Hi Shawn, first of all I wanted to thank you! The way you look at health has inspired me in my work as a personal trainer. My name is Jurriaan and I am 32 years old. I’m from the Netherlands.
Reproductive health – men
I got into running and even in my forties was running some great times. I include this because even though I was doing all this I was getting fatter! Also I was getting sicker. Nothing seem to make sense.
- My weight dropped dramatically in just three weeks when I decided to go full carnivore!
- My athletes foot went
- My pain in my stomach went away
- My rashes on my forehead, gone.
- My hunger diminished
- I started to eat more! (but the right things)
- Bowel movements improved
- I noticed a complete lack of gas!
Listen to Stephen’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:
Listen to Andrew’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:
- Weight is down to 220 lbs
- 3lbs of visceral fat as of June 2019
- bench press and deadlift are now up to over 300lbs
- allergies are gone
- asthma is gone
- blood pressure is awesome and I’m off medication
- sleep apnea is gone
- snoring is radically reduced
- knees and back don’t hurt
- testosterone level is awesome
- thyroid is working great
Listen to Sean’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:
I am 25, 175lbs, stronger, happier, with better skin and digestion, than I’ve had since I was 17. Growing up, my family, in an attempt to chastise me or tease me, gave me a sort of nickname regarding food: “cookies, cakes and candies.” I loved sweets, and was known to eat all my brothers’ winter oreos or popsicles, cereal, or what have you. In high school and college I would legitimately have cereal as 1/3 of my diet (or more), along with bagels, bread, ice cream, etc. In high school some of my best friends made fun of me because I would sometimes even come prepared with a bagel in my pocket.
Then in college, everything started hitting the fan and my world started spinning: I began to have constant, I mean constant, stomach pain all day long, from the morning I awoke to going to sleep. Some friends in college persuaded me, along ethical lines (not nutritional) to try vegetarianism and veganism, so I was the former for a year and a half and the latter for 8-10 months— it was horrible. I ate tons of fruit, granola, cereal, soy ice cream, cider— I was rail thin, weak, tired, and eventually became very sick.
In Summer 2014, after a year of veg/anism, I went abroad and returned with a fever that stayed and left me almost bedridden for over a month; the apartment I was living in had black mold, and I didn’t have much energy each day. I brushed it off and got back to school, but friends around me realized I wasn’t myself— my energy was gone, I was becoming more irritable and withdrawn, I had panic attacks and my stomach constantly hurt all day long.
It eventually got so bad that I needed an ice pack strapped to my chest just to sleep, had various GI tests, got my gallbladder removed, and had constant searing back pain as well (which I also needed an ice pack just to sleep too). It was the worst couple years of my life, and I felt like there was no way out— praying and meditating alone and with friends, celebrating Eucharist at Church, being with friends, playing music, hiking and reading poetry were the only things that gave me solace as I became sort of a recluse.
- Hypoglycemia (probably pre-diabetic)
- brain fog, poor memory, low mental acuity
- low energy, chronic fatigue
- intense anxiety, panic attacks (was medicated) for years
- depression and mood swings
- diarrhea for years
- chronic stomach pain
- failed gallbladder
- Skin eczema/rashes (sometimes bled)
- low libido (hormonal imbalance)
- chronic back pain
- lip sores
- eye inflammation
- easy sunburn
- some random tumors/cysts
- poor dental health
My mom and brother had been off of gluten and sugar for years by the time I was in college, they were nominally following Robb Wolf and the Paleo movement, but they did not know or practice a Keto or Carnivore Way of Eating. By 2017 I started eliminating foods and keeping a food journal, starting with gluten, then all grain, then cruciferous veggies, then nightshades, legumes, and on and on.
By December 2017, I was in shambles, and my roommate told me about one of his best friends who had Crohn’s and reversed it with the ketogenic diet. I was desperate, and had been addictively reading about nutrition, fasting, and ketosis (I did just barely come across carnivore at this time, but I brushed it off because it seemed too intimidating, I loved sugar).
After fasting all day Christmas Day 2017 and feeling much relieved, and then jumped into keto, hands to the plow no looking back. I starting feeling better and better, every week, month, and quarter I would keep saying, “Man, I haven’t felt this good since I was 18!” By around October 2018, after reading about Carnivore for a couple months, I was yearning for something more streamlined, easier, nutritious, and satiating, to get me to the next place (still had some residual anxiety, tiredness, skin issues, etc)— so I went to Carnivore and it just got better and better. My strength, mental acuity, and skin got even better. (Before keto- 2 pull ups, on Keto- 7 pull ups, on carnivore- 18 pull ups).
- No digestive issues whatsoever
- Best mental focus, attention, and mood since high school
- no brain fog or headaches
- best strength I’ve maybe ever had
- much improved dental health
- anxiety and depression are gone!
- normal libido (hormonal balance)
- little to no sunburn after hours in direct sunlight (first time in my life)
- tumors/cysts disappeared
- no back pain
- no eye inflammation
- clear and really smooth skin
- steady energy all day
I am now absolutely loving this WOE and I don’t really see ever leaving it— although I am like 95% carnivore, I have some onions, garlic, mushrooms sometimes, and once a month or two I’ll split a sweet potato or make avocado pudding with friends. Meat does continue to taste better and better (I am soon going to get a quarter of beef!).
I am eternally grateful for the work of Shawn Baker, especially Joe Rogan hosting Mikhaila Peterson (my first major exposure to Carnivore), the Zero Carb subreddit, Dr. Darren Schmidt, and countless others for making this possible, as well as friends and family, who have supported me through this hard time and brought immense healing. I’ve now been on keto for a year and a half and on zero carb for 9 months and am so filled with awe and so thankful.
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. Baker, Dr. Wrigley, P.D. Mangan, Ted Naiman, Travis 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.
Hello, my name is Jeremy. I am 36 years old and 5’9″ tall.
Starting at my worst shape ever
About a year ago I was in the worst physical and mental shape of my entire life. Though I had a little excessive body fat, you couldn’t always tell just by looking at me what state I was in. I had, at that time, recently found a desk job as an engineer, after working in a manufacturing shop for almost 20 years. So, my health started declining even more. My joints and pains increased. I was tired all the time. Always hungry. My mood was always on the lower side no matter the situation. And, just trying to do a little bit of exercise seemed so hard that I would often give up right away feeling helpless.
Starting low carb
One night I was sitting on the couch and watched an interesting documentary on low carb diets. I won’t say which one in case that’s not allowed. But, it seemed to make a little sense. And, I felt so bad in every aspect I said why not try it? Even if it’s a small change and it makes one thing easier. The next day I dove head first into low carb. Not knowing really anything about the details. At the end of the first day, I was really hungry. But, other than that I had lost 5 pounds of water weight and noticed that my day flown by faster than usual. That’s where this journey began.
Documenting my progress
I have always had a little trouble retaining information from reading. Though not enough to hinder any success in school or my career. So, I decided to look at YouTube to see what was out there for quick and easy information on this. At the same time, being of an engineer mindset, I decided to document my progress. Not really thinking that it might help others in the future. But, for my own motivation if I wasn’t feeling it one day. Or, maybe for reflecting on what had happened if I happen to fail. I started by taking a picture in my bathroom mirror after the first day. Downloaded an app to track my macros that allowed pictures of meals and recipes to be attached. And, found a few good sources of information online.
Going through the changes
Throughout the first 4 months I had gone through all sorts of physical and mental changes. Starting with my electrolytes flushing out. Then studying more and fixing it. My body slowly transitioned to burning fat instead of glucose. Which at first made me really tired. But, studied more on this problem and held in strong. I had the usual beginning symptoms of diarrhea for a little while. And, I couldn’t sleep. I just didn’t feel like it. At the end of this 4 months, everything started to lift. Like a weight on my shoulders I didn’t even know was there. And, because of all the questions I had along the way, I had studied so much that I had a large number of videos, studies, and websites saved for my reference. Along with that came many more names of professionals in this field that gave new strength to the idea that I indeed had control of myself. And, that everything was not hopeless.
And finally, carnivore
I had been finding more and more in information about the carnivore diet along the way. And, though not really having too many problems when I ate vegetables, I never much gravitated toward them. After reaching my goal weight and losing 85 pounds, I had enough information and was in a perfect state to try this new thing. I then started carnivore and a small workout routine.
Everything is better
Though I had not had the luxury of getting any blood work done, I am very in tune to what happens and how I feel with anything that goes in my mouth. I have been on this new regimen for a little over a month, and….
- I have now lost a total of 90 pounds since the beginning.
- I’m down 10 pant sizes.
- I am almost never hungry.
- I have energy all day.
- My focus is better than when I was at teenager.
- My libido has increased substantially.
- I have virtually no inflammation.
- No more joint pain.
- A small benign lump on my testicle has disappeared.
- The floaters in my eyes have decreased in number.
- My skin is clearer.
- And, my mood has normalized.
- I have more patience and understanding now than ever before.
- Over all I just feel healthy in every way.
N of 1
In my journey I have found that although studying others is important, it is more important to study your own body. Everyone is different. And, the N of 1 is ultimately what’s going to make the difference when you really want to change your life for the better.
I hope my story helps even just one person wondering if all this is real. It’s only real if you let it be real. And, that’s the first step. Be open to new ideas and study everything.
This diet has changed my life.
I’ve been obese all the way up to the age of 16. I got into MMA and lost over 80 pounds, from 230-150. I was eating a pretty “healthy” diet to get this weight down and maintained that diet to stay in fight shape. But I didn’t feel great. I got into fighting and had to do a lot of weight cuts (19 fights). Many of these cuts where terrible for my health. Some fight camps I was only eating only fruit salads, chicken breast, greens, and oatmeal. I would have to lose over 15lbs in a week to make fight weight by starvation and dehydration. When I would get into the ring, I didn’t look like a fighter one bit. I looked weak and always had a belly.
Eventually I took a break from the weight cuts and gained little muscle but was still fat and didn’t feel great.
Through this break I ended up terribly depressed to the point I had suicidal thoughts. I dropped out of nursing school after a year in because I had no drive. My sex drive was zero, wouldn’t even get hard from watching porn. I was always tired, always. I didn’t want to go out and never wanted to socialize. My confidence was zero. I couldn’t talk like a normal person, always stuttering and mumbling.
I contribute all of this to my diet, bad weight cuts, and getting hit in the head.
I didn’t have health insurance and didn’t really believe a doctor could help me. I’m not about taking medications to cure my symptoms when I wanted to fix what was causing these problems.
So I did my research and eventually tried Keto. I had some success but was still fat. THEN I listened to the Joe Rogan podcast with Shawn Baker.
I said I’m doing this after listening and it’s been ever since that podcast.
After the first year or so I felt amazing. I was finally getting stronger in the gym. Confidence went up. Sex drive back. I got my CNA certificate and got a great job as a CNA and went back to school for nursing.
But I was getting fat and had very dry hair on this diet. So I did some periods where I would try to eat normal again because maybe I thought it wasn’t right for me. But whenever I did this I would never feel as good as I did when I ate only meat.
But now things are finally working for me. I’m getting lean while eating 2-3lbs a meat a day. My hair is getting better. And I’m making a lot of progress in the gym. I’m in over a week of doing 100-200 pull ups a day and 200-300 push-ups a day with little sleep. I sleep around 3-6hrs a night. My awkward ass found myself a beautiful girlfriend. I’m performing great at work. Went from a 3.0 GPA at a community college to a 4.0 GPA in a university that uses a Harvard grading scale (94-100 is an A). I am not going back ever.
I mostly eat hamburger patty’s because of price. Before I was eating once or twice a day but now 2-4 because how hungry i’ve been lately. I do supplement w/ boron, ashwangaha, bone meal, and vitamin C. And I do drink about 8 cups of black coffee a day but because I usually don’t sleep until 3am and I love coffee. I fall asleep fine and could fall asleep right after I finish work at 11:30 but due to responsibilities I don’t get to sleep til then and I am fine with that.
I am excited for the future because of this diet.
You are what you eat
When you live with pain for so long it becomes the norm, you have no idea what a pain-free healthy life is. This is my story.
They say you are what you eat!
One of my first memories, when I was 7 years old, of attending our family doctor was because I had an abscess that was from hip to knee and wrapped almost completely around my thigh. I suffered from these regularly although this was the worst one to date and it was excruciating to say the least.
The memory has faded over the years until recently I remembered something the doc said to my mum at the time, he said “You need to stop him eating sweets”.
As a kid I completely dismissed this, as did my mum…
At 12 years of age I had suffered a life of constant abscesses and ear infections (Otitis externa) that regularly meant I was admitted to hospital for intravenous intervention and surgeries due to sepsis and the need for pus drainage from both ears and abscesses.
I was attending a Haematologist because of my health issues and was diagnosed with a completely unknown Neutrophil disorder and had to accept that I was going to live my life with constant hospital visits because of my health issues and that my immune system would never work.
Life went on and I accepted the cards I’d been dealt because medical professionals had said I had no other choice.
At 20 years old I was rushed into hospital with a fever from sepsis caused by a cold sore on my middle finger of my right hand and it was a true sign of how weak my immune system really was. This became my next frequent symptom of my bad genetics, as I was led to believe.
A year later I suffered a major trauma to my left wrist, with a comminuted fracture to the distal end of my left radius as well as a broken Ulna and Scaphoid. This really took my health on a downward spiral as my body tried it’s best to heal the injury and I couldn’t physically work or use my left hand for 4 years.
This event was the start of my weight issues in life and I rapidly gained pound upon pound of body fat as I went through depression and ate highly processed foods, they were all I could afford whilst living on benefits, for comfort.
Fast forward 20 years and I was almost 40 years old in November 2014. I wasn’t the most pleasant human being alive and hated the world and most people in it. I’m truly surprised my wife put up with me and eternally grateful for her constant love and support.
Strangely, another accident was the turning point in my life.
Due to my health issues I had lost consciousness whilst driving my work vehicle and my driving license was revoked.
I had Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and Mrs H would tell you I had a serious case of ‘Grumpy husband syndrome’
The conditions to regain my driving license were to have a BMI under 30 and be a non-smoker.
My BMI was 43 and I smoked 40 a day.
Using a weight loss program with over 30 years of proven history and evidence based results I lost 9 stone (126lbs or 57.15kg) in 7 months and reversed all of my health issues and quit the smokes!. My wife joined me on the journey and lost an amazing 6 stone 2lbs(86lbs or 39kg).
The weight loss was the easiest thing I’d ever done in my life to improve it in every aspect, but I now had to learn to maintain that health for life.
As we were already following a low carb plan, we decided to try living a low carb lifestyle and never really introduced the carbs back into our life. Against all common beliefs and official health guidelines we were not only maintaining our weight loss, but my health was constantly improving!
We spent over 2 years living a ketogenic lifestyle and I personally noticed that after a while I was slowly gaining weight and suffering from signs of inflammation in the form of psoriasis on my head and face. The Otitis externa, a form of eczema, in my ear canals was still a regular issue although they had reduced in severity. I also lived with Tinnitus due to the ear issues. I also found I was regularly constipated. On top of that I was constantly hungry.
Late 2017 I was reading about the Zero carb/carnivore lifestyle and through reading some amazing stories of people who had cured so many ailments and illnesses by changing their diet I decided to give it a try, what did I have to lose, and set myself to try 30 days of meat and water only.
I’ve never looked back and my health has continued to improve in that time. Here’s a list of my health issues I no longer suffer from in any way due to a complete change in my diet.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Constant abscesses in groin and under arms
- Neutrophil disorder
- Herpes Simplex
- Otitis externa
- Lowered libido
I’ve had over 40 surgeries in my lifetime for many different reasons but mostly to drain abscesses or even go so far as removal of my pilonidal sinuses at the base of my spine to prevent further abscesses recurring.
If only my mum had listened to that doctor in 1982 who seemed to realise my ill health was down to my diet and the foods I was eating…
I’m Marc, a 73 year old retired family doctor who has been overweight by 20+ lbs with high blood pressure for most of the past 40 years. I was successful with Atkins, weight watchers, & Jenny Craig, but regained the lost weight with interest each time.
9 months ago my wife encouraged me to lose my bulging belly and “tire” around my back. I read and listened to podcasts of Dr’s Tim Noakes, Eric Westman, and Jason Fung and started Low carb/High fat eating, then added ketogenic and lost 15 lbs. But I turned my low carb diet into a high carb one by overeating veggies and almonds and gained back 5 lbs.
On to carnivore, off the meds
Discouraged, I converted to carnivore 3 weeks ago and finally obtained satiety, weight loss, and stayed in ketosis. I work out upper and lower body twice a week. I’ve been on the road for the past week & haven’t weighed myself. I’ll be home in 2 days. I’m feeling good. Bowels are working and have allowed me to stop years of daily Mirilax. I’m sleeping well. Signs of prostate enlargement are gone so I stopped Flomax, but in all honesty I’m using Hytrin for blood pressure which has well known positive effect on urine flow. Also improvement of erectile quality and intensity of orgasm has allowed me to discontinue Cialis with its unpleasant side effects for which I am truly grateful. My LDL & total cholesterol went up on LC/HF, but I paid Ulta Labs for pattern and particle size because my doc said I needed to be on statin or I’d die and my high HDL wouldn’t save me. These labs were fine and I’m not on a statin.
Contributing to the solution
Now I’ve driven 3 hours to establish Ken Berry as my other doctor. I was thinking of deleting the sexual and bowel stuff, but I’m trying to be part of the solution to the problem my ignorance of diet caused me to inadvertently worsen during my years in practice. I’ve poured hundreds of gallons of insulin into the veins of diabetics without giving low carb eating a chance. I think everyone has to experiment on themselves, but the “standard of care” is a low fat/high carb diet with multiple expensive diabetes and cholesterol lowering medications.
What I eat
I have a cup of coffee with butter in the morning. I arise at 4am. About 10am I have 2 pounds of ribeye steak. Plenty of water during the day. Maybe another 1 lb of ribeye late afternoon for satiety. I use a small George Foreman grill, even on the road. I hope this is helpful to somebody, if only Dr. Baker.
Thanks for your sharing also.