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5% Summer Challenge 4 - Triggers

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

List ALL your trigger foods.
I do find it hard to stop eating
once I start. But this is not a major problem as I find it easy to resist buying them, or if given them I don't feel impelled to open them. We were given a box of fudge by a recent guest - it is sitting on top of my fridge, waiting to be given away to a friend who loves such things.
The thing I crave, and find it really difficult to resist buying, opening or stopping when I've had enough is anything SALTY, this includes potato chips, crisps and nuts.

To deal with this and to

I will not buy crisps and severely limit and fish and chip meals. That means no more than one night of fish and chips for the duration of the challenge. This should be easy to do if I keep plenty of vegetables for dinner and have items in the freezer for days when I unexpectedly run short of time to cook.
If I find myself eating out I will look for salads rather than anything "with French fries". This is quite hard here as it is winter, but there is usually something suitable if I look hard enough. One downfall is cheese scones; but I am lactose intolerant and will remember that cheese is not good for me, and my plant-based focus is on whole foods. Our daily visit to our library café is best done in the morning when I am less tired and a drink is more than satisfying.

I can reach for these foods as a result of any mood: happy, sad, angry, depressed, stressed, puzzled, anxious, relieved -
any of these feelings can set me off. I will have to be extra vigilant on Saturdays as a good result or a bad result on
is a sure excuse to overindulge: "I lost weight and can celebrate" or "It won't make any difference what I eat, I won't lose anyway."
It's much easier to avoid this
if I exercise regularly so I'll aim to do the walking, ST, yoga and other exercises on DVDs. I think I also need to work on my emotional intelligence so that rather than reaching for food I think more about why I do this. I will look up some web sites which deal with this issue.

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