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Keto and PCOS: No you are not stuck with PCOS for life

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Keto and PCOS may be the two biggest rivals of the year. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder for pre menopausal women. And its effects are far reaching. 

It affects up to 10% of women of childbearing age . And keto may be the white knight…here to the rescue.

PCOS can cause everything from infertility to facial hair. 

And like many western diseases it’s on the rise. 

Bad news and good news…First the bad news: almost everything in your diet may be causing PCOS. 

Good news: we may be able to reverse it. 

What is PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder amongst women. 

The name is polyCYSTic because cysts are very common. However, many women don’t ever develop them.

PCOS has become sort of a catch all term for doctors who don’t know what to diagnose a woman who has idiopathic reproductive issues. 

Technically PCOS is classified by at least two of these three features: hyperandrogenism, irregular ovulation and polycystic ovaries on an ultrasound.

Currently there are no pharmacological treatments for PCOS other than birth control prescriptions (which often lead to another set of symptoms). 

However, what’s interesting to me about PCOS is that it may be tied to the same devil that has infected all of western society: hyperinsulinemia. And the good news is that if I know how to do anything it’s to help bring people’s insulin levels down. 

Symptoms and Signs of PCOS 

One of the most common consequences of PCOS is hyperandrogenism. 

Many of the signs and symptoms of PCOS are associated with this excess testosterone. Issues like irregular or absent cycles, excessive body hair, acne and infertility. 

Some of the other signs & symptoms are:

  • Weight gain
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Acne
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Thinning hair
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Low sex drive

This will not be a surprise to my readers, but many metabolic disorders are associated with PCOS. PCOS doesn’t cause these issues, but if you have one of the symptoms above along with a metabolic disorder, it could be PCOS.

Obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are all associated with PCOS . However, there are many people who have PCOS and are not overweight.

What causes PCOS? No surprises here for my readers…

What causes PCOS?

Like many diseases in western society, I believe that the main cause is hyperinsulinemia. 

According to this study “Hyperinsulinemia associated with insulin resistance has been causally linked to all features of the syndrome, such as hyperandrogenism, reproductive disorders, acne, hirsutism and metabolic disturbances.”

A better name for PCOS may really just be female metabolic syndrome, as it is one of the most common manifestations. 

How does hyperinsulinemia trigger PCOS? 

A quick detour to women’s hormones and the menstrual cycle to explain this. 

Field Trip to the Menstrual Cycle

All aboard the magic school bus…hopefully you have your waivers sign. Today we’ll be taking a field trip through the menstrual cycle. 

In a way, human beings are just hormones with limbs. Hormones run the show in more ways than we can even imagine. So many of your desires, moods, and actions can be tied back to hormonal changes. 

For women, one of the main areas hormones exert their impact is on the menstrual cycle.

Menstruation is the cyclical shedding of the uterine lining in response to hormonal cycles. There are two phases of this cycle:

  1. Follicular or the proliferative phase
  2. The luteal or the secretory phase
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The median length of a menstrual cycle is 28 days, with each phase above comprising half. 

This process is controlled by two main hormones: LH and FSH.

Most women have about equal amounts of LH and FSH during the early part of their cycle. However, towards the end of the first half, there is a LH surge in which the amount of LH increases to about 25-40 mlU/ml 24 hours before ovulation occurs. Once the egg is released by the ovary, the LH levels go back down.

But in women with PCOS, LH levels tend to remain elevated, sometimes up to 3x the FSH levels.

Insulin’s Effect on the Menstrual Cycle

Insulin throws a wrench in this cycle, derailing the traditional flow. How does it do so?

First off, hyperinsulinemia has been shown to directly stimulate pituitary gland LH secretion. As a result, hyperinsulinemia tends to elevate LH levels relative to FSH .

Excess LH, in turn, has been shown to promote androgen production . These excess androgens then prevent proper ovulation and lead to some of the symptoms described above.

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Without a proper ovulation, progesterone is not produced in the second phase of the cycle, and estrogen remains elevated relative to progesterone levels (estrogen tends to be dominant in the first phase of the cycle and progesterone in the latter half…I will touch on this more in another article). This is sometimes referred to as estrogen dominance, a separate but related issue.

Insulin exerts its mark elsewhere too. Hyerpinsulinemia inhibits sex hormone binding globulin synthesis, which increases levels of free testosterone .

Because there is not a normal ovulatory cycle, the follicles that are supposed to mature do not properly and can turn into cysts.

Hyperinsulinemia, the direct consequence of the Standard American Diet, turns a pleasant cycle into a merry go round from hell.

Some other causes of PCOS

Like other metabolic disorders, the causes of PCOS are multifold, but often related. Almost all of them can be tied back to the wholesale denial of human nature and the ubiquity of fake, toxic garbage in Western society.  

The Gut

Dysbiosis of the gut microbiome can lead to excessive androgen synthesis. 

One study found that treating PCOS rats with lactobacillus and a fecal microbiota transplant resolved the menstrual cycle issues . 

Seed oils, sugars and refined carbs — the standard culprits — all have been shown to contribute to leaky gut and gut imbalances.

The carnivore diet is the best diet in the world for gut health, in my opinion. It cuts out all the potential inflammatory factors allowing you to do a complete reset. Even some vegetables may contain gut damaging components. The carnivore diet also loads you up with gut healing nutrients like vitamin A, zinc and glutamine.

Nutrient Deficiencies

The conversion and homeostasis of hormones is regulated by enzymes that require vitamins and minerals to carry out their functions. Inadequate nutrient levels, like a car without gas, render the enzymes incapable of fulfilling their function.

Some of the most critical nutrients for maintenance of female hormonal balance are only prevalent in sufficient quantities (and their most bioavailable form) in animal foods. SOme examples are the following:

  • Selenium:  The highest concentration of selenium is found in the sex glands. Two studies of women with PCOS showed that daily supplementation improved insulin sensitivity and cholesterol. Selenium may also increase the level of progesterone
  • The B vitamins are critical for converting nutrients into energy, burning fat and controlling insulin sensitivity. They are also important for methylation. B6 is critical for maintaining and regulating hormonal balance, especially in the thyroid. Elevated homocysteine, often time sa symptom of B vitamin deficiencies, is associated with PCOS
  • Magnesium deficiencies are common in women with PCOS.
  • Zinc supplementation has been shown to improve fertility in women with PCOS
  • A recent meta analysis found that women with PCOS had significantly lower Vitamin D levels

The nutritional status of the world paints a bleak picture. Of course if you’re missing nutrients that are essential — yes, required — for proper physiological function, you’ll develop problems. 

Food is the most powerful factor in health and disease. It’s time to start acting like it.

Phytoestrogen intake & Endocrine disrupting chemicals 

Exposure to phytoestrogens, molecules that mimic estrogen and activate the estrogen receptor, can potentially lead to PCOS. 

One study showed that in rats, lifetime exposure to a soy diet (high in phytoestrogens) induced key features of PCOS .

Some other phytoestrogens include

  • Plastic: Plastic contains BPA and BPS, both toxic xenoestrogens
  • Phthalates: These are softeners that are prevalent in many cleaning products, soaps and cosmetics. All their names end with phthalate. 
  • Parabens: Found in soaps and cosmetics 
  • PVC: Found in vinyl products and kling wrap. The most toxic xenoestrogen. 

According to the CDC, 93% of Americans carry BPA in their bodies — the compound in plastic. I try to avoid plastic as much as possible. 

Keto and PCOS

Given the above etiology of PCOS, the Keto and carnivore diets are potentially very effective ways to attack PCOS.

First, the Ketogenic diet is by far and away the most effective way to treat hyperinsulinemia. In fact, 94% of Virta Health’s ketogenic diet subjects reduce or eliminate their insulin within 1 year . 

Next, the keto and carnivore diets tend to be higher in nutrient density…specifically many of the nutrients people with PCOS desperately need. Red meat is a health food: loaded with the b vitamins, zinc and bioactives like taurine, carnosine and creatine. Whereas the standard american diet on the other hand tends to be nutritionally empty (and that’s putting it nicely).

Luckily for us, a number of studies have evaluated keto for exactly this function. 

In one study researchers evaluated the ketogenic diets effect on reproductive hormones. 

In the 5 women who completed this study they:

  • Lowered insulin by 36%
  • Free testosterone by
  • LH / FSH by 

And 2 of them even got pregnant. Now I don’t think steak alone can get you pregnant, but I can’t promise anything.

There’s more…

This systematic review of 7 studies found “that reducing carbohydrate load can reduce circulating insulin levels, improve hormonal imbalance and resume ovulation to improve pregnancy rates compared to usual diet”

Another study of obese women with PCOS found that a low carb diet significantly decreased insulin levels by 30%. 

Part of the reason why I would opt for the carnivore diet over the keto diet is because of the nutrient density. Many of the nutrient deficiencies that can lead to PCOS are found in their highest concentrations in animal foods…especially beef liver.  

Conclusion

PCOS is another one of those intractable diseases plaguing women, that most doctors cannot seem to solve.

Unsurprisingly it’s because we’re taking a pharmacological approach to something that stems from nutrition. 

But Keto and carnivore may give women another way out. 

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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 2021 – PCOS – Day 6

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

What is PCOS

It is some combination of irregular periods, excessive levels of androgen, and polycystic ovaries.

If those three things weren’t bed enough, it can be associated with things like hirsutism, weight gain, thin hair, bad skin, and it is harder to get pregnant.

Unfortunately it can also lead to insulin resistance, which we know is an underlying issue with Diabetes.

It is estimated that upwards of 10% of women of child baring age can have some level of PCOS.

How to treat PCOS

Yet another disease that mainstream medical healthcare deems incurable. So, all they offer is solutions to how the diesease presents itself.

If you want a child they will offer tertility treatment.

If you have excessive hair growth they will offer laser hair removal.

And so on.

Amazingly the NHS do recommend you eat a healthy balanced diet, to maintain a healthy weight. What they consider a healthy diet, differs to what I do obviously haha.

Carnivore Diet success stories

PCOS is another instance of a disease where people are told there isn’t much you can do about it, and you just have to take treatments which help with the side effects.

Yet I have 10 women on my blog that state they have helped their PCOS issues with the carnivore Diet.

You can check the stories out here – https://ketogenicendurance.com/tag/pcos/

Have you improved your PCOS issues with Carnivore? If so, let me know and we can do a Carnivore Diet Success Story for my blog.

Talia “I suffer from PCOS which is related to insulin resistance issues. I began with keto after realising carbs were the issue and naturally progressed to carnivore from there. My life has completely turned around. I lost over 80 pounds, my acne cleared up, my depression is gone, I don’t get mood swings anymore, and I’m more energetic than ever.”

Alicia “Some weight loss but more importantly my body composition has changed. I’m getting leaner though I still have a ways to go. I’ve lost 103 lbs so far. My PCOS is almost non-existent now. My anxiety, depression and reflux are gone . My hormones are corrected for the first time in my life. I actually have a normal cycle. My mood is so much better. I’m almost always happy now. I just feel amazing!!”

Olivia “I’ve seen so many benefits! First and foremost I am off thyroid medication completely. I’ve relied on that for 8 years! My PCOS symptoms have almost all gone away, my energy level is insane! I have never experienced so much energy. I have mental clarity, I’m in a better mood and I’ve lost weight and inches that I never thought I would be able to lose.”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Caroline

Interview with Caroline

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Caroline Mellone and I am currently a stay at home mom and aspiring yoga teacher. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before carnivore, I was living a Ketogenic lifestyle, for three years! I did great with Keto, in the beginning but towards the end…I struggled with binge eating disorder and was rapidly gaining weight again.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started carnivore after joining some carnivore women Facebook groups and hearing about how the diet could help with a myriad of things…from chronic pain, endometriosis, PCOS, anxiety, and lots of things in between.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I decided that the best way to avoid any adverse effects of the transition would be to do a three day bone broth fast. I made some homemade bone broth and slid right into the carnivore lifestyle!

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

Within just a couple of weeks I started noticing that I was sleeping through the night, where I used to toss and turn for hours on end. My first cycle was night and day difference from the debilitating pain that I had before, my skin issues cleared up and I became less anxious and way more even keeled. I feel like a brand new person! 

I was also able to lose and maintain a loss of 15 lbs, and for me with PCOS that is a HUGE accomplishment! It’s so easy for me to gain weight but much harder to lose it! 

I have found boundless energy and finally freedom from binge eating! 

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

I haven’t experienced anything negative as a result of the carnivore diet. Aside from the looks of horror on people’s faces when someone tells them that I only eat meat and eggs! 

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

When I first started out, I wasn’t exercising at all but after a couple months I started doing yoga and since then I’ve been able to build on that, and I now have a daily yoga practice as well as participating in more vigorous Beachbody workouts, daily! 

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

Do your research and join an online community. It really helps to have people to talk to who live the same kind of lifestyle and can offer you advice and support. Start right where you are and give yourself some grace! It won’t always be easy but it’s worth it!

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

I really hope that it will and I think that eventually we will get there. The more that people share their wellness successes; I believe that it will be more widely accepted. 

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

I’ve only been at this six months but I have never felt better and I’ll never go back! You can find me on Instagram @Carolineisfine_ feel free to reach out to me, if you have any questions or would like some support on your journey! I will be your biggest cheerleader! 

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Talia

Interview with Talia

Introduce Yourself.

My name’s Talia, I’m 19, Chinese, and I’m from Toronto.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

I tried all kinds of diets before carnivore to try to manage weight before going carnivore. The worst by far was doing the vegetarian diet. I’d never felt worse.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I suffer from PCOS which is related to insulin resistance issues. I began with keto after realising carbs were the issue and naturally progressed to carnivore from there.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I do Mikhaila Peterson’s lion diet. I eat beef, salt, and water exclusively.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

My life has completely turned around. I lost over 80 pounds, my acne cleared up, my depression is gone, I don’t get mood swings anymore, and I’m more energetic than ever.

What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Social life. It’s hard to socialise when you’re 19, don’t drink and don’t eat literally everything.

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

Nope, but I plan to.

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

Just do it. If you want to upgrade your health, just do it.

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

Maybe. It’ll take a while for sure. 5000 years of agriculture has blinded us from seeing what our species-appropriate diet is but I think all the carb-related diseases will catch up to us eventually and force more and more people to realise the truth.

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

Value your health and don’t fall for propaganda. Look into the evolutionary, historical, and physiological facts about humankind and decide what diet is most appropriate yourself. I’m sure that the more demand there is for meat, the more we’ll see innovative and more humane methods of meat production. I’m totally down for cultured meat. If I can afford it. Follow me on Instagram at @notadropoutyet.carnivore for daily meals and insights from r/zerocarb.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Alicia

Interview with Alicia

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Alicia Capell, 41 years old .

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I started carnivore in February of 2019. Before that I was Keto for 17 months , since September of 2017. Before that, I was complete SAD diet but had tried every diet imaginable just for them to just fail me.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I was Keto and my weight loss stalled . My whole goal at that time was weight loss but that changed when I started studying carnivore and saw the health benefits.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat beef mostly, eggs and fish/seafood. Every once in a while I’ll have pork and dairy/cheeses. I get lots of salt in. Salt is important.

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

Some weight loss but more importantly my body composition has changed. I’m getting leaner though I still have a ways to go. I’ve lost 103 lbs so far.

My PCOS is almost non-existent now. My anxiety, depression and reflux are gone . My hormones are corrected for the first time in my life. I actually have a normal cycle. My mood is so much better. I’m almost always happy now. I just feel amazing!!

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

None at all

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

I’m started lifting since going carnivore. I feel stronger and stronger as I go.

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

Go for it. Be strong and stick to it the first month and it gets easier. GET ENOUGH SALT IN YOU. Salt is important.

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

No but we can hope.

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

I’m carnivoreleesh on IG

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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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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Olivia

Interview with Olivia

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My Name is Olivia, I’m 30 years old from Toronto, Canada.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before carnivore I ate a “standard American diet” I used to almost always give into my sugar and carb cravings as well. I tried more then a few times to eat paleo and gluten free but I never had success with that way of eating and always ended up back where I started.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

My parents were the ones who told me about carnivore after finding out about Shawn Baker and listening to his podcasts. I decided to look into him and the diet for myself. For about a month I thought about doing it. I couldn’t get over the fact that you weren’t supposed to eat vegetables lol. I have Hashimoto’s and PCOS so i knew I wanted to try carnivore to fix these issues.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started as more of a keto/carnivore, eating lots of dairy still. Now I have almost eliminated all dairy and eat a lot more simple carnivore meals like just ground beef with lots of salt.

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

I’ve seen so many benefits! First and foremost I am off thyroid medication completely. I’ve relied on that for 8 years! My PCOS symptoms have almost all gone away, my energy level is insane! I have never experienced so much energy. I have mental clarity, I’m in a better mood and I’ve lost weight and inches that I never thought I would be able to lose.

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

The only negative I’ve found so far is how dang expensive Canadian beef is 🤪 which is why I eat a lot of ground beef

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

I’ve just started exercising this last month. I do a lot of walking and strength exercises at home. One thing I’ve found since starting to exercise is how much more endurance I have.

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

Carnivore isn’t a magic diet pill. It takes time for our bodies to heal which means it will take time to see results. Don’t give up and join the carnivore community on Facebook and Instagram. Seeing other people going through carnivore and posting about their success with it has helped me tremendously.

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

I think a lot of people are waking up to it but I think mainstream acceptance may be a long way off. This way of eating makes it possible for people to live without their medications and have a better quality of life. Big pharma, mainstream media and a lot of doctors don’t like that because it doesn’t fit their agenda and it doesn’t make them money.

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

I cant emphasize enough how Carnivore has changed my life! You can follow me on Instagram  @carnivore_weight_loss where I share my story. I want to help others find success with carnivore!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Catherine

Interview with Catherine

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Catherine Denise Lim. I am 41 years old, mother of 4 – a daughter and triplets (boy-girl-girl)! I am a business owner and a carnivore for about a year now and living in Manila, Philippines.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I had PCOS before I conceived my first daughter. I found this out at the age of 28. My doctor put me on the pill for a year, and then metformin (high dose) when we were ready to conceive. My obstetrician also told me to exercise and to eat fewer carbs. It was also at this time that I was told that I was a pre-diabetic and would most probably be diabetic in the future.

My dad has type 2 diabetes which began at the age of 30, he has had open heart surgery and a kidney transplant. At the age of 67, his glucose levels are still uncontrollable. This posed a lot of questions for me. I have seen my dad follow the Standard American Diet (which is also prescribed here in the Philippines) to no avail. His endocrinologist and nephrologist keeps pushing oatmeal, healthier whole grains, and vegetables. I can see that although my father is on the heavier side, he seems to be always craving and starving and can’t stop thinking about food.

I started trying to control carbs when I was trying to get pregnant, and then again when I was pregnant to prevent myself from getting gestational diabetes (which most of my cousins living in Manila and abroad had whenever they were pregnant). I went very low carb when I got pregnant with my triplets. This astounded my doctor as being one of her few cases of multiple pregnancies which did not require insulin treatment. I gave up grains, fruits and anything with sugar. I learned first about paleo – dabbled in it on and off, then intermittent fasting, then eventually keto. On keto, I lost quite a lot of weight, around 25 pounds easily. My starting weight was around 128 and I ended up being 105 pounds (or less). This was more or less close to my weight when I was in my twenties. I felt healthy, strong and was exercising almost daily. I tracked my macros consistently.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Despite being keto- with carbs coming mostly from vegetables, nuts and seeds, some dairy and a few keto treats. I woke up one-morning feeling pain in my buttocks. I thought it was just some exercise-related injury. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who ordered some bloodwork and subsequently referred me to a rheumatologist. My condition spiralled downwards until all my joints were aching and I could barely move my neck. The rheumatologist then ordered some genetic tests and MRI’s which led to a diagnosis of an autoimmune condition called ankyliosing spondylitis. I was given the option of either managing the pain with NSAIDs (which I knew would ultimately destroy my kidney), or take injectable biologics. I opted for the second treatment. I am currently on monthly injections of Humira. This was also the time when I decided (after much research) to go Carnivore (around June 2018). I read that a Carnivore (elimination diet) may help my autoimmune condition. Although I am not completely off my meds like others are, I did notice that the medication immediately took effect and I was back to normal in less than 3 weeks (my rheumatologist said it would take 3 months or so, 3 to 6 cycles of the treatment to feel its effect). We were all surprised when after one injection, I had little to almost no symptoms. I attribute this to my diet. I probably eliminated a lot if inflammation when I went Carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started my Carnivore journey with a variety of meats – beef ribeyes, fatty chicken thighs, lamb, fatty fish, organ meats, eggs and a lot of bone broth. I still tracked at the start to know how much fat-protein I consumed in a day. After 4 months of doing this and after listening to so many podcasts- I decided to try and be more intuitive. I also do intermittent fasting. I started this diet doing OMAD, and eventually moved to one main meal at around 3:00PM and some eggs if I am still hungry in the evening. Nowadays I try to be even more intuitive and eat when I feel hungry. I usually do not consume any food at least 4 hours before I go to bed. I still take 2 cups of coffee a day and make olive oil mayo – these three things -coffee, olive oil, pepper- are the only plant-based food I consume.  

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

During keto, I felt bloated after meals. I would look 3 months pregnant. With the carnivore diet, there is barely any bloating. I also feel satiated when I eat fat and meat. There will be days when I would feel supercharged after eating healthy fats and meat. I found that with this diet, my weight seems to be regulating itself. I was very thin when I was doing keto and OMAD. I actually gained 5-10 pounds as I did not restrict on this diet. I also noticed that it is easier to maintain my weight.

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

Here in the Philippines, keto has become big BUT not as big as in the USA. I don’t know of any physicians here who would recommend keto, much less Carnivore. I am the only Carnivore I know. The only other Carni’s that I know of are in Instagram and are all abroad. I learn through reading books, looking things up online, following the Carni’s on IG, listening to a ton of podcasts. Every person who sees me eat copious amounts of meat (and I’ve never even eaten more than 500 grams of ribeye at one sitting) would pointedly ask me about my bloodwork. My own parents ceaselessly remind me that I have 4 kids to take care of and I shouldn’t eat myself to death with too much meat. Everyone is worried about me. Culturally, Southeast Asia is the rice basin and so keto and Carni does not stick so long. But I have made this my WOE and lifestyle and haven’t looked back.

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

I do light jogging or walking for 15-20 minutes 5 to 7 times a week (as schedule permits) to soak up the sun. And then I lift light weights for 20-30 minutes also 4-6 times a week at home. I sometimes change this up to do body weight exercises.

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

I believe in n=1. So the only way one will know if it’s a fit is to try it. I also recommend getting a Functional Medicine Practitioner to help one out at the start. I went to a Functional Medicine Practitioner (and there are only 20 in the Philippines) who is also an internal medicine MD. Through her, I was able to see what I was deficient in and we have tried to make some adjustments from there.

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

Not in SEA. Rice is a staple here in our country.

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

Thank you to all the brave and inspiring carni’s out there who share all their knowledge and experiences about this way of eating. I look forward to the day when meat heals me completely and I would get off my meds and live vibrantly until 100! my ig is @filipina.karnevore

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Sarah

Interview with Sarah

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1) Introduce Yourself.

I am an almost 40 (in June) year old yoga teacher and mom to a severely autistic little girl living in Atlanta. I practice yoga and meditation daily to manage my chronic stress, but parenting a special needs child can be unrelenting on your adrenals and overall wellness.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

When I began teaching yoga seven years ago I followed a strict vegan diet.  I felt pretty good initially as a vegan, but I began to notice that I was always injured, exhausted and got chronic sinus infections and colds.  After 2 years of a strict vegan diet I added in chicken & eggs and immediately felt better. Over the last 5 years I have experimented (mostly unsuccessfully!)  with everything from the bone broth diet to vegan cleanses to manage my weight and hormonal issues.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

During the holidays of 2018 I got an ultrasound due to pain, and we discovered ovarian cysts.  My blood work was also sub-optimal with low testosterone and progesterone, and a saliva test confirmed that I had low cortisol (major adrenal fatigue!).  My stress level was at an all time high, and I had some very stubborn weight that I was carrying due to stress.

A good friend of mine is also a doctor, and she had been following the Carnivore diet for 5 months and recommended it to me!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat lots of grass-fed red meat, eggs & very small amounts of chicken.

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

My bloodwork has improved to reflect normal levels of testosterone, progesterone and my insulin resistance (PCOS) is no longer!  An ultrasound confirmed that my ovarian cysts are gone, my cortisol has also returned to normal levels – and I have lost weight. My deep sleep (the stage of sleep where the body performs deep healing and restoration) has also increased from less than an hour per night – to as much as 2.5 hours per night!

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

Honestly – I love the simplicity of the carnivore diet, and the only negative is that when I eat out – I have to order 2 meals to get enough meat!

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

Due to my severe adrenal fatigue, I have not done any exercise other than walking and yoga. Now that my levels are all in a good place, I am easing back into the gym and using an Oura ring to track my HRV.

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 any longer to get your health back!  I have struggled with my health for years, and I am so grateful every day to wake up and feel good!

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

I think this will take a long time, and many doctors who are doing the diet themselves (such as Shawn Baker & Paul Berry) will continue to be vocal and advocate for the movement in the public eye.

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

Stress management and getting your cortisol under control will greatly improve your ability to follow this diet! I am on Instagram as @Carnivore.Yogi

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