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Meat Up Year One

Meat Up: 1 year later with Dawn

It has been a year since Dawn’s carnivore success story which can be found here

Interview with Dawn

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

I am very much part of the ‘carnivore-ish’ crowd. 99.5% of my diet is meat, eggs and dairy (and I love experimenting with new cuts and bits of organ meat – pork head terrine is lovely!) but I am experimenting with what I can add back into my diet.  I’m avoiding gluten and oxalates but haven’t yet found anything that doesn’t trigger a physical reaction (or sugar cravings). Long term, it looks like my diet might be made up of meat, eggs, dairy and the occasional ice cream! 

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

Oh… loads! Nutrient density is the most important thing for my own personal nutrition.  It is key to satiety, energy levels and keeping my inflammation at bay.  Fat is not my enemy and grains are not my friend. More importantly, I learned that other people’s ideas about diet aren’t what keep me healthy.  Doing my own thing has always worked for me elsewhere in life so, if ‘eating the rainbow’ isn’t for me, that’s ok, too. Oxalates are, quite possibly, the cause of all of my EDS symptoms and, without them, I can walk. Vitamin C turns to oxalate if we have too much…  I could write a book with how much I’ve learned about food this year! 

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

Adding new foods back into my diet was a little scary and, on the occasions that trying new things led to uncomfortable bloating, joint pain, or headaches, I questioned if it was all worth it… but I feel stronger than I ever have!  I will not stop trying new things, but I am comfortable eating meat on its own for long stretches between trials.  I am not interested in being in pain or dislocating joints for the sake of fruit or flour. Between nutrition experiments, my fitness has come on leaps and bounds.  I have danced, climbed, and run my way through 2020 and hope to keep being able to do new things! 

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

I’d like to be able to do a handstand, after getting involved in aerial hammock practice in my garden in lockdown.  I love being upside down.  That’s a big goal for me, as someone who has woken up hundreds of times with dislocated shoulders….. but I feel like it’s achievable!  

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

I can’t quite believe the life that I’m building and how much of it is down to giving up vegetables and grains.  When everything I’ve ever been taught is that meat and fat are bad and veg and grains are good….  it’s incredible that I am doing so well with the opposite philosophy. 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Miriam

Interview with Miriam

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hello! My name is Miriam Eriksson & I’m 35 years old. I was recently asked to describe myself… If you combined Steve Irwin, Ms. Frizzle, Marry Poppins, & a bit of wanderlust I feel that combination would accurately describe me! 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I tried the carnivore way of eating I ate SO HEALTHY… ( I hope you laughed) I only ate organic produce, Berky filtered water & more supplements than most grandmas. I was living off of Green smoothies & added tablespoons full of chlorella spirulina. I loved all of the Green superfood powders and overdosed on everything thinking it would help! 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I struggled with severe DUB, (dysfunctional uterine bleeding), dry eyes, hives, sleep deprivation, severe memory loss, & nutrient depletion for three years. I had two severe gallbladder attack’s. My husband begged me to just try the carnivore way of eating for a few weeks to see if it would help. He had been listening to podcasts by @shawnbaker1976 @jordan.b.peterson @mikhailapeterson @biohacking.chick @paulsaladinomd 

He had been eating only animal products for almost a year. I just couldn’t wrap my head around only eating meat. I grew a huge organic garden and thought all the superfoods were plant-based. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Trying the carnivore way of eating was not done on a whim. I did a three-day bone broth fast to help my body reset. We have tinkered with what we like to put in or Bone Broth & found a yummy evening or morning concoction. 

  • Bone Broth 
  • 1 scoop @vitalproteins collagen 
  • 1 t @realsaltketo season salt 
  • 1 T Butter (or more)

I was also taking digestive enzymes so my body would be supported in the transition. I was only eating fresh cooked red meat for 7 weeks & then I started adding in other foods, eggs, cheese, & jerky. Now I’m probably about 90% meat-based. I have a 4-year-old who is a social eater & loves to make me things. I will always try what she gives me because she won’t be little forever!

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

September of 2018 is when I started my Carnivore journey, I had 3 normal mensural cycles and no issues in between. My hormones reset and my body is healing. My body can produce tears again & although I still have flare-ups with hives they heal in just a few days not a month like they used to. I’m actually finishing my sentences & mentally much more clear! My gallbladder has been stable & I have so much more energy! This wasn’t really on my goal but I’ve lost 20lbs eating this way. Right now I’m 5’6 & 129lbs. When I started I was 149lbs. 

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

The only negative I really found from eating this way is it makes people so uncomfortable. I just don’t talk about it around family or in social settings. It’s best to let people ask you questions when they see you’ve been able to heal! 

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

I didn’t have the energy to exercise when I was basically bleeding to death! I would walk with my 4 year old & play outside. I haven’t been to the gym in 5 years. Now that I’m feeling better I’d love to put on some muscle! 

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

I’ve learned about so many people healing different health issues they have by using the carnivore way of eating. If you’re curious I would do a panty or fridge clean if the food isn’t there you are less likely to eat it. Only go shopping when you are full & bring your own snacks. Those damn marketing companies have spent billions on making unhealthy foods smell enticing & exciting! Then do a bone broth fast to reset your system. Go for it you’ll be surprised at how amazing you can feel! 

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

I don’t think carnivore will ever be accepted because there is not much money to be made from someone saying “Listen to your body, eat meat, fast, drink water!” Everyone wants to sell you something this is a personal choice where you are in charge of your growth & healing. Big Corporations don’t like people who are willing to self-experiment & not buy into all the hype of the latest quick fix! 

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

If you would like to follow our health journey on Instagram we are @thebiohackingfamily

 

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