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Sanna improved her skin, stress, brain fog, and depression on a carnivore diet

Hi! I am a 23 year old girl from Norway who has eaten only meat/fat/fish since february 2019. I just want to share my story of how I went from being the sickest i’ve ever been in my life, to feeling great. 

This is me before I got sick:

So I had to quit birth control pills during the fall of 2018, due to symptoms that I had never felt before (swelling of leg and constant anxiety of blood cloth). I had always been this healthy, fit and happy girl (as you can see in the photo above). I did not know quitting birth control would make me even sicker though. I lost 22 pounds in 2 months, and during christmas of 2018 I was so skinny. After christmas however, and after lots of advices from my doctor and friends/family, it just got even worse. 

What happened:

-Lost my period completely

-Loss of hair (a lot)

-Growing facial hair

-Green/yellow tone in my skin which made me look very sick

-Dark eyes

-Lots of acne

-Muscle pain and joint pain

-Stomach pain

-Brain fog

-Anxiety and depression

-Stress

-Allergy symptoms to everything I ate

Pretty much everything was a pain. Theres a lot more to the story, but i’ll try make it as short as possible. However in february, I had eaten super healthy for 2 months (lots of superfoods, greens, fish and probably took 12 supplement pills each day that I got recommended). It was very obvious that my body was going through some hormonal changes, my body was inflamed and I felt like a teenager going through puberty problems x1000. Icould not understand why my body was hurting so much. I felt crazy, sick and depressed. 

Here are some pictures of how I looked right before cutting out «healthy» foods from my diet:
As you can see I even looked depressed and sick while smiling. It feels weird looking back at these pictures now.

On the 27. of february last year I really struggled getting out of bed. I had cried all night because I felt like nothing and no one could help me (not even my doctor). I was consumed by the thought of getting healthier each day, and I had no energy left.

That day however, I eventually got out of bed and told my boyfriend that I wanted to start listen to my body, instead of listening to «experts». I got sick from the thought of eating one more broccoli or a package of kale. I went to the fridge and saw I had a lot of liver-spread (which is common to eat in Norway), and cuts of beef that I was supposed to have for the whole week. I had it all in one meal. I felt satisfied. I loved it. I kept eating like that for some days, called my mom and told her about this crazy thing (only eating meat) that helped me feeling amazing. However I did get anxious after the first week, as I have learned you will die/get sick without vitamins from greens and fruits. That’s when I found «influencers» who eats the same way as me, which probably has helped me keeping it up for all this time. It made me trust the diet even more, seeing so many others doing it. 

I can’t see myself going back to a normal (healthy) diet. All the symptoms listed above are gone, even though I still get a few pimples right before my period. I mean, I never really liked «healthy» food, so why should I be eating them when they make me sick? I have GAINED 23 pounds after going what you would define as «carnivore». I can work out without pain, and I have lots of energy. I do get some critique here and there, but most people close to me don’t care about how I eat which is very relaxing. My friends and family knew that I was sick all that time, and when they saw me getting better – of course they were happy I found a diet that works. I won’t say that I feel better than I did before I got sick, I would rather say that I feel the same: happy, energetic, fit and healthy

This is me today, 1 year and 2 months into eating only meat, fat and fish. I must admit I feel great.
Best Regards,
Sanna
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Krissy improved her digestion, chronic pain, mood, anxiety, and cravings caused by a vegan diet by eating a carnivore diet

Krissy’s Background: I always had an interest in health from the time I was young when I worked as a lifeguard, swam, and was very active. I originally wanted to become a doctor to help others with their health so my first degree was in Biology. 

 

I discovered the importance of nutrition for health in my last year of my biology degree and took a nutrition course. I fell in love with nutrition science and physiology and decided to go back to school to study nutrition. I got my Bachelors of Science in Applied Human Nutrition and became registered as a Dietitian in 2009. I was also a certified personal trainer and started my own private practice/private training studio after this where I worked with clients looking for fat loss and building muscle, as well as fitness athletes.  

 

Why Vegan: I was always considered healthy, fit, and active. I followed the recommended “balanced diet” with lots of variety and the common nutritious foods but had to make modifications due to having IBS such as cutting out dairy and gluten. I was very conscious of making healthy choices based on the nutrition guidelines I learned in school. 

 

My husband Dwayne and I love learning about health so one day he started watching the documentary “Forks Over Knives” and decided he wanted to give a plant-based diet a try. I was not convinced at first because a plant-based diet was not a common practice when I studied nutrition and I wanted to be objective. Then we watched “Vegucated” and “Earthlings” and like many others I was terrified into believing animal products were bad for long-term health. I did some research at that time based on the resources provided in these documentaries and decided to join Dwayne. I didn’t realize at the time how one sided this research was however. I took a course in plant-based nutrition and was determined to prove it was possible to thrive on a vegan diet. 

 

The health decline: I felt great in my first year as a vegan. We now know this as the “vegan honeymoon phase”. Maybe it’s because I thought I was doing the best thing for my health, the environment and the animals. But it was after my first year that my health started to decline. 

 

I discovered I had low iron and vitamin D. I also developed chronic fatigue and chronic pain, was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis started to get skin issues and eczema patches for the first time in my life, my hormones were out of whack which was affecting my mood and cycles, my digestion was awful even though I wasn’t consuming gluten and I soaked everything, and I developed anxiety and mild depression. I also slowly started to gain weight when I had never struggled with my weight in the past. 

 

I started to see a naturopath who prescribed me natural supplements in addition to the iron and vitamin D I was now taking. I also took B12, a multivitamin, and plant-based omega-3 oil all while following a balanced whole foods plant-based diet. Of course all of the vegans tell me “I didn’t do it right” but if anyone researched hard enough on how to it was me! After-all I was determined to make it work because I also coaching vegan clients and made a whole business around plant-based diets and challenges. I was known as an expert in the industry and has a big social media following so of course I wanted to make this work. 

 

I didn’t eat processed vegan foods or junk. I ate a lot of avocados, chickpeas, lentils, vegetables, low sugar fruits, nuts and seeds, gluten-free whole grains, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, and drank only water and tea. I did not restrict calories and I prepared all of my meals at home. I also tried a variety of different eating protocols including high carb low fat, lower carb higher fat, I tried supplementing with pea and rice protein in my green smoothie. I even used a vegan coach to help me. I felt like I was constantly eating in order to make sure I was meeting my needs.

 

Yes to meat: It was after my 2nd year as a vegan my naturopath suggested I add in some animal products so I tried adding eggs back in and did this for another year, then tried adding fish back in a did this for another year, and finally dairy back in for my 3rd year as a vegetarian. So just to be clear I was vegan for 2 years and vegetarian for 3 more for 5 years total. At this point I was still supplementing and ate vegan meals weekly because I still believed it was the healthiest choice and I was determined to go back to veganism after my deficiencies resolved. 

 

Unfortunately they did not and my symptoms kept getting worse and worse to the point I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. I couldn’t work out anymore and I had to stop coaching clients during this time because I didn’t know how I was going to help others if I couldn’t help myself. One summer evening 2 years ago Dwayne was grilling burgers (he only lasted 6 weeks as a vegan by the way) and I had the overwhelming feeling to eat one for the first time in years, so I did. I felt so amazing afterwards and had so much energy I decided to add meat back into my diet because I knew my body was telling me something. It only took a few months for my iron levels to shoot up and I stopped supplementing. My digestion also got a lot better. 

 

Why carnivore: While many of my symptoms had improved once I added meat back into my diet I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis after seeking answers and treatment from literally every alternative health practitioner out there. I did several elimination diets after getting my diagnosis and kept discovering more and more triggers that would flare up my symptoms. We have done keto diets in the past and I was determined to lose the 30lbs I had slowly put on over the past few years so in January last year I decided to try a clean keto diet with intermittent fasting (basically fatty meat & veggies). After 3 months my symptoms started to get better (mainly my energy) and I lost 20 lbs. 

 

During this time Dwayne started doing the carnivore diet and I thought he was nuts. He kept sending me videos and research though and told me it was basically the most extreme (and accurate) elimination diet out there. I watched him do it for a few months while I kept eating my veggies and he was seeing amazing results. I decided I couldn’t say anything against it until I tried it myself and had the goal of doing it for 1 month as an elimination diet and adding foods back in. 

 

Within a few weeks my brain fog totally went away, my stomach was no longer bloated, and I had amazing energy. After the month my chronic pain was 95% gone and my eczema disappeared. I did try to add foods back in one at a time starting with avocados and then sauerkraut and my homemade sugar-free coconut yogurt but all of my symptoms came back. I was feeling so good on carnivore I decided to keep doing it until I felt like it was time to play around again. I lost 10 more lbs by the time summer came and looked and felt 10 years younger. 

 

I’ve tried playing around with adding some things back in like blueberries and some other low-sugar fruits and vegetables here and there but symptoms always come back. I’ve now been carnivore since May 2019 and feel like it’s the easiest WOE I’ve ever followed. I have zero cravings and am happy with eating fatty ribeyes every night. 

 

Dwayne and I have joined forces and started a social media account called @ourinfinitehealth dedicated to helping others interested in the carnivore WOE. Follow us for free content for us and other successful carnivores. 

 

Benefits Krissy’s seen from the Carnivore WOE:

– Fibromyalgia and chronic pain symptoms 95% gone (still have a little chronic neck pain)

– Chronic fatigue gone 

– Interstitial cystitis gone

– Eczema gone

– IBS gone

– Anxiety & depression gone

– Stress levels and mood stabilized 

– Hormones (cycles) balanced 

– Food cravings & addictions gone 

– Body weight & fat stabilized (lost 20 lbs and at my happy spot) 

– Able to workout again 

 

Why I resigned as a dietitian: In our extensive research of the keto and carnivore WOE we’ve learned a lot about anti-nutrients and their role in chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions. I was also shocked to learn about the history of nutrition recommendations by following the research of Nina Teicolz & Gary Taubes, and how there is a huge plant-based agenda behind our current recommendations from listening to the experience of Gary Fettke and Tim Noakes. As someone who saw the negative effects of making more plant-based choices first hand I just could not recommend the new food guide that prioritized carbohydrates and does not emphasize the importance of fat or animal foods. 

 

I also felt very limited in sharing my story as a dietitian in fear of getting reprimanded even though a high saturated fat keto and carnivore diet has literally changed my and Dwayne’s lives and reversed disease in many others. I wasn’t currently practicing as a dietitian anyway and didn’t feel like my registration was serving me anymore so I decided to resign. Afterall I’ve still had 10 years of nutritional coaching experience with clients and all of my knowledge or my nutrition degree couldn’t be taken away. 

 

Looking back there were so many things I didn’t understand. I remember doing a clinical case study in school and I was marked down for the meal plan I made for my patient because it was “too healthy” in fear that he wouldn’t comply. This patient was sick and in the hospital with a serious condition clearly caused by a poor diet. Of course I didn’t want to question my instructor though because she was the “expert”. My father, a type 2 diabetic, was in the hospital for a month recently and they kept serving his juice and high carbohydrate foods even though he expressed his concern. I understand that we can’t expect people to change overnight but it doesn’t help when we mislead people into believing their comfort foods are healthy and even serve them in the hospital. Instead “a balanced diet” is always promoted and everything is moderation but that is the most confusing term for people. It basically teaches people they can have anything they want as long as it’s not all the time. But does that mean you can still have it daily? 

What if some of us need to be a little more extreme with our diets because we have extreme conditions and don’t want to resort to something even more extreme like taking medication long-term, surgery, or suffering in misery. 

 

If you look at Health Canada’s guidelines even artificial sweeteners are still considered safe and we are still taught to limit saturated fats even though the new research shows there actually isn’t enough science to prove this. Nutrition science is largely based on epidemiological studies (food records) which we know are unreliable, but Dieticians cannot recommend anything that does not have any studies backing it, so it’s very difficult to go against the grain. I’ve always been very objective in my beliefs and would rather experience for myself then wait for new guidelines to come out that I now know are driven by a corporate agenda or for research years later. 




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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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Jurriaan improved his mood, sleep, energy, pain and skin on a carnivore diet

Hi Shawn, first of all I wanted to thank you! The way you look at health has inspired me in my work as a personal trainer.
 
My name is Jurriaan and I am 32 years old. I’m from the Netherlands.
 
 I’ve been struggeling with my health for many years. After a period of plant-based diet I lost so much muscle. I was depressed, had low libido for years, couldn’t work out anymore, had anxienty, insomnia, problem with coordination, chronic fatigue, raynaud syndrom, neckpain, backpain, pain in hips, hairloss, ringing ears, social anxiety, blurry vision, candida and the list goes on! 
 
In december 2018 I saw you on the rogan show. After that I started eating more and more meat but I was still eating the ‘magical’ brocolli. The 21st of February 2019 I started a 100% carnivore diet and that is now exactly one year ago. I wanted to let you know that I feel awesome! After years of depression I now am happy and healthy again! I feel calm and mentally clear. I can lift heavy weights again and I found back joy in my work as a personal trainer and coach. 
 
Shawn, in my eyes what you are doing is really brave. You are at the other side of the world, but it feels like you are standing right beside me and all the other people who are struggeling with their health. That to me is a super power! 
 
Now that I found my strength and feel healthy again I hope I can help others find theirs.
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Heath lost weight improved his blood pressure, tendinitis, dandruff and hemorrhoids on a carnivore diet

Dr. Baker,
I follow you on YouTube and Facebook and want to thank you for promoting this life changing way of eating.  
I started a keto diet 16 months ago at 57 years old with the last 6 months or so primarily carnivore. 
I previously was pre-diabetic with metabolic syndrome. High blood pressure , severe tendinitis in my arm, dandruff and even hemorrhoids.  I generally felt like sh-t!
Within 5 months i lost 65 lbs and have maintained my weight loss while gaining lean mass until now.  
All of my health issues have reversed !  My blood sugar and pressure are normal. My post prandial sugar level two hours after eating dinner is 84!
I started working out again, lifting heavier than ever and am continuing to build lean mass.  I genuinely am in better shape and feel better at 58 than 28!  My energy levels are insane and no longer even need an alarm clock to awaken in the AM. Here is a pic of me at 28, in 2015, 2018 and 2020.
Keep the videos coming and continue to spread the good word – god bless!
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Mike C. improved his skin, chronic pain, digestion and mood on a carnivore diet

Hello Dr. Baker and the MeatRX team!  I wanted to wait until I had a full year of Carnivore under my belt before I did my testimonial.  I kind of accidentally discovered this WOE going from 2 months of Keto and just kind of skipping the plants part.  Then I started researching if Carnivore is something that can be sustained and ran across Jordan Peterson’s story and that led to researching you.  Very happy I did!  So for the most part I have been living with all the things that “go to shit” when you hit certain ages.  Got issues from being a teen, 20s, 35, 40…etc. (I’ll be 45 in July)  All things I was told by friends/doctors/everyone that is just part of life.  My worst injury was a bulging disc from a few years back, all my other issues were just listed under “natural wear and tear”.  Turns out that NONE OF THAT IS TRUE.  At the end of this I will be putting a list of all the awesome things that have happened over the past 12 months.  Before that I wanted to say that this lifestyle is an absolute game changer.  Even for just an average person with average problems like myself.  I had no idea how crappy my body was doing until I started making this list.  I almost feel like a low level superhero. I’m at the midlife crisis stage and I feel better than I can even remember.  Thank you so much! 

Mike

The following is a list of everything I could list that significantly improved since I started carnivore:

   

Skin:

Keratosis gone

Bad body acne gone

Cracked bleeding feet healed

Chapped bleeding lips reduced 90%

No dry skin on arms/hands

Athletes foot gone

No lobster sunburn (no suntan needed)

No body odor

No vinegar smell after workout

Chronic Pain:

Tennis Elbow gone (had for 5 years)

Shoulder tendonitis gone (had for 10 years)

Carpal tunnel syndrome gone (had for 10 years)

Radial tunnel syndrome gone (had for 5 years)

Finger and thumb tendonitis gone (had for 4 years)

Knee pain gone (had for 30 years)

Hip pain gone (had for 15 years)

Lower back pain gone (had for 25 years)

Plantar Fasciitis gone (had for 3 years)

Seasonal Ailments:

No colds/flu since Feb 2019

No constant level of phlegm

Tension/Stress/Sinus Headaches, 3 out of usual 25 per year

Seasonal Allergies gone

Digestive:

Hemorrhoids gone

Diverticulitis symptoms gone

Bleeding/receding gums healed

No plaque/fuzzy feeling on teeth

95% reduction in farts

Heartburn gone

No bad breath

Food allergies gone

Hair:

New hair on knees

New eyelashes

Small amount of head hair regrowth

Some gray hair disappeared

Thicker beard

Finger/toenails less brittle

Other Neat Stuff:

55lbs fat lost

7lbs muscle gained

Road Rage almost gone/more chill while driving

No more “old man” warm up time in mornings. 

More motivated in general

No Migraines

2-3 nose bleeds a month down to 1 for the year

Grew an inch taller

Tinnitus gone

Can be around sick slobs that sneeze on me, no fear of getting sick

Eye floaties gone

90% reduction in eye crusties

Greater range of temperature tolerance.  Jeans and T-shirt weather: 30-80 degrees

No other illness of any kind since Feb 2019

Injuries heal 50% faster

Fell down half flight of wood stairs, got up no problem!

Overall strength increase

Most food/alcohol cravings gone.  (still some alcohol cravings though…just some)

Random chest/internal torso pains gone

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Marion improved her back pain, digestion, skin and energy on a carnivore diet

My partner ( he is 67)  myself ( 63)  began the meat diet last March.  If we hadn’t  did this way of eating we would not have believed it.  I am of indigenous heritage and did believe we should eat as our people did, but somewhere along the line we are convinced this is wrong.  Luckily we didn’t totally buy into it and still ate meat everyday and enjoyed the fat but when we went strictly meat, eggs and dairy the results were unexpected.

We noticed right off the hop how much energy we had (almost ADHD..lol) Sex drive way up.  As continued it was amazing, NO MORE BLOAT OR GAS.(  I had taken up eating one particular salad with brussel sprouts and broccoli and the bloat was unreal ) sugar cravings went away,  sleeping better, no snacking & eating twice a day usually, sometimes once,  different kind of hunger, the rumbling/shakes didn’t happen,  just felt hungry,   skin tags gone, no more hang nails,  hemorrhoids gone ( I had for years), our arthritis went away and backpain decreased significantly, we both have more muscle definition, the muscle is harder/tighter & we are definitely stronger,  (we don’t go to gym, our work over the years & daily living has given us good muscle)  Our eyesight has improved. I apply beef/pork grease on my skin and people have commented on how amazing my skin looks.  They thought I was wearing face makeup and one commented did I have surgery! Incredible. Not only that but my eyebrows are growing back in after going years with only half brows.

My partner is growing just not thicker hair, but brown hair & on places there wasn’t any, the white hair is turning brown on his head and chest.  He was also taking high blood pressure and gout pills after appx. 3 months he discontinued use. ( I did not take any pills) Our attitude was happier ( not so cranky) and his depression decreased and eventually disappeared.  My anxiety disappeared as well.  

Overall,  we have found the majority of  people think we are killing ourselves with “ so much fat /meat/butter etc.”

Note: when we have fallen off the wagon we notice the arthritis, hand nails, gas etc. return.   Hence it is motivational for us to continue with the meat.

My brother was doing keto previous to our diet change and we thought wow, that’s a little too much meat and ignored the diet.  Once again goes to show how manipulated we were even though we knew better.  

My daughter decided to give it a go and she has had amazing results as well.  She is 43 and when she went to her doctor for check up she stated her test results were “ off the chart” and what was she doing.  When she said the Carnivore diet,  the doctor didn’t say a word!  Interesting eh?  

Thank you for all the info you provide. It is much appreciated.

Marion and Roy from Ontario, Canada

We did forget to mention , although we were not hugely overweight and that was not our reason for doing the meat, I lost 20 lbs. and Roy lost 26 lbs.

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Callan improved his skin, energy, dental health and muscle tone on a carnivore diet

I am 23 years old and have tried many diets. Even though I have never had any serious health issues, after going carnivore (eating grain fed beef, kangaroo, eggs and sardines) I have noticed the following improvements:
 
  • It is easier than ever to build muscle and lose fat simultaneously without tracking how much I eat. For the first time I trust my appetite and there are no issues. In the picture where I look fatter I was eating paleo OMAD and was continuing to gain weight. In the picture where I am leaner I eat carnivore meals as frequently as I feel like.
  • Minor acne has disappeared.
  • My breathe no longer smells and my severe gum inflammation has healed.
  • I have no joint pain even though I exercise quite recklessly. My knee pain continued eating carnivore until I eliminated dairy and then my knee healed very rapidly.
  • My energy levels are stable throughout the entire day and I feel well rested after less sleep.
  • This one is potentially biased but my hair has become darker and fuller
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Melissa improved her depression, chronic fatigue, PCOS and endometriosis on a carnivore diet

Interstitial Cystitis,
Vulvodynia,
Metabolic syndrome,
High blood pressure and cholesterol,
Unstable weight including Underweight, Overweight and Obesity,
Chronic yeast infections, endometriosis, PCOS culminating in a hysterectomy and a
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (grade 2) Whew!
I came to carnivore in the spring of 2019 after thinking about it for a year and reluctantly deciding to give it a 30 day trial. I had gradually lost 40 pounds before starting carnivore and was at a normal BMI. I’ve lost an additional 13 pounds effortlessly since making the transition. I no longer have most of the above issues and the only medication I’m on is bio identical HRT for early menopause from the hysterectomy.
The additional benefits I’ve experienced so far include: stable mood, increased motivation, improved relationships, stronger nails, softer skin and hair, stronger teeth and immune system. I’m also feeling so good that I’ve decided to go back to University in the Fall to finish a degree I put on the back burner over 25 years ago! I finally have energy and desire to live life to the fullest! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the inspiring people in the carnivore community who shared your stories. Melissa