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Mystery Solved: Why Confidence Imagery Lowers Food Craving

14 May

Question:

Hello Ms. Naparstek.  First, thank you for sharing your wonderful imagery CDs with us. I am enjoying them very much. :)

I bought Self Confidence and Weight Loss , but I have only been listening to Self Confidence so far.  I read in your Archives that you suggest people start with one CD so I reluctantly picked Self- Confidence and have been waiting to start the other. :)

I've been listening for about a week now, not a very long time, I would think. But what makes me very happy is that I've noticed it is easier for me to turn down excess food. So I was curious - do people tend to have other positive side effects when listening to the CDs? Or is the food thing somehow related to Self-Confidence then?  Hey - anything that keeps me out of the lasagna is a GOOD thing! lol :)

Thank you very much again. Wishing you all good things and continued success. :)

Anna

Dear Anna,

Thanks for the great question.  Actually, there is often a generalized, halo effect from using one kind of imagery that overflows into other aspects of a person's life, so this isn't surprising, tasty lasagna notwithstanding.

There are many reasons why your listening to the Self-Confidence imagery could help reduce your interest in eating.  For starters, pretty much all the imagery, including the Self-Confidence imagery, is relaxing and de-stressing, so if you're a stress-eater, whose appetite revs up when you're anxious or upset, the calming effects of the imagery are going to make a dent on your compulsive eating.

Second, most of our imagery, including the Self-Confidence imagery, provides some general uplift, increasing serotonin levels (and related neurohormones) in the bloodstream.  Heightened levels of these biochemicals reduce appetite.

And third, if your eating is connected to feelings of insecurity and discomfort with yourself, the Self-Confidence imagery would (we hope and expect) remediate some of that, usually in a nice, sneaky, incremental way that you may not even notice at first.   Hopefully that's at work as well.

For all those reasons, this imagery could well be helping with your goals for weight loss.  The good news is, when you're good and sick of the confidence imagery and move over to the Weight Loss audio, you should get some added bang for your buck, and a really good response to that more targeted imagery.  Please let me know - I'll be eager to hear.

All best,
Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award