What to food freedom and EFT Tapping have to do with one another? You may or may not have heard of EFT Tapping. It was developed by an engineer named Gary Craig in the 1990s based on the work of Dr. Roger Callahan, a psychologist. By tapping on acupressure points as you explore thoughts and emotions, you reduce the intensity of distress. It can and has been used with literally every issue I can imagine and you can probably find a YouTube video on it!
How does this relate to food freedom, you ask? So many self-defeating beliefs and emotions are tied up in our relationship with food. By utilizing EFT tapping, we can release ourselves from the shackles of negative self-talk, fear, anger, shame, stress and other emotions that keep emotional eating in place. Alas, food freedom!
However, it isn’t as simple as tapping on your thoughts and emotions because our relationship with food can be extremely complicated. While EFT tapping is incredibly helpful in reducing stress (and then ultimately food cravings tied to stress eating), It would be naive to believe that we can simply tap on ourselves to end emotional eating that has likely been engaged for decades.
Instead, I love EFT tapping as an adjunct tool for the deep emotional work I do with my clients. It is something they can easily use in between sessions and is a tangible skill that can be pulled out anywhere and any time, but it isn’t a substitute for therapy. In my experience, there are always deep emotional wounds tied to overeating. Usually, these wounds begin early in childhood and trauma work is often necessary for healing.
I use EFT Tapping every single day. I love starting my morning with a walk while I tap (I’m sure my neighbors think I’m nutty). It puts me in an amazing mood every time I do it. And yes, the stress reduction greatly contributes to my own food freedom. If you want to learn more, check out The Tapping Solution or the various videos on YouTube. If you want additional help digging deeper into your patterns with food, contact me today!