Sometimes I’ve thought of food as the final frontier. I’ve changed my life in many ways—personally, emotionally, physically—and over time, in the mundane area of the physical, I’ve deleted a lot. Some things have been really hard (I used to smoke–which gives me the shivers now), and some things have been easier (I have nearly eliminated caffeine and really like decaf tea and coffee). I gave up alcohol many years ago, for loads of reasons.
But food has been hard. I LOVE food. And of course, no one is asking me (or you) to give it up. But it seems as if the things I have always wanted to overdo are the very things I need to eliminate, or severely restrict—sugar, most white foods (odd but true—bread, pasta, potatoes), heavy sauces, fried things, sweet things, pizza—are the very things I crave. But those are the foods that pile weight on, that cause the craving cycle to kick in and pull at me—and I find that this is true for many of my clients, too. Studies are beginning to show us why, and are also showing us what happens when we can’t stop the overeating. Not only do we gain weight and open ourselves up to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and all those grisly ailments, we also make ourselves much more vulnerable to loss of brain function. Neuroscientists studying these areas are finding that we are 50% more likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s if we are overweight or obese.
Happily, EFT does help in this area. A new study has shown that EFT curbs food cravings. We’ve known that anectodally for a while, and I have personally experienced it in a fairly dramatic way, but it is nice to have the published study. Here’s the link, from Science Daily:
New Study Shows EFT Reduces Food Cravings:
Dr. Peta Stapleton and a team of researchers at the School of
Medicine in Griffith University in Queensland have just
completed a randomised clinical trial showing that EFT (which
they refer to as psychological acupressure) can reduce food
cravings for up to 6 months in people who are overweight or
obese. Details can be found in a Science Daily article at:
Full url for the article (cut and paste all into your browser):
Try working on your cravings with EFT—give yourself the gift of freedom from whatever it is that has you stuck.
Enjoy the weekend—