Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Trigger Foods List

[Trigger warning: List and photos of unhealthy foods]

One of the techniques I implemented to divert my focus from binge eating was to keep a diary of my craves, at the time I crave them. I realized this had become a list of my trigger foods.

Writing down foods during a crave helps distract my focus from the crave, and reassures myself that if I put the craving out of the focus of my mind, I can come back to it later (perhaps for a special occasion, or in moderation, or never!).

Here is my list:
  • Warm chocolate chip peanut butter cookies or brownies
  • Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread
  • Chinese food with big dumplings
  • Pizza buffet
  • All you can eat Korean BBQ
  • Really good cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate milkshake
  • Little Debbie cookies (oatmeal cream pies, brownies, frosted Christmas tree, peanut butter wafers, etc.)
  • Cake with thick frosting
  • Girl scout cookies (Thin Mints, the coconut ones, and peanut butter patties)
As I read that list over, I do not crave any of those. But I know at times I have very strong cravings for those foods. Knowing they are written down somewhere reassures myself that they will still be there in the future, I do not have to eat them right now.

At work, we have snack drawers, and although most of the snacks are not too appealing to me, they were a target of many of my binges once I got triggered. Recently the snack drawers got a different rotation of snacks, and I absolutely know that prior to implementing my Food Plan, I absolutely would have been bingeing on this. But now when I look in the drawers I remember my food plan and my period of abstinence and that gives me tremendous strength to walk away.

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