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What are your trigger foods?

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Created February 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Had a BAD binge day yesterday -- and now I am trying NOT to beat myself up--hardest part. So just wondering what are your trigger foods? You know the ones that make you go down that slippery slope or OFF A CLIFF!! Well mine started with almonds (MUCHO almonds!) then went into Unsweetened Carob CHips (MAJOR trigger food for me --dont know why?) proceeded into Unsweetened Carob ALmonds (doyou guys see a pattern here or what???). I seriously could not shove them in my pie whole fast enuf! Now I feel gulity-- oh well time to climb back up that mountain :) I don't keep these foods in my house BUT do drive to different stores looking for them.

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on February 23, 2011
at 06:38 PM

On her blog? Where is the interview?

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on February 23, 2011
at 04:31 PM

depends whose paleo recommendations youre reading... we didnt have tons of nuts available, and nuts and seeds have alot of the same antinutrients and problems as legumes...

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Yeah...beer's the killer, for sure. Nora Gedgaudas (Primal Body, Primal Mind) interviewed Tom Naughton (Fat Head movie) on her show about his addiction to sugar in the form of alcohol. Veeery interesting.

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I used to be like this, once I had a bit of a buzz, everything sounded yummy! Wine doesn't seem to do it to me as much as beer and hard liquor though.

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Exactly, that's the best way you can take it. Some days are a battle but just remember that you are making these changes for your health, and whilst binging is indeed not healthy, neither is the mental anguish that comes with it. Eliminate the guilt and you'll find things get easier.

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Binging is not that bad. It reminds you of how bad it actually is, so you don't repeat it again, and actually understand why you're eating paleo :) I used to be a big time binger, but it's starting to go away now...

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:15 AM

THank u -- I am working towards your mind set==just one day at a time

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Thank u Ikco--I LOVE your statement!

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:07 AM

Slipping only means you are going in the right direction ;) Enjoy your journey.

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:27 PM

One word: booze. More than a couple of drinks and the sugar craving is like a runaway train. Chocolate chips by the handful, ice cream, the kid's halloween candy...

It gets worse by a factor of ten if I'm on the road for business. Drinks after the meeting? Sounds great! Fast-forward to Chris hitting every pizza joint and corner store between bar and hotel.

It's not pretty.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I used to be like this, once I had a bit of a buzz, everything sounded yummy! Wine doesn't seem to do it to me as much as beer and hard liquor though.

Medium avatar

(3259)

on February 23, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Yeah...beer's the killer, for sure. Nora Gedgaudas (Primal Body, Primal Mind) interviewed Tom Naughton (Fat Head movie) on her show about his addiction to sugar in the form of alcohol. Veeery interesting.

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on February 23, 2011
at 06:38 PM

On her blog? Where is the interview?

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Hey, aren't almonds actually encouraged on the paleo diet? No more than 4 oz of nuts per day is fine.

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on February 23, 2011
at 04:31 PM

depends whose paleo recommendations youre reading... we didnt have tons of nuts available, and nuts and seeds have alot of the same antinutrients and problems as legumes...

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7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:09 AM

'Driving to different stores looking for them' does not sound good!

I no longer view any particular type of food as a 'trigger', as this to me implies it is off-limits. I give myself permission to eat anything that I want and to not beat myself up about it. This ends up meaning that actually, when given the choice between say a slice of cake or a massive steak, I will choose the steak because it is a better choice. I know that I can have the cake but I am honouring my body by choosing something better. If I do choose the cake then I enjoy it and move on, rather than resorting to a binge ('well I may as well keep going...').

I really do feel your pain and have spent a number of years dealing with food issues. The most important thing is that you forgive yourself for your past binges and then forge a new relationship with food. You want some almonds? Have some. A handful of almonds won't throw you off-track in terms of diet, and if you accept that you have eaten them and that you enjoyed them, then it won't throw you off mentally either. That was always the thing for me - eating something I thought was 'bad' and then getting angry at myself and eating more.

Good luck.

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Exactly, that's the best way you can take it. Some days are a battle but just remember that you are making these changes for your health, and whilst binging is indeed not healthy, neither is the mental anguish that comes with it. Eliminate the guilt and you'll find things get easier.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on February 23, 2011
at 11:15 AM

THank u -- I am working towards your mind set==just one day at a time

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:51 PM

I don't really have trigger foods so much as I have trigger moments. I learned while working on conquering binging that there was ALWAYS a reason for the binge. When I caught myself hoovering up food without thinking about it, my steps were

(1) Acknowledge the binge - I would call/text someone that I could talk about it with and say that I was eating too much or "tell me not to eat this" whatever. Who and what I said wasn't important, it was just the step to acknowledge it that mattered.

(2) Stop eating, track the food and move on - Make the next meal a good nutritious one. Do not try to restrict yourself due to the binge. For me, I had to log the food, half the time it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was and I could arrange the rest of the day to offset the impact of the binge.

(3) Figure out what set me off - If I thought about it enough, I could always come up with what set me off. I had to learn to work through whatever issues were setting me off instead of covering them up with food. This part sucked, but I am so much better off now. It is not always fun to deal with your problems head on when you are used to pretending they don't exist and eating them away, but I am much happier now.

I do not believe in not having bad foods around me. The rest of my family does not have food issues so they can have cookies and chips and ice cream if they want. I had to learn to live with those things in close proximity and to choose not to eat them. I think it made me stronger.

Good luck!

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