Allow me to say since as far back as I can recall I think I had IBS symptoms from a very young age. I had my gallbladder removed at the very young age of 18 years old as well.
I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia at 18 and maintained a daily dose of PPI medication for about 25 years which didn’t control the pain until I started following a ketogenic lifestyle and gave up all grains.
Fast forward to 4 years of ketogenic lifestyle and an 80 lb weight loss.
I was diagnosed in 2017 after severe episodes of pain lasting days. I went to the ER thinking I had appendicitis. I almost went into the OR for appendectomy, but the doctor did a CAT Scan and surprisingly I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in the ascending colon. The report indicates substantial inguinal gland swelling, diverticulitis on right side, and the sigmoid shows moderate diverticulitis and my appendix was normal.
I had been plagued with years of sudden drop to your knees pain, nausea, sweats, but this attack was different and most severe.
Fast forward to recently, when I had just met with the surgeon for a post consult after doing a colonoscopy a few weeks ago.
Shockingly, I was informed that there are absolutely no signs of diverticulitis or any bowel disease. One polyp had been found, but it was sent to lab and is benign.
My symptoms have completely disappeared. My inguinal glands after having been so enlarged they were visible to the eye are now normal.
My surgeon was baffled and asked what I felt was the reason for such drastic change.
I, with great apprehension told him I eliminated all fibre. Apprehension because I thought he would blast me. Instead he said he had never seen anyone have such drastic improvement to overall gut health and eliminating habits and that he would share this with his patients who obsess about continuously about getting healthier with more fibre in their diet.
I started following a carnivore diet in January of this year after hearing about this concept first on a podcast with Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan. This was the beginning of my healing.
I was raised by older parents who had gone through a series of health issues, especially my father who had a heart attack at 46. I was born shortly after his heart attack which led him on a health quest which led him to be a vegetarian/vegan and so I was raised on mother’s milk, carrot juice and coconut milk and was a bright orange, skinny baby. I was a thin child until I got older and discovered McDonald’s where my daily order became 6 cheese burgers, a large fry, and coke to wash it all down. Of course this led me down a path of becoming an obese young adult. I tried every diet known to man and just made a lot of companies rich selling me their snake oil treatment of the month. My parents both became obese eating cheap processed vegan foods like bread with margarine, potatoes and pasta.
My older brother had developed type 2 diabetes due to his weight, and I watched them slowing remove his toes and fingers, watched him go blind, undergo a kidney transplant, and then die with early onset dementia. Of course he was eating his recommended 300 grams of carbohydrates each day while restricting healthy proteins and fats. He was constantly upping his insulin dose to keep up with his rising glucose levels due to all the carbs and being disabled due to all of his health issues, which pretty much kept him bedridden.
I finally decided it was time to try being a vegetarian/vegan since that was the way I started life and was thin. When you go from a SAD diet to eating more veggies you feel better for sure, but it was not long before my weight began to climb due to all of the carbs. After years of weight gain and topping the scales at over 300 pounds, I refused to get on a scale after 306 showed up. Having a Dr. tell me that I would eventually need a knee replacement due to my weight, along with a consistently rising blood sugar, I decided to give Paleo a try. Paleo was a godsend, and my weight started to drop, but I quickly learned that I could still eat a lot of “healthy carbs” in the form of sweet potatoes, rice and sour dough bread, so the weight loss stalled pretty quickly. Some of my Paleo friends started talking about the success they were having going to a high fat, low carb diet called keto. Since I was stuck at around 250 pounds I decided to give it a shot. After all of my vegetarian/vegan training, the idea of eating more animal products took me couple of months to get over, but I was determined to get to my natural body weight so I ordered some grass fed beef and found a local source of true free range eggs, and I was off and running. I quickly lost another 30 pounds and felt much better but was still experiencing some joint pain, especially in the knee the Dr. has suggested be replaced.
A couple of months ago as I was fixing breakfast, and I was listening to a podcast, and there was this Dr. talking about the benefits of an all-meat diet, my first thought was this is nuts, but at the same time I was intrigued after my keto success. So I listened to every podcast that Dr. Shawn Baker had done and started researching, and I liked what I found. I have been carnivore for over 2 months and have never felt better. I currently weigh 195 pounds, have a six pack, zero joint pain, an A1C of 5.1, blood pressure is 115 over 68, and my resting heart rate is 62. On my next birthday I will turn 60, and I am in the best shape of life.
I was vegan for about 4 years. In a very short period of time, I developed mouth ulcers and lost a lot of weight that I later gained back. I got into cleansing, raw food, and juicing. I spent thousands of £££ on supplements and superfoods, thinking that they were the next magic thing and that another superfood hype would save me, while my health was getting worse.
After 2 years on being vegan diet, I developed chronic fatigue, severe mouth ulcers, mild depression, skin problems, IBS, infections, shingles (I got scares on forehead and was close to losing sight in right eye, the doctor said). My immune system was non-existent by that time and chronic fatigue was getting worse and worse. My brain was “drying out,” screaming for oily fish!
Gradually I started adding fish, butter, raw kefir, and bone broth that helped me survive last winter. I stared feeling better and stronger. I had my first piece of meat after 5 years in October last year, and it felt amazing. It digested better than green smoothie (now I now why), and I started eating more and more meat. From beginning of 2018, I am mostly carnivore!
After only few days on it, IBS and inflammation was gone, and I felt like getting new life. My energy levels are great, my skin looks amazing, my hair is growing like crazy, and the wrinkles and gray hair I developed on vegan diet are disappearing. I have enough energy to train between 2 to 6 hours a day, 6 times a weeks, and I did my first Ironman 70.3 last week.
I’m so grateful for this journey to well-being. Meat truly heals. Thank you, Shawn Baker! 🙏
My name is Mathieu. I am 25 years old and live in Québec, Canada. I started the Carnivore Diet on January 14. I first heard of Shawn by listening to the Joe Rogan podcast. At first, I was intrigued by the benefits Dr. Baker talked about, so I began exploring the Zero Carb diet lifestyle, Keto diet, and diet and nutrition for longevity.
I was constantly bloated, I had a lack of energy, I had to take a nap everyday after work, and I work at a desk in front of a computer all day. I had sleep problems such as sleep paralysis and insomnia. I also began snoring louder with the weight I had gained.
I decided to try the carnivore diet initially for 2 weeks, after which I felt great so I decided to continue. Now 5 months later, I eat steak, butter, bacon, sometimes liver, fish and rarely chicken. The diet is very easy to follow, and grocery shopping and cooking is much simpler than before.
I feel much better overall, my energy is clean and steady, and my thoughts are sharp all day for work. I never get sick anymore. Before I could keep a cold of the flu for a month twice a year. My seasonal allergies are much better, and my skin is clearer and seems to heal faster.
I was able to cut all supplements like creatine, protein shakes, BCAAs, caffeine, pre-workouts, and all those other unnecessary bodybuilding supplements. Steaks are the most potent supplements IMO.
I had been working out in the gym since last July for 6 days a week. At first I thought that without carbs I would lose strength in the gym, but it only increased week after week.
I went from barely deadlifting 225 to deadlifting 405. My cardio is also much better. I feel I can run for much longer during races (I do mostly 5k and 10k obstacle course races). I have the best cardio of my life right now.
I lost a total of 43 pounds since I started my journey and my body composition changed drastically.
Thank you Dr Baker for opening my eyes on diet, nutrition and physical performance. I really enjoy listening to your podcasts, videos and your Twitter and Instagram pages.
By the way, I really like the Human Performance Outliers podcast with you and Zach. It’s very good. The amount of information is incredible, I am glad I found you and the ZC community online.
I am talking about it to my friends and family. One of my friends started carnivore and already went from 359 pounds to 334 in about a month. He loves it. He told me that his energy is much better.
Thank you for the awareness you give to people. I see myself continuing this WOE [ed: way of eating] for a long time.
Our oldest son has asthma. He is 10. This year he spent several days in the ICU with a severe bout. This experience was horrendous as any parent with a child suffering from asthma knows.
My wife and I are both Paleo, Ketogenic dieters. I actually had a biochemistry teacher in 1999 mention an all meat diet as “possible”. He wasn’t advocating it for health, just suggesting it was possible. So when I heard Dr Baker on the JRE, I was intrigued.
Our son and his younger brother both went full Carnivore with us, three months ago. We logged his pharmaceutical use. We took ketone measurements with a ketonix and sat back baffled and elated as his body seemed to begin a natural renaissance.
Day two his night coughing, was gone. A dry, persistent, 7 year cough. Gone. It has never returned.
Eight days out of the ICU he went to districts for wrestling and placed fourth, giving him his first birth into State. His breathing on the mat, almost night and day. Not perfect. But better. He used his rescue inhaler fifty percent less during districts.
3 weeks into Carnivore and he was able to go entire matches at State without gasping for air, very little secondary breathing muscle engagement, which was amazing.
He can now sprint an entire 2 miles without a pre-exercise rescue inhaler. Running of any kind, was a massive trigger for him. He sometimes will wheeze after hard cardio, but is almost always able to self regulate. This would have been impossible three months ago.
He is developing “normally” for a wrestler now. His body is responding to weights and grappling like never before. In three short months.
He does not use Advair.
His allergies are nearly nonexistent, and as we have spent time traveling to the East coast, just a nasal rinse every few days has been perfect.
It is my opinion that our LACK of animal fat in diets may be triggering the alarming uptick in childhood asthmatics. There is some actually data on this which can be found in some of the research out there. Our son was VERY picky in his terrible twos and into his threes. I do not think this was an accident as to his manifestation of the disease.
Carnivore has completely changed the trajectory of our boys life.
Before starting an all meat diet, I had been diagnosed with PCOS a couple of years before. At the time, this diagnosis felt like a life sentence. The word “infertility” seemed to resonate in every doctor’s visit. This was probably the most painful thing I ever had to deal with. My husband and I had been together for 8 years at the time, and we both knew our chances of having a baby were slim to none. I can still see the image of my cystic ovaries on the ultrasound, and thinking… how am I supposed to fix this?
Having dealt with this for almost 10 years, we (my husband and I) had an unspoken understanding of leaving the “children” subject out of our conversations. There was a looming sense of sadness when we were around kids. Eventually, we decided to go the adoption route. We both focused on working hard to ensure this could be possible.
After accepting my diagnosis, I decided I didn’t want medication. My reality was a severe case of PCOS that would take years to fix and I was okay with that.
Two years Later:
On May of 2016 I started working for Dr. Urso. After visiting so many doctors, it was odd to me that Dr. Urso would sit and explain everything in detail to his patients. I kept thinking our patients were lucky to have a nutrition class, plus an eye check up in the same visit. He kept talking about vitamins, ketones, meat, nuts, good omegas, and all these things no one talks about. Little by little he taught me about a more primitive way of eating. He helped me understand the detrimental effect of carbohydrates in our bodies and the fact that we don’t need them. He made diet simple. I began to make small changes in my diet. Eating steak every day was enjoyable, manageable, and I was happy. Six weeks after starting my new lifestyle, I found out I was pregnant. This may be TMI, but I hadn’t had a period in five months when I found out I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe how quickly my body bounced back.
I was blessed with a baby kicking my belly and moving around inside me. I never thought I would ever experience such miracle, but I did.
Why am I sharing my story?
I wanted to share my story because I am an ordinary person with no medical background. Everything I learned in the first four months with Dr. Urso was simple and achievable. If 6 weeks of “clean” eating can help me get pregnant after 10 years of infertility. I can only imagine what it can do for people who suffer from chronic inflammation or other illnesses. It is important for others to know stories like mine to gain hope and inspiration, that with a little knowledge anything is possible.
Similar to some of y’all, I was first introduced to Dr. Baker on JRE. My first inclinations were that this guy was a complete nut job. All meat? What about healthy people 2020 and MyPlate guidelines? I shrugged it off, but began following Dr. Baker on Instagram because I wanted to see all the heat he was going to get.
At this time in my life, I was eating a light breakfast and 2 solid meals consisting of 3-4 cups of vegetables (high variety, mixed organic/non-organic), 1 cup complex carbohydrate, and either baked chicken breast, fish, or pork. Hardly any red meat. I did this all throughout undergrad, very methodical and didn’t miss a beat. My fitness goals at the time were to be as functional as possible (running, swimming, biking, lifting weights). I just cared about vitality and health. I wrestled growing up and never had any problem putting on mass, so my goal was not to put on size, although I felt emaciated on the diets coaches had me on.
I was diagnosed with IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) when I was a senior in high school (2011). Had a colonoscopy and was put on a low-dose Lialda (Mesalamine) to control the inflammation. For those of you that know about IBD, you know that there are certain “trigger” foods – spicy, fried, large amounts of alcohol, fresh vegetables (if in acute stage). Diet became everything for me. So much that I cut out all meat for 6 months. (There are articles/literature relating processed meats to higher incidences of colon cancer and this was the logic I used – true or not, I was desperate – I just wanted vitality and I already had risk factors). I had labs performed around the same time (insurance does yearly panels) and they showed I was anemic and had high LDL. I remember being very weak and tired all of the time. I concluded that I was taking steps backwards and not forwards – listening to my body holistically. I got back on my meal prep spread and started feeling better. All of this time I was rehabbing a back injury I got in college and was severely depressed because I was in pain every day – doing lots of rehab, diving into regenerative medicine as well. Was back on track for about 4 months until I heard about the carnivore diet.
I began straight carnivore mid-January 2018, about the same time I started a fast-bacc 1 year nursing program down in Houston. Everything was new for me. New city, new curriculum, less time, no social life, less sleep. In my mind, I needed optimal nutrition in order to function at my peak levels and make the grades I wanted in such a fast program. I considered all factors – I knew I was going to be sitting a lot (8-10 hours per day), getting less sunlight, not getting social interaction. At this time I stopped taking my Lialda because the cost went from $10 a month to $250 a month.
It’s been approximately 4 months on carnivore and I haven’t had an IBD flare, I sleep throughout the night, my mental and cognitive functioning have increased (I know this is subjective, but I’m able to sit through 12 hour lectures 2x a week, study 8-10 hours per day on the weekends and do 12 hour clinicals every week as well). I only have time to work out 1-2x per week and when I do, I just get my legs moving as much as I can, lift heavy, and work on mobility. Since I’m in school, I haven’t been able to afford all grass fed, so I just go to HEB or Kroger and pick up steaks, hamburger patties, eggs, and butter. I have not had labs performed, but I plan to do that in June, 2018, but I feel better than I ever have.
Nathaniel Champion, SN University of Houston College of Nursing ’18
I’m a 55 year old father of a 12 year old and 4 year old. My wife and I have been on a journey for several years. About 10 years ago we started doing a paleo diet followed by a successful keto diet. I lost 65 pounds myself, and my wife lost 70. I kept researching and experimenting. I even unfortunately went vegan for a year, because when I try something I try to follow through. Well, I gained back 45 pounds, got very sick, joint pain and all. Just godawful. Then I was in and out of low carb. I kept falling back on sugary treats and late night snacks and gained back a little bit. Then I found zero carb and have since gotten back to the size I was in high school. While I’m still having some extreme issues with this autoimmune garbage and still having a lot of weakness and pain, my skin and my diabetes are all cured. I’ve been watching your videos and the people that follow this way and seeing what it’s done for them. I’ve been zero carb a few months and things are just getting better and better.
I can’t thank you enough for what you do and others in the zero carb and carnivore community. Thank you, you’re really doing a service for a lot of folks.