I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2002. I took the pills and ate “healthy” until 2009, during which time I cotinued to have polyps and inflammation in my gut every time I went in for a colonoscopy. In August 2009 I decided to spend a year eating only meat. In August 2010, my colonoscopy showed that my gut inflammation had disappeared. Haven’t had a polyp since, and more recent colonscopies show no sign of the disease.
Since that time I’ve added back in much of the food I eliminated, but still avoid gluten, grains and try to avoid too much starch at any given time. If I feel like I’m having trouble, I fall back to all meat for a couple days and I’m able to reset back to no symptoms.
My husband of 13 years had always struggled with IBS and severe acid reflux. We never went anywhere without Tums and his steroids that were issued by his gastroenterologist. He was told his IBS was caused by a genetic disorder and would lead to Krohns. Within a week of doing Carnivore, his reflux was virtually non existent, and he hasn’t touched his steroid meds in months.
I am a 29 year old man living in New York. I began my low carb journey at 26 and not long after I was diagnosed with Crohn’s. I went whole hog into the Primal Blueprint lifestyle and I saw incredible benefits. I dropped 60 lbs, and I saw a huge benefit in how I felt daily and my intestines had improved. Slowly over time I kept eliminating foods from my diet: potatoes of all kinds, nuts, squashes, tomatoes, fruits, and it got to the point where I was eating meats and greens with the rare deviation. Then I listened to the interview on the JRE podcast with Dr. Baker. It stuck with me, though I was skeptical at first.
As March came around I decided to experiment and take the step to eating a Carnivore diet. I joined the facebook group and I read other’s stories to find inspiration and guidance. I ate 2-2.5 lbs of mostly ground beef, chicken thighs, some ground turkey, and around 6-8 eggs daily, with some goat cheese and butter thrown in occasionally. I continued to drink coffee, tea, and seltzer. I ate twice daily at lunch and dinner time. The rare snack was either salami or pork rinds.
Because I already knew to increase my salt intake and I had been fat adapted the transition was not difficult for me, but I did notice a challenge in my calisthenics based workouts early on in that I struggled at first but then it became easier.
The first thing I noticed is that my hunger levels surged very high, then dropped significantly. I’m curious how my Crohn’s has impeded my absorption, if at all. My energy levels were more consistent throughout the day. Previously there would be a dull fatigue towards the end but I’m more of a stable calm on carnivore. But most of all I felt the lingering inflammation in my gut decrease and my bowel movements (after the first week) were the most consistently solid and easy passings I have had in a long time. The inflammation I felt was in the upper right and lower left of my abdomen (duodenum and colon) and they were tender to light prodding. They are now far less tender and I don’t feel the swelling as I did before.
As for weigh loss: I did not drop much weight, but I did notice a difference in my measurements, my muscles were slightly bigger and definitely more dense, my waist was thinner, and I’m willing to bet my bone density increased. I have found a lot of benefit in the carnivore diet. But I’m an experimental person and I know I’m going to want to reintroduce fermented foods and mushrooms, maybe the occasional plant, but I know now the best way to return to baseline and reclaim my health. It’s easy to do and it’s very tasty.