My Story of Diets and Eating Disorders: Sarah Dresser,
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Think Yourself Slim Creator
My 10 year journey has been distilled into the Think Yourself Slim Program. Here's the story of how it all began back in 2004 and how it has now evolved to become the Think Yourself Slim Program.
My History of Diets and Starvation
Like many, I spent most of my teens and 20s on diets, denied my body the basic nutrition it needed and, at my worst, suffered from eating disorders of extreme starvation and bingeing. My body became so weak that I did not have a monthly cycle for nearly a year and after getting out of starvation mode, my body over-compensated by putting on weight as soon as I started eating regularly again.
Rejection of Myself, Body and Mind
This led me to distrust my body even more, and to try all kinds of methods and fad diets to contain and control my body and weight. I had so little connection to how food felt, was completely disconnected from my body, and reacted to my weight issues with even more obsession.
Turning 30: A Pivotal Year
On turning 30, I realised that I had spent more than half my life dieting. My life revolved around food and weight. I would avoid social gatherings for fear of being made to eat food I could not calorie count. I binged secretly on chocolate and then starved myself sick. Turning 30 was a pivotal point. I felt I had wasted so many years. Every diet had failed. I had to make a change.
My 10 Year Journey in a 7 Day Program
My Number 1 Commitment: No More Counting or Measuring
After turning 30, one of the agreements I made with myself was NO MORE counting and measuring. I stopped checking how much I must have eaten and instead of rules, adopted guidelines. Almost immediately I felt a tension dissipate as I started to trust my appetite more.
Being Slim Starts with Mindset
Over time, I built up what became the 15 Dimensions of a Slim Mindset with trial and error over a 10 year journey. It wasn't easy because nothing did and nothing still does exist that can compare with what I discovered and put into this Program. But I now know that no diet, points plan or regime can ever compensate for not having a slim mindset.
Once the brain learns, it resists re-learning about a topic or area of life. Meditation and hypnosis relax the mind so you enter "re-record" mode
Willpower is in the conscious part of the brain which is only 20% of our mind. But our subconscious 80% part of the brain drives up to 95% of our thought patterns, emotional responses and habits
Unlearn Before You Relearn
One of the key principles of the Program is to undo the bad habits first. This is where the power of hypnotherapy kicks in faster than just cognitive therapies alone. Because your brain enters re-record mode in a meditative or hypnotic state, you can fast track the process of breaking all those old emotional attachments and responses, then accelerate building up NEW healthy habits and responses.
Listen to Your Body and Learn to Trust Your Mind
I now never count calories, never ever worry about over-eating or emotional eating or gaining weight. I have healthy ways of channelling stress rather than diving into food or taking it out on myself. I also have learned to be a better friend to myself: to respect my body and my mind. Overall I no longer treat my body like the enemy I used to abuse and starve. If I am not active for a few days or have the occasional indulgent meal, I can trust my body to remind me to get moving, and my mind to guide me to the nutrition I need. Food is just another part of how I enjoy life, not the centre and certainly not the ruler of my life.
Trialling the Program with Private Clients
With my training in clinical hypnotherapy I designed the Program from the 10 years of information I'd gathered. I then trialled the first iteration of the Program with private clients over another 2 years. Over those 2 years I refined the Program to what it is today AND confirmed that this Program WORKS!
My Qualifications: Clinical Hypnotherapy and MSc Psychology
I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and trained at the only hypnotherapy training institute in North America which is accredited under a university: at the Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy, accredited under the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. I have qualified as a Hypnotist, Master Hypnotist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am currently studying my MSc in Psychology.
The Neuroscience of Hypnotherapy: Retrain the Brain
The Science of Retraining the Brain: Neuroplasticity
The brain needs a good reason to let go of something it has already learned as the part of the brain that houses our habits and beliefs - the subconscious - is normally in a read-only state. This is why hypnosis and guided meditation is so impactful, as it relaxes the mind to enter "re-record" mode and presents messages through a variety of techniques so that the subconscious is more open to re-learning.
Break the Past and Look Forward to the Future
For me, hypnotherapy is a powerful solutions-oriented tool. I know first hand that willpower will not get you everywhere, having suffered from insomnia from most of my 15+ corporate years working long hours under long-term stress. Hypnotherapy turned it around for me and resolved that issue too in just 4 sessions.
My Commitment to the Program Success
Your Hypnotherapist, Meditation Guide and Coach all in One Program
I use various techniques including hypnotherapy, NLP, affirmations, cognitive behavioural therapy and coaching in these recordings, so that both your conscious and subconscious parts of the brain are retrained. Coaching helps you make lifestyle changes to fit with your new mindset.
As part of my commitment I send out twice yearly surveys to get feedback on what's working and what other support is needed. As a result I expanded the Program offerings in both 2016 and 2017, and all for the same price. All past clients can receive the updates after they complete a feedback survey at no extra cost. There is no nickel and diming: for a one-time cost the Program is yours for life! I really hope and intend that the Think Yourself Slim Program helps every single customer in the way it has helped me: to attain AND maintain your ideal healthy weight - FOR LIFE!
Learn More About the Program
Read and listen to more from each day of the Program.
Just 40 to 50 minutes a day to retrain the brain to build a life of positive beliefs and healthy habits
Compare the Core and Extended Think Yourself Slim Programs
There are two versions of the Think Yourself Slim Program: the Core and Extended. The Extended Program offers more to help overeaters, binge eaters and those with more than 30lbs to shed.