Posts Tagged ‘hypnosis’

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.

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,



Nothing is lost in the subconscious mind

Have you ever driven yourself crazy trying to find something you’ve misplaced?

Earlier this year “Mary” came to me to see if I could help her remember the name and address of a Notary she had gone to in 1995. She didn’t even know what city it was in.  

At the time her business partner tried to force her to sign some papers in front of the notary. The notary refused to validate the signature because of the coercion. Her partner took her to another notary and coerced her to sign the papers. Now she wanted to invalidate the agreement by contacting the first notary and having her testify in court that “Mary” had signed the papers under duress.
I took her into a deep state of hypnosis and regressed her to the morning of the meeting. She had been a passenger in the car her partner was driving. As she envisioned the drive I had her notice the freeway interchanges and any highway signs she might have noticed. She knew exactly which freeway they were on with each transition. As they began to exit the freeway I asked what she noticed. She said “What is La Crescenta, I see it on a sign?” I told her that it was the name of a city. It was also the name of the street onto which they were exiting. She remembered getting off the freeway, turning left, going two blocks, turning right, and seeing a brown two story building. She never noticed the street sign but knew exactly what the building looked like and where it was positioned relative to parking lots and landscaping. She remembered going up to the second floor and walking into the office. She knew exactly where to go to find it and was able to describe the woman in detail.
She found the Notary she was looking for. I hope she wins her case.
You might be able to find that lost book or piece of jewelry you know you had just a few days ago. Before going to bed at night ask your subconscious mind to reveal a clue to you in your dreams or fist thing when you wake up in the morning. My friend used to say “It is sitting there laughing at you”. It always has been and the inspiration of realizing  the right place to look has always come.
What is the most important thing you have ever lost? And how did you find it again?
Lynda Malerstein

Stopping smoking doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt

I’ve seen an article circulating on Twitter warning people about the horrible withdrawal symptoms they will get when they quit smoking. Aside from giving negative hypnotic suggestions which may create a self-fulfilling prophecy, in my experience this is JUST NOT TRUE.  I’ve helped 2 pack-a-day smokers quit and they had no physical withdrawal symptoms the next day or the next week.  They almost all report they slept better the night after our hypnosis session than they have in years. 


If nicotine were truly addictive, people would be craving a fix every four hours or so and waking up in the middle of the night to smoke.  The true cause of the “addiction” is the habitual daily use of tobacco to distract from uncomfortable feelings or situations.  This goes on frequently throughout the day so it is viewed as an “addiction more difficult to break than heroine.”


 A well trained, competent hypnotist can help you find the causes of the smoking habit, not just treat the behavior.  By getting to the source of the problem you can become a calm, comfortable non-smoker who feels more peaceful in all areas of your life.  


What’s your addiction? Food? Work? Shopping? Not speaking up for yourself? The answers to your freedom lie in your subconsious mind.


If you are near Los Angeles, you can contact me at and I will help you.


I wish you health,


Lynda Malerstein

Feel the Freedom of Letting Go!

Are you dating yourself?

In order to nurture the creative spark within, Julia Cameron suggests in her book “The Artist’s Way; A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity”, that you spend two hours a week going on an “artist date” with yourself. That means you make a commitment to find a place where you can go alone and browse, wander, dream, think, and experience. For some people this might be going to a bead shop or a car museum or a fabric store. For others a poetry reading, a museum or a design showroom. What might that be for you? 


For me, it was cultural experiences. I did her 12 week program and had a blast doing things alone that I might never had tried if it had not been a homework assignment.  I visited the largest Buddhist Temple in the United States, The Roy Rogers Museum, and took in several plays and ballets all by myself.  I was surprised to find that even alone I was a hot date! 


Taking yourself out for a date might be the most enjoyable time you’ve had in years. You don’t have to be at the mercy of anyone else’s schedule and you will be with someone you will really want to get to know better. 


Have fun!


Lynda Malerstein