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Andrew improved his digestion and fitness on a carnivore diet

I decided to become vegetarian in the summer of 2015. I was backpacking Europe at the time. It made sense for a lot of different reasons:

  1. Availability: you can find fresh fruit and vegetables at every market, store and restaurant.
  2. Cost: you can buy a box of 20 peaches and a load of bread for a couple Euro and it’d feed me all day.
  3. Culture: I met more vegetarians during my six months in Europe than I’ve ever met in Canada.
  4. Freedom: you don’t necessarily have to cook or do much of anything to fruits and vegetables. You can eat them on the go.
  5. Health: I kept getting told vegetarianism/veganism was healthier for me. All those people couldn’t be wrong, right?
  6. Environmental: I’d be doing a great service to the earth (and animals) if I just stopped eating meat.

Plus, we spent most of our time in Italy and their two main entrees – pizza and pasta – are more often than not vegetarian. Not to mention carb-laden.

“Works for me,” I thought. “Not only will I save money, I will save my body from the horrors of red meat and save the world while I’m at it.”

How naïve.

It didn’t take long for me to start noticing my body changing. For the worse.

I ignored the changes at first. Namely, I ignored the fact that since coming to Europe, when I had to go to the bathroom, I REALLY HAD TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. LIKE, NOW.

This unfortunate reality reached its peak horrendousness two sunny, summer afternoons in a row. I was running through the Italian countryside on both days, I was suddenly stricken with what I henceforth called a “shit attack”, whereby whatever was inside me was going to come out and it was going to come out quickly.

Thank God for bushes and big leaves, eh?

How embarrassing.

As these shit attacks continued, I became more and more worried. Naturally. So I began researching what could possibly be wrong with me. It didn’t take long for me to find out that my symptoms were perfectly in line with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS usually makes itself known in the body one of two ways: diarrhea or constipation. I had the former, hence the shit attacks.

So there I was, in European cities I’d never visited, with IBS, never knowing where a washroom was, trying to enjoy some of the world’s greatest sights with my fiancée but never being able to think anything but, “I hope I don’t shit myself at Big Ben… the Cliffs of Moher… the Colosseum… Edinburgh Castle… the Eiffel Tower…” and on and on and on those thoughts went.

Having those thoughts all the time is why doctors say IBS can often be mental more so than physical.

I’m here to tell you that it’s BOTH.

Even after we came home from Europe, I stubbornly kept asserting I was vegetarian much to the chagrin of my meat-loving family.

Then, one day, for reasons that escaped me at the time, I was having a craving for something that was previously alive but now was dead and barbecued. So I had myself a steak, which even when I was eating meat, was rare for me to indulge in.

I remember the burst of energy that flowed through me when I finished the last bite of that steak.

“That’s odd,” I thought. “I feel better than I have in almost a year and it just so happens I feel this way right after having meat.”

“Don’t let facts or the way your body feels get in the way of a dogmatic ideology!” a voice inside my head screamed at me.
I kept the vegetarian façade up for as long as possible, all the while succumbing to the temptations of dead animals more and more with each passing week.

For the sake of time, let me skip ahead.

Enter: the Carnivore diet

Listen, I truly thought I was going to be stuck with shit attacks and popping Immodium pills for the rest of my life. I didn’t think anything could help me and I wasn’t disciplined enough to keep insanely detailed food journals.

Then I heard Dr. Jordan Peterson, on an episode of the Joe Rogan Podcast, talk about how his daughter, Mikhaila, cured a laundry list of auto immune problems by eliminating everything in her diet and starting over again. Peterson then said he tried the diet, which he explained was very meat-heavy, and it cured many of the ailments that were bothering him.

This was all very interesting to me, so I visited the blog of Peterson’s daughter, mikhailapeterson.com, and I consumed as much information as I could, including her idea to try this thing called the carnivore diet.

“Sounds manly,” I thought to myself as I fired up Google to learn more about it.

Almost instantly, I found my way to Dr. Shawn Baker’s podcast with none other than Joe Rogan and from thereon in, everything changed.

I went out that night and filled my freezer and fridge with meat. The next day, I became a carnivore.

Admittedly, it took me a couple days to adjust to this way of eating and fighting off the keto flu sucked, but once those symptoms passed, nothing was the same.

THE CARNIVORE DIET CURED MY IBS.

That’s not hyperbole. I haven’t had loose stool, let alone an infamous shit attack, since becoming a carnivore.

This might sound silly to someone who’s never had IBS but let me tell you, in no uncertain terms, this diet gave me my life back.

There were so many things I found myself avoiding because I was so petrified about how my body would turn against me. And while I am still trying to rewire the patterns I built into my brain that associate geographic unfamiliarity with IBS, I am light years improved from where I was just a month-and-a-half ago.

If you suffer from IBS, all I can say is this: give the carnivore diet a try for a month and see how your body responds.

If you are like I was and are at the edge of sanity with the way your stomach behaves, and you feel like you have no control over your health, what do you have to lose? Honestly. What do you have to lose?

Nothing. That’s what.

Jordan and Mikhaila Peterson, Joe Rogan and Shawn Baker gave me the advice to help give me my health back. I can’t be more grateful.

So, as I close out this post, I have pledged to tell everyone and anyone that’ll listen this very important PSA: meat heals. It’s as simple as that. Others have the science, I (and thousands of others) have the experiences. Just sayin’, it’s worked for us.

p.s. Those vegetarian plateaus I hit at the gym were destroyed once I became a carnivore but that’s a post for another day.

 

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Joan improved her digestion, fitness, and weight loss on a carnivore diet

Let’s start with the stats. August 1, 2017: 54 yr old female, runner, 5’4”, 122 lbs – no weight to lose, no outward health problems.

Over the years had become more and more intolerant (digestively) to certain foods, starting with dairy, then moving on to fructose, all the fodmaps. Eventually it just seemed like everything caused stomach distress, constipation, and inflammation. Eyes were always puffy, would feel vaguely achy after too much wheat.
 
I accidentally ate all meat one day and was stunned at how great my stomach felt. I went with it just for some relief for a few days. Stumbled onto Dr. Baker, and the rest is history.
 
My concerns were how the running would go. Total hell at first, but 5 weeks in the adaptation took place and the running is better than ever.
 
Been on ZC for 5 months. Stats now: 5’4”, 116 lbs. Eat 70% steak, 30% ground beef, eggs, shrimp, pork.
 
Constipation completely cured, inflammation gone. Running like a boss.
 
Thanks.
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Rob improved his ankylosing spondylitis on a carnivore diet

My name is Rob. I am a 35 year old Paramedic in upstate New York. I am a father to an amazing 8 year old son. I also suffer from Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Rheumatoid arthritis. Up until January I was a mess. I could barely move. I was depressed. I was medicated for my diseases. Honestly I had given up on life and was going just going through the motions. Life became just about getting through each day with the least amount of pain and suffering both mentally and physically. My job became increasingly difficult and I actually was at a point where I was unsure if I was going to be able to continue. The doctor even talked about putting me on disability. The biggest problem I was going through was because I was so depressed and basically given up… I turned to alcohol. I drank everyday and sometimes made very poor decisions.

Then just after Christmas I began reading up on Dr. Shawn Baker and the Bell brothers who have been doing this crazy ass diet that was all meat! I was super skeptical but after a few days I said, “Screw it, why not!” I mean I didn’t really have much to lose. So January 1st I took the leap. How hard is meat and water I would say to myself.

The first three days were awesome. I was eating steak and eggs and drinking water. Then day 4 hit. The cravings, the headaches, the nausea. I joined the facebook group and immediately reached out for help. The group was amazing and convinced me to the stay the course. I met so much resistance and hate from people in my life but I powered through.

Then week 1 ended and suddenly I felt good. Like is this real life? I had energy. I could move. My mind was clear and I suddenly realized I went a full week without a drink. I powered through and kept going. Days turned into weeks. Suddenly I had no pain. I slept through the night. I wasn’t anxious and depressed. I also realized that because I felt so good I hadn’t taken any of my medications… for anything. The shot I usually took every month for my disease… screw it, I feel great.

Fast forward to today. I have lost 14 pounds. I wear a size smaller pants. I have set PR’s in squat, bench press, overhead press, rows, and deadlifts. I have definitions! Whats that? I can run again. Adding miles every week. The best is that today I saw my doctor. My blood work was amazing. According to him I am the healthiest I have been in a decade. I no longer take any medications. This way of eating saved my life. It gave me my life back. I will continue and now I am focusing on weight loss but also want to keep getting stronger! I am proof positive that meat heals!

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Richard improved his arthritis and joint pain on a carnivore diet

I am 57 years old. On July 17, 2017, I was weighing 270 lbs. I am 5’10”. I started on a ketogenic diet on that day. I started on my carnivore diet on January 1, 2018. At that time I was 223 lbs. During the 6 weeks I have been eating carnivore I have lost an additional 18 lbs and have lost 4 inches off my waist, which is equal to the 4 inches I lost in my 5 months of the Keto diet.

Also I have osteoarthritis in my left hip. It had been painful to get up from a chair and I have not been able to put on my left sock for the last three years. The pain when I get up is gone. I still can’t put on my sock but pull my sock up once I get it over my heal. I’m hoping soon I will be able to put on my sock.

I upped my exercise level when I started keto but felt tired after my workouts. I know workout 3 times a day and have much more energy.

I have been an insomniac for at least 15 years. I haven’t slept a full night in my bed for years. Almost immediately after I started my carnivore diet I have been sleeping all night on my bed. I had been waking up 3 to 4 times a night to urinate. The last 3 nights I have not got up to urinate once. I wake up full of energy and immediately start my morning workout. I usually sleep 5 to 6 hours a night now. I have a Fitbit that records my sleep before carnivore I was sleeping maybe 3 hours a night.

On January 6, 2018 my father died unexpectedly, during this period I did not fall back into stress eating, which had been my habit in the past.

My normal eating is coffee with butter and heavy cream before morning workout at 4:30am. At 9:00am, I usually have about a pound of some type of beef. At about 5:00pm, I will have between 10 oz to 1 lb of beef. Early on I was having pork for dinner about every 3 days it was not filling so I now am almost exclusively beef for dinner. Saturday morning I usually have 3 to 4 eggs and about 3/4 lb of bacon. My intake is constantly changing I eat until full some days I eat more than others.

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Jacob improved his cardiovascular health, digestion, fitness, sex, sleep, and weight loss, and treated his fatigue on a carnivore diet

Keep up the good fight, doc.

At 28, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my hands.

At 29, I had my first colonoscopy and diagnosis with diverticulitis.

At 32, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

I powerlifted through my 20’s, but at 35, I couldn’t run or push hard for fear of a-fib.

I got fat.  At 27, I had man boobs and love handles. I couldn’t walk flight of stairs and had very few solid bowel movements.

I began cutting stuff out and realized that every time I cut a grain or veggie, I felt better and got leaner. Exactly 18 months later, I am approaching 37 years old and have 8.5% body fat and run 3.5 miles/day. I have lower blood pressure, higher good cholesterol. Zero a-fib issues. Zero diverticulitis issues. I require less sleep (4.5 hours), and I get more done during day.

And, I’ll tell ya, the benefits in the bedroom with the wife are off the charts.

Go carnivore, live better.

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Steph improves her mood, mental health, and weight loss on a carnivore diet

Hey there!

I would love to share my story!

It’s only been 6 months but an all meat diet has changed my me as a person drastically! I came from the keto diet. I have since lost 50 lbs of fat. I still have a long ways to go in the weight department. My mind is what has gotten me through this. I’ve had depression and anxiety since I was little. I was scared to talk to people and had planned out suicide 3 times. I should have been medicated but I hated the numb feeling. I was also bulimic for 15 years. I would binge and purge everyday at least twice a day and never thought that would be something I would ever get rid of. I have not had an emotional outburst or a bulimic episode in the six months of eating nothing but meat. No looking back!

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Daniel improves his digestion and weight loss on a carnivore diet

2013: Age 32 living on a high carbohydrate low fat diet, mainly; noodles, rice, potato, chicken breast, tuna and all the vegetables I could handle. Started experiencing massive digestion issues, bleeding from the rectum, mucus discharge, incontinence going to the toilet 30 plus times a day. Eventually diagnosed with ulcerative colitis: first 35cm of colon badly inflamed and ulcerated.

Put on standard of care mesalamine in tablet and enema form was told diet had nothing to with the disease by an IBD “specialist”. The medication only seemed to make me worse so was later put on steroids, they offered temporary reprieve but as soon as i stopped taking them the the disease would come back stronger. IBD “specialist” informed that the next stage of action to get the disease under control would be to take immunosuppressive drugs. I did some research on them and thought holy shit I’m not taking them and started looking into diet.

2014: Discovered paleo diet – made my symptoms 75% better but still not great. Still had to take steroid medication periodically.

2016: Started meat only diet… Jump to 2017 – I am 99% symptom free and feel fantastic and a side effect is losing 2 stone [28 pounds] in weight and having abdominal definition again at the age of 36. I haven’t taken any medication in 2 years and have good my life back.

The rise of veganism is genuinely scary for me… I think that type of diet would most likely kill me in the end.

Keep up the good work Shawn !!!!!!

Regards,
Daniel 

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Paul improves mood, sleep, fatigue, and weight loss on a carnivore diet

Some background: 52 year old male, business owner with an advanced degree, married with two teenage daughters, no health problems, always considered myself fit and health conscious, avid cyclist (around 4,000 miles per year mostly road and some mountain biking, resistance training off and on during the year, mostly body weight over the last several years. Diet-wise I would eat standard stuff, tried to stay away from french fries, eat my greens, etc. but nothing special. Since I ride a lot, I would do things like down a frozen pizza late at night after a hard ride. I have been a beer drinker from the word go so that often went hand in hand with post ride nutrition. Overall, too much alcohol over the last year or two with work related stress. With all that I did pretty well and my weight has always been around 170 lbs with decent body composition, maybe down to 160 lbs once or twice 8 years ago when riding a lot and training to race.

I first heard about Dr. Baker in October 2017 somewhere on the web, maybe referenced in an email from one of many subscriptions, regarding a powerful athlete that only consumed meat and water. This intrigued me and I did a quick search and found a podcast interview that he’d done. After that, I had to try it for myself so the first week of November I pretty much dove in to what was essentially low to zero carb with mostly meat. I also adopted the 100 push ups and cold shower protocols at that time. I started the squats protocol a few weeks later.

The results blew me away from the start. I’m estimating my weight before starting was around 167 and I had been riding a ton – 42 straight days in fact which was a long streak for me. I wasn’t trying to lose any weight on this protocol, but I dropped to about 155 in a week or so – probably some water weight I guess. I measure weight on occasion just for fun, but I believe that all anyone needs is a full length mirror – and after about 10 days I looked as good or better than I ever have, including years ago when I lifted weights for fitness. Anyway, I’ve settled out at around 151 lbs. and 15% body fat according to my home scale, but aiming to add muscle weight from there.

Athletically, there was an adaptation period with some brain fog (pretty sure I wasn’t eating enough) and I would be sort of fatigued on fast group rides but I still hung in there and did okay. Since winter arrived I’m riding less and can’t really determine how this will affect my cycling until spring. I was skeptical about my doing the 100 push ups per day since I thought I would get too sore. Not the case. Overall I cannot believe how rapidly I recover after exercising. There have been many days where I will do the push ups and squats in the morning and then hit the fitness center after work for a full body weight circuit (around 20 minutes) with around 240 total reps of various movements – and feel like I could keep going. For the protocol I’m now adding a weighted backpack, raising my feet for push ups, etc. I don’t believe I could have done that much work that often in the past without breaking down too much physically.

More significantly, my mood, sleep, ability to handle stress, and overall outlook on life have all improved enormously. My work is highly stressful – I’m a business owner and over the past few years I’ve faced a lot of difficulty in the business. I’ve essentially coped by riding my bike and probably drinking too much. Since starting these protocols, my emotional ups and downs have smoothed out, I have a much more positive outlook, and I have embarked on a personal improvement mission.

I am devouring podcasts about health, nutrition, business, etc. I am continuously going to the library to check out the latest book recommendation and have two to three going at any one time. Instead of sleeping until the last possible minute like I usually did, I am getting up much earlier as I have so much I want to do each day. Diet-wise, as Dr. Baker has indicated, I am gravitating toward exclusively toward beef and am finding other foods don’t quite do it for me. Also, alcohol is much less appealing to me. It used to be that one beer tasted like “more” and I might have 2, 3 or 4. Now I can envision myself cutting it our or going to just an occasional light beer or wine/spirit rather than at least 2-3 beers every day. That alone is shocking.

I can’t say enough good things about this WOE. I am sure that the exercise and cold shower protocols are extremely helpful (I will probably continue all of them indefinitely), but for me it all starts with the diet. I truly believe that the carbs, among other things, just messed up my brain and made it difficult to deal with daily life issues and move myself forward like I should. I wish I had found this much earlier, but I’m not looking back. My wife pointed out that one of the likely benefits is that I feel control over this aspect of my life. That, along with the other mental and physical benefits, is an incredibly powerful combination.

My goals for this year are to stick with the program (full carnivore in January) and see how I perform athletically (enter a bike race or two this spring) and just maintain my forward progress overall. Dr. Baker is the perfect person to promote this way of life using an intelligent and measured approach and exhibiting a lot of patience with the same questions over and over. Plus, he’s my age so I seem to identify with him well. I will follow along closely and encourage others as well.

There’s probably a lot more that I could say, but its time for some push ups and squats.

Thanks,
Paul

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

Margaret K.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret K.
ZC 6 weeks

December 17, 2017

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Steve improves labido and heals thyroid on a carnivore diet

Dr. Baker,

I participated in the 90 day nequalsmany carnivore experiment and want to share my experience. My 90 days ends today, but I will be continuing with this way of eating, because the results have been so positive. There were a number of positive changes I experienced, including ones that were unexpected. Here is a short list:

  • My body has been extremely responsive to training (I mostly do high intensity weight lifting), with minimal muscle soreness in the days after a workout. I’ve gained about 8-10 lbs of muscle mass in the last 3 months and I am much stronger. My motivation to work out is very high.
  • I have never had a problem with weight, but I used to be “skinny fat”. I had major addiction to breads, starches, and sugars that I suspect would have been very destructive to my health in the long run. I now have no desire for these types of foods and my relationship with food is completely different. I usually have a couple of large meals a day, I never get “hangry”. When I go out with friends or to parties, I am not compelled in the slightest to eat these foods.
  • I had previously had what I suspect were mild hypothyroid symptoms. Intolerant to cold, uncontrollable shivering, low energy levels at times. This winter the cold is not even a problem for me (I live in Michigan). I never feel tired at the end of a day anymore and I make plans to do things almost every night.
  • Better libido and sexual function. This year (just turned 30), I became concerned that my desire and performance were really decreasing fast. After about two months of carnivore, things began to really pick back up and seem to be getting better now with every passing week.
  • My physique, and I feel in some ways even my personality, have become more definitively masculine. I am more decisive, focused, and intense in my work and personal life. I suspect this is due to better hormonal health and higher testosterone.

I feel like this way of eating is conducive to the type of lifestyle I would like to live and the high level of function I want to get out of my body, both physically and mentally!

Sincerely,
Steve