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5%challenge lesson 4

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

List ALL your trigger foods.
I need to eat more fruit and to me in the winter fruit tastes awful..no flavor. so in winter I find my triggers are more comfort foods like mac & cheese...sweets like homemade pies....and salty snacks like chips.

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods?
I don't eat out much and so the things that would be my source would be keeping chips in the house. I've resorted to keeping only those salty snacks that hubby likes and I don't so I won't be tempted. Also on the sweet pie triggers, I'm trying not to make any and when I do, I limit myself to a tiny bit and then let hubby have the rest. I'm thinking that to get more fruit that I like to start making fruit drinks using our frozen fruit and pureeing it in a blender to make a slushy drink.

(By the way hubby does not have a weight problem and he has low BP even without meds and is 5 years older than me)

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. I do go ahead and plan a snack mid morning. We only eat 2 meals a day..breakfast and late lunch so if I really get tempted to snack it is in the early evening hours and then I have it planned ahead to eat some Babybel lite cheese. I can eat 2 of them for a serving with less calories. I also am trying to eat dried apricots or prunes but everything I'm eating I track the calories ahead of time to make sure I don't go over.

I think I'm doing the right things to control my trigger and know I will have days that I will eat one of my triggers but won't beat myself up over it if I do. With warmer weather I'm going to try to walk more to avoid wanting to snack and also chew sugar free mint gum which really helps. I'm also planning on drinking more water and tea to keep me hydrated.
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    Good job realizing and listing your triggers. This 5% challenge will be great.

    Only suggestion: Plan to eat 3-5 healthy meals every day - even small ones. Divide your allotment of calories up between these meals.

    For me...
    300 for br
    300 for lu
    200 for a snack
    600-800 for dinner
    1931 days ago
    thank you for this
    1932 days ago
    I really like the idea of listing my triggers! Thank you for this suggestion! For me a trigger is definitely brownies and another is french fries. I think that having it written down would somehow make me more accountable!
    1932 days ago
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