If you struggle with your weight, overeating or sugar cravings, you most certainly have one or more trigger foods. These are the foods that once you begin eating them, you have such a tough time stopping.
Remember the Lays® potato chip commercial from many years ago? “I bet you can’t eat just one?” Potato chips are loaded with salt and fat, two of the ingredients that light up the reward center in our brain, releasing feel-good neurotransmitters. Lays® knew that! And they knew many people were highly sensitive to that release of neurotransmitters and indeed, could not eat just one!
So how do you manage your trigger foods? Does it mean you can never eat your beloved cookie dough ice cream again? NO! Any deprivation long-term just increases cravings. First, make a list of all your trigger foods. Awareness is key. You hear me say that all the time.
Next, follow the 90/10 rule. Eat foods that nourish your body 90% of the time and leave 10% of the time for the non-nourishing, but enjoyable foods.
Next, do not buy a package or big container to bring home in the hopes that you will dole it out a little at a time. That is usually a big FAIL.
If at all possible, go out for your treat and buy the single serving to enjoy while out. An ice cream cone is a perfect example. If it does not come in a single serving, buy the smallest possible size. YES, even if it is more expensive. Which is more valuable, your body, or your money? Take it home and immediately divide it up into single size portions and seal each container well. Freeze the others, if possible.
If you know you will just eat the other single servings you saved later that day, give them away! Sharing your food love will save you.
When you do eat your trigger food in it’s single serving size, don’t feel guilty and don’t rush through it. Sit down, take your time and savor each bite. If you are still having difficulty, check out my online e-course: Savor Each Bite