Hypnotherapy for Eating problems
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Hypnotherapy for eating problems can help a person work through the root causes of their eating problems and help them to remain calm and relaxed as stress is known to be a common cause of problem eating.
Those who develop eating problems can have a distorted relationship with food. This can develop as a way for them to try and cope with another underlying problem, such as anxiety, emotional distress, or feeling like they have lost control over one or more areas of their life. This can also lead to their attitude towards food – and how they see their self – becoming skewered. Over time, their thoughts can become focused on food, how it makes them feel, what or how much they are eating, and what they do after they have eaten.
Experiencing problems with eating can present in many ways. For some, this could involve eating less than they need for their body to have enough energy to function properly. For others, it can involve eating more than they need over a short or long period of time and may or may not involve making themselves be sick afterward to ‘purge’ what they have been eating. They may even struggle with food types, variety, textures, or smells which, while often dismissed as ‘fussy eating’, can have a significant impact on their diet and overall well-being.
Hypnotherapy for eating problems – there is no single look when it comes to problem eating. While some may become preoccupied with their bodies, how they look, or their weight, others may focus on how eating makes them feel: whether that’s giving them a sense of control, helping them to numb other feelings, creating a temporary feeling of comfort or happiness.
A major part of recovery is getting sufferers to love themselves again. Learning new lines of thinking about eating will also improve a person’s relationship with food.
Anyone can develop an eating problem at any stage of their lives, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Feelings of guilt, shame, or even denying that them have a problem are common reactions but know that help is available through hypnotherapy for eating problems.
Do I have an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are serious conditions, where an unhealthy attitude towards food can take over their life and affect their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. While most commonly affecting them women aged 13 to 17, they can affect anyone, at any time. Seeking early intervention and diagnosis can significantly increase their chance of recovery. Using hypnotherapy for eating problems.
Common eating disorders include:
- Anorexia nervosa – restricting how much they eat to keep their weight as low as possible. This is also often accompanied by exercising too much.
- Bulimia – eating a lot of food in a short time (bingeing) and then making their self-get rid of (purge) that by being sick or using laxatives. This can also be accompanied by over-exercising.
- Binge eating – eating large portions of food at one time until they feel uncomfortably or painfully full. This can often be followed by feelings of guilt, upset, or shame.
- Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) – the general term used to refer to those whose eating disorder doesn’t fully match anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating. While not as explicitly outlined, it is just as serious of a condition.
If they are worried that their or someone, they love may have an eating disorder, it’s very important to speak with their GP. They will be able to help identify unhealthy eating habits, check their overall health, weight, and well-being, as well as being able to refer them to specific specialist services and support. To find out more about the signs and symptoms of specific eating disorders, visit the NHS website.
Hypnotherapy for eating problems -Understanding eating problems
Getting to better understand eating problems can be tricky. There’s no getting away from it: food is something we encounter every day. We need it to survive. Many of us, however, have a complicated relationship with food. When this relationship becomes distorted, how we interact with food can turn into an unhealthy coping mechanism that we use to deal with difficult, upsetting, or troubling emotions or situations.
Contributing factors can include poor self-esteem, an increased need for control, or a desire to numb difficult emotions. Other influences range from genetics to societal pressure and personality type.
Signs and symptoms of problem eating
There can be several different signs that them (or someone them care about) may have an eating problem. Signs that they should look out for include:
- Spending a lot of time worrying about their weight, body shape, size, or appearance.
- Changing social plans or avoiding situations where food might be involved.
- Restricting what or how much they eat (e.g., cutting out certain ‘bad’ food groups, or sticking to a very low number of calories).
- Making their self sick or taking laxatives after they eat (whether them have eaten a little, or felt like they have over-eaten or ‘binged’).
- Exercising excessively (number of sessions or intensity).
- Having very strict habits or routines about food.
- Significant changes in their weight (increase or decrease).
- Mood swings.
- Feeling cold, tired, or dizzy.
- Their periods have stopped or become infrequent.
If they are worried about a loved one, warning signs that they might be struggling with food-related issues can include:
- Noticing a dramatic change in weight.
- Avoiding situations where they may have to eat in front of others, or frequently giving excuses to not eat.
- Lying about what or how much they have eaten.
- Eating a lot of food in a short space of time.
- Making trips to the bathroom shortly after eating (particularly if they seem flushed or red in the face).
- They have developed an obsession with exercising.
- They seem to eat very slowly, cut their food into small pieces, or try to hide food instead of eating it.
- Wearing clothing that is much looser or baggier than is normal to hide their frame.
If they’re worried about their relationship with food, they may feel worried about seeking support. Try speaking to someone they trust. If they feel unable to speak with someone they know and love, talking with a helpline may be a useful option. Once they have spoken to someone, speaking up and asking for help can feel a lot less intimidating. If they’re worried about someone else, be supportive, offer them space to talk, and try to encourage them to seek professional support.
If they are worried that their eating problem may be an eating disorder, treatments like hypnotherapy for eating problems are often recommended and can be very effective. Everyone is different however and for some people, a different, or even a multi-pronged, approach is needed.
If they are experiencing eating-related problems, there are many different approaches that may be able to help them, including hypnotherapy for eating problems.
Hypnotherapy for eating problems can be helpful, whether it’s used to understand underlying causes, challenge automatic negative thoughts, encourage more positive thinking patterns or ease anxiety.
Hypnotherapy for eating problems
Hypnotherapy can be very helpful for those who struggle with eating too much in a short space of time. Often referred to as ‘binge-eating. For some people, it can feel like a compulsion to keep eating, or as though they cannot stop until all the food on their plate is gone. Uncovering past events that may have triggered or influenced their relationship with food may be done through analytic hypnotherapy or regression techniques.
If their struggles with eating are very behaviour-orientated, it can feel like they are trapped in a cycle of binging and purging. Hypnotherapy can be used to make positive suggestions to the subconscious to help break this pattern. Helping to build confidence and improve self-esteem, the aim of hypnotherapy for bulimia is to improve their relationship with food and their self.
Reducing stress and anxiety is another keyway hypnotherapy for eating problems can help. Often those with the condition find symptoms are exacerbated by stress, so easing this stress is ideal. Relaxation techniques can also help people continue with this work outside of their session.
Hypnotherapy for different types of eating problems can be a helpful tool for many, especially if other approaches are failing to work, but it is important to discuss all treatments they’re trying with their doctor or mental health team.
Hypnosis for picky eating
If they struggle with ‘fussy’ or restrictive eating, such as having trouble with textures, flavours, or trying new things, hypnotherapy for eating problems may be able to help. While many assume only children are ‘picky eaters’, unhealthy or difficult attitudes towards food can often carry over from our childhood into adulthood, making the struggle seem like even more of a challenge.
Hypnosis for picky eating can help them to recognise what their current eating limitations are, set goals around what them would like to try and change, whilst still maintaining boundaries around things them aren’t comfortable or ready to change. I can help them to recognise any traumatic past experiences with foods, identify specific food anxieties, and apply mindfulness techniques to help make mealtimes and trying new foods a less stressful experience.
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