Would love to be included as one of the CARNIVORE SUCCESS stories. From SAD syndrome, I transitioned to low carb and eventually keto for years..I just never could maintain my progress. I never saw the body composition changes I wanted, despite lots of heavy lifting. Autoimmune issues (hashimotos), chronic inflammation, lipedema, depression, aches/pains are just some of the things I’ve been able to overcome or effectively manage going full carnivore. 7 months in and never looking back. And I’m FINALLY seeing progress in the gym!!! 💪
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s over 30 years ago. During that time I had been a macrobiotic vegan, grew up veg and never felt well, energy nor digestive wise. That led to what I perceive as a lifetime of dietary experimentation, WAP, raw primal, raw paleo, raw vegan of every variety, including 80/10/10 which almost landed me in the hospital as my TSH shot up past 650.
I have been paleo, whole 30, AIP and the whole gamut. After being keto once again for 3 months I decided to take the carnivore plunge 7 months ago. I have not looked back. Just got my blood panel back saying, “You may not actually need ANY more thyroid horomone again. Let’s do a recheck panel in 6 weeks.”
I am elated, of course I have never felt better in my life, carni diet gave me back my vitality, and I do not suffer digestive issues as I did when ingesting plants. Red meat is my favorite but I also eat fish, game, seafood, organ meats, eggs and some raw dairy. I eat animal food both raw and seared blue. It is a most gratifying way of life, my mental state is calm and I have great clarity of mind. It has in essence transformed my life at 52 years young.
Greetings, my name is Doug, I’m 28 years young 6’5, 192lbs and have been practicing a mostly carnivore diet with the exception of social situations for 8 months now. Prior to practicing a carnivorous diet I was plant based, with a focus on detoxification, fasting, raw foods and lots of fruit to reverse chronic issues.
I’ll share my background and why I began a plant based diet.
At age 19 I was living a not so health conscious lifestyle, consuming copious amounts of fast food while actively involved in MMA, competitive paintball (NPPL) and riding quads. It wasn’t long before I deteriorated 2 lumbar disks, developed a bulging disk, fractured and dislocated my L5 vertebrae. It became very difficult for me to deal with the injuries and not being able to participate in the activities I was so passionate about. I ended up spiraling downward and consuming even more junk as well as drinking alcohol and using other substances for the first time as a coping mechanism.
Fast forward a year or so and I was a wreck. At this point I had chronic joint and back pain, skin rashes covering a 1/3 of my body, under active thyroid which made it almost impossible to sweat, BP of 85/50, chronic fatigue, chronic constipation and a list of mental and emotional issues to top it off. Oh, and did I forget to mention the Neurospine institute diagnosed me with osteoarthritis?
I sought help from so many doctors and experts and all I ended up with was a dried up bank account. this is when I found, not just any plant based diet, but the MUCUSLESS DIET HEALING SYSTEM… by Arnold Ehret. He proposed that mucus forming foods are the cause of human illness and that man was biologically designed to consume only fruits and tender leafy greens. I jumped right in and began living on fruits and salads. Boy did I lose weight fast… From 200 down to 140 in 6 months. I will say that I felt less inflammation and eating so much from really helped with flushing out pounds of impacted fecal matter from the garbage I was consuming. I felt loads better with the removal of all the junk and still having the nutrient reserves to function. I eventually balanced out with cooked starches and heavier foods where I got back to around 160 pounds. At this point the skin rashes cleared up, I had less inflammation and overall felt much better although I felt very weak and was developing a poor relationship with food as I couldn’t EVER find satiation with my meals of fruit, salads, nuts or starches. This way of eating continued for the next 4 years.
During my plant based journey I became certified as a detox specialist, iridologist and took plant based nutrition courses to learn as much as possible.
After a couple years into a plant based diet I began experiencing bouts of depression that progressively got worse as the years went on. My last bout of depression was crippling and lasted a couple months where I shut myself off from the world and didn’t want to be awake. Some of the other issues that had had been progressively getting worse was my digestion. I would constantly feel bloated and fatigued after meals. Socially I became a recluse and didn’t feel comfortable around people who ate animals foods lol I was also an active member in the Dr. Robert Morse cult that brain wash people into believing we are a frugivore species. This was especially damaging because I felt I was harming my body if I wasn’t eating fruit or tender greens.
In December 2016 I had hit rock bottom and fell into the most challenging bout of depression yet. I slept and binge ate vegan junk food for month. I was now 205 lbs of tub and edema. I left the country in Jan 2017 to pull myself out of it. I wen to Costa Rica and began a 95 day coconut WATER only fast from fresh coconuts. to my surprise this was probably the best I ever felt during my plant based journey. As soon as I reintroduced solid food I began binging again. Within 6 months my digestion tanked and I was worse off, unable to digest any plant foods. At this point I was traveling to different countries around the world and it was a struggle just to go from one hostel to another. I remember waking up with such a horrible feeling in my guts and feeling overwhelming anxiety while in a tropical paradise. I purchased a blood glucose monitor at some point. I would eat a couple mangoes and my blood sugar would shoot up over 250. This gave me a feeling of brain fog and fatigue.
In the beginning of this year (2018) I began making this joke while traveling in Asia, “I want beef” and watching YouTube channels of people who ate only animal foods. Ok so At this point I was miserable and didn’t know what to do. I literally couldn’t digest anything and felt depressed, slept 12-15 hours a day and my joint pain was horrible! I came across Aajonus Vonderplanitz and reads his book. He said that red meat cures depression and is a great food for recovering from frutarianism. I walked down to a market, purchased lamb ate it, digested it well and it was like a like came on.
The feelings of depression and anxiety diminished over night as well as the chronic fatigue. For the next couple weeks I lived on eggs, butter and ribeye steaks. Everyday I was feeling so much better and mentally stable. Those last two weeks in the tropics were incredible. My digestive fire came back very quickly and my strength began sky rocketing. At this point my vegan wife now began eating animal foods and reaping the benefits as well. I felt Like I was reborn. The feeling of satiation after eating is priceless.
After leaving the tropics I flew to Washington and began practicing a strict carnivore diet where I consumed 2-3 pounds of beef a day with some butter. Over the course of 6 months I gained 30 lbs of lean mass while at the very same time felt less joint pain and inflammation then I did on a fruitarian or plant based diet. My complexion was much better as well. After spending 6 months on a carnivore diet I can now digest plant foods once again but choose to avoid them with the exception of social situations.
It’s now been 8 months mostly carnivore and I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life without any major health challenges and now strength train on a regular basis without issues. Meat NEVER gets boring and I’m always happy with a pound of beef and some fat on my plate and leave feeling content and happy. I consume more than double the caloric intake from when I was plant based and only got lean and muscular. This way of eating may not be for everyone but it sure does work well for me and has really helped pull me out of a very dark place.
My top fav foods are beef, liver, heart, bone marrow, beef fat, eggs and kefir
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in 2005 at the age of 29. The diagnosis came after a steady decline in my digestive health through my late 20’s. My symptoms were 5-10 uncontrollable bowel movements per day, bloody stools, pain weight loss and lethargy. I was treated with immunosuppressant medication that helped manage my condition but brought with it a range of unwanted side effects. Despite my treatment I was never able to maintain long term remission and over the last 13 years I have regularly had to take high doses of steroids to control flares.
As well as treating my condition with pharmaceutical medication I also saw a naturopath and started looking at diet and lifestyle solutions for my illness. I had adhered to a mainly vegetarian diet since I was 18 and continued to pursue this as the best dietary strategy based on the advice I was getting.
In 2010 I found out about the raw vegan diet which I then switched to for 6 months, I then tried a fruitarian diet for another 6 months. From then on I then attempted every dietary intervention I could find; GAPS, specific carbohydrate diet, low fodmap, ketogenic, ketogenic vegan, paleo, paleo vegetarian. Over the years I’ve spent thousands on supplements like probiotics, herbs, fish oil and different vitamins and minerals. Nothing worked to manage my condition and I continued to need the expensive pharmaceutical meds costing thousands of dollars per year.
Finally I came across Dr Shawn Baker on a podcast in July 2017 and became interested in the carnivore diet. I tried it for 6 weeks starting early August and found that it improved some chronic joint pain and psoriasis and reduced some symptoms of my UC namely no more blood and mucus and less urgency.
Unfortunately I had diarrhea and saw this as a sign that my disease was still active so in late September I started including some vegetables back in my diet. Over the next few months I noticed that my joint pain and psoriasis returned and that I kept needing to increase my immunosuppressant medication for UC.
So Christmas 2017 I started on the carnivore diet again. I had seen some people say that their diarrhea was temporary, theorising that it was related to adjustments in their gut microbiome. I also learnt that by increasing the lean meat content of my diet I could manage the diarrhea. It took about 6 weeks for my digestion to stabilize and since then I’ve had no issues.
It is now late August 2018 and it’s been almost 8 months that I’ve been on the carnivore diet. I stopped taking all my medications in February and have had no symptoms of disease since then. I enjoy a diet of fatty beef with a daily coffee and cream. I occasionally eat some cheese and egg yolks. I have no problem sticking to the diet and look forward to and relish every meal.
I’m am thankful that my long journey of experimenting with diet has finally brought me the healing that I sort. I now hope that the word gets out and others suffering from “incurable” autoimmune diseases have the opportunity to give it a try.
Jeremy from Sydney, Australia.
Current Age is 40
Current weight is 100kg
18.4% body fat
I have had mental health challenges since the age of 18. I played semi-professional soccer for a number of years until injury requiring extensive surgeries ended those days at age 25.
I have experienced chronic pain, nerve pain, weight gain, microalbmuniria, high BP, and insulin resistance.
In 2013 at age 35 in the same month I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis.
After continually fighting for my health, I saw an endocrinologist that got me onto eating only when hungry and with lots of meat and vegetables. I lost 4kg this way and started to explore just eating meat. After hearing Shawn on the Joe Rogan podcast I was convinced this was something I had to try. At the time of commencing on Feb 26, 2018, I was 113kg and about 29% body fat. Today (July 9) I am 100kg and 18.4% body fat. While I started and stopped in January due to getting the flu, I have since been a consistent Carnivore.
My health has been in the best shape in last 6 years. I had a psoriasis outbreak in March and continue on a biologic medication for this and the PsA. In the time of meat eating I have resolved all GI upsets, energy levels are best in years, I am sleeping better, and I am moving better. I am able to do strength training again for the first time in 5 years as well as Jiu Jitsu 4-5 nights a week. The way I am feeling makes this method of living the best decision for me. It is so easy and so fulfilling. I generally eat 1-2 times a day and sometimes once. Fatigue from Autoimmune illness is the most common issue and this method alleviates that dramatically with a profound impact on my lifestyle.
While I still have some tendon/ligament pain and my skin is still slowly recovering, the way I am feeling today cannot be beaten.
I am looking forward to the next 6 months to see where my health is and fitness goals achieved.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto immune disease and a horrible way to live, with or without medications. I heard about diet making a difference, so I jumped in.
First with Raw Vegan. Then transitioned into clean vegan, then high starch, low fat vegan. At first I felt better, I could stop meds and I thought a miracle had occurred. Slowly after time I stopped thriving and my symptoms came back with a fury. A friend mentioned to me about the wonders of coconut oil and so I started implementing it along side a plant based diet.
Improvements, but not enough. I had to start taking meds again.
In my desperation I discovered Dr. Terry Wahls and her story and protocol. I greatly improved, my health was coming back and I was becoming strong again. But as well suffered terrible digestion with the amounts of vegetables I was eating, so I knew I had to find something else or readjust the program, which lead me to keto.
I was finally thriving. The weight I had gained, from being ill and from not being as active, started coming off. I felt amazing and was doing amazing as well. My digestion was still really bothering me and my medical people and I struggled to resolve these issues and chalked it up to a combination of aging and as well MS. We tried everything, from fermentations, to supplementing with digestive support treatments, and elimination diets, all within the keto frame work.
I finally ran across this crazy doctor (Dr. Shawn Baker) that was eating only meat. I could not wrap my mind around this, so I set out to dig further into it. Through this I discovered full communities of people that were eating meat only or only animal products and being healthy. What? Could this even be possible? The rabbit hole took me better than two months to actually look at, before trying this to see if it would help me.
First time I did it for a couple of weeks and stopped, as I started feeling not so well, to discover I was not eating enough. My old mentality of dieting plagued me. After awhile I gave it another shot, failed after 11 days. What was I doing wrong? So I stopped and went back and looked a bit deeper and starting asking questions. I was not taking in enough salt and minerals, thank you Primal Edge Health.
After awhile I prepared better, I planned better and I completed 2 months. Feeling amazing, my activity increased, my pain was almost completely gone and I was doing things I had never though I could, like kettle bell and weight training.
Then I started to do something more toward a hyper-carnivore diet, adding some plants back in and testing my reactions to them. I have determined my limits and stay pretty close to an all animal based diet, because this is where I feel my best and do my best.
It has been 4 months now and seriously I can not remember a Spring where I felt this good. I am looking forward to continuing to heal and hold my own with MS, as well as not afraid of aging. I feel I have found the perfect way of eating for me.