Follow these steps to quit your addiction to unhealthy foods
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America's addiction to junk food has frequently
been likened to a drug addict's addiction to cocaine. Who can ever eat just one
chip or cheese puff? If you've got the junk food habit, now's the time to kick
it by paying closer attention to what triggers that impulse, then employing
some easy strategies for keeping junk food out of your life—for good.
Don't let your emotions rule.
all know that it isn't just hunger that makes us reach for unhealthy snacks. Our
emotions often play a role in the food choices we make when. If you reach for
the cookie jar when you're stressed, depressed, lonely, or even happy be aware
of that. Before putting that cookie in your mouth, ask yourself, "Is this really going to make me feel better?"
Sometimes just taking a moment to stop and think is all you need to walk away.
Avoid mindless eating.
you find yourself plowing through a bag of corn chips while watching TV, or
munching on a bottomless box of chocolate candies at your desk? These mindless
eating habits only add more fuel to your junk food habit. Start by removing
unhealthy foods from your desk completely and permanently. Then stock up on healthy
snacks, like South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack Bars, small bags of nuts, some
whole-grain cereal, and natural peanut butter to enjoy midmorning and
Fill up on fiber.
a high-fiber diet that includes vegetables and fruits (Phase 2), beans and
legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains (Phase 2) can help stabilize your
blood sugar and keep cravings for sugary and starchy junk food at bay.
Watch out when you're out.
settings, like parties, a night out with friends, and office happy hours can
pose a challenge for sticking to a healthy meal plan. But don't let socializing
cloud your judgment! Noshing on potato chips, fried mozzarella sticks, cheese
cubes, or French fries only causes cravings for more junk food. Best bet: Eat a
protein and fiber rich snack before you go out and learn the words, "No
Curb your cravings with exercise.
you're about to succumb to junk food, take a walk outside or pop in a dance DVD.
Getting some exercise will not only keep your mind off those unhealthy snacks,
it will help curb your hunger.
Don't buy junk food in the first place.
you don't have junk food in the house or office, you can't reach for it.
Schedule a monthly clean-up in your home to remove any junk food that may have sneaked
in. Avoid buying candies, chips, cookies, and other processed packaged foods at
the grocery. Hit the produce aisle instead!
Skip food rewards.
should definitely celebrate all your diet successes, but that doesn't mean you
should treat yourself to a pint of ice cream as a reward. There are plenty of
ways to recognize your accomplishments without sabotaging your positive weight
loss efforts. Treat yourself to massage or facial or buy yourself a flattering
new outfit instead.
Satisfy with healthy substitutes.
you're craving something crunchy, creamy, salty, or sweet, there's a guilt-free
snack for you. Instead of potato chips, enjoy these homemade baked
sweet potato chips. Instead of indulging in ice cream, try cutting up
some banana slices and freezing them. Then, puree them in a blender with some
no-sugar-added natural peanut butter and bittersweet chocolate chips. The
result is a creamy frozen treat.
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