If you are beginning your journey to a healthier lifestyle, the first step is to begin change your diet!
Why is it important to ditch the junk food?
Just as the name suggests junk food is junk.
- Empty calories
- Leads to water retention
Junk food is full of calories that do absolutely nothing for your body. These are called empty calories because they have no or very little nutritional value. The truth is that most of these calories come from sugar and fats and they will do nothing but increase weight and body fat.
Junk food can also cause you to retain water which will make you feel bloated and sluggish. This causes you to feel tired instead of having the energy to get up and move around. The long-term effects of eating junk food can be extreme from causing you to be overweight to causing the clogging of arteries that leads to heart attack.
But junk food tastes so good!
Why do people love junk food? The truth is that our brains have very positive reactions to fatty and sugary foods. It induces “feel good” hormones in the brain that mimic the effects of powerful addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin. It is no wonder that we need them.
How many people have cravings for spinach? (… maybe I do from time to time)
But, cravings for ice cream, chips, soda and cookies is a whole other matter. In order to overcome these perilous food addictions, you must retrain your body, change old habits and change tastes. It takes time and effort, but, it can be done.
Honestly, when your body is craving something unhealthy, it’s usually an indication that you’re lacking in another area that could be healthier for you.
Did you know that there are thousands of fitness conscious people who NEVER touch any junk food? Yes it’s really true!
Removing junk food from your diet is an important way to become proactive when it comes to your health.
How To Ditch Junk Food From Your Diet
It starts with some common sense.
Many people say that it is cheaper to eat junk food than it is to eat healthy food. Or they use the excuse that they just don’t like the way healthy food tastes.
First you will have to reprogram your taste buds to get used to eating healthy foods. You have been eating junk food all of your life, this is what your body is used to and what it will crave but it is up to you to retrain your body and your mind to crave healthy foods.
It is not cheaper to eat junk food!
It may take some planning when you are removing junk food from your diet, but, it is possible to eat healthy on the same budget you have right now.
Healthier Substitutions For Junk food
When you remove junk food from your diet you will find that you suffer from cravings. Here are a few substitutions you can use to get past the cravings.
- A square of dark chocolate instead of a chocolate bar
• Unsalted pretzels or no butter popcorn instead of chips
• Baked vegetable strips instead of chips
• Raw nuts instead of chips for a crunchy snack
• Plain yogurt with fruit, honey, or nuts instead of ice cream
• Flavoured sparkling water instead of fizzy drinks
• carob coated rice cakes instead of cookies
These are just a few things that you can do to remove the junk food from your diet. It is possible to remove the junk food from your diet and replace it with much healthier alternatives. This will ensure your good health and the health of your family. This isn’t an overnight process, but one that takes steps, commitment, and time.