Taylor shares his amazing story with Revero coach Amber about how he has improved symptoms of Tourrette’s, autism spectrum disorder, and his weight on a carnivore diet.
Before switching to the carnivore diet, Taylor indulged in foods like chips, soda, ice cream, and pizza, and says he would get bored and just eat whatever he felt like. This eventually led him to weigh 264 pounds, and he developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). His senior year of high school, Taylor followed a low-carb diet, and lost about 50 pounds, but ended up gaining it all back, and then some, in the next few years.
“I also had frequent uncontrollable shakes in my body which was diagnosed as Tourette’s Syndrome.” These painful episodes would last up to seven hours at a time. “I’ve probably tried every behavioral medication under the sun,” he shares, “and despite the medication, my symptoms just got worse. My body would just move involuntarily and cause neck and shoulder pain. I was a young adult man and I cried like a 7-year-old because I was in so much pain. It was one of the worst experiences of my life.”
Taylor recalls the moment he struggled to keep up with a group of students touring a college campus, and decided to make a change. “I am 22 years old,” he recalls thinking. “Why am I having as hard a time as my 70-year-old grandmother moving around?” That was the moment that he committed to changing his ways. Following a ketogenic diet, he went from 264 to 205 pounds, but found himself in a plateau.
Switching to a carnivore diet, Taylor finally broke through his weight loss plateau. Within six months, he is down below 200 pounds. “I can jump higher, run faster, and walk farther than I have even before middle school. I also fit into a size large shirt which is the smallest since then.”
Now 26, Taylor says he feels amazing, and no longer craves foods that his body doesn’t need. “My taste for meat brought me to the carnivore diet,” Taylor explains. “I decreased my vegetable intake more and more, and couldn’t help but notice that I kept feeling better if I avoided plant foods.”
Eventually, Taylor decided to stop taking medication to treat his Tourette’s syndrome, as he only noticed he got worse the more he took it. Now, he noticed his symptoms have drastically been reduced since eating a 90% animal-based diet. “I feel really good, and I can walk for miles. My mind is mentally clear. I still have Tourette’s, but the episodes are rare and never last for more than five to ten minutes now.”
Taylor is thriving, and enjoys meaningful work as a residential manager for adults with autism, helping them develop skills and habits so that they can live independently. “I’m making a lot of success far beyond what anyone has ever dreamed I would be,” Taylor shares. “I’m just living a very happy life, the complete opposite of what people predicted for me.”
Watch or listen to Taylor’s interview on the Revero podcast below: