This is me five months into a carnivore diet. I am self-experimenting to see how this way of eating affects my mood and the way I feel. With baby number three came my third round of post-natal depression. Ugh. I suffered far too long before I was finally properly diagnosed. Post-natal depression and generalised anxiety disorder. Wowsers, a slap in the face but a relief to get the diagnosis. I had a pretty good diet but ate a lot of toast on the go and cooking dinners was a nightly burden. About nine months ago my mom, Patty, introduced me to keto and carnivore and I started to look into the benefits of this way of eating. I came across endless stories, podcasts and you tube videos showcasing research, clinical observations, anecdotal evidence, and testimonies all too compelling to ignore and so began my journey on keto which ultimately lead to carnivore.
My energy is the best it’s ever been and my mood is much better. My head is clearer and the mental heaviness is well, less heavy. Some bonus benefits I’ve noticed are improved edema in my legs, abs I never knew I had, and itchy scalp is completely gone. PND is complicated and so I’m wary of attributing entirely the improvements to carnivore but I can’t un-know what I now know and feel and believe that carnivore helps immensely. Don’t get me wrong, I still have bad days and I know that carnivore is not a magic pill but I do know I am giving my body, my brain, and my hormones the best shot at functioning optimally through what I eat, and grabbing some down time when I can get it! Another thing, I no longer dread making dinner because to throw some meat on the barbie requires no thought, is so easy and delicious, and my family love it! I may not be where I want to be yet, but I am definitely not where I was.