Asra Conlu

I’m from the Philippines and I’m 46 years old. I don’t follow any diet. I go by instinct mostly. I would just realize later on that whatever I was already eating out of instinct was actually a thing. Vegetarian, raw vegan, zero carb, paleo keto PKD, raw primal, — were labels I would learn after the fact.

For the first 20 years of my life, I ate well. Lots of pork, beef, bone marrow, liver, raw milk, and eggs. Like every Filipino, I also ate some starch in the form of steamed rice. Growing up in the rural countryside, I snacked on fresh coconuts and the best seasonal fruits in the tropics. I was very healthy growing up.

In the next 20 years, I turned vegetarian for ethical reasons. I became skin and bones. I was anemic. I was constantly fainting. I had low energy. Any doubts I had about the state of my health as a vegetarian disappeared when I had two miscarriages one after the other.

I was advised to gain body fat for a better chance at pregnancy. Desperate to put on fat, I ate at restaurants for one year. Nothing was off limits. It worked. I gained body fat. But my hips, wrists, and back hurt like crazy. I would wake up with crippling joint pain. I couldn’t even do light exercises such as yoga.

That’s when I went raw vegan. Just fresh fruits and vegetables plus nuts and seeds. I was hungry all the time. I was grazing the whole day. It was an improvement from one year of eating just about anything at restaurants. I was less inflamed. But I was having diarrhea all the time. I was constantly bloated. My bones were cracking and my hair was falling out. I felt old. I was only 43 then.

Then I started craving meat, lots of meat. For one year, I ate nothing but steak everyday. It seems extreme, but that was what my body demanded. I had no idea how healing meat could be. In less than a week, no more joint pains, no more hair loss, better skin, stronger bones, more restful sleep, improved mood, no more bloat, zero digestive issues. I could go on and on. But when I ate anything other than plain meat, joint pains returned. I also started to have skin reactions in the form of eczema if I ate eggs, dairy, or even the tiniest amount of plant matter in seasonings.

After 14 months of eating steak everyday, I started to crave organ meats and more fats. Pork belly and liver or bone marrow became my staple. I wasn’t aware of it at the time but I was already eating PKD or Paleo Keto style.

A month into PKD, I started craving raw meat. After two months of PKD, the last month being raw PKD, I felt invincible. I added back raw eggs, raw dairy, and a few bites of fresh seasonal fruits. To my surprise, I had zero issues. No crippling joint pains or annoying eczema lasting many days like they used to.

I’m grateful I discovered the amazing healing properties of meat, the one food I thought was so unhealthy I went to great lengths to avoid it. How so wrong I was. The struggle against brainwashing is real. Thank goodness I stumbled upon PKD. I’m glad I trusted my body when I had a craving for raw meat, raw eggs, and raw dairy. I’ve found perfect health at last eating foods I naturally love.

Ron Mauer

Funny how life throws you a bone when you feel like the best of it is behind you. Feb. 2017 I was 350+lbs. Depressed and a drunk. Woke up the morning of the 2nd and got ready for work. Bent over to tie up my boots and had to get in a breath to even finish. This just sent me through the roof. I was a wildland firefighter. I had to quit because I couldn’t do the pack test. I couldn’t hunt anymore. It just snapped, this had to change.

Meat heals folks. A1C from 11.2 to 4.7. Now I happily stand at 210lbs.

Alicia L.

To celebrate 100 days carnivore, today I wanted to share many of the benefits I’m grateful for since starting carnivore.

Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list and is sure to grow with time. I am so fortunate and grateful for the results I have recognized thus far.

Disclaimer:

The following is intended as a discussion and exploration of our personal health and our experience with a carnivorous way of eating and is not meant to be taken as medical advice or to suggest a cure or treatment for any disease or illness. The positive benefits listed are not guaranteed and should not be expected. This is an n=1 experiment. All body weight exercises discussion is for informational purposes only. If interested in this practice, please educate yourself thoroughly. Also, seek advice from a qualified holistic or medical professional. We do not accept liability for damage or injury that may allegedly arise from any information or suggestions herein. As with anything, taking yourself to extremes can be very dangerous unless you are well trained and know what you’re doing.

Cognitive/Mental Benefits

The initial claim that triggered me to research and, ultimately, pursue carnivore related to mental and cognitive health. For as long as I can remember, I struggled with sleep issues. Running on limited sleep for decades led to unstable moods and unhappiness. Both of which lead to emotional eating.

Sleep – I sleep more comfortably, more deeply, and for longer durations with more interesting dreams. I wake up more refreshed. Even on nights when I sleep less I feel just as amazing in the morning. While still improving, several nights recently I stayed asleep for the entire night.

Calmness within my mind – I feel clarity in my mind and a more profound ability to philosophize and articulate ideas. There are no lingering feelings of anxiety or depression. My self-esteem and confidence manifest greater than ever.

Joyful/happy- Throughout the day, I experience more positive thoughts which opens my eyes to more perspectives than before. I am feeling brighter and more eager to be social. I find it hard to stop smiling most of the time.

Relief and self-control from food addictions and cravings – Eliminating carbohydrates, whether sugar, vegetable, or anything in between, is not easy for anyone. Food is a huge part of our 24/7 life, and they have made much of it addictive. For me, keeping some vegetables in my diet not only made me feel like crap, but it made me keep craving sugary treats_. I wonder if my carb-addicted gut bacteria are gone or if those_ cravings come from deficiencies caused by food my body couldn’t process.

To be fair, these are things I had been working on for some time now, but I have recognized greater improvements since going carnivore.

Physical Benefits

Obesity makes every task more difficult. At points, I carried well over 100 extra pounds. No wonder I lacked the energy to workout after a long day. When I did a workout, I would be sore for days which limited any progress I could make. Carbohydrates tired me out and kept me feeling hungry.

Increased energy, strength, power, ability and consistent progress – I know for a fact that I could not hold myself up on parallel bars ever before in my life. Being able to hold myself up the first time at the calisthenics park I instantly felt more powerful.

Less soreness – Granted my workouts changed, but I see that they are more challenging than the past. I imagine this has to do with lactic acid differences since my body uses ketones rather than glycogen or glucose for energy.

Clothes – My clothes sit better on my body. I have shrunk out several outfits and now fit in clothes I haven’t worn in over ten years.

Feeling nourished – Uncontrollable feelings of hunger are a thing of the past. When I ate foods my body couldn’t assimilate to, I always felt hungry. Now, most of what I consume is used by the body leaving me feeling nourished all of the time.

Digestive comfort – Lately, I suffer from minimal and ever lessening stomach/gastrointestinal discomfort. I have consistent bowel movements and very little gas or bloating ever. So, I feel calmness within my body.

Better bladder control – Finally I can sleep through the night and less frequent urge, despite previously having issues with an overactive bladder.

Personal Benefits

Each day, I strive to be better than I was the day before. I understand that the smallest accomplishments we barely give attention to result in our biggest successes in life.

Able to think and work longer- When working on my creative pursuits especially, I always found myself needing breaks. Now I reach a higher level of focus and end up completing work faster than expected. The only downside is that sometimes I can overthink and end up with too many ideas.

Growing creativity – Lately, I find myself trying new types of art and doing so more frequently. Also, I have outlined and brainstormed for many writing side projects. It feels amazing.

Less procrastination – I have noticed that especially with day to day type activities as soon as I think about doing a task I do the action without hesitation. No excuses, no time wasted, my tasks get done early.

I trust myself – Unlike before, I now trust myself to make good decisions with food and my body in general. I know that my body will tell me what I need. Therefore, I feel calmness with myself.

Feeling closer and more connected with my husband – We pay more attention to each other’s bodies and compliment each other’s progress. We see each other in a way we can’t see ourselves. It has been very refreshing. Not to mention, when it comes to meals choosing between a couple of meat choices minimizes the never-ending “what do you want to eat” battle.

Originally published on Alicia’s blog, Dirty Windshield.

Lauren H.

Background: I was completely healthy going into this and already in better shape than majority of people. I have not been sick once in over 6 years and have long prided myself on not being brainwashed by our corrupt health system. I read the GAPS diet book and have long understood the healing benefits of meat. My dad is a rancher and raises his own grass fed beef & pork. Sugar grams have been primarily all I have looked at on nutrition labels to avoid for the past decade. Health has always been a top priority for me.

I found Dr. Baker on Twitter and started researching the Carnivore Diet (Note: I am someone that researches everything to ad nauseam). I was honestly shocked how much I was still brainwashed, despite all the stuff I mentioned above. I ate about 80% plant-based and about 20% animal products. I ate this way because believed the ‘micronutrient’ propaganda that made me think I needed to be eating fruits and vegetables even though I have long been opposed to the global warming BS that we are fed.

Diet before: All organic fruits, vegetables, dairy (minimal), grass fed meats, pastured eggs, sugar treats somewhat regularly but controlled. I basically started Carnivore to see if there was any improvements for someone like me that was already way ahead of the curve in health. I should also add that I do not believe in conventional medicine. I would never take any pharmaceutical and recognize that vaccines are poison.

Issues: The only issue that I have really had in the past 10 years is imperfect skin. My skin has always been really sensitive to razor burn and have never had ‘clear’ skin but it wasn’t a huge issue either. I attributed it to mostly hormonal issues near my period when things would flare up. I workout most days of the week and would get blemishes on my legs from the sweat and spandex combination too (or so I believed).

Current Diet: I started the Carnivore Diet on 7/23. This week will be 100 days. Since I was not on the typical Standard American Diet before, the transition was pretty easy even though I was consuming mostly carbs before. Day 3, 4, and 5 felt sort of awful/low energy and then woke up on day 6 feeling amazing and have felt that way ever since. I was pretty strict for 30 days other than allowing myself vanilla stevia drops for my coffee and eating full fat plain yogurt (+ vanilla stevia drops) occasionally. After 30 days, I started allowing myself to eat 1 avocado a week and after 60 days, I started adding a few tablespoons of fermented vegetables & horseradish mustard to sardines to make a sardine salad for post workout lunch sometimes. Mostly for the flavor and crunch. ***I also cheat 1X per week with an real dessert. Yes, it does give me minor digestion issues, and no, I don’t care. Ice cream, a cupcake or a cookie is still worth it to me.*** Other than that, I have coffee in the morning, eggs + cheese for brunch (wait as long as I can in the a.m.), sardines or some smoked salmon for post workout if I feel hungry and beef for dinner (0.5-1lb/ day). It’s not physically possible for me to get sick of eating steak and eggs. I am excited for every meal. I have no reason to go back to eating the way I was before and do not intend to.

Results: Skin is the clearest it’s ever been. Barely have any issues anymore and the few blemishes that have appeared, the skin heals 10x faster. My skin sensitivity has gone down a lot too. You can see from the photos below that in one week, my stomach looks much less bloated. The second photo was after 1 month. I have not really lost weight, but didn’t really have much to lose to begin with. I definitely feel leaner. The biggest shock to me, and the reason I will continue this way of eating, is the difference in digestion. I used to stress about regularity & fiber because I felt bloated all the time. I don’t even think about it now at all. When I cheat, I actually feel the intestinal distress. Hard to believe I lived that way for so long. The other major thing I noticed is less muscle fatigue when working out. My stamina and strength have improved to where I now cut myself off based on time. I do yoga or calisthenics HIIT workouts only with no weight. Lastly, I used to sunburn easily (\~30 min in sun) and I have twice been out in the sun for 90 min without sun screen on this diet and did not burn either time. I saw a guy on instagram talk about this, so I tested it out. I am not sure why this occurs but the results are real and I am happy to not being wearing toxic sunscreen anymore!

After a week on a carnivore diet, Lauren looks and feels much less bloated.

Conclusion: Vegan propaganda and our conventional medical system are part of a plan to weaken our population so they are dumber and easier to control. I will advocate the Carnivore Diet from now on, as my eyes have been opened even further. I look and feel better than I ever have at 35 and do not miss eating a carb heavy diet at all. I will also add that the simplicity of eating this way cannot be understated. Requires very little time and effort, thus no one has any excuse not to try this out. You will not regret it.

Marin B.

Hello meat eaters,

This is not a special story nor a special case. I am not sick I don’t any medical condition, just a guy that likes to experiment on his own body. I was on all sorts of diets (I like testing different things on myself first so I can recommend them to the others – do your own research).

3 months ago I finished my Keto voyage that lasted about 6 months, and I decided to do something different. That’s when I heard about carnivore diet (ty JRE and S.B.) and decided to give it a go (why not, how different can it be from Keto).

Long story short: it’s been 3 months now that I’m on full carnivore diet and I’ve never felt better, haven’t had a single cheat meal nor have I binged anything.

Meat-wise, I mostly eat roasted beef, pork, and lamb, and eggs occasionally when I start missing the taste of them.

I’m 33 (5’7, 155 lbs), feel like 23. I workout 6 days a week (30 minutes cardio, 30 minutes weights), and let me tell you whether is diet or what I’ve never felt better. What I like is that my energy levels are stable through the day, no crashes in the afternoon or anything similar.

I will probably give a break to Carnivore diet for 2 months (I miss eating sauerkraut and where I’m from cabbage season is starting soon). I mean I’ll still kill 3-4 pounds (yea that’s how much I eat per day) of meat (also I noticed no matter how much meat I eat I’m not gaining any weight) a day, plus serving of sauerkraut.

Anyhow that’s my short story. I started this as an experiment but now I might continue it for quite some time as I love the results.

Stay hungry,
Marin

D. G.

I am a 72 year old male. I’ve had Type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. I have taken various oral medications to try to control my blood glucose level. Back in early July I had a blood draw at my doctors and my A1C level was 7.5. At the time I was on the generic of Actos and the maximum daily dose of Metformin. My doctor wanted to prescribe a third diabetes medication, but I told him that I would try to “eat better”. I’ve done numerous diets in the past and had some success; but usually regained some of the weight over time. I saw a reference to the Carnivore Diet on a forum that I frequent. After struggling with another attempt at a low fat/low calorie diet I researched the Carnivore Diet and decided to do a 45 day test.

In mid-August I started the Carnivore Diet, but included coffee, eggs and some cheese. At day 56 (8 weeks) eating Carnivore I again had a blood draw. On my own I had eliminated the generic Actos and reduced my Metformin by 50%. When I told my doc this I could tell he was not pleased that I had done this on my own, but I did provide him with daily fasting glucose and blood pressure readings to support what I had done.

After 56 days, my weight had gone down by almost 19 pounds and body fat % down 4.8% (per my “smart” scale). My doc call the next day and told me that my A1C was 5.9 and to further reduce my Metformin dosage by another 50%. He sounded amazed/impressed when he informed me of the new A1C measurement.

Jacob G.

Thank you for this Dr. Baker.

Today is the 30 day mark since starting this diet and I couldn’t be more impressed, and I will continue on this for the foreseeable future.

I am 28, 6’4″. I have lost 15 lbs (was 221lbs, down to 206lbs), with doing minor exercise (walking and weights, a few times a week).

The first 3 – 4 days I experienced headaches and loose stools, but after this everything cleared up and had no issues since.

Some noticeable changes for myself since I started September 5th were:

  • Improved Sleep, feel more rested and less anxious when I wake
  • Improved energy levels, and sustained throughout the day, now with only 1 – 2 meals a day
  • Improved mental capacity, mood stabilized and less brain fog
  • Skin acne, pimples have subsided

Thank you again for the positive influence and thank you to this community that has shared their stories as well.

Ashley Noelle Richardson

Hi Dr. Baker,

Thank you for your work. Since hearing you speak on Rogan in 2017 about how meat is healing people, I took the leap from Keto to Carnivore and am so glad I did! My details are down below but basically, my benefits are amazing: My skin is flawless! My belly is flat! My body is strong!!! My cravings are gone! I experience an even mood and have great mental focus. I share my thoughts on the movement on my Youtube Channel and love to spread this message.

My favorite part of Carnivore, is that I am not wasting money and energy anymore with supplements and baking alternative desserts and breads- I don’t even think about that stuff. It’s a wonderful change.

My story: I was a C-section, breast fed baby. I suffered child abuse from ages 5-7. My mental health and physical health began to deteriorate at 5 years old. I had major constipation, stomach aches and hallucinations at night. I ate a low cholesterol/low fat Standard American Diet. At 12 years old, I had a permanently distended belly had my tonsils removed, was diagnosed lactose intolerant, bipolar and given meds for allergies and depression at that time.

My weight increased rapidly at age 15 and was diagnosed ADHD later that year. Soon after, cystic acne began showing up uncontrollably. I was so depressed. My parents believed the meds were the only thing that kept me going. Switching dosages and brands was a common thing every month or so. At 17, I started binging, purging and restricting food all together. It was a desperate attempt to control uncontrollable gas which turned into a full on eating disorder. I started over exercising at this time as well. My left hip began to click all the time and my teeth were translucent from purging. So messed up. I smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol to ease my disturbing social anxiety.

At 25 I sought help for the eating disorder, stopped smoking and drinking and went gluten free. I was accepted as a kidney donor and given a clean bill of health although I looked and felt terrible so I started doubting my doctors and began looking into alternative lifestyles…how to get off of meds and to fix my skin. I began chasing the vegan lifestyles (fruitarian mono-meals, raw fruits, sprouting nuts and seeds, supplements, tons of bottled waters and kombuchas, organic standards, etc.) During this time, I was able to stop taking meds (probably from better moods from tons of sugar) but I destroyed my teeth, still had my IBS, my skin wasn’t healing and I developed insulin resistance. I attended IIN for a Health Coaching education but I didn’t learn anything that actually helped me heal. I was devastated.

In 2014, I befriended someone very into science! I finally learned for the first time that humans don’t have the same digestive tract as herbivores. I started looking into this and began understanding sugar’s role in digestion, leptin and cortisol. I started eating meat regularly then and started Intermittent Fasting as well. I then added Keto to the regimen. I added some exogenous ketones for energy in 2017 and was able to work out in the gym again but those cravings really messed me up sometimes and the acne and mood stuff would come back and derail me. I listened to you on Rogan, then listened to the Plant Paradox Audiobook, and everything made sense when Amber O’Hearn talked about her mental health transformation on Carnivore. I cut back the spinach, mushrooms and kale more and more until I was down to steak, beef, bacon and duck eggs. I’m still Carnivore today and my skin is healed 100%!!!!!!!!! My belly and mood are both controlled!!!

I have really loved this change and couldn’t be happier to know about your work. Thanks forever!

Ashley in 2013 as a vegan vs. Ashley in 2017 as a carnivore
(1 Left) Vegan Vs. (2 and 3 Left) Keto Vs. (4, 5, 6 Right) Carnivore

Noah Orenczak

I was unofficially diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis almost 20 years ago. I have the blood antigen HLA-B27 and all of the classic symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness in my hips and back. These symptoms were constant and exacerbated with any form of exertion and worsened with rest. I even began to develop the famous stoop in my posture regardless of how straight I would stand… While many my age were in “their prime”, I felt I was in decline. Always searching for health centered solutions, I was hopeful that the internet would produce testimonies of others that have found relief from their chronic inflammation. I was was often disappointed with the search results! I always found myself searching for Vegan or vegetarian solutions and never found relief… One day about 3 months ago my sister Laurie told me abut Dr Shawns information along with Mikhaila Peterson’s testimony of relief and I was so excited!

I made the choice and removed all plant sources from my diet (except organic coffee). Within 3 weeks I was sleeping through the night and waking pain free! I am so thankful that my sister thought of me and shared these ideas with me! I hope my story encourages some of you on your health journey to not quit trying to find your health solutions.

Check out my story here:

Jean L.

Kidney stones! I get calcium oxalate stones. I’ve had 5 sitting in my kidneys for 5 years. My urologist monitors them with either x-ray or CT scan annually. I’ve been keeping those same 5 stones the same size & adding no more stones by limiting my oxalates, taking K2 daily, and drinking lots of water, ever since a bad 4 day hospitalization in 2012 with 2 lithotripsy procedures for a 10mm stone.

Well, I never dreamed I’d be able to make them “disappear“!

Now, I did have strep throat about 2.5 months ago, which led to temporary decreased water consumption and a stone 1 week later that took me to the ER for pain meds. And I passed that stone later that next day. So…down to 4 stones.

Today, my CT showed only 2 stones! Whaaaat?!?!? I honestly don’t know if they dissolved or if my body just painlessly passed them. I’ve been a stone sufferer for 9+ years, keto for 8+ years, and carnivore for 1.5 months. The only change that I made that correlates with this kidney stone miracle is carnivore! My doctor was thrilled, said my kidneys looked so much better, and to keep doing what I’m doing. Thank you God for leading me to this WOE, cause those spiky jokers hurt worse than childbirth!!