29 Jan 2017
How To Stay Away From Junk Food
How to train your mind to hate junk food!
Many of our favourite supermarket snacks are made with the “perfect” amounts of added sugar, salt, fat, and other chemicals designed to make us want more. But you can steer clear of processed food by eating as many healthy, whole foods as possible, and the less junk food you eat, the less you want.
- If there are more than five ingredients on a food label—a red flag for food processing—don’t buy it. (Or if you do, consider it a treat instead of an everyday purchase). This is an easy way to avoid impulse buys like flavour-blasted chips or pre-made cookies when food shopping.
- Studies are found that people prefer three food items and three different colours on their plates, compared with more or less of either category. So instead of reaching for a candy bar, snack on nuts (loaded with healthy fats), fruit slices, and a small square of dark chocolate to get a healthy variety of colors, textures, and nutrients. Chew your food more, the more you chew the less you eat, try it! Also place your knife and fork down beside your plate after every mouthful.
- It only takes a few weeks to form a habit so if you always associate 3 p.m. with a cup of tea and a biscuit, start a new habit, try going for walk for five minutes instead. This may kick your craving altogether. Or try doing 10 squats every time you want to reach for that biscuit! Try it!
- One of the best snacks is to stash red grapes in the freezer, and when you want something sweet without kick-starting sugar cravings take a handful of grapes out the freezer.
- Store healthy foods you want to eat more front and centre in your fridge and out on your countertops. Snack foods are so easy to dig into—you just rip open a bag. If you had, say, red peppers all sliced and ready to go, they’re all the more tempting to dip into hummus. Whether you've got a sweet tooth for, whether its chocolate or crips, know the foods that send you down the spiral of junk food binging. Keep them out of the house.
- One way to consume less processed food is to learn more about what you’re really eating. Here are a few that make us cringe: Those frozen "grilled chicken" breasts get their marks from a machine infused with vegetable oil. You see all over the internet (or you do if part of your job is finding out gross things about food) that the average fast food consumes 12 pubic hairs in a year, gross! Fast food salads, stay away! Lettuce is often treated with propylene glycol—a chemical also used in antifreeze—to help keep it fresh. Some have even more fat and sodium than a Big Mac.