Weight Loss Services and Support Cairns

Weight Loss Services and Support CairnsFor many people losing weight seems like a lifetime of deprivation and struggle, often with little to show for it other than a cycle of losing weight and gaining it back. For you, that stops now. Your road to becoming a brilliant success story begins here, because here you will learn the power of being ‘mindful’ in your eating and how you can use hypnosis to augment your commitment to yourself. And that means you can finally end the cycle once and for all, becoming the slim YOU that you have been yearning to be. As someone once said “Nothing Tastes as Sweet as Slimness”.

What is emotional obesity?

There is construct in the world of psychology called ’emotional obesity’. As the name implies obesity often has an emotional component to it. Eating mindfully draws extensively on the use of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness focuses our attention and our awareness on the “now”, which in turn, helps us separate from habitual, unproductive and banal habits and activities. Engaging in mindful eating at every meal can help us discover a far more rewarding relationship to food and eating, than we ever contemplated. A different kind of nourishment often emerges, the kind that offers satisfaction on a very deep emotional level.

Can I lose weight through hypnosis?

Yes you can. You CAN Lose Weight with Hypnosis AND by being ‘Mindful’ in the way you eat! The problem with many people in today’s fast paced, fast food world is that too often we eat absentmindedly, without being consciously aware of what we are doing. Studies have shown that this type of eating causes us to eat far more than we normally would, as we ignore or do not recognize our bodies’ cues that we are full. Thus, the first step in your commitment to lose weight needs to be becoming more mindful of your eating.

Mindfulness (which has its roots in Buddhism) is a concept that psychologists have coined to simply mean that you are consciously present and paying attention to your actions. Many of us tend to go through much of life not being mindful, as we fail to pay attention to our children, drive to work on ‘auto pilot’ and snack on junk without even realizing it. Thus becoming mindful of your actions is a very important step in curbing your eating and becoming a healthier you.

How does mindful eating work?

Being mindful and eating consciously is as simple as it sounds – you need to be aware of your eating. This means that when you eat that is all you are doing: eating. You do not watch television, read the newspaper, or check your Facebook page while you are eating. You simply eat, paying attention to the smell, the colours, to the taste and texture of each bite and enjoying your food. When you are mindful of your eating habits a few things happen: you enjoy your meal more, you feel full more quickly and you make better decisions about what to eat. Here is a brief guide on “how” to eat mindfully.

How to eat mindfully

    • Create a calm relaxing environment in which to enjoy your meals. Eating around a table with family is a lost art. Here is a chance to recapture that wonderful experience. In any case, don’t eat in front of the TV or at your desk at work. That only serves to distract you and you end up bolting your food down with hardly any appreciation or awareness of what you are eating.
    • Think before you eat. Before you reach for that biscuit ask yourself: how do you feel? Are you comfortable, anxious, bored or maybe even depressed? Are you thirsty rather than hungry? Sometimes people confuse the two sensations. Simply recognise and accept the feeling, whatever it is, and then observe your stomach: how does it feel? It is easier to digest food and be mindful when you are relaxed. When we acknowledge and accept our emotions and feelings, they tend to fade leaving us feeling calmer and less likely to pick up that (oh only one won’t hurt) biscuit.
    • Chew your food slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that your stomach is full. If you eat until you feel full you will be in essence “overfull” or more colloquially “stuffed”, and that is not mindful eating and it is not conducive to weight release. Take your time, enjoy and savour each mouthful. Notice the temperature, aroma, texture and taste of each morsel of food that you ‘place’ thoughtfully (not shovel) into your mouth. Notice how your stomach feels more comfortable when the food is chewed thoroughly. This makes it easier on your digestive system too. Notice too how much more satisfied you feel when you take the time to enjoy and savour your each mouthful of your meal. The point of satiation is more quickly reached when you eat slowly. I often refer to a petrol gauge (a metaphor) as a guide as to when to eat and when to stop eating. Never allow yourself to get below “3” empty and stop eating when you get to “7” full. If you eat till the gauge reads (feels) “10” you will have overeaten.
    • Choose a smaller plate. When serving your meal, use a smaller plate and as a consequence you will decrease your portion size. But despair not; because you are now eating mindfully you will feel as full as strange as it may seem, as if you had used a larger plate. Try leaving a little food on your plate, when you have reached the “7” out of 10 point. You may have to silence that mother voice in your head about eating everything on your plate because … you KNOW what comes after the dots don’t you?
    • Make smart food choices. It is also important to have a good amount of protein in your food choices and that you ‘graze’ all day, by eating around 6 small meals a day with every second meal a ‘protein only’ “snack”.

So there is an outline. You can begin to master mindful eating in two ways. First, keep a food journal. A food journal can help you identify patterns in your eating and enable you to recognize when you might eat out of ’emotion’ (the emotional eater) rather than hunger. It can also help you see if you are eating too much junk food and lacking in nutritious food. Be conscious of what you are doing when, what and how, you are eating what you are eating. Mindful eating is the first step on your journey of weight loss and maintenance. The next step of your journey we take together.

Hypnosis makes healthy mindful eating easy

Once you are committed, when you are ready to eat mindfully and truly release your excess weight, you may fear that you will not be able to overcome your cravings and the various temptations of the modern day plethora of food choices available to you. And you are probably right. But fear not, hypnosis will help.

Creating a healthy body takes commitment

Like anything worth doing, creating a healthy body takes commitment. Most likely you already know what foods are good for you, what foods are bad for you and what poor eating habits you have that have lead to your weight gain and difficulty releasing that weight to be healthier and happier. Yet you may feel that you lack the “willpower” to really release the weight and keep it off.  It is not willpower that you need. You simply need a little help getting your subconscious mind on board to make a real change, and you need to learn a few simple strategies that will help you along the road to success. By reading this article you have shown that you are ready to make a commitment to looking and feeling your best. Now, read on to learn how to take that step into a new you. It doesn’t matter how much you weigh or where you live, I can help.

Weight loss services and support in Cairns and North Queensland

At Seachange Psychology a trained, experienced hypnotist will work with you to stop those cravings and ensure your ongoing weight loss success. While hypnosis is not magic, some people think that it works in a magical way, as they are amazed at the results they achieve, effortlessly. For weight loss (or what I prefer to call weight “release” – when people lose something they usually try to find it and they most always do with weight!) I will help ease you into a dissociated state, which is called hypnosis. There,  I will ‘talk’ directly to your subconscious, acknowledging the problems that you have had in releasing weight in the past and the poor eating habits that you have developed. I will then give the subconscious suggestions that will release you from the cravings, the anxiety and the unhealthy choices, and encourage you to make smart dietary decisions.

When you emerge from hypnosis you may not feel any different, other than perhaps a bit or even very, relaxed. But you will immediately notice that your cravings change. No longer will you crave salt, sweets or your other previous indulgences. Instead, your body will crave healthy foods in the right proportions. With the power of hypnosis working together with your conscious commitment and your understanding of the need to eat mindfully, you will find the road to your ideal weight an easy one to walk.

Start releasing weight today at Seachange Psychology. You can do this online nowadays. Please phone 07 4041 4147.

Cairns Psychologist Rebates

Cairns Psychologist Rebates Health fund rebates may apply and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. If you do see your doctor and he writes you a Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist, you are entitled to 10 sessions in a calendar year and you will receive a rebate from Medicare of approximately $86.15 as at 2020.

Online Counselling

Online Counselling At Seachange Psychology, online counselling (sometimes called telehealth counselling) enables you to access a qualified and experienced psychologist (me, Crispian Jones) using a program called “Coviu" . View our Coviu site