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Coach Evan reverses ankylosing spondylitis on low-carb diet

Evan grew up in Alberta, Canada, and holds a BA in Psychology, and a BEd in Secondary Education. He has previously lived in northern Sweden, and briefly in Norway.

 

He has been eating a primarily carnivore diet for over 2 years, which has largely improved/put his depression, anxiety, ADHD, autoimmune issues, GI problems, and many other ailments into remission. After being unable to perform strenuous physical activity for a long period of time, Evan’s performance capacity has dramatically increased, allowing him to get back into weightlifting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Victoria improves health on low-carb diet

Since 1975, Victoria has divided her time between her native Paraguay and the United States. Coming from a long line of family members who were active and healthy well into their late nineties, Victoria became concerned last year when—at 66 years old—she felt she was losing energy and generally not feeling her best. Not keen to go on medication, she decided to do some research to see what else she could try, and when she came across the carnivore diet—it was advice that sounded vaguely familiar. “My God,” she said, “My grandfather and my father used to eat basically meat. A lot of meat in the morning…beef with a lot of eggs. My father passed away this year in January and he was 100 years old, and he could do everything by himself. He was a little slow, but he could bathe and eat by himself, walk—and his mind was so clear!”

Victoria decided to take the plunge and go fully carnivore. The result? Her psoriasis disappeared and she ended up losing 32 pounds! Her son, who was considering a plant-based diet at the time, saw his mother’s transformation and decided to give it a go. An avid athlete and fighter, he was able to heal many of his past injuries and is feeling fantastic. Her daughter was a bit more wary, but as Victoria was doing the cooking, she inadvertently signed up to do the carnivore diet too! Initially, her daughter experienced terrible hives, but after a few days her body calmed down and she has since experienced the same life-changing results as her mother. They both believe that it was her body releasing years of toxins, which surprised Victoria considering her family always ate high quality organic food in the past. Victoria says to people who are transitioning from a standard western diet to expect some detox symptoms when going carnivore, but encourages them to press through and keep going.

Another family member that experienced relief on the carnivore diet was Victoria’s 84 year old aunt, who was able to go from using a walker, to using a cane, to not needing any mobility aids whatsoever. A great reminder that you’re never too old to try something new, or to give your body the opportunity to heal.

Now, Victoria’s meals take 10-15 minutes to create, and she’s delighted with all of the extra time she has to do other things. At 67, she is on no medication, and has recaptured the boundless energy that she had been seeking just 9 months before.

Victoria’s story reminds us that the carnivore diet isn’t a new way of eating, but a return to what people in many different countries considered perfectly normal not so long ago. Whether she’s taking part in barbecues in Paraguay or eating ribeye steaks in the United States, Victoria feels amazing and is happily spreading the word far and wide. “Try it for 90 days—it won’t kill you—but it can change your life!”

Paul Manages Type 1 Diabetes As An “Accidental Carnivore”

I was diagnosed 5 years ago with type 1 diabetes in a pretty severe crisis. Through very low carb (less than 30 TOTAL carbs per day), often zero, I have managed my blood glucose in the normal range. Last 3 A1cs have been right around 5.0%. 

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.

Lycia and Family Heal On Carnivore Lifestyle

Lycia is a retired 72-year-old living in Florida with her husband of 53 years and their 49-year-old mentally handicapped son. She refurbishes furniture as a hobby. Occasionally she rides a motorcycle with her husband. They dabble in vintage cars and just enjoy their family and life as much as possible.

Lycia suffered from depression, anxiety, eczema, arthritis, sciatica, severely dry skin, brain fog, and hair loss. After voluntarily discontinuing statins, she chanced across a video of Dr. Ken Berry and eventually ended up adopting the carnivore lifestyle. She and her family members have benefited tremendously, with her son finding relief from IBS, and do not consider going back.

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

Jon heals from gut issues, fatigue, and arthritis

I was a raw vegan/fruitarian for 7 years. I was actually an influencer in that community and offered health consultations helping people heal chronic degenerative diseases using a fruitarian diet and now do the same thing but now recommending an animal-based diet/carnivore. I’ve actually helped many in the short term heal cancer, arthritis, skin conditions, etc. But I watched the same people including myself start to degenerate trying to maintain this diet in the long term. I’m a certified detoxification specialist and online iridologist.

For the last 1 1/2 years of the 7 years being vegan mostly fruitarian/raw vegan I developed major gut issues. Gi pain and digestive problems and blood sugar issues. This was also very common with my clients that were long-term vegan.

The more I continued to eat a high-fiber diet the more I continued to degenerate. Skin problems, gut pain, malnutrition, and depression.

I started having cravings for eggs and I mean intense cravings. My instincts told me to eat them and to adopt a mainly carnivore diet to heal my gut. I listened and it dramatically changed my life for the good!!! In only 3 months I can proudly say I have no more gut issues!!

I’ve been on a mainly carnivore diet for 4 months now. My muscles came back, testosterone came up. Consistent energy. Zero gut pain. No constant gas and zero bloat and no more depression!!! And I feel like the 25-year-old bull I once was at 37!!!

I will send you a pic of how skinny I got as a fruitarian 5 years ago and what I look like now on a zero fiber 90% carnivore diet. The only plant food I consume living on an island (koh Phangan) in Thailand is fresh coconut water out of Thai coconut which does not cause me any issue at all.

This photo here was when I was super emaciated at 105 lbs when I was 100% fruitarian the other pics were when I was high raw vegan towards the end of my vegan journey. I was still very skinny and underweight at 120 lbs.

My diet now is muscle meats, liver, and coconut water.

Thank you so much for doing this interview with me and im hoping to bring more awareness to people especially the fruitarians and raw vegans that are in denial like I was and have major eating disorders.

Kassandra reverses a lifetime of obesity

My name is Kassandra and I’m 35 years old. My mother and I nearly died during my birth because she had untreated gestational diabetes. She passed out and I was pulled out with forceps unresponsive. I survived in nicu because the nurses taped together two incubators since I was a very large baby. 

I stayed large through most of my life, starting my first diet when I started public school. 

By my mid 20’s I was 270+lbs, and I had PCOS, lipedema, keratosis pilaris, bad acne, and extreme  joint pain. 

Lost 100 lbs in my late twenties biggest loser style. My legs didn’t shrink much but I felt better because I was thinner. 

Then I watched “Sugar: a bitter at truth” by Dr. Lustig and gave up sugar for 3 months. 
10 months the later, I welcomed my first happy accident son into the world. 

I eased up my sugar restrictions but still restricted calories and over exercised. Couldn’t lose weight. Blamed it on the birth control so I stopped it and got another happy accident. 

My second pregnancy had complications because of extreme weight gain and failed glucose test.  Then I tried keto at the permission of my OB and stopped gaining weight. Had a healthy baby.

Listened to a bunch of YouTube lectures from keto conventions and heard about carnivore.  I still wasn’t gaining but couldn’t stop binging so I looked up what little I could on carnivore and tried 90 days.  That was over 2.5 years ago. I’m leaner than Ive ever been in my life. No more PCOS, acne, or joint pain. My lipedema is shrinking and reduced a lot. Keratosis has reduced 95%. 

I can’t weigh myself because I still struggle with scale anxiety but I’m a S/M (dress size 6/8) and I spent most of my life in XL/XXL so I feel like I have a new body with more energy in my thirties than I had in my teens. 
 
Before pictures (I avoided the camera and have very few full body pictures):

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Before: a good acne day…
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Before: forced photo at my largest
After: picture from a few weeks ago.
After: my bridal shower. You can’t tell I have lipedema anymore.

James gets off all psych meds on a carnivore diet

Hello,

My name is James. I am 27 years old and have suffered immensely from mental health issues since I was 6 years old. I was diagnosed with ADHD and put on psych medication in kindergarten. I also was depressed as a child which progressed as I became a teenager. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with Bipolar and schizo affective disorder. I am now 27 and have been hospitalized due to manic episodes over 200 times. I was told I would never live a normal life and always have to be on medications which caused obesity due to elevating my insulin and blood sugar.

I came across the work of dr. Shawn baker and dr. Chris Palmer. I began intermittent fasting and eating carnivore and within 2 weeks my lifelong depression lifted. I also lost 25 pounds in those 2 weeks. I went from 270 pounds to 245. I had metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, triglycerides and blood sugar) and my labs have all normalized. This is just the beginning of my journey and I am so grateful. I have been on this diet for 1 month and plan to do it for the rest of my life. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. I also check my blood ketones daily to make sure I am in ketosis, usually between 3-5 ml. All of my mental health issues have been put into remission as well as my life long psoriasis that covered my face and scalp.

Thank you Shawn Baker for having the courage to speak the truth. You have saved my life and the lives of future generations by sharing this knowledge. I plan to share my story to try and help heal others who are needlessly suffering. There are no words to express my gratitude.

Ex-Plant Eater Josie Defeats Ulcerative Colitis

When Josie stumbled across a PETA tent at the tender age of 13, she was so moved by their content that she became a vegan overnight. Fast forward ten years later, and her health was going downhill—fast. After being admitted to the hospital multiple times, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis—a painful inflammatory disease of the digestive tract.The next four years she desperately tried to find a cure within the parameters of a vegan diet, but it eluded her. Finally—after years of suffering—she started to wonder if the vegan diet she so ardently believed in might be the problem.

Initially diagnosed with diverticulitis in her early twenties, Josie’s symptoms manifested as blood in her stool, fatigue, urgent diarrhea multiple times a day, and a constant low-grade fever. Six months after that, she found herself hospitalized with potassium levels so low—that had she waited even one more day—the doctor said she could have died. Josie was put on prednisone, which helped keep her symptoms at bay, but as she continued to tinker with her plant-based diet to heal herself—a flare-up would inevitably follow.

Four years later, a death in the family coupled with the sense of an impending hospitalization forced Josie to reckon with the idea that perhaps veganism wasn’t for her anymore. Throughout the years, her doctors rarely discussed her diet. Ironically, one actually told her to steer clear of meat and dairy—reinforcing her preconceived notion that they were bad for her health. Within a month—one month—of reintroducing animal products to her diet, her ulcerative colitis symptoms disappeared. Now, healthy and brimming with vitality at the age of 27, she extols the virtues of an animal-based diet on social media, happily sharing her story of transformation—and sounding the alarm bell to anyone considering a vegan diet.

Never the type to criticize those who ate meat around her—Josie admits it was still a bit uncomfortable telling her family and friends she was no longer a vegan. “It was hard in that sense because it was kind of admitting to everybody that I was wrong, because including animal products in my diet again healed my colitis.” Josie says her family and friends were understanding and compassionate, and any hate she receives these days is from vegans who are unhappy with her newfound message of “meat heals.”

Another incredible side effect that Josie experienced on the carnivore diet? She says her mental acuity and self-esteem are through the roof. When asked if she would ever consider being vegan again, her answer is an unequivocal “No!”

“Seeing the way that my life-threatening autoimmune disorder has reversed itself…and every other health issue that I’ve had has completely turned around…I can only determine that this is my natural diet.” She hopes her story will be able to help others who may be going through similar health struggles. “People who shared their ex-vegan story…it helped me when I was considering not being vegan anymore. That was what made me want to share my story.”

Article by Jennifer McDowell

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