Im of the opinion that BP people have to put themselves on several different kinds of "diets", so to speak.
Of course healthy food is a great place to start.
Excersise as much as you can, however you can. With multipal problems you may be only able to walk a mile. Then you make that mile an every day must do first.
Mental diet: i gave up regualr tv 3 years ago, and i love having it gone. I have DVD's of comidies and netflick. The big thing for me is no commerials. I feel that everything in todays consummer society is tied to making you feel incomplete and unfullfilled. Taking yourself out of that loop, being happy for what you have, not what you dont. Example, look at any dog. They live in the moment, they are happy with a full tummy (be it plain rice or fliet mignon) Love, and a warm place to sleep. Getting myself out of the consumer treadmill has made me feel so much better.
Emotional diet: i have had to give up things which are bad for me, and that goes for people also. I have had quite the friend purge, gettign rid of those who only take and never give. THis includes close relatives also. My mom and i love each other, but she carries alot of anger and hurt also. I perfer to let it go and just live in the now.
Buddhism, its more a way of living then a religion. It teaches that you dont ignore a problem, you look at it head on, and see how you can turn it around to find the better side of it. Anger becomes love, that sort of thing.
Thanks to all this and more i have lives pratically medication free for the last two years. During which time i went thru a divorce and lost alot, and worked a ton to pay for it all. I should have had tons of mania, i didnt, i had what i had, and did not make any big or lasting mistakes.
"If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade" "It isn't my fault that i am BiPolar, It is my responsibility how i treat it so that i don't hurt others or myself." Happy Bill
"Pain comes from wanting things to be different then what they actually are. Peace comes from accepting what is for what it is. Acceptance is the path i follow to peace"