Carnivore Diet - 3 Months In

MAJOR COMPLAINTS: 

  1. Digestion still isn’t optimal, but I have more good days than bad days. Noticed a minor improvement by adding in digestive enzymes. 

  2. Dry skin. Could be Winter, could be the diet, could be I’m not drinking sufficient water. 

  3. Canker sores: Left cheek, by back teeth. I’ve had them more often in the last couple of months. They commonly go away, but come right back. 

  4. Under-eye bags: They look worse and are tough to get rid of despite cold spoons, tea bags, and under-eye creams. Wrinkles seem worse too :(

  5. Histamines: I’m still having histamine issues, albeit more mild. Could be the mega pollen blast we’ve had this year. Weather is also dry, and the house is extra dusty due to the wind. Red itchy skin, usually on my neck. I take “Histamine Scavenger” when it appears. 

  6. Headaches: I’ve had a couple of doozies this month. Bad, but not the horrible, blinding migraines I used to have. 

  7. Mood has been weird this month.

  8. Sporadic, infrequent brain fog this month. Comes and goes. Spacing out more. The good news is, on good days my brain feels like it’s all systems go.  

  9. Hard “nap days.” I’m not sure what this is about. I wake up in the morning with good energy, feel OK. Around 10am, I’ve gotten so drowsy I need to rest. I lay down and crash hard for two to five hours. A nap? I wake up groggy and kinda foggy. This has happened three times since I’ve started the diet. It’s unusual, a bit like narcolepsy. I literally cannot stay awake. I don’t know why this happens. 

  10. The cough from hell: I started coughing around middle March when I experimented with dairy. For about a week I indulged in a teaspoon per day of heavy cream in my coffee. I was also eating cheese like I could eat cheese. I didn’t go overboard on either, I thought. When the cough started, I dropped all milk products. Originally, I gave up milk products many years ago. This recent test was to see if I could tolerate it. I can’t. Even so, the cough has persisted and ranges from annoying throat clearing to full on hacking. My present theories include: Pollenpocolypse, dry weather, histamine reactions, dehydration. It seems to come and go and is intensified by bacon and shit quality meat from restaurants. I am also a smoker, but I’ve never had a cough like this and it definitely started when I consumed milk products. It doesn’t feel like it’s coming from my lungs, but rather post-nasal drip, perhaps. 

  11. Full moon flares: Staticy vision, fatigue, joint pain. Less intense. 

  12. Stress is manifesting as depression. Because I’m feeling better, I’ve started doing EVERYTHING. I’m working like a dog, going back to school, started a new business, writing, editing, reading, being me, everything!! I’ve gone insane! And now because I can’t do it all, I’m hitting low points that translate into inactivity. I’m overwhelmed. After 3 years of doing nothing, I’ve gone off the deep end. I need to slow down. 

  13. I can’t stay up passed 10pm. By 9pm I’m getting sleepy, by 10 I’m falling asleep on the couch.

  14. Eating bad food (cheating) results in louder symptoms. The good news is, the louder the pain, the more resolve you have in not eating that way anymore.

MAJOR BENEFITS: 

  1. Energy is still up. Except for hard nap days, which are frequent.

  2. I’m able to use my camera now and can work for hours without getting fatigued or dead on my feet. In fact, I’m spending most of my days working on my projects and my new business. My muscles feel stronger. 

  3. Digestion IS better. Not perfect, but better. You poop less on the carnivore diet. 

  4. Period was less intense this month. My periods have always been 10 days long. 2 horrible, stay in bed, heavy days, and 8 spotting days. Still did 10 days, but flow was lighter. Clots were smaller. Sorry if that’s gross, we need to talk about it. 

  5. I can exercise more than ever. I’m doing moderate exercise now and I don’t feel beat up after. I can also walk to get coffee in the morning which is about a half mile there and back. 

  6. Nail growth? I feel like my nails are growing quicker. 

  7. Bloating is gone and hasn’t come back. 

  8. I feel less inflamed all over. I still have joint pain, but it’s less extreme. 

  9. Weight is oscillating, but trending down. I’m currently at 131. I started at 136. 

  10. Dizziness is down about 95% with the infrequent (rare) off balance feeling. 

  11. Pimples seem to come and go faster. I haven’t had any of those big subterranean ones in a while. 

  12. I don’t know if I’m imagining this, but I feel like my skin is healing faster. I get a cut and it’s gone in a few days. 

  13. My emotional stability is better than it’s ever been! I still get mad or annoyed, but I handle it better. I also am dealing with mild depression that really feels manageable and isn’t stopping me from getting things done. As I touched on above, I have a moderate, stress-overload, depression at the moment. It’s not as crippling as it used to be. It’s essentially, “why can’t I do everything?” depression.  

CHEATING

Cheating is an inherent part of all this. We're human. It’s not easy to be super strict with anything in life. It takes a practice and a while to adapt. In the early days, you do miss your old ways of eating. The bad ways. For me, cheating has manifested in grabbing a few french fries when they come with my food - even if I didn’t order them. I tell myself, “A few won’t hurt.” But it does. I suspect these “few“ fries have resulted in my weird mood and an increase in extra greasy zits. I also have a feeling it starts you back at zero. I try not to beat myself up about it and vow to do better. I don’t feel good when I eat bad food. Dealing with WHY you need to cheat is deep level emotional stuff. Most of us stress eat and I’ve been under stress. I have to remind myself french fries don’t actually make me feel better.

GAME PLAN

I’m good. I’m working, my mood is the best it’s been in years, and I have strength to (mostly) do the things I want to do. Occasionally, I still have to lay down, but it’s clearly not like it was. On the Carnivore diet you’re expected to eat loads of organ meats. I don’t. I have a hard time with them. I take a cod liver oil supplement and have started taking zinc and vitamin C as a test to see how I feel. I also take Magnesium/Calcium (Calm) before bed. I need to drink more water. Water is crucial on this diet. I will continue to work on my stress and go easy on myself. Being out in the world again is more strenuous than you think. It requires a slow, easy, re-entry. I will proceed with this diet as long as I feel good on it. As for the cough, I think I need to buckle down, stop being lazy and stop ordering meat from restaurants for a while. No more bacon. I need to drink more water. UPDATE: As of April 23rd, the cough has faded, although I still have a bit of phlegm in the back of my throat in the mornings and evenings before bed. 

Like everything, Carnivore requires tweaking. I wish it wasn’t so. I’m so tired of trying to figure everything all out. I suppose it’s because everyone is different and we all require different things. However, overall, things seem better in general and the stamina I’m getting is remarkable. I don’t expect Carnivore to be a magic bullet. Nor do I predict it will solve ALL of my issues. Most notably, what it’s done is get me out of bed and off the couch. The energy is awesome and being less inflamed is great. I also enjoy the mellow mood it causes. I can feel a major difference there. I’m under a lot of stress right now, but don’t feel like keeling over. To put it into perspective, the highest level of depression I felt with Lyme was a 10. What I have now is around a 2 or 3.

SUPPLEMENTS I’M TAKING

If you’re not able to eat nose to tail, supplements are necessary. I’m having trouble eating organ meats. I don’t like them. Full disclosure, I don’t always remember to take these daily. This is a journey and it’s imperative to be kind to yourself when you fuck up.

  • Cod liver oil

  • Vitamin C

  • Calcium Magnesium (Calm)

  • Zinc

  • Electrolytes in water

THE LONG *UPDATED* LIST OF SYMPTOMS

Compared to last month, not a whole lot has changed. Improvements are minor, but there are improvements.

  • *Hashimoto's - Resolved with thyroid meds pre-carnivore

  • Body shaking/vibrating - Have not noticed this month

  • Central serous retinopathy - Has not progressed

  • Seeing stars - Occasional, rare

  • Bags under eyes - Getting better

  • Ridges on nails - Unchanged

  • Bacterial Vaginosis - Resolved and then appears to be making a come back. Not sure why. Perhaps experimental introduction to dairy set if off. I'm off milk again.

  • Poor circulation - Improving

  • Hot flashes - Gone

  • Insomnia - Gone

  • Brain fog - Some days I'm a genius, others I can't remember basic shit. Definitely not as bad as it was. I'm having more "on" days where I can grasp new concepts and can remember my to do lists.

  • Body odor - Something ticked when I started lyme killing herbs in 2016 and my body chemistry went whack. Got a bit worse with carnivore. Gross, but improving.

  • *Shoulder acne - Don't ask me why I had acne only on my shoulders, but that's mostly gone

  • Bruise easily - Better

  • . Body shaking/vibrating - Have not noticed this month

  • Central serous retinopathy - Has not progressed

  • Seeing stars - Occasional, rare

  • Bags under eyes - Same

  • Ridges on nails - Unchanged

  • Bacterial Vaginosis - Unresolved

  • Poor circulation - Improving

  • Hot flashes - Gone

  • Insomnia - Gone

  • Brain fog - Feels 90% gone

  • Body odor - Back for some reason. I assume it’s detox.

  • *Shoulder acne - Small flare ups

  • Bruise easily - Improved




  • Lightheaded/dizzy - Occasional and light. No more episodes of vertigo.

  • Barometric pressure headaches - It rained most of March. Haven’t noticed a problem. BP used to flatten me out.

  • Digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, dull and sharp pain) - Improving

  • Occasional (horrible) sharp pain in colon area - Gone

  • Daily headaches - Gone

  • Migraines (1-2 per month) - Have had a few low grade headaches that require medication

  • Sinus pressure - Mostly gone

  • Bleeding gums - Improving

  • Jaw pain (Mostly on left side) - Occasional, rare

  • Heart palpitations - Improved

  • Muscle twitching - Very infrequent

  • *Mild to severe anxiety - Gone

  • *Mild to severe panic attacks - Gone

  • Doom and gloom - Gone

  • Lyme Rage - Gone gone gone!

  • *Mild to severe fatigue - I’m still tired, but it’s more like how I was before my Lyme diagnosis. I can work and get things done.

  • Neck and scalp pain, tightness - Present this month

  • Sciatica pain (both sides) - Comes and goes

  • *Tinea versicolor (back, torso) - Gone (that went with meds)

  • Abnormal periods - Recent Period was lighter

  • *Costochondritis - Gone

  • *Pressure in sternum - Gone

  • Gas, bloating - 99% gone

  • Everything I eat seems to upset my stomach - Gone

  • Dry sinuses - Mostly gone

  • Blocked sinuses - Mostly gone, I can now breathe through both sides of my nostrils

  • *Sore throat left side (two weeks and counting) - Gone

  • Feeling as though food isn't going down fast enough, difficulty swallowing - Totally gone

  • Pressure in ears, a feeling of fluid - Mostly gone. Had a bit during recent full moon

  • Occasional pressure in head, a feeling of fluid - Mostly gone. Had a bit during recent full moon

  • Depression - Gone

  • Eye floaters - Mostly gone

  • Occasional odd smell in sinuses (sour) - Gone!

  • Babesia - IDK

  • Bartonella - IDK

  • Epstein Barr - IDK

  • Burning feet - Mostly gone

TL/DR - I continue to feel good and although improvements are minor, things are going well. I will continue to eat this way until it no longer serves me.

Lyme + Carnivore

Time to Read: About 5-6 Minutes

THIS POST CONTAINS DETAILS ABOUT BODILY FUNCTIONS. 

I'm not finding a good deal of information regarding Lyme to Carnivore online. When I ask on the boards, I'm told to look up Mikhaila Peterson or Charlene Anderson. I've already looked them both up and as far as I can tell, there are only two people who have dealt with Lyme through the Carnivore diet; and only one who has totally cured it. Those aren't good numbers. They're out there, but the information is sparse. There are only two stories on MeatHeals.com.That said, when faced with a void, someone has to fill it. Might as well be me. I'll update on my experience with the diet for posterity and to aid others looking for answers. I am not an expert.


If you didn't read my long intro to the diet, start there. It's not really long, but the symptoms list in the middle is daunting. It’s important to mention I had stem cell therapy in January 2018. You can read about that here. Your results on the diet will differ. Because I had stem cells, which returned me to a 50-60% healthy state, I am not a baseline. However, I do not have a normal, Lyme free life. I still experience many of the same symptoms I’ve had for five years - to a lesser degree.


Not me. Random Viking Babe consuming meat flesh and the souls of her enemies.

Not me. Random Viking Babe consuming meat flesh and the souls of her enemies.

At two months in, I'm experiencing what feels like a major lyme flare. Headaches, sinus infection, body aches, massive light sensitivity, eye static, floaters, fatigue, hot flashes, torrential diarrhea, sensitive skin, worst acne of my life, mood swings, a phlegmy cough, under-the-surface anxiety, air hunger... basically all my Lyme symptoms - and there were a lot. However, they are significantly decreased when compared to this time last year. Still. I've been feeling so good, it's hard to have a flare; a reminder I'm not out of the woods yet. It's also the full moon. I've been having stomach cramps and my neck has been stiff/achy on the right side for about two weeks now. I've had bouts of light nausea, light dizziness/imbalance, and this sinus infection is kicking my ass. I use X-Clear for the sinus infection and that helps. My body odor is off the hook. I don’t bother with deodorant. My husband swears he doesn’t notice, but I do. It’s also Spring and a friend tells me this is when she flares the hardest. I guess I do too. Before stem cells and carnivore, I could never tell if it was the season or the Lyme. Both? I never had seasonal allergies until I got Lyme. I still don’t register for pollens on allergy tests, but they’re not always right.

The year so far has been up and down with the trend moving up. Overall, I do feel better and when my knees ache or my ribs burn, I have to remind myself it was worse a year ago. On Monday I spent the day in bed. The first day in bed in months. That was emotionally difficult. I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be trapped in my room, hardly able to stand. I felt like I was coming down with something. Is it the diet? The full moon? Something I’m eating? Spring? Why are there always more questions than answers? My left hand is shaking. 

My diet still comprises rib-eye (cooked in ghee and a dash of olive oil), duck eggs, coffee (almond milk - which is a no-no on the diet), cod, ground lamb, ground beef, with the occasional other types of steak and chicken - although chicken isn’t sitting with me well at the moment. My supplements are: Cod liver oil, potassium via pickle juice, Sole water in the AM, magnesium, electrolyte powder in my water. I drink about 40-60 ounces of water per day. I've given up stevia products for the time being. At the moment, I’m not very hungry. I eat because I think I should. When I do, I feel a bit ucky and have to lie down for a bit. My cat sleeps after she eats. Is this a carnivore thing? I have only lost about three pounds of water weight and bloat. If I lose ten I’ll hit my goal weight of 125 - I’m only 5’4 and that’s in the “I can wear what I want“ range for me. In the last couple of days I’ve noticed I’m having a hard time eating lamb burgers. They used to be fine, but now gross me out. I can barely get through the patty. Afterward I feel like hell. This seems to be a common symptom of the adaption phase. People in the forums say to “eat when you’re hungry.“ I couldn’t make it through a whole lamb burger today, but I forced myself. Big mistake. They also say, “If you feel bad, eat more meat.“ This doesn’t work for me. When I feel bad, eating makes it worse.

If you read the Carnivore forums, many people talk about how quick and relatively painless their adaption phase was. Some last a few days, others a few weeks. I feel like this has been going on two weeks or more. I'm not really keeping track at the moment. Is this the adaption phase? Does the diet cause die-off? Last night I had a cod fillet with butter and salt and today my stomach is in revolt. My tongue became puffy and white. Am I intolerant to butter now? I see people saying you become less tolerant to some foods as you progress. WTF? Why, butter? I thought we were friends!

If the diet causes die off, I'm in for a rollercoaster. My viral and bacterial load were/are: HHV6, Epstein Barr, Bartonella, and two types of Babesia. I also had/have Candida. FML. A year ago I tested negative for Candida, but if you’ve struggled with it, you know it’s tenacious and there is more than one type. I don’t feel totally clear, to be honest. If it’s true sugar and carbs feed Lyme bacteria, I’m gonna starve those fuckers out. I have not been properly tested for viruses or bacteria in over a year.

I'm hitting a low point. I feel like shit. Two weeks ago I was walking on air, today I'm slumped in close proximity to the toilet. Everyone says stick with it. The average response to "how long does it take to adapt" is 3-6 months. Note, this is all anecdotal evidence and there is little to no scientific data on this diet. Is it, first and foremost, an elimination diet and there is lots of science on that. The science says it’s good. Will I do this long term? I'll do it as long as I feel good. I'm confident that I currently feel bad due to an adaption or die off phase. I'm going to wait it out and see how I do. Truth is, I’m giving it a solid six months. My next course of action is to return to my LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor) and get re-tested. I figure six months should do. That puts me in July.


There are some notable figures in the Carnivore community who have done this diet long term (longer than six months): I will add more as I find them.

Charlene and JOE Anderson - 20 years

Perhaps the biggest Carnivore celeb, Charlene is not really online except small mentions on her husband's Twitter page. Last I checked, her Instagram was gone. I'll be honest, she's like a ghost. She is the only Lyme person who has "cured" Lyme with Carnivore long term. She is not active in the community. Charlene tends to be the example most people use, but it’s been over a year since an update. I’ve love to see how she’s doing in 2019. Charlene, are you out there? Do you have any Lyme symptoms left? Any issues to report? Anything you’re still working on?

Charles Washington - 10 years

Charles is best known for starting the Facebook group “Zeroing in on Health“ and began this way of eating to deal with a pre-diabetic diagnosis.

Amber O'Hearn - 10 years

Amber’s original intent with the diet was to lose weight. She discovered many other benefits and has continued. 

Kelly Hogan - 9 years

Overweight, lost her menstrual cycle and unable to conceive. After starting the diet, her cycle returned and she conceived two healthy children and has lost a lot of weight. 

Frank Trufano - 7 years

Former vegan, now outspoken about the dangers of veganism. His channel has lots of good information often with scientific data to support it. He can be staunch and opinionated about his views, but he provides good info. 

Dr. Shawn Baker - 2.5 years

An orthopedic (bones and muscle) surgeon and exercise enthusiast. He's one of the most outspoken about the diet and does quite a lot of videos about it. He’s also the elder (50+) person on this list.

sv3rige - 2 years

Probably the most extreme (radical?) YouTuber on the subject, sv3rige has been eating RAW meat for 2 years. He’s does interview with ex-vegans and talks at length about how stupid vegans are. It’s sometimes amusing. He is educated on the subject and his interviews are worth watching if you need validation for quitting veganism. You may also start to notice that the “ism“ in veganism directly relates to the philosophical belief pattern of the vegan diet - or why sv3rige thinks it’s a cult.

Mikhaila Peterson - 1 year

After suffering her entire life, Mikhaila switched to the diet in 2018. She's a worst-case scenario and has only recently confirmed a lyme diagnosis - Her transformation has been inspirational. She has some remaining Lyme symptoms, but as far as I can tell, she has at least nine different viruses. I have three. 

The Vegetable Police - 1 year

Former vegan, has had many health issues in the past. He's noticed many improvements to his health. His channel is probably the most amusing of them all. He approaches health and the carnivore diet with a sense of humor. He rarely bombards you with facts, but it’s interesting to see how he’s doing.


As you can see, there aren't a lot of people out there who have done this long term and only two with Lyme. Only one (Mikhaila) is writing about it. I don’t like that she’s now offering diet consulting on her site, but you can’t blame a girl for trying to make a living. The fact remains, she is better. I have not been able to find any other Lyme Carnivores logging their experiences. If you know of any, please send me the link.

Special Note: I’m not trying to make money or convince anyone. The information here is provided as a means of logging my experience for others to find. Especially the Lyme community. This is for posterity and if I can help someone, that’s enough. I want to help as much as I can. Lyme is a horrendous disease that ruins your life. I’m a writer, not a health guru. Carnivore is not my life or identity. It’s only how I eat.

Lymies: Have you tried this diet? Get in touch. How ya doing? Get in touch.

Infusio - One Year Later - The Carnivore Diet

Time to Read: 10-12 mins

In December 2018 I composed a long complaint about how I felt one year after Infusio. I deleted it. Long story short, I was nowhere near where I wished to be. During the holidays I had massive histamine reactions to EVERYTHING and was miserable. My entire body ached, and I was having a hard time justifying that I’d waited a full fucking year and didn’t feel much better. Truth? I felt a bit better. Not enough to live a normal life. I spent most of my days on the couch, my hormones were whacked, my periods were unusually heavy, and I was becoming increasingly discouraged. I was already on a restricted diet and everything I ate upset my stomach. I had diarrhea that wouldn’t quit. I was angry. An entire year and I didn’t have much to show for it. On rare days, I only spent 50% of my day on the couch, but I didn’t have good quality energy when I was up. I began thinking about next steps. It was clear I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. I would now have to delve into the complicated world of mast cell reactions, rare intolerances, genetics, autoimmune encephalitis, etc. And then I heard about the next, new phase of Infusio treatment called Exomes. When I saw the word posted on the Facebook stem boards I was like: No. Fuck no. Hell no. Don’t even! I could not entertain yet another Infusio treatment. I didn’t bother to read about it and still don’t even know what it is. There were plenty of people who improved with Infusio, didn’t do the home protocol, didn’t do ACT, and did not do Exomes. What the hell changed? Get it out of my face. No more. 

At the end of 2018 I was feeling hopeless. It was time to deal with reality: Infusio only got me so far and it wasn’t far enough. Not by a mile. I did not want to live my life with only a quarter of my normal energy, hypersensitive to everything, in chronic pain, and unable to eat. 

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enter THE CARNIVORE DIET

Around January 2019, my sister talked about “The Carnivore Diet.” I listened to her tell me about it, but it made no sense. How can you survive on only meat and water? It sounded like a boring death sentence. Around the holidays I upped my meat intake anyway - not because I wanted to become a carnivore. I realized it was the only thing not upsetting my stomach. I had one hamburger patty a day besides my normal grain-free, sugar-free, processed-free diet. After the patty, I didn’t feel sick or bloated. I wasn’t tired. The next week I had two plain meat meals a day. After two weeks I went all the way. Three meat meals a day. 

My pain subsided. My energy skyrocketed. Holy shit! I tried it for another week. No histamine reactions, great energy, no pain, brain fog lifted, my mood was amazing. It was like a miracle. I couldn’t believe it. I researched the diet and found an abundance of anecdotal evidence. It’s helping people! There were stories of people with Lyme and how they’d overcome it by switching to meat. It all sounded too good to be true.

SNAGS (some of which may be lyme and not the diet)

  • The adapting phase is like Keto-Flu - people are saying it can last anywhere from 3-6 months

  • The initial high has worn off, but I still have more energy than I did before Infusio

  • Digestion is wonky while my body gets used to it

  • Dry skin

  • Odd vibrations in head (once)

  • I don’t know how to cook meat and it’s sometimes frustrating

  • Buying meat. It’s gross.

  • Period fluctuating. 1st was great (less heavy, no cramps), 2nd was heavy, had big Lyme flare: Joint pain, lightheaded, mild anxiety, digestion pain, long emotional PMS, brain fog, vision static, very dry skin, return of costochondritis. This has been my normal for years.

  • It seems I can’t handle spices other than salt and pepper. Anything else and I get diarrhea.

30 day IMPROVEMENTS

  • Less pain

  • More premium quality energy

  • Haven’t had a migraine in over a month

  • Less susceptible to barometric pressure

  • No more bloating

  • Very little gas (TMI)

  • Sinuses are clear both sides

  • Feel satisfied when I eat

  • Lost 3 pounds (goes up and down)

  • No more insomnia. I go right to sleep at night

  • Overall Lyme symptoms have decreased (see list below)

  • My husband is cooking more!

  • No longer have to worry which ingredient in a meal is causing me issues. Was it the oil? The arugula? The olives? Pumpkin seeds? No more. If something upsets my stomach, I have a small list to check. It’s usually the spices.


The Massive List of Lyme Symptoms Post Carnivore

The majority of these symptoms were constant over the past five years.
*Asterisks indicate symptoms that had already improved before starting Carnivore.

  • *Hashimoto's - Resolved with thyroid meds pre-carnivore

  • HHV6 - IDK

  • Gluten intolerance - Who cares?

  • Dairy Intolerance - Still very active with milk and cheese. Eggs OK.

  • Eczema - Had disappeared pre-Lyme and returned a bit in December 2018, has improved and isn't bad

  • Candida - IDK, feels mostly gone

  • SIBO - Feels like it's improved

  • Inflammation - Way down

  • Constant health anxiety - Gone

  • Low cortisol - IDK

  • Low pregnenolone - IDK

  • Joint pain - Less

  • *Tongue tingling (kind of numb) - Gone

  • Throat feels tight - Gone

  • Puffy white tongue - Gone

  • Stomach pain (center, below ribs) - Gone

  • Pain in kidneys - Gone

  • Cold feet - Active

  • Pain in shoulders and left arm, elbow - Active, but less

  • Eye fatigue - Comes and goes as opposed to constant

  • Ringing in ears constantly - Active, less noticeable

  • Sweaty palms - Comes and goes

  • Dry skin - Active

  • *Shortness of breath, air hunger - Gone

  • 60. Body shaking/vibrating - Mostly gone, had a bunch of this in the first few weeks of diet change - felt like out of whack vagus nerve

  • Central serous retinopathy - Has not progressed

  • Seeing stars - Occasional, rare

  • Bags under eyes - Getting better

  • Ridges on nails - Unchanged

  • Bacterial Vaginosis - Resolved and then appears to be making a come back. Not sure why. Perhaps experimental introduction to dairy set if off. I'm off milk again.

  • Poor circulation - Improving

  • Hot flashes - Gone

  • Insomnia - Gone

  • Brain fog - Some days I'm a genius, others I can't remember basic shit. Definitely not as bad as it was. I'm having more "on" days where I can grasp new concepts and can remember my to do lists.

  • Body odor - Something ticked when I started lyme killing herbs in 2016 and my body chemistry went whack. Got a bit worse with carnivore. Gross, but improving.

  • *Shoulder acne - Don't ask me why I had acne only on my shoulders, but that's mostly gone

  • Bruise easily - Better

  • Lightheaded/dizzy - Mostly gone. No more episodes of vertigo.

  • Barometric pressure headaches - Improved

  • Digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, dull and sharp pain) - Sharp pains are gone, others remain

  • Occasional (horrible) sharp pain in colon area - Gone

  • Daily headaches - Gone

  • Migraines (1-2 per month) - Haven't had one in a month

  • Sinus pressure - Mostly gone, discovered after 20 years I still CANNOT eat dairy

  • Bleeding gums - Mostly gone, gums are improving and are looking (dare I say) healthy. Before, felt like my teeth were loose

  • Jaw pain (Mostly on left side) - Gone

  • Heart palpitations - Improved

  • Muscle twitching - Very infrequent

  • *Mild to severe anxiety - Gone

  • *Mild to severe panic attacks - Gone

  • Doom and gloom - Gone

  • Lyme Rage - Gone gone gone!

  • *Mild to severe fatigue - Mostly gone. I spent 95% of my pre-Infusio days laying down. Post Infusio, I got to 50% of the day laying down.

  • Neck and scalp pain, tightness - Mostly gone

  • Sciatica pain (both sides) - Eh, comes and goes

  • *Tinea versicolor (back, torso) - Gone (that went with meds)

  • Abnormal periods - Recent Period was lighter

  • *Costochondritis - Gone

  • *Pressure in sternum - Gone

  • Gas, bloating - Mostly gone

  • Everything I eat seems to upset my stomach - Gone

  • Dry sinuses - Mostly gone

  • Blocked sinuses - Mostly gone, I can now breathe through both sides of my nostrils

  • *Sore throat left side (two weeks and counting) - Gone

  • Feeling as though food isn't going down fast enough, difficulty swallowing - Totally gone

  • Pressure in ears, a feeling of fluid - Mostly gone - dairy didn't help

  • Occasional pressure in head, a feeling of fluid - Gone

  • Depression - Gone

  • Eye floaters - Mostly gone

  • Occasional odd smell in sinuses (sour) - Gone!

  • Babesia - IDK

  • Bartonella - IDK

  • Epstein Barr - IDK

  • Burning feet - Mostly gone


TL/DR: This list demonstrates how the majority of my symptoms disappeared after switching to a carnivore diet.


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I WAS A VEGETARIAN FOR 26 YEARS

When I was fifteen I became a vegetarian. I cut out all red meat. I was a bonafide member of Morrissey’s “Meat is Murder” club. In my early ‘20s I cut out poultry and dairy. I was devoted. I never cheated, and I accepted what I was doing was the best thing for me and the earth. I argued that vegetarianism was the best diet. I endured mockery and disdain. My Mexican family had a hard time coming to terms with my not eating chicharrones or carne asada. I held firm to my beliefs. I was right, they were wrong. Not to brag, but I was a vegetarian in the days before Garden Burgers. Most grocery stores didn’t even carry tofu.

Over the years I’ve had several doctors tell me I needed to eat meat. How dare they tell me what to do? They don’t know me! I should have listened. To be fair, I was a young kid with high ideals and an over-inflated sense of morality. I love animals and eating them was sickening. “Nothing with a face,” I used to say. I didn’t understand that consuming large quantities of (fruit and vegetable) FIBER was tearing up my gut or that carbs were sending me on a path toward diabetes. Why did I have stomach pain after eating kale? Why did alfalfa sprouts give me indigestion? The list of pain inducing vegetables was extensive. I could not eat soy or plant based products. The Impossible Burger made me bloated and gave me stomach pain for days. 

Vegetarianism/veganism/plant-based diets may work for some people. They don’t work for me. I have twenty-five years of personal experience on the matter. For me, vegetarianism was a blind chase down the wrong rabbit hole. Always pursuing “something else” to make the diet work. Always tweaking and hunting. I felt bad, but it couldn’t be the diet. Looking back, I feel like I was in a cult. If you told one of the Branch Davidians that David Koresh was a demented maniac, they could not (would not) believe you. They could not make the mental connection. Or telling a believer that God doesn’t exist. It’s not an option. God exists, and that’s that. I’m not saying people who believe in God are a cult, by the way. Vegetarianism was the same with me. I believed in a plant-based diet the way Branch Davidians believed in David Koresh. There was nothing anyone could say to sway me.

In over two decades, I never could understand why I didn’t feel good on a vegetarian diet. I felt like shit all the time, couldn’t lose weight, had low energy, was moody and irritated (sorry to all my former boyfriends), and physically fragile. In fact, my not being able to lift heavy things was a joke. I spent a lot of time researching herbs and supplements to make me feel better. I was one of the first people I know using tinctures and essential oils. Nothing worked. I thought, I have to keep looking. Something will turn up. Instead of dealing with the most obvious answer, I closed my eyes to the hard truth. I blamed my doctors or not taking high enough quality supplements. I needed to do more! So I spent the money. I saw naturopaths, bought expensive supplements, acupuncture, reiki, yoga, Pilates, hikes in nature, chiropractors, medical professionals, allergists. I blamed wheat, so I cut out wheat. I blamed all grains, so I cut out all grains. I blamed sugar and cut out sugar. I blamed fruit, so I cut out fruit. And all of this was before Lyme! After Lyme, I ran through the same ring-around-the-rosy and still ended up empty handed. So by the time I got to Carnivore, I’d tried everything, and I was desperate.


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My Current Diet

BREAKFAST:

Coffee, Eggs and bacon (or 1/4 lb ribeye)

LUNCH

Hamburger or lamb burger patty with butter

DINNER

1/2 lb fatty ribeye or lamb chops - sometimes another patty if we’re strapped for time.

SUPPLEMENTS

I went from taking upwards of 25-40 supplements a day to now taking potassium, magnesium, and cod liver oil

This is NOT perfect. It is ever-changing as I figure out what works for me.


Also known as “Zero Carb,” some call this “the ultimate elimination diet.” Most Lyme Literate doctors agree that sugar and carbs feed Lyme bacteria. Fruit is sugar. Quinoa is carbs. There is, if you’re interested, science on all this, but I don’t want to bore you or force it down your throat. For me, this has been my holy grail. It’s a complete turnaround and I feel like I am getting my life back. As you can see from the list above, it’s not 100% perfect, but I’m only a month in and I can function like a normal human being. I’m thinking about travelling. I’ve started physical therapy to regain my strength and rebuild the muscles that have atrophied in my back. 

this wasn’t an easy decision

I’ve been afraid to talk about this for a few weeks. As a former vegetarian, I know how people are. I know the dogma and I know all the arguments about saving the planet, animal cruelty, and industrial farming. Now that the brain fog has lifted, I realize just how much diet plays a role in our health. I don’t just realize it. I know it. That’s the difference. I once believed that vegetarianism was the way to go. How could it not be? Vegetables are fucking healthy. Right? Aside from the fact that vegan/vegetarian/plant-based is overly complicated, it’s filled with foods made to replicate meat. I now see it’s not for me and never was. If I retrace my lifelong health issues, most started in my teens and got worse right around the time I cut out all animal products. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I ask you to respect my journey. This was not an easy decision. The first time I ate meat I cried. I still have a hard time eating organ meats and if I think about the animal that died so I can live, I get kind of depressed. I only buy grass-fed meat from good sources. It costs more, but it’s worth it. I have to know the meat I consume had a nice life. Each meal is a gift. A gift of life. I was suffering, and I ended my suffering. I can no longer ignore that I need animal products in my diet. The extent of my recovery in just one month is obvious. 

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EATING TO LIVE

I know a lot of Carnivores face scorn at consuming the rotted flesh of our Earth’s precious creatures. I get it. When I think about cows and lambs I get fuzzy feelings. So how can I eat them? I decided I didn’t want to die, that’s how. I was tired of hurting. I wanted to end my sickness. The more I thought about it, the more I investigated, the clearer it became. Humans have long survived on meat. My ancestors ate meat. It’s how they survived so I could be born. The trouble with eating meat isn’t the murder of animals. Animals eat animals and humans are animals. If you were out in the forest and you came across a hungry animal, you better believe it would eat you. Maybe not chipmunks, but definitely bears and wolves. For me, eating meat is a basic survival. The issue is industrial farming. The problem is abuse and chemicals and genetic engineering. But we’re evolved, right? We can elect not to eat meat. I chose for twenty-five years. I ate cardboard flavored Tofurkey every Thanksgiving for two-and-a-half decades. If I missed some magical trick to vegetarianism, then I’ll be the first to admit I was mistaken. Believe me when I say, I tried everything. I don’t want to go into how *monoculture plant-foods wreck the ground, leads to pesticide runoff, fertilizer runoff, desertification and kills many animals. Or how properly managed cattle actually builds topsoil, increases biodiversity, water retention and more. It’s a much longer conversation.

THE EFFECTS OF A RAW meat DIET ON MY 13 YEAR OLD CAT

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13 year old Matilda being adorable

Around the same time I went Carnivore, I started making homemade raw food for my thirteen-year-old cat, Matilda. It involves chicken skins, thighs, hearts, livers, and grinding bones in a meat grinder. It’s revolting. However, she saw almost immediate results. Her coat is shiny, she has more vitality; she plays (she hasn’t played in years), and the white parts of her coat are white again. She RUNS up the stairs instead of moving slow like an old lady like she used to. Her mood has improved. She’s suffered with anxiety since she was a kitten and she’s more or less calm now. Canned cat food is shit and my baby deserves to eat her natural food. I should not ignore I now have stamina to prepare raw food for my cat. 

Let me end by saying, I’m not trying to convince YOU to go carnivore. I’m sharing what’s worked for me. I feel like a god-damn viking. A middle-aged viking who has just come back from a long sea voyage.

A special note to staunch Vegans:

I made the commitment to full veganism for around six months in 2010. You might think that’s not long enough. I was already more than halfway there. The final items I gave up to achieve full veganness were honey, gelatin, and cheese. I know and love many vegans. I understand and feel your empathic devotion. I know you love animals and the planet. I do too. We both have different ways of showing it. This is not your way, but it’s my way. I am not interested in being yelled at or engaged. Please respect that this is my journey. Imagine how hard it would be for you to eat meat. That’s what I went through out of sheer desperation. I hope you understand. You do you. Me do me. Thank you. 🖤


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