The Unconventional Diet That Saved Amy’s Life
Amy practiced the carnivore diet before it had a name. Amy was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (skin cancer) thirty years ago at thirteen. She had multiple surgeries on her calf to remove cancer cells, but they seemed to be returning.
Amy started seeing a functional doctor who was before his time and recommended a protein and fat-only diet. Amy says at the time, the Atkins diet was the only low-carbohydrate diet that existed, so her meat-only diet was very unconventional.
Between eating animal meats and fasting, Amy eliminated all the cancer cells in her body by the time she was twenty– a huge accomplishment!
From Carnivore to Standard American Diet and Back Again
However, once she was declared cancer-free, Amy says she “went wild” with her diet. For over twenty years, she mostly ate the Standard American Diet with little regard for nutrition. Her unhealthy diet caused Amy to gain a lot of weight and experience other symptoms like tiredness.
Amy says she and her family, including her children and husband, would diet from time to time. Usually, she followed a low-carb diet, while her family followed a low-calorie diet. She would lose significantly more weight than the rest of her family; however, she often gained it back.
A Family Affair: Low-Carb Living for All
It wasn’t until two years ago, when her husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that Amy and her husband began to take their health seriously. She says she knew they needed to follow the carnivore diet to get back on track. Within the first six months of following the diet, they both lost significant weight, and her husband’s bloodwork improved so much that it stunned his doctor.
However, she says her husband’s doctor isn’t supportive of their lifestyle, even though they are both healthier. Amy and her husband followed the carnivore diet for over a year until their eleven-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Fighting for Her Son’s Health: How Amy’s Motherly Instincts Kicked In
She said she argued with her son’s doctor about his treatment as his doctor wanted to pump him full of medications. Just as she knew what would help her husband, her motherly instinct kicked in, and she knew what she needed to do to help her son. Amy says her entire family follows a very low-carb diet. She says although she and her husband were strict carnivores before their son’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis, they’ve added some keto-type foods to encourage their son on his journey.
Life on the Farm: How Amy’s Diet Reflects Her Lifestyle
Amy lives on a farm and says she and her family eat a lot of poultry, eggs, and goat’s milk from their farm.
hey have a neighbor who raises pigs they trade with every year to stock up on pork and another friend who raises cattle they buy a cow from every year. Since her son isn’t wholly carnivore, she says their family eats some fibrous vegetables and has been experimenting with almond flour and pork rind flour.
Amy owes a lot to the carnivore way of eating, including her and her family’s health. She says she is grateful for the energy this way of eating has given her and how it has changed her family.
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