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James lost weight and improved his metabolic function on a carnivore, fasting lifestyle

Dr. Baker,

 
  First of all I would like to thank you for being such a big proponent of local ranchers and in particular regenerative ranchers.  I fall into the latter category as a rancher at Forage Creek Ranch.  We are a part of the database of ranches listed on MeatRx and truly appreciate your hospitality in letting us be a part of your movement.  I would also like to tell you that we take every opportunity possible to tell people how we know what you are doing is genuine.  I know this is true because you don’t charge ranchers to be a part of your website, or have a subscription or ask us for anything.  You truly believe that this is the best way to live and for that we are truly grateful.
 
  Secondly, I would like to share a part of my journey.  I have been overweight my entire life.  As I have gotten older  (currently 41) I have become more and more stiff, lethargic, moody, unhealthy, etc, etc.  When you are a rancher, or any other busy job, you wake up at 5 am and grab a hot beverage and a sweet something and out the door you go only to need something else by 8am because you are now experiencing a crash in blood sugar.  You repeat this process every few hours until 11 pm  or so when you finally hit the pillow only to wake up in 5 or 6 hours to do it all again.  We grew our own healthy proteins, but also consumed grains, sugars, etc and even with all the work could never move the needle much on the weight loss front.  After being enlightened by you on the fasting window and the benefits of carnivore diet my wife and I resigned that we would live a new way.  We grow our own beef, lamb, chicken and eggs.  We had decided to consume pretty much exclusively our own meat and mostly eat only once per day.  We usually treat ourselves on the busy weekends and have 2 meals.  Our “workouts” aren’t as refined or conventional as some peoples.  We move animals daily, pack electric fence, haul water buckets, scoop chicken feed, hand mow ditches, farmer carries with feed buckets incorporating squats, etc.  It’s a far cry from the monumental high box squats you do, but we are definitely making progress.  I know people have their own opinions on whether grass-fed meats are better than grain fed and all I know is that I feel amazing and have lost 110 pounds and my wife has lost over 50 pounds in 5 months and we have more energy and mental clarity than ever before.  I no longer have high blood pressure, pre diabetic symptoms, stiffness or fogginess.  I am by no means “In Shape” or “healthy” or “fit” or any of those things, but I believe I am well on my way to an exponentially better and healthier me. 
 
  Thank you again for being an ally.  You’re welcome at our fire any time.
 
I included a couple pics.
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Carnivore Granny Donna lost weight, and improved her health on a fasting carnivore lifestyle

Yes I fast. Yes I’m a carnivore. 72yo carnivore granny and I find if I exercise in fasted state I build more muscle by burning fatty acids and ketones for fuel and being fat adapted. 72yo and hopefully no sarcopenia. I fast on a 18/6 or 16/8 schedule, eating nothing after evening meal and eating when hungry the next day…that may be noon, mid afternoon or later. My longest fast is 48 hours..thankful for
@shawnbaker1967 and @drjasonfung..
Donna, 72 yo carnivore granny
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Lara lost weight, and improved her malabsorption from weight loss surgery on a fasting, carnivore lifestyle

Hi there, 
 
My name is Lara. Dawn Leighton is a good friend of mine and I have been doing carnivore on fish and eggs for almost 2 years now. I gave up dairy (except butter) and caffeine, coffee and tea January 1st. My original plan was to go keto with my mom but it quickly went to Carnivore due to Dawn convincing me how much easier it was not needing to count anything. Well shortly after that I started experimenting with fasting. I have been obese my entire life. I went to fat camp at 12 years old and was ruthlessly picked on at school, especially middle school. Honestly, I tried everything from diet pills (fen-phen), weight watchers, Jenny Craig, gastric bypass, to juice fasting. Nothing I did worked and I kept gaining weight. I felt like a broken human being. I had lost a lot with my Roux-n-Y surgery which I got 18 years ago just after meeting my now husband. After the 3 kids and not figuring out why I got obese to begin with, I steadily gained quite a bit of weight back over the years. I even had gestational diabetes with my first born. I was headed down a terrible road. So, once I found carnivore and fasting I finally understood the role that high insulin played in particularly my obesity. My main focus since I started has been keeping ketones high and glucose low in order to have the healthiest metabolism. I check both my blood glucose and blood ketones regularly to know myself from the inside out. Since January 1st, I have made the most progress I have ever seen in my body. Giving up dairy and caffeine was a part of that but I also do a lot of fasting both extended and intermittent. When I feed, I eat a lot and I only eat nutrient dense food. High fat is vital to me too in order to keep me satiated. I am happy to be able to say now that I weigh a lot less than when I was at fat camp when I was 12 years old. I have honestly never seen my body look like this before. I keep walking by the mirror to check to make sure I am not dreaming. For the longest time, I wished to live in someone else’s body because I was so disconnected from my own. My legs finally have shape instead of being tree trunks. 
 
Now, I say what, when and how often I eat are instrumental to my success. Fasting is just as important as what I feast on. Fasting lowers my insulin like nothing else and keeps me metabolically healthy. I was so damaged from all the dieting I did in the past. If I eat too many days in a row, my blood sugars start to creep up. I can also feel that my body is now craving a fasting day here and there.
 
 
I am now almost to my ultimate goal. I expect to be there by the end of June. I get my blood checked every 6 months due to malabsorption issues I no longer have. I take no supplements nor medication. The plan, once I get to the final goal, will be to continue fasting 2 days a week, both combined and spread out, to keep my blood sugars stable and insulin low. This will be the first time in my life that fat loss will no longer be a goal. Fasting for me, is a sustainable and vital part of my health  journey.  It is my mindset. I am furious that I had been lied to and brainwashed my entire childhood on faulty, unproven science. Once I figured out the insulin was the problem I have been unstoppable. The first half of my life was filled with pain and self doubt, but the last half will be medication, inflammation and disease free. 
 
The bottom picture was me as a teen vs me now. It has been an amazing journey for sure. 
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Nick improved his hearing, and lost weight on a carnivore diet

Hi Sean and Team,

Please consider this version of my success story, it probably easier to read and in better English than what I sent Yesterday.

I am a 50 year old male living in South Africa. My name is Nick Tatalias. I started a journey of weight gain as a weight lifter and competitive powerlifter where I steadily put on more and more weight, initially competing at Powerlifting at 110kg (as it was then) and in weightlifting at 105kg. But as time went on I moved up the 120kg weight category because I was “getting stronger”.  In reality I was just getting fatter.

 

I Started on a low carb diet in 2014 reducing from 123kg to 103kg over the course of a year.  Initially I kept my weight constant but over time my weight had started to creep up.  I told people I was 105kg but was closer to 108kg.  Then I told people I was 108kg when that was the bottom of my range, probably more like 110kg.  Snacking on cheese and never getting that satiated signal, I would often eat to much at meals.  I did reduce my blood pressure medication but never came off that. Despite the weight loss I still had ankle and knee joint pain.  I still had Tinnitus (a symptom of metabolic syndrome) which effected my aviation medicals (I am a private pilot).  

 

After watching a video of Mikhaila Peterson presenting at a carnivore conference in 2019 and because of knee and ankle pains, I thought I would give carnivore a go.  I steadily reduced vegetables but still suffered a bit from constipation, then I went pure carnivore for a week and see how it went.  I was eating eggs and dairy and meat.  It went well so I committed for the whole month in August 2019.  In September I stopped dairy and went ruminant only (after re watching Mihaila’s presentation) with liver and kidney.  But mostly only Steak.  I started to feel much better and lose weight to the point that I was getting comments at work at how well I was looking.  I started doing some limited body weight exercises, for the first time in 3 years (since I started my new business) because I had the mental energy again and the physical energy.  The constipation cleared up without the veggies (the opposite was true at first but that settled down)  My knee issue and ankle pains were almost a thing of the past.  I had a medical for insurance purposes, my LDL (C) was up ( total “cholesterol”of 7.2 mmol/l and the insurance wanted to load the premiums, I repeated the blood (many results to share) and did the Feldman protocol.  I just couldn’t eat 5000kCal for three days on the meat it was simply too much food.  But Total cholesterol went down to 6.5 so insurance was reduced.  I also did a CAC score which showed a zero on all but one of the coronary arteries and a 1 on the one artery which gave me a score of 1.   This gave me confidence that the cholesterol wasn’t a factor.  My cholesterol has always been high even before the Keto diet I had doctors trying to get me on Statins. 

 

In early December I was down to 99 to 101kg range. I went on holiday in December to travel to Canada and the US.  During the trip I wasn’t able to stay totally Carnivore but still Keto and only two meals a day.  My weight stabilized but with the reintroduction of veggies and dairy my knees started to hurt again, so I will have to check if diary or veggies are the cause.

 

Since the start of January and a return to South Africa and  return to the Carnivore I have lost more weight range now from 95kg to 97kg.  I am 1.86m tall about 6’2″ tall and I haven’t weight this little since I was 30.  I am now 50 turning 51 in March 2020.  My knees are getting better again.  I have just completed my annual aviation medical again. The Doctor loved my weight loss, my hearing had improved which surprised the doctor but I explained that my tinnitus had reduced so I could hear much better. Tinnitus is a symptom of metabolic syndrome – so Carnivore has helped where Keto hadn’t.  My blood pressure was 120/67 also much lower to the point that doctor wants me to see if I can stop the medication for that.  But my total Cholesterol was 8.2 and LDL 7.0.  Triglicerides 0.5, HDL 1.7.  HbAIC 4.8% or 29mmol/mol (lowest I have measured) and insulin fasted 4.1 and fasted glucose 5.5. The doctor nearly fell off his chair at the Cholesterol but I told him I was on a banting diet (what we call Keto in South Africa – didn’t mention the Carnivore will at my next visit).  I also showed him my CAC score, and that with a healthy ECG he passed me with flying colours because of how well I looked to him and all the good things.  We are now going to see if I can go off my blood pressure meds which I have been on for 12 years. We both agreed that once I hit my goal weight and the fat in circulation would stabilise and I would return the LDL to normal, although I may be a hyper responder or a lean mass hyper responder (although lean hasn’t described me in years but is starting to again)

 

My goal weight is to be 90 to 93kg and to start lifting again (weight lifting).  on the whole my thinking is much clearer, my energy better and my mood is definitely much more upbeat even with the pressure of my own business in a very tough economy.  Added benefits are that I can now fly with around 15kg more fuel in the plane which adds close to 45 minutes more reserve, loving carnivore.  My brother is interested but he is a bus driver in Canada and not wealthy so he is trying to figure out how to do it too, he is on a Keto 2 meal a day regime currently.

 

My iron levels are all normal except the Ferritin, but this has been high since I started measuring it during my Keto time. I guess I will have to donate more blood.  I had hoped this would come down with a reduction in the chronic inflammation that had been hanging around. CRP was below 1 so no issue with inflammation any longer. 

 

I am so happy with the carnivore diet and recommend to people to try it for a month seriously commit and see the benefits.  Interestingly I never seem to grow tired of steaks, I never thought it would be such fun.

 

Regards

Nick

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Mark improved his body composition, auto immune condition, allergies and performs better in the gym on a carnivore diet

I am a 58 year old chiropractor who has been in practice for 33 years.  My wife and I started the carnivore diet on September 1, 2018 as a 30 day experiment.  At the end of the month we decided to continue.  Why give up on improved body composition, the end of autoimmune rashes and allergies, better performance in the gym, and generally feeling a lot better.  Thank you Dr. Baker.
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Fernando lost fat and gained lean muscle on a carnivore diet

Hi,
My name is Fernando Rocha and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. Since I discovered Mr. Baker on social media, I began following the carnivore diet. The results have been extraordinary: I lost 10 kgs in little over 2 months (shedding fat and gaining lean muscle mass). Here are my before and after pictures:
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Katya was a raw vegan that improved her digestion, bladder and kidney pain, blood sugar, inflammation and auto immune disease on a carnivore diet

My name is Katya
Andrew Davies, sent me a message t o say to submit my story.

Basically I was a Raw Vegan and  pioneer of the lifestyle in Australia some 20 years ago.  I opened the first Raw and living foods cafe, way ahead of its time, then went on to teach classes, programs and run retreats.  I have a background in digestive health, prior to opening my own raw food cafe,  lectured at Hippocrates Health Food Institute on  cleansing, detoxing and was also resident colonic therapist for a period of time.  In 1974 I had a vegetarian bf and at that time the only vegetarian ‘fake meats on the market were Sanitarium soy based dried kibble, and canned products. 
I  had periods of vegetarian and veganism before going raw vegan in 2000.
Throughout the first 12 months, I felt and looked  fantastic. 
 
The end of the  next year, I began to get  anemic.  I have a strong constitution, from my Russian father;s side,  yet   my reserves of iron, in particular, had now diminished.  
I began to get mildly anxious for no reason well into the  third year,

The anemia progressed into the 3rd year   until I had to see a doctor. II was so pale,  lost weight, had shortness of brerath on walking a few metres, was so fatigued and weak.. 
I finally had to go to a doctor. .My iron levels were under 7. The doctor was shocked. and adamant I eat meat.  I had to have immediate iron injections, as I refused to eat meat.  . so I ate eggs for periods of time, and then went back to eating raw vegan as if it never happened.
Then superoods’ came to the rescue promoted by David Wolfe.  AFA, green barley powder, spirulina.  I thought that would solve all my iron problems as the labels said it was high in iron.. unfortunately not bio avaialble  heme iron’
 
In 2012 I went fruitarian for 3 years and thats when I really struck problems. It was good at for the first 8-12 months, then
 I began to get more pin hole  cavities. Lots of them. I would get them filled and more would come.   Towards the end of fruitarianism, my teeth were so sensitive  it hurt when I ate food,  I lost two upper molars, as they had become weak and slightly looser in my gums and infections set in.
 It was a nightmare, as I refused root canals and had them extracted instead.
   
In 2015 gut and  sleep problems began to happen,  leaky gut, continual bloating, then more anxiety, brain fog and finally an auto immune disorder – fibromyalgia. 


Two  months short of of 62,  after 20 plus years identifying  and immersing myself in the world of raw veganism, I really hit the wall.
I was still looking good on the outside, yet what was taking place on the inside could no longer be ignored. 

The signs became more obvious, pointing  to a deterioration of my skeleton, a breaking down of my kidneys, my immune system, my nervous system, my digestion, and my blood sugar regulation. I was almost Type 2 diabetic.

I never went into raw veganism for an ‘ethical’ belief I held.

 In fact, initially, health issues weren’t my driving force either 

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For me, rejuvenation was the fuel firing the search and exploration of protocols, which repaired, renewed and rejuvenated the body, mind and spirit.

I ignored many red flags during my vegan years, yet I was successfully programmed and veganism had become my identity. Towards the end stage of veganism, I began salivating at the smell of roast chickens in clear plastic roteserie bags at the supermarkets. Yet my vegan brainswashed mind would tell me. ” Its a body bag, dont pick it up.” I shut down my body’s intelligent feedback system to eat animal foods. I had ignored it/over rode the signals for years, the intense vegan programming had taken over and I suffered the consequences I craving eggs more frequently every few weeks. Finally I had a dark night of the soul, at 62. A complete breakdown. My immune system crashed. I had 3 bouts of food poisoning within 6 months. and it was horrendous. During the period of heaving over the toilet bowl, crying and crying out in desperation for help, I heard loud and clear to “Go Eat Fish” so I did. and then after a few days. the message came to eat more fish, every day. Immediate improvement. I then went on to chicken. Yet the brainwashing was the hardest to unravel. I was convinced raw veganism was the healthiest diet on the planet, even with the health problems I was suffering with, I put it down to stress or detoxing… It took me 15 months before I could eat red meat. and then things really started to improve. I took out all high oxalate plants, and went low carb, then zero carb, while my body reset itself. It was hard, as I went through a few months of intense oxalate dumping. But I pushed through and now have reversed many of the health problems I had. My teeth are strong and firmly anchored in my gums. I have no plaque on my teeth, or sensitivity. After the incredible improvement in my dental health, just from eating meat based, I was angry for a couple of months about losing two upper molars, unnecessarily, however I’ve accepted it and am grateful that I had divine intervention to stop veganism and to change my diet. My gut is healing wonderfully, I have reversed joint pain, I have reversed sarcopenia. Finally I am gaining weight without real exercise, just from consuming lots of fatty meats. I sleep much better, deeply. Before I was waking every to hours, with my heart racing, mind racing. Now that has stopped

I am happier and cope with stress more easily.My body doesnt go into fight flight so easily. My physical strength has improved. No longer teetering on Type 2 diabetes. Bladder pain, kidney pain improved Less trips to the bathroom at night,.

Blood sugar regulation has improved Jaw tension improved. Inflammatory allergic reactions greatly improved. the auto immune Right now I eat a meat based ancestral nose to tail diet, and now that my gut has healed dramatically, I can have the occasional small inclusions of avocado, sauerkraut, or cucmber. This is just a general overview of what happened through 2 decades of almost all raw vegan. Happy to speak with you about my experiences and how a meat based diet healed me. Kind Regards Katya

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BNS lost weight, improved his digestion, mouth ulcers, hair and frequent colds on a carnivore diet

Hey Guys, My name is BNS SRINIVAS ( The Indian Carnivore )
 
To begin with, I am from India. In India, it is extremely hard to get authentic information regarding health. Fortunately, I found a channel named “Impact Theory” on youtube where the host ‘Tom Bilyeu’ interviews many successful people around the world including well-renowned health experts. This is how I have first got to know about Dr.Ken Berry! Also, by then, I have had read over 100 books and decided to read Ken Berry’s book “Lies my Doctor told me.” Shortly after that, I have had the opportunity to interview Dr.Ken and started the High Fat Low Carb diet where I eat mainly Meat and some rice. Also, at that time I have heard Ken Berry talking about SHAWN BAKER! That’s the moment when I really started to delve deeply into the “CARNIVORE DIET“. When I have heard about it, I was extremely happy because, since childhood, I liked to eat only Meat. My friends in the school used to call me the MEAT BOY. Anyway, moving forward to the present, I convinced my Grandmother, Mother, Father, and Sister to go on a Carnivorish diet and after a prolonged persuasion, they finally obliged! Up until January, I have lost 20 pounds by shifting mainly to a meat-heavy diet. But after going 100% carnivore in January as a part of the world carnivore month initiative of Meatrx, I have lost more than 25 pounds in January alone. As of today, I have lost more than 48.6 pounds and feeling great.
 
Meatrx platform has given me the opportunity to meet fellow carnivores and constantly update my knowledge levels. Also, this platform has helped me to forge deeper relationships with people like TracyJustin, Leah, NitiBali, Raymond and Brett, etc. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Shawn Baker and Meatrx platform!
 
In summary
Health-related issues I used to have:
1) Overweight 
2) Bloating
3) Snoring
4) Mouth ulcers
5) Hairfall
6) Burping
7) Frequent cold
 
Benefits I have observed after shifting to the carnivore diet:
 
1) Weight loss (48.5 pounds)
2) No snoring
3) No burping
4) Not a single mouth ulcer
5) Hairfall stopped
6) Abs are visible (without any exercise :p)
7) Mental clarity 
8) Able to maintain energy without eating frequently 
9) Muscle gain
10) Many more…
 
Benefits my Family members have observed:
 
Grandmother: Increased Energy levels, reduced joint pains, better vision and losing fat.
Father: T2D is improving, blood glucose levels are stable, losing visceral fat and experiencing better sleep.
Mother: No more joint pains, No more plantar fasciitis, Increased Energy levels.
Sister: Weight loss, improved sleep, and more mental clarity.
 
Before pics
After pics(As of Jan 31st,2020)
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Lori improved her digestion, sugar cravings, anxiety, lost body fat in gained fitness on a carnivore diet

MY SUCCESS STORY

Hi Dr. Baker & fellow MeatRx members,

I started the Carnivore diet July 2019. I was desperate to find a solution to the GI symptoms that I was having. Chronic constipation, painful gas, bloating, and indigestion were making me feel miserable. My husband started a Carnivore diet several months prior that resolved his eczema and regulated his bowel movements. He encouraged me to give it a try, but I resisted his advice for several weeks. Why? Because I couldn’t wrap my head around not eating veggies! I just kept thinking, “I have been eating healthy and exercising the last 2 years, why do I feel so bad?”

Thank god I eventually came around and decided I had enough! I saw no other option but to eliminate all foods from my diet other than animal products. Within a few days of being on the diet, my bloating and gas were improved. Although my bowel movements became less frequent, I was no longer constipated. No more laxatives and suppositories! I felt so much better.

This diet has given me freedom beyond what I could ever imagine! It’s not only healed my gut, but also improved my mental health and eliminated my sugar cravings and stress eating. Animal based nutrition along with routine exercise has allowed me to wean off my prescription medications for anxiety, depression, and migraines. I’ve taken these meds since I was a teen, and the side effects are horrible (insomnia, decreased libido, weight gain, grogginess). Being off them has changed my life.

Other benefits that I have seen are increased mental clarity, increased energy, improved performance in the gym, decreased body fat, increased strength, and muscle growth. I also have a better relationship with my husband because we support each other as we live this Animal Based Lifestyle.

Thank you, Dr. Baker & MeatRx for allowing me to share my story. I hope it helps someone else who is struggling in the same way.  I am grateful that I gave the Carnivore diet a chance, and that I found the MeatRx community.  This way of life is not widely accepted and not always easy. Your platform provides valuable info, resources, support, and connection with other like-minded Carnivores. I have a place to call home

Best wishes

– Lori MeatRx Coach