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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

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Dragos improved his heartburn, back pain, poor sleep and lost weight on a carnivore diet

Hello, Meat RX team, 

 
My name is Dragos I’m 38 and 18 months ago i started cleaning up my eating with some keto but for close to a year I’ve been mainly carnivore also eating only once a day. 
I was 222lbs on Dec 31st 2018, now at 178lbs i feel better than ever. 
I played waterpolo from 11 to 24 and was exercising close to 4-5 hrs a day in my teens and 20s. 
Needless to say growing up in Eastern Europe in the 90s in a middle class household our red meat intake was minimal if not zero / week. 
Grew up stuffing my face with carbs and sugar. I was eating a loaf of bread a day easily accompanied by lots of potatoes also was eating raw sugar most days after practice in order to partially tame my craving for protein. 
Problem was a i took these bad eating habits with me in my late 20s and 30s long after i stopped working out 4-5hrs / day. 
At my worst i was 222lbs ( in the 1st pic ) , constantly tired, getting very poor quality sleep, stomach and heart burns, low back, neck and knee pain was always present. I would go take naps in my car during my lunch break and going to the bathroom was not a fun experience considering the bad case of hemorrhoids i was suffering from. 
I just want to point out that my muscular skeleton has never been as healthy or toned as it is now at 38 not even when i was in my peak physical shape playing in my early 20s and what’s crazy is i accomplished this in a little over a year. 
These days I barely lift weights, mostly do cardio and HIIT classes at my gym + 4-5hrs of Jiu-jitsu a week. 
I feel amazing and red meat is the no. 1 through no. 99 reasons this is possible. 
 
Thank you Dr. Baker. You have changed my life. 
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Eddie improved his digestion, body composition and performance on a carnivore diet

Hi Dr. Baker,
My body was rebuilt with beef. I grew up eating a pasta heavy version of the SAD. Hit 270lbs at the age of 21. Dropped to 150lbs in about 10 months on a calorie restricted vegetarian diet when I was 22. By 23 I had developed cyclical vomiting syndrome and IBS as a result of my vegetarian diet.
 
At some point during my search for GI relief I was introduced to Dr. David Pyles a postdoc at UC Davis. This was probably 2005 or 2006, I was slightly alarmed that Dr. Pyles was dressed in a loin cloth. Apparently the loin cloth was a costume that dave created for burning man and continued to wear daily for many years. https://localwiki.org/davis/Tarzan_Guy
He explained this crazy hunter-gatherer diet that he was on where he would eat only meat for several days, then eat only plants for several days and alternate between the two. 
 
I did not immediately adapt dr Pyles diet, instead i drifted back to the SAD for a couple of years and while my digestion improved my weight shot up to an all time high of 290lbs (pic included). A few years later I was browsing a bookstore and found a copy of Mark Sisson’s primal blueprint. I thumbed through the first few pages and read the Grok cartoon. It made sense, I did not actually buy the book but I did adapt a paleo diet like the one caveman dave told me about. This was 2010, in addition to my diet changes I started running, lifting, and alpine skiing. After just a few months I had lost some weight and was confident enough to start swimming, I then decided to take a job as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. 
 
In 2011 the pool where I worked started a triathlon club. Our coach was Amy Charity (she went pro in women’s road cycling in 2013). I became her star pupil, showed up for every practice, every running race, every bike time trial, even started racing in the local mountain bike race series (I won the novice division that year) and started following Amy to practices with our local road bike race team. We did two triathlons that summer. I was the fastest local athlete in the second one. (actually from routt county) A week later I competed in my first road bike stage race. Adding larger amounts of animal products to my diet (I was probably eating 2+ pounds of animal products a day back then in addition to a bunch of fruit and veggies) 
 
The following summer I went a bit crazy with the sport. I was the fastest local finisher and won my age group in both triathlons. Won my age group at the local 12 race steamboat springs running series. Competed in 5 endurance mountain bike races ranging in length from 60-100 miles and competed in our local 6 race xc mountain bike race series. I also managed to win my age group at sprint and a half ironman triathlons in denver with fairly large fields. And I managed to compete in 42 seperate USAC sanctioned road bike racing events that summer. That fall I purchased a cyclocross bike and participated in cyclocross races in denver every weekend. That winter I signed up for cross country skiing lessons and picked up a copy of Loren Cordain and Joe Friel’s “paleo diet for athletes”. 
 
2013 was off the hook. I followed the advice in paleo diet for athletes to the T. I was literally weighing exact portions of raisins and turkey breast out post workout. I started winning the overalls at smaller triathlons and running races. Second place overall in the running series that year. Won the sport category in mountainbiking that year and picked up my first sponsor “guerilla tags” after a podium finish in a local triathlon. Also ran my first Olympic distance triathlon with a sub 36 minute 10k at the end (sub six minute miles after the swim and bike). I started targeting longer triathlons and had some excellent results winning my age group frequently at half ironmans. I couldn’t quite hold my pace all the way to the finish and had a repeated problem of bonking with about 2 miles to go. Nonetheless even with my 6:30 mile pace dropping to 10/mile for the last couple I was still winning my age group by like 20 minutes but was often 10-15 minutes off the overall podium (frustrating in a four and a half hour race.) I Continued to road bike and cyclocross as well. That summer professional triathlete Heather Gollnick moved to town and noticed my frequent local race wins. She offered me a performance based sponsorship with her Ironedge Triathlon team for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. 
 
The winter of 2013/2014 I started racing in cross country skiing and decided to train for a powerlifting competition. I posted very endurance athlete numbers: 300 squat/ 180 bench / 465 deadlift I weighed in the upper 190s which put me in the 208lb class I believe. 2014 went okay, I was training for Ironman boulder with a high volume training schedule and my diet was no longer working as well. I still managed decent race performances and still raced very frequently but my GI was no longer happy and my IBS and CVS came back. Ironman boulder was a bust with my predicted sub 10 hour finish turning into a puke filled 13 hour death march. 
 
The winter of 2014/15 I read about Zach Bitter and his ketogenic diet. I went “ahah, what if I do a few months of base training on a keto diet? maybe I can train myself to be more fuel sparing on the half Ironman and start winning some overalls?” I noticed that my GI symptoms immediately got better, my top end performance dipped but my work and recovery capacity dramatically increased. My version of keto was a low veggie high animal product version. Probably 3+ pounds animal products per day: Cheese, Yogurt, red meat, salami, cream, butter, coffee, a little coconut oil(at first), and some nuts (at first). I simultaneously became the leanest and the most muscular I had ever been. 
 
That summer I bought my first single speed mountain bike and went back to the paleo diet for athletes protocol. I managed podiums and hit PRs in the first 2 running races and my first ever single speed race. Then I started to get sick again and saw mediocre performance for the rest of the season. 
 
In 2016 I burned out completely! I went back to the SAD and tried to compete a few times with some of the worst results of my life (4:45 half Ironmans turned into 5:45).
 
2017 I read Mark Sisson’s “primal endurance” I spent the year rebuilding on a very high meat version of his periodized keto/ TKD plan. I did a few local races but avoided triathlons and anything long. Fall of 2017 I got a singlespeed cyclocross bike and started racing in the singlespeed category in cx. Out of my first 8 starts I took 4 wins, 2 2nds, a 4th, and a flat tire. Then they moved me up a category. After 6 years of racing in Cat4 and never taking better than 10th I had finally moved up and almost instantly once I got on that singlespeed on a meat heavy diet. The little 120 lb jockeys with pencil thin arms have an advantage on a cyclocross course when they have gears but take away that crutch and all of a sudden 185lbs of muscle becomes less of a hinderance. Now singlespeed racing has become my thing. I can be seen here (featured at 4:55) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fEXqoburg2U preriding the 144 mile 9000’ of climbing SBT GRVL gravel race course on my singlespeed. Somehow I made it into the preview movie with several actual pro cyclists! 
 
Because of my eating habits: (I’ll grab a double cheeseburger with bacon at mile 40 of a 60 mile training ride while everyone else has coffee and muffins) my nickname on the bike race team is “the butcher”. The last couple of years of training and racing on a meat heavy diet have been excellent. Last winter I read an article from Georgia Edes and started actively avoiding plants except for targetting small amounts of carbohydrate around races and key training sessions.
 
Last summer I took second in the steamboat running series and won the 30-39 age group. Won a sprint triathlon. Finished midpack
in the pro/open in the 50 mile Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race, then proceeded to take 3rd place male in a sprint triathlon the following morning. Raced in the local town challenge mountain bike race three days later then took 5th place singlespeed in the 144 mile gravel race 3 days after that. The following weekend I ran a 50k ultramarathon. The following weekend I won my age group at the 10k at 10,000’ running race next day I took second in the Oak creek 6k no fun run. I also held my own in the expert series of xc mountain bike racing and made a point of joining the roadies on plenty of long rides on my singlespeed also improved my times at all of the local road bike time trials. Held my own in the pro/open singlespeed cyclocross division all fall as well. 
 
After reading dr Baker’s book this winter I have gone full carnivore, centering my diet on several pounds of fatty red meat. No plants, lots of eggs, some dairy. A couple of weeks ago I put up my first 320lb squat at a bodyweight of 190. I am literally the strongest I have ever been at 35yo. My recovery is ridiculously fast. My work capacity is near endless. I’ve noticed that If I adhere to smart training tactics like heart rate limiting, complete recovery heavy lifting, alactic sprinting, etc I can train my base for hours a day, day after day and actually become stronger and faster rather than breaking down. I call it “sled-dogging” sled dogs eat a high fat all meat diet run for many hours day after day and actually show less stress from day to day. Just like a human on the proper diet. 
 
This year I have already signed up for four triathlons, round 3 at the 144 mile single speed race, The running series, and the mountain bike series. This winter I have competed in all of the local cross country ski races (classic and skate) and some ski mountaineering races on my telemarks with climbing skins. I have a cross country ski marathon coming up at the end of the month.. Ill probably do a ski-mo race the day before. One place I’ve noticed that has really improved since adding more meat is my alpine skiing. I’ve lived in a ski town most of my life and have always enjoyed skiing. The last couple of years, this year especially I have been skiing much more aggressively. I like to ski the moguls and I like to ski them hard and fast. Since going full carnivore it seems i now have the energy and the confidence to launch aerial tricks off the cat tracks in between the mogul sections. Ive always been a wimp when it came to air time. Now I’m considering competing in freestyle skiing. I think the goal at this point is to use the carnivore diet to be able to compete at an elite level in a huge variety of sports while gaining physical strength as I age. 
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Robert lost weight and improved his acid reflux on a carnivore diet

About two years ago, I was overweight with a big belly and chronic acid reflux. I know acid reflux might seem like a mundane health issue, but for those who have suffered from it you know how debilitating it can be. My doctor prescribed me a prescription strength anti acid and told me the catch was it could cause stomach ulcers in the long run. I decided not to take it and instead continued to suffer until I made a serious change in my diet. I started with a paleo approach, then keto and eventually thanks to discovering Dr. Baker’s work I am now dedicated to a fully carnivorous diet. My acid reflux is cured (and when I told my doctor, they still suggested I take the anti-acid). I’ve lost 70 lbs and am leaner and have more energy then I’ve had in a very long time. I don’t hear acid reflux talked about enough when it comes to dietary issues resolved through a carnivore approach, and I know Dr. Baker also suffered from this condition

 
 

so I wanted to share my experience for others who might be struggling with it. Also, thanks to Dr. Baker’s passion for regenerative animal agriculture I am now a proud supporter of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. I think it’s important for people following a carnivore approach to reach out to their local beef suppliers to learn more about the industry and how we as consumers can help. Thank you Dr. Baker for all of your hard work spreading this crucial health information and best of luck in your athletic pursuits coming up!!

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Raymond lost weight, improved his pre-diabetes, digestion, eyesight, brain fog, sleep on a carnivore diet

My name is Raymond. I am 5 foot 11 inches and weigh about 185 pounds.  At my heaviest, I weighed 252 pounds and waist size of 44.

 

I have been a carnivore since September 15, 2017.  Looking back now 2 years 5 months later, I am so glad I made that decision.

 

I had many health issues, including pre-diabetes, plantar fasciitis, rosacea, mid-back pain, arthritic knee and finger joints, heel spurs, poor libido, high triglycerides, low HDL, pre-hypertensive  blood pressure, snoring, dandruff, acne, diminishing eyesight, poor wound healing, irritable bowel disease, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, constant brain fog, insomnia and more.

I felt so bad that there was a point during one of my IBD flare ups, that I was wondering how will I make another 5 years with feeling so awful. Every year it seemed that all my symptoms kept getting worse. I remember when it all started when I was 35 years old and that was the point I could not lose weight anymore. By the time I was 40, I was spending around 30 min to 1 hour 3 times per day in the bathroom. I was highly constipated, I would have leg numbness every time I came out of the bathroom.

I would spend a lot of time thinking of food and I had a insatiable appetite. I would often go out to eat with friends and if they had anything leftover on their plate, I would ask if I could eat their leftovers. I would also do that with my family. I ate around 5 or 6 times per day.

 

My Diet prior to carnivore was sugary cereals, microwave foods, hungryman, chimichangas, lasagna. I ate a lot of fast foods, Burger King, Subway. I also drank from one to two liters of pepsi per day, I also drank sweet tea, juices, etc.. I avoided water.

In the past, I was always searching for this “magic pill” to treat my many different ailments. I tried all kinds of detoxes, supplements, homeopathic, herbals, juice fasts, I even did 1 week of veganism, that was hell. Most of these had a short term effect but it would never last.

In my youth I was a typical youth that played football, baseball, basketball, ran track, tennis and any sports that I could get my hands on. I also got into weightlifting, all this began diminishing and at 35 was my last foray into weightlifting and I gave that up in 2 months.

 

I never knew how much of a carbohydrate/sugar addict I was, until researching other’s going through the same thing. That is what gave me the resolve to go through the carnivore diet and treating it like an addiction. I never knew that I could be that guy that can now eat every other day, hardly think about food, able to do incredible feats that seem to get better the longer I am on the diet.

 

Current diet is meat and cheese. I took away cheese this January, thanks in part to the Meatrx community that showed me how much impaired many other carnivores are with dairy. In that process it seems that I am getting rid of my remaining issues. I am still experimenting.

Last year I did an experiment for 6 months of alternate day eating then for the last 3 months I added 2 days a week of no food. I will be repeating this experiment again learning from the errors of last year. For example I constantly had cold extremities but I think I figured out a way around that this year.

 

In less than 2 years, the carnivore diet helped me heal completely, or put into remission, most of these ailments. Some have not fully resolved, like dandruff, acne, heel spurs, but they are drastically less and even more so now that I quit dairy.

 

Not only do I have less ailments, but I also have much more energy and strength. I can do so much now. After carnivore I joined karate and jiujitsu. I do my workouts at Orange Theory (HIIT training). I started hiking and love it. Because the pain is gone and my energy has increased, a world of activates have opened to me that I never enjoyed before.

I have run a 5k, 10k, and a 10 miler so far with just Orange Theory as training. I can do 50 consecutive pushups. I can now run a 7-minute mile. As a side benefit, I gained a 6 pack.