Tuesday, March 04, 2014
You likely don't have trouble identifying eating triggers related to food itself. Many non-food triggers can also pull you toward eating. People, situations or habits previously associated with food can easily send you to the fridge or cupboard. Uncomfortable emotions, demands from others, or high expectations of yourself can trigger unplanned eating. Need for the relief from pain, illness or fatigue can set you off as well.
You can develop habits associated with food like eating a bowl of ice cream before bedtime or eating popcorn and drinking soda at the movies. Its common to experience many different triggers at once. You may be feeling depressed and then you went to the break room at work and there were doughnuts, cookies or chips there to tempt you. In this setting you were tempted by the sights and smells of food and your desire to connect with team members.
Emotional needs you've associated with food in the past can trigger eating desire. Maybe you routinely eat after a performance review or a nasty phone call from an ex- boyfriend or spouse. Emotional triggers can be subtle and hidden. You may not realise you are depressed and bored until you start reaching for food. These emotional needs can send you toward food because eating helped you through them in the past. Because non-food triggers aren't always obvious, watch carefully for the signals that you want food. As you go through your day, pay attention to the subtle cues that prompt your food thoughts or send you hunting for a snack!
-Notice all the non food cues that tempt you to eat. In particular, watch for how you respond to stress, anger, and other intense emotions.
-Write down a list of any food thoughts that were prompted by emotions or other non-food triggers.
-Notice whether you typically give into emotional triggers or whether you are able to ignore them.
It was a pretty good day, minus a small tiff with the SO and I. There were salespeople in the house for a Kirby vacuum system. They started out at $3000 and finally went down to $1300 and I wasn't having it. Granted Kirby's are great but we already have 2 functioning vacuums and they work just fine. I had to play the heavy. The SO has issues with people who catch him outside and he has trouble saying no. I don't though. I brush sales people off easily and we've finally gotten to the point sales people are few and far between. The security companies were a nightmare for about 6 months after I moved here and some were too aggressive and I let them know back off or we were going to have a problem. I got rid of the Kirby people within five minutes, they were vacuuming my house with cleaner. I guess I don't have to do it for a few days now, nice. I let them know I would not buy from them since they couldn't decide on a price anyhow and we were not ready to buy from them at this point. That means never in my language. So it led to a tiff of sorts. It was past dinner time and I had no time to devote to dishonesty anyhow and I basically told them to get out before I lost my temper.
Eh, life happens but we're fine. I think Paolo was just mad he didn't get rid of those people sooner. I don't like strangers in my house anyhow. You never know who is dishonest these days~