Cutting Out the Junk
I’ve had a number of people ask about *Junk Food* and what to do about handling such an addiction of sorts. We all face this challenge whether it’s soda, fast food, sweets or anything that you “love” that doesn’t fall under the category of Healthy & Nutritious 😉 In order to help manage this, here are some things to keep in mind and help minimize yet satisfy some of those cravings:
No one has said you need to eliminate anything out 100% completely. In my first tip last week I mentioned “working towards cutting out the junk.” I’m not sure how many of you caught that but the idea of making the attempt rather than cutting it out entirely does 2 things: First, it allows your body to get used to LESS of the junk so you eventually crave it less AND it avoids any feelings of deprivation which will only make you want it more. Eat a whole candy bar after lunch? Take one or two bites and then put the rest away. Still think you need something sweet after waiting 5 minutes? Drink a glass of water or have some fruit until you don’t want anything any more. Same with a can of soda or a bag of chips–aim for at least half of the portion you used to eat and your body and taste buds will adjust to your new habits until one day it doesn’t even satisfy you like it used to.
Remember that we’re all human. Food should be nutritious but also enjoyable! So another way to look at it is to try making food choices by using the 80/20 Rule. If you consistently work at eating well and exercising at least 80% of the week, then you can afford a little treat 10-20% of the time but then get back on track! Enjoy the moment that you indulge but don’t ever beat yourself up. Remember everything we do is a choice, so if you choose a treat over working towards your goals accept it all at that moment and then move on.
The primary goals I have for you is to help you LOVE YOURSELF and LOVE YOUR BODY so remember that when you think you love soda or junk or anything you don’t actually NEED, ask yourself–which do you really want to love more???