Have you ever found yourself opening a brand new bag of potato chips and putting on a movie, but by the closing credits the bag is just about empty? If you answered “yes” to that question, you are not alone. Processed foods known as “junk food” are harmfully addictive. With slogans like, “once you pop you can’t stop,” junk foods are obviously hard to put down. The chemicals and sugars that are put into these foods are intentionally put there to keep you craving them and coming back. It’s a sneaky way to market your product, but it seems to be working. These additives are not only addicting but they are harmful and are linked to many diseases and disorders along with obesity. If you want to quit the junk food for good, you are making the right choice. It’s a tough task, but you can do it. Read on for 5 tips to breaking your junk food addiction.
1. Shop clean
Before you go shopping, throw away all the junk food in your house. When starting to eat clean you will want a completely clean slate. At the store, buy real foods. Spend the majority of your time in the produce department and foods that are fresh and healthy. If you don’t have junk food in the house, you are way less likely to eat it! Stock your fridge and your cabinets with healthy and unprocessed foods. Eliminate the temptation at the source.
2. Eat until you crave
Just because your body has an addiction to junk food doesn’t mean you can’t teach your body to crave other foods. Try eating a healthy salad for lunch every day for one week. By the end of that week you will feel the difference. Once you feel how great it is to eat healthy, your body will start to crave those healthy foods. Food is fuel, and your body wants the clean fuel!
3. Be prepared
We all know that feeling when 3 o'clock rolls around at the office. Avoid those vending machine splurges and be prepared. At the beginning of each week prepare your snacks for the week. Bag up some grapes or a handful of your favorite nuts and bring those snacks to work each day. You’ll be happy to have healthier choices right on hand so you don’t have to go to the vending machine. You’ll even save a couple of dollars.
4. Treat yourself
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can never indulge. Once a week have a treat! It doesn’t have to be a whole bag of potato chips for it to be indulging. Whip up some heavy cream and eat it over strawberries, or make some chick pea brownies. You’ll be surprised how many healthy dessert recipes you can find online!
5. Learn the facts
If feeling good and being healthier isn’t enough to get you to stick with eating clean, try learning the facts! Once you read up on different additives and and addictive elements in your junk food, you’ll want to eat clean even more. Junk food and processed food have been linked to many different health issues, and if you want to stay healthy the first step is your diet.
Are you ready to eat clean?