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Ren is healing from chronic pain, migraines, depression, allergies, asthma and leg pain after starting a carnivore diet.

The story, in pictures: 1. I’m six years old. My father is starting to put on weight, started to feel sick. He was a physician’s assistant. Didn’t he know how to be healthy? Mother wants to do something about it.
 
She started cooking low fat, adding swiss chard and spinach, ordering organic vegetables, potatoes, and tofu instead of beef. She ground wheat at home and made all our bread from fresh whole grains. Basically a leptin, oxalate, and phytate nightmare.
 
As a growing child I was often so hungry that I learned to forage for food. In-season fruit trees, sneaking out to the icecream truck, whatever. I was a sugar junkie, sneaking candy just like my father.
By 11 years old my knees hurt so badly that some days I could hardly stand. I was pale, with dark shadows under my eyes, and easily exhausted. My father’s diet wasn’t working for him or for the family.
Ironically my health improved when I was old enough to run to McDonald’s for burgers. My sisters and I competed for who could eat the most meat, but it wasn’t enough to counteract the milkshakes and french fries.
When I got my period, it hurt. Every month was pure torture that I can say was worse than having a nail stabbed straight through my foot. It seemed like every year added more problems.
 
Asthma, bad eyesight, iron deficiency, low vitamin D, burning easily in the sun, painful walking, restless legs and muscle spasms.
I had ear infections and yeast infections in highschool, where I prepared to go to medical school. I wanted to find answers. I wanted to fix my body. I felt so terrible going into college that I didn’t care about my diet and ate whatever I wanted, still mostly bread, cheese, and potatoes but also salads, chicken, and some beef. Then I had a stroke at the college and couldn’t pass tests anymore. My brain just would not work. My dreams of becoming a doctor died that day. And my father died shortly after. He was 43 years old. We learned that he ate a candybar and had a 20oz Coke every day, in spite of my mother trying to restrict his calories. Diets don’t work.
 
I went to work at McDonald’s, but that didn’t last long. Soon the pain in my legs became so bad I couldn’t stand. I suffered from gut pain, gallbladder pain, migraines, dizzy spells and depression. I thought the answer was to go vegetarian and start working a desk job, since eating fat triggered gall bladder attacks of intense pain. I was low-oil vegan for 2 years, then lacto-ovo vegetarian. This at first made me feel better, but the honeymoon phase didn’t last long.
 
Soon enough for the first time, I started putting on weight. Until then I was a fairly thin girl, but lack of exercise due to the pain packed the pounds on. I avoided red meat for 15 years.
 
When I turned 35 the leg pain came back with a vengeance. It was so bad that this time, I got a walker, a scooter, and a permanent disability certificate.  I quit dancing. I became even more depressed. I got asthma, arthritis, and severe allergies. Nobody could figure out why I was in so much pain. My oldest sister died. She was 43. I realized that I had 8 years left to live, and I did not want to live any longer. I was suffering, and I wanted it to stop. Every moment, pain. I needed a larger chart and colored pencils to show my therapist all the pain spots. I even had social problems because of the gas and burping that my slow gallbladder fomented. It was bad. I even started to experience heartburn after eating. I tried fermenting, kombucha, sauerkraut, beet kvass, greens, juicing, CICO, etc. I took a DNA test and started towards a more Paleo approach to eating that reflected my Scandinavian heritage.
Finally, I turned 43. I weighed 183 lbs, 5’7″ and I was a size 16/18. Well, I thought, this is the year that I die.
 
But then a co-worker told me about Dr Ken Berry. Just watch the videos, she said. Just watch. The revelations started coming fast. I started with the Low-oxalate diet, to start healing my gut and give my gallbladder a chance to come out of it’s coma. I took ox bile pills so that I could eat fat without having painful spasms. Eventually my gallbladder woke up and ejected a large amount of sandy particles. Now I’m proud to own a fully functional carnivore gut, but it was a long and slow journey.
When I felt ready, I moved slowly into the keto diet. And I do mean slowly. It took 90 days of ramping down carbs and ramping up fat to get all the way into the low-carb macros. My husband did it with me, every step of the way.
I was still doing a vegetable heavy keto when I discovered Dr. Shawn Baker and Mikhaila Peterson and I knew, this was the answer.
My husband and I switched to carnivore after 4 months of slow ramp-down keto. By then, I had already lost 30lbs. He’d lost 40. We never cheated. Not even once. We knew what was at stake. It was life or death. From then on, the story reads in reverse. I started being in less pain. Less migraines, less depression, less allergies, less asthma, less medicine, less leg pain…More life. It’s just that simple. I started dancing again. It’s not a miracle. It’s meat.

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John lost weight, improved his pain and skin on a carnivore diet

A Carnivore Swashbuckler 
 
I have had a very unique career. I was a sword-fighting comedian who performed more than four thousand shows in sixteen countries around the world at Renaissance festivals and USO shows. I have done stunts in live stunt shows and have generally abused my body. This, I thought, was the cause for my debilitating knee, ankle and shoulder pain that plagued me daily. I went on to become a motivational speaker who is still very active on stage using whips and nunchucks to convey my message. The pain only increased.
 
I have always struggled with my weight my entire life  and have been “successful” in losing weight on a myriad of diets. I tried Herbalife, Vegan, Natural Hygienics (Fit for life), 60 day juice fasts, slim fast, and more. My brother being celiac, I went gluten free. After eventual failures with them all, I decided I must be “allergic” to carbohydrates. I got rid of sugar and sweets from my diet, but my weight still ballooned. I went Keto and saw limited results, but I was still in a lot of pain.
 
My weight continued to increase. My health declined. Topping out at 362 lbs at 6’1” and 55yrs old. I started not being able to tie my own shoes (so I bought slip ons). If I sat down on the floor it was a painful struggle to stand. I became less and less mobile. I would wake every morning with horrible headaches that would last for hours. I struggled to breathe.  I went to the doctor. He told me he thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Several medications and tests later, he told me its not in my leg, but possibly in my lung. After that proved wrong he told me I might have congestive heart failure, then lung cancer. After many more tests and more prescriptions he decided it was all sleep apnea. I got a CPAP machine and the headaches went away. The pain persisted. I lost faith in modern medicine that shoots in the dark trying to treat symptoms rather than causes.
 
In the summer of 2019, I went to the beach with my fifteen year old son. We have a jeep and go to a secluded beach to get away from the crowds. The water was a little rough that day and I couldn’t catch my breath while in the water. I decided to get out. I caught a wave to shore a body surfed all the way to the sand. Once there I almost couldn’t get to my feet. After a very painful struggle, followed by dizziness, I got scared. I wasn’t scared for me, but for my son. I realized I was potentially putting him in a scary situation. If I had collapsed in the water, he never would have been able to get me out. If I collapsed on the shore, he wouldn’t be able to get me into the Jeep and at fifteen doesn’t drive. I apologized to him that day and promised I would lose the weight. I searched for solutions for months. I was then inspired to do a google search for, “carbohydrate allergy diet” and quickly found the carnivore diet and decided to give it the thirty days that everyone suggests.
 
As of  today, I have been on this way of eating for twenty four days. I have lost twenty five pounds. The spot of eczema I have had on my face completely disappeared. My dandruff has completely stopped. Most miraculously, in my opinion, all of my ankle, knee, and shoulder pain have completely gone away. I am so grateful for the carnivore diet. I can say that it didn’t take 30 days for me to decide to continue. I am going to the beach this summer fearless.

Listen to John’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

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Brandon improved his skin, migraines and got leaner on a carnivore diet

95% carnivore for over a year. Other 5 was mostly ice cream. Went strict in january and the crossfit gym i regularly attend rented a bmi scanner. Started at 10% and dropped it to 6.7% by valentines. Just increased protein for fat that i usually was eating and ate once a day near the end. Didnt count calories or lbs of meat. First time trying so just winged it. Next time ill do things a little more strict with a exercise program and how much im eating. 

Was keto at first. Saw Baker on Rogan typical story. Realized carnivore is taking out the rest of the carbs and unnecessary plant foods. Way easier to follow then keto. I Listen to all your podcast and youtube videos as well as other carnivore advocates. Migraines went away after cutting carbs and skin issues cleared up. Now im a huge carnivore advocate. If i was gonna get nutrition advice it would be from guys breaking records all natural. I don’t know how people can argue with that. Thanks for all the priceless info.
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Donna improved her headaches, skin, fitness and is off all prescription drugs thanks to a carnivore diet

I am 71 years old and have been carnivore for 2 years. I initially used it as an elimination diet to find triggers for my psoriasis and migraines. After 4 weeks of carnivore, both psoriasis and migraines disappeared. I have continued carnivore and am no longer on prescription meds. An added bonus is that I have become much stronger. I’m now
(1)doing 200 pushups in less than 20 minutes;
(2)have finally done a full pull-up;and
(3) am stronger in my yoga poses.
I am stronger at 71 than I’ve ever been…even the younger years. Many thanks to @shawnbaker1967.
Donna

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Dan improved his joint pain, brain fog, sleep and skin along with losing 44lbs on a carnivore diet

I am 63 years old and after listening to Dr. Shawn Baker, I started the Carnivore diet on August 19, 2019, eating only ribeyes, hamburger meat, and some eggs. As of this picture, I am almost 6 months into my journey and I have gone from weighing 235 lbs. to 191 lbs…a total loss (so far) of 44 lbs…with some more fat to still lose.
 
While I started the Carnivore diet in an effort to lose weight, like so many others, I have experienced a lot of unexpected blessings. For one, I used to have a migraine headache at least twice a week and since being on Carnivore, I haven’t had one migraine headache at all! I had itchy, rashy skin, which has gone away and achy joints in my hands that disappeared within the first 2 weeks of starting my new way of eating. My thinking has become so much sharper and I’m not searching for my words when I talk anymore…they just seem to flow from my brain to my mouth effortlessly. I have so much more energy and the quality of my sleep has improved significantly.
 
I know that there are many others who have experienced greater healing than what I have shared, but for me, at 63, I feel like I’ve died and gone to Heaven! I know that I am going to die someday, but my goal is to do so still on my feet and with my mind intact.
 
I want to thank you, Dr. Shawn, for carrying the burden of leading the way for all of us to a healthier and happier way of living. If I ever get to meet you, I’m going to shake your hand express my gratitude to you in person!
 
God bless you!
Dan
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Amy improved her skin, fibromyalgia, asthma, and relationship with food on a carnivore diet

Hi, I’m Amy and the carnivore diet has healed my fibromyalgia, asthma, issues from hysterectomy and pelvic reconstruction, menopausal problems, chronic migraines, disposition for easy injury, and immunity issues as well as further enhanced my recovery from food addiction. 

 

I have had issues with food addiction and body dysmorphia from as far back as I can remember. Growing up I was a normal body size despite sneaking sugary foods as often as I could. I went on my first diet at age 9 and dieted frequently from about age 13 until age 32. Once I hit my early 20s, I started having real issues with weight, though, and proceeded to take my seat on the weight gain and loss roller coaster. After more than a decade of this hell, I found a 12-step program where I walked in at over 300 pounds (136 kg).

 

After joining the 12-step program In 2002 I started on a food plan that eliminated all sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, caffeine, alcohol and excess dietary fats. This plan also called for me to weigh and measure everything I put in my mouth and to eat three set meals a day with one snack at night. I ate a *lot* of vegetables, a decent amount of fruit, a good bit of grains, and minimal protein and fat. I lost 140 pounds (63.5 kg) in my first year or so of the program and have maintained that general amount of weight loss ever since. My food plan between 2002 and 2008 changed a number of times; I went through a period where I tried to reincorporate wheat back into my diet (that didn’t go well) and I added back and took out caffeine & dairy too many times to count. 

 

From an early age I had a poor constitution – I was sick with bronchitis, ear infections, and other upper respiratory illnesses multiple times per year every year. I was hospitalized for pneumonia once and developed that disease multiple times in my life. If there was any type of illness going around, I was sure to catch it.

 

In 2008 I also started developing physical health issues. They were mild and seemingly random at first: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and a frozen shoulder were the first things to occur and I took care of each of those through physical therapy. But then I was in a car accident late that year and after that the physical ailments started piling up. I was in and out of doctor’s offices and my journey to find better health began in earnest. After trying pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy, I started to look towards my diet with the first stop at an ayurvedic medicine clinic. That didn’t seem to help so I tried a vegetarian diet for 6 months. I didn’t notice any improvement, but I didn’t get worse so I went vegan. After about 6 months of being vegan, I felt considerably worse – to the point where I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed some days. It was around this time that a doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was also seeing a neurologist for an issue with frequent migraines and was put on a preventative medicine for those. My instincts told me to add animal products back to my diet and I felt better almost immediately after doing so, but I still didn’t feel as good as I thought I should for a woman in her 30s.

 

That period of trial and error lasted about 3 years and in 2011 I discovered the Paleo diet. I felt somewhat better following that plan, but I still had many physical issues as well as all my regular upper respiratory illnesses throughout the year and continued to seek solutions without success. Then in 2015 I was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma and began a regiment of medication for that disease. My frustration with all of my health issues really peaked here. I wasn’t sure what else I could try and basically decided that it was just my constitution – I thought I was just the type of person who was meant to get sick and frail at an early age. 

 

In late 2017 I had a hysterectomy, pelvic reconstructive surgery and a bladder sling put in. By mid 2018 I had gained at least 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and was feeling horrible physically. The urge incontinence the bladder sling was supposed to have fixed was still there, I had discomfort in my entire pelvic region, and I was exhausted. My menopausal symptoms also intensified: hot flashes & flushes, wild mood swings, swollen and painful breasts, vaginal dryness and discomfort. Once again, I decided to look at different food plans and began earnestly searching online. Thankfully, the ketogenic diet was gaining in popularity around this time and I came across some resources that seemed promising. I decided to try it. Those 10 pounds came off quickly and my husband was inspired to try the diet with me. He had much more weight to lose and rapidly lost 40 pounds, but was worried that we were going to give ourselves heart attacks with all the meat and fat we were eating. I found a low carb doctor in our area and made appointments to see him to help put my husband’s mind at ease. 

 

During that appointment, the doctor mentioned the carnivore diet – not as a suggestion, but in passing – and my first reaction was, “Who would want to do that??? I could never just eat meat. How boring!” When I went home, though, I began researching to see what the carnivore diet was all about and why people would go on it. I discovered a lot of online resources and began reading some of the success stories and started to wonder if a carnivorous diet could help me fix my health issues. By this time, I had been on keto for 2 months and although I felt pretty good (after the initial carb flu), I still was suffering from asthma pretty badly. I stewed on the idea for a couple of weeks and finally on October 18, 2018 decided to take the plunge for 30 days to see if a carnivore diet would help my asthma and fibromyalgia. I felt so good after 30 days that I decided to extend the trial to 90 days. And after 90 days, I felt even better so there was no reason for me to go back to eating any other way.

 

I have not taken asthma medication since late 2018. Right around two months after starting the carnivore diet I noticed my breathing was improving so I stopped my maintenance inhaler and decided to just use my rescue inhaler as needed. Well, I haven’t needed it. I also have not had any “fibro flares” in all this time. None!! I am no longer exhausted, achy, foggy-headed and miserable from that dreadful autoimmune condition. Another fibro-related issue I suffered from was IBS-type symptoms (I was never diagnosed with IBS nor did I ever mention those symptoms to a doctor). But I suffered from intermittent constipation and diarrhea as well as issues with gassiness for many years. After the initial adjustment to carnivore, those issues have gone away.

 

Since going carnivore, this girl who was deemed to have a poor constitution has had one mild cold. ONE! I no longer walk around in fear of contracting whatever the latest illness is that is going around. Additionally, sometime in the past 5 years or so I started developing cherry angiomas all over my body. My dad has a lot of these so I thought I just inherited that trait from him and there wasn’t much I could do about them except burn them off (shhh, don’t tell the dermatologist!). My husband asked me if I had burned off the ones on my back because he noticed they were gone. I had done no such thing – they had all disappeared on their own! I then realized that other ones I had in different areas were also gone. Every website I have read about cherry angiomas says the cause is unknown. Well, I still am not 100% certain of the cause, but I definitely know the cure. 

 

My urge incontinence has disappeared and I no longer feel the pressure and discomfort in my pelvic region that I did for the first year after my surgery. My menopausal issues have also mostly resolved (so far) since going carnivore. I no longer have hot flashes or flushes, my mood is stable, and I don’t suffer from vaginal dryness. I do still have some minor vaginal discomfort (which happened from the surgery) and breast tenderness, but both are issues that don’t affect me too much. 

 

On a different tack, but equally (or possibly even more) impactful than the health issues resolving is how the carnivore diet helped me to recognize my satiety point. Ever since joining a 12-step program for food addiction, I was basically taught that my satiety meter was broken and could not be fixed nor trusted. And I saw the truth in that while I was eating the traditional food plan that is followed by many in that organization. If I didn’t weigh and measure my meals, I could easily overeat at every meal. As I progressed in my recovery and felt safer not weighing or measuring my food while eating out, I noticed that I would often end up overfull after meals having eating more than my body needed. While I was eating, though, I had no signals that told me to stop eating. I could have easily kept going if I wasn’t being mindful and trying to eat reasonable portions. Eating carnivore, though, changed all that. It is just about impossible to overeat because my body physically won’t let me eat any more. I find I naturally lose interest in eating or put my fork down without even thinking about it. In extreme cases, I start to get nauseated as my body sends clear signals that it has had enough. This is something I don’t remember experiencing once in my entire life prior to eating a carnivorous diet. And as a recovering food addict, this is downright mind blowing and awe inspiring.

 

The carnivore diet has given me such a freedom – I thought I knew what freedom from food obsession was when I joined my 12-step recovery group, but the freedom I experience on a carnivore diet has surpassed that. It is a much more natural way of being and living and has brought my recovery from food addiction to the absolute next level. After almost 50 years of suffering with multiple types of health issues and resigning myself to getting old, sick, and frail, the carnivore diet has brought me a whole new hope and perspective. I now look forward to growing older and getting stronger and healthier as I go. I continue to see improvements in my physical and mental health all the time. I’m excited to see how much better things will get as I continue to regain health by eating an all-meat diet.

 

My pictures chronicle how I looked at my heaviest (prior to a 12-step program), then at a healthy weight but still with persistent health issues to today where I’m still at a healthy weight (although I’m continuing to lean out) – the biggest difference is now I’m healthy inside and out! 

 

See Coach Amy’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

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Martin improved his heart burn, joint pain and energy on a carnivore diet.

I started keto mid August 2019 cause I needed to feel better, badly. I went on to carnivore in early October 2019 and then things really took off. I didn’t start a ketogenic diet cause of my weight. I started cause I was always feeling tired, my joints were hurting, I had a hard time recovering after workouts, my knees and elbows were in pain. Always!. I had heartburn every single day. My doctor proscribed me prilosec and never asked me what I ate!? Prilosec didn’t do anything. Also headaches were common on a daily basis. Took a lot of over the counter pain meds. Interesting that not one single doctor has ever asked me about what I eat! I never slept very well either. There’s probably more issues than I even remember. 

Im turning 42 in 2 weeks. Im enjoying working out. I recover well, inflammation is gone, no more aching joints. I’m stronger than when I ate a carb based diet. Basically a plant based diet I guess. Never even realized how much plant food I was eating until I started carnivore. My BP is good(117/78). I have a lot of energy and I sleep well. I workout before work in the mornings and when I come home from work I have plenty of energy for my family. I didn’t used to. So that’s really awesome. So 3 and half month on a ketogenic diet(1.5 month on carnivore) and I’ve never felt better. No more heartburn, inflammation is gone, no more headaches. Never going back to eating SAD.💪 Oh yeah, and mood is better as well… 

Sincerely,

Martin

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Laney lost weight, improved anemia and fatigue on a carnivore diet

It’s New Year’s Eve 2018, and this time last year I was making lists and action plans for how I might once-and-for-all get to the bottom of my digestion problems. “This will be the year,” I would think as I would set out at the top of that willpower mountain only to make a steady trail downwards and backwards. I would tell myself, I will drink more water than ever, I’ll eat kale, collards, and spinach, I’ll cut down on meat to once a week max… I’ll have my plate be mostly vegetables. I tried soaking my grains, slow cooking my food, juice fasts, bone broth fasts, water fasts, I tried yoga postures for digestion, a regular evening walk, going vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, grain free, paleo… I did the Whole Life Challenge three times, the Whole30 several times a year, I tried staying on the Whole30 for 100 days… I did the GAPs diet, I tried eating only once a day; eating 3 times a day; grazing all day; not eating after 4pm, I tried the Low Fodmap diet, the SCD, I saw doctors and specialists, I had abdominal x-rays, ultrasounds, a colonoscopy… I worked with a nutritionist (for a year!), received regular acupuncture, took Chinese herbs, went to naturopaths, did colon cleanses, saw Mayan Abdominal massage therapists… At one point I tested positive for SIBO and stuffed myself with supplements like goldenseal, oil of oregano, bitters and all manner of digestive enzymes, Berbercap, 5htp, ABD5, Interphase, Floradix. I did two rounds of Rifaximin and Neomycin but the SIBO kept coming back.

I was “being so good”, doing everything I was supposed to be doing! I’d see slight improvements but eventually all of my symptoms would return. Nothing was actually healing me. And not only was I chronically constipated, I had all kinds of mysterious health issues about which doctors would always shrug and say, “Let’s just watch it and see”. I was always getting “benign tumors” including a lump under my arm, a lipoma on my shoulder blade, an enchondroma in my finger that caused the bone to fracture, a uterine fibroid, fibrocystic breast tissue… I had mysterious skin rashes, rosacea, vision problems, and constant whooshing (tinnitus) in my left ear. I had problems falling and staying asleep, I had bizarre inflammation flare-ups in my joints including one in my knee that was so debilitating that I could not walk without a cane for several months. I had interstitial cystitis, irregular cycles, headaches (including ocular migraines), and I was also depressed, anxiety-ridden and anemic. There were days when I could manage to go to a barre class only come home and sit parked in the driveway for half an hour or more trying to muster the energy to walk to my front door. I was miserable. I was red-faced and so bloated that I looked 5 months pregnant. I would wake up with a day planned and by 10 in the morning I would have to start cancelling things because I was so inflamed/in pain/bloated/exhausted and emotionally drained. I was missing out on time with my kids, with my husband, my friends, my life.

I felt I had tried everything and I was miserable. And then I tried going keto. I started seeing a slight shift in regularity, I started having more energy and better moods, I was sleeping better… I started learning everything I could about ketosis and macros! I was tracking and peeing on sticks and trying amazing keto recipes like graham crackers with cream cheese frosting!! Then I heard about micronutrients and slammed on the breaks. The fear set in and I was worried that I might not be getting what I needed if I wasn’t eating my greens and other “superfoods” so I added collards back in and immediately the tinnitus came back. I added in berries and avocado and I became constipated again, my energy dropped, the moodswings returned. Then one night I was listening to Anthony Gustin’s podcast and heard Dr. Shawn Baker talking about carnivory. I thought, you know what? I have tried EVERYthing else… What have I got to lose by trying one more thing? So, I threw my hands up and went carnivore.

That was September and now, 4 months later, every single one of those symptoms I mentioned above have disappeared. In six weeks went from 156lbs to 127lbs (and have now stopped weighing myself because I couldn’t care less about the scale). I went from CIC (chronic idiopathic constipation) to having several -at least two- bowel movements every day. I can make plans with confidence because I am no longer a slave to mysterious physical and mental health issues. Today my diet is simple. There is no guesswork, recipe scouring or fretting over whether this dish is “legal”. I eat mainly beef, pork, elk, and fish. I can have small amounts of cheese but I don’t do well on eggs or yogurt. I do not miss anything that I used to eat. I do not feel left out when others partake in things I cannot eat because I have my health back and that is way more delicious than anything else imaginable! 

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Stephen improved his blood sugar, dental health, digestion, mood/mental health, sex, and skin, and treated his back pain and headaches on a carnivore diet

I am 25, 175lbs, stronger, happier, with better skin and digestion, than I’ve had since I was 17. Growing up, my family, in an attempt to chastise me or tease me, gave me a sort of nickname regarding food: “cookies, cakes and candies.” I loved sweets, and was known to eat all my brothers’ winter oreos or popsicles, cereal, or what have you. In high school and college I would legitimately have cereal as 1/3 of my diet (or more), along with bagels, bread, ice cream, etc. In high school some of my best friends made fun of me because I would sometimes even come prepared with a bagel in my pocket.

 Then in college, everything started hitting the fan and my world started spinning: I began to have constant, I mean constant, stomach pain all day long, from the morning I awoke to going to sleep. Some friends in college persuaded me, along ethical lines (not nutritional) to try vegetarianism and veganism, so I was the former for a year and a half and the latter for 8-10 months— it was horrible. I ate tons of fruit, granola, cereal, soy ice cream, cider— I was rail thin, weak, tired, and eventually became very sick.

In Summer 2014, after a year of veg/anism, I went abroad and returned with a fever that stayed and left me almost bedridden for over a month; the apartment I was living in had black mold, and I didn’t have much energy each day. I brushed it off and got back to school, but friends around me realized I wasn’t myself— my energy was gone, I was becoming more irritable and withdrawn, I had panic attacks and my stomach constantly hurt all day long. 

It eventually got so bad that I needed an ice pack strapped to my chest just to sleep, had various GI tests, got my gallbladder removed, and had constant searing back pain as well (which I also needed an ice pack just to sleep too). It was the worst couple years of my life, and I felt like there was no way out— praying and meditating alone and with friends, celebrating Eucharist at Church, being with friends, playing music, hiking and reading poetry were the only things that gave me solace as I became sort of a recluse.

Problems:

  • Hypoglycemia (probably pre-diabetic)
  • brain fog, poor memory, low mental acuity
  • low energy, chronic fatigue
  • intense anxiety, panic attacks (was medicated) for years
  • depression and mood swings
  • GERD
  • IBS
  • diarrhea for years
  • chronic stomach pain
  • failed gallbladder
  • Skin eczema/rashes (sometimes bled)
  • low libido (hormonal imbalance)
  • chronic back pain
  • headaches
  • lip sores
  • eye inflammation
  • easy sunburn
  • some random tumors/cysts
  • anemia
  • poor dental health

My mom and brother had been off of gluten and sugar for years by the time I was in college, they were nominally following Robb Wolf and the Paleo movement, but they did not know or practice a Keto or Carnivore Way of Eating. By 2017 I started eliminating foods and keeping a food journal, starting with gluten, then all grain, then cruciferous veggies, then nightshades, legumes, and on and on.

 By December 2017, I was in shambles, and my roommate told me about one of his best friends who had Crohn’s and reversed it with the ketogenic diet. I was desperate, and had been addictively reading about nutrition, fasting, and ketosis (I did just barely come across carnivore at this time, but I brushed it off because it seemed too intimidating, I loved sugar). 

After fasting all day Christmas Day 2017 and feeling much relieved, and then jumped into keto, hands to the plow no looking back. I starting feeling better and better, every week, month, and quarter I would keep saying, “Man, I haven’t felt this good since I was 18!” By around October 2018, after reading about Carnivore for a couple months, I was yearning for something more streamlined, easier, nutritious, and satiating, to get me to the next place (still had some residual anxiety, tiredness, skin issues, etc)— so I went to Carnivore and it just got better and better. My strength, mental acuity, and skin got even better. (Before keto- 2 pull ups, on Keto- 7 pull ups, on carnivore- 18 pull ups).

Improvements:

  • No digestive issues whatsoever
  • Best mental focus, attention, and mood since high school
  • no brain fog or headaches
  • best strength I’ve maybe ever had
  • much improved dental health
  • anxiety and depression are gone!
  • normal libido (hormonal balance)
  • little to no sunburn after hours in direct sunlight (first time in my life)
  • tumors/cysts disappeared
  • no back pain
  • no eye inflammation
  • clear and really smooth skin
  • steady energy all day

I am now absolutely loving this WOE and I don’t really see ever leaving it— although I am like 95% carnivore, I have some onions, garlic, mushrooms sometimes, and once a month or two I’ll split a sweet potato or make avocado pudding with friends. Meat does continue to taste better and better (I am soon going to get a quarter of beef!). 

I am eternally grateful for the work of Shawn Baker, especially Joe Rogan hosting Mikhaila Peterson (my first major exposure to Carnivore), the Zero Carb subreddit, Dr. Darren Schmidt, and countless others for making this possible, as well as friends and family, who have supported me through this hard time and brought immense healing. I’ve now been on keto for a year and a half and on zero carb for 9 months and am so filled with awe and so thankful.

Peace