Hello Dr Baker:
My name is Raymond. I am 5 foot 11 inches and weigh about 185 pounds. At my heaviest, I weighed 252 pounds and waist size of 44.
I have been a carnivore since September 15, 2017. Looking back now 2 years 5 months later, I am so glad I made that decision.
I had many health issues, including pre-diabetes, plantar fasciitis, rosacea, mid-back pain, arthritic knee and finger joints, heel spurs, poor libido, high triglycerides, low HDL, pre-hypertensive blood pressure, snoring, dandruff, acne, diminishing eyesight, poor wound healing, irritable bowel disease, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, constant brain fog, insomnia and more.
I felt so bad that there was a point during one of my IBD flare ups, that I was wondering how will I make another 5 years with feeling so awful. Every year it seemed that all my symptoms kept getting worse. I remember when it all started when I was 35 years old and that was the point I could not lose weight anymore. By the time I was 40, I was spending around 30 min to 1 hour 3 times per day in the bathroom. I was highly constipated, I would have leg numbness every time I came out of the bathroom.
I would spend a lot of time thinking of food and I had a insatiable appetite. I would often go out to eat with friends and if they had anything leftover on their plate, I would ask if I could eat their leftovers. I would also do that with my family. I ate around 5 or 6 times per day.
My Diet prior to carnivore was sugary cereals, microwave foods, hungryman, chimichangas, lasagna. I ate a lot of fast foods, Burger King, Subway. I also drank from one to two liters of pepsi per day, I also drank sweet tea, juices, etc.. I avoided water.
In the past, I was always searching for this “magic pill” to treat my many different ailments. I tried all kinds of detoxes, supplements, homeopathic, herbals, juice fasts, I even did 1 week of veganism, that was hell. Most of these had a short term effect but it would never last.
In my youth I was a typical youth that played football, baseball, basketball, ran track, tennis and any sports that I could get my hands on. I also got into weightlifting, all this began diminishing and at 35 was my last foray into weightlifting and I gave that up in 2 months.
I never knew how much of a carbohydrate/sugar addict I was, until researching other’s going through the same thing. That is what gave me the resolve to go through the carnivore diet and treating it like an addiction. I never knew that I could be that guy that can now eat every other day, hardly think about food, able to do incredible feats that seem to get better the longer I am on the diet.
Current diet is meat and cheese. I took away cheese this January, thanks in part to the Meatrx community that showed me how much impaired many other carnivores are with dairy. In that process it seems that I am getting rid of my remaining issues. I am still experimenting.
Last year I did an experiment for 6 months of alternate day eating then for the last 3 months I added 2 days a week of no food. I will be repeating this experiment again learning from the errors of last year. For example I constantly had cold extremities but I think I figured out a way around that this year.
In less than 2 years, the carnivore diet helped me heal completely, or put into remission, most of these ailments. Some have not fully resolved, like dandruff, acne, heel spurs, but they are drastically less and even more so now that I quit dairy.
Not only do I have less ailments, but I also have much more energy and strength. I can do so much now. After carnivore I joined karate and jiujitsu. I do my workouts at Orange Theory (HIIT training). I started hiking and love it. Because the pain is gone and my energy has increased, a world of activates have opened to me that I never enjoyed before.
I have run a 5k, 10k, and a 10 miler so far with just Orange Theory as training. I can do 50 consecutive pushups. I can now run a 7-minute mile. As a side benefit, I gained a 6 pack.
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!
— 𝐃𝐢𝐞𝐭: Five days of Carnivore diet upto 1200 calories(beef,egg and chicken) in a week
— 𝐅𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: Started with 18 hour fasting and then started doing 24 hour fasts continuously
— 𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: One hour of cardio daily. No weight lifting
𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐭: 4 months.
𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝: Lost 50-52 kgs in four months.
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!
Carnivore Success Story:
Growing up on a ranch I learned early that meat was healthy. I have been on a meat-based diet for my whole life. Probably less so during my college years. I contracted mono during my freshman year. Otherwise I was healthy except for the occasional low iron reading I’d receive at annual checkups. I attributed it to running and heavy periods. Fast forward to my last pregnancy at age 39, when the doctor told me my blood sugar was too high and that this could lead to compilations. She gave me a blood sugar testing kit. I could monitor my blood sugar throughout the day. It didn’t take me long to realize how much what I ate affected my BS level. I began sticking with a mostly meat diet through the pregnancy and never had to use insulin shots. After pregnancy I returned to more normal meat-based diet. In 2013 I struggled through a West Nile “like” virus. The test for West Nile was negative but my doctor thought it was very similar to it and for lack of a better idea we treated it like that. The fatigue was like when I had Mono, in addition it seemed that each week or two a different system would be under attack. For a while it was hard to breathe, headaches and fever came and went. I lost over 20 pounds. After a few weeks my breathing seemed normal, but my digestive system was challenged. At one point the doctors thought the gallbladder needed to be removed. When that subsided, I was left with constant loud tinnitus 24/7 along with night sweats and chills.
This gradually improved and life became more normal; the tinnitus returned at the end of the day or would return 24/7 when I became fatigued from lack of rest. I caught every flu and cold bug that came around. Allergy symptoms were constant so that I took a pill every day to keep symptoms under control. I also couldn’t exercise very hard or my muscles would become very tight and the tinnitus would return. This resulted in regaining more than the 20 pounds I had lost from the illness, and it was not muscle. I became flabby and gained more weight around my waist than I’d ever had. It seemed like any additional stress brought symptoms back and I came down with viruses and infections often.
In 2016 I met a trainer who helped me stay focused on exercising twice a week. This helped strengthen my body and I gained back much of the muscle I had lost. However, I was still about 20 pounds heavier than what was normal for me in my 20s and 30s. In September of 2017 I began the Carnivore diet. Since then I have lost the tinnitus and the extra body fat, while increasing my energy and strength. My body composition has never been better. I rarely need to take an allergy pill. I have not been knocked down by the flu or cold for days at a time since eating this way either.
I really didn’t think I’d see a huge difference in my health because I’d eaten a meat -based diet my whole life. I’ve been amazed and feel blessed to have found what works for me. Many thanks to the MeatRx team for spreading the good news and helping me and so many others.
Before (Feb. 2017) and Carnivore Measurements:
Chest: 34.5 to 31 in.
Belly Button: 37 to 30 in.
Thigh: 23 to 21 in.
Hips: 41 to 38 in.
Weight: 160 to 140 pounds
Improvements from eating a Carnivore diet for me:
Less colds, flu and yeast infections
Less aches and pains
Better digestion less burping and gas
Less body fat more muscle
Stable blood sugar