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One Thing Leads to Another, and Another, and Another...Bite That Is!


Monday, March 26, 2012

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!



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ASHAIXIM 3/27/2012 7:55PM

    "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."

There's the big tripple whammy!! I don't watch TV but I'll do the same thing reading.

For me:
sugar, chips (of any kind), comfort food

in a word, carbs. No not veggies (and yes I know they're a carb too but they're kind of like negative carbs! ;) they make me want to say enough already!! but any kind of simple carb or even whole grain and ANY starch at all or sugar. I am trying to even go sweetener free because I think it triggers craving sugar. It's not a mental desire, it is a physical craving. WHen I get stressed out it's 200 times worse.

Stress - cortosol production - insulin production - storing of all fat and protein - using up carbs - lack of energy for cells to use to function (because the fat and protein can't get out of storage - craving more food to use for energy (and carbs because it's the fastest source) - eat carbs ... lather rinse repeat. It's a never ending cycle until I stop and break it and then I'm okay until I get really stressed out and/or get my period which is a physical stress - cortosol - insulin - etc etc etc.

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ALASKAN 3/27/2012 12:27AM

    BECCABOO127. SARAH AND I WELCOME YOU TO OUR TEAM. IF THERE IS ANYTHING WE CAN HELP YOU WITH, JUST LET US KNOW. IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A FRIENDLY FACE AND WE HOPE YOU WILL LIKE BEING HERE. IT WILL TAKE TIME AND PATIENCE, BUT I KNOW emoticon . STAY STRONG AND WE WILL TRY TO HELP YOU AS MUCH AS WE CAN. I TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM SWEETS WITH ME BEING DIABETIC AND SOMETIMES IT'S ROUGH. I GRAB ME A PIECE OF FRUIT, BUT I HAVE TO WATCH THAT TOO. emoticon emoticon KEEP YOUR CHIN UP HIGH AND TELL YOURSELF THAT YOU CAN DO WITHOUT IT

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MARY1313 3/26/2012 10:27AM

    Ice cream sandwiches. just can't buy them. I know it and I know if I buy it, I'll eat several.

Mary

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-POOKIE- 3/26/2012 9:17AM

    Biscuits (cookies).

Cant have them about!

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UNIQDRGNFLY 3/26/2012 8:55AM

    My sleeve changed all of that for me. Before, I could not bring it into the house. Now, it doesn't bother me.

Of course it has been a whole new deal since my sleeve. The changes inside my body have helped me tremendously. Now, i don't stress over food or tell myself that I "can't" have something in particular.

Before, I would tell myself I could not have something and my mind would not stop until I actually had some of it. For example, I love fritos. Could eat a whole bag at one setting before the sleeve. Now, I keep a bag in my home, hubby loves them too and doesn't really have a weight problem, When I get a hankering for some, I eat about 3 or 4...and that satisfies me. I don't eat them every day.

Salt is a neccessity for our bodies and I think we should all have some, of course in moderation. And I think that is why we crave it at times, because we have been told how bad it is for us. So, we eliminate it from what we eat. There have been times when I just would shake a small amount in my hand and eat it, that will stop the craving, without the calories...lol.

I think our mind has more to do with our ability to accomplish this than anything else. That is why practicing mindfulness is very important. Combine that with our hormones/chemicals, stress, just being a woman in general makes it a challenge for us.

The sleeve is not a cure all, it is just a tool, like all the other tools we have available. I still have to practice mindfulness...every single day, still have to exercise, still have to track my food, still have to love myself, still have to do all the things everyone else must do in order to be healthier.

Psychology plays a huge part in our success!!! We are our best therapist...and besides that...we don't charge as much to ourselves...LOL. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/26/2012 9:01:18 AM

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MILLYMOUSE1 3/26/2012 7:30AM

    That is the same here. If I buy it I eat it.Mine is Sunrice rice cakes chives and ?? cant remember it's the flavouring that gets me. I find that my body has craves and I am in the salt crave also at the money. Last night I had some walnuts and I had to put salt on them they were yum

emoticon naughty but nice

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ALBAUGHMO 3/26/2012 2:06AM

  i know for me if i don't want to eat it , it can't be in the house. i can contain myself for a day or two but those treat get to me and i just eat them and feel guilty. good luck emoticon

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