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November 25, 2012
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KristenAtkinson0
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Stuffed with cherries? That'd be way better than the stuffing they usually use!

I agree with you, SasQuatch. I believe that my diet and weight have a huge effect on my life and mood. For instance, I'm in the same spot as you. Over the past two years, I have been in a really bad spot emotionally and psychologically, and it has turned into weight gain. I am currently about 25 pounds heavier than I'd like to be comfortable, which affects my mood, self-esteem, confidence, etc. So now I'm doing my best to bring that number down. However, this time I want to do it a healthy way, rather than go on my usual course of water and cigarettes for weeks. That is where the importance of diet comes in!

November 27, 2012
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I'm one of those people who are thin and eat whatever I want. Grrrr, right? I fast every 7-10 days for 24 hours and if I know the timing of whatever I'm eating isn't right I only eat 3 bites. Cake before bed= 3 bites. This works for me, but I have great impulse control and I know many people just don't. Maybe it would work for you?
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November 29, 2012
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Yes, grr. And no, I do not have that impulse control. I eat my emotions away. It seems to work, but I'm also fat so I don't think it's working that well for me. I need better coping skills.

December 20, 2012
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I have almost entirely cut meat out of my diet. I think it is unnecessary to eat meat anymore. Since my change, I have lost twenty lbs, gained muscle mass (by eating soy and other protein substitutes instead) and gained a lot of energy.

I do still eat animal by-products, milk, eggs, etc. however. I have tailored this some, milk from cows that aren't given hormones, eggs that are not enormous so the chicken doesn't work quite so hard.

Animals are an important part of our world, and need to be treated as such. Our respect to them is paramount, and in return, they respect us back. However, while I live and used to work on a farm to feed animals (we grew alfalfa), I expect a return as well, but I will work hard to ensure the return is as painless as possible.

Forward though the dark uncertain, Or back though the thorns with your bare flesh, It is your choice how to live, between the truth and the lie.
January 11, 2013
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I have recently gone gluten free for health reasons. Is anyone else gluten free? I have had some emotional side effects and I am wondering if anyone else has experienced the same or similar.

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January 17, 2013
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I'm off of gluten as a side effect of being allergic to things that contain gluten (full allergic to the items not just gluten sensitive). Only able to eat meat, hemp, dairy and tropical fruits…

I've noticed that I've been much more even tempered, happier, relaxed, normal sleeping, higher energy levels, less daily pain (which helps be less crabby), lessened mood swings when hormonal times come…

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January 19, 2013
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when I was younger,up to the age of 21 I could really eat what I wanted & not gain weight.Now I really cant! I have also recently decided that the saying healthy body healthy mind really will apply in my case.Starting from next week I am starting an excercise plan & a very healthy diet,this kind of feels its the one thing ive been putting off forever & the one I need to do for elevated spirituality as well health.

January 19, 2013
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I definitely agree with you, Lucy. Although, I've never been able to eat whatever I want. I've always struggled with my weight….

January 20, 2013
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I've not posted in this thread before because i have a complex relationship with food and diet! In just about all areas in my life i have grown to the point where i am happy with myself and have a sense of balance and inner peace, but i still struggle with food!

I have always struggled with my weight, and am the archetypal yo-yo dieter, my heaviest being 21st, my lightest 12st as an adult. I am currently trying to break the cycle, lose the extra i currently have and hopefully achieve equilibrium. I've lost 3 and half stone so far (vegetarian, low carb, low fat, high protein), but have a way to go. And that's before trying to maintain it!

Of course this has an impact on my well being and spirituality, and whereas before i have separated this in my mind i am trying to be very conscious of it this time, for i think avoiding this fact has allowed me to continue my bad habits. It's all a part of the mind body spirit triad.

My current change in attitude was brought around by a suspension. I knew i was at a low ebb physically at the time, but chose to suspend anyway. The piercing was painful and my body went into shock a little. I then couldn't quite get off the ground, my first 'failure'. However i had a blissful moment of enlightenment where i made the connection between my body and spirit, and knew the change i had to make. I'm looking forward to trying that suspension again and rocking the hell out of it!

I suppose it is ironic that my diet has been morally guided for quite a while, despite this difficulty. I have been vegetarian since i was 17, and was vegan between the ages of 18 and 30. Vegetarianism initially came from my interest in Buddhism, and ethical considerations. I have also fasted on many occasions for religious purposes, but feel this has been short term rather than a general change for the health of my body and mind, and therefore spirit.

I hope this doesn't sound too emo!Embarassed Right, i'm of to the gym!Laugh

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January 20, 2013
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About 6 months ago I started running/training for a 5k (and am now training for marathons), and I decided to cut out things like cigarettes and alcohol. (Have also been eating a LOT healthier) I am now going on almost 5 months without, and not only have I felt healthier, I have seen it helps with my meditation…. I don't feel so "heavy" spiritually (like I don't have things getting in the way)

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January 21, 2013
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Oakbear, I bet that was emotional. I'm glad you are able to find the strength to make a change. If we ourselves have had even a glimmer of what awakening feels like, of what egolessness looks like, of what freedom tastes like, we want it for others and cannot give it. I think many things we all share here are pieces of earned potential. And about sounding emo… I am by far the most emotional and benevolent and openly expressive person posting on a regular basis!! I just like to call you a sissy to poke at you!! sissy! Cool

TheDoctor, that sounds like dedication!! A few months after I birthed (non-medicated) my first child I ran a 5K with her in a jogging stroller… so I guess we both ran the race. It was hot and humid down here in Georgia and I leaked breast milk all over the front of myself. I was the only one with visible mods in the entire race and I was also the only one with a group of people at the finish line cheering me and greeting me with flowers and hugs. It was silly and beautiful and a picture of that race hangs on the wall of my home. Have you scheduled a marathon yet? If so, when?

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January 21, 2013
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I ran a half marathon in '06. It was awesome! I stopped running after that, and I tell myself that college got in the way, but it was really just me not taking the time to take care of myself. However, recently I went out and purchased some running shoes and have been trying to work my way back to running again. It's a slow start, since in the past few years I really have stopped caring for myself. I am determined to get myself back on track and in the best shape of my life.
The work of it makes me feel better, not necessarily the result. While I enjoy looking slimmer, knowing the amount of work put into it makes me feel much more centered and clear. Running really helps me clear my head. Nothing like the sound of your own breathing to set a pace for your day.

January 22, 2013
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I love how this thread is fast becoming a healthy lifestyles support group!Laugh

Seriously though, well done everyone making positive change!

It's strange how we can recognise the impact of a rite such as being pierced, but can ignore our daily physicality! I'd be pierced every day of the week rather than admit my own weakness to myself until recently. Yeah, i'm a sissy. Cool
Number one on the Statement of Faith is to always respect your body. I believe there are reasons for that.Smile

Sommersett you nailed it when you mention egolessness. When i tried to suspend i was able to look outside myself, had a glimmer of being that vast sea of all life, and started laughing at the silly games my mind played with itself. After that, getting off the ground seemed pointless.

I did used to get frustrated when others had never experienced such states and revelation, but now i realise we each come to it in time, either in this life or another, in our own individual way, and that is one of the most beautiful things of all. If i get frustrated i think of that beauty, and it takes any negativity away.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 22, 2013
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I think in the fast paced society we live in,its easy to eat unhealthy food because thats often the quickest thing to hand & when youv'e had a hectic day & are working long hours you just cant be bothered to stand & cook.
I guess its the same for people living on their own because people often dont want to go to a lot of effort just for themselves when preparing food.
The first has always been my problem up until a 2 years ago when I fell ill & had to give up my retail management job.Since then its really been a struggle to get things back on the right track with my diet & battling depression doesnt help.I have since retrained in body piercing & that has been a very exciting,enjoyable time for me but still leaves me with the diet/weight issue.
I'd love to do a suspention but im wondering if my current weight etc would be a problem??
We can all help/support each other in weightloss lol <3

January 22, 2013
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I also really enjoy what this thread has become, though maybe we need to start a new thread for diet/weight control support.

Weight is almost never an issue with suspension. I have suspended men well over 300 lbs. Some extra steps have to be taken, but it's more than possible.

January 23, 2013
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There is no maximum weight, but i feel it is likely that it can be physically harder at a higher weight.
I've lost 4 stone since my last suspension, so i'll let you know what difference it makes for me next time!

If nothing else you are putting more pressure on your skin, and are likely to be in less good physical condition. I think sometimes the snapshots of suspension gloss over the fact it is a challenging physical and mental activity.
Sure it's one which can certainly be overcome, and don't let it put you off, but it is tough!

Sorry this is a bit off topic!Confused

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 23, 2013
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I have always enjoyed certain unhealthy foods such baked goods and chocolate. However, my body has always had natural limiters in place. I cannot physically eat all that much, especially when it comes to rich baked goods because my body starts physically feeling unhealthy. On the occasions that I eat processed and frozen foods, its very similar. I can eat processed frozen foods for a night and feel fine, but if I do the same the next night my body physically feels the fact that I have put bad things into my body without giving it anything healthy to compensate. Does anyone else experience these natural body regulators?

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As someone who has managed to lose a lot of weight over the last couple of years, I would say that you need to move away from thinking about a "regime" or plan, and just start living differently, without making a big deal of it. Once you get used to what you can and can't eat, it's not a diet, it's just a way of life.

Same with exercise – I've made a huge improvement to my health just by walking the dogs a lot more. It's then simply a matter of putting your coat on and going out the door, or do work out at home gym http://jonsguide.org/best-top-…..t-reviews/ – no time is wasted. The poster who suggests praying whilst you walk or run is spot on, that's a great thing to do. I often say the Rosary as I trudge around the same old streets!

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