One of the many benefits of EFT is that you can use it anytime and anyplace when you feel you are reverting back to your old beliefs that take you to your not-so-healthy habits – I’m talking about food.
Do you ever have those moments???
You had been working so long and hard on giving up junk food and living a healthier lifestyle, you start losing weight and then WHAM… somebody says something to you in a certain tone at the wrong time and you feel the urge to eat an entire sleeve of cookies with a diet soda (to save the calories) or have a pizza delivered and consume the entire thing. You feel as though all the work you have done on yourself with your counselor, therapist, EFT practitioner, friend or whoever you go to for help has gone right out the window. You feel like a failure, guilt consumes you, you are feeling shame and a ton of other feelings consume your mind and body.
Does it feel like you haven’t made any progress at all???
Does it feel like you are at square one???
The following is a scenario from one tapping client….
“Everything was going so well since I started EFT. I felt I was really moving forward in my life and thought I had resolved my anger issues with my spouse. Our relationship has improved, and we are doing so well. I have been eating healthier, exercising, losing weight, having fun and then the other day we were having a conversation in the car and I felt that anger stir up in me. I began to feel insignificant AGAIN! I thought I had processed and released that belief and feeling. But, NO!!!! That insignificant feeling is facing me head on again.
By the end of that day I was eating a ton junk food and now I’m angry and disappointed with myself that I’m losing control of my eating. I’m such a loser!!! What is wrong with me???”
Well, my friends, there is nothing wrong with you. This is what is called “getting triggered.” We need to be aware that these triggers can pop up in our life at any time. Healing from past hurts, shame, anger and all those other emotions that cause us to turn to food is an on-going process.
Awareness is the key factor here. If you are aware that it’s an all too familiar feeling you are having and you turn to food just like you did in the past, start tapping and talk or rant about how you are feeling before consuming that junk food or ordering that pizza. At that moment, it’s all you have available to bring you back to a clear head, make sense of the situation, close the refrigerator and don’t order that pizza.
Within minutes of starting our EFT session, my client was calm and thinking more clearly about the event. Before leaving, she made a commitment to herself to tap before opening the bag of chips. If she goes for the chips anyway, she promises to not feel shame or guilt about it. She will not beat herself up and she will return to her healthy lifestyle in the morning.
Do the best you can in the moment, know that it’s good enough, and take that next step forward.