Wahls Protocol

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July 7, 2016 by Darlene McC

life changer?


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.

One thought on “Wahls Protocol

  1. Kat-15 says:

    That’s awesome, I just learned about the wahls protocol. That is inspiring to hear. Thanks for posting.

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