Thoughts on Triggers

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

As you may know, I have joined the 5% Winter Challenge. We are having daily assignments prior to our 8 week challenge. My assignment for today is to analyze trigger foods - what, when, why, and how I can avoid them.

My main triggers are home are not the foods themselves - I generally eat healthy snacks, and don't keep unhealthy snack foods in the house. But on the afternoons when my DH is out and I am working from home alone, I have an insatiable appetite. I eat a 90 calorie bar. No problem. then I have a handful of nuts. OK, they are pretty healthy. A 100 calorie popcorn. And if we have them in the house I will have a 240 calorie pack of BelVita breakfast cookies. The calories add up quickly! I think it is part of my "i'd rather be doing something other than working" mentality; and also part boredom.

My other trigger is the candy next to the cash register at the grocery store. Those TWIX bars call my name... And often, I answer.

Obviously, I can't stop grocery shopping. And I can't prevent my husband from leaving me here to work.. BUT, what I can do is this: I can keep some nice cut up fruit and veggies for my snacking. I can first drink a glass of water, and see if that satisies me. I can get up and do a quick exercise video when I am bored or not wanting to work. When grocery shopping, I can buy a bottle of water to drink while I shop.

Although I DO have some other issues with my diet, 9 times out of 10, its the "light" snacks that are getting me above my range. There will always be some exceptions, but controlling these will probably result in an extra pound or two lost in a month.

I CAN do this...
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  • SHARON10002
    emoticon ! I often succumb on the weekends when my DH is home, and I've "been good" all week. One of my downfalls is ice cream while watching TV. This was a real treat in my house when I was growing up.That's one of my worst. . .
    1876 days ago
    I could have written this! I have the exact downfall. It's a work in progress to change things!
    1897 days ago
    Great ideas Patti........... My worst time of day is evening. If I am watching a TV show or am on the computer, around 9 or 9:30, I need a snack..........or, at least I think I do. What seems to work best is to keep so busy, that I don't think of eating. It is working so far.....
    1898 days ago
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