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Summer Shorts 2014 #1- Food Photos as a Trigger for Eating
(no actual food photos, a few food names below... pass if it's a trigger....you can thank me later... ;) )
I'm fresh back from vacation with a ton of topics swirling around in my head. I'm going to try a new series "Summer Shorts 2014". Short, to the point, what works for me now.
Topic #1 Food Photos are a Trigger for me for emotional/binge eating.
Photos of my former binge foods can really start my slippery slope thinking. I have to be careful
1.Social media streams I view
2.What blogs I subscribe and place in my reader
3. What magazines I read or even pick up to glance through.
4. What TV shows I watch.
To get my binge/emotional eating under control, I HAD to address this topic. Sometimes a blogger will post a food photo and I can breeze right through it. Sometimes a weight loss or weight maintenance blogger will post many photos of cookies, the dessert or tee-hee-hee the indulgence/cheat/sweet because one will not hurt me (YES!! One hurts me and knocks me out of food sobriety- I'm THAT person!) that they had on vacation, or some other baked cake/frosting delight that is "clean". Paleo, non-Paleo... who cares. It can and will trigger me.
Now that means that I (aka- what's working for me)
1.Get my head on straight and get back off the slippery slope.
2. Unsubscribe from a single or whole feed on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
2.5 Set my preferences so those photos don't appear.
3. Re focus my efforts on non-food projects, thoughts, etc
It does NOT mean I (aka- what did not work for me in the past)
1. Troll Pinterest or blogs for ingredients that are "on my food Template" to make compliant treats.
2. Subscribe to food based blogs unless the treat recipes are less than 1-2% of the plan.
2.5 Randomly follow Instagramers, etc
3. Spend huge amounts of time researching "lite" recipes for baking. I stopped baking all but for roasting meat and veggies.
If I've unfollowed anyone over the last 6 months, it's me. I've got to put my food sobriety and my wellness first. It's so not personal about the blogger themselves. One or two photos and I'm fine. More and I have to do what's right for me. They are free to bake up a storm and do whatever. I have to be real about me, my plan, what works, and baked goods don't work. Food sobriety comes first.
I feel better recovered.
How about you? Are there feeds that you once read that you had to unsubscribe from due to food photos or other triggers?