People suffering from alcohol and drug addiction have a lot of similarities to people who chronically crave food.
They are all mentally conditioned to abuse their substance of choice.
Like any other substance, food cravings may result in addiction and rule your life.
Origin of Food Cravings
Food cravings are not just random pangs of hunger, but are in fact mental programs, a habit of sorts.
When cravings become more than just the occasional “need” to eat a particular type of food or in some cases, simply turning to any type of food for comfort, then the person is definitely suffering from deeper issues that require a permanent solution.
Often, turning to food when you’re upset is an indication of emotional eating.
When the body is running low on energy, it will automatically trigger you to feel hungry, and that’s physical hunger, because it’s necessary for the body to function physiologically.
In the case of emotional hunger, the person will continue to eat even if “you’re full”.
It is also very noticeable that during emotional eating, a particular type of food is triggered by the mind as a “need” to consume.
Food cravings have a source, and like all avoidance behavior, a person who chronically craves food is trying to escape reality.
Emotional eating is only the by product of an issue that is deeply rooted within the mind.
Escape-a-holic: Overeating To Escape Reality
Escapeaholic is a term coined by Robert G. Smith which refers to common behavioral responses brought about when facing a difficult situation in life.
More often than not, an individual will try to escape their current reality by forming a behavior which makes them feel safe.
In the case of emotional eating, it is turning to food for comfort.
The subconscious mind is free from logic or reasoning, and its primary purpose is to keep us safe.
Keeping us safe is not only about triggering responses in times of physical danger, such as being attacked by a bear or wild animal, but it also tries to keep us safe from emotional pain or anything that triggers mental suffering.
In other words, when a memory carrying negative emotions is triggered, the mind will automatically produce responses to protect itself from dealing with pain.
In the case of food addiction or emotional eating, food cravings become this temporary escape, even at the expense of physical wellness.
Ways to Conquer Emotional Eating
Faster EFT – Eutaptics holds a great track record in resolving issues with addiction, including food addiction and unnecessary food cravings.
In fact, Robert Smith’s FasterEFT – Eutaptics is an employed system in Habilitat Hawaii, a Long Term Addiction Treatment Center.
It may sound harsh to compare food cravings to drug and alcohol addiction.
But as mentioned at the beginning of this blog, they have a lot in common.
Finding the source of the issue is the only way to allow a lasting resolution while reducing the recurrence of this kind of behavior.
In weight issues, what memory or imprint is producing this mental program of “food cravings”?
The key is finding resistance, and where you find resistance, is where you find the problem.
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Here are 5 tips to conquer food cravings:
1. Becoming aware of “weak” moments
When you bring your “weak” moments into your mind’s awareness, you will become more aware of the emotions, events or persons that may be triggering food cravings.
In time, you will find a way not to feel powerless when food cravings begin, because you have taken away their emotional power.
This is because it is much easier to control food cravings when you know what triggers it.
For example, when you notice that working tends to trigger food cravings, you may plan your after-work routine outside places where you often do your stress eating.
If this is your home, then try and work at a park or by the poolside to help take your mind off of your food cravings.
2. Notice your emotional connection to the type of food
To improve your understanding of what triggers your food cravings, notice your emotional connection to the type of food you eat.
For example, you love munching on chocolate.
What is it about chocolate that makes you feel good when you eat it?
Notice the memories of people and events from the earliest you can remember.
Your emotional connection to the type of food you feel most like consuming holds the key to finding lasting resolution to your food cravings.
3. Begin setting boundaries about where to eat
The number one problem with food cravings, binge eating or emotional eating, is when the urge is triggered, regardless of the place and time, the person will eat.
When you begin to set boundaries about where the food should be eaten, you train your mind to reduce the urge to eat out of habit.
You do not have to set strict boundaries at the beginning.
You may begin one place at a time.
For example, instead of eating your meals when you watch TV, try and eat in the living room with your family without any TV.
These are simple changes that you can start implementing right away that will have a positive impact on your life.
4. Prioritize sleep
Sleep improves our ability to handle stressful situations and also improves our metabolism.
Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of obesity or overeating among children and adults.
To make sure that your mind builds healthy resilience to stress, The National Sleep Foundation recommends, 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night.
5. Mind your stress
Stress can make us lose control over cravings.
Craving for food in times of stress is the easiest way of avoiding a stressful experience or the myriad of negative emotions it holds.
Managing your stress solves so many issues simply because a mind resilient to stress can stay focused on things that matter.
However, a mind easily stressed will find a way to escape and find comfort in behaviors or activities that may have negative effects on health and life.
Resolution To Cravings: Eutaptics – The A.R.T of Change
The A.R.T. of Change.
A.R.T. stands for Aim, Release and Transform, and is a process developed by Robert G. Smith within the Eutaptics system that breaks the cycle of addiction of whatever type.
Cravings operates within an individual’s mind and life in a cycle.
It is critical to understand this cycle to help a person’s recovery.
Having the “food cravings” programming is a part of the individual’s coping mechanism.
Meaning, like all mental programs, there has to be a source to which this structure is plugged in.
The only way to truly break the cycle is to locate the internal turmoil or emotional conflicts produced by imprints within the subconscious mind.
The A.R.T. of change is a process that enables an individual collapse the “food craving” structure without a lot of difficulty.
The A.R.T. of change process allows a person to overcome life’s problems with the desired outcome in mind.
In cases of cravings, it is difficult to identify the subcomponents of the problematic cycle in which the individual is trapped.
The ART of Change ensures that we become aware of the problem without confusing it as part of our core identity.
Aim – Distributing the focus and attention of the mind towards a particular issue, components of the issue and awareness of how it exists.
Release – The phase of the process wherein the interlinked mental patterns forming the structure of the problem is collapsed and all emotional charge of memories and thoughts are released.
Because food cravings may draw its roots from many memories, whether they be childhood or early adult life experiences, it is important that the process is repeated to re-check whether it is cleared.
Transform – The phase in the process wherein the mind is influenced to create new connections regarding a particular memory to form a neutral or positive response instead.
The memories fueling the structure of food cravings may be transformed and linked to another thought.
In this way, the behavior of the person is changed naturally because the mind no longer indentifies a particular memory or imprint as a creator of a craving cycle or to escape reality.
Practicing the A.R.T. of Change, combined with persistence allows a person to rewrite their life’s story by no longer feeling powerless over cravings evoked by escapeaholism.
The process may be applied to any life problems that create immediate changes on how we experience and produce the quality of our lives.
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