Two Week Update
Well, it’s been two full weeks since we began the 90 Day Carnivore Diet Challenge and I have to say, for me it’s been a complete success. For The Hubster, a bit of a struggle. He’s got the keto-flu pretty bad. Lots of lower back pain from oxilate dumping and he’s been losing weight he doesn’t want to lose. Meaning?? Serious Hubster Whinage … what is it with men?? I won’t pick on him (much) … he’s working all day long with horrible back pain and I’d hate that as well. We both believe that his body will regulate and then he’ll stop losing weight and be better off. I think he’s losing fat, even though he doesn’t have much and he’s adding on muscle mass. On the positive side, some of his smaller jeans will probably fit again! Always a bright side!
During the first week we ate a lot of hamburger patties, eggs, bacon, pork chops, chicken wings, shrimp and pot roast. All good foods, but I was reading that we really needed to eat more fatty meats. The pork chops, chicken and pot roast I had previously bought and frozen weren’t very fatty. They were pretty lean. So I went shopping to my local Weis and grabbed some mark-down strip steaks! YUM! I mean, seriously, how can you possibly go wrong with steak – especially when you top it with a slab of Kerrygold butter? So when we eat a meal, I try to give us a variety and not just serve one thing. So for example, 2 hamburger patties (1/4 lb each before cooking) plus a couple of pork chops or 6 chicken wings or a handful of shrimp or a big slice of pot roast or 4 deviled eggs or 4-6 slices of bacon. Another favorite meal is a strip steak (or whatever steak that was on sale) plus bacon or something eles from the list above. We love to have steak and eggs as our noon meal. I’m not really fond of eating eggs at dinner time. Weird, huh?
Black coffee is still not my favorite. I’d kill for some hazelnut creamer. But I’m getting used to black coffee. I’m sure it will eventually taste good. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I don’t eat breakfast in the morning and if I start wanting to eat in the morning, I will. But until then, I’ve accidentally been doing an intermittent fast every day since I started this WOE (way of eating). An intermittent fast is basically doing a 12-16 hour fast on a regular basis, i.e., every day. So since I don’t eat breakfast (the thought of eating in the morning literally makes me nauseous) I was doing an intermittent fast without realizing it. Coffee is all I can handle until 11 AM at the earliest. So implimenting an intermittent fast was easy for me to do — just keep doing what I’m doing and I’m … err … doing it. Yeah, that’s it. Since The Hubster is trying to keep weight on and he needs fuel in his body before he goes to work, he’s not trying to do intermittent fasting. Although he says he wants to, he’s listening to his body and his body is saying, “feed me!”
Here’s What Changed — So Far
What is really encouraging is that my mood has greatly improved. I won’t say I was depressed, but I guess my outlook on life was not positive. Now, I’m a happier person with a brighter outlook on, well, everything. I can’t explain how that happened or why — but it’s only happened since I started eating Carnivore. I’m sure the change in diet is the reason, I just don’t know the scientific reasons why it’s working. I’m sure that Dr. Berry or the other doctors who understand the Carnivore WOE can explain it, but I’m just grateful for the change … especially since I didn’t even realize how down and discouraged I actually was.
My nightly acid reflux has disappeared! I used to wake up during the night multiple times to take Tums because the acid reflux was so bad. I haven’t taken a Tums since I started Carnivore.
I have chronic nerve pain. That hasn’t changed, but I really didn’t expect it to. However, I do notice that other aches and pains have slowly started lessening and some are completely gone. Will Carnivore help my chronic nerve pain? I have no idea, but it would be awesome if it did!
My knees have been giving me problems for years. Serious pain walking (left knee), serious pain going up stairs (right knee). The pain in both knees have started lessening. Both knees are still hurting, but are hurting less. I can’t wait to get more weight off and see if that helps as well.
Getting rid of toxins in the body can cause rashes to break out – just one of those unpleasant facts of trying to get healthier. I haven’t started getting rashes and zits/blemishes … yet. I’m sure that day is coming and I both look forward to it and dread it. I want the toxins gone, so a few blemishes are worth it in the short term. However, I did notice that a long term rash/ezema I’ve been dealing with for the past 2 years has started fading away. The cooler weather could be a factor, but I’m not convinced that’s the only reason it’s going away.
I’m never hungry (well I’m hungry twice a day at meal time) – I should really qualify that by saying that I’m never hungry between meals and I have no desire to snack. I love eating this diet. I love my hamburgers and steaks and bacon! I don’t miss vegetables or sweets or cake or chips. The only thing I still miss is my hazelnut coffee creamer. LOL
Let’s Talk Weight Loss
Now, let’s talk weight and inches. I’m still not comfortable giving starting weight and starting inches, but I am fine with sharing how much I’ve lost or gained so far.
I’ve been on this carnivore diet for a full 14 days – 2 weeks.
I’ve lost 5.8 pounds!!!
Let’s Talk Inches Lost
I took my measurements the night before I started Carnivore and I took my measurements again this morning — the 15th day of this challenge. I almost didn’t measure myself because I didn’t want to see that I hadn’t lost anything, but I decided to anyway. I was way too curious!
I’ve lost a total of 3 inches!!!
Here’s the breakdown: Bust – 1-1/2 inches lost | Waist – 3/4 inch lost | Hips – 3/4 inch lost
What Does the Future Hold?
Is this weight and inch loss sustainable?? I guess we’ll find out! We are only 2 weeks into our 90 Day Carnivore Diet Challenge and I’m finding the results to my mental, emotional and physical health very positive. We plan to continue on — learning more as we go.
We’ll keep on with just meat, bacon, butter, eggs and seafood. We’ll still only drink water or coffee. We have added a DIY electrolyte supplement. I’ll post the recipe shortly. Our only condiments or additions to the above list is no-sugar yellow mustard, Frank’s Hot Sauce, homemade butter mayo (recipe coming), hamburger dill chips and occasionally some kosher dill pickles.
Stay tuned for updates.