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Carnivore Diet success stories with Huw

Interview with Huw

1) Introduce Yourself.

I’m Huw Davies, live in London, have 2 kids and a dog. I’ve been a near-full-time parent for the last  12 years or so, while maintaining a low level of coaching work. I’m a Level 3 triathlon coach and ex-coach educator for Triathlon England; did a level 1 run coaching cert years ago with UK Athletics, that’s probably expired now; qualified as a reflexologist and practised for a while in the 90s, but don’t do that any more; certified kettlebell instructor; certified carnivore coach. Ex-rugby player, men’s lacrosse player, cricketer, squash player, triathlete, cyclist, runner, ultrarunner…So now it’s kids, kettlebell, strength and conditioning, some endurance clients too.


2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

As an idealistic student I became a vegetarian. Later I shared a house with vegans, and was in practice a vegan for a short while. Living in France and Spain cured me of my vegetarianism, thank god, and when I took up triathlon, in my 30s, I ate a high-volume, high-calorie, high carb, high toilet visiting diet. As I later got into coaching I started learning about the dangers of grains, and gradually moved towards low-carb, then paleo, then keto, then relaxed carnivore, and now fairly strict carnivore. This took place over the course of my 40s. I am a slow mover when it comes to changing habits!


3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

On the one hand it was an evolutionary step, as I was looking to improve, improve, improve. So it went LCHF, paleo, keto, carnivore, each step a step closer to an optimal WOE. On the other hand, I’d had an MCL injury (medial collateral ligament at the knee), that I’d re-injured and which caused my knee to swell up to the size of a grapefruit at the slightest provocation. So one day, during my keto phase, I just said F**k it, I’m binning all carbs, I want to see my knee again. Early 2017, that was, and it’s been really good ever since.


4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Very simply. I’m not perfect, but from day to day I eat from a fairly narrow range of regular items: steak mince from my butcher, bacon, and eggs. At the moment I eat a lot of butter and salt and Lo-salt. When I can afford it I buy rib-eyes in bulk and eat one or two a day. Rib-eye has the best flavour for me. I managed to give up coffee and tea, which I’m convinced helps a ton, and I rarely drink, maybe a glass of wine every 4-6 weeks, which is also a very good thing in my opinion. I eat twice a day, at around 11 and 7, and that usually is fine. Today I was hungry at about 10 am, so I ate my meal then – I’ve learned not to clock-watch like I did when I was doing intermittent fasting – Oh, I can’t eat until the minute hand hits the 12.


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

Despite being a lifelong athlete/sportsman, and on paper in decent shape almost all the time, I think I was suffering from chronic global inflammation, and probably other carb-related issues. I’ve had constant back pain since a bad injury aged 18 – that has gone – and constant neck pain from about the age of 30, at times so bad I contemplated contemplating suicide (!) – that is gone. No carby mood swings and grumpiness (my kids might not agree about the grumpiness!). Better body composition, more muscle than when I was a (pretty decent) triathlete. The brain fog thing I lost when I started keto, so I can’t really ascribe my mental clarity to carnivore per se, but it certainly is a part of being carnivore, the sense of peace, the clarity etc.


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

I find myself drinking loads of water – apparently high protein and high salt lead to this – which means I get up to go to the loo twice a night. And obviously what people think when they find out that I only eat meat. Everyone suddenly becomes a f**king nutrition expert and warns you about er, arteries, er, cholesterol, er, gout, er, constipation and all the rest. It can get wearisome. (But it’s worth it a million times over).


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

I have played sport and/or raced all my life, up to birth of second child, so I have always trained fairly hard. Nowadays I train twice a day: a fairly intense kettlebell session in the morning, and a strength session in the afternoon. I love to train, I love kettlebells, and I no longer have any desire to swim, bike or run. I walk about 6 miles a day with the dog. I’d love to take her for a multi-day hike somewhere one day. 


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

First, just go for it, try it out – what have you got to lose other than a load of fat and a load of bad moods, and a load of bad skin and a load of brain fog? It has to be worth a good (60-day) try. Second, be patient and persistent and work with the process, not your imagined goals.


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

Unlikely. There is a strong anti-meat narrative pushed by very powerful and influential and evil people, and while they are funding veganism and manipulating the narratives, pushing it in the media, and making films like The Game-Changers, then carnivore is unlikely to hit the mainstream. I predict that it will grow, though, and be less marginalised.


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

Thank you for the interview! I really appreciate it.

I’m crap on Instagram, but anyway, I’m at huwcarnivorecoach.

I have a website, huwcoach.com, which is live but I’m still developing bit by bit. 

I’m on MeatRx.com’s coaching page now for carnivore coaching. Huw D. 

I do Zoom sessions a lot now, mini-sessions for mobility and strength, so your readers are welcome to contact me to join a group.

Thanks again, enjoyed this!

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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 Aaron

Interview with Aaron

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, my name is Aaron. I’m just over 6 months on the carnivore diet. I’m using the carnivore diet to try to heal multiple autoimmune diseases. I had given up on life before starting carnivore. Nothing has ever worked for me before now and I really had no hope of ever getting better.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Just previous to trying the carnivore diet, I spent a year on the AIP. (Autoimmune Protocol Diet). I was eating a lot of meat and vegetables on this diet; and coconut products. The meat was mostly chicken. I had never eaten much beef in my life until now. I really only had a few steaks in my life before carnivore. Before the AIP, I ate a combination of foods. I didn’t eat fast food. I never drank soda. I thought it was a healthy diet, but my health continued to fade.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

This diet was a last resort. When I first heard of the carnivore diet, I thought it was crazy and definitely not healthy. But, my health had completely failed, and I decided to commit suicide. I was basically bedridden for 3 months and was going to have to quit my job.

After much soul searching and consideration; my competitive fire and love for my family kicked in and I decided to try this diet. What did I have to lose? Nothing. Quite frankly, I was going to give it 30 days and see if anything happened. If I felt some improvement, then I would continue on. If not, I thought I could always commit suicide then. After 30 days, I didn’t feel much better; but some subtle things began to happen and my curiosity kept me around.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I’m about as strict as it gets in my approach to the carnivore diet. I eat only meat and consume water. No eggs. No dairy. No coffee. No salt. Salt makes autoimmune symptoms worse and swells my body. I eat almost predominately beef. I usually buy a slab of ribeyes every week, and that is mostly my food. I do add organs in a few times a week. I eat beef and calf liver, chicken gizzards and hearts, and chicken livers. At the start, I ate some chicken, salmon, shrimp and sardines. I’m not against eating these now, but beef is much more satiating.

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

I have Sjogren’s Syndrome and maybe Lupus. (It’s complicated to diagnose autoimmune diseases, and they are basically all the same anyway). My symptoms have all gotten better, but I still have a lot of improvement to make. I’ve been sick for most of my life, and it will take a lot of patience and discipline to get completely healthy. With Sjogren’s Syndrome, you obviously have very dry eyes, mouth, nose, and everything else. Sweat glands are affected, and sometimes blocked. My mouth feels a lot healthier now. I used to have to use dry-mouth mouthwash constantly all day. I would use gum or lozenges to keep my mouth comfortable. When broadcasting, I always had 3 or 4 pieces of gum and a lozenge in at all times. Now, I use mouthwash maybe twice a day and do not chew gum at all. I have not had a lozenge in over 4 months. I even broadcasted a baseball game in late May with absolutely nothing in my mouth. I never thought that would be possible, even for 10 minutes. I was floored by it. I sat in the press box all by myself after the 3-hour game and felt like crying. Nobody will know how much that meant to me. My life is definitely changing, and by eating just meat? It still sounds crazy to me. Seriously.

I now sweat much more than I used to, and I think it’s another sign of increased health. Feeling it trickling down my face is a fantastic feeling.

I have completely stopped my thyroid medication. I had taken it for a year and half because my thyroid was sluggish. I was on a pretty large dose, and the hormone made me feel warmer and better. After a few months of carnivore, I started having heart palpitations. I recognized immediately this was a sign of too much hormone. I cut my dosage, and then evaluated. I continued to have heart palpitations until my dosage was down to a very small amount. So, I decided to continue taking the small dose. About a month went by, and I realized my resting heart rate was over 100! I didn’t even realize it. I stopped the thyroid medication and eventually my heart rate was in the 60’s or low 70’s. I’ve been off the med for over a month, and my thyroid appears to be okay.

For years and years, I have been on Plaquenil for my autoimmune diseases. It’s just a general medication that I was told I had to take for the rest of my life. It can have serious side effects, especially with the eyes. I am currently trying to completely get off it. At the time of this writing, I haven’t taken it in over 3 weeks and plan to continue without it.  If I can get off Plaquenil, it will be truly incredible and such a huge hurdle in my healing. It’s astonishing.

My goal is to eventually get off all medications and have my disease be in total remission. Only time will tell!

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

The only negative I can think of is the difficulty of eating this way, while traveling. I’m very strict, and have not eaten any restaurant food yet. I just don’t trust it, and want to get as healthy as I can before trying that. I realize a lot of people pick up burger patties from fast food places or a steak, but I am not eating anything that other people prepare. So, I have to figure out how to survive when away from home. Right now, I simply fast and continue to drink water. But, I have road trips for my next broadcast season that will last a week. What will I do? I’m not sure. I may need some favors from fellow carnivores to bring me some steak while I’m in a strange city. This community is so friendly and helpful. I may actually do that. A lot of people also talk about the negativity of this diet socially. I can see how that is possible, but it doesn’t affect me too much. If I go out with people to eat, I just sit there and drink water. I don’t really care. I don’t feel awkward about it. Being sick feels much worse than sitting in a restaurant and drinking only water.

Dating is also a bit different. I tend to do more active things now, rather than going to dinner or out to a bar.

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

Exercise has been another bright spot on carnivore. I go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week, take long walks, play tennis and just generally remain active. Due to lifting, my right elbow had been very sore for about 2 years in a row. It really affected my bench press and just ached all the time. About 3 or 4 months into the carnivore diet, my elbow was pain free! I don’t previously have any chronic pain at all, and that is truly remarkable for an active person with multiple autoimmune diseases. My energy is better than before, and my sleep is getting better. I’ve had a debilitating sleep disorder for many years.

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

Ask yourself, “What do I have to lose?” Will eating only meat make anything worse? Are you sick enough that you want your life to change and are willing to try something new to do it?

I would advise someone to be very disciplined at the start. I would eat only beef and drink water. I would not use coffee. I don’t think coffee is carnivore. I would not eat eggs or dairy. Once you get acclimated to the diet, you can add some things back in and cater it toward your lifestyle. But a basic and disciplined start is very necessary to see if this will help you. Commit to it 100 percent. Be patient. It takes time to improve. Don’t compare yourself to others. Your health deserves it!

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

I don’t really know, and I don’t think it has to be. Mainstream diets today aren’t healthy and who cares if the mainstream community agrees with it? I couldn’t possibly care less what other people think of my diet. I am fighting for my life, and I’ll do whatever I damn well please to continue that fight. I think sharing stories and talking to people will help others and spread the word. That part is excellent and very helpful. If people are smart enough and open-minded enough, they will realize something very positive is happening in the carnivore community. But, I don’t really care what doctors think or the media thinks. If anyone wants to ask me anything, I will always be honest with them about it.

I also have to say much current doctor is very open minded about the carnivore diet. He is interested in my updates and says he may start to recommend the carnivore diet to other autoimmune patients after he sees what happens to me.

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

People can follow my journey on Instagram, at CarnivoreBroadcaster.

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I am always willing to answer questions anyone may have. I know what it’s like to suffer and I don’t want others to feel that way. It’s debilitating. I understand what it’s like to want to die, and just know that things CAN change. I am proof of that. I also want people to know that I’m still very much a work in progress. I have bad days still. I have doubts still. Will I ever completely get my health back? Will I finally be healthy enough to eventually get married and have kids? All of my dreams had been shattered by my terrible health, and I am trying to put it all back together. I want my life back, and I won’t stop until I have it! I have a long way to go, but my life is changing. I want to share as much as I can and be as honest as I can. 

I also want to personally thank Mikhaila Peterson, Shawn Baker and Tristan Haggard. They, among others, were instrumental in convincing me to try the carnivore diet. I would be dead today, if it were not for carnivore. That is just the truth. I wish them and everyone else the best of luck. Keep sharing your stories and helping. You are changing lives.

And thank you to Steven for asking me to be a part of his blog. I love reading all of the stories and the spreading of hope on here. We are changing the world, one story at a time. Keep up the great work! Love you all.

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