When people attempt to fix their fatigue or mood problems, they may become dependent on substances or drugs that actually have the opposite intended effect with the added detriment of long-term issues. I recently embarked on a 30-day period of purity that has allowed me to troubleshoot health problems, stabilize my energy and mood, become more in tune with my natural state, and reduce psychological dependencies.

In your physical prime, you are not likely to give a second thought to drinking a couple espressos a day or having fun on the weekend by pounding shots with your friends. Your sexual vitality may also remain high in spite of excessively consuming drugs or estrogenic compounds. This changes once you reach your 30’s. Your old habits start to drag down your energy and mood while masking lifestyle or health problems that need to be resolved.

I wake up and I’m tired so I drink coffee throughout the day. Then I’m too jittery so I drink a couple beers to take me back down. I’m too busy to go out during the daytime so I take vitamin D pills instead of getting sun. I’m bored at home so I watch some porn and jerk off. Suspecting that these habits were harming my natural state, I quit them cold turkey. Here’s how it all went…

No caffeine

The first thing I used to do when waking up was brew a strong black cup of coffee. I would sometimes add a second cup throughout the day or drink a pot of black tea.

As I’ve written before, the withdrawal symptoms of caffeine are quite serious, revealing how potent it is as a drug. On the third day of the purity challenge, I was exceptionally tired, and had to take daily naps for several days. I also experienced bad headaches for more than a week. It took approximately ten days for all withdrawal symptoms to subside.

To substitute my coffee habit, I would drink one cup of green or white tea in the morning, which has exceedingly low caffeine, and herbal tea after that if I craved additional hot beverages. The result is that my energy is more flat throughout the day, without the highs and lows I had before. I also know that if I don’t go to bed at a good hour, there will be no way to relieve my fatigue the next day unless I take a nap.

No alcohol

Over the winter, I developed a habit of drinking at least one pint of beer every evening. This was quite easy to stop from an addiction standpoint, but it was more challenging on a social and dating level.

Whenever I go out at night with my friends, they’re all drinking. I can directly see how the alcohol helps them enter a more relaxed and fun state where they enjoy the loud venue while I remain stiff as a board. I was also reminded how deeply alcohol is integrated into modern dating, since girls insist on drinking copious amounts of booze at night and on dates. It wasn’t a big deal that I wasn’t drinking at the bar while hunting, since my soda water with lemon could easily be confused for a drink, but not drinking on dates ensured the girls wouldn’t drink either, greatly reducing the speed to sexual fulfillment.

I’ve had some experience with “sober game” in Ukraine, where I met girls who didn’t drink, but having to do it on every single date posed a big challenge. The result of sober dates is that you actually have to like each other beyond physical attraction, because your logical mind remains quite strong, ready to dismiss the girl for practical reasons that you wouldn’t have come up while inebriated.

Going completely sober ultimately means that it will take longer to sleep with any girl. The benefit is that you’re unable to bang subpar girls just for the notch and are able to spot genuine connections that don’t require a drug to blossom. In terms of health, the benefits are no hangovers and improved sleep, especially on nights I would have consumed more than two drinks. I can stay out late on the weekend and wake up the next day without feeling any negative effects.

No supplements, medicines, drugs, or cigarettes

My supplement stack was fish oil, magnesium (to counter heart palpitations caused by caffeine), and vitamins B, C, and D. I stopped all of those cold turkey, added more vegetables to my diet, and spent more time in the sun on warm days.

I do think vitamins work in theory, but I don’t believe they get absorbed in the same way as nutrients from food. We also have to be careful about thinking a substance has a benefit for us when it was tested on populations that differ in genetic profile. For example, the benefits of fish oil are heralded as reducing heart disease, but it’s mostly tested on Asian populations where fish is a staple of their diet. The problem is that I’m not Asian. I also didn’t know exactly how these vitamins are made, and whether companies cut corners during the manufacturing process.

I haven’t noticed any obvious changes after stopping all supplementation. This is not surprising since most of their benefits are supposed to be long-term. If you happen to smoke cigarettes or take pharmaceutical or illegal drugs, you can halt those too for the purity challenge.

No porn

Lastly, I quit porn. I’m already familiar with the damaging effects of porn, particularly how it programs you to greatly desire sluts while harming long-term penis function, but what pushed me over the edge was that I was experiencing less spontaneous boners. For years I have been training myself to only get boners when I watched porn or was with a naked woman. Porn also caused me to masturbate not when I was horny but when I was bored.

Masturbating without porn meant that I had to be genuinely horny, enough to imagine sex with my mind, which I haven’t had to do in over 15 years. Since using your mind to masturbate isn’t as fun, the effect is you fap less and have a higher baseline of horniness that helps with your game.

Another big impact in not using porn is that I’m far more sensitive to seeing female flesh or images of girls in lingerie. It’s possible for me to get a half boner right now if I catch sight of a girl out my window in a bikini top. I’m 38 but feel that my penor vitality has gained a solid decade in youth. If you think you’re masturbating too much, you can also add no fap to the challenge.

Lessons from the purity challenge

Even after the 30 days of the challenge passed, I decided to continue because of the strong benefits. Not drinking caffeine has stabilized my energy, forcing me to fix fatigue with rest and sleep instead of the short-term benefit of coffee. Not drinking alcohol has improved my ability to seek a different kind of connection with women while I enjoy better mood and sleep. Not taking supplements has pushed me out the door to get more sun while improving my diet. And not watching porn has given me more frequent boners and higher overall horniness.

Another change is that I’ve become extremely perceptive to tiny changes in my body. Coffee and alcohol tend to mask your natural state, but now I can link a change in energy or mood to either my previous nights’ sleep, a meal I just ate, bad news I received, or a tense conversation I experienced. It has become easy to connect why I’m feeling a certain state with my most recent actions. This has led me to conclude that getting proper sleep is the absolute best way to have a good day. Following that is is avoiding foods that have high glycemic index like pizza, which may cause you to feel sleepy, and steering clear of people who start arguments or drama.

The first two weeks of the purity challenge may be a drag for you as your body copes with withdrawal symptoms, so wait until weeks three and four to observe its true benefits. I’ll certainly backslide when it comes to alcohol and coffee, but at least I’ll remember that their benefits are cancelled out by costs which have a measurable impact on my body, and that existing mainly on sleep, food, light teas, and water puts me close to my most primal animalistic state.

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  1. Ilijas Jung M5M 🇩🇪 June 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Cool post!
    I quit coffee 1.5 years ago and remember being dull and tired for 4 weeks straight. I was obsessed and I’m happy my life is full of colors and saturation now and not in funnel mode all the time. I quit alcohol 2 years ago and no one cares, the girls still drink and I can fuck them longer, clear in mind and up the next day going to the gym or whatever.
    Wish you the best Roosh!

  2. Zyzz June 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Your note about fish oils being tested on Asians was interesting. Yet another example as to how the different races are not created equal.

    1. Mavwreck June 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I read that as speculation on Roosh’s part, not certainty.

  3. jayteeniftb June 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Well done.

  4. Scott Jenner June 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Good for you Roosh to do this! I am also slowly working on this as well. Now that I am over 45, I can no longer take much alcohol without getting fatigue for the next week. I pretty cut down to a vodka martini once every few weeks or a few glasses red wine per month. Cut out beer. I do drink espresso but only one or two a day as I need the energy. Now working to go keto low carb to lose fat.

    1. Stadtaffe June 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      yes beer has to go, white spirits like you say..

      1. Scott Jenner June 20, 2017 at 1:57 am

        vodka and rum are my standby but only rarely. I do like a rare dirty vodka martini though.

      2. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:25 am

        luckily Guinness isn’t “beer”..

      3. Stadtaffe June 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

        It’s good for you I heard..

    2. gps June 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      You dont need to do go low carb, to lose fat. You need to go low Calori. Just bench mark 1800 calories a day, with high lean protein, so you dont lose muscle or strength.

  5. Scott Jenner June 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Dr. Mercola has a really good website on these things.

    1. GetItGoing June 26, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      Just don’t buy his “daylight” flourescent bulbs. I hated them.

  6. josh June 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    You are on the money about coffee. Much worse withdrawals than even cigarettes.

    1. Scuttlebuttin' June 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Caffeine withdrawal has killed people. Lots of folks don’t believe me when I say that, because they think caffeine is a “safe” drug, if they think of it as a drug at all. I mean, it ain’t heroin or coke, is it? How bad could withdrawal be?

      1. Scott Jenner June 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        I probably will never ever give up my espresso habit but I did cut back to 1-2 shots a day. Coffee does have known health benefits in moderation so I see no reason to give it up. I have done this before and did not see benefit to it.

    2. Hubert Cumberdale June 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      I’ve never really been a coffee drinker and the general consensus I get from people is “don’t start”. Hell, it means I never have to set foot in a Starbucks which is one of the most degenerate corporations from the US.

      Juicing is a great alternative to a morning coffee routine. Chuck a banana with two fists of blueberries in a blender with some milk and the day is starting out great.

      1. Barwin June 20, 2017 at 11:01 pm

        I’m not a big caffeine lover and have quit caffeine completely a few months ago (it also gives me heart palpitations). I think of the money I’m saving at Starbucks, if your average coffee costs you 3 bucks a day and you quit Starbucks, that’s the same as making an extra 1000 per year tax free.

  7. Mavwreck June 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    This purity challenge sounds interesting, and I suspect cutting out some of these substances can be quite helpful. I’d have two concerns, though:

    1. You mention cutting out pharmaceutical drugs. If you’re taking them on the advice of a doctor, then you really need to talk to your doc before you make a change in any drug regimen.

    2. You say that dropping all of these adulterants puts you “close to [your] most primal animalistic state”. Are we sure that’s always a good thing? A happy medium is probably better than straight caveman.

    1. Roosh June 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      1. Each case is different, but many pharmaceutical drugs are not absolutely necessary. Consult with your doctor if you want to wean yourself off.

      2. I like seeing how my body performs naturally. Most people really don’t know what it’s like to be free of substances.

      1. Scott Jenner June 20, 2017 at 1:58 am

        some supplements are useful due to soil depleted crops and foods. Magnesium is good for adding to diet.

      2. awkward female commenter June 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

        I use coffee as a way of dealing with having female energy in a male environment. Without it, I’m not as productive, but I can tell I’m healthier. I also notice big issues with anemia that the coffee masks. In an ideal world, I wouldn’t be working and would have no need for coffee. But because we live in a stupid feminist system, I need substances to meet expectations.

        Only 2% of men have anemia, but it’s found in 10% of Caucasian women and 20% of women of other races. Combined with monthly cycle and losing half of your blood, it’s impractical for women to be working for this reason alone. You can’t even be a reliable worker for anywhere from half to one quarter of the month. This is aside from PMS, which effects 85% of women, and hypoglycemia, which effects more women than men, and is exacerbated by menstruation. It probably works out to being half of the female population being extremely unreliable half of the time, JUST because periods. The idea of sending someone to work after blood drawn seems insane, but that’s exactly what feminism does to women.

        There are many other unique characteristics to women that make working a bad way of making a living for them, but periods alone are enough of a reason get women out of the work place.

        There’s a reason people retire when they age: that physically or mentally do the work any longer. For the same reason, women shouldn’t be working. There’s no need to be ashamed of having a female body or mind, and careers really do make women ashamed of their difference on a very deep level.

      3. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

        ty for the courage of truth.

      4. Late2theGame June 25, 2017 at 8:52 pm

        Very insightful. Why doesn’t the Fake News cover this…a generational tragedy across many Life areas with our biologies in plain sight

    2. Vegard Johansen June 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      If you talk to you`re doctor,(most of them at least) they will always find a drug to sell you! That`s their training/indoctrination.

      The drugs that people take, like statins, are just ways of dealing with the symptoms of an unnatural diet for humans.
      (Flour, sugar, refined seed oils, low fat dairy, legumes, alcohol, coffee etc.)
      For example, high LDL cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Inflammation and glycation of the lipids(including LDL) is the real cause.
      This again is caused by high blood sugar levels and the resulting insulin response, which you get from eating carbs, the more refined the worse it is.

      The data is overwhelming, but the business of selling people foods that are cheap to produce, like sugar and grain based foods(bread, pasta, donuts, sodas etc.)that make them sick, and then cash in on drugs that at best administer symptoms, rather than dealing with the root cause(diet mostly) is just to profitable.
      This rabbit hole goes much deeper than you might think.
      The corruption of Western medicine is really beyond any other scientific discipline.

      It`s a myth that Hunter-Gatherer societies where all brutish and violent. From the data that is available, there seem to be much less conflict and violence within those groups that in modern societies. Of course there would sometimes be tribal conflicts.

      If you`re interested here a pretty concise primer on the root cause of basically all western disease by a board certified(red pilled:) doctor.


    3. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:28 am

      all fucking doctors must die.

      fuck pharma.

      i quit pain meds cold turkey after 15 years b/c of ROK.

      tyvm Roosh- you are my Captain!

  8. Stadtaffe June 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I know that pattern, coffee in the day to wake up, then too much of it, alcohol at night to fall asleep. Thankfully I avoid it but every few months slip into it for a few days. Like putting one foot on the accelerator, another on the brake till you smell something burning or hear a funny noise 😉 Arabica has less caffeine than robusta, go for the milder blends. it’s all not as bad as red bull, comes from a plant..

    Somehow, extreme amounts of exercise per week seems to keep it all in check for me. Drinking alcohol in more than small amounts becomes impossible when you’re in your late 30s, doing sport every few days the liver just won’t do it.

    1. Barwin June 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      “Extreme amounts of exercise per week”… No offense but that doesn’t sound like a fun life at all. Do you even have a job dude? How do you find time and energy for extreme amounts of exercise?

      1. Stadtaffe June 21, 2017 at 1:09 am

        Have to keep a limit on it for reasons of time and energy. Played a bit too much tennis this week for example. Am not one of those obsessed triathlete types at all never had an interest in that, it’s more a habit than trying to prove something. Running about twice a week, one or two cycle commutes, try to do one weights session per week. You might have an aversion to exercise if it sounds so un-fun, for some of us it’s just a habit. Am quite happily sedentary at other times.

        Normally keep these exercise habits private, don’t tell people about them randomly, but have noticed this link between a sporty lifestyle and lowered alcohol tolerance and the article is about purity. No am not full time under an employer right now know when I am it has an impact.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius June 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Great to hear Roosh. I can tell you, the benefits will only keep getting better.

    I myself have basically never drank my entire life. I used to enjoy a bottle of red wine now and then, like once or twice a year! Beer? Had 1/2 a one in college and poured it in the grass. Hard liquor? Had a Ruuuuuuuuuum… and coke… that made my eyes follow my turning head about 3 seconds later at age 18. Never touched the stuff again.

    Coffee? One cup with fresh beans of a Cuban hill (in Cuba, at the farmers house), and some rum. I think there was another at a friend of my Dad’s once. That’s it.

    Sleep. Always been to bed by 10pm my entire life. (Not drinking and clubbing helps.)

    Porn? Quit it at about the same age as you. Was never a bad habit, perhaps in my mid 20s there was a time, but I decided enough was enough. Never looked back and like you, naked female flesh is now an instant boner, 16 or 60!!!! (ok, that 60 chick usually looks 40s).

    I can tell you, and your readers, living this way with a good diet, good exercise, I look a decade younger, pushing 15 or more with a clean shave. My problem now is trying to decide of I should “Just For Men” my hair to keep the ever so slight grey that is starting to creep into my hair.

    We will cross paths one day my friend. You won’t believe your eyes when you see me.

    1. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

      stay grey- keep it real.

      1. Maximus Decimus Meridius June 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm

        I will be. Just something I muse about once in a while. My trip to Japan was an eye opener on how different age is viewed by women. I kid you not, I was in the bullet and there are adverts in the seat pocket in front of me. I see this add with a young looking guy, but with grey hair! And the ladies are “Oooooooo!!!!” I don’t need to understand Japanese to know what the pictures are telling me. In Japan… younger guys (30s most likely) are BUYING GREY HAIR COLOR. Yes, to add that touch of maturity to their locks. 180 degrees OPPOSITE to The West. This is what happens you you leave the bubble that is N. America. Of course, this is all marketing, but the point is someone thinks there is a market selling grey streaks to young guys in Japan. Think on this deeply.

  10. dyingtolivee June 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    The mere idea that one is disciplining one’s flesh is something exciting and beneficial to one’s state of mind. It shows your body is yours and you’re in control of it. Withdrawal syndrome can be mortifying. It’s like first few weeks of a bloated person hitting the thread-mill, if he doesn’t tap out, he grows in strengths and begins to see the benefits. Recently, I temporarily deactivated my Facebook account, I’m a week away from one month, and I feel like a bucket load of toxicity has left me. To substitute for the heavy engagements I used to have there, I read more books, watch more intellectual talks on YouTube, and follow more political op-eds than I used to. Sometimes the trick isn’t just to quit an addiction, but to substitute for a far more rewarding routine.

  11. Broadband June 20, 2017 at 3:46 am

    RooshV, what’s your opinion on NOFAP. Think eliminating masterbation completely could add and to and increase the payoff? No self gratification means you’re only gonna bust a nut as far as your game will get you, and if you have lazy game or are a keyboard jockey, eventually nature will take over forcing you out of your shell and dare I say less concerned with their potential reactions and more the end result?

    1. Roosh June 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

      It depends on what problem you’re trying to solve. I fap once or twice a week without porn and that doesn’t hurt my game motivation. If I do no fap and have sex, I orgasm way too fast, which is not ideal. I have noticed that I feel a mild “hangover” a day after an orgasm, so there could be some value in maintaining your sexual fluids.

      1. Late2theGame June 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm

        Some other post talked that female hormones rising with frequent nuts..especially LTRs
        … as a prime reason for betaization. And probably man boobs LoL. I’m seriously older than you guys, but as T drops there is one supplement (sorry) suggestion: moderately increase zinc. It drives base sterols to T, otherwise it goes to E


  12. LibreMax June 20, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Try adding to the purity chalenge less or no animal products (diary, milk, cheese, eggs, fish, sea animals, meat, pork, beef, chicken, lamb, etc…) and no white carbs (no pasta, no bread unless complete and dark, no rice unless black, no potatoes or very small quantities, no sugar, no soda, no biscuits, no candies, no cake, etc..). But make sure you eat much more green and colorful vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils), nuts and seeds.

    No need to go vegan but if you manage to reduce your intake of these to 5% in volume of ingested monthly food, you will have huge benefits: less energy spent in digestion, more alkaline body meaning reduced risk of infections and cancer, and reduced inflamation meaning reduced recovery time after physical exercise, reduced risk of cardiovascular desease.

    Some plants such as almonds, avocadoes, coconut, chia seeds, etc… have been reported to increate free testosterone levels, and I can attest that I note an increase of libido if I eat all those.

    One of the recommended sources are:

    Brendan Brazier Thrive Diet

    Also heard Patrik Baboumian Vegan Strongman book is a reference. I don’t believe you have to be 100% vegan but if you can be 80%, 90% or 95% plant based, the more the better.

    1. VitaminG June 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Can confirm….I went on this diet 3 weeks ago and it propelled me to take further steps, like eliminating porn and coffee. It’s amazing how diet is the master key. We living in a highly addiction based society: entertainment, substance abuse, rich and overwhelmingly flavorful food etc ad inifintum. It is truly diffiult to get off these andwagons, expecially when the our society relies on confirmation bias to justify these bad habits (everyone receives and gives approval to participants). The red pill is the true unplugging, but often you are blazing your own path through the forest.

  13. Aulus Plautius June 20, 2017 at 4:51 am

    i like these type of articles.

    give up the pron, from the articles that have been posted here as well as the posts in comments that should be something every RP man/ROK reader should strive towards. (no easy task)

    give the booze up on the other hand (see what i did there?)… hmmm, pour my collection of single malt down the crapper aye?

    1. Petruccio June 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      A direct offering from a bottle of Lagavulin to the porcelain god? Sacrilege I say. Spend $100+ on that single malt, you will just sip it drop by drop and not chug it like Johnnie Walker Black label swill.

      1. Aulus Plautius June 21, 2017 at 2:00 am

        you are 100% on the money there

  14. Jim Johnson June 20, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Takes me back to the first year I went to the LDS church. Had to give up all of those (struggled with cigarettes and porn for awhile) but eventually overcame those addictions. You do notice physical improvements. But more importantly, to me, it was developing a sense of self mastery. You are in control of your body, not the other way around.

    1. Roosh June 20, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Yeah I met a devout Christian girl during this time and noticed that I was technically halfway towards being a “good Christian” because of the challenge.

      1. Jim Johnson June 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

        Funny how it spills into other, seemingly unrelated areas of your life. Without trying, your language cleans up, your integrity improves, etc. Reminds me of “The mindful attraction plan” by Anthol Kay. Your overall energy state changes. Couple that with a regular workout routine, and you will see improvements in your life in ways that you wouldn’t think.

  15. ScrewtapeSessions June 20, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I’ve cycled through abstaining from the likes of booze and caffeine, animal products, sugar and other grain-carbs and have seen positive, though often mixed, results.

    The physiological benefits are generally positive but they can vary – and it is difficult to isolate actual efficacy of certain parts of a regimen.

    And then there are the warren of rabbit holes you can obsess over when it comes to which program or belief system – among thousands of other programs that contraindicate those, is “best”.

    You have to find what works for you. It takes a while to dial-in your own formula and even then there are many other factors that can influence how you feel and perform. Quality of sleep being one that gets overlooked quite a bit.

    So for me the most notable benefits are:

    (1) Bolstering self-discipline.

    Avoiding such things in an environment rich with temptation is a skill that requires practice and will bleed into other aspects of your life rather quickly.

    (2) Building self-awareness.

    Knowing your own body and the relationship between fuel, environment, lifestyle choices, and activity levels and quality of outcomes.

    (3) Habituating discomfort as a “good” thing.
    Modern living makes us soft; encourages avoidance, passivity, and
    complacency. Change happens through our ability to embrace discomfort,
    press through, and adapt. Through self-discipline and self-awareness we
    can turn passive, unconscious (negative) habits into active, purposeful
    (positive) habits that replace them.

    Finally, it helps to look at these types of things as addictions. If you are going to quit one thing, your chances are better if you (a) group it with other things, as
    the behavioral and psychological roots are likely entwined; and (b) replace it
    with something else. E.g. quit coffee and start meditating every morning.

    So with that I’d add: quit social media. Drop Tinder, Instaslut, Snapslut, Faceborg, and all other dopamine-ego-distraction traps and get outside.

    Leave your phone at home. Pick one day a week when you go offline totally. Just go out into the world and engage. I guaranty you will feel much better. If you can weather the withdrawals. That shit is crack. Good luck.

  16. Andrea June 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Roosh, glad you’re doing great! I love these type of articles. As you continue to add or eliminate things to improve your physical, mental,and spiritual health, I’m wondering what your average day looks like. Would you consider writing an article like, “a typical day in Roosh’s life”? I’m also wondering if you meditate? I slowly trying to do the same. I created the habit of drinking warm lemmon water first thing in the morning, stopped drinking beer, trying to stop looking at my phone to relieve boredom, etc. I hate reading information without purpose but it’s as if I’m addicted to the hyper stimulus that the phone provides. I don’t use FB or IF much but I keep checking Twitter when I’m bored. So I’m trying to meditate when I get bored instead.

    1. Roosh June 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      I don’t meditate often but try to reduce my reliance on music, videos, and entertainment. I replace them with going for walks, looking out the window, or sitting still.

      1. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:41 am

        i do the same but with lots of Thievery Corporation in the b/g….

  17. Vegard Johansen June 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It should be noted that basically all grain foods, pasta, breads rice etc. are high GI or GL foods, including whole grains. (That`s not even taking all the anti nutrients in grains into account, and the negatives there off.)

    This means that the fatigue promoting effect you get from long term caffeine consumption,(cortisol overstimulation) you will also get from consuming grains(and of course sugar, juices, sweet fruits etc.)
    Also low fat dairy is problematic.(lactose has a higher GI that sucrose)

    Good job taking a rest from coffee though. I plan to emulate this challenge, but also going full Paleo with my foods. Find it exceedingly hard to quit caffeine though.
    That`s one damn addicting substance. Very underestimated as a causative agent in neurodegenerative, behavioural and mental illness, (via it`s potent effect on cortisol, serotonin, dopamine and the glutamate/GABA balance.)

    1. Roosh June 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      I’m aware of the toxic effects of sugar. I’ve started using honey in its place, which at least comes with additional benefits.

      1. Vegard Johansen June 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm

        Yeah, honey is not really that great blood sugar wise, but as you say you do get some good things with it at least.

        I find I can do pretty well without sugar (sucrose/HFCS) though. Grains are really more difficult to avoid, since western diets are grain based mostly. (80 percent of calories in the US according to a recent report.)

        I`ve come to believe quite firmly over the recent years that avoiding sugar and starches in all it`s forms+low fat dairy and refined seed oils, and limiting coffee and alcohol to a punctuated thing is the way to go to avoid the chronic diseases of Western civilization. These are really novel foods for humans, and our adaptation to them is very limited.
        I was pretty surprised to learn a while back that app. 2 slices of coarse (whole grain) bread actually gives you a higher GI that a Snickers bar or equivalent.

      2. DamnShame June 21, 2017 at 5:32 pm

        So what’s the deal with whole grains?

        I eat a bowl of plain whole grain oatmeal each morning with a banana and blueberries thrown in. Cook it with 1% milk instead of water. Never seemed to slow me down?

        Is this something I should phase out? I always ate a lot of it because it’s a quick and easy source of protein and never seemed to have much else besides a lot of fiber to keep the juices flowing.

      3. Vegard Johansen June 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm

        The problem is the glucose and insulin response from these foods that promotes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative…well basically all chronic western diseases.

        The other big problem with whole grains, milk and legumes are the anti nutrients. Since we did not evolve with these foods, we don`t have the enzymes(scissors) to break down the proteins/peptide strings into individual amino acids. These longer proteins cross the gut barrier and cause inflammation, allergies and sometimes specific autoimmunity.

        The breakfast you mentioned is not the worst of course, but I would go for “whole” gluten free oats with something like an unsweetened coconut/almond milk.

        A great diet/Paleo primer if you`re interested.


      4. DamnShame June 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

        Really appreciate the feed back…

        I mean I’m willing to break with tradition and try new foods, I guess I’ve just bought into the marketing that 100% whole grains are good for you. I eat a LOT of it. One to two bowls of the Quaker plain whole grain oats a day…

        Plus any sandwiches or wraps I make sure are all 100% whole grain, but it bothers me to think my “healthy eating” could cause heart/cancer problems down the road.

        I’ll check out this video and start educating myself.

      5. Vegard Johansen June 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm

        Sure, not problem:)

        We`ve all been duped I`m afraid. Most people do alright (but not ideal) when their young, unless they run into one of these autoimmune diseases, which basically nobody ever needs to get..I mean hunter-gatherer`s never get them.
        The same is true for acne, dandruff, dental caries, allergies etc. A lot of money to be made from selling products here also.

        The other more serious problems usually come a bit later in life, like T2D, cancer, neurodegenerative disease and cardiac events, but earlier and earlier the more carbs sugar, seed oils and low fat dairy people consume, and it seems, again looking at hunter-gatherer`s, that these problems only occur with people consuming western diets. The evidence is quite overwhelming in fact.

      6. MCGOO June 22, 2017 at 3:57 am

        Yes honey is in a rare class of ‘total foods’. It is the milk of the bees. It should be in the dairy section next to the milk, eggs and yogurt but for some reason they always place it high above the jelly and pancake syrup in the stores where you have to look for it.

      7. gps June 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm

        Do a find on honey, tubers, carbohydrate and see how much the hadza consumed. You can also look up how important the potato was to South Americans, Irish, and Germans. I used believe everything about Paleo too, found alot of it useful, but the carbohydrate stuff is bullsh1t.

      8. Vegard Johansen July 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

        Not to be rude, but you sort of contradict yourself in the sense that the Hadza, Kitavans etc. would be Paleo, in the same way as the Inuit, that eat virtually no carbs.
        (European upper Paleolithic was very low carb and high fat)

        Paleo does not equate to low carb, but for most hunter-gatherers it was way lower carb than anything we consume today.
        Irish and Germans and Potatoes? That`s long after agriculture. (1500-1600s) Also most tubers and fruits have been cultivated to have much more starch and fructose than their original predecessors.
        Also honey would be a novel food for most hunter-gatherers, very rare and seasonal.

        Carbs accelerate ageing and promotes cancer through the insulin/IGF-1 metabolic pathway, and it also glycates your lipids and proteins. After evolution stops caring about you at around age 35-40, it`s all bad news with carbs really.
        (as well as excessive protein)

        Sorry for he rant!
        I think you`ll find this small lecture interesting if you have the time.

  18. Petruccio June 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Strong coffee at breakfast, Skoal throughout the day at work. Long hours. Weekend hours. Alcohol every few nights to wind down. Wash, rinse, repeat. It sucks. Time for a new line of work and a healthier mimd, body, and soul.

    1. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:44 am

      it’ll change your life- and life matters more than money.

  19. Paul Günther June 21, 2017 at 2:45 am

    When I started daily meditation (for example search for Isha Kriya on Youtube), I saw I natural decrease in compulsive needs, especially for the need to fap. I can really recommend it. Take it as a substitute.

  20. Jennifer Schonberg June 21, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I am an indian male and we are used to drip brew coffee. i used to combine coffee with power lifting and on a certain day, while dining in a restaurant, i underwent a sudden panick attack, extreme paranoia, breathlessness etc, After the symptoms did not subside for 20 days i consulted a cardiologist, who put me on beta blockers, i researched the effects of caffeine and published a paper on caffeine anaphylaxis (toxic shock). It gave me delirious fears, even my daughters voice used to scare me. I gave up cold turkey, and after nearly two years everything stabilised. Ditto for wheat. Gluten is a potential carcinogen. It affects different people differently albeit in dangerous ways. Ditto for porn sites, it gives erectile dysfunction. The present epidemic of non masculine males can be traced to porn usage, lack of masculinity not just has physiologic or cultural causes, but psychologic as well.

  21. Hank Davis June 21, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Meh. The only one of these I do is having a couple of milky coffees once or twice each day. And I only do that because I am currently in a cafe dominated city. I would say compulsive phone/tablet usage and the related harm to memory, focus, and time management is a bigger problem for most people that any of the items listed above.

  22. Russ June 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I’m going to do this. I’ll miss caffeine, but it’s not a problem to give up- I done it periodically and never experienced withdrawal. I’ll ditch all the vitamins. Alcohol will be harder- I’m pretty sure it’s the foundation of my relationship with a girl and currently seeing. I could take it or leave it, but she’s almost certainly flirting with alcohol dependency. The real demon here for me is pornography. I quit cold turkey for four months and I was doing great, but fell back into that pit. And it’s very hard to get back out of again.

    1. Roosh June 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Good luck! Whatever the result, you will learn a lot about your body once the month is done.

      1. IckyDeplorable June 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

        and thats the real point anyway, right?

  23. awkward female commenter June 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I wanted to say something about dating and religious conversion. I’ve seen it work for a couple of people before, but I’ve also tried it once, unsuccessfully.

    First of all, never, ever change your religion for a girl. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if that’s why you’re doing it, especially if she’s devout and you’re not having sex. You’re going to really want to find out about Jesus a month or two into dating, and it’s not because of your passion for Christ.

    Another thing is that a belief system is someone’s identity. It shouldn’t be you changing your identity for a woman, it should be the other way around. You’re trying to bend her to your will. This may seem trivial, but all the men I’ve known to change their religion for a woman were very cucked guys. Also, you have no way of knowing if her church/ place of worship is going to be filled with a bunch of pussy-men who would rather knock you down than build themselves to be better men. You don’t know what you and your marriage is up against.

    The only real way I could see two people of different backgrounds dating, is if you were kind of interested in her religion to begin with. Another important thing to have is at least one older male mentor that you can ask questions to and get an understanding of the faith from. It’s not a girlfriend’s place to be a spiritual guide for her boyfriend.

    It’s probably best to look for a woman after you have your own worldview established. “Best” isn’t always “realistic”, but I think knowing that you’re in a secure position is going to make everything about our relationships secure. It’s much better to be involved in a religion where you’re being supported by other men and you have a secure sense of self and your wife knows her place. You can really build a family on that.

  24. MCGOO June 22, 2017 at 2:32 am

    In a social setting or at home, subsitiuting red wine for beer is very mellowing. Beer is empty calories. Sumo wrestlers drink 2 gallons of Japanese beer after lunchtime to add bulk while training, but the lunch consists of 5000 calories of a soup containing fish, rice, tofu and veggies. A blogger need not consume beer unless they want to add bulk:


    Repetative beer drinking annoys me with the constant pissing-drinking-pissing-drinking cycle. A flush with water repetetively drinking-pissing is better. I had some cold/flu bug a few years back when I woke up sweating like a motherfucker and extremely thirsty. I began guzzling water/pissing/guzzling/pissing throughout the night and kept two jugs of water by the bed. Whatever it was my instincts told me to flush it out and I was thirstier than I could ever remember. Since I’m aware that establishment medical doctors are the devil, I stayed home and continued drinking water throughout the next day. Whatever I had subsided by the following evening. I felt that if I had been deprived of water that night, I surely would have died. Maybe it was food poisoning, maybe something toxic or pathonogenen related. I still don’t know. I followed the next days with my usual diet of extreme amounts of cayenne powder on rice with real butter and whitefish, steamed broccoli and carrot juice. I used to douse everything with garlic powder but lost the taste for it somewhat so I just down a handful of garlic gel caps since it’s easier and people don’t repel from the garlic smell.

    500-1000 mg red yeast niacin is great for the brain. I found a Monster brand energy drink called ‘Unleaded’ which has all the guarana and herb coctail without the caffeine. An ‘Unleaded’ Monster washing down 1000mg niacin with 2 heaping tbsp of cayenne powder and around 400 cal of rice/fish/vegs feels great in the morning. You can literally feel the cayenne and niacin heat up your insides and reach your bloodstream. You feel the cayenne enzymes as they begin pumping upward into every corner of your brain and you can hear your heart beating in your eardrums. A natural high also accompanies this so be prepared to burn some rubber doing a physical activity.

  25. jose June 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Sugar is my drug. Few small doses at a time is insignificant to your health, but helps make life a little better. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. I’m getting into the idea that the best sugar is from fruits specifically mangos, cherries, pineapple and peaches.

  26. Hwoodape June 23, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Roosh you sound more Orthodox Christian every day. Great article. May God protect and continue to bless you. Don’t look now Rooshie but through you..you are giving God’s message to your readers. Pray, redeem yourselves from your passions gentlemen. You are special men. God created you not to submit to addictions and vices that can destroy you. Reclaim yourselves and rise up fellas.

  27. anon1 June 23, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    lol with a name like purity challenge i thought this would be an alt-lite/alt-right article looool.

    >Going completely sober ultimately means that it will take longer to sleep with any girl. The benefit is that you’re unable to bang subpar girls just for the notch and are able to spot genuine connections that don’t require a drug to blossom. In terms of health, the benefits are no hangovers and improved sleep, especially on nights I would have consumed more than two drinks. I can stay out late on the weekend and wake up the next day without feeling any negative effects.

    Aren’t you in a long term relationship now dude? atleast from that perspective you just game your girl a bit and go out with friends every so often.

    nevertheless am bookmarking this, some useful things i will try out.

  28. Chris W June 24, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Everyone paints coffee as being something that is good for you. You can look up studies and they will claim that a few cups a day makes you live longer. That it is an anti-oxidant, etc. I used to drink it everyday and it started to make me feel really sick. It was messing up the balance of my stomach. I had diarrhoea all the time and indigestion. Constant stomach cramps. It was also making me twitchy. I gave it up and switched to filtered black tea and now all of those issues are gone.

    1. Vegard Johansen June 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      It`s really quite absurd that a naturally occurring pesticide
      (caffeine, nicotine, theobromine) could be good for you!
      You basically get high on you`re body`s emergency reaction to being poisoned.

  29. Davoud Askari June 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    In addition to this, I’m practicing the Keto way of eating, I’ll update on that…

  30. Splooge June 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Doing this during ramadan interesting timing

  31. Djay June 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Good challenge. Try also to cut refined white sugar.

    Plus cutting vitamins is not necessary IMO.

  32. awkward female commenter June 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    It’s not appropriate for ROK to have a female writer. You are at the center of the manosphere, and this has done more to destabilize and demoralize than is apparent on the surface. I feel sick. There’s no possibility of a good outcome, and it will have a widespread effect. You can no longer say that this is a space for young men to learn masculinity. This is no longer a male area.

    I think it’s reasonable for women to have their own blogs and to comment, because it’s taking a naturally submissive role. That’s the essence of red pill: men lead and women follow. That’s no longer the case. Any blog you’ve built-up is essentially “under” a now female blog. You’ve destroyed the dynamic. I wish there was a way you could take it back, but it’s forever. Makes me so sad.

    1. awkward female commenter June 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      I just wish I knew why you did this. This is so completely uncharacteristic of you.

    2. awkward female commenter June 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      None of the pressure of what’s going on in the alt-right should have pressured you to promote a female figurehead. You had a good thing going.

  33. jst4fun June 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm


  34. Tyler from Grand Rapids June 27, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Anyone got a challenge going o the forum, this would be great to get me ready for boot camp

  35. kelley June 28, 2017 at 4:44 am

    to each his own…….keep in mind that coffee and tea are great cancer fighting antioxidants, and alcohol in moderation is a great blood thinner, which helps with blood pressure issues……..and if you are fapping to porn, you need to tweak your game, and get control of your state…….good health and contentment all start in your mind

  36. John Brown June 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    A very good article.

  37. twinsfaninsaudi June 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    masha’Allah – glad to see you were observing Ramadan with the rest of us in your own way Roosh!

  38. sam arnold June 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    ” you are not likely to give a second thought to drinking a couple espressos a day or having fun on the weekend by pounding shots with your friends” by the age of 18 I was already seeing that I was unable to keep up with this(haven began at 14),by early twenties I had to pursue the same cutting back on stimulants.still struggling to reach a decent level of health and vitality for a full life.

  39. Jean Valjean July 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    What about a “no sugar” challenge? Blood sugar spikes and crashes have an effect on mood too.

  40. Danny July 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I totally agree with this healthy living. Life takes its toll when you are out there fucking endless pussy, some of it bareback, and traveling to different countries, drinking during your night game, facing rejections as you game, and facing bullshit from feminists, and being taunted on television and social media.

    One needs to get away and re-energize with good sleep, detox, eat and drink healthy, work out, and maybe get some facial treatments to take years off the waistline and face.

  41. CD July 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Awesome post. I’ve done portions of this myself. Gave up the coffee, enjoyed some great benefits but then slipped back. I could feel my natural energy systems kick in that were previously dormant because I was artificially boosting it regularily.

    I’ve given up the pron. What flicked the switch for me was realising how unglorious it was to watch another man railing a chick… imagine doing that in real life…. like a guy in the bushes peeping through a window.

    Have you stuck with any of these, e.g. are you still without coffee?

  42. Nick September 14, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I’ve read that sun exposure is not sufficient for our Vitamin D needs. Having fair skin I also tend to burn quickly. Best to start with a blood test to check your Vitamind D levels and supplement if needed.