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Jonathan bodybuilds and manages pain on the carnivore diet

As a competitive body builder, Jonathan Griffiths brings a unique perspective to the carnivore diet. He engages in a sport that has very specific dietary challenges, and at 27 years old, his eating regimen calls for a whopping 5 meals a day. While his approach is very different compared to that of his carbohydrate-rich competitors, he says he’s been able to apply the carnivore diet to fit his athletic goals—all while reaping other health benefits as well.

Hailing from the southwest of England, Jonathan grew up on what he describes as a “bland” diet; similar to that of the Standard American Diet of white bread, ice cream and chicken nuggets. After getting into fitness as a teenager, he ran the gauntlet of various diets—high-carb, low-fat, keto—but after trying each of them for several months, found they didn’t work and left him feeling worse off than before.

As he began pursuing the disciplined sport of bodybuilding, he came across the carnivore way of eating—and in trying it—Jonathan has experienced benefits way beyond that of his initial goal of merely building muscle.

On all of the other diets Jonathan tried, he says he could never quite shake an “immense feeling of dread and impending doom.” On the carnivore diet, however, that feeling of depression lifted, as well as many of the symptoms he experiences while being on the autistic spectrum—giving him the ability to “roll with the punches” and remain calm and focused when facing stressful situations. He was also able to pinpoint a back problem that had been plaguing him for years but had subsequently gone undiagnosed, and was able to wean off of certain pain medications prescribed to manage the condition.

Eggs are a huge part of his diet, as well as dairy to help with the intake of calories needed to bulk up. When asked what the major difference was between his performance when on a typical “body builder diet” of chicken, rice and vegetables compared to the carnivore diet, he says “It’s like you can dig deeper within your body fat, it’s almost like you can put more effort out and get results faster. I noticed when I was using a low-fat approach before, your testosterone tanks—you feel trash! Your skin gets dry and your brain doesn’t work, you can’t think, your cognition is awful, your memory is bad—everything goes to pot basically. Using a higher fat approach, I noticed I can sustain my workouts for a lot longer.”

Jonathan is quick to point out that bodybuilding isn’t the healthiest of sports. He says some of the common side effects are an increase in blood pressure due to sheer muscle mass, as well as the tendency of many of the athletes to take unnecessary risks. For bodybuilders interested in reaping the benefits of a carnivore diet, however, Jonathan encourages them to give it a try. His performance hasn’t suffered by deviating from the norm. In fact, it’s improved his life significantly.

Lily healed from inflammation and digestive and skin issues on a strict carnivore diet

I practiced strict carnivore for almost 2 years, with about 6 months of the lion diet to deal with inflammation, nervous system inflammation, chronic digestive issues, and horrible skin issues. This was from about mid-2018 to early 2020, which was during the filming of the HBO series The Anarchists. (Visible change in me can be witnessed from the episodes from 2018, at my worst right before carnivore, to now) Nothing was officially diagnosed but I had constant nausea, headaches, bone and joint pain, histamine reactions often, extreme fatigue, and more. Most foods made me feel sick.

I have been slowly reintroducing things but still don’t consume gluten, soy, or any of those things with no plans to because they cause inflammation. I still don’t eat most vegetables, no legumes. Currently on a simple whole foods, meat-heavy diet but feel as good as I did on carnivore. I quit carnivore because of different digestive issues that were helped by certain simple carbs. Still very much a believer in carnivore being good for healing the body and for determining specific trigger foods.

Allie Manages Her Son’s Non-Verbal Autism

As a young woman, Allie Morgan battled issues that ran the gamut from IBS, seizures, migraines to bipolar disorder. After a series of health setbacks landed her in the hospital, she reached out to an uncle who had been managing his diabetes with a low-carb diet, and after delving into the literature herself, she took the plunge implementing a carnivore-based diet—and has been thrilled with the results ever since. Besides shedding the extra pounds she had accumulated since high school, she was able to get off the copious amounts of medication that she had been taking for years. “I remember talking to a friend of mine, and looking her dead in the eye and telling her, ‘This is the first time in my life that I feel like I’m a normal person with normal moods.’”

Allie’s health transformation isn’t the only dynamic carnivore story she has to tell. The journey of her then 4 year old son’s autism and subsequent transformation is enough to make any parent sit up and take notice. Allie says that while her kids at home did eat small amounts of sugar and white flour, they were rare treats and mostly crowded out by healthy proteins and fats. At that time, she considered her son as having high-functioning autism—but everything changed when she went on a trip for ten days and left her kids with their loving (but high-carb/low-fat eating) grandparents.
When she returned, she found her son had completely shut down—rocking back and forth, unable to make eye contact and completely non-verbal. Initially thinking it was a typical meltdown, it wasn’t until she got back home that she realized that it wasn’t, and that he had regressed to being unable to function or communicate at all.

“I gave myself 20 minutes permission to just melt down and cry because I think every parent deserves to just have at least 20 minutes to react to a diagnosis. I chose the carnivore diet because I knew it was the complete way to eliminate everything that he could possibly be reacting to.”

After three days on the carnivore diet, her son started coming out of it, returning to the level he was functioning at before the visit. To make the transition slightly easier, Allie allowed her children a small almond and coconut flour cookie for dessert. She also designed her son’s meals around his favorite meats—eggs, bacon, sausage and chicken. The doctors had told Allie to expect significant developmental delays, but after just 27 days on the diet, her son potty trained himself, and has since started to learn to read all on his own.

“I was hoping to get back the child I had before, and what I got—doing a more restrictive diet—was an even higher functioning, happier, more social child…there’s a lot of times that you can see where he’s had some problems, but we actually have to tell people he’s autistic now— because they don’t even notice.” Now age 7, Allie’s son is enrolled in public school—happily learning in a classroom with regular students.

When asked hypothetically if she was encountered with a world where meat intake was restricted—Allie says the quality of her son’s life would be destroyed. “After doing the research that I’ve done, and just seeing what nutrition the body actually requires—and what the sources of those particular types of nutrition are—the only thing that I found that basically has every single component that you absolutely need are animal based products.”

Article by Jennifer McDowell

Ekaterina improved digestion, hormonal health and PCOS on carnivore diet

Hi!
I am Ekaterina, russian-speaking carnivore coach and live in Switzerland.
 
This is my story (sorry, i can’t write just in a few words
 
 

First of all I’m an ex-vegetarian (10 years) plus ex-vegan (5.5 years).

My health wasn’t perfect since my childhood: allergies to pollen and home animals, genetic psoriasis, super sensitive gut, digestive problems always, acne (especially during vegan phase), unexplained PCOS, amenorrhea.

First serious psoriasis attack was at 15 y/o – first hormonal and school stress. 

At 18 i became vegetarian and felt relative good. At 24 I got pregnant (shockingly to every body around , especially to doctors). The told me it was impossible to have health pregnancy and to give a birth. But it was a gift from heaven and my boy was born. Yes, not perfectly healthy: small, bilateral cryptorchidism, atopic dermatitis, food allergies . But he developed breastfeeding gut and quick.

After pregnancy i got very aggressive psoriasis attack, was hospitalized. Hormones, hormonal creams and so on… and  in 2 years after very low calorie diet of very high lean protein  (no fat) my psoriasis attacked me again… it was the first time when it appeared after sun exposure! Normally sun helps me.

So i decided to try veganism. And in the beginning during “vegan honeymoon” everything was fine for about 1-1.5 years. Psoriasis was  calm, no hormones, no medicines. But after 1.5-2 years of veganism a lot of digestive problems appeared, acne blossomed everywhere on my skin, herpes appeared every month… and bloating, farting, emotional unstability, no libido, insulin tummy, quick aging… i was 26-32 y/o during my vegan story. I tried everything from vegan diet: hclf, 90-10-10, raw vegan, fruitarian, banana islands, raw till four and so on… nothing helped longterm. Psoriasis started to come back. 

At one moment when i started to bleed during pooping… and felt miserable from all these gut cramps and pain… i decided to eat less frequent, and stopped at OMAD (one meal a day). It helped a lot!!! And that way i discovered ketosis 3 years ago. I started with vegan type of keto diet and quickly understood it was almost nothing to eat (thanks to soy allergy). And i started to eat fish once a week, after that cheese… during all these psychological transformations from understanding that veganism was wrong i started to learn science: anthropology, nutrition, physiology, history, quantum physics and so on… i understood the depth of stupidity of going vegan that ruins my health and health of my kid.

So keto helped. I lost a lot of  vegan weight , even too much. And vegetarian keto with salads, oils, nuts, fish and cheese (and tons of supplements!) made me very thin and sick: anemia, no periods, aggressive and nervous, non-healing ulcers on my fingers, very dry skin, some digestive issues … but almost no psoriasis!

Nowadays I’ve been proud and happy carnivore almost 18 months (from june 2018). No supplements. My digestion was never better than on this WOE. My skin glows, my psoriasis is in remissions with some plaques (they appear when i eat not enough fat and too much histamine rich variants of meat and fish). I have some issues with my periods, but no PCOS on ultrasound scan! I eat mostly meat, all types if them, fish and seafood, eggs, butter and organs from time to time. I am looking younger.

And appreciate this carnivorous way of living so much! Thank to meat-eating my son is very healthy and handsome. And his some autistic symptoms disappeared. His mood is stable,productivity in school and piano playing are fantastic, his anemia has gone. He is active and happy child! 

We are still going to the perfect health. And meat helps us!

Veganism was a huge mistake and missed steak!

Meat really heals!

Thank you so much for all you are doing for the world!!!

Sincerely yours 

Ekaterina (or just Kate)

Thomas heals from arthritis, autism, and skin psoriasis on a carnivore diet

I have been autistic and dyslexia my whole life, but I was not diagnosed as being autistic until I was an adult. By the time I was about 44-45 I had arthritis in my neck, hands, lower back, and feet. I also had psoriasis which rapidly worsened when I started taking NSAIDs to manage the arthritic pain. Prior to this I worked out in the gym 5 days a week and yet I continued to gain body fat.

In early 2017 I went on a Ketogenic diet and my arthritis seemed to be gone in about 3 weeks or so and psoriasis that often bled through my clothes seemed to be greatly improved. I also noticed a vast improvement in cognitive function and a more stable mood.

By late 2017 I had moved to carnivore or a zero carb diet. The Psoriasis is not quite gone, but I think I will eventually figure out what the final trigger is and resolve this.

As for my autistic type symptoms, I seem to be far less likely to perseverate for long periods of time, my anxiety is a lot better, especially after I had been on carnivore for about 6 months or so I noticed that anxiety was much harder to trigger and it has less intensity to it. I have also noticed that the symptoms of dyslexia have improved, I am not able to often retain things like phone numbers in order with little or no effort. I can also tolerate sunlight much better. I also seem to have an easier time filtering out a noise and other distractions including tactile ones that constantly competed for my attention in the past.

I made a short video about it.

Christian improved hearing, gained weight, treated autism on carnivore diet

Hey everyone, I’m not really autistic anymore but I was before.

When I was 18 I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, had all the normal issues: sensory overload, trouble communicating, temper problems. All standard autistic behaviour. However at times I had severe impairment. At times I could not speak for sometimes hour at a time, I noticed this was always accompanied by extreme abdominal pain and hunger then I precede by eating food (sugar, and grains) and the symptoms got worse, or loss of speech, hearing to a degree and some movement impairment, and always accompanied by sensory overload. After one episode I finally realised this is happening to me because of food, then I started to trial many different diets, all with relatively no success.

December 2017 I had a problem while paint and decorating with my father, I couldn’t move voluntary at times and would had a case of involuntary blinking and would have tears running down my face without being sad or upset. This left me confused and I was fed up so I stopped working. I always tried hard, I worked out, I thought I was eating healthy. I would eat so much fruit, but it would make my abdominal pain even worse. Nothing worked I tried everything, I even went to nutritionist and tried fasting.

So it was December 2017 and Shawn Baker was on the Joe Rogan podcast, you guys probably already watched it. Shawn Baker was advocating a meat only diet and said it cured a bunch of his ailments and increased his performance. I literally said “fuck it” I will try it, I got nothing to lose, I’m in pain and tried everything and this is depressing. Being autistic sucks because you cannot control what you do, your body does… You try grab the cup you can’t; you fumble, you try let go… but you can’t you are too tense. You are angry when you aren’t, and can’t talk when you talk…

So I tried this meat diet for 30 days and it went really well, best I ever felt in my life. Simple things like sugar crashes and feeling tired just disappeared. However as the time went on I started noticing: I’m not in pain anymore, I don’t have to stop and think when I speak, I’m looking at people in their face, I am calm and not raging when playing video games (I used to rage a lot). I can move how and when I want to, no more insatiable hunger.

Everything autism related just evaporated, it was like it was never there. I also never get nervous now at all.

I’m 25 years old. I’m now 1 year and 3 months carnivore, I mainly eat raw meat nowadays. I gained weight, I was always skinny 5 ft 10 140 lbs, now I am 170lbs and feel a lot better.

I was going to post this a year ago but couldn’t be bothered.

This story doesn’t detail everything but I tried to keep it short and simple.

Thank you for anyone that reads this and most importantly thank you Shawn Baker for changing my life!

Corina overcomes veganism and many health issues on a carnivore diet

You’ll be amazed by Corina’s carnivore journey; in just six months, she was able to reverse the negative impact of veganism on her health, and resolve joint pain, fatigue, migraines, and some social limitations.

Corina’s health has improved immensely since discovering the carnivore diet after many years as a vegetarian, vegan, and fruitarian. Born in Switzerland and living in different places across the globe, Corina’s diet varied based on where she was living. “I tried to eat the way the locals eat; that’s how my parents taught me”, she shared. “I developed a love for seafood and a lot of traditional swiss food.” These foods were often high in dairy and carbs, which Corina later discovered she had trouble digesting. “For many years I just kept eating the way I was taught, and I had no idea I was allergic to dairy. I ended up becoming a sugar junkie, having chocolate and cookies every single day for years.”

In her twenties, suffering from frequent migraines and muscle pain, Corina adopted a vegetarian diet, and eventually a vegan diet, which she kept faithfully for four years. Upon the advice of her doctor, she gave up sugar and dairy. She says of the vegan diet, “I know now that this diet will destroy your health slowly and steadily, but back then I had no idea. I even tried fruitarianism for a year. My teeth started to rot, and I was always hungry again an hour after eating.” Returning to a plant-based diet, Corina continued to experience constipation, bloating, exhaustion, severe brain fog, depression, and hip pain that would not subside.

These health challenges severely impacted Corina’s ability to work as a server, and after being on her feet all day she would come home exhausted. “I could not stand longer than 30 minutes due to back and hip pain. I had no energy, and was bloated all the time. I was extremely uncomfortable in my body!” After realizing her body could no longer endure physical strain, she knew she had to make a change.

As an adult with autism, she had learned that there might be a connection between migraines and GI issues. “I experienced sensory overload issues which led to migraines. Like other adults with autism, I was eating a very carb-loaded diet.” Now, six months into the carnivore diet, she only experiences very mild headaches if she consumes grains or dairy, or is in a stressful situation, nothing like the debilitating experience she had before. She enjoys pork cracklings as a carnivore snack, satisfying her need for crunchy foods.

Corina’s issues of being chronically cold and having severe PMS symptoms while on a vegan diet have also been resolved. In researching her conditions, she discovered many people with autism can’t tolerate any plant foods, which led her to the carnivore diet. Six months in, her struggles with misophonia, hip pain, stress resilience, and social skills (i.e. keeping eye contact) have all improved. “I finally feel I can turn my life around! My body has become my best friend and now we work as a team–that’s just an amazing feeling, and I’m so grateful!”

 

Emily improves autism, mental health, and weight loss on a carnivore diet

I began a low carb diet after having my first child 7 years ago. Then after the birth of my second I switched to keto. I am a scientific-minded person with a master’s degree, and spent a lot of time working in the medical field and military. I was in love with the science, the benefits, and the results. I always noticed small symptoms of inflammation when I ate large amounts of veggies (even low carb). I cut them out.

Once I went carnivore, I not only got leaner, I also completely cured life long anxiety and depression. I’ve put my 5 year old son who is autistic on this diet, and he is now speaking (previously non-verbal) and is social and may lose his diagnosis. There is something significant to this and while I understand there is no money in it, more research needs to be done.

Connor improved his autism and IBS with the carnivore diet

I used to be a normal kid, outdoorsy, confident, popular. Then on my 11th birthday I got what seemed to just be gastro. While the worst of it passed in a couple of days, I never really got better. Not only did I suffer from IBS, but my personality radically changed too. I was angsty, introverted, paranoid and I was sensitive to light, sound and touch. I had become autistic. I wouldn’t be diagnosed until I was 19 because I didn’t present any of the usual symptoms in early childhood. Now at 27 I have been doing OMAD carnivore for eight months, I initially switched to this WOE to help with ME/CFS and while it has minimised my pain and fatigue, what I didn’t expect was a cure for autism. I was so certain it was simply a part of me, that I was born this way and I would die this way. And maybe that’s true for some people, but I realise now that my autism and IBS were caused by diet. If only I had known about this sixteen years ago!

 

Watch or listen to Connor’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

Justin healed skin rashes on a carnivore diet

Hi, my name is Justin. My story is pretty intense and spans practically my entire life.

Issues from birth

I am a c-section baby and for as long as I can remember I have been sick. As a young child my autoimmune issues weren’t so severe. Minor eczema, canker sores. But I did showcase autistic tendenciess and always had severe anxiety and mood problems. When I was eight years old I started noticing stomach pains and was frequently going to the bathroom.

Eating crap with Crohn’s disease

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 10 years old and for four years struggled greatly with it. I was eventually put on Remicade and was declared in remission. I tried eating healthy but had a horrible relationship with food. I ate like crap and partied a ton during my 20s. I became very interested in sustainability and when I was 26 decided to do a high carb vegetarian diet. I lost a ton of weight. But then things started getting weird.

Body going numb

My left side of my body started becoming increasingly numb. An MRI determined I had a brain stem Cavernoma. It was not related to my diet, the doctors said. My symptoms got progressively worse and in the summer of 2017 I had a hemmorrhagic stroke. An emergency surgery removed half of the cavernoma. I found the Keto diet during my recovery and lost 60 pounds. But symptoms returned. My surgeon told me a 2nd surgery would be required. It was a success and the cavernoma was removed.

Litres of olive oil

I read The Plant Paradox 10 months ago and decided not to continue with my Remicade treatments. I followed the diet well, even consuming a litre of olive oil a week. At first I felt great. Then the rashes showed up. Then I couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed. I was depressed. When a big rash that smelled like cheese appeared on my left armpit, I knew something was up. It was Candida. I was also experiencing horrible SIBO. I was worried my Crohn’s would soon rear it’s ugly head again. I had heard about the carnivore diet but thought it couldn’t be legit.

Everything better within a week

It was only after listening to Paul Saladino that I decided to give the diet a shot. Within a week the candida, rashes, and horrible digestion were gone. The depression went after that. And the anxiety and mood issues ? Wow! I can’t explain the difference. I’m just a happier person overall.

Interesting improvements

But here is where it gets interesting. I am starting to notice neurological improvements. I still have some nerve damage post brain surgeries. I’ve been on the diet for 8 months but have only started to notice real significant changes after switching to a steak , liver, and raw fat diet. I’m really curious to see how I progress as I continue with this diet.

I wake up every morning with a smile on my face knowing I'm the healthiest I have ever been.

Grateful for the change

I wake up every morning with a smile on my face knowing I’m the healthiest I have ever been. And who doesn’t love to crush steaks!! I’m so grateful and looking forward to seeing how things change moving forward.

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