By Christine Wheeler, MA
Are you an emotional eater? Are you fed up with feeling overfed? Do you feel the need to eat when you're not even hungry?
The truth is that most people reach for a comfort food when they're feeling down ... and they eat too much of it.
If you've read about emotional eating then you know that the experts tell you to deal with the feelings that are causing you to overeat when you're not hungry. But how do you deal with those feelings without costly therapy and time-consuming self-improvement exercises?
There is nothing wrong with personal growth exercises, but most of them fail to acknowledge that overeating is largely caused by unresolved negative emotions.
If this speaks to you, then I invite you to consider Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to help you deal with your feelings at the energetic level and create a new relationship with food.
Sometimes called emotional acupuncture, this technique supplies an easy-to-follow formula to resolve the emotions that keep you turning to food, simply by balancing your meridian system.
EFT is a do-it-yourself form of acupuncture ... but you don't use needles. By tapping on specific acupuncture points with your fingertips, you resolve emotional issues that are behind your drive to overeat. When you do this, food cravings and disordered emotional eating patterns tend to disappear.
For most people EFT has a success rate between 50 and 80 percent ... your success tends to increase as you become more experienced with the technique. For some, emotional eating is more complex, and an experienced EFT practitioner may be able to help unravel some of your deeper emotional issues.
Since its inception in 1997, clinical evidence has been consistently showing that weight loss becomes much more feasible when using EFT ... and you don't have to rely on your willpower to succeed. The basics of EFT can be learned by anyone and can be self-applied (usually in minutes).
Following is a synopsis of a case study where two sisters used EFT to address emotional issues, feelings and beliefs about their weight and food. You may read the article in its entirety on the EFT Web site.
Sisters Dissolve Emotional Causes for Weight Gain Using EFT and Eliminate Constipation as a Side Benefit
Virginia Sabedra and her sister were discussing their personal weight issues during a 90-minute drive. They quickly realized that they shared a number of emotional issues about food and weight ... many of which had been passed down through generations. They decided to use EFT for the duration of their (careful and safe) drive to resolve some of their food issues.
What they noticed was a series of fears and beliefs that were continually causing them unnecessary emotional disruptions. Here are a few examples of the things that they pinpointed:
- The belief that food is bad
- The belief that just looking at food causes weight gain
- The belief that weight gain is an inevitable byproduct of aging
- The fear of never being slim and trim
As each of these insights or issues came up, they quickly cleared them using EFT. Part of the ingenuity behind this technique is that you can often clear and heal the feelings and emotions on the spot without the need for complex therapies or discussions.
Although it can be difficult to immediately measure the effects of EFT when dealing with complex issues around weight, the emotions that arise often give a clue about the depth of feeling attached to the issue. The sisters experienced sadness, surprise, anger and revelations during their EFT drive.
When they reached their destination they went about their day and enjoyed a nice dinner. After dinner they resumed their EFT marathon as they drove home. In total, they did nearly three hours of EFT that day.
The next day they reflected on their work. They both agreed that their dining experience the night before was somehow different. They were savoring their food more ... they loved the food with a freedom from any fear about calories or fat. Although it was difficult to pinpoint, there was a different feeling accompanying the meal.
A few days later the sisters compared notes again and realized that since doing EFT ... and without making any diet changes ... neither of them were constipated any longer. They were both completely regular ... which was a switch as constipation was a longstanding issue for both of them. Virginia also reported that she had stopped gaining weight and that she felt a renewed appreciation for herself.
Virginia and her sister crafted a new relationship with food just by performing EFT on the emotional issues and beliefs that they perceived to be associated with food. Virginia reports: "I would say that during our marathon, we released months, perhaps years, worth of work on the subject of falseness, illusions, and negativity around weight and food."
While a complete description of EFT is beyond the scope of this article, you can learn all the basics from the free EFT Get Started Package on the EFT Web site. This includes a free download of the 79-page EFT Manual. Those wishing to save time and dive right in can get the affordable five-star training DVDs.
More on EFT
Please note that in addition to eliminating emotional eating, EFT has been a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments. For more information, you can explore the EFT Web site and its numerous success stories regarding fears, phobias, emotional traumas and physical ailments.
Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.