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  1. Since this has become a diet and nutrition thread I shall add my experience and thoughts. With my family history and the looming prospect of starting meds for the dreaded DIABEETUS I decided to modify my diet first. I didn't know I was at the vanguard of a fad but all I knew was that sugar and other carbs were bad. Later I discovered I was doing keto. I was motivated and very strict for about four months. Not at all hard to do, and I lost 30 lbs, though that wasn't my goal. Blood glucose dropped, A1C down, BP down, cholesterol down, and inflammation causing a pinched nerve was gon
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  2. This seems to be happening lately. It's EX-CHRISTIAN.net not SEX-CHRISTIAN.net!!!!!! And not SEX-CHRISTIAN.fishnets or anything similar.
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  3. I'm actually unsure why you have the question "I don't know what to do" when you clearly define both the problem, the guilt trip and your wish to leave. You can see the problem and can see the solution, all that is left is to take the step you already know you want to take. The only other way this could work is to look at it from a capitalist view. You have marketable skills and they want those skills. You could figure out an hourly rate and charge them for your time on a contract basis. Probably a church that small wouldn't have the funding to afford your time, but if they cou
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  4. Welcome, and there is no need to apologize for your English; it's quite good. You said, "I understand that they're just manipulating " so that should be the end of it. You have already gone beyond any obligation you may have had and their selfish manipulation just needs to be ignored. Not argued with, not explained, just ignored. Leave them. Go now. Don't look back at the leeches who would continue to drain you as long as you let them.
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  5. Well, the domain name seems available. Sex-Christian.net. The no-guilt site for horny Christians. First month free with a year's membership. Only $9.95 per month, one year paid in advance. Credit cards accepted. Not sold in stores.
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  6. It happens when the sugar runs out. It burns fast, so when it is gone, if that is all you had in the furnace, suddenly you get cold. Far better to have a moderate amount of slow burning carbs, some protein, and some good fats.
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  7. A friend of mine has had great success losing weight with Keto. He’s like a new man. And he’s kept the weight off too. I’m convinced that carbs in general and sugar in particular are responsible for the epidemic of obesity and diabetes (among other things) in the rich world today. And so many people don’t know this: I’m flabbergasted at the way people consume soda/pop and sweet tea by the gallon in most parts of the US. We’re not fucking hummingbirds.
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  8. DB, my step daughters boyfriend was pushing 300 lbs and so was my youngest brother. Both went on keto diets around before thanksgiving and both are down over 30lbs. I was around 250lbs and jumped on the keto bandwagon the day after thanksgiving. I'm down to 237 lbs already. I'm only going to the 220's and then letting it plane off and maintain. But the other two want to go down 50 lbs or more. This is the only successful diet I've tried so far. My wife has a keto cook book and it's easy to stick to when you see results like this. Just putting it out there for consideration. Best o
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  9. Yes it is @cp30rocks he is my oldest. (He's the one graduating this year) He made a profile but I don't think he's ever posted. I was looking for archeological evidence to show him the bible was true and found quite the opposite. Kinda cascaded from there. I was already questions the obvious fairy tale stories like Noah and adam n eve. but when I found out Moses was even a fable, nothing in the bible fit anymore. My Father in law is still alive, it was my mother in law that passed. But thank you for your condolences. I've been posting some the past month. I usually on
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  10. Hey Everyone, I like to post an update in this forum at least once per year. I know it sucks for people to come in and ya never hear how things went after deconversion. I'm coming up on 3 years now. Last time I gave an update I mentioned how my wife and I were still having issues over my deconversion. We had a good talk early in the year in 2019 and things got better after that as faith was concerned. I still visit her church from time to time but that has gotten fewer and farther between. We were also able to buy a house last year which was awesome!! Really enjoying having my own
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  11. There are some very good Blogs here at Ex-Christian.Net. For whatever reason, I - and probably others too - often overlook them. I was reminded of this by a very good new post by @Lerk in his Blog “Be Ready Always to Give an Answer”. Do yourself a favor and check it out, along with the other Blogs. Good stuff.
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  12. I second all the responses so far. There is only one thing I can think of to add. You could point out that they're being hypocritical in asking a nonbeliever to serve in a ministry capacity.
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  13. Sounds like a lot of treble. But, not to worry; after all, Every Good Boy Does Fine.
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  14. Hi Art, You've already been patient and generous in staying around as long as you have. Time to be firm, and polite if possible. You need to "cut them loose" as we say in English. And your English is just fine! I hope you'll tell us more about yourself when you get a chance.
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  15. Welcome I'm not sure I can add anything more useful than what Florduh has said. You already recognise they are being emotionally manipulative. It's your life, you do what's best for you in this case. As far as the immorality thing fuck them! You don't need to justify leaving the group because you no longer believe the bullshit they do. If one leaves a tennis club they don't start heaping emotive shit on the exiting player. What they are doing to you is immoral. Their bible is immoral, many of their teachings is immoral. And if they start whining about not ha
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  16. Yes! I never felt any sense of loss! There's a lot of stress involved due to family and societal expectations, but realizing it wasn't real was such a relief! I never felt like I had lost anything at all!
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  17. There's a saying by Reinhold Niebuhr known as the "Serenity Prayer." It says "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". A discussion in the forums made me realize something today: For a Christian, the above is impossible, or nearly so. That's why they think the prayer is so important that they post it on knick-knacks all over their houses. They want their god to grant these things to them, but because they really think that by praying they should be able to change those things that
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  18. In a sense it is true. Like Fuego said, it is when your blood sugar level drops to a certain point that you can feel chilled. I have had insulin dependent diabetes (type I) for 52 years. One of the ways I can sense dropping sugar levels is feeling chilly. Often times it is accompanied by feeling agitated, or getting mad easily, due to low sugar levels in your brain. People with hypoglycemia can get the same reaction by overloading with sugar without a mix of food like Fuego mentioned. The body injects a little too much insulin, and when the sugar burns up, you wind up with low blood suga
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  19. Agree with keto approach. I can't even stand the smell of donuts at work. It's like being smacked with a sugar hammer. I used to devour all that and more when I was a kid. I'd have a thick layer of sugar in the bowl of cereal I'd eat back then. Chocolate milk was breakfast all they way up to high-school where I started shivering in class due to a sugar crash. I still didn't clue in until college when the same thing happened in class and a guy there said "Dude, eat a damn salad instead of donuts". I did and felt a ton better. That was the event that changed my perspective on sugar. That has hel
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  20. Your approach here is similar to the philosphy of Stoicism, which is experiencing a resurgence in recent years. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this is happening in parallel to the decline of Christianity. Stoicism is not necessarily incompatible with Christianity but it seems to work better without the futile hope that a deity is going to intervene.
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  21. In the writings attributed to Paul, the author twice says that he's giving his own opinion rather than something from the Lord (I Corinthians 7:12 and 7:25). He also twice says that he's not quite sure regarding what he's talking about (I Cor 1:14-16 and II Cor 12:2). Those are pretty blatant admissions that at least some of what he wrote was not the divinely inspired Word of God. Beyond that, to the best of my recollection the epistles attributed to Paul never claim to be divinely inspired, but instead they frequently use his status as an apostle to establish himself as an authority (Rom 1:1;
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  22. I use the MyStream feature as my default feed, so I see new forum messages but also blog posts and status updates from members. I definitely get the feeling that most members don’t see the blog posts or status updates.
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  23. "Being honest with myself" is such an important thing to grasp and practice. I used to rely heavily on the opinions of others. I used to accept stuff without much questioning because I had been convinced by 'people who know better' that god is real, jesus is real and so on and so on. I preached this stuff because I believed it. Then I woke up and had to come to terms with my previous nonsense. I had to work at 'being honest with myself'. That is what brought joy and a sense of freedom.
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  24. “No. "Unbelief" is honesty. "Doubt" is the path to unbelief and honesty, but that path is often not traveled due to the fear instilled by the religion itself. The meme of Christianity has evolved to continue to exist by overtly stating that doubt is caused by external, evil forces...” My period of doubt ended after I read a passage in a book that convincingly made the case that the world works exactly as it would if there were no benevolent deity overseeing and intervening. This realization turned my doubt into unbelief. Being honest with myself required it. At a certain point,
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  25. It's an eye opener. When you go on Keto you get laser focused in terms of looking at the world as an observer of just how much carbs and straight sugar everyone is consuming regularly. This becomes more and more obvious when you look around at every restaurant menu while on Keto. I see it all, but I ignore it. It's all around me all the time. Carb's, carb's, sugar, sugar..... But I'm devoted and determined and seeing the lbs come off steady keeps me focused on the straight and narrow. I just keep ignoring all of the carbs and sugar constantly around me everywhere I look. This is an
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  26. It is worth noting that this guy posted only twice, on Dec. 26, and hasn't been back in two weeks. Perhaps he found what he was looking for.
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  27. I'm 5 days on the wahls protocol so far, it's Paleo with more restrictions. It's going to be difficult maintaining weight if anything. It's true about the sugar and carbs though, we eat way too much of them. Go without sugar for a week and your fruits will taste very different.
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  28. I'm certainly not fucking a hummingbird. In fact, the idea has never crossed my mind.
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  29. You sound quite determined and motivated. You'll succeed. Here's a quote that helped me once. I keep it on my desk. I hope it helps you, too: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. — Arthur Ashe
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  30. Hello DB, nice to read your update, even though your life has had significant challenges lately. Good luck with your goals, in particular the health related ones. I can tell you from personal experience that if you up that veggie count and cut back on sugar and carbs, those alone will be huge benefits in your weight loss journey, even without exercise. I'm starting a quite strict diet myself, Paleo with some additional restrictions. The key is to ease into it, do not by any means cut out all the not so great stuff cold turkey, or it's just too difficult and you lose your motivation. The
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  31. That's a lot of stuff to deal with. Getting through it has been quite an accomplishment. I hope you are able to accomplish the health goals, and do some work on the house. Completing projects always helps me feel better about life. HANG IN THERE!
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  32. The flood survived by Noah's family and the animals they took onto the ark, was said to have wiped out all human and animal life on the Earth, to be started over by the inhabitants of that ark. Ironically, part of God's anger and reasoning for causing the flood were the Nephalim. In Genesis 6 we see that the race of Nephalim came along when the sons of god (El, not Yahweh) married the daughters of man and they bore children to them. It refers to them there as the "mighty men of old." In verse 5 God decides that this just isn't working out like he planned, so he starts preparing for Noah to bui
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  33. Ah, life in the closet! Fodder for blog posts! Sunday morning's sermon was called "Motivations for Holy Conduct." Sermons usually have 3 main points, and number three, which the most time was spent on, was "The Wrath of God." This was pretty ironic, because I spend my time during the sermon reading in the Nook app on my phone. Right now I'm reading "The God Delusion," and I'm in chapter 7, "The 'Good' Book and the Changing Moral Zeitgeist". Part of the chapter deals with the wrath of this supposed god. So while the preacher is droning on about how afraid we
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  34. Greetings to all of you! Sorry if my english is not very good, it's not my native language. So I want to ask you guys to give some advices about my situation. I'm a musician, worship minister in a small pentecostal church (about 20-30 members). The other members of the group never considered themselves as a musicians and was doing their ministry only because there was no one else who was ready to do it. So when I became a minister, all technical stuff about how to make music not to sound like shit was layed on my shoulders because I was the only one in the whole church who knows how to do i
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