Mind/Brain Weight Loss 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 an exciting new technique that I have added to my already successful weight loss program. The Virtual Gastric Lap Band works by convincing the brain 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.

At 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 letting go of your emotional baggage, and increasing your desire to exercise and to spontaneously make healthier food choices

Each of the 8 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 6th 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.

After our FREE complementary consultation, the package includes the initial 1 1/2 hour intake, 7 weekly 90 minute sessions, a weight loss journal, a pedometer, take-home information and a reinforcement CD.   $795

Call 720-460-0758 for your Complementary Consultation

 

 

Wild Animals have Gained Weight, Too!

fast-food-eating-animal-1-640x360A fascinating article by David Berreby in Aeon, takes a fresh and scary look at a lot of evidence that obesity may not simply be “the result of a lack of willpower and an inability to discipline eating habits.”

Many scientists who study the biochemistry of fat and the epidemiologists who track weight trends  “believe that personal gluttony and laziness cannot be the entire explanation for humanity’s global weight gain.”

As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us.

Berreby questions-In placing the blame for the obesity epidemic on individuals has our society continued in the same vein as Bruno Bettelheim’s blaming  autism on mothers with cold personalities and blaming natural disasters like tornadoes and earthquakes on sinfulness?

“History is not kind to authorities whose mistaken dogmas cause unnecessary suffering and pointless effort, while ignoring the real causes of trouble. And the history of the obesity era has yet to be written.”

Painless Gastric Band Surgery-It’s Virtual!

Unfortunately, despite the cost, a year or so after gastric band surgery, the success rate is disappointingly low.  A report at a recent meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery stated that “using 40% excess weight loss as the standard” for adjustable gastric banding “resulted in a five-year success rate of about 50%, which declined to 20% at 10 years.”

A simple tightening of the stomach does not create a new healthy lifestyle or change the metabolism. Most of all, it does not create a new self image and mindset. The Technologies of the Self Weight Loss Program recommends a commitment of 8 weeks for adequate time for clients to develop their new lifestyles, learning to shop differently, starting an exercise plan, making their health a priority an creating new neural pathways, visualizing themselves at their goal weight.

For those that have a lap band and are still struggling to lose weight, hypnosis affects the subconscious and offers new associations with food. The weekly sessions create a cumulative effect and clients report spontaneously losing the attraction to the unhealthy foods that used to cause weight gain. They also learn techniques to create a feeling of satiety with much less food.

Now, an innovative virtual surgery is being offered in the US and Europe that offers the same benefits as gastric band surgery, without the risk or expense. It is called a virtual gastric band, gastric mind band, or phantom lap band. The approach works to convince your mind that you are actually going through gastric band surgery, causing you to be satisfied with much smaller portions. One woman reported that “the bizarre thing is that I don’t think for a minute that I have a gastric band, I know that I don’t, but I feel strangely full in a way that I didn’t use to.”

Hypnosis-Myths and Misconceptions

For many of us, our only exposure to hypnosis is what is shown on TV, just an act for entertainment purposes. It actually is an effective tool for an individual to create change at a very profound level, where one’s own mind is actively engaged.

Here is a 3-minute clip of Dr. Steven Gurgevich, a psychologist specializing in Mind-Body Medicine and the author of “Hypnosis House Call, answering some commonly asked questions about the experience of hypnosis.

Myths and Misconceptions about Hypnosis

Easy Way to Lose Weight-Just Pay Attention!

I am currently in a house where lunchtime is also catchup-on-reading-time for the others at the table. Many other Americans use meal time for catching up on email or  playing games.

A recent study shows that when we aren’t paying attention to what we eat, we tend to eat more and even get hungry sooner.  When we are distracted, we can’t remember how much we’ve eaten and memory is tied to satiety.

Researchers found that distracted eaters, who were playing computer solitaire, “felt significantly less full just after lunch. . .  and at the taste-test session a half-hour later, they ate about twice as many cookies as those who had lunch without playing games.”

So, if you want to eat less to cut down on the calories, but hate that hungry feeling, just pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Look at it, smell it, taste it, notice the texture, chew slowly and you will find you are satisfied with less. What an easy way to lose some pounds!

Another study has shown that by just leaving 3 bites on the plate, we can cut 1oo calories per day (Eat Your Way to Happiness p. 95, Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD).  If all you do from now on is to start looking at what you are putting into your mouth, you won’t even miss those 3 extra bites. A year later, that will lead to a loss of 14 pounds. Without dieting!

NEW MEETUP FOR BRAINY WEIGHT LOSS-Central Denver

The Whole Person Approach-

Quit dieting and tune-up  your brain! Learn, too, how to coach your own subconscious mind to spontaneously make healthier choices with group support.

Hypnotherapist and Brain Nutrition Counselor, Victoria Bresee introduces a holistic approach to weight loss.  Learn your brain type to understand what kind of eater you are and find out which foods and natural supplements will help you keep off the pounds. Balancing your brain chemistry will make it easier to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.

Each session will end with a deep visualization session—seeing the new you in your mind’s eye will motivate you to spontaneously make healthier choices.

For only $12 per session, we will be covering the same topics, experiencing hypnosis and learning the same tools, as in the individualized $65 personal sessions.

Facilitator:   Victoria Bresee, MA, MAR, CHt, CBN has a Master’s of Religion from Iliff School of Theology. She also holds certificates in Brain Nutrition Counseling and in Hypnotherapy.

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 8, 6:30-8 pm,  at Nourished Health Wellness, 1740 Marion St., Denver 80218

Pre-registration required.  Call 720-515-8411 to reserve your space.

Get Smarter with Music

A global review of research of the neuroscience of music, conducted at Northwestern University, to be published July 20 in Nature Reviews, shows how musical training enhances neuroplasticity and develops skills that spill over to “language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion. . . The science covered comes from labs all over the world, from scientists of varying scientific philosophies, using a wide range of research methods.”

Now a data-driven review by Northwestern University researchers that will be published July 20 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience pulls together converging research from the scientific literature linking musical training to learning that spills over to skills including language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion. The science covered comes from labs all over the world, from scientists of varying scientific philosophies, using a wide range of research methods.

Nibble on Nuts to Eat Less

Many of us who love nuts have been afraid to snack on them because of their high fat content. Now they’re being called the “the perfect diet food.” Research shows that people who eat nuts lose more weight and are more likely to stick to their weight loss plans than people who don’t nibble on this ultrasatisfying munchy.” Their crunchiness is a satisfying way to curb pangs of hunger. “They help you feel full, so you’re less likely to overeat later on.”  Go to RealAge.com for even more reasons to eat nuts.

Go To Sleep To Lose Weight

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!

Lunch & Learn Starts 10/28

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