Water: the elixir of life

Tip 2 from the 7 keys to successful weight loss for life:- HYDRATE!

Water is the elixir of life, yet few of us drink enough of it. We can live for weeks and weeks without food, but only around a week without water. Water is the basis of all life and that includes you: your muscles are 75 percent water; your blood, the body’s transportation system for nutrients, 82 percent water; your lungs, providing your body with oxygen, 90 percent water; your brain, control centre of your body, 76 percent water; even your bones are 25 percent water. You are mostly water. Your planet is mostly water. You must drink. Dehydration can be disastrous. Water is crucial to your well being.

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Water: the elixer of life



You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.

-Dr Batmanghelidj






Body Weight Target intake of water
140lbs (10 stones) 70 ounces (2 litres)
200lbs (14 stones 4lb) 100 ounces (almost 3 litres)
250lbs (17 stones 12lb) 125 ounces (3.5 litres)


Eat 70 percent water-based foods, of which 80 percent is veg and 20 percent fruit; 10 percent veg and fish proteins; 10 percent complex carbs; 10 percent oils.


If your body is over 75 percent water, it makes sense to eat at least 70 percent water-based or plant-based foods, in other words, fruit, veg, and salad – as these foods allow your body to cleanse itself. Let’s face it: if you are not cleansing your body, you are clogging it up. So to gain maximum nutrients, eat as much raw foods as you can: either uncooked, or cooked below a certain temperature, unprocessed, organic, conscious and wild! Include nuts, seeds, or sprouted whole grains. Raw may also include unpasteurized fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, or kombucha. Raw foods can be life-changing. There’s lots of choice – almonds, carrots, dates, avocados, limes, celery, cauliflower…



Get your enzymes from raw foods: eat green veg or salad every day.



  1. Breathe


    Losing Weight and Feeling Great

  2. Hydrate
  3. Eat healthier more nutritional foods – consciously!
  4. Move
  5. Master your Physiological State
  6. Becoming aware of your emotions – writing out and tuning in
  7. Rest, relax, listen to your recordings

7 keys to successful weight loss for life are taken from Losing Weight and Feeling Great


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Only if it brings love and joy

Despite having said in the last Spiritual Tours blog – “scrap secret santa, screw soppy sentiment and other obligatory gift plans and instead do what you really want to do and be with who you really want to be with”. I found myself lusting over Jamie’s fat filled delights while reading last Sundays papers and wondering if my parents really would be OK with a curry on Boxing day. Then I remembered that deprivation was hardly the point. Yes we have to be real but what was it Carolyn Myss said – if it doesn’t bring you love and joy – just don’t do it. Well I guess THAT is the point – if we are doing what we really want to do, are with who we really want to be with and are eating food mindfully and lovingly prepared we are going to feel good (even next day) and exude the kind of vibe that will propel us into the New Year with enthusiasm and hope.

So all you have to do is ask – what will bring you love and joy and do that. That’s it. Give yourself LOVE and JOY, you deserve it

And it’s a great time to start thinking about what you love – what you really love, what are you passionate about. If you are struggling ask yourself what you hate – you will love the opposite of that. To get the most out of the upcoming holidays just work out what you love and do that. That energy will make next year the one of your dreams. That’s what I’m going to do anyway. In fact I reckon I am going to have a go at sticking with that for the rest of my life, why not.

They say if you spend the next year doing what no-one else has done, you will have what no one else will have for the rest of your life.

I spent all of last year editing and preparing my book for publication, and since the title is “The Me I Want To Be” there was a whole load of inner work went along with that too. I’m looking forward to seeing what it brings to my life and to those I wrote it for (that’s YOU!) as it takes wings in early 2015. If you are interested pop your name on the waiting list indeed if you live near enough – book classes here.


Loosing Weight and Feeling Great with Hypnotic Gastric Band

Anyway during November I had a little hitch in the recording process and while that sorted itself out I finished up another book that has been sitting in the wings “Losing Weight and Feeling Great.”

The whole ethos is forget all about diet and deprivation and just do what IS good for you. So bearing in mind the whole Christmas issue

– what we are expected to do, what we will do and what we could do etc –

which is what I hear in various forms from my clients with weight issues, Christmas is just very good at highlighting it, I thought I would like to share part of it with you. So that even if Jamie wins over juicing, and conformity beats soul comfort you can at least do ONE new thing that will make you feel better and start setting your mind to what’s next.

Remember “the flu” regularly shows up on the 5th of January just when we are due back to work. You can decide yourself  whether that is because it’s the time when exotic sounding bugs conspire to arrive from the east or because of the recent over consumption of fats, sugars, fermented products and general lazing around – never mind all the stress that comes if you happen to be the entertainer or feel stuck with someone you really don’t care for. Ok, ok, I’m preaching, I know! But Christmas can take its toll in many ways and for the hypnotherapist that is most obvious  around the middle of every January when I get booked up til Easter with weight loss clients – so I thought I’d encourage you to be GOOD TO YOU NOW if you don’t you will not be much of a help to anyone else anyway, so here you go:


Loosing Weight and Feeling Great


7 keys to successful weight loss for life:

  1. Breathe
  2. Hydrate
  3. Eat healthier, more nutritional foods – consciously!
  4. Move
  5. Master your physiological state
  6. Becoming aware of your emotions – writing out and tuning in
  7. Rest, relax, listen to your recordings


As one long in the tooth therapist that’s basically what I have found to work and for sure none of them will do you harm, so here is No 1-


TIP 1 – Breathe: Ujjayi Breath

Ever wondered why yoga teachers have GREAT bodies????



Yoga actually means the union of movement and breath and of course we all know that the study of yoga includes the study of the breath or pranayama. However it would be less commonly known that some breathing exercises increase the metabolic rate – which of course is a bonus to the waist line.

The following exercises using ujjayi breathing were shared with me by the lovely, Seda, during the summer of 2013 in Datca.

Ujjayi breathing is a breathing technique employed in a variety of Taoist and Yoga practices. In relation to Yoga, it is sometimes called “the ocean breath”. Unlike some other forms of pranayama, the ujjayi breath is typically done in association with asana practice.

Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly (activating the first and second chakras), rises to the lower rib cage (the third and fourth chakras), and finally moves into the upper chest and throat.

Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose. The “ocean sound” is created by moving the glottis as air passes in and out – in other words you just pretend you are breathing through the glottis. As the throat passage is narrowed so, too, is the airway, the passage of air through which creates a “rushing” sound.ujjayi The length and speed of the breath is controlled by the diaphragm, the strengthening of which is, in part, the purpose of ujjayi. The inhalations and exhalations are equal in duration, and are controlled in a manner that causes no distress to the practitioner.

OK here we go –

Abdominal Breathing 

That is deep into the lower belly, using the ujjayi breath.

Inhale, hold for 2 seconds then exhale.

Chest breaths 

That is into the lungs, using the ujjayi breath.

Inhale, hold for 2 seconds then exhale.

jaw lockAbdominal and Chest Breaths together

Inhale, 50% of the air into the belly, hold for 2 seconds then inhale the other 50% into the lungs, exhale

Jalandhara Bandha 

Engage Jalandhara Bandha – throat lock. It is performed by dropping the head slightly so that the chin is tucked close to the sternum and the tongue pushes up against the palate in the mouth. Practice full yogic breaths – breathing into all parts, belly and lungs together.

Practice at least 10 breaths and up to 3 minutes each of the four.


Let me know how you get on – if you fancy the book and recordings that go with it – have a look – Losing Weight and Feeling Great

I will bring you a tip a week until at least the end of January when my classes start and the weekends get busy again.

You might also want to have a look at the  – Turkish Retreat – Seda and I will facilitate in September 2015 –


Time for YOU – sun, relaxation and deep nurtuting


Once gain have a wonderful holiday, love and blessings from me xxx


I am loving the way our “Women Gathering” group has grown this year, a true sharing and a true collective – love it! It is an open group in every way – who comes – what we discuss – the constants are it is women only and there is always a meditation and a deeper relaxation whatever that may be. Our next meeting is on the 2nd November from 2.30-5 see event page and feel welcome to join us.

To give you an idea, last month we spoke about how to take care of ourselves over winter: ensuring we get outside to breathe fresh, take all the exercise we need and how best to allow this expansiveness to help counterbalance the contraction we experience as we approach the winter solstice when the urge to hibernate and rest is natural. We can also allow that stillness with a softness that will replenish and renew.


Women Gathering

I am delighted to share more of the gems for to encourage that rejuvenation and rest within that we shared around the circle

– activate your sense of smell using the essence of rose, lavender and orange on wrists and temples.

– pierce the skin of an orange with cloves and place on the radiator or near the fire and your whole room becomes infused with this gorgeous scent.

– light some candles during the dark nights. One of the most relaxing and rejuvenation things you can do or yourself is simply sit quietly in candle light

– listen to relaxation music like Sufi music.

– eating healthy nutritious foods, prepared with love, winter soups and stews to warm us up

On the subject of food we decided to share recipes, here’s mine, you can place yours in the comment box below and if you have photographs send them by email and  I can add to Facebook. so others can benefit too

There’s more on Preparing for Winter in the previous blog

And in the meantime – enjoy the soup!!!



Veg Broth


40g pot barley (pre-soaked)

2 tablespoons oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 celery thinly sliced

3 carrots

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 turnip, chopped

75g French beans, cut

runner beans

French Beans

Bouquet Garni

1.5 L water

1 tablespoon shoyu, salt and pepper

4 tomatoes skinned and chopped

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Soak the barley in cold water to cover for 1 hour. Drain well and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until softened. Add the celery, carrots, garlic and turnip. Cover and cool gently for 10 min, shaking the pan occasionally.

Add the barley, French beans, bouquet garni, water, shoyu, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 45 min, until tender.

Add tomatoes and parsley and cook for a further 10 min.

Check the seasoning and remove the bouquet garni. Pour into a warmed soup tureen to serve.


Come on – comment box below – share those recipes!


Taking care of YOU this winter

Develop Your Self Esteem

“Self-esteem is the quality above all others that determines how you respond to all the circumstances in your life.

A robust self-esteem improves the quality of your life and helps you learn to love yourself more. Taking even a little time just for you on a regular basis helps you realise that you’re worth it.

Take care of yourself

Doing something just for you means only for you. You may well enjoy a day with the family, thoroughly cleaning the garage or the kitchen take_care-630x320cupboards or wardrobe, but that is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about giving yourself something. It can be anything that is just for you, for instance, reading a good novel, going on a favourite walk, taking a long bath, resting when you are tired and caring for your body. Things like pampering yourself, having a warm and comfortable place to just be: a place you fill with love, preparing, cooking and eating what you love and taking time to enjoy it”.

Develop Your Self Esteem is taken from The Me I Want To Be by Vicki Rebecca – http://hypnotherapyaberdeen.co.uk/book-waiting/

Encourage a strong sense of self-worth beginning with looking after yourself this winter. Allow me to share an article, written by a friend Rasma Bertz

Dealing with the Onset of Winter


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Keep Cosy this Winter

Winter Anxiety

Many people feel stressed at the onset of winter, especially in the north of Scotland. Physiologically, this increases the need for B vitamins. B vitamins are depleted, not only by stress, but also by the usual winter increase in sugary foods and alcohol. While it is possible to take a B Complex supplement (like Higher Natures True Food B Complex), but it is also a good idea to increase foods including whole grains, lean meat, and milk (if you are ok with it). St John’s Wort and 5HTP are also useful supplements for those suffering with SAD (not to be used if taking antidepressant medication). You can also get daylight bulbs to put in your bedside and desk lamps. These really do make a difference.



St John's Wort - anti depressant properties

St John’s Wort

Winter Circulation

You are more likely to be affected by poor circulation in the winter, especially the older you are and the harsher the weather. Obviously, wrap up warmly when you go out – don’t be a slave to the fashion of exposed midriffs. If you get chilblains or cold toes and fingers then you may find Ginkgo Biloba useful. Make sure you are getting enough antioxidants like Vitamin E. For arthritic conditions, you may find Glucosamine Sulfate or MSM helpful. Winter Energy and Mood If you are feeling washed out and lacklustre, then topping up your Magnesium levels could help. Healthy snacks like nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are rich in Magnesium. Pulses (perfect for slow cooking) and whole grains are also high in this mineral. You can also take a supplement of around 300mg per day. Magnesium also supports the work of vitamin B in reducing stress levels. Winter Aches and Pains With the onset of the cold and damp your joints will need some support. Oily fish like sardines, mackerel, and salmon are rich in anti-oxidant essential fatty acids called Omega 3s. Combined with Hemp oil or pumpkin seeds to maintain a healthy balance of Omega 6 and 3, your joints will stay lubricated. Try to have around 3 portions of the above fish per week. If you don’t like fish, then you can take omega 3 or fish oil capsules. Winter Coughs and Colds Following my introductory advice, you can fight back against respiratory infections by boosting your intake of Vitamins C and E, beta carotene and anti-oxidants. The best sources of these include red and yellow peppers, kiwi and citrus fruit, green leafy vegetables and nuts. Higher Nature do a great supplement called Rosehip C which provides 1000mg of vitamin C, which can be taken daily. Here’s a chance to be a follower of fashion as well – keep your neck warm with one of the gorgeous long, colourful scarves available, and remember that you lose most of your heat through your head, so keep it covered!

How to Contact Ras

Email: rasma@quantumnorth.com

Website: www.quantumnorth.com

My deepest intention is to awaken, enlighten, and empower with
soulfully inspiring information, articles and products to positively impact
the richness and fullness of your life.


Love and Light



Modelling using NLP: possible in the world, possible for me, it is only a matter of how

One of the presuppositions of NLP is:

Possible in the world, possible for me, it is only a matter of how

If  it is possible for someone else to do something then it is possible for you to do it. You need to find out how to do it that’s all.


From this presupposition comes the methodology known as modelling: whatever you want to be excellent at, you need to find someone who is excellent at it, and learn from them.  It’s a much faster way than trial and error.

If you want to lose weight, find someone who has lost weight and kept it off, and find out what they did.  If you want to stop smoking, find someone who stopped smoking and find out what they did.  If you want to have a successful business, find someone who built up a successful empire and find out what they did.  If you want to be a successful investor, find someone who has made millions on trading stocks, and find out what they did!

Perhaps think or 3-5 celebrities that have done / or portray what you wish to acheive and imagine they are giving you advice.

Or you could go to a really great therapist who knows how lots of people did it – SUCCESSFULLY of course!!!!