All Club mentors and consultants are health professionals registered with a government recognised regulator. They are required by their professional bodies to be safe, ethical and to put our members’ interests before financial gain.
The Club does not recommend or favour any one particular programme, diet or method for reducing body fat – but supports each member so that they can make an informed choice that suits their body and their lifestyle.
The Club is actively concerned with reducing the chances of you becoming diabetic. Type 2 diabetes bring many health risks – including a higher chance of stroke and coronary problems. We believe that diabetes prevention is critical for everyone over 40.
Although we discuss food, exercise and drink at our meetings, mentoring sessions and consultations, the emphasis is on the way each member uses food, exercise and drink in their lives.
The Club believes everyone, that really is everyone, can experience sustainable, enjoyable change regarding their size and weight.
Members needing to become smaller and lighter quite quickly – for example, to be ready for an occasion, or for an operation – tend to choose The E-SaW Club 19 Week Course. With this course, the weekly cost includes membership of the E-SaW Club.
If a member has a history of losing size and weight and then putting it back on, and permanence is more important than speed, then they often choose to take Coaching & Consulting Membership and, when they are ready (and there’s plenty of help available to you from the Club so you’ll know when this is) they take The Mindful Journey. Everyone is different, so we will always discuss your options with you first.
There is no judgement, failure or guilt in our programmes. Our groups are kind, respectful, supportive and interested in one another.
No-one is excluded, whatever their history with trying to be smaller – and whatever their size is now.
We don’t weigh or measure at meetings and members’ can have as much confidentiality as they wish.
Being ‘pre-diabetic’ means that you have heightened levels of blood-glucose but you don’t yet have all the symptoms of being diabetic. It doesn’t automatic mean that you will become diabetic – but it is wise to treat a positive test for pre-diabetes as a warning you should heed.
Type 2 diabetes, which is overwhelmingly the most common kind, is most prevalent in people over 40, although people with a background in South Asia are more susceptible to the disease and are wise to be tested once they reach 25. People with backgrounds from everywhere are now getting the disease earlier in life, and it is much more frequently seen in children than at the start of this century.
Type 2 diabetes occurs because there is not enough insulin in our body, or the insulin isn’t working properly. This means that glucose builds up in the blood and is also detectable in the urine.
Type 2 DM, as it is often called, means a greatly increase likelihood of :
The most important thing is to make sure that pre-diabetes doesn’t become Type 2 diabetes – and, where it does, that it is controlled effectively.
Membership of The E-SaW ensures that a programme personal to each member is created to reduce, as effectively as possible, the likelihood of pre-diabetes becoming Type 2 diabetes.
Of course, The E-SaW Club also provides support and advice for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
No you don’t. In fact, you don’t have to give any samples at all – even saliva – but our ability to support and advise you will be improved if you do.
Blood tests are done with a pin-prick pen which many people find almost painless – but some people don’t care for! In many cases, we can substitute saliva samples for blood and / or urine – although they may not give us the same quality of information. Feel free to talk to our coach or mentor about this – we promise that they will be very understanding.
It is a fundamental of The E-SaW Club that the members are in control of what happens. There is never any pressure on a member to do anything at any time. We simply offer members the advice and support so that each one can make informed decisions.
When you join The E-SaW Club, you are not legally signing up to either The Mindful Journey or The E-SaW Club 19 Week Course – unless and until you specifically choose to do so. There is never any pressure on you.
However, in order for you to change, it is important to understand that membership of The E-SaW Club is designed to help you choose one or the other as a method for reducing your size and weight.
Both The Mindful Journey and The E-Saw Club 19 Week Course are designed specifically for you once you have undertaken some body chemical tests and surveys. There is no one ideal plan for everyone – we believe that each person on these two programmes should have them individualised as much as is possible.
Both programmes also include a test for pre-diabetes – which is included as part of your membership.
The reason the vast majority of people are not the size they’d like to be is that the way they think about their food, exercise and drink is, for them, now out-of-date. Both of the E-Saw Club’s central programmes help you to gently re-evaluate your personal, unique strategy for the future.
This is a very brief description of the differences between these two central programmes offered by The E-SaW Club: The Mindful Journey and TheE-SaW Club 19 Week Course
The Mindful Journey is designed specifically for you once we have body chemical and personal history information.
If, for some reason, you need to leave The Mindful Journey, you may return to another one later at no extra cost.
The E-Saw Club 19 Week Course is also designed specifically for you once we have body chemical and personal history information.
If, for some reason, you need to leave The E-Saw Club 19 Week Course, you may return to another one later at no extra cost.
The details are discussed at all our preliminary chats – both face-to-face and online. You also receive a written guarantee when you start The Mindful Journey.
Briefly, there are two parts of The Mindful Journey that are guaranteed:
More details about The Mindful Journey’s unique guarantee are set out in our Terms and Conditions under Clauses 5.07 and 5.08.
What The Mindful Journey – which lasts until the member achieves a new Personal Defended Size and Weight – guarantees is both that she or he will achieve the goal they agree with their Personal Mentor and that that change will be maintained whilst the member is in the E-Saw Club. For more about your Personal Defended Size and Weight, please see the FAQ below entitled I’ve read that one of the Club’s two central programmes, called “The Mindful Journey”, only finishes when the member achieves something called a new Personal Defended Size & Weight. What is this?
The E-SaW Club 19 Week Course doesn’t last long enough for this guarantee to be an option. For more about the guarantee, please see the FAQ above entitled How does the Guarantee in The Mindful Journey work?
You can, though, at the end of the E-SaW Club 19 Week Course, elect to continue your membership of the Club (this costs £22.97 per month) and have your guarantee. This is a useful way to have the best of both worlds – a speedy loss and then a longer term programme to maintain that loss.
It certainly isn’t a small amount. But you are getting personal attention and a guarantee about the permanence of your size and weight loss on an individually constructed programme designed by clinical specialists and biomedical scientists specifically for you. This is why we can guarantee you won’t put your losses back on!
If you chose a traditional diet programme, and then saw a coach or mentor every other week, you’d probably pay quite a lot more. With The Mindful Journey, you can contact your mentor at any time, and you get a lot more than coaching, mentoring and a guarantee:
a weekly The Mindful Journey Handbook instalment
one-to-one mentoring to answer questions,
the availability of professional consultants to help if life issues are making your progress more difficult
fun surveys and
really friendly online and face-to-face groups.
And a major reason for most members who join The E-SaW Club, and choose to take The Mindful Journey, is that it is guaranteed – and will keep going for as long as it takes for you to achieve your new Personal Defended Size and Weight.
However, the choice is yours. You can join The E-SaW Club 19 Week Course for as little as £55 per week – and this includes your membership. There’s plenty of advice if you need it! Just ask.
You can join The E-SaW Club 19 Week Course for as little as £55 if the group is large enough to make this viable (this means there are more than 12 people in the group). And that £55 covers your membership too.
Why not get some friends and family members together – and get the weekly rate down?
You always know how much your course will cost before you start. And once you join, the weekly stays the same – even if the group gets smaller.
Some people do these programmes in their own homes, on their own, as a couple, or in a small group. The E-SaW Club is about celebrating, not trying to change, your individuality.
Simply contact us to find out more.
We have two nervous systems which can act independently, but also work together to make sure we eat and drink enough.
When we eat less for a prolonged period, like we do to become smaller, the central and enteric nervous systems increase our feelings of hunger and make us feel full-up more slowly. They are guarding exactly the same size and weight that we are trying to lower! Which isn’t very helpful!
So when we try to become smaller, our own bodies fight against us. We call the size and weight each member’s body is defending their Personal Defended Size & Weight.
However long it takes your body to reach its new Personal Defended Size & Weight, you pay no more for The Mindful Journey.
Everyone is different, but it’s the way we have evolved over millions of years. If the quantity of food we eat goes down, our bodies tend to act as if there’s a shortage of food – some sort of famine.
For most of us, our bodies firstly make us hungrier than we’re used to – that’s a throwback to pre-historic times when we’d need the incentive of hunger to leave a nice safe cave and go off to hunt and gather. Then, when we find food, our bodies are slower than normal to feel full-up so we eat for longer and increase our fat reserves.
This worked really well when we needed to hunt and gather for hours to find enough food. But today, you and I just need to go to the fridge! So a once successful survival system is now actually fighting our attempts to be smaller.
No. We will support you however long it takes. The only extra cost to you will be any extra services you choose to have – for example consultancies, blood tests or extra saliva assays.
We measure a number of hormones, using saliva. A number of different hormones work to tell us that we feel hungry – and that we are full. Each of us reacts slightly differently to different combinations of these hormones. People who are overweight produce proportionately less amounts of the hormones that make us feel full, than average. As we reduce our food and drink intake, these levels drop even further. And the hunger-feeling creating hormones increase.
Then our bodies accept a new Personal Defended Size & Weight and reverse these behaviours that are, very effectively, fighting our attempts to be the size and weight that we want to be.
Once this has happened, we will find maintaining our new size and weight much easier.
Firstly, there’s a big difference between our bodies doing something we are unaware of, and our bodies doing something that we are expecting them to. So we have lots of ways that support and advise our members: Podcasts, videos, online get-togethers, one-to-one mentoring to answer questions, fun surveys and really friendly online and face-to-face groups.
There’s a weekly instalment of The Mindful Journey handbook and informal online discussion about the best way each member can utilise what’s in them.
We also use mindfulness – a version that is heavily researched, and approved by the government watchdog NICE for use in the National Health Service. Mindfulness is a huge help in making us aware of the difference between what we feel and what is actually real. You can come along to one of our meetings and talk to our members about this.
We use trance therapy too, on request, when members are having considerable difficulty changing habits regarding food, exercise and drink.
Research shows that if someone maintains, with support, a size and weight loss for around a year, the body accepts this new situation and stops fighting our work to become the size and weight we want to be.
First of all, of course all tests are voluntary. We use them initially to look at an overall picture of the changes in your hormones over a 24 hour period. For the Club’s biomedical scientists, this process is a bit like a treasure hunt – what they look for next depends on what they found on a previous test. A tiny amount of saliva, collected on a swab like the ones at the dentist, can be tested many times for different things.
Not at all. If you have access to the internet you can join our club. We meet online, and can provide support over the phone.
However, if you think you would like to be able to attend meetings in your area please get in touch – let us know who you are and where you are and we may be able to help. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if you would like to work with us, and set up a club in your local area, please email email@example.com
Currently, the towns and cities where we do have, or soon will have, physical meetings are all in England:
Elsewhere in England
Airedale & Wharfedale, W Yorks, N Yorks and E Riding
Harrogate, N Yorkshire
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Research shows that sleep is a very important factor in our ability to change our size and weight. Our initial saliva tests will look at a member’s hormone levels for information if they report sleep difficulties.
If you can get to London, Ely, Ilkley, Harrogate, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth Garden City, Milton Keynes or St Albans you can come along to our free “Chats” over tea and coffee. There are normally a few people together asking questions – but we can talk to you privately should you so wish.
If you can’t get to any of those places, you are just as welcome to join us. Without leaving home, you can find out more at our short webinars – which have question sessions at the end. We can always arrange to talk to you online privately too.
To see dates of our free chats or webinars, please visit our events page.
There is an online ‘Send a message’ service on this website. Please feel free to use it. If you would like us to contact you, then do leave your details. All enquiries are treated with total confidentiality.