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A mum of two has ditched a vegan diet that she strictly followed for 15 years in order to eat only meat.
Forty-four-year-old Nicole Carter claims that her vegan diet left her immune system in tatters, adding that she has more energy and is healthier after switching to a carnivorous diet.
Nicole, who lives in California, turned to veganism at 18 and to say she took it seriously is something of an understatement.
She cut out sugar and alcohol, squeezed fresh juice, and even made her own dried flaxseed crackers. That's dedication.
However, she developed a whole host of problems and was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2012. She tried everything to ease her condition, but was unsuccessful.
That is, until she turned to an almost exclusively meat-based diet.
Now, she feels healthier in her mood and her stomach, and has even lost weight. That's after switching to eating a whole load of red meat - sometimes with added eggs and bacon - every day of her life.
Before we hear from Nicole, it is worth noting that evidence suggests that a balanced diet of all food groups is recommended. Oh, and there isn't a lot of fibre in this diet. You need fibre, trust us.
Anyway, Nicole explained: "I had raging candida overgrowth, hair loss, joint pain, fatigue and insomnia. My blood tests showed almost non-existent levels of iron and Vitamin D. My hormones were low and my thyroid hormones were low despite natural supplements.
"I had gall stones and pancreatitis which led to gall bladder removal in 2006. I had chronic constipation, gas, bloating and eventually ulcerative colitis. I was hypoglycaemic. I had insomnia at night and no energy all day.
"I didn't drink coffee, only organic green tea. I was depressed, had anxiety and felt lost as to how to improve my health."
She continued: "I read about [diet researcher] Amber O'Hearn doing it [a carnivore diet] for mood disorder. I was curious if it would cure my autoimmune disease, ulcerative colitis.
"It is the elimination of all plant and non-animal foods. There are varying degrees, but most carnivores focus on beef and ruminant animals and add in pork, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy to some degree.
"It is extremely nutritious because the nutrients are all bioavailable as opposed to the nutrients in the plants which are bound by oxalates and phytates. It also eliminates foods that are destructive to the human gut such as fibre."
She added: "People think that meat causes cancer, that it causes high cholesterol which may kill you, that it causes diabetes and that it is bad for the environment. None of this is true.
"The hard thing for most is eating enough. The other hard thing is the social aspect. Most people can't wrap their head around it because of being told their entire lives that they need vegetables.
"My life is entirely better. My health is better, my gut, my energy and my mood. I also have a lot more time for other things now that I don't spend all my time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. I also save a lot of money this way.
"All of the symptoms I mentioned before are gone. I no longer have a life-threatening disease nor any of the annoying symptoms or problems I had before. My autoimmune disease is gone and I am so grateful for what I have learned that got me here."
It's probably not for everyone, but if it's working for her, fair play...
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