Losing weight and eating right is hard, but there are a million diets and programs out there that can help you reach your goal. However, there is little in the way of support for managing the mental aspect of weight loss, and, as we all know, staying focused and disciplined is 95% of the battle. That is why I like to incorporate prayer, meditation and mindfulness into the programs that I create for others.
Taking care of the mind is equally as important as taking care of the body. One of the methods I use intermittently throughout the day is called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping. According to my favorite naturalist doctor and health advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola, EFT is the psychological acupressure technique based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5000 years, minus the invasiveness of needles. It is done by tapping lightly on specific parts of the body that release magnetic energy flow, while voicing positive affirmations .
It is a simple technique you can use anywhere, and it can immediately help you remove negative emotions, reduce food cravings, eliminate pain and implement positive goals. Stress can hinder the journey to health and wellness. EFT can be a key element to help you reclaim control of your emotional state and promote mental well-being. It can create calmness and peace, allowing you to refocus and regain control of your diet, your finances, your relationships or anything that you have anxiety about.
For example, I use EFT when I am experiencing a sugar craving. I just tap lightly on the top of my head, my temple, my chin, my chest or under my arm and repeat to myself, “Even though my body craves sugar, I am completely at peace with not having it. I am OK with my feelings and emotions about these cravings, and I am OK without sugar.” I repeat similar positive affirmations as I rotate the tapping of these body parts. I normally either forget about the craving or feel at ease about not having the sugar.
EFT will help you regain focus not just of your diet, but all aspects of your life. Visit Dr. Mercola's website to learn more about this technique for keeping your mind in the game as you lose weight.
Happy tapping to a better mind, body and spirit. Happy tapping to a better you!