My story is pretty intense and spans practically my entire life. I am a c-section baby and for as long as I can remember I have been sick. As a young child my autoimmune issues weren’t so severe. Minor eczema, canker sores. But I did showcase autistic tendenciess and always had severe anxiety and mood problems. When I was eight years old I started noticing stomach pains and was frequently going to the bathroom. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 10 years old and for four years struggled greatly with it. I was eventually put on Remicade and was declared in remission. I tried eating healthy but had a horrible relationship with food. I ate like crap and partied a ton during my 20s. I became very interested in sustainability and when I was 26 decided to do a high carb vegetarian diet. I lost a ton of weight. But then things started getting weird.
My left side of my body started becoming increasingly numb. An MRI determined I had a brain stem Cavernoma. It was not related to my diet, the doctors said. My symptoms got progressively worse and in the summer of 2017 I had a hemmorrhagic stroke. An emergency surgery removed half of the cavernoma. I found the Keto diet during my recovery and lost 60 pounds. But symptoms returned. My surgeon told me a 2nd surgery would be required. It was a success and the cavernoma was removed.
I read The Plant Paradox 10 months ago and decided not to continue with my Remicade treatments. I followed the diet well, even consuming a litre of olive oil a week. At first I felt great. Then the rashes showed up. Then I couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed. I was depressed. When a big rash that smelled like cheese appeared on my left armpit, I knew something was up. It was Candida. I was also experiencing horrible SIBO. I was worried my Crohn’s would soon rear it’s ugly head again. I had heard about the carnivore diet but thought it couldn’t be legit.
It was only after listening to Paul Saladino that I decided to give the diet a shot. Within a week the candida, rashes, and horrible digestion were gone. The depression went after that. And the anxiety and mood issues ? Wow! I can’t explain the difference. I’m just a happier person overall.
But here is where it gets interesting. I am starting to notice neurological improvements. I still have some nerve damage post brain surgeries. I’ve been on the diet for 8 months but have only started to notice real significant changes after switching to a steak , liver, and raw fat diet. I’m really curious to see how I progress as I continue with this diet.
I wake up every morning with a smile on my face knowing I’m the healthiest I have ever been. And who doesn’t love to crush steaks!! I’m so grateful and looking forward to seeing how things change moving forward.