I have been really practising the mantra of ‘I can eat anything I want’ for the past couple of days. It has made me feel really much more relaxed whenever I think of food. But it has also had the strange effect of making me feel so neutral about food that I sort of get to a point where I think: ‘I’m not sure I want to eat anything’ – a bit like when you say a word over and over and it eventually looses all meaning! I have of course been eating food but I have felt less motivated to do so. Is this a good thing?! Or at least something that you’ve heard of before?
Sarah, remember from the slide with the lady locked in the cell (Session 2) that prohibition creates a more intense and/or persistent craving for food, together with some level of anxiety. I showed research to support that, and called it symptoms of prohibitive thinking. So it is possible that you’ve had that sense of prohibition for many years, which lead to a heightened interest in and attraction to food – and this has now evaporated. Well done!
The other possibility is that you’ve slipped into a state of compliance (which makes it all seem magic and easy) but I doubt it, and that wouldn’t happen as a result of practising “I can eat anything”.
There’s a way to understand this, by the way, in terms of brain function – which I’ll be talking about on Sunday.