Abrahamson is Israel’s leading clinic in the field of weaning off sugar and gluten, thanks to our 30 years of experience, and the thousands of people who hear of us by word of mouth, come to us, are successfully weaned, lose weight and live healthy lives. Most diets provide solutions for the symptoms of being overweight – usually diets don’t treat the causes.
The treatment reduces the urge to eat sugar and gluten, and people who have undergone it are apathetic to eating sweet foods. The results speak for themselves – just a few days after beginning treatment people feel greater alertness and concentration, need fewer hours of sleep, and some report an improvement in their general feeling and mood.The price of the treatment sessions is £450, and the price unconditionally includes unlimited additional sessions as necessary for a year. We operate a guidance and support system which is unrivalled in Israel, a detoxification centre, and a staff providing nutritional guidance; we distribute recipe books and hold cookery and baking workshops. The program includes complete use of our range of services for a year.
Tips: Sugar and Gluten
- Try to separate proteins and carbohydrates. That way, you can enjoy a good meal without the after effect of tiredness.
- Fish supplies light protein and the fatty acid Omega 3. It’s recommended to eat fish regularly.
- Reduce chewing gum, which increases the feeling of hunger.
- Heart disease is mostly caused by an unhealthy relationship between height and weight. Being overweight causes too much pressure on the heart. Now is the time to begin paying attention to healthier nutrition, along with reasonable physical exercise.
- Use the correct tools throughout the day. To feel balanced between meals, trade in the empty calories and sugar of snacks for food that will really give you energy. For example, take an apple, pear or yogurt with you to work – healthy food that will become important during the day.
- You are what you eat – use food that’s attractive and fresh. If those cucumbers you bought a few days ago aren’t crisp anymore, throw them out and replace them with fresh ones. Fresh, crisp vegetables taste better, and are better for you.
- Chew slowly and well. The digestive process begins while food is still in your mouth. Chewing causes your mouth to produce saliva, which contains enzymes that begin to break food down into nutrients. This not only makes food easier to digest, it quickens the digestive process.
- Avoid nutritional supplements as much as possible. Although is very easy to swallow a capsule and believe that you are providing your body with its needs, science still has not proven that the body actually absorbs these added nutrients. If your diet has nutritional deficiencies, learn how to provide them through the food you actually eat, and not through possibly useless pills or capsules.
- Meat is excellent for a healthy diet – approximately 20% of the body’s nutritional needs are met by meat. This significant statistic means that you should eat red meat once a week, chicken or turkey twice a week and fish three times a week. Balanced meat eating ensures that you get enough vitamins, protein, iron, good cholesterol and many other crucial elements for healthy bodies.
- Engage in physical activities between work and home. Learn how to release tension that builds up during the workday through physical activity. Releasing tension will allow you to “leave work at work”, and to really experience and enjoy those moments of leisure with your family.
- Exchange regular white sugar for the natural sugars found in fruit. The sugars found in fruit (fructose) are considered sweeter than white sugar and cause less damage to our bodies. As much as possible, try to avoid processed sugar. For the small amounts of sugar still remaining in your diet, switch to fruit sugars.
- The food you eat before and after physical activity will influence the effectiveness of the exercise. Eating complex carbohydrates an hour before exercise will help ensure balanced digestion throughout your physical activity. Eating protein-rich food up to 45 minutes after you workout will provide your body with what it needs to create strong muscle tone.
- Increase your intake of low-calorie ingredients. When you prepare various foods, always consider how to make them contain fewer calories. For instance, you can add interesting ingredients to salads (pomegranate seeds or oranges) and herbs instead of high-fat cheeses. Doing so creates high-taste food that is also low on calories.
- Don’t come hungry to the table. For a weight-loss diet to be successful, try to eat smaller meals every three or four hours. It’s not recommended to go many hours between meals, since being very hungry at the start of your meal will just cause you to eat more. Also, remember: after being very hungry, the body stores calories as fat, and eating large amounts slows down the body’s absorption of nutrients.
- Pay attention to time schedules. Listen to your body’s “clock”. Be sensitive to your feelings of hunger during the day. Notice and record when your body is asking for more energy, meaning when your body is telling you it needs food. For example, 8:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. If you consistently provide food for your body’s hunger with a good breakfast, it will provide the necessary energy throughout the day, result in a successful diet and allow you to be at maximum efficiency.
- Use smaller plates. Studies have already proven that if food is served on a smaller plate, people eat less. Try to serve smaller meals. You’ll be amazed to see that you’ll often be just as satisfied, and you won’t want more helpings.
- Increase your physical activity. Try different types of activity, and find one that you really enjoy. For stronger muscles and a slimmer body, you need to move more. For instance, “collect” steps during the day, both on the way to work and at your workplace. Instead of e-mailing a colleague for every little message, get up and go to him/her. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Remember: Each step is important and contributes to more physical activity, which in turn contributes to a successful diet. Being more active improves your mood and keeps you healthy.
- Increase the amount of water you drink. Being thirsty can become confused with feeling hungry, and as a result, people unconsciously often eat when they actually are thirsty! If you drink 8-15 glasses of water a day, you can significantly decrease your food intake, and be a more successful dieter. When people are in a hurry and pressed for time, the first thing they forget to do is to drink water. At work it’s important that water be right there on your desk, not only so you won’t forget to drink, but so that you won’t have to get up each time. It’s also recommended that you avoid drinks that promote urination such as coffee, tea and colas, because they actually reduce the body’s liquids. This causes you to eat more, which causes thirst, which so often is felt as hunger.
- No crash diets. It’s very highly recommended that you do not use crash diets, because extremely low-calorie diets result in our quickly “falling off the wagon”, and then we eat even more! It’s very important that your diet plan be balanced, so you can stick with it.
- Avoid emotional eating. Many people often use food as a way to cope with emotional situations, such as pressure, anxiety, nervousness, etc. Discover other, healthier ways to deal with emotions (such as therapy, meditation, alternative medicine techniques) and prevent emotional eating.
- Weigh yourself once a week, in the morning, before eating or drinking. Weighing yourself every day is unreliable, and is likely to cause frustration from not seeing day-to-day differences. Another way to see how successful your diet is proving is to measure the circumference of your thigh, and of your stomach around your navel.
- Eat your veggies! Vegetables are the natural first choice for anyone trying to lose weight or watch his/her figure. Vegetables provide large amounts of nutritional fiber, vitamins and crucial minerals – and all with a minimum of calories. The high nutritional fiber in vegetables reduces their caloric level. Eating lots of vegetables aids digestion, and helps to prevent diseases such as colon cancer, diabetes, high blood fat, and more. Vegetables are a crucial ingredient in every diet, and you can even eat salads and snack on vegetables between meals.
FAQ Sugar and gluten
Abrahamson: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Question: Does The Abrahamson Center give refunds?
Answer: The Abrahamson Center does not give refunds. The good name and reputation of our company was built on fairness and transparency, and not on marketing slogans. The refunding of money under the slogan of “you don’t stop, you don’t pay” may help marketing and sales, but negatively affects the motivation and commitment of the client towards the treatment. That encourages failure, and encourages a return to smoking. Sit quietly and close your eyes for a moment – what would happen if, when you walk out of your treatment, you were told that if you start smoking again, you’ll get a “prize”? At the Abrahamson Center, you’ll be given individual treatment, along with our system of support, and the backing of our 52 treatment specialists, staff members, advisors, nutritional specialists, detoxification specialists, workshop leaders, and cooking and baking advisors. Should the need arise, additional treatments are available at no extra cost, no conditions and no limits, for an entire year. All this, and we’re available every day, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, with the expectation of 100% success – a system like no other in Israel!
Question: It’s just before my treatment. Is there anything I need to do or to buy?
Answer: When weaning off of sugar and gluten, there isn’t a drastic change in diet. Of course, it’s recommended to make sure that there are certain ingredients that are handy, such as: eggs, dairy products, meats, fish, a variety of legumes (lentils, garbanzo beans/hummous, beans, mung beans, split peas, etc.), fruit, vegetables, and grains that are gluten-free (quinoa, buckwheat or kasha, amaranth, millet, sorghum, rice, sweet potatoes, etc.). For the first month, it’s recommended that you purchase crunchy buckwheat crackers, and a sweetener such as sucrose, agave syrup, stevia, maple syrup or date honey – all without added sugar, of course.
Question: I suffer from constipation. What should I do?
Answer: Nutrition that’s sugar-free and gluten- free returns our body’s digestive system to its correct, healthy state. For years, our bodies have become used to mostly processed foods, and it follows that, as we switch to natural, unprocessed nutritional ingredients, we will experience digestive difficulties. These are normal changes that initially appear as we change our diet. As we become accustomed to better, healthier food, these difficulties will disappear. In the meantime, you can increase your liquid intake, and that of food that has nutritional fiber (vegetables, legumes, grains, flax seeds, anise seeds, and prune juice. You can even blend prune juice and flax seeds, and soak them overnight in boiling water). Reduce the amount of crackers you eat, eat more fresh fruit, even after meals. For more advice, please contact the nutritional treatment advisor at the Center.
Question: What kind of sweets can be eaten as alternatives to regular sugar?
Answer: At the Abrahamson Center, we recommend healthy nutrition beyond weaning off of sugar and gluten. Artificial sweeteners can be used within this framework, but we don’t recommend them. Artificial sweeteners are not chemically recognized by our bodies, and therefore negatively affect a wide variety of body processes. Natural sweeteners that are considered acceptable for use are: Crystalline sugar, fruit sugar (sucrose), grape sugar (fructose), liquid sweeteners: honey,date honey (silan) stevia agave, maple syrup. Don’t forget to check the labels of every product listed here, to make sure that no sugar has been added to the original product. Products with added sugar should not be used!!! Sweeteners not allowed for use (disaccharides): cane sugar/sucrose, maltose inverted sugar, molasses, (a processed product of cane sugar), demarara sugar, caramel, corn syrup.
Question: Why is there a separation of carbohydrates and proteins?
Answer: When these two substances are combined, the carbohydrates inhibit the digestion of the proteins, which slows down the digestive process and causes weight gain. It also results in fermentation in the stomach and causes a feeling of tiredness and bloating. During a meal, meat, chicken, fish or eggs are eaten only with vegetables, or grains and legumes.
Question: What is gluten?
Answer: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, semolina, couscous, wheat germ, unleavened flour, bulgur, malt, and of course, all of the products which are made from these ingredients. When we ingest gluten we create a layer of a glue-like substance that coats the intestines, and is an obstacle to the absorption of nutrients through the intestines into the body. Eating gluten causes many problems, such as: intestinal gas, tiredness, weakness, migraine, stomach pains, skin rashes, diarrhea, weight gain, and many other conditions. Many of those treated who arrive at the Center wishing to wean off of sugar and gluten, discover that avoiding gluten in their diet solves health problems that had proved difficult to address within conventional medicine.
Question: Is this a diet?
Answer: Weaning off of sugar and gluten at the Abrahamson Center is not a diet. The word “diet” literally means a specific menu – at the Abrahamson Center, nutritional weaning includes guidance and advice for healthy, correct eating. There are many diets available today – diets that cannot be sustained over time because of their many restrictions. Weaning at the Abrahamson Center is geared to fit in with our lives for the long term. The Center’s way of eating is not in opposition to our regular life, but is in addition to it – a way of weaning from certain things that comfortably blends with our lives and does not radically restrict us. It’s important to understand that we’re talking about a healthier, more correct way of life, and as a result, of better treatment of our bodies. Our bodies respond positively, without becoming stressed by radical nutritional changes for the single purpose of a weight-loss diet.
Question: How much does the treatment cost?
Answer: The cost of treatment is £450. The treatment package includes full use of the wide variety of services available at the Abrahamson Center: We provide comprehensive availability for consultation, support, and personal accompaniment of each person. Immediate telephone support is available every day until 04:00 pm, and on Friday until 12:00 pm.