There was a time when I couldn’t keep a piece of candy or a box of cookies in my pantry without it burning a hole in my mind. And taking over my life.
I could’ve been rocking my career, enjoying happy relationships, or working on passion projects. I could’ve had everything going for me and plenty of positive things to think about.
But if I knew there was a bag of chips lurking in my pantry at home, that was the thought took up all my mental bandwidth.
That might sound crazy. All that for a bag of chips?
But I assure you, it happened. And it was all based on fear.
I was terrified that I’d go home, sit down, and devour the whole bag in a single sitting. That mental story became the defining thought of my day. And it overshadowed everything positive in my life.
Then, after spending hours in food-fear paralysis, I’d get home and tell myself, “You’ve been good all day. You can treat yourself.”
So I’d start with a bite or two. Then just like that, I’d be eating the forbidden food I told myself not to have. And then after that, I figured that I’d ruined my diet anyway, so might as well finish that bag…
These days, I have chocolate in my fridge. You’ll find crackers, peanut butter, and chips in my pantry. And I don’t give them a second thought.
That’s right. I keep trigger foods in my home. I even enjoy them once in a while!
Best part–I know that I won’t tear through a bag of chips or gorge on a box of cookies until they’re gone. Trigger foods don’t control me anymore. I’m free to enjoy them as I wish, and without fear.
And–news flash–YOU can do it, too!
It might sound impossible, but trust me–you can have your treats, eat them too, and maintain your weight (AND your sanity)!
Let me show you how to make peace with your favorite treats, and keep them around without letting them run your life!
How do you keep triggering foods from sending you into a feeding frenzy? It starts with recognizing a few food-based myths that are keeping you stuck.
First, there’s “all or nothing” mentality. The mindset that it’s feast or famine when it comes to special treats.
Then there’s how we judge foods themselves. It’s the idea that some things are “healthy,” others are not, and you should avoid bad foods like bad habits.
Let’s use chips as an example. (They’re usually high on the bad list, right?)
Let’s say you’ve decided that you’re not going to let yourself have even one chip for fear that you’ll devour the whole bag.
So you believe that chips “bad” for you, and if you have one bite, you won’t be able to stop. So you just don’t start.
That is, until you DO.
By the time that you give in, the belief that you can’t have just one bite of a bad food becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
What’s the end result? You continue believing that it’s either abstaining altogether or all-out gorging. (And the craziest part of all is that one usually leads to the other!)
Now, here’s a thought: what if you simply decided that you could have cookies, chocolate, or chips any at any time, and without fear of a binge-fest?
I know that sounds beyond crazy, but hear me out…
The less of a thing you make of a trigger food, the less that food will trigger you. When you embrace this idea, the foods that used to control you no longer faze you. It leaves you free to keep them around and enjoy them when you wish–and without fear!
Now, if you think I’m crazy right now, I get it! Truth be told, this isn’t the kind of reality shift that you make overnight. It takes time, practice, and patience to make this transition.
I went through this transition myself. If I’m honest, at times it wasn’t pretty.
But in the end, I found the lasting peace with all those forbidden foods. And I went on to share the steps to freedom with thousands of women through my work at Beating Binge Eating.
Now, I’m going to share them with you!
Let me show you the steps I went through to reclaim my peace with trigger foods–and reinvent my relationship with my body and my food!
Phase One: Be sure that you’re eating enough. I know, this sounds a little bit backward. We’re talking about not eating more, right?
But I don’t mean eating enough cookies or candy. I’m talking about eating enough food, period.
If you feel like tearing through a bag of anything the moment you open it–chips, cookies, or whatever– it’s probably more than just the temptation of off-limits treats. It’s likely genuine hunger.
Make this a non-issue by nourishing yourself properly every day.
Take care to eat a variety of foods that make you feel alive, energized, and supported. Make sure your body is getting the baseline support it needs, and you’ll be a lot less likely to reach for the quick-fix treats in the first place.
Phase Two: Foods with friends. Once you’ve taken care of your body’s nourishment needs, it’s time for phase two. This one might seem a bit daunting at first. But with practice, it’ll help you make big strides in defusing the power of trigger foods.
I’m talking about experimenting with triggering treats when you’re out and about.
Now, I don’t mean hiding out in your car and gorging on candy. I mean having a bite or two of a special treat while you’re out–and preferably with friends!
Start by sharing an appetizer with your friends. Or by ordering dessert and getting a second fork to share with a bestie. Make it a social event as well as an experiment.
Why does it matter to bring in a little social support here?
It’s not about asking your friends to play “food police” for you. It’s letting them help you stay out of your head. To focus not only on a tasty treat, but also on being in the moment, and enjoying special times with good friends. You focus less on the food and more on the experience, which is a powerful shift!
So get by with a little help from your friends, and start demystifying trigger foods with this powerful step.
Phase Two: Bring it on home. After you’ve experimented with trigger foods in public, it might be time to give it a try in the privacy of your own home.
It’s a big step–and only you know when it’s the right time to take it. How do you decide when to bring previously banned food into your home?
Here’s a way to check in with yourself and make that call.
When you’re at the grocery store, take a deep breath, get out of your head, and into your body. Then ask yourself about that you’ve struggled with before, but want to make peace with now.
Then see how you feel. Do you feel vulnerable to cravings, or are you in a place of power with food–and ready to expand that power?
Trust what your body tells you. If it’s not quite time, that’s OK. If you’re ready to expand your comfort zone, that’s OK too! Learn to trust yourself and take action based on that trust. That’s the ultimate goal.
Phase Three: Honor your body’s needs (without fear). Believe it or not, making peace with trigger foods is about more than curbing urges to binge on foods from the NO list.
Spoiler alert: the endgame of this journey is creating a relationship with food that supports you in every way imaginable! And if you stay on this journey, that’s exactly what will happen.
Ultimately, it’s about connecting with your body and honoring what it asks for–and without fear.
But what you’re afraid your body will tell you it “wants” to eat pizza and candy 24/7? I get that!
I felt that way for years. I thought that if I didn’t control my access to trigger foods, those foods would control me.
Little did I know that it was the control--and not the foods themselves–that was the real issue.
The truth is that when nothing is off limits, you’re free. Free to connect with your body, listen to what it needs, and act from a place of connection rather than fear. That leads you to make food choices that support you.
THAT is Food Freedom Forever, and that’s what I want for you!
Sounds a lot easier said than done, I know.
I used to believe it would be easier to banish my favorite goodies from the house rather than take on the real issue–my relationship with food.
Then I learned that food only has the power that I gave it! Even better, I realized that I could reinvent my relationship with food, and in the way that I wanted it to be.
I know you can do the same, and that’s why I created something to help you navigate through this confusing space, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
At the link below, access my free training that’ll help you demystify forbidden foods so that they’ll never faze you again!
You CAN have your favorite snacks on the shelf without fear. You CAN keep goodies for your kids and family around without sneaking off and consuming a bagful in one sitting.
Don’t let fear of a forbidden food frenzy and the keep you paralyzed anymore. Let me help you take your first step toward Food Freedom Forever!
Grab that training right here!
Now, tell me–does the idea of keeping “binge-worthy” foods in your house sound liberating or terrifying? Does what I’m saying here sound like a dream come true, or too good to be true?
Let me know how this all sits with you, and tell me how I can support you in slaying that forbidden food fear for good!
Welcome to BeatingBingeEating.com! I’m Brittany Brown.
My goal is to transform the health and happiness of the world, starting with you. You were not put on this earth to struggle. I’m here to show you how to finally feel at home in your body and end your struggle with food and your body for good. This mission was born out of my own passion-driven breakdown. Here’s my story...Read More
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