David N. Snyder wrote:How was it at the monastery you were at? Did the monks have juice or any food in the evenings? The reason I ask, is I have heard that many monks do eat some of the allowable tonics in the evening when the hunger pains are too strong. This is considered allowable for an ill monk and some have interpreted that more liberally to include hunger.
It may be some medical condition that requires you to keep your blood sugars normal or higher and they can drop significantly with fasting. Check with the physician's report.
I would talk to the monastery before taking up residence and make sure they allow you the medical exemption.
lyndon taylor wrote:It would seem you meet the medical criteria for being given special exemption to eat after 12pm, however finding a monastery that accepts that and allows it may not be as easy, a note from your doctor would help, I would talk to the monastery before taking up residence and make sure they allow you the medical exemption.
Mkoll wrote:I'm curious: is there a name for your condition? I'd like to know more about it.
TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:Depending on what your condition actually is (with reference to Mkoll's question) if you are anaemic, it is possible that some form of supplement, such as folic acid may be permissible. it is one of the Vitamin B complexes.... But that would depend on whether your condition actually has a name, and whether your doctor feels such a supplement would be effective to help balance your condition.
Biija wrote:Normally, I'm 1,72cm high and 55 kg which is already low, but it's ok, I feel good. My weight dropped to 48 kg at the end of the first month!
David N. Snyder wrote:Biija wrote:Normally, I'm 1,72cm high and 55 kg which is already low, but it's ok, I feel good. My weight dropped to 48 kg at the end of the first month!
Check with your physician, but this might be the problem. You are underweight. That is a BMI of less than 18.6.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obe ... /bmi-m.htm
Anyone underweight is bound to be weak and lethargic. One thing you could try (if able) is to eat a much larger meal for the one meal.
the Buddha allowed eating between sunrise and until the sun reached their heighest point. Therefore in the Mahasi Sasana Yeitkha in Yangon they offer both a breakfast, usually rice gruel, and lunch. Additionally the Burmese custom allows the monks to eat Sutumadu (an emulsion containing honey, molasses, ghee and sesamum oil) in the afternoon.
Maybe that is something more to your body's liking.
Biija wrote:Is there any similar case in the suttas?
MN 65: Bhaddāli Sutta wrote:"Bhikkhus, I eat at a single session. By so doing, I am free from illness and affliction, and I enjoy lightness, strength, and a comfortable abiding. Come, bhikkhus, eat at a single session. By so doing, you too will be free from illness and affliction, and you will enjoy lightness, strength, and a comfortable abiding.”
When this was said, the venerable Bhaddāli told the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, I am not willing to eat at a single session; for if I were to do so, I might have worry and anxiety about it.”
“Then, Bhaddāli, eat one part there where you are invited and bring away one part to eat. By eating in that way, you will maintain yourself.”
[/quote]culaavuso wrote:Biija wrote:Is there any similar case in the suttas?
Not quite the same circumstance, but a related case is discussed in MN 65.
martinfrank wrote:I guess the many hours without food made your body eat your reserves - which you didn't have!
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