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The #1 thing that has helped me physically with my PTSD and depression hands down has been fasting and intermittent fasting. My first fasting session opened up my eyes to the possibilities of hope when it comes to the bad relationship I have with food.
DISCLAIMER - None of this is medical advice. I am experimenting on myself because there is so much misleading on the internet. Don’t even trust this info because our body chemistry, lifestyle, gut bacteria, and environment are all different which may lead to different results. Most of this information is opinion, and may differ from yours. Got a suggestion? Leave a comment
I have curated all of my physical health related stories into one section so they are easier to read.
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I have not always been this heavy. If you read my about me or military stories section you will soon see that I part U.S. Navy Special Operations community, and maintained a high level of physical fitness. I am also an Iraq war veteran that has been suffering from PTSD and depression since the war. I consumed high amounts of alcohol to numb myself of many experiences that would probably make someone piss their pants in fear. I filled my body with toxic items that can hardly be considered food and slept for days at a time because honestly, I just didn’t give a flying fuck. Eventually it got to the point where it was either kill myself, or become human again so I started this blog, and physical health is one of the portions that needed to be addressed.
Corn - Most of it is GMO and filled with pesticides that will kill good gut bacteria
Processed foods - High amounts of sugar
Fiberless sugars - High fructose and other man made sugars
Breads ( unless eating out ) - Converted to sugar in the body
High glycemic index foods with low fiber - Insulin spikes
Alcohol - Sleep inhibitor / Extremely toxic.
Red meat - I am on a vegan diet
Dairy - Hard to digest
Peanuts - Hard to digest, and may cause inflammation
Sugary drinks - High in added sugar.
Juice - High in added sugar.
Any oils other than olive oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar & ACV + baking soda
Zero calorie drinks are horrible for you, but I enjoy them so I am going to drink them. This is a lifestyle, not a diet.
I now have a fasting schedule where I fast for a few days starting on Monday and go until up to Friday so I can eat essentially anything I want IF my wife and I decide to go out to eat
Wild edible plants - Found in your own backyard. - Much higher nutrient values that anything you can find in the store, and the are free.
Anything you make from scratch. - You know exactly what you put in your food and where it came from.
Nutrient dense foods
Dark green vegetables
Clean olive oils
Healthy vegetable fats
Nutritional yeast - High in B vitamins
Vitamins and minerals - Mainly for electrolytes and vitamins
Two a day multi vitamin - Good vitamins are expensive, and are not 1 a day vitamins.
No artificial colors
No artificial flavors
MgSport is the only magnesium supplement which is backed by a clinical study. The study shows these pills are absorbed three times more than magnesium citrate in the cellular level.
Nutritional yeast is super yummy and packed full of nutrients. I use it all the time.
4 day water fast - Start date - July 28 2018
3 day water fast - Easier than the first water fast
1 day water fast - Stopped due to stress
4 day water fast
2 day water fast
You would think that my stress levels would be going through the roof, but it seems the opposite is happening. I am stressed by the hunger some, but I am noticing other parts of my body seem to be letting go of tension.
My muscles seem less tight.
The knots in my jaw seems to be loosening up a little.
I feel like I can see better.
I feel like I can breath deeper.
I look forward to eating, but not in a ravenous kind of way.
Colors seem more vivid.
I am in a MUCH better mood.
I feel grateful.
While I seem to be having problems falling asleep, I am wide awake then I get up.
Hunger pangs for the first 2 days.
Diarrhea which may have been caused by taking in too much salt or magnesium. I seem to have cured it with a little bit of ground chia seeds though.
Dry mouth while sleeping
Being around food can be rather difficult
More mental focus
I feel much more creative
I feel much more talkative
Able to rebound from stressful triggers easier
More thoughtful about the food I put into my body
My mood has stabilized
I sleep much better
I do not wake up groggy
According to Wikipedia fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fasting is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually 24 hours, or a number of days. Water fasting refers to abstinence from all food and drink except water, but black coffee and tea may be consumed. Other fasts may be partially restrictive, limiting only particular foods or substances, or be intermittent.
In a physiological context, fasting may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight, or to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal. Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting. Some diagnostic tests are used to determine a fasting state. For example, a person is assumed to be fasting once 8–12 hours have elapsed since the last meal. Metabolic changes of the fasting state begin after absorption of a meal (typically 3–5 hours after eating).
A diagnostic fast refers to prolonged fasting (from 8–72 hours, depending on age) conducted under observation to facilitate the investigation of a health complication, usually hypoglycemia. Many people may also fast as part of a medical procedure or a check-up, such as preceding a colonoscopy or surgery. Fasting may also be part of a religious ritual.
In the past year or so I have drastically change my sleeping habits. These days I sleep in a hammock, and I am getting the best sleep of my life.
People always ask me how well I sleep when I am fasting. I have to admit I wish I could sleep like I do when I am fasting every day.
Pep in my step
Sense of wellbeing
I have been doing my fasting and intermittent fasting protocol for about a month and a half now, and I had my first bout of depression. Honestly, it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. It was sort of like hitting a brick wall. High amounts of external stress caused me to break my fast and spiral out of control for about a week. While this isn’t ideal, it showed me that I will still have depressive episodes while fasting. It isn’t a cure, but it is still an effective tool to help feel better, and get back on your feet as well.
Life isn’t perfect, and you can’t expect to stay on the straight an narrow all the time. I will fall off, but I will just get back on and continue looking forward.
I have seen a lot of information saying that you should be drinking a gallon of water a day. I am sure a gallon of water a day is fine, but really I don’t think you actually need that much water. Having too much water can actually cause you to lose precious electrolytes. I just drink when I am thirsty and when my urine is turning yellowish in color.
I can only speak for myself, but I have had no issues with water fasting while on an antidepressant medication. It is always important to speak with your medical provider to make sure that it is safe to do, but so far for me, I have had no issues.