How to avoid Trigger Foods | Food Mindfulness
Kris J. Simpson author of the All Inclusive Diet shares his personal experiences and a lesson on how to avoid trigger foods and food mindfulness.
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A trigger food is a specific food that sets off a course of overeating where you will lose self-control. The most common trigger foods are calorie-dense, highly palatable foods that are often combinations of sugar and fat (e.g. ice cream, cookies) or fat and salt (e.g. nuts, potato chips, French fries).
Many times, we will have to keep these foods out of our awareness or “out of sight” to honour our commitment to feeding ourselves with high-quality foods in the right quantity.
I would also like you to become triggered or more aware of the foods that honour your commitment which means keeping these foods readily accessible and “in sight”.
This following exercise will provide you with space and the opportunity to rearrange and reorganize what we will now call your food altar: your kitchen, fridge, and pantry. As humans, we always are more successful in an environment that is full of positive energy and in alignment with our values.
First, you will need to reorganize and purge the foods in your Out-of-Sight category. You will need to decide which of these foods you will store in a less accessible place or which you will dispose of immediately and not repurchase in the future.
You may have problems throwing food out (I know I did) as it is wasteful, but the alternative will be you continuing to feed and fuel yourself with the foods that are completely contradicting your health goals.
Secondly, you will need to reorganize, prepare or possibly purchase the foods from your In-Sight category. Take this opportunity to also an opportunity to organize your utensils, dishes and storing containers.
This simple exercise of creating the best environment for you to be successful with balancing your food facet could be the most important shift you make in this entire course, so, please put as much effort as you can into creating a mindful space for your food.
You are recreating the place in your home where you will pay honour to one of the most important resources that you will need while you redesign your lifestyle and accomplish your weight loss and health goals. To be successful with this exercise, you will need to take on some new beliefs and let go of some old ones. You will need to wipe the slate clean so you will have a fresh and clean beginning.
This exercise will create some new excitement and curiosity about food, and it will be what you will need to reestablish a nurturing and nourishing relationship with your food.
Now it’s time to take a piece of paper or add a note on your phone and list your top 10 Out-of-Sight Trigger Foods.
Which of these foods will you find a place to keep them out of sight and which will you dispose of and discontinue buying?
Once you have decided which foods to dispose of, go and do it right away without hesitation.
Now do the same and list your top 10 In-Sight Trigger Foods.
Where will you place these foods, so they stay in your sight? Which of these foods will you prepare in advance (if required)?
Once you have decided, start buying, organizing and preparing these foods without hesitation. You’ve got some get up and go momentum so jump on that train while it’s in motion!
Now keep this GOING!
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