Thursday, September 20, 2012
For my assignment 4 for the 5%challenge...
List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?
*****Both sweet and salty are my triggers. And it is mainly snacks. We only eat 2 good meals a day so I usually fill the rest of my calories during the week with snacks. And it doesn't matter if it is hot or cold..and also this time of year I'm wanting more comfort foods and more carbs which to me are comfort foods.
What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?
*****We rarely eat out so nothing I get when we eat out. My husband sometimes complains that I don't bake and make sweet things like I used to. He doesn't have the "fat" problem that I have but I'd like to please him at times so do continue to bake. I then want to eat what I bake. We also have a few birthdays and holidays coming up and I love cooking and baking for these.
Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? What should you be doing at that time?
********Common situation is I've just made a pie or cake and it is still warm and sitting on the counter cooling and smelling so good..I just want one taste..which leads to another until I've eaten a whole slice of pie or cake. If I remove it and the smell then it is out of sight out of mind. A case for salty snack..I will be at the computer and get an urge to eat something..maybe stress of what I'm doing makes me feel hungry and then it is usually something salty I want.
Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference? How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.
************I do know that when I've just baked something it is so convenient to just eat some at that point. I need to bake an apple or open a jar of apple sauce to eat at that time when I'm tempted after baking something. And as for the salty triggers. I just mainly need to get them out of the house until I get the cravings under control. or get up from the computer and get out and walk instead to relieve the stress.