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  1. Ethel Abrams says:

    Where we’re you when I was raising children???

  2. Corrin Ainley says:

    Hi guys,

    I have a question for Dr Patricia and would love for anything Jon could add. The webinars were so helpful and it’s very clear most if not all of the eduction is with parents. When parents make an appointment to see me (as a nutritionist) they of course bring their child in but I’m finding there’s not much I can discuss with the kids. I was wondering how Dr Patricia organises appointments. I’m not sure how parents would respond if I carefully explain that the following sessions would be best with only them, so we can discuss habits within the house. Parents seem to feel its the children that need educating. Have you found this too and any recommendations would be very helpful. Thanks again.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Corrin,
      A reply below from Dr Riba:

      Hi Corinn,

      Studies show that if the child is 8 or older that interventions should be aimed to them. I treat the whole family, but I do not undervalue the importance of teaching the children too. When things get sticky, like when the parents have a lot of pathology in their table talk or there are many stressors at home I will kick the children out of the room for a bit to make sure I can speak freely with the parent. This helps so the parent can open up and not feel defensive. Other times with teens when I feel like there is more going on then the teen is disclosing I kick the parent out of the room.

      For overcoming barriers to exercise I work quite a bit with the child directly to see what they are passionate about. Also I always have the child state what foods they like for the grocery lists and nutrition education. We make lists of fruits and vegetables that they like and then explain how to put together meals and snacks. They learn how to feed younger siblings when they babysit or when they go off to college they can be self sufficient. Many enjoy cooking and I share recipes with them.

      I tell children that they know best how much to eat, by listening to their tummies. They often feel relieved and empowered.

      Bringing siblings and extended family generally makes for more success. This is about the family eating healthy and often times the child is visibly relieved that everyone including thinner siblings need to eat the same way.

      Sometimes in difficult families I see a lot of finger pointing between kids and parents and it goes both ways. I remind everyone to focus on today being healthy and not yesterday. I often times I have to repeat this, but eventually it sinks in.

      The families that are toughest to treat are those who want me to “fix” their kids. That being said involving kids is a way of planting good seeds for a lifelong relationship with food and health.

      I hope this helps..

      Dr. Patricia

  3. Louise Whipple says:

    Is this video only 7:56 minutes long? It stops playing after this. My husband has cleared my cache, cookies, we have tried google chrome. Where is the rest of the video?

  4. Louise Whipple says:

    the video stops playing after 7 minutes and will not move forward. It goes back to the beginning. Can you check technical issues. Thanks, Louise.

  5. Janet Gaspar says:

    I would like to find out some more information about Patricia’s camp… could she share a little more about her program please. My goal is to work with schools. I wish to be a solution in Primary and Secondary food for schools. I really feel connected to Patricia. I wish to awake people myself. Empower them for a self care and create a positive change in their life. I myself is trying to lead by example, however, I have also experienced how important the primary food is. I feed my family with organic, biodynamic whole food, living positively on a small farm, yoga family with many family activities and lots of love and my daughter was still able to suffer with bulling at the very prestiges private school… I hope we are at the end of it now, but this experience showed me, how easy we can got off balance… I was able to recognise many signs on her. Her weigh never suffered as she had clean food at home, but she scratched her body and made scars… it lasted for just over a year… Not an easy journey, but being in a personal development industry myself, I know, things happen for a reason, and it looks like I had to experience it myself as well… I know I will be able to connect with the kids on a much deeper level… I have not read your book yet, but I have received it now, which is great πŸ™‚ Thanks for this amazing experience, xoxo Janet
    PS I am working on my program, would anyone be interested to evaluate my program, once it is finished? I would love that πŸ™‚

  6. Janet Gaspar says:

    I would like to know, if I am allowed to share some of your recipes with my clients? Do I need to ask for any permission?

  7. Corrin Ainley says:

    Hi guys,
    You mentioned it is worthwhile for a child to have a sleep study if there is suspected sleep apnea, if the study shows they do have this condition what do they normally recommend as treatment? I’m hoping the recommendation isn’t just to lose weight as it wouldn’t give any additional help.

    Great webinar. Many thanks


  8. Louise Whipple says:

    I have to say I love these modules! I just graduated from the Institute of Integrative nutrition, and I am learning a great deal from these teachings. Thank you so much! I am excited to share this information with clients.

  9. Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

    Hi Everyone,
    In today’s show, Dr Patricia mentioned an excellent book for kids encountering bullying – here is the Amazon link for the book:
    Kind regards

  10. Donna Abreu says:

    hi again – Is it OK to freeze fish and meats when we find them on sale, to stock up?

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Donna,

      Dr. Patricia writes:
      “As for freezing foods to keep for other days, yes, I do it myself and no of no studies that indicate determent in doing so. Check with your butcher as to how long it can be frozen and still be good. Sometimes I freeze and forget about and ultimately throw away. Put dates on containers so you know when they are good until.”

      The Gabriel Method Team

  11. Donna Abreu says:

    hi – I am also wondering what I should say to my daughter when we are at the store and she wants to buy cereals, crackers, etc… Your classes have had a lot of emphasis on not making emotional struggles out of the food choices at the dinner table or micro managing, but how about at the store? it’s a huge battle, and when I say no she gets super mad. Probably because she knows I will give in, but I need to stop that. I prefer not to take her but I also understand the value of her picking out healthy foods. thanks.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Donna,

      Patricia writes:
      “As for shopping in the book we discuss ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in the feeding relationship which states that the parent is responsible for what is being served and when. So you are in charge of what is being served at your table. Your child is then responsible for deciding if and how much to eat from what YOU serve. So as a parent it is reasonable and necessary to say no (and you don’t need a reason.). A firm and calm no is best. My mom taught me that as soon as you start raising your voice in parenting they know they have got you, that little pearl keeps me in check.

      Some tips might be to not even go down those aisles or not take her if you are not up for it. Also feed her before you shop, if she is hungry it will be worse. There is no shame in shopping alone for a bit. Getting kids involved in shopping is an advanced skill. Wait until you are ready and confident.”

      I hope this helps!

      The Gabriel Method Team

  12. Donna Abreu says:

    Hi – I am wondering what kind of almond and coconut milk Jon uses? I have not found any brand that does not contain that carageen (sp?) ingredient. I can make my own and it’s delicious but does not keep long and I have not found a good use for the by product (ground nuts). I have tried using it as a almond meal replacement and it’s horrible, has no flavor, makes any baked good taste bland and have strange consistency.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Donna,

      Jon either makes his own or looks for organic brands without additives. You can use the ground nuts in energy balls to add protein and add other ingredients like raw cacao for flavor!

      The Gabriel Method Team

      • Donna Abreu says:

        Hi – Just curious if he has found any organic brand, because I have looked extensively and have not.

        For some reason, adding the other flavors to that ground almond still doesn’t taste good. It’s a strange consistency/flavor


        • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Donna,
          If you are in the US you can get the following Organic Almond milk from Whole foods – here is the link:

          Hope this helps.

          • Donna Abreu says:

            Thank you! Anyone know what these other ingredients are? Are they all safe? Liie: tricalcium phosphate

            Organic almondmilk (filtered water, organic almonds), tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, xanthan gum, potassium citrate, sunflower lecithin, vitamin a palmitate, ergocalciferol (vitamin d2), dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin e).

  13. Joy Stephens says:

    From this week’s session there was not a lot of discussion around dairy. I can typically get my families to transition to non-dairy milks, but cheese seems to always be a struggle when I am working with families with other health issues (food allergies, digestive problems, etc.)

    From a weight loss perspective, what are your thoughts/concerns about dairy? Do you encourage non-dairy alternatives?

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Joy,

      In general dairy can cause inflammation which works against allowing your body to release weight. We recommend if you consume dairy to go for organic products in moderation. Cheese seems to be the most difficult of dairy products to ditch because it contains casomorphins which have an opioid effect causing the addiction. Food for thought!

      The Gabriel Method

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Joy,
      Dr Riba’s response to this question is:
      This question is very controversial. Jon and I are not even exactly aligned on dairy. From my very basic approach, as long as the dairy is unsweetened; it is reasonable. I have never taken a child off of dairy to lose weight and I currently have over an 84% success rate. Cheese and plain yogurt are also recommended by my team and I often especially with fruits and vegetables as snacks. If a family feels strongly about not having dairy then I help them find unsweetened versions of almond, cashew, or other milks. If dairy is not agreeable to the child there are many options. But from my perspective I am more concerned about the downside of a child feeling restricted or feeling that they are on a ‘diet’ than if they have unsweetened dairy products available at the home and out. I hope this helps.
      Dr Riba

  14. Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

    For any of our listeners from today’s Show – Feed Your Children Well, here is Jon’s cereal recipe:

    Gabriel Method Breakfast Muesli

    Serves: 8
    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Serving size: Β½ cup

    1Β½ cups almonds
    1⁄3 cup pumpkin seeds
    ΒΎ cup sunflower seeds
    ΒΌ cup sesame seeds
    ΒΎ cup desiccated coconut
    1 cup chia seeds or flax seeds
    ΒΌ cup almond butter
    1⁄3 cup tahini
    ΒΌ cup coconut palm sugar
    ΒΌ cup water

    1. Place all ingredients in food processor. Mix together until well combined and beginning to stick together.
    2. Refrigerate mixture in airtight container. Serve with fresh fruit and nut milk as a
    delicious start to your day.

  15. Corrin Ainley says:

    Hi guys, sorry if I’m preempting what you might be covering on a future webinar. But I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to talk to a child about their weight and the reason they have coming to see me (as a Nutritionist helping them to lose weight) without making them feel bad. I find some parents bring kids in and don’t explain to them why. I’m obviously not wanting to say ‘you’re here to see me because you’re overweight’. Any suggestions of how to speak to children would be very helpful.

    Many thanks πŸ™‚

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Corin, Dr. Patricia writes:

      Great question. It depends on the child’s age and level of development. I generally ask the child or teen if they know why they were referred to me. Then go from there. If they do not know why, I will probe for co-morbidities like problems with the liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease), high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol or triglycerides or being at risk for diabetes. I don’t point out the weight specifically.

      I focus on being healthy so they will be healthy in the future. I emphasize what a blessing it is to meet them while they are young and we can change a few things to make their whole family healthier in the future.

      If the child or teen is worried or bothered by their weight I dig deeper to see the extent of body image issues they might have. I always redirect from weight to health with regards to patients and parents who will also need your direction. I also sincerely look for their internal and external strengths and work to build them up as well as de-emphasizing the weight.

      Part of treatment and evaluation is monitoring for depression and pathology in self image. Team up with a mental health expert if you have concerns regarding either.

      I hope this helps. I could write a whole book on this one question.

      Dr. Patricia

      • Corrin Ainley says:

        Thanks Dr. Patricia, that helps a lot, and confirms the way I feel to approach it. It is complex and very dependant on the child. Looking forward to the next webinar, hope your voice is better πŸ™‚

        • Gabriel Method Team says:

          Dr. Patricia replied:

          Thanks Corrin, the fact that you are concerned about this question and sensitive to it indicates that you will handle it appropriately for each case. I am happy to be your wing man if you run into any stumbling blocks.

          • Corrin Ainley says:

            Thanks Jon, I personally haven’t been overweight but had stuggled with Bulimia since my early teens, so I’m very conscious of the negative impact these experiences have on self esteem and relationships with food. It has actually helped having an eating disorder because many issues are similar, constant thinking about food, self worth, emotional imbalances and negative belief systems. It’s just just getting used to methods and ways to delivery it. Thanks again for your support and this webinar series.

          • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

            Hi Corrin,
            Glad that you are enjoying the program!
            Den – GM Team

  16. Janet Gaspar says:

    Just a quick question, it says that the program is 4 weeks, I can only see 3 classes, have I missed anything? Thanks, Janet πŸ™‚

  17. Janet Gaspar says:

    I am a mother of 3 girls, living on a small farm, in Melbourne. I am a passionate personal development student as well as a holistic advocate in every area of my life… I am a current IIN student. Your program would work in alignment with my vision, as I want to work with schools and bring in a holistic approach to the classrooms. My Aim(Mission) is: “I want to set schools free, to allow their students to Organically Thrive and Love their Life to the Fullest in great Health, Spirit and in total alignment with our Beautiful Planet Earth.”
    Thank you for this opportunity, xoxo Janet πŸ™‚

  18. Crystal Bradley says:

    hi my name is Crystal and I have three beautiful children. My oldest Jonas in 9 yo and weighs 135 lbs. As a 14 month old he was burned and spent a month in ICU and another month and a half in the burn unit. The year following his burns I couldn’t get him to eat and he looked like a human skeleton. He then had a skin graft surgery and the weight started to come on. I know his fat switch is on all he can think about is when his next meal will come. We live an active life and I try to feed him good foods. He loves a good green drink which I put chia flax coconut oil omega 3s and lots of kale spinach blueberries and bananas in. Hi is the sweetest boy you will EVER meet. He is so intelligent and kind. I don’t want his weight to continue to hold him back in life anymore especially when he will continue to struggle with his burns and more surgeries in the future. I am so excited for this program and hope it can help me help my sweet boy. Any suggestions I am open to.

    • Crystal Bradley says:

      I also want to add that for years he struggled with sleep and not feeling safe and now that he listens to your visualizations he now goes to sleep quickly and deeply!

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Crystal,

      It’s great that he like healthy foods like green drinks with chia seeds and coconut oil. Let him eat whenever he’s hungry but keep feeding him super healthy foods. It will help normalize his weight and also his health in so many ways.

      In the mean time working through emotional issues to help make him feel safer will also help him tremendously.

  19. Corrin Ainley says:

    I’m a holistic nutritionist in Western Australia and I am starting to see many kids with weight issues, I’m so excited to gain more tools and insight to really help (not through restriction and creating unhealthy relationships with food). Thanks for doing this training πŸ™‚

  20. Louise Whipple says:

    Hi, I am Louise Whipple. I just today became a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I checked my e-mail and saw your 4week class being offered. So I am excited to add this to my skill list. Also I completed a EFT course and am now certified to teach others this simple amazing technique! I do have a question, is the lecture Pacific time? I live in Vermont so I would like to know when I can watch and listen to the lectures.

  21. Silvia Kuri says:

    Greetings !

    Good news; your book is sold out on Amazon
    bad news I couldn’t read it before the program begins !

    My question….

    My children are teenagers and young adults, some live at home and we prepare meals together (imagine the conflict of interests in the kitchen between, flavor, appearance, international influences, “calories” etc
    all BUT Nutritious, only mom cares about “that” !

    Can this program help introduce the GM nutritious way of eating to them ?
    Let me know !

  22. Amy Spang says:

    Looking forward to the program!