Understanding Fat Hormones with Jon Gabriel

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  • What FAT Programs are
  • How they get activated, and how you can turn them off
  • The role of stress & emotions in weight issues
  • Visualization and other practical steps you can start today

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100 comments on “Understanding Fat Hormones
  1. Ellen Faliskie says:

    I am so excited to start this program. You are my angel. Everything I sm reading so far makes sense, and explains my frustrations for years.

  2. Helene Kostre says:

    Are the classes still available for me to listen to once thursday class ends there are some lectures I feel I need to hear again bit haven’t had time to back track yet thanks for letting me know helene

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Helene,
      All of these classes, and forums will continue to be available for you to look at any time. You can continue to ask questions in these forums as well.
      Kind regards

  3. Rivka Glatt says:

    Just a couple questions:
    How does frozen fruit compare to fresh fruit?

    Is warm water always better for you- or are you just suggesting it for the first 2 morning cups ? Because I only like to drink cold water?

    How bad is canola oil? I don’t really enjoy the taste of other oils. Can i supplement with vitamins to get more omega 3’s?
    Thank you!

    • Shira Nahari says:

      Dear Rivka,
      I’m going to have a go at your Q’s from my personal experience and preferences.

      Q. How does frozen fruit compare to fresh fruit?
      A. Certainly better than no fruit, and a lot better than canned! It depends on the quality – whether it was flash frozen under ideal conditions.
      I dehydrate a lot of homegrown organic fruit, in slices or as leather.

      Q. Is warm water always better for you- or are you just suggesting it for the first 2 morning cups ? Because I only like to drink cold water?
      A. Cold water is not good for you. Period. Perhaps you can retrain your palate (and head!) I always drink warm water. Deepak Chopra suggests sipping water so hot you have to blow on it with meals. Same principle as washing dishes in hot water – keeps the fat moving along.

      Q. How bad is canola oil?
      A. Real, real, real bad, Rivka! Canadian Rapeseed oil was foisted off on the public to make some molah from a waste product. Do some research and you will be horrified.

      Q.I don’t really enjoy the taste of other oils.
      A.Again, I suggest retraining your tastebuds here! There are so many delicious and nourishing beneficial oils: coconut, hempseed,walnut, virgin olive – the list goes on and on!

      Q. Can i supplement with vitamins to get more omega 3’s?
      A. Try chia seeds. Soak some at night and put them in anything for breakfast. Sprinkle ground chia on salads or anything else.
      I also put flax oil on my salad – Barlean’s highest Quality Lignans.

      I hope this helps.

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Rivka,
      Frozen fruits are fine as long as there are no added preservatives and sugars.
      Warm water is better because it is absorbed by your body immediately as it does not need to be warmed up to body temperature. However, if you prefer cold water and you are more likely to drink water this way it is perfectly fine to keep drinking your water cold. Warm water in the morning is to help ‘kick start’ your digestive system, so keep up with this if you can. Canola oil is very heavily processed and is high in Omega 6. Please see this link for an article on Canola Oil – http://wellnessmama.com/2193/why-you-should-never-eat-vegetable-oil-or-margarine/ . If you do not like the taste of Coconut oil, perhaps try ghee or Rice Bran Oil – which has no taste. Let us know what you think. Chia seeds are the best way to get more Omega 3’s. Hope this helps.
      Den – GM Team

  4. Rivka Glatt says:

    Will there be any opportunities to speak to Jon about your personal situation, privately.. without being on the air?
    thank you.

    • Janine says:

      Hi Rivka,
      With this program you are given a 1-on-1 Consultation with Jon that you may use. We recommend you use it after the program if you get blocked as many of your questions you might have may be answered during this program. Please email us if you have further questions regarding this. help@thegabrielmethod.com

      The Gabriel Method Team

  5. Kristin Kalbli says:

    Hi Jon, I am currently on 20 mg of an SSRI anti-depressant. I am not willing to go off of it yet as I am barely a year out from a major depressive episode and the medication was the one thing that stabilized me. Can I do all the other steps in the Method and still see progress?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Kristin,

      Yes absolutely. You don’t want to rush getting off of antidepressants. I suggest you spent a year adding healthy eating and lifestyle changes we suggest and then revisit the issue. But there’s no question you can lose weight without going off of them.

  6. Glenn Roberts says:

    If you have always been a hunter gatherer to provide for your family, and that is who you are, how does the leopard change its spots?

  7. Rivka Glatt says:

    If i cant make the live show.. the replay is just audio? is there anyway to replay it in the video format? Thanks

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Rivka,
      You should be able to view the powerpoint slides as well as hear the audio. This show does not show Jon, the visual part is slides from a powerpoint.
      Best regards
      Den – GM Team

  8. Kay Bayly says:

    Hi Jon, I have a problem with the evening visualisation. I get annoyed with you talking while I am trying to fall asleep. I am one of those people who close my eyes and go straight to sleep, and someone talking in my ear is annoying. Any suggestions? Thanks Kay

  9. Helene Kostre says:

    is it ok to eat raw flax crackers when can’t grind there are some really good ones out now?

    What do you think of the 5/2 where you eat less 2 days (not in a row) and then eat what normally other days to get body to burn I did something similar once by carb up for a day and then carb down to get body to burn fat without going into starvation

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Helene,

      Yes. Raw flax crackers are great, because typically you soak the flaxseeds before you dehydrate them which makes healthy fats become more bioavailable.

      In regards to the 5/2 I’m against external types of controls of eating, because it still involves forced restriction, and forced restriction can cause a stress that can cause you to gain weight.


  10. Tina Sommer says:

    The replay stops at min 49….and doesn’t restart.

  11. Kazzie says:

    I am trying to find the video ‘Understanding Fat Hormones’ as the message says ‘Event is over’. I cannot see where to view this video???

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Kazzie,
      The live event is over, but the recording will be available soon, please try again in about 24 hours time to listen.
      Best regards
      Den – GM Team

  12. Rivka Glatt says:

    Yes, I second the idea of having a couple of versions of the evening visualization. sometimes its hard to keep hearing because i know exactly whats coming next. That would be very helpful!

  13. I was making a list from just reading recipes but I see there was a reference somewhere to a shopping list. can anybody tell me where to find that

  14. Janine Stanley says:

    I’ve just missed the webinar. Will option 3 be available to listen to now?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Janine,
      The replay will be available in about 24 hours.
      Best regards
      Den – GM Team

      • Serena McClellan says:

        Hi, I’m another of those that will be watching the replay – I was just wondering if I should just keep checking for it to become available, or if an email or notification or something might come out instead?

        • gabrielmethod says:

          Hi Serena,
          Please wait about 24 hours before checking for the recording. It should be available in the next day or so.
          Best regards
          Den – GM Team

  15. Kristin Winter says:

    Great Webinar Jon. Thank you! Looking forward to tackling this weeks action steps!

  16. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    I loved every minute of this. The time flew by. Looking forward to all of it!

  17. Sue Lennox says:

    Could Jon discuss the effects of Losec/Omaprazole as I have tried reducing the dose and then found to have Barret’s syndrome on gastroscopy which has been effectively treated with double the dose of Losec which is very disappointing. I feel apprehensive about reducing again but would like to safely cut out this medication at some point. Your thoughts would be appreciated, thanks

  18. Marisol Rocha says:

    Thinking about adding omega 3 oils into kids food as well. Right now we boil olive oil into the gluten free pasta that I make them so it doesn’t stick.

    It just occurred to me that like with stir frying or saute-ing, the boiling temperature corrupts the olive oil too? Please confirm.

    Would you recommend making it with flaxseed or chia seed oil instead or Ghee would be better? Oliver and Marina say thank you on this one 😉

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Marisol,
      You are correct that boiling olive oil, and flaxseed oil with the pasta will corrupt the oils. Ghee would be a better alternative. To get more Omega 3’s into my kids’ diet I use chia seeds in my baking – and they don’t notice. Another great way is to add ground flax (they may notice the taste of this though – so just start off with a small amount until they get used to it) and chia seeds into smoothies. Another great option is some of the health ball recipes in Jon’s recipe book – kids love small snack sized things!
      Hope this helps.
      Den – GM Team

      • Marisol Rocha says:

        Awesome Den, thanks so much for all the great “mama” recommendations from your personal experience with your kids – super appreciate it!

        • gabrielmethod says:

          Hi Marisol,
          Let me know how you go.
          Den – GM Team

          • Marisol Rocha says:

            Sorry Den, just one more question here, did you say you bake with Chia Seeds? Do the oils then get corrupted in the high oven temperatures or are the Chia SEEDS treated differently than Chiaseed OIL which I believe should not be cooked with under high heat. Thanks for the clarification 🙂

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Marisol,
      Don’t apologise – very cool questions!
      Most Omega-3 sources such as flax or fish oils are wildly unstable and go rancid very easily (with heat, light, or oxygen exposure) losing their effective nutritional benefits, Chia seeds however, are much more stable, so as long as you don’t fry them, using them in your baking is fine. However, the oil is not as stable and cannot be used to cook with.
      Den – GM Team

  19. Marisol Rocha says:

    I have young children who wake me up around 6am each day, so doing the morning visualization when its go time for the little ones is a bit tough, especially on school days. Will the morning visualizations still be as effective if done three hours later once I am home after school drop off?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Marisol,
      I’m not sure if this will help, but I have a rule in my house (my kids are 6 and 9), Rule is: mummy needs 10 minutes each morning to herself for ‘quiet time’. This usually happens after the usual cuddles, wrestling and chatting that can happen any time from 5am onwards…(LOL). My sons now know that after that, they are to go and play together for 10 minutes and let me listen to my visualisation and just ‘chill’ before the chaos of the day starts. I’m not sure how old your children are but its amazing, once they know that it won’t be for long and that the same thing happens each day, the kids just seem to accept it. I know I’m a much ‘nicer’ mummy for it…..
      Let me know what you think.
      Den -GM Team

      • Marisol Rocha says:

        You are totally right Den! My kids are 4 and 7 and while the 4 year old can still need some bit of assistance first thing, they are both totally capable of waiting the 15 minutes to do the visualizations. Thanks so much for that perspective, some times we get so caught up in the way we already do things that we don’t think outside our own box! The last two days I have managed to do my visualizations right upon waking, which has been great (although my husband somehow managed to “pop” me out of it this morning with his own questions and needs – so this tip is not just for the kids, but also our partners – ha!) Thanks again!

    • Mary Alice O'Connor says:

      Hi Marisol,

      When the children were young and school age, I would get up at 5:30 so that i had a little time for myself. That way I had a little quiet time before the wild rumpus began.
      Mary Alice

  20. Marisol Rocha says:

    Since the detox I am so happy to say that I have been dairy and gluten free without much effort at all! However the only thing that I have kept in my diet were eggs as I did crave them and in the spirit of no deprivation kept that going.

    I am suspect though that after eating eggs my rosacea does act up…..in the realm of dairy are eggs inflammatory?

    If so, might there be a part of eggs that I can still have (ie, is the yolk or the white the inflammatory culprit?)

    Thanks for the insight and SO great to hear you again on last night’s call – incredible wealth of info!
    hugs, Marisol

  21. Shira Nahari says:

    GREAT class,Jon. Such valuable information. Thanks for being willing to go over time.

  22. Marisol Rocha says:

    I think I would greatly benefit from both the Action Step Visualization assignment of Burn Fat Now as well as Safe Strong and Protected from the loss of my mother.

    My question is: Would you listen to them back to back in the morning or space them out to get the maximum effect of each of their messages? Would love to understand the optimum way to listen to multiple visualizations. Thanks!

  23. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    Can I substitute kefir and lacto-fermented veggies instead of a probiotic? I make my own kefir with live grains and raw milk.

  24. reveal says:

    Not true re CPAP Jon, you can hire machines from achemist BUT you have to have a script from a dr

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Reveal,
      I think what Jon was meaning was that it depends on which country you are in. It appears that some countries allow you to purchase one directly from a chemist and others require you to get tested beforehand. It is best to see what the regulations are in place where you live.
      Best regards
      Den – GM Team

      • reveal says:

        Sorry I should have made my comment more clear. Jon stated that Australia was different to many other countries in that you could just go the chemist here…and I merely wanted to save fellow Australians a wasted trip or an argument because “Jon told me so!”. Certainly your final comment Den, thanks.

  25. Mary Alice O'Connor says:

    What about milk that is cultured into kefir…it seems to be the best immune and digestion supplement I know.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Mary Alice,
      Jon would recommend using raw unpasteurized milk for your kefir – this would be excellent!
      Best regards
      Den – GM Team

      • Shira Nahari says:

        I drink only milk from goats or when that’s not available in winter, raw cow’s milk. I dearly want to make m own kefir but the recipes I have found say to boil the milk. No way!
        Can someone give me a good kefir recipe from raw milk, please?

        • BRIDGET DURHAM says:

          Kefir is not boiled and it is extremely easy to make if you have kefir grains (you can buy them here http://www.culturesforhealth.com/starter-cultures/kefir-cultures.html). You let them sit at room temperature in a glass jar, in milk of course for about 24hrs. Then you strain the grains off and re-start the process. The kefir is what you strain away from the grains and you can then drink that or second ferment it with fruit…lots of possibilities!

          • Shira Nahari says:

            This is wonderful advice and great news, Bridget. I am most grateful and will look into it right away.

  26. reveal says:

    so why isn’t everyone who is under excess stress fat

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Stress itself isn’t bad, it is how that stress is being handled. This is where paying attention to the individual fat triggers comes in. Looking at each one and working to turn them off.

  27. Nancy Fields says:

    Hi – If someone, like myself, has multiple stresses, does each one have to be dealt with, or can I go forward? I think there are too many for me to deal with, and thinking about them and the pain that occurs when bringing them back up does not seem like a constructive action. Thanks, Nancy

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Nancy,

      You can certainly move forward. Jon will be talking in detail about certain common stresses. It may seem overwhelming right now.. but just take it one step at a time. This is a lifelong approach, and over time things will get easier.

  28. Susan Holsinger says:

    Hi Jon,
    When I started the program in Sept. 2013 I didn’t see a lot of change. At first I put myself on a rigid “diet” where I only ate certain foods etc. etc. I did that for 4 weeks. The scales did not change and I became discouraged. I realized I did not believe the visualizations. I hung in there with the visualizations but after a couple more weeks and Christmas coming I stopped everything but the Probiotics and Chia and Flax Seed. I was quite frustrated because I had high hopes that this program could end my frustration of dieting once and for all.
    In January I was determined to try again. Jan. 13th I started doing the visualizations morning and evening. To my surprise I noticed a huge shift in the way I thought about them now. I found myself relaxed and calmed by them and actually believing them. I determined to look at this program as a way of life and as loving myself by taking care of my body. I decided I would choose no refined sugar or flour and eat as closely as I could to the way food is grown. I am getting along really good with this. I have had no cravings to speak of and have felt good about the program. That is until I stepped on the scales and gained 3#. This week I am back down to where I started but I find myself doubting again. I have stayed on my program as far as eating is concerned but the visualizations have been hit and miss since I stepped on the scales.
    I read the testimonies and see others who have lost a lot of weight, (I have 100# to release forever!!) and I wonder if I can do this. That’s why I am here tonight.
    I talked to you a couple times back in the fall.
    I am 50 years old, premenopausal and have a busy life. Am I going crazy?
    Why do I stop doing the visualizations?
    So frsutrating!
    Please help…
    Thanks so much,
    ~Susan Holsinger, Indiana, USA

    • Sandra Neill says:

      I think I have a similar problem to you in that I’m not sure if I believe it – I want to but because I’ve had 10+ years of disappointment it is difficult to believe that the visualizations can work. At the same time it has worked for so many other people, so why not me? I think it is good advise to not look at the scales because maybe it just takes longer for some of us.

      • Susan Holsinger says:

        Hi Sandra,
        I appreciated Jon’s response. I hope this answered some of your concerns, too? I will be patient… 🙂
        ~Susan Holsinger
        PS. Let’s stay in touch. Find me on FB.

      • Shira Nahari says:

        Dear Sandra,
        I feel for you regarding your 10+ years of disappointment. But you do not have to believe a visualization for it to work because it goes straight to the subconscious, which cannot distinguish between what you are thinking and “reality.” Trust the process, hang on in and JUST DO IT!
        You have a lot of loving support here. Count me in.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Susan,
      Great question – Jon answered this in today’s show.
      Kind regards
      Den – GM Team

  29. Marisol Rocha says:

    I see on your Supplements list you have digestive enzymes and I really love this idea of healing my digestion to finally shed the weight I have been carrying for almost 10 years. I purchased your Total Digestion Enzymes and am just curious if your recommendation is to take 2 capsules every time I am going to eat in the day? It seems like a lot!

    Please advise on suggested dosage and routine during one day of eating (bkfst, lunch, dinner and two snacks). Many thanks!

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Marisol,

      Jon answered this on the webinar.

    • Shira Nahari says:

      Marisol, whatever Jon said on the webinar re his enzymes goes, of course.
      I started taking enzymes a week ago and the revolution in my digestion is off the charts! I belong to the school of “look at your poop” and can submit a glowing report: poop I have only dreamt of pre-enzymes.
      I take enzymes before every large meal (usually 2-a-day) but not before snacks or the smaller meal. And cooked food apparently needs more help to digest. than raw.
      I also read recently that is you are takaing supplements and no enzymes you are wasting your money!

    • Shira Nahari says:

      Marisol, whatever Jon said on the webinar re his enzymes goes, of course.
      I started taking enzymes a week ago and the revolution in my digestion is off the charts! I belong to the school of “look at your poop” and can submit a glowing report: poop I have only dreamt of pre-enzymes.
      I take enzymes before every large meal (usually 2-a-day) but not before snacks or the smaller meal. And cooked food apparently needs more help to digest. than raw.
      I also read recently that is you are taking supplements and no enzymes you are wasting your money!

  30. Marisol Rocha says:

    I am so interested in your comment to another participant that it does not matter how long you eat or drink before/after you take a probiotic – can you please expand on that on tonight’s call?

    I want to understand further as I have always thought that I needed to wait 30 minutes between my Levothyroxine (I take first thing on empty stomach for hypothyroidsim) and my probiotic and then again 30 minutes for my breakfast (by which time I am starving almost an hour later!).

    Do you really think it is okay to not have these spacers before and after taking my probiotic? Your new statement on this could change my whole morning experience!

    • Nadia Harper says:

      This was answered by Jon on the webinar.

      • Marisol Rocha says:

        Thanks Nadia 🙂

        Jon – thank you so much for your answers on tonight’s webinar.

        I am so happy to be back in touch in this new program and so appreciate all your wisdom, expertise and insight, but more than anything I greatly appreciate how much you care about each of your students. I will completely revisit the Levothyroxine medication with my Endocrinologist and have also been looking into more holistic Dr.’s to get opinions in this realm as my doctor is in his 70s and totally old school. Hear ya in a couple of days!

  31. Marisol Rocha says:

    Hi Jon and GM Team!! Sooo happy to be here with you guys 🙂

    When thinking about the BIG 3 in each meal, might there be a proportion of live food to Omega 3 to protein?

    Is it possible to over do it on any of them?

    I grew up watching my mom do The Zone and I have been loving the liberation of only having to check of the types of foods I am using versus the quantity or ration to each other. But I can’t help but worry that maybe more than 4 oz of protein at a time or too much Flaxseed Oil in a salad can impact the hormonal balance we are seeking. Would love your insight here 🙂

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Jon has addressed this on the webinar. Listen to the end where he takes several questions.

      • Marisol Rocha says:

        Yes, thanks so much Nadia, it is so great that Den accesses the questions posted here too during the webinar 🙂

        It’s so great to see you on here again – your wisdom and expertise during the detox was invaluable! Looking forward to more connections in NYNY 🙂

  32. Angela Johannen says:

    Hi Jon, I have a lot of questions, but I would like to start with the most important one to me right now: what do you do if your client doesn’t do the steps (listen to visualisations etc.) even though he/she consciously wants to change his/her life/weight. How do you deal with procrastinators, self sabotage such as I can’t focus during the visualisations, my mind wanders, or I get bored after weeks of the evening visualisations etc.? I sometimes joke I have some kind of ADD, so I wonder if you could make different versions of the evening visualisations for people who need new sensations now and then. I try to switch between the english and the german version… I know it’s probably one of the emotional/mental fat triggers blocking me, it is just not so easy for me to be my own therapist

    • Shira Nahari says:

      Angela, I know your question was directed to Jon, but as a Transformational Therapist I would like to make a suggestion if you are open to it.
      When someone consciously wants to change his/her life/weight but is being foiled by procrastination and self sabotage, it’s time for a “committee meeting.”

      Your aware ego is the chairman and the different voices in your head/facets of personality are sitting around the table. You get to interview them, encouraging them to first name themselves and then to examine the messages they are putting out (usually coming from old conditioning, of course).
      My own committee members include Sneaky Snake, the General, the Orphan/Abandoned child, the Prostitute, Fury (watch out for her!), the Saboteur of course, and a host of other colorful figures.
      The goal here is to recognize and accept each member, praise them for what they have to contribute, but make it clear that none of them ever, ever gets to run the show! (And you can threaten scary measures if they try, like not listening or even locking them in a closet. I once even threatened to kill Sneaky Snake!) I find this generally wins cooperation and they are so grateful to be heard and receive some validation!
      My General has helped me be assertive when facing a bully; Sneaky Snake sometimes comes up with out-of-the-box solutions to sticky situations.

      After this exercise things might look quite a bit different when the excuses start emerging…there is someone to talk to. Just address the relevant committee member and work it out! I use this approach a lot not only with clients, but in my own inner work.

      I hope this helps.

      • Denaleigh B says:

        Hi Shira,
        Love this! I’m going to put some serious thought into naming my different voices! I can see so many situations in life in which this would work!
        Den – GM Team

  33. Janine Stanley says:

    Not able to listen from my Mac. Option 3. Can anyone help. I missed the earlier webinar. Janine

  34. Sandra Neill says:

    I won’t be able to join the live session but I do have a question. I understand that medication can be a fat trigger. I took anti-depressants and mood stabilizers daily for over 12 years, which seems to also coincide with my weight gain although I’m sure other factors were also at work. I quit my meds a year ago with the help of an incredible therapist but I also haven’t lost any weight. I have to wonder if all those medications have permanently wrecked my body and if there is hope for getting my body back so to speak.

  35. Diana Podesta says:

    How do I find the will to make changes and stay on course for success? I don’t have any energy to do much of anything.

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Diana,

      Jon has addressed this question near the end of the webinar… basically listen to the visualizations (just press play), drink lots of water and eat a salad whenever possible. Be gentle with yourself and don’t force anything.. over time you will gain momentum.