Team Assignment Triggers...
Sunday, September 20, 2015
This is the post that I wrote for the Team Assignment to explore and tackle our triggers, whatever that may be. It took me a bit to think them up. It's not easy to look at yourself and find out what you are doing. So much is auto pilot. It was very eye opening...
Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories.
My triggers are –
Family get togethers, eating with my snacky husband, nostalgic home cooked family meals, eating out. I mostly overeat on crunchy, salty things like crackers and hummus, or chips or baguette, olives and cheese.
Plan - replacement habit or behavior
Finding healthy alternatives to keep on hand, so I don't feel left out. Make comfort foods healthier with some research. Offer a variety of healthy snacks in addition, so it is easier to make good choices. I have been great at parties, just going over to the veggie and fruit platters and eating healthy to my hearts content. That will work at my own home too if I offer myself those choices :)
My positive behaviors –
I have been tracking my food for a bit. I noticed that if I plan ahead and already pre-track my food, I pass all the "dangers" throughout the day with a sense of pride and accomplishment, because I know what I am going to have. Passed everything from cookies to chocolate, muffins, bagels and candy bars successfully at work for the past weeks. Didn't realize how easy tracking makes it to make better choices. And not once did I feel like I was on a diet, or that I was denying myself something I really wanted (if I had, I would have taken something and just added it to my tracker)
Have you developed habits to help you cope with your triggers. What did you learn from doing this assignment? Anything else to add?
Well, we will see what time will bring, and if I need to adjust anything. I learned that some things are just hard, because I have not found the trick yet. It seems I can be very content with change if I feel I am in control. And sometimes with snacking, control is the last thing in the chips bowl. :)