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Beef and Vegetables

My Diet Struggle – Keto-Carnivore or Vegan?

I’m sitting here in pain. Abdominal pain. It started late yesterday afternoon and it’s now 8:05 the next morning. It kept me awake most of the night. It’s a digestive thing. Nothing too serious…I can just tell. You know…the kind you feel after eating too many beans? Ya, that kind. But intense. It comes in waves, so it’s not constant. But a new cramp comes on every few minutes and it makes me writhe and palpate my belly like I would knead a big wad of bread dough. That does seem to help. A little. So, before I get into the whole how and why of my current predicament, let me just establish one important fact: I’m Swedish. And English. By ancestry. So, Scandinavian and Northern European. That little fact will come in handy later on in this post. I won’t go into my background going raw vegan and what motivated that lifestyle change. I already addressed that topic in excruciating detail in another blog post HERE, but suffice it to say that I am still drawn to that dietary choice every-so-often…mostly because I had success with weight-loss during that time…something that has been an almost constant challenge for me my entire adult life. But here’s the thing… I watch YouTube videos by all the big names in that community; Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and his son, Rip. And I completely buy into the science behind their claims. And being concerned first and foremost with my health and longevity and weight-loss as a secondary benefit, I go to the store, load up on all of the low-fat, high-starch grains, potatoes, vegies and fruits recommended feeling determined to make it work for me THIS TIME. And then I start eating that food…and the symptoms start. Ugh! It used to be severe joint pain. I’m talking the kind that is so bad I literally thought I had Rheumatoid Arthritis. I couldn’t even roll over in bed at night or lift my legs to walk on a flat surface without unbearable pain in my knees. And sometimes ankles and wrists, too. And anemia. Bad anemia. Like…I felt like I was going to pass out in public. That went away when I re-introduced animal products into my diet. Thank goodness! But then I realized I was finally on the other side of all of the hormonal changes that went along with my 10-year journey through menopause. So, I started to wonder if the joint pain might have been associated with hormones. Additionally, I had regained the 35 pounds I lost when eating raw foods which enticed me to try going plant-based again. But every time I did I would get the strangest symptoms as a result. I mean, immediately after eating a carb-heavy meal. The middle toes on (primarily) my left foot would stiffen up inĀ Charlie Horse cramps. This happened consistently. I know because I tested it. I would return to a ketogenic…