For some time, I had been listening to lectures given by someone named Jordan Peterson. For the purposes of this blog, who he is doesn’t matter. What matters is that through following him I wound up listening to his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, as she provided an update on Jordan’s health. Both Jordan and Mikhaila promote something called The Lion Diet. That, in a very short summary, is a meat-only diet. Mikhaila talks about how it helped her when she was all but crippled with auto-immune issues including mysterious forms of arthritis. She also mentions that it helped to get rid of her skin issues. Jordan also overcame significant health issues by following this way of eating.
I have psoriasis. I also have some arthritis in my knees and hips. Through my life, I have always been one of those people that can and will eat anything. I always believed that I was lucky that ‘I was born with a cast iron stomach’. And, that’s true. What I didn’t know was how much my diet was impacting my psoriasis and arthritis. I started out by doing a week of research on the Carnivore Diet (eating only animal kingdom foods). I found a lot of people use Carnivore as a cleanse of sorts. They call it an elimination diet. Eating that way for 90 days cleans out a lot of the crap in your system from processed foods. I decided that I would try it. In order to fully understand the impact on my psoriasis, I stopped using the prescription (corticosteroid) spray that I have been using for years. Instead, I decided to use only Aveeno moisturizer.
I started slowly, in late February 2020 …..
- Week 1 – Stopped eating processed foods (including restaurant food), sugar, grains and most dairy (I still eat butter and cheese)
- Week 2 – Cut out carbs and starches & started The Wild Rose Cleanse
- Week 3 – Added Bulletproof coffee, vitamins and mineral additives and trying to drink one liter of water daily
- Week 4 – Eating only animal protein (meat, eggs, cheese), bullet-proof coffee and added almond milk for my morning coffee
During week two my psoriasis and arthritis were completely gone. My psoriasis would come back to a rather mild degree. In the end, I suspect that there may be two factors for that. Firstly, my psoriasis was at it’s cleanest while I was taking The Wild Rose Cleanse. I don’t know what’s in that, but it seems to have helped. Secondly, I do still eat carbs/starches when I eat at Barb’s place. Sarah, the resident chef, makes amazing Asian dishes that incorporate rice. She also makes some amazing dishes that include grains (pastas, etc – like perogies). So, not wanting to give up Sarah’s delicious meals, I consider those my ‘cheat days’. It’s also important to note that I do use barbecue sauce on my meat, which is never ‘clean’ but can be gluten free.
So, in a nutshell, my diet consists primarily of:
- Bulletproof coffee (butter and Medium Chain Triglycerides)
- Bratwurst sausages or cheese omelet with bacon for lunch
- Barbecued steak for dinner (usually)
- Bananas, any fruit or mixed, salted nuts for snacks
- A daily multi-vitamin and mineral additives for my water
- I occasionally eat Fatso peanut butter (by the spoonful)
I have been enjoying this diet for a couple of months now. So far, I feel much better. Apart from the psoriasis and arthritis, I sleep better, have more energy and have very good mental clarity. I also spend less time feeling hungry. A solid feed of beef seems to keep me full longer. I have not experienced any meaningful weight loss or gain. I have been monitoring my weight daily. I started at 162 lbs while I was researching Carnivore. Throughout this entire process, I have fluctuated between 155 and 160 lbs. I do feel (and think I look) a bit leaner, but no significant change in my weight.
One thing to keep in mind, I did find that I would wake up with headaches as I was learning this diet. I found that if I didn’t eat enough the night before, if I went to bed hungry, I would wake up the next day with a headache. I also found snacking to be difficult because I didn’t have a good routine down for what to snack on. So, I made some adjustments. I now barbecue a full package of bratwurst sausages and tuck them into the fridge as snacks. I also found it a bit difficult to eat a lunch at work. From time to time I would go to the local grocery store and buy 150 grams of the cleanest lunch meat that they had. I found that would get me through the day, but it wasn’t great. Now that I’m working from home, I love lunch! My built-in barbecue means that I almost never cleans pots and pans. One plate and a bit of cutlery is all I have to clean-up. So, it might take you a few weeks to get this down to an efficient system. But once I got the right habits formed, this diet has been great for me.
Fast-forward to today (March 25th at time of writing). My psoriasis is in great shape, without prescription drugs. The arthritis in my knees and hips is completely gone. I’m lean and toned with lots of energy. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. Although some use it for weight loss, I think it’s best characteristic is the clean eating.