Interview with Emma
1) Introduce Yourself.
Hi, my name is Emma. I’m a mummy to a beautiful 3-year-old little boy. I have been a qualified nurse for 8 years and just recently been promoted to clinical lead.
I’ve always struggled with my weight even as a child. When I look back at my childhood and the foods I was eating, I can’t help but shudder! I can’t blame my parents as they were giving me foods only deemed ‘healthy’ but were far from the truth!
As a young teenager I would go out partying and mix the alco-pops with fried carb heavy food! No wonder the weight kept piling on.
In my 20s I was overweight and I thought low calorie diets where carbs were heavily included were the way to go, how wrong. Weight watchers, slimming world were the heavy offenders! Promoting having carbs and eat as much speed food as you can but myself not realising that these speed foods were full of sugar. They promoted to eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks!! Which I now know is insane, constantly stimulating an insulin response and making my body have a very bad issue of being insulin resistant. The hunger was beyond control due to the foods I was consuming not being satiating. The hungrier I was the more overeating I would do at the next meal. Such a vicious cycle I was stuck in. I’d drop at the very most 2 stone and more would come back on. It was neve1r sustainable.
August 2019 myself and my fiancé decided to try Keto. That was 18 months ago and I’m down 68lbs. I have never felt healthier!
Keto/carnivore has given me the ability to not be ruled by food, and as a family we are teaching our little boy the appropriate relationship with food.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
I was on keto before carnivore, so I was eating all different varieties of foods but found I still would overindulge if I could on deserts!! My weakness!
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I hated counting macros I was so religious I would not eat anything unless it was counted for. I felt a little but like I was not free to just enjoy the food I would be so worried I over consumed my carbs. Carnivore gave me freedom to eat from a certain variety of food without that pressure.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I stuck to a variety of meats, eggs, and little dairy consumption with no variance of plan for about 9 months. The last few months I have been experimenting with adding pecans, cacao, and avocado in. However, I have learned my body does not appreciate the avocado at all. It leaves me with bad stomach cramps. This might be down too not having a tolerance for this food anymore.
Due to my working schedule, I do OMAD Monday-Friday and weekends 2MAD this seems to be working well.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
My energy levels are amazing, I am so satiated which allows me to OMAD quite regularly.
A huge benefit I’ve noticed on carnivore is I can see more that my visceral fat has melted away! My waist has gone tiny and that’s where I held all my fat post having a baby.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Depending on my hormones being female I would have really bad food aversions and the sight of certain meats would turn me. Which makes it difficult on an all-meat diet!
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I have been recovering from a work injury so only been doing controlled physio. However, I have just started a new fitness goal and its going well.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
What have you got to lose? Trust that your body will thank you for this huge leap of faith. Make sure you look at the research, so you know you are getting all your nutrients. But just simply enjoy!!! Let loose and feel the freedom of not being controlled by sugar cravings. Take back the control! Its liberating!!!
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I would hope so but not until the government decide to delete all their so-called research for what is considered a ‘balanced diet’.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
Try it! I was only going to do carnivore for a week, that went on to a month and then it became 11 months.!! I have never been happier!
Yes, the weight loss helps but truly my relationship with food and general health have improved so much. Why would I ever want to go back to being sluggish, carb induced obesity!
Eat the meat you can it doesn’t have to be expensive. Make small changes to being with and you will notice massive improvements in yourself. You can find me on instagram @ ourmetabolicjourney
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