Do you remember that ad for Lay’s Potato Chips? “Bet you can’t eat just one”
As a teenager, my best friend and I would open a bag and dare each other to try. ‘Go on. Eat just one’. It was a contest that my girlfriend always lost. Chips were her trigger food. Not mine. I’m fully capable of resisting salty, it’s sugar that has me under it’s spell.
Although our trigger foods differed, what they, and all trigger foods have in common is the ability to set off a course of overeating, where control is lost and excessive amounts are eaten. (Does this sound familiar to you? Who’s nodding their head yes?)
For the most part, trigger foods are calorie-dense combinations of sugar and fat. Why? Sugar and fat trip the pleasure sensors in our brains. And happy brains want to stay happy regardless of how unhappy they’ll be at the end of the binge.
Your particular trigger foods aren’t necessarily your favourite foods. I love oatmeal, raspberries, chicken breasts and red peppers, but have never been tempted to eat any of them to the point of feeling sick.
Chocolate, on the other hand…
Want to jump start weight loss and improve your health and wellness?
- Identify your trigger foods.
- Remove them from your house. Not just your sight. Trigger foods call to you from the deepest, darkest recesses of your kitchen pantry.
- Resist purchasing them on your next grocery store trip. Ignore that little voice in the back of your head that tells you next time, you’ll really be able to stop at one. You won’t.
- Tell your friends and family not to tempt you with them. Sometimes those closest to us are the worst diet saboteurs.
What are your trigger foods?