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Martin improves ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis on the carnivore diet

I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and Fiber Myalgia towards the end of last year. I also suffered from psoriasis and IBS. After battling with body pain in the latter half of 2021 the doctors came up with those diagnoses.

On October 31st, 2021 my back flared up and by November my back was so bad I couldn’t walk properly. I got TPI injections (trigger point injections) to help deal with the pain. And in December the body went into full inflammation… there was barely a joint or part of my body that didn’t hurt. The fire in my skin over parts of my body raged for days and then weeks. It didn’t matter if I was moving or staying still, I just hurt all the time.

The MRI didn’t uncover anything worth noting.

January came with the first diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. I tested positive for HLA B27. In the next few weeks, I got the next diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

They suggested Mycophenolate which is an immune suppressant medication and a high dose of vitamin K.

The next few days I researched both diagnoses and the medication. It was now mid-February. Everything I could grab off the web… podcasts… YouTube… there wasn’t a document I didn’t brush against but I got bogged down. The same message kept echoing in my mind, you’re done. Your dreams of retirement holidays, playing hockey or riding my motorcycle… all seem impossible now. I might be able to postpone the main event of the diagnosis but this might be the best I am.

On one of my YouTube marathons, I stumbled upon a TedX talk about a woman that had her knee and hip replaced by age seventeen because of an autoimmune illness. At around 20ish she tried the “carnivore” diet and within a relatively short period of time, she recovered from a lot of the pain and joint discomfort. She also was able to stop her medication for depression and anxiety. And a host of other amazingly positive things. I listened to Dr. Sawn Baker, Dr. Ken Barry, Dr. Anthony Chaffee, and Dr. Paul Saladino these guys I listen to and started to learn more about the carnivore diet and its pros and cons.

March 3rd, I went all in.

Recovery is like a stock market graph going up. With every climb, there is also a slide backwards.

Day 18. I woke up and my system was quiet. Nothing, no pressure to go. No heartburn… it was eerie. I made notes so as to remember this moment. My pain level was about 7 which feels crazy low from the 10s I was rolling in for 4 months previous.

By April, the pain level was 4/5.

90 days:

· No more IBS. Suffered for 40+ years

· Cleared 95% of my psoriasis which I had since 10.

· Lost 35lbs

· Played my first hockey game.


Now 220 days in…

Michelle ran her first half-marathon at 61 on a low-carb diet

Michelle – 61 year old female, soon to be 62 in January

12/2021 Started carnivore – At that time, I was using a type of macro tracker which, based upon my metrics and goals, had me at adequate protein, low fat, and low carb. Since the end of 2018, I had been dealing with chronic forearm tendonitis and both lateral and medial elbow pain in my left arm. Also, I have always dealt with constipation, bloating, and lower energy. Since my early 40s, I’ve had a small eczema patch, which I affectionately began to call my barometer. Since I had a sense of how much protein to eat and my carbs were quite low, I decided to give carnivore a try to see if I could mitigate my arm pain, and address constipation, bloating, and eczema.

What I learned during my first year as a carnivore:

  • I call meat, with its requisite fat, my gate keeper. As long as I have adequate protein, with the fat it contains, my energy is stable and I have no cravings.
  • I hydrate throughout the day (water), and use electrolytes during endurance activities.
  • Constipation and bloating resolved immediately, as if I never had them. Eczema resolved, but it does present a bit when I eat eggs.
  • Arm pain is much better, but not completely resolved. Most of the time I am not in pain (prior to carnivore, I was always in pain). While I do love to lift (compound movements), they don’t always love me back (sometimes my arm hurts and sometimes not). The pain doesn’t necessarily present in real time, so I am never sure of what’s going to hurt and what won’t until after I’m done with a workout. There’s something about stepping up to a bar (regardless of the grip) or dumbbells that doesn’t always agree with my arm, regardless of the weight. However, during this year, I discovered that lifting really heavy things (sand bags, tire flips, hay bales, grain bags), close to my body, generates great blood flow, without any pain in my arm. This type of activity makes me so happy. I can work hard and I never experience pain.
  • I realized that I had forgotten to take my supplements for thyroid and adrenals, which I dutifully had taken for years, after starting carnivore. Once I realized this, I no longer felt that I needed them.
  • Initially, I didn’t take off weight, but I could tell that my body was changing because my clothes fit differently. I ditched the scales. Eventually, I took off about 8 lbs, but my clothes fit the same.
  • I no longer feel compelled to chase errant bio-markers (mostly thyroid). If I feel fine, I’m going to assume I’m fine, and as long as I stay carnivore.
  • My sleep is solid.
  • I eat when I’m hungry.
  • Favorite steak cut: chuck-eye
  • Favorite braise cut: cross-cut shank
  • When I go on longer runs (5-6 miles), my body is fine. Before carnivore, I felt like I had done work after a long run day, and I would give my body a break the next day. Now I don’t even notice the longer distance and feel that I could do it again the next day.
  • Highlight during my first year as a carnivore:
    In June, I ran a half-marathon at altitude (about 4800 feet elevation, near Glacier National Park). I neither train that distance, nor run at altitude. My energy and expenditure was fine throughout the run. Afterward, I felt like I had worked, but my recovery was rather seamless. I took the next day off, except for some light walking. The following day I was fine. No carbohydrates required!

Further background about me
I have always been very active, but struggled with weight (either over or under eating). I was constantly on the go, yet fatigued. I always assumed that I was low thyroid, based upon my symptoms. The doctor would check one thyroid marker, which would be in normal range, and tell me I was fine. I love to cook and love to eat. I’ve always been bloated and constipated. I like to do deep dives into information and many N=1 experiments.

In the early 2000s, we embraced Weston Price and Nourishing Traditions. We sourced local grass-fed meat, always tried to source organic produce, and adopted food and lifestyle as our medicine.

Between 2008 and 2018 we farmed in Oregon, raising/selling pastured/grass-fed meat. I started paleo in 2012 and Crossfit in 2013 (5 days per week). I was also active in physically-demanding equine sport and ran 3-4 days per week. I was perimenopausal/menopausal. By 2014, I was in post-menopause and in the pre-diabetic range (A1C of 5.7).

Between 2014 and 2019, I began keto paleo and intermittent fasting, often interchanging days of each. I tried low-fodmap for bloating. Sleep was not great. Adrenals were tapped. I had some low thyroid markers (mostly T3). No autoimmunity. I probably had a cortisol response from much underfeeding, intermittent fasting, and much activity. I tracked blood glucose throughout the day for several years. My A1C didn’t really lower significantly but glucose ranges were so narrow that it was assumed that I wasn’t headed for diabetes, given my food choices and activity level.

By the end of 2018, I had developed chronic forearm tendonitis and both lateral and medial elbow pain from overuse. In 2019, I began using the RP app, which gave me a breakdown of macros that were right for me. I stopped intermittent fasting and started fueling, especially on protein! Had more carbs than I previously had. Great results! Lowered weight and body fat.

In 2020 I got out of the pre-diabetic range (A1C 5.4). I assumed it was because I added back in some carbs. I now know that it was more so that I wasn’t underfueling and stressing my body out.

At the end of 2021, I started carnivore. I love vegetables but don’t miss them, as long as I eat enough protein and fat. In 2022, a few months into my carnivore journey (March), I tried the fruit/honey (small amounts) route for a few weeks. My energy wasn’t great during this time and especially with the honey, it was a slippery slope having it in the house. My lower energy resolved when I ended the short fruit/honey stint. I didn’t miss either. After the brief fruit/honey experiment, I added in some electrolytes, which my body seemed to crave. Was it the electrolytes or was it the hydration that my body was craving? Now, I use electrolytes during endurance activities or if I feel tired, but I endeavor to stay well-hydrated. Recently, I tried adding in more butter. I like the idea of it, but if I add it on top of adequate daily protein, it is just too much fuel for me. Even with increasing activity, my clothes were just getting tighter. I’d need to decrease protein, if I am going to add more fat. Right now my activities include: Functional Range Conditioning, strength training (not always with a bar), rowing, running, rucking, hiking. While I am interested in getting stronger, I no longer want to work against a clock in HIIT activities on a daily basis. It’s great fun and comradery, but too much wear and tear for me.

 

For 2023, I have plans for two more half-marathons: one near Grand Tetons and one near Yellowstone. Hope to get to more runs in other beautiful locations, as I am able.

#Carnivoreforthewin!

Alan improved training recovery and marathon time by 28.5 minutes in one year on the carnivore diet

Alan was able to improve training recovery, train longer and more often, increasing weekly run miles to 65. He also improved muscle growth, got rid of bloating and digestive issues, regained hair color, sustained energy to run 4 hours fasted, improved marathon time by 28.5 minutes in one year, and qualified for the Boston Marathon, with no carb loading for racing and not being hungry. Alan’s sweet addiction is gone, his skin does not burn, his sleep has improved, and his mood and temperament are better. For Alan, living plant-free is the fountain of youth.

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!”

Bradley improved fat loss, muscle gain, sciatica, cognition, and athletic performance

When Bradley joined the army straight out of college, he never really gave much thought about nutrition. “I think—like a lot of young soldiers—I just ate whatever I wanted with the expectation that I was going to burn off all the pizza and beer.” It slowly caught up with him, however, and by the time his four years in the army were over, he had gained twenty pounds and was experiencing lower back pain. Shortly after leaving active duty, he was diagnosed with bulging disks around his L5-S1. A back surgery in 2018 mostly solved the issue, but there was still lingering stiffness in his lower back and leg.

As the years rolled on, Bradley continued to try to better his health with limited success. Then, when he got deployed overseas in 2020 with the Army Reserve, a friend recommended the ketogenic diet. “I was calorie restricting, I was running 20 to 30 miles a week…I was just exhausting myself…and I just wasn’t seeing any real positive results.” Thinking a military base would be an ideal environment for a controlled dietary experiment, he took the plunge and overnight cut out processed foods, sugars and sodas, while loading up his plate with all the protein and fat he could find.

“Some people talk about switching to low carb and seeing positive effects in a couple of days or weeks—but for me—it took about 20 minutes…I couldn’t finish that plate of food. This was really my first introduction to satiety.” After that, Bradley was off to the races. He lost 30 pounds over a six week period, and eighteen months later is happy to report that he is the healthiest he’s ever been. “I look better, my skin feels healthier, I’m stronger than I was before I injured myself—and the pain that was lingering after the surgery vanished in a matter of weeks…This was such a perspective shift for me—showing how quickly you can turn around your health just by putting proper fuel in your body.”

His Achilles heel—an insatiable sweet tooth—also disappeared within a matter of days. “In the past, if there was an Oreo in front of me, I’d have eat the whole box…and now…I just have no desire for it.” About to turn 33, Bradley now confidently lifts heavy weights at the gym without fear of injury, or experiencing any soreness the next day. “I just compare that to running five days a week in the past, and I would wake up and my shins would be on fire.” He’s also been able to attain greater mental clarity and concentration, something he found particularly useful when pursuing his Master’s degree.

“The surprising thing to me about the carnivore diet, was really how little effort it took. You know, it’s not about discipline—everybody thinks it is—but it’s really not. I didn’t lack for discipline running 30 miles a week, but then I couldn’t control myself in front of candy. So, it wasn’t a discipline issue, it was about ‘How is your brain wired to think about food?’ and ‘What kind of food are you putting in it?’”

Coach George C loses fat, builds muscle, and heals from gut disorders on a carnivore diet

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in engineering, George’s job took him to China. For ten years he traveled all throughout Asia, and as he entered his thirties, he decided to leave the corporate world and go into business for himself. After a few entrepreneurial missteps, he founded several food and fitness companies, and has been successfully running them for the past 20 years. Always fascinated by health and wellness, he regularly went to the gym and followed a low fat/high protein diet for 15 years. Around the age of 46, however, his body started to fall apart. At that time, he was starting a new project in Beijing when he developed a cough that lasted for six months. He also noticed that his usual health routine was no longer working. “Even though I worked out, I wasn’t able to recover. I had all kinds of little issues, like skin lesions and intestinal disorders, and all these things—to me—didn’t feel right.”

When business came to a screeching halt at the end of 2019 due to Covid-19, George made the most of his extra time by doing a deep dive into nutrition. In his research, he came across Shawn Baker on YouTube, who he initially thought was a little bit crazy. Still, after reading his book and following him for a few years, the carnivore diet started to make sense.

After finally taking the plunge, George initially found that he had trouble eating a lot of meat in one sitting, so he gradually increased the amount over time. Now, he enjoys a dozen eggs for breakfast, as well as 2 ½ pounds of meat before the day is over. At 51 years old, the symptoms he was suffering from a few years ago are completely gone, and he currently is able to train in the gym every single day—something he was unable to do even in his twenties and thirties. This sits in stark contrast to the norm in China, where George says that (due to immense stress and lifestyle choices) businessmen have an average life expectancy of 50 years.

In China, meat is still regarded as one of the healthiest things you can eat, but the idea of a meat-only diet is still considered unusual. He currently lives in the western city of Chengdu, where one of the most popular dishes is a traditional hotpot; a soup rich in bone broth and fatty beef.

George still lives on the other side of the world, and happily helps others transition to a carnivore diet as an online coach for the Revero community. He acknowledges that there is a mental obstacle when it comes to giving up vegetables—but because of his incredible results, he encourages people who worry about it give it try for one month. “See how it goes, and then you can decide for yourself whether or not it’s for you.”

Treflyn is half the weight he used to be

In 2019, Treflyn decided to turn his back on the way that he had been eating and living. He had always had a tendency to put on weight. And like most people, he had managed to lose weight but also to put it on again. Since he has been on a one-meal-a-day regime, he can say that it has changed his outlook on getting healthy by understanding what makes him gain weight.

Along his weight loss journey, he met Dr. Joanne McCormack who is an advocate of the Low Carbohydrate Diet, as a result of this he started running multiple weekly support group meetings for her.

Ron gotten rid of skin tags, snoring, back pain, diverticulosis, toenail fungus, anxiety

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I found carnivore after these health issues: Gall stones in 2016 (removed via “flush” I found online), a perforated colon in 2020 and Bell’s palsy episode in Jan of ’22 after bro had stroke last year.

Found carnivore through Jordan Peterson/Joe Rogan. Dr. Shawn was one of the first I found who was doing this as a lifestyle. Other carnivore/keto favorites are Ken Berry, Bart Kay, Anthony Chafee. First thing I realized was that educating myself was required for success as the tide of ignorance is hard to dismiss if you don’t know your shit. Spent around 1500 hours learning since February.

First 3 weeks sucked. Health benefits overall have been unreal:

  • Weight loss (~100lbs – was 283 in Jan ’22 and hit 183 on 9/20)
  • BP from borderline to healthy range
  • Energy x 10
  • 95% less joint and back pain
  • Mental clarity and attitude
  • Improved relationships (along with JP)
  • Improved skin (skin tags) and complexion
  • Toe fungus almost cured (yuck)
  • No digestive issues since I started carnivore
  • No teeth problems since I started carnivore

I consider myself a lifelong student (whether in school or not), and love living in a time where so much info is literally at our fingertips. It is a great time to be alive for anyone who tries to think for themselves. I think most carnivores I’ve seen fall into this category. Carnivore is a way of being healthier and not an ideology (for most).

Most important things to me are family time with my wife and girls, making music, learning and growing as much as my pride allows, and helping make people smile or even think, all while learning to be me and what that even means.

After a buddy’s recent heart attack (who is a few years younger than me) I am really becoming less and less afraid to share this way of eating (NOT A DIET) with anyone who opens that door a crack. I truly feel it’s saved my life.

Rebecca and I are now especially concerned with the eating of our seniors, as she recently took a position in a nursing home and sees first-hand the dangers of the food they are fed (ie using sugar as “comfort” food instead of poison).

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