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! 🙂
I’m 27 and I was suffering from so many autoimmune disorders since I was a kid including eczema, horrible rashes that covers my entire body, never-ending itchiness, severe acne on my face, cystic acne on my buttocks, vaginal area, and armpits (Hidradenitis suppurativa), back pain, extreme PMS, bladder inflammation (always feeling like I have to pee), extreme depression, crying, anger, and suicidal attempts (took anti-depressants since I was 15, but didn’t help), constant bloating, weight gain, intense sugar cravings, arthritis in my ankles and wrists, vaginal infections due to candida overgrowth, ovarian cyst, IBS, acid reflux, allergies, early graying of hair, and many more…
All of that is completely gone since I went carnivore. After elimination I found out that I severely react to gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, nuts, eggs, and grains. I tried low carb, but I was never 100% symptom-free until I gone full carnivore. If I eat something bad those symptoms come back. Ever since I fixed my diet I advanced so much in my career and personal life. I never knew it is possible to feel this amazing.
Did I really eat a carnivore diet for over 60 days? No vegetables? No plants?
It’s true. I ate a carnivore diet for 60 days. In fact, I still am. I started this January 2, 2018 and today is March 14 and I’m still going doing it.
Why would I stop eating plants?
I know what people are wondering. Isn’t that weird and dangerous?
I went on a carnivore diet, because I saw others do it with interesting benefits, and I became curious. That’s the heart of it, and… I live by a principle. When new information presents itself, I make changes. No dogma here. I like experimenting with foods and styles of eating. I have for over 20 years, starting back in my bodybuilding days.
People think I’m nutty if I say I’m on a carnivore diet, but not as nutty if I just say Keto or Zero Carb. However, I don’t entertain those people until they’ve done the reading, research, and experimenting that I have. Sure, I’ll answer a few questions, but if you give me the “stink eye” we won’t talk until you’ve done some homework.
I’m drawn to the carnivore diet for a few reasons.
It’s easy. I mean really easy. I only eat two times a day – lunch and dinner (drinking coffee in the morning). The reduced food prep, reduced food shopping, and reduced decision-making fatigue is awesome.
It appears we can get everything we need (in the best format!) from animal products so, no, it’s not harmful. It’s actually extremely nutritious! The common sentiment in the carnivore community is that #MeatHeals and it’s anti-aging. I’m inclined to agree. Animal proteins and fats have super nutrition without any of the possible negative consequences of carbohydrates.
I don’t crave sugar or carbs. THIS SHOCKED AND EXCITED ME! I can follow a carnivore diet without any effort. I only crave delicious ribeye steak. If I could wave a magic wand, it’s all I’d eat (plus some fish on occasion). While remaining frugal, I’ll keep it to ribeyes some of the time, ground beef regularly, cheese occasionally, whipping cream in my coffee occasionally, chicken rarely, turkey twice a year, bacon sometimes, eggs regularly, and fish once a week (could be canned sardines).
It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done to keep in great shape. It’s effortless. When I ate a “clean” diet in the past years, I stayed in good shape but had to put a lot more effort into it.</li
Now I can go from Steak to Swimsuit 🥩 👙 (or cropped top)
I can go from eating over a pound of fatty ribeye steak straight to wearing swimsuit because there’s no bloat. My abdomen stays flat.
I can also workout after eating meat, too. In the past I waited before going to the gym, after eating, usually because I had a “food baby” or I was tired from digestion. Now, I’ve had times where I want to do pull-ups after eating steak.
I was excited about eating a carnivore diet because I knew about the nutrition in meat. I did question, for a while, whether eliminating plants would harm me though. Were there nutrients in plants I needed that I couldn’t get from animals?
Doesn’t look like it. I’ve read interesting information about the excellent nutrition profile of animal foods and the possible lack of nutrients(!) in plants. I didn’t realize that we could thrive without plants.
I was curious enough to try. I wanted to see if I’d feel differently by eliminating plants from my diet and going carnivore. So far, I have no desire for plants other than coffee and tea which I’d like to eliminate and see what that does, too. All in good time.
I wondered about the following if eating a carnivore diet:
Will my hormones improve and PMS improve? (They improved when I ended my vegan diet years ago, and I wonder if they could improve even more?)
Will my occasional headaches improve?
Will my energy improve? It’s not bad pre-carnivore, but as a homeschooling-work-from-home mom I’d love some more energy.
I heard about major improvements in skin from many women by eating a carnivore diet. I’ve experienced it first hand and wondered if it’s a fluke or the real deal. My skin greatly improved after ending vegan, but I was getting occasional PMS breakouts (though not every cycle). I look at my skin now and see such health that I not only love eating a carnivore diet, but I feel it’s the optimal choice for me. The health of someone’s skin says so much. I’m also curious… Will I age slower without any carbs?
What prompted this craziness of not eating plants?
When a friend retweeted him I chuckled at his absurd diet of eating as a carnivore. However, he was an MD professsing awesomeness by being a carnivore and I couldn’t help but do a double take. A medical doctor, orthopedic surgeon no less, well that piqued my interest seeing as most doctors are still touting the outdated idea of watching the consumption of cholesterol.
So, I saw that he was a big dude, like super muscular and in great shape for his age (for any age actually!), which I think was 50 at the time. I saw once that he was eating about 8 plain hamburger patties for a meal. I thought, “Huh. That’s bizarre, interesting, and possibly ridiculous.”
At the time, I didn’t think any more of it other than pure entertainment of watching him and following his tweets on occasion. I had zero interest in doing it personally, after all, I was a polyphenol freak. Hello – Matcha Green Tea? Turmeric? Vegetables? I write and sell books about them! Funny how things work.
Over the months, I saw his meaty meals posted on twitter and saw him retweeting other people trying his carnivorous ways. From those links, I read blog posts from other carnivore-eating people and their fascinating experience. Some having done it for decades! More interestingly, some of those people had great health benefits of being low-carb first, AND then noticed a continued surge in health after eating only carnivore and cutting out plants.
Some of these people had real allergies, they learned, to the very phytonutrients many claim are beneficial. When I think back to my vegetable and fruit eating experiences I have to admit I had problems but who doesn’t eat veggies because of a small tummy ache after? The experts say we’re supposed to eat them for health.
When I looked back on my veggie eating days with the different eyes, I realized important points.
Coconut foods can give me stomach cramps.
Root vegetables can make me nauseous.
Broccoli sometimes repelled me even with butter and salt. I would put on my big-girl pants to eat broccoli because of the “super powers” it supposedly had for health.
Avocado made me crazy tired.
Chocolate can nauseate me.
Nuts can make me break out, feel sick to my stomach.
Bananas can give me a small belly ache but I still ate them.
Citrus can contribute to migraines.
Alcohol I don’t drink because I always feel crappy after just a few sips.
Kombucha gives me a stomach ache and, again, I still drank it. 😔
Dark leafy greens usually bothered me a little bit, but I ignored it, again, and figured I had stomach issues and not a possible allergy to plants.
Green tea, on an empty stomach, makes me nauseous.
I don’t react poorly to all plants – I don’t think. However, I find that having ANY carbs can trigger carb cravings for me, so I want to eat carnivore style and eliminate them (save for the trace amounts in animal products)
Back to Dr. Shawn Baker…
He ended up on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and I eagerly listened since I knew who he was and what he was about. Not surprisingly, I found the interview extra interesting. He addressed issues like pooping when there’s no fiber in the diet, vitamin C and scurvy, and more. Those were things I hadn’t even thought about.
I later read more online about those common questions. I listened to interviews from scientists and researchers talking about how we don’t actually need plants and that we can get all of our micro-nutrients from animals along with the essential fatty acids and essential amino acids. I read that carbohydrates aren’t essential. Some experts mentioned these topics and said we should have more research on it, but that there was NOT good science for the constant recommendation to eat more fruits and vegetables either. I was shocked.
You’d think from the way people talk that plants are to be revered to the utmost. We praise kids when they eat their veggies and not their fish or beef. Sure, we like our kids getting good protein, but do we praise them for eating it?
Here are my results that happened immediately in the first week on a carnivore diet:
First thing that happened was I wasn’t super hungry all day. Very satiated. In fact I had to work at eating more because I was full. I remember Shawn Baker, MD saying to eat like it’s your job in the beginning to ensure adequate nutrient and energy intake.
Second thing that happened was that I woke feeling super refreshed and with less sleep on even the first night.
I had/have zero, and I mean ZERO cravings or desire for carbs. That’s never happened before, probably because I was always have some or I was not getting satiated with enough animal proteins and fats. Low-carb past experiences left me wanting carbs. It took eliminating them to be free of them.
I lost weight – probably more than I should have. So, I started eating meat “like it was my job” to gain a couple of pounds back for a strong and lean weight.
After 60 days on a carnivore diet (still early but good data):
Best skin ever in my life.
Wounds heal faster.
Satisfaction and satiety. That is liberating.
Hip pain mostly gone. I’ve had hip pain for years since sleeping on one side for so long while pregnant eight years ago. That started to get a little better before carnivore, but is almost gone on carnivore.
Excellent attitude and mental state!
Increased sex drive! 💗
Beautiful muscle definition.
I also think this must be an amazing diet for dental health. I think a person’s skin and teeth are windows into their body’s health. Excellent dental health has been a passion for the past four years, after my teeth went to hell from eating vegan so long. When I think about this diet, it has to be one of the best ones for building and maintaining healthy teeth. For me, that means including things like sardines (with skin and bones), getting sunshine, and including some quality cheeses/eggs/liver (for vitamin K2, retinol).
I figure that if the many people I’ve read eating only animal foods have survived many years, I can safely handle it for a few months while I experiment.
How do I prepare meat for eating a carnivore diet?
Over time, I found that I want mostly beef, preferably ribeye steak though the price can be limiting. I also like ground beef patties and fish. I’ve found my favorite way to prepare steaks and patties.
Reverse Sear Steaks
This is a brilliant way to ensure perfect cooking of any size steak. It will take a bit longer, but with planning, it’s mostly hands-free.
Baking tray/pan with cooling rack nestled inside
Tongs for flipping steak
Skillet for searing steak
Animal fat for searing
Season steak with sea salt. Place the steak on the rack nestled inside the baking pan.
Turn the oven on to 275 degrees F. Put the steak inside.
For me, because I like a final temperature (after searing) to be 125 degrees I keep the steaks in the oven for these lengths of time depending on thickness of steak: If it’s a thinner steak, cook 20-25 minutes. If it’s a thick ribeye cook 40-45 minutes. Either way, I keep them cooking in the oven until the temperature reaches about 110-115 degrees F.
Heat the skillet to high. Sear steak on each side for about a minute (depending on thickness)
*I like to let my steak sit out for about a half hour (or a bit longer) to get closer to room temperature than coming straight from the fridge.
Broiling Burger Patties
This is the easiest and cleanest way to make burger patties, because I can cook many at a time and clean up is a snap.
Cheese, if desired
Large baking tray, lined with aluminum foil
Create patties from the beef. I do this by rolling them in a ball and then placing them on the aluminum foil- lined tray. I then smash them pretty thinly.
Place the rack in the oven so the burgers will be about 3 to 5 inches from the top. Turn on the broiler to 500 degrees F.
Season the burger patties with sea salt.
Cook them for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip them and cook another 3 to 4 minutes, until desired temperature is reached. For me, that’s a higher temperature than I eat my steaks because it’s ground and cooking higher is for safety reasons.
If using cheese, place the cheese on top of each patty and return under the broiler for about 30 seconds.
*I like to let my ground beef sit out for about a half hour (or a bit longer) to get closer to room temperature than coming straight from the fridge.
Eating Out: Chipotle
Chipotle Bowl shown above, carnivore style: I asked for 3 servings of steak only.
On a carnivore diet you’ll see people eating cow, chicken, pig, fish, lamb, offal, and some include dairy (full fat like cheese, whipping heavy cream, butter, and ghee). Over time one thing many have in common is that most find themselves gravitating to beef most of the time. It seems the most satisfying.
I’m happy I found this way of eating. I love it. That said, I’m now traveling the world, writing this from Denmark, and I have yet to know if I can sustain it while traveling from the cost of meat, etc. I’ll keep my blog posted. Thanks for reading!
I hope someone reading this will learn from my trials. I will have succeeded if one person takes action. I don’t want anyone to experience the pain and struggles that I have gone through. Since I was 12 years I have been on a perpetual diet. I hit puberty and plumped up. My family had an obsession with being thin and my mom was always on a perpetual diet. At 12 I started that rollercoaster too.
My parents thought they were being helpful when they told me that they didn’t want me to get fat. According to the 80’s nutrition advice that meant I needed to cut the fat from my diet. I took the USDA’s advice and avoided ALL FAT. I have a family history of heart disease, so I avoided red meat and especially saturated fat. I ate cereal in the morning, sandwiches at noon, and pasta at night. I never reached my goal of being thin but I held of being super fat out of sheer will and determination. My whole life I never remember feeling good. I didn’t even know what feeling good felt like.
I stayed on that trajectory through college. I was always watching my weight. I was on a ROTC Scholarship and in the Army National Guard. The thought of of losing my scholarship was terrifying. After my commission I joined the National Guard. I didn’t want to lose the GI Bill that was paying part of my tuition. I stuck to the low fat diet and counted calories.
I met and married my college sweetheart. When I found out I was pregnant I decided to leave the National Guard. I didn’t have to watch my weight. I ended up gaining quite a bit of weight being pregnant. After having my son I never got down to where I was before becoming pregnant. Four years later I had my second son. I was even heavier than after my first child.
When my youngest started school I decided to train for a marathon. I believed that running a marathon would make me thin. Life would be perfect if I could run myself thin. I trained for the marathon and followed the prescribed carb rich diet. I didn’t end up losing any weight during my marathon training.
After the marathon I thought that I needed to do a triathlon, then I would end up thin. Nope, I was still fat. The triathlon training made me realize that I liked riding my bike. I took up cycling. I rode my first century bike ride. I was able to cover the distance but I was still fat.
I enjoyed endurance training. I made many friends and loved training with them. I figured that I needed to ramp up my training. Of course, that must by why I was still fat. I wasn’t training hard enough. I started training for the 70.3 distance triathlons, then I worked up to an Ironman. After the Ironman I was STILL FAT… UGH! WTF!
If the calories in/calories out model worked, I would be super thin. I was training 20 hours a week and eating less than 1500 calories per day. I had mild asthma that soon became chronic and uncontrolled asthma. I felt cold and exhausted all the time. I developed reactive hypoglycemia. On top of all that I still FAT.
It became clear to me that I was doing something wrong. Hours and hours of endurance training and eating a low fat, high carbohydrate diet was not making me thin. I must be doing something wrong. I started reading about Scott Jurek, and ultra-marathon runner and vegan.
I thought that was the answer, I needed to eat a vegan diet and train for ultra-marathons. The vegan diet was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The vegan diet made my health worse. My asthma and allergies were worse. I added to my health issues horrible gas, injuries, and giant boils started erupting on my face. The one thing that stayed the… I was STILL FAT!
At that point, I sought alternative medical help. According to my regular doctor I was completely “normal” and nothing was nothing wrong with me. It is “normal” to have chronic asthma, a poor complexion, chronic injuries, and to be fat after doing an Ironman.
A concerned friend referred me to Naturopathic Doctor (ND). She order a slew of blood tests. I was almost afraid she would say that there was nothing wrong with me. I thought if she said that I was healthy like my primary care doctor, then I must be crazy. I didn’t think it was normal to feel as bad as I did.
The ND didn’t think I was healthy or normal. She measured my hormones, and informed me that I didn’t have any. My hormone levels were so low that they were not readable in the test. I hadn’t had a period in about year, and I thought that was from my birth control. But it was more likely from my poor diet and excessive training.
Thought this process I became obsessed with learning how the body works. I became a ACE Personal Trainer, and read everything I could on health and nutrition.
I gave up on endurance sports and tried Crossfit. That is where I learned about about the Paleo Diet and Robb Wolf. I also learned that Crossfit was doing nothing for my health. My hormones were still a mess. After 18 months I still felt like crap and decided to ditch Crossfit.
I wanted to figure out how to feel better. I started listening to podcast. I found Ben Greenfield’s podcast. He talked following a low carbohydrate diet with endurance training.
I joined Ben Greenfield’s Become Superhuman Coaching program. I took courses and certifications with the C.H.E.K. Institute. The C.H.E.K. Institute and Ben Greenfield’s message was quite a bit different from the USDA advice. I switched to a Paleo Diet, then a low carb Paleo Diet. My body started to heal. My gas subsided, my face cleared up. Over time my allergies went away and then my asthma disappeared. I went from a size 16 to a size 12 with the Paleo diet. I dropped from a size 12 – a 10 following a low carb Paleo diet.
At the Become Superhuman Conference and met Peter Defty from Vespa Power. We soon became great friends because of our obsession with nutrition research. Peter referred me to Esmee La Fleur’s website Zero Carb Zen. I started an on again/off again Zero Carb/Carnivore Diet. I started to feel better and dropped to a size 8.
Even though I had good results with a zero carb diet I had problems sticking to it. I had such a hard time saying ‘NO’ to food in social settings. I felt like I was being rude. It wasn’t until I participated in the Carnivore Study that I felt empowered to say no. I dropped from a size 8 to a size 6 during the 90 day Carnivore Study. I also felt WONDERFUL!!!
I returned to my my love of cycling. I train every year with a group for Tour de Tucson. The bulk of my training this year was during the Carnivore Study. I didn’t want to mess up the study results so I stuck to Zero Carb. I used meat sticks during the longer ride. I added Sports Legs, electrolytes, and salt to combat leg cramps.
The lack of carbohydrates didn’t hurt me. I had a personal record at the last Tour de Tucson. My average pace in 2017 for 54 miles as a Carnivore was 18.45 mph. My average pace while still using carbs in 2012 for 60 miles was 10.06 mph.
Over the holidays I had a relapse. I ate too many chips, salsa and margaritas on a trip to Mexico. My size climbed back to a size 8. But what was most pronounced was how horrible I felt after my trip. I couldn’t believe how fast I went from feeling amazing to feeling like crap.
I am back to a Carnivore/Zero Carb way of eating since January 2nd. Since then I continue to get faster on my bike. My functional threshold power (FTP) when I was low-carb/Paleo was 135, now my FTP is 201. My FTP keeps going up!
The carnivore diet is a miracle for my health. I went from wearing a size 16 to now wearing a size 6. I had no readable hormones and no menstrual cycle to having a regular 28 day cycle. As a high carbohydrate athlete I was spending $80 a month on asthma medications. I am not on any medications now.
I am 48 years old. I don’t have six pack abs… yet. I have never felt better in my life. I still have extra fat to lose and more healing to do. I went from a lifetime of struggling with my health and weight to feeling good each and everyday. Soon, I expect to see those six pack muscles to show up. MEAT HEALS no matter how old you are or where you start.