Recently I wrote a blog called ‘Reset Your Brain’, and I mentioned I would conduct an experiment on myself using hypnosis, meditation and sleep. Below is the beginning of a journal relating my findings as a daily account. I will add to this account for 28 days. By the end of the 28 days I will reflect on the pros and cons of hypnosis, meditation and healthy sleep patterns; reflect on how I felt during this period, and other useful information.
Noticing a fit man walking towards me I glanced at my watch. 1.30pm right on time! I smiled as he approached.
“Melissa,” he questioned me.
“Come with me,” he smiles as I follow behind him.
The room is a small square area with a desk against the wall, a bookcase standing nearly the height of the wall in the opposite corner and two chairs – one a little more comfortable than the other.
“Have a seat,” he says directing me to the comfortable chair.
The Hypnotherapist introduces himself and then asks me why I want to lose weight. I rattle off a list of reasons; the most important of all is – to be accepted. I explain as I believe my answer requires it.
“Not the acceptance of other people or family or friends, but to be accepted by me. I want to physically like and accept myself.”
We converse about the underlying reasons why I eat emotionally and use food as a crux to feeling secure and safe, we talk briefly about yoyo dieting (something I have participated in relentlessly for years), and then we discuss resetting my brain.
I won’t go into too much detail about his technique of hypnosis or what he said and did but I will explain the outcome of the session.
I walked out of the room smiling a thankful good-bye at 3.30pm. I felt great. I felt excited and I felt a sense of relief. During my hypnosis all these suggestions were made to my subconscious
• I wouldn’t crave chocolate anymore
• I would be happy with 3 healthy meals a day
• I would exercise once a day and start to see results in a couple of weeks
• My meal size would be cut down to half
• I would have more energy
• I would be happy and I would not use food as an emotional crux.
Upon leaving the clinic I was given a 10 minute recording of part of my hypnosis which I was encouraged to listen to everyday of my journey into weight loss and healthy eating.
LATER THAT EVENING
I HAVE A MASSIVE HEADACHE. My addiction to sugar is causing me grief as I no longer crave it, so I haven’t had any. I have had no inclination at all to eat chocolate or drink soft drinks and even when my daughter began eating chocolate on the couch whilst watching a movie – it surprised me that I didn’t care it was even there. I didn’t even think, ‘I’ll have just one little piece.’ – Nothing.
The brain becomes tolerant to sugar much in the same way as nicotine. Sugar rewards us with the same ‘high’ – a feeling of pleasure. Basically the neurotransmitter dopamine or serotonin signals a part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens so when we take a bite of a delicious cake or piece of chocolate, it activates hormones that tell us: “Mm, that tastes great, I’m going to remember that taste for in the future.”
And it does, reminding us of that decadent chocolate cake, but if we can’t have it then we’ll find something else along the same lines. The addiction grows. (So did my withdrawal headache).
Withdrawal alerts the body to the fact that you no longer have sugar pumping through your system so your body reacts. Headaches, aches and pains, mood swings and so forth. Toxins are being released and once my body has achieved it, I know I’ll feel so much better.
As the night progressed my headache turned into a migraine. I couldn’t stand the light or noise and I just wanted to curl up and die and basically that’s what I did.
I put the recording I had received on with my headphones and listened to that before falling to sleep.
Today I have the residue of my migraine and a feeling of light-headed fuzziness. (That probably could be attributed to the painkillers I had taken). I found I had to eat less today, my appetite was reduced, and I wasn’t always hungry. My cravings for chocolate and sugar – even soft drink is completely gone. It doesn’t even faze me if I’m offered it – I say no. (Now that’s a first!). By the afternoon my head was feeling back in the game and my energy levels picked up. I even decided to go to the gym. I exercised for 30 minutes on the treadmill and cycle. I meditated quietly in my room before bed for 20 mins. I felt like I concentrated more on the voice of the guided meditator. Maybe i did, lets see what happens in the next few weeks. Tomorrow if the weather is welcoming, I think I might walk to work.