Hello Dr. Baker and the MeatRX team! I wanted to wait until I had a full year of Carnivore under my belt before I did my testimonial. I kind of accidentally discovered this WOE going from 2 months of Keto and just kind of skipping the plants part. Then I started researching if Carnivore is something that can be sustained and ran across Jordan Peterson’s story and that led to researching you. Very happy I did! So for the most part I have been living with all the things that “go to shit” when you hit certain ages. Got issues from being a teen, 20s, 35, 40…etc. (I’ll be 45 in July) All things I was told by friends/doctors/everyone that is just part of life. My worst injury was a bulging disc from a few years back, all my other issues were just listed under “natural wear and tear”. Turns out that NONE OF THAT IS TRUE. At the end of this I will be putting a list of all the awesome things that have happened over the past 12 months. Before that I wanted to say that this lifestyle is an absolute game changer. Even for just an average person with average problems like myself. I had no idea how crappy my body was doing until I started making this list. I almost feel like a low level superhero. I’m at the midlife crisis stage and I feel better than I can even remember. Thank you so much!
The following is a list of everything I could list that significantly improved since I started carnivore:
Bad body acne gone
Cracked bleeding feet healed
Chapped bleeding lips reduced 90%
No dry skin on arms/hands
Athletes foot gone
No lobster sunburn (no suntan needed)
No body odor
No vinegar smell after workout
Tennis Elbow gone (had for 5 years)
Shoulder tendonitis gone (had for 10 years)
Carpal tunnel syndrome gone (had for 10 years)
Radial tunnel syndrome gone (had for 5 years)
Finger and thumb tendonitis gone (had for 4 years)
Knee pain gone (had for 30 years)
Hip pain gone (had for 15 years)
Lower back pain gone (had for 25 years)
Plantar Fasciitis gone (had for 3 years)
No colds/flu since Feb 2019
No constant level of phlegm
Tension/Stress/Sinus Headaches, 3 out of usual 25 per year
Seasonal Allergies gone
Diverticulitis symptoms gone
Bleeding/receding gums healed
No plaque/fuzzy feeling on teeth
95% reduction in farts
No bad breath
Food allergies gone
New hair on knees
Small amount of head hair regrowth
Some gray hair disappeared
Finger/toenails less brittle
Other Neat Stuff:
55lbs fat lost
7lbs muscle gained
Road Rage almost gone/more chill while driving
No more “old man” warm up time in mornings.
More motivated in general
2-3 nose bleeds a month down to 1 for the year
Grew an inch taller
Can be around sick slobs that sneeze on me, no fear of getting sick
Eye floaties gone
90% reduction in eye crusties
Greater range of temperature tolerance. Jeans and T-shirt weather: 30-80 degrees
No other illness of any kind since Feb 2019
Injuries heal 50% faster
Fell down half flight of wood stairs, got up no problem!
Overall strength increase
Most food/alcohol cravings gone. (still some alcohol cravings though…just some)
Random chest/internal torso pains gone
My partner ( he is 67) myself ( 63) began the meat diet last March. If we hadn’t did this way of eating we would not have believed it. I am of indigenous heritage and did believe we should eat as our people did, but somewhere along the line we are convinced this is wrong. Luckily we didn’t totally buy into it and still ate meat everyday and enjoyed the fat but when we went strictly meat, eggs and dairy the results were unexpected.
We noticed right off the hop how much energy we had (almost ADHD..lol) Sex drive way up. As continued it was amazing, NO MORE BLOAT OR GAS.( I had taken up eating one particular salad with brussel sprouts and broccoli and the bloat was unreal ) sugar cravings went away, sleeping better, no snacking & eating twice a day usually, sometimes once, different kind of hunger, the rumbling/shakes didn’t happen, just felt hungry, skin tags gone, no more hang nails, hemorrhoids gone ( I had for years), our arthritis went away and backpain decreased significantly, we both have more muscle definition, the muscle is harder/tighter & we are definitely stronger, (we don’t go to gym, our work over the years & daily living has given us good muscle) Our eyesight has improved. I apply beef/pork grease on my skin and people have commented on how amazing my skin looks. They thought I was wearing face makeup and one commented did I have surgery! Incredible. Not only that but my eyebrows are growing back in after going years with only half brows.
My partner is growing just not thicker hair, but brown hair & on places there wasn’t any, the white hair is turning brown on his head and chest. He was also taking high blood pressure and gout pills after appx. 3 months he discontinued use. ( I did not take any pills) Our attitude was happier ( not so cranky) and his depression decreased and eventually disappeared. My anxiety disappeared as well.
Overall, we have found the majority of people think we are killing ourselves with “ so much fat /meat/butter etc.”
Note: when we have fallen off the wagon we notice the arthritis, hand nails, gas etc. return. Hence it is motivational for us to continue with the meat.
My brother was doing keto previous to our diet change and we thought wow, that’s a little too much meat and ignored the diet. Once again goes to show how manipulated we were even though we knew better.
My daughter decided to give it a go and she has had amazing results as well. She is 43 and when she went to her doctor for check up she stated her test results were “ off the chart” and what was she doing. When she said the Carnivore diet, the doctor didn’t say a word! Interesting eh?
Thank you for all the info you provide. It is much appreciated.
Marion and Roy from Ontario, Canada
We did forget to mention , although we were not hugely overweight and that was not our reason for doing the meat, I lost 20 lbs. and Roy lost 26 lbs.
My mental health has improved significantly. I don’t have any diagnosis’s surrounding it but had normalized the level of stress and aggravation I was dealing with, I am significantly happier, more calm and more patient now. My anger isn’t something I feel like I’m constantly having to control because it’s not there like before. I’m a better mother and wife because of this. I was experiencing what I would consider depression around ovulation time for about a year. It was overwhelming sadness that I could not snap out of for two to three days. That doesn’t happen anymore. After about six months being CV my cycles began to be lighter and shorter and with less pain. I used to have to take ibuprofen for cramps and now I don’t need to. I still have cramps but the pain is a bearable level.
Just before Halloween that year, I was introduced to the idea of a ketogenic diet and, after some research, I realized I could eat bacon and lose weight. I decided to give it a try and, for the next year, I ate a strict keto diet, usually staying under 20g of carbs daily. My protein came mainly from chicken and fish with some tempeh (soy) thrown in. My fat sources were ghee, olive oil, and coconut oil. I included most of the “dark green, leafy vegetables” that people are so enamored with. I ate a boatload of caesar salads with chicken.
I decided to take a hiatus from keto and just watch my calories. I gained some weight back over the holidays and decided to go back on keto in January of 2019 and saw no changes.
- Weight is down to 220 lbs
- 3lbs of visceral fat as of June 2019
- bench press and deadlift are now up to over 300lbs
- allergies are gone
- asthma is gone
- blood pressure is awesome and I’m off medication
- sleep apnea is gone
- snoring is radically reduced
- knees and back don’t hurt
- testosterone level is awesome
- thyroid is working great
Carnivore Diet Journal
I am Odaine Tomlinson currently 29 years old and I started the carnivore diet on November 2, 2019. Prior to embarking on the carnivore diet, I served in the military and once I got out the Navy in 2012, I was doing long distant running and body building eating a standard American diet. At that time, I had an 8 pack and was super cut. But looking back, I do know that I always had inflammation in my right wrist when I did push-ups. As the years went by and life hit me, I lost touch with my fitness and eventually tried the vegan route briefly and eventually got into the ketogenic diet, where I then began working out again and saw nice results. Time went by into 2019 and I hadn’t worked out in months and noticed that my stomach was poking through my shirts now and that I would have to suck in my stomach in public to try and fool myself. And after learning about the carnivore diet and seeing that Joe Rogan interview with Jordan Peterson, I was blown away when I researched other similar testimonies. So, I figured why not?
Stats on November 2, 2019 (Start of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 190 pounds
Body Fat: 21.9%
Subcutaneous Fat: 18.9%
Visceral Fat: 10
Metabolic Age: 31
Blood glucose level waking up: 103 mg/dL
A couple days into the diet, I realized that I had a crazy surplus in daily energy and the ability to wake up like a robot. I don’t know how to explain it, but I was waking up with no lag; I am fully alert once my eyes open like I just popped an energy pill. Also, I realized that whether I got 5 hours of sleep or 8 hours of sleep I still had the same constant supply of energy and liveliness. Also, my wife told me that she noticed that my snoring disappeared.
Furthermore, one of the two biggest benefits to me are the fact that I am operating on the highest-octane level of fuel for my body, thus ensuring that I will most likely live a lot longer and vibrant life even though I am only 29 years old right now. Just knowing that this simple decision plays a significant role to reversing the possible cancer, stroke, digestion disorder, and many other ailments that I could have potentially faced 20 years down the road, is phenomenal to me. In my eyes, doing this diet gives me the ability to theoretically get in a time machine at 50 years old and go back in time to my 29 year old self and tell myself to get my s#!t together now so I wont have to deal with XYZ at 50 years old. Secondly, I thoroughly love the mental clarity I have now. Its almost like I don’t have a subconscious mind anymore is my best way to explain it. I can fully control the direction of my thoughts on such a high level now. I feel that prior to the carnivore diet I had a loud sawed-off shotgun with unlimited rounds firing off while blinded folded int the dark in my head; and now I have a high-quality sniper rifle with a silencer with precise scope vision and no wind resistance on a sunny day. The difference speaks for itself.
A week into my first 30 days I noticed some incredible results:
Stats on November 9, 2019 (End of Week 1 of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 184 pounds
Body Fat: 20.6%
Subcutaneous Fat: 17.8%
Visceral Fat: 9
Metabolic Age: 30
Blood glucose level waking up: 81 mg/dL
After the 2nd week I saw even more improvement with my mid-section area and that my abs were slowly coming back and my chest didn’t have droopy nipples anymore. I also noticed that my voice was being projected farther/clearer; but maybe that was just my hearing getting better (so I am not sure which is the case on that).
Stats on November 16, 2019 (End of Week 2 of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 180 pounds
Body Fat: 19.9%
Subcutaneous Fat: 17.2%
Visceral Fat: 8
Metabolic Age: 29
Blood glucose level waking up: 79 mg/dL
After the 3rd week I have noticed a steady flow of my energy levels and I have yet to see any negative implications as some people have claimed with transitioning to the carnivore diet. Another thing I recently noticed is that when I carry my 5-year-old daughter upstairs for bedtime at nights; I no longer feel pain in my lower pack and knee. I am not sure when it went away since I haven’t paid any thought to it, but it is still a big plus. Also I notice now that my face is very clear and smooth; I don’t seem to have random pimples on my face every other day or so.
Stats on November 23, 2019 (End of Week 3 of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 177 pounds
Body Fat: 19.3%
Subcutaneous Fat: 16.7%
Visceral Fat: 8
Metabolic Age: 29
Blood glucose level waking up: 84 mg/dL
After the 4th week I still felt great health wise. And during this week there would be times where I would go through most of the day fasting just because either didn’t feel hungry and/or still felt high on energy. And at this point I compared my picture from when I started the carnivore diet on November 2, 2019 to the picture from November 30, 2019; the difference was amazing to see. Especially knowing that at this point I went from being 18 pounds overweight on November 2nd, to just being 1.8 pounds overweight on November 30th. And please keep in mind that I did absolutely no exercises, no walking around the block, no pull ups, no push ups, nothing. And more importantly I did not break my carnivore diet, I didn’t even eat a single gummy bear when no one was looking. I plan to continue doing this diet plan for 5 more months and will start doing long distance running two months from now so I can see what my weight/muscle baseline is before I take my body for a spin. So, look out for my next update on here in another 5 months or so.
Stats on November 30, 2019 (End of Week 4 of Carnivore Diet)
Body Fat: 18.5%
Subcutaneous Fat: 16.1%
Visceral Fat: 8
Metabolic Age: 28
Blood glucose level waking up: 89 mg/dL (after brushing teeth)
So just for anyone else who is interested in knowing, I used a standard glucose meter for my blood glucose level. And for the other important numbers, I used the RENPHO Bluetooth Smart Scale that cost less than $25 on Amazon. And as far as what I was putting in my body; I ate mainly grass-fed grass finished meats from Butcher Box, scallops, shrimps, bacon, and free-range eggs. And as an occasional ‘treat’ I ate aged cheddar cheese off the block, pork grinds, and grass fed/finished beef jerky. I used Redman’s Real Salt on my foods, and I only drank water. The water I was drinking ranged from regular bottled water from Aldi, to Fiji Water, to mostly Gerolsteiner water. And I intake a syringe mixture of butter oil, cod liver oil, grass-fed beef liver and grass-fed colostrum every other day. I hope my experience help you!
I am 25, 175lbs, stronger, happier, with better skin and digestion, than I’ve had since I was 17. Growing up, my family, in an attempt to chastise me or tease me, gave me a sort of nickname regarding food: “cookies, cakes and candies.” I loved sweets, and was known to eat all my brothers’ winter oreos or popsicles, cereal, or what have you. In high school and college I would legitimately have cereal as 1/3 of my diet (or more), along with bagels, bread, ice cream, etc. In high school some of my best friends made fun of me because I would sometimes even come prepared with a bagel in my pocket.
Then in college, everything started hitting the fan and my world started spinning: I began to have constant, I mean constant, stomach pain all day long, from the morning I awoke to going to sleep. Some friends in college persuaded me, along ethical lines (not nutritional) to try vegetarianism and veganism, so I was the former for a year and a half and the latter for 8-10 months— it was horrible. I ate tons of fruit, granola, cereal, soy ice cream, cider— I was rail thin, weak, tired, and eventually became very sick.
In Summer 2014, after a year of veg/anism, I went abroad and returned with a fever that stayed and left me almost bedridden for over a month; the apartment I was living in had black mold, and I didn’t have much energy each day. I brushed it off and got back to school, but friends around me realized I wasn’t myself— my energy was gone, I was becoming more irritable and withdrawn, I had panic attacks and my stomach constantly hurt all day long.
It eventually got so bad that I needed an ice pack strapped to my chest just to sleep, had various GI tests, got my gallbladder removed, and had constant searing back pain as well (which I also needed an ice pack just to sleep too). It was the worst couple years of my life, and I felt like there was no way out— praying and meditating alone and with friends, celebrating Eucharist at Church, being with friends, playing music, hiking and reading poetry were the only things that gave me solace as I became sort of a recluse.
- Hypoglycemia (probably pre-diabetic)
- brain fog, poor memory, low mental acuity
- low energy, chronic fatigue
- intense anxiety, panic attacks (was medicated) for years
- depression and mood swings
- diarrhea for years
- chronic stomach pain
- failed gallbladder
- Skin eczema/rashes (sometimes bled)
- low libido (hormonal imbalance)
- chronic back pain
- lip sores
- eye inflammation
- easy sunburn
- some random tumors/cysts
- poor dental health
My mom and brother had been off of gluten and sugar for years by the time I was in college, they were nominally following Robb Wolf and the Paleo movement, but they did not know or practice a Keto or Carnivore Way of Eating. By 2017 I started eliminating foods and keeping a food journal, starting with gluten, then all grain, then cruciferous veggies, then nightshades, legumes, and on and on.
By December 2017, I was in shambles, and my roommate told me about one of his best friends who had Crohn’s and reversed it with the ketogenic diet. I was desperate, and had been addictively reading about nutrition, fasting, and ketosis (I did just barely come across carnivore at this time, but I brushed it off because it seemed too intimidating, I loved sugar).
After fasting all day Christmas Day 2017 and feeling much relieved, and then jumped into keto, hands to the plow no looking back. I starting feeling better and better, every week, month, and quarter I would keep saying, “Man, I haven’t felt this good since I was 18!” By around October 2018, after reading about Carnivore for a couple months, I was yearning for something more streamlined, easier, nutritious, and satiating, to get me to the next place (still had some residual anxiety, tiredness, skin issues, etc)— so I went to Carnivore and it just got better and better. My strength, mental acuity, and skin got even better. (Before keto- 2 pull ups, on Keto- 7 pull ups, on carnivore- 18 pull ups).
- No digestive issues whatsoever
- Best mental focus, attention, and mood since high school
- no brain fog or headaches
- best strength I’ve maybe ever had
- much improved dental health
- anxiety and depression are gone!
- normal libido (hormonal balance)
- little to no sunburn after hours in direct sunlight (first time in my life)
- tumors/cysts disappeared
- no back pain
- no eye inflammation
- clear and really smooth skin
- steady energy all day
I am now absolutely loving this WOE and I don’t really see ever leaving it— although I am like 95% carnivore, I have some onions, garlic, mushrooms sometimes, and once a month or two I’ll split a sweet potato or make avocado pudding with friends. Meat does continue to taste better and better (I am soon going to get a quarter of beef!).
I am eternally grateful for the work of Shawn Baker, especially Joe Rogan hosting Mikhaila Peterson (my first major exposure to Carnivore), the Zero Carb subreddit, Dr. Darren Schmidt, and countless others for making this possible, as well as friends and family, who have supported me through this hard time and brought immense healing. I’ve now been on keto for a year and a half and on zero carb for 9 months and am so filled with awe and so thankful.
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 unofficially diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis almost 20 years ago. I have the blood antigen HLA-B27 and all of the classic symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness in my hips and back. These symptoms were constant and exacerbated with any form of exertion and worsened with rest. I even began to develop the famous stoop in my posture regardless of how straight I would stand… While many my age were in “their prime”, I felt I was in decline. Always searching for health centered solutions, I was hopeful that the internet would produce testimonies of others that have found relief from their chronic inflammation. I was was often disappointed with the search results! I always found myself searching for Vegan or vegetarian solutions and never found relief… One day about 3 months ago my sister Laurie told me abut Dr Shawns information along with Mikhaila Peterson’s testimony of relief and I was so excited!
I made the choice and removed all plant sources from my diet (except organic coffee). Within 3 weeks I was sleeping through the night and waking pain free! I am so thankful that my sister thought of me and shared these ideas with me! I hope my story encourages some of you on your health journey to not quit trying to find your health solutions.
Check out my story here: