Yikes – A Trigger!

It’s winter and since I grew up and live in the Northeast, we get snow!  I have fond memories of snowstorms growing up where we baked while cozy at home, therefore, the association of baking during snowstorms is natural.  Well, we got a snowstorm on Thursday and, SURPRISE, I wanted to bake.  Although I follow a food plan where I eat what I want in a mindful way (eating when hungry and stopping when full) and no food is taboo, I wanted to avoid the pitfall of a potential binge after the baking was done!  They tell me that awareness is the first step in heading off the urge so I was happy I identified the all too familiar feeling.

So, what did I do?  Well, I thought about stopping at the local grocery to buy ingredients for my favorite food, chocolate chip cookies, until I remembered the last time.   I ate some each day for days but didn’t binge on them, however, after the treats were gone, I really didn’t feel great about having eaten them.

I have found, after being in recovery for a year and a half, that I have delved deeper into mindful eating where I try to anticipate the way I may feel after eating.  Since I didn’t feel great the last time I indulged, I decided that I didn’t want to feel that way again. Proudly, I resisted the trip to the grocery this time!

I’m happy that this is 1 stepping stone closer to hitting my LifeStride!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 thoughts on “Yikes – A Trigger!

  1. Hi Michelle,
    I understand and go through this.
    I find that at night all I want to do is eat sweets.
    Just being aware has been most of the battle. I went in the store to buy bubble gum the other day. Knowing how bad I would feel. Trying to change my own mind was hard.
    Being aware got me to purchase organic flax seed blue corn chips.
    I had a few on my way home and felt so great that I detoured myself. My awareness really helped me.
    Thanks Michelle for sharing.

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