Trigger Foods and Situations (Assignment #4)
A Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course for the next hour (possibly causing a binge) and you are not eating because you are truly hungry.
List ALL your trigger foods:
Ice Cream, pumpkin seeds, and salty, crunchy foods
Is it a snack food or part of a meal? snack foods and some desserts
Are they sweet or salty? Usually salty, I even prefer ice creams with a saltier taste (with toffee, peanut butter, caramel or nuts in it)
Hot, cold or room temperature? Cold or Room Temperature (cold and creamy or salty and crunchy)
Describe the most common foods and or situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks.
What room are you in? Family room or on the computer
What time is it? late in the evening or after midnight
What are you doing? watching TV or on the computer
Who is with you? I'm alone
And how do you feel? bored or actually a little hungry if its really late and we had dinner 5-6 hours earlier
Are you tired? no, I'm a night owl, so I'm not tired enough to go to bed
Are you eating it to feel better? no
Are you rewarding yourself? no
Soothing yourself? no
Are you bored? probably
By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? it doesn't
What should you be doing at that time? probably sleeping or at least trying to
Do you see a pattern? Definitely
Does convenient access make a difference? yes
How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should:
Going to bed earlier would be the best way to handle avoiding triggers or binges. I have learned though that this only works for a short time and I fall back into late evenings (night owl) so saving some calories for late night snacking would also help. I should have some late night snacks on hand, those that are not trigger foods, ones that I could look forward to. However, totally avoiding some foods is not realistic so if I do eat a trigger food and it leads to a binge I just need to remember that tomorrow is a new day.