Follow this advice for quiting your addiction to unhealthy foods
The South Beach Diet
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America's addiction to junk food has frequently
been likened to a drug addict's craving for 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 causes us to reach for unhealthy snacks or sweets. Our
emotions often play a role in the food choices we make. If you reach for
the cookie jar when you're stressed, depressed, lonely, or even happy, become conscious
of that emotion-driven behavior. Before putting that cookie into your mouth, ask yourself, "Is this really going to make me feel better?"
Sometimes just taking a moment to stop and think before eating is all you need to break the unhealthy cycle.
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 addiction. 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, or natural peanut butter and whole-grain crackers or fruit 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 happy hours with office mates can
pose a challenge when it comes to 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 your cravings,
it will help curb your hunger as well.
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 to remove any unhealthy 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 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 a 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, purée them in a blender with some
low-sugar natural peanut butter and a few bittersweet chocolate chips. The
result is a creamy yet healthy frozen treat.
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