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17 Sep

Question:

I love your guided imagery tapes and CDs. I used them during my attempts to get pregnant and during pregnancy and delivery. Thank you!

Now I would like to ask for guided imagery for improving body image. You know what a problem this is, especially for women. I am working on healthy eating and exercise, but I am having difficulty imagining myself as healthy, beautiful and at a smaller size.

Somewhere deep inside me I don’t believe it can happen or maybe I don''t feel I deserve to think of myself as beautiful.

Please help. Thank you very much.

Connie

17 Sep

Jeff Rossman, PhD, Director of Behavioral Medicine at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires in Lenox, Massachusetts, conducted a study with 16 staff members as part of a general behavioral/educational program for weight loss.

As with a study at the Joslin Clinic in New York, half the group used the Health Journeys Weight Loss imagery; the other half just listened to the music that scored it - Steven Mark Kohn’s Music for Meditation.

The group that listened daily to the weight loss guided imagery while attending an 8-week weight reduction program, lost an average of 8.5 pounds. The group that listened daily to just the music alone, while participating in the same program, lost an average of 4.25 pounds - exactly half.

Rossman says that at superficial glance, the guided imagery group seems to have done extremely well.   (This exploratory study is not published at this time.)

30 Jul

Researchers from the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, reviewed the research literature to see what if any integrative therapies had been found effective for the treatment of obesity and helping with weight loss. 

The analysts report that the only integrative interventions (or what used to be referred to as CAM or complementary and alternative methods) they could find that the evidence supported, were three approaches: (1) ingesting food containing diacylglycerol oil; (2) acupuncture; and (3) hypnosis. 

21 May

Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK  conducted a systematic review of complementary therapies for reducing body weight.  

Literature was searched up through 2005 on Medline, Embase, Amed, and the Cochrane Library, along with hand-searches of relevant medical journals and bibliographies of identified articles. Data from RCTs and systematic reviews, which based their findings on the results of RCTs, were also included.

Six systematic reviews and 25 additional RCTs met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. The evidence gathered related to acupuncture, acupressure, dietary supplements, homeopathy and hypnotherapy.

14 May

We found this note posted on our Weight Loss page. It’s very encouraging for anyone currently doing battle with his/her own body over weight issues.  Here it is:

“This CD was sent to me by a friend at one of the lowest points in my life.  Although I was once healthy and active, after my father's death and a couple of other major life changes, I found myself 100 pounds overweight, compulsively bingeing, anxiety ridden/severely depressed and unable to do anything about it.

14 May

Question:

Hello Ms. Naparstek.  First, thank you for sharing your wonderful imagery CDs with us. I am enjoying them very much. :)

I bought Self Confidence and Weight Loss , but I have only been listening to Self Confidence so far.  I read in your Archives that you suggest people start with one CD so I reluctantly picked Self- Confidence and have been waiting to start the other. :)

I've been listening for about a week now, not a very long time, I would think. But what makes me very happy is that I've noticed it is easier for me to turn down excess food. So I was curious - do people tend to have other positive side effects when listening to the CDs? Or is the food thing somehow related to Self-Confidence then?  Hey - anything that keeps me out of the lasagna is a GOOD thing! lol :)

Thank you very much again. Wishing you all good things and continued success. :)

Anna

14 May

In the past, studies of weight-control diets that are high in protein or low in glycemic index have reached varied conclusions, probably owing to the fact that the studies had insufficient power.

Because of this, a team of researchers enrolled overweight adults from eight European countries who had lost at least 8% of their initial body weight with a low-calorie diet. Participants were randomly assigned, in a two-by-two factorial design, to one of five diets to prevent weight regain over a 26-week period. These were: a low-protein and low-glycemic-index diet, a low-protein and high-glycemic-index diet; a high-protein and low-glycemic-index diet; a high-protein and high-glycemic-index diet; or a control diet.

31 Oct

We’ve been getting an increase in queries about what to do for sugar addiction, which seems to be on the rise.  We wondered how effective our program for Alcohol and Other Drugs would be for a sugar problem…

Feedback and common sense led us to assume that craving sugar would in effect be a form of chemical dependency, and that the suggestions on this guided imagery audio would work just fine for sugar addiction. But still, it was good to get this feedback, posted as a review this past week on our catalog page.  

So we thank “Kelly” for posting this and wish her the best of luck:    

I am not a user of drugs or alcohol, but of sugar. I own Health Journeys' Weight Loss meditation, but it doesn't touch on the deep shame and guilt that lifelong sugar cravings and obsession have caused, and this meditation bridges that gap nicely. I am getting a lot out of it.

24 Jul

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effects of a 6-wk intervention that used guided relaxation and exercise imagery (GREI) to increase self-reported leisure-time exercise behavior among older adults.

A total of 93 community-dwelling healthy older adults (age 70.38 ± 8.15 yr, 66 female) were randomly placed in either a placebo control group or an intervention group. The intervention group received instructions to listen to an audio compact disk (CD) containing a GREI program, and the placebo control group received an audio CD that contained 2 relaxation tracks and instructions to listen to music of their choice for 6 wk.

13 Mar

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec tested the idea that adding targeted mental imagery to a behavioral change program with the goal of eating more fruit would increase the probability of subjects following through on their goals.

One hundred seventy-seven residents of a student residence were assigned the goal of consuming extra portions of fruit every day for 7 days.  They were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: (1) control (active rehearsal),  (2) planning of intentions, (3) mental imagery or (4) mental imagery targeted to the plan.