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.
I was just listening to a somewhat critical discussion about ketogenic diet, and they were talking about “inflammatory fats”. Doctor O (neurosurgeon, nutrition specialist) said for his patients who are “aggressive red meat eaters” inflammatory markers are high, so even if they look good and their lipid profile has improved, they’ll have elevated “esoteric inflammation markers” : CRP, IL-6, TNF-alpha were the ones he mentioned. He recommends his patients use avocados, olive oil, nuts as a source of fat instead of red meat because of this.
It’d be neat to hear these results from you, Mikhaila, because you would definitely count as an aggressive red meat eater, even though you don’t survive on bacon and cheese. (And perhaps there’s a difference there, or in only eating red meat.) I can imagine you personally won’t be risking it and going back to avocados and olive oils even if certain markers are high, but still it’d be interesting to know. I also wonder how much regular fasting might help with possible inflammation due to red meat…
Here’s the conversation (at 18 minutes or so).
Hi! Thank you for all the information you are sharing with us! I have a rather strange question, but still it is important to me: Would you share what are your and your father’s blood types? I am interested in this blood-type diet thing and was wondering what do you think about it?
I recommend that you check out the research of Grant Genereux, who presents a truly “out of the box” theory that explains what caused your autoimmune diseases (and fatigue and depression) and why your elimination diet was a miraculous cure.
In short, it’s because you’ve eliminated a substance from your diet that’s essentially an unknown toxin. It’s recognized to be toxic in excess, but what Grant has figured out is that it’s even more toxic than previously believed, and that once the body exceeds its storage capacity for this substance even by means of normal doses, it begins to wreak havoc on our health.
I hope you give his research a chance, because once you read it, I think everything will “click” for you. You can read it here:
What is a sample day breakfast lunch and dinner that your dad eats??!
I’ve very interested in this. During university they thought I was narcoleptic. I started reacting to foods in 2012 and thought I must have a corn allergy because it’s in everything. A couple of years ago more autoimmune symptoms like chronic tendon pain started. Also anxiety, mood swings, etc. Anyway, I’m going to try the low carb thing and see how that goes. Thoughts on probiotics to restore the gut biome?
What kind of arthritis did you have? I have psoriatic arthritis and am wondering if the carnivore diet would provide relief.
I was also diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis a number of months ago and have followed this blog to scan for useful knowledge. My biggest concern with something this aggressive is the long-term sustainability and impact on overall health. That being said, I tried a ketogenic diet for roughly two weeks (not long enough, probably) and didn’t feel my inflammation and overall pain/soreness/fatigue improve. After months of debating over it, I caved in and began taking Methotrexate per my rheumatologist’s advice. I am only four weeks into the MTX treatment, but was told symptom relief can take up to three months. I am still holding out hope, and will also be making an effort to really test a carnivore diet in the near future. If you ever want to talk about your situation, let me know!
On a side note: I’d also love to learn more about Mikhaila’s current health levels, particularly how her lower back pain has improved (if it has). Hope she chimes in on your comment! Best wishes.
I had ideopathic. First I was diagnosed with rheumatoid, then psoriatic. They were never sure. I don’t think the type of arthritis matters. It’s worth a shot!
Thanks for the info. I was diagnosed with arthritis, but I self-diagnosed it as psoriatic because I’ve had a couple obnoxious bouts with psoriasis. Do you know of any positive results of this diet on psoriasis?
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