How to End the Junk Food Eating Cycle
By Genevieve Cunningham
Junk food is so good. We love to nibble on potato chips or guzzle a bit of caffeinated soda in the afternoon. It satisfies a craving, or maybe makes us feel like we're getting away with something. The problem is that, though we can technically do what we want, we're not really getting away with anything. We're harming our health, even if we don't immediately see the negative side effects. If you would like make a positive change in your diet, and therefore your health, take a look at these tips for quitting the junk food habit for good.
Stop Buying It
In most cases, you’re probably buying your own food. You are the one who writes out a grocery list. You are the one who fills the basket. And you are the one who pays for the food. If you want to end the junk food habit, stop buying it! Don’t put it on the list. Don’t go down the aisle if you can manage it. And don’t go to the store hungry. If you can keep it out of your house, you’re more likely to keep it out of your diet, which will help you break the habit even faster.
Change Your Habits
So much of what we do is habit based. Do you go to the vending machine at your break and grab a candy bar? You need to change this habit. Instead of heading to the vending machine, pack an apple and take a walk around the block at your break. Don’t even go into the same room as the vending machine. If you eat on your drive home, pack a quick and easy snack and eat it just before you leave. Breaking the habit associated with unhealthy eating will help you break the mental attachment, which in many cases, is even harder to break than the physical.
Mindful eating is becoming popular. What is it? It’s basically slowing down and thinking about what’s going into your mouth. Instead of scarfing down a donut, think about the ingredients, the preparation, and the benefits (or disadvantages) that this particular food brings to your body. Chew slowly and don’t distract yourself with technology or conversation. Mindful eating turns into better choices, and better choices will mean junk food is left far behind.
Junk food is delicious! But it’s just not good for the body or mind. If you really want to break the habit, use these tips to help you get started. With some time, patience, and willpower, you’ll have the junk food habit far behind you and a healthy diet in front of you before you know it.
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