Today I am going to talk about a difficult topic: Trigger foods. A trigger food is a food that you love to eat, that you often crave, and that you can’t seem to stop eating once you start. Trigger foods can throw a good healthy-eating plan off balance time after time. We often approach trigger foods with a plan to just eat a small amount, thinking that we have earned it or that we deserve it in some way. Sometimes our subconscious takes over and we find ourselves eating these foods without even knowing why. The common thread with trigger foods is that once we start eating them, we have a very difficult time stopping.
Trigger foods are usually calorie-dense and highly palatable. They taste so good that they override the body’s natural feeling of fullness so they are easy to overeat. They often combine sugar, fat, and salt or some combination thereof. Food companies try to make these foods addictive by optimizing the combinations of flavors, textures, and smells so that your brain wants to keep eating them, even when you aren’t hungry. The strong feelings of pleasure override the body’s natural feelings of fullness. These foods make your brain feel good by lighting up the dopamine. That’s why we crave trigger foods for emotional reasons or when we are stressed and tired.
Why do some people have trigger foods when other people don’t? People are different. Some people are genetically more susceptible to overeating than others. Addictive foods turn on the dopamine in some people’s brains more than in other’s. The first step in dealing with trigger foods is to recognize that your brain gets addicted to these types of foods and that you need to have a strategy for them.
7 Strategies for Dealing with Trigger Foods
Now it is your turn: What is your experience dealing with Trigger foods?
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