Food Matrix — List Your Comfort Foods

Food Matrix of Pleasure/Comfort Foods

 

Physically & Emotionally

Addictive

Emotionally Addictive
Food made with sugar and/or chocolate such as: Salty fried foods:
Bakery goods Potato chips
Ice cream French fries
Candy Fried chicken
Chocolates Salty foods:
Soft drinks Pretzels
Milk shakes Popcorn
Starchy foods:
Bread
Pancakes
Waffles
Grits
Salty fatty foods:
Butter
Cheese
Nuts and nut butters
Hamburgers
Hot dogs
Fatty starchy foods:
Pizza
Quesadillas

Day 2 – List your comfort foods(Five Minutes)
1. Using the Food Matrix of Pleasure/Comfort Foods
above, identify your pleasure or comfort foods.
2. Ask yourself the three questions about them.
3. List your comfort foods in the space below:
4. Appreciate yourself for completing this exercise.























Although you probably already have a good idea what foods
are emotionally or physically tied in, it’s helpful to clearly
identify them for yourself. Begin by asking yourself the
following questions, filling in the blanks with “celery”:

  1. Does the prospect of eating ______ make you
    giddy and excited?
  2. Do you have a hard time limiting how much you
    eat of _____? Can you easily eat just one bite and
    stop?
  3. Does eating ______ or having it around make
    you feel powerless and out of control?

Did you answer “yes” to any of the questions? That’s hard
to imagine because people generally don’t get addicted to
celery, carrots, Brussels sprouts, or spinach; they get addicted
to junk. Although everyone has particular food fetishes, most
tend to fall into the “junk” category, rather than the “food”
category.
When a food is emotionally or physically tied in, you crave
it and feel giddy and excited around it. Sometimes you
experience powerful urges, a frenzied compulsion to find and
eat it, not five minutes from now but right now! Your addictive
foods are the ones that you look forward to eating and often eat
past satiety because you enjoy the taste. They’re also the foods
you turn to when you’re looking for comfort, a treat, or an
escape from uncomfortable feelings.
Rarely able to eat just one bite, you feel impotent and weak
willed around them. Stressful thoughts about your relationship
to addictive foods undermine your self-esteem and cause even
more destruction by triggering your conditioned pattern of
eating them when you’re upset.

 

My answers in the comment section.

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One thought on “Food Matrix — List Your Comfort Foods

    1. Using the Food Matrix of Pleasure/Comfort Foods
      above, identify your pleasure or comfort foods.
    2. Ask yourself the three questions about them.
    3. List your comfort foods in the space below:
    4. Appreciate yourself for completing this exercise.

    1. Does the prospect of eating ______ make you
      giddy and excited?
    2. Do you have a hard time limiting how much you
      eat of _____? Can you easily eat just one bite and
      stop?
    3. Does eating ______ or having it around make
      you feel powerless and out of control?

    • Bakery Goods (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. Not usually)
    • Chocolate (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. Sometimes)
    • Ice Cream (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. No)
    • Candy (Mike and Ikes) (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. Not usually)
    • Chips (Doritos) (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. No)
    • Bread (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. Sometimes)
    • Tortillas (1. No 2. No/Yes 3. No)
    • Cheese (1. No 2. No/Yes 3. No)
    • Wine (1. Yes 2. Sometimes 3. No)

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