Back in mid-May, I overdosed. It wasn’t the double scoop cone that I ate. It was the double chocolate Haagen-Dazs I saved my friend from finishing. My whole body rebelled, and I decided that my pancreas, spleen, and liver really needed a break from high intensity sugar.
Since then, I have used EFT successfully to go through Italy without ice cream—even though gelaterias (serving the best ice cream in the world) can be found within 50 meters in any direction. It was surprisingly easy, once I used EFT to address the different issues and anxiety I felt.
But what I’ve noticed is that there are certain resistance points I’ve hit since. I am not talking about the social and other stuff that shows up in obvious ways that are easy to tap away once you know how. These are issues that keep you from tapping at all.
I was really happy with the pounds that started coming off when I eliminated “sugar delivery vehicles” from my food selections. That felt great right up until the point where I did not keep up with my body’s need for healthy energy intake. A primitive instinct said, “Look, if I can’t count on you to eat the right stuff, at least go eat a box of Krispy Kremes! If we don’t get energy now, we’re going to die!!”
I call that a Survival Resistance Point. When you hit one, you just STOP TAPPING. You forget. You don’t put in the energy. You put it off. When this happens, I can almost promise you that your survival system is at work against your choice.
We can get scared over all kinds of things. When my blood sugar drops, for example, I can be overcome by a panic that insists on food NOW, whatever it is, even if I know it will lead to nausea or a headache shortly thereafter! If I am to re-assure my body that I am making a healthful change by eliminating sugar delivery vehicles, I absolutely must work on reinforcing habits like:
1) always having nutritious food with me,
2) eating more small meals,
3) keeping junk out of easy reach,
4) shopping after eating a nutritious snack or meal,
5) tapping before going places I know are still difficult for me, and
6) tapping to forgive myself when I’m not perfect.
We have to eat to survive. We don’t need cigarettes, or even crack cocaine or Jack Daniels. We do need food. Becoming balanced around food consumption and choice is not easy or ever a one-minute miracle. I just know that EFT has made it possible for me to make some important changes, and do so without relying on willpower. And it has done the same for my clients.
Notice what is going on when you STOP tapping. Take that as a message, even if you are not sure what specific survival instinct has been aroused.
“Even though I don’t know why I stopped tapping about _________ when it was working so well for me, I choose to feel safe and confident when I tap, and return to using it as daily practice that improves my health and empowers positive choices.”