Food really is a metaphorFor many of us who have dealt with weight loss and other food issues, food really is a metaphor for some other powerful emotional connection in life. For me, cinnamon rolls were symbols for unconditional love and unconditional acceptance. Hypnosis for weight loss can help you change that emotional connection to food so that you don’t have to eat it for the emotional experience. When you learn and use weight loss hypnosis you can create a healthy relationship with yourself and a healthy relationship with food. Food really is a metaphor is this week’s reading from my book, Becoming Slender For Life.

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Food really is a metaphor

Janice, a 58-year-old artist, was amazed at what she learned about symbolic eating. “My number one indulgence meal has always been a burger and fries. When I tried to figure out what they symbolized to me, I suddenly remembered that when I was 7 years old and allowed to walk by myself to a neighborhood burger stand, that was where I spent my first-ever allowance. We never had French fries at home, and rarely even burgers, so both were real treats. And I associated them with my initial steps of independence. Ordering a burger and fries was my first taste of freedom—no parent was around to tell me I couldn’t have this meal. And I now realize that even though I’ve eaten many thousands of burgers with the ever ready fries, each time there was also an extra jolt of joy attached, because I was subconsciously celebrating my independence. As an adult, I don’t really need to do that anymore, so I can imagine releasing that food craving now that it’s been drained of importance.”

Due to the unusual circumstance of her name, Candice had an easy time figuring out her food addiction. “Until I was 21, I was always called Candy. And no surprise, I ate a LOT of it! As my very name, candy was always in my awareness. I felt like I could never get enough of it. Nearly every day I took my 35 cents lunch money and skipped the school cafeteria for a trip to the corner store where I bought seven nickel candy bars instead. (Hey, it was the 1950s, and those nickel candy bars were bigger than the dollar bars today.) And yes, I ruined my teeth in the process. What I see now is that there was a profound lack of sweetness in my life, I experienced my parents as bitter and sour, and my little girl mind was trying to find any way I could to sweeten my life. As an adult, it’s been especially difficult to resist during the holidays, as I also associated crystal candy dishes full of bright ribbon candy with other people’s Hallmark-happy homes. Now I realize the truth behind those fantasy images, and I can walk away from the candy aisle.”

From Becoming Slender For Life, second edition,
page 105 – 106

When I was about 5 years old, my grandmother would come to stay with us and she loved to make cinnamon rolls and I loved to have her make them and loved making them with her. we’d talk, laugh and play in the dough, flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon. For me, it was a time of unconditional love and unconditional acceptance. Many years later as an adult, anytime I felt unloved or unaccepted I would go on the hunt for cinnamon rolls. There were times I ate 2 or 3 in just a few minutes. Food was my drug of choice. Of course then I weight 260 pounds and was dealing with blood pressure and I was borderline diabetic.

Today, thanks to hypnosis for weight loss, I weigh 142 – 145 pounds, my blood pressure and blood sugar are in a very healthy normal range and food is no longer a drug for me. Using weight loss hypnosis I have created a new relationship with myself and a new relationship with food. I still love the smell of fresh warm cinnamon rolls and when I smell them I think of grandma and her love for me. But I can’t remember the last time I actually ate a cinnamon roll. I simply have a large amount of no desire. When you learn self hypnosis you too can have a large amount of no desire for the foods that make you fat and sick.

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