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.
Just to further clarify my above post (at 3AM, I sometimes jumble my words) my GFR over the period since starting an all meat diet has consistently been LOW (theoretically bad), since the calculation of Glomerular Filtration Rate has it falling as the level of creatinine in one’s blood rises.
In the last 6 months on remicaide, my creatinine was consistently around 121 and eGFR 67. Now off remicaide, my creatinine is 95 and eGFR is 89.
Additional info – I am very skinny, mid-30s, and prior to starting the all meat diet and remicaide (did them both at the same time because I was desperate), I had normal GFR.
So I had no history of kidney issues whatsoever. And I don’t believe I do now. Since being on this diet, I feel healthier than I have since I was a teen.
I believe these are two somewhat erroneous blood markers – but ones worth following all the same, and ones any high protein eater should know a bit about because doctors will very likely highlight these as areas of concern on your blood results.
Just remember – they don’t normally encounter people consuming this level of protein, outside of bodybuilders. So they get concerned even though the prevailing science is that protein loading alone cannot damage the kidneys.
Great to hear all this. Keep sharing. Have you had much trouble with stomach aches while on the diet? I’m feeling a bit gassy.
Also I’m a bit of a poor student so I pretty much just eat fatty grass fed ground beef with salt, I cook it slowly so that it cooks all the way through while not getting too dry. I’ve heard that if you don’t cook ground beef properly it can be a bit dangerous. Do you think that having rare steak is much more nutritious than what I’m doing?
Also the carnivorous YouTuber Frank Tufano talks about the importance of eating organ meat. I’m curious about what you think about that.
Just awesome! I’m so pleased for you all and SO excited you are writing a book! It’s going to be so important!
Your honesty makes this blog an interesting read, besides the info itself being of interest.
I’ve noticed people ask the same questions a lot.
“What about coffee?”
“How do you prepare your beef.”
I’d like to suggest you do a FAQ and have a link to it on the side of the page.
I’d like to see serum ferritin, just to make sure iron accumulation isn’t occurring.
Hi Matthew. Heme iron accumulation is generally not a problem for pre-menopausal women. they dump a lot of iron once a month.
Hello Mikhaila, I just recently discovered you after spending almost two years following your father!
I have always had a problem with my reactions to food and they are getting worse with each passing year. I’m 25 now and almost everything I eat makes me feel bloated, tired and seriously lowers my mood. I eat a lot of carbs (its just the nature of the irish diet!!) so having read your blog and taken notes, do you think it would be a good decision for me to go on a meat and greens diet? Is there risks to this?
I do not know if I am intolerant to any foods because I have never been checked but a lot of foods really make me feel like crap! Lately, I’ve begun to realise that my diet is responsible for almost all of my problems. I keep active and run 2 to 3 times each week but lately i’m struggling to wake up after 9 – 10 hours of sleep and then I spend much of the day in a constant state of tiredness. I hope this can help.
As an aside, I will be going to see your father on July 14th in the 3 arena, Dublin. He is an inspiring individual and it’s good to see both you and him helping so many people.
Bryan O’ Shea
You might want to look at a ketogenic diet first. There’s lots of info, as on youtube with ‘low carb down under’, ‘nourish vermont’, ‘ancestry foundation’, ‘mercola’, ‘diet doctor’ and then there’s sites like Intensive Dietary Management, Dr Jason Fung, and ‘2ketodudes’, ‘weston price’ ‘mark sisson’ Mikhaila went on her diet after exploring many options, and essentially she’s on a low(no) carb high fat diet. You may have problems similar to Maikhaila in that she can’t tolerate any foods other than meat, or maybe not.You could go all meat, but it’s a good idea to check out the transition to a LCHF diet (need extra salt for example). Knowledge protects, ignorance endangers.
From my research, trying it for 30 days poses minimal risk. In fact, there are many people who’ve done it for decades. Check out this excellent article on the nutritional details, risks and examples of others who’ve benefited: https://optimisingnutrition.com/2018/03/14/dr-shawn-bakers-carnivore-diet-a-review/
If you haven’t tried any sort of elimination diet, you could try something more moderate like the autoimmune paleo elimination diet. For beginners I’d recommend Dr. Ruscio’s book Healthy Gut, Healthy You. Takes you step-by-step through an excellent protocol.
If you’ve got to a stage like Mikhalia, or myself, where *nothing* else has worked, a meat only diet is worth trying.
Hope some of this helps, and that you start to feel better,
Thanks for the replies! I’m going to give the meat and greens diet a shot. Kicked off today with some ribeye steak and roasted broccoli. My question is, am i limited to one meal per day? Or do I get home later and cook another steak with broccoli?
Also, in terms of drinks, is coffee a no go?
Coffee is a no go, eat as much as you want. Definitely no need to limit yourself
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