Some people have noted that intermittent fasting makes them feel colder, speculating that fasting may slow thyroid function, so you may want to have that included in your blood work. From reading various sites, I gather that this effect tends to be transient and corrects itself after a while. Exercise can help, as can increasing the amount of fat in the diet. I find that coconut oil is particularly energizing.
Thanks for the suggestions. In this case, though, I'm completely sure the problem can't be from fasting. I experimented with cold showers for a while - and was really enjoying them! - before
I started intermittent fasting. I stopped the cold showers due to getting cold in the water way too quickly, and then about a month later I started intermittent fasting.
I should also note that this problem appeared last summer, too. I wasn't able to last as long in the ocean water as my wife, even though in the past I've tended to have much
better thermal endurance. I really have very little idea what's going on with that.
Thyroid tests are part of the blood panel I'm getting. Thanks for pointing out the need to include those, though.
And yes, I love coconut oil! I probably have it too often; it's just so wonderfully convenient, especially since I can't do any form of dairy on a regular basis. So, most of my oil comes from avocados, nuts, olive oil, and coconut oil.
The skin blistering or cracking could be due to letting your skin get too dry. Try using a moisturizing cream, or even a "barrier" like Vaseline to help retain moisture.
Yep! I'm quite familiar with these issues. I've had this problem with eczema (or psoriasis? It's just tagged as "dermatitis", which I think just means that the skin inflames) since July 2009. I have no idea what triggered it, but avoiding letting it ever
get wet is by far the best thing I've found for it, followed closely by getting the hands dry as quickly as possible and then putting on moisturizer. I've tried Aquaphor on a dermatologist's recommendation, and it actually makes the problem worse for some reason I can't fathom.
The changes and sensations you report are all quite positive. It sounds to me that you are on the verge of progress! Plus lens therapy is typically a longer, more arduous road to walk than that of many other types of physical improvement, such as the response of muscles to weightlifting. Improvement in eyesight is not always predictable. It seems to progress in fits and spurts, with long plateaus interspersed between sudden, sometimes dramatic improvements. Keep on the lookout for occasional flashes of clarity or "double vision" where you see sharp lines superimposed over blurrier images. These can be signs that a positive change is about to happen.
I know what you're talking about, but it's hard for me to tell. I can generate a kind of "double vision" at will, mainly by blinking in a particular way that involves squeezing my eyelids shut and slightly crossing my eyes. (I had to deduce that I was crossing my eyes. It just feels like blinking hard in a weird way to me.) I've found that as I've been doing this plus-lens therapy and avoiding wearing my glasses, the sharp part of the double-vision has been slowly getting a little brighter, and the double-vision effect lasts longer. (It used to last between a half of a second and two seconds. Now it goes as long as five seconds, and once it lasted somewhere around ten seconds.)
Thank you for the encouragement.
I wish you the best and hope you will keep checking in to report your progress.
At the start of October I had to wear my glasses for a few days due to attending a conference. My vision is bad enough that I can't read PowerPoint presentations fast enough to keep up with the presentation, even sitting as close as I can. So, since my contributions were expected, I had to wear my glasses for about three days. I took them off whenever I could and put them on only when reading the slides or when engaged in discussion. (It's very hard for me to read people's facial expressions without my glasses, and that has some significant social consequences. Sometimes I actually cannot hear what people are saying without my glasses on!)
As a result of that, most of these sensations I was describing before vanished. I'm only just now starting to get them back. There's a kind of intentional shift in how I "push" my eyes while using the plus lenses that I had basically forgotten how to do for over a week after I got back from the conference. I'm doing it regularly now (including at the moment!) and I'm just now getting my progress back.
I've come to notice how bad my eye habits really are as a result of this. Before the conference I was making a special point of getting up every 10-15 minutes to do some kind of physical activity that involves my eyes looking in the distance. After I came back, I settled back into my habitual routine and discovered that if I don't consciously remind myself to take those breaks, I'll just stare at the computer screen without any more than a casual glance away for over two hours! No wonder
my eyes went so myopic! All
my work is on my computer, so over the last fifteen-ish years I must have been practicing precisely the opposite of print-pushing for somewhere around eight hours every day!
(On the positive side, I can almost get my eyes to bring my nose into sharp focus. I'm not sure what good that does me, but there you go!)
I do notice a huge difference in my eyes' abilities in the morning versus the evening. First thing in the morning, my right eye is noticeably worse than my left, and it's hard to use the plus lenses to look at the laptop screen. By about noon I can usually sit relatively upright with the plus lenses on. (Still forward, but definitely farther back than in the morning.) By the evening, my eyes are more evenly balanced and I can read books at D2 at almost a full arm's length away with the plus lenses on. It's still effortful, but it's doable - which is novel.
So in short: slight backsliding, but for very obvious reasons that are being corrected. And noticeable progress throughout the course of a given day.