Doris C.

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.

David Enghuat

My before and after (left to right)…

I went from 73kgs with mild fatty liver and very high visceral fat double digit score to 63.7kgs on keto, no gym (July 2017 – Dec 2017). No more fatty liver and good visceral fat score.

Then I went full CARNIVORE (Dec 2017 – present), and now I am 68kgs and stronger and more powerful at the gym (started Feb 2018), quick recovery, zero supplements needed!!

David before, after keto, and after a carnivore diet.

Instagram: @david_enghuat

Michal Gniewek

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! 🙏

Nathaniel Champion

Howdy,

My name is Nathaniel Champion. I’m 24 years old.

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.

Thank you,
Nathaniel Champion, SN
University of Houston College of Nursing ’18

Nathaniel, before: December 2017
Nathaniel, after: May 11, 2018

Adam C.

My name is Adam and this is my carnivore story… MEAT HEALS!

May 12, 2018

Background:

46 year old male slowly became 30 pounds overweight from eating and drinking too much and not exercising. Decided I wanted to get back in shape but despite increasingly strenuous workouts (from 30 to 45 to 60 to 90 to even 120 minutes over 6 months, mostly weight training), only lost 5 pounds and did put on some muscle but couldn’t see it well thru the middle-aged tire/fat. Sore constantly, injured myself 3 times in 6 months pushing too hard to improve my physique. Avoided sugar and processed carbs but still drank too much beer and had too many binge attacks where I would polish off insane amounts of bad food because of intense cravings.

My carnivore story:

Started reading bodybuilding articles trying to figure out where I was going wrong and stumbled onto Vince Gironda’s “steak and eggs” diet for bodybuilders to cut fat and get ripped. He was a trainer decades ago (reportedly once worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger). Just eat steak and eggs at every meal and have a cheat day once a week to replenish body carbohydrate stores. I was frustrated (and sore) and decided to give it a go.

Felt absolutely terrible the whole first week. Never looked forward to a day more than my first cheat day at the end of that week. Low energy, brain fog, diarrhea, aches and pains (more than usual), cold sore on my lip (only get when physical and/or mental stress) – basically felt like I had a bad flu. But I read a lot that week and learned that this was a temporary thing according to the crazy carnivores before me. On the morning my cheat day was to start, I had lost 5 pounds. I also didn’t really feel that hungry.

Ate like a maniac on my cheat day but vowed to try one more week, as many said after two weeks is when things start getting easier. Second week sucked. Felt terrible and told myself if I didn’t feel better by the end of the week, screw it. It wasn’t worth it to feel sick all the time! I still wasn’t very hungry and ate only twice a day (lunch and dinner) and drank black coffee for breakfast and water rest of day. By day 9, I noticed I didn’t really feel like having beers after work anymore (a 20 year habit suddenly gone?!).

When I woke up around day 11, the “keto flu” (as some call it; e.g., carbohydrate withdrawal) was gone. I had higher energy levels than I had felt in months. I felt fantastic! By this time, I stumbled onto this crazy (like a fox) carnivore doctor named Shawn Baker, Amber O’Hearn, the Inuit and others within the internet rabbit hole of forbidden dietary knowledge. I still had a cheat meal at the end of the 2nd week, but I didn’t really need it like I did the first week and I thought of it more as a reward than as a necessity.

It has now been 60 days since the end of that 2nd week. It is my lifestyle now, not a “lose fat” diet. I have already lost all the fat I need to and am now at what I feel is a healthy weight for me. I feel and look great and don’t ever plan on going back. This way of eating has changed my life!

Positive impacts on my life of this diet:

  • Lost 30 pounds in 45 days and now at desired body weight. All while eating until full and snacking when needed. No attempt to restrict calories at all. Most effortless weight loss ever (and I have tried many fad diets over the years).
  • No longer sore for more than a few hours after working out. Ready to go the next day. Seems easier to get stronger and bigger, too. Working out less and seeing better muscle gains.
  • Feel and look 20 years younger. Mentally and physically improved in so many ways.
  • No more heartburn. Ever. Used to pop Pepcid pills like candy.
  • Don’t feel like drinking alcohol any more, after drinking too much for about 25 years or so. Wasn’t part of the plan, but I’ll take it!
  • Don’t get intense cravings for food and no longer miss the foods I don’t eat. Doesn’t feel like I’m “on a diet”.
  • Don’t usually get hungry between meals any more, but happy to have some bacon if I do.
  • Energy levels more steady and still have energy left to spare after hard day at work. Don’t get sleepy after eating any more.

Negatives:

  • The first 10 days totally sucked for me. I almost quit twice. Glad I stuck with it. I feel like I now understand what a heroin addict goes thru during withdrawal!
  • Going to eat outside the home is trickier. Let’s just say Brazilian steakhouses are my new favorite.
  • Getting weird muscle cramps sometimes, especially when running. Been trying to up my salt intake.

Thanks!
Adam

Bruce Willke

A big thank you to Joe Rogan for having Shawn Baker on this podcast. This was a massive on my decision to change my diet and hopefully my life.

I have tried all kinds of diets and treatments and I wish I knew then what I know now and I might have avoided surgery.

I’ve had Ulcerative Colitis since 18 years old in 2005, and after medications all failed, that caused me to lose my colon.

I now have an ileostomy and I was told to avoid meat and fat throughout my entire life of this disease. Even after the ileostomy I was told to avoid too much meat and eat a balanced diet, but the interesting part of this, was I also should avoid roughage due to its difficulty to pass through the small intestines and out the ostomy. (This should have been a red flag right away.) If it’s so difficult to digest, why are we eating it at all? Especially in my case with an inflamed colon which brought me here to this ileostomy.

After eating poorly with an ileostomy, I decided to take control of my weight and diet. I attempted the keto diet and lost 70 lbs or so, but that diet consists of a lot of dairy, and allows for some nuts and insoluble fiber. This fiber tends to be a problem for people with an ileostomy due to the fact that it doesn’t really break down at all. I now only animal fat and meat and it’s a delight. The output of the ileostomy is simple to manage. It’s all liquid with little to no by products from the food I’ve eaten. I do not eat any dairy either. This is mostly due to the excess cravings that dairy tends to cause in me. Anyone that wishes to debate how red meat doesn’t digest well, can come with me to the restroom and I’ll show them that the only output I have is bile and water. The meat and fat are fully absorbed by the time it reaches the end of my small intestines.

The biggest change I’ve experienced on a diet of this restrictive nature, is the freedom, not the shackles. I control my appetite, I have no cravings for poor food choices, and I don’t find myself yearning for the next snack or meat.

I also think that this diet has revealed that I am a food addict, and I was chained to the drug of sugar. With most studies on addiction complete removal is usually the best medicine.

I plan to keep this up for the foreseeable future, and I hope to see how low I can go in terms of body fat, waist size, and weight. I’d like to maintain strength, but I want to know my limits.

The numbers:

  • 5 months (Starting on Dec 31)
  • Lost 14% body fat (56% to 42%)
  • Lost 100lbs (385lbs to 285lbs)
  • Lost 6-8 inches in my waist (48-50 pants to 40)

Sly Tbr

This is something I have never shared publicly. In the past I would mention I’ve struggled with an eating disorder but never in detail because of the shame associated with it. But I figured my story might help others so here it is.

During my early college years I decided to go vegan (thanks to some very persuasive vegan documentaries), and from there I wanted to “step up my game” so I went raw vegan. My diet prior to that wasn’t the standard American diet, it was very clean paleo – whole fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, raw nuts and seeds. Switching to vegan didn’t benefit my physiology in any shape or form, it only made me feel good about “saving the planet” which is total BS, vegans do more harm to the planet than anyone else.

Few years of veganism and my bones weakened to a point where I was breaking my ribs by simply carrying a heavier box against my rib-cage. At that point I knew veganism wasn’t healthy, my hair was falling out, my skin had ash tone to it, I was looking anorexic but still felt fat (serious body dysmorphia), my anemia worsened. Despite all those issues I was encouraged by all the vegans to keep going, that I just needed to double down on spirulina and everything would balance. Well, things never balanced. I started craving meat and my cravings would get worse when my mom would grill some juicy steaks. One day I gave in to those cravings and felt so horrified. I was brainwashed into believing that by eating animal flesh I would “absorb” all the horror and emotional trauma the animal went through when it was being slaughtered and that my body would be infested with parasites and what not. I went into panic mode and wanted that meat out of me ASAP so I made myself throw up. From there I went back to “being vegan,” I was told to eat more to diminish cravings so I did. Meals turned into severe binges that made me feel uncomfortable and that led to purging which turned into 6 years of severe bulimia that almost ended my life.

I tried many things to end the vicious cycle of bingeing and purging. Every day I kept telling myself this is the last day but last day would never come. I’ve read many books on the brain and behavior and would try many different approaches. Every book said when you get the ‘urge’ go do something else instead of binging, but I guess none of those authors went through this because when you get that “urge” there’s nothing you can do to turn around, it’s almost like something takes over your brain and dictates to you what to do, while the other you – the rational you – is paralyzed. There was nothing in those books on “HOW NOT TO GET THE URGE” in the first place.

It wasn’t until I came across Dr Jack Kruse and his leptin prescription diet blog, which was basically keto/carnivore way of eating, that I was able to break the habit. It took me two weeks on carnivore to get rid of the “other voice” in my head that let to my binges. After six years of my severe bulimia I was finally free and all thanks to carnivore diet. After about a month of eating that way my eating disorder brain seemed to have fixed so I figured I “needed” vegetables and other plant material to stay healthy plus all the research pointed how unhealthy high protein diets were so I started playing around with the traditional ketogenic diet – lots of green veggies, lots of healthy fats, little fish and meats here and there. Despite all that I would still have binge days, severe binge days, I wouldn’t purge anymore but the binges made me feel really shitty emotionally.

Fast forward to now, what started as a 30 day experiment early this year is now month three on carnivore and I finally feel free, I mean TRULY free! No binges, no counting calories, no portion control, no counting macros or other bs! I eat when I’m hungry and no need for snacking. My bones are getting stronger, my anemia is gone, I finally got my period and libido back, my skin is better than ever, and my gut is finally healing. The longer I go on carnivore the more benefits I’m noticing. The only side effect (as I have mentioned in the past) is that damn high libido and being single 😉 , other than that no complaints.

Thank you Dr Baker for everything you do. All the knowledge you provided made me confident that carnivore diet is the way to go as well as it encouraged me to do more of my own research. Now that I have finally healed my mind and body I’m able to focus on coaching others into health and inspire others through posts on IG. Thank you again, let’s heal this world one steak at a time! 🙂

@biohacking.keto.chick

Randi M.

Hi! My name is Randi and I’m 27 years old.

I’m on day 15 of my carnivore journey and I am equal parts dumbfounded and overwhelmingly grateful. I’ve always had problems with my skin (eczema, dermatitis, acne) but the past year, and ESPECIALLY the past two months, I’ve watched it escalate at what can only be described as an alarming rate. I finally hit what I would call my rock bottom and decided to follow the meat heals path my boyfriend couldn’t seem to stop talking about because fuck, nothing else I was doing was working!

I was vegetarian for most of my life and that eventually led to veganism which I practiced for about 4 years and the amount of lying I did every day to try to convince myself that I felt good was… appalling. Over the past year and a half I’ve slowly slipped away from the lifestyle by adding in fish, eggs, and grass fed butter/ghee, but my diet was still 60% plant based and my skin problems only persisted.

In just two weeks and a day of giving up carbs cold turkey and thriving off a diet made exclusively of grass fed steak (mostly ribeye), paleo pork + turkey bacon, organic ground turkey, and some wild seafood every few days, I can not only see but I also FEEL myself rapidly healing. The tiny itchy red dots that were beginning to cover my wrists and bottom of my feet have disappeared. My eczema flare ups are becoming extinct and the past few days especially, unless I look down at my ankles and see the scars from nearly killing myself scratching, I forget I even have it. Most importantly, every day I wake up and I watch my mug get a little less red and inflamed and become a little more free of the acne/rosacea that was spreading on my face like wildfire.

Healing my skin was the sole reason for embarking on this ride but I also feel like I’ve gained more time to live and enjoy every day because I’m less fatigued, I wake up alert, my focus at work is stronger, I feel satisfied and fulfilled after every meal instead of bloated and low-key daydreaming about when I’ll be less full so I can eat more carbs again, and I’ve gone from 198lbs to 184. I’d say it’s incredible but that seems like an understatement. This way of life goes against what I’ve believed most of my life. Thank you so much for working so hard to educate anyone who is smart enough to listen about this movement. Only two weeks in and I cannot believe the growing list of positive results I am seeing. Thank you thank you thank you!!

Left: the day before Randi committed to carnivore (4/27/18); Right: today, as of writing (5/13/18)

Joe M.

I have just hit the 90 day mark on the carnivore diet. A little background:

I was fit and had no health issues my entire life. New Year’s Day of 2017, I came down with a severe case of food poisoning. I thought it would pass in a day, but it never did. I had severe cramps and gastric spasms that left me doubled over. It continued to get worse and worse. Every morning I woke up with chronic diarrhea that sometimes lasted all day. I was completely unable to digest food. Everything I ate was coming out exactly as I swallowed it. I dropped from 215lbs to 173lbs in a month because of my inability to absorb nutrients. People thought I was dying (173lbs at 6’4″ looks like death). My digestive and skin health deteriorated quickly as I continued to get worse. I couldn’t find the strength to work out anymore.

The doctors couldn’t tell me what was wrong. They told me I was fine and that it would pass. One doctor prescribe Xifaxan, a $2500 antibiotic which made my symptoms even worse. I was diagnosed with “IBS” but I knew it had to be something else so I started doing my own research. I came to the conclusion that I had developed SIBO, or intestinal dysbiosis, and got tests to confirm this. Through trial and error, I had moderate success with herbal antibiotics, soil based probiotics. I tried a plant based diet which kept making my symptoms worse and worse. I tried making green smoothies and they almost killed me. Interestingly enough, avoiding excessive amounts of fruits and vegetables started to help. I was still eating a lot of sugar and simple carbs. I had almost zero muscle mass and a significant amount of body fat.

The supplement regimen I had developed cost me over $250 a month. It was by no means a cure, but it allowed me to ignore my symptoms and barely get through day to day activities. I still had no ability to exercise or do anything besides work and sleep.

I heard Dr Shawn Baker’s interview on JRE. I laughed when I heard that he only ate meat, but by the end of the podcast I was convinced it was worth giving it a shot. After a couple of failed attempts, I said “enough is enough”, and committed to 30 days no matter how difficult it was.

Within less than two weeks I was able to stop ALL of my supplements. No more herbal antibiotics that were destroying my system, no more expensive probiotics with questionable effects, no more expensive vitamins and supplements. My digestive issues disappeared about 90% within 2 weeks. I had an appetite for the first time in over a year. I have never had diarrhea since. All of my food is getting digested. My energy levels came back quickly – no more need for mid day naps or feeling chronically fatigued. I had a drive to work out again.

The only plant I still continued to take was coffee. I was an excessive coffee drinker, 4-5 large cups daily. I weaned off of it and that fixed the remaining 10% of my symptoms. My skin cleared up immediately, no acne breakouts or redness. I am completely “cured” at this point. My diet now consists only of steak, cheese, and butter. Occasionally, I’ll eat eggs or bacon. I’ve recently started training again, and I’m the leanest I’ve been in years, and slowly but surely gaining some strength again.

All thanks goes to Dr Shawn Baker for his interviews to spread the word, and the amount of time he spends and patience he has personally answering questions from guys like me. This is the way of eating that healed me, and this is the way I’ll be eating for life.

Not only did he cure his digestion problems, but Joe is also getting strong on a carnivore diet.

Jim W.

May 5, 2018

Age: 63
Starting weight: 154 lb

Partial list health issues:

  • CVD-meds: 20mg simvastin, 1/4 aspirin, plavix, atenalol
  • Thyroid, goiter-meds: 1/2 smallest does WP thyroid and 200MCG Selenium 3X/week
  • High fasting glucose: 110 in December and A1C 5.7 April 2017
  • Gum disease
  • IBS from “healthy” high fiber diet
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Allergies

It seems like when I turned 50 everything started downhill. Up until then (and after) I tried mostly low fat, high fiber diet which included vegetable juicing.

I was 125 pounds in high school and went from about 135 to 185 from 45 years old to 55.

I tried a LCHF diet in 2012 but was scared out of it by my doctors even though my weight went from 184 to 125 in about 6 months.

My reason to go low carb this year was:
1. Gum disease progression: a lot of deep pockets and getting close to losing a back molar.
2. A1C was 5.7 last April and my morning, fasting glucose had been creeping way up to 110

Four month SUCCESSFUL results:

  1. 4 years of gum disease reversed as of check up May 3. No more deep pockets, no bleeding and teeth in great shape. Gum recession will not grow back

  2. April, 2018 A1C was 5.2 from 5.7 last April. Fasting morning glucose at 94 form 110 in December

  3. Had IBS, bleeding anal fissure, internal hemorrhoids and terrible gas. 99% gone. Unreal!!!!!

  4. Shoulder and back pain 90% better. Did 130 push-ups on Monday in 4 sets vs. 20 with a week of shoulder pain last year. Now doing deep knee bends and couldn’t ever thing of that last year because of back pain.

  5. Every morning I would wake up with a runny nose filling several paper towels with mucous. It’s now 90% better and was even better when I did not have dairy but have added some of that back.

  6. Weaned blood pressure meds to nothing and BP normal first time in over 20 years (was normal only with meds last 8). I had 4 stents in 3 arteries in 2010 with 1 artery clear and one 100% blocked (there are 5 major arteries feeding you heart). My chest pain did not go away after stents and cardiologist tried meds (renexa and long-acting nitro) neither worked so I said forget trying.

    10 years of chest pain vanished after about a month of this and I thought at first it was my imagination (even though was getting great results on my new/used Concept 2 Rower).

    My GP does a carotid artery scan every April and in 2017 he said the blockage had gotten much worse from 2016 and said I need to do something soon.

    What was I supposed to do? Was already following all the stupid bullshit they told me to do.

    This April scan showed “significant” improvement over last year!!!!! And that was with 8 months of shitty diet and only 3.5 months of carnivore.

    My chest pain is gone and I have not felt this good since I was 30!!!!!!

  7. Weight from 154 to 136 pounds

Thanks so much to Doc Baker!

Jim lost weight, reversed his cardiovascular disease, reversed his gum disease, and more on a carnivore diet.
Jim no longer has chest pain and fitness performance has increased.