Patrick is a Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapist with HOLISTIC LONDON. For information about his work, visit here.
I have gotten a lot of feedback about my last blog, on the subject of food cravings. Many people said they found it very useful. It seems that people need tips about junk food and how to resist it! So, this week, I shall continue with this theme:
When I commute for an hour or so, I often have the munchies for a chocolate bar or a croissant. I may start with the idea of eating something healthy, but my resolutions evaporate when I smell the freshly baked pastries or see the bargains at the end of the aisle. Usually the temptations involve chocolate of some sort.
This is how I typically deal with these cravings:
I go to the chocolate bar section. I take my fancy, for example a Mars bar. I imagine having it, in detail. Then, feeling satisfied and I walk out of the shop. . . .
Try it! You may be surprised by how effective this is.
These are the steps:
1 Go to the section of the food you would like to avoid.
2 Look at an item in front of you and imagine having it, in delicious detail.
3 Feel the satisfaction of having had it.
4 Next, check whether you still need to have it.
5 And then, leave the shop, feeling good about what you have just done.
Many people to whom I taught this trick years ago are still doing it successfully. The more you do it, the more streamlined it becomes. And, when it works for you, make sure you feel good about having beaten the craving.
PS: If you would like to learn more techniques for working with cravings and other self-destructive behavior, join me for the upcoming Self Hypnosis workshop, on June 21 in Putney, from 2 - 4. You will learn some valuable, life-changing techniques. For information: Self Hypnosis Workshop