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Imagining Healthy Eating Yields Fruitful Results

13 Mar

Hello again.
 
A friend recently pointed out an article about how, if you imagine your self eating healthy (healthily??), you’re more likely to.  Eat healthily.  At least when it comes to fruit…

A researcher at McGill University, Barbel Knauper, says that when she added what she calls “visualization techniques” or “mental rehearsal” to an Eat More Fruit initiative at a student dorm, residents adhered at twice the rate.
 
Her study included 177 students who were asked to set the goal of eating more fruit for a week. All of the students ate more fruit during that time. However, those who made a concrete plan, wrote it down and also imagined how they were going to carry out their plan (i.e. when, where and how they would buy, prepare and eat fruit) increased their fruit consumption twice as much as those who didn't plan or visualize.

Knauper says, “Athletes do lots of work mentally rehearsing their performances before competing and it's often very successful. So we thought having people mentally rehearse how they were going to buy and eat their fruit should make it more likely that they would actually do it. And this is exactly what happened."

The study was published in Psychology and Health.  It’s lovely to see somebody apply the vast success of mental rehearsal from the field of sports performance and take it to behavioral health around eating.  We’ve posted the study on this week’s research page.
 
And since we’re speaking of positive behavioral changes… for those of you interested in learning EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique - otherwise known as meridian tapping plus affirmations) for yourself, your kid, your clients or just to satisfy your curiosity about this method, there’s an offer of several lectures and demonstrations from the World Tapping Summit, 2011, that might interest you   I’m not familiar with all the practitioners on this roster, but I do know Carol Look’s work well, and I can totally vouch for it.
 
EFT is an interesting approach to turning around self-defeating patterns, attitudes and behaviors, which can be applied to anything from relationships, eating and smoking, work habits and health and healing.  It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s so quick and easy, it’s worth trying, either before starting a course of treatment that’s long and involved or else as a complement to more traditional methods. This looks like a pretty wide-ranging immersion course and it may be more than what most non-clinicians need or want.
 
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on a whole series, but would like a feel for EFT, by all means check out Mary Sise’s DVD - I’ve given it to many of my friends and family with good results.

OK, take care and be well.



 

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