I knew I would have to slowly build back to normal from a traumatic digestive upset. So I used a drawn-out version of my extended water fasting refeeding rules. I couldn’t handle anything on the first day. So it was a day of zero calories, just like a fast. Halfway through the second day, I was able to have some fluids. When I realized this, I brought them back with some gentle solids for the gut in kefir and white rice. On the third day, I had a couple of meals of kefir, eggs, rice, and a minimal amount of vegetables. I also returned to some movement with gentle walking. On the fourth day, I had a third meal of the same foods and reintroduced meat. The meat felt incredibly heavy, so I only had a small portion.
On the fifth day, meat was still very filling, and each meal had me feeling full to burst. I used my massage gun for over 30 minutes on all the achy spots I had developed from inactivity. It worked wonderfully to relieve all the achy areas. I should’ve remembered to use it sooner. Finally, I felt like myself again on the sixth day, went on a completely normal diet, and got outdoors. I was even able to run a 5k, and my pain-free time resumed. I started another streak of time without pain! Interestingly, a few days later, my allergies were the worst they’d been in several years, making me wonder if my gut microbiome got significantly shifted for the worse from the episode.
Those symptoms can bring a feeling of general unease, and mental background of dread can start to creep in. This is because a swarming spasm around my navel was an ever-present companion during my worst 15 years.
When I noticed this uneasiness washing over me, I went to my go-to tool for these feelings. I did some deep breathing. I also reminded myself that I got out of that horrid state by employing my four pillars method assiduously and continuously. Then I moved to what solutions I needed to implement to fix the situation. Having answers for these kinds of symptoms is an essential part of living with chronic health problems. It is something that I help all of my coaching clients to learn to handle.
In this case, all I needed to do to break through was take it easy for a couple of days with movement. So I walked 1,500 steps per day instead of walking and running 10,000 or more, drank kefir daily for a few weeks, and brought back some starchy carbs like white rice before returning to my keto diet.
The relief of getting back to my new normal of feeling great on the 18th with pain-free time renewed my appreciation for the state of health I’ve managed to achieve.