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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The following content is firstly an archive of the site from 2016, and then a bunch of other content in no particular order.
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.
Lyall Bay beach, near our home
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:
- With quality information on nutrition and natural therapies, through:
- Resources to help you find the foods and health products you need.
- 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:
email@example.com – and – firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
Our modern society is full of stresses:
As a result, a wide range of chronic conditions have become common.
Physical problems such as:
- Lack of energy
- Inability to relax
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Digestive Problems
- Weight issues
- Insulin resistance
- Type II diabetes
- Chronic fatigue
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Adrenal exhaustion
- Hormonal imbalances
- Lowered Immunity
- Chronic Pain
- Autoimmune diseases
- Heart disease
And emotional or mental problems such as:
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
- Muscle testing for food and other sensitivities
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.
Reiki or Reset
Introduction to these methods of natural healing.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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 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.
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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:
- Eating an appropriate, nutrient dense diet for your personal needs. One that is tasty and satisfying, as well as nourishing.
- Using supplements where necessary.
- Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to work on any emotional issues or beliefs that may be involved.
- Looking at what other lifestyle factors can be better balanced.
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.
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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 blog. More info about Whole Foods
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
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.
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.
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:
- 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
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
- 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:
- 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.
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.
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
- Banana (this seems to come up more in NZ than overseas)
- Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum, paprika, chillies, eggplant, goji berries)
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.
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
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.
- 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.
Kinesiology 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 could include reviewing any of the aspects on the Healthy Living page, such as:
- being in nature
- and how we deal with stress.
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.
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:
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