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EFT for ice cream cravings

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

EFT often collapses the immediate craving for just about any addictive substance (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, food etc.). While there is often more emotional work to do before the overall addiction subsides, it is a BIG help to be able to walk calmly away when an immediate craving appears. Dorothy Goudie from New Zealand gives us a classic example of EFT for ice cream cravings.

Hugs, Gary

By Dorothy Goudie

While working with a woman (her daughter sat in on the session) with a weight problem we narrowed it down to several items with one being over indulgence in ice cream - especially the ones coated in chocolate.

In New Zealand we have an ice cream on a stick that is coated with chocolate called a ‘Topsy’. This was the favorite.  She rated her craving for it at an intensity level of 10 out of 10 as we talked about the Topsy.  When I produced one and started to peel the wrapper of it she was salivating.  By the time I put it in her hand and asked her just to smell it, her craving was way over an intensity level of 10 out of 10.

We put the ice cream to one side - away from her but where she could see it.  Tapping on her KC point, I started by saying, I just love those Topsys.  “Oh!” she said, “I can smell that beautiful sweet smell on your fingers.”  At this point she took over with the words pouring out, so I just repeated back to her what she was saying and continuously tapped using the shortcut points while she was doing this.

The smell in particular is divine, and the creamy feel of the chocolate with the cool ice cream just melts in your mouth and flows over your tongue.

I just love ice cream, it is sooo good, and I can’t get enough of it.

Love the taste, love the smell, just love everything about ice cream.

Surely ice cream can’t be that fattening.

Oh I know it is but I just can’t resist, love that cool feel in the mouth.

Love that smell, it’s so sweet.

Delicious, makes me feel so good.

We did about 6 or 7 rounds of tapping on this and then took a pause while I asked how she was feeling now about ice cream.  She just has a blank look on her face, quite startled.  It was almost as though it took a moment or two to realize that her previous thoughts were no longer so.

I suggested that she take another smell of the Topsy and give me a rating on a scale of 0 to 10. She took the ice cream and sniffed, and sniffed again, and with shock on her face said, “I can’t smell anything, it’s like plastic … my nose must be blocked … did you switch the ice cream … you couldn’t have done that, I was watching.  I don’t want to eat that.  There is no pleasure in something that smells like plastic.”

I suggested that she might like to take a bite of it and test it but she refused saying that she couldn’t bear to eat something that smelled like that.

An hour later as she was ready to leave we tested again, with the same results.  The intensity of her craving was still at a zero.  She could not believe that her lifetime passion for ice cream could vanish in 10 minutes.

I then asked her to take the Topsy and throw it in the rubbish.  She took the ice cream in her hand and just stopped, shock showing in her face and body.  She said, “I can’t throw this away, what a waste, you could wrap it and someone else could eat it.  You can’t waste money on food like that and just throw it away.”

Wow!  Here we had another aspect.  I walked her to the rubbish bin and said now throw it in.  She did but was visibly shaken.  Back we went to tapping again on this new aspect.  We tapped on all of the above that she had said plus much more came up and I just tapped as she spoke.  

If food is in front of you then you must eat it all ... can’t have any waste ... clean your plate ... food costs money and you can’t waste it ... you’ll be punished if you waste it (punishment another aspect?) You’re being greedy if you take food and don’t eat it.  

After several minutes and many rounds, and much emotion she calmed down.  Although I didn’t check her intensity initially, it was obviously 10 out of 10 and now it was down to 0 out of 10.  She went to the rubbish bin, looked at the ice cream now melting, and said, “You’ll have a nice sticky mess in there.”  No more emotion over waste.

Will it last?  Who knows, but now she has a tool to handle her addiction.

I am in awe at the stunning simplicity of this EFT procedure.

Dorothy Goudie

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