From the time I was a little girl, I can remember looking around and seeing so much physical pain and suffering around me. I was so young and healthy and carefree, and I just couldn’t imagine having to live a life like this when I got older. As a young child, it frightened me. My Grandmother told me, “This is what happens when you get older and things just start breaking down.“ Then, I was 12 years old when my Grandmother suffered a stroke and passed away at the age of 57. I also never forgot her nightly eating habits of frozen TV dinners and canned fruit. I made the connection then, that food must play a very important part of how we feel and thrive, or not! I was only 12 when I made up my mind that I was not going to end up like my Grandma!
Fast forward to 40 years later and taking a very serious inventory of my own health, I could now understand what my Grandmother was talking about. Although I was a total “health nut” and I was eating all of my “wonderful” whole grains, fruits and vegetables and taking my supplements, I didn’t feel as well as I knew that I could. I was also overweight. This is when my journey began. I lived and I breathed my research on anti-aging and longevity. I was ready for a new lifestyle and I was determined that I would not end up in declining, poor health, like so many other of my family and friends were experiencing! I would be the change that I wanted to see in a world of sickness and disease.
I joined a gym and I hired a Personal Trainer and I also began consuming more healthy fats, plenty of protein and fewer grains. I also became a student of Aikido and fell in love with this very graceful, martial art. After four months, it was while being thrown and doing a roll, that I tore my meniscus. A short time later, I was training for a 5K race and my meniscus gave out and I fell and suffered two severe sprains to my right foot and ankle. Determined not to give up, I went to the gym with my foot wrapped and in a boot and with my crutches. I trained as best as I could, 5-6 days a week and I never looked back. I also began to learn about the many detrimental health effects of consuming grains in the diet and I stopped consuming them. I became strictly, Low Carb High Fat and consumed only the healthy fats, protein and vegetables. I would have some wild blueberries on occasion. I lived this lifestyle for at least six months and my weight loss stalled, and by this time, I was now training and prepping for my first Figure Competition.
Then one day, while I was online doing my usual research on health and fitness, I ran across the amazing interview with Kelly Williams Hogan. The transformation she experienced as a result of the Zero Carb diet captured my attention. I was blown away that she was living a lifestyle of consuming just meat and drinking only water. Huh? I had never heard of such a thing, at least not in today’s society. However, I was aware of this in the past with the Eskimos, Inuit peoples, etc. Intrigued, I began doing more research. I also joined the Zeroing in on Health Facebook group for support and that’s when things really took off for me. I quickly decided to the recommended 30-day trial of eliminating all plant foods from my diet and consuming only those foods from the animal kingdom.
Not even one week into my challenge, I began to lose inches. However, I also began to notice that I was experiencing many overall positive health changes as well. I was sleeping better, any anxiety that I had was gone, my cognitive function was improving, my vision was improving, and my energy was through the roof! I had zero carbohydrate cravings. All I desired was my animal kingdom foods. WOW! I was sold and there was no turning back now. I was totally in the Zen!
By the time my 30-day trial was up, there were so many positive changes from eating this way that I only wished that I would have discovered this lifestyle years ago. I would love to have raised my three daughters on a Zero Carb diet!
This is day number 47 of my new meaty lifestyle. For me, the transition was easy. I had no problem, whatsoever, going from Low Carb High Fat to Zero Carb. In the beginning, I was consuming beef, chicken, pork, organ meats, salmon, sardines, eggs, raw milk and raw milk cheese, bone broth, one cup of coffee per day and some heavy whipping cream included in that. I have been experimenting and I have figured out what works best for me. I have let go of the pork, raw milk and cheese and eggs. I will continue to consume beef, chicken, organ meats, bone broth and one cup of coffee per day, with a dab of heavy whipping cream. I also just recently ordered some crickets and larvets (yes, insects! Thanks to Andrew Scarborough for this inspiration). I plan to try these on top of a nice juicy steak. We’ll see how that goes.
I have also been facing some health challenges over the past year or so for which I have been under a doctor’s care. I was diagnosed with anemia, vitamin C deficiency, parasites, candida, black mold, liver stress, mild colon and adrenal stress, and red blood cells stacking. One of my concerns with going Zero Carb was the fact that I was vitamin C deficient. However, after doing my research, I learned that I had no reason to be concerned, as I would get plenty from the meat I was consuming. None of the long term Zero Carb Veterans that Esmee has interviewed have needed to take supplemental vitamin C. She explores some of the reason why it is not needed on an all-meat diet in her article titled Vitamin C.
On day 45, I had a live blood cell analysis done and I am pleased to say that I am no longer anemic, no longer vitamin C deficient, there are no more parasites visible, my liver, adrenal, or, colon are no longer stressed, and my red blood cells are no longer stacking. However, I still face the challenges with the candida and the black mold. My Naturopath and I have worked on a protocol for those two things and we do know that with my new Zero Carb lifestyle, the candida should naturally be eliminated over time. My Naturopath fully supports my new lifestyle as well and would like to learn even more about it, especially after seeing my blood test results.
Also, the list of overall positive changes is pretty extensive. So, let me share them with you…
- Weight loss of 8 pounds
- I have lost several inches
- Anxiety is totally gone
- Vision has improved
- Sleep quality has improved
- No more abdominal bloating
- Cognitive function has improved
- Energy has improved
- Weight training performance has improved
- Recover after workouts has improved
- I no longer get sore after weight training.
- Chronic pain from old injuries has vanished. (This is HUGE for me!)
- My hair is getting thicker
- My nails are now unbreakable
- My skin is softer
- There are fewer lines on my face
- I feel much calmer and relaxed overall
- I have a happier state of mind
I love no longer having to spend my time planning meals and running to various shops for different food items. I prepare my bone broth only once for the week, and I shop for my meat only once for the week. This frees up my time to live my life and enjoy the things that mean so much to me. I now have more time to enjoy my children and grandchildren, to spend time in nature, to climb trees, and to enjoy working out at the gym. In just a few short months, I will be celebrating my 55th Birthday. But I know that one’s “age” is just a number! With the Zero Carb diet, I am no longer worried about falling apart as I grow “older.” Instead, I am confident that I will age gracefully. I’m living life and I’m living young!
Thanks for letting me share my story with you.
Lynn Marie posted this update after 60 days on Zero Carb:
I just wanted to share that, I had a Training session and evaluation with my PT and competition coach today and instead of Figure competition, she has suggested that perhaps I compete in Physique now. Almost two months of eating ZC and training with heavy weights has really increased my gains/lean mass. So much for what the critics have to say about not being able to make gains on no carbs… LOL… And also, the recovery from lifting on this lifestyle, simply cannot be beat! There is no pain anymore. Speaking from experience here.
Please visit my Testimonials page to read the stories of others following a Zero Carb diet.
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Esmee I cannot tell you often enough how terrific it is that you do all these interviews. Just brilliant!!!!!
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I am so glad you are finding them helpful. :o)
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Congratulations Lynn! You’re a powerful example of how amazing this diet is!
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Thank you, Joe! You and your beautiful family have been a great inspiration to me as well!
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That’s really interesting! Why did you eliminate the eggs, raw dairy, and cheese? Are you still eating butter? Even with butter, you still must be getting a lot of animal fat – are you rendering it yourself by slow-cooking it, or are you buying it ready-made?
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Great life story Lynn Marie – thank you for sharing and being an inspiration that each of us must honor our own body wisdom and do what is best for us! When we look within, the answers are there … and the people and programs show up to support us in being the best we meant to be. Keep up the fantastic Self-Care and dedication. xoxo Barbara
Hi Lynn, just wondering… did you have any oils/fats (coconut, olive oil, butter?) to go with your meat during your 1st 45 days? I have the same issues you did with parasites, candida and black mold and generally feel slightly better after 2 weeks but just wondering if keeping the mentioned fats in my diet is helpful or detrimental?
I’m not Lynn, but I’ll offer my 2 cents anyway. Butter is an animal food and is considered to be part of a zero carb carnivore diet. However, some people are sensitive to dairy and don’t do well with it. Olive oil and coconut oil are from the plant kingdom and are high in salicylates. Some people, like myself, react very badly to salicylates and cannot eat them. They also do not contain the important fat soluable vitamins A and D, like animal fats do. However, some people can eat them with no problem. I would suggest not eating them for at least 30 days before reintroducing them to see how your body reacts.
Thank you very much. Will give this a try.
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