The full explanation and Emotion-Link to weight gain and its purpose is addressed in the Course.
Why someone stress eats or eats processed foods is linked to buried feelings and aspects of your personality that are changeable. Sometimes it is unrelenting standards, perfection, that create unrealistic goals for superwomen creating high cortisol levels that intentionally suppress hormones (to prevent cancer and other inflammation). The side effect of hormone suppression is weight gain.
Sometimes gaining weight will provide a physical barrier or protection for those physically or sexually harmed. For those who have experienced trauma, their weight helps them create a barrier to the outside, both metaphorically and physically, making it harder for people to touch them. The subconscious force to the shield/barrier is to minimize their sexuality or appeal to those that hurt them. Some report not wanting to lose weight because it makes them look and feel more child-like.Some of the abused/victims overcompensate, become bulimic or anorexic to make themselves perfect to either make themselves more powerful or unattractive.
The same emotional patterns exist in the unhealthy underweight person as obese. Starving and depriving oneself is self-punishment for guilt and shame. Binge eating has a connection with being abused in the past. Gaining weight can slow you down - make you uncomfortable. It can help avoid malnutrition or food scarcity.
Weight gain is beneficial for energy for growth, reproduction, and immune function. It does serve many purposes. To maintain a pregnancy, you need to gain weight. This weight is what your body uses to withdraw stored hormones and nutrients. The inflammatory aspect of weight gain is directing you to your feelings. Overeating aids in numbing painful feelings, Overeating is a way to punish yourself.
Fighting your weight or hating your body will almost guarantee failure in achieving ideal weight. The paradox is explained in the Course. Fighting or hating yourself becomes the reason you gain weight. You will find the keys and lessons to separating your weight from your identity.
Thin people or people with ideal weight do not have superpowers, better luck, or better genetics. They do what the Ultimate Exercise teaches, which allows them to eat differently.
The Ultimate Exercise wipes out emotional eating.
Being overweight is a symptom of;
It is a fact that if you eat more fuel than you burn, you will gain weight. There are times when you eat limited calories and still gain weight because of cortisol, hormones, and or gut microbe issues. The purpose of gaining weight is not a mistake. Those exercising and reducing caloric intake, and not losing weight will have a hormone or gut microbe issue (or Sugar handling issue). Hormones and microbes imbalances explain different weight patterns that are not connected to calories consumed. If you take away or interfere with someone's hormones, they gain weight. Hormones give you lean body mass. Stress/cortisol and poor diet destroy hormones (and naturally decrease as we age) that purposefully increase weight. Why cortisol decreases sex hormones is explained in the adrenal section.
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For some people water fasting is a optimal and enjoyable process to lasting change.
Water fasting is not to lose weight, rather it helps with underlying health issues. Mainly it resolves altered gut microbes are quickly corrected during a water fast.
Holding on to excess weight or have extreme amounts of weight to carry is a trap that is not resolved by diets. It is fair and scientific to state that diets don’t work.
Most people with excess weight have emotional connections that once addressed and utilize water fasting for reset benefit from lasting results.
It is not recommended to do a water fast without addressing the Emotion-Link to your food choices. If you are willing to make changes and address buried feelings the water fast is the most efficient, safe, and effective way to maintain an ideal weight.
The biological and emotional purpose for weight gain will be addressed to your individuality with the intake process.
2. Gut Bacteria
5. Metabolic Setpoint
6. Stress and The Nervous System
7. Toxins, Intolerances
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DRUGS: Appetite-suppressant & Fat absorption blockers. Drugs that suppress appetite have numerous side effects, from muscle-skeletal, blood pressure, insomnia, and death. The risks outweigh the short term benefit. The benefits are always short term. Other drugs suppress the digestion of fat—blocks fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, K. Similar to gastric bypass. Blocking the absorption of nutrients that prevent weight loss and hormone production is dangerous long term. Most cancers result from a failure to absorb nutrients A, D, E, K. No drug or pill has ever been proven to aid in weight loss long term, without serious complications greater than the risk of obesity.
COUNTING CALORIES: Trust your gut. When you address emotional eating, there is no need to count calories or worry about the ratios of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. You will know how you feel. Similar to exercise, you don't need a count your steps to know how much to exercise. Calorie counting is NOT essential. Instead, eating whole foods, carbs, fats, and proteins (natural, whole real foods versus eating processed low-carb, low-fat, or low-protein garbage. Counting empty calories in food is like counting monopoly money. Yes, it would be best if you used more calories than you consume. People that maintain ideal weight don't count calories just as those with ideal finances don't need a 'budget.'
DIETING: Each fat cell stores about 1.2 micrograms of fat per cell. The cells do get bigger when nutrients, toxins, and hormones need to be stored. Your fat cells can even double in size. The problem is when eating in excess or eating empty calories. We make more fats cells. When we create excess debt with payday loans or credit card debt, we can reverse the debt. However, when the debt mounts, we see it takes longer to reverse. Fat debt is no different. No lottery ticket/diet will save you. When you start to reverse the fats stores, the additional fat cells you made can stay around for a while, up to a few years. Anyone selling you a diet or pills and not preparing you for this is not your friend. Deprivation Dieting or reducing calories will slow your metabolism (slow metabolism affects sleep, energy, sex drive, body temperature, etc.). The paradox is dieting makes it more difficult to lose weight. You may get drawn in by the new diet or new testimonial for a person losing 60lbs while attributing it to a 'diet.' The fact is this person lost weight and likely addressed buried emotions at the same time. Instead of giving herself credit for doing the emotional work, she gives up her power and claims it was the 'diet.'
Temporary weight loss is almost always witnessed while on a diet. Over 95% of people that lose weight do not keep it off and instead gain more back. So what about the @5% of those that keep it off? The doctor, Jenny Craig, or multi-level marketer will claim it was their diet or pill. Common sense will tell us if it did work, it would need to work on at least 51% of the time or greater. The science is settled diets don't work. They harm you. The 5% succeeding knowingly or unknowingly has resolved some emotion-link, conflict, or personality trap that is allowed to fall off. Weight-loss, like getting out of debt, is not easy, nor is it hard. It just takes time. Science has concluded that diets don't work. Anyone claiming otherwise is remiss.
Thoughts to consider:
1. 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it in 1 to 5 years.
2. Diets can be harmful when they lack essential nutrients and provide calorie restriction with processed foods.
3. Deprivation/restrictive diets can take all the pleasure out of eating, making a choice either good or bad.
4. Dieting leads to eating disorders, guilt, shame, victim, and failure traps.
5. People selling pills and treatments often take advantage of these vulnerable people.
6. The purpose of weight gain is hardly ever examined and appreciated. The Emotional connections must be addressed, so cortisol and other stress hormones decrease to naturally allow for healing. " people who diet" Matz, Judith. "Beyond the Diet Mentality," https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/article/433/in-consultation (accessed 10/19/10)." early life trauma" Wylie, Mary Sykes, "As the Twig is Bent," The Psychotherapy Networker, Sept/Oct 2010, or https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/article/383/as-the-twig-is-bent
CAFFEINE: Many use caffeine for weight reduction; it is a stimulant that may speed up metabolism and fat burning; however, over 400mg daily will likely lead to depression, mineral loss, and other side effects. Caffeine has benefited as a digestive aid, helping with liver detox and moving bowels. It also has a mild appetite suppression effect. Caffeine should not consider weight loss; the cost is higher than any long term benefit.
SMOKING: Smoking like coffee is a stimulant and short cut to weight loss with a greater long term cost. Nicotine has a strong appetite suppression.
SUPPLEMENTS: No supplements will help you lose weight long term without dealing with the cause. Probiotics and prebiotics are essential and best obtained in food.
HORMONES: Hormones are essential and not recommend long term nor recommended if there is prolonged stress. The two (2) secrets in weight loss are balancing hormones naturally and maintaining healthy gut flora—the only way to achieve this by stress management, lifestyle changes, and the emotional-link.
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The fasting guide and/or A Course In Health are two options for completing your water fast. Water fasting is a safe and proven path to healing. The importance of preparing, conducting, and most importantly, breaking the water fast is addressed in this guide. Even more important is the focus of the individual's journey through the fast. This guide helps formulate meaningful questions and exercises to make lasting results of the fast.
"The fast is about becoming whole, not losing weight or curing a condition. The simultaneous healing of the body and mind are absolute in the water fast if it is conducted from the internal" --The Grand Purpose
The history of the fast is ancient and the science behind it lags. A credible explanation is best described by something called autolysis, which simply means our bodies prioritize the breaking down of tissue. Breaking down first dead and dying cells along with removing toxic matter built up. Microbes--virus, bacteria and fungus--are also used as fuel for the fasting body.
What is most powerful about the fast is the regeneration and rebuilding that occurs after breaking the fast. The regeneration that occurs is indicated during the fast that flips the switch of stem cells to kick into action, which then facilitates the immune systems to turn over old white blood cells for vibrant, healthy white blood cells.
Food allergies, bowel problems, skin disorders, etc., all are linked with a weak digestive and immune system; the fast rests and then kick starts both.
In short, the water fast debunks the germ theory. It does so by turning the body from a swamp to a garden (temple).
The most important aspect of the water fast is the connection to virtue and changing. - explained in A Course in Health.
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Frequently Asked Questions (You can find a complete Q & A in The Course):
Q: Prior to a water fast, which foods do I eat?
A: A clean whole food diet is a must. The closer you can get to eating the following foods, the more likely your water fast will be without symptoms. It's best to eat “vegan” for at least two days before the water fast:
· Steamed or sautéed vegetables
· Raw fruit
· Fresh vegetable juices
· Sweet potato, yams
· Whole grains: brown rice, Kamut
· Sprouted nuts and seeds
Q: Which supplements, minerals, vitamins, etc., should I take going into the water fast?
A: As a general rule, taking vitamins, herbs, and enzymes are not recommended for more than 6 months (see The Course for details) It is sometimes recommended that minerals be taken ahead of the fast (not during the fast). If you have any muscle cramping, use the appropriate minerals before the fast. The Symptom Survey worksheet on this website is a quick and easy way to determine mineral-needs both pre- and post-water fast. Addressing this before the fast will certainly make your water fast more enjoyable.
Q: Is there a recommended time to have my last meal before the fast? (see The Course)
Q: Suggestions for weaning from coffee/soda/tea (caffeine) before a water fast? (see The Course)
Q: Should I get colonics or enemas during a fast? (see The Course)
Q: BMI and fasting? (see The Course)
Q: What if I am unable to fast for more than one day? (see The Course)
Q: Should I drink salt water during the fast? (see The Course)
Q: Why does my tongue get coated? (And even more as the fast progress?)
A: Our tongue is covered with taste buds. The purpose of taste buds is for both pleasure and protection.* Pleasure: for the sweetness of foods and needs no explanation.* Protection: to warn against noxious, dangerous substances. The warning with distaste rejects the food from being consumed, and we will spit it out. The other protective act covers the taste buds in times of illness to avoid all food and thus water fast. The complicated mechanism that instinctively tells a wild animal to fast during illness exists in humans; it is just overrun with emotions and blocks. An aspect of this is the coating on your tongue that is connected to your digestive flora. An extreme example is thrush with an extensive thick white coating. When our digestive symptom is toxic, it will cover the tongue to cover the taste buds to make foods distasteful and encourage the water fast. Often the signal is ignored. Instead of listening to the body, some eat foods that break through the barrier by adding more spices.
During the fast, the tongue will become more coated to enhance support and protection. Experienced water fasting doctors use the tongue coating as a guide to breaking the fast. In the past, the tongue's coating was a primary indicator of the body's readiness to take on foods and break the fast. With the persuasiveness of prescription, recreational drugs, and processed chemical exposure, experienced water fasting doctors now will rely more on other objective tests like blood and urine laboratory tests to determine when to break the fast. None the less, the tongue is a valuable marker for the progression of the water fast. A sign of health is a clear (uncracked) tongue. I recommend taking pictures of your tongue before, during, and after a fast as a reference.
Q: Do you suggest to “detox” instead? (see The Course)
Q: What about the “Master Cleanse”? (see The Course)
Q: Do I need to go vegetarian, vegan, or SOS after the fast? (see The Course)
Q: How long should I fast for? (see The Course)
Q: What about a Juice Fast?
A: To clarify: these are diets, not fasts. A juice-only diet, or kombucha, or bone broth is sometimes beneficial--especially for those with immune problems, advanced illnesses, and other conditions. Many of these are helpful in the regulation of blood sugar. These diets are often helpful for those doing extended water fast--to step in and out of the fast for optimal benefit.
Q: When can/should I reintroduce meats, nuts, etc.?
A: There is no short answer. A full explanation of food reintroduction is essential. The best approach to understanding the why and how of food reintroduction after a water fast is to understand a breastfeeding infant's weaning process.
While a breastfeeding baby is receiving ideal nutrients in breast milk (if mom is not stressed and eating well), there is very little to digest and break down. The milk essentially absorbs with little to no effort. The bacteria in the milk help from the digestive tract of the newborn. Understanding embryology is helpful in appreciating the importance of breastmilk. During the nine months, a baby is developing inside mom. The steps are the same: the brain, the heart, etc., all form in sequence. One of the last things to develop is the lungs between 7 and 8 months (with the baby's obvious expectation and requirement needing to breathe after delivery). *Most parents are not aware that the intestines are not fully formed in utero. The infant’s digestive tract continues to develop after the baby is born. The expectation is that mom will breastfeed and support this final embryological step over the next year. With the baby’s digestion system not being formed, it requires predigested food in the form of breast milk. And equally important is the bacteria that the milk provides to form strong barriers for the intestines. This has everything to do with the water fast and bacteria in your own gut and reintroducing foods. You can imagine breast milk as freshly made vegetable juice. The juicing process breaks down the food to make it very easy to absorb, with little to no effort.
The next step is looking at the process of introducing foods to a newborn after breastfeeding for a year or so. Never would a mother introduce raw nuts, or meat, or cheese to that baby as the first food. If mom did make, this mistake baby would reject the food by spitting it up, vomiting, devolving a rash, colic, or other allergies. The adage of crawling before walking and walking before running applies. Crawling is vegetarian, sprinting is meats. Another side note is that the child’s digestion is continually forming into their teens. Why a child does not develop into puberty until early teens have to do with their ability to pick up nutrients like iodine and zinc: the heavy metals required to make sex hormones. Go back and look at your periodic table from high school. Some suggest that children avoid or eat very little meat and complex foods until about 10 years of age. Often hormone problems start with weak digestion and the inability to absorb and assimilate heavy metals like zinc and iodine.
When we heal the digestion and strengthen it in the water fast, we can absorb minerals better with time. If you reintroduce foods too quickly, it often will set you back a little. When introducing any food after the water fast, notice the feeling it gives you, especially on your tongue. Does it coat your tongue and make you feel heavy? Or do you feel light and vibrant? The same symptoms a baby may have during weaning you may experience in reintroducing foods. Look for bloating, gas, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, foul odors, sinus or nasal congestion, and itchy skin. The fast and the weaning process helps support ideal metabolism and digestion. If you are looking for ideal energy and vitality after the water fast, nutrient-dense foods like nuts, cheese, and meats will be consumed in moderation, sparingly, or not at all. See the course for full details.
Q: What does being sensitized to food or toxins mean?
A: One of the great side effects of the fast is becoming sensitized to processed foods and toxic substances. Think about the first time you smoked a cigarette or drank alcohol. Your body was sensitive to the toxin. It rejected the cigarette with coughing, headache, or nausea. The alcohol probably burned and tasted awful. These examples are the same as the infant rejecting complex foods or being super sensitive to the wrong foods, and like a teenager who is sensitive to cigarette and alcohol.
The water fast brings us back to this amazing communication that has been turned off. Smoke is dangerous to the body, and nicotine in high doses can be fatal. Your body rejects chemicals with the pain signals described: coughing, etc. It works simply: Our bodies' primary goal is to warn off dangers by giving you symptoms of distress. When our body realizes that the warning signs are being ignored, our built-in mechanism to protect ourselves or avoid the pain goes into survival mode. The emotional blocks override the bodies’ warning signals our bodies send.
Our bodies have resiliency and the ability to adapt to these dangerous chemicals; otherwise said: if a teenager wants to impress their friends, fit in, or get a high from tobacco, they will ignore the bodies’ warning signals. What happens now is the body says to itself, “This person is not going to stop the insult to the body--or cannot stop the insult,” so the body’s intelligent design protects itself with the attempt to minimize damage. In this case, the smoke kills the cilia cells in the lungs; therefore, the lungs protect themselves and go into defense mode. The downside to ignoring the symptoms at an early stage is a high likelihood of illness.
The blessing that our bodies have the resiliency to adapt is often not considered with illness. Becoming desensitized is a huge gift. Somewhat similar to someone eating too much toxic food, the body stores these toxins and calories in fat cells. The side effect is obesity for overeating and at the same time preserving life. If the body didn’t have the ability to store fat and toxins, we would be overwhelmed with dead and dying cells and be sick all the time. Just like cigarette smoke and the body’s ability to adapt, it is a blessing that can turn to a curse if ignored.
Often I jokingly offer meth or heroin to a patient asking if they would like some. Always they respond, “No, thank you.” The reason being is they are clear in their minds the great pain that consuming the drug would cause. I then ask the same person to consider the person addicted to meth being offered the same: they would jump at my offer! Simply put, they associate pleasure with and are sensitized to the drug. Now consider that when I offer processed food to the average person, they will jump at my offer. (Would you like some potato chips, a donut, french fries, candy, etc.?) Then take the same person and put them on a water-only fast for 5 to 10 days, and they develop a distaste for the processed foods.
When I guide people through the fast and ask them on day 4 or 6 how the addicting, processed foods sound to them, they respond the same as the patient being offered meth or heroin. Everything is relative, and the desensitization process is an amazing concept to learn.
In this process of writing The Grand Purpose and getting recognition, I have been in contact with other physicians and professionals in my field. The offers to help change and grow their practices are many. I ask these professionals why they do what they do? What is their goal for their client or patient? Some are clear that they want to improve the quality of their patient's lives. Then when long-term results are considered and discussed, the conversation turns. Most, if not all, professionals are getting dismal long-term successes. When I offer for them to consider that their model's external/religious/blame may be considered a part of the dismal success, the professional blames the patient for lack of compliance. That is where it must stop. If compliance is the cause of the failure, the professional is not aware that the lack of compliance is caused by the external focus and making the treatment a religion. When I ask myself the same question regarding long-term success, I have uncovered the secret to success. Those who heal and change are not seeking treatment, and I need to encourage people to choose that path.