Monday, February 6, 2012

Psychological Tool for Permanently Getting Rid of Cravings



The imagination is stronger than your will power. Using your imagination is a much more effective way to change your behavior, especially when it comes to food. Have you been trying and trying to give up a certain food but have not succeeded yet? For me it was Mt Dew. I only had one Mt Dew a day but I couldn’t give it up! This tool isn’t limited to food but for today’s purposes, that is what we are going to talk about.

So here is how the tool works:

Choose the item you want to give up. Make sure it’s something you are ok with not consuming ever again.

Picture yourself consuming that item as vividly as possible. Picture how it looks, how it tastes, and how it smells. Picture the texture of it on your tongue, and how it feels going down your throat. Imagine yourself consuming this until it is completely gone.  

Now picture something nasty to eat. I used human hair. In this case, as gross as you can get is best. Picture yourself eating this as vividly as you can. Picture how it looks, how it tastes, and how it smells. Picture the texture of it on your tongue, and how it feels going down your throat. Imagine yourself consuming this until it is completely gone.

The next step is to picture those items combined. In my case I pictured stuffing the hair into my Mt Dew can. Picture whatever you want to give up completely mixed in with the gross item you pictured.  Now like before picture eating this as vividly as you can. Picture how it looks, how it tastes, and how it smells. Picture the texture of it on your tongue, and how it feels going down your throat. Imagine yourself consuming this until it is completely gone. You may feel nauseous or gage during this activity. That is ok and actually good for the intended goal of never eating your picked item again.

Some people have to do this exercise a couple times but for some people it works immediately.  My Mt. Dew cravings ended the minute I completed this exercise. In fact I now get nauseous when I see any soda can.

If you want help getting through this exercise or ideas for how else this can be applied please contact me.

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