How thoughts can make you fat!

I remember working with a client who felt terror every time the phone rang or someone knocked at the door.  The roots to her phobia were easy to trace back and we resolved it.

In the two weeks Mum was in the hospice, I experienced something similar – every time the phone rang, I felt physically sick.  It felt almost Pavlovian – my mind had linked the sound of the phone to the expectation that the person at the other end was going to be giving me bad news.

That thought alone was enough to kick off a whole bunch of chemical reactions, the surge of which created the sicky feeling.

Being introduced to the fact that the mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination was one of the first things I learned when I started my training.  I’ve spoken about it to hundreds of clients and it’s a common theme of my talks when speaking to groups but those two weeks were such an acute reminder of the power of the mind and what it does with a thought.

In my mind I had thought about the likelihood of getting a call to say that either Mum was dieing or had actually gone – and not just thought about it once but done a good deal of dwelling on it and talking about it.  And a bit like Pavlov’s dogs, (except it was a phone rather than a bell!) the stimulus kicked off a physiological reaction that was preparing my body to deal with the perceived result.

Fortunately, as soon as Mum had passed away the association with the phone died too.  However, it has left me with a very keen realisation of how thoughts create such an incredible physical response.  That ringing phone had led to the release of huge amounts of chemicals such as cortisol and adrenalin.  And these chemicals don’t just disappear– the body then has to do something with them when it becomes evident it was a false alarm.  High cortisol levels are linked with increased fat retention especially around the waist – so in very simple terms, your thoughts can actually lead to weight gain!

Fortunately for me, this was all going on over a relatively short period of time, but I still noticed an increased ‘wobbliness’ that couldn’t just be put down to a few extra mince pies!  

If this story ‘rings any bells’ for you – if you can relate to getting that sicky feeling each time something happens, or perhaps you even wake up with it, then its time to start learning how to retrain your brain.  It is incredibly powerful and also very trainable!  I have had chance in recent months to really fine tune many of those techniques I was taught and have taught to others to help the mind work in a different way.  If you feel a bit of brain training may help your mind grow even stronger and perhaps direct it in a way that also helps your waistline, then I’d love to have a chat.

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