I used to be a normal kid, outdoorsy, confident, popular. Then on my 11th birthday I got what seemed to just be gastro. While the worst of it passed in a couple of days, I never really got better. Not only did I suffer from IBS, but my personality radically changed too. I was angsty, introverted, paranoid and I was sensitive to light, sound and touch. I had become autistic. I wouldn’t be diagnosed until I was 19 because I didn’t present any of the usual symptoms in early childhood. Now at 27 I have been doing OMAD carnivore for eight months, I initially switched to this WOE to help with ME/CFS and while it has minimised my pain and fatigue, what I didn’t expect was a cure for autism. I was so certain it was simply a part of me, that I was born this way and I would die this way. And maybe that’s true for some people, but I realise now that my autism and IBS were caused by diet. If only I had known about this sixteen years ago!
Watch or listen to Connor’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:
I started struggling with my weight when I was a teenager. I was never the thinnest pre-teen or high school girl, but I was always a normal healthy weight. In my late teens and early 20’s, I ballooned to 230lbs only standing 5’6 tall. I desperately tried to lose weight by getting personal training, cutting calories, crash dieting, weight loss pills, weight loss wraps, you name it and I tried it! I had some success with these strategies, but it was always short lived. I was able to get under 200lbs and stay there for the latter half of my 20’s, but always creeping dangerously close to that dreaded 200lb marker. I tried weight loss programs where I counted calories, I tried mail order diet food that tasted terrible and always left me starving.
At 30, I decided I had enough. I knew I needed to make a drastic change in my life. My symptoms before starting carnivore were:
Obesity Depression Inflammation Joint Pain Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria Mood Swings Sugar addiction Loss of vision at night Migraines Ovarian Cysts Mild Hair Loss Tarter build up Low back pain
I began researching the low carb/ketogenic/carnivore diet regiments through YouTube videos, Instagram accounts, peer reviewed scientific articles, podcasts, and websites. I was terrified to try it and realized the psychological struggle was going to be severe. I committed to trying this way of eating (May 17, 2019) and my husband agreed to give it a shot, too. We have never looked back. Yes, the weight loss is fabulous, but it is the psychological benefits that have kept me loyal to this lifestyle. I no longer have extreme depression or mood swings. I am not unpredictable and driven by food cravings. My marriage has been stronger as a result of this way of eating. Not only have I shed close to 40 pounds, I’ve eliminated the chronic pain in my lower back, I no longer suffer from joint inflammation, migraines are a thing of the past, and I see new growth on my thickening hair! I honestly can’t believe how beneficial this has been. If I had known sooner, I would have started this as a teenager and saved myself a lot of heartache and depression for over a decade. I look and feel younger, I look forward to my work and have reignited the passion for my profession.
I usually stick to one meal a day. The key to my success on carnivore has been combining intermittent fasting. It is really important for me to listen to hunger signals and I’ve come to realize that most of my eating was based on emotion and not a nutritional need. Once I tapped into my body’s signals, it was much easier to track how I felt and what I needed. I usually eat one large meal a day of steak, mozzarella cheese, and sometimes bacon and eggs. I supplement my water with electrolyte packets, and occasionally I take meat organ supplements to help balance my low hemoglobin levels. I’ve always suffered from anemia so I pay close attention to my numbers and test my blood using a ketone monitor daily.
If you have any of the above symptoms, please give carnivore a shot for 30 days. You have nothing to lose and your entire life to gain back!
My story is one of mental health transformation as well as other health challenges.
I’m a 50 year old woman from Australia and in the past few months it seems I have resolved my Bipolar Type II using a carnivore diet.
During my one year on a ketogenic diet I have lost 17 kilos of fat (37 lbs) which is half way to my goal. I’m only 163cm (5’3″) and still weigh 78Kg, (171lbs) so I have a way to go yet.
My health is transformed. Severe tooth decay, weight gain, constant colds and chest infections, allergies, acne seborrhaic dermatitis and in more recent years, joint pain were just some of my ailments. But none of them comes close to the life crippling effects of the mental health issues.
I had a history of vegetarianism and vegan tendencies in my 20’s which correlated with my severe Bipolar breakdown. In my pre-teen and adolescence years I had joined in with my mum’s extreme low fat Pritikan diet, during which time I had severe cystic acne and depression.
Then, in my 20’s, I went on to have horrible hypo-mania and depression that was life crippling and because of it, I nearly didn’t get my degree. Throughout my 30’s and 40’s, I had ongoing struggles to survive mentally and emotionally. I was not taking psychiatric medication after an initial trial of lithium which I found intolerable, but just doing my best to manage the Bipolar symptoms on my own and trying to deliver on my responsibilities at work, relationships, self care etc.
From the outside I was high functioning so many people would never ever suspect anything was up, but scratch just a little below the surface, and there was a whirling torrent of chaos and never ending turbulent mood swings that held me back in every direction.
I started Keto 12 months ago and 3 months into that journey, I was able to stop self medicating with alcohol. I’d been drinking heavily for 22 years, except during pregnancy. A few months after that during the summer, I then came off my prescribed psych meds which, it just so happens, contribute to metabolic syndrome as one of their side effects! I’d gone on them 12 months prior to starting keto due to a recent worsening of psych symptoms and high work-life stress that I wasn’t able to self manage any more.
The psych meds were a life saver at the time, stopping runaway feelings of dread, ongoing anxiety which had amped up to being more like terror and racing thoughts and sleeplessness, and I think those meds are the reason I could attempt the Keto, so they formed part of the chain of one positive step leading to another.
After about 9 – 10 months on keto, and much research, I decided to give myself permission to eat as much red meat as I felt like and it turns out it was a lot. It allowed me to stop eating nuts which caused tummy rumbles, to cut way back on cream and dairy, which had been a nightly dessert ritual along with stevia sweetener which I think triggers cravings for me, and to even give most of the green veggies a miss 90% of the time. Satiation, and appetite control were new sensations.
Now, about 2 – 3 months into this diet of increased animal sourced foods, my anxiety is gone. My depression is gone. My impending sense of doom is gone. I no longer experience the world as hostile. I feel clear and able mentally. I no longer judge myself as lacking or wrong. I can see I am fine and I am looking around at the struggles I had with my life with sadness as it has all been so unnecessary. Self esteem which has been building since I stopped the drinking no longer seems to be something I have to work daily on. Affirmations were my lifeline to replace negative thoughts, but now I can find positive ways of looking at my life spontaneously arising form my own mind. I am telling a different narrative about myself.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart to you and all others in the Keto and Carnivore social media and research spheres. You people are the reasons I have arrived finally at a place where I have real hope I can fulfil my potential instead of devoting all my energies to survival and fighting demons.
In the Summer and Fall of 1995 I started intermittently experiencing extremely sharp abdominal pain. Over the course of several months, symptoms escalated to severe intestinal cramping and bleeding. A gastroenterologist ultimately diagnosed Crohn’s disease in January 1996, following the standard invasive diagnostic procedures (upper/lower GI scopes, barium enema, CT scan). Although I specifically asked the gastroenterologist for dietary advice at the time, he had no recommendations to offer, but prescribed me several anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs.
At the time of diagnosis, I had just turned 21 years old, and I completely rejected the notion of having to take pills 4 times a day indefinitely. I quickly stopped taking the drugs after a couple months as my symptoms subsided. 9 months later, I relapsed with crippling chronic fatigue. My doctors returned me to the prescription regimen with the addition of a steroid. I was weaned off of the steroid over the course of several weeks. Again, as symptoms subsided, I stopped taking the prescribed drugs.
For the next 13 years, I remained symptom free with a whole lot of luck believing nutritional supplements had miraculously cured me. However, in December 2009, I again flared up with bloody stool and bouts of diarrhea and constipation. A gastroenterologist prescribed Apriso Mesalamine and another round of antibiotics. Throughout 2010, I reluctantly used the Apriso as needed. As I finished the prescribed amount, I would get refills only when I suspected a pending flare up.
By mid-2012, the flare-ups were becoming increasingly unmanageable, as I desperately pursued a remedy through self-treatment and experimentation. Having run out of ideas, I sought out a naturopath who had a personal history of IBS. The naturopath recommended higher doses of a couple supplements I was already taking and the addition of a couple more. The supplements helped reduce the severity of symptoms, but IBS flareups persisted.
For the next 5 years I practiced various dietary strategies including GAPS, low-carb high-fat restricted protein keto, low-lectin plant-based keto, juice fasts, bone broth fasts, and strict intermittent fasting. I felt significantly better eating low-lectin foods and practicing intermittent fasting. However I still could not digest many plant foods, and known trigger foods continued to cause IBS flareup.
I learned of the carnivore diet hearing Dr Shawn Baker on several podcasts. I adopted the carnivore diet May 2018. I have not taken any prescription drugs since starting carnivore, and I have switched my supplements to desiccated beef organs. Today I have never felt better, and I remain symptom free eating strict carnivore.
Thank you Dr Shawn Baker and carnivore community! #MeatHeals | N=1
As a kid I loved meat, fish, cheese and butter. Since I am from Switzerland, I certainly had my share of good quality cheeses. In particular the goat and sheep cheeses were my favourite.
Unfortunately, Switzerland is also famous for its delicious chocolate. I stuffed my face with it daily. I was definitely a sugar junkie.
Fruits and vegetables had little appeal to me. Salad was okay, but only if it was soaked in a creamy French sauce.
What I did not know was that I was actually allergic to casein, wheat and lactose!
This was expressed in high anxiety, depression, and severe PMDD ( PMS with depression and suicidal thinking). I also had Selective Mutism and massive shyness since I was a child. That was such a struggle socially, and I missed out on a lot of things because of it.
Around 1995, age 21, I heard about the bad influence of sugar and pasteurized dairy for the first time from Dr. Max Otto Bruker. But I was addicted to both sugar as well as dairy and could not stop eating them. Dr. Bruker was possibly the first Doctor who went against the sugar and dairy industry. However, he was unaware of plant anti-nutrients and the oxalate issue at the time and recommended sprouted wholegrain.
I was gluten intolerant, so becoming a vegetarian did not improve my health issues. Around age 26 my soy consumption increased. And for about 12 years I consumed a lot.
Around 2007 I had an autistic burnout - from sensory overload, too much activity, after having run 6 marathons on the wrong fuel, too much work, too little rest and solitude. So I weaned off of sugar and dairy after a Chinese-American Natural Doctor told me to.
There was not much change really (I was still eating lots of soy and rice and vegetables) - so I took a break from all my activities and this helped somewhat. The solitude and rest was probably what my body needed most. At the time I was not aware I was an introverted autistic with C-PTSD. I tried so hard to fit in, to be like everybody else.
Around 2014 I became a vegan and in 2016 I even tried the fruitarian and raw food approach, though it was extremely difficult not to cheat with cooked vegan food. My health-issues did not go away as I had hoped. I developed very common vegan malnutrition symptoms: chronic hip pain, back pain, headaches and migraines, massive bloating and digestive issues.
I felt exhausted all the time and tired after every meal.
In the morning I woke up feeling stiff with pain in my hip. At work I had to sit down a lot, not being able to stand longer than 30min without feeling back pain. I had brain fog and it was hard for me to focus, to talk, and I had trouble with sensory overload. Depression was another issue and chronic anxiety.
Dry skin in winter was unbearable, I could not sit cross legged as my skin would start to itch. During the night I would wake up, skin itching and dry no matter how much I tried to oil it!! I had cravings for who knows what, and my hair started to fall out too. Wound healing took ages and I also felt pain in my liver and pancreas area after each meal.
In 2018 I had a massive debate with meat eaters, and it left a big impact but it took me a whole year to decide that I wanted to go back to meat eating myself.
December 2018 I started with eggs. Carefully, not knowing how my body would react. Next was salmon. I always loved salmon. I still felt unsure if this was the right way to go. I felt guilty and when I read the labels on the sausages in the meat section I expected to be jumped on any second by a militant vegan, war hammer swinging!
So I "confessed" my new way of eating to my Somatic Experience Practitioner. She actually congratulated me, saying that she herself had left veganism behind many years ago as well. For nervous system health veganism simply is not beneficial.
So I tried the paleo and autoimmune paleo protocol, at first. I watched many Ex-Vegan videos and Lierre Keith's book The Vegetarian Myth was a true eye opener. I realized how similar my symptoms were, which helped me tremendously and gave me the confirmation I needed.
But somehow I just did not feel as good as I thought I would feel with the autoimmune paleo diet. Then an ex-vegan friend told me about the carnivore approach. She reversed her fibromyalgia and many other issues and said she felt amazing.
So after trying autoimmune paleo for 3 months I decided it could not hurt to go carnivore and see if it would heal my body. I also started to watch many youtube videos and read many books about the topic.
To my amazement, my body started to heal. After only 4 months Carnivore (April - August 2019): - back pain gone - more energy - I can stand for hours now - hip pain gone - morning stiffness gone - more mental clarity - better cognitive function - better stress resilience - sensory overload less pronounced - better verbal interaction - brain fog gone - digestive issues completely gone - no more gas - depression gone - PMDD gone, menstruation is regular and very mild - less anxiety in particular from Omega 3 intake - migraines are less often
I highly recommend the carnivore way of eating. It is amazing. Give it a try! But do it gradually. Give the body enough time to adapt. Don't go cold turkey. Do a baby steps approach. No need to rush.
My name is Adam and this is my carnivore story… MEAT HEALS!
May 12, 2018
46 year old male slowly became 30 pounds overweight from eating and drinking too much and not exercising. Decided I wanted to get back in shape but despite increasingly strenuous workouts (from 30 to 45 to 60 to 90 to even 120 minutes over 6 months, mostly weight training), only lost 5 pounds and did put on some muscle but couldn’t see it well thru the middle-aged tire/fat. Sore constantly, injured myself 3 times in 6 months pushing too hard to improve my physique. Avoided sugar and processed carbs but still drank too much beer and had too many binge attacks where I would polish off insane amounts of bad food because of intense cravings.
My carnivore story:
Started reading bodybuilding articles trying to figure out where I was going wrong and stumbled onto Vince Gironda’s “steak and eggs” diet for bodybuilders to cut fat and get ripped. He was a trainer decades ago (reportedly once worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger). Just eat steak and eggs at every meal and have a cheat day once a week to replenish body carbohydrate stores. I was frustrated (and sore) and decided to give it a go.
Felt absolutely terrible the whole first week. Never looked forward to a day more than my first cheat day at the end of that week. Low energy, brain fog, diarrhea, aches and pains (more than usual), cold sore on my lip (only get when physical and/or mental stress) – basically felt like I had a bad flu. But I read a lot that week and learned that this was a temporary thing according to the crazy carnivores before me. On the morning my cheat day was to start, I had lost 5 pounds. I also didn’t really feel that hungry.
Ate like a maniac on my cheat day but vowed to try one more week, as many said after two weeks is when things start getting easier. Second week sucked. Felt terrible and told myself if I didn’t feel better by the end of the week, screw it. It wasn’t worth it to feel sick all the time! I still wasn’t very hungry and ate only twice a day (lunch and dinner) and drank black coffee for breakfast and water rest of day. By day 9, I noticed I didn’t really feel like having beers after work anymore (a 20 year habit suddenly gone?!).
When I woke up around day 11, the “keto flu” (as some call it; e.g., carbohydrate withdrawal) was gone. I had higher energy levels than I had felt in months. I felt fantastic! By this time, I stumbled onto this crazy (like a fox) carnivore doctor named Shawn Baker, Amber O’Hearn, the Inuit and others within the internet rabbit hole of forbidden dietary knowledge. I still had a cheat meal at the end of the 2nd week, but I didn’t really need it like I did the first week and I thought of it more as a reward than as a necessity.
It has now been 60 days since the end of that 2nd week. It is my lifestyle now, not a “lose fat” diet. I have already lost all the fat I need to and am now at what I feel is a healthy weight for me. I feel and look great and don’t ever plan on going back. This way of eating has changed my life!
Positive impacts on my life of this diet:
Lost 30 pounds in 45 days and now at desired body weight. All while eating until full and snacking when needed. No attempt to restrict calories at all. Most effortless weight loss ever (and I have tried many fad diets over the years).
No longer sore for more than a few hours after working out. Ready to go the next day. Seems easier to get stronger and bigger, too. Working out less and seeing better muscle gains.
Feel and look 20 years younger. Mentally and physically improved in so many ways.
No more heartburn. Ever. Used to pop Pepcid pills like candy.
Don’t feel like drinking alcohol any more, after drinking too much for about 25 years or so. Wasn’t part of the plan, but I’ll take it!
Don’t get intense cravings for food and no longer miss the foods I don’t eat. Doesn’t feel like I’m “on a diet”.
Don’t usually get hungry between meals any more, but happy to have some bacon if I do.
Energy levels more steady and still have energy left to spare after hard day at work. Don’t get sleepy after eating any more.
The first 10 days totally sucked for me. I almost quit twice. Glad I stuck with it. I feel like I now understand what a heroin addict goes thru during withdrawal!
Going to eat outside the home is trickier. Let’s just say Brazilian steakhouses are my new favorite.
Getting weird muscle cramps sometimes, especially when running. Been trying to up my salt intake.
If you are like most people out there, you may clutch your pearls at the thought of somebody eating nothing but or mostly meat. And when it’s not meat it is exclusively from the animal kingdom. And NO fruits and vegetables!
Turns out there are lots of people like this. Not only are they doing fine — they’re thriving on it!
I am one of these freaky weirdos and here is why and what it is like.
My story — how I became a carnivore
My low carb “career” started, when pants I had bought for a trip to Argentina started to not fit any more. Although I would explain it away, or tuck in my tummy, I knew that this was not ok.
Everybody has a certain self-image. And mine was definitely not that of a fat and lazy arse. I clearly remember one day when I went to the supermarket that I could feel the fat dribble around my belly.
It’s not to say that I was obese, not even remote. I was rather slim by the standards of most people but I could feel I was drifting slowly away from my self-image. Unless I did something about it.
I had remotely heard something about carbohydrates being responsible for growing fat. I thought that low carb was just one of many diet crazes that regularly swash across the pond.
I was heavily influenced by certain Joe Weider bodybuilding magazines from the early 1990s which advocated for eating lots of carbohydrates, especially pasta and stuff. Which I did. In hindsight it is really a wonder I did not grow fat — although I could never really get rid of my belly fat. Despite running and all.
With this background, reducing carbohydrates striked me as odd. Until I stumbled upon Gary Taubes’ “Good calories, bad calories”, that is (thanks Gary for that! Someday I will translate your book into German — promised.).
We all know this quote which is attributed to Einstein that the definition of madness is that you do the same over and over again always expecting different results.
I thought: “What the heck? — let’s give it a try!”. I followed Coy’s rule of thumb to reduce carbohydrates to 1g per kg of bodyweight per day.
Results of my low carb journey
I dropped weight and reduced belly fat. I remember losing 5 kg bodyweight within the first week or so. That shocked me. Until I found out that there is a lot of water lost — carbohydrates drive inflammation. Inflammation drives water retention. Reducing inflammation means losing water. This explains most of the rapid weight loss in the beginning and is actually a good sign.
It was not long until I re-fitted into my pants bought for the Argentina-trip again. It is to this day my favorite measure of body-composition.
As most low carbers I first tried to stay as close as possible to “normal eating” — i.e. also eating low carb cakes and stuff. Although I never bought franken-food and always did it myself (I am a hobby-cook so not problem here) I believe that this way of eating does do no service.
For one thing it is hard to get away from your sweet tooth this way. This automatically leads at some point to “Ah, what the heck … let’s eat this chocolate — it’s dark and healthy” or “Come on, one potatoe is not much, is it?”.
So after a while I noticed that belly-fat was creeping in again — then again I had to reduce carbs.
In this thread Owsley Stanley, soundman of the Greatful Dead, known as “The Bear” talked about his carnivorous lifestyle he had been on for 47 years! This long thread with lots of interesting (and sometimes hostile) comments took me a few days to read. And I read every single page.
For some reason this idea of a totally carnivorous diet stuck in my head.
A year later I read the whole thread again. It again stuck. I started to eat my steak rare (or “bleu” —fried just one minute from each side).
It was only in 2017 that I stumbled upon Shawn Baker on Twitter who just had started a meat-only diet and posted regularly about it. Meanwhile he has turned into a kind of social-media celebrity with, at the time of this writing, more than 16,000 followers (it was less than a 10th of this when I started following him. Unbelievable!).
At this point I had pondered an all-meat diet for quite a while — and thought that I could try it too.
I also discovered certain carnivore websites which recommend to try an all-meat diet for 30 days (meat and water). I thought I could try it for 30 days.
Damn! I believe the authors of these website know exactly that once you start out on a zero-carb carnivorous journey, you won’t go back.
At least that’s what happened in my case. I have sticked to this all-meat regime since. With the only exception of a piece of low-carb cake on my birthday.
What I eat and drink
Ribeye or entrecote
ground beef/pork (50:50)
chicken (especially chicken wings)
all kinds of pork
liver every now and then
I drink water, raw milk, and kefir. Also homemade bone broth. Meanwhile only occasionally coffee — mostly on weekends.
It seems that a carnivorous diet somehow reduces your tolerance for alcohol. Even small amounts may give you a slight hangover. Automatically this leads to a reduction in alcohol consumption. I consider this to be a positive effect. I still consume an occasional glas of dry red wine or carb-reduced beer (for you German guys out there: Freiberger Schankbier or Köstritzer Spezial — only 4–5 grams of carbs per 500ml).
I eat my steaks fried 3 minutes from each side, so basically rare to medium rare. I season with smoked sea-salt and pepper or red pepper.
I consume plant-matter only in terms of condiments: pepper, basil, garlic, onions, lemon.
My current favorite “protein-shake”:
200ml raw milk
2–3 raw eggs
put in blender and mix well
Recently I have bought my first crock-pot. I love it. It has opened a whole new culinary realm for me.
I have also come to love “smashed burgers”. Which I had never come across before my carnivore way of eating. But they are incredibly tasty.
Butsch’s recipe for smashed burgers:
500g of ground beef and ground pork (50:50). You can also use beef-only — but this way the burgers will be even jucier.
Take a steel pan and make it really hot. Form a meat ball the size of somewhere between a golf ball and a tennis ball.
Put meatball in pan and press it flat. I use the downside of a pot. You do not have to use extra fat.
Fry for 1–2 minutes then turn around and fry again 1–2 minutes.
Take out the burger and start with the next one
Funny thing about carnivory is that you start to want to eat the same over and over again. I could it ribeye, smashed burgers, and chicken wings every single day and not get tired of it.
Recently find myself gravitating towards experimenting with raw meats — but “pssst!” don’t tell my wife!
My carnivore results
I am 46 and am now have the lowest bodyfat percentage since my early 20s. I feel the urge to workout more than I used to (what I do is intensive kettlebell workouts for 15 minutes and 2 x 20 seconds sprints every now and then).
I am essentially free of pain. Not that I was in pain before — but I somehow feel that my overall connective tissue quality has improved. Which is no wonder given that 15% of your body’s dry mass is collagen. Eating meat means consuming collagen which then can be used by your body to repair any tissue lesions. I believe that lots of pain-patients could relieve most of their issues by simply adopting this way of eating. This is also reflected in lots of anecdotes by people on a carnivore diet (see e.g. meatheals.com, zerocarbzen.com).
Mental clarity. Many people note a certain mental clarity when on very low carb or ketogenic diets. Carnivory, at least in my case, pushes that by a margin. I see clear pictures and am even more outspoken than before.
Clean teeth all the time. I have virtually no plaque on my teeth. They are so clear I sometimes even forget to brush them. Really. Makes me think that dentists are totally superfluous (well honestly: I believe that doctors are in general totally unnecessary — unless in an emergency. Surgeons are probably the only medical “species” of any use.).
I have lost any urge to eat sweet stuff. It simply is not appealing to me any more. Even if it is right in front on me I have no problem ignoring it. To me it is simply no human-appropriate food.
I have lost any left trust whatsoever in any “health” authorities — be it doctors, nutritionists or scientists. All of them have no fricking idea what they are talking about. I can see it from their body composition and also from their body structure. No doctor with a pot-belly is going to tell me what healthy eating is — because he himself is proof that he has no clue.
And , no(!), I have not developed scurvy!
The poop question
One question that seems to really concern people is “Can you poop without fibre?”.
People seem to be kind of obessed with their poop (what would Freud say?).
I normally am reluctant to discuss my poop or poop frequency in public.
But as this is apparently so important to most people I have to cover this here sigh.
Basically not only is fibre not necessary for regular stool — it might even hinder frequent stool and also cause constipation.
As a carnivore for the last 12 months I can definitely say that fibre is not necessary for frequent stool.
What changes on a carnivorous diet is the amount of poop and probably the frequency. When there is no more fibre left in your diet which sucks up lots of water and thus increases in size up to 5 times its original size, then it is logical that the amount of stool is reduced.
A reduction in size may also lead to different frequency of defecation. In the beginning it was in my case only every 2–3 days. Which did not bother me at all.
There have been times on my journey where I infrequently had runny stool. THAT bothered me. And this is how I fixed it:
I reduced my intake of fluids, i.e. drank LESS. Thing is that it might well be that we need far less water than usually recommended (hey, nutrition “scientists” and medical docs are wrong on practically every single nutritional advice — why would they be right here?). There are two sources I got the idea from: The chapter on “water” in the book “Fiber Menace” by Konstantin Monastyrsky and also from Tim Noakes’ extensive book “Water logged” — if marathon runners just need 1 liter of water when running in warm weather (or can even drink nothing at all) and do fine, even improve performance, then why would Average Joe (or Jane) drink 2–3 Liters per day? Does not make sense to me.
I reduced coffee intake. Not that I have been much of a coffee drinker. Compared to standard folks I am (was) a moderate coffee-drinker. But nonetheless I felt that this is somehow interfering with my digestion. We do not know much about coffee healthwise. All we have is some epidemiological data linking coffee to a number of health benefits. On the other hand we have alarmists like Stephen Cherniske warning of coffee in “Caffeine Blues”. Caffeine raises cortisol levels — which means putting your body under constant stress. Also caffeine messes with regulatory processes in your cell. Reducing coffee intake, almost abandoning it, feels good in my case. As coffee is also comparatively unnatural it is probably a good idea to reduce intake. My personal impression is that some advocates on coffee being soooo healthy try somehow to rationalise their own caffeine addiction, citing shitty epidemiological data they would otherwise laugh about.
I added raw milk and kefir. I was lucky to find a source of raw milk just a 10 minute drive from my home. At 1€ per liter it is rather cheap (ok, adding fuel for getting there it is more like double the price — but that’s ok for me). As raw milk is packed with minerals, enzymes, vitamins and good bacteria I thought this could be a good idea. Same goes for kefir — we have some russian-style kefir in our local supermarket. It’s sour, thick and creamy and incredibly tasty.
This fixed the poop-thingy for me.
I am regular, i.e. I poop almost every day. There might be 2–3 days still without pooping. I don’t care much about this. I trust my body to do what’s right. (Butsch’s first axiom: Your body never does anything wrong!). My stool is consistently Type 4 according to the Bristol Stool Scale. I do not need much toilet paper and it is rarely smelly.
Ok, enough embarassing poop stories for now!
What does it all prove?
James DiNicolantonio, the author of the book “The salt fix”, once asked on Twitter what it is that some people are so keen on restricting their diet in such a way.
Well, James, here is the answer:
It’s fun to prove to yourself that practically everything you have been told about nutrition is complete bullshit.
As there are:
Eat lots of carbs. Wrong! Carbs are not essential. They cause obesity and diabetes, destroy your complete metabolism and hormonal balance.
Meat is bad. Wrong! If there is anything like a superfood — it’s meat. Full of proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins. Try compare mineral or vitamin content of any plant with meat. Meat will always be way superior.
Avoid the sun. Wrong! Sun is essential for producing Vitamin D — which is extremely important to your health. Your body knows best. There is surely a reason why everybody exposes himself to the sun after a long winter, don’t you think?
Avoid salt. Wrong! Salt is essential for your body. And it does not raise blood pressure.
Saturated fat is bad. Wrong! Saturated fat is essential for your body to function normally. On the other hand vegetable oils — touted as “healthy” — are highly inflammatory and bad for your health.
Veggies are healthy and neccessary. Wrong! If 12 months of meat-only showed anything then that veggies are not (again: not) essential in any way. And how could they be? In terms of vitamins or minerals they are inferiour to meat in any respect. They also contain anti-nutrients which hinder mineral and vitamin absorption. In addition they contain phyto-chemicals which are potentially harmful to your cells ( I mean, hey: When these chemicals can kill cancer cells in a petri dish — they could kill healthy cells, too, right?). Read more about this here.
Drink lots of water. Hmmm … maybe wrong. The more you drink, the more you pee. The more you pee, there more minerals you are washing out of your body. The more you have to drink. The more you pee … and so on. Not only does drinking lots of water deplete your body of minerals — it also stresses your kidneys.