Today is Day 7 of fasting of a two-week alternate day fasting challenge. Essentially, I have been switching off every other day between eating and fasting. The first five fasting days were water fasted and I am ending the challenge with two dry fasting days. The feeding days consist of a ketogenic diet.
Water fasting is simply only subsisting on water without food, and dry fasting does without both.
I started to feel far more full from meals (of which I only eat two) after just three days of fasting. To demonstrate, on Monday May 25th I was very hungry and had to snack, hitting 2,196 calories, but the following Wednesday (post third fast day), I was fine with just 1,755, which I would say is my sweet spot, since I felt a bit hungrier on Sunday May 31 at 1,660 calories.
However, this is where the dry fasting comparison comes into play. Yesterday, June 2, I ate 1,867 calories, after my first day of dry fasting, and yet, I suffered from acid reflux overnight and had many trips to the bathroom all day today.
So, what happened?
When I first begun my research into dry fasting, I read that just one day of it is comparable to three days of water fasting.
I took this as exaggeration.
While I did notice that the ramp up to normal consumption was longer (it took me about 2-3 hours to finish 8 oz. of water), I figured I would be back to normal by the end of the day, especially since I worked up an appetite after recording my latest live stream video.
So of course I was wrong, and it was because of the false equivalence I made for dry fasting. I have done a three day water fast before, and on the first day of re-feeding you are supposed to eat significantly fewer calories than normal, maybe even half as much. My calorie tracker says I should be eating 2,260 to maintain my weight, so tomorrow I will not go over 1,130 calories, and then eat at my new baseline of 1,750 the next day to fully recover.
I’m experiencing what appears to be Candida die-off symptoms, which for me is an acne-like rash across my chest and upper back area. I experienced this the first time I went on Keto, but I was a lot less disciplined back then, and over time after many relapses, Candida may have adapted to my anti-fungal foods (which it can do if foods are not cycled/rotated), and so that’s why I believe it is possible that another round of die-off could have been instigated by the dry fast.
My Food List
Sunflower seed butter
Roasted Macadamia Nuts / Brazil Nuts
Pumpkin Seeds / Hemp Seeds
100% Dark Chocolate
Virgin Olive & Coconut Oil
Fish (Salmon, Sardines)
Grass fed Beef
Free range Eggs
Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano
Cayenne & Black Pepper
Celtic Sea Salt
Oil of Oregano
Detox Tea from Trader Joe’s (contains clove)
Pau D’arco tea (just purchased, not enough data on effectiveness)
Oil pulling rinse with Coconut/Sesame/Sunflower (came in the mail today)
I also would like to mention one “spiritual” benefit I gained from the dry fast.
“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29
I bought a counter top water filter for myself and family members that I live with, but because a few of them are not able to leave for work due to the quarantine, there has been a lot of water consumption lately, and I labor everyday to make sure there will be enough purified water for all of us. I even work near the kitchen, and fortunately can monitor when the pitcher is being refilled, as some family members have a habit of leaving the kitchen while doing so and allowing pure water to overflow.
Practicing fasting and minimalism has made me incredibly conscious of my consumption and potential for conservation, so unfortunately I’ve become slightly resentful when I know so much more water can be preserved. But like Esther from the Bible fasted for three days before pleading to the King to save her people, I fasted to save my family some water.
Returning to the verse in Matthew, I had been so fixated on the scarcity of the water that I was always left with very little. But when I finally detached and dry fasted, I showed the universe that even without water I had enough to survive for the day, and thus I was given more, and now I have an abundance.
The next morning, I woke up to a full water tank.
And it’s not like I drink a ton of water on my own, as on my feeding days I drink very little as I don’t get thirsty while digesting food. Perhaps it is a localized Maharishi Effect?
See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base
Do you have any experience with fasting? Let me know in the comments.
Back at it again with another milestone, another review of comments.
First off, let’s get all the bullshit out of the way. THE FUCKING SPAMMERS
The first bot spotted was Logan. Then, Bananarama gassed me up on the Third Act Freestyle video I did, but this one I actually fell for since I was a bit excited about releasing that particular video. But after I replied, I was suspicious about the profile, and I confirmed it was a spam comment to draw me to their channel and watch their Fortnite videos.
The next day, Liam attempted to do the same, and I knew it was spam because it was an instant comment as soon as I uploaded the video.
Then, I started browsing around YouTube like usual, and managed to find Liam again, but now there was a slightly different banana account, but repeating the same line. The uploader was completely fooled.
Finally, this morning, a third banana account has appeared. This one was actually directly feeding into a different channel completely. Also, I decided to check back on the original Bananarama comment, and now, the username is “Caria“, feeding into the same channel that Bobbette is being used for. WHAT THE HECK??
I’m not sure if I should expose them so other people could know, or just block/ignore them. It’s only slightly interesting because it’s a bit of a recent turn of events.
Alright, no more robots. On to comments from real people!
A Little More Housekeeping
Another reminder that you must keep the language clean and not post more than one link in the comments on YouTube or else your comment will automatically be hidden by YouTube’s quality bot.
Perfect that Smart Halayla is back, because he was the smart one that actually posted too many links and is being referred to in the previous comment for having his content was hidden.
Many are parroting this idea that we all need to unite against feminism. This is simply just a marketing tool for PUAs to prevent the manosphere from raising their standards, trashing their content, and going MGTOW. PUAs/Red Pill benefit from feminism because they encourage men to engage with sexually liberated women. What do you think “spinning plates” is after all?
Allow me to clue you in even further. Men are and always will be in power. Feminism only exists because men shared their power with women. As soon as that stops, feminism will die. So, I am free to be superior to every other man if I want to, because that has nothing to do with how we interact with women.
Lastly, if you look at the chart below, you”ll see why MGTOW is above Red Pill, literally, as the latter’s philosophy doesn’t go past level 2. End of discussion.
Next, we have an odd picture from Triggered Deplorable, who got triggered by my thumbnail photo for my Kim and Kanye Are Like Bulma and Vegeta video. Apparently, Kanye developed this image himself for his “stronger” video.
And doubling back to Saiyans, these are some comments for my Life & Fitness Lesson From Vegeta’s First Time Super Saiyan blog post. In short, the post was about how I was using anger to power my workouts, and I reached a break point, just like Vegeta did when his training almost got him killed, and let go of it all and entered a flow state.
For Aerials comment, If I’m being motivated by a negative emotion, it is most likely dissatisfaction. I’m starting to become exhausted by rage, and it’s much easier to just detach from it. That’s why I’m not experiencing many of the “Red Pill Rage” symptoms because I just detached and went Monk Mode. That said, I did watch Chad Marco’s recent podcast about the Female Dating Strategy sub-reddit, and it definitely confirmed that the rage is still there. But the only solution I have for that right now is more Monk Mode!
For Atalosgaia, I agree and think “letting go” should be a by-product of acceptance, because if one tries to let go consciously, they usually approach it as if they are performing this non-violent act of allowing it to pass, but truthfully, by labeling it, you are in conflict with yourself.
Publish7 lightens up my Functional Nihilism and Creative Hedonism post with a comment about filling holes. Well, a hole needs to be filled for you to be conceived, you need to fill a hole with food and water to survive, and you fill a hole in the ground when you die. I guess he’s right.
In my last celebration article, I specifically hoped for Philskie1 to still be around, and he came in clutch, not even concerned about the giveaway, but just supporting me for my videos, as always. I really appreciate this guy haha. Thanks!
And secondly we have mgtow lucid dream, whom I will admit is my favorite YouTube viewer, mostly for his sick username, and his profile pic is hilarious. But as for his message, Monk Mode is a beautiful and vastly overlooked way of life. So many MGTOW talk about it, but I want to be the one to actually show what it looks like, especially from the perspective as a younger man, as most of these guys happy to be done with women probably have declining testosterone due to age to thank for that. But I still have my lightning rod, and that’s why I think it’s imperative that I make content about my experience, reasoning, and results on this path.
Thanks for your support, friend.
For Study_Guide‘s comment, I did not really intend for this giveaway to actually increase my subscriber count. It was only at the last minute when I had to add in tags that I realized it could have this effect. Because of it, my YouTube subscriber count has now surpassed BitChute.
For the next two comments, well, they said they want to enter, but they never did, probably thinking just subscribing and commenting will get them a ticket. So far, only Owlz has a valid entry. (Update: Internet Funny Man has finally entered). After this article is published, I will begin recording it, so the giveaway will end a day or two after this. So there should still be some time if you’re reading this fresh. GIVEAWAY DETAILS HERE: https://moonbasemgtow.com/2020/05/26/20-amazon-card-giveaway-celebrating-20-videos-published/
Unfortunately for rhythmbhardwaj9, his comment came after all those false-entries (and earlier spam comments), and so I wasn’t entirely trusting that he actually thought my Virtue of Youth post was insightful. I’m sorry bro, but I’m not going to check out your work right now, and your profile pic looks like it belongs in Majora’s Mask LOL.
Gabriel Bradley is thinking about adding his own perspective to the 80/20 Dating Rule. I’m always going to encourage others to make content. As for my own content, the message is superb, but the quality needs work. However, the person that inspired me the most to make content was someone with far worse quality than mine. No shade, but shout outs to you, Alkaline Bodybuilding Finance.
We can get paralyzed when we see high quality content, and think we can never replicate it. Sometimes we need something approachable to get the ball rolling. I only started making serious efforts for my fiction writing after reading the Scott Pilgrim books for this very reason (I think the movie is better).
It’s strange, because I’m actually a perfectionist, but I just don’t have the time to invest in perfecting the quality of my videos for now, so in the meantime, I hope it’s approachable enough for new users to be inspired to take a crack at it themselves.
I also rushed my Third Act freestyle video as well, but luckily, Atalosgaia has some advice for me on future music production.
I’m planning on releasing a lot more music soon. They will just be covers for now until I do get the hardware to handle production apps, so hopefully I can at least perfect vocal recording so the tracks can be decent. I am going to show off some of my singing in the next one, and I will put way more effort than I did on Third Act, especially because the lyrics are more tame so I won’t feel embarrassed about recording it in my full house right now as we are still in quarantine. I’m recording all my videos in a fucking closet to block the sound travel haha.
I might make a health update on this, but if not, I can just tell you now that I’ve been doing an alternate day fasting challenge, and today is Day 6. I’ve tried it out before but I’m way more disciplined now, and I might consider adding in dry fasting again as well, since there is just two more days of fasting for the challenge to be over.
So far, I have noticed that I’ve gotten way more full of the meals I used to eat, and drinking less water, so my new baseline is actually saving me money. I ate 1,660 calories yesterday, but that’s not quite the sweet spot yet. I also think I’ve made significant progress on the recession of my Candida symptoms, so hopefully that will be the main focus of my next update if it’s finally cleared. Stay tuned.
This was not on any of my videos, but just comments I found elsewhere. I just want to highlight this because I’ve always experienced great aversions to things that are mainstream, and naturally gravitate towards niches. YouTube comments are starting to become predictable on popular videos. To make matters worse, YouTube keeps recommending old videos to everyone, and the comments are fully aware of this as well. YouTube is just becoming robotic and inauthentic.
I was around in ’05/’06. Why did we get rid of video responses? That’s still such a dope feature to me. YouTube sucks. But right now, it’s library can’t be replicated.
I would like to make more videos, especially since I’m finally about to start getting into my more hard-hitting stuff. However, my draft list is starting to fill up, and I am starting a new series: The 12 Rules for (Monk Mode) Life, in which I will be remixing Jordan Peterson’s book one chapter a week starting this Friday, as I will have exactly 12 weeks left of my One Year Celibacy vow. It’s the perfect way to finish strong, review all that I’ve learned, and advance to new heights if my Monk Mode is extended. You don’t want to miss out.
Thank you all, andI’ll see you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base
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A tactic I use to get the most fun out of video games these days is to simply play the game on its hardest difficulty.
It’s the fastest way to getting good at the game, and only requires one play through, as opposed to going through the normal difficulty first just to learn the ropes.
This also reflects the two ways that men become MGTOW. Many played the game on Easy Mode and followed the Blue Pill strategy guide only to get a “Game Over” screen after a divorce or some other betrayal by their former lover. Now they have to start a New Game, but potentially with over half of their finances cut, along with children to support (and you know how much we hate escort missions!). Is that the type of game you want to play?
The other way to join MGTOW is to instead front load all the difficulty at the beginning by crushing all of the hopes and dreams you initially had for your future through reasoning that the safest and most optimal outcome for your life requires you to alter or avoid relationships with women and the prospects of parenthood.
But no matter the method for getting through the Red Pill to MGTOW, somewhere along the way, it’s going to hurt.
“The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify, to burn out all that is useless and impure. Suffering ceases for him who is pure.” – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
Life on Hard Mode
Ronin Man, one of my favorite MGTOWs, recently published a video critiquing the practice of No-Fap, and he asked a very hard hitting question on whether guys on no fap or other retaining practices appear “peaceful.” I responded:
“It’s not about peace. It’s about self-knowledge, self-sufficiency, and self-mastery.”
It’s such a great question because the context is absolutely true. I will admit to you that I am not at all peaceful. But then again, has any of the work since taking the Red Pill been peaceful? It is an incredibly difficult task to tear down your former beliefs and personality to rebuild yourself entirely from a new core.
The goal was never peace. It’s why we took the Red Pill to begin with. We didn’t want the blissfully ignorant dream that ends in waking to a nightmare. No, we wanted the cold hard truth.
The Game That I’m Playing
One of my core hypotheses is that we function as Organic Intelligence Programs, referring to the plasticity of our brains and personalities, suggesting that with enough tinkering, we can be reprogrammed.
Of course, the body itself has its own vast intelligence. It’s our HP bar with natural strength, agility, constitution, etc. But for the majority of humans, the body has been running the entire game.
For instance, let’s takeits desire for genetic reproduction, and the institutions of love, marriage, family, and even religion, that our intelligence programs have created to protect that imperative. You take the Red Pill when you deprogram yourself from this basic operating system.
Since a few months ago, I have been asking myself “Is There More To Life Than Just Food and Sex?”, and so the exact parameters of this game that I’m playing has been to closely control and/or monitor my behavior with my No Fap/Semen Retention practice as well as my Keto/Fasting Diet.
It’s not like I was ever an over consumer on any of the things I’m currently fasting from either. I just need to satisfy this incessant curiosity to know if there truly is something greater on the other side.
We play games to be challenged, and I’ve organized my life so far to do exactly this. I honestly would not recommend someone focusing on taming both their food and sex drives at once like I am, but like I said, the hardest difficulty encourages the most growth at the fastest rate.
Changing my Character class is another fun thing to do to extend the play time of a game for a second run, where I would create a new character with a completely different play style. For example, the first play could have been a very vanilla, goody-two-shoes soldier archetype, but I might choose a stealthy, squirmy ranger/scoundrel for the second play through.
TFM also had a great rant on No Fap recently as well, specifically highlighting his frustration with the practice and the common occurrence of wet dreams at the end of each month. This is by far the most common wall No Fap practitioners hit during their practice.
Ironically, it disproves one of Ronin Man’s points against No Fap, that the practice is “shutting down the pipes”, which is clearly untrue if they force themselves open every now and then.
But going back to hitting the wall of wet dreams (yikes), it truly is the point in which all pivots are made on No Fap. First off, there is disagreement on whether experiencing one counts against your streak or not. This is where men decide to either continue their training at the school of Semen Retention, or to remain as just a strictly Non-PMO organization (No Porn Masturbation Orgasm).
The decision is usually guided by whether or not the practitioner is more invested in either the biological or psychological effects on No Fap. I was personally more uncomfortable with wet dreams and wanted to figure out how to stop them, and that’s what made me pursue semen retention.
However, other men suffer from a psychological drain from watching porn, and are more interested in developing healthier sex habits. The stages of which these men will set up camp outside the wall ranges from something like masturbating for a maximum of once per week only using their imagination, to no masturbation at all with release only allowed with a partner.
“Continue? Insert Coin.”
TFM couldn’t get over the wall, and so he found Celestina, his sex doll waifu, and is currently living happily ever after until her next upgrade.
Since then I decided to play on a harder difficulty, and this time completely cut out indulging in any pornographic or sexually stimulating content as well. Yeah, that even includes avoiding a lot of racy click-bait as well. However, I only made it to 28 days on that avenue, and contemplated on admitting I got a “Game Over” once again.
But the game wasn’t over. Not even close.
This whole time, running in the background, my semen retention streak counter has reached 45 days! I made it over the wall!
It was like I was trying to fill up my special move bar and got upset that I missed the opportunity for a flashy finish. I wanted to reset the entire game just because I ranked up an ability in a skill tree path that’s a bit outside of my class archetype.
Role Playing is another tool I use to spice things up if I’m no longer interested in a standard play through.
In Monster Hunter, I made a female character who is only allowed to use light weapons. In Fallout 4, I didn’t pick up any loot when I first started until it made narrative sense to start collecting junk and eating meat from the irradiated animals.
I was doing the same with No-Fap. I can’t say my 12 years of watching porn hasn’t altered my sexual interests. Unfortunately, my belief in the brain’s plasticity has backfired on me. I believe I’ve been reprogrammed towards a certain sexual interest and want to see if there’s a possibility to return to original factory settings.
Man, that’s one hell of a side quest. And this is exactly why I say I give out “Red Pills that are out of this world.” I’m willing to believe and experiment on very esoteric practices.
I shouldn’t be watching porn anyway, because it could end up interfering with my progress on semen retention. But I just want to clarify how I’m tweaking my difficulty settings on No Fap.
I’m running two simultaneous counters: one for semen retention, and another for No-PMO, where an infraction on any of the letters in the acronym results in a reset for that counter.
Min Maxing is a character building strategy used in RPG games in which a player sacrifices (minimizes) growth in certain stat blocks in order to emphasize (maximizing) their strengths to produce overwhelmingeffects compared to more balanced characters.
In my opinion, this is MGTOW. We’ve ceased putting points into the marriage/dating/society skill trees, and are completely invested into other areas of personal development.
Sometimes, the game can feel like it’s really hard, but that’s because we still don’t understand how to play with this new class archetype. Some men want to dual class with having a girlfriend without marrying, or go purple pill. Others go full monk, or sub-class with pump and dump, etc.
When we experience hardships during our transformation into the MGTOW lifestyle, we must consider what our characters will look like at max level. The Blue Piller chose the easy path with the standard ending, only if he can somehow avoid the final boss (divorce rape). But going MGTOW is like getting the DLC expansion pack; new maps, skills, and alternate endings.
But those first few levels on MGTOW mode are brutal. Absolutely brutal. For a while it felt like you were just spinning your wheels, replaying the same level over and over again (red pill rage) while the Blue Pill men were leveling up.
But the true sweetness that is earned from a play through on these sorts of games on the highest difficulty is not just the satisfaction in taking the road less traveled, but taking the challenging task so difficult that it forces you to improve to levels beyond what was previously foreseeable.
Effectively, the game itself begins to disappear, because victory for any man who goes his own way is ultimate and imminent. You begin to realize the true battle was always between you and your former self, and any of your perceived limitations.
This is what playing on Hard Mode is, and this is what it takes to become a Champion.
See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base
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Another Anime/Dragon Ball article?! I know, I know, but trust me, this one’s good.But first, some build-up:
I’ve started the Athlean-X “22 Day” Ab Workout challenge:
On Day 3 I found myself quite lethargic, as there was just no sense of urgency for it, and I had to dig deep.
I used to have a few rivals to compete against physically, but to tell you the truth, being MGTOW feels like the ultimate victory over them already.
Anything more is kicking a blue-pilled man while he’s down.
I have a regular selection of Vegeta scenes from DBZ that I use for motivation, and some are more intense or thematic depending on my mood.
However, I still wasn’t resonating with any of them, so while laying down, procrastinating, I asked myself:
“Why do I really have to do this?”, and I answered, “Because you agreed to it.”
And so, I started the work out. It was difficult without any extrinsic motivations as well as no clear idea for an intrinsic purpose, but over time my pride and desire to complete the work out developed, and I eventually tapped into a deep-seeded anger within me that led me to completely dominating the work out.
I tapped into the evil in my heart.
Although I was about equal or slightly above my rivals in fitness, I now desired to completely blow them out of the water. And I went even further, including people that weren’t even exercising.
I specifically targeted a few people who were Christians, because I recently came out to my family that I did not believe in the Bible’s interpretation of God or the events about the life of Jesus.
These people claim to have this connection to the Holy Spirit, and yet they continue to make poor financial decisions, are unable to curb their diet, and are generally unproductive with their time.
So there I was, going Super Saiyan, with an M on my forehead, sharp breaths in between reps that I want to kill their God.
“And I have to say it felt pretty good.”
I performed a chest workout the night before, and still felt motivated to show them all the true power of the Majin Spiritvs. The Holy Spirit, but after the workout was done I wasn’t interested in re-watching the motivational videos.
I took a cold shower and realized how big my life actually is, with all the other goals I want to accomplish, and my true purpose and ambition hardly concerns anyone else in my family.
Even during my nightly journal session, I just wasn’t on the frequency to criticize them anymore.
Arriving at Day 4 of the Ab workout, I hesitated to watch the Majin Vegeta video. For some reason, it felt like it was going to require more energy to get emotional about the whole ordeal, instead of turning my brain off and just going through the motions.
“I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t care about being better than Kakarot. I didn’t care about being a Super Saiyan. I didn’t care if I lived! I didn’t care about anything! And then, it happened.” – Vegeta
Vegeta had always felt that Goku surpassing him was an insult to his birthright as “The Prince of All Saiyans.” But what Vegeta had to realize was that Goku was never gunning for that position; Goku was always in his own lane.
Goku doesn’t even use his Saiyan-given name “Kakarot”. The Saiyan race is effectively dead and Vegeta and Goku are the last ones left, as their children are half-breed. There is no kingdom left to rule.
Vegeta became Super Saiyan when he finally dissolved his ego, and let go of all those external motivations. He had the power level to achieve the state a long time ago, but it was his insecurities and mental blocks that prevented it.
When he no longer cared about that, when his external world crumbled to the point that it nearly got him killed, that’s when his mind was forced to retreat into the quietness of his inner world, and suddenly, he exploded back as a Super Saiyan.
Unfortunately for Vegeta, reaching his goal made his pride multiple times worse than it was before, which led him to taking actions that would heavily endanger himself and the other characters in later arcs.
And so, I will stop where I am now and use his lesson.
I do have emotional issues. Insecurities. Pride. But I have to let it go.
When the workout started to get tough, and the images of the people I was angry at flashed into my mind, I let them go.
“I want to become my own person.” I told myself.
I may not be able to go Super Saiyan in real life, but I can enter a flow state, and it always requires me to lose my ego:
“Jeanne Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow:
Intense and focused concentration on the present moment
Merging of action and awareness
A loss of reflective self-consciousness
A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
A distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience”
It’s possible that I could continue to use those dark emotional feelings as fuel to power my workouts to incredible heights, like how Vegeta’s fury kept him alive at 450x Earth’s gravity, but I don’t think that power comes free.
What I gain in physical power might result in a trade-off that holds me back emotionally. It would drain me spiritually. And just like Vegeta’s case, it could also end up backfiring and hurt me physically.
I have to thank Immortal Mindz. I feel like he supported my comment because he secretly knew what was coming next.
I won’t dissuade anyone from using these negative forces and external factors to motivate themselves for their goals. We all resonate with different frequencies, and Vegeta’s was particularly dark. He was outer space under a lightning storm and meteor shower for goodness’ sake!
But through the darkness came the bright light of the Super Saiyan.
See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base
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In the Naruto franchise, which I’m referencing for this article, there are three ranks of ninja classes.
The lowest rank is Genin, whom function as school students for the majority of their time. However, they are able to be promoted through the Chunin Exams.
Using this comparison, consumers and commentators of content are the Genin. They enjoy studying the content and will occasionally go on “missions”, which would be more elaborate commenting, or gain the supervision of a Jonin (high rank ninja), which would be akin to being a donor for exclusive content from well established creators.
The Chunins, on the other hand, are people like myself, who now feel they are ready to graduate from the academy and put their skills to the test.
It’s a great feeling, but also a daring one, as I can no longer comment from a distance if I disagree with a specific content creator. I actually have to provide the proof with my own work.
On the other hand, this has given me a lot of confidence, as any dislikes or dissenting comments I receive won’t be worth much to me if the person who made them does not also produce content themselves.
There is a great appreciation for those that support my content, but there can only be a mutual respect for detractors if they are putting in as much effort as I am.
I have and will continue to also challenge higher profile content producers, but very sparingly, as I am not interested in drama or farming their audience for clicks.
Another cool thing about the Chunin exams are that the Genin are not promoted by the majority rule of the village (so, I can’t say something cheesy like, “I’ll finally make it when I hit 10,000+ subscribers!”), but are instead promoted by other Ninja and the Feudal Lord observing the exam.
Although I’m not completely dependent on validation from other content creators, I do regularly compare my skills against theirs, and derive inspiration and new skills from studying their methods. Thus, I have came up with some important benchmarks for myself that I would consider a promotion through my content.
A Seat At The Table With…Happy Humble Hermit
HHH is one of my favorite MGTOW content creators, and it would be a personal reward for me to have a sit-down talk with the man.
He very often encourages other MGTOW to get involved and produce their own content, and I have followed a lot of his advice in his “How To” start up guide video.
He is studying in college to become a teacher, and I’ve even taken inspiration from him on that as well. I’m at a crossroads in my career, as I have an opportunity to score a decent job and settle with my Associate’s degree, or continue to further my education to a Bachelor’s, in which my ideal job afterward would also be as a teacher.
The summers and holiday breaks off is a huge incentive, and will provide me great opportunities to continue to work on my side jobs, (like this site!).
Lastly, another of my MGTOW idols, Itachi MGTOW, whom I also wrote about previously, looked up to Hermit as well, and has been featured on his channel a few times. A sit down with Hermit would let me know I am approaching the same level of prestige as my former mentor.
808-1,000 days of No-Fap
808 is the number no-fap guru Gold Jacket Lukeended his highest streak on, and after reaching that number I will commemorate any no-fapper’s success in reaching that number as Happy Gold Jacket Luke day!
Hopefully he doesn’t take it as a personal dig, but 808 is a dope number, anyway, honestly.
Karezza + 1 year Semen Retention
Semen Retention is the next logical level to ascend to after achieving some foundation in No Fap.
Watching content from Debonair D and Health Then Opulence is actually what inspired this article, as I had two very clear elder content creators in which the distance between my experience and theirs made it very difficult for me to detract or advise them, since they’ve accumulated so much experience in this field and I’m barely out of ground zero.
One angle I have over them, however, is Karezza, and I must credit Gold Jacket Luke for enlightening me to this knowledge. It appears to be less widely known than other practices on retention, especially since the term wasn’t coined until the 1800’s.
From watching their content, it seems that both men still demonstrate a very clear divide between them and their sexual partners. They do not see the bias in allowing the female to orgasm, while they focus on retaining.
Through Karezza, both partners do not orgasm and eliminate the divide and bond very deeply together. However, I have not practiced it myself, so even though I feel they could benefit greatly from it, I have no platform to preach from.
Keto Diet + Curing Candida
It’s been 55 straight days of my Keto, Anti-Candida diet (with plenty of those days being One-Meal-A-Day fasting).
Finally achieving the hormonal balance and purging, rebuilding, and fortifying of my gut would be a huge accomplishment and also provide me a wealth of data and experience to share and introduce others into the wider health community.
I hope I can achieve some results in six months, but I am aiming for a full year to perfect this diet so I would be confident enough to lightly guide others in a helpful direction.
Lastly, if I could optimize my Monk Mode focus to get myself out of this apartment and into a single in New York City (with these high rents, this is not an easy task), I would actually have the privacy I need to become more prolific with recording and uploading videos.
The videos will almost always follow my written content anyway, but with a new mic and some private space, I could catch up on a lot of my articles and provide my viewers with more content.
I would even have the ability to host live streams! So that will be a whole new level of production for me, and most certainly signifies my promotion.
That’s all for now. Just a fun little article for myself. I hope you enjoyed it too.
What would you make you feel accomplished and warrant a promotion to the next content creator level? Let me know.
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The significant gains acquired through my 62 days No Fap and 44 days Keto/OMAD/Candidafasting journey have not come without significant challenges.
Old memories of former habits and feelings have started resurfacing, as if some old neurons are checking in to see if I still need those unused dopamine receptors.
One day I suddenly and vividly remembered the frozen pizzas I bought only a few times from when I worked at a supermarket back then, which was the height of my binge eating career.
I don’t miss the chocolates and chips anymore, but I reminisced on next door’s Pizza Hut bread sticks, and the steak sandwiches from the delis in the area.
But these ghost memories aren’t only occurring with food; It’s happening with my love life too.
You know the type. It’s those feelings you get about the girl you fell in love with but thought you were over her because she’s bad for you and you fell in love with someone else after her, but now it’s clear as day that you were never over her.
But this is what I mean by Purifying The Subconscious, because the prolonged abstaining from sensory pleasures will grant me a face-to-face with my deeply retained or repressed desires.
It is then up to me to observe and allow them to pass as I ask myself, by the time I complete my training reaching a year on my streaks from now, will I still desire these things? Would the feelings fall away?
Would I have raised my baseline?
Raising My Baseline
I reflected in my last health update that I had always crumbled right before the Day 30 mark during my past bouts on the Keto diet, and I was only able to succeed so well this time because I had redirected my off-menu urges with the much safer dark chocolate and almond butter option.
By the way, Health Tip: almonds are very high inoxalates, so eating them over repeated days was probably the source of my digestion issues.
But on average I don’t stray too far from my calorie limit and one meal setting anymore. I go through the same four day rotation of assorted veggies, fish, meat, or egg protein, and healthy fats in seeds, oils, coconut, and butter.
And as I begin to deprogram from sugar, I am also starting to drift away from standard sex.
I’ve come across a new sexual lifestyle called Karezza.
Many of it’s practitioners may also be invested in more spiritual endeavors (AKA something you would call “new age” or “woo woo”), but allow me to not be so esoteric and simply break down the typical ways we have sex today.
Average sex is still procreation focused sex. It is only because of the illusions brought on with the use of contraception that we falsely believe we have engineered recreational sex.
But this isn’t true. Truly, it is still quite juvenile for a man to release what he could very well use to start a family into an unceremonious latex bag. Likewise it is even worse for women, as they actively manipulate their hormones to prevent inception.
I have personally not yet practiced Karezza, but it appeals to me because I am very interested in semen retention, but I also know that common sex and orgasm is more of a release of tension rather than long-lasting and sustainable satisfaction.
At it’s worst, I have heard average sex dubbed as “female assisted ejaculation”, and I wholeheartedly agree with that description.
In short, Karezza is a non-orgasm focused sexual practice in which Oxytocin and other pleasure chemicals are maintained and multiplied through sustained sensuality without any of the crashing resulting from orgasm. It has especially been used to revitalize dead bedrooms in marriages, with repeated orgasms being the culprit of declining interest in long-term relationships, as told in Marnia Robinson’s book Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow (I have not read it yet, though).
More on this in the future, but to return to our point, I realized this new paradigm has raised my baseline when I compared these two sex practices while reflecting on my feelings for my old flame.
Despite her red flags, I would still be interested in standard procreation sex, as a means for closure (or just a really good hate-f–k).
But because of her red flags, I would not be interested in Karezza recreational sex with her because it is far too intimate, and she has negative energies that I do not want her to share or combine with me from her.
See the difference?
With both food and sex, I have refrained and practiced self-control, and it has now come to a point where I require a higher quality source to indulge in those behaviors.
Even if I wanted sugar again, I would much rather find a gourmet or home-baked option rather than the average store bought junk.
And now, my future sexual partners require the right energy, and will not used as my one-way need to get-off.
I am truly curious to see how much more my body will reveal its inner cravings, and what my baseline appetite will be after a year of this training program as I embark on this quest to know myself and develop my character.
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The first difference from two weeks ago was changing my exercises from fasted to fed-state.
I understood the benefits of increased HGH levels and fat loss, but I found prolonged fasting with just one meal was affecting not only my workout performance, but even my ability to work my day job, as I got bored and sleepy very easily at my computer.
However, my context is that I have assigned myself 1,300 calories a day, so if you are eating more than that in one meal, you may be able to coast through your fasting periods much easier than I can.
Prior to now, I have never made it to 30 days of strict Keto in over a year of practicing the diet.
I’ve always noticed a substantial change after Week 3, and this time it specifically started on Day 23.
It could be the hedonic treadmill, as the restricted food list starts to become monotonous.
Specifically, my dopamine hit a flat-line, and it was hard to get out of bed the morning of Day 23. The junk foods that I was previously physically repulsed by were now a bit more intriguing.
I have taken big whiffs of donut boxes. Smelled cookies. Spent a little extra time reading ingredient labels for sugary cereals and ice creams.
But this time, I would prevail.
Although I did break the OMAD routine, I at least kept it sugar free and Ketogenic by indulging in Almond Butter, 100% Dark Chocolate, and mixed nuts.
My baseline has been raised. Confirmed.
The only foods I would consider hard-cheating was one bag of Pork Rinds (0 carbs and sugar, but processed), and a Gyro Platter from Halal Guys (the white sauce/hot sauce probably has vinegar/some sugar in it). But it was a free platter for my birthday, come on!
What’s getting me over the hump though is the fact that I do cook all my own meals. When I look at desserts now, I always remember that the home-made versions always tasted so much better!
So, until my Candida heals, I think I’m okay putting the sweet tooth away, and will be more interested in baking ketogenic desserts myself, or continue to shop around for low-sugar alternatives.
The Candida Thrush seems to be about 40-50% reduced, so that’s great. I’ve also changed my oil pulling time from before bed to the morning, as more bacteria would accumulate during the hours I am sleeping.
Although the thrush doesn’t seem to be adversely affected, eating nuts, nut butter, and dark chocolate six days in a row since Day 25 has impacted my digestion.
I am more constipated, and my stool has been floating (bad) instead of sinking to the bottom like before. I should definitely stay off of it and return to the OMAD routine.
The die-off symptoms, rash-like itching on my chest, has calmed down a ton. However, they are now dull but inactive brown spots on my chest and upper back. You can get an idea of it if you look up “Keto Rash” (link below), but my symptoms are quite mild compared to other pictures you can see.
Things I’ll Be Looking Out For
Day 27 was a Saturday,and that happens to be one of the busiest days in my home with lots of guests and activity from other housemates that disrupts my routine.
It was this feeling of powerlessness over my situation that led me to reverting back to old habits and just wanting to distract myself by eating snack foods and watching entertainment media to drown the noise out and fast forward through the day. (This was the day I bought the Pork Rinds and jar of Mixed Nuts)
The weekends demand me to be more flexible, so I have to prepare for that.
I try not to combine consumption habits. I already have very strong neuron associations with eating food and watching media. In fact, when my five year old nephew pulled his iPad out during dinner and tuned into Netflix, my brother compared his behavior to mine.
Focusing one task at a time is the best way to enjoy my food, and the best way to implement mindfulness and avoid cravings and cheating in the future.
Initially, OMAD had improved my sleep, as I was able to do so straight through the night without any interruptions.
However, since Day 25, I’ve been waking up more frequently, causing me to sleep-in longer. This has been fun, because going back to sleep increases my chances of lucid dreams, and I’ve had about four since then.
But I do miss the jolt of electricity a full night’s sleep can give you in the morning.
That increased HGH man.
My upper body is definitely looking a lot more beefy, and it’s not because of the recent extra carbs, as the fiber has still kept me around 20g net carbs. My abs are also filling out, and I’m on track to achieving my “6 Pack” New Year’s Resolution.
I only do no-equipment home workouts, and have actually been repeating the same routine/sets for the entire month, one workout a day for 5-6 days out of the week.
As my energy has increased and muscles improved, I’ve been able to add more intensity, but I have not changed the time intervals (for Abs and HIIT cardio) and rep counts (push ups).
My Goal weight is 133 lbs. (I’m at 139.8 right now). It was interesting that I plateaued at 137 for a few days before my recent binge, but if I drop too far below in the next 30 days, I’ll at least add avocado back into the diet, and perhaps small snacks, but they should at least be rotated like my regular meals, and not consistently binged on daily.
My overall outlook is positive. There are still a lot of great tasting foods that are sugar free, and I will be able to experience much more of that after my Candida symptoms clear up.
However, I am most excited for the next phase of my diet which would be repopulating my gut flora, especially with some kombucha and kimchi.
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I have failed many times in the past, and I had considered quitting entirely on several occasions, stating that until I moved away into my own place, I would never be able to avoid giving in to the off-menu items my other housemates regularly consume.
I was giving myself an excuse to be mediocre until I was handed the opportunity to be great.
What nonsense. You can’t blame people or your environment for your failures.
When I finally reach my goal weight, I would have been the only person to have done it for myself. Likewise, I was the only person responsible for gaining all the weight to begin with. No one else ate the food for me, and no one else could lose it for me either.
Seeing yourself as separate from your environment is a tool for Self-Mastery, as where you are and who you are with will never become a reason to compromise on your principles.
Your environment slowly becomes only yourself, and your abilities, focusing only on the things within your control. And the most immediate thing you can change, in any environment, is yourself and your opinions on the matter.
The bag of chips on the counter; the fresh brewed coffee in the kitchen; the donuts out on the table; if none of them align with your own personal values, then they do not become part of your ecosystem; They simply belong to someone else.
You don’t just pull clothes off mannequins and electronics off shelves at stores; there are boundaries in place that we respect. In turn, you must build your own personal boundaries out of self-respect for yourself.
It takes too much effort to change your environment anyway, as it is far too rigid with too many authors attached to it. Conversely, relying on your environment to help you produce results is also unwise as it can prove unpredictable with the amount of variables that are able to run through it.
You should treat everything around you in this life as a total accident, but what you choose to create and consume are complete deliberate actions.
Where you are right now is exactly where you need to be, because you’re not actually here anyway.
You’re always here. Right here. In your mind!
“Remember that the ruling faculty is invincible, when self-collected it is satisfied with itself, if it does nothing which it does not choose to do, even if it resist from mere obstinacy. What then will it be when it forms a judgment about anything aided by reason and deliberately? Therefore the mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable. He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man; but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy.”
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and third wealthiest person in the world, celebrated his 89th birth day in August with McDonald’s for breakfast, ice cream for lunch, and candies and Coca-Cola all around.
Oh, wait, no. That’s just his average every day diet.
Buffett is notorious for literally putting his money where his mouth is, as he has purchased both See’s Candies and the Dairy Queen franchise all because they were his go-to snack foods.
“I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old. It’s the safest course I can take.” – Warren Buffet
It could be a rare case of superior genetics that allows his body to break down the high-salt and high-sugar diet to keep him happily skipping well above the US average life span.
“My life couldn’t be happier. In fact, it’d be worse if I had six or eight houses. So, I have everything I need to have, and I don’t need any more.” – Warren Buffet.
2014 Shareholders Meeting
It appears Buffett makes money just for the hell of it, but he has clearly checked off all of the boxes on Maslow’s Hierarchy, and a minimalist mindset only maximizes the enjoyment of the bigger expenses he can make on his billionaire budget.
It seems ever since the Government got involved with dietary standards, people have been getting sicker, with obesity, heart disease, and cancers running wild.
This has led to a Wild West in the health and dieting world. But while the Vegans and Carnivores are at each other’s throats, and everyone in between are claiming to be the best diet for health and longevity, more and more of these quirky elders and centenarians are showing up defying the odds with their “whatever you want” dietary plans.
It truly begs the question if a healthy mind is really the starting point to achieving a healthy or long-lasting body.
“If somebody told me that I live a year longer by eating nothing but broccoli and asparagus from now on…every day will seem like as long. I’ll stick with the Cheetos and the Coke.” – Warren Buffet
Well, “everything in moderation” used to be pretty solid advice, but these outliers seem to throw that out the window.
Maybe Buffett, Overton, and others are exceptions to the rule, and we shouldn’t use them as prime health examples.
But I suppose what can be learned from them is to keep it simple and stress-free. It appears stress is the factor that ages you the fastest, as we can remember the pictures of Bush Jr. and Obama before and after their 8 years in office, and it looks more like they served 20.
Should we just focus on meeting all of our needs?
This is just one example for it, but truthfully you could be even simpler: Whatever you need to do to be stress-free is the most important thing.
If you are sick, then by all means help your body to recover and be strong enough to be able to enjoy the sweet foods you would like to have by focusing on health and immunity supporting foods while your body repairs.
Even though sticking to a strict diet may feel like an everyday battle sometimes, it might just be exactly what my body needs until I get the bigger stresses from my life handled first.
Being debt-free with a healthy savings account and free time to work on my hobbies would be an excellent outlook on life for me.
It’s about waking up every day only looking forward, as nothing else is holding you back in life anymore. You’ve met all your major responsibilities, so just relax on your porch, or keep going to work stress-free and create. The happiness in your heart and the sereneness of your mind will keep the rest of your body at ease despite what you put into it.
Or maybe you don’t have to reach anywhere in life, but actually start taking things away, as minimalists often do. Reducing your life down to just the bare essentials is an easy way to feel like you already have enough in life to live with fewer distractions and desires. If you’re not chasing that new thing, you can finally sit still and let life come to you.
Do whatever you need to do to simplify your life. Take care of the mind first, then wonder about your stomach.
This isn’t my first time around the block. I first started Keto around May of last year, but have struggled through that entire time to reach past 30 days. But this time, I truly reached the paradigm shift.
It was during a meditation session two weeks on the night of my my latest binge session, where I gathered up all my favorite foods and ate to excess. That night revealed to me that I always seem to enjoy the relapse/reset process.
It would always give me a chip on my shoulder, regenerating the motivational drives to rebuild and pick the pieces back up all over again. And since I truly over do it and exhaust my senses during these binge rituals, I truly do not desire to break my diet for the next few days.
But there was something deeper going on, and so I asked myself:
“Why do I always feel better after I make myself feel worse?”
I still don’t have the answer to that, but I’m completely satisfied with not knowing, because what I do know is what junk food tastes like, and how much I “enjoy” it.
What I don’t know, however, is how my life and my character will develop if I continue with my disciplined diet.
The paradigm shift is realizing this experience is a constant self-learning exercise, because not much can be learned of one’s self when they just revert back to outdated and destructive habits.
Moving on to the detailed health update…
Blood Levels: Ketones are 4.1 mmol/L – Blood sugar is 72 mg/DL
Weight: I have lost 12 lbs since I started this routine. 150 to 138.
Why the Keto Diet?
The Keto diet itself is a red pill once you find out that dietary fat has been slandered for decades and carbs are a very cheap form of fuel. It is the “primary source” of fuel only because it is the easiest to burn first as it is the least nutrient dense.
Carbs are like burning paper, but running on fat is like nice oak-y firewood.
For that reason, I have transitioned into OMAD fasting because over time it felt like a chore to reach the 200g+ of fat threshold as I was approaching keto-adaptation and could feel full for hours.
Secondly, I researched the benefits of intermittent fasting, and as I am also practicing a minimalist lifestyle, being encouraged that I could do more with less was enough to get me to try it. Not to mention all the time and money I would save only cooking one meal for the day. The money part is really important though *cough cough*.
Macro-nutrients and calories: Average ~1300 calories a day, 100g of Fat, 20g Net Carbs, and 40-50g Protein a day.
As for what I eat precisely, my diet is even further restricted as I have Candida overgrowth. Candida is a fungus that dwells within the gut and can take many intrusive forms if allowed to grow unchecked. Yeast infections, Oral Thrush, and permeation of the gut lining are possible side effects of overgrowth, along with many other inconveniences.
It is a sophisticated fungus that thrives on sugars, yeasts, and starches. Poor diet or use of antibiotics can encourage Candida over the other strains of healthy bacteria in your gut biome.
Daily Habits and Foods
8oz. Room temperature water with 1/2 Lemon or lime juice with some added sea salt.
Supplements: 1000mg NAC, 250mg 10-Undecenoic acid, and 1950mcg of Iodine (not necessary, I just have a surplus from past purchases).
After an hour or two of continued hydration, I will exercise, followed by a cold shower and usually a half hour meditation session.
Fasting encourages increases in Human Growth Hormone levels, so I try to milk this post-workout period for 1-2 hours to soak these up for my muscles.
I take 10 oz. of cold water with Athletic Greens super-food blend, because like Tim Ferriss has said about the product; “it is my all-in-one nutritional insurance”. It’s about 50 calories so it should break your fast, and I wait at least 30 mins to an hour before consuming anything else.
I prepare my one meal of the day.
Carbs: Only fruit I eat is Avocado and for veggies right now it’s just steamed Kale and Aragula.
I have cut out high FODMAP foods (I used to love Broccoli, Asparagus, and Cauliflower) as they are harder to digest and may ferment in the time they remain. I also removed Spinach because of its dramatically high oxalate content.
Protein: I choose one and rotate each day between three pasture raised eggs, half a can of salmon, a Grass-fed ground beef burger, or two organic chicken drumsticks (eat the bones for that marrow brah).
Fats: Grass Fed Kerrygold Butter (around 3 to 4 slabs).
I scoop a whole avocado into a bowl, throw on a serving of Hemp Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, and Coconut flakes, and throw on my steamed veggies in there, salt them, and mash it all up.
I cook with Coconut Oil or Ghee but would like to avoid extra saturated fat in the future and just stick with olive oil only. I also have duck fat and beef tallow.
Seasons and Spices:
Sea Salt (Himalayan, but I hear Celtic is best). Ground black pepper. Rosemary. Thyme. Turmeric. Cinnamon. Oregano. Some say Garlic and Onion are good for Candida, but I am playing it safe for now.
Supplements: 400mg of Magnesium (Glycinate is best if you don’t have constipation issues, use Citrate if so).
I don’t drink water during meals, and up to an hour after, as I’ve heard it can dilute the acids for digestion.
I usually go on a relaxing 30 minute walk after a meal to aid my digestion, (carb eaters should do this to lower their blood sugar).
After an hour post-meal I re-hydrate, brush with a natural toothpaste, and then floss.
After two hours I take another dose of NAC (always take either 30-mins pre-meal or 2 hours post to avoid conflict with protein absorption of food) and Undecenoic acid.
Absolutely no caffeine ever, as it blocks the absorption of iron if consumed during meals, can disturb the gut on an empty stomach, and it could keep me up at night if consumed later.
Oil-pulling with coconut oil for 10-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Sleep.
Results and Advice
As mentioned earlier, I lost 12 pounds very easily with this method.
I started the routine with a hard-reset fast with only consuming an Athletic Greens drink the entire day, to clear my glycogen stores. Very sedentary for two days.
Building up to the habit is probably best, but if going cold turkey, I recommend you separate some time to acclimate before incorporating work outs. Don’t pass out! I only perform light home workouts at this time.
My digestion has been improving with minimal gas, reduced constipation and improved stool quality.
Very difficult to sleep for the first few days but I’m knocking out much easier now, and with more vivid dreams.
Energy levels are moderate, but seem to be increasing incrementally. Less trouble getting up in the morning.
Candida Die-off symptoms have begun to surface, which include an itchy chest along with red spots, which also appear on my upper back. I am sure it’s die-off, but just in case, I am starting to up my NAC dosage to 2000mg in the morning, and will also rotate my high-histamine foods (Avocado, Cinnamon, Cayenne) just to be safe.
I also may reduce or rotate my vegetable consumption even further as they are store-bought and could be out of season. I should check out the Farmer’s market in the future.
It’s important to mention I could be eating a lot more foods but I only shop at Trader Joe’s, and not all of their selection is organic.
I apologize for not including sources for my information, but I don’t want to convince you of anything as health claims are always conflicted. I just want to share my experience. Do what feels right for you, and make sure you learn something new.
That’s it for me. I’ll be back at the 30-day mark. Stay healthy.