Gina manages IBS, anemia, joint pain, migraines, anxiety, and mood on the carnivore diet

Meet Gina: A Lifetime of Physical Activity


I’m Gina. I’m a 52-year-old wife, mom, and dental hygienist. I had my two oldest when I was in my early 20s and became very physically active when they were little to stay in shape. I lifted weights and even worked at a gym as a trainer. In my 30s, I was involved in karate, and in my 40s and 50s, I was running.”


A Journey to Veganism and Back


In the 90s, the “fat makes you fat” idea was in full swing. You could eat all the Snack Well cookies you wanted; just stay away from butter. I followed that but eventually transitioned into more of a mainstream diet most of my life. I also figured I had wiggle room due to being active, so I never turned down chips, cookies, cake, etc.


In 2019 I was 49 and had been running for several years doing everything from 5ks all the way to ultramarathons. I was looking ahead to 2020, when I would be turning 50, and decided to celebrate by signing up for a 50-mile race. It was a good training year until the end of summer, early fall. I started to experience trouble running.”


I would get very winded and unable to continue. I’d go for a 6-mile run and quit in the first mile or two. My legs felt like they were stuck in wet cement. Severe fatigue, numbness, and tingling followed. MS was suspected, so I had MRIs, tests, and a spinal tap. All came back fine, and I had no diagnosis for the illness.


I quit running for six months but was desperate to feel better. I began to think about my diet. My best friend and running partner is vegan. Everywhere you turn, vegan is promoted as the healthiest diet. I decided to give it a try. I watched all the documentaries. I liked Game Changers because it was about athletes. I was whole food, plant-based for 18 months.”


Health Decline and a Revelation


As time went by, my health began to decline. But I had no idea it was diet related. I had gallbladder pain, and an ultrasound revealed a polyp. I had my gallbladder removed. I had IBS for about ten years.


It was mostly manageable but suddenly was becoming really bad. It was interfering with my work. It got so bad at one point I almost had to quit my job. My cycle became extremely heavy and painful. I had a hysterectomy. Then one night, I woke with my heart pounding, and I was panting. A trip to the ER revealed severe anemia.


They wanted to give me a transfusion, but I managed to hold them off and got four weekly iron infusions. My bones and joints began to ache really badly. I was Googling bone cancer. Brain fog and some cognitive issues began to arise. I was sure I was dying from something.


I quit veganism in early 2022, not because I thought the diet was the problem, but because I figured, what’s the point in eating well if I’m just going to feel like garbage anyway. I spent about six months alternating between a terrible diet and trying to get back to veganism, but I just was over it. I gained 20 pounds. I felt like my health was in freefall.


The Carnivore Diet: A New Beginning


Then I read a blog post by The Peasant’s Daughter called “Why I Am No Longer Vegan.” It was the first time the idea that the diet may have been behind my health troubles. Down the rabbit hole, I went, consuming everything I could, and eventually landed on the countless stories of carnivores.


I transitioned slowly because I wasn’t completely sure it was a good idea. I took things out of my diet, like vegetables, kept things like oatmeal, and increased meat. For two months, I worked toward Carnivore, which I think helped me transition because I never got the keto flu. Mid-December, I was pretty much full Carnivore.


The Benefits of Carnivore Diet: The Way Forward for Health and Wellness


I lost the 20 pounds I gained. My joint and bone pain disappeared. My migraines were about 90% gone. The brain fog is gone. Energy soared. But the biggest, most wonderful thing has been that my IBS is gone. To live life like a normal person and not have a brain completely consumed with going to the bathroom or holding in gas. Just a feeling of nothing going on in my gut. It is unreal.


I want to learn and devour everything I can about this way of life. I no longer think about food all day. I know that this way of eating could stave off Alzheimer’s, which I am at great risk of developing.


I’m lifting again and feel better, stronger, and more energetic than I have in years. I’m even beginning to talk with my dental patients about this diet. Every day I see patients trapped in bad metabolic health. My hope is more people can heal like I did.


Results are not typical. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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  1. I’m glad Gina is feeling better! She should also look up possible Thiamine deficiency; even though carnivore is a thiamine-sparing diet I believe high-dose thiamine therapy is beneficial for some people, especially for those with gut problems and other problems related to dysautonomia. Elliott Overton has a great YouTube channel that explains thiamine deficiency – I recently started TTFD and I notice that my performance in the gym has improved. I am working on getting rid of SIBO.

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