Happy Sunday, followers! This morning I woke up with an insatiable appetite. But I hate starting my week off on the wrong foot, so I went to the pros at Women’s Health for some advice on what NOT to feed my appetite with.
Trigger Foods: Foods That Make You Do Bad Things
Certain gateway or trigger foods open the floodgates to unhealthy eating habits. Women’s Health helps us learn how to outsmart the sneaky culprits that derail our diets. Read on to learn how to use your head, interrupt yourself, hide your triggers and get back on track…
USE YOUR HEAD
One of the best times to stop a binge is before it begins.
A 2010 study by Australian researchers found that thinking about a craving uses up mental energy—enough that you’ll struggle to do anything else or even think normally. But if your brain is otherwise engaged, you’ll have fewer cognitive resources available to conjure up mental images of brownies. So when a craving hits, try doing long division, sudoku, or counting backward, and see if it goes away.
If you’re three bites into a pint of fudge ripple when you feel a pang of regret, try switching to a healthier snack. Once your senses have been engaged, your body is going to demand more food, but you can still decide what to give it. Sorbet or a piece of fruit can freshen up your palate, which can help put the brakes on thinking about the stuff you crave.
HIDE YOUR TRIGGERS
Proximity to food influences how much of it you eat, says James Painter, R.D., a professor at Eastern Illinois University who studies behavioral eating. Try keeping healthy foods right where you can see them, and stash unhealthy ones in a hard-to-reach drawer—or just don’t keep them around at all.
GET BACK ON TRACK
Maybe you couldn’t stop yourself from polishing off the entire caramel sundae, but that’s no reason to give up entirely. We have a tendency to focus on the short-term consequences of our actions, but keeping a long-term goal in mind—say, fitting into that really cute bikini—can help you realize that you can still get there despite a setback, says McGonigal. Think of it this way: Every meal is a chance to start over and do it right.
Read more at Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/foods-to-avoid/?page=2#ixzz227Tpxg29