Chris Spath

On Christmas day 2016 I was admitted to the hospital with an infection on my left arm. It turned out to be necrotizing faciitis, which required numerous debridement surgeries and skin grafts. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital and a year recovering. In my research on the condition, I discovered how much metabolic health contributes to this condition. I was nearly 300 pounds, and a type 2 diabetic. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all and felt miserable. Medications were ineffective and I was getting worse.

In April of 2018, I finally made the choice to make a change. I did a lot of research and found the ketogenic community. I dove right in. I quickly began losing weight while eating very low carb and incorporating intermittent fasting. I forced myself to eat some vegetables (traditional dogma pressured me to) but quickly found the carnivore community after seeing Dr Shawn Baker on the Joe Rogan podcast. Since then I’ve been on an all meat diet and felt better and better month over month. Today I am in the best shape of my life, am no longer diabetic and enjoy living and my family more than ever.

Starting date: April 7th 2018
Starting weight: 294 lbs
Current weight: 178 lbs

Conditions resolved:
* Type 2 diabetes
* High blood pressure
* Sleep apnea
* Allergies/hay fever
* Skin tags
* Low energy
* Frequent headaches
* Brain fog

Former medications: metformin, glyburide, atorvistatin, Lisinopril, gabapentin, Claritin and ibuprofen
Current medications: none

The picture on the left is Christmas morning 2016, staring at some Reece’s product I was about to devour just before heading to the hospital. On the right is me now, fueled by steak. Lots of steak.

Twitter: @lootch13
Instagram: @chrisjspath

Mark Hannigan

You are what you eat

When you live with pain for so long it becomes the norm, you have no idea what a pain-free healthy life is. This is my story.

They say you are what you eat!

One of my first memories, when I was 7 years old, of attending our family doctor was because I had an abscess that was from hip to knee and wrapped almost completely around my thigh. I suffered from these regularly although this was the worst one to date and it was excruciating to say the least.

The memory has faded over the years until recently I remembered something the doc said to my mum at the time, he said “You need to stop him eating sweets”.

As a kid I completely dismissed this, as did my mum…

At 12 years of age I had suffered a life of constant abscesses and ear infections (Otitis externa) that regularly meant I was admitted to hospital for intravenous intervention and surgeries due to sepsis and the need for pus drainage from both ears and abscesses.

I was attending a Haematologist because of my health issues and was diagnosed with a completely unknown Neutrophil disorder and had to accept that I was going to live my life with constant hospital visits because of my health issues and that my immune system would never work.

Life went on and I accepted the cards I’d been dealt because medical professionals had said I had no other choice.

At 20 years old I was rushed into hospital with a fever from sepsis caused by a cold sore on my middle finger of my right hand and it was a true sign of how weak my immune system really was. This became my next frequent symptom of my bad genetics, as I was led to believe.

A year later I suffered a major trauma to my left wrist, with a comminuted fracture to the distal end of my left radius as well as a broken Ulna and Scaphoid. This really took my health on a downward spiral as my body tried it’s best to heal the injury and I couldn’t physically work or use my left hand for 4 years.

This event was the start of my weight issues in life and I rapidly gained pound upon pound of body fat as I went through depression and ate highly processed foods, they were all I could afford whilst living on benefits, for comfort.

Fast forward 20 years and I was almost 40 years old in November 2014. I wasn’t the most pleasant human being alive and hated the world and most people in it. I’m truly surprised my wife put up with me and eternally grateful for her constant love and support.

Strangely, another accident was the turning point in my life.

Due to my health issues I had lost consciousness whilst driving my work vehicle and my driving license was revoked.

I had Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and Mrs H would tell you I had a serious case of ‘Grumpy husband syndrome’

The conditions to regain my driving license were to have a BMI under 30 and be a non-smoker.

My BMI was 43 and I smoked 40 a day.

Using a weight loss program with over 30 years of proven history and evidence based results I lost 9 stone (126lbs or 57.15kg) in 7 months and reversed all of my health issues and quit the smokes!. My wife joined me on the journey and lost an amazing 6 stone 2lbs(86lbs or 39kg).

The weight loss was the easiest thing I’d ever done in my life to improve it in every aspect, but I now had to learn to maintain that health for life.

As we were already following a low carb plan, we decided to try living a low carb lifestyle and never really introduced the carbs back into our life. Against all common beliefs and official health guidelines we were not only maintaining our weight loss, but my health was constantly improving!

We spent over 2 years living a ketogenic lifestyle and I personally noticed that after a while I was slowly gaining weight and suffering from signs of inflammation in the form of psoriasis on my head and face. The Otitis externa, a form of eczema, in my ear canals was still a regular issue although they had reduced in severity. I also lived with Tinnitus due to the ear issues. I also found I was regularly constipated. On top of that I was constantly hungry.

Late 2017 I was reading about the Zero carb/carnivore lifestyle and through reading some amazing stories of people who had cured so many ailments and illnesses by changing their diet I decided to give it a try, what did I have to lose, and set myself to try 30 days of meat and water only.

I’ve never looked back and my health has continued to improve in that time. Here’s a list of my health issues I no longer suffer from in any way due to a complete change in my diet.

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Constant abscesses in groin and under arms
  • Neutrophil disorder
  • Psoriasis
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Otitis externa
  • Tinnitus
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Lowered libido

I’ve had over 40 surgeries in my lifetime for many different reasons but mostly to drain abscesses or even go so far as removal of my pilonidal sinuses at the base of my spine to prevent further abscesses recurring.

If only my mum had listened to that doctor in 1982 who seemed to realise my ill health was down to my diet and the foods I was eating…

Before: 300 lbs; After: 174 lbs

Raymond Nazon

I’m 46 years old and I have been Carnivore since September 15, 2017. Prior to that I was keto for 1 year and tried carnivore for 6 weeks but failed due to carnivore flu.

I began with A1C of 6.0 and this is what triggered me to research all this to find a solution. I am now at a A1C 5.7

At my highest I weighed 252lbs and now I weigh 192 lbs.

I do intermittent fasting and I tried all the different variations and picked a personal favorite. I do Alternate Day Fasting. I fast between 32-40 hrs and I am comfortable in doing that.

My strength and endurance has huge improvements and it seems that I keep improving the more I tighten my diet to ribeye and salt. Right now I eat untrimmed ribeye beef 98% of the time around 3 lbs every other day.

The ailments that have gone in remissions are many through this diet. I have diverticulitus, it used to be so bad that during flare ups the pain scale was 11 (want to kill yourself) to a 12 (passout). I know it’s still there but I have not had a single flare up in at least 4 months.

Urinary Tract Infections happened every other months and were very painful and last 1-2 weeks.

After carnivore I can’t remember the last time I got one, it’s been at least 6 months and when it came I barely noticed it.

I used to get colds at least once a month. I got my last cold this past September 2018 and it’s hardly noticeable compared to my colds prior to carnivore.

I also had plantar fascitis and heel spurs, both seem to be in remission as now when I walk I feel no pain but if I eat out even on carnivore then I can feel them again.

I have so many list of ailments that has gone away and I will list them so as not to bore you.

  • acne
  • dandruff
  • sinus infection
  • snoring
  • sleep apnea
  • skin tags (not all are gone)
  • dry skin
  • rosacea
  • morning erections were almost nonexistent

I was a couch potato before my diet journey, now my workouts consists of Orange Theory Fitness, Shotokan Karate and Jiu Jitsu. I usually do my practices in a fasted state and lately I have been fasted at least 30+ hrs and do up to 4-5 hrs workout and have no problems handling the intensity.

I have never felt healthier in my life and that includes in my 20’s.

Carnivore is life for me.

My thanks to all my hero’s out there: Dr Shawn Baker, theAndersen family, Kelly Hogan, Esmée La Fleur, Gary Taubes, Dr. Jason Fung, Nina Teicholz, Professor Tim Noakes and many more out in the low/carb carnivore space.

Raymond in August 2017, before starting a carnivore diet

Raymond in January 2019, after over a year of a carnivore diet

Danny Aguilar

  • 10+ Year Suicidal Chronic Depression = Cured
  • Anxiety = Significantly Improved
  • Prediabetes = Gone
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes = Normalized
  • Hormonal Imbalance = Balanced
  • Triglycerides = nearly halved
  • IBS = Gone
  • Heart burn = Gone
  • Sleep Apnea = Gone (after just 1 week)
  • Postural Hypotension = Gone
  • Bloating = Gone
  • Exercise Recovery = Dramatically Improved
  • Cravings = Vanished
  • Mornings = Cured (lol)
  • Body Fat 22.4% down to 14.4%
  • Weight 211 lbs down to 174 lbs

All this with no cardio exercises, and only 3-4 hours of weight training per week. For the first time ever I feel like I’m really in control of my life.

Just another weight loss story? Maybe, maybe not. That’s the quick summary of my experience with the carnivore diet so far. I know people scrolling through social media don’t usually want to exercise their attention span and read long ass posts/stories, so I created that list for them, lol. Here is my story in detail:

Many people suffering with depression develop a public facade that render everyone around them completely clueless to the pain, despair, and suffering they experience every day. Therefore, you often hear about friends and family being blindsided by the suicide of someone they interact with on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s easy to detect, sometimes it’s not. People who have never experienced real chronic depression might think it’s just laziness or lack of discipline. I can’t blame them. Must be nearly impossible for those people to imagine being tormented mentally and emotionally to such an extreme that the thought of ending it all by way of suicide actually brings a bit of relief. Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

There were signs from a young age, but nothing too severe until I had to deal with adulthood and the stresses that come with it. I had no idea how long the next decade would be. Until recently, I had concluded I was just born cursed with this mental illness. I figured I just had to deal with it and see how long I could last.

I’ve quit so many things in my life, but one of the few things I never gave up on was the search for a cure. I’ve tried psych meds (Paxil, Abilify, Lexapro, Seroquel), all of which submerged me into an altered reality. At times I became very hostile, very emotionally numb, very accelerated, or very slow. Insert here all the side effects you hear the narrator rattle off toward the end of those drug commercials. These meds help some people, not me.

Next phase was CD’s. I had some CD’s I would listen to that were supposed to help me train my mind to relieve depression and anxiety. This didn’t last long.

Next attempt: counseling. The counselor was cool, but it just didn’t help much at all.

Next attempt: hypnotist. Complete BS. I was very irritated by this. Wasted a few hundred bucks on this.

Next attempt: jiu jitsu and nutrition. This was by far the most effective treatment up to that point. One thing I’ve always noticed is that when I develop an obsession, my depressive symptoms take a back seat for a while. My jiu jitsu obsession lasted about a year and a half. I’ve continued on since then, but just not with the same commitment or motivation. During this time I learned a little bit about nutrition. I began making smoothies with almond milk, blueberries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, strawberry, banana, coconut oil, almond butter, kale, ginger, turmeric, etc. I cut out a lot of junk food. I ate a lot of lean chicken breast dinners with sides or potatoes, legumes, and rice. I definitely felt better, but once my jiu jitsu obsession came to an end, it was very difficult for me to stick to this way of eating. It took a lot of effort. I still had tons of craving for junk, and eventually gave up.

Next attempt: psilocybin mushrooms. My first trip was a spiritual journey unlike I’ve ever experienced. Just from this one trip, I received quite a bit of relief from my depression for a few months. Over a year later my depression was back full force. I tried another trip and didn’t receive much relief at all. Then I tried micro dosing which helped for a few months as well but not much more after that.

Next attempt: supplements. I tried many veggie powder type supplements as well as other pills. From Onnit brand, to Amway, to GNC, to generic Costco brands. I’m sure they’re all full of nurtients, but I just didn’t feel much difference at all.

Next attempt: nutrition (the same way of eating I tried during my jiu jitsu obsession) and gym + sauna. Did this for 3 months, 4-7 times a week. Lots of cardio. Lost about 4 lbs only, was constantly tired and constantly craving junk, and was not improving my work out times much. Couldn’t work out too hard otherwise I’d be very sore and fatigued for the next 2-4 days. Still had many suicidal depressed days. Then after 3 months, I hear Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan podcast say he significantly improved his depression eating a carnivore diet.

The carnivore diet was not a new concept to me. I had previously heard this crazy doctor named Shawn Baker talk about it on Joe Rogan’s podcast as well. I listened to the entire podcast and dismissed him completely. I didn’t even give it a second thought. Maybe he didn’t mention the diet relieving depressive symptoms, or maybe I didn’t catch it. When Jordan Peterson described the success him and his daughter Mikhaila had relieving depression, I knew I had to try this diet. I figured even if it were to shave years off my life by clogging my arteries, I’d 100% make that trade in order to live a life free of depression. So I began.

My ride or die chick, Dalia, dove straight in and joined me. She has stuck by me throughout this entire depression filled adulthood. Couldn’t ask for a more supportive wife. I decided to keep it a secret to prevent anyone from discouraging me. I knew what I was about to do was ridiculous. My first two weeks eating only beef, eggs, bacon, and cheese were absolute hell. Easily one of the top 3 worst experiences in my life. The cravings for sugar and carbs were out of this world. Sugar is not a drug, right? Well, my body definitely acted like it was. My depression worsened. Fatigue was as bad as ever. Had a few days of extreme light headedness. Had nausea for a few days as well. Exercise was not possible. My business partners had to have a meeting with me to discuss my recent lack of communication and effectiveness. I didn’t realize my body was adapting to ketosis and pretty much detoxing from all the crap I’ve put in my body my entire life. For some people this transition is easy, for others it’s rough. It was damn near unbearable for me. Then on the 13th day, something happened. I had a normal day. This was not unusual for me. I often had a few normal, non-depressed days per week. The unusual thing was that it was followed by another normal day, then another, then another until I reached an entire week of normal days.

This was my first depression-free week since I was obsessed with jiu jitsu about 6 years prior. Three months later I had yet to experience even one single suicidal depressed day. I did have some down days, but nothing like before. I was down 24.4 lbs despite having reduced my workouts to 3-4 total hours per week and eliminating cardio completely. I continued with this for another 3 months. January 27th ,2019 I reached my 6 month mark. I am now down 37 lbs. Down 8% bodyfat. Besides depression, I have also completely cured or dramatically improved anxiety, prediabetes, elevated liver enzymes, low testosterone, high estrogen, all stomach/IBS issues, heart burn, sleep apnea, postural hypotension (self diagnosed), bloating, exercise recovery time, cravings, lack of energy in the morning, and I’m sure I’m skipping a few other things.

I’ll keep an eye out for any long term deficiencies I may develop, but from researching others who have done this for decades, it doesn’t seem to merit much concern. My blood work has improved in pretty much every area. My testosterone jumped 231 points, my estrogen lowered to normal levels, my minerals/electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium) stayed consistent and didn’t change at all, vitamin D improved even with less supplementation than usual, triglycerides went from 133 to 73 (not sure of the significance of this if any), and hdl went up 10 points to 53. Ldl did increase a lot from 99 to 154 but I’ll take that trade off anyday to experience all these other improvements. I will keep an eye on that by doing coronary artery calcium scans of my heart every 3 years or so and if the scans show plaque build up over time, I’ll make whatever adjustments I need to. I won’t wait until I’m 60 years old to scan my heart like most people do lol. At that point it’s too late. I will continue to get bloodwork every 6 months to a year. This is something I never used to care to monitor at all even though I was very unhealthy. I think everyone should get checked routinely. I’m open to supplementation if I see a need for it.

I did have some concerns as to the longevity of this depression cure because all other “solutions” to my depression have never lasted. I was very anxious to see how I’d feel a few months down the line. Now, having passed my 6 month mark, I have no fear of my depression returning. This has changed my entire life unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I am now controlling my life for, what seems like, the first time ever. Each month I feel better mentally and physically. The difference between this nutritional attempt to cure my depression and the one from years prior is the absence of an obsession like jiu jitsu as the driving force. Also, the complete lack of cravings for sugar and carbs makes it very easy to keep away from junk.

My average day I eat about 1 to 1.5 lbs beef, 6 eggs, 8 slices of bacon, cheese, pork rinds, and water. The beef is usually ground beef from the store or 8-10 meat patties from In N Out accompanied by 4-6 slices of cheese. No buns, no ketchup, no dressing, no soda. How crazy is that, right?

Eventually I will experiment adding in some other foods like sweet potato or berries or even supplements. I’ll do this slowly to be able to isolate any negative effects I may experience. Overall, I can’t ever see myself being less than 85% carnivore. This diet is a great way to figure out which foods affect you negatively as you experiment adding them back in one at a time.

I’m in control of my life now. I look forward to life. Zero carb/Carnivore has given me the solid foundation to keep depression away (permanently IMO) so that I can now further my mental well-being by consistently implementing things like meditation, sauna, resistance training, jiu jitsu, occasional psilocybin micro dosing, etc., that the pull of depression never let me to stick to before. I’m very grateful for that.

In conclusion, this works for me. I urge anyone dealing with depression/anxiety to be open minded enough to try every option possible to find a cure, no matter how crazy it might sound. You may or may not see the same results as I and many others have on the zerocarb/carnivore diet, but you have to keep searching for an answer. At some point, anything is worth a try before suicide.

Some might not believe in a higher power, but that’s the only thing that kept me from ending it all and departing this world. I thank God my prayers have been answered. I guess I wasn’t born cursed after all.

Michael Tarufelli

I am a 44 year male who currently weighs 198 lbs. On 12/31/2018 I weighed 233.8 lbs. On January 1, 2018 I went full carnivore. Here’s a list of what changed for me:

  • 1st and foremost of the most important thing that happened to me is that 3 days into eating carnivore I had 15 years of chronic low back and hip pain disappear.
  • lost 40 lbs over 6 months
  • lost 5 more lbs during first month of working out (month 7 got down to 188 lbs)
  • 2-3 months in, stopped snoring
  • sometime early on in the diet my diagnosed sleep apnea condition went away. I know this because for the first time in the last 30 years I woke up with energy. Never knew what that was like (even when I was a teenager)
  • always had a couple ingrown hairs on each of my legs. I’ve had 1 ingrown hair in the last 6 months
  • skin complexion got better
  • wrinkle lines on my forehead are almost gone. They had gotten to be a part of the new me and for some reason now, 11 months later, they are almost completely gone.
  • 11 months later and the balding spot on the back of my head is almost gone. Literally have thicker hair now
  • a phenomenal increase in mental clarity
  • energy from the morning until night. No more ups and downs of the carbohydrate eating lifestyle.
  • likely saved my marriage (all praise to God for bringing me to carnivore). My emotional balance and ability to control myself VASTLY improved. Hard to put into words how much more emotionally stable I am on a carnivore diet.
  • started weight training and without supplements put on a solid 7 lbs of muscle on over about a 5 month period.

Tony Simpson

I’m a 57 year old male who is physically active. Until three months ago, I would eat anything I wanted A quart of ice cream or a dozen cookies in a sitting? Full steam ahead. Problem was, I had reached 280lbs and began to have knee pain and sciatic trouble, in addition to the sleep apnea, heartburn, diarrhea, and general lethargy I had grown accustomed to.

I decided to ignore the nay-sayers and accept myself for what I am, a carnivore. I am the product of a million years of evolution – the bulk of which time my species ate virtually only meat. It’s only intuitive that we should be awash in type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity when we glut our diet with things we were never designed to metabolize.

I’ve dropped to 254lbs, apnea is much better, heartburn and etc. are gone, and my energy level seems elevated.

I’m free and out of the closet, and all I can say to the flower children who advocate vegetarianism is, don’t let your cat out at night, because if the time ever comes when I cannot lay my hands on a beautifully marbled rib steak, all bets are off.