Q: I need more carbohydrates in my diet, what
do I do?
A: Mix a small portion of pasta or rice with
your salad or soup. Make a large green salad and then add freshly cooked
pasta. However, mentally prepare yourself for a lighter diet. Just try
it - and see how you feel. Your craving will subside before you know it.
Mostly it's a mental thing - you are used to eating it. If it's not mental,
have some carbohydrates. Again, differentiate, become aware, push gently
through your resistance to change. Believe me, it is worth it.
Q: I like the fruit drinks but are not too
successful with the green drinks. They dont taste good at all. What
am I doing wrong?
A: Check with the recipes, if you are following
the guidelines and it still tastes bad, try experimenting with different
fruits and vegetables. The drinks are very tasty and enjoyable - in fact,
thats probably the best part of this diet! There are several recipes
involving different vegetables so you get to experiment and get a feel
for what works for you. Keep experimenting. For example, if the drinks
are too sharp, try with avocado, coconut milk, lettuce and tropical fruit
juice. You can also change the fruit and juice you are using, for different
effect. Again, play and experiment. Use your imagination, follow your
Q: There are so many good recipes for fruit
drinks but when am I going to use them all?
A: You can have fruit drinks as dessert and
snacks, and also play with the breakfast alternative, remember to add
wheat germ and flax seeds though.
Q: My drinks usually end up too thin/thick/sweet/not
sweet enough, or the drinks are not tasting good.
A: Adjust the recipes, they are just guidelines,
you know best what works for you. Keep in mind that almost everybody that
has been on some kind of diet before believes that "if it is good
for you - it have to taste bad". That is an old and worn out belief,
exchange it for a new one; "I eat and drink delicious food while
I am losing weight and gaining more of my true self". Allow yourself
to enjoy. It does not have to be a struggle, it can be joyful and rewarding.
And rich in flavor!
Q: I have all good intentions in the morning
when I wake up, but as the day goes by, I seem to find myself starving.
Before I have organized a meal, I have put something else in my mouth,
like a candy bar, for immediate relief and energy. How do I come to terms
A: Organize and prepare your day in the morning.
If you know you are going to be busy and wont have a lot of time
and energy to arrange your meals, then do them before you start your day.
Mix your drinks and bring with you, carry trail mix (raw nuts and dried
fruits), fresh fruit, fruit juices etc to keep you from falling for the
temptation of candy bars. This will not only save you a lot of energy
and frustration, but also time.
Q: I have problems getting around doing the
physical exercises. By the time I can go for a walk, I am too tired.
A: It's very important that you keep up the
exercises. You might feel exhausted before the walk, but trust me, as
soon as you are out there, you will feel invigorated and have much more
energy than before. Be aware of your own resistance to change and push
through it - gently. If you cant find enough time for a walk at
the end of the day, then schedule it for the beginning of the day, even
before breakfast if possible. If you havent had any energy intake
at all, you will start using energy from your fat depots instead. Or you
can walk instead of talking the bus, go for a swim during lunch, join
a gym with a friend and commit to going together a couple of times a week.
Q: I cant seem to find a physical exercise
that works for me, what can I do instead?
A: You need the physical exercise to strengthen
your heart, pump out the toxins and rejuvenate yourself with fresh oxygen.
Besides, it releases endorphines, your bodys natural "high".
There are so many types of different exercises to chose from! Keep experimenting
and playing till you find what suits you. This process is a journey in
self-discovery! Keep at it. Apart from the more traditional once; walking,
swimming, jogging, aerobics, treadmills etc., there is power yoga, dancing,
belly dancing, squash, self defense classes, martial arts, weight lifting,
volleyball, basketball, hiking, biking, canoe paddling, tennis, horseback
riding, kick boxing, boxing, and much more. Ask yourself what it is that
you would like to do, and act on what comes to you, at least once, to
try it out. Take the opportunity and ask when you are deeply relaxed during
your relaxation and meditation exercises. If you exercise every day for
ten days in a row, you will get "addicted to the high", and
it will become as natural as breathing. You are not going to want to do
Q: I seem to be doing fine on the program during
the day, but at night I want to eat with my family. I feel that I am doing
something sinful if I eat an ordinary meal with them. What
can I do to resolve this conflict?
A: Allow yourself to eat with your family at
night. It's old programming that makes you feel as if you are doing something
wrong. Recognize it for what it is, simply programming. Remember
that you can do whatever you want on this diet. If you want to exchange
two meals a day instead of three, then do it. You are supposed to be feeling
good, not adding more burdens to your shoulders. However, do recognize
that there will be resistance that you might be better off pushing through,
gently, but take it at your own pace. Listen to your body and become more
aware, it will tell you what to do to feel the best. You learn how to
do this by practice, trust your feelings, and make necessary adjustments.
Q: I dont want to make a fuzz so when
Im with others, I eat what they do, but it doesnt make me
feel good. How do I break this cycle?
A: Its important to be comfortable with
what you are doing. If you do only what others do to avoid attention,
there are at least two ways to handle the situation. You can add more
vegetables and salad and eat less of the heavier foods, keep it light.
You can ask yourself if it is worth it, your welfare and health, to not
make a fuzz and stand up for yourself. People may act more favorably if
you tell them you have decided to change your habits because of health
aspects instead of weight issues. To tell them you want to spare your
knees or your heart, might be more accepted then saying you want to lose
weight and become who you truly are.
Q: If I want other protein sources than the
ones mentioned, what do I do?
A: If you really want to incorporate meat into
your diet, let fish be your choice, do stay away from red meats. You can
always eat what you desire during the weekends (if you want to). Keep
in mind that the diet is for three weeks only, try to stick it out and
try a different lifestyle.
Q: I want to buy organic food, but it is hard
to find, what do I do?
A: Start asking for it in every shop you frequently
visit, its an excellent way of getting people more aware of the
growing demand of organic foods.
Q: Why is it so easy to stay on the diet once
A: Your whole system is gently guided into
balance and it more or less takes care of itself after a very short time.
Q: I want to be able to visit a support group
and share my experiences with others. Is there anywhere I can go and do
A: You can access the chat club through the
Internet by your membership. There are no physical places to visit yet,
but there might be in the near future, so keep checking in with us. And
please, do let us know if you are interested in starting or attending
Q: Where do I turn to if I have personal questions
or want counseling/coaching?
A: If you have questions, please dont
hesitate to email us. We will answer as soon as we have a chance, but
please, read the FAQ first. If you want more support, you can schedule
a private consultation with Gunilla Hodkin or Michael Berger. Let us know
and we will set up the connection. They both do sessions over the phone
as well as in person.
Q: I have invented some great recipes I would
like to share with others!
A: Great! Send it to us and we will post them
on the notice board. Thanks! We welcome input and initiative in all forms;
recipes, inspirational reading, sharing experiences, insights, tips and
more. All material will be screened. Feel free to send us your success
story, with a photo if you wish, and have a place in the sun among the
Q: If I have once been a customer and want
to check the updates and use the diet again, do I have to pay for it a
A: The password changes so you will most likely
not be able to get into the program unless you pay, so make sure you print
out the 3-week program. However, you will still be a customer and can
access any time and take part of the site's growth, and enjoy chatting
away with others for an entire year.
Q: Will I lose the weight Ive lost when
Im off the diet?
A: That depends on you! If you had an unhealthy
lifestyle before the diet, lose 12 pounds while on the diet, and after
three weeks go straight back to your old lifestyle that made you overweight
in the first place - for sure you will gain the weight back on. However,
most likely, you wont return to your old lifestyle, and there is
a very good chance that the weight will be kept off.
Q: I smell really bad and get pimples everywhere.
Why does this happen?
A: Its an effect of the cleanse, your
skin and lunges being two organs used for disposal. You might feel like
showering more frequently than normal for awhile. Keep in mind that it
will pass and instead you will become almost odor free.
Q: Why does the Wellbeing Diet work so well?
A: It incorporates mind, body and spirit. Thats
why it takes on a life of its own. The only thing you need to do to be
successful, is to be in the process and enjoy it. It truly works magic.
What we as organisms take in or harbor in form of thoughts, beliefs, concepts,
and consciousness, are at least as important for our emotional, psychological,
physical, spiritual wellbeing as the food and drinks we consume. Sadly,
this is grossly ignored - at the expense of our health.
Q: Can the diet be used to gain weight?
A: It has not been used for that intention,
so there is no documentation of it - yet. However, it's quite possible
that it could. It all depends on your naturally healthy state of being.
If you try it with the intention of gaining weight and you are successful,
please let us know.
Q: Why is there a charge to access the diet?
A: We are providing a service, and the charge
helps to maintain and improve the service. This is not just information
thats posted once and then left alone. We continuously work on the
site, add and update, and service is a main priority. This site is alive
- you are able to communicate with us.
Q: How long has the Wellbeing Diet been out
A: It has existed since 1999 and has been thoroughly
road tested, mainly in Sweden for two years. It became available over
the Internet September 2001.