I’ve been ZC/carnivore for just over 10 weeks. I eat only meats, no eggs, water only. Tried small amount of cheese twice but don’t really like the way my stomach felt after so probably won’t eat it very often. Don’t eat much processed meats, bacon is pretty much the main one. I keep my food pretty simple, and don’t have much variety…steaks, pork chops, chick wings and sardines mostly. Only salt to season food, and I notice I’m adding less than initially. I don’t count/track anything, but I’d guess I average at least 2 lbs of food a day.
Most of my cravings are gone, if I feel them returning at all I will literally just go eat some meat. I’ve noticed it seems to be a sign of hunger for me, which I think is weird but whatever, lol.
I had zero energy and was in a spiral of depression when I started. I don’t feel like the energizer bunny, but I have a nice, consistent energy and positive mood throughout the day. I was taking naps every day…usually 2-3+ hrs at a time…can’t remember the last time I even felt the urge. I started an anti-depressant a week before ZC, and fortunately I’ve already been able to wean off. To be honest, I’m not sure I could’ve started and stuck with the first couple weeks ZC without them because I was a mess. I also quit coffee 2 weeks before and I can honestly say I don’t miss it. I’d been drinking coffee over 20yrs.
Physically I am much stronger already, I don’t work out much yet, Zumba once or twice a week for fun primarily. I had no serious physical issues other than feeling progressively (a lot) weaker over the years. I am losing inches and weight, but the inches are all I really pay any attention to of those 2 measurements. And they are just a plus to Feeling like I have my life and myself back!
Bowel issues are fine. I seem to be able to go without for quite awhile…a week or so even, and then it seems they completely empty out over a day or three. They are all “normal” consistency.
Anytime I consider eating something not ZC I just remember how bad I felt right before I started. I have zero interest in a repeat experience.