Waking up, food intolerances and chronic illness

Waking up and healing the body of autoimmune, chronic illness etcetera – are destructive processes that then require rebuilding of both body & psyche. Healing, as an act of both destruction and creation, requires Kali energy. I was not consciously aware of this when she first entered my life. …

Miracles happen: it gets better #foodie friday

So really, all the above feel like miracles to me. Every moment feels that way if I let it. And yeah, sometimes things still really suck, too. My nervous system is still healing and that is the way it is. Nonetheless, I can see the miracles now and when things are more on the painful side I know that the miracles are still there even though this body is having a hard time. It means I experience life with a sort of freedom I never had before. Life is amazing. And it’s amazing even when I’m feeling crappy. Because the wondrous nature of life is consistent even while it’s manifestations are ever-changing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The middle way to eating (intuitive eating) #foodie friday

I’ve not read the below book, but I like the way it’s talking about food, because although I’ve needed to change my diet in all sorts of radical ways during this healing process I find myself in, I actually do have a practice around food that looks much like what this quote from this book speaks to. I am actually quite flexible within the restrictions I have no choice but to impose while my body heals. I am not generally afraid of food and I routinely introduce new foods as I heal. It’s been an amazing and lovely learning journey in so many ways. When people have very real food intolerances finding one’s way back to moderation and flexibility can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. One thing I’ve needed to do is not care what others think. I have some very real intolerances and there really are foods I cannot eat for the time being. That is okay. It is real. We can still find what flexibility means for us even if that is the case with some foods for us. … [click on title to read and view more]

Info on food allergies: they can affect body & mind both. #foodie Friday

A synopsis of how food allergies work. (food intolerances is really a better word for it! but the term allergy is used pretty much everywhere)

Most people with food intolerances have no idea they have them. The only reason I learned about my own is because the impetus to become healthy became so great I started doing lots of research about healing naturally. It’s not worth becoming as ill as I did before finding out if they effect you at all. If you feel at all crappy in general it’s worth finding out if what you’re eating may be part of the problem.

Info on food allergies — they can affect body and mind both

Most people with food intolerances have no idea they have them. The only reason I learned about my own is because the impetus to become healthy became so great I started doing lots of research about healing naturally. It’s not worth becoming as ill as I did before finding out if they effect you at all. If you feel at all crappy in general it’s worth finding out if what you’re eating may be part of the problem.

Eat anything you want…

Eat anything you want. Just cook it YOURSELF! (says Michael Pollan)

I can’t eat anything I want in the broad sense given my food intolerances, but I really like this way of thinking. I do cook all my food and I do not eat anything out of a box, can or jar. (with some very few exceptions) It really does change the way you eat in very deep and meaningful ways. And it changes the way you think about food as well. It’s been a really great education for me to consider how food comes to my table. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Traumatic brain injury/psych drug brain injury (protracted withdrawal) — very similar apparently

I came across an article that’s very extensive and actually quite helpful in terms of tips  and validation about the vast myriad of possible manifestations of injury after an insult to the brain.  It’s written about  the more conventional  traumatic brain injury, you know, car accidents and violent blows to the head.  You will see that  our pharmaceutical brain injuries  are very similar in terms of “symptoms” and I think sometimes we have additional really horrible  strange somatic stuff that defies articulation …

Coping with and healing body pain of withdrawal & withdrawal syndromes

I’ve collected several things I do to cope with the pain I experience as a result of long-term psychotropic drug use and the subsequent withdrawal pain I find myself in. Many people suffer from these pains upon withdrawal from many different psychiatric drugs and psychiatric drug classes so I thought I’d share how I cope. In most cases with most individuals the pain remits in time but that can take up to a few years in the worst case scenarios so we do need to have coping strategies in place while the time passes.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of what might be done to cope with pain. Some of this pain is sometimes talked about as fibromyalgia. I don’t personally find that diagnosis helpful as it’s a garbage pail term, but the pain is very real.

Coping strategies for the bodily pain of withdrawal

I’ve collected several things I do to cope with the pain I experience as a result of long-term psychotropic drug use and the subsequent withdrawal pain I find myself in. Many people suffer from these pains upon withdrawal from many different psychiatric drugs and psychiatric drug classes so I thought I’d share how I cope. In most instances the pain remits in time but that can take up to a few years so we do need to have coping strategies in while the time passes. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

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