Are you a junk-food junkie?
It is a definite yes, especially when you get stressed out or around family during the holidays or attending social gatherings. It’s not hard to be one, especially when there is a convenient fast-food joint on every corner and TV ads for some sort of super-size-me meal deal on every other channel.
|Delicious, but dangerous...|
Being enveloped in a world where junk and fast food are the norm, what can you do to avoid addiction to these foods and stay on a healthy track?
Here are 4 ways you can start turning your back on junk food and improve your health:
1. Avoid Mindless Eating
|Avoid eating like this!|
Do you realize that there are 1,217 calories in 1 bag (8 oz) of potato chips? And we’re not even counting the flavored potato chips. Just think about how easy it is to eat one whole bag of potato chips sitting in front of the TV or at your desk at work, almost without you even realizing it.
We’re modern-day multi-taskers and chances are, you tend to become focused on more than one thing at a time, so it is easy to stuff yourself with junk food calories.
One way to avoid mindless eating is to not have junk food available in the first place. Instead, have healthy snacks, a small bag of nuts or some nut butter and crackers to snack on. By planning ahead and having a healthy snack with you, you can better avoid eating hundreds of calories in a day that you know you don’t need.
The second way is to focus on eating. In other words, don’t be doing something else to the point that you don’t realize what you are eating. When eating becomes secondary to what you are doing, it is easy to lose track of your calories.
|Load up on fiber.|
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is a good way to fill up instead of eating junk food. Because they contain a lot of fiber, they keep you full longer without adding tons of empty calories and unhealthy saturated fat.
3. Plan Ahead of Time When Eating Out
|Know what to eat before heading out.|
If you plan on eating out, plan what you are going to have before getting there. That way, you won’t be tempted to just go with some unhealthy option loaded with extra calories and fat that you don’t need. Almost all of the fast food chains have their nutritional information posted on their websites, making it easy to research options.
|Stay away from them, if you can.|
One sure way to avoid eating junk food is to not have it around. Avoid buying candy, chips, cookies and other processed foods that may tempt you. Instead, load up on fresh fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat, but high in vitamins, nutrients and fiber.
Addiction to junk food is as powerful as any other type of addiction, but you can “kick the habit” with these 4 tips. Don’t be a slave to food; instead, make it work for you and help you attain your healthy goals and live the life you want to be living.
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