Vegan who swapped vegetables for a “prehistoric” diet says “brains and bones” have saved her life

Vegan who swapped vegetables for a “prehistoric” diet says “brains and bones” have saved her life

A former vegan who swapped vegetables for a carnivore diet says that eating meat has saved her life.

Alma-Jade Chanter, from Bristol in England, was an extreme vegan from the age of 13, eating only fruit and vegetables. But, although she was passionate about not consuming meat from any factory-farmed animals after viewing shocking videos made by animal rights campaigners, her raw veganism ended up seriously jeopardising her physical health.

At her worst point, Alma-Jade's teeth were eroded and snapping off as a result of a serious lack of calcium in her diet.

An image of Alma-Jade. Credit: Press Association

Things changed for her though when she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease – an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid – after experiencing alarming symptoms including hair loss, joint pain and insomnia. She decided to switch from fruit and veg to a meat-based diet, and quickly felt much better.

Commenting on her newfound diet in a recent interview, Alma-Jade stated: "I was completely sucked into the narrative of veganism and bought it all entirely. But it was making me so ill and eventually, I realised that I couldn’t carry on because it was killing me.

"Within just a week of going carnivore I felt amazing, and for the first time in a long time my body was free of pain. I was so dogmatic and hard-headed that I didn’t listen to what anyone was telling me, just putting all my faith into the supposed health benefits of veganism."

She added: "Organ meat is very dense in nutrients and can provide you with everything you need – even vitamin C – and I get calcium from making bone broths. I really love brain, though, which has quite a mild and fluffy taste to it. I know people get a bit freaked out by that, but I just think if you’re going to kill an animal, you can at least be polite enough to eat the whole thing.

An image of Alma-Jade. Credit: Press Association

"I know it is extreme, but it is the most balanced I have ever felt. I totally agree with vegans that industrial farming is wrong. That’s why I never buy anything from supermarkets and get all my meat either from a butcher or from the local farmer.

"But just quitting meat entirely seems to me to be throwing the baby out with the bath water now. Spending so many years waking up in pain each morning doesn’t give you much hope in life, but this way of eating changed my life – and possibly even saved it."

Now, Alma-Jade chows down on either eggs or animal muscle meals, eating things like steak, as well as offal such as liver, heart and brain, and even tallow, animal fat, bone marrow, and brain. It might sound a bit extreme, but Alma-Jade says she's never looking back.