Getting back on track (GBOT) is a huge problem for people who struggle with weight when they have over-indulged. This video addresses the differences in GBOT between think and not-so-thin people and demonstrates how tapping can help.
Vegetable chips are good for you, right? Well they were probably better for me than potato chips. I still ate too many of them and I ate them too late at night to be good for me. I didn’t feel very good about that so I decided to tap. Here is what I came up with. If you have suggestions for improvement, let me know.
Setup (while tapping karate chop point). Tonight my problem was potato chips. At least they weren’t regular potato chips. These were fancy vegetable chips. While I’d like to feel better about that, the truth is that I ate too much. Too many calories. Too late at night. I wish I had more control over my snacking. And tonight my problem was potato chips. In spite of this, I choose to love and accept myself anyway. Even though I ate more than I think is good for me, I choose to honor and accept myself. Even though my eating feels like it was out of control, I deeply and complete love, respect, and accept myself.
Side of Eye…I didn’t measure them
Under the Eye…I ate too many of them
Nose…That makes me feel bad
Chin…Physically and mentally
Collarbone…I wish I had more control over my eating
Under the Arm…Really, I wish I didn’t need to control my eating at all
Top of Head…I’d like to eat whatever I want, whenever I want it
Eyebrow…But that isn’t the reality of my body and my metabolism
Side of Eye…I am open to understanding more about why I continue to overeat
Under the Eye…I am open to learning to tap before eating any snack foods
Nose…I’d rather deal with whatever I’m trying to “feed”
Chin…Instead of hurting my body
Collarbone…I can change this pattern one bite at a time
Under the Arm…I have the tools
Top of Head…Now I just need to use them
Have you ever done it? I mean, have you ever eaten a whole box of cookies…..all at once? Before you say no, think about Girl Scout Cookie time and the box of Thin Mints. I’m not proud to say it, but I’ve done it…..more than once. Even if you haven’t done it, and you’ve eaten more than you actually intended to, this tapping may help.
Setup (tapping on karate chop point): Even though I just ate a whole box of cookies, I choose to look forward to the day I can control my eating better. Even though I just ate a whole box of cookies, I am open to learning more about why I did it. Even though I just ate a whole box of cookies, I choose to feel hopeful that I can do better in the future.
Eyebrow…I just ate the whole box of cookies
Under the Eye…I ate way more calories than my body needs
Nose…It was a lot of sugar
Chin…And a lot of unhealthy fats
Collarbone…The first one tasted good
Under the Arm…Actually, the second one tasted good too
Top of Head…After that I was really just chasing the rush that the first two gave me
Eyebrow…I know why I started eating them
Side of Eye…I was upset
Under the Eye…And I just wanted to feel better
Nose…The sugar worked for a while
Chin…And that taste brings back happy memories
Collarbone…And food always works
Under the Arm…For a while
Top of Head…But then I felt bad
Eyebrow…I felt bad because I did something that wasn’t healthy for me
Side of Eye…And it didn’t solve the problem
Under the Eye…For a minute or two I felt better
Nose…But then I went back to feeling upset
Chin…And guilty about the cookies
Collarbone…I choose to forgive myself for eating the cookies
Under the Arm…I choose to forgive myself for not wanting to feel upset
Top of Head…I choose to learn from this and move forward confidently
When a feeling or behavior keeps repeating itself I often feel powerless to make a change. Getting to the feeling behind a behavior can be extremely valuable. One way to do this is by asking the question, “When have I felt this way before?” The technique can be utilized with any feeling. This video uses tapping on sugar craving to demonstrate how to chase down the origin of a current emotion.
Sometimes it is easy to eat a healthy diet, and other times — not so much! Here is a tapping sequence I’ve used during those tougher times.
The setup (tap on karate chop point). This dieting is getting really hard. Anything that is this hard is probably too hard for me. Controlling my appetite is hard. Controlling my cravings is even harder than controlling my appetite. Planning ahead is hard. Avoiding sugary snacks is hard. Reading labels is hard. Eating a healthy diet is getting really hard. I don’t want to do hard things. I want everything to be easy. I feel like giving up because this is hard. I acknowledge my frustration. I acknowledge my fatigue. I acknowledge my cravings. I acknowledge my appetite. I acknowledge my lack of energy and motivation. Most of all, I acknowledge that these feelings are okay and I’m okay.
Side of Eye…It’s too hard for me
Under the Eye…I feel like giving up
Nose…I want to eat more food than my body needs
Chin…I don’t want to plan ahead anymore
Collarbone…It is too much work
Under the Arm…It takes too much time
Top of Head…I want it to be easy
Eyebrow…I am really frustrated right now
Side of Eye…I am frustrated with my body
Under the Eye…I am frustrated with my metabolism
Nose…I am so tired of this
Chin…This dieting is so very hard
Collarbone…I am losing my motivation
Under the Arm…This dieting is getting really hard
Eyebrow…I don’t like these feelings
Side of Eye…I don’t believe I should really feel this way
Under the Eye…I’m supposed to enjoy everything all the time
Nose…There must be something wrong with me
Chin…I am trying
Collarbone…I haven’t given up yet
Under the Arm…These feelings are only temporary
Top of Head…It may be hard but I choose to remember that I am worth it.
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Did anything shift for you? I’d love some feedback on this. Let me know how it worked for you.
It seems to be quite common to reach for sugary snacks when our energy seems to be a little low. Unfortunately, eating that snack is unlikely to address the underlying problem that caused you to want to eat. Tapping is a great solution for low energy. Tap along with the video to get a sense of how to use tapping when your energy crashes. This tapping can also be found in Don’t Diet: Reprogram Your Weight With Meridian Tapping.
Sometimes it is difficult to predict how different aspects of a problem or challenge will appear. In this video there is an update on my sugar addiction tapping and also a general tapping on food anxiety. I thought the re-post of sugar addiction tapping would be absolutely appropriate as we face the Easter basket candy. Please join in.
Say this statement “I am a sugar addict.” How true does that feel to you on a 0-10 scale (10=very true)? Write that number down before you start tapping to release the hold that sugar addiction has on you.
Cravings can be intense. Sometimes I’ve been successful with willpower to resist a craving. More often than not, I haven’t. That picture really says it all. When I want chocolate I want it now, I want a lot of it, and I have had fantasies of swimming in a vat of it. Join in with me while I use meridian tapping to address a strong craving for chocolate and a feeling of resistance about even doing the tapping – because I know it works.