How to Kick your Junk Food Addiction

Junk food is everywhere and if’ you’re addicted to it, it’s all you can think about. And when you spot it, it feels as thought it’s staring you straight in the face screaming, “DEMOLISH ME!”

No matter where you go, you’ll likely find some tempting nutrition-lacking foods.

Of course it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, but consuming high calorie, fat, sugar and sodium foods with zero nutritional value and processed ingredients on a daily basis is one EASY way to gain weight or sabotage your weight loss goals.

I know it can be really hard to quit eating/drinking junk food – it’s like any other addiction – it just takes time, dedication and patience. Here are some of my favorite tips on reducing and beating your junky cravings:

Change Your Excuses

It’s crazy how the mind works when we want something. A huge part of resisting the urge to gobble up a bunch of junk food is purely mental.

You’ve probably gotten creative a time or two to justify a craving and persuade yourself that it’s no big deal to indulge:

If I starve myself now, I can eat that Taco Bell combo meal later.

I’ve had such a long day – I deserve some pizza delivery.

I’ll work it off later.

Sound familiar? That’s okay – we all do it. But there’s one way to fix it: by turning your negative excuses into positive ones:

I’m not going to eat this because I want those size 26 jeans to fit in 3 months.

I don’t need a donut… I need energy!

Get Rid of Temptations

Let’s be honest, if you have bags of potato chips, gallons of ice cream or packets of Oreos sitting around, you’re probably going to be tempted to eat them. Throw out the junk food that keeps you held back, and replace it with some healthy, wholesome foods that are natural and unprocessed, like fruits, veggies, nuts, wholegrain breads, yogurt, chicken, fish, etc.

TIP: Write down a detailed week-long healthy food plan (snacks included), so that when you go grocery shopping you won’t have any reason to buy junk foods.

Avoid Trigger Foods

Eating is emotional, and there are certain situations (a good chick flick, a night out with your girls, a bad day at work) that make you want to say, “Screw it, I’m eating whatever I want!”

Emotional eating always plays a huge role in curbing your junk food addictions, so when you get the major urge to pig out, ask yourself WHY. Knowing the reason why you crave junk food is a good way to change and start harnessing your healthy habits.

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