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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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!


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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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