Uncovering Your Eating Cues and Triggers

Crystal Higgins, Registered Dietitian, talks about uncovering eating cues and triggers in your environment.

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Crystal Higgins, Registered Dietitian, talks about uncovering eating cues and triggers in your environment.
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Featuring Crystal Higgins, Registered Dietitian

Duration: 54 seconds

Have you considered that there are cues in your environment that might trigger you to eat? For some people, it might be sitting in front of the TV, or sitting at your desk in the middle of the afternoon, or even a change of environment.

For example, coming home from work before dinner, do you find that you’re reaching in the cupboard for snacks? Are there certain foods that you find that you just can’t control; is it that bag of chips, or box of cookies or whatever it may be. Really asking yourself where do I struggle?

If you have any questions about weight loss or meal planning, please contact your local registered dietitian.

Presenter: Crystal Higgins, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

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Uncovering Your Eating Cues and Triggers


People often overeat at mealtimes if they are watching TV or looking at a smartphone.


People often crave junk food because eating it releases dopamine, which makes us feel good.


Eating more quickly can help you get full faster and eat less.


It's a good idea to eat more slowly. This will allow your body to understand when you're full and help you avoid overating.


Foods rich in complex carbs are not good pre-workout snacks.


Complex carbs will slowly release energy during and after a workout. Foods with simple sugars will break down quickly, which can result in fatigue. Look for foods such as multigrain bread, beans, bananas, berries and sweet potatoes.


Keeping a food diary can help you understand your eating cues and triggers.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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