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  1. Marlene Adam says:

    Dear Jon:

    Your story has inspired so many, particularly because you have been there. One thing that struck me but doesn't get mentioned much is the fact that, at the start of your journey, you left your environment (job, abusive co-worker) and put yourself in a nurturing environment of your own choosing; i.e.. a quiet place in the country.

    Many of us are caught in environments that do not allow for self-nurturing, particularly if they involve other people: spouses, children, being caregivers for parents or other family members. Then there are financial constraints including mortgages, debt, etc.

    Once stuck in these familial responsibilities, it's difficult to get unstuck and the kind of personal work required to gain the awareness, insight and healing necessary to be fully autonomous even in the midst of a chaotic environment can take a lifetime or longer.

    Do you have any thoughts on this?

  2. Christine Paterson says:

    Hi
    I am really hoping that this 5 week course will make a big difference. I have been losing and then gaining the weight back and more for the last number of years. I now have 50 lbs to lose. I realized back in December that my body is probably very toxic and became worried that my toxicity and stress were going to kill me. So I started watching documentaries like Food for Change, and was very impressed by Jon.
    I have finished the 21 day meditation, watched all the webinars in January, and have been practicing evening and morning meditation. Although for the most part my diet has been very good, I have started juicing. For stress I have been seeing an EFT practitioner and feel that I have let go of the big emotional issues.

    In spite of all of this, I have not been losing any weight. It is very discouraging. I hope this 5 week course will help me to discover the missing piece that is still keeping me from losing the weight.

  3. Mary Kohl says:

    I have been looking through the materials in the resource library you have provided. I am very excited about the next five weeks! I do have a couple of questions about things I've seen. In the shopping list for week one it suggests whey protein powder. I thought that was people who were working out and wanted to "bulk up". Obviously not my goal at the moment. Want purpose does it serve for weight lose? I was also wondering about eating dairy products. Is that a bad idea?

  4. Meagan Adams says:

    Hi there, new member here. I'm Meagan Adams and I'm sure my story is nothing new. I could lose 100 pounds still be considered overweight. I'm not looking for anything miraculous, just a way to break the upward weight cycle that is affecting what I can do in life.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Meagan,
      Welcome! A lot of what Jon suggests is more about making your life healthier and happier - with weight-loss being an positive side-effect. I hope you enjoy this course!
      Den πŸ™‚

  5. Robin Jackson says:

    Hi- is it ok to substitute pea protein powder rather than whey? Thnaks

  6. Susan Glicher says:

    Hi.
    I love a lot of the recipes here but it is very difficult to source chia bran in the uk. I have only found one supplier and it is very expensive $25 for 200g. Milled chia seed is much less expensive but it will it work in the recipes eg for porridge or pancakes?
    Thanks

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Susan,
      You could try substituting some coconut or almond flour instead of chia bran if you like.
      Chia bran is the husk of the chia seed, produced by milling the whole chia seed, and consists of dietary fibre and protein.
      Ground chia seed is the whole ground version of chia seed, with the same nutritional value as whole chia seeds. Chia seeds contain Omega 3 oil which is lost when heated. As a result chia seeds are not great for cooking with as they lose a lot of their nutritional value once heated. Chia bran does not contain the Omega 3 content of the seed and does not lose its nutritional value (excellent source of protein and fibre) after cooking.
      I hope this helps.
      Den

      • Susan Glicher says:

        Hi Denaleigh.
        Thanks for your reply.
        I had some coconut flour so tried to make the blueberry pancakes but it came out a crumbly mess - not like a pancake at all. I suspect I need to alter the quantities due to the substitution.Any ideas??

  7. Ellen Faliskie says:

    Doctor
    I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago and have gained 30 lbs
    I am beside myself and am tired of everyone telling me it's normal, just cut out sugar and eat correctly. I am truly hungry and crave sugar, what can I do?

  8. Florence says:

    Hi my name is Florence. I'm wondering about exercising while being so heavy. My knees hurt, I've had shoulder injuries and feel not "bendy" at all. I'm starting to understand that all this is inflammation and will disappear making me more " bendy". (I just like coach Brian's word.) I so want to feel fit and healthy.

    • Marisol Rocha says:

      Hi Florence,

      When I first started losing the weight my back, feet and knees also hurt when I exercised. So I did my Zumba class once a week which made me feel happy, but I stayed away from the gym because my body was not happy on treadmills or eliptical machines.

      My biggest take away from GM is that this is really a journey to creating a new relationship with your body. One that is full of open communication and tuning in to what it feels and wants....having it become your ally in your weight loss journey instead of having to beat it down or force it into the weight loss (which most of us have learned might work in the short term but always brings the weight back on.)

      Once I embraced and practiced tuning in (getting out of what I thought was the right thing to do and getting in to the habit of listening to what my body was telling me) then I found things started to flow and the journey felt easier.

      So instead of going to the gym, I really just focused on the GM principles of doing the Evening and morning visualizations, adding "The big 3" (healthy proteins, Omega 3s and living food (fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds)), drinking plenty of water and supporting my digestion with probiotics and digestive enzymes.

      It was probably a good 8 months before my body wanted to strengthen and "workout" in the traditional sense (and even then I decided that my workouts would be between Zumba - for fun and cardio - and Yoga - for strengthening my core, toning and just good ole Zen). By this time I had lost 50 pounds and I believe my body just felt more energetic and ready to workout a few times per week. Now I am down 70 pounds and going strong....have had moments where my body wanted to pull back on workouts again so I am just going with that flow and making sure I listen πŸ™‚

      So if your body is telling you to hold off on the exercise, then be gentle with it and do that πŸ™‚ if your body feels like moving and you find something that makes you happy (taking a walk, stretching, yoga, dancing, etc.) then roll with that πŸ™‚

      The worst thing we can do is "should" all over ourselves! If you want to just focus on the mind-body healing through visualization and healing your digestion, then that is great and your body will tell you when it is ready for more. What an opportunity to hear your knees out and let them know you are listening!

      Hope this helps! -Marisol

      • Florence says:

        Thank you so very much Marisol.
        I very much appreciate your time and thoughtful answer. Congratulation on being 70 pounds less and having learned so much about how to take care of your body. I look forward to being successful also.

    • Jayne says:

      Hi Florence

      I just want to give you some encouragement by telling you about a friend of mine. Last October, she reached breaking point after being in bed for 3 weeks, barely being able to move (joint issues), type 2 diabetes (doctor could not increase her medication anymore - it did not come in a higher strength), extreme high blood pressure, high cholesterol among other conditions and taking a cocktail of medication each day. The doctor told her she was a walking (not even that at that point) time bomb and that she could expect to have a heart attack or stroke and he felt that there was nothing more he could do. She rarely left the house before being confined to bed and has 5 children with their own health issues that she and her husband care fulltime for. She thought to herself, what will happen to them if I die and then hubby unexpectedly dies because the burden of carrying for the children on your own would be immense. During a hot spell, and it being unbearable in bed, her husband helped her outside to the pool they have for the children and got her to sit in it. She found she could move with the water's support. Every day, she was helped out to the pool and she spent hours in there (as opposed to bed), moving as best she could. She slowly cut the processed food out of her diet as she felt better and continued to improve to the point where she was preparing her own meals and not having to lay in bed all day and night. After 2 months, she had lost 30kg. She went back to the doctor to see how things were going and he was gobsmacked to see her blood sugar levels almost normal. He ran tests and called her to say that all her results were almost normal and to keep doing what she was doing! At Christmas, she dragged the bike out of the shed that she'd received two years before, fell off when she first sat on it and never looked at it again. She rode it 100 metres. Going on 4 months later, she still completes an hour or two in the pool every day, is walking 4km each day and I forget how many km's she can do on the bike now! She is AMAZING!!! Oh, she stopped all the medication at the end of December! She said she can't ever remember feeling this good in her whole adult life! The PAIN in her feet, knees, hips etc is ALL GONE! Except for a bit of stiffness from the bike riding and walking. She has stopped counting how many kg's have dropped off. She said she doesn't care because for the first time in many, many years, she is ALIVE!!! She doesn't have DEATH knocking at her door! She has recently traveled quite a distance from home to help care for a very sick relative for a month...something she could never have done just 4 months ago.

      I hope her story inspires you a little Florence. She's a real life person that has turned her life around in just 4 months. I'm so proud of her that I tear up just thinking about what she has done! In typical fashion though, she is just getting on with it and gives herself a tough talking to during the moments when she thinks to herself, oh, I can't really be bothered today!

  9. Florence says:

    Chia seeds are new for me. bought some and been sprinkling a little on some foods.
    Should I be soaking them? how long do the need to soaked? How should they be stored? Anything in particular I should be checking when buying Chia seeds?
    Are they similar to Fax seed and Flax seed oil in that they become rancid quickly?
    Thank you Jon. I so desperately want to conquer this struggle with food and choose healthy foods naturally with thinking. I want a new body this year. Thank you for wanting to help me achieve my long desired goal.

    • Marisol Rocha says:

      Hi Florence,

      Great questions and congratulations on being proactive in figuring out the best way to incorporate these new healthy elements into your diet πŸ™‚

      The Omega 3 benefits of chia seeds are released once they are soaked for about 10 minutes. Soaking them allows for the hard shell to break down and they will become gellatinous in texture. Some love that texture right off the bat and for some it takes some getting used to. Jon has some great chia seed recipes in the GM recipe book that you can find in the Support Group (like Chia Seed pudding that is made with almond milk).

      When I started introducing them into my diet I actually found a product called, "Chia Pods" at my local health food store (US) that use chia seeds, almond milk and banana puree (or the puree of some other fruit flavors it comes in)...might be worth checking it out if you want something quick to grab and go.

      To my understanding chia seeds are not as delicate as flax seeds, but I do store mine dry in the refrigerator as I live in NYC and the kitchen is tiny so when you cook it does get quite overheated in there.

      One quick note, make sure your Flax Oil is purchased in the refrigerated section of your local store and that you also keep it refrigerated. Buy Flax seeds whole and grind them in the moment prior to using them as the already ground flax seeds lose their benefits over time so storing it ground is not great.

      Hope this helps and congrats on your all the great steps forward you are taking! -Marisol

  10. NOELINE GRANGER says:

    I am needing to book my one on one that was with NEW YOU not sure were to do that

  11. Eveline Jansen says:

    Dear Jon,
    Is it true that cruferious vegetables, when eaten raw, take away iodine, so it impiars thyroid function?

    Thanks,
    Eveline

  12. Eveline Jansen says:

    Dear Jon,

    Can you tell me again the difference between juicing and smoothies?

    Warm regards, Eveline

    • Katherine Potter says:

      Hi Evilene

      I think the difference is that a smoothie is 'whole' where juicing extracts the skin and fiber and concentrates the juice of whatever is in the machine.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Evilene,
      Katherine is correct. Juicing extracts just the juice from the fruit and vegetable and leaves behind all the fibre and pulp. Smoothies are just a blend of the entire fruit and vegetable, pulp and all.
      Kind regards
      Den

  13. Deborah says:

    Hi Jon,

    How does the "1-on-1 consult coupon" work for the NYNY program? I need to dig deep to determine what is blocking my weight loss. Thanks. I am finally ready to get to the bottom of this "holding onto weight" issue.

    I'm looking forward to speaking with you.

    Deborah

  14. Jo says:

    Hi, I'm wondering if there's anyone in Auckland, New Zealand that can recommend a doctor that's holistic, interested in more enlightened approaches. ..
    I'm trying to graduate to be more nutritarian & less reliant on medicines.
    But my nice old GP is very old fashioned. He uses words like "psychosomatic" for real physical complications from excess cortisol & adrenalin. Doesn't understand the mind body whole connection & just wants to hand out pills while saying "There are some things you just have to put up with".
    So I was wondering just in case there was anyone who could recommend a GP who's willing to accept a more holistic approach?

  15. Dorothy Clemen says:

    Hi. In the Jonny's Chocolate Chia Crunch Brownies recipe can you use stevia instead of xylitol? Thanks

    • Anna Mooy says:

      I read in another article that stevia works best with things that are tart or sour, (like fruit or yogurt), rather than bitter, like chocolate is. From what I've been able to ascertain, stevia is not the best choice for chocolate because of the after taste. I love the brownies and have made them many times, but always use a combination of xylitol and coconut palm sugar. I think that works well, as there is not much sweetening in them to begin with.
      Good luck!

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Dorothy,

      I think Anna hit it on the head! You can opt for coconut palm sugar in place of the xylitol as well.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

    • Penelope Curry says:

      Ooh that recipe sounds promising - where did you find it?

  16. Pat Biggs says:

    Hi Jon,

    Are you familiar with "Energize Greens" Brand from Holistic Health Labs? I keep getting information from them on their greens...I know I signed up for a newsletter from them and this is why I'm receiving these "ads". Anyway I finally gave in and watched their infomercial...their greens have Nova Scotia Dulse or a red seaweed grown in the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Northwest in them...can you enlighten me as to your thoughts of the importance of the purpose of this ingredient, I don't see it listed on your Green me up Johnny.
    Their infomercial indicates High Mineral Protein content, particularly Iron and Potassium and an usually high concentration of EPA and DHA.
    Thanks for any assistance in clarification πŸ™‚

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Pat,

      Jon has not tried this brand so he cannot personally recommend it. Seaweed has several great health benefits. Our Green Me Up Jonny has algae so there is not a need to also add dulse or seaweed to the mix.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  17. Patricia Gill says:

    Could I please have a one on one with Jon? Thank you!

  18. Anne Murphy says:

    Hi Jon. As the weather is getting colder I am finding it harder to keep up with juicing smoothies etc. much easier in warm weather. I am still doing it as I stopped for a while and felt dreadful!
    Do you have any recipes for winter "puddings" that will satisfy my sweet tooth through a looong Ballarat winter?

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Anne,

      You can do nice hearty soups and you can also do smoothies which donΒ΄t necessarily have cold ingredients like cacao, avocado, coconut butter and coconut milk. Stay warm and keep bundled!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  19. Jacqueline Raison says:

    hi, please can someone let me know how to download the visualisations as i will bw without internet for the weekend. thanks

  20. Farideh Naraghi says:

    Hi Jon and Team:
    Please schedule me for my one on one session for NYNY with Jon .
    Thank you .

  21. Rob Moffat says:

    Hi Jon and team I'm wanting to book my one on one session with you NYNY how do I do this. Thanks Rob

  22. Vivian Leyte-Vidal says:

    Hi GM Team!

    I did for several months the GM coaching program and decided on stopping when I realized I was not loosing any weight. I'm so used to the quick fix that I got desperate and decided to try something else. Now I realized that even though I did not loose any weight I was feeling better than ever. I got an email from Jon G, recommending to read the book from Dr. Hyman the 10 day detox diet. I did it for about 7 days and feel that I have really being able to lower my sugar addictions. However I feel like the GM is moe complete, specially working with your mind and beliefs. I want to start back again with the GM method and the visualization, specially now that I feel less addicted to sugar. I wanted to ask what supplements do you think are essential for me to take? Dr. Human recommends many of them and I'm not sure if I should keep on taking all of them or make it simpler. Also please tell me what are the best action steps to take in order to have a good start. I'm constantly traveling, so being at home all the time is my biggest challenge. Let me know what habits I can create that I can follow anywhere. I really want to make this work. Thanks

    • Vivian Leyte-Vidal says:

      I just watched week one and he mentions the action steps. I love this core classes that GM has develop. It makes the program easier to follow.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Vivian,

      Glad you are back and understand that this is a process. Depending on your needs and guidance from your doctor Jon recommends to make sure you get enough Omega-3s. Also many people have gut issues and find Microflora (probiotics) and Total Digestion (a digestive enzyme) very helpful in repairing their gut. There are some other supplements we have in our store that can help make sure you are getting plenty of nutrients, but we recommend incorporating actions little by little to ensure in the longevity of the changes you make. I see that you found the Action Steps and that is a great place to start!

      Keep up the great work Vivian!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  23. Jacqueline Raison says:

    I have been following the programme but taking much longer to do it. At first I was really happy with eating healthier foods etc. But really I joined this programme to loose weight, and finally after I felt that this hasn't been happening I got on the scales to find myself 12 pounds heavier! In all the posts I have seen no-one is talking about how much and how fast they are loosing weight. Is this the elephant in the room, or am I the only one this isn't working for? I cannot go on increasing weight and am now tempted to go back to dieting although I know this has never worked for me before.

    • Katherine Potter says:

      I hear you Jacqueline. I'll be very interested to hear Jon's answer. Suggest before you bail that you request your one-time coaching call directly with Jon that is part of the NYNY program. Please post any feedback you get here for us all to hear. It is very important to all of us who have not begun the reduction. Everything I have heard is that most people do not have a shift for at least 5 mos of adding and visualizing.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Your body needs to feel safe in order to start to release the weight which can be a process. While your conscious mind is ready, your subconscious mind is still holding on scared of the next hit. It sounds like you are thinking of going back to dieting and it may be that your body is anticipating that among other things. We recommend you schedule your one-on-one with Jon (great recommendation Katherine!) so that he can help you with your next step. You can email us at help@thegabrielmethod.com to set that up.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jacquiline,

      Please schedule a call with me asap. I'd like to find out what's happening for you.

      Thanks,

      Jon

  24. Penelope Curry says:

    One of my biggest stresses/worries is trying to prevent my daughters (12 and 14) struggling with their weight and resulting low self esteem, as I have done for so many years. They know that diets don't work and that nutrition is important but they both are on the curvy side and I know it bothers them.
    My 14 yr old was on antibiotics for a week at birth, has allergies, and is generally not robust health wise. Always lacking in energy, pale, anxious, difficulty sleeping, and love of bread, and not much else, very fussy with food. I have started giving her a really good probiotic, (she hates medicine and pills). I think she would listen to the visualisations, but I don't want her to feel that she has excess fat to come off as I tell her how beautiful her body is (and it is - we just live in a thin is beautiful culture).
    What else would you recommend?
    My 12 year old was also on antibiotics for a week at birth, but is much more robust. Since puberty she is always hungry for junk food and especially chocolate. She is adamant she won't listen to the visualisations or take the probiotics. But she hates being bigger than all her friends. Would would you advice be for her? Why can hormones at puberty increase weight?
    Thank you

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Penelope,

      One of the best things you can do is to be the role model. As children are sponges, if they see their mom doing acts of self love and self care they will absorb that and hopefully can learn it for themselves. The teens years are always difficult ones. The best you can do is set a good example and give them as many nutrients as possible (even if they don't like it)

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  25. R C says:

    Jon I am searching for information on hyperthyroidism in relation to how it responds to the GM method..
    My thyroid has been battling for years but just managing.. my doctor wants to repeat my recent bloods because the recent ones (2 weeks ago) were indicative of me becoming hyperthryoid very recently. I haven't been losing weight at the rate one would expect if that was the case. Of the foods that you promote in the GM plan which are extremely high in iodine?
    Amongst the nastier causes of this condition 'excessive iodine intake' is listed.
    Have you had any experience of anyone else having a multi-nodular goitre becoming hot.. ie toxic?
    My next appointment isn't until next Wednesday..
    I am going to up the anti on the visualisations until then & try not to get too stressed about this.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi R C,

      We are not experts on hyperthyroidism but we highly recommend Andrea Beaman who has cured her thyroid condition and goiter through lifestyle changes that highly aligns with The Gabriel Method. Here is her website: http://www.AndreaBeaman.com

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

    • Katherine Potter says:

      Hi RC:

      Have you read Dr. Brownstein's books on Thyroid and iodine? According to his research, iodine uptake is unlikely the culprit for hyperthyroidism. To control your iodine - stay away from seaweed and take a supplement like Iodoral (available through Amazon - start with 12.5 mg) so you can monitor your intake. Dr. B makes a good case that it is not iodine that is causing the imbalance, it is toxins like bromine/chlorine/flourine in our environment that supplant the iodine in our cells (absolutely necessary for metabolism and hormone manufacturing). Iodine is not bioaccumulated - it flushes even at high doses within 24 hours - in fact this is the test Dr. B uses to check for iodine deficiency - 96% of his thousands of tested patience were deficient, meaning they did not flush 90% of the iodine megadose in that timeframe. Dr. B runs lots of tests for toxic substances on people with thyroid to target the detoxification and monitor progress over time. I like JGs response too - gonna check her out myself.

      • R C says:

        Thank you so much Janine & Katherine. I was pretty teary & upset yesterday. I don't look like I am 'hyper' (ie I'm obese) but everything else fits.. if It is not a good combination with diabetes.. I am looking forward to reading what Andrea Beaman has to say.

        What a cruel irony if my weight loss has been related to that & not the mega changes I have been making in my life..

        Katherine didn't have a chance to get into any science-med sites before I had an emotional meltdown & I'm relieved to hear that Iodine isn't bioaccumulated. Your comment that 'toxins like bromine/chlorine/flourine in our environment that supplant the iodine in our cells ' makes sense to me and is akin to my understanding.. or was.. prior to my brain going AWOL in shock at some bad news. I'm more rational today and looking at the problem less emotively with my medical/scientific hat back on my head...

        Thank you again for the suggestions on where to do some further reading between now & my next doctors visit
        - Roma

        • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Roma,

          Glad to hear you are feeling better. Hopefully you can pinpoint the issue to be able to hit it head on!

          Janine
          The Gabriel Method Team

        • Katherine Potter says:

          How are feeling/doing now Roma. I'm sorry to hear of your health issues. I really do believe JG regarding the havoc we have played on our hormonal systems with all the processed foods and triggering of stress, etc. Remember how long it took you to get to this point - forgive yourself your ignorance and the cultural influences you had no say in as a child that set our eating habits in place. Be kind to yourself, meditate, and please let me know how you are doing now.

  26. Deborah Hutchings says:

    Hi GM Team,

    I have now caught up on all episodes thank you - its great stuff, I continue to revisit to get a 'refresh'. I don't really want to ask this question as a previous one was about bodily functions - so I feel I'm the bodily function question asker!

    So firstly you advice on drinking lemon and cider vinegar 1st thing - has helped 'loads', I make up a superfoodie smoothie and put it into a drinking container and have that on the bus ride to work. My bowel movement have change 'for the better'.

    Now another bodily function , I have (and my housemate who is following my eating regime) have notice that in the last week (we've been GM/ing food for 4 weeks now) noticed that under arm smells have changed, we both use natural deoderant (no chemicals) which works fine, but notice that at the en of the day and even after showering/bathing there still a slight odour (not strong but paranoid chicks like us notice it). Is this anything to do with the changes we have made?

    • Katherine Potter says:

      Sure sounds like a detox reaction to me - the sweat glands are a major outlet for this. Good on you!

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Deborah,

      The odour may be caused due to certain foods that you are eating like garlic, onions or spices. Although if you say it is a slight odour, we also tend to forget that we are also animals with distinct smells. We were not intended to smell like cherry blossoms or ocean breeze and do give off our own natural smell even though we were not brought up to like or accept it in ourselves or others. All that said, completely understand about wanting to feel fresh. You can try to make your own deodorants as well that include an essential oil to your liking!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  27. Leanne Skowronski says:

    What does Jon say about water alkalizers? I know some are better than others. I've been looking into one called the ultra stream by Alkaway in Australia. Any feedback would be fantastic.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Leanne,

      The best ones are ionized and reversed osmosis types of filters, but they're also expensive so there are cheaper filters that you can get that are just charcoal that filter out things like chlorine and fluoride, which is good, too. But it really depends on how much you want to spend. If you want to spend some money, a reverse osmosis filter or an ionizer water that alkalizes the water are best choices.

      -Jon

  28. Penelope Curry says:

    Hi, just wanted to say thanks very much for asking my question about understanding why I suddenly became unable to add good foods or listen to the visualisations because I didn't think it was going to work - even after seeing some emotional success. I really appreciated Jon's answer, and recognise I do need to call in sometime to give more information.
    In the meantime, the mind-body core class and Q&A have really helped. I like logic and knowing more about how the visualisations work has encouraged me to try them again and give my body some visual pictures to work on and get my sixth sense working.
    I have also been re-listening to everything, and have picked up more on looking at the positive things that I am doing rather than constantly berating myself for the things I'm not doing. So, no live foods with breakfast never mind but yeay protein and omega three. I just caught myself looking at my plate thinking, hmmm cheese is not recommended but I changed that to yeay, I have fermented saurkraut and alfafa sprouts and salad.
    It is such a habit to concentrate on things that I am not doing rather than the things that I am.
    Thanks.

  29. Carla A says:

    As I feel more relax I also feel that adding is becoming more pleasurable but I have some doubts regarding food so would be nice if you could clarify to me:
    1) chia seeds are not advice to eat without soaking them right?so better to not sprinkle them raw in the salad?
    Other ideas how to eat them with meals and how much per meal?
    2) are Hennep oil, chia oil or flaxseed oil a good source of omega 3 and how much shall I use in a meal?
    3) should flaxseeds always be eaten grounded? What is the difference between blond and brown ones?
    4) coconut oils are also sold in the odorless version , are these also healthy?
    5) in the rice oil or the grape seed oil is never mention if they are raw, how can I know if I am consuming the good one?
    6) in stores I find more often tahini made of already roosted sesame seeds , is this a good one?
    7) from a nutritional point of view , does it make a difference if you buy the vegetables and fruits already sliced and ready to be consumed from the supermarket shelf or if I prepared them at the moment to consume?
    8)could you advice me of a good slow juicer and blender brand?
    9)I love your recipe book but my daughter and husband are very allergic to nuts and would you have any book or site where I can find healthy recipes without nuts?
    thank you all so much and thank you for making this amazing program!!!
    Education in that subject makes all the difference!
    Lots of love!
    Carla

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi Carla,

      1. It is fine to sprinkle chia seeds on your salad. Soaking them is also nice. Here are some more ideas --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/chia-seed.html

      2. Yes these are all good. Use about a tbsp each time.

      3. Both blonde and brown are fine. Yes freshly ground before eating is best.

      4. I am not familiar with an odorless version. Look for cold pressed coconut oil.

      5. Look for cold pressed organic.

      6. Better to find raw tahini. Look in healthy grocery stores or health food shops.

      7. If the pre-cut ones serve you better go for it.

      8. I use a Vitamix Blender and a Kempo juicer. You can read more about the ones I use here --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/Healthy-Kitchen-Tools.html

      9. You can play with replacing the nuts with seeds; hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds. Coconut meat may also be a nice replacement in some recipes.

      I hope this helps,
      Nadia

  30. Nicole Marley says:

    Hi, Jon. I have been doing the morning and evening visualizations consistently over the past 5 weeks and it seems as if I have gotten more anxious and my cravings for sugar and bad foods have increased considerably. Unfortunately, my desire to eat healthy foods (live foods) seems to be diminished. Is there something that I am doing wrong or anything that I could do to reverse these cravings? Thanks.

  31. Penelope Curry says:

    Not sure if questions are being answered anymore, but I have been wondering what impact the antidepressant I have been taking for years (vanlafaxine which is an SNR type) is having on my hormones, and whether I should consider trying to reduce it (with my doctor's approval)?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Penelope.

      I highly recommend working with your doctor over the next six months to see if you can reduce or even eliminate the medication. Many antidepressants can cause weight gain, especially SSRI. I'm not so sure about SNR's. But in general it's always best to let your body self regulate hormones and neurotransmitters. As you are getting healthier in mind and body, your body should get better at self regulating.

      • Jo says:

        Hi Penelope, I also have the same one and want to get off it. From my research it is possible but needs to be done gently, slowly, with very gradual reduction as the discontinuance symptoms are severe. But people have managed to get off it and be happy. Definitely work with your doctor closely and do it slowly. I hope to do the same. Best wishes! X Jo

        • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Jo,
          Thanks for your input!
          Den

        • Penelope Curry says:

          Hi Jo,
          Thanks for your encouragement. I have agreed to reduce very slowly with my dr. I have been taking 75mg per day. One day per week for a month I will drop this to 37.5mg. Next month I will drop two days per week to the lower amount. Then review. Let me know how it goes for you. Good luck. X

          • Jo says:

            Hi Penelope, that sounds like a great plan! πŸ™‚ x

          • Jo says:

            Hi Penelope,
            How is your reduction going? I'm going ok with mine ( doesn't seem any worse than usual) but I don't have the support of my doctor. He's nice but old fashioned.
            I hope you're progressing & I'd love to hear how it's going.
            -Jo

          • Penelope Curry says:

            Hi Jo,
            I think mine is going ok. I was taking 75mg every day but have been slowly replacing them with 37.5mg. I am now taking 4 days at 75mg and 3 days at 37.5 mg each week. Every month I replace another. Hope that makes sense. I was thinking about whether I have noticed the difference. I have been v anxious and struggling to add GM foods/visualisations but I don't think that's due to the decrease in antideps so I will keep going with the reduction. Are you n the Facebook group? Thanks for asking :))

          • Sandra Neill says:

            Hi Jo and Penelope

            I went off antidepressants and another medication for bipolar disorder that I had been on for 12+ years over a year ago. It was difficult but very much worth it. What helped me through the most was working through issues by journaling and my (alternative) therapist. I felt very unstable for at least 6 months but meditation really helped too. So, I would recommend committing to those things that make you feel more in balance whatever that may be (meditation, yoga, going for a walk in nature, a long relaxing bath, etc). I think all of Jon's recommendations will be immensely helpful in this process too. Best of luck to you both!

  32. Rivkah Lambert Adler says:

    Curious if you've had any clients get relief from psoriasis when they clean up their hormonal systems. I've had a case since I was about 9. It's fairly mild and more annoying than anything else, but I do notice changes in my skin during my menstrual cycle so I think there's a hormonal connection.

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      I believe that the body's capacity to heal is immense!

      I have seen people with psoriasis get relief as their systems get stronger and healthier.

  33. Rivkah Lambert Adler says:

    I can't take the tartness of lemon water straight. I've been adding a little Stevia to make it palatable. Is that okay or pointless because it changes the acid balance?

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Try using apple cider vinegar, just a teaspoon in a glass of water. Or try using less lemon.

      If you don't like either leave them out and try them for a while and then try them again ... as your body changes you may find that at another time you will enjoy them.

  34. 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 ?

    Reply

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi Safa,

      For healthy fats, think about using things like flax seeds, flax oil, chia seeds, chia seed oil, hemp seeds.

      At the beginning have several tablespoons a day. As you move forward, listen to your body and adjust.

      Best to find healthier alternatives for breads and pasta. Look for sprouted grain bread or, even better, coconut wraps, chia bran pancakes, or using a collard green or romaine lettuce leaf as a wrap.

      Any grains are better for health in their sprouted state.

      If you are not ready to think about eliminating these things completely, don't ... just add in as much good stuff as you can right now.

  35. Yasser Amir says:

    Hello

    I just want to verify that all the resources will still be available in the website for future reference ?

    Please advise

    • Katherine Potter says:

      Yes, Yassir - the GM team has answered this question often and confirmed that the materials will be available in perpetuity. Enjoy!! And good luck to you in your journey.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Yasser,

      Katherine is correct, you will always have access to this material to revisit whenever you need it.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  36. Victoria Cunningham says:

    Hi
    Just today y have the time to give a quick look at the recipe book, i notice that any recipe have flour, and i want to ask if it supossed that we never eat potatoe, rice, pasta, etc any more?

    In adition i want you to ask a favor, can you send me the pdf of recipe book in spanish? it will be much easy for my in that way.

    Thank you for everything, i love the programe

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Victoria,
      Jon is not a fan of flour, rice and pasta as they are grains or made from grains, which can be inflammatory to the digestive system. These products as well as potatoes are also high GI and therefore cause your blood sugar to rise too rapidly which then results in insulin spikes.
      However, that said, it is better to concentrate on adding in the positives - Protein, Live food, Omega 3's, rather than create a sense of deprivation by saying to yourself you can never have something again.
      Regarding a Spanish version of the Recipe book - please contact our team at help@thegabrielmethod.com.
      Kind regards
      Den

  37. Jo says:

    Hi Jon,
    I finally mangaged to catch up a bit & listen to the first class of week 5 on the mind body connection.
    So many things were so good to hear.
    I wondered about the placaebo effect as you described , causing so many things like people's hair falling out when it was all mind over matter, not chemicals doing it.
    So....for my allergies/intolerances I tried an alternative treatment 5 years ago. Friends laughed at me a lot, called it my "hippie voodoo treatments". But it worked. Now after going through several years of trouble, I have felt the need for a refresh, so have gone back, as it's been the only thing that has ever helped.
    Learning from the mind body class that there has been research into body energy meridians with tangible results is good to hear.
    Because the treatment that's helping me is all to do with body meridians and energies of various toxins & helping the body through accupressure. Some friends snicker openly. But it's the only thing that's helped me with the intolerences / allergies.
    Now to a related subject. All my life as long as I can remember, I've been sad, crying, depressed, anxious. (My memories are good, quite photographic since age 3 and a bit before.)
    I always thought I had a genetic problem. That I was just broken & as my Dr put it; "some people need medicine for diabetes, you need medicine for depression".
    But (since I started taking them 20+ years ago) the antidepressants have had to become stronger over the years, so that the one I have now has horrible extreme "discontinuance symptoms" within only two days of forgetting to take it.
    I've started to wonder if perhaps I'm not really genetically broken after all, that perhaps my lifelong pain has been a combination of extreme trauma (early and repeated) and food intolerances from toxic chemicals and inflammatory foods.
    My parents always said I had ADHD from food additives (before the term had been invented the psychiatrists called it "hyperactivity") and yet they still kept feeding me toxic processed food.
    So It crossed my mind last night that maybe, just maybe....with a combination of the healing through my accupressure treatments (officially called Positive Association Technique but labeled Hippie Voodoo by my laughing friends) plus visualisations, that maybe I could possibly believe that I'm not really genetically broken at all?
    That maybe a lot of early & recurring life trauma combined with reactions to foods has combined to make me think I'm buggered when maybe I'm not actually beyond help at all.
    I discussed the horrible antidepressants with my GP recently, said I again wanted to get off them & he said....."Let's face it, you have never been robust." And.." We should leave it as it is since it seems to be working ok."
    But I think that feeling very suicidal around 3 days a week isn't actually "OK".
    And, as to the not being "robust" statement, when I consider realistically what I've been through compared to other people, actually I DO think I'm robust. I don't know anyone else who has survived so many horrible things and yet can still function.
    Sorry for the huge ramble.
    What I really want to know, is how can I visualise something and what words or pictures could I give myself to get myself out of this hole, and off this terrible medicine.
    I would like to be able to visualise something to get out of this ever deepening hole I've been in.
    I guess if I can imagine that my body has the ability to produce enough of its own good neurotransmitters without being defective (which is what I've always been told)...
    Do you have any ideas on how I can create a visualisation that will help my body do what it needs to to get back on track without horrible medicines?
    Thanks! xo Jo

    • Sandra Neill says:

      Hi Jo,

      I was on medication for bi-polar disorder for 10+ years, including anti-depressants with the help of a very talented healer and I will post the link to her website if you are interested finding more about her methods (she can do skype sessions): http://brillianthealingsystems.com/

      Depression could be defined as repressed or depressed feelings and I've found that facing them and feeling them, healing, rewiring the brain or memory of the experience, and finding ways of balancing myself (like meditation) have been tremendously helpful - no amount of medication can do this, and in my opinion it only masks the symptoms and often makes them worse.

      I am not a doctor but in my experience it is possible to be off of medication but you need to find something else to help you heal and deal with stresses as going off medication is very difficult.

      I'm sure that everything in the Gabriel method will be helpful , from foods to visualizations, but I would recommend additional help if you plan to go off of medication.

      Best of luck to you!

    • Katherine Potter says:

      Wow, Jo - I am so affected by your share here - the pain you are suffering from this poisoning drug and the declaration by your physicians that lock you in a way of being that your body and soul is declaring are LIES. We are never the same - ever - we alter every moment, just like the cosmos around us. You are NOT FIXED, you are fluid and always evolving.

      Your story sounds like a perfect case for cellular release therapy. I mean CLASSIC. Call them - search on the website for the talk with Paula, or email the GM team - they'll provide the link.

      I'm sending you love and angels wings to wrap you in a cocoon of love and hope. It is absolutley NOT OK for you to have thoughts of suicide several times a week. The drug is not working - listen to your inner knowing, allow it to guide you - your intuition will take you where you need to go. Ask the universe to send you the perfect integrative doctor.

      I applaud your courage to share this so authentically, vulnerably - that courage is the grace keeping you alive through all this trauma. Keep us posted on your progress -we care.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Jo,

      It would be great for you to visualize lots of white light spreading through your body, healing your body, healing your brain, so that you're less dependent on the medication. It would also be great for you to have lots of Omega-3s and live food, because that also helps stabilize brain chemistry and reduce depression. But in general, any type of visualization is going to help stabilize brain chemistry and reduce depression. But in general, visualizing light spreading through your body and healing your body and your brain, and you feeling very stable emotionally would be a good visualization practice.

      -Jon

  38. Annah Winheld says:

    Dear Jon,

    I am hoping you could give me further insight into the following.
    I have been eating as well as possible for the last few years thanks to your book and methods. The additional information from NYNY has also been really helpful.

    I have been using adrenal support herbs with a naturapath for over a year now and sadly had to reduce most of my exercise because I feel the weakness esp in my muscles--even before I go out.

    My recent blood tests are great. Except the cortiol, both in the morning and afternoon are at the bottom of the range.

    I have been listening to the meditations, trying now to incorporate afternoon meditations and green drinks, more fermented foods etc.

    My new job is very stressful and in truth I don't like many parts of it...my responses, well are more reactive then I like...

    Most of my life has been in survival mode and I remember at 12 years experiencing extreme cold when others were too hot...this has been consistent. Everything seems to have compounded and despite being glad to have this information...I still function in a world of reactive stress that is sadly affecting my relationships and joy in life.

    My weight does not reset lower then where I am now despite knowing it could be elsewhere (I range from 68-73kg) irrespective.

    I just want to feel energized again and not so totally wiped out after the smallest walk or bike ride.

    How do I build up, and are the blood cortisol levels accurate? What do you know about Addison's disease and such labels?

    Thank you again and again.

    Kind Regards

    I did full My blood tests are great

    • Admin says:

      Hi Annah,

      I'm not an expert on Addison's Disease, but in general, the more that you take care of your body from a mind/body perspective through reducing stress, eating Omega-3s, eating live food and healing digestion, detoxifying, the better your body functions on a hormonal level. So while Addison's Disease, I don't think, is considered curable, you can certainly maximize your adrenal function by taking care of your body at every level of health.

      -Jon

    • Leah Fischer says:

      Annah: I had good success with Dr Lam. Here is his website.
      https://www.drlam.com/index.php

  39. Pat Biggs says:

    Where do I find the info on cellular release. I believe today is the last day for the special?

  40. Penelope Curry says:

    It doesn't seem particularly straight forward to remove chlorine and flouride from tap water.
    The maximum levels we have are 1.0 milligrams per litre of chlorine and 1.5 milligrams per litre of flouride.
    Are these levels killing all the friendly bacteria, or some, or just minimal amounts.
    Or is it impossible to say!?
    Thanks

    • Katherine Potter says:

      HI Penelope, I am an environmental consultant and agree with your analysis that even low levels of these antibiotics in our water can have deleterious effects on our friendly gut bacteria. This would likely be different for every person, but putting your water through a Brita filter (granular activated carbon) is sufficient to remove these lowgrade toxins. Good luck!

  41. Laurie Mazzone says:

    Thank you for this amazing program. I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. I have been feeling really good making good food choices and feeling better about myself but I had a strange experience doing the evening visualization tonight and now I'm awake and can not fall asleep. I was defiantly in that really calm state and started to fall asleep towards the end of visualization. Something happened but I can't explain it my heart began beating faster and my body felt as though it was really afraid of something. I began having all these negative thoughts that this program is ending and I won't be able to continue. I know this is not true and I have every intention of continuing on this journey of getting healthy physically and emotionally. I just don't understand why this anxiety came up during such a peaceful time that I look forward to. Any advice or ideas of how I can deal with this. Thanks again for all of the support. It's amazing. Really and truly amazing.

    • Marisol Rocha says:

      Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with all of us....I too would love to hear what the GM team feels might be going on.

      My gut instinct is that when we are in SMART Mode, we are so connected to our subconscious mind that it gives it a big opportunity to let us know what is truly going on for us....so your intuition that this is around the program ending makes so much sense to me.

      I would just maybe do the Safe Strong and Protected visualization to help you feel that no matter what (whether in a course or not) you are supported from within.

      You can also visualize yourself continuing to do all the action steps and staying in community in the Support Group so that you feel that there is a continuation from the incredible support and connection we have all found throughout this program.

      How would it feel to start there and then keep us posted if the anxiety keeps presenting itself during your evening visualization? πŸ™‚ Big hug! M

    • Admin says:

      Hi Laurie,

      If it was a one time thing or only a few times, it may be due to some emotional things you are going through. If it is happening every time or frequently, we recommend you stop listening to the evening visualization. It may be the binaural bests that are not working for you individually. If that is the case, please email us at help@thegabrielmethod.com and we can give you the tracks without that feature.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  42. Cheryl Fox says:

    Jon and the GM Team,

    The quality and depth of information in this relatively short course is absolutely phenomenal! Thank you for the time and effort you have obviously put into it!

    In the course tonight, as the studies on the benefits of meditation were discussed, would the visualization process be consider the same as meditation, or are they enough different?

    Thanks in advance.

    • M1 says:

      I agree. What an organized class, with the daily audio messages and the action steps, its a phenomenal class. And the helpfulness of every bit of information was off the charts. Thank you so much Jon for sharing all of this with us!

    • Admin says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      The way we practice visualization is a form of meditation. There are lots of different forms of meditation and our visualizations are one form of that.

      -Jon

  43. Anita F says:

    Hi Jon,

    Great program! I have finally started to shift my focus from the scales to an all embracing positive health outlook. The material provided in the last few weeks has been thought provoking, and challenging, and gave me insight into a fresh approach to weight loss, or rather more apt " a new healthy me'.

    Unfortunately, I have had a setback this week, which I decided to use as a learning curve and platform to not go back, but see it as a minor hiccup, and find new ways of moving forward. I got a nasty virus, and ended up with a chest infection, and extreme asthma. Consequently, I had to go on antibiotics, and unfortunately needed cortisone in order that I could breathe.

    I am recovering, and missed most webinars this week, but am catching up on them now. I am really disappointed about having to go on cortisone as it plays havoc with my system. However I am able to reduce my dose now, and by next week will be off it.

    Considering my setback, and my exhaustion at present, I was just wondering if you had any advice about handling setbacks, and what GM priorities should I put first.

    With regards,
    Anita

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Anita,

      Sorry to hear about your health issues that came up this week. I wouldn't look at it as a set back. You're on a bath now of healing your body and mind that is every expanding. There will be times when you have to take medication. That's fine. Simply continue follow the action steps in the program and realize that you will continue to get healthier and fitter as time goes on, even though there may be a few bumps on the road along the way.

      Please make sure to take lots of probiotics for the next few months to rebuild the friendly bacteria in your intestines.

  44. Lynne Downes says:

    Hi. How do we take advantage of the 1-on-1 Consult with Jon Gabriel coupon that's included in the New You in the New Year package?

  45. Lynette Neal says:

    Jon, thanks for sharing the link today for Dr Hymans new book the 10 day detox. It so fits with what we have already been working on with the Gabriel method. I found that so many of the steps he talks about to prepare your kitchen, clear out the crap food, prepare your mind have already been done for me due to my participation in this program. I have been making progress in this program, returned from a 30 day trip while participating to wt loss. I did notice I was having some problems with white flour and "sweets" showing up again. I had small portions of sweets, wine and other items while on our trip. I realize after reading the detox diet how simple it was to reactivate that area of the brain that just craves those simple carbs and sugars. I also realized as I looked at my blood test for glucose, which I had tested in December and my Dr. telling me I'm normal----that I'm really high normal. The culprit, even though I have lost wt has been all the gluten free breads, crackers, pretzels and other highly processed grains. I changed and improved my diet on so many levels, lost weight and am more active, but my blood sugar----a huge indication of inflammation was still off due to my addiction to flour---even though it was gluten free. So, I just wanted to share my experience with you and others in our program because it can be really subtle food items that may be affecting ones progress and health. Health is so much more that what you weight. The weight will come off---I have not doubt about that----but really taking care of the mind body and following all your recommendations as part of the Gabriel method will result in wellness that is beyond the measurement of what you weight. I want to commend you Jon, as a professional for reaching out and connecting with Dr Hyman and being open to new information. ( In the past I have seen egos rule and speakers, teachers being territorial about the area in which they excel.) So, I have cleared out the gluten grains and processed "health food" and I will let you know how my progress goes with this. Thanks

    • Jo says:

      I'm also experiencing cravings for gluten free bready stuff, whuch although free of additives, soy, gluten, still is probably just giving a sugar hit in the opiate receptors in the brain. I try to add good things like piles of cultured veges, free ranfe ggrass fed eggs, but I know the gf bread made from white rice is still just not helping.

      • Jo says:

        Sorry for the typos! πŸ˜›

        • Jon Gabriel says:

          Hi Lynnette,

          Thanks for your message. Yes it's quite true that these addictive foods are very subtle and the addictions can be very powerful. Keep the focus on "real" foods as much as possible and it will help you break those addictions. Also try the 'visualization for killing junk food cravings" technique we talked about in core class number 5.

          • Jo says:

            Hi Jon, thanks for that. I'm behind as usual but look forward to learning about that visualisation later tomorrow when I will have time. πŸ˜€

          • Lynette Neal says:

            Thanks Jon, I did listen and found it helpful. I'm finding less cravings after intensifying my focus on fresh, whole and omegas. Today I had not desire for toast and my green breakfast drink has been very satisfying. I'm pleased with the change and will continue to use the craving meditation as needed.

  46. Nandan Cox says:

    I work 12 hour shifts, 6 days a fortnight in an emergency assistance call centre for overseas travellers. On my days on, I am highly organized, have prepped all my healthy foods and snacks, I start every morning with water, fresh juice probiotics, have museli and yogurt always having the big 3. I eat every couple of hours have salad and protein for lunch, green shake at 5 and steamed veges and protein for dinner at 6 pm. I drink loads of water and then don't eat again until the following morning around 6.30 am. It works really well. But my days off, I shop, buy healthy foods, but I don't have so much structure as I am very tired and trying to catch up on sleep. I stick to a low GI diet, but have noticed that cheese is making an appearance as a go to food escalating into icecream. This results is, it is 3 am, I am overheated, awake and my body is trying to deal with inflammation from these foods - I can feel it. I am spending my days off experimenting with making fermented foods and yogurts, with some success. I tried making fresh coconut yogurt to replace diary yogurt, but it wasn't a huge success. I also spend my days off resting an re-couperating from my days on. But I am concerned about this yoyo affect and wondering what it is about dairy that I seem to need so much. Anyway back to healing, I just had some powdered greens with psyllium, will try to sleep. Am meeting a friend at a raw food restaurant tomorrow, will forgive myself and more on. But I would be ever so grateful if you can help me identify what it is in dairy that I need and where I can switch this into a better feeling alternative.

    • Jo says:

      I was just discussing yesterday how I'm also so addicted to dairy. I've tried to avoid uncultured dairy lately & made kefir vcheese to eat instead of cream cheese. But I still can't imagine how to cook without making cheese sauces & throwing mozzarella everywhere. If I think of switching to coconut for my creamy replacement then I want to load my coconut cream meals with sticky white rice. I wonder if I should cut back on the chili so that I don't feel the need for so much rice. .. I know they are addictions but don't know how to get away from them without intense feelings of deprivation. ...?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Often the things that are most toxic for us we become addicted to. So my guess is the craving isn't because you're missing a specific nutrient that is found in dairy but rather a chemical release in your brain that comes from the inflammatory nature of the milk that's causing the craving. Is it possible to get raw dairy/raw cheeses? Maybe you can experiment with them and see if it still causes the extreme cravings.

      • Nandan Cox says:

        Yes, I just bought raw goats milk and will make yogurt with that, and switch to goat and nut cheeses. Incidently I just went to a raw food cafe in Sydney and had raw lasagne and caramel slice. It is sooooooo good. Need to learn to cook raw now!! Amazing! Lime and soda to clear the dairy fog!! Thanks for the input.

  47. Helene Kostre says:

    I'm mostly having warm water with apple cider vinegar in morning and or having a green juice later having eggs (hard or soft boiled) with red pepper or arugula or cultured coconut yogurt big lunch salad with flax and some avacado and/ or protein unless eat out dinner chicken /fish veggies salad all varies if am socializing so not too rigid snacks are raw pecans or seeds raw snacks ie cacao/coconut types things and very little fruit (berries /apples) Question is I have started getting colonics to assist in getting rid of toxic accumulation It doesn't seem to be triggering any binge or purge It helps me stay on track getting used to a sense of lightness and well being rather than so dense and weighed down I wanted your opinion Thanks for all the help and support helene

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Helene,

      Colonics are a great way to help clean out your system. Sounds like you are doing great on your transformation!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  48. Angela Anderson says:

    Is it possible to get too much Omega-3's, for instance, if I'm taking a supplement and eating fish?

    Also, I am in the habit of rinsing with Listerine in the evening for "killing germs that cause cavities" and what not. When you speak here of cultivating healthy gut bacteria, is this a practice that you would still recommend?

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi Angela,

      Completely fine to be eating fish and taking an omega 3 supplement. Do try to get your omega 3's from whole food sources as much as possible (fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds).

      I avoid products like Listerine. They upset the natural pH of the mouth and therefore overall health. If you want to use a mouthwash/mouth rinse try something more natural. Here is what we use in our home --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/homemade-mouthwash.html

      I hope this helps,
      Nadia

  49. David Baldwin says:

    I'm going to repost as this seems to have been lost in the stream πŸ™‚

    So the transition to adding green, vital foods has been amazing. I'm loving it and actually looking forward to having them on the next meal, which for me is a big deal. In fact, I've largely transitioned to having mostly greens and the like for lunch and dinner. My question is whether I'm getting enough protein as I'm mostly just having those greens with a medley of different nuts and seeds, i.e. pumpkin seeds, almond slivers, chia seeds and walnuts. Maybe a half cup worth in all or just a bit more. Am I getting enough protein this way? I'm just not yearning for a chicken breast or a piece of meat along with the salad and I'm trying to listen to my body.

    • Jo says:

      Hi David, there's a lot of protein in green veges, & heaps in nuts, seeds, chia etc. For example a glass of green juice has more protein than an egg. I would imagine you're getting plenty if you're feeling well & not tired πŸ˜€

      • Jo says:

        Of course that's just my opinion from what I've heard from watching docos...but with me I notice when my muscles feel weak & fatigued, then I add in more protein & then things feel much easier. ( Like climbing hills, picking up heavy dogs ;-)...) so I would think your body will tell you if your muscles are tired or energetic.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi David,
      I know you have seen Nadia's response to your earlier post - but just will put her answer here for other readers - Den

      "Watch how you feel after your meals and throughout the day. If you find that you are crashing or getting cravings then add in some more protein." Nadia

  50. Birgit Peet-Bleys says:

    On Facebook they talk about the suport group...? where do I find it and how does it work. What are the costs and how do I subscribe?
    I'm 64 years old 65 kg overweight, been dieting all my life (at least 50 years). My apointment with the lung docter to talk about the Abneua divice is the end of March.
    I need a lot more suport to get properly going on this wonderfull track... Was crying the first week all the time for finally finding somone who understands...Your book has been in my bookcase for 2 years...I'll start reading it now! Finally...I have the courage to beleve it's possible to trust and feel safe enough to lose weight! BUT I NEED MORE SUPPORT!

  51. William Fell says:

    My wife is quadriplegic, and has been since a month after we married over 20 years ago. As you can imagine it has been a struggle for both of us. She is not overweight, but I was wondering have you done any work with disabled people, or do you have suggestions for mind body connections authored by you or by other resources.

  52. Victoria Cunningham says:

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  53. Cheryl Bollard says:

    I often have nights when I get home around 8:30pm so having to eat dinner around 9pm. What's the best type of meal to be eating at this time?
    I'm usually quite hungry and don't feel inclined to spend ages preparing and cooking food.
    I often find it's when I look for the sweet options

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      Be sure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day.

      Also ensure that you are having a great GM friendly breakfast in the morning as well as GM friendly snacks throughout the afternoon.

      Doing these things will help to keep you nourished and hydrated throughout the day which will help you to feel more balanced at 9pm.

      Doing this, you may find that you are not so hungry at night that you are reaching for the quick unhealthy things.

      Make some great nourishing food ahead of time and have it ready so when you reach for something at night, even if it is sweet, it will nourish you. Jon has a great recipe in his recipe book called 'Choc Seed Treats' They are these yummy balls that you can make ahead of time and have ready for you at night.

      You can make other things ahead of time too like a salad or a smoothie. How about having leftovers from your healthy breakfast, lunch or yesterday's dinner? If you are making a healthy meal, make some extra and set it aside specifically for when you come home at 9pm.

      Much of this is about thinking ahead, filling your cupboards with nourishing snacks ready for if you want to reach for something ... when you have the time preparing things for later.

      I hope this helps,
      Nadia

  54. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    I just made kale chips...and they're nice and crunchy; taste better with nutritional yeast. However, I'm wondering if there is any nutritional value left in the kale after roasting it?? If there is, I'd do it again. If not, I couldn't be bothered? Opinion, Jon??

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      You will lose some of the nutritional value, however it is still a great option and will have much greater nutritional value than regular snacks. So as a snack it is a great choice.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      Another option is, rather than roasting the kale, is to dehydrate it. This means to dry the kale (into a crispy chip) at a low temperature thereby keeping the nutritional value. Doing it this way is a great way to benefit from the great taste and nourishment.

      We do this in our home using a dehydrator. If you don't have one you can use your oven on its lowest setting. Read more about how to make them here --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/kale-chips.html

  55. Anna Mooy says:

    Hello!
    I have a question as I am trying to work out my morning routine. I take thyroid medication first thing in the morning with a big glass of water. I wait the recommended half hour and then do my apple cider vinegar with the digestive enzymes and probiotics. Is it ok to do the vinegar with these supplements, or should I wait and take them later?

    Thank you!

  56. David Baldwin says:

    So the transition to adding green, vital foods has been amazing. I'm loving it and actually looking forward to having them on the next meal, which for me is a big deal. In fact, I've largely transitioned to having mostly greens and the like for lunch and dinner. My question is whether I'm getting enough protein as I'm mostly just having those greens with a medley of different nuts and seeds, i.e. pumpkin seeds, almond slivers, chia seeds and walnuts. Maybe a half cup worth in all or just a bit more. Am I getting enough protein this way? I'm just not yearning for a chicken breast or a piece of meat along with the salad and I'm trying to listen to my body.

  57. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    Jon,

    I had been on some probiotic before...not potent. But, I took my first of your "microgreens" yesterday morning. I felt mauseous by afternoon...into the evening and even not well today. I have NO other symptoms of being sick. Is it even remotely possible it's an 'adjustment' to the probiotic or I just 'have a bug'?

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      It could just be a bug but also some people do feel nauseous when they first start taking Spirulina due to the high protein content. Your body may be working extra hard to break down the nutrients and this can cause that reaction. We recommend you to stop taking it and see how you feel and then if you choose try to take a lower dosage, with food and lots of water and see how you feel.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  58. Sandra Neill says:

    I felt like I was making some progress with my eating as things like bread and lattes were becoming less appealing as the big three took over, however, in the last few days I've felt myself slipping back into old eating habits. Is this a natural part of the process - 2 steps forward one step back - or am I reverting back? I am still faithfully listening to the morning and evening visualizations and on most days do an afternoon one. Feeling a little discouraged as my clothes feel a bit tighter.

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Sandra,

      It is quite normal to make progress and to go back to deeper ingrained patterns. Just remember that true change takes time and to start each day anew. If you backslid for a few days, just start tomorrow fresh and start to make decisions to help make the new patterns you want to have. Keep adding in your Big 3s and experiment with finding healthier substitutes for for your cravings.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  59. David Baldwin says:

    Hey, guys, what's your take on the Ezekial 4:9 sprouted, flourless breads? I just bought the Rye on a recommendation and tried it. It's ridiculously good tasting and while it says that it's low-glycemic I'd like to know what you think of it.

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi David,

      I have eaten this bread and do like it.

      Along with this, I would suggest also moving into some non-bread options such as;

      -use a collard green leaf or romaine leaf instead of bread
      -using coconut meat wraps
      -using chia bran pancakes

  60. Carrie Jefferies says:

    Jon,
    You mentioned in one of your classes that you researched a lot of different health solutions including detoxing. Do you recommend doing a cleanse? If so, is there a particular one that you would recommend? And is there a better time to do a cleanse than other times?

    Thanks for all the information!

    • Nadia Harper -Gabriel Method Coach says:

      Hi Carrie,

      A cleanse is a great thing to do and even better than that is moving yourself into a detoxifying lifestyle where you give your body the chance to detoxify on a regular basis (This happens naturally as you begin to follow the action steps outlined in this program).

      I would suggest that a person not engage in a cleanse until they have spent some time releasing trauma and eating a 'pre-cleanse' diet (or eating the GM suggested way) for a period of time.

      Once ready, a cleanse can be very effective. Here is a webinar that I did with Jon that talks more about detoxification that you may find helpful --> http://www.thegabrielmethod.com/whats-working-now-nadia-harper-archives

  61. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Hi Jon....I'm looking for insight regarding aging. I'm 56 and am experiencing lots of aches and pains, particularly upon rising after sitting for a while and in the morning. It doesn't seem targeted to any particular area and actually feels muscular. Everyone says, "You're just getting old!" Is annoying (not extreme) pain a natural function of aging or can I hope and work toward something more enjoyable? Strangely, I often "see" myself as much older than I really am although in reality, I look younger than I am.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Wendi,

      Chronic aches and pains that don't have any type of specific origin often have an emotional basis. They can also be digestion-related, too, because what happens is when your digestion is impaired your immune system gets compromised and then that can cause general aches and pains. So by focusing on digestion and emotional issues, and also taking omega-3 and magnesium there's a good chance that you can work through and get to the real source of the aches and pains.

      -Jon

  62. Patricia Gill says:

    Hello, I am wondering if I sign up for the QI Gong program do I have access to this forever on the website or is this only a monthly subscription? Pat

    • Janine says:

      Hi Patricia,

      You will forever have access to New You in the New Year and if you sign up for the Qi Gong program you will also always have access to that. These are not monthly subscriptions.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  63. Penelope Curry says:

    I think the honeymoon period is over. A new program always lifts my hope, I see initial results (in this case a lifting of my depression) then doubts set in.
    So, my underlying anxiety is back. What if I can't continue adding salad and flax to every meal, what if this plan doesn't work for me, what if my brain's habit of needing comfort food is always stronger than my body's need for healthy food?
    Perhaps this anxiety is the bad bacteria panicking at my slightly reduced sugar intake and sending out a plea for more sugar?
    The visualisations are not reducing the anxiety at the moment.
    I imagine the answer is to continue doing what I can, but I would like to know if there is a hormonal explanation for this kind of reaction?
    Thank you.

    • Sandra Neill says:

      I am feeling the same way. My clothes are feeling a little tighter and I am beginning to doubt the process - maybe it won't work for me. Rationally, I know the answer is to keep at it and be patient - that it just might take some time but emotionally those old feelings creep back in.

      • Audrey White says:

        Sadly I went to the doctors the other day and I have gained 9 pounds. I am clearly doing something wrong. I really hate another program where I am the failure but it works for everyone else.

        • Katherine Potter says:

          Ah, the dangers of the scale. I am so sorry this came up right now. You are so vulnerable from opening up to something new and allowing yourself to believe in a new approach. I know GM would say ignore it - not a diet. Jon does not promise weightloss right away - every person is different. How do you FEEL? Is it easy to choose foods from the Big 3 now? Do you have more energy? He shows in one of his videos that you flatline/fluctuate up from not restricting yourself and not forcing yourself into the gym. Let the healing occur and hormones reset. Be kind to yourself - #1 - do not step on the scale!! You can refuse to be weighed at the doctor's. They don't like it, but I don't like them insisting either. Trust yourself. You are on path of health.

        • Laurie Mazzone says:

          I also have not lost any weight. I have gained a lot more self confidence and I'm working on having better habits. It is frustrating he as we all want that miracle or quick fix but this is clearly not that for most of us. What it is is a program that teaches us to be healthier physically and emotionally. It is going to take time to get there. Be kind to yourself. Be patient and try to have faith that this WILL work.

    • Katherine Potter says:

      I suggest you try the cellular release therapy. This sounds like classic emotional obesity and Jon said on that core lesson (relisten to it often) that you won't lose weight as long as those patterns are still in place.

    • Penelope Curry says:

      Thank you for everyone's comments - they have helped me think it through, (though I have not come to any conclusions). Despite knowing the weight will take a while to come off, the negative voice in my head is reigning supreme. And despite feeling so much better. Maybe it is emot obesity. I know i have learnt since childhood to eat to mask the hurt of life (because i am very sensitive and get hurt v easily), and since then to mask the shame and failure of being oberweight. Maybe I am afraid of success. Success at weight loss in the past has meant the terrible climb back up the scales.
      Maybe tonight's mind-body talk will help. I may have to stay up to call in if I am brave enough.

      • Katherine Potter says:

        I suggest that you submit a request to the help@thegabrielmethod.com email and get your free 1 on 1 coaching call with Jon. I would also sign up for the cellular release with Sunrise in Denver. My first session is tonight - I'm so excited. They are wonderful.

      • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

        Hi Penelope,

        It can be quite hard to turn off that negative inner critic and trust the process. Try to remember that transformation takes time and each step you take to get there is worth it! For most people it took a long time to get to where you were when you decided it was time to make a change so it will take time to get to where you want to be. But we are looking for sustainable change and weight loss and not a quick fix.

        Janine
        The Gabriel Method Team

    • Annah Winheld says:

      Hi Penelope,

      I hear your anxiety..What if...

      I just read your email and some things radiated with me so I thought I's write and if it' useful...great!. What I've noticed the most for myself over the last few years....my weight can fluctuate still etc. But by eating foods that help my blood sugar and eventual hormones function better...I can think more clearly more consistently. This helps me to respond to situations and feel more like I am in the drivers seat. I still react when I'm tired,..so I work on getting enough quality sleep now...and make everything into an experiment for myself about myself.

      It helps me let go of the questions of What if and starts to change them into 'what do I want?', and 'what am I noticing'. Thing like 'what will I be noticing when I have...' Almost like games...except out brains are so amazing that when we create these questions and thought patterns our whole physiology changes!!!! We can imagine what other will see and say...

      Many people that I run into after a year or so comment on the difference they notice and I also have noticed how all my choices have increased.

      Sometimes if I think of a baseball diamond, and view the space between the bases as where I started from and where I've arrived, and look back when I'm on first base to home plate and remember all the steps to get there...I realise how far I've come (usually a friend has to remind me to do this!!!!)

      It took me many years of experimenting with different modalities to even be ready for what Jon offers....it's all part of the inside knowledge for me that things can be better.

      I wish you great success on your journey.

      I hope you get answers to your great questions.

      Cheers
      Annah

      • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

        Lovely Annah!

      • Penelope Curry says:

        Hi Annah,
        I really appreciate your thoughts, and have been giving them much thought myself.
        You're right, I am a little way round the baseball course. And tiredness is key for me too. I take rests instead of just trying to keep going nowadays.
        There are positives to remember - but as you said sometimes it takes others to point them out. Thanks

  64. Deborah Hutchings says:

    I tried making my own Green juice today - I gagged! Anyone got a recipe they suggest?

  65. M1 says:

    Do you sell your Recipe Book in hardcover or paperback? I can not find it in your on-line store. I can't use the eBook version and would like to buy a paper version so I can try some of the recipes. Thanks! Also, I am so glad I signed up for this class. Its amazing.

  66. Jim Trull says:

    I'm in your five week class. How do I set up the phone call with you?

  67. Jacqueline Raison says:

    I am running a bit behind in the programme. Will I still be able to access the material by the end of week 5 or do I need to make sure I catch up?

  68. Patricia Gill says:

    Dear Jon,
    Today my credit card was charged 39.95 for the support group. I did not authorize this charge. Could you please have your staff take me off automatic payment and delete this charge. I would rather decide in my own time if I want to continue the support group. Thanks! Pat

  69. Nina Mudita says:

    Hi Jon,

    I really enjoy the visualizations. As I have had some weird experiences with binaural beat music before I listen to the visualizations without headphones. Is that just as beneficial?
    Also I don't really like the beginning part of some of them with the light going up the spine.. it makes me nervous. So far I skip that part and simply listen to the rest of the visualization which makes me feel good.
    Is that ok? I feel somewhat limited in cutting off both the smart music technology as well as the light ball part but I wonder if it can still have all the affect as it would have otherwise. I am just listening to my body and myself and I don't want to feel uncomfortable especially during visualizing.
    Could you comment on this?
    Thanks!!!!!

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Nina,
      We have the tracks without the binaural beats if you prefer, please email us for access to that: help@thegabrielmethod.com Even without this or skipping parts you do not like, the visualizations can help you focus on your goals and keep you motivated towards your dreams.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  70. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    Wondering if there is somewhere to download or purchase "smart" music by itself, not as part of any specific visualization of Jon's. I was wondering if listening to this while doing some of my own visualization during my afternoon breaks would be ok/good? I really enjoy the music and find it relaxing...would it be ok to listen to something like this while doing chores around the house?

  71. Nandan Cox says:

    Hi John

    I watched a program called The Truth about Exercise, and learnt that short bursts of exercise 90 seconds 3 times a week lowers consistently elevated blood sugar. So I incorporated this into my life and now spend 5 minutes at the gym 6 times a fortnight when I am on shift. And I love it. Simultaneously work introduced a standing desk trial, which I have been doing over the last 8 weeks. I work 12 hour shifts and notice the difference with standing desks for my body is immense. However over the last few weeks I have felt exhausted. Particularly last week during the emotional week. So that when I am not working all I want to do is sleep and eat icecream. I am worried that I might be activating the low grade stress hormones (although work can trigger stress at any time). I am incorporating easily the GM in my life and loving it, and am utterly relieved that we are now in exercise week. But I am concerned I am not addressing my stress activators. Can you comment?

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Nandan,

      It is very normal to hit a slump or to be affected by stress. Forgive yourself and try to be kind. There is no failure, just getting up and trying again. You seem to be doing great! Just remember that tomorrow is a new day to start fresh! You can find several visualizations in our library that may help you through this time.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  72. Cindy Kelly says:

    Hi Jon,

    I am 50 years old and need to lose about 40 pounds. I was never overweight until I had twins at age 37. Then I put on 40 pounds within a year due to (I think) stress and sleep deprivation. Even now I continue to get insufficient sleep because of work and other demands of caring for children, etc. On average, I have been getting about 6 hours of sleep per night for many years. I am weight loss resistant and have been unable to lose more than 8-10 pounds in the last 13 years, and I have not been able to keep those pounds off.

    I have been listening to the evening visualization every night since starting the NYNY program. I can't believe the difference it has made in the quality of my sleep! I am sleeping so deeply and not waking up during the night. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for my day. The problem is that I am not hearing my alarm clock in the morning and I am getting up late, which leads to getting to work late, which is causing me stress. I have been going to bed 1/2 to an hour earlier than usual, but it seems like my body is just demanding more sleep. Is this a normal response? Do you have any suggestions on how I can manage this better so that I can get the sleep I need and still meet my daily obligations?

    Also, how should exercise fit into this? I have been exercising (usually running) about 3 days/week, but I have started to add burst training several times a week. Is this the right approach or am I just adding to my stress level?

    Thanks,
    Cindy

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Cindy,

      You may be in the middle of a sleep cycle when your alarm is going off which is why you are not hearing it. There is a lot of research which suggests you try to wake up when you are in the lightest stage of your cycle. There are different applications now that you can use to measure around what this time would be to set your alarm accordingly.

      Your workout routine seems to be great as long as it is not stressing you. If it is, try to find the right balance for what makes you feel good and healthy.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

      • Jo says:

        Hi Cindy. I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep then once I'm asleep deeply it's very hard to wake up. I use several alarm clocks as backups but they don't always get through! πŸ˜› there are some phone aps that measure how deep you're sleeping & can wake you up during a lighter sleep phase. One is called sleep as an droid. There must be more. Best wishes for waking up!

  73. Kelley says:

    Hi Jon,

    I feel like I've really gone backwards this last week, quite possibly triggered by weighing myself and finding that I'm gradually gaining weight. I was listening to the Q&A session from last week and decided to write in and get some personalised advice.

    I was "naturally thin" in childhood and adolescence, I preferred salads to breads and rich foods made me feel sick. At 18 I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and at the time I was very underweight. It took 5 years for me to get to a healthy weight and I had constant gut problems until I saw an Acupuncturist quite intensively for about six months. During the time I was seeing the Acupuncturist I also broke up with my boyfriend of 6.5 years and gave up recreational drug use. Straight after all of that I went overseas for the first time. I had a wonderful time but ate and drank a lot, with some gut irritation. I came home 14 kilos heavier eleven months later. Since then (for 12 years now) I have yo-yo dieted and have at times had very disordered eating.

    Since starting this program I've had intermittent gut irritation and at times a hot prickly rash on my knees and elbows (seems to be related to the Vital Greens supplement, which I've since stopped taking). I have Hashimoto's Disease (autoimmune hypothyroidism) that was diagnosed about 5 years ago (I have a strong family history of autoimmune diseases). Apart from the Vital Greens supplement I have also tried Spirulina but this seems to flare-up my gut. I suspect it is stimulating my immune system, which is already over-active.

    I am 35, a couple of years ago my doctors thought I was going in to Premature Ovarian Failure because my hormones were in the post-menopausal range. I'm back on the pill now so I have no idea what my hormones would be doing naturally. I am on the pill to control acne, which I have had since adolescence without the pill.

    In temperament, I am very highly strung. I have been single most of my adult life, I've had intermittent anxiety and depression and I find relationships incredibly stressful. I often becoming very irritable, snappy and grind my teeth/clench my jaw.

    I have been dating someone new for the last 2.5 months and the evenings I spend with him I eat what ever I am given which can be quite carb-dense, but I don't overeat at those times. I am much more likely to overeat when I am alone and it is particularly triggered by stress, including weighing myself. I had been worrying that the evenings spent with my partner would be messing up all my good work on the other days because of the difference in diet but after listening to last week's lesson I suspect worrying about my diet is triggering my fat programs more than the carbs I eat with him.

    The only other major life event that I can think might be relevant is that I was hit by a car when I was six years old, which perforated my intestines. I don't imagine this is related though, as I made a full recovery and didn't start having symptoms of Coeliac Disease until ten years later.

    Sorry for the life history, but I'm really trying to sort this out and struggling to work out how and not become disheartened. Any advice you can offer will be very much appreciated.

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Kelley,

      Sounds like you have had quite a journey to get to where you are now. But it sounds like you are on the right path. Be kind to yourself and remember that this is also a journey. Backsliding is normal and it is important to know that tomorrow is another day to incorporate loving acts into your life including self care. You may wish to express this stress to your partner and try to include variations of Gabriel Method friendly foods more often with him.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  74. Katherine Potter says:

    I just noticed that we have a 1 on 1 coaching call as part of NYNY. How does that work? I haven't heard it discussed yet. Thanks in advance

  75. Sandra Neill says:

    I couldn't find coconut palm sugar but found organic coconut sugar - it is an orange/brown colour and is coarse - is this the same thing?

  76. Victoria Cunningham says:

    Hi Jon:

    I'm really enjoying the program, thank you very mucho.

    I have many questions:

    1. I feel a little afraid about the end, we will have access to the site and the material after the end? we will have way to communicate with you after?

    2. your not recommend grains, however Ayrveda recommend what do i should do?

    3. did you have a list of good food or something like that, I'm a bit confused with the concept of food that existed many years ago, for example potato, rice, and old that.

    4. i love sweet things, especially chocolate, how can i manage that?

    5. I think I have identified a number of things that have led me to this weight, I would like to know how to overcome them, I have already used enough

    6. i miss the meditation of Paul North, did you gonna put it in here? I really love that talk.

    Thats all for today, thank you again, have a nice week.

    • Wendi Wetzel says:

      #6 - Go to week three and select Guest Class. To the left of that class screen scroll down a bit and you will see 3 blue dots to the far left. The third blue dot is , I believe, the meditation you are looking for. One down, five to go, πŸ˜‰

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Victoria,

      1. You will always have access to this membership and be able to communicate with us here.

      2. We do not recommend grains and the majority of them cause a spike in blood sugar.

      3. We do not have a specific list of foods but we do have the Recipe Book which is available within this program

      4. Balancing your blood sugar helps with cravings, along with getting enough protein. Also making Gabriel Method friend sweets for when you want something sweet. Please see our recipe book for ideas.

      5. It is best to focus on one small step at a time and to approach each thing that is holding you back slowly and thoroughly. This is a life long process so it is ok to take your time to make sure you are fully healed.

      6. Wendi is correct!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  77. Joanne Baldwin says:

    Hi Jon,
    The question I've been wanting to ask for a few weeks is your opinion about Plant Based eating.
    I was vegetarian on & off from age 14 to 30, and started eating veg again 5 years ago out of respect for my partner who was veg for spiritual reasons (we split up last week, so I'm free to add animal protein back in if i wish).
    I have read many books advocating Plant Based diets and believed the information (re protein/cancer etc & thought that most of those who opposed this research were funded by companies supporting meat consumption as i'm well aware that results often depend on who funds the research!)
    I'm now confused as I respect all the research you have done and know that you suggest animal products.
    Can you please advise me?
    Some of the many books and docos include: "Forks over Knives" documentary/book, "The China Study" by T.Colin Campbell, books by Dr Neal Barnards especially "breaking the food seduction" and numerous others.
    I grew up eating animal products, and I feel I could go back to eating them, but that link to cancer etc is a concern to be resolved.
    I appreciate your time, and thank you for this opportunity
    Much love Jo πŸ™‚

    • Joanne Baldwin says:

      This isn't just an intellectual question, but an emotional one, as my dad died in 2009 (CLL - leukaemia) and though he had always fit, and watched what he ate, he was a meat & 5 veg man. Chemo & blood transfusions went wrong, and after 11 days in induced comer we pulled the plug, his heart wouldn't give up, and I promised him at that moment that I would look after myself. Now I'm 26kg heavier and confused. 38kg over weight. Sorry I didn't mean to type all this, but I'm just going to push post, and see what happens. Jo x

      • Wendi Wetzel says:

        Joanne, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. It's so hard and to loose him in such a difficult way...when it seemed he did everything "right" must be heartbreaking.

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Joanne,

      We have many vegans and vegetarians who also follow The Gabriel Method, so it is not necessary to eat meat if you do not wish to. If you do choose to incorporate meat into your diet again, we recommend organic, free range, and making sure the animal was fed the correct diet for optimal nutrition. There are benefits and drawbacks to meat consumption so you will have to see what is best for you personally.

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  78. Penelope Curry says:

    I love the fact that I am concentrating on adding foods not forbidding them. I am doing most of the action points most of the time and the fog of depressions that has been hangin over me for about 40 years is beginning to lift I think - amazing. However, I have now got nervous that I am not doing enough, because I have not deliberately cut out any of the bad stuff, although I probably am eating slightly less of t due to adding the good stuff.
    Is this ok?
    Thank you.

    • Katherine Potter says:

      I'll comment just to provide peace of mind - GM team will likely get back to you shortly. Absolutely do not stress over what you are eating that is 'bad' - that only keeps your fat trigger turned on. Focus on the positive thought spiral - adding good foods, visualizing, staying supported - you can't do this wrong if you follow these steps and stop the worrying - that releases cortisol and heads down the rabbit hole of negative thinking. You're on the path - trust yourself.

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Penelope,

      Katherine's reply is wonderful, thank you Katherine. I agree with what she has said.

      Continue to keep adding in the good stuff - you are doing wonderfully!! Keep on with the visualizations as these will help to support you as well.

      • gabrielmethod says:

        Hi Penelope!

        Yes, Katherine and Nadia are correct. Remember that these healthy choices connect to a healthy lifestyle and the weight should follow. You should focus on nourishing your body. Stressing on weight can be a fat trigger factor.

        Keep up the great work!

        Best,
        GM Team

    • Penelope Curry says:

      Thank you all for your replies - I will try to relax into the great reassurance! It's wonderful to think that this method is starting to change things, but the fear of failure, (again), is immense. I am beginning to see how all the tips for managing stress are so crucial, and it is great to have the resources for learning how to manage it.
      Thank you.

  79. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Greetings from snowy and frigid Eastern Pennsylvania, USA. This winter has been especially gray with lots of snow. Our lack of sunlight is taking it's emotional toll. When I use a tanning bed I seem to feel better. I know they are generally not healthy for my skin but I'm feeling a bit desperate. Is there any advantage to the rays a tanning bed offers? Any idea why they make me feel better?

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Wendi,

      Yes, I have heard that the winter over there this year is quite intense!!

      I don't like the idea of tanning beds. What I would suggest is that whenever you are outside (even just walking to the car) to look up to the sky (there is still sunlight that comes through the clouds) with your eyes open and take some deep breaths allowing the sun (or daylight) to enter your body and nourish you.

      Visualize the rays of the sun (even if it is coming through the clouds) nourishing your body.

      Take advantage of doing this, for sure, any moments that the sun does peek through.

      Spring will arrive soon.

      • Katherine Potter says:

        I love this answer as I live in Syracuse NY which is only 1 or 2 days short of Seattle for having the least sunny days in the US. Thank you Nadia - a little visualizing for the sun to hasten its journey north!

        • Leah Fischer says:

          Even though Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada has the most sunniest days in Canada..we have a manufacturer here that helps us on the cloudy days of winter!

          http://www.litebook.com/

          • Jo says:

            Oh I was given one of those years ago to help with regulating sleep as my husband and I both do shift work and often sleep all day, work all night. I know many people in countries with dark winters find the full spectrum lights to help them with Seasonal Affective Disorder. I just found it made a pleasant feeling like being at the beach.

  80. Yvette Halbwirth says:

    Hi Jon Firstly.....OMG. I love you!!! I feel amazing happy energised & supported knowing that I'm on the right track for the first time. I'm not going any where near the scales just rejoicing in the positive energy!!! YAY from Perth. Q. Would you please email me a contact for Cellular Release therapy in Perth? Q. You mentioned home yoga for WL ?? Thanks in advance :)) Yvette

  81. Laurie Mazzone says:

    Thank you Jon and everyone involved in the program.

  82. Laurie Mazzone says:

    This week has been the most challenging for me. It is becoming so clear to me that the root of my problems in weight loss has so much to do with emotional stress. I have had a whirlwind of ups and downs this week. I went off my eating and was really angry at myself for sabotaging my healthy plan. I cried as I listened to the guest class this week which actually made me feel better. I realized so much of my thoughts about myself are causing me to be in very stressful situations that keep me at battle. I also had an issue with my daughter that really brought it all out in the open when I realized how much I internalize negativity toward myself. It has been an eye opening week and I'm hoping I have learned a few things this week that will help me make the change I am so desperately seeking.

  83. Anastasia Doolaege says:

    Could you please again comment on Balsamic Vinegar & Olive oil of Modena. I could not locate where you had mentioned it before

  84. Sue Lennox says:

    I have looked for a visualization which says "safe, strong and protective" and am assuming it is the Living Goddess because there isn't one called "safe, strong and protective" is there? Sue

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Sue,
      There is a 'safe, strong and protected' visualisation - just scroll down a bit further on the Visualisation Library page - its near the bottom of the page.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  85. Bente Linnea Skovborg says:

    Hi It seems that I can not hear the talks anymore. What has happened ? And I can still not download the night visualization even with the direct link. Can you please help?

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Bente,
      Are you able to download the other visualisations?
      Please check that your sound is not turned off on your computer. So sorry for the problems you are having - please contact our team at help@thegabrielmethod.com urgently and they will fix this for you!
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  86. Nancy Fields says:

    Hi I loved the Hormone Balancing w/ Dr. Liebowitz. I have two questions: 1) I am going to get a blood panel done, and I asked my primary physician to add insulin, vitamin D and leptin to the script for the blood draw. She added 2 of the three, but said she couldn't add the leptin - do I need to see an endocrinologist or some other kind of doctor to get a blood test for leptin? It does not seem to be a common test, although internet research showed there is a blood test for it 2) If I understood Dr. Liebowitz and Jon correctly with the concept of leptin resistance, is one of the purposes of the visualizations to override our body's thinking we are starving due to the leptin resistance? Thanks for your time, Nancy

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Nancy,

      I recommend listening to the interview with Dr. Rosedale. According to Dr. Rosedale, everybody that's overweight has leptin resistance, by definition. If you didn't have leptin resistance you would not have a weight problem.

      We have leptin resistance because our body thinks we're starving, so one of the reasons why we do visualization is to communicate to our body that we're not starving, that we don't need to have the excess weight, and then that reduces stress, which then reduces leptin resistance.

      -Jon

  87. Leah Fischer says:

    I was trying to Listen to the Best of John audios...the tracks are dragging..is it my computer or the files?

  88. Bee Bee Koh says:

    Hi Jon, can you explain what is a blood sugar balancing breakfast & what does it do? Why is it important?

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Bee Bee,

      A blood sugar balancing breakfast is a breakfast that includes The Big 3 (healthy protein, live foods and omega 3s). Here is a link to some really great videos Jon has done with several delicious breakfast ideas --> https://members.thegabrielmethod.com/uce/breakfast-with-jon-videos/.

      Eating a breakfast like this will nourish you while keeping your blood sugar nice and balanced. This means that you will not have a big crash after eating that often brings cravings.

      • Jaycee says:

        Hi Nadia - I tried to access the videos you suggested in your response to Bee Bee and the link is only available to 'members' - would it be possible to have it made available to the NYNY members? Thanks, J.

      • Bee Bee Koh says:

        the link says - Sorry... you don't have access to this page!

        • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Bee Bee,
          Sorry about that, those recipes videos are part of our Ultimate Coaching Experience program. However, some of these recipes plus more are in the eRecipe book that is included with this NYNY program - please see pages 33 - 57 for all of the breakfast options.
          Kind regards
          Den - GM Team

  89. Bee Bee Koh says:

    Thyroid expert says - Here's a direct study showing that tryptophan, cysteine, and methionine inhibit the formation of thyroid hormone in the gland by TPO. It also shows that gelatin does not have this effect, which is one of many reasons why we use gelatin.

    http://www.scielo.br/pdf/bjmbr/v33n3/3596m.pdf

    Thyroid peroxidase activity is inhibited by amino acids.

    A pancreatic digest of gelatin (0.1 mg/ml) or any other amino acid (50 microM) tested did not significantly decrease TPO activity. The amino acids that impair iodide oxidation also inhibit the TPO albumin iodination activity. The inhibitory amino acids contain side chains with either sulfur atoms (cysteine and methionine) or aromatic rings (tyrosine, tryptophan, histidine and phenylalanine). Among the amino acids tested, only cysteine affected the TPO guaiacol oxidation reaction, producing a transient inhibition at 25 or 50 microM. The iodide oxidation inhibitory activity of cysteine, methionine and tryptophan was reversed by increasing iodide concentrations from 12 to 18 mM, while no such effect was observed when the cofactor (H2O2) concentration was increased. The inhibitory substances might interfere with the enzyme activity by competing with its normal substrates for their binding sites, binding to the free substrates or reducing their oxidized form.

  90. Patricia Gill says:

    Dear Jon, For 3 weeks I've been really good. I've followed the action plans, listened to the visualizations, etc. Today after running into a person I have had continuous tension with, I semi-consciously ate 3 huge breakfast cookies with in 10 minutes. The cookies were intended for my daughters. What would be a good solution to have stopped this behavior? I need to have solutions in place so that I will think twice and stop this behavior. I am unhappy that I sabotaged myself.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      For starters, it's best to just let it go and move on. Might be go to have some healthy snacks on hand in for a similar situation. Eventually your body will become less triggered by emotional stress and it will become less of an issue.

      • Patricia Gill says:

        Do you have non food ways to handle this? A meditation sentence, or something that helps me say in the moment--I am good enough--I can handle this--I won't sabotage myself. I need tools. Thanks

        • Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Patricia,

          I would refer to Paul North's interview, where he's got the four statements that you say to yourself, something like, "I'm sorry, I love you, thank you." It's a Hawaiian healing technique that Paul North recommended. It's very powerful, where in that moment just making those statements to get consciousness and into the moment.

          -Jon

  91. Anastasia Doolaege says:

    If you are eating fermented foods with every meal, is it necessary to still take probiotics 2 times daily?

  92. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    You know what I wish, Jon? There is so much information in these blogs alone, I wish a 'search' could be added somehow. Possible?

  93. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    Sometime ago, there was some discussion about Blister peanuts. I don't know if anyone ever followed up on it...I didn't. But coincidentally today, I found the definition for those interested...from http://www.nuts.com
    Blister peanuts are a brand new addition to the Nuts.com offering. First boiled in water, then roasted, and finally sprinkled with salt, these are crispy and frankly, awesome. These blister peanuts are a premium product.

  94. Judith says:

    Is there going to be a live event at Kiama (or elsewhere) this year? Thanks

  95. Pat Biggs says:

    Hi Jon and All,

    I've missed a lot of information.....can anyone answer if we are allowed to put a lil honey or natural sweetners in the lemon water we are drinking in the morning?

  96. Leah Fischer says:

    Just had an A-HA moment while re-listening to the guest class with Paul (mostly the Dahli Lama comment)I thought I'd share. I realized the separation of the mind-body-spirit..are like the ID-EGO-SUPEREGO or for Christians, JESUS-HOLY SPIRIT-GOD...enlightenment comes when I realize the mind-body-spirit are separate but must work together..for so long my spirit was damaged and my mind was trying to keep control and my body was saying it is out of balance and trying to keep all pieces together...I am telling my body I LOVE IT..I ACCEPT IT..and I APPRECIATE IT...and I asked it to FORGIVE ME (MIND)..and all this time I felt like I was at war with an enemy..hopefully we will all work as one soon..

  97. Jo says:

    Hi Jon,
    I've had your book for years and had your evening visualisation which I tried to use many times.
    Then in the past few years I experienced an exceptional avalanche of extremely horrible experiences which were caused by other people behaving very badly.
    now I try to avoid the evening visualisation because there is one sentence in there that jars me awake every time and no matter how I try to let go, I just cannot believe it could ever be true.
    It's where you say that everyone is doing the best they can with the information and resources they have at the time.
    (I'm sure I likely quoted that wrong, but it also sounds like what my self defense instructor told us, so that we would not feel bad for not being able to protect ourselves at the time from the people that assaulted us.)
    Anyway. Every time I hear it I'm jolted out of a helpful state and just cant accept it.
    It's not that I'm resisting something good, (like self comppassion etc which is hard but I can believe in it).
    It's because in my life I've experienced, (and observed in the lives of close people around me,) that there have been some very *unkind* people who know full well what they are doing, and still do it anyway.
    I can't believe that it's possible that they actually mean well and are doing the best that they can with their resources & knowledge...
    When you're dealing with rapists, child molesters and violent criminals, (yes there are all three in my family), it feels pretty ludicrous to say "oh they didn't have the knowledge yet to know it was hurtful" or "oh they're doing the best they can..."
    I just don't understand how I am supposed to stay in smart mode and accept those words when my instincts (which I've slowly learned to listen to after a lifetime of shutting them down) tell me that these people are dangerous and do not mean well.
    I mean really. Do serial killers do what they do because they're doing the best they can?
    I hope I haven't offended you for the words you say in the visualisation.
    I'm curious to hear your thoughts as that sentence has always been a huge sticky point for me.
    (However, the other new visualisations have been an amazing help!!!)
    From a thankful but puzzled Jo..:-)

    • Jeanne Trespicio says:

      I'm going to go way out on a limb here and risk responding to this. Please feel free to correct me, Jon...I just feel compelled to respond.
      People do not always do their best...that's the nature of free choice on this earth. My feeling is that they may know they are being mean, but have little idea of the serious implications for themselves now and later, when all will come around to hurt them ...in one way or another.
      So, in that sense, my attitude is that they will never be allowed to dictate my reaction, my self worth, or hurt me in any way, ..and I visualize myself as stronger, wiser, and protected from them, as in Jon's 'safe' visualization. You are quite separate from them, indeed. Distance yourself as best you can ...and if I may add, they are God's problem to solve...not yours.

      • M1 says:

        I like what Jeanne said. I am also thinking about a forgiveness exercise a friend of mine used in a class she used to teach. In the exercise, you imagine the person who wronged you as a child, small and vulnerable, up on a stage where they are scared. I believe it is important for your health and happiness to forgive... not theirs. You forgiving them is about you, and a gift to you. I don't know if it helps, but Ive heard that predators have all been victims themselves. I give you wishes for strength and peace to resolve these issues and be able to stay away from this situation and people.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jo,

      I totally understand your feelings. I've been extremely fortunate in my life to never have direct experience with any of the horrors you've been exposed to. The point of the sentence is to let go of the stories of your life and forgive as much as possible. Not for their sake but, as M1 points out, for your sake. Admittedly though, their are limitations to the statement as in your case.

      • Jo says:

        Thankyou Jon, Jeanne & M1 for responding. I think of it now that "most" people (not all) are doing the best they can.. etc. Because no matter what is done to us, we still get to choose how we respond to others.
        A large problem for me in my life is that I have always had too much empathy, forgiveness & compassion for predators (not any for myself). I understand very well that most if not all were hurt by someone else. (Even the serial killers were hurt as children).
        We were also taught by our mum to feel sorry for the "good Christian man" (predator) & yet she never put the same compassion into protecting her children. It's only now that I've seen it all repeating in the next generation that I've woken up the protective instinct of a mother lion or tiger. ( Auntie Lioness. )
        I learned in self defense class that I can protect someone else or defend myself physically very well. But emotionally & psychologically is another skill altogether.
        Anyway, I feel more hopeful since doing this course. (Even though I'm still 2 weeks behind!) Thankyou to everyone. πŸ™‚

  98. Tom Siebrasse says:

    Hi Jon: Wondering what the best way to get chlorine and fluoride out of my public water supply drinking water? If memory serves me, you mentioned that those chemicals are wiping out the good bacteria from the probiotics I am trying to reintroduce to my stomach.

    Also, have been on Prevacid for acid reflux for about 20 years. Wondering if these drugs are inhibiting any of the good things we are trying to do and could I eventually get off them without adverse acid reflux pain?

    Lastly, I am not going to cut out all my vices like a cocktail or two, what would be your liquor of choice with the least impact on what we are trying to do? Single malt? Have a sizeable wine collection but that is no doubt loaded with sugar...

    Thanks,

    TOM

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Tom,

      I'm pretty sure a Britta filter or a charcoal filter will filter out those chemicals. Yes the antacids will interrupt your digestive effectiveness. For alcohol, organic wine is probably the best choice and actually has some beneficial features.

      Jon

  99. Jayne says:

    Hello

    Couple of questions...firstly re the visualisations. Apart from where you've specified that they are morning ones, evening ones etc, when would we fit the other ones in? For instance, should you only listen to the bedtime one at bedtime or sometimes could you change it for another one like the Abundant Life one?

    Secondly, I finally got to listen to the whole week 2 guest class tonight with Donna Gates. She also mentioned having lemon juice squeezed into water as Jon did in week 1. Donna, if I recall correctly, mentioned having it 3 times thru the day. Jon specified in the morning. Having it more often than just in the morning is ok? I had a friend (newly qualified fitness trainer and in a very 'knows everything' period) visit one morning and she saw me squeeze my lemon into the water and drink it and she was adamant that I should only be having it at night! Not that I'm believing her with her 6 month course knowledge over Jon or Donna's immense knowledge! But really, anytime is going to be good for you?

    Also, I think I have a week or so of lemons left on my tree. But I have a tree full of grapefruit! Any chance grapefruit would be of equal benefit to the lemon?!

    Thanks! Really enjoyed Donna's guest class and Jon's questions to her.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jayne,

      You can listen to any visualization at any time during the day or night. You can't really make a mistake there. Also you can drink lemon water anytime during the day as well. Grapefruit should be fine too.

  100. Lynne Downes says:

    Hi! I'm not able to locate the Mindfulness Meditation that Jon mentions in today's daily message. Can you provide me some direction, please? Thanks!

  101. Kjersti says:

    Hello. I have really enjoyed the visualizations and I definitely notice an improvement in my outlook. I also lack cravings and food impulsiveness that I previously had. Unfortunately, I find I am still overeating things that I think are "good for me." But I noticed it and am focusing on listening to my digestive brain better and stopping when I am no longer hungry.
    My question is related to the weeks topic of stress. I gained the majority of my problem weight with my first pregnancy. Between my pregnancies I lost down to about where I am now, and now, 10 years after my last baby was born, here I stay, 80 lb over my ideal weight. I have done the safe, secure, protected visualization and I love the imagery. It occurred to me, that, since my weight gain definitely happened with pregnancy, I wonder if it is related to maternal concerns. Perhaps I need a safe, strong, protected visualization regarding my children that will assist with me losing the "baby fat." Does that make sense?

    Thank you so much for sharing this and helping so many people. You are a real source of good in our world.

    • M1 says:

      I also have stress related to worrying about the safety of my children. I love how the safe and protected visualization says something like "your children are safe" at some point. I would also like any suggestions about letting go of this worry about the kids and what is the right thing to do for them.

  102. Jennifer says:

    Hi Jon,

    Just finished the class and it was great. I am curious, though, after your discussion about how the body doesn't differentiate between thoughts of the past or future and the actual present. You were both talking about how the body reacts to negative thoughts about the past/future as if they were currently happening.

    Does this process extend to entertainment? When we are reading or watching/consuming entertainment that draws out intense emotions (such as fear, grief, sadness, joy), does our body experience the same cycle?

    If so, perhaps we should avoid those books/shows that increase our fear/anxiety while we are trying to lose weight? Or is there a way to make sure we are "disconnected" from those second-hand experiences?

    Looking forward to your thoughts!

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Absolutely Jennifer. You couldn't pay me enough to watch a horror movie.

      • Katherine Potter says:

        Totally agree! Just as we have the freedom to put poison in our mouths, we have the freedom to put poison in our minds. I've noticed from doing the visualizations that I no longer am willing to watch TV or even entertainment unless it is comedy or dance or music or a truly inspirational film that lightens my spirit. I think we can trust this process as we connect our minds with our bodies and our intuitive understanding to guide us by gentle attraction to the things that are nourishing to our minds and our bodies. Great, great, GREAT question!!

  103. Bee Bee Koh says:

    You recommend whey but apparently Whey protein happens to be high in the amino acids tryptophan and cysteine that are known to cause inflammation and inhibit thyroid function.
    Whey protein is also highly processed through dehydration which increases the oxidation of the protein. This decreases the value of the protein while increasing its toxicity and its potential for causing allergic reactions.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Bee Bee,

      Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and cysteine is essential in some cases. That means the body absolutely has to have them. As far as the processed issue goes, I agree, I'm tending to recommend more raw protein powders these days as they are less processed.

  104. Bee Bee Koh says:

    Polyunsaturated Fat Food Sources such as flaxseed oil & salmon are apparently bad for thyroid, due to the negative thyroid suppressing effects that polyunsaturated fats have on your thyroid, an expert says- do you agree or disagree?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Bee Bee,

      Not all polyunsaturated fats are created equal. Some of them are the worst things you can put in your body, such as refined vegetable oils. But omega 3's a type of polyunsaturated fat is great for thyroid function, because they are help reverse leptin resistance, which increases thyroid signaling.

  105. Bee Bee Koh says:

    an expert in hypothyroidism says we should take bone broth n gelatin to get highly anti inflammatory amino acids. You don't prescribe to bone broth or gelatin??

    • Nadia Harper says:

      These aren't things that I use but I know that many people use bone broth and find great benefits from it.

      • Katherine Potter says:

        Wow, Bee Bee Koh - you are on a mission with regard to your thyroid!! I appreciate all your questions and the referencing you do to original articles in other posts on FB, etc. I too suffer from hypothyroidism, so I am watching the discussion with fascination. However, at the same time, I think we can get distracted from the point by all this 'following the experts' discussion. And I know that we all have our path to follow. As a scientist myself, I can appreciate the motivation, but what I want to offer is this - is it possible that we can trust our bodies to guide us to just the right proteins/foods/lifestyle? If we continue to go down the rabbit hole with the experts, the Queen will likely demand our heads, and rightly so!! That is the purpose of the meditations/healing methodologies/visualizations as I see it - to draw us away from the rabbit hole and lift us into oneness with our intuitive understanding.

  106. Anita F says:

    Hi Jon,

    Just wondering which visualization you would recommend, or if you have any techniques, to help curb the onslaught of things around us that keep reminding me how fat I am.

    I was really enjoying the program, but after having my birthday last week, I feel quite overwhelmed, and starting to despair that I will ever lose weight. It started with seeing photos of myself, and this reminded me that several years ago, I had promised myself I would lose approximately 50 Kg, before my 50th birthday. Panic, I have only a year to go, that makes it approximately 1 kg per week, or even more, as I have put on more weight than i thought i have! Yes, i confessed i jumped on the scales but my trainer at gym wanted to know my current weight.
    Then my Doctor called later that week, to do a health check as my iron levels were low, and of course when I had a health check, again I was weighed.
    I come home to find my boys watching the Biggest Loser on television, and they are exclaiming over how heavy some of the contestants were, and what there predicted age of death was. Oh no, i realize i am heavier than some of those contestants! ( not that my boys know that, and I get away with some of it because I'm taller).
    I open up the cupboard, and in there is all the unopened boxes of chocolates given to me for Christmas and my birthday, and beside them is numerous bottles of healthy supplements, (approx 50 different things I have collected as an answer to my weight or health issues), and so I think where do i start.
    So the list goes on, and I am sorry I seemed to have gone on too, but as I write this the tears fall, and i realize that they are healing. Just as my cupboard is cluttered, so is my mind with failures of trying to lose weight.

    This is good, because as i declutter, hope can filter in.

    Jon, I know your method is on the right track, and back to my original question, any ideas on how not to lose sight amidst everything out there reminding me "I am fat"

    Sorry, hope i haven't said too much, and this is putting me way out of my comfort zone, but i am going to hit post comment, before i change my mind. I know if i can jump this hurdle, I am well on the way, to a new me.

    Regards, Anita

    • Leah Fischer says:

      Anita! No need for tears..hang in there! Try to stay in the moment and do what u know what is right for that moment. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself! Its going to activate more stress. Be kind to yourself and do something that makes u happy or a meditation(Living Goddess?)Listen to last nights core Class! Focus on one foot in front of the other..that's all!

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Anita,
      I will ask your question in tonight's show, but just thought I would add here now beforehand, please don't feel that you have said too much. This forum is here for that purpose.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

      • M1 says:

        Hi Anita, I am definitely in your same shoes where the heaviest woman to ever be on The Biggest Loser weighed less than me. For other issues, I think that show is horrible and my life has been more peaceful since we got rid of TV a couple years ago. I also understand the other things you typed. Sometimes these feelings need to come up to the surface so they can be healed and gone. Best wishes Anita!

        • Anita F says:

          Thankyou all very much for your helpful comments.

          It has made me realise that I worry far too much about what others will think about my weight, instead of nurturing positive thoughts for myself.

  107. Leah Fischer says:

    1)My ovulation in my cycle is really throwing my body in a spin..only b/c I've been eating well and know the program was working can I see how much stress this puts on my body because my body resorts back to old patterns/cravings out of my control..would love to hear strategies to deal with my carb cravings at this time!

    2)struggling to figure out what to eat..need a cookbook with raw food ideas for my new lifestyle change!

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Leah,

      On the days when cravings are strong, drink extra water, do more visualization and be okay with giving your body what it is asking for ... and also focus on getting the good stuff in as well. It is not about deprivation, it is about adding in the good stuff.

      Check out Jon's cookbook and videos there are many great ideas there (in the members resource area of the GM website)

      There are also some raw food recipes on my website that may inspire you --> http://www.Making-Healthy-Choices.com

  108. Bee Bee Koh says:

    if we ground flaxseed, is it ok cos i'm told all seeds have to be sprouted or else it retains a inhibitor which makes digestion impossible - so does it mean it's pointless eating walnuts, hazelnuts & all the nuts unless we soak them in water overnite!!

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Bee Bee,
      Grinding the flaxseed has the same effect as soaking other nuts and seeds, so it is okay to just grind your flaxseed before eating it, it doesn't need to be soaked as well.
      Its not pointless eating the nuts without soaking them, its just easier for your body to digest them and therefore get maximum nutritional benefit if the nuts have been sprouted. Jon suggests chewing your nuts really well if you want to eat them without soaking.
      Hope this helps.
      Den - GM Team

  109. Bee Bee Koh says:

    I think hypothyroidism is a big part of my health problems n causing some of the problems of poor circulation n tightness of muscles. What would you advise in terms of food.

    • Leah Fischer says:

      interested in a response too!

    • Nadia Harper says:

      It is important to address stress and emotional issues as these can be directly related to hypothyroidism.

      In terms of food; drinking enough water is important, nourishing your body with high quality foods (eating the GM way), and avoiding chemicals.

      Maca, nettles, seaweed and wheatgrass are a few things that are known to nourish and support the thyroid.

      • Katherine Potter says:

        Also, I had a huge breakthrough by taking iodoral - iodine/iodide tablets. Dr. Brownstein's website will give you all the details. You can use seaweed, but the iodine content is not consistent and if you are deficient (which 96% of 1000s of his patients have been), you will have strong reactions to the detox affect of taking iodine so it is better to take 12.5 mg to start and work up from there. You will notice it in what normally shows up for you when you are stressed - for me it was extreme fatigue. For others, it is stomach issues, or headaches, for those who are susceptible to these responses to stress. Dr. B recommends large doses (4-6000 units) of Vitamin C and make sure you are eating Brazil nuts to get selenium (this is crucial for muscle relaxation btw which I know from owning horses and living where are selenium deficient in the soil). Hope this helps. You can buy Iodoral on Amazon.

        • Molo says:

          Kelp, chlorella, Spirulina, and bladderack(sp.) are all great sources of iodine. All sea based veg. Life is full of iodine. Lots of these also help to iliminate radiation as well which is a great added bonus. Any time we can get vit. And minerals from food sources the better. You can not o.d. On food based iodine. It will go into your body feed all that needs it and then you will pee it out. Prescriptions, well they are a different story, that's why most Dr.'s don't prescribe until you are way off the charts.

  110. Sandra Neill says:

    Week three core class is not showing up at all on the right menu. I missed it last night and would love to listen to it.

  111. Lex says:

    HI Jon
    thanks for answering my question today in the Stress core class.
    I found the whole class illuminating. But what was really strange was that throughout the whole class as I was listening, I felt anxious the whole time. Shaky and overwhelmed. Interesting huh? Quite convincing to me that there is something emotional there.
    How do I dig deep and find out what it is? I think that this may unlock the weight issue for me forever.
    Thanks

  112. Kelley says:

    I posted a couple of questions on the digestion page but hadn't received a response, so I'm repeating them here. The brand of digestive enzymes I bought says to take one with meals, should I still take two?
    I notice you recommend Stevia now over Xylitol, is Stevia preferable?

    • Katherine Potter says:

      I don't know if you got a response, but I've heard Jon say that you should take one digestive enzyme twice a day with a meal only. And this is a practice you may only need to do for a little while.

      Jon mentioned also that there were some that did not like the alcohol-derived sugar replacements. He is not firm on this from what I heard. Eventually your body will tell you - keep listening to its innate wisdom - it totally knows what it needs and that may change from day to day.

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Kelley,

      You should take the recommended dosage on the type of digestive enzymes you have purchased because there are different strengths depending on the brand.

      -Jon

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      In regards to sweeteners, Stevia is always a better sweetener, from a health perspective. It's just tough to get Stevia to taste good. Stevia typically makes bitter food more bitter, but it does make tart foods sweeter. So if you're sweetening tart fruits, like raspberries, blueberries it can make them sweeter. It's a tricky sweetener, but it is definitely better for you. Xylitol has gotten a lot of bad publicity these days because of how processed it is, so I usually mix Stevia with coconut palm sugar. Between the two, you can get a sweetener that doesn't have a bitter aftertaste and doesn't elevate your blood sugar too much, and it's easy on the digestion and it's not too processed.

      -Jon

  113. Helene Kostre says:

    I HAD ASKED SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT The GRAINFIELDS PRODUCTS I AM AN ACUPUNCTURIST AND HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THE U.S. sales rep never heard back
    the question was
    I understand using the super greens but if not eating grains would you still consider the Grains and greens and Legume products would they effect the insulin/leptin resistance if trying to reverse that and turn off FAT programs also how do you use or compare the liquid spirulina and the super greens powder

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Helene,

      I apologize for the delay in response. I'm not familiar with the product line, Grainfields so I cannot comment on that. Wheat grass, barley grass, they're sprouts, they're not processed grains, so they're not starchy, they don't have gluten, they don't elevate blood sugar and they don't cause insulin or leptin spikes. So it's a totally different animal than whole and processed grains, and they're full of nutrients and trace minerals and vitamins.

      -Jon

  114. Nandan Cox says:

    can you share a chia bran pizza base recipe?

  115. Holly LeMaster says:

    Hi, Jon.

    Loving this program so far! And very excited to get into the emotional stuff.

    I have been battling a particularly nasty parasite which hitched home from Bali with me last summer. Looking at the buggers as a metaphor (what people and circumstances in my life are sucking the life out of me?) as I try to kill them off, with some success, but I understand that it can take a long time.

    Here's a two-part question:

    1. Will you speak more overall about parasites' impact on digestion, nutrient absorption and weight?

    2. I have been reading about the benefits of diatomaceous earth, especially RE parasites. What's your take on this?

    Thanks a million.

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Holly,

      I've heard a lot of good things about diatomaceous earth for getting rid of parasites. We're not going to be talking too much more in any of the talks about parasites or digestion, because we covered that in week two. But diatomaceous earth, I've heard a lot of good things about it, I've tried it myself, so it is a good product for helping to kill parasites in your body. So yes to that.

      Also, on your sort of mind/body connection about parasites sucking the life out of you, I have heard that when you're being overpowered by people outside of you, you're more likely to develop Candida and parasites. So strong boundaries, as we talk about in the emotional week, we talk about emotional obesity, developing strong boundaries is, from a mind/body perspective, an effective way of combating parasites and yeast infections.

      -Jon

  116. Carla A says:

    hi Jon ,
    as anything you eat raw has a risk of contamination with salmonella , E. coli and other bacterias
    I was wondering your opinion specially about eating sprouted greens and legumes like alfalfa and fenugreek raw since sometimes in Europe we hear that people got sick after eating them from an organic farm that had a bacteria outbreak and they found out after was already contaminated and sold to the consumer?
    Thank you!

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Carla,

      I don't think you can get salmonella from sprouts. I've never heard of getting salmonella or ecoli from sprouts. There's probably more to that story, but that doesn't sound like a realistic concern to me.

      -Jon

  117. Anne Murphy says:

    Hello Jon,
    Thank you for the information on the fish oil this morning. I went to order some but for some reason the cart registered the 21 Day Meditation as my purchase. It happened 3 times. Perhaps there is a glitch?
    Very much looking forward to today's class

    Cheers Anne

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Anne,
      Not sure what has happened, but please try these suggestions to fix the problem:
      1) Try using a different web browser such as Google Chrome
      (recommended), Safari or Internet Explorer this usually helps
      solve the problem.
      2) Clear your browsing history/cookies or You can clear your
      history/cache by clicking on CTRL+F5 (on your keyboard).
      Hope this fixes it, if not please contact our team at help@thegabrielmethod.com.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  118. Sandra Neill says:

    Is anyone else having trouble with this website? It is taking forever to load and I wasn't able to do my visualization last night or this morning because it stops every 30 seconds or so. I thought it might be my internet connection but other websites seem to work fine.

  119. Daniela Bradley says:

    Dear Jon and team,
    Right now I am feeling really bitter and disappointed and I hope you can put my worries at ease. I finally made it to our chemist and also the health food shop and I am shocked at how much things costs. To use a good quality probiotic and some enzymes would cost me around $100 per months!! (gulp!). The only chia bran I could find was $15 for 200 grams (so $75 per kg!! Compared to $4 for organic stoneground wholemeal flour!). The list goes on as I looked at raw chocolate, coconut flour etc. I will look around online but I think I got a rough indication of prices so far. Right now I feel like this diet is only for the rich - because frankly I cannot afford to buy any of these items. So what I need to know is - can I heal my body, and my mind, and loose weight through using the GM method even without using probiotics and enzymes and gluten free grain free options? So, by still eating wheat, and normal chocolate etc. I grow some vegetables and fruit myself which are of course organic and super fresh - do they have enough enzymes in them to help heal my gut? I also managed to get my hands on some kefir grains (free) so I will have at least one strand of probiotic. Is this enough? I am really worried right now.
    Thank you.

    • Annah Winheld says:

      Dear Daniela, I'm certain Jon or the team will answer this for you. I am simply another participant. You letter spoke to me and I will share little tips that I have done. 1) I grind my own flax seeds,,,they are generally cheap and a grinder second hand is cheap and good long term investment. 2) I only buy a cup or so of chia seeds at a time when funds are limited (they are approx $30/kg where I am), I buy a good quality apple cider within my budget (it lasts a while) and lemons. Then, when I feel set up and doing those I maybe buy a bottle of digestive enzmes and or probiotics.usually a week apart for the budget.

      I hear you, there is expense..and overwhelm...and even when we know we are worth it, and it will save us hundreds in future health related costs, there is a reality to how we are living now and our budget...... but then, when I have extra I might buy some coconut flour....to try it... So it is more manageable and I really appreciate the items. It's experiential and a transition... Please take what is useful and remember it's all right!

      • Sharon H says:

        With probiotics, cultured veggies are a more reasonable way to go. You have to get a few things to start. That could help some,I don't know it there is a way to do it without starter but it would make sense that there is one. I started expensive but that pace would be difficult so am slowly working back. Jon has a video with Coach Christine on budgeting that is helpful. If not organic rinse in vinegar water. Jon and the GM team have a lot of good ideas on this.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      You don't need to buy any of these things really, you just have to eat more real foods. You can get locally grown, in season, spray free produce as well as grass fed, free range meats from farmers markets and growing co-ops often much cheaper than conventionally farmed produce that you find in large super markets. You can grown your own sprouts for pennies a serving. If you eat lots of real, live food fermented and cultured foods you can get all the enzymes and probiotics you need.

      Also food is just one small component in all of this. I've seen many people lose weight making very little changes to their diet, but by addressing the mental and emotional stresses that were causing the weight gain. In this course we're giving you tons of information, but nothing is exclusive here. Whatever you can pick up and incorporate into your life will benefit you. Whatever you can't do or don't want to do, leave alone. Please don't feel any stress or be too overly focused on doing 'everything right'. Anything positive you do will benefit you and help create a positive momentum in your life that will make it so much easier for your body to lose weight.

      • Daniela Bradley says:

        Thanks heaps. So glad to hear that, and thanks again for explaining this in your last class. I am loving the visualizations and noticing both how much of the time I'm actually stressed and how they are helping to calm me and feel more positive. Thank you!

  120. Laurie Mazzone says:

    I recently saw kelp noodles in the health food store. I was wondering what you thought of using these in place of pasta which I love to eat. It seemed interesting.

  121. Audrey White says:

    Question about purified CLA:

    I had been (before GM) using an exercise bar that said it burned fat and not muscle if taken on an empty stomach with water 15 minutes before exercising. It had 1.5g of purified CLA as it's key ingredient. I looked up CLA and I think it is conjugated linoleic acid but the box just says CLA so I can't be sure.

    Now (after using it for a couple years off and on) I am wondering to ask what is CLA and can it really assist in burning fat and not muscle or is it dangerous to me. Jon, have you heard of it?

    Thanks,
    Audrey

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Audry it's an essential fatty acid and yes it can assist in weight loss. They key is that it has to be in 'cis' form and not 'trans' form. So if you buy CLA supplements, make sure they specifically say they are in 'cis' form.

  122. Rob Moffat says:

    Hi Jon,

    I want to support the Gabriel method in New Zealand either on the ground or through my existing gym businesses and would like an avenue to explore this with you.

    Can you please get in touch with me I'm based in Wellington.

    Regards Rob

  123. Sindy Van leuven says:

    Hi Jon,

    What about the acid in lemons and Apple cider vineagar I take first thing in the morning with lots of water? Does it break down the good bacteria in the probiotics I also take first thing in the morning?

    Thx for your reply

  124. Sindy Van leuven says:

    Hi Jon,

    I have Some questions:

    What about the acid in lemons and Apple cider vineagar I take first thing in the morning with lots of water? Does it break down the good bacteria in the probiotics I also take first thing in the morning?

    Is Xylitol as good as stevia? I like the flavor far more than stevia

    Thx for your reply

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Xylitol's getting some bad press these days because it's so highly processed. I still use it in small quantities. Every natural sweetener has it's pros and cons. I suggest mixing and matching. For example if you combine 1 tablespoon of xylitol, with 1 tbls coconut palm sugar and 1 pinch of stevia, the net affect is quite good and you're not getting too much of any one sugar. You also can't taste the bitter after taste of the stevia in this ratio.

  125. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Greetings! Three quick questions:
    1. I don't have a juicer. Can I simply chop up wheat grass and blend it into a smoothie using a blender?

    2. Sourdough bread; Is it ok to occasionally make sourdough bread (no yeast) using sprouted wheat flour, Coconut flour or Chia Bran?

    3. When is best to drink Kefir made from raw milk? It seems so many things want to be taken "first thing" in the morning and there is only one "first thing". What's the priority; water, Colton vitamins, kefir (pro-biotic)?

    Thanks!

  126. Jill Clark says:

    Hi Jon and GM Team,

    I started taking Digestive Enzymes (Brand is Nature's Sunshine which I bought at a Health Food store in Brisbane) on Saturday. I bought one that contains hydrochloride and Pepsin because I thought that was what Donna Gates recommended. I took two before lunch and dinner because I was home for both meals.

    I also started taking a Probiotic(I bought Orthoplex Multiflora because the store said it covered the widest range of bacteria). I took one with lunch and one in the afternoon with no food.

    I also bought a triple green superfood powder (I bought all you need is love brand) to have at work in the afternoons because I can't access fresh juice. I decided to try that out on Saturday afternoon before I took it to work on Monday.

    I was fine on Saturday and feeling great. Unfortunately, on Sunday and today I have had the worst cramps and amazing amounts of gas, constant, loud and well slightly embrasing in the cublical land I call my office. It is pretty uncomfortable and I am sure it is causing at least low grade, potentially medium grade stress on my system, the gas is definately causing medium to high grade embrasment. Any chance this could be caused by what I took or do you think this is another issue I should see a doctor about? I really want to keep on track with the actions, so any advice on whether I am taking the wrong thing or if there is a better alternative out there would be greatly appreciated?

    Readers, sorry about the graphic nature of my question, hopefully there is someone else out there that can benefit from me asking Jon this question.

    If you could get back to me soon Jon, my co-workers within my office would really appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Jill

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jill,

      Its very likely related to the digestive enzymes and probiotics. It's possible that the friendly bacteria are at war with the unfriendly bacteria in your intestines. Maybe back off for a little while and just take probiotics and digestive enzymes once a day, instead of twice. Or even take a few days off. If you still have problems, please see your doctor.

    • Jeanne Trespicio says:

      Jill,

      Just from personal experience, I know for a fact....probiotics can give me extreme gas. I do just what Jon said; back off till you're back to normal, and then begin with 1/day for a couple days; move up to 2, and see what happens May have to back down to 1 one day and 2 the next, ...and play it by ear. You kind of have to create your own 'elimination/control study' by working with the probiotic first for a bit till that's settled, then move on to the digestive enzymes, and then the green juice, etc. Even if it doesn't perfectly match the action steps of the day, there is no other way to know. ...and I must say, very good chance your Dr. won't know either. If I ever did what you did, I would have floated to the ceiling or flown out a window πŸ˜‰ Jon, I hope you don't mind my adding my 2 cents

      • Jill Clark says:

        Dear Jon and Jeanne,

        Thanks for the advice, it is really appreciated and great to have your knowledge on hand. I will take both your advice and see how it goes. Jeanne, many people around me wanted to float out windows I am sure.

        Thanks again,

        Jill

  127. Sandra Neill says:

    I think I need to get something off my chest and I hope no one, especially Jon and the GM team, don't take offence. This program is not supposed to be a diet and we are advised to not restrict ourselves and just add. However, in the last couple of weeks the list of what we should and should not eat keeps getting longer and it is feeling more and more like a diet to me. I am starting to now feel like I have good and bad days - the good being when I eat lots from the good list and the bad being days when I eat too much from the bad list. I really want this to work for me but I think that these conflicting feeling will block my progress.

    I think we should also give ourselves some credit - we are debating the differences between different dairy kefir vs nut milk kefir or probiotics with or without meals - we are not discussing KFC vs McDonalds - it seems like everyone is doing a really great job. At the same time, I am feeling a little obsessed about food right now and just feel like I need to relax a bit and not worry about soaking and dehydrating my nuts or figuring out how to ferment foods.

    I love the visualizations and the general philosophy of add more good stuff but I am having conflicting feelings and am wondering if anyone else is feeling the same or can suggest a way of overcoming this obstacle.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Yes it's easy to get overly obsessed with food in light of all the information we're giving you. But at the same time, we really only want you to do what you can do in terms of adding healing foods. If you can't soak your nuts and seeds, no big deal, as you say, eating raw nuts and seeds is infinitely better than mcdonalds and KFC.

      Later this week we turn our attention away from food and toward stresses and emotional issue that can activate the FAT programs. These are the real issues for most people and if you stay focused on reducing stress and working through the emotional issues than anything you do from the eating side will yield results very quickly. In the mean time, don't worry too much about 'good days or bad days', just pay attention to where and when you can add real, live healing foods to your diet.

    • Jo Halliday says:

      Hey Sandra,
      I'm sure they won't take any offence. I think they meant the action steps to be a gradual increase in good habits...but for me, because I've been working 8 shifts a week until today, I'm so way behind with the action steps, listening to the talks, all of it.
      What I'm trying to remember is that there aren't really any rules, just suggestions, and many of us can't yet fit it all in. (I haven't even made juice yet in weeks, & my veges keep going off because I'm too busy!)
      Also I only managed to have morning lemon water for the second time today.
      There are reasons why we are all doing this and for many of us I imagine it's not easy to add the habits. I haven't had the energy or time to do it all yet.
      But I am glad to have the visualisation audios available, it's about all I seem to have managed so far apart from a bit of vege adding.
      I hope you can feel you don't have to be hard on yourself.
      x Jo

      • Daniela Bradley says:

        Hi Sandra,
        Good on you for voicing your concerns and how overwhelmed you feel. I have felt just like that in the past. It's so easy to get caught up in the 'shoulds'. I have been taking it really slow myself - I do the morning and evening visualisation and a quick one in the afternoon if I can fit it in. I haven't had a single green juice yet nor have I managed to get the supplements. However I am starting to feel slight changes when it comes to how I feel towards food and my awareness of stress. So I just want to say to you: try to relax into the process. Change foods when you feel you want to rather than forcing yourself. I really hope you can let go of the good and bad food feeling about food and trust that you are doing enough.

    • Laurie Mazzone says:

      Hi Sandra
      I understand how you feel. I went to a party last night and for a long while I resisted the junk foods. I was feeling a little in deprecation mode and feeling anxious. I ended the night with a very small piece of my cousins birthday cake. I felt really bad but then I realized that in the past I would have eaten much more junk and had a big piece of that cake but I made a slightly different choice and next time maybe I won't want the cake at all. That's the goal. Don't be hard on yourself. We are all dealing with a lot. This isn't a diet it takes time to implement all of these new habits but have faith that it will come together.
      Laurie

  128. Bee Bee Koh says:

    JON,
    Do you have an answer for stiff shoulders, stiff neck, stiff legs, stiff muscles, stiff joints. My muscles are tight ALL the time & I feel like a 80 yr old lady even though i am only 55. Even the physiotherapist have given up on me & the surgeon who did some microsurgery only made my shoulders worse - they got even stiffer. My arms are frozen, my neck n shoulder is super tight as if stitched together - hence I have become hunchback because the shoulders are bent in as it is unable to maintain a normal relaxed mode. I have gone for lots of massage, etc but nothing helps. I am desperate!!!

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Bee Bee,

      There might be an emotional component to your pain, especially if you've tried lots traditional healing approaches and they haven't worked. I've seen several cases of people having chronic pain and that pain going away once they've worked through some tough emotional issues. We'll talk a lot about emotional issues this week.

  129. Jo Halliday says:

    Hi Jon,
    I was wondering if you had information on suppliers for chia bran. I enquired today at a major health store chain & a small store, & neither had any idea where to source it.
    I figure that since I live in New Zealand & you live in Australia, it can't be too far away if you can access it.
    If I could let my shops know where to order it from, perhaps we could then get it in NZ? Otherwise if customs allows, I would try to import it myself.
    Thanks πŸ™‚
    Jo

  130. Jo Halliday says:

    Hi Jon or Den,
    Could you please ask your tech/web people to set the site so that it stops logging out really often?
    If they want it to time out could they please add the option of a "keep me logged in" tick box?
    It's logged me out so many times today, including just as I posted a message that took me ages to write.
    Because the supplied password is so hard to remember & the "change password" option is disallowed, it's hard to log in over & over with my tired brain πŸ™

  131. Kay Sasser says:

    Hi, GM team,

    I've been a dieter and (probably over-) exerciser all of my adult life and have typically carried about 10-15 extra pounds. The GM makes great sense to me, and I was starting to make both diet and exercise changes when I broke two of my ribs. I'm wondering if you might have any additional suggestions for me, given (1) that I'm currently taking Percoset on a regular basis and (2) that deep and easy are mutually exclusive when it comes to my breathing right now. Many thanks for any guidance you can offer!

    • Jo Halliday says:

      Hi Kay,
      I empathise about your broken ribs! It's very hard to relax at all or lie down or breathe when there are such sharp pains.
      Best wishes for your body to heal fast!
      Jo

      • Janine says:

        Hi Kay,

        Broken ribs are no fun! Be kind and gentle to your body during this process. As your ribs heal you should need the percoset less and less. Eating vibrant, live foods will naturally aid in a quicker recovery giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal. Do not be too hard on yourself during this process as your body needs love and kindness to heal as well!

        Janine
        The Gabriel Method Team

  132. Helene Kostre says:

    Dear Jon
    Hope this finds you well I feel that this program has transformational potential for me Looking forward to continuing and I am really enjoying it all My questions have to do with the grainfields products I am an acupuncturist and have a connection to the US rep. Wanted to know you opinion and understanding about the product line I understand the super greens powder and liquid spirulina If not eating grains do you recommend the whole grain,greens and grain and the phytofood powders and if so do they metabolize differently enough to not spike leptin/insulin if trying to turn around the resistance syndromes due to the fermentation process Hope that is clear all the best Helene Kostre

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Helene,

      I apologize for the delay in response. I'm not familiar with the product line, Grainfields so I cannot comment on that. Wheat grass, barley grass, they're sprouts, they're not processed grains, so they're not starchy, they don't have gluten, they don't elevate blood sugar and they don't cause insulin or leptin spikes. So it's a totally different animal than whole and processed grains, and they're full of nutrients and trace minerals and vitamins.

      -Jon

  133. Molo says:

    I found chia bran on amazon.com for a reasonable price. This is exciting because I can not find it around here anywhere and my son keeps asking why we don't get to have pancakes anymore. Lol. We have had the ones made from just bananas and egg, but he would rather have a pancake. πŸ™‚

    • Sandra Neill says:

      ha ha, I'm in the same boat with my son. I tried the recipe for pancakes but that didn't go over very well. Hopefully chia bran will work better. I believe that buckwheat is not actually wheat despite its name and is gluten free and it makes delicious pancakes. I wonder what the GM has to say about buckwheat.

      • Jon Gabriel says:

        Buckwheat is not actually wheat true, but it does elevate your insulin levels. For this reason I'm a big fan of chia bran. Good luck with the pancakes. Let me know how it goes.

        Jon

        • Molo says:

          I am ordering the chia bran. I have buckwheat and can maybe make him and my daughter some until we get the chia bran in. They are used to pancakes for breakfast. I always thought I was being good, I had a great recipe: organic whole wheat flour, raw honey, flaxseed oil, egg, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and milk. I have made them with numerous types of flours and milks, also replaced the egg with banana when my son couldn't do eggs. Now I will make these with chia bran and use xylitol instead of honey. Cone on chia bran.

          • Sandra Neill says:

            You were being good - you chose the best possible ingredients that you knew of - most people use a pre-made mix.

  134. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    thoughts on dehydrated wheat grass...? obviously not as good a fresh, but is it worth having if you don't have a juicer?

  135. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    An interesting concept: I watched "Shark Tank" the other night (TV show of up and coming companies) and there was a woman with a business called: http://www.veggiemama.com Basically, she made healthy green smoothies/juices (?) for her kids and froze them into popsicles, which her kids loved. Turned it into a business and it took off like wildfire. I'm thinking what a fantastic idea for me to do for myself, as I am a "popsicle-holic" If I have none..I eat ice πŸ™‚ Regardless, Jon, what's your take on this? Fresh frozen sounds good to me??

  136. Judy Straight-Griggs says:

    Hi Jon, in Donna Gate's guest class she recommends HCL, Pepsin and Pancreatic for protein digestion. Is there one enzyme supplement that would include all of these elements, or would someone need to have multiple supplements?

    Also, have you heard of SafSlim and if yes, is there any reason I cannot combine SafSlim & Digestive Enzymes?

    Thanks
    Judy

    • Jeanne Trespicio says:

      Judy,
      I was also going to ask this. I think I'm the 'target audience' for the HCL needs. I have your digestive enzymes, Jon...but HCL? Where, how much, etc?

      • Molo says:

        Two pills per meal with protein in them. She said use a pancreatic enzyme all the time no matter if protein is in the pill or not. I am not familiar with this one and I am waiting on a response about what it is and where to get it.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Great question. I don't have a name brand for you though. But any digestive enzyme with either HCL or bile should do the trick.

      Jon

    • Janine says:

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for your patience. Donna says that to obtain all of these ingredients in their products, one would have to take both our Assist Dairy and Protein and our Assist SI. I hope this helps!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  137. Laurie Mazzone says:

    I did something today that was the worst thing I could of done. I got on the scale. I know we aren't supposed to do this during this process because it could mess with our heads. Well it has. I need to share with you how I'm feeling. I have been adding omega 3 eating protein and lots of Live food taking probiotics and digestive enzymes drinking so much water that I'm going to the bathroom every 20 minutes. I have added one green juice everyday. I am doing the visualizations every morning and evening and loving them. I was feeling great. Making healthier choices and feeling thinner. As soon as I got on the scale I knew I was about to sabotage myself and I did it anyway. I know it's really only been like 12 days since I have been doing this but the scale shows weight gain. How is this possible??? The logical side of me says it's fluctuation but the emotional side of me is feeling sad and depressed and hopeless. Like my body is really fighting me. I know that I need to get back to that positive happy place again so I can continue this lifestyle of being a healthier person. Have any suggestions??

    • Jeanne Trespicio says:

      Laurie,

      I removed the scale from my room. DONE I have been discouraged too many times. I cannot allow myself to make me feel bad ever again!

    • M1 says:

      I dont know how to help you except say my sister did the Gabriel Method and nothing happened for a while, then she started dropping weight so fast she had to come back to the states (she lives overseas) to buy clothes. Then dropped more weight and gave me all her old clothes. So, trust the process and don't be sad, its a whole new world opening up and it won't be like before with diets where you lose, then the weight loss slows down. Just feel good and remind yourself you feel better. Hang in there πŸ™‚

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Thanks for sharing your story M1. That's exactly how it can work. Keep in mind, this is not a diet, it's an approach designed to solve the real issues and this can take time. Please don't think about weight for the first few months. Just stay focused on developing healthy habits, exactly as you are doing. Give your body a chance to adjust hormonally and cellularly and then weight loss will happen quickly and easily.

    • LISA FRANCOLINI says:

      Hey Laurie your post really resonated with me as today I tried on some pants i was sure would fit me and low and behold they did not!!! I have been following the action steps and certainly feel better. I read M1's comments and that helped alittle. The feeling I had was similar to the feelings when I would get on the scale. then it suddenly dawned on me that i have been treating this process like my other dieting processes - which it is not. i have simply overlayed my past processes on this one and it doesn't work like that. because i am in the unknown and do not have a frame of reference I simply drew from what i was familiar with. thanks you for your post i helped me out and allowed me to move through some old mind tapes!!! hope you are doing better as well

      • Laurie Mazzone says:

        Hi Lisa
        Thank you for sharing. We are all in this together and it is helpful knowing I'm not alone. I am better today. We all need to just remember it's not a diet it's a healthier lifestyle and we have to believe the end result will be that I will eventually like the number on the scale and you will fit in those pants.
        Cheers
        Laurie

  138. Anne Murphy says:

    Hi Jon,

    Donna mentioned some Australian suppliers but I couldn't catch the names. Could you tell me who they are please?

    It would be fabulous to have a reference sheet at the end of this time with all the references and links. It would be invaluable to us in the future. I think it was suggested by someone earlier on in the group.

    Cheers
    Anne

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Anne,

      The information should be in the webinar with Donna which you can listen to again, if not I recommend you contact her for that information as she will know more than us regarding this.

      -Jon

  139. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    Jon,
    I've been making kefir with kefir grains for almost a year now, but I've seen online a powdered version that you can make too? Do you know if one of these is better than the other? I really like the grains method...so easy to just let sit on your counter for a day, but was wondering if there is a downside to this method. BTW...I try to use raw milk, but sometimes have to by pasteurized organic milk from grass fed cows.

  140. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    Hi Jon,

    I think I heard you talk about it, but I can't find it and don't remember ;-)....what is your thoughts on quinoa, and if its ok, should it be soaked before cooking?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Bridget,

      I'm not a huge fan of quinoa. It's higher in protein than most grains but it also elevates your insulin levels. If you love the taste of it, continue to eat it, but don't specifically eat it because it's 'healhty'.

  141. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    Jon, I'm just curious what your favorite types of sprouts are...? Can you sprout a bunch of different types together?

  142. Leah Fischer says:

    Jon, what do u think about needing/doing liver/colon cleanses? After I listened to Donna, I feel like my 'second brain' (my intestines) are probably plugged up with all the white bread and pasta and undigested food over my lifetime!!

    • M1 says:

      I am interested to hear the answer also. I am thinking by adding supplements and greens, your insides will clean themselves up.

      The body is a self healing mechanism.

      Doing cleanses can leave you more messed up than when you started. Visualizing good digestion and giving your body the nutrients it needs will probably be better for you and you will clear up any undigested food using the wisdom your body already has.

      • Jon Gabriel says:

        Doing an occasional colonic is not a bad thing to do. But the best thing to do is develop a 'detoxifying lifestyle' , where you are eating lots of real live foods and cultured and fermented foods, because over time your body will heal and detoxify in a natural way.

  143. Leah Fischer says:

    week 2 almost over and i'm already getting sad that the end of week 5 will be soon...wish we could continue having this intensive support and things to look forward to everyday that teach us so much..thanks Jon and GM team..my life has been changed forever..Leah

  144. Penelope Curry says:

    Just drank my first green green juice. I put some cucumber, celery, fresh ginger, lemon juice and water in blender. The celery was still stringy so I sieved it and drank it. Quite pleasant, and so virtuous!!!!

  145. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    This is the message when I try to access FB

    "This content is currently unavailable"

    I try at all hours of the day/night. Who is handling this common issue and may I talk with them?

  146. Kazzie says:

    Hi, I have been trying for several days to access the Facebook page but keep getting a message saying 'This content is currently unavailable'. Even when I copy and paste the link from my email with the exact URL, it still says the same message. Any idea how to access it? Thanks.

  147. Penelope Curry says:

    Is it beneficial to eat nuts and seeds even if they haven't been soaked over night?

  148. Penelope Curry says:

    Could anyone who has access to the Facebook page please tell me the exact name of the group. I've been invited but somehow I didn't receive the invitation. I thought I'd find the group and then click the join button instead, but I can't find the group on Facebook.
    Thanks.

  149. Sandra Neill says:

    Are sheep any goat's milk and related products like goats cheese as harmful as cow milk? Unfortunately, it looks like all of the raw milk cow share operations in my area have been shut down.

  150. Anne Murphy says:

    Hi Jon,

    Have just listened to the Digestion Class. It was great. I noted that you said not to use dates or maple syrup to sweeten any of the raw cake recipes. I am going through my recipes now and the vast majority have those two ingredients. The dates especially as they are often the binding agent. Do you have any suggestions for a replacements? I know you said you were going to be working with some raw fooders but that is down the track isn't it?
    Regards
    Anne

  151. LISA FRANCOLINI says:

    I have a question regarding the omega's. I have been taking a excellent liquid fish oil.(truthfully I have to gag it down in the morning) I am almost finished with the bottle. In order to get a good daily dose of the omegas I would prefer to soak a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds and eat them throughout the day. Will that be a sufficient amount of omegas on a daily basis. I also make the protein balls that Jon has recommended for breakfast and eat salmon about twice a week. Thanks

  152. Kazzie says:

    Hi Jon,

    I have been eating an avocado a day and saving the seeds because I remember reading somewhere that some cultures in south America grind the seeds and sprinkle it on their food as some sort of medicine. Have you heard about this and do you think it is beneficial to do it? Thanks. Karen

  153. Lynette Neal says:

    Ok, we have had so much information----I'm working on how do I integrate all the changes. Should I just go to the health food store and buy what they recommend for probiotics, and other digestive supplements? Is there a recommended brand that is more effective than others. I can see I need to give up gluten, should I also give up cheese? I don't drink milk but do use cheese as a flavoring. I have made so many changes that are positive that I want to approach this in a way that supports my health and I don't get all stressed out about what I "should" be doing? Jon, suggestions about integration?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      For probiotics, make sure there are several different strains. For cheese, look for raw cheeses when possible. For digestive enzymes, get one that includes either HCL or bile (donna gate's suggestion). Hope that helps.

      Jon

  154. Nandan Cox says:

    I am really enjoying all the new research about digestion and the importance of digestive enzymes. I am slowly going to incorporate this into my diet (eg miso/hemp oil dressing on my salads). But I am also realizing the negative psychological issues I have here, like I can eat whatever I want because it does not digest properly and it goes straight through me. After years in India, my digestion has become impaired. But I also did a lot of colonics and enemas in order to lose weight (I just ended up starving myself and craving sugar). Could you please help me understand the psychomaldigestive pattern I have. Because although I have added in a lot of great things, juicing, probiotics, eliminating sugar - I am realizing I need more help than I realized on the mental digestive patterns I have as they are still acting out.

  155. Denise D'Souza says:

    Hi Jon

    I am worried that I cannot stop eating bread, rice and yoghurt. The reason I need these are because I have an ulcer and the moment I stop eating these my entire pipe from my mouth downwards starts bleeding or ulcers or some drama. The moment I regulate with bread or rice or yoghurt it settles down. Yet I want so much to stop gluten. Please guide me what to do. Thanks Denise

  156. Bee Bee Koh says:

    The Hypothyrodism Guru says we should avoid raw veggies - due to thyroid inhibitors in the veggies - which I have been juicing raw!!! Also to avoid soy, nuts n seeds, flax oil - is that the same as flaxseed oil?? He recommends bone broth n gelatin to properly stimulate thyroid. What do you say??

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Bee Bee,

      I understand why he is saying what he says. You can have all lettuce, sprouts, celery and cucumber live, so ok to eat salads and green juices out of those items. I agree about soy. Soak your nuts and seeds to breakdown enzyme inhibitors and have soaked chia seeds instead of flax seeds and flax seed oil.

      • Leah Fischer says:

        would love to hear more of your perspective on this Thyroid impact from differing foods

        • Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Leah,

          I don't have a simple answer for that one. To me, thyroid health is very much related to leptin signaling and leptin sensitivity, and everything we do focuses on making the brain as sensitive to leptin as possible, which will improve thyroid functioning, much more so than focusing on any specific foods.

          -Jon

  157. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    Meant to say "meets that criteria"

    Interestingly, I was sitting here eating microwaved popcorn when Donna's talk started...just kept eating it 'mindlessly'...
    By the end of her talk, I felt crappy, looked at the empty bowl and wanted to "V" into it!! Only an idiot repeats the same behavior and hopes for a different outcome! ...and that is clearly me πŸ˜‰

  158. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    Also, RE: protein powders: I have spent hundreds on reputable types of all kind...all sitting on the shelf ready to be thrown out...either because the taste or texture are unacceptable or because they just don't mix well enough to create a smooth drink if you don't happen to carry your Vitamix in your purse πŸ™‚
    Can you please recommend quality protein powder that meets those recommendations with no flavor of it's own and no additives. Thank you

  159. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    I'm literally sitting here dumbfounded and stunned by Donna Gates's presentation. Never have I heard anything even remotely close. Jon...these lectures are just too jam packed with information...so much of it new...there is no way we can absorb it listening once. Can you please make this downloadable. I have an autistic grandson...and my daughter desperately needs to hear these things. ...and there is so much information 'out there' she listens to little of it Otherwise, she's on top of the 'state of the art' therapy of all kind...and he's doing beautifully...but with this piece missing...too much is missing! I now know beyond the shadow of a doubt that my own issues are digestive in origin from childhood. I'm the one who can't eat the salad...too painful. She suggested the Vitamix ..and that hurts!! I need help big time and so does my grandson.

    • M1 says:

      Hi Jeanne- I am so compelled by your comment I keep thinking I should not reply but I feel I need to. I am the mother of a child on the autism spectrum and if I can make a couple guesses about your daughter they would be that she: 1. Is completely exhausted 2. Is the victim of other parents and her childs' teachers thinking this is really a parenting problem or somehow the Moms fault (i.e. gut problems) 3. Has maxxed out all her credit cards tracking down every possible "cure" so she doesn't have to endure that feeling of watching, as her brilliant child appears to be daily losing the potential she has been shocked with since he was a newborn infant. I have followed the Donna Gates INSANE Body Ecology Diet. And of all the crazy diets Ive done, it was the most difficult and the most damaging mentally and physically. I was a young mother (a decade ago) who could not afford the desperate phone calls to Donna trying figure out what I was doing wrong. I was completely brainwashed by Donnas book and convinced all was lost unless I followed this radical and extreme diet. I was eating mcDonalds and holiday cookies when I got pregnant with my oldest child - and conversely - had been doing the Body Ecology diet when I got pregnant with my younger child. The one with more severe autism is the one that was conceived when I had been doing this supposedly healthy diet. Donna Gates can not cure autism. She has brilliant insights into how the digestive system works and benefits millions of people with the way she brings these issues into the mainstream. HOWEVER, her diet is extreme, she has never had a serious weight problem she discovered how to overcome, and her radical suggestions for kids with autism border on abusive for these kids who are SO sensitive to the texture and flavor of their food.... especially since the only way for her methods to improve the digestion of the kids is for a full time trained chef to prepare it. Donna Gates provides no support for people trying her plan and has a damaging "all or nothing" world view. Please. Offer your daughter and grandson some healthy beet kvass or cultured veggies but do not set yourself and your family back by entering the mindset that there is only one way to get to health. The digestive issue is only one piece of the puzzle. Moms and kids surviving this tough world and dealing with autism need support and encouragement that everything is going to be OK. Jons free CD and mediations about being safe have done more for me and my child than tens of thousands of dollars in chasing down every possible rabbit trail. Donna Gates preaches the opposite of "Everything is going to be OK" and causes one to feel desperate to fix the drastically wrong thing. Start with the reasonable, reassuring plan Jon sets out. You WILL find the answer and if there is anything absolute, it is that when you have confidence and calm, you can add what your body will need with ease. Dont panic. Value the brilliant and helpful information Donna Gates gave us, integrate what you can of it into what you are doing. Everything IS going to be OK .... and you are on the right road here with the support of this community and a completely common sense plan from a man who has struggle and suffered the way we are suffering, and found a way out that he is willing to share. Your digestion can be healed even from childhood, you are on the right road and will be able to do this. And be grateful for yourself that you are a grandma looking out for a very special child who could change this world for the better someday.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jeanne and M1,

      The most important point you make M1 is that there are many pieces to the puzzle. For some people digestion is everything and for others it's all about healing. Most of us are somewhere in between. The take home message is to adopt some healthy eating and lifestyle habits that will address these issues overtime. The key is always about adding these habits, not being extreme or taking an 'all or none' approach. Each positive habit will propel you in a positive direction that will help you heal both your mind and your body.

      Jon

      • M1 says:

        I tried to shorten or delete that post after my reply but I couldn't. It sounded harsh, but my idea was to be reassuring. So, yeah, I meant just don't be extreme, add the stuff on the plan and don't panic. πŸ™‚

        • Jeanne Trespicio says:

          M1...you were NOT harsh. I totally appreciated your reply..seriously!! It came right from your heart, showing you cared so much about it all and I could 'feel' that.
          The reality is that having not heard anything like that before, I was impressed. However, my going on some crazy diet, whether it be hers or anyone elses, would never happen. I've seen them all, dismissed them..and never did any! Innately, I knew that some kind of freaky plan would never be the answer in my life. That's why I'm here with Jon.
          Regarding my grandson: your story touched my heart. In fact, my daughter has been so fortunate with resources (Divine intervention, I think) that she hasn't had to run from pillar to post for unbelievable help. My grandson didn't even eat for 9 mos...NOTHING...but that's not the scope of this remark. That said, some of what Donna says could help. I just want you to know I have all the respect in the world for you, my daughter and so many dealing with this growing problem.
          M1...please continue to reply anything to my posts.

          ...and, Jon, you are the 'sane' voice on a planet full of 'diet kook-a doos'. πŸ™‚

          • Michelle Armstrong says:

            I think you are both amazing. What a wonderful forum this is where everyone feels safe to share their personal stories and ask questions. This forum is like no other I have ever experienced. Happy healing everyone x

          • M1 says:

            Hi Jeanne- I am smiling so wide reading your post. It is fortunate that you dismissed all the crazy diets. I am pretty sure if there is a diet out there, I have tried it. I am a wealth of information about crazy diets. Hahaha. Unfortunately, Ive gained about 10-20 pound after each one so now I have plenty of "experience" to lose here in this class. I am glad for this forum also. πŸ™‚

        • Wendi Wetzel says:

          Glad you didn't! I had been so stressed after hearing the interview. Your comment was most helpful in bringing me back to center and focusing on the plan at hand (GM). Thanks!

          • M1 says:

            Wow Wendi! Then I am glad I did too! I hope we all find success in this class and finally say goodbye to extreme.

  160. Laurie Mazzone says:

    Hi Jon I'm a vegetarian. I eat cheese and eggs everyday. Is this bad considering that dairy is an inflammatory. I am adding omega 3 nuts seeds and lots of greens and live food. Are there any guide lines for how much would be too much. Eggs are the easiest form of protein for me. I'm just a little worried I may be causing a problem.
    Laurie

  161. Gay says:

    Hi Jon,

    Gay here from Sydney Australia. You haven't mentioned anything about alcohol as yet - is it OK to have a glass of wine with meals a few times a week, or is this a no-no?

    Regards
    Gay

  162. Lex says:

    I usually eat quite well most of the time, live foods, Omega 3s, lean proteins with most meals. My problem is in the evenings and weekends - crave chocolate, chips, bread that I don't eat during the week when I'm at work. This has been a pattern for a while.
    Not sure why this is happening?
    And since I've started NY in the NY, I've noticed I'm eating even more junk! Things I don't normally eat. Why??? Why is my body fighting me?
    I'm feeling very discouraged.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Lex,

      Sounds like some emotional triggers at play, if your body is resisting. Please listen to the safe, strong and protected visualization. Also get some healhty snacks, like raw chocolate, flax and chia seed crackers and kale chips (not the ones with vegetable oil, just the ones that are dehydrated) to munch on.

  163. Wendi Wetzel says:

    I'm confused about "soaked and then dried" nuts. I've read that blanched nuts are the same thing but also read they are not. Could someone clarify? Thanks!

    • M1 says:

      I am also interested in this answer. Are the "blister peanuts" at Trader Joe's (in the US) the same thing and is there a way to figure out it out? I think the blister peanuts are cooked at high heat, destroying the good oils. Ive made soaked and dried nuts and they are fantastic.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      No blanching does not activate the nuts. It just boils them. You want to soak nuts in cold water overnight to activate them.

      • Jon Gabriel says:

        No idea what blister peanuts are. Sound dangerous. Anyway, peanuts are a legume, not a nut and do not have any omega 3 oils. Might want to ask the staff at Trader Joe's what type of processing these nuts go through.

        • M1 says:

          Hahaha, you crack me up. It is SO COOL to be able to ask these questions. I didn't even know that peanuts are legumes. Now that I think of it, I've never seen a peanut tree, only peanut plants. Blister peanuts are soaked and turn white, then something happens to make them very crunchy with little blisters on them. I think I will just forget about the blister peanuts, or figure out how they are processed. Thank you Jon.

  164. Angela Anderson says:

    Do pre-frozen, then lightly steamed veggies count as a live food?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Angela,
      Anything that can be eaten raw and is in its natural form (hasn't been processed in any way) is live food. Fresh fruits and vegetables that can be eaten as a salad or on their own are the ultimate form of live food.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Angela,

      Although they're not live they are still fairly healthy. Some vegetables are better steamed anyway, like kale, and cruciferous vegetables

  165. Erica Liebenberg says:

    Please may we have a downloadable audio of this talk with Dr Liebowitz?

  166. Molo says:

    I click on the side link to join Facebook and it says unavailable? Why is this happening? I still have not heard from the help e-mail.

  167. Molo says:

    Should I be putting lemon or acv in my water all day? Or just in the morning? I have been all day and by evening I feel like I have a headache. Also, I am on well water and use a RO system for drinking water, this does not allow for temperature setting so my water has not been warm, but it is not real cold. Does this affect the the result we are looking for?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Molo,
      Just add the lemon or ACV to your first water in the morning. Warm water in the morning is to help get your digestive system moving - so if you can try to warm up just this first drink you have. For the rest of the day, it is fine to drink the water as it comes.
      Hope this helps.
      Den - GM Team

  168. Susan Phillips says:

    Hi Jon and the team, I have quite bad hot flushes (keep me awake at night etc) and have found evening primrose oil very helpful. I understand however it is high in GLA - omega 6. Is it therefore an unhealthy oil to be taking??

    I am also having problems with the link to facebook. It comes up that the link is inactive, wrong, old etc. Has anyone been able to get on.

    Thanks

  169. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    I'm 43 and already going through menopause (its been over a year since I've had a menstrual cycle) and I've read that between the ages of 40 and 50 are normal...but I can't help but wonder if this is really too young...? My weight has been up and down through the last 20 years, actually I've never been "skinny". I am currently about 80 pounds overweight, having gained at least 25 of these pounds in the last year. I had a little bit of night sweats about 6mo ago, but in general, I sleep great 8 hours per night and rarely feel tired. I've been eating fermented foods for about a year including veggies and kefir. Will GM naturally help enough with menopausal hormone balancing, or do you recommend one of the natural hormone replacement programs Dr. Liebowitz talked about? I was really hoping to have a natural menopause without replacement therapy.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Bridget,
      43 is not too young - every body is different. You should listen to your body on this one - if you are feeling that you are travelling through menopause with few (and hopefully no) symptoms, then following a healthy diet is all you need. Having adverse symptoms are a sign that your body is struggling with the changes. Please check Marcelle Pick and Dr Sara Gottfried's websites for more information on how diet can help with menopause. They are both experts (who have gone through it themselves) and who both firmly believe that women should not have to suffer during and after menopause.
      Den - GM Team

  170. Daniela Bradley says:

    Due to some upheavals in my personal life at the moment I need to complete this program more slowly than planned. So I'm wondering for how long videos etc will be available for, and also if there is a way to download them rather than just stream them? Plus are there any options to ask questions even once the program is finished?
    Thank you

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Daniela,

      The site will stay live indefinitely, so no worries there. As far as asking questions going forward, the best way to do so is to join the support group. We have monthly live Q&A and a forum where you can get you questions answered.

      Jon

      • Daniela Bradley says:

        Thank you Jon. Could you please just clarify a couple more questions please? 1.So it's ok to just take it slowly and complete the course over a longer time frame? I do the morning and evening visualizations every day but am a bit slow on the other action steps.
        2. Also, unfortunately I have had to increase my antidepressant again and it doesn't look like I will be able to come off them anytime soon. Will your program still work despite this?
        3. I also get terrible PMS- do you think the GM will help with that?
        Thanks so much again!

        • gabrielmethod says:

          Hi Daniela,
          Don't worry if you miss some of the other action steps, the main things to do each day are the morning and evening visualisations. The rest will come over time. These measures will help with your emotional stress. If you are needing to increase your anti-depressant please listen to what your doctor prescribes and just do as much as you can to help your emotional wellbeing that you can. All of that the GM prescribes will help you to do this.
          The foods and practices that the GM prescribe will also help with PMS.
          Best regards
          Den - GM Team

  171. Nandan Cox says:

    I have been doing GM for quite a few years and stopped taking digestive enzyme last year before the cleanse. Is it necessary to take this in tablet form, or is there something natural that I can do, eg cultured foods? I am curious because I am at a stage now where I want to move away from nutrition in pill form (other than the probiotic which I know I can add to food and quite like the taste).

  172. Sharon H says:

    I see that getting a green drink in is an action step. Do we have the green drink in place of a meal... It seems like way too much to get in... GM breakfast and a green drink... It's not impossible however, we are to incorporating cultured veggies in so I have them for lunch. Having a green drink when I get home from work... not hungry for dinner.... and the green drink doesn't give the satisfaction of a salad.. What is the best rhythm for all of the food we need to eat?

  173. Bente Linnea Skovborg says:

    Hi! My mane is Bente I want to let go of around 35 kg and it has been new to get to know about the Leptin. For me it has effected my emotions and not yet body level. It is fustrating no beeing able to hear the talks due to the different timezones. I thought I could hear them at a time that suited me. I hope there is a solution.

    Hi,
    Bente

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Bente,
      Welcome!
      Sorry about the timing of the talks, however, all of the classes and interviews are recorded so you can access them whenever suits you. And if you have a question please ask in these comments sections and Jon, myself or another of our GM Team will answer it for you.
      Hope this helps.
      Den - GM Team

      • Wendi Wetzel says:

        I actually appreciate listening to the replays better than live. I can stop as desired, "rewind" to hear again what I didn't understand and even take notes at my own pace. I also have ADD and so hearing in 30 - 45 min segments allows me to absorb more effectively. Yeah for replay!!

  174. Ingrid Hess says:

    Hi John,

    I have had this detox kit (Flor-essence?) in my kitchen cupboard for probably 2 years. I pulled it out last night and read through it again. Do you believe in that stuff? Would you recommend I try doing it?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Ingrid,

      I don't know the product, so I can't recommend it. In general just stay focused on eating as much real live foods as possible and it will have a mild detoxifying affect.

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Ingrid,

      I am not familiar with that particular product. Before doing a detox I would suggest following the Gabriel action steps for quite a while - this is also a detoxifying way to eat and live.

  175. Carla A says:

    hi Jon ,
    Since I have been taking The Micro Flora probiotics from your store I feel an improvement in my digestion and feels great!
    So I would like to know if my kids can also take them every day or if they are too "strong" for kids?
    Thank you!

  176. Cheryllynn says:

    HI - I am still not able to join the Facebook Group. Can someone who successfully got there, would you describe how you did it? Thanks.
    Cheryllynn

  177. Penelope Curry says:

    Well I really didn't want salad with my supper (I wanted loads of comforting carbs), but I made myself make one (promising myself the carbs after if I still wanted them) and......the salad was delicious and energising. I may crave (and eat) carbs later but at the moment I am satisfied!

    Not doing so well adding salad to my fried egg on toast breakfast tho. I've got as far as adding sliced tomato with flax seed and a bit of dressing, and I guess that counts as the 'live' element for now ...just!!!

    Pleased with myself, as making myself eat three proper meals (with the big 3) is naturally reducing my previous non stop all day cravings for chocolate.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Penelope,
      So great to hear! Don't be too hard on yourself regarding your breakfast - you are adding live foods and healthy fats to your protein source and you are noticing the positive results!
      Den - The GM Team

  178. Laurie Mazzone says:

    Hi Jon
    I have the same problem as as the last posted question. I would eat veggie patties on my salad and tofu which I understand is not good. I would eat lentils and grains but I'm also not sure what are acceptable sources if protein for vegetarians. Are the protein powders enough. I am worried I am not eating enough protein. Can you please go over this for me. Thanks.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Laurie,
      Great sources of protein that can easily be added to each meal are nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables and most important of all - Jon's favourite - Chia Seeds. You can add chia seeds to every meal and even your snacks. While Jon is not a fan of Tofu, fermented tofu in the form of Tempeh is very beneficial. All of these will help to ensure that you are getting the essential amino acids your body needs. Hope this helps.
      Den - GM Team

  179. Janell Roberts says:

    Hi Jon,
    Thank you for the great information that you’ve have provided so far!
    I hope you may be able to provide some insight with my challenge.
    As I’m a vegetarian, I basically have always lived on grains, rice, pasta, dairy, cheese, fruit and vegetables and nuts and seeds. I understand now, from your explanation of the effects of breads, pasta, rice, potatoes on one’s leptin and insulin levels, why I have had such difficulty losing weight previously.
    However, I am unsure how to get the adequate proteins I need at every meal, and wondered if you might have any suggestions? I have been using the whey protein powder in my organic yoghurt with fruit, nuts and seeds for breakfast. But not sure what I can include with my lunchtime salad or vegetable dinner to make sure I get the required amount of protein.
    Are nuts with the salad enough protein, and if so how many should I use? ( I try not to have too many nuts, as I have had some issues with gallstones previously but thankfully still have my gall bladder.) For dinner, I would normally have a lentil or rice and nut patty or Quorn(mushroom mycoprotein) product with my vegies. I am guessing the Quorn products would not be recommended to fulfil my protein needs?
    Are lentils and legumes a poor choice too? Would you have any recommendations for a vegie patty that has enough protein to meet the requirement of the BIG 3, and is not egg based?
    Your views would be most appreciated thanks Jon. Kind regards,
    Janell

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Janell,

      Try sprouting your beans and legumes, they're less starchy but still have lots of protein. Also have more chia seeds with your salads as chia seeds are high in protein and omega 3's

      • Carla A says:

        Hi Jon,
        Just profiting your suggestion since at home we eats lots of legumes and beans:
        What do you mean by sprouting the legumes and beans? Is about leaving them in water for long periods?
        Thank you!
        Carla

        • M1 says:

          If you soak nuts in salt water overnight, the enzyme in the nut that prevents humans form digesting them will be used up by the nut. Then just dry the nut on a very very low heat (so the omega-3s are not damaged) . I got this information from the Westin A Price cookbook. Its kind of a fiasco unless you are really organized but the nuts are amazing!!!

          • M1 says:

            I forgot to say the nut uses the enzyme because it is trying to "sprout".

          • Carla A says:

            Hi M1 ,
            Thanks a lot for your explanation!
            I had no idea !
            I will try to make it this weekend.

          • Jeanne Trespicio says:

            I have never soaked or sprouted a thing in my life. I eat a variety of nuts every day. I buy raw. So. I'm 'supposed' to do this with all the nuts I buy? OY how key is this in upgrading the nutrition...of the nuts....of my life:-). Sounds so time consuming and tedious.
            ...and sprouts don't keep well, do they? I've stayed away from them, as I live alone and envision my eating a handful and the rest going bad in short order.

      • Jon Gabriel says:

        Hi Jeanne,

        Don't stress. Just do what you can do. I'm not crazy about sprouting either. But I do buy sprouted beans and legumes and I buy activated nuts. You can find them at most health food stores.

      • Janell Roberts says:

        Thanks Jon. I have no experience with sprouting........would their be any videos to show us how this works please?

    • Nadia Harper says:

      Hi Janell,

      Here are some vegan sources of protein:
      -nuts and seeds
      -dark green leafy vegetables
      -sprouted grains
      -hummus
      -tahini (raw is best)
      -other nut and seed butters (raw is best)
      -pea protein powder
      -brown rice protein powder
      -and eggs and cheese can also be included for vegetarian vs vegan

      In a big salad, a small handful of nuts or seeds would be good.

      Here is a recipe that I have just put up that incorporates nuts and seeds and can be used as a bread, cracker or as a replacement for a meat burger patty, --> http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/onion-bread.html

      • Janell Roberts says:

        Hi Nadia,
        Thanks so much for your fantastic tips! I can't wait to try your onion bread recipe! I just need to get a dehydrator first which I have been planning to do, so I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for taking the time to help others with your ideas, and all the best in your journey to peak health!!

        • gabrielmethod says:

          Hi Janell,
          You can dehydrate using your oven too by the way. Just set it on the lowest setting and leave the product in the oven overnight.
          Best regards
          Den - GM Team

  180. Annah Winheld says:

    Hi,
    I'm a little confused. Do we keep drinking the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice first thing, followed by a green drink or switch to only a green drink?

    Thanks
    Annah

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Annah,
      Keep drinking the warm water with citrus or Apple Cider Vinegar upon waking - this is something that can become of your morning routine. The green drink is to be added.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  181. Anita F says:

    Hi Jon,

    Just wondering if you have a good suggestion for a mid afternoon snack to sustain energy, keep blood sugars level, and give me a boost for the rest of the day. I often eat GM friendly foods right up to then, and then fall in to a heap as tiredness sets in. It ia also my most hectic time of day with kids, after school activities etc, and i am busy from 3pm to approx 9 pm or later.

    Many thanks for your great program, really enjoying it.
    Regards, Anita

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Anita,

      Try the snack food balls in our recipe book. Other good snacks are flax and chia seed crackers with guacamole or humus, a green juice or a green smoothie and fruit with nuts and seeds.

      Jon

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Anita,
      If you are still getting the mid-afternoon slump, it might be that you are not getting enough protein in your breakfast and lunch. Chia seeds are a great way to boost the protein serves of each meal. A great afternoon snack, that can be made in advance, are Jon's Health Ball recipes which are in the recipe book. Smoothies are another great suggestion. Jon has also recommended to people to have a smaller version of what they had for lunch just prior to when the afternoon tiredness normally sets in. So if for example you had a salad with chicken for lunch, make extra and have another small portion in the afternoon.
      Hope this helps
      Den - GM Team

  182. Annabel Williams says:

    Having been doing GM for nearly a year, I am totally in agreement with everything you and Dr leibowitz talked about in the interview. I am relieved to know I must be getting my hormones into balance as I no longer have cravings, or hunger, and feel fantastic. However being 53 and menopausal, I do suffer hot flushes, occasional mood swings and still cannot shift the weight. From this interview I have understood that it just takes time to get your body working properly again, so should I not be concerned that I'm not losing weight yet, and just hang in there while my hormones get sorted, or is there something else I need to do to help this? I do everything you say food wise (except juicing as can't stomach it) and exercise wise, visualisations morning and night - is it just a case of continuing and understanding my body needs to adjust and heal and eventually my hormones will be perfect again? Or will the menopause mess all that up?

  183. BRIDGET DURHAM says:

    In today's class Jon mentioned two doctors that were menopause experts...anyone catch their names?

    • Molo says:

      I heard this too, but did not get a chance to write their name down. Would love their info for myself and my mother.

    • Penelope Curry says:

      I noted down Sara Gottfried, and Calton Nutrition. Looking at the Calton Nutrition website, I'm not sure I've got that right, but Sara Gottfried looks helpful.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Bridget,
      Dr Liebowitz, whose interview with Jon is in here with the NYNY resources is an excellent source of information. However, Jon has also interviewed Marcelle Pick and Dr Sara Gottfried for our GM Show Interviews in the Support Group - so if you are a member of the Support Group - you can listen to these interviews from the GM Show archives. If not, all three of these experts have excellent websites that provide a wealth of information. Hope this helps.
      Den - GM Team

  184. Molo says:

    So I was just on the webinar and had a neighbor stop by at the end and then had to go pick up my son from school. Is there anyway I can get my questions answered on here or is there a link to all the questions and answers?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Molo,
      Please put your questions in these forums and either Jon, Nadia, myself or another of our GM Team will answer your question.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  185. Susan Phillips says:

    Hi Jon and the team, I have quite bad hot flushes (keep me awake at night etc) and have found evening primrose oil very helpful. I understand however it is high in GLA - omega 6. Is it therefore an unhealthy oil to be taking??

  186. Kjersti says:

    It seems like the recommendations against dairy are a little less firm than those against gluten. I really love cream, cheese, and yogurt. I don't have access to raw dairy. Is dairy something I really need to give up?

  187. Carrie Jefferies says:

    I usually exercise for about 20-30 minutes right after I wake up. Should I drink the water and take the probiotics right after that? Are there "good" or "bad" times to exercise?

  188. Marlene Adam says:

    This is probably a dum question but is there a way to navigate the recipe book without having to turn every previous page to get to the recipe or section we want? I downloaded the PDF file to see if this would be easier to use but when I try to open it, it says the file is empty.

  189. Rivkah Lambert Adler says:

    As I'm working through the hours and hours of video and other documents, there are times when you'll recommend various websites and professionals as resources. Do you have a single document with all the websites you routinely refer people to, perhaps with a brief annotation about why someone would visit that site?

  190. Safa Yacoub says:

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for this valuable info from the videos of fermented foods . In fact , I didn't know what was in the blender as a green semi-liquid smoothie.Also, what were exactly the sachets put into the veggie mix ?where could we find these?
    Could you please give us the recipe as a written text ?

  191. Serena McClellan says:

    Hi Jon, I've not commented on anything so far as I've just moved house and so am restricted to accessing the internet via my phone. I am working my way through the daily recordings (sneakily downloaded at a cafe) but am not completely caught up yet, so forgive me if you have already addressed this type of thing else where.
    For a long period of time I worked regular night shifts, from about 2pm in the afternoon to 830am the next morning. While the money was great, it was a fairly soul destroying process. About a year ago I decided that that job was too damaging to work at the rate that I was working it (3 or 4 shifts a week). I now restrict myself to working two if these shifts a month - I'm a phd student and can't afford to completely cut off such a lucrative and flexible job. I have one of these shifts this Thursday, and I wondered if you might have any advice on what I can do to stop myself from falling back into the bad habit of just vaccuuming up processed food - I've found in the past that even when I take live food in with me (usually in the form of salad and fruits) I still crave junk food, to the point that I've eaten an entire family box from McDonald's! I know that one thing to do is to note berate myself for having a "bad day" food wise, as long as I get my omega 3, protein and live food, but I can't help but worry, especially since these shifts have proven to be very destructive for my sleeping pattern in the past (yet another reason I restricted the amount that I allowed myself to work) which is of course another FAT trigger.
    There's not a clear question in this, I know, but I guess what I'm looking for is some guidance for a situation like this?
    Thanks so much,
    Serena

    • Jo Halliday says:

      I also work overnight shifts and evening shifts. I'm trying to cut back & learn to say no even though I need the money. I felt so proud of myself when I turned down a bunch of day shifts as they make me more exhausted than anything. I also have the same problem with appetite being strange when working overnight. Often no matter what I prepare, I can't stomach it and want something else. I try to take a whey smoothie to sip on with Omegas in it but when I add other nutritious things (cacao, green powder, maca, or chia) I just feel can't bear it & end up giving it to my husband who happily eats green goo. The best I've managed lately on the overnights is making a big raw salsa to use instead of ketchup & sweet chili sauce, on a grilled cheese sandwich (made from wheat & soy free bread). But sometimes I get desperate for fried salty carbs. Oh and if I take fresh green juice, I usually can't keep it down. I know shift work is bad for the body but I don't see an alternative...

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Serena,

      Try taking some healthy raw chocolates and the snack balls in our recipe book, in addition to other healthy foods. That may satisfy your craving for junk food. Also listen to a visualization before you start work and maybe about 5 hours into work, so that you stay calm and centered.

  192. Rivkah Lambert Adler says:

    Hi Jon,

    I've been a night owl all my life and I work from home. My typical hours are sleep by 2 AM and awaken by 10 AM. I'm trying to shift this to be ready to do the night time visualization by midnight or 12:30 but I'm not always successful. I had a previous nutrition coach tell me that she's never known anyone to lose weight who keeps those kind of hours. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    thanks

  193. Bee Bee Koh says:

    Hi Jon, I'm from Malaysia. I'm not fat but I have serious health issues n I thot u might have some answers.
    Q1. do you think sodium bicarbonate is a solution to the acidic body - apparently some people were spared cancer because they drank water with sodium bicarbonate on a regular basis as it creates an alkaline medium in their body. I have a lot of aches n pains n my neck n shoulder is v.tight n my hands freezes in the nite.
    I've followed yr suggestion to take flaxseed oil - I use the coffee grinder to make a fresh batch n sprinkle onto oats cereal or drinks. I take mostly vegetables n try to avoid meat because my system is so sluggish, it can't cope with too much work. I do take probiotics.

  194. Elizabeth Gwynne says:

    Hi. Thanks for the programme- I particularly appreciate the concept of making gradual changes rather than a sudden, rigid, 'diet' type approach.

    I have some digestion issues, so I'm looking forward to this week's classes. You may be intending to cover this anyway- but as I can't join the class live (wrong time zone!) I thought I'd ask now.

    I have seen studies showing a beneficial effect of oats on gut flora- more than using the pro-biotic type yoghurts. Since then I have been eating gluten-free oats for breakfast, made into a porridge with coconut or almond milk, and also some nuts & coconut and chia seeds added.

    I appreciate that for other reasons you would not recommend oats. Is the beneficial effect of oats on gut flora just a result of the fibre, replicated by eating lots of veg? Improving digestion is a high priority for me just now.

    I'd appreciate your thoughts.

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  196. Michelle Armstrong says:

    i was diagnosed with mild oesophagitis a few years ago and was prescribed daily medication. The acid reflux disappeared and i stopped taking the meds and thankfully, the acid reflux did not return and i have not had it for the last 3 years or so. However, it has returned in the last week and I suspect it is either the citrus or apple cider vinegar. I dont want to go back on meds if I can help it. what would you recommend?

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Michelle,
      In your case it would probably be best if you just had warm water in the morning without the lemon or Apple Cider Vinegar. There are plenty of other things that you are adding that are good for you so do not worry if you have to miss out on these two things in your morning drink.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

      • Molo says:

        I don't get heartburn, but did a couple of times when pregnant. I used apple cider vinegar and it worked. If I got to a point where I couldn't stomach the thought of drinking it, I ate a pickle, a real pickle the fermented kind.

    • M1 says:

      Hi Michelle- I saw your question and thought I would tell you a naturopath recommended I use apple cider vinegar in water before bed to avoid acid reflux. Mine was probably caused by eating sugar. And the apple cider vinegar stopped the acid reflux immediately. Just my two cents, to say if it were me, the acid would be caused by citrus... your system might work the same way?

  197. Kelley says:

    Hi Jon,

    I would like to join the Facebook page but would rather all my friends on Facebook don't know I'm doing the program. Is that possible?

    Thanks.

    • Molo says:

      I hear you ladies, I have grown up surrounded by people like this, thin and eat whatever they want, my whole life. This is a great example of mind over body like Jon talks about. They all know and think they are thin and they know and do eat whatever they want because they aren't going to gain any weight. I don't know about you all, but in my situation these people around me do have stress but they allow others to take on as much of "their" stress as people are willing to take on. It I'd hard to be around it. But just because someone is thin it doesn't mean they are healthy. I try and keep all this in mind and keep on keepin on and educating myself and others about real health and nutrition. Thanks for sharing. :)I have been trying to get join the Facebook page from the link and hasn't been letting me. Is it up and running again? Or am I doing something wrong?

    • Denaleigh B says:

      Hi Kelley,
      Please contact our team at help@thegabrielmethod.com to see if this is possible.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

      • Jo Halliday says:

        Hi Kelly, the facebook group is set to "Secret" so I'm hoping that means no-one else can see who's in it or writing in it....? But I'm still scared to comment just incase. I guess it's a technology question that somebody would know the answer to?

        • Janine says:

          Hi Jo,

          Secret means that only the people who are in the group can see that the group exists and see the posts within the group. According to Facebook, no one else will see it.

  198. Sindy Van leuven says:

    Hi Jon,

    I noties that you're notrecommending xylitolas you do for coconut palm sugar and stevia. Is there anything we need to be careful of when using xylitol? Thx

  199. Sandra Neill says:

    Question: how do people stay thin who eat horribly and have high stress - why are their fat triggers turned off?

    Vent: After listening to the hormone webinar it boggles my mind how some people who eat loads of refined carbs and processed foods can stay thin and it is frustrating to live with such a person. I would describe my husband's diet as white: white rice, white bread, white pasta . . . about 70% of his diet is white and he eats an insane amount of sugar - 6 teaspoons in his tea for example. I have always eaten lots of fruit & veg although I am stepping it up a lot more now. If my husband didn't live with me he wouldn't eat veggies at all. He could lose about 10-20 pounds - I need to lose 80-90! Why are his fat triggers turned off - he certainly has as much or more stress than I do? It's even worse because we are both models for our five year old son who is preferring his father's way of eating - hmm, daddy eats Kraft dinner and hot dogs and he's thin, mommy is a salad maniac (as he sometimes calls me) and she's fat . . .

    • Laurie Mazzone says:

      Hi Sandra
      I totally hear what you are saying. Not only does my husband eat all night long he eats the most unhealthy stuff. Bagels and pizza pretty much every day. His idea of a healthy salad is iceberg lettuce and tomato loaded with ranch dressing and He's skinny. No weight problems at all. My daughter is 18 and has bad eating habits she doesn't eat all day then comes home from school and eats macaroni and cheese and take out Chinese food and the more I try to get her to eat breakfast or eat healthier the more she resists. It's hard to believe that when she was a baby I made my own baby food to make sure she was a healthy eater. She is also really thin. I do not cook unhealthy food for dinner both of them will eat what I cook but they aren't really happy about it. Living with these two make it really hard. They think I'm crazy. It does make it harder to stick to it but Jon's recipes have really helped me alot obviously our husbands bodies are dealing with stress very differently than ours but we need to keep doing what we are doing and hope they will see our transformation and begin eating better. I hope you don't mind me responding to your comment. I just wanted you to know you are not alone.
      Laurie

      • Sandra Neill says:

        What I love about this program is that we can all share our stories, learn from each other and all of our questions, and feel a sense of community support. Thanks for sharing!

        • Molo says:

          I hear you ladies, I have grown up surrounded by people like this, thin and eat whatever they want, my whole life. This is a great example of mind over body like Jon talks about. They all know and think they are thin and they know and do eat whatever they want because they aren't going to gain any weight. I don't know about you all, but in my situation these people around me do have stress but they allow others to take on as much of "their" stress as people are willing to take on. It I'd hard to be around it. But just because someone is thin it doesn't mean they are healthy. I try and keep all this in mind and keep on keepin on and educating myself and others about real health and nutrition. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Stress can make some people more leptin and insulin sensitive. It depends how your body adapts to stress. But it also goes to show you that food is just one part of the equation.

  200. Deborah Hutchings says:

    Is there any handouts for Hormone balancing video please?

    • Janine says:

      Hi Deborah,
      You may download the class notes for that day but there are not any further handouts for this video. Sorry about that!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  201. Sharon H says:

    In the visualization library, I don't see one called digestion. Where do I fi.d this?

  202. Deborah Hutchings says:

    HI Jon (and course students),

    Without wanting to start an 'un savory' conversation with too much detail - I notice that Week 2 we are talking digestion and I cannot attend the live classes due to work commitments. However, can i ask that the subject of 'changes in bowel movements' be discussed as we move through the new eating pattern?

    The reason(s) I ask - I was diagnosed some 15 years ago with ulcerative colitis - its OK, working with eastern style modalities, eating/drinking changes and natural supplements I can happily say I haven't had (and don't intend to ever) an attack in 10years+. I don't carry the label even though western medicine does as once diagnosed then they always have it on your record and LOOK for symptons. That said I am very much in tune with my bowel movements (a significant learning from those early diagnosis days) and notice the change since being back on food types with Gabriel method.

    I take herbal supplements diagnosed by Dr Marcelle Pick for adrenal balancing, I have for over 10years taken Flax Oil (in the form of capsules). I was wondering with the increase in probiotic, digestive enzymes, my healthy eating introducing Maca everyday, as well as spirulina and chia, lemon water, cider vinegar - would you recommend I come off the herbal supplements for my adrenals or 'slowdown' on any of the above? Whilst movement has increased (not a bad thing) every 3/4 days I get 'too fast' type of need/movement.

    I also have a problem using public toilets, which includes toilets at the office (I'm sure your going to have an 'ah ha' moment on emotional element with the this statement), and suffer lower abdomen pain on work days when I refuse to 'go'!!!

    Again apologies to all those students who may not want to go into this subject - but I need to get the most out of this program to make it 'stay with me' and not deviate as I did a year ago.

    Rgds

    • Molo says:

      I love a good poo talk, bring it. Haha. I am also interested in all this

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Deborah,
      Jon recommends checking with Marcelle's office regarding your dose of herbal supplements combined with what our program has suggested.
      It is best not to avoid having bowel movements and perhaps try to 'train' your body - drinking hot water first thing in the morning might help to get things moving first thing - which might solve the problem of having to use a public toilet.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  203. Marlene Adam says:

    The recipe book is very attractive. I have made the Choc Seed Treats and they will become a staple, I'm sure.

    The flax seed crackers look useful. Is it necessary to have a dehydrator or can they be baked?

  204. Jeanne Trespicio says:

    I have always loved raw vegetables...but they have never loved me!

    At 66 yrs old. I know from long experience, that building up from smaller to larger salads never helps, even though it would seem to be the answer. My body doesn't adjust.

    . As usual this week, after my very first wonderful tasting salad, my GI tract "seized up and stopped" and for the next 2 days, I looked like 9 months pregnant. (And felt just as miserable)

    Of course this is hardly my first 'go around' with this issue.

    . When Vitamix came out, i thought green smoothies would finally be the answer, as the fiber would be almost "pre chewed' . Sadly, I never made it through even one without misery
    .
    Next step: green juicing. I bought a slow masticating type which lets more pulp in than the centrifugal types, with a higher quality juice.

    This has been working fiber wise much better and I'm able to get in 8-16 oz. I haven't done it on a daily basis...so not sure how it would go every day long term.

    I don't see improvement with these issues in any near future, to say the least (with IBS and GERD)

    Could the juicing even be a remote substitute for "making every meal a salad"???

    GI docs no help...Lots of meds. and "don't eat what irritates you". !!!

    My insulin is sky high.

    I'm the pre diabetic with peripheral neuropathy, who takes 600 mg tramadol day/pain, Anastrozole post breast cancer, cymbalta, Nuvigil, am gluten/dairy sensitive, and so far, have been a
    CPAP failure with mod/severe sleep apnea....a work in progress. (FYI...I'm not obese...have a thin neck, and have about 30 lbs to lose.)

    I realize this is probably too much to answer here, but don't know where/how else to 'lay it out there' ... to even know where to begin, if I can't get past my first salad!

    I feel like I NEED those salads...and my body won't let me have them. (yes, I can eat cooked veggies better, but cooked leafy greens are abysmal for me)

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      Please listen to the interviews with Ron Rosedale and Donna Gates. There's lots of important info for you in both. Also please don't miss this week's core lesson on digestion. Coming up in less that two days.

      Jon

  205. Sandra Neill says:

    Since the program started, I have been trying as best I can to eat the big three for every meal and snacks but I never feel full even though I am eating a lot all day long - I just feel hungry for most of the day. I feel like without refined carbs like bread or pasta and milk, I just don't feel full and I'm especially hungry at night. Any ideas?

  206. Megan says:

    Hello Jon. Thanks for assembling such an amazing group on both sides of this journey...coaches and expert lecturers and participants.

    I've been an avid fan of your method for some time but feel the energy of this group is what I needed to become consistent in my pursuit and to regain my sense of well being.

    Since doing the visualization consistently, I do find I'm less hungry. Any advice about timing of nutritional intake. If I'm not hungry, would you advise me to skip the meal and only eat when I feel hungry. I am concerned that I will overeat when I do get the urge to eat if I have gone to long between meals.

  207. Leah Fischer says:

    I believe I have emotional obesity. I am struggling to figure out my triggers. How do I proceed?

  208. Leah Fischer says:

    Omega3 fish oil is difficult for me to take because of the strong fish taste. Can you suggest an easier way to take it?

  209. Anne Murphy says:

    Hello Jon,
    What is the reason for no carrot in the juice? I am curious as I juice a lot and carrot is one one of the staples! I always have plenty of greens like spinach or kale. Curious?
    Cheers

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      When you juice the carrot it concentrates the sugar and it enters your blood stream too fast. That can cause a lot of problems with blood sugar regulation. It's ok to eat the carrot or have it in a smoothie, because you're getting the fibre too. But as a juice it's not ideal for weight loss.

  210. Stephanie Alvarez says:

    I am having trouble with the link to your facebook page. When I click on it, it tells me that the page is temporarily unavailable, etc....is anyone else having this issue?

  211. Peri Jayne Cole says:

    Hi Jon, where do I go on your site to purchase your mp3 player and 12 visualisations, have not been able to find. Thank you in advance

  212. Carla A says:

    Hi Jon,
    I started to take omega3 with vit D that I bought at your webshop and I had some palpitations. After 3 days I stopped and I tried again a week later with the same symptoms so I stopped and symptoms were gone.
    Searching in internet I found that Vit D can cause that and is better to take together with a Magnesium supplement, whAt do you think?
    I have Hipothyroidism and I take Syntroid 100mcg per day , do you think is any relation since I know that some supplements with algae can accelerate it and you can feel palpitations?
    Thank you !

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Carla,

      Definitely check with your doctor and discontinue taking the supplements. Maybe get your vit D by spending more time in the sun if you can.

      • Carla A says:

        Is there other ways to get vitD?
        I live in Amsterdam and I must say that the sun doesn't show up a lot in Holland the entire year!
        Is it enough being outside during the day or it has to be a sunny day to absorve vit D?
        Thank you!

        • Carla A says:

          Maybe is also an idea to offer your omega3 supplements at your store without Vit D?

          • Janine says:

            Hi Carla,
            We can look into this idea, but in the meantime there may be other Omega-3 supplements you can find without Vitamin D in them. Good luck!

            Janine
            The Gabriel Method Team

          • Carla A says:

            Hi Janine , thanks for your answer!
            I like to buy at the GM store since I know that I will be consuming a high quality product and in the right potency that we need,and that makes all the difference!
            So when I buy Omega 3 supplements , what should I look for? Any brand you recommend?
            Thank you!

          • Gabriel Method Team says:

            Hi Carla,

            If it's a fish oil, you want it in triglyceride form, not in an esterified form. That's very important. That's a healthier, more assimilable form of fish oil. You also want it derived from small fish, because they have less heavy metal toxicity.

            -Jon

  213. Sharon H says:

    Is it really possible that you can just cut the threads that tie your mind to trauma through tapping and cellular release and not have to know all the details? Will that be enough that my body will understand and begin releasing weight? I think I am doing the best I can, aligning with a new relationship to food. I can feel a pull in my emotions to shift my mind into a diet mode, trying to portion and determine caloric value, just to be doing something.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Sharon,
      I don't know that its a case of cutting the threads but rather accepting the trauma and changing the way your body is reacting to it.
      Just trust that all that you are doing for yourself at the moment is enough.
      Den - GM Team

  214. Katherine Potter says:

    I've been drinking the 2 glasses of warm water with lemon or apple cider vinegar (both organic) and wanted to know why I feel nauseous when I do this and will this persist? I'm doing it anyway because I feel like a million bucks (actually started the mindvalley option and am on week 3 with that - digestion is key!). Thank you in advance for your answer and for you commitment to transforming our relationship to our bodies.

  215. Molo says:

    So Jon, what oils if any should we cook with? And good oils to eat uncooked are? Coconut, avocado, oil,? Any others?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Oils to cook with are ghee, coconut oil and avocado oils. Good cold oils are chia seed, hemp seed, flax seed and olive oil.

      • Molo says:

        Thanks! I love it. These are things that I have already in the last year or so have been doing, so not to much to change. I am trying really hard to do all this weeks core lessons. Hard to do with busy family, but I am doing it and staying positive. When I have eaten garbage, not depriving myself, I am able to see, hear, and feel the nasty. This really helps me to not want them again. Loving it!

  216. alcrenshaw@embarqmail.com says:

    Jon,
    Thanks for having this training. I've already learned a lot of new stuff. On July 24, 2013, I started listening to your Evening Meditation nightly and have rarely missed a day since. I started at a weight of 211# and this morning weighed 169#. In early Jan, 2014, I had a medical examination at Cenegenics, and a DEXA scan indicated that my body fat content was 36% and should be 25% or less. It also indicated that I was low on thyroid, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Three weeks ago today I started prescriptions for these hormones.
    I stepped up my wt from 2 days/wk 30 min. to 3 days/wk 1 hour to build muscle mass with a goal of reducing body fat. I also have osteoporsis and have been taking ca supplements. I'm female, 67 yrs. old.
    My wt goal is now 150#, with a body fat of less than 25%. My fasting blood glucose has gone from 120 to 98; Blood pressure gone from 140/90 to 108/74; Total cholesterol from 215 with Lipitor 20mg to 172 with Lipitor. In early December, I stopped Lipitor and will retest in March.
    My Question: After listening to Dr. Rosedale last night, should I stop ca supplements, and maybe add K2?
    I really appreciate you. I credit your Evening Meditation with my health improvement. Thank you so much. Ann L. Crenshaw

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Anna,

      Happy things are going so well for you. I would rather you get your calcium from real foods, like seaweed, tahini, healthy salt and chia seeds. I'm also a bit concerned about you taking hormone replacement. The body is so complex and artificially increasing hormones can sometimes cause your cells to develop a resistance to those hormones, which lowers their effectiveness. The more you nourish your body and the more you lower stress the better your body will function hormonally.

  217. Sandra Neill says:

    I found the hormone discussion last night very interesting but a couple of questions popped up for me. I was surprised that he said that carbohydrates are not essential for our bodies - does he just mean refined carbs like sugar, bread, pasta, as opposed to fruits and vegetables?
    Different hormones but hormone question nonetheless (for us ladies): 1-2 weeks before my monthly cycle my cravings go completely out of control - why is this and what can be done?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Sandra,

      He's talking about carbohydrate molecules in various forms. Their not essential, because the body can produce then from other macronutrients. He's not talking about all the other essential nutrients in fruits and vegetables, like vitamins, minerals, enzymes, friendly bacteria, life force energy, anti oxidants etc..

      Try eating raw chocs sweetened with coconut palm sugar during those periods in your cycle. Works well for the women in my life πŸ˜‰

  218. Kelley says:

    Hi Jon,

    I have a few questions…
    1. I have a normal BMI but my body fat is at the bottom of the obese range. I would like to get my body fat in to the fitness range for females, mid to low 20s. Is this an appropriate program me?
    2. Are you familiar with Vital Greens? If so, is this a suitable alternative to taking a probiotic, digestive enzymes and wheatgrass?

    Thank you!

  219. Rose Dallal says:

    Hi,
    I got the Gabriel Method book last year. It was an eye-opener but I needed more support and better understanding in order to stay on top of the program. The NYNY is wonderful and just what I was looking for. Also the recipe book is absolutely amazing, and a great help.
    Thank you, Jon!

  220. Lynette Neal says:

    Question: Jon in one for the QA sessions did I hear you say that it takes about 6 months with dietary changes and incorporating more Omega 3s for us/me to experience changes at a cellular level that will take care of the carbo cravings/habit. It also sounds like it takes time for leptin and insulin to level out due to new nutritional choices? Did I hear this correctly?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Lynette,

      I did say that. But it can also happen much quicker if the reason for the cellular resistance is due to stress/inflammation. Because once you lower the inflammatory hormones, the body corrects itself on a cellular level.

  221. Cheryllynn says:

    How do I hear the recording from the class that just ended and I missed? Thank you.

  222. Cheryllynn says:

    When I click on the join our NYNY 2014 Facebook Group, I get a message from facebook that I don't have access. what do I do? thank you.

  223. Nicole Marley says:

    Hi, Jon.
    I have this nagging doubt. I start my day with the determination to do what I know is right and what I need to do. However, it seems that any time someone makes a comment about my weight - whether positive or negative - that determination seems to dissipate and my mind immediately thinks of food. I wish it were thinking of and craving healthy food but of course it never is. It's always about the sugar. When I was younger, my mom even took me to the dr as she thought I was diabetic (I could eat condensed milk out of the can with a spoon). Why does this happen? How can I overcome this?

    Thank you so much for your guidance.

  224. William Fell says:

    Hello Jon,

    Hope you are doing well. I was wondering if you had an alternative to chia, flax, and hemp seeds. I am allergic to these. I am also unfortunatly allergic to most nuts. I am not allergic to peanuts ( legumes ) or pumpkin seeds. Are these viable substitutes or do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks

    Bill

  225. Jaycee says:

    Hi Jon

    I have a couple of questions for you:

    1. What do you think about using shirataki or "miracle" noodles in recipes? And
    2. What is your opinion on using a soda stream to carbonate your filtered water (no syrup - just the bubbles)? I enjoy the sensation of fizzy water in my mouth and have assumed that it is okay if it is just plain water, but thought I would check with you.
    And finally, (just thought of another one) I use flaxseed oil in my protein shakes - the organic oil kept in the fridge in a dark bottle and the original packaging to avoid oxidisation - is that something that is okay if you are in a hurry and don't have time to do the chia or flax seeds?

    Many thanks, Janice

  226. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Greetings! Quick story: we have a lovely grocery store with more options than one could imagine all beautifully arranged. Generally when I shop there my blood pressure rises between 50 - 75 points because of all the stimulation, choices etc. I simply want it all! Anyway. Today I took my headphones and listened to the safe and secure visualization through my entire shopping expedition. As I left the store I checked my bp and it was NORMAL! I know you know but now I know too- the visualization works!! My blood pressure thanks you and so do I.

  227. Lynette Neal says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for how you have put this program together Jon and staff. Jon thanks for your individual attention to questions and issues. I just wanted to encourage everyone around the visualizations. My experience is that they work! Just push the button and let go. I had to just let the questioning/evaluating part of my mind meander------ it does work. I noticed the other day when I went out for breakfast ( we are currently traveling) I could only eat a small amount. I totally believe that there is that part of our brain knows just what to do when you trust it and give up the dead end diets. I can feel myself slowing moving in the right direction. All you have to do is listen-----it's so easy! I always used to make things hard for myself! Happy visualizing everyone.

  228. Laurie Mazzone says:

    I'm having a good experience so far. I made some of the recipes from cook book and I really love them so far. I want to know if it is ok to buy things at the health food store like almond crackers and pancake mixes that are made from nuts and seeds as it is alittle easier then making the flax crackers or the pancakes in the book. I understand the recipes are better but from a time stand point I want to know how you feel about it. I also live the way the visualizations are making me feel and just from adding these nutrients I really am not craving sugar as much and at night which has been the biggest struggle for me. Thank you for putting this program together I really feel as though I have a new way of life with out good days and bad days.
    Laurie Mazzone

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Laurie,
      Buying packaged items from a time stand point is understandable. Things to look for when purchasing packaged items are; a very short ingredients list (ie doesn't have a whole lot of added things that you can't pronounce), that the ingredients are natural, that there is no added processed sugar, and if there are natural sweeteners - they are minimal, and minimal added salt. A lot of the so-called 'healthy' pre-packaged products are loaded with sugar and salt to help boost the flavour. A good guide also is look at the order in which ingredients are listed - the first item is what the product has most of, and so on down the list. So if sugar (or natural sugar) is the first ingredient listed - you know that the product is made mostly of sugar.
      Hope this helps
      Den - GM Team

  229. norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

    I eat out a lot in restaurants and the homes of friends, making it impossible to stick to any eating plan on many occasions. Is there any way of dealing with this or does it matter if occasionally I cannot follow Gabriel rules.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      This is a lifestyle not a diet. Just try to eat as much real foods as possible when eating out. I find I can always get a good meal, at any restaurant or when eating at friends houses. But it's all very natural and effortless for me at this point. There's just certain things my body doesn't want to eat, so I just don't eat them, regardless of if they are being served or not. Start by focusing on adding as much healhty real foods as possible in your diet, healing your digestion and reducing stress and your body will crave the healthier foods more and more and that will make it much easier when you are out.

  230. Leah Fischer says:

    Opinion question for Jon..Can you share your thoughts on childhood obesity? I wouldn't think they have the emotional hurddles adults have yet they still have the problem. Just curious.
    Leah

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      absolutely children struggle with emotional obesity. They also struggle with nutritional starvation, inflammation, stress, toxins and digestive issues, just like adults.

      • M1 says:

        Do you have a program for kids? Both of mine are overweight and have stressors relating to their weight from school, kids, my Mom and their Dad. I feel if I were more organized I could help them. But I am very very tired and hope maybe there is an answer someone else can help them with. They listen to the evening visualization every night and when school started in August my 13 year old started gaining despite the visualizations.

  231. Leah Fischer says:

    Hi GM team!
    I am so excited for the next 5 weeks! I began a smoothie challenge a week before I began and it has given me a good headstart on regaining my health. I am going to slowly integrate the steps you suggest. I am an eager student!! I can't wait to speak together!
    Leah

  232. Griffina Blake says:

    HI , I WANTED TO KNOW WHY THE HORMONE BALANCING VIDEO DOES NOT WORK.

  233. norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

    I went to purchase Digestive Enzymes and was asked if these should include Hydrochloric acid? On Probiotics, I was asked what dose/how many organisms per million. Answers please.

  234. Dana2014 says:

    Could you discuss evening cravings?
    I do great during the day, rarely hungry, enjoy the green smoothies and healthy proteins but at night its like a different person takes over.
    Mentally I know have eaten to capacity but I become wide awake and could eat straight for hours.

    • Jeanne Trespicio says:

      Dana...that is me also

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Dana,
      Try to ensure that you are eating regularly during the day and don't skip meals, even if you are not particularly hungry. Perhaps try having a snack in the afternoon that is similar to your lunch - ensuring there is a form of protein. Also, have healthy snack options on hand for when those cravings do kick in so that you are not forced to resort to junk foods.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  235. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Greetings,

    I make my own Milk Kefir daily. Can I assume this is an acceptable probiotic and if so, are the additional digestive enzymes necessary?

    I also brew fresh Kombucha. Any harm in consuming this? Can it replace any of the water?

    I'm not finding fresh wheat grass. Are powders acceptable or shall I attempt to grow it myself? I currently use a frozen green supplement E3live. Any chance it does the same thing?

    Thanks a million. I'm very excited for a sustainable change. Love, love, love the visualization concept and beginning to work it into daily tasks.

  236. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Greetings. 2 quick tech questions:

    1. Will there be a replay of last night's Q & A.

    2. I'm still unable to get access to the Facebook group. Any suggestions? I've tried the link on this page to no avail.

  237. Rivkah Lambert Adler says:

    Hi Jon,

    All my life, I've been an extremely picky eater. I've done my homework and know that it's unusual to be an adult with as many food aversions as I have. I often joke that it's ironic that I'm fat, considering how many foods are revolting to me.

    In addition, I no longer eat meat or poultry or drink cow's milk for religious/philosophical reasons. I do still eat fish, eggs and some dairy. I know I'm not consistent, but I'm a work in progress πŸ™‚

    In addition, I default to eating the same foods over and over. I'm actually quite comfortable with doing so because I don't like the anxiety of surprise tastes, but I've been told it's not a good idea.

    Given these limitations, do you have any particular advice for me?

    many thanks

  238. norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

    Finding the course very interesting.

    I am using a mixture of milled Gogi berries, Flax, Sunflower, Pumpkin and Sesame seeds. Is this all I need to sprinkle on my food?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Norman,
      Are you able to add Chia seeds to this mix? Other than that it is a great mix. Just be conscious of the high sugar content of the dried fruit, so have the goji berries in small quantities.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  239. William Fell says:

    stuck on 225. want to be 175. And was, 183 after dieting, 20 yrs ago on the Zone so I know its possible. The round trip to 241 sucked. But still, im now down from 241. Not dieting now or since ive been doing visualizations. The visualizations work, everyone else thinks im crazy, but they are working( and i dont care). howerer I have entered a plataeu and have been there for 2 monthis ish. Any suggestions. The previous question stemmed from my friend who has lost 100lbs on a ketogenic diet. I believe in the gm.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Plateaus are a natural part of the weight loss process, when you are losing weight the correct way. As long as you're not fighting cravings or experiencing a rebound or low energy, then it's just your body getting comfortable at the new weight. Once that happens you can expect another move.

  240. William Fell says:

    btw- the gm is working for me 16lbs in 4months, so im sold. but I am infatuated with the physiology. please elaborate.

  241. William Fell says:

    just curious, not trying to be a jerk

  242. William Fell says:

    Hello jon,

    Why do you believe a ketogenic diets ultimately fail. How does the gm differ from a ketogenic diet?

    Thanks

    Bill

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Will,

      First of all, all diets are one dimensional, because they only approach weight loss from eating and exercise, when there's so many other considerations. A traditional low carb, ketogenic diet also doesn't take into consideration that certain foods cause digestive inflammation and that the inflammatory hormones cause leptin and insulin resistance. Also certain fats in the wrong combination also cause leptin and insulin resistance. To really understand weight loss, you have to understand stress and inflammation and how it relates to these crucial fat regulating hormones.

  243. Marlene Adam says:

    I have just started a powerful antibiotic for a root canal problem. I have been given varied advice re taking probiotics while on antibiotics: one being that there is no point as the antibiotic will destroy the good bacteria anyways; the other being that you can take it and hope that it has some effect. Do you have any views on this?

    Secondly, regarding the root canal, I believe this was caused by stress and an imbalance in my body as you have outlined. Now that I have reached this point where an endodontist is assuming that the nerve in my tooth has died because of my symptoms, is it too late to repair the damage?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Not sure as far as the dental part of the question. I would seek out other opinions from qualified holistic dentists. But as far as the probiotics go, I'm of the school that it can't hurt to take them while you're taking antibiotics, so might as well.

  244. email2jenn@yahoo.com says:

    Hi Jon,

    I'm unexpectedly experiencing anxiety in my body around this program - something I've never experienced before on the many, many diets I've tried over the last 35 years (started at 8 years old). I'm usually super excited at the beginning of any new program.
    I read your 1/2 of your book 14 months ago and knew it was the key to things. I started with the evening visualizations but that was all for a while - it helped me get through a very scary time in my life. I just couldn't bring myself to get started on the whole program until now. Tried an extreme program in the meantime though (30 days of only juicing - my digestive system hated that!).
    Decided to commit to the NYNY program a few weeks ago and finished your book. I put on 7 pounds since I decided to do NYNY and have felt anxious any time I think about the program. REALLY felt it in my body during the webinar last night. My gut was twisting with anxiety and was nauseous afterwards.
    I'm guessing this is a clue that a mind/body program is what I really need to do, but that my body is scared. I just don't know what the fear is anchored to…
    Given this reaction, do you have a recommendation on what is most important to focus on? I don't want to give up on this. I've got 100-120 lbs. to lose and after 35 years of losing weight and gaining, I need a way back to health.
    Not sure if it is relevant, but I have Celiac Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
    Thanks so much for all you do.
    Jenn

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Jenn,

      I believe we spoke on today's ask Jon call yes?

    • Sandra Neill says:

      Hi Jenn,
      I read your question and listened to you last night and with the anxiety that you are feeling I can't help but wonder if there are some emotional issues that you are afraid to face or emotional issues that you aren't even consciously aware of. If your family has a long history of obesity, maybe on some level you feel like you are betraying them if you lose weight. I am not an expert of course, but I have unearthed many emotional issues myself through therapy and have been able to stop being on medication for bi-polar disorder after 12 years with the help of a non-traditional therapist. Here is her website - perhaps you can find someone similar in your area if you would like to explore this possibility further: http://brillianthealingsystems.squarespace.com

      PS I hope you don't mind me giving you my thoughts - I just want to help.

  245. Sandra Neill says:

    Chia question: Did I hear somewhere that you are supposed to soak them in water before you eat them? Do you can't just eat them as is - please clarify. Thanks

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Sandra,
      It is easier for your body to digest chia seeds if they are pre-soaked or ground before eating. However, that said, Jon does actually eat them as is, as well. Perhaps try doing both. I often add a teaspoon to my glass of water, stir for a minute or so and then leave the water for about 10 minutes.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  246. Dargenstar says:

    Hi Team!

    Regarding the Burn Fat Now Visualization -- it is the same as the Morning Visualization, at least when I just listened to it on the NYNY page. Is that intentional? No problem, I was just wondering. Thanks. Megan

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Dargenstar,
      There isn't a specific morning visualisation, only a specific evening one. The morning visualisation can be any visualisation that you feel is most relevant to your needs, and during this program each week has a prescribed visualisation for the morning according to the topic of the week.
      Hope this helps.
      Den - GM Team

  247. Annabel Williams says:

    please ignore this comment - just need to put it, so i can unstick the notify button! sorry!

  248. Wendi Wetzel says:

    Greetings. I have my own free range chicken flock. Is it viable to replace the protein powder (as in Jonny Chow) with raw egg yoke? If so, how many? There is no rest of salmonella as I know just how they live and what they eat. Thanks

  249. Yasser Amir says:

    Hello , for the check list I really dont know what exactly to get for below , is there like examples ?

    Organic grass-fed or free-range meat, chicken, fish
    Locally grown, organic produce
    Unsweetened cocoa powder
    Nori sheets
    Himalayan salt crystals

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Yasser,
      The most important items on the list would be Organic grass fed or free-range meat, chicken and fish, locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables, Himalayan Salt Crystals (its a type of salt - much better for you than regular white table salt - which has no nutritional value) and Chia Seeds!. Try your local Grocer / supermarket for these items, but if they don't carry them, an Organic Health Food store will. Let us know how you go.
      Den - GM Team

  250. Annah Winheld says:

    Hi Jon,

    I am stressed. I take herbs to sleep and to keep me even keeled during the day. Mainly for adrenals and cortisol levels. They have been a big support for over a year now.

    My weight moves around, but I try to keep it below a certain point. I get very concerned if it goes up too much because I know It is too difficult to lose and I don't feel good in myself. However, I have been at this weight now for 4 years. I just can't seem to go lower, and if I do, first I feel great, then I eat my way back up (like a panic--and unconscious)...and we're only talking a loss of 2-3kilos before I go back up. The reason my weight stays reasonable is fear of the consequences of it getting out of control.

    I have mentioned before that exercise can push it up quickly.

    I am not comfortable with this constant vigilance and am wondering if the body does reset at a lower weight...even if it's only 10kgs?

    Thank you again for your time and expertise.
    Kind Regards

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Annah,
      Your objective during this program is to simply do the weekly tasks and try not to think about losing weight or whether you are doing 'the right thing' or 'the wrong thing'. Just concentrate on each of the subjects for the week. Add the 'big 3' into each meal - Protein, healthy fats and live food, and listen to the morning and evening visualisations. The body can definitely reset at a lower weight, it just sounds like there is an emotional barrier for you to lose that last 10kg. Once you have sorted out whatever that is, your body will stop fighting you and will allow itself to lose the weight. Hope this helps
      Den - GM Team

  251. Svetlana Krasikova says:

    Hello! English is not my first language. Should I translate visualizations into Russian and record them at home or it doesn't matter which language is used? Thank you

  252. norman@kaphan.co.uk says:

    There are two evening visualisations, the first being the Introduction. Do I listen to both or only the longer one?

  253. Sandra Neill says:

    Are all of the resources like the visualizations and cookbook available to us after the five week program or do we only have access to them for the duration of the program?

  254. Lena Delaunay says:

    Hi Jon,

    First thanks for organizing this program. I would like to know your opinion on Aloe Vera juice. It is quite hype at the moment here in Singapore. Is it as good as it claims?
    Thanks for your answer
    Lena

  255. Sharon H says:

    I feel like I am conscientiously addressing trauma and emotional triggers. I know this is a necessary step, however doing so, I am at times more anxious, feel overly vulnerable and more susceptible to stress. at times, it seems like a vicious cycle. Is more meditation and visualization the main answer?

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Sharon,

      It's not a vicious cycle, it's just part of the healing process. After the processing is done you will feel much stronger and experience a resurgence of energy. Just be as gentle as possible on yourself for now and listen to the safe, strong and protected visualization. Thanks,

      Jon

  256. Is webinar on now in Australia?

  257. Michelle Armstrong says:

    I have been struggling for over ten years and just been diagnosed with fatty liver and convinced it is caused by my diet coke addiction. I am so excited about participating in NYNY and know that I will overcome my DC addiction in the next week (and I can't wait) but what can assist with the withdrawals? It is harder to quit than smoking which I did over two years ago.
    What are your thoughts on Garcinia Cambogia. From what I have read, it may assist with fatty liver.

  258. Roslyn Morrow says:

    Hello I'm Roslyn. I have a question. I do a good portion of the action steps daily but not all of them consistently. How do I do all the action steps consistently and is there a first step second step etc.. to focus on to have the desire to do them all?
    Thanks excited about the class tonight.

  259. Laurie Mazzone says:

    Hi I'm really looking forward to start this program. I read the book years ago and never really seemed to pull it all together. I have started adding the nutrients recommended and I'm doing morning and evening visualizations and I'm noticing subtle changes already. It seems as if my sweet cravings at night are dissipating and I'm calmer and I feel confident and thinner already and it's only been a week of doing this. My only problem is that I do not like protein. I don't eat meat. I like eggs and cheese and tofu are these sources ok. There is no mention of tofu. I'm afraid cheese is not the best source of protein. I do have at least one protein shake a day using unflavored egg white powder. Can that be added to regular food like on top of a salad?? Thanks for your help.
    Laurie Mazzone

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Laurie,
      Are you able to purchase an unflavoured/unsweetened Whey or Rice Bran Protein? This would be great to add to smoothies and your protein shakes. Jon does not recommend Tofu but fermented soy products are good, as are nuts, seeds and in particular Chia seeds!
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  260. Dargenstar says:

    Hi Jon and Team,

    I am very glad to be part of this group. Even though I've been working on the GM since last September, slowly changing the things I do that keep me stuck, and adding the big 3 etc, I have a couple of things I really enjoy which to change would cause me that deprivation feeling I think. One is my one morning coffee. About 8 oz. or less of actual coffee. To which I now add (I have substituted better choices from worse ones): 1/4 c. goat's milk, some Truvia and a little GM sweetener (the threesome JG talks about), 4 tsp. chocolate coconut milk, about 2T Truwhip (a health food store cool whip), and a sprinkle of cacao/coco palm sugar mix. I know, I know, it sounds just incredible. I am guessing that because there is some sugar (even if 'natural') involved, it is totally bad? I used to use coffee mate, so I think graduating from plastic is a good thing. And it is just one cup, and I don't always finish it. But. I don't like tea, and the only thing I could try to do is a plain coffee with some coco palm sugar/Truvia and goat's milk. I can't find raw milk in Arizona so far. And this substitute won't make me very happy. Is it really bad to start the day off this way? Soon after, or with this incredible coffee drink, I have high quality protein, veggies, or something for breakfast. Anyway, I am asking if you think I can keep this in my life or what your suggestions are. I have plenty of other bad habits (along with some good ones) I am working on more successfully. So let's address this one and I will talk about the little bit of wine I have in the evening another time....:--).

    Thanks for listening. Megan

    • Roslyn Morrow says:

      Hey Megan I just stopped drinking coffee and I love coffee but noticed it amplified everything. I knew I didn't want to quit and just drink water so I switched to Jon's juice ( cucumber celery lemon ginger kale) I made a big batch froze enough for the week and I have that instead of coffee. I sleep better and I was shocked at how calm I am during the day. Just a suggestion. Roslyn

      • Donna OBrien says:

        Hi Roslyn, I am not a coffee drinker but love my tea and often get mixed up between green (has caffeine) and herbal ( usually doesn't), they aren't always clear on the box. Anyway, I love the sound if that juice! Can you share the recipe ? It's one I haven't read yet. Thanks for your time!

        • Roslyn Morrow says:

          Here's my recipe Jon's might be a little different. This is for a week I juice it at one time then freeze in jars. 4 cucumbers (peeled I don't like wax on my food and I can't always find organic cucumbers) 4 celery bunches 2 bunches of elephant kale 1 inch of a piece of ginger and 1 lemon. I also like to add parsley and cilantro a hand full of each. If you have never juiced add the herbs later. If you haven't juiced before possibly one more lemon and it should taste like a kicky lemonade. I love juicing and the way it makes me feel.

      • Dargenstar says:

        Hi Roslyn,
        Thanks for your suggestion, I think for now I could try to add a juice, for the thought of replacing my one coffee drink makes me feel like quitting altogether. I too have a Breville juicer, and during the detox last November I made the green juice Jon recommends, and actually did do without coffee for about 8 days, and was COUNTING the days until I could have it again. But I did it. However, I don't feel any amplification from the one cup (it is a large cup), just feel good. So let's see what Jon and the Team says about it, and I have intended to add a fresh juice in the morning. That's a good idea to freeze portions, as cleaning the juicer is quite a process, I don't mind doing it, it is just time consuming. Anyway thanks again. Megan

  261. Florence Guest says:

    Really looking forward to getting started today. May not be able to listen in on the Q&A after.
    Here is my question.
    Is soy really as toxic and bad as the studies make it out to be. I find that non-GMO soy protein is the only plant based protein that I tolerate well. Soy milk is the only milk I tolerate.

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Florence,
      Soybeans contain sterols which can mimic the body's own hormones, in particular progesterone and estrogen. Soy beans also contain phytic acid which inhibits the body's ability to absorb important minerals like Magnesium - which a lot of people are already severely deficient in. Fermented Soy however, in the form of Tamari and Tempeh, is a very nutrient dense food and the fermentation process breaks down the phytic acid. So if you are needing a Soy based protein Tempeh is the way to go.
      Have you tried Almond or Cashew milk as a substitute?
      Let us know what you think.
      Den - GM Team

  262. Sarah Houghton says:

    Hi Jon and team,

    I joined this class as a last-resort in learning how to manage stress. After years and years of trying to figure out how to become healthy, I've concluded this is my main obstacle. My problem is definitely not lack of nutrition knowledge (I participated in a group weight loss group a year ago, and knew way more than the teacher and dietician!). I'm hoping this class will address the problem of internalizing stress and provide successful and realistic strategies in how to overcome this debilitating habit! I'm sick of living my life trying to overcome this problem - I desperately want to be free of it!

    Thanks!
    Sarah

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Glad that you have joined us - welcome!
      Let us know how you go over these 5 weeks. The morning and evening visualisations will be particularly helpful with easing your internalized stress.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  263. Annabel Williams says:

    HI - I would like to join the Facebook page but can't work out how to! How do I join?
    And also if I post or comment on there will people on my Facebook page be able to see the comments? I need to know that this is private. I'm not very good with Facebook as you can tell! Hope you can help.

    • Roslyn Morrow says:

      Hey Annabel I see your post all over gm support. It's nice to see you in this class. If you go to nyny members page under resources at the bottom is the FB page I just got an email that the FB page is set to secret. I don't think anybody can see it but us in the group that are logged onto the page.

      • Annabel Williams says:

        thank you! do you have a code name on Gabriel support? I haven't seen your name!

        • Roslyn Morrow says:

          I'm not on there communicating. Im communicating today b/c I'm off work. I hope to be on here more. Have you had great success with the gm?

          • Annabel Williams says:

            great success in terms of completely changing my attitude towards dieting - no longer worry about weighing myself or eating the "wrong" foods as just don't want them. Visualisations have totally changed my life. And changing my exercise regime to a leisurely one I enjoy is wonderful! However I still have a lot of tummy fat i just can't shift - probably due to menopause, so am working on that right now. I don't know what i weigh because i don't weigh myself (best thing i ever did - or stopped doing!) but my thighs are thinner, boobs smaller and i haven't put on any weight. i just can't shift the menopause tummy!

  264. Deborah says:

    Hi Jon,

    I am sooooo looking forward to this, because I am so stuck in a rut. I know this plan will help me lose the 50 pounds, finally, that I have been trying to lose for 18 years!!!

    Thank-you!

    Deborah

  265. Anne Murphy says:

    I meant to say I live in Melbourne so my webinar time is mid morning

  266. Anne Murphy says:

    Hi Jon,
    What if the webinar clashes with work commitments? Can we download it later?

  267. Patricia Gill says:

    The fitness interval timer has a sound off, sound on button-with "sound on" I am hearing NO sound, please explain.

  268. Patricia Gill says:

    Several people have mentioned items they couldn't find and then said they found them such as music on the Transformation website, the shopping list, and webnar ID could you clarify what people were looking for and where they are found. I am worried that I am missing something. Thank you.

    • Donna OBrien says:

      Patricia look at the list of events on the right hand side if the NYNY page. If you click on them it will open another page to explore. Don't make my mistake and rush your computer either there is plenty of information if you scroll down most of the pages. For instance, I found the SMART Music under the Visualizations... Hope this helps!

  269. Sandra Neill says:

    I am not a huge fan of ground flax seeds - I like the flavour but I don't like the texture. What about taking a flaxseed supplement? I read the walnuts are high in Omega, what about a few walnuts on your salad or yogurt in the morning? I have yet to try chia so hopefully I will like it better.

    • Jo Halliday says:

      I make a salad dressing from lemon juice and flaxseed oil, keep it in the fridge (& even take it with me to cafΓ©s:-P ). Also I add flaxseed oil to my whey protein shakes, which makes them nice & creamy πŸ™‚

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Sandra,
      Jon prefers Chia seeds over Flax seeds, so if you are able to get some Chia Seeds this might solve this problem. Let us know what you think.
      Den - GM Team

  270. Victoria Cunningham says:

    hi, i see the shopping list, i dontΒ΄t know if i gonna have everithing in my country, lets see. I want to know how do we have to use the things you mention there?

    • gabrielmethod says:

      Hi Victoria,
      The Shopping list is the list of foods that Jon would like you to try to include in your meals. These can be substituted for or added to existing foods that you eat. Don't worry if you can't get all of the items listed, but try the ones you can and see how you can make your existing meals more nutritious.
      Best regards
      Den - GM Team

  271. Melissa Spencer says:

    How many students are in the program!

  272. Judith Matisons says:

    What is the webinar ID and where will I find it?

  273. Sindy Van leuven says:

    Hi Jon,

    I read your book last year and tried to listen to the evening visualizations. After some gain weight I started again with the visualizations. However it is not easy/ motivating for me to do so because I fall asleep really quick and wake up 10 or 15 minutes later. Problem is that I have a hard time to fall asleep again. Do you have any suggestions that might help me? Also I know it's OK to fall asleep,but I am also afraid to miss things. If it would be that easy to hear and learn things by listening to it in our sleep, we could all skip studying for exams, so that is why I have mixed feelings about falling asleep, maybe that is part of the reasons why I wake up so soon. Thank you.

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Sindy,

      The purpose of the visualizations is not to gain intellectual knowledge. The purpose is to help program your mind and body to feel less stress and let go of weight easier. So it's not analogous to studying for an exam. In order to reprogram your mind and body you need to be in a deeply relaxed state and sleep is actually quite ideal in that regard. So you don't need to worry about missing anything.

      The issue that you wake up 15 minutes later and have trouble falling asleep again is a bigger issue. I suggest that you only do visualizations in the mornings and late afternoons for now and re-visit the evening visualization down the road.

  274. Donna OBrien says:

    Hi again! Earlier you suggested a green drink mix called "Green Me Up Jonny" which sounds great but I can no longer find the 'Shop' link. How do I get there from here? Thank you!

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Donna,

      the green me up jonny will be back in stock in few weeks. In the mean time, have a look at your health food store for a super green powder that has things like barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa grass, spirolina and chlorella.

      Jon

  275. Donna OBrien says:

    Good morning, I was looking for the wonderful music downloads that were available to me on the 'Total Transformation' site, but I can't seem to find them on the NYNY2014 site anywhere. Are they no longer accessible? Please let me know if I just overlooked them somewhere as they were very refreshing ! Thank you for everything! Donna

  276. Nandan Cox says:

    I live in Sydney - does that mean the first webinar is Wednesday morning at 11am?

  277. Rivkah Lambert Adler says:

    I live outside the US but can order probiotics from iHerb. Need advice on what brand or specs to look for.

  278. Carla Aronson-Assine says:

    Hi Jon,I am looking forward to start this journey to a healthier and happy life having your support!

    I would like some direction in my cravings:
    My main food addiction is chocolate or anything made with chocolate and carbohydrates specially bread,toasts and crackers. That have been going on for years.
    I have a weight problem since 11 years old( gain and lost weight several times , about 20kg every time and then gaining them back during my teens) but it went totally out of control when 14 years ago I moved from country( then I was in my healthy weight) and I gained 60 kg in the first 8 years. For about 6 years I have been maintaining my new weight . Around 115-120 kg
    So food became a big "support" into adapting myself in a new culture,climate and language and the missing of family and friends.

    The problem is that when I consume specially sweets or chocolate them I don't feel anymore to eat live foods like vegetables or fruits.

    Since I read your story how you dealt with the chocolate almond I understood that you kept on eating them until your crave solved with time.
    With me I am not sure I will be able to stop myself after eating some and not have a binge.
    What do you think? Which should be my approach ?
    Thank you so much!
    Carla

    • Jon Gabriel says:

      Hi Carla,

      You need some time addressing the mental and emotional issues that cause your sugar cravings. Please listen to visualizations at least twice a day. Also try raw chocolates sweetened with coconut palm sugar in the mean time. They won't cause the same hormonal problems. Try not to keep an 'all or nothing' attitude about health. No matter what is happening with your cravings and your eating, continue to add healthy foods.

      • Carla A says:

        Hi Jon, thanks for your answer!
        Which of the visualization mainly would you recommend me to listen?
        I think you touch an important point with the all or nothing attitude and despite that I have been working really hard to erase the "diet mode" I still tend to fall back on it because until now I didn't know how to guide myself differently .So for the time being I will substitute for the raw chocolate.
        I have been addressing my emotional issues very honestly and bravely and I am curious to keep on exploring it but I really think that a big part of the problem with chocolate and carbohydrates is physical and mental sugar addiction !
        By the way I watch your conference today with Marc David and as always is a pleasure to listen to you!
        Thank you! Carla

        • Janine says:

          Hi Carla, You can choose any of the visualizations in the visualizations library at the top right of this membership. The Morning and Evening ones are the basic ones but you may find others that resonate more for you. Happy listening!

          Janine
          The Gabriel Method Team

          • Carla A says:

            Thanks for the answer !
            About the morning visualization , should it happen first thing when we wake up or can be done after some morning routine ?

        • gabrielmethod says:

          Hi Carla,
          It