TRIGGER FOODS. These are the foods that we are told we must avoid at all costs. We are also told that these are the kind of foods that we can not control ourselves around and seemingly start to drool the moment we see them.
It can be a lot of things for different people. For some, it may be desserts such as chocolate cakes or cupcakes or cheese or chocolate.
In any case, we are told that we must not have it in a vicinity near us. In fact, most of us are told that we must not have it in our own homes, or even in our refrigerators. Otherwise, you will be, “Led into temptation.”
Most of the time, it’s true. We all have our favorite foods and it’s really hard to resist them. So if we remove them from our sight then we will be less likely to eat them and we will be more likely to stick to our diet, right? This makes perfect sense to us, especially when we hear it for the first time.
However, it doesn’t always work. The problem starts with labeling food as bad’! These foods are often associated with the reward system in our brains. So this causes a lot of stress for us mentally as we try to contradict our senses.
Avoiding the problem and running away from it, we remain a slave to these trigger foods. Instead of chasing the problem and developing a habit and discipline against it, we run away instead.
Imagine if someone was afraid of talking to other people and the solution presented to them is to simply stop talking to other people. This seems to make sense because if they don’t talk to other people, then they have nothing to fear anymore, right? However, it is not practical because one way or another we will still have to talk to another person in our lives.
The same is true for the trigger foods around us. We may be able to successfully eliminate it from our sight at home, but who knows when we will see it on other occasions such as a company party or a birthday party of our friend. Then when we see those trigger foods in these kinds of unpredictable situations, we are more than likely to lose control of ourselves because we have built no sort of immunity or discipline against it.
So in the end, you don’t overcome these trigger foods for your diet, but rather these trigger foods will always remain a threat to yourself and to your self-improvement journey.
If we want to be more successful in our weight loss journey, we must also consider how we treat these trigger foods. We may not know it by ourselves, but we may already be slaves to these trigger foods. We may be living in constant fear of losing our diet streak or gaining weight simply by staring at these trigger foods.
We must not let ourselves be constantly threatened by these fears and doubts about ourselves. Instead, let’s continuously build discipline and proper eating habits, even with these trigger foods. Know when enough is enough and know when to stop eating. You can have it and enjoy it in the appropriate amount. And if it’s not aligned, you can move on and not give it a second thought.
The ONLY way this lasts forever is when you get yourself to a place where you can “take it or leave it.” When you prioritise rewiring your mental & emotional habits with the same focus, time, & effort as you put into dieting or training, THAT is when the magic begins to happen.
Don’t avoid the foods or the environments that you’re afraid of. Work on your mindset and then put yourself in the very situations you used to be afraid of and get excited about the opportunity to practice practice practice!
If you’re sick and tired of struggling with food, you want a serious solution that works, and you’re prepared to work hard on yourself and make this your priority, then I can help you.