Rob Provencher

I may be getting ahead of myself, only having changed my eating habits a little over three weeks ago.

I had been an “almost vegan” the last 7 years or so, having watched Forks Over Knives back in the day. To me, I felt like this was the ultimate scientifically proven way to eat. I bought it hook, line and sinker.

Now I am connecting the dots as to what’s been going on in my life since then.

Headaches started sporadically. Teeth problems. Sore joints. Feeling foggy, anxious and down. Very nihilistic. (you need to understand I am blessed with a strong healthy body and mind. Always been strong in both areas.)

But the worst of the worst was the headaches.

Late last November 2018 they started daily.

I started to get worried. These were not migraines.

I kept a daily headache journal to track, 3 times daily, both the pain and the Tylenol and Advil I was taking. I wanted something to bring to my doc.

I became convinced I had a serious problem, possibly a tumor. Yes, a tumor. That, to me, was what was going on. What I thought. What else could it be?

On the eve a Jan 2, 2019, a little voice said: “Try it, what do you have to lose?”
In reference to the carnivore way of eating. I’ve always been open minded and had watched a few videos on this, always poopoo-ing it.

I was so desperate, I thought ok, why not. I cooked up some eggs, meat and butter right away.

I was, admittedly, worried since I had been eating mainly spinach, veggies and quinoa. There might be some side effects.

The next morning…no headache.

I ate more meat. Waited, thought I’d grow horns or get some massive rash or something.

Nothing. Not even a headache. I went to the market, bought more meat for that night’s meal (my daughter and her man were joining us).

I called my wife, and said: “OK, you need to work with me on this one. I get the irony of ironies here. Mr Plant Base vegan dude is going meat. I bought us some steaks for tonight.”

So far the headaches are gone. Doc says I have no tumor, keep doing what I’m doing.

I could kiss the ground. I can’t believe what happened. That, plus my mood changed. I’ve been very nihilistic the last 7 years or so.

And I swear my eyesight is better. Go figure.

Blamed it on life stuff and getting older. Now I know the reality. It was that diet that screwed me over.

Thanks

Mike Roberts

I started my Carnivore Journey in Feb. 2018 and after 7 months I was down 59 pounds from 256 pounds to 197.00 I went from a 40-42 inch waist to a now 34 inch waist and I am now 205 pounds with 51 total lost pounds and a much better body composition. I started crossfit after my initial weight loss and in month 8 of my Carnivore diet. The weight I have gained back is lean muscle mass. I am 41 years old and haven’t had my body respond this well since my 20’s. Thanks too Dr. Shawn Baker’s IG account for the motivation and life changing diet.

Nancy Querengesser

I have been suffering asthma since a toddler, varicose veins requiring surgery and custom compression stockings since my first pregnancy and severe morning sickness with all of my pregnancies.

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 17 years ago, and severe constipation after taking Calcium supplements for the osteoporosis while maintaining a healthy version of the Mediterranean diet. I have had a big garden and used very little processed food and I ground my own flour and became an expert home whole grain bread maker since 1977.

I had to stop using Calcium supplements and but the constipation persisted with menopausal onset. I tried eating prunes, more butter by the spoonful, figs, more fibrous vegetables, more fresh fruit, and of course lots of whole grain bread and porridge every morning. I eventually resorted to eating extra bran and then soluble vegetable fibres from a bottle, but now I had terrible problems with bloating and gas which inhibited my social life extremely. Who wants their health problems to be the brunt of jokes and eventually a definer of one’s identity.

About 12 years ago my toes began to swell badly on my left foot. Towards evening and after a good walk they would swell, turning red with purple tips and often would develop a crack on the tips of my toes. The pedologist said it was frostbite, even though it was summer and I had never had frostbite before!

I had another bone scan about 12 years ago and was told that I had a 100% chance of breaking my hip within 10 years and was prescribed Fosomax to which I had a very serious reaction due to very low calcium levels even though I was eating dairy and making yogurt regularly. Insoluble fibre depletes one’s body of Calcium as well as other important nutrients so I stopped eating bran and drank more milk like my Doctor suggested. Soon after, a different doctor ordered some tests and discovered that I have Hypothyroid disease.

One Christmas I got a bad stomach flu and diarrhea which emptied my gut and my husband wanted to try a herb cleanse, but after researching I suggested using lemon juice instead which was great and became a part of my daily diet since it helped to promote digestion and to reduce bloating. Since then I suffered several intestinal infections and had to take antibiotics and then started to take probiotics regularly. I was able to control symptoms by eating very little meat except for salmon and by taking daily lemons, probiotics, and a 4 hour fast before drinking >4 cups of milk in the evenings.

Last summer my skin broke out in 5 different rashes including ringworm which was not diagnosed until October. I had to plaster my body with the anti fungal and since most of the rashes were unaffected, I was given an oral anti fungal for 4 weeks. Still, 4 of the rashes remained. I had some relief and did some research on Hashimoto’s disease with the prodding of one of our daughters. The doctor ordered some further blood work which revealed low sodium, low T3, normal T4, and very high antibodies (99). He said to cut out dairy. “BUT WHAT ABOUT MY BONES?” He said to reintroduce it again in 4 weeks and that it would not deplete my Calcium levels significantly.

But after more research I decided to try the Autoimmune Protocol diet. It did help with a lot of the bloating and gas and one of the rashes faded slightly but my toes were still extremely painful and swollen by the late afternoon.

I had heard of Jordan Peterson and his daughter and the Meat Only diet and had wished that I could do that but I was so afraid of not getting enough calcium and concerned about getting constipated and being hospitalized and since I was 139 lbs and 5′ 10″ I was sure I would wither away to nothing and so was my family. And I was already following an unusual diet. But after 10 days on the Autoimmune Protocol diet, I WAS DESPERATE, much like Doreen in her amazing YouTube videos!

The toe pain was excruciating and the leg rash was burning and bright red and my cheeks were aflame and lo and behold I got a new and different mottled rash all over my face.

And so I am now a Carnivore. I decided to continue taking lemon before eating in order to hopefully prevent constipation and I haven’t had any problems since quitting the vegetables. I cut back the black coffee by 50% and I thought that in order to get enough fat while using leaner cuts of meat from our freezer, I would use butter while cutting out all other dairy. From the start, I took my supplements as well but with encouragement from the Carnivore community and especially due to Dr. Shawn Baker’s work, after 2 weeks I eliminated all of the vitamins, butter, and lemon and am now eating only beef with some lard so I don’t fade away and water and salt and black coffee . I am so encouraged by my health’s progress so far. The rashes have almost entirely disappeared except for the occasional flare up due to the silicone band on my compression stockings. And my facial skin looks better than it has since I was a kid. My tummy is as flat as a pancake except for the overly stretched skin from so many years of bloating, and the mucous in my sinuses and bronchial tubes has healed.

Even though I have several bulging and herniated disks and have been suffering from sciatica and other pinched nerves, with shooting pains and numbness in my feet and legs and arms and hands, those aches and pains have greatly diminished, I am able to sit and type this out in one sitting. Before I started the Carnivore diet, I had to keep moving because of numbness and pain.

It is now 3 1/2 weeks since I started this delicious Carnivore lifestyle. I am hoping that my inevitable progression towards even more compounding problems with antibodies triggering worsening Autoimmune complications will be abated. And for the last 2 days my energy is increasing and I don’t have to lie down several times during the day.

I am 68 years old and found myself running behind the shopping cart as I left Costco 2 nights ago. I was down in weight again this morning, 123 lbs but am working on eating more fat plus at least 2 lbs meat/day.

Thank you so much to all of you for sharing your experiences.

Ken H.

My experience with carnivore has been such a surprise with my mental health. I did not expect that. I hoped it would help with my physical appearance.

I am 44 years old. Last summer, I went on a summer camping trip. I looked at pictures after the trip and felt sad and discouraged. I had man boobs, a gut, no definition in my arms, and it showed in my face too. I had low energy and strength. I started to wonder is this it? Middle age? The unavoidable continual decline of my T levels?

This set me into a depression. I have battled depression My whole Life. It has been severe. At 21, on a church mission, I experienced anorexia. I am 240 pounds now. I hit a low of 148 pounds then.

I returned home and began 18 years of alcoholism. The alcohol brought me some relief from the mental states that made the anorexia so severe. The anorexia disappeared, but alcohol brought too many problems with it. I also sought help from anti-deppressants. There was a decade of my life where I tried, I believe, 14 different medications.

They did not work, and some had terrible side effects. I swore off anti depressants forever, when in early sobriety, the pharmacy said my monthly bill would be over 1000$ for 30 pills.

One night, in a gift from Heaven, my friend told me about a diet he was doing.

He was in great shape, full of energy.

I was open to change. That very night, I went home and ate my first carnivore meal. I went all in, 100% strict, no cheating for 1-1/2 weeks straight. I slept better, felt more energy. The biggest surprise of All, was that soul-crushing depression and anxiety faded almost entirely away.

The “bottom” of the darkness was raised up to levels I could manage.

The stricter I am, the better the results.

I also add 10,000 IU vit D/day (max safe upper limit for men) and 3000 or more mg DHA. (It is winter time and I suffer from SAD).

I am sober now with several years sobriety in a twelve step program. I have found that I must do much more than I thought I would have to do to keep myself healthy Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically, but it IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!

Walter Perez

Just weighed in a 197lbs! I started carnivore in October along with my wife. I started out at 228lbs! I must admit that I have had a few carbs here and there, but 95% of the time has been strict carnivore. Best decision I ever made! I haven’t seen any weight under 200lbs for a few years now! I haven’t even worked out! I can only imagine what the results would be! Thanks for the inspiration!

Al Thompson

I was doing some research on veganism a few months ago, and I came across people who were using the meat only diet or the carnivore diet. After seeing the damage done to eating only vegetables, I saw that many people were eating the meat only or zero carb diet. The most notable YouTube videos that were the most compelling were from Jordan and Mikalia Peterson. Assuming they were telling the truth, I found their results were quite remarkable. I’ve been battling weight for most of my adult life, and I have always been looking for a better way to do it. I was never a vegan and I never considered it because the vegans I knew were very bitchy and hot-tempered.

I’m not going to write much here about nutritional issues because I’m not that well-studied in the subject. I’ve heard all sides but this one seemed to make the most sense. I’m in the habit of using the natural law or natural order to make important decisions. I wish I had known how to do this earlier. But the carnivore diet makes sense because before modern times, most of the nutrient rich foods were animals. While some vegans claim there is an ethical issue in killing animals, the truth is that is what we were designed to eat along with plants. It is a part of the natural law so I decided to give it a try based on the Petersons’ testimony.

What I now eat is as follows: chicken, fish, beef, cheese, eggs, and lots of bacon. That’s it. And I’ve been eating like this for 134 days as of this writing.
Here are the results from this test:

  • Improved mental clarity (some may disagree)
  • Improved mood
  • Sugar addiction is gone
  • I had pain in my right shoulder area and that’s gone
  • Hunger is manageable and easy to control
  • I’ve lost a little over 18 pounds since the beginning of this diet and 47.5 lbs from two years ago
  • Macular degeneration is gone. This was a big surprise. I don’t have any more floaters in my eyes
  • Sleep has improved
  • My teeth have stopped deteriorating as I lost three molars last year
  • I’ve had a chronic cough for over 20 years and now that’s gone too
  • Bowel movements are limited to once a day, sometimes two. Sitting on the can once a day is plenty
  • I can get up at 6AM and go through the day until 8PM without a nap
  • Energy level feels like I’m in my twenties; I’m 72
  • Type 2 Diabetes gone-actually did it before carnivore on the plain low carb Atkins type diet by losing weight.
  • I take no more prescription drugs

I thought the Atkin’s diet was good, but this is a little better and easier to stay on without relapsing into the old ways. I’ve completely lost my desire for fruits and vegetables. I’m not sure I want to eat them again. I’m still considering it. With all of the sprays being used in agriculture, it may make sense to stay on the carnivore-zero carb. I like to drink beer but the last time I had one it made me sick and I stayed up all night trying to go to sleep. I’ve learned to just stay away from liquor as I don’t see any health benefits in drinking it.

I’m trying to find some negative effects from this method and I can’t find too many. My social life is different as I don’t want to go out and eat with friends because I don’t want the temptation to eat the rabbit food. I don’t have the desire to have my nightly Margarita as all of my sugar cravings are gone. The money I save from buying crappy food and eating out helps to keep me within my budget. My meat costs are about $200.00 per month and I buy most of it from the local butcher shop. I save money by not buying things like bread, peanut butter, nuts, popcorn, pizza, and produce.

However, I am really perturbed to learn this at the late age of 72 and I’m wondering now if this vegan nonsense is politically motivated. I think it is, but that’s a subject for another time.

Again, I look at the results; if it works, then I think it is useful. I’m still learning about all the nutritional issues, but at the end of the day, it still comes down to results. I haven’t felt better for a long time if ever. I’m actually startled but happy with the results. I see no reason to change anything in the future. If it is working; why fix it?

Ellis O.

I suffered from debilitating chronic pain in my throat for 7 years. I went to good doctors who just kind of shrugged at me. A few years went by and I was still in pain, so I decided to see a throat specialist. I’ve been given a completely different diagnosis from the best throat doctors in Los Angeles as opposed to New York City. I wasted thousands of dollars I did not have on painful treatments that did not help.

My condition was a pain similar to strep-throat, except it was not caused by a bacterial infection. For years, I could not figure out what was causing the extreme pain. Thyroid? Acid Reflux? Tonsils? Completely different (top in their field) doctors were all telling me they were CERTAIN it was one of these culprits and absolutely none of the others. My throat pain was daily and unbearable for seven years.

I went on an all meat diet in October of 2017 — For an entire month, I ate only steak. The 7 year mystery vanished completely after a little over a week. Sinus headaches, acid reflux, brain fog, and other symptoms just all vanished — but most importantly, my throat was no longer sore.

I slowly introduced other foods back into my diet. Veggies still seem alright, but I found that even eating 2 bananas in a row would wreck me. The throat pain would return instantly. I would eventually learn that my body just doesn’t process carbs well and that eating them causes inflammation.

I had been so dependent on carbs in the past to ever realize that even bread or fruit could cause me a ton of harm for days if I eat too much of them. I would take a week off from eating cookies in the past when I was trying to be “healthy,” without realising how unhealthy my diet was outside of eating those obvious junk foods.

I used to eat whole pizzas for a meal. It is only bread, I thought. I would drink orange juice or have fruit in the mornings, or sometimes a muffin. Cereal. Bagels. Pop-Tarts. All high carb, high sugar foods.

I’m not a strict carnivore, but I will always base every meal around a large slab of animal protein for the rest of my life. Doing anything else would be like taking a hammer and hitting my own knuckles against the wall. I simply need meat to be healthy. I was vegetarian for years and even vegan for 12 months. I get people’s concerns, but we are simply designed to eat meat better than any other food. If anyone is suffering from chronic health problems, I bet an all meat diet for a month would see a dramatic change in health for the better. But that’s just based on my own experience.

Meat heals.

Tom F.

This story was revealed to be fake, submitted by a dishonest and dishonorable vegan who wished to undermine the carnivore community’s sharing of observations and experiences.

My name is Tom. I have been on a 100% vegan diet for about 15 years.

I’ve followed the teachings of the likes of Dr. McDougall, Dr. Barnard, and more recently, Dr. Greger, for quite some time. I’ve always been careful to insure I get the right omega 3 to omega 6 ratios, eat leafy greens rich in iron, take multivitamins for adequate iodine and other important nutrients, and exercise regularly. I’ve always thought I was in great shape. Like many vegans, I wanted to go on a plant based diet because I was convinced that it was the most ethical thing to do; for the animals, the planet, and for human health.

It wasn’t until the last 2 years that I realized that I was wrong, at least regarding the latter part. My health had been deteriorating for some time, but slowly. I presumed this was just because I was getting older. I’m 45 now and thought the achy joints and irritable bowels that had become a more frequent occurrence were perfectly normal with older age. But about 2 years ago my symptoms began to worsen far more rapidly than before. I started to become lethargic, some days not even willing to get out of bed. I became irritable and angry (I’ve always been an easy going guy). I started to get skin rashes and terrible acne. Eventually, I became terribly depressed. There were days where I was nearly inconsolable with grief for no reason other than a persisting feeling of existential dread. At first I had nasty diarrhea but eventually, I developed severe constipation for the first time in my life which lead to painful hemorrhoids by struggling to go the bathroom. My depression caused me to stop exercising, and as a result I gained weight, and my blood pressure not surprisingly went up. My joints became more and more inflamed and the pain worsened almost daily.

My partner became deeply concerned and insisted I go to my primary care physician for some tests. The doctor determined I had SIBO and recommended I go on an elemental diet and take some antibiotics. I tried the elemental diet, and felt better for a few weeks. But as soon as I returned to my normal diet, the problems returned. The doctor explained I need to avoid foods rich in fodmaps. I did some research and realized most of what I eat has fodmaps! How could I live like this?

I kept researching for others who have had similar issues and came across a forum discussing the carnivore diet. (I wish I could remember the website, but this was months ago). I couldn’t believe my poor health may be the result of my vegan diet. I did everything right. I ate whole foods. Limited my refined oils and avoided ones with a poor fatty acid profile. I ate plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Got enough protein from legumes, nuts, and seeds. I even used cronometer to insure I was getting proper nutritional adequacy. But, alas, my diet was indeed the culprit. I became certain of this after my partner convinced me to try the carnivore diet. I gave in, very reluctantly. Being vegan was such a huge part of my identity and causing harm to animals was such a detestable thought. My partner begged me to try it.

In my desperation, after a particularly bad case of depression, I finally gave in. After a week, some of my symptoms were gone, but I still had severe digestion issues. My partner made me commit to try the diet for at least a month. If it didn’t work, we’d go back to the doctor and see what other options were available. I reluctantly agreed and suffered through the diet for another 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, I couldn’t believe it, but all my symptoms were nearly gone. Digestion, good. Skin, clear. Joints, pain free. Depression, in the past. It really was like a miracle. I was finally awake to the reality of a vegan diet long term, at least for me. I had been gambling with my life because of a childish notion of morality. Thank God for my partner waking me out of my indoctrination. I’ve now been on the carnivore diet for 6 months. I’m working out again and I have the energy levels I did when I was a 25 year old. I feel like a new man. Oh, and a huge bonus is that my sexual vitality is better than ever!

I’ll never go back to a plant based diet. I make sure to source all my meat from farms I’ve personally visited to see how the animals are raised. It sucks that humans were designed to consume other animals, but that’s the way it is. We can’t allow our health to decline because we feel bad for animals.

I hope my story helps others to wake up from the indoctrination of veganism and the reality that meat really does heal. #meatheals

Ken M.

[Written September 17th, 2018]

I had started the diet around July 17th which marks 3 months of being on this diet, and I can only say great things have happened. First allow me to preface with the issues I was currently suffering with.

  • Chronic wrist pains ( tore the cartilage in both wrists)
  • Shoulder pains not too sure what caused the pain or what the pain was, I am not a fan of going to the doctor who more than likely would have just tried to give me painkillers.
  • Damaged Cartilage in my knees from wrestling
  • Asthma
  • 213lbs

I was a piece of work for sure. I stumbled across Jordan Peterson on the JRE which led me to the interview with Dr. Shawn Baker. I was fascinated and the fact that I can eat beef products every day all day. I knew then and there the diet would be something that I could turn into a lifestyle, I did not anticipate the benefits to be as good as they were.

First 6 weeks I had digestion issues (very loose stool, erratic bowl movements). However, they were something that I would keep if it meant I got to keep the results I got. My wrist pains are non-existent I can do pushups, dips, and bench presses without the excruciating pain that plagued me for years making working out more of a torture session than anything else. I do see the occasional flair up on rainy days but that’s okay.

Knee pains & shoulder pains are also non existent I work in an environment where heavy objects are being lifted and I am on my feet 12 hours a day. I can do my job without worry of pain or discomfort.

Lastly my weight has dropped quite significantly from 213 down to a low of 183. The results are nothing short of amazing. It’s such a great feeling to watch your clothing just start to fall off. I haven’t been in this good of shape in years. I do weightlifting 6x a week, and cardio when I can now that my asthma has subsided. I would recommend everyone to try this for at least 90 days.

Brannon June

This almost sounds so cliche by now but after watching the documentary “What The Health”, my family went full blaze mode and changed their diet drastically. They started question and worried about my 90% protein (meat) and 10% healthy fat such as avocado or veggies such as baby arugula intakes. After my mother’s plea to try go vegan for one month, I gave in.

Pre vegan: I was 185 pounds, worked out often and eaten clean the 6 days of the week. My immune system was crappy since I was a child but I had chickenpox which resulted shingles at young age. It was once or twice a year incidents for me. Everything in my blood works came out great. I avoided workout supplements due to “natural flavors” and “added sugar” such as maltodextrin or other chemically known names.

1 month of vegan: I was 180 pounds, still worked out but my muscles just felt flat most of the time. My face was no longer puffy but my girlfriend noticed that my stomach was getting softer. I noticed that most of vegan diets allowed them to have complex carbs/whole grain stuff so I ate them moderately too. I’ve eaten high protein veggies such as broccoli, edamame and potatoes. I’ve also made sure to eat avocado and healthy fats by eating nuts. I wasn’t miserable as I’ve gotten used to eating carbs by this time. I avoided eating meat substitutes since the ingredients in the back had so many chemical stuff in there. Here’s where things went wrong. I’ve had shingles almost once every week and my immune system was shot even with ginger/lemon/kale etc juicing at home. My blood work showed I’ve had elevated blood sugar and though my cholesterol almost remained the same, my HDL actually were lowered.

After one month, I stopped and went back to my meat driven diet again. I’ve eaten almost strictly carnivore diet and oh boy! I missed red meat! Back in two month of my meat diet, my doctor said my HDL had been high and I was back to average. Also, immune system felt better. I try turning the table on my mother but still no luck. It’s just so hard to sway someone’s eating habits after they’ve been brainwashed for so long.