Curb Your Cravings with EFT
Imagine owning a simple tool to quickly curb cravings and manage stress-related eating. The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, offers just that. A psychological acupuncture process, EFT provides immediate relief that is, quite literally, right at your fingertips.
A recent study reveals promising results using EFT to reduce food cravings in overweight individuals. Cravings diminished after only four, two-hour EFT sessions and participants maintained positive results at a six month follow-up. Applied to many behavioral and emotional issues, EFT is an exciting, cutting edge energy psychology tool to assist you in your weight loss journey.
History of EFT
EFT is considered a cousin to the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture uses needles placed in the body to stimulate the body’s meridian system, or subtle energy pathways, for healing. In the 1980’s a clinical psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan, PhD, discovered that simply tapping with one’s fingertips on the body’s energy points relieved psychological distress. He developed an acupressure process called Thought Field Therapy, or TFT, which uses various patterns of tapping sequences to alleviate physical and psychological problems. From Dr. Callahan’s pioneering work, Gary Craig, a performance coach, discovered that one basic tapping pattern produced similar profound results. He subsequently developed EFT, a simplified version of TFT.
How EFT Works
Similar to Eastern medicine, EFT is based on the premise that unresolved emotional issues disrupt the body’s subtle energy system. Instead of flowing freely, energy in the body becomes blocked resulting in emotional distress or physical symptoms. For example, if you’re experiencing frustration that triggers a food craving, it is believed there is an underlying energy disruption in your body. By using EFT to clear the energy block, your frustration is relieved and the craving diminished or eliminated.
The EFT Process
The basic EFT procedure involves tapping lightly but firmly with your index and middle finger on seven points of the body: the beginning of the eyebrow (by your nose), side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, the chin, collarbone, and under the arm.
As you tap on the seven points you repeat out loud a statement and affirmation related to your problem. For example, with a food craving you could say, “Even though I feel frustrated and crave potato chips right now, I totally and completely love and accept myself.” A positive affirmation for self-love and acceptance neutralizes the often underlying negative beliefs and judgments associated with the problem.
You begin the entire procedure with a “set-up” process by tapping on the “karate chop” point on the outside of your hand, below your little finger, and reciting the statement and affirmation chosen for your problem. This first step orients your energy system to allow the rest of the process to work correctly.
Sound Strange? Try it Anyway
When I introduce EFT to my clients, I say up front that I know what I’m about to teach them looks and sounds really strange. But didn’t it once seem strange to think that putting a needle on your ear, as with acupuncture, would relieve pain?
You can use EFT for weight loss to help reduce and eliminate food cravings, manage emotional eating triggers, and eliminate limiting beliefs that sabotage your progress. It’s best to learn EFT with a trained practitioner to ensure you’re doing it correctly and to help tailor the statements and affirmations to your particular needs. After initial instruction, it’s easy to do on your own.
Learn more about EFT by visiting www.eftuniverse.com or reading EFT for Weight Loss, by Gary Craig. Even though it may be out of the comfort zone of mainstream weight loss approaches, and even though more research is needed, EFT is a promising energy psychology practice offering a safe, economical and portable tool to help you overcome obstacles in your weight loss journey.
Will you try EFT?
Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist and life coach. She offers her clients a spiritual approach to weight release and helps them develop a loving, respectful relationship with their bodies. Receive a free copy of Diane’s Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets by signing up for her monthly e-newsletter, Living Lightly, for spiritual insights and tips to release weight with confidence and love. To contact Diane visit www.dianepetrella.com.