A Magical Life: Health, Wealth, and Weight Loss

Uniquely You with Dawn Cuckow

July 06, 2022 Dawn Cuckow Season 1 Episode 118
A Magical Life: Health, Wealth, and Weight Loss
Uniquely You with Dawn Cuckow
Show Notes Transcript

Today's guest is Dawn Cuckow, author of "The Body Effect" and qualified nutritional therapist. In this episode, Dawn will talk more about her book, "The Body Effect," and how it can help you identify the trigger behind your cravings.

Dawn works to help clients discover their unique path to fat loss, craving control, and end overeating. Visit Dawn's website to get your own personalized blueprint today!

Connect with Dawn:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DawnCuckow.TheBodyEffect/
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cuckowdawn/
Online: https://www.dawncuckow.com/
Find her book and more: https://linktr.ee/dawncuckow


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Magic Barclay:

Welcome back to our magical life. I'm your host magic Barclay today. I'm rejoined by Dawn Cuckow. Dawn is a qualified nutritional therapist and author of a radical new book aimed at readers who wanna discover their unique path to lasting weight loss. And this book is called the body effect. Welcome back, Dawn.

Dawn Cuckow:

Thank you. Magic.

Magic Barclay:

Now, come on. You've gotta tell us all about this book, the listeners. If they heard one seven, they're waiting with baited breath to learn all about the body effect. So what can you tell us?

Dawn Cuckow:

Okay. Well, the book starts with a premise that there's a, a trigger behind your cravings and a biochemical imbalance that's causing you to crave food, or a biochemical imbalance that's causing you to overeat, or a biochemical imbalance that's causing you to store more fat or to store belly fat. So in part one of the book we work, we go through all the different biochemical systems in your body, just a short chapter on each, and you learn how that imbalance affects your weight. and then there's a short questionnaire to see if that imbalance is relevant to you. Because if you really want to get rid of cravings, if you really want to get rid of this overeating or the belly fat, you need to know what's going on in your body, that's triggering it. And that could be different for different people. So for example, you might be storing extra belly fat in your friend might be storing extra belly fat, but there could be different imbalances behind it. Then in part two of the book, there's a step by step process that you follow. So each chapter you, you make one change and that change is tailored to the imbalances into your, in your body and to your personal. Dietary preferences and requirements. So you could be a vegan, you could be a meat eater, and you're gonna have to find different ways of eating that work for you. And I think this is really key because if you don't find a sustainable way of eating, then you're not gonna make permanent shifts. So it's gotta be a way of eating that you enjoy and that targets the imbalances in your body.

Magic Barclay:

I think that's really important, you know, so many people. See a nutritionist or, you know, a naturopath or whoever they see, and they're told eat this and eat that, but they may really, really dislike those foods. And if you're not happy eating for your health, you might as well not be eating for your health. You have to be happy because otherwise you are releasing cortisol because it's a stress. And then that defeats the purpose of what you're trying to.

Dawn Cuckow:

Absolutely. I mean, if you are trying to follow, uh, a dietary regime that doesn't suit you and that's extremely stressful and it's also not going to work, but it's not like there's any one magic food. We have so many foods available to us that there will be a way of eating that you can make work for you, but you enjoy.

Magic Barclay:

And I think it's really important that the listeners understand that they need to listen to their. So if your gut tells you don't eat this, you either won't feel well or you haven't liked it for the past 20 years. So you're not going to like it. Now listen to those messages because there's usually a reason my son, for example, Has always disliked celery. Like if I make a soup and it's in there, he can find it, he can taste it. And he says, I don't know why I don't like it, but I've never liked it. And it wasn't till we started delving into his health, we realized he had an oxalate issue. A celery is very high in oxalates. And then I thought, wow, that's the same reason he hates spinach. But I could have just said, you know, you're a kid, you eat celery because it's really good for you. And it's so high in fiber and water and electrolytes that you'll eat it, but really paying attention to the way he said, I just don't like it. And I never have, that was so key because we wouldn't have found out about his oxalate problems. Had I not listened. So, you know, listeners, if. There's that food that you just, you know, turns your stomach, even thinking about eating it. Listen to that message.

Dawn Cuckow:

Absolutely. I think we actually learn in our society not to listen to our bodies and as children we're often told to eat something up. I mean, luckily your son's got you as a mother and you didn't say just eat. But we're often told to eat food quits on our plate. And it's the same reason why we're often told, finish your food up and don't listen to your body. If your body says you've had enough, um, you should stop eating yet. We learn to override that. In fact, it's really interesting. They've done studies on this and to the age of four children eat the same amount regardless of their portion. But from the age of about four onwards children, given more food than they need will eat more of their portion rather than leaving more of it. And we do know that this is something that we learn to do to not listen to our bodies. So I'm totally with magic on this. Really listen to your body.

Magic Barclay:

I think growing up, you know, I was told, eat what's on your plate. I heard a couple of times from one of my parents, you know, there's starving children around the world. You need to eat this because they can't. And, and I just didn't question that when I was younger, I really wish I had, so I actually raised my children as grazers. There's always food available, you know, between the daylight hours, there's always food available. You decide what you eat. So neither of them have ever over eaten. One of them does make poor food choices and eats high saturated fats. I'm working on that. but they've never over eaten because they got to listen to those messages of you are full. And even now I still can't deliver a big meal to them because they just won't finish it. You know, if I take them out for a counter meal at the pub, they'll eat half of it. Half of it will come home as afters. And when we used to have a dog, that was great because she got to eat so much pub food, but you know, this is really important. Teach your kids to listen to their body. And reteach yourself. So I am now a Grazer. I had to reteach myself how to listen to my body and it wasn't easy. You know, it took a few times of eating till I felt like I was going to be sick. And then, you know, a few times of not eating enough till I really started getting those message. So, you know, really listening is so key now, Dawn, what else can you tell us about the body effect? This book? How did it come about and what was your main objective in writing this.

Dawn Cuckow:

Well, there's actually a long story to how it came about. Um, I actually started studying nutrition because I had, well, I had terrible period pains and every month I was completely incapacitated with them. The doctors were saying the next step was an exploratory operation. I was on prescription painkillers that didn't even touch it. And then I went to see a nutritional therapist and I didn't really think it was gonna make a huge amount of differe. But within three months, I no longer had any period pains and I haven't had them since. So that was what first got me studying nutrition. And then when I was still in training cl clinic, I had a client that came to me for weight loss, and we worked out this plan together. She was a really lovely lady and I was really looking forward to seeing her four weeks later and she came back and she hadn't been able to follow the plan and she'd gained half a stone. So I felt terrible about this. You know, I, I wanted to do something really meaningful with my life and help people. And. I talked to my tutors and no one could, no one could actually tell me how I could have helped her. But the desire way of reading the cravings were, were very strong for her. And that was what started this whole, um, load of years and years of research into what actually goes on in our bodies. Which ultimately ended up in, in this book. So with this book, I really just want to empower people to take, be able to, um, understand their own health, to take the focus away from weight and onto health. Because when you are eating healthfully and you're bringing your body into balance, then you, you will lose weight. I think there's so much all these quick fixed diets, they may work short term, but they don't actually change anything longer term. And many people end up heavier. So I just really wanted to help people know what to do and to actually find a lasting solution.

Magic Barclay:

That's a fantastic story. Now, what can people expect from the book? Is it a long book? Is it a short book? Like, is it a book where they can take some action? Do you have worksheets through it? What's the style of this book?

Dawn Cuckow:

Well, whilst it's based on research, it is really accessible. So each chapter is quite short. So that, as I said, the first part of the book you are discovering, which imbalances in your body are triggering your cravings, your belly fat, your desire to overreach. So, and there's a worksheet that you can download. So by the end of part one, you've got a one sheet of a four where you've ticked exactly what's going on in your body. So you can see it to glance. What's going on for you. Then part two is all about making changes and you can go through it at your own rate. So I suggest you make one change and then, um, get that started and then start making the next changes. If you are someone that likes to make lots of changes all at once, that's fine. But for many people it's better to make one change and, and make it a sustainable change. So part two, again, it's fairly short chapters. Each one has a story in of a client that made that step. So it's, it's quite relatable and you tailor it to what's going on for you and your food preferences?

Magic Barclay:

Great now, Dawn people can find you on Facebook at Dawn cookout dot the body effect. You're also on Instagram at cookout Dawn, and your website is Dawn cookout.com. Now I read when you offered your freebie in our guest sheet, that you actually have a mini course. So how can people start working more with you? Is that all laid out on your website?

Dawn Cuckow:

If you go onto my website, you can access the minicourse there. So you can do the mini course, anytime you like. Um, it just takes you about 90 minutes to go through. And it's a, it's a sort of a fun video version apart, one of the books. So there's a very short video followed by an online questionnaire. And then when you've completed that I will be running another course, a group course later this year. And if you're interested, then just get in touch, drop me an email. And we'll take it from there.

Magic Barclay:

Fantastic listeners. This was your episode. 1, 1 8 of a magical life coming up in one 19, we have Mr. Tom Basey coming to talk about the value of your health listeners. I hope you've gotten a lot out of our session today with Dawn Dawn. Thank you for your time.

Dawn Cuckow:

Thanks magic. I've enjoyed

Magic Barclay:

being here. Great listeners, please. Re listen to these episodes. If you need to, there's just so much great information coming straight at you and for now go forth and create your magical life.