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Sarah ends migraines, has more stamina and energy on a carnivore diet

I was suffering from migraines for years and were getting increasingly worse.

Kaiser Permanente had no answers for preventions just the drugs to kill the pain. Also an MRI with no finding. I felt l like I wasn’t getting the full story.

I then had a turning point with a naturopathic doctor. He knew (with confidence) exactly what needed to change – my diet. “Just protein and fat is all you need to get rid of the migraines.”

A year and half later not a single migraine. Plus all the other benefits – leaner, no light headed feelings or brain fog, no spikes in blood sugar, no more shakes. I like to lift heavy and I definitely have more stamina and energy to make it through my workouts. 40 years old and feel like I’m 30 – maybe even 25.

And no joint pain and quick muscle recovery.

Daniel improved sleep, energy, headaches, chronic injuries on carnivore diet

I had eaten the Standard American Diet for most of my life but with a heavy emphasis on “healthy” grains and “low fat” everything.  As I went through college as a young adult I found my health beginning to decline.  My waist circumference went over 40 inches, my BMI went over 35 and I was so exhausted all the time that I fell asleep at the wheel while driving a number of times. Through nothing more than sheer luck I didn’t kill myself or anyone else on the road but as a man in his early 20s, keeping one’s eyes open at 5:00pm shouldn’t be a problem!


I realized I had to do something so for several years I followed the traditional advice of low fat, lots of healthy grains, and elimination of meat products.  As I was not making a lot of money, going vegetarian was an easy way to accomplish this.


Not only did I fail to lose any weight on a vegetarian diet, I was constantly hungry and miserable.  I stopped sleeping well at night and was falling asleep in class and even at work.  My free testosterone was measured at 202, about 1/3 where it should have been at my age.  I had no sex drive, constant aches in every joint of my body, frequent nosebleeds, headaches, and a constant malaise that would probably have been diagnosed as clinical depression if I had access to medical care at the time.


After hearing some success stories on the internet with low carbohydrate diets I eventually decided to try it and the change was almost immediate.  Within a month I had lost around 10 pounds, I no longer felt groggy in the afternoon, and I felt full of life for the first time in years.  After college I made it a lifestyle and began to incorporate more and more meat while displacing grains, roots, fruits, and yes even lots of vegetables. 


 My blood triglycerides and blood pressure went to optimal levels.  My HDL cholesterol improved and my LDL (though never elevated before) stayed in a healthy range.  I had so much energy that I began working out religiously, taking a great joy in barbell training and progressing rapidly in my physical strength while seeing my body get leaner and stronger.  I was no longer hungry all day, my joint pain was gone, and I finally felt as if my body was being used and nourished the way it had evolved to be.  The assumed issues of constipation, upset stomach, cramping, vitamin deficiency, weight gain, hypertension and so forth that we have been told would be the result of eating a lot of meat have proven to be completely false in my opinion.  In fact, I used to be victim to bouts of upset stomach and diarrhea multiple times per week but now that is a thing of the past.


I have subsequently sustained injuries where surgery was recommended.  I had a herniated disc and a SLAP tear (labrum tear) in my right shoulder.  Both of these resolved quickly while eating a diet of 90+ percent meat.
Meat healed me.  Meat gave me a quality of life that I never dreamed of. 

The dietary recommendations of eating a diet of primarily grain and vegetables made me sick and are based on very shaky science. I implore anybody with influence over dietary recommendations for any population to re-examine the role of meat in a healthy diet and keep in mind that there are a huge number of confounding factors with meat consumption. 

Meat consumers tend to eat a lot of their meat between two pieces of bread with a bag of chips and a large sugary cola.  They have a tendency to ignore all health recommendations in general and thus tend to smoke more, drink more, and drive without their seatbelt.


Now I enjoy a full life and tell others about how I have improved virtually every aspect of my life by eating lots of meat and little else.  I have seen those close to me heal their bodies and reclaim a quality of life they thought was behind them.

Sim improved autism, depression and anxiety on a carnivore diet

Hey! 

Love the incentive and want to share my story, there are not that many who discussed autism so I want to do my part! You can share my name: Sim Van daele and all the pictures.

I was born with Autism Spectrum Disorder which in the ’90s was still kind uncharted territory. I had my mother compile some of the experiences she had with me as a baby. She noticed straight away that I was different from my siblings. I was inconsolable for long periods, so much so that one time she had to take me to the ER because I hadn’t stopped crying for hours. Throughout my entire childhood, I had sleep issues. Falling asleep was a major issue, when I did fall asleep it was either very light sleep or I had intense night terrors which ranged from 3-5 times each night. Like most autistic kids I had a very low tolerance for all external stimuli: light, sound, textiles, smell. I couldn’t wear clothes that weren’t soft, the labels had to be cut, my eyes couldn’t stand the fluorescent light at school which frequently gave me headaches, loud noises startled or scared me if there was too much noise I wouldn’t be able to concentrate. There were major gut dysbiosis issues as well that lead me to have over 12 antibiotic courses. My mother also remarked I had severe hypochondriac tendencies, which is probably due to the dysbiosis, to begin with.

There were the typical signs of the inability to cope with changes. Like a wrapper or food package changing, then I would refuse to eat it. Any type of surprise tended to overwhelm or scare me. Whenever we were going somewhere my parents had to prepare me in advance with information and explanations of what to expect. My moods were extremely volatile which mainly leaned towards depression/depressive thoughts. My thought patterns always went straight to the worst case scenarios, couldn’t sleep from worry when my parents were out. When we moved houses I was afraid of being alone in the new house following my mother around everywhere she went.

The other very common autistic traits were that I got easily overwhelmed: blocking, freezing, crying, yelling, self-harm. This could be from something that surprised me, didn’t go my way, anything that happened differently than I thought would set me off, anytime I didn’t understand something I would breakdown. On top of that, there was severe anxiety, which would make me freeze like I was glued to the floor. Which came in the form of things that overwhelmed, heights, trucks (or anything bigger than me like horses), unknown environments, fireworks. There were many instances where my anxiety was so present it caused me psychosomatic stress. In elementary school my teacher was prepping me for the fire-drill in a few days we caused me to become nauseous from the stress of fear and had to be excused from classes the rest of the day.

This was my life and the general trend of my life throughout my adolescence. There were better periods in between in regards to my mood where I had a few good days without any breakdowns or aggression. At age nine things started getting worse mentally, which lead to me being diagnosed with Major Depression Disorder. It wasn’t until they tested me for Autism in 2002 at age eleven that I got my official clinical diagnosis. By that time I had already gone through various therapies and the guidance at my disposal at high school was mental torture. It was a bulls-eye on my back that turned the bullies on to me really fast. The bullying plus my father abandoning my sister and me drove me over the edge, deeper into depression at age 12. The subsequent years of high school were the worst years of my life. The anxiety from being bullied at different schools kept me from wanting to go to sleep knowing I would have severe night terrors anyway, they became so severe I tried to escape my room and house on multiple occasions. Attempting to escape through the window or the backdoor. My only refuge for those years was books, TV shows, movies, gaming, and food. I ate my feelings away, I tried to escape reality daily.

In my early teens, I was already thinking a lot about suicide but those years in high school from 12-18 made it a daily occurrence. The suffering of the overwhelming nature of autism coupled with the depression was just too much to bear and I didn’t see a way out. All the doctors and experts told me the same things that I couldn’t get rid of autism or even depression, just manage it. I resented and rebelled that because if that was really the case life wouldn’t be worth continuing. Thankfully I had a supporting mother and stepfather which kept me from making a decision that would end my life.
Confronted with my weight gain, which reflected the way I felt, I gathered my courage and determination to make an effort to turn things around. I changed my diet which was mainly cutting out all processed crap, as I was eating a lot of chips, nuts, processed cheese, bread, sugary drinks which was stress eating. I lost 16kgs over 6 months and my moods starting improving. 

The real monumental and life changing improvements started happening when I went low carb alongside an Intermittent Fasting protocol of the Warrior Diet (2010, age 19). At the same time, I started doing body-weight movement outside in nature which boosted my mood and energy. By the following year, my depression was completely gone. My autistic tendencies dropped more and more each month. By the end of 2013, I was going out to musical events, clubs, social gatherings without any issues, doing some events all on my own. The years after 2013 the diet varied but it was clear that too much processed foods and carbs cause irritability, drops in mood (negativity), drops in cognition and mental stability in general. Looking back it’s notable that every time I was strict with what I ate, fasting and largely consuming animal products I felt better. All my best periods in between weight and body fat fluctuations were periods marked by those factors. As soon as I wasn’t strict the cognitive and mood ups and downs returned.

In August 2018 I went strict Paleo, which helped a lot with my cognition. It wasn’t until February 2019 that I got into ancestral/carnivore style through Dominic Rapson (@origins.nutrition) who helped my girlfriend with her psoriasis. Going carnivore really kicked my cognition into high gear. Feeling consistently better. All the stomach, digestive and intestinal issues have been getting better or resolved since. There’s still some healing to be done gut wise as I have a host of intolerances. However, I feel like now I’ve got far better control over cravings, mood, and energy than ever did before. So it’s a worthwhile trade off even if some foods will never be in the cards for me everyday consumption wise.

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

Corina eliminates depression and anxiety on carnivore diet

As a kid I loved meat, fish, cheese and butter. Since I am from Switzerland, I certainly had my share of good quality cheeses. In particular the goat and sheep cheeses were my favourite.

Unfortunately, Switzerland is also famous for its delicious chocolate. I stuffed my face with it daily. I was definitely a sugar junkie.

Fruits and vegetables had little appeal to me. Salad was okay, but only if it was soaked in a creamy French sauce.

What I did not know was that I was actually allergic to casein, wheat and lactose!

This was expressed in high anxiety, depression, and severe PMDD ( PMS with depression and suicidal thinking). I also had Selective Mutism and massive shyness since I was a child. That was such a struggle socially, and I missed out on a lot of things because of it.


Around 1995, age 21, I heard about the bad influence of sugar and pasteurized dairy for the first time from Dr. Max Otto Bruker. But I was addicted to both sugar as well as dairy and could not stop eating them. Dr. Bruker was possibly the first Doctor who went against the sugar and dairy industry. However, he was unaware of plant anti-nutrients and the oxalate issue at the time and recommended sprouted wholegrain.

I was gluten intolerant, so becoming a vegetarian did not improve my health issues. Around age 26 my soy consumption increased. And for about 12 years I consumed a lot.

Around 2007 I had an autistic burnout - from sensory overload, too much activity, after having run 6 marathons on the wrong fuel, too much work, too little rest and solitude. So I weaned off of sugar and dairy after a Chinese-American Natural Doctor told me to.


There was not much change really (I was still eating lots of soy and rice and vegetables) - so I took a break from all my activities and this helped somewhat. The solitude and rest was probably what my body needed most. At the time I was not aware I was an introverted autistic with C-PTSD. I tried so hard to fit in, to be like everybody else.

Around 2014 I became a vegan and in 2016 I even tried the fruitarian and raw food approach, though it was extremely difficult not to cheat with cooked vegan food. My health-issues did not go away as I had hoped. I developed very common vegan malnutrition symptoms: chronic hip pain, back pain, headaches and migraines, massive bloating and digestive issues.


I felt exhausted all the time and tired after every meal.


In the morning I woke up feeling stiff with pain in my hip. At work I had to sit down a lot, not being able to stand longer than 30min without feeling back pain. I had brain fog and it was hard for me to focus, to talk, and I had trouble with sensory overload. Depression was another issue and chronic anxiety.


Dry skin in winter was unbearable, I could not sit cross legged as my skin would start to itch. During the night I would wake up, skin itching and dry no matter how much I tried to oil it!! I had cravings for who knows what, and my hair started to fall out too. Wound healing took ages and I also felt pain in my liver and pancreas area after each meal.

In 2018 I had a massive debate with meat eaters, and it left a big impact but it took me a whole year to decide that I wanted to go back to meat eating myself.

December 2018 I started with eggs. Carefully, not knowing how my body would react. Next was salmon. I always loved salmon. I still felt unsure if this was the right way to go. I felt guilty and when I read the labels on the sausages in the meat section I expected to be jumped on any second by a militant vegan, war hammer swinging! 

So I "confessed" my new way of eating to my Somatic Experience Practitioner. She actually congratulated me, saying that she herself had left veganism behind many years ago as well. For nervous system health veganism simply is not beneficial.

So I tried the paleo and autoimmune paleo protocol, at first. I watched many Ex-Vegan videos and Lierre Keith's book The Vegetarian Myth was a true eye opener. I realized how similar my symptoms were, which helped me tremendously and gave me the confirmation I needed.

But somehow I just did not feel as good as I thought I would feel with the autoimmune paleo diet. Then an ex-vegan friend told me about the carnivore approach. She reversed her fibromyalgia and many other issues and said she felt amazing.

So after trying autoimmune paleo for 3 months I decided it could not hurt to go carnivore and see if it would heal my body. I also started to watch many youtube videos and read many books about the topic.

To my amazement, my body started to heal. After only 4 months Carnivore (April - August 2019):
- back pain gone
- more energy
- I can stand for hours now
- hip pain gone
- morning stiffness gone
- more mental clarity
- better cognitive function
- better stress resilience
- sensory overload less pronounced
- better verbal interaction
- brain fog gone
- digestive issues completely gone
- no more gas
- depression gone
- PMDD gone, menstruation is regular and very mild
- less anxiety in particular from Omega 3 intake
- migraines are less often

I highly recommend the carnivore way of eating. It is amazing. Give it a try! But do it gradually. Give the body enough time to adapt. Don't go cold turkey. Do a baby steps approach. No need to rush.

Filip improved back and joint pain on a carnivore diet

These are my health improvements after 1 year of cutting out all plants and dairy from my diet:

  1. Healed knee: I had a bike accident as a kid and have always felt a slight pain in my knee since then. My knee is now completely healed. The healing process took 6 month and my body performed something akin to surgery on it self: my knee got really swollen during the healing process and I felt something (which I believe was a tiny piece of gravel left from the bike accident) was being pulled out of my knee.
  2. No more back pain: I would wake up every morning with cramp in my back muscles. it’s all gone now.
  3. No more stiff muscles: most of my muscles used to be really stiff.
  4. Better bowel movements, no more diarrhea, no more bloody stool.
  5. Better digestion.
  6. No more night sweats. I would occasionally wake up during the night and my pillow would be soaked in sweat. No more.
  7. Not tired when I wake up in the morning. I’ve become a morning person.
  8. Not tired after eating.
  9. Better eyesight: everything is much sharper and colors are really vivid. I used to have to squint on sunny days before. Not anymore.
  10. Ocular migraine is gone: I think this is due to quitting coffee.
  11. Cleansed sinuses: my sinuses always used to be clogged up. now they have been cleansed. I have felt my pulse in my sinuses for the last 12 months.
  12. Regained sense of smell: directly after starting zero carb I noticed that I could smell the perfume of people on the streets. This had never happened before.
  13. No more anxiety: I used to get stressed out over stupid things. Now I’m the calmest I’ve ever been. I think this is due to quitting coffee.
  14. Better memory.
  15. Better cognitive functions.
  16. Constantly high energy levels.
  17. Better sleep and better dreams. I have not had a nightmare since I started with this diet.
  18. No more dry skin.
  19. No physical fatigue: I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt before.
  20. No winter cold: this is the first year in +10 years that I haven’t had a cold.
  21. No more nosebleed: I used to get nosebleeds on a regular basis. It’s all gone now.
  22. Happier: I’ve never felt this happy in my life before. Now I get sudden bursts of euphoria from time to time. 🙂
  23. Better fine motor skills: playing the piano has never been this easy.
  24. No more red hands: my hands used to occasionally turn red. Not anymore.
  25. No more white fingers (Raynaud syndrome): I think this is due to quitting coffee.
  26. No cravings for food: I used to get cravings for e.g. ice cream and chocolate. Now I only feel hunger.
  27. No more pain between toes (Morton’s neuroma).
  28. Gaining weight: I’ve always been tall and skinny and has never been able to gain either muscle mass or body fat. Now I’m starting to gain weight as my body is absorbing the food I eat.
  29. Quick recovery after physical exercise. I play squash, do TRX, and ride racing bike and recovery has never been this quick. Hardly any muscle soreness.
  30. More stuff has happened that I cannot put into words: I just know that my body feels better and that something has healed that I don’t know what it is. I just feel that I have increased my life expectancy by many years.

All of this happened just because I stopped eating plants and dairy! Better yet, I haven’t paid a penny for it and haven’t been to an MD 🙂 The Internet has been my only resource.

That being said, the healing process was quite intense. I certainly got the keto flu and was many time questioning if I was doing the right thing. I want to thank everyone who has gone through this process and has shared their stories on the Internet. Without having access to all these personal stories I don’t think I would have continued all the way through. Heck, I wouldn’t have come across this diet to start with if it wasn’t for the Internet! This is why I want to share my experience with everyone.

Filip

DISCLAIMER: I’m not an MD and have no training or education in nutrition whatsoever. This is purely anecdotal information. As such, I do not give any dietary recommendations. You will have to decide yourself what diet you chose to have. I’m an engineer and academic researcher, and as such the only thing I recommend is that you experiment with different diets and listen to your own body and how it reacts to the food you eat.

Margaret heals digestion, mood, sleep, and fatigue on a carnivore diet

Margaret K.

I started a LCHF diet September 18, 2017 and went ZC (carnivore) November 9, 2017. I currently eat mostly beef and pork with a little lamb, chicken and fish, dairy a few times per week. Black coffee every morning. Red wine one glass per week. Prior to this my diet was very high fiber with the majority of my intake whole grains and vegetables with small portions of lean meats and dairy.

Digestion: In April 2011 I had a routine colonoscopy that went awry, resulting in chronic constipation and abdominal pain. I relied on daily laxatives (near or at maximum dosage) daily for 6 1/2 years and was unable to wean off them. I weaned off the laxatives completely as of November 20, 2017. I now average 4-5 bowel movements weekly. Abdominal pain is gone.

Sleep: I had severe insomnia for >10 years, averaging 2-3 hours sleep 4-5 nights/week. I’ve had one night of insomnia per week since zc and on those occasions have still had 4-6 hours sleep. I now am regularly sleeping 7-8 hours/night.

Headaches: I used to get frequent tension headaches and took ibuprofen almost daily. I haven’t had a headache since I started zc.

Lipoma: I’ve had a lipoma on my back for >20 years. It was about the size of a half-golf ball. Today it is almost gone, just a barely-palpable rise under the skin.

Deodorant: Haven’t used deodorant for the past 3 weeks. Didn’t meant to stop, just forgot and then realized I no longer needed it.

Margaret K.
ZC 6 weeks

December 17, 2017

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