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5/4/11 12:40 A

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Get him a locked box and tell him yo hide the key. That's just unfair!



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5/4/11 12:08 A

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my sons girlfriend works at the corner store last night he came home with 10 large blocks of cadbury chocolate with nuts god how do i deal with that stay strong stay strong aaaahhhhh stay strong

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5/3/11 2:30 P

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The evil deliciousness of tomatillo sauce that creates a need for tortilla chips. Ugh! Everytime I see that scrumptious sauce sitting in front of me I just wanna yell "You're Killin' Me Smalls!"

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5/3/11 5:59 A

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garlic bread mmmmm hot drippy buttery garlic bread. god the smell of it drives me nuts emoticon

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4/27/11 6:19 A

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Starches (even whole grains) are not the only things on my list. I can keep whole grains in the house because I'm rarely driven to binge on them.

Here are some other things that aren't allowed in the house because if they're there I have a tendency to binge on them at night
(It's just me and the cats so no one is being deprived unfairly, LOL)

dried fruit
sugar in any form (granulated, molasses, honey, agave, pancake syrup, etc.)
luncheon meats
cheese
beef jerky
snacks of any kind
candy of any kind (including sugarless)
desserts of any kind

And this may sound extreme, but I have real problems with night eating, so even these things are carefully controlled. If they're in the house, they stay in the basement so they're less accessible:

fresh fruit
popcorn
protein bars
energy bars

I do sometimes eat those things on the list, but I'm really careful about how much is accessible. So, for example, I do have ice cream. BUT I have it at a local place that makes their own, I order the child-sized scoop and enjoy it on a plain rolled waffle cone, and I only go once a month.

Or I might really really want some chocolate. So I'll go to the bulk section of the grocery store and get a few pieces (usually under 50 cents). Then I've only paid for what I'm getting, and once I've eaten it, there's no more and I'm done. I do that every 6 months or so (I'm more into cheese than chocolate).

Unfortunately there isn't usually a way to buy just an ounce or two of my favorite cheese. I suppose I could wait in line at the deli, but it just doesn't seem worth it.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 4/27/2011 (06:30)

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4/27/11 12:04 A

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oh gosh yes. i have to be honest with myself and really knock off buying these items.
chips, cottage cheese and cheese pizza. amazing - all salty items too! hmmmmm.

Edited by: DARKORANGE at: 4/27/2011 (00:05)
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4/26/11 10:47 P

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I've got it a lot more under control, but ice cream and snack cakes are a big one for me


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4/26/11 10:41 P

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Thanks Helena!

It's salty for me too. Give me a bowl of chips, dip and a margarita!
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4/26/11 10:34 P

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Thanks Dusty,,

I copied that piece on trigger foods and I am going to put it on my fridge. Potato Chips and nuts make me go into a lets eat everything in thepantry and fridge. My husband loves these things and keeps the large can of peanuts and bags of chips on the shelf. I walk in my pantry and they holler at me. My husband is very good to me but he doesn't understand the way I feel about all the snack food in the pantry that he and my son eat. I feel like I'm some sort of crack addict. Did I just get on my soap box. anyway salt does it. But I love Bread.

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4/26/11 4:49 P

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mine are sweets :) chocolate to be exact! love chocolate andit's also my comfort food :) brownies usually or chocolate chip cookies. Not much of a salt eater and never have been just once in a while :)

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4/26/11 2:49 P

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Any starches, including whole grains, beans, etc.
Any nonnutritive sweeteners.

These things make me crave more food and usually lead to binges.

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4/26/11 2:38 P

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Dusty, I appreciate your post about trigger foods, environments etc. Very useful information.

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4/24/11 7:29 P

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Nora -

That (comfort foods) goes with what I posted about Diet Vices:

"Food triggers are fairly uncommon and should not be confused with favorite foods (foods that are highly preferred), comfort foods (foods that are linked to a sense of home and contentment) or food cravings (desire for a food that has not been consumed in a long time).

I always think I have triggers but every time I binge eat it's all about comfort (comforting myself).

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4/24/11 8:23 A

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I truly don't have any trigger foods. I can have chips, candy, etc. in the house and eat one serving with no issue. Instead, I'm a comfort food eater. At that point, anything is game.

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4/23/11 9:29 P

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Here's something from one of the coaches that I saved from a couple of years ago. (I can't remember which one though:)

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What are your Diet Vices, Trigger Foods and Trigger Environments?

A DIET VICE is any habitual action that keeps you from reaching a health weight. You may even have multiple vices. Maybe it’s a habit, like serving yourself huge portions or snacking after dinner. Or maybe it’s a single food, like chocolate or chips, that's your undoing. Fast food and soda are two major examples of Diet Vices.

Diet vices are different for everyone, and not all are junk food. If you can you eat the whole jumbo-sized bag, carton or box of anything in one sitting, it qualifies as a trigger food.

A TRIGGER FOOD is a specific food that sets off a course of overeating where control is lost and excessive amounts are consumed. The most common trigger foods are sugar/fat combinations (ice cream, cookies) and fat/salt combination (nuts, potato chips).

Food triggers are fairly uncommon and should not be confused with favorite foods (foods that are highly preferred), comfort foods (foods that are linked to a sense of home and contentment) or food cravings (desire for a food that has not been consumed in a long time). With a TRUE FOOD TRIGGER it is the food, not an emotion or situation, that triggers the out-of-control eating. For example, open the bag of potato chips and it will be gone, regardless of mood, time of day or place.

A TRIGGER ENVIRONMENT
A trigger environment is a specific situation or place that sets off a period of overeating. Common examples include walking into a movie theater, going to a buffet restaurant, attending a sporting event or visiting a relative. To manage trigger environments, it is important to identify the specific location, people or events that set off the overeating.

As with trigger foods, avoidance is an effective strategy for many people. For example, if the movie theater is a trigger, then going to a play or museum may be a better option. If visiting relatives in their home sets off an eating frenzy, ask to meet in a restaurant or elsewhere. When avoidance is not an option, it is important to develop tactics that minimize the likelihood of overeating.

DEPRIVED and DEPRESSED. Once you’ve identified your Diet Vices and Trigger Foods - be it McDonalds, ice cream, or cookies, how can you resist it? Give it up forever. “It’s easier to go without a food you can’t control than to try to have it in moderation.”

If you think your life will be miserable without chocolate, crackers or fast food, ask yourself this: How miserable does this food make me now? Is it preventing me from looking good, having energy and feeling confident?

“Deprivation is not living without certain foods but living with them and being deprived of your true health and happiness.” Trigger foods may make you happy temporarily, but if they make you sad in the long-term, it doesn’t make sense to keep them in your life.

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4/23/11 5:36 P

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Bread in any form is my weakness! The cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster are my special nemesis. I have several friends that work there that will give us a whole bag of them whenever I ask for a to go box (which is always). I bring them home for my brother to eat but he really doesn't need them either.

I also like tortilla chips but not as much as bread. I like to use the chips to eat my main entree. When the basket comes I will pull out 13 chips (roughly one serving, give or take a few broken ones) and put them on a small plate till I get my food. I try to engage my dinner companions in conversation so I can ignore the chips. This usually works but if it doesn't then I play with my phone to keep my hands busy. How does that saying go? Idle hands are the devil's workshop? emoticon

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4/23/11 5:17 P

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I discovered a new food to add to the list of triggers today: P.F. Changs Crispy Green Beans. They are basically tempura battered deep fried green beans. I clearly have no control when they are on the table and will have to put them on the banned list for the foreseeable future.

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4/23/11 5:15 P

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Watching the movie Food, Inc. was the best thing that ever happened to me when it comes to fast food. The only thing I will eat there now is french fries and since I've changed my eating habits I don't enjoy those the way I used to.

Maybe it would help you too?

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4/23/11 3:40 P

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My trigger foods are certain kinds of ice cream, chocolate, cookies, basically sweets. I can have chips around and eat a few and not want more, but if I am in a certain mood I can devour some chocolate. What works for me is just not having it in the house. When I got my kids some easter treats for their baskets, I purposely picked out things that are not my favs, that way I won't keep eating them. I did get myself just 2 cadbury eggs which I had last night, so that was my easter treat. :)

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4/23/11 3:26 P

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I was looking over my past diets this morning and ever time I messed up I had ate sweets.
I do good and lose like crazy and then I think well I'm doing real good I can have ice cream, cake, candy etc. Just a little won't hurt me. Then I come to a few months later and wonder why I did not stick to eating healthy. I am so tired of doing this over and over. I am going to try my best not to eat anything that is not fruit or vegetable. I hope everyone here has a great weekend and that you find what is keeping you from reaching your goals.

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4/23/11 3:25 P

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For me it is candy and chocolate cake. I stay away from the candy but the chocolate cake I have occasionaly.

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4/23/11 2:53 P

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For me its anything sweet...especially anything with chocolate!

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Anything salty triggers me, especially chips. But right now, the hardest temptation to ignore are those Taco Bell commercials for the double decker taco. I know its not good for me, and I even know that it won't even taste that good, but its driving me nuts! I think when my husband gets home tomorrow, I'll have him get one, so I can have one bite and get over this craving before I do something I regret! lol

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I don't know how to do "a little" or a "single portion" of trigger foods. For me a trigger food is anything with white sugar and white flour in it. The only thing I've tried that has worked has been to avoid them altogether. Even one bite is too much. There's a saying I use -- "one bite is too much and too much is not enough".

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4/23/11 12:29 P

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Those and the bread sticks at Olive Garden are an issue for me. I usually take a portion and then ask that they be placed out of my reach. Most of my friends and coworkers are happy to have the whole thing to themselves

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4/23/11 10:50 A

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Someone mentioned trigger foods in another post and I was able to identify one that really sends me into overeating.

The Evil Free Tortilla Chips. You know the ones, carbamunga, crunchy, nummy, tasty, free, bottomless refill tortilla chips that every mexican restaurant puts on the table. The ones that taste even better slathered with salsa and guacamole. These high in empty calories, low in redeeming qualities, deep fried bits of dietary evil are my achilles heel.

It never fails, I'll gobble them up at an embarrassingly fast pace, then when my healthy entree that I scoured the menu to find comes, I'm really no longer hungry but I eat some of it anyway.

I think I'm going to have to avoid mexican restaurants because my coworkers would not be happy if I asked the server to remove them from the table.

How do you deal with trigger foods? I can't believe I can't be trusted with a bowl of freaking chips.

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