Blurb from 2014 on Depression – What Depression Is Like

I wrote this after an argument with a friend where I was told having depression was basically whining. August 20, 2014 You know what sucks? Arthritis. Pain. Multiple joint replacements. Weekly injections. Chronic pain. Not being able to run or do sports. You know what’s worse? Depression. The depression I have feels like my close friend died last month and no matter what fun thing I do there’s still the underlying grief there, all the time. I can laugh at something Read More


How to gain weight/maintain weight on an elimination diet

I’ve had a number of people reach out to me asking about how to gain or maintain their weight on a diet that cuts carbs like this one. Here are some things you can do to make sure you get the calories you need. (I’m writing this post because I just counted the number of calories I’m getting a day and its about 3500!!!! – No wonder I haven’t lost any pregnancy weight. This is what happens when you survive Read More


What Vitamins and Supplements to Take

I’ve had a bad reaction to a couple of multivitamins (most of them contain soy derivatives), so I don’t take a multivitamin. Beware off prenatal vitamins too. If you end up being extremely sensitive, steer clear of either. Just so everyone knows, unfortunately, none of these reactions are caused by low vitamins or minerals. I had all those checked out first. I was particularly wondering about B12. But, alas, it’s a much more complicated problem than that. I’ve done vitamin Read More


Newest attempts at food reintroductions

cocoa – Didn’t seem to do much, but completely got rid of my appetite. On this diet, there isn’t much we’re eating that’s high calorie, so getting rid of your appetite isn’t a great idea. It didn’t seem to do anything else negative though! So cocoa seems okay. Remember to get sugar free and organic. stevia – gross. I hate it. I think it made me feel weird, but I also don’t like it so I’m not going to try Read More


Top foods to avoid (if you don’t want to do an elimination diet)

If doing an all out elimination diet isn’t feasible for you, or if you’re relatively healthy and just looking to improve your energy or lose a few pounds, avoid these foods: Gluten – You know those stereotypical Californian girls who don’t eat gluten “because it makes you fat” but they don’t exactly know what it is? Well they were right anyways. He who laughs last right? Anyways, gluten is composed of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin. It looks like gliadin Read More


Jordan Peterson’s Diet

Dad suffered from a number of health problems. He had GERD, minor psoriasis, mouth ulcers, fatigue and had an extremely hard time losing weight. He stopped eating desserts, went without sugar, and tried exercising. The worst health problem was severe depression. It seems to run in our family. When I started figuring out my problems were caused by food, and my depression lifted, I convinced dad to go on the same diet. The first year he lost 50 pounds. No Read More


My labour experience – seriously successful hypnobirthing home birth

I wrote this the day I gave birth. So it was fresh in my mind. It’s pretty detailed so only read it if you’re super interested haha. It also needs to be heavily edited so take it with a grain of salt. Haphazardly written but here goes. So I started getting things that were pretty menstrual crampy Thursday night. Then they paused during the day Friday but I told Andrey he had to cook because I couldn’t manage to do Read More



I’ve been gone from the blog for over a month because I had a baby!! It’s been crazy and exhausting and wonderful. Elizabeth Scarlett Peterson Korikova everyone ( a pic from a couple of days old): She was born August 6, at 3:21 am. 7lbs 6 oz with a full head of hair. Me being extremely thrilled not to be pregnant anymore (1 week postpartum): A month old baby!!:   I haven’t been on my computer since before August 6, Read More


Probiotics and problems that can come with them

If you’ve read my other blog posts, I’ve mentioned a bad reaction to probiotics. I was hoping it was the strands that I was taking because the reaction has happened a number of times. This is what happens I start a high dose of probiotics (generally acidophilus is the main strain) – don’t do this if you’re sensitive 2-3 days later I’m an emotional disaster, my skin starts breaking out, my digestion gets destroyed (diarrhea). I take a break for Read More


Sauerkraut recipe!

Here are some pickling products to make your life much easier (I own all of the Canadian version products so I can vouch for em!): 1 L jar set (32 oz)- grab it at any home hardware or Canadian tire or pretty much any hardware store. Or amazon. I’m using wide mouth jars Canadian version American version extra pickling lids  Canadian version  American version glass weights and squisher set – if you buy wide mouth jars make sure you get the Read More