Fasting and Abstinence Raises Your Baseline and Purifies Your Subconscious

This is an update for an ongoing series of articles regarding my health journey. If you would like more context, you can read the previous articles here:


The significant gains acquired through my 62 days No Fap and 44 days Keto/OMAD/Candida fasting 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.

Yikes.

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

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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 in oxalates, 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.

See you on the Far Side – Monk Moon Base

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31 Days Keto/OMAD/Candida Review

This is the 2nd update of my health journey. You can read the 14 Day Review, for a comprehensive guide on how I started, the supplements, habits, and food items I’m using, and why, here: https://moonbasemgtow.com/2019/09/30/14-days-keto-omad-anti-candida-diet-review/

Notable Changes

Meal and Exercise Times

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.

Cravings/Cheating

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.

Candida/Digestion

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

Triggers

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.

Dopamine

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.

Sleep

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.

Physique

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).

Weight Loss

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.

Conclusion

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.

My next updates will most likely be at Day 45, which will be a YouTube video, and an article for Day 60.

See you on the Far Side – Monk Moon Base

Additonal Reading:

Keto Diet Rash: What You Need to Know

Candida Die-Off: Symptoms And Treatment

Fasting and Growth Hormore


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14 Days Keto OMAD Anti-Candida Diet Review

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

Morning:

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.

Early Day:

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.

Mid Day:

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.

Later Day:

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.

Night:

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.

Optimization

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.


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