The Make Food Your Friend programme is not a diet, it is not calorie counting. It is a programme that changes your relationship with food forever. It will encourage you to eat healthily, however, you can still eat all the foods you enjoy, only the therapy will help you enjoy that food even more, by not eating too much.
Together we will recover the way you used to automatically control your weight when you were a baby. Think about a baby that you know, that baby knows exactly when to eat. The baby gets a very clear signal and it calls for food by crying, then when the baby has taken enough food, the baby rejects the bottle or spoon - the perfect weight control system!
There are 2 key elements to the programme, the first is 'eat when you're hungry, stop eating when you are full'. Just like a baby, cries when hungry, then push the bottle away. We still have them behaviors in our subconscious we simply reignite them. The second is building desire and motivation for more physical movement. It's not always about actual exercising, but when the body moves it burns calories, so we look at ways you can blend in more movement into your daily life.
After the war finished, food was for many years rationed and was not to be wasted and that belief has been passed down the generations. Also, the portion sizes were much smaller, unlike today as over the years the portion size has increased, but were are still conditioned that we must clear our plates. This along with the introduction of processed food and additives our food now has a larger amount of calories per portion.
The programme focuses on how you want your body to be, we do not discuss 'weight loss', as that implies that when you have lost something your subconscious will carry on looking for it. It is all about how you feel, and instead of focusing on weight and measurements, I encourage you to notice the changes in your eating, thinking and physically, as our thoughts, decisions and actions are mainly based on our emotions. The more powerful the emotions the more our body responds. Therefore, as part of the programme, I will not be measuring you nor be weighing you. The proof in the pudding will be you feeling more comfortable and happy with yourself, the self you deserve to be.
The programme consists of 4 sessions. The first session lasts for up to one and half hours, that is where I go through the full details of the programme and discuss with you, your relationship with food. The remaining sessions are one hour.
The programme includes:
After my 4 week course, I'm pleased to say I'm 7 3/4 lbs lighter! Thomas is so easy to talk to and gently challenges you to explore those old/bad habits that led you to be overweight. Through
discussions and hypnosis, these are explored and replaced with positive experiences and strategies to help you move forward and see food in a different light.
I've found that I haven't 'needed' to eat junk when I've had a bad day and I can control the 'mindless snacking' by the 'stop look listen' techniques. I haven't 'pigged out' after weigh in (like I would normally do) because I've omitted those foods trying to lose weight and therefore left feeling deprived. No foods are off limit I've learned to eat less, stop when I'm full and challenge myself as to whether I really need the biscuit.
It's a great programme and the kickstart I needed. Obviously, it's not a magic wand and you have to work at it and put into practice all the strategies you learn and address your own issues that led you to overeat in the first place.
I was apprehensive and nervous, but even from that initial telephone conversation with Thomas, he made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I would definitely recommend the course. C.Profitt