More Trigger Situation than Trigger Food
Thursday, February 07, 2013
I believe that I have more "Trigger Situations than Trigger Foods."
"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! ..."
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?
I think I would have to say I have trigger ingredients. I like bad fats, salt and or sweets combined. So for instance, I eat, then I decide I want tortilla chips, then I want to wash it down with something sweet and then I want the chips again. LOL
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?
My "trigger ingredients" happen at home. My "trigger situations" are mostly in social settings, like at the church potluck! Too much variety, no labels, recipe for disaster.
Do you see a pattern? Yes
What types of foods are you reaching for? All the stuff I love but don't make at home.
Does convenient access make a difference? Yes, more than likely it's the church potluck. The food is already ready to go. I just have to scoop it out then eat it.
How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should? I've seriously considered fasting on those days!
Write out your strategy to avoid the Triggers.
At this point my only strategy is to either fast during potlucks and eat when I get home something more sensible that I can control.
As for dealing with "trigger ingredients" at home, I think I will plan my menu out and choose to stick with it. If it's not been accounted for already, I will skip it.