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Meat Up: 1 year later with Dwayne

Interview with Dwayne

Dwayne did a carnivore diet success story over a year ago which you can read here

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

Still carnivore, not as strict, we call our approach animal based now.  I have healed my leaky gut and now find I am able to have more variety and have no digestive issues from it.   I have spices now and add some things for flavour enhancers, like garlic or fried onions occasionally.  Carnivore way of eating though is where I feel best my best. 

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

I have learned you will continue to feel benefits from carnivore well into your second year and personally I never seem to tire of animal foods.  Trusting the process and keeping with it until your gut is healed is very important. 

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

I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss, continue to build muscle slowly. Health has continued to improve.  Over the holidays I let myself eat all foods, I knew carbs were addictive but was blown away how fast that addiction can come back, its a slippery slope and can be very hard to break it all over again. I struggled after the holidays for longer than I would have like to before getting back on track.  Because of that experience I try not to let myself go off track any more. 

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

Continue working out 3-4 days a week, maintain a lean physique and continue to optimize my health on an animal-based way of eating, cold therapy, sauna, and our many sleep hacks.

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

@ourinfinitehealth on Instagram is where we post about our health journey, bio hacks we are trying out and our hope is to help others find success improving their health as well. 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Mihaela

Interview with Mihaela

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I am Mihaela Telecan. I was born and raised in Romania, in the land of Dracula, and  moved to the US when I was 28 years young. Currently, I live in Florida, with my son and husband.

I love all things outdoors and breaking a sweat in the endless Florida summer is the greatest gift I can give myself each day. All my life I was obsessed by achieving optimal health and performance. I always searched for the best ways to eat and live in order to prevent disease, stop premature aging and to maximize human performance. I love art, music and dance. What I value the most, are time and health. Having time to play with my loved ones is the ultimate reward. I treasure having health and energy so that I can play. 

This is the WHY behind my choices.

I live by this quote: “HEALTH IS THE CURRENCY OF LIFE” ~ Mihaela Telecan

Therefore, I inspire those that have similar beliefs to do the same. Achieve optimal health and aspire for more, … energy, beauty, strength, wealth, in order to thrive and elevate to unsurpassed levels of BEingness. 

As far as my professional path goes, I am a veterinarian doctor, registered dietitian, and coach. I am the author of MAKE PEACE WITH FAT, the creator of the C.U.R.E. method, and the founder of Healing With Foods, a wellness practice focused on helping women reclaim their right to “self-care”, so they can heal and live abundant lives.

I have been on my healing journey for the past 28 years and I have to say, every step I took on this journey, was well worth it.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Before I started the carnivore phase of my healing with food journey, for about 6 years, from November 2012 to November 2020, I was eating a whole foods, low carb/ketogenic diet. Lots of cooked vegetables, nuts, seeds, minimal fruit intake, moderate to low animal protein and liberal amount of fats. I should emphasize the whole foods aspect of my keto diet.

What is more interesting, though, is that prior to that, for 10 years, I was eating a high carb vegan and vegetarian diet, which, sadly, wrecked my health; from gut health to hormonal and metabolic, I manage to damage myself pretty well, all in my attempt to actually heal my gut issues, which started as constipation in my early 20s. I should say, that’s when I became aware of it, and I was diagnosed with megacolon.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

As I mentioned before, I suffered from chronic constipation my entire adult life. When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with megacolon, meaning I have an enlarged, or oversized intestine. 

In my attempt to overcome the constipation, and other gastro-intestinal problems, like indigestion, SIBO, leaky gut, I tried all possible diets, from raw vegan, to GAPS and keto. 

I have to say, when I came across the carnivore diet, I thought it was crazy. Eating only  meat/animal based foods sounded not only extreme, but plain crazy. However, I have an open mind, and I was willing to try/experiment with just about anything that could positively impact gut health and potentially help me resolve my life long chronic constipation. Therefore, I was willing to look into it, and to learn more about it. After a few months of research, reading about it, and listening to real people’s “success stories”, I decided to give it a go. Needless to say, to my biggest and pleasant surprise, for the first time in my life, my bowels started to work, without any aides. When I say aides, I mean teas and supplements, such as Smooth Move tea, magnesium citrate and/or a high dose of Vitamin C. Removing all plants, all fiber from my diet was the secret to optimizing my gut function, and overcoming chronic constipation. I finally found full resolution, 100% recovery, after 27 years of dietary “interventions”!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

Good question. Unlike the way I approached the vegan diet in the past, (aka dogmatic), eating carnivore has become a very intuitive, body-guided, way of eating. I listen and actually respond to my body’s feedback. I recognize that I feel and perform my best when I don’t eat plants at all. My educated mind no longer feels scared by the thought that not eating vegetables and fruits is detrimental to health. On the contrary, my mind and my body are now in alignment, in full resonance with each other. With that being said, occasionally I do consume some fruits, nuts and vegetables. Now, after about one and a half years of eating 90-100% carnivore, I learned what plants I can enjoy in what amount and with what frequency. If I would say that I don’t love the taste of brussels sprouts, walnuts or berries, I would be lying. I still love vegetables and fruits, but I hate the way they make me feel, therefore, it has become easy and natural to choose the foods that I enjoy eating, and I don’t suffer any ill effects afterwards. 

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

The first and most striking benefit was having bowel movements on my own, getting rid of a bloated stomach, uncomfortable painful gas, burping, indigestion and a bloated look and feeling. Healthy gut and digestion!

An idiopathic skin condition, known as dyshidrosis, which I have had since my 20s, that would flare up around intense periods of stress, such as exams in school, or other life stressors, goes away when I eliminate dairy and eat strict carnivore.

Aside from the above, there is a general youthful look and feeling. My hair seems to fall out less, I have incredible energy (but energy I already had since the low carb/keto year) and the skin on my thighs looks good (aka, no cellulite, ladies). I do not have perimenopausal sympotms, ( you know the usual irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, breast tenderness, loss of sex drive), or mid-life weight gain. 

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

None! 

In fact, once the mind is willing to accept that eating this way is not dangerous, and one allows themselves to experiment with it, the body starts to repair itself, and the individual begins to thrive. That is when we realize how simple eating is, as it becomes just like breathing. Very simple, very intuitive. Nothing to count, weigh, measure, or track. Not to mention, that it is so easy when it comes to shopping and cooking, too. 

It is liberating!

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

Yes, I exercise daily-ish. I continue to do all the things I always did, including run, bike, rebound, weight training, aerial obstacle courses and calisthenics. I have incredible endurance and strength. I am lean, fit and strong. I always joke with my friends, when they act shocked about my carnivore eating style, and how I look and perform. 

I ask them, “have you ever seen a land carnivore that’s not lean, fit, fast and strong (think panter, jaguar, lion, tiger, etc.)”? They look at me perplexed,…

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

First, I invite you to answer the question: “why”? Knowing why you want to eat carnivore is the first step in your successful experimentation with it. CONNECT to your WHY! Your why will be your driving force when it gets tough, because it will get tough before it will get easy and fun.

Secondly, be willing to UNLEARN. Be willing to erase everything you think you know about food and nutrition. Embark on the carnivore journey, and allow your body to give you the answers to whether this is a good fit for you or not. Our mind is a powerful thing. Fear is real. Unlearn and go with a beginner’s mind. Like a newborn. Eat to fuel and nourish. That’s what newborn babies do. 

Thirdly, go in 100% and give it enough time before you cast your vote. 99% is hard, 100% is easy. Fully commit to your own success and fully connect to your why and your body.

Last but not least, you will need to REDEFINE food, if you want to find what works for you. Start to look at food as FUEL and NOURISHMENT, and less as pleasure, reward, social bounding, etc. Redefine food, using your body’s feedback. This process will take time, perseverance, and lots of self-awareness.

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

NO! I do not believe it will be embraced as a 21st century human appropriate diet. 

Unfortunately, we are disconnected from our biological design, and from our innate wisdom. We look outside of us, to find out what to eat, when and how much. We are conditioned by the media, food advertisement, and the food industry, to eat in a way that is so unnatural. We can’t even recognize that anymore. Convenience and a modern lifestyle, pulls us away from our inner guidance and disconnects us further from our bodies, our natural way of living, from each other and from our environment.

Think about this, no animal in the wild needs nutritionists, guidelines or apps, to verify if they eat “correctly”.  We are the only animal species on earth that do that. I am afraid we are too far gone in the wrong direction to go back to eating by biological design. This is the price we pay for human domestication. I really hope I am wrong about this, but this is what I see all around me.

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

When it comes to taking care of our physical body, healing with food, and ultimately thriving, we have all the answers within our body. We need to CONNECT to our inner wisdom, and to allow our body to guide us. The willingness to UNLEARN and REDEFINE food, and normal, are also crucial elements on this journey. The result is an ELEVATION of our mind-body health and ultimately we get to live our full human life potential, we find our C.U.R.E.

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/healingwithfoods/ and Intagarm, https://www.instagram.com/mihaelatelecan/

A good place to learn more about my work is my website www.healingwithfoods.org  

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Freda

Interview with Freda

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Freda Mooncotch

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Growing up we were probably on the traditional standard american diet in the 70’s but my mom did cook everything from scratch and was very “health” conscious. It wasn’t until high school that I started becoming more aware of what I was eating because I started breaking out with cystic acne and it was really bad. That is when I started connecting food with health issues and digestive issues. I was always tired but in my junior year of high school I got Mono and that made me really exhausted. Little by little I started eliminating things from my diet like pop, chips, and garbage foods in general and tried to eat more “healthy”. I know I wasn’t getting enough protein that is for sure. By the time I was 19 my acne had cleared up and I had a baby. Everything was great until after I stopped breast feeding when he was 15 months old. Then within a month my body went wackadoodle. I started breaking out with cystic acne again and gaining weight, was exhausted and just really felt off. I was looking for answers, anything. My parents had joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church and shortly after I joined them. We didn’t adopt the vegetarian diet right away. It took some convincing for that to happen but eventually it worked and along with being more “spiritual” because you eliminate meat, I thought it would help with my skin issues and help me manage my weight. The exact opposite happened and I thought, “maybe I’m doing it wrong. Maybe I need to go VEGAN.” And so I did. At first I went vegan then even tried raw vegan. We made everything from scratch and spent a horrible amount of time in the kitchen trying to make all this vegan food. I put on even more weight, was getting more depressed by the day. It was not a fun time in my life. I did that for about 3 years and then remember the day my Dad brought home a warm roasted chicken from Whole Foods and it smelled so good I just couldn’t resist and I once I took a bite of the thigh, I couldn’t stop and ate over half of the chicken. It was DELICIOUS! So, I started eating more chicken (with a side of huge guilt) and salads.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

From all the years of being weak, sick, struggling with acne and starving myself to stay thin, I became very very sick. I ended up on Spiranolactone for my adult acne that started again in my 30’s. I was on a very high dose for far too long and each year I was getting sicker and more dis-regulated. I never connected my mounting health issues to Spironolactone. I came off of it after 3 years and by the time I was 38 I was struggling really bad with my health and finally at 39 I completely crashed. At 38 I had started learning about Weston A. Price and had started incorporating more red meat, COD liver oil, organ meats and raw dairy into my diet but at that point, I think it was too late. Once I went down, I slept for almost a year. I had severe neurological problems, digestive problems, I was drooling, slurring, stumbling when I walked, tripping up the stairs and was losing my coordination and balance. My head was very dark. I was in the darkest place I’d ever been in my life. Paleo was very popular at the time so I thought I would try Paleo and I did that religiously for about 10 months, and while I felt a little better I had to take a lot of supplements and was exhausted. I then transitioned over to the Ketogenic Diet and I did experience some relief for about 2 to 3 months and then I started having some more health issues like losing gobs of hair and becoming super dizzy and other weird and random things. I was doing the HIGH FAT (consume copious amounts of fat), low protein and no carbs version. This was very popular at the time. I DO NOT recommend this. What ended up happening is that due to the low amount of protein I was consuming I ended up getting sepsis, leaky gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, a blood bacteria infection and a bunch of heart problems like fainting when walking up a flight of stairs. Waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I was having a heart attack and vomiting all over the floor. Vertigo and many other issues. I was kinda forced into Carnivore at that point because I couldn’t eat anything else but red meat. I would have to slow cook it in a crock-pot and that is all I could eat. Everything else, I mean everything including salt, bone broth, sauerkraut, kefir, diary, vegetables, fruit, anything made me blow up like a puffer fish. So I ate nothing but red meat for almost a year but something happened miraculously. I started eating red meat only in March 2014 and by June of 2014 I had dropped my body fat down to like 12% from like 25%. I lost weight, my energy started coming back and I became strong AF. The problem was there wasn’t enough research and I was afraid I wasn’t getting enough nutrition. The only person I knew of that was eating only meat was Steve Cooksey and he was able to reverse his diabetes. I followed and read Dr. Michael Eades book Protein Power and knew how important protein was but was still fuzzy about eating only red meat. Which is silly because I was looking amazing and feeling really good. Everything was starting to turn around.

I made the mistake of starting to introduce other foods back into my diet and started replacing some of the red meat with Paleo Protein Powder and Collagen Protein. You know, because everyone and their mother said that Collagen protein was equal to regular protein which is totally NOT the case. Chris Masterjohn explains that really well. You cannot and shouldn’t try to replace meat protein with collagen protein.  Little by little it didn’t take long before my body started weakening and going back to the disease like state I had been in previously. By January 2016 I was having severe neurological issues again where I felt as if I were being zapped by a tenz unit all the time, especially at night while asleep. My arms would completely fall asleep down to the tips of my fingers. I felt like I had concrete in my legs it was so hard to walk. I slept a lot and I was turning purple/blue. I could get into a steaming hot bath and turn it cold within 15 minutes because I was so cold.

I never made the connection between these protein powders and my health. By June of 2016 I went to see Dr. Brownstein and started my monthly supplement and alternative treatment regimens which included thyroid meds, bio-identical hormones, ozone blood transfusions and a lot more. It was expensive to say the least. I was still low carb and still religiously drinking my Paleo Protein protein powder and Collagen powders. I did this until December 2018 when the light finally went on and I started to eliminate things. I was tired of spending the amount of money I was spending on my monthly regime and I was tired of swallowing all the damn stuff. I started asking a lot of questions. I started eating more red meat, donating blood and eating raw liver. Magically I started having to quit or cut in half the things I was taking because I was starting to have adverse reactions and my energy was through the roof. I felt like I was on to something and then by chance, came across Dr. Shawn Baker’s instagram page and I couldn’t stop reading and looking. I was very reluctant at first but after reading so many testimonies and remembering my own, I started eating steaks and red meat every day. Then I realized I wasn’t eating enough and started eating more. By July, I was able to quit all my bio-identical hormones and by August 2019 I was able to quit all remaining supplements, including my thyroid medication.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started out with 6 oz tenderloin steak a day with stew meat and burgers and I was still mixing in veggies. I wasn’t convinced that the few veggies I was eating were bad for me. But, I was still having a few issues so I was like lets quit them for 30 days and see what happens. It was amazing. I will never go back. Now I am trying to eat more every day. I drink raw goat milk, 6 oz of raw goat kefir, eat 9 oz steak and have either 1 lb of burgers or other red meat. I’m trying to eat 1.5 lbs a day. I have a tendency to under eat and end up malnourished. I also add in a little bit of raw beef liver/heart once a week.

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

My energy has increased and I’ve been able to come off of all my supplements, bio-identical hormones and thyroid medication (3 grams of naturethroid). It’s been about 4 months since I quit my thyroid medication so we will see as time goes on how I do. So far so good. Fingers crossed. I don’t struggle with my weight, and I’m strong AF! Almost zero gas too which is amazing! Even on my low carb diet I had some gas. My recovery time after training is insane and I don’t get injuries.

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

None really but be prepared for some digestive upset/changes in the first few months of making the change.

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

I train contortion and calisthenics’s, but mostly contortion right now. I used to be a pole fitness instructor and into pole fitness. I will get back to that as soon as I get as bendy as I can. The great thing about the Carnivore diet is that I don’t have to exercise like I once did to keep my body or abs. I mean I could and look even better but why? I love the exercise I do now. The thought of going to a gym and doing squats and weights… I left that life a long time ago. Stretching is where you will find me.

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

DO IT! Read Shawn Baker’s book The Carnivore Diet first so you know what you are doing.

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

I wish it would but I think people are so highly addicted to their food and the way it makes them feel that unless they REALLY put more value on their health and feeling awesome, they will continue to come up with every excuse in the book as to why they can’t eat only meat. They will refuse to see the connection between their food and their health.

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

My instagram handle is @fredammoon you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you are willing to put in the time, commitment and work. Carnivore requires the least amount of work/effort to accomplish the most powerful goals!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Kelsey

Interview with Kelsey

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Kelsey (@carnivore.kelsey on instagram) and I’m loving the carnivore diet so far as it has improved my life an incredible amount. I love learning about the topic and creating recipes that fit within the parameters. My husband has struggled with health issues for over 4 years – I have watched him go from seemingly healthy to almost dying. It was terrifying because doctors could not help, everything that was suggested made it worse. We had to take his health into our own hands, and I’ve been researching about the carnivore diet constantly since January 2019 to see if it would be right for him. After we saw that it is possible for him to thrive without carbs I figured why not? It would be easier to support his new way of eating if I joined and I’ve got some nagging health issues of my own such as migraines, cystic acne, pre-diabetes risk, exercise induced asthma. As well as some old injuries like an old slipped disk in my lower back and pain at the base of my neck and I also still had some weight to lose.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I’ve had so many different stages of my life regarding my food habits. Growing up my family followed the Canada food guide, and we would always demand the fun processed foods and lots of sugar. I was so addicted to junk food, I would sneak it whenever I could. As I started to work, I found I could support my own bad habits and eat whatever I want. I was working in bakeries, or coffee shops. Unlimited sweet drinks and discount treats and I was so happy getting fat. People would always tell me that I was going to give myself diabetes but I never listened. When I moved in with my husband we continued to eat badly, drinking and eating out often, especially because it was the first stage of our relationship and we lived blocks from Main street in Vancouver with the best restaurants. It did inspire me to learn to be a better chef and I definitely became a foodie. I was determined to cook and master every one of my favorite foods at least once. Let’s just say I had a lot of favorite foods. We tried multiple diets: Vegetarian for a bit, then Paleo for the most part, as well as Keto, and AIP -Auto Immune Paleo protocol. Before carnivore I was trying to lose weight for a year so I was trying lowish carb paleo without dairy. I was able to lose 49 lbs on those diets over 3 years but I had plateaued, and carnivore helped me with the last 10 lbs I needed to lose. I was able to reverse prediabetes and don’t get me wrong – I love fruits and vegetables, but they aren’t worth it to me anymore. I started the diet thinking I would use it as an elimination diet tool but I don’t feel the need to introduce anything yet because I’m so happy with how I feel.  I don’t believe in calorie in calorie out, or calculating net carbs. When I was keto I had too much lower quality dairy and I would try to replicate all my old favorite desserts with keto recipes and I went overboard. Any form of sweet seriously messes with me now, I know that this is realistically the only thing I can’t compromise on – carbs are poison to me and I have never been able to control myself.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My husband already had eczema then he got gastroenteritis which I think started the severe leaky gut issues – he gradually became allergic to most foods it seemed. His eczema was worsened by the dermatologist’s recommendations and his health spiraled out of control (his story is much more interesting than mine, he suffered for many years but has found incredible progress on this diet . His instagram @itchydan has it all documented over the years so there are extensive progress pics). When he was given high strength topical steroid creams with instructions that said “apply liberally as needed” of course he did just that. However these creams stop working, they end up chasing eczema all over and then it spreads fast. Some people go through topical steroid withdrawal, a painful process usually lasting between 3-5 years of pure suffering – constant cycles of flares and terrible side effects from those steroid creams. We were 4 years in and the end did not seem near, things were just as bad as ever so this was literally our last ditch effort we were out of ideas. Dan wishes he found this way of eating years ago as it could have prevented all of this.

After seeing how many legitimate health professionals advocate for this way of eating I investigated. I learned more about how our government’s health recommendations are bogus thanks to the work of Nina Teicholz who does a great job at exposing how corrupt nutrition science and policy has been lately. I was also convinced after seeing the digestive systems of other carnivores compared to our own, it just clicked in – why are we fighting our own biology? We know what we have been doing with low fat has been wrong – why have we not embraced high fat? After I learned about Dr Zsófia Clemens and how the Paleomedicina clinic is having so much success healing people with autoimmune issues with the Paleo Ketogenic Diet it was clear that we needed to try something drastic that goes against western medicine since the Canadian medical system has failed us.

I’ve been following the reddit community r/carnivore and r/zerocarb as well as people on instagram. I love carnivore aurelius’ webpage as it goes over so much of the important information in a way that is both scientific and easy to digest. One of the most inspiring things I found was just reading about how others have fixed their health. I honestly never thought that I would be approached and be considered a success either. Now with all the results we have seen we can’t help but put it out there so hopefully the more people see it maybe we can prevent someone else’s suffering.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My husband, Dan is on a more strict version of carnivore – meat and water only (including non ruminants like fish and chicken, but mostly beef). I believe it is best to stick with this for at least the first month, from there try introducing egg yolks, then whole eggs, dairy, etc. The more healing you have to do the more likely it’s best to stay on basic carnivore (it is very important to supplement with raw grassfed liver)  until your health is under control again so you can really tell when you’re getting a negative reaction from the food. If you do this in a controlled way while documenting any negative effects it will be the best thing you will ever do for yourself. At the end of it all – all we truly have is our body so prevention is very important, even if you don’t have as much healing as us to do.

Right now I’m eating: beef, pork, chicken, eggs. I am prioritizing grassfed/pastured meats (mostly in the form of ground beef and liver because grassfed cuts are so expensive). I do like white meats but they are not as filling, so I make sure to eat ruminants daily. I try to ensure that I’m eating a rotation of various beef cuts focusing on fatty options, and if I’m having a lean meat I will add some extra fat to it.

At the beginning of carnivore I overate conventional cheese and monitored how my skin healed over a few weeks with an adjustment of switching to a2 dairy and had raw frozen grassfed liver on a daily basis. It was apparent then how important liver is for healing as it really sped up as soon as I introduced it. I found that even the a2 switch didn’t help with my acne in the long run unfortunately. Cheese is great if you can tolerate it but I’ve been in denial and I can’t. I have seen a lot of improvement since cutting it out. I still have grassfed butter, I don’t think it affects me too much but I can cut it out if I notice I’m not progressing.

I don’t find that I have many cravings,  I haven’t been tempted to cheat other than testing out to see if coffee and wine were ok to introduce but both did not work out. I found incredible results after adopting more of a nose to tail type of eating with broth daily, combined with intermittent fasting these are great tools for healing. I’m not completely healed but I can see that grassfed liver as a multivitamin is way better than any other supplement I’ve tried. Most people say you don’t need supplements on this diet but I take ox bile pills with fatty meals, Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate, and Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil. I really like Ancestral Supplements organ meat capsules – my skin was great when I was taking 6 of these a day but they are expensive so I just trained myself to not be disgusted at the taste of liver. I consider servings of marrow and frozen raw liver to be important supplements to a carnivore diet. I really love drinking snake juice as well, it’s something new that I’ve introduced but it feels like it really quenches my thirst how a nice cold coconut water used to.

I’m trying to do this on a budget – It’s probably still cheaper than spending money on all the supplements prescribed by naturopaths as well as other medical costs. If you rearrange your budget and don’t eat out ever it can be doable – you just have to think hard about what your priorities are. If you try to do your own cooking, butchering, and packaging it will really help make this affordable. Think of a whole chicken for example – it’s cheaper to purchase 1 whole chicken rather than get chicken breasts because you have to pay someone extra to process and package it. My gadgets save me a lot of money like my foodsaver vacuum sealer, deep freezer, dehydrator, instant pot, sous vide, blender, and sodastream.

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

  • 10 lb weight loss
  • I have way more time – spending less time grocery shopping, meal planning and prepping, cooking, and cleaning on this diet.
  • Energy to exercise
  • I’m happier
  • Reduction in migraine attacks – it’s easier to diagnose and prevent them now rather then letting it build into a full blown 1-2 day event.
  • Reduction in cystic acne
  • Skin tone is clearing up and redness is going away
  • Scalp eczema patch at the base of my skull that I’ve had all my life is gone
  • My nails would always flake and break but now they grow fast and they’re strong
  • Better sleeps and I’m able to go to bed earlier and will tend to wake up at around 6-7 am naturally.
  • Reduced neck and back pain
  • Stable mood and energy
  • I learned discipline
  • Working out is easier and I feel more powerful
  • Haven’t had an exercise induced asthma attack since starting (but also less cardio).

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

  • Social stigma
  • Too hard to eat out, but I just pack lunches and fast if I need to.
  • I avoid a lot of the things I used to enjoy, but my old hobbies fostered an unhealthy lifestyle and were mostly revolving around food rituals.
  • I had to purchase a new wardrobe, some people would say this is a positive though (LPT: if you’re a lady and losing weight, invest in stretchy comfy dresses as they will last you longer than pants will, and also- get lots of yoga pants)

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

I have way more energy and time to dedicate to exercise – I love swimming, yoga, jogging, as well as nature walks, and I hear how great resistant training pairs with this diet so I’m trying to learn more about how to do that properly. I have been doing a lot of infrared yoga lately 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.

Don’t wait until your health is so bad that you have to be desperate about it – prevention is key. If you have any autoimmune type problems please dedicate some time and research into learning about the carnivore diet. Instead of snacking I distract myself by doing research which inspires me to not poison myself with carbs.

If you are going through carbohydrate withdrawal early on make sure to have enough electrolytes, quality salt (redmond real salt), lots of broth, beef and sugar free bacon. Stay full and don’t bother with fasting early in the diet just listen to your body’s hunger signals which will regulate over time and you’ll find the best eating pattern for yourself. Don’t cheat, the only one you’re cheating is yourself. Find other hobbies or projects to distract yourself so you don’t miss the ritual of your old food habits.

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

Yes, Its essentially a strict form of keto and keto is becoming mainstream despite the suppression of information regarding this topic and various people/corporations spreading misinformation and lies. I think though word of mouth and the thousands of anecdotal results from this the information can spread once people see it for themselves. We are in a health crisis and we can either acknowledge that what the government  recommended doesn’t work or we can continue to get sick. If you’re desperate enough you will take control of your health.

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

Eat meat!

Instagram – @carnivore.kelsey and my husband:@itchy.dan

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