Hypnosis for Gambling Moving Minds Gold Coast

Australians really like to gamble; and it’s easy to do here, what with all the race tracks and casinos, four thousand-plus poker clubs, and about two hundred thousand poker machines spread across the continent. Plus, there is on-line gambling, which generates approximately $800 million a year.

Eighty percent of Australians gamble at least a few times a year, and that is more than any other country in the world. For most of us, it’s just something to do for a little fun—taking an occasional trip to the tables or the track, playing cards with friends for spare change, or throwing a few coins into the pokies on a weekend.

Where a need for hypnosis and hypnotherapy comes into play is for those who can’t stop after a few rounds of cards. For almost one and a half million Australians, gambling is a disease. It’s called a Pathological Gambling Disorder, and it chews up their income, impoverishes their families, and destroys their lives.

Compulsive gambling has many facets and many causes, and hypnotherapy with a skilled, competent professional offers powerful help. If you are reading this, and wondering if you are one of those at risk, ask yourself these questions:

  • When you gamble, do you experience an intense emotional high, whether you are winning or losing?
  • Do you daydream about gambling on a regular basis?
  • Do you tend to feel restless or bored when you are not gambling?
  • Are the important people in your life concerned about your gambling?
  • Do you have trouble admitting how much or how often you gamble?
  • Do you avoid telling people when you lose?
  • Would people describe you as super competitive, restless, and easily bored?
  • Do people tell you that you care too much about money?

If you answer yes to several of these questions, you may be at risk. In that case, ask yourself three more questions:

When you are gambling and losing, do you keep on putting money down, and even increasing the size of your bets, trying to recoup your losses?

Have you ever sold, or even stolen, property to get money to gamble with?

Have you tried to stop gambling and not been able to?

If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative, you are a compulsive gambler. You are addicted.

In our next blog, we’ll look at the ways a trained hypnotist can help you get your compulsive gambling under control.

To Lose Weight, A Diary can Help

When you need to get your weight down, making an appointment with a certified clinical hypnotist is your smartest first step. Hypnosis attacks the fat problem from multiple angles to help you take excess weight off and keep it off. However, as effective as hypnosis is, there are things you can do to help it work even better. One of those things is to keep track of what you are eating.

To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn, and most of us actually have no idea how much we eat each day. We underestimate the amount of food we shovel into our mouths. So even with the effectiveness of hypnosis, whether you are on a formal diet of some kind, or just trying to eat sensibly, you need to be able to at least have a rough estimate. how much you are eating at each meal. The solution is to keep a food diary.

Do this:

First, go to the good old internet and locate a source that will give you a rough number of calories in the foods you typically eat. Second, buy a calendar, the kind with boxes for each day.

Now start your diary. Make it with two columns. On the first day of your week, whatever day you choose that to be, write down the things you had for breakfast in one column, and the number of calories those things contained in the other column. Do the same for lunch, for dinner, and for any snacks you had.

Then go to your calendar and write down the total number of calories you ate that day.

Do that every day, and at the end of the week, add up everything and write that down on your calendar.

Keep it up, week after week. Because you are taking advantage of the power of hypnosis, one of the things you will begin to notice is that the numbers will begin to get smaller each week. That will be a reward in itself, which will help you keep going even before your weight loss begins to show in the mirror.

Even after you reach your desired weight, it will be a good idea to do the food diary one week a month, just to stay on top of things and remind yourself that you are the boss of your body.

Feeling Fat? Having A Fat Day?

Let’s say you got the word that hypnosis is an excellent way to lose weight. You made an appointment with a skilled hypnotist, liked what happened, and returned for another session. You started losing weight, and that took time. Depending on how much you needed to lose, it could have taken you anywhere from a few months to more than a year.

The main thing is that, with the help of hypnosis, you succeeded. You look great, your energy level is high, you’ve had to buy new clothes. People are complimenting the new you.

But here’s a thing you need to know. There are going to be days when you look in the mirror and you see a fat person looking back at you. You won’t just feel fat, you will see fat.

Here’s the reason. We all have emotional ups and downs. Sometimes we feel happy and successful. Other times, usually when things are not going well, we feel bad about ourselves—our actions, our relationships, our efforts. Some of us are prone to mood swings, and today the mood is down.

Feelings tend to cluster together, good ones in one bunch, and bad ones in another. When you were still overweight, that felt bad. That fat self-image fell into the bad group of feelings, and was often the most intense one. So when something happens to get you down, you don’t just feel angry, or sad, or whatever. You feel fat. More than that. You don’t just feel fat. You look in the mirror, and you are fat.

Now, of course, you aren’t actually fat. If someone took a snapshot of you right that moment, and you looked at the picture, you would not see fat. But when you look in that mirror, you do. That’s because what you are really seeing are the bad feelings you are having right then.

When that happens to you, and it will now and then, do this. Treat that fat feeling as a symptom. Ask yourself what is going on in your life right then. What happened to you today, or yesterday, that has you upset, or angry, or down?

Whatever that is, it is the real problem, and you need to decide what to do about it. Even if you don’t come up with a solution right that moment, you will suddenly notice that when you look in the mirror again, the fat has magically vanished.

Can a hypnotist find your lost or misplaced belongings?

Hypnotists are often asked for help finding something missing—a phone, a valuable piece of jewelry, where in the world I parked the car that night pub crawling—with the idea that the hypnotist can put the caller into a trance, rewind the memory, and voila!

A skilled professional like Gold Coast hypnotist Greg Thompson can, in fact, get the job done; but the work is more complicated than the average person would believe. Memories are not simply stored in the brain like videotapes or photographs, and retrieving them can be a complex task.

An important contributor to the modern view of how memory works was neuroscientist Karl Pribram, who developed a model of mental functioning he dubbed holonomic brain theory. What he proposed was the idea that the brain operates like a three-dimensional hologram.

What a hologram does, essentially, is take a visual image, split it up into multiple parts, and then project those parts together to create a three-dimensional picture. Pribram’s idea was that anything a person observes is split up into multiple pieces, and each piece is stored in a different part of the brain. Memory involves pulling those bits and pieces together to form a whole image, like a hologram.

So anything you experience or do, if it makes a strong enough impression to stick in your mind, gets broken up into pieces and stored in different parts of your brain. What you saw will go into some part of the brain’s visual cortex. What you heard will go somewhere in the part of the brain that remembers sounds and voices. Physical impressions will be stored in another place. How you felt about it will go into yet another part of the brain.

Remembering the experience involves pulling all those pieces out and sticking them together again. You are not playing a tape. You are building a hologram.

Most of us have experienced taking something apart and then having trouble putting it together again. It’s the same with those mental holograms. Making it more complicated is the fact that most of us pay more attention to some things than to others, so some parts of a memory will be clear as crystal, and other parts will be foggy.

This is where hypnosis comes into play. A competent hypnotist has the skills to bring all of those parts of a memory back and help you put them into a coherent picture.

Some Tip to Help Lose Weight

Working with a competent hypnotist is a great start for weight loss, but there are other things as well that you can do to keep yourself moving along the road to a health weight. We offered some tips earlier. Here are some more. They are easy to do, and will add power to your weight loss regimen.

Eat three meals a day, every day. Never skip a meal. You live in the twenty-first century, but your body still lives in the Stone Age, when there were no supermarkets, not even an occasional deli. People sometimes had to go without food for long periods of time. When that happened, their metabolisms slowed down to save energy by burning fewer calories. When you go long periods of time without eating, your body still thinks it is starving, and slows your metabolism down to save calories—not what you want to happen. Worse, if you don’t eat for a long time, you get really hungry, and are more likely to overeat at the next meal.

Fall in love with protein. A meal high in protein digests more slowly. It also triggers the production of less insulin, so you are less likely to develop insulin resistance, which is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Also, research has shown that when your daily diet is at least twenty-five percent protein, night-time snacking goes way down.

Brush your teeth. No one knows quite why this is, but brushing after every meal reduces the number of between-meal snacks you are likely to consume.

Toss in the hot stuff. Spicy food boosts the metabolism, so speed things up with black pepper, or even better, chili peppers.

Cook with coconut oil. It would be a sad thing to have to go without any fried food, but it helps if you avoid some cooking oils in favor of those that are better for you. Olive oil is good (for cold dishes). Avocado oil is even better, and has a very high smoke point to boot. Best of all is coconut oil, which appears to actually boost the body’s metabolic rate.

Increase your intake of fiber. Especially, ramp up your levels of what are called viscous fibers, such as glucomannan and psyllium, which you can find at a natural foods store. These are highly water soluble, so they swell up in the stomach and make you feel more full.

Take a walk. Right after whatever your biggest meal of the day is, get up, go outside, and take a walk. Brisk is better than slow, and long is better than short; but even a slow, fifteen-minute stroll is better than no walk at all.

What Defines a Healthy Weight?

Even as you begin to think about finding a competent hypnotist or hypnotherapist, a part of you probably is still asking if you really need to lose weight.

And even if you are convinced that you do, there is the question of how many kilos you need to shed. What is a heathy weight? And how do you decide when you are there?

For some people, healthy means ideal. They look back at what they weighed when they were teens, and think getting back to that weight should be the goal. That’s not realistic. People gain weight with age. That is a normal, healthy change. Even your bones get thicker when you are older. If you try to force your body to return to that earlier weight, it will fight back, and it will win.

Or you may have fantasies about matching the looks of fashion models, not thinking about the fact that many of them are essentially starving themselves, and often suffer from anorexia or bulimia.

So what is a healthy weight?

How about this? A healthy weight is one that, once you reach it, you can maintain it without a lot of effort. It may slide up or down a kilogram or two now and then, but if you are eating wisely, and getting enough physical activity, that weight becomes stable and won’t vary.

Some people go on line and dig up magic formulas that will tell them their ideal weight. They plug in their height, age, amount of exercise, and what have you, and the formula pops out a number. But, if you pick a dozen of those formulas, you will wind up with a dozen different “ideal” weights, and the results can vary by up to twenty kilograms.

Then there is waist size. Wrap a tape measure around your waist just above the belly button. For a woman, a waistline of more than ninety centimeters is too much. For men the magic number is about one hundred and two centimeters.

Or you can determine your body mass index, or BMI. You will find the means to compute that on line also. A body mass index between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy. More than that and you are overweight or obese. Less than that and you may want to try out as a fashion model.

But as you begin your hypnosis sessions, here’s a simpler way to know how things are going. When you reach that healthy body weight, you will know, not only from the comments of friends and family, but because it will simply feel right.