Do you often find yourself digging into your snack draw throughout the day? If you want to stop snacking excessively and cut down the calories, we’ve got a handy spiritual tool for you! Christianne Wolff is an award-winning celebrity trainer, author and columnist. She owns The Body Rescue fitness and well-being centres and is author of The Body Rescue Plan. Here she shares a useful meditation for those guilty of excess snacking…
Lie on your back or sit, whatever is comfortable for you, and make sure you will not be disturbed for the next 10 minutes or so. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale release the tension from your body. Again breathe in and really focus on the power of your breath, as you breathe out feel like the breath is allowing all the tension in your body to disburse into the atmosphere. Breathe in new revived energy, breathe out anything that is not serving you.
I want you to look at a time when you felt like you could not stop yourself from being so-called greedy, or feeding your addictive behaviour. Really see this in front of you and ask yourself why did you have this feeling? Were you tired? Were you in emotional pain? Were you sad?
What emotion were you feeling when you had to eat. Now sit with that feeling and ask what other way you release this emotion and whether the only way you can feel better by eating too much or the wrong foods?
What is your trigger point? If you are tired, eat foods that give you balanced energy so you sleep more and are stress free. If you are in emotional pain what else can release this? Could exercise be a great way of accessing your happy hormones?
Visualise yourself confronting your trigger point, whether it’s something someone said, fatigue or stress and see yourself dealing with the issue away from self pity and food. Now I want you to go back to that emotional stress or pain the caused this and imagine that you are breathing it out of your body – RELEASE.
Keep this feeling with you and, whenever you are ready, start to become aware of your conscious mind, your conscious body and the room around you. Slowly open your eyes and look at life in a new and refreshed way.
Read our four-page feature on blitzing bad habits in our July 2014 issue, which you can download now by clicking here for Nook, here for Kindle, and here for the App store (Apple devices and Androids).