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Using Hypnosis in Eating with Grace

Sylvia REALLY wanted to stop bingeing. She was a miracle: she’d survived an awful marriage and divorce, raised both her daughter and her granddaughter, and started exercising regularly after a heart attack scare. BUT she just loved sweets, and felt, given all she had been through, that she deserved “a little treat now and then.”

Her “little” treats ranged from eating a whole cheesecake in a weekend, to bags of candy at night, to daily pit stops at the candy shop near her job for a “little bag.”

Sylvia lapped up the learning about sugars, high glycemic index, sugar sensitivity syndrome (www.radiantrecovery.com) and she pretty quickly got the hang of eating a high protein breakfast and not skipping meals. And voila! She felt A LOT better and less “bingey.”

The after-dinner overeating continued though. In therapy, we uncovered two key roadblocks which grew out of difficult experiences in her past.

Sylvia grew up in a rural part of the state, quite poor. She had 7 siblings and you had to GRAB to get your hamburg off the plate in the middle of the table or somebody else would grab it. There were never seconds.

Whenever Sylvia ordered or bought food, whatever it was, it was the LARGE. “I don’t do MEDIUM or SMALL, never have and never will!” she asserted early on in our work together.

She was willing to try hypnosis. Just being able to relax that completely, that deeply, was “heaven.” She used the relaxation CD at night, and soon she could take a mini-break even at work and access that place of restoration.

Then we explored the LARGE. In hypnosis, Sylvia saw how profoundly the need for LARGE connected to her sense of food security: it felt like her very life depended on it. Using imagery, accessing her life-force desire to eat in ways that truly fed her life, Sylvia was able to UNHOOK her food security from LARGE and release this old core belief. Then her unconscious and her life force healing wisdom made connections with eating what felt right in her body, and having choices about what and when to eat. She visualized and felt and enacted different scenes that fit with this while in trance, and we anchored the new beliefs and confidence into her body/mind and in to the future.

The weekend after that session, Sylvia found a delicate teacup and saucer in an antique shop that made her feel “very special” and bought several “special” relaxation teas. She rarely eats after dinner; instead, she often has a special relaxing time with her own special self, just taking some time for herself, sipping her tea.

I ran into Sylvia last week (she graduated from therapy a few months ago). She’s keeping up “her prescription” of her healthy eating, exercise and self-care plan. She was beaming.

 

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