A Brief History of Me

A brief history of me
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A brief overview of what led me to the carnivore diet

At the time of writing this post I am a 43 years of age man living in the United Kingdom. I’ve had a keen interest in health, and in particular diet and nutrition for the past 7 years, however, during my late teens, twenties, and most of my thirties, and like most – I didn’t really give a damn. I partied hard, ate lots of sugar, ate lot’s of carbohydrates, drank lots of alcohol and indulged in many other ‘extra-curricular activities’. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time, and I know this path is common during the lifetime of a typical Western man, where becoming conscious of health tends to come at a later age, usually when approaching the grand old age of 40. We tend to be able to handle things much easier when we are full of youth, but these things eventually catch up with us and all of a sudden the hangovers get worse and our wellbeing tends to deteriorate as we age.

Despite the above – I was never someone who went ‘too’ crazy and I was of course conscious of my health, body, appearance and how I felt. I would never allow myself to self-destruct or get too overweight. I still rode my bike, had stints in a gym, trained martial arts, experimented with typical ‘basic’ diets and as a result managed to remain in reasonably good shape (or so I thought at the time), and experienced very few health issues (again, or so I thought – read on to see what I later discovered).

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Chronic anxiety hit me hard at age 24

When I was 24, I was at work (I was an I.T technician) I had a major episode where I suddenly became overwhelmed with chronic anxiety. It seemingly came out of nowhere and proceeded to take over my life for almost a full year. Every day I would wake up and within 20 seconds I would begin to feel intense anxiety and panic which would last the entire day until I fell asleep again that evening. If you have ever had a panic attack, you will know how awful that feeling is. Well, it felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack all day every day, which caused even more anxiety, which then manifested into more symptoms – which had me stuck in a cycle of panic, worry, anxiety, heart palpitations, dizziness, just to name a few of the awful and overpowering symptoms. I was convinced I was about to die and was anticipating a heart attack or brain haemorrhage at any moment – Not something that is enjoyable, I can assure you. I could not wait to fall asleep in the evening as that was the only time I felt peace.

This anxiety continued daily, without fail and was becoming increasingly and greatly concerned for my wellbeing. I made the mistake of ‘Google-ing’ some of my symptoms which led me to even more panic and anxiety as the results were telling me that I potentially had heart disease, a brain disease and was about to drop dead momentarily – Not fun! My research continued and eventually lead me to the suspicion I had ‘health anxiety’ or ‘general anxiety’ which is seemingly very common.

I decide to visit my local doctor, who confirmed that this was indeed very common, especially for people in their 20’s and 30’s.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

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