Before and After – Mikhaila Through the Ages

By Mikhaila

Here goes.

I’ve had a number of people comment, “Hey where’s your scar, that’s not a real pic of you,” or, “This isn’t Jordan’s daughter, she doesn’t have scars”, orrrrr “this diet can’t be that good, you looked good before, (or better)”.

A) Most of my Instagram pics are from after I went low carb. So yeah they look pretty good. Thank you.

B) The bikini pics are pre-baby, and low carb, so yeah, they’re going to look pretty good. Thank you.

Anyway. Perhaps these rather irritating people have a point. So here are some pictures that I don’t like, I have never liked, but do show what kind of changes my body went through when I went low carb and then carnivore. My Instagram posts are mostly from after I went low carb. So there are no photos I don’t like there. Obviously.

And I don’t have any “before” photos. 

There was never a point in my life where I stood in front of a camera and took a picture of my body because I thought it would change. I wasn’t thinking, “Hey maybe I should take a before pic as I will cure my crippling depression and autoimmune disorder. Now seems like a good time.”

I have scrounged around on my best friends Facebook and found what I have found. All untagged photos that I didn’t like, but showed what happened to my body when I went to university and survived off of beer, pizza, pierogies, and ichiban.

Here I am before shit hit the fan (the first time) – a month before they told me I might need a hip replacement (August 2008):

And here are some surgical pics to get that out of the way. My scars are healed now obviously. It’s almost been a decade (these photos are from 2009). They’re not obvious in photos because they’re not obvious anymore. My ankle scar was horrid for the first 4 years but now it’s faded:

My hip scar right after surgery.
My hip x-ray post-surgery.
My hip scar now (2018).
What an MRI looked like pre-surgery.
What my ankle looked like on an x-ray pre- surgery  (age 17 no cartilage in between the joint).
My beautiful but swollen ankle before surgery.
The next time I saw my ankle. Yes, I was terrified.
My ankle x-ray post-surgery.
My ankle scar now (2018). With some very chipped nail polish.

Here are pics of a skinny post-surgery teenager (2011 summer):

Weight wasn’t my issue then. I had just had surgery and lost a bunch of weight. I was skinny. I was still sick.
Swollen eyes in this pic. It shows a good before pic for the following university pictures.

And then university happened (late 2011- early 2012):

Then there was a LOT of the above (2012).
And a lot of the above (2012).

Here are some pics of me after I gained 30 pounds in the year after the above pics (2012 winter-2013 spring). This was just before my skin really freaked out:

Gallons of beer consumed nightly. Joining me is my wonderful best friend Rebecca Connors.

I dropped out after year 2 (2013) due to serious mental health issues, came home and upped my meat intake and lowered my noodle intake. I lost about 10 pounds after that and felt quite a bit better emotionally. Something to be said for not surviving off of beer and pizza. Some of my Instagrams are from then. This is when my skin really started to freak out. For pics of that go HERE. There were times in between with skin that wasn’t clear but was coverable with makeup. Those are the ones on my Instagram.

The rest (and all the bloating) came off when I went low carb (old bikini pics are from then):

The above photo was 2 months after the original elimination diet.

The above was a year after the elimination diet.

And after the pregnancy, my pics are from my carnivore days:

Now I can just link to this article when that person comments “where’s your scar” as if they have uncovered a conspiracy theory. Or “perhaps this isn’t Jordan’s daughter” or “your body never changed”. I was fortunate to figure out my issues before I seriously gained a lot of weight. But gaining 30 pounds in a year is serious enough. Not to mention the crippling depression and arthritis and fatigue and skin issues and itching.

For the most part, of course, people have been wonderful. And this was probably a necessary post. Thanks for the support! Hope this helps some people.


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  1. My guess is Mikhaila could live with people doubting her story, but she shares this to help others.
    This is what we need in this world. People sharing their experiences. We have too many “experts” that are off the mark.

  2. One of the toughest lessons in life for people who are decent, kind and caring is that there are mean spirited, hateful people who really have nothing better to do than go around looking down their noses at others. It’s sad and pitiful, but frustrating, as well. Some may say you should have just ignored the haters/trolls, but I think it’s good that you showed them the proof they so desperately didn’t want you to be able to provide. You’ve been through more in your short life than many twice your age and you’ve conquered so many of your health problems by being knowledgeable and highly disciplined and some will always be jealous of you because of it. Ignore them from here on because you’ve got nothing to prove to anyone anymore. Just do your thing teaching and inspiring others and loving your family. <3 <3 <3

    1. Mikhaila,

      I am curious on how your joints feel now after the surgery? How is your walking gait? Do you have any soft tissue inflammation or stiffness?

  3. Hi Mikhaila, im looking up to give this diet a try, but my main concern is that I can only afford processed meat and given that it has been placed in the same group for cancer risk as cigarettes im very thoughtful about if it’s worth the risks specially as a long term food regimen, what can you recommend me?, specially for a not expensive Fat intake option.
    Thank you

    1. What about chicken? If there’s nothing added to the meat it’s okay but if it’s processed chances are it’s not good for you… I wouldn’t recommend that. If I were you, I would buy chicken breast, or cheaper leaner cuts of beef and find a butcher that will sell you fat trimmings. Fry those up and eat them with the trimmer cuts. Fat trimmings are incredibly inexpensive.

  4. There’s ground beef, chicken thighs, etc.
    also, if you are not going meat only, sweet potatoes are usually pretty cheap, and they are better than a lot of foods as far as it being safe to eat the inorganic ones.
    Fats. Avocados, again, if you are not going meat only.
    Some suggestions anyway.

  5. Hey Mikhaila, how come your first two hip pictures show the scar and xray on the right side but the 2018 scar update is on the left side?

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