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Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #4

Friday, September 21, 2012

And on to the next pre-challenge activity... and something we should all think about... Trigger Foods:

1. List ALL your trigger foods:
My one specific food would be Cheetos. (they are my "can't eat just one" food)
There are actually several foods that I end up "triggering" with... mine is more of a situation than a particular food... other than the Cheetos!

2. What are the sources of the Triggers Foods?
Drive-thru's after work in the AM is really bad for me... I'll order several items because I go thru the night w/out eating much while at work d/t being so busy.
Convenience stores are another place I try to avoid... for one, they obviously have Cheetos very handy, but I grew up eating nachos, snack cakes (Little Debbie brownies, Grandma's cookies) & ice cream... I can absent-mindedly walk out of our local truck stop w/ an order of nachos, a bag of Cheetos, a Little Debbie brownie AND honeybun, maybe even a Drumstick ice cream cone, and a "diet" soda to wash it all down! I shudder to think how many calories that amounts to... and yes, I would eat all of that in a 2-3 hr timeframe (and then dispose of the wrappers to eliminate all evidence of my binge)!

3. Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks:
Late nights are the worst for me... when I'm at work, I'm just fine... in fact, sometimes I'm so busy that I even forget to eat! But on my nights off, my body typically stays in "night mode" and so I'm up until 2 or 3am alone watching TV or surfing the web. That's when my idle mind & hands keep venturing to the kitchen cupboards or fridge...
Also, depression sends me running to my favorite comfort foods... like after my son moved 26 hrs away to Florida 1 1/2 yrs ago (which is also when I added most of my weight back on).

4. Do you see a pattern?
Absolutely... late night & after work in the AM are my most vulnerable times.

5. Does convenient access make a difference?
I think so... though I have been known to actually drive to the convenience store in the evening to purchase my binge for that night, it is the rarity. Typically, if it's not in the house already, I can talk myself into a better choice, such as grapes, celery/PB, or popcorn.

6. How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge?
My biggest solution is to keep those trigger foods out of my house and keep healthier options on hand so that they are the convenient choice when the urge hits me.
I've also learned that going to the drive-thru after work is just completely off-limits. I know that I have no control in that

7. Can you pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause you to pause, and think do I really want to do this, and why?
My best replacement behavior is to get on here. Check out my fellow Sparkers blogs... read one of the articles on here... basically just take my mind to a "better" place. When I see how far I've come, and how much farther I want to go, it helps me stick to my resolutions.
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