At the moment, I am no longer on the Carnivore diet. In short, it showed me some really impressive results by drastically dropping my inflammation and reducing my symptoms, but the fat without any plant fiber made digestion seriously unpleasant.
In making digestion seriously unpleasant, I was much more reluctant to eat higher calorie meals (i.e., more fat) in order to not only sustain my weight, but add on some pounds.
My weight started dropping as I reached the end of my 30 days of Carnivore.
My protein to fat ratio was roughly 30% protein to 70% fat. Sometimes a bit higher on the fat.
Honestly, I would have stuck with the Carnivore diet had it not been for the unpleasant digestion. This included excessive belching, nausea, vomiting on occasion, and even a run or 2, if you know what I mean.
It got so bad at one point that I ended up in the E.R.
I told the E.R. doctor about my Carnivore diet. In knowing this, he said to drink some more water because my creatinine was a bit elevated due to my high protein diet.
Other than that, and as would be expected, everything was normal (vitally speaking) and they discharged me with a potential viral diagnosis. They even ran lipase levels without my suggesting, which were normal.
So, the girlfriend, with a background in diet and nutrition, recommended that I throw in some fiber to see if it helps. It did and it did immediately.
Of course, in throwing in some fiber, I was simultaneously throwing in carbs -- granted they were extremely low. I moved into Keto territory.
In throwing in the carbs for the first time in a month, my yeast symptoms -- which had completely dropped to almost zero in being on Carnivore -- came back in full force.
Just 1 gram of carb caused my yeast symptoms to flare. I was that sensitive. A sensitivity of which I had never been.
Additionally, inflammation came roaring back, as I once again awoke in the morning with stiffness and pain. Yes, the words, “I can’t win” ran through my mind.
So then it became a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils: Unpleasant digestion on Carnivore or yeast flare up on Keto.
Since I needed to take modified citrus pectin at some point to clear our some biotoxins I accrued -- which has carbs, at least 1 gram -- the choice was clear that I would go Keto, of which I’ve been to the present day.
Smart choice, as I’ve done Keto in the past and did very well with it.
In being on Keto for probably about a week now, digestion is no longer unpleasant (thank you, fiber), and my yeast symptoms are very tolerable, despite eating more carbs now than when I first broke Carnivore.
It’s almost as if the body balanced itself out.
For now, I’m sticking with Keto, of which my diet is still very meat-oriented. I don’t seem to tolerable chicken well. It’s really just been ground beef and fresh salmon.
On top of that, I’ve added in lemons, cucumber, celery, and avocados. That is it.
In moving forward from here, I intend to repeat good results I’ve achieved in the past, specifically with the modified citrus pectin.
My goal here is to get on a respectable dosage of the modified citrus pectin, take MCT oil for excessive yeast while on the modified citrus pectin.
That’s the goal, but we’ll see how it actually plays out.
Why do I think the Carnivore diet didn’t work out for me beyond a month? I’m not 100% certain, but it could be a number of issues:
Without much research on humans eating just meat long term to survive, I decided to lean more towards the anecdote of my 91 year old grandfather who eats omnivorously.
In the end, we’ll all try a bunch of stuff in order to simply just feel better. The important thing is that we do take risks, because it could very well be worth the reward.
But it’s also just important to not attempt to fix something if it isn’t broke. Balance is key.
As always, listen to your body.
This past Saturday, July 20, 2019, marks 30 official days on the carnivore diet for me.
With this blog post, I'll give you the trials and tribulations along the way, as I took pretty detailed notes.
Summary Results of carnivore diet for 30 days
In being on the carnivore diet (eating just meat) for 30 days, my overall Lyme symptoms have decreased, which means inflammation has decreased, which means eating just meat is ideal for lowering inflammation. Nice!
However, this comes at a cost of some tolerable difficulty in the bathroom while Mr. Brown waits on line 2, if you know what I mean. Not nice!
Overall, my quality of life and health has improved to the point where I am more of a normal person. With less symptoms, more and consistent energy, and a greater sense of well-being, I seem much further away from the grasp of a health’s decline.
What were the pros of being on the carnivore diet for 30 days?
What Were The Cons Of Being On The Carnivore Diet For 30 Days?
Here's a detailed timeline outlining my experience on the carnivore diet for 30 days
Will I stay on the Carnivore Diet?
I think so.
I ended my carnivore diet on day 32 by eating an avocado. On potential day 33, I then introduced a green bell pepper.
Today would be day 34 and I awoke this morning achy and inflamed all over. It would appear that green bell peppers are a no go, but for now, I'm going to go back to just meat and try avocado again next week.
What did I eat on the Carnivore diet?
The majority of my carnivore diet consisted of just ground beef, chuck roast, lamb, and sockeye salmon. That's it!
A lot of people talk about adding in salt for electrolytes, and possibly even supplementing with electrolytes during the transition phase.
I had salt a couple of times, but noticed I did better without it. Too much salt, and the body starts depleting potassium, which then depletes magnesium, which then depletes calcium, etc.
I also found drinking less water helped in maintaining electrolyte levels as well.
To ameliorate muscle twitching from low magnesium, I switched mainly from Poland Spring to Evian.
Carnivore Diet Day 30 Conclusion
I went on the carnivore diet for 3 reasons:
I can for sure say that my yeast and Lyme symptoms have waned, but I do still have excessive belching and nausea.
This could be due to an ulcer, of which I've begun to take low dosages of oregano oil and it seems to be working.
What I'm going to do is stick with the carnivore diet for now, but slowly start increasing the oil of oregano and see what that does for the gut.
I'll probably try adding in avocado again sometime next week, and if I'm feeling brazen, maybe even some celery.
I'd also like to get a blood panel done just to make sure everything on the inside looks as good as I've been feeling.
The carnivore diet, once I adapted to burning fat for energy (day 18), really shined for me. I definitely did not get worse on it, I definitely did not stay the same, but I definitely felt better.
Not 100% better, but enough to keep me feeling more normal and less ailing. I'm much encouraged now to see how a yeast treatment could complement this zero carb diet.
The other day I had visited the local health food store in search of a specific trace mineral known as Molybdenum. If you've never heard of it, don't beat yourself up. Molybdenum's popularity in the world of minerals is comparable to that of the white crayon in the crayon box. It exists but people tend to avoid it as it only serves useful under the appropriate circumstances. Today was different though as my circumstances warranted the use of the white crayon.
As I would later learn, I was herxing bad but not from Lyme Disease. Oh no, this recent state of debilitation is credited entirely to candida die off. For so long, I questioned the ineffectiveness of standard detox methods (e.g., epsom salt bath, sauna, burbur) I had been utilizing to reduce a suspected Lyme Disease die off. These methods of detoxification took the edge off but for a reason that had since eluded me, their detrimental effects remained.
After seeing my naturopathic doctor, it has been determined through applied kinesiology and obvious symptoms that I am in remission. However, I am skeptical but I may also have no legitimate reason to be.
You see, I still have muscle twitching, yellow spots in my vision, brain fog and some muscle pain. Though these are symptoms commonly associated with Lyme Disease, they are also indicative of nerve damage and a rampant candida infection. The conclusion is that my body is no longer fighting Lyme Disease. I may have misconstrued nerve damage and candida for a Lyme infection that gave up not too long ago.
Well I am herxing a little bit this morning mainly with brain fog but I don't attribute it to Lyme. This herx I believe is due to candida die off which would have been directly related to the delicious and excessive amount of turmeric I added to my dinner last night. No more than an hour later I had extreme pains in my small intestine but after riding it out, the pain ceased within a couple hours.
The only other time I had pain that bad was after consuming raw coconut and oil of oregano, both of which are big anti-fungals just like Turmeric. I'll be sure to watch how much Turmeric I use in my eggs from now on.
See, what has occurred here is a phenomenon that is nothing but overlooked. I unintentionally used food as medicine. See most people in the industrialized world are lead to believe that there exists just disease and a cure, known or unknown. It should be obvious that this perspective has been drilled into our heads by modern day corporations.
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