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As one health professional described me “From the outside, you look great. Internally, you are a car wreck.” And not like a little fender bender wreck. Like a 50 car pile up at the bottom of an ice hill and no one has any idea how to stop it.

But I’m weird and it never crossed my mind that I’m shit out of luck and this 7-2 off suit of a body is the hand I was dealt. My mind thinks “fuck this-this hand. If it’s the only hand I’m dealt for the 80 years, I’m going to play the shit out of it. This shit fuck 7-2 off suit is going to take home the mother load of all winning hands.”

Well, what’s so wrong with me?

I have ulcerative colitis. The easiest way to explain it (from my understanding) is my internals stay inflamed because my body see’s food and nutrients as the enemy. Or something along those lines.

Anyways, I have symptoms that can extend from GI pain, internally bleeding and pancreatitis. When I was the first diagnosis, doctors put me on a huge dosage of steroids. I believe it was 40mg a day. It fucked me up. It did way more damage than good. It didn’t help the inflammation what so ever.

I go see a different doctor and tell her about my poor reaction to steroids and her solution “let’s put you on a small dosage of steroids for the rest of your life.”….I’m 27!!! It took every ounce of me to not tell her to go fuck herself.

What happened next?

So I essentially give up on doctors and think, well I’ll just fix this on my own. I’m kind of a health nut and never a big proponent of pharma so I was already seeing a lot of different type of doctors, all of which believe in the natural healing of the body.

The natural health focused doctors didn’t help too much in this instance. We tried a few things but nothing every really eliminated the symptoms.

The symptoms carried on for 6 months. Every damn day I had the same problems. I couldn’t get them to go away.

Then I was all in on my health.

I decided it was time to go all in. If I wanted to ever feel better, I need to just do whatever I could at whatever cost and figure my shit out. So that’s what I did. I started doing a lot of research and a lot of self-analysis (yeah, I have no idea what I’m doing) to try and figure out what the fuck to do.

I started everything on the same day. From a science standpoint, this was dumb. I now have 4-5 variables. I’ll never know what helped the most unless I start eliminating what I’m doing 1 by 1 until the symptoms come back. Sounds like a dumb ass plan so here I am.

Taking a probiotic

Taking a probiotic was probably the most obvious one. With ulcerative colitis, you essentially have no good bacteria in your gut. I decided I was going to take the best probiotic on the market. Well, that fell short really fast. I travel a lot and most of the ‘best’ ones need to be refrigerated. Next plan. Take the one with the highest live culture that’s not refrigerated. I found a Garden of Life 50billion live culture. Sounds good to me.

Two diet shifts

I made two diet shifts. the 1st was starting Ketosis. I already ate really healthy so this was a pretty easy transition. Ketosis is shifting your diet to all proteins and fats, only obtaining carbs through green veggies. It should break down to something like 25% protein, 70% fat, 5% carbs. All I really eliminated from my diet was potatoes and brown rice.

The most difficult part is getting enough fat. All I do is cook everything in a lot of butter, oils whenever possible and always trying to add avocado to my food. I’m sure I’m way off in my percentages I actually get but hey, at least I try.

The reason I wanted to start Ketosis is for many people, ulcerative colitis feeds off carbs. I figured if I can remove them from my diet then maybe my body would stop having the symptoms.

The second step was intermittent fasting or time released fasting. This is picking an 8-10 hour window in which that’s the only time you eat each day. There are two different ways to approach this. I choose the most difficult because that’s just what I do. I choose to only be able to drink water outside of my 8-hour window of eating. The thought by some is that drinking coffee or tea outside of this window still causes your body to release enzymes for food digestion, so your body is still technically trying to process food for more than this window you’ve selected.

So I don’t eat or drink coffee outside of 11am-7pm every day. It was surprisingly easy. There were a few days I felt really hungry, but for the most part, my body did a good job and getting energy from sources within me rather than being reliant on food.

I chose to do fasting because there are many health benefits linked to fasting, including improved energy, improved cellular functions, reduced inflammation, burning fat along with many others.

A supplement from left field

I was listing to Joe Rogan’s podcast. He had Dr. Rhonda Patrick on. They are both crazy natural health nuts so it was very entertaining for me. They got to talking about this company called Elysium. They created a product that has science backing to it. I enjoy the dumbed down version of it for my own understanding, but essentially the product gets rid of old, useless shit that supposes to help create energy for your body to use and replaces it with good shit that your body uses for energy. This ‘shit’ is called NAD, by the way.

I started taking this because I was tired all the damn time. My theory to this is I was really tired because my body is using so much energy to fight off this disease. If I can find a way to help my body produce more energy, maybe it can fight the disease better and give me more energy.

It took about 3 weeks of doing all this for the symptoms to go away. It’s pretty awesome, let me tell you.

I guess if I had to have a point to all this, it’s don’t take anything for what it’s worth. If you want to make something better, do it. If you want to do something different than everyone else. Please do it. This world is too full of people doing what they are told is the way to do things. Fuck that. Fuck the system. Be different. Do you.