I have always been heavier but over the years with yo-yo dieting I kept getting bigger and bigger. I always went on a crash diet, lost 30 pounds, celebrated by eating junk and then inevitably gaining back 40lbs. After my daughter was born I even lost 75 pounds with a low carb diet. I hit my goal weight and then went back to eating “normal” and over a year and a half I gained 100lbs. Genetically I was on my way to thyroid issues and diabetes. My mother and grandmother had both and I guarantee by the time I was 35 I would have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
My main source of food came from gas stations and fast food restaurants and I typically finished each day with a pint of ice cream. I used food for entertainment and a source of comfort. In Feb 2018 I had knee surgery for a torn meniscus that was 100% due to my weight.
On March 12th 2018 I had a wake up call, my “baby” was almost 2 and I weighed than I did when I went into labor with him. I had hit an all time high of 263lbs. I immediately went on another “low carb diet”. I lost weight right away and was counting down to my first cheat day. This time I was introduced to Carnivore and Fasting. That cheat day I was planning came and went (no cheats), I was feeling so good that other foods didn’t tempt me the same way. I ate meat on my Birthday, my Anniversary, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. All of these Holidays and family events that usually were all about food ended up becoming more about actually enjoying my family. The longer I stayed Carnivore the better I felt and more I realized this was a long term permanent solution to my weight issues. In addition I had healed some life long issues with my digestion that I thought were just “normal”. I didn’t realize how much my anxiety was triggered by food until I removed those foods.
I lost 120 pounds in less than a year and have made the Carnivore diet my new “normal”. For the first time in my life I am in the “normal range” for BMI. I eat 2 pounds of beef a day, exercise, and am feeling better than I ever even knew possible.
Starting date: March 12th 2018
Starting weight: 263lbs BMI 40
Current weight: 140lbs BMI 21
I started as a sick kid. Hospitalized a couple of times for asthma, and I was on constant medication starting at 4 years old. I had severe allergies, severe acne, orthodontics for palate expansion, headgear to correct an underbite, cavities; I was pudgy and had glasses. I was a bit of a nerd super-stereotype. That finally started to change when I found Crossfit in 2008 and I was completely transformed. I went from a high carb video game player, to a paleo eating weightlifter. I converted my whole family. We ate paleo-ish, worked hard and had a lot of fun. My mom has her level 3 cert and is the head coach/owner at our family gym, aptly called Nearly Perfect Crossfit. She’s now competing in the Masters’ Crossfit open.
Oddly enough, HIIT seemed to make me no longer need any asthma medication. When I started, I could barely run 400m without needing an inhaler. After about 6 months I had stopped taking my daily meds and only the worst metcons even gave me a tingle of asthma. I woke up every day at 5am and trained like it was my job, but I needed something to pay the bills. I wanted a career that would allow me to continue my fitness journey. I had been a sick kid all my life and I desperately wanted to cling to my newfound drug-free existence. So I joined the Army as a medic. I loved being a medic; I loved the job, I loved the mission. My duty station was a little cold in Fairbanks, Alaska but I was determined to make the most of it.
When I deployed to Afghanistan 2011-2012 I started the deployment with a robust fitness plan in place. My starting weight was 180lb. My lifts were going up and we had access to a great gym every other week. On the other week we used a makeshift gym and got our lifts in that way. Though the name “Globo Gym” and its motto, “where we’re better than you and we know it” were pretty much a giant troll on the Crossfitters, I was extremely grateful to the creative carpenters who fashioned it, and shared the place with the rest of us. It was all in good fun.
Unfortunately we got traded to another battalion after the first three months. We spent the rest of the deployment moving from place to place and tearing down small combat outposts in Kandahar Province. We were constantly were without equipment, and I resorted to squatting my best friend Z and lifting blocks of concrete.
Overseas It was getting harder and harder to stay fit on MREs and crappy food, little sleep and constant movement. Some of us had a harder time than others maintaining our fitness overseas and I was one that gained 30lbs.
Some was muscle. Some was definitely not. I blamed poor food and my bad attitude for the problem and when I was given time off on our return from Afghanistan, I vowed to get myself back in gear because my symptoms of the long-gone asthma were returning.
However, I found that it was increasingly difficult after deployment to lose weight and keep it off. I was having energy problems, focus problems, and really strong bouts of anxiety. And I know what you’re thinking; maybe it’s PTSD! No, it wasn’t that kind of deployment. I did get my CMB (combat medical badge) but it was for a minor injury and none of my friends were hurt. I was not mentally traumatized. But I was sick. At the time I didn’t know with what.
So things continued as normal until I got a really cool job at the Brigade Surgeon Cell, basically I assisted in outpatient procedures every week and updated a tracker for following up with the status of the injured soldiers from our deployment. I learned a lot in this job, but I was having the hardest time focusing. I went to see behavioral health to find out if anything was wrong. They gave me a battery of tests and I scored above average in every category except one: focus/attention. I scored 30% in that test and was diagnosed with adult onset ADD. So I started taking Methylphenidate. Well, I was able to do my job, but my anxiety got worse….and the underlying condition seemed no closer to being handled. So it was now time for me to leave the Army and I was honorably discharged in 2014. I did my 4 years, now I was going to school. In the meantime I was health hacking. I was trying to get to the bottom of whatever it was that was wrong. I was starting to not be able to recover from workouts…a simple Workout of the Day would render me cripplingly sore for two weeks or more. I was just kind of stumped.
I hypothesized that perhaps it was the ADD meds that somehow were keeping me in a sympathetic nervous system dominance of sorts. So I discontinued the meds but the damage seemed to be done. In Afghanistan, I got up to 220 and I got back down to 185 after I left the service, but it was a flabby 185 if I’m honest. I was just inflamed and not the best version of myself when I came back. I was distracted, anxious, even without the meds now, and I was gaining weight. I tried pretty much everything I could think of. I spent the next 4 years studying health and building on the knowledge base of paleo and CrossFit which didn’t seem to be enough anymore.
I tried keto and the neurosis got worse, unbearable. I tried supplementing with powdered greens to get every kind of trace mineral and phytonutrient known to man. I supplemented iodine, 3 or 4 versions. I supplemented vitamin D, emulsified, bioavailable, etc., every permutation. I tried different amino acids, co-factors, fish oils, krill oils, algae oils. I learned that most of what I tried was oxidized so I tried again with different sourcing. I tried alkaline water and it was weird. I did lab work. I did a DUTCH test to see where my hormones were. Estrogen: Super High. Testosterone: Super High. What should I do about that? I don’t know. Probably take a giant box of more supplements. I took binders and detoxes and cleanses. I ordered crazy shit you can only get from Europe. I turned off my router at night and started using my phone on speaker phone in case it was frying my brain. I didn’t use a tinfoil hat but I came close…. I bought a fancy bed because it didn’t off-gas flame retardants. I bought a sauna, I did hair analysis, I bought another round of different forms of every supplement I tried before. I switched toothpaste, soap, and deodorant, anything I could think of. I bought a deep freezer and filled it full of local grass-fed, grass-finished beef I couldn’t afford. Some of the things I tried, I still use, but it was exhausting, and I wasn’t getting results.
Nothing really even touched the problem until I tried digestive enzymes. All of the sudden my cravings for alcohol went away. At this point, I was pretty bummed and I’d started drinking with little regard to my health, so this shift was kind of a big deal. I had been starting to give up. I had swelled up to 225, a new PR! But the enzymes were a little ray of hope. Masszymes was the brand, developed by a vegan no less; turns out he couldn’t digest a wet paper bag without the help of these superpowered enzymes. And don’t get me wrong, they work, but I question their necessity. I started getting my life together again. I was trying to lose the weight and I found this really interesting guy on YouTube named Jordan Peterson who said I might try pulling my head out of my ass and getting my life together. Well ok I said, I’ll give it a whirl. And so I did. I cleaned my room. I did laundry. I washed more than the minimum number of dishes to get by. I put my house back together and finished up a never-ending remodeling project. I started looking for something meaningful I could do with my life besides just keep burning up my GI Bill getting paid to go to classes.
Well here I was starting to get a hold of my life and look for a way to not be the biggest turd on the planet, and around that time we had a family reunion to see the solar eclipse. I realized, to my shame, that my cousin’s wife had been wasting away with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for the last two years. The last I heard about it, someone else was trying to be a donor, so in my self absorbed pity party I had kind of forgotten about it.
So I was sitting across from her in front of my family’s pool and thinking, “she looks pretty sick still. I wonder whatever happened with the liver thing. Well, she’ll probably be annoyed that I’m asking her two years later. But oh, what the hell, the worst that could happen is that she’ll tell me to f*** off and let her die in peace.” So I ask. First off she’s not offended, I’m a total dweeb. Furthermore she said she’s blood type A+. I’m type A+. So we talked, she told me how the last two people including her daughter weren’t matches, because it turns out being a living organ donor is like winning the lottery. Most people die waiting for donors, she explains. And there are lots of things that can happen to make you lose your place in line. Her MELD score wasn’t high enough to get an emergency status so she was slowly dying in agony, vomiting blood, and experiencing all sorts of nightmarish symptoms. Seemed like she was in a real hell on earth. And a living donor was her best chance at life.
Well, I had been asking for more meaning in life; here was the opportunity. Time to take on a little responsibility and make the world a better place. So I said, let’s try and see if I’m a match. I figured I’m getting a hold of this digestion thing, I’m cutting back on booze, sorting myself out. I was looking for meaning and here was finally a chance to really save a life and feel like I earned my CMB. So I did it. I was a perfect match at literally everything. I was a first-time go at every station and from the August conversation I was green-lit by Christmas, in large part because she would certainly have died if we didn’t do it soon. I lost 20 lbs doing strict keto and going cold turkey with no alcohol at all. Because come on, I can’t pollute the thing if I’m giving part of it away. It went very smoothly. I was able to walk out of the hospital in 4 days. I felt a good deal better in a week. I felt normal in a month and in 2 months I felt as strong as I was before. Really not the big deal physically that I hyped it up to be. However emotionally and spiritually still deeply meaningful. Probably the proudest moment of my life.
Well, now I was healed up, but I was stuck at 200lbs and I wasn’t losing any more weight. The anxiety was coming back and being strict for this long without an excellent motivator was starting to wear on me. My wife and I were eating a giant box of fresh local vegetables every week as part of my recovery plan on keto. I couldn’t figure it out and these enzymes were $300/month. I had previously figured that the weight gain was due to alcohol, and I wasn’t terribly worried because beer drinking and having a beer gut seemed like a fair deal from the universe. However after 9 months alcohol-free, I was still experiencing digestive issues. Something was still not right even with the enzymatic support.
So I did microbiome testing. I found out I had dysbiosis and lots of different opportunistic pathogens! However this does not paint a very detailed picture, so I also did an RNA-based test which shows percentages of different bacteria’s RNA transcription, to determine relative activity. I saw that 58% of all activity was one microbe called Acinetobacter baumannii. So I Googled it. “Iraqibacter” is its nickname. It’s an antibiotic-resistant pathogen that is endemic to the desert that’s famous for killing wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crap. That doesn’t sound good. If it’s resistant to almost all forms of antibiotics how do you kill it? I found some seriously dangerous treatments but there was a common theme; I needed to get much worse before I qualified for these dangerous interventions. So double crap. I realized that one potential source of this problem might be our prophylactic for malaria; doxycycline. We were ordered to take a dose every day for the entire year long deployment. So having dysbiosis and an antibiotic-resistant infection kind of fit my story. But then the question was why did I seem to have health problems that other soldiers didn’t have? I realized later that most of my fellow soldiers were flushing their pills after the first week because it was making them feel sick taking them. Unfortunately, I was a boy scout and took them almost every day. In the Army’s defense, I did see malaria in the region, and it’s a real battlefield threat that has killed lots of soldiers throughout history. So I don’t blame the Army, even though it created difficulties for me personally.
So I started doing my research again. Ironically, the only folks who have experience with unknown crazy gut infections, biofilms, and detox protocols were vegans. (Another red flag along with the enzymes.) The vegan Youtubers led me to diatomaceous earth. I tried it. I had crazy reactions and it’s just silica, should be innate. Ok, I was onto something. I took that for a while, and tried coffee enemas trying to get whatever was in there out and killed. It worked, honestly. The vegan community was onto something with their infection mitigation and detox stuff. It begged the question though, why is this peculiar knowledge so prevalent and common among vegans and why is all this health hacking necessary if they’re eating so healthily? I came across turpentine and that’s when I saw some crazy stuff happen. Things started to die but I felt like I was dying too. I found Vegetable Police on YouTube – he has the most hilarious video about turpentine you will ever see. So we were looking at digestion as a potential primary cause of my symptoms.
Then I found Stan Efferding who says basically you can’t digest all those veggies. Like the giant box of organic co-op veggies I’ve been eating faithfully every week for 9 months and paying out the nose for? Those veggies? YEP……ugh. So I cut them out. I felt better. I dove deeper and before I could get any further down this weird cure of avoiding vegetables, I saw Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan show, talking about his daughter Mikhaila’s diet and the results he was getting. Sold, totally sold. That fit everything I’d been studying – it made sense with keto, digestion health, and a plan to starve out the infection. After starting on the carnivore diet, I began to feel the effects almost immediately. I lost another 20 pounds, my anxiety plummeted, my energy exploded, my mood was lifted. I felt so much better, I felt like a new human. This part of the story is pretty typical. Just everything went so much better, it’s unbelievable. So unbelievable, I don’t like talking about it, because I sound crazy. Vegetables are the problem? Well, that explains why the vegans know so much about mitigating their effects. It also explains why meat eaters think it’s crazy BS. So that brings me to today. I’m 9 months a carnivore and doing great. I’m still losing weight each week. My vanity doesn’t want me to upload this story quite yet, but I’ve made a lot of progress, and I’m always going to be a work in progress. So here is my before and after.
All in all I’ve lost 44 pounds and counting…as of 4/4/2019
Give me 6 more months I’ll look even better. Thank you all for promoting this way of eating. It’s these kinds of stories that encourage others to keep pursuing their health and to find real and lasting changes, whatever path it takes for them. My path led me to meat. And though I am no doctor or scholar, as an n of 1, I sure feel like I’m healed. #meatheals
On Christmas day 2016 I was admitted to the hospital with an infection on my left arm. It turned out to be necrotizing faciitis, which required numerous debridement surgeries and skin grafts. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital and a year recovering. In my research on the condition, I discovered how much metabolic health contributes to this condition. I was nearly 300 pounds, and a type 2 diabetic. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all and felt miserable. Medications were ineffective and I was getting worse.
In April of 2018, I finally made the choice to make a change. I did a lot of research and found the ketogenic community. I dove right in. I quickly began losing weight while eating very low carb and incorporating intermittent fasting. I forced myself to eat some vegetables (traditional dogma pressured me to) but quickly found the carnivore community after seeing Dr Shawn Baker on the Joe Rogan podcast. Since then I’ve been on an all meat diet and felt better and better month over month. Today I am in the best shape of my life, am no longer diabetic and enjoy living and my family more than ever.
Starting date: April 7th 2018
Starting weight: 294 lbs
Current weight: 178 lbs
* Type 2 diabetes
* High blood pressure
* Sleep apnea
* Allergies/hay fever
* Skin tags
* Low energy
* Frequent headaches
* Brain fog
Former medications: metformin, glyburide, atorvistatin, Lisinopril, gabapentin, Claritin and ibuprofen
Current medications: none
The picture on the left is Christmas morning 2016, staring at some Reece’s product I was about to devour just before heading to the hospital. On the right is me now, fueled by steak. Lots of steak.
As a kid, I had a sensitive digestive tract. I carry a lot of stress gastrointestinally, and my childhood was characterized by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; I carried that inside in so many ways. I dealt with excruciating gas cramps, constipation that made appendicitis seem like a dream, etc. I was suicidal throughout my teenage years. Also notably, my family has a hefty and vibrant history of bipolar disorder, ADD, alcoholism, and addictions.
I went to college, and I became a vegan. This was over a decade ago, before it was “cool” to be a vegan. I was a college athlete (cross country, track). But really, I was bloated and injured all the freaking time. Somehow I managed to piece together some surprisingly decent seasons in between injuries, but I now wonder how amazingly I would have done if I at the very least had not been vegan, much less been all-meat. My complexion was total shit, my depression was intense, and I thought I was eating in a way that was good for the environment.
After college, I became an elite athlete in another endurance sport, and I thought, “F#$k it!” for veganism. It did not matter how much I supplemented with iron, B vitamins, etc., I was anemic ALL THE TIME! I began eating oysters and other fish, game meats, then beef. I also began to suspect some major sensitivities to gluten and sugar, but it was tough to remove those from my diet as I was also quite accustomed to emotional eating, food addictions, and binging.
I went to graduate school for a biomedical PhD and at the same time managed to remove gluten and grains from my diet. I got married, and early in my marriage, I became pregnant. I experienced hyperemesis gravidarum in my pregnancy (severe excessive vomiting of pregnancy). My doctors begged me to eat, and my non-gluten, non-sugar ways went out the window as I struggled to survive. Chocolate ice cream got me through pregnancy. After my daughter was born (healthy weight for her, btw!), it was a long haul to re-remove gluten and sugar. And, as a result, my mood was unstable, my hands hurt like freakin’ crazy (I was doing hand-intensive laboratory work), and I overall felt like a zombie.
My gastrointestinal health deteriorated. My doctors tried to determine whether I had Celiac disease. They weren’t in agreement, but I stopped eating gluten again anyways. It helped, though I was in a shit marriage, and my ex-husband would do things that would contaminate my food with gluten sometimes, and it was really awful.
After I was done breastfeeding, I was diagnosed with ADD. I am quite sensitive to most pharmacological agents, and most ADD medications resulted in suicidal ideation. I would take very, VERY small doses of amphetamine salts, and that helped me focus enough to finish my dissertation.
I finished my PhD, got a job, and moved to a new state to start the position. One night, I ate some pork loin that I had roasted earlier that day and asked my ex-husband to put in the fridge when I was at work. That loin sat on the counter for 9+ hours, unbeknownst to me. I ate it for dinner that night. I got food poisoning like you would not believe (15 vomits in under 12 hours, muscle aches that were paralyzing and unlike anything I have ever experienced, thank all things good in the Universe that my daughter didn’t try any of that spoiled food).
Six weeks after that food poisoning, I had gastrointestinal pain like nothing I had ever experienced before. I was in so much pain that I was delirious. At that point, I had moved forward with divorce proceedings, but I didn’t know who to turn to for help. So my ex-husband gave me a ride to an ER. I was wearing a robe and jammies and looked like shit, and they thought I was a crazy homeless lady, and they kicked me out when I couldn’t stay in a wheelchair in the lobby but instead collapsed onto the floor from the pain. I installed Uber on my phone and got a ride home (weirdest Uber ride ever, probably).
At home, I tried to manage the pain with a hot bath. I collapsed getting out of the bathtub. My daughter called 9-1-1. My ex and I were still under the same roof, and he helped me get jammies on before the paramedics came. I was wheeled into the ER and barely had enough strength to whisper, “Someone, please, help me.” They gave me morphine, and OMG it worked and after 14+ hours of horrifying pain, I just lay there, going in and out of consciousness. A CT scan revealed that a long chunk of my intestines was so inflamed that it was totally and completely closed. No thru traffic. The surgeon came in and held my hand and told me that he was going to let me rest for 6 hours and then would be operating to remove part of my intestines. It was around 1 AM. I didn’t really care. I was glad he held my hand (all the doctors held my hand that first 24 hours. I don’t know why they did, but holy crap that was soothing).
I got wheeled up to a room in the hospital and sort of passed out (remember, the morphine). Several hours later when the surgeon came by, miracle of miracles my intestines had opened. Still, I was kept in the hospital for 3 days before being released.
The rest is a story of struggling to get reasonable or useful or any sort of information from GI docs as my new life with Crohn’s unfolded. On my own, I began eliminating entire food groups. First to go were dairy and grains, and I felt better. Then alcohol and all fruits, and I felt better. Then alliums (garlic, onions, leeks), cruciferous vegetables, and nightshades, and I felt better. Then I went keto-low-FODMAP-AIP, and I felt better (basically, meat+olives+coconut stuff+avocado). Then one day I ate hearts of palm, which are high in fiber. To say it felt like a scouring pad through my intestines is an understatement. After that flare-up, I went all-meat.
I still struggle sometimes with relapsing into a binge if I am stressed (a beloved family member died in the fall, and I ate a lot of chocolate and cheese, for example). And it’s been a process to figure out what works for me (anything from pig now gives me nocturnal diarrhea, and rendered fat and too much fat makes me feel super nauseated). I also recommend for anyone with Crohn’s NEVER trying to “re-introduce” plant foods. I ate a couple of those nut-based “Perfect bars” 6 weeks ago and had a HUGE and painful flare-up.
I am now in my mid-30s. I exercise regularly (CrossFit, yoga, hiking, running, lifting, etc). People confuse me for someone in her 20s. Here’s what has improved or been cured since going all-meat:
Crohn’s disease (hugely improved)
Severe carpal tunnel syndrome (cured)
Hidradenitis suppurativa (cured)
Depression (hugely improved)
Complexion (hugely improved)
These weird and sudden stabbing abdominal cramps that are sudden and knock me to me knees for about 30 seconds… WTF were those? (cured)
ADD (cured, and I do also meditate daily)
I didn’t go all-meat because of you, Dr. Baker, but I sure am glad you are around to lead this and help it build momentum. And the momentum is gaining. To wit, I work in biomedical consulting, and one of my new hires for my company is a young man also with a biomedical PhD. As we got to know each other better, he said, “You should try an all-meat diet.” I freakin’ loved it.
When you live with pain for so long it becomes the norm, you have no idea what a pain-free healthy life is. This is my story.
They say you are what you eat!
One of my first memories, when I was 7 years old, of attending our family doctor was because I had an abscess that was from hip to knee and wrapped almost completely around my thigh. I suffered from these regularly although this was the worst one to date and it was excruciating to say the least.
The memory has faded over the years until recently I remembered something the doc said to my mum at the time, he said “You need to stop him eating sweets”.
As a kid I completely dismissed this, as did my mum…
At 12 years of age I had suffered a life of constant abscesses and ear infections (Otitis externa) that regularly meant I was admitted to hospital for intravenous intervention and surgeries due to sepsis and the need for pus drainage from both ears and abscesses.
I was attending a Haematologist because of my health issues and was diagnosed with a completely unknown Neutrophil disorder and had to accept that I was going to live my life with constant hospital visits because of my health issues and that my immune system would never work.
Life went on and I accepted the cards I’d been dealt because medical professionals had said I had no other choice.
At 20 years old I was rushed into hospital with a fever from sepsis caused by a cold sore on my middle finger of my right hand and it was a true sign of how weak my immune system really was. This became my next frequent symptom of my bad genetics, as I was led to believe.
A year later I suffered a major trauma to my left wrist, with a comminuted fracture to the distal end of my left radius as well as a broken Ulna and Scaphoid. This really took my health on a downward spiral as my body tried it’s best to heal the injury and I couldn’t physically work or use my left hand for 4 years.
This event was the start of my weight issues in life and I rapidly gained pound upon pound of body fat as I went through depression and ate highly processed foods, they were all I could afford whilst living on benefits, for comfort.
Fast forward 20 years and I was almost 40 years old in November 2014. I wasn’t the most pleasant human being alive and hated the world and most people in it. I’m truly surprised my wife put up with me and eternally grateful for her constant love and support.
Strangely, another accident was the turning point in my life.
Due to my health issues I had lost consciousness whilst driving my work vehicle and my driving license was revoked.
I had Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and Mrs H would tell you I had a serious case of ‘Grumpy husband syndrome’
The conditions to regain my driving license were to have a BMI under 30 and be a non-smoker.
My BMI was 43 and I smoked 40 a day.
Using a weight loss program with over 30 years of proven history and evidence based results I lost 9 stone (126lbs or 57.15kg) in 7 months and reversed all of my health issues and quit the smokes!. My wife joined me on the journey and lost an amazing 6 stone 2lbs(86lbs or 39kg).
The weight loss was the easiest thing I’d ever done in my life to improve it in every aspect, but I now had to learn to maintain that health for life.
As we were already following a low carb plan, we decided to try living a low carb lifestyle and never really introduced the carbs back into our life. Against all common beliefs and official health guidelines we were not only maintaining our weight loss, but my health was constantly improving!
We spent over 2 years living a ketogenic lifestyle and I personally noticed that after a while I was slowly gaining weight and suffering from signs of inflammation in the form of psoriasis on my head and face. The Otitis externa, a form of eczema, in my ear canals was still a regular issue although they had reduced in severity. I also lived with Tinnitus due to the ear issues. I also found I was regularly constipated. On top of that I was constantly hungry.
Late 2017 I was reading about the Zero carb/carnivore lifestyle and through reading some amazing stories of people who had cured so many ailments and illnesses by changing their diet I decided to give it a try, what did I have to lose, and set myself to try 30 days of meat and water only.
I’ve never looked back and my health has continued to improve in that time. Here’s a list of my health issues I no longer suffer from in any way due to a complete change in my diet.
Type 2 diabetes
Constant abscesses in groin and under arms
I’ve had over 40 surgeries in my lifetime for many different reasons but mostly to drain abscesses or even go so far as removal of my pilonidal sinuses at the base of my spine to prevent further abscesses recurring.
If only my mum had listened to that doctor in 1982 who seemed to realise my ill health was down to my diet and the foods I was eating…
My name is Erika, I’m 34 years old, 5’6” and my highest weight was 278lbs. I began the carnivore lifestyle September 17, 2018.
I was keto (20g net carbs) for three years prior. I went off the keto rails early in 2018 due to frustration. Keto is wonderful, but in hindsight I just didn’t optimize for my body correctly, like I am now. This was tough, so many things were significantly improved on keto I was struggling to comprehend why I wasnt feeling my best. The things that improved were, my mental health, some weight, and hormonal regularity (PCOS), but I was struggling with inflammation. My CRP came back at 6.1 two years in a row and this really bothered me, something was off. My doctor suspected it was due to my chronic UTIs but to me the UTIs just seemed like another symptom of a larger issue.
As a child, I was constantly on antibiotics due to chronic UTI’s and ear infections. I must have done at least three courses a year from ages 5-12. I’m certain gut damage has contributed to my inflammation issues.
Entering my teen years was no fun, my cycles were never regular and of course I was just put on birth control to regulate them. I remained on that until my early 20’s when I learned more about the risks and was digging deeper into health and wellness. It wasn’t until then that I was diagnosed with PCOS. In early 2016, about 3 months after starting keto my cycles started to regulate somewhat. Now that I am carnivore, I am almost to a perfect 28 day cycle for the first time in my life. I actually ovulated 18 days into carnivore. This is perfect timing as I hope to have children soon.
Today, my inflammation is decreasing day-by-day. I have not retested my CRP but weight is just pouring off of my body. I’ve lost 10lbs. a month for the past 6 months. This is unheard of for me, dropping weight has always been a struggle. Just when I think “OK, next month my weight loss will slow down a bit” it just stays consistent… amazing. I’m down to 210lbs today, it has only been 6 months! My mental health has also improved further, over the past months I’ve noticed my anxiety and worry have substantially decreased, I used to go over and over situation or problem in my head, now I just let things go without even trying. I had been experiencing psoriasis on my scalp for about 6 years, this has almost completely vanished! It flares a bit during hormonal changes with the onset of my cycle but it is 80% better than before. It’s hard to explain…I just feel content, like someone cleared the drain, I was clogged and now I’m clear in every sense.
Some interested things I’ve noticed since going carnivore:
No muscle pain: I used to despise exercise. Before, I would get up enough motivation to go for a walk and my leg muscles would start aching instantly. I thought this was normal; it’s not. Three months into the carnivore diet I started a stepbet as I really was having the urge to move more. I was a mile in when I realized the pain wasn’t there. I thought I wasn’t trying hard enough so I accelerated my pace, the uncomfortable aching did not return. I’m now walking around four miles/day/5-6x week.
My skin is very fair and I no longer burn in the sun. I may get a bit red initially but it quickly turns into a tan. (it’s also very clear and smooth)
In the past I had an aversion to heat, I couldn’t tolerate it. Now it’s no longer uncomfortable and I am far more tolerant.
My teeth are no longer sensitive to cold, my gums no longer bleed when I floss, and my dentist visits are easy. My teeth and gums are healthier than ever.
16 days in my toes ached unbelievably, I still have no idea what the hell that was.
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!!
I’m 46 years old and I have been Carnivore since September 15, 2017. Prior to that I was keto for 1 year and tried carnivore for 6 weeks but failed due to carnivore flu.
I began with A1C of 6.0 and this is what triggered me to research all this to find a solution. I am now at a A1C 5.7
At my highest I weighed 252lbs and now I weigh 192 lbs.
I do intermittent fasting and I tried all the different variations and picked a personal favorite. I do Alternate Day Fasting. I fast between 32-40 hrs and I am comfortable in doing that.
My strength and endurance has huge improvements and it seems that I keep improving the more I tighten my diet to ribeye and salt. Right now I eat untrimmed ribeye beef 98% of the time around 3 lbs every other day.
The ailments that have gone in remissions are many through this diet. I have diverticulitus, it used to be so bad that during flare ups the pain scale was 11 (want to kill yourself) to a 12 (passout). I know it’s still there but I have not had a single flare up in at least 4 months.
Urinary Tract Infections happened every other months and were very painful and last 1-2 weeks.
After carnivore I can’t remember the last time I got one, it’s been at least 6 months and when it came I barely noticed it.
I used to get colds at least once a month. I got my last cold this past September 2018 and it’s hardly noticeable compared to my colds prior to carnivore.
I also had plantar fascitis and heel spurs, both seem to be in remission as now when I walk I feel no pain but if I eat out even on carnivore then I can feel them again.
I have so many list of ailments that has gone away and I will list them so as not to bore you.
skin tags (not all are gone)
morning erections were almost nonexistent
I was a couch potato before my diet journey, now my workouts consists of Orange Theory Fitness, Shotokan Karate and Jiu Jitsu. I usually do my practices in a fasted state and lately I have been fasted at least 30+ hrs and do up to 4-5 hrs workout and have no problems handling the intensity.
I have never felt healthier in my life and that includes in my 20’s.
Carnivore is life for me.
My thanks to all my hero’s out there: Dr Shawn Baker, theAndersen family, Kelly Hogan, Esmée La Fleur, Gary Taubes, Dr. Jason Fung, Nina Teicholz, Professor Tim Noakes and many more out in the low/carb carnivore space.
I was 1st diagnosed with major depression in 1990.
In 1995 I started taking anti-depressants.
This began a cycle of wellness vs illness that gradually tilted towards being ill most of the time.
In 2007 I had your text book nervous breakdown. Crippling insomnia & anxiety joined the party.
Doctor put me on much stronger meds that included Effexor, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Remeron, Lamactil, Abilify, Seroquel, Ativan, Trazadone, Latuda & many more!
From 1995 till the end of 2017 my brain chemistry was constantly under assault by these medicines that never really helped me for more than a few weeks at most.
In 2015 I discovered I could treat my symptoms successfully with cannabis. I began LCHF diet & started walking.
By the end of 2015 I was off the anti-depressants.
By the end of 2016 I was off the ativan (after 8 years of daily prescribed use)
By the end 2017 I was off insomnia meds.
But I was still dependent on cannabis. Even as a legal patient here in Florida it is very expensive to use & I hated being dependent upon it just to treat my mood.
Then I discovered Dr Jordan Peterson on Rogan talking about the Carnivore way of eating which led me directly to Dr Shawn Baker & this website!
On July 16, 2018 I began living carnivorously. I have only consumed meat & water since that day.
10 days into the experience I lost all joint pain.
Beginning on day 23 into day 24 I felt the depression symptoms all vanish. I am 100% of depression now!
My anxiety problem gradually improved every day to where now 6.5 months in, I have no anxiety issues now to speak of.
My skin which use to be VERY dry, cracked & peeling has cleared up immensely.
I lost skin tags. My quality of sleep has improved dramatically. I frequently get 7-8 hours of sleep now.
The background noise in my head is all gone. My ability to observe has improved immensely.
Every aspect of my life has improved since I began eating meat & drinking water. I am on zero pharmaceutical medications.
This is why I am a thankful carnivore now & forever!
I’m 46 years old and this is my transformation from January 2018 – January 2019. The first 7 months I followed the Ketogenic woe, and the past over 6 months I’ve followed a strict carnivorous woe. I’ve shed nearly 100 lbs altogether, from about 370 down to 280 presently. Eating mostly beef and drinking water, omad predominately, sometimes 2mad, fasting anywhere from 20-23 hrs every day. On the weekends I am dry fasting from Sat evening to Sun evening and continuing with a water fast til Mon afternoon. Autophagy process is amazing and intermittent fasting gels really well with this woe, since you lose much of your appetite, and being fat adapted keeps you satiated longer.
I also consume occasional shrimp, sardines, mackerel, beef liver, pork loin, Boston Butt, bacon, fat back and bone broth, but beef makes me feel optimal and I’m consuming about 2 lbs daily. Ive eliminated all dairy with the exception of butter & a bit of hard cheese once in a while. I’m feeling terrific and brimming with energy in the fasted state. My mental acuity is as sharp as a tack and memory is improving greatly. No more reflux, no joint pain, I can run, sprint and jump without feeling like passing out, my skin is in much better condition, sleeping like a log, pleasant dreams, no depression or anxiety, and I’m calm as can be. I have a ways to go yet, but I’m happy with the results so far. Never felt better!