Meet Rachel, a 43-year-old mom from Sydney, Australia. After decades of yo-yo dieting, severe calorie restriction, weight loss surgery, and frustration from doing everything “right” but not seeing results, she finally found success on the carnivore diet and has experienced tremendous healing in just three months.
“People were always telling me I was fat. I was so self-conscious about what I was eating. I had severe stomach issues from a very young age, including chronic constipation and regular visits to the hospital and doctor’s office.” Despite eating more fruit, vegetables and drinking more water as she was advised to do, it made no difference, and she continued to gain weight.
“I had allergies to everything”, Rachel recalls. “If I got anywhere near new clothes or a new car my lips would swell and I’d get welts all over me. I was unable to hug friends just in case I was allergic to their perfume or washing detergent.” This all contributed to Rachel’s chronic anxiety.
Though she believed she was following the best nutrition advice at the time, Rachel saw no improvement in her weight while eating fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains and continuing to restrict calories. “My hair started to fall out and I was developing other problems due to a diet low in nutrients and animal fat. It was frustrating, because despite tracking calories and seeing on paper that I should be losing weight, I would end up heavier than where I was before I started.”
At age 34, Rachel reached her highest weight of 320 pounds, prompting her to have gastric band surgery. She lost 175 pounds in 18 months. However, she felt as though she was starving herself. “Despite the massive weight loss, I continued to have lots of issues with stomach cramping and pain. My doctor didn’t know what to do with me!” She eventually had the band removed, and by the time she turned 40, the weight had started to pile back on, and she developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis and psoriasis.
After hearing about keto from a friend, Rachel gave it a try, and eventually transitioned over to the carnivore diet after hearing watching videos from Dr. Ken Berry. “In three months, I’ve lost about 15 pounds and my psoriasis and sciatica pain are completely gone. I am no longer constipated or bloated whatsoever, and my allergies are completely gone!” Rachel also saw drastic improvements in her dental health and skin.
“My anxiety is better, I’m no longer grinding my teeth,” she continues. “I’m working with a carnivore coach to help with my sugar cravings and weight loss goals, she’s helped me so much.” Rachel no longer worries about going to the doctor, and feels better than she has in years. “I believe in the carnivore diet because it supplies me with all of my nutrient needs without the need for supplementation. Eating meat is good for the body and it’s good for the earth! I am so grateful for the pioneers of this movement and for Dr. Shawn Baker and Dr. Ken Berry for all they are doing to inform people of this amazing way of life.”