Two weeks down, four more to go.
It’s been over 10 years since I last attended a biology class, but that’s what it felt like during our live lesson with Jon Gabriel last week (minus my glazed over expression). In the lesson he explained the science behind his program – in layman terms and with aesthetically pleasing slides, fortunately, since I hold the attention span of a six-year-old.
Basically, the whole point of the Gabriel Code Body Transformation Journey is to make your cells more sensitive to insulin. Because this is what will jumpstart your fat burning ability (a skill that my body evidently needs brushing up on) instead of storing fat.
Insulin, as most of us know, is a hormone produced by the pancreas and is central to regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. According to Jon, Insulin works like a key that opens up the cells in your body, allowing sugar to get in. When sugar goes into your cells, your blood sugar levels go down, and so will your insulin levels.
As you use more energy throughout the day, your sugar levels continue to decrease. Sensing this, your body will then produce fat burning hormones that trigger your cells to release the stored sugar. This is how the body regulates your sugar levels.
In the ideal world, that is.
In my current world, I’m experiencing a condition called “Insulin Resistance”, which pretty much means that my cells now denies insulin from allowing sugar to get out, due to my poor ability to regulate my blood sugar levels.
This way, my body has to produce more insulin for my blood sugar levels to go down. But this increased army of insulin prohibits my body from producing fat burning hormones, leaving me in a state of perpetual fat storage because my cells are now sugar hoarders – fat hoarders.
The result? Junk food cravings. Because I can’t access my own energy (i.e. the sugar trapped inside my cells), my body doesn’t allow me to go into fat burning mode as I have elevated insulin. Giving in to cravings (which I used to do) leads to a massive sugar level spike, followed by an exaggerated insulin response that causes your blood sugar to plummet – like a roller coaster, practically. Basically, all the junk food I consume gets stored fast and I become this fat storage machine.
It’s a dramatic reality show of epic proportions inside there.
Guess who’s in the director’s chair? Stress (but of course!), and man-made foods. Stress elevates my cortisol levels and instructs my body to stop listening to insulin. On top of that, modern day man-made foods cause sugar to get released into the blood too quickly.
What’s the solution?
On top of the visualization exercises, I also need to make my body sensitive to insulin by lowering stress and adding the right foods to my diet, foods that keep my blood sugar stable. This is what Jon religiously refers to as the Big Three… like Three Wise Foods (get it?)
Protein gives us amino acids – the greatest cell builders and repairers of all time, and can be sourced from cold water fish (salmon, tuna, etc.), goat cheese, free range *eggs and chicken, and grass fed beef, for instance.
*Most people opt for egg whites as they have less fat, but they are “incomplete proteins”, according to Jon, and contain albumin, which may affect digestion. Yolk is the unsung hero here as it is a complete protein. It’s the essence of the egg after all – the animal of the egg if you like, while the egg white is just food for it!
The world today may not realise it, but we are nutritionally starving from a lack of essential fatty acids – the good yet misunderstood fat. “It is imperative that we get these from the food we eat,” urged Jon. You can get this from flax seed oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines, pumpkins seed and green leafy vegetables like spinach.
“Real” food is something we ate prior to civilization. No, not each other. He means freshly picked fruit, raw nuts and seeds, organic vegetables, wheatgrass and the lot. By increasing our intake of fresh, live foods, our body will start to prefer these rather than the processed and refined array we have become accustomed to eating.
My progress so far has not changed tremendously compared to the first week: my cravings have decreased and I am starting to develop a “eat till you’re no longer hungry, not till you’re full” habit with my meals. Also – I genuinely love drinking water and eating fresh foods.
I haven’t weighed myself (by choice) so I don’t know what I weigh at the moment. Work is still giving me plenty of stress but I’ve gotten better at managing my meltdowns and thinking my reactions through instead of giving in to impulsive outbursts.
The Gabriel Code Body Transformation Journey may not have changed me physically as yet, but it’s definitely causing a shift in my mindset, which, at the end of the day, is the root of it all.
On to Week 3.
Tania is currently testing out the Gabriel Code Body Transformation Journey, a 6-week course designed by Jon Gabriel, creator of the revolutionary mind-based weight loss program The Gabriel Method. Read her other journal entries on her personal journey towards reprogramming her body for healthy weight loss here.