Both The Hubster and I feel so much better now. I’ve felt great since starting the Carnivore Challenge, but if you remember from my two-week update, The Hubster had a rougher time in the beginning. He had a long bout of the keto-flu and some oxilate dumping that was causing bad lower back pain. The bad toxins have got to come out! They come out in a variety of ways — skin breakouts, low energy, sleepyness, joint pain, back pain, lots of “waste removal.” And getting rid of toxins can take months, especially for someone like me who carries a lot of excess fat. And until I get rid of it all, I’ll continue to have mini-bouts of keto-flu. Shoot, if the fat is leaving my body, I can handle a few aches and pains along the road.
The Hubster has gotten over his keto-flu and is getting his energy back. He was having issues with being incredibly exhausted during and after work. After some research and getting some help from Dr. Berry’s PHD Community, we discovered that if he ate a smaller breakfast and then ate a bigger lunch he didn’t get exhausted during the work day. I was pushing him to eat a big breakfast and it was the exact opposite of what he needed to do. His body was telling him that after a big breakfast, he needed to take a nap! We introduced a smaller breakfast and it worked. He had enough energy to work, but didn’t eat enough that his body wanted to sleep. He also began drinking a lot more electrolytes. He was drinking about 32 oz. per day and he’s doubled that … or maybe more.
We both started taking J. Crow’s Lugol’s Iodine. I’m not sure what it’s done for The Hubster, but for me — I’ve noticed that the swelling (just a bit, enough that there wasn’t a dip at the base of my throat) was reducing where the thyroid sits. Now it’s completely gone. I believe it’s probably helping to regulate my hormones and thyroid, which makes sense if the swelling of my thyroid has gone down. All good things!
I have more energy during the day. My outlook on life is much more positive. I’m now a happier person in general. I honestly didn’t realize how down in the dumps I was all the time. I want to do things again, I look forward to doing things instead of finding ways to get out of leaving the house.
I sleep through the night. I used to wake up 5-6 times per night and then have to read on my kindle to get back to sleep. Sometimes I’d be awake for an hour or more … drop off to sleep for 30 minutes and then wake up again. I was never getting enough rest. I also used to take 5-8 Tums tablets during the night because of acid reflux. It’s rare that I take any Tums now. The only time I need Tums now is if I drink sparkling water before bed. The carbonation does a number on my tummy late at night. Speaking of late at night — I no longer feel like I need to go to bed at 8-9 pm! I’m staying up later and getting more done OR just relaxing with a book, a craft project or mindless TV. This is something I’ve not been able to do for years because I just couldn’t keep my eyes open and had to go to bed.
Seriously, I couldn’t be happier with my results so far. I’d love for my chronic pain to lessen and maybe even go away, but I’ve on been doing Carnivore for a little over 30 days. I think I’ll give my body a chance to get rid of a lifetime’s worth of toxins, heal and adapt. One day at a time!
OK, that’s it for my general health update — if you are interested in any of my other 30 Day Updates, please check out the links below!!
To see the individual sections, please click on one (or more) of the following links:
- 30 Day Update Overview
- Cooking, Grocery Shopping and Clean-up
- Recipes and Meal Planning
- Blood Pressure Update
- Weight Loss Update
- Measurements (Inches Lost) Update
- Let’s Wrap This Up!
If you are interested in finding out more about the Carnivore Diet or would like to try a 30 or 90 Day Carnivore Challenge, you can find out more here:
- Carnivore Diet Beginner’s Guide – by a practicing family physician
- 10 Things a Carnivore Diet Can Do for You
- What is the proper way to eat – by a different practicing physician
- Want to Learn more about Carnivore for a Specific Ailment? Start Here!