My First Four Months on Zero Carb by Ginny Walker

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Prior to finding the Zero Carb diet, I was eating very unhealthy. I was eating a lot of sugar and a lot of starchy carbs. I did not limit the amount of foods I ate. I ate without thinking about what I was putting into my body. I ate when I was hungry, bored, sad, depressed, etc. Food was more of an emotional crutch instead of a fuel for the body.

I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food. In my teens and early 20’s, I suffered from binge eating and bulimia. Through out my adult life I have tried numerous diets only to fail repeatedly and return to food, especially sugar, as my addiction. Eventually, my weight reached 278 lbs. This was the highest it had ever been in my life, and I was miserable.

In August of 2014, I was diagnosed with polyostotic fibrous dysplasia. I have benign bone tumors in 7 ribs, my entire pelvis bone, my femur, my skull, and my right facial bones. I had been in severe dilating pain for a couple of years and was on prescription pain medication that made me feel like a zombie.

This bone disease has no known cure and pain management is the only medical approach. I knew my weight was contributing to the pain and that I needed to make some changes to help myself. I did some research and came across this website. The information and stories inspired me and I started this way of eating on March 6, 2015. That was the beginning of my new life.

My transition to a Zero Carb diet was moderately easy. I really liked how simple it was to understand this way of eating. There is not a lot you have to learn in order to put it into practice. Eat meat, drink water. It is a mindset. Once you decide to do it, you just do it. I really want to live a better life and have better health, so I have decided I will do this to improve my life. I also want to be a better example for my children.

I did experience a few symptoms in the beginning. I had some mild headaches. I believe this was from sugar withdrawals. I also experienced some weird itching and tingling sensations on my skin that lasted a couple of weeks. That was mildly annoying and a bit alarming. I believe my body was detoxing in some form. After a month or so of Zero Carb eating, I experienced no more itching or tingling and my skin is now clear and refreshed looking.

My daily food intake: I average at least one and a half lbs. of beef a day and some days 2 lbs. I eat until I am full and satisfied. I usually consume one meal a day on average, but occasionally I will have two. I eat a lot of ground beef. I have two strips of bacon with every meal.

Sometimes I add cheese, but I try not to eat too much dairy due to weight loss plateaus it has caused in the past. I cook every meal in pure butter and drink water. I will have the occasional cup of black coffee with nothing added.

The biggest benefit I have experienced so far:

A 60 lb. weight loss in just over four months. I still have several lbs. to go, but this is huge for me!

Equally significant is that I no longer have bone pain from the bone tumors, and I am off all of my pain medications.

Although I am now 43, I have the energy of a 20 yr old.

I have been able to discontinued the medications I was taking for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

My skin looks amazing.

I no longer have insomnia, and I have normal sleeping habits for the first time in 6 years.

Additionally, my overall emotional health has improved tremendously.

I am looking forward to seeing what other benefits Zero Carb has in store for me in the future!

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Please visit my Testimonials page to read the stories of others following a Zero Carb diet.

If you are interested in meeting others who practice an All-Meat diet, please feel free to join us in the Facebook group Principia Carnivora for support.

 

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My First 30 Days on Zero Carb by Candi Leftwich

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Candi and her little friend MooMoo.

I was diagnosed with psoriasis and Crohn’s Disease in 2012 at the age of 37. Both came as a surprise, as the psoriasis popped up out of nowhere, and – although I had alternating constipation and diarrhea for several years – I’d always thought my bowel habits were fairly normal. My Primary Care Physician encouraged me to follow a whole foods diet plan (gluten-free) and to make an appointment to see a Dermatologist.

I was prescribed Clobetasol ointment for topical treatment and Methotrexate for internal treatment of the psoriasis. I took used both of these medicines for 12 weeks. The psoriasis lesions lessened to some extent, but they never went away…and then – to my horror – they actually started spreading from just my knees, elbows, and abdomen to my face, ears, hands, and feet. I knew something had to change, so I started doing some research of my own. All this research pointed in the direction of dietary changes.

I watched Joe Cross’s documentary, ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,’ and dove straight into a juicing frenzy. I had only fresh raw juice for 30 days, but I saw no results with either of my health issues. More research led me to probiotics and foods rich in these good bacteria. I made Kombucha and milk kefir, and I fermented every vegetable I could get my hands on. My kitchen looked like a science lab. While I enjoy(ed) fermenting, I didn’t see major health results.

I decided to follow a raw foods diet for 14 days. I’m not sure if that would’ve helped or not, because I fell off the wagon after 7 days. There’s only so many zucchini noodles a person can eat. Naturally all these dietary changes started adding weight to my 5’2 body. I discovered the low-carb movement, and thought it might help with weight loss. But I had no hope that low-carb would do anything positive for my health issues.

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Candi with her husband before starting Zero Carb.

I stumbled into the Facebook group Zeroing In On Health (ZIOH) through one of the many low-carb and ketogenic diet Facebook groups I already participated in. I hadn’t lost any real weight through several months of keeping to the ketogenic guidelines of very low carb, moderate protein, and high fat, so the idea of Zero Carb intrigued me.

I read all the posts on ZIOH, as well as all of Kelly Williams Hogan‘s posts on her blog My Zero Carb Life. I’d done everything else, so I figured why not try meat and water for 30 days…it wouldn’t kill me.

I transitioned to Zero Carb quite easily – as far as the physical aspects are concerned. I experienced no major negative symptoms of withdrawal or adaption. The mental transition was a totally different ball game, however. I experienced both grief and anger. I mean, who were these people that said it was a good idea to give up my flavored coffee creamer and my delicious vegetables?!

Plus, I occasionally volunteer at a local organic farm, and receive free fresh vegetables – what’s so wrong with that? And I enjoyed playing with my $300 masticating juicer that I had purchased to follow Joe Cross’s popular juicing program. It was hard to turn off my desire to craft up some kitchen witchery with food experiments. But I persevered. “It’s is only 30 days,” I told myself.

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Candi after 30 days on Zero Carb with MooMoo.

Now, after only one month of eating this way, the magic of meat and water is becoming more apparent to me everyday…

My stomach no longer feels bloated and crampy.

My bowels have calmed down considerably. I have gone from 4-6 loose bowel movements per day to only 1-2  per day. And when I do feel the need for a bathroom, it is no longer an urgent emergency.

My skin is clear and my acne is gone.

My hair and eyelashes have grown noticeably longer.

My mood and energy have both improved. I feel less stressed out and more optimistic about life in general.

My libido has increased.

My weight has decreased from 132.8 lbs to 126.0 lbs.

And -most importantly – my psoriasis has greatly diminished (see pics below).

All this in just 30 days!

Left Elbow – Before Zero Carb

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Left Elbow – Before Zero Carb

Left Elbow – After Zero Carb

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Left Elbow – After Zero Carb

Abdomen – Before Zero Carb

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Abdomen – Before Zero Carb

Abdomen – After Zero Carb

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Abdomen – After Zero Carb

Left Knee – Before Zero Carb

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Left Knee – Before Zero Carb

Left Knee – After Zero Carb

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Left Knee – After Zero Carb

(Please note: All of the above “before” photos were taken after the topical ointment and 30 days of fresh raw juice had failed to make much of a difference, followed by 12 weeks of Methotrexate tried as a last resort due to its toxic nature…only to have the lesions get worse and continue to spread. All of the “after” photos were taken on the 30th day of eating a Zero Carb diet free of all plant foods.)

I was not prepared to release my love of coffee when I began Zero Carb, so I have continued to have two cups a day with some heavy whipping cream. I have been eating mostly beef, pork, and chicken. I also eat eggs, drink homemade bone broth, and have a bit of cheddar cheese from time-to-time.

I still like to include fermented foods in my diet, so I make and enjoy kefir butter, kefir sour cream, kefir cheese, and Kombucha flavored with a variety of herbs. I usually eat two meals per day, but sometimes only one. It just depends on how hungry I am.

I no longer see plants in the same light as I once did. They do not make my mouth water. I never felt as good consuming any kind of plant foods as I do right this very minute…finishing off my steak. I’m so pleased that I gave Zero Carb a fair chance for 30 days full days.

My results are proof that the body can show measurable signs of healing within a brief period of time. Thank you ZIOH veterans for showing me the path. I hope this inspires other people to take the 30 day meat and water challenge.

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Candi visiting with some deer friends.

 

On June 7, 2015 Candi posted this picture of herself to share that the psoriasis that plagued her for so long is almost completely gone after just 3 months of following a Zero Carb diet.

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Please visit my Testimonials page to read the stories of others following a Zero Carb diet.

If you are interested in meeting others who practice an All-Meat diet, please feel free to join us in the Facebook group Principia Carnivora for support.