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Change Your Relationship With Food

Do you have a stressful relationship with certain foods? Are you afraid that if you eat one of these ‘trigger foods’ you’ll lose all control and be unable to stop? Well Scottish Slimmers is here to help!
If you feel like you’ve ever lost control and eaten an uncomfortable amount, you’re not alone. Most people would say that a ‘trigger food’ is something they have real trouble eating a reasonable portion of. Usually, it’s something like chocolate, biscuits, cakes, crisps or other salty snacks.
Emotions and circumstances play a big part in what you eat and why you eat. There are triggers that can set you off excess eating: being home alone, feeling bored, being stressed or upset – they’re all classic triggers to make you want to reach for something comforting.
A starting point is to retrain your brain about how you view food. You need to lose the emotional association you have with certain foods, for example seeing it as a ‘reward’. You’re in charge – not the food – and it’s possible, over time, to learn how to stay in control of how much of them you eat. Try these handy tips for staying in control:
1. We all have different triggers that set us off, so if we’re aware of them, we can offset the negative affects. Change your scenery by taking a short walk, or ringing someone for a chat when you’re upset might be enough of a behaviour change to distract you from a food blowout.
2. Don’t have ‘forbidden foods’: by including your ‘taboo’ foods as part of your daily diet, you’re immediately taking back control. Plan your meals to include a treat, don’t ban anything. Make sure you always keep some healthy snacks to hand too.
3. If you are trying to lose weight, keeping a food diary maintains a positive approach to food. Nothing is excluded - you can eat what you like – just ensure you stay within your daily allowance. Choose food carefully and you can make your allowance go a long way.
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