It's never too late (75kg weight loss) - Ep 43 - Elsbeth Roth

It's never too late (75kg weight loss) - Ep 43 - Elsbeth Roth

How a Carnivore Diet Helped Me Manage Lipedema and Arthritis

Introduction

Welcome to another episode of the Meat Medic Podcast! Today, we have a very special guest, Elsbeth Roth, who will be sharing her incredible health journey with us. Elsbeth is a 66-year-old who has overcome various health challenges and has an inspiring story to tell.

Struggling with Weight and Lipoedema

Struggling with weight has been a long-term challenge for me, especially due to working in the hospitality trade. The nature of the industry often involves consuming unhealthy food and drinks, leading to weight fluctuations over the years. I have tried every diet imaginable, but it wasn't until about 12 years ago that I received a diagnosis of lipoedema. At the time, there was limited knowledge and support available, so I felt lost and unsure of how to manage my condition.

Being diagnosed with lipoedema was a turning point for me. I had to wear support stockings and deal with the physical and emotional pain that came with it. The weight gain continued, especially during menopause, and I eventually reached around 155 kilos. The extra weight took a toll on my body, exacerbating my lipoedema and causing additional health issues like osteoarthritis in my left hip.

Walking became a struggle, and at one point, I was even on crutches. I felt hopeless and worried that I would end up in a nursing home. However, that all changed when I discovered the power of a ketogenic diet. I started my keto journey about three and a half years ago and saw significant improvements in my health.

I began emphasising protein in my diet and noticed a decrease in pain from both my lipoedema and arthritis. Over time, I was able to reduce my intake of osteoarthritis tablets and painkillers. The inflammation in my body decreased, and I regained my mobility. Walking became easier, and I could enjoy longer periods of physical activity.

While keto was transformative, I wanted to take my health journey to the next level. That's when I discovered the carnivore diet. Transitioning to a carnivore lifestyle has provided additional benefits, such as clearer skin, stronger nails, and improved sleep. I no longer experience the constant need for napping, and my energy levels have significantly increased.

One of the challenges I faced with the carnivore diet was leg cramps. However, I found that adding liver to my diet helped alleviate this issue. I also pay attention to my electrolyte and salt intake to ensure optimal hydration and minimise cramping.

I understand that transitioning to a carnivore diet may seem daunting, but I encourage anyone struggling with weight or lipoedema to give it a try. Start by reading books and resources that explain the benefits of eliminating vegetables and incorporating more animal-based nutrition. Experiment with simple meals like steak or ground meat and observe how it makes you feel. Remember, it's essential to prioritise protein and fat while gradually reducing carbohydrate intake.

I have found tremendous support and inspiration from various experts and communities online. Following individuals like Dr. Shawn Baker and Sally Norton, as well as joining groups on Facebook, has been instrumental in my journey. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and seeking guidance from functional doctors can make a significant difference in your success on the carnivore diet.

Ultimately, everyone's health journey is unique, and it's important to find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to experiment, learn, and make adjustments along the way. With the right mindset and support, you can overcome weight issues and manage conditions like lipoedema to improve your overall well-being.

Discovering the Ketogenic Diet

  • Trying various diets without success
  • Introduction to the ketogenic diet
  • Experiencing weight loss and improved mobility

If you've been struggling with weight and have tried various diets without success, you're not alone. Many people find themselves in a similar situation, feeling lost and unsure of how to manage their condition. This is exactly how Elsbeth Roth felt when she was diagnosed with lipoedema, a condition that caused weight gain and physical pain.

However, everything changed for Elsbeth when she discovered the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that focuses on reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing fat consumption. This type of diet puts your body in a state of ketosis, where it uses fat as its primary source of fuel instead of carbohydrates.

After starting her keto journey, Elsbeth noticed significant improvements in her health. By emphasising protein and reducing carbohydrate intake, she experienced weight loss and a decrease in pain from both her lipedema and arthritis. She was able to reduce her intake of osteoarthritis tablets and painkillers, and the inflammation in her body decreased.

As a result, Elsbeth regained her mobility and found that walking became easier. She also noticed other benefits such as clearer skin, stronger nails, improved sleep, and increased energy levels. While transitioning to a carnivore diet presented some challenges, such as leg cramps, Elsbeth found ways to alleviate them, such as adding liver to her diet and paying attention to electrolyte and salt intake for optimal hydration.

If you're struggling with weight or lipoedema, the ketogenic diet may be worth considering. Start by reading books and resources that explain the benefits of eliminating vegetables and incorporating more animal-based nutrition. Experiment with simple meals like steak or ground meat and observe how it makes you feel. Remember, the key is to prioritise protein and fat while gradually reducing carbohydrate intake.

It's important to note that everyone's health journey is unique, and it's crucial to find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to seek support and guidance from experts and communities online. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and learning from functional doctors can make a significant difference in your success on the carnivore diet.

With the right mindset, support, and a focus on your health, you can overcome weight issues and effectively manage conditions like lipoedema, improving your overall well-being.

Transition to the Carnivore Diet

Transitioning to the carnivore diet can offer a range of benefits for those struggling with weight or conditions like lipoedema. Exploring the benefits of this diet and learning about it from various sources can help you make an informed decision about incorporating it into your lifestyle.

Exploring the Benefits

The carnivore diet, a low-carb, high-fat diet that emphasises protein, can lead to significant improvements in health. By reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing fat consumption, the body enters a state of ketosis, where it uses fat as its primary source of fuel. This can result in weight loss, decreased inflammation, and improved mobility.

For individuals with lipoedema, the carnivore diet can be particularly beneficial. Lipoedema is a condition characterised by weight gain and physical pain. By eliminating vegetables and focusing on animal-based nutrition, lipoedema symptoms can be alleviated, leading to decreased inflammation and improved overall well-being.

Researching and Learning

Before starting the carnivore diet, it's essential to research and learn about the diet through various sources. Reading books and resources that explain the benefits of eliminating vegetables and incorporating more animal-based nutrition can provide valuable insights.

Experts and communities online can also be valuable sources of information and support. Follow individuals like Dr. Shawn Baker and Sally Norton, who have experience and knowledge about the carnivore diet. Joining groups on Facebook and seeking guidance from functional doctors can also provide valuable guidance and support.

Starting the Carnivore Diet

Once you feel ready to start the carnivore diet, begin by gradually reducing carbohydrate intake while prioritising protein and fat. Experiment with simple meals like steak or ground meat and observe how it makes you feel. Pay attention to your body's response and make adjustments as needed.

While transitioning to a new diet may seem daunting, remember that everyone's health journey is unique. It's important to find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to experiment, learn, and make adjustments along the way. With the right mindset and support, you can overcome weight issues and effectively manage conditions like lipoedema to improve your overall well-being.

Managing Arthritis and Blood Pressure

  • Reduced reliance on painkillers and improved mobility
  • Lowering blood pressure without medication
  • Positive impact on overall health

Managing arthritis and blood pressure can be challenging, but incorporating a carnivore diet into your lifestyle can offer significant benefits. By reducing reliance on painkillers, improving mobility, and lowering blood pressure without medication, you can have a positive impact on your overall health.

Reduced Reliance on Painkillers and Improved Mobility

Switching to a carnivore diet, which priorities protein and eliminates vegetables, can lead to a decrease in pain caused by arthritis and conditions like lipoedema. Many individuals who have transitioned to a carnivore lifestyle have reported reduced reliance on painkillers and improved mobility.

By emphasising protein in your diet, you can provide your body with the necessary nutrients to support joint health and reduce inflammation. This can lead to a decrease in pain and increased mobility, allowing you to engage in activities that were once difficult or impossible.

Lowering Blood Pressure Without Medication

For individuals with high blood pressure, the carnivore diet can be an effective way to lower blood pressure without relying on medication. By eliminating carbohydrates and increasing fat consumption, the body enters a state of ketosis and uses fat as its primary source of fuel. This can lead to weight loss, decreased inflammation, and lower blood pressure.

Many individuals who have adopted a carnivore lifestyle have experienced a significant decrease in their blood pressure levels. This can reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications and improve overall heart health.

Positive Impact on Overall Health

In addition to managing arthritis and blood pressure, the carnivore diet can have a positive impact on overall health. By eliminating vegetables and focusing on animal-based nutrition, individuals may experience clearer skin, stronger nails, improved sleep, and increased energy levels.

Furthermore, the carnivore diet can help with weight management, which is often a challenge for individuals with arthritis and high blood pressure. By prioritising protein and fat while gradually reducing carbohydrate intake, individuals can achieve weight loss and improve their overall well-being.

While transitioning to a new diet can be daunting, it's important to remember that everyone's health journey is unique. It's crucial to find what works best for you and seek support from experts and communities online. With the right mindset and guidance, managing arthritis and blood pressure can become more manageable, leading to improved mobility and better overall health.

Practical Tips and Advice

  • Encouraging others to read and research
  • Starting with small dietary changes
  • Sharing personal cooking tips and recipe ideas.

Transitioning to a carnivore diet can be a life-changing decision, especially for those struggling with weight or conditions like lipoedema. Here are some practical tips and advice to help you along your journey.

Encouraging Others to Read and Research

Before embarking on a carnivore diet, it's important to educate yourself about its benefits and the science behind it. Read books and resources that explain the advantages of eliminating vegetables and incorporating more animal-based nutrition. Understanding the reasons behind the diet can help you stay motivated and make informed decisions.

Seek out experts and communities online who can provide valuable insights and support. Follow individuals like Dr. Shawn Baker and Sally Norton, who have experience and knowledge about the carnivore diet. Joining groups on Facebook and seeking guidance from functional doctors can also provide valuable guidance and support.

Starting with Small Dietary Changes

Transitioning to a new diet can be daunting, so it's important to start with small changes. Begin by gradually reducing carbohydrate intake while prioritising protein and fat. Experiment with simple meals like steak or ground meat and observe how it makes you feel. Pay attention to your body's response and make adjustments as needed.

It's also important to listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues. Eat until you're satisfied and avoid overeating. Remember, the carnivore diet is not about restriction or deprivation, but about nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods.

Sharing Personal Cooking Tips and Recipe Ideas

Explore different cooking methods and experiment with flavours to make your carnivore meals enjoyable and satisfying. Try grilling, roasting, or pan-searing your meat to add variety and enhance taste. Don't be afraid to use spices and seasonings to enhance the flavour of your dishes.

Consider incorporating organ meats like liver into your diet for additional nutritional benefits. Liver is rich in vitamins and minerals and can help alleviate leg cramps commonly associated with the carnivore diet. Look for recipes and cooking tips from experienced carnivore enthusiasts to make the most of your meals.

Remember, everyone's health journey is unique, and it's important to find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to experiment, learn, and make adjustments along the way. With the right mindset and support, you can overcome weight issues and effectively manage conditions like lipoedema to improve your overall well-being.

Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle

Embracing a healthy lifestyle is essential for overall well-being and can have a significant impact on managing conditions like lipoedema and arthritis. Here are some key points to consider:

Staying Motivated and Committed to Health Goals

When embarking on a carnivore diet or any new health journey, it's crucial to stay motivated and committed to your goals. Remember why you started and the improvements you want to see in your health. Surround yourself with positive influences and seek support from like-minded individuals and communities online.

Engaging in Regular Exercise and Finding What Works

Regular exercise is important for maintaining overall health and mobility. Find activities that you enjoy and that work for your body. This can include walking, strength training, or low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling. Experiment with different exercises to find what works best for you.

Importance of Support from the Community

Having a supportive community can make a significant difference in your health journey. Seek guidance from experts and connect with like-minded individuals who can provide support and encouragement. Online groups and forums, as well as following knowledgeable individuals in the field, can provide valuable insights and motivation.

Remember, everyone's health journey is unique, and it's important to find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to experiment, learn, and make adjustments along the way. With the right mindset and support, you can stay motivated, engage in regular exercise, and embrace a healthy lifestyle to improve your overall well-being.

Conclusion

Taking charge of your health is a powerful and transformative journey. Elsbeth's story of managing lipoedema and arthritis through a carnivore diet is truly inspiring. If you are struggling with weight or lipoedema, consider giving the carnivore diet a try. Start by reading books and resources that explain the benefits of eliminating vegetables and incorporating more animal-based nutrition. Experiment with simple meals like steak or ground meat and observe how it makes you feel. Remember to prioritise protein and fat while gradually reducing carbohydrate intake. It's important to find what works best for you and seek support from experts and communities online. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals and learn from functional doctors who can provide valuable guidance and support. With the right mindset and support, you can take charge of your health and improve your overall well-being.

For further support and inspiration, you can follow Elsbeth's health journey on Instagram: @elsbethinketosis

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