Trigger Foods (and what to do about it)

Have you thought about what your trigger food is? Meaning, eating this food will just make you want more of it.

For many people, sugar is a trigger food (*hand up*that is me lol). When I have even a little bit of sugar like 3 pieces of candy, it is a trigger for more sugar and now all of a sudden I am fighting sugar cravings for the rest of the day.

For others, it’s cheese. It’s the perfect combination of fat and salt and we can’t just have a 1oz serving (who does that anyway?!), we gotta have a handful..or two. Or half the block.

For some others, it’s chips. The crunchy goodness of chips sets off a compulsion to reach for another handful. The best scenario is that we’ll eat the whole bag. The worst scenario is that we’ll go look for another bag to eat.

If you know what your trigger food is, the most effective strategy is: don’t eat it at all.

But that’s not much fun, is it? I don’t like deprivation and I believe any type of food — junk food included — can be incorporated in the diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Now I want us to think about something else…is it a trigger food or a trigger emotion? Is it the food itself that leads us to overeat? Or is it a negatively-charged emotion that leads us to seek comfort and solace in the form of food?

I wish I could have the quick fix answer to this…but the truth is, there is none. It is a process, a journey, one that requires introspection and exploration of our desires.

Usually a sudden, intense craving for a certain food (be it chocolate, cheese, or chips) is our bodies hinting at us to pay attention to what’s going on. Did you hear or read something that made you feel uncomfortable? Did you see your boss mistreat somebody? Is there tension building up between you and your significant other and nobody wants to be the first to say something?

It’s important to our health and well-being that we examine these feelings and do something about it. The only way out is through.

The question then becomes, what can we do about THAT?

1. Write about how you’re feeling. Be brutally honest with yourself. Question your thoughts until you get to the heart of why you feel the way you do.
2. What have you learned about yourself? Is it warranted?
3. How can you take what you’ve learned about yourself and put it into action in a way that it serves you?  

I’d love to hear about other questions/thought processes that you found helpful.


In strength,

2 comments on “Trigger Foods (and what to do about it)

  1. Love reading these posts! For me I have to avoid any and all trigger foods when I’m alone bc it leads to binging/purging. But I find that when I’m with someone I don’t feel as bad bc I think of it as sharing an experience rather than just pigging out lol

    1. Thanks Monica! Yeah I am the same way..if there’s a positive, shared experience it’s worth it, but it also doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be mindful either. Being fully present is key and something I think we all struggle with in this 24/7 world. I find that super deep belly breaths have helped me a lot!

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