“Curing” obesity

There was an interesting article in my newspaper, the “i”, the other day. The headline read “Just eating less and exercising ‘won’t cure obesity’ “. That in itself made me smile – to me it is obvious, but the latest findings of an extensive study are clearly headline material!

The article quoted that reputable publication The Lancet. Experts from US universities agreed that, even after actively losing pounds, biological mechanisms kick in that make it extremely difficult for previously obese people to stay a healthy weight.

It went on to quote Dr Christoper Ochner, who is assistant professor of paediatrics and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York. Dr Ochner said that, for those people with chronic obesity, “body weight seems to become biologically stamped-in and defended.”

He went on to say that few individuals ever truly recover from obesity, saying that rather they suffer from ‘obesity in remission’. “They are biologically very different from individuals of the same age, sex and body weight who were never obese.”

I think that is a really interesting phrase – “biologically stamped-in and defended” – and I agree. I would also agree that those who are obese (let’s say those who are holding on to excess weight) are very different from individuals who were never obese. And I suppose it is biological – but I would also suggest that there is more to it than that.

My own research and practical experience show that, frequently, there are very real underlying emotional reasons for people holding on to excess weight. It could be childhood abuse or bullying at school; it could be a broken relationship or even a pregnancy that was terminated. In all cases, the person concerned builds layers of protection or comfort – and no amount of eating less or exercising will shift that!

The approach I take is to uncover the real root causes: is it, perhaps, one of the reasons I mentioned above, or does it go back even further, to a past life? That is far more common that you would think. If someone has starved to death, and passed with the thought, “I’ll never go hungry again,” – that is a powerful statement to bring into the next life, albeit at an unconscious level. I have worked with several clients for whom that was exactly the scenario, and they find that they lose their obsessive craving for food when that past life trauma has been laid to rest. Or maybe there is a spirit passenger with a sweet tooth – that, too, is more common than most people think. Again, once the spirit passenger has been released, the craving for sweet foods seems to evaporate, allowing the person to change their eating habits.

And, of course, talking to that excess weight is very revealing – it knows what is role is, even if the person at a conscious level has forgotten or blocked out the root cause. Once we know exactly what the issue is, and have resolved that – at whatever level – then generally the excess weight is happy to go: its job is done, it is no longer needed.

So yes, body weight is “stamped-in and defended” – but not, I would suggest, in the way that the experts are stating. I would say that the “stamping-in” and “defending” is at a deep, unconscious level, and that it can be accessed and resolved, allowing people to let go of their excess weight and move on with their lives.

If you feel that you, or someone you know, would benefit from releasing that excess weight, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:
judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk.  I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

ERIC – THE BRAIN IN THE GUT

I do a lot of work with people who are obese, who are holding onto excess weight.
That has lead me to do research in various areas, and one that fascinates me is the concept of the Brain in the Gut, the Second Brain as it is sometimes called. I shouldn’t really call it a concept, it has been clearly proven that the Enteric Nervous System (to give it its proper name) exists and is capable of “thinking”. I call this Enteric Nervous System ERIC for short – it’s much more user-friendly, don’t you think – and the way in which it affects us is really interesting.

You know for yourself that feeling of “butterflies in your stomach”, or that “gut reaction” or “feeling gutted”. They are all Eric at work! Whereas the brain in your head is a lump of grey matter that weighs some 3 pounds and has 100 billion brain cells, Eric lines the whole of the intestines and has more than 100 million brain cells (that’s about the same as a cat).

Eric is linked to the brain in the head by the Vagus nerve, and far more signals are sent from Eric to the brain in the head than the other way round, so Eric instigates more activity. If Eric senses something wrong with food or drink that has been taken into the system, it will spring into action, deciding whether to expel it onwards through the digestive system or back the way it came (or, in extreme cases, both!).

It is highly sensitive and will pick up signals that it then transmits to the brain in the head – hence the “butterflies” sensation before you actually realise that you are feeling nervous or excited; or the “gut reaction” before you analyse why you are feeling the way you do. Nor is it any coincidence that Eric covers the area of the Solar Plexus, where we give out and receive energy signals – logical, really, isn’t it?

Eric rules the digestive system and, therefore, is involved with all issues to do with that part of the body. In my work, it is not unusual for me to consult Eric as well as the client’s unconscious to gain a better understanding of what is really going on, and what needs to be done in order to resolve issues that are based in that area.

One of my (many) questions about bariatric surgery is just what effect it has on Eric. I am aware of the effectiveness of a surgical gastric band or, even more extreme, a gastric by-pass, but at what cost? First, the emotional root causes of holding on to weight have not been dealt with and secondly, what consideration has been given to Eric? Precious little. Like chopping down trees to make way for a road, and then wondering why there are more landslides (no tree roots to hold the earth in place), bariatric surgery achieves its goal – but there is always a price to pay, and by interfering with Eric’s normal function, it could be a very high price indeed.

If you would like to know more, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:  judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

OBESITY – A NATIONAL SCANDAL

You can’t open the papers nowadays without reading about the national scandal that is obesity.

For me the scandal is not the rising levels of obesity but the total lack of focus on the underlying emotional reasons or other possible reasons why people hold onto excess weight.

In my (extensive) experience, peeling the emotional onion and finding out what is going on at the unconscious level, influencing behaviour, is just as relevant. Perhaps a past life trauma and a couple of spirit passengers too . . .

I’ve seen a few TV programmes recently where the subjects (or victims, perhaps) have pinpointed the time in their lives when they started to pile on weight – the death of a good friend, their parents’ messy divorce or whatever – and yet this is ignored. Why? We as individuals know our own bodies better than an outsider – we just need to learn to listen to and understand what it’s telling us.

Before you get drawn into the latest national scandal – take a gentler approach and get back in touch with the real you, the one that is in there trying to get out. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:  judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU – NO, I’M ONLY KIDDING!

The papers and magazines are full of the headlines, aren’t they – “New Year, New You” – just join the gym and buy the fashionable crop top and cut-offs; follow the new faddy diet and buy the juicer / shredder / cookery book; or buy the branded products that will help you achieve the figure the media say you should have.

But actually, rather than searching for a new you – wouldn’t you rather re-discover the real you? The one that has been buried under excess fat, or fears and phobias, or behaviour patterns that no longer serve you?

Wouldn’t it be much more fun to step into your own power, to find that fabulous person lurking inside?

Working from the outside in, peeling the emotional onion, we can uncover all those real reasons why you’re holding onto weight or the issues that are holding you back.

We might need to look at a past life, or some spirit passengers.
We might need to re-visit the life between lives, to remind you of your true life’s purpose . . .

So if you would rather find the old you, the real you, than looking for a new you – give me a call on 07597 020 512 or email me on:  judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

CHANGING YOUR EATING HABITS

I regularly deal with clients who have serious weight issues. Some are seriously obese, some have been refused bariatric surgery – and they all have problems with food.

One of the challenges for clients who have worked with me is the way their eating habits change. They don’t want so much food, they lose their cravings for “bad” foods and they have a renewed sense of their own worth and who they really are.

Listen to these clips of just one client who has gone through this process and experienced these life changes for herself.

If you or someone you know would benefit from losing that excess weight, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:  judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

“Trish” loses her craving for chocolate

“Trish” on portion size

“Trish” changes her eating habits

TACKLING EXCESS WEIGHT – ONE CLIENT’S STORY

I see numbers of clients who are clinically obese. Some have been refused surgical gastric bands because the operation is too risky on their hard-working hearts. Typically they will turn to Hypnotic Gastric Banding as an option, not knowing much about it but thinking it’s worth a try, as with this particular client.

When we met for an initial chat, she told me her story, which inevitably involved some traumas and sadness as well as some happiness. It became clear to me as she spoke that the traumas she had endured were still with her. I talked to her about the emotional reasons we hold on to weight. It might be because, when we were younger we were slim and attractive and had attracted a man who hurt us, physically or emotionally. Not wanting to get hurt again, we resolved at an unconscious level not to be so attractive, and so we pile on the pounds, thinking this will put men off.
Or perhaps the fat was a layer of protection against abuse or bullying. In some cases it might even be mourning for a child that was stillborn or that died very soon after birth; or even a pregnancy that was terminated and regretted.

The client looked at me in disbelief and then joy. Nobody had ever talked to her in those terms before, she told me. All she had ever heard was that she was fat, she must be lazy, eating too much, not doing enough exercise, she was just written off.
We agreed we could work together. These are full two-hour sessions and they are emotionally draining for her, but the changes are clear. We have “brought home” all those elements of her soul left behind at the times of her various traumas and she has talked with various parts of her body, including her excess weight. She tells me her confidence and self-esteem have gone through the roof and that, for the first time, she feels in control of her life. She just knows that, deep down, changes are taking place, and that these are positive, undoing all the negative messages and damage of the past, and paving the way for physical weight loss.

The work continues.  She has new insights and a totally different perspective on how this type of healing works – and it certainly is working for her!
The withdrawn, embarrassed lady whose head hung down is now blossoming into a confident, smiling lady with head held high.

Will she need a Hypnotic Gastric Band? Let’s see how efficiently the body can rid itself of the excess weight (which said it had done its job and was willing to go!). If she does decide to go ahead, she will do so in a much more positive frame of mind, knowing that she is far more in touch with every level of her being.

The body has enormous resources and wants to be healthy. When we trace the root causes of an issue, when we enter into a dialogue with the unconscious and let it guide us, then the healing process can – and does – begin.

If you or someone you know might benefit from shedding that excess weight, get in touch. Call me on 07597 020 512 or email me on:  judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk . I’m always happy to have a chat, totally free and totally confidential.

I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

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