This post is written by Charlene Andersen. She’s been on zero-carb for decades. Her story reminds me a lot of what I went through. Thanks for sharing.


“I was born on March 22, 1973. Since then, my battle with life began. I was sensitive to every food my parents introduced to me, trying to wean me off of breast milk by 3 months old. I guess they found the “least reactive” combination of foods to give me, but not without consequences.

I developed asthma and extreme allergies at a young age. At age 4 I was allergy tested, after a scary breathing incidence at nursery school, and was found to be sensitive to just about everything. Diet was never considered at that point of being my base issue. Instead, allergy shots were given to me for years, along with oral medications, nose sprays, ear drops, inhalers and cream for all my rashes. I hated every single one of them.

At age 8 I developed trichotillomania. I pulled out all of my eyelashes and eyebrows due to sores on my lash lines. This was seen by my parents as a bad habit I needed to break. I never did “break it” until about 17 years later. So, I grew up extremely self-conscious about anyone looking at me, especially from the side.

I was an only child, so my parents wanted me to be involved with as many activities with other kids as I could. So, I went to a lot of camps, which I absolutely loved. One of them is most likely where I contracted Lyme Disease from a deer tick. I never saw a bullseye rash or developed the initial Lyme symptoms.

When I started to mature around 13 years old, I developed extremely painful and ugly acne. This made my physical appearance even more shameful to me. This crater-like acne plagued me until I was around 25 years old. I developed cellulite around age 12, and although not fat, my body composition was bad.

By age 16 my periods slowed and stopped. No doctor could figure out why since I ate a “healthy” high fiber, low fat diet.

College years my health declined even more. The extreme fatigue and depression really set in. I couldn’t stay awake in class, and I pushed friends away. Even though I’d had suicidal thoughts since childhood, they became more intense.

I got through college and soon met my life-saver, Joe Andersen. I always say, this is the point where my downward spiral finally had a chance to end and reverse, little did I know at the time.

We shared so many of the same passions in life (art, music, etc), including diet and health. I knew that how I ate had an impact on my health. I just didn’t know exactly what to eat to reverse my many conditions.

With the job I had at the time, I was heavily exposed to chemicals, which worsened my physical and mental conditions. So, before Joe and I could figure out the best diet path, my health continued to decline.

I had worsening fatigue (I fell asleep everywhere – at work, in the car while driving, etc), depression (several plans of suicide), mental confusion, brain fog, paralysis/numbness in limbs (Joe had to carry me out of work a number of times), extreme eczema on hands (like 2nd degree burns), neck and face, continued amenhorrea (lack of periods), cervical dysplasia, Degenerative Disc Disease (couldn’t sit – worked standing up, constant sciatic nerve pain), continued weight gain (50 pounds overweight at my heaviest), muscle twitches (over 100 twitches in a minute’s time), personality change (from laid back to full of rage), and on and on….

I tried to use working out to help me feel better, but it didn’t do anything for me but add to my fatigue and anger. I even became a PT throughout the process of trying to figure things out for optimal health.

I tried conventional and alternative doctors, but with each “fix” they gave me, it lead to more issues and even further sickness. Of course, most doctors just thought my symptoms were in my head and said I was depressed.

Joe had always been into physical fitness and old-time body builders and athletes. He knew they used steak and egg diets to improve their athletic performance and abilities. So, we started going toward that approach.

We first started lowering carbs, and that was an instant success when it came to my allergies and asthma. I lost a little bit of weight, but most of my conditions didn’t really improve at all.

Joe and I married on August 8, 1998. It was bittersweet. I was marrying the man of my dreams, but even the adrenaline and awesomeness of the day couldn’t mask how badly I felt. We were the first ones to leave our own reception due to my fatigue.

Soon after I was diagnosed with Lyme disease by an alternative M.D. This at least gave Joe and I something to pin a lot of my problems on, but it didn’t do anything to cure it. That was up to us.

We took the next necessary step in diet to a very low carb diet. Again, things improved (acne, some weight loss), but not enough for me to be content.

We went zero carb and started with a fish and “healthy oils” diet. I felt I was heading down the right path, but didn’t have the results I wanted.

When I turned to all meat and meat fat, I ovulate within a couple days and had a period within two weeks. I couldn’t believe it! All the research I’d done on this subject in countless books and NONE of them talked about animal fat being king for proper hormones!

That alone gave me a huge incentive to keep going, eliminating foods that gave me any type of reaction. I really didn’t mind the smaller and smaller list of foods I ate, as long as I felt better. In so many ways it was freeing to me. I became less of a prisoner to hunger, food, and illness.

As I continued to experiment with Joe, we started keeping food journals of our meals, activities, reactions, wins, and fails. We often would re-introduce foods to re-test for verification. Luckily, I was consistent with my food reactions.

As every one of my issues started to reverse (some within days like acne, to around a year, like the fatigue and muscle twitches), I became happier and healthier.

People around us didn’t respond well with what I was eating. They were (maybe?) happy for me feeling better, but very concerned with what I was (or wasn’t) eating.

Nothing and no one trumped how I felt, so we pursued this venture despite all the rolled eyes, accusations of doing this all for attention, etc. I finally was starting to feel like a “normal” person and I wasn’t going to let ignorance take that away from me.

Not all meats were equal for me. I started out with free range eggs, pork, lamb, beef, poultry, and wild-caught fish. But, as time went on, I didn’t feel as well with anything but beef. And, not just beef, but fatty, ribeye steak, the very thing that Dr. Blake Donaldson and Dr. Newbold talked about being the best food for most people suffering illnesses.

I even started to notice that I didn’t need my contacts, and soon threw them away along with my glasses.

The better I zeroed in on my optimal diet, the more weight I lost and the better my body composition became. I started lessening my extreme workout routine from kettlebells and heavy lifts and HIIT sprints to eventually not exercising at all.

I’ve had two healthy boys in the process and we’ve been able to provide for them a happy, healthy environment.

My diet of fatty, ribeye steak (conventional grass fed/grain finished) gave me the best results, and from there, my life has exploded with energy, happiness, and health.

Approaching my 20-year anniversary (“carniversary”) of the all meat diet, I can confidently say, “There is life after illness”!!”


  1. Meat eater on April 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Lyme disease is very specific to deer ticks, but other issues can arise ticks not associated with deer. For example in Australia there is a tick in the Noosa bush that can cause this meat allergy thing but has been proven to NOT have the lyme disease. Unfortunately some people are opting for years on antibiotics which is just going to wipe out any good bacteria in the body. Being iron deficient in itself can cause a range of things like pulling out hair and anxiety etc. The journey to health is unfortunately a very long one for some. Now they are showing how baby wipes can cause allergies by breaking down the skin barrier. We also know not being exposed to dirt as a child and having too clean an environment causes a lot of allergies.

    • Sherri-Lee Bolognone on April 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Mosquitoes and fleas are also proven to carry Lyme disease along with co-inffections like Bartonella & Babesia. A really good Lyme specialist will not treat tertiary or late stage Lyme disease with antibiotics . It is only effective for acute infections ! LDI, bee venom injections, emulsified Oil of orgegano, and other herbs and protocols are highly effective at managing and putting Lymeinto Remission. There are several homeopathic remedies that are highly effective at addressing co-infections and viral infections that accompany Lyme. Stress reduction is a MUST! Lyme attacks adrenal 1st & too much stress will cause quick relapse. Also faith & hope in God to get you through toughest days is essential. I hope this was helpful!

      • Charlene on April 11, 2018 at 2:38 am

        Sherri-Lee, I tried all sorts of conventional AND alternative treatments (homeopathics, herbs, oils, supplements, what you mentioned and then some). NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING, worked until I went to all ribeye and spring water. All those other remedies just made me worse. And, in changing my diet, THAT reduced my stress because of the natural calm inside from proper nutrition.

        • SteveK on April 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm

          Please provide the opinion of your medical doctor before you offer your anecdotal experience for others to follow with potential disastrous results.

          • Charlene on April 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm

            As I’ve already replied to you StevenK, my Doctor was very aware of the medical communities failure to find a way to assist me and others who were suffering from late stage Lyme Disease 20 years ago. She watched with great interest as our dietary change signaled a beautiful improvement in my health and life. She saw me frequently in the first year and was able to witness first hand how a diet devoid of sugar starved out the Lyme bacteria (which need glucose to survive).

  2. Truth Seeker on April 10, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    The more I read and learn of others, the more convinced I am that EACH of us is so different that we MUST experiment until each of us finds what works best……. 2 Truths come from this:

    1) We all know of all the junk that must never be eaten (everybody agrees on that), and No Dairy, Sugar, Grains (Wheat), Alcohol since they are slow acting poisons and nobody “needs” them as well.

    2) We each must then add/subtract from the “healthy foods” since we are all genetically different. NOTHING in Nature is Equal.

    • Healthy Living on April 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm


      Here is what I have found –

      1. Sugar is a massive problem. In the USA there are over 47 different names for sugar, high fructose corn syrup being the worst. (banned in Europe)

      2. Dairy – The China Study describes in detail how the protein can cause cancer.

      3. Eggs – Listed as a carcinogen in Europe and one egg is equivalent to 1-5 cigarettes depending on the study.

      4. Fast Food – When a BigMac is on Youtube for two years, and it still looks the same? There is a problem.

      5. Oil – Palm oil has been banned, in the UK. Related to Heart problems.

      6. Deli Meat – Created from the leftovers, preservatives galore.

      7. Alcohol/Smoking – Self-evident.

      8. Lack of sunshine and exercise.

      Here is a list of supplements, which I take.

      – Turmeric (fantastic for joint pain)

      – B12

      – Flaxseed (excellent for the skin)

      – Matcha Tea (Limits appetite through the day)

      – At least 8 cups of water per day.

      Thank you.

  3. Brian Stockel on April 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    This is fantastic. Mikhaila, I owe you one of these as well but I haven’t found a solution yet so you may be able to get updates as I go. I’m glad you’re doing this. We need more coming together and sharing our solutions.

  4. Mike on April 10, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Great story.

  5. Sherri-Lee Bolognone on April 10, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    MIkhaila… have you & or your dad been texted for MTHFR mutation? I’m so very interested & also would love to help you & your endearing father in any way.
    I’m going to be tested. We have remarkably similar backgrounds (health wise), although I was a healthy child until late teens when all the autoimmune issues ignited. You name it, I had/have it & have spent decades & countless dollars trying to figure it out. Was recently diagnosed with last stage Lyme. I’m a sideline research nerd & countless hours into best treatments, dr’s , essential oils, herbs, etc to break down the nasty life sucking biofilms & recover. I’ve had best gains with LDI. Check out series of YouTube videos! Unreal. RA discussed a lot . Sincerely turned everything around for me. Gentle, least invasive, ground breaking treatment (affordable too).
    My now 15 year old incredible son is a full autism recovery story. I knew in my gut something biomedical was happening (I’m a pediatric OT) & eveyone thought I was crazy. Nothing could stop me from seeking healing for my son. I nearly killed myself in the process of a 6 year journey that sounds so similar to what your parents went through with you . I learned SO much from research, diet, thick binders of food logs & Reactions, vaccine education, candida overgrowth, the horrible side effects to Dr’s giving out antibiotics like a lollipop at the bank,chemical sensitivity (our house could only be cleaned in vinegar & peroxide & friends who braved our life (there were only a few), would have to change into his clothes for play dates b/c he’d react instantly & behaviorally to ALL chemicals, perfumes. I’d Instinctivley give him clay baths & epsom salt baths multiple times per day b/c he looked & felt so much healthier after. Went all organic & rotated foods. For a long period he was only tolerating 9 foods. We dealt with seizures , food withdrawl (especially milk b/c undigested through a leaky gut mimics opioids at molecular level- which is why Nearly every kid on spectrum is addicted to dairy)! 9 days of watching a 2 year old go through opioid withdrawal was BRUTAL, but he started to come back to us… eye contact, accepting touch, smiling, no toe walking or stimmimg hands. It was a nightmare & miracle all at once. The dr’s continued to discredit me, my maternal instincts, & while so hard, I kept fighting. I attended DAN conferences & 12 years ago intuitively took away a crucial piece of this puzzle is illness, his & mine glutathione! I knew his was broken, mine was broken & tried to tell every naturopath this is the key , to our illness, to Autism & autoimmune in general. Now the info is becoming more mainstream. Please search MTHFR mutation. Our family listens to your dad daily.. he’s helped us in countless ways. His heart breaks when he talks of your suffering & he’s your biggest champion . I relate to that on so many levels & love him for that. It took 6 years , a lot of stress on our marriage , but our boy is a miracle story ! Full autism reversal. He’s incredibly bright, athletic & a leader in so many areas of life. At 4 he asked “how did you know what to do? Thank you for saving me mommy” ! The before & after pictures are remarkable. I wanted you to look into MTHFR b/c it’s genetic, could give you a lot of answers & help your own with your sweet boys should they carry some aspect of the gene. 40-60 % of population have it. Essentially the detox system is damaged , & body cannot rid of (methylate) toxins, especially metals! Also tyelonal & other drugs , vitamins & enriched foods should NOT be taken with an MTHFR mutation!
    Listening to your father today I felt led by my spirit to reach out to your amazing family. I’m still struggling with depression anxiety and fatigue … I know my body is depleted in certain minerals and I’m getting myself checked out b/t parenting , food restricted life style (aka Nazi mom). There are certain supplements and food absolutely necessary and also completely restricted if you have this gene defect I hear it’s only $99 to get a test or you can go to your regular doctor .
    From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the best. I thank you for sharing this blog. I think your dad for his honesty and for helping men to become a men and for all of us to be the best people that we can be in the world . I forwarded one of his pictures and our pastor actually showed it in our church! Truly God’s plan for all of us. Be blessed & well. Wish me luck going all meat. I crave beef all the time these days ( also eggs and avocado). So much to learn & definitly a passion of mine to share knowledge & do something with my life long insomnia.

    • SteveK on April 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      You are a hysterical person attempting to resolve your psychological problems with desperate actions likely unrelated to your life problems. Attempting to diagnose and cure your ailments based on internet information is dangerous to you and others reading your story. Stop!

  6. Denys Williams on April 11, 2018 at 4:56 am

    A fantastically compact account of how things can change once poeple realise “You are what you eat.” because it never really sinks in. Sure, there are lucky people (like me) that can (for now) get away with this and that, but sooner or later you have to confront it — or face the consequences. There is this professor who does a lot of stuff online (you might know him) that said something appropriate, it was along the lines of “Think about that for 5 years.”, the implication being that some concepts take a lot of thought before the truth becomes apparent.

  7. Filip on April 11, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Thank you for sharing your story here Charlene.

    I want to share my anxiety towards trying this. I’m concerned that I will become very antisocial while I’m on this diet, a lot of my socialising is spent drinking during the weekends and I still want to have a social life. How do you cope with not becoming too antisocial because of this diet? I would like to try because I would like to believe my health is of utmost importance.

    I have a lot of issues with depression and bloated stomach, really irregular bowel movements (usually once every 3rd day, irregular I mean in its concistency, sorry for the explicitness but I have to be clear.)

    I just don’t know what I would do with that much free time I guess, as weird as that sounds.

    • Charlene on April 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      We have an amazing social life. Most all restaurants have meat on the menu (if you choose to eat out), being one of the best places to have social interaction. My husband and I have never been drinkers, and we’ve never viewed drinking as a means to a proper social life. If your diet is right, anything and everything (known or unknown) should correct itself. So, experiment and give it time.

  8. SteveK on April 11, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    What did your doctor(s) say about your self-healing diet? Were they amazed or did they still reject your claims of a cure? Has your case been medically researched? Thanks.

    • Charlene on April 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      The doctors did what they could once Lyme was diagnosed. The typical Lyme protocol and alternative methods didn’t work for me. Luckily, I had an M.D. that supported us throughout our initial dietary change. And she was impressed with my drastic improvements.

    • chris on May 3, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Steve, the healing effects of a very low carb diet particularly in people with Lyme disease is well known in many circles, no case study needed. functional medicine often Rx them. Look into it,

  9. PC on April 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    What’s an example all carnivore meal plan that you can recommend?

    • Charlene on April 12, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Although everyone is a little different with what they have access to, can afford and feel best with, fatty cuts of meat (ribeye steak is the fattiest, but chuck eye steak is next to best) are optimal. There is beef, lamb, wild game, seafood (fish and shellfish), poultry and pork. Some consume a lot of ground meat (which can be very fatty). Some tolerate dairy and eggs. I eat twice a day, totaling about 1-1.5 pounds of cooked ribeye. A great source of meal plans and any questions regarding the all meat/carnivore way of eating can be found at the Facebook group, “Zeroing In On Health”.

  10. g.sartor on April 12, 2018 at 1:38 pm


  11. David on April 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Jesus Christ.. are you one tough lady. I mean, truly hats off!

    Did you run into social problems whilst dealing with your health problems? Personally It’s what I really, really, struggle with and would greatly appreciate any advice on how to manage without going insane or becoming bitter and resentful.

    • Charlene on April 12, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      As many who try something “different than the norm,” people around them can feel somehow threatened by it. Just feel confident about yourself, what you’re doing and the benefit you’ll receive from it. Joe and I got rid of a couple of the most negative people in our lives which made the process that much easier. We were on a mission, and nothing and no one would stop us, not even family members. Joe and I are social people, and most of what we do socially doesn’t include food or drink, but as I commented above to Filip, there are ways around it. To know and anticipate that most people are going to not understand, or even get upset, is the first step. Just play it by ear. Sometimes the least said to others about it the better. (For some reason they almost always take it as a personal attack!) To surround yourself with the BEST people for you, who love you for who you are, sick or not sick, eat a certain way no matter why, those you feel better after being with them, THOSE are the people that will add to your journey and make it better. All the best to you in your path!

  12. anonymous on April 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Jesus Christ.. are you one tough lady. I mean, truly hats off!

    Did you run into social problems whilst dealing with your health problems? Personally It’s what I really, really, struggle with and would greatly appreciate any advice on how to manage without going insane or becoming bitter and resentful.

  13. Healthy Living on April 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Fantastic analysis of a Plant-based diet vs a Meat-based diet.

  14. Charlene on April 13, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I’m not telling people to eat a meat only diet. It’s just what worked (spectacularly) for me.

    • Healthy Living on April 15, 2018 at 12:46 am

      The long-term impact is the problem.There are four big problems:
      – Sugar
      – Dairy
      – Meat
      – Eggs

      If you remove, three of four.
      Here is my favorite explanation “How not to die”:

      • Yermek on May 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

        For f*ck sake, ban this spammer

  15. Healthy Living on April 15, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Charlene: The long-term impact is the problem.There are four big problems:
    – Sugar
    – Dairy
    – Meat
    – Eggs

    If you remove, three of four.
    Here is my favorite explanation “How not to die”:

  16. Charlene on April 15, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I guess I’m not sure exactly what you’re trying to do here. Convince me? Or warn others? If I ate the way most people claim “healthy eating” is, I guarantee I wouldn’t be here. And if I somehow survived, the pain levels and crippling nature of my disease would consume me. This site is for testimonies. I gave my story. It’s not to convince everyone to eat the way I do, but I shared what worked for me. I believe there is evolutionary history backing my results. As earliest humans we evolved eating as scavengers, consuming the rib meat left behind from the predators. We ate from fatty ruminant animals. I’m replicating that and for me, it’s working.

    • Healthy Living on April 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Charlene – I only care about offering the truth to the best of my knowledge. There is no benefit to my life if you decide to eat meat or not. The video above is likely the best I have ever watched on the subject.

      I remember, there was an Australian study comparing game meat with processed meat. The game meat was up to four times healthier. If you are set on eating meat, try to get the best quality and stay away from saturated fat.

      I wish you luck!

      • Natalie Romanello on July 17, 2018 at 10:55 pm

        Healthy living, perhaps you are not up on the latest information/misinformation regarding saturated fats.

    • Jeff Cyr on May 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Charlene-You are one amazing human being!

      • Charlene on May 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm

        Thank you, Jeff!?

  17. steven v on April 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Hey Charlene, really excellent comprehensive story. A couple of questions I have for you or anyone else that has some input on this subject.

    1. When you were pretty sick, looking back in retrospect, do you think it was a bad to exercise too intensely? I am pretty sick right now with lots of inflammation and moderate sciatica. I am getting the feeling to just exercise smoothly and wait for my body to tell me when I am feeling better to pick up the intensity.
    2. Also, if you can, go into more detail on how your sciatica cleared up? How did your sitting improve?
    Thank you for sharing, going to buy some ribeye tomorrow!!

    • Charlene on May 6, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      I’m sorry to hear of your sickened state, Steven. To answer your questions (a lot of repetition here from my answering questions to my similar post on
      1) My body was very emphatic on letting me know that I needed to back exercise down. So, I had to listen. And, I did. I went from a lot of intesity to less and less and then nothing. That’s where I’ve been now for years. As a female I feel that by nourishing myself properly, I am strong and capable without having to train. I know people can get upset to hear that, but that’s what I’ve experienced.
      2) Literally, as soon as I have up vegetation (my last food group other than meat), I felt much less pain. If I remember right, it was a matter of a a couple days. Soon I started to forget to bring my lumbar roll that I carried around like it was my ball and chain for years. And actually started sitting without it! Sciatic pain is like a prison as you know. I couldn’t believe that by removing the very things we were told were so nutritious for us led to breaking free of chronic pain!

      • Charlene on May 7, 2018 at 7:18 am (sorry I misspelled that site in my comment above)

    • Charlene on May 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Steven V,

      I just wanted to add that I believe that exercise for males is much different than for females. By nature, males are task-oriented and the providers and protectors of their family/group. So, I don’t want to give the impression that I think no one should exercise. I think nutrition alone can provide a female with what is needed (capability, usable strength and stamina when needed). I think males need a physical stimulus. Possibly not even much is needed either. My husband, Joe, has found that by doing simple pull-ups and body-weight squats gives him a well-proportioned and strong physique.

      As a body heals, that period if transitioning from illness to health can be one of the weakest periods. Care for yourself must be taken. And, mild activity/exercise for anyone can help with toxin removal and healing stimulus. So, let your body dictate what it needs and when. As time progresses, you can find the routine that feels best for you!

      • steven v on May 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm


        Great advice!! Can’t believe I am healing so quickly. For the past year I have been seeing a terrific massage therapist and we have been doing stretching, strength training, and physical manipulation to try to get balance back into my muscles to relieve this sciatica and inflammation in my lower back and right hip. Though I had some moderate success, it was no way near being healed. My tension in my soft tissue was so bad my pelvis would be pulled out of alignment creating absolute exhaustion in my body. By going on the ZC diet the tension in my body has almost completely disappeared! I am no longer worried about my pelvis getting out of alignment and finding the right professional to fix it without hurting me! I still can’t work out too hard but I feel my strength coming back little by little everyday. And like you said, I only exercise when my body absolutely wants too.

        Thanks Mikhaila, Steve

      • steven v on May 21, 2018 at 12:32 pm


        Curious on what your experience with cholesterol is? Since doing ZC diet my LDL has got above the normal range(170). HDL is excellent and Triglycerides/HDL is excellent. Watched Shawn Baker video on cholesterol and he said LDL readings are not a good way to interpret if you have potential heart issues.
        1. Do you know if you LDL has gone down over time as you body adapts to a ZC diet?
        2. How high has your LDL number gotten on this diet?

        BTW, already doing pilates classes, almost everyday! Thinking about trying to play some golf again soon! Went to get some accupunture the other day and walked out like a drunkin sailor!! The accupunture is working great, I definitely believe it is do to the ZC diet. I tried accupunture over a decade ago and got no results!! The ZC diet has relieved much of the tension, blockages and inflammation to allow the accupunture to work.

        Thanks for sharing, Steve

        • Charlene on June 7, 2018 at 8:19 am

          I haven’t had any blood tests done for almost two decades. When I had one done, it was a year into the ZC diet and from what I remember, all my numbers were excellent. I keep my diet high in fat (80% or higher). There are some who are ZC, who can pull some “bad” numbers (of course many things are debatable when it comes to tests) but possibly these are due to a diet not as high in fat. Your results are not surprising, and I’m very excited for you!

      • Natalie Romanello on July 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

        This is so refreshing to hear, as I’ve never liked high-intensity workouts, yet was made to feel less-than for it. Most of my friends equate good health with lots of intense cardio and could never keep up (and didn’t want to lol). I do best with hiking, walking, gardening and yoga…which is what I’ve found out by listening to my body. I just found out I have a syndrome where my heart rate goes up too high with intense exercize and that effect causes other side-effects…so it wasn’t in my head. Intense cardio or weight lifting really wasn’t good for me. I hope that this new way of eating helps relieve my inflammation which should help alleviate my other issues (have you heard of POTS? That’s what causes the heart rate issue).

        • steven v on July 19, 2018 at 8:52 pm

          Hey Natalie,

          I am cutting back on my intense exercise for the next few months. My sciatica has improved 70-80% but has seemed to not respond to additional exercise. So I am going to go the way Charlene went and see if just diet is going to totally heal my inflammation, back and hip issues. It feels like my body will tell me when I can push my body harder. So for now just trying to put in a full day and stay moderately active is all my body can take and to get plenty of rest when it is needed. Too much stress on my body is not a good thing at this time.

  18. Marie Wassinger on May 2, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2005. I was given antibiotics, which seemed to help. However, I still suffer from some of the symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, and even neurological problems in controlling hand and leg movements. The inability to walk right etc, are temporary and generally happen when I am really tired and have been working hard. I lost touch with reality.. Suspecting it was the medication I Went off the antibiotics (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on Lyme disease natural herbal formula I ordered from Natural Herbal Gardens, December 18, 2017 after being on the herbs you recommended, i had a total recovery from Lyme disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. The chronic fatigue, joint pain has subsided. When I stumbled upon you guys, it was just pure instinct. And from that day on it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The caring that goes into explaining what herbs work for whatever ails me is astounding. In today’s world where so many are after a quick buck, selling without care, Natural Herbal Garden’s staffs amplifies the difference. I’m a believer in karma, and for generations to come, this is a herbal store that will be leaving it’s footprint in this world. Visit NATURAL HERBAL GARDENS official web site www. naturalherbalgardens. com A world of thanks to The Natural Herbal Gardens!”

    • Charlene on May 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Years ago, there was no tincture, herb, homeopathic remedy, or supplement of any kind that worked for me. In fact, they all made me worse. That was my experience.

  19. Willeke Barens on May 3, 2018 at 1:17 am

    How wonderful that you’re telling your story again. People with “normal” metabolisms have no clue what a blessing the carnivore diet can be. That’s not their fault of course, but I don’t understand why they would feel threatened. Congratulations on regaining your health and kudo’s for talking about your diet!

    • Charlene on May 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you, Willeke!

  20. Toni on May 3, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Do you take any supplements at all? For example Vit C or a vitamin/ minerals or is it just simply meat and water? And do you season your meat with anything or other than salt? Is even plant based seasoning such as pepper and garlic powder a no no for your body as well? Did you have any body aches and pains as you transitioned to all meat? I think all meat would work for me but every time I try it, I hurt all over. I wonder if it is some type of herxheimer reaction? Any thoughts?

    • steven v on May 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm


      I totally agree with Charlene. Started this diet about 2 weeks ago and am feeling way better. Probably felt worse the 1st 3 or 4 days but then the “die off” cleared up and I feel better than I have in decades. Since my disorder has been over 3 decades I am very dedicated to try anything different just to find some relief. There are so many success stories with this diet that I am committed to giving it a great effort.
      For me “die off” is more of a “deep fatigue” just very draining and exhausting. I don’t feel as stressed and irritated from “die off” just totally wiped out. Where when I eat the wrong foods I feel much more “tortured”, more tension, much more out of sorts, like I have been poisoned. I would tell people in the past I might as well drink bleach than to eat a certain food because it would have the same affect.
      Everybody is different, I am only speaking from experience not from medical fact. Maybe you have to slowly creep into a Zero Carb diet and then fully switch over due to strong “die-off’ reactions. Like Charlene said, keep a diary and keep trying!!!

      Good Luck

  21. Charlene on May 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Toni!

    I don’t supplement with anything, since the fatty ribeye gives me just what I need in the perfect amounts. Years ago, there was no tincture, herb, homeopathic remedy, or supplement of any kind that worked for me. In fact, they all made me worse. That was my experience.

    Call me hardcore, but I don’t use any seasoning, including salt. I LOVE the taste of ribeye as is! And what’s funny is that once you’ve adapted to eating meat without seasoning, you can taste subtle differences from steak to steak, and sometimes from bite to bite. Taste = nutrition. I know many carnivores who use herbs and spices, but my body didn’t like any of them. They gave me the same reaction as if I ate vegetation.

    And, oh man, the pain can be INTENSE when you eat all meat! You bet what you feel may just be a Herxheimer reaction. The feeling can even be a little similar to a food reaction, so it can be confusing to people. Healing will flux, sometimes in hours, sometimes in days. I tended to have 3-day cycles of building up pain before a relief. A food reaction usually is chronic in nature. But, I’m not a doctor so I can’t give any medical advice. Just listen to your body, keep a journal and trust in yourself.

    Good luck!

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  23. lindsey on July 7, 2018 at 2:21 am

    I was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease when I was around 6 years old after my immune system had been suppressed due to contracting chicken pox. Unlike the author of this story, I had a classic bullseye, but was not diagnosed since my doctor refused to believe it was Lyme’s. I went on the following year battling the disease, being put on IV treatment and missing a year of school. Although the disease had subsided, I did not realize all the effects that would come from this disease. I was subsequently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (sleeping anywhere and everywhere), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Arthritis, and suffered from anxiety and severe depression. My diet at this time was horrible (very high in carbohydrates and sugar). It is only recently that I have altered my diet to mostly greens and meat and have also found a significant difference in my energy levels and mood. Interesting to see that others are finding the same.

    • Charlene on November 9, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      So very glad to hear, Lindsey! Keep up the good work and hope your conditions keep improving.

  24. Louis on October 14, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Charlene,

    I’ve been suffering from DDD for years. I was wondering if it is getting better as well. From what I understand once there is damage it can’t be reversed as there is less “cushion” between disks and inflammation is there as well. I can’t sit as well: can you do it now?

    • Charlene on November 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      I’ve completely reversed my disc issues and although I haven’t had a follow-up MRI to prove anything, I have no pain, and I have no symptoms I had before I changed my diet.

      What Steve writes in reply is fantastic too. So glad that there can be stories of people who have gone through issues that have reversed with diet, despite the medical community saying its impossible!

  25. Steve Vurture on October 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Louis,

    I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and was in moderate lower back pain. Very hard time standing, walking, sitting and couldn’t find any position to sleep in bed without being in pain. Going on this diet has eliminated my sciatica, sitting as much as I want, sleeping in any position I want without pain and standing still without any pain. It really has been a crazy improvement. My walking pattern has still been struggling but it slowly keeps improving. Been doing the diet for about 6 months and am loving the improvement.

    Many new age nutrition people are saying that poor diet is causing inflammation in the body and could be accelerating weak points in your spine. Definitely worth trying the diet for a few months and see how your symptoms improve, a way better option than an operation or drugs. Good Luck, I hope you feel better.

    • Charlene on November 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      So glad to hear your progress Steve!

  26. Steve Vurture on November 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Hey Charlene,

    I think you are right on the money about limiting the exercise with extensive inflammation problems. Still not able to push my body too hard yet but am progressing nicely. Definitely believe the most important things are lots of quality meat and plenty of rest to allow the body chemistry to change. I tried a lot of stretching and physical exercises and believe that added stress didn’t help my body to heal at first. It seems that there was so much tension in my body that exercise would only aggravate it more. Back problems are just about gone, still working on get my right hip capsule to loosen up more but it continues to improve. Workload on my body continues to improve as fatigue, soreness, stiffness keep slowly lessening.

    Really appreciate your sharing of extensive knowledge, without you and Mikhaila I never would have figured it out on my own.

  27. Gerardo Pellinacci on December 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Hello Charlene, I appreciate the value of having published your testimony. I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a couple of years ago … and I am interested in this proposal.
    Could you tell me where to get more information about what you eat and how you eat it?
    Or is it simply the steak and mantial water? Fruits do not you eat? Do you eat something else?
    Finally, it is like lei, that is 3 meals a day of 1.1 / 2Libra of beef. And the water you take during the meal too or is it indistinct?
    Since already grateful.
    Excuse English, I speak Spanish.
    Atte Gerardo Pellinacci

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