Let me explain how the cycle tends to occur…
It is initially triggered by a SITUATION/EVENT, let’s use the breakup of a relationship as an example.
So as soon as the event happens, your brain will start churning out THOUGHTS.
Quite often, these thoughts will be of a negative nature…
“It’s all my fault”,
“I’m not good enough”,
“If only I was thinner/prettier/more attentive”,
“I’m never gonna find someone else”,
“My life is over” etc.
These negative thoughts, then create negative FEELINGS/EMOTIONS.
When you are feeling sad/stressed/depressed/angry, this influences your BEHAVIOUR, meaning you tend to turn to food for comfort, in the hopes that it will somehow fill the void that your partner left.
This usually entails opting for unhealthy, high calorie foods and lots of them.
Once you have binged on your comfort food, you may very well feel some TEMPORARY RELIEF from your negative thoughts and feelings…
But we all know, that those feelings of comfort, never last for long and soon create NEW NEGATIVE THOUGHTS such as
“OMG Why did I do that?”
“That’s my diet blown for another week so I might as well just finish the packet”,
“I’m so stupid”,
“I’m never gonna get to my ideal weight at this rate”,
“No wonder he left me”,
“I have no control” etc etc.
Obviously, as we have already said, your thoughts dictate your emotions, so you feel more NEW NEGATIVE FEELINGS, which then lead you back to raiding the fridge and the cupboards and bingeing on junk because you feel lousy.
And thus the cycle has been formed and you are stuck.
HOWEVER, I can help you to CUT THE LINK that you have between situations that occur in your life and the need to eat to cope with them.
I can help you to BREAK THE CYCLE.
We can work together to equip you with tools and techniques that help you manage these difficult situations and events that happen, in a more healthy way, that doesn’t involve eating.
We can also CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS about yourself, your eating habits and your situations, so that the resulting emotions and behaviours are also much more positive and healthy.
This cycle isn’t just about comfort eating, it can be applied to many issues.
If you can resonate with this cycle in any way, and you would like to find out more about how hypnotherapy can indeed help you to break the cycle that you are stuck in, then send me a message and let’s chat.