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Brett heals depression, anger, nervous breakdown, insomnia, joint pain, dry skin on a carnivore diet

Why I am a thankful carnivore

I was 1st diagnosed with major depression in 1990.

In 1995 I started taking anti-depressants.

This began a cycle of wellness vs illness that gradually tilted towards being ill most of the time.

In 2007 I had your text book nervous breakdown. Crippling insomnia & anxiety joined the party.
Doctor put me on much stronger meds that included Effexor, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Remeron, Lamactil, Abilify, Seroquel, Ativan, Trazadone, Latuda & many more!

From 1995 till the end of 2017 my brain chemistry was constantly under assault by these medicines that never really helped me for more than a few weeks at most.

In 2015 I discovered I could treat my symptoms successfully with cannabis. I began LCHF diet & started walking.

By the end of 2015 I was off the anti-depressants.

By the end of 2016 I was off the ativan (after 8 years of daily prescribed use)

By the end 2017 I was off insomnia meds.

But I was still dependent on cannabis. Even as a legal patient here in Florida it is very expensive to use & I hated being dependent upon it just to treat my mood.

Then I discovered Dr Jordan Peterson on Rogan talking about the Carnivore way of eating which led me directly to Dr Shawn Baker & this website!

On July 16, 2018 I began living carnivorously. I have only consumed meat & water since that day.

10 days into the experience I lost all joint pain.

Beginning on day 23 into day 24 I felt the depression symptoms all vanish. I am 100% of depression now!

My anxiety problem gradually improved every day to where now 6.5 months in, I have no anxiety issues now to speak of.

My skin which use to be VERY dry, cracked & peeling has cleared up immensely.

I lost skin tags. My quality of sleep has improved dramatically. I frequently get 7-8 hours of sleep now.

The background noise in my head is all gone. My ability to observe has improved immensely.

Every aspect of my life has improved since I began eating meat & drinking water. I am on zero pharmaceutical medications.

This is why I am a thankful carnivore now & forever!

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Debbie improved kidney function, mental health, and lost weight on a carnivore diet

My name is Debbie Butler, I am 68 years old.Over two years ago my sister asked me to keep an eye out for Keto recipes. As I began collecting Keto recipes my interest in the low carb approach to diet caught my interest and I decided to give it a try. My sister and brother-in-law had had some success with it. So I rid my kitchen of all the forbidden foodstuffs within reason. My husband of 30 years was having o part in the diet and continued to eat stacks of cookies, chips and other high carb snacks. I began losing weight. But then I stalled and I needed answers. I watched Dr. Ken Berry’s video on what causes a stall and I immediately gave up heavy whipping cream, artificial sweeteners, and limited my diet to the bare necessities. My weight loss continued once again.

After about a year I chose to go full carnivore. My diet consists of distilled water, black coffee and fatty animal protein including eggs. I omitted all dairy except butter, no packaged food products – too much crap – and I never cheated or had the desire to. I read testimonials of people who state that they could not help themselves and I have no sympathy for them. I made a commitment to a lifestyle change and I did everything in my power to achieve it. NO EXCUSES!

I have lost 102 lbs. My goal weight was 150, I am currently 141. My husband who is a former pro football player and 82 years old had a stroke on 8/5/19. I immediately placed him on a keto diet and he’s lost 83 lbs. He had complained of pain in his knees and hips, he no longer mentions it.

I have been able to discontinue seven medications. I have polycystic kidney disease. My kidney function has improved from 32% to 44%. That was last measured 10/1/19 due to the pandemic. I suspect it has improved even further. Giving up carbohydrates has changed my life completely. My mental and physical health have improved dramatically. I will NEVER return to such an unhealthy lifestyle again.

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Thom improves joint pain, mood, sleep, and weight loss on a carnivore diet

Shawn,

I found you on Twitter because Amy Berger (@TuitNutrition) mentioned you. I had just been insulted by two friends within 24 hours, both of whom said I was fat.

In addition, I had been told by basketball officiating observers that if I wanted big games and tournament assignments, I needed to lose weight.

One of the big problems for me was the head-spinning, confusing ways of going about it. Paleo and most LCHF diets require an encyclopedic-like recipe book. I HATE that. I want simplicity.

So, I was at a bad point. I was paralyzed into inaction by the complex recipes, going to the grocery to buy a thousand ingredients, but I was also very angry that I not only allowed myself to get so out of shape and wasn’t doing anything about it. Vicious cycle.

Then, I started following you on Twitter. It was a blessing from God, man. So simplistic to eat all meat (in my case eggs, too), yet it seemed it might be effective. I decided to give it a genuine shot. No cheating. No “kind of” doing it. I was all the way IN.

At first, it was weird eating steak for breakfast. But I followed what I saw you saying to others.

That was 20 weeks ago. In 20 weeks, I have…

  • Lost 49 pounds *
  • 38-40″ waist to 34″
  • Increased my energy (I used to want to take a nap at about 2:00 every afternoon. Now I feel energy throughout the day.)
  • Better sleep (Used to wake up at about 3:00 AM, and now sleep 7-8 hours straight)
  • Increased my cognitive sharpness (recall, analysis, etc.)
  • Improved my emotional state (Things that used to easily get me down now don’t)
  • Eliminated plantar fasciitis, which had bothered me for two years
  • Eliminated almost all of my knee pain
  • Increased my weight lifting numbers
  • Increased my desire to do work throughout the day

My diet every day is as follows:

  • Breakfast – 4-5 scrambled eggs and as many strips of bacon as I want, water
  • Dinner – 16-ounce steak OR 3 1/3-pound chuck burgers (occasional cheese added) OR 1 pound of roast beef OR a whole chicken from Costco or Boston Market with no sides, water (occasional ICE brand flavored water)

I don’t have to go to the store and buy a lot of things. I don’t have to look up recipes. I turn on the stove top or the grill.

I have no intention of stopping, as I enjoy every meal.

I can’t wait until the “friends” who insulted me see me again. Let’s see if those a**holes are as quick to compliment me as they were to rip me. Same with the basketball officiating observers.

Thank God I found you, Shawn. I appreciate your insight, effort and encouragement to all of us trying to get better.

Thom

* Update: This post was written in mid-December 2017. Since then, Thom is now down a total of 57 pounds from his original weight.