Virtual Gastric Lapband Program


Imagine getting the benefits of a lap band without going through surgery, saving yourself thousands of dollars and no risk of side effects! My cutting-edge, scientifically-proven weight loss program offers you similar results at a fraction of the cost.

I am one of only a handful of Colorado weight loss specialists trained in this exciting new technique. Virtual Gastric Lap Band Hypnosis works by convincing the subconscious that you have had the procedure to have a lap band inserted, reducing the size of your stomach. Clients report feeling satisfied with much less food and lose weight simply by the power of suggestion and weekly support and reinforcement. All of this with No drugs and No side effects.

Although many people are able to lose weight with dieting, only 5% will actually be able to keep it off! You probably know friends who have even regained their weight after a surgical lap band, yet still are dealing with the side effects. For permanent weight loss, one must find a way to change what’s going on inside, emotionally and mentally. Cutting down on calories and starting to exercise is great, but to maintain your desired weight, we need to look at your stress levels, associations to food and comfort, self-image, fears, cravings, metabolism, relationships, and sleeping patterns.

Before our first meeting you will take some self-assessments to learn what type of eater you are and how knowledge about your brain can support you. As you can see, besides the lap band procedure, this is a Whole Person approach that will not only help you achieve your target weight, but enable you to create a new “Life Script” for yourself, bringing new vitality and enthusiasm to every phase of your life.

You will learn how your brain affects your motivation to eat and then, through hypnosis, be guided through healing your emotional baggage, and increasing your desire to exercise and to spontaneously make healthier food choices

Each of the 6 sessions has a unique focus, with handouts and weight loss tools, such as a pedometer. In Phase One, including the “pre-op” visit and lap band procedure, the emphasis is on developing a healthier eating schedule, making healthier choices and reinforcing your motivation and reasons to lose weight.  Phase Two emphasizes eating only for hunger, increasing activity and making yourself a priority. Phase Three continues to tweak your eating and exercise plan, ensures sound sleep, and reinforces your desire to maintain your new healthy, happy, balanced lifestyle. The lap band will be virtually tightened in the 5th session and the final session will be individualized to your specific needs, offering support for improved sleep, anxiety, self-esteem, forgiveness, emotional eating, or pain relief.

Weeks before arriving at their target weight, clients report feeling “more excited about life,” or “I’m already feeling different about myself when I wake up in the morning” or even surprise that their favorite pastry no longer attracts them.

Instead of paying in excess of $8,000 my program is only $695.00. This plan includes a “pre-op” intake consultation and 5 weekly sessions.

Remember, No surgery required, this is a completely virtual procedure performed in my office or through personal Skype sessions.

The package includes 6 weekly 1-hour sessions, a weight loss journal, a pedometer and take-home information.   $695

Call 720-460-0758 for a Free Consultation



Go To Sleep To Lose Weight

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With all the advice about exercising and moving more to lose weight, it seems contradictory to read advice to sleep more, but a number of studies associate short sleep times with obesity. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine discusses one that was conducted at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. It found that “patients who had sleep times less than seven hours had an increased likelihood of having obesity . . . when compared to a reference group of patients sleeping eight to nine hours.” The researchers’ theories to explain this include the simple observations that people who are awake during more hours a day have more hours to eat and people that are tired tend to exercise less. They also mention the “reduced leptin and elevated ghrelin levels” that occur with sleep deprivation.

According to Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, RPSGT, a neurologist and sleep specialist at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in California, even after one bad night’s sleep the level of the hormone leptin, which controls hunger, decreases. The level of grehlin increases. It is a hormone, produced by fat cells, that causes you to feel like you need more fat calories and increases hunger.

Stuart Quan, MD, from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, found that teens who sleep less than 9 hours have increased risk of being overweight five years later.”

“In a 2007 study published in Sleep Medicine Review, researchers from the University of Chicago found that ‘partial sleep loss may increase the risk of obesity and diabetes via multiple pathways.’ After one night of sleep deprivation, the body has an impaired ability to handle a glucose load.” (WebMD)

Sleep specialist Richard Simon, MD, quoted at the National Sleep Foundation website, states that “because the psychological manifestations of fatigue, sleep and hunger are similar, as adults, we sometimes confuse them—we tend to eat when we’re actually sleepy, because we think fatigue is a sign of hunger.”

Eve Van Cauter, PhD, terms sleep deprivation “the royal route to obesity.”

It’s no wonder that it is, given that according to John Medina in Brain Rules, “sleep loss means mind loss. Sleep loss cripples thinking, in just about every way you can measure thinking. Sleep loss hurts attention, executive function, immediate memory, working memory, mood, quantitative skills, logical reasoning ability, general math knowledge.” Eventually it even affects fine and gross motor movements.

So, of course, we are in no shape to make the best food choices, move our bodies very fast, or even to do the math to count calories or remember how much we’ve already eaten!

Late Night Eating-Does it Cause Weight Gain?

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The information has been confusing. Many weight loss gurus have warned against eating after 7 in the evening.  Many other experts have said “calories are calories,” no matter when you eat them. Now, a few studies have shown that eating schedules do matter.  One conducted at Northwestern University, found that “eating at the ‘wrong’ time leads to more than twice as much weight gain, even when the overall calories consumed are the same as those eaten at appropriate times.” Yes, the experiment was conducted with mice, but the lead author of the study speculates that it’s due to “the interplay between body temperature, metabolic hormones such as leptin, and the sleep-wake cycle.

For humans, nighttime is a time for rest, as the body temperature declines, she says. ‘Eating at night is contradicting your body’s natural circadian rhythm,’ she says. ‘The leptin levels are starting to rise, and are supposed to be discouraging you from eating.’ Rising leptin levels suppress appetite.” (More at )

At the end of a 3 ½ year study with humans, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a group of night eaters gained 13.6 pounds while the non-night eaters gained only 3.7 pounds .

Besides the metabolic factors that need further exploration, we know that when we are tired, we are less likely to make healthy choices. What pulls us to the refrigerator late at night? Vegetables and fresh salads? Probably not.

Lunch & Learn Starts 10/28

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For those of you that love workshops, but also love keeping your weekends free, come to the Lunch & Learn Series at the Nourished Health Wellness Center, in Central Denver. Thursdays, 12-1 pm.

Learn ways to create a vibrant lifestyle during your lunch break!

10/28 Optimize Your Brain

Americans are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that studies show that 50% of those reaching the age of 85 will have dementia. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to preserve your brain and to keep it active and sharp.

Anxiety∙Memory∙Insomnia∙Lack of Energy∙Mood Swings

These are symptoms of brain chemistry deficiencies that can often be self-treated with diet, natural supplements, and exercise, avoiding the need for powerful drugs or later loss of cognitive abilities.

Learn how to keep your own brain going as long as your body.

11/4 Change Your Brain, Change Your Life-with Hypnotherapy

For thousands of years we humans have been struggling with our habits and addictions.  Even St. Paul lamented, -“I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate.  I can will what is right, but I cannot do it” From ancient practices of healing through trance to cutting edge healers and scientists like Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. (Biology of Belief) and Daniel Amen, M.D. (Unchain Your Brain), hypnosis has long been considered one of the most powerful tools to change your core issues and reprogram your life. Find out how you can use hypnotherapy to create new neural inroad towards the life that your conscious mind desires.

11/11 The Whole Person Approach to the Body you Desire

Psychiatrist and brain imaging expert, Dr. Daniel Amen, states in his latest book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Body,” that to look and feel your best, you must first think about and optimize your brain.  He recommends knowing your brain type to understand what kind of eater you are and to find out which foods and medications can help or hurt you. Balancing your brain chemistry will make it easier to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.  Quit dieting and get to know your brain!

11/18 Introduction to Sound Healing

According to Jonathan Goldman, “the human body may be metaphorically understood as an orchestra, with each organ, bone, tissue and part having a resonant frequency.”  Ancient mystery schools of Rome, Athens, Egypt, India, China and Tibet used sound as a therapeutic tool, based upon the belief that vibration is the fundamental creative force of the universe.  Come to experience an orchestra of sound within your own body. After a brief discussion of frequency, entrainment, and cymatics, you will have the opportunity to play crystal healing bowls, listen to Tibetan Bowls, and learn to tone with the sounds from your own throat.

Reservations $10-     Nourished Health Wellness Center

Order a lunch prepared by Healthy Chef Katie Bauer      $5


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Save the date for some life-changing opportunities!  We will be posting descriptions of each session. For more information go to the People House website.

Sept.11     Change Your Body, Change Your Mind, Change                                                     Your Life-with Hypnotherapy

Sept. 18    The Whole Person Approach to the Body you Desire

Oct. 2, 9    Nine Secrets to Healthy Longevity

Nov. 7       Your Body, the Orchestra: A healing experience

Nov. 14    The Science of Gratitude

Pre-registration required. Call 720-515-8411 or email

Feed Your Brain to Lose Weight

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Neuroscientist Dr. Daniel G. Amen states in his latest book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, that-

“Fifty percent of the brain is dedicated to vision. How you look plays a large role in how you feel. both matter to your success at work and in your relationships. It is not just vanity, it is about health. To look and feel your best, you must first think about and optimize your brain.”

Until this book came out in February, my brain nutrition counseling practice and hypnotherapy for weight loss program have been rather separate. Now with this great information and online brain asessment tool, we can fine tune what type of eater you are, depending on your brain pattern, for much greater success. This month already, several clients have gained valuable information about their individual weight management issues and have been able to obtain some inexpensive dietary supplements to balance their brain chemistry to make it easier for them to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.

The Technologies of the Self’s 8 Week Weight Loss Program is briefly described on our main website . Now it will be even more effective with Dr. Amen’s individualized brain-body solutions.