WHAT’S WEIGHING YOU DOWN?


A few years ago now, I gave a talk at the College of Psychic Studies in London called just that – “What’s Weighing you Down?” I explained that, in my experience, no amount of dieting or even bariatric surgery will work if the underlying emotional root causes of holding on to excess weight have not been addressed.

What are these “underlying emotional causes”? They could be anything from an abusive childhood to bullying at school; from the forced termination of a pregnancy to a stillbirth or loss of a newborn baby. It could be an abusive relationship or rejection by a loved one ….. It is all so painful, we build a wall, a layer of comfort and / or protection. At an unconscious level, some call this the “heart wall”, and that is a good description. But there is equally a physical “wall” – that “spare tyre” around the middle, which just so happens to be where we find the solar plexus, the energy centre of our emotions.

I am not saying that a sensible diet and exercise are not important, they are certainly central to your overall health and wellbeing. But what I am saying is that your mental and emotional wellbeing is just as important, and this can only be tackled through the unconscious.

I have done a lot of work with clients who are holding on to excess weight, and the process is invariably the same: the client is put into a deep state of relaxation, and I talk direct to their unconscious. The root cause is usually a combination of a spirit “passenger” with a sweet tooth or a craving for a particular type of food; a past life in which the client had issues with food, or lack of it, and may even have died of starvation; and any number of emotional traumas in this current lifetime that need to be identified and healed.

If, at the end of those treatments, the client feels that he or she would like to have a hypnotic gastric band fitted (a “belt and braces approach”), then I will do that. The process is not nearly as risky as bariatric surgery; it is non-invasive and it takes just one two-hour session. BUT I will only do that with a client when they have been through the other processes, otherwise we are back to where we came in – “What’s Weighing You Down?”

You could sign up for a gym membership. You could start another fashionable diet.
Or you could look at things in a completely different way and start from the inside out: that way, the issues are resolved once and for all.

Feel free to give me a call – 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512: I’m always happy to have a chat.
I’m based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre, also in Haywards Heath.

Weight Loss – an alternative solution

It’s that time of year when holiday brochures and TV ads show tempting images of sparkling blue seas, golden beaches – and people in perfect shape showing off their bodies. That can be enough to make you throw the brochure across the room, change channels on the TV and have another handful of biscuits!

We all know that sensible eating and doing some exercise is a good start to healthy living, whether or not the objective is an hour-glass figure. And we all know that “slimming” and “weight loss” are multi-million-pound industries in their own right – just look at the books, magazines and websites dedicated to them, let alone the huge array of products promoted as being the best, the only, solution.

And yet, many people are still “overweight”. I freely admit that I take serious issue with the whole “BMI is the holy grail” nonsense. Those of you who know me will know that I am no size 6 stick insect: I probably come up as “obese” on the medical scale and I admit I could do with losing a few pounds.  But other readings come up as green, or healthy, or normal, and if my only problem is holding on to a few extra pounds, then for me, life is too short to worry about it.

The food we eat today is nothing like the food our grandparents ate – it has been sprayed with goodness knows what, much of it has been genetically modified, and there is hidden salt, sugar and oil in just about everything. If you really want to be free of the “three deadly sins” of sugar, salt and bad oils, you have to look very carefully indeed at labels, or buy, prepare and cook your own food from fresh, preferably organic. And that is not always an option.

I do a fair bit of work with people who are seriously overweight, and who have tried everything from the latest faddy diet to hours in the gym, without success. While I would encourage everyone to eat a healthy, balanced mix of food each day and to do some exercise, I believe that, for many people, the real reason they are holding onto excess weight is a deep-rooted emotional trauma. The excess layers of fat could well be there to provide comfort or protection against such events as abuse in early childhood; bullying at school; a broken heart; an abusive relationship; termination of a pregnancy or loss of a baby.
When these traumas are uncovered and healed at source, the excess weight has done its job, it is no longer needed, and it is therefore easier to let it go.
I have also worked with many people who are obsessed with food in this life because they have starved to death in a previous life. Just think about the millions who are starving today in our so-called civilised world, and imagine how many millions more would have starved many hundreds of years ago. An individual who has starved to death will often have as their passing thought – that thought that is with them as they take their final outbreath – “I will never go hungry again” or something similar. It can often be that these people, in this lifetime, are eating physical food to try to fill an emotional hole – and that doesn’t work.

If any of this chimes with you, get in touch. Email me through the form on the Contact page of this website, or call me on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I am based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre, also in Haywards Heath.

How could Hypnotherapy help you?

There seems to be a perception “out there” that people who come to see someone like me must be “strange” in some way, or into “all that woo woo stuff”.
Let me set the record straight on that. Some people who come to see me are indeed on their own spiritual journey, and I am very happy to work with them. Using my blend of hypnotherapy, past life, spirit release and soul retrieval work can help them overcome blockages and shift them up a notch or two.
However, the majority of people who come to see have not given much thought to their spirituality at all, they just want to sort out whatever issue is holding them back. And that is absolutely fine with me too.

There are many ways in which hypnotherapy can be used to help people: indeed that is one of the reasons I was attracted to it all those years ago. Like a tradesman with a toolbox full of tried and tested tools, I will use whichever techniques and processes I feel will be most effective to resolve the particular issue I am dealing with. My objective is always to get to the root cause of the issue and to resolve it at source.

What are the typical types of problems that people present me with?
Fears and phobias is a common one: anything from a fear of flying to fear of success – a phobia is, after all, a more exaggerated, irrational fear. Very often this can lead back to a past life – the very idea may sound strange to some people, but once they have experienced one or more of their previous lives, they are totally convinced!


Weight loss is high on the list too. There is so much hype and media / peer pressure nowadays for people to be slim to the point of being skinny, that even some people I would say are “normal” want to lose weight. I do work with those who are genuinely seriously overweight and we aim to find the real underlying reason why the client is holding on to that excess weight. If needed, and after looking at the other issues, I will “fit” a hypnotic gastric band to help with weight control.

“Emotional issues” covers a wide range of challenges that people face, from anxiety and stress to feeling overwhelmed with situations or relationships. Here again I always work with the client to uncover the root causes and deal with those. There may be a couple of “spirit passengers” having an influence – again, some people think this is a very strange concept. To me, it is totally natural, and results can range from subtle but “something has definitely shifted” to quite dramatic – kicking a gambling addiction, losing a craving for cakes and biscuits, for instance. That is just the starting point, of course, and we can look back at past lives, investigate deep-seated belief systems or even talk to parts of the body if appropriate.

Pain control – pain is actually a construct in the brain and, as such, may be de-constructed. It should always be remembered of course that pain is the body’s alarm system and as such should not be switched off completely. I would work with a client to put in place a new “programme” to give the client control, the ability to turn down the pain when needed: this is done through strong hypnotic suggestions, visualisations and similar techniques.

Giving up Smoking – generally speaking, this can be done in one session with hypnotherapy. But again, I would always talk with the client to see what else is going on – someone who is very stressed or has other emotional, mental or physical issues to deal with will not find it as easy to give up as someone whose issues have been dealt with.

If you feel that my blend of hypnotherapy, past life, spirit release and soul retrieval work could help you, give me a call on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I am always happy to have a chat: there’s no commitment, as I understand it is important for a client to find just the right therapist to work with. I am based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and work primarily from Vinings Natural Health Centre, also in Haywards Heath.

 

Weight Loss and Hypnotic Gastric Banding: an overview

red apple, inches tape measureI am often asked about the way in which I work with clients who want to get rid of excess weight, and also about hypnotic gastric banding. You can read more in the Weight Loss section on the site, but here is a 5-page report that gives you a good overview to what it’s all about. If you have any more questions, do feel free to call me on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512: I’m always happy to chat about it and explain anything that isn’t quite clear.
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Real Testimonials from Real Clients

Sometimes clients will write me a letter – or, more commonly nowadays, send me an email – to let me know what changes have come about in their lives as a result of their sessions with me. It is always a pleasure to receive such feedback. A handful are reproduced here, to give a flavour of the wide range of issues that have been resolved.
Names have been  removed to maintain client confidentiality. First, a selection of “one-liners” and then a few slightly longer explanations.
If you feel I might be able to help you, why not give me a call on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I am always happy to have a chat about whatever issue may be holding you back in your life.

“I’m more present, more awake.”

“I left (the session) not knowing up or down …. There was lots of processing, and now I am lighter, happier and more joyful.”

“I haven’t felt this good in my life.       I’ve turned the corner.”

“The work you’ve done so far has been an enormous help, thank you very much!”

“It’s easier for me to accept who I am. I’m happy with who I am, and I’m easier to get on with.”

 

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-20-04-44“I really enjoyed the session, and did indeed feel the benefit of it. With regards my back, it felt very much improved straight away as you know, with a feeling of freeness that I had not experienced for years. ….. Also re the food issue, that seems to be improving too. Initially there didn’t seem to be any difference in the way I felt about food, but maybe a week or so later, it was like a switch had been flicked in my head, and I just felt all of a sudden that I ‘didn’t need to be fat anymore’ ….. It would be lovely for this to be something that I can leave behind in the past. Or perhaps more usefully, something that can be consigned to the mental rubbish bin as it is something that is now no longer required in my life.”

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“I’m calmer, more relaxed. I’m able to let go, I’m finding it easier to make decisions.
My back is feeling much better. I have had problems with my right wrist for years, it is now loosening up and becoming more flexible.”

pear with tape measure, portrait
“Food portion sizes are now smaller, I’m feeling fuller sooner. I’ve definitely got more energy, and I’m doing more. I’m sleeping well at night. I’ve moved on from guilt and anger.
“I’m good enough for myself.”

aeroplane in the sky
“I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know how successful my sessions were.
I don’t think I will ever enjoy flying but at least I am able to fly. It was so nice to visit my son (and new grandchild) and this was made possible because of your help.”

Screen shot 2015-08-25 at 7.05.33 PM
“It’s been several weeks since I last saw you and, as promised, I thought I’d let you know how things are with me.      
I have used the relaxation disc you gave me most days and I have gained great benefit from it.  
 I still suffer with pain in my back but I do have days when it is much less painful and I feel my health has benefited with relaxing more and listening to your words.
So, I am grateful for your help and send my best wishes, hoping all is well with you.”

3 cartoon girls dancing
“I just wanted to thank you and let you know how I was getting on after that amazing session with you last Wednesday.
I felt truly unburdened and free, as well as powerful and glorious. I  feel I’ve reached a point I’ve been straining towards for years – a point where I have full confidence in who I am and full faith in all that is. And unexpectedly an enormous amount of joy and fun came from it too!
Everyone around me noticed – my interactions with others has changed a lot – no more neediness towards others, just a desire to empower and love them.
So I was on a real high for several days. No more sleeping pills – I just don’t want or need them anymore – and I’m now slowly cutting back on the other medication too.”

green apple and tape measure
“I thought I’d send you a quick email to let you know how I’m doing after our 3 sessions recently.
I started the ( ) Weight Plan shortly after our sessions and I’ve lost 2 stone in 7 weeks!
It’s a very low calorie diet (600 per day everyday) but I have stuck to it religiously and not strayed once! People around me can’t believe I haven’t binged or had a ‘treat’ but I truly have not strayed and reaped the rewards!
I’ve got another 2 and half stone to lose but feel very positive and cannot believe how well this is going for me.
It’s all down to our sessions so I’d like to thank you very much.”

Over-Eating and Hypnotherapy

green apple and tape measureIt is not easy to get away from food in today’s media-driven world.
Just look at how many programmes there are on TV dedicated to putting food in front of you on the screen for hours each week. Never mind if the dishes being prepared are gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free salads or desserts designed to send calories and cholesterol into orbit – for those with a weakness for food, it is a trigger.
Every newspaper and whole magazines are dedicated to persuading us to eat even more.
Please don’t get me started on supermarkets and their marketing tricks.
Or the obscene amounts of hidden sugar in processed foods (why is there sugar in a quiche lorraine, I wonder?).

So on the one hand we are being bombarded with food  and advice on what is good for us (which changes like the wind) – and  on the other hand we are told that we have to be stick-insect thin, verging on anorexic. Only these waif-like creatures are socially acceptable, it seems. People who are any more than “chubby” are mocked and considered to be social outcasts.
People are treated like criminals when they become addicted to the substances they have been over-exposed to. Like any addictive substance – and why else do manufacturers put so much sugar and salt into processed food if not to get consumers addicted and coming back for more – bad food habits can be hard to break. But it can be done. And, I believe, it is not always to do with actual food consumption.

Yes, there are definite issues to do with a sedentary lifestyle – people no longer walk to work, or do so much physical work or Hamburgerexercise. Nowadays people commute (sitting down) and sit at desks and then collapse on the sofa to unwind in front of the tele when they get home (more often than not with a ready meal on their laps).  It would do us all good to walk more, swim more, jog more – but I believe the over-eating, holding on to weight issue is more complex than that.

There can be many underlying emotional reasons why people hold on to weight – everything from abuse in childhood to bullying in school; forced abortions or traumatic childbirth to bitter relationship break-ups. Getting to the root cause – the real root cause – may involve peeling that emotional onion and re-discovering the true person inside, the one whose self-esteem has plummeted, who believes they are not good enough any more.

Then of course there is the Catch-22 of bariatric surgery – which you only need if you are seriously obese, but very often can’t have because, being obese, your heart won’t stand the strain of the anaesthetic and the trauma of the operation. Hypnotic gastric banding is always an option there.

If you would like to tackle the excess weight that you are holding on to, give me a call now on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I am happy to have a chat to see how I might be able to help you.

Weight Loss Surgery – and Hypnotic Gastric Banding

red apple, inches tape measureAnother day, another article in the press about bariatric surgery – the umbrella term for weight loss surgery. This prompted me to refer to the UK official NHS website for their latest guidelines on weight loss surgery: it made interesting reading.

There is a lot of information about what the various surgical procedures are – gastric bypass, gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy – risks, results, “life after weight loss surgery” and so on.

An NHS Psychological Assessment will determine whether:
you have any mental health conditions or emotional problems that could prevent you sticking to your lifestyle plan after surgery
you’ve developed unhealthy patterns of eating, such as binge eating, that could cause problems after surgery
you have realistic expectations of what life will be like after surgery.

Nowhere, as far as I could see from the NHS website, does it offer any advice or suggestions about addressing any of these issues prior to surgery.

Under the heading “Psychosocial effects of (weight loss) surgery” , it states:
“It’s also common for a person to experience a worsening of mood when their weight stabilises, typically two years after surgery. This is often because many people realise that problems that existed before surgery, such as money worries or difficulties at work, are still there.”

I am not denying that bariatric surgery can, and has, helped a lot of people. But my point is that, without addressing the underlying emotional reasons / issues that cause someone to hold onto that excess weight in the first place, it is like putting a sticking plaster over a festering wound and expecting to wound to heal all by itself: it’s not going to happen.

I have worked with lots of clients who have been holding onto varying amounts of excess weight. One of the these was a white feet on scaleslovely lady who weighed around 23 stone when she came to see me. She had been through the full NHS programme leading up to bariatric surgery, and had done all that was asked of her. When the time came, she was refused surgery because she was still too obese. This is the classic Catch 22, isn’t it – someone needs surgery because they are obese, and yet because they are obese, they can’t have surgery due to the risk to their heart with the anaesthetic and stress to the system. I worked with this lady for a few months, as we peeled the layers off the emotional onion, getting closer and closer to the real person at the core. Many issues were dealt with along the way. She laughed, she cried, she uncovered “stuff” that had been locked away for years and years. There is no magic wand here; she did not lose 10 stone in a couple of months. But her whole persona changed. She re-discovered who she really was, and she liked that person very much. With her new-found confidence, she re-joined her slimming club and was frequently Slimmer of the Week and Slimmer of the Month. She changed her eating habits and the food she cooked for her family – and they all enjoyed the new way of eating! Did she have a hypnotic gastric band fitted? No, because she no longer felt the need for one.

People hold on to excess weight for many reasons: abuse in childhood or bullying at school; a broken relationship or loss of a loved one; even termination of a pregnancy or a baby lost at childbirth. The weight is used as protection or comfort or both. There is a particular logic I have repeatedly come across in women that runs as follows: when I was slim, I was attractive, and I attracted a man. That man hurt me. I don’t want to be hurt any more, so I will make myself less attractive, then I won’t attract another man.

I use a blend of clinical hypnotherapy, past life regression, spirit release and soul retrieval work to get to the real root causes of holding on to excess weight. Many of the clients who come to see me have only ever come across these concepts on my website or when they have talked to me. They frequently say, “Jude, this is all a bit out there.” It probably is to them, but to me it is totally normal, and the results speak for themselves. We find past lives where they have starved to death, and have passed with the thought, “I will never go hungry again.” We find spirit “passengers” with a sweet tooth – once they have been moved on, the obsession for cakes and biscuits vanishes. We uncover the trail of trauma and events that have caused fragments of the soul to split off and be stuck in time: we find these fragments, we leave behind all of the negative emotions and bring them home. We talk with the excess weight and find out how it’s feeling: angry? fed up? bored? We find out what we need to do to help it shift. We thank it for doing its job so well, and we give it permission to leave. Does that all sound whacky to you? Probably. But it works.

And then – only then, when the festering wounds have been completely cleared out, cleansed and healed – will I talk with the client about a hypnotic gastric band. If he or she still wants one, that’s fine, it can be done. Without invasive surgery, without anaesthetic, and without any if the risks listed on the NHS website such as internal bleeding, a blood clot inside the leg (Deep vein thrombosis) or a blood clot or other blockage in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).

If you are holding on to excess weight and if you feel the time has come to tackle it, give me a call on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I would be happy to talk through any aspects of weight loss.

A Hypnotic Gastric Band : how does that work?

HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BANDING – WHAT, WHY, HOW?

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 12.25.00 PMBefore describing the process of “fitting” a hypnotic gastric band, I would like to briefly outline the benefits.

1.  there is no actual invasive surgery. In a bizarre Catch 22 situation, it is only obese people who need a gastric band fitted – and yet so often they are refused bariatric surgery precisely because they are obese, and therefore there are risks associated with the anaesthetic. A hypnotic gastric band poses no such dangers.

2.  there are very real risks associated with both gastric band and gastric by-pass surgery. Official NHS figures quote 2 in 100 people die as a direct result of bariatric gastric banding and the figure is even higher for gastric by-pass surgery. There are no such risks with hypnotic gastric banding.

3.  it is simple, it is painless, there is no long preparation process or in-patient stay. It is one session in a comfortable treatment room.

4.  it is much cheaper than having a surgical gastric band fitted privately. A local private clinic is currently charging almost £6,500 for the procedure: with me, a gastric band is “fitted” as the conclusion to a programme of three other sessions. The cost of all four sessions – assuming the gastric band is “fitted” – would be just under £500.

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When a client comes to see me asking to have a gastric band fitted, I turn things on their head. Before “fitting” a gastric band, I will work with the client to uncover the real reasons why the client is holding onto that excess weight. In my experience, it can be due to a number of reasons: abuse in childhood; bullying at school; a particularly painful relationship split-up; the forced termination of a pregnancy; the loss of a baby at childbirth or at an early age, and more.  Over the first three sessions, we will explore spirit “passengers” (is the client feeding a spirit with a sweet tooth, perhaps?); past lives (did the client starve to death in one or more past lives?); and we will “bring home” those parts that may have split off and be stuck in time through trauma in this lifetime. If that all sounds a bit strange, I understand, but trust me – it is tried and tested, and although it may be a bit weird, it certainly works! After all of that has been done, it is often the case that the client feels so much better – lighter, brighter, more comfortable with themselves and so on – that he / she decides not to have a gastric band after all, and that is perfectly OK by me.

If the decision is to go ahead, then it is one more session like the others. I will put the client into a lovely deep state of relaxation, and then talk them through the whole process, from being in a private room at a private clinic and having a briefing with the surgeon through the pre-med and anaesthetic; through the actual procedure and back into their room where they wake up feeling wonderful. Then there are some strong suggestions relating to new instructions to the unconscious about the fact that the gastric band is now in place, what it means and what the outcomes will be.

What a gastric band actually does is to create a “smaller stomach” – imagine your stomach going from an 0 to an 8 with a smaller portion at the top. The gastric band – actually a hollow tube that can be filled with liquid to tighten it if need be, or have the liquid taken out to loosen it – creates a smaller stomach so that the person feels fuller sooner. Food is taken in as usual, and is processed through the stomach into the intestines in the normal way, which is important as the body is able to absorb the nutrients (not so with a by-pass).  With a smaller intake of food – and, we hope, a sensible diet – the client loses weight at a slow, steady rate that the body can cope with, rather than a drastic weight loss that can lead to rolls of unhealthy, unsightly flab which often results in another surgical operation to remove it.

If you are considering having a gastric band “fitted”, or just want to talk about shifting some of that weight that you’ve been holding on to for far too long – call me on 07597 020 512 and let’s have a chat.

 

 

Written testimonials

Sometimes clients will write me a letter – or, more commonly nowadays, send me an email – to let me know what changes have come about in their lives as a result of their sessions with me. It is always a pleasure to receive such feedback. A handful are reproduced here, to give a flavour of the wide range of issues that have been resolved.
Names have been  removed to maintain client confidentiality. First, a selection of “one-liners” and then a few slightly longer explanations.

“I’m more present, more awake.”

“I left (the session) not knowing up or down …. There was lots of processing, and now I am lighter, happier and more joyful.”

“I haven’t felt this good in my life.       I’ve turned the corner.”

“The work you’ve done so far has been an enormous help, thank you very much!”

“It’s easier for me to accept who I am. I’m happy with who I am, and I’m easier to get on with.”

 

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-20-04-44“I really enjoyed the session, and did indeed feel the benefit of it. With regards my back, it felt very much improved straight away as you know, with a feeling of freeness that I had not experienced for years. ….. Also re the food issue, that seems to be improving too. Initially there didn’t seem to be any difference in the way I felt about food, but maybe a week or so later, it was like a switch had been flicked in my head, and I just felt all of a sudden that I ‘didn’t need to be fat anymore’ ….. It would be lovely for this to be something that I can leave behind in the past. Or perhaps more usefully, something that can be consigned to the mental rubbish bin as it is something that is now no longer required in my life.”

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“I’m calmer, more relaxed. I’m able to let go, I’m finding it easier to make decisions.
My back is feeling much better. I have had problems with my right wrist for years, it is now loosening up and becoming more flexible.”

 

pear with tape measure, portrait
“Food portion sizes are now smaller, I’m feeling fuller sooner. I’ve definitely got more energy, and I’m doing more. I’m sleeping well at night. I’ve moved on from guilt and anger.
“I’m good enough for myself.”

 

 

aeroplane in the sky
“I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know how successful my sessions were.
I don’t think I will ever enjoy flying but at least I am able to fly. It was so nice to visit my son (and new grandchild) and this was made possible because of your help.”

 

Screen shot 2015-08-25 at 7.05.33 PM
“It’s been several weeks since I last saw you and, as promised, I thought I’d let you know how things are with me.      
I have used the relaxation disc you gave me most days and I have gained great benefit from it.  
 I still suffer with pain in my back but I do have days when it is much less painful and I feel my health has benefited with relaxing more and listening to your words.
So, I am grateful for your help and send my best wishes, hoping all is well with you.”

3 cartoon girls dancing
“I just wanted to thank you and let you know how I was getting on after that amazing session with you last Wednesday.
I felt truly unburdened and free, as well as powerful and glorious. I  feel I’ve reached a point I’ve been straining towards for years – a point where I have full confidence in who I am and full faith in all that is. And unexpectedly an enormous amount of joy and fun came from it too!
Everyone around me noticed – my interactions with others has changed a lot – no more neediness towards others, just a desire to empower and love them.
So I was on a real high for several days. No more sleeping pills – I just don’t want or need them anymore – and I’m now slowly cutting back on the other medication too.”

 

green apple and tape measure
“I thought I’d send you a quick email to let you know how I’m doing after our 3 sessions recently.
I started the ( ) Weight Plan shortly after our sessions and I’ve lost 2 stone in 7 weeks!
It’s a very low calorie diet (600 per day everyday) but I have stuck to it religiously and not strayed once! People around me can’t believe I haven’t binged or had a ‘treat’ but I truly have not strayed and reaped the rewards!
I’ve got another 2 and half stone to lose but feel very positive and cannot believe how well this is going for me.
It’s all down to our sessions so I’d like to thank you very much.”

 

 

 

Obesity in the headlines again

Obesity issues

“If there were no large size clothes, women would have to slim down.”pear with tape measure, portrait

“Make obese people pay for their healthcare.”

“Just over 1/3 of all primary school children in Crawley are overweight.”

The headlines just go on and on, don’t they? And yet nobody seems to look at the true underlying reasons why a greater majority of the population as a whole is much fatter now than 50 years ago. It must all to do with fat people being lazy, eating too much, not doing enough exercise, eating too much rubbish food …. and yes, there is some truth in that. A healthy diet and exercise do Hamburgerhelp – but there is more to it than that, in my humble opinion.

THE ROOT CAUSES – ARE THEY EMOTIONAL …

I work with people who are seriously obese and those who just can’t shift those stubborn stones. Of course I ask them about their lifestyle, but I am much more interested in what is going with them emotionally – and inevitably there is a bucketful of reasons why these individuals have built up layers of emotional protection, usually around their middles. It could be abuse in childhood or bullying at school. It might be a traumatic break-up of a relationship or loss of a loved one. Perhaps there is a feeling that adding a layer of fat will help protect the person against further hurt, rejection or pain. By peeling the emotional onion, finding the real root causes – and resolving them – we allow the individual to move forward with more confidence.

The root cause may be traced back to a past life where that person has starved to death – this is more common than you may think. Once all of the suffering and trauma has been laid to rest back there, along with desperate final thoughts such as ;”I will never go hungry again,”  that obsession no longer exists in this lifetime – you can imagine what a difference that makes!

… OR MIGHT IT EVEN BE WHEAT?

There is another aspect of the overweight problem which I find very interesting – and that is wheat. Yes, wheat. I have recently read Dr William Davis’ Book “Wheat Belly” and it explains in very easy-to-understand language just what chaos modern wheat is causing in our bodies.

I remember as a child growing up in rural Sussex seeing wheat growing in the fields – it stood tall and ripened naturally in the sunshine. That was “old” wheat, “real” wheat, descended from einkorn wheat which was later cultivated as Triticum aestivum, Dr Davis tells us. Demand for wheat, a staple grain in diets around the world, led scientists to start cross-breeding and genetically modifying different types of wheat to produce a grain that was resilient, quick-growing and so on. Trouble is, by crossing Wheat A with Wheat B, the result is not Wheat AB but something totally different – a genetic misfit that is causing multiple problems with our systems.

A cardiologist by profession, Dr Davis has conducted extensive research and comes up with the startling conclusion that it could well be one of the most common ingredients in our modern-day diet that is the root cause of obesity. Patients of his who gave up wheat reported remarkable results, not only weight loss but also huge improvements in conditions ranging from heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions and more. And don’t get him started on going gluten-free!

I have cut wheat from my diet – starting with all the obvious things such as bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta, pies, quiches, pizza and so on. Stage Two is to look for wheat in other products, everything from sauces and stocks to drinks. It was much easier than I thought to cut it out – especially as this naughty modern wheat can literally create an addictive pattern in the brain, just life caffeine – and I shall be very interested to see what changes I notice as the weeks pass.

I would strongly recommend the book:  Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis, published by Thorson, available from Cygnus Books  –  www.cygnus-books.co.uk.