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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.
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    Fantastic blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon Justyna
    2682 days ago
    Renovating your kitchen sure won't help to make you want to cook in it while it's a mess - but I know you CAN do this!!! When I was in the middle of moving in a new apartment, at the end of January I always had this excuse (moving) to not cook and I ate so many restaurant meals (and fast food) I'm ashamed to even talk about it. Don't let excuses ruin you - you're stronger than that!
    2683 days ago

    Good for you for knowing your list. I started to create one once, I ended up identifying my trigger as being awake.

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    2683 days ago
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