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No Diet ‘Diet’

The Art of Thinking Thin Lynne is a middle aged lady who has had weight problems all her life. Back when she was eleven years old, 4’2” and 8 stone, her father insisted that her mother take her to the docs without telling her. This started a rollercoaster ride of poor self-image, losing weight only to gain it again plus some. The diets sometimes worked but more often they didn’t. Over the years she has tried everything, pills, potions, various books and some things that probably should not be available. In the end, if you summarise it, two things really caused this yo-yo effect 1. Failure to deal with the emotional issues 2. Poor eating habits This programme is designed to deal with the second of these two issues. How many diets are there? Hundreds? Thousands? How many products have been hailed as good for us, only for it to be said subsequently that they are bad for us? What about conflicting information? : Wine is good for heart disease; too much wine is bad for you etc…? How many new books are there, new products that claim to dissolve excess weight away each week? 1 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

No Diet ‘Diet’

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Advertisers understand the power of your mind, and they know exactly how to target its weaknesses. So do retailers. Why is it that the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the stores or coffee? They understand how vulnerable we all are, how to waken our senses unobtrusively. We don’t even realise we are being hypnotised. SO much bad news every day, from the moment we get out of bed, the news is always sad, bad. The ONLY good news is when we see or hear advertisements. They never show unhappy families, rather always people who are successful, usually as a result of using the product. Well at least that is the suggestion. The images of happy families, sexy or ‘cool’ people are so at odds with our everyday lives. We could analyse why we want to identify with these images but in truth they just endorse our own poor selfimage. We can’t measure up no matter how hard we try, whether we buy the products or not. We need to learn to harness the success of the advertising world and apply it to ourselves. 2 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

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How?

We are very often really hard on ourselves, harder than we would be on a close family member or close friend. That little voice in our heads says things about ourselves that very often we would not dream of saying to someone else. Why is that? How often do we say ‘well done’ to ourselves? Yet we accept that voice saying dreadful things about ourselves: you fat cow, you stupid prat, how can you do that etc. What if we started saying better things to ourselves? When we achieve something – no matter how small, we actually mentally pat ourselves on the back. If we did do you think our attitudes would change? After all waiting for compliments from other people can require a lot of patience – they are often wrapped up in their own issues. Find ways to be say nice things to yourself. I am not advocating standing in front of a mirror and saying how much you love yourself, although if that works for you, great. No, if you like what you are wearing that day, admire it, in your mind, compliment yourself for your choices. Allow yourself the nano seconds that it takes to ‘like’ something you did, to also praise yourself for doing it. You can go one stage further and admire how you evolved those choices. What about food choices too. If you make a good choice – think in your mind what a good choice it was, maybe linger on how you arrived at that choice. If you were stood at the checkout and thought about that Mars bar and decided against it, take a few moments to praise yourself for making a good choice. 3 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

How?

If you can start this process of recognising and approving

of your good choices it is more likely to become habit and your sense of pride will grow along with your self-image. It will follow that you will make more ‘better choices’, because as humans we do like ‘feel good’. It becomes addictive as you look for more and more ways to approve of your choices and decisions. When you do make ‘bad’ choices, you are less likely to revert to your old ways as the change in attitude towards yourself will find you acknowledging we all have bad moments, dismiss it and go back to looking for good choices to approve of yourself again. It’s odd that as children we understand completely that making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process yet as we become adults, mistakes become something we fear, something we hide. As adults we almost refuse to see that mistakes are the most effective way to learn. So make a deal with yourself – when learning something new, whether it is a new habit or a new subject, look at mistakes regularly and think what you could have done to avoid making the mistake and take pleasure in solving the problem, admire your own decision to learn from it and let it motivate you forward. 4 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

If you can start this process of recognising and approving

SUGAR equals FAT

There are different types of sugar. Glucose – which is used by every cell in the body can be considered a ‘good’ sugar, sucrose which is half glucose and half fructose. Fructose should be considered a poison. Before food processing began, we only got fructose from fruit and the daily intake for the average person was around 15gm. Since the fibre in fruit is so beneficial, and the quantity of fructose in fruit so little, passage through the system was speedy, the benefit outweighing any potential negative effects of the fructose. In 1977 our intake of fructose had increased to 37gms a day, and by 1994 it was up to 55 gms a day. Those figures do not include ‘sugar’ which if you were to add in would double the numbers. The average American consumes 141lbs of sugar in a year; a lot of these sugars are hidden in foods like juices, breads and sauces. Fructose as High Concentrate Corn Syrup is present in almost every manufactured food sold today. There are several problems created by consuming fructose, one is that it does not stimulate insulin production. Insulin in turn stimulates production of leptin which is the chemical then tells your brain that you are full and neither does fructose suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin, so if you drank a can of coke which contained 150 calories, your body would still feel hungry and you brain would not get the message that you are full of the 150 calories you had just consumed. Couple that with the fact that in a can of coke, the fructose (in the form of high concentrate corn syrup) is added to hide the taste of the sodium (salt), excess salt makes you thirsty, and it’s easy to see why people and kids get ‘addicted’ to soft drinks. 5 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

SUGAR equals FAT

The body cannot process fructose and the liver begins a

process of treating it as a toxin, similar to alcohol, and turning it into fat. To understand this process fully, watch the video Sugar – The bitter truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM A low fat diet becomes a high fructose diet and just as bad, or even worse than a restrictive fat diet. Take your fructose with fibre – 50,000 years ago man ate between 200 and 300 Gms of fibre per day, modern man eats less than 30gms on average per day. Ensuring any fructose you eat also contains fibre – means that it will not have time to form fat in the body. And do remember hidden sugars, also known as carbohydrates. 6 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

The body cannot process fructose and the liver begins a

POOR EATING HABITS

No pudding until you finish your dinner Clean your plate All the starving people in the world Must not waste good food And so on it goes. Growing up we were told we must clear our plates, not only that but we were encouraged to eat quickly and on the hoof. Fast food became just that and calorie laden as more and more ‘convenience’ foods crept in to our diets. Five a day – how many of us actually manage five each and every day? In Japan it is recommended to eat around twelve a day, twelve different colours of food. Certainly makes for interesting choices. In Japan children are also taught to eat ‘sufficient’, that is only eat enough from the plate to feel pleasantly satisfied. Generally here in the west we are taught to clear our plates. Worse than that most of us eat when we are not even hungry. Another interesting fact is that plate sizes have increased in recent times, and obviously therefore portion sizes. Do we eat with our mouths or our eyes? If you think about it we actually eat with our eyes. We see food and we can salivate at the sight of it. The process starts in our minds, our mood or our mind-set affects whether certain things are attractive. A chocolate bar is not as attractive when we are feeling good. Yet if we are feeling stressed, tired or any other negative emotion – a chocolate bar or bag of chips become attractive. This is because we crave the sugar ‘high’ which temporarily changes our mood. These are the 7 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

POOR EATING HABITS

kinds of foods that cause ‘cravings’. High sugar, high

carb which can easily become addictive. There is so much in the media about this phenomenon that most people are aware of it. Unfortunately people are not generally aware of the corn syrup hiding in everyday products that have a worse effect. Enjoy your food Really enjoy it…. Go on………… okay here is how you do it. First, imagine yourself tuning into your own body and noticing that you are a little bit hungry. Previously you may have ignored this feeling but now you have learned to respect it. You think about what your body is saying it wants and needs and to your complete amazement it asks for a small bowl of pasta and a salad. (you can’t quite believe it’s not cake and cookies can you?) So you go with the flow and resist the urge to ignore the pasta and salad and sit down for a lovely peaceful meal. You enjoy looking at the bright colours, and stop to smell the food before each mouthful, you enjoy the sensations’ of warm pasta melting in your mouth before gliding effortlessly down your throat. With each bite of salad you savour the crunches of the different ingredients, tasting the water rich lettuce juice and cucumber in every mouthful. As you get down towards the bottom of the bowl, you realise that you are comfortably full and feel a sense of pride as you push the bowl away, knowing you are in complete control. 8 © www.motivateplus-hypnotherapy.com

kinds of foods that cause ‘cravings’. High sugar, high



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