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Old 24-Feb-2010, 09:17 PM
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im going to take this abit differently but have looked at TCM principles.

the western diet is largely deficient in the bitter aspect of diet, bitters are great they stimulate the bitter receptors at the back of the tongue which inturn stimulates the vagus nerve to release stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes, bile secreation, has a flushing/cleansing effect on the liver and gallbladder.

probably why they sell chinese bitters which are usually much better than swedish digestive bitter products which contain stimulant laxatives.
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Eating bitter is not about being force to do something. It is about overcoming obsticles and the determination to do what has to be done.

Like for example; the slight aches and pains of stretching. Knowing there is a end result and self-satisfaction.
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Having sex 24/7 may destroy our sex life. We may run away from women for the rest of our life.
I'm more than willing to experiment with that
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I'm more than willing to experiment with that
You may need some additional help with this.
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Growing up I usually heard....

Eat bitter to taste sweet.

The way I interpreted is that the hardship we endure makes us stronger to enjoy the fruit of our labors.
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Growing up I usually heard....

Eat bitter to taste sweet.

The way I interpreted is that the hardship we endure makes us stronger to enjoy the fruit of our labors.
This is a good point.
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Old 13-Apr-2010, 07:32 PM
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Without fire, old underbrush doesn't get cleared away for new growth.

Nothing hangs out to see that big forest blaze. Fires are dangerous.

If you play with fire, you're bound to get burned. Also, if you're outside in the sun, you burn. Wear sunblock. Sunburns aren't good for anybody. Hows that for eating bitter? Now you're peeling. Should've worn that sunblock.

Eating bitter just sucks. That's it. It contrasts the good stuff that happens. Jeez, it'd be great if those pullups didn't hurt, I'd do way more of them. It's just a limitation we have to overcome. Builds character?

Nope. Character is character. Hating life at the gym and sweating like a pig is just that. Pain is not a prerequisate to gain. Gain is gain, loss is loss. Gain can be loss, but only in certain context. Loss can be gain, but only when we think creatively.

All of these things are so human... Tao is really human, you know? All the same, only different.

But then, if you really love to stretch and run and do those situps, maybe then they're not so painful?
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Pain is not a prerequisate to gain. Gain is gain, loss is loss. Gain can be loss, but only in certain context. Loss can be gain, but only when we think creatively.

But then, if you really love to stretch and run and do those situps, maybe then they're not so painful?
"No Pain, No Gain...Too Much Pain, Too Insane"

Somepeople enjoy tje challenges of a workout. Thye become aclimated to the soreness and discomfort.

The metality has become something to look forward to til the next time.
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"Eating bitter" - kinda makes me think of when I have drunk Chinese herbs that have been brewed into a tea. Very bitter taste but persevering through the course of medicine is arguably beneficial for your well being
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That would be "Drinking Bitter"
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That would be "Drinking Bitter"
Excellent work. You are about to derail your own article.
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Excellent work. You are about to derail your own article.
Derail...no....compliment...yes
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