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Carnivore Diet success stories with Huw

Interview with Huw

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Huw Davies, live in London, have 2 kids and a dog. I’ve been a near-full-time parent for the last  12 years or so, while maintaining a low level of coaching work. I’m a Level 3 triathlon coach and ex-coach educator for Triathlon England; did a level 1 run coaching cert years ago with UK Athletics, that’s probably expired now; qualified as a reflexologist and practised for a while in the 90s, but don’t do that any more; certified kettlebell instructor; certified carnivore coach. Ex-rugby player, men’s lacrosse player, cricketer, squash player, triathlete, cyclist, runner, ultrarunner…So now it’s kids, kettlebell, strength and conditioning, some endurance clients too.


2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

As an idealistic student I became a vegetarian. Later I shared a house with vegans, and was in practice a vegan for a short while. Living in France and Spain cured me of my vegetarianism, thank god, and when I took up triathlon, in my 30s, I ate a high-volume, high-calorie, high carb, high toilet visiting diet. As I later got into coaching I started learning about the dangers of grains, and gradually moved towards low-carb, then paleo, then keto, then relaxed carnivore, and now fairly strict carnivore. This took place over the course of my 40s. I am a slow mover when it comes to changing habits!


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

On the one hand it was an evolutionary step, as I was looking to improve, improve, improve. So it went LCHF, paleo, keto, carnivore, each step a step closer to an optimal WOE. On the other hand, I’d had an MCL injury (medial collateral ligament at the knee), that I’d re-injured and which caused my knee to swell up to the size of a grapefruit at the slightest provocation. So one day, during my keto phase, I just said F**k it, I’m binning all carbs, I want to see my knee again. Early 2017, that was, and it’s been really good ever since.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Very simply. I’m not perfect, but from day to day I eat from a fairly narrow range of regular items: steak mince from my butcher, bacon, and eggs. At the moment I eat a lot of butter and salt and Lo-salt. When I can afford it I buy rib-eyes in bulk and eat one or two a day. Rib-eye has the best flavour for me. I managed to give up coffee and tea, which I’m convinced helps a ton, and I rarely drink, maybe a glass of wine every 4-6 weeks, which is also a very good thing in my opinion. I eat twice a day, at around 11 and 7, and that usually is fine. Today I was hungry at about 10 am, so I ate my meal then – I’ve learned not to clock-watch like I did when I was doing intermittent fasting – Oh, I can’t eat until the minute hand hits the 12.


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

Despite being a lifelong athlete/sportsman, and on paper in decent shape almost all the time, I think I was suffering from chronic global inflammation, and probably other carb-related issues. I’ve had constant back pain since a bad injury aged 18 – that has gone – and constant neck pain from about the age of 30, at times so bad I contemplated contemplating suicide (!) – that is gone. No carby mood swings and grumpiness (my kids might not agree about the grumpiness!). Better body composition, more muscle than when I was a (pretty decent) triathlete. The brain fog thing I lost when I started keto, so I can’t really ascribe my mental clarity to carnivore per se, but it certainly is a part of being carnivore, the sense of peace, the clarity etc.


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

I find myself drinking loads of water – apparently high protein and high salt lead to this – which means I get up to go to the loo twice a night. And obviously what people think when they find out that I only eat meat. Everyone suddenly becomes a f**king nutrition expert and warns you about er, arteries, er, cholesterol, er, gout, er, constipation and all the rest. It can get wearisome. (But it’s worth it a million times over).


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

I have played sport and/or raced all my life, up to birth of second child, so I have always trained fairly hard. Nowadays I train twice a day: a fairly intense kettlebell session in the morning, and a strength session in the afternoon. I love to train, I love kettlebells, and I no longer have any desire to swim, bike or run. I walk about 6 miles a day with the dog. I’d love to take her for a multi-day hike somewhere one day. 


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

First, just go for it, try it out – what have you got to lose other than a load of fat and a load of bad moods, and a load of bad skin and a load of brain fog? It has to be worth a good (60-day) try. Second, be patient and persistent and work with the process, not your imagined goals.


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

Unlikely. There is a strong anti-meat narrative pushed by very powerful and influential and evil people, and while they are funding veganism and manipulating the narratives, pushing it in the media, and making films like The Game-Changers, then carnivore is unlikely to hit the mainstream. I predict that it will grow, though, and be less marginalised.


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

Thank you for the interview! I really appreciate it.

I’m crap on Instagram, but anyway, I’m at huwcarnivorecoach.

I have a website, huwcoach.com, which is live but I’m still developing bit by bit. 

I’m on MeatRx.com’s coaching page now for carnivore coaching. Huw D. 

I do Zoom sessions a lot now, mini-sessions for mobility and strength, so your readers are welcome to contact me to join a group.

Thanks again, enjoyed this!

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Meat Up: 1 year later with Dawn

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

Interview with Dawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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World Carnivore Month 2021 – Joint Pain – Day 19

Joint Pain

There are many reasons why you might suffer joint pain, for example because of an injury, repetitive stress, or arthritis.

It can be mild, seasonal, but it also can be chronic and debilitating.

I did a post regarding chronic inflammation yesterday, and I have a feeling the are inextricably linked.

Especially if you believe that a diet filled will sugar, grains, and seed oils are problematic.

What if this chronic inflammation naturally settled in weak areas, like areas filled with scar tissue in the knee or ankle for instance.

What if changing your diet would reduce the “pooling” of this inflammation in weak areas, meaning at least you could find relief and at best you would begin to heal.

I think that is what happened with me. My ankles are a weak point, and inflammation would pool here, and for 10 years I had stiff ankles every morning.

2 weeks later on carnivore no stiff ankles.

2 weeks isn’t long enough for structural weaknesses and scar tissue to heal. So, it is likely it was the inflammation that caused the stiffness. Not having the inflammation there meant it feels like my ankles have healed but I don’t think they have in the strictest sense of the word. As I bet if I ate too much crap the stiffness would soon return.

I am not the only on who has seen relief from joint pain, check the stories out here – https://ketogenicendurance.com/tag/joint-pain/

Corey “Benefits I have seen on the Carnivore Diet include mental clarity, increased focus and attention, increased testosterone, more happy, decreased joint pain, and improved athletic performance (strength and endurance)”

Jacquie “Carnivore also fixed my relationship with food and healed my struggles with Bulimia and disordered eating and over-exercising to compensate for overeating on ‘bad’ foods. Weight loss, Clear skin, deep/better sleep, knee pain gone, Strong hair, skin and nails, lean muscle definition and abs, improved workouts, reversed my depression and the list really goes on and on.”

Emanuel “That’s a great question! Where do I begin? Reduces inflammation in my joints, increased strength, muscle gain, fat loss, more endurance, more focus, I feel mentally better, no more signs of depression nor anxiety, libido went up, I am more productive and I am a better husband and father as a result! Oh and no cravings! Even if my wife is beside me eating ice cream I still don’t get craving which had always been my downfall.”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Corey

Interview with Corey

Intro:

Hi, My name is Corey Baughman. I have been following the Carnivore Approach for 2 years and feel like I have taken back my health in the best way possible! My background includes being certified as an ACSM CPT and B.S. of Exercise Science, Shippensburg University.

How did you eat before Carnivore:

Before Carnivore, I followed the IIFYM approach, meaning that the only thing you count is calories! It didn’t matter if it were poptarts, skinny cows, or sweet potato fries, all that mattered was the number of macros! LOL! Eventually eating this way caught up to me leading to acne, continuous bouts of the flu, poor sleep, increased fatigued, and increased joint pain!

Why did you try a Carnivore Diet to begin with:

I tried the carnivore approach because after transitioning from IIFYM to keto, I felt like I needed more. More strength and endurance. After I saw the results a friend got from carnivore, I gave it a try. For a few months I still felt like I needed plant foods, but then after deeper research from Dr. Shawn Baker and Dr. Paul Saladino, I was all in!

 

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet:

I approach the Carnivore Diet based around my training and daily schedule. If it is a non training day, I will use intermittent fasting combined with one or two large meals per day based around Ribeye, New York Strip, or Burger. On training days, I have just enough carbs to help with the resistance training (30-60 grams). Believe it or not, that small amount can go a long way!!!

What benefits have you seen on the Carnivore Diet:

Benefits I have seen on the Carnivore Diet include mental clarity, increased focus and attention, increased testosterone, more happy, decreased joint pain, and improved athletic performance (strength and endurance)

What negatives have you found on the Carnivore Diet:

There is only one negative that I have found with Carnivore. When I try to have a cheat/free meal, I really feel the effects of the processed sugars and refined oils in those foods, which shows you how bad those foods can really be.

Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet:

For exercise, I follow the Dorian Yates approach to resistance training, Blood and Guts High Intensity! I love it! Get in and get out in 30-45 minutes. I started using this strategy in college when I bulked up to a fat 5’9” 230 lbs. But over time I lost my ability to train this hard with the horrible diet I followed. Now with carnivore, I have that extra gear of strength to really dig deep for those last couple repetitions! That’s what you need when training this hard!

What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet:

Advice for someone who is considering the carnivore approach would be to do your research. I know that everyone cannot jump all in immediately and that’s okay. Eliminate the foods with labels first as best as you can and use resources like Shawn Baker, Paul Saladino, and Kelly Hogan! There are alot of great resources on Instagram as well (@therealfoodrevol, @getbetternaturally, @carnivoremikefoxtrot, @kentonkramer, @mwibble22)

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

I would hope that Carnivore would be accepted as a mainstream diet, but with so much bad information put out by government guidelines, I do not see that in my lifetime.

 

Anything else you would like to add:

People can follow me @keystone_carnivore on Instagram and Corey Baughman on Facebook. I’m a Carnivore looking to share the truths about nutrition in my community. Passionate about the healing power of BEEF. Hobbies include my job in Personal Training/Coaching, bodybuilding, hunting, and fishing! I’m a firm believer that we need to get more people eating animal-based foods so that we can be hormonally primed to care for our future generations!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Brian

Interview with Brian

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m Brian Forsythe, carnivore, musician, health fanatic, recovering alcoholic. I’m 62 years old, will turn 63 this year in September. I’m 5’8” between 128 & 130 lbs.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I grew up through the 60s & 70s with a “health” conscious mother. She was always active with dance, exercise & yoga but fell for the low fat guidelines and had us using margarine & 2% milk. So I guess you would call that the typical American diet for the times.

At some point during the early 1980s I decided to give up red meat and also eventually phased out poultry too and became a pescatarian. I remained pescatarian well into my Keto experience. I stumbled onto Dave Asprey and Bulletproof Coffee sometime around 2014 or 2015 but it still took another year or two to finally transition into Keto and get off the sugar. I started with dirty Keto, rewarding myself with sweets after a week or two of abstaining. The rewards got farther & few between and I eventually kicked the habit. Intermittent fasting also really helped with not giving in to the cravings.

My first attempt at carnivore came around the end of July 2018. I did about a month to start with, then bounced back & forth between Keto & Carnivore until early 2019.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I heard Jordan Peterson on The Joe Rogan Podcast talking about his daughter Mikhaila’s experience with it and I was fascinated! I’d suffered from gut issues my whole life and nagging lower back pain among other things and thought I’d try Carnivore to see if it would help eliminate any of these issues.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I had a slow start because it caused problems in a relationship I was in at the time. I’d been with this girl for 25 years and when I started eating meat it freaked her out, she couldn’t handle it. So I had to tip toe around and hide my meat eating until the relationship finally ended.

When I was finally on my own I could eat the way I wanted to and went full carnivore at that point.

I fast for at least 16 hours a day but usually extend it to between 18 & 22 hours. I workout in a fasted state then break my fast with a Bulletproof Coffee to hold me over for a few hours then eat my one big meal for the day. I eat nose to tail, beef, pork, venison, seafood, chicken organs, eggs and dairy.

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

When I initially started, the first thing I noticed was a big boost in energy especially with my workouts. I also noticed a boost in muscle growth. I had been working out on a daily basis for several years at that point and was in pretty good physical shape but going Carnivore really kicked it into overdrive.

The other thing I’ve noticed since giving up fiber in my diet, my guts are no longer chronically bloated.

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

After that initial bang when I first started, my energy level eventually subsided and I struggled with that for a while. I had to mess with my calorie intake. By the time I’d gotten to Carnivore I was already doing the one meal a day thing and I don’t think I was taking in enough calories to balance out my workouts. So I upped my food intake and it’s seemed to help.

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

As I mentioned, yes I workout daily when I’m home. I Play music and travel for a living (until recently) and I’d be away from home 3 or 4 days at a time most weeks so there were breaks.

I have a fitness room in my garage with a cable machine, a rack of weights, a weight bench and resistance bands among other things so I can do a variety of things including heavy lifting. I presently follow Jeff Cavaliere at Athean-x for my workouts,.

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 say, just try it for a month and see how you like it. If you do like it, extend it for another month and so on. If you don’t like it you can go back to your crappy diet.

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

That is a good question! I think as long as the health system, big pharma, the food industry control the government guidelines and are only interested in big profits… no, it’ll never be accepted.

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

Do your own research, never blindly follow anyone’s advice especially your doctor. It’s your life and your body so it’s up to you to know how to take care of it. Since starting on this journey, I’ve never felt better!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Maria Emmerich

Interview with Maria

Introduce Yourself.

My name is Maria Emmerich. I am an international best selling author and nutritionist. I struggled with my health and weight throughout childhood which lead me to become such a passionate nutrition expert. I specialize in brain neurotransmitters and how food can increase mental wellness. My expertise has sent me around the World speaking about ketogenic diets.

I am also an International Best Selling author of over 14 books including “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” and “Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet”. My books and recipes have been featured by Halle Berry, Al Roker on the Today Show, Valerie Bertinelli and others.

I also run a support site for members here:

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How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have been eating a ketogenic diet for almost 20 years. In the last 8-10 years it has been close to carnivore already with a focus on animal proteins. So eating carnivore was only cutting out the grilled onions on my burger, side salad, etc. I was already very meat focused with my diet. 

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started eating mostly carnivore about 2 years or so ago when my husband Craig was diagnosed with Lyme disease. He started doing carnivore to help with his Lyme pain and I joined him. I also noticed increases in energy and enjoyed it too. 

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

For me I am not as strict as Craig because I no longer have any health issues. I will occasionally eat a lettuce wrap on a burger when I go out to a restaurant. But that is why we made sure to address in our “The Carnivore Cookbook” how it is important to know our why. What is your “Why” for doing carnivore? If it is just general health or weight loss, then you don’t have to be as strict. If you are dealing with chronic disease like Craig with his Lyme, then you have to be more strict to keep symptoms down (in his case the chronic pain). 

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

I notice an increase in energy or really a more consistent energy. I was already keto for almost 20 years prior to carnivore so I was already used to better mental clarity, increased energy, etc. So this was like one notch better. Going keto took me from a 3 to a 9. Carnivore took it to a 10 (or 11, LOL). Craig has seen amazing results with the reduction in pain he has from Lyme. When he stick to strict carnivore his migrating pain in his joints is completely gone. We also see some really amazing results with clients, especially those with skin issues. They have psoriasis or eczema that they have struggled with for years and within days it is gone. Also huge improvements in brain health like bipolar disease, depression and other issues. 

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

I have not seen any negatives with carnivore. And about the only ones I see with clients are due to transitioning. One is the dehydration issues when people don’t get enough electrolytes (like keto flu). Muscle aches, low energy, etc. Just upping electrolytes fixes it. The other is temporary digestive issues. Diarrhea is common in the first couple weeks. This is typically due to the body adjusting to eating more protein so we have clients add HCL and digestive enzymes and that typically helps until the body adjusts. 

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

Yes, I love to move my body. I love running, lifting weights, riding bike, swimming, hiking, riding my paddle board; and sometimes all in the same day! I have endless energy and never have issues staying active and working out when carnivore. 

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

First, identify what your “Why” is. Based on that determine your approach. If healing from chronic disease like Lyme, bipolar, MS, skin issues, etc. then we recommend doing the Carnivore Autoimmune Protocol (CAIP) defined in our Carnivore Cookbook. This acts as the ultimate elimination diet and can really help with healing for different conditions and identifying foods that can trigger symptoms. Then make sure to give it at least a month to really see the effects and how good you can feel. 

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

I hope so. Our ancestors primarily ate animal proteins while they evolved into humans. These early humans primarily ate large mammals like wooly mammoths. It is what our bodies are primarily designed to eat. A protein focused diet is what we as humans are designed to eat and it is the only way we get control of the rampant obesity and disease crisis we have today. 

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

I encourage people to give carnivore a try. I make it easy with lots of tasty recipes. Plus if weight loss is the goal, carnivore makes it super easy. All you really have to do eat adjust the types of meat you eat from fattier to leaners to switch from weight loss to maintenance or gaining. We have charts sorted in protein to energy ratio in our Carnivore Cookbook that make this super easy. And almost no prep. Every recipes is really easy and almost all are 5 ingredients or less. 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jacquie

Interview with Jacquie

1. Introduce Yourself 

Hello! My name is Jacquie Lawson- I’m from Toronto, Ontario Canada. I am super excited to share my journey to health with you and how I got there through the Carnivore way of life. I love living an active lifestyle (running, the gym, hot yoga) and also just keeping busy day to day. I love and create music, value time with family and friends and appreciate the little things in life like walking my lazy little pug or a sizzling Ribeye! 

2. How did you eat before Carnivore 

My mom is a nurse and has always tried to have ‘healthy’ meals and options around as I grew up but it was still pretty much what you could call the SAD style of eating all through my growing up. I ate what was served to me, whatever was out at parties, what I craved, and LOTS of candy and sour skittles LOL! I started getting interested in “healthier” food options mid high school and tried pretty much every approach: (Smoothies, protein powders, healthy high-carb and low fat, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free , skipping meals/days of food etc.) with no real improvements- SHOCKER. That style of diet continued all the way up until I was in college. In college, all that went to the wayside and I ate the most processed and garbage foods I ever have and much too often. I hated the way I felt and looked: (weight gain, depressed, unmotivated, horrible acne, knee pain, fatigue) and my inability to control what I ate. I would get fed up and try to run every day for a week and then the cycle would all start again. It was not until 2 years ago when I went Keto and focused more on nutrition. After Keto I came across Carnivore/Zero carb. 

3. Why did you try the Carnivore Diet to begin with

 I had been doing Keto and Low-carb for a while and found many benefits compared to all the other crash ‘diets’ I had struggled with in the past. However, I found tracking macros and calories very exhausting and toxic as it became obsessive for me. I had gained weight towards the end of Keto even after losing weight with it, as I was overeating Keto treats and nut butters and never felt satisfied. I would tell myself to get back on the ‘clean’ keto-train and then by the end of the week I would go crazy eating whatever I didn’t let myself have earlier. I was also really skipping out on protein without realizing, and was struggling with an eating disorder (bulimia). I came across one of Dr. Ken Berry’s videos about his journey into Carnivore as well as Laura Spath and Shawn Baker – I was intrigued. It sounded nuts but I decided to go for it straight from Keto and haven’t gone back ever since. 

4. How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet

 The biggest thing for me is listening to my body and looking at Carnivore as a lifestyle not another ‘diet’. I mainly eat beef (lots of ground beef, NY strip) and just cheaper cuts of red meat. Most times I don’t tolerate dairy or eggs too well (which is so sad because cheese is SO good lol) but if it is at a party or if I am out etc. I may have some. I typically eat a higher protein to fat ratio and then will have higher fat days when I need them (where I’dd add bacon or crispy beef trimmings or ghee etc). I eat either once or twice a day and fast daily. Some days I can eat 3 or more lbs of meat other days I’m good with 1lb or may fast all day. I take beef liver capsules a couple times a week and salt my food. I am always so satisfied and satiated and what I crave is meat! My palette has completely changed. 

5. What benefits have you noticed

 The benefits are truly countless. Weight loss and body composition was a significant one. I initially gained a bit of weight at the beginning as my body was very much deprived of nutrients. But after adapting to this way of eating there was almost a ‘woosh’ effect with my weight and I look the leanest I have ever looked with the least amount of effort (seriously none). Carnivore also fixed my relationship with food and healed my struggles with Bulimia and disordered eating and over-exercising to compensate for overeating on ‘bad’ foods. Weight loss, Clear skin, deep/better sleep, knee pain gone, Strong hair, skin and nails, lean muscle definition and abs, improved workouts, reversed my depression and the list really goes on and on. 

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6. What negatives have you noticed

 Basically no negatives. Seriously! The only thing would be sometimes eating in social setting can be tricky but there are always ways around it and I’ll take that as the only negative any day with all the benefits Carnivore brings! 

7. Do you exercise and if so how do you find it and what do you do

 I do workout every week and love the gym/keeping active BUT I keep it very simple and efficient. Per week- I’ll do 2-3 days where I lift weights and resistance train and then 3 days where I’ll walk or run for about half an hour. I do also walk most mornings just to clear my head and start the day. (could be anywhere from 10mins to 30mins.) There were times back in the day where I would spend two hours or so 6x a week in the gym with little results- YIKES! 

8. What advice would you give someone who wants to start the Carnivore Diet

 Yes, it may sound crazy- but JUST try it because feeling frustrated, stuck and bummed about all the things that haven’t worked it even crazier! Eat meat and drink water. Eat what you crave, move your body every day (I love walks) and don’t overthink/complicate things. Trust me- it’s simple and you don’t need to struggle. I found it very helpful to join a Carnivore Facebook group (i.e. World carnivore Tribe) and just watching all kinds of YouTube videos from amazing Carnivores that I found I can relate to. 

9. Do you think the Carnivore Diet will ever be accepted mainstream

 I think that small steps in the right direction (sharing results, showing real science, simply informing people, sharing, sharing, sharing) can really impact people and could change the way that society looks at the consumption of meat. There will always be people and big food companies that want to continue demonizing the association with eating meat but we can simply share how it has benefited us and the rest will follow. 

10. Anything to add- and where can people find you

Yes! You can find me best through my Instagram! @jacquie__fit I am always just a message away if you have any questions or comments or things to chat about! I’m also newly on Youtube as Jacquie Lawson and You can also reach me via email at: fitjacquie@gmail.com 

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Starting weight: 160 lbs. Current weight: 134 Lbs.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Michelle

Interview with Michelle

Introduce Yourself.

I’m a long-distance runner, registered and licensed dietitian, and a huge Football fan. I currently work in 2 hospitals in Portland Oregon. I work with mental health patients as well as patients with a variety of chronic conditions (diabetes, heart failure, kidney disease). I have a dog, 5 chickens, and my wife just got a baby tortoise. I have a long-term goal of breaking records in Ultra distance races.

How did you eat before Carnivore

Before Carnivore, I was training with the hope of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the Marathon. You need to run under 2.45 to qualify. I had run a 2.55.34. I was eating 300-400+ grams of carbohydrates a day. My day consisted of a huge bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and lots of fruit from breakfast, a turkey sandwich with 2 pieces of fruit and a granola bar for lunch, more granola bars or cookies for snacks, and a large plate of pasta with a little chicken and olive oil for dinner. I would often still be hungry after dinner and eat a high sugar dessert.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

In the summer of 2019, my health seemed to be falling apart. I was constantly sore, and my muscles hurt so badly that I couldn’t sleep through the night (unless taking massive doses of Advil). While I’ve struggled on and off with depression and anxiety my whole life, it was getting worse during this time. It was a struggle to make it through the work day. I used to be able to run 18 miles at a time- Now I had to stop after a mile or two. Everything hurt, and I was having cold sweats. I tried eating MORE carbohydrates, as I believed my muscles must be lacking fuel. This just made things worse, as my muscle aches became debilitating.

I became so anxious and overwhelmed with my fatigue and muscle pain, I gave up my dream of making Olympic Trials and decided to quit running altogether. I had been slowly cutting minutes off my marathon over the last 5 years, and now I couldn’t even run a few miles.

By chance, I came across an article about Zach Bitter and how he ran long distances on a low carb “meat heavy” diet. I knew that lowering carbs could reduce inflammation, and at this point my muscles were hurting so badly I decided to give it a try. My only expectation was I might-just MIGHT hurt a little less. I thought I would probably be constipated, have terrible energy, and struggle with sleep, but the idea of hurting less was my only real goal for this type of eating plan. I’m originally from Texas so I also really like beef. My wife thought this was a terrible idea and was originally NOT on board.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I am an intense person. I work incredibly hard on aspects of my life that I value. That being said, I am not 100% Carnivore. I would say I’m 90-95% carnivore, in that I take at least 90% of my calories from Animal sources. I eat 1.5-2 pounds of fatty red meat a day. I raise chickens, so I incorporate eggs once or twice a week (they are lazy layers  ) I eat butter, tallow and occasionally some pork. I do run a fair bit (see below) so I eat 1 cup of blueberries most days, I drink coffee with butter daily, and I eat a piece of sour dough bread that my wife makes on days I run 2 hours or more. Before I run 2 hours or more, I use a product called Generation UCAN. It’s a slow burning carbohydrate, that was originally developed for children with glycogen storage disease. It doesn’t elicit an insulin response (so you can still burn fat and utilize the carbohydrates in the product). I also drink red wine once a week. To me, it’s what you do MOST of the time that creates your life, not what you do the 5% of your time.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

As I stated above, I was hoping, praying, and crossing my fingers that I would hurt less. I wanted the searing pain in my back, quads, hamstrings, and calves and to just get a little better. After 1 week, it was GONE. No more pain. Also, I noticed, I wasn’t anxious. I wasn’t worried or obsessing about calories or food. I just ate and was satiated and happy. I have struggled with an eating disorder for much of my life, so finally feeling the weight of worrying about what I should eat disappear literally brought me to tears! I felt joy, and I looked forward to work and time with my friends. I had so much energy that I started annoying my wife lol. I decided to go for short runs for the hell of it. I always loved running. Running felt so great, and I felt so strong that I reached out to Zach Bitter and asked him to coach me. I’m now training for a 50-mile race! I couldn’t even run 5 miles before and yesterday I did 21 miles BEFORE going to work. In summary, I sleep like a rock, I’m full of joy, I’m not anxious, I have great focus and energy, and I don’t hurt anymore (note I have normal muscle soreness from running, but not debilitating, I can’t move soreness). My wife stated that she hasn’t seen my anxiety this low “in the 10 years I’ve known you.” She’s on board now 😉

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

If I could re-do my first week of the carnivore diet, I would supplement with electrolytes. I had a massive, ridiculous headache for about 48 hours (while my body crashed from switching from a shit ton of glucose to using ketones) later, I read lots of salt, potassium, and magnesium can really help this. That was annoying, but the biggest annoyance is co-workers and other medical professionals who “make fun” or scoff at my “diet that is going to kill me.” I literally have people eating bagels, cookies, and salad, declare my diet to be unhealthy. The biggest negative is overcoming the current view that a meat-based diet will cause me to trop dead of heart disease.

Oh and Vegans- they are a special kind of science denying, backwards group. I think it’s the B12 and protein deficiencies, but Vegans are like Kellyanne Conway- lots of “alternative facts”.

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

I’m a long distance runner. I run 8-10 hours a week right now with the goal to run 50 miles all at once in May. I run before work. If I’m running for two hours or less, I just blend coffee with butter and head out the door. I drink water and electrolytes. No fuel needed. If I’m doing a very hard work out or running over two hours, I will have a scoop of UCAN, and coffee with butter. I stretch and do core work as well, but most of my exercise is long distance running.

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

I would say this will literally change your life. This was one of the best decisions I ever made! I got my life back. Change is hard- so for someone who is contemplating this, I would say give it two weeks. Do this during a low stress time in your life because this is a stress on your body (going from burning glucose to fats/ketones) I would also say- DO NOT under eat. As a woman, I have been told more than once that I “eat too much” Most Americans are overfed and undernourished. We are fat and malnourished. Your body desperately needs protein and fat- FEED IT. I would lean towards eating a little more than you think you need initially. Enjoy every delicious meaty/fatty bite (oh and look at using some electrolytes those first few weeks). Also, make the choice that you are not going let anyone make you feel bad for taking care of your health. Be ready for people to give you a hard time. This happened to me initially, now I have people asking for my advice. Be patient! Do this for you!

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

No, I do not. I work in health care. The sad truth is it’s not about healing people. (That’s a naïve thing to think) it’s about power and money. If we can continue to feed you “Healthy whole grains” and “lots of fruit and vegetables” you are guaranteed to become sick and overweight-Which makes money for everyone invested in prescription drugs and health care facilities.

I’ll fight like hell to promote this diet, but we have an uphill battle.

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

The last thing I want to say is that I’m deeply and profoundly grateful for this diet. Anyone who has struggled with severe depression, anxiety or has struggled with an eating disorder knows how lonely and hopeless it can seem. I would be honored to answer any questions (Please DM me on Instagram) and I hope I can continue to spread the message through my Instagram handle @runeatmeatrepeat

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Michael

Interview with Michael

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Michael McCain.  I am from Kearney, NE USA.  I am 47 years old and happily married to my wife Kasey who is also a carnivore. We have three children, two grand-daughters and another on the way.  I have been a fatty since I can remember.  My weight has been a constant struggle my whole life.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Since I have struggled with weight I have gone through many types of diets or “ways of eating”.  Low fat, low fat-high carb, Atkins, 6 meals a day, Herbal Life, Slim-Fast, Body for Life challenge, 1800 calorie a day diets, even did 7000 calories a day for a short time just to experiment. I even tried going vegan.  In January of 2018 I learned about intermittent fasting.  While researching fasting I came across Keto.  It worked for me a short time.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried keto and it lasted maybe two months.  I found myself binging on the weekends,  which was basically like every other diet I have ever done.  It was frustrating.  I would lose weight during the week, then I would binge on the weekends.  It was out of control and I couldn’t figure it out.  My keto and fasting research brought me to a lot more knowledge about insulin sensitivity.  Somewhere during that time I came across a podcast with Dr. Baker on Joe Rogan.  I seriously thought Dr. Baker had lost it, but the more I researched, the more it made sense to me.  I was metabolically broken and super insulin sensitive.  Logically, I had to have an insulin issue. This explained why I would binge after being strict keto.  I was eating just enough carbs that would trigger binge eating.  So, I tried carnivore.  Honestly, I was hooked the very first day.  I felt in control from day one.  I didn’t have the desire to binge.  It was an unbelievable feeling.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat a lot of beef and eggs and usually one meal a day.  Lately though, I have been eating two meals. It seems the more weight I have lost the harder it is to fast longer.  I am definitely a person that has to abstain.  I can’t moderate, I am not good at it.  That is why I stick with one meal a day.  I usually eat 2 to 3 pounds of meat a day.  I don’t hardly eat any dairy, it upsets my stomach.  I don’t do well with pork, (besides bacon), or chicken.  I get cramps and just generally don’t feel well.  I cannot believe how much freedom I feel eating this way and being in control.

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

The weight loss is big, however, there have been other issues that have completely turned my life around.  Some of the benefits have come from the weight loss like the sleep apnea and body aches, but I can’t believe the emotional benefits.

I didn’t realize how stressed I was, or even the depression I was experiencing.  About three weeks into carnivore I was on a road trip for business.  I remember this feeling of contentment or euphoria that came over me.  That’s when I realized that I had been depressed and it was leaving.  I know it seems weird, but it was a crazy experience that I was not expecting.

My joint pain went away and so did my inflammation in my back.  I have struggled with back pain since 2006.  I power lifted for 20 years while having degenerative disc disease.  Being carnivore has completely turned that around.  It has been unbelievable.  I still can’t believe the difference carnivore has made in my life.

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

If there are negatives to carnivore, I haven’t experienced them yet.

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

At this point I don’t exercise.  It seems stupid, but if I workout I have a crazy appetite, so, I just fast and eat meat right now.  I plan on getting back into weight lifting when I hit my goal weight and know that I can control myself.

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

Just freaking do it.  You have nothing to lose.  If you are fat right now, obviously everything else you’ve done hasn’t worked.  Trust me, I have done it all.  I have lost weight and gained it back.  I hear people say things all the time like “carnivore isn’t sustainable”.  I think that is a bunch of crap.  It is very sustainable.  It might not work for everyone, but it will work for most people. Don’t get discouraged at first, keep eating when you are hungry.  You will get used to it.  Your cravings will go away, it gets easier.

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

Nope.  Too many forces are against it, but we can keep sharing.

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

I would love to have people follow me @carnivore.roofer on instagram, michaeldmccain on Facebook..  I am a frequent lurker on World Carnivore Tribe and Carnivore Diet Success Stories.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jessica

Interview with Jessica

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hey! It’s Jessica. I’m a proud Marylander living in Georgia. I am a licensed Master Cosmetologist, but I mostly enjoy cooking and being with my dogs! I’ve lived in 5 states, and I believe my travels have opened my mind.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Well, I had been doing keto for about 6 months before I switched to carnivore. However, before keto, I was AWFUL. I drank at least 2 20oz bottles of Coca Cola daily. Pasta, bread, and sugar were my favorites. Working at the salon makes it slightly difficult, because we keep the fridge stocked with cokes and sweets – my two main vices.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I had already seen amazing weight loss results with keto, but the sweets addiction didn’t really go away. All of the keto treats and fat bombs, I felt, were hindering progress. I also still had back pain, after I’d sprained my back about 2 years ago, that never went away. And the last main reason, I have plantar fasciitis and I really wanted to see if I could heal myself. Diabetes runs in my family so I am trying to prevent that as well.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

With low stress. I’m not obsessed with tracking or anything, although I did track in the beginning. I try not to think, “damn, all I can eat is this…?” Because that’s where the limiting feeling comes in. I replace with, “yes, I’m excited I get to fuel my body with this.” I am not a purist, I use spices and seasonings, and I definitely still use keto ingredients sometimes. Social life sometimes revolves around food, so I make sure I’m prepared and do what I can to avoid caving in.

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

I can work out barefoot without worrying about hurting my feet. My back pain is virtually gone, which I never thought would happen. My hair is growing about an inch a month, which is double the average rate of hair growth! My skin is clear and supple, I don’t even need to moisturise at all. My favourite benefit, and this may sound awful, is knowing that I can go to work all day long, eat my meat, and not have any bloating or discomfort. My mindset is a lot more relaxed and the brain fog has seemed to lift as well!

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

Not giving into cravings is hard. I don’t know if this is an issue with carnivore, or just me. I can be fine for days but then I “relapse” and I still haven’t found a great way to truly heal this sugar addiction. My other negative is all the waiters/waitresses trying so hard to give me sides and salads when I repeatedly tell them no. Seems silly, but super annoying. Also, having to pay for said side items even when you asked to not have them. 🤯

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

At first, I did not. Fitness is another feat I’m slowly working on. I started working out regularly in April. I find my endurance to be much higher, and I don’t really get sore the next day either. I currently do weight lifting 4-5 times a week, with 3 days specifically focused on glute training.

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

You can still eat cheese! 🤣 If you have an ailment, hop onto meatheals.com and read the testimonials regarding that ailment. Do your research! Find non-biased resources. Follow people on Instagram who provide info regarding this lifestyle. And last but not least, please don’t try it for 3 days and then give up saying it’s not working. A lot of people don’t see true healing until about 1-3 months in, if not even later than that.

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

I’d like to think so. It was “mainstream” for millions of years, before being mainstream was cool. I think there are so many people, now, finding true healing, that it’s going to start becoming hard to deny the facts. I just hope it doesn’t become a situation where eating meat is a constitutional debate… because that seems to be the direction that mainstream media is heading. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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

Keep moving forward!! Remember that every day is a chance to right your life. To live your life the way you want! Carnivore is an amazing lifestyle, that allows the mobility, mental, and physical freedom to live life as we were meant to. Happily!

You can follow me on Instagram at @jesseniowski

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  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
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