Assessing my triggers
Monday, March 31, 2014
Here’s a list of my trigger foods
Meals with family or friends, meals at the restaurant
The most common situation where I reach for trigger food is the evening. I noticed it is when I am sitting on the couch for whatever reasons from reading a book to watching TV. Often it happens when I am tired, bored or upset.
I read in my bed instead of the couch for some reason, reading it my bed doesn’t trigger anything.
I cut down on a lot of time in front of the TV. When I do watch my programs, I can do laundry and fold clothes. The laundry room is next to the living room. If I do that, I will also save time for the weekend by getting rid of that chore.
As for the emotional part, I have started journaling. But still I am working hard on this one. I am also keeping sugar-free gum, which often helps. When the weather is warmer, I also go out a lot more and often take walks. It helps a lot when I am angry.
For the tiredness, I have decide that for the duration of the challenge, I will aim at getting in bed to the latest at 9:15pm and all lights of at 9:30pm, so I have enough sleep.
For the boredom, I have decided to make the lunches the night before and to prepare the diner for the next day, which again saves me time when I get back from work and of course, it makes my meals more nutritious. The idea is to keep myself busy and organized. For the next month, I know I will be busy a lot as we are renovating our kitchen. However it is also a source of problem as for the cooking part. I believe the only way I will make it out, is by planning and preparing the night before as all the house is messy and I have boxes everywhere.
Cooking at home is definitely going to help me a lot as for going out at the restaurant on top of being better for my wallet too.
As for having meals with friends, I can think of having them to come home instead so I can prepare the food and make it healthier.
What I have learned?
When you want it hard, you can find solutions. And when it comes from you, it works best. Assessing ourselves is really hard, but worth it.