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.
Very glad to hear that for your father and I’m getting more intrigued myself.
Do you eat many organ meats? Liver for example? They’re supposed to be micro-nutrient powerhouses and I would think they’d be very beneficial if you’re only doing meat.
Good on you, Mikhaila. Stirling job.
Wow, what a diet your Dad has going! I am glad it is working for him so far!
Question for you…. would eggs qualify? I am thinking of breakfast. Wouldn’t eggs still qualify as they have no carbs and full of protein?
So technically the zero carb diet allows people to eat eggs and dairy, anything that comes from animals. I have a terrible time with both eggs and dairy, and I think a lot of people don’t have a good time with them (especially dairy but eggs as well). I’d cut them for the first month until you get used to eating meat, and then reintroduce to see if you tolerate them!
Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing! Als glad your dad is doing better. He is such a wise man.
Oh my god, everything about this is pure gold! That video makes me so happy and it’s amazing that your dad is doing better. God bless you and your family :).
Mikhaila, this is really interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Any concerns about scurvy with going on an all meat diet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.
Mikhaila may respond, but she is a pretty busy person. My understanding is that the Inuit never got scurvy, and all they ate was meat and blubber(fat). One thing I’ve heard is that glucose competes with Vit C, so if you’re not eating carbs(or low carb) you’ve not got much glucose in your body, so the need for Vit C goes way down, and apparently there is some small amount of Vit C in meat. Now I don’t know if cooking meat destroys ALL the Vit C, so I tend to rare-medium rare in mine. Vit C won’t show up in nutrition charts AFAIK, but that’s just because they never looked/tested for it! Here is one source https://zerocarbzen.com/vitamin-c/ I am sure you can find more if you look.
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