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Aug 06

Do you want to stop eating junk food every day?

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junk foodWe all know that we shouldn’t eat junk food, right?  That’s probably why someone called it “junk food”.  It doesn’t do anything good for our bodies, like providing nutrients or vitamins.  In fact, it’s doing a lot of bad things to our bodies, like making us fat, sick, and even causing serious diseases.

I’m pretty sure you already know that it’s not good for you.  But how can you stop eating it when it tastes so good?  It’s no accident that it tastes so good.  Manufacturers do everything they can, within legal boundaries, to make it taste good.  They add sugar to just about everything.  Try finding a loaf of bread without sugar.  Why would you need sugar in bread?  Because it’s addictive.  They also add salt to just about everything.

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And what about those “natural flavors”?  Have you ever wondered what those are?  One of them is monosodium glutamate (MSG) which you’ve probably heard you should avoid.  Not only can it cause brain lesions, neuro-endocrine disorders, and neurodegenerative disease, but it has also been scientifically proven to cause obesity.

 

Hm-m-m… and you didn’t even know it was in your food because the manufacturers aren’t required to tell you.

 

But I digress.  How do you stop eating all that delicious junk food that’s killing you and making you fat?  It’s not easy to say NO.  Instead of trying to say NO, say NOT NOW.

Saying “not now”

I’ve done this for many years and I’ve found it to be quite effective.  I’ve had a sweet tooth my whole life and I’ve always had cravings for sweets.  So I’m sitting at the computer minding my own business and the thought pops into my head that an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen sure would taste good right about now.  What I tell myself is “not now, I’ll wait until later” and then I forget about it for a little while.

That works really well if what I want isn’t in the house.  It’s easy to put it off when I’d have to put my shoes on, get in the car and drive to DQ.  But what about when I want a piece of chocolate that I know is in the kitchen pantry?  The most logical solution to that is to buy only what you’re going to eat so you won’t have anything in the pantry.  Your family may not be happy about that, but they will eventually thank you for keeping them healthy.  It may take several years or 20 for them to appreciate you, but eventually they will.

Is it time yet?

Now, back to that craving that you told “not now”.  Is it time yet?  No, not yet.  Just keep saying “not now” until it’s time to go to bed.  And go to bed!  I’ve been able to put off my cravings for several days this way.  It may take you a little practice to build up to several days.  Your willpower might need to build its muscle.  However, even if you went one full day without junk food, that’s quite an accomplishment.  That’s a one day break for your body.  Congratulate yourself.

That’s how you stop eating junk food every day.  If you still ate junk food every other day, that’s still a 50% improvement over your previous diet.  That’s HUGE!  It’s not optimal, of course, but it is a gigantic improvement.

There’s one more thing that can help and it’s critical to your health.  It’s drinking lots and lots of water.  In fact, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces.  So if you weigh 180, you should drink 90 ounces a day.  You’ll also have to eliminate 90 ounces a day through urine, so if that’s a problem for health reasons, you might want to modify that.  Not only is water the drink of life, but it also tends to fill you up so you’re less hungry.  It can make those food cravings go away.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go get a glass of water and flush out all the bad stuff (that’s the technical term) that you’ve been eating in the past.  Today is a new day.

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Here’s to you!

 

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Alice

alice@loveyourhealthcoach.com