NLP Techniques: Binge Eating

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.

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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!

  1. Categorize the type of food you binge eat. For instance, it could be fast food, snack food, chocolates, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Clear your mind.
  5. 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.
  6. Clear your mind again.
  7. 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.
  8. Do this about 4-7 times  (if you feel really sick the first time around, you can go to the next step).
  9. Clear your mind.
  10. 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.

"Psychological Healing" – Does It Work?

I’ve been a pretty big skeptic about so-called ‘healers’ and for the life of me, none of it would make sense. Recently, I investigated more stuff related to psychoneuroimmunologyBeware! Bomb girl and flame head (?), and realized that the process in PNI actually works the same way as the healing models in NLP.

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Is NLP about psychic healing? Heck no. But could it faciliate healing, psychic or otherwise? Heck yes!

When you think of healing, you may ignore the fact that health is a mind-body phenomenon. Whatever you can envisage in the mind, you are able to trigger in your body. A classic example would be this. Why is it that just thinking of something or someone can trigger off physiological responses in you? The memory of someone you are madly in love with can increase you heart rate, and trigger off neurochemical productions of serotonin and oxytocin.

If this is so powerful, why aren’t we manufacturing our own ‘good stuff’ in our brains?

As far as I know, the human system is based on the idea of homeostasis. If you have a relaxed environment, you will encounter a fairly balanced emotional state. If you are stressed out, you will find that there are moments where you encounter heightened states of arousal. This is due to the production of certain chemicals, particularly cortisol, in your body. If this stays in your body, though, your body will start to feel the strains from overexertion and excessive stress – burnout.

However, it is also interesting to note that the body has “memories” as well. Moments that were considered “traumatic” tend to lodge themselves in our body. The psychological ‘pain’ may not have been relieved based on the theory of the unconscious mind where difficult moments are ‘repressed‘ or suppressed to prevent the emotion from overcoming us. This still remains in our body. Sometimes, they manifest themselves in various events such as emotional outbursts and unexplainable physical symptoms of illness. Sometimes, the onset of cancers and heart disease are attributed to past ‘dis-ease’ emotionally.

PNI, psychic healing or whatever process of psychotherapeutic healing really is about release. Releasing old patterns of behavior and beliefs in a way that enable to journey forward to be lighter. In NLP, a technique known as parts integration (modelled from Gestalt Therapy) is commonly used to create psychological alignment within an individual. The idea that we are pulled apart by choices (a fragmented self) needs to move toward completion (the Gestalt – whole) leads one to stop ‘fighting’ internally and release a huge rush of energy and often ending with relief.

However, most people will also find that this kind of release requires attention to the surrounding environment. Did the healing process take into consideration other factors? Sometimes, because of systemic homeostasis, a problem acts as a benefit for a specific behavior (secondary gain). A person with long-term illness is cared for by family members who would have otherwise left the person. In a situation like this, a cure would lead to something detrimental — the leaving of family members — resulting in lonliness.

A good NLP practitioner will ensure that these changes and healings take care of the secondary gain issue and constantly help the individual in need develop a greater sense of resourcefulness over time.

NLP Techniques: Pain relief

Why am I not surprised that more and more people are feeling pain?

Pain the neck. Pain in the back. Pain in the shoulders. Pain in the wrist. Pain in the knee.

Is it possible for NLP to help one to relieve pain? Well, since there are pain receptors in our brain, and we can manage our brain, it is definitely possible for you to reduce and possibly eliminate pain in your body. One approach you can use is to observe yourself and to test out what it feels like to remove feeling in general. It is possible for you to basically focus and begin to feel that your arm is getting warm or even numb.

In this case, making your arm feel numbness is part of the control mechanism that can make you have the analgesic experience. In the case where you are experiencing muscular pains and aches, it would be also appropriate for you to start exploring your body. Being aware of how your body is positioned, the amount of tension that you experience in your body is important in learning to let go.

For example, I’m even mindful of the sensations in my arm as I type this entire post. It’s uncanny, but I’m also more aware of what will eventually lead up to pain if I keep holdling my body in this position.

Another thing you should do is to learn how to communicate with your “parts”. Here, I mean the psychological parts that you have that form the pain. If your shoulder is experiencing pain, it’s a sure sign that you need to begin to communicate with your pain and start to attend to it by thinking about sensations of softening and relaxation. Become more aware of your muscular tensions and learn how to relax them at will. Often, this takes some getting used to. But by training your body to observe differences between tension and relaxation, you will definitely help yourself reduce the sensations of pain in your body.

In my NLP trainings, one of the things I teach is stress and tension relief. It begins with understanding the body, what causes stress, pain and disease. Then we use some NLP applications to increase our sensations of health in our body. Don’t be surprised when I say that it’s important to recognize every single cell in your body!

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