Victor V.

Hi there,

I’m 23 years old from france, and 4 month in the carnivore diet….

Diet past: I will try to make it short… I stopped eating meat pretty early, red meat around 16, thinking to do good and looking to improve my athletic life, as media’s were starting to claim the danger of meat… what followed then have been a progressively eliminating animal product diet, with some very bad digestive health at some point, and ended up raw fruitarian at 22 years old. ( with some exception in my diet at some time).

I was oh so convinced that it was the optimal diet.

My general health wasn’t bad. I was in a good shape, active, and could perform in sports, even in the cold, and was in better health than most of the people around me. I am a strong willing person so I guess that’s why I was still active.

But that changed during last winter, when I had to admit that something wasn’t working and that it wasn’t sustainable. I started craving meats and reading article about the benefits of meat and in general animal products. (Weston A price foundation).

I reintroduced animal products but was still eating big quantity of carbohydrates in all forms, that resulted in a weight gain, anyway my health was getting better, so I switched to a keto diet and I started to lose some fat… I don’t remember how I found about the carnivore diet but I decided to give it a try about 4 months ago … one of my motivation was to lose the fat I gained. So what I mostly ate was beef, lamb, chicken, organ meats, raw cheese, raw butter, raw milk, yogurt, tallow to cook, bone broth….

Benefits:
* Better sleep
* Better mental
* More energy
* Very good adaptation to cold climate
* Better sex life and I guess a better hormonal functioning
* Not hungry all the day
* Good digestion overall, no gas
* Lost some fat
* Gained muscle mass (I wasn’t looking to gain some as I was already athletic but with all that protein I think you just can’t avoid it )
* I probably forget some others benefits.

Some side effects would be constantly thirsty, so want to pee numerous time throughout the day, hard to find a balance between constipated and loose stools, and some muscle cramps/contraction during exercice, even with a copious amount of salt eaten and magnesium supplementation as recommended, but why would you need to supplement if that’s the optimal diet ?

Anyway I will keep going with this way of eating, don’t know for how long, I guess as long as I’m happy with it, I would like to lose a little bit more fat in some area, but don’t get too big in muscle, I just hope this woe is not causing any damage in the body as we don’t have yet any LONG term study.

So to conclude, very happy overall after this 4 months experience, never felt better.

Meat heals.
Thanks

Laney Levine

It’s New Year’s Eve 2018, and this time last year I was making lists and action plans for how I might once-and-for-all get to the bottom of my digestion problems. “This will be the year,” I would think as I would set out at the top of that willpower mountain only to make a steady trail downwards and backwards. I would tell myself, I will drink more water than ever, I’ll eat kale, collards, and spinach, I’ll cut down on meat to once a week max… I’ll have my plate be mostly vegetables. I tried soaking my grains, slow cooking my food, juice fasts, bone broth fasts, water fasts, I tried yoga postures for digestion, a regular evening walk, going vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, grain free, paleo… I did the Whole Life Challenge three times, the Whole30 several times a year, I tried staying on the Whole30 for 100 days… I did the GAPs diet, I tried eating only once a day; eating 3 times a day; grazing all day; not eating after 4pm, I tried the Low Fodmap diet, the SCD, I saw doctors and specialists, I had abdominal x-rays, ultrasounds, a colonoscopy… I worked with a nutritionist (for a year!), received regular acupuncture, took Chinese herbs, went to naturopaths, did colon cleanses, saw Mayan Abdominal massage therapists… At one point I tested positive for SIBO and stuffed myself with supplements like goldenseal, oil of oregano, bitters and all manner of digestive enzymes, Berbercap, 5htp, ABD5, Interphase, Floradix. I did two rounds of Rifaximin and Neomycin but the SIBO kept coming back.

I was “being so good”, doing everything I was supposed to be doing! I’d see slight improvements but eventually all of my symptoms would return. Nothing was actually healing me. And not only was I chronically constipated, I had all kinds of mysterious health issues about which doctors would always shrug and say, “Let’s just watch it and see”. I was always getting “benign tumors” including a lump under my arm, a lipoma on my shoulder blade, an enchondroma in my finger that caused the bone to fracture, a uterine fibroid, fibrocystic breast tissue… I had mysterious skin rashes, rosacea, vision problems, and constant whooshing (tinnitus) in my left ear. I had problems falling and staying asleep, I had bizarre inflammation flare-ups in my joints including one in my knee that was so debilitating that I could not walk without a cane for several months. I had interstitial cystitis, irregular cycles, headaches (including ocular migraines), and I was also depressed, anxiety-ridden and anemic. There were days when I could manage to go to a barre class only come home and sit parked in the driveway for half an hour or more trying to muster the energy to walk to my front door. I was miserable. I was red-faced and so bloated that I looked 5 months pregnant. I would wake up with a day planned and by 10 in the morning I would have to start cancelling things because I was so inflamed/in pain/bloated/exhausted and emotionally drained. I was missing out on time with my kids, with my husband, my friends, my life.

I felt I had tried everything and I was miserable. And then I tried going keto. I started seeing a slight shift in regularity, I started having more energy and better moods, I was sleeping better… I started learning everything I could about ketosis and macros! I was tracking and peeing on sticks and trying amazing keto recipes like graham crackers with cream cheese frosting!! Then I heard about micronutrients and slammed on the breaks. The fear set in and I was worried that I might not be getting what I needed if I wasn’t eating my greens and other “superfoods” so I added collards back in and immediately the tinnitus came back. I added in berries and avocado and I became constipated again, my energy dropped, the moodswings returned. Then one night I was listening to Anthony Gustin’s podcast and heard Dr. Shawn Baker talking about carnivory. I thought, you know what? I have tried EVERYthing else… What have I got to lose by trying one more thing? So, I threw my hands up and went carnivore.

That was September and now, 4 months later, every single one of those symptoms I mentioned above have disappeared. In six weeks went from 156lbs to 127lbs (and have now stopped weighing myself because I couldn’t care less about the scale). I went from CIC (chronic idiopathic constipation) to having several -at least two- bowel movements every day. I can make plans with confidence because I am no longer a slave to mysterious physical and mental health issues. Today my diet is simple. There is no guesswork, recipe scouring or fretting over whether this dish is “legal”. I eat mainly beef, pork, elk, and fish. I can have small amounts of cheese but I don’t do well on eggs or yogurt. I do not miss anything that I used to eat. I do not feel left out when others partake in things I cannot eat because I have my health back and that is way more delicious than anything else imaginable! Find me on Instagram: @healing.highway

Michael Tarufelli

I am a 44 year male who currently weighs 198 lbs. On 12/31/2018 I weighed 233.8 lbs. On January 1, 2018 I went full carnivore. Here’s a list of what changed for me:

  • 1st and foremost of the most important thing that happened to me is that 3 days into eating carnivore I had 15 years of chronic low back and hip pain disappear.
  • lost 40 lbs over 6 months
  • lost 5 more lbs during first month of working out (month 7 got down to 188 lbs)
  • 2-3 months in, stopped snoring
  • sometime early on in the diet my diagnosed sleep apnea condition went away. I know this because for the first time in the last 30 years I woke up with energy. Never knew what that was like (even when I was a teenager)
  • always had a couple ingrown hairs on each of my legs. I’ve had 1 ingrown hair in the last 6 months
  • skin complexion got better
  • wrinkle lines on my forehead are almost gone. They had gotten to be a part of the new me and for some reason now, 11 months later, they are almost completely gone.
  • 11 months later and the balding spot on the back of my head is almost gone. Literally have thicker hair now
  • a phenomenal increase in mental clarity
  • energy from the morning until night. No more ups and downs of the carbohydrate eating lifestyle.
  • likely saved my marriage (all praise to God for bringing me to carnivore). My emotional balance and ability to control myself VASTLY improved. Hard to put into words how much more emotionally stable I am on a carnivore diet.
  • started weight training and without supplements put on a solid 7 lbs of muscle on over about a 5 month period.

Annie S.

Annie – 31 year vegetarian now carnivore

Let me tell you a bit about myself, I live in just outside of Brisbane, Australia, I’m 45 years old, have 4 daughters ranging from 19 to 11 years, I work five days a week and am studying a health sciences degree full-time online. I decided to do a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition, after I became obsessed with using food for medicine and good health. I want to help others regain their health as I have gained mine back since starting a ketogenic diet over four years ago, I’m now carnivore.

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from IBS issues – gut pain and cramping, explosive diarrhoea, severe constipation – first seeing a GP for it when I was 14 years old. I never had a weight issue until having my first baby, but it certainly became a huge issue for the next 15 years. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was pregnant with my first daughter and during two pregnancies had gestational diabetes. Over these years I also suffered terrible GORD, repetitive disc bulges, sleep issues, asthma, thrush, recurring chest, sinus and urinary tract infections, major anxiety and depression issues. I had allergy tests done, where I was allergic to 13 of the 16 things I had been tested for and was told I was pre-type 2 diabetic by my overweight GP, who told me I should just expect it as it was in my family.

About 5 years ago, my health was heading south rapidly, with almost daily headaches and weekly migraines. I had a strange turn one day where I blacked out while driving, with my then four-year-old in the car with me. Apparently, I was slurring like I was drunk, but I managed to get my little girl to call the ambulance. I have no recollection of the event, except that I came to with two ambulance officers in my car trying to establish what had happened to me. My husband and police were on the scene when I came to as well, but despite being taken to hospital and tests being done, I never found out what had happened to me – except that they thought the migraine I had, had caused the event.

A few months later I got very unwell with a chest infection, landing myself in hospital for 12 days. My asthma was in a very bad way and I could hardly walk the corridors in the hospital without bringing on an attack. I gained about 5 kilograms during my hospital stay and was referred to a dietician to try to get my weight and health under control. I followed her recommendations religiously as I hated what was happening to me, but all I managed to do was gain more weight. She made me feel like I couldn’t possibly have been following the guidelines she’d set for me and that I was cheating myself.

I’d heard cutting sugar from your diet was good, so I stopped adding sugar on my morning oats and cutting it back substantially from my home baking, which gained me a small win with a couple of kilos weightloss. In November 2014, I then saw a documentary that literally changed my life, featuring Dr Maryanne Demasi, Dr Peter Bruckner, Professor Tim Noakes and Dr Steve Phinney. It was about the low carb, high fat diet and so, fuelled with the small win I’d had from ditching the sugar from my diet, I thought I’d give it a go.

My weight dropped incredibly quickly and majority of my health issues all but disappeared. I haven’t even had a head cold in the four years since starting. Everyone at work gets sick over winter, but I have not as yet. LCHF cured my GORD, disc bulges, asthma, allergies, thrush and I never experienced any more chest, sinus or urinary tract infections. I got stricter with my food choices and went VLC/strict keto, all the while my weight was still slowly creeping off.

At this point I should say I had been a lazy vegetarian for 31 years. I say lazy, as I had eaten fish very occasionally for a few years but never too regularly. I had however been doing a lot of research, reading lots of studies and following some very intelligent people on Twitter. All my research had me concluding that although I was way healthier in my food choices now eating keto, I had to eat a lot more protein than I was. I introduced fish regularly and, much to the shock of my family, I started eating chicken again – it had been 31 years. I started feeling so much better almost immediately, stronger. I then caught wind of Dr Baker’s carnivore study, which, both research and my own curious nature, had me very interested in. Crazy right, as I was only eating chicken, fish and eggs? But I did it, very strictly, ditching coffee, cream, cheese and only eating the chicken, fish, eggs and drinking water. I had it in my head though that I wanted to be brave and try red meat and so set a personal goal to achieve that before the end of the study – I knew for optimal health it was for the best, but I had a lot of mental hurdles stopping me. It came to the last week of the study, I felt amazing but disappointed in myself for not giving red meat a go like I wanted, so one day on my way home from work, I bought a rib eye, cooked it and ate the whole thing. I believe I have eaten at least one piece of red meat every day since.

To date my overall weight loss is about 40kg (or 88lb), with a measurement loss of about 120cm (or 47 inch) total. Hormonally, I have re-gained the 4kg loss I experienced during the study, which I intend on shedding again in the new year. Let’s just say, being a woman is unfair sometimes and the one thing that no diet has helped with is my lifetime suffering from endometriosis. I’m having further surgery in the new year, so hopefully I can get on top of the fake hormones currently circulating my body causing these adverse effects.

So, what happened when I went completely carnivore? Whilst LCHF/Keto helped the majority of my conditions, I was still suffering bouts of IBS issues, some arthritic aches and anxiety. Since going carnivore, I have been able to ascertain that it was vegetables still causing my residual IBS and occasional arthritic soreness. I am physically so much stronger than I have ever been and the recovery from exercise is outstanding. Where I once would have been sore for days and in some instances great pain, I have minimal soreness and generally only the following day, if at all. My mental clarity has been the overwhelming improvement which has me off my medication for the first time in about 10 years. Mentally, I would never have been able to take on such a gruelling schedule of fulltime study, working 5 days a week and four kids before, but carnivore has allowed me that. The first-wave carnivore study began in August 2017, for a three-month duration but I have remained carnivore ever since. I intend on staying this way for the foreseeable future as well for the outstanding health effects it has had on my body and mind.

Cheers,
Annie

Anthony Buccieri

I’m Anthony Buccieri.

I’m a 31 year old personal trainer from Boston who came across Carnivore diet after listening to Bell brothers on Joe Rogan podcast. I followed up by researching Dr Baker and decided I needed something to break through and change.  I had been doing the same meal prep and planning and never really breaking any new ground.

Then I went carnivore on Memorial Day 2018. Now it’s almost Xmas. I’m in single digit body fat. Stronger than ever mood is better than ever. I sleep like a baby. I work 90 hour weeks as a business owner of my training company and do it with a smile and still get 2 hour full body workouts in every day. I haven’t had desire to cheat and haven’t strayed once in over 6 months.

Can’t say how much Carnivore Twitter helps and Dr Baker pumps me up. Best decision of my life.

Asra Conlu

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.

Alicia L.

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

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

Disclaimer:

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

Cognitive/Mental Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally published on Alicia’s blog, Dirty Windshield.

Jacob G.

Thank you for this Dr. Baker.

Today is the 30 day mark since starting this diet and I couldn’t be more impressed, and I will continue on this for the foreseeable future.

I am 28, 6’4″. I have lost 15 lbs (was 221lbs, down to 206lbs), with doing minor exercise (walking and weights, a few times a week).

The first 3 – 4 days I experienced headaches and loose stools, but after this everything cleared up and had no issues since.

Some noticeable changes for myself since I started September 5th were:

  • Improved Sleep, feel more rested and less anxious when I wake
  • Improved energy levels, and sustained throughout the day, now with only 1 – 2 meals a day
  • Improved mental capacity, mood stabilized and less brain fog
  • Skin acne, pimples have subsided

Thank you again for the positive influence and thank you to this community that has shared their stories as well.

J. Bell

After hearing your podcasts with Steve Austin and Rogan, then tons of research, I decided to try this.

I’m 45 years old, 5-8”. Travel for work and moderate gym exercise 3 days a week. 23 screws and three plates in my right ankle since 2000. C 3-4 fusion in ‘05, 5-6 fusion recommend in ‘11. Arthritis in ankle, neck and both shoulders from heavy lifting.

Since July 11th: down 30 lbs. I have leveled out loss at 195. Holding for 3 weeks. Blood work is top notch. Sleeping 5 hours. No shoulder issues, full range of motion recovered. No neck issues, numbness in fingers and hands gone. Running 1-1.5 miles daily with no ankle problems.

Carnivore saved me buddy, thanks for speaking out