Identifying Your Triggers

Food Triggers

Most people are well aware that overeating is not healthy and can make you vulnerable to health complications. We’ll be looking at some of the factors that trigger emotional eating, and sharing some tips on how you can avoid these triggers.

Trigger Foods

Some foods can trigger powerful cravings that send a person into a state where they don’t consider what they are putting in their body. Strong emotional identification with specific foods can begin at a young age, so these habits can become deeply embedded into one’s identity. Market research companies spend billions of dollars learning the psychology of how to connect the emotions of the consumer to their products, so thinking about the kinds of food you consider are very important. One effective tool that you can use to help you find out what is happening with your eating habits, is to log your routine in a journal.

Trigger Environments

Your influences can cover a wide array of variables such as where you are located, who you are spending time with, and what kinds of events are taking place. Some people find public situations highly stressful, while some others may find alone time to be stressful. Overeating often takes place when the subject is alone, but every case is different. This is another reason why recording your activity in a journal can be very helpful, because it enables and empowers you to take an honest look at your triggering factors. Recording this information in a journal can expose a pattern and help you overcome the difficult habit of emotional eating.

Trigger Emotions

Last, but certainly not least is your emotions. As you record the kinds of foods you eat, it’s also good to record how you’re feeling at the time of the craving. Strong emotions can affect how you chose to go about your eating habits during meal, and it’s important to note that they can cause mixed emotions. When a person is emotionally eating, it frees the mind of the anxiety of focusing on issues and allows for an escape. It can also provide a satisfying experience that provides the eater a cathartic feeling. Research studies have shown that food can light up the same areas of the brain of those of a drug addiction, so that means that serious thought must go into confronting these habits.