Using Hypnosis to Change Your Relationship with Food
For many of us, food can be a source of comfort. We turn to it when we’re feeling down or overwhelmed, and it can be hard to break the habit of emotional eating.
If you find yourself reaching for food when faced with difficult emotions, it could be that you’re trying to avoid or escape those feelings, rather than face them head on. If this sounds familiar, hypnosis could be the answer to changing your relationship with food and becoming more mindful of how and why we eat.
How Hypnosis Works
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation that allows you to access and control your subconscious mind. During hypnosis, a trained professional will guide you through a series of steps designed to help you identify and address any underlying issues that are causing you to eat emotionally. This includes exploring your past experiences, identifying patterns in your behavior, understanding why these patterns exist, and then creating strategies for how to better manage them going forward.
Benefits of Hypnosis
The most obvious benefit of hypnosis is that it helps you break the cycle of emotional eating by addressing the underlying causes. It also helps reduce stress levels and increase self-awareness so that you are better able to recognize when your emotions are driving your food choices. Additionally, it can provide positive reinforcement by helping you develop healthier habits and attitudes towards food that will enable you to make better decisions in the future.
When done properly, hypnosis has been shown to be an effective tool for changing eating habits for the long term. It also has the added benefit of being non-invasive and relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
“Now I think about food and how it’s going to make me feel before I eat.”“After 5 weeks of coming to Burlington Hypnosis the biggest change / improvement I have found is my relationship to food. Now I think about food and how it’s going to make me feel before I eat. I have stopped getting the fries / home-fries. I am eating fruit instead of chips and cookies. I have started making conscious efforts in the food I buy, ie. brown rice pasta, low sugar instant oatmeal. I can buy gummy bears for my nieces and nephews and I don’t want any. I am so happy I started this journey and looking forward to more exciting personal achievements. ”
Using Hypnosis to Change Your Relationship With Food
In order to change our relationship with food, we must first understand why we turn to it in times of distress or emotional hardship. Hypnosis can help us uncover the root cause of this behavior and address it at its source. This opens up the possibility for new thought patterns as well as new behaviors surrounding eating habits.
Some techniques such as reframing and suggestion therapy may further aid in understanding our emotional triggers around food. Reframing involves using language that looks at situations from a different perspective, such as “I am nourishing my body” instead of “I am punishing myself” whenever you eat something unhealthy.
Suggestion therapy works by replacing negative thoughts about eating with positive suggestions instead, such as “I can make healthy choices for my body” or “I choose foods that nourish my body”.
Changing our relationship with food is not an easy task but hypnotherapy offers a unique approach to doing so. By utilizing techniques such as reframing and suggestion therapy, hypnotists are able to address deep-seated issues around our emotional triggers for eating habits in order to make lasting changes in our attitude towards food and how we view ourselves when we eat it. If you are looking for a way out of an unhealthy cycle of emotional eating, consider seeking out hypnotherapy services today!