July 7, 2016 by Darlene McC
Almost 2 years ago I attended a lecture on a “revolutionary” approach to treating MS by Dr Terry Wahls, whom at the time is never heard of. A dear friend had been diagnosed with MS and I was trying to be supportive and helpful. That was the first time I’d heard of the Wahls Protocol, though I didn’t pick it up to read until a few weeks ago.
Having a genetic disorder and keeping the odd hours of a trainer, my body does weird things sometimes. Over the last few years I’ve been accumulating a gradual fatigue, and in the 6 months since I’ve been back to training full time it’s gotten worse. Dare I say: it’s gotten really bad. Some days I’m exhausted by 11a. By my evening sessions I can barely keep my eyes open. Recently, at a BBQ, I fell asleep while having a conversation with a cousin. Embarrasing. And concerning. Reminded me of pre-diagnosis when I used to fall asleep in the middle of parties in high school.
After a conversation with another trainer who I trust I took the symptoms more seriously and I picked up the book. I have no idea if these symptoms are related to EDS or something else, but I honestly don’t care as long as I can treat them.
2 weeks in and I’m on my 3rd day symptom free (a little social weekend deviation and I was exhausted again!) I’m on the lightest version: 9 cups of veggies a day (3 cruciferous, 3 deep green, 3 deep colored), no dairy, no gluten. Salad for breakfast is weird, but it’s better than falling asleep while trying to teach someone to deadlift.
This morning the fatigue is there a little bit – just a nag, really. It might be the heat or a touch of overtraining. There’s more I could try: cutting down my carbs, going keto, cutting grains and fasting. Trying to take manageable baby steps so I can keep it up…but it’s a tug-o-war I hear from so many clients. The balance between wanting to get better and making sustainable choices. Something we all face at one time or another.
Keep fighting the good fight.