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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I have this prechallenge thing to do before we begin our Summer 5% challenge and I thought this question was so intriquing, I'd post it. Here goes:

"For the purpose of this assignment a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course for the next hour and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone had a cookie, then another and next you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appetizer and then a big dessert also landed in front of you. An hour later you regret that little binge and don’t even want to think how many calories you just consumed! You tell yourself, I know better, why did I do? I won’t do that again!

Let's assess the Triggers -

List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? What should you be doing at that time?

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference? How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.

That is what this assignment is about - how will you not do that again? Can you pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause you to pause to think do I really want to do this, and why? Maybe it would help to walk away from the trigger - drink water, go for a walk, phone a friend, go outside, look out the window, brush your teeth, or play with your pet? Be consistent so you can develop the new habit.

Write out your strategy to avoid the Triggers. Maybe it’s baby steps to get you started or moderation. Don’t be a perfectionist. Consider most of the time you will get it right.

I am going to do a couple of things - 1) record it in Spark Nutrition before I eat it and if I still want it after I see the calories, I will still eat it, but I will be mindful of what I am doing. 2) walk the dog for a walk around the block.

What did you learn from doing this assignment? Anything else to add?"
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Many of you may already know my trigger. I joke about it sometimes, but truth is it's Brownies and/or chocolate frosting.

The thing I have noticed though is there's no real "trigger" on WHY. If it's in front of me I will eat it. However, there's NO portion control....actually there's NO control. It's mine....allllll mine. No regrets til weigh in day.

Other triggers that are almost as bad are eewwy gooey warm homemade chocolate chip cookies, lots of cheddar mashed potatoes, and regular Ruffles potato chips. All these sweet, salty, savory things I just love the texture, the warmth the flavors and go NUTS!!!!

So, what can I do? Not much....other than to completely avoid them altogether. I've tried the moderation at parties....forget it...I have a plate of Ruffles with no shame and the funny thing is...it will be piled on top of my huge plate of carrots, celery, broccoli, tomatoes piled high with Ruffles....sighs....

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Speaking of foods I have been doing more or less a plant based diet for over the past two weeks now. It's weird as it's the first thing I've been able to consistently stick with and guess what? My blood pressure is now been pretty steady at 120s/90s.....waaaaay better than the 150s/100s we were concered with!! I'm going to check in with my Dr tomorrow and see what she says. I've been watching it slowly go down...the weekend of camping was a nice steady 130s...almost better than watching the scale drop...almost.

So, I just may stick with this one. I don't even miss bacon. at ALL...I'm not going totally vegan or vegetarian (I don't think) so if I feel like eating something I will...I just strangely enough haven't felt like it.

I found red quinoa over the weekend. Going to make it tomorrow morning with some almond milk, berries, and pecans for breakfast. I will let you know how it is.

Oh Oh!!

so my dress came. It looks GREAT on my daughters the turd birds! LOL My middle one wore it for her school's graduation. I attempted to try it on (as you can imagine I was pretty discouraged when it fit my girls) and although it was slightly tight in the waist the biggest goals are going to be the chest area. feels like a good 4-5"....yipes!!!

I shall prevail!!!

Then I shall HAVE to buy shoes!

tee hee

alrightie....other than that....we are on an official house hunt now. Sounds like we go tthe okay for financing (finally!!!)

Now if we could just agree on what we all want :p

Going to head to bed in a bit....gots a Shape it Up to do tomorrow...wait, no oh fudge, how did I lose track already?

freaking weekend...


p.s. What's YOUR trigger foods and why?
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    well, if were my plate in front of me, I would say "yes" to the possiblity of leaving food tossing out portion control. You know "there are starving kids in..." addage. But I don't have a problem with leaving food on my plate as much anymore.

    I think I just have a portion control problems with those particular foods because I love em so much and I just put logic out the window when I eat them....and as I don't get "full" persay...I just eat and eat and love and love LOL

    1987 days ago
    1987 days ago
    Interesting information on triggers. I wonder what it is that causes that mental shutdown on portions. Do we feel like we'll be deprived if we stop early and leave some?

    emoticon on the dress arriving, even if BOOHOO on it not fitting for a while.

    emoticon on the financing being lined up and good luck on finding a wonderful fit in a new home!
    1987 days ago
    @Bikechick1 & Jenni_x, I know right? When the question came up I just thought "how interesting" and thought I would blog it.

    @Beth and Kim, I plan on pure and simple avoidance. LOL However, like I mentioned later in the blogs the food "triggers" don't seem to affect me as much lately since I've changed my eating habits. I'm not saying I want to test this theory out by putting a tub of chocolate frosting in front of me, but I somehow feel like I would have more control like I do with T's nom nom BBQs and bacon :p

    I even control the coffee better now!! and THAT's saying something!! LOL
    1987 days ago
    I totally feel you on the trigger foods.....Mine is Plain M&Ms! If they are around I will eat them until the cows come home. Although last week when I was so stressed about the graduation I found myself just reaching for anything sweet! The one good thing is I was writing down everything so I was still controlling my splurge in a way.

    I also picked up this little clip for the chip bags and it's in the shape of a little pig. When you open the clip the pig starts to oink...yes it's cute but it also reminds me that I have to stop having my "little pig moments"....I am going to super glue a magnet to the back and just keep it on the fridge. I swear I need it as a handle to my cabinets! LOL
    1987 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    So what is your grand plan then with you trigger foods? To just avoid them? I've never been a fan of avoidance, or totally doing away with something. However, if you cannot control it at all when it's in front of you, it might be the best plan. With chips and brownies and frosting, you're not gaining any nutritional value there (unless the brownies have nuts?), so you're not missing anything really (other than the flavor you enjoy).
    I know you can do this Cori. We all can if that is what we REALLY want to do. You're strong, I just know it!

    Glad the dress came. It will fit. You just have to keep pushing yourself. Keeping those trigger foods at bay will help!

    1987 days ago
    This is a great advice to everybody! Too often we just struggle with food but never sit down to think why we eat, what we eat etc.
    1988 days ago
    Great blog, I'm going to keep a track of my bad eating habits, thankyou!!
    1988 days ago
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