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 too went back to work after being a stay at home Mum. Stay at home Mum is the hardest job I’ve had and like you say hats off to those who can do it. I lasted a year and was exhausted. Glad to hear the diet is still going well.
I haven’t seen you mention offal or bone broth in your writing, I would assume these are essential for good health if you’re going to eat carnivore? If you do eat/drink them how much of your diet is made up of them?
Please look into the Australian Breastfeeding organizations and do some research on weaning. Children are typically breastfed for at least 2-3 years in traditional groups.
You and your father are likely reacting to the high omega 6 content of farmed salmon and conventional chicken. Try to find high quality pastured chicken or wild sockeye salmon.
I had the same experience when I startd drinking whiskey (Bourbon and Scotch) again. After 3 Months carnivore, I went out and had a few glasses of whiskey. I was hurting the next day and all I could think was, “I could drink half a bottle and be fine, 3 months carnivore and 2-3 glasses messed me up.”
I enjoyed listening to you on HPO with Dr. Baker and Zach. It was great hearing your story, and my wife who has RA and diabetes is now looking to change her diet like I have.
What would your recommendations be for those of us who have suffered from eating disorders? I am on Keto now, have cut out gluten all together, this winter was the first time I haven’t had a debilitating depression, but I am still experiencing a lot of symptoms. I just don’t want to change the diet too quickly, because I don’t know how to control all the changes. How do I know what causes what?
I’m suffering from Bulimia. I’m certain some foods effect my gut and then that brings on depression amd anxiety and then the vicious cycle begins. On Carnivore when I am Carnivore it doesn’t happen. Problem is knowing when your mind is playing tricks on you saying “yoir okay now, you can have a bit of this or that”. As soon as you feel good you think you’re cured. But it does seem to work. I’m suffering terribly with digestion after messing my body about for a few years now. Going to need to commit and give it time but struggling to get through the adaption period again. It takes discipline and perseverance. The fact such intellectuals as Mikhaila and Jordan have adopted this diet for mental health gives me reassurance that it’s possible to cure myself if I give myself time. So difficult with modern life though.
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