Are You Trigger Happy?
Portion distortion is one of the many reasons for the rapid increase in obesity among individuals in the United States. One category of food that people tend to splurge on is called trigger food. Trigger foods are those that individuals go to when they are multi-tasking. For example, while watching a movie, reading a book, working on a computer, or studying for an exam a person may have a snack item at their side and by the time he or she pays attention the entire bag has been eaten. Depending on a person and their taste buds, trigger food may include chips, candy, popcorn, trail mix, cheese cubes, and list goes on.
There are no bad food groups or bad foods just improper serving sizes. The good news is that trigger foods do not have to be eliminated from one’s diet; they should just be eaten in the right amount. Luckily, many methods can be practiced to eat more mindfully. For one, take your chosen trigger food and measure out a single serving and then placed the remaining food back in the pantry or fridge. In turn, a smaller amount will be eaten and a limited amount will cause a slower eating pace, which will also help with healthy metabolism.
A popular method in defeating trigger foods is when grocery shopping, shop the perimeter of the store. Fat, salt, and sugar are the three taste good ingredients, which is why manufactured products all contain one or a combination of the three giving snack foods an addictive quality. By staying on the perimeter of a store a person is less likely to buy trigger foods and have them in the household increasing temptation to overeat. Also, shopping the perimeter increases the ability to substitute trigger foods with fresh fruits and vegetable. Instead of having an entire bag of chips while multi-tasking have an apple; now, a bag of chips is defeated with healthier item.
As a Wolfram patient, controlling diabetic glucose levels is extremely important when slowing nerve damage. Trigger foods can easily boost glucose levels, so eating more mindfully can promote controlled diabetes. Limiting and substituting trigger foods has proven to be a valuable lesson in living healthier and increasing the quality of life.