UPWARD AND ONWARD ~ Moderation and Those Trigger Foods
Monday, June 10, 2013
I learned today that “all things in moderation" does not always work for some people like me. In an article I read today listed in my Spark Coach Program, “How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire- Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds”, Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert, wrote: “…Sweets, salts and alcohol all cause biological reactions in the body that are hard to ignore. And, if you’re someone who responds strongly to these reactions, even one small bite can trigger you to continue sampling similar goodies. … Noting which tempting foods are your triggers can help you arrange your environment so that you don’t overindulge.” That certainly is me! A little potato chip; a bite of rich decadent dark chocolate like a truffle or dove bar sets me in a tail spin.
I did learn that I can still have that but to do it in a way that I’m in an environment that is void of more such tempting treasures. While taking my time and enjoying the small serving I have given myself I can be satisfied and not over indulge. I wouldn't trust myself to do this too often yet. It is my trigger food, but even so, I do not have to deprive myself forever of it.
One of my tricks, when I’m still wanting more of a favorite food, is to brush my teeth and gargle with Listerine or some such mouth wash…. Not the sweet tasting kind, but the apothecary tasting stuff. It helps me break that cycle. If the flavor of this favorite food is still in my mouth, I want more. It seems more is never enough. Remember that old song, “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair…”? I don’t know if that ever worked for the writer of those lyrics, though washing that taste out of my mouth does help to stop the triggering of the food. We have to do what works for us in the moment and hopefully it will be something that helps us keep our focus on our new healthy lifestyle and the reason we chose it for ourselves.
Each and every day in every way I am getting better, better and my better becomes my best.
Here’s to Sparkin’ with you!