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6 Month Carnivore Update

By Mikhaila

I love this diet. I am never going back. 


Baby:  I’ve caved and gotten a nanny, and she’s starting in 2 weeks. I wanted to do the stay at home mom thing (which is what I’ve been doing for the last 10.5 months) but I can’t do it. There are too many things that I want to be able to do that I can’t do with a baby. Serious kudos to people  (like my own mom) who could do it. Taking care of a baby is a full-time job. And it’s incredibly rewarding but it’s hard when there are other things you’re missing out on. For me, that’s work, that’s the blog and writing. So a nanny it is, even though it makes me incredibly nervous. I realize how lucky I am to even have that option. We met someone who seems really bright and really kind and I think Scarlett will love her. She also speaks Russian so Scarlett can learn her dad’s language. We’ve only introduced meat and she’s still nursing a lot. I haven’t figured out what I want to do, but I’m thinking I may consider some vegetables and just see what she’s interested in. I haven’t decided yet.

Ankle: I need surgery. I don’t need to get it re-replaced (THANK GOD), but I do need surgery. After my ankle replacement my fibula was subluxed (slightly dislocated) and so I couldn’t bend my ankle well. Scar tissue grew in really quickly, and bone, and now there’s so much scar tissue that even though my wonderful physio fixed the dislocation, I can’t move my foot. The muscle on one side of my body is wasting away which is horrifying so I need to deal with this ASAP. That’ll be much easier with a nanny as well. Flying out to see a surgeon at the beginning of July, hopefully can do the surgery ASAP after that.

Jordan Peterson: Dad is thriving on the diet. He’s cut out salmon and is mostly eating beef but also some chicken. He told me salmon gives him back pain and makes his voice a bit shaky. Even after all the food weirdness, I’ve been through I had a hard time believing him. But I don’t eat it, and chicken makes me dizzy, so who the hell am I to judge? He has no depression, no anxiety, and no doom in the mornings. If you follow him on Twitter you might notice he’s not as volatile. Last week my mom texted me and said “Jordan woke up with James Brown’s “I Feel Good” in his head. If that isn’t a fantastic sign I don’t know what is. I’m going to get him to drop the chicken and I think his mood will improve even more. This all-meat diet is the bomb.

Mikhaila Peterson: I’ve been doing it for six months now and I swear it just gets better. I have no cravings for other foods, my brain is the fastest it’s ever been, I don’t even mind the sleep deprivation that comes with a baby (she wakes up at night still), I’m energized, happy in the morning, happy all day, and raring to go. The only thing stopping me is my ankle and that should get fixed hopefully soon. I’m getting my micronutrients tested and cholesterol this month. Comment below if you’re interested in certain markers and I’ll add them to the list. This is purely for people’s curiosity, I’m not concerned in the least, I feel great. I’m going to start doing consults (so keep an eye on the blog). Switch it to a pay per consult instead of Patreon. People who have been speaking with me feel better fast enough that we don’t have to keep talking which is amazing. My face is also thinner on this diet (even just eliminating salad). I don’t have as much puffiness in my cheeks. It’s lovely. I look so much more attractive. I was looking through pictures of myself in Montreal in 2012 and I look like a different human.

Hangovers: Hey! Good news, I don’t react negatively to alcohol (only bourbon and vodka – nothing else). It turns out that the minor reactions I was getting were to those hangover pills!!! Which work really well but were giving me symptoms. But my response to alcohol has changed. It used to fill me with energy and now it just kind of makes me slower. So that’s a downer but maybe I’m so fast normally that it’s starting to work like it should, it is a depressant after all. WARNING: This diet is NOT good for hangovers. My tolerance is down, not just because of breastfeeding, and the hangovers are killllllerrrr. Be careful. Go slowly with alcohol. Stick to bourbon and vodka (they have nothing else added – the colour from bourbon is from the cask).

I’ll be updating the blog much more frequently when the nanny starts, and I may even start a YouTube channel! I’m also writing a book (18 000 words in so far!) Exciting times. Doing great. Thanks for the support.

UPDATE: 2023 – Regarding hangovers I eventually made my own supplement I don’t react to that works reaalllyy well if you want to give it a shot. fullerhealth.com (more pure supplements will be launched soon that don’t have fillers, and are third party tested for mold, etc.)

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  1. Hi, Mikhaila! First, I want to say THANK YOU to you and your dad for making this a public journey. My husband and I are finding it extremely interesting. I’m currently on AIP (with reintroductions, but am in the process of re-cutting things out) and both he and I are considering trying at least the meat and greens diet — I don’t think I am “ready” to go full meat… yet. My big question about full meat is kind of a personal one so I get it if you don’t want to discuss it, but I’ve got to ask. What does zero carb (zero fiber) do for “digestive elimination” (eg pooping)?? The reason that I ask is because I have an internal fissure that gives me near constant annoyance and I have to be really careful because I get constipated soooo easily. It is basically a rare thing for me to have a comfortable BM. Can you shed any light on this for me? Or, can anyone else provide information? Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Emily C,

      I found some additional useful information here https://www.onnit.com/academy/the-carnivore-diet/

      It says

      “Because it’s similar to a ketogenic diet, and we’ve already shown that meat isn’t to blame for heart disease, it appears fair to consider the carnivore diet safe for most people—at least in the short term. However, if you’ve ever seen the movie Beverly Hills Cop, there’s one question you’ve been dying to ask: is all that meat going to get stuck in my gut?

      In the film, one character reads a (fictitious) article to another, citing science that claims that “by the time the average American is 50, he’s got five pounds of undigested red meat in his bowels.” Based on this one scene in a popular movie from more than 30 years ago—and an Eddie Murphy comedy at that—the urban legend has perpetuated that beef somehow blocks up your intestines, colon… you name it.

      However, just as you can’t disable a police car by shoving a banana in its tailpipe (another bit of wacky science from the movie), your body won’t choke itself to death from eating rib-eyes.

      “Like most foods, meat is absorbed in the small intestines before it reaches the colon,” says St. Pierre. “The idea that meat gets impacted in your GI tract is silly.” It’s possible to get a bowel obstruction due to disease or physical injury, “but red meat isn’t something that blocks your GI tract.” Since there isn’t much coming out, people who have small bowel movements tend to assume that waste is getting stuck inside them. But St. Pierre says that small movements, including those of carnivore dieters, are simply due to low intakes of fiber. “Fiber adds bulk,” he says. So the reason your poop is small is because it doesn’t have veggies in it.”

  2. I don’t know if you will read this in time (or at all), but I would try testing by order of relevance:
    Prolactin, TSH, RT3, E1S, E2, E3, Progestrone, LH, FSH, PTH, DHEA, Vitamin D, Cortisol, Liver enzymes (ALT, AST, ALP, GGT) I am willing to bet my right arm that some of these will be out of range.

    Also relevant: Serum Iron, Ferritin, Transferrin saturation <- If any of these comes out high, I would back off the red meat or consider something that chelates iron.or binds iron and prevents absortion (ex: coffee, parsley, low dose aspirin, Inositol hexaphosphate, etc)

    I would also try bone broth to see if it can fix the permeability of your gut and/or low dose antibiotics (quarter of a normal dose daily of Doxycyclin and/or Penicillin VK) for some time, then trying to reintroduce problematic foods again to see how things go.

  3. Hello Mikhaila,
    Great post,I will be trying this diet for 30 days as well.

    If you could test the following markers I will be really grateful:
    1. Uric Acid (Blood, Urine) – Ketogenic dieters produce an extra 1 to 3 g/day uric acid from protein metabolism.
    2. TSH, free T3, free T4 – Prolonged Ketogenic diets tend to produce an abnormal thyroid profile.
    3. Homocysteine – The carnivore diet delivers a very large amount of the amino acid L-methionine which is known to increase Homocysteine levels, which is in turn a risk for cardiovascular disease.
    4. Since you are not eating liver I’d be interested in your Retinol (Vit. A) and Copper levels as well.
    5. If you would be willing to go the extra mile, a VIOME test would also be great to determine your microbiome health.


  4. I used to follow this blog because I have arthritis and was interested in a diet that would alleviate the symptoms but you’ve gone down the confirmation bias rabbit hole. People have asked multiple times about specific issues with this diet w.r.t. arthritis and other inflammations, and you’ve ignored them, while exaggerating the benefits. Sad to hear, but this is nothing but marketing now.

    1. Considered the fact that she might just be really busy? In addition to that, this post alone has 142 comments and most of them involve a question, so I don’t think she’s going to keep replying to every single one.

    2. Vile – she is really busy, baby etc. that’s why this blog is not well attended by her. That’s why I cannot follow it because it’s not got enough guidance or support.

    3. Nancy yep! The carnivore diet is relatively simple though! Only fat oxidation needs attention and fat:protein ratio need to be tweaked to suit you. I would be happy to help with anything if you want! I’m currently on the diet, 31 days in, to solve a list of issues and I’ve done a ton of reading and experimenting this year and ended up to this diet like many others. And at the moment I have nothing but spare time :p

  5. Fan of you dad, last rogsn interview he mentioned you blog, and i think im gonna try it, ant least the greens and meat, just started yesterday and already run out of things to eat hahaha

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