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Michael improved respiratory system, apnea, fatigue on carnivore diet

I am a 44 year male who currently weighs 198 lbs. On 12/31/2018 I weighed 233.8 lbs. On January 1, 2018 I went full carnivore. Here’s a list of what changed for me:

  • 1st and foremost of the most important thing that happened to me is that 3 days into eating carnivore I had 15 years of chronic low back and hip pain disappear.
  • lost 40 lbs over 6 months
  • lost 5 more lbs during first month of working out (month 7 got down to 188 lbs)
  • 2-3 months in, stopped snoring
  • sometime early on in the diet my diagnosed sleep apnea condition went away. I know this because for the first time in the last 30 years I woke up with energy. Never knew what that was like (even when I was a teenager)
  • always had a couple ingrown hairs on each of my legs. I’ve had 1 ingrown hair in the last 6 months
  • skin complexion got better
  • wrinkle lines on my forehead are almost gone. They had gotten to be a part of the new me and for some reason now, 11 months later, they are almost completely gone.
  • 11 months later and the balding spot on the back of my head is almost gone. Literally have thicker hair now
  • a phenomenal increase in mental clarity
  • energy from the morning until night. No more ups and downs of the carbohydrate eating lifestyle.
  • likely saved my marriage (all praise to God for bringing me to carnivore). My emotional balance and ability to control myself VASTLY improved. Hard to put into words how much more emotionally stable I am on a carnivore diet.
  • started weight training and without supplements put on a solid 7 lbs of muscle on over about a 5 month period.

Lucie improved migraines on a carnivore diet


I have been on a carnivore diet for just over 6 months now and I have experienced great results and still improving. My weight has ranged from 132lbs – 145lbs, height 5’9”. I could be grouped as someone with “skinny fat.” so I got into the carnivore diet to improve my wellbeing and healthier longevity.

First, let me start with a little background about my healing journey. For majority of my life, I had been on “SAD” or no good diet at all— ate loaves of bread, cookies, and sweets. Maybe raw cherry tomatoes here and there. My main meals comprised of skipping meals and then downing a bag of chips or granola bars esp during school years. I always stayed away from saturated fats (had only low fat yogurt, low-fat milk, low-fat anything…). During this time, I suffered from frequent migraines. Yes, migraines not merely headaches. I’d induce vomiting just to have some relief— yes, gross. And that’s after popping several NSAIDs and/or acetaminophens. During the time I first met my husband when I was 22, the first thing he said was “gurl, ur hair is falling off…”. That was when we were taking a shower together… Ok, that’s that.

Then I also had temper tantrums to everything. Any little thing would cause me to spark, lose it and go into fits! My face was ridden with hideous acne. I had amenorrhea here and there too. Shortness of breath, painful restless legs at night, and depressive symptoms of low in the day…

Well, it turns out my boyfriend then (husband now) was into health-related themes and topics. In fact, I was shocked when I saw so many supplements in his refrigerator the first time I visited him in his apartment. My first impression was: “ok, he’s a drug addict, what have I gotten myself into…” But then he caught my awe-looking expressions and said: “oh, those…well, foods nowadays are insuffient in nutrients that keep us strong…”

An alarm went off my head with that statement— the cause of my gloom and doom? That began my diet experiment, our diet experiments. This was back in 2010. I went vegetarian for a few months, did juicing and slurpep cups of smoothie made out of plant-based protein powders; then transitioned into Paleo diet for a long while, and finally did keto diet in 2017 for a little over a year before going carnivore diet last year, 2018.

I’m 32 years old now. I had some minor health improvements on Keto such as mental clarity and focus, clear skin, and healthier hair. But there were things that didn’t improve on the keto and there were symptoms that got worse esp later on with the diet. For instance, my food sensitivities got out of hand and I reacted to almost anything. I had frequent joint pains, depressive symptoms, anger/impatience, migraines again, and spots of acne here and there. I also had frequent bouts of coldness or chills with Keto. While most would walk around in short sleeves, I would dawn thick sweaters and overalls. Further, I had HUGE cravings for the so-called keto treats, mostly made out of almond or coconut flour, berries, etc. I started bloating a lot on eating lots of vegetables on Keto. When I did my blood work, my values were within “normal” range except for total and LDL cholesterols (of course a questionable measure of what’s normal).

Then, thankfully my hubby (always seeking new information) found interviews with Dr. Shawn Baker… and we decided to give the diet a shot. Since then, my family eats primarily beef with occasional lamb. We don’t react well to pork. We don’t eat chicken as I feel completely turned off by the thought of it. We only drink water.

First four weeks of our transition to carnivore diet in Fall of 2018 was not easy. I experienced some bowel abnormalities, some indigestion, postnasal dripping, and fatigue but have since then balanced out. My migraines are gone. My feelings of low are mostly gone, and I just feel overall calmer, more composed. My digestion improved tremendously and I am no longer bloated. My feelings of cold are gone for the most part as well, although sometimes they come but I guess that it will take more time to heal completely. I have generally more energy and feel more productive and motivated to follow through things.

Also, my 5-year old daughter who had suffered from constipation her entire life (yep we were dealing with that as well) is NOW HAVING REGULAR BM WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT (Yes, I was loud so aloud because that’s our biggest achievement in dietary life). Part of what helped us stay on a meat-only diet was to subliminally remind ourselves of the benefits, the many testimonies, and the common sense. We wrote a lot of motivational statements and phrases and would paste them on our refrigerator doors and in our cars. We even stapled paper on our shirts to remind ourselves not to eat that keto cookie or drink that raw milk, “yet”. This was especially during the early phases into the carnivorous diet.

Feeling successful esp with my daughter and I, #carnivorediet #meatheals inspired me and my hubby so much that we decided to launch an online store with carnivore-inspired shirts and accessories. We used some of the words and statements that kept us going on the shirt designs to help motivate others in their dietary journeys. People can “wear their own diet” (our slogan, #wearyourowndiet), say no to garbage (#ZeroGarbs), and be proud of their food ideologies and achievements.

We are so grateful for this diet and for the people that were brave enough to talk openly about this diet such as Dr. Shawn Baker, Mikhaila Peterson, and Charlene Andersen, among others! Thank you all!

Lucie & Dozie (from ZeroGarbs.com)
www.zerogarbs.com

Sara loses weight, resolves pre-diabetes on carnivore diet

This is my video-a follow up: April of this year, 2019, I had blood work done right as I was beginning to transition away from a mostly whole food, plant based diet. Total Cholesterol was 170; HDL was 46; Trigs were 64 and LDL was 111. FAST FORWARD to this week, November 2019, having been low carb since mid-April and then going 80-90% carnivore in July-today. New blood work: total Cholesterol is 186; HDL 66; trigs 55; LDL 109. My heart disease risk ratio went from 3.7, down to 2.8 My Cholesterol numbers have IMPROVED since going mostly carnivore and eating a predominately animal based diet high in fat (including saturated fat). A1c was not recorded in April, my A1c this time was 5.6.

My weight is now stable in the 121lbs-123lbs range, without tracking/counting/weighing. Digestion issues continue to be resolved.

UPDATE: Attached is my recent cholesterol panel. 

 

Blood pressure reading #1 was 100/66; blood pressure reading #2 was 92/64; blood pressure reading #3 was 102/60. Pulse reading was 68. Weight, with clothes on, was 124lbs/BMI of a 20.0 

 

These numbers reflect me transitioning from a mostly ‘whole foods, plant based diet’, to general low carb in April, and then relaxed carnivore starting in July (moved to 80-90% animal based diet at that point). So 8 months low carb, with around 5 of those being mostly carnivore. I had blood work done in April and my numbers have improved since then, especially my HDL. In April that was a 46 and my doctor was not happy with that. Now, after being carnivore for a few months my HDL is a 66. 😊 My coronary heart disease risk was a 3.7 in April and is now a 2.8. 

 

Also, the fasting time is timestamped wrong on the form-I started fasting at 6:30pm and had my blood drawn the following morning, at around 10am.

 

Btw: I’m a 41 year old, perimenopausal female of 3 kids, who’s a stay at home mom and fairly sedentary (no intentional exercise currently).

T. T. improves fitness, foot pain, joint pain, and mood on a carnivore diet

Life caught up with me in my 30’s – like it threw a rope around me and yanked me to the ground. I went from blissfully eating whatever I wanted on the SAD diet to desperately searching for the answers I hoped would save my health. I’ll explain.

Living in NYC gave me access to some of the most ‘exciting’ and tasty treats. I say exciting because eating and drinking is like a sport here and I bought right into that culture. Food became the first thought on my mind each morning as I anticipated that DOUGH Donut or Brooklyn Blackout Cake slice I was going to allow myself to indulge in. That initial excitement would quickly turn into panic, anxiety and inner pleading within myself while I desperately tried to find ways to talk myself out of making bad dietary choices, or, at least delay them as long as I could. In the end the craving always won. I was horrified and frankly scared at what was becoming my inner food landscape because it was worsening year by year and I realized I was powerless to say no to sugar.

No one else was worried about me. In fact, friends and family would giggle at me when I admitted I would sometimes down 3 pints of B&J’s ice cream in a week saying, “You’re tall and thin don’t even worry about it.” or “It’s okay, you deserve a treat sometimes. You work really hard. Maybe it’s stress or hormones.” But this was not okay; I knew I must be hurting my body massively with every bite of refined sugar. I actually wanted someone to flip out and humiliate me about my habits because I thought perhaps that would be some sort of catalyst to finally make me stop.

So here I was at the ‘young’ age of 32 battling a raging sugar addiction, watching my once clear complexion develop into a non-stop rotation of cystic acne and losing my youthful look as I visibly began aging more rapidly. I could no longer control myself around foods I knew were detrimental to my health. I woke up exhausted every morning no matter how many hours of sleep I got and I felt stiff and creaky. I began noticing new aches pains that seemed to come out of nowhere – just me living my normal life. Things felt bad and on top of it all, I was horrified to realize that my body just wasn’t healing at it’s normal rate – things were taking months and months to heal.

Naturally, I found myself trying to justify it, “Oh well, this is what happens as you age.” Honestly, since when is 32 considered old? I thought if this is my life now how could I possibly enjoy the rest of my life as my health continues to deteriorate?

I discovered Intermittent Fasting which led me to the Keto and LCHF diets. I jumped into fasting pumped that this would be my magic bullet – fasting just made complete sense to me. Using IF, I was finally able to steer my diet in a better direction for the first time in many years. I began enjoying eggs, dark-meat chicken and bacon drowning in olive oil, avo oil, coconut oil or butter with lots of low-carb veggies cooked in these delish Keto-approved fats.

The weight began melting off and I was ecstatic. I dropped so much weight I had to buy new clothes -”Yay!” I thought, “This is the answer I’ve been looking for!” Still my sugar addiction roared on but in a slightly muted fashion.

I was careful to only eat whole Keto foods keeping it simple with cheese, veggies and meat cooked in fat, I stayed clear of processed foods and carb-mimicking creations like cauli-pizza or Oopsie bread or fat bombs of any sort. I was fasting obsessively and fully intended to maintain this lifestyle, no problem. I convinced myself that I actually enjoyed fasting and the hungry feeling. Looking back this may not have been the healthiest thing for me but I figured it would be a short amount of time before I became fat adapted and then fasting would become easy and natural and provide the healing I was looking for.

Finally, I moved out of a stressful living situation and into my own apartment happily keeping up with Keto and daily OMAD – I was often hungry and wouldn’t allow myself to eat outside of my eating window. I did more research and decided that I simply needed to up my fats and incorporate bone broth – still I never felt as though I achieved the elusive fat adapted state everyone was writing about. I never felt truly satisfied. My skin had improved but not by much. I took another honest look at my inner food landscape and sadly admitted to myself that this wasn’t working as well as the testimonials I was reading seemed to talk about. Though I thoroughly enjoyed all the Keto foods in each and every meal I had to resort to leaving my credit cards at my apartment to stop myself from buying desserts on my way home.

As the months passed I noticed that I was still waking up exhausted, foggy, irritated, achy and full of pain in my joints. I wasn’t as enthused about fasting because, quite honestly, it did not seem to be healing me as much as I expected and I was tired of feeling hungry but forcing myself to power through. To my dismay, slowly my weight began creeping back up despite daily OMAD and strict Keto. I couldn’t motivate myself to go on the 2 to 3 day fast I knew it would require to get my weight back down again.

ZC/Carnivore tidbits would crop up in my daily search for answers. At first, I thought it was too extreme but as it continued to surface I became mildly curious. I dove in and began Googling. The research and personal testimonials slowly began to cast ZC in a new light: isn’t this what humans are supposed to eat? It seemed stupidly simple and yet completely impossible for food to be this easy. I longed for food to be simple and for my disordered eating to melt away – but come on – every single one of the females in my life struggled daily with food, dieting, weight and cravings. How could it actually be simple?

I knew I had to give it a try. Interestingly I began to feel drastic improvement immediately and it dawned on me that I hadn’t been fully aware of how bad my health actually was.I had learned to sort of push through or ignore pain because it was always there and I didn’t know what it was like to live without it.

So what changed? Well it’s only been around 3 months of a 90% carnivorous diet and I have blown my health out of the water, so to speak:

  • Cravings – Mostly gone; if I do have cravings they are now manageable and I walk right past the sweets that used to control me every day. Oh! And I no longer have to leave my credit card at home to keep myself on the straight and narrow. I haven’t touched B&J’s, DOUGH Donuts or Brooklyn Blackout slices since I started ZC. I leave the fries untouched while I dive into my bunless burger at restaurants. This still blows my mind.
  • Eyesight – My eyesight was getting more blurry each year. It has now improved and as an added bonus, my eyes no longer tire after a full day of staring at a screen.
  • Energy – Steady and stable; I don’t feel tired, depleted or exhausted.
  • Hair – Growing more quickly. My stylist recently commented (unprompted) on how soft my hair felt. I have been going to her for over two years.
  • Skin – Complete 360! I barely even break out around my cycle. Not only have my breakouts diminished but the quality and color of my skin is beautiful now – I feel radiant.
  • Nails – I used to have endless hangnails and painful cuticles that would not heal. My nails barely grew before and if they did, they inevitably broke. Since ZC, my nails have been growing so quickly that I have to file them every few days. I haven’t had a single broken nail and my cuticles are 100% healthy – no more pain.
  • Digestion – Perfect – no gas, pain or bloating! #happytummy
  • Food Stress – Let’s see I went from 24/7 food obsession and fear of calories to complete ease. Grocery shopping is a cinch: I complete my shopping in one 3-minute swoop through the meat department and I’m done. Cooking is a breazy 10 minute routine and I enjoy every single meal.
  • Sprained Ankle – I sprained my ankle at least 8 months ago doing yoga and it simply would not heal. I thought Keto or Fasting would give my body the break it needed to heal-nope. Three months of ZC, and my ankle is completely healed.
  • Joint Pain – 95% improved – especially my knees which were bugging me walking up and down the subways steps.
  • Foot Pain – I actually forgot I had foot pain until I read my notes because it’s now completely gone.
  • Hand Numbness – I used to have pain and numbness in my left hand whenever things would get really stressful at work. Not only is that gone but it doesn’t flare past a dull throb when I’m super stressed. It is noticeably improving still.
  • Brain Fog – I went from being easily stressed out and lacking confidence to kicking ass and taking names. I’m now more enthusiastic, clear-headed and productive at work. I’m no longer leaving the office feeling like the life was drained out of me.
  • Anxiety and Depression – Literally gone. I always thought my daily struggle with that down-in-the-dumps feeling was just my personality. With ZC the anxiety disappeared and the depression melted away. People keep complimenting me randomly and I know it’s because I’m in a fabulous, chill, happy mood bouncing around and enjoying everyday life. I’ve noticed the direct connection to my diet as this is the first thing to go if I eat sugary treats. Now that I know what affects me there is no going back, is there?

The only (temporary) downside I have had is a bit of initial weight gain, however, I think this will work itself out in time. Looking back on my life knowing what I now know, I realize that I have starved myself of anything nutrient dense for years. I was completely prepared for the possibility of weight gain after reading Kelly Hogan’s story and I was willing to chance the weight gain because I feel so dang good – you can’t bottle this feeling.

Happily – Healthily,
T.

Virgilia improves digestion, joint pain, migraines, skin on carnivore diet

Since I was about 10ish years old I’ve had issues with food related illness. At first it was random sickness after eating, or little desire to eat. By the time I was 15, I full on could not eat a solid meal. Two bites in and I was SICK! It was awful because I was hungry and knew I had to eat something, but no matter what I ate it would make me feel like crap. Needless to say, my weight and body composition was changing constantly and rapidly. There were many times where I could not handle eating for days at a time. Often times there were weeks in a row where each day I would consume less than 200 calories. At 15 I dropped 20 pounds in less than 2 weeks. Obviously my parents and I were scared. We sought medical help, which led to me going for scans, MRI’s, ultrasounds (internal & external), and so much blood work it looked like I had track marks. And what did they find? NOTHING!

So here I am, 15 years old and hardly able to eat, lethargic, sleeping close to 18 hours most days, and with no explanation of why.

Fast forward to age 18. I find out I have celiac disease. Hooray! I have an answer. Or so I thought.

I went on a super strict, absolutely no gluten diet. There was absolutely no change in my stomach problems. I was still sick and in pain no matter what I ate.

Now over the next couple years I kept it strict, but also ate very “clean”. I’ve never had a sweet tooth so it wasn’t hard. But I ate mostly lean meats and carbs. I even tried vegan (and felt 1000x worse immediately so stopped after a short time). I had nearly given up on finding anything to help. My chronic pain, daily migraines, sickness, inability to work, and depression were all piling up on me, putting a strain on my marriage and causing me to be dangerously suicidal. I even found out that I nearly never ovulated, meaning if I ever wanted to have a baby, there was nearly no chance.

Then I heard about Keto.

As someone who often thought against the norm, the idea of having high fat rather than high carb didn’t seem outlandish to me. So I researched as much as I could for about 3 months and then jumped into Keto immediately after having a breast reduction surgery at age 20.

In 3 days I had no more bloating. In 5 days I felt like eating. In just over a week I noticed I wasn’t sick when I ate. In 2 weeks I noticed I no longer had migraines. In 1 month I had energy! I used to NEVER have any energy.

Today, I am 21 years old. I am practicing a hybrid of Keto & Carnivore. I’m never sick after eating, meaning I can finally enjoy food! Migraines are gone, as well as most of my joint pain. I ran my first race ever. My cycle is perfect, and I ovulate every month. My skin is clear. My relationship with my husband is better and stronger than ever. I’m working part time as a safety manager.

But best of all, I am finally happy.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Hermetic manages migraines, acid reflux, energy, focus on carnivore diet

In late 2010 or early 2011 I read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff Volek, & Stephen D. Phinney. I was intrigued and decided to give the ketogenic diet a try, mostly to lose some weight.

In less than six months I lost 30 pounds, with not much effort at all; no cravings or other negative effects except for some discomfort and yucky feeling in the first couple weeks (common in the transition period). The loss of weight was not even the best thing this low-carb/high-fat diet did for me. I used to be plagued by frequent migraines for many years; one of the reasons I decided to quit my job in 2008. After a few months of ketosis my migraines pretty much stopped. I also noticed that the acid reflux that I used to have, and needed to take medication for before bed in order to get some sleep, also went away.

I still ate a small amount of carbs but I tried to keep it under 50 gms of carbs per day, eating a medium amount of protein compared with fat. I didn’t take in any extra protein from shakes, bars, or supplements, etc. The protein I got was from the fatty meat I ate. The fat in my diet was mostly the healthiest saturated fat from meat, but also some from dairy sources(heavy cream, cheese) and coconuts (including mct oil). The few carbs I got came mostly from non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, and nuts and berries.

I seem to have more energy; no more of the afternoon drowsiness. My thinking seems to be clearer and more focused, replacing the brain fog that many seem to complain of at my age. I am in my late 50s, and I seem to be improving in health even if I am less active (this too I intend to change).

These days I am pretty much full carnivore and eat mostly steak, and bacon and eggs. No vegetables at all. I feel even better and lost even a little bit more weight after I seemed to find a stable level on keto. But this might be partly from getting more active as well. I also used to eat some foods which were considered LC due to using non-sugar no-carb sweeteners (like stevia and xylitol) or were low net carbs by including enough fibre to balance out the carbs. I decided to give those up as well in going full carnivore. I also do intermittent fasting as well these days. No breakfast; eating only between the hours of 11AM and 6PM. It is no problem to do a fasting routine like that while being LCHF since one doesn’t get the pangs of hunger one does on carb based diet.

 

Aaron eliminates constipation, gets ripped, saves money on carnivore diet

I have been mostly ketogenic for about 1.5 years, losing nearly 60 lbs fat and getting pretty ripped. I heard of carnivore dieters but thought it might be a little bit fringe. I also may have had a "keto superiority" complex of sorts. Call it contempt prior to investigation.

The only problems I had with keto was that I had to be a damn scientist to constantly monitor macro intake and due to the typical recommended moderate protein, high fat and high veggie consumption, I regularly encountered slowed gastric emptying (I couldn't poop) which made it practically impossible to eat with regularity because I was always afraid I'd be blocking things up.

I was a daily intermittent faster for most of a whole year and I'm sorry but waiting 24+ hours on occasion to have a bowel movement so I could eat just didn't make sense. After recalibrating macros for new weight and looking at 1.0g of protein per lb of lean mass, I just didn't have the extra room for much veggie intake, so I stopped eating them for a few weeks and switched to all fatty cuts of meat and eggs. Essentially, carnivore.

What I discovered is that my digestion instantly improved to regularity. This surprised me. Sleep improved. Energy metabolism improved. Food costs went down. I got a little bit leaner (was already at 12% body fat) and I barely care to track anything. I just eat meat and eggs and drink water. Occasionally I stray off and have a small amount of coconut butter and berries with cream as my dessert splurge.

Looking forward to what consistent eating will bring as I've only been doing full carnivore for about 2-3 weeks.

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