Winter 5% Challenge, Pre Challenge Assignment #4

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ok, I lied last time, that was really pre-challenge assignment number 3, not 5. (sigh)

Here's number 4- Trigger Foods. Those are those foods that derail your efforts by calling your name relentlessly and once you eat them, you cannot seem to get yourself back on track, just wanting more and more of your Trigger Foods. You know what they are!

These are the questions, with my answers.

List ALL your trigger foods.
Anything with sugar
"Salty snacks" ( I did HUGE research into the marketing of FritoLays does to sell us more and more of their "salty snacks". They want us eating that crap around the clock. I kid you not, be looking for salty breakfast stuff.)
Anything with sugar along with something salty (think vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and spanish peanuts combo).
Meals I eat at restaurants (other than salads)

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods?
Me! Seriously. All kinds of foods are available everywhere so if I am eating one, it's because I took the steps to procure it for myself. I guess some people have "friends" that ply such goodies on them, but I don't. I am responsible for what I eat.

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snack.
When I get tired of eating all the things that are good for me all the time. Basically, I get bored with the same old stuff or I miss having one of the trigger foods. But the most common situation is when I am unexpectedly away from home and get hungry. That's it. That's when I'll hit the store for a bag of cookies or the bakery for some yummy treats or I'll order salty fries or have a free for all in a restaurant.

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for?
Sweets mostly or huge meals with all the forbidden courses. It's when I am tired and caught out by surprise mostly. Sometimes, I am just bored with what I've been eating.

Pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause you to pause, and think do I really want to do this, and why?
What works for me is to think about how hard I've worked to shed what weight I have lost and thinking about how hard I have worked out that day. When I binge like that it undoes days, if not WEEKS worth of good eating. So not worth it! If I can get my brain there, I am strong enough to walk away.

Write out your strategy to avoid the Triggers.
I do not have any of the sugary, high calorie, all out bad for you stuff in the house. So, that's easy. If I stay home, I am fine. But a girl's got to wander! I try to pack something with me so that when I get hungry, I've got something that's healthy. If I am not planning on being out and get caught out without food, I can always find a salad or soup that is healthy and will not derail my efforts.

Here's one Trigger I wouldn't avoid! Happy Trails...
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