Hey everyone, sorry for the delay!

Jordan’s Zero-Carb Update:

Anyway, like I said last week, Dad started the carnivore diet. I told him I thought it could take up to month for the doom-y mornings to get better. I don’t say “doom-y” lightly. I mean waking up and having all your worries flood in plus more, feeling overwhelmed, wanting to hide your head under the covers and go back to sleep. This doesn’t even describe it well enough. doom-y like there’s something deeply wrong and there’s no way to fix it.

For those of you who don’t know, Dad and I had extremely severe depression/anxiety. We managed to get most of it under control with the extremely strict original diet. No cheating. AT ALL. I would say it worked better for me than for dad mood-wise. It fixed his autoimmune symptoms, he lost 50 pounds, got rid of his snoring and GERD, so it helped, but it wasn’t good enough to completely remove the anxiety-ridden mornings. And anxiety-ridden is putting it mildly. He was experiencing a doom-y feeling in the mornings that would slowly fade by the evenings. No way to live really.)

Anywa,y he went from eating meat and greens to only eating meat and felt better in TWO days. TWO. DAYS.

What’s only eating meat mean? It means chicken, beef, salt, and water or sparkling water. That’s it. I stick to beef because I think it makes me feel better, but he’s doing chicken too.

Now he’s not all the way better. He’s waking up doom free, at about a 7/10 according to him. But that’s an incredible improvement. Doom is not a nice feeling to wake up to. And it’s only been eleven days. He saw improved in 2. Even I’m surprised at how fast it was. I’m assuming it was this quick because he had already cut 99% of the problem foods.

He’s shocked. He keeps saying, “Can that REALLY have been carbs? Like.. REALLY?” And yep folks, somehow it’s the carbs. So that’s fantastic news. I’m over the moon. He did improve mentally with the old diet. He went off meds, and stopped napping, and is much clearer in his thinking. But the anxiety didn’t go away. It’s been so stressful watching him improve physically but not all the way mentally for the last 3 years. Plus then he shot to fame and there’s been extra stress so it’s been hard to tell what’s life and what’s diet. Turns out the anxiety was diet! So that’s great.

Here’s a video. Couldn’t upload it here, too big.

I was over there Tuesday and he was smiling, playing with the baby, and happier than I’ve seen him in years. Thank GOD. I’ve been torturing him with my diet for almost 3 years and it’s helped but that stupid horrible anxiety was so hard to get rid of. And it seems to be fading out extremely quickly! Success. FUCK YOU WORLD – WE WON.

Anyway. I’m pretty stoked.


  1. Krista on April 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    This is so amazing!! So happy for him. Can you please give me your opinion on coffee? I have cut down to only beef, water , but having a very hard time giving up coffee because my lupus creates incredible fatigue and I often can’t function. Gave up coffee for a week & could not hardly move. Thanks for your ideas on this. Also your opinion on stevia please? Thanks so so much

    • Mikhaila on April 19, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      It takes a while for the fatigue to lessen. It took over 3 months for mine to go away. I don’t know about coffee, I believe Dad can’t tolerate it, but going down to beef and water should improve your symptoms enough that you’ll be able to give up coffee when your fatigue lessens. How long have you been doing just beef?

      • Krista on April 22, 2018 at 11:25 am

        Thanks, Mikhaila! I have only been doing this about 1 1/2 months. So I guess it will take time. I have a lot of healing to do I guess. Going to try and give up coffee. Thanks again

  2. Mike on April 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Great info.

  3. Patrick McNamara on April 19, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Brilliant Mikhaila! Love the info and the updates:)

  4. Lindsay on April 19, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    This is so amazing to read, Mikhaila. You’re making such a difference in this world. I recently started ZC about 6 weeks ago. I had a few slip-ups adjusting to the diet and felt pretty awful, but I’m getting the hang of it now and am feeling AMAZING. Thank you so much for creating this website and sharing your experiences.
    Question for you – do you eat ground beef, or just steaks?
    I’ve been eating a lot of ground beef and some chicken, but am deciding to try only beef. Wondering how ground beef makes you feel? Thank you!

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      I haven’t really found a difference in feeling, as long as it’s beef. If the cut is too lean or too fatty sometimes it’ll give me digestive issues (diarrhea), but other than that, no problems. Obviously, steak is tastier than ground beef, but I don’t have a problem with either. I also found a butcher that’ll make all beef sausages, so I’ve been eating that. Roasts too! Although they’re leaner and so I usually like to add a fattier cut to them.

  5. Rose on April 19, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    I want to try carnivore too, but I’m hesitant after hearing about Dr. Shawn Baker blood test results.

    Also, what is the most reliable type of IgG test? Is it LRA, ELISA, ACT?

    Thank you!

    • Lynn S. on April 20, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Here is the opinion of Dave Feldman (CholesterolCode.com) whose reseach I’ve been following for the last 6 months. http://cholesterolcode.com/thoughts-on-shawn-bakers-labs/
      He says Shawn Baker is a low carb athlete and explains how that affects his cholesterol.
      I’m glad Jordan is feelling better, I wish him the best!

  6. Monica on April 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    “He’s thinking more clearly” crikey! I Can’t even imagine where he’ll go with that. ?

  7. Kurt on April 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Very glad to hear that for your father and I’m getting more intrigued myself.

    Do you eat many organ meats? Liver for example? They’re supposed to be micro-nutrient powerhouses and I would think they’d be very beneficial if you’re only doing meat.

  8. James Sowden on April 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Good on you, Mikhaila. Stirling job.

  9. Adam Grossman on April 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hello Mikhaila,

    Wow, what a diet your Dad has going! I am glad it is working for him so far!

    Question for you…. would eggs qualify? I am thinking of breakfast. Wouldn’t eggs still qualify as they have no carbs and full of protein?

    Thank You!

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      So technically the zero carb diet allows people to eat eggs and dairy, anything that comes from animals. I have a terrible time with both eggs and dairy, and I think a lot of people don’t have a good time with them (especially dairy but eggs as well). I’d cut them for the first month until you get used to eating meat, and then reintroduce to see if you tolerate them!

  10. Evelyn Guzman on April 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing! Als glad your dad is doing better. He is such a wise man.

  11. Jack Date on April 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Oh my god, everything about this is pure gold! That video makes me so happy and it’s amazing that your dad is doing better. God bless you and your family :).

  12. Matt on April 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Mikhaila, this is really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Any concerns about scurvy with going on an all meat diet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

    • Ken Macdonald on April 20, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Mikhaila may respond, but she is a pretty busy person. My understanding is that the Inuit never got scurvy, and all they ate was meat and blubber(fat). One thing I’ve heard is that glucose competes with Vit C, so if you’re not eating carbs(or low carb) you’ve not got much glucose in your body, so the need for Vit C goes way down, and apparently there is some small amount of Vit C in meat. Now I don’t know if cooking meat destroys ALL the Vit C, so I tend to rare-medium rare in mine. Vit C won’t show up in nutrition charts AFAIK, but that’s just because they never looked/tested for it! Here is one source https://zerocarbzen.com/vitamin-c/ I am sure you can find more if you look.

  13. Silvia Chamillová on April 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Brave and authentic people. Thank u for inspiration. God bless you! ?

  14. Michele on April 19, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I’m struck with how intuitive you are and how courageous you must be to open yourself to changes. But then, given your history, you’re a warrior, no doubt. Kudos to your dad for bringing his wisdom on board in the midst of his struggles. Enjoyed the video lots.

  15. David Galloway on April 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Great update!

    I think I will transition from keto to carnivore soon, but I do plan on having two exceptions: coffee and whiskey. I don’t have any illnesses I’m trying to cure, my main goal is weight loss and increasing mental clarity.

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      I don’t have much to say about coffee because I haven’t tested it out myself. Dad had a bad experience with it, but he was also not doing the diet 100% so it wasn’t really a clean experiment. As for whiskey, if you drink bourbon it doesn’t have anything else added to it. It does make me feel worse. I get a bit itchy, arthritic, a bit of a mood dip and a bit slower, but occasionally it’s worth it. Good luck on the diet! Keep me posted.

  16. lisa sherry on April 19, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    The video is to die for. Your little girl, with the happy smile, has all the jazzy moves down pat already. I trust your Dad is able to hang on to whatever his weight is now. It is a challenge, for sure, to get enough calories (and nutrients) from restricted diets. Good luck with your move!

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks! He hasn’t lost any weight for over a year now.

  17. GordonMcD on April 19, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    You are undermining your father’s public and professional reputation with these revelations!!

    • Hannah on April 20, 2018 at 2:58 am

      Her father’s reputation is his own and his ideas and perspectives are not lessoned by the world knowing that he’s human and part of a family.

      • Ricardo on April 24, 2018 at 1:54 am

        Thank you for posting your reply.

    • Mikael on April 20, 2018 at 9:21 am

      The way he performs and the amount he works even though he has this condition is remarkable and respectable. In my eyes it makes him look even stronger.

    • Caroline Nordlund on April 22, 2018 at 11:29 am

      He looks awfully thin…skeletal even.
      Can you guys share some scientific studies sites about the keto diet, but moreover this one food only diet? Especially where it shoes it’s healthy and it cures depression and anxiety. I have both. This eatng or lack thereof is over the top? It seems really counterintuitive. Love this man and love to hear him talk about everything. He is incredible. Yet does he ever discuss this eating regimen? Thank you.

    • Caroline Nordlund on April 22, 2018 at 11:33 am

      He looks awfully thin…skeletal even.
      Can you guys share some scientific studies sites about the keto diet, but moreover this one food only diet, especially where it shows it’s healthy and it cures depression and anxiety. I have both. This eatng or lack thereof is over the top? It seems really counterintuitive. Love this man and love to hear him talk about everything. He is incredible. Yet does he ever discuss this eating regimen? Thank you.

  18. matthew burton on April 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    your both amazing, keep going for the love of life 🙂

  19. steven v on April 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, happy baby and grandpa!! It doesn’t get much better than that.
    I am curious how your hips and ankle are doing with this diet? Have your inflammation and pain in those joints improved? I was diagnosed with a hip that needs replacing and spinal stenosis but I don’t trust the doctor’s diagnosis.

  20. Filip Kevely on April 19, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I’m starting a keto diet based mostly on the stories of your dad: from the book and podcasts. It’s been only a couple of days and I really do not feel much different physically BUT there is this thin veneer of accomplishment and pride after every day which is quite comfortable. Returning from pubs and live music completely sober is also quite a change.

    I wish your whole family all the best; you are on a good track and you deserve every inch of it.

  21. Patrick Coole on April 19, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Thats awesome to read. I’m on day 5 and looking around like a stunned animal wondering where all the discomfort, aches, pains and crappy feelings went. I hadnt even realised they were there, I was so used to them. I’m noticing the absence of things that I had not being noticing the presence of! Sounds weird, feels weird. But good.

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      I had the same experience. I think your body get’s used to some pain and blocks it out. It took me a month to realize I wasn’t itchy anymore. It had been there for so long I hadn’t thought about it. Good luck!

  22. Janice Dietrich on April 19, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Does anyone find that constipation is a problem with an all meat diet?

    • RonW on April 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      A normal digestive tract is about 7 metres of intestines.
      A high protein meat diet will slow down the passage of food and you will likely experience a bout of constipation. If you are allergic to red meat you will have diarrhea. The whole thing is problematic.

      • John R Thompson on April 20, 2018 at 3:46 am

        RonW, unless you have personally done it, it would be best for you not to comment. It is a testiment to the power of advertising to see how many people are brainwashed by the cult of fiber. Your cult is killing humanity whilst claiming to save it. Be the apex predator your genetic heritage demands, not the chattle your corporate masters manipulate you to be. You were born free. Your culture has made you a slave.

      • Denys Williams on April 20, 2018 at 10:51 am

        A common mistake: did Mikhaila mention portion sizes?

        Nobody said “high protein”, they only mentioned protein. They may actually be eating less protein than a typical westerner but oh, how people are quick to label a “high protein” diet.

        • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:17 pm

          True, there’s definitely a hell of a lot of fat in this diet, not just protein. I’m going to post about the fat to meat ratio that we’re eating soon, and meal portions. I find that if I eat lean cuts it upsets my digestion (diarrhea). If I eat too fatty cuts (more than 2 ribs) it upsets my digestion (diarrhea). If I eat something like ribeye I have no problems. Or I can mix leaner cuts with fat and I’ll be fine. I usually err on the side of more fat than less fat. There’s definitely been no problem with constipation.

          • Ken Macdonald on April 20, 2018 at 11:40 pm

            Have you tried digestive aids such as bromelain, apple cider vinegar, or lipase (for fat absorption)?

      • MP on May 6, 2018 at 7:07 pm

        Ron, with respect, you don’t know what you are talking about. Going low or zero carb will make you much more regular. The only thing that will bung you up is cheating. I’ve been nearly zero carb for over a year and have never come close to constipation. Far from it actually.

    • Spartacus on April 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      The rule of thumb for zero carb diets is that if you ‘re constipated, eat more fat, and if you have diarrhea, eat more lean. Most people have no problems going.

  23. Meat eater on April 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    anyone with your father’s workload and pressure would be under enormous stress. So ketogenic diet does make you sleep better. But long term you will get very depleted in essential nutrients and also up you cancer risk enormously without fruit and vegetables. I can’t for the life of me see how nuts, fruits or vegetables can ‘contribute’ to anxiety. I hope once your father feels better he will introduce foods back in his diet. Adding orthorexia to anxiety is not going to be beneficial long term. Is there any scientists or dieticians who are working with you guys to help you to pinpoint what your reactions to food are being caused by? My concern as a human for another is that your gut biome is going to be seriously depleted and therefore your immunity too. I’m worried for your father with his workload and his mental health. How can eating a foods humans were designed to forage be ‘bad’ for anyone? I’d like to see him at least try some crossover studies and introduce foods back. He’s too thin IMO, but seriously I wish you guys all he best in your quest, just hope your bodies don’t eat all your muscle and calcium up and leave you worse off. At least get some bone scans done soon. All the best to you.

    • RonW on April 19, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Exactly…. humans are omnivores, not solely carnivores or vegans, and that’s how we evolved. This internet experiment is so unscientific it should be viewed as an anecdotal fad. You bet it’s dangerous and illogical.

    • Spartacus on April 19, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      If you’re interested in learning about zero carb diets, there are lots of groups on Facebook. The ones with people who have been doing this for 9, 10+ years are Zero Carb Health and Zeroing In On Health. All your concerns are thoroughly addressed in those groups.

      • John R Thompson on April 20, 2018 at 3:47 am

        I think these people are trolls. It is best not to feed them.

      • steven v on April 22, 2018 at 7:45 pm

        I am Spartacus,
        Appreciate you mentioning the Zero Carb Health website. A lot of interesting info on ZC. Just getting into this program, looks great!!
        TY, Gracchus

    • Kay on April 20, 2018 at 3:45 am

      “Orthorexia” is a funny way of spelling “put every single one of her autoimmune diseases as well as treatment resistant depression into complete remission.”

      Anyway, there are things in plant foods that are absolutely bad for certain people. Plants can’t run away like animals can–instead, they have developed pretty sophisticated antinutrients to ward off predators. Oxalates, lectins, and salicylates are a few examples.


  24. Art on April 19, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    +1 for what Spartacus said. I am a member of both groups. Although I’ve only been zero carb for 56 days, I’ve already noticed many improvements. Dropping close to 20 pounds is another bonus.

  25. D-man on April 20, 2018 at 12:11 am

    So happy for Dr. Peterson! I had been wondering how the carnivore diet was suiting him. He looks GREAT in the Instagram video, sleek even. All the best to you and your family, Mikhaila.

  26. Luke on April 20, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Great news, this is crazy actually

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      I know! It is crazy. I totally get how there are people commenting telling me I’m nuts. I probably would have had the same response before I went through all this food hell… I’d be nicer though.

      • Healthy Living on April 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        Mikahila –
        Here is the best website I have ever found on the subject:

        • cdngunblog on May 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm

          Hi Mikahila,

          I have Ank Spond. It has fused the better part of my back and neck. I take Enbrel weekly to keep it from destroying me. I am physically active – I run and or hike in the mountains about three to four days a week. I eat reasonably well and have noticed that bread and pasta are murder on me. They kill my stomach, make my AS flare and cause me to experience fatigue which I carry usually until evening. It sucks.

          I am thinking I am going to try this all meat diet to see how it goes. Would be great to get OFF the Enbrel.

          I am a hunter too so it’s a great excuse to do more of it. 🙂

          If you want to contact me to see how it goes please do. I’m going to give it a couple of days before I start and chat with my wife to get her on board.

          Thanks for putting up your blog.


  27. John R Thompson on April 20, 2018 at 4:34 am

    The battle lines in this cultural war are being hewn into thr landscape of human action. The illogical anti-science zealots among have framed the debate for far too long. The wages of sin are death. Perpetrating a lie is a sin. Those who promote illogical anti-science are trespassing against us all, and attempting to damn our children for generations. We must not fail to recognize Cain in our time. We must not fail to see his gifts are unworthy. Fiction masquerading as fact must not be tolerated. Lies, wherever they are found, must be challenged, and the truth sought earnestly and honestly.

    The cult of monocropping poisons our herds in factory feedlots and sickens us with heart disease causing bread. The cult of monocropping makes the food and water toxic with thier chemicals. The cult of monocropping moves over the land like a wraith and leaves it barren landscape. The cult of monocropping uses advertising and the ballot box to further dogmatic, illogical, and unproven theories. Just as the cult of monocropping lays waste to the landscape for the sake of profits, so too does this cult lay waste to humanity.

    The murderous cult of monocropping must be seen for what it really is. We must show the light on the death and devastation caused by the leafeaters. We must not be blind to this reality anymore. We must not allow these charlatans to lay claim the moral high ground. They are anti-reason, anti-science, anti-nature, and anti-human flourishing.

    Save the Earth. Save humanity. End the cult of monocropping. Become the apex predator your genetic heritage demands.

    • walt on June 12, 2018 at 12:26 am

      simmer down there bucko

      • Christy on July 21, 2018 at 1:52 am

        Ummmmm ???‍♀️?

  28. Mana on April 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Mikhaila, thanks for your great insight. Do you have any info on all meat diet and cancer? My son just beed diagnosed and I am looking for any chance to help him out. He is 18 years old. Would appreciate very much. Keep the good work!

    • Healthy Living on April 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      There has only been one type of diet shown to reduce heart problems and restrict cancer growth.

    • Kleeuh on May 15, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      This medical/research group in Hungary has listed case studies of using an all meat diet (they call it Paleolithic Ketogenic) to successfully treat cancer. They see clients around the world and I believe they do video calls. https://www.paleomedicina.com/en/?page=tartalom&tipus=cikk

  29. MaryG on April 21, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    A total meat diet is environmentally unfriendly because the carbon footprint of cattle in particular is highly polluting. Eat veggies to save the planet.

    • Ron on April 28, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      MaryG: Eat veggies to save the planet is utter nonsense! You can’t naively believe what the American (or even Canadian) government says. The whole “Carbon is bad” scheme is about wealth redistribution, it has nothing to do with global warming. If you wish to argue that cows eat plants and generate methane, the counter argument is that when people eat plants they generate methane too. It is a product of aerobic reactors everywhere and be it in a cow or human, the exhaust is into the atmosphere. Whether they are plants for people or plants for livestock, they take up land that might otherwise suck up carbon into trees. We just did grocery shopping and what we purchased was shipped here from all over the world, talk about a carbon footprint! We can get beef, year round, from Meaford. We can get vegetables from the Holland Marsh, but only during Canada’s summer. Meaford is less than 100 miles from Toronto, twice the distance to Holland Marsh. Neither place can produce enough food to feed all of Toronto. So, just eating causes a huge carbon footprint. The good news is that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is a gas that plants require.

      • MAMBO on June 4, 2018 at 3:48 am

        Well, even though i dont agree with MaryG, i don’t think it is about the methane per se.
        Plants absorb sun light and use some (about 10%) of it to create biomass, same thing happens when animals eat those plants. They use most of it for cell respiration etc. and use 10% of it to create biomass as well (muscle and fat tissue for example).
        So it is just an ecological principal. If we eat meat, we are eating 10% of the 10% of the energy required to create that biomass. So, that waya about 80% of our agricultural products are used to feed animals. It is just plain energy insufficient.
        But considering the benefits that are, for example, outlined in this blog one would have to think about wether some of it may be worth it.
        Apart from that, I don’t think that global warming is some sort of a conspiracy, it is real and the consequences of it are as well, although it can be used for pushing certain political agenda.

  30. Maritza on April 22, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Hi Mikhaila- I wondered if you have come across the blog of Peggy Emch theprimalparent.com? She has an article The Carnivores Dilema: a diet of just meat and fats that talks about the emotional side of this woe ( or lack of 😉 Your article reminded me of her experience and observations, link follows http://theprimalparent.com/2011/07/27/the-carnivores-dilemma-a-diet-of-just-meats-and-fats/

  31. steven v on April 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm


    You might find this video interesting. Google “hydrotone cross training video”, it’s about 8 min long. I have this set and it is a great way to get in shape in the pool, especially if you have inflammation problems. The company stopped making the product but I am always seeing this product being sold on Ebay. The boots go for about $170 and the bells for about $90. It is expensive but they do last a very long time. A fellow exerciser said his set lasted over 20yrs for him. There are many different methods to use with this system, not just that video.

  32. Ricardo on April 24, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Starting my day with tears of happiness. I’m so happy for your father and your family. I am a 49 year old male. Your father’s videos are slowly bringing back from a Chaos, brought about by a hard life, my daughter’s 5 year old battle with Leukemia, My 8 year old son’s diabetes diagnosis and a divorce, due to my inability to cope with stress and pain. I also found out my wife had a sexual affair in 2015, twice with the same man. Your father is a beacon of hope for those of us who have no access to psychological support. I live in Helsinki Finland. Where psychiatric support is only offered when you’ve reached a psychotic state and you’re found running shirtless on the road, without a shirt, in freezing temperatures. I have been prescribed 6 different types of anti depressants in the past 10 years and none of them help. I wake up every morning in dread and often crying.
    I went on an almost 100% Keto diet about 3 months ago. I went from 80 to 70 kilos and sleep better. The cravings for sugar are gone and I feel more energetic. With this update, I feel I have the courage to try a carnivore diet. Thank you and your father for sharing your experience. Thank you for helping so many of us.
    I extend my utmost respect to you and Dr. Peterson.

  33. Britney on May 2, 2018 at 3:30 am

    The “doomy” mornings you describe are exactly what I experience, and it certainly is not way to live and I’m fed up with it. Not only that, but I just deal with debilitating depression, anxiety, and ADD in general. It’s largely diet related for me. I’m still trying to figure out what diet works for me though, and what foods cause issues for me. Also, I was wondering, why exactly did your dad become a psychologist if he has suffered from severe mood issues himself?

    • Molly on May 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Sorry to butt in here but I have combatted my own miserable mornings with a highly restrictive diet, but also high quality 5-HTP (serotonin pre-cursor, natural supplement) take it 3 times a day, the first dose AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP at 100mg dose. Also L-theanine and PharmaGABA specifically target anxiety.

      • B on May 12, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Hi, thanks for “butting in”! I appreciate the suggestions. I took 5-HTP a few years ago, and didn’t notice any results and it seemed to give me some weird tingling sensation on my skin. I suppose I could try it again and see how it goes. I feel that my issues are not related to serotonin though, they seem to be related to dopamine, as I respond well to medication and supplements that increase dopamine levels. So that could be why I didn’t respond to the 5-HTP. But also, I recently had a realization why I have these “doomy” mornings – I believe it is an adrenal fatigue issue. It makes a lot of sense, because it’s EXTREMELY hard for me to get out of bed (indicating low cortisol levels), and depression in the morning is also typical of adrenal fatigue. I recently began taking an adaptogen supplement which has helped my fatigue & has balanced my mood a lot. I also suspect this is an adrenal issue as I have blood sugar dysregulation, and I have most likely been taxing my adrenals and causing my blood sugar problems to worsen by not eating regularly, not eating breakfast and having caffeine on an empty stomach. I also used to see a chinese medicine doctor who also diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue and gave me supplements which worked great for me. So I’ve decided I am going to be diligent with eating breakfast and eating regularly and reducing my caffeine intake and see if this helps with my “doomy” mornings. Sorry this ended up being so long! What kind of diet do you follow Molly?

      • B on May 12, 2018 at 11:43 pm

        I forgot to mention that I have also tried L-theanine and GABA which didn’t seem to do anything for me. I just looked up pharma gaba which sounds good, so I think I may try it and maybe it would work better for me than the other GABA supplement I took.

  34. Jim Tassano on May 2, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Mikhaila, check this out:
    He mentions your blog!

  35. Scott Nelson on May 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    Your father is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever heard. 🙂
    His interview with Ben Shapiro made me feel like an imbecile.

    Is White Albacore Tuna bad on your diet?


  36. Molly on May 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    If your Dad still experiences anxiety and/or low mood particularly in the mornings, and found that antidepressants helped him (indication of being undermethylated) he would probably benefit from taking very high quality 5-HTP (serotonin pre-curser, natural supplement) 3 x daily, 100mg each dose. Also L-Theanine and PharmaGABA for anxiety. Look them up, they’re been game changers for my own bleak mornings.

  37. Synagogues of Satan. – Dark Brightness on May 12, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    […] the truth through a scanner darkly, they will hate us. A note on that link: Peterson is lost. He is trying to find himself. But the evil one is attacking him because he has just seen how dire the state of the world is, and […]

  38. Nadezhda Dimitrova on May 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Hello, Mikhaila!

    I am 22 years old and I recently scored +ve for the rheumatoid factor blood test. I am not fully aware what I should be doing at the moment, I have really mild symptoms and the doctors want to give me some heavy medication. As someone who went through RA, can you possibly give me some advice as to how to procede? I have looked into the IgG tests to begin the diet changes but the opposition of the scientific community puts me off a bit. How did you convince yourself they were reliable?

  39. […] April 19 2018 – Jordan Peterson’s Carnivore Diet and Update […]

  40. Wendy on June 1, 2018 at 1:36 am

    I have autoimmune Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It has destroyed my thyroid and my life for 14 years, 1/3 of my life. I was near Myxedemic coma by the time it was diagnosed so from the outset my metabolic state was deeply undermined. I call it being 5 1/2′ under. I played competitive sports several times a week and maintaining my quality of life was like sand in a sieve. T4 replacement is NOT effective. Doctors persist that if you’re treated and still feel awful, you must be depressed…but this chicken definitely began with an egg dammit. Surviving by will alone is not survival, it’s subsistence. Talk about a waste of life and potential.

    I stumbled on some of your dad’s lectures/interviews/debates on youtube and then clicked the Joe Rogan interview Jan 2018. Throughout, I kept lamenting how ill and weak I am, how difficult it is to “clean up my act” while in this state. I kept saying inwardly, “but what if you’re chronically sick and just physically waking up is impossible?” Near the end your dad, to my utter shock, shares that you and he have both suffered and recovered from disastrous autoimmune diseases. I was like wait…what? I paused the interview and came straight to your site to learn more.

    One of the worst impacts is that I’m so, so sick in the morning. I feel physically and mentally like I’m waking up from death, not sleep. When you mentioned the morning “doom”, it was the first time in 14 years I’ve heard my own reality so aptly described. I’m not living a pity party, I know some have it far, far worse. I just want to live…that and problems I can’t solve drive me absolutely batsh*t lol

    Of course I’ve read about paleo diets and assumed it’s just another fad. But your dad’s words describing your extreme suffering and the happy ending of it are genuine to the point of enlightenment. I believe him. I believe you. and bonus…I LOVE MEAT! So if this can reform my physical conundrum into anything resembling “normal” again, I will truly forever cherish the moment I happened to check out this “controversial” professor and thereby, his miraculous daughter. I wish you and yours the best of everything, and most especially, continued good health. Thank you for sharing!

    • Murphy on July 6, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Has your physician checked you for an iodine deficiency? Are they looking at your T4:T3 ratio or just testing TSH? T4 is the inactive Hormone and why physicians are comfortable giving it as a life long treatment. T4 is the precursor to T3 (active hormone). Iondine is the precursor to thyroid hormone so if you are deficient then no amount of levothyroxine is going to help.

  41. Seamus Sullivan on July 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    What type of meet are you getting? Grass des sources and what for chicken? I have psoarisis and heard Jordans talk on Rogan show and wanted to try it.

    Please let me know some me at sources. Thank you!

  42. Marcelo de Mattos Salgado on July 4, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Glad to know you’re both doing so much better! I have a question: What do you have for breakfast with the meat-only diet? o.o

  43. Michael LaMantia on July 7, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Mikhaila, what about liquor? Are there any liquors that are okay for the carnivore diet?

  44. Jonny on July 29, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Can someone please tell me what evidence there is that these low or zero carb diets lead to these improvements in symptoms of depression and anxiety?

    I understand how they could help people loose weight and therefore alleviate weight related health problems, although there are many other ways to achieve these effects, but I’m struggling to understand the link to mental health improvements.

    Is there a well understood or even proposed mechanism by which they work?

    I appreciate people have reported dramatic improvements in their mental health after starting on such diets and of course anything that can alleviate people’s suffering is to be applauded but at the same time I’m keen to understand the efficacy of this approach.

    Any insights would be appreciated.

    • Mikhaila on July 29, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Nobody knows. There’s nothing particularly scientific out there, it’s all anecdotal. My guess (just a guess) would be either a microbiome switch (so certain bacteria strains die off and stop triggering the immune system) or plant toxins stop irritating the immune system. Or both. For some reason some people with inflammation and immune system flares end up with mental illness.

      • Jonny on July 29, 2018 at 11:47 am

        Hi Mikhaila, thank you very much for your reply.

        I guess I was really trying to find out if there is anything scientific out there, so I’d be very interested to hear of you come across anything else in that vein. I know the Keto diet was originally devised to treat epileptic seizures before there was effective anti seizure medication, so there’s a clear link to an effect on the brain there; presumably seizures, or at least some seizures are linked to glucose levels in the brain but I don’t know of any link between brain glucose levels and that and depression or anxiety. I was wondering whether that’s where the link to mental health came from. I’d also be keen to hear if anyone else knows of any else who can provide further insight.

        • Dana on September 5, 2018 at 3:08 am

          There’s beginning to be some evidence, in the research, linking inflammation with depression. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s also linked with anxiety and with other mental issues and illnesses. (Not as the only cause but as a major cause.) It also seems to be linked with heart disease, FYI.

      • Angaka on July 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        I’m battling extreme lifetime of depression I tried Keto awhile ago for a few months last few weeks, eating ribeyes, chuck roast ground beef pork rinds while cream and coffee. The pain in my foit is gone, but the anxiety and depression isn’t. Your father described depression using the death of your dog as the story. That you always said you felt as if your dog just died. Then when your dog passed, he asked so? And you said depression was the feeling your dog died multiplied. I can totally relate. I wake up everyday with every terrible grief type feeling bombarding me and it’s so hard to even get up when this happens everyday. Been off antidepressants for a couple years and I do not want to go back. Thanks for sharing. I’m hopeful for first time in years but this depression has been worst of my life. I’m trying anything I can and so far everything is anecdotal but I think two people as intelligent as you obviously are, I’ll keep at it.

        I cry everyday and I’m a mom and try to hide it. I am a single mom and very lonely which adds to the trickery that depression does to ones mind saying you’re not good enough and what’s the point. I truly hope I start to feel some relief. Side note, my skin is amazing!

        Any advice or thoughts on anything else I can do?

        • Angala on July 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm

          Ps. I really have trouble seeing any value in life so this is truly something I’m doing to try and save my life. Thank you.

        • Mikhaila on July 31, 2018 at 9:26 pm

          The only thing that helped me after the pregnancy was going strictly down to salt, beef and water. Depression is horrible and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Good luck, be ware of the pork rinds and cream and coffee. It took a solid 4 weeks of beef, salt and water only to help me!

          • Angala on September 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

            I’ll try the only beef salt and water. The depression isn’t as bad but anxiety hasn’t improved at all yet really.
            Ever heard of Keto rash? It’s no where near as bad for me as some of the photos you can google but my shoulder and lower back are having a tough time of it.

          • Mikhaila on September 5, 2018 at 10:30 am

            Hang in there. It’s pretty common switching over. Especially on the abdomen strangely enough.

        • Renate Hanrahan on August 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

          Have you tried to get your thyroid checked? Specifically ask for a Free T3 and Free T4. Your best bet is to go to a functional medicine doctor or holistic doctor. Also, if you are not sleeping, your adrenals could be involved. Adrenal’s should be corrected first, before getting on thyroid meds. Also ask for natural thyroid medication like NP Thyroid or Armour Thyroid. Go to this site: “Stop the Thyroid Madness” and educate yourself. Hopefully, this will help. I have am Hypothyroid and have Hashimoto’s which is an autoimmune desease.

          • Angala on September 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

            Been tested. Nope all was normal thank you.

  45. Kirsten on August 3, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I’m very anxious to start the carnivore diet. I’m going to cut everything but beef and pork initially and see if there is a difference in my mental clarity and depression/anxiety episodes (I have these periods of feeling like something is extremely wrong with my body and have severe anxiety about random events that are highly improbable which increase around my lady time so I’m guessing my diet increases the flood of hormones already taking place with that). I’m kind of scared to be hopeful despite the extremely good response you and your dad have had but I truly appreciate you writing this blog and sharing your experiences. I almost cry every time I hear him talk about how much healthier and happier you are and how hard it was for you growing up with your physical issues and your depression. I have scoliosis and back pain that accompanies that also but I would take that over my anxiety any day just like you and your arthritis. Thanks again!

  46. […] now, Dad is on board. In April, she blogged of her father, “It’s been so stressful watching him improve physically but not all the […]

  47. David L. Groth (@Siepiramey) on August 5, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Wonderful, just wonderful!!!

  48. Susan West on August 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I get brain fog, depression and constipation if I eat anything other than meat, fish, salt, water, white bread, white pasta and vitamin tablets for the vitamin C. In my case I think its a delayed alergy to fructose (found in fruit), lactose (found in milk) and to a lesser extent frucatans (found in vegetables) as fructose and lactose cause my eyes and nose to run. This no fruit, vegetables, roughage or coffee (and a few other things like rye, barley etc) was suggested to me by the Professor of Gasterenterology at South Manchester hospital UK, Peter Whorwell, and in 15 years it’s the only thing that works!

  49. […] the diet and has had a lot of success will healing his depression in particular. But his daughter Mikhaila Peterson had major problems as a child and adult with rhematoid arthritis, depression, skin conditions and […]

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