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How’s it going? I really have a
number of problems that I am currently
dealing with as this organization grows
and grows fast. That’s’ why I am actually
writing you about bipolar disorder
at 5:17am on a Saturday morning.
I wanted to write you about something
that I was thinking about yesterday
when I was food shopping.
So yesterday I went to good old A & P.
A & P is a company that sells food. They
use to be huge back in the day but through
lots of bad decisions and mismanagement they
aren’t that big any more.
Anyway I went in to A & P to get my weekly
food really quick. I only have 23 minutes so
I seriously had to make it fast.
I went up and down the aisles and found
what I needed right away. As I was
walking by, I was thinking to myself,
“Food places are so big and it’s so
amazing how much junk they sell…
And the junk looks sooooooooo good.”
I won’t even look at the gym, I kind of
turn my head because they are so good
at packaging junk, they actually make
it looks like health food.
DON’T WORRY THERE’S A BIPOLAR LESSON COMING
Please keep reading…
So going food shopping may be thinking
of going to my friends house the other
day and these two events made me
think of this incredible bipolar
disorder lesson you must know
The other day I went over a friends
house. It was the strangest thing.
Okay so I went inside and was going to
get something to drink…I always drink
I couldn’t find any. I thought almost
everyone has water in the house.
Not my friend.
I thought he was out. So I went to get
some tap water. If you are out of the US
tap water is the water that comes out
of your sink.
So I had some of that. Then I went to
look for something to eat and it was
amazing what I saw.
Try to guess what I saw and then
scroll down for the answer…
Guess then scroll….
Tons and tons and tons and tons and tons and tons
of junk food.
It was amazing. I have never seen so many colors
of food in a closet and cabinets. I seriously
thought my friend worked as like a sales rep
for a junk food company. I was so shocked
I didn’t know what to say.
He said, “Dude, what’s up?” I said, “man you
have a lot of junk food.” He said “well
it’s not all junk food and I really don’t
eat it dude. I just have it.”
I was like “yea right. you keep it for
Then a bunch of thoughts came to my head
about bipolar disorder and something
that’s so important.
Before I tell them to you, I want to tell
you a few things about my friend.
First he has gained a lot of weight
since college. He keeps on gaining
weight monthly it seems. He claims
that he is losing weight but he is not.
He really does eat a lot of junk food
and doesn’t eat healthy.
The problem is, his environment has
bad food in it so he is so likely to
eat poorly. He needs to get rid of the
junk food because if he did, it would
increase his chances of eating right.
Now when you are talking about bipolar
disorder, many people have so many things
inside their home that are bad for
bipolar disorder or temptations. Let’s
talk about a few.
1. Alcohol. If you are dealing with
bipolar disorder or are a supporter you
should not have alcohol in the house.
There is no reason.
2. Guns. I don’t think you should have
these either. I have heard so many stories
of a person going into a depression or manic
episode and grabbing a gun and killing themselves.
Take a look at the old bipolar news and you’ll
see story after story.
3. Illegal Drugs. I don’t even have to explain this
one. Get rid of them.
4. Weird knives and dangerous things. Some people
have lots of killing instruments for show or
something in their place. Like guns, these invite
problems with depressive and manic episodes.
These are my top 4 things you should get rid
of in your house if you are coping and dealing
with bipolar disorder.
You know I use to be 282 pounds when I played
football. After my last season I didn’t want
to be a big giant whale of a former lineman
like so many of my friends so I decided to
get down to 220.
One of the secrets that I learned was to
take out temptation from where I was living.
Today I don’t have temptation. That’s what I
call junk food. I also only have water in my
place and one or two bottles of soda for
friends that wine and complain they hate
I have no other junk food.
BUT, I did violate my own philosophy the
other week. I bought a box of wheat thins
and some crackers. I don’t know why. I just
did. I figured that I could handle it if
they were in my place and that I could control
myself. Well I didn’t and wound up eating it
all really quick.
Shame on me. There is no question if I have
junk food in my house I am more likely to eat
it. If it’s not there, I won’t.
With bipolar disorder, if you have 1 or more of
the 4 things I talked about, trouble is likely
to come soon.
In my courses/systems, one thing that I discovered
when interviewing lots of people featured
was how they “took control of their environment”
by getting rid of things that could create problems
for bipolar disorder.
Actually this is where I got these ideas from.
Person after person that I interviewed warned
of drugs, alcohol, guns and sharp objects
so to speak.
There is one interview that’s in all my courses
with an older person who is a major success and
is really good at teaching how to become high
functioning with bipolar disorder that used a gun
to shoot himself when he wasn’t stable.
He is grateful he is alive but said to me,
there was no reason to have a gun in his place
and if he didn’t have it, he would greatly
reduce the chances of something bad happening
again even though he is stable now.
If you got my courses, I am sure you remember
his story. If you are interested it’s in
the bipolar supporter course for adults and
bipolar success course.
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Right now, think about your environment
and is it good for bipolar disorder? If
not, make some changes.
Well I have to run. Have a great day and talk
to you soon.
P.S. Don’t forget to take a look through the
different programs I’ve put together… each one is designed
to help you with a different area of bipolar disorder whether
you have it or you are supporting someone with it.
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that I have sent in the past and lots of great
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