Zero Carb/Carnivore Diet – update 2 months in

Hey everyone,

I tried reintroducing olives. I was pretty skeptical about the zero carb thing. I thought maybe the reason it was working for people was because they ended up cutting out all the problematic foods at once – wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, preservatives, everything. But maybe they were also eliminating the beneficial foods.

Anyway, I reintroduced olives, just to see. I thought olives would be in the category of beneficial foods. Ones with nothing but organic olives and olive oil. I had no bloating, no digestive problems, and no weird woozy feeling after eating (a lot of) them,  but then two days later I started getting lower back pain. I get lower back pain before the reaction hits my mood. And it always hits my mood if I get that pain. So I stopped the olives (actually I ran out – I really like olives). I haven’t had any since. I probably had the equivalent of a jar of them over a period of 3 days. I may have continued eating them when my back started hurting, hoping it was nothing. But it’s never nothing.

Long story short – vegetables/fruit/etc are not in the game for me anymore. I’m having a reaction (very minor in comparison to what I’ve experienced previously with other foods – rice, soy, etc.). My muscles are tense, my ankle and my hip have stiffened up, I’m minorly arthritic in my shoulder, big toe, and knee, my lips started cracking, my face is a bit puffy, and my mood has dropped about 25%. I have lower back pain, I’m closer to tears, and my skin is irritated – minor breakouts. I’m also getting cravings again! I haven’t had cravings in months. All in all, I can’t eat olives, looks like plants are out, but the reaction is minor in comparison to most other foods

If I were reading this a number of years ago I would probably look at this and think “hypochondriac”. I don’t know what to say to that.

It looks like everything other than meat is giving me arthritis. I seem to have lost a tolerance to the few vegetables I could tolerate before the pregnancy. I’m not particularly upset, I’m still happy that I can get rid of the arthritis with diet. Just wanted to update everyone.

On the bright side, my husband is thriving on the diet I have listed, and dad is managing. He’s not quite as sensitive as me, but I feel like if we can’t figure out the underlying problem, he might end up on just meat too.

Another bright side, I am not sick of steak. I don’t think I can get sick of ribeye. At least I’m not stuck eating eggplant right?

Here’s a picture of a 6-month-old baby:

26 thoughts on “Zero Carb/Carnivore Diet – update 2 months in

  1. Rod says:

    Hi Mikhaila
    Thanks sharing your story and success with the zero-carb diet. I’m sure it is helping many people everyday as they search for answers.
    My question is in regards to my dad. He is in his mid-70’s and has peripheral neuropathy very bad in his feet legs and unfortunately it seems to be going to other parts of his body now.
    With some internet searches I have found some people are having success with a zero carb diet for PN, but then other sites are polar opposite and recommending vegetables and fruit!
    I am thinking that I’d recommend the zero carb to my dad (and I’d go on the diet with him for support) if you or others on this thread have had success in treating peripheral neuropathy with this diet.

  2. Jami-Lyn Ryan says:

    Thank you so much for posting. Finally, I have “met” people with the same weird reactions to food as me. I have been suffering for over 3 years, many doctors appts with 0 answers. The only improvement I have had is from figuring it out in my own. I am almost down to only eating meat. I can have a few vegetables but continue to react to new foods. I am going to search the blog to see if you have any recipes you recommend.. thank you. And please keep spreading the word. Much love! ✌🏻

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