Tips - Part 2

Last night's episode on "I can make you thin" talked about emotional eating. I guess most people compensate with food to make them feel better during times of sadness, stress, loneliness, anger, trauma or whenever there's some overwhelming emotion. We always see this kind of behavior in the movies right? The girl had a bad relationship or whatever and then you see her at home in her pjs, grabs a spoon and eats ice cream straight from the container and sits in front of the tv.
When we have these ups and downs in our mood, we need to keep it stable. This technique was developed by an American doctor (his name escapes me right now) and all you have to do is take 2 fingers and tap on some accupuncture points. Here's a diagram:

Here's what you should do:
1. Tap under the eye
2. Tap under the collarbone
3. Tap under the eye
4. Tap the side of the hand
5. Tap the back of the hand (in between your pinky and ring fingers)
6. Close your eyes
7. Open your eyes
8. Move your eye down to the left
9. Move your eye down to the right
10. Look around 360 degrees one way, and then the other way
11. Hum a tune
12. Count aloud 1-5
13. Hum a tune
14. Stop

He says this isn't a diversion but a way to reprogram your brain. Try it right now. Think of something that you really want to eat. Keep thinking of that while doing the steps above. Afterwards, check to see if you still want that food. He says you might have to repeat it a lot at first. But once you get the hang of the steps, you'll need it less and less. I guess even if you're not an emotional eater, you can still try this technique when you're overwhelmed, to keep your emotional equilibrium in check.


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