Dieters have a huge history of “trigger foods”.
- It’s the one food that has special power over you
- It’s the one food when you see it you have to eat (a whole jar or package of)
- It’s the one food that controls you
- It’s the one food you reach for when you want to binge or overeat
If you truly want to become a “normal eater” there is a way to end your struggle with “trigger foods”.
Here is the truth:
Every time you reach for that special food, what makes it special is the belief that you hold onto about that food. Not the food itself. It’s not about what you eat or not eat but how you feel about what you eat.
The way to maintain your sanity and emotional calmness around food is to change the language you use around your trigger food.
If you think it is wrong to eat that “special food” you will want to control it as much as you can. And then you lose your willpower and you go crazy around that special food.
As long as you can be comfortable around what happens, when you decide eating peanut butter, cookie or chocolate is okay, it is not good or bad but it is neutral, you will want less.
When you restrict your “trigger food” you are building a momentum for a binge. When you let yourself to eat your “trigger food” you are building a momentum to be sane around it.
So many times I hear how much “trigger foods” can make dieters sad, upset, or depressed. We need to re-train our brain because “trigger foods” can only make us physically sick. The mental state is taught. The belief you are holding onto about your “trigger foods” is conditioning of your brain.
It can be a game changer for you to end your struggle with “trigger foods” if you can change the way you think about “trigger foods”. If you can relinquish the judgment, the guilt, shame, feeling good or bad, feeling you did something wrong, feeling unlovable.
Here is how to practice to overcome “the trigger food mystery”:
- Notice and catch your thoughts about food
- Don’t judge yourself (There is no okay or not okay way of eating)
- Remember food is not something that makes you a good or a bad person.
- Food is not something that should make you mentally healthy or insane.
- Question to ask: What bias and judgment do you attach to your “trigger foods”?
- Challenge them. Ask yourself: Is your belief is factually reality? Or it is just made up in your mind.
You are not crazy..
You are not dysfunctional
You are not abnormal..
You were only conditioned, taught by society, culture and environment you live in about your thoughts regarding trigger food.
If you can switch your belief - FROM thinking something is inherently wrong and dysfunctional to eat your “trigger food”- TO it is okay to eat it, that’s where the “addiction”, the “hanging onto” trigger will end.
Hope this helps,