Reframe Your Eating Habits
Self-hypnosis can help you change your eating habits. You can reframe your image of the foods that are your weakness. Almost every food has something negative about it. When you are unaware of this negative aspect, you'll eat the food. Reframing your eating habits will provide a different view of the foods you now find irresistible.
Develop a Negative Eating Habit Model
Find a comfortable place, take a deep breath, exhale, and count yourself down from five to zero, suggesting to yourself that you will feel calm and relaxed as you experience your self-hypnotic trance. Suggest that you will respond to the following questions, using imagery in as many of your senses as your mental makeup provides for you.
What is the worst picture you can imagine from your past or current eating habits? Do you have any negative memories of conversations with others or with yourself about the way you eat? If so, how do they make you feel? Were other people trying to control you, or did they accuse you of something having to do with food? Did these conversations affect your self-esteem?
What negative experiences can you remember having to do with food? What is the worst-feeling food you can imagine? Are there foods you simply can't stand to have in your mouth or to touch? Are there foods that you can't even look at without feeling something negative? Are there foods that you can't stand to smell or taste?
Imagine what it would be like to take all the salt out of the foods you eat daily and eat the salt all by itself. How would that taste or feel as it went into your body? Now picture a big spoonful of pure fat. Taste it and feel it as it goes into your body. Do the same thing with the sugar you eat every day.
Develop a Positive Eating Habit Model
Now imagine what it would be like to eat healthy foods and be at an ideal weight. Can you picture what you would look like? How would you feel about this change in your eating habits? Would it be good for your health, for your job, for your self-esteem, and for your relationships with others? Can you imagine what friends and family will say as you work toward and reach your goal?
Can you imagine how good someone else might feel when you change your eating habits? Imagine how someone else might be inspired to make positive life changes as a result of your changing your eating habits. How would you feel about yourself, knowing you were making a positive change to help someone else? Imagine being able to fit into clothes you haven't worn for a while; imagine wanting to do more physical activities.
Imagine how it will feel to escape from the old relationship with foods that were holding you prisoner, not allowing you to get beyond their grasp. Imagine having the freedom to choose healthy foods to eat.
Imagine all your positive feelings about healthy foods, and look forward to the enjoyment of eating them. Imagine how you can enjoy feeling full of good, healthy food without feeling guilty. Think of your worst negative food image, and feel how good it is not to have to eat that way anymore. How does this new image fit with the way you feel about life? Feel good about your new, positive food habit change model.
Your New Eating Habit Model
Imagine your old eating habits. Think of the bad food you liked, and separate the ingredients in your mind. Experience as negatively as possible the taste, feel, and smell of plain salt, pure fat, and straight sugar. Imagine that every time you begin to eat these bad foods, you experience all the things you don't like in the first bite. Consider these foods in relationship to other foods you can't stand.
Look for any areas that might be a problem: certain times of day, occasions when you eat with others, times of stress, times of loneliness, or other unforeseen situations. If there is resistance, ask what would be an acceptable substitute. It might be a positive food or another activity.
Now imagine your new, positive eating habit model. Run through it in your mind, experiencing how it will be. Run through your new change program again, then bring up your old program, making it as dark and foreboding as possible. Imagine what your life will be like if you don't change. How would you be in a year, two years, ten years? Feel this old, negative image, and place a bright little positive image in one corner.
Install Your New Eating Habit Model
Find a comfortable place, loosen your clothes, take a deep breath, exhale, and count yourself down from five to zero into a calm and relaxing self-hypnotic trance. When you are ready, suggest to yourself that you will push your new, positive eating habit image through your old, negative habit image, feeling the change with all your five senses. When you have done this once, clear your mental screen and do it over again several times, until the old, negative image disappears. Let your unconscious mind experience the benefits of this change. Count yourself slowly back to the surface of your mind, feeling this new image become stronger and stronger every time you experience self-hypnosis.