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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Cori

Interview with Cori

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Cori. A 49-year-old woman quickly approaching my 50th turn around the sun.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

I’ve been a whole food eater most of my life. Processed food has never appealed to me. Although I never referred to myself as a vegan or vegetarian, my diet was plant-based for most of my adult life.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

For the first few months I had no idea that my way of eating had a name. I have a laundry list of health issues—panhypopituitarism (with an autoimmune component, celiac disease (diagnosed over a decade ago) and Duhring’s disease, adenomyosis, and fibromyalgia. After exposure to gluten in the spring of 2018, I developed Duhring’s disease (celiac disease that presents on the skin. I was dead set on not going on antibiotics and steroids to treat my Duhring’s and other issues I had at the time. First, I cleaned out our entire pantry and fridge. Anything that could potentially cause cross-contamination went into the bin. Still, stomach and skin issues persisted. I began to notice blisters cropping up along with my Duhring’s (dermatitis herpetiformis) rash—skin flare-ups were happening long after my gluten exposure. Over the weeks I recorded my food and anything that made my skin worse or aggravated my stomach went. Eventually, all I was left with was tinned fish, eggs, and muscle meat. Eventually, I did see an improvement in my skin and I was beginning to feel better overall but I became concerned that my way of eating wasn’t sustainable, so I took to the internet (how did we survive before Google?) and came across Dr. Georgia Ede and Sally K. Norton, and several folks that referred to themselves as ”Carnivore” following their Twitter accounts. I reached out to Georgia directly and she assured me that I could indeed live a long and healthy life without plants and although I still can’t make rhyme or reason as to why I respond the way I do to so many plants, Sally helped me gain some understanding and gave me the additional confidence I needed to step away from plants.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat what makes me feel good. Long before Carnivore I was supporting my small, local farmers and producers; I continue to do so as a carnivore.  My approach is more nose-to-tail. I like the sustainability and I believe it’s what’s best for me. I do drink organic coffee (organic matters here, folks) and enjoy limited dairy— butter and cheese. Sometimes it bothers me, sometimes it doesn’t.

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

Just about every symptom I have/had from my autoimmune diseases has disappeared or improved. I do fast as well to help with my low levels of GH due to my pituitary disorder, autoimmune issues, and familial cancers. I credit fasting with helping me just as much as carnivore. I work out pretty intensely and with the exception of a very slow healing hamstring that I tore a few weeks in to fasting and Carnivore and some foot problems I’ve suffered from for years from repeated fractures and injuries, I haven’t had any other tears or bone fractures/breaks. That in and of itself is a major coup for me! I feel (cautiously) invincible these days.

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

Socially, it can be a bit awkward, but Carnivore isn’t a choice for me. Plants, (and the oils every kitchen seems to use), make me sick and I also have to worry about cross-contamination due to my celiac/Duhring’s disease so eating outside the house is an issue. I’ll only do it when I have no other choice, mostly on the road. It’s a risk for me, Carnivore or not.

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

I do exercise. It took me a good 5-6 months to fully adapt. I really thought I’d be working out at half-intensity from here on out, but then one day it just clicked and my body was able to perform just fine without carbohydrates. I love lifting and my focus is on building and maintaining muscle (a struggle with low GH). Currently, I do an upper/lower split 4 days a week. I spend 1.5-2 hours at the gym. Maybe too much to some, but I find it cathartic. I do very little cardio. Just enough to work my ticker and to keep up my endurance.

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

I reckon if someone is considering Carnivore they’ve tried everything and nothing else has worked, so I say to them, ”what have you got to lose?” But I do believe that if you’re going to do it, you need to go all in. You don’t want to dabble in high-fat eating AND carbs … It’s a recipe for disaster. If you can’t commit 100% this might not be a way of eating for you.

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

I hope so.

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

Although I’m happy to share my experience and what I do that works for me and my very specific set of problems, I’m cautious when it comes to doling out advice. Look to the medical professionals & researchers in the Carnivore space for answers and not schmos like me. They’re pretty generous with their knowledge and time. @cori__p on Instagram

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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 Melinda

nterview with Melinda

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Melinda Appleby, 55 yr. old, wife, mom of 3 grown children.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate vegetarian/vegan in the 80’s then SAD till around 2000 when I started the Atkins diet.  Then I went back and forth between SAD, Paleo, Autoimmune, low carb till 2014 when I went full carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Several reasons: pain in my joints, out of control weight gain, food cravings and insatiable appetite, exhaustion to the point where I was falling asleep in the middle of the day. I’m a librarian and, at the time, was working in a maximum security prison. Despite the fact that I was in a room by myself with 40 inmates, I was dozing off.  I figured it had to be my glycemic levels fluctuating and the only way I knew how to control that was through diet – by eliminating carbs.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat dairy, drink coffee with heavy cream and drink alcohol once in a while. I will deviate from strict carnivore for special occasions, but it usually causes me great pain so I don’t do it regularly.

I eat chicken, seafood and pork but 90% of my diet is red meat. It’s the only thing that keeps me satiate and makes me feel content.

I’m struggling right now with hot flashes so I am supplementing with herbals and vitamins to combat them. I’ll stay on them for a month and reassess.

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

More energy, no more afternoon slump.

I don’t eat as much or have cravings (I used to think about food nonstop).

More freetime – I don’t spend hours in the kitchen cooking high carb meals anymore.

My 30 year battle with Tinea Versicolor has ended.

My skin is softer than a baby’s bottom.

I never have body odour.

Lost ~30 lbs. I’m 5’2″ – my highest weight was 158, I’m now 125.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia are pretty much gone.

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

None really, except if I over eat past fullness then I’ll get diarrhoea.

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

Always been kind of active, hiking, skiing, on-again off-again runner since high school and have done a bunch of half marathons, the last one in May. I’m done with long distance running now though because it’s too time consuming and my body does not like, nor need, the extended cardio workout.  I’m focusing now on upper body strength.

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 “your way”. Some people have to ease into it, some have to go into it cold turkey. Either way is fine,  just stay the course and keep focused on the long term benefits of eating carnivore.  It’s the ultimate elimination diet if it’s given a chance to work.

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

No, only because people believe the propaganda and the narrative being pushed by our overreaching government and the media.

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

The claim that veganism is a healthy diet is a lie. The claim that red meat is unhealthy is a lie. The truth is out there,  it must be pursued.

I’m @carnivoremelinda on Instagram

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sonja

Interview with Sonja

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1) Introduce Yourself.  

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

2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

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

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with. 

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

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, and you can find me on Instagram @sonjagraff

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