Woman Has Eaten Only Steak for the Past 7 Years, Doctors Say It’s Impossible She’s Still Alive

By: Alec Donaldson | Published: Jan 18, 2024

After a woman revealed she’s been eating nothing but meat for five years, scientists are shocked to find out she’s alive, let alone healthy.

Yet, seven years into the Carnivore diet, Mikhaila Peterson claims she’s been able to reduce the symptoms of chronic illness and depression by following the recent health trend.

Podcaster Enjoys Carnivore Diet

Mikhaila Peterson, daughter of the famous psychologist Jordan Peterson and host of the Mikhaila Peterson Podcast, has been following a meat-only diet since 2015. 

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Commonly referred to as the Carnivore diet, it consists primarily of red meat, including steak and ground beef, sea salt, and water.

The Lion Diet

In 2017, after suffering from various health issues, the podcast host decided to try out the carnivore diet for six weeks. 

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Fast forward seven years, and Mikhaila still follows what she calls the “Lion Diet,” claiming that it has done wonders for her physical and mental health.

Benefits of the Carnivore Diet

Many dieticians claim the Carnivore diet works in a similar manner to the keto diet, aimed at placing the body in a state of ketosis, which helps shift excess body weight. 

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According to those who have studied the keto diet, as one refrains from eating carbs, the body will no longer rely on the slow release of energy. Instead, it begins to use fat stores, which produce ketones.

Tremendous Weight Loss Results

Nutritionists and fitness coaches have all spoken highly of the Keto diet after experiencing incredible transformations in their clients’ health and physiques.

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However, Mikhaila decided to try out the Carnivore diet in an attempt to reduce the symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which had been an everyday part of her life since she was a child.

Joint Replacement at Age 17

Mikhaila suffered painstakingly from her disease, which required her to take various medications to keep the symptoms at bay. 

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By the time she was 17, she had already had two joint replacements, and physicians told her she’d have to continue taking medication, including SSRI pills for depression.


Making A Change

Speaking with FEMAIL a few years back, Mikhaila says she was forced to make a dramatic change after admitting, “I couldn’t wake up; the depression was the worst out of everything.”

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So, by the time she was 23, the podcaster had turned to a Paleo diet, consisting of meat, greens, and root vegetables in an attempt to reduce her various symptoms.


Reduction Of Symptoms

Initially, the Canadian saw a significant reduction in her arthritis symptoms, allowing her to reduce the amount of daily medication she needed to consume.

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By 2015, the podcaster finally reached a point where she no longer needed her daily medications, and she had all but removed her chronic fatigue.


Problems Return During Pregnancy.

Just a year later, Mikhaila became pregnant with her first child, and the depression and chronic fatigue returned. 

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Not long after she gave birth in 2017, Mikhaila decided to try the Carnivore diet. “After I had my daughter and five months into breastfeeding her, I cut my diet back to just eating beef, out of desperation, really,” she said.


Symptoms Reduced almost Immediately

Mikhaila explained that her condition improved drastically after she switched to the Carnivore or “Lion Diet.”

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“Two weeks into the diet, my joints felt better, and I stopped crying in the morning,” said Mikhaila. “Six weeks in, my fairly severe depression went away, and five months in the anxiety/leftover antidepressant withdrawal went away.”


Spreading The Word

Being described as a living example of how the Carnivore diet can drastically change one’s life for the better, Mikhaila continues to spread the word about her transformation. 

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She’s given several TEDx talks and even spoken at the Oxford Union, going into detail on how such a diet can help other people manage chronic illnesses and pain.


Doctors Don’t Agree

While the Carnivore diet has helped many people over the last decade, not all doctors agree with the new health trend.

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Researchers at Healthline claim, “In addition to being high in saturated fat, it’s unsustainable and likely to lead to nutritional deficiencies.”