Mental health – other

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Gene sees improvements in gout, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and recovery from exercise

Hi, my name is Gene. As a kid I had real struggle with ADHD, emotional regulation, and depression. It was bad enough that I was often placed in a room by myself, and at one school, a closet because I was so disruptive. I found ways to cope as I moved into adulthood, but not in ways that good call healthy.

By 40 I was over 200lbs at a modest 5′ 7.5″ and going though at least a bottle of wine a night (2x on weekends) with gout and ever-increasing liver enzyme numbers and blood pressure (none of which my Docs ever commented on) and a 39in waist.

I quit drinking in November 2017, and quickly went through the typical paleo- keto- carnivore path, and by July 2018 I was fully carnivore, almost by accident.

I can’t really say how long it took, but sometime in fall 2018 I suddenly realized I hadn’t felt like dying in maybe the longest stretch of my life ever. It was amazing. I’ve held on to that since. I still struggle from time to time, but it’s nothing like it was.

I’m also gout free, with good numbers for everything but LDL, 30lbs lighter, with a 32in waist. Finally, I’ve set PRs for every lift I’ve kept track of and 10k, 10 mile, and half-marathon runs in 2022 at age 45.

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.

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.

Emily maintains 150 lb weight loss

Emily is a passionate Health Coach who loves to inspire people and see her clients transform their minds and bodies by helping them discover and implement their best individual nutrition and lifestyle choices.  Her highest weight was 300 pounds reached many times during her 30’s and 40’s.  At age 46, Emily lost 150 pounds over 4 years by implementing an intermittent fasting lifestyle, a carnivore diet, and getting support through accountability.   She is maintaining her 150 pound weight loss and health transformation through the same habits that established her own successful transformation: carnivore diet, intermittent fasting, and accountability. 

Sade manages her borderline personality disorder on a carnivore diet

My name is Sade, I’m 28 years old and live in Mexico, I am from London UK. I was diognosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2015 and have also been dealing with Anxiety and Depression for years prior to being diognosed. I tried to talk to someone about getting a diagnosis for Autism (Asperger’s) because of my sensitivity issues, repetitive behaviour and inability to socialize (without substances i.e alcohol/drugs) I have always been extremely socially awkward and not sure of how to connect with others properly. All of my younger siblings are also autistic. The mental health team dismissed everything and stuck with the BPD and prescribed me medications and had me in therapy (DBT) which only lasted 4 weeks due to being homeless at the time.

I had an unstable childhood and really traumatic time as a teenager and young adult.
I am married with a son now and the mental illnesses almost ruined my marriage I found carnivore just in time as we were on the verge of a divorce.

I am currently thriving on carnivore I’ll be going into my 8th week on monday and I’ve seen improvements from just a week into carnivore. Three days for the depression to lift, a week for the anxiety to go completely and the BPD symptoms have been slowly going away week after week. They feel gone now but of course I’m continuing to monitor myself as its only been 8 weeks. But coming from being mentally unstable everyday to not having any episodes or highs/lows… I’m pretty convinced Its a permanent thing.

If you need me to change this in anyway or you need to edit it please feel free. Haven’t done a bio like this before.

Also if the photo isn’t appropriate let me know as I’ll need to take a new photo during the daytime tomorrow. This photo was taken yesterday.

Also a photo of me when I was bigger attached.

Thanks

Sade

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