Vegan & vegetarian recovery
Real People, Real Results
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.
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
From suffering and frail to healed and strong.
I was vegetarian for 28 years (age 24-52) although practically speaking I was vegan for a majority of the time. The first few years seemed to go well, which reinforced my belief that it was the cure for mankind’s mental and physical ills.
I read every vegetarian/vegan book and watched every anti-meat documentary and tried every version of the diet in my quest to overcome ailments, but they only changed or got worse. The smell of meat made me nauseous so I walked around the meat section at the store.
Vegan/vegetarianism has the attraction of being the oppressed underdog fighting the good fight against the evil meat and dairy industry and, being someone who never followed the crowd, I was the perfect patsy for their diabolical indoctrination. I was also a new believer in Christ and thought the bible made it clear that God created us as vegans (obviously I didn’t read my bible).
Here’s a sampling of the issues I experienced during my years as a vegan/vegetarian: tooth rot, anxiety (I could barely hand money to the cashier without dropping it), anger, depression, decreased confidence, inability to focus, hyperthyroidism, IBS, brain fog, weakness, high blood pressure, racing pulse, heat intolerance, night sweats, red dotting on skin, insomnia, pre-diabetes, food addiction (attended 12 step meetings for years to no avail), sun intolerance (I could barely go outside without getting burned), liver spots, electrosensitivity (it turns out the myelin sheath needs fat to function well.)
It felt like I was receiving electric shocks thoughout the night and my insomnia got so bad that I would wait to pass out from exhaustion in the morning, But still I held to the belief that I must not be doing it “right.”
The last straw was when I was doing a “master cleanse” on a solo camping trip in 2018 and my front tooth began to chip away for no reason. I was also losing weight at an alarming rate. I was experiencing what Dr. Baker refers to as “end stage veganism.” I went home and cried to God for help and the next day was led to some videos on extended dry fasting.
I spent several days researching dry fasting while eating a raw vegan diet when I heard someone mention Dr Baker’s interview with Joe Rogan. I watched the interview and 2 months later, after watching and reading hundreds of testimonies, decided to give it a try. That was December 1, 2018. My depression disappeared within 2 weeks and I’ve never gone back. I notice new benefits every month that passes. Not only have almost all my symptoms gone away, but life is much simpler. The need for stuff is disappearing and I’m content with less.
God bless everyone who has shared their stories because you never know who’s life you will change.
Colorado Springs, CO