I love this diet. I am never going back. 

Updates:

Baby:  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 going 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 curiosity, 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.

247 Comments

  1. Peter Abram on June 18, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Great to hear you’re doing well–and your most admirable father. I’m just slipping into this diet now and living in China it might be a bit easier for me socially. At restaurants here one can just order the trays of sliced beef they always have along with the greens. Say no to the rice and after that I’m left feeling good. Wondering what your approach to tea, coffee, juice and so on is. I drink a lot of light beer an it’s so tropical here that would be hard to give up, but I will if it helps lift this fogginess I’ve had for awhile that seems to be alleviated when I stick to the carnivore diet. Any posts on liquids coming up?

  2. Alyson on June 18, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    That has made me so happy reading all the positives! Thanks for the update and best of luck with the surgery, a YouTube channel sounds wonderful! ( hoping baby makes occasional appearances!)

  3. Dan on June 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    How do you avoid constipation on such a diet. I would love to eat like that, but I would plug the toilet on a daily basis.

    • Mikhaila on June 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      You wouldn’t. This is how you fix constipation.

  4. Jim Kennedy on June 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Great news. Awesome that you found a great Nanny. Yes, taking care of a newborn is more than a full time job. We were fortunate to be able to have my wife stay home with our boys when they were little. I always appreciated her time with them. The day will come that you come home (or your husband) and you hear running foot steps and that uplifting voice screaming “Mommy!” Nothing fills the heart with joy more than that type of experience.

    This is related to diet so I don’t know if I should post here or elsewhere. (feel free to make any edit as you think appropriate) I just finished an ultra running race. (100 KM in 24 hours) I ate LCHF diet for months before (due to my type 2; it keeps my BG in a good range). Unlike the traditional racing advice I kept to the LCHF diet during the race (bacon, triple fat brie, walnuts with butter, beef jerky) and it worked very well. My energy was good (yes, I did get tired, but I took a nap from 4 AM to 5:15 AM and felt much better to finish the race – 9 am to 9 am) I didn’t have to suck down Coca cola every 5 miles (a favorite ultra drink because of sugar, caffeine, and settles the stomach). No roller coasters of energy.

    One note is doing this type of thing with type 2’s your BG may spike for a day or two even if you do the diet stricktly. It may be that your body was under great stress and so it releases hormones that causes this. (consult your medical professional; I am not one)

    Take care

  5. Tierney on June 18, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Do you use any kind of fats or oils when you cook meat? How do you keep it from sticking to the pan?

  6. Nick Stumphauzer on June 18, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    What about healing the gut dysbiosis that’s causing the underlying illness? Do you take pre/probiotics or driink any water keifer?

    • Kenn Macd on June 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Nick.
      What makes you think there is an underlying gut dysbiosis?

  7. Kenn Macd on June 18, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    nobody put in tests for you. I don’t think you really need them, but you might check liver and kidney function. HbA1c would be a joke, you’re prolly way below 5% A Kraft style Insulin test would be usefull, to see what Insulin response you get (I would assume type 1 – normal) Triglyceride/HDL ratio is prolly good, under 2, ignore LDL unless they do LDL sub-fractions, that would be interesting. I guess you be checked for nutrient level with RBC(red blood cells)? Have you ever considered doing a chelation test to see if heavy metals are present? maybe a hair analysis would be good enough, though not as accurate. Maybe a DEXA scan, or Bio-Impedance analysis for %fat, muscle, etc? that’s all I can think of of the top of my head. good luck Mikhaila!

  8. Lynn on June 18, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Like Kenn Macd says the LDL subfractions would be interesting. I’m pretty sure they do VLDL as a matter of routine. Anything you want to know about cholesterol on a low carb diet is here – http://cholesterolcode.com/ – it’s pretty easy reading.

  9. Mikhail on June 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Mazal tov! I’m looking forward to starting the diet tomorrow.

  10. Amber Dornbusch on June 18, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Hey Mikhaila, I just started following you on social media and watched all your Youtube videos. I think it’d be great for you to have a channel as I’ve already been very inspired by what you have shared on other sites! I’m starting to transition myself to eating just meat. I’m native american and wanna avoid getting diabetes, and also shed a few before I turn 30, so I think only meat is conducive to all of that! Been discovering and dealing emotional attachments to foods (surprise surprise). It is kinda tough, developing the state of mind to let all that go. Anyway, was wondering if you’ll be updating your “Recipes” section, and maybe you could share a few quick methods on how you like to prepare your favorite cuts of meat, etc? Anyway, best wishes for your ankle surgery and looking forward to your next post! (P.S. I second all the lab tests that Kenn mentioned!)

  11. Anthony on June 18, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Howdy Mikhaila, I read that you’re only consuming beef, salt, and water. If this is indeed the case, could you enlighten me as to how you prepare and cook your steak? Thanks!

  12. Conrad on June 19, 2018 at 3:18 am

    I am curious about your Creatinine/GFR (supposed indicators of Kidney health). It will probably be above “normal” because of the high amount of protein you are consuming daily. What’s “normal,” of course, is based entirely on the average SAD carb diet.

    I have been on a nearly all meat diet for over 3 years now (eating only a large pot of boiled carros for carbs) and I’ve been getting constant blood tests over that period. At first my creatinine/GFR was quite “bad” to the point of indicating mild kidney failure. I was referred to a kidney doctor about that but we agreed it was probably a function of the high protein diet combined with the Remicaide infusions I was getting for my Chrons disease which was putting additional strain on my kidney/liver.

    The fact my GFR would rise and fall month over month depending on how many carbs I was eating to offset the herring cans I normally consume as snacks suggests this is a protein loading issue with the kidneys (more protein in = more protein markers in your blood, duh) rather than a sign my kidneys were actually being “damaged” by the high meat diet or the medication.

    Indeed, since getting off Remicaid earlier this year my GFR has fallen back into the very upper upper range of normal – next time it will hopefully be even a little better. But I expect my creatinine will always be high – by the standards of the present carb pushing nutrionists anyway.

    It was fun trying to have a conversation with the dietician that the kidney doctor referred me to – she was quite convinced that humans require sugar in their diet for their brain to even function properly.

  13. Conrad on June 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Just to further clarify my above post (at 3AM, I sometimes jumble my words) my GFR over the period since starting an all meat diet has consistently been LOW (theoretically bad), since the calculation of Glomerular Filtration Rate has it falling as the level of creatinine in one’s blood rises.

    In the last 6 months on remicaide, my creatinine was consistently around 121 and eGFR 67. Now off remicaide, my creatinine is 95 and eGFR is 89.

    Additional info – I am very skinny, mid-30s, and prior to starting the all meat diet and remicaide (did them both at the same time because I was desperate), I had normal GFR.

    So I had no history of kidney issues whatsoever. And I don’t believe I do now. Since being on this diet, I feel healthier than I have since I was a teen.

    I believe these are two somewhat erroneous blood markers – but ones worth following all the same, and ones any high protein eater should know a bit about because doctors will very likely highlight these as areas of concern on your blood results.

    Just remember – they don’t normally encounter people consuming this level of protein, outside of bodybuilders. So they get concerned even though the prevailing science is that protein loading alone cannot damage the kidneys.

  14. Tom on June 19, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Great to hear all this. Keep sharing. Have you had much trouble with stomach aches while on the diet? I’m feeling a bit gassy.

    Also I’m a bit of a poor student so I pretty much just eat fatty grass fed ground beef with salt, I cook it slowly so that it cooks all the way through while not getting too dry. I’ve heard that if you don’t cook ground beef properly it can be a bit dangerous. Do you think that having rare steak is much more nutritious than what I’m doing?

    Also the carnivorous YouTuber Frank Tufano talks about the importance of eating organ meat. I’m curious about what you think about that.

  15. Emma on June 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Just awesome! I’m so pleased for you all and SO excited you are writing a book! It’s going to be so important!

  16. Bliss on June 19, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Hi Mikhaila.
    Your honesty makes this blog an interesting read, besides the info itself being of interest.

    I’ve noticed people ask the same questions a lot.
    “What about coffee?”
    “How do you prepare your beef.”

    I’d like to suggest you do a FAQ and have a link to it on the side of the page.

  17. Matthew on June 19, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I’d like to see serum ferritin, just to make sure iron accumulation isn’t occurring.

    • Kenn Macd on June 19, 2018 at 9:03 am

      Hi Matthew. Heme iron accumulation is generally not a problem for pre-menopausal women. they dump a lot of iron once a month.

  18. Bryan O' Shea on June 19, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Hello Mikhaila, I just recently discovered you after spending almost two years following your father!
    I have always had a problem with my reactions to food and they are getting worse with each passing year. I’m 25 now and almost everything I eat makes me feel bloated, tired and seriously lowers my mood. I eat a lot of carbs (its just the nature of the irish diet!!) so having read your blog and taken notes, do you think it would be a good decision for me to go on a meat and greens diet? Is there risks to this?
    I do not know if I am intolerant to any foods because I have never been checked but a lot of foods really make me feel like crap! Lately, I’ve begun to realise that my diet is responsible for almost all of my problems. I keep active and run 2 to 3 times each week but lately i’m struggling to wake up after 9 – 10 hours of sleep and then I spend much of the day in a constant state of tiredness. I hope this can help.
    As an aside, I will be going to see your father on July 14th in the 3 arena, Dublin. He is an inspiring individual and it’s good to see both you and him helping so many people.

    Best,

    Bryan O’ Shea
    Cork, Ireland

    • Kenn Macd on June 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Hey Bryan.
      You might want to look at a ketogenic diet first. There’s lots of info, as on youtube with ‘low carb down under’, ‘nourish vermont’, ‘ancestry foundation’, ‘mercola’, ‘diet doctor’ and then there’s sites like Intensive Dietary Management, Dr Jason Fung, and ‘2ketodudes’, ‘weston price’ ‘mark sisson’ Mikhaila went on her diet after exploring many options, and essentially she’s on a low(no) carb high fat diet. You may have problems similar to Maikhaila in that she can’t tolerate any foods other than meat, or maybe not.You could go all meat, but it’s a good idea to check out the transition to a LCHF diet (need extra salt for example). Knowledge protects, ignorance endangers.

    • jmes on June 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

      From my research, trying it for 30 days poses minimal risk. In fact, there are many people who’ve done it for decades. Check out this excellent article on the nutritional details, risks and examples of others who’ve benefited: https://optimisingnutrition.com/2018/03/14/dr-shawn-bakers-carnivore-diet-a-review/

      If you haven’t tried any sort of elimination diet, you could try something more moderate like the autoimmune paleo elimination diet. For beginners I’d recommend Dr. Ruscio’s book Healthy Gut, Healthy You. Takes you step-by-step through an excellent protocol.

      If you’ve got to a stage like Mikhalia, or myself, where *nothing* else has worked, a meat only diet is worth trying.

      Hope some of this helps, and that you start to feel better,
      James
      Sligo, Ireland

      • Bryan O' Shea on June 22, 2018 at 8:46 am

        Thanks for the replies! I’m going to give the meat and greens diet a shot. Kicked off today with some ribeye steak and roasted broccoli. My question is, am i limited to one meal per day? Or do I get home later and cook another steak with broccoli?
        Also, in terms of drinks, is coffee a no go?

        • Mikhaila on June 28, 2018 at 12:35 am

          Coffee is a no go, eat as much as you want. Definitely no need to limit yourself

  19. Gwen Hamer on June 19, 2018 at 7:19 am

    I too went back to work after being a stay at home Mum. Stay at home Mum is the hardest job I’ve had and like you say hats off to those who can do it. I lasted a year and was exhausted. Glad to hear the diet is still going well.

  20. Charles on June 19, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Great stuff!

    I haven’t seen you mention offal or bone broth in your writing, I would assume these are essential for good health if you’re going to eat carnivore? If you do eat/drink them how much of your diet is made up of them?

  21. john on June 19, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Please look into the Australian Breastfeeding organizations and do some research on weaning. Children are typically breastfed for at least 2-3 years in traditional groups.

    You and your father are likely reacting to the high omega 6 content of farmed salmon and conventional chicken. Try to find high quality pastured chicken or wild sockeye salmon.

  22. […] 6 Month Carnivore Update – I’ve talked before about my admiration for Jordan Peterson.  I think he is one of the best thinkers on the planet and was excited to learn that both him and his daughter are carnivores.  The changes this way of eating have had on them are nothing short of miraculous. […]

  23. Chris on June 19, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I had the same experience when I startd drinking whiskey (Bourbon and Scotch) again. After 3 Months carnivore, I went out and had a few glasses of whiskey. I was hurting the next day and all I could think was, “I could drink half a bottle and be fine, 3 months carnivore and 2-3 glasses messed me up.”

    I enjoyed listening to you on HPO with Dr. Baker and Zach. It was great hearing your story, and my wife who has RA and diabetes is now looking to change her diet like I have.

  24. Eva on June 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    What would your recommendations be for those of us who have suffered from eating disorders? I am on Keto now, have cut out gluten all together, this winter was the first time I haven’t had a debilitating depression, but I am still experiencing a lot of symptoms. I just don’t want to change the diet too quickly, because I don’t know how to control all the changes. How do I know what causes what?

    • Owen on June 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Hi @Eva
      I’m suffering from Bulimia. I’m certain some foods effect my gut and then that brings on depression amd anxiety and then the vicious cycle begins. On Carnivore when I am Carnivore it doesn’t happen. Problem is knowing when your mind is playing tricks on you saying “yoir okay now, you can have a bit of this or that”. As soon as you feel good you think you’re cured. But it does seem to work. I’m suffering terribly with digestion after messing my body about for a few years now. Going to need to commit and give it time but struggling to get through the adaption period again. It takes discipline and perseverance. The fact such intellectuals as Mikhaila and Jordan have adopted this diet for mental health gives me reassurance that it’s possible to cure myself if I give myself time. So difficult with modern life though.

  25. Bliss on June 19, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    @Eva
    Hi. I am obviously not Mikhaila.
    Recovering from an eating disorder is a serious undertaking.
    I’d like to recommend prayer and meditation (which you may be doing already) as part of your days.
    People can help, but you may need some inner guidance as well.

  26. Bliss on June 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    2
    @ Eva
    I just saw where you wrote “suffered” so maybe you believe you have recovered.
    Not for me to say. I didn’t catch the past tense the first time.

    • Eva on June 20, 2018 at 4:44 am

      I’ve recovered in a sense that it’s not as fucked up as it used to be. Did some research and there are some quite interesting explanations given from evolutionary psychologists about different types of eating disorders. I don’t know man, I’ve been on thousands of diets and did psychotherapy and got myself friends who were going through the same stuff, but that shit is still present and creeps back into my life like a fucking ninja. I was wondering if maybe anyone had found any evidence based research reviews that correlate eating disorders with food allergies?

      *If my English isn’t always perfect I apologize, since I am not a native speaker.

      • Kenn Macd on June 20, 2018 at 3:06 pm

        I do not know your situation, but you might consider looking into NeurOptimal. It can clear trauma, including pre-verbal trauma.You can do it with a therapist also if one nearby has the device.

        • Rita K Shimniok on June 25, 2018 at 8:34 pm

          As a certified bio-resonance technician your readers can also look for practitioners using the Qest4 or Asyra bio-resonance systems. Extremely accurate equipment detecting imbalances in the body – aka determining root cause issues – including food sensitivities. People are often surprised that foods considered healthy are in reality weakening their system…fortunately their bodies can be rebalanced with homeopathy. I hope this info is found helpful. I love your father’s teachings and learned about Mikhaila through Peterson’s interview with Joe Rogan.

  27. Jay on June 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    What about multivitamins? Do you take any supplements? Have you had any adverse reactions to any supplements?

  28. Mrs Beardsley on June 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Test. My iPad says no.

  29. Mr book on June 20, 2018 at 4:16 am

    So basically all beef right? In terms of diet?

    • Mikhaila on June 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      All beef, yep

      • Alex on June 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        How do you usually cook it?

      • Rita K Shimniok on June 25, 2018 at 8:37 pm

        Mikhaila I am wondering if you are an O blood type – that thrive on red meat. I am A positive – and my body doesn’t produce enough hydro-chloric acid to digest beef readily. I thrive on chicken and fish. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all approach to diets. I turned my health around back in 2010 – reversed everything I had going on. God food vs. people food.

        • Kenn Macd on June 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm

          Hi Rita
          Have you taking betaine before meals? It increases stomach acid, especially useful for me being older as stomach acid weakens with age. I started off with one, and then added a capsule for every meal until I felt a slight burning in my stomach, then I dropped the number down one. I stayed at that number until I felt a slight stomach burning again, then dropped another one, and so on. I am also blood type A and have never had a problem digesting beef, or meat of any kind. there might be another issue? I also can take a teaspoon of baking powder 1/2 hour before meals to ramp up my stomach acid. or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
          Eat right for your blood type has no scientific backing. If you want to follow it (my dad did) and it works for you, please go ahead, but there’s no good reason to.

          • Rita K Shimniok on June 25, 2018 at 11:24 pm

            Thanks Ken. Betaine is found readily in beets, also spinach and quinoa – all of which are staples for me. I do take digestive enzymes when warranted… make kombucha, etc (prefer taste to ACV). As a holistic practitioner I run bio-resonance scans on myself periodically, and this is how I learned beef weakens my body at the cellular level . Using homeopathy I have rebalanced and can eat beef now, but I am mindful of digestive enzymes when I know I will be consuming red meat. Swedish bitters is another option…in Europe it is common practice to take digestive bitters before meals. I only eat grass fed organically raised beef, preservative free, and I believe that has also been imperative in my being able to eat beef in moderate amounts…but I only do so once every 1-2 weeks as I have friends who raise them well, and my budget fares further with chicken than grass fed beef. I also don’t buy into “blood type diets” – agree with you wholeheartedly. I thought it interesting, however, to learn in clinic training that O blood type people have higher amounts of stomach acid and do not thrive on a plant based diet – which is often touted to cancer patients in order to make their bodies more alkaline (increasing oxygen levels, of which is necessary to kill cancer cells). Chicken has never come up on my food sensitivity list. If I ate red meat 7 days a week I suspect my body would become inflammed on the inside.



        • Spartacus on July 8, 2018 at 10:22 pm

          Rita, in the Zero Carb Health group on Facebook, so many of us have type A blood that we’ve joked that the author of the blood type diet got his notes mixed up. ?

  30. Ville Raatikainen on June 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Awesome stuff!

    • Ville Raatikainen on June 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Oh and for sure start a YouTube channel, there would be so many more viewers in my opinion. YouTube videos are so easy to reach and people would come across your videos a lot more easily. Like ‘Digesting Depression’ has 160k views and all of those viewers can super easily just check the referenced video playlist and your channel would pop up.

    • Maija on June 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Side note, Ville, I presume you’re a Finn, as I am too. Do you know if carnivorous diet is gaining any attention in Finland? I’m sure some people are doing it, but are they a small minority of extreme body builders etc. or even “regular people”? I’ve been so caught up with English speaking side of YouTube, Dr. Peterson and now Mikhaila and carnivorous diet, that I haven’t looked much into if any of it has spread over to Finnish social media. I decided to give this diet (and some increased exercise) a go myself, I’m excited to find out if it’ll work for me. I don’t think I would’ve ever considered experimenting with all carnivore diet if not for Mikhaila’s encouraging experiences and enthusiasm. I don’t have similar extreme health issues to fix, just general life goals that I can sense are more reachable with a major paradigm shift like this.

      • Ville Raatikainen on June 30, 2018 at 10:42 am

        Hi 🙂 yeah hah didn’t expect to meet another Finn here. Well I haven’t been searching for finnish info on the subject at all but never have I come across anyone doing this either. Hard to say, but I doubt there’s any attention going into this in finnish social media since you can only find a couple sites like this that are global. Like meatheals.com and zerocarbzen.com.

        Glad to hear you’re giving it a go! I’m 22 days in now to solve a list of issues. Be vary of the adaptation phase & keto flu – they can be a true pain and can frighten one away as it did for me 5 months ago.

        Would be great to hear on your progress if you want to share it! I’m posting with another person who started this at the same time as I did and it’s great to share the experience, improvements and advice with each other 🙂

        • Maija on July 4, 2018 at 3:19 pm

          Neat. Well I tried it, consuming only water, meat and salt (and eggs and butter, so not Mikhaela’s diet but the more common carnivore diet), but I realized quickly that these few weeks I’m going to be traveling more and living with family and friends, and so now is not a good time to go on an extreme diet. I got to a good start though, like a week or so, until I went back to “normal” eating, and now I’m doing the meat thing again for a few days until next lapse. I don’t have any significant health issues, mostly just overweight and general lack of energy, so I’m not afraid of switching back and forth and getting insanely serious reactions like Mikhaela does, but I will definitely try the all meat diet again, properly and for a long term as soon as I’m back to normal life. I even bought a pressure cooker to make bone broth… I’ll be eating beef, lamb and deer and organs, bone broth, eggs, butter. Possibly fish, possibly some coffee and cream. And I’ll be doing intermittent fasting type of thing too, 24h fast on occassion, but 9h eating window in a day max (because that’s supposedly very very good for you), changing things up.

          I doubt I’ll keep my diet as restricted indefinitely though, I think I’ll keep beef as the base, the neutral, the go-to diet, and then add one element at a time, experimenting with it. Good thing about the all meat diet was that I didn’t experience any issues with the adaptation phase even though my diet before was like… milk chocolate based. I don’t know if I was in ketosis necessarily because the fat:protein ratio wasn’t as high as it is on ketogenic diet, but I was feeling good: calm, alert, positive, not hungry, not difficult to avoid carbs or snacking, slept well, no digestive issues, no bloating or nothing to complain really… I don’t know if I lost weight, but the diet is very simple to do, and very easy to fast also when on this diet. I can definitely believe that ruminant meat is the neutral, best food for a human to be eating. Going back to normal foods, especially sugar (!) however made the difference between normal carb-heavy diet and the all meat diet obvious, the tiredness, the mood swings, the bloating and gas and aches and ugh came upon me immediately and most of them I’d just ignored before, because I’d gotten so used to them. So I’m not sorry I flunked my initial experiments with this, it’s good for me to remind myself what the difference is, so that I’ll be more appreciative of the results of sticking with meat for a longer period.

          • Ville Raatikainen on July 5, 2018 at 10:11 am

            Yah good to hear you don’t get the reactions & adaptation, makes things quite a lot simpler. Agreed on fasting – I’ve done occasional 1-2 day fasts and intermittent fasting as well and it makes one feel quite good. Btw you don’t necessarily have to worry about protein determining whether or not you’re in ketosis I’d say. Glycogenesis is demand-driven instead of supply-driven, so excess protein doesn’t convert to glucose. From what I’ve heard, the amino acids transfer into puryvate and then can be used straight as an energy source, and only the necessary amount needed for the brain is transferred into glycogens. So as long as your fat intake is relatively high it should be enough. But complete fat-adapting takes a long time though.

            It’s good that you’ve now experienced the “optimal” way of eating though! Personal experience is definitely key here.



  31. Dayna Haynes on June 20, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I would be interested in understanding more on why Salmon was giving him issues. Recently I have been craving more salmon on my carnivore journey, but often feel it doesnt agree with me fully.

    • Mikhaila on June 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      We don’t really have any idea. Chicken and salmon don’t seem to make people feel as good as beef. I could guess why, but I’d probably be wrong. But it’s a definite pattern

      • Kenn Macd on June 20, 2018 at 10:47 pm

        That’s unfortunate, as Salmon (especially wild) is better for Omega 3 fatty acids. Grass fed beef is better for Omega 3 as well. Both farmed Salmon and industrial beef are better for Omega 6 fatty acids. Of course you can always supplement with Krill Oil if that concerns you.

        • Rita Shimniok on June 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

          I would not want to put the toxins/anti-biotics from farmed and in industrial raised meats in my body however. We do become what we eat…garbag in…equates garbage fuel for the body.

  32. Jeff on June 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I think “scar tissue” can remodel over time with the right stimulus, like tissue work. Have u explored this?

    • Mikhaila on June 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      It’s grown into the joint :/ can’t get access to it. Plus the bone that’s grown in can’t be manipulated.

  33. Patrick on June 20, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Do you use any other spices except salt?

  34. Bliss on June 21, 2018 at 8:26 am

    @Mikhaila
    There’s another one for the FAQ.

  35. Michael on June 21, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Six months ago I too stsrtst the carnivore diet. I only eat beef & eggs.

    I have ankylosing spondylitis and IBS for 20 years. I noticed what I ate affect my inflammation and I worked with it. But it wasn’t good enough so after I saw Shawn baker on Joe Rogan I said why not.

    90% of my inflammation is gone and 80% of my medications. I went from a daily pain level of 7-10. Some days I could not get out of bed, from sciatics in both legs, bad pelvic pain, lower and upper pain and inflammation now at a 0-2 daily. I can bike again, ski, anything I want.

    I take a few natural supplements. For example I kill my gut flora daily with high doses of soursop and replace it with HMS strains.

    I have a life ahain both physically and mentally.

  36. Hope on June 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for your posts, Mikhaila. I especially appreciate your honesty regarding motherhood. We have 3 babies under 3 and the days can definitely be over-whelming, not to mention time-consuming. A little help from someone you trust is humble. You are unique in that it seems you have been called to both motherhood and the act of mentoring individuals with (or without) ailments. The carnivore diet truly does cure digestive issues, it was only once a dream for me to feel this good. Looking forward to your future posts and hopefully Youtube videos.
    P.S. Do you hope to learn Russian one day too? 🙂 That’d be pretty cool.

  37. Bruce Brisbane on June 22, 2018 at 3:07 am

    I’d caution everyone reading these anecdotal experiences not to think they are the common experience, transferable to all.
    That’s what the scientific method is for.
    There’s many reasons for people to suffer severe arthritis when young.
    Some are related to gut disturbances, others to auto-immune diseases triggered by vaccinations, others to being born via Cesarean section. some to sexually transmitted diseases, some to psychological trauma.
    And there’s many paths to settling inflammation in the body. Who here, including Mikhaila has tried a 40 day water fast to allow her body to heal. Many do not realize every time one puts something in their mouth, their immune system goes into hypervigilance mode. Why? Because historically people got infections most by eating bad food.
    I would encourage everyone reading this blog to familiarize themselves with the Blue Zones, multigenerational communities that have a longevity advantage.
    It is foolhardy to mess with diets that have never been eaten across multiple generations.
    And to think because some symptoms abate when you eat lots of beef to the exclusion of lots of other food, is an insult to science.
    Unless you know what is causing your symptoms in the first place, you are indulging in irrational superstition.
    Some people have hyperactive minds that irritate their immune systems. When their minds are settled with neuromodulators, their immune systems calm.
    Be very very careful determining cause and effect.

    • Kenn Macd on June 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Good points Bruce. The Blue Zones refer to recent diet and lifestyle and may be a local responses to their location. Unfortunately we can not know what our northern ancestors ate pre-agricultural (pre 10,000 years ago) but using our knowledge of available resources, we can think that we were primarily a animal flesh/fat eating people, especially during the ice ages. So Mikhaila’s diet is not totally out of line, as we would probably not be here if an animal protein/fat diet was inimical to our health. That said, I like your point about fasting, again something we would be wired for as there would have been periods of our existence when food availability would have been a problem. I fast, and it sounds like you do also, and it is very healthy, a beautiful rebuild and repair period of life. Dr. Jason Fung encourages fasting (and a low carb, healthy fat diet) for diabetics, but it actually is good for many diseases (autoimmune of not).
      I’d like to add to your list of disturbances: light frequencies/fields (visible, UV, IR, EMF, magnetism)
      Thanks

      • Rita Shimniok on June 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm

        Kenn Macd – definitely good to bring up awareness of the toxicity of electro magnetic fields. In the United States specifically we are exposed to a huge influx of EMFs – and we start so young with children in schools that have WiFi. In contrast, China only allows WiFin their schools for one hour a day….and if a pregnant woman is out on the streets without a protective shield over her abdomen she is fined. They take measures to protect their people and unborn from having “mushy” EMF exposed brains. (This info is from another sympossium I listened to re: Alzheimers, Dementia, and other brain diseases.)

  38. Bliss on June 22, 2018 at 7:47 am

    @Bruce Bisbain
    In my humble opinion, there are a lot of good things about your post above.
    I am not a fan of this sentence though: “It is foolhardy to mess with diets that have never been eaten across multiple generations.”
    Sometimes one must attempt something different from what has been done in the multiple generations before.

  39. Bliss on June 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Also, there is almost no reason at all for anyone to ever attempt a 40 day water fast.

  40. Linda Villani on June 22, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Am thrilled for your overall progress and since I’m on psych drugs for depression and anxiety, I will definitely try this beef, greens diet! I wonder if eggs too would be okay; they are inexpensive. Have type 2 diabetes but my blood work turns out well. Thanks for your blog SO MUCH!!
    Linda in Tyler, TX

  41. steven v on June 23, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Mikhaila,

    Best wishes with your ankle surgery. Hope you get a stable and solid walking gait with no pain!!

  42. Ville Raatikainen on June 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    It’s baffling to hear that you’re still getting better, amazing!

    Is your toothpaste still the same old recipe by the way? I’m actually scared of using any commercial ones since they have all that added stuff which I definitely don’t want to swallow. Commercial toothpastes also make my gums bleed a lot.

  43. DimoPoland . on June 24, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Plz start a YouTube channel ! 🙂

  44. Tia on June 24, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I’m interested in knowing your folate numbers. As a fellow woman in her child bearing years, having low folate scares the heck out of me.

    Not sure if you can test for this, but I’m also wondering if I should take iodine. I used to get my iodine through seaweed, and I don’t want to add crappy refined salt with iodine. What do you do about this?

    Also I’d be interested in how your gut flora is changing. I’m slightly worried about become MORE sensitive to plants.

    I’m 28, a fellow auto-immune warrior, I just started carnivore via your recommendation. I started it about 2 months ago, felt amazing, then got a virus and was sick for so long that I quit carnivore and added carbs to see if that would help me get better. I just started it again 3 days ago, right after I had spicy tacos at tacodeli, here in Austin TX, and had a major flare! Last straw!

    I’ve been eating chicken, fish, etc., but I think I might cut everything except antibiotic free beef from whole foods. I’ll keep you updated.

    I wonder if your father has histamine intolerance. Salmon is high in histamines. It might be something to look into!

    Thanks for your updates, you rock Mikhaila!

    -Tia

    • Kenn Macd on June 24, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      I can answer the iodine question. Seek out a compounding pharmacy (or go online) and get Lugols Iodine (a mixture of potassium iodide and iodine) 10% solution if you can. It is inexpensive, and beneficial. but read up on iodine if you haven’t already. eg start slow! https://www.drbrownstein.com/iodine-why-you-need-it-p/iodine.htm

  45. Christoph on June 24, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for your information, got to you over your fathers video on youtube:)

    What is your oppinnion on taking amino acids?

    ie. when trying to quit coffe DLPA helps.

    but maybe thats a plant source

  46. Mo on June 25, 2018 at 10:27 am

    If you don’t want to take care of a baby, why have one? So very sad.

    • Ville Raatikainen on June 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Are you serious?

    • Mikhaila on June 28, 2018 at 12:35 am

      Hahaha

  47. Bliss on June 26, 2018 at 7:30 am

    @Rita
    If you found out you had cancer, would you change anything about your diet?
    Is it your opinion that a heavy meat diet is best in a case like that as well?

    • Rita Shimniok on June 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Bliss – I am sorry that my response did not land where it was supposed to. It is further down the line. My apologies!!

  48. Britt on June 26, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Hi! How much beef do you eat for a normal day? I’m trying to figure out the serving sizes and how many oz of Beef you’re eating for grocery shopping purposes. Thank you!

    • Kenn Macd on June 26, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Research seems to say that the absolute minimum is 0.4 grams of protein per kilogram of Lean Body Mass. The standard RDA is 0.8 grams per kilogram. Body builders can go up to 1.5-2.0 grams per kilogram.If you have an idea of your muscle weight (lean body mass) that makes it easy. Otherwise you could multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.8 and that should get in the ball park. Example: you weigh 150 pounds, that is almost 70 kilograms, so multiplied by 0/8 would give you about 55 grams of protein per day. Now beef varies in protein content, as a ball park it is about 20% protein, 55 grams of protein would be about 280 grams of beef (about a quarter pound of beef). That’s a idea to replace your bodies protein, and would be your minimum, if all you’re eating is beef (for example) then I would eat at least twice that per day, maybe more.You could start at the low figure, and if doesn’t feel like enough, keep increasing it.

  49. Thomas on June 26, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Just found this blog a few days ago! I’m a huge fan of your father! But he got also a great daughter! I’m impressed how this diet improved your health! You are a very strong person!

  50. Rita Shimniok on June 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Gosh no Bliss! .if I were diagnosed with cancer meat would be out of my diet protocol for 3 months straight. Then to reassess progress.
    This is based on what I have learned through listening to the Ty Bollinger’s Truth About Cancer on line symposiums (free while they air but have purchased the DVDs and transcripts as well since consulting with cancer patients is part of my business), and other holistic and integrative symposiums as I began my study of cancer and Lyme disease.

    My husband was diagnosed with late stage cancer with 6 mo. to live. We discovered the doctor from whom we learned about bio-resonance scans late in the journey. He commented that the nutrition program I had implemented is what was keeping him going and the bones for remaining dense, even though cancer was in the bones (prostate mets to bones). What we learned from the bio-resonance scan is that my husband also had advanced Lyme disease. Onocologists did not want to hear any of that “nonsense”.

    With some changes to our protocol in the last month the cancer had stopped spreading and our regular doctor was quite impressed. However, he died of a collapsed lung. He had been put on opioids for four bulged discs in his back – both drugs state that this is a “serious but common side effect” on page 2 of the drug handout, which is not provided unless you ask for full disclosure. There is much more that could be said in this paragraph…but this is Mikhaila’s blog and needs to be respected as such.

    We learned about bio-resonance too late to tackle the root cause imbalances in his body. I have since become a practioner and have been blessed to train with a PhD who specializes in parasites and Lyme. Lyme parasites feed on hard to digest animal proteins. Until I would determine the root cause factors in the pathogenic virus (which is truly what cancer is – contributing to abnormal cells) I would not eat a hard to digest meat if diagnosed with cancer. Plant proteins and fish protein are easily digested proteins…and would have a place in my diet. BTW – past age 50 (although I see it showing up in my clients who are much younger as well) we all have abnormal cells. Our body responds by what we fuel it with – anti-oxidants (whch come from live plant food) are the “soldiers” that clean up the free radicals.

    Bliss – if you have concerns and wish to learn more you can message me privately I believe. You can search YouTube for the Truth About Cancer videos – lest they have been pulled down as Big Pharma does not care for truth.

  51. HK on June 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Mikhaila!

    Check out this youtube video, it talks about the link between depression and inflammation.
    This could be why you had rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder) and depression at the same time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X4qySqsYP8

    Also have you looked into homeopathy?
    Or read Upton Sinclair’s The Fasting Cure, it talks about beef as well

    • Robin on July 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      His channel is amazing. He covers these topics a lot. And was thinking about you (mikhaila) as well when I first saw it.

  52. Fabien on June 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    I’m almost two weeks in the elimination diet you recommend. Now I see that maybe there will be more to it. We’ll see how it goes anyway, and I’m still waiting for the lab to send the results of the igg test.

    But my main concern here is hunger. I’m actually not doing the elimination diet you suggest, cause from the third day, I brought back rice and quinoa. Otherwise, I was eating close to 1kg of chicken a day (with some broccolis or sweet potato) and still feeling very hungry. I’m already very thin and I don’t have 50 extra pounds to lose :-/ But the hunger was just too much. Actually, I had the very same feelings that I had when I fasted for two days.

    Anyway, my question is this : how can you deal with hunger if you only eat meat ? And what about the budget ? That must really be expensive.

    Thank you for sharing your journey.
    Fabien

    • Kenn Macd on June 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

      how much fat are you eating? If you are thin then you don’t really want to use body fat for energy, so you have to eat more fat. Put LOTS of butter on your broccoli or sweet potato. rice and quinoa. Since you are eating a lot of carbs it sounds like you are constantly spiking your insulin, which is going to make you hungry when your blood sugar goes low after digesting your food. Your body does not sound like it burns fat for energy easily. I think you need to look into a ketogenic diet, and how to transition into a ketogenic diet. This is essentially the diet Mikhaila is on You only eat chicken? no fish? no beef? I don’t think Mikhaila recommended an elimination diet, she just told us what elimination diet she used. Just eating meat is less expensive for me, because I am not spending money on all the junk in the standard “a” diet.Compare the cost of the nutrition in a pound of meat, with the nutrition in an equivalent cost of grain, or legumes, or vegetables. No contest, meat is less expensive and a lot less to eat!

      • Fabien on June 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm

        Thank you for your comment, Ken. As for yourself, how did you transition to such a diet ? Was it easy or is there a not so enjoyable period of time necessary for the body to adapt ? I heard people talking about this lack of energy when you transition to a kitogenic diet.

        I thought she recommanded to begin with the elimination diet + igg test, which is what I’m doing, more or less. (https://mikhailapeterson.com/2017/06/23/start-elimination-diet-begin-month-long-elimination-diet/)

        I’m mainly eating chicken cause it’s the cheapest. But also duck recently and some fish once in a while. Now I see that she suspects chicken to be not so good for the mood :-/ …

        How much weight of meat are you eating at each meal ? I still have trouble to figure out how you can only eat meat and not feeling hungry during the day.

        • Bliss on June 27, 2018 at 6:42 pm

          If you are only eating meat the way to not be hungry all day is to eat meat until you are not hungry all day.
          People, a pound of beef has about 800 calories, so if you do much of anything you need to eat 2 1/2-3 pounds of meat a day.
          If you are active, you need 4 pounds or more.
          To eat only meat, that’s what you have to do.
          (I don’t eat only meat.)

          • Bliss on June 27, 2018 at 6:44 pm

            I just ate 16 oz. green beans, 16 oz corn, and one pound of beef. That was one meal.



          • Kenn Macd on June 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm

            well my Nutrition Almanac lists the calories in beef anywhere from 653 calories/pound (flank steak,45 gr fat 9%, 98 gr protein 21% protein) to 1.443 calories (club steak, 130 gr fat 28%, 59 gr protein 13% protein) so it`s all over the map. Mikhaila seems to prefer rib eye (1,673 calories, 156 gr fat 34%, 62 grams protein 14%)



        • scubajim on June 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm

          Try incorporating fats like butter or olive oil. (not vegetable oil). Remember your liver can turn protein into carbs.

  53. Lee Hood on June 27, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Sign me up for a consult when you begin them! I’m gearing up to try the ketosis diet, but am finding that my intolerances to eggs, dairy, and other high-fat foods are going to be a serious crimp in my ability to follow the guides online. I’ve been fighting this crippling digestive issue for nearly ten years and sense that this may finally be the path out. Keep up the good work!

  54. Raza on June 27, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Have you dropped the supplements too? Any vitamins or minerals at all?

    • Katie Gideon on July 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      She doesn’t supplement or take anything extra.

      • Andrew Witt on July 6, 2018 at 9:25 am

        Here’s a question I didn’t see covered in the video here. Does she cook with Olive Oil at all? I know that months ago she mentioned she was cooking using pure olive oil but i know shes mentioned multiple times that she cant eat whole olives. The reason I ask personally is because in my current apartment I cant have a grill (no space or ventilation) and I cook on the stove top alot and that generally makes cooking Steak and Ground Beef easier. Thanks alot of all the help everyone!

        • Maija on July 6, 2018 at 11:36 am

          I don’t think she uses oils. Look into airfryers if you have little space, airfryer is small and fast like a microwave oven, but cooks excellent steaks. (Other stuff too.)

  55. Ville Raatikainen on June 27, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Mikhaila! Do you cook your meat at all? I’m on the diet now, almost 3 weeks in. But I really don’t feel like eating cooked fat, it drives me away. Also I find that it gives me issues. A lot of people seem to do this diet raw. Any thoughts?

  56. Bliss on June 28, 2018 at 7:16 am

    @Kenn Macd
    No Reply button under your comment.

    Those were the calories (according to a website) for 90/10 ground beef. That is the beef I mainly eat.
    798 calories, 90.7 grams of protein, for one pound.

    • Bliss on June 28, 2018 at 7:20 am

      I did not realize different cuts varied so much in calories. Good to know.
      So, if the cut costs more, but gives more calories per ounce, it may end up being comparble cost per calorie wise.

  57. Øystein H. on June 28, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Hi!

    I just recently started lowering my carbs to a LCHF / keto style of eating, hoping to improve my severe insomnia/depression.

    My diet as for now: fish (sardines/halibut/cod) etc, meat (lamb and beef), avocados, lots of olive oil, butter, leafy greens and collard greens…

    Am gonna try go towards even more meat, but my concern is POTASSIUM…

    How to monitor/ get enough potassium on this diet? It seems like to much or to little is not good at all 🙁

    Hmmmm…. Exhausting with all this culprits trying to eat right 🙁

    Its almost impossible to get things right! Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, D3 etc…

    • Bliss on June 28, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      That’s a pretty healthy diet you are describing.

    • Steve on July 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Cucumbers, broccoli and spinach are on the list. They contain potassium according to webmd.

  58. Eva on June 30, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Started beef and water today! Keep your fingers crossed!?

    • Mikhaila on July 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Good luck! Stick with it through the tough part (at least 3 weeks)!

  59. Hamza on July 1, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Hello Mikhaila,

    Have you tried mushrooms. I’m thinking blazei murill for example which regulates the immune system and help with auto-immune diseases.

    What about intermittent fasting?

  60. Telk on July 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Hello!

    Have you looked in to Dr Jason Fung and the benefits of fasting? He’s been doing some remarkable things with people and autoimmune diseases. Some of the results he’s had are unreal. He runs a clinic in Toronto, so I’ve not been able to see him personally, but his books, and youtube lectures have been life changing with the way he addresses some diseases. Fasting in and of itself is doing the curing through a process call autophagy. If you’re interested check him out.

  61. LW on July 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Mikhaila

    I was wondering if the meat diet has any to do with the blood type diets. The blood type diets suggest that the different blood types developed according to the areas people lived based on what food they had available. My Type A blood diet suggests that I should be eating mostly meat.

    Is the meat you eat organic? I assume meat that isn’t contains all sort of unnatural things that might cause issues otherwise.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    Lawrence.

    • BEN HYNES on July 5, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      I had the same question about blood type and if you know yours. It seems like you would be an O. I’m an A as well but A’s are supposed to be mostly vegetarian as we dont have lack the enzymes that O’s have. O’s are supposed to eat mostly meat.

      • Kenn Macd on July 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        Blood type diets sound good, but the proponents have been unable to explain how it would work, and there’s really no science or data even (eg. population studies) to back it up.

  62. Sean C. on July 2, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve lost over 80lbs on keto since October 2017 but am interested in trying this carnivore diet for myself and wife as I need to lose more and she has anxiety/depression/ and fibromyalgia. But I think the most important question is, is it normal for your mom to use your dads first name when texting you about him? 😛

  63. Shannon Barry on July 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Hello Mikhaila,

    I just wanted to say I am a huge supporter of both you and your father! Thanks to your advocacy of a meat-only diet, I decided to give “carnivory” a try. I have been doing it for less than two weeks, but the positive changes to my mental state have been extraordinary. I have had multiple problems for the majority of my life …these include severe social anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, and bipolar 2. And since having my first child in September, my symptoms have only increased. I feared I was on the brink of a psychotic break.

    However, since starting my carnivorous journey, I have experienced a reduction in symptoms that are nothing short of miraculous. A trip to the grocery store is a typically anxiety inducing, terrifying undertaking. A place where I could feel burning stares from everyone around me, a place where I knew everyone was scrutinizing my every gesture and I had nowhere to hide. It was debilitating and getting more severe each day.

    But today, I went to the store and felt nothing. I walked into the warehouse of goods and potential terrors, and for probably the first time in my life, my mind was quite. It was just my son and me in a store shopping for groceries. No burning stares. No judgement from silent critics. It was liberating.

    I hope anyone reading this who can relate will give the diet a try. I was skeptical since my whole life I had been told to eat my vegetables! Plus, I actually quite enjoy veggies :). But, I will go the rest of my life without them if it means I always get to feel this amazing.

    Thank you, Mikhaila, for giving me the courage to go against conventional wisdom and take the road less traveled to a better me! Keep up the good work!

    • Owem on July 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Shannon,

      That is absolutely incredible to hear. I’m very happy for you! I suffer from some of those conditions and am now willing to try a carnivorous diet.

      On the off chance, do you happen to blog about your experience on the diet? I am immensely interested in following the progress of people who try this out, especially in relation to mental health.

      Thanks,
      Owen

      • Bliss on July 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm

        “…do you happen to blog about your experience…” Are you serious?

        • Bliss on July 5, 2018 at 6:49 pm

          Oh sorry. I see you were writing to Shannon.

      • Shannon Barry on July 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm

        Hello Owen,

        Thank you! It has been a life-changing few weeks, that is for sure. I do not have a blog… although I do love writing. I hadn’t, until recently, found the motivation. I used to be an avid reader/writer, but life became too overwhelming to handle more than basic responsibilities.

        But now, I feel like I am seeing the world in a new light! I just might start a blog. Like I mentioned in my comment, the changes have been quite miraculous! Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I am stressed. This is diet isn’t a “happy pill”. However, the stress doesn’t cripple me like it once did, nor does it turn into impending doom and severe anxiety.

        I hope you and others will give it a try! Like Mikhaila says, give it a month. A month can’t hurt..but might help! It certainly did for me.

  64. aaron on July 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Have you had any reactions to black coffee?

  65. Don Johnson on July 3, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Mikhaila,

    Aside from hearing about he ankle issue, I am happy to hear that this experiment has been such a success. I have been eating relatively low carb for years as I have never tolerated carbs well at all. After reading your updates I am planning to finally give the Carnivore Diet a “try”. I actually recently bought tickets to your father’s show in September, and his appearance on JRE yesterday (discussing the diet) was kind of the tipping point with regards to giving the CD a go. His show in Jacksonville is 75 days from now so I am curious to see what results I can get in that time.

    I have my own autoimmune issues, and anxiety/depression issues…so listening to your story has been really helpful. I also know from personal experience that if given any kind of choice when it comes to food I usually screw it up, so the restrictiveness of the CD for me anyway almost makes compliance easier. I honestly think the “only water” part will be much harder than only meat, but we shall see.

    The purpose of this comment is simply to commend you for the work you are doing, to congratulate you on putting in the effort to figure it out, and to encourage you to keep doing it. I am also going to use this comment as a marker to remind myself of what I was thinking when I decided to start this.

    Thanks for sharing your story (and doing the research).

  66. Ashley Alonzo on July 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Hi Mikhaila,

    I just recently heard about your diet and the fantastic results. I’ve been watching your father for about a year now and I just watched his most recent visit with Joe Rogan where they talked about diet. He looks absolutely fantastic and the way he talks about how he feels is so amazing. My family struggles with many different autoimmune diseases and so naturally this is all very intriguing.

    I wanted to know if you have considered Oral Allergy Syndrome as a possible factor? During their discussion on the podcast Dr. Peterson mentioned how he was eating both cucumbers and lettuce before switching to all meat, those veggies in particular are usually consumed raw and that’s what peaked my interest. I ask because I’m able to eat many fruits and vegetables cooked that I can’t eat raw and I believe it’s due to OAS. The same is true of fresh, unpasteurized juice in many cases. I also have an acupuncturist friend who mentioned to me that they have success helping patients with gut issues by having them throughly cook all vegetation when putting them on a strict meat and vegetable diet.

    I’m not very disciplined with my diet, but I have found success in at least not feeling totally horrible by eliminating certain foods. I have terrible anxiety and some depression also and I’m very interested in possibly trying something more dramatic to try and help. I don’t like the idea of taking medication so if there is a way to change my lifestyle to improve, I’m willing and excited to try.

    Thank you for sharing your journey, it’s quite fascinating and I wish you much success.

    Thank you,
    Ashley

  67. mittonman on July 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I did a search and didn’t find anything on your site, but apologize of this has been addressed before. What are your thoughts on your issues being linked to the herbicides/pesticides/fungicides used on the foods you used to eat? With studies showing things like Glyphosate in most of our food, and even the food our food eats 😉 It makes me wonder if your Dad for instance would be fine with Wild Salmon, or you with Chicken from a farm that is meticulous about its organic / all natural standards…

  68. Andreas Ravndal on July 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Mikhaila. Great blog and a fan of your father is now a fan of you as well 🙂 Keep up the good work. A quick question, does your dad drink tea, coffee or alcohol any more or is it “pure” carnivore of meat and water? 🙂

  69. David Breault on July 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Hi, I watched Joe Rogan’s interview of your dad today. A hero of mine. Wow, just mind blowing what you have lived through, and now to learn that it was ALL food related. I’m so happy that you found this solution for yourself!

    I will do the IgG test for my family (some depression suffers) and myself and begin the elimination diet right away. My only question is what exactly is it. In looking through all your info so far I haven’t been able to find anywhere that says exactly what the diet is, except for “carnivore diet” meaning 100% meat I take it. Any details would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, And from the bottom of my heart I’m so happy for you.

    Dave

  70. Greg on July 5, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Do I need to get some fibre like psyllium husk, or will that ruin the program?

    • Kenn Macd on July 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      fibre is not needed. keep well hydrated, and take extra salt (I think 1-2 teaspoon per day would be OK)

  71. Wesley on July 5, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Hello there,

    I’m very interested in a meat only diet.

    I know i can do it, but i think cutting out fruits will be very hard.

    Do you have any recommendations concerning fruits? I thought i once heard chris bell talk about the fact that he eats a meat only diet (on the JRE podcast), and occasionally eats fruit. I think according to him there’s some data on it that those carbs don’t mess up the body’s reliance on fats and protein as a main full source. But maybe it has the same effect as the greens do, and mess up the ”magic” of a meat only diet.

    Right now i am eating a lot of carbs. Bread, potatoes, rice. Do you recommend gradually going to a meat only diet (mostly/only beef), or is going cold turkey also okay?

    Thank you very much.

    • Ville Raatikainen on July 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Cold turkey can be quite devastating. My experience was so horrible that it made me disbelieve that this diet was for me. If you’re coming from a high carb diet, especially with refined carbs and such, I’d say you definitely don’t want to make quick changes. If you do, you’ll get a terrible keto-flu, bacteria die off (herxheimer reaction), detox and adaptation symptoms all at the same time. Now how severe this would be depends on your current health (mainly gut but general health as well), age, sleep quality (which would suffer though) etc. But trust me, the symptoms that I got literally felt like I was dying so I had to back off, it wasn’t pleasant. I came from a high carb, grain, refined carb, preservative-unavoided diet and went almost instantly to nothing but meat and greens.

      If I were you I’d remove the refined stuff first and move to a moderate carb paleo diet. This means only real food, nothing refined, no grains/legumes/beans/soy etc., no preservatives. Just mostly sweet potatoes, potatoes, parsnips, artichokes & fruits as carbs. If you get aggravation from the transition, wait for it to ease off and move on dropping those carbs like 10g every other day to avoid the keto-flu. Once you’ve done this gradually in a moderate length of time it shouldn’t cause any issues and at this point transitioning from the fatty meat/fruit/vegetable diet to the carnivore diet shouldn’t cause much aggravation. During this if things get unbearable just ease on the change a little bit and go even slower. It’s worth it.
      Also if you do the transition faster it’s basically extra pain, since the slower you do it the better your body adapts because it’s not under such stress.

      Hope this helps! Good luck!

      • Kenn Macd on July 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        yes, check out ‘keto flu’ and ways to avoid it. (salt, for example)

  72. Boos Don't Block Dunks on July 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting?

  73. tresha lucy on July 5, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    Check out Dr. Mercola’s link on biodynamic farming https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/07/01/biodynamic-farming-rudolf-steiner-legacy.aspx for ideas on healthy ways to introduce plant food into your diet. You may also want to check out the reference to Waldorf Education in the article as an option for your child.

  74. Chris on July 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hi M!

    Just wondering if you are still taking Antidepressants or not? Did the diet eliminate the need for the AD?

    • Kenn Macd on July 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      The answer is in the blog here, but the short answer is NO, she is not taking any AD

  75. Alexandre Alves Alvino on July 6, 2018 at 12:54 am

    How was your micronutritients test? Please i want to see the results!

  76. Rachel Annello on July 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I’m looking to start this diet because of everything I’ve heard from you, your dad, and Shawn Baker. I am wondering – do you drink bourbon and vodka straight? Any tips of things to dilute, or do you just use water? Thanks!

  77. Anticoach on July 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Mikhaila, have you done a blood test done for far or your dad Jordan Peterson? I’m really cursious weather it is fine or not after only eating meat.
    – Robert

    • Michael on July 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Some insight, I got my blood work results back 3 weeks ago for Kidney,liver, cholesterol etc, all of it. I have been carnivore for 6 months prior to getting my results. My RH has me get my blood work done every 6-7 months. My GP called me in for my results and all he said was “WOW, this are perfect”. He doesn’t know I am carnivore as I fear the second I tell him I will hear all the negatives of it. So for now I tend to keep it that way.

      However that said I am the same person who took 4000mg-6000mg of advil a day for 18 years prior to my diagnosis and I have no damages where most should. Each person will vary so as I have no side effects doesn’t mean you wont.

      • Joel on July 10, 2018 at 3:18 pm

        That’s pretty incredible.
        I wonder if there’s a correlation between plant intolerance and Neanderthal DNA? They were strict carnivores, weren’t they? Ha, that’s pretty speculative, but if your family ever does a “23 and Me” DNA analysis or something, let us know if you find anything interesting.

        • Michael on July 11, 2018 at 11:46 am

          I’m going to say yes as sugar and carbohydrates really affect my disease and based on the research I have done there is a connection with the cross breeding with Neanderthal.

          But yes I think I want to check.

      • Anticoach on July 11, 2018 at 7:06 am

        Wow @Michael this sounds crazy good, thanks for sharing!. Do you have any source of your diet plan or did you create it by yourself? Like which meat you eat, what fat percentage it should have, how many calories to hit.
        – Robert

        • Michael on July 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

          When I saw that YouTube video of Joe Rogan was Shawn Baker that is that is when I decided to go full carnivore. Prior to that I was listening to my diet as when I made changesI had improvements but the pain always came back. It Came back because my tolerance was lower the food I was eating affected me even more in small amounts

          I can’t recommend my diet as I eat 4000 to 7000 calories a day. I only eat ribeye or steak and eggs supplementing with avocado oil for fat. My job is very physical which is why I need a high calorie diet. I don’t work out but when you look at me you would think I was lying. I’m 5 foot 10 and I was 175 lb and I now weigh between 146 and 149 pounds.

    • Jan levine on July 11, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Blood Test Results – Over 2 Years of Eating Raw Meat, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnY2sNr9S2M

      sv3rige<<excellent ex-vegan videos.

  78. Kenn Macd on July 6, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t calories are very useful info, but the %fat and %protein is somewhat useful.

  79. Emily C on July 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, Mikhaila! First, I want to say THANK YOU to you and your dad for making this a public journey. My husband and I are finding it extremely interesting. I’m currently on AIP (with reintroductions, but am in the process of re-cutting things out) and both he and I are considering trying at least the meat and greens diet — I don’t think I am “ready” to go full meat… yet. My big question about full meat is kind of a personal one so I get it if you don’t want to discuss it, but I’ve got to ask. What does zero carb (zero fiber) do for “digestive elimination” (eg pooping)?? The reason that I ask is because I have an internal fissure that gives me near constant annoyance and I have to be really careful because I get constipated soooo easily. It is basically a rare thing for me to have a comfortable BM. Can you shed any light on this for me? Or, can anyone else provide information? Thank you!!!

    • Isaac F on July 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Emily C,

      I found some additional useful information here https://www.onnit.com/academy/the-carnivore-diet/

      It says

      “Because it’s similar to a ketogenic diet, and we’ve already shown that meat isn’t to blame for heart disease, it appears fair to consider the carnivore diet safe for most people—at least in the short term. However, if you’ve ever seen the movie Beverly Hills Cop, there’s one question you’ve been dying to ask: is all that meat going to get stuck in my gut?

      In the film, one character reads a (fictitious) article to another, citing science that claims that “by the time the average American is 50, he’s got five pounds of undigested red meat in his bowels.” Based on this one scene in a popular movie from more than 30 years ago—and an Eddie Murphy comedy at that—the urban legend has perpetuated that beef somehow blocks up your intestines, colon… you name it.

      However, just as you can’t disable a police car by shoving a banana in its tailpipe (another bit of wacky science from the movie), your body won’t choke itself to death from eating rib-eyes.

      “Like most foods, meat is absorbed in the small intestines before it reaches the colon,” says St. Pierre. “The idea that meat gets impacted in your GI tract is silly.” It’s possible to get a bowel obstruction due to disease or physical injury, “but red meat isn’t something that blocks your GI tract.” Since there isn’t much coming out, people who have small bowel movements tend to assume that waste is getting stuck inside them. But St. Pierre says that small movements, including those of carnivore dieters, are simply due to low intakes of fiber. “Fiber adds bulk,” he says. So the reason your poop is small is because it doesn’t have veggies in it.”

      • Emily C on July 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

        Hi Isaac F,

        Thanks; I’ll look into this.

    • Laminated Paint on July 12, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      For fibre, and its impact on constipation try with this video https://youtu.be/xqUO4P9ADI0 and checkout ‘the fibre menace’

  80. Miguel Fonseca on July 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t know if you will read this in time (or at all), but I would try testing by order of relevance:
    Prolactin, TSH, RT3, E1S, E2, E3, Progestrone, LH, FSH, PTH, DHEA, Vitamin D, Cortisol, Liver enzymes (ALT, AST, ALP, GGT) I am willing to bet my right arm that some of these will be out of range.

    Also relevant: Serum Iron, Ferritin, Transferrin saturation <- If any of these comes out high, I would back off the red meat or consider something that chelates iron.or binds iron and prevents absortion (ex: coffee, parsley, low dose aspirin, Inositol hexaphosphate, etc)

    I would also try bone broth to see if it can fix the permeability of your gut and/or low dose antibiotics (quarter of a normal dose daily of Doxycyclin and/or Penicillin VK) for some time, then trying to reintroduce problematic foods again to see how things go.

  81. […] Recently Jordan B. Peterson did an interview with world famous #1 podcaster Joe Rogan and spoke about the life changing ketogenic diet. Jordan has stated in previous interviews that since starting the diet he has gone off the anti depressants, lost 40 pounds of fat and his psoriasis was healed. His daughter Mikhaila previously had terrible arthritis to the point in which her she needed a hip and ankle replacement at the age of 17. You can read her full story here. […]

  82. stanstaykov on July 7, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Hello Mikhaila,
    Great post,I will be trying this diet for 30 days as well.

    If you could test the following markers I will be really grateful:
    1. Uric Acid (Blood, Urine) – Ketogenic dieters produce an extra 1 to 3 g/day uric acid from protein metabolism.
    2. TSH, free T3, free T4 – Prolonged Ketogenic diets tend to produce an abnormal thyroid profile.
    3. Homocysteine – The carnivore diet delivers a very large amount of the amino acid L-methionine which is known to increase Homocysteine levels, which is in turn a risk for cardiovascular disease.
    4. Since you are not eating liver I’d be interested in your Retinol (Vit. A) and Copper levels as well.
    5. If you would be willing to go the extra mile, a VIOME test would also be great to determine your microbiome health.

    Cheers,
    Stan

  83. Nigel Piper on July 7, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I used to follow this blog because I have arthritis and was interested in a diet that would alleviate the symptoms but you’ve gone down the confirmation bias rabbit hole. People have asked multiple times about specific issues with this diet w.r.t. arthritis and other inflammations, and you’ve ignored them, while exaggerating the benefits. Sad to hear, but this is nothing but marketing now.

    • Ville Raatikainen on July 7, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Considered the fact that she might just be really busy? In addition to that, this post alone has 142 comments and most of them involve a question, so I don’t think she’s going to keep replying to every single one.

      • Nancy on July 8, 2018 at 12:43 am

        Vile – she is really busy, baby etc. that’s why this blog is not well attended by her. That’s why I cannot follow it because it’s not got enough guidance or support.

        • Nancy on July 8, 2018 at 12:45 am

          I meant Ville!

          • Ville Raatikainen on July 9, 2018 at 9:00 am

            Nancy yep! The carnivore diet is relatively simple though! Only fat oxidation needs attention and fat:protein ratio need to be tweaked to suit you. I would be happy to help with anything if you want! I’m currently on the diet, 31 days in, to solve a list of issues and I’ve done a ton of reading and experimenting this year and ended up to this diet like many others. And at the moment I have nothing but spare time :p



  84. Fernando on July 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Fan of you dad, last rogsn interview he mentioned you blog, and i think im gonna try it, ant least the greens and meat, just started yesterday and already run out of things to eat hahaha

  85. Maija on July 7, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I was just listening to a somewhat critical discussion about ketogenic diet, and they were talking about “inflammatory fats”. Doctor O (neurosurgeon, nutrition specialist) said for his patients who are “aggressive red meat eaters” inflammatory markers are high, so even if they look good and their lipid profile has improved, they’ll have elevated “esoteric inflammation markers” : CRP, IL-6, TNF-alpha were the ones he mentioned. He recommends his patients use avocados, olive oil, nuts as a source of fat instead of red meat because of this.

    It’d be neat to hear these results from you, Mikhaila, because you would definitely count as an aggressive red meat eater, even though you don’t survive on bacon and cheese. (And perhaps there’s a difference there, or in only eating red meat.) I can imagine you personally won’t be risking it and going back to avocados and olive oils even if certain markers are high, but still it’d be interesting to know. I also wonder how much regular fasting might help with possible inflammation due to red meat…

    Here’s the conversation (at 18 minutes or so).

    https://youtu.be/G4_HLyxQly8

  86. aboutlife212517125 on July 8, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Hi! Thank you for all the information you are sharing with us! I have a rather strange question, but still it is important to me: Would you share what are your and your father’s blood types? I am interested in this blood-type diet thing and was wondering what do you think about it?

  87. Frank on July 8, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Mikhaila,

    I recommend that you check out the research of Grant Genereux, who presents a truly “out of the box” theory that explains what caused your autoimmune diseases (and fatigue and depression) and why your elimination diet was a miraculous cure.

    In short, it’s because you’ve eliminated a substance from your diet that’s essentially an unknown toxin. It’s recognized to be toxic in excess, but what Grant has figured out is that it’s even more toxic than previously believed, and that once the body exceeds its storage capacity for this substance even by means of normal doses, it begins to wreak havoc on our health.

    I hope you give his research a chance, because once you read it, I think everything will “click” for you. You can read it here:

    https://ggenereux.blog/2016/04/22/ending-the-mystery-of-auto-immune/

  88. Michael Valois on July 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Mikhailia,

    What is a sample day breakfast lunch and dinner that your dad eats??!

  89. Raeanne on July 9, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    I’ve very interested in this. During university they thought I was narcoleptic. I started reacting to foods in 2012 and thought I must have a corn allergy because it’s in everything. A couple of years ago more autoimmune symptoms like chronic tendon pain started. Also anxiety, mood swings, etc. Anyway, I’m going to try the low carb thing and see how that goes. Thoughts on probiotics to restore the gut biome?

  90. Brian Lysne on July 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,
    What kind of arthritis did you have? I have psoriatic arthritis and am wondering if the carnivore diet would provide relief.
    Thanks,
    Brian

    • Scott Knowles on July 9, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Hey Brian,

      I was also diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis a number of months ago and have followed this blog to scan for useful knowledge. My biggest concern with something this aggressive is the long-term sustainability and impact on overall health. That being said, I tried a ketogenic diet for roughly two weeks (not long enough, probably) and didn’t feel my inflammation and overall pain/soreness/fatigue improve. After months of debating over it, I caved in and began taking Methotrexate per my rheumatologist’s advice. I am only four weeks into the MTX treatment, but was told symptom relief can take up to three months. I am still holding out hope, and will also be making an effort to really test a carnivore diet in the near future. If you ever want to talk about your situation, let me know!

      On a side note: I’d also love to learn more about Mikhaila’s current health levels, particularly how her lower back pain has improved (if it has). Hope she chimes in on your comment! Best wishes.

      Sincerely,

      Scott

    • Mikhaila on July 10, 2018 at 1:24 am

      I had ideopathic. First I was diagnosed with rheumatoid, then psoriatic. They were never sure. I don’t think the type of arthritis matters. It’s worth a shot!

      • Brian Lysne on July 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

        Thanks for the info. I was diagnosed with arthritis, but I self-diagnosed it as psoriatic because I’ve had a couple obnoxious bouts with psoriasis. Do you know of any positive results of this diet on psoriasis?

  91. Kenn Macd on July 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Well it is a blog, not intended for guidance or support. If you want guidance and support, you could check out the ketogenic forum at https://www.ketogenicforums.com/

  92. Wulfgar on July 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Hey guys. I have a question to people that follow this blog and diet little closely: can you eat cheese and eggs?

  93. son_of_hans (@sonofhans1) on July 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve noticed that 100% grass fed wild game (bison, venison) is far better on me. Cows are weird hybrids that would die in the wild from being too fat and slow.

    • tresha on July 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Hello,
      If you are open to trying 100% grass fed beef that is raised consciously check out https://www.demetercanada.ca/our-farmers/.
      Tresha

    • Thomas on July 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Hi son_of_hans, This kind of meat contains even omega 3 fat. How much meat do you eat on a daily basis and how much is it per day?

  94. Charles Inman on July 10, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve done a hell of a lot of research on this(close to 10 hours now), any medical studies for and against the diet. I have read a lot of the testimonials, all different kinds. Looked for other resources, whilst i trust in Jordan (I’ve always been driven, but was held back mentally, listening to him really helped) and therefore trust his daughter by proxy, it’s always best to cover your bases.

    My dad “has” fibromyalgia(or so the doctors say) – It took 10 years for them to diagnose him – fibromyalgia is just a term for you have chronic pain, but we have no idea why. He is close to 20 years now with it, nearly all my life, he has been getting worse and worse and it’s killing me to see it, I avoid being in too much contact on occasion because i see how painful it is for him, he was in a crash that set it off(which i know can happen with auto immune diseases/responses) – the worst is people don’t even believe him, as it comes across as him just wanting to be lazy.

    To the point, this is, by far i believe my dads best chance right now, i have looked into all sort of treatments cannbis, ketamine medical comas etc. I am getting him on the diet. He strongly fits what some other sufferers had before they were on it.

    Thanks for being a resource – if successful (which i really hope it is) i’ll give a testimonial

  95. Sergey Sergeev on July 11, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Hi Mikhaila, why don’t you try Fecal Microbiota Transplantation ?or u did?

    • Tim Hutchins on July 11, 2018 at 2:07 am

      HI all, I have been looking into Fecal Microbiota Transplants as well, it is worth some research.
      Combining this with a high / meat diet may have benefits.
      I am finding that people who do it with the source of the matter being the key, are having success with treating both diet and mental health problems.
      Here is Link to a video of a Woman who treated her depression by fixing her gut bugs over here in Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMjy5yEhZ5Q&t=0s&index=4&list=PLnDR6CiKO0bKVIO2uLqc_oY4wstjB44dv

      • Tyler on July 12, 2018 at 12:03 am

        I started to develop autoimmune issues (itchy acne, insomnia, depression, bloating, diarrhea) after large doses of antibiotics 4 years ago. I did a strict candida cleanse diet (with no grains) for months without much improvement. Commercial probiotics also didn’t help. The only thing that helped with the itchy acne was antifungal drugs, but it came back as soon as I stopped taking them.

        Finally,1.5 years later I started doing home fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) with the capsule method. After about 6 doses over a 3 month span my symptoms all resolved! I still avoid most grains, but am able to eat them on occasion with hardly any side effects or GI upset. Replacing my gut bacteria (which was damaged from the antibiotics) with FMT has worked wonders for my autoimmune symptoms!

        • lea roy on July 12, 2018 at 5:40 pm

          Interesting. Where and how did you manage to get an FMT ? Do you have to pick a donor yourself ? I live in France and I haven’t found any clinic that does that.

          • Tyler on July 13, 2018 at 8:35 am

            In the US they only treat C. Diff with FMT, so I had to use my wife as a donor and do it myself. A reference I found very helpful was thepowerofpoop.com. The capsule method worked much better for me than enema method.



  96. Mike Wyman on July 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Hi, Do you eat eggs? I don’t seem to be tolerating them, but might just be me And have you tried Zevia soda?

  97. Stephen Druesedow on July 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Mikhaila, I watched an interview with you and have been following your Dad for a while. I just wanted to say thanks for putting this information out there, I have been going through the same types of inflammatory issues for a while now and this info has been a light in the darkeness!

  98. Levi on July 12, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Hi Mikhaila, it’s great the you’re shaking up the food industry by showing people what a carnivorous diet can do for your health. I think you’re inspiring so many people to look into their diet and most important of all, start listening to their own bodies.

    I’m wondering, how do you cook steak when you can’t use olive oil anymore due to your autoimmune response?

  99. Pier-Alexandre Goulet on July 12, 2018 at 7:42 am

    What are you guys using to cook your meat ? butter ? olive oil ? coconut oil ?

  100. Keenan Burton on July 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for your research and trial and error on this. Stumbling across this website is what lead me to start the diet changes as a last resort to help with some issues. Ankylosing spondylitis, (hla b27 neg) and Enbrel has really helped pain and joint damage reduction, but the weirdest issues with dread and anxiety have been a severe problem the last 2 years. Gluten free since 3/1 with good results, but not where I want to be yet, so today I’m doing beef and water for 30 days. Bring on the filets and ice water.

  101. Joe on July 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    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.

    Best,
    Joe

  102. Laura on July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    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

  103. clairelizabeth9 on July 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    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

  104. Sara Campos on July 13, 2018 at 6:07 am

    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

  105. Lori Prouse on July 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    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!

  106. Susan on July 14, 2018 at 11:56 am

    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.

    • Mikhaila on July 14, 2018 at 11:57 am

      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.

      • Bill on July 18, 2018 at 3:40 am

        Take a look at N-acetylcysteine (NAC). It might help with alcohol elimination while/after drinks.

  107. Giri Ramgopal on July 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    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

    • Mikhaila on July 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Haaaaa I appreciate it. I’m going to start one I think. I’m just not looking forward to the editing learning curve

      • Huge Fan on July 22, 2018 at 5:35 am

        I’ll edit your videos for free. Huge fan of your Dad, and now you, after hearing him speak of how highly you’ve influenced the positive changes in his life thanks to your dietary suggestions. I’ve been eating meat for all of my meals for at least 10 years, have been weight training for years and only began to look my best when I focused on a steak diet. Feel free to send a message if interested in the video editing!

  108. Amber on July 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    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.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209058/

  109. Gavin on July 14, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    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 on July 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      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.

  110. Fahd Aljahmi on July 15, 2018 at 7:47 am

    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!

  111. Alexandra on July 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    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.

  112. Kaisu on July 16, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    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.

  113. Steve on July 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    I just started an “all beef” diet 3 days ago. Just beef, water, and salt. Do you use any other seasonings besides salt? I can see myself getting tired of the same flavors for every meal moving forward.

    Also, do you drink anything besides water?

    Hope all is well.

    • Kaisu on July 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      I’ve been eating beef/salt/water for the last three weeks or so. That is very new in, but I must say that when I am hungry, it tastes very good. I have yet to get tired of well cooked beef. I do select the high fat cuts. The lean cuts do not taste anywhere near as good.

  114. Catherine Shortt on July 18, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Dr. Shawn Baker @SBakerMD is asking for subjects with arthritis to join a research study on a carnivore diet.

  115. Mike Robinson on July 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    alcohol is sugar

    • JabbaPapa on July 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Yep — just personally, I cannot metabolise refined sugars unless they’re caramelised, but I can metabolise alcohol.

  116. Sharon on July 21, 2018 at 7:27 am

    What do you think about the proteins Dr. D’Adamo talks about in The bLood type diet for different blood types? What is your blood type? I woken guess A?

  117. Zsazsa on July 21, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I think carnivory makes a lot of sense especially under the light of the following studies:

    Lattanzio, S.M., 2017. Fibromyalgia syndrome: a metabolic approach grounded in biochemistry for the remission of symptoms. Frontiers in medicine, 4, p.198.

    Lattanzio, S.M. and Imbesi, F., 2018. Fibromyalgia syndrome: a Case Report on Controlled Remission of symptoms by a Dietary strategy. Frontiers in medicine, 5.