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. Thank you for sharing your story on Rogan. I started monitoring and regulating my autistic son’s diet by eliminating food allergens- as he had many gastric issues (as many autistic people do along with auto immune problems). I also had to hunt and peck for answers rec’d minimal guidance from the medical community at large. I am still looking for answers- fascinating stuff- it’s a shame no one is researching this like they do Pharmaceuticals. Sadly, this is because there is no money to be made in eliminating pharmaceuticals. – thanks! Mommy from CT
    Ps please ask your pops to write another book- this time perhaps providing advice for women.

  2. You changed my life mikhaila, I had psoriasis, seborrheic Dermatitis and rosacea, alot of pimples plus stubborn body fat. Thanks KS to you it’s all mostly gone after 2 weeks. Special thanks to your dad, it’s thanks to him that I came across your diet. Am doing my but to sharing this and your diet plan ?

  3. Hello, I read and heard of your story and your father’s. I really like his work!
    I been in the nutrition industry for over 20 years and auto-immune issues appears more and more common. Here is a interesting link of certain bacteria can leak out of the gut and cause these issues
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  4. Food is mostly a survival thing, unless you bring it in the realm of enjoying the passion in the tasting life itself! Honestly it should be easier for us to pick good food for our selves, because it is logical, but since food consumption is such a social occassion, we kinda need to change the social enviroment of food to guarantee we are lured into doing good by our health as a default. This is why a parner, or family member who socially supports your health goals can be vital. Side note in which i can’t help but as a mystic blogger on with dark mischief like spiritual humor, a lot of magic, and spice occurs in the kitchen, we can’t undersell the passion aspect of food ever… even tho passion, and basting a turkey gets weird hahahaha!

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