New Testimonial Interview

Interview with reader of “You Are NOT What You Eat; Better Digestive Health In 7 Simple Steps”

Just before my presentation in Campbell River last month I was approached by a vibrant elderly man holding a copy of my book who introduced himself and said (with a twinkle in his eyes), “I just wanted to thank you for this book and tell you that if I was gay I’d kiss you on the lips.”

Listen to an Interview recorded a few days later:

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I wasn’t quite sure what the ‘politically correct’ response to that was but we chatted for a few minutes before my talk began and tears started to come to my eyes as he told me his story.

About 90 minutes later as I was finishing my presentation the gentleman stood up and shared his story with the rest of the audience and it was clear he had the same effect on them as he’d had on me.

In fact, his story was so moving that I wished I’d had a video camera to record his brief talk (I don’t even carry a cell phone with me, let alone a camera 😉

But he readily agreed to share his story with others (although he admitted he was quite nervous about being interviewed and said he’d need to write everything out first) and we did a phone interview a few days later. And that’s what I’ve posted here. It’s about 8 minutes long and includes Jim (his name) reading his ‘script’ but mainly it’s just us chatting about his experience.

As I mentioned to Jim, these moments of hearing from readers touch me very deeply and are the greatest reward for my efforts writing You Are NOT What You Eat.

So I’d like to thank ALL of you now for the emails, kind comments, and phone calls you send my way.

And to congratulate you once more on what YOU have accomplished by making some of the changes suggested in the book. The steps I outline certainly changed my life, and it is wonderful to hear when they have changed yours.

As always, with every good wish,

Van

*If the Player above doesn’t work in your browser, click this link: http://youarenotwhatyoueat.com/wp-content/uploads/Jim-Doucet-Testimonial.mp3

Tammra Broughton Call-in Show April 9

I’ll be on Tammra Broughton’s online radio show Living Proof Radio on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 5:00pm in PDT.

Go here for more info: http://a2zen.fm/events/you-are-not-what-you-eat-why-poor-digestion-is-a-serious-threat

And listeners – enter the draw for one of 2 free copies of the book by filling out the form below! (*Sorry – draw ended.)

CFAX Radio Call-in Show With Terry Moore

Did an hour-long call-in show with Terry Moore on CFAX radio yesterday. (Thanks Terry and Roszan!) Click below to listen to the edited version (no news breaks, etc.) And listen for the amazing Ada (first caller I think) – quite an inspiration!

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Have been busy on a lot of book fronts lately, hence not many posts. Sorry! But please visit the Facebook page for more frequent updates. (Oh, and please ‘Like’ it if you feel inclined. Thanks! ;-)) )

I’ve also started a bit of DIGESTIVE  TRIVIA on the FB page. Click the image near the top of the FB page to check out the first few questions. I’ll be adding to it continually.

Had to order another print run as I was out of books and the shipment arrived today. (Thanks Houghton-Boston. They look great.) A few minor changes that most of you wouldn’t notice.

If you’re in Victoria, I’ll be there Thursday and Saturday giving free presentations. Would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have. (Emily Carr library Thursday 7-8:30pm; Central Branch library, Saturday, 2-3:30pm.)

Some very nice email testimonials coming in from folks who are feeling much better since they started following the steps in the book. Thanks to all – I love hearing from you and will try to post some asap. (Another thing on the To-Do List ;-))

See you soon.

HOLIDAY DIGESTIVE CHALLENGES – What If Food Is Not The Problem?

“We’re continually told that food is causing our digestive problems,” says Van Clayton Powel, author of You Are NOT What You Eat; Better Digestive Health in 7 Simple Steps, “but in many cases, nothing could be further from the truth – it is our damaged digestive systems that are at fault. So that’s where we need to direct our attention.”

Holiday Digestive Problems

HOLIDAY DIGESTIVE CHALLENGES – What If Food Is Not The Problem?

Whistler, B.C– As the days grow shorter and the evenings more crisp, many of us look upon the fall as a season of transition, and change … and celebration! But the overindulgence of Thanksgiving dinners, the stockpiles of Halloween candy, and the decadent richness of Christmas fare can make the season an absolute nightmare for millions who suffer from digestive problems. And according to the author of a new book, we`re looking for solutions in the wrong place.

“We’re continually told that food is causing our digestive problems,” says Van Clayton Powel, author of You Are NOT What You Eat; Better Digestive Health in 7 Simple Steps, “but in many cases, nothing could be further from the truth – it is our damaged digestive systems that are at fault. So that’s where we need to direct our attention.”

Powel is a former registered psychiatric nurse and the founder of Mind Body Fitness Inc. who has combined his years of experience on the front-lines of patient care along with his own personal battle with digestive illness to pen an easy-to-understand, ‘how-to’ guide for achieving digestive health. And his light-handed, practical focus on how to eat, rather than what to eat, is being praised by professionals and laypeople alike.

The book teaches a series of simple steps meant to enhance and strengthen digestion to the point that “You can eat almost any food without a problem,” says Powel. And his passion comes from first-hand experience. “I had so many food sensitivities I almost dreaded holiday feasts,” he says. “Now all my digestive problems are gone, and I’m back celebrating with everyone else!”

Powel’s energetic, humorous interviews about You Are NOT What You Eat are increasingly popular on TV, radio and blogs, and he`s currently providing a series of free presentations on digestive health. You can learn more at www.youarenotwhatyoueat.com

DIGESTIVE HEALTH: 2 Parts To The Equation

What we eat is half the equation when it comes to digestive health. Just as we shouldn’t ignore the importance of how we eat, nor should we ignore the impact of what we eat. So I watch what I eat and have a particular ‘Home Base’ diet that works well for me.

As I make clear in the book – we are not what we eat – we are only what we digest, what we absorb, what we assimilate.

But does that mean I don’t watch what I eat? Definitely not!

What we eat is half the equation when it comes to digestive health. Just as we shouldn’t ignore the importance of how we eat, nor should we ignore the impact of what we eat. So I watch what I eat and have a particular ‘Home Base’ diet that works well for me. (I believe we all get to find our own dietary approach based upon our personal situation, so I don’t tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t eat.)

And as you know from the book, I also allow myself to temporarily throw my Home-Base healthy diet out the window when I go on ‘Vacation’ (see chapter 12).

But I definitely keep an eye on what I put into my body. So I take note of articles like this one in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/business/organic-food-purists-worry-about-big-companies-influence.html?pagewanted=all

See what you think.

Excerpt:

“The fact is, organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for Big Food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic.”

Shaw TV Interview with Kait Burgan

Another interview I did on the last tour was with Kait Burgan of Shaw TV. We were on location in the Parksville library and it was a blast. Both Kate and her camera operator Kelly were a lot of fun between takes. (As you can tell by the constant grin on my face.)

If video doesn’t appear, click here to watch: November 16th, “You Are Not What You Eat”

Digestive Problems In The Workplace – Their Impact And Solutions

The impact of digestive problems in the workplace, for both employers and employees, is covered in interview with Charmaine Hammond on BlogTalkRadio

We took a look at the impact of digestive problems in the workplace for both employers and employees in this half-hour interview with Charmaine Hammond on BlogTalkRadio.

How big is the problem? It’s estimated that up to 50% of us suffer from digestive problems, and it has become the most likely reason we’ll visit a doctor. Imagine the impact on sick time and productivity!

Eating under stress is definitely a huge part of the problem, as is shiftwork, and constant snacking – all of which are addressed in You Are NOT What You Eat. The good news? The solutions aren’t that difficult!

Click link below to listen. (Might take a few moments to load but should then play automatically.)

Let me know if you have any questions and thoughts. Thanks!

 

Global TV Interview This Sunday

Going to be on Global TV Sunday Morning News with Lynn Colliar this Sunday, September 30 at 12:25pm for a short interview about the book. I’ll wave to you all ;-)) (Well, perhaps just imagine that I’m waving to you.)

Arrangements for the interview as well as a flood of other events has kept me from posting Part 2 of Signs And Symptoms. My apologies! It’s coming very soon.

See you soon!

Talk Radio Europe Interview With Van Clayton Powel

Talk Radio Europe Interview With Van Clayton Powel, author of “You Are NOT What You Eat; Better Digestive Health In 7 Simple Steps”

Did an early-morning interview today with Selina McKenzie on Talk Radio Europe.

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It was about 5am – I should probably give it a listen myself to see if I was coherent! ;-))

Welcome!

You Are NOT What You Eat_3DCoverHello! And welcome to the first blog post for You Are NOT What You Eat!

It’s an exciting, busy time as I transition from talking to my computer for the last 6 months, to thankfully talking with human beings again. (That’s the joy of finishing the research, writing, editing and publishing of a new book, and moving into the realm of telling others about it.)

Early reviews and feedback have been excellent, which is a wonderful reward after so long working in isolation. So please don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and ask any questions you might have.

If you’ve read the book, you know how passionate I am about the subject of digestion and its vital role in every aspect of our health. And you also know that much of my passion was born out of my own chronic digestive problems – problems that are now a distant memory!

The road to digestive health for me was a long arduous journey that literally took me around the world. The solutions I found fit perfectly with the latest medical science. And as a former nurse trained in the Western medical model, that was important to me.

But the solutions have nothing to do with what to eat, and everything to do with how we eat. And it turns out this approach to digestive problems has been used in the ancient medical systems of Asia for thousands of years.

My education in the Western medical model taught me the value of double-blind, peer-reviewed, randomized studies. But my training in Japan and India taught me the value of thousands of years of clinical experience. Somewhere between the two is where I found the road to the vibrant health and energy I enjoy today. And those of you who know the frustration of digestive problems like I do,  know what a remarkable feeling it is to be healthy again!

As we begin this journey together, I hope you’ll share your experiences so that others might benefit. And again, please let me know if you have any questions.

With every good wish!

Van