EFT or The Emotional Freedom Technique is said to help optimize your emotional health
which of course goes hand in hand with your physical health
. You may feel you are living a healthy lifestyle in terms of what you eat, how you exercise, your sleeping habits and your vitamin D levels, but are you reaping the full benefits if there are still emotional barriers standing in your way?
EFT is all about tapping
If you can master this technique, you will find it will:
- Remove negative emotions
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Implement positive goals and...
- Reduce food cravings
Can you beat the ups and downs of weight loss by tapping?
Apparently so because of our need for emotional eating – that craving for savory snacks or sugary treats - that can so quickly undo the good work achieved through healthy eating. The solution is a simple tapping of certain acupressure points on the face and the body.
EFT was developed back in the seventies by psychologists who discovered that it could radically reduce stress and anxiety levels - and now it is making a big “comeback”.
The need is to educate yourself to take pleasure in your food (much like a baby would) instead of using it as a drug or a stick to beat yourself up with.
This is what you need to do before you start to eat
- Decide how you are feeling – if it is negative, tap before you start.
- Eat s.l.o.w.l.y. giving yourself a chance to know or notice when you are full.
- Always take the trouble to sit down when eating. Most binges will occur standing up – often at the kitchen counter.
- You want to notice what you are eating, how it tastes and of course when you are full - so distractions such as TV are off limits.
- Make eating a pleasurable event – that means laying the table with attractive plates and cutlery, perhaps with flowers and candles burning too.
Recent studies show promising results. One clinical study on 89 women found that those who tapped for 15 minutes a day lost an average of 16 lbs in 8 weeks (minus any strict diet or exercise plan) and even better - 6 months later and the weight was still off.
How can you start your own tapping?
Here is one way...
A few things you need to know
- Work out exactly what is causing any stress that is resulting in your emotional eating.
- Once you have identified the cause, score your stress from 0 to 10.
- This becomes your tapping “target”.
- Set up a simple statement which puts the stress and target into words. For example, “I'm angry with myself for putting on weight”.
- Start by gently tapping (with two fingers) on the 'karate chop point' – that soft part of the hand beneath the little finger while repeating your statement several times.
Now you are ready to go further. Use just a couple of words from your statement eg. “this anger” and run through the 8 points of the tapping sequence while using those two fingers.
This EFT sequence is called The Great Eight
Starting tapping and using your words at least 7 times on each of these places. Feel free to tap as many times as you like over the 7, but do tap for at least 15 minutes in a quiet place where you are going to be undisturbed.
1. The crown of the head.
2. The eyebrow (at the innermost point of the brow).
3. Side of the eye (at the outer edge of the socket).
4. Under the eye (lower edge of the socket).
5. Under the nose.
6. The chin.
7. The collarbone (close to the clavicle).
8. Under the arm and just below the armpit.
When complete, think about your stress levels again and have you been able to lower that score?
As the days pass and you notice an improvement, you can change your simple statement to a more positive one. For example, “I am pleased with myself for doing my daily tapping”, helping to lower your stress levels further, improving your ability to resist cravings and ultimately losing weight.
A few points to remember
- Use your fingertips, not your finger pads as they have more meridian points unless you have very long fingernails.
- Remove your watch and bracelets as these will interfere with your use of the wrist meridian tapping.
- Tap solidly but never so hard as to hurt or bruise yourself.
- Ideally, one tap should be about the length of time it takes for one full breath.
Tapping gives you the mental tools you need to beat the root cause of cravings.
- It is easier to tap from top to bottom to make sure you remember to do them all.
The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence by Jessica Orner, Hay House.