Allison’s Health Struggles
Allison lives near the Appalachian Mountains in western Maryland. She had heard of the meat-based elimination diet about six months before trying it but was “super resistant to it. I was like, ‘there’s no way, I can’t eat this way, boring,’ but when I hit rock bottom, what I felt like, I said, ‘I’ve tried everything else; I’m gonna do it.”
Let’s look at how she got to this point first: Allison was always used to being “on the go, on the move” despite having been “sickly” since an early age. She says that “in high school, it really flared up; I never made it through a single year without getting a medical waiver because I’d missed more than the allotted days.”
Allison went through college “with a box of tissues all the time,” as she was always feeling congested. “No one could ever tell me why I was always sick like this.”
After she started getting her menstrual cycle, Allison also developed golf-ball to baseball-sized chronic cysts on her ovaries. She later learned that refined sugars would trigger the cysts. Medicines for the cysts caused her anxiety, leading to more medications.
From Vegetarianism to Carnivore
Allison went through college “with a box of tissues all the time,” as she was always feeling congested. “No one could ever tell me why I was always sick like this.” After she started getting her menstrual cycle, Allison also developed golf-ball to baseball-sized chronic cysts on her ovaries. She later learned that refined sugars would trigger the cysts. Medicines for the cysts caused her anxiety, leading to more medications.
Allison had cystic acne her whole life and assumed that this spectrum of problems was normal for women. Then, as a teenager, Allison gave in to peer pressure and became a vegetarian for about seven years.
After becoming a paramedic, she was exposed to different peer pressure: “Luckily, in my first year there, the guys kind of shamed me into eating some steak and bacon, and I thank them to this day for that.”
She also had weight issues, saying, “I gained weight as a woman. I’m entering my 20s, and I’m starting to gain weight, eating low-fat everything—skim milk, whole wheat pasta, ground chicken instead of ground beef, and I got nowhere. I couldn’t understand; I was eating low-fat everything and working out really hard.”
Despite cooking her own food and using fermented foods, sprouted grains, and freshly baked bread, Allison continued to have trouble maintaining her weight and avoiding symptoms.
She began developing rashes and low-grade fevers, and her acne got worse, as well as her gut function. Her doctors tried eight different antibiotics, plus steroids, over just one year.
Alpha-Gal Diagnosis and Meat-Based Elimination Diet
In 2021, she was also diagnosed with Alpha-Gal, which causes a red meat allergy. After a chocolate binge and weeks of suffering in 2022, Allison decided to commit to following a carnivore diet, though she initially ate only chicken and turkey because of the Alpha-Gal. After three months, she no longer tested positive for the allergy and began adding red meat.
Positive Results from Carnivore Diet
“I have a healthy three-day cycle with no pain, no bloating, and no acne. No doctor ever told me that my cycle wasn’t supposed to be hell week once a month.” She sleeps better and has better energy, and her weight has stabilized.
“I’m addicted to feeling good now. I don’t eat for social or emotional, or addiction reasons anymore. I eat just to nourish my body, and that’s it!”
Results are not typical. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.