I am 66 years young, and have 4 adult children, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. I am blessed! I live in the Bay of Plenty Tauranga New Zealand.
My health issues really began in my early years. I grew up on a high carb/sugar diet and eventually learned to control my weight with calorie restriction sometimes as low as 700 calories a day. My weight would fluctuate between 7 1/2 to 9 1/2 stone during my 20’s – 40’s. I realize now my body was starving for nutrients, and I was continually hungry.
I became interested in healthy eating during my 20’s and by my 30’s I developed gut issues like bloating and discomfort, then developed acid reflux during my pregnancies which continued afterwards. I tried to heal these stomach issues by introducing more healthy foods like home-made yogurt, home -made bread (including grinding my own flour from grain) and eliminating refined sugar and ate low fat. This helped for a while. But as I got older I found I had to eliminate many more foods. Firstly coffee, then gluten and some vegetables. I included meat in my diet as I did not agree with the vegan philosophy, which began with Seventh Day Adventist ideology which totally ignores much of Scripture where God approves the eating of meat. However I generally ate meat in small portions.
By 2020 I was having to eliminate many more foods as my adverse reaction to many foods was increasing. I had now eliminated everything except, rice, rice-cakes, eggs, broccoli, capsicum, fish, and meat. My symptoms intensified until I finally developed microscopic colitis. I lost a lot of weight although I was already thin.
I became very concerned as although I tried to function normally, not wanting to tell anyone of my embarrassing condition, I could not leave the house unless I had not eaten at least 6 hours prior. Finally after months of trying to remedy it on my own I went to the Dr and was tested for giardia, and for any bacterial infection. He did blood tests also, but nothing was revealed.
Eventually my doctor suspected microscopic colitis. I did not want to go on steroid medication and told my Dr I would like to try to find another solution first. I didn’t know how I was going to achieve this, but while in the supermarket during my weekly shop I was suddenly aware of the fact that there was nothing there I could eat. So I prayed desperately right there (silently) and said “God what can I eat?”
As I was leaving with an empty trolley, I felt ‘impressed’ to go back and buy a cooked chicken. It did not appeal to me as I felt nauseous, but I purchased it anyway. Over the next couple of days I forced myself to eat it, but I still felt so sick. However it got me thinking that if God had indeed impressed on me to buy it, then it was for good reason. So I began researching about meat which thankfully led me to discover Carnivore eating.
I began eating just meat and rice, thinking I needed the carbs for energy as I suddenly developed extreme fatigue. But after two weeks I decided to stop the rice and do Carnivore properly. Amazingly….within 24 hours my chronic symptoms ceased. Just stopped! I could not believe it!
Since then I have learned the benefit of including more fat, salt and the inclusion of magnesium via foot soaks to relieve leg cramps. I thrive on fatty lamb, and eat some beef each day. At this stage I don’t eat butter but would like to include it again soon.
During the 6 months I’ve been fully carnivore I’ve had one flare-up with symptoms when I introduced egg yolk back into my diet. So I quickly eliminated that. My fatigue is gone and most days I feel great. I’d say I am 95% healed, and am hopeful the Raynaud’s symptoms I have will heal too.