Morwenna Palmehn

“Before”, July 2016; “After”, March 2019

‘Before’ was right around the time I was getting really sick in July 2016. I thought I was healthy. I ate mostly whole foods, no grains or beans or nightshades and very little sugar. I was really trying to push the vegetables thinking that I would soon feel great. Instead, I descended a dark road that led to chronic fatigue, brain fog, depression, general anxiety, social anxiety–napping daily and feeling generally crushed and done with life.

Enter a post on FaceBook by a dear and respected friend. She had some of the same issues and had been on a very strict diet that was making her feel amazing. I immediately decided to start the next morning. This was June 2018. I removed ALL plant foods from my diet, with the exception of coffee–I didn’t think I could function without it.

I had been no-fat vegan for over 2 years between the births of my 1st and 2nd children. When pregnant, I craved meat badly and so added that to my diet. After that pregnancy, I began to experience food and other allergies/intolerances. First was broccoli, then bananas, latex, hay fever, hazelnuts, and last was chestnuts not that long ago–to which I reacted with throat and tongue swelling that really scared me. I did not understand why I would be collecting these intolerances–I was so ‘healthy’!

I now know that I am extremely sensitive to plant toxins. Removing plants from my diet immediately gave me more energy–right away I didn’t need the daily naps. I was feeling really good, brain fog lifted and mood got better–but I wouldn’t class the feeling as ‘great’. Then, in October last year I weaned myself off of coffee and all of the sudden, getting up in the morning was no longer the worst thing anyone could ask me to do! I actually liked getting up in the morning and started making breakfast for everyone (my husband had been doing it for years).

Next, in November I discovered the art and science of fasting. I would do 72 hours fasts back to back (with one meal in between) for a couple of months and I started feeling AMAZING! I even lost weight–32 lbs that I didn’t know I even could/should lose. Come to find, I have small bone structure. I also hadn’t read a book for over 2 years, and reading used to be the love of my life. Now, I am collecting a large mass of books to read. I feel positive about life–I want to DO things. I am no longer hiding in the car and letting my family do all the shopping. I literally had no idea that I was suffering from depression and social anxiety until it was gone.

In January, I joined the gym and I go there most mornings (early!!) to get fit and grab back my life. Sitting and sleeping for over 2 years left me totally out of shape, but that is changing now.

So, I know I can’t eat plants (at least not for now), dairy, or eggs. I have added in green tea and that’s going wonderfully, feel great drinking my daily tea now. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know it’s going to be good. I am going to pursue some sort of education, cure myself of my fear of heights, and hike Mt. Snowdon in Wales.

If you’ve actually made it this far, bless you for caring <3 I hope this story helps someone out there recognize perhaps some of the same things in themselves or a loved one and provides help and inspiration!

Henry Klassen

Before I began the low carb, high protein meat diet, I ate a standard diet. I was 198 pounds (I’m 5’11”). Symptoms included:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Weed dependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Low Energy
  • Teeth pain
  • Big gut
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tingling in my feet and fingers
  • Hands fell asleep often
  • Headaches
  • Mood disorders
  • Always gassy

Today I weigh 152 pounds and I began working out again. All the above symptoms have gone away completely or improved significantly.

Currently consider myself a “loose carnivore”. I eat mostly beef, pork, chicken, eggs and cheese with the occasional fruit, dark chocolate or momma’s homemade pie.

Mitch V.

In 2012 I tore up my knee pretty good playing rugby. After reconstruction, a few more seasons, and another injury I got the bad news from an orthopedic surgeon in 2016 that I would never run again (at the ripe old age of 25). I struggled with my weight and chronic joint pain for 2 years until I found keto in early 2018. I had a little success but found it hard to stick to the diet. After months of plateauing, gaining, and losing I went carnivore late December 2018 after following Dr. Baker’s story closely.

After 60 days:

  1. Lost 30 pounds, from 250 to 220 and counting, and went straight through the plateaus I had hit in the past.
  2. My joint pain is now only noticeable after strenuous activity, which I couldn’t even do before. My knee actually feels so good that I was able to pursue my career goals, which is in law enforcement, and passed the fitness tests with flying colors. Having tried in the past I know this would have been impossible without this way of eating.

Some things I was pleasantly surprised by:

  1. I create almost 0 food waste, and the amount of trash I create is much lower than ever before.
  2. I stopped having violent parasomnic sleep walking episodes and my sleep is the best it’s ever been.
  3. I was prescribed anti-anxiety meds earlier in 2019 and never filled the prescription. My anxiety is totally gone. I’m the happiest and calmest I have ever been.

In short, it feels like I got my life back from eating steak! Thanks to the whole community who have been so supportive!

Jonathan Kimber

My daily routine for eat the last month has been, 16 hours of intermittent fasting. First meat meal at noon, and then a meat meal at between 5 and 6 pm (1.5 – 3lbs of meat per day). Drinking on average 4L of water per day. One cup of coffee with heavy cream in the morning and occasionally a Jocko White Tea mid afternoon.

After a month of strict carnivore diet here is how it’s affected me:

  1. Has completely eliminated any depressive feelings

  2. My emotional demeanor has leveled out. I feel more in control of my emotional state and have noticed I am much less irritable

  3. After suffering for the last two years from what I would consider terrible hemorrhoids, that has completely reversed and have not had any issues at all for the last 18 days

  4. Since January 2015 when I had my vasectomy I have suffered since from P.V.P.D (Post Vasectomy Pain Disorder). It has been a horrible thing to deal with, living everyday feeling like I had just got kicked in the stones. Over the last year the pain hasn’t been as intense (I attribute this to intermittent fasting and reduced intake of grains) but I still have experienced days where the pain is debilitating. This has affected my sex life, caused me depression, and I had to self medicate with cannabis just to deal with the daily pain. Since going carnivore I have been able to cut out cannabis from my life completely because after only one week carnivore I noticed a massive reduction in pain. Now 1 Month in I hardly notice any kind of pain whatsoever. Sex is better and enjoyable again, and I’m feeling so much more confident because of this. It’s literally the most beneficial thing I have noticed from this. There are still days with slight pain, but I do not feel the need to self medicate to get through and that is amazing for me.

  5. I am 5’9″, I have an ecto-mesomorph bodytype and was weighing 187lbs when I started the diet. At this point I have lost 2″ off my waist, and I’m weighing in at 165lbs. I have also noticed an increase in my muscle mass. I haven’t really done any working out because I wanted to see the results of just eating alone. But the next thirty days I will be working out 5 times a week doing calisthenics, using my total gym and resistance bands. I look forward to the results of that.

In closing, I want to say I feel incredible. My energy levels feel like they did when I was in my teens. I’m happier than I’ve been in years, and it’s rubbing off on everyone I’m close to in my life. I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Shawn Baker. If it wasn’t for him being on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and Dr. Baker’s Instagram and meat heals site I may have never tried this and been blessed to feel this way. I really believed I was going to have to resolve myself to living a life of chronic daily pain. This last month has been amazing and I will continue on this journey while also spreading the word of this life changing experience. I plan to do another update at the end of the next month documenting my progress.

Olivia Elliott

I started following Shawn Baker around November of 2018 when I started to get serious about weight loss. I’m 29 years old and have been suffering all through my 20s with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and PCOS. I was on a program of supplements and shakes with 4-5 meals a day consisting of only oven baked chicken and vegetables and although I was losing weight I was also miserable with what I was eating and unable to eat so much. I decided to give carnivore a try and I am so happy I did. I went from 250 lbs down to 210 lbs in 3 months. My hair is growing back longer and stronger, my mood is better, my skin is clearer, my inflammation is gone, my energy is up and I feel absolutely amazing. I practice intermittent fasting with 1-2 meals a day consisting of red meat. I’m almost completely off my thyroid medication and I see no need to ever stop this way of eating! Thank you to the whole meat heals community for continuing to inspire and motivate!!

Olivia Elliott

Brett Lloyd

Why I am a thankful carnivore

I was 1st diagnosed with major depression in 1990.

In 1995 I started taking anti-depressants.

This began a cycle of wellness vs illness that gradually tilted towards being ill most of the time.

In 2007 I had your text book nervous breakdown. Crippling insomnia & anxiety joined the party.
Doctor put me on much stronger meds that included Effexor, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Remeron, Lamactil, Abilify, Seroquel, Ativan, Trazadone, Latuda & many more!

From 1995 till the end of 2017 my brain chemistry was constantly under assault by these medicines that never really helped me for more than a few weeks at most.

In 2015 I discovered I could treat my symptoms successfully with cannabis. I began LCHF diet & started walking.

By the end of 2015 I was off the anti-depressants.

By the end of 2016 I was off the ativan (after 8 years of daily prescribed use)

By the end 2017 I was off insomnia meds.

But I was still dependent on cannabis. Even as a legal patient here in Florida it is very expensive to use & I hated being dependent upon it just to treat my mood.

Then I discovered Dr Jordan Peterson on Rogan talking about the Carnivore way of eating which led me directly to Dr Shawn Baker & this website!

On July 16, 2018 I began living carnivorously. I have only consumed meat & water since that day.

10 days into the experience I lost all joint pain.

Beginning on day 23 into day 24 I felt the depression symptoms all vanish. I am 100% of depression now!

My anxiety problem gradually improved every day to where now 6.5 months in, I have no anxiety issues now to speak of.

My skin which use to be VERY dry, cracked & peeling has cleared up immensely.

I lost skin tags. My quality of sleep has improved dramatically. I frequently get 7-8 hours of sleep now.

The background noise in my head is all gone. My ability to observe has improved immensely.

Every aspect of my life has improved since I began eating meat & drinking water. I am on zero pharmaceutical medications.

This is why I am a thankful carnivore now & forever!

Paulina Akaydin

I’ve been on the carnivore diet since September 2018. Unlike many people who turned to this diet out of necessity, I was simply curious to see what the hype was about. If you’re looking to read something profound, sorry to disappoint you!

I’ve always struggled with my weight but I knew it was attributed to my poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I started this diet after I went on my local news to share my story on a couple of teenagers who broke into my house- when I saw how big I was and never felt so embarrassed! I wanted to believe the camera added 50 pounds, not just 10!

I started the carnivore diet to lose weight, but it became much more than that. After my initial 6 week goal, I couldn’t find a good reason to stop what I was doing.

I didn’t realize how much diet affected my mood until I began this way of eating. I find myself less agitated and I have a real desire to just keep it moving both literally and figuratively. For the first time in my life, I don’t care about how much I weigh because I have never felt this good about myself both mentally and physically. I just listen to my body- eat when I am hungry and drink water when I am thirsty. Life is so much more simple now.

Beef is definitely my go-to; it seems to satiate me the most out of all the other animal proteins. A staple in my diet is 80/20 ground beef, ribeyes, and bacon. Don’t forget the Kerrygold butter!

I’m going to the 2019 Boulder Carnivore Conference and look forward to meeting like minded people, because my friends and family think I am nuts. I hope my short story encourages others who don’t necessarily have food allergies to begin their carnivore journey; I’m hopeful that many of you will find that this lifestyle truly helps you become a better version of yourself.

Follow me on IG: @meat.life

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.

Philip Jordan

I’m 46 years old and this is my transformation from January 2018 – January 2019. The first 7 months I followed the Ketogenic woe, and the past over 6 months I’ve followed a strict carnivorous woe. I’ve shed nearly 100 lbs altogether, from about 370 down to 280 presently. Eating mostly beef and drinking water, omad predominately, sometimes 2mad, fasting anywhere from 20-23 hrs every day. On the weekends I am dry fasting from Sat evening to Sun evening and continuing with a water fast til Mon afternoon. Autophagy process is amazing and intermittent fasting gels really well with this woe, since you lose much of your appetite, and being fat adapted keeps you satiated longer.

I also consume occasional shrimp, sardines, mackerel, beef liver, pork loin, Boston Butt, bacon, fat back and bone broth, but beef makes me feel optimal and I’m consuming about 2 lbs daily. Ive eliminated all dairy with the exception of butter & a bit of hard cheese once in a while. I’m feeling terrific and brimming with energy in the fasted state. My mental acuity is as sharp as a tack and memory is improving greatly. No more reflux, no joint pain, I can run, sprint and jump without feeling like passing out, my skin is in much better condition, sleeping like a log, pleasant dreams, no depression or anxiety, and I’m calm as can be. I have a ways to go yet, but I’m happy with the results so far. Never felt better!

Rob Provencher

I may be getting ahead of myself, only having changed my eating habits a little over three weeks ago.

I had been an “almost vegan” the last 7 years or so, having watched Forks Over Knives back in the day. To me, I felt like this was the ultimate scientifically proven way to eat. I bought it hook, line and sinker.

Now I am connecting the dots as to what’s been going on in my life since then.

Headaches started sporadically. Teeth problems. Sore joints. Feeling foggy, anxious and down. Very nihilistic. (you need to understand I am blessed with a strong healthy body and mind. Always been strong in both areas.)

But the worst of the worst was the headaches.

Late last November 2018 they started daily.

I started to get worried. These were not migraines.

I kept a daily headache journal to track, 3 times daily, both the pain and the Tylenol and Advil I was taking. I wanted something to bring to my doc.

I became convinced I had a serious problem, possibly a tumor. Yes, a tumor. That, to me, was what was going on. What I thought. What else could it be?

On the eve a Jan 2, 2019, a little voice said: “Try it, what do you have to lose?”
In reference to the carnivore way of eating. I’ve always been open minded and had watched a few videos on this, always poopoo-ing it.

I was so desperate, I thought ok, why not. I cooked up some eggs, meat and butter right away.

I was, admittedly, worried since I had been eating mainly spinach, veggies and quinoa. There might be some side effects.

The next morning…no headache.

I ate more meat. Waited, thought I’d grow horns or get some massive rash or something.

Nothing. Not even a headache. I went to the market, bought more meat for that night’s meal (my daughter and her man were joining us).

I called my wife, and said: “OK, you need to work with me on this one. I get the irony of ironies here. Mr Plant Base vegan dude is going meat. I bought us some steaks for tonight.”

So far the headaches are gone. Doc says I have no tumor, keep doing what I’m doing.

I could kiss the ground. I can’t believe what happened. That, plus my mood changed. I’ve been very nihilistic the last 7 years or so.

And I swear my eyesight is better. Go figure.

Blamed it on life stuff and getting older. Now I know the reality. It was that diet that screwed me over.

Thanks