This mornings musings and, yet another, attempt at setting and achieving goals:
"Several years ago, as a result of a looooong list of health problems, I started down the path towards nutritional healing. As a result my energy level exploded, my chronic pain, skin and sinus problems virtually disappeared, and for the first time, EVER, I was able to eat a nice BIG PLATE of food and not gain weight. It was freakin’ awesome.
What’s that got to do with fitting in? I became a social leper. No one wants to invite you to dinner, no one wants to go out to eat with you, no one wants to eat anything you prepare and amazingly enough…..there are people that actually become angry and extremely mean towards you. Craziest thing ever that all of that can come from eating a clean diet."
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A choice between conformity & social acceptance, on the one hand, and your health & energy level, on the other, is a dreadful situation. One thing I can say, though: issues like what you describe are why people sometimes relocate to regions that have a tolerant, experimenting, big-hearted populace. There are such regions dotted throughout much of North America.
Around here, once someone is accepted as a good person, people don't shut them out - at social occasions, people accommodate their diets so everyone can eat something and anjoy the visiting.
I don't belittle the fact that it can be difficult to relocate away from familiar places and from family. I wish you the best in being able to resolve the issue.
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posted 2 years ago
If I had the choice to make between having friends or feeling great, I'd choose to look and feel great every time. Last time I went to a family party, something like 22 of the 24 dishes at the pot-luck lunch contained wheat, which I don't eat. Nevertheless, I still had an amazing time with my family and friends.
I did not do this long term, but when I got laid off at a shipyard for 8 months, I had a friend who had a big dairy farm (1200 cows) who had one hired man get hurt in an auto accident and another in a snowmobile accident, so I helped to milk his cows. The physical labor did a number on me, including the price of standing on concrete 12 hours a day. So I sought help; in the way of massage therapy and reflexologists. Now don't laugh, I am about as conservative, redneck, true farm boy as you can get, but I swear by this method and HATE PAIN PILLS.
My friend's son...doing likewise work, he got pain too and went with pain medications. Then he got hooked on them, then in the gateway, went into shooting heroine. Soon he was in detox centers and methadone clinics trying to rid himself of really bad drug addictions.
Me, I no longer see reflexologists and message therapists because my wife loves that sort of thing, bought a book on reflexology and ultimately I am blessed with a wife that keeps me going. But even in medical terms I never see a Dr. I have gone as long as 6 years without seeing one, and am now working on four years...if you don't count a debilitating injury last year at my place of employment that was caused by the workplace and not something I did.
I am not even sure you could calculate how little money my health needs are in comparison to the other farmer who has incurred a lot of bills for Dr's, medication, transportation, detox out of state, etc.
We all have choices in life and this is a pretty good comparison I believe a road best taken.
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