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    I began Primal living in mid-March 2010. By September I was 10 pounds away from my goal weight. I'd never been happier or healthier.
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    October through January, I had a lot of pain and was ill with pleurisy for over 2 months. I couldn't be active and I comforted myself with sugar. I regained all the weight I lost and lost all the muscle I gained.

    I'm starting over again, but I need better ways to cope with chronic pain. Here's what I've been doing, and it had been working for a couple of weeks, but I turned to sugar again yesterday.
    Reading the Apple & other positive health and wellness Webpages;
    Readings children's literature;
    Remembering fun vacations/activities
    Listening to music;
    Resting w/o guilt;
    Being with pets; and
    watching movies

    Can anyone share strategies for when you are having a hard time coping with something?

    I so regret the choices I made this fall and winter.

  • #2
    Just keep getting back on that horse. When I'm in a downward spiral, deciding to do just one positive thing (like eating a good breakfast) and giving myself permission to not be perfect with anything else just yet helps me get back on track.

    I love your list - how do you feel about long walks? A long walk in the woods always helps me - even if I don't feel like walking, I tell myself that I'll take the shortest trail and walk as slow as I want. It always works.
    My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread51572.html

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    • #3
      Five minutes of focused, deep breathing, in the morning and the evening, or any time you feel stressed. Focus on the pain, and imagine you are releasing it from your body with every breath out, and every breath in is filling your afflicted areas with healing, golden/white light. Emphasis on DEEP breaths, really expand your lungs down towards your pelvis, and exhale fully. To practice a full exhale, make a SSSSS noise until you can't anymore. Them just relax and let your lungs expand on their own. I love this technique.

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      • #4
        Thank you both! Yes, with the proper type of shoes (I have a spine injury), I do enjoy walks up to 5 miles.
        I've been interested in meditation and deep breathing (I also study tai chi). I will happy to try your suggestion every day - several times a day.
        Thank you so much!

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        • #5
          EFT can be very effective for chronic pain.
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          • #6
            omg, Dragonfly, I have checked out EFT before but never really tried it until tonight and . . . . I LOVE IT!!!! Bird Goddess, PLEASE check out the link that Dragonfly posted, I am SURE it will help . . . couldn't hurt to try!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MrsToon View Post
              omg, Dragonfly, I have checked out EFT before but never really tried it until tonight and . . . . I LOVE IT!!!! Bird Goddess, PLEASE check out the link that Dragonfly posted, I am SURE it will help . . . couldn't hurt to try!
              Glad it helped, MrsToon! EFT cleared my lifelong asthma, amongst other things... I've been a practitioner for 4 years.
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              • #8
                I suffered from intense pain for several years from severe RA. What helped me the most was the book, A New Earth. The odd thing is, this book does not focus on how to free yourself from physical pain. It is more about emotional pain. But the technique of accepting what is happening in the moment worked well for me. Instead of holding my breath waiting for a moment with no pain, the idea is to let the pain wash over you and accept it as it is. For me, not fighting the pain helped me to cope.

                Please don't waste your time and energy focused on the past. You can only choose what you will do right now.
                Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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                • #9
                  for me, doing crafts is really helpful in getting my mind off things and restoring a sense of competency.

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                  • #10
                    Goddess: What is the nature of your spine injury? I'm wondering if any of the treatments I've undergone might help you too....
                    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                    • #11
                      I can sympathise and relate. It will be three years this April since my second spine operation stopped my athletic career cold.

                      I still am working on how to live my best life with more limitations than I had ever imagined I would have. Not just physical, though there's that. I'm also the sole caregiver to my 20-year-old special needs son who is going through an especially difficult transition to adulthood. I'm 55, and it's hard to still do so much active mothering. So I have the constraints of my body, and the constraints of the demands of my life.

                      Like a previous poster, I find the practice of acceptance and meditation to be the most helpful. Things are as they are has become my mantra. There's a book by Tara Brach called RADICAL ACCEPTANCE that helped me a lot, as has a meditation teacher and spiritual guide.

                      I wish you well. May you know peace.
                      Pea

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                      • #12
                        I don't know if this is true for your type of pain, but I have severe osteoarthritis, and sugar triples my pain almost immediately! If this is true for you, reminding yourself of this could help curb your desire for sugar. To me, it's a 'false comfort' because although it may be attractive, it has such negative consequences in terms of pain level.

                        I've been off all meds (occasional pain killer) for several years by eating primal (incl. no dairy) and exercising regularly.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you all so much! I have bookmarked the EFT information. I know I make my pain problem worse about worrying about unemployment (I'm on probation at work due to absenteeism) and having to file for disability. I need to live in the present and try to relax, regardless. I will read Radical Acceptance. I have replaced sugar with high quality herbal tea, organic celery, and looking at Dave Parson's before and after photos repeatedly! Being primal helps me in so many ways, I'm happy (and relieved) to be back on the wagon, and back here at the forum. Thank you all, again.

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