What if you could free yourself from distractions?
By Lori Hammond
Coach and Professional Hypnotist. Giving you simple tools to stop overwhelm and harness joyful forward momentum.
Once upon a time, there was a curious elephant named Melvin.
Melvin's trainer marched him down the vibrant streets of India for religious processions. Fruit and vegetable stands lined the streets.
Melvin knew he wasn't supposed to pay attention to the enticing objects but he just couldn't help himself!
He noticed a coconut stand to the right. Oh, how Melvin loves coconuts!
As soon as he saw them, he SWOOPED up a coconut in his trunk and dropped it into his mouth.
To the left were bright yellow bananas. As soon as they caught Melvin's eye, they were in his mouth.
"STOP MELVIN! STOP!" the townspeople yelled.
Then one day, Melvin's trainer had an idea.
He gave Melvin a bamboo stick to carry in his trunk.
How Melvin LOVED bamboo!
He held the bamboo high in his trunk for all to see.
He was so happy about his bamboo that he didn't even notice those old roadside distractions.
Do you get distracted by food cravings?
Maybe you're going about your day, minding your own business, when you notice a thought about food.
You become so enticed that you feel you must SWOOP up that food!
Or you're eating a meal and you know you've had enough but you JUST CAN'T STOP because it tastes so good!
Two thoughts cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
When you think about food, it crowds out all other thoughts. It's like Melvin with those roadside distractions. He sees a banana and forgets everything else until he gets it in his belly!
No amount of logic or reasoning can stop a craving. The harder you try to stop, the more frustrated you'll become.
So what's the solution?
Grab a bamboo stick!
Your bamboo stick is your new self-talk.
I'll show you what I mean.
The Bamboo Protocol
(Try this now....even if you're snuggled in bed on Sunday morning.)
- Sit up straight and relax your shoulders and jaw.
- Take a deep belly breath and exhale for twice as long as you inhaled.
- Tell yourself, "I am content in THIS moment."
Notice the way your body responds to your self-talk
Does that seem too simple?
I double dare you to use those 3 steps the next time you experience a craving.
Something magical happens when we acknowledge that we're ok. Just by telling yourself a new story.
Food cravings happen when we think we're not ok. When you acknowledge your ok-ness it vaporizes the craving.
The best part? It takes less than 3 seconds.
When will you use the Bamboo Protocol? Mentally rehearse it now to set yourself up for success.
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