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World Carnivore Month 2021 – Psoriasis -Day 5

Psoriasis

What is psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. These patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body. Most people are only affected with small patches. In some cases, the patches can be itchy or sore.”

It can affect different people in different way, from just a mild occasional skin irritation to more server outbreaks and psoriatic arthritis.

How is is treated

It is allegedly a chronic disease with no cure, so main stream medicine concentrates on treatments to make outbreaks bearable rather than looking to reverse the disease. So treatment basically boils down to different steroid creams.

It is one of the many disease put down to autoimmune issues that nothing much can be done about.

This seems a bit of a cop out considering around 3% of the worlds population has Psoriasis.

Carnivore Diet success stories

I was surprised to read from NHS UK that psoriasis is incurable, and that there is no mention that Diet could be a contributing factor.

I have numerous success stories on my blog, where they claim that they have cured their psoriasis since going carnivore.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune response, and this is not the only autoimmune disease I have seen reversed by Carnivore.

You can read all the psoriasis stories I have here – https://ketogenicendurance.com/tag/psoriasis/

Sarah “The benefits that carnivore has provided for me are immense. My thyroid condition only appears now when I stray from diet. Psoriasis has cleared. Joint pain is almost non existent. I now fall asleep quickly – coming from previous struggles with insomnia. My hair grows so fast and my eyes are brighter. I have struggled my entire adult life with depression, with multiple bouts of feeling suicidal – this is now completely gone and I’m 100% unmedicated – in fact, I take no medications at all now – for anything.”

Mark “My Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Tendinitis, Joint Pain & Sciatica are all in full 100% remission. I haven’t felt this good in over two decades. My athletic performance has gotten even better with all the reduction in inflammation & pain. My recovery is so much better too. My sleep has gotten great better. I feel better in every category on doing Zero Carb 100% Carnivore!!”

Michaela “One by one, the need for each medication disappeared. The psoriasis plaques that were all over my body have cleared up and all the inflammation around my joints has disappeared. I don’t take inhalers, antihistamines or corticosteroids anymore and I naturally weaned off of escitalopram and clonazepam for depression and severe anxiety.”

If you have psoriasis and cured it using the carnivore diet, please get in touch as I would love you share your story.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Michaela

Interview with Michaela

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Michaela Bileci. I am Scottish but managed to escape the rain and now live in Tuscany with my husband and daughter Ava. I home-school my daughter Ava who has Autism and Epilepsy and am in the process of building a website, which will serve as a support to other families who have children with Autism. I am also currently studying for a degree in Psychology, with the aim to specialise in neurological disorders such as Autism and ADD/ADHD.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

When my daughter was diagnosed with Autism, I completely changed both of our diets as we both tested positive for coeliac disease and had various food intolerances. I have eaten a gluten free/ dairy free diet for over ten years and in the past two years, focused on the Ketogenic Diet as a way to support my own health and also support my daughter who was on this diet for seizure control.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I have suffered with many health problems in my life such as asthma, depression, anxiety, coeliac disease, arthritis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. Despite my best attempts at other dietary therapies (GFCF, BED, GAPS etc) and biomedical interventions, I was still on a pile of medications.  If there was a treatment available, then I was first in line to try it. There’s nothing I haven’t “bio-hacked”!

This led me to keep searching for answers. I heard about the Carnivore Diet after listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Mikhaila Peterson. At that point in my life, I was in constant joint pain and was on high levels of corticosteroids every day trying to reduce painful inflammation and breathing difficulties related to my Asthma and past episodes of pneumonia. I would also have severe immunological reactions to random foods and some have resulted in hospitalisation for treatment. I really didn’t have anything to lose, yet had everything to gain.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m currently following the Level 1 Autoimmune Protocol from Craig and Maria Emmerich’s book “The Carnivore Cookbook”.  I will be moving to Level 2 soon to see if that works for me.  I obviously have to be a little stricter with the Carnivore diet than some people due to the severity of my Autoimmune problems.  Most days, my meals are steak, salt and water based. I use beef tallow/suet if I want to add a little fat to my meals. I find steak agrees with my body more than ground beef. I only eat one meal or two meals daily, as I’m incorporating intermittent fasting into the Carnivore Diet too. IF happened quite naturally as I find myself more satiated after eating on the Carnivore Diet. As time goes on, I would like to introduce other things, but for now, this is my happy place health wise.

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

I’m off all of my medication and have lost 25 kilograms!

One by one, the need for each medication disappeared. The psoriasis plaques that were all over my body have cleared up and all the inflammation around my joints has disappeared. I don’t take inhalers, antihistamines or corticosteroids anymore and I naturally weaned off of escitalopram and clonazepam for depression and severe anxiety.

I recently ran another thyroid panel and all my levels are in the optimal range, which is a stark contrast to how it was before. I had gained 50 kilograms and have now lost half of that in 7 months of eating Carnivore.

However, I think the starkest contrast is in my energy levels. Before the Carnivore Diet, I could barely lift my head off of the pillow and now I’m able to walk, run and hike pain-free, which is just phenomenal. That’s the real blessing. Having the energy to play with my daughter and go on outings with my family- that’s priceless.

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

I haven’t really found there to be any negatives with the Carnivore Diet or eating this way because I have had such improvements in my state of health.

The only thing I would warn people with severe autoimmune conditions about, is that this is a very potent and therapeutic diet. I made the gargantuan mistake of thinking I was fine and all my health issues had disappeared and ate some gluten free, dairy free pizza. The next morning, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and spent the week there because the immunological reaction was so severe. My father had to bring me out of hospital in a wheelchair because I couldn’t walk. It took a month of strict Carnivore to correct that mistake.  I would caution people with Autoimmune Conditions that this is not something you can play around with. Commit and remain consistent if you have similar issues to me.  That would be the only negative I would say that I have experienced.

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

Yes, I love to exercise and now spend a lot of time outdoors. Most days, I go for a jog and do a kettlebell workout. I also enjoy wild swimming, hiking and ballet. I wasn’t able to exercise for years due to pain and fatigue and now it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s such a joy to be able to go hiking or jogging pain-free.

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

I would suggest they read a bit first to help them understand what the diet is about and why removing plant toxins is useful. There are several ways to go about implementing the Carnivore Diet and I personally think it’s important to have that information at your disposal. I would recommend reading anything by Craig and Maria Emmerich, Dr. Shawn Baker or Dr. Paul Saladino. They all put out excellent material and you will find out which approach resonates with you and works for your body. Understand your reasons for wanting to do this diet and don’t become dogmatic. Listen to your body!

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

I hope so. My desire would be to see the Carnivore Diet accepted as a healing protocol, if nothing else. However, I do see that the tide is now turning, and many people are returning to ancestral dietary wisdom, turning their backs on the low-fat, sugar and grain propaganda of the past fifty years. Animal products are an extremely beneficial, not to mention crucial component of a healthy human diet.

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

I would encourage people who feel like this diet resonates with them to give it a try. Try it for at least a month, ideally three months and see how you feel. My guess is that you won’t look back.

I am in remission from asthma, anxiety, depression, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. I gained 50 kilograms in a year when my thyroid function was underactive and within 7 months of the Carnivore Diet, I have optimal thyroid function and have lost a little over 25 kilograms so far. This Diet is a powerful, healing protocol that has given me my life back.

People can follow me and my carnivore journey on Instagram

@michaelabileci

…and if they’re interested in following our Autism/ Epilepsy/ Keto journey with my daughter Ava then they can follow us on Instagram @reimaginingautism_

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Joe

Interview with Joe

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hey there! My name is Joe, I currently reside in Phoenix, Az.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before I started carnivore I kind of just jumped around with my diet. I ate mostly high carbohydrate foods such as potato’s, white rice, sourdough bread mixed with a little meat & sometimes vegetables. I would snack on junk food & justify it by saying I’m only eating small portions (we know those add up).

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried the carnivore diet because I was trying to lean out for a Jiu Jitsu tournament and heard from a friend that it was a great way to lose weight, it was mostly for a weight cut hack, but I didn’t know what I was in for and how much of an impact it would have.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach to the carnivore diet is to eat when I’m hungry, which is not typically in the morning. I’ll usually throw a 12oz ribeye on the grill around 12pm after my Jiu Jitsu training. Around 3 or 4pm I throw about five 85% 15% ground beef patties on the grill and eat those with a couple slices of bacon. I will eat once again around 8pm and that usually consists of either a New York strip or a pound of pressure cooked beef short ribs from Costco.

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

The benefits have been vast. At first I a lot of diarrhea, but soon found out that I started off with way too much fat, it doesn’t happen to everyone, but I was sensitive to it. I have celiac disease and was dealing with wounds on my scalp and lots of psoriasis on my shins and elbows which all went away two weeks after going on the diet. Sleep improved, mood improved, sex drive went WAY up (I had to stop sleeping on my stomach in the am…tmi I know). My recovery from was cut in half. Insane!

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

At first the negatives were diarrhoea and getting enough food, but I have a hard time finding any negatives the further along I go.

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

Yes, I lift heavy 3 days a week & train and compete in Jiu Jitsu 7 days a week. The carnivore diet has really helped with my energy levels and duration of workouts between days at the gym.

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

I say if you want to try the carnivore diet just keep an open mind, it’s hard for a lot of people to wrap their minds around only eating animal products. I say give yourself 30 days, anyone can commit to something for 30 days especially if that means it might help them with health issues you’re trying to heal. You have nothing lose.

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

I believe the carnivore diet will become as common as the paleo & keto diet. I’m already seeing a lot more people experimenting with the diet and seeing great results. I’m hearing people talk more and more about it everyday.

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

Like I said before, just have an open mind. Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake, it’s a learning process and everyone is built differently. The results will speak for themselves. You can find me on my Instagram @carnivorewildling and I’m always there to answer questions.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Maria Emmerich

Interview with Maria

Introduce Yourself.

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

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

I also run a support site for members here:

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How did you eat before Carnivore.

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

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

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

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

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

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

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

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Paul

Interview with Paul

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Paul.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I basically ate like the recommended food pyramid, anything and everything. 2016-2017 I ate less and less meat each day, under 500g, and more and more fruits, salads, starches, veggies.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started the carnivore diet, thinking of fitness and bodybuilding. I wanted to lose weight and build muscle.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I eat about 1500g of meat. 8 whole eggs, 100g of cheese (on and off). One meal a day. I fast 16-18 hours every day.

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

Health! I have recovered from 30+ years of illnesses such as: asthma, allergy, eczema / psoriasis, and sleep apnea. I have been symptom free for 2 years! I am on my 3rd year now (2020). I took asthma medicine twice a day every day for 30+years, I now take no medication. I used to sleep with a cpap machine every night for about 10 years, that too is no longer needed. It’s just WOW. I have experienced the desired weight loss, I’ve gone from 98kg, 12% bodyfat, to 85kg, 6,5% bodyfat. This has been easy to maintain, which is important. 

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

The detoxification and oxalate dumping. it happened in the beginning. Also it is no fun, if I eat too much fat. I become very loose in my stomach, aka diarrhea.

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

I do and I love it. I go to the gym two days in a row, then one day off. I train one body part a day. Chest one day, back one day, and so on. I do three to five exercises. 10 drop sets x 10 reps. Rest, up to one minute between sets.

8) 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”. Whether you are rich or poor, it is the easiest diet in the world. You eat what
you want, and how much you want of anything you want from the animal world. NO: fruits, salads, starches, carbohydrates, vegetable fiber, root vegetables, vegetables.

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

Yes, I do.

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

Instagram: pallevisionfitness
twitter: pallevision
youtube: pallevision

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Meat up: 1 year later with Don

I love doing the Carnivore Diet Success Stories, I find it very rewarding to share peoples progress. So I am going to try to catch up with people once a year to see how they are getting on.

Will they all still be Carnivore, probably not. However, I believe they will have an appreciation of the benefits of a meat-heavy diet and will use that knowledge as a tool to further their health.

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How would you currently describe your current way of eating.

I currently get 70-90% of my energy (calories) from animal products (i.e., hypercarnivore), with the balance (10-30%) from fresh and dried fruits and fruit juices, typically as follows:

2-4 pints of whole milk or whole milk yogurt

3-4 eggs

200-300 g beef (usually leaner cuts, sometimes fatter cuts or other types of meat)

2-4 tablespoons of gelatin daily

2 ounces of liver several times weekly

Small amounts of separated fats such as butter, cream, lard or tallow

Daily variable amounts of orange juice (usually 1-2 cups), grapes (100-200 g) or grape juice (1 cup), or other fresh or dried fruits

1-2 tablespoons honey

This I call “enhanced hypercarnivore”, or “meats & sweets.”  This approach is based on the fact that we humans have gut adaptations to eating both meats and fruits. I discussed some of this in The Hypercarnivore Diet but did not realize its full implications or learn the full extent of our adaptations to fruit sugar until I did more research into it in 2019. In October 2019 we released a book entitled Meats & Sweets: A High Vitality Diet which provides a brief review of the evidence and eventually I will provide much more detail in a revised edition of The Hypercarnivore Diet. 

What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

  1. After eating at least 95-100% animal based for more than 18 months, I had one main daily complaint and one occasional complaint.  The daily complaint was muscle cramps, which increased in severity the longer I continued.  This problem was of minor issue during my first 12 months of eating that way, and I was able to manage it with magnesium and potassium supplements and salt.  However, as time marched on, the cramping became more severe and the salt and magnesium supplementation became progressively less effective at controlling it, so I got no more than temporary relief of the cramps. The cramps interfered with my sleep (woke me in the middle of the night), my work (cramps in feet, calves and abdomen when spending long hours on my feet and bending forward to treat patients in the clinic), and my training (cramps in my feet, calves and abdomen when doing resistance and mobility training).  I was losing flexibility and at one point strained my left hip adductors, which I think may have been a consequence of a the general high level of muscle tension. The more cramping I had, the more salt I took to try to control it, and eventually I developed (predictable) water retention (feet and ankles) as a side effect of high salt intake. I have tracked my nutrition all along, so I knew that I was typically getting insufficient potassium and magnesium from food, and by experiment I knew that using potassium citrate also controlled the cramping without inducing water retention (quite the opposite).  However, I did not want to depend on mineral supplements for potassium and magnesium indefinitely.  Also, restricting carbohydrate lowers insulin so more minerals are lost in urine.  Fruits provide magnesium and potassium primarily in the organic acid forms such as potassium citrate.  As I suggested to do in The Hypercarnivore Diet, I decided to add fruit to my diet to increase my carbohydrate, potassium and magnesium intake. Simultaneously I reduced my salt and fat intake. Since making these adjustments I no longer deal with cramps or unusual water retention, and only use salt for flavoring rather than as a “supplement” for electrolytes. Which brings me to my second complaint.  When I was eating at least 95% and up to 100% animal based, my diet provided 60-70% of energy as fat.  About once every 4-6 weeks, I had a bout of nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal discomfort that was due to fat indigestion (I exceeded my fat tolerance). I would just fast and take bitters and artichoke extract for 24-48 hours to resolve it.  Since reducing my fat intake and taking supplements to enhance my bile flow more than 6 months ago I haven’t had one of these episodes. By the way, reducing fat and increasing fruits and honey resulted in a loss of some waist fat that I had gained while on the higher fat diet that had the higher proportion of animal foods. I did have one other issue:  Although I got a great improvement in my psoriasis eating at least 95% animal based, it did not resolve completely. In particular, I got little if any significant improvement of my scalp lesions beyond some reduction of itching within 24 months.  Something was missing.  This led me to further research into the relationship between psoriasis and diet,  discussed below.
  1. Like many others, I believed (and wrote in The Hypercarnivore Diet) that fructose is very harmful in almost any quantity, regardless of source (e.g. fruits or honey vs. refined sugar).  In the last year I learned that this belief is probably ill-founded, partly based on animal studies that involve doses of fructose that are unattainable with natural foods, and typically using animals that are choline deficient because choline deficiency accelerates development of fatty liver; and partly based on very weak epidemiological data from human populations.  I have discussed the limits of this research on my IG page.  Space does not permit going into the details here, but I have shared and will continue to share my journey and discoveries on my Instagram page, my Gaining Strength Facebook page, on my Gaining Strength website, in our book Meats & Sweets: A High Vitality Diet, and eventually in a revised edition of The Hypercarnivore Diet.
  1.  I learned that many modern diseases including autoimmune conditions like my psoriasis may be caused or promoted by absorption of bacterial endotoxin into the blood stream, and that some fruits  and fruit juices have been shown to prevent absorption of this toxin.
  1. I have learned so much more that it is impossible to list it all here.  Follow me on Instagram to stay abreast of what I am learning because I share a lot of it there.

 

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

  1. In the past year I have been developing and testing a nutritional protocol (including supplements) for addressing the causes of psoriasis based on research I have collected that shows psoriasis is a bowel disease involving liver malfunction dysbiosis, gut inflammation and permeability, endotoxin absorption, nutritional imbalances and glandular hypofunction.  Reducing intake of plant foods helps some aspects of the disorder, but a very high fat intake may worsen other aspects (gut dysbiosis, liver function), at least in some people; meanwhile intake of flavonoid-rich fruits may reduce endotoxin absorption and skin inflammation.  So far I seem to be making some further progress with my psoriasis following this experimental protocol.  I will report if/when I have major success.
  1. As mentioned already, when I was eating at least 95-100% animal, high fat and high salt, I suffered an adductor strain that stopped my progress in mobility training, particularly straddle split training. Since reducing my fat intake and increasing my use of fruits and honey, I have had significant improvements in my mobility/flexibility compared to the rate of progress when I was eating at least 95% animal based.  The latter approach produced some good results, but my current approach (above) seems to have an even greater anti-aging or even age-reversing effect, at least so far, and temporarily.
  1. During the last year I did not achieve any increase in lean body mass or strength. Since increasing my fruit intake I have so far found that my recovery from strength training is improved and I am starting to see renewal of strength gains.  Time will tell if this turns into muscle mass gains.

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

  1. Complete resolution of my psoriasis.
  2. Gain as much strength and lean mass as possible at my age (58 years).
  3. Achieve straddle splits.

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

As always, I don’t know what I don’t know.  My knowledge and experience continues to expand.  I could be wrong or misled about some things, and reserve the right to change when I realize my error.  Everyone needs to find his/her own way. Stay alert to your own responses to foods and open to make changes as needed.  I recommend avoiding using your food choices to define your identity, with language such as “I am a carnivore.”  Instead, I recommend viewing diet and nutrition as tools to achieve the outcomes you desire, using language like: “I eat an animal-based diet to the extent and as long as it improves my outcomes and helps me reach my goals.”

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Don’s original Carnivore Success Story post is – HERE

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sim

Interview with Sim

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Sim van daele, originally from Belgium, moved to Norway in
2015 to work as a Personal Trainer. The move to Norway was the end
accumulation of years of hard work on my psyche and physique. At nine I
got diagnosed with Major Depression as an initial diagnosis. However, my
mother remained very skeptical as I didn’t only display the
characteristic traits of depression.  Like my erratic behavior and
moods, outbursts, breakdowns, sensitivity to all stimuli (light, sound,
touch), constant nightmares, severe anxiety (especially with strangers),
inability to deal with surprise or change, poor social skills or social
understanding. My parents couldn’t even leave the house for an evening
without it turning into a scene for me.

When they diagnosed me with (mild) autism at age 11 it put those
characteristics in perspective. Which lead to a ton of therapy in
different therapeutic methods. I had weekly meetings with a counselor at
school, which I hated at the time because it put a bulls-eye on my back
and enforced the idea that I was somehow different. That being different
wasn’t something I perceived as positive, it was actually inherently
negative. I tried to not stand out, to hide in my clothing, behind a
cap, behind my hair. Whatever put a barrier between me and the outside
world was welcomed and used.

Eventually I was forced to change my lifestyle and eating habits when I
saw a picture of the weight I had gained between 11 and 18. The picture
really confronted me with the undeniable reality of how I had been
eating and living. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches each day with a
loads of mayonnaise, as eating was my coping mechanism throughout my
depression getting worse from being in a hostile high school
environment. My circadian rhythms was broken because I refused to go to
sleep as I couldn’t bear the coming day and it’s terrors. So
understandably all the junk food, poor sleep, poor circadian rhythms,
little exercise, little sun exposure started to add up.

It wasn’t until I started running stairs are home and changed my diet
that things started turning around for me. The physical and
physiological changes brought for psychological changes, which also
allowed me to do the heavier psychological work as time went on. After
taking my training outside and changing my diet to a low carb and
fasting approach my autistic tendencies disappeared. My depression had
completely gone for a while by then. From there on out I had the
opportunity to work on myself daily through exercise, nutrition, sleep
and philosophy that has brought to where I am today.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I ate Paleo pretty strictly. The emphasis in my dishes
was animal protein with a little bit of vegetables fried in fat or oil.
I’ve been experimenting with different fasting protocols since 2009,
which has helped immensely to offset some of the intolerances I have
food wise.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I tried Carnivore because of the first episode I saw of Dr. Jordan
Peterson with Joe Rogan. When he talked about his diet experience and
how some foods would put him back into depressed state that matched my
experience almost perfectly. I didn’t get depressive bouts as much as
really negative and moody. So I had to look into it, which brought me to
Dominic Rapson (@origins.nutrition) through the power of the instagram
algorithm.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
My approach to Carnivore isn’t as much my approach as it is Dominic
Rapson’s suggestions and guidance. My girlfriend has Psoriasis so I
urged her to work with Dominic. Through his work with her, buying his
book and interacting with him I had a general idea on the approach. Upon
his recommendations and his knowledge of me, I stay pretty strict with
meat, fish, eggs and some avocados. I’m still dealing with some fungal
issues in the gut so my adherence to his advice is on point.

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
The major benefits I have experienced and experience now is extremely
stable moods and clarity of mind. Nothing like I’ve ever felt before,
even with Keto. I went from Warrior Diet, to low carb and fasting, to a
Paleo template, then to Keto, then to a stricter Paleo style. None of
that made my moods stable or my mind as clear as Carnivore does. It’s
like you’re able to see and understand more, while residing in a more
logical and reasonable part of your brain.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Haven’t experienced any negatives to the Carnivore Diet. Should I want
to go off protocol I’m aware of the trade off and the price. Going off
protocol is very rarely worth the short term pleasure of whatever I ate.

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and
what do you do.
I maintain a movement practice, very similar to Dominic’s practice.
Which means it’s a combination of body-weight exercises, mobility, joint
conditioning, stretching, end range training, locomotion, lifting and up
until recently martial arts (Krav Maga, Submission Wrestling, MMA).

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in
trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
A piece of advice I give to people that are on the fence is that
experiential understanding always trumps cognitive understanding. You
don’t know if you don’t try, and quite frankly: most people have nothing
to lose.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I think as the anecdotal evidence keeps mounting and the testimonials
come in people will have to start taking it seriously. Because of my
experience with my mental health conditions I didn’t need much
convincing after so many people’s experiences reflecting my own.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
It’s worth the adherence and consistency. Takes a while to find the
optimal for oneself, which requires experimentation. I also maintain
that those first few months you really should get someone to guide
through the process like Dominic Rapson (@origins.nutrition).

People can follow me https://www.instagram.com/simvandaele/?hl=en
or check out my site: www.simvandaele.com
I do a lot of writing on medium as well:
https://medium.com/@cafshadow/how-slipknot-saved-my-life-98f313662f62

If you want me to expand on something let me know 😀 I tried to keep it
coherent and digestible!

I’m working on a platform to help more people called PTGM

Post Traumatic Growth Method.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Sarah

Interview with Sarah

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I’m Sarah, a personal trainer from New Zealand. I’m 30 years old – soon to be 31 in a week!

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I came to the carnivore lifestyle in a very natural way – although I did kind of get my mind blown a few times! Before carnivore, I ate very much a standard diet – with maybe a bodybuilder twist. I loved eating oats with protein powder in the morning. Things like egg whites, chicken breast with broccoli, chicken breast and rice, chicken rice and broccoli, haha you get the idea. There was a lot of chicken breast in my diet. And every now and then I would eat something completely off plan like a chocolate bar or bag of lollies, because as much as I told myself I loved my diet, it wasn’t that satisfying. I gulped down like a protein bar a day and loved Diet Coke. Just all things I wouldn’t even look at now!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

For a long time, the body builder style way of eating worked very well at keeping a lean physique. But after a few years it stopped working. I was eating the same things, but just gaining weight this time. I started increasing output, decreasing input, to get a small result, and then weight gain again. I was so tired – all the time. I decided to push harder – much more output in the gym, less input food wise – no more treats and more dry chicken breast, more diet cokes. I was running myself into the ground. I felt the sickest I had ever felt. I couldn’t work as much, I would get home and collapse into bed with a very strong pulsing sensation in my neck. My psoriasis was at the point where it was cracking and bleeding. I felt at breaking point. I started seeing the doctor, where he suspected I had a thyroid condition – I was referred to a clinic. Whilst waiting to be seen by the clinic, I told my boyfriend that maybe I should try fasting. I didn’t believe in it, I’ll admit that. I just saw it as an easy way to get my calories down. It was a cry for help. My boyfriend is very much into researching things, so one night he pulls up YouTube on our telly and just starts playing a Jason Fung video on fasting. I remember mildly being interested as we were packing for a trip away. The video was an hour long. By the end of it, I was hooked on the science. I told my partner I was going to commence a 5 day fast – right then and there – with my limited knowledge of fasting, I began. We went on holiday and I stuck to my guns. I fasted the whole 5 days, although I struggled one day and cried. Of those 5 days, I immersed myself in study. I read and I read and I read. I dropped a large amount of weight. I felt a strange sense of energy. That was when my mind started to open. Jason Fung had mentioned about keto – I previously was a hater of anything that mentioned ‘low carb’ – I would get mad and say it was such a dangerous diet and you needed carbs – THAT person. But because my fast had worked so well, and I had been researching keto on my 5 day holiday, I then instantly launched into keto. I was definitely laughed at by a few of my colleagues. But I kept on. It was the first time I ever felt a shift in the right direction health wise. I continued this for maybe a year, where I met an amazing woman Theresa, who competed in a bodybuilding show – on keto. I was so intrigued, I asked if I could have coffee with her. I remember telling her how my mind was blown about keto and I couldn’t believe this information was not more mainstream. I told her what I was doing was safe – I was getting enough fibre, and having healthy fats like coconut oil. I remember her laughing and saying ‘you know you don’t have to do that, right?’ And I will always remember her words ‘that whole fibre argument is a myth.’ So mind blown number 1: fasting is actually healthy. Mind blown number 2: keto is actually healthy, so long as you eat vegetables. Mind blown number 3: vegetables may not actually be that good for you, in fact, they’re kinda harmful – and there are people who go without them altogether! I remember saying to her – ‘wow that’s amazing, but I couldn’t do that. That would be too hard. Where is the variety?’ But as you know, I went home and researched my little heart out. And the next thing I knew, I was dipping my toes in the water to carnivore. That was where I saw the most increases in my health. It made me realise that I might actually live one day symptom free – of my thyroid condition, of my skin condition, of depression even – which I had never considered would improve!

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My way of approaching the carnivore diet changes all the time. When I first began, I needed to vary meats a lot, to keep myself interested. Nowadays I have mostly beef, and supplement with other meats. I have now say I have popped my raw beef cherry, as well as lambs liver (still working on enjoying the lambs liver). I tend to eat once a day, at the end of the day. With how far I have come so far, I can only hope that I will grow more into eating this way as time goes by!

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

The benefits that carnivore has provided for me are immense. My thyroid condition only appears now when I stray from diet. Psoriasis has cleared. Joint pain is almost non existent. I now fall asleep quickly – coming from previous struggles with insomnia. My hair grows so fast and my eyes are brighter. I have struggled my entire adult life with depression, with multiple bouts of feeling suicidal – this is now completely gone and I’m 100% unmedicated – in fact, I take no medications at all now – for anything. I don’t even get headaches anymore, whereas I used to get insane migraines. My weight has now balanced out, and I don’t have to work hard to keep it that way. My training in the gym has improved. My period has returned – from 8 years without one. It is crazy how many benefits I’ve had, in fact I could go on and on with this one! But you get the idea.

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

As for the cons, I don’t know if there are any cons – when adjusting to the diet, for sure there are some digestive issues in the first few days. Also my electrolytes fell out a lot in the first few days – this has all panned out now. The main con would be not being able to talk to everyone about this. People are not very open at all to this idea, and I constantly get people asking me to ‘prove it’ to them – I’m lucky that I don’t feel the need to prove it. I don’t mind what other people do, I don’t take it upon myself to convert everyone to eating meat. It is too tiring, and the old saying goes – you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink!

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

I do exercise regularly on this diet – being that it is my job, but also a big hobby of mine. I exercise fasted, always. I have no issues with this and find I can push really hard in my sessions! My sessions are not about weight loss anymore, more about building muscle and just enjoying what my body can do. I probably train anywhere from 3-6 times a week.

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

My best piece of advice to someone looking to try this lifestyle, is to do research. Find people with experience, ask them questions. Find out your ‘why’ – why are you doing this? This will make it easier to stick to, as you get more used to it.

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

Unfortunately I don’t feel carnivore will ever be accepted as a main stream diet. I think it will become more accepted, but never mainstream.  There’s not a lot of money to be made from it (same with fasting actually!) and also – sugar addicted people who prefer to stay in denial, will never want this to be true that this is a healthy way of eating – it threatens their sugar addiction after all! I do find it very sad that a lot of people are still addicted to these fake foods – I was one of them!

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

Thanks for asking me about my journey! It’s been fun reflecting on it.

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Bart

Interview with Bart

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Bart Jankowski 37-year-old from the UK.

I am a certified personal trainer and paleo nutritionist, currently working to become a health coach.

My journey with nutrition started in 2009 when I watched video from Sean Croxton titled “is god stupid?” which completely changed my views on food.

What started me into digging deeper into nutrition was my health situation which year by year was getting worse; my weight was getting harder and harder to shift. My body didn’t recover as well as it used to and it felt like my body is falling apart.

List of health problems I suffered with;

IBS – 20+ years, constant diarrhea and bloated every day (now gone)

Psoriasis (now gone)

Joints and back pain (now gone)

Muscle weakness (now gone)

Brain fog, lack of drive and motivation(now gone)

Memory issues, ADHD, (now gone)

Bleeding gums and teeth aching  (now gone)

Sugar and coffee addiction (now gone)

Cravings off the scale (now gone)

Problem with sleep and waking up (now gone)

Anxiety and depression (now gone)

Yeast overgrowth (now gone)

Lack of energy, two double espressos first thing in the morning. (now gone)

Anger issues (now gone)

Late 2017 after going to the toilet one morning I discovered a lot of blood in my stool which continued for a few days. As you can imagine my first thought was “bowel cancer”.  I started researching, and all the symptoms I had were pointing to that diagnosis.

My GP sent me straight to the hospital to do all sorts of tests; colonoscopy was the next step for me. In the time leading to that procedure, I went deep into reading books on the microbiome, gut health colon cancer you name it.

I decided to cut a few types of food from my diet dairy, grains, legumes, and beans to start with I followed advice from “Microbiome solution” book and started heavy dose of probiotics and to be honest, my symptoms improved a bit.

On the day of the procedure, I was about to cancel it as I told my doctor that “I think I know what happened and I am much better now” to which he replied “your diet has nothing to do with your gut health” I decided to go with the procedure which showed all clear.

I decided after that that I’m going to figure it out and get myself better.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Mid 2018  I decided to go Strict Keto after reading “Keto reset diet” by Mark Sisson. I did full 14 weeks recording all food etc. I have lost a bit of weight around 6lb but my bloating and all other symptoms I listed previously were still there, I hit the wall, and my energy levels in the gym suffered drastically.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

I decided to try this diet after watching Joe Rogan with Shawn  Baker podcast in November 2018 I only did it for a few weeks but then I fell off due to Christmas. So 31st of December was the day when I decided I will go full 2019 carnivore.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

For the first month I started eating Ribeyes, and fattest meat I could get, around 3lb per day.

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

Within three days my IBS, bloating digestion problems were gone, after seven days bleeding gums stopped, two weeks into it my depression and anxiety lifted and my sleep improved massively, for the first time in life I wake up early 🙂 and the list goes on, I feel better now than in my 20’s

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

So far I have not found anything wrong about it, to be honest.

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

Yes, I do I lift weights four times per week, box and run 30-50km per month. The first month was hard when it comes to training but now energy is crazy, and for the first time in 20 years I don’t need coffee before the gym just to get that motivation to train.

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

I would say do it for 30 days; you have nothing to lose (apart from fat lol)

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

I do hope so, but that is hard to predict, with this constant push towards a plant-based diet and registered interest from biggest companies in the world, it’s going to be a hard battle to relate this message across. I reckon keto diet will be a bridge for carnivore as certain countries such as the UK accepted this diet as a treatment for metabolic dysfunctions so that carnivore could be a natural progression.

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

My message is, don’t rely on government agencies or doctors to teach you how to eat, do your research you have all the info you need in your pocket. The only way for us to regain our health is to get back the roots. Look at the food you buy, if that food wasn’t here thousands of years ago don’t eat it, because it looks nice and it has some stamp of approval on it don’t buy it, it is all marketing BS. Don’t be scared of red meat and fat for millions of year those two were the staple of our diet and got us to this point in evolution as a species.

So far I have lost 21lb of fat and still loosing

My waist dropped by 5 inches body fat % by around 8%

You can find me on Instagram @carnivore_explorer

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Carnivore Diet success stories – Mark Strough

Interview with Mark

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I am Mark W. Strough. I’m almost 50 years old. I live in Northwest Arkansas on a 225-acre farm with my wife & kids. I am HIT Trainer too. I train clients at my studio & do online training & coaching as well. I am a Martial Arts instructor & lifelong student.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate in many different ways from keto to a more plant-based way of eating trying to find help for my a Rheumatic Arthritis & Psoriasis.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I switched to Carnivore Way of Eating because I had success with it from the late 1980’s while in College & was lifting a lot plus doing martial arts nearly every waking hour that I could. I was a huge fan of Vince Gironda who was Mr. Steak & Eggs. I only did it then for help with adding muscle & strength and it worked & I loved it. After a series of health issues from a few accidents in 2014 I went back to it to drop weight rapidly to hopefully help prevent surgery on my broke foot & ankle. I did Carnivore with just a bit of sauerkraut over the meat at that time. At that time it was not being done for my autoimmune issues just weight loss. My wife thought I had lost my mind but when she saw I lost 60 pounds in under 2 months she was impressed. My orthopedic surgeon was shocked & impressed. I went back to a ketogenic way of eating. Later I noticed after doing a three day or longer fast my pain & inflammation and my psoriasis would greatly improve. It would fully return after eating food to normal within 6 to 12 hours. I noticed when I broke my fast with meat only it did not return to normal. Dr. Stephen Gundry’s book The Plant Paradox came out at about this time. I started researching a carnivore way of eating for my issues and found lots of online resources and people that were so helpful. I discussed doing this & my wife at this point thought it would be a great thing to try. She actually wanted to try it for her IBS & other GI Issues too. I was desperate to try something because I was losing all function of my hands & especially my thumbs and fingers. I was getting lots of twisting of my digits. I was also getting to the point I could no longer engage in one of my favorite hobbies combat pistol shooting. I was getting unable to manipulate the pistols mechanisms such as doing a tactical mag release & reload.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach to Carnivore eating is exceptionally simple. I eat high-fat beef 95 percent of the time for my meat. It’s almost always ribeyes steak. I now eat our farm eggs with my steaks. I use a little bit of butter. I put pink Himalayan salt & a bit of pepper on my steak & eggs. I only drink water. I rarely ever do cheese. I seldom do pork. I do no poultry. I just eat until totally full & eat when hungry & don’t eat when not hungry. I generally eat only one meal a day (OMAD).

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

My Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Tendinitis, Joint Pain & Sciatica are all in full 100% remission. I haven’t felt this good in over two decades. My athletic performance has gotten even better with all the reduction in inflammation & pain. My recovery is so much better too. My sleep has gotten great better. I feel better in every category on doing Zero Carb 100% Carnivore!!

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

There have been no negatives on this way of eating except a little social awkwardness at first but that is not an issue any longer. All our family & friends are very understanding & accommodating.

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

Yes, I do my HIT resistance training once per week. I do a Mike Mentzer’s Heavy Duty approach of a split body so maybe two to three exercises consisting of one set to full momentary muscular failure. I also do sprint intervals occasionally. I do my martial arts of various things too. Not exercise but great activities of being active on the farm work & playing with the family. I love hiking, stand up paddle boarding, combat pistol shooting, snorkeling & etc. Since going Carnivore everything has gotten better especially my recovery.

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 own research. Read & listen to as many people who have done this for a while. Give it a 30 to 120-day trial and see what happens. Question everything that you have heard from all the “experts”. Check out Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Ben Bikman, Dr. Nevada Gray, Dr. Paul Mabry, Dr. Ken Berry, Dave Feldman, Scott Myslinski, Phil Escott, Chris Donohue, Lisa Bailey so many more too. Don’t believe all the common myths & half-truths like you will die of scurvy without your veggies & fruits. Will be constipated without fiber. Must be in a large calorie deficit for weight loss. You only get the health benefits from Carnivore from doing extreme calorie restriction. You must have your “healthy” whole grains. You will get Gout, Kidney Stones, Heart Disease, etc, etc from doing Carnivore.

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

No, I do not think it will ever be a mainstream way of eating because of the propaganda, advertisements & the “studies” from vegans, climate change fear mongers, Big Food, Big Pharma & Big Medicine. I hope I’m wrong about that.

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

I encourage anyone to give this a one month to 4-month experiment. It may take a little while for your body & mind to adapt but preserver and it will. I think you will be amazed at your results.

I have a Facebook Group on Health & Nutrition. I also am on Twitter @mark_strough & I’m on Instagram under the same.

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Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

If you like what I am about, check out the below.

Amazon

Carnivore Fit Expanded edition – eBook and Paperback

Clothing – Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company

Low Content Books – Journals, Notebooks, Diaries and Planners.

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

Stores

Etsy – Unique Carnivore