Follow this advice for quitting your addiction to unhealthy foods.
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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 overdo it on 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 do 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 our Jumpstarts Carb Control Bars (for all Phases) and out South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack Bars (for Phase 2 and beyond), 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, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds (on all Phases), and whole grains and fruits (on Phase 2 and beyond) can help stabilize your
blood sugar and keep cravings for sugary and starchy junk foods away.
Watch out when you're out
settings, like parties, a night out with friends, and happy hours with office pals 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 while you're enjoying a glass of wine 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 cleanup to remove any unhealthy food that may have sneaked
in to your kitchen or desk drawer. Avoid buying candies, chips, cookies, and other processed packaged foods at
the grocery. Fill your cart with items from the produce aisle instead!
Skip food rewards
should definitely celebrate your diet successes, but that doesn't mean you
should reward yourself with a pint of ice cream or a bag of chips. There are plenty of
ways to recognize your accomplishments without sabotaging your positive weight
loss efforts. Treat yourself to a massage or buy yourself a flattering
new dress or sports jacket 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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