Food Matters TV – Making Best Use Of This Resource

I just signed up with Food Matters TV through one of their special offers so I am paying  less than £8/month for access to just about everything they have on offer.

For me, this could the best value thing I am doing right now for my own well-being and for helping others.

Here is one of their newer videos. Watching this without paying and the price I just paid are time limited (ends tomorrow) so take a look now: https://www.fmtv.com/transcendence/live/episode-1

 

Life after bipolar and a letter from Sir David Attenborough

I am not sure if Karen will remember emails we exchanged many years ago while we were each still struggling, having been told no one recovers from  bipolar disorder.

Contrary to ‘expert’ opinion, we have we each recovered. Karen has a video on this web page where she talks about her recovery: http://www.karentyrrell.com/recovered-bipolar-you-tube/

This is not new news, so why am I mentioning Karen now?

There is something about her latest book that is grabbing a great deal of attention. It is a letter of support from Sir David Attenborough for Karen’s ‘Great Barrier Reef Rescue’ for children, an eco-adventure mystery, to educate and empower kids to care for the reef.

I am sharing this because not only may it help inform more people of a new or greater danger to this habitat… It also to let more people know recovery is possible and Karen is one of many examples of people thriving beyond / after being described as bipolar.

 

Bipolar, Migraines and Ginger

I am fortunate to have only had one severe migraine in my whole life. That was after eating a huge quantity of Brazil nuts on a train journey and then having extreme suffering right through to the next morning.

I know nothing of any link between migraines and bipolar disorder but do hope you’ll watch this short video as I feel it says so much about how ‘modern’ medicine looks to sell drugs rather than look for simpler solutions.

Whatever ailment, disorder, disease, dis-ease we experience, let us look to natural remedies and minimize the use of pharmaceuticals. As always, I need to immediately add that everyone needs to take great care and get appropriate advice when coming off pharmaceuticals that are addictive and often have severe mood altering withdrawal effects.

The video is just 3m 29s

Flashback to London 2012 – just before the Olympics

I was interviewed about some of our research work… This was on the top floor of a building overlooking the Thames. With the start of the Olympic Games just days away, every few minutes another helicopter would go over, hence a lot of editing.

Anyway, I felt it worth saying about this interview again now while I am getting some help tidying my place – skip to 4m 16s to hear what I was saying about surroundings.

Then at 10m 40s I share my views on medication. These have not changed, “the same drug everyday is not likely to be ideal”, “people need choice” (for those in USA paracetamol = acetaminophen).

The video takes a few moments to load…

Ups and Downs – Video – Alice Hicks and Roger Smith #bipolar

Update on my fasting 16:8 for steadier mood

It is hard to know if intermittent fasting does steady the mood. I am sure it helps with self-discipline and that has to be a good thing.

I believe the main benefits for me have been:

  1. Clearer thinking in the morning while stomach is empty
  2. Digestive system will be repairing better while stomach is empty
  3. Far less tempted by junk food as I am not eating between meals

My graph is looking busy as there are now a lot of points, as simply write in my diary the time I have my first and last food each day. Mostly first food is anywhere between 10am and 2pm. Last food is usually close to 6:30pm.

This next week I am going to be experimenting with finishing eating even earlier to see if that helps with sleep.

Intermittent fasting 16-8 update 2018-04-14th

 

Not Bipolar Today? Cholesterol for Life

I have been much healthier recently. Off all medications for many years now and getting back into the world. Not easy after Bipolar 1. It takes time.

I continue to be interested in recovery from mental health troubles (even today I have paid research work on this at Nottingham University) yet more interested in sharing what we can do physically to be well.

Maybe, by April, I’ll be writing on subjects more related to mood. For now, this is planning for Saturday. Hoping lots of people come along to learn about the importance/usefulness of healthy cholesterol.

Upstairs at the museum - Cholesterol for Life - 23rd March 2019

Good Physical Health for Good Mental Health

I am continuing with Displays and Discussions near my home, while making these ‘transportable’, by which I mean I can pack it all into my car to share anywhere in England, Wales or Scotland. If you’d like to find out more about reversing bipolar or whatever has been challenging your well-being please contact me.

Next 3 Display and Discussion events:Wellness at Grantham Museum 23rd March to 6th April 2019 - Roger Smith - sharewellness.co.uk

Wellness Displays at Grantham Museum 26th Jan and 2nd Feb 2019 1pm to 4pm

I am now into my 8th year since my last dose of medication relating to bipolar disorder. Recovery from such diagnosis/medication takes a long time. Back on my feet now, I am sharing what I have learned along the way.

I am making these events in Grantham ‘transportable’, by which I mean I can pack it all into my car and display the same information anywhere in England, Wales or Scotland, only limited by the cost of fuel to get to a venue near you.

wellness at grantham 19th jan to 2nd feb 2019

Wellness Fair in Grantham, Lincs, UK 12th January 2019 1pm to 4pm

Wellness Fair at Grantham Museum

Printable copy of the above = Wellness Fair Poster for 12th January 2019 1pm – 4pm – On Plain Background

Coloured background  = Wellness Fair Poster for 12th January 2019 1pm – 4pm – Final

Fasting 16:8 for steadier mood

As soon as I started taking prescription medications I started eating from early morning to late evening with hardly any breaks. It was something like a 8:16 diet, with at best only going 8 hours overnight without eating and sometimes eating at unearthly hours like 2am, 3am, 4am. This was not good for my body shape or my risk for diabetes.

It was not until several years after taking my last prescription medications that I felt able to tackle this excessive eating. Initially with later breakfast, then gradually further decreasing my eating window.

The outcome is that I am now averaging just under 8 hours between first food and last food and so on average going more than 16 hours per night with no food or calorific drinks.

It has taken effort and discipline, resisting early and late eating and making a note of first and last food times, to be able to share my progress graphically:

Intermittent fasting for improving mood and brain health

How might this help with stabilizing mood and improving health?

  1. Developing discipline would seem to be a good thing.
  2. Possibly the main benefit comes from being able to avoid almost all junk food, as having planned meal-times makes it easier to eat planned foods.

Am I going to stick with this?

  1. Yes
  2. Christmas time could prove tricky although I am certainly not going to get upset if I stray a little
  3. I am not planning to push this further such as 17 hours without food in each 24 although I believe I have proved that is within my grasp
  4. I may experiment with the occasional longer fast as that is said to be very good for health

I hope that by sharing this I am demonstrating just something that is possible as we leave extremes of mood behind us.

 

A simple thought on sleep that I’ve found helpful

Sleep seems to be a lot more about quality than most people seem to think…. and a lot less about quantity than most people seem to think.

I am happiest sleeping anything over 4 hours while ‘med-free’ and waking ready to tackle whatever I most need to tackle.

Are you someone who can do well on only a few hours sleep, while recognizing there is a minimum for you when choices have to be made to ensure you get that minimum hours per 24 hours?

Great work from Jon McMahon – inspiring way beyond diabesity

Something that is great about having this blog, that is not directly connected to my business (that I do because I do not want others to suffer through ignorance as I did) is having the freedom to change direction and share what is on my mind that I feel will be of benefit.

You may have noticed how excited I have been about the iThrive series and seeing its links with mood and therefore with bipolar disorder.

This morning, I am feeling very much as the creator of the series shares in an email I just opened. I’m simply going to paste most of that email here and ask how much you have needed to (or will need to) change your life to truly be the best you can be?

“…one of the biggest factors in reclaiming our health and our life, is…

CONNECTION

Every day we have a choice… to open our hearts to the world or not.

To care about other people enough to give to them…

To care about ourselves enough to take care of ourselves.

It’s a risk to open our hearts again… to love again… and to try again.

We can fail.  And we can be hurt.

For years I hid away from the world.

Well…

Today…

Today, I choose to LIVE!

I choose to LOVE today.

I choose to feed my heart, my cells, my brain and my soul with the care, the love, the nutrients, the fresh air, the movement and the connection that it takes to truly thrive!

And tomorrow?

I will wake up and great the day anew.  And I will aim to honor this one precious life I have, and my new-found mission!

I will do my best to be an example to you and everyone I meet.

Some days I may fall…

But when I do, I will not retreat in shame and self-blame.

No, I will rise up, and remember who I really am.  And the great work I have to do, and the people I get to serve.

Jon McMahon
Episode 9 — The Last Episode — it’s still here a little longer (9th March 2018).

Diabetes, Bipolar and Fasting – More Great Information from iThrive

New health documentaries are coming out so quickly these days it is challenging to keep up. This series on diabetes has been great. I said about being disappointed with episode 4 but they were soon back on track. 5,6 and 7 all great!

Now I have episode 8 playing. The subject is fasting, which would seem to be the fastest way to reverse diabetes. Essentially you stop adding sugar to your body for a while, then the sugar in blood goes down and things start to heal. Okay, for a lot of us that is nowhere as near as easy as it sounds. It may also need medical supervision if you happen to be very unwell.

Food and mood are so linked that I see regaining the ability to fast, even if just going for 12, 14, 16 hours without food in each 24 hours can be hugely beneficial. It is a matter of retraining our digestive system and brain such that we can walk past temptation and only eat when we plan and need to be eating.

It is 1pm here. Last ate at 7pm yesterday. Time for my break fast. I like how it feels and that having skipped eating in the morning I feel okay to eat a big meal now… feasting – it goes with fasting.

 

Bipolar with Diabetes – Three Great Episodes of iThrive then Disappointed with Episode 4

If you want to get over any kind of disorder, diabetes, bipolar or whatever then episodes 1 to 3 of the iThrive Documentary Series are well worth watching. A great range of experts are interviewed and their explanations of causes and cures are well worth hearing.

I was disappointed with Episode 4 because everyone interviewed seemed to be strictly vegan. The only message I kept hearing was, “Eat like a vegan or die young.”

Even if that turns out to be true, I feel the film makers lost track of what seemed like their essential central messages.

I am hoping they get back on track.

Clearly there are many lifestyle options and changes they can share, but everyone needs just a few simple clear guidelines. Maybe just two messages to start with:

  • Eliminate junk food
  • Find a way that works for you to avoid spikes in blood sugar

These are just two of many lifestyle changes I needed to make to eliminate bipolar disorder and the need for psychiatric drugs from my life. Yes, there do have to be many other changes just that these two work for everyone who has been struggling.

I believe:

  • Eliminate junk food
  • Find a way that works for you to avoid spikes in blood sugar

…are especially effective for long-term wellness as success can be seen in falling HbA1c blood test values which your doctor will almost certainly agree is worth testing 3 monthly while ‘in recovery’ then perhaps every 6 or 12 months throughout your life.

For my next blog-post I’ll share about my old food choices not being HCLF but HCTF… and HCTF being a massive driver for bipolar and every mental / physical disorder.

 

Natural Sugars or Healthy Fats – It all depends on your mood? #HCLF #HFLC or #LCHF

Yesterday I mentioned ‘High Carbohydrate Low Fat’ and will admit I used the letters HCLF partly because those letters attract attention. Well, I did receive a few emails and this comment posted here at rethinkingbipolar.com:

…if I am to have breakfast Roger what should I have? Fruit or bacon and eggs?

  1. Ten years ago I would have said, “Make the most amazing fruit-salad cutting up at least six different colourful fruits. Perhaps add something that makes it unique, like a few cherry tomatoes! Then share with family or even take some to share with a neighbour.”
  2. Five years ago I would have said, “Bacon and eggs great! It is sugar-free. It’ll lower your blood glucose, give you energy and help with weight loss.”
  3. A year ago I would have said, “Ditch the bacon! It’ll be full of toxins. Get the best organic eggs you can, lightly boil or poach these so the white is just hard-ish and the yolk runny.”
  4. Now? Today? I’m thinking that providing we are avoiding junk and minimizing toxins neither option is going to do much harm and each contains an amazing mix of nutrients.

What I believe matters more is when we have this first meal. I think every nutritionist agrees with what Patrick Holford wrote years ago, “Don’t eat for at least an hour after getting up in the morning”. There can be lots of reasons for delaying breakfast. For me, it is the one time I can be sure my blood sugar is nice and low. The time before eating is when I get most done per minute.

  • Only about once a week do I have a meal at the time my relatives would call breakfast time, although still at least an hour after getting up.
  • Four or five days a week, I will; write my ‘morning pages’, wash, dress, do yoga-style exercises, have a few hot drinks, shake, do a tiny bit of aerobic stuff, view most of my incoming emails, type a blog-post or similar, put any clothes washing on, walk, hang the washing to dry – All before I prepare my brunch.
  • Usually one day and sometimes two days a week, such as when I am facilitating a group, I eat nothing before noon, 1pm or even 2pm. It is keeping busy that allows me to do this without messing with my mood.

Does any of that sound hypo-manic? In recovery, I used to closely monitor my mood – always in fear of ‘relapsing’ as I had been told I was only in ‘remission’. I’m not losing sight of risks of mental health troubles, just that I now know it is lifestyle, stress etc and not any genetic-fixed-uncontrollable disorder. I keep going and achieving while recognizing my changing moods. I know behavior rather than mood determines my long-term happiness.

How does this relate to the “fruit or eggs” choice?

By brunch or lunch-time, what I fancy eating has changed.

Yes, I can allow myself fruit. I often fancy eggs. Now though, I am just as likely to fancy lettuce leaves smothered in ground flax or raw organic sauerkraut. I often include all sorts of raw vegetables in my first meal of the day, which very few people would do if eating earlier.

Calories? It will be great when I can stop ever mentioning calories. For now, I’ll just say that do not restrict calories, just that I can eat a couple of big plates full of many different foods for brunch, be full-up for hours, with less than 600kcal. I’ll share more about what this means to me at a later date.

I’m hoping this long answer is taken well by my new reader and it will inspire others to learn as much as they can about what is becoming a popular route to better health and better moods, which may be referred to as intermittent fasting.

I am welcoming bookings to provide talks and facilitate discussions. Please ask.

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What does it all mean? I welcome your thoughts on any of the above or on this slide I created before my morning walk… 2 hours to go to brunch 🙂

HCLF or LFHC versus HFLC or LCHF - What does it mean - Roger Smith

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