I grew up in West Virginia, eating a fairly ‘Standard American Diet’ with junk food, cereal, snacks, fast food, soda….I hated vegetables, but ate some of the ones I could tolerate, because I was supposed to. When the choice was left to me, as I approached high school age, I ate mostly meat and potatoes – not for health reasons, but it’s what I liked. I’m very thankful to have grown up hunting and butchering our own farm raised cattle. Beef was never hard to come by and always kept us fed. During my twenties, I became quite unhealthy, living on my own, eating fast food and drinking with my friends. I topped out around 240 lbs, at 5’11”. I couldn’t stand what I was seeing in pictures, and so I made some changes. Much credit goes to a magazine article I read about a ‘natural movement’ fitness program, and along with that – I discovered the Paleo diet. I switched over to 95% Paleo and dropped weight like crazy – 50lbs in 3 months. After a year or 2, I began slipping on my food choices more and more (because I didn’t actually LIKE salads and large quantities of veggies). And so I ended up back above 200, stopping around 215 this time.
Then I discovered Shawn Baker and Carnivore! At first, I truly thought this was insane. You’re telling me, I can eat steak, burgers, bacon, and eggs – and not suffer from it?!?! Too good to be true.
But I’m not the type of person to read something and take it for truth, so I decided to try it for myself….and man am I glad I did!! I eat more red meat than I have in my life (recently increased from 2 to 3 lbs per day) and I couldn’t be happier!! I feel great, mentally, physically, emotionally. I eat when I want and don’t count a single calorie or track a single macro. My initial goal was weight loss – starting at 200 lbs, I was aiming for 180-175…which I achieved in less than 10 weeks. That’s when I increased my intake. I’m comfortable with my weight and am gaining strength week over week with my sights set on an amateur strongman competition in the fall of 2020.
I signed up as a coach to help people just like you! I’m just a normal guy who’s been through many of the same issues with weight gain as most people in the US. I want to help spread the word, that meat heals….and can lead to a much better quality of life than most would have you think. Give it a try!! I’m here to help!!