Gym after baby and for the first time since 2015… Suck it up.

I’ve been doing floor exercises since June or July (3 or 4 months), slowly getting stronger. Using 5 pound weights for my arms and just doing bodyweight exercises for my legs with some rubber bands. It started off ridiculously slow. I could hardly do 10 of these guys on my left leg: And I couldn’t (and still can’t) get my leg straight on my right side because of the hip replacement: It started off incredibly frustrating but I got stronger Read More

How To Help With Reaction/Mood Symptoms

When I test out a food and it goes badly, or if I accidentally consume something that I react to, there are a number of things I can do that can ease the recovery. Infrared Saunaing – see my blog post. I’ll sauna every day, and if it’s a bad reaction, twice a day between days 8-13 (after the consumption of the food). I usually stop saunaing at about day 16. Activated Charcoal – if I know right away I’ve Read More

What Living with Depression and Anxiety Is like (Throw Some OCD Symptoms in There Too)

I was put on antidepressants at a young age. Severe depression runs in my family and thankfully my dad had realized what it was and saw it early in me. (It is controllable by diet but there seems to be a genetic component as well). I can barely control it with diet. Messing up is so easy and if I wasn’t as stubborn as I am, I wouldn’t be able to handle all the home cooking and research. Thankfully, I Read More

Blurb from 2014 on Depression – What Depression Is Like

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

Antidepressants – “Natural” and Otherwise

I was on antidepressants for over a decade. They probably saved my life. If you’re taking them and want to try eliminating food, keep taking them until you feel like the depression/anxiety is gone, don’t stop first. I could tell when I could stop taking them even though I hadn’t had a break in over 10 years. If you suffer from anxiety or depression but you find it’s fairly manageable (or you can survive without antidepressants), I highly recommend 5 Read More

New Theory

Brace yourselves, this is a long one. For the last – almost 2 years, wow – I’ve been randomly cutting out foods and listening hard to my body’s response. Most of the reactions have been seemingly random. Some have been obvious looking back but not obvious at the time. This has been such a random and confusing process. My dad is doing the same thing as me as he seems to have a similar problem. I’ve been asked “how does this make Read More

What does depression or anxiety feel like? Is what I’m experiencing depression or just life?

Here’s a video I did a while ago before I figured out what was wrong with me. I was on a high dose of antidepressants and looking back, I was not well. But the antidepressants did help. I explain a bit in there, and I’ll explain below. My experience of depression: Whenever I was walking anywhere, especially at night, I’d feel like I was going to get jumped. Someone behind me would suddenly grab me or something. Extremely on edge. Read More

What do I mean by reaction? Explanation of an immune response/ reaction

Sorry, I was away for a bit. Had another reaction! The pregnancy made me a bit more sensitive, but fortunately that got me to clean up my diet a tiny bit more. I get a lot of questions asking me if certain symptoms are “normal” or people wondering if their certain set of symptoms could be food related. Generally my answer is yes, there’s a good chance that’s a reaction to food. I believe bodies are supposed to work smoothly, Read More

The Diet

Hi! My name is Mikhaila Peterson. I’m a 26 year old mother (and loving it!). I live in Toronto. Short background on me: I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 7 years old. My parents think it started when I was around 2 noticing the way I walked. I was the first child in Canada to be put on injections of Enbrel, an immune suppressant. I was also put on injections of Methotrexate. In grade 5, when Read More