Alicia L.

To celebrate 100 days carnivore, today I wanted to share many of the benefits I’m grateful for since starting carnivore.

Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list and is sure to grow with time. I am so fortunate and grateful for the results I have recognized thus far.

Disclaimer:

The following is intended as a discussion and exploration of our personal health and our experience with a carnivorous way of eating and is not meant to be taken as medical advice or to suggest a cure or treatment for any disease or illness. The positive benefits listed are not guaranteed and should not be expected. This is an n=1 experiment. All body weight exercises discussion is for informational purposes only. If interested in this practice, please educate yourself thoroughly. Also, seek advice from a qualified holistic or medical professional. We do not accept liability for damage or injury that may allegedly arise from any information or suggestions herein. As with anything, taking yourself to extremes can be very dangerous unless you are well trained and know what you’re doing.

Cognitive/Mental Benefits

The initial claim that triggered me to research and, ultimately, pursue carnivore related to mental and cognitive health. For as long as I can remember, I struggled with sleep issues. Running on limited sleep for decades led to unstable moods and unhappiness. Both of which lead to emotional eating.

Sleep – I sleep more comfortably, more deeply, and for longer durations with more interesting dreams. I wake up more refreshed. Even on nights when I sleep less I feel just as amazing in the morning. While still improving, several nights recently I stayed asleep for the entire night.

Calmness within my mind – I feel clarity in my mind and a more profound ability to philosophize and articulate ideas. There are no lingering feelings of anxiety or depression. My self-esteem and confidence manifest greater than ever.

Joyful/happy- Throughout the day, I experience more positive thoughts which opens my eyes to more perspectives than before. I am feeling brighter and more eager to be social. I find it hard to stop smiling most of the time.

Relief and self-control from food addictions and cravings – Eliminating carbohydrates, whether sugar, vegetable, or anything in between, is not easy for anyone. Food is a huge part of our 24/7 life, and they have made much of it addictive. For me, keeping some vegetables in my diet not only made me feel like crap, but it made me keep craving sugary treats_. I wonder if my carb-addicted gut bacteria are gone or if those_ cravings come from deficiencies caused by food my body couldn’t process.

To be fair, these are things I had been working on for some time now, but I have recognized greater improvements since going carnivore.

Physical Benefits

Obesity makes every task more difficult. At points, I carried well over 100 extra pounds. No wonder I lacked the energy to workout after a long day. When I did a workout, I would be sore for days which limited any progress I could make. Carbohydrates tired me out and kept me feeling hungry.

Increased energy, strength, power, ability and consistent progress – I know for a fact that I could not hold myself up on parallel bars ever before in my life. Being able to hold myself up the first time at the calisthenics park I instantly felt more powerful.

Less soreness – Granted my workouts changed, but I see that they are more challenging than the past. I imagine this has to do with lactic acid differences since my body uses ketones rather than glycogen or glucose for energy.

Clothes – My clothes sit better on my body. I have shrunk out several outfits and now fit in clothes I haven’t worn in over ten years.

Feeling nourished – Uncontrollable feelings of hunger are a thing of the past. When I ate foods my body couldn’t assimilate to, I always felt hungry. Now, most of what I consume is used by the body leaving me feeling nourished all of the time.

Digestive comfort – Lately, I suffer from minimal and ever lessening stomach/gastrointestinal discomfort. I have consistent bowel movements and very little gas or bloating ever. So, I feel calmness within my body.

Better bladder control – Finally I can sleep through the night and less frequent urge, despite previously having issues with an overactive bladder.

Personal Benefits

Each day, I strive to be better than I was the day before. I understand that the smallest accomplishments we barely give attention to result in our biggest successes in life.

Able to think and work longer- When working on my creative pursuits especially, I always found myself needing breaks. Now I reach a higher level of focus and end up completing work faster than expected. The only downside is that sometimes I can overthink and end up with too many ideas.

Growing creativity – Lately, I find myself trying new types of art and doing so more frequently. Also, I have outlined and brainstormed for many writing side projects. It feels amazing.

Less procrastination – I have noticed that especially with day to day type activities as soon as I think about doing a task I do the action without hesitation. No excuses, no time wasted, my tasks get done early.

I trust myself – Unlike before, I now trust myself to make good decisions with food and my body in general. I know that my body will tell me what I need. Therefore, I feel calmness with myself.

Feeling closer and more connected with my husband – We pay more attention to each other’s bodies and compliment each other’s progress. We see each other in a way we can’t see ourselves. It has been very refreshing. Not to mention, when it comes to meals choosing between a couple of meat choices minimizes the never-ending “what do you want to eat” battle.

Originally published on Alicia’s blog, Dirty Windshield.

Ashley Noelle Richardson

Hi Dr. Baker,

Thank you for your work. Since hearing you speak on Rogan in 2017 about how meat is healing people, I took the leap from Keto to Carnivore and am so glad I did! My details are down below but basically, my benefits are amazing: My skin is flawless! My belly is flat! My body is strong!!! My cravings are gone! I experience an even mood and have great mental focus. I share my thoughts on the movement on my Youtube Channel and love to spread this message.

My favorite part of Carnivore, is that I am not wasting money and energy anymore with supplements and baking alternative desserts and breads- I don’t even think about that stuff. It’s a wonderful change.

My story: I was a C-section, breast fed baby. I suffered child abuse from ages 5-7. My mental health and physical health began to deteriorate at 5 years old. I had major constipation, stomach aches and hallucinations at night. I ate a low cholesterol/low fat Standard American Diet. At 12 years old, I had a permanently distended belly had my tonsils removed, was diagnosed lactose intolerant, bipolar and given meds for allergies and depression at that time.

My weight increased rapidly at age 15 and was diagnosed ADHD later that year. Soon after, cystic acne began showing up uncontrollably. I was so depressed. My parents believed the meds were the only thing that kept me going. Switching dosages and brands was a common thing every month or so. At 17, I started binging, purging and restricting food all together. It was a desperate attempt to control uncontrollable gas which turned into a full on eating disorder. I started over exercising at this time as well. My left hip began to click all the time and my teeth were translucent from purging. So messed up. I smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol to ease my disturbing social anxiety.

At 25 I sought help for the eating disorder, stopped smoking and drinking and went gluten free. I was accepted as a kidney donor and given a clean bill of health although I looked and felt terrible so I started doubting my doctors and began looking into alternative lifestyles…how to get off of meds and to fix my skin. I began chasing the vegan lifestyles (fruitarian mono-meals, raw fruits, sprouting nuts and seeds, supplements, tons of bottled waters and kombuchas, organic standards, etc.) During this time, I was able to stop taking meds (probably from better moods from tons of sugar) but I destroyed my teeth, still had my IBS, my skin wasn’t healing and I developed insulin resistance. I attended IIN for a Health Coaching education but I didn’t learn anything that actually helped me heal. I was devastated.

In 2014, I befriended someone very into science! I finally learned for the first time that humans don’t have the same digestive tract as herbivores. I started looking into this and began understanding sugar’s role in digestion, leptin and cortisol. I started eating meat regularly then and started Intermittent Fasting as well. I then added Keto to the regimen. I added some exogenous ketones for energy in 2017 and was able to work out in the gym again but those cravings really messed me up sometimes and the acne and mood stuff would come back and derail me. I listened to you on Rogan, then listened to the Plant Paradox Audiobook, and everything made sense when Amber O’Hearn talked about her mental health transformation on Carnivore. I cut back the spinach, mushrooms and kale more and more until I was down to steak, beef, bacon and duck eggs. I’m still Carnivore today and my skin is healed 100%!!!!!!!!! My belly and mood are both controlled!!!

I have really loved this change and couldn’t be happier to know about your work. Thanks forever!

Ashley in 2013 as a vegan vs. Ashley in 2017 as a carnivore
(1 Left) Vegan Vs. (2 and 3 Left) Keto Vs. (4, 5, 6 Right) Carnivore

Thomas Clark

I have been autistic and dyslexia my whole life, but I was not diagnosed as being autistic until I was an adult. By the time I was about 44-45 I had arthritis in my neck, hands, lower back, and feet. I also had psoriasis which rapidly worsened when I started taking NSAIDs to manage the arthritic pain. Prior to this I worked out in the gym 5 days a week and yet I continued to gain body fat.

In early 2017 I went on a Ketogenic diet and my arthritis seemed to be gone in about 3 weeks or so and psoriasis that often bled through my clothes seemed to be greatly improved. I also noticed a vast improvement in cognitive function and a more stable mood.

By late 2017 I had moved to carnivore or a zero carb diet. The Psoriasis is not quite gone, but I think I will eventually figure out what the final trigger is and resolve this.

As for my autistic type symptoms, I seem to be far less likely to perseverate for long periods of time, my anxiety is a lot better, especially after I had been on carnivore for about 6 months or so I noticed that anxiety was much harder to trigger and it has less intensity to it. I have also noticed that the symptoms of dyslexia have improved, I am not able to often retain things like phone numbers in order with little or no effort. I can also tolerate sunlight much better. I also seem to have an easier time filtering out a noise and other distractions including tactile ones that constantly competed for my attention in the past.

I made a short video about it.

Tom

Update 10/4/18:

A. D.

I started having problems with my blood sugar right after I had my first baby, I was diagnosed as gestationally diabetic while carrying. I was given no advice or follow-up after having her. Within two to three months later, I was constantly dizzy, hot, my heart would start beating out of my chest, shaky, hyperventilating, and I’d feel like I was dying. Went to the ER twice, they told me it was just postpartum depression/anxiety. Followed up with my ob/gyn and family doctors was told the same thing, they were “just” panic attacks.

Once you’re told something enough, you start to believe it and after that any time my body felt a little bit different or off, I’d panic. This would continue on for years, leading me to 3 separate occasions of complete agoraphobia where I couldn’t even leave my bedroom, let alone my house.

One day, I got fed up with living like that and figured if this “mystery illness” was going to kill me, then it could just go ahead because I wasn’t living anyway. I got in my car and drove and drove until the panic subsided and I was calmed back down. That ended the agoraphobia, for now, but I still struggled with anxiety and panic attacks multiple times a day. Until a friend came in my life then who had diabetic children, during one of my “panic attacks”, she tested my sugar, it was a 29. After eating a whole sleeve of glucose tabs, I felt great. A 5-hour GTT test showed my blood sugar reaching 392 at its peak and a 31 at its lowest point. I was told I was “severely hypoglycemic” “insulin resistant” “late onset juvenile diabetic” and a bunch of other labels that were not helpful. I was told to go on a diabetic diet and to eat sugar when I felt bad. Ugh!!!

So, I started eating tons of carbs every hour thinking I had to keep my blood sugar up. The more carbs I ate, the more carbs I wanted/craved/HAD to have. I was able to keep the low blood sugar monster at bay by eating every hour. But, the panic and anxiety never went away. It was always there.

Fast forward a few years, and I found myself in an abusive (physically, emotionally, verbally) marriage. I finally left him, for good, in April of 2016 when he was arrested for domestic assault against me. So, now on top of the anxiety/panic, I was diagnosed with PTSD and OCD, and my agoraphobia was back with a vengeance. And, at this time, I seemed to be having major reactions to anything and everything I ate. And, I ended up in the ER on two occasions with severe anaphylactic reactions from peanuts/treenuts after eating them all my life.

Between that and the fear from how I felt after eating, I became terrified of every bite I took. I only ate as little as I could only when I absolutely had to, on top of washing my hands so much, they would crack and bleed because I was afraid of allergens on them (not germs). I weighed about 92 pounds at this time, I’m 5’4. I was a walking skeleton.

On Oct 5th, 2016, I made burgers for my kids before we went to my brother’s house for his bday, and something inside of me screamed at me to EAT THEM, and for whatever reason – I did, I ate 6 to be precise. I didn’t end up going to my bro’s, anxiety won that battle, but I did sleep all the way through the night, didn’t wake up with nightmares or drenched in sweat for the first time in two years. The next day, I ate more burgers and felt a bit better. After that day, I never touched any other food than beef, pork, chicken, turkey, cheese, eggs and bacon. They were my “safe” foods. I also did not know ZC was even a thing at this time, they were just what I felt okay on after experimenting.

On my one-year anniversary of eating this way, I sat down and literally googled “how long can I live eating just hamburger patties” because that is all I wanted and was what made me feel the best. And, lo and behold, I found Zeroing in on Health and Zero Carb Zen, and Charles Washington, Kelly Hogan, Shawn Baker, Amber O’Hearn, the Andersens, and so many others who were thriving on this diet. I felt good, but I couldn’t honestly say I was thriving, so after reading about the Salisbury protocol, I decided that day to do beef and water only for the next year. My 2 year anniversary of ZC is also my one year anniversary of beef and water only.

Now, as of today, my symptoms and issues are all healed. My blood sugar (after spreading my meals out) is now perfect. I haven’t had a panic attack in over a year. I have no more anxiety. My OCD tendencies are gone. IBS/Acid Reflux/Digestive Issues, gone. Brain fog, gone. Soul-sucking fatigue, gone. I am still probably a little too bit on the small size, but I don’t feel like a walking skeleton anymore. I have energy, I’m calm, I’m grounded, I have a life again, and I go out and travel and do things I never imagined I could a few years ago.

I plan on eating this way for life because it gave me my life back. I was a disaster, a complete mess slowly shriveling away, and now I’m a much healthier, much happier, thriving person thanks to the carnivore diet.

Elizabeth R.

After a lifetime of bad eating, I finally started to get healthy a few years ago. I and switched from the Standard American Diet to Low-Carb overnight.

I did pretty well with it and lost about thirty pounds (I was about fifty pounds overweight at that time). But I knew I couldn’t sustain it. I had to make just about everything from scratch so I could control the carb content. If I wanted a sandwich, I could have one, but I’d have to make my own bread first. It was exhausting, and the cravings I had were driving me mad.

Finally, I fell off the wagon just about as far as any can fall. I gave up trying to sustain that and went back to my old way of eating, and then some. I gained back that thirty pounds, plus another fifty. Every now and then I would try to force myself to eat “healthy” foods but, since I hate vegetables, I could never sustain that either.

Back in college, there was a short time when I became a vegetarian. That was over pretty quickly because it made me so sick and tired that I couldn’t continue.

That was it, then. I’d determined that “healthy eating” did not work on me, at least not in a way that I could keep up forever, and that I would be fat and miserable for the rest of my life.

Then, something happened that forced me to change. I started having very bad, painful reactions to food. It began with heavily spiced foods and things like that. I would eat it, and then my heart would hurt. It felt like pressure, like someone was reaching in and squeezing the crap out of my heart. It hurt like hell. Based on my own research and speaking with my doctor, it was a non-cardiac type of heart pain that was caused from gastrointestinal issues. Basically, my body could no longer handle the food I was eating, and I was given a special diet.

I wasn’t that surprised because I’ve always had digestive problems (IBS-symptoms and such), but I’d never had a reaction like that before. Still, I followed my new diet with the intention of being pain-free.

But I wasn’t. Almost overnight, I began having a bad reaction to almost every food I hate, bar none. It didn’t matter how healthy or otherwise the food was anymore. If it went into my body, it made my digestive tract flare up which sent the shooting pains and pressure to my heart.

I felt the best when I ate only meat (I’ve always been a meat lover) but I had no idea that you could sustain on that, so I always tried to force myself to have something with it.

I found out about the zero carb woe because a Youtuber I like to watch started eating it and shared her story (proof that procrastinating can sometimes be life-changing). She linked over to Kelly Williams Hogan’s blog, which I then devoured.

Holy moly. Everything that Kelly experienced resonated with me. Her extreme sensitivities to food, her constant struggle with weight, her feeling like healthy eating did not work for her.

And now, all she ate was meat. And all that was gone. That was really all I needed to hear to dive in face first. I had absolutely nothing to lose.

Now, I am still “new” to the zero carb woe compared to many people. But I don’t expect to ever go back to any other way of eating.

My gastrointestinal issues cleared up almost immediately. I could eat without any pain within the first week. There were times when I would be having such a severe attack that I couldn’t move and struggled to breathe, and my husband would be crying because he didn’t know what was wrong with me or how to fix it. That seems like ages ago now, but it really hasn’t been that long.

My weight has also gone down. I don’t know exact numbers because I’m not a scale person, but I feel lighter and I’m having to buy smaller clothes. Here is a list of all the benefits I’ve experienced thus far:

  • Depression and anxiety almost completely gone
  • No more digestive issues
  • Excess weight slowly diminishing
  • Brain fog cleared
  • Improved memory
  • Moodiness gone
  • Hair and nails grow faster and stronger
  • Acne cleared up
  • No more constantly sniffling and sneezing like I used to

I’m sure the long list of benefits will only keep growing. I would have tried this woe long ago if I’d known it was possible. I just never had any idea you could ever live on meat, and I probably would have laughed in your face if you’d told me otherwise. Boy, am I glad to be proven wrong!

Emily Duvall

I began a low carb diet after having my first child 7 years ago. Then after the birth of my second I switched to keto. I am a scientific-minded person with a master’s degree, and spent a lot of time working in the medical field and military. I was in love with the science, the benefits, and the results. I always noticed small symptoms of inflammation when I ate large amounts of veggies (even low carb). I cut them out.

Once I went carnivore, I not only got leaner, I also completely cured life long anxiety and depression. I’ve put my 5 year old son who is autistic on this diet, and he is now speaking (previously non-verbal) and is social and may lose his diagnosis. There is something significant to this and while I understand there is no money in it, more research needs to be done.

Mitch A.

I tried it for 90 days and based on the positive results, I’ve decided to keep going. I ate 99% beef for the majority of this time, a little chicken, lamb, pork, fish. I failed a few times before getting the hang of it and have been strict for 90 days.

List of health issues:
* IBS (Mostly fixed)
* Depressions and Anxiety (virtually gone)
* Circulation (about the same)
* Dry Skin / pimples (lessened but variable)
* Fatigue (variable to IBS flare ups. Improved recently with D3 supplementation)
* Inflammation or general body pains (variable but improved)

Performance

It took me 6 weeks to adapt properly. Before that I would feel worn out halfway through my workout or shift. It was like I had a smaller gas tank and once I hit a point my body just wanted to rest.

I lost roughly 3-4kgs eating as much as I like. Caloric intake varied between 2,500 and 3,500 depending on how I felt. I would mostly eat two meals a day within an 8-10 hour window. After week 2 food cravings had subsided, what I used to think was hunger was really carbohydrate cravings. It’s no wonder your mood stabilizes on zero-carb/keto.

My strength in the gym has not been impacted. As long as my energy is ok then performance is good as ever. The weight-loss has lowered my body-fat % and I’m at my leanest (69-70kg). I’m very happy about my physique.

I feel more focused and driven as long as I’m not in a fatigued state. Fatigue had been ruling me some of the time but supplementing D3 has helped tremendously. I work evenings and we’ve just come into Spring, so it only makes sense. The mental clarity and lack of depression/anxiety is enough to keep me going with this diet. I don’t know whether to accredit that to ketogenesis, low inflammation, low allergy, nutrient dense animal foods or all of it.

Key Lessons

  • Adaptation takes 100% commitment.
  • You will fail. Try again.
  • 6 weeks strict is a minimum to test results.
  • Never make more than one change at a time. Stick to the foods you set.
  • Be cautious of rendered fat. Too much results in diarrhea for some people.
  • Be cautious of eating too close to bed time.
  • Keep a diary. Track your symptoms and food consumption every day.

T. T.

Life caught up with me in my 30’s – like it threw a rope around me and yanked me to the ground. I went from blissfully eating whatever I wanted on the SAD diet to desperately searching for the answers I hoped would save my health. I’ll explain.

Living in NYC gave me access to some of the most ‘exciting’ and tasty treats. I say exciting because eating and drinking is like a sport here and I bought right into that culture. Food became the first thought on my mind each morning as I anticipated that DOUGH Donut or Brooklyn Blackout Cake slice I was going to allow myself to indulge in. That initial excitement would quickly turn into panic, anxiety and inner pleading within myself while I desperately tried to find ways to talk myself out of making bad dietary choices, or, at least delay them as long as I could. In the end the craving always won. I was horrified and frankly scared at what was becoming my inner food landscape because it was worsening year by year and I realized I was powerless to say no to sugar.

No one else was worried about me. In fact, friends and family would giggle at me when I admitted I would sometimes down 3 pints of B&J’s ice cream in a week saying, “You’re tall and thin don’t even worry about it.” or “It’s okay, you deserve a treat sometimes. You work really hard. Maybe it’s stress or hormones.” But this was not okay; I knew I must be hurting my body massively with every bite of refined sugar. I actually wanted someone to flip out and humiliate me about my habits because I thought perhaps that would be some sort of catalyst to finally make me stop.

So here I was at the ‘young’ age of 32 battling a raging sugar addiction, watching my once clear complexion develop into a non-stop rotation of cystic acne and losing my youthful look as I visibly began aging more rapidly. I could no longer control myself around foods I knew were detrimental to my health. I woke up exhausted every morning no matter how many hours of sleep I got and I felt stiff and creaky. I began noticing new aches pains that seemed to come out of nowhere – just me living my normal life. Things felt bad and on top of it all, I was horrified to realize that my body just wasn’t healing at it’s normal rate – things were taking months and months to heal.

Naturally, I found myself trying to justify it, “Oh well, this is what happens as you age.” Honestly, since when is 32 considered old? I thought if this is my life now how could I possibly enjoy the rest of my life as my health continues to deteriorate?

I discovered Intermittent Fasting which led me to the Keto and LCHF diets. I jumped into fasting pumped that this would be my magic bullet – fasting just made complete sense to me. Using IF, I was finally able to steer my diet in a better direction for the first time in many years. I began enjoying eggs, dark-meat chicken and bacon drowning in olive oil, avo oil, coconut oil or butter with lots of low-carb veggies cooked in these delish Keto-approved fats.

The weight began melting off and I was ecstatic. I dropped so much weight I had to buy new clothes -”Yay!” I thought, “This is the answer I’ve been looking for!” Still my sugar addiction roared on but in a slightly muted fashion.

I was careful to only eat whole Keto foods keeping it simple with cheese, veggies and meat cooked in fat, I stayed clear of processed foods and carb-mimicking creations like cauli-pizza or Oopsie bread or fat bombs of any sort. I was fasting obsessively and fully intended to maintain this lifestyle, no problem. I convinced myself that I actually enjoyed fasting and the hungry feeling. Looking back this may not have been the healthiest thing for me but I figured it would be a short amount of time before I became fat adapted and then fasting would become easy and natural and provide the healing I was looking for.

Finally, I moved out of a stressful living situation and into my own apartment happily keeping up with Keto and daily OMAD – I was often hungry and wouldn’t allow myself to eat outside of my eating window. I did more research and decided that I simply needed to up my fats and incorporate bone broth – still I never felt as though I achieved the elusive fat adapted state everyone was writing about. I never felt truly satisfied. My skin had improved but not by much. I took another honest look at my inner food landscape and sadly admitted to myself that this wasn’t working as well as the testimonials I was reading seemed to talk about. Though I thoroughly enjoyed all the Keto foods in each and every meal I had to resort to leaving my credit cards at my apartment to stop myself from buying desserts on my way home.

As the months passed I noticed that I was still waking up exhausted, foggy, irritated, achy and full of pain in my joints. I wasn’t as enthused about fasting because, quite honestly, it did not seem to be healing me as much as I expected and I was tired of feeling hungry but forcing myself to power through. To my dismay, slowly my weight began creeping back up despite daily OMAD and strict Keto. I couldn’t motivate myself to go on the 2 to 3 day fast I knew it would require to get my weight back down again.

ZC/Carnivore tidbits would crop up in my daily search for answers. At first, I thought it was too extreme but as it continued to surface I became mildly curious. I dove in and began Googling. The research and personal testimonials slowly began to cast ZC in a new light: isn’t this what humans are supposed to eat? It seemed stupidly simple and yet completely impossible for food to be this easy. I longed for food to be simple and for my disordered eating to melt away – but come on – every single one of the females in my life struggled daily with food, dieting, weight and cravings. How could it actually be simple?

I knew I had to give it a try. Interestingly I began to feel drastic improvement immediately and it dawned on me that I hadn’t been fully aware of how bad my health actually was.I had learned to sort of push through or ignore pain because it was always there and I didn’t know what it was like to live without it.

So what changed? Well it’s only been around 3 months of a 90% carnivorous diet and I have blown my health out of the water, so to speak:

  • Cravings – Mostly gone; if I do have cravings they are now manageable and I walk right past the sweets that used to control me every day. Oh! And I no longer have to leave my credit card at home to keep myself on the straight and narrow. I haven’t touched B&J’s, DOUGH Donuts or Brooklyn Blackout slices since I started ZC. I leave the fries untouched while I dive into my bunless burger at restaurants. This still blows my mind.
  • Eyesight – My eyesight was getting more blurry each year. It has now improved and as an added bonus, my eyes no longer tire after a full day of staring at a screen.
  • Energy – Steady and stable; I don’t feel tired, depleted or exhausted.
  • Hair – Growing more quickly. My stylist recently commented (unprompted) on how soft my hair felt. I have been going to her for over two years.
  • Skin – Complete 360! I barely even break out around my cycle. Not only have my breakouts diminished but the quality and color of my skin is beautiful now – I feel radiant.
  • Nails – I used to have endless hangnails and painful cuticles that would not heal. My nails barely grew before and if they did, they inevitably broke. Since ZC, my nails have been growing so quickly that I have to file them every few days. I haven’t had a single broken nail and my cuticles are 100% healthy – no more pain.
  • Digestion – Perfect – no gas, pain or bloating! #happytummy
  • Food Stress – Let’s see I went from 24/7 food obsession and fear of calories to complete ease. Grocery shopping is a cinch: I complete my shopping in one 3-minute swoop through the meat department and I’m done. Cooking is a breazy 10 minute routine and I enjoy every single meal.
  • Sprained Ankle – I sprained my ankle at least 8 months ago doing yoga and it simply would not heal. I thought Keto or Fasting would give my body the break it needed to heal-nope. Three months of ZC, and my ankle is completely healed.
  • Joint Pain – 95% improved – especially my knees which were bugging me walking up and down the subways steps.
  • Foot Pain – I actually forgot I had foot pain until I read my notes because it’s now completely gone.
  • Hand Numbness – I used to have pain and numbness in my left hand whenever things would get really stressful at work. Not only is that gone but it doesn’t flare past a dull throb when I’m super stressed. It is noticeably improving still.
  • Brain Fog – I went from being easily stressed out and lacking confidence to kicking ass and taking names. I’m now more enthusiastic, clear-headed and productive at work. I’m no longer leaving the office feeling like the life was drained out of me.
  • Anxiety and Depression – Literally gone. I always thought my daily struggle with that down-in-the-dumps feeling was just my personality. With ZC the anxiety disappeared and the depression melted away. People keep complimenting me randomly and I know it’s because I’m in a fabulous, chill, happy mood bouncing around and enjoying everyday life. I’ve noticed the direct connection to my diet as this is the first thing to go if I eat sugary treats. Now that I know what affects me there is no going back, is there?

The only (temporary) downside I have had is a bit of initial weight gain, however, I think this will work itself out in time. Looking back on my life knowing what I now know, I realize that I have starved myself of anything nutrient dense for years. I was completely prepared for the possibility of weight gain after reading Kelly Hogan’s story and I was willing to chance the weight gain because I feel so dang good – you can’t bottle this feeling.

Happily – Healthily,
T.

Scott X.

Long-time vegetarian for about 9 years (heavier on fiber, whole grains, and nut/seed fat), but not against eating meat, just avoided it at home due to “ethical and sustainability” concerns (yes, I bought into the propaganda).

About 4 years in, I noticed some subtle, but consistent itches/rashes on some small areas of my skin shortly after eating, they would not heal or go away.

The symptoms would worsen over the next 5 years, causing me to cover up full-time due to the unsightly sores/rashes/tears/psoriasis/swelling all over my limbs/finger/face/back/body.

I was not able to work out/train/sweat without intense itching and pain, and stopped working out altogether years ago.

My pro-vegan and fitness GP Dr did his best, and ended up only prescribing me steroid/antibiotic creams to manage the symptoms, referring me to an allergy specialist, who after his tests, eventually added immuno-suppressants and anti-biotics (due to staph infections from the exposed skin tears), and more steroid/antibiotic creams.

2 years ago, at 5’6″, 155 lbs, I attempted a cleaner diet, removing processed foods and the meds, and focusing on whole plant foods, which steadily decreased my weight 10 lbs to 145 lbs. My symptoms remained.

I began practising meditative breathing (Wim Hof method), intensely hot/cold showers, and intermittent fasting. This provided great relief from my symptoms, but did not heal them. My weight steadily decreased another 10 lbs to 135 lbs.

Eventually, I sought a Naturopath with experience in resolving skin inflammation and auto-immune issues. He basically gave me a long list of foods to avoid, and to my surprise, they were all vegetables! Specifically, soy, brassicaes, nightshades, and starches.

I went hard and said FUCK it, I’ll just eat eggs and quinoa… for a month, see what happens.

Low and behold, all my symptoms went away. Unfortunately, I was still not able to discern or find any reasoning for the change.

I would experiment for a year further, cycling between getting intense flareups, and healing.

Eventually, as an avid listener/viewer of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, I saw/heard Dr. Shawn Baker talking about the Carnivore diet, human history with it, and his arguments for them. What he said piqued my interest, seemed reasonable, and I began to add meat back into my diet on a consistent basis. My symptoms continued to persist though, as I was still experimenting with various vegetables/foods.

After 6 months of a whole food diet of meat/plants (still avoiding vegetables noted above) with some success, I decided to just cut out vegetables entirely. During that time, I was listening to Dr. Shawn Baker on various podcasts/outlets, and especially the conversations between himself with Zack, and their guests’s on the Human Performance Outliers (HPO) podcast.

It’s been 2 months since I started eating a beef/bacon/egg, salt, and water focused carnivore diet (I still eat about 10% in berries/fruit).

My wounds are healed, I’m itch/rash/psoriasis free with no auto-immune symptoms, I get better sleep, require less sleep, have more energy than ever, and my mood/attitude/thoughts/productivity has greatly improved

I can train again without any issues, I heal faster (I think?), and I can wear tshirts/shorts again (or go shirtless), also, I dropped another steady 9 lbs to about 126 lbs (highschool weight), which I have since increased to 131 lbs by just eating way more meat and building my muscle in the gym.

Simply put, #meatheals.

Thank you, Dr. Shawn Baker.

Travis M.

I am only like 3 weeks into this WOE, but the difference is pretty incredible. I will get into all the issues that this has helped, but first, some backstory. I was Air Force as part of a Combat Communications unit, and deployed (a few times). I will not go into a lot of details here, but came back injured. My back was in constant pain, my knees became inflamed, my body ached from my head to my toe. I had issues concentrating, couldn’t really reason well. The real issue was the PTSD, anxiety, and the depression. I was fighting an enemy that wasn’t there all the time, and going out in public caused issues that I nearly couldn’t deal with. So, I stayed inside a lot, which only made the depression worse.

At first they wanted to treat my problems with pills. Then the pills had side effects, so they gave me pills for the side effects, which led to more side effects. So, after a year or so on their pill program, I got off. I stopped taking all their pills, and just decided I would deal with my pain, depression, and PTSD.

So, for years, I hid in my apartment, never really went many places, and basically waited for my life to be over. But, sometimes time can be a good motivator, and I finally decided I was fed up with the way I was eating and how sick I felt, and decided I would take control.

I read about veganism, but didn’t like some of the messages they were espousing – we’ll just leave it at that. I didn’t particularly like veggies, but I moved to a more plant-based, whole foods diet (the SAD, in all it’s glory) and felt a tiny bit better. I had a little more energy, but nothing I would term incredible. I thought that if this is as good as it gets (the way the US government makes that diet sound, I thought it was), I might as well be completely unhealthy and eat what I want. I wasn’t ready to give up yet, however, and decided to jump onto Google and see if anyone had come up with something that would be better.

It wasn’t long before I found the keto diet. I was watching all these people doing keto professing how good it was eating bacon, butter, and some broccoli. It wasn’t long before I was researching nutrition, biochemical pathways, and how in the world a bacon cheeseburger could be good for you as long as it has no bun. Surprisingly, the science was solid. So, a couple months ago, I started it.

The first two weeks were some of the worst of my life. I was told about the keto flu, but I could barely get out of bed! Then, one day, I woke up at 4am with more energy than I had ever felt in my life. I cleaned the entire house. I drank my butter coffee. I danced around in my living room (only for a bit though – my back reminded me that I still have pain). Things were better, but over another month, I realized that it wasn’t perfect. I still had pains and aches, and my depression and PTSD were still just as strong (in fact, because of the extra energy, I was more hyper-vigilant). I was better, and thought that maybe this is as good as it gets. I could live with it if it was, but I did want more.

I started to hear about this group of rebels who were cutting out the veggie side of things, and they weren’t tracking their macros, and they were eating only meat. Then, I saw Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan podcast talking about the carnivore diet. So, I googled it. Of course, Dr. Shawn Baker came up. So, I watched him on Joe Rogan. Then I started reading more nutrition science. I found out about all the anti-nutrients in plants. I found out that the vitamins and minerals in animal products are more bio-available to us. I read about the stories of people being healed by this, and became convinced.

I am 3 weeks into an all-beef diet. Sometimes I salt the meat. I haven’t had pain in my back for about a week. All inflammation is gone. My sleep has gone from good to absolutely amazing. I still set an alarm, but I wake up before it every morning (between 4:30AM and 5:00AM). I wake up and drink some water. I eat a steak every morning at about 6, and every morning I love it. I have a couple of burgers around 11, and am usually done for the day. If I get hungry at dinner, I eat some beef liver.

The biggest thing is the PTSD and depression is pretty much gone. I cannot say how much that has affected my life. I can go out in public now. I am looking to different careers I can have now. I had resigned myself to a life lived in an apartment, and suddenly I can have a career. I can take my 9 year old son to the park. Sometimes, I feel the need to look over my shoulder. I had half a day about a week and a half ago where I didn’t want to deal with anything. It’s not perfect yet. But, for the first time, I am hopeful that it could get better. I am also LIVING, instead of waiting to die.

I don’t have pictures, as I am still obese. I feel like I have lost weight, but as I don’t own a scale, I have no idea. Weight loss really wasn’t the goal, I just wanted to fix the problems I had. Maybe next year, I’ll come back and do a before and after. This is definitely a way of eating, and not just a diet.

Thank you to the entire carnivore community for giving me my life back! I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I now think that it’s good stuff. If you are on the fence, try it for a month. What do you have to lose?