If you, your husband and kids love to snack on junk food, it can be tough to kick the habit. But nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. It’s ok to indulge in some junk food once in a while. But if it’s a regular part of your diet, it can: hinder weight loss efforts; make you feel tired and irritable; and cause digestive problems such as bloating.
Full Of Bad Stuff
Compared to natural foods, junk food doesn’t offer much nutrition. It contains preservatives, colours, bad fats, sugar, salt – and what about those chemicals that sound like something you’ll find in a science experiment.
Junk food also doesn’t satisfy you in the way that natural food can. Have you ever tried to eat a giant bag of cashews? It’s nearly impossible. But the same size bag of chips? No problem! So, how do we step off the junk food roller coaster and move towards a more natural approach? Try finding your triggers for eating junk food, and then choose ways to overcome them.
6 Ways To Break The Bad Habit
- If you feel like a chocolate biscuit with your morning or afternoon cuppa, make a new habit such as chopping up fresh fruit to have with it instead.
- Does your family indulge in takeaway every Friday night? Try making your own healthy versions. Think pizza using Pita bread as the base, or a healthy Pad Thai packed with loads of vegetables.
- Do outings always come with bags of chips and chocolate? Why not pack your kids a healthy picnic of fruits and nuts instead.
- If you can’t resist grabbing a chocolate bar at the supermarket checkout, pop in an alternative treat from the deli instead, such as marinated olives. They’re super-easy to snack on.
- Do you need dessert after dinner (every night!)? It might be time to prepare healthier sweet treats to stash in the freezer. Chill chunks of banana and smear them with natural peanut butter – it’s delicious!
- If you simply can’t say no to the birthday cake at work (and it’s always someone’s birthday in an office environment) try eating a healthy snack right before the singing starts (natural yoghurt with berries or handful of cashews). It will be much easier to ask for a tiny slice.