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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Zach

Interview with Zach

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Zach, I’m from Texas and have been eating a strict carnivore diet since October 2019 in an attempt to heal my autoimmune disease. In 2015, I survived multiple daily heart attacks and triple-bypass open heart surgery at the age of 23, caused by inflammation and 95-99% blockage of my coronary arteries.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I switched from a standard American diet to keto starting around May 2019, and moved gradually more towards carnivore in an attempt to lower my inflammation further.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

When I started keto, I initially had much more inflammation than my previous SAD diet, but I believe that was from eating such a large amount of dairy which might be a dietary trigger for me. While outward inflammation that I’m able to see or feel has been non-existent since switching to carnivore, my blood markers for inflammation still have a ways to go. I’m in the process of trying different things to lower that. Also to note, I did lose 20 lbs of extra weight I had very quickly when I went keto, but I’m sure it would have been lost just as quickly on carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach is to keep things as simple and easy as possible. I recently bought my first 1/2 cow, buying in bulk saves a lot of money and I like not having to buy meat as often. Just about every meal I eat is either air fried, broiled, or cooked in a pan. I usually eat around 2 lbs a day, most days 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of a whole cut. The ground beef I spread into a big patty in my cast iron pan, cook one side until it’s nice and browned, flip, and repeat. Usually in my 10 inch pan, the patty is thin enough to cook all the way through by cooking both sides once. For whole cuts, most days I put them in my Ninja Foodi with the Broil setting (an oven or toaster oven on the Broil setting works just as well here!), 7-8 minutes on one side, flip, and 5-6 minutes on the other side. I don’t care that much about the doneness of the meat, I usually just aim to get a good sear and keep most of the inside as rare as possible. Really thin cuts I will air fry from frozen for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway. That method is really useful if you forget to thaw something! I don’t pressure cook or slow cook very many meals anymore as it seemed to upset my stomach, but oxtail is amazing and can only really be cooked that way, and I will make the occasional batch of bone broth as well. There are so many different cuts and ways to cook beef that I never really get bored!

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

The biggest benefit I’ve found is not having to think about what I’m going to eat, nor having a constant hunger to worry about. I just pick a cut of meat out of the fridge, cook it how I like, then eat it. The boredom some people have with eating nothing but meat is nothing to me, since I gain the simplicity of having all of my meals already planned out.

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

When I started keto in 2019, I had a ton of energy, while with strict carnivore my energy levels are a bit lower. However, my energy level is consistent all day long, and is much better than when I was eating SAD.

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

Before the whole Coronavirus lockdown, I was getting in some exercise two or three times a week by going to my local climbing gym, but since they’ve reopened, I’ve only been going once every one or two weeks. It’s a great way to exercise for me since I love rock climbing, but taking such a long break from it really set back my progress. It will take some time for me to get back into it at the same level I was before, but I’m definitely looking forward to doing it often again! It was definitely interesting to see how quick my recovery was when I stayed strict carnivore, versus when I would cheat and be incredibly sore for several days after.

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

If you do try it and see improvements in your health, but rebound back to eating sweets and other carby foods due to cravings, just know that getting back on the diet and trying again makes the cravings weaker each time. My first 4 months of carnivore were plagued with so many cheats, and more inflammation came with most of them, but each time I persevered for the sake of my health and it only got easier. Now I’m at a point where I don’t have any desire for cheats, and I love every single meal I eat, despite being the most limited version of carnivore possible with only beef, salt, and water.

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

I hope it will be, I really think we should turn the plant based agenda on its head and have meat based dietary recommendations instead. We would have a much healthier society that way, and I’m sure we’ll get there if enough research is done on low carb and meat based diets.

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

If you’re interested in my full heart surgery story, you can view my imgur album here: https://imgur.com/gallery/4jq7z

Also please follow my Instagram page @EZCarnivore if you would like updates on my autoimmune journey, or just to see pictures of my food and the super easy methods I use to cook it!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kristy

Interview with Kristy

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Kristy Sheppard, I live in Ottawa, Canada. I’m a mother of 2 amazing teenagers.  I have always been passionate about health and fitness and I always strive to be the best version of myself.

2) How did you eat before carnivore?

I always ate consciously and was careful of what I ate, I have tried so many different “diets”.  Keto, fasting 72 hours a week to alternate day fasting, whole foods, carb cycling,  you name it I have tried it to optimize my health and I never quite felt like I was on the right path and never felt really good.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

As a past competitor in the fitness industry I have tried every diet out there and seem to have also incorporated every type of supplement and short cut possible to get lean, build muscle etc. What I realized was I was really my most unhealthiest version on myself with ulcers in my 20’s, diagnosed with IBS, Diagnosed autoimmune disorder, back surgery,  showing up in emerge with a large intestinal blockage to find out that there is no cure! How’s this possible when I’m eating so “healthy”? It was when the only option was surgery I was told to try a strict elimination diet. This is when I did some research and decided to go on a Strict Carnivore way of eating.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m strict carnivore 7 days a week which means for me I consume only lean steak and eggs, water and coffee. I start my day with coffee and eggs, steak post workout (midday), steak and eggs complete my day. I’m completely full and satisfied and I never feel the need for eating other foods. I track my macros and aim for 60% fats and 40% proteins for me this works keeping my energy up and losing consistently. I use MCT oil to balance out my ratios if needed.

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

Within a few days on this way of eating I felt way more energetic, workouts became easier, very quick recovery, my joint pain from my autoimmune issues have literally vanished, no more headaches, no cravings, and I feel mentally more clear and focused. I find this way of eating is so easy, easy to plan and travel with. Keeping it this simple has been the key to my success. I don’t need to read labels, or count calories.

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

I honestly cannot think of any negatives I experienced , I was already eating a lower carb diet so I didn’t get the headaches or the detox type symptoms others mentioned when starting the program. It was a really easy transition for me to eat this way and is super easy to follow.

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

I do exercise daily, I have always done circuit style training , high reps lower weight and have recently added in cardio on a daily basis. I find my recovery is amazing when you refuel your body post workout with a steak!

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 say just start! It’s so easy to prepare for, steak and eggs is a great start. I actually have had many ask how to get started and what to eat that I have created a easy start guide that is downloadable from my Instagram page @thecarnivorechronicles. It is a great document that gets you on this way of eating without all the guesswork.

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

As being part of a current Harvard Carnivore Study I believe we are finally getting the science needed behind it to be accepted as a mainstream way of eating.

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

I am always excited to share this way of eating with others and watch how their health improves in such a short time! I do offer coaching and a downloadable easy start guide to help people transform their health and bodies! You can find me on Instagram @thecarnivorechronicles

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Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

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  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Cori

Interview with Cori

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Cori. A 49-year-old woman quickly approaching my 50th turn around the sun.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

I’ve been a whole food eater most of my life. Processed food has never appealed to me. Although I never referred to myself as a vegan or vegetarian, my diet was plant-based for most of my adult life.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

For the first few months I had no idea that my way of eating had a name. I have a laundry list of health issues—panhypopituitarism (with an autoimmune component, celiac disease (diagnosed over a decade ago) and Duhring’s disease, adenomyosis, and fibromyalgia. After exposure to gluten in the spring of 2018, I developed Duhring’s disease (celiac disease that presents on the skin. I was dead set on not going on antibiotics and steroids to treat my Duhring’s and other issues I had at the time. First, I cleaned out our entire pantry and fridge. Anything that could potentially cause cross-contamination went into the bin. Still, stomach and skin issues persisted. I began to notice blisters cropping up along with my Duhring’s (dermatitis herpetiformis) rash—skin flare-ups were happening long after my gluten exposure. Over the weeks I recorded my food and anything that made my skin worse or aggravated my stomach went. Eventually, all I was left with was tinned fish, eggs, and muscle meat. Eventually, I did see an improvement in my skin and I was beginning to feel better overall but I became concerned that my way of eating wasn’t sustainable, so I took to the internet (how did we survive before Google?) and came across Dr. Georgia Ede and Sally K. Norton, and several folks that referred to themselves as ”Carnivore” following their Twitter accounts. I reached out to Georgia directly and she assured me that I could indeed live a long and healthy life without plants and although I still can’t make rhyme or reason as to why I respond the way I do to so many plants, Sally helped me gain some understanding and gave me the additional confidence I needed to step away from plants.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat what makes me feel good. Long before Carnivore I was supporting my small, local farmers and producers; I continue to do so as a carnivore.  My approach is more nose-to-tail. I like the sustainability and I believe it’s what’s best for me. I do drink organic coffee (organic matters here, folks) and enjoy limited dairy— butter and cheese. Sometimes it bothers me, sometimes it doesn’t.

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

Just about every symptom I have/had from my autoimmune diseases has disappeared or improved. I do fast as well to help with my low levels of GH due to my pituitary disorder, autoimmune issues, and familial cancers. I credit fasting with helping me just as much as carnivore. I work out pretty intensely and with the exception of a very slow healing hamstring that I tore a few weeks in to fasting and Carnivore and some foot problems I’ve suffered from for years from repeated fractures and injuries, I haven’t had any other tears or bone fractures/breaks. That in and of itself is a major coup for me! I feel (cautiously) invincible these days.

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

Socially, it can be a bit awkward, but Carnivore isn’t a choice for me. Plants, (and the oils every kitchen seems to use), make me sick and I also have to worry about cross-contamination due to my celiac/Duhring’s disease so eating outside the house is an issue. I’ll only do it when I have no other choice, mostly on the road. It’s a risk for me, Carnivore or not.

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

I do exercise. It took me a good 5-6 months to fully adapt. I really thought I’d be working out at half-intensity from here on out, but then one day it just clicked and my body was able to perform just fine without carbohydrates. I love lifting and my focus is on building and maintaining muscle (a struggle with low GH). Currently, I do an upper/lower split 4 days a week. I spend 1.5-2 hours at the gym. Maybe too much to some, but I find it cathartic. I do very little cardio. Just enough to work my ticker and to keep up my endurance.

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

I reckon if someone is considering Carnivore they’ve tried everything and nothing else has worked, so I say to them, ”what have you got to lose?” But I do believe that if you’re going to do it, you need to go all in. You don’t want to dabble in high-fat eating AND carbs … It’s a recipe for disaster. If you can’t commit 100% this might not be a way of eating for you.

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

I hope so.

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

Although I’m happy to share my experience and what I do that works for me and my very specific set of problems, I’m cautious when it comes to doling out advice. Look to the medical professionals & researchers in the Carnivore space for answers and not schmos like me. They’re pretty generous with their knowledge and time. @cori__p on Instagram

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Aaron

Interview with Aaron

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Aaron. I’m just over 6 months on the carnivore diet. I’m using the carnivore diet to try to heal multiple autoimmune diseases. I had given up on life before starting carnivore. Nothing has ever worked for me before now and I really had no hope of ever getting better.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Just previous to trying the carnivore diet, I spent a year on the AIP. (Autoimmune Protocol Diet). I was eating a lot of meat and vegetables on this diet; and coconut products. The meat was mostly chicken. I had never eaten much beef in my life until now. I really only had a few steaks in my life before carnivore. Before the AIP, I ate a combination of foods. I didn’t eat fast food. I never drank soda. I thought it was a healthy diet, but my health continued to fade.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

This diet was a last resort. When I first heard of the carnivore diet, I thought it was crazy and definitely not healthy. But, my health had completely failed, and I decided to commit suicide. I was basically bedridden for 3 months and was going to have to quit my job.

After much soul searching and consideration; my competitive fire and love for my family kicked in and I decided to try this diet. What did I have to lose? Nothing. Quite frankly, I was going to give it 30 days and see if anything happened. If I felt some improvement, then I would continue on. If not, I thought I could always commit suicide then. After 30 days, I didn’t feel much better; but some subtle things began to happen and my curiosity kept me around.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m about as strict as it gets in my approach to the carnivore diet. I eat only meat and consume water. No eggs. No dairy. No coffee. No salt. Salt makes autoimmune symptoms worse and swells my body. I eat almost predominately beef. I usually buy a slab of ribeyes every week, and that is mostly my food. I do add organs in a few times a week. I eat beef and calf liver, chicken gizzards and hearts, and chicken livers. At the start, I ate some chicken, salmon, shrimp and sardines. I’m not against eating these now, but beef is much more satiating.

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

I have Sjogren’s Syndrome and maybe Lupus. (It’s complicated to diagnose autoimmune diseases, and they are basically all the same anyway). My symptoms have all gotten better, but I still have a lot of improvement to make. I’ve been sick for most of my life, and it will take a lot of patience and discipline to get completely healthy. With Sjogren’s Syndrome, you obviously have very dry eyes, mouth, nose, and everything else. Sweat glands are affected, and sometimes blocked. My mouth feels a lot healthier now. I used to have to use dry-mouth mouthwash constantly all day. I would use gum or lozenges to keep my mouth comfortable. When broadcasting, I always had 3 or 4 pieces of gum and a lozenge in at all times. Now, I use mouthwash maybe twice a day and do not chew gum at all. I have not had a lozenge in over 4 months. I even broadcasted a baseball game in late May with absolutely nothing in my mouth. I never thought that would be possible, even for 10 minutes. I was floored by it. I sat in the press box all by myself after the 3-hour game and felt like crying. Nobody will know how much that meant to me. My life is definitely changing, and by eating just meat? It still sounds crazy to me. Seriously.

I now sweat much more than I used to, and I think it’s another sign of increased health. Feeling it trickling down my face is a fantastic feeling.

I have completely stopped my thyroid medication. I had taken it for a year and half because my thyroid was sluggish. I was on a pretty large dose, and the hormone made me feel warmer and better. After a few months of carnivore, I started having heart palpitations. I recognized immediately this was a sign of too much hormone. I cut my dosage, and then evaluated. I continued to have heart palpitations until my dosage was down to a very small amount. So, I decided to continue taking the small dose. About a month went by, and I realized my resting heart rate was over 100! I didn’t even realize it. I stopped the thyroid medication and eventually my heart rate was in the 60’s or low 70’s. I’ve been off the med for over a month, and my thyroid appears to be okay.

For years and years, I have been on Plaquenil for my autoimmune diseases. It’s just a general medication that I was told I had to take for the rest of my life. It can have serious side effects, especially with the eyes. I am currently trying to completely get off it. At the time of this writing, I haven’t taken it in over 3 weeks and plan to continue without it.  If I can get off Plaquenil, it will be truly incredible and such a huge hurdle in my healing. It’s astonishing.

My goal is to eventually get off all medications and have my disease be in total remission. Only time will tell!

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

The only negative I can think of is the difficulty of eating this way, while traveling. I’m very strict, and have not eaten any restaurant food yet. I just don’t trust it, and want to get as healthy as I can before trying that. I realize a lot of people pick up burger patties from fast food places or a steak, but I am not eating anything that other people prepare. So, I have to figure out how to survive when away from home. Right now, I simply fast and continue to drink water. But, I have road trips for my next broadcast season that will last a week. What will I do? I’m not sure. I may need some favors from fellow carnivores to bring me some steak while I’m in a strange city. This community is so friendly and helpful. I may actually do that. A lot of people also talk about the negativity of this diet socially. I can see how that is possible, but it doesn’t affect me too much. If I go out with people to eat, I just sit there and drink water. I don’t really care. I don’t feel awkward about it. Being sick feels much worse than sitting in a restaurant and drinking only water.

Dating is also a bit different. I tend to do more active things now, rather than going to dinner or out to a bar.

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

Exercise has been another bright spot on carnivore. I go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week, take long walks, play tennis and just generally remain active. Due to lifting, my right elbow had been very sore for about 2 years in a row. It really affected my bench press and just ached all the time. About 3 or 4 months into the carnivore diet, my elbow was pain free! I don’t previously have any chronic pain at all, and that is truly remarkable for an active person with multiple autoimmune diseases. My energy is better than before, and my sleep is getting better. I’ve had a debilitating sleep disorder for many years.

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

Ask yourself, “What do I have to lose?” Will eating only meat make anything worse? Are you sick enough that you want your life to change and are willing to try something new to do it?

I would advise someone to be very disciplined at the start. I would eat only beef and drink water. I would not use coffee. I don’t think coffee is carnivore. I would not eat eggs or dairy. Once you get acclimated to the diet, you can add some things back in and cater it toward your lifestyle. But a basic and disciplined start is very necessary to see if this will help you. Commit to it 100 percent. Be patient. It takes time to improve. Don’t compare yourself to others. Your health deserves it!

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

I don’t really know, and I don’t think it has to be. Mainstream diets today aren’t healthy and who cares if the mainstream community agrees with it? I couldn’t possibly care less what other people think of my diet. I am fighting for my life, and I’ll do whatever I damn well please to continue that fight. I think sharing stories and talking to people will help others and spread the word. That part is excellent and very helpful. If people are smart enough and open-minded enough, they will realize something very positive is happening in the carnivore community. But, I don’t really care what doctors think or the media thinks. If anyone wants to ask me anything, I will always be honest with them about it.

I also have to say much current doctor is very open minded about the carnivore diet. He is interested in my updates and says he may start to recommend the carnivore diet to other autoimmune patients after he sees what happens to me.

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

People can follow my journey on Instagram, at CarnivoreBroadcaster.

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I am always willing to answer questions anyone may have. I know what it’s like to suffer and I don’t want others to feel that way. It’s debilitating. I understand what it’s like to want to die, and just know that things CAN change. I am proof of that. I also want people to know that I’m still very much a work in progress. I have bad days still. I have doubts still. Will I ever completely get my health back? Will I finally be healthy enough to eventually get married and have kids? All of my dreams had been shattered by my terrible health, and I am trying to put it all back together. I want my life back, and I won’t stop until I have it! I have a long way to go, but my life is changing. I want to share as much as I can and be as honest as I can. 

I also want to personally thank Mikhaila Peterson, Shawn Baker and Tristan Haggard. They, among others, were instrumental in convincing me to try the carnivore diet. I would be dead today, if it were not for carnivore. That is just the truth. I wish them and everyone else the best of luck. Keep sharing your stories and helping. You are changing lives.

And thank you to Steven for asking me to be a part of his blog. I love reading all of the stories and the spreading of hope on here. We are changing the world, one story at a time. Keep up the great work! Love you all.

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