First testimonials:

If you’ve changed the way you’ve eaten, please submit a testimonial! Whether it’s cutting dairy, cutting gluten, cutting sugar, cutting all three, doing the initial diet I had written, or going all the way to zero-carb, let me know how things changed and what kind of difference it made.


I got a lot of hell initially for changing the way I ate. From everyone. First I got hell for sleeping all the time (I couldn’t wake up… I was kind of dying). “If you didn’t sleep all the time you’d _____” (insert something I wouldn’t be suffering from if I stopped sleeping). Then I got hell for drinking all the time (drinking actually kept me awake). “If you stopped drinking your skin would clear up, you wouldn’t sleep all the time, you’d be less depressed, etc.” Then I switched the way I ate and improved and got hell for being a food weirdo!

Skepticism is healthy, but there was a lot of it, and it was hard on me. I got told I was hurting people around me, that I was going to die of anorexia, that I wasn’t going to produce breast milk, that I was crazy, Hell, the cult leader got thrown in there more than once…

The feedback on this website and on Facebook and Instagram has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve had vegans tell me they’re happy I’m healthier. Now and then I get someone telling me I’m nuts but that’s okay, I can understand their skepticism and I’m surrounded by so much positivity here that I’m not scared to write what I think.

I was very worried when I started this blog that I was going to get hell for eating funny. But I didn’t, not at all.

So thanks, everyone!


  1. chris Scott on May 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    First, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your experience and being strong enough to do so. Next I wanted to say that I’m coming out of a 4 year long depression and I firmly believe it’s been by following the diet you’ve laid out. The biggest help for me was cutting out dairy and vegetables/fruits that trigger my allergies. I was never lactose intolerant, so I couldn’t understand why it caused so much “brain fog”, but it really does. The mostly meat diet is making life tolerable again.
    Anyway, thank you!

  2. Sybil Wood on May 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    nice Mikhaila….ty 4 honesty…..its so refreshin!

  3. Mahsa on May 11, 2018 at 8:26 pm


  4. Tommy Tenney on May 11, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I am 71 and went off gluten 2 yrs back as it caused my hands to ache. Low carbs work too-lost 50 lbs a few yrs ago on it. But gained them back when went off it. But now thanks to you and your father A True modern Day PROPHET and this blog.I am going back to super low carbs and maybe all meat. God bless you for this blog and for your perseverance in face of all the crap deluded people throw your way.

  5. Charollette on May 11, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I’m just tired of being depressed! I was on total body make over diet for several years and loss weight but never could shake the depression. I would get better at times but always fall back into depression. I can’t take prescription drugs. I’ve tried but I fall even worse into depression. I am hypoglycemic and very low blood pressures. I’ve learned to stay well hydrated so my blood pressure stays low (93/62) but doesn’t bottom out as when I was dehydrated. I’m not a little women either. 5″7, 160 pounds. I’ve been eating old fashioned oatmeal 1/2 cup 2 times as a meal with turkey. About 54 carbs daily which keeps my sugar levels between 75- 92. I sleep like a baby which I haven’t done so in a very long time.Thank you for your help and your bravery!

    • steven v on May 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm


      You seem to have ridiculously good knowledge for me and my diet problems. Do you eat the oatmeal dry or with some kind of liquid? It is funny that a lot of time after I finish exercising I fall in a Wizard of Oz deep sleep for 20-50 minutes but it is improving since I went on the ZC diet. I know I have low BP also and wonder whether this is sugar related too?

      • Charollette on May 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

        I’m from the south so we southerners eat our oatmeal cooked in water. I’m not sure if low blood pressures are related to low blood sugars. I’m now only eating 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal once daily. It seems to keep my blood sugars balanced with out the extra carbs twice daily. If it seems like I have some knowledge it’s only because I’ve been struggling all my life with health issues and depression. Just trying to get healthier. Best of luck!

        • Charollette on May 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm

          PS. I must drink over 100oz of water daily are my blood pressures drop as well. Maybe staying hydrated will help with your exercise routine where you won’t feel like you need a nap. But what works for one doesn’t necessary work for others?

          • steven v on May 13, 2018 at 7:54 pm

            I have had low blood pressure all of my life and was never a problem in my younger days and is still in a acceptable range. I still think this deep sleep problem is the “stress” this disorder puts on my system and structure but the ZC diet is definitely improving this symptom. Your comment is making me think maybe a little oatmeal after workout might smooth things out. I do drink plenty of water but the oatmeal maybe something for me to try later down the road.

  6. adina on May 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    thank you Mikhaila! i am very thankful there are people like you in the world.

  7. Terri on May 12, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Yes, people like to label others in every conceivable way, but just keep doing what you’re doing Mikhaila because one of the best labels we can receive (imho) is ‘inspirational’ and that is what you are to so many. Thank you for having the courage and the love of helping others to speak out and share your experiences with chronic health problems and dietary interventions to ease and eliminate those debilitating conditions. Much respect and appreciation for all you do.

  8. steven v on May 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Mikhaila,

    You can be my cult leader anytime!! Boy, would that piss off “the old man”! Here he is lecturing hours on end to stand up for yourself, follow your guidance, don’t blindly follow clans. And his daughter is the leader of some subversive, clandestine, evil MEAT EATERS!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Seriously, my misery is over in less than 2 weeks on this diet and it just keeps getting better.

  9. brigitte martin on May 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Hey Mikhaila, I never had depression (lucky me… I’m very grateful for that) , but I’ve been suffering from intestinal issues as well as chronic arthritic pains and muscle pains ever since i arrived in Canada 25 years ago. I refused to take anti-inflamatory and pain medications as I wasn’t satisfied with the lack of diagnostic, and i wanted to know what i was suffering from before popping pills. About 2 years ago i looked at diet as a possible way to heal myself, so i tried different things. I did a food sensitivity test, but i completely discarded it, because what was on it was so restrictive, i thought it was crazy. So after watching forks over knives, I ended up going vegan for about a year and a half. Lost some weight, but some of the symptoms actually got worse. Then i saw a video where your father mentioned you, and i looked at your blog. Your shared experience gave me the courage and the extra push i needed to actually give a second look at my food sensitivity test, and I’ve decided to give it a go. I’ve excluded all the foods I’m sensitive to this last week, so it’s a little early, but for once I do have some hope thanks to you. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your life experience, and what you went through. LIke your father, you’re an inpiration to us all. I think going vegan for over a year helped in a way, because i gained some discipline in restricting what i eat. But since i stopped eating meat, dairy, eggs, i increased my soy intake and wheat dramatically….and you guessed it: soy and wheat are among the big no-no for me. So no dairy, no egg whites (so no eggs), no soy, no gluten, no rices, no grains, wheat, no nuts, no white cabbage, no beans, no peas, no coffee, no brewer’s yeast, no sugar except for honey. A very big surprise for me was my intolerance to sardines ( i had to stop taking my fish oil supplements because of that) and most nuts which i really love. What’s left is pretty much meats, greens, olive oil and fruits (with a couple of exceptions: can’t have figs, nectarines and pomegranate) . I’m crossing my fingers…in any case, God bless you girl, and keep up the good work. Good luck with your daughter, and enjoy every step of the way, they grow sooo very fast!

  10. B on May 12, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I can definitely resonate with people criticizing you for making drastic changes to your diet. I hate that eating inflammatory foods such as gluten, sugar, and grains is so normalized and people think you have an eating disorder or something if you don’t eat them. Also, I hate how people do not acknowledge that there is a huge connection between your mood and what you eat. People always thought I was crazy because certain foods would give me mental health issues! And people just basically acted like I was making it up or a hypochondriac. I felt normal for the first time in my life going on a caffeine free, dairy free low carb diet (obviously gluten and grain free as well, being low carb). I plan to submit a testimonial soon sharing my complete story! But I’m really tired of how it is not well known how your diet can affect your mental health, and people think you’re crazy for believing that, since most people are not aware of it at all and just think it’s simply some genetic “chemical imbalance” that can only be resolved with meds..

  11. Tribun on May 13, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Hi Mikhaila!

    I really want to start the same diet that you are on right now, since I have bipolar illness, skin conditions, a bit too much weight, nasty anxiety, and intense fatigue. I am wondering whether you only use the oven for beef, or you also cook it with oil. Can you suggest a cooking oil I can use for meat, since I don’t have an oven and will have to use a frying pan. If oil is not recommended, I would totally be willing to buy an oven and give my own testimonial in a couple of months.

    Thank you for your time!

    • Daisy on May 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Tribun,
      I cook it with beef fat. I don’t know the proper name in English, its the fat from beef kidneys. But you can buy it at the butcher.

      I have anxiety, depression, skin and gum conditions and fatigue… i started very hopefull two weeks ago and i see a small inprovements in my skin and my mood. Let’s see where this way of eating gets me. 😀
      I wish you the best!

      • Liz on July 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        The kidney fat of beef is suet. For pork it is leaf lard. The best fat of the whole animal, from grass fed beef it can be deep yellow and soft at room temperature if the steer is eating spring grass. Yum

  12. Raiford on May 13, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Obviously I’m pleased to hear you are well. But after watching your interview I started thinking about the curiously prolonged and variable reaction times to various foods or other intakes, which if I recall properly continued even during your elimination diet stages.

    I would suspect the preservatives sometimes sprinkled over meat even, but commonly found in vast numbers of food products, alcohol, (wine not spirits) and most dreadfully, in medication. Preservatives by definition try to prevent the digestion of organic matter, which would in some cases delay the reaction time and may well produce the variability in times you noted if your were consuming a variety of medications with differing preservatives.

    Someone I’m very close to someone who was diagnosed with Churg-Strauss which she has attacked with fury and determination by means of dietary management, including the the complete elimination of synthetic preservatives which affected her extremely badly, and has now controlled the allergic and intolerance issues similar (probably worse) to those you mentioned. Her physicians are now suggesting that at least for some of the intolerance issues, she is now well enough to try a form of aversion therapy for some of the foods she has eliminated.

    But as someone who has barely had a days sickness in my life, I avoid preservatives like the plague.

    Best wishes.

  13. Mrs B on May 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,
    Changing my diet from high carb, low fat to Keto changed my life. Thank you for sharing your challenges with us.

    You are my “go to” blog for health/food along with 2ketodudes and Dr Jason Fung in Toronto. (Dr Fung has successfully reversed Type II Diabetes in hundreds/thousands of his patients by employing water fasting to reset the immune system).

    1. Please consider cooking and eating pork rashers. Uh, they are awesome.
    2. Have you considered either intermittent fasting or extended fasting for health benefits?
    3. I have just finished walking 900 km across Spain on the Camino Frances (age 59), having held an aggressive cancer at bay since late 2016, using Naturopathic and nutrition and declining Chemotherapy. So I am stoked that someone as young as yourself has chosen health over big medicine.

    May you have a long and fruitful life.

    Uh, I prolly have to experiment with ZC too.

    Kind regards

  14. Charles Miller on June 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Slowly but surely the anecdotal experiences of people on sites like this are being confirmed by rigorous peer reviewed science. Just yesterday Dr Stephen D Phinney, co-author of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, posted on YouTube a lecture he gave summarizing a couple of recent studies that show clear metabolic pathways by which a low carb (keto) diet reduces both inflammatory response and risk of heart attack. The presentation is pretty technical and dry as one would expect for a lecture given to medical professionals, but I still think it is easily understandable. Its also well worth watching simply because the results are both rigorously scientific and compelling. In other words, if people are giving you hell for imagining the benefits you’re getting, “In yo face!” lol!

    Look for Dr. Stephen Phinney – ‘Inflammation, Nutritional Ketosis and Metabolic Disease’


  15. Sara De La Pena on July 5, 2018 at 7:16 am


    Thanks god I follow your father then I found your story a couple of weeks ago. I felt desperate to start since I read it. I’m from Colombia but I moved to live in London a year ago with my British husband. This hope is very important to all of us. In my case, I feel my marriage, my life and everything depends on this. My husband apparently doesn’t understand how my mood affect all my performance because I am not totally bad all the time. Some psychiatric said I am a Borderline but I never had a real continuous treatment in my life. I never had so good mental help in my country because my economic situation was bad and my depression made it worse. I suffer depression since I have memory but it went better or worse in some moments. Anyway I have no idea how is not to be this way. It is very sad. I think I am a high IQ person I did some good achievements in my life like an scholarship in the best university of my country but I didn’t finished because my money and mood. I create a volunteer program there and now my team made it part of a national policy for 40.000 poor students around the country but I died doing that. I took all my energy to handle all that at the same time and I lose everything, my home, my scholarship, all. My life had amazing things around that time. I found the way to get all the money for my tuition to finish my studies but not for living costs then I stopped and I met my husband a couple of years ago. Now I am starting my life again in a new very competitive country and I feel afraid because I need a lot of energy to do that. Here I am not working yet then is very difficult to me to pay the allergy test. I don’t know how bad is that but I started a pre diet cutting dairy, carbs and sugar. I still need to plan better my food and what to do out of home in social events. Anyway, I am determined to try it. I want to track my progress. If you have a tracking model could be nice to see it. I wish the best to all the people here. We all know how much important is this.

    Thanks <3

    Sadly I can not go to your father's debate in London this month because I will be looking after a very sick relative in Wales. I hope to see him in other moment. I am totally fascinated with you both! Thank you for your discipline, research and courage to confront all the hell around you. You are really helping people with the most basic and determinant things! Lots of love from London to all your family!

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