Ha ha ha, that might take some time but I will give it a try. Story form will be easier for me so I hope this doesn’t end up too long…
I started by doing the Sinclair method to stop drinking, then I started taking Berberine and Cinnamon while doing low carb OMAD and lost a ton of weight (around 40kg). A that stage I came up with the concept of joy swaps, swapping working in my sewing room on my wardrobe for working in the kitchen and having fun at the gym and out in the sun instead of reading. I figured if it was possible to get addicted to exercise I might as well give it a try. That did eventually work. I get so high from working out now that it is kind of crazy. I have headphones and always listen to music I absolutely love. World in My Eyes by Depeche Mode and Earth Wind and Fire come to mind.
I then started taking Astralgus but eventually found a suppliment called Youth Switch by Pure Health that I religiously take 2 or 3 of a day. For some reason it is the only thing I have on repeat order. Their sales movie must have worked on me! I also started Resveratrol, Co enzyme 10 and Quercitin and also Metformin. The doctor making me jump through a hundred hoops before I could get a script for Rapa. I also got my Apple watch and started religiously tracking my sleep.
I soon stopped the Co enzyme 10 because it messed with my sleep and I also saw some research that shows it only works it’s wonders on mice eating trans fats. I have never eaten seed oils or trans fats, I also stopped the Metformin because I didn’t like it and the resveratrol when a lot of other people did.
I still take Quercitin 500mg (I think) every night after dinner.
I had already taken NAC for awhile when I was still drinking for hangovers but later got going with Glynac and really loved that. I have taken about 1/3 of the dose Dr. Green recommends for a year or more but have recently tried to up that, but often forget.
I have also been on bioidentical hormone replacement for many years now - but last year started taking more DHEA, zinc etc. as per TRIM.
I finally started taking Rapa about 6 or 8 months ago, 6 mg once per week with EVO and GFJ but have skipped the GFJ lately just out of instinct (don’t know why) .
Other stuff - I take 50 000 iu of vitamin A about 3 times a week when I remember. I also take annatto vitamin E once a day. I never believed the bad hype about vitamin E, my dad used it with near miraculous results in his medical practice for many years. I also eat a lot of pate, oily fish, codlivers, and home made vegetable and meat soup and we probably eat slow cooked lamb at least 3 nights a week.
I also grow micro greens in soil as a hobby business supplying a few restaurants and so we eat a lot of fresh broccolli sprouts and pea shoots which I believe are very high in Sulphuraphane and Spermadine. Cabbage is the one vegetable I couldn’t live without. Organic coleslaw, sourkraute, Kimchee etc. Other brassicas too. Broccoli, Cauliflower and Asian greens but not so much spinach or Kale. Oh and every kind of mushroom by the boatload.
What else? DMAE bitartrate (150mg) and PABA (500mg) as natural sunscreen in the morning once a day. Also rosehips or any kind of natural vitamin C I can find and whatever collagen suppliments I find on special at the supermarket by the ton. 1 gm of NMN too, under my tongue in the morning but I am not entirely convinced about this. I also take a half a teaspoon of Brahmi (Bacopa Moneria), Milk Thistle, and Proseren Saw palmetto every morning and LDN at night.
Oh and I also take Taurine now (up to 9gms a day now) and a big dose of magnesium at bedtime along with the all the other stuff I do which you can read in the ‘off label medications to improve sleep’ thread.
The Taurine has been a remarkable journey for me but that is in the Taurine thread.
I am a fan of probiotics. L. Reuteri especially, which I used to make yogurt from. It has a very noticeable effect of bringing moments of joy to my day that I have not experienced since I was young.
Joy is a bit thing for me. I mean what is the point of doing all this stuff to stay young and healthy if you are not finding any joy in your life? If I feel depressed the first thing I consider is my potassium intake and make a pot of vegetable soup with lots of celery.
What do I do that is different than everyone else?
I love hypnosis and mediation audios and am even planning on starting to produce some soon. I have used them and naltrexone with great success to change my habits. Stopping vaping and smoking the hardest, but accomplished this time without gaining weight.
I am big fan of skin taping. After I lost a lot of weight I used Kineseology tape to shrink the skin on my body so it didn’t sag. My stomach and breasts especially. I also use invisible tape under my hair at the sides of my face and behind my neck which takes 10 to 15 years off my face. If anyone notices it I just say I am shrinking my skin after losing so much weight (which is the truth!)
More on the cosmetic side I love makeup and also wear multifocal contact lenses which I love.
I am also a big fan of Feldenkrais and adapt all my gym exercises around it’s principles. I would love to explain more but that’s for another post. More than anything I have done it has helped me feel like a kid again. It is not so much exercise as retraining how you move.
I have some exercises I have invented myself based on this that I will share soon if anyone is interested. I might get my husband to video me doing them which would be fun. There is a guy called Taro on Youtube who is an expert. Check out how young he looks in how he moves. That aspect of his teaching was inspirational to me and I feel that I have embodied it.
Oh and last but not least - I never use sun screen but get sun in the middle of the day for a half hour or more everyday, but only when the sun is above 50 degrees. I never sit in winter sun, sun behind glass or clouds or wind. I also cover my face almost entirely when I sleep but that info is in the sleep thread.
Most of all it is about forgiving yourself and others while also maintaining high standards around respect. I spent a large part of my life being over reactive. Now I pace myself and work at staying fit and strong. I also spend a lot of time thinking, and putting myself in other people’s shoes. I am not in a rush to solve every problem that comes my way now. Time and reflection work miracles that no quick fix will ever match.