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Jurriaan improved his mood, sleep, energy, pain and skin on a 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.
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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 “successful” 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 “allergic” 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” 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, “carbohydrate allergy diet” 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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Heidi was a vegetarian and suffered with heart pounding, dizziness, shortness of breath, poor energy and improved all of her symptoms on a carnivore diet

Hello Dr Baker: 

 
I was a vegetarian for 20 some years, from my late 20’s to 50 years of age when my health suddenly crashed, seemingly overnight. Stomach pain, heart pounding, dizziness, shortness of breath, dry mouth, itching watery eyes, broken capillaries, “brain buzz,” mouth burning & itching, physical weakness and shakiness, night sweats. Symptoms were the worst at night so sleep was a distant memory. I had been physically active all my life, but as I was unable to eat or sleep I became weaker and weaker having barely enough energy to do the essentials. Unable to work, had to close my business and lost everything. Doctors gave me hormones, antacids, and tranquilizers. So called “Wholistic” doctors just wanted to sell me the supplements they have stocked in their back rooms. It took me 8 years to figure out that ALL my symptoms were related to food. (These were the years before everyone had a PC so information was difficult to find)
 
Don’t want to bore you with all the horrid details, but over the last 20 years (I am 70) I slowly added meat to my diet, but being as brainwashed as I was about all those healthy fruit and veggies, I actually thought I was hurting myself if I left them out. When I came upon your YT channel I finally had the courage to stop all but meat and eggs. I still occasionally have some stomach ulcer pain, but it’s mild and digestive enzymes help. My gallbladder pain is totally gone along with the rest of my symptoms. I sleep well and have adequate energy.  
 
Thank you for your dedication to health and for going against the stream. 
Heidi
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Jennifer improved her cravings, digestion and mood on a carnivore diet

Hi,

I ate strictly meat and primarily red meat OMAD in January.  Before I was an ultra runner to try to keep my weight down.  Running and eating a ton a supplements and “clean” foods.  No matter how much I ran and ate clean my weight eventually increased.  I am a tough girl and dragged this 200+ body over more trail miles than I care to admit.  My longest race was a 50 miler.  So, I stopped running and started lifting weights and eating strict Carnivore.  First thing to go was stomach bloating.  I have been on strict Carnivore now for just over 3 months and I am not going back to vegetarian, vegan or raw vegan (did that for 20+ years).  I definitely experience the zero carn zen now.  Before, my emotional rollercoaster of a personality ran me ragged.  The changes now are now as fast as when I first ate raw vegan but now they feel sustainable with ZERO cravings and I like calm, strong, grateful me.
 
Hope this helps 🤗 -Jennifer
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Andrew improved his mood, energy, cravings, and anxiety on a carnivore diet

Coming out of high school I had never considered what I was eating, and had never deliberately exercised. I wasn’t overweight, but I was soft. By the time I was 22, I was overweight, tired, lazy, probably depressed, at 6’ 235lbs. I tried a low carb and low fat diet, with lots of chicken and egg whites, which was popular at the time, and after some ups and downs I eventually got down to 165, which was leaner than my high school days. This is when I started lifting and experimenting with carbs again, and by about 24 years old I was 200 lbs of lean hard muscle and finding a lot of success with a sort of paleo diet— lots of avocado and nuts with my chicken breast and blueberries. By 26 all of the “good” eating habits were out the window, gym sessions were rare, and my weight was steadily increasing as my muscle was melting away. By 30 I was severely depressed, I couldn’t for the life of me get back into chicken/veggies, and especially couldn’t get myself into the gym. Every day I was looking at a big burger or a steak with an IPA for 20 minutes of enjoyment after a long hard day. I felt a little guilty about the beers and potatoes, but I felt really guilty about the steaks. That’s how brainwashed I was. I had vegan friends and family members influencing my thoughts but I wasn’t doing any reading. Steak was a guilty pleasure and I blamed it (and the beers to a lesser extent) for my decline— I even tried having plant based days and weeks here and there thinking it would help (it didn’t, it made me hungry and sad, even with a grain, a green, and a bean on every plate). That routine lasted about four years, until late 2019, when I hit a soft 230, then to avoid passing 235 and being at my “worst ever” I simply decided not to eat anything that comes with a side of guilt. That was my new diet plan, whatever was guilt free.

Being back on chicken and veggies for a month, with no alcohol or caffeine, I felt really good, and I dropped like 9 lbs. Usually a month was my breaking point for chicken and broccoli and I feared that I was going to cave soon, as I was craving a beer or a whole cake. A few months prior I met a woman who’d lost 80 lbs on carnivore, and I thought she was crazy, or lying. Curious, though, and worried my chicken and spinach diet was going to fizzle out, I researched carnivore and found Dr. Baker. After buying his book and reading half of it I switched from chicken/veggies to steaks and eggs. I thought I felt good on chicken with asparagus, but I felt REALLY good on carnivore.

Within a week I had dropped another 9 lbs or so. I didn’t feel hungry ever, my mood and energy were at a constant 90% or higher, just STABLE. After another week I started to notice my anxiety, while still there, was attached to real problems (like running late, etc) instead of just being constant and for no apparent reason. My appetite was super steady and consistent, I knew a steak and four eggs for breakfast would leave me SATISFIED for 8-10 hours. This made life easier, especially while traveling, or looking after my 10 month old daughter. It’s a lot easier to be a super busy business owner, a good husband, and a good father when you’re not worried about feeding yourself. I stopped obsessing about calories and macros. I stopped feeling guilty. I stopped craving alcohol, sweets, cheese (crazy, right?), or even bread. Bread was hard to give up for chicken and veggies but not hard at all for steaks.

I’ve been almost completely carnivore for seven weeks and they’ve been the most colorful and exciting seven weeks I can remember. Today I weigh just over 190 lbs and I still haven’t gotten back in the gym or taken two steps into a run— but now I’m actually craving it. I plan to get my fitness straightened out very soon and I imagine it’ll be a breeze with how much better I’ve been feeling. Right now a steak makes me feel like I have a pump, it’s pretty much euphoric.

When I was posting pictures of baked potatoes covered with bacon and cheese next to a Guinness, my friends would comment that it looked amazing. Now when I post a rib eye with a side of porterhouse they message me “concerned about my health.” This diet is insane, people think you’re nuts, but for every one “worried” acquaintance I have, I have a dozen who say I’m glowing. I don’t know if I’ll stick to this forever, but I do know I’m keeping it in my back pocket to fall back on in case I ever slip into horrible habits. This has been the EASIEST and most rewarding approach to my physical and mental wellness I’ve ever tried. Thank you, dr. Baker, the Petersons, and joe rogan for sharing about this crazy diet!

-Andrew

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Poll.llux improved her digestion, anxiety and brain fog on a carnivore diet

Hi there,

Started having stomach issues ~4 years ago, transitioned to a high carb vegan diet because I was convinced it was the healthiest way to eat, stayed with it for 2 years & it completely ruined my gut & I suffered daily from brain fog, low energy, anxiety, & depression. Learned about the carnivore diet through Shawn Baker and Jordan & Mikhaila Peterson on Joe Rogan’s podcast, switched over to keto/carnivore & after 5 months now my health is near completely restored. Energy, digestion, mental clarity all healed. I still can’t believe it & can’t thank the community enough.

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Craig lost weight, gained muscle and improved his relationship with food and alcohol on a carnivore diet

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
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Sophie improved her digestion, malnutrition and stunted growth on a carnivore diet

Here’s the success story of my oldest daughter on an only meat based diet. 
 
Sophie was born in 2007 after an early induction. When she was born she couldn’t breath and she spent 15 days in the NICU with an IV and rounds of antibiotics. I couldn’t breastfeed her (I was advised against it because it wasn’t nutritionally dense enough) so you could imagine my feelings as a first time mother. 
 
 Instead, doctors preferred her on formula because she was underweight at birth. When we returned home I knew there was something very wrong. She would vomit and experience severe acid reflux after drinking her soy formula. After 4 months, Sophie wasn’t gaining weight and would barely eat and sleep. The doctors advised a plant based diet along with grains, legumes and zero fat to resolve her issues and I was even called a bad mother for not doing it the way I was supposed to (when things weren’t improving)  
 
After 9 months of severe constipation, acid reflux, pale skin, malnutrition and underweight, we decided to give meat a go. My gut instinct was screaming, red meat please!!! 
 
Her and I healed in the process (myself as an ex vegetarian). Sophie has followed a meat based diet for the past 11 years. Her meals consists of primarily red meat and fresh fish (sashimi being one of her favorite meals) bone broth, raw and cooked eggs, raw goats milk and yogurt, animal fats and organs.  
 
After a year of exclusively feeding her bone broth and red meat, her issues went away for real!!! I remember when doctors told us she wouldn’t be able to walk or talk, so much that we refused to take her back to well-child check ups  for 6 years because she was so damn healthy! 
 
9 years later after Sophie’s birth, she was  diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a syndrome that carries many cardiovascular and respiratory issues but Doctors were so amazed and impressed at how healthy her heart was, they still wouldn’t agree with her diet, so they assumed it was just luck. 
 
Sophie is now 12 and she lives a life with zero life  restrictions. She can eat and swallow properly, she can breath better, she can walk and run , she can communicate, she can  control her vowel movements and most of all, she can live a fulfilling life, free of pain. 
 
The pictures attached: 
 
First picture is Sophie at 9 months old versus 2 years of age. 
 
Recent picture of herself at 12 years of age. 
 
Thank you for this platform! 
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Amy improved her skin, fibromyalgia, asthma, and relationship with food on a carnivore diet

Hi, I’m Amy and the carnivore diet has healed my fibromyalgia, asthma, issues from hysterectomy and pelvic reconstruction, menopausal problems, chronic migraines, disposition for easy injury, and immunity issues as well as further enhanced my recovery from food addiction. 

 

I have had issues with food addiction and body dysmorphia from as far back as I can remember. Growing up I was a normal body size despite sneaking sugary foods as often as I could. I went on my first diet at age 9 and dieted frequently from about age 13 until age 32. Once I hit my early 20s, I started having real issues with weight, though, and proceeded to take my seat on the weight gain and loss roller coaster. After more than a decade of this hell, I found a 12-step program where I walked in at over 300 pounds (136 kg).

 

After joining the 12-step program In 2002 I started on a food plan that eliminated all sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, caffeine, alcohol and excess dietary fats. This plan also called for me to weigh and measure everything I put in my mouth and to eat three set meals a day with one snack at night. I ate a *lot* of vegetables, a decent amount of fruit, a good bit of grains, and minimal protein and fat. I lost 140 pounds (63.5 kg) in my first year or so of the program and have maintained that general amount of weight loss ever since. My food plan between 2002 and 2008 changed a number of times; I went through a period where I tried to reincorporate wheat back into my diet (that didn’t go well) and I added back and took out caffeine & dairy too many times to count. 

 

From an early age I had a poor constitution – I was sick with bronchitis, ear infections, and other upper respiratory illnesses multiple times per year every year. I was hospitalized for pneumonia once and developed that disease multiple times in my life. If there was any type of illness going around, I was sure to catch it.

 

In 2008 I also started developing physical health issues. They were mild and seemingly random at first: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and a frozen shoulder were the first things to occur and I took care of each of those through physical therapy. But then I was in a car accident late that year and after that the physical ailments started piling up. I was in and out of doctor’s offices and my journey to find better health began in earnest. After trying pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy, I started to look towards my diet with the first stop at an ayurvedic medicine clinic. That didn’t seem to help so I tried a vegetarian diet for 6 months. I didn’t notice any improvement, but I didn’t get worse so I went vegan. After about 6 months of being vegan, I felt considerably worse – to the point where I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed some days. It was around this time that a doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was also seeing a neurologist for an issue with frequent migraines and was put on a preventative medicine for those. My instincts told me to add animal products back to my diet and I felt better almost immediately after doing so, but I still didn’t feel as good as I thought I should for a woman in her 30s.

 

That period of trial and error lasted about 3 years and in 2011 I discovered the Paleo diet. I felt somewhat better following that plan, but I still had many physical issues as well as all my regular upper respiratory illnesses throughout the year and continued to seek solutions without success. Then in 2015 I was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma and began a regiment of medication for that disease. My frustration with all of my health issues really peaked here. I wasn’t sure what else I could try and basically decided that it was just my constitution – I thought I was just the type of person who was meant to get sick and frail at an early age. 

 

In late 2017 I had a hysterectomy, pelvic reconstructive surgery and a bladder sling put in. By mid 2018 I had gained at least 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and was feeling horrible physically. The urge incontinence the bladder sling was supposed to have fixed was still there, I had discomfort in my entire pelvic region, and I was exhausted. My menopausal symptoms also intensified: hot flashes & flushes, wild mood swings, swollen and painful breasts, vaginal dryness and discomfort. Once again, I decided to look at different food plans and began earnestly searching online. Thankfully, the ketogenic diet was gaining in popularity around this time and I came across some resources that seemed promising. I decided to try it. Those 10 pounds came off quickly and my husband was inspired to try the diet with me. He had much more weight to lose and rapidly lost 40 pounds, but was worried that we were going to give ourselves heart attacks with all the meat and fat we were eating. I found a low carb doctor in our area and made appointments to see him to help put my husband’s mind at ease. 

 

During that appointment, the doctor mentioned the carnivore diet – not as a suggestion, but in passing – and my first reaction was, “Who would want to do that??? I could never just eat meat. How boring!” When I went home, though, I began researching to see what the carnivore diet was all about and why people would go on it. I discovered a lot of online resources and began reading some of the success stories and started to wonder if a carnivorous diet could help me fix my health issues. By this time, I had been on keto for 2 months and although I felt pretty good (after the initial carb flu), I still was suffering from asthma pretty badly. I stewed on the idea for a couple of weeks and finally on October 18, 2018 decided to take the plunge for 30 days to see if a carnivore diet would help my asthma and fibromyalgia. I felt so good after 30 days that I decided to extend the trial to 90 days. And after 90 days, I felt even better so there was no reason for me to go back to eating any other way.

 

I have not taken asthma medication since late 2018. Right around two months after starting the carnivore diet I noticed my breathing was improving so I stopped my maintenance inhaler and decided to just use my rescue inhaler as needed. Well, I haven’t needed it. I also have not had any “fibro flares” in all this time. None!! I am no longer exhausted, achy, foggy-headed and miserable from that dreadful autoimmune condition. Another fibro-related issue I suffered from was IBS-type symptoms (I was never diagnosed with IBS nor did I ever mention those symptoms to a doctor). But I suffered from intermittent constipation and diarrhea as well as issues with gassiness for many years. After the initial adjustment to carnivore, those issues have gone away.

 

Since going carnivore, this girl who was deemed to have a poor constitution has had one mild cold. ONE! I no longer walk around in fear of contracting whatever the latest illness is that is going around. Additionally, sometime in the past 5 years or so I started developing cherry angiomas all over my body. My dad has a lot of these so I thought I just inherited that trait from him and there wasn’t much I could do about them except burn them off (shhh, don’t tell the dermatologist!). My husband asked me if I had burned off the ones on my back because he noticed they were gone. I had done no such thing – they had all disappeared on their own! I then realized that other ones I had in different areas were also gone. Every website I have read about cherry angiomas says the cause is unknown. Well, I still am not 100% certain of the cause, but I definitely know the cure. 

 

My urge incontinence has disappeared and I no longer feel the pressure and discomfort in my pelvic region that I did for the first year after my surgery. My menopausal issues have also mostly resolved (so far) since going carnivore. I no longer have hot flashes or flushes, my mood is stable, and I don’t suffer from vaginal dryness. I do still have some minor vaginal discomfort (which happened from the surgery) and breast tenderness, but both are issues that don’t affect me too much. 

 

On a different tack, but equally (or possibly even more) impactful than the health issues resolving is how the carnivore diet helped me to recognize my satiety point. Ever since joining a 12-step program for food addiction, I was basically taught that my satiety meter was broken and could not be fixed nor trusted. And I saw the truth in that while I was eating the traditional food plan that is followed by many in that organization. If I didn’t weigh and measure my meals, I could easily overeat at every meal. As I progressed in my recovery and felt safer not weighing or measuring my food while eating out, I noticed that I would often end up overfull after meals having eating more than my body needed. While I was eating, though, I had no signals that told me to stop eating. I could have easily kept going if I wasn’t being mindful and trying to eat reasonable portions. Eating carnivore, though, changed all that. It is just about impossible to overeat because my body physically won’t let me eat any more. I find I naturally lose interest in eating or put my fork down without even thinking about it. In extreme cases, I start to get nauseated as my body sends clear signals that it has had enough. This is something I don’t remember experiencing once in my entire life prior to eating a carnivorous diet. And as a recovering food addict, this is downright mind blowing and awe inspiring.

 

The carnivore diet has given me such a freedom – I thought I knew what freedom from food obsession was when I joined my 12-step recovery group, but the freedom I experience on a carnivore diet has surpassed that. It is a much more natural way of being and living and has brought my recovery from food addiction to the absolute next level. After almost 50 years of suffering with multiple types of health issues and resigning myself to getting old, sick, and frail, the carnivore diet has brought me a whole new hope and perspective. I now look forward to growing older and getting stronger and healthier as I go. I continue to see improvements in my physical and mental health all the time. I’m excited to see how much better things will get as I continue to regain health by eating an all-meat diet.

 

My pictures chronicle how I looked at my heaviest (prior to a 12-step program), then at a healthy weight but still with persistent health issues to today where I’m still at a healthy weight (although I’m continuing to lean out) – the biggest difference is now I’m healthy inside and out! 

 

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Amber improved her joint pain, and energy levels on a carnivore diet

Good Afternoon!

 
I wanted to submit my success story.
 
My name is Amber and I’m 32, 5’4 and 129#. Starting in 2014 I had been experiencing muscle weakness, joint pain, and neurological symptoms such as: numb hands, loss of feeling in my feet and the sides of my legs. I was also having trouble staying awake during normal functioning hours of the day. I switched from the S.A.D. in 2017 to a ketogenic diet, but mostly plant based (less than 25% meat). That helped initially, but I would still flare and have extreme symptoms. I noticed during my worst flare in April 2019 that the flare directly followed a stir-fry vegetarian meal high in greens, seeds, tofu, and olive oil to cook in.  I was sick for months with numbness and joint paint, which led me to discover the existence of oxalates and the anti-inflammatory nature of the ketogenic carnivore lifestyle. In Sept I went full carnivore: Beef, lamb, organs, bone marrow, tallow, suet, etc. Within 14 days the numbness in my hands was resolved and within a month the remainder of the numbness was gone. Now 4 months in I have minimal joint paint and my gait is unaltered. I have outstanding energy, mental clarity, and a true lust for life I’ve not had since my teenage years. Thank you carnivore diet and all the carnivore doctors and pioneers for showing me the light! 
 

Thanks in Advance!
 
Amber