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5% Winter Challenge: Trigger foods


Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today's assignment is about trigger foods, why they are triggers, and how I plan to avoid pulling the triggers.

Not all my trigger foods are unhealthy. I can eat string beans, for instance, until they come out of my ears. That gives me one strategy to deal with stress/emotional eating; as long as I have things like the beans to hand, which do no damage to health and weight I should be all right.

The trigger foods I want tend to be salty, although once started on something sweet that I really like it can be hard not to just polish of the lot.



Of the two the salt craving is most difficult to deal with as I do need to include a minimum of salt in my diet to offset the low blood pressure. However, I plan to continue aiming to get this from healthy foods like celery and miso paste, rather than from the salty foods that come loaded with nitrates and fat. I have to be particularly careful of this when it is hot, and/or when I have drunk more than usual water. I just don't buy chocolates, puddings, or other processed sweet things; if they are not in the house they can't talk to me!


I'm lucky in that since I started to follow Eat to Live principles I find I don't have a lot of cravings for trigger foods. Because ETL encourages bulky meals


I have no physical need to eat between meals. However, stress in any form (private or public) can still be a cause for grazing:




and I am learning to do some of the exercises I learn at the osteo gym class and I think I will try to find some quick breathing exercises to calm me down, and hopefully to subdue the comfort eating impulses. I will always have some low density vegetables available if I still want to eat despite the exercises. Vegetables I will have on tap: green beans, carrots, tomatoes, courgettes, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, celery, brussels sprouts, sprouted seeds, cucumber. It's summer in New Zealand so there is always something available in the garden.

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HZGLORY 2/19/2013 8:12PM

    Aha, finally I know where you are from! I am still amazed we can all be at the same location from all over the world. I would not have thought of New Zealand . I thought maybe great Brittan. Great plan I think. I turn to carrots when I can stop a crave. They take a while to eat, I love them, and they meet that desire for crunchy. Go popsy go! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 2/11/2013 12:34PM

    Yum, green beans. We had some last night... from some warm continent. I like that maintaining still means learning, thinking, planning. Good blog.

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EFFIEANNIE 2/9/2013 8:21AM

    You really do a nice blog, with adding photos and good content. Nice job.

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NAVYMOM133 2/8/2013 1:34PM

    Lately, I have to admit that if I go off-track I binge horribly. I don't like it.
I would say that salty cravings hit me the worst but I am like you; once started with the sweets, I am done....
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1LADYMYSTIC 2/8/2013 8:26AM

    That is an awesome plan! I never really thought about what my trigger foods are, just my trigger moods. =P Even at maintenance, it's no walk in the park, so I love to hear ideas about how to continue growing and learning to deal with our relationship with food. Loved this post!

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LJR4HEALTH 2/7/2013 8:28PM

    Penny great post on your trigger food

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SABLENESS 2/7/2013 8:19PM

    Nice colorful blog! Thanks for reminding me to catch up. I did Assignments 4 & 5 after reading your message. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLIAN 2/7/2013 3:25PM

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LORILEEPAGE 2/7/2013 9:37AM

    Good planning. Have a very successful summer! You can do it!

Hugs,
Lori

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MLH148 2/7/2013 6:30AM

    From frigid PA in the US, I am jealous of your beans!,

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MICKEYH 2/7/2013 3:21AM

    You've made great blog about trigger foods. Love your plans and the picture. (*^^*)

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NEW-CAZ 2/7/2013 3:00AM

    Great plan Penny! emoticon

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ARTJAC 2/7/2013 1:54AM

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WENDYJM4 2/6/2013 11:08PM

    great plans Penny

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SUSIEPH1 2/6/2013 11:04PM

    Sounds like a plan to me Penny ..
I tend to eat what your eating too and love them raw .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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