From the Brink of Death to a New Life: Rebekah’s Transformation through the Carnivore Diet
In 2019, I was nearly knocking on death’s door. I was told that I needed to be hooked up to a feeding tube and to remove my colon due to such severe inflammation.
That was my moment of surrender. You see, up until this point, I had been living a ketogenic lifestyle for 15 years (with a few spots of non-keto in between). Keto really helped me during a time when I was bedbound and dealing with non-epileptic seizures from Lyme disease (2017). It was all that I knew to make any difference with the overwhelming symptoms I lived with daily. But here I was, practically digging my own grave. I was involuntarily throwing up due to ulcerative colitis and had blood in my stools. I couldn’t gain weight to save my life.
I was 69 pounds at 5’6 fighting a chronic CDiff infection that almost took my life. I had already taken thirteen rounds of antibiotics and received three fecal transplants, none of which made any difference. CDiff came back with a vengeance every time.
In this moment of desperation, I realized that the ketogenic diet had become an idol in my life. I was trusting it more than God himself. That’s what I knew I needed to surrender.
In that moment of true surrender, a massive weight lifted off of me. I received wisdom and it was like my critical thinking skills started working again! I tried the carnivore diet ONE more time, but this time in a way where I wasn’t drawing inside the lines. I had tried carnivore eight times prior and felt worse each time. I had severe histamine intolerance and eating only beef made me feel horrible. But that’s what everyone and all of the forums kept telling me to do!
This time I didn’t do that. I shared my story with the dietician at the hospital who got me in touch with the chef in the kitchen, who started sending up multiple entries of meat, hard-boiled eggs, and butter which I was hoarding in my room.
I gained four pounds in one week. The bloody stools and vomiting stopped. My blood sugars stabilized and I had no more need for glucagon shots.
Eventually, the doctor visited me to tell me that they didn’t have anything to tell insurance anymore because I was stable. She instructed me to “Go home and do my weird all-meat diet.”
My Results on a Carnivore Diet
So that’s what I did. In two weeks I felt a significant increase in mood and energy. In one year, I reversed (not just put into remission but truly reversed with labs to confirm) every diagnosis and gained 65 health pounds.
Chronic Lyme Disease
Central Sensitization Syndrome (common in RA)
Delayed onset T1D
Slow transit colon
Hope for the Future
Moving forward, I had a backbone now. I knew that I was not alone and I knew that I would somehow make it out of this horrible nightmare.
God provided along the way, and I kept my head down and ate only meat (non-aged lamb, goat, and veal), salt, and water for a year. I earned my health and life coaching certifications in 2020 and have been a full-time health coach since
God has delivered me from so much brokenness, near homelessness, and broken relationships and brought me into a place of abundance where I can serve and help others now along their own healing journey.
I was once told by my doctors that I would never have children (I did not have a cycle for sixteen years) and that I should not expect to live past thirty years old (due to CREST Scleroderma which was rapidly taking over my internal organs, primarily lungs).
I am thriving at 31, and pregnant with a son that my husband and I are so excited to welcome this New Year.
What do I Eat Now?
After one year, I reintroduced egg yolks and butter. I got arthritic symptoms after having butter for 3 days so I took that back out for another 6 months.
After two years I was eating whole eggs, butter, and a little vegetation as garnish (romaine lettuce, cilantro).
At my Spring retreat of 2021, I had my first strawberry slice.
Today, I tolerate so many different foods but with mindfulness for everything that I have learned and using the now functioning intuition that God created me with.
Some things that I never thought I would introduce that I have successfully: Homemade popcorn, homemade sourdough, fruit, tomato sauce/tomatoes, dairy.
I still eat 98% meat every day because I know that is where my bioavailable nutrients come from! That’s what I truly crave.
It has been nice to add in variety but I am totally fine without it. I have no more food addiction or struggles with binge eating. I have total food freedom!
If you would like to learn more about my story, I wrote a book called “My Tailored Journey!” This book was very difficult for me to write because it required me to relive the trauma. But anyway, it was very healing. I believe that it’s very important to share the message of hope. I know that I’m not the only one who has felt completely helpless, hopeless, unseen, unheard, and in the dark.