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Raymond improved his fitness and mood/mental health on a carnivore diet

Hi Shawn,

Eating carnivore for roughly 17 months now.

Always been in pretty good shape – former Bahamas National Rugby team player for 15 years; however, when my 40’s hit I was finding it harder to maintain a level of fitness and health that I wanted. Found carnivore and the rest is history. Turning 44 in August, eat carnivore 85% of the time, have the odd night of drinks, followed by a cheat day of rubbish food, workout 3-4 days per week for about 25-40 mins and feeling pretty damn good! Definitely enhanced mental clarity (has to be something to animal fat being a key nutrient for the brain), great strength in the gym and generally just feel healthy. Best part is grocery shopping and eating is so simple. I take zero supplements, zero vitamins, zero medications. Just food, water and sometimes alcohol.

Again, I probably have too many cheat days (social events and dinners), but that hasn’t stopped me from achieving some great results.

Carnivore may not be for everyone, but I have helped a few people in my small circle achieve some pretty amazing results – backed by Doctor visits and blood tests.

Keep spreading the word man – you managed to reach little ole Bahamas.

Cheers,
Ray

Phillip improved digestion, mood, mental health, and skin on carnivore diet

My name is Phillip,  I’m a 32 year old former combat medic.
I started as a sick kid. Hospitalized a couple of times for asthma, and I was on constant medication starting at 4 years old. I had severe allergies, severe acne, orthodontics for palate expansion, headgear to correct an underbite, cavities; I was pudgy and had glasses. I was a bit of a nerd super-stereotype. That finally started to change when I found Crossfit in 2008 and I was completely transformed. I went from a high carb video game player, to a paleo eating weightlifter. I converted my whole family. We ate paleo-ish, worked hard and had a lot of fun. My mom has her level 3 cert and is the head coach/owner at our family gym, aptly called Nearly Perfect Crossfit. She’s now competing in the Masters’ Crossfit open.

Oddly enough, HIIT seemed to make me no longer need any asthma medication. When I started, I could barely run 400m without needing an inhaler. After about 6 months I had stopped taking my daily meds and only the worst metcons even gave me a tingle of asthma. I woke up every day at 5am and trained like it was my job, but I needed something to pay the bills. I wanted a career that would allow me to continue my fitness journey. I had been a sick kid all my life and I desperately wanted to cling to my newfound drug-free existence. So I joined the Army as a medic. I loved being a medic; I loved the job, I loved the mission. My duty station was a little cold in Fairbanks, Alaska but I was determined to make the most of it.

When I deployed to Afghanistan 2011-2012 I started the deployment with a robust fitness plan in place. My starting weight was 180lb. My lifts were going up and we had access to a great gym every other week. On the other week we used a makeshift gym and got our lifts in that way. Though the name “Globo Gym” and its motto, “where we’re better than you and we know it” were pretty much a giant troll on the Crossfitters, I was extremely grateful to the creative carpenters who fashioned it, and shared the place with the rest of us. It was all in good fun.

Unfortunately we got traded to another battalion after the first three months. We spent the rest of the deployment moving from place to place and tearing down small combat outposts in Kandahar Province. We were constantly were without equipment, and I resorted to squatting my best friend Z and lifting blocks of concrete.

Overseas It was getting harder and harder to stay fit on MREs and crappy food, little sleep and constant movement. Some of us had a harder time than others maintaining our fitness overseas and I was one that gained 30lbs.

Some was muscle. Some was definitely not. I blamed poor food and my bad attitude for the problem and when I was given time off on our return from Afghanistan, I vowed to get myself back in gear because my symptoms of the long-gone asthma were returning.

However, I found that it was increasingly difficult after deployment to lose weight and keep it off. I was having energy problems, focus problems, and really strong bouts of anxiety. And I know what you’re thinking; maybe it’s PTSD! No, it wasn’t that kind of deployment. I did get my CMB (combat medical badge) but it was for a minor injury and none of my friends were hurt. I was not mentally traumatized. But I was sick. At the time I didn’t know with what.

So things continued as normal until I got a really cool job at the Brigade Surgeon Cell, basically I assisted in outpatient procedures every week and updated a tracker for following up with the status of the injured soldiers from our deployment. I learned a lot in this job, but I was having the hardest time focusing. I went to see behavioral health to find out if anything was wrong. They gave me a battery of tests and I scored above average in every category except one: focus/attention. I scored 30% in that test and was diagnosed with adult onset ADD. So I started taking Methylphenidate. Well, I was able to do my job, but my anxiety got worse….and the underlying condition seemed no closer to being handled. So it was now time for me to leave the Army and I was honorably discharged in 2014. I did my 4 years, now I was going to school. In the meantime I was health hacking. I was trying to get to the bottom of whatever it was that was wrong. I was starting to not be able to recover from workouts…a simple Workout of the Day would render me cripplingly sore for two weeks or more. I was just kind of stumped.

I hypothesized that perhaps it was the ADD meds that somehow were keeping me in a sympathetic nervous system dominance of sorts. So I discontinued the meds but the damage seemed to be done. In Afghanistan, I got up to 220 and I got back down to 185 after I left the service, but it was a flabby 185 if I’m honest. I was just inflamed and not the best version of myself when I came back. I was distracted, anxious, even without the meds now, and I was gaining weight. I tried pretty much everything I could think of. I spent the next 4 years studying health and building on the knowledge base of paleo and CrossFit which didn’t seem to be enough anymore.

I tried keto and the neurosis got worse, unbearable. I tried supplementing with powdered greens to get every kind of trace mineral and phytonutrient known to man. I supplemented iodine, 3 or 4 versions. I supplemented vitamin D, emulsified, bioavailable, etc., every permutation. I tried different amino acids, co-factors, fish oils, krill oils, algae oils. I learned that most of what I tried was oxidized so I tried again with different sourcing. I tried alkaline water and it was weird. I did lab work. I did a DUTCH test to see where my hormones were. Estrogen: Super High. Testosterone: Super High. What should I do about that? I don’t know. Probably take a giant box of more supplements. I took binders and detoxes and cleanses. I ordered crazy shit you can only get from Europe. I turned off my router at night and started using my phone on speaker phone in case it was frying my brain. I didn’t use a tinfoil hat but I came close…. I bought a fancy bed because it didn’t off-gas flame retardants. I bought a sauna, I did hair analysis, I bought another round of different forms of every supplement I tried before. I switched toothpaste, soap, and deodorant, anything I could think of. I bought a deep freezer and filled it full of local grass-fed, grass-finished beef I couldn’t afford. Some of the things I tried, I still use, but it was exhausting, and I wasn’t getting results.

Nothing really even touched the problem until I tried digestive enzymes. All of the sudden my cravings for alcohol went away. At this point, I was pretty bummed and I’d started drinking with little regard to my health, so this shift was kind of a big deal. I had been starting to give up. I had swelled up to 225, a new PR! But the enzymes were a little ray of hope. Masszymes was the brand, developed by a vegan no less; turns out he couldn’t digest a wet paper bag without the help of these superpowered enzymes. And don’t get me wrong, they work, but I question their necessity. I started getting my life together again. I was trying to lose the weight and I found this really interesting guy on YouTube named Jordan Peterson who said I might try pulling my head out of my ass and getting my life together. Well ok I said, I’ll give it a whirl. And so I did. I cleaned my room. I did laundry. I washed more than the minimum number of dishes to get by. I put my house back together and finished up a never-ending remodeling project. I started looking for something meaningful I could do with my life besides just keep burning up my GI Bill getting paid to go to classes.

Well here I was starting to get a hold of my life and look for a way to not be the biggest turd on the planet, and around that time we had a family reunion to see the solar eclipse. I realized, to my shame, that my cousin’s wife had been wasting away with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for the last two years. The last I heard about it, someone else was trying to be a donor, so in my self absorbed pity party I had kind of forgotten about it.

So I was sitting across from her in front of my family’s pool and thinking, “she looks pretty sick still. I wonder whatever happened with the liver thing. Well, she’ll probably be annoyed that I’m asking her two years later. But oh, what the hell, the worst that could happen is that she’ll tell me to f*** off and let her die in peace.” So I ask. First off she’s not offended, I’m a total dweeb. Furthermore she said she’s blood type A+. I’m type A+. So we talked, she told me how the last two people including her daughter weren’t matches, because it turns out being a living organ donor is like winning the lottery. Most people die waiting for donors, she explains. And there are lots of things that can happen to make you lose your place in line. Her MELD score wasn’t high enough to get an emergency status so she was slowly dying in agony, vomiting blood, and experiencing all sorts of nightmarish symptoms. Seemed like she was in a real hell on earth. And a living donor was her best chance at life.

Well, I had been asking for more meaning in life; here was the opportunity. Time to take on a little responsibility and make the world a better place. So I said, let’s try and see if I’m a match. I figured I’m getting a hold of this digestion thing, I’m cutting back on booze, sorting myself out. I was looking for meaning and here was finally a chance to really save a life and feel like I earned my CMB. So I did it. I was a perfect match at literally everything. I was a first-time go at every station and from the August conversation I was green-lit by Christmas, in large part because she would certainly have died if we didn’t do it soon. I lost 20 lbs doing strict keto and going cold turkey with no alcohol at all. Because come on, I can’t pollute the thing if I’m giving part of it away. It went very smoothly. I was able to walk out of the hospital in 4 days. I felt a good deal better in a week. I felt normal in a month and in 2 months I felt as strong as I was before. Really not the big deal physically that I hyped it up to be. However emotionally and spiritually still deeply meaningful. Probably the proudest moment of my life.

Well, now I was healed up, but I was stuck at 200lbs and I wasn’t losing any more weight. The anxiety was coming back and being strict for this long without an excellent motivator was starting to wear on me. My wife and I were eating a giant box of fresh local vegetables every week as part of my recovery plan on keto. I couldn’t figure it out and these enzymes were $300/month. I had previously figured that the weight gain was due to alcohol, and I wasn’t terribly worried because beer drinking and having a beer gut seemed like a fair deal from the universe. However after 9 months alcohol-free, I was still experiencing digestive issues. Something was still not right even with the enzymatic support.

So I did microbiome testing. I found out I had dysbiosis and lots of different opportunistic pathogens! However this does not paint a very detailed picture, so I also did an RNA-based test which shows percentages of different bacteria’s RNA transcription, to determine relative activity. I saw that 58% of all activity was one microbe called Acinetobacter baumannii. So I Googled it. “Iraqibacter” is its nickname. It’s an antibiotic-resistant pathogen that is endemic to the desert that’s famous for killing wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crap. That doesn’t sound good. If it’s resistant to almost all forms of antibiotics how do you kill it? I found some seriously dangerous treatments but there was a common theme; I needed to get much worse before I qualified for these dangerous interventions. So double crap. I realized that one potential source of this problem might be our prophylactic for malaria; doxycycline. We were ordered to take a dose every day for the entire year long deployment. So having dysbiosis and an antibiotic-resistant infection kind of fit my story. But then the question was why did I seem to have health problems that other soldiers didn’t have? I realized later that most of my fellow soldiers were flushing their pills after the first week because it was making them feel sick taking them. Unfortunately, I was a boy scout and took them almost every day. In the Army’s defense, I did see malaria in the region, and it’s a real battlefield threat that has killed lots of soldiers throughout history. So I don’t blame the Army, even though it created difficulties for me personally.

So I started doing my research again. Ironically, the only folks who have experience with unknown crazy gut infections, biofilms, and detox protocols were vegans. (Another red flag along with the enzymes.) The vegan Youtubers led me to diatomaceous earth. I tried it. I had crazy reactions and it’s just silica, should be innate. Ok, I was onto something. I took that for a while, and tried coffee enemas trying to get whatever was in there out and killed. It worked, honestly. The vegan community was onto something with their infection mitigation and detox stuff. It begged the question though, why is this peculiar knowledge so prevalent and common among vegans and why is all this health hacking necessary if they’re eating so healthily? I came across turpentine and that’s when I saw some crazy stuff happen. Things started to die but I felt like I was dying too. I found Vegetable Police on YouTube – he has the most hilarious video about turpentine you will ever see. So we were looking at digestion as a potential primary cause of my symptoms.

Then I found Stan Efferding who says basically you can’t digest all those veggies. Like the giant box of organic co-op veggies I’ve been eating faithfully every week for 9 months and paying out the nose for? Those veggies? YEP……ugh. So I cut them out. I felt better. I dove deeper and before I could get any further down this weird cure of avoiding vegetables, I saw Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan show, talking about his daughter Mikhaila’s diet and the results he was getting. Sold, totally sold. That fit everything I’d been studying – it made sense with keto, digestion health, and a plan to starve out the infection. After starting on the carnivore diet, I began to feel the effects almost immediately. I lost another 20 pounds, my anxiety plummeted, my energy exploded, my mood was lifted. I felt so much better, I felt like a new human. This part of the story is pretty typical. Just everything went so much better, it’s unbelievable. So unbelievable, I don’t like talking about it, because I sound crazy. Vegetables are the problem? Well, that explains why the vegans know so much about mitigating their effects. It also explains why meat eaters think it’s crazy BS. So that brings me to today. I’m 9 months a carnivore and doing great. I’m still losing weight each week. My vanity doesn’t want me to upload this story quite yet, but I’ve made a lot of progress, and I’m always going to be a work in progress. So here is my before and after.

Give me 6 more months I’ll look even better. Thank you all for promoting this way of eating. It’s these kinds of stories that encourage others to keep pursuing their health and to find real and lasting changes, whatever path it takes for them. My path led me to meat. And though I am no doctor or scholar, as an n of 1, I sure feel like I’m healed. #meatheals

Catarina improves fitness, mood, mental health, sex on carnivore diet

I’m a 24 year old woman who has been eating a carnivorous diet for almost 6 months! I eat mostly beef and pork with some dairy, eggs and bone broth. Prior to adopting a zero carb lifestyle I was eating a TON of vegetables on a low carb Paleo Diet. I even went so far as to only eat natural, pasture raised, grass-fed and free-range meats. I ate that way for a few years. Then my mom told me she was switching from keto to carnivore and felt amazing! I was skeptical but sick of having painful cystic acne and mood swings. I was ready to try absolutely ANYTHING.

Within a DAY of eating zero carb I noticed a difference in my mood. Heaps of energy and euphoria! I didn’t know I was lethargic before, but looking back, I certainly was. I woke up the next day with NO new acne and existing acne already improving! This was plenty to get me hooked on meat. That was in August 2017. I started carnivore at about 115 lbs 5’2″ and I now fluctuate between 107-110 lbs.

I have noticed the following improvements: overall leaner body composition, increased libido, CLEAR SKIN, softer skin, more restful sleep, zero cravings for sugar or alcohol, more energy, hair / nail growth, more visible muscles, increased strength, better stamina, confidence, a feeling of being calm or even zen (I would have described myself as panicky and anxious 6 months ago.) My cycle has regulated itself. Two years ago I was diagnosed with irregular periods! I now have a very predictable cycle with next to zero cramping and much milder mood swings. The list grows.

Catarina’s face before and after going carnivore. No more acne!

Grocery shopping is a breeze. Hardly need a list! I went from spending 20+ hours a week meal prepping/cooking for my boyfriend and myself, to maybe 8 hours a week. I can go longer between meals! I eat twice a day on average and I still drink coffee in the morning with heavy cream. When I started carnivore I was still occasionally smoking cigarettes and a few weeks in, my nicotine cravings vanished. I quit cold turkey!! My whole life has improved and I completely attribute it to replacing vegetables with a TON of meat. #meatheals and I have to thank Dr. Baker for his commitment to this movement. Without this way of life I’d be surviving but not thriving the way I am now!!

Brandon gained libido, energy, improved metabolic health on carnivore diet

I am a 25 year old man who has seen incredible changes since going carnivore. I tried many different diets and a majority of them were not as effective. As of this writing, my weight has dropped to 179lbs, a level not seen for at least 7 years, the last time this happened was in 2012 or 2013, and down from nearly 280lbs which happened in December 2017. For most of my life I was on a Standard American Diet (SAD) with a higher fat content, as well as consuming alcohol once I was legally allowed and until going sober in 2018, until late January 2019. In February 2019, shortly after my 25th birthday, my weight has declined to about 250lbs, and I decided to go hardball with exercise with a calorie restricted diet, with extremely streneous exercise and capping my caloric intake to no more than 600 calories. Calories in, calories out, was what I was told all my life. I took various weight control pills. Despite all this effort, my weight loss stalled out after 25 pounds, and I went to my old SAD diet, not to mention cravings and cheats during this restrictive diet-exercise regimen. I decided to go on a ketogenic diet in May 2019, despite some oppositions, and my weight went down from 225 to 200 pounds, dropping another 25 pounds, before stalling out again. In July 2019, I did a dry fast and dropped 5 pounds down to 195lbs, but that was the absolute minimum. I did several more extended dry fasts which dipped my weight, only to rebound back to 195lbs. When I started carnivore, slowly but surely I began to see some results, with my energy and libido returning, gut discomfort disappearing, and ability to handle less sleep, and less brain fog, and as it stands today, I have lost about 15 pounds over 3 weeks, and I believe that my body is getting its species-appropriate foods. Here is what my stats looked like
January 2018 (Peak Dysfunction)
Weight: 280
BMI: 41.3
Waist size: 44″
Body Fat: >35% (est)
Metabolic Age: >30 (est)
Possibly high blood pressure
Insulin resistant, Likely prediabetic
Likely had fatty liver (high carb, high fat, alcohol)
Easily fatigued, cravings, lethargic
Morbidly obese
Likely high triglycerides
Likely dyslipidemic
Metabolically dysfunctional
 
February 2019
Weight: 250
BMI: 36.9
Waist Size: 40″
Body Fat: 29%
Metabolic Age: 30 (est)
Insulin resistant
Fatigued, cravings, lethargic
Obese
Metabolically dysfunctional
 
May 2019 (Start Keto)
Weight: 225
BMI: 33.2
Waist Size: 40″
Body Fat: 25%
Metabolic Age: 30 (est)
Obese
Fatigued, lethargic
 
December 2019 (Start Carnivore)
Weight: 195
BMI: 28.8
Waist Size: 36″
Body Fat: 24%
Metabolic Age: 29
Overweight
 
January 2020 (Now)
Weight: 180
BMI: 26.6
Body Fat: 20%
Metabolic Age: 26
Still overweight, but conditions are improving
 
Thanks to the carnivore community for the support community.

Trey improved digestion, fitness, anxiety and depression on carnivore diet

This is going to be a multifaceted email to explain my previous symptoms/ailments before i changed by diet. Apologies for the long winded email but it’ll be worth your time reading. 

 I started following you on twitter about 5-6 months ago. Began incorporating more eggs/various meats into my diet and for the past 2-3 months i’ve gone all meat (mostly steak, some pork) with a few cheat days, usually pizza or a hamburger with the bun. Previously, my diet included a mix of meat, veggies, various carbs. Nothing specific, I generally shopped and ate healthy meals and mixed in fast food, which i’ve completely eliminated the latter now and have saved a lot of money. 
 
I have 2 confirmed celiac family members, although the test never confirms, just gives you a laundry list of items you have allergies to. One great great family member, I believe my grandma’s grandma, died in her early 30’s of a colorectal issue which I suspect is related. One family member is my grandmother on that side, and my brother. I have never been tested myself, I always assumed that the allergies were overstated and didn’t affect myself. Since i’ve switched, my digestive system, bowel movements and all, have greatly improved. I would make a smoothie in the morning prior to this diet, using frozen berries, spinach, etc…..and I would constantly have diarrhea after, like clockwork. I can tell this is a meat-related change because whenever I have something other than meat for dinner, the next day brings flashbacks of before. Incredible change. 
 
I also noticed a skin change since switching over. Previously, I had a rash on the left side of my jaw that would itch and almost looked like acne or chickenpox. This has since gone away but resurfaces when I go on a two-three day stretch of eating bad food (which the bad stretches don’t happen anymore). Thus, i’m almost certain this is also related. 
 
I’m also an athlete that comes from a family of athletes and we take athletic performance very seriously. I played division 2 football and excelled on my previous diet and since college ended, I fell out of shape due to inactivity and drinking (mainly drinking). I’ve started taking working out seriously again about a yr ago (i just turned 27) and I am a better athlete now than I was when I was 21 going through a college system. I’m talking speed, vertical, all lifts, and the greatest change has come from my stamina, which i previously always struggled with being a fast-twich athlete. 
 
Related to athletics, I used to stretch constantly…..I could touch my nose to my knees in a hamstring stretch but still always struggled with back issues. Just general aches and pains…so bad they kept me up at night tossing and turning…..those aches and pains have since subsided and are no longer present….ever…..and I rarely stretch now mainly because I just dont feel the need to. I feel like my muscles are pliable and ready at any instant for work…which I have a high sensitivity too. I can jump in and play pickup basketball without warming up/stretching or anything of the sort without muscle, knee, or back aches which I find truly incredible. THIS WAS NEVER THE CASE BEFORE
 
I have had heart issues in the past, I’ve seen multiple cardiologists for stress tests and pre QT…I’ve even ended up in the ER because my heart beat was so out of whack that I nearly passed out….very scary feeling. I used to have heart palpations after I ate, which i found odd, and ironically enough I ended up in the ER after I gorged on about 4 mcchickens from McDonalds. These palpations are gone when I eat meat, completely, but arise when I eat something specifically with gluten, soy, or generally anything unhealthy…..and sugar. But are completely absent when im on an all meat diet. 
 
While playing football in college, I sustained two serious concussions within a two week span. Just before we really got serious about sitting concussed athletes out for an extended time. Since then, I have struggled with cognition issues ranging from rage and anger than I could not explain and general loss of thought…feeling cloudy. These, for the most part, have subsided. Which I am eternally grateful for. These issues were taking a serious toll on my personal life with my now wife and at work. I feel like I am a better person now with a much more stable personality. Truly life changing. 
 
On another personal note, I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and mainly social anxiety for YEARS and I have not told anyone except my mother about this because she revealed the same to me when I was about 13-14 years old because she could see me struggling and she let me know she was struggling as well. For the next 13 years of my life, I hid these issues from everyone I came across, although it would be hard to tell that something was not off about me looking back, it had to be very obvious. I was never suicidal to the point where I would take action but the thought pandered in my head. I feel guilt about this and I feel like i’ve wasted time because I was not living up to my potential personally and how I could affect a positive change in others because I was so overwhelmed with what I was going through. I’m proud to say that my depression has subsided…I struggle to say that it is completely gone but I know for a fact I dont feel the same way I used to, I feel confident in myself and I feel confided in social situations and my self-esteem, self-worth, and relationships with others have improved 10x. It is truly incredible. And i had been through the works of anti-anxiety meds, depression meds, etc….they numbed me and I could tell, but they didnt make me feel like myself. I now feel like a new person which I cant thank you enough for. I know you’re not the inventor of the carnivorous diet but you were my engine of information for it so for that, I thank you. 
 
I still struggle with one thing and that’s being stubborn. All of my issues I’ve listed above, I was too stubborn to dig deep and really find a root cause for them. And any fix that was thrown my way was bandaids on an open wound that never healed. I really dont know if I would’ve seen old age without this switch and although that sounds drastic, I believe it. I was healthy on the outside and very physically fit but was self-destructing on the inside in every way. I gave your diet a shot, against the advice of my wife, because I was willing to try anything….but mainly, I was looking for a way to get rid of my pesky heart palpations because they were just a nuisance. I had no idea that it would lead me out of my depression and give me a better life overall. 
 
Once again, I am truly grateful. You’re doing great work!
 
Thanks
 
PS..I have preached this to my immediate family and my wife. They are slowly adopting. I’ve also switched my dog over to eggs and meat and he’s 9 years old now and runs around like he’s 2!

Erik improved digestion, fitness, treated allergies on carnivore diet

I’ve been approximately 90% carnivore for the last 9 months. I’ll never forget the first time I came across the subreddit r/zerocarb. I read the description of the group and laughed when I saw the part about not eating any plants. I vividly remember telling myself, “these people are full of shit…everyone knows we need to get nutrients and fiber from plants”. This kicked off a 9 month investigation into what being healthy means. For reference, I’m an engineer by profession so I tend to try and read everything about a subject.

For me, the carnivore lifestyle has been a massive journey in expanding my understanding of the world and what conventional science has taught us. All of us….and I mean all of us we’re taught the food pyramid. It’s been one hell of a journey just unlearning what is good and healthy for us. People at work critique me every day about my eating habits, but here I am with zero health problems, in the best shape of my life, and to top it all off nobody believes I look 33. Everyone thinks I look like I’m in my mid to late twenties.

I’m fortunate enough to where I haven’t had any major health issues in my life. The only thing I really had was irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. I look back now and I never had proper bowel movements. On top of that I was always waking up to urinate in the night. Those are the two main issues I had in my twenties. Some of it was probably excessive alcohol use but I contribute most of the IBS to my diet. Once I switched to carnivore both symptoms disappeared within a week. I honestly could not remember the last time I slept through the entire night without waking up to use the restroom.

The second major benefit to the carnivore lifestyle was my allergies went away. I’ve always had the problem of an itchy throat and only being able to breathe through one nostril at a time. Within three weeks, my allergies were gone and I could breathe!

I’ve been playing sports, working out and generally interested in health my entire life. I’ve noticed my endurance while running has increased dramatically. I’m able to work out much longer and my strength has significantly increased! If I miss a few days of working out I don’t loose strength or body composition like I used to.

I believe we are on the brink of a health revolution. The more the carnivory lifestyle grows, the more propaganda for veganism grows. It’s been very interesting to see it develop over the last few years. My goal is to help Dr. Baker on the research/analytical side of the carnivore movement. I can’t help but think what we have left to unlearn. How much bullshit have we been fed?

The single biggest benefit of this carnivorous lifestyle hasn’t been anything physical. It’s opened my mind to endless possibilities on how to improve my life. It’s changed the way I view our economy. It’s changed my life in that I want local food sourced and I’ve picked up hunting as a sport. From adopting the carnivorous lifestyle, I’ve learned how destructive monocropping is on the land, and how beneficial it is for ruminants to graze the land instead. Another important aspect of the carnivorous lifestyle is it’s taught me how easy group think can be. There is a huge push right now that wants to blame global warming on “cow farts” when in fact “cow farts” have an insignificant impact on our environment. Just think for a moment how many resources it takes to get fruit from one end of the globe to the other. A carnivorous lifestyle has helped me think for myself, listen to my body and improve the lives of my loved ones.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Henry treated addiction, headaches, fatigue on carnivore diet

Before I began the low carb, high protein meat diet, I ate a standard diet. I was 198 pounds (I’m 5’11”). Symptoms included:

  • Drank too much
  • Weed dependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Low Energy
  • Teeth pain
  • Big gut
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tingling in my feet and fingers
  • Hands fell asleep often
  • Headaches
  • Mood disorders
  • Always gassy

Today I weigh 152 pounds and I began working out again. All the above symptoms have gone away completely or improved significantly.

Currently consider myself a “loose carnivore”. I eat mostly beef, pork, chicken, eggs and cheese with the occasional fruit, dark chocolate or momma’s homemade pie.

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