Following on from my video, I just want to re-iterate a few things.
I was wrong about Matt Stone's work when I spoke of it previously.
It's not right for people with our level of health, though it is important to eat enough calories which can be hard on some variety of a vegetarian diet.
Matt does make two good points about body temperature being a good indicator of metabolism, and not drowning ourselves with un-necessary amounts of water though. Regardless of what caused what, things have gotten worse... at least, for myself. Gradually, things have got worse. Whether it's high copper, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, gut issues or something entirely different that was the trigger point, I believe the answer is the same.
Those of us (all of us?) who have mental health issues because of this - I speak mainly of Anxiety - can relieve some of our stress by just accepting that we have anxiety right now and there's nothing we can do about it. I've done a lot of mental practices to try and counteract it and nothing works long-term. Short-term, meditation and deep-breathing as well as walks in nature are good, but the best thing to do would be to accept it's the side-effect of our current health situation, rather than feeling sorry for ourselves and comparing ourselves to the 'lucky ones'.
Also, I think we MUST choose faith over fear.
For me, it's almost 9 years since this all began.
I couldn't easily write off my life as a disaster and kill myself if I allowed myself to believe this was it, and that I'd never get a second chance.
I don't believe that's true, and more importantly - we can't allow ourselves to believe that's true.
There are people who have got better, albeit hard to find among the horror stories of broken lives.
We need to focus on setting our intention for a better life.
Regarding diet, I say do what works for you.
I understand exactly what it's like to care for animals and to see the horror they go through to provide a meal.
Nothing can justify the way animals are treated, and it's something I want to be able to change.
However, for me personally, Vegan/vegetarian was one of the worst moves for my health.
If I'd of kept it up, things would have got worse.
Some people can seemingly do very well on a vegetarian diet.
Others, not so much. Maybe it's down to blood type, or genetic build. I don't know.
Regardless of all the controversy in opinion over whether we should (or need to) eat meat, the adrenals and thyroid need meat when they're in a bad way.
I'm not going to try and say Copper is 100% the problem at this stage (I'll confirm that once I'm better) but it's very hard to get enough zinc, iron and other things on a vegetarian diet. You'd have to eat A LOT of pumpkin seeds (for zinc).
Life is pretty cruel I guess.
How we have to kill to survive.
If you've ever watched a nature documentary, you'll see that all of the animals have a degree of violence.
Male elephants fight for dominance.
A baboon will try to kill a baby Cheetah.
I still only eat chicken, turkey and fish because I can't just switch off the things I've seen.
But, if I didn't eat any meat at all, I don't think I'd be in a good place at all.
I expect things would go from shit to shitter, to shittest.
Vegetarian diets will lead to a zinc deficiency. B12 too, probably.
Nuts, etc are high in copper.
Zinc also gets used up during stress and for processing of sugar in the body.
My girlfriend is vegetarian and her health isn't the best really (though a sure sight better than mine - she never took any meds).
Vegetables are the holy grail of foods, but I don't think it's smart to JUST eat Fruit and veggies.
Though some may believe fasting is a good thing, it'd be hard to get more than 1500 calories per day unless you're doing the whole blending of banana's thing.
I avoid dairy for the most part. Just have a bit of chocolate from time to time.
I went gluten and dairy free for a few weeks and only noticed my wallet being waded through faster.
My diet is mainly meat, veg, salad, some fruit (not much - Yeast overgrowth - maybe two pieces a day) and some ready salted crisps.
I think that's the best I can do for now. I usually have a sandwich at lunch time.
Lamb would likely be a lot healthier than any other meats as they're allowed to grow eating a natural diet and aren't pumped with hormones or whatever.
I just feel uncomfortable eating an animal that's slaughtered after 6 months.
Plus, there are many sheep around where I live in the country... They're beautiful as little-uns.
Creepy eyes though.
Oh look, I went off on a tangent.
I've not watched porn for 61 days. Definitely has made a big difference to my sex life (though occasionally I still can't feel much and struggle to ejaculate. My sex drive is also a bit lacking, but that's clearly related to my adrenals and general health - as well as, perhaps, low zinc.).
I don't even think about watching porn anymore.
I can get a bit more done, and avoid spunking away the energy I do have.
The book 'Depression Free, Naturally' by Joan Mathews Larson is definitely worth reading.
It'd be easy to say we're just depressed and anxious because of our physical health problems.
But I believe our anxiety and depression is linked in with everything.
This book is written by someone's who's been running a practice for 20 years (at the point the book was published).
She was ahead of her time and knew in the 90's that low fat diets were dumb.
Her Son killed himself, so she gained a personal obsession with mental health causes.
The book has chapters individually on anxiety, depression, OCD, etc.
Each will feature a set of case studies and lists all the causes she's learned.
For anxiety, copper overload and adrenal fatigue (part of the same package) were a major one.
As well as diets that raise blood sugar levels too high.