Beauty starts in your head…

Have you considered that sometimes it is our thoughts about ourselves that can block us from achieving the health or weight that we desire? How many women (and sometimes men) do you know who are genuinely happy with themselves? Why is it so difficult for us to be our own cheerleaders?

For 18 years I have worked with women and men who want to either lose weight or improve their health through nutrition. This is where my business began. However, as the years have passed, I have worked just as much with the emotional concerns and everyday stresses that my clients have.

The average woman encounters a huge number of advertisements every day. They portray idealised female beauty. It is so difficult for us to not compare ourselves to these glamourous images. There seems to be an expectation (which we fail to live up to) for us to be flawless. Have you noticed how stunning the women are in the original Netflix shows?

Our failure to meet these high standards can, if we let it, have a negative impact on our mood and how we eat. Low self-esteem and self-love are one of the biggest causes of comfort eating. Layer this on top of the uncertainty and anxiety of the pandemic this past year and you can start to understand why comfort eating is one of the most common concerns I am seeing at this time.

Comfort eating is emotional eating. It is eating to suppress or soothe negative emotions such as stress, anger, boredom, loneliness or frustration. We often ‘treat’ ourselves with food to help us feel better. Often the choice of treat will be high in sugar or fat which is damaging to our health. We need to remind ourselves that the reason we should be eating is to stay alive. To support our growth and to aid repair and recovery of the body. We probably all eat more than we actually need to survive.

Maybe you could take a moment next time you find yourself reaching for food to ask yourself ‘why’ you are eating.

Are you really, truly hungry or are you just filling an emotional gap?

If so, what is that emotion?

What is it that you really need to help you feel better?

Why are you mistreating your body this way?

Sometimes it is our thoughts about ourselves…

What I love about working with hypnotherapy is the ability to work with the subconscious mind to change our beliefs and thought patterns. All our life experiences, good and bad get stored in this part of the brain. A negative thought or image of your-self can live there for a long time. During hypnosis it is possible to effectively heal these negative beliefs. Hypnosis can restore positive feelings about yourself and your worth. Even better, hypnosis can magically switch off cravings for those unhealthy foods that we are trying to avoid.

Time for some self-love?

jackie barber

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