Vitamins/Supplementation on Long Retreats

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Vitamins/Supplementation on Long Retreats

Post by Chi » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:17 am

Hello Wheelies!

I am going on an indefinite retreat (tomorrow) at Panditarama Forest Monastery in Myanmar.

Things happen to the body/mind on retreats because I (generally) eat less, eat healthier, lose body weight, move less, sit more, move more slowly, close my eyes, don't look arround, etc. Overall, it's all wonderful, but sometimes I feel I get out of balance with certain nutrients/vitamins, but I am not sure which ones.

Sometimes in the past, I have had a "let everything go" or "leave everything behind" mentality about bringing vitamins/supplements to retreat. Other times, I have had a "I need to feel good" attitude and I have brought Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, green powders, and/or spirulina.

I am wondering about your philosophies on supplements and if you bring supplements on your retreats? If so, which ones?

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Re: Vitamins/Supplementation on Long Retreats

Post by Ben » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:28 am

Generally, I don't take anything with me unless it is medication or vitamin b12.
Put away any thoughts about having to feel good. You don't need to feel good and in fact not feeling good while on retreat has its benefits.
All the best with your retreat.
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