Trigger Foods

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In today’s post Kathy is talking about trigger foods, the foods that get us off the healthy track.

There are certain foods that are triggers that can lead to overeating.  When I say trigger foods I am talking about those foods that you can’t just eat a small amount.  They make you want to eat more of that particular food or other foods.  One of those for me is sugar.  Once I eat sugar, I am craving it all day.  I would rather stay away from it altogether than to fight that feeling all day.  How about mashed potatoes, bread, pasta, pizza?  How about cookies, candy, chips, sodas?  These are all things that may be hard to eat just one or a small amount.  Until you get a handle on your trigger foods, you may want to stay away from them.

Clean out the refrigerator and pantry.  If you have some of these foods in your house, give them or throw them away.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Try swapping them out for something else.

Try replacing your trigger foods with something else.  Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower.  Eat fresh fruit instead of sweets.  Grilling pineapple brings out the sweetness in the fruit.  I have also grilled cantaloupe. I cut them in larger bite sized pieces and slid them on skewers.  I melted a small amount of butter and mixed it with a TBSP of honey and drizzled it on the cantaloupe.  It was delicious!

Try quinoa instead of some pasta dishes.  Quinoa and cheese is a great meal.  I like adding broccoli or some sort of vegetable in mine.

Replacing sodas with a sugar free drink makes a big difference.  I like some of those of those little sleeves of powder that you add to a bottle of water.  There are so many different flavors.  Adding just a slice of lime or lemon to a glass of water is refreshing.  I always love iced tea, any season of the year.

There are so many different foods that can replace your trigger food.  The best advice that I can give is to get rid of it in your house.  We all have days that we may crave something and if you don’t have it around, it is much harder to eat.  I normally will not go to the store to pickup that food that I am craving, I just replace it with something healthy. Try taking a walk or listening to music, something to change your thought.  What are your trigger foods?  What can you replace them with?

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