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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Katja

Interview with Katja

1) Introduce Yourself

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

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

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

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

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

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

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

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

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

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

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I go for walks every day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jurriaan

Interview with Jurriaan

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1) Introduce Yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

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

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

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

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

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

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

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

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

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Landon

Interview with Landon

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Landon; I’m 30 years old. I live in Northern Utah and work in Salt Lake City. I love hunting, fishing, and camping. I was born with a heart condition that has been a thorn in my side. I was diagnosed at 18 years old with Bipolar 1 and generalized anxiety.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate the Standard American Diet for the most part. I tried to eat a normal healthy diet off and on and always failed. I have tried Low Fat, Vegetarian, Vegan, Herbalife, Freelife, Slim Fast and nothing worked. When I was in the hospital for surgery or psych ward stays, they always told me to limit my meat intake and to eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains. I was 380 pounds and in July of 2017 I tried Keto for a few months and it was better than anything I had tried. I lost 60 pounds and was doing great until I went to my old primary care and he freaked out on me about my diet and freaked me out. I went back to eating a “normal” healthy diet. I would stick to keto or carnivore for a week or two and then go back to eating regular food. I couldn’t stay consistent because I didn’t have the will power anymore. It was a terrible decision. I was depressed and had a lot of anxiety. December 31st I was back up to 360 pounds and disgusted with myself. I had always been a big kid, but this was ridiculous.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

In April of 2018 I developed an issue that Doctors still can’t pinpoint. I was having severe chest pain and my arms and legs would go numb. I would get brain fog, fatigue, dizzy spells, chronic headaches, couldn’t sleep, and my concentration was all over the place. I was very sensitive to light which affected my work life and would get dull pain in my jaw. I was in and out of the Doctors office and emergency rooms. They had no clue what was happening and said to just come back if it gets worse. I would get sent home feeling just as terrible as when I went in. I was spending thousands for no answers. My blood pressure was high, and my blood sugar was creeping back up. I was in and out of psych wards and mental health facilities. I had lots of medications for my head and my heart. I had really bad sleep apnea and snored so loud my siblings growing up would throw things at me to get me to stop. I was just sick of getting pills that didn’t work and just getting sicker. I decided to just try things my way.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I didn’t want to get bored and have any temptation with junk. So on January 1st of this year, I switched. I would eat brisket, ribs, bacon, burgers, wings, cheese, raw milk, crab, lobster, salmon, deer, elk, etc. If it came from an animal in any way, I was eating it. I don’t count any calories or macros. I usually eat one meal a day, but sometimes I ate sooner if I was hungry. I don’t restrict myself. I eat like a king and love it. I drink a lot of raw A2 milk, and have done two raw milk fasts. I used to take Omeprazole daily, and I finally was able to completely stop it. I now use HCL and Raw milk to fix my stomach issues.

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

I restarted my Carnivore journey on January 1st. My blood pressure on January 2nd was 163/98 with a BPM of 84. Today it was 121/73 with a BPM of 68. I’ve lost 59 pounds so far this year and a total of 79. I have lost 7 inches from my stomach and 5 from my chest. My blood sugar ranges from 65 – 85. I no longer sleep with my cpap and am as quiet as a mouse. I’m off all my Bipolar and heart medication. The only pill I take is HCL. I’m happy for once and feel pretty great. I haven’t had any episodes for a few months and have been able to stay out of the hospital. I still don’t know what has caused all those issues, but I know that eating 99.99% meat keeps my symptoms away. My cardiologist is happy with my weight loss, and my heart is as healthy as it’s ever been. She knows about my diet and is completely fine with it.

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

None really. I go out to eat, and people give me weird looks for not wanting sides. So I usually get the sides and give them to the people I am with. I rarely eat out though, so it doesn’t affect me much. I just prefer to make my food.

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

I do not. I am going to start soon. I am now 1 pound away from being under 300 pounds and feel that I can exercise without feeling like I am dying now.

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

Give it a solid 3 months. I didn’t stick to it, and it was horrible. It won’t work if you only do it half the time. I lost 0 pounds my first two weeks. It was beyond frustrating. I knew I had messed up my body, and it needed to heal. I stuck with it and then I lost 29 pounds the next two weeks. I don’t consider it a diet. I don’t starve myself like I did on my other diets. I eat until full and eat amazing food! If you give it a few weeks, it becomes very easy.  Read and research for yourself. There is lots of information available online. It will help you tremendously.

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

Sadly no, people have been told that meat is terrible and it’s going to take a lot to change that view. I ate like my old cardiologist wanted me to because it was heart healthy. Now I know that couldn’t be further from the truth. I still have brief moments of doubt. It’s hard to go against everything you have ever known, especially when your heart is involved. Luckily I have very supportive friends and family. They don’t eat like me, but they respect my lifestyle.

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

You can find me on Instagram @dino_the_carnivore and I am always available to talk or help with any questions you might have.

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