Change What You Crave By Changing How You Think: The 5 Step Mental Method
Unfortunately in the modern age the foods that people favor are usually the ost unhealthy. I bet they would be ice cream, potato chips, pizza, or something along those lines. In fact, in your mind right now as you’re reading, you are probably thinking about a food that isn’t healthy. Well, aren’t you? Stop for a moment and think about it……………….. The point I’m going to make in this article is that you can change what you crave by changing how you think.
Every new client that comes to my office for weight-loss has a “craving problem.” But I don’t see it as a problem at all. I see it as a solution. Cravings are over-rated. They are hodge-podge and we don’t have to be controlled by them. We don’t have to feel tempted by ice cream, cookies or 20-ounce prime ribs. Instead, we can be tempted by watermelon, pineapple, oranges or apples; foods like that. Think that sounds crazy? Well it isn’t and you’ll see why.
Having spent many years researching peoples lifestyles and eating habits I have found that the usual culprits to weight issues literally always comes down to snacking, large food portions and eating foods that are extremely unhealthy. Further investigation also highlights the fact they don’t (or rarely) eat fruits or vegetables.
After I’ve gathered my data and information, we go to work. I’ll have my clients lay back in my recliner and close their eyes. I’ll direct their mind to a peaceful place, and within minutes they’ll be relaxed and at ease. Then I start talking about their favorite fruits and vegetables. I’ll ask them to imagine taking a bite of their favorite fruit and to imagine the joys of eating it. I ’ll say to their mind, “from now on anytime you have a craving for food, you will think of a juicy, ripe piece of fruit. And bingo!!! Next thing you know these are exactly the kinds of foods they start desiring. Why? Because anytime you close your eyes and bring yourself to a calm, relaxed place, your subconscious mind emerges, and it is this part of the mind that controls what you crave. Change your thoughts and you’ll change what you crave – it is that simple.
Let’s look at this from another perspective. Let’s say pineapple is your favorite fruit. Now, if you were sitting with me right now and I gave you a juicy chunk of it, you would enjoy it thoroughly. And you’d want more, right? Of course. Now, let’s say I reached into my refrigerator and picked out a slice of fudge cake and said, “select one.” Most likely you would opt for the pineapple because you just had a teaser-piece, which would make your mind want it more. The fact of the matter is this: you enjoy your favorite fruits just as much as you enjoy your favorite junk foods, you just need to believe otherwise.
Again, cravings are over-rated. The mere mention of that devilish word always seems to conjures-up images of calorific, high fat foods only because these are the foods you are most exposed to in our consumer driven marketing culture. Your subconscious gets manipulated by marketing techniques. Change your minds images and you’ll change your cravings. Here’s a quick 5 minute mental exercise you can begin doing now to help you start changing the way you crave food.
Step 1: Find a comfortable, quiet place where there are no distractions. Begin breathing deeply until you are quite relaxed. Next, count backwards from 10-1, slowly. With each count, imagine that your mind is drifting deeper and deeper.
Step 2: After you have finished counting, imagine that you are relaxing by yourself in your favorite place. A desert island or a cabin in the forest will do the trick. Imagine yourself feeling so very relaxed and at ease.
Step 3: Next, imagine a platter full of your favorite fresh picked fruits sitting right next to you. See it clearly in your mind, the color, the texture, everything about that fruit. Imagine taking a bite of that juicy fruit and enjoying it like never before.
Step 4: Repeat the following suggestion to yourself 10 times: “From now on, anytime I think of eating, I immediately feel a craving for fruit.”
Step 5: Relax and count from 1 to 10 – when you reach 10 open your eyes