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World Carnivore Month 2021 – Insomnia – Day 12

Insomnia

What is Insomnia

Some form of poor or no sleep, on a regular basis.

You may not be able to sleep at all, or find it hard to get to sleep, regularly wake up, feel irritable, and feel tired no matter how much you sleep.

The numbers

It has been suggested between 50-60% of adults suffer some form of sleep issues or deficiency, with 10-30% of adults suffering spells of chronic insomnia. They are pretty frightening stats, as sleep quality and duration is a huge factor in general health.

How to treat it

To be fair this is one of the few ailments that modern medicine recognise that lifestyle is the main problem, and they will try to correct that and improve your sleep routine. Then if that fails they will pump you full of sleeping tablets.

Does Carnivore help

Nearly everyone I interview for the carnivore diet success stories will mention improved sleep, which I ll do another post on later.

Here are people who specified Insomnia improvements – https://ketogenicendurance.com/tag/insomnia/

Rosie “My anxiety and depression has lifted and so has my insomnia. I used to wake up every morning at 2am and would not be able to sleep for the rest of the night. Now I very regularly wake up during the night and am getting a good 7 hours.”

Brett “I decided to try Carnivore after watching Dr Jordan Peterson describe how he & his daughter had seen their lifelong severe depression symptoms vanish after they began eating beef & drinking water. Dr Shawn Baker & Amber O’Hearn also played a huge role in my deciding to give this way of eating a go.  They all make very compelling arguments why humans SHOULD be eating this way vs the S.A.D. way that dominates much of western society. After watching their testimonials I knew I had to give this way of eating a solid chance because I wanted to be 100% free of my lifelong depression, anxiety & insomnia forever!”

Tani “All migraines, gone. Insomnia, gone. I sleep solidly for at least 7 hours a night, for the first time in my life. The ulcerative colitis is still healing, and I still have small flare ups but it is so much improved.”

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Carnivore Diet success story – with Rosie

Interview with Rosie

1. Introduce yourself

My name is Rosie Lombard and I am 25 years old. I live in Cape Town, South Africa with my boyfriend who is a professional body boarder and surfs on the world tour. We live right near the beach and love to spend our days in the ocean and outdoors. I am an english teacher and work in a private school about 20 minutes from my house as well as teach English online from my house. I have always had a passion for working with children, especially children with special needs. I graduated in 2018 and obtained my BEd degree. When I left high school I became very obsessed with my health and did anything to loose weight. Looking back now, I realise I was always so unhappy with myself and my body. My thoughts about myself were always negative and I defiantly always punished myself with food restriction and exercise.

In the last 6 years my relationship with food suffered terribly and I went to extremes to loose weight and to change what I saw in the mirror. When I hit puberty , loosing weight seemed impossible for me and everything I tried in the past , didn’t work. I just kept gaining weight until I hit my heaviest weight ever. I was so unhappy and so desperate that eventually it lead to developing some very bad habits. In January 2015 I finally started loosing weight by cutting out major food groups like most carbs, protein and fat which by no means is healthy at all. But because this allowed me to loose weight I didn’t care about the damage it would do to my body. I started training excessively and eventually only ate low carb veg and drank tons of tea to keep my body warm and this helped me feel ‘full’.  In October 2015 i was diagnosed with anorexia. My whole life changed and I was lucky enough to recover from this horrible illness. The after effects of anorexia have been terrible, even though I am back to a healthy weight and have managed to maintain it. In the last few years I have developed hypothyroidism, anxiety and struggle with brittle teeth and excessive hair loss.

It may sound exaggerated but Carnivore has defiantly SAVED my life and I am so pleased I am able to share my journey with you today.

2. How did you eat before Carnivore?

During my teen years I became very aware of things like sugar, carbs, gluten and dairy. These things seemed to affect my weight and body very negatively. For the most part I tried cutting them out but never was very serious about it. When I left school, this is when I started forming my Anorexia habits and I basically cut everything out expect low carb veggies and continued to eat this way for about a year and a half. After recovery , when I gained quite a bit of weight back eating whatever I could because I needed huge amounts of calories, I slowly started to restrict again. For some obscure reasons I had an intense fear of fats and protein ( which is ironic because thats basically my whole diet right now) so I opted for mostly veggies and very lean protein in small amounts but absolutely no fat. You could most defiantly call how I ate after becoming weight restored – disordered. Due to the restrictions and my body being so hungry for nutrition, this would lead me to binge on carbie, sugary foods all the time. In 2017 I ate mostly a pescatarian diet but limiting fats and protein and still eating majority veggies. Something I have realised in these few years and right now is my body just doesn’t feel great when eating carbs and this is part of the reason I love carnivore because it makes me feel so great. A year before carnivore, I ate mostly a low carb diet but defiantly did not eat high fat. My relationship with food before carnivore was so messed up and I suffered from severe IBS every time I ate any kind of food whether it was salad, veg, fish etc. I would immediately bloat and become so constipated. I think it is safe to say that my diet before carnivore was all over the place and very inconsistent.

3. Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

In November 2018 my boyfriend and I took a trip to the US to visit my Aunt in Florida. I had just finished my final year at University and it was defiantly a very stressful time, so when I went over to Florida, I was able to relax and finally focus on fixing all the damage I had done over the years. My whole mindset was defiantly still to be lean and skinny and I remember being wide awake at about 2am due to jet lag and scrolling the internet. Somehow I came across Kevin Stock’s website and started reading his blogs about carnivore. Let me tell you I grew up eating a lot of meat and ever since cutting it out, my body craved it but due to my disordered eating I never let myself have it. So I thought to myself that I would give it a try and I did but I still ate greens and opted for very lean protein. Again my silly fear of fat got the better of me.  In this time I slowly started introducing more beef and I could tell that it was helping my body and just how much my body was craving it. I started becoming ok with eating more and more meat and I gradually increased my calories. It honestly felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I was breaking free from my old habits. So I would say initially I tried carnivore for weight-loss and I am so glad I did try it because looking back now it has given me so many more benefits and has helped me heal many things within my body. Just to clarify, I have not lost weight on the carnivore diet, I have actually gained weight since starting it properly, eating only animals and animal products, but this was necessary for my body to heal and I have made peace with that. I have been full carnivore for about 10 months now as prior to that after my US trip I was more meat based and still consuming a few plants in my diet.

4. How do you personally approach  the carnivore diet?

For me I have recently made the change to Grass-fed beef and free range meat only. I am lucky enough to get some great produce from farms around my area. I eat any kind of meat from beef, seafood, chicken, pork, lamb and I love eggs. I eat grass-fed butter, ghee and consume bone broth regularly. Recently I have started incorporating some organ meat in the form of beef heart. I have tried liver but I just can’t stomach the taste so I have found some grass-fed liver capsules which I include into my diet. I keep my diet pretty simple and eat 2 meals a day, lunch and dinner. I like to include eggs in my lunch often and then just eat what ever meat we have available at that time. I love to nibble on bones from the meat ( my weird fetish haha). Recently I noticed I was becoming quite fatigued and lethargic so I have made a conscious effort to up my fat intake which has helped so much.

As for coffee, I know there is some controversy around it but honestly I feel to each their own. Coffee doesn’t seem to affect me negatively and every morning I have a half decaf, half regular brew with some grass-fed collagen mixed into it. Since starting carnivore my need for caffeine has down scaled quite radically and I only honestly drink it for the tase. I don’t drink any alcohol and have not for the last 5 years so that has never really been a factor for me.  I make sure to drink about 2 L of  water daily mostly during my fasting period. I tend to stick to a 16-17 hour fast from my last meal and this works well for me. I have experimented with longer fasting windows but this has been quite triggering for me and I find myself slipping into a ‘binge’ tendency. So for me its pretty simple, eat meat, make sure I’m getting good fats, stay hydrated , eat when hungry and eat to satiety.

I have zero craving with this way of eating so I am never really tempted as I always feel satisfied after my meals.

5. Benefits you have seen on Carnivore?

For me the biggest benefit has been my relationship with food. I am able to eat freely without guilt and the foods I am eating make me feel great. I have noticed that all the food ‘rules’ I created for myself have disappeared and my outlook on food is more for a healing purpose rather than a punishment. My anxiety and depression has lifted and so has my insomnia. I used to wake up every morning at 2am and would not be able to sleep for the rest of the night. Now I very regularly wake up during the night and am getting a good 7 hours. My mood has massively improved. I used to be a very negative person and I think my boyfriend will agree with this on haha. My mental state is so great these days and very regularly to I have bad days where as before it would be the opposite. I am able to be more social with my eating and can enjoy family gatherings and dinners without feeling anxious or out of control. I struggled with so much inflammation from my hypothyroidism and anorexia after becoming weigh restored and since going 100%  carnivore I have lost that ‘puffy’ swollen look on my body and face. I generally  just feel so much more healthier and like a normal functioning human again. This is probably the best I have ever felt in my entire life.

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6. What negatives have you found with Carnivore?

Absolutely none. Carnivore has changed my life so much and has added so much good back into it. One factor that I could mention is that eating this way can become expensive but honestly it is so worth it for me because of all the benefits I have seen. I hear many people talk about how you can’t eat this way and maintain the diet for a long period of time but honestly it can’t be further from the truth. I can totally see myself eating this way for the rest of my life. I don’t miss eating anything I used to eat. My family has accepted my diet and my boyfriend has actually converted to a meat-based way of eating for his own health reasons, so socially I have not experienced any negative.  I have come across some negative comments about the way I eat but this works for me and I don’t have to justify my diet to anybody. Again, to each their own I guess 🙂

7. Do you exercise on the Carnivore diet?

Yes even before I started this I was really into weights and lifting. I still continue to do this and I think it extremely beneficial.  I have always loved being active and now that I finally have gotten my nutrition in a good place my workouts have been great. I feel strong and notice that my endurance has increased so much. My schedule right now is , I like to train full body 4 times a week and on the other days I like to stay active by walking, skipping or doing some sort of cardio. Working out is a great stress reliever for me and I noticed that it has been a huge mood booster as well. My body composition has changed so much since I initially started changing but with Carnivore added into the mix , it has really changed and become leaner and more muscular.  Another thing I have noticed is that my motivation to train has increased since carnivore, I guess because I am able to see change within my body which helps me stay eager.

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

Honestly, just do it. I would defiantly recommend to try it for a good few weeks before judging it.  There is so much good information out there now that all your questions or doubts you have about the diet can be answered. For me when I started, I was very hesitant and it slowed the whole process down for me. I wish I just jumped in and started it without all the other bits in-between. So if you are curious or looking to do carnivore for healing, just start.

Something I have learned along my carnivore journey is patience and to not compare your journey to others. We are all different and there is no one-size fits all with this. I think everybody that has started carnivore has different reasons for it so it doesn’t make sense to compare where you are in your journey to someone else. Be patient, let your body heal and don’t focus too much on what others are doing.

9. Do you think carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet?

It is defiantly becoming more popular, no doubt about it but I think it will take some time before it is accepted as a mainstream diet. To most who have not tried it, it seems quite restrictive and excessive but I believe it is becoming more and more popular and people are defiantly way more curious about it.  It is still quite foreign in South Africa and I think there are only a hand-full of carnivore out here but day by day peoples curiosity about the diet is increasing and I hope by sharing my success with it, it will help other gain a new outlook on it. My opinion is that a ‘meat-based’ diet will be more accepted in a society rather than a carnivore way of eating.

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

Carnivore has defiantly saved me in so many ways  and it sound crazy but a simple diet change has added so much back into my life. Th amount of support the carnivore community gives each other is so great and  I have recently started becoming more vocal about my lifestyle on instagram. The amount of support I have received from sharing my journey with carnivore and my eating disorder has been great.

I am very active on my instagram @rosie_lombard where I post about my lifestyle and carnivore related things and I also have a second account where I love to post my meals @rosie_eatsmeat. I have recently started a Youtube channel where i will be posting carnivore related content as well as talking about my eating disorder past so if you are keen to follow my journey my Page is called Rose Lombard.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Patrick and Marissa

Interview with Patrick and Marrisa

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1) Introduce Yourself

We’re Patrick and Marissa. We’ve been married for 12 years and have 3 kids. We currently live in Northeast Ohio and dream about moving somewhere that’s more consistently sunny and warmer with the sounds of the ocean nearby…. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

We’ve been together since college so we started our lives together with the traditional college way of eating (pizza, Applebee’s half price appetizers, and other processed/packaged foods). We’ve always been open to experimenting in the kitchen so we thought that, after college, we were eating fairly healthy with traditionally balanced plates (roughly “appropriate” protein portion with a grain and vegetables was pretty common), but we weren’t against eating out occasionally. We continued eating this way for years and thought that we were doing pretty well considering we were in pretty good shape still.

After our 3rd child was born Marissa had some inexplicable health issues that wouldn’t abate including terrible itchy rashes and bruising resulting from scratching them all the time. We discovered that there was a version of celiac disease that manifested in the skin rather than internally. It’s called dermatitis herpetiformis. DH is exacerbated by soy. We began to critically consider what we ate and what was in it as we needed to avoid all forms of soy (proteins, oils, lecithin) and gluten to keep it from causing the lesions, rashes, and pain across her skin. This began our journey to a better way of eating.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

We had separate reasons. 

I (Patrick) had successfully lost most of the “sympathy” weight from 3 pregnancies, but the downward pull of middle age in America was evident. I was carrying more weight in my mid-section than I preferred. My recovery time between workouts was longer than ever. I could tell something wasn’t right and I began to read and research probable causes. I began tinkering with biohacking after reading Tim Ferris’ book “The 4 Hour Body” and listening to Dave Asbury’s podcasts and reading one of his books. I began personally experimenting through supplementation and seeing some success with it. This opened my mind to the possibility that something we were doing or not doing was a cause or contributing factor to the middle age decline. I greatly improved through supplementation, but it was expensive and far more difficult than I preferred. I started looking for a more efficient, less expensive way of increasing nutrient density and eating “optimally.”

Marissa was convinced out of desperation for a result. After finding out about the allergies and medical conditions, she focused on eating “clean” but started to hate mealtimes as nothing tasted good (for example, a go to lunch would be roasted broccoli, carrots, or such topped with olive oil and some lean protein like chicken or fish). To top it off, this “clean” eating from mainstream conventions of understanding was leading to weight gain, sluggish mental abilities, and insomnia. Mind you, during this time period she trained for 5k races as well as kept three kids active daily. Marissa agreed to try carnivore for a month to see if we could eat that way and somewhat out of desperation (since trying the same thing over and over again expecting different results is insanity).  

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

When we first started we had to go through the growing pains of finding the right amount of salt, hydration, and fat so that we felt good. We eat about 95-98% carnivore (which we consider eggs, meat, cream, and cheese). We don’t shy away from seasonings so we can still experience flavor variety, but we typically only want salt on steaks. One thing we began to reincorporate this past summer (after about 4 months of strict carnivore) is small servings of high quality gelato on days where Marissa goes running. While this isn’t strictly carnivore, this small treat keeps us from wanting to have a cheat meal and hasn’t negatively impacted either of us. Now after 10 straight months we are probably at 93-97% carnivore in a week – our “cheats” would be the gelato, alcohol, dressings, or sauces on some dishes. Mind you, even these cheats are clean of soy and gluten, which means they tend to be extremely low on sugar as they pull from fat for flavor. 

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

I (Patrick) have seen pretty impressive results. I lost my middle-aged belly entirely, increased my strength in the gym, recover from heavy weight work faster, sleep better, and have felt a rejuvenation that makes me feel like a teenager again.

Marissa could fill paragraphs with the benefits. Mostly after having three kids, and finding out she has battled DH (most likely) her entire life, she finally feels healthy.  The insomnia is gone, the weight has steadily fallen off (more than 20% of her starting body weight, which is just over 30 pounds), the “mom-brain” phenomenon has just about disappeared, and dreaded monthly issues surrounding endometriosis have all but vanished. She now is training for a half-marathon while focusing on time, not just distance. A surprising change is her skin tone is slightly darker – what used to be on the white side of porcelain is now a pale Mediterranean shade, which we think can be directly attributed to the improved nutrient profile and awareness of how her body responds to soy and gluten. 

One underappreciated benefit is how good we’ve gotten at cooking meat in different ways – grilled, pan fried, roasted, smoked, etc. There are so many ways to introduce flavor and texture.

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

We were criticized at first by family and friends. Some were generally curious, and some even tried it after seeing our results, but what other people think doesn’t matter that much to us. The biggest hurdle we’ve found was that it can be difficult and expensive to eat out (triple meat at Chipotle is just barely enough for Patrick since we’re not loading up on rice and beans). We see this hurdle as inconvenient at most. We’re more conscious of what we’re eating and how it makes us feel so we don’t want to eat out.

Marissa’s biggest negative is the loss of appeal that some socialization events now have because of their tie to food. For example, going to the movie theater does not hold the same appeal as snacking on candy or popcorn sounds disgusting, so why even spend all that money to sit in a chair that a ton of other people have sat in?

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

Marissa is a long distance runner when the weather is agreeable in Ohio. She achieved a huge running milestone for her by competing in a 10 mile race over this past summer and placing in her age group (as the oldest in it). Running on carnivore isn’t super common, but she’s found it to be agreeable with her as her performance has only improved on it.

Patrick prefers to workout in the weightroom. He primarily works on olympic lifts, but also incorporates accessory lifts to maintain an overall athletic approach and purpose. Patrick has seen solid strength gains since starting, which is partially attributable to intentionally designing a lifting regimen, but also due to quicker recovery so the next workout can be at a higher intensity.

We also have a century home with a fairly large yard that keeps us pretty busy in addition to our workouts. Not to mention coaching our kids sports and keeping them physically active is a workout on it’s own most days. 

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

Don’t be afraid of salt. I think every carnivore “veteran” will say something similar, but we all find out in the first few weeks that we aren’t getting enough salt. Leg cramps, lethargy, headaches, even nausea when eating carnivore can be caused by not getting enough salt. You’ll also need to forget the old way of thinking about portions. After a hard workout in the morning, it isn’t uncommon for me (Patrick) to eat a 16-18 oz. steak at dinner and want more when finished (and that’s after eating lunch too). And water … drink lots and lots of water.  Oh… which means you probably want to be more aware of where the restrooms are… 

Also, we suggest to avoid trying to “convert” people to this idea of eating simply because. Of course we see the benefits, and we would love for all of our friends and family to enjoy them too.  However, we know if someone had told us to try this three years before we started, we would have laughed. Just keep eating in a way that allows your body to be the best it can be, and others will ask.  Let them come around to it. 

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

Possibly given the nature of our generation and those younger to question what we’ve been told is true. As the internet has grown to be such a significant part of our lives as a culture the information is out there about how beneficial it has been. This is true of other diets as well, but Carnivore isn’t really a “diet” as much as a way of eating. 

As more people find it and profess their own experiences more people will be exposed to it. How mainstream it gets will really fall to those of us that have seen a net positive from it and how willingly we will share that with others. If we continue to thrive eating Carnivore then others will eventually ask how they can thrive like us. I can foresee the community growing as we share the why, how, and to what end parts of our experiences.

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

Marissa is the social media person in our family, however she avoids most of her health journeys online.  But if you’re ever interested, you can find her as Marissa Writes on most social media platforms (instagram, Twitter) where she shares all things books and literature. (Instagram: marissa_writes website: www.marissawrites.com )

You can follow our carnivore journey on Instagram at neocarnivorecouple.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Daniel

Interview with Daniel

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Daniel Munro. I’m a Canadian musician who has been struggling with atopic dermatitis and topical steroid withdrawal for the last 5 years.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate mostly processed junk food and fast food. If I was making food for myself it was usually stuff like pasta, stir fry (usually a variety of vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, with chicken breast and a teriyaki sauce), fruit smoothies, toast with eggs. I was also a very frequent drinker.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had tried everything else. After my health went downhill my wife Kelsey and I tried a lot of different diets to address the problem. We started by trying a vegetarian diet, then we went paleo, then keto, then back to paleo. I even had an IgE/IgG blood allergy test done and cut out any offending foods from my diet for over a year. Finally after trying everything else I tried carnivore and started seeing results by the end of my first month.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

We try to do nose to tail. We incorporate organ meats and have broth as often as possible (nearly daily). I tend to start the day with a bone broth then don’t eat anything until around 10AM where I eat a can of sardines. Then at lunch I have 10 oz. of ground beef. When I get home I will have whatever kind of meat is available: steak, chicken wings, bacon, pork butt being some of our favourites.

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

The biggest benefit has been my skin clearing up. I had cracks (more like cuts) on my neck, wrists, fingers and knuckles. Oozing on my face, hands, and feet. This kept me from being able to work for 4 years and kept me mostly bed ridden. My sleep schedule was a mess, I couldn’t sleep at all at night and would lie awake at night unable to sleep even though I was exhausted (wired but tired), also accompanied by intermittent itch fits throughout the night. I now sleep relatively soundly at night. An unlikely benefit has also been a huge decrease in my depression, which is something I have lived with all my life. It decreased so gradually that I barely even noticed, but as I started seeing results in my physical appearance my mental state also started to improve. Overall I feel calmer and less stressed while eating this way. I do believe that my gut health was destroyed by eating too many processed carbs before, while also eating way too much. I think this stressed my digestive system and ended up causing a lot of stress for me.

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

It’s hard to eat anything that I haven’t prepared myself. Eating at conventional restaurants is basically impossible since they all tend to use seed oils or my food gets cross contaminated with something that I react to. I have also had a hard time gaining much weight while on this diet. That could be due my gut dysbiosis.

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

My job is rather physical (shipping/receiving) so I lift a lot of heavy boxes all day and am walking around a lot. I do a lot of yoga and try to get some body-weight and kettle bell workouts in when I can as well.

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

Eat nose to tail. Organ meat is necessary to get the full array of nutrients that you won’t be getting from vegetables in a more bio-available form. Bone marrow is also awesome.

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

I’m back and forth on this. I see a big push right now for people to not eat meat. However, when you look at the health benefits people are experiencing it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore. When you really start to dig into the evidence it becomes more and more logical: you can get almost all the necessary vitamins, nutrients and amino acids necessary to thrive from meat, in a more bio-available form. Our digestive systems has evolved to eat meat; we have one stomach and a short colon, we simply lack the digestive enzymes needed to properly digest plant material. We developed tools initially to extract bone marrow from animal bones and ate animal products for a lot longer than we have been eating fruits and vegetables in the quantities we do today, let alone the amount of processed food we have been introduced to over the past few decades. I think there’s good reason to think that a lot of us aren’t adapted to today’s modern high carbohydrate diet.

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

I think finding a community online can really help with this diet. No one I know in real life follows this diet; some of them would even think that it’s crazy to even do. Finding support online can provide you with useful tips on how to maximise your results as well as help you from feeling like you’re some meat crazed weirdo.

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  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sarah

Interview with Sarah

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I’m Sarah, a personal trainer from New Zealand. I’m 30 years old – soon to be 31 in a week!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I came to the carnivore lifestyle in a very natural way – although I did kind of get my mind blown a few times! Before carnivore, I ate very much a standard diet – with maybe a bodybuilder twist. I loved eating oats with protein powder in the morning. Things like egg whites, chicken breast with broccoli, chicken breast and rice, chicken rice and broccoli, haha you get the idea. There was a lot of chicken breast in my diet. And every now and then I would eat something completely off plan like a chocolate bar or bag of lollies, because as much as I told myself I loved my diet, it wasn’t that satisfying. I gulped down like a protein bar a day and loved Diet Coke. Just all things I wouldn’t even look at now!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

For a long time, the body builder style way of eating worked very well at keeping a lean physique. But after a few years it stopped working. I was eating the same things, but just gaining weight this time. I started increasing output, decreasing input, to get a small result, and then weight gain again. I was so tired – all the time. I decided to push harder – much more output in the gym, less input food wise – no more treats and more dry chicken breast, more diet cokes. I was running myself into the ground. I felt the sickest I had ever felt. I couldn’t work as much, I would get home and collapse into bed with a very strong pulsing sensation in my neck. My psoriasis was at the point where it was cracking and bleeding. I felt at breaking point. I started seeing the doctor, where he suspected I had a thyroid condition – I was referred to a clinic. Whilst waiting to be seen by the clinic, I told my boyfriend that maybe I should try fasting. I didn’t believe in it, I’ll admit that. I just saw it as an easy way to get my calories down. It was a cry for help. My boyfriend is very much into researching things, so one night he pulls up YouTube on our telly and just starts playing a Jason Fung video on fasting. I remember mildly being interested as we were packing for a trip away. The video was an hour long. By the end of it, I was hooked on the science. I told my partner I was going to commence a 5 day fast – right then and there – with my limited knowledge of fasting, I began. We went on holiday and I stuck to my guns. I fasted the whole 5 days, although I struggled one day and cried. Of those 5 days, I immersed myself in study. I read and I read and I read. I dropped a large amount of weight. I felt a strange sense of energy. That was when my mind started to open. Jason Fung had mentioned about keto – I previously was a hater of anything that mentioned ‘low carb’ – I would get mad and say it was such a dangerous diet and you needed carbs – THAT person. But because my fast had worked so well, and I had been researching keto on my 5 day holiday, I then instantly launched into keto. I was definitely laughed at by a few of my colleagues. But I kept on. It was the first time I ever felt a shift in the right direction health wise. I continued this for maybe a year, where I met an amazing woman Theresa, who competed in a bodybuilding show – on keto. I was so intrigued, I asked if I could have coffee with her. I remember telling her how my mind was blown about keto and I couldn’t believe this information was not more mainstream. I told her what I was doing was safe – I was getting enough fibre, and having healthy fats like coconut oil. I remember her laughing and saying ‘you know you don’t have to do that, right?’ And I will always remember her words ‘that whole fibre argument is a myth.’ So mind blown number 1: fasting is actually healthy. Mind blown number 2: keto is actually healthy, so long as you eat vegetables. Mind blown number 3: vegetables may not actually be that good for you, in fact, they’re kinda harmful – and there are people who go without them altogether! I remember saying to her – ‘wow that’s amazing, but I couldn’t do that. That would be too hard. Where is the variety?’ But as you know, I went home and researched my little heart out. And the next thing I knew, I was dipping my toes in the water to carnivore. That was where I saw the most increases in my health. It made me realise that I might actually live one day symptom free – of my thyroid condition, of my skin condition, of depression even – which I had never considered would improve!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My way of approaching the carnivore diet changes all the time. When I first began, I needed to vary meats a lot, to keep myself interested. Nowadays I have mostly beef, and supplement with other meats. I have now say I have popped my raw beef cherry, as well as lambs liver (still working on enjoying the lambs liver). I tend to eat once a day, at the end of the day. With how far I have come so far, I can only hope that I will grow more into eating this way as time goes by!

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

The benefits that carnivore has provided for me are immense. My thyroid condition only appears now when I stray from diet. Psoriasis has cleared. Joint pain is almost non existent. I now fall asleep quickly – coming from previous struggles with insomnia. My hair grows so fast and my eyes are brighter. I have struggled my entire adult life with depression, with multiple bouts of feeling suicidal – this is now completely gone and I’m 100% unmedicated – in fact, I take no medications at all now – for anything. I don’t even get headaches anymore, whereas I used to get insane migraines. My weight has now balanced out, and I don’t have to work hard to keep it that way. My training in the gym has improved. My period has returned – from 8 years without one. It is crazy how many benefits I’ve had, in fact I could go on and on with this one! But you get the idea.

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

As for the cons, I don’t know if there are any cons – when adjusting to the diet, for sure there are some digestive issues in the first few days. Also my electrolytes fell out a lot in the first few days – this has all panned out now. The main con would be not being able to talk to everyone about this. People are not very open at all to this idea, and I constantly get people asking me to ‘prove it’ to them – I’m lucky that I don’t feel the need to prove it. I don’t mind what other people do, I don’t take it upon myself to convert everyone to eating meat. It is too tiring, and the old saying goes – you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink!

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

I do exercise regularly on this diet – being that it is my job, but also a big hobby of mine. I exercise fasted, always. I have no issues with this and find I can push really hard in my sessions! My sessions are not about weight loss anymore, more about building muscle and just enjoying what my body can do. I probably train anywhere from 3-6 times a week.

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

My best piece of advice to someone looking to try this lifestyle, is to do research. Find people with experience, ask them questions. Find out your ‘why’ – why are you doing this? This will make it easier to stick to, as you get more used to it.

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

Unfortunately I don’t feel carnivore will ever be accepted as a main stream diet. I think it will become more accepted, but never mainstream.  There’s not a lot of money to be made from it (same with fasting actually!) and also – sugar addicted people who prefer to stay in denial, will never want this to be true that this is a healthy way of eating – it threatens their sugar addiction after all! I do find it very sad that a lot of people are still addicted to these fake foods – I was one of them!

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

Thanks for asking me about my journey! It’s been fun reflecting on it.

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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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Tani

Interview with Tani

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Introduce Yourself.

My name is Tani, @taniblue_artist on Instagram, I am a 46 yo mother of a 15 yo daughter. Widowed for 10 years this May. I am an artist and dancer, have been an aerialist and am currently retraining in classical ballet with a view to teaching and journalism in dance.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

B.C. Before Carnivore.

I was raised a vegetarian by my parents in the 70’s. I am fairly certain my mother was vegetarian while I was in-utero too. I was born anxious, I was also born with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome but I was not diagnosed until I was 42. It is a collagen disorder. It seems that vegetarianism was probably the worst dietary choice my parents could have made for me, outside of full veganism. As a child I was extremely hypermobile per EDS but I had a myriad of issues not connected with the syndrome. Migraines, I remember having a blinding ‘sore heads’ from about 4. I thought it was normal, because my mum also had headaches. I had insomnia as long as I can remember. I had extreme tantrums that would be accompanied by out of body experiences right through to adulthood. My hands always shook. I would see auras and feel like I was a giant balloon at school, and all sorts of odd hallucinations and imaginings. I had weird learning issues, they thought I was dyslexic, but I was not. I just couldn’t quite remember things right, I guess we now know this as brain fog. I found ingenious ways to keep up with the other kids. I would have extreme wheezing attacks if we did lots of running at school, nobody noticed, I thought it was just normal puffing as I doubled over unable to breath. I had stomach aches. All the time.

Sanitarium (the 7th day adventist company) is big in Australia, I remember, pre-primary school, eating sloppy weetbix soaked in reconstituted powdered soy milk. I would have the worst tummy aches. My mum would make the most amazing home made stone milled whole wheat bread, it was nearly indigestible for me and made my tummy hurt. But I ate it. We fortunately ate home grown veg so that was toxin and glyphosate free. My favourite food was egg yolks with salt. I hated eggwhites. My little brother liked the whites so we would swap.

When I was between 9 and 11 my parents split. My mother was diagnosed as anemic and so we started eating some lean meat, mostly skinless chicken. We were veg focused though and had nuttelex (margarine) as our bread spread. By 14 I had pretty severe depression. I didn’t really know why. (we did have some very bad life experiences but still it didn’t make sense). I had constant bouts of conjunctivitis, mouth ulcers, and chronic hay fever. My stomach was always a bit bloated and I was nearly always constipated in my teens. I was diagnosed by a friend at ballet (I started dancing at 3, on a doctor’s orders for the hypermobility) with scoliosis. At 16 I had a spinal fusion and had to quit ballet. This saw a rapid decline in my physical and mental health. At 17 my eyesight began to rapidly deteriorate (I was studying fine art) so I had to get glasses. In my early 20’s I developed cystic acne, still had constant migraines and started to seek help for my stomach which was switching between diarrhoea and constipation. I was self medicating (alcohol mostly) to try to deal with the migraines and depression and insomnia and pain.

An allopathic naturopath got me off wheat and kept me away from dairy. It helped a bit. At 20 I joined the circus. I trained as an aerialist. I was very strong. But, I injured my ankle and kept performing on it for a few months. I left after a year and had a severe limp for several years. I thought it was normal to take years to heal, it always took me so long to heal from anything (this is partly due to the EDS) At 22 I was medicated for depression, I took the meds for about a year. By 25 I was on crutches from severe hip pain. A specialist wanted to do surgery. I said no. I put it off for 17 years and had my hip replaced at 42. The initial damage to the hip would have been from the scoliosis and the ankle limp, impacting on the hip causing spurs and then osteoarthritis, I treated it with chiropractic. For EDS and scoliosis chiropractic has been an absolute godsend. I was also diagnosed with osteoarthritis around this time, I have it everywhere.

I lived off grid in my late 20’s with my partner, we ate all sorts of hunted foods like hare and rabbit and duck and deer. My gut was quite a bit better and my migraines less and sleep better, but I was still drinking frequently and eating tons of veggies and vegetarian meals.

I had a baby at 30. My pregnancy was perfect, which is astonishing, a drug free and fast delivery (perhaps because of all the dance training and high pain threshold I developed over decades of chronic pain), while I was pregnant I could eat as much dairy and pastries as I wanted with few ill effects bar constipation. All my food reactions came back after delivery. By my mid 30’s my migraines were so bad I would have them 6 days out of 7. I had chronic diarrhea, I was medicated for cystic acne with a type of hormonal pill and had severe PMT. My stomach would swell so bad and the gas was utterly horrific. I was tested for celiac but it was negative. I stopped eating all grains around this stage.

In my later 30s I had a bone test done at a chemist. She said my density looked extremely low and I should get it looked at by a doctor. The doctors refused to believe I could have anything wrong with my bones ‘so young’. So it was 7 or so years more before I got a dexa. When I was finally tested I was diagnosed with full blown osteoporosis in my spine and osteopenia in my hips at 42. I was still eating a ‘whole foods healthy fats low protein’ diet at this stage. My husband (we broke up but were still very close)passed away when I was 36. I developed severe PTSD. I kept a business running, just. But within 2 years my body had deteriorated so much that I had to close my business. I had shingles. I could barely walk. And my gut was getting worse. I was mostly in bed for nearly 4 years.

At one point I was eating Keto, I loved it, no one knew about it then. My brother introduced me to it. My peers told me I was insane, that I needed soluble and insoluble fibre to be healthy. But I felt incredible! For the first time in my life my toilet experience was “normal”.Of course eventually I was convinced to go back to LFHC after about 3 months. HUGE MISTAKE. I was so sick I also dabbled in a bit of juicing, a bit of raw vegan, but mostly just stuck to the usual veg and fruit laden low meat diet. I had got rid of legumes by now though, they would just kill me.

After I had my hip sorted by cutting it out and putting in a metal one, I went to a gp and talked of my stomach ills (by this stage I had been bleeding from my rectum for about a year) and of my concerns about my bones. Miraculously she listened. I was tested. I had pylori, we got rid of that. I had fructose and oligos malabsorption and I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. The bones of a sickly 90 yo. I was put onto FODMAPS diet. It helped, quite a bit. I did FODMAPS for about 2 years. Plus insane meds for ulcerative colitis/proctitis. I had a friend tell me about EDS, I was genetically tested and found to have the syndrome at the same time.

Then I stumbled back on to keto just through looking up foods constantly on the internet.I experienced even more improvements. I did that for about 8 months. Then in November 2018 I stumbled upon and started with Carnivore. I had heard of it years before and thought it was insane but I am pretty much willing to try anything now I am in so much pain and so sick of it.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

So I started ‘dirty’ carnivore. BAM game changer! I had developed rosacea acne after a stressful incident a year before. That was the first ailment to go, in about 3 weeks. I had also developed sjorgens syndrome when I was little, that also went (it is just dry mucous areas, eyes, mouth, privates)I had migrating tongue and severe ulcers even on Keto, gone in a few weeks on Carnivore. All migraines, gone. Insomnia, gone. I sleep solidly for at least 7 hours a night, for the first time in my life. The ulcerative colitis is still healing, and I still have small flare ups but it is so much improved. I am getting rid of egg whites at the moment and this seems to be helping (only been off them 4 days). Severe memory loss,  is so much improved. My healing time is improved. Trauma reactions have been reduced. I am still triggered by the same things, filling forms, loud noise, crowds etc but so much less so, I am able to navigate these things so much better, although I suspect there might be a bit of ADHD as well, but of course ADHD can also be treated with HFLC. Depression is gone. That went with Keto. Anxiety and “overthinking” is gone. I think I even need to get a new glasses script, my eyesight seems to be changing. And there is probably so much more, that I will think of after I submit this. Oh and I already look 5 years younger and as a pale redhead, I don’t sunburn at all any more.I literally do not need sunscreen even at the height of Australian summer. This is incredible to experience. I used to burn in 5 seconds of sun exposure.

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How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

What do I eat at the moment? Mornings I have coffee blended with 2 egg yolks, a huge chunk of butter, a few tablespoons of colostrum and some gelatin. I usually have two of these. Lunch I will have a burger patty, or steak, some sort of seafood and recently added in a variety of cheeses high in K2. When I first added these in a few weeks ago, I had a HUGE oxalate dump. It was intense and painful. I drink lemon water to help with the oxalate overload. For dinner I will have some more meats. I also have a bit of whey protein isolate. Eggs done different ways. LIVER! I have been eating a little raw liver pretty much the whole time, it is incredible. I am coming at this from a very medicalised point of view. I am eating a ton of calories. I dont track, because I think I would be horrified. I suspect I am eating about 2000-2500 cal a day. I am 4’11 (stunted growth plus scoliosis, my mother is about 6 inches taller than me, my daughter is about 4 inches taller) and I weigh 53kg.

I have recently stopped eating – blueberries, cacao, sugar free sauces including tomato sauce, black tea and egg whites and I have very little stevia. This is because of my suspicion that oxalates have been my biggest problem all along. I have only recently found this information. I drink a bit of milk kefir and goats milk and yogurt. I try and get the best quality and grass fed when I can. I am extremely low income so I seek out direct bulk and plan very carefully.

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

I do about 15-20 hours a week of dance classes and am studying a certificate in dance, I walk outdoors every day and do a small amount of cross training at home, if I stop training my EDS symptoms – chronic pain etc go nuts. I am looking down the barrel of more surgery, on my foot this time, my ankle is bone on bone and cysts have formed. This was from a twisted ankle 18 months ago (just before Keto). So I am still dealing with extreme arthritic pain in my ankle, my knee is playing up. I still see a range of specialists for EDS symptoms, BUT I am actually in the best health of my entire life. I think that it is going to take a long time to heal 40+ years of damage but it has started and I am so excited, but I am also so sad and angry. I was never ever meant to be this sick. Yes, my genetics have had an impact, but the healing I have experienced this past 6 months had been utterly profound. Life changing. I can now actually start looking at gainful employment as my health improves, because I am not on the toilet all day every day. Telling people you are unemployed because of your bowel movements is pretty bloody mortifying.

Weight has not played any part in any of these choices and changes for me. My weight has been pretty consistent all my life, but my health has always been awful. What I have noticed since carnivore is my muscles are denser and I don’t get tired from exercise and I rarely get sore muscles.I have lost a lot of adipose tissue from my hips and upper arms that I thought I was stuck with due to aging and my boobs have changed shape, still small but firmer. All my skin is looking better!

I also had to nap every day up until starting carnivore, sometimes for hours or even all day. I no longer need naps, another improvement that means I can look at gainful employment. The impact to my capacity to make any kind of living has been devastating. I think this is so important to note. My quality of life as an adult has been severely messed with, and I am seeing this more and more in young adults now, people who should be in their prime!

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

My main advice, if you are really unwell and looking at this, is start slow. Go Keto first, gradually remove foods. Oxalate dumping is painful and can be dangerous (I recently found out). The transition is easier too. There was a mild transition period with FODMAPS, then for Keto it was about 3 months of adapting for me (most people it is about 2 weeks) and then carnivore came pretty easy overall from there.

If your gut and skin are playing up, I believe this is a sign of deep underlying damage. You have probably been sick for years but it is starting to show on the surface. Carnivore type diets may not be for everyone, but as far as my ancestral history is concerned, and my reactions to the changes, it is definitely for me. And probably for life by the looks of it.

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

I do think carnivore will end up mainstream. Even as the big multinationals push for more fake food and earth destroying monocropping, I think the pushback is going to be huge soon. Too many of us are getting too sick from the last 60 years of BS food guidelines and crap on the shelves (which I never ate!). They nearly killed me for goodness sakes, which is bonkers! I ate the “healthiest” diet on the planet my whole life and I nearly ended up with bowel cancer (still at very high risk) and mush for bones. I do think that ancestral diets will return with force, maybe sooner than the multinationals can reckon with! I certainly hope so, and this is why I am sharing my experience.

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

I post regularly in my stories and feed on instagram. My focus is ballet, health, diet and art. @taniblue_artist is where you can see what I get up to and how I am progressing.

My final word is please feed your children ample quality meat and animal fats. I was the experiment in the 70’s and the experiment failed, terribly.

Thanks for reading my story.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Bret

Interview with Bret

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Brett Lloyd. I am a 57-year-old musician/producer/songwriter of no particular note. I have been living carnivorously for right at 7 months. I take no pharmaceutical medications of any kind & I feel healthier now than at any time in my adult life.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore, I was on a LCHF diet for 3.5 years in which I lost 94 lbs. Prior to that I was eating the SAD & weighed up to 289 lbs.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I decided to try Carnivore after watching Dr Jordan Peterson describe how he & his daughter had seen their lifelong severe depression symptoms vanish after they began eating beef & drinking water. Dr Shawn Baker & Amber O’Hearn also played a huge role in my deciding to give this way of eating a go.  They all make very compelling arguments why humans SHOULD be eating this way vs the S.A.D. way that dominates much of western society. After watching their testimonials I knew I had to give this way of eating a solid chance because I wanted to be 100% free of my lifelong depression, anxiety & insomnia forever!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I approached Carnivory with the certainty I was going to give it a solid 90 days before making any lasting judgments. I also felt confident something positive would take place due to the integrity of Dr Peterson, Dr Baker & Amber O’Hearn. I was not disappointed. I also knew that if I tried to only eat one kind of meat at any meal I would become instantly bored. I eliminated this concern by always eating 2 kinds of meat at every meal. Primarily beef & bacon. 7 months into the experience I have zero complaints. Deciding to eat meat & drink water has been one of the best decisions of my whole life!

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

The benefits of living carnivorously have been many! 10 or so days in I woke up without ANY joint pain. I never thought I ‘suffered’ from joint pain but that I had “aches & pains” just as a matter of living to be 57. I felt incredibly healthier right then, to be honest, & that was but the 1st 10 days!  On day 23 into day 24 as a carnivore, I felt ALL my depression symptoms VANISH.

They are GONE! I’ve also lost sour gut, hemorrhoids, dry flakey skin, skin tags, enormous amounts of body fat. I no longer suffer from headaches. My anxiety problem is GONE! I sleep 7-8 hours a night after decades of surviving on 3-4. I no longer suffer from hypothyroidism. My libido is back to what it was when I was a teenager. Every single aspect of my life has benefited from my decision to live carnivorously! I weigh what I did when I graduated high school & my waistline is again the same today as it was then, 32″. I am so blessed!

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

I have suffered no negative effects from living carnivorously. I do not miss carbs, sugar or plants at ALL! I miss the mental illness even less as you might imagine.

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

I do exercise some, light resistance training & I walk several miles a week. I do find I enjoy exercising more as a carnivore because I enjoy moving around a lot more now. I am gradually adding long, lean muscles & am increasing my core strength slowly & gradually as planned without issue.

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

My 1st bit of advice for anyone considering living carnivorously is to PREPARE 1st. Go on a LCHF diet for 30 days 1st. IMO, this allows the healing process to begin & one can at the end of 30 days LCHF general expect to has a less contentious adaption phase after going full carnivore. Be sure to eat when hungry & when you eat be sure to eat until you are “not another bite” full. Eat the meat you crave & can afford. My 2nd bit of advice is to BE PATIENT! Most of us ate garbage for decades & never heal/get well as fast as we would prefer. Trust your body to heal itself once you stop eating poisons, toxins, carbs & the evilly destructive thing called sugar! It works if you stick with it & keep things at the eating meat, drinking water level.

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

The carnivore diet can become mainstream if we but share our stories of healing with the world. No pseudo science can ever trump our personal experiences. No amount of Big Food propaganda can make our health journey’s invalid. But we must expend the energy & seek out ways to share our experiences living carnivorously!

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

Folks can find me at Instagram where my handle is @thankful.carnivore

I spend a lot of time on Twitter these days sharing my love for carnivory via @StickmanBleedin

If you are in Facebook you can read & follow my carnivorous journey in the Zeroing In On Health group.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Alain

Interview with Alain

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1)Introduce Yourself.

I’m Alain, 36 years old, born and raised in the Netherlands.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My journey began in November 2008 after a stomach bleed in Disneyland Paris. Due to a private ambulance service, and the need to pay money for that service, I was almost too late arriving at the hospital, with a blood pressure of 60/35. My quest for health and search for a better diet started after that.

I felt sluggish if I ate meat, and it took a lot of energy to digest it, so I leaned more and more towards a plant based diet and eventually became vegan.

In the first couple of years my health got better and better, and I felt amazing. I did start to notice a little more gas and indigestion after a while, but was still doing fine. I really started to believe in all the plant based madness, because I felt so great in the first couple of years.

Then in 2013 I was involved in a motorcycle accident. I had a torn knee and needed operations on my thumb. I had to take some really heavy antibiotics and have a tetanus vaccine. My health went downhill quickly afterwards, but I still believed in the plant based diet.

I started to try a more ‘living foods’ diet, and began soaking and fermenting. I tried it all but nothing really helped. l even tried ayurveda and Chinese medicine for a while, but those didn’t help either. My joints began to hurt, and my hands and fingers became stiff and brittle.

I tried pasteurized yoghurt, which is supposed to have the beneficial bacteria as probiotics. It gave me skin problems instead. So I started eating eggs, fish and sourdough bread, but I kept struggling and my symptoms worsened.

I went back to eating plant based, and tried juice fasting, which is supposed to be the magical cure for everything. Nothing really helped and i ended up with digestive issues, anemia, vitiligo, skin issues, insomnia, hairloss, poor sweating ability and oedema.

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3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had come across the book ‘We want to live’ by Aajonus Vonderplanitz, but it seemed utter madness to me at first.

In May 2017 I just didn’t care anymore and went full carnivore. I had tears in my eyes and started crying of bodily happiness after my first bite. The next day I had tears of joy just on my way to the butcher. The body knows best.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

At first I just ate lots of soft medium baked steaks. I got a lot better, but not fast enough for my liking. So I turned raw pretty quickly. The body happiness made me less sceptical about raw meat. I’ve always believed that natural food shouldn’t be cooked, since all animals thrive on a raw diet and only humans are sick. l slowly started to eat more fat, and found raw butter which helped a lot. I reluctantly ate some organs every now and then. Now I eat lots of organ meats and fat, a complete turnaround.

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

I have experienced lots of benefits. Most of my symptoms are gone, my overall health is through the roof and my mental clarity is amazing. I feel like I am finally experiencing happiness again, and I feel much more connected to nature.

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

The adaptation was pretty heavy and took me a while, although I felt a lot better within a couple of days. Also, I guess the people around you may think you just went from one extreme to another. Eating raw meat is not really socially accepted, but I have to say people are getting more curious now. I’m not hiding it for anyone and they even notice a big difference.

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

I began exercising after 6 months when I felt like I had some strength again. I started rebuilding my body from nothing. I had been training for a long time before all of this, but this is next level. I never got these results before, and certainly not in this timeframe of a little over 1 year.

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

To anyone looking to begin eating this way, my advice would be to just slowly start incorporating more and more meat and animal fat into your diet. Take slow steps. Slow habits stick for longer.

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

I’m not sure if the Carnivore diet will be accepted as a mainstream diet. It seems like mainstream is more and more against meat. Everyone is starting to eat less and less meat.

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

Instagram: @dutchcarnivore

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