I went from being chronically ill and going to the toilet 20+ times a day... To a healthy, fit Ironman in 2021.
Here is how I did it:
Growing up, I was a typical American kid. I play sports with my friends and ate a standard American diet: Fried foods, pastas, breads, etc.
I excelled in baseball and had multiple Division I scholarships to play in college. In college, I was the definition of "Work Hard, Play Hard."
Work Hard: Rigorous business courses and baseball games, practices, lifting sessions.
Play Hard: 10+ drinks on a Friday / Saturday, terrible food choices, not enough sleep.
I embodied the term: "Fit but Unhealthy." Yes, I went to the gym & exercised, ate a lot of protein but the pillars of my diet were flawed.
I was living off of fried food, vegetable oils, refined breads / sugars, caffeine.
I worked an internship in NYC going into my senior year of college. I started noticed blood when I would go to the toilet. I ignored this.
As the summer went on, the symptoms got worse and worse. I would have days where I went to the bathroom 20+ times a day.
UC is an autoimmune disease that attacks the Colon (large intestine). No one knows the actual cause, but doctors speculate it is caused by three things:
Looking back now, I checked the box for all three:
- Diet - I was eating a ton of fried food, vegetable oil, and alcohol.
- Stress - I was overly stressed from the pressure I put on myself with school / baseball.
- Genetics - My grandmother also has UC.
I was told I had to stay on a drug called Remicade. This is a biologic drug administered via IV. This would keep my UC in remission. This drug costs $65,000 per infusion and I needed to be on it for the rest of my life.
For 3 years, I stayed on Remicade as my symptoms gradually improved. I dove deep into endurance athletics and completed multiple marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons.
Despite this, I was still eating a Standard American Diet and not fully getting the results I needed.
In 2019, I stumbled across @BigStrongFast and @SBakerMD @BigStrongFast lost an incredible amount of weight on this "Carnivore Diet." Red Meat, Eggs, Water. I thought to myself: "Doesn't red meat cause cancer & heart disease?"
I came across others who were experiencing tremendous results on the carnivore diet. A few had even healed their UC using this diet. HEALED.
I did not even know this was possible. My mind started spinning. "What if this could be me?" Ok. Time to give this a shot!
In the Spring of 2019 I experimented with the Carnivore Diet for a month. My staple foods were red meat (Steak, Ground beef, Bison), Chicken, Eggs, Bone Broth, Cheese, Water. The results were astounding.
My stomach felt the best it ever had. I was down to 2 bowel movements a day, sometimes less! My muscle started getting denser and I had chiseled abs for the first time in my life.
My skin was healthier and vibrant. I wasn't hungry either. The fat satiated me all day. The results were so good I stayed on this for 2 months.
Since that time, I have transitioned to more of an Animal-Based Approach under the influence of @CarnivoreMD I thrive eating grass fed meat, raw dairy, berries, honey, and vegetables that my stomach can tolerate.
I just completed my first full distance Ironman in Texas in October of 2021 fueled off of this Animal-based diet. In addition, my stomach has been completed cured of inflammation / micro-inflammation. I am one of the only patients my doctor have ever taken off of Remicade.
I write this thread to give you hope that you too can heal yourself through an Animal-based diet. Take your health into your own hands. No one should care about your health more than you. Eat real foods. Get plenty of sleep. Get out in the sun and play.
I have never felt happier and healthier. Please DM me for any additional info and look out for more animal-based content!
Looping in some other incredible people that have helped on my journey: