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Canivore Diet success stories – with Kat

Interview with Kat

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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.

You can follow me out on Instagram at www.instagram.com/carnivore.minimalist or check out my blog, where I post creative all-animal product recipes and resources for a keto/carnivore diet at www.minimalisteating.com

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Dylan & Andrea

Interview with Dylan & Andrea

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1) Introduce Yourself

Nice to meet you. We’re Dylan and Andrea, also known as The BBQ Diet. We’re a married couple who met in law school and are both practicing lawyers. Our diet is primarily BBQ meats that we smoke ourselves in our backyard. Andrea grew up in North Carolina and Dylan has roots in Texas, so BBQ sauce runs in our veins.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Andrea was a vegetarian for 9 years during her teenage and college years. Before that, she ate a typical Standard American Diet (SAD). Dylan ate a mostly SAD diet throughout his life, with some brief forays into vegetarianism and veganism.

Dylan was the first of us to experiment with a ketogenic diet. He learned about keto from a bodybuilding perspective as an easy way to cut weight. Andrea was originally very skeptical (and not a fan of the keto breath). Around that time, we started learning about zero-carb and the Carnivore Diet. We listened to Dr. Shawn Baker’s first interview with Joe Rogan. We were intrigued and began doing some research of our own. At the end of 2016, we decided we would try the keto diet, this time together, as a New Year’s resolution. We originally planned to eat keto for 2-3 months until we cut some weight. At that point, we were going to ramp up our weightlifting routine and go back to carbs to bulk.

After a couple of months, we were in love with keto. Andrea cured lifetime issues with hypoglycemia and mild epilepsy. We both felt amazing, with tons of energy and a no more brain fog at work. We were able to begin incorporating fasting into our routine, which we loved. We continued doing research and learning more and more about the low-carb way of eating. We became more and more convinced that keto was an optimal way to eat.

After 2.5 months of eating a keto diet, we went to a family reunion. We had lost a bit of weight and decided it was time to execute our plan: quit keto and begin bulking and lifting heavy with carbs. We thought it would be too hard and awkward to keep up the keto diet around family and while traveling. We spent the reunion eating the carbs we thought we missed during our 2.5 months of keto. We felt awful. We got major sugar hangovers. We lost our ability to fast. Hunger came back. We hadn’t been hungry for months. We suddenly remembered what it was like to be hangry, to have food cravings, and to be a slave to constant eating.

So we decided to go back to a ketogenic diet indefinitely. We looked into keto bodybuilding and bulking and decided to try it. In our research, we kept running across the Carnivore diet and how it was superior to keto in some ways. We started following some Carnivores on Instagram and becoming interested in Carnivore for gaining muscle and getting some additional marginal health benefits.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

After researching it obsessively, we tried Carnivore for a couple months completely strict. We enjoyed the strict diet and didn’t mind the restriction. However, we did miss some things. Since then, we have oscillated between periods of strict Carnivore and periods where we eat about 95% animal products and 5% keto additions like vegetables, sauces, keto desserts, etc.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

We are lucky to not have any serious health issues. Therefore, we do not need to be very strict with our diet. We do not notice any adverse health effects from occasionally eating things like dairy, some vegetables, fruits, nuts, or artificial sweeteners. Some vegetables do give us some issues like bloating or gas and we avoid those. We avoid processed foods and processed sugar at all costs. These things make us feel awful when we try to incorporate them again.

On workdays, we eat one-meal-a-day (OMAD). This saves us a ton of time. We don’t need to wake up earlier to make breakfast and eat breakfast. We don’t have to worry about complicated meal prep or packing lunches. We can work through lunch breaks and leave work early. Then we get to come home and feast all night on delicious smoked meats. We absolutely love how simple and time-saving it is. On the weekends, we usually eat more meals because we have more time.

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

Andrea always suffered from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and low blood pressure. If she didn’t eat every few hours, she would get dizzy, nauseous, and eventually pass out. She always carried snacks with her, just in case. She would get way hangrier than your average person because when she got hungry and her blood sugar dropped, she began feeling extremely sick. Since going keto/Carnivore, she has been completely cured of these issues. She can now easily fast until dinner. Longer fasts are not an issue, either. We have both done multiple 24-hour and 48-hour fasts. We have done a handful of 72-hour fasts and one 96-hour fast. Andrea can do these extended fasts without experiencing any of the symptoms she used to experience when she would go without eating for a mere 4-5 hours.

We have both experienced body composition improvements on the Carnivore diet. We have both gained weight but it seems to be almost all muscle. Some say that you gain body mass in the form of bone density, etc. This could be. All we know is that we gained, but it does not seem to be fat.

The Carnivore Diet helps us to feel our best while being so simple and satisfying. Because we are both lawyers, we are very busy. We have very little free time. The Carnivore Diet simplifies our entire life. We grocery shop about once a month. When we do, we do not have complicated grocery lists. We go straight to the meat department and buy up what is on sale to freeze. Every week, we pull out what we want to eat from the freezer. Cooking becomes extremely simple. We usually smoke 15-20 pounds of meat on the weekend and then eat that throughout the week. We come home, heat up leftover barbecue, and eat. We supplement with things that are easy to prepare quickly, like eggs, ground beef, cheese, and heavy cream.

We love everything we eat. Smoked meat, steaks, eggs, cheese. It’s all delicious. We never get tired of eating these things. We never get bored. We’re excited to eat every time we sit down to a plate of meat.

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

We experience some judgment from our families. They worry that we are being unhealthy.

Occasionally, we want to attend a social engagement or have foods we used to love. This isn’t a huge negative for us, though. We are lucky to not have any serious health conditions that would be affected by a cheat. For Thanksgiving at Mom’s house, or when friends are going out, if we want, we just “cheat” and enjoy the meal.

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

We both try to exercise frequently. Dylan does Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. We have been in the process of moving, starting new jobs, and buying a house for the past 6 months. We have been transient. It has made it hard to commit to any gym or serious lifting program. We prefer to lift heavy but have been settling for an inconsistent kettlebell routine while we’re moving around. Next month, we are investing in a home squat rack and some other home gym amenities. We are very excited to get back into a consistent lifting schedule.

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! You can do anything for 30 days. If it doesn’t work out for you, you only spent a month trying it out. You have the chance that Carnivore will cure you of some issues or conditions that you thought were chronic or incurable. You will likely see many benefits like clearer skin, more energy, and better brain function. You have a lot to gain and not really anything to lose.

If it would help you, try going keto first. Keto is much more manageable at first. You don’t have to give up everything you love right away. We think going keto first has some advantages. Keto is generally higher fat and can help you adapt to burning fat quicker.

Whether you go straight to Carnivore, or try a low-carb or keto protocol first, be sure to give your body plenty of time to adjust. You will likely experience some negative symptoms at first, like digestive issues or tiredness, while your body is adjusting. This is normal. Just push through and try to experience what it is like to become fully adapted to this way of eating. Drink plenty of water in the first couple of weeks and consider supplementing with electrolytes. Research the “Keto Flu.” Most of your negative symptoms (cramps, aches, headaches, lethargy, etc) are likely caused by a water or electrolyte imbalance.

The reason that everyone recommends a very strict first month is because cheating in that first month can affect your adaptation to burning fat and make your adjustment symptoms a lot worse. If you cheat, you will not be breaking your addiction to carbs and sugar. You will be continuing to feed the addiction. Instead of experiencing a release from constant cravings, they will likely persist.

It takes about 4-6 weeks to fully adapt to burning fat for fuel. Do not try fasting before you are fully adapted. Do not judge how you’re feeling on the diet until you experience full adaptation.

Once you are adapted to being in ketosis, you can try adding in some foods you miss, if you like.

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

We don’t think that Carnivore will ever be mainstream but we do hope it will become more normalized and accepted. Unfortunately, there are so many bogus fad diets out there that most people are skeptical of anything labeled as a “diet.” Therefore, we think many people will continue to view Keto and Carnivore with skepticism until they try it out for themselves.

Keto and Carnivore are truly different from other “diets” because your entire body metabolism changes. You switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat for fuel in ketosis. This shift is accompanied by myriad hormonal and neurological changes that do not occur on any other fad “diet.” Perhaps if enough people experience ketosis for themselves, the word will get out that these ways of eating are not “just another diet.” We hope so!

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

Follow us at @thebbqdiet on Instagram!!

If you’d like to get in touch or ask us any questions, Instagram is the best place. Send us a DM there or leave a comment!

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Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – eBook and Paperback

Clothing – Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company

Low Content Books – Journals, Notebooks, Diaries and Planners.

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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