Welcome to The Quest, a
newsletter intended to inspire and inform those interested in experiencing optimal well
being in body, mind and spirit. For archived newsletters and more information, please see
my website at www.deborahlow.com.
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In this issue of The Quest:
1. The Quest Quote
Withdrawal A New Psychiatric Disorder
3. Positive Media Pressure?
4. Body Image and Weight: Results and Winners!
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that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness
. Yet, as long as there is a
lack of the inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, none of the external facilities
or conditions you have will give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are
seeking. ~ The Dalai Lama
2. Caffeine Withdrawal From venti to
According to cbsnews.com,
giving up caffeine can make you sick enough to be classified as "mentally ill."
The latest word on caffeine addiction is that withdrawal leads to symptoms that can be
severe enough in some people to disrupt their daily lives. Because so many people react to
caffeine withdrawal in this way, it may soon qualify for listing in the bible of
psychiatric disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
A study published in the October 2004 issue of Psychopharmacology analyzed 66
earlier studies on the effects of caffeine withdrawal. The most common symptom - headache
- occurs among at least 50 percent of people who try to give up caffeine. Other symptoms
include fatigue or drowsiness, depression, irritability or a bad mood, problems
concentrating, and such flu-like symptoms as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and stiffness.
These symptoms typically begin within 12 to 24 hours of the last jolt of caffeine and peak
within a day or two.
many of us, our morning coffee has replaced water or juice upon waking. After a night
without any fluids, the body needs to be hydrated and although coffee can be part of a
balanced diet, it does have a diuretic affect on the body. If your morning cup has become
an all-day affair and you would like to break your caffeine habit, the best way to quit
without suffering is to slowly change the proportion of caffeinated to decaffeinated
coffee you drink. Remember too, that coffee isn't the only source of caffeine: it is also
in some sodas and teas, chocolate, and over-the-counter drugs such as Excedrin and NoDoz.
3. Positive Media Pressure?
The media often
portrays stereotyped ideals of male and female beauty, which can negatively influence how
we feel about ourselvesso lets focus on the positive ones!
Inspire and help
others by sharing your opinion. Name a media source that empowers or inspires you in some
way. It could be a TV show, musician, website, news program, artist, favorite movie,
. you name it. Reply to this email and find out next month what others had to
4. You said
Thank you to
those who responded to last months newsletter. (For those of you who didnt see
it, click here)
Heres what you had to say:
1) At what point
in your life have you struggled most with your weight or body image?
32% said that
every day is a struggle
I was put on my 1st diet at age 5.
At 57, I still have my struggles.
At times I can hold my head up high and
know that food didn't win today. Other times it's a constant reminder of where I've been.
I always try to remind myself that each day is a new beginning.
26% said as a teenage
I was a stark raving compulsive eater
as a teen, complete with sneak eating, going to multiple stores for food to avoid
embarrassment during binges, isolation, withdrawal, and self-loathing. I was
confused, terrified all the time, angry (although I didn't know it), and stuck in a
quagmire of a crazy family.
The period I have struggled most with my weight and, therefore, my body image, has
been since I started working in an office and sitting down all day. 5 years later
and I am finally getting control of those extra 10 pounds that have crept on and Im
feeling more empowered and happy than ever!
When I stopped playing competitive sports"
During my first year of University.
have you felt the most empowered or comfortable with your body?
when doing something physical, independent of lifes circumstances
I can be having a bad food day or feeling terribly about
myself and simply going for a walk gives me reprieve from my negative thinking. For me,
its about not over thinking it just getting out there is the challenge. I
must constantly remind myself that I will feel so much better afterwards. And I
I used to be overweight so for me, exercise was about burning calories. I am now at
my ideal weight, and today, exercise is about sanity. Its about moving my body so
that I feel less stressed about everything. Exercise puts my life into perspective.
Its cheap therapy.
27% said today
I am happier and healthier at age 40
than at ANY other time in my life
I'm not perfect, and accept I'll never be. I
have great days, good days, okay days, bad days, and days from &%$%# LOL. I've
learned to sit with my feelings, give them a voice, and let them run their course. I
am a work in progress, and am truly blessed.
dont think I have ever felt completely comfortable in my body.
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