Do you remember what you ate last night? Are you guilty of eating and not even realizing that you have? How many times have you had a plate of food in front of you, looked down at the clean plate, and had no idea what you ate, or worse yet, didn’t even remember eating? Do you get up in the middle of the night to eat and have no recollection of ever doing that? Wow! Lots of questions to ponder, but so important to be aware of too. So, do you consciously eat food?
Eating is something to be totally savored and enjoyed. Taking the time to truly realize the food experience can be quite a unique treat – especially for some people. In today’s fast-paced world, it has now become the norm to “eat on the run” instead of sitting down at the table to consume that food. The car is littered with fast food wrappers and who knows what else. All because we are in a hurry to get to our next destination. Run, run, run! ~~ Hurry, hurry, hurry!! What will it take for us to slow down and take time for ourselves – especially when we eat?
Can you remember the time when every evening meal was eaten at the table WITH the whole family in attendance. The television was not on nor was it anywhere near the kitchen. Instead, the family would be eating and talking about their day – actually sharing with each other their experiences and fun they had. Any major concerns weren’t ever discussed at the dinner table. That was saved for another occasion, so your food had time to digest without discomfort. Sunday dinners were even more of a big deal. Typically families and even extended families would all get together to share in the food bounty. This was literally tradition!
The point I am making with this is the fact that while you sit down with family (or whomever) you tend to be consciously aware of what you eat instead of rushing through the meal in order to get on to the next task. Growing up, it was unheard of to rush through a meal, simply because even if you were done before everyone else, you still had to sit at the table and wait for the rest to completely eat their meal too. So why bother rushing…
Eating slower or shall I say consciously allows your body to feel full faster. So in essence, you eat much less, simply because by taking the time to eat, your brain has the time to register that your stomach is actually full. Therefore you feel more satisfied and certainly not bloated and overstuffed because you ate more than you should. So much easier at that point to push yourself away from the table while you are still actually feeling good!
When John was younger, he too remembered waiting for everyone to get home at the end of the day in order to eat his evening meal with his family. His mother would make a delicious meal typically with a meat, some starch like potatoes or rice, and a green vegetable along with a salad. On occasion (it was not every night), there was even dessert which tended to be a gelatin mold made earlier in the day, or perhaps even some fresh, homemade apple pie. John was not concerned with portions. He was young and easily burned up all those calories. John always had a slender, well-proportioned body. Then one day out of nowhere (or so it seemed) things began to change.
As John got older, and his world became more on the go, he drifted into eating on the go as well. It didn’t take long before John began to notice subtle changes in his body. Yes, like most of us, John was aware of these changes, but thought he had everything under control and would address it in the not too distant future when his lifestyle slowed down. Problem was, addressing it was constantly being pushed off because he was very busy. Before he knew it, John began to pack on the pounds. It also felt to him, no matter what he did, nothing seemed to change… or so he thought.
Being the proud and intelligent man that he was, John decided to seek out help. He was a young executive coming up in the world and wanted to keep his physique fit, but he didn’t have the time to work out. He was always in demand, so his time was limited as to what time he could take – or would take for himself. As a friend, I encouraged John to go back to his roots and take a conscious look at how he was eating. Sheepishly John admitted to me and to himself that his eating habits had changed drastically. He could barely recall what he ate for breakfast let alone his meal the night before… or did he even eat last night? What a trap he had fallen into.
How many of us have fallen into the same trap – knowing that your time is limited, but not realizing that caring for your needs has to come first. It’s similar to a situation in an airplane. If the oxygen was compromised and the masks came down, it is imperative that you put the mask on yourself first, then help the others around you. Even if you work for a large company with demands upon your time, it too is imperative you take care of you first. You can’t do them any good – nor you – if you are not well enough to function.
After pointing this out to John and then doing a quick time management and stress reduction hypnosis session with him, John finally came to the realization that things could be simple again. He only needed to take time for himself first! John started by reverting back to his early childhood training of eating only at a table, eating slowly, chewing thoroughly, and being totally aware of what he was eating. With this new way of eating, John found that not only did he still have time to do all that was expected of him, but now he also was starting to look and feel so much better than he had been in a long time.
Those extra 30 pounds melted away, just by being consciously aware of each mouthful he ate and by listening to his hypnosis session daily to help keep him on track. Today, John is engaged to be married soon. He is now a fit and trim young man once again, and is rapidly heading up the corporate ladder. The added benefit of eating healthy and consciously, is that his brain is also benefiting in a huge way. His memory and thinking has accelerated, and he looks better than ever before. I am truly looking forward to attending the wedding!
Like John, you too can get out of your rut and take charge of you and your eating habits. It is simple when you enlist the assistance of a competent hypnotist or CVR specialist. You can also get wonderful assistance from my hypnosis/CVR sessions that are posted on Imagine You Thin.com and are available for purchase. Good Luck!
This post has been written and read by Cynthia L. Fertal, M.Ch.T., C.I. ~~ A practicing and successful, professional hypnotist and CVR specialist for more than 20 years.
Disclaimer: This information is for you to actually consider alternative possibilities for your success. Please seek advice from your medical professional before starting any weight loss or exercise program. Taking charge of your body is your right and privilege. Do so with knowledgeable information from trusted sources.