Hypnosis for Binge/Emotional Eating
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This past Wednesday I used my gift card for a hypnosis session at Gentle Wind to help me curb/stop my binge/emotional eating. I just wasn't getting it under control on my own!
I do believe in hypnosis!!! You can never do anything you don't really want to do. You will not quack like a duck at the ring of bell unless you'd quack like a duck in the first place! LOL
For me, when I did hypnosis for quitting smoking I was afraid that deep down inside I didn't want to really quit and that it wouldn't work. Well, 3.5 years later I'm still smoke free! I went to a place called Positive Changes - www.positivechange.com. I got to keep all the CD's, was given CD's to take home and listen to every morning and night. Lots and lots of reinforcement.
So - for my hypnosis session this past week I did get a CD of my session. I haven't listened to it since I had my session on Wednesday but I'll listen again tomorrow to help reinforce what she said.
The hypnotherapist works in IT (I work in IT) for a bank (I work for a bank - but not the same one :) ). She and I talked for a long time - 30 minutes - and I think she was rather perceptive about me and why I binge/emotionally eat. It was interesting when she said that sitting down with a piece of cake (and it was that crazy cake my mom bought with about 600 cals for 1/16th of the cake) is that it's a form of self-mutilation, just like cutting is. And she wondered who I was trying to punish??? Such a very good question! Don't know the answer to that yet.
Anyway - my only criticism of the way she did the session was how she did the relaxion - just how she said it, her intonation, stressing certain words - it was strange. At first it distracted me but then I was able to just go with it and I got very, very relaxed. She had me first envision a white protective light to keep negativity out. Then she had me relax even more and we focused on erasing all the things that cause me to stress and eat on a videotape. Finally, we focused on the sweets and not wanting sweets and that they "disgust" me - LOL. OH, she also talked about me getting up in the middle of the night and just going back to bed rather than snacking :) There was stuff about eating healthy foods only as well so it was good!
OK, so I still like fruit and things that are "sweets" but I haven't had the desire to have cookies or cakes. I've awakened the last 2 nights, felt snacky/hungry and haven't snacked - just gone back to bed! I've not been eating unless hungry and not snacking at work out of boredom. I think that it was successful!
Like I said I'll reinforce it by listening to the CD tomorrow. It's less than 20 minutes so it doesn't take long at all.
I'll keep everyone updated on my progress as we move along through the next several weeks!