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Laura healed her allergies, asthma, GI issues on a carnivore diet

I was raised with a typical german diet: sugar cereal or toast for breakfast, pasta, rice or potatoes for lunch, cake or cookies as an evening snack, bread for dinner. Really high in carbohydrates, sugar, low in protein and nutrients. My typical day consisted of 4-5 meals. Because of my active childhood I always had a athletic/normal body. I ate this type of foods till I moved out from my parents home. I went to university and after one year I felt really uncomfortable in my body. In this time I ate not really healthy. At this point I wanted to change something. 

 

First fitness diet

 

Going back I remember my health and fitness beginnings in 2017. Started with bodybuilding and ate a typical „fitness diet“, consisted of rice, potatoes, chicken, vegetables and low fat dairy products. Following my fitness story in the first time, my diet consisted mainly of high protein food, low fat products and sugar replacement stuff. Along my way I explored the topic of different diets and researched a lot about how food can differently effects our bodies, because I suffered with digestive issues, asthma and allergies. After reading books, studies and articles, I decided to go paleo, with a lot of whole, unprocessed foods, fresh fruit and vegetables no wheat, no dairy, no sugar replacement and no high protein fake sweets. Since than, I lived a paleo based diet and felt better than with the diet before, because of the high ‚fake foods‘ content, I’m consuming in this ‚normal‘ german diet. 

In 2018 I achieved my best physique by competing in different bodybuilding fitness shows. In this period of time I ate a high protein and moderate fat, but low till no carb diet. My physique, mental clarity and overall well-being improved week by week. In this time I recognized, that our bodies don‘t need that much carbohydrates and food intake like we think.

In the fitness industry there are a lot of myths, according to ‚a healthy diet‘. After my bodybuilding competitions I increased the amount of carbohydrate intake and other foods, which I had eliminate during the bodybuilding diet. The months after it were terrible. After a period of time, I recognized some changes in my gut health. I felt not good after consuming certain kind of foods. The most day I felt like crap. I suffered from bloatings, cramps and gut issues nearly everyday. My skin was aweful and my mood too. 3 years I had a really challenging time, which was marked by numerous health issues, especially GI issues, strong asthma, allergies. The Paleo diet helped me to reduce some of my symptoms. Along my journey I reached my highest weight in July 2019, after one year of bulking. My bodyweight was at 77kg. I hold this weight till the end of 2019. 

In this time I felt wrong in my body and wanted to change something. Since I am young, I am a really athletic person. As a child I was outside everyday, did a lot of different sports and loved being active. So for me it was disconcerting, seeing my body is this physique. I research a lot according to different fat loss diets. From my bodybuilding prep I know, that cutting carbs will be helpful. On 20.04.2020 I started my keto journey. Coming from a moderate carb but very low fat diet, it was completely different to my previously way of eating. 

 

From keto to carnivore

 

Some of my health issues improved atfer the transition time by eating a high fat diet. Especially my energy levels increased, my skin got better, I felt energize and overall better. Since I am 10 years old I suffer from strong asthma and seasonal allergies. This year my symptoms were as bad as never before. I know, that many diseases can be fix with the right diet. Since Covid-19 came around, I used that time at home to research, how I can improve my health and fix my symptoms. My health definitely improved by the ketogenic diet, so I decided that I will continue this way of eating with some changes. Because of the fact, that I ate a lot of vegetables, nuts and seeds my gut developed some issues again, according to the big variety of food sources you can use in a ketogenic diet. For me personally, thats one of the main negative thing in a ketogenic diet. So I decided to make a change and going back to a completely natural way of eating. 

In the first step, I eliminated all inflammatory foods, like nuts, avocado and eggs in my daily meals. I read a lot of studies and articles, according to the carnivore diet, which should has healing qualities. I decided to give it a try. I started with a 30 day experiment. In the first month I tried different meat sources, egg yolks, ribs, wings …etc. I ate 3 smaler meals per day. Everything I ate and how I felt was written down in my carnivore journal, where I documented my experiences along the way. After this time I felt so awesome, that I decided to continue this way of eating. Along the way I found out what works the best for me. 

Current diet

 

Now I’m on the carnivore diet since 6 months. The baseline of my current diet is 99% beef: organic grass fed ground beef, ribeye, skirt steak, flank steak…I reduced my meals from 4-5 to only 2 meals a day. In the first months I try to figure out what works the best for me. I realised, that dairy or eggs don’t feel good on my body. So I limited that completely. Because of my lactose intolerance, I had’nt eat dairy before. So it was’nt a big deal. In the first month I eat chicken and pork too, but after a while I felt not as great as only eating beef. 

I eat when I’m hungry and stop, when I’m satiated. Typically my day starts with my mineal drink ( water + salt) immediatly after wake up. 

After my morning walk I eat after a 18-20h fast my first meal. Mostly it’s organic ground beef. My next meal is in the afternoon at 13 -14 pm. In between I work, go outside and do workouts. For this second meal, I eat a steak. Since I’m doing the carnivore diet I don’t track or count macros. This is something completely new to me, because I track and count macros since the beginning of my fitness journey. Definitely this is for me like a new freedom. 

Summary of thesymptoms, which I could fix with the carnivore diet

GI issues, leaky gut, digestive problems

  • after bodybuilding competition session I had huge troubles
  • felt worse after each meal ( at this time I eat 6 meals a day) 
  • daily bloatings, cramps, constipation
  • improvements on keto since I reduced inflammatory night shade plants (potatoes, tomatoes etc.)
  • most improvements on carnivore since I totally removed plants, nuts & seeds
  • no bloatings (I remeber my first entry in my carnivore journal:  I feel amazing! No bloatings at all the whole day)
  • no cramps after eating, no constipation

strong daily headaches

 

  • according to my health situation in april 2020 I dealed with strong headaches daily..
    my workout endurance decreased, because I could‘nt do any exercises with jumping, overhead etc. 
  • I’ve been totally slacking off nearly everyday 
  • even in my keto time, which I started in May, the daily headaches didnt go away
  • after reseaching on todays point of view I ate a lot inflammatory plants, nuts and seeds
  • removing this food from my diet I felt the first improvements
  • my mind cleared up, the strong headaches reduced day by day 
  • I got my drive and focus back
  • the best thing I felt mental clarity

allergies, food intolerances 

 

  • Since 2017 my seasonal allergies are really bad in the spring/summer months
  • I have itchy, red eyes, I cant wear my contact lenses, my nose gets blocked
  • this year the symptoms were so bad… couldnt breathe deeply and in combination with my asthma I dealed with painful breaths..
  • in the transition time to keto this symptoms didnt go away, because of all inflammatory plants, nuts & seed
  • after I went to do carnivore and only eat meat all symptoms were GONE!

 

strong asthma

 

Because of my active lifestyle and my love to sport, that was the hardest part. I woke up and could’nt breathe deeply. When I get upstairs I was unable to breathe slowly. My workout performance decreased. In this time I used my inhaler 3 times a day and took asthma pills. I went keto in April 2020, but the symptoms did’nt go away. I was searching for another methods to naturally heal my symptoms. After my 30 day carnivore experiment I felt the first improvements. I continued this way of eating and after 2 months I was completely off from my asthma pills. After 3 months I could breathe deeply without any problems. Last week I did an intervall running training, the first time I ran without breaks. I couldnt describe how that feeling was… I was overwhelmed, because I could never breathe deeply and run wirhout breaks since years….

 

Now after 6 months I can’t describe how good my health is. I’m off from all asthma medicaments and inhalers. I can breathe deeply. The first time since years, without any issues even when I’m doing sport. My allergies, strong headaches, GI issues and digestive problems are ALL gone. 

I got my athletic body back, went from 77kg (169,8 lbs) down to 57kg (125,6 lbs) = 44,2 lbs. This way of eating totally saved my life. 



Julia healed joint pain, inflammation and anxiety on a carnivore diet

Julia was in pain, had severe anxiety, headaches and inflammation.  She was seen by many Doctors who put her on medication for symptoms she didn’t know she had.

Her husband found information on the carnivore diet and she gave it a try.  She when from the typical standard American diet right to only eating meat.  Shortly after she started to feel better and lost 65 lbs!

Get all of the details of how Julia turned her health around on the MeatRx.com podcast.

Holly healed her Plantar Fasciitis on a carnivore diet

Holly was healthy as a child and didn’t notice any health issues until she was 16 years old and developed a dairy intolerance.  Nine years later Holly had her first of four babies in the span of two years and three months.  After so much in a short time she started to notice her mood change and would be quick to anger and her body was becoming sore and tired.

 

Holly decided to try several diets including the keto diet.  All of the diets worked for weight loss but never healed her pain and discomfort.  

 

Holly decided to try the carnivore diet for eight weeks.  During that time, she healed her aches and pains, headaches, thinning hair, mood and changed her relationship with food.  She decided to say with the carnivore way of eating.

 

Listen to Holly’s wonderful story of healing on the MeatRx.com podcast!

Brian improved his headaches and fatigue on a carnivore diet

Brian was healthy until one day when he wasn’t.  He started to suffer from headaches, trouble sleeping, debilitating fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, chest pain, heart palpitations and abdominal pain.

 

He went to several doctors who couldn’t find the problem.  

 

Brian searched the internet for a solution for himself and found the carnivore diet.  He quickly found relief from his symptoms after eliminating plant food and focusing on meat, water and salt.

 

Brian now finds every meal satisfying and every meal makes him feel good.   His cravings for other food are gone and no longer needs to rely on his will power to make the right food choices for himself. 

Listen to Brian’s success story on the MeatRx.com podcast

Ren is healing from chronic pain, migraines, depression 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.

Listen to Ren’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

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:

Justin eliminated migraines on a carnivore diet

Justin’s 7 month experience with the carnivore lifestyle has helped him to greatly reduce if not eliminate terrible migraine headaches from which he suffered over the last decade.

 

 

No more depression and anxiety

He knows he speaks to other migraine sufferers when relating his own experiences about having social events ruined by food triggers that cause the headaches. Those triggers can bring on depression and anxiety making it difficult to focus on living the best life possible. Justin struggled with those issues as well as what he calls “negative self-talk”, thinking of himself as lazy and dumb but now he feels like a whole new person with a completely different attitude since adopting a carnivore lifestyle. To hear him tell it, a dark cloud has been lifted. He’s a much more positive person now.

 

Recovering from a car accident

Unfortunately, he was in a bad car accident in the spring and was hit by a car in the summer. He feels that the carnivore diet really helped him as he made it through physical therapy on his way to recovery. He now has much more mental clarity and he feels sharper with more energy than ever before.

 

Justin wants to encourage everyone to give serious consideration to a carnivore diet. It really helped him and he wants to see it help others.

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.

Donna improved headaches, is off all prescription drugs on 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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