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Trying the Carnivore Diet
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Trying the Carnivore Diet

Will I see any benefit from adopting a carnivore diet? I decided to give it a try and find out for myself. I was eating a whole-food, plant-based diet for several months (off and on for y-e-a-r-s!) but that wasn’t working for me. So, I decided to pull out all the stops and try this all-animal (no dairy for me) approach. Why the dramatic shift in my diet and lifestyle? Many people would probably assume I was eating a plant-based diet for ethical reasons. Not so. I’m concerned about my own health, first and foremost. And, for me, diet isn’t a religion.¬† More about that here. Of course, I care about animals. Both from an ethical as well as dietary quality perspectives. But that bird out in my yard has no qualms about pecking that living worm out of my yard for his supper. Nor do any number of other species on this planet who eat other living beings in order to survive and thrive. (Don’t even get me started on how many MORE life forms are killed through agriculture than via the conventional meat industry. Do your own research on the matter.) Bottom line, for me, is I want to achieve optimal health. And I have some stubborn weight to lose. So, the carnivore diet I was first introduced to the idea (like almost everyone else) by watching Joe Rogan’s Interview with Dr. Shawn Baker. And that got me thinking. Then I learned about the success Jordan Peterson and his daughter, Mikhaila, were having following a carnivore diet, again, watching Joe Rogan’s interviews with them. (I hadn’t realized the impact Joe Rogan has had on my personal life until this very moment, lol!) and I thought about it some more. But I still wasn’t convinced to try it myself. Then one of my best girlfriends decided to try the carnivore diet… And she became an evangelist. She was constantly telling me why she was so passionate about this lifestyle and why she believes it is the holy grail of diets for the human species. And I still wasn’t convinced. In fact, I flat out resisted. But over time, as my body continued to struggle to lose weight, and I started having little health concerns pop up (insomnia, skin problems, concerns about possible high blood pressure and insulin resistance), I decided to give the carnivore diet a shot. Hell, I’d water-fasted for 7 days straight. This couldn’t be nearly that extreme. And I share my experience in the video above. I’d love to hear about your experience if you’ve also given the animals-only diet a try. Please leave your comments below. Enjoy!

Update - Jack and the Magic Hat Maker - Sept. 5, 2019

UPDATE – My YA Fantasy Fiction Novel Series

Update and significant changes to the way the story starts and some core character changes for Book One: The Golden Telescope in my Young Adult Fantasy Fiction series: Jack and the Magic Hat Maker. Beta-Readers – Visit THIS PAGE for a link to where you can sign up to receive new chapters as they come available for review.

Mary's Mini - 10 Day Results
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Mary’s Mini: Amazing! 5 Pounds In 10 Days!

MY AMAZING MARY’S MINI RESULTS I gotta tell you…after 10 days on the Mary’s Mini version of Dr. John McDougall’s Starch Solution I was pretty happy with my results! Not only did I lose weight, but I’m also noticing some other health conditions improving in that short time. Yes, I lost 5 pounds in 10 days…which is incredible…but I also noticed my skin looking better and my energy improving! Honestly, I’m not completely sure if my success was 100% due to the Mary’s Mini diet…or if the Intermittent Fasting/OMAD (One Meal A Day) approach was what made the difference. HERE’S MY MARY’S MINI BREAKDOWN The first 8 days I followed the standard Mary’s Mini protocol, ie; I ate regular meals, as I would normally, but made sure to eat only foods approved for this program. You are supposed to choose a single type of ‘starchy’ food (potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, oatmeal, etc.) and make that the center of every meal. I chose potatoes. Granted, I did include some yams and sweet potatoes, too. I figured they are all (essentially) potatoes…even though the orange ones I thought were yams are probably just a different variety of sweet potato. But by day 8 I hadn’t achieved the kind of weight-loss goals I’d hoped for. So, the last 2 days I decided to incorporate an OMAD approach, skipping breakfast and lunch, only eating a single evening meal AND THAT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE Watch the video below¬† for all the details then tell me your own thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to know if you’ve tried either Mary’s Mini and/or OMAD, and if so, what your experience has been! And if you want to learn more about the first 8 days of my 10 day challenge, then CLICK HERE Please comment below and let me know what you think! Until Next Time… I wish you good health, Tracy

Mary's Mini - Day 8 - My Experience
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The Starch Solution vs. Mary’s Mini

I’ve been following the 10-Day Mary’s Mini version of Dr. John McDougall’s The Starch Solution weight-loss plan, and today is Day 8. These are my thoughts and experience so far. I talk, in detail, about the differences between the two plans and why I’m choosing to try the Mary’s Mini version instead of the basic plan. Basically, for either plan you make starch the center of every meal you eat. The biggest difference is that on the basic plan, you can mix up a variety of starches without restriction. However, if you aren’t having weight-loss success, Mrs. McDougall, Mary, developed a scaled-back version where you choose just one starch and make that your primary food for the duration of the 10-day program. For my starch I chose potatoes. And surprisingly, I didn’t get tired of them, at all, over the full 10 days. I found a variety of ways to eat them to keep things interesting, and I supplemented with other non-starchy vegetables and some fruits. In the video I share why I think I don’t normally lose weight following The Starch Solution, and how I’ve changed my mindset for weight-loss expectations. Also touched on in this video are my thoughts on keto vs low-fat, plant-based diets, and their implications for longevity based on archaeological evidence, and why I feel that diet isn’t religion and each person must choose for themselves, what to eat. This decision must be based on their own personal experience with how different foods make them feel, and the results achieved when they follow different diets and lifestyle programs. Have you ever tried The Starch Solution or Mary’s Mini? I’d love to hear about your experience. Is it just me who has a challenge losing weight eating mainly starches? Let me know your own thoughts and experiences below. For more about me visit: Facebook: Instagram: @tracy.p.johnson The Keto Website I Mentioned In This Video: