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3 Tips for Quitting Junk Food

By Genevieve Cunningham

Junk food is so good. It's sweet and salty and fattening and so satisfying to the taste buds. We all love it! Unfortunately, junk food is also so bad. It's full of sugar and fat and unhealthy ingredients. It can lead to an array of negative side effects such as weight gain, headaches, and junk food addiction. But because it's so addictive, it's also incredibly tough to break the habit. So how do you do it? If you're interested in kicking the junk food habit for good, take a look at these tips to help you do it.

Expect Withdrawal

Junk food is addictive. Sugar is addictive. If you decide to quit, you should expect to experience some sort of withdrawals. These might include the shakes, headaches, stomach aches, and other unwanted side effects. The key is to power through. The withdrawals and cravings will subside. Just stick with the plan, and you'll soon feel better than ever before.

Find Alternatives 

If you love junk food, it may be easiest to find something valuable to replace it. Instead of chips, eat nuts or air-popped popcorn. Instead of sweets, choose fruit. The more alternatives you have, the easier it is to reach for the healthy option instead of the junk. Just make sure that these foods are available in your home at a moment's notice so that you have an easy choice in a moment of weakness.

Get Comfortable With Failure

You're not going to quit junk food today and be perfect from here on out. It's not going to happen. If you're a perfectionist that quits at the first sign of failure, you need to change your way of thinking. Expect to fail sometimes. You're going to try to resist the cake, but then eat it anyway. You're going to eat too many cookies and buy a bag of chips when you shouldn't have. You don't have to be perfect. When you fall off the wagon, just accept the temporary setback, and move on from there.

It's hard to quit junk food! But luckily, it's possible. Use these tips to get your junk food habit under control. It will take some time and effort, but if you can manage your junk food consumption, you'll feel stronger, healthier, and better than ever in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Whittier, Calif.

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