Usually the first question people ask me when they find out I'm a hypnotherapist is "Can you stop me from eating chocolate?"
To this question I have almost always replied, "I could help, but why would you want to give up something so lovely?"
The thing is with chocolate, unlike cigarette and alcohol consumption, eating chocolate in reasonable amounts is less likely to lead to health problems. But how much is reasonable and can you be addicted to chocolate??? Almost for as long as I can remember I have eaten chocolate every day. Ever since they put a five fingered chocolate covered wafer vending machine in our school foyer. (School was a long time ago for me). Even when I was in the process of losing my "baby weight" I still ate chocolate, I just made sure that I cut the calories from my meals so that I could still have that all important chocolate bar at the end of the day. So although there isn't solid evidence that proves chocolate is addictive, I would say that anecdotally, I am a chocoholic.
So why give it up now??? Well March is the month of Dechox, the British Heart foundation is running an initiative to cut out chocolate for the month to raise money for valuable research. A friend of mine said she was going to do it and I offered to give her some hypnotherapy support. But what technique would work the best I wondered??
I'm currently updating my smoking cessation course to include ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and whist I was writing up my notes the thought struck me that this would work brilliantly for all cravings, not just cigarettes but for almost anything including chocolate. I was so convinced that it could work, when my friend said she would give it a try, I opened my mouth and before I knew what I was saying I said "I'll do it too."
So there we have it, but I've always been one for practicing what I preach. So with my smoking cessation course starting in mid March, I'll natually have more empathy with the course participants. Even though I will be coming a non-chocolate eater instead of a non-smoker.