Two sisters who attempted to cure their autoimmune disease with veganism claim adopting a raw meat diet finally healed them of the crippling symptoms.Ashley Armstrong, 26, and Sarah Armstrong, 23, from Urbana in Central Illinois, tried diets ranging from veganism to macro-based eating to a traditional low fat diet in the hopes of easing the crippling autoimmune issues they've suffered since their teens.The siblings, who now feast on a mostly raw meat diet of uncooked organs, fat and eggs, say that since becoming 'raw carnivores' in June this year, they've been able to cure their chronic symptoms of constipation, bloating, depression, fatigue, circulatory problems and Raynaud's syndrome.
The pair pride themselves on eating the 'whole dang animal - nose to tail' with no vegetables in sight.Ashley Armstrong (left), 26, and Sarah Armstrong (right), 23, from Urbana in Central Illinois, have revealed the benefits they've experienced from eating raw meat
The sisters, who previously tried, vegan, low-fat and macro-based diets, claim that raw meats eased their symptoms of autoimmune disease
Sarah (pictured) and Ashley now document their 'raw carnivore' lifestyle on Instagram, with plans to co-author a cookbookAshley and Sarah, who boast almost 12,000 followers on Instagram with the handle @strong.sistas, are educating others about the benefits of a raw diet, and are even co-authoring a cookbook of carnivore-inspired recipes which will be published early next year. Mechanical Engineering graduate student Ashley revealed how how they had struggled to get adequate nutrients on other diets.
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She said: 'The carnivore life has been so powerful in helping our health. For years, our autoimmune disease had a huge impact on our lives. Even though we were eating 'healthy' and working out, nothing helped.
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'As we got older, the symptoms took full swing and the best way I can describe the impact they had on our lives is that it simply just made everything unnecessarily harder,' said Ashley.
Sarah added: 'Ashley and I were always interested in wellness so we tried lots of different 'healthy' diets to try to alleviate our pain.'We tried the traditional low-fat diet, consuming plenty of wholegrains, fruits and veggies during our teens. Then we gave the IFYM Macro diet a go before switching to a vegan lifestyle for a few months. 'Then last year, we tried a vegetarian Ketogenic plan which consisted of hardly any meat besides egg whites and eating tons of veggies.
'Yet despite eating a ton of 'healthy' foods and working out regularly, we always felt like crap.'
The sisters (pictured) chose to go on a carnivore diet for thirty days, after a friend suggested that it might improve resolve their health issues
Ashley and Sarah's diet includes this meat platter (pictured), since they began noticing improvements in their health
Ashley (pictured right with Sarah) and Sarah had initially planned to introduce vegetables back into their diet after thirty days of trying a raw carnivore diet
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Ashley and Sarah made the decision to go on a carnivore diet for thirty days after a friend suggested earlier this year that it might be able to resolve their digestive issues.
The diet entailed the sisters only eating meat, fish and other animal foods like eggs. Almost immediately, the sisters began noticing a huge improvement in their health.Ashley said: 'By the end of last year, we were still suffering with auto immune conditions and our friend suggested we try the Carnivore diet to fix our digestion issues. We committed to trying it for 30 days.
'We initially planned on adding things back in like certain veggies. But pretty soon into those 30 days, I realized this would likely be a long term approach to food! I felt so amazing!
'The carnivore diet is ultimately the best elimination diet. You remove food items that could potentially cause inflammation inside the body. For example, we used to consumed tons of veggies each day.
'We noticed immediate digestion and bloating improvements when removing vegetables. Clearly, some of those veggies were irritating our digestion system!'
Sarah (pictured) claims their raw meat diet led to improvements in their concentration and energy levels
Ashley believes their carnivore diet removes things which could potentially cause inflammation inside the body
The sisters have noticed their ability to build muscle has also improved since going carnivore
Sarah added: 'We also noticed an improvement in our concentration and energy. And last but not least, we have really been able to build quite a bit of muscle since going carnivore! We did not prioritize meat in our diet prior to going carnivore.
'So this tells me that the high protein quality and bioavailable nutrients allowed us to thrive both inside and outside the gym! Carnivore would end up being the final step that needed to be taken to feeling at our best.'
The sisters decided to try out raw meat after starting the carnivore diet. They began by tasting uncooked steak, mince and organs, and the pair could not believe how delicious raw meat was.
'Our first foray into raw meat was lightly seared ground lamb. When we tried it, it honestly tasted so delicious, that next time around, there was no need to sear any of it.
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'So we began trying out all sorts of uncooked meat and organs. Raw just tastes so good! Once you get over that fear, and if you try the right cuts raw, you'll see what we mean.
The sisters began their raw meat diet by trying uncooked steak, mince and organs, and were surprised that it tasted delicious
Ashley (pictured) says they have at least one steak cut raw a day, and always raw liver and raw fat sources
Ashley (pictured right with Sarah) revealed their first meal of the day often includes raw frozen liver and salmon roe
'It's not only tasty, but you feel this nutrient high that doesn't come the same with cooked meats, which is a really nice feeling.
'When you eat raw meat, there's no chance you'll cook any of the nutrients out, and there's no chance you'll cook 'in' any of the potential carcinogens from grills or pans,' said Sarah.
By June 2019, the sisters had switched to a fully carnivore diet. They now enjoy a 60/40 raw to cooked meat diet with daily staples including uncooked steak, suet, salmon roe and liver.
Ashley continued: 'We eat a lot of raw meat. We probably have at least one steak cut raw a day, and always raw liver and raw fat sources.
'Our first meal is typically some sort of raw steak - whatever we have in the fridge from our full cow. There's so many cuts to explore and we make sure to eat the whole animal - nose to tail!
'In our first meal, we always try to have some raw frozen liver too and salmon roe. Then we finish off this plate with a pile of raw fat, typically suet.
Sarah (pictured) and Ashley eat 60 per cent raw meat and 40 per cent cooked meat, with their last meal of the day being their largest
The sisters hope to educate others on how a meat diet can benefit the environment, with regenerative farming that can help prevent climate change
Ashley (pictured) says they enjoy using social media to spread more accurate information about following a carnivore diet
'Our second and last meal of the day is similar but larger. We have more steak or a lamb shoulder, a few eggs, raw fat like suet or iberico pork fat. Then we throw in some random other fun cuts and organs from time to time such as tongue, heart pig's trotters, chicken necks or feet.
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'The carnivore diet is not restrictive, and there's absolutely a way to practice balance. From time to time, we may try to incorporate seasonal, benign carb sources but honestly, we prefer just eating meat anyways!'
Ashley (pictured left with Sarah) wants to help others, by sharing how the raw meat diet has benefited their health
Now the twosome are inspiring others online to consider the raw carnivore diet and sharing the health benefits they've experienced with the lifestyle.As well as sharing their journey on social media, they are currently developing a podcast and are co-writing a carnivore recipe book with Dr Paul Saldiano.
The sisters also want to educate people on how it's not just the popular veganism movement that helps the planet and how meat only diet fueled by regenerative farming can help prevent climate change.
Ashley added: 'We love using social media, the first being to simply share our journey. In the process, we also hope to spread how easy and enjoyable it can be to live a healthy lifestyle - including spreading more accurate information about following a carnivore diet.
'Being carnivore is NOT boring - there's so many delicious ways to prepare animal proudcts and we can't wait to share our nose to tail cookbook coming out in 2020.
'The carnivore way of life has been so powerful in helping our health, if we could lead just a few other people in the right direction on their own health journeys - that makes it all the more worth it.'