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Old 06-25-2016, 10:14 PM
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Yay-area (aka money town) is how a drug dealer sees teen heavy rural areas like the bay.
Kids these days call it 'the trap'.
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:22 PM
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:35 PM
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I have a feeling I'll be doing that more often as I get older.

In real life too.
...dealing coke?
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:26 PM
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Well, this thread's topic is certainly near and dear to my recently-Chrismated Orthodox heart.

Count me among the sugar-quitters. Not that I've given it up completely, but I started during Lent, and after some pants suddenly started fitting me again, decided to keep going. Right now I'm mostly drinking Coke Zero and unsweetened iced tea.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:43 PM
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what's your guideline for avoiding sugar? how do you choose foods
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:50 PM
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Me personally? Not very carefully at all, just reducing sugary drinks, and telling myself "no" more often when I'm in the candy section at a convenience store.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:03 PM
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Step 1 for me was basically starting out by saying "if this is a Sugar Food, I'm not gonna eat it." Like soda and flavor drinks, candy, cookies, cakes, desserts.

Step 2 was to go for Unsweetened whatever if it was an option, and taper off then stop adding sugar/sweetener to things. Unsweetened unflavored yogurt. Less sugar then no sugar in my tea/coffee. Less honey in my oatmeal, if any. I found it much easier than getting foods with other sweeteners, mainly because I think other sweeteners taste like shit, and partially because it kept me in a mode of wanting sweet things that would cause me to slip more often.

If I did get snacks I'd tend towards saltier ones, then towards things like nuts, fruit (dried or fresh), cheese, etc. (Also just cut down on snacking as a habit).

I didn't really bother with like counting up sugars on nutrition labels or anything, just cutting down on Sweets. These days when I'm buying granola, bread, or cereal I do glance at the protein, fiber, and sugar and try to get a better ratio with more of the former 2 and less sugar, but that's all. If I'm getting something packaged/manufactured I do check to make sure that something doesn't have sugar/hfcs/sweetener as one of its major ingredients. I don't have to very often since I usually buy simpler foods but even non-sugary foods can often have some surprising amount of sugar snuck in there, even like soups and beans and beef jerky flavors and stuff.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:01 AM
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Yeah, personally I would have a hard time going that far. Other sweeteners do often taste like ass, but unsweetened/unflavored stuff just seems so boring. Cutting out soda was relatively easy because it's a huge source in just one thing, and once I'd lost the caffeine addiction I didn't really crave it.

I do avoid most HFCS, though, which is made easy by the fact that the co-op I usually shop at doesn't carry stuff with it.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:53 PM
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So I feel like talking about fasting right now.

Today's the first day of the Apostles' Fast, which thanks to a late Easter is only three days this year. It's pretty simple: no meat or dairy, but fish is allowed. This is in addition to the other fasting seasons (Lent, Dormition, and Nativity), and most Wednesdays and Fridays. The standard rule, is no meat, dairy, wine, or olive oil, assuming you're able.

I definitely feel like I've learned a lot from this. My biggest help has been treating the fasts as opportunities, rather than hurdles. When I decided to follow the fasting schedule, I found it challenged me to put more thought and care into what I eat, and to broaden my horizons--even if it had more to do with quantity than quality. It's not that eating these foods becomes "wrong" on particular days. It's about exerting and cultivating more self-control.

I'm not at the point, though, where I can do all 40 days of Lent + Holy Week on what's essentially a vegan diet. That's actually part of why I decided to give up sugar: I figured I should do more to compensate.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:52 PM
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I'd have a little trouble giving up dairy 'cause I love cheese, but the rest sounds totally doable for me. Are eggs also excluded?

Sounds like a great opportunity to try new foods. Have you been keeping track of good recipes you've discovered?

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The standard rule, is no meat, dairy, wine, or olive oil
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:47 PM
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Are eggs also excluded?
Yep -- all animal products.

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Sounds like a great opportunity to try new foods. Have you been keeping track of good recipes you've discovered?
That was part of my mindset, too.

My priest's wife gave me a big stack of recipes, but I haven't really had a chance to go through and try anything. I'd suggest searching "orthodox lenten recipes."

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JBear's out.
Well... the rule's more an ideal than a baseline.

Besides, I wouldn't feel comfortable advising or expecting non-Orthodox or non-Christians to keep up with the Church's rules and schedule, especially when I'm such a newbie at it myself (and double especially when I'm not clergy).

If you'd like to follow something like this, I'd say just pick a day or two out of the week and do what you can do.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:41 PM
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Could really use a cigarette right about now...
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:51 PM
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Fuck them, dude. You can overpower it False! DO IT
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:57 PM
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no Fl don't.

Vape instead.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:49 PM
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Stress at work and in my personal life means I fell off the wagon today and picked up a pack of cigarettes.

I smoked one and it felt amazing.

I know, I know I'm garbage.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:00 PM
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Reaching for an old crutch when your under a ton of stress doesn't make you garbage.

Just... maybe throw out the rest of that pack.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:57 PM
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Reaching for an old crutch when your under a ton of stress doesn't make you garbage.

Just... maybe throw out the rest of that pack.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:45 PM
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Stress at work and in my personal life means I fell off the wagon today and picked up a pack of cigarettes.

I smoked one and it felt amazing.

I know, I know I'm garbage.
You're not garbage. Just don't smoke any more of them.

I also fell off the no-sugar wagon today. Stupid, stupid me. All I can do is get back on the wagon and hope that I don't lose a wagon wheel while fording the river, or get dysentery.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:26 PM
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I smoked more than one of them but I did throw them away...

Thanks for the support everyone!
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:24 PM
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I also fell off the no-sugar wagon today. Stupid, stupid me. All I can do is get back on the wagon and hope that I don't lose a wagon wheel while fording the river, or get dysentery.
I fell off and have been half-heartedly jogging along behind the sugar wagon lately too. D:
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:28 PM
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I just can't stop killing these hobos!!
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Old 05-02-2017, 02:19 PM
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I smoked quite a few more than one. Random PMs, txt messages, and FB messages from all of you to me encouraging me not to smoke would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-02-2017, 02:23 PM
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:33 PM
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You'd better not tout either!
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:42 PM
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You'd better not tout, you'd better not cry
You'd better not smork, I'm telling you why:
Ninja Santa's bringing your doooooooom
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:56 PM
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I smoked quite a few more than one. Random PMs, txt messages, and FB messages from all of you to me encouraging me not to smoke would be greatly appreciated.
I hope I remembered correctly who you are on FB otherwise someone just got a really confusing message.

Edit: Never mind. It you.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:05 AM
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I smoked more than one of them but I did throw them away...

Thanks for the support everyone!
Congrats on throwing the rest of the pack away! That must have been hard.
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