it seemed that my body was in such a poor functional state that it didn’t react well to or know how to handle any food, yet it was deprived of essential nutrition. In the beginning, the moment I started eating animal fats, my depleted body would CRAVE them in huge amounts in order to restore some sort of nutritional status, and to nourish the nervous system that requires adequate dietary cholesterol, DHA and EPA from animal fats. I ate sticks of raw butter, bone marrow, sardines, liver – all in huge quantities, but it never felt like enough. However, as our ability to break down fat declines if we are not eating fat over time by down regulation of digestive lipases (enzymes that break down fat), my body, liver and gallbladder were not used to handling dietary fat in any appreciable quantity. My metabolic and hormonal health was also imbalanced, which caused me to crave these nutrient-dense foods but not be in a position to optimally digest and absorb the nutrients I needed. In the beginning, I was also still eating high fruit as well as a high amount of plant fats like nuts and seeds. The combination of high sugar, high omega 6 fat intake and being insulin resistant prolonged a systematically inflamed state, impeded further healing and as well as presenting its own issues. It felt like I was swinging out of balance and out of control in the other direction. I would also swing back and forth between plant-based (but with cooked whole foods and supplements like spirulina) and a wholefoods “paleo-esque” omnivorous diet, as all my prior conditioning and information sources were heavily vegan-biased, and I wanted so badly to make a plant-based diet work for me as in my head it was still the “ideal”. Cooked plant protein sources like organic quinoa, legumes and beans made me so acutely unwell that I eventually learned that as much as I wanted to eat a “normal, balanced” diet, it wasn’t going to be an option. By that time, I think the combination of intestinal permeability and inflammation induced a high immunogenic response to any plant food.

As I continued my learning, expanded my research, and got more in touch with my body’s biofeedback signals, I became more specific in my approach to address root causes. I slowly came to realize the other half of the story. With a more complete understanding and continual questioning, I was able to let go of old beliefs and start making real progress in my health and healing. I adapted my own version of an AIP (Autoimmune Paleo Protocol) with influences from Weston A. Price. It was quite a journey to get my autoimmune condition in remission, not only from a dietary perspective as that worked really well when I got dialed in, but from a medical perspective as the doctors I worked with would not accept that I did not take medication. The autoimmune diagnosis coincided with an emotional family trauma that I am positive catalysed the expression of disease, with the pathological physiological foundation providing the perfect recipe. From a dietary perspective, I used two approaches: the first time, a meat and leafy greens diet (whole animal approach, plenty of organ meat and traditional fats like bone marrow, but cutting out any nuts, seeds and limiting starchy vegetables and fruit – but I struggled with cravings and would end up eating fruit or starch and having mini flare-ups of symptoms) managed to get my condition into remission, and the second time after a relapse, 1 month on raw, grass-fed milk worked “faster than any medical treatment protocol” (words from my endocrinologist!). It took 1.5 years of dedicated, focused work to get my head above water enough to feel remotely functional. Within this time, I documented my 8-month “Primal Prep” series where I strategically leaned down to around 13% body fat while reaching the highest level of health I had experienced up to that point (natural bodybuilding and weight lifting is a personal passion :). My nutrition was extremely dialed in and consisted of mostly nose to tail animal products (plenty of liver, beef, eggs, bone marrow and the like), but I was still plant-heavy in terms of food volume and consuming large amounts of fibre in the form of leafy green vegetables, seasonal non-starchy vegetables, fermented vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables as the base of my diet, with the occasional sweet potato refeed day (which never ended well!). Despite getting in remission and very lean, things were still not fully stable, and I would experience symptom relapses, anxiety and still had persistent digestive distress.

Around 3 months before hearing of the carnivore, zero carb approach, I had one last go at a plant-based keto protocol (I know, I know, I was a die-hard vegan at heart – or more like, in my head. Except according to some, you were never a vegan once you leave the cult!). I swapped out animal fats for avocados and coconut (which I have since identified as no-go foods that trigger joint pain and inflammation, but stayed nut- and seed-free) and upped my cruciferous vegetable intake to Rhonda Patrick levels. Depressive fog, irritability, pain, severe gut distress, amenorrhea and anxiety came back in full force, as well as gaining 10kg (fat, not muscle!). I felt like an inflamed mess again!

Finally, after hearing Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan podcast, something just clicked and made sense. I loved my veggies and avocados, but as I realized, they really didn’t love me back – and I didn’t need them to survive! It made me curious to research more, and I came across PaleoMedicina, a research group out of Hungary using an exclusively animal fat, meat and offal diet to cure autoimmune and internal conditions. In March of 2018, I did a 30-day “carnivore” experiment, doing the strict version of just beef and water. After the initial protocol, I expanded to a ‘whole animal’ nose to tail approach, and still cycle in intermittent “resets” of a simpler beef/red meat only periods with no eggs or coffee. This kind of rotation works well for me, and allows me to work in caffeine cycling naturally. Fasting 12-16h daily has become quite natural the longer I have been eating carnivore, but I take a relaxed approach to it.

From the time of writing (March 2019), it has been a year on this way of eating, and the longer I go, the more simple ways are what I seem to come back to.

In short, I have been eating an all natural, ”clean” whole foods diet since I was 13. However, being exclusively plant based wasn’t sufficient nutrition, and my body became depleted. When omnivore in transition, I hadn’t eliminated the triggers of inflammation and problematic foods that were perpetuating my immune over stimulation and systemic inflammation. It has to be a double edged approach: 1) remove kryptonite and what is toxic to my body and mind, the stuff that was taking away from detoxification and regenerative processes, and 2) add in what is nourishing and that upregulates detoxification processes, nourishes a healthy metabolism, and has the least anti-nutrients with the highest nutrient density. The (nose to tail) carnivore diet naturally does this. What I found was as much as I loved my veggies, they made me sick. Luckily I love my steak, too – and it loves me back!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Desperation! When nothing was working, yet everything I was doing was revolving around getting healthy, I started to question everything. I reached a point where I just wanted to restore my health and feel well. The residual symptoms from Grave’s disease were persistent despite clinical remission, and I still felt unstable with my health. I felt like I had tried everything in the other (plant-based) direction. So what did I have to lose? Nothing, yet I had everything to gain.

I was also attracted to the simplicity of the approach – I had spent enough money, time and energy on elaborate strategies and therapies.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach is holistic, intuitive and not rigidly dogmatic (I’ve had enough dogma with veganism!) –  I like to frame it as an open-ended adventure, and I am constantly learning and adjusting even within this framework. I am very specific with what I eat, and 99-100% of my nutrition comes from animal foods but it is not out of a sense of obligation to stick to the parameters of an arbitrary label. I like to frame it as I’m specific, not strict. I don’t need discipline to eat this way – quite the opposite in fact, it feels like a luxurious treat every time I sit down to eat! My philosophy is pragmatic in nature, to do what works in the dynamic context I am in. This means I am always open to shift and adjust as needed – but what has happened is that I feel better and better the longer I am eating only animal foods.

That 1% is stuff like unrefined salt, and organic coffee, spices, herbal teas and cacao powder (that I use as a drink with hot water in winter) that I have identified work for me. I consider animal foods to be used as nourishment, and plants to be used as medicine as needed – in small, specific doses for a purpose. I distinguish between cultivated plant foods (like the fruits, vegetables and grains we find in the supermarket) and wild plant foods that could provide hermetic benefit or have their use in a protocol based on rebalancing a person’s bio-individual terrain (like herbs, extracts and bitters). An example of this is raw apple cider vinegar. I used ACV in the beginning before meals to help my digestion and help my liver after all that it has been through! But I do not consider plants where I get the essential nutrients that nourish my body.

As previously mentioned, I started carnivore as a 30-day elimination protocol because I didn’t have anything to lose and my health and food reactions still were not stable. I had just come off a 3 month period of yet another attempt to be more plant-based where I switched my fats over to coconut and avocado and increased my vegetable intake à la Rhonda Patrick, and ended up feeling like I was starting from 0 again – my menstruation stopped, I gained fat, my hunger and cravings increased, my skin broke out in rashes, and my joint and gut pain returned. But I still didn’t blame the veggies! I thought I would do the 30 days and then find which beloved vegetables I tolerated via reintroduction. I was one of those crazy people who loved plain, steamed broccoli! Well, here I am 1 year later and I haven’t looked back 🙂

For me, well-raised red meat is at the centre – I think it suits female biological needs perfectly with the high heme iron and bioavailable micro-nutrients (that are missing in white meat and something like chicken breast, the epitome of a healthy diet!). Lamb and beef are my staples, but I love game, wild fish and seafood like oysters when in season. I think in terms of nutrient-density. I don’t just eat ribeye or steak, I use a variety of cuts, especially meat on the bone for the extra collagen and gelatine, and cooking meat on the bone preserves nutrients, too. I eat organ meat very regularly, my favourites being chicken liver, cow tongue, and sweetbreads (thymus gland); I’ll also poach lamb brain when I can get it, and scramble it with eggs!

At the beginning, I did not eat eggs, and I would advise that for most to start with the strict protocol of meat (including offal) only, especially if recovering from autoimmune issues, so that you can reintroduce and find your own tolerance. However, now I eat them regularly, and I’m lucky enough to have a source for pastured duck and goose eggs! Goose eggs are only available for 3 months out of the year though, so I take full advantage when I can! The yolk of pastured eggs contain phosphatidylcholine, a highly bio-available form of choline, which is a major methyl donor. I had symptoms of extremely poor methylation as a result of long term malnutrition and high homocysteine. Improving methylation requires adequate supply of nutrients like folate, B12, B6, methionine and betaine (a derivative of the amino acid glycine). This may explain why I do better with relatively high amounts of organ meat. I also suspect that (ex) long term vegans coming to this way of eating may also require higher doses of these nutrient-dense foods to make up for methylation impairment and nutrient depletion.

I am also very passionate and mindful about sourcing pastured, locally raised animal foods, and eating the whole animal to provide full-spectrum nutrition that is coherent from a evolutionary perspective of human nutritional needs, as well as alignment with principles of sustainability. The traditional diets of our ancestors paired muscle meat along side organ meat and gelatinous bones and other connective tissue. They ate the whole animal, and this is what I consider “deep nutrition”. I know there are people out there doing mostly muscle meat, and I’m not judging any individuals choices, but personally I have benefited from a nose to tail approach – especially in regard to healing my gut; skin, hair and nail health; and overall energy. Long term, the balance of amino acids from muscle meat, offal, bone and gelatinous cuts, and the unique nutrient profiles of each organ provide an incredibly “balanced” (yes, I said the feared word balance!) approach that takes full advantage of what an animal-based diet has to offer.

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

Where do I start?!

As you can tell from the evolution of my diet, nothing quite “worked” to feel well and get fully out of pain, inflammation and fatigue. Within the past year my body has regulated, and for the first time I feel in control of my body and well-being. This has been crucial for restoring a sense of self-trust that I had lost when I didn’t feel in control of my health.

The depressive episodes related to poor health that resulted simultaneously from the inflammatory state I was in (cytokine model of depression) but also due to the anxiety that came from managing a chronic condition was honestly the hardest symptom to deal with. The significant improvement in mood, emotional regulation, and overall positive frame and state of mind is the biggest benefit. I feel the most balanced and in control of my health that I have ever felt, from the inside out. I still feel my body has more recovery and healing to do, but I can now trust my body to be able to do what it needs to because it is finally getting what it needs.

My digestion has improved immensely, no more extreme stomach distention, gas or discomfort, and no more undigested food particles in my BMs! My skin, hair and nails have gotten stronger and healthier. Random food reactions have gone away since eliminating triggers (oxalates, salicylates, etc). The only day I was in pain in the past year was due to food poisoning from fish that wasn’t fresh – and I used to have on average 1 day a week where I would have to be in bed due to some flare-up!

Nutrition is but one tiny piece of the health equation, but when it works, everything else seems to click and fall into place. It’s given me hope that I can live a stronger, more resilient, pain-free, functional life and actually feel good in my body and mind. It’s still a process, but I feel like this is the natural set point and birthright of a human being and eating a high-quality, nutrient-dense animal-based diet is a natural part of that.

This creates the space to use my energy for larger pursuits, developments and experiences that before were closed doors because all of my energy was being used merely to be able to get out of bed! I feel deeply grateful on a daily basis.

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

The negatives that I’ve found are largely negotiable and practical – it can take a while to adjust, get into a good rhythm, find your way of navigating and managing things like food sourcing for optimal quality and affordability, for example. Cost can be an upfront issue, but as I’ve navigated through the months of this WOE, I have found a way to make it work well. I source the majority of my food from local farms and buy in bulk once a week, and pick up things like fresh chicken liver and heart from a local organic butcher. This saves time and money.

There’s the social aspect and resistance from friends and family who are more along the lines of conventional thinking that comes up, of course. I have found the best way to manage this is to allow everyone to have their opinion, and just embody the principles I believe in, and let that speak for itself. If it does come up, I don’t try to convince but engage people in conversations to reach understanding. I find challenging belief systems through offensive attacks futile as it puts people in a defensive state of mind and closes down openness to alternative information. I would rather just be an example of health and kindness that people come to me to ask questions 🙂

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

I don’t exercise – but I move and I train! I fell in love with weight lifting when I discovered it due to having to stop endurance training after I was diagnosed with Grave’s. Training is like meditation to me, where I can tune into my body and in to the potential we have with bioplasticity, to shape and create our body, our biology and our minds. I can get so enamored with heavy compound lifting at low reps that it is all I do – and doing to same stimulus over and over isn’t the best thing for progression! It is also very taxing on the nervous system. So I have really made it a priority to programme my training mindfully with a flexible structure that still allows for intuitive flow while getting stronger in a variety of rep ranges. My lifting is set up mainly to prioritize both strength and physique development, and I separate my 4 intense lifting sessions a week into 2 focused on strength (low reps, heavy weight, lower volume) and 2 focused on hypertrophy (higher rep ranges, lighter weight, high volume). I focus on basic compound moves like sumo deadlifts, barbell hip thrust, barbell glute bridges, squats, lunges, weighted chin ups and pullups, presses, pulls and carries. Now that I am training for a mountain Spartan Race in the summer, I add in sprints once a week, and max incline walks of 5-30 minutes 4x a week. I have found it no problem building muscle without carbs. The higher protein than keto has been incredibly beneficial, and I find I recover faster from lifting. Having a history of thyroid and autoimmune issues has made me very cautious about HIIT or overdoing cardio, but I am excited to see where I can take my training and fitness.

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

Keep it simple! Many come from a background of health issues, and managing a chronic condition is stressful enough. If it is fear of the unknown holding you back, break it down by making it manageable. Instead of looking at it as a lifelong commitment you can’t go back on once you’ve started, just take 1 step in experimenting with it in whatever way resonates for you, and what is most appropriate for your situation. This may be in the form of a 10 to 30 day experiment, or 90 days if you have chronic conditions to heal that may require more time to resolve. Look at it as an experiment and as an opportunity to learn about your body – the right mindset can be crucial.

I would also mention that depending on where you are coming from, the transition can suck! Especially if not fat-adapted or haven’t yet build metabolic flexibility through things like a ketogenic diet or fasting, the body will go through an adaptation phase that doesn’t really feel all that pleasant. Instead of being discouraged, trust that this will pass and ultimately you will come out the other side feeling operating than before. Factors like sufficient electrolytes and eating enough can help – salted bone broth is great to have on hand. Respect your body and trust in the process its ability to heal.

Also, on the topic of transition, just like with physiological transition as the body adapts, I feel there is also a psychological transition. In the beginning, I think many seek to mimic patterns of food behavior from before, like creating recipes to not get “bored”, or living off poor quality bacon, cured meat and cheese just because it fits the label “carnivore”. I see a similar parallel in the paleo movement with the “paleo approved” sweeteners and almond flour everything recipes, and basically eating an omega 6 and starch heavy diet and wondering why they are still inflamed. I don’t think there is any replacement for fresh meat and offal as the bulk of the diet. Food quality equally becomes important, as conventional bacon and cured meats are often filled with nitrates, glucose syrup, additives and conservators. So my extra tip is to always read the ingredients label, even on meat products!

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

More and more people are getting sick, with chronic disease the number one cause of mortality worldwide. I see more people let down by the conventional allopathic medical system and looking for alternatives to heal themselves. This is where I think the carnivore approach will thrive.

Our culture has taken such a deep dive off the cliff of disconnect from what is real, whole and natural that fundamental truths like the importance of animal fats and protein for human health, and the importance of well-managed ruminant animals for soil health has been vilified instead of celebrated. The culmination of decades of mindless consumption and industrial development going in a direction that works against nature has led us to ecological and human health degradation. We have reached this tipping point where we need massive, radical change in order to restore balance. I see things going in 2 ways evolving from the standard, destructive conventional status quo regime: there is the plant-based narrative that is being pushed as a way to save the planet, animals and human health, but is based on partial truths that actually lead us down this very synthetic road – think lab grown meat, supplements, and a world where plastic is chosen over leather and to have a “balanced” vegan diet means dependence of a fossil-fueled globalized food system of imported foods – or this Utopian “Garden of Eden” ideals of living off the land but eating mostly fruit and greens (health tends to degrade much quicker in this case). Both take us further away from our ancestral heritage and what is truly natural and needed. Long term, I would foresee this resulting in more nutritional deficiencies and metabolic dysregulation.

Then we have the other narrative of the real food movement, based on traditional nutrient dense foods, Weston A. Price and ancestral health principles, and informed by disciplines like medical anthropology and evolutionary biology. Along with this, regenerative agriculture, holistic grazing and agroecology come alongside to support the production of a nutrient-dense and sustainable food system. I am rooting for this path!

In my opinion, sustainability is not enough, we need regeneration – of the land and our bodies. An animal-food based diet provides the body with the most bio-available complete nutrition without the potential harmful substances in plants in a way that can replenish, nourish and create the conditions for healing. While I don’t think everybody should or has to go 100% carnivore to benefit from the life-enhancing nourishment of healthy animal foods, I do hope it will become widespread and mainstream as a tool for those who need it.

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

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein.

I know there are many in a similar position to where I was when coming from long term veganism, and trying different iterations of a plant-based diet but still struggling with their health. It really required me to unhook from everything I thought I knew and believed in to be able to start doing the right things for my health and well-being. I hope sharing my story helps others (& hopefully helps avoid the pitfalls I made!). The ability of the body to heal and get stronger given the right conditions is truly astounding.

I enjoy sharing my journey and any insights I have along the way on my Instagram @consciouscarnivore. My current website/blog is juicyliving.weebly.com and there you can find detailed entries of my journey as it unfolded, including the 30 day raw milk fast and my Primal Prep series. I have a new website underway that will be specifically focused on carnivore resources and regenerative practices for healing, health and rewilding our internal terrain and external environment. I’ll post about it on IG when it is ready 🙂

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Arla

Interview with Arla

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Introduce yourself:

My name is Arla! I am 44 and the mom of two teenagers. I love essential oils, hiking, yoga, traveling, and hanging around positive people. I have my own business in health and wellness and love it!

How did you eat before carnivore?

I grew up not liking anything “green”. I didn’t like the taste or the way it made me feel. At the age of 18 I ate my first salad after gaining weight in college. I was told this was what I had to eat to lose weight. When I was in my late 20’s I ate the standard American diet. When my children were young, overnight I went vegetarian at the age of 32. It wasn’t because I didn’t like meat it was for the animals. It was a long seven years. I started off as a terrible vegetarian. I learned later to make salads the way I liked them. I began to add back in meat after I continued to break out in miserable itchy rashes. I went on an elimination diet my doctor put me on. In the end, I was down to apples and all my body wanted was meat. I listened to my body and incorporated it back in my diet over the next few years. I became a Holistic Health Coach and began to eat what I considered “healthy and clean”.

Why did you try carnivore to begin with?

I heard about this way of eating from one of my best friends who was having great success with her colitis. We had been friends for many years and I have seen her struggle first hand. I decided to “try” this insane diet for 30 days.. because I love a good 30-day challenge! I had also decided this would be great for research. The first few weeks were a disaster. My body went into freak out mode going from eating carbs/sugars to no carbs/sugars. I was determined to do this challenge like a BOSS! By the third week, I had feelings of clarity and euphoria. By day thirty I was beside myself with how much better I felt. This way of eating was against everything I had ever learned. I decided to continue.

How do you personally approach the carnivore diet?

I began this way of eating last year. It turned into a lifestyle. I begin my day with coffee in the morning and heavy whipping cream. My favorite foods are grass fed beef, eggs and ribeye with salt (these were also my favorites as a child). I usually eat a few times a day and do a natural daily intermittent fast. I have to say I love the way I feel! It is important to me to have so much gratitude for the animals that provide us with these nutrients!

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Some of the benefits I felt were:

  • My cravings for carbs and sugars went away
  • My anxiety levels were dramatically reduced
  • The bloating had disappeared (this was incredible to me)
  • No rashes
  • My body became leaner
  • My poop was normal
  • A sense of clarity
  • Minimalism
  • Feelings of peace and calmness
  • More energy
  • I used to have daily stomach aches and it was “normal” to me. I realized this was NOT NORMAL. Since going carnivore, stomach aches are a thing of my past.

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What negatives have you found with the carnivore diet?

At times it has been awkward to go out to eat but I usually have a big meal prior to heading out with friends. Other than that it’s very simplistic. I enjoy doing so much in life. I feel like this gives me more time freedom. I used to spend tons of time food prepping, chopping and stressing about what to make. Now it’s just simple. I have to admit I’m still scared to use a grill but it’s on my list to learn.

Do you exercise on the carnivore diet? If so how do you find it and what do you do?

Of course! I feel it’s so important to move the body! I love to hike and practice yoga. I am starting to incorporate weights. This is a very new venture for me and I’m excited to begin.

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

I would say if they are ready for a change to give it a thirty-day trial! GO ALL IN! They can decide from there to continue with carnivore or add certain foods back in and see how they feel.

Do you think carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet?

I don’t know. I think more and more people are having massive positive changes in their health with this way of eating. The word is getting out and people are curious. I’m interested to see where it goes and how the research evolves. I will continue to honor my body and do what feels right for ME.

Anything you would like to add, and where can people find your journey?

Feel free to follow my journey on Instagram @carnivarla

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Maria

Interview with Maria

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Introduce Yourself.

Heya, I’m Maria, and reside in the cold arctic of northern Norway, where the sun barely shines. Here, I live with my puppy, while working as an artist and graphic designer at the studio and gallery Blåtimen.

I’m approaching 32, and most my life, I’ve been a fairly slender person, up until I got into a stressful place in life.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was generally considered fit and healthy, though seemingly “normal” problems were becoming more and more frequent in my life; constipation, depression, anxiety, fat gain, chronic candida infections, acne, sleep problems, rotting teeth, and so on and so forth. I thought all these problems were a part of becoming old, at the age of 18.

My diet was generally a typical Norwegian diet: fish frequently, potatoes with most dishes, starchy sauces, high carb vegetables, fruit when we had it, and candy every weekend and some weekdays (more frequent as I became more independent). Similar to the SAD diet, but less processed food.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

As I moved on in life, and got more and more upset with how I looked, never feeling OK with myself (I always struggled with self esteem), I started dabbling with ways of eating. I found carnivore/zero carb in 2011, but I had no name for it. All I knew was that I felt good. But friends would scare me with the dangers of eating no carbs, and therefore I slid off. That was the road towards even worsening symptoms.

In 2015, I went back to LC/keto, after remembering how good I felt while doing ZC. I joined several forums and groups, and as time progressed, I started seeing NSV. Weight loss was not very big, but it was a motivation too, seeing something was happening. I started seeing comments regarding eating meat only. What!!! doing what I had been doing some years back, was allowed?!

I jumped right in!

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

In the beginning, due to economy (and thinking it would be cheaper), I did a lot of frozen chicken and pork. I did very well, and soon experienced what some call zero carb zen.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Sooner than expected, I was off all my medications for mental illness. I started noticing I felt better doing red meat, and realised that the cost for eating red meat would be equal, if not less, than buying the equal amount I needed to satisfy my hunger and nutrition needs, compared to chicken and pork. I used a lot of dairy in the beginning, but as time has passed, the amount has been reduced. I feel the best doing zc as clean as possible, but life sometimes does not allow that.

Either way, the “problems” I experience regarding consuming dairy and non optimal foods, are so small, it’s not a big issue for me.

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

My family was very negative regarding the way I started eating. They would often battle me during meals or in birthday parties where cake was served and such. As time progressed and they saw how I changed, the acceptance has become more improved. Especially after hearing and seeing my blood tests results.

I do not supplement whatsoever; no vitamins, no minerals, no oils (even though there’s little sun were I live).

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

I don’t exercise; I quit one month into ZC in March 2016, and did not feel like going back. Yet, I’m seeing more muscles than I have ever done in my entire life, even though I weigh the same as when I worked out like a nutcase some years back and had very little progress. I also feel stronger than before.

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

Generally, the benefits I’ve had is: no candida problems, haven’t been sick since I started ZC (I used to have the flu/influenza at least twice a year), stronger hair and nails, improved skin condition, no more rotting teeth, no constipation or painful bowel movements, improved sleep, more balanced mood, no need to constant drink alcohol (a part of my depressive state), less painful periods, generally all is very well.

The most negative part of this lifestyle, is when people who have no personal experience or real facts, come and try to convince you what you’re doing is dangerous. People who are sick, yet try to prey on you, who are healthy, that your choice is wrong and dangerous, unhealthy.

The biggest and best advice would be to ALWAYS make sure you eat enough! Eating inadequate is the biggest reason most people fall off. Don’t fast (same as neglecting your body nutrition). Most people I follow or followed online, who are doing ZC, then start doing fasting or other restrictions, generally fall off. No veterans restrict, so why should you, just because you’re not having as fast progress as you believe your mind thinks is right?

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

Some day, perhaps very soon, I think that if people do this WOE correctly, it will be accepted. People who fall off tend to blame the ZC, it doesn’t work etc, yet the fault and problems lie with themselves. Therefore other people are afraid of trying it, because they’re given false information, which is very sad. It took me a long time before I lost weight/fat, but when I did, I felt like a totally new person.

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

I post about my journey in the veteran group Zeroing In On Health on FB, and also have a profile on IG called @devious.meater. My puppy is also raw fed, and has the best fur and teeth, so I sometimes post about him too.

I’m also an admin of the Norwegian zero carb group, Zero Carb Norge.

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Yecca

Interview with Yecca

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Yecca! I’ve always been in love with food and everything around it! For as long as I can remember, I was so infatuated with the way food worked, how it looked, smelled, tasted, how it made others feel… I started working in restaurants at 12 years old, been cooking since I was 8. Food has literally been my life and my love! I currently work from home doing meal prep for families in my neighborhood and also at a local catering company that uses local and organic foods. I love supporting local businesses, farms, and ranches. Knowing where your food comes from brings you closer to your food, supports the economy and environment.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have tried just about every single “diet” out there! As most Americans, I grew up eating a Standard American Diet (SAD). I was always overweight, tired, moody, and negative. When I started culinary school, health started becoming more important to my life; So, I, as most others do, went towards a plant based diet. I ate mostly vegetarian for about 3-4 years. Then I tried gluten free, then vegan, then raw vegan, then grain free, then Paleo and Primal, then dairy free, then low carb, the candida diet, the lemonade diet, the cabbage soup diet, and so on and so forth… Everything I tried either didn’t work, or only worked temporarily.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had candida that I could not get rid of. I had taken many supplements, done countless cleanses and diets FOR 3 YEARS and nothing would make it go away permanently. I was also wanting to lose weight that I had gained back from being Paleo and from being depressed. I was depressed with my life and my past relationship and felt like there was no way out. I had also completely lost my libido 100%. A couple of friends of mine had told me about it, and even though I thought they were crazy, at first, I knew and understood that cutting all sugars out completely would be extremely beneficial for someone with serious health issues like cancer. When I had arrived at the moment that I was going to try carnivore, I had just finished reading someone’s blog about a similar story to mine. 30 days? I had to try it out, 30 days after 3 years was like nothing! Of course I fell off a couple times, but sure enough after the first 30 days, I added another 30 days. Then, after the first 60 days, I said 6 months. Before the 6 months came, I knew I was in it for the long run. I was feeling younger, healthier, and so full of life I couldn’t believe it!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I explain what I eat to others, I mention I eat meat, dairy, eggs, and sauces. I also eat fresh herbs. I rarely drink alcohol, but when I do I stick with low carb drinks like dry wine, tequila, and vodka. Just because they’re no carbs doesn’t mean I don’t get bloated for 2-3 days, though! I don’t think supplements are necessary on this way of eating, but I do take some just to try them out, to be “superhuman”, or to flush toxins out after I’ve eaten garbage or alcohol. Carnivore is the best way to heal your body and give it the proper nutrition in the most easy way possible. Yes, it takes time, but it’s absolutely worth it! Even if carnivore doesn’t work for you in the long run, you can always learn about YOUR body from simply trying it out.

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

Clear skin. Muscle gain without working out or super muscle gain when I do work out! When I work out my arms or legs, I can literally tell a difference in just 1-2 days. Steady mood, no mood swings, and hardly anything bothers me anymore, unless I fall off and eat something with sugar or grains in it. The side effects are either immediate or happen the next day. NO GAS!! I get to eat as much as I want when I’m hungry. No bloating, unless I eat too much cheese or dairy. Little to no joint pain. I’ve had scoliosis for years and years and a lot of joints would hurt to the point where I couldn’t stand up or go to work! Carnivore has rid me of this problem. No body odor. Regular poops. No more dry scalp which used to be so bad, I could scratch off chunks from the top of my head!   I used to have super short, thin, and brittle nails with skin always peeling off around the edges. I now have long, strong, and beautiful nails, with no dry skin around the edges. On point menstrual cycle. High energy all throughout the day with 6-7 hours of sleep. Libido back up 110%! No candida! It was healed within a couple months and has not returned once! Depression vanished.

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

Always having to explain myself to others. When you have standards/preferences like mine, (no vegetable oils, no commercially raised meat, little to no pork, grass fed/organic only, no soy), it actually can be hard to dine out and leave full most times, so I’ve had to be a little flexible on that end.

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

I’m just starting to get into exercising. I’ve always hated it, but now I’m having all this excess energy I don’t know what to do with! And I’m already making gains!  I workout at home mostly, but in total I workout 5 days a week for 20-30 minutes. When I wake up early enough, I go to the gym with my boyfriend and do the same workouts he does. Most days I still don’t enjoy it mentally, but it takes time to change your thought processes! My mind is easier on me when I go with my boyfriend, though. I never regret working out no matter how hard my mind fights it. I want to enjoy working out. I love the idea of being a superhuman, and working out is definitely a big part of that, in my opinion.

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

Just jump in, don’t wait. Buy as much meat as you can and prep a lot of meat to help kill the cravings, because the cravings are so real!!! (Especially if you go out a lot.) Bacon, burgers, cheese chips, pork rinds, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna, cheese, heavy whipping cream… stock it all up! The cravings are hard to pass, but drinking cream is what helped me get rid of them in the beginning. Nowadays, a cold burger will do. LOL

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

I believe it’s the next up and coming “fad”! I also believe it will be bashed and trashed by all the “fake news” stating lies about how meat is bad for you and the earth. When, in reality, it s not true at all! I’m one of the biggest “hippies” I know and I would not be eating this way if I knew it was bad for the planet, our bodies, or our souls. I believe in living a “full circle” life and this couldn’t be anymore closer to that! (Unless I was hunting my own food! Hopefully one day!)

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

No matter how hard carnivore is for you, it’s always best to listen to your body. There are so many carnivores out there and all of our stories are different. All of our food sensitivities are different. No one carnivore is the same. Find what makes YOU feel good, what foods YOU love and can afford and stick with that. Being a carnivore is like knowing this huge secret that no one wants to believe. When others turn their nose up at me, I just smile and eat more steak. And that’s what you call zero carb zen.

I post all my meaty delicacies on Instagram @eatmeatqueen. I have a cookbook I am working on and a website coming this year!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Bret

Interview with Bret

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Brett Lloyd. I am a 57-year-old musician/producer/songwriter of no particular note. I have been living carnivorously for right at 7 months. I take no pharmaceutical medications of any kind & I feel healthier now than at any time in my adult life.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore, I was on a LCHF diet for 3.5 years in which I lost 94 lbs. Prior to that I was eating the SAD & weighed up to 289 lbs.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I decided to try Carnivore after watching Dr Jordan Peterson describe how he & his daughter had seen their lifelong severe depression symptoms vanish after they began eating beef & drinking water. Dr Shawn Baker & Amber O’Hearn also played a huge role in my deciding to give this way of eating a go.  They all make very compelling arguments why humans SHOULD be eating this way vs the S.A.D. way that dominates much of western society. After watching their testimonials I knew I had to give this way of eating a solid chance because I wanted to be 100% free of my lifelong depression, anxiety & insomnia forever!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I approached Carnivory with the certainty I was going to give it a solid 90 days before making any lasting judgments. I also felt confident something positive would take place due to the integrity of Dr Peterson, Dr Baker & Amber O’Hearn. I was not disappointed. I also knew that if I tried to only eat one kind of meat at any meal I would become instantly bored. I eliminated this concern by always eating 2 kinds of meat at every meal. Primarily beef & bacon. 7 months into the experience I have zero complaints. Deciding to eat meat & drink water has been one of the best decisions of my whole life!

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

The benefits of living carnivorously have been many! 10 or so days in I woke up without ANY joint pain. I never thought I ‘suffered’ from joint pain but that I had “aches & pains” just as a matter of living to be 57. I felt incredibly healthier right then, to be honest, & that was but the 1st 10 days!  On day 23 into day 24 as a carnivore, I felt ALL my depression symptoms VANISH.

They are GONE! I’ve also lost sour gut, hemorrhoids, dry flakey skin, skin tags, enormous amounts of body fat. I no longer suffer from headaches. My anxiety problem is GONE! I sleep 7-8 hours a night after decades of surviving on 3-4. I no longer suffer from hypothyroidism. My libido is back to what it was when I was a teenager. Every single aspect of my life has benefited from my decision to live carnivorously! I weigh what I did when I graduated high school & my waistline is again the same today as it was then, 32″. I am so blessed!

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

I have suffered no negative effects from living carnivorously. I do not miss carbs, sugar or plants at ALL! I miss the mental illness even less as you might imagine.

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

I do exercise some, light resistance training & I walk several miles a week. I do find I enjoy exercising more as a carnivore because I enjoy moving around a lot more now. I am gradually adding long, lean muscles & am increasing my core strength slowly & gradually as planned without issue.

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

My 1st bit of advice for anyone considering living carnivorously is to PREPARE 1st. Go on a LCHF diet for 30 days 1st. IMO, this allows the healing process to begin & one can at the end of 30 days LCHF general expect to has a less contentious adaption phase after going full carnivore. Be sure to eat when hungry & when you eat be sure to eat until you are “not another bite” full. Eat the meat you crave & can afford. My 2nd bit of advice is to BE PATIENT! Most of us ate garbage for decades & never heal/get well as fast as we would prefer. Trust your body to heal itself once you stop eating poisons, toxins, carbs & the evilly destructive thing called sugar! It works if you stick with it & keep things at the eating meat, drinking water level.

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

The carnivore diet can become mainstream if we but share our stories of healing with the world. No pseudo science can ever trump our personal experiences. No amount of Big Food propaganda can make our health journey’s invalid. But we must expend the energy & seek out ways to share our experiences living carnivorously!

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

Folks can find me at Instagram where my handle is @thankful.carnivore

I spend a lot of time on Twitter these days sharing my love for carnivory via @StickmanBleedin

If you are in Facebook you can read & follow my carnivorous journey in the Zeroing In On Health group.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Saara

Interview with Saara

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I am Saara, Finish-German Carnivore girl.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was raised low fat, high carb. Not vegetarian, but with lots of vegetables and my mother cooked pretty much everything from scratch. 10 years ago she discovered the high fat – low carb, keto. I started to incorporate more eggs, cream, butter but was still eating vegetables and carbs, they are just easy and convenient especially for a student not living at home anymore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I stumbled upon sv3riges ex-vegan videos on YouTube and watched them all. As Keto was already familiar to me it just made sense. This is how humankind evolved and this truly is the natural diet we are designed to eat. I was curious.

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Pretty simple raw eggs, raw meat mostly grounded beef, raw liver. Butter, cream, cheese sometimes I make kefir. If I crave warm food, then I just cook it, if I crave something I have it, but just as little as possible, usually, I don’t have cravings. The quality of the food is important for me means pasture raised and raw if possible, as less processed food as possible.

I prefer to eat raw and small meals throughout the day as many as I like, usually 3-4. I feel more energetic and my mind is clearer.

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

I feel like I got a new life. I felt right away grounded and connected with my body. The energy I have now is AMAZING. The transition phase was a bit annoying and irritating.

I never considered myself as sick, digestion was good and I just had “normal” itches and aches, but now I can clearly see how damaged I really am.

The biggest benefit for me is definitely a reversal of depression, basically, I recovered already last year due to therapies and quitting medication, but I still felt a lot of anxiety, insecurity, fatigue, overthinking, procrastination, weirdness. Life seemed so easy for everyone else and I never reached that feeling before I went carnivore. Now I am shining in my true colors.

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

Socializing is definitely difficult if food is involved.

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Quick meal options aren’t really available, mostly I buy cold cuts and eat it with creme fraiche. Or I prepare something like grounded beef with butter.

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

To release excess energy I dance aka jump around the house, which happens randomly throughout the day. Sometimes I do bodyweight and resistance band workouts. Recently I started to hit the gym again, I try to go there 2-3 times a week for one hour max and just do whatever feels good, I like to do one song exercises and warry weights. Sore muscle recovery is definitely much faster and less painful nowadays.

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

Be open to new insights.

Research on eating raw meat, if you want to eat raw meat or anything raw, it’s your own responsibility, but definitely, nothing to be scared of, if you know how to do it. Eating plants is definitely not necessary, just try what feels good for you!

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

Probably not, there is too much money involved in industries which profits from mediocre healthy people and sick of course, too. Just imagine if everyone would eat carnivore, how different our lives would be, imagine all the labour involved in farming, packing, shipping, processing. We would certainly all be healthier and mentally stable, means fewer doctors and less pharma industry. And the list goes on and on… what about restaurants?

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

You can connect with me on Instagram @carni_whore and @lolo_rii.

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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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kristel

Interview with Kristel

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Kristel, I was born and raised in The Netherlands. I have always been into self development and ways to enhance my lifestyle. I love being active and creative. On my YouTube channel “Kasumikriss” I share most of the experiences I have in life. Currently sharing the switch I made from a vegan lifestyle to a carnivorous lifestyle.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was a vegan for 4 years before I went carnivore. I tried many vegan diets, and made sure to stay away from processed foods. Prior to my vegan diet I was also aware of staying away from the junk foods yet I had it more often.

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3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After being vegan for 4 years my health declined drastically. I was so desperate. I didn’t want to stop being vegan, because I thought it was the best thing to do. You could call me brainwashed! The doctor wasn’t helpful and I had no clue who to ask for help. I had tried so many things already.

In a popular podcast I heard the carnivore diet being mentioned. Then I started to read and hear more about it. At the same time I learned more about the negative effects of a vegan diet which I never looked into previously. Everything started to click and I found myself eating an egg and some grass fed butter one day. I couldn’t believe how good it made me feel! Slowly I kept taking out the plant foods and adding in meat, fish, dairy and eggs. I noticed many mental and physical health problems disappear. I decided to go fully carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat foods only from the animal kingdom. I have noticed if I center my diet around beef, I feel the best. I also make an effort to eat most of it raw. I only consume raw dairy for example.

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

Reduction in anxiety, depression, sadness. Increase of motivation, energy and happiness. My hair grows again and doesn’t get damaged so quick. My hair and skin are moisturized again. As a vegan my hair was dry and brittle, just like my skin. I always struggled with acne, but that cleared up a lot. My joint pains reduced, my nails grow stronger and are harder, I have more color in my face, I can think better and clearer. I have no more bloating, pains and cramps. My digestive system works better. There are so many benefits I experienced. I was really lacking nutrients out of the animal kingdom.

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

In the beginning I had a period of feeling fatigue, but that disappeared and after it I felt a lot better. When I tweak the diet in the way that suits me I have no negatives. For example reducing dairy makes me more energetic.

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

I do exercise. I go to the gym and work with my bodyweight and light weights. There is a huge difference in my body composition now compared to myself as a vegan. When I was a vegan I would train so hard with heavy weights and would make no progress. Now I train with lighter weights for a shorter amount of time, but my results are great! I lost fat and gained more muscle.

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

You won’t ever know what it is like or how it feels if you don’t try. You have to experience something in order to know what works for you. Then you can be your own judge. Even if you think you are doing well and feeling fine. There is a possibility that you can even feel better!

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

Not in the near future, because there is so much plant propaganda being spread in the mainstream.

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

I am so happy to be eating tasty food again and to feel so much better than I did before. It gave me a lot of confidence. I share my journey on my YouTube channel Kasumikriss: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp4_eaWIdkiW37Fg4Moi9Ag?

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Gina

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I have been low carb since January 2016. I started with the Ketogenic Diet, and I have been on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet (eBook) since October 2017. I love this way of eating but there are only so many times I can blog about how great I feel. So I decided to get other people to tell you how great they feel instead!

This is a really touching story from Gina, and I am sure it will resonate with a lot of people.

If you have a Carnivore Diet success story you would like to share. Please get in touch with me.

Interview With Gina

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Gina, Soon to be 34 female. 5’6, 135lb. Hair stylist and artist.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Growing up, I ate pretty balanced diet. I had a healthy relationship with food and my body until high school. A comment from my older brother about how much I was eating at a meal and that I was going to be fat made me suddenly very aware of my body. I had never felt self conscious until that very moment. So began years of restriction and over exercising. I would say from 18-25 were my worst years. Painfully thin and miserable. My parents lovingly and very supportively intervened and helped me get the help I needed. I got somewhat better but still struggled with obsessive exercise and control issues with food.

From 25-31, I ate high protein, low fat, and high carb, high fiber, gluten free diet. Huge plates of plain roasted , unsalted vegetables. Chicken breasts. Tons of processed “healthy” snack foods. I’d often consume 70g of fiber a day. I was drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day. All while calculating and stressing over how to fit alcohol into my already miserably low calorie allowance I had given myself.

I transitioned to low carb high fat which eventually and thankfully led me hear today.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After having physical, mental, and emotional improvements from going low carb, I still wanted to feel better. That mental clarity helped me realize and see the bigger picture of total health and wellness, not just how I looked or having “control” over food and numbers. I had new goals like getting off of SSRI’s and healing my gut and reproductive health (years of amenorrhea)

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I personally would say I am 98% carnivore. I still have my coffee with a splash of cream. I will occasionally have a small serving of romaine lettuce for a side salad. Or say a few pickles on a burger. But since March when I transitioned to carnivore, the desire for even that 2% of “other stuff” becomes less and less. I’m consuming about 2-3lbs of meat a day. I typically don’t eat before 2:00pm during the week, usually consuming 2 meals a day. On the weekends, to enjoy social situations like a Sunday brunch, I won’t fast.

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

Most importantly and dramatically, within the first week, my anxiety and mood swings were gone. I had begun tapering my anti-anxiety meds but still felt this anxiety over actually ever being able to be off of them. After that first week, I tapered down even further, and after one month I was off of them completely! Being peaceful and happy has a huge impact on not only how I feel, but how I interact with friends family and loved ones. I could hide it so well but it was so hard. I would turn down many social situations. Now I want to be out and about and experience whatever I can.

Low carb high fat had brought my cycle back, it was becoming more regular, but it was still not quite right. I have had my cycle on time since March. I never expected that to work that dramatically. I feel very in tune again with my symptoms. Also, those symptoms aren’t nearly as bad on carnivore as they were before. I used to be in tears sometimes, now I get a little puffy in the midsection and mild cramping. That’s it!

My hair is incredible on carnivore. It’s growing, shiny, and my natural curls are prettier than ever. Same with my nails. My skin used to be SO dry. Now, it’s even and glowing.

When I was eating my old diet, I was constantly bloated. I literally looked pregnant. I have been lifting regularly for over a decade so my arms would look nice but I would have to wear flowy shirts because it looked odd that someone that was fairly lean had such a bloated stomach. Now, other than before my cycle, my stomach is always flat and calm. Never upset. My legs have leaned out dramatically as well. Cellulite diminished.

The first few weeks of carnivore I definitely felt weak but then it was almost overnight that the transition period seemed to lift and I felt normal again. My lifts have improved, I feel strong, my joints never ache anymore.

Professionally, it’s incredible how much better I perform. I have mental clarity and energy to be on my feet all day long and still go home feeling great.

Budget wise, it’s saved me so much time and money! Grocery shopping is quick and painless. When I was a carb addict, grocery shopping was torture and I would spend so much money on snacks and “trying new things”. It’s like I was an addict surrounded by shelves and shelves stocked full of my favorite drug! Now I buy what I need, eat it, and I don’t spend a dime more.

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

The negatives seemed to only exist on the beginning and they quickly solved themselves. Learning to listen to hunger signals, learning what meats work and don’t work well for me, etc.  Now I’m trying to honestly think of anything negative concerning my diet and Nothing comes to mind. It’s perhaps still a struggle for others to see me eat this way but again, not a negative for me.

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

I have been lifting and even over exercising for a long time probably in an attempt to out exercise a bad diet. Now I lift heavy full body two days a week. I stay active and do light circuits the other days. I purchased the Mind Pump RGB bundle last year and it’s been so good! I encourage anyone that wants to purchase solid programming to check it out.

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

I always tell people that if they can persevere for years on a diet that makes them feel miserable, what’s the risk in just trying something else for thirty days? You literally have nothing to lose and SO much to potentially gain. If after thirty days it doesn’t work, your old crappy diet will always be there!

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

I can only hope so but if it is, I think it will take a long time.

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

I just want to thank everyone else on the same journey because it’s been incredibly helpful to learn from others.

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I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sylvia

Interview with Sylvia

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Sylvia, born and raised in Poland. I’m a health coach determined to help people find their way to optimal health and performance through diet, movement, and environmental changes/adjustments.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Right before carnivore I ate a ketogenic diet for about 2 years, and prior to that I’ve experimented with a vegan diet and anything in between.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After years of experimenting with different dietary approaches. I have developed many health conditions and only meat seems to be eliminating all the symptoms.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

One steak at a time haha. On a serious note, one day at a time and the simpler the better. At the beginning I was looking for variety but I have noticed most improvements when I stick to steaks, fish, salt and water.

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

– improved digestion

– mental clarity

– improved skin

– better vision

– more energy

– better sleep

– stable mood

– no anxiety

– better body composition

– stronger hair/nails

– faster workout recovery

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

The only negative I have found is being single on carnivore diet, because libido definitely improves by a lot.

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

Yes, I do exercise mainly because I have so much energy I would explode if I didn’t. Some days it might be hiking outside, other days Pilates or 30 mile bike rides on trails.

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

Just do it, make it simple and truly give it a fair try. It takes months to fully adapt to a new diet, don’t except miracles after two weeks.

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

I feel it will, the more data we start collecting and proving that quality meat doesn’t cause cancer or other diseases, and fiber is not crucial for health the sooner it will happen.

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

Are vegetables evil? I don’t think they are. The people who struggle the most are people with the most broken guts, if a only meat diet works for lowering their inflammation while healing other issues then there’s a good reason to stick to it. Sometimes just simple elimination diet or low FODMAP can be enough especially for those who are not ready to give up their veggies.

Will I stick to carnivore diet for the rest of my life? At this point I sure feel like I could because of how amazing I feel physically and mentally.

People can follow my journey on IG @biohacking.chick or if anyone needs coaching or diet support they can book a coaching session at www.biohackingchick.com

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this interview post.

I feel great on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, that is N=1.

My wife is experiencing similar benefits to me, that is N=2.

This series of Carnivore Diet Success Stories, shows it could be N=Many.

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I am also a fan of Softstar Shoes for minimalist footwear, Quad Lock for sporting mobile phone accessories, Skulpt to measure body fat, and Cheesies for a Carnivore appropriate snack. I use these companies myself and recommend them.

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