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Old 10-25-2012, 06:04 AM   #1
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Define: "Trigger Food"

Hey guys,

I was curious to see if I have the definition of "trigger food" correct. I always thought a trigger food triggers cravings but it looks like my definition is either incomplete or off.

Is a "trigger food":

a) a food that triggers cravings for other foods? (Ex: I had a Quest bar on Monday and for the rest of the day and the next few days I craved cookies.)

b) a food that triggers an immediate NEED for mass consumption of the same food? (Ex: I opened a bag of Doritos and had one chip. I proceeded to demolish the entire bag.)

c) All of the above

Am I missing anything?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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For me, it's any food that makes me think 'oh well, that's blown it!' - because that leads to thinking 'so, I've mucked up the diet today, might as well make the most of it and eat the stuff I know I shouldn't', and then the next day I think 'ah, this week's been terrible, might as well indulge myself and get back on the wagon again on Monday', and then Monday comes and I find another excuse. This is why I avoid trigger foods!

I suppose the difference between your a and b is that the former 'wakes up' a craving for carby foods, and the latter provokes a desire to binge. I'm far more prone to a than b.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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I am more prone to "B" also.

For instance, for me, it's very hard to eat just one brownie. I'm pretty sure I can't do it. I'm real sure I can eat the whole pan, though, LOL! Maybe not all at once but over the course of a day. You know, little slice here, little bite there. Oops, it's all gone!

Once I take that first bite, it's all over. So, I have to not take that first bite.

One more thing: it's impossible to just eat one Dorito! I swear they have a secret coating that makes it impossible to stop eating them!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:53 AM   #4
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A trigger food for me is one that makes me want to eat ALL of it.

So if I make cream cheese clouds, I can't eat just one; I want to eat the entire tray. That is why I don't make cream cheese clouds anymore.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:57 AM   #5
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:12 AM   #6
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For me, a real food is one that satisfies hunger, while a trigger food is one that increases hunger.


ETA: One example is chocolate. It can be either one, depending on the form it takes. A square of dark chocolate is something that I would count as a real food, because I can eat it and feel satisfied and be done. But a brownie, on the other hand, would be a trigger food, because I would be hungrier after eating one serving than I was before I started, and I'd want to eat the whole freaking pan!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:16 AM   #7
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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for me its b. Take for instance nuts, I can't eat just a few, I want the whole can and that is just a big no no for me.
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both of those. foods that make it harder to stick to your plan, whatever that is and however the difficulty arises!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #10
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I think it can be either. For me, it's B. In an earlier thread, I mentioned peanuts. A few peanuts and I've eaten half the container. Cashews are worse; I won't even buy them. I'm fine with having cake, cookies, brownies around; in fact, we bake for events, but if I have one cookie, I NEED more and more.
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Interesting. So I guess the definition of a trigger food can vary from person to person as well.

Appreciate the responses guys!


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One more thing: it's impossible to just eat one Dorito! I swear they have a secret coating that makes it impossible to stop eating them!
So true. Pretty sure they sprinkle crack on that stuff.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #12
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:21 PM   #13
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yes to all. A trigger food is something that sets me off plan...something that causes me to lose control of myself. Lord help me, someone brought pizza into my house! that's one food I find so hard to resist. Just the thought of eating the pizza makes me want to eat the whole thing
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:57 PM   #14
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Trigger means to me....any of my 'go to and eat it all foods AND might make me want other foods as well'.

see my username. yea, Trigger. I am a trigger food addict. I must stay away from certain foods. I want to eat it all AND it could make me want to just keep eating everything I can get my hands on.

example is NUTS. I ate tons of nuts before Atkins. And right after the whole bag of nuts I would crave chocolate or something very sweet. salty crunch leads me straight into wanting very sweet next. So nuts right now are not allowed in the house.

Trigger can set off a ton of eating crazes for me
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:58 PM   #15
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yes to all. A trigger food is something that sets me off plan...something that causes me to lose control of myself. Lord help me, someone brought pizza into my house! that's one food I find so hard to resist. Just the thought of eating the pizza makes me want to eat the whole thing
PIZZA PARTY at Jenny's house!!!!!!!

killer for me also. I can eat so much pizza it is scary. Something I am avoiding to the max right now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #16
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:08 PM   #17
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All of the above for me. I have foods I can't eat in moderation easily (like spiced nuts, Oreos, white rice, mango) and those that are completely legal on low carb but make me want more (Atkins bars and many low carb diet products, sugar free candies, etc).
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