Al Thompson

I was doing some research on veganism a few months ago, and I came across people who were using the meat only diet or the carnivore diet. After seeing the damage done to eating only vegetables, I saw that many people were eating the meat only or zero carb diet. The most notable YouTube videos that were the most compelling were from Jordan and Mikalia Peterson. Assuming they were telling the truth, I found their results were quite remarkable. I’ve been battling weight for most of my adult life, and I have always been looking for a better way to do it. I was never a vegan and I never considered it because the vegans I knew were very bitchy and hot-tempered.

I’m not going to write much here about nutritional issues because I’m not that well-studied in the subject. I’ve heard all sides but this one seemed to make the most sense. I’m in the habit of using the natural law or natural order to make important decisions. I wish I had known how to do this earlier. But the carnivore diet makes sense because before modern times, most of the nutrient rich foods were animals. While some vegans claim there is an ethical issue in killing animals, the truth is that is what we were designed to eat along with plants. It is a part of the natural law so I decided to give it a try based on the Petersons’ testimony.

What I now eat is as follows: chicken, fish, beef, cheese, eggs, and lots of bacon. That’s it. And I’ve been eating like this for 134 days as of this writing.
Here are the results from this test:

  • Improved mental clarity (some may disagree)
  • Improved mood
  • Sugar addiction is gone
  • I had pain in my right shoulder area and that’s gone
  • Hunger is manageable and easy to control
  • I’ve lost a little over 18 pounds since the beginning of this diet and 47.5 lbs from two years ago
  • Macular degeneration is gone. This was a big surprise. I don’t have any more floaters in my eyes
  • Sleep has improved
  • My teeth have stopped deteriorating as I lost three molars last year
  • I’ve had a chronic cough for over 20 years and now that’s gone too
  • Bowel movements are limited to once a day, sometimes two. Sitting on the can once a day is plenty
  • I can get up at 6AM and go through the day until 8PM without a nap
  • Energy level feels like I’m in my twenties; I’m 72
  • Type 2 Diabetes gone-actually did it before carnivore on the plain low carb Atkins type diet by losing weight.
  • I take no more prescription drugs

I thought the Atkin’s diet was good, but this is a little better and easier to stay on without relapsing into the old ways. I’ve completely lost my desire for fruits and vegetables. I’m not sure I want to eat them again. I’m still considering it. With all of the sprays being used in agriculture, it may make sense to stay on the carnivore-zero carb. I like to drink beer but the last time I had one it made me sick and I stayed up all night trying to go to sleep. I’ve learned to just stay away from liquor as I don’t see any health benefits in drinking it.

I’m trying to find some negative effects from this method and I can’t find too many. My social life is different as I don’t want to go out and eat with friends because I don’t want the temptation to eat the rabbit food. I don’t have the desire to have my nightly Margarita as all of my sugar cravings are gone. The money I save from buying crappy food and eating out helps to keep me within my budget. My meat costs are about $200.00 per month and I buy most of it from the local butcher shop. I save money by not buying things like bread, peanut butter, nuts, popcorn, pizza, and produce.

However, I am really perturbed to learn this at the late age of 72 and I’m wondering now if this vegan nonsense is politically motivated. I think it is, but that’s a subject for another time.

Again, I look at the results; if it works, then I think it is useful. I’m still learning about all the nutritional issues, but at the end of the day, it still comes down to results. I haven’t felt better for a long time if ever. I’m actually startled but happy with the results. I see no reason to change anything in the future. If it is working; why fix it?

Tom F.

My name is Tom. I have been on a 100% vegan diet for about 15 years.

I’ve followed the teachings of the likes of Dr. McDougall, Dr. Barnard, and more recently, Dr. Greger, for quite some time. I’ve always been careful to insure I get the right omega 3 to omega 6 ratios, eat leafy greens rich in iron, take multivitamins for adequate iodine and other important nutrients, and exercise regularly. I’ve always thought I was in great shape. Like many vegans, I wanted to go on a plant based diet because I was convinced that it was the most ethical thing to do; for the animals, the planet, and for human health.

It wasn’t until the last 2 years that I realized that I was wrong, at least regarding the latter part. My health had been deteriorating for some time, but slowly. I presumed this was just because I was getting older. I’m 45 now and thought the achy joints and irritable bowels that had become a more frequent occurrence were perfectly normal with older age. But about 2 years ago my symptoms began to worsen far more rapidly than before. I started to become lethargic, some days not even willing to get out of bed. I became irritable and angry (I’ve always been an easy going guy). I started to get skin rashes and terrible acne. Eventually, I became terribly depressed. There were days where I was nearly inconsolable with grief for no reason other than a persisting feeling of existential dread. At first I had nasty diarrhea but eventually, I developed severe constipation for the first time in my life which lead to painful hemorrhoids by struggling to go the bathroom. My depression caused me to stop exercising, and as a result I gained weight, and my blood pressure not surprisingly went up. My joints became more and more inflamed and the pain worsened almost daily.

My partner became deeply concerned and insisted I go to my primary care physician for some tests. The doctor determined I had SIBO and recommended I go on an elemental diet and take some antibiotics. I tried the elemental diet, and felt better for a few weeks. But as soon as I returned to my normal diet, the problems returned. The doctor explained I need to avoid foods rich in fodmaps. I did some research and realized most of what I eat has fodmaps! How could I live like this?

I kept researching for others who have had similar issues and came across a forum discussing the carnivore diet. (I wish I could remember the website, but this was months ago). I couldn’t believe my poor health may be the result of my vegan diet. I did everything right. I ate whole foods. Limited my refined oils and avoided ones with a poor fatty acid profile. I ate plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Got enough protein from legumes, nuts, and seeds. I even used cronometer to insure I was getting proper nutritional adequacy. But, alas, my diet was indeed the culprit. I became certain of this after my partner convinced me to try the carnivore diet. I gave in, very reluctantly. Being vegan was such a huge part of my identity and causing harm to animals was such a detestable thought. My partner begged me to try it.

In my desperation, after a particularly bad case of depression, I finally gave in. After a week, some of my symptoms were gone, but I still had severe digestion issues. My partner made me commit to try the diet for at least a month. If it didn’t work, we’d go back to the doctor and see what other options were available. I reluctantly agreed and suffered through the diet for another 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, I couldn’t believe it, but all my symptoms were nearly gone. Digestion, good. Skin, clear. Joints, pain free. Depression, in the past. It really was like a miracle. I was finally awake to the reality of a vegan diet long term, at least for me. I had been gambling with my life because of a childish notion of morality. Thank God for my partner waking me out of my indoctrination. I’ve now been on the carnivore diet for 6 months. I’m working out again and I have the energy levels I did when I was a 25 year old. I feel like a new man. Oh, and a huge bonus is that my sexual vitality is better than ever!

I’ll never go back to a plant based diet. I make sure to source all my meat from farms I’ve personally visited to see how the animals are raised. It sucks that humans were designed to consume other animals, but that’s the way it is. We can’t allow our health to decline because we feel bad for animals.

I hope my story helps others to wake up from the indoctrination of veganism and the reality that meat really does heal. #meatheals

Ken M.

[Written September 17th, 2018]

I had started the diet around July 17th which marks 3 months of being on this diet, and I can only say great things have happened. First allow me to preface with the issues I was currently suffering with.

  • Chronic wrist pains ( tore the cartilage in both wrists)
  • Shoulder pains not too sure what caused the pain or what the pain was, I am not a fan of going to the doctor who more than likely would have just tried to give me painkillers.
  • Damaged Cartilage in my knees from wrestling
  • Asthma
  • 213lbs

I was a piece of work for sure. I stumbled across Jordan Peterson on the JRE which led me to the interview with Dr. Shawn Baker. I was fascinated and the fact that I can eat beef products every day all day. I knew then and there the diet would be something that I could turn into a lifestyle, I did not anticipate the benefits to be as good as they were.

First 6 weeks I had digestion issues (very loose stool, erratic bowl movements). However, they were something that I would keep if it meant I got to keep the results I got. My wrist pains are non-existent I can do pushups, dips, and bench presses without the excruciating pain that plagued me for years making working out more of a torture session than anything else. I do see the occasional flair up on rainy days but that’s okay.

Knee pains & shoulder pains are also non existent I work in an environment where heavy objects are being lifted and I am on my feet 12 hours a day. I can do my job without worry of pain or discomfort.

Lastly my weight has dropped quite significantly from 213 down to a low of 183. The results are nothing short of amazing. It’s such a great feeling to watch your clothing just start to fall off. I haven’t been in this good of shape in years. I do weightlifting 6x a week, and cardio when I can now that my asthma has subsided. I would recommend everyone to try this for at least 90 days.

Stephen Compagnion

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.

Steve Compagnion

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.

Isabel S.

When I was little I used to constantly get sick and suffered from hay fever and allergies quite often, not only that but I was a rowdy kid who lived off of whatever my parents made and junk food.

A few years back I became self-conscious about my body image and feared the thought of acne since my parents had severe acne in their teenage years, so I went on Doxcycline yet I still had the occasional pimple or two. I later learned that sugar caused acne so I decided to cut out all foods with added sugar (that I knew of) and started cooking for myself, fast forward a bit more and I eventually cut out all grains, cereals and wheat; I was essentially on a Paleo diet. I lost a tremendous amount of weight due to the minimal food I was eating in comparison along with my intense exercise routine, but I didn’t feel good. Most of the time I felt lethargic and despite my concentration and attention span improving I was still too tired to care half the time.

Two years ago was when it got really bad. After eating partially undercooked salmon I contracted Liver fluke which is not recognised in Australia and I ended up becoming very underweight and extremely unwell compared to before, as well as having what was deemed irreversible fatty liver that the doctor found in my blood results (result of liver fluke); my predominantly high carb and fat diet didn’t help either since I didn’t know the two were a dangerous combination.

I ended up turning to alternative medicine to deal with the problem and eventually got rid of the parasite where I was on the road to recovery; later on I realised a lot of what mainstream media and doctors told us was healthy was wrong, and the paleo diet had started to fail me as I gained 7kg over a few months last year resulting in me becoming desperate and learning about the Ketogenic diet.

As soon as I went on the Ketogenic diet I felt like I actually had my life back, many people criticized me especially my family despite how my health was improving. But I suffer from sever IBS, something that I always struggled with and the Paleo diet didn’t help with it and it got better on Keto, but it was still pretty bad as some days I could still have debilitating nausea and stomach pains if my bowel ever decided to move, it wasn’t fun.

Fast forward to today at the age of eighteen and I have been on a high fat Carnivore OMAD diet for four months now and the health benefits I have had are beyond imaginable, I’ve never felt so healthy in my life; here are some of the benefits from only eating animal fat, red meat, fatty fish, cheddar cheese, butter and eggs (including coffee, salt, pepper, turmeric, rosemary and thyme):

  • I have tremendous amounts of energy and a rarely feel tired unless I haven’t slept long enough, but I only typically sleep five to six hours (eight if I’m lucky) after changing my diet and I don’t feel lethargic at all.
  • I no longer suffer from my IBS or bloating and my recent bloods say my liver is completely healed, and is much healthier than the average.
  • I’ve lost weight and have been able to maintain 49 – 50kg at 167cm
  • No more fatigue and I have clarity in everything I do, resulting in improved memory and my school performance and grades improving.
  • Exercise is much easier and I don’t have to push myself as much as I used to like I did on the Paleo or keto diet to stay in shape.
  • I reversed the leaky gut I was developing.
  • I recover from injuries faster and have more stamina.
  • Everything tastes better and I no longer have cravings unless it’s meat.
  • I’m in a constant state of ketosis.
  • Meat, fat, eggs and cheese is the only thing that look like food to me anymore.
  • I constantly feel happy and optimistic, or like I’m in a good mood. Even if something bad happens I don’t get overly upset and bounce back quicker. You could almost say it’s like a constant state of euphoria.
  • I don’t suffer from hay fever or allergies anymore, nor do I get sick.
  • I don’t have behavioral problems or short temper anymore, mostly which were caused by diet from what I’ve learned
  • I’ve gone off Doxycycline and no longer have acne accept for the occasional black head.
  • No more digestive issues with eating cheese.
  • No more indigestion when going to the gym after eating and I can lift heavier weights as well as do intense cardio for longer.
  • I don’t feel stressed anymore, I feel a lot more at peace with myself and grateful for what I have.

Honestly my quality of life has just improved so much on the Carnivore Diet that I don’t know how else I could explain it, but it’s the best decision I’ve made in my life.

Elisabeth Evald

I started ZC 15 March 2015. I was on a strict Ketogenic Diet before, which did help with my osteoarthritis. A fat-fast made me pain-free. Adding veggies back made my pain come back. I did research about if I could survive without veggies, and found the group, Zeroing in on Health.

I came from strong painkillers and severe pain, to a life without medication and pain-free, most of the time. I have had asthma all my life. It is gone. My seasonal allergies are reduced, and I don’t need any medication on ZC. My tinnitus is gone. My gut troubles are gone. My dental health has improved. Hormonal improvement.

My skin is more healthy than ever. I have a bigger overarm now, than when I was training intensely, with no training.

Best of all, I was fighting a depression, which wouldn’t leave. I have had depression since childhood, very often. I haven’t had any, on zc, not even now, when my Company was bankrupt. I do have a mental clarity on ZC that I never had dreamed of. I am really more me, and I dare to live in the moment.

My libido is better than ever, and I feel younger than I have felt in many years. I am 50 years old.

I love meat, and I love what it does for my body. I was a carboholic, and now I have no cravings, at all. ZC made my life so much better.

Yours sincerely,
Elisabeth Evald,
from Denmark.

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.

Annie S.

Annie – 31 year vegetarian now carnivore

Let me tell you a bit about myself, I live in just outside of Brisbane, Australia, I’m 45 years old, have 4 daughters ranging from 19 to 11 years, I work five days a week and am studying a health sciences degree full-time online. I decided to do a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition, after I became obsessed with using food for medicine and good health. I want to help others regain their health as I have gained mine back since starting a ketogenic diet over four years ago, I’m now carnivore.

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from IBS issues – gut pain and cramping, explosive diarrhoea, severe constipation – first seeing a GP for it when I was 14 years old. I never had a weight issue until having my first baby, but it certainly became a huge issue for the next 15 years. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was pregnant with my first daughter and during two pregnancies had gestational diabetes. Over these years I also suffered terrible GORD, repetitive disc bulges, sleep issues, asthma, thrush, recurring chest, sinus and urinary tract infections, major anxiety and depression issues. I had allergy tests done, where I was allergic to 13 of the 16 things I had been tested for and was told I was pre-type 2 diabetic by my overweight GP, who told me I should just expect it as it was in my family.

About 5 years ago, my health was heading south rapidly, with almost daily headaches and weekly migraines. I had a strange turn one day where I blacked out while driving, with my then four-year-old in the car with me. Apparently, I was slurring like I was drunk, but I managed to get my little girl to call the ambulance. I have no recollection of the event, except that I came to with two ambulance officers in my car trying to establish what had happened to me. My husband and police were on the scene when I came to as well, but despite being taken to hospital and tests being done, I never found out what had happened to me – except that they thought the migraine I had, had caused the event.

A few months later I got very unwell with a chest infection, landing myself in hospital for 12 days. My asthma was in a very bad way and I could hardly walk the corridors in the hospital without bringing on an attack. I gained about 5 kilograms during my hospital stay and was referred to a dietician to try to get my weight and health under control. I followed her recommendations religiously as I hated what was happening to me, but all I managed to do was gain more weight. She made me feel like I couldn’t possibly have been following the guidelines she’d set for me and that I was cheating myself.

I’d heard cutting sugar from your diet was good, so I stopped adding sugar on my morning oats and cutting it back substantially from my home baking, which gained me a small win with a couple of kilos weightloss. In November 2014, I then saw a documentary that literally changed my life, featuring Dr Maryanne Demasi, Dr Peter Bruckner, Professor Tim Noakes and Dr Steve Phinney. It was about the low carb, high fat diet and so, fuelled with the small win I’d had from ditching the sugar from my diet, I thought I’d give it a go.

My weight dropped incredibly quickly and majority of my health issues all but disappeared. I haven’t even had a head cold in the four years since starting. Everyone at work gets sick over winter, but I have not as yet. LCHF cured my GORD, disc bulges, asthma, allergies, thrush and I never experienced any more chest, sinus or urinary tract infections. I got stricter with my food choices and went VLC/strict keto, all the while my weight was still slowly creeping off.

At this point I should say I had been a lazy vegetarian for 31 years. I say lazy, as I had eaten fish very occasionally for a few years but never too regularly. I had however been doing a lot of research, reading lots of studies and following some very intelligent people on Twitter. All my research had me concluding that although I was way healthier in my food choices now eating keto, I had to eat a lot more protein than I was. I introduced fish regularly and, much to the shock of my family, I started eating chicken again – it had been 31 years. I started feeling so much better almost immediately, stronger. I then caught wind of Dr Baker’s carnivore study, which, both research and my own curious nature, had me very interested in. Crazy right, as I was only eating chicken, fish and eggs? But I did it, very strictly, ditching coffee, cream, cheese and only eating the chicken, fish, eggs and drinking water. I had it in my head though that I wanted to be brave and try red meat and so set a personal goal to achieve that before the end of the study – I knew for optimal health it was for the best, but I had a lot of mental hurdles stopping me. It came to the last week of the study, I felt amazing but disappointed in myself for not giving red meat a go like I wanted, so one day on my way home from work, I bought a rib eye, cooked it and ate the whole thing. I believe I have eaten at least one piece of red meat every day since.

To date my overall weight loss is about 40kg (or 88lb), with a measurement loss of about 120cm (or 47 inch) total. Hormonally, I have re-gained the 4kg loss I experienced during the study, which I intend on shedding again in the new year. Let’s just say, being a woman is unfair sometimes and the one thing that no diet has helped with is my lifetime suffering from endometriosis. I’m having further surgery in the new year, so hopefully I can get on top of the fake hormones currently circulating my body causing these adverse effects.

So, what happened when I went completely carnivore? Whilst LCHF/Keto helped the majority of my conditions, I was still suffering bouts of IBS issues, some arthritic aches and anxiety. Since going carnivore, I have been able to ascertain that it was vegetables still causing my residual IBS and occasional arthritic soreness. I am physically so much stronger than I have ever been and the recovery from exercise is outstanding. Where I once would have been sore for days and in some instances great pain, I have minimal soreness and generally only the following day, if at all. My mental clarity has been the overwhelming improvement which has me off my medication for the first time in about 10 years. Mentally, I would never have been able to take on such a gruelling schedule of fulltime study, working 5 days a week and four kids before, but carnivore has allowed me that. The first-wave carnivore study began in August 2017, for a three-month duration but I have remained carnivore ever since. I intend on staying this way for the foreseeable future as well for the outstanding health effects it has had on my body and mind.

Cheers,
Annie

Anthony Buccieri

I’m Anthony Buccieri.

I’m a 31 year old personal trainer from Boston who came across Carnivore diet after listening to Bell brothers on Joe Rogan podcast. I followed up by researching Dr Baker and decided I needed something to break through and change.  I had been doing the same meal prep and planning and never really breaking any new ground.

Then I went carnivore on Memorial Day 2018. Now it’s almost Xmas. I’m in single digit body fat. Stronger than ever mood is better than ever. I sleep like a baby. I work 90 hour weeks as a business owner of my training company and do it with a smile and still get 2 hour full body workouts in every day. I haven’t had desire to cheat and haven’t strayed once in over 6 months.

Can’t say how much Carnivore Twitter helps and Dr Baker pumps me up. Best decision of my life.