The Safe Zone: Learning to Trust Yourself Around Trigger Foods

Trigger foods are foods that lead to bad eating habits. Everyone has different ones. For some, it’s chips, for others, it’s candy. Here are some tips to help you navigate your way around trigger foods.

1. Out of sight, out of mind. It’s so easy to grab something if it’s left out on the counter, on your desk, front and center in the pantry or refrigerator, etc. I often recommend to clients that if you find a food especially tempting, keep it in a second refrigerator in your garage/basement or tucked away in the pantry so it’s not calling your name every time you open the door. If having trigger foods at home is an issue, of course it’s easiest if you don’t bring them into your home in the first place. If you’re hosting a dinner party or get-together and you have some personal trigger foods around for the guests, send your guests home with some goodie bags so you’re not left swimming in trigger foods post-party.

2. Don’t wrap trigger foods in clear wrap. Aluminum foil or opaque containers can help because you won’t be as tempted if the food isn’t visible. Packing it in a container or wrap that conceals what’s inside can take your mind off of the food.  Continue reading “The Safe Zone: Learning to Trust Yourself Around Trigger Foods”

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