Sunday saw world chocolate day and this got me thinking about how many clients come to see me and ask me to stop them from eating chocolate. SO I figured I would take this opportunity to talk to you via a blog post about how YOU can stop eating chocolate (or cake, biscuits…) or anything that is not great for you quickly. it’s time to talk about: ‘how to curb your cravings’.
Now. before we get started I want to make one thing perfectly clear…. I am not sitting here, saying do not eat anything that is nice, or anything that contains sugar… or dare I say it, ‘anything that is bad for you’. I believe that everything is good for you when eaten in moderation and life is short, so eat that cheesecake! However, I also believe that it’s all about balance – and looking at the reasons and triggers as to why we eat certain things…… also, it’s about quantity.
YOU will know if you have an issue with eating something, and you will know if you want to stop eating it because this article will have spoken to you…
How do you FEEL when you have eaten that food?
if you feel guilty, and know that you don’t really want to keep eating so much of that particular food, then start a journal for a week and note down when you eat it, and how you felt about it. Then at the end of the week have a coffee, and read over what you wrote, and see what it brings up for you. Sometimes, we are great at pushing away our feelings, covering them in even more cake, and pretending that they just don’t exist for us.
MAKE A PACT WITH YOURSELF AND FACE UP TO HOW THIS MAKES YOU FEEL. THEN MOVE ONTO THE NEXT STEP.
What are the benefits of eating that food?
You will turn to a certain feel good food for a reason. It will give you something… maybe it’s comfort, maybe it’s security, maybe it just stops you from thinking about things. Sure, this may not be positive in the long run but you will get SOMETHING that I would call a benefit of eating tha food, on an emotional level.
ONCE YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR BENEFIT IS YOU WILL THEN BE ABLE TO THINK OF OTHER WAYS TO FEEL COMFORTED, SECURE ETC, AND REPLACE THE FOOD WITH ANOTHER ACTIVITY.
What are the negatives of eating that food?
For example, you have gained weight and cannot seem to shift it. You feel guilty after you have eaten the food. It’s costing you a lot of money that you can’t afford on your budget. Make a list of all of the negatives, and stick it somewhere as a reminder, preferably on your fridge or cupboard, and then, if the negatives outweigh the positives, it’s time to move onto the exercise…
The oh so yummy exercise…
Okay, so I want you to do this exercise closed, but obviously read this first and then go and do it 🙂
I want you to think of the food that you are having trouble resisting, and then I want you to take a big yummy bite of it. Tastes good doesn’t it?
Next, I want you to take another bite… go on… treat yourself… enjoy it. Feel it inside of your mouth, is it cold, hot, hard or smooth? Think of a word that best describes it…. then take another bite……
That’s it….. now open wide and let me add something special to that………… there we go……… taste it? It’s a big mouthful of VOMIT… SICK.
Now this doesn’t have to be VOMIT what I want you to do is personalise this exercise and make sure that the nasty food that you add into the mix is something that makes you want to…. well…. vomit 🙂 ..it could be spit, it could be poo… or, imagine the food you are eating is mouldy and rancid, for example if it’s chicken, imagine it filled with blood and smelling disgusting…..
Make this as disgusting and revolting as you possibly can and then I want you to have another mouthful of it… and another… until your mouth is almost bursting with this vileness……
keep going until you get to the place where you want to actually vomit and have to say to yourself ‘stop this’.
The purpose of carrying out this exercise is that it will make you think twice again before stuffing your face with your cravings, and will trigger off this yucky feeling in you. if it only lasts for a moment, the memory surfacing works as an interrupt to the thoughts that you are having, saying eat the chocolate cake. eat the chocolate cake, and it gives you that pause, that moment in time, in which you can change things.
YOU can change things if you really want to, so try out the adviice that I have given you here, but please do book a clarity call with me if you want to come and see me so that we can work on this on a deeper level, as of course, I cannot really give you the ‘full effect’ via a blog post. You can book your clarity call here.
As always, I will speak to you next week, and don’t forget to come and say hi to me over on Facebook.