Thanks for checking on me! I wish I had some good news but I don’t. Things are worse than when I had the crash. My depression and anxiety has gotten significantly worse and my sexual side effects are slightly worse. However, I am the one to blame for this. For the past 4 years, I was extremely stressed with grad school and was not taking care of my health in terms of following the paleo lifestyle and exercising.
I finished with grad school a couple of months ago and did strict carnivore diet for a month to resolve the gut inflammation (check out meatheals). My thought process was that to tackle gut first, then sexual and mental. However, even though a lot of people have benefited from carnivore diet, it backfired on me and made my mental issues even more worse. I started having extreme suicidal thoughts. I don’t know if it was because I was adjusting to it or what but I suspect the carnivore diet helps people with autoimmune disorder and our problem isn’t autoimmune.
A couple of years ago, I discovered the CDnuts protocol but I never committed to the protocol 100% because of my grad school and because frankly I didn’t wanna think or do anything about my problems until I graduate. Grad school was stressful enough for me. I thought time would make me better but it has only made me worse.
I have decided to fully commit to the protocol mentioned above since I have nothing else to lose and I am not gonna throw away my life which I worked so hard to build because of three pills. I am going to recover.
Instead of committing to the protocol all at once, I am taking it one step at a time until I am fully there. So, for the past ten days, I have been weightlifting everyday. I go right after work and have made it into my routine and the routine is working well for me.
This is the plan I follow:
4x8, 2:00 break, last one till FAILURE!
Cue - Right after work
Routine - Weightlifting
Reward - Fruits
- Bench Press - 145
- Tricep Extension - 35
- Hammer Press - 100
- Dips - 70
- Overhead Tricep - 40
- Fly -
- Seated Bicep Curl - 45
- Lat Pulldown - 100
- Low Row - 100
- Pull Ups - 115
- Back Extension - 150
- HIIT - 4 sets, 30sec
- Squats - 90
- Seated Leg Press - 210
- Leg Extension - 130
- Leg Curl - 90
- Hip Abduction -
- Hip Adduction -
- Shoulder Press - 40
- Lateral/Front Raise - 15/35
- Hammer Curls - 30
- Bicep Curl - 25
- HIIT - 4 sets, 30 seconds
In terms for diet, for the past ten days, I have following the paleo diet after coming off the carnivore diet:
- Vegetables (Carrots, Guacomole etc.)
- Fruits (Banana and Oranges)
- Nuts (Almond Butter, Brazailian Nuts etc.)
- Meat (Beef Patty & Steak)
- Coffee with Stevia
I only eat fruits after weightlifting at nighttime otherwise I am on a low carb ketogenic paleo diet during the day. I skip breakfast and eat one meal at lunchtime. And eat after weightlifting at nighttime. Been taking creatine, glutamine and electrolyte powder as supplements before weightlifting.
I plan to follow this until mid Dec and then I will do a 12 day water fast and just rest those days to reset my body. I have already taken days off from work.
Then, starting January, I am gonna continue my diet and exercise but start taking the 21 herbs.
So far, following this protocol for ten days, I feel better and energetic. I feel like mental issues has subsided and my libido has improved. I also don’t have gut bloating as much. I know it’s only been ten days but I will update at the end of November and December after my fast. If I don’t, please remind me.
After reading through recoveries, I learnt two things. Even with committing to the protocol 100%, recovery will take more than a year. My gut feeling says I will recover in less than two. Also, the second thing I have learnt is that the journey to recovery will have a lot of upswings and downswings to not give up when in the downswing phase and keep going no matter what.
Hopefully, this information helps. We will get thru this and come out stronger when we recover.