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Mr. V improved cardiovascular health, mental health, sex on carnivore diet

I want to share my story with people and hope it may be able to encourage and inspire someone who may be in a position where I used to be. So where do I begin? I am currently 41 years old and probably in the best shape of my life of my adult years. I grew up always having a love for food. Over the years that love became an addiction to food. I have always loved meat but I was born in the Mediterranean before I moved to the US as a kid. One thing we ate every day was bread. Being poor that’s the main thing we could afford with some veggies etc. That habit developed over my lifetime where I would indulge in carbs (mainly bread). Many times I could devour a whole loaf of fresh baked bread in one sitting. (french loaf). Why am I starting my transformational story from my early childhood? Because I would like to help others be able to find where the Root of your situation began.

So fast forward to more current years. In June 2016 I really felt bad and unhealthy. My weight ran up to 280lbs at 5’10 and 38 years old. I was also a heavy smoker with at least 2 packs a day. At nights I would wheeze just trying to breathe, and would wake up in the middle of the night with uncontrolled coughing until I could catch my breath. While many would be quick to say “oh my, you need to stop smoking,” they never really knew or understood the underlying problem of my high carb intake. Yes, I’m not going to say that smoking wasn’t part of the equation to my lack of ability to breathe, yet smoking alone was not the problem. I was obese according to the doctor’s model. I finally decided to put aside my macho side and made an appointment with a doctor about my current unhealthy condition. What finally made me make this decision? Was it the fact that I could barely breathe? Or the fact that I could barely sleep at night without choking in the middle of the night? Was it the frequent shits everyday, at least 3 times or more? No… what finally made me make that call for that doctor appointment is when I started feeling little shocks going on in my brain. Have you ever had static shock on your hands after you walked on carpet and touched something? Well imagine that happening inside your head and you get those shocks. That was my “wake up call”…. or so I thought.

So June 2016 I see my doctor and she recommended we do several blood tests so we can see where my levels were. July 2016 I went back in to go over those numbers. Main numbers that we discussed:

  • HbA1C was exactly 6.3, literally, on the Diabetic line.
  • My Triglycerides were 1253, keep in mind the normal should be < 150.
  • My HDL cholesterol was at a whopping 23
  • My LDL cholesterol was near 200.
  • My blood pressure 147/100.

I was put on 10mg lisinopril. Needless to say, this doctor’s visit made me think about where I was, and where did I want to go in the future? One thing I truly love and admire about my doctor is the fact that she was not quick to put me on medication. She consulted with me and said to cut down or eliminate my carbs, eat lean proteins and more fruits/vegs. ( I know she was only recommending what she was taught through mainstream) but she did mean well. So after getting that devastating truth, I was gung ho to get healthy. Yeah right…. Well, I would go see my doctor every 4 months and I would go through bloodwork and see little progress only to lose that progress the next visit.

So fast forward 2 years and we get to July 2018. I went to see my doctor again and go over my bloodwork numbers. All the work I had put in over the past 2 years with my yo-yo dieting has led to my key numbers going back up and in the wrong direction and my weight back up to 280. After seeing the disappointment in the doctor’s face, I got really emotional and very angry with myself because I felt her disappointment. I felt my energy shift that day due to that disappointment from my doctor and myself, and vowed to actually make a shift in my perspective and live, because if I didn’t, I would surely be dead in the near future of numerous complications.

So how did I follow through on this shift of perspective and life? One day I saw someone retweet something Dr. Baker had posted where he was promoting a #carnivorediet. I glanced and read it and was like WTF is this dude talking about. Surely that’s not healthy eating only meat. (hahaha) So I started reading through his tweets and started thinking to myself: “nothing else seems to be working why not give it a try?” I started the carnivore way of eating in August 2018, was strict carnivore for the first month and BOOM, I lost 15lbs. Hell yea! After the first month, I decided to go low carb / keto way of eating and started to learn about IF. I started walking during my first month to build stamina before I joined a gym and started exercising. I signed up for HIIT boot camp program at the gym and slowly started working on myself. The knowledge and education I gained on Twitter by following Dr. BakerDr. WrigleyP.D. ManganTed NaimanTravis Statham and many others that are too many to list has been paramount in my transformational journey. I have just recently became more vocal on Twitter regarding this WoE and looking to share my story and help others any way I can.

My life before I began my transformation in August 2018 was non-existent. Most of my adulthood has been spent overweight and unable to have an active lifestyle. I was very sedentary and would eat like there was no tomorrow. I let my wife down as a husband, a lover, and a life partner. I let myself down because of my eating habits. My libido and testosterone were non-existent. My mental state was a wreck, I had anxiety, fear, lack of will for life, and lack of care for any endeavor/adventure. I felt like I had no penis or any balls and just went through life drifting along the waves. Thankfully in August 2018 everything changed.

Here I am today, June 1st 2019:

  • Went from 280lbs down to 217lbs for a total weight loss of 63lbs.
  • Did bloodwork mid April and HbA1C = 5.4
  • Triglycerides = 130
  • HDL cholesterol = 40
  • LDL cholesterol = 140
  • BP = 100/65
  • All my numbers are in normal range now.
  • My breathing has improved tremendously, I no longer wheeze, or get into uncontrolled cough spells, and I don’t wake up in the middle of the night with nonstop coughing (I still smoke just nowhere near as much).
  • My mental state is amazing, with anxiety and fear subsiding.
  • I am more vibrant and excited about life, goals, my future, and my commitment to my wife as a husband, lover and life partner.
  • My testosterone has gone up, my libido has increased tremendously, and my hormones have been rebalancing which is allowing me to gain control over myself.
  • I no longer get cravings, or lose willpower and indulge in crap foods.
  • I decide when I want to subject myself to crap food if I decide to.

All of these changes came as a result of following amazing Doctors on Twitter and many others in the carnivore/keto community.  Of course I had to get off my ASS and do the work, but boy let me tell you how well worth the decision to change my life and live is.  How important is it for you to get healthy?  Who stands to benefit from a healthy, vibrant, thriving you?  Ask yourself these questions and just know that you can change yourself for the better as I did.  I am very thankful for Dr. Baker since he was the first person to open my eyes and guided me along this transformation journey.  Thank you all for reading.

Chris improved his diabetes and mental health with a carnivore diet

On Christmas day 2016 I was admitted to the hospital with an infection on my left arm. It turned out to be necrotizing faciitis, which required numerous debridement surgeries and skin grafts. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital and a year recovering. In my research on the condition, I discovered how much metabolic health contributes to this condition. I was nearly 300 pounds, and a type 2 diabetic. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all and felt miserable. Medications were ineffective and I was getting worse.

In April of 2018, I finally made the choice to make a change. I did a lot of research and found the ketogenic community. I dove right in. I quickly began losing weight while eating very low carb and incorporating intermittent fasting. I forced myself to eat some vegetables (traditional dogma pressured me to) but quickly found the carnivore community after seeing Dr Shawn Baker on the Joe Rogan podcast. Since then I’ve been on an all meat diet and felt better and better month over month. Today I am in the best shape of my life, am no longer diabetic and enjoy living and my family more than ever.

Starting date: April 7th 2018
Starting weight: 294 lbs
Current weight: 178 lbs

Conditions resolved:
* Type 2 diabetes
* High blood pressure
* Sleep apnea
Allergies/hay fever
* Skin tags
* Low energy
* Frequent headaches
* Brain fog

Former medications: metformin, glyburide, atorvistatin, Lisinopril, gabapentin, Claritin and ibuprofen
Current medications: none

The picture on the left is Christmas morning 2016, staring at some Reece’s product I was about to devour just before heading to the hospital. On the right is me now, fueled by steak. Lots of steak.

Danny improved digestion, liver health and sleep apnea on carnivore diet

  • 10+ Year Suicidal Chronic Depression = Cured
  • Anxiety = Significantly Improved
  • Prediabetes = Gone
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes = Normalized
  • Hormonal Imbalance = Balanced
  • Triglycerides = nearly halved
  • IBS = Gone
  • Heart burn = Gone
  • Sleep Apnea = Gone (after just 1 week)
  • Postural Hypotension = Gone
  • Bloating = Gone
  • Exercise Recovery = Dramatically Improved
  • Cravings = Vanished
  • Mornings = Cured (lol)
  • Body Fat 22.4% down to 14.4%
  • Weight 211 lbs down to 174 lbs

All this with no cardio exercises, and only 3-4 hours of weight training per week. For the first time ever I feel like I’m really in control of my life.

Just another weight loss story? Maybe, maybe not. That’s the quick summary of my experience with the carnivore diet so far. I know people scrolling through social media don’t usually want to exercise their attention span and read long ass posts/stories, so I created that list for them, lol. Here is my story in detail:

Many people suffering with depression develop a public facade that render everyone around them completely clueless to the pain, despair, and suffering they experience every day. Therefore, you often hear about friends and family being blindsided by the suicide of someone they interact with on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s easy to detect, sometimes it’s not. People who have never experienced real chronic depression might think it’s just laziness or lack of discipline. I can’t blame them. Must be nearly impossible for those people to imagine being tormented mentally and emotionally to such an extreme that the thought of ending it all by way of suicide actually brings a bit of relief. Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

There were signs from a young age, but nothing too severe until I had to deal with adulthood and the stresses that come with it. I had no idea how long the next decade would be. Until recently, I had concluded I was just born cursed with this mental illness. I figured I just had to deal with it and see how long I could last.

I’ve quit so many things in my life, but one of the few things I never gave up on was the search for a cure. I’ve tried psych meds (Paxil, Abilify, Lexapro, Seroquel), all of which submerged me into an altered reality. At times I became very hostile, very emotionally numb, very accelerated, or very slow. Insert here all the side effects you hear the narrator rattle off toward the end of those drug commercials. These meds help some people, not me.

Next phase was CD’s. I had some CD’s I would listen to that were supposed to help me train my mind to relieve depression and anxiety. This didn’t last long.

Next attempt: counseling. The counselor was cool, but it just didn’t help much at all.

Next attempt: hypnotist. Complete BS. I was very irritated by this. Wasted a few hundred bucks on this.

Next attempt: jiu jitsu and nutrition. This was by far the most effective treatment up to that point. One thing I’ve always noticed is that when I develop an obsession, my depressive symptoms take a back seat for a while. My jiu jitsu obsession lasted about a year and a half. I’ve continued on since then, but just not with the same commitment or motivation. During this time I learned a little bit about nutrition. I began making smoothies with almond milk, blueberries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, strawberry, banana, coconut oil, almond butter, kale, ginger, turmeric, etc. I cut out a lot of junk food. I ate a lot of lean chicken breast dinners with sides or potatoes, legumes, and rice. I definitely felt better, but once my jiu jitsu obsession came to an end, it was very difficult for me to stick to this way of eating. It took a lot of effort. I still had tons of craving for junk, and eventually gave up.

Next attempt: psilocybin mushrooms. My first trip was a spiritual journey unlike I’ve ever experienced. Just from this one trip, I received quite a bit of relief from my depression for a few months. Over a year later my depression was back full force. I tried another trip and didn’t receive much relief at all. Then I tried micro dosing which helped for a few months as well but not much more after that.

Next attempt: supplements. I tried many veggie powder type supplements as well as other pills. From Onnit brand, to Amway, to GNC, to generic Costco brands. I’m sure they’re all full of nurtients, but I just didn’t feel much difference at all.

Next attempt: nutrition (the same way of eating I tried during my jiu jitsu obsession) and gym + sauna. Did this for 3 months, 4-7 times a week. Lots of cardio. Lost about 4 lbs only, was constantly tired and constantly craving junk, and was not improving my work out times much. Couldn’t work out too hard otherwise I’d be very sore and fatigued for the next 2-4 days. Still had many suicidal depressed days. Then after 3 months, I hear Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan podcast say he significantly improved his depression eating a carnivore diet.

The carnivore diet was not a new concept to me. I had previously heard this crazy doctor named Shawn Baker talk about it on Joe Rogan’s podcast as well. I listened to the entire podcast and dismissed him completely. I didn’t even give it a second thought. Maybe he didn’t mention the diet relieving depressive symptoms, or maybe I didn’t catch it. When Jordan Peterson described the success him and his daughter Mikhaila had relieving depression, I knew I had to try this diet. I figured even if it were to shave years off my life by clogging my arteries, I’d 100% make that trade in order to live a life free of depression. So I began.

My ride or die chick, Dalia, dove straight in and joined me. She has stuck by me throughout this entire depression filled adulthood. Couldn’t ask for a more supportive wife. I decided to keep it a secret to prevent anyone from discouraging me. I knew what I was about to do was ridiculous. My first two weeks eating only beef, eggs, bacon, and cheese were absolute hell. Easily one of the top 3 worst experiences in my life. The cravings for sugar and carbs were out of this world. Sugar is not a drug, right? Well, my body definitely acted like it was. My depression worsened. Fatigue was as bad as ever. Had a few days of extreme light headedness. Had nausea for a few days as well. Exercise was not possible. My business partners had to have a meeting with me to discuss my recent lack of communication and effectiveness. I didn’t realize my body was adapting to ketosis and pretty much detoxing from all the crap I’ve put in my body my entire life. For some people this transition is easy, for others it’s rough. It was damn near unbearable for me. Then on the 13th day, something happened. I had a normal day. This was not unusual for me. I often had a few normal, non-depressed days per week. The unusual thing was that it was followed by another normal day, then another, then another until I reached an entire week of normal days.

This was my first depression-free week since I was obsessed with jiu jitsu about 6 years prior. Three months later I had yet to experience even one single suicidal depressed day. I did have some down days, but nothing like before. I was down 24.4 lbs despite having reduced my workouts to 3-4 total hours per week and eliminating cardio completely. I continued with this for another 3 months. January 27th ,2019 I reached my 6 month mark. I am now down 37 lbs. Down 8% bodyfat. Besides depression, I have also completely cured or dramatically improved anxiety, prediabetes, elevated liver enzymes, low testosterone, high estrogen, all stomach/IBS issues, heart burn, sleep apnea, postural hypotension (self diagnosed), bloating, exercise recovery time, cravings, lack of energy in the morning, and I’m sure I’m skipping a few other things.

I’ll keep an eye out for any long term deficiencies I may develop, but from researching others who have done this for decades, it doesn’t seem to merit much concern. My blood work has improved in pretty much every area. My testosterone jumped 231 points, my estrogen lowered to normal levels, my minerals/electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium) stayed consistent and didn’t change at all, vitamin D improved even with less supplementation than usual, triglycerides went from 133 to 73 (not sure of the significance of this if any), and hdl went up 10 points to 53. Ldl did increase a lot from 99 to 154 but I’ll take that trade off anyday to experience all these other improvements. I will keep an eye on that by doing coronary artery calcium scans of my heart every 3 years or so and if the scans show plaque build up over time, I’ll make whatever adjustments I need to. I won’t wait until I’m 60 years old to scan my heart like most people do lol. At that point it’s too late. I will continue to get bloodwork every 6 months to a year. This is something I never used to care to monitor at all even though I was very unhealthy. I think everyone should get checked routinely. I’m open to supplementation if I see a need for it.

I did have some concerns as to the longevity of this depression cure because all other “solutions” to my depression have never lasted. I was very anxious to see how I’d feel a few months down the line. Now, having passed my 6 month mark, I have no fear of my depression returning. This has changed my entire life unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I am now controlling my life for, what seems like, the first time ever. Each month I feel better mentally and physically. The difference between this nutritional attempt to cure my depression and the one from years prior is the absence of an obsession like jiu jitsu as the driving force. Also, the complete lack of cravings for sugar and carbs makes it very easy to keep away from junk.

My average day I eat about 1 to 1.5 lbs beef, 6 eggs, 8 slices of bacon, cheese, pork rinds, and water. The beef is usually ground beef from the store or 8-10 meat patties from In N Out accompanied by 4-6 slices of cheese. No buns, no ketchup, no dressing, no soda. How crazy is that, right?

Eventually I will experiment adding in some other foods like sweet potato or berries or even supplements. I’ll do this slowly to be able to isolate any negative effects I may experience. Overall, I can’t ever see myself being less than 85% carnivore. This diet is a great way to figure out which foods affect you negatively as you experiment adding them back in one at a time.

I’m in control of my life now. I look forward to life. Zero carb/Carnivore has given me the solid foundation to keep depression away (permanently IMO) so that I can now further my mental well-being by consistently implementing things like meditation, sauna, resistance training, jiu jitsu, occasional psilocybin micro dosing, etc., that the pull of depression never let me to stick to before. I’m very grateful for that.

In conclusion, this works for me. I urge anyone dealing with depression/anxiety to be open minded enough to try every option possible to find a cure, no matter how crazy it might sound. You may or may not see the same results as I and many others have on the zerocarb/carnivore diet, but you have to keep searching for an answer. At some point, anything is worth a try before suicide.

Some might not believe in a higher power, but that’s the only thing that kept me from ending it all and departing this world. I thank God my prayers have been answered. I guess I wasn’t born cursed after all.

Tim and his family improve their health on a carnivore diet

Listen to Tim’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

Tim is from St. Paul, Minnesota and for the most part, ate the standard American diet growing up. Not a lot of junk food but ‘healthy snacks” containing ingredients that were unknowingly causing him health issues such as ADHD and depression. He was really struggling to live and thrive. Tim and his family were fed up with a lifetime of prescriptions and surgeries from the pharmaceutical and medical industries so they started doing their own research.

 

He found out about Drs. Paul Saladino and Shawn Baker and decided that the carnivore lifestyle was more than just a fad. He started his carnivore journey out of solidarity with his mother who had suffered from psoriatic arthritis for 10 years. After she was on the diet for only two days, the pain in her hands went away. Within a week, the swelling was gone in her fingers and joints. Within a month she was feeling and sleeping better than she had in all of her 67 years.

 

Tim lost a total of 35 lbs., 20 of those in the first four weeks. In 15 years of being an athlete, he’d never felt or performed better. As a dietetics major, he never thought that eliminating carbs would lead to increased athletic performance. Skin, hair and nails have all improved as well. Tolerance to being out in the sun without sunscreen was an added benefit. All of that plus no more wheezing at night: being able to breathe through the nose because of cleared nasal passages.

 

He also had taken a number of psychiatric medications and mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder: pills to function in society, pills to function in the day, pills to function at night for sleep. He no longer takes any of those medications and feels now as if he’s in control of his own mind.

 

Tim’s diet is typically 2 1/2 to 3 lbs. of top sirloin steak daily with 1 or 2 teaspoons of grass-fed-butter or tallow. He also adds salmon roe. “Meat has healed me. Removing a lot of things (plants) that I once thought were healthful for me were destroying me from the inside out.”

 

He also placed a lot of importance on his electrolyte balance, especially potassium, magnesium and sodium but something was still missing. That something was organ meats. He felt that his body was lacking in micro-nutrients and so organ meats addressed this issue for him. He doesn’t eat organ meats daily but a few times a week which includes 8 oz of liver weekly. He follows an OMAD regimen.

 

Once Tim got away from following the bad advice of his doctors, he was able to get off of all medications by following a carnivore diet and he now says that he’s the healthiest he’s been in all of his life. Quite a difference from the prescription drug dependent person that he was for most of his young life only a short time previous. Tim hopes the whole world will benefit from seeing his example of a person who was transformed from unhealthy and prescription dependent to healthy and carnivore.

Alberto resolves ulcerative colitis, improves energy on carnivore diet

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

At 40 years of age, Alberto suffered with ulcerative colitis for half of his adult life and was on every medication imaginable with very limited success. At times the pain he experienced was unbearable: 5 to 10 minutes of feeling normal then excruciating abdominal pain causing him to double-over with cramps. Frequent periods of sudden bathroom urgency was part of his life.

 

Alberto paints cars for a living. One day a fellow worker made an offhand remark about the keto diet which Alberto thought was the craziest thing he’d ever heard. His initial research said that it may help with gastrointestinal issues. That was all it took. He would give it an 8-week trial period.

 

Positive results started to come much quicker than that. Within 2 or 3 days joint inflammation started to go down and there were less visits to the bathroom. He was still skeptical until a couple months into the diet when he realized that he’d missed over a weeks worth of doses of the medication he had been taking every single day of his adult life. He simply forgot to take it. He decided to keep going and not take the meds. Maybe he’d get two weeks out of it. It’s now been 500 days since he started the diet. But digressing for a moment back to the two-week time frame, he knew that a doctor’s appointment was upcoming with labs and a colonoscopy likely. That’s when he decided to go all out, strict red-meat carnivore: top-sirloins, a bit of coffee, water and on rare occasions, some chicken and some pork. Three meals a day, meat and water.

 

Six months later, sitting in the doctor’s office shaking like a leaf he felt as though he was about to be reprimanded by the school principle. The doctor comes in, barely acknowledging his presence, consulting charts, looking at a computer screen and asking what seemed like routine questions until he asked if Alberto was still taking his medications. When he replied that he hadn’t, the doctor stopped, looked at Alberto and asked “who told you to stop?” Alberto said that he had: He never felt better before in his life, digestion fine, bowel movements normal, energy is up and joint aches are gone. As Alberto suspected, the doctor, anticipating a decline in his health due to discontinuation of taking his meds, ordered a colonoscopy for him. The results showed that all his intestinal damage had been reversed! After 18 years of suffering with his condition and taking a multitude of meds, his intestines were in excellent condition! All of this due to following a carnivore diet.

 

Alberto just turned 40 and is in the best health of his life. He’s getting into athletic events such as running a 5K race and mountain climbing. Since he feels so well on the canivore diet, Alberto says there is no way he’s going back to the life he lived before.

Adam treats autoimmune conditions, joint pain, psoriasis on carnivore diet

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in 2005 at the age of 29. The diagnosis came after a steady decline in my digestive health through my late 20’s. My symptoms were 5-10 uncontrollable bowel movements per day, bloody stools, pain weight loss and lethargy. I was treated with immunosuppressant medication that helped manage my condition but brought with it a range of unwanted side effects. Despite my treatment I was never able to maintain long term remission and over the last 13 years I have regularly had to take high doses of steroids to control flares.

As well as treating my condition with pharmaceutical medication I also saw a naturopath and started looking at diet and lifestyle solutions for my illness. I had adhered to a mainly vegetarian diet since I was 18 and continued to pursue this as the best dietary strategy based on the advice I was getting.

In 2010 I found out about the raw vegan diet which I then switched to for 6 months, I then tried a fruitarian diet for another 6 months. From then on I then attempted every dietary intervention I could find; GAPS, specific carbohydrate diet, low fodmap, ketogenic, ketogenic vegan, paleo, paleo vegetarian. Over the years I’ve spent thousands on supplements like probiotics, herbs, fish oil and different vitamins and minerals. Nothing worked to manage my condition and I continued to need the expensive pharmaceutical meds costing thousands of dollars per year.

Finally I came across Dr Shawn Baker on a podcast in July 2017 and became interested in the carnivore diet. I tried it for 6 weeks starting early August and found that it improved some chronic joint pain and psoriasis and reduced some symptoms of my UC namely no more blood and mucus and less urgency.

Unfortunately I had diarrhea and saw this as a sign that my disease was still active so in late September I started including some vegetables back in my diet. Over the next few months I noticed that my joint pain and psoriasis returned and that I kept needing to increase my immunosuppressant medication for UC.

So Christmas 2017 I started on the carnivore diet again. I had seen some people say that their diarrhea was temporary, theorising that it was related to adjustments in their gut microbiome. I also learnt that by increasing the lean meat content of my diet I could manage the diarrhea. It took about 6 weeks for my digestion to stabilize and since then I’ve had no issues.

It is now late August 2018 and it’s been almost 8 months that I’ve been on the carnivore diet. I stopped taking all my medications in February and have had no symptoms of disease since then. I enjoy a diet of fatty beef with a daily coffee and cream. I occasionally eat some cheese and egg yolks. I have no problem sticking to the diet and look forward to and relish every meal.

I’m am thankful that my long journey of experimenting with diet has finally brought me the healing that I sort. I now hope that the word gets out and others suffering from “incurable” autoimmune diseases have the opportunity to give it a try.

Adam
Perth, Australia

Pamela improved her digestion, mood, reproductive health on carnivore diet

August 1, 2018

Today as I celebrate 18 months as a Carnivore I think it is time for a #meatheals essay. After 18 months of healing and learning I would like to share my story. Over this last year and a half, I have really learned to never say never.

In December 2015 I was the heaviest weight of my life and on January 1st 2016 I began a keto journey for weight loss. I quickly lost 50lbs. I stuck to the plan and it worked. Except I wasn’t that happy. I was pleased with the weight loss but I didn’t feel happy. I didn’t love the way I looked or felt. I was low energy, had some loose skin and I looked and felt depleted. Even with my 50lb weight loss I didn’t like seeing myself in pictures.

The feeling of depletion was nothing new for me. For the previous 25 years I suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS ruled most of my life, from what I ate, or didn’t eat at all, to the social functions I attended. I felt as though every moment of my life needed to have an escape plan. Even though I was eating great food while doing keto my IBS symptoms never resolved.

Then I came across Dr. Shawn Baker on Twitter. He was talking about an all meat diet and challenging his followers to give it a try. I was intrigued, it made sense to me, and I knew I could do it. Steak after all had always been my favourite food. My love of beef is what brought me back from a short but detrimental stint in a poorly executed vegetarian diet in my teens. So February 1st 2016 I began a 28 day carnivore challenge. Thank you, Shawn.

The rest is history.

5 days into no-fiber February (the very thing recommended to increase for my IBS) my stomach bloating disappeared. I had a sense of leanness I had never experienced. My bowel habits became regular and uneventful. How could this be? Was it too good to be true? For the next 18 months this pattern has continued. Since that 5th day I felt a surge in energy that has remained steady to this very day. The loose skin from my weight loss tightened. My breasts and buttocks firmed while my waist shrunk, my body taking on an hourglass shape, the signature of robust health and fertility. My libido is the strongest it has ever been and thankfully my husband is also living a carnivorous lifestyle. My skin looks nourished, my nails are stronger and my teeth and gum health have improved. I have gained a few pounds back on the scale since going carnivore but I don’t mind. My muscles grow without exercise and I have a new energy and love of leisure activities like biking, walking and swimming. I feel so strong, confident and capable, both physically and mentally. I have not taken an anti-anxiety medication in all of this time.

Zero Carb Zen is the real deal folks.

I have not been ill since changing my diet, not even a cold. It is a nice change for me after being plagued with throat infections my entire life. My menses improved on keto but perfected on carnivore. I am free from PMS, my cycle is regular, lighter, pain free and lasts only 4-5 days. I sleep deeply and rise rested and easily with the sun, which I have developed a much healthier tolerance for since the near elimination of seed oils from my diet.

I no longer have out of control hunger or cravings and I am not rigid in my food choices. I do not restrict calories or track macros. I eat anything from McDonald’s hamburger patties to Prime Rib, most kinds of seafood with extra butter, eggs from my backyard chickens, chicken, pork, cheese and coffee with full fat cream. I drink water, sparkling and plain, I also enjoy red wine, at times a square of dark chocolate. My diet consists of mostly beef and beef is what I really want and is what always makes me feel my very best. Eating for health changes everything.

I cannot imagine my life any other way. I am turning 43 years old in 12 days and I have never felt better!

The following Christmas pictures depict my journey from a SAD diet (2015) to Keto (2016) and then Carnivore (2017).

Pamela

Pamela lost over 50 pounds eating a keto diet.
Pamela has resolved even more health issues on a carnivore diet, allowing her to live a freer life.

Lori enjoys excellent fitness with no aches or pains on a carnivore diet

I’m a 60 year old female Carnivore.

Here’s some of the things I can do.

I have the National Dead Lift record for my division. This is me lifting 225 lbs. I plan to lift 2X my body weight this year at the National Open in July.

I am very flexible. Here I am doing deficit Kettlebell dead lifts. The girl next to me is 30 years younger.

 

 

 

My grip is very strong. Here I am pinch gripping 50 lbs.

I can other stuff too. Dead hang pull ups, pistols, etc.

 

 

No medications, supplements, etc.

 

 

No aches or pains.

Aaron treats auto-immune issues and depression on carnivore diet

Since he was 16 years old, Aaron has suffered with multiple autoimmune diseases including Sjögren’s syndrome and lupus and was incredibly sick having been bedridden for a year-and-a-half. He felt he had reached the bottom of his entire existence. During this time in his life he spent every single day trying to find answers to his health problems but nothing helped in the slightest until he found the carnivore way of eating.


He felt as though he would never have a love life, get married or reach any of the goals he had set for himself. His will to live was almost gone. But he wasn’t quite done yet. He decided to give life one more chance. Working with his health practitioner, he started on the autoimmune protocol diet but it barely helped. However it did indicate to him that his autoimmune issues were diet related and at least he didn’t feel worse. Cutting out soy and grains helped a little bit but not enough.


When he heard about the carnivore diet this seemed to be crazy-talk to Aaron. After all, we’ve all been taught by health practitioners that that you absolutely have to have fruits and vegetables to be healthy. But since he thought he had nothing to lose, he’d try the carnivore diet for a week starting out with some steak, hamburger and chicken.


One thing led to another and so after two months of being on the carnivore diet, he decided to go to an all beef regimen. He started to feel better. Some medications he was told that he would have to take for the rest of his life had now been discontinued. Others were down to 1/2 or 1/3 of the dosage he’d been taking before.


Aaron has been on a carnivore diet now for 6 1/2 months. An optimistic attitude was finally back on his plate allowing him to enjoy things like dating and living a full life. Aaron would like to tell others not to think that things can’t get better because he knows that they can. In addition, he’d like to thank Shawn Baker, Michaela Petersen, Tristan Haggard and all the people who have inspired him over these many months to try the carnivore diet and stick to it.

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