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Thursday, January 19, 2012

How to Lose Pounds by Adjusting Your Triggers

Overeating is often triggered by certain foods or situations. Trigger foods are those we just can't get enough of, one bite will be followed by another, or one helping isn't enough. Trigger situations can be fatigue, emotional stress, or places. Identifying your triggers will help raise danger flags as you wander through an overeating minefield waiting to inflict bodily harm.

For example, my trigger foods include potato chips, French fries with ketchup, popcorn, pizza, anything chocolate, ice cream, cookies, pastries, fresh rolls and bread, and diet soft drinks. My trigger situations are fatigue, emotional stress, and an all-you-can-eat buffet which encourages me to "pig-out" to get my money's worth.

Your triggers may be quite different. You might have only one food item that indulges the eating urge, or you have triggers related to food texture, such as crunchy, smooth, or creamy. Even the taste of sweetness, particularly sugar, can influence your choices. Perhaps, the types of triggers include smell (fresh baked bread), sight (cookies left on the kitchen counter), and thought (ice cream on a hot day). All of these possibilities can be interrelated as ingredients in the package.

I find trigger foods generally fall into three groups. To find your triggers, write down everything you eat and drink for a period of time - a week is good. Look for foods high in sugar, high in fat, or where a major ingredient is white flour. Note your drinks, as well. Many caffeinated drinks, diet or regular, are triggers, too. Along with the foods, record your feelings, and make notes about eating places and emotions. At the end of the week, you should have a clearer picture of which foods and situations trigger your overeating. Now, pull out the calendar, and select the week you will track the data.

Awareness of your triggers will help you be on guard as you would in any other danger area. You can determine in advance how you will go over, under, around, or through those triggers. The ultimate goal for food is to eliminate, avoid, or minimize the triggers. For emotions and other situations, you want to learn new ways of coping with those critical times. Write out your goals and plans.

TAKE ACTION TODAY! Pick the week to record the data. Review what you have recorded. Determine your strategy for changing consumption of trigger foods. Develop creative ways to cope with emotions and other situations. This is the beginning of getting and keeping a healthy body at your ideal weight filled with vitality and energy.

Lane Anderson is a retired educator. Diagnosed as a diabetic over 20 years ago, Lane developed an interest in health, nutrition, and fitness. He is aware that people have many spiritual, physical, and emotion needs and he looks for ways to help. You are invited to look at my site on health career http://anotherhealthyday.com.

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