When I was first training in EFT, I was amazed by the instant results for emotion-linked issues. On the last day of the training, we were learning about how to break cravings. I found this idea fun because I had always had a soft spot for chocolate and since having children I had developed a serious addiction to chocolate especially ice cream (in a psycho-hide in the closet eating chocolate so you don’t have to share it with your kids kind of way). I have to be honest, I did not think that EFT could work on food cravings because I always believed that they were more physiological and connected to our body chemistry. I always believed that I craved chocolate because my body must be lacking magnesium (or maybe that was my excuse to keep having it).
When we began the training session, I sat in the front row with a piece of chocolate in my hand and eyes closed. As we began thinking about eating the food that we were trying to avoid, I suddenly burst into tears. I thought to myself, “what is going on? This is ridiculous. Why am I crying over chocolate?”. I was taken aside by one of the instructors who immediately asked what emotions were coming up. I realized that I was thinking about my father who had died 10 years ago just before my daughter was born. All through my formative years, whenever I had a huge disappointment or was stressed/ worried about an exam, my father would take me to an ice-cream shop down the road and we would have chocolate ice-cream cones and he would give me a pep talk. After that, the world was all ok again. I realized that after my father passed away, I had lost my cheerleader and motivator. When I had a fear of failure or stressful situation, I ate chocolate to feel connected to my father and have that same feeling of “everything is ok”. With that knowledge, I replaced my chocolate ice-cream with a lot of self-love and knowing that my father’s words and the strength I gained from him were always going to be there. I no longer needed to satisfy this emotional craving with chocolate.
That is the magic behind the process of mind training! The reason most diets fail in the long term is due to the fact that our cravings are linked to our subconscious mind. We always come back to the same pattern of behavior unless we can change the emotional connections we have to food. The good news is that we can change. Through mind training techniques such as EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, we are able to release these energy blockages that are linked to negative emotions or events. Once released, we no longer have the connections to the cravings and no longer have the fight with ourselves to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
EFT is basically like acupuncture for the mind. You tap on specific meridian points based on Chinese medicine and the kinetic energy releases blocks. Basically, every negative event that happens throughout life can lead to a negative thought or limiting belief. These build up to create the negative psyche that holds us back. If you can erase the blocked feelings attached to those events from the past you can change how you react in the present. Therefore, if emotional eating is your “reaction” to these blocked feelings – getting rid of the blocked feelings will free you of emotional eating.
This is why the Megginson Method is the most effective way to create positive change for the long term. You eliminate the negative thoughts and emotions first. And after you free your subconscious mind, you are able to retrain new positive thought patterns and lose weight naturally and effortlessly.
If you would like to try a Breakthrough session of EFT to free yourself of cravings, or even phobias or fears book now.