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World Carnivore Month 2021 – Teeth – Day 20

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I don’t think it is particularly controversial to suggest that the Carnivore Diet can improve tooth heath, or at least stop the progression of dental disease.

It just seems logical.

It is a low sugar diet, and surely everyone understands the harmful effect of sugar on teeth.

Then you have no other harmful antioxidants and oxalates causing havoc.

Finally, the carnivore diet provides all the nutrition you need to build healthy teeth and gums.

I have always had strong teeth and have never had any issues with them, so I cannot say if they have improved on carnivore… they certainly haven’t declined and I haven’t got scurvy or anything stupid like that.

Weston A. Price is a great resource for tooth health if people want to check the books out. Where he showed people on traditional diets had great tooth health, as soon as they went onto a standard western diet… bad things would start to happen.

Check out these carnivore diet success stories regarding tooth health… https://ketogenicendurance.com/tag/teeth/

Selina “I also used to have pain in my teeth daily, again carnivore has stopped all that.”

David “Dental care is a big one too on this diet. Much easier to maintain and better for your teeth. I don’t have any more sugar and carb plaque all over.”

Natalie “Hypothyroidism (medicated for 14 years), non alcoholic fatty liver, scalp eczema, rashes, itchiness, allergies, insomnia, joint pain, amenorrhea, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, nutrient deficiencies, hair loss, water retention, restless leg syndrome, extreme teeth sensitivity and receding gums, very low energy and vitality, lack of memory and concentration, lack of physical strength, inability to deal with stress, foggy mind, often depressed. All these conditions left my body and became the past!”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Selina

Interview with Selina

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi, I’m Selina and I’m from New Zealand, I house sit professionally so I don”t actually have a home.

I’m 40 years old and have a 19 year old daughter and a very supportive fiance Scott who also does carnivore with me.

I am only a newbie to Carnivore just been doing it consistently for about 6 months now.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before Carnivore I tried the keto diet and before that I even tried the vegan diet without great success as New Zealand is a little behind in fad diets so it was very hard to get anything vegan and before that I just ate the traditional SAD diet added with binge eating of macdonald’s, KFC, wendy’s and chips and sweets.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I started the carnivore diet because while being on the keto woe I was doing well,  I stalled in my weight loss and even was starting to pile the weight back on.

My problem was I was trying to replicate the bad foods I ate into keto friendly ones. Well that didn’t help my binge eating and I slowly slid back into eating junk food.

I heard carnivore was a great way to reset the body, a sort of elimination diet so I tried it.

Another reason I started was that I suffer from scoliosis and had a spinal fusion so I hoped it would help my pain. My partner Scott has crps (Complex regional pain syndrome) so he’s trying carnivore to see if it may give him some relief as well.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach to carnivore is to keep it as simple as possible, otherwise I could slip back into binge eating, which I am trying to win against. The food I eat regularly are: rump, sirloin steak, beef mince, bacon, pork and my all time favorite lamb.

I don’t eat eggs as they don’t agree with me (I get gassy and nauseous).

I try to limit cheese, very rarely do I eat it and I drink a small amount of full cream in some hot water.

The only veggie/fruit I eat is avocado.

I drink lots of water.

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

The benefits I’ve noticed are I’m not hungry all the time, which helps my bingeing a lot. I actually only eat 1 meal a day.

Carnivore has helped my back pain tremendously, I would struggle to go on walks or stand up for too long, now I can go hiking even run! I’m quite amazed by it.

I suffer from depression and this has helped my dark moods so much, I’m much more positive.

Also my libido is through the roof! Before carnivore my partner and I would only be intimate on special occasions, now we can’t get our hands off each other lol.

I used to have horrible night terrors every night, since starting carnivore they have completely stopped, if I do fall off the wagon and have junk food, the night terrors come back that night.

I also used to have pain in my teeth daily, again carnivore has stopped all that.

Another benefit is I find is I’m doing the planet a favor, our rubbish waste is so minimal compared to a SAD diet. Only some plastic trays our steaks are wrapped in. The cost of our shopping has cut down too.

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

The negatives for me are family and friends forever worried about the way I eat. Other than that I have no actual negative from eating a carnivore diet.

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

As for exercise I just walk a minimum of 45 minutes a day, sometime twice. I will be incorporating weights to my exercise regimen soon.

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 tell someone who is interested in trying the carnivore diet to… try it for a minimum of 4 weeks (just meat and water), you’ll definitely know by then if its something that works for you.

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

I don’t think it’ll ever be accepted as a main steam diet, we have too many big government organizations against the way we choose to live unfortunately. There is some hope though as many more people and doctors are realizing what a carnivore WOE can do for people and the planet.

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

I highly recommend trying this was of eating and to do your own research.

If you’d like to see my journey you can follow me on instagram at @selinadoescarnivore

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with David

Interview with David

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hey y’all. I’m David Dugas from Cajun Country. 30 years old. I’m a physical therapist assistant and proud husband and father. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Terrible. Just the worst really. I was a picky eater ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I lived off of processed garbage. Anything that came in a box/bag and was full of preservatives was in my belly. Any type of whole food intake would have been extremely rare.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I first heard about the diet listening to Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan. My wife actually was first to try it and after seeing her results first hand, I would have been a fool not to try it. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I come at it very practically. Personally, I’m on the road all day so just about all my lunches are meat from various fast food restaurants. I’ve become very creative with making my own entrees. Every morning I’ll have 5 eggs sometimes bacon and for supper a great home cooked meal. Overall, lots of ground beef in my diet which I prefer to a fatty steak (I’m a sucker for the leaner cuts) but still get the benefit of high fat content.

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

Where to start? Biggest change is physique for anyone who isn’t previously eating a decent diet it’s hard to miss. For me, I used to have a ton of GI issues. Real bad IBS issues multiple times a day almost every day. That just completely disappeared. Positive mood changes. More energetic. Dental care is a big one too on this diet. Much easier to maintain and better for your teeth. I don’t have any more sugar and carb plaque all over. I’ve been able to bulk ever so slightly with working out which is something that my body seemed incapable of before

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

The diet has been amazing. If I didn’t have those convenient fast food options I’ve allowed myself then convenience would be the issue. The myth of it being too expensive is a farce. It costs me $5.95 at Burger King for 4 patties and 4 slices of cheese. Only other thing I’d say is the “extremists” of the movement make it a little unpalatable as far as sharing it with others. We don’t all drink blood and eat raw meat. There are normal ones among us. And I even season my steaks too. I mean, I’m from south Louisiana cher.

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

I began lifting weights every day for the first few months and was personally amazed with the results. I’ve backed off to a few times a week now and continue to maintain. Unfortunately I wasn’t lifting any just before starting the diet to make any real comparisons.

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

If you’re on the fence, just give it a month. See what it will do for you personally. It certainly won’t hurt you. If your results are anything like most of us, chances are it’ll become a lifestyle. It may be a little difficult the first few days or so but the amount of change you’ll see in one month if you honestly try this thing will amaze you. 

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

I think it has the potential. To see the growth in just a years’ time I’ve been aware of the diet is astounding. That momentum, I feel, may continue due to all of these incredible results we are seeing. Frankly, what has fuelled this amazing blog is testament to that and there is no shortage. The product is truly great and there’s no need to sell it. You just gotta try it out. 

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

Thanks for the opportunity to contribute with my personal story and take on the diet. Anyone interested for more can follow me on Instagram @laissezfairecarnivore. I’m also on Minds @laissezfairecarnivore. And if you still reading this far down, mais merci beaucoup!

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Olga

Interview with Olga

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hello, My name is Olga and I’m from Riga, Latvia

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Well, during my childhood I had quite good diet, we always had raw dairy, fish, good quality eggs, caviar  and so on at home.

I almost did not eat processed food.

Then around 12 years old I started to get interested in the Asian philosophy, karma and vegetarian diets. After that I almost stopped eating meat and began thinking it’s bad for me, then I slowly degraded into a vegan diet and then I got into the worst diet on the planet a fruitarian. It completely destroyed my skin, and almost my teeth. Still healing some post acne scars from the fruitarian diet. Also I began getting overweight and my hair was falling out.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Not so long ago I had an ex vegan friend visiting me from California, and he suggested that I was down and having a hard time to focus due to not eating enough animal based products. I was already eating meat and fish back then but obviously not enough.  Then I found sv3rige videos on youtube and more information. It encouraged me start on the carnivore diet which was actually quite similar to the one I had when I was kid.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I stick to a carnivore diet mainly but deviate when I travel, I go low carb. It’s hard to be 100% raw grass fed carnivore with a modern lifestyle. Although when I have access to good quality raw grass fed dairy and meats I do not miss a chance.

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

Since I’ve started incorporating more meat, fat and dairy into my diet my mood has drastically improved  and a mind clarity as well. Also I became more calm. Even friends had noticed that and always are asking me why I’m so calm these days :). My skin, weight and  a hair started to improve too.

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

I don’t see anything negative in the carnivore diet . It’s a normal diet for me and it makes my parents happy when they see me eating fermented fish my father prepared and raw fatty meat.

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

Yes I exercise a lot on the carnivore diet. I’m a surfer girl and during one surf session an average surfer needs to paddle around 7km, It’s quite a tough sport with a lot of cardio and some dangers, so, you have to be in a good shape in case of a big wipe out. Carnivore diet certainly improved my paddling and a surf performance in general. It made my recovery improve also.

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 to try the carnivore diet but switch slowly. I would not recommend to go immediately into strict carnivore lifestyle.  It take a while for a body to adjust especially if you were eating a lot of carbs before.

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

The Carnivore diet is going to become a big trend although it might take up to 10-20 or maybe 30 years. We are at the beginning of it.

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

@olga_cann on Instagram

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Natalie

Interview with Natalie

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1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Natalie, I am 37 years old and currently living in Barcelona, Spain. I work as a nutritional therapy adviser and recently joined the ICMNI – Paleomedicina Hungary team assisting Dr. Zsofia Clemens and Dr. Csaba Tóth.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

I grew up in the south of Italy eating what can be considered as a modern Mediterranean diet.

Pasta, bread, rice and potatoes were the base of my diet, followed by vegetables, some lean animal or vegetable protein and small amounts of olive oil.

I started having health issues very young and after doing some research, I decided to slowly remove animal products from the diet. The first few years, I was still consuming fish and eggs and felt lighter, but this diet didn’t have much impact on reversing my poor health condition. My menstrual cycle disappeared and my health was declining very quickly.  Despite all this, I decided to follow the advice of vegan promoting doctors who claimed that my health problems were related to a still “dirty” diet. Thus, I removed eggs and fish and focused on legumes, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and fruits.

Following along the same chain of thought I then became raw vegan and a fruitarian for a short period.

In 2015, thanks to an Ayurvedic doctor I reintroduced animal products into my diet. And in the past 4 years I went from an Ayurvedic diet passing through a Paleo, Keto and Carnivore, to finally my most successful one, the Paleolithic Ketogenic diet. This latter, helped me get my health back 100%.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

Desperation! I had many symptoms and doctors weren’t able to understand the reasons behind them. I visited all kind of conventional and alternative specialists, spent an unimaginable amount of money on supplements/therapies, but no one ever mentioned the possibility to remove vegetables and oils to improve health conditions until I heard Shawn Baker talking about the carnivore way of eating.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

I don’t have a “regular” carnivore diet. The diet I follow is called Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD) created by Paleomedicina Hungary.

It is a high fat and moderate protein diet.

I eat a 2:1 fat to protein ratio and follow my hunger feeling to decide how many times to eat per day.

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

As I previously mentioned, all the benefits I received came from a Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD) and not from a “mainstream” carnivore.

In less than a year on PKD I was symptom-free.

Hypothyroidism (medicated for 14 years), non alcoholic fatty liver, scalp eczema, rashes, itchiness, allergies, insomnia, joint pain, amenorrhea, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, nutrient deficiencies, hair loss, water retention, restless leg syndrome, extreme teeth sensitivity and receding gums, very low energy and vitality, lack of memory and concentration, lack of physical strength, inability to deal with stress, foggy mind, often depressed. All these conditions left my body and became the past!

I was able to quit my thyroid medication, painkillers and hundreds of supplements I was consuming. I, then, started nourishing my body only with meat, fat and organ meats, which was in itself a process full of mental challenges and up and downs before my body was completely symptoms-free and healthy. And here I am, feeling better than ever!

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Author: photo from when she was sick.

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

My experience with the regular carnivore diet was 2 months long.

During this time I got my menstrual cycle back and noticed a huge improvement in my gum health. But all of my other symptoms were still present and some of them were getting worse.

I was consuming around 750-1000gr of meat daily with insufficient fat intake. My blood glucose was going through the roof and, despite being fat adapted after 8 months on the ketogenic diet, I was on a very low ketosis level.

As soon as I reduced my protein intake and upped the fat levels following the PKD, I started to feel better shortly.  

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

Yes, I do strength-training three times a week, as well as yoga. I also enjoy hiking, roller blading and swimming.

I must add that when I was in the middle of my healing process I had to stop exercising. It was hard mentally at the beginning because I always loved being active. It was only when I learnt to respect my body’s needs that I really started to notice a big shift in my health.

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

My advice would be to try the diet and see the benefits on your own body. Find a specialist who can guide you personally and avoid following mainstream and Facebook groups suggestions.

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

I hope and wish so, but considering all the interests behind the plant based diet I doubt it will be accepted as a mainstream diet. It’s undeniable that the carnivore lifestyle is quickly gaining more visibility thanks to social media and conferences. Stories of successful results from people, healing through an animal protein and fat diet are a fact, at the same time, I can see how despite this, people are more prone to choose plant based diets with trendy smoothies, Buddha bowls and detox juices.

The food industry and the pharmaceutical companies are doing a “great” job brainwashing people’s minds.

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

Feel free to follow me on Instagram @ancestralcarnivore

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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: with Alma-Jade

Interview with Alma-Jade

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1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I’m Alma-Jade, originally Swiss/British, and currently living in the Netherlands doing a masters in Communication, Health and Life Science.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

My dietary path before carnivore has been very colourful and diverse! I’ll start from the beginning and present my life in chronological diet format. At 13 I turned vegan and then followed a low-fat, fruit-based raw vegan diet (80/10/10 style, which refers to the macros: 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein and 10% fat, a framework put forth by Doug Graham) until around the age of 20 years old, at which point I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease (autoimmune thyroid condition) and PCOS. The raw vegan movement and vegan movement in general is like an echo chamber where you only encounter similar beliefs that perpetuate the reinforcement of existing views in a way that excludes alternative or more complete truths. It has grown even more since I was involved in it, with leaders advocating a “fully raw” vegan diet to millions of people, especially appealing to young women at an impressionable age like myself, without disclosing the potential detriment that so many experience. The lure of a “Garden of Eden” diet can be very attractive, making it seem like cultivated, hybridised and modern fruit and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods, and that all animal foods and all of animal agriculture are eco-terrorism and the cause of our chronic disease epidemic. Complexity gets thrown away for black-and-white thinking, and there is no room for nuance. It is very hard to see the label when you are in the jar. Grave’s disease was the tipping point and last straw that forced me to snap out of my brain-washed vegan dogmatic state and start the path of re-introducing high-quality animal foods in order to restore my health. I had already had many, many red flags along the way, including blood tests showing severe deficiencies and metabolic disorders, my teeth chipping as I ate, which led to the need for a root canal for a dead tooth and multiple fillings. After a few years, I had developed deep ridges in my nails, skin issues (random rashes when eating fruit), a yellow tint to my skin (high levels of beta carotene circulating in my bloodstream not being absorbed – nor converted to the retinol vitamin A due to lack of dietary fat that my immune system and thyroid sorely needed!), chronic fatigue (HPA axis disorder), depression, anxiety, chronically low mood and apathy, lack of motivation for life, high body fat percentage despite a high level of training, and then all of the symptoms leading up to the autoimmune: hair thinning, insomnia, food reactions and random intolerance’s to foods that would come and go, systemic inflammation, joint pain, gut distention and IBS symptoms as well as an indication of an inability to absorb nutrients from food, as well as arrhythmia (heartbeat irregularities). One of the most alarming symptoms to experience was tachycardia, where my resting heart rate was above 100 bpm. This came as quite a shock, as I had been training for long distance endurance triathlon, with a resting heart rate under 50. I had to stop training because anything above walking felt like my heart was ripping out of my chest (it’s a very peculiar feeling, not like being out of breath).

At one point I was in such gut distress that I turned up at the local emergency hospital asking for an X-Ray. It showed severe intestinal impaction – my intestines in a state of complete distress. Vegans will tell you that meat rots in the colon, yet here I was fully raw vegan with a completely backed up colon! I believe this was due to the nutrient deficiencies that stopped peristalsis as well as compromised detoxification pathways. Within the first year of veganism, I also lost my menstrual cycle, which is critical for bone density and is an indicator of general health. I didn’t get it back until reintroducing animal products and finding balance again years later, with a firm foundation of proper deep nutrition. Yet, in the raw vegan community, these were all just “detox symptoms” or not diet-related – or worse yet, as in the case of amenorrhea, seen as a good thing. In my mind, I was following the ultimate diet for human health.

How I wish I knew about this way of eating way back then!! From the point of “divorcing” veganism, I struggled with psychologically with my vegan biases, and then physically with impulsive binge eating (whole foods like almond butter, avocado, coconut, fruit) and confusion over what to eat as it seemed that my body was in such a poor functional state that it didn’t react well to or know how to handle any food, yet it was deprived of essential nutrition. In the beginning, the moment I started eating animal fats, my depleted body would CRAVE them in huge amounts in order to restore some sort of nutritional status, and to nourish the nervous system that requires adequate dietary cholesterol, DHA and EPA from animal fats. I ate sticks of raw butter, bone marrow, sardines, liver – all in huge quantities, but it never felt like enough. However, as our ability to break down fat declines if we are not eating fat over time by down regulation of digestive lipases (enzymes that break down fat), my body, liver and gallbladder were not used to handling dietary fat in any appreciable quantity. My metabolic and hormonal health was also imbalanced, which caused me to crave these nutrient-dense foods but not be in a position to optimally digest and absorb the nutrients I needed. In the beginning, I was also still eating high fruit as well as a high amount of plant fats like nuts and seeds. The combination of high sugar, high omega 6 fat intake and being insulin resistant prolonged a systematically inflamed state, impeded further healing and as well as presenting its own issues. It felt like I was swinging out of balance and out of control in the other direction. I would also swing back and forth between plant-based (but with cooked whole foods and supplements like spirulina) and a wholefoods “paleo-esque” omnivorous diet, as all my prior conditioning and information sources were heavily vegan-biased, and I wanted so badly to make a plant-based diet work for me as in my head it was still the “ideal”. Cooked plant protein sources like organic quinoa, legumes and beans made me so acutely unwell that I eventually learned that as much as I wanted to eat a “normal, balanced” diet, it wasn’t going to be an option. By that time, I think the combination of intestinal permeability and inflammation induced a high immunogenic response to any plant food.

As I continued my learning, expanded my research, and got more in touch with my body’s biofeedback signals, I became more specific in my approach to address root causes. I slowly came to realize the other half of the story. With a more complete understanding and continual questioning, I was able to let go of old beliefs and start making real progress in my health and healing. I adapted my own version of an AIP (Autoimmune Paleo Protocol) with influences from Weston A. Price. It was quite a journey to get my autoimmune condition in remission, not only from a dietary perspective as that worked really well when I got dialed in, but from a medical perspective as the doctors I worked with would not accept that I did not take medication. The autoimmune diagnosis coincided with an emotional family trauma that I am positive catalysed the expression of disease, with the pathological physiological foundation providing the perfect recipe. From a dietary perspective, I used two approaches: the first time, a meat and leafy greens diet (whole animal approach, plenty of organ meat and traditional fats like bone marrow, but cutting out any nuts, seeds and limiting starchy vegetables and fruit – but I struggled with cravings and would end up eating fruit or starch and having mini flare-ups of symptoms) managed to get my condition into remission, and the second time after a relapse, 1 month on raw, grass-fed milk worked “faster than any medical treatment protocol” (words from my endocrinologist!). It took 1.5 years of dedicated, focused work to get my head above water enough to feel remotely functional. Within this time, I documented my 8-month “Primal Prep” series where I strategically leaned down to around 13% body fat while reaching the highest level of health I had experienced up to that point (natural bodybuilding and weight lifting is a personal passion :). My nutrition was extremely dialed in and consisted of mostly nose to tail animal products (plenty of liver, beef, eggs, bone marrow and the like), but I was still plant-heavy in terms of food volume and consuming large amounts of fibre in the form of leafy green vegetables, seasonal non-starchy vegetables, fermented vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables as the base of my diet, with the occasional sweet potato refeed day (which never ended well!). Despite getting in remission and very lean, things were still not fully stable, and I would experience symptom relapses, anxiety and still had persistent digestive distress.

Around 3 months before hearing of the carnivore, zero carb approach, I had one last go at a plant-based keto protocol (I know, I know, I was a die-hard vegan at heart – or more like, in my head. Except according to some, you were never a vegan once you leave the cult!). I swapped out animal fats for avocados and coconut (which I have since identified as no-go foods that trigger joint pain and inflammation, but stayed nut- and seed-free) and upped my cruciferous vegetable intake to Rhonda Patrick levels. Depressive fog, irritability, pain, severe gut distress, amenorrhea and anxiety came back in full force, as well as gaining 10kg (fat, not muscle!). I felt like an inflamed mess again!

Finally, after hearing Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan podcast, something just clicked and made sense. I loved my veggies and avocados, but as I realized, they really didn’t love me back – and I didn’t need them to survive! It made me curious to research more, and I came across PaleoMedicina, a research group out of Hungary using an exclusively animal fat, meat and offal diet to cure autoimmune and internal conditions. In March of 2018, I did a 30-day “carnivore” experiment, doing the strict version of just beef and water. After the initial protocol, I expanded to a ‘whole animal’ nose to tail approach, and still cycle in intermittent “resets” of a simpler beef/red meat only periods with no eggs or coffee. This kind of rotation works well for me, and allows me to work in caffeine cycling naturally. Fasting 12-16h daily has become quite natural the longer I have been eating carnivore, but I take a relaxed approach to it.

From the time of writing (March 2019), it has been a year on this way of eating, and the longer I go, the more simple ways are what I seem to come back to.

In short, I have been eating an all natural, ”clean” whole foods diet since I was 13. However, being exclusively plant based wasn’t sufficient nutrition, and my body became depleted. When omnivore in transition, I hadn’t eliminated the triggers of inflammation and problematic foods that were perpetuating my immune over stimulation and systemic inflammation. It has to be a double edged approach: 1) remove kryptonite and what is toxic to my body and mind, the stuff that was taking away from detoxification and regenerative processes, and 2) add in what is nourishing and that upregulates detoxification processes, nourishes a healthy metabolism, and has the least anti-nutrients with the highest nutrient density. The (nose to tail) carnivore diet naturally does this. What I found was as much as I loved my veggies, they made me sick. Luckily I love my steak, too – and it loves me back!

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Desperation! When nothing was working, yet everything I was doing was revolving around getting healthy, I started to question everything. I reached a point where I just wanted to restore my health and feel well. The residual symptoms from Grave’s disease were persistent despite clinical remission, and I still felt unstable with my health. I felt like I had tried everything in the other (plant-based) direction. So what did I have to lose? Nothing, yet I had everything to gain.

I was also attracted to the simplicity of the approach – I had spent enough money, time and energy on elaborate strategies and therapies.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

My approach is holistic, intuitive and not rigidly dogmatic (I’ve had enough dogma with veganism!) –  I like to frame it as an open-ended adventure, and I am constantly learning and adjusting even within this framework. I am very specific with what I eat, and 99-100% of my nutrition comes from animal foods but it is not out of a sense of obligation to stick to the parameters of an arbitrary label. I like to frame it as I’m specific, not strict. I don’t need discipline to eat this way – quite the opposite in fact, it feels like a luxurious treat every time I sit down to eat! My philosophy is pragmatic in nature, to do what works in the dynamic context I am in. This means I am always open to shift and adjust as needed – but what has happened is that I feel better and better the longer I am eating only animal foods.

That 1% is stuff like unrefined salt, and organic coffee, spices, herbal teas and cacao powder (that I use as a drink with hot water in winter) that I have identified work for me. I consider animal foods to be used as nourishment, and plants to be used as medicine as needed – in small, specific doses for a purpose. I distinguish between cultivated plant foods (like the fruits, vegetables and grains we find in the supermarket) and wild plant foods that could provide hermetic benefit or have their use in a protocol based on rebalancing a person’s bio-individual terrain (like herbs, extracts and bitters). An example of this is raw apple cider vinegar. I used ACV in the beginning before meals to help my digestion and help my liver after all that it has been through! But I do not consider plants where I get the essential nutrients that nourish my body.

As previously mentioned, I started carnivore as a 30-day elimination protocol because I didn’t have anything to lose and my health and food reactions still were not stable. I had just come off a 3 month period of yet another attempt to be more plant-based where I switched my fats over to coconut and avocado and increased my vegetable intake à la Rhonda Patrick, and ended up feeling like I was starting from 0 again – my menstruation stopped, I gained fat, my hunger and cravings increased, my skin broke out in rashes, and my joint and gut pain returned. But I still didn’t blame the veggies! I thought I would do the 30 days and then find which beloved vegetables I tolerated via reintroduction. I was one of those crazy people who loved plain, steamed broccoli! Well, here I am 1 year later and I haven’t looked back 🙂

For me, well-raised red meat is at the centre – I think it suits female biological needs perfectly with the high heme iron and bioavailable micro-nutrients (that are missing in white meat and something like chicken breast, the epitome of a healthy diet!). Lamb and beef are my staples, but I love game, wild fish and seafood like oysters when in season. I think in terms of nutrient-density. I don’t just eat ribeye or steak, I use a variety of cuts, especially meat on the bone for the extra collagen and gelatine, and cooking meat on the bone preserves nutrients, too. I eat organ meat very regularly, my favourites being chicken liver, cow tongue, and sweetbreads (thymus gland); I’ll also poach lamb brain when I can get it, and scramble it with eggs!

At the beginning, I did not eat eggs, and I would advise that for most to start with the strict protocol of meat (including offal) only, especially if recovering from autoimmune issues, so that you can reintroduce and find your own tolerance. However, now I eat them regularly, and I’m lucky enough to have a source for pastured duck and goose eggs! Goose eggs are only available for 3 months out of the year though, so I take full advantage when I can! The yolk of pastured eggs contain phosphatidylcholine, a highly bio-available form of choline, which is a major methyl donor. I had symptoms of extremely poor methylation as a result of long term malnutrition and high homocysteine. Improving methylation requires adequate supply of nutrients like folate, B12, B6, methionine and betaine (a derivative of the amino acid glycine). This may explain why I do better with relatively high amounts of organ meat. I also suspect that (ex) long term vegans coming to this way of eating may also require higher doses of these nutrient-dense foods to make up for methylation impairment and nutrient depletion.

I am also very passionate and mindful about sourcing pastured, locally raised animal foods, and eating the whole animal to provide full-spectrum nutrition that is coherent from a evolutionary perspective of human nutritional needs, as well as alignment with principles of sustainability. The traditional diets of our ancestors paired muscle meat along side organ meat and gelatinous bones and other connective tissue. They ate the whole animal, and this is what I consider “deep nutrition”. I know there are people out there doing mostly muscle meat, and I’m not judging any individuals choices, but personally I have benefited from a nose to tail approach – especially in regard to healing my gut; skin, hair and nail health; and overall energy. Long term, the balance of amino acids from muscle meat, offal, bone and gelatinous cuts, and the unique nutrient profiles of each organ provide an incredibly “balanced” (yes, I said the feared word balance!) approach that takes full advantage of what an animal-based diet has to offer.

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

Where do I start?!

As you can tell from the evolution of my diet, nothing quite “worked” to feel well and get fully out of pain, inflammation and fatigue. Within the past year my body has regulated, and for the first time I feel in control of my body and well-being. This has been crucial for restoring a sense of self-trust that I had lost when I didn’t feel in control of my health.

The depressive episodes related to poor health that resulted simultaneously from the inflammatory state I was in (cytokine model of depression) but also due to the anxiety that came from managing a chronic condition was honestly the hardest symptom to deal with. The significant improvement in mood, emotional regulation, and overall positive frame and state of mind is the biggest benefit. I feel the most balanced and in control of my health that I have ever felt, from the inside out. I still feel my body has more recovery and healing to do, but I can now trust my body to be able to do what it needs to because it is finally getting what it needs.

My digestion has improved immensely, no more extreme stomach distention, gas or discomfort, and no more undigested food particles in my BMs! My skin, hair and nails have gotten stronger and healthier. Random food reactions have gone away since eliminating triggers (oxalates, salicylates, etc). The only day I was in pain in the past year was due to food poisoning from fish that wasn’t fresh – and I used to have on average 1 day a week where I would have to be in bed due to some flare-up!

Nutrition is but one tiny piece of the health equation, but when it works, everything else seems to click and fall into place. It’s given me hope that I can live a stronger, more resilient, pain-free, functional life and actually feel good in my body and mind. It’s still a process, but I feel like this is the natural set point and birthright of a human being and eating a high-quality, nutrient-dense animal-based diet is a natural part of that.

This creates the space to use my energy for larger pursuits, developments and experiences that before were closed doors because all of my energy was being used merely to be able to get out of bed! I feel deeply grateful on a daily basis.

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

The negatives that I’ve found are largely negotiable and practical – it can take a while to adjust, get into a good rhythm, find your way of navigating and managing things like food sourcing for optimal quality and affordability, for example. Cost can be an upfront issue, but as I’ve navigated through the months of this WOE, I have found a way to make it work well. I source the majority of my food from local farms and buy in bulk once a week, and pick up things like fresh chicken liver and heart from a local organic butcher. This saves time and money.

There’s the social aspect and resistance from friends and family who are more along the lines of conventional thinking that comes up, of course. I have found the best way to manage this is to allow everyone to have their opinion, and just embody the principles I believe in, and let that speak for itself. If it does come up, I don’t try to convince but engage people in conversations to reach understanding. I find challenging belief systems through offensive attacks futile as it puts people in a defensive state of mind and closes down openness to alternative information. I would rather just be an example of health and kindness that people come to me to ask questions 🙂

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

I don’t exercise – but I move and I train! I fell in love with weight lifting when I discovered it due to having to stop endurance training after I was diagnosed with Grave’s. Training is like meditation to me, where I can tune into my body and in to the potential we have with bioplasticity, to shape and create our body, our biology and our minds. I can get so enamored with heavy compound lifting at low reps that it is all I do – and doing to same stimulus over and over isn’t the best thing for progression! It is also very taxing on the nervous system. So I have really made it a priority to programme my training mindfully with a flexible structure that still allows for intuitive flow while getting stronger in a variety of rep ranges. My lifting is set up mainly to prioritize both strength and physique development, and I separate my 4 intense lifting sessions a week into 2 focused on strength (low reps, heavy weight, lower volume) and 2 focused on hypertrophy (higher rep ranges, lighter weight, high volume). I focus on basic compound moves like sumo deadlifts, barbell hip thrust, barbell glute bridges, squats, lunges, weighted chin ups and pullups, presses, pulls and carries. Now that I am training for a mountain Spartan Race in the summer, I add in sprints once a week, and max incline walks of 5-30 minutes 4x a week. I have found it no problem building muscle without carbs. The higher protein than keto has been incredibly beneficial, and I find I recover faster from lifting. Having a history of thyroid and autoimmune issues has made me very cautious about HIIT or overdoing cardio, but I am excited to see where I can take my training and fitness.

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

Keep it simple! Many come from a background of health issues, and managing a chronic condition is stressful enough. If it is fear of the unknown holding you back, break it down by making it manageable. Instead of looking at it as a lifelong commitment you can’t go back on once you’ve started, just take 1 step in experimenting with it in whatever way resonates for you, and what is most appropriate for your situation. This may be in the form of a 10 to 30 day experiment, or 90 days if you have chronic conditions to heal that may require more time to resolve. Look at it as an experiment and as an opportunity to learn about your body – the right mindset can be crucial.

I would also mention that depending on where you are coming from, the transition can suck! Especially if not fat-adapted or haven’t yet build metabolic flexibility through things like a ketogenic diet or fasting, the body will go through an adaptation phase that doesn’t really feel all that pleasant. Instead of being discouraged, trust that this will pass and ultimately you will come out the other side feeling operating than before. Factors like sufficient electrolytes and eating enough can help – salted bone broth is great to have on hand. Respect your body and trust in the process its ability to heal.

Also, on the topic of transition, just like with physiological transition as the body adapts, I feel there is also a psychological transition. In the beginning, I think many seek to mimic patterns of food behavior from before, like creating recipes to not get “bored”, or living off poor quality bacon, cured meat and cheese just because it fits the label “carnivore”. I see a similar parallel in the paleo movement with the “paleo approved” sweeteners and almond flour everything recipes, and basically eating an omega 6 and starch heavy diet and wondering why they are still inflamed. I don’t think there is any replacement for fresh meat and offal as the bulk of the diet. Food quality equally becomes important, as conventional bacon and cured meats are often filled with nitrates, glucose syrup, additives and conservators. So my extra tip is to always read the ingredients label, even on meat products!

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

More and more people are getting sick, with chronic disease the number one cause of mortality worldwide. I see more people let down by the conventional allopathic medical system and looking for alternatives to heal themselves. This is where I think the carnivore approach will thrive.

Our culture has taken such a deep dive off the cliff of disconnect from what is real, whole and natural that fundamental truths like the importance of animal fats and protein for human health, and the importance of well-managed ruminant animals for soil health has been vilified instead of celebrated. The culmination of decades of mindless consumption and industrial development going in a direction that works against nature has led us to ecological and human health degradation. We have reached this tipping point where we need massive, radical change in order to restore balance. I see things going in 2 ways evolving from the standard, destructive conventional status quo regime: there is the plant-based narrative that is being pushed as a way to save the planet, animals and human health, but is based on partial truths that actually lead us down this very synthetic road – think lab grown meat, supplements, and a world where plastic is chosen over leather and to have a “balanced” vegan diet means dependence of a fossil-fueled globalized food system of imported foods – or this Utopian “Garden of Eden” ideals of living off the land but eating mostly fruit and greens (health tends to degrade much quicker in this case). Both take us further away from our ancestral heritage and what is truly natural and needed. Long term, I would foresee this resulting in more nutritional deficiencies and metabolic dysregulation.

Then we have the other narrative of the real food movement, based on traditional nutrient dense foods, Weston A. Price and ancestral health principles, and informed by disciplines like medical anthropology and evolutionary biology. Along with this, regenerative agriculture, holistic grazing and agroecology come alongside to support the production of a nutrient-dense and sustainable food system. I am rooting for this path!

In my opinion, sustainability is not enough, we need regeneration – of the land and our bodies. An animal-food based diet provides the body with the most bio-available complete nutrition without the potential harmful substances in plants in a way that can replenish, nourish and create the conditions for healing. While I don’t think everybody should or has to go 100% carnivore to benefit from the life-enhancing nourishment of healthy animal foods, I do hope it will become widespread and mainstream as a tool for those who need it.

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

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein.

I know there are many in a similar position to where I was when coming from long term veganism, and trying different iterations of a plant-based diet but still struggling with their health. It really required me to unhook from everything I thought I knew and believed in to be able to start doing the right things for my health and well-being. I hope sharing my story helps others (& hopefully helps avoid the pitfalls I made!). The ability of the body to heal and get stronger given the right conditions is truly astounding.

I enjoy sharing my journey and any insights I have along the way on my Instagram @consciouscarnivore. My current website/blog is juicyliving.weebly.com and there you can find detailed entries of my journey as it unfolded, including the 30 day raw milk fast and my Primal Prep series. I have a new website underway that will be specifically focused on carnivore resources and regenerative practices for healing, health and rewilding our internal terrain and external environment. I’ll post about it on IG when it is ready 🙂

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Carnivore Diet Success Stories – with Maria

Interview with Maria

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Introduce Yourself.

Heya, I’m Maria, and reside in the cold arctic of northern Norway, where the sun barely shines. Here, I live with my puppy, while working as an artist and graphic designer at the studio and gallery Blåtimen.

I’m approaching 32, and most my life, I’ve been a fairly slender person, up until I got into a stressful place in life.

How did you eat before Carnivore.

I was generally considered fit and healthy, though seemingly “normal” problems were becoming more and more frequent in my life; constipation, depression, anxiety, fat gain, chronic candida infections, acne, sleep problems, rotting teeth, and so on and so forth. I thought all these problems were a part of becoming old, at the age of 18.

My diet was generally a typical Norwegian diet: fish frequently, potatoes with most dishes, starchy sauces, high carb vegetables, fruit when we had it, and candy every weekend and some weekdays (more frequent as I became more independent). Similar to the SAD diet, but less processed food.

Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

As I moved on in life, and got more and more upset with how I looked, never feeling OK with myself (I always struggled with self esteem), I started dabbling with ways of eating. I found carnivore/zero carb in 2011, but I had no name for it. All I knew was that I felt good. But friends would scare me with the dangers of eating no carbs, and therefore I slid off. That was the road towards even worsening symptoms.

In 2015, I went back to LC/keto, after remembering how good I felt while doing ZC. I joined several forums and groups, and as time progressed, I started seeing NSV. Weight loss was not very big, but it was a motivation too, seeing something was happening. I started seeing comments regarding eating meat only. What!!! doing what I had been doing some years back, was allowed?!

I jumped right in!

How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

In the beginning, due to economy (and thinking it would be cheaper), I did a lot of frozen chicken and pork. I did very well, and soon experienced what some call zero carb zen.

What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Sooner than expected, I was off all my medications for mental illness. I started noticing I felt better doing red meat, and realised that the cost for eating red meat would be equal, if not less, than buying the equal amount I needed to satisfy my hunger and nutrition needs, compared to chicken and pork. I used a lot of dairy in the beginning, but as time has passed, the amount has been reduced. I feel the best doing zc as clean as possible, but life sometimes does not allow that.

Either way, the “problems” I experience regarding consuming dairy and non optimal foods, are so small, it’s not a big issue for me.

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What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

My family was very negative regarding the way I started eating. They would often battle me during meals or in birthday parties where cake was served and such. As time progressed and they saw how I changed, the acceptance has become more improved. Especially after hearing and seeing my blood tests results.

I do not supplement whatsoever; no vitamins, no minerals, no oils (even though there’s little sun were I live).

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

I don’t exercise; I quit one month into ZC in March 2016, and did not feel like going back. Yet, I’m seeing more muscles than I have ever done in my entire life, even though I weigh the same as when I worked out like a nutcase some years back and had very little progress. I also feel stronger than before.

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

Generally, the benefits I’ve had is: no candida problems, haven’t been sick since I started ZC (I used to have the flu/influenza at least twice a year), stronger hair and nails, improved skin condition, no more rotting teeth, no constipation or painful bowel movements, improved sleep, more balanced mood, no need to constant drink alcohol (a part of my depressive state), less painful periods, generally all is very well.

The most negative part of this lifestyle, is when people who have no personal experience or real facts, come and try to convince you what you’re doing is dangerous. People who are sick, yet try to prey on you, who are healthy, that your choice is wrong and dangerous, unhealthy.

The biggest and best advice would be to ALWAYS make sure you eat enough! Eating inadequate is the biggest reason most people fall off. Don’t fast (same as neglecting your body nutrition). Most people I follow or followed online, who are doing ZC, then start doing fasting or other restrictions, generally fall off. No veterans restrict, so why should you, just because you’re not having as fast progress as you believe your mind thinks is right?

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

Some day, perhaps very soon, I think that if people do this WOE correctly, it will be accepted. People who fall off tend to blame the ZC, it doesn’t work etc, yet the fault and problems lie with themselves. Therefore other people are afraid of trying it, because they’re given false information, which is very sad. It took me a long time before I lost weight/fat, but when I did, I felt like a totally new person.

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

I post about my journey in the veteran group Zeroing In On Health on FB, and also have a profile on IG called @devious.meater. My puppy is also raw fed, and has the best fur and teeth, so I sometimes post about him too.

I’m also an admin of the Norwegian zero carb group, Zero Carb Norge.

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