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The Paleo Elimination Diet (That “Cured” Me Before the Lion Diet)

By Mikhaila


My name is Mikhaila Peterson. I’m a 26 year old mother (and loving it!). I live in Toronto.

Short background on me:

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 7 years old. My parents think it started when I was around 2 noticing the way I walked. I was the first child in Canada to be put on injections of Enbrel, an immune suppressant. I was also put on injections of Methotrexate. In grade 5, when I was 12, I was diagnosed with severe depression/anxiety. I started taking Cipralex (Celexa), an SSRI. I was on a very high dose for a child, but if I tried to lower it, I couldn’t. That dose increased into my teenage years and early 20’s when my depression worsened. When I was 17 I had a hip and an ankle replacement from the arthritis (that diagnosis was changed from rheumatoid arthritis to idiopathic arthritis). I was prescribed Adderall to keep myself awake because I couldn’t stay awake. Diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia. My skin was itchy, I had mouth ulcers, floaters, and terrible skin problems starting in my early 20’s.

At the peak of my medicated times I was taking:
For Arthritis: Enbrel and Methotrexate, (immune suppressants). Folic acid because of the Methotrexate. Tylenol 3 so I could sleep at night without as much pain.
For depression: Cipralex and Wellbutrin
For fatigue: Adderall to keep me awake, Gravol and Lorazepam to put me to sleep from the Adderall.
For my skin: Minocycline (antibiotic), and later dapsone (antibiotic)
Other: Birth control (seasonique)

I’ve probably taken antibiotics 2-3 times a year since I was 2. That’s almost 40 rounds of antibiotics.

I’ve been on way more than that too. That was just at one point in time.
Anyways, all in all, I was very sick.

May 2015, I stopped eating gluten. I thought that my skin problems that had slowly been growing worse were probably Celiac related (dermatitis herpetiformis). I never had stomach pain so I had never looked at food before. Cutting out gluten maybe helped a bit… But not nearly enough.

September 2015, I went on an elimination diet. I went on it to see if I could control my arthritic symptoms. I could. 3 weeks into the diet my arthritis and skin issues went away. This was unheard of. I don’t have the type of arthritis that goes away.

3 months later my depression disappeared. My arthritis ate my hip and my ankle but I haven’t experienced anything more debilitating than depression.

A month after that my fatigue lifted.

Everything wrong with me was diet related. Arthritis, depression, anxiety, lower back pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog, itchy skin, acne, tiny blisters on my knuckles, floaters, mouth ulcers, twitching at night, night sweats, tooth sensitivity, and the list goes on, but everything was diet related. Every single thing wrong with me was fixable.

Then I got pregnant.

Things shifted in my body and the original diet I followed didn’t get rid of my symptoms anymore. My arthritis came back (albeit much less awful than before) and my depression came back (again, much less awful). I lost the ability to tolerate any carbs.

The following is a list of foods that I could originally eat without reacting. This is a good list of foods to start with for the elimination diet. In order to do this, you have to be very strict. If you have questions, please comment!  If the following list doesn’t work for you after a month, you can try even more strict, or you can go zero-carb/lion diet. If you’re suffering from an autoimmune disorder or you need to get better ASAP (as in you’re dying from what ails you), I’d recommend zero-carb. You can reintroduce vegetables after a month (if you want to).

If you can’t manage to do zero-carb, or the following list of foods, (it makes eating out almost impossible), at least cut-out gluten and dairy and sugar. If you’re a “healthy” person, cut out gluten and dairy. All of it. Gluten is hidden in soya sauce, twizzlers, malt vinegar. Cut it all out for 4 weeks and see how you feel. If you’re suffering from an autoimmune disorder or depression or another mental disorder than I would suggest doing the following diet or doing zero-carb. Cutting out gluten and dairy will help but it might not be enough. You may find that you’re able to reintroduce most foods after the elimination diet.


  • 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!


  • 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
  • turnips
  • cauliflower
  • parsnips
  • sweet potatoes
  • spinach


  • 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.



  • 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!


  • salt
  • pepper
  • marjoram
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • turmeric
  • basil
  • bay leaf
  • coriander


  • baking soda (probably won’t eat this but it’s good for toothpaste 🙂 )
  • peppermint tea – check the ingredients. Buy loose leaf (David’s sells an organic peppermint which is lovely) or organic. We want to make sure there aren’t preservatives or flavours added. White tea bags or coffee filters are often bleached with sulfites. If you’re super sensitive (dad and I), you’ll react to these. So make sure you get organic tea bags as well!
  • black tea- check the ingredients. Buy loose leaf if possible
  • green tea- check the ingredients. Buy loose leaf if possible

Alcohol – not for the first month. I can kinda handle it, but lots of people can’t.

  • vodka
  • bourbon and American Whiskey labeled “straight” whiskey

Good luck! If you try this for 4 weeks you should be able to see a huge difference. Then reintroduce foods by having a bite of it. I do not recommend reintroducing dairy and gluten ever but do so if need be. It took me 8 months to realize how sensitive I was, it doesn’t seem possible, but I react strongly to half bite of food. Have a bite or two of the new food and then wait 4 days before reintroducing something else. Most of my reactions (but definitely not all) take about 4 days to hit peak terrible – particularly arthritis and definitely the depression. Skin issues take about 7 days to come up after eating an offending food.

Things to try and reintroduce first after the first month:

  • avocados
  • other leafy greens
  • macademia nuts
  • foods that are listed as okay by the AIP or SCD diets

Foods to always be wary of:

  • grains
  • dairy
  • sugar
  • soy

Foods that I had major issues with when I tried to reintroduce

  • almonds
  • rice
  • sulphites
  • dairy – ouchhhh that was not fun to experience
  • gluten
  • kelp noodles
  • white cabbage
  • bananas – terrible for the arthritis
  • cane sugar
  • food dyes
  • citrus
  • melons
  • grapes
  • onions
  • zucchini
  • soy
  • probiotics – I can’t handle them, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. Hopefully, after some healing, I’ll be able to handle them too.

My father and my husband have the same sensitivities, and I’ve been contacted by people who also have extremely similar reactions to the same foods. This is widespread. These are terrible reactions that most people don’t realize until they’re gone. What’s the point of realistically thinking about everything bodily that’s bugging you? Muscle pain, fatigue, digestive issues, minor skin problems, the occasional mouth ulcer – all things people ignore. Don’t. These are signs. Good luck!!

To find out exactly how to go about doing an elimination diet please read this (especially if you suffer from depression/anxiety, there are some things you should know before going on an elimination diet).

UPDATE: Zero-carb – for when going down to meat and greens isn’t good enough. Or if you’ve already been on a keto diet or paleo diet and you’re still not better

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  1. You need to look at your birth chart….sorry, heard you were born on jan 4th…from your video online, if that’s 1990, my guess is correct…you have a terrible stellium w sun, saturn and neptune….if that’s in the 6th house which most likely is, it couldn’t be worse.Saturn & neptune conjunctions cause serious skin & autoimmune issues…also, all capricorns have been under severe health issues since 2008, we have been hammered by pluto but overall, looking at your chart, you have a stellium… pls contact astrolada or others you may know….any money you spend on remedies here is worth it. ANY. This is not a a joke. I used to mock such stuff, but pls look at your birth chart. it’s all in there….ask your dad, he would know since this is Carl Jung territory…..You are born w this stellium issue and you need to be aware of this and DEAL w it as best as you can. You are headed for your saturn return, it’ll ONLY get worse if you sit on this.

    1. Oh right, all of these chronic crippling issues she has been having are due to planet alignments. I guess that explains why she created this blog showing that her diet improved these issues drastically… but you’re right, it’s probably because Pluto was too far from Saturn when she was born, makes perfect sense.

    2. I am a PhD level scientist /bioengineer with expertise in quantum physics and simulation and I know exactly what I am talking about. This meesage was for those who actually know a thing or two about how things work.

      This message is ONLY for Makaila knowing how open-minded and educated his father is….what I have stated above is what Carl Jung also has written much about though he wasn’t aware of the mechanism by which masses in the cosmos effects on through gene expression, DNA methylation and electromagnetism . Ancient people knew the connection is absolutely there and after reviewing 1000s of birth char, there is ZERO question for me that the connection is REAL and is SERIOUS. Makaila, please, along with your father, read on astronomer Dr.Percy Seymour’s findings and look at his many references…..and also I have a huge list of scientists who have looked into this and the findings are fascinating. My biochemist husband and I are doing some studies on these and we will publish our findings ( there is a huge group of us actually). Also, we have many peer-reviewed publication on DIRECT relationship between month and time of birth and brain wiring, as well as GENE expression for disease and personality. Due to rude attacks by people, please ask me for the references and I will send you the links. I have been using astrology for years and the benefits are so much that to me, it is the BEST thing I ever took on researching and discovering. I cannot exaggerate this ever. It has changed my life for the better by a billion fold.

    3. How can i find out whats on my chart please, i have never met anyone whom knows this info and i find it very valuable!!

    4. Thank you for not being rude or condescending. That almost made me cry. I got into astrology in order to disprove it. I’m now thankful I ever did this as it is beyond proven to me. The proof is in the pudding, even if we disregard worlfvpf astrophysicists such as Prof. Seymour and others who also have been unfairly attacked and mocked.
      Please go to astro.com. Watch any video you find on YouTube guiding you on how to create a birth chart. I use astrofuture app and I love it. But it’s not for rookies. And it’s not free. Use astro.com for the start and after you create your chart, see if you have a stellium in the 6th house ( or 12th). These guarantee you suffering from chronic health issues. 12th house could be much worse, serious hospitalisation, addiction issues, prison time, mental health issues, etc. look up stellium in Capricorn generation. Lots of info on that. After generation of birth chart, go to astrologer’s community. Google it. Create an account. Post your chart and your questions. People there are all experts and extremely helpful. You have no idea how much people know there and help out. In every way. Re every question in life. And they are not in any way making things up, as in astrology, you follow an ancient science, meaning, planets mean certain things, house numbers mean certain things, and aspects all mean certain things that we all follow, word for word. No one can create stuff. Even different zodiac systems follow the very same guidelines ( where they put the zero in the zodiac differes not the science, and that’s why they can be complementary and some people find Indian version more accurate, some western or Greek version more accurate). One thing for sure, planetary movements absolutely changes the cosmic clock that you cells are synced to at birth. Percy Seymour and others who’ve researched this have explained the science behind it. It’s fascinating. And that’s why before a planet enters a house in your specific chart, you see it’s effect regarding the theme of that house immediately. I’ve tested this and seen it in over 100s of charts and it’s spooky accurate. Please test this for yourself. This is crucial to know as you can predict events before happening. For example, saturn return is a huge planetary influence that all humans face between ages of 27-30 and that’s attributed to highest incidence of suicide as well. It’s the most painful time of life of an adult astrologicaly speaking. It’s extremely important to plan for it, know which house is being affected in your chart and know what to expect because mother universe does its thing. It’s up to you to be on top of the program you were born into in this “ matrix” that we live in. After you know somethings about astrology, listen to Steve Judd and Jewel Mayberry on YouTube. My favourite astrologers. You learn a lot about life. There is so much to astrology that I am convinced there’s a mafia out there trying hard to dismiss it or damage it and I have some ideas why, but the damage is only done to all of us as this was thousands of years what kept connected to the universe and dismissing it without proper study as well as mocking of ANY study that explains the science behind it is truly the most unscientific behaviour I’ve ever observed.

      If you like to send me any birth details ( date, location, w time of birth, it’s crucial, and no other info) pls respond to me here and I’ll tell you some important information that can be crucial for the person. I wish someone did that to me when I were younger.

    5. Hi can you please send me these links if I give you my email address? I am very interested in this.

    6. Yes, pls share your email. I can look at your chart too. I love doing such stuff for fun.

    7. Distance of planets has NOTHING to do with how electromagnetic works as shown brilliantly by astronomer Percy Seymour…also, according to Schrodinger diffusion, the issue of distance is as outdated as when Sagan mentioned it….this is 1970s science….not 2018. As Hawking brilliantly said, we have NO MORE evidence for most astrophysics theories than we DO for astrological claims. Astrology is AN ANCIENT science and has observation data that goes back thousands of years. It is based LITERALLY geocentric astronomy, and the zodiac is based on geometry, astronomy, and fibonacci numbers. It is ALL MATH and SCIENCE plus psychology and historical observations of humans from birth to death matching a cosmic map. It is NOT talking to ‘ the dead’ stuff. It is frankly insulting that people in this day and age, after what we know about magnetism, pineal gland, migration of birds and insects, hormonal effects of animals , impacts of solar flares and of course, the good old effects of MOON on all physiochemical reactions on all LIFE on earth that we have people who MOCK astrology and equate it to the work of charlatans. NO ONE can make up what Mars or Venus or Sun mean in a birth chart. This is a science that is followed exactly by everyone who is educated in it and no one can change the meaning of what MARS means in the third house and in scorpio constellation or what SUN means in the 8th house and in Virgo constellation…..I challenge you. Give me A BIRTH DETAIL of ANY ONE you know very well and I’ll tell you FIVE VERY SPECIFIC UNIQUE things about them.

      This offer is out for anyone. With Astrology, proof is in the pudding. It works because it is scientific. Test it.

    8. Fascinating! My birthdate is 9/23/84. I suffer with autoimmune and depression. Anything you can tell me that would be helpful? Thanks.

    9. Miriam, I can tell you a LOT, but need your birth place and TIME of birth. This is based on math a strict laws and 1000s of years of observations. There are strict rules that must be followed so without the details, I cannot create your cosmic map/chart which would tell me your quantum/magnetic state at birth and relating to current planetary transitions. I can see that, regardless of your birth location and time of birth, the following can overall be the ‘bad CARDS’ universe has handed to you ( we are born w genes, past karma etc, but our ZODIAC cab make or break it, some are born w serious lucky stars, like Trump for ex and some w terrible stars, such as Maryline Monroe…I have looked at 1000s of charts and this LUCK factor of zodiac is truly a phenomenon, may be Indians and their Karma stuff should not be mocked)…Your bad cards are: Uranus square w Moon ( always involved in mental illness, it’s a major thing to look in charts), your SUN is in critical degree ZERO ( astrologers always gasp for air when they see ZERO or 29, as well as 22 degrees at the moment of birth), as well as your Pluto, also at ZERO degree ( this semi planet is SO prominent in our lives and in our charts, it’s truly magical)….then we have your karma point ( or indian RAHU, or Greek north node of the moon, read on this, VERY important) and that is at 29 degree Taurus….read on ALGOL fixed star….I think it is around 26 degree Taurus….and its orb is 2.6….so you MAY not be under its influence but if I had this, I would have consulted some guru etc…ALGOL fixed star or star of MEDUSA is not a joke. Some say, its effect is visible all the way from 22 taurus into early degrees of gemini…that depends on delineation and ephermesis charts and all sorts of other factors. I ALWAYS feel relief when I don’t see Algol near any major planet or points in a chart. Also, one other thing in your chart is your Neptune and Mars conjunction….that makes the person gullible and prone to abuse by others by you yourself participate in your abuse…it’s a hard aspect to have, because others see it and are aware but you may be foggy and dreamy about certain abuse or issue and this can really hurt in the long run because transits can activate these points and you do wake up once in a while from a giant mistake and perhaps will have a hard time forgiving yourself or the abuser….so this can exacerbate depression…I have a friend w this condition and frankly, I have given up, as he has this in his house of relationship, destined to be the victim basically no matter what others do or say. Your Jupiter, the lucky planet, is in capricorn…currently ALL capricorns are being HAMMERED and they have been since 2008….karma of capricorn people or those w SERIOUS capricorn planets has been quite active since 2008 and we have had up to 6 planets at the time hammering but saturn, planet of depression is now ON TOP of your Jupiter. That means, most of this year, your happy go lucky star is being masked….but this is temporary and should be better….2012 I think was when Pluto was masking it and hammering it…any how..these are probably the minor issues and if I were you, let me know what the birth time and location is and I can tell you w certainty what I think you main issues are and what you may want to do.

      If some of above planets are also in your 6th house ( house of health), then for sure what you experience is definitely what universe has given you and what Indians believe is that we can by mastery of zodiac change our fate and be MINDFUL of mother universe… So you have free will to realise what hand you have, and what you can do to change it….no one has all ACE cards…every chart has some issues and I have barely seen charts that are just lucky ( like in the case of Donald Trump….he is IMMUNE to disease and death and suffering and you name it).

    10. I am interested and offer you February 21 1950, 3.30 pm, Port Lincoln South Australia.

    11. Critical degree 29 AC…please read my response to Miriam re critical degrees and degree 29, also google on this
      You have Uranus and Moon on two of the most important axis in zodiac, makes your very Uranian and Lunar….like lightning and moon light all in one…perhaps extremely individualistic, brave and eccentric…and that pisces sun in the 8th house can mean you are extremely emotional, sensitive and deep..very intuitive…..and Neptune on the other very important axis, the IC…Neptune is planet of illusions….so these three constantly are teasing one another basically and these three energies are a HUGE part of you. I see a lot of planets in 8th house….this is not an easy house for your sun….but your sun looks ok here w the aspects….as I wrote for Miriam, if your issue is mental illness, please read what I have written for Miriam….the part on Neptune conjunction with Mars is unfortunately also relevant in your chart…and in your case we know that it is on IC ( axis of home life) opposing your moon directly on axis of public life/career…so I see serous battles between your home and career life…not sure how to explain it ( I am not a professional, just know more than average person)…and these moon opposition with Neptune/Mars is also squaring your Uranus w hard 90 degree angle….Uranus and moon issues along w Neptune could lead to serious mental trauma or anxiety, sorta constantly. And your moon and MC axis are in ARIES….in your public image/career, you are a leader…a doer….athletic perhaps….but it is being opposed constantly by your libra IC that has Neptune and Mars on it….so growing up, this could mean your family had rules you had to follow, serious IMAGE saving all the time….being at your best, etc…and you couldn’t rebel or do ( perhaps were even spoiled or protected too much) and your public life gives you that guilt feeling re home life which you may feel you are not on top of. One other point…your Mars is retrograde….it’s rare…and it creates passive aggression…as if you really want to scream and say certain things and do certain things but you can’t! As if you are mute at times and this causes serious eruptions like a volcano ( especially in men)…snapping can happen so you have to OFTEN try to SAY what’s in your mind and not be shy or passive…you are the last person who should go to bed w issues unsolved….stress of it is not worth it…but w that Uranus on your ascendent, perhaps you aren’t as passive…not sure…you have a lot of AIR and FIRE…and not much earth elements ( earth is pragmatism, practicality, composure….)…this can create a lot of implosion in you that could make you regret things later…..these charts are so complicated that computer softwares give the most accurate readings in my opinions. Re HEALTH….one more thing…your 6th house doesn’t have any major planet and I like that….BUT you have asteroid Chiron there….Chiron, if carl Jung wanted to describe, is about suffering and pain and becoming MASTER at the theme or archetype of that house….your are destined to ‘suffer’ in the house of health and ‘routine work’ and ‘pets’ etc. Read on 6th house and what’s it about and also on what Chiron in there means.

      Re your current transits that are affecting your life…Pluto and Saturn in your house of marriage (these two can end things or begin things, especially Pluto which is about death and rebirth…Saturn will cause upheaval in this house re your intimate relationships, court dates, intimate friends, one in one relationships and secret enemies). Saturn has just arrived..you’ll see its effect in 2 years perhaps but Pluto has another 10 years here. When Pluto entered my house of health , it really affected my health….which was in yours for like 10-12 years before 2008, I am guessing you went through major health and work issues? Neptune is entering your house of philosophy (9th), you are becoming open to new ideas and taboo and spirituality and travel and all sorts of stuff like that like crazy soon, if not already. Your karma point is in this house, so you are destined to be a philosopher or a spiritual traveler or something related to the 9th house with an ARIES ( soldier, athlete, leader) touch. Also, w that Pisces sun in the 8th house ( house of taboo, occults, etc), I see huge potential in you being a spiritual benevolent types in your core. Uranus is hammering your house of career and public life ( 10th house), guessing you have had major job changes? W Uranus, things change overnight….not going to be slow….ever….btw….if you are married, be careful of your marriage or husband ( or partner)…Saturn is in this house ( and Pluto too). In fact, Saturn crossed the ‘husband line’ around dec last year.

    12. I set up a profile at astro.com and I am having a difficult time navigating this site. I was born in Athens, Greece, around “lunch time” which in Greece is anywhere between noon and 2:00 pm on September 15th, 1956. No living family members remember the exact time I was born. 61+ years ago this sort of thing just wasn’t important, and in Greece many records are lost or inaccurate. My birth certificate does not have a time of birth recorded. I have many food sensitivities as well as allergies, arthritis and some other auto-immune stuff. Can you offer some advice on how to sort out the astrological chart? Any advice is much appreciated.

    13. Astrology is extremely difficult to learn or grasp at the beginning as it was what all scientists and scholars throughout history were masters of and also were the people behind much of it, which is funny since many so called ‘ scientists’ today assume astrology is for idiots and morons and that its all garbage….you couldn’t even get into if you are not above average IQ and after a PhD, to be honest, I am no where near expertise of people like Steve Judd or Susan Miller or Jewel Mayberry…if you watch them on youtube, you’ll see how high IQ these people actually are and how ‘deep’ they are. Best way to understand what astrology is all about is to watch youtube videos, lots of teaching materials there, by selfless people who have done their best sharing their knowledge.

      Vast majority of astrologers I have followed online are extremely spiritual and DISLIKE money…they have plenty of free materials and are exactly opposite of what typical scientist or mindset of people who know nothing about astrology wants us all to believe. They are VERY selfless….please watch them for yourselves…To me they are MUCH more effective than typical psychologists as blame is not put on humans and parents and human made stuff such as society or laws….blame or explanations in astrology are PURELY given in context of mother nature/universe so if one suffers from childhood trauma or break up etc, explaining such harm through ‘ it was planets and stars’ instead of ‘ the man you used to trust or love’ or ‘ the genes your parents gave you’ or ‘ that druggy mom you had’ or ‘ those terrible parents you had’ or ‘ the sexist human society’ etc, none come CLOSE to power of paganism or naturalism which is what astrology is based on to explain issues and TO HELP YOU HAVE closure….understanding leads to forgiveness and that leads to closure…it’s next to impossible to forgive a father that molested you….to realise that one’s husband left her as Uranus vibrated his venus in the 7th house is a much better explanation for MOVING ON and PEACE than telling a woman he was a jerk mean bastard…..if you explain that based on universe and the chart of the chart of the people involved, one can MOVE ON and REACH closure within themselves. Astrology is forward looking….it’s about tomorrow….not the past. As planets move in the cosmos, so should all of us within cosmos. Astrology was all about psychology…the fact that psychologists are not taking this serious is probably the saddest part of this, because we have enough data to make a case for application of astrology at least in psychology and health related to psychology

      I’ll get back w your chart analysis ( the gist of it)….again…Thanks to the ones who have cared and not mocked…

      For science of astrology watch David Cochrane videos on youtube ( Chaos theory, butterfly effect, Fibonacci numbers, Fractals etc) and also search on Sr. Percy Seymour and his explanations….there are many others too.

    14. Please send me your email ( make a general email) and I will send you the analysis.

    15. Martha, I created an email for this…pls email me here w the birth details and I will communicate through email which is much easier and better for everyone, Thanks….Email: saraszhh@gmail.com

    16. sure dee, pls send me your email and I will send you the analysis….is that April 6th or June 4th?

    17. I am a believer. I was born 08/31/1970 10:48 p.m. Detroit, Michigan. Thank you for insisting astrology is real and spreading the word.
      My daughter (born at 11:37pm 7/20/1998 Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan) is having mental health issues to the extent of “cutting” self harm and I had a scare with her anxiety attacks recently causing her to threaten suicide. She is finally using astrology to look up all her relationships. I know things are clicking for her now. My mother recently gave her the astrology “Birthday Book” as a birthday present. The July 20th page does accurately describe her however possible? She is in college and in Ireland at the moment, is there anything she can investigate while there?
      I would love for her to go into a related career choice. She’s into psychology and also awesome with math and science. She is enrolled in the Art program.

    18. ok everyone, I just created an email for anyone who is interested, pls email me your birth details if interested. It’s more appropriate that way as I am sure many people are never going to bother with such stuff and may not be interested in reading about individual charts here where they are interested in diet advice. Thanks….email me here: saraszhh@gmail.com

  2. Good morning Mikhaila Peterson
    Congrats on your phenomenally creative parents
    As for diet, salt is the organic poison which perpetuates and strengthens disorders
    Please try a 60 days zero salt diet for an even healthier you

  3. Thanks for all your valuable insight, Mikhaila! Is black coffee still okay to drink when on a diet like this? I typically use a french press so no need for filters or anything like that since I saw you mentioned those might cause some issues.

  4. Hi Mikhaila,
    I was wondering if you could clarify the part about alcohol on your list. You have it listed in acceptable things to eat for the elimination diet but then said, not for the first month. Can you drink bourbon and vodka or is that something to be reintroduced?

    Also, I’ve been prescribed adderall since I was 12 (29 currently). It’s part of the reason for my anxiety. However, I’m quite dependent on it for my job. I don’t want to take it anymore but I honestly don’t think I can do it on my own. I also don’t think it’s a good idea to just stop taking it, cold turkey. Is that a problem for the elimination diet? Should I stop taking it and fight it for 2 weeks until I see results? Or can I take it during the diet and once I start to feel better, then start weening off?

    1. Bourbon and vodka are okay for the first month. Not whiskey, specifically bourbon, and vodka. Keep the meds until you feel better. No need for any extra suffering.

  5. Good morning! I am 42, mother of 7. I’ve started this diet 2 weeks ago but haven’t been faithful. Still I’ve lost a few pounds and do feel clearer in my thinking. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis that started in her late 40’s, worried I might get it. I’ve got high blood pressure I think is due to stress and weight gain in the last 6 years. Since I’m already feeling better I decided my children that are at home should do this too. I have an 8 year son who has baggy eyes, always tired, some minor skin issues, and underweight like he isn’t thriving and growing. His sister that is almost 2 yrs younger is the same weight and height & healthier. I’ve had him seen for 4years now by a doctor and finally an allergist who says he very allergic to mites cats and dogs. After going on medication for this and changing sheets and getting a air filter he still is very tired all the time, his legs and joints hurt for days after hiking or just running around with other kids and there are still bags under his eyes. He has a high count of white blood cells nearly all the time but no sickness. I can’t tell you how I know but I just sense that something is wrong so I’ve taken him off sugar and breads. Which is what he like the best. He’s having a hard time with this. It’s only the second day and he’s, well sad. Breakfast was an egg and 2 cucumber chips this morning. I’ve not eliminated milk for now. He loves the jerky and lunch is no problem or dinners. My question is what would you suggest for breakfast for kids that might make this more bare-able?

    1. Just feed him what he likes for lunch and dinner at breakfast. I have had hamburger, chicken and pork for breakfast many times and feel a lot better.
      P.S Definitely cut out the milk too. You should know from this blog that dairy, sugar and grains are probably the three biggest culprits to poor digestion.

  6. How about nuts? Dr. Peterson mentioned almonds were quite problematic for him. What’s your take on nuts? Did you find any you could handle? I love pecans…

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