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Things that make me eat (environmental cues and triggers)

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I went to the beach all day one day this week to listen to my hunger signals--the natural ones, not cravings or false hunger prompted by a trigger in my environment.

Today I want to notice the things that make me eat and name (list) them so I will be aware of their influence on me and the bottom line (caloric intake).

Like many, When I see the refrigerator, I want to find a snack. Watching TV also triggers a connection to munching, a really bad and dangerous habit.

What else?
When a family member eats, I want some of that food, too, even if I already ate.

The aroma of some foods make my mouth water and crave them. I used to be vulnerable to the smell of chocolate, cinnamon buns, freshly baked bread, and brownies to name a few items. Not so much anymore. I developed a food intolerance to chocolate and wheat, and after getting sick enough times after indulging my cravings, I stopped craving them. The certainty of sickness outweighed any momentary good taste sensation.

I used to want a snack when TV commercials advertised fast food. Not so much anymore because I know it will make me sick.

I used to want to eat the whole jar of Nutella chocolate spread or Philadelphia cream cheese, but now that is not a problem because I don't want to get sick.

I used to want popcorn at the movies, but I got out of that habit.

I want to overeat when there is a lot of food on the table. Maybe I should just take a plate of food into the dining area, and leave the rest in the kitchen out os sight.

Eating slowly is a hard habit for me to master and I am still working on it. Not watching TV helps me slow down and notice my meal instead of inhale it. Stopping when 80% full is also hard when I see lots of food waiting to be eaten, although it is not my planned portion.

I never feel like eating when exercising.

Therefore I should avoid the TVand refrigerator, and I should exercise. That is simple in theory, but pretty hard still in practice. So I have to practice and practice because practice makes perfect.

This is learnable...after all, I learned to walk, didn't I?
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    Thank you so much for this blog! IT is so helpful to read of others' struggles with the same issues. The TV definitely triggers me. I always want movie theater popcorn. And certain smells call to me. Your mastery over some of these cues gives me hope!
    1843 days ago
    That is great that you were able to determine some of your triggers and come up with a plan to avoid them. It does take time to get it all in place but as long as you are trying you are making progress!!

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    1843 days ago
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