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Meat Up: 1 year later with Dwayne

Interview with Dwayne

Dwayne did a carnivore diet success story over a year ago which you can read here

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

Still carnivore, not as strict, we call our approach animal based now.  I have healed my leaky gut and now find I am able to have more variety and have no digestive issues from it.   I have spices now and add some things for flavour enhancers, like garlic or fried onions occasionally.  Carnivore way of eating though is where I feel best my best. 

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

I have learned you will continue to feel benefits from carnivore well into your second year and personally I never seem to tire of animal foods.  Trusting the process and keeping with it until your gut is healed is very important. 

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

I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss, continue to build muscle slowly. Health has continued to improve.  Over the holidays I let myself eat all foods, I knew carbs were addictive but was blown away how fast that addiction can come back, its a slippery slope and can be very hard to break it all over again. I struggled after the holidays for longer than I would have like to before getting back on track.  Because of that experience I try not to let myself go off track any more. 

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

Continue working out 3-4 days a week, maintain a lean physique and continue to optimize my health on an animal-based way of eating, cold therapy, sauna, and our many sleep hacks.

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

@ourinfinitehealth on Instagram is where we post about our health journey, bio hacks we are trying out and our hope is to help others find success improving their health as well. 

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Carnivore Diet success stories with Richard

Interview with Richard

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Richard. I am 42 years old. I’m engaged to my fiancée Emma and we have a 3-year-old son who follows a ketogenic diet. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Ketogenic diet for 7 months. Prior to this I struggled unsuccessfully with low calorie, low fat diets.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started as a one-month trial initially not expecting to do it long term. I tried this following weight loss stall on keto. I was curious about claims of improved digestion and leaner bodies.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Try to eat beef and at least 6 eggs every day.  I eat a variety of meats including lamb, pork, chicken, salmon, trout, haddock, scallops, and prawns. For beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, I eat the fattiest cuts available.  I cook mainly in ghee and beef dripping/tallow.  I eat liver and heart twice a month on average.  I season food in salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and sometimes chilli powder and paprika.  I use condiments but limit to very low carb hot sauces.  I limit dairy but do not avoid it completely.  I eat desserts quite frequently made from eggs, sour cream, vanilla and erythritol. I drink mainly mineral water. I often drink black coffee but have recently switch to black tea. Treats are very very rare and are strictly limited to keto foods which include some nut flours, erythritol and cacao. Meal frequency is usually OMAD or 2MAD with no snacks.  I eat until I am absolutely full.

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

Improved digestion.  Further weight loss. Leaner body.  Fewer cravings. No need to track calories or macros. Easier food prep than keto. 

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

Lack of variety but I got used to it pretty quickly.  Less energy than on keto.  

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

Yes. I do weightlifting and body weight resistance circuit/Hiit training 2-3 times a week. Usually 20-45 minutes.  

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

Understand your reasons for doing it. Is it an elimination diet for ailments, digestive reset, or long-term body composition reason?  If your gonna trial it, stick it out for at least 30-60 days.  Don’t worry about the lack of fibre, you don’t need fibre in your diet.  Carnivore isn’t as limiting as you think, and you get used to eating what’s available. There’s some flexibility depending on your body’s tolerances, like some veg, dairy, berries etc. 

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

Absolutely not. There is too much stigma and too much influence by regulatory bodies, celebrities, big food etc.  There’s not enough accessible or widespread education on the subject unless you are open minded and willing to look things up yourself. Messages regarding environmental issues are very inaccurate and misleading.  Misconceptions over saturated fats and red meat need to be corrected.  

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

Ask yourself ‘If our existence on this plant is based on the successful evolution of our ancestors, what did our ancestors eat for 100s of million years?’ If you don’t know, look it up using quality data.  Do you think eating anything different to this in the past 100 years of our existence will improve on this?

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Christine

Interview with Christine

1)     Introduce Yourself.

Hii there, my name is Christine Postma from Holland. I live in a small village with a lot of water nearby. I love the water and I’m totally in love with mountains. Music is the best there is and my big passion are cars…


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I ate keto for a few months and before that plant based.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started eating Keto because I was sick for a long time. Lyme disease. Nothing worked and I tried it all, even ate plant based for more than a year. After I read about a women who healed from rheumatism by eating the keto way I wanted to know more about it and started to really understand the damage of sugars and wanted to give it a try. It was my last hope… Keto worked for a lot of things from week one and I could not be happier. But because I already ate a lot of meat with greens the step to carnivore was an easy and logical step for me. I wasn’t the baking type and really wanted to get healthy from real foods. Someone pointed carnivore out to me and I started searching for everything I could find.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

After about 2 years I can read my body and feel exactly what’s best for my body and what my body needs. I eat mostly beef, grassfed beef. Ribeyes, striploin and ground beef or sausages mixed with liver. I season them with salt and some pepper. I eat it raw or rare. Occasionally some fish like herring, ale or salmon. But that’s a side dish once a week, my main meal is beef. Mostly with butter because I feel best on high fat.

Mostly I eat one meal a day, about 500/600 grams of meat with about 40 grams of butter but if I want to eat two meals I mostly eat about 3-4 eggs with bacon. Occasionally I will eat some Greek yoghurt, cheese or other dairy products but not every day.

I do drink coffee, I am a coffee lover… Mornings I have my bulletproof coffee and after dinner I treat myself with a coffee with some heavy whipped cream… But one day I’m gonna try to see how I feel if I don’t drink coffee, but that moment is not here yet.

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

From the first week I was less tired and had less joint pain. A big relief because pain everyday, starts to make you so damn tired. My migraines never came back and after stopping eating greens and vegetables my intestinal pains were gone as well. Both things I had from birth. I had a lot of issues because of lyme disease and was nearly at a point I couldn’t walk anymore. I couldn’t lift things and even brushing my teeth became painful. In a few weeks after I started carnivore I felt better and after a couple of months I got even more energy back. I had no trouble sleeping, no joint pains, no migraines and no eczema. My muscles got stronger. After I started taking supplements from Ancestral like the bone marrow and the liver I was not only the old me again, but even better then the old me. I struggle eating head to toe that’s why I use the supplements.


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

Lately I’m having a really dry skin, dry hair and hair loss and that’s bothering me a lot. So since this week I also started taking collagen from grass fed cows.


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

No I didn’t. In the beginning they warned me. First heal your body fully and then work out or exercise again. First I couldn’t wait, I wanted to lift those weights again… But I waited… But actually I don’t need it, I don’t feel the need anymore.


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

Please try it, it will change your live for the better. I wish I started this way of eating years ago and I’m sure I would have never got sick in the first place if I did. So please try it, but not for a week, at least try it for a month and longer is even better.

Try what feels best, there are a lot of ways eating this way..


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

I’m not sure, eating good meat here in Holland is more and more a thing. But trying to explain to people you only live on animal meat and don’t need anything next to it is hard to believe. Right now the vegan people are getting more popular because people still think you need vegetables and fruit because it’s healthy. But for me, that was the first thing that was making me ill. Eating plant based even made everything worse and almost broke my body.


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

Meat healed my body and gave me back my live.

I post daily on my Instagram (mountain_keto_carnivore) pictures of everything I eat. I like to make pretty pictures especially from my coffee. I don’t post updates about how I’m feeling or what I went though. There are so much interesting people there who have the best advice and knowledge. But if people DM me or just ask me I will always tell my story and try to help where I can. It’s that help from others that has helped and taught me so much. I couldn’t have done it without their help so I’m so grateful I can’t explain in words.

I’m still learning and trying things out to see how my body reacts.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Raf

Interview with Raf

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Raf and I’m a 30-year-old backpacker, known on Instagram as the carnivore traveller.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was trying to eat “healthy”: lots of protein, carbs, veggies and rather avoiding fat. I was also snacking on junk food and candy pretty much every day.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

First, I started keto after I got a bit chubby from quitting smoking. Besides losing weight I greatly enjoyed some mental clarity, better energy levels and I fell in love with the concept of body optimisation. Keto was great, but after eating my OMAD, I was feeling kind of bloated from all those veggies and also annoyed with the complicated process of weighing my food as well as shopping for all that spinach, kale and other “beneficial” nuts or berries. Then I came across the idea of the carnivore diet somewhere on the internet. I decided to try it and I never looked back. I got really into the subject of evolution, species appropriate diets etc. I started reading about it, lots of books, forums, whatever was available – it has become my passion and it still is. Other than that, I learnt fishing, hunting, butchering and preserving my meat. It has been a wonderful journey so far.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

From evolutionary perspective. I believe our bodies are excellently equipped with senses like hunger and thirst, hence if we don’t distort them with unnatural substances that work like drugs (high sugar, processed foods etc.) – we can trust our appetite senses about the quantity and kind of meat we should eat. I put emphasis on relearning my body signals – eating should be a natural process, I let my body decide when, how much and how fatty I eat. I don’t force ratios, eating windows, I don’t track ratios. I eat what I want and when I want, and I never crave anything other than meat.

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

Mental clarity, peace of mind, high and stabilised energy levels, great digestion, excellent sleep, beautiful skin, and resistance to sunburn, and last but not least – better body composition.

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

At first the social aspect was an inconvenience, but then it became a plus, when I learnt it helps me differentiate intelligent individuals – who get curious and open about the concept of the carnivore diet – from close minded people who bring no value to my life. No other negatives yet.

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

Now, having so much energy this diet gives me I find it hard not to exercise. I always try to make my exercise pleasant and among nature – usually it’s barefoot running in the forest or on the beach, also swimming in the ocean. I also go to the gym to do a full body workout whenever I have the time plus I stretch in the evening every day.

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

Don’t try, just do it.

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

Yes, every month I see more and more people coming to the fb groups and other community “hangouts”. I hope the Harvard study organised by Shawn Baker will help to bring a positive light on this way of eating.

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

@carnivoretraveller on instagram – that’s where I post photos of carnivore foods (including some weird seafood, coral reef fish, snails and lizards).

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kurt

Interview with Kurt

1) Introduce Yourself.

Karnivore Kurt (Kurt Yazici) –  Optimal Aligner | Carnivore Diet Expert | Entrepreneur

A successful entrepreneur, who’s companies have created more than $5M in sales in 2019.

His self-development journey began by climbing out of dark anxiety, healing long-standing gut issues and skin through the Carnivore Diet. Now focusing on optimally aligning to ancestral lifestyle teaching that incorporates the Carnivore Diet, movement, sun, sleep that are all optimized to give people the best performance and health.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Clean, lower carb, paleo for nearly 10 years. Three years leading into Carnivore I was on a “Bulletproof Diet” with “Bulletproof Coffee” and Rhonda Patrick superfood smoothies. Eggs, bacon, butter, avocados and burgers were staples.

I ate a “balanced” “healthy” diet that included: kale, broccoli sprouts (I grew), spinach, almond butter, local honey, cacao nibs, flax seeds, blueberries, and cinnamon.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

Dr. Paul Saladino and I were friends that shared a common gym in Seattle. We worked out at the same times most days of the week. Together we stumbled across this way of eating, first him and then me weeks later after seeing and hearing him promote it.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

I eat a nose to tail balanced Carnivore Diet mainly of grass fed beef, fat and organs. Specifically I consume beef kidney 4-5x’s / week, beef liver 2-3x’s / week and mix up cuts of grass fed beef: my go to’s include chuck roast, shank, brisket with the occasional more premium steaks, strips, roasts.

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

The benefits are profound and far reaching. Gut issues that were chronic before have been completely eliminated. Anxiety likely linked with those has subsided. Skin, energy, strength, clarity, overall vitality all have drastically improved.

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

Gut issues and nuances when first learning it. Those were a major challenge and it took me a while to really figure out which foods and how to best prepare them. I write at length about this in my book because it was such a challenge for me.

The other thing I would say is for many it will be extremely restrictive. But it is incredibly satiating and healthful.

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

Yes I exercise consistently. I did even before the diet. I incorporate around 1 hour / day to movement with purpose. I typically follow some sort of plan like P90X but I don’t always bring that intensity. I enjoy doing chest exercises 2x / week, leg and Yoga movements at least once a week. I also like to have cardio at least once and that usually gives me a rest day to walk and stretch.

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

You can start progressively. Don’t think you have to go all in and eat organs and take on everything all at once. There are great videos on Youtube, two excellent books *cough* mine and Dr. Saladino’s.. Mine will focus on actually incorporating the diet and the plans, mastering your emotions. Saladino’s does an outstanding job helping us look further into the depths of the sciences and biochemistry as to why this works well for our bodies.

Again, if you simply just left the broccoli off the plate for a larger steak that’s a step. The more you can shift from plant foods -> animal foods the better you’ll likely start to feel and function.

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

Yes, the evidence and results we’re seeing are too strong to deny. It has become the new “Keto” movement for all practical purposes. It is ketogenic but brings MUCH better benefits to most individuals when done properly.

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

Yes, as I mentioned I have written a detailed book on this topic. People can get their copy at:

optialign.com/book

To follow me they can go to Instagram and Youtube:

@karnivorekurt

youtube.com/c/karnivorekurt

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kat

Interview with Kat

Introduce Yourself.

I’m Katleen (Kat) Reid. I live in the US with my husband, along with our 4 horses (2 Shires, 1 Friesian and a mini horse), our 3 dogs and 4 chickens. We run a residential remodeling business from at our 14 acre farm and also partner with our animals in life coaching and health coaching. I hold a masters in physical education and physical therapy from the University of Brussels, and I am also a certified functional medicine health coach (currently in the process of becoming National Board Certified) and a certified MeatRx Coach (animal based nutrition). 

As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the human body, health, nutrition and nature. My journey from physical education through physical therapy and personal training lead me to different routes that ultimately merged again through Health Coaching; I worked as a researcher at the University of Brussels (faculty of biometrics and biomechanics) and worked on documenting the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in boys and girls between 3 and 17 with overweight and obesity, followed by co-creating a multidisciplinary intervention program with a small group of children. Once I graduated as a physical therapist, and started my own practice combined with work in a back- and neck clinic, I started looking into ways to get to the root cause of my clients’ issues and was passionate about supporting them to return to a life in which they could thrive at all levels. Even though I loved my work as a PT, I felt that oftentimes I could not access the core issue with my chronic patients, not even through adding modalities like functional training, coaching and by working with our other specialists like ergonomists and psychologists. I felt I lacked skills and knowledge as a young PT. Little did I know at the time that nutrition – an overlooked core lifestyle factor – could have been a key factor in their healing process and overall feeling of well-being and how they perceived themselves and life in general. 

My professional life and personal love for adventure did take me on a quest of exploring our natural state of health and the roots of what causes discomfort and illness and what can regenerate our natural state of well-being. Today at the age of 40, I am happy to combine my past and current experience and ever growing knowledge with a broad spectrum of health and lifestyle coaching.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore, I had been keto adapted for 5 years. Over the course of those 5 years, I started out with the typical bacon, eggs and cheese approach, which quickly transitioned to a dairy-free whole foods approach in which I would eat fresh organic veggies, local organic and pasture raised meats/eggs, lots of olive oil, ghee and Bulletproof Brain Octane, coffee, and the occasional homemade almond flour cookie substitutes or homemade coconut ice cream and treats like dark chocolate 🙂 I barely ate processed foods though. I did feel great in general, but I remember I wished I would have less cravings and less ups-and downs in my mood and energy (which I blamed on my cycle at the time). 

Going even further back in time, I can say that I grew up in a very health conscious family. I grew up in Belgium and we did eat an omnivorous diet. My parents kept “candy” as an occasional treat (birthday, Christmas, …) so I did not grow up eating lots of sugar or processed foods. In my teens, my parents switched to a low-fat/low sodium diet driven by their doctor and so I of course ate the same meals. I do remember that this was the onset of crazy cravings. This was also the time that I believed I was going to save the planet by becoming a vegetarian, so from my 16th through my 23rd, I ate a low fat, low sodium vegetarian diet. Once I went to University at the age of 19, I ate really unhealthy for a few years, which I believe was caused by living with my roommates and enjoying tasty food that I had missed at home (fried food, sandwiches, lots of cookies and chocolate). Once I graduated from University and started my work-life, I got back to whole foods and fresh home cooking. I then also had access to local meat and the fact that it was local and organic, I was back to eating meat again around the age of 24. Between that time and my move to the USA at 32, I felt good! Then, in my first years in the USA, I started eating with my husband and I would describe this diet as a combination of a low fat bodybuilding diet (oatmeal, protein powders, lean meats, ….3 meals and 3 snacks a day) and lots of restaurant food and prepared meals (nevermind exploring all the American food I had never seen!). I gained 16 lbs in my first year and started getting digestive issues and lots of colds. My skin started breaking out and I felt bloated almost all the time. With all this discomfort, I also experienced constant cravings for sweets, chocolate and nut butters. So this discomfort I tolerated for 2 more years until I got the flu. I did not heal from it and my doctor suggested me to take anti-biotics. It was the second time ever in my life I took an anti-biotic and I decided it was beyond time to make a change! I was active, I was happy BUT, my nutrition and overall well-being were worse than I had ever experienced. I made it a point to start homecooking again. This was also the time that the ketogenic diet was becoming popular through Jimmy Moore and the books by Phinney and Volek. It sounded too good to be true, but with my research background and both my husband’s and my own upbringing and the fear of (saturated) fat, it took us a while to feel comfortable putting the ketogenic diet into practice.  So we did our research, dove in deep and the rest is history 🙂 Over the course of those 5 years, I lost those 16 pounds and felt great again. Little did I know though that another level of “great” was waiting for me …

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried Carnivore on January 1st, 2019 out of pure curiosity. This was the result of a few YouTube videos my husband and I watched the month before. We looked up Dr. Shawn Baker, the interviews of Jordan Peterson and Michaela Peterson and Dr. Shawn Baker on the Joe Rogan show and we were hooked. My husband felt excited about the clarity and simplicity of this way of eating. I was intrigued by the results I heard about, but felt a bit sceptical … I was feeling so good and was afraid of loosing this … Also, I was halfway my Functional Medicine Coaching curriculum and was convinced I needed my colorful veggies (phytonutrients, anti-oxidants), fiber and very balanced diet. I was also taking about 10 supplements to “optimize” my health. So at first I decided I would support my husband and eat my first meal of the day “carnivore” with him, and have my big colorful salad as my second meal. On the third day, I had also digested all the available videos by Dr. Paul Saladino and his info gave me more confidence to go all in and try it for a month. I thought: I can easily adhere to this way of eating for a month and not get in too much trouble 🙂 Let’s go for it and decide at the end.

And I haven’t looked back since! 

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I chose to follow a nose-to-tail way of eating. My staples are any cut of beef (we invested in a local regeneratively raised 1/2 steer), either raw liver/raw kidney/heart, whole eggs or just raw egg yolks (we have our own chickens and access to local pasture raised eggs when needed), suet, and Redmond Real Salt. Occasionally I have raw Iberico Pork fat (from White Oak Pastures) or heritage pork (from our local farmer or White Oak Pastures) and salmon roe (we source it from Vital Choice). I also make broth weekly from the bones we have/leftover bones and chicken feet. And I do supplement with glycine to balance out methionine and with bone meal (weekly) as a calcium source. I certainly want to add that – when eating keto before – I was taking at least 6 supplements constantly. Since going carnivore, I only take glycine and calcium (bone meal) on days I don’t eat any tendinous tissue or egg shells or soft bones and will occasionally use collagen powder too.

I have experimented with coffee (been coffee-free from August through December) and added back some decaffeinated coffee in the morning – which does not seem to impact me negatively. I used to drink red wine occasionally when going out, so I also left out wine fully for the same amount of time as the coffee, and allow myself now to have a glass when eating out or occasionally during a movie night. I don’t feel a negative impact when I consume 1 glass maybe once every 2 weeks or spread out more.

As for water, I seem to drink about 1.5L-2L a day, and this can be a mix of our own well water and San Pellegrino/Gerolsteiner. 

I give myself free choice before every meal, yet so far I keep gravitating toward eating 100% animal based because it makes me feel so good. If I would get in a situation where I have no choice over what to eat, I do have non-negociables like: fried foods, vegetable oils, processed foods, grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds. I refuse airplane food entirely and choose to fast during traveling. 

If I really want something different or a treat, I would choose between Rebel Ice cream, full fat Greek Yogurt, red organic wine or bacon 🙂 Not a bad line-up of treats if you ask me. However, looking back at the past 13+ months, I had only 3 days that I chose either the ice cream or yoghurt and all three times they left me with inflammation, digestive discomfort and I haven’t included these items any more since. I like feeling great too much. 

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

A stable mood, a solid energy and a complete lack of cravings and an overall positivity. A clearer skin and a natural desire to eat only one to two meals a day; I gravitate towards eating early, so for me that means between sunrise and noon-ish. This pattern has also improved my sleep and mental focus in the afternoon! I also love the simplicity of this way of eating. The limited amount of choices is incredibly freeing and I spend so much less time planning, shopping, preparing and actually eating. Don’t get me wrong I am a foodie at heart and still love being creative in the kitchen. BUT, it is so freeing to work with less ingredients and need less food, have no waste and still create beautiful and tasteful plates. 

Another beneficial side-effect has been being involved a growing community of friends who live a similar lifestyle and experience a shared joy, love respect and awe for life.

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

None so far. I don’t miss anything. Also, where I hear some people finding it challenging in social situations, I personally don’t sense this being an issue for me. Also, going out to restaurants (we are very picky and go out to mostly just one, maybe twice a month) is a non-issue as the chef is always happy to adjust the plate. And this is something I notice being really common in the US: restaurants easily adjust according to dietary preferences. 

We don’t have vegan or vegetarian friends or family members, so when we are hosting and food is part of it, everyone is happy with ribeyes or a roast. And we always suggest to BYOV (bring your own veggies). 

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

Yes I do! And I have been active my whole life. 

In my first year of eating nose-to-tail carnivore, I did keep my activities and exercise the same, meaning I did my regular daily farm chores, seasonal farm chores and a daily average of 20,000 steps and lifting heavy things (read: functional farm fitness). With that, I did notice my body composition change to getting leaner and a little more muscular. 

Now, in my second year I added weight lifting again. I have always put on muscle with ease on any type of diet, so I am curious how my body composition will adapt. I feel strong, I have plenty of energy in the gym and I recover really well. If one thing, I would say I recover better than I can remember from before Carnivore. Now, while increasing my strength workouts, I am already blown away by how easily I can play with my macros and my workout intensity. There is a very clear and clean action/response as long as I respect my recovery and sleep. 

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 simply curious: Go for it, try it for a month!

A part of me would love someone interested to try it “all in” for a month and then decide what’s next. Depending on what diet the individual comes from, it may be a pretty radical change and mean a week to two weeks of feeling “weird” – things like the keto-flu, diarrhoea or constipation may occur during the transition. However I believe that anyone can stick to something new for at least 21 to 30 days and ultimately feel the difference. I would advice to write down how you feel at the start. Go in detail from head to toe! And take note of any and all changes along the way. 

If you need healing, take it slow.

When someone is looking to heal issues and maybe looking to make a long term lifestyle change, I would recommend a different approach. I would ease into it more, and look at “long term” success and compliance and look at all areas that contribute to someone’s feeling of well-being. I would also recommend to consult with a doctor experienced in this way of eating to help with establishing and understanding one’s baseline profile (and follow up quarterly or a few times a year) and possibly a coach to help with the transitions and adherence. Aside from professional support, joining a carnivore community is extremely powerful and fun! 

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

I believe so. It has already proven to be a very powerful therapeutic diet, temporary elimination diet and more and more people are showing up who have followed a type of either strict or carnivore-ish diet for 5 or more years. I believe that the current lack of large studies keeps us a bit hesitant when considering this diet as a long term lifestyle. Meat has still a “scary” taste and we need more data within a carnivore context to show all benefits. Our bodies simply operate differently in an “animal-based-nutrition” context. But I have hope for the future! 

Also, I wonder how the term “carnivore” will evolve over the next years. Will it be defined as “only” animal products or will it become more “animal based” with the occasional inclusion of certain plants? I would already be elated if the current carnivore movement results in expanding research, debunking myths, raising awareness around healthy food choices among the public, and showing consumers honest data to then make their personal choices. We may always be on a quest about what is best to optimize our individual health, but I believe a certain amount of variables are known and many are very close to be proven. 

As for myself, I am also curious if I will keep feeling this great or if I need to make seasonal changes at some point. As for taste and satiety however, it is the easiest and most satisfying way of eating I have ever experienced. 

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

I love our carnivore community. I am mostly active on Instagram, and I am blown away by the support and inspiration people offer and share. Everyone seems to want to help because this diet has helped them so much in the first place. I believe there is something to feeling good and the gratitude that comes with regenerating ones own health. You can not NOT share it!

I don’t know if a 100% carnivore diet will ultimately be for everyone, at any time, or forever. I think this is what personal experiments and future research will reveal. What I do believe is that it is the purest, most nutrient dense and bioavailable way of eating. It offers a way of experiencing oneself and life in a very grounded and very connected way, without all the “noise”. And I wish for everyone to – at least once in their lifetime – get to experience this. 

Following my personal values I am also an advocate for regenerative farming, and when it comes to choosing my animal based food sources, I support my local resources first and look beyond when needed. 

While I am building my personal brand, for now you can find me and connect with me on Instagram (koach.kat). In the very near future I will add a YouTube channel and a Podcast and a Website/Blog to it 🙂 People can work with me as a health coach, which can cover any and all of the areas that make up our lifestyle. In my coaching and facilitating the personal growth of my clients, I do focus on reconnecting with nature and living life in line with one’s own nature. 

Within the carnivore context, I am contributing as a coach to the MeatRx.com community. I am also part of Dr. Paul Saladino’s team as a health coach, empowering clients on their journey into carnivory. 

And for those who love conferences: I hope to see you in person at White Oakchella, at KetoCon or at CarnivoryCon this year!

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Carnivore Diet success story – with Michael

Interview with Michael

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m Michael Scher, and I’m a carnivore. I’m also a guy who’s interested in longevity, human optimization, philosophy and the general state of humanity and how we interact with each other and with our planet.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have always eaten “healthy” as a result of my upbringing, having been transplanted as an adolescent from New York City to rural Canada, where we raised our own food in a fairly ancestral manner. I started transitioning away from gluten, then grains and sugars about 12 years ago, and have been keto/LCHF for about 10 years.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried carnivore because I had plateaued with keto/LCHF, and felt that I still had gains to be made. When I first heard about carnivore, I thought it was the craziest thing I had ever heard! But I did the research, and with a BSc in biochemistry, I felt I had the tools to evaluate the data I was absorbing. I became convinced that a well-constructed nose-to-tail carnivore diet could be nutritionally complete, so I tried it for a 30-day period. That was nearly a year ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I am also a trained chef, so I try to make my plates as interesting as I can, without sacrificing either taste or good nutrition. I source my food from a variety of providers, emphasizing good and humane rearing practices such as grass-fed and -finished ruminants and dairy, pastured eggs and wild caught seafood. I eat nose-to-tail every day, trying to balance meat and offal, including whole organisms such as eggs or sardines, and limiting my dairy. I eat foods which I consider to be “vitamin-rich” raw, such as liver, egg yolks and bone marrow, to avoid denaturing the nutrients. I avoid snacking between meals and processed foods, especially dessert replacements. I eat within a six-hour window, having my first meal at around 1pm and eating until fully satiated. If I am hungry in 4-5 hours, I will eat again, usually a smaller meal. If not, I will stop eating until the next day.

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

I have seen a leaning out of my physique, better and easier digestion, improvements to my hair, gums, skin and nails, quicker recovery from athletic activity and better sleep.

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

I occasionally have sporadic and short-lived digestive issues, which I attribute to eating certain foods raw (liver, yolks and marrow). I still crave sweets from time to time. I find that too much dairy, especially processed, unfermented dairy, can cause me to feel bloated. And I am so tired of explaining my WOE to skeptics who, despite their own obvious bad health, feel justified in warning me of the imminent perils of being a carnivore.

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

I do exercise, nearly every day. I am an avid competitive cyclist, and ride about 7,000 miles (10,000km) per year. I also workout in the gym, doing short, bodyweight sets to failure (à la Ted Naiman) 4-5 times per week.. I find that carnivore, like any LCHF diet, allows me to ride for hours on end in a fasted state, using only my stored body fat as fuel. I’m not sure if lifting would be better with the inclusion of carbs in my diet, because I only started lifting in the last 5 years. I occasionally experiment with resistant starches such as UCAN with my athletics, but I can’t really speak definitively to the results yet.

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

I would say, “Give it a try, what have you got to lose?!” You’ll know with 30-days how it’s working for you. I would also advise eating at home for the first 30-days, because there are so many hidden sources of unhealthy foods in restaurant foods, such as hidden sugars and industrial seed oils, which I think are the two worst foods for human health (especially the latter!).

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

As a diet? No, I don’t thinks so. As a directional indicator towards improved health, I certainly hope so. And I think we are seeing that happen already, but so are we seeing the rise in popularity of veganism…

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

I think it is critical that we all take individual responsibility for the way we feel every morning when we wake up. We have become overly reliant on the medical system to fix the woes we are bringing upon ourselves. Eat well, as your great-grandparents might have. Sleep deeply. Turn off the television and hug your children. Embrace the world around you. And do the work – any life that feels too easy probably is, and by the time you realize the price you have to pay for that ease, it will be too late to renegotiate! 

You can find me mostly on Instagram @michaelscher but stay tuned, I have some new ventures coming in this space that I am proud to bring to the world.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Nathan

Interview with Nathan

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Nathan Marks. I work as a registered nurse in the ED and have been a fitness/health enthusiast for many years now!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Up until three years ago, I ate the standard American diet. This included no limitation to carbs, no macro tracking, and zero self control. I was truly struggling with my health at this time. To put this simply—I was dealing with severe neurological problems that no doctor could understand. It was debilitating to the point that I had to put school on pause. After having been to the Mayo Clinic and receiving zero answers to all of my problems, I decided to visit The Center for Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. After discovering that mold illness was the cause of all of my neurological problems, my doctor placed me on the ketogenic diet. With time, this diet nearly completely eradicated my mold illness. I transitioned to the carnivore diet in March of 2019 in order to reap further benefits of the ketogenic lifestyle.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My health greatly improved after transitioning from the standard American diet to keto; however, I still craved more improvement. I was still dealing with bloating, excess weight, energy fluctuations, and acne. In addition, I was caught in the dogma of protein restriction in order to preserve ketone production… this affected my weight lifting performance at the time, little did I realize. After hearing Dr. Saladino speak on Ben Greenfield’s podcast about the benefits of removing plants from the diet, I decided to give this all a try! 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I try to make this way of eating as simple as possible. I primarily eat red meat, and I do not have a set time frame for eating as of now. I also do not eat organ meat. In general, I am eating two meals per day. On average, I fast for 24 hours two times per week. I simply listen to my body in knowing how much to eat and when to eat!

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

The benefits of this way of eating have been incredible, to say the least. To keep this simple, I will list the benefits of transitioning from traditional keto to the carnivore diet:

  1. Consistent energy throughout day
  2. Much leaner body mass
  3. Perfect digestion (zero bloating)
  4. Better sleep
  5. Huge improvement to weight lifting performance
  6. Clear skin
  7. Mental clarity

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

None. Just know the first few weeks of starting this WOE you may have diarrhoea. 

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

I exercise five days per week. I primarily focus on weight lifting. My strength has only increased with this WOE.

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

Make this diet as simple as it should be! Learn to listen to your body! If you are coming from a non-ketogenic diet, just be prepared for the first week or so being slightly difficult. The initial adaptation from carbohydrates to fat can be difficult. Know that all of this is worth it, though!

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

I think the carnivore diet will be what the traditional keto diet is now in a few more years. Benefits of ketogenic living only continue to increase when the switch is made to carnivore! 

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

I’m @thecarnivorenurse on Instagram, and this is the primary platform I use. I hope my testimony can help someone else out there!

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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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Catalina

Interview with Catalina

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Catalina Jaramillo. I was born in Colombia and moved to the U.S. in 2000. I am an artist and a momma!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

For decades I followed the classic low-fat low-calorie diet. I was very familiar with restriction.  I became vegetarian and then Keto in 2016.

I got incredibly sick in 2019 and decided to reintroduce meat after decades of not eating it. By August/September I became fully carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I got very sick. I was not absorbing any protein despite the fact that I was intaking 100-150 grams a day. I was anemic, malnourished, bloated, my thyroid was low. I was a mess.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat my first meal once I am quite hungry and then eat either 1 or 2 meals more depending on hunger. I don’t track anymore!

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

Mental freedom and clarity. My cholesterol went down (despite the fact that I mostly eat beef and bacon). My thyroid improved, my skin is clear,  I don;’t have disordered thoughts around food, I don’t restrict and don’t track. I also lost 15% of my weight effortlessly.

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

none

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

I exercise frequently and skip it when I don’t feel like it. Even this aspect has changed on this diet. I don’t feel the need to overexercise anymore.

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

Give yourself a chance. Eat when hungry and until full. Pray to realize the nuances and be patient

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

Little by little! the more we debunk myths around it, the better

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

I’m @thecatalina. I also coordinated the #hypercarnivore2020 challenge and would love to have everyone visit. Much love!

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