Hello, my name is Joette. Let me show you what an 80lb transformation looks like. In fact, the first 2 pics were taken the day before I had a gastric lap band installed. (18 years ago.) 7 years later the band would fail & nearly kill me. I had an emergency surgery & to have it removed. The 80lbs I had lost from the surgery came back almost immediately! I had a band on my stomach, which restricted my food intake, which also restricted my nutrients that lead to poor metabolism, destroyed my hormone health, etc…
On my way back again
Since Jan. 3, 2017 I have been effortlessly losing the 80lbs again, but have never restricted my calories, I have never felt starved or deprived! I’m sure I have fixed my metabolic health, hormones, depression, anxiety, cellular heath & much more! Up to July 31st 2018, I was eating #ketogenicdiet . Aug. 1, 2018 (my birthday) I switched to the #carnivorediet … My journey wasn’t just weight loss anymore, it was healing!
No more meds
I’m off 24 meds now, a CPAP machine, inhaler, infusions from the doctors office every 8 weeks, Celiac Disease & IBS under control, no more hypertension that had to be controlled with 4 different meds and ‘3’ Autoimmune Diseases in remission!
Carnivore challenge feeling good
I’m so thankful that @kendberry.md put a 1 month Carnivore challenge out that August! This way of eating has been life changing for me! Once I had completed that first month of Carnivore, there was NO WAY I was turning back! I had forgotten how it felt to feel good… I couldn’t remember ever feeling as good as I did in my life! People may think I’m strange for this way of eating! I don’t care, it’s working!
My health journey
I just want to share my health journey with you & maybe give someone a little encouragement. I am not where I want to be yet, but I’ve come a long way… I had been struggling for about 6 years with a LOT of symptoms that couldn’t seem to be diagnosed. So many different symptoms that I was sent to a Rheumatologist, Pulmonologist, Cardiologist, Hematologist & a Neurologist. As you can imagine, all of these Specialist found something to diagnose me with. And naturally they all began prescribing the meds…
Lots and lots of meds! 26 different medications to be exact. This took them about 3 years to do… So for the second half of the 6 years I should have been feeling better all medicated up, right? Nope, instead I ballooned up to 234lbs & actually felt worse. The diagnosis was Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, Sjogren’s Syndrome & Celiac Disease. Plus, I had Hypertension & Sleep Apnea, with a touch of Neuropathy.
Keto for weight loss
I decided to try to take charge of my weight on Jan. 3, 2017 with the Ketogenic Diet that I had heard about. Plus, it would be gluten-free for the Celiac Disease that I had just been diagnosed with. Well, I lost 80lbs in just 1 1/2 years… I discovered that this way of eating was definitely going to be sustainable. But, I felt like there had to be more benefits that I could be getting out of this way of eating, because I had heard & read stories of people healing their depression, etc… The only thing I had under control was the Celiac Disease. This is when I took the Carnivore Diet challenge…
Carnivore for optimal health
I thought what the heck, my weight is stalled so I might as well give it a try. I don’t think 2 weeks has passed into this Carnivore Diet I noticed that I was walking better, I didn’t have all the nagging pain I suffered with daily & I was sleeping better! I had some of my regular doctors visits during this time… Guess what?!?! My blood work started coming back amazing!
Confusing the doctor
My bloodwork was so amazing that my Hematologist was scratching his head trying to figure out what was going on… In 3 years that he’d been working with me & giving me iron infusions had he seen my numbers so good. I told the hematologist I knew why they were so good & why I’m feeling so good. I don’t think he wanted to hear what I had to say, but I told him anyway. I told him about the Carnivore Diet! He just did a face plant in his hands while shaking his head & mumbled “I’ve heard this a lot lately.” In the next few months, I never lost any more weight. But, more amazing things started happening! I lost inches, I was able to come off of 24 out of 26 meds & I was able to stop using my CPAP machine!!!
Sharing with others
I want to share, share, share this info with you… Wishing to give hope to others or give someone the courage to try Carnivore if they are having qualms.
I only wish I would had known about Carnivore Diet sooner. Let’s all get the word out!
My name is Amber and I’m 32, 5’4 and 129 lbs .
Starting in 2014 I had been experiencing muscle weakness, joint pain, and neurological symptoms such as: numb hands, loss of feeling in my feet and the sides of my legs. I was also having trouble staying awake during normal functioning hours of the day.
Plant based keto
I switched from the S.A.D. in 2017 to a ketogenic diet, but mostly plant based (less than 25% meat). That helped initially, but I would still flare and have extreme symptoms. I noticed during my worst flare in April 2019 that the flare directly followed a stir-fry vegetarian meal high in greens, seeds, tofu, and olive oil to cook in. I was sick for months with numbness and joint paint, which led me to discover the existence of oxalates and the anti-inflammatory nature of the ketogenic carnivore lifestyle.
Carnivore, all in!
In Sept I went full carnivore: Beef, lamb, organs, bone marrow, tallow, suet, etc. Within 14 days the numbness in my hands was resolved and within a month the remainder of the numbness was gone. Now 4 months in I have minimal joint paint and my gait is unaltered. I have outstanding energy, mental clarity, and a true lust for life I’ve not had since my teenage years. Thank you carnivore diet and all the carnivore doctors and pioneers for showing me the light!
Emily overcame Multiple Sclerosis, depression, bipolar disorder and mental illness by following a carnivore lifestyle.
Having no idea what it was, she suffered from the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis for years. As time went along, the puzzle pieces started fitting together. Simple activities that shouldn’t have had a big impact caused her significant joint pain. This lack of understanding finally became clear when she received the diagnosis of full-on MS.
She was hospitalized for acute dysphasia: a lack of the ability to comprehend or generate speech related to brain disease or damage. In addition, her throat closed up and she couldn’t even swallow water. A barium swallow test was given and it was discovered that there was nothing mechanically wrong with her swallowing ability. Both of these problems were neurological. A number of other tests determined that there was a lesion on her left temporal lobe. Her condition worsened. She couldn’t walk without an assistive device or walker cane. If she didn’t use one, it was as if she simply didn’t have the balance or motor skills to walk: to put one foot in front of the other without giving it some intense thought. All of this was terrifying for her.
Her brother finally sent her a copy of the first chapter of the audio book by Amber O’Hearn. She listened to it and something about it resonated within her to make her realize how miserable she was. Anything she could do to alleviate her misery would be worth the cost.
The carnivore diet supplied those answers. She was now eating meat: ribeyes, chicken, pork, bacon, shrimp, seafood and crab legs. Slowly, her MS symptoms became less and less until they were no more: a period of only a few months. Her ability to walk, her ability to talk and her mental clarity were restored. Subsequent MRI’s indicated that everything was back to normal. She is no longer taking the MS meds.
Concurrently with the MS, Emily also struggled with mental illness and bipolar disorder. She took a daily cocktail of medications which included Prozac, Lithium and Adderall. Even with these medications, there were many days, she just couldn’t get out of bed. She felt miserable and hopeless. For Emily, it reached a point where she could not take care of her son. They both had to move in with her mother.
As already mentioned, her brother helped her to become familiar with Amber O’Hearn and the carnivore diet which, in addition to solving her problems with MS, also provided answers for these additional conditions.
To her, the results were baffling. She had little to no willpower but because of the carnivore diet, she slowly started to see results and gain control of her cravings. She felt joy for the first time in a long time: a vision for the future. She kept up with eating meat becoming stronger and stronger. Working with her psyciatrist, she’s she’s tapered off all of her mental illness medications. She’s not had a depressive or manic episode for a long time and to her, it’s a pretty big deal. She’s never felt better mentally and physically and feels that the best is yet to come.
My story has several parts to it, to gain a full understanding of the way changing to a carnivore diet has impacted my life. It’s a long one!
As a single adoptive parent of 6 special needs children and 2 biological children, I have been accustomed to thinking outside the box. All of my special needs children have been diagnosed with multiple challenges related to fetal alcohol and drug exposure. Their behavioral and physical needs are extensive.
I also have several medical diagnosis, including Multiple Sclerosis, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, PCOS, and a few gastrointestinal disorders.
Just over 2 years ago, after traveling extensively in Latin America, I, and 7 of my children, left the US to travel the rest of the world. Our intentions were to be of service to others everywhere went. We called it our Great Global Gratitude tour. As a family, we were certain that THIS would help my kids find a way to heal and feel useful in a world that otherwise didn’t hold a great future for them. Others had come before me who had tried the usual methods.
I homeschool my kids, and at the time we ate a “healthy diet”, limiting sugar and processed food, eating locally produced and as inexpensively as possible.
After we arrived in Europe, my health started failing rapidly. I had a large mass in my abdomen, which was deemed a “tumor”, certain it was cancer of the stomach. I was less certain and, as we left the country because our visas expired, I undertook a study of what would heal me naturally. I was taking several meds at the time for pain relief, including steroids to control the effects of MS and degenerative arthritis. I continued to gain weight, which added to my misery!
I embarked on a vegetarian diet and raw juicing to attack the mass in my abdomen. My kids, in an act of solidarity, wanted to become vegetarian with me.
The mass did shrink and for a few weeks, I got better! I was all in! My other health probs didn’t really improve, but I felt that was ok, as my condition was not expected to improve, just gradually worsen over time.
Just when we landed in a country where we thought we would stay on longer – there was so much we could do to serve others! – the nightmare began.
In January 2017, my health started quickly declining. There were days I could barely get out of bed because of pain and harsh digestive issues. My mobility decreased and pain escalated.
By May 2017, as we were building an NGO to help children with the same problems my own kids have, the unimaginable occurred. I was arrested in a foreign country with a history of governmental corruption. My children, under the care of my 21 year old son, had to flee the country for safety. I was held as what was described as a political prisoner, without official recognition, in a concentration camp-like prison for a month, before being released to house arrest. At least I could communicate and work on my release.
With my children away, our finances left almost non-existent, and health rapidly declining, on the advice of a doctor, I began preparing for the worst. I would likely not make it out of this situation alive. Taking my own life seemed an option, as I was worth more dead than alive. At least my kids would be taken care of and I could avoid the last few months of agony.
I didn’t pursue that option, finding hope and strength in my desire to find a miracle that would allow me to see my children grow up. I still made arrangements for my end, to make sure that the process went as smoothly as possible for my family and awaited the inevitable natural end of my life.
By November 2017, I loosened my grip on vegetarianism/veganism. My weight was up to 238 lbs and I was often using a cane to walk. I had little muscle tone and a very limited range of motion. I studied more about health and returned to my past paleo mindset. I slowly increased eating meats, as I readjusted to digesting solid foods and less fiber. My children were able to return to me safely in this country and things improved somewhat.
Then, I came across the carnivore approach. I didn’t think I had much more to lose, so I dove in!
Within a week the pain and inflammation subsided. My hands, which had become gnarled from arthritis, began to straighten. By week 2, I stopped all meds and near full mobility returned.
I was granted 2 hours a day outside my home for exercise and for personal needs, Without pain, inflammation and with new mobility, I started walking. By the end of week 3, I was able to walk several miles a day! I could sleep and eat and weight started melting off! I even had noticeable muscle tone developing.
In week 4, I was doing so well, my kids wanted in on it. My eldest son started and developed greater muscle mass and a lot of fat loss immediately.
Through my studies, I found there may benefits for kids with needs such as mine have. My youngest special needs child, with multiple behavioral challenges, low IQ, and gorging issues (all from FASD and fetal drug exposure) started behaving more appropriately and speaking more clearly, fewer tantrums, could study and retain what he read. My teen daughter’s cystic acne cleared, her anxiety lessoned, she became more social and SWEET! What kind of miracle was this?
As of today, I have lost over 50 lbs. I can walk, bend, squat, do almost anything. I have no signs of ANY OF THE DIAGNOSED ILLNESSES. I can now hike miles and miles everyday, walk 4 flights of stairs several times a day, no choking and have no pain. No meds, no seizures, no “hugs” except from my kids, no more gnarled hands and feet. I am free to continue to travel the world with my kids and don’t worry about dying and missing out on their lives on a daily basis! My kids are like new people. We gained a new hope for the future!
The results were swift, dramatic and powerful for all of us. After 11 weeks starting carnivore, and seeing such amazing results, I began taking a positive approach to everything. Every aspect of my life has improved to a level I have never experienced. I began encouraging others and meeting their needs, when only weeks ago, I could not meet my own!
I was recently released from prison. After a full year, I am free. It’s significant on so many levels, to be free from the physical prison of my body, the prison of my mind and the literal prison of this country. With greater mental clarity and no depression, I can forward now. Even the financial challenges we face no longer seem insurmountable. We can leave this country when I have the financial resources to do so, and I go forward in strength and power, with a new purpose.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto immune disease and a horrible way to live, with or without medications. I heard about diet making a difference, so I jumped in.
First with Raw Vegan. Then transitioned into clean vegan, then high starch, low fat vegan. At first I felt better, I could stop meds and I thought a miracle had occurred. Slowly after time I stopped thriving and my symptoms came back with a fury. A friend mentioned to me about the wonders of coconut oil and so I started implementing it along side a plant based diet.
Improvements, but not enough. I had to start taking meds again.
In my desperation I discovered Dr. Terry Wahls and her story and protocol. I greatly improved, my health was coming back and I was becoming strong again. But as well suffered terrible digestion with the amounts of vegetables I was eating, so I knew I had to find something else or readjust the program, which lead me to keto.
I was finally thriving. The weight I had gained, from being ill and from not being as active, started coming off. I felt amazing and was doing amazing as well. My digestion was still really bothering me and my medical people and I struggled to resolve these issues and chalked it up to a combination of aging and as well MS. We tried everything, from fermentations, to supplementing with digestive support treatments, and elimination diets, all within the keto frame work.
I finally ran across this crazy doctor (Dr. Shawn Baker) that was eating only meat. I could not wrap my mind around this, so I set out to dig further into it. Through this I discovered full communities of people that were eating meat only or only animal products and being healthy. What? Could this even be possible? The rabbit hole took me better than two months to actually look at, before trying this to see if it would help me.
First time I did it for a couple of weeks and stopped, as I started feeling not so well, to discover I was not eating enough. My old mentality of dieting plagued me. After awhile I gave it another shot, failed after 11 days. What was I doing wrong? So I stopped and went back and looked a bit deeper and starting asking questions. I was not taking in enough salt and minerals, thank you Primal Edge Health.
After awhile I prepared better, I planned better and I completed 2 months. Feeling amazing, my activity increased, my pain was almost completely gone and I was doing things I had never though I could, like kettle bell and weight training.
Then I started to do something more toward a hyper-carnivore diet, adding some plants back in and testing my reactions to them. I have determined my limits and stay pretty close to an all animal based diet, because this is where I feel my best and do my best.
It has been 4 months now and seriously I can not remember a Spring where I felt this good. I am looking forward to continuing to heal and hold my own with MS, as well as not afraid of aging. I feel I have found the perfect way of eating for me.
Here I am suffering with MS and being medicated and just not thriving.
Here I am today with a new lease on life.