Posted on October 8, 2013 at 11:17 am
I have a weight loss training and coaching programme coming up on Saturday the 26th of October. It will consist of a training day at the Artlink centre on Princes Avenue and 8 hours of personalised one to one coaching. Watch the video below to find out a bit more about the programme itself.
Before you find out more about the programme this video will outline who will benefit the most from the programme and who will more than likely not benefit from it.
What will I be learning?
On the training day you will be learning about what your body does with the foods that you eat. By understanding the biology behind nutrition you are then in a strong position to start learning what kind of diet works for you. It is not about calories in, calories out and exercise. Exercise does help weight loss but not for the reasons you think. When you understand what your body does with the foods that you eat you become your own diet expert. On top of that we will be learning how to organise your psychology to help you implement these changes. We will be tracking your habits, finding out what is driving your cravings and using psychological tools to change them. Through making changes in your diet along with making changes in your psychology you are in a very strong position to lose the weight and also keep the weight off.
This article that I wrote will give you an idea of the biology behind your diet. It does get technical in places. On the day I will be teaching this in a much simpler and easier to understand way.
The one to one coaching you receive will be tailored to your own particular circumstances and challenges. For example some people may experience challenges with comfort eating. Other people might be struggling with particular cravings. Some people might be finding it difficult planning their time. Dealing with stress can also affect weight loss. It really depends on your own circumstances. In this following video I outline one of the coaching processes that I will be teaching you.
How will it work?
You come for the days training on Saturday the 26th of October at the Artlink centre on Princes Avenue. The training starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm. You also get 8 hours of personalised one to one coaching after the training day. You can “cash in” your coaching hours as and when you need to.
How much does it cost?
The cost for the full programme which includes the full days training and a full 8 hours coaching is £100.
How do I sign up?
You can contact me by phone, my number is 07983 652610. You can send me an e mail through the contact form on the top right of the site. When you contact me I will arrange a time to speak with you over the phone. The purpose of the call will be for you to ask me any questions and also for me to see if the programme will be a good fit for you. I can also tell you more about the programme itself and how you can expect to benefit from the programme. If you have any questions get in touch and I can clarify anything for you.
Posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Current health advice has etched the notion of “good” and “bad” cholesterol in our minds like a pair of naughty lovers carving their initials in a tree. In the previous article (1) we looked at some statistics about the almost meteoric rise in heart disease over the past 50 years and also how saturated fat consumption has plummeted. That in itself is irresistibly curious. We’ll come back to that. First, it is useful to understand what is meant by the terms “good” and “bad” cholesterol that we keep being reminded about. Low density lipoproteins (LDL’s) are known as “bad” cholesterol and high density lipoproteins (HDL’s) are known as “good” cholesterol. There is already a problem with calling lipoproteins cholesterol because a lipoprotein is a lipoprotein, a lipid and a protein it is not cholesterol. I cannot emphasise this point enough because even what we are being taught about good and bad cholesterol isn’t even cholesterol. It doesn’t make sense to talk about or think in terms of good and bad cholesterol. It does make sense to gain a better understanding of HDL’s, LDL’s and what they do. Once we have a good understanding of that we can then look at how they are implicated in their role of heart disease that we are dutifully trying to avoid by consuming a highly refined high carb, low fat diet.
LDL’s transport essential fatty acids into cells so that they can function healthily (2). Essential fatty acids are called essential because the body cannot produce them, they need to come from our diet therefore they are termed essential. The body produces LDL’s so that they can carry essential fatty acids to cells along with life giving oxygen that the cell also needs. Those essential fatty acids in the LDL are attached to cholesterol. The essential fatty acids, ones that are absolutely vital for healthy functioning are transported through the bloodstream in LDL’s so that they can be taken to sites of need. LDL’s provide the means of transporting life giving essential fatty acids and cholesterol. If you didn’t produce LDL’s you would be dead. Again, it is probably worth driving this home now to get you thinking about advice that encourages us to get as low a LDL count as possible.
HDL’s carry toxins and spent cholesterol out of the cell and back to the liver to excrete the toxins and recycle the cholesterol (cholesterol is so vital to the body the liver recycles it). It is called “good” cholesterol because it carries the “bad” cholesterol back to the liver and away from the artery wall. It is called “good” cholesterol is because a build up of “bad” cholesterol in the artery walls are believed to be the cause of heart disease. It is no wonder everyone is confused, the basic biology behind it doesn’t even hold up.
To summarise and clarify; LDL’s carry essential fatty acids and oxygen to cells that need it. Those essential fatty acids are attached to life giving cholesterol as they are transported. HDL’s carry toxins and spent cholesterol back the liver where the toxins get excreted and the cholesterol recycled. If these processes are essential to life, then what processes could be contributing to heart disease? We will explore this next.
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Posted on September 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm
The assumption that cholesterol causes heart disease is so pervasive in our culture that nobody thinks to question it. Why would we? If cholesterol causes heart disease then all we need to do is reduce cholesterol intake. We have been taught that in order to reduce cholesterol intake we reduce our intake of saturated fat because saturated fat increases cholesterol. Through reducing our saturated fat intake we therefore reduce our chances of developing heart disease. This is what we are taught right from the top from government level and through institutions such as the NHS in the UK and the National Institute of Health in America. This is reflected in the diet that we now eat which is a diet high in carbohydrates and low in saturated fat.
Saturated fat consumption has nearly halved in the UK since 1974. Red meat consumption, a source of saturated fat that we are advised to avoid is nearly a third of how much we ate in 1961. Our butter consumption is a quarter of the amount we consumed in 1961. Lard consumption has fallen from 59g a year in 1961 to a mere 3g a year today. We literally do not consume lard anymore. All of these foods contain high levels of saturated fat.
If cholesterol causes heart disease and saturated fat is a significant source of cholesterol then a significant reduction in the consumption of saturated fat should also lead to a reduction in heart disease. In 1961 recorded incidents of coronary artery disease was 45,770. In 2009 that number had risen to 265,667, a five fold increase. Cardiac procedures rose from 2,297 in 1977 to 22,846 in 2008. Between 1970 and 1991 rates of angina in men over 75 nearly tripled. Between 1994 and 2006 the rates increased a further 46%. Less people are dying from heart disease but the incidence of it doesn’t seem to be going down it looks like it’s going up. It looks like it is is going up a lot. A UK government report predicts that 3 out of 4 adults will suffer from heart disease, diabetes or related illness by 2030 (1).
If saturated fat is a driving factor in heart disease then how can consumption be going down while heart disease goes up?
Statistics source: http://www.bhf.org.uk/plugins/PublicationsSearchResults/DownloadFile.aspx?docid=2cc83960-2173-4fd4-a46c-0fb43c22baa4&version=-1&title=Trends+in+coronary+heart+disease%2C+1961-2011&resource=M129
Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Through this next series of articles over a couple of weeks we are going to dig deep into the controversies surrounding the “healthy” diet that we are being encouraged to eat. Once you have a wider understanding of the basic biology and deep systemic issues surrounding this so called healthy diet it puts you in a very strong position to decide for yourself what your own healthy diet should look like. If nothing else what we will be learning will be stunning.
A useful starting point for learning about healthy living is to have an understanding of what cholesterol actually is, what it does and why it is one of the most important substances the body produces. Cholesterol is found in every single cell in your body. Virtually every single cell in your body is capable of making it. If you do not have enough cholesterol ingested from your diet your liver makes it. These three points are extremely important. Cholesterol is absolutely essential for a healthy functioning body. We have been told it causes heart disease and leads to heart attacks. Cholesterol is a waxy like substance and is involved a large variety of life giving processes within your body. It is extremely versatile in what it can be used for. Cholesterol gives cell walls the fluidity that animals need to be able to move freely. Cholesterol is essential for healthy bones and gives them fluidity. Cholesterol keeps us from getting dehydrated. Cholesterol is a vital precursor in the synthesis of hormones. If you do not have enough cholesterol you cannot produce adequate amounts of testosterone, oestrogen, cortisol and many others. The brain is extremely rich in cholesterol and this is essential for healthy functioning. If your brain is lacking in cholesterol it can cause a wide range of problems. Cholesterol is vital for growing children. Large amounts of cholesterol are found in the skin and perform vital functions including; making it flexible, providing resistance to water soluble toxins and producing vitamin D. Cholesterol is needed for the healing process of cells if any damage occurs. If you cut yourself or hurt yourself in some way the liver will produce more cholesterol to be transported through the blood so that it can be used in the healing process. Cholesterol is so important that once it is used in a metabolic process it gets picked up and carried back to the liver so it can be recycled and used again. Bottom line, you need cholesterol.
Posted on September 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm
I have put together a 4 week weight loss workshop for friends, friends of friends and family members. I am planning on running it through October. You will probably learn more about weight loss and your relationship with food than all of your dieting adventures put together. The only cost will be splitting the cost of the venue which is £30 an evening. This is what we will be learning week on week
We will start by going through the science of weight loss. Everything we have been told about healthy living is literally killing us on a mass scale. Heart disease is our biggest killer and our recommended diet is largely responsible for that. What you will learn means that you won’t have to pick up or buy in to any weight loss programme or diet ever again. That is because you will learn precisely what causes weight gain in the first place and also what allows the weight to drop off. No gimmicks, just sensible scientificaly sound nutritional advice.
I will also introduce you to a diary format that will give you a fuller picture that is driving your unhealthy eating habits. This week will set extremely strong foundations for succesful weight loss
This week will begin by reviewing your eating habits and start to address solutions for what is driving them. It will bring that which was unconscious to the forefront of consciousness putting you in a position to really take hold of living a healthy energised life. I will coach people through any particular stuck points.
The rest of the evening I will be teaching you how to achieve powerful and deep states of meditation. I will lead you through the meditation using hypnotic protocol so you can experience first hand how good and beneficial meditation is. A healthy mind is integral to healthy living. By committing to regular meditative practice you will significantly increase your chances of succesful weight loss.
You will learn how to meet yourself with compassion and loving kindness. Finally you will learn how to experience deeper states of connection with people that nourish your health as much as your new healthy diet.
This week will be spent troubleshooting any challenges faced so far. The change in diet to lose weight and maintain a desired weight is straight forward. What is not straight forward are the personal challenges that you face with the food that you eat. Our minds work in spectacularly elusive ways meaning that you might have unconscious patterns keeping you from achieving your goals. I will coach you through these challenges and teach you useful strategies for how to deal with them.
This week will involve building in strong motivators to continue towards your goal of losing weight. We will bring unconscious resources to the forefront and amplify them creating a natural pull towards your goals. I will also teach the group how to activate a positive and powerful state at will when you need it the most. We will also learn the value of taking 100% responsibility for your behaviour, the skill of being dirt level honest and how to put you in the driving seat of what you eat not the other way round.