6 Month Carnivore Update

Tl;dr: I love this diet. I am never going back. 


Baby: Scarlett dropped her second nap at the tender age of 9.5 months (a month ago). I’m wondering if the reason babies sleep so much during the day is because they’re usually eating something nasty like iron-fortified cereal (which would also put me to sleep). Sorry I’ve been away from the blog for so long, I’m going to be back full force in about two weeks. I’ve caved and gotten a nanny, and she’s starting in 2 weeks. I wanted to do the stay at home mom thing (which is what I’ve been doing for the last 10.5 months) but I can’t do it. There are too many things that I want to be able to do that I can’t do with a baby. Serious kudos to people  (like my own mom) who could do it. Taking care of a baby is a full-time job. And it’s incredibly rewarding but it’s hard when there are other things you’re missing out on. For me, that’s work, that’s the blog and writing. So a nanny it is even though it makes me incredibly nervous. I realize how lucky I am to even have that option. We met someone who seems really bright and really kind and I think Scarlett will love her. She also speaks Russian so Scarlett can learn her dad’s language. We’ve only introduced meat and she’s still nursing a lot. I haven’t figured out what I want to do, but I’m thinking I may consider some vegetables and just see what she’s interested in. I haven’t decided yet.

Ankle: I need surgery. I don’t need to get it re-replaced (THANK GOD), but I do need surgery. After my ankle replacement my fibula was subluxed (slightly dislocated) and so I couldn’t bend my ankle well. Scar tissue grew in really quickly, and bone, and now there’s so much scar tissue that even though my wonderful physio fixed the dislocation, I can’t move my foot. The muscle on one side of my body is wasting away which is horrifying so I need to deal with this ASAP. That’ll be much easier with a nanny as well. Flying out to see a surgeon at the beginning of July, hopefully can do the surgery ASAP after that.

Jordan Peterson: Dad is thriving on the diet. He’s cut out salmon and is mostly eating beef but also some chicken. He told me salmon gives him back pain and makes his voice a bit shaky. Even after all the food weirdness, I’ve been through I had a hard time believing him. But I don’t eat it, and chicken makes me dizzy, so who the hell am I to judge? He has no depression, no anxiety, and no doom in the mornings. If you follow him on Twitter you might notice he’s not as volatile. Last week my mom texted me and said “Jordan woke up with James Brown’s “I Feel Good” in his head. If that isn’t a fantastic sign I don’t know what is. I”m giong to get him to drop the chicken and I think his mood will improve even more. This all meat diet is the bomb.

Mikhaila Peterson: I’ve been doing it for six months now and I swear it just gets better. I have no cravings for other foods, my brain is the fastest it’s ever been, I don’t even mind the sleep deprivation that comes with a baby (she wakes up at night still), I’m energized, happy in the morning, happy all day, and raring to go. The only thing stopping me is my ankle and that should get fixed hopefully soon. I’m getting my micronutrients tested and cholesterol this month. Comment below if you’re interested in certain markers and I’ll add them to the list. This is purely for people’s curiousity, I’m not concerned in the least, I feel great. I’m going to start doing consults (so keep an eye on the blog). Switch it to a pay per consult instead of Patreon. People who have been speaking with me feel better fast enough that we don’t have to keep talking which is amazing. My face is also thinner on this diet (even just eliminating salad). I don’t have as much puffiness in my cheeks. It’s lovely. I look so much more attractive. I was looking through pictures of myself in Montreal in 2012 and I look like a different human.

Hangovers: Hey! Good news, I don’t react negatively to alcohol (only bourbon and vodka – nothing else). It turns out that the minor reactions I was getting were to those hangover pills!!! Which work really well but were giving me symptoms. But my response to alcohol has changed. It used to fill me with energy and now it just kind of makes me slower. So that’s a downer but maybe I’m so fast normally that it’s starting to work like it should, it is a depressant after all. WARNING: this diet is NOT good for hangovers. My tolerance is down, not just because of breastfeeding, and the hangovers are killllllerrrr. Be careful. Go slowly with alcohol. Stick to bourbon and vodka (they have nothing else added – the colour from bourbon is from the cask).


I’ll be updating the blog much more frequently when the nanny starts, and I may even start a YouTube channel! I’m also writing a book (18 000 words in so far!) Exciting times. Doing great. Thanks for the support.


198 thoughts on “6 Month Carnivore Update

  1. Joe says:

    Hi Mikhaila, I decided to try meat only after hearing the success of others over some shared food problems. I’ve just started and hence am curious about a few different measurements. In particular, I would greatly appreciate measurements of Triglycerides, A1C, TSH, Albumin, SHBG, and D3.


  2. Laura says:

    Hello Mikhaila from Buenos Aires, Argentina! as many others, I discovered your troubled journey and your incredible life changing diet, from your dad while speaking to Joe.
    I felt so happy to see your changes!! gives as all hope 😉

    I don’t have your ailments, but I came to the conclusion I suffer from chronic fatigue because over the years I was making huge efforts to run (used to be a runner) and now I just couldn’t anymore, there’s a pain in my solar plexus although my body seems to have strength… I have suffered panic attacks/anxiety, but no one ever tells you it could be a chemical imbalance, in fact they all say my fatigue is “in my mind”…yeah, sure.
    I also have your dad problem I NEVER fall asleep anymore, I have to pass out after hours, I don’t have that normal sleepy state anymore than makes you fall asleep…

    Through you I kept researching, I’ve been a pescetarian for years (only sea food and fish) now I’m gonna start with some veggies and red meats (not chicken but some fish for sure) and see how it goes for me. Gluten isn’t in my diet usually so easy to drop it completely, but I did eat rice and grains…gonna cut that out too.

    Question: Do eggs have a bad effect for you?
    How many times a day do you eat?

    Sorry if you answered these already, I will dig into your blog now…

    Also: Check out this couple: red meat eaters for 20 YEARS! apparently no cheats! take that for a case study… his wife had lyme disease in 98′ so they started there…never went back. Look at her pics before and after, she is 45 now, and looks 25 incredible!!! here’s his twitter account with pics and all (maybe you could interview them?) twitter: JoeCharlene8898

  3. This is so exciting, Mikhaila! I am new to your blog but watched your dad’s interview with Joe Rogan about your diet, and I’ve followed you on Insta for a while; i’m so excited for your family! My husband and I were delighted to see your dad speak in DC in June. I am looking forward to seeing your past posts and when you post new ones. Thank you for being vocal about what has helped you. I suspect my family may have food sensitivities after I took your survey; you and your family are changing lives! Lots of love from Virginia, USA

  4. Sara Campos says:

    Mikhaila, I’m so impressed by your condition. I have two little ones, and I know how agressive arthritis is when we are pregnant and breastfeeding. I live in Toronto either, and if there any possibility I would be delighted by meeting you, and talk to you specific issues between our cases mine and yours. I’m vegan, and raw food works better in me. If you have time we could enjoy a morning or afternoon summer together with our kids and talk in a picnic. My Benjamin is 12m and Barbara 4y. All best hope you get well more and more! ❤️

    The social network I use is instagram, if you want connect me https://instagram.com/saraemanoele

  5. Lori Prouse says:

    Hi, My husband and I have been doing the Keto diet and are working toward carnivore. I have two questions.

    1. I have been menopausal for 1 year now (I’m 48) and since I started this way of eating 4 weeks ago, I got my period for the first time! I saw a video of this happening with other women and how the carnivore diet moderates your hormones and women go off their hormone replacements. Have you heard of this? and if so, could you elaborate?

    2. My husband is on Sertraline and he has been feeling really dizzy, no energy, brain fog/blanking out, shaky, diarrhoea, etc. We know about the “Keto Flu” but I am pretty sure it is not that because he is eating the right amount of fat, salt, and protein. I am thinking that maybe he is having Sertraline Syndrome symptoms. I remember you mentioning that you had symptoms of antidepressant overdose, but could you elaborate on this also? We are going to our family physician to check in, but I would appreciate any input you may have. Thank you!

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Mikhaila, there are traces of gluten in Burbon and grain vodka. Be careful, this can affect sensitive people. Better choices would be potato vodka or tequila. Disclaimer, I am a holistic nutritionist so possibly professionally messed up.

    • I don’t react to bourbon or grain vodka. And I have celiac disease among other things so I honestly don’t think you’d be able to find someone who would react to these… assuming they’re not mixing them. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  7. Giri Ramgopal says:

    Hi Mikhaila, watched your recent ‘Depression to Expression’ youtube interview and you look hot on a carnivore diet. You should seriously consider doing a proper youtube channel because you are easy on the eyes and have an amazing story (still being lived) to tell.

    ps please appreciate all the meat based innuendo I resisted using in this message. Ciao xxx

  8. Amber says:

    I just watched your video on YouTube describing your beef only diet and how it has helped you. I listened to you with extreme interest as I have been experimenting with my own diet for several years finding much success in elimination of certain foods. Autoimmune disorders are definitely associated with diet. Here is an article I found on Dr. Axe site (a D.O. and nutritionist from Ohio) and I think it only further adds to protein as being a mood booster. (I know that is an oversimplification) Anyway, its a good read.

  9. Gavin says:

    I bet alcohol gives more of a hangover because of the low amount of vitamin C on this diet. Taking a vitamin C supplement while you’re drinking is the best way to prevent a hangover.

    • Emily C says:

      Keep in mind that for some people with autoimmunity, Vitamin C is not advised because it activates the immune system. That said, B vitamins can also prevent hangovers.

  10. Fahd Aljahmi says:

    Hey Mikhaila! You wrote that you’ll try to get Jordan Peterson to drop the chicken. Could you explain why is that?
    I’ve been on eggs and chicken for lunch for two weeks now and I’m feeling a lot better. I’m from Yemen and chickens are the most affordable kind of meat I got here. Any advice on whether I should go on the same diet or adjust it a little?

    much appreciated!

  11. Alexandra says:

    Hi Mikhaila, if you’re still looking for a pemmican recipe, try this link. Its video by channel Townsends and it might help you or somebody else who is interested in it.

  12. Kaisu says:

    I just wanted to drop you a line. I have been watching your dad’s lectures and learning a lot. That is how I came to learn about his diet of meat and water.
    I have had clinical depression since I was 8 years old. I am now 60. How I am still alive is a mystery. It would come and go and would last for months.
    The last bout hit me in May, and I had been limping along, using all my skills and tools and knowledge that I had acquired after 5 decades of wresting the demon.
    I decided to go to a carnivore diet.
    My depression lifted in 4 days!!!!! I woke up and it was gone. I am crying as I write this as I cannot believe it. This is after antidepressants, every therapy you can think of, exercise, radical acceptance, sun lamps, self help books, spirituality, etc etc etc… there is literally nothing out there short of electro-shock therapy that I haven’t tried.
    Some things helped a little, nothing lifted it like this.
    I wanted you to know. I think it is a miracle. Thank you and thank your dad.

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