Re: "The Rest of Your Life"
I just want to point out that I agree that it's in a person's best interest to try other ways of managing conditions or symptoms that don't require medication. But contrary to some, I've come to believe that there are far more people who sit back and do nothing and continue to live with challenges that have serious detriment to their lives, than those who "take the easy road" and turn to pharmaceuticals. And the reason why many of these people do this is because of some opinions expressed in this thread.
Earlier this year, I completely transformed my diet. I eat virtually no processed foods at all any more. My diet consists of lean proteins (lots of fish, chicken, and turkey), tons of fruits and veggies (some through my juicer, which I love; and some eating normally). I snack on nuts mostly.
I also started a vigorous workout program with a lot of intense cardio (what's supposed to have the most impact on people with ADD symptoms like me). I feel better than I've felt in years, dropped some extra weight, and don't plan on going back to my old lifestyle. I've reached a point where my body craves healthy foods, does not desire crappy food, and also craves exercise.
Perhaps the most significant change I've made is I started meditating every single day. I think that's had a greater impact than anything else. And there's a lot of science supporting the neurological benefits of meditation. There's no doubt the positive impact all of this is having.
I've tried several times to do other things to manage day to day so I wouldn't need anything additional to help me function properly throughout the day. But every time I wind up realizing I'm not there yet. This was no exception. I still need some help from the pharma gods. When I don't take something, it's a struggle to get a basic amount of work done. I've developed systems, coping mechanisms, etc... that have helped tremendously, but there is a significant difference when I don't take meds. It's just biology. No amount of platitudes and stereotypes about the evil pharm companies or people just wanting a quick fix changes the fact that my body is not producing something it needs to function properly and there's a medication that helps me get what I need. I'm not going to feel guilty about partaking. Why should I?
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David