The Truth about Chocolate Addiction

Do you think you might have a chocolate addiction? Join the club. When I see, smell, hear about or think about chocolate I begin to salivate. I LOVE it! I would eat the stuff morning noon and night if I could. In fact I went bit nuts in my early twenties when I first started earning my own money. The revelation that I could actually have a whole block to myself (Hell....I could have 10 blocks if I wanted!) sent me a bit gaga. This did nothing for the state of my skin. But is there actually such a thing as a chocolate addiction, or are we pandering to the buzz-words of the Y-Generation? Where was chocolate addiction 20 years ago? Along with mobile phones, internet and political correctness, it hadn't been invented.

My client 'Danielle' was a self-confessed 'chocoholic'. A chronic hypoglycemic who habitually 'got high on sugar' (her words), her direct response to any distressing or unpleasant event or circumstance in her life was to load up on chocolate. When we scratched below the surface, we discovered something she had ling ago suspected; her addiction was anxiety based. Some people smoke, others drink.....'Danielle' stuffed her face to avoid facing her demons. As a child, she had been conditioned to repress her negative emotions. Her highly critical mother either punished or rewarded her using food as currency. In fact 'Danielle' was forced to hop on the scales before each mealtime. If she had been 'good', she was allowed to eat. If not....well you get the picture.

This continuous physical and emotional abuse caused 'Danielle' to resort to bingeing and purging in adulthood. Her self-esteem was non-existent and food became her master. Together we did a lot of work to release the emotional triggers that preceded her chocolate cravings. After some time she was able to recognize her cravings as a response to something deeper, and to address those issues in a logical and self-nurturing manner.

Where do you fit in? If you believe you are addicted to chocolate then this may be more than just a surface habSome people seek hypnotherapy to remove a negative habit. This works great if it is simply a habit and nothing more. But if you respond to anger, sadness, resentment or fear by craving sugar, alcohol, cigarettes or anything else, then you have an addiction and you need to address this accordingly.

'Jason' was very unhappy in his relationship. He and his partner were simply co-existing and had not been intimate in over 5 years. Initially he came to see me because he believed he was addicted to sugar, and in particular, to chocolate. He had heard that hypnotherapy could help, but when I suggested that his problem may be an addiction rather than a habit, he was reluctant to continue his sessions. He said 'Sonia, do we really have to talk about this?' I explained to him that no, we certainly didn't need to discuss the root cause of the problem; but that it was very likely he would continue his current behavior if he continued to sweep his problems under the carpet.

'Jason' was unable to deal with his life at that point in time and I respected that. The role of a therapist is to offer feedback and strategies, but never to push a person into addressing something if he is not ready. He admitted to me that he was very unhappy, but that at this point in his life he jus wanted to 'stop eating chocolate' and leave it at that. 'Jason' may well have stopped eating chocolate. However, he probably would have picked up another negative habit to compensate.

If your chocolate addiction is a response to emotional turmoil, then even if you have therapy to remove your cravings, you will inevitably find some other vice to replace the chocolate. Your subconscious mind is great at finding loopholes. That's why so many people who quit smoking turn to food and subsequently put on weight. Whether your goal is losing weight, increasing your self esteem or just feeling better in general, you must take action to treat the cause of your problem as well as the symptom. Addressing your chocolate addiction will certainly assist with weight loss; but you want to maintain a healthy weight long-term, it's vital that you learn to recognize your emotional triggers and deal with those at the same time.

Sonia Devine is one of Australia's leading experts in weight loss hypnotherapy. Want to learn more about chocolate addiction and weight loss? Claim your FREE Weight Loss E-book here =>

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