Sugar, supposed addiction and Weight loss. What you should really know..‏

The truth about sugar and addiction. Posted March 2013 Having spent months watching countless weight loss documentaries for research…I have made note that many of the self proclaimed guru’s of weight loss were in fact hugely over weight themselves (obese), they are also very open and proud of their own 200lb’s weight loss which is great and one can only RESPECT (A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities) them for that BUT nearly all of them believe that sugar is an addictive substance and make a comparison with drugs and alcohol (associated reinforcement). This leads me to the problem. These Guru’s are using there own success stories, not knowingly I hasten to say, to limit the public’s beliefs by advocating and advertising the use of addiction as the main problem with weight issues. Addiction to sugar is a false belief! A limiting belief is a false belief that a person acquires as a result of making an incorrect conclusion about something in life. For example a person could acquire a limiting belief about his ability to succeed as soon as he fails. I am addicted, I am a failure or I cant succeed are examples of limiting beliefs that people collect throughout their lives. The medical definition of the word ‘addiction’ is a physical dependency ie.. “Dependence is at such a point that stopping is very difficult and causes severe physical and mental reactions from withdrawal.” (Medterms.com). The association of sugar with addiction reinforces and distorts the behaviour in a negative way, actually making it harder psychologically to refrain. You may ask why…because...

The ‘Medical model of ME/PVFS/CFS’. As discussed on Channel 5 Wright Stuff

The ‘Medical model of ME/PVFS/CFS’. In Phil Parkers Lightening Process, he describes ‘The Physiological Catch 22’: Posted November 2010 Many sufferers they find themselves stuck in the following downward spiral. 1. You fall ill due to an initial ‘bug’ or some stress, or external factor that started your M.E. This event caused an extreme stress on your immune system. 2. You felt very unwell. The symptoms were either very strong or lasted so long that you began to wonder if you’d ever get better. You consulted your doctor and specialists in a number of fields, but nobody seemed to have any answers, or provided much useful help, and the illness continued. 3. These concerns, understandably, made you even more stressed than you were when you got ill, which in turn made your body produce adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline (also known as epinephrine) and cortisol are a good and normal response to short term stress, but long term production of them exhausts us, it affects our blood sugar and thyroid levels, it suppresses (and messes up the proper regulation of) our immune system and makes us prone to illness and tiredness…..this unfortunately makes you loop back to step 2. Please note: The physiology of this cycle is well documented by other authorities (Selye et al). We’ve tried to keep the above description brief and simple, but it is of course only a partial glimpse of the complex interactions of the mind, body and hormonal systems, and should not be taken as the entirety of our understanding of the physiological mechanisms involved. More complex events can result from long term stimulation of this cycle, such as adrenal exhaustion and low cortisol levels which in turn create different physiological...

Real life account from an ex-social phobic & depression sufferer. Part One.

An Insight into client therapy   This is a real life honest account of a client that has undergone therapy for help with social anxiety and depression. Part One (Part Two to follow). The Last 7 Years.. Hypnotherapy. When you say that word what do you honestly think of? I personally did NOT think it would be my saving grace.   When the suggestion was put to me to write this blog I agreed because I get great satisfaction from helping people – thanks for bringing that to my attention Steve! I thought I was just a pushover. The last 7 years has been one tremendous journey of depression and therapy and even medication. Whether it is considered a good one or a bad one it has been MY journey and it’s made me who I am today.   If you have ever experienced depression you’ll know what I mean when I say you never really think about what the cause is in that much detail, just the feeling. That black hole, the no one can help me, I’m terrible/awful/disgusting/my life is horrific feeling.   It’s very easy to blame whatever is happening to you or in your life because let’s face it, that is the most plausible, if not the only option for it to all make sense. Winston Churchill referred to his dark days as the Black Dog and I don’t think anyone has created an analogy quite so effective since.   Let me begin:   When I looked for my own reason for my depression I looked straight at being badly bullied at school that was all...

Real life account from an ex-social phobic & depression sufferer. Part Two.

An Insight into client therapy   Part Two (Please read Part One below before reading this). The Last 7 Years.. This is a real life honest account of a client that has undergone therapy for help with social anxiety and depression. I stopped seeing Steve in April 2010 as I said before having only dealt with the easy stuff. The stuff I could admit to myself – and being one for hiding behind every tiny wall and barrier possible even the easy stuff made me uncomfortable!   Each week we’d addressed something but not always through hypnosis, there have been times that I’ve just needed to talk and have a therapy session without the hypnosis bit (Life coaching and training).   I’d really come a long way and I’d dealt with a lot of pent up stuff that no one really knew about because I wasn’t talking openly to anyone. Steve turned into my confidante and it really was only him that I spoke to. Knowing that you can say absolutely anything to someone and it really will go no further is a huge relief and so important for this kind of environment. Steve became one of the only people I absolutely trusted and respected – which I have never really told him.   I had a lot going on when Steve and I decided to end my sessions because at that time I’d reached the point I needed to.   I think in hindsight all the stuff I had going on was actually just a distraction from me and sorting myself out. I had other things to think about and...

Self Talk – Learn how to retrain your brain.

Self Talk – Learn how to retrain your brain. The biggest element that influences our thoughts and actions is our inner-voice (an analogy of self-talk). It is the underline cause of our thoughts, and creates the outcome of what happens in our lives, though many people are unaware that the inner-voice really even exists. Your inner-voice is the voice of your thoughts, the internal critique within your head. It constantly changes due to your feelings, experiences, overall moods.Many patterns often begin at early childhood beginning with the influences of family and friends learning their erroneous behaviors. In a perfect world, a happy and positive childhood would give us a positive inner dialog of thought and in turn a positive attitude. So,the opposite is also true, Negative thoughts and beliefs lead to negative outcomes which lead to negative experiences. Cognition (Thinking): ask your self who taught you to think and feel? No, one, you had to learn this yourself, unlike every else you were taught. Becoming aware of your inner-voice can be a life changing experience. It is the prime influence over you, an individual with an individual personality. Like a magnet, your inner voice attracts a reflection of itself , through reversed pscyhology (coue’s law of reversed affect) and negative self suggestion. This in-turn produces negative feelings, thoughts, negative talk attracts negative outcomes, thus your health also becomes a victim of negative thought process. Reversed effort (Coue’s Law): Say ‘to yourself or to someone else’, ‘DONT THINK OF ZEBRA’s, its inevitable you or the other person will think of the opposit. An Inner voice that is out of control...

Therapy for High Blood Pressure.

If you have high blood pressure issues then you may need to take control of your anxiety to help with your hypertension. Nearly 16 million people in the UK suffer from high blood pressure and that equates to 20% of all deaths in the whole world. When hypertension is left untreated it can lead to many complications. You need to get the support it will take to get your blood pressure under control quickly. The good news is that there is more than one thing that helps lower blood pressure and bring your pressure under control. If you want to do something that will help control blood pressure then it would be a great ideas to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety in your daily routine life. This can be helped by a technique I use within my clinic (see, control your inner voice). There are two primary culprits for high blood pressure (hypertension) and the various associated problems, stress and anxiety. Anxiety and stress is due to badly managed thinking which in turn creates anxiety, stress, then produces physical responses. (i will try demonstrate how your bad thoughts are slowly ruining your health). The key to managing your stress and anxiety is to begin to understand your ‘thinking’, or cognition. Understanding your thinking will ultimately allow you identify when your thinking negatively, once this is mastered you will begin to feel much happier and healthier. When you begin to understand how your brain and body coerce together you will be able to make changes accordingly, this will then allow you to deal with experiences and events in...