Many people have difficulty stopping eating, once they start. The mind doesn’t like to take no for an answer. So if you are constantly telling yourself no, you are not only using up your willpower, but you are also reinforcing the problem.
Research has shown that if you tell yourself you can have it later, it operates in the mind a bit like having it now. It satisfies the craving to some degree, and can be more effective at suppressing the appetite than actually having the treat.
It takes willpower to turn down dessert, but apparently it is less stressful on the mind to say “later” than to say “never.” In the long run, you end up wanting less and consuming less. And ultimately, you have to get to the point where you want to eat less, because forcing yourself and depriving yourself will never work.
Negotiate with yourself. This is just being open to the idea or the possibility that even though you are thinking about food (and you can tap for the food thoughts too), or have the urge for something (i.e. you get triggered), doesn’t mean you have to have it right now. That equals less resistance, without fighting yourself or trying to control it.
Tapping Script: Here’s a script that I wrote for my Tapping Summit Workbook:
Use this script for strong urges to eat or difficulty stopping. It’s a way to acknowledge your feelings and offer yourself an alternative.
KC: Even though it feels like I have to have this, I love and accept myself anyway.
KC: Even though I want this _____________, I’m open to the possibility of letting it go for now.
KC: Even though I’m thinking about ________, I could choose to pass it up for now. (You don’t want to be locked in. You always want to feel like you have a choice.)
EB: It feels like I have to have it.
SE: This urge is so strong.
UE: I keep going back to the same old thing.
UN: I’m so mad at myself.
CH: It seems like I’ll never get over this.
CB: I must be getting something out of it.
UA: I keep doing the same thing.
TH: The urge feels so strong.
EB: What if I could interrupt this cycle?
SE: What if I could relax about this?
UE: What if I could do something else instead?
UN: I’m open to the possibility that this could be different.
CH: I’m open to the possibility that this could change.
CB: I may not quite be there yet, but that’s ok…
UA: I’m open to the possibility that I could let this go.
TH: Easily and without struggle.
Take a deep breath.
Rate your intensity on a 0-10 point scale: ____
Continue tapping, if needed.
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