Trigger FoodsPosted: February 7, 2012
Trigger foods. Do you have them? I sure do.
As I read more and more about compulsive and binge eating, I have learned that for many, myself included, there are certain foods that can set someone off on a binge. Refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and white flour appear to be the biggest culprits but it is different for everyone.
Macaroni and cheese, ice cream, pizza for me are the worst; although I have been known to down unbelievable amounts of cookies and chocolate. I have thought long and hard about what my food triggers are and have come to the conclusion that it is dairy and sugar. As a child I was severely lactose intolerant (and was underweight I’d like to add). I managed to somehow build a tolerance up for milk and can now eat milk products without having severe cramps or having my milk infused meal spew forth from either end. It is probably noteworthy that I was never fat until I began consuming milk as a young teen, which not coincidentally is when my binge/compulsive eating began. Is it possible? Could a Bovine actually be lactose intolerant?
It’s inconceivable yet I can’t help but wonder if this early milk allergy some how effects my current response when I consume a milk product Does my body’s funky way of processing milk put something in motion that makes continuous eating inevitable? I don’t know. I could be full of manure and milk may have nothing to do with it. I’ll let you know next week because as of this morning and for one full week I am giving up all dairy and most sugar (I am still not committed enough to give up my Coffeemate nondairy sweetened with sugar creamer in my morning coffee).
So far I have made it through Day 1, dairy and mostly sugar free. I did not binge at all, was not even tempted. At around 2pm I really had a hankering for something sweet. I managed to ward it off with an apple and a handful of mixed nuts. I hope I can do as well tomorrow. On an emotional level the day was fairly non eventful. I am certain there is a huge emotional component to my eating as I tend to binge when I am angry or overwhelmed. I am not quite sure how the trigger foods play into the emotional eating piece. I suppose I have to figure that out as I go.
For now, I keep reminding myself that I am a work in progress and that I am going to have to keep trying different things until I figure out what works for me. And I thought I was just going to join Weight Watchers and lose some weight.
My name is Ima Bovine and I am an emotional/binge eater who is a now lactose free Bovine.