Binge eating and snacking are common issues among people who are unhealthy and unfit. They experience low levels of energy, and very often, they are unable to garner enough energy to get things done. So, they end up procrastinating too.
To stop binge eating with NLP, all you have to do is to follow these steps. Do note – in order to effectively use the technique, you need several pre-requisites. Not everyone can apply the techniques well because they lack a few things:
- Sensory acuity, or the ability to observe details and maximize their senses.
- Self-suggestion, or the ability to communicate with yourself internally.
- Emotional state control, or the ability to change your emotional states effectively.
If you are unable to do these well, I’d recommend you seek out an NLP practitioner who might be able to help you.
Here’s the technique!
- Categorize the type of food you binge eat. For instance, it could be fast food, snack food, chocolates, etc.
- There is usually a situation or context where such binge eating takes place. For instance, you might snack whenever you watch TV but not really anywhere else. Or you might binge eat snack foods after meals. You have to identify the context where you get the feeling of wanting to binge eat.
- Picture the context in your mind. During this time, notice the full-sensory experience of binge eating. Notice what you see, hear and feel, especially after that food goes down your stomach.
- Clear your mind.
- Now imagine something that is totally and absolutely disgusting for you. For instance, it might be the garbage dump or decaying meat. Smell and taste this foul thing in your mouth (this may take some getting used to) and notice how you feel like wanting to throw up.
- Clear your mind again.
- Go back to #3. Picture your favorite food again and imagine yourself eating it like the first time, noticing the level of pleasure your experience, but this time, on the next time you taste that food, notice how you chew or bite into it and it opens up the sensation of something absolute foul-tasting, as in #5.
- Do this about 4-7 times (if you feel really sick the first time around, you can go to the next step).
- Clear your mind.
- Test by imagining your binge-eating-food in your mind. Does it bring back the same desire? By this stage, you would have successfully disconnected the automatic behavior of binge eating.