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									Weight Control Booklet.

I’ve tried to be brief, and in the end all I’m trying to do is to sow
seeds, to empower. If you would like to know more please don’t
hesitate to contact me.

If a clients’ condition is of medical concern, one should always
consult a doctor.


Typically clients think that a healthy diet is having a breakfast,
such as a banana or yogurt. Having a sandwich or salad for lunch
and then in the evening having a large meal.

With clients whose energy is already low, this means that by
eating cold and damp forming (explained later) food all day, that
they will feel tired and crave sugar – and so comfort eat. This
leads to frustration, which feeds back to further weaken the
tummy. Furthermore by eating in such a way, in the evening we
tend to sit in a heap, tired, whilst our stomach has to busy itself
with its’ main work of the day. And so in the morning – we don’t
fancy breakfast – and so the cycle continues.


The human race has been around some say for more than 50,000
years – it’s incredible that we’ve survived for so long! Accordingly
it seems a shame to ignore wisdom learnt through the ages.

Whether you believe in the existence of “energy” or not, it is up to
you, but in the end, everything, including us comprises of atoms.
We are not separate from the world around us; we are an integral
part of it.

Accordingly, we are affected by external influences, such as the
climate and other peoples’ energies, and internal factors such as
the food we eat and our emotions.

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Diet

What did your family eat when you were young? When I was
young my diet was predominantly warm. … We had “Three hot
square meals a day” … the only reason that I ever had a cold lunch
was because it was a packed lunch.

For thousands of years we’ve had fire and used it to keep
ourselves warm and to cook on it. Only in the past few decades
has the UK decided to eat more cold food, indeed even raw food.
Reflecting on it, I think it’s mainly because of marketing from the
supermarkets and magazines to create larger profit margins and
trendy new products.

In hot countries people tend to eat hot food. In India the only cold
food used in a main meal that I’ve ever seen is Raita – yoghurt
used to cool hot food. They don’t eat salads or sandwiches.

In the UK where the climate tends to be cold, wet and damp,
we’ve switched to having a cold, wet, damp diet. And hence our
bodies have been becoming cold, wet and damp. (Heavy, bloated
and tired).

Our stomach is the source of our energy, it’s our furnace. If we eat
cold food all day, we end up feeling cold and droopy, and then
after our large meal in the evening we sit in a heap feeling bloated
and tired.

Our stomach should be warm, a centre of energy. I’ve seen clients
with burns on their stomach from feeling cold – the first time I saw
this I was shocked, now I’m not.

One 52 year old client just having diet shakes, disliked them so
much she froze them, and so had ice-cream for her meals. Within
a few weeks she had symptoms of extreme nervousness and
anxiety, and extreme tiredness, resulting in having to go to bed in
the early afternoon. (And of course not losing any weight!)

Some clients, ask, “If the weather is hot, can we have salad?” …
they are missing the point. The purpose of warm food is to
strengthen and calm you; so as to give you more energy. If you
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are feeling strong, with lots of energy, then fine, have salad. If not,
don’t.

When we’re young we have lots of innate energy. For example,
baby boys can pee on the ceiling: older men can’t! When we were
young we could stay out till the early hours and go happily to
work the next day, when we get older we can’t.
So skipping breakfast in our late teens and early twenties isn’t an
issue, but as we get older, we naturally get droopier and so we
have to nurture ourselves more and go back to basics.

We have got ourselves out of sync. Many clients don’t bother with
breakfast, because their tummy is still full of the large evening
meal. If you want to lose weight, the aim is to eat wisely and
exercise more. So habits need to be changed; eat less in the
evening, and you’ll feel less heavy, and so have more chance of
being active in the evening and then in the morning you’ll want
breakfast, and so you have more energy for the day.

I remember my mother doing the “cabbage soup” diet. A rather
cruel diet which smelt and tasted terrible. It was recommended by
heart surgeons, who needed patients to achieve rapid weight loss.
Cabbage is a diuretic and in the short term it would work. But the
main issue with it was that is was only ever a short-term “diet”
focusing on losing liquids and muscle rapidly. So once the diet
was stopped the weight would return. But the principle was
correct; having a delicious homemade soup will help you to
achieve weight control.

Some clients say they haven’t time for soup. But, if they have time
for a drink of water or a cup of tea, they have time for soup. If it’s
homemade it can be available in a flask.

In Chinese medicine the Stomach and Spleen are linked. The
Spleen is a big lymph node; it makes the white blood cells. Part of
its’ job is to assist your immune system. If your children or family
were sick, you’d give them a soup or stew or casserole - not cold
food. If you want to strengthen yourself have warm food. If you
have poor circulation, aches and pains, and you want to make
more blood – have warm food.

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In April 09, the BBC programme “Diet Clinic” hosted by a
Professor Regan reported that the intake of Beta Carotene from a
raw carrot was 5%, whilst in a blended from, as in a soup, the
intake of Beta Carotene was 90%. This is just because the stomach
finds it easier to process. And added to this, we don’t have to
spend our energy boiling it up in order to get energy!

Recently I was doing an evening talk at Champneys and a client
came along that I’d seen three days previously. At the end of the
talk, she told the group that since having warm food, she felt
calmer, stronger, could sit up straighter and had more energy. She
stated, “It seems so obvious!” and shrugged her shoulders.

As a final comment to my Warm food tirade: recently at
Champneys, I was visited by a consultant gastroenterologist – a
stomach expert. She reported she’d lost 4 stone … by walking
everywhere, and switching to a warm food diet. I asked her, how
she knew to switch to such a diet, she said she just thought about
it, and it made sense.



So there is no “diet”. There is returning to what we’ve been eating
for thousands of years. By using our tummy as a cooker, we
unnecessarily weaken ourselves.

So an example of a warm diet is:

Breakfast: Omelettes / Warm cereals.

Lunch: Homemade Soups

Evening: Stews and casseroles. Steamed Vegetables / Fish / Lean
meat

Use olive oil. Avoid chilled drinks.




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Dampness.

When you knock your elbow, you rub it. When you bang your
knee, you rub it. Why are people rubbing things? It’s because
before the knock, there was no blockage – everything was flowing
smoothly. You rub the area to try and release the blockage. Pain
is caused by a blockage.

With people who are very over weight, you can see that their legs
are swollen. Their legs are very painful to touch. There legs are
becoming more and more blocked. Indeed with most adults when
certain acupressure points are touched on their lower legs they
report tenderness.

At a recent evening talk, I asked if I could touch one unsuspecting
audience members’ lower leg, and then she jumped with the
tenderness and exclaimed, “It was fine before you touched it!”
Particularly in the West we’ve stopped massaging and touching
ourselves and each other. We wait until our condition is extreme
and then turn to drugs and surgery for help.

Most weight control issues are due to the over-retention of
moisture within the body, which initially leads to the Chinese term
“Dampness”. This means that our energy becomes sluggish. Less
inclined to do exercise and then engaged in a negative feed-back
loop where we become more and more damp and so more and
more droopy.

The following foods are especially damp forming:

Dairy products. Pork and rich meat. Wheat, bread, yeast, beer,
bananas, sugars, concentrated juices especially orange and tomato.
Sweeteners and saturated fats.

Foods which are good for resolving dampness include:

Asparagus, Celery, Lettuce, mushrooms, olives, onions, garlic,
mackerel, cranberry, blueberry, papaya, peppermint, kidney
beans, lentils, pepper, grilled chicken breast and shrimp.


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The Earth Element: Emotions and weight control


The Stomach is linked to the Earth element, it’s to do with feeling
calm and centred, and so if we’re going through a consistent
period of uncertainty, naturally it affects our eating behaviour.
Some of us may comfort eat; some may choose to limit their eating.
So we then find ourselves in a negative feed-back loop, aware that
we’re in it, but not sure what to do.

Everyone is different, and so we all cope and react differently.
Some people have lots of empathy and are sensitive to emotions.
Some less so. The aim is to become self-aware of ones nature and
to nurture ourselves and not to engage on self-destructive
behaviour.

One young lady came with her mother to see me regarding her
anorexia. She discussed with me that she was very angry, and that
her behaviour was an attempt to gain some control of her life.

She was very slim apart from her tummy, which was extended. I
felt the temperature of her tummy, and then her mums, we all
checked our tummy’s temperature. The young lady’s’ tummy was
stone cold. Her diet was just salad. Her tummy was just full of
leaves. As part of my advice, I recommended her to eat soup. I
stated, “You will lose weight if you have soup”. Her mother
understandably got upset with me, stating, “I don’t want her to
lose anymore weight,” I explained that by eating soup, her
boating would go down, but more importantly she would become
calmer and stronger – better able to make more rational choices.

We’ve all felt butterflies in our tummy. The stomach and spleen /
the earth element, house the emotions of worry, anxiety and over-
thinking. Interestingly in France depression is termed “Black-
Butterflies”. So it is quite understandable that our eating
behaviour is closely linked to our emotions. So again by having a
warming diet when feeling uncertain or weak, one can strengthen
the earth element.




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Anger / Frustration

If we internalise anger, frustration or resentment this can also
compound weight control issues.

The Wood element / Liver houses such emotions, and these strong
energies can “invade” the “butterfly” nature of the stomach.
Associated symptoms would include IBS and menstrual problems.

So we need to release any internalised frustration, thereby
enabling the stomach to calm.

Three ways to calm frustration:

Self –acupressure (see later).

Mentally: Being a little selfish, by changing ones behaviour, i.e.,
creating one’s CV, enrolling in a part-time course, booking a break
away, seeing friends.

Physically: by releasing frustration: Hitting a pillow, boxing,
tennis, badminton, shouting when alone.




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Directing the Mind

A beautiful way of explaining that we are not our mind, can be
found in an Indian analogy. It states,

Our body is like a chariot, the five senses – five horses. The reins are our
mind, the person riding the chariot, that’s our Atman, our soul. That’s
who we are.

We are not our mind. The mind is a tool. It is not bad, but most
times we let it run free unchallenged. So it ends up controlling us,
sometimes we can even watch the mind, tirelessly chatting,
running round in circles, it can sometimes feel like we have a
whole troop of monkeys in there, constantly curious, and
unfortunately these monkeys tend to be negative and unhelpful.

In a recent episode of The Dog Whisperer, a dog owner asked,
“how do you stop the dog sniffing and dawdling when we’re out
walking?”, The dog whisperer shrugged and replied, “Well, are
you going for a walk or a sniff and a dawdle?” “Have the lead
loose and just go for a walk, don’t stop for a sniff and a dawdle –
you are pack leader”

And that is how we tend to be regarding our mind … we let it sniff
and dawdle around, we don’t tend to rein in our mind we let it
amble about where it wishes.


One way of controlling “the monkey mind” is through self talk or
Mantra. It’s a type of meditation, a way to quieten the mind and
focus it on something useful.

A client coming for weight control advice, reported that she lack
confidence and had anxiety. I asked her if she could recall a time
where she was happy and in control, after a while, she recounted a
time with her children when they went to visit Father Christmas
for four days. One day was spent with her training to drive
huskies whilst riding in a sledge. She described how at the end of
the day, she drove the huskies with no assistance, with her
children in the front of the sledge, with the dogs barking happily,

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doing what they were told, and she and her children laughing and
smiling happily.

I asked her various questions about this lovely experience, and
asked how her children reacted to the huskies. She replied that
her daughter was a little unnerved by them at first. “What
happened”, I asked, “I brought a husky to her and when she saw
the husky up close, she melted and gave the husky a hug”, “what
was special about the huskies?” I asked. She replied, “They had
ice blue eyes”.

OK”, I said “From now on, a mantra, a self talk sentence for you to
direct your mind is “ICE BLUE EYES”. You can repeat it out loud,
that’s powerful, and you can whisper it, that’s more powerful –
because it’s half inside, half outside your body. But the most
powerful way of doing mantras is saying is quietly to yourself (so
it’s fully inside of you – and so no-one else knows your doing it).

In India for example, people repeat their mantras for hundreds of
thousands of times. It’s easy and quick. For that client, “Ice Blue
Eyes” could be repeated 20 times in a minute, 100 times in five
minutes, that’s 1,200 in an hour.

To her that little phrase, made her smile, helped dispel doubt,
constantly reminded her of a positive experience – and served to
quieten the monkeys.

If I could (using my imagination), type into Google, “SELF TALK
and TIM” … and be shown the top 100 lines that keep running
through my mind, perhaps if I was very lucky I may have two or
three sentences that would be positive and helpful to me. By using
mantras we can begin to adjust the number of positive hits on the
mind, and begin to replace negative thoughts with more positive
chosen thoughts.




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The Tree of Life

There’s powerfully beautiful way of explaining the human
condition through the Indian story of “The Tree of Life”. Which
leads to a powerful relaxation technique.

“Picture our body is a tree, the trunk is our karma, the branches – and the
way it twists and turns, that’s our present life’s’ twists and turns. The
buds, leaves and fruit mature and fall each year, reflecting our years’
experiences. And we all have our own beautiful tree.

Above the tree is a beautiful bird. It’s self poised, blissful, and happy,
needs nothing and will never leave the tree. It’s a self-illumined bird and
it lights up the tree with its’ energy.

Inside the tree is another bird, very similar in appearance. This one is
hungry and restless, and it spends its time constantly hopping from
branch to branch looking for fruit. Hop hop hop, munch, munch, munch,
hop ho, hop, munch, munch munch.

Once in a blue moon it feels drawn to something, pauses and looks up at
the higher bird, and says “wow, look at that bird!” But then it suddenly
remembers that it was hungry and so returns to hopping and munching.
But the lower bird is indeed drawn to the higher bird, so without even
realising it’s ascending in a slow slow spiral.

It may take many many years, it may indeed take lifetimes, but
eventually the lower bird stops being hungry, and decides to join the
higher bird. As it’s about to join the higher bird, it realises that it was
only the shadow of the higher bird, and so they merge. The only reality
was the higher bird.

The tree had nothing at all to do with the birds, and our real self is the
higher bird. The lower bird, or our physical and mental systems are just
the shadow of the higher one.

So a relaxation exercise, a way to gain insight into one’s nature, is to put
oneself in the position of the top bird. Know that you are the witness, you
are not the body, or the mind. You are the witness.



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Acupressure

Don’t massage broken or damaged bones, if there has been a fall or injury,
consult a doctor.

Acupressure is an integral part of weight control. By massaging
yourself it does three things:

First, it helps pull down restless energy, calm and ground the
person, so helping to strengthen the stomach energy. Secondly,
you are loving yourself. And thirdly, you are doing something
useful.

Unfortunately I cannot highlight all the pertinent points here.
What I will highlight are the main relevant channels and a few
powerful points.

When I was starting my Acupuncture studies, each evening I
would return home and with the point’s manual in hand I would
massage and read about each point. Initially the points were very
tender, but as the weeks went on, the tenderness went away and
my health improved. This is acupressure. We instinctively do it
when we bang our elbow, but we have forgotten to massage
ourselves to help heal ourselves.

It seems odd, but the main weight-loss points are on the legs; on
the Stomach and Spleen Channels. My advice is to work on the
whole channel with particular focus on the highlighted points.

How to Massage

Ideally performed twice a day for 15 minutes, you can do it whilst
having breakfast, whilst on the train or even whilst watching TV.
Use the palm of your hand, your fingers, but particularly your
thumbs. With your thumb you massage as if polishing the point,
keeping the thumb in a fixed position whilst gently rotating. There
is no need to torture yourself, but likewise there is no point
stroking yourself. Apply firm pressure, after a few minutes the
tenderness will subside and then you move on to your next chosen
point.

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The Stomach Channel

The pathway of the Stomach Channel starts just under the eyes,
runs through the stomach, passes down the outside of the leg,
running down to the second toe. My advice to you is to
methodically work on the lower leg, moving from Stomach 36 to
Stomach 42, slowly relieving blockages.

Stomach 36
Location: Find the head of the
fibula, on the outside of the leg,
below the knee. Then move one
thumb width inwards and two                  ST36
thumb widths downwards.                      BL60

Purpose: A major energy point.                ST40
It harmonises the Stomach,
strengthens the Spleen and
resolves Dampness.
GB42
Stomach 4 0
Location: At the midpoint
between the knee joint
(tibiofemoral joint line) and the
ankle bone (lateral malleolus). Two fingerbreadths lateral (on the
outside) to the anterior crest of the tibia.

Purpose: The principle point on the
body for resolving Phlegm and
Dampness in the body. Benefits the
chest, activates the channel.
GB42                                             ST42
Stomach 42                                       4242BL
Location: On the front of the foot, at the       60
junction of the 2nd and 3rd toes.

Purpose: Activates the channel,
harmonises the stomach, calms the spirit
and clears heat.



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The Spleen Channel

The pathway of the Spleen Channel starts on the side of the body,
between the 6th and 7th Rib, passing through the stomach area,
down the inside of the leg rough to the edge of the big toe. My
advice to you is to again methodically work on the lower leg,
moving from Spleen 9 to Spleen 3, slowly relieving blockages.

Spleen 9
Location: On the inside of the
leg, at the depression formed
by the medial condyle of the
tibia and the posterior border
of the tibia.

Purpose: Major point to                            SP9
resolve dampness, oedema
and swelling. Regulates the
Spleen. Assists diarrhoea and
bloating..
GB42
Spleen 6
Location: On the                   SP3
inside of the lower leg,
3 thumb widths above
the ankle bone, in a                              SP6
depression close to the
medial edge of the
tibia.

Purpose: Strengthens
the Spleen and Stomach. Resolves dampness, heaviness, oedema,
cold abdomen. Activates the channel, calms the spirit, and
regulates menstruation.
GB42
Spleen 3
Location: On the inside of the foot, in the depression which is just
before and below the head of the big toe.

Purpose: Strengthens the Spleen. Resolves dampness and
heaviness in the body. Harmonises the Spleen and Stomach.
                                 ST40
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