Identify and Avoid Trigger Foods

Posted by juggernautPT on March 16, 2013

Identify and Avoid Trigger Foods
Identify and Avoid Trigger Foods

It happens to the best of us: you’ve eaten right and exercised hard for weeks, and then one slice of cake sends you into a downward spiral of eating too much of the sweet stuff and exercising too little. 

It’s common to experience temporary relapses back to unhealthy ways of eating and lack of exercise, especially while a healthy, active lifestyle is still new. 

But what triggers these relapses? Finding out the answer to this question will equip you to avoid future relapses altogether. 

Anatomy of a Trigger Food 

Trigger foods come in all flavors and sizes, but nearly all contain one (or all) of the Big Three. 1) Salt, 2) Sugar, or 3) Fat. 

Processed foods are the most powerful triggers. These foods are literally made with your brain chemistry in mind, factoring in the addictive qualities of salt, sugar and fat. When the desire for sweets feels unbearable your body is literally craving more. 

That’s why one slice of cake can lead to an entire weekend binge. 

To avoid a relapse, steer clear of packaged foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat. See the Wholesome Cravings tip below for snacks to eat when cravings strike. 

When you do fall victim to a trigger food, use the following 3 steps to get right back on your feet, and back to eating and exercising right.

  1. Draw a line in the sand. Decide here and now that your relapse is over. Stop the self-destructive behavior and enlist the support from the important people in your life.
  2. Remove the triggers from your home. Clean out the cupboard, the freezer and the stash under your bed. Get these unhealthy foods out of your home and out of your way. See these items for what they really are—obstacles that prevent you from getting what you really want out of life.
  3. Refocus your goals. Why were you eating healthy and exercising in the first place? Because you have goals. You have a vision of the healthy, fit body that you’re working to achieve. Focus your mind on your most desired goals and unleash your inner work ethic and determination.
  4. Launch a Pre-Emptive Strike. Identifiy potential situations in advance that may cause you to slip and deal with them by a) Ensuring you are not starving yourself of daily good nutrition with a 'diet' and b) Do something active for 10minutes, then reconsider if you still want it. c)If you do still want it think about exactly what you want before you go anywhere near the shops and only purchase and eat that (this is mission best done fast in and out, don't let anything distract you)

I believe that it’s time for you to reap all the benefits of a fit and active lifestyle, we can help you do just that. 

Email today and I will schedule a time to have you meet one-on-one with a juggernaut PT to get you back on track with the quickest and most effective routine for your fitness goals.



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