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Taking a more naturopahtic approach I’ve tried, succeeded and failed on every diet that’s been created. Some of them were tried for weight loss and most were tried out of sheer boredom. I also started to learn more about fasting about 20 or so years ago. Around that time is when I went vegan. I was a “vegetarian” with my partner at the time but we ate eggs and fish. My opinion was if we’re not going to eat meat, we should be vegans and avoid ALL animal products, though I justified that fish do not have nervous systems so they can’t feel the pain of death, haha yeah I was that dude. Anyway, I felt pretty good from what I can remember but ever since that time frame I had serious bloating, cramping and general daily discomfort in my stomach. I ate all the fiber “they” tell you to eat and that psyllium husk plastic trash “they” recommend and nothing worked it just seemed to continue day in and day out. Don’t even get my started about the frequency of my bathroom visits.. WOW.
Anyway, having tried Adkins back when it first came out, which I enjoyed but still believed a “balanced” diet was the right thing, I still explored. I eventually ballooned to over 304 lbs, having told a buddy of mine… “I’ll get 300 lbs, you watch” haha like it was some kind of an accomplishment. Well I did and it wasn’t. I joined a program called The Quick Weight Loss Diet, which promotes 5-7 meals a day, “balanced” metabolism boosting structure, which actually worked, coupled with lots of good outdoor exercise I was able to drop down to 193 lbs. I hate to use this as an excuse but when I lost my mother in 2015 I just stopped caring and went back to eating pizza and garbage like that and blew back up to 287 lbs. Que 2019, late January, the love of my life mentioned going on the “Keto diet”. I never heard of it but she said it’s a low carb high fat diet. I joked with her stating, oh yeah I’ve don’t the Adkins diet, I guess they call it Keto these days and didn’t really take it seriously until I started to do my research.
She was pretty stoked so that made me more interested. Well long story… well longer… we went all in on Keto. Got cookbooks, made fat bombs, did the whole thing and within the first few month she and I had lost over 60 lbs between the 2 of us. I was back in the 240s and feeling optimistic; however, the stomach issues remained. I was also starting to feeling higher levels of anxiety and stress for some odd reason. My normal fun loving energetic disposition had disappeared and I couldn’t figure out why. I tried meditation, even tried CBD products and nothing was helping. I started watching Dr. Baker’s videos and others that promoted a “carnivore diet”, the Peterson’s with their great successes (more mental based), so I became even more and more interested and as I learned more it made so much sense to me.
When something makes sense and clicks in my brain I run with it. Now in my 7th month carnivore, I’m down over 77 lbs, I’ve dropped 10 pant sizes (44 now just about 34), I’ve completely eliminated the stomach issues I’ve dealt with daily for over 20 yrs (that happened in month #1 actually) and my anxiety and stress are all but gone. My energy levels are those I remember back when I used to play hockey (was a goaltender… yes I was VERY good… haha) in my 20s and the strength, both physical and maybe more importantly, mental has been greatly increasing daily. This has been such an amazing experience I spend my off days chatting (well rambling really… you can imagine… ;-)) in the carnivore and fasting groups in hopes of helping just 1 person change their perspective and have an idea or thought I share connect with them and make sense. Some say I have and that’s outstanding.
Listen to Tom’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below: