We both love them and we hate them.
We love how they taste.
We hate how they make us feel and what they do to our waistline.
There’s something unique about these foods.
They call to us… as if they have a voice.
Imagine a cookie, sitting on a plate with a bunch of other cookies.
At first, it whispers to us… “eat me,” it says. “Eat me.”
The whisper gets louder and louder until we have a hard time hearing our own thoughts.
More often than not, we give in to that little voice and have a bite.
Now that tiny whisper turns into a scream… “EAT ME, EAT MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MOOOOOOOAAAAARRRRRRR!”
This is how one cookie turns into 20 (a binge) and how that one binge turns into 50 pounds of fat regained over a period of months (relapse).
This is what the cookie should mean to you. One bite is not an option. One bite “triggers” a binge and the binge “triggers” a full blown relapse.
Now to my oh-not-so formal definition of Trigger food:
A trigger food is a food that food addicts tend to crave and that can lead to a binge and a relapse.
6 Trigger Foods That Food Addicts May Need to Avoid
These depend on the individual. Your trigger foods may be different than mine:
- Sugar. Added sugar and its evil twin, High Fructose Corn Syrup, are at the top of the list. If you’re a food addict, these are your greatest enemy!
- Wheat. Wheat and its evil siblings, the other gluten grains. It may surprise you, but wheat gluten may even be more addictive than sugar due to the fact that some gluten proteins can stimulate opiate receptors.
- Nut butters. If I have a jar of nut butter in the house, I will eat it with a spoon until the jar is empty, then have to force myself not to drive to the store to get another jar.
- Cream. I don’t have problems with cream in recipes, but if I combine cream with something sweet like a banana or an artificial sweetener then I will have problems.
- Artificial sweeteners. I personally have problems with the low-calorie sweeteners that I’ve tried. It’s best for me to avoid them.
- Cheese. If I eat raw cheese, I lose control and end up craving it for a long time. I can add cheese to recipes without problems though.
Don’t get me wrong about the cream and cheese.
I believe these foods can be safely enjoyed on a healthy diet, but for me personally it is best to avoid them in their raw state. I do add them to recipes though. Yummy.
So… what are your trigger foods? What do you tend to crave and binge on (a behaviour that has nothing to do with hunger)?
You should write these down and be fully aware of the foods you have problems with, because then you know when to say “NO” when the cookies start calling your name.