“It’s important to know your overeating triggers because then you can plan ahead and deal with the situation, says Marjorie Nolan, RD, a national spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a nutrition and fitness consultant in private practice in New York City.”
A trigger is an event that precipitates other events or causes other things to happen. In terms of dieting we all have certain foods that trigger reactions in us which causes us to go off our diet or binge in some way or degree.
These trigger foods are mostly foods that aren’t that healthy and we probably shouldn’t eat them at all. I don’t know anyone whose trigger food is kale. Just eating kale sends me off into a vegetable tailspin. No, it’s more like potato chips, or cookies.
This quote says that if we will recognize our trigger foods, then we can plan around them or avoid them. Maybe we can. If a cinnamon roll is a trigger food, then we can avoid a bakery. If we can’t avoid it, we can make specific plans to counter temptation displayed by the sweet roll.
Generally, a trigger food is something our body craves. You know the verse in the Bible that says the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. We want to do right, but the body sees the cinnamon roll and wants it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop at a cinnamon roll. Your diet fades into the background and you eat out at a Mexican restaurant and eat two bowls of chips. Then you stop at the Dairy Queen for a Blizzard. Sounds too real, doesn’t it?
The trigger need not be a large cinnamon roll. One of the banks we visit on occasion has a plate of cookies next to the coffee. It is so easy to grab a cookie or two (or three) and your whole day will start going downhill. The other day I sent Charlene into the bank and she came out with a cookie for me. Yes, I took it.
Know your triggers and avoid them. Remind yourself that there are seemingly harmless things out there that will start you on a road to diet destruction.