Hey all, this is my intro post with a problem.
I’ve been on paleo oriented diets for over a decade. I decided to try carnivore to help with some autoimmune issues, and have been eating ribeye, bison burger, beef marrow, duck, and lamb for the last 12 days.
Prior to beginning this diet, my diet was mostly ribeye, some fatty white fish, apples, cooked broccoli, and dates. After just doing ribeye and broccoli for a week, I switched to all carnivore with the intention of doing 30 days of beef, salt, and water. I bought extra fat to fry up and was trying to fill up on it before really getting into the steak. I’ve ran into a couple problems.
I can almost not stomach eating another ribeye. I am fasting until I’m starving, I cook a ribeye and start eating it until I want to vomit (maybe 1/2 of my previous daily intake), then I’m sick for hours. This then has one of 2 effects, I’m simply nauseated and my digestive system is stuck, or my intestines fill with water and it feels as if no digestion is happening, then I can’t stray far from the bathroom.
The other meats I mentioned are causing more of the “can’t get too far from the bathroom” feeling, I can digest the fats (or rendered fat at all) and they run right through me.
When I started on beef and broccoli only I had pretty decent digestion very similar to what Shawn Baker describes. After about 5 days of improved symptoms on carnivore including being able to do math in my head again, it went down hill somewhat and has gotten worse on all carnivore. My cravings for sweets are up too, I’m dreaming about things I haven’t eaten in many, many years.
Right now I’m trying to have beef marrow bone meals as I already have it in the fridge. I don’t understand why I’m so sick of ribeye. I ended up taking a vitamin C after eating one because it felt like my body wasn’t filtering anything, and it ended up causing diarrhea, which made me feel temporarily better but then weak for a couple days.
I realize this is early on, however I don’t have much weight to lose and I’ve lost a chunk of it already with getting weaker and having stiffer joints and a harder time relaxing. My massage therapist worked a long time yesterday in order to get a small part of me to relax, indicating either my nerves are over tense or I have a lot more inflation than I did prior to starting carnivore. Basically, one of the prime reasons I’m on carnivore has been getting worse in the last week, and my digestion hasn’t improved.
What has improved is my vision in addition to cognitive abilities, when I’m not nauseated or extremely weak.
I am also taking very small amounts of the trace minerals no cramps drops and drinking perrier as well as regular water for the magnesium content.
So I’m really on the fence right now about continuing. I got into this because of increasing food intolerances and autoimmune, so I wanted to try to eliminate some of this and get flexibility back and reduce inflammation, and I like that I can think and see better, but something feels wrong when I can’t stomach ribeye anymore and it feels like my digestive tract or kidneys are overwhelmed.