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.
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.
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!
2001. My story begins when I joined the Navy . When I got to bootcamp I was constantly tired but so was everyone else. They are very strict and watch you constantly so you can’t take naps. You only get the sleep when they allow you too and being sleep deprived is a training tool. When I left bootcamp and got to my training school it was different. I was able to get more sleep but I was still very tired all the time. Looking back on that now I feel that was when my health started to take a turn.
Once I got to the Naval Fleet my weight jumped from 180 lbs when I was in boot camp to 220lbs. I also started to drink quite heavily. I was able to get alcohol from coworkers until I turned 21 but drinking was part of the culture. We would have big parties and I drank almost every day but really heavy on the weekend. Around 18 drinks per day.
The first health problem other than the constant fatigue that I was suffering from began on a deployment to the middle east. I began getting really bad acne on my fore arms. I went to medical several times for it. They would always give me a cream and send me away. They never diagnosed me with anything. But it wouldn’t go away.
2005. I got out of the Navy. After the Navy my weight jumped up from 220 to 285 in a matter of 6 months or so. I got really bad stretch marks all over my sides and I started to get man boobs. I had really tender nipples and I even went to the doctor and got an ultra sound and they never found anything. The tender nipples subsided after about 6 months on it’s own.
2006. I was drinking constantly because I was just going to school part time. I would have a 12 pack of beer a night. Around this time my ability to control my mood and my thoughts were beginning to slip which is challenging with a newborn around. I would have trouble not getting angry for no reason. I didn’t want to go in crowds. I even spit at a lady who wouldn’t let me into Costco because my wife was already in the store with the card.
2007 when I was in trade school I started to have incredibly itchy skin. When we were outside working on a project and I couldn’t even stand still because my legs were so itchy. I kept rubbing them together when I couldn’t reach down and scratch them. It was maddening. But a Zyrtec would stop the itchy skin.
2009 I got a good Job, I would limit my drinking to a 6 pack a night during the week, but every day all I could do was think of that beer, plus I would look forward to the weekends all week long so I could get fucked up.
2010 I started to hear my family doctor telling me that my blood pressure was borderline. I never told them about my alcohol abuse. I even had a doctor tell me that my weight was fine because her son was a big boy and I was like him, just like a corn fed southern boy. And of course this was what I wanted to hear anyways. I just kept drinking and eating everything I wanted. But no matter how much I ate or drank my weight stayed around 285. I learned now thought looking back that I had reached my own personal fat threshold. A very bad place to be!
2013 now my doctor is telling me that I need to go on blood pressure medications. Also my fasting blood sugar is 105 and that I needed to watch that. They also put me on a statin. I became incredibly preoccupied with my health and became obsessed that I would get some disease like cancer. I even got a hair cut and the lady nicked my neck and I was positive I got Hep C. I went to the doctor and demanded to get tested.I was so worried about the Hep C because I feared I would have to give up drinking. My anxiety at this point was worse than ever. I even had to leave work after a few panic attacks. It was taking everything I had to hold my life together.
2015 my mom dies from type 2 diabetes. At this point I was drinking more than ever. I was put on 2 blood pressure medication. My blood pressure was 190/110. When I would ejaculate my head would pound so hard I felt like my eyes are gonna pop out of my skull. My doctor tried to put me on an anxiety medication but I refused. I also started having dizzy spells and would almost faint. As a 285 lb man I would get these soars between my legs that would hurt and leak puss.
2016 around December I started my journey back to health. My moms passing away put the fear of god into me. I had a few friends at work doing Keto and after I saw Doctor Sarah Hallbergs Ted talk about diabetes and how poorly my mom was treated for her illness. They basically did everything completely backwards. I was PISSED off. I knew I didn’t want to end up like her.
I went from 285 lbs to 200 lbs in about 8 months. I was doing a Doctor Berg style Keto at the time. My blood pressure dropped like a stone. I stopped my blood pressure meds and the head pain during ejaculation and the dizziness went away. I no longer was tired all the time. I began having boundless energy. I would have a drink once in a blue moon. After cutting sugar out I didn’t really crave it anymore. My soars on my legs went away. I stopped my statin on my own. My moods had become more stable. I quit drinking completely on thanksgiving day 2017. I had a few drinks after dinner that night and I was just over it completely. It brought me no joy anymore. It never even crosses my mind now. I truly believe diet and nutrition are deeply related to addiction.
2018 I decided to give the carnivore diet a try. All the big salads and vegetables which were working for me for a while became incredibly irritating to my digestive system. I couldn’t eat anything without having massive diarrhea. The first thing I noticed on carnivore was my digestion was absolutely flawless. When I would eat I felt satisfied, not full and bloated. The acne on my arms is now gone. The itchy skin still continued until I removed dairy. I no longer have anxiety, I’m always happy. My relationship with my wife and daughter is so much better now. I can be the husband and father that they deserve. I feel incredible all the time.
I can go for 16 hours or longer without hunger. I never think of food during that time. On Keto I would think about all the things I was gonna eat when I got home. Food Is really just nourishment for me now. Thats not to say I don’t enjoy it, but I feel free from the addictions I once had.
I was already into mountain biking from my time doing Keto but on carnivore I am faster, climb better, and have endless endurance. I even beat people 10 years younger than me. I still weigh around 195 lbs but I have definition in my chest and a v shape from my chest to my waist.
Going Keto and then ultimately carnivore has made me realize I was not living life before, but going through the motions. I am truly living now and it’s the best feeling in the world. I have no plans of going back.
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…
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!
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.
- 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
- diarrhea for years
- chronic stomach pain
- failed gallbladder
- Skin eczema/rashes (sometimes bled)
- low libido (hormonal imbalance)
- chronic back pain
- lip sores
- eye inflammation
- easy sunburn
- some random tumors/cysts
- 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).
- 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.