Lesson in Food Cravings: Practice Patience

Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

Food Cravings: How to Practice Patience

Why is it we save our best behavior for strangers and unleash it on our families? That's been true in my life, and I suspect it is in yours as well. Duringrepparttar upcoming holiday season we have numerous occasions for parties and family dinners which means more trips torepparttar 131377 crowded grocery stores, orrepparttar 131378 worst of all:repparttar 131379 mall. These can wreak havoc with your weight loss during this or any busy time of year.

Trying to "plan ahead" so you can avoid some ofrepparttar 131380 rush is nearly impossible, unless you're smarter than I. Thinking I'd make about three major dishes for Christmas Eve dinner it finally dawned on me that I'm need to start baking a few days early.

Waiting and being patient is not my favorite thing at all. I've always had a difficult time in making a cake a day ahead. (Whenever you catch yourself sayingrepparttar 131381 word "always" that's a hint something to use EFT on is coming to mind). I want to eatrepparttar 131382 cake as soon as it's finished, so if it must wait for a day, it's torture. I also like to make those huge three and four layer cakes so it takes uprepparttar 131383 entire refrigerator causing me to see it and nothing else every time I openrepparttar 131384 door.

Practicing Patience with Yourself and Others

Patience can be practiced all day every day. It is necessary when dealing with strangers, family, and most of all yourself. Just because you usually give in to your immediate desires for food doesn't mean you must do so. Maybe you are trying to avoid feeling deprived but practicing and learning to exercise some patience may be of good use.

If I bake a lovely cake and see it inrepparttar 131385 refrigerator, it beckons to me. Knowing I cannot take a slice without ruiningrepparttar 131386 presentation doesn't seem to help me avoidrepparttar 131387 siren call. I could be sitting, minding my own business, when I suddenly snap my head upright, as if I've heard a ghost, "Come and get a piece of cake," it calls to me. "I'm waiting," it cries. "Stupid cake, I think."

Rather than trying to analyze why I have this strange desire to eatrepparttar 131388 cake, I'm just going to tackle it head-on with some EFT. I may also userepparttar 131389 Swish Technique (taught inrepparttar 131390 Ending Emotional Eating workshop, Session 4).

If you've had similar struggles, try these suggested EFT phrases, or devise some for your situation. (EFT is easy to learn and use--see OneMoreBite-Weightloss.com for worksheets and instructions specific to weight loss or visit http://www.emofree.com for general information on learning EFT).

Help for the Sugar Addict

Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

A client wrote, "Help me! I thought I was finally getting a handle on my weight issue butrepparttar sugar is killing me. I had an awful day. I won't even tell you what I ate today because it is just so unbelievable. All I will say is that 90% of my food today consisted of sugar! I really, really need some help getting past these cravings. I am no doubt a sugar addict. If I could get past this there is no doubt that I will reach my goal."

If you see a little of yourself in this message, you're not alone. Tens of thousands of people describe themselves as sugar addicts. They believe if it were only for that one thing, then they could reach their weight loss goals. If you believe only one thing stands in your way of losing weight, consider this: What if that one thing (an addiction to sugar for instance) were gone? Do you really believe, "If I could get past this, there is no doubt that I will reach my goal," or is it an easy excuse to stay stuck?

If I told you I could show you a way to stop craving sugar, would you want me to show you how? Think about that for a few minutes. Close your eyes and really think about it. You've said that isrepparttar 131376 answer andrepparttar 131377 only obstacle standing in your way. What if that one obstacle were removed? Would it solverepparttar 131378 problem? How would your life change if that one obstacle were no longer an issue for you?

Would you eat differently, and if so how?

Would you act differently, and if so how?

What else would change, and what would stayrepparttar 131379 same?

Until you know what you want, know that you can achieve what you want, and know how your life will be different when you obtain what you want, you won't discover if there are any obstacles that first must be considered. For instance, you may want to stop eating dinner after 7 PM, yet your husband comes home at 8 PM and expects you to join him for dinner. That's an obstacle. If you don't overcome that obstacle through discussion and compromise with your husband, there's bound to be a problem. Determining in advance what might stand inrepparttar 131380 way, helps you achieve your goals more quickly.

The statement that "if this one thing were handled, then everything else would fall into place" isrepparttar 131381 type that gets people in trouble. They want a fairy godmother to make it all better. Holding a strong belief that one single thing (eatings sugar) holdsrepparttar 131382 key, sets you up to fail. Especially if you particularly like eating sugar. Getting a handle on your cravigs is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You must leave room for occasional deviations. It's notrepparttar 131383 occasional side trip that gets us in trouble butrepparttar 131384 road we usually travel.

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