October 29, 2016

Change What You Crave By Changing How You Think: The 5 Step Mental Method

If I were to ask you which foods temp you, most likely they wouldnít be ones that are very healthy. I bet they would be ice cream, potato chips, pizza, or something along those lines. In fact, in your mind right now as youíre reading, you are probably thinking about a food that isnít healthy. Well, arenít you? Stop for a moment and think about it.... The point Iím going to make in this article is that you can change what you crave by changing how you think.

Every new client that comes to my office for weight-loss has a ìcraving problem.î But I donít see it as a problem at all. I see it as a solution. Cravings are over-rated. They are hodge-podge and we donít have to be controlled by them. We donít have to feel temped by ice cream, cookies or 20-ounce prime ribs. Instead, we can be tempted by watermelon, pineapple, oranges or apples; foods like that. Think that sounds crazy? Well it isnít and youíll see why.

When I first sit down and talk with a client about their eating habits, I gather everything I need to know about exactly what they eat and how they eat. The culprit to their weight problem always boils down to snacking, picking, eating foods that are unhealthy or just plain over-eating. Then Iíll ask them what fruits and vegetables they like. Iím yet to come across someone who hates fruit or hates every vegetable under the sun. Finally Iíll ask them how often they eat fruits or vegetables and itís always a lot less often than the unhealthy stuff.

After Iíve gathered my arsenal of information, we do our thing. Iíll have my clients lay back in my recliner and close their eyes. Iíll direct their mind to a peaceful place, and within minutes theyíll be relaxed like never before. Then I start talking about their favorite fruits and vegetables. Iíll ask them to imagine taking a bite of their favorite juicy, ripe fruit and to feel the juices tickling their taste buds. Iíll say to their mind, ìfrom now on anytime you have a craving for food, you will think of a juicy, ripe piece of fruit. And bingo!!! Next thing you know these are exactly the kinds of foods they start desiring. Why? Because anytime you close your eyes and bring yourself to a calm, relaxed place, your subconscious mind emerges, and it is this part of the mind that controls what you crave. Change your thoughts and youíll change what you crave. Simple.

Letís look at this from another perspective. Letís say pineapple is your favorite fruit. Now, if you were sitting with me right now and I gave you a juicy chunk of it, you would enjoy it thoroughly. And youíd want more, right? Of course. Now, letís say I reached into my refrigerator, whipped-out a piece of chocolate cake and said, ìchoose one.î Most likely you would opt for the pineapple because you just had a teaser-piece, which would make your mind want more. The fact of the matter is this: you enjoy your favorite fruits just as much as you enjoy your favorite junk foods, you just believe otherwise.

Again, cravings are over-rated. The mere mention of that devilish word always seems to conjures-up images of high calorie, high fat foods only because these are the foods you are most exposed to in our media driven world. Your subconscious gets accustomed to this and just doesnít know any better. Change your minds images and youíll change your cravings. Hereís a quick 5 minute mental exercise you can begin doing now to help you start changing the way you crave food.

Step 1: Find a comfortable, quiet place where there are no distractions. Begin breathing deeply until you are quite relaxed. Next, count backwards from 10-1, slowly. With each count, imagine that your mind is drifting deeper and deeper.

Step 2: After you have finished counting, imagine that you are relaxing by yourself in your favorite place. A secluded beach or a log in the woods will do the trick. Imagine yourself feeling so very relaxed and peaceful.

Step 3: Next, imagine a basket full of your favorite fresh picked fruit sitting right next to you. See it clearly in your mind, the color, the feel, everything about that fruit. Imagine taking a bite of that juicy fruit and enjoying it like never before.

Step 4: Repeat the following suggestion to yourself 10 times: ìFrom now on, anytime I think of eating, I immediately feel a craving for fruit.î

Step 5: Count from 1 to 5, slowly, and when you reach 5 open your eyes.

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