Jordan Peterson’s Diet (extremely low carb):

Meats:

  • turkey
  • beef
  • chicken
  • lamb
  • duck
  • wild game is fine too, elk, moose, etc.
  • wild salmon
  • tunacheck the ingredients! Get stuff that’s just tuna and water and perhaps salt.
  • organ meat – chicken liver tastes the best I find
  • wild herring – check the ingredients!
  • wild sardinescheck the ingredients!

Veggies:

  • lettuce
  • arugula
  • arugula microgreens (arugula sprouts)
  • cucumber
  • swiss chard
  • seaweed –check the ingredients! this is hard to find without soy and other things. The brand I’ve linked to is safe and really tasty
  • cilantro
  • collard greens
  • broccoli
  • spinach

Fruit:

  • olives – check the ingredients! see my olive post. be super careful about which brands you buy here too, many have preservatives and flavours and dyes.

Vinegar:

Oils:

  • coconut oil – get unrefined. And try to avoid the Nutiva brand. It’s everywhere but it doesn’t taste as good, and I’ve had ones that have gone bad before.
  • olive oil – make sure your olive oil is pure olive oil. Sometimes it’s also soybean oil!

Spices/Seasonings

  • salt
  • pepper
  • turmeric

Mikhaila Peterson’s Diet (Zero-carb Lion Diet):

Beef
Salt
Soda water because I’m a princess

Dad doesn’t tolerate carbs well. He’s cut out sweet potatoes, parsnips, and carrots and is down to JUST meat and greens. Those of you who have been following for a while may see changes from the original diet here. The original diet is what worked for me pre-pregnancy. For whatever reason, I lost the ability to tolerate any carbs (so any vegetable) after/during pregnancy. It took me about 6 months to realize what was going on and then switched to all meat (Dec 2017). Dad may be going zero-carb soon. He can get his mood to a 7-7.5/10 with the above diet but I don’t think that’s good enough. Zero-carb is easier, and there don’t seem to be any downsides. Currently symptom-free and thrilled about it. I also love steak.

90 Comments

  1. AK on March 13, 2018 at 9:32 am

    “Dad doesn’t tolerate carbs well”… what are you basing the level of tolerance on? Digestive issues? Autoimmunity? Mood? All of the above?

    As you don’t appear to be eating organ meats are you taking any supplements to cover things like vit A/retinol (which I believe is not found in muscle meats)?

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Dad gets muscle weakness when he eats too many carbs (reasons why sweet potatoes are out), and mood problems. The most irritating symptom we suffer from is depression. When I say he doesn’t tolerate carbs well I’m mostly talking about mood (but not only).

      • Naomi Sung Park-Ordaz on April 5, 2018 at 11:02 am

        Since I saw Dr Peterson’s interview on YT, I cut out my carbo intake. And soon I can tell my mood is not as on the edge at all and I feel most part positive. I also see my weight loss 5Ib in 9 days. I started to feel better and it seems so far works for me.

        • Jim on April 13, 2018 at 8:42 am

          This diet is entirely consistent with my own experience. Two additional instructions that can make a noticeable improvement are to eat avocados and to eat only organic.

          • Jim on April 13, 2018 at 8:46 am

            To get additional minerals, eat Real Salt and Himalayan pink salt.



  2. Abigail on March 13, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Should everyone eat extremely low carb or is your situation unique? After a 30-day elimination diet, should I start adding back foods even if I’m not feeling 100% better or should I do the opposite and get rid of foods until I am 100% better?

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      If you’re not 100% better, something is still irritating you. That’s how it worked for me, and how it worked for Dad and my husband. First you have to make sure sure you haven’t accidentally ingested something partway through (which changes the end date of the 30 day period). There’s no harm doing extremely low carb and then seeing how you feel and then adding things back in. I would say I’m on the severe end of food intolerances though (hence the zero carb). There are definitely going to be people who don’t have to go that extreme.

  3. AtlasCole on March 13, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Thank you for the up date. I hope you and your family are doing well. I am currently working my way to this diet. We are slowing cutting out (eating what is left in the house) processed carbs and sugar and dairy. Kids are making it harder. They do like eating things we grow and hunt, so it might be easier than my own struggle of giving up coffee (My precious).
    🙂 yes, every princess deserves her soda water. 🙂
    My symptoms also became much worse after having kids. My body and immune system became extremely fragile.
    Oh… do you get the Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother? If not, i would suggest looking into it. It helps me more than i would have ever dreamed possible.
    Thanks again for your post!
    Take care

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      I don’t eat it anymore, but we used to get Omega’s apple cider vinegar with mother. Delicious.

  4. Mark on March 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Do you have any suspicions about which greens are the least offensive? ie, I wonder if swiss chard is easier on people than spinach for example.

    Fascinating about your dad heading towards ZC. As you say, easier in some ways.

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      For me it doesn’t seem to matter. They’re all bad. Before the pregnancy if I overate spinach I’d get diarrhea, so I was careful not to eat too much. I could eat as many collard greens as I wanted with no problems. But neither of them seemed to bother me.

  5. Kodek on March 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Mikhaila,
    Your dad mentioned he uses a pulsed light skin therapy device which has been very beneficial to him.

    Do you know anything about this, like which device this is?

    I’m a sufferer of extreme food sensitivities myself, which has generated a kind of recurrent pancreatitis. It’s brutal, and has aged my skin somewhat. Looking for remedies where I can find them.

    Thanks @!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Intense pulsed light (IPL) and fraxel (much more intense) can make insane difference in aging. They’re generally done through plastic surgery clinics. Fraxel makes a bigger difference and after seeing what it can do, I would highly recommend. It basically burns tiny holes in your skin, and when the skin heals, it heals healthier. It’s not even just about looks, its about skin thickness too. Look into it! IPL for less intense treatments, and fraxel for more intense treatments

      • Kodek on March 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        Thanks for the info, although your dad did say he has an actual device in his home.

        Anyways, I wanted to suggest you look into stem cell therapy for systemic inflammatory disorders, such as you have been dealing with. Specifically, UCBSC therapy.

        These guys are helping a lot of people. I know there are clinics in Canada as well although they are working with another type of cell which may differ in its efficacy for specific conditions.

        Check it out: https://www.cellmedicine.com/

        • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

          He has an IPL at home haha (the kind they have in clinics). I’ll check that out, thanks!

  6. Joe Boswell on March 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Mikhaila – cheers for this, and for the blog in general. I just started experimenting with your diet this week, and I wanted to ask you about:

    – Roiboos Tea
    – Garlic
    – Mushrooms

    Have you tried those? Gutted to see the sweet potatoes gone. I just stocked up on a tonne of ’em…

    Cheers,
    Joe

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Haha, I was fine with the sweet potatoes before the pregnancy! They’re much of a less evil carb than 99.9% of other carbs. Roiboos tea is okay, we haven’t tried garlic, and mushrooms didn’t go too well but weren’t god awful.. That’s as helpful as I can be. Mushrooms upset my digestion. Might be a good one to wait on and reintroduce early.

  7. Nick on March 13, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    Thanks again for all the information – I”ll keep this quick;

    I have tried to go zero carb but am having troubles with pellet/pebble like bowel movements; considering you are now down to water, salt, beef, – how do you manage?

    Sorry for akward question, but I appreciate any feedback.

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Awkward questions are welcome. My bowel movements were extremely loose for about 3 weeks (my moms were too). Now they’re normal, but softer than before. I’ve heard of people having different issues (constipation, etc.) during the adaptation phase (first month or so). Are you doing zero carb but adding the dairy? I really don’t think dairy is a good idea and that could be contributing to the problem. If not, there is an adaptation phase of about 3 weeks. Monitor your other symptoms. If you’re feeling better but your digestion is still messed up, you might have to just wait it out. It really does take about a month to normalize.

  8. Eamon on March 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Brief remarks:

    Have you guys tried plantains? Ideally baked (forResistant starch)

    Fat: try out duck fat? Its intense. And i guess youve ruled out nuts?
    For fiber : psyllium husks , acacia gum,
    Vegetable glycerin is edible
    Yerba mate and matcha tea are great
    Make sure you guys take minerals
    If candida and the gut lining are the root causes theres some amino acids and herbs you can take
    I worry about your guys’ insulin – glucagon levels, more specifically losing too much weight than you want
    And not having energy to build muscle

    All the best
    Eamon

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Dad hasn’t lost any weight in over 7 months so don’t worry! This diet doesn’t let you lose too much weight. Dad does eat duck fat. We don’t need the extra fiber. Hell, I’m only eating meat and I don’t need any fiber. We’ve tested insulin, no problems there either. I find people really complicate this. We have zero problems building muscle.

  9. B Hausmann Jacobsen on March 14, 2018 at 5:01 am

    First of all thank you for sharing all this food stuff testing you have done, i tried eating only meat and greens now for a few months and i am blown away how good i feel both mentally and physically, all my life “47 Male” i have had issues always freezing and nobody could find out why, now it is gone, this is a game changer, i hope you keep on sharing and potential retching people that haven’t jet figured that the body is build on what you eat.

    Happy thoughts and all the best to you and your family.

    The Viking from Denmark.

  10. Tino Spezza on March 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Hi from Italy.

    I mostly had loose stools on ZC when eating basically a more Keto version of it (so with bacon, sausages…). All the talk about mTor and Igf still cautioned me in regards of eating huge amounts of protein.
    But both my digestion and my satiety beg to differ.
    I do the best when eating fatty cuts (one more reason why chicken is out for me too) but not crazy fat.
    It’s pretty clear that’s what my body is telling me.

    “Dad may be going zero-carb soon. He can get his mood to a 7-7.5/10 with the above diet but I don’t think that’s good enough. Zero-carb is easier, and there don’t seem to be any downsides.”

    The main downsides I could think of, would be relative to his public persona. So not the act of actually eating that way, but the act of disclosing it.

    • Mikhaila on March 14, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      I guess it’s not for me to say, but if the word can get out and more people can feel better, it’s worth telling people. I do the best when eating fatty cuts as well (but not too much). Picky bodies.

  11. Shawn Vachon on March 24, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Do you have an outline for starting an elimination diet? A good close friend has what seems to me leaky gut.

    I cannot express how bad this is, he has what seems to be psoriasis. It is so extreme that he body is covered in pretty much open sores and wounds. He cannot sleep, has seen many doctors.

    Everything he eats and he breaks out in such a terrible itch. The only thing that keeps him going is sleeping pills and occasional antihistamines.

    I have given him advice, but he gets hungry. Anyhow, it seems the worst is gluten and chicken. I think he has been broken down to such a level now that he is going to be strict. Super strict.

    I will keep researching. I will get him to use a journal. I told him you really need to find one thing that you can eat that does not give a reaction.

    It is really hard to see my friend go through this. He basically is poor but gives everything he has away to others. I pray that we can find something as it really is so crazy. But I am hopeful he will work on a routine and stick with the plan.

    Do you think enema’s help? I suggested it, he even bought a cheap bag at the pharmacy. Anyhow, thank you for your blog. Off to google I go!

    • Mikhaila on March 24, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      He could always go all beef and then reintroduce. Beef seems to be the least reactive. Good luck! I haven’t tried enema’s, but I would assume they wouldn’t be much help unfortunately.

    • Patrice on April 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      I read where banana skins over areas of psoriasis really helped, so I offered this tip to a friend who has bad psoriasis and he was amazed at the relief he got.

  12. David on March 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Mikhaila!

    Thank you for what you’re doing, I’m currently trying to fix my health, as well.

    I have a post request – could you make a post detailing what you eat on a daily basis, and what the macro-nutrient breakdowns are?

    My biggest problem right now is meeting my daily caloric requirements, since I’ve eliminated rice, nuts, beans, and dairy from my diet which made up like 50% of my calories!

    • Mikhaila on April 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      I’m going to get to this —- eventually. To get your calories up, up your meat intake! It’s hard getting enough calories when you cut carbs unless you do that.

  13. Dr. Rodriguez on March 28, 2018 at 12:04 am

    You have given me a lot to think about… Thank you for sharing your experience. My wife is experiencing severe food-related reactions that we are going to treat with diet. Your experience has been of great value to us.

    Have you read Dr. Gundry’s “The Plant Paradox”. He lays out the reason why some plants have toxins that make our immune systems over-react.

  14. Jim on March 28, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I heard about your blog on Joe Rogans podcast interview with your Dad. (I’m currently addicted your Dads work!) I was wondering if you and your Dad are in Ketosis from this diet? Have you ever tested it with the Keto Strips? Did you do any blood work before and after? I’m wondering how your HDL/LDL is looking. Thanks so much for your work here, it’s fascinating!

    • Mikhaila on April 1, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      I’m going to test my HDL/LDL next doctors appointment so I can write a post about it (and out of curiousity). So keep posted for that! As for ketosis, we’re always in ketosis. We use the keto strips 🙂

  15. Ryan Gray on March 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I’m bipolar 2 with a tendency toward long deep depression and very light mania. I have taken many different meds during the past 15 years… None seemed to work consistently. I also suffer(ed) from a myriad of physical health issues; high blood pressure, severe back pain, body aches and pains, fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, gout, skin issues (rashes, peeling skin on face, weird sores), sleep problems, sensitive stomach (pain and diarrhea alomst every morning) etc etc etc.

    During the past 3 years I went through a process almost identical to what you have gone through. It started when i had a stomach Illness that hinted to me that my diet had a way bigger impact on my mental health than what my doctor’s ever told me. I noticed that whenever I had a stomach problem of some sort, all of my physical and mental symptoms went haywire. I began reading anything and everything about mental Illness (studies, books, articles, YouTube videos, etc). I studied this stuff during every free moment I had, I was obsessed to say the least. Soon after I started researching, my wife got pregnant, so I was also Inspired by the fact that my wife was pregnant and I was about to become a father, I wanted to get myself in order to be the best dad possible

    All my studying resulted in me embarking on a mission to figure out what diet is best for my physical and mental health. I made a vow to not stop experimenting on myself until I figured it out. I have tried almost every diet in the book; vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, microbiome, South Beach, Atkins, banana diet, keto, zero carb, bulletproof, fruit only, fasting, intermittent fasting, juice fasting, to name a few. I kept a detailed journal of every single thing I put into my body, down to herbs and spices. I concurrently tracked and recorded different biomarkers, like skin issues and the severity of my pain. I also tracked my mood and my duration of sleep. I got periodic blood tests and checked my blood pressure often.

    Where I’m at now is the best place I have ever been. My experiment is still ongoing, but I have settled into a diet that combines intermittent fasting, longer fasts and keto. OneNote about fasting is that it’s well known in history and the Bible. Almost every religion incorporates fasting. It makes sense too… After a 2 or 3 day fast, you can completely wipe out your bad gut bacteria. Even a 1 day fast helps.

    I have recently considered stopping my daily intermittent fasting and just eating keto, then fasting once a week. Then fasting for 2 or 3 days once every month.

    One cool trick up my sleeve is that whenever I start to feel a little bout of depression, anxiety, or panic, I just stop eating for a day or two. The fast can be tough, but it wipes out my depressive symptoms within those 1 to 2 days.

    I’m really excited for you and your dad. It was only about 1 month ago that I found out about your Dad. I started watching his stuff and, no joke, it’s changed my life. After a couple weeks I saw a YouTube video where you and your dad were interviewed. Your experience with both mental and physical health seemed to mimic mine. Then I found out about your diet blog and was intrigued by all the similarities between our experiences and research. Needless to say, you and your dad have another fan for life. What you guys are doing is having an enormously positive impact on people’s lives. I also feel that you are on the right track to finding the root causes if mental illness.

    I really apologize for the extremely long comment. I felt that I had to share my story, that it might reaffirm that what you are doing and the results you are acheiving are not just isolated to you and your family. I wasn’t sure how else to contact you.

    In closing, thank you so much for what you are doing. I’m going to try contacting your dad to say thank you too. You guys are changing people’s lives for the better. Good luck as a momma!

    • Ryan Gray on March 30, 2018 at 10:36 am

      First, I realize you are extremely busy and I don’t expect you to respond my ramblings lol. I also hope you don’t see this as me trying to hijack your blog or thread. I’m just trying to back up your experiences and let other readers know that this works!

      Hopefully my ramblings offer you or your readers some new ideas, tips, or things to look out for. It took me a LONG time to figure some of these things out. Some of the effects of different foods have been extremely difficult to figure out. If anyone is interested in the other things I have found, please ask. I’m always willing to share. I am very active on a few subreddits sharing my experiences in the hopes of helping others find their own answers to their health issues.

      In my previous comment (novel) I forgot to mention that the combination of Keto and intermittent fasting has completely erradicated 95% of my physical and mental health issues. The last 5% might just be the result of the fact that I have a hard time adhering perfectly to my diet long term. When I cheat on my diet, I can definitely feel it but I can usually withstand 1 small cheat meal per week without many Ill effects. It’s a slippery slope to try allow cheat meals though. The longest I’m able to be “perfect” is about 2 weeks. I’m hoping to acheive perfect long term adherence.

      Your blog has given me a few new tips and tricks to experiment with though. I didnt realize peas were legumes lol. I was making a mistake eating peas… I had come to the same conclusion about legumes, but I didn’t fully research all the foods that were actually legumes. You have also inspired me to strive for perfection in my diet.

      In my dietary quest /experiment I have made note of quite a few “cause and effect” relationships, such as “nuts often cause me irritability the following day or two”, and some theories regarding digestion and how it affects us…

      One example of this is that I have noticed that it takes different foods different amounts of time to manifest their effects. For instance, the effects of refined sugar effect me almost immediately, whereas the effects of starches can take 2 – 3 days to feel / see. My theory is that different foods (or different substances within each food) are broken down at different points in our digestive tract. Some foods are broken down in the stomach, some are broken down in the large intestine, and some in the small intestine. It’s either that, or that the biological process’s in our body that process every food’s nutrients take a different amount of time depending on what the nutrient in the food is.

      My little theories are based on my own experiences and experimentation but they also factor in all of the amateur research I have done over the past few years. I can’t really say that they are MY theories, they could just be theories that I have seen and affirmed through my own research.

      I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nutritionist, but I have done and am still doing a comprehensive elimination diet. I have learned a lot about my body’s reaction to different foods and I’m still learning new things almost every day. I encourage EVERYONE to try, it’s the best and most impactful thing I have ever done in my life!

      • Serge on May 3, 2018 at 11:45 pm

        Good post Ryan, I have also come to that same conclusion about the variation in delayed effects of certain offending foods. It makes things so hard to diagnose. It’s simple but it’s hard.

    • Patrice on April 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      I read where banana skins over areas of psoriasis really helped, so I offered this tip to a friend who has bad psoriasis and he was amazed at the relief he got.

    • Patrice on April 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Thank YOU for sharing. I grasp every little bit of info I can get on one’s experiences etc. I have become a lifelong fan of the Petersons and their help through downright truth telling and no facades.

    • Celeste Kelsey on April 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Ryan…please look into Amber O’Hearn a Carnivore blogger and researcher diagnosed with Bipolar 2 who had been on a multitude of drugs without success. A nine year veteran of Carnivorous eating – mostly beef and water – and no longer needs meds. She is a prominent Spokesperson in the Carnivore Community and frequent guest on podcasts.

  16. ae on March 29, 2018 at 3:49 am

    My diet is very similar to your dad’s diet and it took me a couple of years to get there. It’s very interesting to see that he came up with pretty much the same result as I did regarding which foods he can and can’t eat. My body negatively reacts to legumes as well.
    I still eat nuts and pork but might try to remove those from my diet. I was wondering if he might also be reacting to apple cider because of the histamine (I do). I found that apple cider can easily be replaced with malate (that’s the acid from the apple without the histamine). You just put a little bit of the powder into the water and use it instead of apple cider.
    Additionally, for your diet, I was wondering if you have tried collagen powder (Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder from pasture raised beef). It’s a good source for essential amino acids and helps restore the gut. I feel like this has helped to reduce my symptoms somewhat over the last couple of months.
    I use omega-3 supplements (Fish Oil), but there are also vegetarian sources or sources made from krill. I feel like omega 3 is extremely important for a happy (and healthy) brain as well.
    If you are looking for an additional boost of energy on the keto diet it’s extremely important to eat enough salt (I use Himalayan salt). It looks crazy to people when you sometimes add 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a Liter of water but on the other hand the other people get a lot more salt through bread. So that’s important.
    I can also strongly recommend C8 (which is part of coconut oil that can be used by the brain) for energy and focus. Not necessary to take it all the time when you are in ketosis because it’s very similar. Definitely good if you want a boost for exams or a workout.
    All the best.

  17. Josh Duggan on April 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Hi Mikhaila,
    I’m just getting into all of your Dad’s are your hard work. Joe Rogan is where I learned about you. I’m proud of your success and the impact your family is having on mine and others. Good job!

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  19. Steve H on April 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Does this mean that you only eat beef and salt?

    I read this last night before bed and this morning I woke up thinking ‘she couldn’t really have meant she only eats beef, could she?’ and feeling quite concerned about the potential for nutritional deficiencies and problems in the future.

    • Mikhaila on April 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Only eating beef and salt. Contrary to common belief, not only is this possible, but I’m healthier than ever. And many many people have seen the same benefits http://meatheals.com/

  20. Steve H on April 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    On the other hand, I just found this but I reckon you’d have to eat organ meats for this to work.

    http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/two-brave-men-who-ate-nothing-but-meat.html

  21. jess on April 2, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Is anyone on here a Diabetic? My wife was recently (the last 5 years) diagnosed with Type 1 (not traditional, her pancreas was damaged from radiation treatment from a childhood cancer). anyways, I have been trying to cook better for her using a similar diet (low-carb), but I’m worried I’m overlooking something. anyone else found a diabetic diet that works for them using mostly meat?
    thanks..:)

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  23. Holly Louise Carlson on April 6, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Mikaila, I know I wrote you something somewhere, but not having received any acknowledgment, I looked through your posts but can’t find it. I’d like to mention probiotics again and hope you’ll look into the subject.

    I get your email updates to your blog and have been perusing many posts. Personally, am not into any sort of fad diets or strict anything and as I was brought up on wholesome and healthy food choices, I’m not stuck on fats, sweets, carbs, or anything. However, I did have some gut issues owing to a situation involving a very long story I won’t go into. My husband, similarly, had a related health problem.

    Skimming through so many comments on your threads I’m struck by the fact that people keep talking about what they can’t tolerate or what they react to, and no one is talking about repairing the gut microbiome! Fix the gut and we don’t have negative reactions to so many good foods. This makes far more sense that making a career out of trying this and that food, eliminating this and that ingredient in our diets…

    Despite having no allergies or issues with my decent normal diet, my gut went splooey on me as a rare complication from a fairly surgical procedure. My entire system, physically and psychologically was seriously affected. I bulldozed my way back to health but never really understood what I later learned….

    I stumbled upon a book: “The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health” by Emeran Mayer, and have listened to the audio version twice. Ever since, my husband and I have been taking high quality probiotics and it has made a huge difference in our overall health. The information in the book I can’t help but believe you would greatly benefit from, as would your dad (of whom I’m a huge fan). You mentioned that you’ve been on many courses of antibiotics in your life and right there, whatever else was going on, your gut no doubt got all discombobulated. Check out the book and its recommendations. I think you’ll be very glad you did.

    Wishing you great health and happiness!

    Holly Louise

  24. Holly Louise Carlson on April 6, 2018 at 8:41 am

    P.S. I just found my previous comment — it’s still awaiting moderation. I hope this one is helpful, for you and for your dad. Cheers.

  25. Fred Douglas on April 6, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Mikhaila, big fan here.

    what about Bacon and bacon grease? I was intending to do mostly bacon with greens for a week. Why is pork not on your list?

  26. Serena on April 10, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,
    Hi from London Ontario. I know, not that far haha. I’m wondering if your “no carb” diet is literally just beef and salt and soda water. I’d like to try it to see if it helps with mood regulation for my highs and lows. So no veggies, no bread, no soda crackers right? (I’ve been randomly addicted to soda crackers lately).

    Thanks!
    Serena

  27. Mike davitt on April 11, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Eggs and avocados?

  28. Tallulah on April 15, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I believe, I believe, I believe!
    I am extending my gratitude to you and your Father! Onward & Upward to all of us who are trying to go toward the light through the guidance of your brilliant father. Diet & Spirit

  29. Gabe on April 29, 2018 at 3:39 am

    just curious, are you blood type O ? maybe I’m wrong here, but there’s a theory that Blood type O does good on a meat diet (info from Dadamo’s blood type diet). Just trying to figure some things out for myself , which diet to follow; having problems with eye floaters for 3 years now (and I’m just 32) and heard Mr. Jordan Peterson cured it with this diet, by any chance is he blood type O?
    Thank you

  30. Holly Louise on April 29, 2018 at 7:46 am

    To my knowledge there is no supporting evidence for any sort of “blood type diet.” Anyone eating a healthy diet of plant foods, legumes, small amounts of low-fat meats and fish high in omega 3, is going to be healthier than persons eating western diet of highly processed, refined, high sugar, high fat foods. And some people, not the majority, have sensitivities/allergies to mind. Not everyone, by far, must avoid gluten, for example. That fad is just nuts (apples and vegetables labelled “Gluten Free!” pander to the ignorant). Only those with Celiac disease or true gluten sensitivity need avoid gluten. That’s one example of how we’ve gone nuts with diet fads in the west.

    Consider, when you think about “diets,” that our ancestors did not have a way of knowing what their blood type was. They also had only minimal ways of altering the foods they ate. They ate the foods available to them, hunting, gathering, ultimately farming, and NOT heavily processing their food. In my humble opinion, all these fad diets are only designed to correct for our mistakes in processing foods to accommodate our sugar and fat addictions, essentially. But, (if I insert my cynical side) some people have made a lot of money making it complicated.

    In a world that has become as confusing and complicated as our has, where now so many diseases as obesity, heat disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., persist despite our apparent best efforts, we all want to have control over our health. Sometimes the answer to complexity is just simplicity–eat a sensible, clean, diet consisting of foods as natural, unprocessed, and varied as possible.

    One of many helpful links below. My best to you and all.
    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-blood-type-diet-review#section3

    • Gabe on April 30, 2018 at 1:32 am

      OK, but the argument here is not whether people don’t do well on highly processed/refined food or high sugar diets, we all know those aren’t good.
      The blood type diet is just a piece of information that some can use and it’s free.
      And not “Anyone eating a healthy diet of plant foods, legumes, small amounts of low-fat meats and fish high in omega 3, is going to be healthier”. That’s the whole purpose of this blog. Some people do well on a meat diet and others on a plant based diet, others still on a well balanced diet. People are different. Your body’s genome, metabolism, microbiome… your unique genetic individuality is what makes you better suited for a diet of mostly meat or mostly plants… maybe, I’m just trying to find out.
      I’m just curios of the blood type of people eating mostly or only meat, and doing well on this diet. The Eskimos/inuits eat mostly a meat/ high fat diet and have the best cardio-vascular systems, and then there are people that are strict vegetarians and do very well on that.

  31. Holly Louise on April 30, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Got your point, though I wasn’t saying there was any argument regarding the western diet. Consider what I wrote without that sentence if you like. The gluten craze is an example of what worries me in fad and “internet” diets. The blood type diet is another one. If it isn’t backed by good science, I believe it is important for people to recognize that.

    “Your body’s genome, metabolism, microbiome… your unique genetic individuality is what makes you better suited for a diet of mostly meat or mostly plants…” True, I am well aware of this for some years (from my education and from a related personal experience) and have previously posted one recommended book on the subject. (“Mind Gut Connection” by Emeran Mayer).

    You bring up a good point with Eskimos (and other indigenous peoples)–They eat what they have most plentiful, which is probably how it was ages back before we became so global, in other areas. They also, important to note, DON’T eat a diet like most westerners do with a significant amount of processed foods. So, is it what they do eat that accounts for their healthy hearts, or what they don’t eat that accounts for westerners’ unhealthy hearts? Also, consider Scandinavians eating fish, Africans eating root vegetables, native Americans eating bison, etc. That means that their bodies and what they passed down generation to generation genetically has a consistency we obviously do not have in our world anymore. If the case can be made that these indigenous people’s all or mostly have the same blood type and that type eats the prescribed type diet, that would lend to the possible validity of a blood type diet.

    Further, the so-called blood type diet provides for several different diet types, none of which are particularly “bad” in and of themselves. People can choose from them and pick which makes them most comfortable, but then I’d like to see studies that prove that the diet those people are choosing and feeling best on turns out to actually be the diet that is prescribed for their blood type. It is not a lot to ask for some simple scientific evidence, I think, before making claims which the originator of the diet has done. More power to him if he’s right!

    Thanks for the dialog on this. Keep well!

  32. Gabe on April 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    thank you for your words 🙂 God bless you. Sorry if I came off a bit strong.
    Just heard Jordan Peterson say on PowerfulJRE he cured his eye floaters (which I have a lot of now and are a real bother) and was wondering what his blood type is (maybe it has nothing to do with anything).

  33. Holly Louise on April 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    No worries at all, Gabe. If you find out how to deal with floaters, let me in on it! Which JRE episode was it?

  34. Rowena on April 30, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    All the information on here is very interesting. I do think it’s important to look at all factors and remember we are all different. The understanding of our gut biome is increasing almost daily. I am interested to know if you take vitamin C on your meat only diet as I would have thought you risk getting scurvy?

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  36. Gabe on May 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Holly, the JRE episode #1070 (tried to upload the link, but it just won’t post…awaiting moderation or smth.) from ~2h13min J.Peterson starts talking about diet, cured the floaters in his right eye… says it is some sort of an autoimmune disorder, so I thought it may have some connection with ABO diet (antigens in food and all that Blood type diet theory…).

    🙂 I hope Mikhaila reads this and writes what blood type she and her father are 🙂

    Rowena, I too thought that that meat only diets would kill you in 30 days cause of scurvy/vitC deficiency… but there are people out there on meat only diets for months or even years. And they thermally prepared it too (If you eat the meat raw, it contains some low amounts of vit.C, but if you heat it up…I don’t know how much vitC it would have, if any). Dr. Shawn Baker explains it better (Joe Rogan Experience #1050)… vit.C and glucose use the same pathway to pass into cells, so basically if you eat only meat (probably lightly cooked) your body uses the little you get from it.

  37. Holly Louise on May 2, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks, Gabe!

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  43. Seth Barner on May 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

    What about eggs?

  44. Marc B on May 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Could you address portion size or macros? Is it a Keto diet or simply low glycemic.

    Sorry if you’ve answered this before.

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  46. M Rowe on June 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    So many need this information, an intolerance to any carbohydrate is linked to blood group and i am certain of this. greens
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  47. Susan on June 18, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Jings…it all sounds good….but as a veggie I’m pretty gubbed..?

  48. Aleksandra on June 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hello, I’m also very curious of what your blood group is. Best of luck to you and your family and greetings from Poland

  49. w on June 25, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    why not pork

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  51. Malgorzata on July 11, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Can I ask about eggs? Or do you consider them as diary? Thank you 🙂

  52. John Rhodes on July 20, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Would you do a future post on your exercise routine? I have Ehlers Danlos and chronic joint pain. I try to plank, walk, and do deadlifts because it helps my posture and grip strength. I know you had/have a joint condition and wonder how you work around it.

  53. Mike Robinson on July 20, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I like it, sounds very similar to my diet https://hunterdiet.blog

  54. Fabricio on August 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    What about eggs? Is it ok to include them on the list?

    • Mikhaila on August 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Lots of people are sensitive to eggs. They’re one of the top 8 allergens.. I’d probably avoid for the first month and reintroduce after that

  55. none on August 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Eggs aren’t dairy that’s for sure, completely different type of proteins.

  56. Molly Bascom on August 21, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I’m sorry if someone has already asked this, but how important is it for the meat to be organic?

  57. Trey Carrico on September 13, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Mikhaila, Thank you for all your help. I thought that your father was 100% carnivore based on recent (?.-not sure of the episode/s) Rogan podcast. Is this still accurate? Thank you.

    • Mikhaila on September 13, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Yes! He started all beef in May.

      • Demian on September 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm

        Awesome post. From what I understand this diet needs to be updated as Dr. Jordan Peterson is eating just beef. Correct?

        So that means no salmon, chicken, tuna, olive oil, salt, etc? If that’s so… could you elaborate on the type of beef you are both consuming and do you cook it? How many meals per day?

        It would be greatly appreciated

        • John on October 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

          It seems as though he is eating the different kinds of meat listed (beef, chicken, wild salmon, turkey, etc.)

  58. Joan on September 15, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I was wondering what is your blood type?

  59. Mladen Janjetović on October 12, 2018 at 6:04 am

    It’s hard to find nice wild salmon here in Serbia. I have heard that Canadian is the best. Lucky for you 🙂

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