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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Mihaela

Interview with Mihaela

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I am Mihaela Telecan. I was born and raised in Romania, in the land of Dracula, and  moved to the US when I was 28 years young. Currently, I live in Florida, with my son and husband.

I love all things outdoors and breaking a sweat in the endless Florida summer is the greatest gift I can give myself each day. All my life I was obsessed by achieving optimal health and performance. I always searched for the best ways to eat and live in order to prevent disease, stop premature aging and to maximize human performance. I love art, music and dance. What I value the most, are time and health. Having time to play with my loved ones is the ultimate reward. I treasure having health and energy so that I can play. 

This is the WHY behind my choices.

I live by this quote: “HEALTH IS THE CURRENCY OF LIFE” ~ Mihaela Telecan

Therefore, I inspire those that have similar beliefs to do the same. Achieve optimal health and aspire for more, … energy, beauty, strength, wealth, in order to thrive and elevate to unsurpassed levels of BEingness. 

As far as my professional path goes, I am a veterinarian doctor, registered dietitian, and coach. I am the author of MAKE PEACE WITH FAT, the creator of the C.U.R.E. method, and the founder of Healing With Foods, a wellness practice focused on helping women reclaim their right to “self-care”, so they can heal and live abundant lives.

I have been on my healing journey for the past 28 years and I have to say, every step I took on this journey, was well worth it.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Before I started the carnivore phase of my healing with food journey, for about 6 years, from November 2012 to November 2020, I was eating a whole foods, low carb/ketogenic diet. Lots of cooked vegetables, nuts, seeds, minimal fruit intake, moderate to low animal protein and liberal amount of fats. I should emphasize the whole foods aspect of my keto diet.

What is more interesting, though, is that prior to that, for 10 years, I was eating a high carb vegan and vegetarian diet, which, sadly, wrecked my health; from gut health to hormonal and metabolic, I manage to damage myself pretty well, all in my attempt to actually heal my gut issues, which started as constipation in my early 20s. I should say, that’s when I became aware of it, and I was diagnosed with megacolon.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

As I mentioned before, I suffered from chronic constipation my entire adult life. When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with megacolon, meaning I have an enlarged, or oversized intestine. 

In my attempt to overcome the constipation, and other gastro-intestinal problems, like indigestion, SIBO, leaky gut, I tried all possible diets, from raw vegan, to GAPS and keto. 

I have to say, when I came across the carnivore diet, I thought it was crazy. Eating only  meat/animal based foods sounded not only extreme, but plain crazy. However, I have an open mind, and I was willing to try/experiment with just about anything that could positively impact gut health and potentially help me resolve my life long chronic constipation. Therefore, I was willing to look into it, and to learn more about it. After a few months of research, reading about it, and listening to real people’s “success stories”, I decided to give it a go. Needless to say, to my biggest and pleasant surprise, for the first time in my life, my bowels started to work, without any aides. When I say aides, I mean teas and supplements, such as Smooth Move tea, magnesium citrate and/or a high dose of Vitamin C. Removing all plants, all fiber from my diet was the secret to optimizing my gut function, and overcoming chronic constipation. I finally found full resolution, 100% recovery, after 27 years of dietary “interventions”!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

Good question. Unlike the way I approached the vegan diet in the past, (aka dogmatic), eating carnivore has become a very intuitive, body-guided, way of eating. I listen and actually respond to my body’s feedback. I recognize that I feel and perform my best when I don’t eat plants at all. My educated mind no longer feels scared by the thought that not eating vegetables and fruits is detrimental to health. On the contrary, my mind and my body are now in alignment, in full resonance with each other. With that being said, occasionally I do consume some fruits, nuts and vegetables. Now, after about one and a half years of eating 90-100% carnivore, I learned what plants I can enjoy in what amount and with what frequency. If I would say that I don’t love the taste of brussels sprouts, walnuts or berries, I would be lying. I still love vegetables and fruits, but I hate the way they make me feel, therefore, it has become easy and natural to choose the foods that I enjoy eating, and I don’t suffer any ill effects afterwards. 

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

The first and most striking benefit was having bowel movements on my own, getting rid of a bloated stomach, uncomfortable painful gas, burping, indigestion and a bloated look and feeling. Healthy gut and digestion!

An idiopathic skin condition, known as dyshidrosis, which I have had since my 20s, that would flare up around intense periods of stress, such as exams in school, or other life stressors, goes away when I eliminate dairy and eat strict carnivore.

Aside from the above, there is a general youthful look and feeling. My hair seems to fall out less, I have incredible energy (but energy I already had since the low carb/keto year) and the skin on my thighs looks good (aka, no cellulite, ladies). I do not have perimenopausal sympotms, ( you know the usual irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, breast tenderness, loss of sex drive), or mid-life weight gain. 

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

None! 

In fact, once the mind is willing to accept that eating this way is not dangerous, and one allows themselves to experiment with it, the body starts to repair itself, and the individual begins to thrive. That is when we realize how simple eating is, as it becomes just like breathing. Very simple, very intuitive. Nothing to count, weigh, measure, or track. Not to mention, that it is so easy when it comes to shopping and cooking, too. 

It is liberating!

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

Yes, I exercise daily-ish. I continue to do all the things I always did, including run, bike, rebound, weight training, aerial obstacle courses and calisthenics. I have incredible endurance and strength. I am lean, fit and strong. I always joke with my friends, when they act shocked about my carnivore eating style, and how I look and perform. 

I ask them, “have you ever seen a land carnivore that’s not lean, fit, fast and strong (think panter, jaguar, lion, tiger, etc.)”? They look at me perplexed,…

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

First, I invite you to answer the question: “why”? Knowing why you want to eat carnivore is the first step in your successful experimentation with it. CONNECT to your WHY! Your why will be your driving force when it gets tough, because it will get tough before it will get easy and fun.

Secondly, be willing to UNLEARN. Be willing to erase everything you think you know about food and nutrition. Embark on the carnivore journey, and allow your body to give you the answers to whether this is a good fit for you or not. Our mind is a powerful thing. Fear is real. Unlearn and go with a beginner’s mind. Like a newborn. Eat to fuel and nourish. That’s what newborn babies do. 

Thirdly, go in 100% and give it enough time before you cast your vote. 99% is hard, 100% is easy. Fully commit to your own success and fully connect to your why and your body.

Last but not least, you will need to REDEFINE food, if you want to find what works for you. Start to look at food as FUEL and NOURISHMENT, and less as pleasure, reward, social bounding, etc. Redefine food, using your body’s feedback. This process will take time, perseverance, and lots of self-awareness.

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

NO! I do not believe it will be embraced as a 21st century human appropriate diet. 

Unfortunately, we are disconnected from our biological design, and from our innate wisdom. We look outside of us, to find out what to eat, when and how much. We are conditioned by the media, food advertisement, and the food industry, to eat in a way that is so unnatural. We can’t even recognize that anymore. Convenience and a modern lifestyle, pulls us away from our inner guidance and disconnects us further from our bodies, our natural way of living, from each other and from our environment.

Think about this, no animal in the wild needs nutritionists, guidelines or apps, to verify if they eat “correctly”.  We are the only animal species on earth that do that. I am afraid we are too far gone in the wrong direction to go back to eating by biological design. This is the price we pay for human domestication. I really hope I am wrong about this, but this is what I see all around me.

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

When it comes to taking care of our physical body, healing with food, and ultimately thriving, we have all the answers within our body. We need to CONNECT to our inner wisdom, and to allow our body to guide us. The willingness to UNLEARN and REDEFINE food, and normal, are also crucial elements on this journey. The result is an ELEVATION of our mind-body health and ultimately we get to live our full human life potential, we find our C.U.R.E.

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/healingwithfoods/ and Intagarm, https://www.instagram.com/mihaelatelecan/

A good place to learn more about my work is my website www.healingwithfoods.org  

My book, Make Peace With Fat, is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/MAKE-PEACE-FAT-Mihaela-Telecan-ebook/dp/B07B1WRRMV

I have a special gift for your audience, a FREE chapter from my book, http://bit.ly/MPWFCHAPTER 

To anyone interested in working with me, I offer private, and, group coaching programs. You can fill out this form to request a 30 min FREE discovery call. http://bit.ly/PRIVATECUREAPP 

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

Media

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

Interview with Kelly

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hey guys! My name is Kelly and I am a Primal Health Coach from Pennsylvania. I also work in the medical field for a living. Watching the system fail patients and push medicine while changing my health with only food has created a passion to help others heal and feel their personal best! Given my own struggles along the way I’ve spent years researching and trying N+1 experiments. For me the lifestyle matters just as much as the food. I also have a herd of littles so I understand the complexity of bringing a new lifestyle to the whole family! I love to travel and do anything involving the outdoors!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I was eating pretty much a veggie dense Keto diet.  (Even though I started with a very heavily meat based Keto diet in 2013 that healed my Metabolic Disease.)

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My health was taking a bad turn. I started having severe bloating and constipation. Pain in my illeocecal valve area. I had gained about 15lbs. My face would get hives near my cycle, indicating a hormone imbalance. Food sensitivities seemed to increase. My immune system was surpressed. Neuropathy. I was just miserable. Meat was all I could tolerate to function and is honestly my favorite foods to eat so I just kept eating that way. I was also lucky enough to get some unusual labs back on an in-depth cholesterol panel to confirm part of the problem. I was considered a hyper-absorber. After research I figured so much out! I had previously done genetic testing and knew that I have no family genetic cholesterol issue. (It’s actually pretty rare, when it does exist it’s know to kill people between the ages of 30 to 50.)  I had these same labs drawn back in 2013 also and wasn’t an absorber then. What changed? My gut health and the copious amounts of veggies I ate. Turns out cholesterol markers like campesterol and sitosterol indicate hyper-absorbtion, which means veggie cholesterols were not being eliminated in my bowels but being absorbed where they don’t belong into my bloodstream!!! If something doesn’t belong in your blood stream your immune system kicks in. My gut had been destroyed and veggies were making it worse!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I use a nose to tail approach. I include organ meats, mussels, salmon roe, and cod livers on the regular, in addition to my steaks, burgers/ground beef, pastured bacon and duck eggs. Dairy is very minimal and if I do I try to stick to raw goat’s milk versions of cheese, or cream. I really try to get a nice variety. I eat about twice a day. 10 and 2. I’m still drinking one cup or organic coffee in the am, with collagen and an egg yolk at times. Everything gets pink salt, but I also take some Electrolytes from LMNT because they help quench my thirst. I will say this is a lifestyle for me. I always get outside a few times daily for the benefits of the sun and grounding, I detox, try for optimal sleep and stay active. Unfortunately you can’t workout your way out of a bad diet, and you can’t eat healthy and expect it to make up for a bad lifestyle.

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

Simplicity! Satisfying! Cheap!  Symptoms improving or gone! The boating and pain is gone, my bowel movements are regular. Hives have stopped occuring most of the time. The immune system is stable. I will say there was some underlying infections present that I found through doing some testing that I treated with antimicrobials. However, I wouldn’t have been able to function daily without carnivore during the healing. I think this is really important to share. Carnivore does wonders and I believe is the optimal diet coded for humans, however I still wasn’t 100% (high cholesterol for me, (250 was my norm, I was up to 450 and dense small particles), weight, nutrient deficiencies even eating the foods with them, ex zinc). If you are still struggling in some areas you should dig deeper. This is an important message I’d love to get out in our community. Because if you have a gut infection or mold/metal toxicity and your functional you may decide your life is liveable and miss the signs. Down the road you can have organs that get destroyed, auto-immune issues, or even heart disease. Not from meat but from ignoring symptoms. There is more than one way to get disease.

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

Other than some negativity from those that don’t bother to listen with the intent to understand. Nothing. I’m eating my favorite foods and I feel amazing!

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

Currently I do not do what I’d like to be.. It was too much of a stressor lifting weights on my immune system. My stress bucket was too full. So I walk. Which if you can’t do anything else walking is the best thing for you. I also do yoga. However now that I’m feeling better I will be adding weight training 3x week soon!

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

Do it!!  Remember it’s ok to change over slow or at your own pace. Small changes still benefit you. It’s ok to make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up. Remind yourself of your goals and what reaching them will feel like if it gets tough. Reach out to the tribe, I really find this whole community supportive, friendly and helpful. Also try new foods. You may be surprised what you like and how much variety there can be with this woe. Beef tongue is amazing. Looks terrible. Tastes like a moist fatty pot roast only no chunks of fat! I personally think Snake Juice or Electrolytes helps with transitioning too. I don’t worry about macros. I eat when hungry. Some do better with high fat, some lean, I naturally have days of each, do what makes you feel best. Simple is so satisfying.

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

Hopefully!! I think the more we tell the world, and people get tired of feeling sick, they will get brave enough to try and they won’t be able to go back either!

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

I’m a great coach to help you dig deeper! I have amazing insight and personal experience with gut health, metabolic and auto-immune. Having support and a good mindset helps with your success. Anyone can tell you what to eat,  I’m here to share knowledge and support success, dig deep into health if need be, and help you relove-nutrition and life!

Side note, I’m currently enrolled with Metabolic Solutions to be able to interpret labs even better for my clients! I never stop learning.

You can find me as Kelly Troup on Facebook. @therealfoodrevol on Insta.

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

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

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Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

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

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • 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 – with Josie

Interview with Josie

1) Introduce Yourself. 

Hi my names Josie I’m 32 years old over the course of 3 years I’ve lost over 60kgs using keto/carnivore

2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

Keto  

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with. 

I believe after my 60kg weight loss on keto, carnivore was the next step as there were some keto products that I was having that wasn’t doing my health justice and my weight loss had stalled

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet. 

I’m fairly strict as I was with keto as I can’t have cheat days or non compliant foods it send me off track and fall back into the binge eating disorder I had before hence why I got so big.

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

Clear skin, fat loss, toned up from the fat loss, no brain fog, no cravings, satisfied, more energy, less bloating and constipation, I struggled monthly with yeast infections that I no longer struggle with. The list goes on.

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

It was hard to find variety at the beginning I didn’t know if it was something I could stick to but now I love what I eat each day 

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

Yes I exercise 6 days a week sometimes 7 just to burn off energy but it’s easy and I’m so impressed how strong I’m becoming 

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

Be open minded, Trust the process, forget everything you’ve ever learnt about food, it works it’s the ultimate elimination diet and I love that I don’t have to supplement, it’s amazing how good you feel.

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

I’m optimistic that it will there’s som fantastic doctors out there doing some incredible research and bring out some amazing books with amazing information 

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

@miss_carnivore on instagram

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

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

Amazon

Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – my eBook and Paperback looking at why meat is good for you, why plants are bad, and how to exercise on zero carbs.

Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

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

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • 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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Etsy – Unique Carnivore

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Amy

Interview with Amy

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Amy – I’m 49 and currently live in Bucks County, PA (near Philadelphia). I grew up in New Jersey, but then travelled all over the country and world for about 10 years when my husband joined the Air Force. We have two grown sons. Today we are settled in one area, but my husband and I are consummate travellers. We recently completed a trip to our 49th state on my quest to visit all 50 states in 50 years.

I have always had issues with food addiction and body dysmorphia from as far back as I can remember. I went on my first diet at age 9 although I was a normal and healthy body size. Once I hit my early 20s, I started having real issues with weight, though, and proceeded to take my seat on the weight gain and loss roller coaster. After more than a decade of this hell, I found a 12 Step Programme where I walked in at over 300 pounds (136 kg) a broken woman in so many ways.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Upon joining the Programme in 2002 I started a food plan that eliminated all sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, caffeine, alcohol (surprise! I also found out I was an alcoholic!) and excess dietary fats. This plan also called for me to weigh and measure everything I put in my mouth and to eat three set meals a day with one snack at night. I ate a *lot* of vegetables, a decent amount of fruit, a good bit of grains, and minimal protein and fat. I lost 140 pounds (63.5 kg) in my first year or so of the program and have maintained that general amount of weight loss for the past 17 years. My food plan between 2002 and 2008 changed a number of times; I went through a period where I tried to reincorporate wheat back into my diet (that didn’t go well) and I added back and took out caffeine & dairy too many times to count.

In 2008 I started developing health issues. They were mild and seemingly random at first: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and a frozen shoulder were the first things to occur and I took care of each of those through physical therapy. But then I was in a car accident late that year and after that the physical ailments started piling up. I was in and out of doctor’s offices and my journey to find better health began in earnest. After trying pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy, I started to look towards my diet with the first stop at an ayurvedic medicine clinic. That didn’t seem to help so I tried a vegetarian diet for 6 months. I didn’t notice any improvement, but I didn’t get worse so I went vegan. After about 6 months of being vegan, I felt considerably worse – to the point where I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed some days. It was around this time that a doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was also seeing a neurologist for an issue with frequent migraines and was put on a preventative medicine for those. My instincts told me to add animal products back to my diet and I felt better almost immediately after doing so, but I still didn’t feel as good as I thought I should for a woman in her 30s.

That period of trial and error lasted about 3 years and in 2011 I discovered the Paleo diet and Robb Wolf’s work. I felt somewhat better following the paleo diet, but I still had many physical issues and continued to seek solutions without success. Then in 2015 I was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma and began a regiment of medication for that disease. My frustration with all of my health issues really peaked here. I wasn’t sure what else I could try and basically decided that it was just my constitution – I thought I was just the type of person who was meant to get sick and frail at an early age.

In late 2017 I had a hysterectomy and pelvic reconstructive surgery. By mid 2018 I had gained at least 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and was feeling horrible physically. Once again I decided to look at different food plans and began earnestly searching online. Thankfully, the ketogenic diet was gaining in popularity around this time and I came across some resources that seemed promising. I decided to try it. Those 10 pounds came off quickly and my husband was inspired to try the diet with me. He had much more weight to lose and rapidly lost 40 pounds, but was worried that we were going to give ourselves heart attacks with all the meat and fat we were eating. I found a low carb doctor in our area and made appointments to see him to help put my husband’s mind at ease.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

During that doctor’s appointment, the doctor mentioned the carnivore diet – not as a suggestion, but in passing – and my first reaction was, “Who would want to do that??? I could never just eat meat. How boring!” When I went home, though, I began researching to see what the carnivore diet was all about and why people would go on it. I discovered the meatheals.com website and began reading some of the success stories and started to wonder if a carnivorous diet could help me fix my health issues. By this time I had been on keto for 2 months and although I felt pretty good (after the initial carb flu), I still was suffering from asthma pretty badly. I stewed on the idea for a couple of weeks and finally on October 18, 2018 decided to take the plunge for 30 days to see if it would help my asthma and fibromyalgia. I felt so good after 30 days that I decided to extend the trial to 90 days. (Spoiler alert: the trial hasn’t ended yet, I’m still doing carnivore.)

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Because of my history as an addict and needing to see things in black and white, I take a pretty strict approach to carnivore. I mainly eat ribeyes from Costco (we buy a full primal and cut it ourselves), ground beef, eggs, and very occasionally bacon and cheese. I used to salt my food, but have not been doing that for about a month and I feel better. I don’t allow for “cheats” (I’m only cheating myself and what would be the point of that?) and I don’t add any condiments or spices. When I travel I make pemmican (can’t wait until the Carnivore Bar goes into production!) to take with me. I also have been doing some form of fasting since I started the keto diet in August of 2018. I started with a 16:8 approach but these days I usually do 18:6 or just do OMAD (one meal a day). I have done some extended fasting up to 72 hours and I plan to incorporate more of that as I go along because of the health and body composition benefits I have seen from it. As someone who has lost such a large amount of weight, I have excess skin that bothers me. I have found that it is starting to diminish with longer fasting regimens.

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

I have not taken asthma medication since late 2018 (10 months ago as I write this) – right around 2 months after starting the carnivore diet I noticed my breathing was improving so I stopped my maintenance inhaler and decided to just use my rescue inhaler as needed. Well, I haven’t needed it. I also have not had any “fibro flares” in all this time. None!! I am no longer exhausted, achy, foggy-headed and miserable from that dreadful autoimmune condition. Another fibro-related issue I suffered from was IBS-type symptoms (I was never diagnosed with IBS nor did I ever mention those symptoms to a doctor). But I suffered from intermittent constipation and diarrhea as well as issues with gassiness for many years. After the initial adjustment to carnivore, those issues mostly went away.

I have noticed other miscellaneous health improvements as well as recovering from those two major ailments. All my life I thought I had low immunity; if there was a cold or flu going around, I caught it. I have suffered from pneumonia multiple times and was even hospitalized for it once. Every winter I was sure to get bronchitis at least once and several head colds and/or the flu to boot. Since going carnivore, I have had one mild cold. ONE! That is just miraculous in my book. Additionally, some time in the past 5 years or so I started developing cherry angiomas all over my body. My dad has a lot of these so I thought I just inherited that trait from him and there wasn’t much I could do about them except burn them off (shhh, don’t tell the dermatologist!). My husband asked me just a couple of weeks ago if I had burned off the ones on my back because he noticed they were gone. I had done no such thing – they had all disappeared on their own! I then realized that other ones I had in different areas were also gone. Every website I have read about cherry angiomas says the cause is unknown. Well, I still am not 100% certain of the cause, but I definitely know the cure.

On a different tack, but equally (or possibly even more) impactful than the health issues resolving is how the carnivore diet helped me to recognize my satiety point. Ever since joining a 12-step program for food addiction, I was basically taught that my satiety meter was broken and could not be fixed nor trusted. And I saw the truth in that while I was eating the traditional food plan that is followed by many in that organization. If I didn’t weigh and measure my meals, I could easily overeat at every meal. As I progressed in my recovery and felt safer not weighing or measuring my food while eating out, I noticed that I would often end up overfull after meals having eating more than my body needed. While I was eating, though, I had no signals that told me to stop eating. I could have easily kept going if I wasn’t being mindful and trying to eat reasonable portions. Eating carnivore, though, changed all that. It is just about impossible to overeat because my body physically won’t let me eat any more. I find I naturally lose interest in eating or put my fork down without even thinking about it. In extreme cases, I start to get nauseated as my body sends clear signals that it has had enough. This is something I don’t remember experiencing once in my entire life prior to eating a carnivorous diet. And as a recovering food addict, this is downright mind blowing and awe inspiring.

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

The initial adjustment period to carnivore was hard on my digestive system. I had diarrhea for the first several weeks. I do still sometimes experience “dumping” after a meal – I have not been able to figure this out yet. It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while I’ll eat and then soon after I have to make a run for the toilet.

I did initially gain weight on the carnivore diet and that freaked me out. There seem to be two schools of thought about the approach to the carnivore diet – one is not a proponent of fasting (except as it occurs naturally due to hunger cues) and the other believe that fasting is a great tool to incorporate. I wanted to listen to the first school and let my body heal naturally and be okay with the weight gain, but it was too difficult for me. The toll on my mental health was not worth it. Once I started incorporating longer fasts, the excess weight I gained initially came off and I started needing much less food at every meal when I did eat. I would say a downside to carnivore is that it can be confusing to not have one “right” way to do it.

The only other downside of the carnivore diet is the fact that it’s not mainstream so it can be a pain to go out to eat or just eat with others (e.g. at work or in other social functions). I am used to being the one who eats differently in a crowd, though, so this isn’t a big deal to me personally, but it is an annoyance.

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

I do exercise, but lately I haven’t been doing as much cardio as I used to. Prior to carnivore I was a pretty regular runner (despite all my health issues), and I have run some smaller races since being carnivore, but I find more and more that my body doesn’t prefer to do that. It’s quite interesting how much more intuitive I am about everything related to my body since eating this way. I do a lot of walking and I have a love for weight lifting (I’m still a baby weight lifter, though). We have a home gym that consists of a weight bench, treadmill, rowing machine and an infrared sauna. It is my sanctuary. Recently I joined the #Carnivore75Hard challenge and one of the components is to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. This challenge has made me realize that I need to be more disciplined with my exercise routine; I can sometimes let too many days go in between exercising way too often. So I am working on improving that and I’m so glad I joined this challenge in hopes that it installs that discipline in me even after the challenge is over. I may go back to running distances some day or I may not, I will let my body dictate that. For now my overall goal is to get and stay strong, flexible, and injury-free.

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 reading this, then you have given some thought to trying the carnivore diet (or you’re already on it). If you haven’t started yet, but think it could help you in some form, my advice is to try it earnestly for 90 days. Commit yourself to doing it 100% by eliminating all added sugars, sweeteners, etc. and just eat animal products. See how you feel mentally and physically after those 90 days and then decide how to proceed. What do you have to lose?

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

I’m not sure if carnivore will ever be accepted in the mainstream. We have a lot of forces with a lot of money, power, and influence who are against us. There is a lot of misunderstanding (and misinformation!) about ecological issues concerning animal farming and production that prevent people from thinking this is a good idea not only for themselves but for the planet. We have a lot of work to do to raise awareness about the personal health benefits as well as the global ecological and agricultural benefits that come from eating animal foods. Thankfully we have some vocal pioneers like Shawn Baker who are writing books and leading a social revolution – that is a good start. It’s also heartening to see a network of doctors embrace low carb diets and support a carnivore diet as well. I try to follow as many of them as I can on Twitter and retweet their information to help get the word out. I also like wearing my “Eat Meat” and “Meat Heals” shirts when I travel to expose that message to as many people as I can. Personally I believe we become accepted in the mainstream step by step. Gaining acceptance of a ketogenic diet is the first hurdle and there is still a lot of work to be done there, as well.

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

I know the carnivore diet can seem like a crazy idea. It did to me when I first heard about it, too! But if you can open your mind and do a little due diligence research on the topic, you will probably find what I have – it’s a true lifesaver. I mentioned my husband briefly above, but the full story is that he started the carnivore diet two months after me and has lost 80 pounds and feels the best he has in his life. He also struggles with food addiction and carnivore has helped him there as well. He didn’t have the health issues I did (but he also didn’t eat the vast amounts of plants and oxalates I did either), but he has reaped the benefits of carnivore just as I have. And if carnivore is just not your thing, that’s okay, too. I respect everyone’s right to their own choice and I appreciate when that respect is given to me as well.

You can find me on Instagram @_amethyst_amy_ and Twitter @anaisamy

 

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Maria

Interview with Maria

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Introduce Yourself.

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

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

How did you eat before Carnivore.

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

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

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

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

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

I jumped right in!

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

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

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

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

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

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • 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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