Dear Dr. Baker and Team,
Ive tried all my life to be happy and healthy to no avail until now. From 320lbs to 183lbs in a 1 and a half years starting with keto for 5 months and switching to a carnivore diet for the last year. Keto got the weight moving and carnivore got my mind straight and even more weight off.
I managed to get off Paxil which was the antidepressant I used to hold myself together while also battling a opiod addiction. I’ve been on methadone for 18 years give or take and am now tapering down with a real shot off getting clean all because the mental stability the carnivore diet provides. Also managing arthritis pain caused by my previous health condition and side effects of the methadone. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this message of hope that knowone has to suffer the rest of their life. I thought I would be fat and miserable all my life. I thought I would be on antidepressants and methadone till I died. Live long and eat meat
Hi, I’m Amy and the carnivore diet has healed my fibromyalgia, asthma, issues from hysterectomy and pelvic reconstruction, menopausal problems, chronic migraines, disposition for easy injury, and immunity issues as well as further enhanced my recovery from food addiction.
I have had issues with food addiction and body dysmorphia from as far back as I can remember. Growing up I was a normal body size despite sneaking sugary foods as often as I could. I went on my first diet at age 9 and dieted frequently from about age 13 until age 32. Once I hit my early 20s, I started having real issues with weight, though, and proceeded to take my seat on the weight gain and loss roller coaster. After more than a decade of this hell, I found a 12-step program where I walked in at over 300 pounds (136 kg).
After joining the 12-step program In 2002 I started on a food plan that eliminated all sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, caffeine, alcohol and excess dietary fats. This plan also called for me to weigh and measure everything I put in my mouth and to eat three set meals a day with one snack at night. I ate a *lot* of vegetables, a decent amount of fruit, a good bit of grains, and minimal protein and fat. I lost 140 pounds (63.5 kg) in my first year or so of the program and have maintained that general amount of weight loss ever since. My food plan between 2002 and 2008 changed a number of times; I went through a period where I tried to reincorporate wheat back into my diet (that didn’t go well) and I added back and took out caffeine & dairy too many times to count.
From an early age I had a poor constitution – I was sick with bronchitis, ear infections, and other upper respiratory illnesses multiple times per year every year. I was hospitalized for pneumonia once and developed that disease multiple times in my life. If there was any type of illness going around, I was sure to catch it.
In 2008 I also started developing physical health issues. They were mild and seemingly random at first: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and a frozen shoulder were the first things to occur and I took care of each of those through physical therapy. But then I was in a car accident late that year and after that the physical ailments started piling up. I was in and out of doctor’s offices and my journey to find better health began in earnest. After trying pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy, I started to look towards my diet with the first stop at an ayurvedic medicine clinic. That didn’t seem to help so I tried a vegetarian diet for 6 months. I didn’t notice any improvement, but I didn’t get worse so I went vegan. After about 6 months of being vegan, I felt considerably worse – to the point where I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed some days. It was around this time that a doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was also seeing a neurologist for an issue with frequent migraines and was put on a preventative medicine for those. My instincts told me to add animal products back to my diet and I felt better almost immediately after doing so, but I still didn’t feel as good as I thought I should for a woman in her 30s.
That period of trial and error lasted about 3 years and in 2011 I discovered the Paleo diet. I felt somewhat better following that plan, but I still had many physical issues as well as all my regular upper respiratory illnesses throughout the year and continued to seek solutions without success. Then in 2015 I was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma and began a regiment of medication for that disease. My frustration with all of my health issues really peaked here. I wasn’t sure what else I could try and basically decided that it was just my constitution – I thought I was just the type of person who was meant to get sick and frail at an early age.
In late 2017 I had a hysterectomy, pelvic reconstructive surgery and a bladder sling put in. By mid 2018 I had gained at least 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and was feeling horrible physically. The urge incontinence the bladder sling was supposed to have fixed was still there, I had discomfort in my entire pelvic region, and I was exhausted. My menopausal symptoms also intensified: hot flashes & flushes, wild mood swings, swollen and painful breasts, vaginal dryness and discomfort. Once again, I decided to look at different food plans and began earnestly searching online. Thankfully, the ketogenic diet was gaining in popularity around this time and I came across some resources that seemed promising. I decided to try it. Those 10 pounds came off quickly and my husband was inspired to try the diet with me. He had much more weight to lose and rapidly lost 40 pounds, but was worried that we were going to give ourselves heart attacks with all the meat and fat we were eating. I found a low carb doctor in our area and made appointments to see him to help put my husband’s mind at ease.
During that appointment, the doctor mentioned the carnivore diet – not as a suggestion, but in passing – and my first reaction was, “Who would want to do that??? I could never just eat meat. How boring!” When I went home, though, I began researching to see what the carnivore diet was all about and why people would go on it. I discovered a lot of online resources and began reading some of the success stories and started to wonder if a carnivorous diet could help me fix my health issues. By this time, I had been on keto for 2 months and although I felt pretty good (after the initial carb flu), I still was suffering from asthma pretty badly. I stewed on the idea for a couple of weeks and finally on October 18, 2018 decided to take the plunge for 30 days to see if a carnivore diet would help my asthma and fibromyalgia. I felt so good after 30 days that I decided to extend the trial to 90 days. And after 90 days, I felt even better so there was no reason for me to go back to eating any other way.
I have not taken asthma medication since late 2018. Right around two months after starting the carnivore diet I noticed my breathing was improving so I stopped my maintenance inhaler and decided to just use my rescue inhaler as needed. Well, I haven’t needed it. I also have not had any “fibro flares” in all this time. None!! I am no longer exhausted, achy, foggy-headed and miserable from that dreadful autoimmune condition. Another fibro-related issue I suffered from was IBS-type symptoms (I was never diagnosed with IBS nor did I ever mention those symptoms to a doctor). But I suffered from intermittent constipation and diarrhea as well as issues with gassiness for many years. After the initial adjustment to carnivore, those issues have gone away.
Since going carnivore, this girl who was deemed to have a poor constitution has had one mild cold. ONE! I no longer walk around in fear of contracting whatever the latest illness is that is going around. Additionally, sometime in the past 5 years or so I started developing cherry angiomas all over my body. My dad has a lot of these so I thought I just inherited that trait from him and there wasn’t much I could do about them except burn them off (shhh, don’t tell the dermatologist!). My husband asked me if I had burned off the ones on my back because he noticed they were gone. I had done no such thing – they had all disappeared on their own! I then realized that other ones I had in different areas were also gone. Every website I have read about cherry angiomas says the cause is unknown. Well, I still am not 100% certain of the cause, but I definitely know the cure.
My urge incontinence has disappeared and I no longer feel the pressure and discomfort in my pelvic region that I did for the first year after my surgery. My menopausal issues have also mostly resolved (so far) since going carnivore. I no longer have hot flashes or flushes, my mood is stable, and I don’t suffer from vaginal dryness. I do still have some minor vaginal discomfort (which happened from the surgery) and breast tenderness, but both are issues that don’t affect me too much.
On a different tack, but equally (or possibly even more) impactful than the health issues resolving is how the carnivore diet helped me to recognize my satiety point. Ever since joining a 12-step program for food addiction, I was basically taught that my satiety meter was broken and could not be fixed nor trusted. And I saw the truth in that while I was eating the traditional food plan that is followed by many in that organization. If I didn’t weigh and measure my meals, I could easily overeat at every meal. As I progressed in my recovery and felt safer not weighing or measuring my food while eating out, I noticed that I would often end up overfull after meals having eating more than my body needed. While I was eating, though, I had no signals that told me to stop eating. I could have easily kept going if I wasn’t being mindful and trying to eat reasonable portions. Eating carnivore, though, changed all that. It is just about impossible to overeat because my body physically won’t let me eat any more. I find I naturally lose interest in eating or put my fork down without even thinking about it. In extreme cases, I start to get nauseated as my body sends clear signals that it has had enough. This is something I don’t remember experiencing once in my entire life prior to eating a carnivorous diet. And as a recovering food addict, this is downright mind blowing and awe inspiring.
The carnivore diet has given me such a freedom – I thought I knew what freedom from food obsession was when I joined my 12-step recovery group, but the freedom I experience on a carnivore diet has surpassed that. It is a much more natural way of being and living and has brought my recovery from food addiction to the absolute next level. After almost 50 years of suffering with multiple types of health issues and resigning myself to getting old, sick, and frail, the carnivore diet has brought me a whole new hope and perspective. I now look forward to growing older and getting stronger and healthier as I go. I continue to see improvements in my physical and mental health all the time. I’m excited to see how much better things will get as I continue to regain health by eating an all-meat diet.
My pictures chronicle how I looked at my heaviest (prior to a 12-step program), then at a healthy weight but still with persistent health issues to today where I’m still at a healthy weight (although I’m continuing to lean out) – the biggest difference is now I’m healthy inside and out!
I’ve been aware of/interested in the carnivore diet for a couple of years now, but for some reason I have only made the commitment to follow the principles of this diet for just under two months so far (commenced June 18 2018). Why it took me this long to jump on board; I can’t say for sure. Maybe I somehow felt that I deserved to keep on suffering? Or was I that addicted to the litany of “non-foods” that permeated my previous diet, despite the terrible effects they had on my body and mind? In any case, I am now on board with this way of eating, and I feel compelled to share my story in the hope that it can add to the growing number of testimonies you are collecting for this remarkable way of eating, as well as perhaps inspire others with similar issues to what I’ve had.
Since a very young age, I have had an excessive focus on my weight and shape due to many years as a dancer. I also am by nature a somewhat extreme person with addictive and OCD tendencies. By age 12 I had developed a starvation syndrome which led to weighing approximately 30kg however within a year, I started binge eating uncontrollably and weighed around 70kg by the time I was 15 years old. This may not sound especially heavy, but I am 5 foot 1 inch tall, with a very small bone structure, so I appeared extremely overweight at this level. To say I was miserable by this point is an understatement. My binge eating was constant every single day, and it felt like the most hopeless addiction which I couldn’t control. I had become very depressed and suicidal, engaging regularly in self-harm activities. At the time, I thought I was addicted to all “foods” but in hindsight, my binges were on sugar and carbohydrate based foods. I managed to shed some weight towards the age of 20, however I still carried a thick layer of fat on my body, and still experienced binge eating very regularly. It was at this point that I started vomiting up my food after a binge (bulimia), out of sheer desperation not to become heavy from all of the food I was pigging out on. Since I couldn’t control my cravings to binge, this became an extremely vicious cycle of binging and vomiting which continued almost constantly until very recently (I’m currently 32 years old). Looking back, I wonder how I lived through this hell for so long. I was frequently very depressed and often wished my life would end.
About 2 years ago, I started experiencing the most debilitating low energy during my everyday life, which I consulted several doctors about without getting any kind of answers or diagnosis. This made even the most basic activities like walking, talking or laughing to be difficult in the extreme. During these years, I was also put on Prozac and Zoloft (separately) which did not help my situation at all. Whilst I’ve never been a deliberate vegetarian, I’ve spent my entire life eating very little meat. I have been a sugar and carbohydrate addict for my entire life, which has been exacerbated by the bulimia. After the onset of my chronic low energy issues, I started experimenting with keto macros, however I was still including keto Franken foods such as bars and the like, which seemed to enhance cravings and cause regular relapses back into binging. I was also being pretty limited in my meat consumption so as not to screw the keto macros, so overall my energy levels were just as bad or worse on keto. In hindsight, I think my body was under stress from a long term lack of animal protein consumption, and my keto diet did not add much improvement to this nutritional inadequacy.
Moving forward now to the meaty (hahaha) part of my story, I experienced my last binge episode on June 18th of 2018, where I binged and vomited a bunch of quest bars. I think something switched inside me and I finally decided that enough was enough. I was going to kill myself if I kept on going down this path. I gave up everything that I was binging on; nuts, quest bars, chocolate with “fake” keto sugars in them. I started eating mostly beef, some eggs, cheese as a condiment, and a bit of cream in my coffee. I let go of all counting and portion control, instead simply eating as much as I feel like. In such a short space of time, the improvement in the way I feel is ground breaking. I have my energy back! I just feel good every single day. Furthermore, I don’t seem to crave any of the sugars and carbohydrates I previously binged on. The peace I am experiencing as a result of this is truly astounding. My eating disorder is in complete remission, simply from following a carnivorous way of eating. Shawn, I follow your social media accounts with gusto and I am so appreciative of what you do. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the amazing work you do in fighting for this cause. I have also provided before & after photos, however please bear in mind that I have not followed this diet for long, so the physical changes are not dramatic thus far. I do appear noticeably fluffier in the “before” pic, and I also believe that 6 full months on this diet will display further improvements in leanness and body composition. However for me, the two most important effects from this diet are the way it makes me feel, and the way it banishes my binge eating. If anyone is suffering from an illness or disorder which could be improved through diet, I strongly encourage you to start thinking for yourself and question everything (as Shawn says). There is too much garbage being fed to us in the world today both nutritionally and in the information we are given about what is supposedly healthy. Taking matters into your own hands could be the best thing you ever do for yourself.
I struggled with food and alcohol for the first 35 years of my life always going to both for comfort in every area of my life. Four years ago I was on my death bed literally, had a freak accident almost take my life. At that time I was severely depressed, 300lbs, no self esteem, felt worthless, pre-diabetic, alcoholic, etc.
After the doctor saved my life I realized how quick we could be taken out, and how fragile our life really is, so I decided to make changes to get my life back and ensure that my kids had their father around for a long time. I found the ketogenic lifestyle first, and I seen major improvements with my health in almost every area I dropped over 100lbs, regained confidence, gained self esteem, etc but after 2 years of living the Ketogenic lifestyle I was stuck gaining and loosing the same 20lbs, and still felt like food had some control over me.
After seeing Dr Baker on the Joe Rogan show I decided to give Carnivore a try and in 2018 I experimented several times with 30+ days of strict Carnivore. Carnivore was working I felt myself getting leaner, increased energy, mental clarity improved, libido improvements, but the biggest thing that Carnivore gave me over Keto was I finally lost the addiction to food, those non-caloric sweeteners just keep cravings around, and since im a carbaholic I had to ditch them 100%.
January 23rd 2019 I switched to a 100% Carnivore lifestyle and to this date the change is amazing to me, and I have zero desire to ever leave this lifestyle, Carnivore is a game changer and I’m completely hooked! 150+ days of Carnivore!
I am 55, I’m 6-2 and 228 lbs. right now. Six months ago I was 283! I drive semi cross country for a living, big luxury truck with sleeper and all. Fridge, microwave, TV all that stuff. It’s very hard to eat right on the road. I’ve tried just eating grocery store food in the truck, but I still would overeat and rarely lost weight. Donuts and snackcakes and anything else. I used to go to Sheetz (gas station chain) and order like 8 loaded hot dogs with fries or chips and a half gallon of chocolate milk. I would literally eat myself sick but couldn’t stop! Acid reflux was always an issue, I would take Prilosec twice a day, Tums, Maalox whatever. Many of you know this all too well. I’ve known for years I’m grain sensitive but what can you do? They are very hard to avoid! I wore 2XL T shirts but they were getting tight.
One day I was ready to buy a 3XL shirt, but I stopped myself. I said “No, this has to stop right now!” I refuse to get bigger. I stumbled onto Dr. William Davis video and then stumbled onto maybe Dr. Jason Fung or some keto video. I said “hey maybe I can try this”. I started a keto-ish diet on Nov. 25, 2018. It morphed into mostly carnivore, and mostly once a day eating. I didn’t plan that. Chicken and turkey weren’t filling me up, so beef it is now! I eat 2-3 lbs. of fatty ribeye daily now with maybe cheese and walnuts or pecans as snack. Black coffee and water only. I take several minerals, fish oils and a few multivitamins. I fry in animal fat or butter only. Not much fasting so far.
- I’ve lost 55 lbs. in six months!
- I feel better than ever.
- My itchy dermatitis went away.
- My chronic sudden crap attacks are gone.
- My acid reflux(GERD) is gone
- My arthritis is improved but not gone.
- I swear my vision is slightly sharper, can’t be sure.
- I sleep better.
- The bloating and extreme fatigue are gone.
I do have some pancakes with syrup maybe twice a month. They are my weakness, but maybe one day I will stop that also. I am in control now of my life!
I want to share my story with people and hope it may be able to encourage and inspire someone who may be in a position where I used to be. So where do I begin? I am currently 41 years old and probably in the best shape of my life of my adult years. I grew up always having a love for food. Over the years that love became an addiction to food. I have always loved meat but I was born in the Mediterranean before I moved to the US as a kid. One thing we ate every day was bread. Being poor that’s the main thing we could afford with some veggies etc. That habit developed over my lifetime where I would indulge in carbs (mainly bread). Many times I could devour a whole loaf of fresh baked bread in one sitting. (french loaf). Why am I starting my transformational story from my early childhood? Because I would like to help others be able to find where the Root of your situation began.
So fast forward to more current years. In June 2016 I really felt bad and unhealthy. My weight ran up to 280lbs at 5’10 and 38 years old. I was also a heavy smoker with at least 2 packs a day. At nights I would wheeze just trying to breathe, and would wake up in the middle of the night with uncontrolled coughing until I could catch my breath. While many would be quick to say “oh my, you need to stop smoking,” they never really knew or understood the underlying problem of my high carb intake. Yes, I’m not going to say that smoking wasn’t part of the equation to my lack of ability to breathe, yet smoking alone was not the problem. I was obese according to the doctor’s model. I finally decided to put aside my macho side and made an appointment with a doctor about my current unhealthy condition. What finally made me make this decision? Was it the fact that I could barely breathe? Or the fact that I could barely sleep at night without choking in the middle of the night? Was it the frequent shits everyday, at least 3 times or more? No… what finally made me make that call for that doctor appointment is when I started feeling little shocks going on in my brain. Have you ever had static shock on your hands after you walked on carpet and touched something? Well imagine that happening inside your head and you get those shocks. That was my “wake up call”…. or so I thought.
So June 2016 I see my doctor and she recommended we do several blood tests so we can see where my levels were. July 2016 I went back in to go over those numbers. Main numbers that we discussed:
- HbA1C was exactly 6.3, literally, on the Diabetic line.
- My Triglycerides were 1253, keep in mind the normal should be < 150.
- My HDL cholesterol was at a whopping 23
- My LDL cholesterol was near 200.
- My blood pressure 147/100.
I was put on 10mg lisinopril. Needless to say, this doctor’s visit made me think about where I was, and where did I want to go in the future? One thing I truly love and admire about my doctor is the fact that she was not quick to put me on medication. She consulted with me and said to cut down or eliminate my carbs, eat lean proteins and more fruits/vegs. ( I know she was only recommending what she was taught through mainstream) but she did mean well. So after getting that devastating truth, I was gung ho to get healthy. Yeah right…. Well, I would go see my doctor every 4 months and I would go through bloodwork and see little progress only to lose that progress the next visit.
So fast forward 2 years and we get to July 2018. I went to see my doctor again and go over my bloodwork numbers. All the work I had put in over the past 2 years with my yo-yo dieting has led to my key numbers going back up and in the wrong direction and my weight back up to 280. After seeing the disappointment in the doctor’s face, I got really emotional and very angry with myself because I felt her disappointment. I felt my energy shift that day due to that disappointment from my doctor and myself, and vowed to actually make a shift in my perspective and live, because if I didn’t, I would surely be dead in the near future of numerous complications.
So how did I follow through on this shift of perspective and life? One day I saw someone retweet something Dr. Baker had posted where he was promoting a #carnivorediet. I glanced and read it and was like WTF is this dude talking about. Surely that’s not healthy eating only meat. (hahaha) So I started reading through his tweets and started thinking to myself: “nothing else seems to be working why not give it a try?” I started the carnivore way of eating in August 2018, was strict carnivore for the first month and BOOM, I lost 15lbs. Hell yea! After the first month, I decided to go low carb / keto way of eating and started to learn about IF. I started walking during my first month to build stamina before I joined a gym and started exercising. I signed up for HIIT boot camp program at the gym and slowly started working on myself. The knowledge and education I gained on Twitter by following Dr. Baker, Dr. Wrigley, P.D. Mangan, Ted Naiman, Travis Statham and many others that are too many to list has been paramount in my transformational journey. I have just recently became more vocal on Twitter regarding this WoE and looking to share my story and help others any way I can.
My life before I began my transformation in August 2018 was non-existent. Most of my adulthood has been spent overweight and unable to have an active lifestyle. I was very sedentary and would eat like there was no tomorrow. I let my wife down as a husband, a lover, and a life partner. I let myself down because of my eating habits. My libido and testosterone were non-existent. My mental state was a wreck, I had anxiety, fear, lack of will for life, and lack of care for any endeavor/adventure. I felt like I had no penis or any balls and just went through life drifting along the waves. Thankfully in August 2018 everything changed.
Here I am today, June 1st 2019:
- Went from 280lbs down to 217lbs for a total weight loss of 63lbs.
- Did bloodwork mid April and HbA1C = 5.4
- Triglycerides = 130
- HDL cholesterol = 40
- LDL cholesterol = 140
- BP = 100/65
- All my numbers are in normal range now.
- My breathing has improved tremendously, I no longer wheeze, or get into uncontrolled cough spells, and I don’t wake up in the middle of the night with nonstop coughing (I still smoke just nowhere near as much).
- My mental state is amazing, with anxiety and fear subsiding.
- I am more vibrant and excited about life, goals, my future, and my commitment to my wife as a husband, lover and life partner.
- My testosterone has gone up, my libido has increased tremendously, and my hormones have been rebalancing which is allowing me to gain control over myself.
- I no longer get cravings, or lose willpower and indulge in crap foods.
- I decide when I want to subject myself to crap food if I decide to.
All of these changes came as a result of following amazing Doctors on Twitter and many others in the carnivore/keto community. Of course I had to get off my ASS and do the work, but boy let me tell you how well worth the decision to change my life and live is. How important is it for you to get healthy? Who stands to benefit from a healthy, vibrant, thriving you? Ask yourself these questions and just know that you can change yourself for the better as I did. I am very thankful for Dr. Baker since he was the first person to open my eyes and guided me along this transformation journey. Thank you all for reading.
This is a glance of my life story, particularly around my history of disordered eating. I am grateful to have found this meat heals site, and think this is the right place to share in hopes of inspiring another to give this WOE a try. As someone who suffered throughout childhood and most of my adult life with body image issues and eating disorders— at my junior prom I weighed in at 140 lbs at 5’10″… I did chronic cardio every single day, played basketball, ran hurdles, and either was restricting calories or losing complete control with food purges/binges. I became bulimic in HS and turned into an overexercising, punishing machine to get myself thinner and thinner. I grew up on processed foods, and became addicted to sugar/carbs early, and often felt alone with my struggle to find a WOE that would offer me greater hormonal balance, satiety and freedom from addiction.
From age 15 – 39 I worked to find self love, nurturing and food freedom. In 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. This painful (at the time event) PUSHED me to change and seek out true health on all fronts (mind, body and spirit). I quit a corp. job, returned to school and graduated with a MS in Physiology. I spent years working as a Personal Trainer and at the same time opened my own Corp Wellness Coaching business.
In 2012 I found Paleo WOE and made the changes overnight. Immediately I felt the benefits in my health, cravings, energy and mindset. Especially because I went to only protein, fat and veggies (low carb). But as I aged into my 30s I began to feel the pains in my joints (severe Back Facet Joint/Hip arthritis) from my overexercising habits and years of binging on garbage foods. I was tired of fighting to stay sober (for me this meant avoiding all sugar/carbs and anything not from the earth), and working so hard to avoid a relapse despite having better lifestyle practices in place and greater health.
I would go months eating big, fat ass salads and meat, then I’d binge again. Then repeat over and over. The cycle seemed impossible to break. I felt destined to never feel true food freedom. In 2016 I tried strict Keto and felt like I was desperately trying to fill myself with fat filling mini meals/snacks. I never felt true satiety (it never felt like a MEAL to me) eating a high fat diet, moderate protein and I knew it was not a good fit within a week. Esp. with a past littered with food obsessions and dieting.
This was not sustainable so I returned to LC Paleo. Last year, December 2017 I was traveling with my husband and had terrible IBS, fatigue and a flare up of joint back pain. There was one meal during our trip (eggs and bacon) that I noticed gave me no IBS symptoms and tons of energy. I vowed to go carnivore (not knowing it was a thing) when we got home, and I did. Today, I eat two things: anything with a face (No Dairy- as this is a trigger food for me and highly addictive), but mostly beef, black coffee and an occasional piece of 100% dark chocolate. The chocolate really helps me adhere to the carnivore diet for the long haul.
I really don’t feel the need to venture off because I have no more cravings, no urges to binge (also because I am eating til satiety), my hunger hormones are working correctly for the first time, and I my joint inflammation is way down, almost not noticeable. My mood is so much lighter. Im less reactive and PMS is less scary for me and everyone else. My energy is off the charts. It was good before starting this WOE, but now I almost have too much…if this is possible. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with all of it! 🙂 Luckily I am a health coach so I can share this inspiring energy with my clients. Finally my sleep is just as good as it was on Paleo.
When I started I would wake 30mins earlier than normal but that no longer happens. I sleep 7-8 hrs per night. I rarely have times that I struggle with cravings for foods. If I do it is quickly passes by eating more meat or just ignoring that person in my head. I found that I do need to eat a bit more with my high activity levels and to maintain my muscle mass. I also fall into a time restricted eating pattern most days but not necessarily purposely. If I wake hungry I would eat but usually I would rather stay fasting until Im really feeling the urge. I eat around 2.5lbs per day, and WO with weights 4x p/wk with daily long walks. I go to infrared sauna 5x week for 30-40mins to reduce DOMS and help with any joint tenderness. I am 158lb and 22% bf. Before CV I weighed 166 and 25% bf.
Overall this WOE, plus a ton of growth self exploration, drive to improve and knowledge seeking, living my purpose with total acceptance and love of self and others has healed me…FINALLY. I can be my best and thrive at my life’s work as a health coach. When stress gets worse I have tools to stay present and know the emotions will pass. Binge eating is not an attractive option. I did so much work to get here and heal, it has little appeal to ever go back.
I don’t isolate myself like I did, instead I have dedicated my life to helping others achieve their personal wellness/fitness goals. I practice and share the gifts of mediation/self love/nurturing/journaling/real food nutrition/movement/mindfulness. I only surround myself with positive, loving, inspirational people.
I eat big, train hard for a 43 year old woman, play/travel often and am living my purposes. But, most of all, I have unconditional self love, appreciation and acceptance, which makes it possible for me to circulate this out to other living beings and things! I have gained much by my struggles, more than I’ve lost.
If you would like to contact me, please feel free. I would love to see if there could be research on how this WOE could help people with binge eating and bulimia. I am also open to sharing more of my story and the ways this WOE has saved a girl from her dark passenger – a carb/sugar addiction. 😉 Thanks for offering this safe place to share. Anastacia
Heard the story on JRE and went all in. I talked about it a lot which helped me be consistent and dedicated. I lost 35 lbs with no muscle or strength loss.
I always had digestive issues, which were solved very quickly. One of the best side effects was it gave me consistent energy throughout the day where I used to get very groggy at work after lunch. It also allowed me to kick a sugar addiction I was developing. As a kid I was always thin and as a young adult I tried to bulk up by eating a lot, which was only adding fat. When I changed to only meat and eggs, I leaned out immediately and looked much better. “Get leaner to look bigger” was especially true for my frame and helped me accept that at my best I am lean and muscular and carnivore, not big and round and a carboholic.