Interview with Kat
1) Introduce Yourself.
I’m Kat Nikao, I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a long distance runner and an Air Force Officer!
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
For about a year and a half before switching to a more carnivore diet I followed a low-carb, classic ketogenic diet. For about five years before that I loosely followed a paleo diet and have avoided vegetable oils and processed sugar for a long time before that, so benefits I’ve experienced on a carnivore style diet cannot just be attributed to a generally healthier diet compared to SAD!
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
In 2018 I had the privilege of attending Low Carb San Diego. Many of the speakers and attendees talked about the carnivore diet and it seemed like all the great benefits of low carb we’re being taken to the next level for those following this carnivore diet. What really got me was hearing Georgia Ede in a speaker Q&A panel. Members of the audience kept asking questions about specific conditions like sleep issues and restless leg. The other speaks on the panel would give their inputs and then it seemed like every time, Dr. Ede would take the microphone and say “I had that problem when I was low carb, but it went away when I switched to carnivore…”
I naturally have a somewhat extremist personality and has already fallen in love with low carb, so carnivore seemed like the next thing I had to get on board with!
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I don’t take as strict as an approach to the carnivore diet as many people do. I believe a very strict carnivore diet is beneficial for severe autoimmune and digestive conditions, but I believe most of the benefits people experience on a carnivore diet are from dramatically increasing protein and animal product intake, not from strictly 100% eliminating plants. I choose to keep spices and a few occasional plant foods in my diet mostly so I don’t lose tolerance to them and can enjoy a bite of chocolate, or a sauce on my meat, if I want. I use the term “dirty carnivore” a lot and have started a Facebook group with this name because I believe this approach to carnivore is far more appealing and sustainable for most people, and a realistic solution to getting more people on board with a meat based diet.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
I have experienced benefits from each step of my diet changes over the years. Paleo and gluten free got rid of allergies, stricter paleo elimination diets helped hypoglycemia and IBS symptoms, low-carb dramatically improved my hypoglycemia and energy, but a meat based diet reversed an autoimmune condition I have had my whole life (clinically diagnosed low blood platelets), got rid of cellulite, improved energy, improved my skin, and reduced cravings.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
The only negative for me of a meat based diet (other than really missing sweet potato fries) is that I continue to have some bowel motility issues. However, I know that only a small minority of people on a carnivore dirt experience this problem and I do not believe fiber is an essential part of our diets, so I continue to experiment.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I have always been a long distance runner and compete in races pretty regularly. Since switching to low carb and then a meat based diet I have ran some of the fastest times of my life and they continue to improve. I truly believe carbs are not necessary for short, high intensity or long, low intensity exercise.
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 encourage someone wanting to try carnivore that I found this diet even easier than low carb! It sounds very restrictive and intimidating, but I found this to be the first diet I followed that seemed to look forward to what I could eat and enjoy instead of looking back to all the things I couldn’t.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
It will take a while, but the carnivore diet is quite simply too successful to be ignored for long. There may be too much against it for it to ever become mainstream, but I believe it will become more popular and accepted. I expect and hope to see protein, meat-based diets grow.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey
I hate to see people dismiss the importance of diet because they either think they are healthy, or they have never seen “healthy” eating work that well and therefore don’t believe diet is important. I was in my 20s, athletic, and 120 lbs when I started following a low carb and carnivore diet. You do not need to be in terrible health or overweight to start following this way of eating! You will be amazed at what it will still do for you and you will have the assurance of significantly reducing your risk of chronic diseases later in life.
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