Craving Buster – Tapping the Thin Within

My behavioral therapist gave me an exercise yesterday to help  with cravings.  I’ve noticed snacking is creeping back in, and she asked me to try this to see if it works.  I figured, what the heck.  This is from the book I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna (no, I haven’t read the book yet).

Before doing this technique, read through each step so you know exactly what to do.

1.  I want you to get the biggest desire for your favourite craving food.  Now, rate your craving on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.  This is important, because in a moment we will find out how much you’ve reduced it.

2.  Now take two fingers of either hand, and tap about ten times under your collarbone while you continue to think about your craving (just an aside, I can actually FEEL my collar bone now – lol)

3.  Now tap under your eye ten times.

4.  Now tap under your collar bone again.

5.  PLace your other hand in front of you and tap on the back of it between your ring finger and your little finger.  Continue to think about your craving food as you do this and each of the steps which follow.

  • Close your eyes and open them.
  • Keep your head still, keep tapping and look down to the right, then down to the left.
  • Keep tapping and rotate your eyes round 360 degrees clockwise and now 360 degrees counter clockwise.
  • (Keep thinking about your craving food)
  • Now hum the first few lines of “Happy Birthday” out loud
  • Count out loud from 1 to 5
  • Once again, hum the first few lines of “Happy Birthday” out loud.

6.  Stop and check – on a scale from 1 to 10, what number is your craving now?

If it hasn’t completely gone yet, just repeat this sequence again until it does.  It make take as many as two or even three times bvefore you have completely elimated the craving, although most people report getting their craving down to a manageable level on their first or second try.  You may even find that it is gone completely.

If it ever comes back, you can repeat this process as often as you like.

I sat with Cindy yesterday and she made me think of chocolate (I know!!  EVIL).  Let me tell you, it’s hard to keep thinking of chocolate while your tapping and humming and swirling your eyes around. 

I have made a few copies of this.  I’m going to put up one in my cube and one on the fridge and pantry at home.  Hopefully it will work.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dr. Umar Dar
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 14:42:25

    Seems like your therapist used a method of distraction/occupation to help your mind get away from focusing on the cravings. Great tip for people 🙂
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  2. Kelly
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 14:48:47

    if nothing else, you will look and feel so silly doing this, and you and everyone around you will laugh so much, that you will forget about eating that darn chocolate! LOL! Love it! I have heard of tapping, from Dr. Mercola, but I will say I have never heard of the eye swirling and singing to go with it! 😉


  3. goldeygrad97
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 15:00:02

    Kelly – I know exactly what you are talking about – people at work will think I’m nuts when my 2:00 pretzel craving kicks in and they see me beating on myself and singing “happy birthday” LOL


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