My journey began as I was looking for data on what the best method for weight/fat loss for a disabled and non-mobile psoriatic arthritis patient. I also have severe psoriasis and my skin was a nightmare.
I had been a long time martial artist with several black belts and at one time was a successful and healthy person.
Then I got really, really sick. Over the next decade and a half I gained 200lbs, lost the ability work and eventually lost the majority of use of my hands and feet due to the bone deformities that came over time.
My illness began in 2003 when I was diagnosed with a severe black mould infection that caused me to go stone deaf for 2 and a half months due to the congestion it caused in my sinuses and throat and lungs. a couple of days on IV antibiotics and the damage was done.
I had tried to follow the dietary guidelines my doctors had provided but they did nothing but make me sicker, fatter and less and less mobile.
On December 15, 2017 I weighed 401.6lbs with a BMI of about 51. I could barely move, had little use of my hands and living on a TIGHT budget with two teenage sons all while living on disability benefits.
I couldn’t walk more than 20-30 steps without collapsing from pain unless I had a cane and my hands were so weak I could not pick up a 5lb dumbbell.
I decided to follow the advice I was getting from a couple of channels but I found I was always coming back to the same sources for confirmation on what other “experts” were saying.
I also saw the Joe Rogan Experience with Dr. Shawn Baker and I knew I’d found the right thing for me.
I started keto/carnivory in January 2018 and have not looked back. I have switched back and forth from keto and carnivory but only for budget reasons. I always feel my best the greater ratio of meat I eat.
I’m now up at 4:45am daily for a 3km (2mile) walk then a quick simple session at the gym for a few sets of push, pull, lift or squat and then home to wake up my teen sons for school.
I’m a single parent too.
I’m not going to try and pretend I’ve developed into a ripped adonis. My skin started at <80% psoriatic coverage so it was a ruin to begin with. That coverage is down to under 40% now. I look more like a middle aged man wrapped in a slightly blown airbag but time will bring that under control as well. 🙂
My weight is now 212.3lbs as of December 31, 2018 and that’s after gaining 3.6lbs over Xmas. I’m aiming for a final body weight of 185lbs with a body fat of less than 15%. I figure I’ll hit that milestone eventually but no schedules just results as the body can make them.
Thank you for helping save my life.
PS: Keto/carnivory also helped me get out of a 10 year opioid prescription that was at over 100mg of dilaudid (hydromorphone contin) a day.
Now I’m opioid free.
This I can anecdotally correlate with my dietary changes as the digestive horrors and nerve regrowth caused by detox and opioid withdrawal were radically reduced by the constant monitoring of my electrolytes, digestive ease of meat and the massive reduction of inflammation. I’d tried to reduce my meds MANY times and was almost driven insane by the pain and withdrawal symptoms within mere hours.
Not so once I had switched my body from sugars and carbs to protein and fats.
Coupled with a dosage reduction to use only as much as needed to abate the worst withdrawal symptoms over time and the effect can’t be argued with me. That’s not to say it was easy but it was infinitely easier with the dietary changes.
Simply put, meat does heal.