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World Carnivore Month 2021 – High Blood Pressure – Day 15

High Blood Pressure

Otherwise known as hypertension.

Chronic hypertension is associated with increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, aneurysms, kidney disease, and vascular dementia.

The numbers

This is truly shocking in my opinion.

1.13 billion people have high blood pressure… that is insane!

1 in 4 men.

1 in 5 women.

Considering what it can lead to and how easy it is to resolve, the numbers are very disheartening.

Treatment

The NHS are meant to tell you to change your lifestyle and if that doesn’t work you will be given drugs.

From what I have heard from people around me, a cursory mention of lifestyle will be made, but the drugs will be dished out pretty quick.

Causes

Our glorious NHS in the UK. Say the following will increase your risk of high blood pressure: being overweight, not exercising enough, too much coffee and booze, smoking, and been over 65.

Laughably they also state a diet too high in salt, and too low in fruit and veg.

Huge eye roll moment.

Carnivore Diet vs Hypertension

Well the carnivore diet is usually high in salt, and definitly low in fruit and veg.

So carnivores should be walking around with high blood pressure right?

Nope.

In fact I have numerous stories where poeple have resolved their high blood pressure issues with carnivore.

Check them out here –

Liv “I was learning about mineral balancing from Morley Robbins and have studied with him for 3 years. I have also studied nutrition alongside my other studies. I have healed myself with what I have learned from him and the Carnivore diet from; Hypothyroidism. Insulin resistance. Estrogen dominance. Periodontitis. High blood Pressure. Brain Fog. Adrenal Fatigue.”

Tracy “My b/p which was extremely high at one point (220/120) has now stabilized. I was able to eliminate my b/p medicines along my journey but couldn’t stop that last pill until carnivore. Within the first 3 months, my b/p began dropping and I was able to cut the pill in half, then in fourths, etc. It was miraculous in my eyes!”

Amber “2 years into keto, I was off all but one BP medication, Nexium, and I was no longer pre-diabetic. My rosacea had cleared somewhat and my digestive issues were greatly improved. I met a friend who is a big advocate of carnivore and kept saying I should give it a try to see if I could heal the rest of the way. I figured why not give it a go and see what happens. Plus, then I’d be able to talk from experience and have personal knowledge of the whole low carb spectrum. I could help even more people.”

If you have a carnivore diet success story on high blood pressure, then I would love to here it.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Amber

Interview with Amber

1) Introduce Yourself.

Howdy! I’m Amber, aka Lone Star Keto Girl on social media. I’m 53, married and have 2 adult kids and a 10-month-old granddaughter.

I’ve battled with weight issues since I was 10 years old. Not to mention dealing with multiple eating/exercise disorders. I’ve tried pretty much every diet out there at some point, including a medically supervised one. I’ve lost 80 – 100lbs 4 times, 3 were via Weight Watchers with the same exact results – gaining all or most of it back, sometimes more.

At my heaviest, I was over 240 lbs and wore a size 24/26. That’s pretty major considering I’m only 5’2″. My health suffered horribly as well. I became hypertensive (210/110) & pre-diabetic. At one point, I was taking 4 medications for my high BP. I had major acid reflux and took Nexium every day for 8 years. My rosacea was severe and a great embarrassment. It was bad enough I was huge, but to have my face look awful as well was downright degrading. Digestive issues caused me great pain. Even worse than the physical pain was the emotional and psychological pain I endured. I was depressed and spent a good 20 years of my life hiding from the world. I became a spectator of my own life. Watching on the sidelines instead of living. Even after losing the weight those 3 times, I knew in the back of my mind there was no way I could sustain that way of living for the rest of my life, and it scared me when I’d finally reach maintenance level. It was miserable–always hungry and feeling deprived. It was just a matter of time until the weight came piling back on.

All that changed when I stumbled across keto. To say it was a life-changer is a huge understatement.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was standard keto 2 years before going carnivore. I’ve transitioned through the low carb spectrum from low carb to keto and then on to carnivore. I readily admit I did the whole substituting the “bad” foods with keto-friendly ones. Yes, desserts, especially. I had a major sugar/carb addiction, but as I lost cravings and hunger, I found it easier and easier to eliminate the need for all the sweet. It became more of a treat instead of an almost daily occurrence. I also intermittent fasted. It came very naturally since I wasn’t even hungry. I did OMAD for a good year, only eating dinner.

Prior to keto, however, I bought into the whole low-fat-high-carb-meat-is-bad mantra that has been pushed by the government, doctors, nutritionists, parents, and friends. After all, that was the healthy way of eating. I had oatmeal every morning with a whole banana, 2 handfuls of berries, 2 pieces of low-fat whole-grain bread, margarine, and skim milk. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all! For lunch I’d generally have a peanut butter and honey sandwich on that low-fat whole-grain bread! Dinner you could be sure primarily consisted of chicken, a starch, and veggies. Of course, processed carbs and fast food was heavily mixed in there, too!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

2 years into keto, I was off all but one BP medication, Nexium, and I was no longer pre-diabetic. My rosacea had cleared somewhat and my digestive issues were greatly improved. I met a friend who is a big advocate of carnivore and kept saying I should give it a try to see if I could heal the rest of the way. I figured why not give it a go and see what happens. Plus, then I’d be able to talk from experience and have personal knowledge of the whole low carb spectrum. I could help even more people.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I mostly eat beef and bacon as well as some bison, elk, venison, and wild hog. I don’t eat organ foods but I’m still trying to “acquire” a taste for it. I will use some spices (Real Salt seasoning & Paleo Pink). I’ve recently added back in eggs and a  little dairy after going egg/dairy-free (except butter on occasions) for over 7 months. I will have a little heavy cream here and there which brings me to coffee. Normally, I don’t drink it, but since it’s turned cold, I have it on occasion. I don’t go off plan except for a few select things when we’re on a cruise. Even then, I mostly stay keto or this year, carnivore. I will also have a few drinks when we go out dancing. Generally, water and vodka. I eat lunch and dinner and fast for the rest of the time. It’s not about restricting based on a clock.  It just happens to be when I’m hungry.

I am not dogmatic when it comes to the “right” way to do carnivore. I believe we all have to figure out what works for us and what we can maintain. After all, this is not a temporary diet. If you can’t stick with it, what’s the point?

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

I’m now off all medications and supplements! And my rosacea is almost gone. But the biggest change that actually surprised me was the huge digestive improvement. I thought what I felt on keto was normal since it was so much better than when I was on the SAD, but wow was I wrong. I have ZERO issues now. Zero bloat. Zero gas. Zero cramps. Zero pain. And zero constipation. Apparently, fiber was not my friend. I have no desire to ever eat fiber again.

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

It is a little harder to eat out which is something I really enjoy. It’s nice to have someone wait on me for a change. But you can usually find something. I’m just a bit picky.

I haven’t become bored with just eating animal foods or felt any deprivation. Nor do I care how others react to my lifestyle. No longer bothers me. I feel amazing.

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

I’m sad to say I have not. I do plan to get with it…at some point. I struggled with anorexia athletica, and it stresses me that I may revert to my crazy obsessive way of working out. 2-5 hrs a day/6 days a week in the gym as well as even more hours at home. Sometimes doing 10 miles a day on the treadmill on top of everything else.

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

Honestly, why not give it a try? It’s not going to hurt regardless of the silliness that’s out there claiming different. There is zero evidence eating meat is dangerous. Of course, there are always exceptions like being bit by the Lone Star tick. 😛

The biggest advice I have is that if you have not been keto/low carb, I highly suggest you start there and transition into carnivore instead of jumping straight in. I had zero issues transitioning from keto other than a little bit of fatigue and an increased appetite. Of course, if one is a rip-the-bandage-off kind of person, go for it. I’m not!

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

That’s a good question! I certainly hope so. There are a lot of us advocating for that very thing! The fact is that it would hurt the bottom line of those making a profit off our poor health. It won’t go down without a hard fight. But many of us are willing to do just that.

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

So many focus on the weight loss aspect. I get it. I did, too. However, since I’ve experienced true health, I now look at weight loss as a great side effect. Not the whole story. I know it’s easier said than done, but when you focus on health, great things happen!! Patience is key!!!

I’m all over social media!

IG: @LoneStarKetoGirl
Twitter: @Lone_Star_Keto
FB: Lone Star Keto & Amber Bell Wentworth
Youtube: Lone Star Keto
Website: Lone-Star-Keto.com
Podcast: KetovoreKast
MeatRX Carnivore Coaching: MeatRX.com

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Interview with Mark

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m Mark Hannigan and I’m a 1:1 diet consultant. After spending over 20 years fighting my weight & health issues I changed my life and career to help others.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I grew up eating homemade foods as a child which quickly progressed into processed convenience foods as my brother and sister were born and it was easier for my mum. I carried on this way with bouts of ‘healthy’ eating throughout my life until I completely changed everything in 2015. After following a medically proven plan I lost 9 stone and reversed my Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnoea and then chose a ketogenic lifestyle to maintain my weight and health. I’ve now been carnivore for 14 months.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was reading about carnivore more and more online through the keto communities and I was personally experiencing severe constipation several times a week and symptoms of inflammation with psoriasis on my scalp and face whenever I was eating fibrous greens and other plants. The more I read about people being relieved of these kinds of symptoms the more I was inclined to try carnivore. I always loved steak anyway, veggies not so much!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I keep it simple and eat meat, fish & eggs though predominantly beef when hungry and I don’t eat until I’m hungry again (usually once a day). Mostly rib-eye and sirloin steaks. I drink only water to thirst.

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

I’ve seen many benefits and constant improvements in my health as well as bodily functions etc

I was diagnosed as a child with a Neutrophil disorder which meant I had a very weakened immune system and almost died on several occasions because of a simple cold sore on my hand. I often experienced sepsis and secondary infections during hospital visits from what most people would fight off with a basic dose of antibiotics.

Improved physiology by gaining lean mass without training at all as well as perfect bowel movements and generally feel very energetic and massively increased libido. Here’s a list of all the illnesses and ailments I no longer suffer from:

Type 2 diabetes

Hypertension

Sleep apnoea

Constant abscesses in the groin and underarms

Neutrophil disorder

Psoriasis

Herpes Simplex

Otitis externa

Tinnitus

Depression

Aggression

Constipation

Bloating

Lowered libido

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

Really none. I love eating meat and not having to count calories etc

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

I now do a High Intensity (HIT) Strength training session every 5 to 7 days and find it great for keeping my lean tissue strong as well as improving my bone mass and overall strength. I carry out 1 set to failure and stick to compound exercises. This means my training is over within less than 15 minutes or so and I can get on with my life. Recovery with carnivore is amazing.

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

Try it for 30 days, it’s only 30 days of your life and you may find that like so many others you keep adding another 30 days.

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

Ideally, it is I believe the way were are meant to live but I doubt it becoming the norm because sadly people are so addicted to their carbs and convenience foods, although what could be more convenient than cooking a steak in 5 minutes?

From a selfish point of view, I hope not because the cost of meat will soar!!

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

I can’t recommend this lifestyle enough to anyone who’s open to trying it out. It’s simplicity and freedom from the mental battle with food and the constant question of what, when and where to eat.

I am one of the admin in the Zero Carb UK Facebook group or you can follow me on Instagram @carnivorous.scot

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