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Forum: Vegetarian Support Forum   09-28-2009, 12:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,379
Posted By Cassiel
The Christian response to veg*anism interests...

The Christian response to veg*anism interests me. The oldest Christian sect in the world - the Eastern Orthodox - practice veganism 51% of the year (during fasting periods). Monastics are at least...
Forum: Diets & Losing Weight   08-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,986
Posted By Cassiel
I lost 120 lbs, going from 265 to 145, and am...

I lost 120 lbs, going from 265 to 145, and am now up to 173 again. I heavily restricted my intake to the point of being in starvation mode for a couple of years when I reached my low weight (which...
Forum: Companion Animals   05-20-2009, 09:00 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,876
Posted By Cassiel
The dust baths crack me up.

The dust baths crack me up.
Forum: Companion Animals   05-20-2009, 05:16 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,876
Posted By Cassiel
Here's what Spot and Stealth look like now....

Here's what Spot and Stealth look like now. Unfortunately, Big Bird grew up into a rooster (can't have them in the suburbs) and Kevin passed away in February....
Forum: Companion Animals   05-19-2009, 10:36 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,876
Posted By Cassiel
Chelsea - some white leghorns? I had a white...

Chelsea - some white leghorns? I had a white leghorn named Kevin (yes, a hen - problem? https://www.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/wink3.gif ) who was SO funny! She was so curious about everything....
Forum: General Health Discussion   05-05-2009, 09:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,811
Posted By Cassiel
I was put on Adderall, then Ritalin, for ADHD...

I was put on Adderall, then Ritalin, for ADHD just a few months ago. I took each for a few weeks successively (Adderall had unpleasant side effects, so we tried Ritalin, which had the same ones -...
Forum: Relationships and Family   05-02-2009, 07:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Thanks! I will need them.

Thanks! I will need them.
Forum: Relationships and Family   05-01-2009, 07:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Thanks, ahimsa - that is one thing that is...

Thanks, ahimsa - that is one thing that is highly motivating. It'd be nice not to wish I didn't have to go home.
Forum: Relationships and Family   05-01-2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Veggie Frank, I think that's the conclusion...

Veggie Frank, I think that's the conclusion we've reached. The problem is that she's been given chance after chance, not just by us but in an ongoing pattern going back many years. So it seems...
Forum: Relationships and Family   05-01-2009, 06:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Ok, guys. I'm back. My dad has basically issued...

Ok, guys. I'm back. My dad has basically issued an ultimatum that she move out. He's tired of her not paying rent and of all of her antics. It's an ultimatum I could easily overturn if I thought I...
Forum: Vegetarian Support Forum   04-30-2009, 12:21 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 7,499
Posted By Cassiel
Eastern Orthodox Christian. I was vegan for...

Eastern Orthodox Christian. I was vegan for years before converting, but it was at least a happy coincidence - Orthodox Christians fast 51% of the year, and for us, fasting means eating vegan as...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-26-2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
Quote:Originally Posted by synergy...

Quote:Originally Posted by synergy https://www.veggieboards.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (https://www.veggieboards.com/forum/post/0)

It actually terrifies me how much influence big pharma has on...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-26-2009, 09:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
Synergy, that's exactly what they are...

Synergy,



that's exactly what they are doing to my room mate and what they tried to do to me. They put me on Lamictal, but it didn't quite control the depression so they also put me on...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-25-2009, 09:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
Bobby Jo - I've heard a theory about the...

Bobby Jo -

I've heard a theory about the jerky/spasminess. Some people also wake up with muscle soreness. One label use for Lamictal is for atonic seizures, where your muscles go limp. The theory...
Forum: Physical Fitness   04-18-2009, 06:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,859
Posted By Cassiel
See, the funny thing is that all those things -...

See, the funny thing is that all those things - blood sugar, caloric intake, etc - I shoudl have a handle on by now. I'm an endurance runner who has done a number of marathons and a lot of smaller...
Forum: Diets & Losing Weight   04-15-2009, 11:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,096
Posted By Cassiel
Oooo, vegan is SO good for you. If...

Oooo, vegan is SO good for you.



If you ever have trouble feeling full over the long term as a vegan, though, I have discovered something. Ornish is great, but if you want to lose weight,...
Forum: Relationships and Family   04-14-2009, 10:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Quote:Originally Posted by hoodedclawjen...

Quote:Originally Posted by hoodedclawjen https://www.veggieboards.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (https://www.veggieboards.com/forum/post/0)

i'd be suprised if you're not exhausted as well as...
Forum: Relationships and Family   04-14-2009, 10:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
I like the analogy of the recovering addict...

I like the analogy of the recovering addict being like a small child. She truly is. Often she's the center of her own personal melodrama - the number of times she says "I" or "I think" or talks...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-13-2009, 11:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
Bipolar is kind of different for everyone (it...

Bipolar is kind of different for everyone (it seems like everyone thinks of Kevin Kline in "Sophie's Choice"). The difference is degree.



My experience of bipolar depression is extremely...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-11-2009, 11:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
I'll look into the 5-HTTP. Another friend is on...

I'll look into the 5-HTTP. Another friend is on it.



I came off Lexapro in December-January this year. Ack! That was the worst withdrawal I EVER went through. Brain zaps, terrific amounts of...
Forum: Relationships and Family   04-11-2009, 08:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Well, I understand hcj's point about needing to...

Well, I understand hcj's point about needing to apply a little tough love (and if you are me, raised to be a "nice" person - which can frequently be read as "doormat" - tough love can look like...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-11-2009, 07:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
Wow, Synergy, thanks! There are a lot of people...

Wow, Synergy, thanks! There are a lot of people who seem to shudder when they hear that I would rather not treat my bipolar with drugs, if possible. Your vote of confidence really does help....
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
Re: diet and exercise - you ain't kiddin'. I was...

Re: diet and exercise - you ain't kiddin'. I was an endurance athlete for several years in my early-mid twenties (marathons, long-distance cycling, hiking). I've hung on to my exercise habits,...
Forum: Relationships and Family   04-10-2009, 02:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,001
Posted By Cassiel
Umm...minor development... Hopefully...

Umm...minor development...

Hopefully without making this the "I need sympathy because I have a severely annoying room mate" thread... I had our toilet all taken apart because it was broken and I...
Forum: General Health Discussion   04-10-2009, 09:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By Cassiel
I'm in the midst of withdrawing from Lamictal,...

I'm in the midst of withdrawing from Lamictal, the 8th psychiatric drug I've been prescribed in my life. The other failures I can blame partly on misdiagnosis - antidepressants are notoriously...
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