Listen to Nathan’s amazing story on the Meatrx.com podcast here:
Hi! I am a 23 year old girl from Norway who has eaten only meat/fat/fish since february 2019. I just want to share my story of how I went from being the sickest i’ve ever been in my life, to feeling great.
This is me before I got sick:
So I had to quit birth control pills during the fall of 2018, due to symptoms that I had never felt before (swelling of leg and constant anxiety of blood cloth). I had always been this healthy, fit and happy girl (as you can see in the photo above). I did not know quitting birth control would make me even sicker though. I lost 22 pounds in 2 months, and during christmas of 2018 I was so skinny. After christmas however, and after lots of advices from my doctor and friends/family, it just got even worse.
-Lost my period completely
-Loss of hair (a lot)
-Growing facial hair
-Green/yellow tone in my skin which made me look very sick
-Lots of acne
-Muscle pain and joint pain
-Anxiety and depression
-Allergy symptoms to everything I ate
Pretty much everything was a pain. Theres a lot more to the story, but i’ll try make it as short as possible. However in february, I had eaten super healthy for 2 months (lots of superfoods, greens, fish and probably took 12 supplement pills each day that I got recommended). It was very obvious that my body was going through some hormonal changes, my body was inflamed and I felt like a teenager going through puberty problems x1000. Icould not understand why my body was hurting so much. I felt crazy, sick and depressed.
On the 27. of february last year I really struggled getting out of bed. I had cried all night because I felt like nothing and no one could help me (not even my doctor). I was consumed by the thought of getting healthier each day, and I had no energy left.
That day however, I eventually got out of bed and told my boyfriend that I wanted to start listen to my body, instead of listening to «experts». I got sick from the thought of eating one more broccoli or a package of kale. I went to the fridge and saw I had a lot of liver-spread (which is common to eat in Norway), and cuts of beef that I was supposed to have for the whole week. I had it all in one meal. I felt satisfied. I loved it. I kept eating like that for some days, called my mom and told her about this crazy thing (only eating meat) that helped me feeling amazing. However I did get anxious after the first week, as I have learned you will die/get sick without vitamins from greens and fruits. That’s when I found «influencers» who eats the same way as me, which probably has helped me keeping it up for all this time. It made me trust the diet even more, seeing so many others doing it.
I can’t see myself going back to a normal (healthy) diet. All the symptoms listed above are gone, even though I still get a few pimples right before my period. I mean, I never really liked «healthy» food, so why should I be eating them when they make me sick? I have GAINED 23 pounds after going what you would define as «carnivore». I can work out without pain, and I have lots of energy. I do get some critique here and there, but most people close to me don’t care about how I eat which is very relaxing. My friends and family knew that I was sick all that time, and when they saw me getting better – of course they were happy I found a diet that works. I won’t say that I feel better than I did before I got sick, I would rather say that I feel the same: happy, energetic, fit and healthy
Krissy’s Background: I always had an interest in health from the time I was young when I worked as a lifeguard, swam, and was very active. I originally wanted to become a doctor to help others with their health so my first degree was in Biology.
I discovered the importance of nutrition for health in my last year of my biology degree and took a nutrition course. I fell in love with nutrition science and physiology and decided to go back to school to study nutrition. I got my Bachelors of Science in Applied Human Nutrition and became registered as a Dietitian in 2009. I was also a certified personal trainer and started my own private practice/private training studio after this where I worked with clients looking for fat loss and building muscle, as well as fitness athletes.
Why Vegan: I was always considered healthy, fit, and active. I followed the recommended “balanced diet” with lots of variety and the common nutritious foods but had to make modifications due to having IBS such as cutting out dairy and gluten. I was very conscious of making healthy choices based on the nutrition guidelines I learned in school.
My husband Dwayne and I love learning about health so one day he started watching the documentary “Forks Over Knives” and decided he wanted to give a plant-based diet a try. I was not convinced at first because a plant-based diet was not a common practice when I studied nutrition and I wanted to be objective. Then we watched “Vegucated” and “Earthlings” and like many others I was terrified into believing animal products were bad for long-term health. I did some research at that time based on the resources provided in these documentaries and decided to join Dwayne. I didn’t realize at the time how one sided this research was however. I took a course in plant-based nutrition and was determined to prove it was possible to thrive on a vegan diet.
The health decline: I felt great in my first year as a vegan. We now know this as the “vegan honeymoon phase”. Maybe it’s because I thought I was doing the best thing for my health, the environment and the animals. But it was after my first year that my health started to decline.
I discovered I had low iron and vitamin D. I also developed chronic fatigue and chronic pain, was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis started to get skin issues and eczema patches for the first time in my life, my hormones were out of whack which was affecting my mood and cycles, my digestion was awful even though I wasn’t consuming gluten and I soaked everything, and I developed anxiety and mild depression. I also slowly started to gain weight when I had never struggled with my weight in the past.
I started to see a naturopath who prescribed me natural supplements in addition to the iron and vitamin D I was now taking. I also took B12, a multivitamin, and plant-based omega-3 oil all while following a balanced whole foods plant-based diet. Of course all of the vegans tell me “I didn’t do it right” but if anyone researched hard enough on how to it was me! After-all I was determined to make it work because I also coaching vegan clients and made a whole business around plant-based diets and challenges. I was known as an expert in the industry and has a big social media following so of course I wanted to make this work.
I didn’t eat processed vegan foods or junk. I ate a lot of avocados, chickpeas, lentils, vegetables, low sugar fruits, nuts and seeds, gluten-free whole grains, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, and drank only water and tea. I did not restrict calories and I prepared all of my meals at home. I also tried a variety of different eating protocols including high carb low fat, lower carb higher fat, I tried supplementing with pea and rice protein in my green smoothie. I even used a vegan coach to help me. I felt like I was constantly eating in order to make sure I was meeting my needs.
Yes to meat: It was after my 2nd year as a vegan my naturopath suggested I add in some animal products so I tried adding eggs back in and did this for another year, then tried adding fish back in a did this for another year, and finally dairy back in for my 3rd year as a vegetarian. So just to be clear I was vegan for 2 years and vegetarian for 3 more for 5 years total. At this point I was still supplementing and ate vegan meals weekly because I still believed it was the healthiest choice and I was determined to go back to veganism after my deficiencies resolved.
Unfortunately they did not and my symptoms kept getting worse and worse to the point I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. I couldn’t work out anymore and I had to stop coaching clients during this time because I didn’t know how I was going to help others if I couldn’t help myself. One summer evening 2 years ago Dwayne was grilling burgers (he only lasted 6 weeks as a vegan by the way) and I had the overwhelming feeling to eat one for the first time in years, so I did. I felt so amazing afterwards and had so much energy I decided to add meat back into my diet because I knew my body was telling me something. It only took a few months for my iron levels to shoot up and I stopped supplementing. My digestion also got a lot better.
Why carnivore: While many of my symptoms had improved once I added meat back into my diet I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis after seeking answers and treatment from literally every alternative health practitioner out there. I did several elimination diets after getting my diagnosis and kept discovering more and more triggers that would flare up my symptoms. We have done keto diets in the past and I was determined to lose the 30lbs I had slowly put on over the past few years so in January last year I decided to try a clean keto diet with intermittent fasting (basically fatty meat & veggies). After 3 months my symptoms started to get better (mainly my energy) and I lost 20 lbs.
During this time Dwayne started doing the carnivore diet and I thought he was nuts. He kept sending me videos and research though and told me it was basically the most extreme (and accurate) elimination diet out there. I watched him do it for a few months while I kept eating my veggies and he was seeing amazing results. I decided I couldn’t say anything against it until I tried it myself and had the goal of doing it for 1 month as an elimination diet and adding foods back in.
Within a few weeks my brain fog totally went away, my stomach was no longer bloated, and I had amazing energy. After the month my chronic pain was 95% gone and my eczema disappeared. I did try to add foods back in one at a time starting with avocados and then sauerkraut and my homemade sugar-free coconut yogurt but all of my symptoms came back. I was feeling so good on carnivore I decided to keep doing it until I felt like it was time to play around again. I lost 10 more lbs by the time summer came and looked and felt 10 years younger.
I’ve tried playing around with adding some things back in like blueberries and some other low-sugar fruits and vegetables here and there but symptoms always come back. I’ve now been carnivore since May 2019 and feel like it’s the easiest WOE I’ve ever followed. I have zero cravings and am happy with eating fatty ribeyes every night.
Dwayne and I have joined forces and started a social media account called @ourinfinitehealth dedicated to helping others interested in the carnivore WOE. Follow us for free content for us and other successful carnivores.
Benefits Krissy’s seen from the Carnivore WOE:
– Fibromyalgia and chronic pain symptoms 95% gone (still have a little chronic neck pain)
– Chronic fatigue gone
– Interstitial cystitis gone
– Eczema gone
– IBS gone
– Anxiety & depression gone
– Stress levels and mood stabilized
– Hormones (cycles) balanced
– Food cravings & addictions gone
– Body weight & fat stabilized (lost 20 lbs and at my happy spot)
– Able to workout again
Why I resigned as a dietitian: In our extensive research of the keto and carnivore WOE we’ve learned a lot about anti-nutrients and their role in chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions. I was also shocked to learn about the history of nutrition recommendations by following the research of Nina Teicolz & Gary Taubes, and how there is a huge plant-based agenda behind our current recommendations from listening to the experience of Gary Fettke and Tim Noakes. As someone who saw the negative effects of making more plant-based choices first hand I just could not recommend the new food guide that prioritized carbohydrates and does not emphasize the importance of fat or animal foods.
I also felt very limited in sharing my story as a dietitian in fear of getting reprimanded even though a high saturated fat keto and carnivore diet has literally changed my and Dwayne’s lives and reversed disease in many others. I wasn’t currently practicing as a dietitian anyway and didn’t feel like my registration was serving me anymore so I decided to resign. Afterall I’ve still had 10 years of nutritional coaching experience with clients and all of my knowledge or my nutrition degree couldn’t be taken away.
Looking back there were so many things I didn’t understand. I remember doing a clinical case study in school and I was marked down for the meal plan I made for my patient because it was “too healthy” in fear that he wouldn’t comply. This patient was sick and in the hospital with a serious condition clearly caused by a poor diet. Of course I didn’t want to question my instructor though because she was the “expert”. My father, a type 2 diabetic, was in the hospital for a month recently and they kept serving his juice and high carbohydrate foods even though he expressed his concern. I understand that we can’t expect people to change overnight but it doesn’t help when we mislead people into believing their comfort foods are healthy and even serve them in the hospital. Instead “a balanced diet” is always promoted and everything is moderation but that is the most confusing term for people. It basically teaches people they can have anything they want as long as it’s not all the time. But does that mean you can still have it daily?
What if some of us need to be a little more extreme with our diets because we have extreme conditions and don’t want to resort to something even more extreme like taking medication long-term, surgery, or suffering in misery.
If you look at Health Canada’s guidelines even artificial sweeteners are still considered safe and we are still taught to limit saturated fats even though the new research shows there actually isn’t enough science to prove this. Nutrition science is largely based on epidemiological studies (food records) which we know are unreliable, but Dieticians cannot recommend anything that does not have any studies backing it, so it’s very difficult to go against the grain. I’ve always been very objective in my beliefs and would rather experience for myself then wait for new guidelines to come out that I now know are driven by a corporate agenda or for research years later.
Dwayne’s Background: From and living in Nova Scotia Canada, growing up competed and coached at a national level in snowboarding, after retiring from that started an agency to represent and market brands to retailers and have been doing that ever since.
How I came to carnivore: Jan 2019 I was on a snowmobile trip in the mountains, got stuck in a large drift in the woods. I was struggling a great deal to get my sled out and actually started having a panic attack because I felt so out of shape that I didn’t know how I was going to get the sled out and get back to shelter that night. It really hit me, I was just about to turn 41 and had let myself get so out of shape it was affecting my ability to enjoy the things I loved. I thought to myself if I felt this way at 41 what was I going to be feeling like at 51, 61…. if this continues. The 12 months leading up to this I had several kidney stone attacks (some had to be surgically removed), chronic acid reflux, asthma attacks (one caused hospitalization), huge eczema patches, energy was very low, and was at my highest ever weight.
It all came to a head that day on the trail, I knew right then and there things needed to change and change fast. I came back from that trip and started diving into YouTube videos to find how I was going to get back in shape. I know lots of ways of getting back in shape as I had done it before, but I was looking for something more than just calories in calories out. I’ve done this in the past, hated what I was eating and spent way too much time on cardio machines. There had to be a better way. Having tried keto for periods before and having good results I knew low carb was going to be my best bet, but I wanted to consume as much info on this as I could. I found channels from Dr. Ken Berry and immediately liked his message. I found new info on fasting and low carb and implemented these right away. I moved from youtube to consuming podcasts. I found Peak Human and your podcast (Carnivorecast).
I have to admit I did think Carnivore was crazy at first, but the more I listened to the information, the more I came to understand us as humans and what I felt was the proper human diet so I dove in. My wife Krissy thought I was nuts, she was happy to go Keto, but it was heavy veg keto. For the next two months after that she could see all the changes it was having on me, especially in my eczema and mood. I’ve had very bad eczema all my life since birth, and nothing I had done through any medical intervention or previous diet changes had ever had any success, even slightly helping, and here while eating Carnivore it was completely going away! Benefit after benefit kept coming as I continued with this way of eating. She decided it was time to try this and the rest is history as they say.
Benefits Dwayne’s seen from the Carnivore WOE:
– Eczema completely healed
– Asthma gone
– Kidney stones gone
– Mood much more stable and able to handle stress easier
– Skin much more tolerant to the sun, no sun burns
– Eyes turned Blue!
– Lost 70lb, total body recomp
– Chronic acid reflux gone
– Cured food addictions
Carnivore for me looks like:
Two meals a day, 1 lb of meat for lunch and 1-1.5 for dinner. Mostly prime rib steaks from our local grass fed farm down the road, grilled. 2 cups of homemade bone broth per day with lots and lots of Redmond Real Salt. Homemade liver paté. Some seafood and fish eggs. Eggs and bacon added in for variety but definitely 95% Beef. Meals are typically at 1pm and 5pm.
– For sleep magnesium Malate and Melatonin
– 3 tsp of Real Salt a day in addition to salting food
– Vitamin D3 much of the year as we live in canada
– Boron currently to free up testosterone
Other Lifestyle Biohacks we both love:
– Sleeping on a grounded bed sheet has increased deep sleep
– Track Sleep with the Oura ring
– Weighted blanket has decreased restlessness
– Sauna 30 min daily followed by cold showers
– Mouth taping at night
– Joovv light 10 min daily
Workout routine :
Home gym full body 5 days a week, mostly body weight calisthenics but also have days I lift heavy.
Watch or listen to Dwayne’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:
My story is as follows: I heard your podcast on Joe Rogan a couple of years back and was very impressed. I also heard Joe Rogan’s podcasts with Jordan Peterson, and Mikhaila Peterson (separate podcasts). I tried the carnivore diet the first time after hearing Jordan Peterson mention his and his daughter Mikhaila’s diet which was based on carnivore. I was overweight (220 lbs at 5-ft 9), and had sleep apnea and crazy snoring for several years. In the past it took me bringing my weight down below 190 to reduce my snoring and apnea. To my great surprise (and my wife’s elation and improved sleep), my snoring and apnea went away within one week of going carnivore and I was able to wake up on the first alarm ring in the morning with lots of energy and positive state of mind throughout the day. I had no measurable weight loss by the scale and thought that the loss of snoring/ sleep apnea was not possible without weight loss. But it happened. I am a neuroimmunologist by training and immediately made the connection of possible reduction in inflammation due to the carnivore diet as a trigger for my snoring and apnea going away without any measurable weight loss.
Within a few months, around the holiday time, I went off the carnivore diet and my snoring and apnea returned within a couple of weeks. I have since gone back on the diet, again without measurable weight loss, and once again my snoring and apnea cleared up within 3 days this time. The same effects of ability to wake up early in the morning, with energy and good mood all day long returned too.
I feel at this point, the disappearance of my snoring and apnea must be the direct result of the carnivore diet, and not simply a coincidence. I also recently re-listened to the Joe Rogan podcast with Jordan Peterson, where they discussed the carnivore diet, and I heard Jordan say something I did not hear (or at least did not remember) when I listed to it the first time. Jordan also said that his snoring cleared up within a week of starting on the diet! I hadn’t recalled that.
It is clear to me that part of the benefits of the carnivore diet, and ones that I believe should be listed in the table of diseases in your book, include snoring and sleep apnea. It is no longer an N of 1 as the diet has had the effect on me (now twice) and, by his own words, to Jordan Peterson too.
Many thanks for the inspiration!
My name is Rebekah. I’ve always had a passion for health, nature, Fitness, and holistic nutrition / medicine.
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 6th grade. In seventh grade, I ran into chronic pain. I was rushed to the emergency room with severe chest pains, and left with a diagnosis of costochondritis and degenerative disc. I was then diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, Narcolepsy, and a myriad of digestive issues such as gastroparesis, IBS, IBD, slow transit colon, Celiac and diverticulitis. I started regular Chiropractic treatments to address scoliosis and chronic pain. I went through multiple rounds of physical therapy, but symptoms continued to worsen. Shortly after graduating high school, I ran into chronic adrenal fatigue, crippling anxiety and pain so bad that I was bed bound. I had difficulty breathing, with frequent episodes of near- suffocation.
Desperate and afraid, I knew that I needed to dig deeper. I ventured to uncover the root of my issues, working with multiple functional medicine doctors, and embarked on a more strict/ personalized version of the ketogenic diet. I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, colitis, Addisons, Hashimotos hypothyroid, CREST scleroderma, and a central nervous system disorder called Central Sensitization Syndrome (see youtube video by Dr. Sletten of Mayo Clinic). With Keto, various supplements, and support I was able to get off of Adderal, Clonazepam, and Ambien after being dependent on them for 13 years. I gained energy and focus, and reversed Hashimotos! My cystic acne also cleared completely. I was only just beginning to break free from the cage that I became burrowed into after years of quick “fixes” and excessive rounds of antibiotics ordered by traditional med doctors. I have continued to strip off the band-aids to uncover the sources and contributors to systemic disease that almost took my life, and more importantly my hope and joy.
After losing a severe amount of weight, I was diagnosed with chronic chlostridium difficule (C-Diff). I am resistant to all of the antibiotics, and have now had 3 fecal transplants. I was told that I should consider removing my colon, and that I needed a feeding tube. I refused and instead decided to commit to the one thing that I avoided trying for so long… Nothing brought relief or nourishment back into my body until I started the carnivore way of eating.
I have gained back 30 healthy pounds of mostly muscle, and have overcome almost all of my autoimmune issues. I have broken up deep layers of scar tissue that was taking over my body and limiting mobility; now there is new, strong, healthy muscle. My mood has never been more stable, and I am mentally resilient. No more swollen ankles or strange skin rashes/ hives. My energy is steady and dependable, and I’m sleeping the best I have in my entire life. I have gained so much freedom in this journey thus far and I am passionate and thrilled to help others overcome their battles, and reach their goals -beyond expectation!
I’m so grateful for all that you are doing. You are such a refreshing voice amongst the sea of noise out there. Thank you!
Listen to Rebekah’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:
Hello Dr. Baker and the MeatRX team! I wanted to wait until I had a full year of Carnivore under my belt before I did my testimonial. I kind of accidentally discovered this WOE going from 2 months of Keto and just kind of skipping the plants part. Then I started researching if Carnivore is something that can be sustained and ran across Jordan Peterson’s story and that led to researching you. Very happy I did! So for the most part I have been living with all the things that “go to shit” when you hit certain ages. Got issues from being a teen, 20s, 35, 40…etc. (I’ll be 45 in July) All things I was told by friends/doctors/everyone that is just part of life. My worst injury was a bulging disc from a few years back, all my other issues were just listed under “natural wear and tear”. Turns out that NONE OF THAT IS TRUE. At the end of this I will be putting a list of all the awesome things that have happened over the past 12 months. Before that I wanted to say that this lifestyle is an absolute game changer. Even for just an average person with average problems like myself. I had no idea how crappy my body was doing until I started making this list. I almost feel like a low level superhero. I’m at the midlife crisis stage and I feel better than I can even remember. Thank you so much!
The following is a list of everything I could list that significantly improved since I started carnivore:
Bad body acne gone
Cracked bleeding feet healed
Chapped bleeding lips reduced 90%
No dry skin on arms/hands
Athletes foot gone
No lobster sunburn (no suntan needed)
No body odor
No vinegar smell after workout
Tennis Elbow gone (had for 5 years)
Shoulder tendonitis gone (had for 10 years)
Carpal tunnel syndrome gone (had for 10 years)
Radial tunnel syndrome gone (had for 5 years)
Finger and thumb tendonitis gone (had for 4 years)
Knee pain gone (had for 30 years)
Hip pain gone (had for 15 years)
Lower back pain gone (had for 25 years)
Plantar Fasciitis gone (had for 3 years)
No colds/flu since Feb 2019
No constant level of phlegm
Tension/Stress/Sinus Headaches, 3 out of usual 25 per year
Seasonal Allergies gone
Diverticulitis symptoms gone
Bleeding/receding gums healed
No plaque/fuzzy feeling on teeth
95% reduction in farts
No bad breath
Food allergies gone
New hair on knees
Small amount of head hair regrowth
Some gray hair disappeared
Finger/toenails less brittle
Other Neat Stuff:
55lbs fat lost
7lbs muscle gained
Road Rage almost gone/more chill while driving
No more “old man” warm up time in mornings.
More motivated in general
2-3 nose bleeds a month down to 1 for the year
Grew an inch taller
Can be around sick slobs that sneeze on me, no fear of getting sick
Eye floaties gone
90% reduction in eye crusties
Greater range of temperature tolerance. Jeans and T-shirt weather: 30-80 degrees
No other illness of any kind since Feb 2019
Injuries heal 50% faster
Fell down half flight of wood stairs, got up no problem!
Overall strength increase
Most food/alcohol cravings gone. (still some alcohol cravings though…just some)
Random chest/internal torso pains gone