The festive season is over, and if you are like lots of people, chances are the goose has got a little fatter. So, it’s no surprise that New Year finds us making resolutions to improve our health. But are we making the right changes to our eating habits or just going on a crash diet?
Over the festive season it is fairly common to binge on food and drink and not just on Christmas day. Christmas and New Year’s parties are the main culprits. The results are usually evident on our waistline and on the scales. It’s this evidence and the knowledge of what we did to our bodies over the last couple of weeks that drives us to contemplate making some changes. The top three problems that we try to tackle are drinking, smoking and, of course, our eating habits. But, how effective are our efforts?
Let’s look at our eating habits in particular. The difficulty we face is that unnecessary eating and drinking are habits, which require a lot of effort to modify. And changing habits is one thing we mostly find quite tough to achieve without help. That’s because it’s much harder for us to unlearn something than it is to learn it. Do you think you could forget how to speak? Looking at it in those terms, it quickly becomes clear why lots of resolutions fall by the wayside.
So, we often look for quick fixes in the form diets. But unfortunately for most people, diets don’t work. They don’t go to the root of the problem. Whether you eat for comfort, overindulge because you think you deserve it or simply can’t resist those biscuits or chocolate, if that’s your go-to behaviour, no amount of dieting will stop you doing that long term. You will go back to the habit as soon as the diet is over. You will gain all the weight back and usually some more.
How hypnotherapy can make a difference to your eating habits
Think just how much easier it might be if you could simply change your undesirable behaviour to a different, helpful one. Hypnotherapy allows you to do just that.
Suppose you often stop at the supermarket on the way home from work. You grab a bottle of wine along with perhaps some ice cream and/or a chocolate bar as a treat after a challenging day, or maybe just because you feel like it! With hypnotherapy we can assist you to forget that behaviour and just not think about it at all.
Hypnotherapy can assist with all these habitual behaviours, regardless of how long you’ve had them. Just how much easier would it be to get your pre-Christmas figure back in the event you just didn’t fancy all the snacks anymore? How would you behave differently if you habitually thought like a balanced person?
The wonderful thing about making changes at a subconscious level is that those old habits become easy to curb. How great will it be if next year you didn’t need to make the usual resolutions that you made this year. Image if you didn’t need to go on a diet. What you will find is that a subconscious change lasts considerably longer than a drunken promise to yourself.
Mindfulness can also help you create the opportunity to choose how to respond to your feelings and stress levels. Bringing this practice into your life can help stop the recurrence of the kind of knee jerk grabbing of unhealthy food in response to unpleasant feelings such as stress.
I am Samantha Culshaw-Robinson, a clinical hypnotherapist and mindfulness coach based in Nottingham. I have been helping people lose weight and change their eating habits since 1988. To get in touch either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 075 222 777 22. See what others are saying about their experience with me.