Roseanne shares her incredible story of how the carnivore diet improved her mental health and rid her body of bloating, gout, and inflammation.
At 31 years old, Roseanne suffered from severe depression. “I was on antidepressants, and got to moments of just wanting to kill myself,” Roseanne reveals. “No one had ever explained to me just how important fats are for your brain function.” She had been following a high-carb, low-fat vegan diet for years, and had been following the guidance to count calories and reduce fat whenever possible.
“I resisted the carnivore diet at first,” she continues. “I wanted to try absolutely everything else.” In researching her options to include more fat in her diet, Roseanne came across a vegan ketogenic diet, and decided to give it a shot. The fat she consumed was primarily from seeds and nut butters, which she later discovered brought on even more inflammation in her body. “Towards the end, my inflammation and gut health was so bad. My stomach was constantly swollen, my fingers hurt all the time, and I couldn’t even exercise at the gym because it was hard to grip the pull-up bar. I even began to develop gout in my foot.”
Finally, Roseanne decided to experiment with adding meat to her diet which would eventually lead her down the carnivore path. “I will eat meat for a while, and show everybody it doesn’t work, and that we should all be vegan,” Roseanne recalls thinking at the time. “After just four months of reintroducing meat back into my diet, my depression was completely gone, and I was off all of my medication!”
As she continued to feel better, Roseanne committed to trying the carnivore diet for a month. “Within the first 12 days, my inflammation was completely gone, my fingers were no longer swollen, and my mental clarity was brilliant.”
Admittedly an emotional eater, Roseanne was pleased to find that she no longer turned to food to regulate her emotions as she had done for years. “The magic of the carnivore diet for someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, as I did, is that I had enough mental clarity to think myself through a highly emotional situation. Rather than be tempted to eat everything in the house, I could calmly talk myself through that situation and not turn to food.” Roseanne finds now that she can “act instead of react” to difficult situations.
“The carnivore diet has allowed me to have moments where I laugh and am happy. I can’t believe this is my life now, where I’m not miserable all the time.” Considering Roseanna had previously been on antidepressants for years, this is truly a remarkable milestone.
For those concerned about limited food choices, Roseanne encourages people not to worry. “There’s no point in having food that is going to make you feel worse,” she advises. “Eat your meat, drink your water, and wait it out as you break the sugar cycle and become fat-adapted.The hard part won’t last forever, and you’ll become a completely new person!”