This is a list of foods that I found irritated me the most to the least. If I’ve missed any foods, please comment. I know it comes off as a random/quack list of foods, but I’ve put some thought into it, and this is how my body has reacted.

Why Vegans Feel Better:

If you eliminate the first 3 on this list you should see quite an improvement.

This is part of the reason going vegan makes people feel so much better (depending on the person of course). The first three foods are really hard on people. Eliminating dairy can really help. Going vegetarian is probably the worst thing you can do, you end up eating grains and dairy and eliminating meat. Increase your consumption of soy to replace meat and you’re in even worse shape. Not a good idea. At least going vegan eliminates dairy. They just lump meat in there and end up getting rid of the safest food. So I understand people who have changed the way they ate, gone plant-based, and felt better. Hell, the people who go gluten-free vegan and limit their sugar intake have already eliminated the top three harmful foods. No wonder they feel better. Gluten and dairy and sugar are not good. But meat can’t be lumped in there just because it’s an animal product. People need it in order to really thrive.

If you eliminate the first 6, even better. I would say the first 12 items really bothered me, but not as bad as the first 6. Go all the way to greens and meat, even better, or even just meat.

Worst  to Best

  1. Gluten-containing grains: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut
  2. Dairy
  3. Cane Sugar
  4. Soy
  5. Citrus fruits
  6. Legumes (including peanuts) and bananas and melons
  7. Other grains – rice, quinoa
  8. Figs
  9. Canola oil
  10. Potatoes
  11. Almonds
  12. Green Cabbage
  13. Squash
  14. Grapes
  15. Plums
  16. Berries
  17. Peaches and nectarines
  18. Pears and apples
  19. Macadamia nuts (people seem to tolerate these better than other nuts)
  20. Avocado
  21. Red Cabbage
  22. Coconut flesh
  23. Black pepper
  24. Olives
  25. Greens – lettuce, arugula, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard
  26. Tea – peppermint and black
  27. Coconut oil and olive oil
  28. Fish
  29. Chicken
  30. Salt
  31. Beef
  32. Water

Things I don’t know/really have an opinion about:

  • Coffee – from what I’ve read, as long as you get high-quality coffee it doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad as some of these foods. I don’t really have an opinion on this. People seem to feel better without it if they’re sensitive. Dad had a bad reaction to it.
  • Pork – This seems to depend on the person.
  • Cocao – I tried to reintroduce this, pure. It didn’t seem to bother me that much, but completely got rid of my appetite. Plus it’s not thatttt tasty without the sugar anyway.


  • I can tolerate the minerals they add to sparkling water (potassium citrate, etc.)
  • I can take activated charcoal. I use this before I go to bed if I drink.
  • I can drink vodka and bourbon and not suffer for too long afterward. I’ll be a bit stiff, and have a hangover, but that’s about it. Other alcohols have additives I react to.



  1. Abigail on April 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Coffee showed up on my IgG test and it is the one thing I know for sure causes me issues. Cane sugar also showed up as well as dairy, spelt, and bananas. Interesting how there are similarities across the board.

    • AK on April 24, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Sugar is awful for the body. Dairy is a late introduction and only amongst certain ethnic groups. Grains are terrible, especially for Europeans who apparently have little or no carbohydrate tolerance (whereas Asians tend to have high carb tolerance).

      And bananas are man-made.

      • C on May 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

        Are you from Scandinavia, AK? I’m currently eating a paleo diet and starting to feel better. I believe cutting out grains has had the biggest effect on me feeling better. Not sure if im going to stop eating diary though. Tried cutting it out but haven’t noticed that much of an effect. Guess i have to try reintroduce it and see. I’m from Scandinavia so my body should be addapted to it but I’m not sure. Are you eating diary?

  2. AK on April 24, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Coffee – very possibly tannin sensitivity. I never used to react to tea but after years of drinking huge amounts of black tea, I noticed it was giving me hives (particularly in my legs) and a sore stomach. Decaf was better but not by much.

    Alcohol – along with additives, there is also the question of the amount of yeast left in it. I am allergic to yeast/mold and I am a lot more reactive to beer than spirits (beer tends to be high in yeast, spirits/distilled drinks contain little or none).

  3. steven v on April 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Curious where you would put the vinegars? And do you think vinegars are OK on the ZC diet?

  4. Charles on April 24, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hey, I like your stuff.

    I’ve been eating (roughly) paleo for a long time, but I’m having a go at just steak and greens for a while after reading your blog.

    What are your thoughts on food sensitivity tests?

    Will you keep trying to reintroduce veggies as time passes from your pregnancy? I’ve read before that pregnancy increases food sensitivity in women because of children’s weaker immune systems, so maybe after you have finished breastfeeding you will become less sensitive again.

    I can’t remember if it was you I read it from or someone else, but they were talking about how you don’t use your microbiome to break down meat but you do use it to break down veggies, I assume there is some good that comes from eating veggies (although maybe not)? I know you’re biome changes depending on what you eat, like if you eat more sugar you get more bacteria that digests sugar, I assume it’s the same for greens for example, so what I was wondering is if you are at all concerned that if you don’t have green veggies (or any food) for long enough, you’ll lose so much of that bacteria you won’t be able to digest it again when you try to reintroduce it, orrrr when you first reintroduce it your body will have a hard time with it and give you bad reactions, but your body may adust to it and even like it if you keep eating it and your microbiome adjusts.

    This is just random ideas and I don’t even know if I’m thinking along the right lines, but maybe some food for thought, pun intended 😀

    I had another question, but I forget.

    Good luck and keep blogging!


    • Monica on April 25, 2018 at 9:19 am

      I had the same thoughts…

    • Sarah on May 1, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Great question, me too….

  5. Paula on April 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Have you tried sprouted nuts?

  6. Cory Levenberg on April 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Great posts. I am relatively new to your blog, but I have been “meat and greens” for 9 months now after reading Gary Taubes and feeling great. But I don’t know what I would do if I had to give up my coffee with cacao butter or 100% chocolate. It’s there for me during the cravings.

    I second the question on what folks think about food sensitivity tests (not ever having had one done).

  7. Luka on April 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    What do you guys think/now about goat milk?

    I’ll try meat and egg diet, but including goat yogurt, whey and hard cheese also for my autoimmune disorders for at least 30 days and see what happens.

    • steven v on April 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Speaking for myself, I do pretty well on goat cheese, never really tried goat yogurt.Definitely have to read labels closely on the ingredients of goat cheese. Whey and casein are a BIG no for my diet, for if I eat one of those I could be hungover for 2-4 days. I’ve read that whey and casein are two of the harder products for the body to digest and it corresponds with my body.
      Good luck on your diet, hope you find some things out!!

  8. Katy O. on April 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    Thanks so much for this helpful info. Where are eggs for you in terms of sensitivity? I consider dairy to be products made with milk (or are eggs considered part of dairy?). Are other nuts such as pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, walnuts and cashews about the same level as almonds for you in terms of sensitivity?

    Thank you!

  9. Jack on April 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Did you ever get around to testing tomatoes, peppers, or cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower)? And were sweet potatoes and white potatoes equally reactive to you?

    Also I do believe you left eggs and onions off the list.

  10. Coen on April 25, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Hi Mikhaila and others! Inspired by you, and later on other people like Amber O’Hearn too, I’ve started an elimination diet last friday. My depression went away on saturday, which is only day 2! I was very surprised and I’m not ready to draw any conclusions yet, as I want to be careful with that (I’m thinking of placebo effect, having some better days coincidentally etc.). However, I’m hopeful. All I’ve been eating since friday is meat, eggs and coffee. I love eggs and coffee and I don’t feel like they harm me, but just to be sure I’m planning to eliminate these as well – my way of “easing in to it”.

    After reading what you wrote about pork I started thinking: should I eliminate that for a month as well? Is that a specific kind of meat that is so different that it has a bigger chance of aggrevating things? I wonder because last night I had about 280 grams (10 ounces) of pork (the very fat stuff, 28/100g fat) and I didn’t feel so good afterwards. I gotta say I was already tired that whole day though, which might be my body adjusting to this diet as I feel tired today as well. Still no depression though, which trumps everything so far.

    Did you (or other people reading) have some low energy days while transitioning to this diet too? I don’t seem to have any cravings though, that really surprised me.

  11. Jake on April 25, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Hey Mikhaila, Where on the list would you put chicken eggs?

  12. K on April 25, 2018 at 6:23 am


  13. Monica on April 25, 2018 at 9:31 am

    We did a food sensitivity test for my son who was out of school for all of 8th grade throwing up and nobody could figure out why. The allergyy tests showed nothing, but the sensitivity tests came up with a really long list of weird and obscure foods, some of which he had only recently been introduced to because we tried eliminating dairy and wheat. I eliminated all the new list of foods (at least 20) and it made no difference to his health.

    This is only one data point, but the food sensitivity test was quite expensive ($1000?) and did nothing for us.

    After I let him have whatever he wanted again, he only wanted meat, flaming hot cheetos, and chocolate milk.

    For those who are hanging on for the rest of the story, we finally gave up on the medical community and he got better with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

  14. Gwen Hamer on April 25, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I found eggs and dairy to be the worst and they happen to be the foods I most like:-(. I wonder if there’s a connection between craving a food and it being bad for you.
    I found the best thing to do was go cold turkey on diary, eggs, gluten and sugar. I now just eat beef, fish, venison, lamb and vegetables (leafy ones and broccoli), blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Coconut milk and fat is my main cooking substance…so not too bad a list I think. I may try reintroducing nightshades like peppers and see how I react….although I’m feeling so much better I’m almost reluctant to experiment on myself in case of set-back.

    • AK on April 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      If you are allergic to chicken eggs, you could try ducks eggs, which tend to be a lot less allergenic (and they are a lot more nutritious)

      • Gwen Hamer on April 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Thanks I’ll give them a try.

  15. rose on April 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Can you write about the science behind IgG tests and their importance?

  16. Tara on April 25, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I don’t see either honey or onions on the list. If it’s tolerated, honey is a really good sweetener for cocoa.

  17. Jim Watson on April 25, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Whole civilizations have arisen on grain, dairy and meat. Our larger brain size is due to an omnivore diet that has genetically modified out bodies for the better. Those who cannot absorb some of these food are either neurotic and/or genetically flawed.

    • Barry Bliss on April 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      I disagree.
      For one, it’s only relatively recently that grains have been a large part of the human diet, and health has declined as a result.

    • Jasper on April 26, 2018 at 2:42 am

      ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison…’ …or something like that. There’s no point in eating something if your body can’t tolerate it whatever the reason – be it genetic, your biome or even psychosomatic.
      I’m lucky in that no food gives me a reaction as such but by eliminating refined carbs, I feel more alert and can control hunger pangs.
      Closing your mind to dietary factors in your wellbeing is intellectually flawed and dismissing others quest to feel better through dieting is psychopathic.

    • AK on April 26, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      Complete nonsense. Carbohydrate tolerance, for instance, varies wildly between ethnicities. Scandinavians for example have very poor starch carbohydrate with Finnish people believed to have none of the genes required to metabolise carbohydrates.

      • Tara on April 26, 2018 at 5:39 pm

        AK – Not only correct but makes perfect sense. Look to your ancestry if possible.

  18. Edwin R. Fish on April 25, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Corn right up at number 7 with rice?

    Also, dates with figs?

    And the sugar. I am guessing refined beet sugar is only better by a hair vs. 3 (and might be beets in the 10-13 area). Probably no great improvement with coconut sugar, not with agave. And then there was honey. Please tell me if it’s raw, local, and organic honey, the pollen resistance can be a counterweight to–the fact that it’s sugar–and bump it out of the top six.

    Good things.

  19. Jonathan on April 25, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Overall you’ve raised awareness of food sensitivity issues and exposed how flawed the recommendations of the medical establishment are – ie, to eat lots of grain and sugars and avoid meat/fat.

    However, I don’t think your diet recommendations have universal applicability any more so than the suggestion to eat a mostly plant based diet. It’s only what works for you and people with similar genetics and problems. Some may be fine and perfectly with grains or diary.

    What i’ve taken away from this is that it’s worth questioning conventional wisdom and experimenting with diet to deal with chronic illness rather than just using drugs to mask symptoms.

  20. Jonathan on April 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    *meant -> perfectly fine with some grains and diary and not react badly.

  21. Sherri on April 26, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I’ve only seen tumeric, salt and pepper listed as seasoning, what are your thoughts on other herbs and spices to give some variety to meals?

    • Miloš Marinković on May 6, 2018 at 4:17 am

      I think you should stop asking her the questions and listen to your body. It heavily depends on your ancestry and their diet.
      What works for her may not work for you because you have different genetics, blood type etc etc.
      I know it’s hard to listen to your body since you eat many foods throughout the day but it’s the only way you can actually get results.
      What works for everybody is cutting processed garbage foods that cause inflammation. Try also adding some anti-inflammatory foods to your diet and see how you feel in few weeks

  22. kayesem on April 26, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Great posts happening lately, thankyou : )

    Where are: Fruit / Veg like tomato, cucumber, onion, pumpkin, cauliflower, broccoli and mushrooms. Fresh herbs like basil, parsley, coriander. Seeds like chia, pumpkin, sunflower. Dried fruit like dates, apricots.

    How long, if ever, do you think it will take before you can re-introduce items without reacting?

    All the best and keep up the good work!

  23. Tara on April 26, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Does anyone here have other people that they cook for who don’t need to follow this diet? I would love to try this restricted diet because I have all kinds of health problems, mood as well, but with so much time spent preparing a varied diet for others, I kind of give up and eat what they eat. I’m trying to figure out how to work this.

    • Jeff S on April 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Just a bit of background: I’m on a low carb/high fat diet, basically trying to follow the ketogenic ratios. Within my family of four, I’m the only one that does this and in general, I do most of the cooking for the entire family. Here are some notes from my personal experience:

      – If you go carnivore or low carb/high fat, after some acclimation time, one of the most notable things you discover is that you loose your cravings. So it’s often I cook something for the wife & kids, and I don’t even have the urge to taste it.
      – I cook in bulk at times too (e..g, a whole bunch of salmon). For instance, it’s not uncommon that I cook too much of something for the family and they end up eating the same thing for multiple days (tough luck, I have a full time job too).
      – Having some set & forget type equipment helps. For instance, I use my Air Fryer around twice a week or so.
      – Sometimes I prep (e.g., cut veggies) way ahead of time, if I have the time.
      – I typically make sure I have at least two things for myself (protein & veggie).
      – Although I’m keto strict they aren’t (meaning they can eat what I eat). I’ll cook up a broccoli that’s keto friendly, and that will end up being the main veggie dish for the entire family.

      Also, another note. I love steak, notably ribeyes (so satiating). Steaks in general is very easy to prepare, and one method I use is the reverse sear. I place a steak in the over for 20 minutes, then I sear it on a cast iron, high heat 45 seconds on each side. Whenever I cook steak, it’s usually what I do last right before dinner time since all I need is 45 seconds per side. Note, depending on how you like your steaks done impacts everything – that’s just what I do for myself.

  24. steven v on April 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I am shocked on how easy and quick this meat diet is in preparing!
    Been only doing it for 5-6 days but I watched a video on preparing “rib eye steak on a george foreman grill” on YouTube. This guy folds a piece of aluminum foil around the meat and puts it in the grill. After a few minutes your meat is done and you throw away the foil. No cleanup and ridiculously fast prepared food!! All you need to do is to set a timer to find out how you want your meat prepared. You will get efficient very quickly. Good Luck

    • Jeff S on April 26, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Agreed, once you get into the swing of things. As noted in a post above, I’ve used the reverse sear (oven, then cast iron) method. On the weekend, when I have more time, I’ve used the sous-vide method – turned out great. And when I’m really squeezed for time, I’ve actually stuck a raw steak in the Air Fryer (@ 400, 12 minutes, flip it once at the halfway mark) and surprisingly it came out pretty good too.

      • Tara on April 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

        Thanks all for the encouragement, tips and ideas. I can do this.
        Thanks so much.

  25. Giselle on April 26, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Mikhail, I just saw you on Depression to Expression, and heard you mention sever allergies to outside and all. I am really allergic to dust, snow molds, pine trees etc, so spring is really hard on me. I got a IQ Air purifier and for the first time in years and years and after 3 weeks not, I have to say that it is keeping me out of bed, because I usually can hardly function.

  26. reggie on April 26, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Here’s the link to a vegan documentary soon to be released and researching the benefits of a vegan diet:
    Even Arnold Schwarzeneger promotes veganism …. 😮

    • Healthy Living on April 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      It looks interesting!

  27. Healthy Living on April 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    A plant-based diet is the only one which has shown to reverse heart blockages and cancer.

    There is no other diet on the Planet, which can say this.

    Cancer risk is increased with the IGN from Meat.

    Here is a link to the results of the study.

    Whole grain plant-based is not Vegan.

    Plant-based is:

    – No Refined Sugar.

    – No Processed Food.

    – No Meat, Eggs or Dairy.

    – No oil.

    – Limited nuts.

    Many vegans eat fast food, soda, and other nasties. Which is not a healthy diet.

  28. C on April 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    You might find this tongue in cheek post about vegans being (self) cannibals funny! “[T]he new vegan’s body is eating itself!… It’s a metabolically delicious meal of fatty human meat, high in saturated fat and complete protein—and it’s the most nutritious meal you can eat.” Yum, yum!

  29. C on April 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    If someone is considering a vegan diet for health reasons, I would recommend that they read the Weston A Price Foundation’s Vegetarian Tour.

    • Healthy Living on April 30, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Was Weston Price the dentist from the 1930’s right?

      Was a diet formulated based on the analysis of teeth of people from 3rd world countries?

      I tend to read the studies of modern medicine. The Western Price has a business which is related to selling and promoting Meat-based diets.

  30. Valtteri Laine on May 2, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Why is red and green cabbage so bad? And why almonds of all the different nuts? Also bananas and melons grouped with legumes confuses me.

    I totally agree thought with most of the good and bad foods, and on why vegans feels better after adopting their diet.

    • Rick on May 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Probably because of their high-ish FODMAP content.

      • Rodo on May 6, 2018 at 4:45 am

        I agree, actually green cabbage has more Oligos than red cabbage and that’s why it’s worse. Almonds are among the nuts with higher content of oligos. And Bananas (ripe) Oligos, as well.

  31. MM on May 2, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I laughed so hard at the list of foods from worst to best.
    Thank you for making my day. Fruits nuts etc are supposed to be the worst while beef etc the best. LMFAO.
    For your information, for thousands of years it’s been a known fact that peanuts is a diet in and of itself due to its nutritional makeup. On the other side it’s also a fact that if you eat another mammal, you are going to create a lot of imbalances in the body and you won’t be on this planet for too long since humans are mammals and the human body has a very hard time breaking down the energetic and genetic makeup of another mammal and make it its own. Plus meat remains in the system for at least a good 12 hours therefore it ruts. Rotten food is not digested properly and whatever is in it that made you eat it in the first place won’t really be used by the body since it simply wants to get rid of it due to excessive bacterial activity.
    But I am extending my love to you. It wasn’t meant to be an insult. But the amount of misinformation on the internet is mind boggling.

    • Lacey on May 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      I remember watching a lecture a while back by a man advocating for a vegan diet, and the long digestive system of the human being was one thing he pointed out.
      I have read in the book “eating alive” that the digestive system gets into either an acidic or alkaline environment depending on what you eat – Acidic for proteins to help break them down, and alkaline for carbs. Something like that.
      I believe consistently eating only one kind of natural food could most definitely get the guts into a digestive rhythm, and I doubt the meat would sit around long enough to rot and become carcinogenic. As far as I know most beef is aged anyways, becoming somewhat fermented and so partially broken down, and then it’s cooked which makes it even easier to eat, so it’s not the same kind of impact as fresh, raw meat that wild carnivores eat.
      When someone is talking about a food experimentation that they’ve personally tried and feel healthier on, it’s pretty rude to have such a judgemental attitude. Humans have developed different gut systems all across the world, and now that we’re so mixed up there are absolutely going to be people who can’t eat the same diet as others. If you feel good eating fruits and nuts then that’s great, but some people legitimately get ill on that kind of stuff. Some people get ill on meat – I have a friend who can’t eat beef or any cow products. I personally feel great when I eat lots of meat, and I’m beginning to notice that I feel bad when I eat tomatoes. All different.
      And you say that “it’s a known fact” that peanuts are a diet in and of themselves…ok, but given that so many people are deathly allergic to them, it stands to reason that many people may be sensitive to them. Just because they’re rich in compounds doesn’t mean they’re for everyone. Actually, every single thing you list as a “fact” is just your opinion, and you might want to be more conservative with that word.

      • K on May 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm

        Well said Lacey.

    • Andrei on May 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

      And I guess we developed shoulders capable of throwing sharp objects at 80+ miles an hour just for recreation right? or was it to hunt those pesky peanuts. People are different based on their genetic makeup and can tolerate different foods. It’s just that meat seems to be the least alergenic to the least amount of people.

    • Serge on May 4, 2018 at 12:51 am

      Error … peanuts have been discovered in south America, that would be after Colombus found it less than 500 years ago so forget about your “thousands of years” buddy.

    • David on May 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      You literally could not be more wrong. Do some research – meat liquifies in the intestines.

    • CSFurious on May 17, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Your post made me laugh out loud, i.e., “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones”.

    • Mikhaila on May 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Meat doesn’t rot in you… Come on. How can people actually still believe that.

  32. Barry Bliss on May 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I did not laugh so hard when I read it.
    It was one person (the creator of this blog that no one is forced to visit) sharing their personal experience, and I appreciated it.
    I eat peanut butter regularly and haven’t noticed any problems. That’s me, currently.
    MM, how about you share what works for you?

  33. Leslie Worthington on May 2, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Very intetesting. But what about all the vitamins minerals and enzymes that you get from healthy fruits and vegetables? How do you get enough vitamins minerals and enzymes from just eating a carnivorous diet?

    • Melissa on May 3, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      I was wondering the same thing. How does one get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients that the body needs just by eating a carnivore diet? For example, I’ve been on a low-carb diet since last May (lost over 40 pounds), but I was always experiencing severe headaches on and off, hair loss, and not to mention the fatigue that comes with eating a low-carb diet. I’m really amazed at how this can be done without experiencing all these side effects?

      • CSFurious on May 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

        You take lots of vitamins. It really is that simple.

      • Mikhaila on May 18, 2018 at 8:19 pm

        No you don’t need vitamins. If you were experiencing issues I would probably say something you’re eating was still bothering you.

    • Cristina on May 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      carnes de órgãos

  34. Tara on May 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Mellissa, when you mention the side affect of fatigue, I can relate On very low carb, my aches and pains disappear and my mood is lifted, however, I still experience a lack of energy and a often dizzyness. Constipation is another problem. When I reintroduce rice and oatmeal, those symptoms go away. Not sure what’s happening.

    • Rodo on May 6, 2018 at 4:40 am

      Maybe you and Melissa are just not consuming enough calories? I had those symptoms under the low-carb diet (headaches, fatigue, dizzyness), they disappered as I started consuming more calories (protein and fat). Eating regullarly, not skiping meals, and having enough sleep where key steps as well.

  35. Serge on May 4, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Typo in title

  36. Treefarmer on May 4, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Since allergies aren’t an issue for me, I keep it simple. Just avoid all high glycemic index foods. They make you get fat and sick.

  37. Jane on May 8, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks, Mikhaila. I am happy for your successes and am interested in trying an elimination diet. I just have a few questions. So cutting down to meat and greens is pretty universally beneficial? It’s not related to one’s blood type or ancestry? Also, do you think part of your success may be due to the factors behind food combining? Thanks!

  38. Rhonda Lynn on May 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve been LCHF for 15 months and after losing an initial 30# and feeling great weight loss stalled in November and now feel tired & achy again. I’m considering going carnivore to see how I feel. Do I have to give up coconut oil & butter/ghee? I use coconut oil in my coffee & cook with butter/ghee. Do I also need to give up all spices like onion & garlic powder?

  39. Bliss on May 9, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    It is interesting to watch all of the questions pour in to Mikhaila and she may have answers for you all…I may be wrong, but from what I can tell, Mikhaila is sharing what is working for her. She is not writing a rule book for all to blindly follow.
    I am not sure she can tell you whether or not it is okay for you to use coconut oil.

    • Olliesaunt on May 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Exactly Bliss. People don’t seem to get that you need to figure out what works for you personally as no two people are exactly the same. I recommend this website which teaches you how to kind of experiment on yourself

  40. alagiz on May 10, 2018 at 7:09 am

    I am sorry, but this is rubbish.
    I had different sort of diseases until I excluded meat, effectively becoming a vegetarian.
    General statements like “Going vegetarian is probably the worst thing you can do” are worth nothing.
    It is all individual, if something helped you, doesn’t mean it will help others.

  41. Bliss on May 10, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Perhaps you should start a blog telling, in great detail, your story.

  42. Louise Cornish on May 11, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Can you eat eggs Mikhalia?

  43. Bliss on May 11, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Perhaps everyone should read Mikhaila’s earlier posts.
    She eats beef, sparkling water (because she is a princess), and salt.

  44. Nathen on May 16, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Has anybody here tried a Vegan Keto diet for any extended period of time? I’ve been a Vegan for 3 years and i still feel like i could feel much better. I also struggle with Anxiety, Depression and ‘Brainn Fog’. Just curious to know if its easy to do.

  45. FatJack on May 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    For honest seekers who appreciate some facts to go along with their journey of discovery, I highly recommend this book: I personally own it and have read it myself. The science is well-researched and you can make an appropriate judgment after considering everything that the author has suggested. If you have no facts, it’s just your opinion. I am celiac, overweight, I have thyroid issues, and a host of other issues that I wish would go away. Health is a personal journey and definitely not “one size fits all” to suggest otherwise is just ignorant.

  46. Stephanie V on May 19, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Mikhaila-
    Thank you for sharing all of your experiences. They are very insightful and inspiring.
    What are your thoughts on good quality maple syrup and/or honey?
    Also, green tea.
    Thank you!
    PS Your recent video of your dad with your daughter is the sweetest thing. Love the music, too.

  47. BigMac on May 28, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Possible issue with coffee and pork could be the histamine content. I have had to remove all histamine foods from my diet. This includes pork, coffee, even cheese. Whiskey and bourbon also seems to be out, unless I dilute it with a bit of water

  48. Ike on June 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Hello Mikhaila, where does apple cider vinegar, stevia, and 5 htp (Brand?) rank on this list? What brands of sparkling water do you drink, and have you tried lacroix sparkling water? It’s naturally flavored, but not sweetened, not even with artificial sweeteners. Last but not least, what brand of activated charcoal do you use, and do you take it in a powder, pill or capsule?

    • Mikhaila on June 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Apple cider and 5htp are very low on the lost. Stevia made me dizzy but not much other than that. I drink any sparkling water that doesn’t have flavouring added (minerals are fine). I have a sodastream so usually I make my own. And I buy powdered activated charcoal and mix it with water so there’s no capsule. Anything that’s made from coconut seems good! As long as it’s unflavoured and pure.

      • Ike on June 15, 2018 at 8:19 pm

        Thank you for the swift response :). What brand of 5htp do you use, I’m often alarmed by how the same supplement has different ingredients depending on the brand. Last but not least, between which foods would you place stevia, acv and 5htp. I’m being thorough because my reactions are pretty consistent with yours and I’d rather know whether they make you feel funny, like chicken, or if they’re low level causes of a reaction like lettuce.Who has a month to give depression the spotlight, amirite?


        • Mikhaila on June 15, 2018 at 8:29 pm

          Acv is right at the bottom. That’s one of the last things I cut out. Pretty safe, like coconut oil. Stevia I’m not sure what happened. It wasn’t a month of depression. I’ll find the brand of 5htp but eventually I just bought powder and gelatin capsules.

          • Ike on June 15, 2018 at 8:39 pm

            I really appreciate it 🙂 thanks a bunch. Not just for the responses, but for all of this. Found out about you around this time last year, and I’m finally getting some consistent improvement now that I’m starting to give up on the idea of comfort food. If they could give Nobel prizes to families, I’d nominate yours.

  49. Kenny De Metter on June 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Given that canola oil , coconut oil , and olive oil is on your list of foods not to eat, how do you bake your meat ?

    • Ike on June 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Check her instagram, her stories show a ton of ways to cook meat without oil.

    • Mikhaila on June 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Just meat! You don’t need the oils. Especially for the fattier cuts. But no need for roasts, ground beef, or steak.

  50. Bliss on June 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Where I live there is no oven.
    I put frozen vegetables in a pot of water, along with a chunk of meat and let it all boil. Then I drain the water, cut the meat up and mix it all together.

  51. Ike on June 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I noticed that you emphasize cane sugar. Is that because it’s a high IgG food for you, thus making it worse than high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup and honey? Or do they seem to be just as deserving of the number 3 spot?

    • Mikhaila on June 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Yep! Honey was the easiest for me. I didn’t try maple syrup and corn was an IgG too but not as high as cane.

      • Jeroen on August 5, 2018 at 7:17 am

        Makes me wonder about beet sugar, which is the most common form in Europe. How would that stand in comparison.
        Not that I’m using any, quickest win in any low-carb diet is getting rid of sugar completely in all its forms, but might be an interesting comparison.

        • Mikhaila on August 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

          I didn’t react nearly as badly to beet sugar as cane sugar. I tolerated quite well at the beginning of my dietary adventures

  52. Jennifer Stone on July 3, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Hey, I was wondering for the all meat diet you’re on, do you cook your meat in oil? and what kind do you prefer that works well for your body. If not, what are some tips to cooking beef without oil? I wanted to try it for a month just to see how I feel, and I wanted to make sure I did it correctly 🙂

    • Brook Bolger on July 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

      I’d like to hear the answer to this too. However, if you want to stay with meat products, you can also use beef tallow or lard.

    • Jeroen on August 5, 2018 at 7:18 am

      Olive oil works great for cooking as a replacement for butter. Taste is a bit different but not unpleasant.

  53. Santiago Rosas on July 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Hey Mikhaila,
    What about eggs?

  54. Carl on July 5, 2018 at 6:40 am

    What are your thoughts on Ground Beef vs. Steak?

  55. Ryan Bowley on July 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I have been on a long journey of diet for about 10 years and have honed my understanding and knowledge to a great extent over the years and have some food for thought that you may find useful.

    My IBS, depression, malaise and dermatitis started after a prolonged fight with tonsillitis. Be it the antibiotics or post reactive strep issue may never be known. I tend to believe i became sensitized to molds and fungus in the biome and i’m not talking about candida or common yeast.

    I had my first break through with the fodmap diet about 10 years ago. I was so sick every day i could barely eat at all. When i did, i ate what is now clearly the worst foods i could have eaten High sugar foods so i could gets some calories in.

    The fodmap diet was discovered by molash university where they studied the contents that were found in colostomy bags and deciphered essentially what compounds we do not digest as humans. These where dubbed fodmaps
    Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols

    This diet improved my symptoms greatly and gave me a new hope i had not had in years. I then found the specific carbohydrate diet which essentially is a ketogenic diet used historically for treating crohn’s and colitis. The main difference between the two is that the fodmaps allows bulk carbs such as potatoes rice corn and flours which is a hug mistake.

    The specific carbohydrate diet does not consider the fact that many vegetables have large amounts of indigestible carbs.

    They are both on to something but they are both missing something. That being the fodmap diet neglects the possibility that high doses of carbs regardless of the type may not be digested by the time they reach the colon which is most certainly the case especially with a damaged gut lining.

    And the SCD diet neglects that some allowed fruits and vegetables are just as bad. and both diets neglect quantity to a large extent.

    To complicated my issue I believe i am extremely reactive to mold. mold is a significant portion of the gut flora but rarely gets any mention. molds eat carbs as can be seen in moldy bread. It is the first to thrive. I think when i eat anything that feeds the molds i pay for it big time often for weeks.

    Second when i eat foods made with molds such as real soya sauce, fermented foods like sour kraut, black tea, black pepper, olives etc i become extremely ill.

    Many vegetables are moldy when you buy them. things such as greens, zucchini, tomatoes etc can have mold that cannot be seen so i take a risk every time i eat them. Tomates are easier to tell, zuchini can be deskinned but greens aren’t worth eating.

    Broccoli is almost always moldy to some extent when purchased and frozen is actually the safest choice.

    The point i am trying to make is that i don’t think that food antigens are necessarily your problem so much as the feeding of some constituent of your microbiome. The problem is that you will never know whether you are reacting to strep, mold, staph etc but a low carb diet simply does not feed any of them enough to create levels of toxins or antigens that you may have become sensitized too.

    I have become more tolerant of more foods the longer i do this diet. but i have learned that the problem with people is the understanding of the reason that it works and this can cause a less educated approach to eliminating.

    Low fodmap fruits and vegetables are a good start but must eaten in small amounts.

    kiwi, broccoli, roma tomatoes, brussel spouts are my safest foods. boiling the vegetables (not tomatoes) is key as well to there complete digestion.

    acorn squash and zucchini cooked well are also well tolerated. don’t cook them enough and i pay for it.

    I can have beef, pork, chicken, lamb eggs and basically any meat that’s not preserved or processed.

    Hard aged cheeses only. no lactose whatsoever but i can have aged cheddar and swiss to my hearts content.

    I think being in ketogenesis helps not only because the ketones have so many benefits but because your tissue glucose levels remain lower so tonsils and gut lumina etc have less available glucose for a bacteria to feed off should they take root. this is simply a theory but i think has some merit.

    Anyways I share this in the hopes that you can expand your diet a little bit to get some vitamins and minerals that may not be available in meats only. Kiwi would be what i recommend to try first and is the poster fruit of the fodmap diet and not by coincidence.

    One last piece of anecdotal evidence was i went on a elemental diet for several weeks. This is a zero allergen powder that can reverse crohn’s colitis and several other ailments of the digestional track and immune related problems. The powder is essential amino acids and glucose and the one i tried was called vivonex.

    Glucose is supposed to be so easily digested that it disappears in the duodenum almost. This should not cause any gastrointestinal problems whatsoever but for me it did. I have to think there is no way in a 500ml thick shake that some glucose did make it to my colon because my symptoms did not improve at all which was extremely disturbing at the time. zero antigens, full symptoms. That’s when i became quite positive the antigens where from the gut biome not the food itself and i started my super low carb journey to amazing success.

    Anyways hope some of this helps somebody.

  56. Natalie Romanello on July 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I just gasped! Casually reading the list, and was surprised to see FIGS high on your list. I have always had slight reactions (mouth itchiness) to many fruits, including melons and bananas which are also high on your list…but figs were the first food to put me in PAIN. I almost made my husband take me to the hospital. It wasn’t the first time I had eaten them, but maybe the fifth or sixth time? Since then, I have eaten them accidentally in a Luna bar and the pain in my stomach came back. I wonder what it is about certain fruits?

  57. Anastasia on August 9, 2018 at 4:10 am

    “People need it in order to really thrive.”

    To what extent are you competent in nutritional science to be able to claim such a thing? Could you give us studies showing that “people need meat”? Has not your life experience taught you that the diet / allergies thing rather vary by individuals? How about 500 million Indian vegetarians?

    P.S. I assume that you rely on something more than your personal anecdotal experience.

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