Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Postponement and Reward

Update on the New Groups: We are postponing group sessions until after Sukkot and then we'll all begin. If you are interested in signing up for any of the 3 groups:

Weekly Weight Loss,
Weight Loss for Resistors,
or the last 30-Day Detox,

please email me at asap!

Private counseling continues as normal throughout the Holiday period.

My weight loss method is a NO-DIETING method. When you eat delicious, healthy, whole, natural foods, weight releases from your body naturally. This allows you to also maintain what you've lost without constant deprivation, calorie counting, and struggle.

Lite bread filled with artificial flavors and preservatives, non-fat dairy products filled with chemicals fillers and fake fats, artificial sweeteners, packaged, processed food made by machines... all of these these are toxic and unrecognizable by your body. Each of those foreign substances are stored away in your fat cells and actually lead to weight GAIN! Ick. PLUS all of those artificial flavors just keep you jonesing for more and your appetite rages out of control.

Dieting is a temporary solution to your weight loss problem. You lose weight while you're on the diet white-knuckling through with will-power, but then you fall off the diet because it's so dang restrictive, and you gain your lost weight back. Sound familiar? Sure it does because we've ALL done it over and over again!

I'm sure you have all heard that expression about the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again while hoping for a different result.

How about trying something different? Something that makes sense and listens TO the wisdom of the body rather than stifling it with tortuous will-power and subjegation?

I invite you to hang up that ineffective dieting practice and learn to eat to feed your body and your health. Your body is an incredible machine and it knows what it's doing. I will teach you how to listen and give it what it needs to run at top efficiency.

Join one of the groups, work with me privately, read my newsletter, email me, call me...It's time.

OK, so if you got this far in the post I am giving you a reward! Last night two of my 30-day detox groups wanted to celebrate the completion of their detox, so we had a party. It was a pot-luck. Do you imagine that everyone brought cheesecake and chocolate, chips and soda to celebrate? No Way! They are all feeling so amazing and so hopeful that they ALL prepared beautiful, healthy whole-grain, veggies dishes that tasted SO GOOD! There was:

Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup
Vegetarian Chili
A Giant Fresh Green Salad
Brown Rice Salad with Apples and Cranberries
Thin Tofu Slices with Tomatoes, Basil, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Vegetable Casserole
Quinoa with Orange, Spinach & Chickpeas
Green Tahina Sauce with Herbs

Wow! Everything was really delicious. And I brought a yummy dessert that didn't have anyone's blood sugar flying off through the roof or set cravings in motion or anything! Safe, high-fiber, full of nutrients and delish. Here ya go:

Emily's Vegan Flax Cookies

1 cup oats, ground in the food processor to make a flour (1 cup ground actually)
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup ground nut flour leftover from making nut mylk
1/4 cup whole flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar
1/3 cup sunflower or coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 180 C (350F). Oil a cookie sheet.

Stir together flour, flax, cinnamon and salt. Add maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Stir until combined. Drop teaspoon-fulls onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until turning golden. Cool on a rack.

Isn't this better than dieting???

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Group Programs for Fall!

In addition to my regular individual counseling program, this Fall I will be running several groups based on overwhelming request. There will be THREE groups as follows:

1. Weekly Holistic Weight Loss Group
In a small group setting, we will support one another in making healthy lifestyle changes. This is NOT a diet plan and no meal plans will be handed out! Diets are only band-aid measures. They treat the symptoms - over-eating and over-weight - without addressing the causes, which can be anything from Adrenal Fatigue or Food Intolerances to uncontrolled Emotional Eating or unchecked Limiting Beliefs about ourselves and much more. This group will meet weekly for 8 weeks beginning mid-September. Yes, we will be working together THROUGH the Holidays. Wouldn't it be nice to eat well and FEEL well this Holiday season, rather than depriving or stuffing yourself as usual?

This group is ideal for:
-People who are ready and motivated to finally make healthy changes in their lives by learning to prepare delicious healthy, whole foods and to overcome obstacles that have tripped them up in the past.
-People with a Can-Do attitude who are willing to stop Dieting and start Eating real food!
-Graduates of my 30-day Detox program who are looking for more guidance and support.
-Adults age 18 and older

Eight 90-minute meetings include:
-Personalized Binder with handouts, coaching exercises, recipes etc
-Healthy cooking food demo and tasting at every session (Kosher kitchen)
-Between meeting personal support with me via email and with the group on our own private yahoo group.
-We will cover foods such as truly healthy sweets and snacks, whole grains, greens, beans, sprouts, sea vegetables and super foods while reducing sugar, artificial sweeteners, wheat, dairy, junk and processed foods.
-Coaching topics will be as needed by the group and will include Setting Irresistable Goals that draw you forward, Elimination of Limiting Beliefs and Inner Resistance that hold you back, Buidling a Balanced Life, Erradicating Emotional Eating and Evaluating Cravings.

This Group will meet weekly beginning around Sept 15 through November 3. Email for exact times.

There is currently NOTHING like this Group being taught in Israel. This is all my best stuff and tons of new information as well. If you want to get off the Diet-Rollercoaster and find peace with food for once and for all, THIS is the group to join!

Cost is 400 nis per month for 2 months.

2. Weight Loss for Resistors
I have developed this format after spending the summer studying the Psychology of Change - why we make changes and why we don't. This is a group specifically for people who have been told they need to lose weight by a doctor or spouse, but can't summon the strength to do anything about it. We will work together, very gently, examining why we are resisting healthy change, evaluating our current mental and physical states and discovering motivation we didn't know we had. Again, this is not a diet or meal plan, but rather a behavior modification program that will allow you to understand and dissolve your resistance to permanent weight loss

Eight weekly meetings beginning in late September.

This group is ideal for Adult men and women who
-are resistant to changing their habits
-have tried before and failed and thus believe change is not possible
-feel hopelessness and despair over their weight but feel powerless to change it
-are mired in denial about the seriousness of their problem

This Group will meet weekly beginning around Sept 24 through November 12. Email for exact times.

I am basing much of this program on the ground-breaking psychological program the National Cancer Institute has found to be more that TWICE as effective than standard programs in helping smokers quit. I have adapted the information on smoking to weight loss.

Cost is 400 nis per month for 2 months.

3. My Famous 30-Day Detox
This will be the LAST time I run this group until the Spring so if you've been putting this off, here is your last chance! In a fun and supportive group setting we will slowly eliminate sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, wheat and dairy and watch our energy soar and our health sparkle! This program is VERY popular so sign up fast. The dates for the last 30-day detox of 2009 are October 12 - November 2.

Who is the Program Suitable For:
-Men and Women, age 18 or older
-Any size, shape and weight welcome
-This detox is healthy and safe for anyone, regardless of any current illnesses or health challenges.

What Does the Program Involve: A safe, supervised gradual detoxification from sugar, artificial sweeteners, wheat, dairy products, coffee, beef, alcohol and processed foods. This program uses only real, regular food you can buy in any market. There are no supplements or powders required. You will feel strong and healthy during the detox and so it may be done without affecting your work or home life. We will only be eliminating the above foods while increasing enzyme-rich fresh fruits and vegetables.

What benefits can you expect to achieve by following this 30-day detox?
-Weight loss of 2-5kgs is typical
-Improved Digestion
-Reduction of Gas and Bloating
-Better Energy Level
-Clearer Skin
-Improved Mental Clarity
-These 30-days are an excellent jumpstart to an on-going weight loss or wellness program!

Special Group Price of 400 nis per person includes:
-Four 90-minute small-group sessions jam-packed with information, support, motivation and fun
-A Personalized Binder full of handouts, tips, menus and recipes
-Unlimited email support between sessions on our own private Yahoo group
-Demos of healthy Detox-friendly food preparation and tasting at each session (Kosher Kitchen)
-An exclusive group-member discount on colon hydrotherapy treatments at B-Teva Clinic in Raanana (these are optional treatments for those who want a deeper detox experience)

ALL Groups meet in Kfar Saba. If you'd like to organize and host a private group in your home, email me! Emily

For registration and more information email or call Emily Segal 054-441-9858. Read more on my blog