Jordan Peterson’s Diet – September 2017

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 joke. He lost about a pound a week. I know this sounds extreme but he’s eating well. We eat a lot and we definitely don’t calorie count. All his minor health problems went away, and he seemed to age backward. No joke, check out his previous YouTube videos (2014 ish) compared to 2016-2017’s. The depression has been harder to get under control but it’s under control too. He doesn’t nap either. We’re going to make a video soon about it.

Anyways this is his diet:

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
  • turnips
  • cauliflower
  • parsnips
  • sweet potatoes
  • 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.

Vinegars:

  • 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
  • marjoram
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • turmeric
  • basil
  • bay leaf

Other:

  • 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
  • bourbon
  • vodka (unflavoured)

 

This makes it extremely difficult to eat out, and we’d be more relaxed about it if messing up didn’t result in a deep and miserable month long depression. We’re trying to branch out to more foods, but it seems like most of what we try and reintroduce goes badly. Next test is tomatoes!

UPDATE:

The Diet – Updated March 2018

92 thoughts on “Jordan Peterson’s Diet – September 2017

  1. Hi Mikhaila,
    I found your blog after your dear Dad mentioned his meat and greens diet on Joe Rogan.
    I am so very glad you have had success with your dietary changes and I was moved to tears when you spoke about the unexpected benefit of your depression lifting.
    I am keto, but need to quit dairy. Argh. You have lit a fire under me.
    Keto and fasting (and quitting alcohol) have helped me hold an aggressive cancer at bay, and taken 10 years and 60 lb off me.
    I love fasting and only do so when I weigh enough to actually fast.
    I am going to add foods back one at a time after my next fast.
    I am walking the Camino soon (March/April) and intend on putting one foot in front of the other as long as I can.
    All the best.

    • He’s sensitive to pork unfortunately. Even though that was basically his favourite food.. It’s hard to find bacon that sugar and preservative free as well.

  2. Suravi says:

    Hi Mikhaila
    Have you looked into Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? My daughter and I have this. I have depression, anxiety, severe foot problems, chronic pain, hypermobile joints. My knees, hip, shoulders and neck moves. I am fatigued all day, hard to wake in morning and yet want to stay up late at night! I was on antidepressants for chronic pain for some time, now on baclofen and Ritalin. Ive just ordered some CBD oil as I’m not liking the baclofen. Need the Ritalin to get up in morning! Other symptoms include reflux, allergies, gingivitis, almost all of your dads and your symptoms fit..
    I’m going to try your diet for sure. My partner doesn’t have EDS but is overweight and tired a lot, so he’s gonna do it too.
    My daughter is 11 and eats so few foods that if I excluded potatoes and bread I don’t know if she’d be alive still! So I may wait until she’s older.

    • Honestly getting rid of the bread for your daughter could be the best thing you could do for her. That’s much more important than getting rid of the potatoes. Good luck on the diet! I used to take Adderall to wake up in the morning, so I feel for you.

  3. Sam says:

    What about chicken eggs, free range, are they okay to consume? I’m Trying to workout what I could have for breakfast or to supplement my daily protein requirements, to have at least an alternative to the copious amount of meat/fish I’d have to be consuming.

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