“Why do I always eat and eat when I am not hungry?”
“Why doesn’t my ‘that’s enough button’ work?”
“Why can’t I lose weight and keep it off?”
“Why can’t I stop obsessing about food?”
“Why can’t I have a healthy relationship with food?”
“When something goes wrong, why do I immediately eat?”
“Why can’t I do something else instead of eat?”
90% of people who lose weight gain it back within 1
– 2 years. So how to keep weight off is a real problem.
Every diet promises results. They always include lots of testimonials
and great stories, so why do people gain all the weight back
and more? Everything that people need to know about food & nutrition
these days is available through the internet, books, articles,
magazines, TV shows, info-mercials. There is information to
tell us what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, how to eat…….something
has to be missing because if we all knew what to eat, when
to eat, how much to eat, most of us should be slim and fit,
with not an extra kilo in sight. Something does not add up.
Could all these people, like me, who could not lose weight,
or lose weight and put it all back on again and again, be addicted
to food? For me, diets never answered the questions about
out of control feelings, the self-sabotage and the guilt.
I learned that counting calories was like counting misery,
always feeling hungry and working very hard for little results.
So I asked myself - could anxiety cause that huge urge to over
eat? Initially food seemed to calm and relieve anxiety (like
comfort food) but actually, it only masked or covered the anxiety.
The anxiety did not go away, it was only hidden.
Dr Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist, coined a phrase,
“the anxiety addiction connection”, with the premise that all
addictions are caused by anxiety. WOW, the penny drops. It
all makes sense now; I eat because I am anxious. Could
that be it? Could that mean that I am not a loser who has no
willpower and who is doomed to obesity, but that I am anxious
and if something could help me with this anxiety, then I might
be able to change this behavior around. I realized then that
food was my tranquilizer and there may be hope in finding
a way to balance the energy system of my body and be freed of
this addiction forever.
Now it is time to explain how I used Thought Field Therapy to
eliminate the fear, panic, anxiety, phobias, cravings, self-loathing,
gluttony, bingeing and all the other problems associated with
overeating and dieting.
Where to begin; the first thing that I came to understand is
that over the years I ate mainly for comfort. Whenever
there was an upset my unconscious answer was to eat.
When I used TFT the first distinction that I was able to make was
that I was eating because I was upset and not because I was hungry.
My hope was that if these upsets could be eliminated or even greatly
reduced then this whole cycle of overeating and the addiction to
food would stop. All that I could think of at this time was, oh
please could this be true, and oh please could this technique work
Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
I began to explore this unusual therapy and learned how to reduce
or relieve addictive urges, food cravings and negative emotions
in minutes. The technique was simple to learn, easy to apply and
most important of all for me it worked!
Treating Food Addiction
All addictions are caused by anxiety. In food
addicts, anxiety causes an uncontrollable urge to overeat. In an
attempt to calm themselves and relieve the anxiety, the addict
eats the comfort food. Initially the food will soothe and it appears
that the anxiety is gone but it is only hidden or covered up. Other
cover up behavior is nail-biting, drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling
and anything that masks the anxiety. So when a food addict feels
a rise in anxiety the need to eat to push it down is huge. Remember
the food does not reduce the anxiety it only covers it up. It does
not matter what the cause of the anxiety is - a food addict eats
to cover up the anxiety and get some relief. The relief even though
temporary reinforces the addiction and the cycle of anxiety/food
addiction is reinforced. In the past I was always told that if
I just followed the diet I would get results. I actually could
lose some weight, BUT I could not keep the weight off. Statistically
90% of people that lose weight gain it all back within 1-2 years.
I certainly was in that 90%.
So, How Does TFT Work? TFT actually addresses
the anxiety that is the cause of your uncontrollable urge to overeat.
TFT is not a diet, but using the TFT techniques will help you stay
on a sensible eating program without any struggle or discomfort.
(None of that awful feeling of being deprived.) You will not substitute
one addiction for another. (Example: now that I do not overeat
I have not become a nail biter.) TFT corrects the cause of the
anxiety at the source, the body’s own energy system. This is the
same energy system that the Chinese have used for over 6000 years
to treat various physical problems.
We are most familiar with this by the use of acupuncture. TFT taps
into this same energy system, but there is no use of needles. By
simply thinking about the problem or being tuned into the upset
and tapping on the various points on the energy pathways (meridians)
disturbed patterns change and discomfort and upset is reversed.
The tapping takes only a few minutes and because the work is with
the energy systems results are experienced almost immediately.