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I have done some work identifying food triggers and not having my kryptonites in the house - nutella, peanut butter, fresh cream, almond bark, egg nog - or if I have them, they are in small quantities and part of my eating plan for the day.

Other food triggers, the emotional ones, I have identified some of them but still have others I have to remember to head off earlier. The ones I am currently trying to manage are the emotional high to low drop I sometimes feel after a social gathering. I have one that happens every week, and somehow I didn't realize until lately. My clever sabotaging brain and thoughts try to minimize it to rationalize eating off plan for these situations. I still need to do a better job of meal planning, I am much better than I used to be, but I still am not where I want to be. One strategy is to just journal what I do eat, after all, I have cooking for my family for 30+ years, and we have eaten every day, so I do have a arsenal of meals I already make. I am having trouble polishing this to a better, more regular as well as varied sequence of meals. And I hate tracking portions, weights and measures of what I do eat. Even though it seems to me that would be the most logical way to be successful in getting to goal weight. The food cues thing just got me thinking about what overall isn't as good as it should be for managing my weight successfully.

Once a week, I prepare a meal for a group of people and I bring it to the food court at the mall and we all eat together. I have to scramble to get everything together in the morning because I work in the barn from 5-7 and then I go walking with my neighbour from 7:30 to 8:30 and then I load my car and drive to pick up my brother and we go to Tai Chi from 10 - 12 and then we go to the food court at the mall and meet with my brother's friends and sometimes my sister joins us too. I scramble to get ready because of some of my limitations, meaning, I don't want to make some things the night before because it won't be "fresh enough". I can't walk a different day with my neighbour because that is the only day that works for her and we have been walking for 15 years and we like to keep in touch and otherwise we don't see each other because nothing else in our lives intersects socially. Anyway, after all the preparation and scrambling, I relax after I leave home because then I just have to go to Tai Chi, and the lunch will be what it is, either I have gotten everything done I wanted to, or I make do with what I have ready. I enjoy talking to my brother and doing Tai Chi and talking to the other Tai Chi people, at the mall we meet up with the others, and talk about what is going on in our lives. At the meal, I always eat way more than I usually eat at home, but not too much over calories as it has been a very active day to that point and I sometimes go for a run or a swim before I get home. AFTER I get home and before DH comes home from work, I feel a huge emotional vacuum and feel like eating - I really don't need to - but I want to. I didn't realize I have been doing this until last month, and I have had this Thursday routine for about a year. My sabotaging thoughts say it's okay, it is comforting after the day up to that point. I am going to find something to do that is comforting that doesn't involve food for this Thursday afternoon letdown - comfort eating situation. I am putting together a pretty good list of distractions from eating that are comforting and useful.

I just got back from a road trip vacation, and did feel like the snack junk food at the gas stations took an effort to resist, but did okay.
Watching TV, the fast food places that promote their latest food item used to make me salivate and I knew I wasn't going to eat them, because I hardly ever eat fast food, but I would think, how good those new offerings look and why didn't they offer them when I used eat fast food and I would spend some time really wanting to eat them. On this holiday, we did have some meals at fast food places, and I couldn't find many of the tempting things I had seen on TV, as they are usually time limited offers, and I was so disappointed. But later I was okay with it and maybe the fast food allure is decreasing and it will revert to being okay once in a long while when what I eat keeps me under daily calorie cap.

As I am more introverted than extroverted, when I get together with friends at their homes, I enjoy the time together because I enjoy my friends' interests, life views, and what they share socially. But it does tire me more than just hanging out with my family, and when I come home, I feel that emotional letdown that prompts wanting to comfort eat.

After I volunteer at the shelter for homeless teens on Wednesday afternoons, I also feel that emotional vacuum ...

Food triggers
- post Thursday lunches - still needs work
- fast food tv commercials - pretty much resolved
- post-social gatherings - still needs work
- post teen homeless shelter volunteer time - still needs work

I am going to work on these - things that affect me emotionally and that I feel I could be being better at or feeling that emotional vacuum that come with the let down after an emotionally engaging time

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I try that, but usually it's in the house anyway due to hubby and kids living there so I have to be stronger than the trigger. I often am, but sometimes not.



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Same here.

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Foods that trigger me are not allowed in the house, because I have little
discipline in not eating even though I am not hungry. So glad I am not
tempted in the grocery store. Food is for fuel to keep me active.

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Commercials are huge food triggers for me. Then there's the grocery store. They are so smart in where they place high dollar, unhealthy foods! Yet, I am finding more healthy foods in prime places.

The produce aisles seem to be more eye appealing and colorful. But then my family loves produce. Grocery shopping when I'm already hungry - big 'no no.' I need to be more aware of that.



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emoticon When we know that there are many companies with great numbers of employees whose job it is to figure out how to get us to buy what they are selling, is it any wonder that every commercial, magazine and even weight loss article is specifically meant to get our attention, keep our attention and then leave us wanting that food!

Day 61 My Food Triggers
Any visuals of food
Smell of food baking
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Getting too hungry in the first place

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Day 61, 100 days Food triggers

Food triggers are hard to ignore - the sight and smell of foods especially can be powerful triggers, even talking about food can prompt the desire to eat!

The smell of my dh's pizza and bread remain really hard to ignore! I agree though that baking cakes also is something I do not do as I cannot resist the food after I have smelled the taste.

I need to remind myself not to spend much time in the cake box and remember they are my MiL's mostly the same way as I don't eat my kid's fave foods!

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I think baking things for someone else to eat must be the hardest thing! Especially when it's in your own house, not your work or something!

Thanks for sharing that story about the donuts - that variety thing is what often makes me eat more than I intended to. It's reassuring to know we are not alone, isn't it?!

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I was using up some over ripe bananas today to make some ginger/banana bread muffins for DH's night time snacking. The smell of them baking was definitely a trigger for me. They're whole wheat, low sugar etc. but not something I want to sit down and eat as many as I could. It was tough seeing them cooling at the back of the range top all day. I did eat one this evening.

In Pilates today it was a small group and the instructor was visiting a bit more than usual during class. She made the comment that she was having a much better week now that all the sweets were gone from her house and weren't being brought up for the teachers at the school where she works. She described how the PTA had brought multiple boxes of brightly decorated donuts one day and how the variety of toppings made it almost impossible to eat only one. All that visual stuff is definitely a trigger for me - as well as aromas.


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Triggers...Commercials and magazine photos used to be huge triggers for me! Why does every magazine that has a diet article also have a feature article on some decadent luscious dessert?
A few years ago I saw a tv show that documented the way these food photos are shot and the things that are done to enhance the appearance of the foods. For instance they often spray the foods with a substance that makes them shine. Sometimes the foods that look so wonderful aren't even cooked enough to eat or aren't even freshly cooked. Add that to the fact that the photos are computer manipulated to enhance color, mood lighting, and settings and you almost feel like you can smell the aroma of the product. Lovely.....but now I remind myself that I am just being manipulated and we all hate being manipulated don't we?

If it is an article that has recipes I read them to see if they can fit or be adapted to my program. I used to say that I had to have that...but now I can resist and have it only if I can plan, adapt ingredients, or otherwise fit it into my plan.

AND...this comes from a girl that has been known to get off the couch an hour after dinner to head to Burger King to get a meal that tasted less than mediocre but looked awesome on TV.

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Commercials are killers for me sometimes. That's one good reason for me to NOT eat in front of the television. That's why they invented tables!

Holidays, special occasions, treats at work - very difficult food triggers.

Gill, you mention the words and colors having an effect on us psychologically effect us. You are so right! Color effects us in so many ways - soothing, exciting, hunger, etc. Words - oh, yes. Didn't think of that before but it's so true.

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There's another blog here by Linda about the trigger food thing: Why Seeing Food Makes You Want To Eat
www.weightlossjoy.com/why-se
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She says "Many triggers such as the sight, smell or even the taste of food are easy to recognize. But even images of food such as billboards or TV ads can crumble your resolve."

And this is the thing that I find so hard - the fact that our brains ARE so easy to influence! I'm aware that the food producers (well, not 'food' but the 'food product' producers!) know exactly how to TRICK us into wanting to eat their non-essential food products even when we try really hard NOT to!

The images, the words, the colours, the fonts, the music, the feelings they embody. I remember when I first read David Kessler's book "The end of overeating" - he explains all this - how they manipulate us psychologically for financial gain. He talked about having to plan a completely different walking route through town (it may have been from home to work or something like that he did every day) to avoid passing the fast-food shops (in his case, it was doughnuts that were the big CRAVE).

I use this physical avoidance whenever I can - I will walk down back-streets to avoid the food shops. I don't watch TV except when I'm at work. Interestingly there are very few food adverts on the radio - so words alone are evidently less effective at getting us to buy things - it needs the images and feelings to make it work.

Work is my hardest place. I have a colleague who runs on chocolate - he always has bars of chocolate around the place - at the moment it is a chocolate yule log cake bar pack which is on offer, so he buys multiple packs. He is not overweight by the way! But they are 'in my face' all day!

Food triggers work like musical ear-worms; once they've got into your psyche, you find yourself thinking of them repeatedly!

Knowing what is going on does help - it gives us time to think about it, and perhaps make a better choice. But we are absolutely bombarded with triggers for unhealthy food products the whole time!

I need to visualize a kind of alarm bell in my head - like a smoke detector - and when I see an unhealthy food product (aka 'trigger') the alarm goes off! WARNING! WARNING!
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Food triggers - "learn how to recognize these cues before you eat...handling triggers without automatically responding to them." It will get easier - recently I have been giving-in to sugar atomic fireballs. Say, “I can eat red berries emoticon on my food plan." Walk away! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Like Cat, my food triggers seem to be more emotional because there are plenty of times when I can not let the sight and smell of food bother me. Like last night when we were watching TV, for example, when DH fixed up his usual huge bowl of popcorn dripping in butter & salt. Me - well, I had nothing! Other times though the smell of that popcorn can really get to me.

Another example I already related a few days ago. I was at a Garden Club meeting where I knew there was going to be a treat (usually some kind of sweet Quick Bread) and so I went with a plan, but that plan was not enough to hold me back and I had one slice, and then another, and then another! I love those types of breads.

Yesterday I was at a potluck. This can be difficult because you never know what is going to be on the table. I brought a Mushroom Frittata so that was on my plate. I eyed a lot of other dishes also and managed to resist except for a slice of a coffee cake that a local bakery makes. It was a "sight" trigger that got to me instead of a "smell" one. There were some other factors playing along also - such as trying to make my meals balanced with all the food groups, I rarely eat this bread so this is a special occasion, look at how little else there is for me to eat, and, finally, I am being so good resisting all of these other foods that I deserve this treat.

Yup, baked goods are a real trigger for me!


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100 Days Challenge, Day 61 - Food Triggers

Today’s assignment

1. Watch for any food cues that show up in your day. Record the triggers you observe.

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of delicious looking and sometimes tempting food items shown on Spark People. It initially bothered me, but now I do my best to simply ignore them.

2. For today, focus specifically on triggers that relate to food itself such as sights and smells or other things that remind you of food. List the ones that typically bother you the most.

The sight and memory of oozing, dripping cheesy things seem to be what bothers me the most. The memory of certain smells can do that as well. I lost my sense of smell except for a few isolated things 11 years ago when I had a breathing tube put down my nose to save my life. How well my mind can conjure the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls or garlic bread.

3. Write down any specific food triggers or situations that tempted you today.

Today the only situation that tempted me was popcorn. I had not planned for it and did NOT give in to the urge to eat it even though I did want it.

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We’ve been diligently working on the trailer … so I am late to the party … again.

Thank you everyone for your well wishes. Blocked salivary duct sooo much better. I wish I could find a once and for all cure.

Gloria - I too love looking through Pinterest … I pin mainly … you, guessed it … recipes. The images make my mouth water. Of course, the recipes I pin are mostly … gooey decadent desserts.

C – being tired or sick. Dang, those can get me.

Like Gill … I am now retired but while working the minute I got in the car to drive the 45 minutes to get home … I wanted to eat the upholstery. I would binge on what ever I could get my hands on. I stopped at the Dairy Queen on a regular basis and got a X-Large Blizzard. I throw away the evidence before I got home so hubby would “never” know.

I don’t have a big issue with seeing, smelling or being around food. It’s my emotions that get me into trouble the most.
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SKI, I never thought of it like that. Thank you for sharing.
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The more I am successful in being compassionate towards myself, the more I see food and it’s benefits as positive, contrary to my entire life. Again, I agree with my last entry, copied and pasted below:

Being alive is a food trigger!! emoticon emoticon Seriously, that's a good thing. When I read this lesson today, I find that I have a positive , even affectionate response to food and even toward food triggers - much like toward this kitty and puppy. And like anyone knows who has raised a puppy or kitty, you have to be kind, firm, gentle and guiding toward them, much like training and taming the food responses and triggers. You have to clean up some messes along the way. You have to find techniques to get them to understand when they need to go outside or use the litter box. You discipline but don't beat them up.



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Food triggers (61 & 62):

I have LOTS of them. But I have been great with letting my mind's desires float by.

Sometimes posts on this team can be a trigger.
Pictures of just food with Sparkticles can be a trigger
My husband eating chips can be a trigger
Stress
Being tired
TV commercials
My mind telling me it wants junk because it is there
Habit... I used to sneak eat, now I don't (Lesson 1)

Am I hungry for a bowl of defrosted string means? No? Then I am NOT hungry. I just have the desire to eat.

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Don't we just love the smell of freshly-baked bread? Retailers know this and use it to influence us.

here's a short article about it
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"The smell is almost universally loved and promotes a Pavlovian response in almost everyone because it prompts “odour-cued memories” at a subconscious level which catapult people back to very specific points in their childhoods, according to a piece of research by UCD food scientists published on Friday morning.

www.irishtimes.com/life-and-
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emoticon 2018 "The New Year is a moment of quiet reflection. Reflect on year gone by; of happy gains (healthy habits) and missed opportunities (eating triggers). Introspect on your personal growth, and learn from the experience...bring balance to our life with positive influences overriding negative ones."—Simran Khurana emoticon "Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less."—Mother Teresa
Day 61 Food triggers emoticon Visiting this day is inspirational emoticon
1. Shop outer isles and do not buy high calorie, low nutrient triggers!
2. By pass fast food with water and veggies in car
3. Restaurants on special occasions and plan ahead
4. Finding healthy alternatives for emotional & mindless eating
5. New hobby - cooking with spices and fresh herbs
6. Politely turn down free food - maketing tricks!
7. Exercise instead of eating...becoming routine.
8. Planing home improvements instead of thinking of food while watching Tv.

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Food triggers - I love the show "The Great British Baking Show" however I've stopped watching it. Why? Because every time I'd watch, I would get the urge to make something ... or if it was late enough at night, it would just make me hungry.

Tasty videos on the internet do that to me too!

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Day #61 Food Triggers
emoticon Having found if I think about my triggers and write about them I then can’t get them to leave my mind.
Even though I usually resist them I usually compensate by having something else so today I’ll watch for them but not list them here since I’ve already listed them before and some of them never change!
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Yesterday was a high stress, life changing moment for me and my spouse. The entire week has been stressful actually, but yesterday I fell apart. I totally caved to donuts in the office, Starbucks, and emotional eating at home. Definitely my worst day of 2018. But I’m on it today. I have goals and hope and learned how vulnerable I can be.

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I can really relate to food triggers. I love Pinterest and look there for new recipes, usually in the afternoon so I can make my grocery list for the next day. Well, reading all those recipes makes me hungry! Then I want a snack! I need to look at Pinterest after I have eaten, not before! We have a restaurant here “ Eat ‘N Park” (although I don’t know why they don’t call it Park ‘N Eat). Anyway, when you open the door, you are hit with a wonderful smell from the bakery. All their desserts are made onsite. I think they pipe that smell to the front door! emoticon

One day at a time!


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Day 61, 100 days Food triggers

Food triggers are hard to ignore - the sight and smell of foods especially can be powerful triggers, even talking about food can prompt the desire to eat!

The smell of my dh's pizza and bread are really hard to ignore!



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Food triggers are so very hard to avoid - well, mostly they're unavoidable!

At work, I am surrounded by food triggers - people eating at times when I can't because I'm working - I support them to cook their meals. Fridges full of things I don't allow myself to eat - chocolate desserts, cheesecakes, 'interesting' yoghurts, pizzas, biscuits, cakes, crisps. Even though I don't WANT to eat those things, the continual exposure is hard.

I had to laugh when I turned my Amazon Fire kindle on this morning; the opening advert was a full-page photo of a pizza! I just knew this would lodge in my mind. When I did my menu planning for the week, pizza appears for Thursday lunch (a small, basic one) with salad.

I find the display of different speciality breads and bread rolls in the supermarket very hard to walk past. I do walk past, but they are devils with their yeasty baked smells and beautiful descriptions, and tempting golden brown crusts!

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As always -- I truly enjoy reading all of your posts and having those 'aha!" moments where I realize we've all had the same experiences. Food sitting out and visible is a trigger. And...smells, of course! The cooler weather is also a trigger. Somehow I want to bake things in the oven that have rich savory or cinnamon smells -- big pots of beans with cornbread -- foods that stick to the ribs. I do find that the more I stick to my fitness schedule, the easier it is to not succumb to food triggers.

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Food triggers for me tend to be more visual than anything else. During the holidays, seeing goodies available to eat made it hard to resist. It is better if I have things out of sight. It isn't as hard when things are away in containers, bags or boxes. But when the food is out, easy to grab, it is harder to resist.
Some aromas can also get to me. Fresh baked breads, pastries, or pizza, are on the top of the list. If there is the aroma of good marinara or spaghetti sauce....hmmmm...let me grab a plate of pasta. I have to be careful.
I love a good cup of coffee, and when I smell it, I want it. When I am cold or tired, I want some. This is not awful in and of itself, but I like lots of creamer in it - which adds empty calories. I can use Stevia, so that is ok when it comes to sweetening. I have started drinking hot tea when I want something hot. I use the sweetener, but not the creamer.

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Rephrasing 2015 post:

"Most every cue mentioned in the lesson prompts me to want to eat. So I find it best to limit my exposure especially at home. More than once I have given up night time TV to keep my "no eating after 7" streak going and I will probably need to do it again.

A group of us meet after water aerobics at McDonald's. Today everyone except me got an ice cream sundae to celebrate one of the ladies birthdays. I felt like a pariah. My rule is nothing... no-thing at McDonald's except coffee during this time. This is because when I am there with DH he usually gets cookies and they are amazing. In moments of weakness I may have a piece of his but I never buy any for myself and I do NOT want to start.

Cookies are one of my trigger foods which I rarely buy or eat because they can lead to big trouble. I have to turn my head away and tell myself to not even look at all those frosted cookies and candies they start piling into the store aisles this time of the year. "

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2018: Sharing this because with continuing practice progress has been made. emoticon This year I almost completely bypassed holiday cookies...if I could have done so well with nuts and a few other triggers. I still meet at McDonald's and the group accepts and possibly even appreciates that I do not want birthday ice cream or anything else. emoticon

I can now eat a piece but usually one whole cookie (helps me avoid deprivation feelings) at McDonald's with DH. I savor that cookie and then let it go.

I hardly even salivate at all the holiday cookies in the stores as long as I do not let my mind wander there. I tell myself how junky, mostly tasteless and purposely addicting they are.

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Day #61 Food Triggers
I could “ditto” everything FOCUSONME just wrote. The cold makes me want to cuddle up, read and watch movies which ends up making me want to eat.
Less exercise and more food puts me back where I do not want to be! emoticon

Smell of food baking
Waiting too long between meals
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I have more trigger "moods" than trigger "foods". The heart and head hunger aspects really describe me.

Still the smell of bacon frying can affect my hunger level.

I also will want coffee if I smell it perking. Luckily I drink it black.

This bitterly cold weather has me wanting to eat things I shouldn't right now. It's like some survival instinct is kicking in saying fatten up you need the insulation! I *will* resist, I *can* resist, I will be having chili for dinner.



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Day 61, 100 days Food triggers

The 4-7 luscious desserts served in our dining room--every night! emoticon

I have been campaigning for more healthy desserts but alas it won't happen with this present chef. I wrote letters , I met with our rep and together he and I met with the chef. I bought-and gave the kitchen- a low sugar, fat lovely picture book of healthier recipes. I emailed the top administrator. She met with the kitchen staff herself.
I finally sat down with a top administrator. She thinks she helped--- and I even sent her a big thank you note.

But honestly all they did was list the 4-5 sugar free things on a bulletin board. No changes emoticon in the actual foods. SF "skippy cups" of ice cream, SF 2 kinds of puddings, SF "canned" tiny plastic cups of jello. Or several whole fruits: banana, orange, and sometimes blueberries.

Compare that with what is usually offered and listed to each of our tables by waiters and waitresses. Yes, we have waiters and waitresses. Yes we are incredibly spoiled here!

Chocolate torte-not a small slice either, fruit pies, different cheese cakes nightly, hot fudge sundae, other ice cream sundaes, various filled cakes always with thick icing, chocolate lava cakes, ---I could go on and on. emoticon At least 4 of these kind of these desserts are offered --daily!!! It is really ridiculous. And very unhealthy. for a place where the average is 84 (we are 70) it is doubly ridiculous. People cannot be gaining weight for many , many big health problems!

Yesterday a lady walked out before desserts were read to her. She said she had no resistance. I think I will do that, too. But I'd miss out on the wonderful conversations at the end of the meal.

Someone suggested we make a sign for our table that said "Healthy Dessert Table." But I'd be sitting with the same people daily. I like to talk to various people. And we'd be labeling ourselves in front of everyone. Maybe I could make a sign only for myself and have other signs available if people wanted them. I will work on this!

There are 110 apartments in a senior independent living complex. Really the food is top notch. But we pay lots monthly for our food and we should have the choice of nice but healthy desserts.

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I can relate to everything that has been said. Sometimes I bring things home from the store 'for the kids.' Well, that's the excuse I make anyway.

I love breads, salty foods and - most of all - Snickers!!! I totally agree - out of sight and hope they get out of my 'mind.' That's the hard part.

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Gill - glad to see your feeling better! Thanks for the great examples of how your food triggers work. I love how you combat them! Those Peanut Butter combos sounded pretty good, but I'm not so sure about the Turmeric. Was it good? Or just different and O.K.?

Maribeth - I really liked the picture you posted yesterday about the Physical vs Emotional Hunger. And I like you list today of how you avoid triggers. All great ideas.

Wanda - thanks for the "reminders"! I rarely eat at chain restaurants that have menus posted on-line, but after Sparking this morning I have come up with a plan for the future.

I have to say I am rather pleased with myself in a way because there have been two incidents (yes, two, count them, 1, 2 - LOL! I know, not many for some folks) recently that I have found myself being AWARE! This is a very new sensation to me and so I'm thinking I am finally making a move in the right direction.

Yesterday I had two meals out at restaurants. Lunch with a friend was 3 Fish Tacos. I used good control I think as I didn't eat the taco wrap from one of them and I only ate 1/2 of the coleslaw side dish. The other meal was dinner with DH and I ate my usual Southwestern Salad with grilled Chicken (which added up to a guesstimate of 934 calories!) accompanied by a glass of wine. We walked to the restaurant which is only a couple blogs from us. I enjoyed the meal and when we got home we relaxed to watch TV. So, out of the clear blue sky here comes a craving for chocolate. Really?! Now where did that thought come from? Was there a trigger? I'm having trouble identifying one. At dinner we talked comfortably about a birthday babysitting w/e for our GD who will be turning 5 and, also, about how to proceed with recent MRI results that show I have ANOTHER torn meniscus. At home there was a split second of combat over the TV remote, but nothing serious. I had a busy day running errands and didn't get my floors vacuumed like I wanted to and I just plain ran out of steam so I put that on todays list of things to do. So I was so comfortable and relaxed last night I just can't figure this chocolate thing out even after all of this thought! The good thing is that I was able to recognize the ridiculousness of this craving and put it out of my mind.

And as far as the calories for that salad - well, I now have really set that calorie count in my head and the next time we PLAN to go to that restaurant I will adjust my other calories for the day so that I can enjoy the salad with guilt emoticon .

Today I don't have any food challenges and I am thankful for that! Thanks everyone for letting me put my days out here in writing.

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emoticon Gill, hiding triggers and delaying urges. We have super turmeric daily!
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Well, it was good to go back and read my previous posts on this thread, and remind me of all the things I now do do reduce the power of food triggers. Here are a couple of recent things.

On Monday night, I chose to have a small piece of marzipan with my after-dinner coffee. I don't usually eat sweets during the week, but I really wanted this small sweet taste and fruit wouldn't hit the spot. I keep the box of marzipan right on the highest shelf, behind my baking products. After I'd cut off the piece I wanted, I put the box back on the high shelf, in front of the baking products............. then I realized what was happening, and I got the stool, and put that packet back out of sight, behind the baking products. My inner 'sugar-addict' was trying to leave that marzipan in easy reach!
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Yesterday, I had a gastric upset and really didn't want to eat much at all. I did get out a bread roll to defrost, thinking I might have it with my evening meal, as I'd only had fat-free, veggie soup for lunch. As it turned out, I didn't want the bread - I had a plate of green salad, and some berries with a bit of crumble topping on. But that bread roll stayed in my mind all evening! Even whilst I was watching a film, I kept being distracted by the thought of that bread roll!!! Again, I realized what was happening. I made a cup of coffee, and reminded myself that I was going to toast that bread roll for breakfast the next day. Which I did (just now!). Again - that bread roll was such a very strong trigger because it was on the counter, defrosting - instead of frozen in the ice-box! Dear, oh dear! It's a constant battle!

And here's another one - yesterday on the radio there was an interview with a woman who'd started making flavoured peanut butters - peanut butter with toasted coconut, peanut butter with chocolate and orange, peanut butter with chilli etc. So - I planned to put peanut butter on that toasted bread this morning. Then I saw a picture of Laird's Turmeric Creamer and googled it. So what did I do? I sprinkled turmeric onto my peanut butter and made 'peanut butter with turmeric' - not a bad thing to do, but interesting how those two food triggers came together for me!

Mostly these days, it's pretty obvious when a food trigger is having an effect. It makes me laugh when I 'fancy' making a pizza three days after throwing the flyer from the local pizza place into my bin!

My days of 'see it; want it' are no longer so difficult for me - mostly I can see what's going on, and I actually do not want to eat those things.


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Welcome back, Donna! Just jump in! Sounds like the Food Triggers is a good day since you husband is baking! We have been discussing baked goods as triggers! Maybe I should be thankful that my husband does not bake!


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think I need to join this wonderful team again.

Interesting as I know tomorrow my dh is planning to make home made bread and pizza so I'm trying to limit other extras that I eat, as sometimes I let it allow me to eat more as it doesn't matter I am already over my extras! emoticon

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What a sweet husband!!
Marilyn, it sounds like you have found what works for you.

If I bake or make dessert on special occasions, I always have some.....then send it all home with the guests. Let them work it out for themselves. Somehow there is always someone who wants to take it home!

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~ for today, focus specifically on triggers that relate to food, such as sights and smells or other things that remind you of food.

The one that comes to mind is bread baking or any type of sweet desserts just freshly out of the oven. But I have solved that a long time ago - I no longer bake bread and as for sweet desserts I pretty much have stopped baking unless it is a special event such as my child or grandchild's birthday cake. Actually we entertain once a month (we have a different family over each month from your church for dinner and fellowship) and I usually will make a pie for it. But I don't eat any I serve it to everyone else and someone usually asks me 'what about you but I give them the standard 'I will have one later' and when they get up to go home I give them all the left overs including the 'one' I was supposed to have and they don't every seem to twigg into that.

~ in your journal, make note of any specific food triggers or situations taht tempted you today.

I don't know if it is actually a food trigger but every so often I get a 'need' to have something sweet such as a chocolate or a drink of lemonade. 9 out of 10 times I can start doing something else and it will pass over but sometimes the desire is very strong. I do not keep those kind of items in the house and it is my hubby that does the driving so when I have a strong urge I will ask him if he is going out anywhere and if so if he could get me a chocolate. It makes me laugh as he usually say 'Yes I am going to be going out for ??(he names something) and I will bring you home it then. But guess what more times then enough he comes home without it saying he forgot when he went out what it was that I was wanting (before he always brought home something for me) but am now sure he is 'forgetting' in order to help me stay on plan. How I love him.




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Day 61 - Food Triggers

My list of triggers looks a lot like Phyllis's but I can add one of Leslies too:

Home baked goods (I too have stopped baking except on special occasions)
Eating Out (I try to check the menu and decide beforehand but I sometimes change my mind.)
Snacks sitting out in the open (I can keep from snacking if the food is out of sight)

It has taken me a long time to accept my limitations and stop baking. I feel like I have nearly beaten the snacky monster. I may never totally conquer the problem of eating out which is why we have date night once a week and eat all our other dinners at home. Oh yes, there is usually a weekly lunch with the girls....they call me "the GOOD example"...sounds boring doesn't it?

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Day #61 My Current Food Triggers ( from previous times at this lesson )

Smell of food baking, especially bread ( I save this for rare occasions or holidays.)
Homemade goodies from friends (I give them away or freeze for company. )
Waiting too long between meals ( I plan better and keep healthy food ready. )
Looking at food magazines ( stopped this one ) and only watch cooking shows AFTER I've eaten!

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Day 61: Food triggers
Food cues or triggers include all those little signals and thoughts that prompt you to eat during times when you weren't planning on it. When you open the refrigerator door to get a can of soda, you glimpse a tasty leftover. Even though you weren't the slightest bit hungry, seeing the food makes you want to eat it.
Types of triggers
Both the sight and smell of food can be powerful triggers that make you want to eat. Think about the aroma of steaks on the grill, your mom's pot roast, or fresh cinnamon rolls. And have you ever noticed how theaters always seem to have the popcorn machine in action right before a movie starts?
Discussing recipes or watching cooking shows may set off a desire that lingers until you get out your baking pans. Even talking about how to avoid food can prompt the desire to eat. Many weight-loss group members have sheepishly confessed that they go out to eat immediately after their meeting ends.
All of these food cues can suddenly make you remember you were "hungry." Then once you start eating, the taste of food becomes another trigger, causing you to eat more.
Food sights, smells, and tastes are easy triggers to recognize. But visual images such as billboards or TV ads that remind you of food can also crumble your resolve. One minute, you weren't thinking about food or eating at all. The next minute, you can't stop thinking about it.
Subtle food triggers
Any activities that you've connected with food in the past can easily trigger you to repeat these patterns. Going to parties and happy hour gatherings, or being at family reunions, can all prompt eating struggles. Maybe your friends always go out for pizza or meet for dinner at a particular restaurant. You eat along with them because "it's what we always do."
Instead of slapping your head right after you give in to a food trigger, learn how to recognize these cues before you eat. Over the next few days, you'll learn a variety of techniques for handling triggers without automatically responding to them.
Watch for any food cues that show up in your day. Notice the triggers from billboards, break rooms, people's desks, magazine covers, food discussions, and even your own thoughts such as what to fix for dinner.
For today, focus specifically on triggers that relate to food itself such as sights and smells or other things that remind you of food.
In your journal, make note of any specific food triggers or situations that tempted you today
If my head is in the game, food commercials, supermarkets or even food at home are not a trigger. But when I am having a weak moment the food does look tempting. I am better at fighting the cravings but mentally it is not enjoyable.
can totally relate to this chapter. Very often when I think, type, or talk about limiting food it makes me want to eat foods that are not good for my body. I feel as if I deserve them and I say “Why do I have to limit enjoyable foods and sweets when others can have it. It is just not fair!”
Sometimes trigger foods can be real foods
triggers
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out with family at restaurants
I cant bake as too many servings and I cant eat all of it. I can only bake when I am bringing it somewhere.
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Watching others eat

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I have the "get home after work" trigger too.

I also have the weekend / holiday: "I am home and there are treats here" trigger. It sometimes feels like a battle.

Thinking about restricting food is a trigger

Watching a loved one eat chocolate or starches is a trigger

TV commercials are sometimes a trigger

Having company over and there are snacks, or going to someone's house (and there are snacks) is a trigger.

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This day's lesson has been great for me over time. I now have quite a list of things that I know I just cannot keep in the house - no use trying to convince myself otherwise! I don't know how I'd manage if I had to share my home with someone who ate differently to me - it must be very challenging!

I am very aware now of these food items. Quite often I will see someone eating something, or see something on TV in a cooking show or an advert (I'm exposed to that full-time at work - don't have it at home!), or see something in a shop window, or smell a certain smell. These 'food thoughts' lodge in my mind - and I find myself coming back to them days later.

A trigger that I still have is a sudden sensation of hunger as I leave work, and when I arrive home. The leaving work one is no longer a problem for me - I understand what it is, and I wait for it to pass - it always does. The arriving home one still sometimes catches me out - depends how tired and hungry I am - but I have a sign in my kitchen reminding me to put the kettle on and take 10 mins with a cuppa before eating anything!

Generally, I am now successful in recognizing the cues. It's taken some time - I've been through this book about 5 times at least (lost count!)

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I do not eat after dinner. I brush my teeth. I used to snack a lot at night.

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One thing I've started doing that has really helped me with late night (triggered) eating is to quit multi-tasking where food is concerned. IF I am going to eat now - late at night - in response to a trigger or lack of ability to go to sleep - I simply eat, focusing on the food, taste, texture, etc. I do not read/eat, watch dvd/eat, be on the computer/eat, etc. I know this is somewhat of 'another' lesson - not this one specifically - but I absolutely apply it WHEN I have a food trigger or late night eating episode now ...

It has helped me overcome most of my late night/not sleeping food eating episodes. I'd have a dvd on and be foraging through fridge and cabinet for something to eat. Then I would mindlessly eat it ... trying to get it (food) and/or the dvd to lull me to sleep eventually. I found when I made it a RULE to stop the dvd and simply sit and eat the 'food' - I did not want the food so much ... eventually I trained myself to stop the whole scenario (though it does crop up from time to time).

I've resorted to reading ... and sometimes knitting when I have those sleepless nights...which thankfully are not happening as often and NOT the norm for me anymore. But sleep every night, easily, peacefully? NOT the norm for me yet either ... but working on it! But getting the food out of the equation/solution (which FOOD IS NOT THE ANSWER - ha!) is a work in progress but turning to it less and less now ...

I think being in the wee hours of the morning ... sitting alone in the dark almost munching away on something (with no other distractions - as in dvd, computer, etc.) REALLY made me conscious of exactly WHAT I was doing to myself ... not being kind, loving for sure. Just habitual 'tendency' instant type gratification - which was not all that gratifying actually when I thought about it. It really helped put a damper on that type of behavior for me.

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
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12/9/16 2:36 P

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I definitely think that in order to get a handle on food triggers I do have to make a deliberate and exact choice both in my everyday life but also for those 'weaker moments' when I am least strong to resist. I have identified two weakest moments for me and last night was it. I had slept 13 hours the night before because of having an acute arthritis flare-up so naturally I wasn't really sleepy last night so I thought that I would stay up and get some things done on the computer (since I went one full day without the internet). Well, that seemed to work out well until I started getting impatient to go to sleep.

What I 'should' have done was take my sleep aids but instead I decided that I 'needed' (not) something to snack on. So, I got a Kashi granola bar (which were stale when I bought them but the store is 10 miles away so I have not returned them---) yuck! That didn't do it. So, then that is when I start foraging through the cupboards looking for something to eat.

Anyway, my food triggers happen when I am at my most vulnerable physically. I am sick, I am weary from lack of sleep and I am anxious to neither be sick nor sleep-deprived.

I did something that helped me stay within my calorie range. If it is after 4 a.m. then whatever I eat counts as my breakfast. I then took my sleep aid and returned to bed. I had cold spinach and white cheese thin crust pizza at 5:30 a.m. today. I didn't even bother to reheat it. It is not an ideal way to deal with food triggers but mine is more about dealing with the frustrating of waiting---waiting for pain to go away and waiting to go to sleep.

The tough part though will be when I start bringing some of the holiday fare back into the house. I have been craving nuts lately since I haven't had any in quite some time so I am going to order some when I order my groceries.

I think rummaging around for food is also usually a sign that I am bored and restless. I am still trying to figure out a way to deal with boredom at 3-4 a.m. when I can't seem to sleep and that is really what my body wants.

I will say that I am widening my circle of certain foods that I am allowing to be in my presence at home (since I am retired). I am trying an experiment for this upcoming holiday season where I get some of my favorites but in the smallest container or package possible. So, addressing what Chele said here about her favorite cereal. Would buying those individually packaged cereals work for you? You would have one single serving and be done with it. This is what I am going to try. I will let you know as we move through the rest of this book how this works for me. If it doesn't well then I know I can't do that.

Gill, I agree that the merchants know exactly what they are doing. I now order my groceries and have them delivered. I still get tempted though as I go through the huge selection online so I still have to show some restraint and avoid certain foods like ice cream (I couldn't believe the choices one time. I was amazed! LOL) or crackers (another weakness) but if I avoid certain food groups I do well.

This is definitely though one area that I will be working on for a long time to come. So, don't lose heart any one who shares this dilemma.

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Gill - makes so much sense ... I know how the stores entice us ... never put it together that I might be doing the same at home - ha! Now that I think about it though ... I used to love having those lovely big glass decorative containers filled with cookies, trail mix, candy, etc. out on my kitchen counter. For 'decorative' look as well as easy access - ha! Well, getting a smaller kitchen helped me resolve that issue - ha! I had no choice but to get rid of it - ha! I have maybe 1-2 feet of counter space ... but manage to keep a 3-tier fruit/veggie holder on it ...barely leaving space for food prep - ha!

Most of my food triggers have gone away. Since I no longer eat breads, crackers, etc. my husband is enjoying 'his' without feeling like he'll come in one day to make a sandwich and find I have EATEN all the bread ... his 'stuff' is safe now - ha! And I never think about it/look at it much so when I go to make the grocery list I sometimes am forgetting to list it ... thank goodness he does most of the shopping and has become 'aware' he has to fend for himself now and remember to get it for himself - ha!

The only 'slight' trigger I have is when my husband grabs his honey roasted peanuts ... the 'sound' of the lid opening and the nuts shaking around even 'trigger' me a bit ... then I think I'll have 'just a few of his' ... then I 'pause' ... I realize if I hadn't 'heard' them I would not be thinking/wanting them ... that usually stops me BUT if I can't get myself out of the trigger loop I'll go for my raw almonds instead.

I'm finding if I 'go' for the foods that are better for me long enough I don't even miss - or like - the foods I used to eat ... so I guess that's why most of my triggers are going away.


dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
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"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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I read something yesterday which shines a different light on this topic. It talked about using the psychology of 'product placement' in our own kitchens.

So, we all know that supermarkets place the products they want us to buy at eye level, or end carousels, and that they waft certain smells around to get us to 'want' to buy things. Our brains are easily manipulated by things like this - we see, we want. Subliminal advertising was outlawed because of it's power to control people's behaviours - but, hey, they know how to do it.

We can harness that same psychology to help ourselves stay 'safe' at home. Put the foods you don't NOT want to eat (ie your trigger foods) out of sight, at the back of the cupboard, in a container that you cannot see through, up on a high shelf, tucked away on a low shelf) to make it as inaccessible as possible - so that it reduces massively it's potential to trigger your eating behaviour. On the other hand, keep your Good Food out where you can see it - the fruit and veggies - put them where you can see them when you open the fridge etc.

This doesn't make us completely immune from food triggers - but it certainly reduces their power - and it gives us time to consider what the hell we're doing if we find ourselves standing on a chair delving in behind the baked bean cans to find that packet of cookies we stashed! (maybe not you........... but I've done it!)

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Day 61 - Food triggers

I think my biggest food trigger right now is smell. The smell of neighbors grilling steaks, the aroma of foods while walking by a restaurant. These can make my mouth water! I can also be turned off by smells such as deep fried chicken which now I relate to greasy fat laden food which I no longer digest well.

I seem to do better at ignoring the sight of foods, not as tempted by them as I once was.

I have noticed that I don't watch as many cooking shows and read less food related magazines as I once did.

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Day 61, 100 days Food triggers

I still do open the fridge more out of habit than anything. Most times I don't take anything.

Some of the triggers are
Family get together
Holidays
Home made treats
Eating out
Smelling foods esp, walking thru places like HY-VEE or a food court can trigger wanting it. I don't usually give in unless it is meal time. I just need to watch portions and exchanges.

before I used to get it eat it and not worry about it.

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Day 61- Food Triggers

The smell of movie popcorn, the smell of bacon cooking, the creaminess of a bowl of really good ice cream, waiting too long for my next meal and having nothing to tide me over.

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