Comfort Foods that Trigger Unhealthy Food Choices

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hot dogs are a weakness that triggers unhealthy food choices for me.  Yes, they are the food choice for millions of Americans at ball parks, picnics and summer holidays, but hot dogs are a weakness for me just as they were for my mom.DSC_0400-1

Nip and Ernie’s in Dothan, Alabama was where Mom introduced me to hotdogs many years ago.  The Varsity in Atlanta was one of my favorite places to ‘grab two all-the-way dogs’ when I was in college at Georgia Tech, and Tom’s Hot Dogs here in Panama City, Florida beckons me when I drive by on Harrison avenue.  I almost forgot the Fenway Franks in Fenway Park two years ago when my son and I saw the Red Sox play.  Whenever I pass by one of the hot dog carts in New York, the aroma of hot dog with onions, mustard and ketchup is almost too good to resist.  You get the point.  There are foods that each one of us are drawn to that are unhealthy food choices, and we have to resist the urge to make these unhealthy choices.  The problem with foods that trigger our appetite such as hot dogs, ice cream, potato chips and the like is most often they are not a healthy food source.  Moreover food triggers often serve as a catalyst for out of control eating or eating binges.  Since I have difficulties in resisting, my best solution is avoidance altogether.  I choose not to drive or walk by hot dog stands, and I avoid them in the grocery isles.DSC_0474-1

Some foods are difficult to make healthier so it is better to avoid the strong urge go near them.  Hence, avoidance of an unhealthy food choice that I have problems resisting has proven to be the best solution for me, and it may be the solution for you as well.  By the way, I ate the two hot dogs in the picture when I finished the food photography shoot.  Some foods are simply hard to resist.

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