Alicea is fifty-one years old and works in the fitness world as a personal trainer and a health and wellness life coach. She says for years, she struggled with food restriction, binge eating, exercise bulimia, and “controlling everything I put into my mouth since the age of 15.” Alicea says she felt like she was an imposter. Her job as a personal trainer and wellness coach was to teach others how to improve their health and make quality choices. However, she spent many years as a coach not practicing what she taught and on a rollercoaster of destructive patterns.
Alicea was diagnosed with Raynaud syndrome. This condition occurs when the blood vessel’s in an individual’s hands go into a temporary spasm, which blocks the flow of blood. Raynaud syndrome usually occurs in the fingers– as it did for Alicea. The syndrome makes the fingers turn white and often go numb. Though not generally debilitating, it can make life more difficult for those who have to deal with it.
Like many carnivore diet followers, Alicea began her health journey with a ketogenic diet approximately four years ago. Then around six or eight months ago, Alicea suspected she was entering early menopause, as she began experiencing hot flashes and felt heavy and bloated overall. Alicea also says she wasn’t overweight at the time because she worked out so often in her field of work, but she did have a few pounds she felt she could lose.
Alicea had heard of the carnivore diet and decided to try it six months ago to see if it would help her with her extreme hormone changes. Alicea says her hot flashes disappeared within just a few weeks of following the carnivore diet. She says her bloating also faded, and her stomach no longer looked bloated but relatively flat. And even though she was not overweight, she was also able to lose ten pounds in the first four months.
Alicea says she is the only person in her family that follows the carnivore diet. Though she has been able to influence her husband as she does all the cooking, he eats a relatively low-carb diet because of her healthy eating habits. However, Alicea says he has not been able to give up beer and wine– which hasn’t been an issue in their marriage.
Although some may think the carnivore diet is too restrictive, Alicea has found the carnivore diet to be the opposite for her. Alicea says, “ I love the carnivore diet and the freedom it has provided me.” After years of suffering from disordered eating, the carnivore diet has wholly changed Alicea’s life. She no longer feels she is an imposter in the fitness and wellness world; she is someone others can genuinely look up to and admire.
Alicea has no plans to stop following the carnivore way of eating; she is even interested in becoming a Carnivore.Diet coach. Alicea says she wants to spread the truth about the carnivore diet and its many benefits rather than what many of us have been taught about healthy eating. At the end of the day, Alicea knows “meat heals!”