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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Michaela

Interview with Michaela

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Michaela Bileci. I am Scottish but managed to escape the rain and now live in Tuscany with my husband and daughter Ava. I home-school my daughter Ava who has Autism and Epilepsy and am in the process of building a website, which will serve as a support to other families who have children with Autism. I am also currently studying for a degree in Psychology, with the aim to specialise in neurological disorders such as Autism and ADD/ADHD.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

When my daughter was diagnosed with Autism, I completely changed both of our diets as we both tested positive for coeliac disease and had various food intolerances. I have eaten a gluten free/ dairy free diet for over ten years and in the past two years, focused on the Ketogenic Diet as a way to support my own health and also support my daughter who was on this diet for seizure control.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I have suffered with many health problems in my life such as asthma, depression, anxiety, coeliac disease, arthritis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. Despite my best attempts at other dietary therapies (GFCF, BED, GAPS etc) and biomedical interventions, I was still on a pile of medications.  If there was a treatment available, then I was first in line to try it. There’s nothing I haven’t “bio-hacked”!

This led me to keep searching for answers. I heard about the Carnivore Diet after listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Mikhaila Peterson. At that point in my life, I was in constant joint pain and was on high levels of corticosteroids every day trying to reduce painful inflammation and breathing difficulties related to my Asthma and past episodes of pneumonia. I would also have severe immunological reactions to random foods and some have resulted in hospitalisation for treatment. I really didn’t have anything to lose, yet had everything to gain.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m currently following the Level 1 Autoimmune Protocol from Craig and Maria Emmerich’s book “The Carnivore Cookbook”.  I will be moving to Level 2 soon to see if that works for me.  I obviously have to be a little stricter with the Carnivore diet than some people due to the severity of my Autoimmune problems.  Most days, my meals are steak, salt and water based. I use beef tallow/suet if I want to add a little fat to my meals. I find steak agrees with my body more than ground beef. I only eat one meal or two meals daily, as I’m incorporating intermittent fasting into the Carnivore Diet too. IF happened quite naturally as I find myself more satiated after eating on the Carnivore Diet. As time goes on, I would like to introduce other things, but for now, this is my happy place health wise.

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

I’m off all of my medication and have lost 25 kilograms!

One by one, the need for each medication disappeared. The psoriasis plaques that were all over my body have cleared up and all the inflammation around my joints has disappeared. I don’t take inhalers, antihistamines or corticosteroids anymore and I naturally weaned off of escitalopram and clonazepam for depression and severe anxiety.

I recently ran another thyroid panel and all my levels are in the optimal range, which is a stark contrast to how it was before. I had gained 50 kilograms and have now lost half of that in 7 months of eating Carnivore.

However, I think the starkest contrast is in my energy levels. Before the Carnivore Diet, I could barely lift my head off of the pillow and now I’m able to walk, run and hike pain-free, which is just phenomenal. That’s the real blessing. Having the energy to play with my daughter and go on outings with my family- that’s priceless.

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

I haven’t really found there to be any negatives with the Carnivore Diet or eating this way because I have had such improvements in my state of health.

The only thing I would warn people with severe autoimmune conditions about, is that this is a very potent and therapeutic diet. I made the gargantuan mistake of thinking I was fine and all my health issues had disappeared and ate some gluten free, dairy free pizza. The next morning, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and spent the week there because the immunological reaction was so severe. My father had to bring me out of hospital in a wheelchair because I couldn’t walk. It took a month of strict Carnivore to correct that mistake.  I would caution people with Autoimmune Conditions that this is not something you can play around with. Commit and remain consistent if you have similar issues to me.  That would be the only negative I would say that I have experienced.

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

Yes, I love to exercise and now spend a lot of time outdoors. Most days, I go for a jog and do a kettlebell workout. I also enjoy wild swimming, hiking and ballet. I wasn’t able to exercise for years due to pain and fatigue and now it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s such a joy to be able to go hiking or jogging pain-free.

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

I would suggest they read a bit first to help them understand what the diet is about and why removing plant toxins is useful. There are several ways to go about implementing the Carnivore Diet and I personally think it’s important to have that information at your disposal. I would recommend reading anything by Craig and Maria Emmerich, Dr. Shawn Baker or Dr. Paul Saladino. They all put out excellent material and you will find out which approach resonates with you and works for your body. Understand your reasons for wanting to do this diet and don’t become dogmatic. Listen to your body!

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

I hope so. My desire would be to see the Carnivore Diet accepted as a healing protocol, if nothing else. However, I do see that the tide is now turning, and many people are returning to ancestral dietary wisdom, turning their backs on the low-fat, sugar and grain propaganda of the past fifty years. Animal products are an extremely beneficial, not to mention crucial component of a healthy human diet.

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

I would encourage people who feel like this diet resonates with them to give it a try. Try it for at least a month, ideally three months and see how you feel. My guess is that you won’t look back.

I am in remission from asthma, anxiety, depression, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. I gained 50 kilograms in a year when my thyroid function was underactive and within 7 months of the Carnivore Diet, I have optimal thyroid function and have lost a little over 25 kilograms so far. This Diet is a powerful, healing protocol that has given me my life back.

People can follow me and my carnivore journey on Instagram

@michaelabileci

…and if they’re interested in following our Autism/ Epilepsy/ Keto journey with my daughter Ava then they can follow us on Instagram @reimaginingautism_

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Carnivore Diet success story – with Isabella

Interview with Isabella

1) Introduce Yourself.

I am a 24 year old pianist and violinist (currently pursuing a masters degree at The Juilliard School) born in Shenzhen, China and raised in LA.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was vegan for 6 years and before that, ate a standard chinese/American diet.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I wanted to heal the damage and weight gain veganism caused.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat OMAD and focus on fatty beef cuts like ribeyes. I always substitute with more fat such as butter and suet because I feel best on higher fat moderate protein. Occasionally I will have eggs, fish, and pork.

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

I got my period back, healed cystic acne, lost 25 lb, and cured my depression and chronic fatigue.

I no longer bloat, suffer from mental fog, and mood swings.

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

In the first 2-3 months I could not digest fat because of the six years of high carb low fat lifestyle. There was a lot of running to the bathroom, and stomach rumbling, but my body adapted and now thrives off fat.

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

I like taking long walks for my own enjoyment and do not do any strenuous exercises.

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 are thinking of trying carnivore, you are already well on your way to good health!

Consistency and persistence is everything. At first it may be difficult to stick to the diet, but pe patient. Overtime you will feel and see the benefits.

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

I am not sure. But I see my friends, classmates, and family start eating more meat. If I can influence people around me, that is a start!

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

You can follow me on IG @steakandbuttergal

and @opusbella to see me as a musician.

YouTube: Steak And Butter Gal

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sonja

Interview with Sonja

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1) Introduce Yourself.  

My name is Sonja Graff. I am a 52-year-old yoga instructor and writer.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

I came to carnivore via the S.A.D diet. And it was very sad indeed. I quit drinking alcohol nearly 5 years ago, which helped me shed some pounds, but my eating habits ranged from vegan to see food. As in: I would eat anything and load up on it! I was a carbohydrate addict! Desserts were more important to me than actual food. I snacked all day and ate meals every 2 – 3 hours (Old School.) 🙂 I figured as long as I was also incorporating enough fruits and veggies, supplements and green drinks I was doing great!  I used to brag that I was able to eat whatever I wanted without putting on too much weight, but I wasn’t paying very close attention to what my choices were doing to me.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with. 

Here within lies the problem. About seven years ago, on my 45th birthday actually, I noticed a tiny little balding spot on my scalp. I was going through a stressful time and just wrote it off, hoping it would just work itself out. It didn’t. It got bigger, to the tune of a fifty-cent piece! I went to several doctors who said it was alopecia and that it had no cure but could be managed with cortisone shots…in my scalp…every 3 weeks! Once a spot would fill in, another would appear. I chased it for SEVEN YEARS! I even had six PRP treatments at $650 a pop. Nothing worked. In addition to styling my hair like Donald Trump to cover the bald spots, I started to notice my energy levels were dropping. I was sleeping in and napping every day. Then the lower back pain set in, it was more of a nuisance at first, but over time became debilitating. Then my fingers started to ache so badly that I couldn’t even tie my shoes as the movements were too intricate. Some days I couldn’t get out of bed because my body hurt so badly. So…at 51 I was suffering from chronic fatigue, chronic joint pain, migraines, insomnia, inflammation, bloating and gas after every meal, and severe hair loss! I started to realize it was not just old age. I was getting sicker by the day. My husband is in medical sales and knows every kind of specialist, so I saw them all. And do you know what every single one of them said after ruling out thyroid trouble, arthritis, cancer, bone deterioration etc. etc. etc….most said it was all in my head! It was stress! Then an endocrinologist suggested fibromyalgia, which has no cure other than Big Pharma. I was at my wits end! I started researching like my life depended on it because…it did! At first, I believed it to be breast implant illness. So, I suggested we take a look at my 20-year-old implants. What do ya know…they had leaked and my lymph nodes were filled with silicone! I immediately had them removed and replaced with new, shiny implants. I was overjoyed that I was able to find what was killing me, all by myself and heal my body. Except that aside from having perky new boobs, my other symptoms persisted. That’s when I found Nicole Carter on Instagram. She went through yoga teacher training with me, has a Masters in Health Promotion and was suffering from similar issues as me. She had been a vegan for 15 years and suddenly she was only eating meat, and she was thriving! I started researching the carnivore WOE and decided to give it a 30 go to see if it could help alleviate my suffering. What do you know…I say results in as little as 5 days! Within 2 weeks I could see my abs! I never knew they existed! By day 75 I was energetic, lean, strong and my hair was actually growing back in and staying put! By day 120, I had never felt better! I was doing yoga like I was 20, all of my pain and fatigue had disappeared and my body was better than it had ever, and I mean ever, looked! So, what started off as a 30 experiment has lasted over 6 months and I am not going back to my old WOE! But, I have added in the occasional dessert…I have cheated while on vacation from time to time, but I usually feel so crappy that I abstain.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet. 

I started off by eliminating any and all plant-based foods, all carbs, sugars, artificial sweeteners, grains…I only ate beef, seafood, eggs, and chicken (wings) 🙂 I also ate a lot of cheese because I don’t think I want to live in a world where I can’t eat cheese! I never graduated to organs, I don’t like the taste and can get the dense nutrients from an ancestral supplement. I also never graduated to beef, water, salt only. I feel so great that I don’t want to remove anything like the occasional heavy whipping cream from my coffee (if I’m not fasting) or the occasional scoop of ice cream. I intermittently fast daily for a minimum of 18-24 hours and I only eat once or twice a day. I consume 1.5 to 2 lbs of meat, fish or poultry (one or in combination) each day. I cook everything in ghee, use real salt, drink only water, electrolytes and black coffee. 

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

I have completely healed all of my symptoms. Although admittedly, when I indulge in dessert, my stomach gets very upset with me! 

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

None. I primarily eat rib-eye steaks, burger patties, eggs. I can always find something to eat when I go out and I never get bored with the foods I do eat. I can assure you, feeling healthier than ever in my life is so wonderful, I can’t find any negatives!

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

I exercise considerably less than I used to. I no longer go for runs! I do yoga, barre, weights or take a spin class. I work out 2 – 3 times a week instead of the 5 to 6 I used to think I needed!

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! Give yourself a small goal, like 30 days. What’s the worst that can happen? You feel better? If you don’ t like it, stop. Pretty simple. But definitely give it a go. It can be the best decision you have ever made!

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

I do. I think as more and more people try it and reap the benefits, the science will be indisputable. We definitely need more research, but we also need more people who have incorporated this into their everyday lives for a significant amount of time. 

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

When you tell people that you have decided to eat only animal products, they lose their minds! My doctors thought me completely insane. Outside of my social media support, I didn’t get much support from anyone who knew me well. People fear what they don’t understand. Do not be swayed by anyone’s opinion! Commit to getting healthy! Have a thick skin! Do the research! And, I highly suggest anyone looking to heal their bodies get their blood work done beforehand so they have a marker. Also…take before pics! What a hoot! 🙂

Oh, and you can find me on Instagram @sonjagraff

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Crystal

Interview with Crystal

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Crystal. I’m 30 years old. I have 3 kids, a husband, a dog, and 2 cats. I live in the middle of the United States and I fight for informed consent and medical freedom.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Oh boy. As a kid, I was poor AF so we ate rice and beans a lot. Then as an adolescent we lived with my grandparents and always had a full belly… but a lot of it was processed… even the potatoes came out of a box dude. Then super shitty as a young adult….Well… when my middle child was a year old (he’s almost 6) I decided I wanted to lose weight and lift heavy shit. So I started eating Whole Foods. I still ate grains though. Then, from there paleo, then whole 30… then Vegan.. that diet that nearly killed me. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried it because my husband did it first and I saw his results. I had just recently come off being vegan and was doing Keto (I craved fat when I was vegan).  I really needed to heal my anaemia and chronic fatigue and hormone imbalance and carnivore seemed like it would help for sure.  

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I try to eat nose to tail. I believe in NUTRIENTS… not just calories in calories out. Some people’s bodies are more susceptible to autoimmune disease.. because of genetics and certain mutations in genetics… that’s me, I’m one of those people.. so I have to make damn sure I’m getting all the right nutrients…. iron being one of them. It’s the culprit… so I have to do organ meats. I have no choice unless I want to supplement with chemical shit and that’s not an option for me at all. I do a wide variety of animals, bone broth, marrow, raw dairy, salmon roe, and organ supplements or I eat them raw.  I eat a lot of my meat pretty freaking rare. I have to. 

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

My anemia is the biggest thing. Being able to control it with animal organs and herbs is amazing. So amazing. I can breathe when I take a liver supplement. My acne is better. My strength and endurance are better. My mood is better.

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

Ummm… my libido is legit crazy sometimes. If that’s negative or not, but sometimes it hits at the most inopportune times.

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

I do CrossFit or high endurance workouts. At first, when my body was transitioning to carnivore I was a little slow, but in no time at all my body switched gears and I really think that was the difference in me getting stronger and faster.

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

Ya dictate yourself on metabolic pathways… nose to tail… and electrolytes. Nutrients are the most important thing.. so educate

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

Shit, if girls can be boys and boys can be girls than I think carnivore will soon be accepted too #sorrynotsorry

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

@butter_feen on Instagram 

Um, everyone is different. We have a lot of genetic damage and it’s really important you listen to your body. That may be eating at a certain time of day or eating certain things… making sure your getting enough nutrients… I can’t express that enough. Fish, meat, organs… and enjoy the healing process. It’s amazing.

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Kristin

Interview with Kristin

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Introduce Yourself.

I’m Kristín. 24 years old from Iceland. Pretty into yoga, cuddling my dog, walking in nature and late 60s/early 70s style and music.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was raised on Icelandic native food. Fish and potatoes, lamb, organ meats, a lot of dairy and so on. Got into Veganism at 19 years old, following a rough period in my life. I was vegan for 5 years up until earlier this year when I realized I had to give it up and reclaim my health.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

As I introduced animal products back into my diet my body rejected all plant foods. Vegetables would cause horrible bloating and fruits just spiked my blood sugar and made me tired. Through my research I found that a lot of ex vegans were healing on a carnivore diet so I decided to give it a go.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I am a “relaxed carnivore” I guess since I do drink coffee. I don’t want to lose any weight, actually I’m trying to gain fat and muscle back. I eat the same things pretty much every day.

I eat raw beef. Bacon and eggs. Some organ meats here and there. Goat yogurt. Raw honey (so I don’t lose weight). Heavy cream and butter and raw cow kefir. That’s pretty much it.

I eat the beef raw because it digests so easily that way.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

The benefits are countless.

My digestive health is restored. IBS gone. Got rid of anemia, chronic fatigue and hormone imbalances. My anxiety and depression gone, I was just starving as a vegan and it made me sad and nervous.

My sleep has improved. Used to have nightmares and had to sleep at least 10hrs a night. Now I sleep 7hrs and have energy. My appetite is less, I’m satisfied after my meals. I’m more stable and confident, less emotional and more intuitive. My skin doesn’t break out. My face looks younger and my physical health is restored.

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

None so far.

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

I do yoga and immediately after making the switch I noticed I am more flexible. Probably because of collagen and fat in my diet.

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

Go for it. If you want to lose weight, skip the yogurt and the honey. It’s an excellent way to lose weight without becoming nutrient deficient.

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

I hope so. The grains and sugars are really to blame for obesity and heart disease.

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

Don’t buy into the propaganda that plants are the Holy Grail for health. It’s actually all in the meat. Raw meat has vitamin c, so it’s basically the only superfood since it has all the nutrients you can’t get from plants.

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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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Mieken

Interview with Mieken

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Mieken and I’m 29 years old. I was born in San Francisco and then moved to the mid-west where I grew up in Kansas City. I then moved to Los Angeles for college and have been here since.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I went through a lot of different phases, starting when I was about 18 years old. During my teenage years I had developed a binge eating disorder connected to chronic anxiety and carb addiction, and started to gain weight. When I was 18 I started to get into health and nutrition and decided to go macrobiotic vegan. I lost ten pounds and felt great the first month, then I started to slip into a more SAD vegan diet. The weight came back on and after some time I developed chronic fatigue. I felt like a zombie all day every day, and was sleeping 12 hours a night. I finally trusted my instincts and added eggs and dairy back in, then eventually meat. I got some energy back. I had been plant-based for two years at this point. A few years later I started to get into weight lifting and found out about paleo and low carb. I did some research and then started eating a more paleo, higher fat diet. I still went back and forth with eating grains and sugar though, and my disordered eating habits were still present. I went through periods where I was only eating 1200 cals per day, training two hours a day five days a week, then I would cave and binge on junk. Eventually, I developed IBS. I tried clean paleo many times with no success. I would eat a lot of vegetables and plant matter because I believed the popular narrative that was telling me fiber was necessary, especially for digestive health. My IBS only got worse and then I developed skin issues like body acne and rosacea. I was constantly bloated and heavily inflamed. Finally, I found the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. I had tried other versions of gut-healing diets like the anti-candida diet and low fodmap with little improvement, so I decided to give the GAPS diet a try. It was through reading about GAPS that I first heard that fiber can actually cause problems for people with digestive disorders. After three weeks I realized the veggies I was eating, even after being boiled in bone broth for 30+ minutes, were still causing me issues. That’s when I discovered Mikhaila Peterson and Shawn Baker and learned about carnivore. I was shocked that it was possible to thrive on a diet completely devoid of plants, but what I was reading about how fiber can be harmful to some people made sense for me, so I went for it.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had developed issues with carbohydrate intolerance and mal-absorption after years of disordered eating and depriving my body of animal foods, not to mention put on weight and developed devastating and embarrassing skin conditions. I also had constant brain fog, mild depression, anxiety and felt irritable on a daily basis. I realized through a lot of trial and error and years of research that the only way to heal my gut would be to cut out all sources of fiber, despite what doctors and mainstream nutrition advice had told me.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When I started carnivore I was committed to healing my body (and still am) so I did not limit portions or calories or do any fasting. I allowed myself to just listen to my body and go with my instincts. If I’m craving fat I eat fattier cuts, if I want more protein I eat more muscle. I eat about 95% beef because it makes me feel the best and gives me the most energy, the other 5% is eggs, butter, ghee, organ meats, pork, fish and chicken. I also make my own bone broth and use it to make gravy and stews. I don’t tolerate conventional dairy other than butter. In the beginning, I was eating large meals three times a day because I was starving and would get tired. I could tell my body was crying out for nutrients from animal foods. After about 2.5 months my appetite has stabilized and I’m only eating twice a day most days and smaller meals. I still drink coffee with ghee and collagen powder blended in but want to experiment with cutting it out soon.

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

Vastly improved energy and cognitive function. I used to have daily hypoglycemic episodes and now I have sustained energy all day. I no longer get irritated by small things like I used to, I feel calm and content most of the time. I dropped all of my water weight and my bloat and inflammation disappeared in the first week. My digestive symptoms have almost completely disappeared and my skin has started to clear up. All food cravings have disappeared, and hunger feels different. It’s no longer urgent. I can put eating off if I need to, and am perfectly content eating the same thing over and over. I know I’m still healing and have a ways to go but I feel like I’ve done a complete 180 from how I used to feel. I also weigh about 20 pounds less than my heaviest, when I was heavily inflamed and eating a lot of plants.

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

Adaptation was really hard on me. I had the “low carb flu” for a couple weeks while I was doing the GAPS diet, before starting carnivore, so by the time I went carnivore I was pretty much fat adapted, but that didn’t stop me from coming down with other adaptation symptoms. I got a few bad migraines, one in particular left me with peripheral neuropathy in my face, hands and feet. I went to the hospital because I was very dizzy and I thought the numbness in my face meant I was having a stroke. It was about 3 weeks into carnivore and I got scared and started eating a few plants again. But the doctors could not find anything wrong with me, all of my bloodwork and tests came back normal. Then my digestive issues started to come back from the plants I had added back in, so I re-committed to carnivore. I realized I hadn’t been eating enough so I upped my food intake. The numbness cleared up after a couple of weeks and I haven’t had any more headaches. A few weeks later I started to get random dizzy spells throughout the day, but I just made sure to eat a lot and those went away as well. Now I’m feeling great and my appetite has regulated itself.

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

No. I would like to start incorporating some gentle exercise like yoga, walking and maybe some functional movement weights soon, but I was intentionally avoiding over-exerting my body in order to give it enough rest to start healing. Since adaptation was so hard on me, I had to focus on getting adequate sleep and rest whenever I could.

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

Do your research, and transition slowly. Listen to your body. Ask yourself why you want to do carnivore and what you want out of it. If you’re just looking for quick weight loss, this might not be the diet for you. Carnivore is a healing way of eating, not a weight loss diet, though weight loss is common. Some people gain weight at first because their bodies are desperate to cling to the nutrition they are getting from the animal foods, and it can take some time for their bodies to relax and realize they don’t need to store all of it in case it gets deprived again. Make sure you are committed to healing. Also, healing can be uncomfortable at first, it was for me, but the more uncomfortable it is, the more your body probably needs it.

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

I hope so. There has been a lot of attention drawn to the myths about cholesterol and saturated fat and heart disease recently, and diets like paleo and keto are gaining popularity. However I feel like vegan and vegetarian diets have also made a huge comeback in response. We just need to keep educating people and encouraging everyone to look into the science for themselves, not just trust what is mainstream or who we think are “authorities” when it comes to nutrition.

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

I just want to stress the importance of doing your own research and experimenting. What works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for another. HOWEVER, we are all humans and have the same digestive systems and nutrient needs. Experiment, and find what feels best for you. Some people prefer to eat mostly beef, while others do well on pork or chicken. Some people like more fat while others thrive on more protein. Some people need to eat three times a day while others can do just one meal a day or less. Some people can eat small amounts of plants here and there, others, like me, can’t tolerate any. Whatever your individual preferences are, it won’t change your basic systems or nutrient requirements. Carbohydrates are non-essential. For everyone. Saturated fat and protein are essential. For everyone. Do your own research. I found websites like zerocarbzen.com very helpful, and have been reading some of the books on their resources page. I’ve also joined a few carnivore Facebook groups and have found them helpful for sharing knowledge and experiences.

You can find me on Instagram @carnivore_babe.

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