DEBGULLY.COM – Natural nutrition and therapies.


Do you suffer from allergies, sensitivities, digestive issues, pain, fatigue, anxiety, stress or other chronic health issues?

Deb has more than 10 years experience using gentle natural therapies that can help you recover your health and vitality.

These include personalised diet, nutrition, supplementation, kinesiology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Reiki.


Deb Gully – Dietnet Therapies

Address: 12 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Phone: 04 934 6366


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Because most hits come from Google searches, and more is more when it comes to Google searches, this is just a page with a truckload of content. Unless you are a search engine, it is not laid out for your viewing pleasure, so to find things on this site we recommend using the menus at the top. But you are here now, so this page has done it’s job!

The following content is firstly an archive of the site from 2016, and then a bunch of other content in no particular order.



About Deb

I’m Deb Gully and I am a Nutrition Coach and Natural Therapist, in Wellington, New Zealand.

I’ve always been interested in natural health as a consumer, and began to take an interest in nutrition in 1996 when I joined the gym, and we owned a bike shop. After following the low fat diet that I’d been recommended, plus training too hard, I developed chronic fatigue and began to study a more holistic approach to nutrition. I learnt that most of what is commonly believed about nutrition is wrong, and wanted to make better information available.

So my website DietNet was born. I’ve now been studying and using the principles of whole food nutrition, metabolic typing, and avoiding food sensitivities for nearly 20 years, and DietNet is 100 pages and still growing.

I got so many emails from people wanting nutritional help, that I studied for a Diploma in Nutrition and Natural Therapies and started my Health Therapies practice at the end of 2003. I tend to work a lot with people with gut issues, food sensitivities, and chronic illnesses. When I learnt about GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) in 2009, I tracked down the book (which was hard to find at that time!) and started using the principles with my clients. In 2012, I trained with Dr Natasha to be a certified GAPS practitioner.


Enjoying the view on holiday at Lake Taupo NZ

I started my training in kinesiology in 2004 at the Wellington School of Massage, with Reactive Muscle Kinesiology. In 2005, I studied Touch For Health, and in 2006 added in Kinergetics. Since then I have studies many other forms of kinesiology and have been a Certified Natural Health Practitioner in Energy Kinesiology since 2011.

I had been using EFT personally for nearly two years by 2003, and could see how much it could help my nutrition clients. I studied all of Gary Craig’s video sets and passed the EFT-CC and EFT-Adv exams. When I first started learning EFT, there was no training available here. There are now several qualified trainers teaching in NZ, and I’ve studied with 3 of them, to Level 3.

I have also been using Reiki since 2001, and have trained to Degree Two.

I work a lot with people with digestion issues, or allergies and sensitivities. The methods I use are also helpful for a full range of physical, mental or emotional issues.

My other interests include music, dance, theatre & movies, singing in the Wellington Community Choir and reading.

I live in Wellington, New Zealand, but I can help you anywhere in NZ, or worldwide; working face to face, or by phone, email or Skype.

Read more about how I can help you, read about how I work, or contact me


Lyall Bay beach, near our home

How I Can Help

Would you like…

  • Practical advice and support improving your diet?
  • More energy?
  • Better immunity?
  • To normalise your weight?
  • To get rid of cravings or addictions?
  • To deal with food sensitivities?
  • Improved digestion?
  • Clearer skin?
  • Enhanced performance?
  • To feel happier?
  • Increased self esteem?
  • Less physical pain?
  • To normalise your blood sugar or cholesterol levels?
  • Help with sorting out some health issues?
  • To feel relaxed instead of stressed?
  • Better relationships?
  • To live to an active old age?



My tools to help you

I am a natural health practitioner and nutrition coach, author and presenter, living in Wellington, New Zealand. My job is to help you learn how to rebuild your health from the inside out, so that you can be healthy, energetic and happy. I do that in three ways:

  1. With quality information on nutrition and natural therapies, through:
  2. Resources to help you find the foods and health products you need.
  3. One on one customised health solutions – either in person or by email, phone or Skype.
    • Balancing the physical with personalised Real Food Nutrition, GAPS (Gut & Psychology / Physiology Syndrome) consultations, Menu planning, Managing allergies and sensitivities, Metabolic typing, QRA nutrition and supplement testing.
    • Balancing the emotional & energetic with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and other tapping techniques, Kinesiology (Touch for Health, Kinergetics and more), Reset, Reiki & other energy modalities.

Coaching & Health Therapies are for anyone who wants to improve their physical, mental or emotional wellbeing.


My clinic is in Kilbirnie, Wellington, but I can help you anywhere in NZ, or worldwide; working face to face, or by phone, email or Skype.

Depending on your needs, one off sessions are available, or we can work together over a period of time to implement greater changes in your life. At the end of this period, you will have a variety of tools to manage and maintain your own wellness.

As a whole food nutrition coach, EFT practitioner and kinesiologist I can help on the biochemical, physical, emotional and energetic levels. My combination of skills is especially helpful for anyone with chronic issues, who is ready to try a new multi-faceted approach. This includes allergies and sensitivities, cravings and addictions, weight issues, depression, chronic fatigue and chronic illness.

Working from these different directions can also assist with sports and other types of performance, and with learning how to achieve your goals.

Read about how I work



Before we book an appointment

Before we have a full session together, I offer a short free consultation. This can be by phone or by email. It purposes are:

  • To clarify whether you want to see me for nutrition, EFT, kinesiology or a combination
  • To identify the issues you want to work on
  • To ensure you feel comfortable with me
  • So that I can give you any required prep work – this could be a health questionnaire, a food diary, or to gather together some foods for testing, for example.

So, whether you’re ringing or emailing, have this information available.

Contact me by email:

Emails don’t always get through these days, but these guidelines will help ensure smooth communication between us:

1. Leave the subject line as is (Coaching enquiry) to bypass my filters

2. If you only receive emails from “Safe Senders”, please add my email addresses to your “Safe” list: – and –

3. I aim to answer emails asap but at least within 48 hours. If you don’t hear back by then, check your spam or junk folders. If there’s no reply, please resend your email. If you still don’t hear back, one of our emails is getting blocked, so ring me.

4. Please let me know you’ve received my email by sending a quick reply, even if it’s just to say No thanks.



Contact me by phone:

The best times to ring me are between 11am and 6pm Monday to Thursday. If these times are not possible, we can arrange a suitable time by email. Otherwise ring and leave a message.

Phone: 04 934 6366
(from overseas +644 934 6366)

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Conditions of Modern Life

Our modern society is full of stresses:

    • causes-of-stress-in-modern-lifeProcessed and devitalised food
    • Pesticides and food additives
    • Chemicals in our water
    • Air pollution
    • Electro magnetic radiation
    • Alcohol
    • Prescription and recreational drugs
    • Overwork
    • Family commitments
    • Financial worries
    • Pressure to conform
    • Trauma
    • Accidents
    • Crime
    • Concern about politics or the environment

As a result, a wide range of chronic conditions have become common.

Physical problems such as:

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    • Inability to relax
    • Addictions
    • Food allergies and intolerances
    • ADHD
    • Digestive Problems
    • Candidiasis
    • Weight issues
    • Insulin resistance
    • Type II diabetes
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Thyroid dysfunction
    • Adrenal exhaustion
    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Lowered Immunity
    • Chronic Pain
    • Autoimmune diseases
    • Arthritis
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer

And emotional or mental problems such as:

    • Jay-Cardiello-How-To-Overcome-Your-Fears-56b6c0f25f9b5829f8345335Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Low self esteem
    • Shyness
    • Depression
    • Bi Polar disorder
    • Fears
    • Phobias
    • Trauma
    • PTSD

Do you relate to some of the conditions on the list above?

Chances are that, one way or another, your health isn’t as vibrant as you’d like it be. Read about having good health instead


Elements of Health

Vibrant health is more than not just being sick. It’s about having optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.


It’s getting out of bed with a spring in your step, not needing to reach for that cup of coffee to get you going, feeling enthusiastic and energetic throughout the day, enjoying exercising, having good skin and clear eyes, feeling positive about your life, having fulfilling relationships, sleeping deeply and waking refreshed, feeling satisfied with your life, lack of pain or discomfort, an awareness of your body and its needs and maintaining that level of wellbeing throughout your life.

What we consider to be normal signs of aging are often signs that we’re not in optimum health.

This scenario may seem totally unrealistic to you, but don’t give up. There are many ways we can increase our levels of health, energy and wellbeing.


One of the foundations of good health is the right diet – food that’s right for your metabolism, chosen from real foods that haven’t been stripped of their goodness. With a supply of the right nutrients, our bodies have an amazing ability to repair and self-balance.

Read more about Personalised Diet


Exercise is so important to good health. Think about getting a balance between aerobic, strength and stretching exercises. But also make sure you’re not doing too much exercise. Fitness is a necessary component of health, but being fit doesn’t always mean you’re healthy. Allow adequate rest time, and listen to your body’s messages.

Other Supportive Habits

There are many other lifestyle factors that can determine how well we function, and many of these can be improved. Are you:

  • Getting adequate water
  • Breathing good air
  • Having enough sleep
  • Taking time for yourself
  • Enjoying your leisure activities
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Letting go of stress

Emotional factors

These can make a huge difference to both our mental and physical well being. We all know how stress or emotional worries can affect our mood. But not everybody realises how much impact this can have on physical issues.

It’s important to have some kind of activity that allows you to release those stresses. Many people find meditation of some kind to be very beneficial. And increasingly people are turning to EFT, as it allows you to target stress in very specific ways.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a gentle, easy-to-learn way to deal with emotional pain, reduce anxiety and stress, relieve cravings or pain, and address long standing problems.

Read more about EFT

Coaching sessions can help you rebalance some of these aspects

Learn more about how I work.

How I Work

My role is to share with you some tools for maintaining your own health. Using the appropriate combination of tools, most health concerns can be improved. I have a special interest in combining EFT, kinesiology and nutritional coaching to work on depression, chronic illnesses, food and environmental sensitivities, cravings and addictions and body image issues.


Initial Consultation

How I work is very dependent on your needs, and whereabouts you are. So first, we have a chat about what health issues you want to work on, and what outcome you want. If you’re in Wellington this is usually by phone (which takes about 10-20 minutes), otherwise it’s by email. Then I’ll suggest what approach I think will work best. If you like the sound of it, we go ahead. This inital consultation is complimentary.

Sometimes, I will recommend a single approach to an issue. Other times I will recommend we start with one therapy, then include others, for more complete success.

If we’re going to start with personalised diet, I send you a detailed questionnaire and food diary to fill out that enables me to make some dietary recommendations. Once you’ve sent that back and I evaluate it, we have a session together to go over it. Or if you’re not in Wellington, I email you a report and we email back and forth a bit till you’re clear about everything. Then we keep in contact by email for a month or so, to get you well started. I also give you access to my online cooking lessons and recipes.

If we’re going to start with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or kinesiology, you fill in a one sheet questionnaire at our first consultation.

EFT sessions take place face to face if you’re in Wellington. Otherwise, we can work by phone or webcam.

Kinesiology sessions can only be done in Wellington.

Personalised Diet and Nutrition

This is about finding the right balance of foods for your unique needs. We combine these aspects:

Whole foods:

Learn how to select, prepare and eat real food, full of nutrients instead of toxins, using my “How to Enjoy Real food” 15 step cooking course  and recipes.

Metabolic Typing:

Find the right type of diet for your individual needs, allowing for your metabolic type and other special needs.

Identifying food allergies:

Identifying allergies, techniques for cooking without those foods, and looking at ways to repair the gut and neutralise some allergies

Herbs and Supplements:

If needed, to complement your eating plan

More info about Personalised Diet and Nutrition

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

An effective tool, that is simple to learn and apply yourself, for dealing with:

  • daily stress
  • past trauma
  • fears and phobias
  • chronic illness
  • physical pain
  • limiting beliefs
  • goals and performance

When we tap, mostly I sit opposite you and tap with you. That way, you can just follow me and focus on your words and feelings, rather than trying to remember the points.

At Gary Craig’s first Masters training, the attendees all felt that there were three levels to how fast and deep you can work with EFT

  • Many things can be cleared working on your own
  • Working with a therapist, things will move faster due to the combined intent of healing of two people. It also enables you to clear things you couldn’t by yourself, as often we’re too close to our own problems to see them clearly.
  • Having the therapist tap ON the client is even more powerful

I usually have my clients tap on themselves, as I think it’s important for you to get very comfortable with the tapping points so you can continue on your own between sessions.

But for some clients, in the right circumstances, I will suggest I tap on them while they lie on a massage table and relax. This enables them to focus entirely on what’s happening in their thoughts and body, and allows us to work at a deeper level.

More info about EFT


Looking at what’s going on in your energy system, by monitoring the activity of the muscles, and improving their energy flow. Kinesiology methods used include:

  • Touch For Health
  • Reactive Muscle Balancing
  • Kinergetics
  • Muscle testing for food and other sensitivities

More info about Kinesiology

Lifestyle Analysis

Looking at whether some lifestyle changes would enhance your health. This might include changes in how you exercise, getting more sleep or fresh air, or adding in some quick and easy “energy exercises” to your daily routine.

More about Lifestyle Coaching

Reiki or Reset

Introduction to these methods of natural healing.

Read more about Reiki, Reset and other energy techniques

Referrals to other practitioners

Sometimes it is appropriate for you to see other practitioners, and I may suggest you see your doctor or another natural health practitioner such as a naturopath, homeopath, chiropractor or osteopath.


What conditions can I help with?

Just a small sample of the many areas that I can help with, and how we’d approach each one:

Allergies and Sensitivities

Weight Loss

Cravings and Addictions


Sports Performance

Mental Health

If you’re still unsure if this can help you, read my testimonials.

Or you may want to find out more about the specific services I offer.

Contact Me to arrange your complimentary initial consultation, to discuss your needs and how I can help.


Asthma can be triggered by a number of different factors, so in managing it, there are a number of different approaches we’d combine.



A nutritional approach to Asthma

One cause of asthma is allergies and intolerances either to air borne allergens, or to foods. If your intolerance is to a food or foods, dietary changes can bring about rapid changes. But even if the major offender seems to be air borne allergens, food intolerances may still be involved.

The reason for this is the way stressors build up in our systems. If you have only a few stressors, your body may cope without showing any symptoms. But when the total number of stressors becomes more than your body can handle, you start to see the effects. Suppose you were moderately intolerant to potatoes and allergic to pollen. If you don’t have much other stress in your life, your body may be able to cope with eating potatoes, and you may not notice any symptoms. You might even get through pollen season without any overt symptoms. But say you have a string of sleepless nights. Suddenly you start to react to the pollen. The pollen might be the immediate cause, but if you start getting more sleep, the symptoms may subside. Alternatively, if you stop eating potatoes for a while, they may also subside.

So with a condition like asthma which is very sensitive to stress, the first step is to remove as many stressors as possible. Some things we have less control over, but we can chose what we eat.

These are two effective nutritional approaches that can be taken:

1. Reducing the stress caused by our food intake. This includes investigating food allergies and intolerances, and removing the offending foods from the diet. It can also be beneficial to reduce or remove harmful foods, such as sugar, that cause stress to everybody, even though they may not directly trigger the asthma.

2. Using nutrition to help alleviate the symptoms, or to build up the body so it can cope better. This may include using traditional methods of food preparation to maximize the nutrients in the foods eaten, or using therapeutic herbs and supplements.

More info about Personalised Diet and Nutrition

Using EFT to help prevent Asthma

Stress can be a major factor with asthma. Stress of various types can trigger an attack, and once an attack occurs, that in itself is very stressful, causing feelings of fear and anxiety. As Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a great tool for dealing with stress, it’s perfect for helping those with asthma.

Here’s what Gary Craig, the founder, has to say:

“EFT usually provides remarkable results for asthma. In most cases asthma, and other breathing problems, vanish within a few minutes of applying EFT. Also, repeated applications of EFT often eliminate asthma permanently so that asthma attacks no longer re-appear on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. For those who don’t achieve instant relief, EFT is still likely to improve or completely resolve the problem. However, in these cases more sophisticated approaches are usually necessary. Sometimes the principle cause of asthma is one or more unresolved emotional issues such as anger, fear, guilt or trauma. EFT is ideally designed to address these emotional issues and, once properly resolved, many physical ailments (including asthma) subside.”

One of the great things about EFT is that it’s a simple technique you can learn and apply yourself. No special equipment is required, so unlike an inhaler, there’s no worry about being without it when you need it. We’d work together on any major stressors, then you can continue using it yourself.

More info about EFT

Other lifestyle aspects

We may also look at other aspects such as Buteyko breathing exercises, and building in more downtime and relaxation.

Combine all of these approaches and you could be well on the way to no longer needing drugs or an inhaler! (But always consult your doctor before discontinuing any prescriptions.)

Contact Me to arrange your complimentary initial 10-15 minute consultation, to discuss your needs and how I can help.

 Allergies & Sensitivities

You may have come along knowing you wanted help with allergies or intolerances. Possibly you have been diagnosed with sensitivities by another practitioner and know what you need to avoid, but now have no idea what to eat.

Or you may have come to see me with other health problems, and I might have noticed indications that you may have a problem with allergies or sensitivities from the detailed questionnaire (which includes questions on lifestyle, health, eating preferences and a food diary) that you filled out before our appointment.



Determining what the allergies are

It is possible for people to be reactive to a huge range of different substances – foods, prescription medicines, chemicals, pollens, dust, animals, metals (including surgical implants), even substances that naturally occur in your body.

But there are some substances that are more commonly reactive than others. By looking at your food diary and lifestyle, in combination with the pattern of symptoms, it’s usually possible to identify some likely suspects. Often it is the foods or substances most commonly eaten, or that you’re in contact with every day, that you’re reactive to.

The next step might be using kinesiology (muscle testing) to see what each substance does to your energy flow. Sometimes a single muscle test is enough to show a sensitivity, and sometimes we need to test in several different ways to find what’s causing the problem.

Or if there are indications that you have a variety of food sensitivities, and that your digestion isn’t working fully, we may go straight to the GAPS (Gut and Psychology / Physiology Syndrome) protocol, which prescribes certain foods to be avoided.

More info about Kinesiology

Managing food allergies

The next step is to eliminate the foods, or avoid the substances, for a trial period to see what changes. I help you with strategies for how to avoid problem foods, alternatives that you can buy, and tasty, easy recipes for homemade substitutes. There are many gluten free and GAPS recipes in my “How to Enjoy Real Food” 15 step cooking course, and on my recipe blog. I can also help you with menu planning.

Depending on how much you improve as a result, we can tell whether we’ve found the worst offenders, or whether we need to do some more testing.

Once you know what’s causing problems right now, we can develop further coping strategies.

For some people, being able to manage the symptoms is all they want to do at this stage. Others want to go another step further and heal.

What might stop you from healing

In some cases, you may have other physical problems that have arisen as a result of the food allergies, such as leaky gut or candida overgowth. If those are present, we can look at ways to help those heal. This may include supplements, or other treatments.

Most often I will recommend the GAPS protocol. When your digestive system has been repaired, other allergies may spontaneously come right.

How EFT can help

EFT can help with the cravings you may get for foods that you are now trying to avoid. You may also have feelings such as grief or anger about being in this situation, which EFT is great at relieving.

More info about EFT

Other Allergy Treatments

Allergies can also be treated with Kinergetics, a specialist type of kinesiology. Here’s how one person felt after a Kinergetics Sensitivity balance:

“I feel really good, haven’t used any nose spray, tablets etc… for the last 4 days. I didn’t notice much of a difference Thursday, Friday last week. Then on Saturday felt like my nose was drying out and very clear, also no sneezing fits. Years ago I used to have injections to treat my allergies , I remember that a couple of days after having the injection I would start to fell like a different person, I have the same feeling now. Thank you so much for your help. It’s been a great experience and I will be spreading the word on Kinergetics.”

Allergy Antidotes are another range of holistic allergy treatments I sometimes use, including some based on EFT, developed by Sandi Radomski.

Contact Me to arrange your complimentary initial 10-15 minute consultation, to discuss your needs and how I can help.

 Cravings & Addictions

First, let’s define an addiction. My definition is any behaviour that we indulge in to an unhealthy extent because we feel compelled to.

So that might include:

  • Overeating – or the opposite – compulsive dieting
  • Smoking
  • Drugs – prescription or non-prescription, soft or hard
  • Over working
  • The internet
  • Any kind of obsessive compulsive behaviour


The commonalities are:

  • A behaviour that causes some kind of problem, which might be physical, emotional, social or financial
  • A belief that we enjoy the activity and it makes us feel better
  • The true cause – some kind of anxiety that we can’t pinpoint, or that we don’t want to face, or a way to avoid doing something else

For example, you believe that surfing the internet relaxes you and you enjoy it. But the real reason you feel better might be that it enables you to avoid admitting that your marriage or job is in jeopardy. Or it might be stopping you working on a project that’s important to you. The anxiety there might be worry about whether you’ll be successful.

So, how does this relate to cravings?

The craving to indulge in our favourite activity is really anxiety. Any number of compulsive activities could cover it up. You might be able to use willpower to break your addiction but chances are something else will fill the void. That’s why many people stop smoking, then overeat.

So the primary way we’d approach an addiction of any kind is with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). We can work from different angles and use it in three ways:

  • To help reduce the craving when it arises
  • By looking at what triggers your addiction and reprogramming the habits
  • To reduce the underlying level of anxiety so that you don’t need to push it down any more

We may still need to address the physical aspects.

It may be as simple as adjusting your protein / fat / carb ratios, or eliminating simple sugars for a while.

Food cravings are often caused by allergies. The substance we are addicted to might be a substance we are allergic to. So we may need to examine allergies as well, to rebalance the body at a biochemical level, as well as an emotional one.

We may also need to consider when the cravings kick in and create some new habits to distract us at certain times.

 Mental Health

Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and phobias are becoming more common, depression especially. There are lots of reasons for that, as discussed on the modern living page.

A simple phobia (or even a complex one) can often be dealt with very easily using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). But for other mental imbalances, a more in-depth, multi-faceted approach will give a more permanent improvement.

Here’s how EFT and improved nutrition can help your mental health, whether it’s already fairly good, or you have major problems.


Whole foods for good mental health

In the 1930s, a dentist named Weston Price traveled round the world studying cultures still eating their traditional foods, and compared their health with those members of the same culture eating western foods. Those continuing to eat traditional diets enjoyed excellent physical and emotional health. But those who had changed to a western diet high in white flour, sugar, and canned goods suffered from a range of physical and mental health problems and were prone to infectious diseases. This huge deterioration occurred after just one generation of exposure to processed foods. His book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” is a landmark in the understanding of how food affects the mind and body.

Price found a lot of commonalities between the different traditional diets. The food was organic and high in nutrients, many times higher than our typical diet today. The diets were all high in animal fats, and none of the societies were vegetarian. Where people were unable to get enough meat or fish, they ate a lot of raw dairy products. Fermenting techniques were used, to increase the nutrient value of the food and preserve it. Grains, legumes, nuts and seeds were always soaked, sprouted or fermented to reduce harmful anti-nutrients and increase digestibility.

In contrast, our modern diet is high in sugar, refined grains, trans (processed) fats, pesticides, preservatives and additives. Processing techniques make our food less digestible, rather than more. We’ve been misinformed that nutritious and protective saturated fats are bad for our health, and so often avoid them. We suffer from nutritional deficiencies and are overloaded with toxins. Our digestive health breaks down and we start to get food intolerances.

Just a few of the ways this can impact on mental health:

  • Food intolerances cause chemical imbalances in the brain, leading to brain fog, depression and many other mental or emotional problems
  • Insufficient protein and fat contribute to lack of serotonin, and thus depression
  • Sugar and food additives cause hyperactivity in many children
  • An early symptom of Vitamin B12 deficiency is irrational anger
  • B1 and zinc deficiencies can contribute to anorexia
  • Lack of Vitamin D can contribute to insomnia

People are often stunned to discover that in many cases their debilitating mental health conditions such as chronic depression are exacerbated by foods they are consuming daily. The modern staples of wheat and sugar are two of the most common triggers. Returning to a nutrient rich diet, with a few carefully chosen supplements where needed, can transform our body chemistry, our brain chemistry and our mental and emotional health.

More info about Personalised Diet

Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)

Sometimes we can switch to a whole food diet, and eat in a more balanced way, and this will be enough to turn around our biochemistry. But sometimes more in depth healing needs to take place. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride’s GAPS protocol is helpful for healing the digestive system, which can alleviate many mental health problems.

More info about GAPS

EFT for improved mental health

There is no doubt that traumatic experiences can cause major, ongoing emotional problems. But so can a multitude of smaller events that might seem nothing to the casual observer. Criticism, failure, self doubt, the overheard unkind remark, and limiting beliefs about yourself lead to a diminished sense of self worth. This can lead to obvious mental health issues such as depression or anorexia.

It can also contribute to problems nobody else might notice: lacking the confidence to go for that job you want or talk to the girl you fancy, being too shy to go to parties, being unable to communicate with your children, procrastinating till you miss the deadline, tension headaches, overworking to prove yourself, letting yourself be bullied, minor fears or major phobias. You might not be mentally ill, but you’re not entirely healthy either.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can be used to clear a wide range of things:

  • the car accident that still gives you nightmares
  • the memory of all the times your father called you stupid
  • the phobia that stops you from using lifts
  • the belief that you’re no good at sport
  • your current anger at your son for forgetting to pick up the groceries
  • the dull throb at the base of your neck that makes you snappy with everybody
  • the negative body image that forces you to starve yourself

More info about EFT

Weight Issues

Weight problems are usually not just about eating too much. So deprivation dieting doesn’t generally work. Excess weight is a symptom of something else, and is more likely to be about:


Eating the wrong kinds of foods

You might:

    • Be eating too many foods that are low in nutrients, or not enough nutrient dense foods, means you are compelled to eat more, as your body tries to get the nutrients it needs
    • Have foods that you’re intolerant or allergic to
    • Be eating the wrong types of foods, or balance of foods, for your personal metabolism. eg: Eating too many carbs is a common problem, which often leads directly to fat storage.

Some other kind of physical imbalance

Possibilities include:

    • Low thyroid function
    • Insulin resistance
    • Inability to absorb nutrients
    • Hormonal problems
    • Candida overgrowth
    • Heavy metal or other toxins, stored in fat cells

Emotional issues of some kind

Some common ones are:

    • Using food to handle anxiety of some kind
    • Unhelpful beliefs about food and/or weight
    • Inaccurate body image
    • Past trauma

Other lifestyle factors

Some habits can also make things worse:

    • The wrong kind of exercise
    • Not enough water
    • Not enough sleep

Starting with any of these can lead to others, or they can feed each other in a vicious cycle. Eg. Eating the wrong foods can lead to hormonal problems. Or going on restrictive diets can lead to nutritional deficiencies that then cause further problems.

Weight loss is most successful if all aspects are looked at together. So we look at the causes, rather than the effect. The primary aim might be to first bring your health back into balance, then focus on weight.

That could involve:

 Sports Performance

Training is the primary component of getting faster, or stronger, or achieving your best performance. If you’re serious about your sport, you’ll already be getting expert advice to optimise your training.


The next vital element is the quality of your fuel. Your car goes better on the right fuel, and so does your body. Your trainer will have you on some good food, but that is just the start.

I can help you get even bigger improvements by personalising your diet to:

  • Show you how to choose foods with higher nutrient value
  • Find out what works best for your unique metabolism
  • Look at the best balance of foods for your sport
  • Test to see if there are any foods you’re intolerant to

As most athletes now know, another piece of the picture is the mental and emotional side. To work on these aspects I use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). There are a number of ways EFT can aid performance.

You may have set some big goals for yourself that you’re excited about. But when you think about them, a small voice in your head says a bunch of negative things about your ability to achieve those goals. Changing those negative beliefs with EFT makes your goals, affirmations and positive thinking much more powerful.

You may have reached a plateau in your training. The longer that goes on, the more a part of you believes that you’ll never break through it. Break down that belief and pretty soon you’ll be breaking through the plateau.

When you have had several bad performances, the memories affect your ability to perform better in the future. EFT can clear the emotions around those stressful memories of previous bad performances, and enable you to get back on form.

EFT is also great for relieving stress and worry about upcoming events, so you can be relaxed.

It is also helpful to get some bodywork from time to time. This might be massage for those tired muscles, or something more specialised for a nagging injury, such as chiropractic, osteopathy or kinesiology.

One of the therapies I use is Kinesiology. Kinesiology and EFT can both be very helpful in recovering from injury, so there are several different approaches I can take to resolve lingering pain that’s stopping you from training to full capacity.

Especially useful for sports is Reactive Muscle Kinesiology. This is when activating one muscle causes another muscle to be “switched off” and not operate at full strength. A muscle balancing session can ensure that your muscles are firing on all cylinders, and investigate and correct reactive muscle relationships.

Kinergetics is another specialist form of kinesiology that helps sports performance by improving the body’s ability to be well-hydrated, amongst other benefits.



I feel really good, haven’t used any nose spray, tablets etc… for the last 4 days. I didn’t notice much of a difference Thursday, Friday last week. Then on Saturday felt like my nose was drying out and very clear, also no sneezing fits. Years ago I used to have injections to treat my allergies , I remember that a couple of days after having the injection I would start to fell like a different person, I have the same feeling now. Thank you so much for your help. It’s been a great experience and I will be spreading the word on Kinergetics.


I am writing this as a Testimonial to Deb Gully. Specifically, her use of Muscle Balancing and EFT.

In January of 2005 I had a freak accident on my mountainbike. This resulted in a fractured scapula, several broken ribs and a compression/extension injury to my right shoulder that included tendon, muscle and ligament damage, and also nerve damage. This was a very painful injury, but the full extent of it only became apparent over the ensuing weeks.

I spent the first few weeks in a haze of powerful painkillers, anti-inflammatories and sleeping pills. Deb Gully offered her services as an alternative to this brutal regime. Having no knowledge of Deb’s treatments, and as an avowed sceptic at heart, I had to decide to be open to what she would do for me.

I’m so glad I did. From the day Deb started working with me I started to improve. She gave me as much of a Muscle Balance as my level of pain would allow, and used EFT techniques to allay some very negative feelings I was dealing with, and to help me with the pain.

For me, the results were dramatic. From virtual paralysis of my upper arm and shoulder, to being able to move it right out from my body. From being zombied out by drugs, to almost totally managing the pain with EFT.

On my follow-up appointment with my orthopaedic specialist the following week, my x-rays revealed that I my broken shoulder-blade had fully calcified. The doctor was extremely surprised by this, and told me I had “unusual healing properties”! I am quite convinced that both the Balancing and EFT had a direct bearing on this.

I have received two more Balances from Deb since. Both have given me a noticeable improvement in my condition and ability to rehabilitate, and I am going to rely on her skill and perceptive gifts, and the ongoing use of the EFT techniques, to aid me in returning to full health.

Thanks for reading, Oli, 08/04/05

I have probably suffered from some form of depression for most of my life, although over recent years, it had become progressively worse. Counselling sessions helped for a while but once you get stuck in that black pit it’s very difficult to recall the coping mechanisms.

Last year at Deb’s suggestion I started taking St Johns Wort but suddenly, to my dismay, it just didn’t seem to be working. She had also taught me the EFT technique but I’d gotten into such a state that it didn’t even occur to me. Crunch time came in February this year when I found myself seriously considering suicide.

In tears I phoned Deb with the idea of perhaps increasing the dosage of the St Johns Wort. She immediately went into action & got me ‘tapping’ while we were on the phone (& with me weeping copiously the whole time – I don’t know how she does it!) Next she emailed a questionnaire to ascertain the manner of my depression, so that she could determine what supplements would be beneficial.

She started me on alternate doses of 5HTP & DLPA. Within 20 minutes of taking the first 5HTP, the suicidal feelings quite literally vanished. We followed up with several weekly EFT sessions, which have helped break down the major sources of the feelings of depression & self loathing that have dogged me for years. Deb also gave my eating habits an overhaul – I had been eating a great deal of wheat & sugar, which contribute to (& probably cause!) depression.

It’s now early June. By monitoring my eating habits, taking a maintenance dosage of the supplements & using the EFT techniques to zap any negative feelings, I am now emotionally stable for the first time in years. Actually, you could probably make that the first time ever.


When I started working full-time as a massage therapist several years ago, I was unable to work a normal day without coffee, sugar, and wheat. Deb recognised my daily hypoglycaemia as a reaction to my favourite allergy-addictions. Following her guidance out of my lifetime of dietary mess, has been one of the most important things I’ve ever done for myself.


Since having my son by Caesarian section in November 1999, I had this nagging pain in my lower left side, chronic diahorrea and constipation which would go in five daily roundabouts. I knew where every public toilet was within a five mile radius of where I was and sometimes I wouldn’t make it. I did the Western medicine man thing – gynecology all checked out – fine; colonoscopy – all clear apart from a diverticula and got told that because I had had a Caesarian section, this changed the bacteria levels in my bowel and I would just have to live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome – seems to be blamed for everything that they can’t explain.

Deb had always been on at me about gluten intolerance. I told her I could not survive without bread!!! She told me to humour her and go off all gluten for a week. Well, the change was phenomenal. The “nagging” pain went, I didn’t feel bloated and irritable and depressed like I had been and now two years later, I live a life completely free of gluten and have NEVER looked back. I will admit the first three months were hard and sometimes even now, I have to learn to improvise when I am eating out, but with Deb’s guidance, friendship and wisdom, I have never had to run to the toilet again.

Lucky for me, chocolate and red wine do not contain gluten, so I still have a vice or two left. Deb is a wonderful friend and advisor and certainly helped me, when conventional medicine told me I would have to live with IBS the rest of my life – thank you Deb xxx


Deb has assisted me to gradually reverse a chronic, life threatening, and supposedly incurable illness. She has introduced me to a wide range of beneficial therapies, and fine tuned my diet and supplement regime when needed. She helped me by using a wide range of therapies – diet, supplements, physical therapies, energy medicine and emotional/mental techniques – and successfully taught me how to improve my health on all levels.

Although we still have a way to go, many people consider my improvement so far to be astonishing, and I am completely confident that I will make a full recovery.

Deb’s wide range of knowledge and open minded approach has been a crucial catalyst to my healing.


Deb Gully has been an awesome support, and for me personally, done far more than her role of Health Coach would suggest. When the medical profession refused to admit (by analyzing their test results), that I had a health problem, instead they keep telling me I was concealing things and that was the reason for my problem. Deb was there 100 % for me all of the time, and most of all believed in me. Supporting me, (put up with me!) and helped me work through to find a solution.

Now herbally medicated, with correctly applied Metabolic Typing, my health and wellbeing has turned around totally. Best of all, I hope, having found and dealt with the problem, I will never have to go on conventional medication, instead using far better and healthier alternatives. This lady sticks through thick and thin, regardless of personal sacrifices. I can’t recommend her highly enough and wish her the best in all her future endeavours. Deb is one special lady.

with thanks, C. le R.

I have struggled to control my weight all my life. I come from a family that is known for being “big”, so used to use the excuse of genetics as the reason why I found it so hard to lose weight. I tried all the crazy fad diets during my teens and 20s – Israeli Army Diet, Grapefruit diet, Weight Watchers. I would lose weight for sure, but it was only temporary and would always come back on. About 6 years ago I had a consultation with a dietician at the gym I was going to and she actually told me I wasn’t eating enough – years of starvation diets had got me into bad habits and thoroughly messed with my metabolism. So I started eating more regular meals (our family was never big on breakfast, so I hadn’t had more than a glass of fruit juice for “breakfast” since I was about 10 years old) and snacks in an attempt to kick start my metabolism again and also followed the conventional wisdom that a low fat diet was important. I managed to stablise my weight (don’t ask me what it was, I gave up using scales about 15 years ago, but I was about a size 20/22 in clothes) and stopped gaining, but I wasn’t losing either.

A few years later, during a visit to my doctor for other reasons, she decided to check my blood pressure just “while I was there”. She told me it was a little on the high side, but didn’t do anything further. About 6 months later I was back in the Docs office again and she noted the high blood pressure reading from my last visit and checked again. It was still high, so she sent me for blood tests. The tests came back that my cholesterol was higher than it should be (5.6 when it should be between 3 and 5) and the “bad” cholesterol was also above the normal range. She told me I needed to get the levels down and the way to do this was to cut out fat from my diet, eat more carbohydrates, and get more regular exercise. Since this seemed to be the prevailing wisdom touted in all the articles on health in newspapers & magazines, I followed the advice religiously. Rather than going back to the gym scene, I invested in a piece of home exercise equipment and got into a good routine of doing at least 40 minutes of exercise 4 – 5 times a week. Over the course of the next year I did lose a small amount of weight, but nothing significant.

December 2003 I got another blood test done and was looking forward to some positive results since I had been so good at following the medical advice I had received. I was utterly devastated to get the results and discover that my cholesterol had gone up (to 6) and even worse, my blood sugar levels were dangerously high at 4.8 (should be between 0 and 2). The practice nurse at my doctor’s surgery called me in for a consultation and asked me to bring in a food diary for the week before the meeting. She looked at my diary and pronounced it “fine” and also that I was getting sufficient exercise. My father was diagnosed with Type II diabetes when he was 59, so the nurse said that I was genetically predisposed to the same condition and my blood sugar levels confirmed that I was heading in that direction if I didn’t make some changes. The doctor had written out a prescription for a drug for me to take to help get my blood sugar down. I enquired as to what the drug was for precisely and the nurse said it was given to older people who had Type II diabetes (which is certainly not me!), but that it also had good results in preventing people with high blood sugar developing diabetes and could also assist with weight loss. I asked if there were any side effects and she said that yes, I could become constipated or have other similar gastric upsets. This was not sounding like a very good idea to me. So I told the nurse that I would rather look at dietary changes first before resorting to the drugs. She was willing to let me do that and said I should get another blood test in 3 months to check on progress.

It was therefore in an extremely upset frame of mind that I found my way to Deb Gully. I should disclose here that Deb has been a friend of mine for several years and I knew that she had been studying nutrition. It therefore wasn’t difficult for me to entrust my health issues to her care. Deb administered the metabolic typing questionnaire to me and I also gave her copies of the two blood test results I had. On Deb’s advice I found out that I am a “mixed” type and need to have a well balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates and fats. This being COMPLETELY the opposite to the diet the doctor had put me on – no wonder the doctor’s advice didn’t produce any positive results!

I decided to start the new regime with the new year and in early January 2004 began the process of working out my ideal carb levels. I spent about a month experimenting with different amounts and types of carbs. I discovered that I can only tolerate grain carbs (pasta, rice & bread) in very small amounts, so small that it really isn’t worth adding them to a meal, but enough that if I have them occasionally (i.e: just once or twice a week) I am fine. However, I can eat starchy vegetables (potatoes etc) in large quantities with no negative effects.

For 3 months I maintained the new dietary regime which also included previously “forbidden” foods like butter and bacon (due to their high saturated fat content). My two big “saviours” during this time were corn chips and sugar free chocolate. Corn chips because they provided me with an easily available and convenient snack food and sugar free chocolate because, well, a gal can’t live without chocolate! I was never hungry, ate my fill at every meal, and found that I could go for much longer periods of time between meals without feeling hungry. Previously (on the high carb, low fat regime) I had been having to eat nearly every 2 hours.

In early April 2004 I fronted up for a further blood test. I had lost a reasonable amount of weight during the previous 3 months (some of my clothes had started to literally fall off me!), yet, for various reasons – none of them my own choice – I had not been able to exercise with any regularity or intensity during that time. I was feeling nervous and optimistic at the same time. Two days later the practice nurse from my doctor’s surgery called with the results. She was thrilled. My blood sugar was down to 2.2 (recall that optimum level is 2 or less) and my cholesterol was down to 5.8. Well, I was pretty stoked myself. Hooorah, finally something worked! The nurse then had the gall to ask how did I find taking the drugs. I had completely forgotten about that and said “what drugs?”. She was shocked to hear that I hadn’t even taken them and had achieved these good results purely by changing my diet. She wants me to do another test in 6 months time just to be sure the levels are still coming down (& obviously there is still room for improvement), but when I passed the results onto Deb she pointed out to me that the critical result (HDL/Cholesterol ratio) was now in the low risk (“normal”) range and really I shouldn’t be worried about this aspect of my health any further.

It is a great relief to know that I am no longer at high risk of developing diabetes or the range of other health problems that can come from high cholesterol. It is also great to know that I don’t have to accept being overweight as being a genetic problem that I can’t do anything about. The weight loss in the past 3 months wasn’t my main goal, it was purely incidental to achieving lower blood sugar and cholesterol, but it is a nice “side effect” to say the least and it is clear to me now that one of the main reasons I ever got overweight in the first place was from eating too many carbs. However, I should be able to re-start my exercise routine in the next few weeks so I hope to be able to continue to reduce the blood sugar and cholesterol but also lose some more weight and return to a size that I was most comfortable with in the past (clothing size 14/16).

The past 3 months have taught me a number of things. Doctors don’t know anything about nutrition. They are trained to treat diseases, which has nothing to do with general health and wellbeing. If they can give you a pill for it, they will, without looking at the myriad of other treatments that are available. I do credit my doctor for picking up on the warning signs of my high blood pressure that lead me to discover I had a problem I had to address, I thank her for that, but she was not able to deal with the problem in an effective way at all. Every person is different and there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” dietary regime that will suit everyone. The only way to find out what is right for you is to seek the advice of a knowledgeable practitioner like Deb Gully. So, while I hope my story can inspire others to get the right advice to address their health issues, my journey is personal to me and another person will not necessarily achieve the same results by following the same path I took.

Finally, it has been interesting to see the reaction from friends and family to the changes I have made. Several of the women continue to ask how long I am going to be on this “diet”. It makes me laugh. Our society has got so used to people being on diets all the time that we think of them as being temporary measures for a quick fix to a certain problem. Well, that is diet with a capital “D” in my vocabulary. The true meaning of “diet” (with a small “d”), is simply “what you eat”. I’m not on a Diet, I have made changes to my diet that are permanent and will ensure my continued good health.


Contact Me to arrange your complimentary initial consultation, to discuss your needs and how I can help.



Personalised Diet

Many of the ailments we have, and just accept as inevitable, can be directly or indirectly caused by what we eat. Even small changes to our diet can have profound effects. But many people are put off changing diet because:

  • They’ve been on diets before and know how hard that is
  • They believe they’ll have to go hungry, or they won’t be able to eat their favourite foods
  • They believe that it will involve a lot of hard work

It’s true that it takes more work to eat well than to eat badly. But it doesn’t have to be a lot more work, and most people find that the pay off in increased energy and well being more than makes up for it.

The other bonus that people enjoy is finding out they can eat foods that they’ve been depriving themselves of – real, tasty, satisfying foods. My clients love learning that so many foods that they’d been told to avoid are actually packed with essential nutrients!

Let’s look at what’s involved.

Eating real food!

Much of the food we accept as normal has been processed and stripped of its goodness. So the first step is to replace low nutrient food with high nutrient food. The great thing here is that real food tastes good and is more satisfying. You may find that you don’t need to eat as much because you’re getting more goodness from what you do eat. To make this stage easier, I wrote a cooking course that introduces you to the principles of whole food eating in a 15 step plan, and includes easy, tasty recipes. I also have a range of recipes on my recipe blogMore info about Whole Foods


Metabolic typing

This is about understanding that we all have unique metabolic needs. While we all need a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates in our diet, that balance is different for each person. We find out what the right balance is for you – some people suit an Atkins type diet, some go better on a semi vegetarian diet, and most of us are somewhere in the middle. Where do you fit in? More info about Metabolic Typing

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Not many people realise how much a food allergy can impact on your life. Finding one or more key allergies or sensitivities and eliminating them from your diet can transform how you feel. If you have symptoms that indicate the possibility of allergies, we’ll investigate those.

We can then decide whether to just manage the symptoms by eliminating the food involved. Or whether you want to go one step further to a deeper level of healing. This may involve using a gut healing regime such as the GAPS (Gut & Psychology / Physiology Syndrome) protocol. More about Allergies & Sensitivities



When you start eating real food, you’ll find that many of the little problems you had will just go away as you become better nourished. So I don’t usually recommend supplements till you’ve been on your new diet for at least a month, so we can see what symptoms you still have. Then we can add in anything extra that’s needed.

One exception to that is if you have digestive difficulties or have had your gall bladder removed. If you’re not digesting your food, you won’t get the benefit from it, so we might start with digestive enzymes straight away.


Keeping a Food Diary

A food diary is useful for:

  • Seeing how far you’ve come (because you WILL forget some of your initial symptoms once they’re gone, and will only remember the ones that are left)
  • Helping track down foods that are still not working for you

It might seem tedious, but it will be a valuable resource.

diary of food eaten throughout the day when on a diet

1. Get a school exercise or notebook. I like the 1B5 size.

2. On the first page, write down all of your current symptoms. Even if they seem unrelated to your diet, write it all down. Note the frequency, when or where it happens, and the severity. Date the page.

3. For each day of the diary:

  • On the left hand sheet, write down all your inputs:
    • Food
    • Drink
    • Supplements
    • Exercise
    • Any stressors
  • On the right hand side, write down the results:
    • How you feel, physically and mentally, first thing in the morning, before and after meals, at bedtime
    • What your bowel movements are like
    • What your energy levels are like
    • How your symptoms are progressing
    • Anything else that seems relevant

You can also use your journal to record any other health related information, such as:

  • Blood test results
  • Any “prescriptions” from your doctor, naturopath or homeopath
  • Results of any muscle testing we do together
  • Questions you want to ask your health practitioner

Eating Real Food

There are some preconceptions about “whole food” diets that are not quite accurate. Often people think it means a vegetarian diet, or a diet high in whole grains and legumes. Although those diets can be “whole foods”, so are many others.

So I prefer to call it a “real food” diet, which can encompass the full range of foods. Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness coined the phrase JERF – “Just Eat Real Food” and at this stage of your nutrition journey, that may be all you need to focus on.


Real foods are:

  • Animal proteins:
    • Meat, poultry, fish
    • Broths
    • Eggs
    • Dairy, preferably unpasteurised or fermented
  • Fats that can be found in nature:
    • Fat gathered from your roast
    • Butter or ghee
    • Coconut oil, olive oil
    • Most other plant oils should be avoided – ask yourself “could my great grandma have made this oil in her kitchen?”
  • Plant foods that haven’t been messed with:
    • Fruit
    • Vegetables
    • Fermented veges
    • Nuts & seeds (prepared properly)
    • Whole grains and legumes (prepared properly)
    • Herbs & Spices
  • Drinks that are not full of either sugar or artificial sweeteners

They will ideally be fresh, local and organic, and will be free of GMOs and any artificial additives.

You may feel that you can start with this step on your own, and there are many resources to help you. First is my 15 step cooking course, which will help you identify real foods, and teach you how to prepare them for maximum nutrition

For more guidance, read my page on Whole Foods on my DietNet site (note that this site is currently being updated, so apologies for any layout issues). Also check out recipe sites that focus on WAPF (Weston A Price foundation), Paleo or Primal diets.

But before you start, some extra tips:

  • Start a food diary – this will help you see how you’re progressing. Also, if you later decide to come and see me, it will contain ve=aluable information, so I can help you with the next step.
  • Start slowly. Make changes gradually, so you can adapt more easily physically and logistically.
  • Make sure you eat a balance of foods. At this stage, aim to have some protein, fat and carbs with each meal. The next step is to look into your metabolic type.

Metabolic Typing

This is about finding the right balance of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) for your metabolism. At one end of the scale are people who do well on an Atkins style diet (extreme Protein types); at the other are people who do well on vegetarian diets (extreme Carbo types); and most people are somewhere in the middle (Mixed). Think of a bell curve, which is how most human characteristics are distributed.


Orange and green depict Protein and Carbo types, but extreme types will be the small groups at the far ends of each. So not a big %.

Protein types need heavy proteins such as red meat and chicken thighs, while Carbo types need lighter proteins such as fish and chicken breast. Protein types need more fats, while Carbo types need more carbs. Mixed types need a bit of everything and need lots of variety, eating both the heavier and lighter proteins, with moderate levels of fat and carbs.

Your food diary and questionnaire will give us an idea of roughly where on the scale you currently lie, and I’ll give you some fine tuning guidelines.

I can now also offer a DNA test that will tell you more about your ability to digest starches. This test costs about $200. Read more about it here.

Read more about metabolic typing on my DietNet site

Avoiding Sensitivities

Although we may consider respiratory allergies in our work (eg pollen causing hay fever), as I’m primarily a nutrition coach, we’ll mostly be talking about food sensitivities, and what foods you need to avoid for a period of time.


Some of the common categories of problem foods include:

  • Gluten OR just wheat OR all starches
  • Dairy (usually either lactose or casein specifically)
  • Peanuts & other nuts
  • Soy
  • Sugars
  • Banana (this seems to come up more in NZ than overseas)
  • Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum, paprika, chillies, eggplant, goji berries)
  • Oxalates
  • Salicylates

If there are only one or two sensitivities, we may look at whether there are some emotional triggers we can clear, using EFT, kinesiology or other energy techniques.

But if there are a number of them, we will probably need to look at some gut repair work. When our digestion is working properly, many food sensitivities disappear.

In the meantime, I can help you with recipes and menu ideas, focusing on the foods that are beneficial for you.

Read more about food intolerances on my DietNet site

Gut Repair or GAPSdigestion

The early years of my practice were often spent helping people cope with eliminating food sensitivities from their diet, and at that time, it was a “life sentence”.

So when I heard about Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride‘s work on repairing the gut, I was excited. I have been helping people use her GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome diet) since 2009. I have also done Dr Anke Koelman’s Gut Feeling workshop, which uses the same steps of healing, but in a slightly different way.

To heal the digestive system, we are aiming to:

  • Heal and seal the gut lining
  • Reintroduce good gut bacteria
  • Improve production of digestive enzymes and HCl
  • Gently detoxify

We need to avoid foods that are toxic or hard to digest during this phase. But the good news is that most people can reintroduce many foods later.

Read more on my NZ GAPS resources site



Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT is becoming popular all around the world, as more and more people are finding out how it can empower them and improve their quality of life.

It has been clinically effective in thousands of cases for Trauma & Abuse, Panic & Anxiety, Fears & Phobias, Depression, Addictive Cravings, Children’s Issues and hundreds of physical symptoms including pain relief, headaches, body pains and breathing difficulties. Properly applied, over 80% achieve either noticeable improvement or complete relief from the problem.


Its benefits

  • Easily learned by anyone & can be self applied for simple problems
  • Even young children can learn it themselves, or be tapped on by a parent
  • A skilled practitioner can help you with many other issues
  • No need for lengthy or distressing counseling sessions
  • Can clear many emotional upsets, even long standing ones, often in just minutes
  • Great for dealing with addictions such as smoking or overeating
  • Clears limiting beliefs that are blocking your success
  • Often clears physical ailments as well
  • Often works where nothing else will & is usually rapid, long lasting and gentle.
  • No drugs or equipment involved.

Like kinesiology, EFT is based on the Chinese meridian systems. The theory behind it is that “All negative emotions are caused by disruptions in the energy system”, eg the meridians.

For example, suppose you have an argument with your husband. You might think “Well, of course I’m angry with him, he’s been so rude and unreasonable”. But it’s not as simple as that – there’s another step. He acts badly, your energy system gets disrupted, then you get angry. If your energy system wasn’t disrupted by what he did, you wouldn’t get angry, and you’d be able to shrug it off.

So we can intervene in that middle stage. EFT works to rebalance your energy system by gently tapping on the end points of the meridians. This rebalances your energy, and the anger goes away.

We can work on this middle step immediately, which is the ideal. But if we don’t, often that disruption is stored in the body, so that every time you think of that argument you get angry again. By recalling that argument during an EFT session, we can access that energy imbalance and clear it.

In this way we can reduce stress, improve our relationships, clear the effects of past trauma, get rid of negative beliefs about ourselves, neutralise fears and phobias, and reduce cravings, among other things.

So why does it work for physical problems? Because many of our physical problems are actually caused by emotions. A simple example is stress, which makes our shoulder and neck muscles tight, leading to a headache. Or sometimes we don’t want to face our emotions, or admit to them, so we can’t “discharge” them. So they get stored in our bodies, and eventually surface as pain or dysfunction.

Even pain that is quite clearly caused by a physical problem can sometimes be reduced by EFT. Or at least, we can clear the emotions associated with that pain, enabling us to better deal with it.

More info about EFT


muscle-testingKinesiology involves stress testing muscles (muscle biofeedback) to assess their integrity. You may have had similar tests done before by a doctor, physiotherapist or sports trainer. They would most likely have been testing the strength of the muscle or the range of movement.

The types of kinesiology I use are to assess the energy flow through the muscle. By testing several muscles, we can see patterns of energy flow through the body, and make corrections to clear blockages.

I mostly use kinesiology in one of these ways:

Balancing energy

Usually this will be Touch For Health (TFH) kinesiology, which was developed by a chiropractor to help people maintain their general health and wellbeing. It is based on the system of meridians (energy pathways in the body) that are used in acupuncture, acupressure or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each muscle we test gives us information about what’s happening in a meridian, and enables us to build up a picture of how energy is flowing through your body. By clearing energy blocks and restoring the flow of energy, we can increase your feelings of energy and wellbeing.

For the first session, we would probably do a general “balance”. But we can also add a goal to a balance. If you have a goal that causes you stress to think about, this will disrupt your energy flow and make it even harder to achieve that goal. By restoring balance to the energy system while thinking of that goal, it gives you more resources to achieve it.

Although Touch for Health is my primary modality, I may also use other forms such as kinergetics, APEC (Accessing the Power of the Extraordinary Channels) or Balancing the 8 Extra Meridians.

I am hoping to do the TFH instructor training in 2017, and will then be able to teach clients how to use it with their families.


Read more about Touch For Health

Read more about Kinergetics

Read more about my recent advanced Kinergetics training fpr chronic pain

Read more about APEC

Reactive Muscle kinesiology

For many different reasons we can develop imbalances in how we use our muscles – injury, weakness in specific muscles, habitual ways of doing things, overuse of a particular muscle (such as using mainly quads when cycling). In time, a pattern develops where the use of one muscle energetically “switches off” another muscle. For example, when cycling you might use your quads but not your hip flexors. If you do a lot of cycling, eventually, your hip flexors might “turn off” whenever you use your quads. This means that there isn’t enough energy flowing through them and they “act” like weak muscles, even if they’re strong.

If you have chronic pain, residual pain from an injury, or postural problems, for example, we might look for reactive muscle relationships. Once found we can correct the imbalance, so that there is no longer a reactive relationship.

Read more about RMK

Muscle Testing for Substance Sensitivities

This involves putting a food or other substance near your body and seeing what happens to the testing muscle. This tells us what happens to your energy system when exposed to that substance. Substances that cause weakness can then by eliminated from your diet or avoided, so we can see what effect they’ve been having on your health. We may then want to incorporate a gut repair protocol, so that we can reintroduce some of the foods over time.

See Allergies and Sensitivities for more on when and how we’d incorporate muscle testing

Muscle Testing for supplements

As well as testing to see what’s bad for us, we can test to see what’s good for us. Just because we don’t go weak on a supplement doesn’t mean it’s right for us, it just means it isn’t bad. There are several ways to check what’s needed. My favourite way is the one I was taught by Wayne Topping of Wellness Kinesiology.

More general info about Kinesiology

Muscle testing for appropriate therapies or lifestyle changes

This is usually in the context of a session where we’re looking at a variety of possibilities. It might include checking which diet is most appropriate, which form of kinesiology is best for you, what other lifestyle changes might be beneficial, and whether it would be helpful to see a different type of therapist.


Energy Techniques

Nutrition and lifestyle coaching mainly address physical and biochemical aspects.

To address more of the emotional, spiritual and energetic aspects, I most commonly use EFT and Kinesiology.

Other energy techniques that may be used from time to time:


The Mitsui method of channeling the universal healing energy which surrounds us, for relaxation and allowing the body to heal itself. You would lie on a massage table, fully clothed, while I gently touch various positions on your body, and allow energy to flow. Read more here



This is part of the Kinergetics system developed by Philip Rafferty. It doesn’t use muscle testing. Instead energy is directed into each of the muscles of the head and neck, to relax the TMJ and allow it to reset itself. Read more about Kinergetics and Reset here


Ask & Receive

This system has been developed by Sandi Radomski (who also developed Allergy Antidotes) and Tom and Pam Altaffer. This involves asking our higher state of consciousness to allow us to access information and to release limiting beliefs. Read more here


There are a number of other techniques we may discuss, as possibilities for you to use yourself at home. These will be different for everybody depending on your own beliefs and philosophy, but may include:




Yoga / Tai Chi / Qi kung

A Course in Miracles

Lifestyle Coaching

Lifestyle coaching could include reviewing any of the aspects on the Healthy Living page, such as:

  • exercise
  • sleep
  • relaxation
  • leisure
  • being in nature
  • relationships
  • and how we deal with stress.



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History of EFT

What are meridians?

Learning EFT

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Additional Techniques

EFT in Daily life

EFT for Emotional issues

EFT for improved Mental Health

EFT for Physical problems

EFT for Allergies and Sensitivities

EFT for enhanced Performance

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If EFT doesn’t work

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About EFT

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Based on new discoveries involving the body’s subtle energies, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a revolutionary technique taking the world by storm.

  • Often works where nothing else does
    (80-90% success rate, when used by a skilled therapist)
  • Results are usually rapid and long lasting
  • Gentle, natural, non-invasive and doesn’t involve drugs
  • Simple to learn and apply yourself for many issues
  • A skilled practitioner can help you resolve the more complex problems

Experience the Incredible Benefits of EFT!

EFT is fantastic for easing the annoyances of daily life and promoting a sense of calm and serenity. We can use it to improve our energy, health and immunity, and help our friends, family, children and pets.

It is incredibly useful for all emotional issues and mental health problems including:

    • stress and anxiety,
    • fears and phobias,
    • depression,
    • low self esteem,
    • relationship problems,
    • abuse, and
    • trauma (past and present)

It has proven effective for a wide range of physical issues including:

    • breathing problems,
    • weight problems,
    • addictive cravings,
    • allergies and sensitivities,
    • asthma,
    • insomnia,
    • headaches,
    • lingering pain from injuries, and
    • the effects of chronic illness

It’s great for for enhancing performance (sports, work, or personal), changing habits, and rapidly and easily achieving results.

This site will just give you a taste of what EFT can do. There are other sites with a lot more information, but they can be a bit big and overwhelming to start with. This one is designed to be an easy to read overview, with links to other sites for when you’re ready to go into more depth. Enjoy!

What is EFT?

The theory behind EFT is that all emotional upsets are caused by disturbances in the body’s energy system. Correct the disturbance, and the emotional upset dissipates. This doesn’t mean that we don’t feel any emotion, rather that we have a tool that can neutralise excessive emotion.

As an example, suppose you wanted to use EFT to eliminate a fear of spiders. Suppose that, currently, whenever you see a spider, you feel so frightened you need to run from the room. After working with EFT for a time, you might get to the point where you can scoop up a wayward spider in a jar and put it outside, without feeling any upset. However, you are likely to still be cautious about picking one up in your bare hand, if you didn’t know whether it was poisonous or not. EFT gets rid of the excessive fear, but doesn’t get rid of your sense of self preservation.

You might have a traumatic incident from your past, that still causes very distressing feelings when you think of it. After using EFT, you won’t forget the incident totally, but may be able to think about it without getting upset.

You can use EFT if you have a fight with your boss or spouse, if your children have had a bad day school and need comfort, to get rid of addictions, to lose weight, to boost self esteem, to improve your business and your relationships, to reduce pain, to increase your energy, to reduce fears for the future and see your way more clearly forward, to name just a few uses.

You may be familiar with the Chinese concept of meridians, energy pathways in the body. EFT involves gently tapping on the end points of these meridians, while focusing on the problem, to settle energy disturbances in the meridians. As you tap, and the energy settles, the level of emotion will reduce.

Depending on the severity of the problem, you may get quick relief after a few minutes of “tapping”, or you may need to “tap” on many different aspects of the problem. This is when it’s helpful to work with a trained practitioner.

EFT is very easy to learn and apply yourself, for the simpler applications, and can be implemented straight away for immediate change. But, in the hands of a good practitioner, it is also incredibly powerful for deep and complex situations.

History of EFT

The forerunner of EFT was a therapy called Thought Field Therapy (or TFT). This was formulated by a psychologist, Dr Roger Callahan.

Around 1980, Dr Callahan was working with a client, who we’ll call Mary, who had an intense phobia about water. He had been working with her for about 18 months and she was managing her fear, and could approach water, but the fear was still there. Her improvement was minimal.

One day she came to see him with a stomach ache. He had been learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine, and acupuncture, and wondered what would happen if he tapped on the end point of the Stomach meridian.

A brief intro to meridians

Meridians are central to Chinese Medicine. They are pathways in the body, which energy flows along. Meridian are usually associated with an organ, so there are meridians for Stomach, Spleen, Gall Bladder, Liver and others.

Read more here

Suddenly Mary said “It’s gone” and jumped up. Dr Callahan thought she meant the stomach ache, so was surprised and horrified when she ran out of the room and down towards his pool. He ran after her, and she called back “Don’t worry, Dr, I know I can’t swim”. Her fear of water was gone, never to return. But notice that her common sense didn’t disappear with it!

So Dr Callahan started working with the meridians, and developed tapping protocols for many emotional conditions. His system required a therapist to diagnose the nature of the emotional problem and apply an exact sequence of tapping points, which was different for each problem.

Along came Gary Craig, a Stanford trained engineer and personal coach. He learnt the TFT system and was impressed by it’s capabilities. But he felt it should be available to everybody, without having to see a therapist every time. So he surmised that if you repeatedly went through all of the tapping points that were used in TFT, regardless of the problem, it would still work.

So he developed the EFT algorithm, which uses the same points for everything. His original “recipe” involved:

  • A setup sequence
  • A tapping sequence
  • A “gamut” sequence for integrating right and left brain function
  • A repeat of the tapping sequence

Then you reassess the problem and repeat.

His system became phenomenally successful, and has been in use since the early 1990’s. Over time, a shortcut tapping sequence has been introduced, some extra tapping points are sometimes added, and one round is more likely to include:

  • The set up
  • One round of the shortcut

This is effective in most cases, and if the shortcut isn’t effective, nothing has been lost, and you can still do the whole recipe.

Learning EFT

There are a variety of different ways to learn EFT.

  • Quick guide to the shortcut method
  • From a trained practitioner
  • In workshops
  • From Gary’s Craig’s manual and videos, or other websites

Shortcut method

Most people come across EFT on the internet where there is a lot of information about how to use EFT. They usually get started with the “shortcut method”. This is an abbreviated version of Gary Craig’s original system. This gives you enough information to start experimenting with EFT on small day to day issues. My page explaining how to do the shortcut is here.

From a Practitioner

Some people prefer to learn things from a person face to face, and one on one.

Or, if you have used EFT quite a bit, you may get to a point where you feel you could use some help with some deeper or more complex issues. Then it’s time to find an EFT practitioner.


Others prefer to learn in a workshop situation. There may be someone teaching an EFT workshop in your area. If you’re in NZ  and can’t find anything via Google, contact me and I’ll see if I can find someone close.

If you’re in Wellington, I periodically run 3 hour Intro to EFT workshops, and can organise something if there’s enough demand.


At some stage in your learning process, you’ll want to become acquainted with the amazing resource that is Gary Craig’s website. This site has a detailed EFT tutorial which can be watched free, articles, case histories, and more. You can sign up for a free newsletter.

There are many other great websites from very experienced practitioners, and loads of good videos on You Tube.

Just a small handful of my favourites:

Ann Adams

Brad Yates

Carol Look

Gwenn Bonnell of Tap Into Heaven and Tap Away Pain.

Patricia Carrington (developer of the Choices method)

Paul and Layne Cutright (Relationship Counsellors)

Rick Wilkes

Sandi Radomski (Allergy Antidotes – using EFT and Ask & Receive)

Stacey Vornbrock (Sports Performance)

EFT Shortcut

After a while you’ll get very familiar with the routine, and be able to do EFT anywhere, any time. But for the first few times, give yourself enough time to try it out thoroughly.

Before you even start, completely read through this page, tapping on the points as you go, so you become familiar with where they are.

The first time, you’ll want to try something fairly small – feeling angry or upset because of something that just happened, or some minor pain or discomfort in your body. (Don’t try something big till you’re more familiar with the process. And with serious issues, please consult a therapist for expert help.)

Find a place you can sit quietly without being disturbed.

For now, you’re just going to use the Shortcut sequence, which goes:

  • Identify the feeling
  • Rate the SUDS
  • The Setup (#1)
  • The Sequence (#2)
  • Take a deep breath in, and release it while relaxing
  • Re-evaluate the SUDS on that feeling
  • If it hasn’t gone, do another round on the remaining feeling (#3)
  • If it has gone, tap on any other aspects (#4)
  • Keep going till all aspects are totally clear

Identify the feeling

Close your eyes and become aware of how you’re feeling – this may be an emotion or a physical feeling. Write down the feeling – “anger” or “sadness” or “pain in my right temple”.

Rate the SUDS

Get a sense of the intensity – we call this the SUDS rating – subjective units of distress scale. If 10 is the worst it could be, and 0 is no distress at all, where would you lie on the scale? Write it down. (If you can’t put a number on it, use your own method of measuring eg. big, medium or small; or holding your hands apart to indicate how big, which is especially helpful for children.)

The Setup (#1)

While tapping, it works best if you say your phrases out loud, at least while you’re learning.

You’ll notice that there are two parts to the setup – the first defines the problem, and the second is a self-acceptance phrase. This acknowledges the problem, but states that the problem is NOT you, you are OK. Different therapists use different versions of the self-acceptance phrase, and you might find yourself using something different again. Whatever feels right for you is just fine. Some examples:

  • I fully and deeply accept myself (which we’ll use for now)
  • I deeply and completely accept myself
  • I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself
  • I’m a good girl and Mummy loves me (for children)
  • I’m a cool dude (for adolescents)

The setup sequence is an opportunity to voice the problem out loud and see whether it sums up the feeling accurately. If it doesn’t feel quite right, try rewording it. (If you can’t get it right, but don’t know why, don’t worry, you can change it in the next round to be more specific.) For now, just get started.

Tapping this point can sometimes temporarily corrects for psychological reversal (PR), which is when consciously you want one thing, but your subconscious wants the opposite. Since we don’t know whether we’re affected by PR or not, we correct for it as part of the sequence.

The Karate Chop Point (KC) is located on the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the little finger ie. the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop. If you slap the whole side of the hand with an open palm or the flat of your fingers, you’ll get it.

While tapping on the Karate Chop point, repeat your setup phrase 3 times – eg. “Even though I have this angry feeling, I fully and deeply accept myself.”

The Sequence (#2)

In this section, you use what we call the reminder phrase. This is the definition of the problem from the setup phrase. This time, we tap with the index and second fingers, instead of the flat of the hand.

The points we tap on in this section are:

  • EB = Beginning of the Eye Brow (By the bridge of the nose)
  • SE = Side of the Eye (On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye)
  • UE = Under the Eye (On the bone under the eye, directly below your pupil.)
  • UN = Under the Nose (On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip)
  • Ch = Chin (Between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip, on the crease)
  • CB = Beginning of the Collar Bone (The junction where the breastbone, collarbone and the first rib meet. Follow your collarbone along from the outside edge till you get to the knob on the inside end).
  • UA = Under the Arm (On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.)

Using your index and second fingers, tap gently about 7-9 times (don’t worry about counting, just as long as it takes to say your reminder phrase) on each of the tapping points, while repeating the reminder phrase eg “angry feeling”


You may have noticed changes in your breathing as you tapped through the points. Or you may have sighed at some stage. This is a sign that energy is shifting.

When you’ve finished tapping, take a deep breath in, and let it go, releasing any tension in your body. (Repeat this after each round of tapping.)

Re-evaluate the SUDS

Re-rate the SUDS on that specific feeling, and compare it to the SUDS you wrote down. Write down the new SUDS.

If it has gone down but not completely gone, move onto the next step (#3).

If it’s completely gone, check to see if there are other aspects and tap on those (#4).

If it seems the same, or has got worse, check to see if the feeling is now a different one, eg. anger has changed to sadness, or the pain has moved to another part of the body (see Chasing the pain). This is what is called Changing Aspects.

Write down the new feeling, so you can come back to it later, then focus back on the original feeling. If that has gone, start work on the new feeling (#4). If it’s still there, keep repeating #3 till it’s completely clear, then start on the new feeling.

If the feeling isn’t completely gone (#3)

Now we want to work on what’s left of the feeling. So we add the words “still have some” to the setup, and “remaining” to the reminder phrase.

Repeat the whole shortcut again, using the slightly modified setup and reminder phrase. Eg.

  • Setup: “Even though I still have some of this angry feeling, I fully and deeply accept myself.”
  • Reminder Phrase: “Remaining angry feeling”

If the feeling still isn’t completely gone (#4)

Check in with the feeling again, and see if the setup and reminder phrase are still accurate. If the original phrase is still accurate, repeat #3.

If you go through Steps 1-3 several times with no change, check out the If EFT Doesn’t Work page.

Check for other aspects

If the feeling has shifted (eg. from anger to sadness), or the feeling is the same, but about something different, adjust the phrase.

Repeat the whole shortcut again, using the new setup and reminder phrase. Eg.

  • Setup: “Even though I have this sad feeling, I fully and deeply accept myself.”
  • Reminder Phrase: “Sad feeling”

Make sure all aspects are clear

It’s important to continue till the feeling has completely eased – ie. down to zero intensity. For best results, make sure every feeling that has come up is down to zero.

Once you get familiar with the routine, I suggest you go to Gary Craig’s website
and watch the free tutorial, so you can become more proficient.
(Images on this page are from Gary’s original manual)

Other Ways to Tap

Once you’re feeling comfortable with the shortcut routine and have started to see results in your own life, you’ll probably be keen to share what you’ve learnt with friends and family. Or you might want to use EFT at times when you can’t openly tap.

Some people will be interested in learning themselves, while others won’t want to know. But there are a few extra techniques you can use, which can be a way to use EFT with other people, and expand the ways you can use it yourself.

  • Complain and Tap
  • Chasing the pain
  • Moving between emotional and physical symptoms
  • The Choices Method
  • Touch and Breathe
  • Imaginary Tapping
  • Surrogate Tapping

Complain and Tap

This is a very simple technique, but it can be used in a variety of ways.

Sometimes you don’t feel like tapping, you just feel like complaining to someone. So – complain! The only catch is, you tap while you’re complaining. Don’t worry about setups, and getting the words right, just bitch away, while tapping continuously through the points, including the karate chop. This works best when you have someone to complain to, so you’re saying the words out loud.

The first time you try it out, you might ring a friend to moan, so you don’t need to feel awkward about tapping. But later, as people get to know about your new weird habit, you can sit across the kitchen table from your friend and feel comfortable tapping.

When your friend wants her turn at offloading, suggest that you tap on her while she talks. Let her tell the story all the way through, then ask some questions to see if she’s still upset, eg. “Tell me exactly what he said again”. Encourage her to keep talking about it till she feels OK about it. This will happen a lot sooner than if you weren’t tapping!

Or you might have a friend who regularly rings you up to moan about her life. Afterwards, you feel like you’ve been run over by a bus. So, at first, play with tapping yourself while she talks. That will stop you from taking on her emotional baggage.

Later, when you’ve introduced her to tapping, and she’s used it herself, you might feel comfortable suggesting she taps on herself while she tells her story.

The idea for this originally came from Rick Wilkes.
Here’s his article on the technique he calls Tap While You Gripe.

Chasing the pain

When you’re tapping on a physical issue, you might find that it moves round your body. You start with a pain in your right temple. After a couple of rounds of tapping, you notice that pain has gone, but there’s a throbbing at the front of your head. You tap a few rounds on that, and it goes, but now there’s a tightness in the back of your neck. After that comes a stabbing pain in your shoulder.

All you need to do here is be aware of the changing pain in your body. Tap each pain down to zero, then see what else has come up. Continue till the pain has completely gone.

If you had some other pain to start with, that was totally unrelated, it may not be cleared in this session. If that’s the case, you can always work on that next time. What you are looking to clear is any new pains that came up during the session.

Moving between emotional and physical symptoms

Sometimes you might be working on an emotion and not getting very far, or finding it too painful. Instead focus on what you’re feeling in your body, and use Chasing The Pain on that. Afterwards, check in again with the emotion, and chances are it will have gone.

Similarly, if you have a physical issue, working on the underlying emotional issues will often resolve it.

The Choices Method

This method was formulated by Pat Carrington. Once you’ve tapped down most of the intensity of the original issue, you can add in a positive affirmation as the self acceptance phrase. Using “I choose” as part of the affirmation bypasses the part of your system that would react with “oh no that’s not true” by giving it an instruction.

Visit Pat’s website to learn how to use the Choices method

Touch and Breathe

For a variety of reasons, sometimes tapping isn’t appropriate. A person may be old, or frail, or ill, or have an easily tired arm. Or you’re in a public place and you want to be unobtrusive. Touch two fingers to each tapping point, and think your setup or reminder phrase, while taking a deep breath in, and releasing it.

Imaginary Tapping

It’s only a short step now to Imaginary Tapping. But do wait till you’re experienced at tapping and your body is familiar with how it works. This can work nicely if you’re in a public place, or for some other reason you can’t tap. Maybe you’re in the dentist’s chair or doctor’s office.

I once used it during an acupuncture session when I couldn’t move my arms to tap, but the room was cold and my feet felt frozen. A few rounds of imaginary tapping and they felt much better.

It’s also nice if you want to tap in bed, and don’t want to wake your partner, or don’t want to get too alert yourself.

It’s exactly what it sounds like – just imagine that you’re tapping on yourself. Say the setup and reminder phrases in your head while vividly imagining tapping each spot. This works because energy moves with our intention.

Surrogate Tapping

Intent also comes into play with surrogate tapping. There may be times when you want to help another person, but you can’t tap on them for some reason.

So what you do, is tap on yourself AS IF you’re the other person. Say your brother rings up and says he has a terrible headache. In this case, you might ask if you can do some tapping for him.

Your setup might be “Even though, I, John, have a headache, I fully and deeply accept myself” or “Even though John has a headache…” then tap through the points saying “John’s headache”. There are no right or wrong words, just say what feels comfortable for you.

Another way some people do surrogate tapping is to combine imaginary tapping, and imagine that they are tapping on the person. This opens up all sorts of possibilities. There are many stories of people tapping for people on aeroplanes who are sick or look scared, or for children screaming in supermarkets, or babies crying on buses.

You can also surrogate tap for animals.

There are some ethics involved with surrogate tapping. People have many different beliefs on this, but here’s my take.

If you’re doing an “anonymous good deed” to someone in distress, start by having the intention that any tapping is for their best interest, and you can’t go too far wrong.

But when we tap for people we know, we do need to be aware of our own vested interest. For example, if your husband has a habit you hate, to me, it would be wrong to tap on it for him. Much better to tap on your own feelings about it.

If you can ask permission for someone you want to tap for, do so. If the person is ill or absent and can’t give permission, again, have the intention that only EFT that is in their highest interest is to be effective.

After doing any surrogate tapping, it’s good to tap on your karate chop point, and say three times “I am (your own name)”. This helps to remove any surrogacy that might still be in place, as you don’t want to continue “being” the other person.

For some other perspectives, here’s an article by Gary Craig

Daily Uses

Imagine you’re having a bad day….

You didn’t sleep very well, so you’re already feeling tired and grumpy when you get up. The kids are fighting while you try and make breakfast and lunches, and you end up screaming at them. Then you beat yourself up for being a bad parent.

The traffic is worse than usual and you feel stressed when you get caught in a traffic jam. You get to work late, feeling flustered. You grab a coffee but that just makes you feel more wired.

At morning teatime, somebody brings in a birthday cake. You’ve been watching your weight and know you shouldn’t have the cake. But you feel so stressed that your willpower crumbles. Then you beat yourself up again.

After lunch, your boss asks you to come into his office. He gives you a dressing down about something that wasn’t your fault and doesn’t give you chance to respond. As you leave, you swear to yourself that “One more time, and I’ll quit”. But you need the money, so you know you won’t.

You have a dentists appointment after work, and you hate going to the dentist. You’ve been dreading it all day, and feel yourself tense up as you drive to his office. Although it’s only a checkup, you feel rigid in the chair and break into a cold sweat. As you leave your head starts aching.

You get home and find the house a mess, and your spouse sitting down with a glass of wine and the paper. You feel that you always have to do everything and get into a fight. Stony silence for the rest of the evening.

Your son has been quiet all evening and at bedtime tells you that he hates school, but won’t tell you why.

A friend rings to moan about her terrible day, and after half an hour on the phone, you feel totally wrung out.

Bedtime comes and you feel worried and too wound up to sleep, and so the cycle continues.

A different scenario

Realistically, you probably wouldn’t remember or be able to tap at every incident in your day, but if you did, your day would be very different. Even tapping on some incidents would make a big difference.

When you wake up at 4am, and can’t get back to sleep, you go into the lounge and start to tap. You tap on all the things that are swirling round in your mind, and after 15 minutes, start to doze off. Back to bed, and you sleep soundly till 7.

When the kids start fighting round your feet, you feel more rested and able to deal with it, and after a few deep breaths and some tapping on the collarbone point, you calmly move them into the bedroom.

Caught in a traffic jam, and starting to get tense, you take the opportunity to tap while you wait, and feel yourself relax. When someone cuts you off, you notice you don’t mind, and just wonder why he’s so impatient.

The birthday cake is your favourite kind and you’re feeling tempted. But you’re committed to your goal of eating better foods, so you unobtrusively tap on the gamut point. Pretty soon, your desire for the cake fades and you can watch everybody eating without caring.

After the showdown with the boss, you go into the toilets and tap. Instead of feeling angry and resentful, you start to realise the stress that the boss is under, and how much somebody’s mistake hurt the company. This enables you to say a friendly goodbye to him as you leave, instead of a surly one. To your surprise, he calls you in and says “Sorry for yelling at you, I know it wasn’t your fault.”

Last week, you did some tapping with a friend around your fear of the dentist and you feel quite calm as you drive there. Once you’re in the chair, you notice a bit of fear, triggered by the smells in the room. You do some “imaginary tapping” and relax again.

You get home feeling relaxed, and are happy to see your spouse. When you start tidying up, you feel an arm round your shoulder and a warm voice saying “Sit down and have a wine with me, then we can tidy up together.”

At bedtime, you and your son have a new routine where he talks about his day – the good and the bad – while you tap on him. He talks about why he hates school, and you tap on what happened today. As he drifts off to sleep, he murmurs happily “Can I wear my new shoes to school tomorrow?”

When your friend rings, you suggest she taps continually through the tapping points while she complains about her awful day. You tap as well, and at the end of the conversation she feels much better and you’re happy to have helped.

You spend 20 minutes tapping on an upsetting incident from your past before bed, and drift off to sleep feeling peaceful and content.

Emotional Issues

The name “Emotional Freedom Technique” tells you straight away that this technique was originally about clearing negative emotions. Although it’s now been found that it can do so much more, this is the area it’s probably still used for most.

At its most simple, we would notice that we’re feeling bad, identify the emotion and the cause of it, and tap till it’s clear. And sometimes it is that straight forward.

But other times, emotions are triggered by events that remind us of something that happened  in the past, often more than one event. So we need to go back and clear those events.

One way of doing this is to tell a friend the story. Tap on the karate chop point as you start telling the story. As soon as emotions start coming up, stop the narrative, and tap for the feelings that have just come up, till they are gone. Then start telling the story again from the beginning. This time, you are likely to either get further into the story, or possibly a different set of emotions may come up at the same point. Again, stop and clear them. Keep repeating this till you can tell your friend the entire story without feeling bad. Now close your eyes and run through the story in your head, trying to really relive it. What did you hear, see, smell, feel? If no emotion come up, you’re done.

Do this for any events you can think of that relate to the current upset. After a few, you may notice that the remaining events aren’t bothering you any more.

This is known as the Generalisation Effect. Read more here.

Time to check in on the current upset. It might already be clear. If not, run through the current event in the same way, and it’s likely to clear much more easily.

Read more about the Tell The Story technique

Gary Craig recommends everybody do a Personal Peace procedure. Make a list of events from your past that still bother you. If you haven’t got at least 50, think some more.

Over a period of time, tap through them all. This exercise will lead to a greater sense of personal peace.

Read more about the Personal Peace procedure here

Better Mental Health

There is no doubt that traumatic experiences can cause major, ongoing emotional problems. But so can a multitude of smaller events that might seem nothing to the casual observer. Criticism, failure, self doubt, the overheard unkind remark, and limiting beliefs about yourself lead to a diminished sense of self worth. This can lead to obvious mental health issues such as depression or anorexia.

It can also contribute to problems nobody else might notice:

  • lacking the confidence to go for that job you want or talk to the girl you fancy,
  • being too shy to go to parties,
  • being unable to communicate with your children,
  • procrastinating till you miss the deadline,
  • tension headaches,
  • overworking to prove yourself,
  • letting yourself be bullied,
  • minor fears or
  • major phobias.

You might not be mentally ill, but you’re not entirely healthy either.

EFT can be used to clear a wide range of things:

  • the car accident that still gives you nightmares
  • the memory of all the times your father called you stupid
  • the phobia that stops you from using lifts
  • the belief that you’re no good at sport
  • your current anger at your son for forgetting to pick up the groceries
  • the dull throb at the base of your neck that makes you snappy with everybody
  • the negative body image that forces you to starve yourself

There are many things you can tap on yourself, but for any major trauma that is affecting your mental health, ALWAYS tap with someone else, preferably an experienced practitioner.

Physical Issues

We’ve talked about emotions sometimes being caused by a disruption in our energy, and we can view physical symptoms the same way.

When we have a physical issue going on, there are several different ways we can tap:

  • For the physical symptoms
  • For any associated emotions
  • At the cellular level

We may also need to make some lifestyle changes, and tapping can help there too.

Physical symptoms

Start by just tapping for the symptoms, getting as specific as you can:

  • Where exactly is the discomfort?
  • What is the quality of it?
  • How intense is it? (What is the SUDS?)

There have been many “one minute wonders” from this most basic level of tapping, but also many cases where being persistent was needed.

We might also tap on why we might have the symptom: “Even though I had a bad nights sleep, and feel tired…”

Emotional aspects

Sometimes a physical symptom can be directly related to an underlying emotional situation. Maybe it started after a stressful event or period of time. But even when a symptom is a direct response to a physical or biochemical situation, later some emotional layers are often added.

Some questions to ask yourself:.

  • How does this situation make you feel?
  • What was happening in your life when this started, or in the months prior?
  • What are the metaphors? Louise Hay has written a lot about this.
  • What is the upside or secondary gain?
  • What would I lose if this went away?
  • What are the beliefs that support this issue?

Cellular levels

This is about addressing the physical but at a deeper level than just tapping on the symptoms, which I call the Cellular approach. Here are some examples of detailed approaches that have been developed.


One of my favourite tappings in this category is this three part Immunity protocol, which I think originally came from Gwenn Bonnell of Tap Into Heaven and Tap Away Pain.

1. Setup: “Even though my immunity is running at only XX percent, I fully and deeply love
and accept myself and my body”
Reminder: [“Immunity running at XX percent”]

2. Setup: “Even though my immunity is still running under 100%, I release anything and
everything that lowers my immunity, as I fully and deeply love and accept myself and my
body ”
Reminder: [“Release everything that lowers my immunity “]

3. Setup: “Even though my immunity is not used to running at 100% all the time, I now repair
everything that lowers my immunity, as I fully and deeply love and accept myself and my
Reminder: [“Repair everything that lowers my immunity “]

4. Then tap on individual symptoms, such as “sore throat” or “runny nose”.


Another favourite is tapping for allergies and sensitivities, which you can read more about here.

Injuries and Range of Motion

Stacey Vornbrock has developed a program for working at the cellular level, with emotions, for clearing the disrupted energy of injuries.

Article on Gary Craig’s website about her range of motion work

Her website, where her full range of work is available


Imagine this scenario…

You’re 3 years old, having your egg for breakfast, and your parents start fighting. You go into “fight or flight” mode, and your system tags everything in the vicinity as possible dangers. This happens often, and soon every time you eat eggs you have a bad reaction, EVEN IF your parents aren’t fighting.

Or this one… You’re walking down the road eating an ice cream, and witness a car accident. You start to feel sick. Next time you have an ice cream, to your surprise you feel sick again, but don’t remember why.

These are some quite obvious examples, but there are many ways and reasons that your system can start to think a specific food or substance is dangerous.

If you have a lot of allergies, there is a good chance that it’s gut related, and our modern lifestyles can easily lead to gut dysfunction. But if you only have a handful, it’s worth “treating” each allergy using EFT or other energy techniques.

There are lots of articles on Gary Craig’s site about using EFT for allergies, including this one by Sandi Radomski. Sandi was one of the first to start using EFT for allergies and she developed the Allergy Antidotes system, which has a variety of possible energy corrections. She uses kinesiology to test for the appropriate one.

If you have allergies, read some of these articles and give it a go. If you need to go more in depth, contact me. I’ve trained with Sandi in Allergy Antidotes and also Ask & Receive. I’ve also trained in other forms of kinesiology for allergies.

Better Performance

Physical considerations

If you have injuries, this might be where you need to start.

Read more on the page about physical symptoms for working on the physical at different levels.

Beliefs and attitudes

Although talent, the right training, good nutrition and plenty of sleep are arguably the most important aspects of sports performance, our beliefs and attitudes are also very important.

Even the most positive thinker is likely to have some limiting beliefs.

Remember the story of Roger Bannister. Nobody had ever broken the four minute mile, and everybody believed it couldn’t be done, until he did it. Then everybody’s beliefs about it changed, and all of a sudden a lot of people were able to run a sub 4 minute mile.

Both amateur and professional sports people can improve sports performance by identifying emotions and beliefs that are restricting performance.

What are your limiting beliefs?

  • Even when I’m in peak form, I can’t lift more than X weight
  • I’ve never beaten competitor Y, and I will never be able to
  • My golf score is never under Z
  • I always have trouble with this aspect of my game

The identification can be the tricky bit, but then the tapping is more straight forward. Tap for:

  • Previous situations that “prove” your belief
  • Your emotions around it
  • And finally, the belief itself

Test yourself with a positive statement that you’d like to replace the old belief with. When it feels 100% true, you’re probably done.

But if you find that your performance hasn’t improved, don’t despair and give up. Just notice what new thoughts and feelings come up, and you have new tapping material.

For a lot more info on sports performance, check out the website of Stacey Vornbrock

Helping Children

When we look back at our lives, it’s often possible to see what events have shaped us, and how we made life decisions that didn’t work out very well for us. We can relive the pain of past incidents, and understand how what other people said to us shaped our beliefs about ourselves.

Parents want what’s best for their children and would like to protect their children from those sorts of negative experiences. If there was a way to ensure that all children grew up healthy, happy, confident, educated and capable, it would transform the world.

Each child has their own path to travel and lessons to learn that parents can’t protect them from. But teaching EFT is a gift that can help them through those tough times. And used as a parenting aid, it can help you guide your child towards being a strong adult.


When a baby is distressed, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what’s wrong. If you try all the obvious things like feeding and changing, or rocking the baby in your arms, and nothing seems to work, think of EFT.

First use it on yourself, if you’re at your wits end: “Even though I don’t know what my baby needs, I fully and deeply accept myself.” or “Even though I’m feeling very frustrated that my baby won’t stop crying…..”

You can also try EFT directly for the baby. Tapping itself might be a bit rough for a young baby, so try Surrogate Tapping or Touch and Breath instead. (see Other Ways to Tap)

If your baby is sick and you have a reasonable idea what they’re feeling, the words are easier to think of “Even though, I (baby’s name) have a sore foot, I’m a good baby and Mummy loves me” otherwise use something more general “Even though, I (baby’s name) am feeling distressed, I’m ….”. Either hold the baby and tap on yourself, or touch and hold each tapping point on the baby while you breathe in and out.


As your child gets older, you can tap directly on him or her, and make it into a game. Use age appropriate language for your self acceptance phrase (eg. I’m a good girl), or just tap repeatedly through the points with no setup, while he tells you the story of what happened, or she explains what she’s feeling. (see Other Ways to Tap – Complain and Tap)

School age

Once a child spends part of the time at school or kindergarten, there will be things that happened during the day that you don’t know about. A helpful after school or bedtime routine is for your child to tell you all about their day while you tap through the points. Even tapping during good stories is helpful, as there can be hidden downsides that you’re clearing away. “I got 10/10 in the maths test” (the unspoken and maybe unaware thought is “My friend only got 2 and might get mad at me.”)

As your child gets older, he or she will want to start tapping for themselves (all going well!) or may not want to tap at all. Guide them with appropriate language – “I’m a cool dude” might be a more comfortable self acceptance phrase – and give them space to decide for themselves when to tap.

You may also have children who are already older that you want to teach to tap. Here’s an excellent article by Ann Adams who works with disturbed children.


These years are when children become themselves, and start to rebel no matter how good your relationship has been. But if they’re comfortable with using EFT, it’s an option that is always there for them. This is a time when you may need to use EFT a lot yourself, and hope that they remember EFT when it would be helpful.

This is a general overview on how to use EFT with children. As well as the articles linked to above, there are many more detailed articles on Gary Craig’s website on a wide variety of children’s topics. This section is a must-read for all parents.

Helping Animals

Tapping for animals isn’t always as successful as tapping for people, mainly because it’s not as easy to tap into what they might be feeling. But it’s always worth a try.

Sit near the animal, and if you can, be touching them. Close your eyes, relax and see if you can sense what they might be feeling. If they are injured, or sick, it will be easier to get some ideas on what to tap on. Then surrogate tap just as you would for a person.

Here’s an example:

When our Maine Coon cat was a kitten, he liked to climb. Now climbing isn’t really a Maine Coon’s forte as they are a heavy breed. But when they are young, they’re a bit more adventurous. Christo had had a few climbing adventures, but the biggest problem was usually that he could get up and then couldn’t figure out how to get down. The first time he found himself stuck up a tree, he managed to jump onto the shed roof, and then down onto the bank behind it.

But on this particular day, he’d chosen a much bigger tree with nothing nearby he could jump onto and he was really stuck. Our property is on a slope, and there was no way we could figure out to help him down. He was howling and agitated, and the only thing I could think to do was tap.

So I tapped for “Even though I, Christo, am stuck up this tree and and am scared” first. Then tapped on other aspects like “Mum and Dad can’t help me”, “I don’t know what to do”. He became less agitated, but no less stuck. Finally I put in a Choice “Even though I, Christo, am stuck up this tree and don’t know how to get down, I’m a clever kitten and can figure out a way down”. I keep tapping this for a few minutes and soon he found a way that he could get onto a tree nearby that had a sloping branch he could get down.

We’ll never know if he would have figured it out anyway, but it made me feel like I was helping! Although this adventure ended up ok, as he got bigger he realized his tree climbing days were over.

If EFT doesn’t work

There could be several reasons for that. The mechanics of EFT are easy to learn and apply, but the Art of EFT requires practice, persistence and insight.

I tried it myself and it didn’t work

If you’ve worked on your own with no success, you may :

  • Have the tapping points not quite right
  • Have been too general in the description of the problem
  • Have a problem with lots of different “aspects”
  • Be too close to the problem to be able to see what is causing it
  • Be dehydrated
  • Be affected by energy toxins
  • Be chronically reversed

Some steps you can try:

  • Drink some water
  • Say everything louder and with more feeling, really mean them
  • Check whether you’re still looking at the same “aspect” (eg you were feeling sad, and now you’re feeling angry)
  • Get more specific eg. instead of “this headache” say “this stabbing pain at the top of my right temple near my eyebrow” or instead of “lack of self esteem” work on the specific situations that lead to that feeling.
  • If you’re working on an emotion, try tapping on the physical sensations in your body instead (see Other ways to tap)
  • Try the full recipe:
    • 1. Setup: You can also try using the sore spot (see below) instead of the karate chop point
    • 2. Sequence: Use all the shortcut points, plus the finger points (see below)
    • 3. 9 gamut (see below)
    • 4. Sequence again
  • “Energy toxins” might be interfering with your energy system. The most common are: wheat, corn, dairy, refined sugar, herbs, pepper, tea, coffee, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and perfume. Refer to the manual for help.
  • See an EFT therapist for expert guidance.

The other tapping points

The Sore Spot – On either side of the upper chest, about 3” down and 3” out from the tips of the collarbones, you’ll find a tender or sore spot. (Feel around with your fingers a little to locate it.) With this point, you rub gently, instead of tapping.

The finger points:

  • Th: Outside edge of the thumb nail
  • IF: Edge of the nail of the index finger, the side closest to the thumb
  • MF: Edge of the nail of the middle finger, the side closest to the thumb
  • LF: Edge of the nail of the little finger, the side closest to the thumb

The 9 gamut

The gamut point is on the back of the hand, in the gap between the bones that run down from the ring finger to the wrist bone and from the little finger to the wrist, close to the knuckles. While tapping on the gamut point, perform the following brain integration exercises:

  1. Close your eyes
  2. Open your eyes
  3. Look hard down to the right
  4. Look hard down to the left
  5. Move your eyes in a full circle clockwise
  6. Move your eyes in a full circle anti-clockwise
  7. Hum a few bars of a song
  8. Count from 1 to 5
  9. Hum again.

I tried it with a therapist and it didn’t work

If you still have no success, a good therapist should be able to work through any of these with you. But what if you’ve worked with a practitioner, and had no results? Or had a temporary improvement, but it didn’t last?

It could be that your practitioner doesn’t yet have enough experience.

But more likely is that you didn’t give it enough time. There are so many “one minute wonders” on Gary Craig’s website, that people often expect quick results. But with a multi layered problem it can take multiple sessions to clear every part of it. Be patient, and allow yourself enough time to get a thorough result. If you’re concerned, talk to your practitioner about it.

Another possibility is what is called the “Apex effect”. Some time EFT works so well, that we can’t even remember how the original problem felt. So you may feel that you’ve had no help from an EFT session when, in fact, you’ve had such a profound shift in the way you see things, that it seems like you always felt that way.

Seeing a practitioner

When should I see a therapist?

Some people learn best in person. If that’s you, a few one-on-one sessions with a therapist, or attending a workshop, will be the best way for you to learn.

If you’ve tried the shortcut and can’t get comfortable with it, or are not getting any results, these would also be good options for you. But first have a read of the If EFT doesn’t work page.

Or you may have been having good success with EFT on day to day problems, but not be able to resolve a larger issue. A therapist can be hugely helpful then. You’ve probably had the experience of having a friend tell you their troubles. You can easily see what the problem is and how to solve it, but they can’t. In the same way, there will be some issues you have where you have blind spots. A good therapist can:

  • See aspects of the problem that you can’t
  • Keep track of what you’ve worked on and what has changed
  • Keep you focused to clear what hasn’t yet shifted
  • Offer some new perspectives on the issue
  • Guide you in gently on major issues that could be traumatic
  • Support you if major issues come up that you weren’t expecting

If you know you have some major trauma to work through, ALWAYS consult a qualified therapist, and don’t try and fix it yourself.

Choosing a good therapist

There is no regulation on who can say they are an EFT therapist. I have heard of people who briefly study the manual or do a one day Level One course, then start calling themselves a practitioner. So don’t be afraid to ask your therapist what training they have done or what their experience is.

I recommend you contact your chosen practitioner and see how comfortable you feel with them before proceeding. During any session, remember that you are responsible for your own well being, so tell your practitioner at once if you have any concerns.

There is currently no central list of tapping therapists, so you will need to Google. Many practitioners now operate by Skype or similar, so you are not limited to people in your area. If you’re in NZ  and can’t find anyone via Google, contact me and I’ll see if I can find someone close.

If you’re in NZ, I am an EFT, Diet and Health Therapist, in Wellington, NZ. You’re welcome to email me to arrange a free 15 minute consultation to discuss your problem.

More about me here

What Meridians Are

You don’t need to know anything about Chinese Medicine to use EFT. This page is purely for those of you who like to know all the background of things.

Meridians are central to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been the primary form of medicine in China for more than 5000 years. They are pathways in the body, which energy flows along. Meridians are usually associated with an organ, so there are meridians for Stomach, Spleen, Gall Bladder, Liver and others.

Pictures of where each meridian runs in the body

Traditional Chinese Medicine is about achieving balance in what’s called the 5 element system, and between the yin & the yang.

Yin is :


Yang is :
Feminine Masculine
Calming Stimulating
Cooling Heating
Negative Positive
Matter Energy
Night Day
Winter Summer
Moon Sun
Earth Sky
Water Fire
Inward Outward
Stillness Motion
Degenerative states Generative states
Deficient conditions Excess conditions
Hypo-functional conditions Hyper-functional conditions
Chronic diseases Acute diseases
Deep pulse Superficial pulse
Slow pulse Fast pulse
Weak pulse Strong pulse
Always working Works, then rests

The Five Elements each include two meridians, one Yin, one Yang (except Fire, which has two pairs) and are associated with certain emotions. There are also two extra meridians called Central and Governing, which like overseers of the whole system. If either of these is out of balance, the whole system will be.

Element Emotions Organ or Meridian Yin or Yang
Earth Empathy, Sympathy Stomach Yang
Spleen Yin
Metal Grief, Guilt, Regret Large Intestine Yang
Lung Yin
Water Fear, Anxiety Bladder Yang
Kidney Yin
Wood Anger, Resentment Gallbladder Yang
Liver Yin
Fire Joy, Love, Hate Small Intestine Yang
Heart Yin
Triple Warmer
(Thyroid, Adrenals, Thymus)
Circulation / Sex Yin

One of the ways that Chinese physicians diagnose is by feeling the different pulses in the body and seeing how deep, fast & strong they are. They will also look at your tongue, and ask lots of questions about how your body is functioning. Some of the questions may seem to have no relevance to the problem you’re consulting them about. Imbalances can be treated with acupuncture, herbs, food & Tai Chi like exercises.

The following chart shows the tapping points, and which meridians they are on.

Tapping Point Organ or Meridian Yin or Yang Comments
Eyebrow (EB) Bladder Yang ~
Side of the eye (SE) Gall Bladder Yang ~
Under the eye (UE) Stomach Yang ~
Under the nose (UN) Governing
Chin (Ch) Central
Collarbone (CB) Kidney Yin ^
Underarm (UA) Spleen Yin ^
Ribs Liver Yin ^
Thumb (Th) Lung Yin *
Index Finger (IF) Large Intestine Yang #
Middle finger (MF) Circulation / Sex Yin *
Little finger (LF) Heart Yin *
Gamut Triple warmer Yang #
Karate Chop (KC) Small Intestine Yang #
Extra points:
Top of the head All Yang meridians # or ~ Do not use with high blood pressure.
Back of the wrist Upper yang meridians # Between these two points, they cover all the finger and hand points,
and are sometimes added to the basic recipe instead.
Inside of the wrist Upper yin meridians *
Above outside ankle bone Lower yang meridians ~ Do not use the ankle points during pregnancy.
Above inside ankle bone Lower yin meridians ^

This does not necessarily mean that if your issue is anger, for example, the Wood elements will be most affected. We still use all points for all issues, as more than one meridian is usually involved in any situation.

The Media

newspaper_bwHere’s a few examples of EFT being reported in the media over the years.

Tonight on UK television EFT hit Harley Street.
(The Private Life of Harley Street, BBC2, 15th August 2005, 8.00pm).

Report by Mary L.R. Jones, a UK EFT Practitioner

For non-UK readers, Harley Street is practically a by-word for credibility and prestige within the medical and caring professions. Harley Street in London is where doctors and therapists aspire to run a practice, and where patients and clients aspire to be able to get treatment.

On tonight’s episode hypnotherapist Jenny Frances was working with a client with a phobia of plants and leaves. On a scale of 0 to 100 she was at 100 just thinking about a rhubarb leaf.

Sadly we didn’t see too much of the actual session, perhaps 1 or 2 minutes in all – but what we did see was Jenni introducing EFT to her client and the client tapping on the EFT meridian points while Jenny guided her to focus on different aspects of the plant (e.g. “brushing against you”).

Of course we don’t know what aspects were dealt with during the session but the sample appeared to show EFT being used solely on the clients “triggers” rather than any belief change work.

At the end of the first session the client reported her intensity while thinking about a leaf as “about 50”. This is great news for the client. But even better news for the acceptance of EFT into the mainstream.

Daily Mail Australia
16 January 2014

Experts are calling on the NHS to start using a new self-help technique, called tapping, after its effectiveness in treating a number of conditions was proved.

The technique, which involves tapping acupressure points on the head and hands, is showing promise as an effective form of therapy for anxiety, depression and anger. It is also known as the emotional freedom technique (EFT).

Researchers at Staffordshire University are leading research into the effectiveness of EFT in the UK.

Read more

EFT Downunder have some downloadable articles on their website

While EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, it is still be considered to be in the experimental stage and each user must take complete responsibility for their own use of it.



Links to our other websites

DietNet – my original site for  nutrition information

DietNet Recipes and Cooking Course  – learning about real food cooking in 15 steps; recipe blog, including GAPS

DietNet Pinterest – my Pinterest board with additional recipes

GAPS NZ – information on how to do the GAPS programme in NZ

WAPF Wellington – the Wellington chapter of the Weston A Price foundation can help you find raw milk, fermented food starters and other real foods.

WAPF Wellington Facebook page – this is where we share new nutrition & health articles from the media and some of our favourite bloggers

Nature Foods NZ – our online shop selling coconut products, Green Pastures cod liver and butter oils, resources for doing the GAPS protocol, books, natural supplements and more.

Bio-kult NZ – more information about the Bio-kult probiotic

Coconut – Our info page about coconut

Milk – Our info page on raw milk in NZ


Other useful websites

Chris Kresser – science based Paleo articles

Dr Mercola – largest natural health website around

Eckhart Tolle – being in the Now for improved mental ans emotional health

Educate Yourself – old school in style, but a great resource for info on natural healing – Dr Natasha’s GAPS website

Louise Hay: Heal Your Life – using affirmations and positive thinking

Mark’s Daily Apple – Paleo / Primal recipes and lifestyle – fermented natto available in NZ

No Fluoride – why we should avoid fluoride

NutraPro – quality virgin cod liver oil that we sell in NZ through Nature Foods

Paleo Mom – Paleo recipes and lifestyle blog; science based author of The Paleo Approach about the Autoimmune Paleo regime

Real Milk – International raw milk site

Wellness Mama  – Paleo recipes and lifestyle blog

Weston A Price Foundation – the international site with loads of articles


Menu Planning

We’ve had our consultation, and know what foods (if any) you need to avoid, at least for now.

Or possibly you have been diagnosed with sensitivities by another practitioner and already knew what you need to avoid, but now have no idea what to eat.

The most important next step is for you to get into the habit of weekly meal plans. You’ll have a blank chart you can print or photocopy, to help you. If something happens and you need to change the plan, that’s fine, you can be flexible. But your weekly menu is one of the most important tools for helping you stick to your plan. Spend half an hour at the weekend planning your menu and shopping list, and you’re less likely to find yourself in a situation where you have nothing suitable to eat.

If you are going to be following a whole foods plan, but have no sensitivities,  there are some Paleo recipe lists on my Pinterest board under Planning. If you haven’t had a consultation yet, you will still find these useful. (Click on the image below to get started with some Paleo smoothie recipes)

If we find that you need to follow the GAPS diet, I’ll give you a list of possible meal options, from which you can choose what works for your metabolic type and lifestyle. There are links to a lot of recipes and you will be able to access recipes from my Recipe site.

If you are following a customised list of foods to avoid, we can work together to come up with some planning ideas.

30 of the Best Paleo Breakfast Smoothie Recipes:


To help my clients, I have compiled a number of useful recipes.

These include recipes I’ve developed myself for clients with special dietary needs.

If we work together, and you need to eliminate a wider range of foods than most people, I may be able to help you develop some recipes that work for your special circumstances.

These are mostly on my DietNet Recipe site. This site is in blog format to allow the recipes to be searched by category.

Also on that site is my 15 step whole food cooking course. This was originally just for my clients but is now accessible to all.

I also have a lot of recipes on a Pinterest board.

GAPs bread made with cashews, eggs and pumpkin:


Cooking Course

For many people, the thought of changing to a whole foods diet is a bit overwhelming. So to introduce the concepts a bit more easily, I’ve developed a 15 step plan called “How To Enjoy Real Food” which is on my DietNet Recipe website.

The aims are to introduce the key elements of whole food nutrition in an easy to integrate, step by step way. The recipes are tasty, use everyday foods, and designed to be easy for you to fit into your busy lifestyle.

Some clients just like to leap in and make all their dietary changes at once, and use the plan mainly as a recipe book. For others, there are a lot of changes to make, and this enables you to make one change at a time, and more easily change your habits.

The course is composed of the following 15 steps. It is suggested you add in one a week, but it’s up to you how you fit it best into your timetable.

  • Step 1 – Breakfasts
  • Step 2 – Snacks
  • Step 3 – Drinks
  • Step 4 – Breads (including gluten free)
  • Step 5 – Stocks, soups & seasonings
  • Step 6 – Raw veges and salads
  • Step 7 – Baking (including gluten free)
  • Step 8 – Dinners
  • Step 9 – Grains, legumes & vegetarian dishes
  • Step 10 – Organ meats, and raw meat & fish dishes
  • Step 11 – Sprouted & fermented foods
  • Step 12 – Sauces, dressings & chutneys
  • Step 13 – Desserts
  • Step 14 – Takeaways and eating out
  • Step 15 – Tying it all together



Some of the seminars I can deliver are detailed below : Overfed series ~ GAPS series ~ EFT ~ Presenting to groups or practitioners

You may have been to seminars where the speaker tantalises you with information, but you don’t get a lot of detail. These seminars are different. They are crammed full of information, so come prepared to learn. I’ve tried to make them shorter, but there is so much I want to share with you that I can’t take anything out!

All seminars include samples of some of the foods discussed, or a light snack, and a course handout. But bring pen and paper in case you want to take extra notes.

Overfed & Undernourished series

Food has never been more plentiful, but much of it is either devoid of nutrients or downright damaging to our bodies. We eat the wrong foods, either becase we have been misinformed about what we need, or for some, because economics dictate we look for the cheapest food.

This series of seminars will be of interest if you:

  • Are fairly healthy but want to feel even better
  • Have been attending the GAPS series (see below) and want to know more about why the recommended foods are helpful
  • Want to learn more about what foods our bodies really need (seminar 1)
  • Want to learn how to support your special needs (seminar 2)
  • Want to learn what else you can else to support good health (seminar 3)

It is usually presented over a series of three evenings and builds as it goes. So a person can attend just seminar one, or one and two and get benefit. But maximum benefit will come from attending them in order. Each evening includes about 2 – 2.5 hours of course material, with a break halfway through.

1. Overfed and undernourished
(The difference between politically correct nutrition and truly nourishing foods)

Topics covered:

  • The research of Weston A Price
  • The commonalities of traditional nutrition
  • How to prepare foods for maximum benefit, and why it makes a difference
  • Why modern foods have helped create modern illnesses (eg. obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer)
  • Shopping guidelines
  • Healthy eating “square” – the truth about Fats, Carbs and Proteins
  • Safer ways to indulge your sweet tooth
  • Easy ways to improve your foods
  • Sample menu

2. Individualising your diet

Topics covered:

  • Review of Talk 1
  • Metabolic typing
  • Vegetarian diets
    • How to get all your nutrients
  • Food sensitivities
    • Common symptoms
    • Most likely culprits
    • Coping with them
  • Improving digestion
  • Pregnancy & food for babies
  • Foods for athletes
  • Weight Issues
  • Some modern dis-eases: eg. diabetes, high cholesterol

3. Beyond Food
(Triangle of health – other lifestyle aspects to consider)

Topics covered:

  • Biochemical, including:
    • Supplements
    • Toxicity
  • Physical / Structural, including:
    • Some common undiagnosed diseases
  • Mental / Emotional



Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

At this time, no general EFT intros are confirmed, but there may be one on Nov 24. GAPS EFT sessions are also suitable for a gneral EFT introduction.

Group EFT Intro sessions are available on request, see below.

For more info on EFT, see

Finding supplies

Resources to help you find the foods and health products you need.

How to find chemical free water in Wellington – there are fountains in Petone (Buick St) and Lower Hutt (by the Dowse Art Gallery). We like to store our water in these 10L blue containers by Willow, as they don’t make the water taste of plastic like some others do.

WAPF Wellington – the Wellington chapter of the Weston A Price foundation can help you find raw milk, fermented food starters and other real foods.

Where to Shop in NZ – go direct to the NZ resource page on the WAPF Wellington website.

WAPF Wellington Facebook page – this is where we share new nutrition & health articles from the media and some of our favourite bloggers. Periodically there may be discussion on where to find specific foods.

Nature Foods NZ – our online shop selling coconut products, Green Pastures & virgin cod liver and butter oils, resources for doing the GAPS protocol, books, natural supplements and more. – fermented natto available by mail order in NZ



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