The Myth of “Eat Less, Move More” – a Heilkunst Perspective on Food and Exercise

I used to approach the holidays with some trepidation and fear.  How was I going to navigate all those yummy surplus offerings of food and libation without spending the month of January on a hunger strike?  The old myth of eat less, move more used to ring in my troubled ears, but by the time Christmas rolled around and 2 weeks of rest loomed, I resonated with gentle walks, a rolicking game of scrabble, a long nap on a snowy afternoon, and maybe cleaning out a closet or two.  That was it!  Being a Physician can be a bit like a fire-fighter, it can be a little tough on the nerves when acute diseases strike!  As a result, when the holidays come, I don’t even decorate my house much, using my Jewish babes as the delicious excuse not to add an ounce of extra work of wrestling a tree into a stand to my already busy schedule.  I don’t miss those blasted pine needles one bit!  I don’t even buy much in the way of tangible presents these days.  I’d rather take the kids on a cruise or even better, send them away to riding camp!  In our house, we focus more on giving the gift of time to ourselves and each other.  When someone asks me, are you ready for Christ-mas, I simply answer, “Always!”

So with the holidays on the horizon, let’s look at that myth of eat less, move more.  In your imagination, go back two hundred years to the days when your Christmas goose, or Chanukah kishkas, may have come from your own family’s  farm yard.  You may have yearned for that supper, the whole month, until you got to savour that cranberry sauce that was stored in the cold cellar since the harvest at the first frost. Food was more scarce at that time and you had to eat according to what was available during the season.  You probably spent more time naturally moving your body to pump your water out of the ground and chop the firewood to keep your family warm by the hearth where the stockings were hung.  A lot of intensive energy went into just feeding one’s self back then.  Our physiology is still hooked to this seasonal drought in fresh, available foods, as it has been for about the past 6,000 years and it will act on your behalf accordingly as your food supply seemingly ebbs and tides, even it this time of great bounty.

If we choose to eat less now, our body just assumes that we’ve gone back to the days of yesteryear and that it needs to conserve its resources until the famine is over.  The problem is that there is no scarcity and so when we are desperately trying to cut calories, the Starbucks and Loblaws just scream their available delectable offerings from across the parking lot.  If we can’t resist, we deem ourselves failures.  We end up living a sad perpetual loop of setting ourselves up through starvation and perpetual failures.

When we force ourselves to cut calories, our metabolisms assume that the food cellar is bare and just slows down to help you to compensate until the food supply in your larder returns.  The problem occurs when any available food does show up, your body feels that it had better gorge itself in order to prepare for the next famine just around the corner.  Most of us carrying additional weight know all about this typical cycle of sabotage.  That is why eating less rarely works to lose weight.  When you go into starvation mode, the body stops burning calories.

If you add additional working out at the gym to this recipe, the body just assumes that you are out expending energy hunting wild boar for your family and it resents being forced to expend the extra energy in its state, but it will if it has to.  It will put out in anticipatory glee in order to be rewarded by the imminent feast.  I know this as I had a personal trainer who was a former Olympic runner who said he curiously saw this most perplexing pattern, mostly in women, where they would eat more, the more they trained.  (See Lights Out : Sleep, Sugar, and Survival by T. S. Wiley)  I still think that wiry little man was from another planet.  I easily let him go, just not the weight.  One other buff personal trainer I had, who’d worked for the “Stars in Hollywood”, told me to just eat “oatmeal” and the weight would come off.  His last name was “MacDonald!”

So what is an alternate answer to this butter-knife approach of eat less, move more?  It is simple -taylor your diet and exercise based on the principles of your typology, in order to max out your wood chopping!  Let me explain.  Do you notice that you put weight on in different areas of your body than your sister does?   Do you recognize that you crave different foods than your husband or mother?  Well, there is a reason for this and the only way to buy your freedom out of the eat less, move more matrix is to respect your very own personal typology.

Dr. Abravanel’s Body Type Diet and Lifetime Nutrition Plan helps you to do this.  If you carry additional weight, you generally have specific cravings that have exhausted a particular gland in the body and it will drive you to sabotage your old calorie reduction plan.  If you choose to pick the book up, you’ll be asked to fill out a questionnaire to discern which body type you are.  If you are a T-type (thyroid), for example, you may crave sugars and find you are starving and fatigued every 2-3 hours.  You may also find you pool weight around your middle.  If you are more of an A-type (adrenal), your propensity will be for fatty foods like salami, cheeses, and salty nuts 3 solid meals per day and your body will tend more towards a squarish shape, having lost that more slender mid-line.

We generally will use this mighty tool if a person is 15-20 lbs. overweight and can identify their cravings.  If the individual deems that things have been spinning out of control for quite sometime and their weight exceeds 20 lbs., we have other principled tools to help address this too.  When folks arrive closer to their ideal, we go to their baseline typology of health, which is Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo . Without a too lengthy explanation, we know after about 30 years of live blood analysis research that the lectins in your blood will break down certain foods more optimally than others.

Now we need to discuss the exercise part.  We champion the approach called The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week . Watch this video, and you’ll realize quite quickly how I’m able to take so many delicious restful naps over the holidays and still feel fit!


The last resource needed for you total overall approach might be Dr. Sears’ e-book entitled, PACE: Rediscover Your Native Fitness for your Cardiovascular health.  Again, you only need to dedicate a couple of times per week to a whole 12-20 minutes to these short cycles of 2-3 minutes and then one minute of rest.  This enables you to get back to your holiday Scrabble game in no time.  I find this really enjoyable.  I find that my body responds well and I love the heat generated from my core over the winter months from this form of activity.  I do it at my local gym on a bike that is automatically programmed to take me up hill and dale at 2-3 minute intervals.  I only have to repeat these cycles 4-5 times and I’m off to lift my weights for 30 minutes and I’m done for another 4-5 days.  The idea is to maximize your “afterburn” and never feel winded.

It is also important to know that losing weight has a whole emotional component that will factor into the self-sabotaging patterns of the past.  Have you ever lost your keys?  Do you generally find them again? Well, the same is true about weight … it will show up exactly in the same spots to the same tune if you use a one-size-fits-all approach to regimen.  If you focus on losing weight, it will generally find you again.  Have you ever met a svelte Dr. Bernstein survivor who put the 100 lbs back on again?  This illustrates the point that weight is ultimately about letting go at the emotional level.  Weight is a form of armoring, which is due to unresolved emotional hurts and traumas that have peppered your life and keeps you insulated from more potential hurts.  This is my story too.  I have been challenged with grief and anger issues most of my 46 years and I still find it a challenge to wholly let go to a place of complete safety due to my intellect’s perception of seeming vulnerability.  This is the area of research that I’ve dedicated my last 3.5 years to, on many levels, as I’ve wanted to solve this aspect of the realm of belief, the realm of the “self” by lovingly marrying this aspect to my own true desire function.

My everyday resolution that enables me to achieve my ideal looks like this:  I will bike many imaginary hills and do push ups achingly slowly as long as it feels pleasurable during the “afterburn” and I glean the benefits.  I generally eat from a place of resonance as opposed to attraction, respecting my typology.  I also will continue to chase the ducks and lambs (and my kids and my husband) in the yard to scoot them into the hutch for the night, as a form of meaningful ‘activity’, rather than prescribed ‘exercise’.  I am a traditional girl whose ancestry claimed the Scottish highlands as their own, however, I will leave the daily oatmeal consumption in their capable hands for now.

The Finnish Minister of Health Is Not Buying The H1N1 Pandemic


A very close colleague of mine has been the recipient of two pieces “mail” recently.  First from the FDA (The United States’ Federal Drug Administration) citing the following key paragraph:

“If you are not located in the United States, please note that
unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products intended to diagnose,
mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure the H1 N1 Flu Virus offered for
importation into the United States are subject to detention and
refusal of admission. We will advise the appropriate regulatory or law
enforcement officials in the country from which
you operate that FDA considers your product(s) listed above to be
unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products that cannot be legally
sold to consumers in the United States.”

I trust that the FDA will employ a goodly number of folk to search out the massive stream of envelopes slipping through the U.S. mail system containing bio-energetically infused rice paper hearts that haven’t the capacity to cause an ounce of harm.

The second letter my colleague received is from “The Competition Bureau of Canada” on the subject of her website where she offers the H1N1 Swine Flu natural immunization:

I am writing to inform you that investigators from the Competition
Bureau (the “Bureau”) are monitoring the Internet to identify websites promoting
products to Canadians using various representations which could raise questions
under the false or misleading representations and deceptive marketing practices
provisions of the Competition Act (the “Act”). The Bureau is an independent law
enforcement agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting
competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.
Upon review of your website, XXXXXXXXXXX last week, we
noticed that you had made representations such as, but not limited to:
“FREE Swine Flu Homeopathic Immunization”
“A Remedy You Can Take Right Now To Protect You From the Swine Flu”
“Take advantage of our Free Swine Flu Natural Immunization-the safe
alternative to the swine flu shot.”
“The XXXXXXXXXX Center has a natural proprietary formula that
matches the frequency pattern of the A(HlN1) Human Swine Flu virus. It stimulates
your immune system to naturally create resistance should you be exposed to
the Swine Flu.”
These above-mentioned representations are in the form of statements
suggesting the efficacy and performance of your product, the Swine Flu Homeopathic
Immunization. Please note that section 74.03 (l)(a) of the Act
prohibits the making of false or misleading representations. Additionally, in order to comply
with section 74.01(l)(b) of the Act, these representations should be based on

adeauate and proper tests, the proof of which lies on the person making the representations.

Health-related claims, like those made on your website, must be

supported by generally accepted, competent and reliable scientific evidence

[Where is their scientific evidence?]. You should be aware
that to exaggerate the benefits of products or services or to misstate
the level of scientific support you have for your claims could also raise concerns under the
Act. Please note, under section 74.01(6) of the Act, the general impression conveyed by
these representations, as well as the literal meaning are taken into account
in determining if the representations raise questions under the Act.
It is our view that the above-mentioned representations could give the
general impression that the Swine Flu Homeopathic Immunization protects the
user from contracting the HlNl virus and is a reliable alternative to the HlNl
flu shot. Please note that we have not conducted an all-inclusive review of your
website and the products that your firm promotes. It is your responsibility to
ensure that all the products and promotions advertised by your firm comply with the Act.
This includes, but is not limited to, the promotion of products on-line, in-store
advertisements and verbal representations made during in-person consultations.
We recognize that you have taken steps to address some of the HlNl
related representations on your website, however we have concerns that you may
continue to make such representations, either on your website or through other
media. Accordingly, we are inviting you to review all of your representations and if you
do not have the scientific proof to demonstrate that your product can perform as
advertised, we request that you remove such claims from your website and stop making such
claims in any type of advertisement until you obtain adequate and proper testing in
accordance with the Act.
Please be advised that we will continue to monitor your site to assess
compliance and will take appropriate steps if non-compliance is observed.
If you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact
Boulianne at christian.boulianne@cb-bc.g;
– or (819)994-6039.
For more information on the Competition Bureau you may also want to
visit our
website at:
Yours truly,
NAssistant Deputy
Fair Business Practices Branch
Competition Bureau Canada

I love how they assume their are no “adequate tests” of homeopathics.  There hasn’t been an ounce of harm caused in over 200 years.  We are not the number one killer of North Americans as per Dr. Mercola regarding prescription drugs.  We’ve called over 100 folks annually for the first 3 years to discern the efficacy of  homeopathic immunizations to discern that we tout over 98% efficacy on the basis of the law of nature without causing harm. The Centre for Disease Control can offer 15% at best!  So who is actually making false claims here?   I will allow you, our very educated community, be the judge.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Narayan Singh regarding the spiritual meaning behind the Influenza virus and I’ll look forward to hearing your comments about all of this below:

FLU; INFLUENZA (Virus infection)
“At their mercy.” They have feelings of being under the influence of malevolent forces and of
being weak and helpless. It may reflect the vulnerability feelings that accompany times and processes of
great change. There is a fear of attack from others and of taking life in fully. They have a strong
experience of lack of support and protection. They have the experience that the very worst is about to
happen to them. There is a good deal of internal conflict, confusion and susceptibility to suggestion,
especially from the “world of agreement” or the “group mind” or “statistical proofs.” They are the
product of severely untrustworthy parenting arising out of a deeply fearful family.
“Urban hermit.” There is an insufficient involvement and interaction, an “among us but not of
us” pattern. Underneath is a buried rage and hatred for their being so alone, alien and alienated. It
comes from a family in which they could do no right as the unrecognized and unacknowledged “family
hoist” upon whom everyone depended and whom no one supported, sustained or validated.