If you woke up in the middle of the night dealing with the cravings YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Food manufacturers often create food with one goal only, and that is to ignite the addiction in consumers.
Junk food like chips, soda, cookies, chips and similar snacks are made to make you feel happy – momentarily.This feeling doesn’t last for long, and soon you find yourself in that dark place feeling sorry for yourself, discouraged and alone. It is easier said than done, I know. This is what I did
1. Change the environment
- If you buy junk food you will eat it. That is just how it is. You can keep telling yourself you will manage it differently this time. It will not happen. You will still grab that chocolate bar, that chips, that candy. Talk to your family, to your friends, tell them to stop bringing you that type of food. If you do not buy food for yourself, ask your parents if they would buy some healthy snacks for you. You can also ask them to take you grocery shopping with them so that you can pick out your own snacks. When they are eating junk food, go to another part of the house so that you do not end up eating it as well. This is your fight and other people might not be into it. You can’t force them to go your way, but you can force yourself not to go their way.
- Buy healthy food only. Vegetables, eggs, whole grains, chicken and fish are always best choice. Make sure that you have some healthy snacks already prepared at home or in your backpack. Eat these instead of the junk food. LargeToFit is a place where you can find support that you need.
2. Plan your meal
- This starts at home. Know what you are buying and what you will be eating. The same food you buy in grocery store is the one you will prepare back home so plan ahead. Chicken, rice, sweet potato, vegetables, low fat beef, fish. Come up with a list of groceries that are “must have” and stick to the list.
- Vary out food choices. Having plenty of variety in your diet will help to keep you satisfied so that you will be less likely to seek out junk food.Do research on caloric values for different combinations of food.
- If needed, prepare food in advance. When your lunch is ready and all you need to do is warm it up, you will not go and buy pizza or hamburger.
- Drink water. Water helps you to feel full and helps balance your blood sugar. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself from reaching for junk food. Staying hydrated with water will also make you less likely to reach for a can of soda or some other type of unhealthy sugary beverage
- Protein, protein, protein. Protein makes you feel full, often more so than other macro nutrients like carbs.
3. Control Yourself
Sometimes you’ll be tempted to eat junk food. Control yourself. Think. Why did you quit in the first place. What do you prefer? Eating junk food or achieving your goal? Don’t say you don’t care. You do, I know you do. You know what you should be doing.