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  1. Carla A says:

    hi Jon,
    Was very special to have the chance to speak to you during the Q&A session!Your dedication in answering all our questions and your human approach to all our insecurities made me feel honored and blessed to be part of it!
    This program proved to be tailor made for all our needs and all the education that you offered was fantastic!
    Thank you !
    Carla

  2. Safa Yacoub says:

    HI Jon,
    I want to ask about the dosage of healthy fats ,I mean could I add half avocado and 5 teaspoonfuls of olive oil to my daily food for example without the fear that I am adding too much?
    What about breads and rice and pasta ? I am trying to minimize or eliminate these , but if I consume them moderately later , am I going to regain the weight after a while ?
    Your opinion about grains was that their sprouts are better , so what kind of sprouts are recommended ? and does eating some grains later will be unhealthy choice ?

  3. Stephanie Alvarez says:

    I am having some significant issues with pain. I have had hip and knee pain for about 10 years which I believe is associated with emotional issues. I have been trying to visualize the release of the pain with the visualizations and hoping that my pain is resolved soon, as I have a difficult time exercising because of the pain. It is exhausting just to work and do household chores. I have been working on the visualizations since Jan 7 and was hoping to have some relief by now, but it almost seems like it is worse. What visualizations do you recommend that I do, or is there one specifically for pain that I haven't seen?

    Thanks

    • Admin says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      We don´t have a specific visualization for this, but when you're doing the visualization and you imagine this ocean of white light going through your body, imagine as your body is getting filled with light and as every cell is getting filled with light, imagine that light is clearing out all the pain. It's taking away the pain, removing the pain, and your body is totally free of pain, as a result of this light passing through it.

      -Jon

  4. What is Jon's opinion on vegimite?

  5. Marisol Rocha says:

    It's a big snow day here in NYC and my son stayed home from school. We had such a fun time this morning exploring making the Apple Cinnamon Chia Pancakes together - he and my 4 year old daughter (who LOVES sweets by the way) LOVED them 🙂

    Does the Chia Bran contain any benefits of Omega 3s? Or is all the goodness of the chia seed in it's oil? Just wondering if the kids are getting some omega 3s in eating these kinds of fun/healthy "carbs." Thanks!

  6. Marisol Rocha says:

    Congrats Jon on your new Omega 3 Fish Oil product you have created! Sounds amazing and so thoughtfully pulled together.

    If we are enjoying adding in Flaxseed and Chia seeds and their oils to our diets as well as being mindful to have nuts, salmon and avocado - all omega 3 rich foods....do we need supplements for Omega 3?

    Is it a more the merrier type of thing (like probiotics or fermented foods) or is there a certain amount you must be careful not to exceed?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Yea adding fish oil supplements is great too. You won't over do it, with a few grams a day. Most of us are starved for omega 3's and the omega 3's in the foods we eat are usually corrupted. So it's important to get some high grade omega 3's in there.

  7. Lee-Ann says:

    Hi there,
    I have always suffered intermittent, stress related insomnia; associated with this are muscle pain and tension. I'm sure it is a reinforcing 'feedback loop'. I've been sleeping fantastically with the evening visualization, and hadn't had a bout of insomnia for a few months. However, this week, the insomnia has popped up again. I know the 'cause' --ramping up of work and school demands. I do have a mindfulness practice, and am starting to incorporate more movement in my life. What would you recommend at night in the midst of the insomnia e.g: to combat the negative thoughts and feelings e.g.: to get back to sleep. Intuitively, I think the safe and protected visualization will help in the moment. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Lee-Ann

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Try taking a warm bath or shower and after you get in the water, continue to make the water hotter and hotter. Then once you get out do a minute of very light stretching. Then sit up and meditate for a few minutes and you'll likely feel the desire to dose right off.

  8. Janell Roberts says:

    Hi Jon,
    I am much more comfortable taking care of others than fussing over myself. I think this may be related to my weight struggle. But isn’t this just the way I am? I’m not sure if you can change the way you naturally are in the world? All this focus on trying to fix myself makes me feel very uncomfortable…yet I do want a better way to live.
    Do you have any suggestions on a strategy to help me move forward ?
    Thanks

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Janell,

      Your ability to help others is diminished when you don't take care of yourself, because you become depleted and then less effective and your desired goal of attending to your loved ones. Having extra weight on your body lowers your energy. That's energy that you could otherwise be giving to your family.

      Realizing this, you can see the benefit in taking the time necessary to take care of yourself.

  9. Sharon H says:

    Along the line of Marasol and the flick away, in addition to cellular work and safe strong and protect, is there more imagery that can help with the sense of vulnerability while working on sexual abuse? It's like I'm living in my body for the first time in a long while an just overall discomfort.

    Concurrent, to the sense of vulnerability, there also is an accumulation of stress as l change my relationship to my world, who l am and how I chose to interact. My willingness to care for myself as an additional priority is almost viewed as "self centered" in the negative way, to my peers. Very disquieting, I'm not being overt or overly involve in my own best interest.. just a little. Trying the affirmations suggested in lecture but distress is almost routine now. Can't seem to shake it. At times, tipping into despondency, I can still pull out of this but it is occuring. Again, any added advice.

    PS Leah, you were brave and honest... I'm glad you called in...

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Bring that column of light or those angel wings around you at all times during the day, whenever you think about it. And if you are working with a cellular release specialist, please mention this feeling of vulnerability, so she can can help you work on that.

  10. Angela Johannen says:

    What can I do when I am frustrated due to a high level of stress and not being able to really participate in the program and the actions steps and then feeling that I am doing it all wrong? I feel like I am sabotaging myself... 🙁

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Angela,
      If you intuitively feel that you are self sabotaging this may be a clue that the topic this week is particularly relevant to you, and that is a breakthrough. Don't be too hard on yourself. Try not to think about whether you are doing the right or wrong thing, just do the action steps that you can do. The visualisations are the most important thing you can do - as Jon says "just hit that button twice a day", you don't have to think too much about it. That very simple step will make a huge difference to your mindset. Perhaps try adding the affirmation Jon gave in the Core class this week. Your body is fighting you at the moment, so be patient, be kind to yourself, and do what you can, and just slowly add more and more of what Jon suggests into your life.
      Den - GM Team

  11. Angela Johannen says:

    Oh another question! If you have intolerances and have to avoid these foods, doesn´t that psychologically cause me to feel deprived and like I´m on a diet? What can I do to prevent that from happening? I gained most of my weight because of high stress which caused me to start eating stuff that I can´t tolerate (gluten, dairy, eggs etc.)

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Angela,
      Great question. Rather than creating a feeling of deprivation by saying to yourself "I can't have that anymore", try to see it another way. Try to have alternatives that you are not intolerant to. There are so many wonderful recipes and products made now for people with intolerances. Try to find alternatives that you really enjoy and then rather than creating a feeling of deprivation you have created a feeling of abundance.
      Den - GM Team

  12. Angela Johannen says:

    So one of my questions is: if you have multiple fat triggers like high level of stress and then the experience that you are extremely chased by womanizers when you are skinny, does that explain why it might take you longer to see and feel results? Like a cummulative effect?

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Angela,
      Finding ways to better manage stressful situations and stress in your life, and feeling happier and safer within yourself will definitely help to turn your fat triggers off. Visualisations are very important in both of these areas.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  13. Donna OBrien says:

    Are personal care products we are using on our body, like bar soap, shampoos, deodorants, as toxic to our system as they sound? Is there a safe base to look for in these products? ie coconut butter?

    And as I am going thru allergy testing they are finding that I am allergic to almost everything so far, most of the environmentals, molds... Will these reactions ease up as I clean out my system? and are the allergy shots they give you to relieve symptoms as toxic as they sound or worth the relief?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Donna,

      Our skin is our body's biggest organ and it does absorb what we put on to it. My rule of thumb is, 'don't put anything on your body that you wouldn't want in your body'.

      There are many natural alternatives. Feel free to take a look at my website where I have a growing list of natural options/recipes. --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/natural-organic-skin-care.html

      As we move into more and more of a detoxifying lifestyle, our bodies will be able to release and eliminate toxic buildup.
      Warm regards
      Nadia - GM Team

  14. Donna OBrien says:

    Are personal care products we are using on our body, like bar soap, shampoos, deodorants, as toxic to our system as they sound? Is there a safe base to look for in these products? ie coconut butter?

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Donna,

      Many of these products can be toxic to your system. It is best to find products that are 100% natural when possible. A good recommendation is that if you would not eat it, you probably should not put it on your skin.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  15. norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

    A number of questions: how long does it take for weight loss to start during the five week period? How does one cope when eating out or in hotels where Gabriel type food is not available - is eating other food 10% of the time ok? Can Agave be used instead of Stevia? Is gluten free essential for weight loss?

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Weight loss will be different for each individual. And remember that the number on the scale is only one part of what is happening. Releasing stress, healing past trauma, turning off the FAT programs is all happening. Be gentle and supportive with yourself.

      When eating out or travelling, do the best you can. Some ideas are;
      -order a salad, dressing on the side (or ask or lemon juice and olive oil)
      -bring chia seeds and hemp seeds with you and sprinkle on your meal.
      -take digestive enzymes at the start of the meal.
      -eat something nourishing before you go to the restaurant or if travelling bring some nourishing snacks with you.
      -the next day drink plenty of water
      -here are some of the things I do when travelling --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/healthy-eating-while-traveling.html

      And remember, do the best you can. This isn't about being perfect.

      I find agave to be quite processed and find that green leaf stevia to be much more natural. Eating foods in as close as possible to their natural state is easier for the body.

      Gluten can be inflammatory and irritating to the GI tract and can make it very difficult to turn off the FAT programs.

      • norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

        Thanks Nadia but whilst I can do visualisations, probiotics, enzymes, lots of water, the stress programme and other non food requirements, I cannot follow all your food guidelines not liking salads and vegetables and not having the time or initiative to prepare the food items you list when you travel so I can only follow the food rules to a limited extent. Will the Gabriel Method work for me in this situation? I need to lose around 28 pounds in weight. Regards,
        Norman.

        • Nadia Harper says:

          Hi Norman,

          If all you can do are the things you mentioned, then just do those. Commit to doing those and in time you may find that some of the food suggestions become easier.

          The Gabriel Method is a lifestyle, it is not about being perfect right now. It is not a bunch of rules that must be followed or else it fails. Like I said, do all of those things that you mentioned that you can and know that you are succeeding in committing to those things.

  16. norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

    A number of questions:-
    1.How long can it take for weigh

  17. Mary says:

    1. Is inflammation caused by hormones such as cortisol the same as inflammation caused by infections eg.UTI.
    Should we avoid taking antibiotics for them?

    2. What is the purpose of the lemon juice in warm water in the morning?

    Thank you

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Mary,

      1. Cortisol is actually not an inflammatory hormone, but the types of inflammation that we're addressing are chronic, low-grade inflammations. And the hormones that cause the chronic, low-grade inflammation are what's known as proinflammatory cytokines. But urinary tract infections and other types of infections are usually acute infections that last for a period of time and go away. They don't cause the same type of problem as chronic, low-grade inflammation, which comes from having a stomach that's chronically impaired, or rather a digestive process that's chronically impaired, or processed foods, or chronic, low-grade stresses, mental and emotional stresses. In regards to antibiotics, you should do exactly what your doctor suggests that you do. I would just say that different doctors will give you different advice. It's up to you to pick your doctor, but then you should follow your doctor's advice.

      2. You should do exactly what your doctor suggests that you do. I would just say that different doctors will give you different advice. It's up to you to pick your doctor, but then you should follow your doctor's advice.

      -Jon

  18. Marisol Rocha says:

    I love how Jon suggested creating a "surrogate form of protection" in our visualizations. The example he gave was about an aggressor and picturing them shrinking small and flicking them away.

    1) As I look to heal from my mother's passing after a grueling battle with brain cancer when I was pregnant with my first child 8 years ago - I wonder what if the stress is not an aggressor but rather feeling emotionally abandoned, alone or misunderstood?

    2) Besides Safe, Strong and Protected, what suggestions might he have for visualizing against these particular emotional struggles? (I like the idea of flicking something away, but not sure how it applies in this example)

  19. Marisol Rocha says:

    I wanted to call in and chat with you about this, but sadly I won't be able to be on the Q&A live today 🙁 So here goes:

    1) When it comes to managing emotional stress and triggers, how do you get to the point where you don't have to purposely "shift" from a reaction to a response (ie, where you don't have to take the breaths to calm down the adrenaline rush of feeling upset), but rather you just don't have that chemical cocktail of cortisol, etc. even commence?

    2) Is this realistic and could Jon please share where he is now with this internally when external stressors occur for him or he gets triggered by old upsets. thank you so much!

  20. Marisol Rocha says:

    I have been having a hard time finding bean sprouts, but can easily get Broccoli sprouts and Clover sprouts. Do these have the same benefits as the bean sprouts you strongly recommend?

  21. Marisol Rocha says:

    As a follow up to my food combining question:

    I am wondering about how I am feeding my kids as they enjoy gluten free pasta, rice and quinoa with their protein and also have a variety of fruit for dessert at lunch and dinner! Are these combinations a total "No, No!"??

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Marisol,

      I'm not a strong follower of the food combining theories. The reason being that eating proteins and healthy fats with carb and fruits, helps slow down the release of the sugars in the carbs and that's very important for weight loss. So I wouldn't worry about this issue too much.

  22. Marisol Rocha says:

    I was so intrigued with what Donna was mentioning about Food Combining (not eating protein with carbs). I have also heard that it is important to eat Fruit by itself.

    What is the GM take on food combining and your personal recommendations around it?

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Marisol,

      I'm not a strong advocate of food combining. The reason is because the foods they recommend you eat by themselves, such as starchy grains or starchy foods and sugars, those foods, while it's true that they don't combine well with meats and fruit, they need to be eaten with things like meat and healthy fats so that you slow down the release of the sugar. And it's more important, from a weight loss perspective, it's more important to slow down the release of the sugar entering your system than it is to focus on the food combining issue. So for that reason, I would rather that you actually do combine your starches with things like meats and healthy fats, because it will slow down the release of the sugar.

      -Jon

      • Marisol Rocha says:

        Thanks so much Jon! If weight loss is not the goal (ie, for my kids' meals) would I put emphasis on the food combining principles like eating fruit on its own and not at the end of a meal for dessert?

        I am thinking that even though I am not looking for my kids to lose weight, I still don't want them to have insulin spikes, correct?

        So therefore, it would be okay to continue to have them eat their fruit as a dessert with their lunches and dinners?

        • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Marisol,

          Balanced blood sugar is important at all ages and especially with kids to prevent major emotional/physical highs and lows. Whole pieces of fruit are ok, again Jon does not like the food combining ideas much, but if you just focus on whole natural foods they should be ok.

          Janine
          The Gabriel Method Team

  23. Marisol Rocha says:

    As I understand it, Coconut Palm Sugar and Stevia have a slower uptake into our blood stream vs. regular refined sugar.

    1) But might they still impact insulin levels and create issues with Leptin and Insulin resistance on a smaller scale? I am all for healthier alternatives, but just want to know so I can understand fully the choices that I may make on any given day 🙂

    2) As we learn all this about Candida and the effects of sugar on our digestion, are Coconut Palm Sugar and Stevia something to be wary of for those of us who are concerned with yeast infections?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Marisol,

      Stevia won't cause any problems if it's just pure stevia leaf extract. The only problems it will cause are with your taste buds 😉

      Coconut palm sugar can cause the same problems are regular sugar, just less so, therefore it's a better sugar, but it's still a sugar, nonetheless.

  24. Marisol Rocha says:

    I have a great water filter in my kitchen and it does use Reverse Osmosis. However I have not been adding in any additional minerals into my water other than making sure to always season my food with Celtic Sea Salt.

    When Donna mentioned adding minerals back into your water:
    1) What is the dose per 8 oz. of water?

    2) What specifically are you looking for in terms of mineral names?

    3) Where do you suggest is the best place to get them?

  25. Marisol Rocha says:

    I have been refrigerating my Green Me Up Johnny as my kitchen can get a bit hot when we use the stove, so I was concerned keeping it on the counter tops. Is there anything I should be concerned about in regards to refrigerating it? Learning about how delicate Bifidus and other probiotics are, I just want to make sure that refrigeration doesn't impact the great benefits of your Green powder either!

  26. Marisol Rocha says:

    Since the detox I have really gotten into Apple Cider vinegar and put it in my water, in my Green Me Up Johnny's and even mix it up with boiling water and drink it like a tea. However as a natural cleaning agent, I am just wondering about it's potency in two areas:

    1) As I open up the day with these Apple Cider drinks, do I have to worry that it might affect the friendly bacteria in the probiotics and be careful to take them far apart?

    2) My teeth seem to feel very sensitive when I drink Apple Cider drinks - might there be any negative impact on tooth enamel from this? And if so, what can I do to counter that effect so I can keep enjoying these drinks without impacting my teeth?

    • Nadia Harper says:

      1. ACV doesn't affect probiotics, no need to take them far apart.

      2. After having an ACV drink, rinse your mouth with water. You can also drink with a glass straw to keep the drink off your teeth.

  27. Marisol Rocha says:

    I have never fermented food myself and am very interested in getting into this!

    1) Jon, would love to hear your favorite ways of eating these vegetables once they are fermented - straight up or mixed with certain foods?

    2) I am sure you can eat fermented food to your hearts content, but at a minimum what is the recommendation of frequency - at each meal or at least 1x per day? I do well with setting goals and would love to know what to strive for at a minimum as I get used to these new flavors 🙂

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Fermented foods are great and you can certainly add some to each meal if you would like. They can be eaten on their own but are also very nice eaten in conjunction with your meals (eg a spoonful with each meal).

  28. Marisol Rocha says:

    Loved listening to the Donna Gates interview - amazing!

    I used to get yeast infections all the time as a teenager and then they tapered off re-occurring very rarely throughout my adult years. Interestingly enough following my last menstrual cycle, I felt I had one and treated it with a one-day Monistat which seemed to clear up the problem, but have also been experiencing itchiness in my chest on and off in the past 3-4 weeks.

    So here are my questions:

    1) How can I make sense of this during a three month period of having eaten the cleanest I have in my whole life?

    2) Might I have Candidiasis? feeling concerned!

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Marisol,

      Itchiness can often be a sign of detoxification, which makes sense because you're doing a lot of things to detoxify now. So one of the ways that our body detoxifies is through our skin, and you might experience rashes or itchiness but that's actually your body accelerating the detoxification process.

      -Jon

  29. Janell Roberts says:

    Hi Jon,
    You have previously mentioned how important it is to treat sleep apnea, but the CPAP machines are so restrictive and cumbersome that I think it would be impossible to even get to sleep wearing that. I have seen a new product called “Provent” which is being offered as a less cumbersome and safe effective alternative to the CPAP machine. Here is the link.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmfufUmxBbc
    Your opinion about whether this tool would be an effective treatment for treating the sleep apnea would be most appreciated. If this is not suitable, would you have any other suggestions that may help?

    Thank you

    • Donna OBrien says:

      Hi Janell I just wanted to say that I have slept on my stomach my entire life and still suffered sleep apnea and dreaded the CPAP but with the CPAP and the evening visualizations I find I am sleeping like a baby and flat on my back 😀