Quit the Junk Food For Good!
Everyone knows junk food is bad for them, and yet people still eat it. Junk food is the reason a diet usually goes south. So how do you kick the habit for good and swap your visits at McDonalds to regular trips to boxing incorporated? Easier said than 2done, however, you can beat this addiction and come out on top in your fight against junk food. Follow a few simple guidelines, and you will find the strength to resist the temptation of sneaking in “one last” donut or bag of potato chips.
Two things that can help when eliminating junk food are the environment and your eating habits. The environment in which you live, play, work and interact with people can make a huge difference in what you eat. Your eating habits include the hours at which you like to eat, the hours at which you snack, how often you eat and what triggers you to eat (late night television etc.).
Managing your surrounding and making sure that your environment is junk food free
Obviously, if you are in a foreign or public place, you will have little to no control over the amount of junk food that is being served or offered. But when it comes to your home and work, where you are directly responsible for what’s in your fridge and your desk drawer, you can make huge changes. It’s up to you to create a “no junkfood” environment.
Start by throwing out all the remaining junk food
Junk food is easiest to avoid when it is absent from the household. Don’t just try to convince yourself that you’ll be able to resist the temptation, because it never works. If it would, you would probably not be reading this right now. Instead, take definitive action and throw away all the junk food in your house. A part of you might feel bad about throwing it away since you paid money for it, but throwing it away will save you even more money in the long run because it will be less expensive to take
care of your health. Don’t even think about giving it to someone else. If you want to get rid of it, it’s certainly because it’s unhealthy, so why do that to someone else, especially someone you care about?
Replace junk with the good for you stuff
Once all the junk food is out of the house, it’s important to fill in the gaps left on the fridge shelves with healthy food. There are numerous foods that would be great for your diet, from fruits and vegetables to whole grains, milk, eggs. lean meat and organic chicken. Just because you’re not eating potato chips doesn’t mean that you are completely cut off from delicious food. The only difference is that the latter is also healthy.
Always be prepared
Being prepared is a crucial part of sticking to your plan. Always have a healthy snack at hand. Instead of chocolate bars in your office desk drawer or stuffing your refrigerator with all kinds of unhealthy products, keep good for you foods on hand. Stock raw almonds, protein bars, apples, string cheese and hard boiled eggs in your bag or desk drawer. KIND bars and Quest bars or a bag of pistachios and a piece of fruit are great options.
Stock other healthy foods as well
Just as you prepare yourself with snacks, make sure that your fridge is also permanently stocked with other healthy foods. You never know when they come in handy and you can whip up an amazing meal. Canned goods and frozen vegetables, brown rice and other whole grains, beans and spices are all easy to use and won’t spoil. Having an arsenal of good foods at home will ensure that you never run out of supplies for a home cooked meal.
Try to always cook at home
This is a very important step of the plan. If you are used to always going out to eat at lunch or dinner, or ordering in take out, you will find it harder to resist meals high in fat, calories and sugar. Cooking at home guarantees a much healthier meal. You are able to fully control the recipe. At restaurants, that’s not really possible. Sure, you can ask for the chef to prepare a special dish for you, but ultimately you will never have full control over the final result. If you don’t know how to cook, don’t worry. There are so many recipes on line these days that are super easy to follow. Or invest in a few cooking classes and good cook books.
Managing your own eating habits and where you eat
Location is very important. It doesn’t just matter what you eat but also where you eat it. People like to eat their food in different parts of the house. Some might enjoy the living room, in front of the TV, while others might prefer their own rooms, where they can eat in front of the computer. It has been proven through studies that eating in front of a screen encourages bad eating habits. You are much more likely to eat junk food in front of the TV or computer than you are of eating it in the kitchen or dining room. There are certain places where you might be tempted to eat junk food; but there are also multiple spots where you feel more in control and don’t risk giving in. Choose one of them to eat your meals and healthy snacks in.
Chewing gum can help
There might be those who tell you that chewing gum isn’t a healthy habit, but if it helps you not stuff your face with sweets or fast food, it’s a greatly welcomed solution. The truth is that there’s nothing wrong with chewing gum, as long as it’s the sugar free kind. By chewing gum you freshen your breath and keep your mouth occupied. It can also make food taste differently after chewing it. When your mouth is emanating minty flavor, enjoying those potato chips is impossible. If you end a meal with a stick of gum, it signals your brain that it’s time to quit eating and skip desserts.
Water is your best friend
In order to make the most out of your new lifestyle, you must drink as much water as possible. Our bodies are 80% water and we need to stay hydrated. Often times we mistake hunger for thirst. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Water can help us feel more sated and keeps our blood sugar level.
Learn to distract yourself
Whenever you feel a big craving kicking in, use your distraction tool in order to keep away from the kitchen or the store. It’s different for each individual. For some, it’s a matter of playing their favorite game on the computer. For others, it’s playing with their pets or kids or going for a walk. Call a friend, take a yoga class or even just some deep breaths and soon your cravings for junk food will pass. Sometimes nothing else will do and you really want that brownie or scoop of ice cream. If you indulge every once in a while or on special occasion, you won’t be as tempted to have it all of the time.
Let me know what your tricks are for kicking your junk food habit for good!