Buffer Foods vs. Trigger Foods
When it comes to dealing with cravings there are two approaches I like to take with clients (in addition to simple prevention strategies).
I want to make you aware of two food classifications that can either make or break your ability to stay on track with your nutrition and avoid giving into cravings: buffer foods and trigger foods.
Buffer foods are foods that allow you to, with a small amount of indulgence, get rid of the cravings and thereby take in far fewer calories than you would have if you gave into the craving. Buffer foods typically include things like peanut butter, green smoothies, extra dark chocolate (or other items with cocoa). Think foods that give you the sweet or fat sensation but that you don’t want to eat a whole lot of.
Trigger foods typically increase cravings and caloric intake. For example, if you give into a craving for pancakes for breakfast in the morning, your blood sugar will spike and crash. You’ll get hungrier faster, eat more throughout the day, and have stronger cravings for starches and sugars.
Try replacing your trigger foods with buffer foods and see how your cravings and hunger are affected. Another option is adding more nutrients to your trigger foods. For example, make your pancakes with almond flour or add grass fed collagen, or greens powder to your normal pancake batter. See a recipe below on what I like to do.
What buffer food or added nutrients are you going to try?
Simple Mills Almond Flour Pancake and waffle Mix follow the instructions
1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 scoop Body Health Perfect Greens
Eat with grass fed butter and real maple syrup or raw honey instead of synthetic sweeteners.
For added blood sugar stabilization have 1-2 capsules of Himalaya bitter melon extract
Wishing You Well,
Coach Erinne Guthrie
Coach Erinne Guthrie
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Mom and much much more.