Are you an Emotional Eater?
Most of us are.
You’re bored, you eat. You’re stressed, you eat. You’re lonely, you eat.
And most of the time you’re not even consciously aware that you’re doing it until you find yourself rummaging through the cupboards or refrigerator, desperately on the search.
By then, it’s way too late to stop, it’s like there is a switch inside you that was flicked and will not stop until it’s eaten every morsel of food in sight.
And you can already feel the guilt and frustration creeping in.
“I’ve done it again”
“Why can’t I just stop!”
But here’s the thing. It’s not easy to stop this habit –when you’re using the wrong technique.
The problem is that most of us don’t know what the right technique even is.
Stop trying to change your behavior
Seems counter-productive, I know.
But what I mean by this is, you’re probably trying to curb the habit of eating when your mind is still fully engaged in it. You’re attaching the wrong piece of the puzzle.
You see, this habit goes a little deeper than just wanting to snack on Oreos while watching The Wheel of Fortune. It’s locked deep inside your Subconscious Mind.
Your Subconscious Mind is the part of your mind responsible for the thoughts and actions that you have on repeat.
You get to work and feel stressed, on repeat.
You hear your neighbor’s dog barking and get irritated, on repeat.
You start to feel bored and head to the fridge, on repeat.
These thoughts and actions are a repetitive loop in your Subconscious Mind. And no amount of effort in changing your behavior is going to stop that loop.
So what do we do instead?
Instead of trying to resist that muffin when you’re stressed or that bag of chips when you’re bored, bring your attention to your thoughts and feelings in those moments.
I’ll bet that even if you’re thinking “Don’t go to the kitchen. Don’t pull out the snacks. Don’t eat the junk!” you’re probably imagining doing all of those things in your mind.
You’re bored, and immediately you imagine checking the cupboards for food. You’re stressed and you immediately imagine eating your favorite comfort food.
And the thing about your Subconscious Mind is that it will always act upon what you imagine.
Using logic and reason doesn’t commute to that part of your mind. You could list a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t eat that piece of cake, but if you are sending an image of eating the cake to your Subconscious, that’s exactly what you’re going to do.
The Key is to Shift your Thoughts and Feelings First
The first step to breaking this habit for good is to shift your thoughts and feelings about snacking.
If you have negative thoughts about something and feel repelled by it, is it likely that you would want to engage with it? No!
In fact, you would probably prefer to avoid it!
That’s the trick, here. To change how you think and feel about snacking.
Right now you probably feel good and have positive thoughts about the actual act of eating.
Yes, consciously you want to stop, but you’ve made positive connections in your mind to that behavior.
So the simple answer is: change those positive connections.
Right now you probably feel good and have positive thoughts about the actual act of eating. t behavior.
Easier said than done, right? Like, how do I go from enjoying eating to disliking it?
You change your thoughts.
Shift your thoughts in an altered state, such as Hypnosis.
Meditation and Hypnosis both take you into an altered state where you are in full contact with your Subconscious Mind, where those strong connections are being held.
And when you are given suggestions (or give yourself suggestions as with meditation or self-hypnosis) that break that positive connection you have to emotional eating, you will then be able to shift your thoughts and feeling about it in the conscious state.
That means the work that you do while in an altered state, while directly connected to your Subconscious Mind is like rewiring those old patterns and connections so that the bad habit of snacking can easily be changed.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Using this strategy of connecting directly to your Subconscious Mind, you can begin to change all kinds of old programming that you have about food, your body image, and eating healthy.
There is usually a few different things that are contributing to your poor eating habits. Some of these can easily be changed by using hypnosis in this way, and some require going a bit deeper into the Subconscious Mind.
When I work with women to help them create a healthier relationship with food and their body, nearly every one of them requires a deeper level of understanding as to why this poor relationship came to be.
In Hypnosis we can do this by asking questions to the Subconscious Mind to find answers and to actually resolve the deeper emotional issue that has caused the negative relationship with food and their body.
When this kind of deep emotional healing has taken place, it’s like the ball and chain has been removed and you’re able to move into a whole new mindset around healthy eating and self-acceptance. It’s like the cords from the past that have been holding you back are released and you’re free to move forward in life.
Hypnosis specifically targeting Emotional Eating
To get started on creating a healthier relationship with food, and removing that unconscious urge to eat when you feel bored, or stressed, or lonely, you can listen to this short Hypnosis recording that specifically targets Emotional Eating.
My recommendation is to listen to it daily for 2-3 weeks to experience the full benefits. When listening to Hypnosis, find a quiet comfortable stop, free of distractions.
The more often you listen to Hypnosis and practice getting into an altered state, the easier it will become and the more you will benefit!
Never listen to a Hypnosis while driving or operating equipment.