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.
I’m a 52 year old female. Mother of two grown sons, and busy with lots of homemaking and volunteer work. I don’t have a radical healing success story. But, it’s still big to me and my life. I had been overweight and miserable for 30 years. Over a year ago I found the keto diet and was able to lose 50 pounds and drastically reduce problems with a thyroid autoimmune condition. I even got off my meds before weight loss stalled. Like, stalled completely. No matter what I did. I was discouraged.
Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are rampant in my family. I knew this was my future if I didn’t find a way to finish this journey.
I was finally within a few pounds of a healthy body weight. And yet, the body composition was way off. I still had fat around the middle and felt I needed to be fitter. I’d been reading posts on this page for a while but was hesitant to try. But I really wanted to reach my goal of getting healthy and aging well, medication free.
So I started carnivore. I wondered if this change would help me be able to lose fat and build muscle even at my age. Within days, my belly was shrinking and the bloating was gone. My workouts were easier and I felt stronger. I began to run farther and could do 50 pushups without stopping. I loved the food! I eat meat, eggs, and add cream to my coffee. I occasionally have some cheese or plain Greek yogurt. I eat until I’m full and haven’t counted a macro yet! I eat 2 meals a day, zero hunger. Zero autoimmune symptoms.
So… after only 8 weeks, I’m shocked by the carnivore success. I lost 13.2 pounds. But the real winner is that I decreased my body fat percentage by 2.3%. And I increased skeletal muscle by 4.5%!
I feel wonderful! And my family has been so supportive of this lifestyle change. (Except for one older male family member who stated in his southern accent, “that doesn’t sound very lady-like”, ha!) So I think I’m a carnivore for life. I feel like this is the beginning of freedom, rooted in simplicity. I’ve even had people tell me I’m reverse aging. Meat heals but it also fuels the awesomeness of a radically healthy, energetic life!
My name is Mathieu. I am 25 years old and live in Québec, Canada. I started the Carnivore Diet on January 14. I first heard of Shawn by listening to the Joe Rogan podcast. At first, I was intrigued by the benefits Dr. Baker talked about, so I began exploring the Zero Carb diet lifestyle, Keto diet, and diet and nutrition for longevity.
I was constantly bloated, I had a lack of energy, I had to take a nap everyday after work, and I work at a desk in front of a computer all day. I had sleep problems such as sleep paralysis and insomnia. I also began snoring louder with the weight I had gained.
I decided to try the carnivore diet initially for 2 weeks, after which I felt great so I decided to continue. Now 5 months later, I eat steak, butter, bacon, sometimes liver, fish and rarely chicken. The diet is very easy to follow, and grocery shopping and cooking is much simpler than before.
I feel much better overall, my energy is clean and steady, and my thoughts are sharp all day for work. I never get sick anymore. Before I could keep a cold of the flu for a month twice a year. My seasonal allergies are much better, and my skin is clearer and seems to heal faster.
I was able to cut all supplements like creatine, protein shakes, BCAAs, caffeine, pre-workouts, and all those other unnecessary bodybuilding supplements. Steaks are the most potent supplements IMO.
I had been working out in the gym since last July for 6 days a week. At first I thought that without carbs I would lose strength in the gym, but it only increased week after week.
I went from barely deadlifting 225 to deadlifting 405. My cardio is also much better. I feel I can run for much longer during races (I do mostly 5k and 10k obstacle course races). I have the best cardio of my life right now.
I lost a total of 43 pounds since I started my journey and my body composition changed drastically.
Thank you Dr Baker for opening my eyes on diet, nutrition and physical performance. I really enjoy listening to your podcasts, videos and your Twitter and Instagram pages.
By the way, I really like the Human Performance Outliers podcast with you and Zach. It’s very good. The amount of information is incredible, I am glad I found you and the ZC community online.
I am talking about it to my friends and family. One of my friends started carnivore and already went from 359 pounds to 334 in about a month. He loves it. He told me that his energy is much better.
Thank you for the awareness you give to people. I see myself continuing this WOE [ed: way of eating] for a long time.
I was born on March 21, 1973, in Germany. Based on my parents’ accounts of my early years, I had skin issues, constant bloating and digestive problems, constipation in particular, pretty much from the start. By the age of four, I was diagnosed with severe seasonal allergies. From then on, antihistamines, wearing gloves to stop me from scratching, having my arms wrapped up in bandages because my continued scratching led to infections, and not being able to go outside to play during the spring became the new normal. I fell asleep in school because the daily dose of antihistamines knocked me out. Topical steroids in mega strength became the go-to methods of dealing with my constantly itching skin. In high school I was made fun of because my neck looked like that of an old woman.
When I was in my early 20s, I saw an alternative practitioner who told me to avoid wheat and dairy. So I went on my first elimination diet, which did not do anything but aggravate my symptoms. Lacking information and consequently not being strict enough, I was frustrated with this approach and considered her a charlatan. In retrospect, she was the first person who actually had hit the nail on the head with her diagnosis. A dermatologist scoffed at this alternative “crap”, recommended to eat whatever I wanted, and to apply more cortisone to help with the inflammation and itching. I would follow his advice for many years, almost ruining my skin in the process.
I do not recall when I first knew that I was experiencing every month is premenstrual syndrome. For a while, I just assumed it is normal to turn into this vicious hulk without any control over my temper. Breast pain, forgetfulness and mind fog, pimple outbreaks, worsened eczema, water retention, constipation, sugar cravings from hell, and mood swings comprised the collection of my symptoms. Pretty much ten days of each of my cycles were spent like this, every single month, for more than 30 years. Another hint at a serious hormone imbalance was the way I used to store body fat. I have always been lean, but whatever fat I had I predominantly stored around my hips, butt, and thighs. I could train as hard as I wanted – I was an avid step aerobics and dance aerobics instructor – and it would not shift my body composition.
In 2006, I moved from Germany to Los Angeles for my postdoctoral studies, met my husband, and stayed here. I still shudder when I think about all the crap I used to eat after I got here: cookies, fast food, soda; free food was always available on campus and it still is. Over the years, I had times where I paid a bit more attention to my eating habits, but mostly, I just did what everybody else did, until the fall of 2013. Around that time a friend of mine told me about LCHF and her success with it, which led me to start the classic journey from the standard American diet via low carb and keto to eventually zero carb. Over the course of this almost 5-year dietary experiment, I cut out the usual suspects like flour, grains, sugar, and in conjunction seed oils. I of course baked all sorts of low carb bread, cookies, cakes, and other sweet goods and used dairy, coconut oil and low carb sweeteners in abundance.
Over time, I had been able to weed out serious offenders, while still clinging to almond and coconut flour, sweeteners, and dairy. After reading that dairy could be a culprit for chronic coughs, runny nose, and weepy eyes, I performed a dairy elimination experiment. After an entire month of dairy abstinence, I started coughing immediately upon reintroduction. My runny nose and weepy eyes returned as well, putting the nail in the coffin for diary. The following year, I experienced my first spring without seasonal allergies!
With dairy gone and my base line much lower, it was easier to track my skin condition and bloating. Over the course of another 1.5 years, I learned that sweeteners, coconut flour or any kind of coconut products, and almond flour either bloated me or made my skin itch like hell. I also learned that PMS causes eczema flares, especially around my eyes. The next natural step was to eat meat and veggies. At this point, I suspected as much but still did not want to face the fact that all the yummy low carb veggies I liked hated my guts, literally.
When I came across Shawn’s tweets about eating only meat I was at the same time intrigued and disturbed, but mostly intrigued. Following him on Twitter was probably the best thing I could do. Not only was he documenting his progress, but other people who tried it out chimed in with their successes and improvements. Rationally, it all made sense to me. Taking the leap and trying it for myself took until the first 90-day carnivore challenge with Nequalsmany. I knew I did not want to compromise my data collection, so the challenge was a good incentive to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Coincidentally, my period started on Aug 15, 2017, the first day of the challenge. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to observe how my PMS issues would behave. I was blown away with the almost complete lack of any symptoms during the first cycle. Barely noticeable breast tenderness and some eczema around my eyes were the remainder of my symptoms. My hope for reproducibility was not disappointed. Now, six months into zero carb, I have zero PMS. Zero! In addition, I can observe my body composition changing; my thighs are getting more defined, my quads getting visible, and my hips and bum are getting slimmer. I hypothesize that my hormone imbalance has been resolved.
Bloating after eating is a thing of the past, as is chronic constipation. I seem to be more resilient toward colds. In the past, I used to catch everything that was going around. I am observing no sunburns (in SoCal) and easy and quick tanning, just like when I was a kid. My mood has been even keel; zero carb serenity is truly a thing and keeps the hulk in check. I get less or not sore at all after workouts. My training is more intense. I have explosive speed for kickboxing despite the lack of carbs. My eyesight has been improving recently. I had to start using my previous pair of glasses (-3/-3) because my most current one had become too strong (-3.5/-3.25).
The most recent success is the remission of eczema. As of today, I have no visible signs anymore after 44 years of constant itchiness and severe discomfort. Even my scarred neck is healing, something I had thought not possible (see attached picture, no make-up, no photoshop, no moisturizers). It took about six months to get to this point, with sometimes going one step forward, two steps back. This feels new and fragile. I am fully aware that any kind of missteps, may it be food (chicken is a suspect) or the fabric of new clothes, can trigger a flare; however, I now have the opportunity to really figure out all my triggers and to fight habitual scratching.
Thinking back how I had, unknowingly, mistreated my body over the years, I realize a couple of things that might be of help for others who are at the cusp of starting their journey. First off, I wish I had taken the alternative practitioner seriously. I was out for instant gratification, but that is not how resolving decades of health issues works unfortunately, in most cases anyway. Secondly, the human body is an amazing machine that can withstand a lot of dietary abuse, for a while at least. It has incredible repair capabilities if one lets it and gives it time to do what is has been evolved to do with the right nourishment. I am looking forward to discovering what other health benefits this way of eating will bring.
I would first like to say thank you Dr. Baker. I found you through Mark Bell and took your advice about a carnivore diet and it has completely given me my life back. About 4 years ago I started experiencing pain in my hips, feet, and hands. It progressively got worse and spread all over my body and after a lot of doctors appointments with specialists it was determined I had RA (rheumatoid arthritis.) I was immediately put on the normal RA medications but continued to get worse to the point that I would go days without being able to get out of bed. The doctor upped the medication and I experienced shortness of breath even just sitting not doing anything, my blood pressure was at extreme levels to the point that when I went to the doctor and the nurse took my blood pressure she went pale and rushed to get the doctor.
Long story short the medicine was killing me and I wasn’t getting any better. I lost my heavy lifting factory job eventually which means I lost insurance and couldn’t afford specialist and medications. I heard you and Mark Bell talk about the carnivore diet on his podcast and thought what do I have to lose, so I gave it a shot. Within 2 months time my blood pressure was in completely normal ranges and my RA symptoms were completely gone and I wasn’t experiencing any flare ups. At this point I am still off all prescription medications including RA and blood pressure medications.
I have not had any issues in three and a half years now and have went from stuck in bed in pain back to working out in the gym lifting weights 4 to 5 days a week and being able to enjoy life with my wife and 3 kids, and now have a 4th on the way, something that wouldn’t be possible if I were still on the medications and suffering from my horrible autoimmune disease. Me and my wife have literally cried when we think about how far I’ve come and the fact that at one point we thought “normal” life was over. Me and my entire family cannot thank you and Mark enough for all that you do in getting the word out about the carnivore diet, and standing up and fighting to get the truth out.
Meat heals and people deserve to know the truth, especially those who suffer daily through horrible life altering autoimmune diseases. I will continue the carnivore diet for the rest of my life (I’m only 35) and I will do my part to spread the word and all of the success stories to help fight the good fight and get the word out to the world that meat heals! Thank you Dr. Baker you have truly given me my life back!
My name is Daniel and I am forty years old from Australia, 183cm (6ft) and 75kg (165 pounds). I have held off writing this story, despite following the carnivore community for some time, as it has taken this long to heal from quite a few ailments, most notably my joint pain and depression. (No photos as most of my issues are internal.)
My mother told me that from a very early age I had an allergy to cow’s milk (I was fed soy “milk” as a child) and a nearly fatal fall (fractured skull and broken collar bone) from a ledge at the age of 2. I can recall always having sore throats and hay fever as a boy. Also looking back now, I believe I experienced some anxiety and depression too. Antibiotics were a regular thing and I eventually had my tonsils removed at the age of nine.
My journey to this carnivore way of eating began nearly 2 years ago when I started to seriously investigate how diet can affect one’s health (particularly autoimmune problems) which I previously just thought were the “bad genetic cards” I was dealt. For example, I thought that I had genetically inherited my father’s bad back and my mother’s hay fever and that was how it was going to be for life and the only way to treat these was with over the counter medications or other alternative therapies.
I have long been a supporter and consumer of alternative therapies for health like chiropractic, acupuncture and energy frequency therapy, having tried to stay away from visiting the GP unless necessary.
I have always preferred fresh foods for cooking instead of processed garbage and the health education I received was the classic “SAD/Western” diet as based on the food pyramid, i.e. saturated fat is bad, wholegrains are good, “2 fruit and 5 veg daily” and meat in moderation. I have loosely followed the “eat a rainbow” style together with high carbs and some meat with every meal. In a sense I knew that diet played a part in health and I had an awareness of additives and processed food, but like many younger folks I took it for granted that I would always be healthy because I never got fat. I would daily consume a pint of chocolate milk or iced coffee and lots of toasted sandwiches, pastries and cakes. I still thought that I had reasonably good health as my weight has never been an issue and have been blessed with an incredible metabolism.
However, inside I was broken from:
Regular colds, sore throats, congestion
Tonsilitis as a child (tonsils removed when I was 9)
Bad snorer and mouth breather
Frequent mouth ulcers, cold sores near lips
Mouth corner sores (angular chelitis)
Bowel problems (irregular and constipated frequently)
Poor dental health on left upper side, failed root canal, ongoing infections (related to sinusitis)
Jaw pain on left side, clicking jaw (TMJ)
Brain fog and poor concentration
Mild depression as a child worsening to severe in recent times
Anxiety from a young age
Poor sleep in recent times
Back/neck pain, sciatica, inflammation and chronic groin pain
Worsening joint pain in hands, elbows, knees and shoulders
Gout in toe
General aching on left side and in chest
Skin tags and bad skin breakouts on back
Always getting a sunburnt face
Raynaud’s in my hands
My health took a turn for the worse about five years ago when joint pain was affecting my ability to work (labouring) and my mental health nose-dived, culminating in a mental breakdown followed by a psychotic episode and a six month period in and out of a mental ward about four years ago. I was heavily medicated on anti-psychotics and antidepressants like Olanzapine. At this time, I became increasingly disenfranchised with the medical system, since I had four children who were always sick, and they were always going to doctor’s appointments for one ailment or another and being constantly prescribed antibiotics or some special cream. I managed to get myself of the antidepressants through some alternative healing and improved diet with more nourishing home made meals, however still had depression.
Cycle ahead to about 2 years ago and after watching quite a few Netflix documentaries from the plant-based vegan propaganda videos like “What The Health?” And then “The Magic Pill” and other Youtube video series like “Autoimmune Secrets”, like many folks in the carnivore community I saw the Joe Rogan podcast with Dr Jordan Peterson on Youtube and was blown away. I believed Dr Peterson to be a credible source of information but could not reconcile that the meat only diet was a thing. From there I followed Mikhaila Peterson and then Dr Baker and many others and kept doing the research.
I began to slowly make some changes to my diet, cutting out gluten, reducing sugar and dairy but still hung onto my “rainbow salads” and then went down the whole gluten-free alternative rabbit hole of eating. I then heard about all the processed seed oils contained in these gluten-free foods and it dawned on me that take away/restaurant foods also could not be trusted. I never really entertained the idea of giving up meat, but there were certainly some vegans I had contact with who were trying their best to persuade me to do so. Some improvements occurred from these changes, but joint pain and mental health was still an issue. My meat consumption increased, higher fat intake but I also dabbled with some vegan foods at this time like hemp protein and quinoa. I had a wholefoods market nearby with organic produce. This was a very expensive exercise in the beginning, having nearly fallen for the “health food” industry marketing, but as time went on, I started to have more meat, bone broth, bacon, eggs and moved to an animal based keto diet.
My digestion began to improve and with it a whole range of ailments and autoimmune issues went away like hay fever, mouth ulcers and gout. Anxiety, back pain and sciatica began to reduce which I have had for as long as I can remember. I found myself not being hungry for 12-15 hours and saw improvements in my dental health and skin. I continued to spend hundreds of hours watching videos, listening to podcasts like HPO and digesting all the old books/articles linked to Meatheals.com and was absolutely convinced. As to the mechanics of why this works, I believe it is about giving your body what it needs, eliminating what it doesn’t need and then the immune system rebounds and the body heals like it is designed to.
I feel that the joint pain in my hands, groin pain and mental health has taken considerable time to heal, as well as having quality sleep again, but I am extremely grateful to have taken control of my health with 90 % meat and some other very basic lifestyle factors. Every single ailment listed above has seen some improvement or remission of symptoms. I love that it has changed my outlook on life, a sense of calmness and really given me a new appreciation for ancestral traditions as well. I am Above all, a new relationship with food that is more about fuel and nourishment as opposed to entertainment. It seems that my mood is much better on beef and when I stray from this my allergies and sinus issues always seem to come back.
My energy levels have not been as consistent as I would have liked and through recent discussions with personal trainers, I simply have not been eating enough to meet the physical demands of my job and training. I have addressed the food quantity and I have also increased electrolyte intake and I am feeling better for that as well.
The next step for me is to try meat, water and salt only, to iron out some occasional small joint pain issues and Raynaud’s in my hands is still an issue on some cold days. I am very passionate about this movement and am seriously considering a health coaching career in the future to give back and share this simple and effective healing protocol.
Many thanks to Dr Baker and all the carnivore community for making a massive difference in my life and giving me the opportunity to tell my story.