Hey everyone, sorry for the delay!
Jordan’s Zero-Carb Update:
Anyway, like I said last week, Dad started the carnivore diet. I told him I thought it could take up to a month for the doom-y mornings to get better. I don’t say “doom-y” lightly. I mean waking up and having all your worries flood in plus more, feeling overwhelmed, wanting to hide your head under the covers and go back to sleep. This doesn’t even describe it well enough. doom-y like there’s something deeply wrong and there’s no way to fix it.
For those of you who don’t know, Dad and I had extremely severe depression/anxiety. We managed to get most of it under control with the extremely strict original diet. No cheating. AT ALL. I would say it worked better for me than for dad mood-wise. It fixed his autoimmune symptoms, he lost 50 pounds, got rid of his snoring and GERD, so it helped, but it wasn’t good enough to completely remove the anxiety-ridden mornings. And anxiety-ridden is putting it mildly. He was experiencing a doom-y feeling in the mornings that would slowly fade by the evenings. No way to live really.
Anyway he went from eating meat and greens to only eating meat and felt better in TWO days. TWO. DAYS.
What’s only eating meat mean? It means chicken, beef, salt, and water or sparkling water. That’s it. I stick to beef because I think it makes me feel better, but he’s doing chicken too.
Now he’s not all the way better. He’s waking up doom free, at about a 7/10 according to him. But that’s an incredible improvement. Doom is not a nice feeling to wake up to. And it’s only been eleven days. He saw improvement in 2. Even I’m surprised at how fast it was. I’m assuming it was this quick because he had already cut 99% of the problem foods.
He’s shocked. He keeps saying, “Can that REALLY have been carbs? Like.. REALLY?” And yep folks, somehow it’s the carbs. So that’s fantastic news. I’m over the moon. He did improve mentally with the old diet. He went off meds, and stopped napping, and is much clearer in his thinking. But the anxiety didn’t go away. It’s been so stressful watching him improve physically but not all the way mentally for the last 3 years. Plus then he shot to fame and there’s been extra stress so it’s been hard to tell what’s life and what’s diet. Turns out the anxiety was diet! So that’s great.
Here’s a video. Couldn’t upload it here, too big.
I was over there Tuesday and he was smiling, playing with the baby, and happier than I’ve seen him in years. Thank GOD. I’ve been torturing him with my diet for almost 3 years and it’s helped but that stupid horrible anxiety was so hard to get rid of. And it seems to be fading out extremely quickly! Success. FUCK YOU WORLD – WE WON.
Anyway. I’m pretty stoked.
This is so amazing!! So happy for him. Can you please give me your opinion on coffee? I have cut down to only beef, water , but having a very hard time giving up coffee because my lupus creates incredible fatigue and I often can’t function. Gave up coffee for a week & could not hardly move. Thanks for your ideas on this. Also your opinion on stevia please? Thanks so so much
It takes a while for the fatigue to lessen. It took over 3 months for mine to go away. I don’t know about coffee, I believe Dad can’t tolerate it, but going down to beef and water should improve your symptoms enough that you’ll be able to give up coffee when your fatigue lessens. How long have you been doing just beef?
Thanks, Mikhaila! I have only been doing this about 1 1/2 months. So I guess it will take time. I have a lot of healing to do I guess. Going to try and give up coffee. Thanks again
Brilliant Mikhaila! Love the info and the updates:)
This is so amazing to read, Mikhaila. You’re making such a difference in this world. I recently started ZC about 6 weeks ago. I had a few slip-ups adjusting to the diet and felt pretty awful, but I’m getting the hang of it now and am feeling AMAZING. Thank you so much for creating this website and sharing your experiences.
Question for you – do you eat ground beef, or just steaks?
I’ve been eating a lot of ground beef and some chicken, but am deciding to try only beef. Wondering how ground beef makes you feel? Thank you!
I haven’t really found a difference in feeling, as long as it’s beef. If the cut is too lean or too fatty sometimes it’ll give me digestive issues (diarrhea), but other than that, no problems. Obviously, steak is tastier than ground beef, but I don’t have a problem with either. I also found a butcher that’ll make all beef sausages, so I’ve been eating that. Roasts too! Although they’re leaner and so I usually like to add a fattier cut to them.
I want to try carnivore too, but I’m hesitant after hearing about Dr. Shawn Baker blood test results.
Also, what is the most reliable type of IgG test? Is it LRA, ELISA, ACT?
Here is the opinion of Dave Feldman (CholesterolCode.com) whose reseach I’ve been following for the last 6 months. http://cholesterolcode.com/thoughts-on-shawn-bakers-labs/
He says Shawn Baker is a low carb athlete and explains how that affects his cholesterol.
I’m glad Jordan is feelling better, I wish him the best!
“He’s thinking more clearly” crikey! I Can’t even imagine where he’ll go with that. ?
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