Jordan Peterson is a notorious Canadian Psychology professor and now Best Selling author of his new book ’12 Rules to Life,’ which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Peterson is highly influential, as well as controversial, seemingly finding himself in some kind of new political predicament each week due to his rather blunt, uncensored opinions on social matters.
Although he is hugely successful, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Peterson. He has mentioned struggling with severe bouts of depression, along with suffering from what he believes is an auto-immune disease.
Similarly his daughter Mikhaila was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a severe autoimmune disorder which led to her getting both her hip, and ankle replaced when she was 16.
After seeing this video, my entire life began to change.
You see, my partner Georgie suffers from an autoimmune disease.
Which disease, you ask? Well, she had markers for Crohn’s disease, along with irregular menstruation, a daily battle with Migraines, bloating, cystic acne, hormonal issues, constipation, gum disease, teeth grinding, and random burning sensations on parts of her body at certain parts of the day.
And that doesn’t even touch on the mental aspect of what she was going through. Frequently I would have to watch the woman I loved breakdown into tears after receiving yet another piece of bad news from doctors and health specialists.
It seemed we were on an unstoppable conveyor belt towards her having to wear a colostomy bag and having full-blown Crohn’s disease.
Until, that is, I heard Jordan Peterson talking about diet.
In retrospect it seems idiotic of us to have never considered the effect of the foods we eat, but we didn’t even really believe ourselves to be unhealthy.
Sure, we had a sweet tooth, and would maybe indulge in some chocolate every once in a while, but who doesn’t, right?
Well, after listening to Peterson, Georgie and I agreed we should try modifying our diets. I mean, what’s the harm?
Similar to Peterson we began to only eat meats and vegetables.
This is when things began to change.
Almost all of Georgie’s conditions disappeared.
The migraines stopped. The constipation stopped. The gum disease began to improve. She no longer felt painful bloating after every meal. Things were finally looking up.
Ailments which had plagued her for years, unfailingly and with no apparent recourse, finally began to subside on this new diet.
And they didn’t just change for her either. I began to notice changes in myself too.
Suddenly my thoughts became clearer, and more positive. I became more confident, more energetic and more extroverted. I became more present, and even funnier.
I wouldn’t have called myself a particularly anxious person before changing my diet. Though, after cutting out certain foods, I no longer felt the butterflies in my stomach that would appear in particular situations.
What I thought were just the anxieties of being human, the unavoidable moments of angst at simply being alive, turned out to actually be my stomach processing foods it shouldn’t be eating.
And without those butterflies, nervousness simply disappeared.
My stomach was now calm, and so was my mind. It was the best I’d felt perhaps in my entire life.
I also began to notice how I used to eat, through my co-workers.
Around the 3 o’clock mark, people would scurry in from their breaks, often accompanied by some kind of snack. A snickers bar, some chips, perhaps some soft drink.
I remembered that feeling, the burst of energy that you would get after biting into chocolate. For a moment, I missed it.
Now, my energy stays consistent, without the spikes, without the stomach-ache.
And Georgie, she’s still improving. Throughout this journey we’ve learned of the compounding damage of processed foods.
Georgie got several allergenic tests done, and it turned out she was intolerant to egg, and onion, and plenty of other things we had been eating almost daily.
Now, we only eat what is good for us, which we figure out through research but also intuition.
For example, we’ve realised Georgie can only eat meat a few times a week.
Unlike Petersons Carnivore Diet, having meat on a daily basis seemed to be too much for Georgie’s body to process. This, we believe, was what helped her acne the most, was cutting the meat consumption down, and eating more vegetables and fish.
How did we figure this out? Trial and error.
The single most important lesson I think I’ve learned from being a part of this whole journey, was to listen to my body.
If you really listen, and really connect to how you feel after certain foods, you will know what’s good for you.
Now I’ll add the obligatory caveats, I’m not a scientist, or a dietician, or even vaguely qualified to give people dietary advice.
All I will say is to try it. Eat vegetables, eat fish, eat meats, and see what feels right for you. Cut out the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating, and see how you change.
You truly are what you eat, and if you eat trash, I guarantee you will feel like it. Treat your body like the piece of machinery it is, and keep it well-oiled and maintained. Deep down you know what’s good for you, so listen to your body and thank me later.