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How do cravings affect your fight or flight? How can you circumvent this? Bringing the answer is today’s Waist Away podcast guest, Marcella Friel, author of “Tap, Taste, Heal.”

Food cravings are intimately connected to the fight or flight response, which is what our brains do when we are proceeding ourselves to be under attack or in a traumatic situation.

And so foods that are like high carbohydrates, high fats, all these high calorie, nutrient deficient foods, you know, the processed foods that are binge foods, those foods, our biology perceives them as like a quick source of energy to get us through this situation, you see. So I have to eat that cookie. I have to eat that brownie. I have to eat that piece of cake. I have to have that ice cream. But that whole scenario really has its roots in the fight or flight response of the brain. I mean, there’s other things as well, but that’s where a tapping can really help you on so many levels, because that fight or flight response might be a stressful condition at work or the fight or flight response can be a deeply subconscious like, say, voice of your mother, your mother’s voice saying you’re too fat, right?

I mean, I have so many clients whose mothers put them on diets when they were eight years old and their mothers told them they were fat and they’d look at themselves as 8 year old girls and say, my goodness, I was not fat at all.

I don’t know where people got this idea. But then, you know, something like that, that’s a little trauma.

When mom takes you to Weight Watchers, when you’re 10 and 12 years old, makes you sit in that chair and talk about points that can set up a state that can set the stage for a lifetime of identifying oneself as fat, you see? So then, you know, and there’s a whole process. Then you start to lose the weight, and people say “oh, you look great”. Then it’s like, oh, wait a second, no, this isn’t who I am. I’m a fat girl. And then it comes back on, you know? So tapping can help with all of that.

It can help with just like the momentary craving. It can help with the deepest levels of trauma and, you know, negative self-talk and self limiting beliefs. It’s very, very powerful.


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