Are you an all or nothing person when it comes to trigger foods? Here is how to overcome that:
3 Ways to Overcome Trigger Foods: You know, the cookies, ice cream, pizza, and sugary-anything. The food that once you have a bite of, you can't control (for me, that's Oreos. But, I'm getting better about it). Let's look at the facts:
Where did this start & why does this happen?
Trigger foods start the moment you begin labeling a food as "bad" and start restricting or limiting it. As soon as we tell ourselves that something is off-limits, our rebellious minds fiend for it.
Mic drop: Some of us grew up in homes where our mother's were jumping from Weight Watchers, to Jenny Craig with very little unhealthy food in the house. This means we never truly learned how to have unhealthy food in moderation. As soon as we were exposed, all hell broke loose. Now, we need to back track and develop a healthy relationship with these trigger foods. . What can you do about it?
First, get real with yourself about what foods trigger you to lose control.
You can’t effectively work on changing something you’re still partially in denial of.
Second, you have 3 options:
1. Eliminate the food completely (this is the easy way out that doesn't solve any real problems). If it's not around, you can't get it, right?
2. Incorporate it almost daily until the magic of the food wears off. Most of us eat vegetables pretty often, if not daily. Because of this, our mind doesn't go crazy when we see a plate of roasted carrots. We're used to it, we know the taste, the smell, the texture, and the feeling it gives us. This is going to be hard at first, and you're going to mess up. But, with daily practice you will get better at controlling your portions, and one serving will be enough. Start adding a serving of cookies into your daily diet, and let the process work over time.
3. Practice eating your trigger food in public places. Example: eat the bread while out at a restaurant, go for ice cream with friends, or have some hors d'oeuvres at a party. With other people around, you're less likely to go overboard. When in doubt, mimic someone else's eating habits who has a healthy relationship with food.
Which method will you choose for addressing and healing your trigger food? Actually...what is YOUR trigger food? Email me back and let's have a conversation! . In need of some diet support and planning to improve your relationship with food? Click HERE for Nutrition Coaching. 2 new plans are now available I've added macro consultations and biweekly nutrition coaching.
Looking forward to hearing back from you! -Leah Leahpetersfitness.com PetersL93@yahoo.com