I have certainly become more aware of what I am eating ever since I started to use the nutrition tracker through Spark People. The notes section is also useful, as you start to see certain patterns emerge.
I was wondering what kind of foods make you slip into overeating?
Personally, for me it is the infamous Asian Nori Rice Cracker. I hadn't had any for a while, and World Market had them on sale.... The rest is history. I managed to have my portion of them every few days without overeating on them. I felt pretty proud of myself. Today, I just went for it and ate a whole bag!
I can examine the mistakes I made, including the biggest faux pax which occurred when I brought the item into my house. The other big mistake would be that I ate from the bag, instead of putting a small portion in a bowl. And of course, I was mindlessly eating in front of the TV.
I usually substitute foods which are lower in calorie. I could have made some air popped popcorn and sprinkled parmesan cheese on it, which is pretty good, by the way! I wanted the taste of salt today, and the popcorn would have been a perfect substitute.
I had all these tools, which I use pretty much every day, but today, I just didn't do it.
Below is a link which talks about certain foods being like a "gateway drug." One bite leads to another bite which can ultimately lead to an upset tummy, especially if you don't normally eat the food. Just one food can lead one to really go off the wagon!
What would you consider to be the food(s) that lead you to overeat? Is it a particular food and/or a particular setting (like watching the TV or a celebration)?
I liked the suggestion in the article that you try to think about something else or do something else, like a puzzle. I have started to meditate recently, and found some great videos through YouTube for that purpose. I have also found that it helps keep me out of the kitchen.
I have heard of trigger foods, and I guess this is pretty much the same thing, but the "gateway drug" food appears to be more of a physical body based reaction instead of merely a mind based reaction.
What kind of strategies do you use to counteract the "gateway drug" food?
Suggestions are appreciated.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!