Many of us have those certain foods that once we start eating them, we can have a difficult time consuming a reasonable portion of. It can set off a course of overeating where all control can be lost. Eating a little bit usually leads to cleaning off the rest of the plate or finishing of the pack no matter what, it may even be to the point of feeling uncomfortably full, sick or "ready to burst".
These can be known as trigger foods and are normally calorie-dense, easily digested, highly palatable foods that are often combinations of fat and salt (e.g. your crisps, nuts, pizza, chips etc.) and/ or sugar and fat (ice cream, biscuits, chocolate).
We know it is not good for us to over eat them, we probably won’t feel too good after and we certainly know it won’t be good for our body composition finishing off that entire pack of biscuits, even when we are not hungry. But why are some of us still inclined to finish that entire pack of biscuits or polish off the whole tub of ice-cream even though we feel stuffed. What strategies can we use to help prevent this or try and limit our calorie intake?
It is something I have struggled with - My trigger foods are mostly sweet- chocolate, ice cream and certain breakfast cereals. If there is a tub of ice cream, there is no way I am just having a couple of spoon fulls or only half a tub- the tub is getting finished no matter what (sometimes even to the point of feeling sick).
Freud is telling us often the things we want in life come with hard work and effort. We all love the idea of the end result, (e.g. the toned body, the sporting success, the big muscles etc.) but to achieve the result we must embrace the process.
Dieting and getting into shape may feel difficult or frustrating at times, but it is like many things in life-
To have a good work career, getting that degree, good relationships etc. We must put in the work and effort or make some sacrifices for it to work or be successful. We may will make mistakes along the way, it can be trial and error at times, but we learn and improve.
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