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Junk Food Cravings Explained

“The word “craving” hardly does justice to the alarm sounding in your brain.

Must…have…warm cheesy pizza fresh from the oven. Must…eat…the whole bag of potato chips. Can’t…stop…eating hershey’s kisses.’ve all been there. Cravings are a part of life: in fact, up to 97 percent of Americans get seized by strong and specific urges to indulge. We really only have two options: fight off the cravings, or give into them. Most of us give in because we think it’s hopeless—but…is it really hopeless?…”

I was recently asked this question by SnackNation, a Los Angeles Healthy Snack Delivery company that specializes in corporate wellness initiatives. My answer can be found in one of their most recent articles—76 Healthy Snack Foods that Satisfy Junk Food Cravings—but, I’ll ask the question here again…

What causes food cravings?

In my professional opinion, as a certified hypnotherapist (CHt), most cravings have an underlying emotional cause. And, once that deep-rooted emotion has been addressed, cravings for certain foods tend to dissipate.

For example:

People with a lot of anger and frustration tend to choose crunchy snacks–this isn’t to say that every time someone eats nuts or popcorn it’s because they’re angry, but the compulsion to eat those crunchy, salty snacks, can stem from intense emotions…

Additionally, a craving for sweets can come from an imbalance in your blood sugar levels from habitually eating high sugar foods, but again the compulsion to eat sweets can mean that there is a sadness, loneliness, or lack of sweetness in someone’s life.



How to tell the difference between emotional and non-emotional cravings?

Real hunger comes on gradually, and has a physical sensation like a rumbling stomach. When you’re really hungry you’re more open to different types of foods–you have more flexibility. When its emotional hunger you’ll crave a specific food, and without it you’ll feel uneasy.


“How about you? Do you immediately reach for potato chips after a disagreement with a co-worker? Do you feel compelled to eat chocolate cake or ice cream after a bad quarterly review (or breakup)? Do you turn to coffee every time you need energy?

There’s no right answer when it comes to why you crave. There is a right answer when it comes to how you satisfy your cravings. So, next time you need a snack, choose a healthy one. I bet you’ll feel the difference.”

If you’d like to get to the bottom of why you crave certain foods, or you’d like to learn more about hypnotherapy for diet and weight management, request a free-introductory phone assessment.

Using Hypnosis To Change One Life At A Time

By Cristian Vasquez
From the Culver City News | Sat, Jun 28 2014

From anxieties and phobias to sleeping and fertility problems, Lynda Malerstein, BHC, CHT has been helping people from all walks of life overcome internal struggles through her hypnosis expertise.

Despite the successful careers she enjoyed as a corporate recruiter and a professional entertainer for children, Malerstein struggled with problems that she was unable to resolve by traditional means. So in the quest to find her own power, and in order to heal deep physical and emotional wounds, she Read the rest of this entry »

From Shattered Dreams to Dreams Fulfilled: It’s never too late!

“There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.”  ~ Author Unknown

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Dear Readers:  

When I was 10 I wanted to be Barbra Streisand. I didn’t know who Barbra was, I just knew I wanted to wear a beautiful red dress, sing on a stage, get applause and move people with my voice.  My parents couldn’t afford voice lessons so I waited for a time when I could make my own dreams come true.  My dreams were shattered when, at 18, I became unexpectedly pregnant and had to shift all my priorities into learning how to take care of myself and a family. I grieved the loss of the opportunities and the energy that comes with youth and moved on.

Fast forward to mid-40’s, dreams of performing lying dormant but still calling out in a small weak voice to be heard.  I was certainly too old to start going after a recording career or to star on Broadway. And, honestly, I had a nice voice but nothing that would get me on American Idol. I had become a birthday party clown as a way to earn extra income and one day I got inspired to write a 30 minute children’s show including some kids’ classics and a few original songs.  I began to perform my show in malls and libraries and found that all the feelings that I had wanted from my original dream were being satisfied entertaining this small audience. The applause I got from pre-schoolers and their moms was as sweet as any I would have gotten on a Broadway stage. Sure, I was singing story time instead of Hammerstein, my red dress had polka dots on it and the stage was only 10’X10’, but I felt loved and appreciated and I know my voice brought them joy.  After several years I retired Lolly the Clown with a feeling of satisfaction that I had, indeed, achieved my dream.

I truly believe the Universe gives us many second chances if we keep our eyes and our minds open.   What was your dream?  What did you want to be, do, have?  What was the feeling you wanted to achieve by realizing that dream?  What can you do right now to give yourself the same kind of feeling you wanted from your early dreams?

The answer to letting go of the past and manifesting the part of the dream that is available to you now is there in your subconscious mind, waiting to be found.

Warm wishes until the next issue,

By Lynda Malerstein

This was not what I expected for Xmas!

Hypnotherapy LAIt was the evening of December 23. I was blissfully going about my business when I heard a knock on the door.Standing there was Bob, my boyfriend of 4 months and the one I was sure was going to be my partner forever. He said “I came to pick up my things, I’m getting married to someone else.”   What???

I stood there paralyzed. There had been no warning. I thought everything was moving along wonderfully.  But even if I had noticed signs of trouble, this rejection and loss would have been stunning.  And two days before Christmas; a time when all you hear is love and family and giving your wife a diamond necklace to remind her how much you adore her!!!

I mechanically handed him the few belongings he had left at my house and shut the door behind him. I was devastated. How was I going to make it through Christmas?

Fortunately, one of the friends I called for support invited me to join her and a group that was singing carols at a nearby hospital on Christmas morning.  It was the first time I had ever done anything like that, and it became a significant, memorable event in my life.

Sharing yourself when you are feeling down is the best cure for the doldrums.  The hospital patients sang with us if they were able; or listened to us when they were too sick to move. Some wanted to talk with us about loved ones to feel as if they were bringing them near. They showered us with hugs, thanks, stories and blessings.  It lifted me out of the depths of my despair and helped me put things into perspective.  Of course, in the weeks ahead I grieved the end of that relationship and the insensitive way it had ended. But I had a wonderful Christmas Day and a lesson in the power and the gift of giving.  It had, in fact, been a gift to me.

There are so many who need what you have to share, even if it is only a stranger who needs your smile. There are shelters and churches and missions who are doing outreach for the holidays. There are people in nursing homes who have no family to visit them.  Make a few phone calls and find a way to share the gift of yourself. You are valuable.

AnchorMy Holiday Wish For You:

May this be a season of peace for you, for those you care about and for our dear Planet.

May you feel the love that surrounds you whether from your family of birth, your family of choice, your community or those for whom your smile makes a difference.

May you know that your being here makes the world a brighter place.

May the coming year bring you health, prosperity, joy and freedom.

AnchorHere’s a link to a lovely blog about gifts you can give to children that they will never forget.

Warmest Season’s Greetings

Lynda Malerstein


By Lynda Malerstein

Are Those People On Stage Really Hypnotized?

(And are you going to make me cluck like a chicken?)

I get asked this question all the time.

Are those people hypnotized? Absolutely! Once you understand the process, you won’t find it so unbelievable. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy your next stage show even more.

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Stage Hypnosis pictures by Richard Nongard

I interviewed several people who have been hypnotized onstage so I could give you a vicarious experience of what it is like for them up there.

A stage hypnotist friend told me that when he is choosing people to go on stage, he looks for someone who would dance with a lampshade on his head at the office Christmas party. That means he wants someone who is not only willing, but eager to entertain by doing outrageous things in front of an audience. The first element necessary for hypnosis is consent. The second element is the participant’s depth of hypnosis. During a show, the hypnotist will often invite someone to leave the stage if he feels they are not in hypnosis and are just going through the motions. Now you have a stage full of willing performers who are deeply hypnotized. The fun begins.

One man I interviewed was a television journalist (and a skeptic) who became a volunteer in order to “expose” the hypnotic process. He decided to surrender to the experience, went deeply into hypnosis, and found himself being the star of the show. He described it as a highly focused state in which he really wanted to do what the hypnotist asked of him, although when the group was asked to do something against his moral code, he had no trouble rejecting the suggestion. When he was told the person next to him had a terrible smell, he re-experienced a bad smell from somewhere in his past. He didn’t analyze it. He was not aware of the audience. He was just having fun. This experience so impressed him that he decided to study hypnosis and became a professional hypnotherapist. Honestly!

The others I spoke with described a similar experience of being deeply focused and either being unaware of the audience’s laughter or experiencing it as ambient noise. All said they wanted to do what the hypnotist asked of them and all said they were having great fun. One told me, “My life isn’t fun, so I can’t wait to get onstage. It’s like fantasy and playing pretend—like a little kid”. She said, “One part knows it’s not real, but the other part feels compelled to follow along. It’s like I’m in my own little world”.

Often the hypnotist will give a post hypnotic suggestion of temporary amnesia about the experience and many people don’t remember what they did until a day or two later. Some remember vaguely.

I saw one show in which the hypnotist suggested that on the count of three, the performers would realize that they were naked.  One, two, three….and then we heard a crash as a beautiful young woman knocked down the chairs next to her to leap behind her chair. We roared. After the show I asked her what had been going on in her mind. She said “All I could think of was that they could see my breasts”.

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Stage Hypnosis Pictures by Richard Nongard

By the way, if you have been in the audience of a show and haven’t gone into hypnosis when the hypnotist suggested that your hands were stuck together, it doesn’t mean you can’t be hypnotized. It means that this venue is not the right time or place for you. Although I go quickly and easily into hypnosis in a therapeutic setting, I have never allowed myself to be hypnotized during a stage show. I don’t want to perform there. (I had enough of that when I was a children’s entertainer.)  No one can hypnotize me without my permission.

Am I going to make you cluck like a chicken? Only if you want to, and it will help you reach the goal you want to achieve in hypnosis. So far in the past 11 years, it has never happened.

If you can become the star of a stage show; if you can think you have the talent of Elvis, imagine how you can use hypnosis to convince yourself that you have the power to meet your goals and follow your dreams.

Here are two videos of some pretty funny shows:

My friend David Skale. The woman with a turkey baster cracks me up:

Try not to laugh at the 1:30 mark on this video.

Richard Nongard:

I welcome any questions you might have. Send them to me at

Warm wishes until the next issue,