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 bet alcohol gives more of a hangover because of the low amount of vitamin C on this diet. Taking a vitamin C supplement while you’re drinking is the best way to prevent a hangover.
Keep in mind that for some people with autoimmunity, Vitamin C is not advised because it activates the immune system. That said, B vitamins can also prevent hangovers.
Hey Mikhaila! You wrote that you’ll try to get Jordan Peterson to drop the chicken. Could you explain why is that?
I’ve been on eggs and chicken for lunch for two weeks now and I’m feeling a lot better. I’m from Yemen and chickens are the most affordable kind of meat I got here. Any advice on whether I should go on the same diet or adjust it a little?
Hi Mikhaila, if you’re still looking for a pemmican recipe, try this link. Its video by channel Townsends and it might help you or somebody else who is interested in it.
I just wanted to drop you a line. I have been watching your dad’s lectures and learning a lot. That is how I came to learn about his diet of meat and water.
I have had clinical depression since I was 8 years old. I am now 60. How I am still alive is a mystery. It would come and go and would last for months.
The last bout hit me in May, and I had been limping along, using all my skills and tools and knowledge that I had acquired after 5 decades of wresting the demon.
I decided to go to a carnivore diet.
My depression lifted in 4 days!!!!! I woke up and it was gone. I am crying as I write this as I cannot believe it. This is after antidepressants, every therapy you can think of, exercise, radical acceptance, sun lamps, self help books, spirituality, etc etc etc… there is literally nothing out there short of electro-shock therapy that I haven’t tried.
Some things helped a little, nothing lifted it like this.
I wanted you to know. I think it is a miracle. Thank you and thank your dad.
I just started an “all beef” diet 3 days ago. Just beef, water, and salt. Do you use any other seasonings besides salt? I can see myself getting tired of the same flavors for every meal moving forward.
Also, do you drink anything besides water?
Hope all is well.
I’ve been eating beef/salt/water for the last three weeks or so. That is very new in, but I must say that when I am hungry, it tastes very good. I have yet to get tired of well cooked beef. I do select the high fat cuts. The lean cuts do not taste anywhere near as good.
Dr. Shawn Baker @SBakerMD is asking for subjects with arthritis to join a research study on a carnivore diet.
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