At a subconscious level we can eat to distract ourselves from emotions we wish to avoid.  Boredom, anger, loneliness, etc.  When our motivator is to avoid pain or get instant gratification (which it often is for we either move from pain or towards pleasure) these become our survival tactics. Other distracters which may become addictions, can be alcohol, gambling, drugs, porn or workaholic.  Also as a child we may have learnt to eat as a reward, usually sweets, chocolate, cakes, fast food etc.    

The problem is that while at a conscious level we know to eat less and exercise more to lose weight , there is a subconscious message running with a sabotage program.  It is  deep rooted  with beliefs and emotions attached to events, which keep us in auto mode repeating the old patterns of “safe” behaviour.

When parents appear to solve their problems by eating or not eating, children simply copy, believing it is what one does to survive.

It simply doesn’t help that we have so much access to food with high empty calories, for as humans we take the road of least resistance for our survival.

Our body is the size it is because the subconscious mind believes it needs to be this size, be that overweight to protect ourselves (fight) or underweight to escape or be invisible (flight).

In order for long term change to occur the transformation needs to take place from the inside out, where we change our perception and self-esteem, our beliefs and emotional response and hence behaviour to our environment.

I’m not saying all overweight is due to emotional eating however it has a roll to play in the big picture. Failure to address emotional matters will only allow the continued cycle of YO YO diets and possible depression, leading to another generation of obesity.

For more information or book a free consultation  call Doreen (Clinical Hypnotherapist) now 01628 675400

 

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Written by Doreen
Before establishing myself as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I worked for many years in International Business in the UK and the Far East. During that time it occurred to me that I had lost touch with who I was. One brave day I resigned from my job in Hong Kong and set off on my own life’s adventure. Travelling throughout South East Asia was a feast for the mind and soul. On returning to the UK I discovered Hypnotherapy which provided a new perspective on life. The techniques empowered me to get to the root of issues, to release them and to gain new positive choices to situations. My new path began in 2000 when I trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist at Central England Holistic Therapies. Attending training, conferences, and workshops around the world as part of my commitment to continuous growth and development for my life adventure. There is a great sense of joy from meeting like-minded people, sharing experiences and always gaining new insights. Cycling, toastmasters, travelling, pilates and volunteering at my local community arts center are some my joys in life. Reading has always been a great source of inspiration. What lights up my day is, empowering you to find your unique solution to reduce the butterflies of anxiety and self-doubt in daily life. Together we explore your inner confidence, inner calm and energy for what is important to you in your life. With your commitment we get to the root of what torments you, let it go and moving to a place of content. Allowing you to feel self-acceptance, space to make empowering choices, which create balance, so you can light up your day.