Hi everyone, a new month feels like a good time to review my progress to date. What I’m doing, what’s changed, how it’s changed, what hasn’t changed etc.
So, 10 months carnivore now, eating when my body asks for food and eating enough to be satisfied. My appetite has decreased from the 1st couple of months. I now eat somewhere between 1.5 to 2 pounds of meat a day, on average most days. Some less hungry days, occasional more hungry days. My main meats are ground beef and pork shoulder, I seem to be happy to eat both or just ground beef day in day out. No other meats/fish/fowl feel appealing. Eggs once or twice a week, about 50 grams of colby cheese most days, about 100mls of heavy cream in coffee thruout the day, and some unsweetened very low carb greek yoghurt every 2nd or so day.
I’m down 19kg (42 pounds). I am definitely not “dieting”. I easily eat 2,500-3,000 calories most days. I eat in a way that is sustainable for me, and a big part of that is not going hungry and not triggering feelings of deprivation. Weight loss has slowed quite a lot the past couple of months and for the 1st time I’m seeing a bit of up and down on the scales. I’m not freaking out about it, just waiting to see what my body is up to.
Pain from inflammation has definitely decreased. The all over fibromyalgia pain is about 50% of what it used to be and the pain in my knees, especially my right knee, is about 70% better. I can now easily handle taking Lulu out for a walk then a good run off lead every second day. I learnt recently, however, I can’t overdo time on my feet, especially time that puts stress on my knees like stair climbing and walking up and downhill. Took a good 2 weeks for the intense pain to settle.
I’ve been a fairly heavy smoker my entire adult life (now 61) and used to cough a heck of a lot (partly throat irritation) and produce a huge amount of mucous in my lungs. Sometimes I felt like I was drowning in it and would be coughing a lot up thruout the day. I just realized a few days ago both have dramatically lessened despite continuing to smoke just as much.
I still have very low energy and feel like I am dragging myself thru my life. Chronic fatigue is part of fibromyalgia, and also part of depression.
Mental health wise my anxiety and depression haven’t improved at all. I “deal with” the anxiety by largely avoiding things that produce an anxiety response, where possible. This usually involves avoiding people. The depression is by far the most debilitating tho. I’ve tried various anti-depressants over the years and none have done much, if anything. I weaned myself off my current anti-depressant about 3 months into going carnivore. I’m starting to think about maybe going back on one b/c the depression has been particularly bad the past couple of months. I tick nearly every box for Major Depressive Episode. This isn’t super uncommon for me tho, at best I am very Dysthymic.
No change in cognition.
No change in sleep, I continue to sleep poorly even with the sleep meds I take. Waking 3-5 times a night, never feeling rested when I wake in the morning. This can be part of fibromyalgia as well as depression.
I’m mostly happy eating what I do but still experience intense cravings at times, usually for something like a BK burger. I don’t find this a particularly enjoyable way to eat but it’s not unenjoyable either. Just a bit meh some days. I’m glad I’ve lost some weight and somewhere in amongst the depression my self-esteem has improved, and shame lessened. I have another 8 or so kg to go. My body may decide to go lower but, being 6’2" inches tall (188cm), I think I look better with wee a bit of covering. The belly fat is being the most stubborn but, from what I’ve read, that’s quite common.
I’m still grieving the loss of Grace, it hurts so bad at times. For those who believe what the bible says I’m desperately hoping the place Jesus is preparing for me has Grace waiting there for me. And Tobias, and Dodger and Tarca - 3 other dogs I’ve loved with all my heart and lost. My friend Ruby had a dream about me having a Rottweiller, seeing it walking about in the garden looking very calm and happy. Ruby is a Christian and had a strong sense it was a dream from God. I was planning to get another dog but a rottie was on my list of breeds not to get, but I took a leap of faith and got Lulu. Boy oh boy, she is definitely a God picked dog!
Thanks for reading. I hope everyone has a wonderful April.