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  1. So, Did the Guy Rescue the Dog or Did the Dog Rescue the Guy? And, Really, Do We Care?

    So, Did the Guy Rescue the Dog or Did the Dog Rescue the Guy? And, Really, Do We Care?


    This is a deliciously touching story. It's so good, it went and got us all weepy.

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  2. Got Guided Imagery for Weight Loss and/or Positive Body Image?

    Got Guided Imagery for Weight Loss and/or Positive Body Image?


    Do you have guided imagery for weight loss and/or positive body image? Or can you recommend one?


    Hello, Philomena.

    Yes, absolutely. Best for weight loss, if I do say so myself, is our HJ Weight Loss imagery - it doubled weight loss in a controlled study at Canyon Ranch.

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  3. A Midsummer Night’s (and Day’s) Dream

    A Midsummer Night’s (and Day’s) Dream

    With summer in full swing, I wanted to remind everyone about our great new day and night audio programs to encourage a healthy body image. As I sipped my Yogi tea, I saw the perfect beginning quotation right on the back of my tea bag, "Live with reverence for yourself and others."

    It's so simple, but it clearly defines the concept of having a healthy body image. If you have reverence for yourself, you respect your body and naturally give it what it needs to be the best it can be. If you have reverence for others, you see the beauty in them and you don't hold them to ridiculous standards either.

    Summer is a great time to focus on appreciation of your hard-working body, your oldest friend and steadiest companion. If you are interested in improving your body and body image, and you haven't tried Dr. Traci Stein's new audio programs, Healthy Weight & Body Image and Healthy Weight & Body Image during Sleep now is an excellent time.

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  4. Overweight, Compulsively Bingeing, Anxiety Ridden & Depressed

    Overweight, Compulsively Bingeing, Anxiety Ridden & Depressed

    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.

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  5. The Time for Re-Injuring Herself by Remembering Old Wounds Is Over…

    The Time for Re-Injuring Herself by Remembering Old Wounds Is Over…


    This is not a question but a thank you. Your Weight Loss affirmations have been powerful for me. Not just for weight loss, but for encouraging a positive approach to life and for helping me let go of the negative energy that I know consumes me sometimes.

    Also, as a musician, I appreciate how the music builds and resolves at critical moments, underscoring the message.

    The first time I heard ' . . the time for reinjuring myself by remembering old wounds is over' I felt like I'd been hit between the eyes. I repeat it to everyone who needs to hear it (giving you credit, of course).

    While I still struggle, I hope I am improving 'more and more' on my emotional journey. Thank you for helping to guide my way.


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  6. An Online Self-Administered Program for Bulimia Performs Well

    Researchers from University Hospitals of Geneva in Switzerland evaluated the use of an online, guided, self-administered treatment program for bulimia nervosa (BN), and to determine predictors of outcome.

    Data were collected in four European countries where the program was simultaneously used. One hundred and twenty-seven female patients with bulimia nervosa (mean age of 24.7 years) participated in a 4-month intervention, using a CBT based online-guided self-help program. Contact during the treatment period included weekly e-mails with a coach.

    Measures included the Eating Disorders Inventory-2 (EDI-2) and the Symptom Check List-Revised (SCL-90R).

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  7. Best Guided Imagery for Bulimia?

    Best Guided Imagery for Bulimia?

    We just got this message on Facebook and found it very timely, being as how our very own Traci Stein's new guided imagery/hypnosis title, Healthy Weight and Body Image, is soon to be released.

    Check it out:

    Hi Belleruth,
    I use your guided imagery all the time, but wondering which one you would recommend for a client of mine who has bulimia.
    I would like to get her this as a gift to help.
    Thank you. Happy new year.

    traci-stein-recordingFunny you should ask! Psychologist Traci Stein has created a terrific new imagery/hypnosis program on Healthy Weight & Body Image (I know it's terrific because I was in the studio when she recorded it).

    It's being prepared for production even as we speak. It addresses eating disorders, including bulimia, and body image issues beautifully, with Traci's usual skill, subtlety, depth and finesse.

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  8. She Lost 40 lbs with Guided Imagery, then Had a Setback..What to Do?

    She Lost 40 lbs with Guided Imagery, then Had a Setback..What to Do?

    Dear Belleruth,

    I sent you a note not too long ago re: my weight loss of 40 lbs with the guided imagery. I was going strong, feeling good, thought I was FINALLY addressing the core of my obesity....

    I was feeling better about shedding some weight... feeling safer in the world.

    Then "out of the blue" comes some inappropriate behavior from a man. I could feel the switch inside me, but felt powerless to stop it.

    I am back up in the weight gain and feel rather defeated, because I was sure hoping the reprogramming had done its job.

    Any suggestions?

    M. L.

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  9. “I Am a Nurse & Now Talk about Guided Imagery like a Converted Whore”

    We got this funny, appreciative and very enthusiastic email last week from a nurse who was able to benefit from guided imagery for surgery, pain and sleep, and then weight loss, to the tune of dropping 40 pounds.
    Guided imagery may not be for everyone, but clearly this particular woman has found her go-to intervention!


    I was introduced to your guided imagery by my therapist. She is the only one with whom I have ever made significant changes, and she taught me so many valuable things to navigate life.

    I used your surgery and pain management recordings while undergoing life altering medical stuff. It was a great help in calming the freak-out factor.

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    Then the sleep work was fabulous, because the insomnia was taking me over!

    But the reason I am writing today is that yesterday I hit my weight loss goal of 40 pounds. This is tremendous for me. Not only is the weight off, I am calm and "better for this".

    By the way you address that place in my mind (I could point to it!) I am just losing weight and not having to take on the task as a part-time job. The re-programming is working!  And with the added bonus of sleep.

    So a big thank you for your commitment to mental health and expansion.  I am a nurse and talk to those who are interested like a converted whore!

    So know that if I were a puppy I would have my whole body wagging.
    Nancy M., aka Madge

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  10. Guided Imagery Reduces Food Cravings that Sabotage Weight Loss

    Researchers from Plymouth University in the UK investigated whether brief guided imagery and body scanning exercises could reduce food cravings.  

    Elaborated Intrusion (EI) Theory proposes that cravings occur when involuntary thoughts about food are elaborated with affectively-charged imagery. It has been found that craving can be weakened or interrupted by working memory tasks that block the imagery or prevent the involuntary thoughts from being elaborated in the first place.

    Research has found that imagery techniques such as body scanning and guided imagery can reduce the occurrence of food thoughts.

    This study tested the prediction that body scanning and guided imagery can also reduce craving.

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