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The Diet – Updated March 2018

By Mikhaila

Jordan Peterson’s Diet (extremely low carb):

Meats:

  • turkey
  • beef
  • chicken
  • lamb
  • duck
  • wild game is fine too, elk, moose, etc.
  • wild salmon
  • tunacheck the ingredients! Get stuff that’s just tuna and water and perhaps salt.
  • organ meat – chicken liver tastes the best I find
  • wild herring – check the ingredients!
  • wild sardinescheck the ingredients!

Veggies:

  • lettuce
  • arugula
  • arugula microgreens (arugula sprouts)
  • cucumber
  • swiss chard
  • seaweed –check the ingredients! this is hard to find without soy and other things. The brand I’ve linked to is safe and really tasty
  • cilantro
  • collard greens
  • broccoli
  • spinach

Fruit:

  • olives – check the ingredients! see my olive post. be super careful about which brands you buy here too, many have preservatives and flavours and dyes.

Vinegar:

  • apple cider vinegar – try to get the organic stuff so there aren’t dyes and flavours added

Oils:

  • coconut oil – get unrefined. And try to avoid the Nutiva brand. It’s everywhere but it doesn’t taste as good, and I’ve had ones that have gone bad before.
  • olive oil – make sure your olive oil is pure olive oil. Sometimes it’s also soybean oil!

Spices/Seasonings

  • salt
  • pepper
  • turmeric

Mikhaila Peterson’s Diet (Zero-carb Lion Diet):

Beef
Salt
Soda water because I’m a princess

Dad doesn’t tolerate carbs well. He’s cut out sweet potatoes, parsnips, and carrots and is down to JUST meat and greens. Those of you who have been following for a while may see changes from the original diet here. The original diet is what worked for me pre-pregnancy. For whatever reason, I lost the ability to tolerate any carbs (so any vegetable) after/during pregnancy. It took me about 6 months to realize what was going on and then switched to all meat (Dec 2017). Dad may be going zero-carb soon. He can get his mood to a 7-7.5/10 with the above diet but I don’t think that’s good enough. Zero-carb is easier, and there don’t seem to be any downsides. Currently symptom-free and thrilled about it. I also love steak.

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90 Comments

  1. “Dad doesn’t tolerate carbs well”… what are you basing the level of tolerance on? Digestive issues? Autoimmunity? Mood? All of the above?

    As you don’t appear to be eating organ meats are you taking any supplements to cover things like vit A/retinol (which I believe is not found in muscle meats)?

    1. Dad gets muscle weakness when he eats too many carbs (reasons why sweet potatoes are out), and mood problems. The most irritating symptom we suffer from is depression. When I say he doesn’t tolerate carbs well I’m mostly talking about mood (but not only).

    2. Since I saw Dr Peterson’s interview on YT, I cut out my carbo intake. And soon I can tell my mood is not as on the edge at all and I feel most part positive. I also see my weight loss 5Ib in 9 days. I started to feel better and it seems so far works for me.

    3. This diet is entirely consistent with my own experience. Two additional instructions that can make a noticeable improvement are to eat avocados and to eat only organic.

  2. Should everyone eat extremely low carb or is your situation unique? After a 30-day elimination diet, should I start adding back foods even if I’m not feeling 100% better or should I do the opposite and get rid of foods until I am 100% better?

    1. If you’re not 100% better, something is still irritating you. That’s how it worked for me, and how it worked for Dad and my husband. First you have to make sure sure you haven’t accidentally ingested something partway through (which changes the end date of the 30 day period). There’s no harm doing extremely low carb and then seeing how you feel and then adding things back in. I would say I’m on the severe end of food intolerances though (hence the zero carb). There are definitely going to be people who don’t have to go that extreme.

  3. Thank you for the up date. I hope you and your family are doing well. I am currently working my way to this diet. We are slowing cutting out (eating what is left in the house) processed carbs and sugar and dairy. Kids are making it harder. They do like eating things we grow and hunt, so it might be easier than my own struggle of giving up coffee (My precious).
    🙂 yes, every princess deserves her soda water. 🙂
    My symptoms also became much worse after having kids. My body and immune system became extremely fragile.
    Oh… do you get the Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother? If not, i would suggest looking into it. It helps me more than i would have ever dreamed possible.
    Thanks again for your post!
    Take care

  4. Do you have any suspicions about which greens are the least offensive? ie, I wonder if swiss chard is easier on people than spinach for example.

    Fascinating about your dad heading towards ZC. As you say, easier in some ways.

    1. For me it doesn’t seem to matter. They’re all bad. Before the pregnancy if I overate spinach I’d get diarrhea, so I was careful not to eat too much. I could eat as many collard greens as I wanted with no problems. But neither of them seemed to bother me.

  5. Mikhaila,
    Your dad mentioned he uses a pulsed light skin therapy device which has been very beneficial to him.

    Do you know anything about this, like which device this is?

    I’m a sufferer of extreme food sensitivities myself, which has generated a kind of recurrent pancreatitis. It’s brutal, and has aged my skin somewhat. Looking for remedies where I can find them.

    Thanks @!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Intense pulsed light (IPL) and fraxel (much more intense) can make insane difference in aging. They’re generally done through plastic surgery clinics. Fraxel makes a bigger difference and after seeing what it can do, I would highly recommend. It basically burns tiny holes in your skin, and when the skin heals, it heals healthier. It’s not even just about looks, its about skin thickness too. Look into it! IPL for less intense treatments, and fraxel for more intense treatments

    2. Thanks for the info, although your dad did say he has an actual device in his home.

      Anyways, I wanted to suggest you look into stem cell therapy for systemic inflammatory disorders, such as you have been dealing with. Specifically, UCBSC therapy.

      These guys are helping a lot of people. I know there are clinics in Canada as well although they are working with another type of cell which may differ in its efficacy for specific conditions.

      Check it out: https://www.cellmedicine.com/

  6. Hi Mikhaila – cheers for this, and for the blog in general. I just started experimenting with your diet this week, and I wanted to ask you about:

    – Roiboos Tea
    – Garlic
    – Mushrooms

    Have you tried those? Gutted to see the sweet potatoes gone. I just stocked up on a tonne of ’em…

    Cheers,
    Joe

    1. Haha, I was fine with the sweet potatoes before the pregnancy! They’re much of a less evil carb than 99.9% of other carbs. Roiboos tea is okay, we haven’t tried garlic, and mushrooms didn’t go too well but weren’t god awful.. That’s as helpful as I can be. Mushrooms upset my digestion. Might be a good one to wait on and reintroduce early.

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