water & INTERMITTENT fasting, A lifestyle that IS HELPING CURE my depression

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

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A DRUG FREE HOME REMEDY FOR DEPRESSION?

Fasting the #1 thing that has helped me physically with my ptsd and depression

I have curated all of my physical health related stories into one section so they are easier to read. 

If you would you can go to my full blog about Battling PTSD and depression feel free to hit the home button.

Below  you can find my physical health stories along with other water fasting related topics that may be of interest to you such as…

topics covered on this page

my background

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.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Foods I avoid while intermittent fasting

  • Foods I consume while intermittent fasting

  • Sweeteners I consume while intermittent fasting

  • Drinks I consume while intermittent fasting

  • What I do when I eat out while intermittent fasting

Protocol I am using as a home remedy for depression and anxiety

Foods I avoid WHILE INTERMITTENT FASTING

  • 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.

  • Margarine

  • Polyunsaturated fats

  • Any oils other than olive oil.

Acceptable sweeteners

  • Stevia

DRINKS I HAVE BEEN DRINKING

  • Coffee



  • 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.

WHAT I DO WHEN I EAT OUT

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

Foods I comsume WHILE INTERMITTENT FASTING

  • Wild edible plants - Found in your own backyard. - Much higher nutrient values that anything you can find in the store, and the are free.

  • Spirulina

  • 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

  • Nuts

  • Fruits

  • Legumes

  • Nutritional yeast - High in B vitamins

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Fermented foods

Vitamins and minerals -  Mainly for electrolytes and vitamins

 

 

Potassium

Should have:

  • No artificial colors

  • No artificial flavors

  • No gluten

Magnesium

  • 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.

B vitamins

Nutritional yeast is super yummy and packed full of nutrients.  I use it all the time.

 

Fasting & intermittent fasting results so far

Just getting started but I am already seeing results 

Fasting & intermittent fasting chart

Water fast log

  1. 4 day water fast - Start date - July 28 2018

  2. 3 day water fast - Easier than the first water fast

  3. 1 day water fast - Stopped due to stress

  4. 4 day water fast

  5. 2 day water fast

water fasting FOR DEPRESSION

water fast video updates on my youtube channel

The ultimate cure for depression and anxiety naturally without drugs https://ptsdanddepression.com/#/physical-health-stories/ The #1 thing that has helped me physically with my PTSD and depression hands down has been fasting and intermittent fasting.
Day #1 | Fasting for depression | The drug free holistic alternative Today starts day 1 of my third water fast in the battle against depression. https://ptsdanddepression.com/battling-ptsd-depression-therapy-stories/water-fasting-antidepressant WHAT IF I WASN'T LISTENING TO MY BODY I had this crazy thought while on one of my walks.
Check out my website @ www.ptsdanddepression.com Yesterday night I broke my fast due to stress. This morning I weighed in at 206 lbs which means in 3 weeks I have lost 13 lbs. Here is the soluble fiber I got. It's keto as well! https://amzn.to/2vZBeWC

what I have noticed about my depression while fasting

THINGS I HAVE NOTICED while being in a fasted and intermittent fasted state

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.

The pros and cons of fasting & intermittent fasting

My cons so far while fasting

  • 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

my pros so far while fasting

  • 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

WHAT IS FASTING?

According to Wikipedia fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all fooddrink, 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.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEPING

Sleep should be your #1 priority for improving your mental and physical health

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. 

What my sleep is like while fasting.

  • No groggyness

  • Pep in my step

  • Improved mood

  • More energy

  • Sense of wellbeing

What happens when I am not sleeping well

  • Depression

  • Groggyness

  • Sluggish mood

  • Tired

  • Body aches

is water fasting a cure for depression?

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.

Importance of water while water fasting

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.

Water fasting while on antidepressants

Cymbalta

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.

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