Status: It Was the Eggs!
I’d never considered that eggs would bother me. Every year when I get my ‘mandatory’ flu shot, the survey asks if I’m allergic to eggs. I’ve always responded, “No.” Now though, I’m not so sure.
When I say I was uncomfortable, I mean incredibly uncomfortable. I was nearly unable to function toward the end of my first two weeks on carnivore. It came on over a few days and hit me like a tons of bricks. I couldn’t do much, and didn’t want to either. I was tired, irritable, had frequent headaches, and was incredibly weak. If I still felt that way, I don’t know how I would have been able to function over the past week. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it.
On Wednesday, day 15, I decided that with one week till my next update post, it would be enough time to forego eggs altogether and see if I noticed anything different happening. The difference was night and day. In less than 24 hours there was a noticeable and very positive difference. No more weakness, no more headaches, no more extreme fatigue.
On Saturday morning (after a few days without any eggs) my husband and I had grand plans to take down our Christmas tree. We had meatballs for breakfast before getting started. Not long after that, I felt weak, got a headache, and long story short… I sat on the couch using every bit of effort I could muster to wrap our fragile glass ornaments in bubble wrap before placing them in their boxes. My husband did pretty much everything by himself. I felt horrible—in my heart, and in my body. When we were done, I took a long nap.
Could it have been that the meatballs were made with eggs? I have no idea. All I know for now is that I’m done with eggs. I’ll try an experiment at some point where I go for an omelet or something, but as of right now, I don’t want to risk it.
I can’t even explain how much better I feel now than at the end of Week 2.
My body seems to love pork. When I first went keto I remember coconut milk smoothies seemed to be to me like spinach was to Pop-Eye. Coconut milk was just the ticket for me. For whatever reason now, my body seems to love pork! When I eat it, I feel fantastic, have tons of energy, and no ill effects. I crave it! Not to mention that it’s absolutely delicious!
- Steak with Dipping Butter, a Fillet
- Pork Tenderloin
- Homemade Meatballs (80/20 beef + egg)
- Northern Atlantic Bonita Fillets
- Pork Roast
Changes (1 negative, 10 positive):
- Sleep – 10 – I have been sleeping wonderfully.
- Energy – 8 – I’m not ready to run a marathon or anything, nor would I if I had the energy for that matter, but I feel really good. I was nervous last week, so much so that I considered giving up on the carnivore way of eating if the way I felt didn’t change soon. It seemed to go so well at first and then went down hill really quickly. I felt like I’d been poisoned. But, not any more! Once the eggs were gone my energy and overall feeling of well-being skyrocketed.
- Mood – 8 – Very good. One thing I will say is that carnivore, thus far, doesn’t seem to have helped my PMS mood swings. Hoping that it would, this early on anyway, was a little far fetched, but I did have high hopes.
- Cravings – 4 – This week was particularly rough when it came to cravings. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not eating sweets, or if it’s because I’m PMS’ing. Before my cycle starts, my sugar cravings are intense! I also am relatively certain that in a few days the intensity of my cravings will pass. Regardless of the numerous temptations, I’ve been able to resist which has been a nice boost to my confidence. I do find myself eyeing up what’s on others plates pretty frequently though!!! Like the meatballs Saturday morning. My husband made his with sauce and cheese. It smelled like pizza—so good! But mine were delicious once I dug in. I do miss sweet food… until I eat what’s on my plate. Fortunately, I haven’t been disappointed yet! Meat, with plenty of fat, tastes absolutely amazing.
- Vision – 9 – Something is going on with my eyes. My left eye prescription is less than my right, so my left eye has always been dominant. I can tell something is different with my right eye. It doesn’t seem to be taking a back seat like it always has. I’m not sure what’s happening, but we’ll see what happens as the weeks pass.
- Teeth – 9 – Clean, the new norm. I will say though, my mouth is crazy dry. It’s not fun. I’ve tried drinking water, with and without added salt. Doesn’t matter. I can drink a 20 oz bottle of water and still have a dry mouth five minutes later.
- Skin – I feel like my face looks younger. The bags under my eyes seem to be diminishing. This is something I’ve always noticed right away when eating high carb—I’d get puffy bags under my eyes. Also, I am noticing that my skin in general doesn’t seem to be as dry as usual, without moisturizer. I’ve been through multiple rounds of Accutane and have chronic dry skin as a result. It’s not an option for me to not use moisturizer on my face. I won’t even try going without it yet, but my legs and arms are definitely not as dry as what I’m used to seeing in the winter.
- Hair – I can’t tell if it’s because of the way I’ve been eating or not, but my hair seems to be looking good these days. “Good hair” days are something I’ve always thought were a coincidence, but it seems like I’ve had an awful lot of coincidental good-hair days lately.
- Weight – 114 – Weight is generally going down and my ‘tight’ jeans are not tight at all anymore. My belly isn’t shrinking as fast as the rest of my lower half, so my jeans still fit my waist, but the tush, thigh, and calf parts get more loose by the day—even on the days where the scale goes up or stays the same. I’ve also noticed my arms are thinning out.
- Digestion, Belly – 9 – Wonderful. I still can feel what’s going on at times. I did a quick google search of my anatomy and found that where I ‘feel’ things are at the two turns in my large intestine/colon. What I feel isn’t really pain, it’s more just that I notice what I don’t ever remember noticing before. It’s not bothersome, but it is noticeable. The good thing is that although toward the end of week two I was feeling nauseous, I don’t have that feeling at all at this point. I think the culprit of the nausea was due to my consuming so many eggs. I took eggs off the menu and have felt fantastic since the day after my last egg meal.
- Digestion, Gas – 9 – No gas to speak of. It’s great!
- Digestion, Poop – 9 – Great. I have no constipation. Bowel movements are somewhat regular even though they’re relatively infrequent. Still bouncing back and forth between normal poop and loose stools. When the urge to go hits, it is pretty sudden. I’m not sure how much of that is due to carnivore, and how much of it is due to not having a gallbladder. Overall, I’m comfortable with the way things are going.
- Light-Headedness – 10 – Not even a thing anymore.
God thank you for leading me to where I am. Thank you for my amazing supportive husband. Thank you for my inquisitive kids. Thank you for taking care of me when I’ve needed your comfort. Lord, you are amazing. You give us everything we need, and nothing we don’t. That pretty much sums up my carnivore journey so far. It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been unbearable either. I’m so grateful to have found this way of eating. So grateful that it’s been like a fast in a way, in that it’s pointed me toward you when I want to fall back into my old habits. Lord I feel so much better already. Thank you for that.
I pray Lord that my experience with carnivore will help others. That they’ll be able to follow along in these posts and see that it might be worth a shot for them. Lord if that’s your will, please make it happen. As always though, your will, not mine!
In Jesus name.