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Carnivore Diet success stories – with K

Interview with K

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Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m K. I’m 36 years old and I grew up in Southern California. I currently live in Melbourne, Australia with my boyfriend.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

Growing up, I ate the Standard American Diet. I was never a big vegetable eater and I rarely met a carbohydrate I didn’t like. Hence, I was always overweight. Eventually I became an obese adult.

I started a Ketogenic Diet in February of 2016.

I went Carnivore in November of 2018.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I followed a Ketogenic Diet for a year and saw a lot of improvements: I lost about 70 lb (32 kg), my amenorrhea resolved itself, my dandruff/psoriasis improved (though didn’t completely go away), I felt better, and became more active.

One of the activities I took up was yoga, particularly to alleviate some of the ongoing sciatic pain I was experiencing due to a previous back injury. Unfortunately I fell down the hole of re-injuring my back, becoming less active, and then struggling to maintain my diet.

In the end, I gained about 40 lb (18 kg), my skin was starting to flake everywhere again, and I injured my back a third time. This time, it got a lot worse.

I was in constant pain, I couldn’t straighten my back while standing, I needed to use a cane to walk, there was occasional tingling in my feet,  and I couldn’t sleep without pain killers. I eventually got an MRI at the behest of a chiropractor and we discovered I had a severely bulged disc in my lower back. The recommendation was to see a neurosurgeon about a discectomy.

While all of this was happening, I restarted a Ketogenic Diet in a bid to lose weight and alleviate some of the pressure on my back. And I lost about 30 lb (14 kg), but my back wasn’t improving. Then I discovered something I didn’t know: all the pain in my back was due to inflammation. The main purpose of disc surgery would be to prevent potential nerve damage and pain relief wasn’t necessarily a guarantee.

I’d been interested in the Carnivore Diet since some time towards the end of 2017 because there were so many dramatic and varied success stories. Since I was getting the results I was looking for on the Ketogenic Diet (mainly weight loss and skin improvement), I didn’t bother to make the switch.

In the end, I started a Carnivore Diet in a last ditch effort to heal my back.

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m probably what some would call a ‘relaxed’ Carnivore. I eat mainly animal products with a few minor caveats.

I eat beef, lamb, pork (lots of bacon!), eggs, and chicken. I make sure I eat all the fat, skin, cartilage, and connective tissues. I try to eat mainly beef and lamb since they tend to be more satisfying and satiating.

I do dairy on occasion, mainly butter, cheese, and greek yogurt. I still eat some sausages and cured meats. I’m pretty liberal with spices.

I drink water (sparkling preferred) and black espresso.

I haven’t felt the need to incorporate organ meats, but I’m not opposed to trying some in the future.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

  1. My back is significantly better, no neurosurgeon required. I started to see some improvement about a month into Carnivore and it’s been improving ever since. Currently, I am pain free, I can stand straight, I can walk, I can lift, I can bend, I can twist, I can swim, and I can ride a bicycle. I still have occasional stiffness at the end of the day, but even that is becoming less frequent. I’m not sure I can entirely attribute this to diet, I suspect it had a large part in reducing my inflammation that allowed me to recover.
  2. My ongoing sciatica pain is completely gone.
  3. I’ve lost an additional 27 lb (12 kg) in the last 5 months.
  4. My skin is doing better and even improved beyond what I experienced on a Ketogenic Diet. I think the last few patches of psoriasis are finally starting to resolve.
  5. By eliminating all sweet things, I broke my sweet tooth. Diet soda and Keto desserts were keeping that desire alive.
  6. I’m a lot less hungry and intermittent fasting is practically automatic. I eat 1 to 2 times a day, but I was able to do this on Keto as well.
  7. Carnivore is simple: shopping and cooking don’t take that much time. Keto can easily get quite unwieldy with the variety of different recipes made with difficult to source ingredients.
  8. I experience an observable mood boost, particularly when I eat beef or lamb.

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

  1. When I stray from animal based foods, my body complains. Usually in the form of digestive rumbling/bathroom time or migraines.
  2. Sometimes it’s hard to constantly say no to people when they’re offering you food you don’t want to eat. I also think some people offer it on purpose because they don’t agree with your diet. I’ve heard a lot of ‘you can’t just eat meat’ from the peanut gallery.
  3. This negative is location specific: Carnivore generally seems harder to do in Australia compared to the USA. Especially on a budget. The meat Down Under tends to be leaner and it costs more. This goes for eating out as well, something I enjoy but have a hard time doing due to portion sizes and cost.

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

I don’t exercise with any kind of regularity. I do ride my bicycle on occasion and have been trying to re-introduce yoga slowly into my life. Other than not having back problems while doing either, I haven’t noticed anything else worth mentioning.

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

I think being fat-adapted would make the transition easier, so I’d recommend doing some version of a Ketogenic Diet for a set amount of time first.

A Carnivore Diet isn’t as hard to do as you think.  A lot of people (including myself before I started) consider this to be a very restrictive diet. In some ways it is, but a lot of the anxiety you feel about removing certain foods is just your addiction to that food.

Also, make your life easier and focus on what you can have rather than what you can’t. Sometimes it even helps to cull certain things off of your social media feed. For instance, I used to follow a lot of people who made Keto desserts on Instagram, but it was tempting me to want to make them as well. Now I mainly follow people who photograph meat.

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

No, at least not anytime soon. I think there is a general belief that vegetables are inherently good/necessary and I can’t see that conditioning being broken for people en masse.

I do have hope that more people will incorporate meat as the bulk of their diet as more people share stories about how their health has improved. Perhaps in a few generations that push will eventuate in a mainstream form of Carnivory.

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

Something important I learned on my journey is that all those ‘replacement’ Keto recipes and foods (i.e. desserts, bread, candy, etc.) don’t really break your desire to eat the real thing. This makes it easier to fall prey to carbohydrate cravings and eventually go back to a Standard Diet. I’m mainly on Instagram (@optimizingk) and I have a blog (http://optimizingk.com) where I write about my ongoing self-optimization and interests.

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Michele

Interview with Michele

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Michele Ridgeway and I am 44 years old.  I am married and I am the mom of two teenagers.  I like to go on road trips and to amusement parks. I love music and spending time with my family.   I have been overweight my entire life and even though I was very athletic and strong during my school years, I always carried more weight than my peers.  I am recovering from 2 years of situational anxiety and depression.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I LOVED food!  When I recalled vacations we went on, it was always based around where and what we ate.  Birthday parties were always about the cake and ice cream.  I ate a lot of fast food especially fried chicken, burgers, milk shakes and french fries.  I am from North Carolina, so sweet tea was my beverage of choice.   I had a very difficult time stopping when I ate certain foods and I never had leftovers on my plate.  I left restaurants miserable from all of the food I consumed, but wouldn’t think twice about stopping for ice cream on the way home.  I rarely ate vegetable unless they were battered and deep fried and when my average weight friends talked about a dessert being too rich and only being able to eat a small amount, I could not understand what they were talking about.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

In December of 2017 I started a plant based diet and I lost some weight, but it didn’t feel sustainable to me.   I had lots of sugar highs and lows and I was never truly satisfied.  I also have sciatica and it always worsened when I was eating mostly plants, so in June 2018 I found out about the Keto diet.  After a few successful months on  Keto I heard about Shawn Baker and Mikhaila Peterson.  I have to admit I thought it was really extreme in the beginning, but when I heard about Mikhaila’s results with anxiety and depression I decided to try it.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I always knew that I ate the broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts only because I thought they were healthy and I never really enjoyed them.  So giving up the veggies wasn’t that difficult.  I have always been a huge ribeye fan and felt guilty when I would eat all of the fat that came with it.  Now I enjoy every last bite and don’t feel guilty at all.  I eat eggs, bacon, sausage, chicken, fish and beef.  I have also been using heavy cream in my coffee.  I usually eat twice a day and about once a week I do a 24 hour fast. I think the most difficult part for me, with my past of plant based dieting, was convincing myself they I was really doing something healthy for my body.

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

I have lost over 30 pounds.  My skin has cleared up.  My anxiety and depression have diminished significantly.  I have more control over my cravings especially since giving up artificial sweeteners.  I am more in tune with my hunger and satiety signals.  I am losing fat in stubborn areas.  My outlook on life in general has improved.  My energy has increased dramatically.  Fewer migraines.  Inflammation has decreased.

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

I can’t really think of any negatives.

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

I have not done any consistent exercise while on this journey.  In the past when I would attempt weight loss, I would become very rigid with exercise and diet.  If I stopped exercising I stopped everything.  So it was really important to me to take a more relaxed approach this time. I wanted to get my diet under control and then add exercise.   I have recently started some strength training to build up my core strength and tone up my arms and legs.  Even though I have only been doing it a few weeks, I am surprised at how quickly my body is responding.   I also plan on incorporating some walking/hiking in the coming weeks.

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 just go for it!  This way of eating is so satisfying.  If you have fears about it,  just try it for 30 days and see how you feel.

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

I think because the idea of vegetables being necessary for humans is so ingrained in our culture it probably won’t become mainstream any time soon.  But as the movement grows and more people see the amazing results others are getting, maybe doctors and researchers will take a closer look at it.

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

I just want people to know that I am not perfect and I still have my struggles with food sometimes.  The cool thing about Carnivore is that I have been able to start a new day fresh after I stumble and continue my journey.  You can follow me on Instagram @carnivoreforsure

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Tom

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Tom, I’m from the central coast California and I have been doing the carnivore diet for about four months after two months of a strict ketogenic type diet. I lost 80 lbs in five months and getting closer to my maintenance phase.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before my keto phase, I ate a lot of meat with even more carbs and general junk food. Probably in the ballpark of 400 carbs a day. I was the guy that would get a double cheeseburger, fries and a diet soda lol.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I tried carnivore for several reasons. Once, the keto type diets are very time consuming and generally require a lot of work to maintain certain macros, weight everything, and plan everything out. I was first attracted to the carnivore diet because of how simple it seemed on the surface. Furthermore, I’ve done low carb atkin diets before and I knew that protein in general controls hunger and appetite very well. Then I saw the Shawn Baker interview on the Joe Rogan podcast and became even more interested after doing some more research online. I decided to give it a 30 day try, and haven’t looked back since.

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4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I keep it as simple as possible. Since I am still trying to cut body fat,  I track macros but its much easier since I have a lot of the same meals. I aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of lean mass, and I only eat the fat that comes with my protein (maybe some butter here and there). So usually that looks like about 2-3lbs of red meat and some eggs. In general, I keep carbs zero or as close too it as possible. 90% of the time I’m eating red meat (beef) and eggs, but I do have some others foods on occasion; such as whey protein/MCT oil before workouts along with a pre-workout supplement, and maybe some mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach here and there. I stay away from most diary because it seems to slow weight loss for me. I try to have a balanced approach and keep what works for me. I have noticed that I do the best eating red meat, eggs, salt, and water so I stick that that as much as I can.


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

At my best I was losing close to 0.5 lbs a day. Now I’m losing about 1-2 pound a week. I went from 288 lbs and 33% body fat to 206 lbs and 17 body fat. I had a DEXA scan recently and will track the progress much better that way. In addition to the amazing weight loss, my sleep improved, my heartburn vanished, sciatica pain decreased, blood pressure improved, fasting glucose decreased 105 to 85, my skin cleared up, bloating disappeared, and as I mentioned before my cravings and appetite are under complete control.


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

Its a little hard socially. Its hard to go out with friends and order strictly meat. But then again, you can always just go to a steak house.

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

I have been lifting weights on and off for ten years. On the carnivore diet, I’ve been having much better workouts and I’m excited to see what the DEXA will say in a few months. In the first few months my endurance was a little lower, but I feel like I have come back and and surpassed my abilities in every way possible. Furthermore, I increased ALL OF MY LIFT’s after losing 80 lbs which is incredible. My cardio endurance has also increased, but that could also be associated with my weight loss.

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

Just try it for 2 weeks. Keep it simple, but cut everything but red meat, water, and salt for two weeks. Once you see the results, you can decide if its worth it for you.


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

I think so, logically its just a counter argument for a vegetarian diet. It could be decades, but I think the more  “keto” is accepted the more carnivore will be accepted since they share a lot of the same metabolic principles.


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

Follow me on Instagram @nobody.cares.work.harder  !!!!!!

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