Would love to be included as one of the CARNIVORE SUCCESS stories. From SAD syndrome, I transitioned to low carb and eventually keto for years..I just never could maintain my progress. I never saw the body composition changes I wanted, despite lots of heavy lifting. Autoimmune issues (hashimotos), chronic inflammation, lipedema, depression, aches/pains are just some of the things I’ve been able to overcome or effectively manage going full carnivore. 7 months in and never looking back. And I’m FINALLY seeing progress in the gym!!! 💪
After the birth of my first child, I was at my highest weight–over 200lbs. I was suppose to be a happy new mom, but I was anything but. I hated what I saw in the mirror and was depressed I allowed myself to get to that point. You know, eating for two and all. I attempted calorie restriction, but I was going through alot of stress (divorce) and instead found myself eating my feelings until they were numb. This started a vicious eating cycle and no doubt damaged my metabolism. I did managed to lose some weight, then I got pregnant with my second child in 2005 and remarried. In 2006, I joined Weight Watchers in hopes of reaching my goal weight. I didn’t feel comfortable in my body eating predominantly plant-based and lean protein that Weight Watchers encourages. But let’s face it, those food items were less points, and I could eat more.
I started to have some health issues–orthostatic hypotension, asthma, and heart issues. I had to see a cardiologist and pulmonologist and under went a stress test, echo, lung function test, etc. All the doctors wanted to treat the symptoms with medication instead of getting to the root cause of what was actually wrong.
Our town lost our local WW meeting place and out of frustration, I ended up going to more of a Standard American diet. My weight yo-yoed. I had my third child in 2008. At my follow up, I had a subpar pap screening result. Because I had a strong family history of ovarian/uterine cancer, I ended up having an hysterectomy with BSO in 2011. This basically put me into surgical menopause. My hormones were out of balance, and my physician wanted me to do HRT but it made me sick. I had bad brain fog and headaches. And it definitely didn’t help weightloss efforts with all the inflammation and bloating. In 2015, I started doing the Trim Healthy Mama diet which was a struggle due to its complexity. I found myself eating fatty meals along with carbs which was a no no. I ended up falling back into the Standard American diet again and the cycle continued.
In 2016 after doing some research, I stumbled across keto. I cut my carbs down to 20g, ate moderate protein, and high fat. I consumed fat bombs, steaks, chicken thighs, bulletproof coffee, full fat dairy, and salads with full fat dressings, etc. I lost weight, but I still had bloating, inflammation, and menopausal type symptoms. After a while, I started to notice how certain foods affected me. “Ketofied” junk food, fat bombs, and baked goods caused bloating, inflammation, and cravings. I stalled which caused more depression and frustration.
Out of desperation, I started to become even more proactive and continued to eliminate foods. In January 2019, I came across World Carnivore Month that Shawn Baker started. I honestly thought he was nuts eating just Ribeyes, but I figured what the heck. It’s just a month. In June, I had a genetic test done and found out I have health traits/variants for Type 2 diabetes as well as having a family history of diabetes and hypertension. After finding out this information, I knew I was on the right path with carnivore.
I’m currently still carnivore. Yes, I’ve had a few slips throughout the year but as time goes on, it becomes easier to recognize what nutrients my body needs. I still battle the mental struggles of carb and sugar addiction, but I have learned I need to be an abstainer. I knew I needed to change my relationship with food and now view it as nourishment instead of using it to fill an emotional void.
I seek my nourishment from animal based food thanks to Dr. Baker! I feel better than I have on any other diet I’ve tried, and I don’t foresee any change to my eating lifestyle. My 2019 focus was nutrition and healing. I took a break from exercise in order to heal. I feel better than I’ve felt in years! With the healing of Carnivore, I’ve had a 30+lb weightloss. But an even bigger positive effect is my hormones are more balanced–no night sweats, mood swings, or hot flashes. My sleep is better and deeper than it has ever been. I have no issues with any of the previous asthma symptoms or any cardiac/heart issues. And, I’m no longer taking any prescription medication.
Another huge benefit is FOOD FREEDOM! I don’t track, weigh, or log my food. I’m not tied to any book or app telling me when I can or can’t eat. I eat when I’m hungry, and I stop when I’m full.
My food based Carnivore focus has been sourcing local meat I can afford. I lean towards beef and lamb. Being from a hunting family, I consume venison including the heart. I don’t routinely eat organs such as kidney and liver. We also raise chickens for farm fresh eggs.
I got a job doing physical work on construction sites. Physical work wasn’t easy but I felt it was a better choice than returning to a corporate cubicle. Carnivore made it possible. I got stronger every day. I will retire in a few years and plan to thru hike the Appalachian Trail when I am 65. It is something I had considered impossible for over a decade. It has been a very slow process for me but my transformation is clearly outstanding. Dr Baker you are correct, that the carnivore diet is perhaps the best therapy for chronic disorders. But it did more than that, it restored and improved quality of life
Carnivore Diet Journal
I am Odaine Tomlinson currently 29 years old and I started the carnivore diet on November 2, 2019. Prior to embarking on the carnivore diet, I served in the military and once I got out the Navy in 2012, I was doing long distant running and body building eating a standard American diet. At that time, I had an 8 pack and was super cut. But looking back, I do know that I always had inflammation in my right wrist when I did push-ups. As the years went by and life hit me, I lost touch with my fitness and eventually tried the vegan route briefly and eventually got into the ketogenic diet, where I then began working out again and saw nice results. Time went by into 2019 and I hadn’t worked out in months and noticed that my stomach was poking through my shirts now and that I would have to suck in my stomach in public to try and fool myself. And after learning about the carnivore diet and seeing that Joe Rogan interview with Jordan Peterson, I was blown away when I researched other similar testimonies. So, I figured why not?
Stats on November 2, 2019 (Start of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 190 pounds
Body Fat: 21.9%
Subcutaneous Fat: 18.9%
Visceral Fat: 10
Metabolic Age: 31
Blood glucose level waking up: 103 mg/dL
A couple days into the diet, I realized that I had a crazy surplus in daily energy and the ability to wake up like a robot. I don’t know how to explain it, but I was waking up with no lag; I am fully alert once my eyes open like I just popped an energy pill. Also, I realized that whether I got 5 hours of sleep or 8 hours of sleep I still had the same constant supply of energy and liveliness. Also, my wife told me that she noticed that my snoring disappeared.
Furthermore, one of the two biggest benefits to me are the fact that I am operating on the highest-octane level of fuel for my body, thus ensuring that I will most likely live a lot longer and vibrant life even though I am only 29 years old right now. Just knowing that this simple decision plays a significant role to reversing the possible cancer, stroke, digestion disorder, and many other ailments that I could have potentially faced 20 years down the road, is phenomenal to me. In my eyes, doing this diet gives me the ability to theoretically get in a time machine at 50 years old and go back in time to my 29 year old self and tell myself to get my s#!t together now so I wont have to deal with XYZ at 50 years old. Secondly, I thoroughly love the mental clarity I have now. Its almost like I don’t have a subconscious mind anymore is my best way to explain it. I can fully control the direction of my thoughts on such a high level now. I feel that prior to the carnivore diet I had a loud sawed-off shotgun with unlimited rounds firing off while blinded folded int the dark in my head; and now I have a high-quality sniper rifle with a silencer with precise scope vision and no wind resistance on a sunny day. The difference speaks for itself.
A week into my first 30 days I noticed some incredible results:
Stats on November 9, 2019 (End of Week 1 of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 184 pounds
Body Fat: 20.6%
Subcutaneous Fat: 17.8%
Visceral Fat: 9
Metabolic Age: 30
Blood glucose level waking up: 81 mg/dL
After the 2nd week I saw even more improvement with my mid-section area and that my abs were slowly coming back and my chest didn’t have droopy nipples anymore. I also noticed that my voice was being projected farther/clearer; but maybe that was just my hearing getting better (so I am not sure which is the case on that).
Stats on November 16, 2019 (End of Week 2 of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 180 pounds
Body Fat: 19.9%
Subcutaneous Fat: 17.2%
Visceral Fat: 8
Metabolic Age: 29
Blood glucose level waking up: 79 mg/dL
After the 3rd week I have noticed a steady flow of my energy levels and I have yet to see any negative implications as some people have claimed with transitioning to the carnivore diet. Another thing I recently noticed is that when I carry my 5-year-old daughter upstairs for bedtime at nights; I no longer feel pain in my lower pack and knee. I am not sure when it went away since I haven’t paid any thought to it, but it is still a big plus. Also I notice now that my face is very clear and smooth; I don’t seem to have random pimples on my face every other day or so.
Stats on November 23, 2019 (End of Week 3 of Carnivore Diet)
Weight: 177 pounds
Body Fat: 19.3%
Subcutaneous Fat: 16.7%
Visceral Fat: 8
Metabolic Age: 29
Blood glucose level waking up: 84 mg/dL
After the 4th week I still felt great health wise. And during this week there would be times where I would go through most of the day fasting just because either didn’t feel hungry and/or still felt high on energy. And at this point I compared my picture from when I started the carnivore diet on November 2, 2019 to the picture from November 30, 2019; the difference was amazing to see. Especially knowing that at this point I went from being 18 pounds overweight on November 2nd, to just being 1.8 pounds overweight on November 30th. And please keep in mind that I did absolutely no exercises, no walking around the block, no pull ups, no push ups, nothing. And more importantly I did not break my carnivore diet, I didn’t even eat a single gummy bear when no one was looking. I plan to continue doing this diet plan for 5 more months and will start doing long distance running two months from now so I can see what my weight/muscle baseline is before I take my body for a spin. So, look out for my next update on here in another 5 months or so.
Stats on November 30, 2019 (End of Week 4 of Carnivore Diet)
Body Fat: 18.5%
Subcutaneous Fat: 16.1%
Visceral Fat: 8
Metabolic Age: 28
Blood glucose level waking up: 89 mg/dL (after brushing teeth)
So just for anyone else who is interested in knowing, I used a standard glucose meter for my blood glucose level. And for the other important numbers, I used the RENPHO Bluetooth Smart Scale that cost less than $25 on Amazon. And as far as what I was putting in my body; I ate mainly grass-fed grass finished meats from Butcher Box, scallops, shrimps, bacon, and free-range eggs. And as an occasional ‘treat’ I ate aged cheddar cheese off the block, pork grinds, and grass fed/finished beef jerky. I used Redman’s Real Salt on my foods, and I only drank water. The water I was drinking ranged from regular bottled water from Aldi, to Fiji Water, to mostly Gerolsteiner water. And I intake a syringe mixture of butter oil, cod liver oil, grass-fed beef liver and grass-fed colostrum every other day. I hope my experience help you!
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!
One year of carnivory!! Celebrating with a big ole’ chuck roast and decoration.
Couldn’t thank @HighSteaks & Shawn enough for challenging my beliefs about carnivory at the beginning along with many others soon after, even after over four years ketogenic.
Here is my before/after, from S.A.D. (Standard American Diet), to keto, to now thriving on red meat, stronger and feeling better than ever, being asked “What high school do you go to?” at 25. Over 140lbs lost for good.
To those who think they “can’t do it” or this lifestyle “isn’t sustainable”, allow those who have been carnivorous for years to teach you their ways, educate yourself (JustMeat.co has many resources)and build off your own personal successes.
While some may tolerate modern foods and the familiar state they’re in, I challenge you to remove yourself from them, experiment and learn from your body.
This lifestyle has been nothing short of extraordinary: little to no inflammation, constant energy, mood significantly improved, clear skin, calm/relaxed state, perfect bowels, increased sun tolerance, muscle gain, fat loss, the list goes on and on.
I plan to continue the carnivorous lifestyle indefinitely, learning every step of the way.
This is me five months into a carnivore diet. I am self-experimenting to see how this way of eating affects my mood and the way I feel. With baby number three came my third round of post-natal depression. Ugh. I suffered far too long before I was finally properly diagnosed. Post-natal depression and generalised anxiety disorder. Wowsers, a slap in the face but a relief to get the diagnosis. I had a pretty good diet but ate a lot of toast on the go and cooking dinners was a nightly burden. About nine months ago my mom, Patty, introduced me to keto and carnivore and I started to look into the benefits of this way of eating. I came across endless stories, podcasts and you tube videos showcasing research, clinical observations, anecdotal evidence, and testimonies all too compelling to ignore and so began my journey on keto which ultimately lead to carnivore.
My energy is the best it’s ever been and my mood is much better. My head is clearer and the mental heaviness is well, less heavy. Some bonus benefits I’ve noticed are improved edema in my legs, abs I never knew I had, and itchy scalp is completely gone. PND is complicated and so I’m wary of attributing entirely the improvements to carnivore but I can’t un-know what I now know and feel and believe that carnivore helps immensely. Don’t get me wrong, I still have bad days and I know that carnivore is not a magic pill but I do know I am giving my body, my brain, and my hormones the best shot at functioning optimally through what I eat, and grabbing some down time when I can get it! Another thing, I no longer dread making dinner because to throw some meat on the barbie requires no thought, is so easy and delicious, and my family love it! I may not be where I want to be yet, but I am definitely not where I was.
I started following Shawn Baker around November of 2018 when I started to get serious about weight loss. I’m 29 years old and have been suffering all through my 20s with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and PCOS. I was on a program of supplements and shakes with 4-5 meals a day consisting of only oven baked chicken and vegetables and although I was losing weight I was also miserable with what I was eating and unable to eat so much. I decided to give carnivore a try and I am so happy I did.
I went from 250 lbs down to 210 lbs in 3 months. My hair is growing back longer and stronger, my mood is better, my skin is clearer, my inflammation is gone, my energy is up and I feel absolutely amazing. I practice intermittent fasting with 1-2 meals a day consisting of red meat. I’m almost completely off my thyroid medication and I see no need to ever stop this way of eating! Thank you to the whole meat heals community for continuing to inspire and motivate!!
Greetings, my name is Doug, I’m 28 years young 6’5, 192lbs and have been practicing a mostly carnivore diet with the exception of social situations for 8 months now. Prior to practicing a carnivorous diet I was plant based, with a focus on detoxification, fasting, raw foods and lots of fruit to reverse chronic issues.
I’ll share my background and why I began a plant based diet.
At age 19 I was living a not so health conscious lifestyle, consuming copious amounts of fast food while actively involved in MMA, competitive paintball (NPPL) and riding quads. It wasn’t long before I deteriorated 2 lumbar disks, developed a bulging disk, fractured and dislocated my L5 vertebrae. It became very difficult for me to deal with the injuries and not being able to participate in the activities I was so passionate about. I ended up spiraling downward and consuming even more junk as well as drinking alcohol and using other substances for the first time as a coping mechanism.
Fast forward a year or so and I was a wreck. At this point I had chronic joint and back pain, skin rashes covering a 1/3 of my body, under active thyroid which made it almost impossible to sweat, BP of 85/50, chronic fatigue, chronic constipation and a list of mental and emotional issues to top it off. Oh, and did I forget to mention the Neurospine institute diagnosed me with osteoarthritis?
I sought help from so many doctors and experts and all I ended up with was a dried up bank account. this is when I found, not just any plant based diet, but the MUCUSLESS DIET HEALING SYSTEM… by Arnold Ehret. He proposed that mucus forming foods are the cause of human illness and that man was biologically designed to consume only fruits and tender leafy greens. I jumped right in and began living on fruits and salads. Boy did I lose weight fast… From 200 down to 140 in 6 months. I will say that I felt less inflammation and eating so much from really helped with flushing out pounds of impacted fecal matter from the garbage I was consuming. I felt loads better with the removal of all the junk and still having the nutrient reserves to function. I eventually balanced out with cooked starches and heavier foods where I got back to around 160 pounds. At this point the skin rashes cleared up, I had less inflammation and overall felt much better although I felt very weak and was developing a poor relationship with food as I couldn’t EVER find satiation with my meals of fruit, salads, nuts or starches. This way of eating continued for the next 4 years.
During my plant based journey I became certified as a detox specialist, iridologist and took plant based nutrition courses to learn as much as possible.
After a couple years into a plant based diet I began experiencing bouts of depression that progressively got worse as the years went on. My last bout of depression was crippling and lasted a couple months where I shut myself off from the world and didn’t want to be awake. Some of the other issues that had had been progressively getting worse was my digestion. I would constantly feel bloated and fatigued after meals. Socially I became a recluse and didn’t feel comfortable around people who ate animals foods lol I was also an active member in the Dr. Robert Morse cult that brain wash people into believing we are a frugivore species. This was especially damaging because I felt I was harming my body if I wasn’t eating fruit or tender greens.
In December 2016 I had hit rock bottom and fell into the most challenging bout of depression yet. I slept and binge ate vegan junk food for month. I was now 205 lbs of tub and edema. I left the country in Jan 2017 to pull myself out of it. I wen to Costa Rica and began a 95 day coconut WATER only fast from fresh coconuts. to my surprise this was probably the best I ever felt during my plant based journey. As soon as I reintroduced solid food I began binging again. Within 6 months my digestion tanked and I was worse off, unable to digest any plant foods. At this point I was traveling to different countries around the world and it was a struggle just to go from one hostel to another. I remember waking up with such a horrible feeling in my guts and feeling overwhelming anxiety while in a tropical paradise. I purchased a blood glucose monitor at some point. I would eat a couple mangoes and my blood sugar would shoot up over 250. This gave me a feeling of brain fog and fatigue.
In the beginning of this year (2018) I began making this joke while traveling in Asia, “I want beef” and watching YouTube channels of people who ate only animal foods. Ok so At this point I was miserable and didn’t know what to do. I literally couldn’t digest anything and felt depressed, slept 12-15 hours a day and my joint pain was horrible! I came across Aajonus Vonderplanitz and reads his book. He said that red meat cures depression and is a great food for recovering from frutarianism. I walked down to a market, purchased lamb ate it, digested it well and it was like a like came on.
The feelings of depression and anxiety diminished over night as well as the chronic fatigue. For the next couple weeks I lived on eggs, butter and ribeye steaks. Everyday I was feeling so much better and mentally stable. Those last two weeks in the tropics were incredible. My digestive fire came back very quickly and my strength began sky rocketing. At this point my vegan wife now began eating animal foods and reaping the benefits as well. I felt Like I was reborn. The feeling of satiation after eating is priceless.
After leaving the tropics I flew to Washington and began practicing a strict carnivore diet where I consumed 2-3 pounds of beef a day with some butter. Over the course of 6 months I gained 30 lbs of lean mass while at the very same time felt less joint pain and inflammation then I did on a fruitarian or plant based diet. My complexion was much better as well. After spending 6 months on a carnivore diet I can now digest plant foods once again but choose to avoid them with the exception of social situations.
It’s now been 8 months mostly carnivore and I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life without any major health challenges and now strength train on a regular basis without issues. Meat NEVER gets boring and I’m always happy with a pound of beef and some fat on my plate and leave feeling content and happy. I consume more than double the caloric intake from when I was plant based and only got lean and muscular. This way of eating may not be for everyone but it sure does work well for me and has really helped pull me out of a very dark place.
My top fav foods are beef, liver, heart, bone marrow, beef fat, eggs and kefir
This is a glance of my life story, particularly around my history of disordered eating. I am grateful to have found this meat heals site, and think this is the right place to share in hopes of inspiring another to give this WOE a try. As someone who suffered throughout childhood and most of my adult life with body image issues and eating disorders— at my junior prom I weighed in at 140 lbs at 5’10″… I did chronic cardio every single day, played basketball, ran hurdles, and either was restricting calories or losing complete control with food purges/binges. I became bulimic in HS and turned into an overexercising, punishing machine to get myself thinner and thinner. I grew up on processed foods, and became addicted to sugar/carbs early, and often felt alone with my struggle to find a WOE that would offer me greater hormonal balance, satiety and freedom from addiction.
From age 15 – 39 I worked to find self love, nurturing and food freedom. In 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. This painful (at the time event) PUSHED me to change and seek out true health on all fronts (mind, body and spirit). I quit a corp. job, returned to school and graduated with a MS in Physiology. I spent years working as a Personal Trainer and at the same time opened my own Corp Wellness Coaching business.
In 2012 I found Paleo WOE and made the changes overnight. Immediately I felt the benefits in my health, cravings, energy and mindset. Especially because I went to only protein, fat and veggies (low carb). But as I aged into my 30s I began to feel the pains in my joints (severe Back Facet Joint/Hip arthritis) from my overexercising habits and years of binging on garbage foods. I was tired of fighting to stay sober (for me this meant avoiding all sugar/carbs and anything not from the earth), and working so hard to avoid a relapse despite having better lifestyle practices in place and greater health.
I would go months eating big, fat ass salads and meat, then I’d binge again. Then repeat over and over. The cycle seemed impossible to break. I felt destined to never feel true food freedom. In 2016 I tried strict Keto and felt like I was desperately trying to fill myself with fat filling mini meals/snacks. I never felt true satiety (it never felt like a MEAL to me) eating a high fat diet, moderate protein and I knew it was not a good fit within a week. Esp. with a past littered with food obsessions and dieting.
This was not sustainable so I returned to LC Paleo. Last year, December 2017 I was traveling with my husband and had terrible IBS, fatigue and a flare up of joint back pain. There was one meal during our trip (eggs and bacon) that I noticed gave me no IBS symptoms and tons of energy. I vowed to go carnivore (not knowing it was a thing) when we got home, and I did. Today, I eat two things: anything with a face (No Dairy- as this is a trigger food for me and highly addictive), but mostly beef, black coffee and an occasional piece of 100% dark chocolate. The chocolate really helps me adhere to the carnivore diet for the long haul.
I really don’t feel the need to venture off because I have no more cravings, no urges to binge (also because I am eating til satiety), my hunger hormones are working correctly for the first time, and I my joint inflammation is way down, almost not noticeable. My mood is so much lighter. Im less reactive and PMS is less scary for me and everyone else. My energy is off the charts. It was good before starting this WOE, but now I almost have too much…if this is possible. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with all of it! 🙂 Luckily I am a health coach so I can share this inspiring energy with my clients. Finally my sleep is just as good as it was on Paleo.
When I started I would wake 30mins earlier than normal but that no longer happens. I sleep 7-8 hrs per night. I rarely have times that I struggle with cravings for foods. If I do it is quickly passes by eating more meat or just ignoring that person in my head. I found that I do need to eat a bit more with my high activity levels and to maintain my muscle mass. I also fall into a time restricted eating pattern most days but not necessarily purposely. If I wake hungry I would eat but usually I would rather stay fasting until Im really feeling the urge. I eat around 2.5lbs per day, and WO with weights 4x p/wk with daily long walks. I go to infrared sauna 5x week for 30-40mins to reduce DOMS and help with any joint tenderness. I am 158lb and 22% bf. Before CV I weighed 166 and 25% bf.
Overall this WOE, plus a ton of growth self exploration, drive to improve and knowledge seeking, living my purpose with total acceptance and love of self and others has healed me…FINALLY. I can be my best and thrive at my life’s work as a health coach. When stress gets worse I have tools to stay present and know the emotions will pass. Binge eating is not an attractive option. I did so much work to get here and heal, it has little appeal to ever go back.
I don’t isolate myself like I did, instead I have dedicated my life to helping others achieve their personal wellness/fitness goals. I practice and share the gifts of mediation/self love/nurturing/journaling/real food nutrition/movement/mindfulness. I only surround myself with positive, loving, inspirational people.
I eat big, train hard for a 43 year old woman, play/travel often and am living my purposes. But, most of all, I have unconditional self love, appreciation and acceptance, which makes it possible for me to circulate this out to other living beings and things! I have gained much by my struggles, more than I’ve lost.
If you would like to contact me, please feel free. I would love to see if there could be research on how this WOE could help people with binge eating and bulimia. I am also open to sharing more of my story and the ways this WOE has saved a girl from her dark passenger – a carb/sugar addiction. 😉 Thanks for offering this safe place to share. Anastacia