The holidays are a perfect time for you take a look and understand why you eat what you eat. The holidays are an emotion packed time of year and the special foods that accompany the holidays are mostly filled with fat, salt and sugar that make them even more addicting. Emotional and stress eating can really pick up at this time of year with all the flurry of shopping, traffic, spending, family on top of the usual daily stressors in life. Seattle weight loss hypnosis and Bainbridge Island weight loss hypnosis clients of Slender For Life™ learn the hypnosis for weight loss tools that manage holiday stress and even help you to lose weight. Do you understand why you eat what you eat? is the title of Chapter 4 of my book, Becoming Slender For Life and is this weeks selected reading.
Do you understand why you
eat what you eat?
Now it’s time to address the two biggest challenges most overweight people face: eating for purely emotional reasons and eating as a reaction to stress. Both are major causes of obesity. You may find yourself eating when you’re not physically hungry, as a reaction to feeling upset, sad, lonely, angry or fearful. In addition, stress eaters often eat when they’re bored.
When you feel a negative emotion that you would describe as sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt or hurt, you are probably experiencing a physical feeling of tension or anxiety. These feelings can be TRIGGERS that initiate your conditioned response to eat. Almost everyone does this to some extent. Many of us have been programmed since we were babies to associate love, comfort and security with food and eating. If this habit is extreme enough to affect your weight, the techniques in this chapter can facilitate your change.
Normal reactive emotions can be controlled and modified through self-education, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, counseling or even medications in certain cases. If negative emotions are severely compromising your quality of life, you should discuss the problem with your hypnotherapist or other mental health professional. It is imperative, however, that you also allow yourself to feel your emotions—all of them—in a healthy way. It’s okay to be angry, sad, frightened, joyful, powerful and loving. Remember: stuffing your emotions often equals stuffing yourself with poor food choices, becoming over-stuffed by eating too much. A good visual reminder of this bloated feeling is Poppin’ Fresh (aka the Pillsbury Doughboy), who really doesn’t have anything to giggle about.
When you allow yourself to acknowledge and experience your emotions you create the space to move through and beyond the negative emotions. Using weight loss hypnosis you can be in control of what you eat, how much you eat and you can control your emotions. Hypnosis for weight loss can help you let go of the stress, anger, hurt, fear and sadness.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I allow myself to experience my emotions.
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