In Live Free from Obesity, we talk about paying attention to the M.E.N. in your life.  That’s the

  • Mind
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition

Live Free from Obesity blends together a wide range of things to cover this M.E.N., in a way in which we can work as a specially-trained group, each helping the other, to use all these things to conquer obesity once, and for all.

Here are some videos that introduce many of these factors.

Firstly, here’s what Professor Dr David Haslam, Chair of the British National Obesity Forum has to say about the nutritional part of Live Free From Obesity:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKGfc7hXBaU

Here’s an introductory video from Lipotrim themselves:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLfih175fZg

And here’s the instruction video that Lipotrim gives you (loans you!) when you sign up at a pharmacy:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1mdJAc6-9w

Next, I introduced some GPs to Walking for Happiness (my version of Nordic Walking), which is the core of the Exercise part of LFFO.  Here’s what they said:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xC1CI8qjiw

And here’s what people said when they tried Walking for Happiness:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yXCdqOCQQ8

Here’s me, talking about my own Walking for Happiness story.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut8djfTH6yk

If you would like to see more Walking for Happiness videos, click here, and then click the title that interests you.

Moving on to the Mind, I include in this:

  • The “whole body” brain (not just the bit in your skull)
  • All the embodied activity of that whole-body brain: emotions, thoughts, behaviour, the spirit
  • Relationships, with close others, with ourselves, and beyond.

I have blended the work of many great thinkers: here are some videos of just a few.

The next section of videos are by Dr Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.  This first video is a two-minute introduction to Mindsight, which is at the core of the “M” part of the M.E.N. triangle of Live Free From Obesity.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKwQuGCPeFk

Next is an hour-long video in the Google Personal Growth Series: Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.  In this talk Dr Siegel examines two major questions: What is the mind? and How can we create a healthy mind? It examines the interactions among the mind, the brain, and human relationships and explores ways to create a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and mindful, empathic relationships.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr4Od7kqDT8

Here’s Dr S describing the fundamentals behind mirror neurons, mindfulness and how we can begin to shape behavior through mindful practice.

Lastly, here’s a one-minute video talking about optimal attachment (which, as obese food-addicts, it’s probably a fair bet we didn’t have … but which, through Together We Can, we can probably retrieve).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XjXv6zseA0

For other Dan Siegel videos (and there are LOTS), click here.

Here are a number of people saying why they tried co-counselling, and what they got out of it.  Co-counselling provides the structure that underlies what we do in Together We Can (working together in small, well-educated, peer groups, and developing “clean” supportive relationships).  And TWC contains hugely much more than just conventional co-counselling.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-XS-ra6ZOo

… and one of the additional things that TWC contains, is “Tapping” (which used to be called Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT).

Here’s an introduction to tapping:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMs0gdF_V60

Next, here’s Dr David Feinstein talking about Energy Psychology. David is the husband of Donna Eden: seeing them both on stage together is one of the most striking ways of seeing the left and right hemispheres of the brain doing what they do best!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al9T000EqQg

And here’s Donna, talking about Energy Medicine:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHVo9QDBwQ0

And finally, here’s Richard Bandler, one of the two inventors of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) taking a couple of minutes to describe it.  He does tend to bad-mouth other schools of psychology, and, to be fair, when NLP was first invented, it probably was way ahead of everything else.  To me it’s starting to look a little dated now, but there’s still lots of good stuff that we can take and use.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vlcsFJyEXQ

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