Revitalizing health and performance through carnivory
I am currently 25 years old and have been eating beef, liver, salt and water for the past 65 days.
I grew up with classic autoimmune disorder. I remember seeing psoriasis on the back of my legs when I was a toddler and throughout the years it has flared up and even stayed on some embarrassing areas of my body like my face. I also had asthma which required me to use an inhaler whenever I ran too much. My immune system was trash as a kid just like many of you. I remember getting sick constantly. It wasn’t all bad though. My dad was really into exercising and brought me to the gym with him even as a toddler. Despite my limitations, I grew up loving to exercise and played all kinds of sports. Eventually I grew out of the inhaler but other symptoms started to arise. I was taken out of lacrosse in high school for almost 2 years because of a recurring lower back injury that doctors couldn’t figure out. No matter how much I stretched it always felt weak. But I continued to exercise over the years and by age 21 my back never bothers me anymore, but that was when I started messing around with my diet.
From age 15 I suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks but never knew why. it wasn’t till I hit my 20’s that I experienced depression. About 6 years ago I started CrossFit and it was awesome. I use to be one of those guys that thought no matter what you ate turned into energy or muscle. My health started to decline about 3 years ago and I knew I needed to make a change before things got out of my control.
Once I started experimenting with my diet my anxiety and depression would get much worse when I went back to a bigger variety of food. The more restricted I was, the better I felt. Eventually by age 25 I had no energy at the gym and my skin was getting really bad. Periods of anxiety and depression were constant everyday at the beginning of 2019. I don’t recommend this, but I was scared to go to the doctors because I know the depression medication is harmful for some people, and I was determined to fix the problems, not just put a band aid on them.
I eventually heard Shawn Baker on Rogan and started experimenting with carnivore. I am now 65 days into it and I feel better than I ever have. I do want to say though, it took 55 days for me to feel better. It is possible my body was extremely ill, or i just detox plant toxins slowly. I am sure it is a number of factors but my anxiety and depression is gone and my skin is getting better everyday.
I really feel like a new person.
I am also feeling great in the gym and my body is looking really good too. I just want to encourage everyone to not give up at first. there is a period of time when you’re detoxing and adjusting to the new diet that is extremely hard. Just be patient and give it time.
I am on Instagram if anyone wants to see me or reachout! @augustus_dante
I was struggling trying to lose weight, and found keto so hard to stick to, so easy to fall off. I heard Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan and decided to look into it. I spent about 2 or 3 weeks checking out the info, and asking people on the Zeroing in on Health forum on Facebook numerous questions. After that, I was convinced it was worth trying carnivore for a month. I began on the carnivore diet on December 12th 2017. I’ve never even had to consider changing back.
I was 216 lbs, and I am now 180. I had arthritis in my left hand, which hand had to have a finger surgically reattached to it after it was ripped off in an accident 13 years prior; but the arthritis went away after 2 weeks carnivore. I had prehypertension, but my blood pressure (measured on three separate occasions) is normal. I feel better, I think clearer, and I respond to stress better than at any time in my life.
I never intend to stop being a carnivore.
I’ve been approximately 90% carnivore for the last 9 months. I’ll never forget the first time I came across the subreddit r/zerocarb. I read the description of the group and laughed when I saw the part about not eating any plants. I vividly remember telling myself, “these people are full of shit…everyone knows we need to get nutrients and fiber from plants”. This kicked off a 9 month investigation into what being healthy means. For reference, I’m an engineer by profession so I tend to try and read everything about a subject.
For me, the carnivore lifestyle has been a massive journey in expanding my understanding of the world and what conventional science has taught us. All of us….and I mean all of us we’re taught the food pyramid. It’s been one hell of a journey just unlearning what is good and healthy for us. People at work critique me every day about my eating habits, but here I am with zero health problems, in the best shape of my life, and to top it all off nobody believes I look 33. Everyone thinks I look like I’m in my mid to late twenties.
I’m fortunate enough to where I haven’t had any major health issues in my life. The only thing I really had was irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. I look back now and I never had proper bowel movements. On top of that I was always waking up to urinate in the night. Those are the two main issues I had in my twenties. Some of it was probably excessive alcohol use but I contribute most of the IBS to my diet. Once I switched to carnivore both symptoms disappeared within a week. I honestly could not remember the last time I slept through the entire night without waking up to use the restroom.
The second major benefit to the carnivore lifestyle was my allergies went away. I’ve always had the problem of an itchy throat and only being able to breathe through one nostril at a time. Within three weeks, my allergies were gone and I could breathe!
I’ve been playing sports, working out and generally interested in health my entire life. I’ve noticed my endurance while running has increased dramatically. I’m able to work out much longer and my strength has significantly increased! If I miss a few days of working out I don’t loose strength or body composition like I used to.
I believe we are on the brink of a health revolution. The more the carnivory lifestyle grows, the more propaganda for veganism grows. It’s been very interesting to see it develop over the last few years. My goal is to help Dr. Baker on the research/analytical side of the carnivore movement. I can’t help but think what we have left to unlearn. How much bullshit have we been fed?
The single biggest benefit of this carnivorous lifestyle hasn’t been anything physical. It’s opened my mind to endless possibilities on how to improve my life. It’s changed the way I view our economy. It’s changed my life in that I want local food sourced and I’ve picked up hunting as a sport. From adopting the carnivorous lifestyle, I’ve learned how destructive monocropping is on the land, and how beneficial it is for ruminants to graze the land instead. Another important aspect of the carnivorous lifestyle is it’s taught me how easy group think can be. There is a huge push right now that wants to blame global warming on “cow farts” when in fact “cow farts” have an insignificant impact on our environment. Just think for a moment how many resources it takes to get fruit from one end of the globe to the other. A carnivorous lifestyle has helped me think for myself, listen to my body and improve the lives of my loved ones.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Eating carnivore for roughly 17 months now.
Always been in pretty good shape – former Bahamas National Rugby team player for 15 years; however, when my 40’s hit I was finding it harder to maintain a level of fitness and health that I wanted. Found carnivore and the rest is history. Turning 44 in August, eat carnivore 85% of the time, have the odd night of drinks, followed by a cheat day of rubbish food, workout 3-4 days per week for about 25-40 mins and feeling pretty damn good! Definitely enhanced mental clarity (has to be something to animal fat being a key nutrient for the brain), great strength in the gym and generally just feel healthy. Best part is grocery shopping and eating is so simple. I take zero supplements, zero vitamins, zero medications. Just food, water and sometimes alcohol.
Again, I probably have too many cheat days (social events and dinners), but that hasn’t stopped me from achieving some great results.
Carnivore may not be for everyone, but I have helped a few people in my small circle achieve some pretty amazing results – backed by Doctor visits and blood tests.
Keep spreading the word man – you managed to reach little ole Bahamas.
I just wanted to share a simple story to help get the word out there. Back in 2006 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I mentioned to the doctor that I thought I was too young (25y/o) to be diagnosed with that condition. She told me normally yes but with all the hormones in food it’s not surprising and that there is nothing I can do about it other than pain control. Fast forward to 2012 and I was having severe pain and sought out a doctor to have surgery for the second time. The doctor spoke to me about food and how to care for the endometriosis without surgery. Staying away from red meat was something he advised and which I followed. It seemed to have work for a bit (after I had the second surgery and told I have the highest stage possible). About a year and a half ago I was in so much pain I was looking to have surgery again and for some reason or another, I never got booked in. I should mention at these times I was following your typical body building diet. I heard Shawn on the Joe Rogan podcast and I was quite intrigued by the information I heard and decided to give it a try, mainly because I was sick of eating 6 times a day. I was also so worried about the red meat and the endo I asked Shawn twice about it and he assured me there wasn’t enough hormones in the meat to contribute to the condition. As scared and skeptical as I was, I continued. Its now been a year carnivore (with some slips) but I am so happy to say I have been pain free for about 4 months. One day I just realized I wasn’t complaining of pain anymore and no pain with sex at all which was huge for me before. I also noticed at the same time the pain went away, I developed what I think is oxalate dumping at the same time and the rashes and blisters are all around my abdomen. Not sure if that is a coincidence or not but it’s definitely something I am now paying attention to. I haven’t been sick in ages. Im leaner, stronger and the healthiest I have ever been and that I must thank Shawn for getting the word out there. It’s changed my life.
This is me five months into a carnivore diet. I am self-experimenting to see how this way of eating affects my mood and the way I feel. With baby number three came my third round of post-natal depression. Ugh. I suffered far too long before I was finally properly diagnosed. Post-natal depression and generalised anxiety disorder. Wowsers, a slap in the face but a relief to get the diagnosis. I had a pretty good diet but ate a lot of toast on the go and cooking dinners was a nightly burden. About nine months ago my mom, Patty, introduced me to keto and carnivore and I started to look into the benefits of this way of eating. I came across endless stories, podcasts and you tube videos showcasing research, clinical observations, anecdotal evidence, and testimonies all too compelling to ignore and so began my journey on keto which ultimately lead to carnivore.
My energy is the best it’s ever been and my mood is much better. My head is clearer and the mental heaviness is well, less heavy. Some bonus benefits I’ve noticed are improved edema in my legs, abs I never knew I had, and itchy scalp is completely gone. PND is complicated and so I’m wary of attributing entirely the improvements to carnivore but I can’t un-know what I now know and feel and believe that carnivore helps immensely. Don’t get me wrong, I still have bad days and I know that carnivore is not a magic pill but I do know I am giving my body, my brain, and my hormones the best shot at functioning optimally through what I eat, and grabbing some down time when I can get it! Another thing, I no longer dread making dinner because to throw some meat on the barbie requires no thought, is so easy and delicious, and my family love it! I may not be where I want to be yet, but I am definitely not where I was.
Stopping MS with diet
About a dozen years ago or so, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had watched my sister eventually die of the disease, after many years of increasingly debilitating flares, and a wide range of drug therapies that often affected her more negatively than the disease did. When I was diagnosed, my very first instinct was to find another way to at least slow down the process, so I immediately began researching alternatives to chemotherapy.
One of the first things I found was relating to gluten sensitivity, so I had an DNA test done that looked for gene markers for a small number of genetic food sensitivities. All the other markers were normal, but the test revealed that I didn’t have all the genes responsible for digesting gluten. I tried supplementing with enzymes that claimed to digest gluten, but they didn’t work for me. That was disappointing, because bread was something I truly loved, and it was hard to give up. But I did, and that made a measurable difference, but not enough.
Like many on a similar path, I eventually discovered the Paleo diet, and found that helped even more. After a few years on that diet, my symptoms had stabilized, but I still had problems with my digestion (gas, bloating, diarrhea) and still had constant pain in my hands. I was still sensitive to overheating easily, and would have problems with fatigue that would last for days if I “overdid” it with physical activity. In other words, not everything was better, but a few things got better, and nothing got worse.
In the midst of a work-related transfer to another city, and all the stress and changes that entailed, I fell off the wagon on my diet, and I suffered for it. I gained a fair amount of weight, my blood pressure went up, my blood work wasn’t great, and many of my MS symptoms returned – such as overall joint pain and more frequent and profound fatigue. By December of last year, I knew I had to get serious about cleaning up my diet again.
After a fair amount of research, I went on a ketogenic diet. I felt I was “doing it right,” but the urine test strips kept telling me I wasn’t in ketosis. I bought a blood ketone meter, and happily found that the strips were wrong. I was in ketosis, and the weight started gradually melting away. My blood pressure fell in line with the weight, as did my blood glucose. I never had glucose high enough to be a real problem, but the previous average was around 110 or so. Keto made it drop below 100. My bouts of crippling fatigue went away, though sometimes I’d still get tired midday, and need to take a nap for an hour or so to recover. My joint pain went away, except for the long-standing arthritic pain in my hands.
I knew I was on the right path, but I truly felt there was more that could be done. If changing my diet got me this far in my battle with inflammation, maybe I could do more somehow.
Along the way, I found that I was getting better at separating what my body was telling me from what my brain tried to talk me into. I realized that my body had been trying to tell me things my whole life that might have spared me from the MS altogether, if I had only listened to it instead of the nutrition “experts”. I had always preferred red meat to any other food, even as a small child. I despised almost all vegetables. Fruit tasted good, but I never could really eat very much of it without feeling “off”. My only disconnect was with bread. I never really got the message that it was hurting me, until much later in life.
It really wasn’t planned, but while on the keto diet, I found myself just naturally eating more meat over time, and less of the keto-approved vegetables. They always seemed to give me more gas and bloating, and those didn’t seem like a positive sign to me. The fairly heavy reliance on the cheeses as substitute ingredients in keto baking also didn’t sit well with my body.
I instinctively began eating only meat at least 95% of the time, if not more. After considering what my body would need to repair myelin, I started incorporating more collagen-rich meats, and eating the connective tissues that I used avoid. I learned my body wanted that nutrient, because the connective tissues no longer seemed “gross” to eat, and I found that I actually enjoyed both the flavor and consistency of them.
My weight loss, which had stalled a few months into keto, picked back up again. My blood ketone meter said I was even deeper in ketosis than I was before. My blood pressure continued to drop into a completely normal range. My blood sugar dropped to an average of 75. In addition to that, my fatigue has completely gone. I only take a nap if it’s the weekend and everyone else is napping. It’s a choice, not a necessity. The residual joint pain in my hands has disappeared, unless I use them extensively, and even then, they recover quickly. I am no longer sensitive to heat or getting exhausted quickly. I have more energy than I’ve had in decades, and my endurance has increased dramatically.
As my diet has become increasingly more carnivore, I’ve found that my body has expressed preferences in meats as well. I like the taste of pork, but it makes me feel sluggish and generally “off”. So I’ve cut that out of my diet. I like chicken as well, and it doesn’t make me feel bad, but it also doesn’t make me feel satiated. Even when I eat the skin and dark meat, I’m hungry again within a couple of hours, no matter how much I ate. I’ve tried adding fats, but I sense that the problem isn’t the fats, but simply the fact that it’s less nutrient dense than the red meats are. I believe my body wants and needs the denser nutrients in red meat, and it won’t be satisfied with anything else. I also like seafood, but not fish. I can tolerate the relatively flavorless white fish, but I cannot stand fish that tastes like fish. Even if I force myself to eat it, it doesn’t sit well on my stomach, and I’m hungry again in no time as well. Again, I’ve listened to my body and happily deleted it from my diet. Even when I do choose to eat non-fish seafood, it’s in addition to red meat, not in place of it.
But things aren’t perfect yet, and I’m still tweaking my diet. The main issue is that my digestive system is still not where it needs to be. I still have diarrhea for most bowel movements, though I almost never have gas anymore, and never feel bloated. Whether I ate fiber, as before, or don’t eat it, doesn’t seem to matter. My colon just seems to refuse to extract the extra water. Most of the time, I just accept it. When it’s really too inconvenient, I take loperamide to make it stop, though I generally try to avoid medications.
I’m still not 100% carnivore, in that I drink coffee in the morning, and iced tea during the day. I will probably eventually stop those to see if there is any improvement, but I’m not about to beat myself up for not doing it yet. This is a process, and I believe in progress, not expectations of immediate perfection. Expecting perfection has always preceded a total failure for me. If I can’t do it “right”, why bother? Well, better is still better, even if it’s not perfect … yet. Some people do better keeping their sights firmly on their ultimate goal, but I do better by putting one foot in front of the other, and just concentrating on my next best step, only occasionally looking at the final goal to ensure I’m still going the right direction.
What’s my next step? Eating more of my ruminants at least closer to a raw state. I’ve always been a fan of extremely rare red meat, and I think that was another of my body’s unheard messages. I’ve begun only lightly searing or grilling the exterior of my meat, to kill any pathogens that might be lurking there from how it was handled prior to me buying it, but the inside is still completely raw. I’m sure I’ll become more confident over time, especially if I settle on a really good source of meat I trust, and will begin eating more of it completely raw. If it helps, that will be my new normal.
When people ask me how I can eat such a “restrictive” diet, I tell them that MS is much more restrictive. Eating food is just a small proportion of my time, and I don’t depend on it to bring joy into my life. Living with MS would take 100% of my time, and I guarantee there is no joy in any of it. Considering that I’m eating the food I’ve always preferred anyway, this doesn’t seem like a difficult choice. It’s a no-brainer, really. Even if the naysayers are right, and this eventually gives me heart disease or cancer, I’m still better off in the meantime. Everyone dies of something – usually heart disease or cancer. My goal is to feel the best I can until that day comes, and eating carnivore has given me my life back more completely than any other way of eating.
Hey everyone, I’m not really autistic anymore but I was before.
When I was 18 I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, had all the normal issues: sensory overload, trouble communicating, temper problems. All standard autistic behaviour. However at times I had severe impairment. At times I could not speak for sometimes hour at a time, I noticed this was always accompanied by extreme abdominal pain and hunger then I precede by eating food (sugar, and grains) and the symptoms got worse, or loss of speech, hearing to a degree and some movement impairment, and always accompanied by sensory overload. After one episode I finally realised this is happening to me because of food, then I started to trial many different diets, all with relatively no success.
December 2017 I had a problem while paint and decorating with my father, I couldn’t move voluntary at times and would had a case of involuntary blinking and would have tears running down my face without being sad or upset. This left me confused and I was fed up so I stopped working. I always tried hard, I worked out, I thought I was eating healthy. I would eat so much fruit, but it would make my abdominal pain even worse. Nothing worked I tried everything, I even went to nutritionist and tried fasting.
So it was December 2017 and Shawn Baker was on the Joe Rogan podcast, you guys probably already watched it. Shawn Baker was advocating a meat only diet and said it cured a bunch of his ailments and increased his performance. I literally said “fuck it” I will try it, I got nothing to lose, I’m in pain and tried everything and this is depressing. Being autistic sucks because you cannot control what you do, your body does… You try grab the cup you can’t; you fumble, you try let go… but you can’t you are too tense. You are angry when you aren’t, and can’t talk when you talk…
So I tried this meat diet for 30 days and it went really well, best I ever felt in my life. Simple things like sugar crashes and feeling tired just disappeared. However as the time went on I started noticing: I’m not in pain anymore, I don’t have to stop and think when I speak, I’m looking at people in their face, I am calm and not raging when playing video games (I used to rage a lot). I can move how and when I want to, no more insatiable hunger.
Everything autism related just evaporated, it was like it was never there. I also never get nervous now at all.
I’m 25 years old. I’m now 1 year and 3 months carnivore, I mainly eat raw meat nowadays. I gained weight, I was always skinny 5 ft 10 140 lbs, now I am 170lbs and feel a lot better.
I was going to post this a year ago but couldn’t be bothered.
This story doesn’t detail everything but I tried to keep it short and simple.
Thank you for anyone that reads this and most importantly thank you Shawn Baker for changing my life!
I’m pretty healthy. Always have been. I suppose I’m an example of the carnivore diet (mostly beef with salt) benefiting even those who are doing fairly well to begin with:
I started getting sweaty hands and feet around 18. I really started to notice how warm I would get after meals and especially crap food. I used protein shakes and pb&j’s after workouts in college. Eventually noticed the slight constipation. Off-and-on knee pain from about 17–figured it was from running track and skateboarding. Always been a rough, though careful, player since childhood.
Now I’ve been working nightshift for 2 years. Heard about the Petersons, Baker, and read Pollan. I thought maybe I could try it to see if I could be less tired all the time.
Then everything got better. Just like JP said. All the miraculously numerous improvements happened, even improved coordination, which was already pretty good. My knees feel like when I was 15. I’m not at all intimidated by the work I have left on my 2nd bachelors. I’m not high all the time, but never low. Steady slight positivity. It’s cool to see how much stuff I can get done. And I sleep waaaaay better. Now when I choose to sleep, I actually do. As I said, I work the nightshift, so, ya, it means a lot.
I’m no longer afraid of the day my knees give out. I’m looking forward real intently all the time. I think I remember I felt this way back when I was a kid with ALL of my life ahead of me, high test scores, and no knee pain.
Sadly, I could not convince my arthritic grandmother, or anyone else in my overweight immediate family. I hope this helps someone out there.
To end on a positive note: I got a 6 pack! I kinda look like Bruce Lee with my shirt off now, exercising only 30-45 minutes per week. Not what I was after, but a fine bonus.
This diet has changed my life.
I’ve been obese all the way up to the age of 16. I got into MMA and lost over 80 pounds, from 230-150. I was eating a pretty “healthy” diet to get this weight down and maintained that diet to stay in fight shape. But I didn’t feel great. I got into fighting and had to do a lot of weight cuts (19 fights). Many of these cuts where terrible for my health. Some fight camps I was only eating only fruit salads, chicken breast, greens, and oatmeal. I would have to lose over 15lbs in a week to make fight weight by starvation and dehydration. When I would get into the ring, I didn’t look like a fighter one bit. I looked weak and always had a belly.
Eventually I took a break from the weight cuts and gained little muscle but was still fat and didn’t feel great.
Through this break I ended up terribly depressed to the point I had suicidal thoughts. I dropped out of nursing school after a year in because I had no drive. My sex drive was zero, wouldn’t even get hard from watching porn. I was always tired, always. I didn’t want to go out and never wanted to socialize. My confidence was zero. I couldn’t talk like a normal person, always stuttering and mumbling.
I contribute all of this to my diet, bad weight cuts, and getting hit in the head.
I didn’t have health insurance and didn’t really believe a doctor could help me. I’m not about taking medications to cure my symptoms when I wanted to fix what was causing these problems.
So I did my research and eventually tried Keto. I had some success but was still fat. THEN I listened to the Joe Rogan podcast with Shawn Baker.
I said I’m doing this after listening and it’s been ever since that podcast.
After the first year or so I felt amazing. I was finally getting stronger in the gym. Confidence went up. Sex drive back. I got my CNA certificate and got a great job as a CNA and went back to school for nursing.
But I was getting fat and had very dry hair on this diet. So I did some periods where I would try to eat normal again because maybe I thought it wasn’t right for me. But whenever I did this I would never feel as good as I did when I ate only meat.
But now things are finally working for me. I’m getting lean while eating 2-3lbs a meat a day. My hair is getting better. And I’m making a lot of progress in the gym. I’m in over a week of doing 100-200 pull ups a day and 200-300 push-ups a day with little sleep. I sleep around 3-6hrs a night. My awkward ass found myself a beautiful girlfriend. I’m performing great at work. Went from a 3.0 GPA at a community college to a 4.0 GPA in a university that uses a Harvard grading scale (94-100 is an A). I am not going back ever.
I mostly eat hamburger patty’s because of price. Before I was eating once or twice a day but now 2-4 because how hungry i’ve been lately. I do supplement w/ boron, ashwangaha, bone meal, and vitamin C. And I do drink about 8 cups of black coffee a day but because I usually don’t sleep until 3am and I love coffee. I fall asleep fine and could fall asleep right after I finish work at 11:30 but due to responsibilities I don’t get to sleep til then and I am fine with that.
I am excited for the future because of this diet.