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Old 09-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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I've done well this time around, following the old WW points at home. I've been trying to take notice of my trigger foods (foods that make me want to binge or make me crave sweets). I've tried to limit them or avoid them when I can. But last night, I decided to have a salad for dinner, with egg and low fat cheese, low fat dressing. After I'd eaten it I suddenly badly started craving chocolate-covered Turkish delight or ice cream or cream cake and I knew the Greek fruit yoghurt I'd planned for dessert just wasn't going to cut it. I'd had a similar reaction after eating Subway a few weeks before and I had ended up bingeing on sweets afterward. I haven't eaten a lot of salad this time, I don't particularly like it, it doesn't fill me up. I'm wondering if it could be one of my trigger foods? To cut a long story short, I didn't end up bingeing, but I did go to the supermarket and get a small tube of mini M&M's to satisfy the chocolate cravings and stayed within my points.
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Do you think it might be related to a halo effect - eating healthy subway or healthy salad and now I actually can have something that's more caloric and it'll all "even out" line of thinking?
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I'd look at the dressing maybe instead of the salad, maybe low fat dressing is sweetened with something to make it more palatable. Same thing maybe at subway, was there sauce? Or maybe the bread had sugar/sweetener added. Sometimes regular Italian dressing works better for me, as long as I can measure it and no aded sugar.

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Do you think it might be related to a halo effect - eating healthy subway or healthy salad and now I actually can have something that's more caloric and it'll all "even out" line of thinking?
I didn't eat the salad in an effort to save points so I could eat something of higher points or sweeter later as I already had my dessert planned. I prepared salad because it was a warm night and I had no meat and I thought it would be a nice change, LOL. Same with the Subway, I knew it would be high points and that I'd probably not have any points left for a snack afterwards, but after eating the Subway, it was as if it was so delicious that I craved so badly for chocolate that I ended bingeing on it.
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I'd look at the dressing maybe instead of the salad, maybe low fat dressing is sweetened with something to make it more palatable. Same thing maybe at subway, was there sauce? Or maybe the bread had sugar/sweetener added. Sometimes regular Italian dressing works better for me, as long as I can measure it and no aded sugar.

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You know what, I went and checked the dressing and they both contain mustard! The one I had on my Subway was honey mustard! You might have something there. I never have the same reaction when I use mayo, LOL.
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You have to sometimes be careful of the "low fat" alternatives. Like it's already been said, there are ingredients added to low fat, that is probably your trigger.

Also, I have noticed that with many low fat products and WW there is generally not much of a points difference to make it worth the additives (for me)
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You have to sometimes be careful of the "low fat" alternatives. Like it's already been said, there are ingredients added to low fat, that is probably your trigger.

Also, I have noticed that with many low fat products and WW there is generally not much of a points difference to make it worth the additives (for me)
That' so true. I tend to opt for foods with real sugar instead of artificial sweetener, as I find the sweetener makes me crave sweets very badly. Plus the taste of sweetener is not great.
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