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What Exactly Is My Issue, And What To Do About It?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Hello!

First I would like to start with a bit of history to give you all my current situation:

I was physically active and seemingly in good shape until I was 13. From 13-15 I started having very small issues with eczema (inside of forearms), semi-frequent nose bleed and sometimes hives.

When I was 15 I got Crohn's Disease. Going off and on different pills for a couple of years while my school life went downhill. I started high school and dropped out basically. I was then put on a remicade treatment for 18 months which cleared the Crohn's during that time. During the two last intervals I was developing a worse case of eczema than I had earlier.

The eczema got really bad and progressively worse. However there were less bad periods so I managed to get into a private school and get an education in IT. After my education (being 19) the eczema became really bad. It covered all the parts of my body and nothing really helped. I got sun treatment in which the effect went away quite fast (ranging from 2-6 weeks).

Somehow I got a girlfriend in that period and we dated for a year until she broke my heart, which was a good thing. Being sad and depressed I spent all my time in bed sleeping or trying to sleep, not eating and just drinking sometimes. That alleviated the eczema issue to the point where I could try to get a job and I did. It was still really, really bad but I could walk outside.

I changed jobs, moved to a different part of my country (Norway), and started working for an IT company with shift work. During that time the eczema issue was still really bad and went on until I quit. When I quit I traveled the the USA and roamed the country for three weeks including 3 weeks in Florida. At the end of my trip I attended a health seminar which laid out food guidelines pretty similar to paleo.

The following year I did nothing but eat better (though I cheated a lot including wheat, but my condition improved drastically), exercise and relax (did not have any work at all). Eventually I got a job and I am now working again.

So in my current situation I am fairly good concerning eczema (sometimes need lotion after a hot shower) and my Crohn's comes and goes depending on stress. When I first got the treatment for Crohn's I got some belly fat (not a lot) and it has increased a bit since then. In so I can easily conclude that I'm probably insulin resistant.

It also seems that I am extremely intolerant to cortisol as it will easily mess up my digestion, and despite still working out (with weights) I look like "muscly but too much fat". I also started martial arts (taekwondo) and I found out that my stamina is really bad and I easily sweat sooooo much if doing anything cardio.

In addition to that I have serious issues with low energy in the evening on weekends and during the day on work days. My current job is very stressful and I do not really enjoy it.

Another point to add is the lack of motivation for doing basically anything, which has basically been going on almost since I was 15. I got hobbies and times of inspiration, but when engaging in them I feel no joy at all.

Although I know that doing a very strict paleo protocol would be beneficial, I am never motivated in every day life to really go through with it since being creative with food has gone out the window. I do not eat wheat, though may indulge with grains, dairy and sugar in my "fudge this" moments that are a bit too often.

I've tried to think of a good solution, but I really can't get it going because of the lack of motivation. A bit of "never finish anything" spiral. Can also add that I do not feel motivated to even find a girlfriend and I'm 27. No problem with the sex drive itself, but just in the "I don't really care" mode.

Thank you in advance for reading, and if necessary I can write in more detail. I'm grateful for any thoughts or input from anyone!

Additional info:

When I get stressed I easily get hungry (except when working out). I feel in general much more energetic if I do not eat for a while (IF test I did this easter) and get a severe crash after eating anything whether it is low carb, high carb, high and low fat etc.

Summary - What I Want From This:

I want to get rid of my issues, though not sure what they are exactly so I'll try to pinpoint what I think they are;

  • Fluctuating energy levels
  • Cortisol management
  • Insulin resistance

Other issues I have written about are in my view sub-issues from the points above. Am I right or really far off in my assessment, and what can be done about it with my current lack of motivation to stick with anything.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on April 02, 2013
at 10:33 AM

(2/2) I haven't read it but maybe you could find something helpful in Mark Sisson's new book, The Primal Connection? It's about Paleo beyond the actual food part of it, like the community and stuff.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on April 02, 2013
at 10:31 AM

(1/2) * I've only been really joyful when unemployed (due to better energy levels), every job I've landed has made me miserable and unfulfilled while my hobbies suffered from them.* Unfortunately, I think that might be the extent of your problem, which is a bummer because comparatively it's really easy to make x or y diet change, but really hard to find a fulfilling lifestyle and job :( Stress can mess up everything and it's perfectly possible that's the only thing wrong - it's so powerful. Check out here http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-living-sleep-stress-cycle/ just for the chart!

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on April 02, 2013
at 08:02 AM

Forgot the coffee question: I do drink caffeine, but it does not give me extra energy (I drink it purely for the taste) and the same for green tea. There have been certain store brand tea types that make me nauseated (herbal type, blackcurrant) if I drink it on an empty stomach. I could give it a go and eliminate caffeine for a period and see what happens.

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on April 02, 2013
at 06:43 AM

Thanks for writing! I have actually ordered more books on diet and nutrition (paleo of course) to stay focused and motivated. My sleep quality is really good since I took to heart about sleeping in a pitch black dark room. Working out is a necessary in the long term although short term (a few months) can be possible. However I find it helpful these days with the social aspect. I'll check into Paul Jaminet, thanks!

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on April 02, 2013
at 06:36 AM

I did weight training 3-4 times a week depending on program. That has been scaled down to maybe 1-2 times a week since I got Taekwondo Monday and Wednesday (with weigh training maybe Friday/Saturday). I really know how much intensity I can take, so overtraining is not the issue. I've tried going for a week without training without having any change at all. It doesn't help though that I have a lot of stress at work and basically dislike it (decided to get another education) though I can't quit because of debt. And other jobs I've had have also made me miserable (or maybe I did it myself).

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on April 02, 2013
at 06:33 AM

Hi and thank you for your time! I've only been really joyful when unemployed (due to better energy levels), every job I've landed has made me miserable and unfulfilled while my hobbies suffered from them. This might be a character trait that I need to do something I really enjoy or I'd get miserable, but probably enhanced by the other issues also. Spending the last 11 years with severe health problems have certainly changed me for better and worse. I spent that time looking for a solution, only to find that when I found it I didn't have a life outside the problems.

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:48 PM

Sorry about that, added a summary I hope you find helpful. Thanks!

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:13 PM

This is extremely vague; what are you asking?

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Oh, okay. Since you do not have any more sweet cravings, I don't know what to tell you. But sweet cravings are a symptom of SIBO.

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:36 PM

It's not exactly like that. Sometimes I can read for several hours if I start around 11AM on a Saturday. It seems more to me that the inconsistency of energy is the prime issue alongside the off/on motivation switch.

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:19 PM

I really loved sweets and I have eaten that instead of regular food for a large part of the years. The reason for that I generally "felt better" since my stomach could more easily get upset by regular food. These days I do not crave food or sweets at all. It's more like "Oh fudge, now I have to eat". Sometimes under high stress I might get the "I want to indulge myself" attitude and buy a burger with gluten free bun, but I do not get obsessed like I would get earlier. In particular I am tired of meat and fish of any kind, rather eat eggs, sausage with a mix of starchy/non-starch veggies.

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:18 PM

Also a geek (tech & food), and I'm into GTD as well. See, it's the focus/energy issues where pomodoro comes in - if you can't do something, focussed, for 25 minutes, then you need to practice focussing. And it really is practice / exercise - no different in principle than exercising the body.

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:12 PM

Hi, and thank you for writing! I understand the concept and have also tried it using the information from "The Now Habit" (great book by the way!). I am also a great fan of the GTD system which helps me out a lot. The issue however isn't exactly time or external disturbances. For example; I like coding (yup, I'm a geek!), and I sometimes really want to sit down and learn something via a book. Upon sitting down and reading half a page I start getting sleepy and thus not motivated at all physically. My mind is screaming why can't I fudging read this without falling asleep?

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:13 PM

I have a question for you, do you have any food cravings? If you do, can you list them? Like what kind of foods do you crave?

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:19 PM

I really loved sweets and I have eaten that instead of regular food for a large part of the years. The reason for that I generally "felt better" since my stomach could more easily get upset by regular food. These days I do not crave food or sweets at all. It's more like "Oh fudge, now I have to eat". Sometimes under high stress I might get the "I want to indulge myself" attitude and buy a burger with gluten free bun, but I do not get obsessed like I would get earlier. In particular I am tired of meat and fish of any kind, rather eat eggs, sausage with a mix of starchy/non-starch veggies.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 01, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Oh, okay. Since you do not have any more sweet cravings, I don't know what to tell you. But sweet cravings are a symptom of SIBO.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Wow. There's a lot here, my friend.

Regarding "I've tried to think of a good solution, but I really can't get it going because of the lack of motivation. A bit of "never finish anything" spiral", may I suggest: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/ . It's helped me "get going" on tasks and projects when I've been stuck in paralysis by analysis.

9f7da153bf793d96eef890e671cdbf2b

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:12 PM

Hi, and thank you for writing! I understand the concept and have also tried it using the information from "The Now Habit" (great book by the way!). I am also a great fan of the GTD system which helps me out a lot. The issue however isn't exactly time or external disturbances. For example; I like coding (yup, I'm a geek!), and I sometimes really want to sit down and learn something via a book. Upon sitting down and reading half a page I start getting sleepy and thus not motivated at all physically. My mind is screaming why can't I fudging read this without falling asleep?

9f7da153bf793d96eef890e671cdbf2b

(0)

on April 01, 2013
at 07:36 PM

It's not exactly like that. Sometimes I can read for several hours if I start around 11AM on a Saturday. It seems more to me that the inconsistency of energy is the prime issue alongside the off/on motivation switch.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 01, 2013
at 07:18 PM

Also a geek (tech & food), and I'm into GTD as well. See, it's the focus/energy issues where pomodoro comes in - if you can't do something, focussed, for 25 minutes, then you need to practice focussing. And it really is practice / exercise - no different in principle than exercising the body.

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on April 02, 2013
at 12:36 AM

I can relate to your story quite a bit. Here's what has worked for me:

Read books on diet and nutrition. This will increase your motivation to eat better. Start with the Perfect Health Diet. Look at food as medicine (or poison!).

Correct your circadian rhythm. High quality sleep will give you the best chance at recovery and better energy in the day.

Quit working out if it's not helpful. Just go for walks and bike rides (outside activities) and only occasionally do something strenuous.

Do not be hard on yourself concerning your lack of motivation. It is a symptom. When you are healthy and energetic, you'll seek activities and challenges out of pleasure.

Finally, read about Paul Jaminet's recovery from a chronic brain infection.

9f7da153bf793d96eef890e671cdbf2b

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on April 02, 2013
at 06:43 AM

Thanks for writing! I have actually ordered more books on diet and nutrition (paleo of course) to stay focused and motivated. My sleep quality is really good since I took to heart about sleeping in a pitch black dark room. Working out is a necessary in the long term although short term (a few months) can be possible. However I find it helpful these days with the social aspect. I'll check into Paul Jaminet, thanks!

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on April 01, 2013
at 11:52 PM

My current job is very stressful and I do not really enjoy it.

I got hobbies and times of inspiration, but when engaging in them I feel no joy at all

This stands out to me as a huge issue - mostly because you don't mention anything in your life that you DO enjoy. That kind of chronic stress from a totally joyless existence can EASILY upset everything else, no matter what and how well you eat. I'm there right now and I know how much it sucks and how frustrating it is to be doing everything right and still not feel good...because the problem isn't with your diet. It can suck everything out of you. I wish I could help you with a super secret solution but if I knew of one I wouldn't be stuck in this rut either :(

Question: do you do caffeine? I used to have a huge caffeine habit and quitting it sucked at first but really helped me to stabilize my mood and energy levels after about a week of getting used to not having it.

Also, you said you do weights and takewondo, but how much? What kind of intensity and how often? Is it possible that you're overtraining? It might be worth it to take a week off just to see if that helps...

9f7da153bf793d96eef890e671cdbf2b

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on April 02, 2013
at 08:02 AM

Forgot the coffee question: I do drink caffeine, but it does not give me extra energy (I drink it purely for the taste) and the same for green tea. There have been certain store brand tea types that make me nauseated (herbal type, blackcurrant) if I drink it on an empty stomach. I could give it a go and eliminate caffeine for a period and see what happens.

9f7da153bf793d96eef890e671cdbf2b

(0)

on April 02, 2013
at 06:36 AM

I did weight training 3-4 times a week depending on program. That has been scaled down to maybe 1-2 times a week since I got Taekwondo Monday and Wednesday (with weigh training maybe Friday/Saturday). I really know how much intensity I can take, so overtraining is not the issue. I've tried going for a week without training without having any change at all. It doesn't help though that I have a lot of stress at work and basically dislike it (decided to get another education) though I can't quit because of debt. And other jobs I've had have also made me miserable (or maybe I did it myself).

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on April 02, 2013
at 10:33 AM

(2/2) I haven't read it but maybe you could find something helpful in Mark Sisson's new book, The Primal Connection? It's about Paleo beyond the actual food part of it, like the community and stuff.

9f7da153bf793d96eef890e671cdbf2b

(0)

on April 02, 2013
at 06:33 AM

Hi and thank you for your time! I've only been really joyful when unemployed (due to better energy levels), every job I've landed has made me miserable and unfulfilled while my hobbies suffered from them. This might be a character trait that I need to do something I really enjoy or I'd get miserable, but probably enhanced by the other issues also. Spending the last 11 years with severe health problems have certainly changed me for better and worse. I spent that time looking for a solution, only to find that when I found it I didn't have a life outside the problems.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on April 02, 2013
at 10:31 AM

(1/2) * I've only been really joyful when unemployed (due to better energy levels), every job I've landed has made me miserable and unfulfilled while my hobbies suffered from them.* Unfortunately, I think that might be the extent of your problem, which is a bummer because comparatively it's really easy to make x or y diet change, but really hard to find a fulfilling lifestyle and job :( Stress can mess up everything and it's perfectly possible that's the only thing wrong - it's so powerful. Check out here http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-living-sleep-stress-cycle/ just for the chart!

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