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I’ve tried tapping on food cravings in the past without success, but recently while tapping I had a bit of an AHA moment, which I thought I’d share in case it might be of use to anyone else.
I’m in the process of changing my diet and it is resulting in some food cravings. The first few days I couldn’t shift the cravings at all with tapping. Then a few days ago I found myself tapping in a different way and it was really effective. I realized that in the past I have been tapping basically with a whole lot of judgment. Even though I’ve been saying the “Even though I’m craving this food I deeply and completely love and accept myself,” the bottom line has been that I don’t accept myself at all – I’m judging myself big time for even having the craving.
What finally shifted the cravings (and so far they haven’t returned!) was total acceptance of the fact that I wanted the foods. I tapped with things like:
Even though I REALLY want to eat X, I give myself permission to crave this food
Even though I SO want to eat X, I allow myself to dream about eating it.
Even though I REALLY want to eat X, I want to eat a whole bowl and then another one, I give myself permission to want to eat as much as I want.
Then I tapped through the points getting really graphic about exactly what I wanted to eat and how much. In doing so the energy shifted and I realized that the cravings were largely coming from a feeling of being deprived of the particular foods I wanted to eat. When I gave myself permission to really want and crave the foods, that part of me must have no longer felt deprived and so no longer wanted the unhealthy foods I’d been craving.
The power of “and I love and accept myself” is so great, but we really can deceive ourselves at times just saying it and not seeing the judgment we are really feeling.
From the EFTfree Archives, which are now a part of AAMET International.
Originally published on January 23, 2010.