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Ex-vegan heals his eczema and regains his health on a carnivore diet

I’d like to share my eczema healing success story with before and after photos.
I was vegan for 3 years and as a result developed serious eczema and became sickly. Animal foods healed me in less than half a year!

Thank you for sharing the valuable information about real health – it played an important part in my recovery as I often stumbled upon podcasts and videos featuring you! I’m grateful for your work.

There’s a lot to explain, which I did with these two videos

Check out these two videos for more information:

Matthew recovered his health from a vegan diet by going carnivore

Hi, 
 
I shared this on a carnivore fb page tmand they told me to contact you guys with my story. 
 
 “I’m posting this for motivation to others and to share my experience of how veganism ruined my health and took me a long time to recover. Only recently being 3 months primarily Carnivore have I begun to full heal, recover and gain my strength back. If anyone wants CARNIVORE RECIPE IDEAS for training purposes of losing fat and building muscle then give me a message, I’m happy to help as many people possible gain thier health back!
 
“1ST photo: 1month post anal fistula surgery, 3months Carnivore, 1.5 years recovering from vegan malnourishment+digestive issues.
 
2ND photo: 3.5 years vegan, before my anal fistula burst and sent me to hospital. A long journey past 5 years regaining control of my health. My lowest weight being vegan 60.1kg, my weight now, 67kg.
 
The amount of beef, steaks, eggs, salmon and animal fats I’ve been consuming recently have been through the roof. The results? Nothing but positive, increase in energy, muscle growth, strength, power, endurance, better sleep, faster recovery time than I’ve ever had, mentally clear and focused, excellent digestion, restored collagen levels, the list goes on. Simply put, I feel fantastic finally reaching a point of being in control of my own health and wellbeing after struggling for 3.5 years being vegan, and another 1.5 from pain and suffering of digestive and gut issues as a result of veganism. 
 
I’ve started trial adding dairy in my diet, such as hard cheeses, Swiss cheese, extra mature cheddar cheeses (due to lower lactose tolerable levels), and occasionally white basmati rice (due to having zero antinutrients) and am planning to completely remove this and switch to fats as main energy source. My primary focus remains Carnivore due to always feeling best maintaining a higher amount of animal products daily and I plan on keeping it this way for the foreseeable future, the benefits are too many to count.
 
Plant based, vegetarianism and veganism may work for some (temporarily at least), but there is no disputing that animal sources are the most nutrient dense, bioavailable, most complete types of foods we can consume as humans packed with everything we need not only to survive, but thrive at optimal levels. 
 
Almost 100% recovered to begin intensely training. With this isolation lock down I’m eating, training+sleeping. If anyone has a fitness challenge let me know, feeling strong+ready to become a beast, surpass all previous fitness levels+push myself beyond my previous limits as a vegan. So thankful to this Carnivore lifestyle. Please ensure you take control of your own health, listen to your body+adapt accordingly! Thanks to tagged inspirational people, you all helped regain my health back!!!
 
You can stick with whatever info you want to share. I also have more info on my experience on my Instagram posts @jumpingtarzan 
 
” Health update of what caused me excessive pain, bloating, cramps, fatigue, malnourishment, ibs, digestive and gut issues, hemorrhoids, excessive shitting 5-10 times a day, eventually leading to an anal fistula… I strongly believe it was the heavily plant based foods I was consuming during my time of being VEGAN for 3.5 years. The last 2 years I started to quite veganism, and looked towards animal products to help heal me as nothing else was working, no matter how much I tried, hospitals and GPS, doctors advice, nutritionists, health practitioners etc. So it’s taken 1 year and almost 6 months to finally have surgery, FINALLY it is done and in the recovery stage.
 
Vegans may say I “did it wrong” but upon researching the many DANGERS of toxins and defense mechanisms in plants, and understanding the importance of animal sources for optimal nutrition and health. The past 3-4 months I have been primarily Carnivore based which has been removing all of my issues apart from some bowel pain and pressure later (due to the anal fistula) whenever I try to eat most plants or anything with fibre. I have seen nothing but POSITIVE results eating only beef, steak, salmon, eggs, fatty cuts of meat, butter, minimal dairy, some honey,  avoiding as much as possible plants, no veggies (occasional avocado’s), no fruits, no juices, no grains (sometimes white basmati rice as they have no anti nutrients), no lugumes, no beans, no lentils, NO PLANTS, only minimal, iodised or pink himalayan sea salt and bit of pepper for seasonings. My body is healing rapidly, I’ve had my surgery finally today, recovery estimate 1-2 months for total healing. Once that is finished I will attempt to incorporate a few more plants to taste as desired, but having been through hell as a result of being vegan, I will stay primarily Carnivore based as this so far as I have seen and researched is without question the most optimal, healthy, beneficial way to eat for us as humans. Animal sources contain large bioavailable forms of nutrients, easily digestible, packed essential proteins + fats for us to live. EAT YOUR MEAT you don’t want to suffer, NEVER feel guilty eating animals + taking control of your health!! ūü•©”

Listen to Matthew’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

Krissy improved digestion, chronic pain, and cravings on carnivore diet

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 ‚ÄúForks 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)

РChronic fatigue gone 

– Interstitial cystitis gone

– Eczema gone

– IBS gone

– Anxiety & depression gone

РStress levels and mood stabilized 

РHormones (cycles) balanced 

РFood cravings & addictions gone 

РBody weight & fat stabilized (lost 20 lbs and at my happy spot) 

РAble 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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.¬†




Katya improved digestion, bladder and kidney pain on a carnivore diet

My name is Katya
Andrew Davies, sent me a message t o say to submit my story.

Basically I was a Raw Vegan and¬† pioneer of the lifestyle in Australia some 20 years ago.¬† I opened the first Raw and living foods cafe, way ahead of its time, then went on to teach classes, programs and run retreats.¬† I have a background in digestive health, prior to opening my own raw food cafe,¬† lectured at Hippocrates Health Food Institute on¬† cleansing, detoxing and was also resident colonic therapist for a period of time.¬† In 1974 I had a vegetarian bf and at that time the only vegetarian ‘fake meats on the market were Sanitarium soy based dried kibble, and canned products.¬†
I  had periods of vegetarian and veganism before going raw vegan in 2000.
Throughout the first 12 months, I felt and looked  fantastic. 
 
The end of the  next year, I began to get  anemic.  I have a strong constitution, from my Russian father;s side,  yet   my reserves of iron, in particular, had now diminished.  
I began to get mildly anxious for no reason well into the  third year,

The anemia progressed into the 3rd year   until I had to see a doctor. II was so pale,  lost weight, had shortness of brerath on walking a few metres, was so fatigued and weak.. 
I finally had to go to a doctor. .My iron levels were under 7. The doctor was shocked. and adamant I eat meat.  I had to have immediate iron injections, as I refused to eat meat.  . so I ate eggs for periods of time, and then went back to eating raw vegan as if it never happened.
Then superoods’ came to the rescue promoted by David Wolfe.¬† AFA, green barley powder, spirulina.¬† I thought that would solve all my iron problems as the labels said it was high in iron.. unfortunately not bio avaialble¬† heme iron’
 
In 2012 I went fruitarian for 3 years and thats when I really struck problems. It was good at for the first 8-12 months, then
 I began to get more pin hole  cavities. Lots of them. I would get them filled and more would come.   Towards the end of fruitarianism, my teeth were so sensitive  it hurt when I ate food,  I lost two upper molars, as they had become weak and slightly looser in my gums and infections set in.
 It was a nightmare, as I refused root canals and had them extracted instead.
   
In 2015 gut and  sleep problems began to happen,  leaky gut, continual bloating, then more anxiety, brain fog and finally an auto immune disorder Рfibromyalgia. 


Two  months short of of 62,  after 20 plus years identifying  and immersing myself in the world of raw veganism, I really hit the wall.
I was still looking good on the outside, yet what was taking place on the inside could no longer be ignored. 

The signs became more obvious, pointing  to a deterioration of my skeleton, a breaking down of my kidneys, my immune system, my nervous system, my digestion, and my blood sugar regulation. I was almost Type 2 diabetic.

I never went into raw veganism for an ‚Äėethical‚Äô belief I held.

 In fact, initially, health issues weren’t my driving force either 

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For me, rejuvenation was the fuel firing the search and exploration of protocols, which repaired, renewed and rejuvenated the body, mind and spirit.

I ignored many red flags during my vegan years, yet I was successfully programmed and veganism had become my identity. Towards the end stage of veganism, I began salivating at the smell of roast chickens in clear plastic roteserie bags at the supermarkets. Yet my vegan brainswashed mind would tell me. ” Its a body bag, dont pick it up.” I shut down my body’s intelligent feedback system to eat animal foods. I had ignored it/over rode the signals for years, the intense vegan programming had taken over and I suffered the consequences I craving eggs more frequently every few weeks. Finally I had a dark night of the soul, at 62. A complete breakdown. My immune system crashed. I had 3 bouts of food poisoning within 6 months. and it was horrendous. During the period of heaving over the toilet bowl, crying and crying out in desperation for help, I heard loud and clear to “Go Eat Fish” so I did. and then after a few days. the message came to eat more fish, every day. Immediate improvement. I then went on to chicken. Yet the brainwashing was the hardest to unravel. I was convinced raw veganism was the healthiest diet on the planet, even with the health problems I was suffering with, I put it down to stress or detoxing… It took me 15 months before I could eat red meat. and then things really started to improve. I took out all high oxalate plants, and went low carb, then zero carb, while my body reset itself. It was hard, as I went through a few months of intense oxalate dumping. But I pushed through and now have reversed many of the health problems I had. My teeth are strong and firmly anchored in my gums. I have no plaque on my teeth, or sensitivity. After the incredible improvement in my dental health, just from eating meat based, I was angry for a couple of months about losing two upper molars, unnecessarily, however I’ve accepted it and am grateful that I had divine intervention to stop veganism and to change my diet. My gut is healing wonderfully, I have reversed joint pain, I have reversed sarcopenia. Finally I am gaining weight without real exercise, just from consuming lots of fatty meats. I sleep much better, deeply. Before I was waking every to hours, with my heart racing, mind racing. Now that has stopped

I am happier and cope with stress more easily.My body doesnt go into fight flight so easily. My physical strength has improved. No longer teetering on Type 2 diabetes. Bladder pain, kidney pain improved Less trips to the bathroom at night,.

Blood sugar regulation has improved Jaw tension improved. Inflammatory allergic reactions greatly improved. the auto immune Right now I eat a meat based ancestral nose to tail diet, and now that my gut has healed dramatically, I can have the occasional small inclusions of avocado, sauerkraut, or cucmber. This is just a general overview of what happened through 2 decades of almost all raw vegan. Happy to speak with you about my experiences and how a meat based diet healed me. Kind Regards Katya

Listen to Katya’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

Isaac lost weight and improved his health on a carnivore diet

Twenty eighteen , I was at the time struggling with obesity and heart issues went from pesco-vegetarian to Vegetarian to vegan. I struggled even went nutritional assistance and yet I kept gaining weight. I did IMF, Calorie Deficits, and so much but the results never came in. Thyroid Issues started to develop and gut issues so I left the vegan diet and converted to Keto. I have been almost fully two years strong on keto/ Carnivore and the results have even great. I am still growing and learning new things about nutrition. #MeatHeals  РIsaac
 
256 (2018)
198( 2020)
 
 
 

Daniel went from fruitarian to strong and healthy on a carnivore diet

Hello, I just saw Mr. Baker’s recent YouTube video and thought I’d share my photo and story here.

 
After coming to Thailand around 2 years ago as a skinny fruitarian/vegan, I eventually came around and started eating an animal based diet about 1.5 years ago. With my newfound energy, I decided to start training Muay Thai and have since excelled in my training at a very fast rate, having my first fight on national television just two months ago. I have no doubt that my diet is what keeps me able to train hard day in and day out, and my coaches have even asked me what I eat because of my great body composition. They always look shocked and confused when I tell them “more meat, no rice!” God bless and train hard everyone! ūüĎä
 
Thanks for providing a platform for me to share my story. I hope to be featured. 
 
Thanks again,
Daniel

Craig improved sleep, mental clarity, is staying sober on carnivore diet

Hi Dr Baker and team,

 
Here is my story. 
 
4 months ago I was a 312lbs alcoholic. I was on antidepressants and had sleep apnoea. I was killing myself. I knew that I needed a change. I had tried switching to vegan of all things to lose weight the month prior but I just never felt right on it; I had low energy, figuring out my macros consumed a lot of my time and no matter how I altered the diet, I was always hungry. It was as I was about to give up that I saw the transformations of the Bell brothers and saw you on the Joe Rogan podcast. Even though at first I thought carnivore sounded crazy, I eventually realized it couldnt be crazier than the way I was killing myself with how I was already eating. I decided to jump in head first and commit. I lost 15lbs in the first couple weeks, my energy improved and I finally felt capable of getting back to the gym (something I loved before I wrecked my body and health with food and alcohol). This is when I started seeing enormous changes in my body composition. By the end of the second month I was down more than 40lbs and felt amazing. 
 
Here I am a little over 4 months in, I am down to 235lbs, wearing a smaller pant size than I did when I played college baseball and have completely altered my body. I have drastically increased my lean muscle mass and I feel like a completely different person. I stand today 133 days sober, entirely free of medication, no more sleep apnoea, more mental clarity than I have ever had and living my life to the fullest. Not only did you and the carnivore diet get me in better shape, but you quite literally saved my life. Thank you for all that you do
 
Forever indebted,
 
Craig 
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Listen to Craig’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

Hi Dr Baker, 

 
I wanted to take a second to tell you my success story with the carnivore diet. In my early years I was an elite level baseball player, playing division 1 NCAA ball as a right handed pitcher. After my playing career, I yo-yo’d up and down in weight and could never find something that worked. I had tried all the restrictive calorie diets, even going vegan for a while but just couldn’t stick with anything because I was always starving. It wasnt until I started a carnivore diet that I saw real success. The last 3 months I have been eating a red meat heavy carnivore style diet, I gave up alcohol, and i am diligent with my workouts. I have gone from 307lbs to 240lbs and drastically increased my lean muscle mass. Thanks to outside of the box thinking and throwing out the social concept of demonizing red meat, I have never felt healthier and my energy in all aspects of my life shows it. Thank you for being the voice for this important movement. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Craig

Eddie improved digestion, body composition, performance on carnivore diet

Hi Dr. Baker,
My body was rebuilt with beef. I grew up eating a pasta heavy version of the SAD. Hit 270lbs at the age of 21. Dropped to 150lbs in about 10 months on a calorie restricted vegetarian diet when I was 22. By 23 I had developed cyclical vomiting syndrome and IBS as a result of my vegetarian diet.
 
At some point during my search for GI relief I was introduced to Dr. David Pyles a postdoc at UC Davis. This was probably 2005 or 2006, I was slightly alarmed that Dr. Pyles was dressed in a loin cloth. Apparently the loin cloth was a costume that dave created for burning man and continued to wear daily for many years. https://localwiki.org/davis/Tarzan_Guy
He explained this crazy hunter-gatherer diet that he was on where he would eat only meat for several days, then eat only plants for several days and alternate between the two. 
 
I did not immediately adapt dr Pyles diet, instead i drifted back to the SAD for a couple of years and while my digestion improved my weight shot up to an all time high of 290lbs (pic included). A few years later I was browsing a bookstore and found a copy of Mark Sisson’s primal blueprint. I thumbed through the first few pages and read the Grok cartoon. It made sense, I did not actually buy the book but I did adapt a paleo diet like the one caveman dave told me about. This was 2010, in addition to my diet changes I started running, lifting, and alpine skiing. After just a few months I had lost some weight and was confident enough to start swimming, I then decided to take a job as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. 
 
In 2011 the pool where I worked started a triathlon club. Our coach was Amy Charity (she went pro in women’s road cycling in 2013). I became her star pupil, showed up for every practice, every running race, every bike time trial, even started racing in the local mountain bike race series (I won the novice division that year) and started following Amy to practices with our local road bike race team. We did two triathlons that summer. I was the fastest local athlete in the second one. (actually from routt county) A week later I competed in my first road bike stage race. Adding larger amounts of animal products to my diet (I was probably eating 2+ pounds of animal products a day back then in addition to a bunch of fruit and veggies) 
 
The following summer I went a bit crazy with the sport. I was the fastest local finisher and won my age group in both triathlons. Won my age group at the local 12 race steamboat springs running series. Competed in 5 endurance mountain bike races ranging in length from 60-100 miles and competed in our local 6 race xc mountain bike race series. I also managed to win my age group at sprint and a half ironman triathlons in denver with fairly large fields. And I managed to compete in 42 seperate USAC sanctioned road bike racing events that summer. That fall I purchased a cyclocross bike and participated in cyclocross races in denver every weekend. That winter I signed up for cross country skiing lessons and picked up a copy of Loren Cordain and Joe Friel‚Äôs ‚Äúpaleo diet for athletes‚ÄĚ.¬†
 
2013 was off the hook. I followed the advice in paleo diet for athletes to the T. I was literally weighing exact portions of raisins and turkey breast out post workout. I started winning the overalls at smaller triathlons and running races. Second place overall in the running series that year. Won the sport category in mountainbiking that year and picked up my first sponsor ‚Äúguerilla tags‚ÄĚ after a podium finish in a local triathlon. Also ran my first Olympic distance triathlon with a sub 36 minute 10k at the end (sub six minute miles after the swim and bike). I started targeting longer triathlons and had some excellent results winning my age group frequently at half ironmans. I couldn‚Äôt quite hold my pace all the way to the finish and had a repeated problem of bonking with about 2 miles to go. Nonetheless even with my 6:30 mile pace dropping to 10/mile for the last couple I was still winning my age group by like 20 minutes but was often 10-15 minutes off the overall podium (frustrating in a four and a half hour race.) I Continued to road bike and cyclocross as well. That summer professional triathlete Heather Gollnick moved to town and noticed my frequent local race wins. She offered me a performance based sponsorship with her Ironedge Triathlon team for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.¬†
 
The winter of 2013/2014 I started racing in cross country skiing and decided to train for a powerlifting competition. I posted very endurance athlete numbers: 300 squat/ 180 bench / 465 deadlift I weighed in the upper 190s which put me in the 208lb class I believe. 2014 went okay, I was training for Ironman boulder with a high volume training schedule and my diet was no longer working as well. I still managed decent race performances and still raced very frequently but my GI was no longer happy and my IBS and CVS came back. Ironman boulder was a bust with my predicted sub 10 hour finish turning into a puke filled 13 hour death march. 
 
The winter of 2014/15 I read about Zach Bitter and his ketogenic diet. I went ‚Äúahah, what if I do a few months of base training on a keto diet? maybe I can train myself to be more fuel sparing on the half Ironman and start winning some overalls?‚ÄĚ I noticed that my GI symptoms immediately got better, my top end performance dipped but my work and recovery capacity dramatically increased. My version of keto was a low veggie high animal product version. Probably 3+ pounds animal products per day: Cheese, Yogurt, red meat, salami, cream, butter, coffee, a little coconut oil(at first), and some nuts (at first). I simultaneously became the leanest and the most muscular I had ever been.¬†
 
That summer I bought my first single speed mountain bike and went back to the paleo diet for athletes protocol. I managed podiums and hit PRs in the first 2 running races and my first ever single speed race. Then I started to get sick again and saw mediocre performance for the rest of the season. 
 
In 2016 I burned out completely! I went back to the SAD and tried to compete a few times with some of the worst results of my life (4:45 half Ironmans turned into 5:45).
 
2017 I read Mark Sisson‚Äôs ‚Äúprimal endurance‚ÄĚ I spent the year rebuilding on a very high meat version of his periodized keto/ TKD plan. I did a few local races but avoided triathlons and anything long. Fall of 2017 I got a singlespeed cyclocross bike and started racing in the singlespeed category in cx. Out of my first 8 starts I took 4 wins, 2 2nds, a 4th, and a flat tire. Then they moved me up a category. After 6 years of racing in Cat4 and never taking better than 10th I had finally moved up and almost instantly once I got on that singlespeed on a meat heavy diet. The little 120 lb jockeys with pencil thin arms have an advantage on a cyclocross course when they have gears but take away that crutch and all of a sudden 185lbs of muscle becomes less of a hinderance. Now singlespeed racing has become my thing. I can be seen here (featured at 4:55) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fEXqoburg2U preriding the 144 mile 9000‚Äô of climbing SBT GRVL gravel race course on my singlespeed. Somehow I made it into the preview movie with several actual pro cyclists!¬†
 
Because of my eating habits: (I‚Äôll grab a double cheeseburger with bacon at mile 40 of a 60 mile training ride while everyone else has coffee and muffins) my nickname on the bike race team is ‚Äúthe butcher‚ÄĚ. The last couple of years of training and racing on a meat heavy diet have been excellent. Last winter I read an article from Georgia Edes and started actively avoiding plants except for targetting small amounts of carbohydrate around races and key training sessions.
 
Last summer I took second in the steamboat running series and won the 30-39 age group. Won a sprint triathlon. Finished midpack
in the pro/open in the 50 mile Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race, then proceeded to take 3rd place male in a sprint triathlon the following morning. Raced in the local town challenge mountain bike race three days later then took 5th place singlespeed in the 144 mile gravel race 3 days after that. The following weekend I ran a 50k ultramarathon. The following weekend I won my age group at the 10k at 10,000’ running race next day I took second in the Oak creek 6k no fun run. I also held my own in the expert series of xc mountain bike racing and made a point of joining the roadies on plenty of long rides on my singlespeed also improved my times at all of the local road bike time trials. Held my own in the pro/open singlespeed cyclocross division all fall as well. 
 
After reading dr Baker‚Äôs book this winter I have gone full carnivore, centering my diet on several pounds of fatty red meat. No plants, lots of eggs, some dairy. A couple of weeks ago I put up my first 320lb squat at a bodyweight of 190. I am literally the strongest I have ever been at 35yo. My recovery is ridiculously fast. My work capacity is near endless. I‚Äôve noticed that If I adhere to smart training tactics like heart rate limiting, complete recovery heavy lifting, alactic sprinting, etc I can train my base for hours a day, day after day and actually become stronger and faster rather than breaking down. I call it ‚Äúsled-dogging‚ÄĚ sled dogs eat a high fat all meat diet run for many hours day after day and actually show less stress from day to day. Just like a human on the proper diet.¬†
 
This year I have already signed up for four triathlons, round 3 at the 144 mile single speed race, The running series, and the mountain bike series. This winter I have competed in all of the local cross country ski races (classic and skate) and some ski mountaineering races on my telemarks with climbing skins. I have a cross country ski marathon coming up at the end of the month.. Ill probably do a ski-mo race the day before. One place I’ve noticed that has really improved since adding more meat is my alpine skiing. I’ve lived in a ski town most of my life and have always enjoyed skiing. The last couple of years, this year especially I have been skiing much more aggressively. I like to ski the moguls and I like to ski them hard and fast. Since going full carnivore it seems i now have the energy and the confidence to launch aerial tricks off the cat tracks in between the mogul sections. Ive always been a wimp when it came to air time. Now I’m considering competing in freestyle skiing. I think the goal at this point is to use the carnivore diet to be able to compete at an elite level in a huge variety of sports while gaining physical strength as I age. 

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Jurriaan improved mood, sleep, energy, pain, and skin on carnivore diet

Hi Shawn, first of all I wanted to thank you! The way you look at health has inspired me in my work as a personal trainer.
 
My name is Jurriaan and I am 32 years old. I’m from the Netherlands.
 
¬†I’ve been struggeling with my health for many years. After a period of plant-based diet I lost so much muscle. I was depressed, had low libido for years, couldn’t work out anymore, had anxienty, insomnia, problem with coordination, chronic fatigue, raynaud syndrom, neckpain, backpain, pain in hips, hairloss, ringing ears, social anxiety, blurry vision, candida and the list goes on!¬†
 
In december 2018 I saw you on the rogan show. After that I started eating more and more meat but I was still eating the ‘magical’ brocolli. The 21st of February 2019 I started a 100% carnivore diet and that is now exactly one year ago. I wanted to let you know that I feel awesome! After years of depression I now am happy and healthy again! I feel calm and mentally clear. I can lift heavy weights again and I found back joy in my work as a personal trainer and coach.¬†
 
Shawn, in my eyes what you are doing is really brave. You are at the other side of the world, but it feels like you are standing right beside me and all the other people who are struggeling with their health. That to me is a super power! 
 
Now that I found my strength and feel healthy again I hope I can help others find theirs.

John lost weight, improved his pain and skin on a carnivore diet

A Carnivore Swashbuckler 
 
I have had a very unique career. I was a sword-fighting comedian who performed more than four thousand shows in sixteen countries around the world at Renaissance festivals and USO shows. I have done stunts in live stunt shows and have generally abused my body. This, I thought, was the cause for my debilitating knee, ankle and shoulder pain that plagued me daily. I went on to become a motivational speaker who is still very active on stage using whips and nunchucks to convey my message. The pain only increased.
 
I have always struggled with my weight my entire life ¬†and have been ‚Äúsuccessful‚ÄĚ in losing weight on a myriad of diets. I tried Herbalife, Vegan, Natural Hygienics (Fit for life), 60 day juice fasts, slim fast, and more. My brother being celiac, I went gluten free. After eventual failures with them all, I decided I must be ‚Äúallergic‚ÄĚ to carbohydrates. I got rid of sugar and sweets from my diet, but my weight still ballooned. I went Keto and saw limited results, but I was still in a lot of pain.
 
My weight continued to increase. My health declined. Topping out at 362 lbs at 6’1‚ÄĚ and 55yrs old. I started not being able to tie my own shoes (so I bought slip ons). If I sat down on the floor it was a painful struggle to stand. I became less and less mobile. I would wake every morning with horrible headaches that would last for hours. I struggled to breathe.¬† I went to the doctor. He told me he thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Several medications and tests later, he told me its not in my leg, but possibly in my lung. After that proved wrong he told me I might have congestive heart failure, then lung cancer. After many more tests and more prescriptions he decided it was all sleep apnea. I got a CPAP machine and the headaches went away. The pain persisted. I lost faith in modern medicine that shoots in the dark trying to treat symptoms rather than causes.
 
In the summer of 2019, I went to the beach with my fifteen year old son. We have a jeep and go to a secluded beach to get away from the crowds. The water was a little rough that day and I couldn’t catch my breath while in the water. I decided to get out. I caught a wave to shore a body surfed all the way to the sand. Once there I almost couldn’t get to my feet. After a very painful struggle, followed by dizziness, I got scared. I wasn’t scared for me, but for my son. I realized I was potentially putting him in a scary situation. If I had collapsed in the water, he never would have been able to get me out. If I collapsed on the shore, he wouldn’t be able to get me into the Jeep and at fifteen doesn’t drive. I apologized to him that day and promised I would lose the weight. I searched for solutions for months. I was then inspired to do a google search for, ‚Äúcarbohydrate allergy diet‚ÄĚ and quickly found the carnivore diet and decided to give it the thirty days that everyone suggests.
 
As of ¬†today, I have been on this way of eating for twenty four days. I have lost twenty five pounds. The spot of eczema I have had on my face completely disappeared. My dandruff has completely stopped. Most miraculously, in my opinion, all of my ankle, knee, and shoulder pain have completely gone away. I am so grateful for the carnivore diet. I can say that it didn’t take 30 days for me to decide to continue. I am going to the beach this summer fearless.

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