Food phobias or not ?
Many people labelled as having food phobias may have simply lost interest in certain foods or their ability to taste food has been affected in some way, yet for others it has been a lifelong problem.
A genuine food phobia means the person feels like they may gag or be sick if they even try new foods, such is the fear they have which prevents them from even trying something new.
Temporary food phobias
Temporary food phobias may be caused by having just gone through an illness and been forced to limit their food intake naturally but not realised that they need to revitalise their taste buds.
Focusing then on swallowing can become a problem. Or if a choking incident happened then a fear of eating can develop. The person is hyper-sensitive to every feeling within their mouth and throat area.
Hypnosis and NLP can be very effective in overcoming this.
Birmingham hypnotherapist Debbie Williams has helped many to be free of this over focusing and fear of swallowing, giving the client back their confidence to eat normally again.
Just going of certain foods
Pregnancy is a normal time when food preferences change. Often completely going of a food that was once a favourite and returning to it many months later ( or not) long after baby has been born.
This is an important point for us all as our tastes buds can so easily be affected by even a low grade infection or over stimulus by spicy or sugar laden foods!
If you have a diet that is heavy on processed sugar laden fare then the subtle tastes of fruit can seem boring in comparison.
Having a plan
Having a plan to add one or two new things each day in very small amounts does work overtime. Its a bit like when you give up sugar in your coffee at first it tastes unpleasant, yet within a month you get used to it.
So gentle stimulation of our taste buds increases our desire to eat. Another possible factor that can affect our chemical signals to eat is having breathing problems particularly if you do not have a good sense of smell.
If you have food phobias then Debbie Williams self help hypnosis recording ”Overcome a food phobia” can help you to add more variety to your diet and overcome any unconscious blockages to eating.
We stimulate the desire to feed through many senses but sight, smell and taste are the most important.
When people have eaten their food with a blindfold on their other senses heighten and they often finish eating sooner as the tastes change as they are aware of the texture and feel of the food and that they have had enough.
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