Get rid of those cravings

Sarah is an NHS professional in her 40’s. She has always had a sweet tooth but 7 years ago developed Candida overgrowth and was told that she must cut sugar from her diet. She knew it was the right thing to do but had tremendous cravings and just couldn’t help herself sneaking the odd sweet thing and before she knew it she had gone overboard and eaten the lot. She was feeling bad about herself, overweight, and had low energy.

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When she came to see me we explored just how these cravings were occurring. For a start, Sarah worked tremendously hard with hardly a break all day. In those short breaks she would eat something quick to keep her going. Then when she got home she would feel guilty if she sat down to relax, feeling that she should be slaving away for her family. She was putting everyone else first and herself way down the pecking order.

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Have you really decided to stop smoking?

It was reported recently in the Daily Telegraph that a man is so desperate to stop smoking that he is being taken out to a deserted island for a month where there is not a chance of getting hold of a cigarette.

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Most people do not need to go to such extremes. Our bodies do not like smoke, they never did and once a proper decision is made to stop smoking most people stop.

The key is in making a proper decision to stop. i.e. a decision, which the whole mind approves of. It is all too easy to make decisions with the conscious part of the mind, which are not recognised by the subconscious part. And it is the subconscious part that does the craving, and causes the problems if it is not on board with your decision.

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Put Smoking Behind You

If you have made the decision to stop smoking you may be interested in reading on.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) who need hard evidence before they agree to statements, have recently agreed the following statement about the efficacy of hypnotherapy in stopping smoking.

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“Research comparing many different studies of hypnotherapy has shown that on average smokers are over five times more likely to break the habit with hypnosis than by willpower alone. Hypnotherapy in general is also proven to be more than twice as effective compared with nicotine gum. If you really want to stop smoking, then one session of hypnotherapy could be all you need.”

This statement, accepted by the ASA, quotes average figures. It follows that many hypnotherapists get even better results than these.

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Travel with confidence

Some people feel unable to go anywhere because they are frightened of travelling, be it driving, flying, or going by boat. This sometimes inhibits their whole family from enjoying themselves – year after year.

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Yet fear of travel is an illogical fear. Certainly, planes crash occasionally – as witnessed recently with the appalling Air France disaster. And when they do it is headline news so everyone knows about it.

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You may not be able to change what is happening to you – but you can change how you respond to it

Heather was due to have an eye inspection – and she was dreading it. Ever since she could remember she had feared these inspections and when the consultant came near so as to look into her eyes they would automatically close however hard she tried to keep them open.

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It was always a battle, always a struggle. She would be near to tears just thinking about it. She knew the inspections were for her own good and this reaction seemed so irrational.

Her partner suggested that she make an appointment with me.

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