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Carnivore Diet Success Stories

Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jacquie

Interview with Jacquie

1. Introduce Yourself 

Hello! My name is Jacquie Lawson- I’m from Toronto, Ontario Canada. I am super excited to share my journey to health with you and how I got there through the Carnivore way of life. I love living an active lifestyle (running, the gym, hot yoga) and also just keeping busy day to day. I love and create music, value time with family and friends and appreciate the little things in life like walking my lazy little pug or a sizzling Ribeye! 

2. How did you eat before Carnivore 

My mom is a nurse and has always tried to have ‘healthy’ meals and options around as I grew up but it was still pretty much what you could call the SAD style of eating all through my growing up. I ate what was served to me, whatever was out at parties, what I craved, and LOTS of candy and sour skittles LOL! I started getting interested in “healthier” food options mid high school and tried pretty much every approach: (Smoothies, protein powders, healthy high-carb and low fat, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free , skipping meals/days of food etc.) with no real improvements- SHOCKER. That style of diet continued all the way up until I was in college. In college, all that went to the wayside and I ate the most processed and garbage foods I ever have and much too often. I hated the way I felt and looked: (weight gain, depressed, unmotivated, horrible acne, knee pain, fatigue) and my inability to control what I ate. I would get fed up and try to run every day for a week and then the cycle would all start again. It was not until 2 years ago when I went Keto and focused more on nutrition. After Keto I came across Carnivore/Zero carb. 

3. Why did you try the Carnivore Diet to begin with

 I had been doing Keto and Low-carb for a while and found many benefits compared to all the other crash ‘diets’ I had struggled with in the past. However, I found tracking macros and calories very exhausting and toxic as it became obsessive for me. I had gained weight towards the end of Keto even after losing weight with it, as I was overeating Keto treats and nut butters and never felt satisfied. I would tell myself to get back on the ‘clean’ keto-train and then by the end of the week I would go crazy eating whatever I didn’t let myself have earlier. I was also really skipping out on protein without realizing, and was struggling with an eating disorder (bulimia). I came across one of Dr. Ken Berry’s videos about his journey into Carnivore as well as Laura Spath and Shawn Baker – I was intrigued. It sounded nuts but I decided to go for it straight from Keto and haven’t gone back ever since. 

4. How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet

 The biggest thing for me is listening to my body and looking at Carnivore as a lifestyle not another ‘diet’. I mainly eat beef (lots of ground beef, NY strip) and just cheaper cuts of red meat. Most times I don’t tolerate dairy or eggs too well (which is so sad because cheese is SO good lol) but if it is at a party or if I am out etc. I may have some. I typically eat a higher protein to fat ratio and then will have higher fat days when I need them (where I’dd add bacon or crispy beef trimmings or ghee etc). I eat either once or twice a day and fast daily. Some days I can eat 3 or more lbs of meat other days I’m good with 1lb or may fast all day. I take beef liver capsules a couple times a week and salt my food. I am always so satisfied and satiated and what I crave is meat! My palette has completely changed. 

5. What benefits have you noticed

 The benefits are truly countless. Weight loss and body composition was a significant one. I initially gained a bit of weight at the beginning as my body was very much deprived of nutrients. But after adapting to this way of eating there was almost a ‘woosh’ effect with my weight and I look the leanest I have ever looked with the least amount of effort (seriously none). Carnivore also fixed my relationship with food and healed my struggles with Bulimia and disordered eating and over-exercising to compensate for overeating on ‘bad’ foods. Weight loss, Clear skin, deep/better sleep, knee pain gone, Strong hair, skin and nails, lean muscle definition and abs, improved workouts, reversed my depression and the list really goes on and on. 

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6. What negatives have you noticed

 Basically no negatives. Seriously! The only thing would be sometimes eating in social setting can be tricky but there are always ways around it and I’ll take that as the only negative any day with all the benefits Carnivore brings! 

7. Do you exercise and if so how do you find it and what do you do

 I do workout every week and love the gym/keeping active BUT I keep it very simple and efficient. Per week- I’ll do 2-3 days where I lift weights and resistance train and then 3 days where I’ll walk or run for about half an hour. I do also walk most mornings just to clear my head and start the day. (could be anywhere from 10mins to 30mins.) There were times back in the day where I would spend two hours or so 6x a week in the gym with little results- YIKES! 

8. What advice would you give someone who wants to start the Carnivore Diet

 Yes, it may sound crazy- but JUST try it because feeling frustrated, stuck and bummed about all the things that haven’t worked it even crazier! Eat meat and drink water. Eat what you crave, move your body every day (I love walks) and don’t overthink/complicate things. Trust me- it’s simple and you don’t need to struggle. I found it very helpful to join a Carnivore Facebook group (i.e. World carnivore Tribe) and just watching all kinds of YouTube videos from amazing Carnivores that I found I can relate to. 

9. Do you think the Carnivore Diet will ever be accepted mainstream

 I think that small steps in the right direction (sharing results, showing real science, simply informing people, sharing, sharing, sharing) can really impact people and could change the way that society looks at the consumption of meat. There will always be people and big food companies that want to continue demonizing the association with eating meat but we can simply share how it has benefited us and the rest will follow. 

10. Anything to add- and where can people find you

Yes! You can find me best through my Instagram! @jacquie__fit I am always just a message away if you have any questions or comments or things to chat about! I’m also newly on Youtube as Jacquie Lawson and You can also reach me via email at: fitjacquie@gmail.com 

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Starting weight: 160 lbs. Current weight: 134 Lbs.

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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later with Rachel

I love doing the Carnivore Diet Success Stories, I find it very rewarding to share peoples progress. So I am going to try to catch up with people once a year to see how they are getting on.

Will they all still be Carnivore, probably not. However, I believe they will have an appreciation of the benefits of a meat-heavy diet and will use that knowledge as a tool to further their health.

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1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating.

I am pretty strict with my diet as far as keeping it animal based, minus the decaf coffee and wine once or twice a month.  I gave up dairy when I started carnivore over a year ago since it really didn’t seem to be serving me well.  I eat mainly beef – steak, ground beef, and organs.  I eat eggs almost every day.  I drink at least one cup of homemade bone broth every day as well because I believe it will help my skin and hair look and feel it’s best and because it is so good for the immune system.  And lastly, I eat pork, chicken wings, and some seafood on occasion. I do not find these last few very satisfying but they are fun to throw in for variety and as a different selection of nutrients.

To increase the fat to protein ratio, I eat mainly raw bone marrow and raw beef fat trimmings. Eating it raw seems to work well for my digestion than rendered (or liquid) fats.

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

Organ meat has been a great addition to my diet over the past year, I have learned so much from people like Dr Paul Saladino on the nutrients in liver and other organs and I have really started to enjoy eating them – who knew!?   I eat raw, frozen liver every day.

I have also experimented with some PSMF (protein sparing modified fast) as a way to lean out.  It worked well in the very short term but I found that the low fats really affected my focus, my mood, and my energy.  I much prefer eating a higher ratio of fat and avoiding all lean cuts of meat.

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year.

I am 42 and feel so freaking good in the gm lately. I haven’t been lifting super heavy weights but I train with good intensity and I train the same body parts multiple times a week to give them as much stimulus as possible without getting injured or a bad case of DOMS. I have women asking all the time for training ideas and making the videos for Instagram is a great way to share.  I also get to highlight how I look and perform as a Carnivore athlete who doesn’t use carbs, who doesn’t do cardio, who doesn’t make excuses, who isn’t afraid to be in the weight room, and who is bettering myself every day.

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

I just want to continue learning new things, training hard and adapting as needed.  As I probably mentioned in my first post with you, I managed to heal my bulimia through carnivore, I have to say that that is one of the biggest reasons I don’t want to give up this lifestyle.  I have so much freedom with food now.  I am no longer afraid to eat, or overeat, and even if I do, the guilt just isn’t there.

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?

I still believe that there is a version of the keto/carnivore diet out there for everyone.  I believe it is very unique to each individual and that care and attention should be made to find what works for you, your lifestyle, and your activity level.

You can connect with me on Facebook and Instagram at :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1933645250228793/

https://www.facebook.com/rachelcogan.healthyandfit/

https://www.instagram.com/racheleatsmeatandlifts/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/jandr_littleblackheart/?hl=en

Original Carnivore Diet Success Story is HERE

Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Angela

Interview with Angela

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I am Angela, 27-year-old, from Switzerland. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, IBS, chronic migraines.


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I lived a pretty healthy and active life. I grew up as a daughter in a farmers family and was outdoor all the time with my brothers, doing sports, helping our parents or doing other fun things.

In my teens, I suffered from bulimia due to some comments from some people in my class at school about my body. It has to be said compared to my female schoolmates I looked a lot more like a woman than a girl/ kid because I started puberty pretty early. However, one day it just clicked that what I was doing was harmful, so I stopped and making myself sick is not something that I do anymore. As life moved on, my digestive issues started and after being diagnosed with coeliac disease. So I started to eat a grain and gluten-free diet with no lactose because they also diagnosed a secondary intolerance of lactose, but this has improved and mostly disappeared until now. Unfortunately, my digestive issues became worse, after following the diet my health still declined. I tried many diets over the years after that, numerous supplements and more than 2 years of being nourished through tubes. I then read about ketogenic diet and how it could improve digestive issues, migraines, and overall health. After a lot of research, I consulted with my doctor, and I tried it. I have to be really careful with what I try, because of my coeliac disease.


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After starting keto I noticed many benefits, unfortunately not gain weight like I hoped. My digestive issues still didn’t go away and I did a lot of experimenting. I noticed that my issues become worse after eating veggies. I noticed this because I would eat a lot more veggies at night, and this was well my digestive issues was the worst. So I researched into it because I thought fruit and vegetables were important. I told my doctor what I thought was happening. After doing some tests, he was supportive of me trying to cut fruit and veg for a while. Not only did I think Carnivore may help my extreme case, it just seemed logical in general.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I would say I am 99% animal-based foods. Mainly all kinds of red meats followed by seafood/fish, eggs fresh from the farm and also some dairy like butter, raw milk, heavy cream or cottage cheese (no aged or other cheese). Of course, I consume a lot of added fats since meat is really lean here in Switzerland. My doctor has recommended Calogen and Fresubin shots, however, these are not covered by my insurance.
The other 1% comes from a cup of cold brew or reishi coffee, morning tea, some MCT oil, MCT powder (to fatten up my liquids and made my caloric intake higher), and every once in a while a piece of dark choc 99% or diet soda as a treat.

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

I look much more muscular and feel more energized since switching from keto. I am able to eat higher amounts of food and calories. I am pretty sick and suffer malnourishment because of malabsorption and many digestive issues as I explained before. I am still far away from becoming better and need to gain a lot of weight, what unfortunately hasn’t happened yet. Although I do have less pain, less cramping, diarrhea, better sleep. I believe this diet is the best one I have found so far and has had the most benefits. This is important, and my medical insurance is limited and I need to gain at least 20kg to be a healthy weight.


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

Despite the benefits, I have not put the weight on I need too.

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

I have always enjoyed sports, however, I stopped doing these due to my health issues. I am also so desperate to gain weight, that I do not want to increase my calorific needs further. Somedays I find it difficult to walk or stand for more than 1 minute, so exercise is out of the question.


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

Just start and try it. Don’t overcomplicate things or wait until you have eaten all the rubbish you have left in the cupboards – just start. There is no perfect time to start, but you can ease yourself into it if you think that is for the best. Just be aware that your body will need to adapt and transition. If you are struggling, stick with it and things will improve. Just give it time.

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

Maybe sometime in the future but not yet. If people just started off by reducing sugars or carbs, that would be a start. I think the industry is starting to recognize this. Or even just start by stop demonizing red meat and fat. However the food industry has a strong plant-based bias, and they spend a lot of money on advertising, marketing and research. So there is a lot to get past.


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

You find me on Instagram @vihreae.

I am enjoying the Carnivore Diet, and I hope long term it will bring the help I need. However, in the short term, I am anxious to improve my health as quickly as possible. If there is someone that thinks they can help, or provide a plan to do this. I am happy to chat.

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

  • Carnivore Fit Expanded Edition: eBook/paperback book detailing how to adopt the Contemporary Carnivore Diet, and how to exercise on it.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I have a range of apparel on Amazon US/UK/DE, with Amazon Prime delivery.
  • I have a different range of Apparel and Accessories on Etsy. As a thank you for reading this article, you can use the Discount Code KETOGENICENDURANCE10 for 10% off on my Etsy Store.
  • I also sell a range of Journals, Diaries, Notebooks and Planners, again with Amazon Prime Delivery.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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