How PSYCH-K® Can Help with Disordered Eating and Weight Concerns

 

Versus some of the other topics I've written about, the work here has less of a pattern. The punchline is that I've observed disordered eating and weight complications have their roots in emotional needs. But in my experience working with PSYCH-K® to help clients recover from complicated relationships with food including anorexia, compulsive eating, binge eating, bulimia, yo-yoing, and obesity there's yet to emerge a universal theme. That said, here's what I've observed: 

Anorexia — In clients I've seen, anorexia created a sense of control and therefore safety. I've also seen it result from aversion to food due to negative memories / feelings around it. I've seen it manifested as an extreme desire to be accepted, particularly when skinny is perceived as a standard for beauty. And I've seen it manifest out of low self esteem / self worth.

Overweight and/or Yo-yoing — I've seen clients who are overweight and/or yo-yoing as as an unconscious defense mechanism. I've notice it used unconsciously to make oneself unattractive in one's own eyes with the assumption of then being unattractive to others. This is has emerged in cases where clients were sexually assaulted when they felt attractive and now to feel safe they've unconsciously maneuvered to feel unattractive. 

Bulimia — I've observed clients who feel unworthy and therefore guilty for consuming food / caring for themselves. Then to give up what they took, they purge. I've also seen it come to be out of an unconscious desire for control and acceptance. 

Compulsive Eating, Binge Eating, and/or Obesity — The clients I've seen who manifested these behaviors/symptoms viewed food as a comfort mechanism.

So what can be done about it? There's no particular rule or pattern I've identified across any one of these considerations so when working with a client on any kind of eating disorder we remain curious to uncover what is going on in their subconscious as opposed to projecting or presuming what the root is. In previous cases, I have found the following PSYCH-K® Balances to be useful in supporting clients' recovery from disordered eating though which ones apply and when vary on the situation:

  • Transformation of Perception of Stress Protocol — This protocol is helpful for 1. the eating disorder within itself and 2. any negative core memories fueling the eating disorder 
  • New Reality Protocol — In this process, the client's envisioned future self without the eating disorder advises the client on the steps to releasing it
  • Messages Protocol — In this process, the client receives and integrates messages from the current situation 
  • Relationship Balance — This Balance is useful between parties and with oneself. It can create a greater sense of self acceptance and inner peace. It can also be done with one's relationship with food
  • Core Belief Balance — This Balance covers a lot of bases at once. It has more to do with an individual's relationship with life, which when balanced can support recovery from an eating disorder
  • Individual Balances — These are new subconscious programs to install to support a client's desired outcome. Typically the process to integrate them would be the New Direction Balance, Resolution Balance, and/or Energy Focusing. Example programs (goal statements) would be:
    • I feel neutral about food and eating
    • I am always worthy of care, consideration, and acceptance
    • I always feel worthy of care, consideration, and acceptance
    • I forgive myself and always treat myself with kindness and compassion
    • I always love myself
    • I always accept and encourage myself
    • The healthier I eat, the safer I am
    • And/or other goal statements...

When balancing, it can be helpful to investigate secondary gains. Secondary gains are the "upside" to a situation or condition remaining as is. For example, if a particular behavior, outlook, or circumstance allows one to relate and/or connect to another and/or create a sense of safety then unconsciously that belief may be an incentive to perpetuate the unhelpful behavior, outlook, or circumstance. 

It's important to note that individual balances are neither affirmations nor toxic positivity. Instead, they are statements we would like to be true and intentions that are set during the balancing process which facilitate a somatic experience and energetic shift. The transformation is sustained indefinitely post balance.

 

Action Steps to Recovering from Eating Disorders and Weight Complications

It's important to note that PSYCH-K® is not the strategy to manifest an outcome. PSYCH-K® can complement and facilitate the steps a client takes on their journey to creating a life they love. That said, I strongly recommend medical supervision while recovering from an eating disorder and engaging any other strategy specialists to support a desired outcome. 

To explore how PSYCH-K® can facilitate your journey, book a consultation

Written by Emma Soleil

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