Hypnotherapy for emotional eating is often the last resort for many. Most of the people who come to me have already been through various diet programs and weight loss groups. They might see some success in the short term, but those emotional eating patterns just come back with a vengeance.
Because – and I say this so many times I sound like a broken record – it’s NOT about the food. We all know what we should be eating to lose weight and get healthy.
It’s about our mindset, and the self-sabotage that kicks in when we try to give up that junkfood that helps us bury uncomfortable emotions.
Hypnotherapy might not seem like the most obvious choice for dealing with emotional eating, but actually it’s very well suited to it. In the video below (the ‘vlog’ version of this blog) I explain how:
Weight loss hypnotherapy and emotional eating
Emotional eating can feel like a short-term comfort at the time, but in the long term it can take its toll on your body, leading to weight gain, poor digestion, and other health problems.
The vast majority of people who come to me for weight loss hypnotherapy tell me their biggest challenge is emotional eating. They ‘know’ what kinds of foods they should be eating, and they eat healthily a lot of the time, but they find themselves reaching for the comfort food whenever problems arise in their life.
Emotional eating seems to happen more during the evening, and often when there’s nobody else around. ‘Comfort’ foods such as biscuits, chocolate, crisps and ice cream are used to numb feelings such as anxiety, stress, loneliness, guilt, shame, regret, or sadness.
In actual fact, those comfort foods lead to nothing but discomfort in the long run, as the body struggles with the burden of processing all the excess and unnecessary food.
Once a pattern of emotional eating has been established, it becomes more difficult to break out of it, even when those challenging times are over. It simply becomes something we do out of habit. Over time the pounds pile on, the health deteriorates, and it becomes harder and harder to lose the weight.
How does hypnosis help with emotional eating?
Emotional eating is often done mindlessly, while watching TV or scrolling on social media. Alcohol is often involved, and that really helps to decrease any resistance or will-power that might help you to eat more sensibly.
Sufferers can go into a kind of ‘trance’ and before they know it a whole packet of biscuits or a multipack of crisps has disappeared…
That’s where my hypnotherapy for emotional eating course comes in.
Because, in a way, I’m not hypnotising you; I’m DE-hypnotising you out of that emotional eating trance.
Hypnosis is a great way to break habits and patterns that have become ingrained in our daily routine.
- Do you often find yourself comfort eating in times of stress and anxiety?
- Are you burying your uncomfortable emotions under a pile of junkfood?
- Are you falling into a comfort food trance?
Want me to help snap you out of it?
Hypnotherapy for emotional eating program
My hypnotherapy for emotional eating program works in several ways:
1. Process and clear the underlying reasons for negative emotions such as anxiety
2. Break the unhealthy patterns that have become the norm, and raise your self-esteem
3. Create a routine that leads to better health in both mind and body
4. Establish healthy, natural ways to navigate the stresses of life so that comfort food is no longer needed
My course doesn’t just involve hypnosis. As an anxiety and weight loss specialist, I have many therapeutic strategies that I draw upon to help you feel more calm and confident, so that you no longer need to rely on junkfood in order to feel relaxed.
Emotional eating program bonuses
As well as individual sessions with me, the course includes a full online program with MP3s for you to listen to at home, and PDF worksheets which are designed to help maximise your motivation and reinforce the process.
Individual sessions are held face-to-face with me in Cambuslang (which is located in between East Kilbride and Glasgow).
If you’re outside the Glasgow area we can meet online, using video chat such as Skype or Zoom.
Get in touch to find out more
And if you’re not quite ready to work with a therapist on this, here are 7 tips that you can easily try yourself to help stop emotional eating:
7 tips to avoid emotional eating
1. Practice mindfulness or meditation
A regular mindfulness or meditation practice can really help you get to know your own thought processes, so that when you get that urge to emotionally eat, you’re more likely to realise what it is.
This makes it much easier to dismiss it as a craving, rather than getting pulled in by it and grabbing some food.
Want to learn mindfulness / meditation? Check out my ‘beginner’s guide to meditation’ blog and video by clicking HERE.
2. Drink a glass of water
Having a glass of water gives you a few moments of calm, which may be enough to stop those cravings in their tracks. And let’s face it, we all usually need to drink more water, so it’s another good opportunity to top up the hydration levels.
3. Talk it out
Call a good friend (or seek out a therapist if you prefer a professional listener). Talking about your feelings helps get things into perspective and makes you less likely to stuff them down under that junkfood.
A few deep breaths down into your abdominal area can calm you and bring you back to the present moment.
5. Music therapy
This is one of my favourites: put some of your favourite uplifting music on and dance like there’s nobody watching (hopefully there isn’t)!
Music has incredible benefits: it lifts your mood, changes your perspective, and realigns your mind in a way that nothing else can.
And of course you’ll be getting some great exercise too, so it’s a win-win situation.
Why not make yourself a playlist of some joyful energetic songs? For extra ooomph choose some of your old favourites from the era you were a teenager – studies have indicated that immersing yourself in the culture of your youth can reverse the aging process!
Well it’s worth a try anyway!
6. EFT / Tapping
This is an amazing secret weapon in the fight against emotional eating! One of the many incredible benefits of EFT is that it can stop cravings in their tracks. It helps neutralise negative feelings, letting you feel calm and relaxed. Find out how to do EFT / tapping by clicking here, or book a consultation with me to learn it in a therapeutic setting.
7. Chew it away
And lastly, here’s a sneaky trick: as soon as you feel like you’re about to binge – grab a piece of gum.
This works in a few ways: firstly, that strong minty flavour is going to make eating anything else pretty weird tasting, so you’ll immediately sabotage any efforts to enjoy a jam doughnut.
Secondly, the act of chewing can be quite comforting in itself. Sometimes a reason for emotional eating is that we’re trying to process undigested emotions – so it makes sense that we’d look for something to chew. And it’s better to chew gum than munch down a bulk-size packet of crisps!
Remember to opt for sugar-free gum to be kind to your teeth – I really love ‘Chewsy’ as they’re the only 100% natural and sugar-free gum made in the UK.
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Lisa Murphy BSc.(hons), PG Dip. Couns., Dip.C.Hyp/NLP, is a fully qualified experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist based in Cambuslang, Glasgow. Lisa specialises in anxiety, anger management, and weight loss.