Monday, March 7, 2011

What trips you trigger?

Now that you have kept a food diary, what does it say about your eating habits? What is your trigger food? Do you crave carbs when stressed? Nibble mindlessly when bored? Rely on packaged convenience foods for meals? These insights are going to help you change your eating habits.
Because we want to change our eating habits, and not "go on a diet", we are going to start by making small changes in our daily habits. First, start by eating a healthy breakfast, or at least "some type" of breakfast. Make it simple, an english muffin with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. (natural peanut butter does not have added sugars). Also for this week, drop your sweetend drinks or soda. Have water with lemon, unsweetened ice tea (or tea made with a teaspoon of honey), coffee with nonfat creamer. You can cut between 100-300 calories just by letting go of your sodas and other sweet drinks. Now that isn't such a big change is it? But it will make a tremendous difference in how your body "feels". Sugar gives us a short burst of energy, then we crash. Our brain also becomes addicted to it, like a drug. So this week, let's kick the sugar habit. Discover a trigger food? This is a food or snack that you can't eat just one. Mine is chocolate chip cookies. I don't even bring them in the house because i know i can't control myself. Get rid of the trigger foods in your cabinets. Also add a walk or two in this week. Next, we are going to tackle snacks. As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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