It’s a burning question I often get not only from my readers, but from all of my friends as well: “How can I stop craving junk food?” Believe me, you can – while still indulging in some temptations!
Don’t Go Cold Turkey
I always compare junk food with smoking – it’s addicting! I personally never had a serious problem with junk food, but from time to time I fall into the traps of Nutella and cake frosting, a lot less now than before.
I believe that mistake many people make while trying to quit junk food is quitting cold turkey. If you go from eating fast foods all your life to eating salads and tuna sandwiches most likely you’re not going to make it longer than a week, a month if you have a will power of steel. I also it’s good anyone to just change their eating habits overnight. I would like to share some of the tips I collected over the years that help me every time I realize that I am getting carried away with junk food.
First Things First
Don’t tell yourself, “I need to stop eating junk food” or “I need to diet”. Instead, say I need to add more healthy foods daily into my eating regimen. This definitely shifts your perspective a lot, because mindset is very important. Then once you have set the correct mindset, don’t cut the junk food right away, instead just add something healthy every time you eat. Such as a cup of broccoli, kale, carrots, apple etc. This is a really good trick because the more we add certain foods to our diet, the more our body begins to crave that food on a regular basis.
That’s how I began to love broccoli: before I just couldn’t stand it, just a thought of broccoli made me ill. But by adding a cup of broccoli every day to one meal, I started to develop a taste for it, then all of a sudden I loved broccoli. I did the same thing with other vegetables I hated such as carrots, and the result was exactly the same. Now, I love carrots! Whatever we eat on a regular basis, that’s what we begin to crave. I think that’s where the saying ” You are what you eat ” came from. Give it a try!
Take It A Step Further
Once you have developed a taste for more vegetables in your diet, you can take it a step further. Analyze the foods you love to eat the most ( chips, pizza, hamburgers, french fries etc ), then substitute those foods for a healthier choice. For example:
If You Love Pizza
Instead of getting the usual rising crust with dripping cheese, buy the one with whole grains and mozzarella cheese, trust me it’s just as delicious and it’s a lot more healthier.
If You Love French Fries
Instead of eating regular french fries substitute it with sweet potatoes fries and bake it instead of frying it. If you bake sweet potato fries you are not using any of the oil that is usually added when it’s fried.
If You Love Chips
Instead of getting regular potato chips, get sweet potato chips or vegetable chips. It is still not a healthiest food but it’s definitely a better option. You can do even better, by making your own chips from kale at home.
If You Love Soda
Make your own lemonade, I know it’s not soda, but it’s many times better choice. All you need is water, lemons and raw honey, It’s sweet, delicious and nutritious.
If you love Nutella
I’ve learned to my make my own with whole ingredients. I mix raw honey, raw ground hazel nuts and raw coco powder. Because it’s more expensive to make it your self, I naturally eat less of it ;).
You can do that with all the foods you love, just get the healthier food and then it won’t feel like you are on a diet. As you can see it’s more of slowly getting your self adjusted to the right way of eating.
Eat Less More Often
I try to eat every 2-3 hours. I noticed when I do that, I never get cravings for sugar or junk food of any kind. But as soon as I let my self feel hunger, even if it’s just a little, I can tell my mind starts wondering into the sugar section and I begin to daydream of cake frosting again. But eating small meals more often keeps me satisfied.
Keep It Out Of Your House
I completely avoid keeping junk food in my house. If I don’t see it, I don’t think about it. I also found this way as one of the best ways to exercise my will power.
A Good Cheat Meal Is OK Once In A While
I came to realize that it’s also not healthy to always eat perfect – and learned that the hard way.
The longest time I went without eating any junk food was a year and a half. I followed all of my own principles except for one, for that full year and a half I didn’t have a cheat meal. And then it began, all of a sudden all I wanted was candy, cake, nutella, potato chips and shelled peanuts. As much as I tried to fight it, at the end I am only human so I gave in and allowed my self to eat what I craved. But I am sure if I would of had a cheat meal at least once a week, I would’t of gotten those carvings so out of control. It’s all about a healthy balance.
The more we practice good eating habits the easier it gets to say no to junk food.