Identify Your Trigger Foods
It happens to the best of
us. You’ve eaten right and exercised hard for weeks, and then one slice of
cake at a party sends you into a downward spiral, eating too much and
exercising too little.
It’s common to
experience temporary set-backs to unhealthy ways of eating and lack of
exercise, especially while a healthy, active lifestyle is still new.
But what triggers
these relapses? Finding out the answer to this question will equip you to
avoid future relapses.
a Trigger Food
Trigger foods come
in all flavors and sizes, but nearly all contain one (or all) of the Big
1) Salt 2) Sugar 3) Fat
are the most powerful triggers. These foods are literally made with your
brain chemistry in mind, factoring in the addictive qualities
of salt, sugar and fat. When the desire for sweets feels unbearable your
body is literally craving more.
That’s why one
slice of cake can lead to an entire weekend binge.
To avoid a
relapse, steer clear of packaged foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat.
See the Wholesome Cravings tip below for snacks to eat when cravings strike.
When you do fall
victim to a trigger food, use the following 3 steps to get back on your
feet, and back to eating and exercising right.
- Draw a line
in the sand. Decide here and now that your relapse is over. Stop
the self-destructive behavior and enlist the support from the important
people in your life.
- Remove the
triggers from your home. Clean out the pantry, the freezer, and
the stash under your bed. Get these unhealthy foods out of your home and
out of your way. See these items for what they really are—obstacles that
prevent you from getting what you really want out of life.
your goals. Why were you eating healthy and exercising in the
first place? Because you have goals. You have a vision of the healthy, fit
body that you’re working to achieve. Focus your mind on your most desired
goals and unleash your inner work ethic and determination.
I believe that it’s
time for you to reap all the benefits of a fit and active lifestyle.
908-278-3756 today and I will schedule a time to meet with you
one-on-one to get you back on track with the quickest and most effective
routine for your fitness goals.
By Karen Goeller, CSCS
Karen Goeller has been training
athletes since 1978. She has an education that includes training in emergency
medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. She has held certifications that
include Fitness Trainer, EMT-D, Nutritional Analysis, and many Gymnastics
Certifications among others. Goeller has tremendous experience with training in
a variety of settings. Karen Goeller is the author of the Swing Set Fitness
books, the Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning books, and many additional
products. She has written more gymnastics books than anyone in the USA. Her
books are used by fitness experts, sports coaches, teachers, and athletes
worldwide. Karen Goeller has worked for world's most famous gymnastics coach
Bela Karolyi, owned a gymnastics club for ten years, and has been featured in
several newspapers and on television many times. Karen Goeller offers sports
performance training in NJ and through the web.
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