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Carnivore Diet success stories with Yuli

Interview with Yuli

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Yuli, born in the Soviet Union, raised in Israel, lived in Germany for 8 years and now living in the UK. The carnivore diet helped me reverse and put into permanent remission; Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto thyroiditis, PCOS, IBS, inflammatory arthritis, depression, brain fog, migraines, and a binge eating disorder. I’ve been exclusively carnivore for about 3 years and recently started adding some non-sweet fruit and veg into my diet with no issues, yet animal products are always the main part of every single meal I eat.  

My personal journey may have started with me only trying to change my diet, yet the more I’ve learned about our ancestry the more it seeped into my overall lifestyle. I now have improved my sleep, my focus, my productivity, my creativity, my relationships, and my mindset. All thanks to what started as “a few weeks long” meat only elimination diet. 

This way of eating and getting back to more ancestral values has also inspired me to create art as a carnivore, focusing on the beauty of food animals and the nourishing, health promoting products they provide us. 

I think art changes how people see the world. I think art informs what is valued as beautiful and admirable. Art has been a part of every revolution, evolution, and social movement throughout history. 

There are trends in art just like in any other fashion and while you can walk into any museum and see stunning images of still life featuring meat as a sign of wealth and prosperity in old master paintings – nowadays we have lost it. 

Over time, with the rise of processed foods and the vegan/vegetarian agenda we seemed to have lost the beauty of meat and animal products as a society. A person can walk into any design shop and buy pizza pillows, cupcake shaped serving dishes and anything imaginable with a donut printed on it – yet you’ll never see a steak. 

I think this shift in visual culture to be more plant based is a part of the propaganda against meat, and I’m trying to do whatever I can to change it, by making it beautiful again. 


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My diet growing up was full of rice, pasta, and grains. I’ve had bread with pretty much every meal. processed foods were everywhere with treats and sweets. To try and be healthy I spent a few years mostly vegan/vegetarian, though I’d also ‘cheat’ a lot on the diet by going to supermarkets and buying processed carbs.

I could eat two pints of ice cream with some gummy bears instead of a real meal. I didn’t cook for myself or knew how to make a tasty meal until my mid 20’s. I also worked in the food industry in my teens and early twenties and would just eat at work and take leftovers home.

I got more and more unwell as time passed yet didn’t connect it to diet for the longest time.


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I’d get extremely ill at least twice a year with a bacterial or viral infection. I’ve always had hormonal issues had quite bad PCOS. I had IBS and was later diagnosed with Crohn’s, after a flair of gastritis. I’ve always had joint pains and swelling in my joints. I suffered from migraines and was depressed and lazy, lacking all motivation.

About 5 years ago I got into a very toxic relationship that caused me a great deal of stress, and the majority of my issues got worse during that time. I was on an extremely restrictive diet and lost a lot of weight quite rapidly which led to me developing a binge eating disorder. I was very unhappy and had brain fog – I felt I wasn’t able to think at the same speed as before, processing words or remembering things became rather difficult.

I was desperate to find some way to stop the binge cravings and through reading online found the keto diet and decided to try it.

I was on keto for about a year and a half and many of the issues I was struggling with got much better, but weren’t gone. The migraines decreased in frequency, my joints weren’t hurting as much, my digestions was a bit more stable yet the binge eating persisted and I felt completely out of control, and each episode brought all the symptoms back.

I started going to doctors who kept sending me to other doctors and each test made them order more tests. My bloodwork came back a mess: I’ve had rheumatoid factor come back positive, inflammatory markers were very high, my thyroid antibodies were extremely elevated, and the thyroid hormones were low, and my calprotectin was over 700 when it should be below 40.

I was put on thyroid meds and steroids, PPI’s and a few other pills with no helps – my wellbeing and quality of life decreased to such a level I got desperate. This is when I started to dive into the literature and research how to ‘fix’ myself. After listening to podcasts with Dr. Shawn baker and Mikhaila Peterson and put myself on a carnivore diet for “3-4 weeks max” only it lasted over 3 years and I’m never going back.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started the diet around July 2017. It took a lot of personal experimentation and data collection until I found what works best for me. I think this is probably the case with most people who start trying to resolve multiple issues. I started by cutting out of plant foods yet still including pork, dairy, eggs and chicken. Over time I realised pork and chicken aren’t good for me, and milk products have to be raw and fermented. I only eat pastured eggs.

Nowadays I eat beef, lamb, venison, goat, organ meats and sea food. I live in a small town in the UK and have an amazing family farm that raises all the previously mentioned animals and at least 6-7 kinds of poultry so variety is never a problem, yet still find myself sticking to the same meals over and over.

Since now I’m trying to lose some fat, I eat two meals a day, about 300-450g of meat per meal depending on how lean it is, and use beef tallow, goats’ butter or ghee to cook with. In the last two months I’ve also been adding some non-sweet fruit, vegetables, eggs and some fermented dairy with no adverse reactions. About 85-95% of my calories are coming from meat and animal products.

My favourites are all the various cuts from the rib area, beef tongue, lamb chops and salmon.

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


Within the first few weeks my digestion got much better and became regular. IBS and Crohn’s were gone within about two months at most, my sleep improved, my PCOS normalised and I started getting my period again, my joints became less inflamed, walking and then going back to exercising became easier. I was off all steroids and PPI’s within less than 8 weeks.

After a year on the diet my thyroid antibodies were back to normal, yet my thyroid levels themselves were low, so I was still medicated for it. Two years after starting the carnivore diet I was able to get off all thyroid meds as well.

My body composition improved and I was able to gain and maintain muscle, increase my bone density and get rid of my brain fog and all mental health issues. No migraines, no weird aches and pains.

On the carnivore diet I feel calm, happy, content, a lot less agitated, I’m never anxious and can handle stress very well. It’s as if this way of eating was a facilitator of internal zen.


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

It did require a lot of patience, consistency, tracking, and trial and error to finally find true health. I had to do a lot of experimentation with my food to figure out pork and chicken weren’t good for me, to figure out that if I overeat I have issues even if I’m only eating foods I normally do very well with. I had some issues with histamines which took experimenting and tracking to figure out, I had to experiment with my fat to protein ratio to find what I do best with. The Crohn’s and the steroids depleted a lot of my vitamins and minerals some of which I had to supplement. My progress wasn’t always linear and was made much slower by the fact that I also battelled the binge eating craving despite being fully carnivore. It helped make the binge eating more manageable, yet I wasn’t truly recovered and it was extremely discouraging hearing experts on podcasts time after time state “you can’t overeat on steak and eggs” because I was living proof you very much can and that no matter how much eliminate – even the excess of good foods can lead to problems or prevent healing.

It wasn’t until I added stearic acid to my cooking fats (a la Brad Marshall) that I saw the cravings diminish until they were completely gone.

It was also harder on my social life with regard to eating out and eating with people, but I made it work and my real friends/family don’t mind it and are used to it by now.


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


I love exercise. I do resistance training. I used to work out 3-4 times a week and do long gym sessions, yet this year I transitioned more into home workouts and invested in resistance bands, kettlebells and a cast iron dumbbell set. I now do shorter, more intense functional training.

I recover very well from my workouts; I am very strong and find building muscle relatively easy.


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

This is an extremely powerful intervention that can change your life and health for the better, however it’s not magic. You may still have issues that other people in the community say cleared for them within 3 days, and it can be very discouraging and lead to a feeling of being broken, but it just takes dedication.

Every change has a transitional period where things feel unfamiliar or strange and you miss your old ways but remembering why you’re doing it helps so much. You can get used to anything and anything can seem normal, no matter how foreign the idea was when you heard it first. If your current normal is inflamed, in pain, struggling to think clearly or get motivated – carnivore will 100% help. It’s an extremely simple diet which isn’t easy to implement but you overcome the initial hurdles it’s worth it.


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

I think that in the future more and more doctors will use it as a healing tool for their patients, which will help legitimize it in the eyes of the public.

This way of eating is essentially fighting the way in which big parts of our society and economy are founded on, so there will be resistance and pushback throughout the way. I do believe that evidence speak for themselves and the voices of people in the community are reaching larger audiences now. There are doctors educating other doctors on low carb and carnivore as treatment modalities which means it’s growing. The obesity and chronic disease epidemic took decades to develop and I think that we now have the power of the internet to speed up the timeline in which carnivore will grow. I hope that by then the cost of entry and price of meat won’t be a limiting factor for population in poor areas which arguably need this diet more than others.


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


For me the carnivore diet opened up so many things. I did a butchery class, went to live and volunteer on a farm for 6 weeks, started making meat based art, did a nutrition certification and am a much better and more resilient person for having been through all of this.
 
I am on instagram as @healthy.craft and am about to launch a new store for my meat-based art on nosetotail.org, in collaboration with the maker of the ‘Food Lies’ film, Brian Sanders.

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World Carnivore Month – Brain Fog – Day 22

Brain Fog

Nearly all people report to me some form of mental health boost.

Anxiety and Depression reversal are the big noticable wins that people can quantify better.

But something that is harder to quantify is people say they notice a better mental clarity, by which they usually mean they were suffering from some form of brain fog.

Which they might never have even realised they had, but they sure realise when if it comes back later after a cheat day.

When you tell someone about the carnivore diet, a lot will have no clue what it is, some will say its dangerous, some will dismiss it and say oh you can lose weight on all diets… all you are doing it restricting calories.

What these people don’t know and usually don’t care to find out, is the whole range of benefits eating a species appropriate diet brings.

And yes your brain can work better, is it any shock that if you eat food that has everything you need, and nothing it doesn’t… that you might improve your brain health? It’s not surprising to me.

If you are interested in all the stories people have shared on my blog regarding mental clarity and mood, then please see them here –

Cassie “Another favourite thing that’s happened since going carnivore is that my mood is so much more stable.  I don’t get worked up over anything anymore. I’m able to look at a situation and evaluate my options rather than lashing out.”

Robyn “I can now focus on work tasks more intently for long periods of time w/out distraction.  Before, when eating a carb heavy diet, my blood sugar would do roller coasters throughout the day and I would become hypoglycemic, shaky and anxious (would need to eat every 3 hours).  My blood sugar now stays constant throughout the entire day.   I have also experienced mental benefits in that I now get these ideas in my head that I can do/accomplish almost anything I want to – – if I decide I want it.  I think this may be attributed to an increase in testosterone (increased confidence & reduced anxiety).”

Jayvee “Mental clarity. You know when they say that your brain is lit? I felt that. Carnivore with fasting made me dig deeper to self awareness.”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Christopher

Interview with Christopher

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Christopher Nance aka Carnivorous Beast, I am 32 years old from Cornwall, UK. I am currently a Corporal in the Royal Air Force.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I used to eat the typical bodybuilding diet, low fat, high carb, lots of sugar laden protein shakes, pastas, breads and lots of lean meat, I then went paleo/keto for a short period before going Carnivore. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

It was actually my partner who introduced me to Carnivore, I initially disregarded it but I decided why not give it a go for a month and see how it goes, now 11 months down the road I’m still Carnivore 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I initially started Carnivore eating all meat, eggs and dairy, after about 4 months I decided to eliminate dairy as I was still getting skin issues, as soon as I eliminated dairy my skin issues reduced dramatically 

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

Benefits I have seen is mental clarity, I had suffered with mental health issues and I am now completely off any medication, I have also been able to read 15 books so far this year (I could barely read 1 book a year in previous years). I also dropped a lot of body fat starting at 95kg, I am currently 78.2kg, I also feel very energetic and overall sleep better, my skin also has improved – I used to have eczema but no longer have it.

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


The biggest negative is fitting it in an everyday life, its difficult to eat out at restaurants or someone’s home. Also having to constantly defend my diet to people stuck in the conventional way of thinking 

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


I exercise 5-6 times a week I have had a varied gym background coming from Powerlifting to Strongman to strength training and I am now focusing on bodybuilding, my workouts are usually Weightlifting with occasional cardio.

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


Make sure you are ready for it, it’s difficult to come from a standard Western diet with high sugar processed foods to completely eliminating them, I always recommend going paleo first to get used to eating real food then trying keto to become fat adapted and then going Carnivore 

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


My hope is that it would but I just don’t see it happening, unlike Vegan diets which can be mass produced and profitable for big brands meats are difficult to heavily manufacture.

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

Carnivore has been great for me and I stand by it but I recognise it isn’t for everyone, I also highly recommend Paleo and Keto. I am on YouTube as Carnivorous Beast and on Instagram as @carnivorousbeast

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Raf

Interview with Raf

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Raf and I’m a 30-year-old backpacker, known on Instagram as the carnivore traveller.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was trying to eat “healthy”: lots of protein, carbs, veggies and rather avoiding fat. I was also snacking on junk food and candy pretty much every day.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

First, I started keto after I got a bit chubby from quitting smoking. Besides losing weight I greatly enjoyed some mental clarity, better energy levels and I fell in love with the concept of body optimisation. Keto was great, but after eating my OMAD, I was feeling kind of bloated from all those veggies and also annoyed with the complicated process of weighing my food as well as shopping for all that spinach, kale and other “beneficial” nuts or berries. Then I came across the idea of the carnivore diet somewhere on the internet. I decided to try it and I never looked back. I got really into the subject of evolution, species appropriate diets etc. I started reading about it, lots of books, forums, whatever was available – it has become my passion and it still is. Other than that, I learnt fishing, hunting, butchering and preserving my meat. It has been a wonderful journey so far.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

From evolutionary perspective. I believe our bodies are excellently equipped with senses like hunger and thirst, hence if we don’t distort them with unnatural substances that work like drugs (high sugar, processed foods etc.) – we can trust our appetite senses about the quantity and kind of meat we should eat. I put emphasis on relearning my body signals – eating should be a natural process, I let my body decide when, how much and how fatty I eat. I don’t force ratios, eating windows, I don’t track ratios. I eat what I want and when I want, and I never crave anything other than meat.

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

Mental clarity, peace of mind, high and stabilised energy levels, great digestion, excellent sleep, beautiful skin, and resistance to sunburn, and last but not least – better body composition.

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

At first the social aspect was an inconvenience, but then it became a plus, when I learnt it helps me differentiate intelligent individuals – who get curious and open about the concept of the carnivore diet – from close minded people who bring no value to my life. No other negatives yet.

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

Now, having so much energy this diet gives me I find it hard not to exercise. I always try to make my exercise pleasant and among nature – usually it’s barefoot running in the forest or on the beach, also swimming in the ocean. I also go to the gym to do a full body workout whenever I have the time plus I stretch in the evening every day.

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 try, just do it.

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

Yes, every month I see more and more people coming to the fb groups and other community “hangouts”. I hope the Harvard study organised by Shawn Baker will help to bring a positive light on this way of eating.

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

@carnivoretraveller on instagram – that’s where I post photos of carnivore foods (including some weird seafood, coral reef fish, snails and lizards).

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Petrit

Interview with Petrit

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Petrit Kotarja, aka crnvr_daddy on Instagram. I’m a husband, father of one, business owner and Health/fitness enthusiast. Before my carnivore journey I always ate “healthy” I mean once i was of the age to make my own dietary choices.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I started at a young age reading fitness magazines and following their advice of a low fat , high carb diet high protein diet.  I was young and very active so i didn’t notice the ill effects of this insulin roller coaster, eating every two hours to keep the “furnace burning.” Until I look back at all the acne I had and swollen face despite my low body fat%. Then at around 30 years of age I found this thing called the Paleo diet. I thought it was crazy. “No grains” I thought, but I tried it. It changed my life and perspective on health. Shortly after I stumbled upon the Keto diet, once again I thought it to be crazy because of all the high fat foods people were eating. “what about their hearts”. I tried it and got even better results. I never chased ketones, never even tested , just cut carbs and ate a high fat high protein version. Which naturally tranistioned me into the Carnivore way of eating in Jan. 2019

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I heard this doctor talking about the Carnivore Diet on the Joe Rogan podcast. An all meat animal based diet and again i thought he was crazy ( what a trend). I decided to try it seeing as I wasn’t too far off at this point. So I dove deep in research, listening to the top docs on podcasts and haven’t looked back since.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Now I don’t call myself a 100% carnivore. I do enjoy a snack here and there (some of my sons left over berries or popcorn) or a few drinks with friends and my wife. I would say I eat 95% animal based .

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

Things I’ve noticed since being carnivore is no inflammation, more energy, better mental clarity, less need for caffeine (I drink decaf mushroom coffee) and better body composition. but the biggest thing I’ve noticed and the one I’m most happiest/proud of is my craving/need for alcohol is gone. I used to be a big drinker, like 24 beers in a weekend type of drinker. Having or needing 2-3 cans a day after work. Now, no urges after work. no weekend heavy binges which would take me a few days to recover from. I do still enjoy a few drinks on the weekend or special occasion but I can easily stop after a couple because my body tells me I’ve had enough. I find this pretty amazing.

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

I don’t really notice many negatives or disadvantages being on the carnivore diet. Maybe the reactions when I order a burger with just cheese and bacon. or opting out of certain foods when I’m a guest. most people around me are okay with it by now.

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

I exercise regularly and don’t notice much difference from when I ate high carb. I play hockey and still maintain my burst and stamina.

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

I usually don’t recommend the carnivore diet to everyone, or at least right off the bat. Not because I don’t believe in it but because they don’t. Not everyone wants to eat just meat and eggs everyday and that’s fine. I can still help them with foods they enjoy so long as they are not damaging them. I would usually slowly transition someone into this way of eating, the way I did. Some people can go all in right away, if that’s your personality then i say do it!

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

I feel like more and more people will start accepting this way of life, as the more people benefit it will be harder to deny.  That’s why I’ve created my platform, creating content on the regular and that’s why I’m working on some new and exciting things to come in the near future. To help people realise their potential. To help people realize there’s other options and to help people realize it’s easier than they think.

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

Once again I don’t think we need to feed the world like this, but it wouldn’t hurt 😉

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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 story – with Kels

Interview with Kels

Introduce Yourself.

Hi there! My name is Kels, I’m a 25-year-old corporate millennial living in Denver, CO. I’ve been partaking in the Carnivore WOE since May of 2019 and I’m never going back! (minus one or two cheat meals every couple weeks…that remind me why I eat this way in the first place. Hehe.)

How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before carnivore, I was a vegetarian from the age of 13-15, and then I was vegan from the age of 21-23. I decided to stop being vegan due to massive hormonal breakouts, one day I was thinking to myself “I’m craving fried chicken. I’m going to eat some god damned fried chicken.” and the next day after I ate some chicken, all of my breakouts were GONE. It was magical. Anyways. Needless to say, throughout my life, I typically wasn’t very big on meat and I was your typical junk foodie. I was always “skinny fat” as well, always bloated and never happy with the way my body looked under my clothes. But I loved me some wine, pizza, pasta…all of the sugar and carbs. Always wondered “Why do I feel so gross!?” LOL. 

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried Carnivore to begin with initially because I wanted to lose weight and look good. My bloated self always wanted some freakin’ abs. I started following a lot of Keto Instagram accounts and took the Keto approach, to begin with, and while the weight really did start falling off, the Keto WOE always made me feel a little off-balanced. Almost like my insides weren’t very happy with me. Then I started seeing and following carnivore Instagram accounts and began reading up on how this more simplistic WOE could greatly benefit mental health as well as most all psychical ailments. Since I have suffered from heavy anxiety my whole life, I was intrigued! That and I have an extreme personality. So Carnivore was right up my alley. 

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I personally approach the Carnivore diet with tons of ground beef! I’m not rolling in money (yet) so I love the affordability of it. Trader Joes meat is my favorite. They have great organic and grass-fed options without breaking the bank. I’m a very routined type of person as well so every day is pretty much black coffee, lots of butter, ground beef, salt, and eggs. I’ll splurge on a grass-fed ribeye once a week. I do try to make sure all of my meat is grass-fed and my eggs free range, I think it just tastes better. I do LOVE fasting as well with sparkling water, salt, and electrolytes. I fast daily and go for OMAD. Recently though I’ve been diving down the “Primal Carnivore” WOE, meaning not cooking my meat. I’m a super newbie to it, so I’m still getting used to raw meat but so far it’s absolutely delicious and even more simplistic. Still trying to get my hands on some raw dairy out here in Denver!

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Oh man, the benefits. So many. My mental health has increased so much, I find that my brain is simply working more optimally with this WOE. I have no mental fog on the daily anymore, which has lead to a significant decrease in anxiety. I’m able to logically think through my thoughts, identify them as needed, and move on. Can’t do that when I ingest sugar/gluten, that’s for dang sure. I have lost about 35 pounds since May (when I started Carnivore) and I have kept that weight off. My skin has never been so unproblematic acne wise, and the tone of it has definitely changed. I’m way less pink and pasty now! I love how much money and mental energy I save around meal prepping. I just feel that I’m finally mentally and psychically how I’m meant to be as a human. That feeling is euphoric, slightly indescribable and priceless. If you know you know. 

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

The only negatives I’ve found are trying to balance a social life with this WOE. I still struggle to eat Carnivore when I’m out with non-carnivore friends. But that’s my problem, I know it can be done! 

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

I do not exercise, simply because I haven’t yet found the need. Personally, I love the look of being toned and lean, and I have achieved that through my diet alone. My abs are extremely toned without doing sit-ups every day, and abs are my main goal! My arms look extremely defined as well, it’s weird. But I ain’t complaining! 

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

I would suggest to start off with a steak. A delicious fatty grass-fed ribeye. Eat that alone, and identify how you feel the next morning. Boom. And if that hasn’t convinced you, follow carnivore Instagram pages. You can’t look at everyone’s transformations and NOT be motivated to try it out for yourself. It’s literally a cheat code on how to live an amazing life. This diet will positively affect ALL areas of your life my friend. It’s crazy!

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

Nope! Not in today’s social climate. And that is fine. You can’t save the world, but you can save yourself. Start with yourself. ….most people don’t even start there….ever…… 

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

Thanks for reading all about my Carnivore experience and thoughts! Happy to have the chance to share. You can find me on Instagram @saltn.butta where I document even more of my quirky personality, the foods I’m eating, and my funny lil life as a whole.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Jayvee

Interview with Jayvee

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Jayvee, 36 years old and was raised in the Philippines. I moved to Alberta, Canada in 2008. I’m a food and beverage worker and have mostly worked around food all my life. I live with a 4 year old Bichon Shihtzu named Wicket who keeps me busy. I love him! I started the carnivore diet in July 2018.

I was at my heaviest weight in 2017. I was dealing with PCOS, insulin resistance, dysbiosis, inflammation, skin issues and high blood pressure. Diabetes runs in our family. So, March of 2017, I started turning things around. I did Keto for a year. I lost 60lbs doing that and learned about Carnivore last year.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore

Changing the original meaning of S.A.D. to Standard “Asian”Diet. Hahaha!! —— I ate mostly rice and bread. I pretty much start my day with rice and egg. I can never have enough of rice. I also had the biggest sweet tooth in the world. I always had to have something sweet daily. I’ve always struggled with my weight until I became really sick and just not feeling good overall. I’m one of millions of people who have tried every diet there is until I found about the ketogenic diet.

I transitioned from keto to carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was doing great with keto, I lost 60lbs but my blood pressure was still high even with medication. My hair was falling out. Even though I was losing weight and shredding off inches in all places, I didn’t feel quite optimal. I actually felt weak and too skinny. My friends think I’m fading away. I was still experiencing Candida flare ups. I had rheumatic fever when I was a young kid and took antibiotics daily for years. My gut was a mess.

So, when I thought that keto was gonna be the forever solution for me to be healthier, my stomach wasn’t agreeing with all the vegetables like spinach, kale, zucchini, cabbage, etc. My candida issues flared up whenever I eat veggies as such. Avocados would give me the worst stomach ache or will make me burp for hours. Nuts have became a problem for me too.

Then I came across zero carb fast challenges on Instagram. I just started eating a whole lot of meat. I felt great after 7 days and I did enjoy the benefits and experience so I just kept going.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I make things as simple as it can be. I mostly do beef, salt and water approach. I enjoy fatty cuts of meat like ribeyes and pork belly. I do enjoy cooking and miss spending a lot of time in the kitchen especially baking.

I incorporate beef liver in my diet every week. My body seems to tell me when I need it the most. Especially during ovulation period, I just can’t have enough beef liver. I actually crave it.

I am familiar with how to prepare some organ meats or do a nose to tail kind of approach. I ate a lot of it before but I just can’t get them where I live.

I also like to eat cheese from time to time and I still drink coffee with cream. With cream, I use half and half (10%) or 18%. If I use heavy cream, it’s a little too fatty for me. I also add beef gelatin powder to my coffee. I eat a lot of eggs too.

I do intermittent fasts (12hrs minimum). I make sure I nourish myself with electrolytes and bone broth during extended fasts of 36hrs or more.

I buy meat that fits my budget. So I’m not strict about eating only grass fed meat. Although, grass fed liver, to me, is a different story. Grass fed beef liver is waaaay tastier. I can’t recommend it enough.

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

Oh, wow! Where do I begin? Well, that ZERO CARB ZEN! It’s amazing. It’s that feeling when you feel at peace with your body. That you are nourishing it well and your body says thank you.

Within 2 months of going full on carnivore, I just felt amazing. Then I hit my lowest weight. I also got off my blood pressure pills that time.

Having PCOS since 21, my periods now are not painful. I learned to become more in tuned with my reproductive health and actually used it as a marker. I get regular, shorter periods now.

My stomach also felt better. Now, bloating is a sign that I ate something that didn’t agree with me or I had too much fat for the day.

My hair grows fast, skin is great, mood is stable and mind is clear. I sleep well. Sometimes, a little too well.

Mental clarity. You know when they say that your brain is lit? I felt that. Carnivore with fasting made me dig deeper to self awareness.

Sweet cravings have gone down. I got more control now of my urges. I am not perfect, sometimes I give in and have keto treats (but apparently, that doesn’t agree with me anymore either). Mentally, I am more aware and better as the old me would have beaten myself and feel bad about my choices and just be stuck in that cycle all together.

I can fast longer and I’m not hungry all the time.

With full disclosure, I was off carnivore for about 3 months this year and also did keto-carnivore approach for a bit. I was on vacation and going through some personal stuff. I really didn’t feel good about that. But I am taking that as a positive experience. It made me want to go back to carnivore diet even more as I don’t want that awful feeling again. My body became very sensitive to carbs and even keto meals.

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

The social aspect of it. People still can’t grasp the idea that you can survive just eating meat. People think I am crazy and what I am doing is unhealthy. And I am in awe of how many people have asked me about my bowel movement! Hahaha! It’s just one of those awkward conversations you have to deal with.

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

Initially, I didn’t. But once I started incorporating a little workout here and there, I actually enjoyed it. I felt a lot better and got energy. I don’t have a regular exercise routine. I walk my dog for a minimum of 3kms almost everyday. I move a lot. Working 2 jobs most days, work is moderately active and I’m on my feet 80% of the time.  But I do think I should exercise more and establish a routine. I started doing kettlebell workouts and stretches at home and I do enjoy them.

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

Just give it a try for at least a month. Keep things simple. There are a lot of information around now about this way of eating. Look for like minded people. Set your goals but don’t just focus on losing weight. I think this is where people get so discouraged. When they see that the scale is not moving, they give up. Get to know yourself and see how you feel about your body. Don’t make things complicated. Start with cuts of meat you can afford and has access to. Eat when hungry and do not overthink things. Stick to it and your body will thank you!

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

Probably not. People are triggered of anything that is extreme. If people will hear more success stories like ours, I think they will at least open their minds to it and accept the fact that it actually works for a lot of people.

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

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share my story. I hope in a way, I can inspire people to take that step in reclaiming their health through this way of eating.

My Instagram page is @carnivore_venture

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Keto/Carnivore Diet success stories – with Torrey

Life Story by Torrey

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Bio:

Greetings and first off I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to tell my story!

A little background on me.  I have always been active in sports since I was young but didn’t start my fitness journey until I was 21 and in college.  I was 140# skinny with a gut throughout high school, so once at college I made the decision to start working on building a better me so that I would feel confident without a shirt on.

Throughout the years I made gradual changes learning from magazines, the internet wasn’t what it is now back then lol, and help from friends in bodybuilding.  I trained in the bodybuilding style for 10-12 years and competed in the Men’s Physique division the first year it was added.

From there I tried out different styles of training and have competed in powerlifting, crossfit, OCR, along with training in long endurance activities as well.  I have been as high as 242#, and I am now at a level of leanness I maintain that’s healthy year round but it took years and I have continually educated myself for me and my clients.

I am an online coach now that has come from personal training and before that medical device sales, outside sales, and working at retail store in a management role. I continue to constantly work on improving myself and working on the goals I have set for myself.

To those just starting out or on your way remember that progression is never linear and there will be hurdles along the way, it’s life.  Learn from mistakes, struggles, and bumps in the road and use them as learning lessons and continue forward.  Doing things smart, healthy, and sustainable will lead to long term results so don’t look for shortcuts or magic pills.  Hard work, consistency, and enjoying the journey is what it’s all about.

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Nutrition

As for nutrition I’ve pretty much done most ways of eating either to test out for myself or because I have clients that prefer or have certain beliefs and choose a certain style. I’ve gotten results on all but the differences were enjoy-ability, sustainability, and goals I had.

I decided to try Carnivore out mainly as an elimination type as I had never done one before so for the past three plus months I was mainly Carnivore with the exception of a few of my “normal meals”.  My main takeaways and positive things were:

Deeper sleep

Better mental focus throughout the day

Healthier skin

No midday crashes in energy

Stronger and faster growing skin/nails

No sugar cravings.

I’ve now began more of a Targeted Keto Diet (TKD) because although carbs aren’t as important for internal health as protein and fats are they are necessary for optimal performance.

I’ve noticed a big difference in adding 10-20g pre workout of fast digesting carbs and 15-30g intra workout for my performance across the board. I’ve also slowly started adding back in low FODMAP veggies I enjoy one by one to see which if any change my results I got without them.

I firmly believe we are each unique and building a nutrition plan around the foods we enjoy AND that don’t have health repercussions is the best. I believe getting in micronutrients from some plants is an overall solid approach. I have some meals that are mainly Carnivore and others where I add in some avocado, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, etc.  There isn’t one perfect way of eating for everyone it’s finding what works best for you, your health, and what you enjoy.  Balance is key not just in nutrition but life.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Miriam

Interview with Miriam

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hello! My name is Miriam Eriksson & I’m 35 years old. I was recently asked to describe myself… If you combined Steve Irwin, Ms. Frizzle, Marry Poppins, & a bit of wanderlust I feel that combination would accurately describe me! 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I tried the carnivore way of eating I ate SO HEALTHY… ( I hope you laughed) I only ate organic produce, Berky filtered water & more supplements than most grandmas. I was living off of Green smoothies & added tablespoons full of chlorella spirulina. I loved all of the Green superfood powders and overdosed on everything thinking it would help! 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I struggled with severe DUB, (dysfunctional uterine bleeding), dry eyes, hives, sleep deprivation, severe memory loss, & nutrient depletion for three years. I had two severe gallbladder attack’s. My husband begged me to just try the carnivore way of eating for a few weeks to see if it would help. He had been listening to podcasts by @shawnbaker1976 @jordan.b.peterson @mikhailapeterson @biohacking.chick @paulsaladinomd 

He had been eating only animal products for almost a year. I just couldn’t wrap my head around only eating meat. I grew a huge organic garden and thought all the superfoods were plant-based. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Trying the carnivore way of eating was not done on a whim. I did a three-day bone broth fast to help my body reset. We have tinkered with what we like to put in or Bone Broth & found a yummy evening or morning concoction. 

  • Bone Broth 
  • 1 scoop @vitalproteins collagen 
  • 1 t @realsaltketo season salt 
  • 1 T Butter (or more)

I was also taking digestive enzymes so my body would be supported in the transition. I was only eating fresh cooked red meat for 7 weeks & then I started adding in other foods, eggs, cheese, & jerky. Now I’m probably about 90% meat-based. I have a 4-year-old who is a social eater & loves to make me things. I will always try what she gives me because she won’t be little forever!

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

September of 2018 is when I started my Carnivore journey, I had 3 normal mensural cycles and no issues in between. My hormones reset and my body is healing. My body can produce tears again & although I still have flare-ups with hives they heal in just a few days not a month like they used to. I’m actually finishing my sentences & mentally much more clear! My gallbladder has been stable & I have so much more energy! This wasn’t really on my goal but I’ve lost 20lbs eating this way. Right now I’m 5’6 & 129lbs. When I started I was 149lbs. 

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

The only negative I really found from eating this way is it makes people so uncomfortable. I just don’t talk about it around family or in social settings. It’s best to let people ask you questions when they see you’ve been able to heal! 

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

I didn’t have the energy to exercise when I was basically bleeding to death! I would walk with my 4 year old & play outside. I haven’t been to the gym in 5 years. Now that I’m feeling better I’d love to put on some muscle! 

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

I’ve learned about so many people healing different health issues they have by using the carnivore way of eating. If you’re curious I would do a panty or fridge clean if the food isn’t there you are less likely to eat it. Only go shopping when you are full & bring your own snacks. Those damn marketing companies have spent billions on making unhealthy foods smell enticing & exciting! Then do a bone broth fast to reset your system. Go for it you’ll be surprised at how amazing you can feel! 

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

I don’t think carnivore will ever be accepted because there is not much money to be made from someone saying “Listen to your body, eat meat, fast, drink water!” Everyone wants to sell you something this is a personal choice where you are in charge of your growth & healing. Big Corporations don’t like people who are willing to self-experiment & not buy into all the hype of the latest quick fix! 

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

If you would like to follow our health journey on Instagram we are @thebiohackingfamily

 

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