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Stephen improved his muscle mass, digestion, and skin on a carnivore diet

From my teenage years I fully believed in the calories in / calories out theory. I believed that carbs were good for you and I looked pretty good. 
I even competed in a body building tournament (all natural, no steroid show)
 
I played semi-professional soccer and competed at a reasonable level in tennis (winning one singles tournament)
 
 
As I got older I began running and being really active. I did not smoke or drink. I ate porridge with skimmed milk and bananas and freshly squeezed orange juice. Healthy eating was my thing. On a trip to the United States I had egg white omelettes for the first time. I was the poster boy for calories in / calories out. I avoided fat. I even did 6 months on a soy based diet (worst I had ever felt)

I got into running and even in my forties was running some great times. I include this because even though I was doing all this I was getting fatter! Also I was getting  sicker. Nothing seem to make sense.

I suffered from the following;
Rashes to the forehead, athletes foot (for over 10 years) pains in the lower right quadrant (I had a colonoscopy) I developed a cataract, I was pre-diabetic and I was overweight. Yet I was eating right and doing activity and not smoking nor drinking?
The final straw was having a heart scan. The CAC is the ultimate measure of how well your heart is doing. My score was 639. This is the highest possible risk (you want it to be zero) and it was made apparent that according to my score I likely to have a heart attack before I left the hospital! The bands of risk go 0-100, 100-200, 200-300 and high risk is 300-400. I was above the high risk. The point being. It really is high.
 
So I did research and saw that I’d been misled about food. I dropped the carbohydrates, starch and fruit and saw immediate improvements.  
 
  • My weight dropped dramatically in just three weeks when I decided to go full carnivore!
  • My athletes foot went
  • My pain in my stomach went away
  • My rashes on my forehead, gone.
  • My hunger diminished
  • I started to eat more! (but the right things)
  • Bowel movements improved
  • I noticed a complete lack of gas!
 
The less carbohydrates I ate the better I felt and looked.
I am lucky that I am in the health and fitness industry so I can take my bloods and as a qualified phlebotomist can look at my results and interpret them.
All my bloods improved.
 
I then tried zero carb and tracked my testosterone and other markers. My testosterone  went up by over 30% in 2 months.
Further Improvements
I wanted to now add more muscle and decrease body fat % further. This I have been able to do. Losing fat and gaining muscle required eating more ‘calories’ than recommended.
Yes you can lose fat while eating more food, as long as it is the right food. I tracked my body composition for the next phase. Muscle up, body fat down, bone mass up and visceral fat down. I intend to keep eating this way, I have never felt so good.
That’s the reason why I decided to train to be a carnivore coach with meatrx.com
To hopefully help others like I helped myself.
 
I hope you found my story interesting. 
Stephen T
January 2020. 

 

 

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Charlie lost weight, and improved his insulin resistance on a carnivore diet

About 2 years ago the VA had me attend nutrition training as my weight was going up and up. Calories in, calories out. I was so hungry I kept failing.  VA offered to send me to the SAME training over again.
 
16 or 17 Months ago my A1C hit 6.1 so I started reading and vids. Then one evening one of my feet wouldn’t fit into my shoe.
 
VA said I was heading towards diabetes. Offering me the SAME training again.
 
Decided to go Keto/Carnivore but to avoid Keto Flu I went on an 8 day fast. While fasting still in Day Eight  I went in for my bloodwork at the VA. They were shocked at my LDL and Triglycerides count and told me to stop fat and meat and take pills.  THEN I called them out: I went from hardly any meat to total fasting, my numbers go up and they blamed food I was not eating.  QUACKS!
 
That was 13 months ago, last November. 
 
Now I know FAR MORE than my VA doc and VA nutritionist who can’t even explain to me what is a Triglyceride and why LDL is supposed to be bad.
 
Autumn of 2018 I hit 262 pounds. By this Summer I hit and maintain 210 -217 range comfortably. 
 
No more near fainting spells if I don’t eat every three hours.  Now I can go for DAYS without eating.
 
Funny, my pre-med son is learning chemistry and biology and he agrees that LDL is just a (harmless) transport vehicle.  His current training is the opposite of what the practicing  docs and nutritionist AR the VA say.  For brevity I gave them links to Dr. Berg’s short videos explaining LDL and Triglycerides. They both said, “I can’t believe you “trust” a chiropractor more than us. 
 
“trust”…….   “trust”……    how about new research instead of blind faith in dogma?
 
In reviewing a year of food logging I see that I consume a lot of eggs.  Vegetarians would say this is carnivore. But I must be 100% honest and admit this to ask: “Shouldn’t we include (chicken) eggs along with meat?”  
 
Yes, except for about 20 days I kept a log of everything I shoved in my face. If Dr. Baker would like this data I can send the log file.
 
Today’weight 211 pounds, down from 262 about a year ago.
 
I hope that eating eggs could be considered “carnivore” for the purposes of this program. I’ve watched all the Dr. Fung vids on the chemistry of Keto/Carnivore. Seems to me eggs could be considered “carnivore” as the VA docs still claim they’re as deadly as meat.
 
Thank you for your time. I would like to become a coach because I have learned so much and would love to share this with others. It simply works.
 
I neglected to mention one COMPLETELY unexpected benefit: mental clarity.  It felt like a (brain) fog lifted.
 
Charlie 

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Becky improved digestion, hormones, cardiovascular health on carnivore diet

Hi I’m Becky! I’m 38 and I started my weight loss journey in 2002-03.

After the birth of my first child, I was at my highest weight–over 200lbs. I was suppose to be a happy new mom, but I was anything but. I hated what I saw in the mirror and was depressed I allowed myself to get to that point. You know, eating for two and all. I attempted calorie restriction, but I was going through alot of stress (divorce) and instead found myself eating my feelings until they were numb. This started a vicious eating cycle and no doubt damaged my metabolism. I did managed to lose some weight, then I got pregnant with my second child in 2005 and remarried. In 2006, I joined Weight Watchers in hopes of reaching my goal weight. I didn’t feel comfortable in my body eating predominantly plant-based and lean protein that Weight Watchers encourages. But let’s face it, those food items were less points, and I could eat more.

I started to have some health issues–orthostatic hypotension, asthma, and heart issues. I had to see a cardiologist and pulmonologist and under went a stress test, echo, lung function test, etc. All the doctors wanted to treat the symptoms with medication instead of getting to the root cause of what was actually wrong.

Our town lost our local WW meeting place and out of frustration, I ended up going to more of a Standard American diet. My weight yo-yoed. I had my third child in 2008.  At my follow up, I had a subpar pap screening result. Because I had a strong family history of ovarian/uterine cancer, I ended up having an hysterectomy with BSO in 2011. This basically put me into surgical menopause. My hormones were out of balance, and my physician wanted me to do HRT but it made me sick. I had bad brain fog and headaches. And it definitely didn’t help weightloss efforts with all the inflammation and bloating. In 2015, I started doing the Trim Healthy Mama diet which was a struggle due to its complexity.  I found myself eating fatty meals along with carbs which was a no no. I ended up falling back into the Standard American diet again and the cycle continued.

In 2016 after doing some research, I stumbled across keto. I cut my carbs down to 20g, ate moderate protein, and high fat. I consumed fat bombs, steaks, chicken thighs, bulletproof coffee, full fat dairy, and salads with full fat dressings, etc. I lost weight, but I still had bloating, inflammation, and menopausal type symptoms. After a while, I started to notice how certain foods affected me. “Ketofied” junk food, fat bombs, and baked goods caused bloating, inflammation, and cravings. I stalled which caused more depression and frustration.

Out of desperation, I started to become even more proactive and continued to eliminate foods. In January 2019, I came across World Carnivore Month that Shawn Baker started. I honestly thought he was nuts eating just Ribeyes, but I figured what the heck. It’s just a month. In June, I had a genetic test done and found out I have health traits/variants for Type 2 diabetes as well as having a family history of diabetes and hypertension. After finding out this information, I knew I was on the right path with carnivore.

I’m currently still carnivore. Yes, I’ve had a few slips throughout the year but as time goes on, it becomes easier to recognize what nutrients my body needs. I still battle the mental struggles of carb and sugar addiction, but I have learned I need to be an abstainer. I knew I needed to change my relationship with food and now view it as nourishment instead of using it to fill an emotional void.

I seek my nourishment from animal based food thanks to Dr. Baker! I feel better than I have on any other diet I’ve tried, and I don’t foresee any change to my eating lifestyle. My 2019 focus was nutrition and healing.  I took a break from exercise in order to heal. I feel better than I’ve felt in years! With the healing of Carnivore, I’ve had a 30+lb weightloss. But an even bigger positive effect is my hormones are more balanced–no night sweats, mood swings, or hot flashes. My sleep is better and deeper than it has ever been. I have no issues with any of the previous asthma symptoms or any cardiac/heart issues.  And, I’m no longer taking any prescription medication.

Another huge benefit is FOOD FREEDOM! I don’t track, weigh, or log my food. I’m not tied to any book or app telling me when I can or can’t eat. I eat when I’m hungry, and I stop when I’m full.

My food based Carnivore focus has been sourcing local meat I can afford. I lean towards beef and lamb. Being from a hunting family, I consume venison including the heart. I don’t routinely eat  organs such as kidney and liver. We also raise chickens for farm fresh eggs.

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Vlad manages his type 1 diabetes on a carnivore diet

Hello,

my name is Vlad, I’m a 41yo type 1 diabetic.
 
I was diagnosed in January 2018 and hospitalized in ER as I was in keto acidosis with a a1c of 11.7, 329 blood glucose and just below normal level c peptide. I was immediately hooked to a “minibar” with insulin and vitamines. This diagnose came like a relief as finally I knew why my life and my family’s life was a nightmare the months before. I was loosing weight, I was very tired all the time and most disturbing, I was always angry and sometimes violent, I lost short term memory and it was very hard to focus. 
 
The first meal I was served in the hospital was a plate with boiled potatoes, white bread and a chicken leg. I did not eat it. I immediately started researching online and against my doctor’s and my mother’s recommendations I just stoped eating carbohydrates. When I left the hospital I was recommended 250g of carbs daily and a total of 34 units of insulin. Luckily I got very strong support from my wife and my mother, it was very hard for her since she was a doctor trained in the late 70’s. Also, ironically, today is a good time to be diabetic since there are many very good sources of informations, success stories and facebook groups to get informations and advice. 
 
Just six months later we visited Budapest and scheduled a meeting with Dr. Toth Csaba at Paleomedicina office. It was a very convincing discussion and we left the office optimistic and curious how an only meat and fat diet could improve my condition. Once home we started to implement the diet, we changed the shopping and cooking routines and in the next months I noticed obvious improvements under palaeolithic ketogenic diet compared with the previous period when I was on a classic ketogenic diet. I gain muscle, strength, mood and memory were better and in just three months I was able to stop one of the insulins. Over time I did mistakes and miscalculations and after a while I had some digestive problems and we did not notice any progress.
 
This fall I scheduled a place for me at one of Paleomedicina patient events. After two day of o measurements and observations they stopped my insulin. I felt completely safe under Dr. Toth close observation but I have to admit that I was not confident at all that I could manage without insulin. The first days were very hard as I felt a bit sick and very lethargic but one morning it was just a bit better. Since then I can only notice improvements, I feel normal, I have normal levels of energy all day long, I can focus, I only have small and normal digestive problems and only if I overeat. Overall I feel much more balanced and I am better without insulin than with insulin. Almost every morning I wake up with blood sugars below 80 and the highest post prandial blood sugar was 124 mg/dl. And that meal included half of tea spoon of raw honey, just because I wanted to test the limit and because honey is pkd accepted.
 
Today is my 58th day as a type 1 diabetic without any insulin at all and eating only meat, fat, organs and eggs in precise quantities tailored by Dr. Toth Csaba and Dr. Zsofia Clemens
 
 
Vlad

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Larry improved diabetes and congestive heart failure on carnivore diet

Hello,

I am a U. S. Army Veteran Sgt., GI Bill College graduate, and a retired aerospace engineer.

I had a heart attack and died while riding my bicycle 10 miles from my home. A truck drive broke several of my ribs reviving me. Two weeks later, I woke up in a commercial hospital staring at a blue wall. I was then transferred to the VA hospital where I got a triple bypass heart surgery done. My VA primary care doctor failed to notice any symptoms previous to my heart attack.. My type 2 diabetes got worse. I got a fatty liver, fatty pancreas, and stage 3 kidney disease. He had me on 14 drugs many which were statins, and he told me to eat a high carbohydrate, low fat diet, with lots of vegetables, and very little salt. I decided to eliminate salt completely from my diet, because it was so bad for my health. This resulted in muscle spasms and vomiting. Then I got congestive heart failure. My neighbors took me to their hospital emergency. The hospital removed 20 pounds of water from my legs.   My VA primary care continued the medications. I had brain fog so bad that someone thought I had alzheimer’s disease and took advantage of me. That is when I decided to take charge of my own health. I started searching the internet for answers. I found an 1863 weight loss diet by William Banting (LCHF). I finally put together a low carbohydrate/high fat diet of my own. I have since then transitioned to a ketogenic diet that resulted in me going through Sugar Addiction Withdrawal which gave me an itchy rash for 2 weeks. I am finally on a carnivore diet that I patterned after neurobiologist and clinical researcher, Dr. Zsófia Clemens recommendations. I am 4 pounds away from my high school football weight. I am walking, and lifting weighs again. In a recent appointment, Cardiology could not find anything wrong with me. This resulted in me giving 3 extemporaneous lectures. The last one included a professor from UCLA. I sent her a pdf file of my experiences and research. Meanwhile, I was able to convince my Primary Care to include a fasting insulin in my lab test. My Homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) is 0.50!

By the way, I am 81.

Best of regards, Larry

What do I eat in a day? Sgt. Roat, U. S. Army Veteran
GI Bill College graduate

What I eat is easy to describe. The difficult part is when I eat. The answer to that is “when the ghrelin hormone tells my hypothalamus I am hungry”. When we sleep we go into a state called autophagy (self-eating). This happens when we fast. Autophagy refers to a self-eating process in which our body digests damaged cells. It’s basically a cleaning out process that encourages the proliferation of new, healthy cells. Fasting also allows the body to burn off excess fat. Some people extend autophagy to 18 hours, and eat one meal a day in a 6 hour eating window. I recommend a 36 hour fast once a week, that will give your body enough time to produce sufficient β-hydroxybutyrate to fuel the brain, and clear up any cognitive issues.

What I try to achieve from my meals is low Insulin levels. To get to the diet that I am currently on. I eliminated all processed carbohydrates, sugars, fructose, no sweeteners -they cause Cephalic phase insulin release, starches, grains, fruit (exception -berries), and vegetable oils (exception -olive, coconut and avocado). That left animal fats, protein, and vegetable carbohydrates. I chose to eat one stick of unsalted butter (115 g), 106 grams of sardines in water, occasionally I eat 227 grams of 73/27 ground beef, and 5 very low carbohydrate vegetables (Spinach, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and avocado-100 grams each), one day total serving size 500 grams (total net carbohydrates 14g). Eat the vegetables first, fat next, and then the protein last to lessen any insulin spikes. You can eat this in 3 or 2 meals a day. Walk for 10 minutes after every meal! When I fast, I take Potassium citrate, Magnesium L-Threonate, Sodium chloride, Iodine in colloidal suspension, and zinc picolinate. I only need one meal a day ( I reduce the vegetables to 1/3), when I eat the hamburger patty. It leaves me that satiated! I find that very interesting. Not just for the satiety, but also because I have sustainable energy through out the day. Perhaps I should get a DNA test from 23 and Me. Diets are not one size fits all. We are similar, but we are not all the same. I suspect that my body is designed to eat primarily meat and fats (a carnivore diet, or zero carbohydrate diet).

The diet above has allowed me to drop all of my medications, and return me to a pre-diabetic state.
My advise in changing over to Fat as your main source of energy, is to do it gradually. This is a major change! Do not shock your system. In 1863, William Banting wrote a booklet called Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public the first weight loss diet to actually work. It was a low carbohydrate- moderate protein- high fat diet (LCHF). I might add that many family doctors are now offering a high fat/low carbohydrate diet as an alternative treatment for pre-diabetes.Addendum:
Atorvastatin causes liver damage. It also aggravates type 2 diabetes maladies. I can not find any root cause to the formation of Plaque. It appears to be a process. There is thinning of the glycocalyx after an arterial juncture where there is turbulence. In fact, there are a myriad of mechanisms going on here. Endothelial Progenitor Cells are floating in the blood, so the possibility for repair is there. The body is well designed to take care of it’s self, if we allow it to do so. The dichotomy is that your body is smarter than you are.
Vitamin K2 MK-7 with D3 has been suggested for arterial plaque removal. I have found no real evidence of this. However, taking vitamin D3 along with C is a good idea.
Fructose: Over-consumption of Fructose is the root cause of Insulin Resistance. The liver can safely process about 20 grams of fructose a day. 1 in 3 people have Fructose malabsorption, and 1 in 3 people have Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin does not recognize Fructose as a sugar. Fructose carriers (GLUT5) found in the cells of the small intestines transports fructose to GLUT2 and it transports fructose to the liver where it can be metabolized. If the body does not have enough carriers, fructose can build up in the large intestine and cause gut issues (nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and chronic fatigue). The liver converts fructose into fatty acids which are stored, and triglycerides which flood the blood stream. High triglycerides signals insulin resistance. Hereditary fructose intolerance is even more dire, because these people can die from consuming Fructose. Fructose can not be metabolized, because the body is missing the enzyme aldolase B. If Fructose is ingested, the enzymatic block at aldolase B causes an accumulation of fructose-1-phosphate. This repetitive phosphorylation depletes ATP. The results are hypoglycmia, liver damage and potential kidney failure.
Test for Fructose malabsorption/hereditary intolerance: Hydrogen Breath Test.
Test for Insulin Resistance: HOMA-IR (fasting insulin and fasting glucose), or 2-Hour Insulin Glucose Challenge Test.Industrial (vegetable) seed oils: Why would you want to ingest highly unstable polyunsaturated oils that cause oxidative stress? Use lard, real butter, tallow, olive, avocado, and coconut oil.

Diets that actually work 

Fructose malabsorption: FODMAP diet (substitute glucose for fructose). This is not a weight loss diet! 

Hereditary fructose intolerance:*Carnivore diet. 

Type 2 diabetes and weight loss: *Low carbohydrate High fat (LCHF) diet, and *Ketogenic diet. 

Extreme weight loss and excellent health: *Carnivore diet. 

Autoimmune disease, and type 1 diabetes. I refer you to neurobiologist and clinical researcher, Dr Zsófia Clemens.: **Strict Carnivore diet. 

Minerals: I take Potassium chloride, Magnesium L-Threonate, Sodium chloride, Iodine in colloidal suspension, and zinc picolinate, when I fast longer than 24 hours. 

*These diets are more difficult, because the changes are more drastic. Processed foods are designed to be addictive, so you are going to go through an Addiction Withdrawal Period (3 to 10 days). I went through Sugar Addiction Withdrawal and got an itchy rash that lasted for 2 weeks. ** Strict Carnivore diet: No dairy. Water, salt, meat & organ meats, and fat. Fat to protein (meat) ratio 35 grams of Fat to every 100 grams of Meat. 

+Note from Sgt. Roat: I am finally on a Carnivore diet that adheres to my personal body design. With a carnivore diet you eat fatty meat until you are full. For me that is one meal a day. There are no ratios or macros. I eat Calves Liver twice a week. I also had to eliminate all dairy. I take a supplement that contains freeze dried Beef Liver, Heart, Kidney, Pancreas, and Spleen. I supplement the minerals, when I fast for 24 hours. So what do I drink? Water, maginesium bicarbonate water, bone broth, organic coffee, and matcha green tea. Exercise is an important component of every diet. I walk at least 30 minutes every day. I also lift light weights at 8 to 10 reps per exercise at 3 sets each. Walk 10 minutes after every meal! This is from a randomized control study involving 3 groups of Type 2 Diabetic individuals and Metformin. Walking and Metformin got the same results. Save your money, and go for a walk! 

I want to address this question before it comes up. “You are not a medical doctor, what are your qualifications?” The answer to that is, if someone does something successfully, by virtue of doing it they then become qualified. Everything that I have suggested here has been researched, and I do not need a medical degree to do research. Quite frankly, I didn’t do this much research, when I was in college. Yes, it’s true, I have a degree. It is a shame that I must bear.

 

 

Nathan improved diabetes and body composition on a carnivore diet

Nathan 

 

For thirty five years I was a semi active individual, in the 190lbs to 210lbs range. I sporadically went to the gym, played basketball, and did weekend backpacking trips. Nothing spectacular. 

I ate pretty “healthy” about 70% of the time. Working in kitchens the first 15 years of my life, most of the food I consumed was cooked from scratch and only consisted of the finest ingredients. All organic of course, when possible. Dishes as simple and refreshing as fattoush salad to dishes as rich and delectable as smoked gouda mac & cheese with black forest bacon, topped with a buttered parmesan sourdough crust.

Of course I occasionally ate fast-food and ordered pizzas. The refrigerator usually had a six pack of some cleverly named craft beer.

I got married in 2015, had a baby on the way, and ballooned up to 232lb. The first two years blaze by. It’s 2017, we’re going to have another (our second and final) baby. I’m not feeling so hot, tired all the time, pissing all the time, then my kidneys start hurting. My wife says get your ass to the Doctor, NOW.

Low and behold, I am a full blown diabetic, my cholesterol is so horrible the Doc says you need statins now. I declined, and said “I’ll find my own solution”. He couldn’t believe that I refused to take any of the drugs he was offering.

Instantly I go on a strict paleo diet. Dropped 22lbs in three months. Symptoms barely noticeable. Started doing Couch to 5k and 7 Minute workout. It felt like someone was taking a cheese grater to my knees and shoulders, but I kept going. Winter blows in, guess I’ll have some craft beers and pumpkin pie, guess I’ll have a little more.

It’s 2018, symptoms buzzing my ear again. But so is Joe Rogan, and this Doctor that only eats meat, and he got fired for suggesting a diet that was high fat and low carb to his patients. Instead of invasive surgery. I’ve seen, heard, and participated my fair share of craziness over the years. Don’t forget, I grew up in kitchens. But this blew my mind, I know about nutrition, this doesn’t make any sense. It’s like making a grill cheese with mayonnaise instead of butter.

Screw it, I’m open minded, and have believed in the power of food and nature my entire life. I’ll try the ketogenic first. I’m going to wait and see what happens to this crazy Doctor first. Damn, I feel amazing. It doesn’t hurt when I run or do push ups, that extra Holiday weight melted off, like those delicious turkey drippings. This was something special. Got down to 196lbs, my symptoms were completely gone. My new daughter was born.

The Summer is ending, Shawn Baker has podcast, with some really skinny guy. He’s doing great and the guy he just talked to has been only eating meat for 10 years, and is running marathons without drinking water. Ok, he was right about the ketogenic diet. I’m going for it.

So I only consumed meat, butter, cheese, bone broth, coffee, salt and spices for 30 days. 

Week 1 

Felt Amazing, energy through the roof. Had to go to the gym and lift weights to get rid of it. 

Week 2

Started of the same as week one, ended on bad note. Let myself get a little dehydrated. But then I got hydrated, and still felt awful, had sleep a few extra hours over the weekend. Didn’t feel sick like a cold or sore like I was working out. It felt like 20 years of bad decisions were being expunged from my body.

Week 3

Did my insides just molt? I feel like a brand new person. My torso is a V shape, is it 1999?

Week 4

My thoughts are more concise than they’ve ever been. I’m putting up more weight in the gym than I have in my entire life. My body recovers extremely fast from workouts I haven’t been able to do in twenty years. Bloating that I didn’t even I know I had for the past 37 years was gone. I weigh 180lbs, it’s not 1999, it’s 1997.

I’m going to go get some labs done and say hi to my Doctor, and ask for a print up of my results. Then I’m going to let the world know.

 

Jaeton improved his sleep apnea with a carnivore diet

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 16 years ago and im sure I was prediabetic due to my addiction to sweets and that diabetes run in my family. I was desperate for change at the age of 44 at 260 pounds. I researched keto for its health benefits, despite friends and family telling me that it was dangerous, I started it and trusted the process. I then later found carnivore and saw that it was a much simpler way of eating with claims of greater health benefits. Everyone assumed carnivore would surely send me on the path of a quick death. Been doing carnivore now for almost 12 months and it has given me a new look on life. I finally feel and look healthier than I ever have. Due to this way of eating I have been able to not depend on my CPAP, I feel great each morning I wake up. I also have no concerns about diabetes. I have created a new healthier version of myself. I no longer live in fear. I only wish I had started carnivore much sooner. Stress free Health first.

Sarah improved diabetes, anxiety and depression on carnivore diet

I spent my life yo-yoing between a Standard American Diet (SAD) and a low fat, calorie restricted diet.

 

I went to my first weight watchers meeting in 6th grade. In high school I was an athlete and that helped me thin out, despite eating mainly junk food 24/7.  After gaining the freshman 15 (more like 40 for me) in college, I went back to Weight Watchers and managed to lose a good amount of weight. It was around this time that I also got my first depression and anxiety diagnosis and prescription antidepressant at age 20. 
 

Fast forward through life, gaining, losing and gaining weight over and over through getting married, pregnancies, and two kids. Along with the weight issues, my pattern from my 20s to age 35 was that I’d start a new depression med and stay on for a couple years or so, feel my anxiety and depression lift, then eventually go off of the med only to spiral downward in to a depression and panic attacks in a matter of months.  At one time of another I was on prozac, paxil, zoloft and even xanax for depression, sleep and acute panic episodes.  By the time my youngest was a year and a half old, I found myself morbidly obese, pre-diabetic with high blood pressure, on two prescriptions for depression and anxiety, and physically miserable.

In 2016 I started keto to lose the weight. Learning that I did not have to be afraid of red meat and fat was a revelation to me. I dropped 50lbs right away. After about a year and a half of meat heavy keto, I was able to (under the care of my psychiatrist) wean off of my zoloft and xanax. I have been med free since the summer of 2018. In the past, I could only last a few months before I was bedridden with a major depressive episode, however this time has been completely different. In Jan 2019 I joined World Carnivore Month and have been mostly meat ever since. This year I have lost an additional 25lbs for a total of 75lbs down since 2016.  But more than that, my mental health has been the best it’s been in my entire adult life. I am thankful every day that I have been able to (dare I say) cure the depression and anxiety by something as simple as changing the way I fed myself. Though I enjoy foods that are “not carnivore” from time to time, I will never, ever, EVER go back to low fat or the SAD. Meat has truly healed my brain and body. 

I’m so excited to share about this way of eating because it has alleviated so many symptoms that I thought I was just stuck with for life: anxiety, depression and prescriptions to treat them; high blood pressure, insulin resistance and pre diabetes, acanthosis nigricans (skin discoloration and thickening common in pre/diabetics) heavy, irregular and miserable periods, and horrible cystic acne. I will never ever go back to a bullshit standard American diet heavy in sugars, grains and seed oils or worse, a low fat diet with boneless skinless chicken breast, egg whites, and ground turkey. I was on the road to a lifetime of medications and being another victim of the  disease management system, and now I’m free. Plus I get to eat delicious food every day (unless I chose to fast that is). Can’t beat that! #meatheals

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Lee improved cardiovascular health, fitness, angina on carnivore diet

I’m a 67 yo physician, trained as a cardiac anesthesiologist who has been carnivore for 1 year. My previous medical history, included hypertension, coronary artery disease, Diabetes T2 with multiple problems associated with diabetes including visual problems, renal problems, cardiac, hypertension, significant peripheral neuropathy with muscle wasting and obesity. I also had some joint disease which limited my exercise. If I were to choose an overarching diagnosis is would be Metabolic syndrome. All of the above are included in that diagnosis.

My cardiac disease had advanced to the point of unstable angina. I had a stent placed in a minor artery 2009 and another in 2018 in the circumflex. I also had disease in the LAD but it was too small to stent. My right coronary was vestigial from birth. This picture is terminal. I was living on Nitrites like nitro-glycerine and Imdur ever increasing doses, beta blocker ARB diabetes drugs thyroid replacement and omperazole for gastric asthma. I was morbidly obese. In effect I was dying and likely would be dead within a year.

My metabolic syndrome or at least pre-metabolic syndrome dated back at least to residency or probably before. My exercise history was I wrestled in HS was a distance runner in college and post college, a weight lifter in my 40’s and 50’s till I became injured, but metabolic syndrome was present throughout. Metabolic syndrome is NOT exercise or lack of exercise related. I treated my diabetes with pills and diet and followed the standard “heart healthy” and starch based diabetic diet, complete with eschewing meat and animal fat.. I ate those cookies and thngs that are advertised as legit for this diet and the fats were seed oils dressed up as margarine etc. I was clearly in a state of inflammation. I tried Crestor but it gave rhabdomeyolysis.

In August last year I knew I had one last chance. I had managed to preserve my heart muscle through a lot of biochemical manipulation, but my time was running out. My symptoms were increasing as were my drug dosages and eventually I would have an infarct and kill off some muscle. I had an EF of 55% and normal wall motion on echo the day I went carnivore.

I basically went into training to survive heart surgery. There is a calculator on the Thoracic surgery academy’s website that calculates risk and I entered my risk variables, got my risk scores and my risk of surgery was not good. The diets recommended by AHA and ADA clearly were defective and did nothing to improve my risks. My disease only got worse. After carnivore I went through induction, living on ribeye. I ate only ribeye for a couple months then eventually added a hamburger once in a while. No cheese no eggs no cheating. In 9 months I lost 65 lbs. I weighed less than what I weighed in medical school 40 years ago. My diabetes resolved and my A1c was 5.4. Previously is was as high as 9. My hypertension improved. I went off diabetic drugs and thyroid replacement but still needed the beta blocker and nitrates. My joint pain improved as did my exercise tolerance. Since I have neuropathy I can’t run but I own a treadmill and a weight vest and between elevation and weight load I could achieve HIIT easily with heart rates to about 180 (remember I’m 67) and a normal blood pressure response to hard exercise. In other words despite severe disease I had achieved pretty good cardio vascular fitness as well as improved endurance and strength.

I found the carnivore diet interesting in its energy efficiency. A glucose based life has associated a parameter called a respiratory quotient which is a measure of CO2 production vs elimination and CO2 production is a measure of metabolism. The respiratory quotient can be judged by respiratory rate and heart rate for a given exercise load, both readily measurable while exercising. Since I could hold metabolism constant by adjusting my work I could determine subjectively my respiratory quotient as I acclimated to carnivore. The results were dramatic. My workouts became easier even as I got stronger and I could feel my muscles working more efficiently. I trained for 9 months, and halved all my risk scores in the calculator.

In the 10th month my cardiac health deteriorated. A diet was not going to resolve 40 years of damage from disease, at least not in time to save my left ventricle from infarct so I selectively became a candidate for bypass surgery and I want to stress elective. It was urgent but my 9 months of preparation mattered. Heart surgery is a risky business no matter what and I had a little rocky course recovering. The hospital diet nearly killed me. It was all carbs all the time and then they would measure my blood glucose, give me some insulin and feed me carbs all over again. A completely stupid protocol. I was in sorry shape post op and went home on more drugs than when I came. At home re-induced on carnivore and started shedding drugs. My unstable angina is gone. My ejection fraction remains at 55% and my wall motion is normal. I didn’t stoke or have neuroloic sequella from the pump run. I work out an hour/day including weights since my joints are better and am down to 3 drugs, a beta blocker ARB and some baby aspirin.

My recovery is not all due to diet, but my disease Metabolic syndrome was completely due to diet. Completely due to grains and juices and fruits other starchy veggies, dairy and seed oils. My disease was from “eating healthy” and all the nonsense and politics wrapped up in that. The SAD or AHA or ADA diets completely miss the actual hormonal causes of the disease and the standard treatments make it worse, and then the patient is blamed for not getting better, when the treatment is wrong.

Jason improved mood, mental health and treated addiction on carnivore diet

Hello,
I struggled with food and alcohol for the first 35 years of my life always going to both for comfort in every area of my life. Four years ago I was on my death bed literally, had a freak accident almost take my life. At that time I was severely depressed, 300lbs, no self esteem, felt worthless, pre-diabetic, alcoholic, etc.

After the doctor saved my life I realized how quick we could be taken out, and how fragile our life really is, so I decided to make changes to get my life back and ensure that my kids had their father around for a long time. I found the ketogenic lifestyle first, and I seen major improvements with my health in almost every area I dropped over 100lbs, regained confidence, gained self esteem, etc but after 2 years of living the Ketogenic lifestyle I was stuck gaining and loosing the same 20lbs, and still felt like food had some control over me.

After seeing Dr Baker on the Joe Rogan show I decided to give Carnivore a try and in 2018 I experimented several times with 30+ days of strict Carnivore. Carnivore was working I felt myself getting leaner, increased energy, mental clarity improved, libido improvements, but the biggest thing that Carnivore gave me over Keto was I finally lost the addiction to food, those non-caloric sweeteners just keep cravings around, and since im a carbaholic I had to ditch them 100%.

January 23rd 2019 I switched to a 100% Carnivore lifestyle and to this date the change is amazing to me, and I have zero desire to ever leave this lifestyle, Carnivore is a game changer and I’m completely hooked! 150+ days of Carnivore!

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