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Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 5 Trigger foods

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I will still need to work on this but will come back to edit after mulling it over:
For the purpose of this assignment a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course 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, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon 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 the 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, and 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 around the block.

What did you learn from doing this assignment? Anything else to add?
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    Excellent strategies for dealing with any temptation for unplanned eating. Get up and move is a great temptation remover, like walking the dog. Usually the thought of that food leaves.
    1996 days ago
    You sure have got me thinking. I eat when I'm bored and that happens way too often. Now to find a way to overcome it...
    2000 days ago

    I am going to say something that will probably blow your mind:

    For me it is never about the food. Let me repeat: it is never about the food.

    It is always about my reactions to life! I am a 57-year old, immature, baby....having to stick something in my mouth every time I experience an emotion I am not comfortable with.

    I just gotta grow up!

    Workin' on it!

    2000 days ago
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