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GEORGE815
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8/20/13 8:16 P

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Triggers for me recently was eating cake during celebrations. Don't usually eat much cake. You have to some of your own birthday cake, don't you?


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The triggers I want to avoid the most are pretty easy to spot, not just so easy to avoid. I want to stop eating so much sugar around my co-workers. It's hard when someone buys cookie or candy every day. And once I start, it's hard to stop. So I am going to try to not even start eating the sweets and work and politely decline them. I am also going to try to stay out of the pantry after I eat lunch and dinner because once I see the sweets, I'm all over them.

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Triggers recently were different foods available on vacation.


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if I even start with any sweets I will want more


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I had to think long and hard about triggers. Stress, social situations, happiness, boredom, unhappiness. A better question might be, what isn't a trigger?

Never, never, never give up.

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My triggers are my husband - "want some ice cream?" because he's having a humungous bowl, or has a bag of Twizzlers on his chest, munching away while watching TV...or "lets split a piece of that wild berry cheesecake" when we're at dinner. And - do I resist? Of course not. I aim for smaller portions..
Another trigger - stress at work! It has me reaching for that stash of chocolates in my drawer. I have a big bag of snickers minis in my desk drawer - you guessed it, from dear hubby. (Plus I work from home, so no escape to the office). Once again - try to limit portions. One mini is 1 WW point. Sometimes hard to do! Ok, pretty much always hard to do.
My challenge this week is to find an alternate thing for those moments - leave the tv room and go do some crafting, go outside and putter in the garden for a few min...you get the idea.


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My triggers are social gatherings, watching tv commercials, or shows where they are eating, and when I'm shopping, and there is sweets at the cash desk, and I am a bit hungry...
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Two of my biggest triggers are: macaroni and cheese (or any pasta) and chocolate. I did buy some sugar free chocolate graham cookies to substitute and I am able to limit myself to a single serving. I also put it in my tracker and try to stay within my calorie guidelines.


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My main triggers are social occasions, when I have no control over the menu and many sweets or salty treats are offered. I get lost in conversation and lose track of what I am munching on.

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My triggers are if it's in the house. I can avoid it at work or even at the store. So, I'm just not going to buy it anymore.

Taking it one step at a time.



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I am managing triggers better now. I just don't buy my trigger foods as often. Out of sight, our of mind. I can get into plenty of trouble what I have in the kitchen shelves already.


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when my grils bakething itsmells good and then they leaveit on the counter



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My triggers are pretty much emotional. When I'm upset or feeling down about myself or my situation, I feel the need to get something carby to eat. I reach for a piece of angel food cake or chips (if they are in the house) or trail mix or...........

Going forward, I'm going to try to change from reaching for food to doing some sort of physical activity. Hopefully the endorphines can replace the need for food.

Stay motivated by setting smaller, obtainable goals.

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I have food triggers, and then I have emotional triggers.

Food triggers for me usually involve a mix of salty & sweet, things like trail mix, butter pecan ice cream, the seasonal salted caramel mocha at Starbucks, the sea salt and dark chocolate covered almonds at Trader Joe's, etc.

Emotional triggers include stress, feeling overwhelmed by a lot to do at work, simultaneous demands for my attention (again at work), being frustrated with myself, feelings of anxiety. Sometimes I find myself wanting to eat to ward off sleep when I can't go to bed. Ironically, the big problems or traumas I can handle. In those cases, I usually lose my appetite. It's the aggravating little annoyances of life that do me in!



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7/30/13 9:52 P

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Trigger today was ice cream.


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I think that boredom and emotional eating are triggers for me. I seem to want to eat cookies and ice cream the most. My husband bought a pecan pie this past weekend and I've not touched it, but he also bought Blue Bell Ice Cream and that's been a fail for me.

"Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb

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7/30/13 1:33 P

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My worst trigger is baked goods like cookies, cupcakes, donuts, etc. For a while here I'm just going to outlaw them.

I think I eat a lot of this for emotional reasons. I "deserve" it. So, I signed myself up for workouts with a trainer. This is a totally new thing for me and expensive enough that I feel pretty indulgent. I "deserve" this much more.

“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates


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My main trigger is ice cream


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Yes I have triggers. I try to use substitutions. Water, veggies, fruit, gum, sugar free candy, etc.I do like chocolate bars. But instead of avoiding them all together, I eat a fun size or mini size.


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My trigger is cake and cookies. I am avoiding them altogether, but allowing myself a piece of chocolate every few days. Once I start on the cake or cookies I want to keep eating until it is all gone. I am doing so much better since starting Sparkpeople.com. The food tracker showed me I wasn't getting enough protein in my diet, and now upping the protein cravings for sweets have really dropped off!



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My trigger is seeing sweets or wanting them after a meal or with a meal in the form of a Coke. I only drink Coke a 2-3 times per week and never more than 12 oz but it needs to go. I find eating a small piece of fruit or a single piece of lifesaver candy or a couple tic tacs is really all I need. My husband is not big on sweets, so I can't blame him.



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I think we've all struggled with this here. For me, it helps to move forward and stay away from sugar completely for awhile. You have to figure out what works for you.

Lots of protein and water, water, water!

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I was doing well and then I had something sweet yesterday and it has been down hill since. Now i am tired and grumpy and feeling bad about myself. These are all a result of eating too many sweets this afternoon. I am really ticked off at myself plus I am gaining weight. I have to figure out a way to say no and turn away from sweets...


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Yes unfortunately knowing the triggers and why we do things, doesn't stop the behaviour. Compulsions are irrational and it takes more than understanding to manage them. I always thought this was very unfair. But such is life

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I learned about a very big trigger this past week. Stress!!! I knew I was an emotional eater and turned to food when I was stressed out, but I usually don't make the connection when I'm in the midst of the stress (I realize it long after when I'm thinking about what I did.) I had a rough morning at work and felt very overwhelmed for a few hours. I immediatly turned to the snack drawer and then went and had a horrible lunch. If I have to find the silver lining in this it's this... I realized what I was doing. And while I did not stop the behavoir while I was in the midst of the stress, I made the correlation and realized what I was doing/why I was doing it. I feel like I'll be better armed next time something like this happens and maybe I'll handle the situation differently. Afterall, isn't that what this journey is about?

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I have cut out all the sugary food and the hardest is fruit. Sweet fruit after meals makes me want more sugar. I plan to incorporate low fructose fruit like kiwis berries and grapefruit in a couple of months. Sugar cravings are still strong on my 8th sugarless day.
Life is good
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I'm a member of the "emotional eaters" gang. Stress is a major thing for me. Also, when I'm at work towards the end of the day. The more tired I get the more I want something sugary to keep me awake. The other major problem that I'm noticing is that if I do slip up, I count the whole day as a loss and just eat whatever I want. I definitely need to work on that. :/ Its a work in progress for sure.

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Stress and reading or hearing about them. I start obsessing until I can get my mind off of sweets. Sometimes I feel responsible to join in "the fun" when family all have a sweet treat. I need to be more independent and "just say NO". emoticon

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My main trigger foods are 1. Sodas 2. Animal products I am a vegan - every once in a while I slip up and eat some meat. I spent the next 4 hours or so fighting a craving for candy bars

Since I feel a lot better when I do not indulge in either or those things I hope this week I can avoid both


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I seem to have more triggers than I thought. For week 2, I'm going to focus on three triggers - boredom, habit, letting myself get to hungry to make smart choices. I've got grapes, cocoa covered almonds, tangerines, and edemame to substitute for "diet" ice cream and pudding.



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Tired and sleepy. That's my biggest, daily trigger. Not sure how to fix this yet. Other triggers are seeing sweets that are available to me--like when I visit my parents! Cake! I mostly am strong in these situations, but not always!


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Emotions are my triggers too - especially stress. I think I decide that since I'm having a crazy time of it and am therefore burning off calories I should just be allowed sweet stuff! Hmm, not really all that logical when examined closely. Its just comfort eating really and it would be better to get my comfort from my friends. I did give in today (just once and just one thing so not so bad) but this made me really think about what causes my sweet cravings and it is emotion and feeling - NOT hunger. I hope that confronting these things online here and in my head will help me change my behaviour for the better.


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Being tired, being alone to much, being mad or sad are all triggers for me.

Effort is the seed from which success blooms.- Beth (PETUNIABETH)


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A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up. Proverbs 15:1


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Triggers: Chocolate, cakes, pastries, ice cream, DD coffee and donuts

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My triggers are emotions also... sometimes I look to feel a certain way so I can use the excuse to eat something sweet or overeat...

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Three sweets that I am trying to avoid are chocolate, peanut butter, and chips/crackers. These are items that if I have in the house I resist temptation until one day I gorge on them. I am working on resisting to eat these items or only have them in moderation.


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My triggers are emotions...and my emotions got the best of me today. Not only in the form of sweets, but in the form of food. I had such a wonderful week and I went to visit my love (9 hours away). I had a good week end with him. On the way back, all by myself, I stopped so many times for snacks and food. I ate an entire bag of candy :( I can't beat myself up over it now, I just need to be more aware of the feelings that get me this way.


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Glad to hear it's easier now...if you're looking for support from your fiance, decide how you want to handle your healthy lifestyle, and share it for the agreement you need. emoticon

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Last night I did awesome at avoiding sugars. I struggled at first because I ate an early dinner. What helped me is my coworker called and asked me if I could tutor her son on his Algebra 2 homework. Well I did that for an hour, came home and talked to my love for an hour and went to bed. Tutoring kept me busy and kept my mind off of sweets!

I had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast this morning, which does have sugar in it. It also contains flax and a bunch of healthy grains. I didn't feel like cooking my normal healthy eggs today.

Happy Thursday Everyone!




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Great job at changing and not eating sweets at night. I hope that you cn show your boyfriend that eating good nutrishous food is what you both need emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Hopefully you can share the healthy choices you are making with your fiancee. Perhaps sharing a bowl of fruit can sometimes replace going out for something sweet?


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My cravings definetly occur at night. Luckily, right now, I don't really have any sweets in the house to snack on at night. And, most of the food I have in the house, I have to actually cook something, not a lot of grab and go except for fruits and vegetables. One of the pleasures of living on my own for a short period since my fiance relocated for his job. Actually, him relocating has helped a lot. I don't have the extra sugary foods in the house, he isn't there suggesting to go grab something sweet (and lets face it, no one likes to go alone, at least I don't), and I find myself being more active at night when I am getting sugar/food cravings to get my mind off of them.

I really need to focus on altering/avoiding my cravings at night and also when people bring in treats/snacks to work and offer them. These two times are when I over indulge and when I am at my mom's with her always full candy jar. (Luckily, she lives 10 hours away).


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