Do you struggle with a certain type of food which after the first bite you couldn’t stop eating?
Mine is nuts.
I have been told Nuts are good for us. The problem is once I pop a couple of those crunchy little kernels of savory goodness into my mouth, the bag empties. As a result, within minutes, I consume more than a day’s worth of fat.
So how do you identify trigger foods?
- Jot down food items in a list if:
- You reach for it at least 3 times within an hour regularly
- You crave it when watching TV
- You have a tendency to wipe out a whole bag of it in one sitting
- For each item, write down:
- In what situation or environment you tend to eat it
- How you feel when eating it
- What it is about the food that keeps you coming back for it (texture, flavor, feeling, etc).
For example, moving back to my bad romance with nuts, I would typically purchase a bag of them whenever I pass by the snack section of the mall. I would also grab some subconsciously if there happen to be a bag of them in my pantry and when I get bored. I like the crunchy texture and savory flavor.
It then becomes clear on how I should handle them.
- Avoid purchasing: I would avoid passing them when I do my shopping
- Share with others: I would bring them to the office or a party and share with my co-workers or friends
- Find a replacement
- If boredom is what triggers me, then I would try to take a walk outside, meditate, or read something interesting.
- If its the texture I like, then I should diversify my options with other snacks. I could choose to eat baby carrots with hummus which provides me the same texture and savory flavor I crave.