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:
Has completely eliminated any depressive feelings
My emotional demeanor has leveled out. I feel more in control of my emotional state and have noticed I am much less irritable
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
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.
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.
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!!
It’s New Year’s Eve 2018, and this time last year I was making lists and action plans for how I might once-and-for-all get to the bottom of my digestion problems. “This will be the year,” I would think as I would set out at the top of that willpower mountain only to make a steady trail downwards and backwards. I would tell myself, I will drink more water than ever, I’ll eat kale, collards, and spinach, I’ll cut down on meat to once a week max… I’ll have my plate be mostly vegetables. I tried soaking my grains, slow cooking my food, juice fasts, bone broth fasts, water fasts, I tried yoga postures for digestion, a regular evening walk, going vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, grain free, paleo… I did the Whole Life Challenge three times, the Whole30 several times a year, I tried staying on the Whole30 for 100 days… I did the GAPs diet, I tried eating only once a day; eating 3 times a day; grazing all day; not eating after 4pm, I tried the Low Fodmap diet, the SCD, I saw doctors and specialists, I had abdominal x-rays, ultrasounds, a colonoscopy… I worked with a nutritionist (for a year!), received regular acupuncture, took Chinese herbs, went to naturopaths, did colon cleanses, saw Mayan Abdominal massage therapists… At one point I tested positive for SIBO and stuffed myself with supplements like goldenseal, oil of oregano, bitters and all manner of digestive enzymes, Berbercap, 5htp, ABD5, Interphase, Floradix. I did two rounds of Rifaximin and Neomycin but the SIBO kept coming back.
I was “being so good”, doing everything I was supposed to be doing! I’d see slight improvements but eventually all of my symptoms would return. Nothing was actually healing me. And not only was I chronically constipated, I had all kinds of mysterious health issues about which doctors would always shrug and say, “Let’s just watch it and see”. I was always getting “benign tumors” including a lump under my arm, a lipoma on my shoulder blade, an enchondroma in my finger that caused the bone to fracture, a uterine fibroid, fibrocystic breast tissue… I had mysterious skin rashes, rosacea, vision problems, and constant whooshing (tinnitus) in my left ear. I had problems falling and staying asleep, I had bizarre inflammation flare-ups in my joints including one in my knee that was so debilitating that I could not walk without a cane for several months. I had interstitial cystitis, irregular cycles, headaches (including ocular migraines), and I was also depressed, anxiety-ridden and anemic. There were days when I could manage to go to a barre class only come home and sit parked in the driveway for half an hour or more trying to muster the energy to walk to my front door. I was miserable. I was red-faced and so bloated that I looked 5 months pregnant. I would wake up with a day planned and by 10 in the morning I would have to start cancelling things because I was so inflamed/in pain/bloated/exhausted and emotionally drained. I was missing out on time with my kids, with my husband, my friends, my life.
I felt I had tried everything and I was miserable. And then I tried going keto. I started seeing a slight shift in regularity, I started having more energy and better moods, I was sleeping better… I started learning everything I could about ketosis and macros! I was tracking and peeing on sticks and trying amazing keto recipes like graham crackers with cream cheese frosting!! Then I heard about micronutrients and slammed on the breaks. The fear set in and I was worried that I might not be getting what I needed if I wasn’t eating my greens and other “superfoods” so I added collards back in and immediately the tinnitus came back. I added in berries and avocado and I became constipated again, my energy dropped, the moodswings returned. Then one night I was listening to Anthony Gustin’s podcast and heard Dr. Shawn Baker talking about carnivory. I thought, you know what? I have tried EVERYthing else… What have I got to lose by trying one more thing? So, I threw my hands up and went carnivore.
That was September and now, 4 months later, every single one of those symptoms I mentioned above have disappeared. In six weeks went from 156lbs to 127lbs (and have now stopped weighing myself because I couldn’t care less about the scale). I went from CIC (chronic idiopathic constipation) to having several -at least two- bowel movements every day. I can make plans with confidence because I am no longer a slave to mysterious physical and mental health issues. Today my diet is simple. There is no guesswork, recipe scouring or fretting over whether this dish is “legal”. I eat mainly beef, pork, elk, and fish. I can have small amounts of cheese but I don’t do well on eggs or yogurt. I do not miss anything that I used to eat. I do not feel left out when others partake in things I cannot eat because I have my health back and that is way more delicious than anything else imaginable! Find me on Instagram: @healing.highway
I’m from the Philippines and I’m 46 years old. I don’t follow any diet. I go by instinct mostly. I would just realize later on that whatever I was already eating out of instinct was actually a thing. Vegetarian, raw vegan, zero carb, paleo keto PKD, raw primal, — were labels I would learn after the fact.
For the first 20 years of my life, I ate well. Lots of pork, beef, bone marrow, liver, raw milk, and eggs. Like every Filipino, I also ate some starch in the form of steamed rice. Growing up in the rural countryside, I snacked on fresh coconuts and the best seasonal fruits in the tropics. I was very healthy growing up.
In the next 20 years, I turned vegetarian for ethical reasons. I became skin and bones. I was anemic. I was constantly fainting. I had low energy. Any doubts I had about the state of my health as a vegetarian disappeared when I had two miscarriages one after the other.
I was advised to gain body fat for a better chance at pregnancy. Desperate to put on fat, I ate at restaurants for one year. Nothing was off limits. It worked. I gained body fat. But my hips, wrists, and back hurt like crazy. I would wake up with crippling joint pain. I couldn’t even do light exercises such as yoga.
That’s when I went raw vegan. Just fresh fruits and vegetables plus nuts and seeds. I was hungry all the time. I was grazing the whole day. It was an improvement from one year of eating just about anything at restaurants. I was less inflamed. But I was having diarrhea all the time. I was constantly bloated. My bones were cracking and my hair was falling out. I felt old. I was only 43 then.
Then I started craving meat, lots of meat. For one year, I ate nothing but steak everyday. It seems extreme, but that was what my body demanded. I had no idea how healing meat could be. In less than a week, no more joint pains, no more hair loss, better skin, stronger bones, more restful sleep, improved mood, no more bloat, zero digestive issues. I could go on and on. But when I ate anything other than plain meat, joint pains returned. I also started to have skin reactions in the form of eczema if I ate eggs, dairy, or even the tiniest amount of plant matter in seasonings.
After 14 months of eating steak everyday, I started to crave organ meats and more fats. Pork belly and liver or bone marrow became my staple. I wasn’t aware of it at the time but I was already eating PKD or Paleo Keto style.
A month into PKD, I started craving raw meat. After two months of PKD, the last month being raw PKD, I felt invincible. I added back raw eggs, raw dairy, and a few bites of fresh seasonal fruits. To my surprise, I had zero issues. No crippling joint pains or annoying eczema lasting many days like they used to.
I’m grateful I discovered the amazing healing properties of meat, the one food I thought was so unhealthy I went to great lengths to avoid it. How so wrong I was. The struggle against brainwashing is real. Thank goodness I stumbled upon PKD. I’m glad I trusted my body when I had a craving for raw meat, raw eggs, and raw dairy. I’ve found perfect health at last eating foods I naturally love.
After 4 years of being a vegan I was sick of being bloated, tired, constipated, and having low energy. I am now 23 years old 5 ft 5.5 inches tall. All of my family is thin with fast metabolisms. Including al of my grandparents and relatives. My whole life I could get away with eating a big chocolate cake before bed and in the morning I’d wake up with a flat stomach. About a year into being vegan, that stopped being the case.
Gary Yourofsky and Freelee the Banana Girl made compelling arguments for my 18 year old self and by the time I was 19 I was a proud advocate for veganism. My diet turned to tofu, asparagus, salads, bean burgers, rice, smoothies, lots of fresh squeezed juices, corn tortillas, pastas, veggie burgers, vegan tamales, vegan anything at whole foods – including the vegan donuts.
At this time I was about 115 lbs looking and feeling great. 3.5 years later, Fall of 2017, I was at 147 lbs and feeling heavy. The last 3 years of being vegan I would wake up with a bloated stomach – and it seemed to never go away. My legs got fatter, my face got rounder, and running was a chore (before I had enjoyed running). By the end of 2017 I got on the scale to find out that I was at 157 lbs! That was so scary because getting to 160 for me seemed very wrong. My mom is 5’3 and 110 lbs. I have thin genes. Why was I the fat one in the family after being the “healthiest” since I was vegan?!
I went to a naturopath and had my blood tested. Everything came back in normal ranges. And I didn’t get any answers to why I felt so tired and bloated. I also mentioned that I never had gas. Like, ever. The vegan doctor told me that was because I was eating such a clean plant based diet.
My boyfriend has always been against my high carb vegan choices and he’s always said the low carb diet works best for him. One night last year he made some filets for himself on his new barbecue. He kept insisting that I try a bite of it because “it was the best filet he’s ever made”. After him saying “Come on, moderation is healthy! Just ONE bite!” a few times, I gave in.
That bite was so delicious and so juicy. My whole being just went MMMMMM! I ended up eating the whole filet. I felt so guilty for eating a dead animal and enjoying it. I told myself it would be a one time secret thing.
The next morning after waking up, the first thing I noticed was that I didn’t feel bloated! My stomach was much flatter. What?! I was so excited I ran to my boyfriend and told him to feel my side, because it was thinner! I felt so much less inflamed in my stomach.
I wondered if there were some types of vitamins in the meat that my body had been lacking…? I researched this and added supplements into my vegan diet so I didn’t have to eat animals.
In October of 2017 I began binge watching Jordan Peterson on youtube. By January 2018 I was familiar with his daughter, Mikhaila’s health journey with her diet. It all made so much sense. I happened to be having bad upper back pain as well. I ended up going to a chiropractor who took x-rays of my entire back/neck. He put my x-rays up on the wall and said, “Honey, I’m afraid that your’e full of shit.” He pointed out that my intestines were completely backed up and clogged of shit! You could see the clouded clogged shadows on the x-rays. So gross! He then began massaging out my intestines which was very painful. He was trying to loosen me up and get things moving in there.
How could I be so backed up with my high-fiber vegan diet? I ate tons of greens!
I decided to start trying the “Mikhaila Peterson”/Jordan Peterson diet” and incorporating more meat. Luckily the chiropractor adjustments seemed to really help. A few of the adjustments he gave me resulted in me breaking out in a big sweat. I felt a huge release of toxins. I am adding this chiro info in case other people may need this – it REALLY helped me release toxins and gave me a great boost. I should also mention here that the last 2 years of being vegan my menstrual cycles became irregular (never been on bc). Adding in more meat + the day after my chiro adjustment I started my cycle and it’s been regular since then. (sorry if that’s tmi but it’s important stuff for us ladies).
I lost 12 lbs in February with not much exercise – just a couple days of beginner skiing and eating a lot of steaks that month. I was back to 145 lbs.
In May I got much more serious about a carnivore based diet. I listened to Shawn Baker’s podcast on Joe Rogan (after seeing so many people mention it on meatheals.com) and I subscribed to Butcher’s Box. I also loaded up on meat at Costco and taught myself how to barbecue. Not going to lie, I felt kind of bad ass cooking for myself on the BBQ. 😉
I am happy to say that I am now 127 lbs. I have lost 30 lbs in just a few months – with little to no exercise! And my stomach is FLAT!! I feel thin. My face has slimmed out again. Also, I know this sounds silly but I can actually feel my bones when I’m walking – like how i used to feel when I was a teenager. I feel my rib cage under my skin, I feel my hip bones, and I feel my collar bones again! That sounds weird but looking back all of that was hidden under inflammation and fat. I feel so much lighter. I’m happy with my weight now that I feel so great and I am getting back to my normal range. But I don’t have a “goal weight”. I am just looking forward to seeing what my body does and what feels comfortable and healthy.
I also feel so much more freedom. Eventually in the vegan community it seems like you can never succeed. They can be a very judgmental and intense community. Also looking back it is so obvious to me that my weight issues were a result of my vegan diet. But at the time, I was looking for answers everywhere else! I thought it could have been from an antibiotic I was on after a surgery a few years ago, stress, hormones, etc etc. That is how convinced I was that my plant based diet was best for me even though it clearly wasn’t.
I don’t care what anyone says about my diet – I feel amazing. My energy is back. I feel SO mentally sharp. I was able to finish projects that have been sitting in my drafts for ages. I sleep great. My bowel movements are finally regular – I can actually feel my food being digested again. It really reminds me of being a kid or teenager – these little feelings in my stomach are back after years of feeling plugged.
I know everyone has an opinion about what everyone should eat. But here is what is working for me. I go with what I feel and listen to my body. I eat when I’m hungry. Some people may think I’m over eating and some people may think I’m starving myself. I DON’T CARE! I really don’t have any rules for myself – as I had so many rules as a vegan. I don’t consider it a “diet” but rather just a way to fuel and fill myself.
In the morning I have an iced coffee. And then I have a late lunch/early dinner of a big fatty steak with an egg or two (runny sunny side up). I may have some avocado on the side.
That is really it for now. I feel like my body is still eating away at the fat storage I am carrying around since being vegan. Sounds strange but I can now actually feel my body eating away at my fat storage around my “muffin top” area! This meal plan keeps me satiated and I have ZERO cravings. I never have the “stuffed” feeling. I remember the last few years after eating a vegan meal I would just feel so exhausted and need to go lay down to digest. Not anymore! Also, it’s easy for me not to snack knowing that i’ll be having a big juicy steak later on.
I am sure that as time goes on, I will be adjusting this but right now it is working for me and I feel amazing. If I do get hungry later or I burn more calories that day, I’ll eat more chopped meat, eggs, or avo. But right now I usually don’t need to.
I recently made an instagram account @carnivorebrit for me to track my progress. It’s a great photo journal tool. I’ve had in on private just for me but I think I’ll open it up if anyone wants to follow me – I’d love to follow you back and make some friends!
Thank you to JP, MP, and Shawn Baker. I feel so much better. #meatheals #carnivorediet #carnivorebased #meatonrepeat
Today as I celebrate 18 months as a Carnivore I think it is time for a #meatheals essay. After 18 months of healing and learning I would like to share my story. Over this last year and a half, I have really learned to never say never.
In December 2015 I was the heaviest weight of my life and on January 1st 2016 I began a keto journey for weight loss. I quickly lost 50lbs. I stuck to the plan and it worked. Except I wasn’t that happy. I was pleased with the weight loss but I didn’t feel happy. I didn’t love the way I looked or felt. I was low energy, had some loose skin and I looked and felt depleted. Even with my 50lb weight loss I didn’t like seeing myself in pictures.
The feeling of depletion was nothing new for me. For the previous 25 years I suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS ruled most of my life, from what I ate, or didn’t eat at all, to the social functions I attended. I felt as though every moment of my life needed to have an escape plan. Even though I was eating great food while doing keto my IBS symptoms never resolved.
Then I came across Dr. Shawn Baker on Twitter. He was talking about an all meat diet and challenging his followers to give it a try. I was intrigued, it made sense to me, and I knew I could do it. Steak after all had always been my favourite food. My love of beef is what brought me back from a short but detrimental stint in a poorly executed vegetarian diet in my teens. So February 1st 2016 I began a 28 day carnivore challenge. Thank you, Shawn.
The rest is history.
5 days into no-fiber February (the very thing recommended to increase for my IBS) my stomach bloating disappeared. I had a sense of leanness I had never experienced. My bowel habits became regular and uneventful. How could this be? Was it too good to be true? For the next 18 months this pattern has continued. Since that 5th day I felt a surge in energy that has remained steady to this very day. The loose skin from my weight loss tightened. My breasts and buttocks firmed while my waist shrunk, my body taking on an hourglass shape, the signature of robust health and fertility. My libido is the strongest it has ever been and thankfully my husband is also living a carnivorous lifestyle. My skin looks nourished, my nails are stronger and my teeth and gum health have improved. I have gained a few pounds back on the scale since going carnivore but I don’t mind. My muscles grow without exercise and I have a new energy and love of leisure activities like biking, walking and swimming. I feel so strong, confident and capable, both physically and mentally. I have not taken an anti-anxiety medication in all of this time.
Zero Carb Zen is the real deal folks.
I have not been ill since changing my diet, not even a cold. It is a nice change for me after being plagued with throat infections my entire life. My menses improved on keto but perfected on carnivore. I am free from PMS, my cycle is regular, lighter, pain free and lasts only 4-5 days. I sleep deeply and rise rested and easily with the sun, which I have developed a much healthier tolerance for since the near elimination of seed oils from my diet.
I no longer have out of control hunger or cravings and I am not rigid in my food choices. I do not restrict calories or track macros. I eat anything from McDonald’s hamburger patties to Prime Rib, most kinds of seafood with extra butter, eggs from my backyard chickens, chicken, pork, cheese and coffee with full fat cream. I drink water, sparkling and plain, I also enjoy red wine, at times a square of dark chocolate. My diet consists of mostly beef and beef is what I really want and is what always makes me feel my very best. Eating for health changes everything.
I cannot imagine my life any other way. I am turning 43 years old in 12 days and I have never felt better!
The following Christmas pictures depict my journey from a SAD diet (2015) to Keto (2016) and then Carnivore (2017). You can follow along my journey on Instagram @loveourlowcarblife Twitter: @pamkenney
My story has several parts to it, to gain a full understanding of the way changing to a carnivore diet has impacted my life. It’s a long one!
As a single adoptive parent of 6 special needs children and 2 biological children, I have been accustomed to thinking outside the box. All of my special needs children have been diagnosed with multiple challenges related to fetal alcohol and drug exposure. Their behavioral and physical needs are extensive.
I also have several medical diagnosis, including Multiple Sclerosis, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, PCOS, and a few gastrointestinal disorders.
Just over 2 years ago, after traveling extensively in Latin America, I, and 7 of my children, left the US to travel the rest of the world. Our intentions were to be of service to others everywhere went. We called it our Great Global Gratitude tour. As a family, we were certain that THIS would help my kids find a way to heal and feel useful in a world that otherwise didn’t hold a great future for them. Others had come before me who had tried the usual methods.
I homeschool my kids, and at the time we ate a “healthy diet”, limiting sugar and processed food, eating locally produced and as inexpensively as possible.
After we arrived in Europe, my health started failing rapidly. I had a large mass in my abdomen, which was deemed a “tumor”, certain it was cancer of the stomach. I was less certain and, as we left the country because our visas expired, I undertook a study of what would heal me naturally. I was taking several meds at the time for pain relief, including steroids to control the effects of MS and degenerative arthritis. I continued to gain weight, which added to my misery!
I embarked on a vegetarian diet and raw juicing to attack the mass in my abdomen. My kids, in an act of solidarity, wanted to become vegetarian with me.
The mass did shrink and for a few weeks, I got better! I was all in! My other health probs didn’t really improve, but I felt that was ok, as my condition was not expected to improve, just gradually worsen over time.
Just when we landed in a country where we thought we would stay on longer – there was so much we could do to serve others! – the nightmare began.
In January 2017, my health started quickly declining. There were days I could barely get out of bed because of pain and harsh digestive issues. My mobility decreased and pain escalated.
By May 2017, as we were building an NGO to help children with the same problems my own kids have, the unimaginable occurred. I was arrested in a foreign country with a history of governmental corruption. My children, under the care of my 21 year old son, had to flee the country for safety. I was held as what was described as a political prisoner, without official recognition, in a concentration camp-like prison for a month, before being released to house arrest. At least I could communicate and work on my release.
With my children away, our finances left almost non-existent, and health rapidly declining, on the advice of a doctor, I began preparing for the worst. I would likely not make it out of this situation alive. Taking my own life seemed an option, as I was worth more dead than alive. At least my kids would be taken care of and I could avoid the last few months of agony.
I didn’t pursue that option, finding hope and strength in my desire to find a miracle that would allow me to see my children grow up. I still made arrangements for my end, to make sure that the process went as smoothly as possible for my family and awaited the inevitable natural end of my life.
By November 2017, I loosened my grip on vegetarianism/veganism. My weight was up to 238 lbs and I was often using a cane to walk. I had little muscle tone and a very limited range of motion. I studied more about health and returned to my past paleo mindset. I slowly increased eating meats, as I readjusted to digesting solid foods and less fiber. My children were able to return to me safely in this country and things improved somewhat.
Then, I came across the carnivore approach. I didn’t think I had much more to lose, so I dove in!
Within a week the pain and inflammation subsided. My hands, which had become gnarled from arthritis, began to straighten. By week 2, I stopped all meds and near full mobility returned.
I was granted 2 hours a day outside my home for exercise and for personal needs, Without pain, inflammation and with new mobility, I started walking. By the end of week 3, I was able to walk several miles a day! I could sleep and eat and weight started melting off! I even had noticeable muscle tone developing.
In week 4, I was doing so well, my kids wanted in on it. My eldest son started and developed greater muscle mass and a lot of fat loss immediately.
Through my studies, I found there may benefits for kids with needs such as mine have. My youngest special needs child, with multiple behavioral challenges, low IQ, and gorging issues (all from FASD and fetal drug exposure) started behaving more appropriately and speaking more clearly, fewer tantrums, could study and retain what he read. My teen daughter’s cystic acne cleared, her anxiety lessoned, she became more social and SWEET! What kind of miracle was this?
As of today, I have lost over 50 lbs. I can walk, bend, squat, do almost anything. I have no signs of ANY OF THE DIAGNOSED ILLNESSES. I can now hike miles and miles everyday, walk 4 flights of stairs several times a day, no choking and have no pain. No meds, no seizures, no “hugs” except from my kids, no more gnarled hands and feet. I am free to continue to travel the world with my kids and don’t worry about dying and missing out on their lives on a daily basis! My kids are like new people. We gained a new hope for the future!
The results were swift, dramatic and powerful for all of us. After 11 weeks starting carnivore, and seeing such amazing results, I began taking a positive approach to everything. Every aspect of my life has improved to a level I have never experienced. I began encouraging others and meeting their needs, when only weeks ago, I could not meet my own!
I was recently released from prison. After a full year, I am free. It’s significant on so many levels, to be free from the physical prison of my body, the prison of my mind and the literal prison of this country. With greater mental clarity and no depression, I can forward now. Even the financial challenges we face no longer seem insurmountable. We can leave this country when I have the financial resources to do so, and I go forward in strength and power, with a new purpose.
Since I was about 10ish years old I’ve had issues with food related illness. At first it was random sickness after eating, or little desire to eat. By the time I was 15, I full on could not eat a solid meal. Two bites in and I was SICK! It was awful because I was hungry and knew I had to eat something, but no matter what I ate it would make me feel like crap. Needless to say, my weight and body composition was changing constantly and rapidly. There were many times where I could not handle eating for days at a time. Often times there were weeks in a row where each day I would consume less than 200 calories. At 15 I dropped 20 pounds in less than 2 weeks. Obviously my parents and I were scared. We sought medical help, which led to me going for scans, MRI’s, ultrasounds (internal & external), and so much blood work it looked like I had track marks. And what did they find? NOTHING!
So here I am, 15 years old and hardly able to eat, lethargic, sleeping close to 18 hours most days, and with no explanation of why.
Fast forward to age 18. I find out I have celiac disease. Hooray! I have an answer. Or so I thought.
I went on a super strict, absolutely no gluten diet. There was absolutely no change in my stomach problems. I was still sick and in pain no matter what I ate.
Now over the next couple years I kept it strict, but also ate very “clean”. I’ve never had a sweet tooth so it wasn’t hard. But I ate mostly lean meats and carbs. I even tried vegan (and felt 1000x worse immediately so stopped after a short time). I had nearly given up on finding anything to help. My chronic pain, daily migraines, sickness, inability to work, and depression were all piling up on me, putting a strain on my marriage and causing me to be dangerously suicidal. I even found out that I nearly never ovulated, meaning if I ever wanted to have a baby, there was nearly no chance.
Then I heard about Keto.
As someone who often thought against the norm, the idea of having high fat rather than high carb didn’t seem outlandish to me. So I researched as much as I could for about 3 months and then jumped into Keto immediately after having a breast reduction surgery at age 20.
In 3 days I had no more bloating. In 5 days I felt like eating. In just over a week I noticed I wasn’t sick when I ate. In 2 weeks I noticed I no longer had migraines. In 1 month I had energy! I used to NEVER have any energy.
Today, I am 21 years old. I am practicing a hybrid of Keto & Carnivore. I’m never sick after eating, meaning I can finally enjoy food! Migraines are gone, as well as most of my joint pain. I ran my first race ever. My cycle is perfect, and I ovulate every month. My skin is clear. My relationship with my husband is better and stronger than ever. I’m working part time as a safety manager.
Before starting an all meat diet, I had been diagnosed with PCOS a couple of years before. At the time, this diagnosis felt like a life sentence. The word “infertility” seemed to resonate in every doctor’s visit. This was probably the most painful thing I ever had to deal with. My husband and I had been together for 8 years at the time, and we both knew our chances of having a baby were slim to none. I can still see the image of my cystic ovaries on the ultrasound, and thinking… how am I supposed to fix this?
Having dealt with this for almost 10 years, we (my husband and I) had an unspoken understanding of leaving the “children” subject out of our conversations. There was a looming sense of sadness when we were around kids. Eventually, we decided to go the adoption route. We both focused on working hard to ensure this could be possible.
After accepting my diagnosis, I decided I didn’t want medication. My reality was a severe case of PCOS that would take years to fix and I was okay with that.
Two years Later:
On May of 2016 I started working for Dr. Urso. After visiting so many doctors, it was odd to me that Dr. Urso would sit and explain everything in detail to his patients. I kept thinking our patients were lucky to have a nutrition class, plus an eye check up in the same visit. He kept talking about vitamins, ketones, meat, nuts, good omegas, and all these things no one talks about. Little by little he taught me about a more primitive way of eating. He helped me understand the detrimental effect of carbohydrates in our bodies and the fact that we don’t need them. He made diet simple. I began to make small changes in my diet. Eating steak every day was enjoyable, manageable, and I was happy. Six weeks after starting my new lifestyle, I found out I was pregnant. This may be TMI, but I hadn’t had a period in five months when I found out I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe how quickly my body bounced back.
I was blessed with a baby kicking my belly and moving around inside me. I never thought I would ever experience such miracle, but I did.
Why am I sharing my story?
I wanted to share my story because I am an ordinary person with no medical background. Everything I learned in the first four months with Dr. Urso was simple and achievable. If 6 weeks of “clean” eating can help me get pregnant after 10 years of infertility. I can only imagine what it can do for people who suffer from chronic inflammation or other illnesses. It is important for others to know stories like mine to gain hope and inspiration, that with a little knowledge anything is possible.
This is something I have never shared publicly. In the past I would mention I’ve struggled with an eating disorder but never in detail because of the shame associated with it. But I figured my story might help others so here it is.
During my early college years I decided to go vegan (thanks to some very persuasive vegan documentaries), and from there I wanted to “step up my game” so I went raw vegan. My diet prior to that wasn’t the standard American diet, it was very clean paleo – whole fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, raw nuts and seeds. Switching to vegan didn’t benefit my physiology in any shape or form, it only made me feel good about “saving the planet” which is total BS, vegans do more harm to the planet than anyone else.
Few years of veganism and my bones weakened to a point where I was breaking my ribs by simply carrying a heavier box against my rib-cage. At that point I knew veganism wasn’t healthy, my hair was falling out, my skin had ash tone to it, I was looking anorexic but still felt fat (serious body dysmorphia), my anemia worsened. Despite all those issues I was encouraged by all the vegans to keep going, that I just needed to double down on spirulina and everything would balance. Well, things never balanced. I started craving meat and my cravings would get worse when my mom would grill some juicy steaks. One day I gave in to those cravings and felt so horrified. I was brainwashed into believing that by eating animal flesh I would “absorb” all the horror and emotional trauma the animal went through when it was being slaughtered and that my body would be infested with parasites and what not. I went into panic mode and wanted that meat out of me ASAP so I made myself throw up. From there I went back to “being vegan,” I was told to eat more to diminish cravings so I did. Meals turned into severe binges that made me feel uncomfortable and that led to purging which turned into 6 years of severe bulimia that almost ended my life.
I tried many things to end the vicious cycle of bingeing and purging. Every day I kept telling myself this is the last day but last day would never come. I’ve read many books on the brain and behavior and would try many different approaches. Every book said when you get the ‘urge’ go do something else instead of binging, but I guess none of those authors went through this because when you get that “urge” there’s nothing you can do to turn around, it’s almost like something takes over your brain and dictates to you what to do, while the other you – the rational you – is paralyzed. There was nothing in those books on “HOW NOT TO GET THE URGE” in the first place.
It wasn’t until I came across Dr Jack Kruse and his leptin prescription diet blog, which was basically keto/carnivore way of eating, that I was able to break the habit. It took me two weeks on carnivore to get rid of the “other voice” in my head that let to my binges. After six years of my severe bulimia I was finally free and all thanks to carnivore diet. After about a month of eating that way my eating disorder brain seemed to have fixed so I figured I “needed” vegetables and other plant material to stay healthy plus all the research pointed how unhealthy high protein diets were so I started playing around with the traditional ketogenic diet – lots of green veggies, lots of healthy fats, little fish and meats here and there. Despite all that I would still have binge days, severe binge days, I wouldn’t purge anymore but the binges made me feel really shitty emotionally.
Fast forward to now, what started as a 30 day experiment early this year is now month three on carnivore and I finally feel free, I mean TRULY free! No binges, no counting calories, no portion control, no counting macros or other bs! I eat when I’m hungry and no need for snacking. My bones are getting stronger, my anemia is gone, I finally got my period and libido back, my skin is better than ever, and my gut is finally healing. The longer I go on carnivore the more benefits I’m noticing. The only side effect (as I have mentioned in the past) is that damn high libido and being single 😉 , other than that no complaints.
Thank you Dr Baker for everything you do. All the knowledge you provided made me confident that carnivore diet is the way to go as well as it encouraged me to do more of my own research. Now that I have finally healed my mind and body I’m able to focus on coaching others into health and inspire others through posts on IG. Thank you again, let’s heal this world one steak at a time! 🙂