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08-23-2019, 03:04 AM
 
Hi all.

After having Tonsilitis 3-4 weeks ago I came off the antibiotics and went downhill again. Flu type symptoms and a cough. Went back to the docs and told that due to the good gut bacteria been killed off I have developed a bad case of oral thrush - so give drops for that. Sore throat etc. A week later I wasnt too bad, but zero energy. I went training (martial arts) last sunday as was feeling ok, but it's knocked me off my feet again. Literally no energy or enthusiasm for anything.

So went back to the doctors, as just didn't feel right. Never felt like this before. The doctor was actualy really good and we talked for a while. He basically give me a bit of a bollocking saying my lifestyle is unsustainable and at the rate I am going something is going to snap (either mentally or physical) and asked when I last had a holiday (1 or 2 weeks totally away from work/life) I actually had to think and it's almost 2 years!! I explained my job (running my boss's business while he's away travelling the world), daily dog walking, running a Martial Arts club, physical training 3-4 times a week, moving house, 2 young children, planning and seeing through an extension on my house etc etc.

He's basically told me I need a holiday and need to re-evaluate my lifestyle as this is a warning sign from my body/mind. Also said no physical activity other than walking for at least a month. 2 to 3 months even better and get planty of rest/sleep etc.

He said I've got exhaustion and a tectbook advert for somebody who's heading towards a breakdown or similar.

It's really got me thinking about life and my lifestyle and he's right. Had a word with my boss and although I don't have any holidays left he said to book a week away somewhere (which I have done) and to let him know when work gets too much and he will help further etc.

As far as the Martial arts goes I am going to close my club down. It's actually something I have been thinking about for a month or two now. Since opening it over a year ago I haven't been able to do any training of my own (for my next belt) as been focusing on teaching - plus a lot of the time it's an expense (room rent, insurance etc). Instead I am going to travel to my instructors club (90 miles away) once every 3-4 weeks to train there and then train with a friend in my spare time (after at least the next month off).

I think I am just going to do daily meditation and slow Qi Gong with stretching for the next month or so, then see how I feel and maybe start isometrics or somthing in 2-3 months.

Daily meditation too I think!

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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08-26-2019, 07:44 PM
 
Hello kenpopaul,

Your doctor has given you some excellent advice.

There are limits for all of us and we usually don't know what they are until we have gone past them. You're young and strong and you can bounce back but at some point, you will need to establish limits and live by them otherwise a psycho-physiological breakdown will occur.

I'm soon releasing my 'Living Strength Power Secrets from the Fountain of Youth' and have been told by a great many people that they can't wait to read Volume #1) after seeing the cover for:

"Living Strength Power Secrets From the Fountain of Youth-The Nutritional Edge"

Which will be immediately followed by "Living Strength Power Secrets From The Fountain of Youth: Isometric Power Belt Training System". The reason for releasing 'The Nutritional Edge' first is because I spent years proving it and I know in my heart of hearts that 85% of your results in achieving fantastic strength and fitness and turning back the clock is related to one's hormones and the only way to correct that is through a positive nutritional strategy. Nobody can ever convince me that being weak and emaciated looking is something to strive for...ABSOLUTELY NO WAY!!!

Vince Gironda had it right!

Granted, there will be a great number of people that will be upset because I don't follow their dictates that espouse a purely vegan lifestyle or even a strictly Raw Vegan diet. The truth is that I tried it and did everything I was supposed to do in terms of balancing amino acids and I still ended up losing muscle mass and losing a lot of strength over a span of six months which I have more than recaptured with my Isometric Training methods and my predominately Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Nutrition plan. One thing that I have great belief in is the benefits of eggs as a superior source of protein and a marvelous way for a man to boost his testosterone levels naturally. I know you're a committed vegan and if that is something you are doing for humanitarian reasons then I say more power to you, my friend. But I want to encourage you to do a search for the posts that you have authored in the last few years and I think you will be amazed at how many times you have reported a loss of energy and experiencing what appears to be chronic fatigue. I'm certainly not saying that consuming flesh foods or even eggs, cheese, and other dairy products would automatically solve anything BUT I know what it has done for my strength and muscularity and levels of strength and energy. I was depriving my body of the protein it needed when going vegan and it cost me big time BUT THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW. I hardly ever have either meat or fish but I am very generous on the eggs I consume and following Vince Gironda's advice proved to be 100% spot-on for me.

Bottom line: You might seriously ask yourself if some of your health issues are related to being on a strict vegan diet.

---John Peterson

 
 
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08-27-2019, 02:12 AM
 
Hi John

Many thanks for the reply and I will seriously consider what you have written in the post as well as when I read your book (which I am really looking forward to!).

To be honest I have never been super strict with being vegan and have consumed dairy and occasional eggs over the last 3-4 years. I have had periods (a couple of months now and again) where I hav been super strict, but a lot of the time I haven't as my partner is vegetarian and eats eggs and dairy, so a lot of the time for simplicity I have just eaten what she does. The dairy usually makes me feel ill (mucus related) so I try to avoid that, but as I say I will take this into consideration and maybe do a test for myself once I have read your book.

Do you have a reease date yet? I am itching to get started so hoping it is soon

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08-27-2019, 06:55 AM
 
If you haven't already done so, I'd suggest looking into a quality probiotic to get your gut flora re-established. That is the first thing that struck me when reading your story. Eating fermented foods would likely also help.
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08-27-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Wow! Talk about a post speaking right to me as well.

I wonít go into details. But, Iíve been thinking about going back to the hard-boiled eggs and/or bacon for breakfast. From the sounds of it, it canít hurt.
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08-27-2019, 08:54 AM
 
NoBite - Yes I've been on a probiotic for the last week or so - although I read about a recent study in 2018 that more or less confirmed that people who don't take a pro biotic after antibiotics actually recover their gut bacteria quicker than people that do take one!

Rather than chance it I'm taking one anyway as well as eating Sour Kraut and Kim Chi...

blackbelt - I mainly started Veganism as an ethical thing so doubt I could ever go back to eating meat at all - the thought of eggs makes me want to gag for some reason as i've not had them for that long - Milk, well I have cheese on occasion (on Pizza mainly), but could never go back to milk and therefore cream now I know whats involved and what it contains..... It's going to be hard this for me, so I am probably going to have to look into exactly whats in this new book/diet and find a way to get that from plant sources..

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08-27-2019, 02:53 PM
 
I'll swear by the bacon and hard boiled eggs for breakfast.. every day. Mash them up, heat them in the microwave and mix with some mustard and regular mayo.
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