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.