Since the day junk food entered our lives; we have been blindly in love with it. It is somehow impossible to not shove a bunch of cookies in your mouth. Well, we deserve unhealthy snacks because life is already hard and we can’t survive without the greasy fries or the dripping chocolate ice cream cones.
But, we still can’t deny that these foods are destroying our insides and getting us out of shape every day. The reason is the endless cravings.
Changing our diet from dangerously delicious to incredibly healthy is undeniably hard, but as long as you are strong enough and willing to really stop those cravings, then these following steps might be your general guidelines to have a healthier, happier life. Oh, and six packs!
cravings for junk food
#1 – Don’t deprive yourself
The first step is actually the most important one. When it comes to the concept of dieting, it is necessary to listen to your body! You should never deprive yourself of eating a certain food group or even force yourself to follow a harsh diet when it doesn’t feel right.
It is good to follow a specific plan, but most of them restrict your favorite foods, which eventually leads to intense cravings. Eat your favorite snacks, but not too much of them. Plan a diet with your doctor and do what’s best for your health only.
#2 – Notice what you are craving
Do a brain check now and see what you have been craving a lot lately. Is it chocolate, pizza, or maybe a creamy chocolate ice cream? Keep a journal with you and write down every single craving you have.
By understanding your enemies, you will learn how to make a strategy of fighting those cravings. Just make sure the journal is always with you to note things as they come.
#3 – Eat it less frequently
This is when the first step applies. Whenever you crave something, listen to your body and eat it. But here is the trick: according to a recent study, the best way to decrease cravings is by eating frequently and at normal portion sizes because preventing yourself from it will just lead to more cravings and overeating.
So technically, it is not about the amount of junk food you eat, it is about how frequently you do it.
#4 – Find an alternative
A big meal that is all sauces and greasy fries (duh!) will literally send orgasms through your spine and veins, but what about the feeling you get afterward?
To avoid that unhealthy heavy feeling after eating, you can change it up a little bit by replacing, for example, the usual potatoes with sweet potatoes. It is that kind of food that will satisfy you as soon as it touches your taste buds. Plus, it is incredibly healthy.
So remember all your favorite foods and then search for their alternatives, you will be blessed with many healthy choices that are actually very tasty. However, just because you have replaced eggs with avocados in your new “Brownie Recipe” doesn’t mean you could eat the whole tray.
#5 – Distract yourself
Do you know what is the best way to avoid something? It is to forget about it completely. According to a study of addictive behaviors, playing Tetris for only 3 minutes can help you reduce cravings drastically.
Even if Tetris is really your jam, then you can distract yourself from any game you like, talk to a friend, or do any activity you enjoy.
#6 – Finish your meals right
It is just impossible to not think about dessert while you are still eating dinner. Eating unhealthy snacks after meals is very addicting, and once you start it, there is no going back.
In order to avoid it, you should let your body know that you are done eating for the night using a positive trigger. For example, you can drink a cup of lavender tea with honey because it will fill your craving for something sweet while satisfying you the honey.
#7 – Create a schedule
Schedules can be hard to follow, especially if you are busy throughout the whole day. But here is the solution: change is as effective as you make it, and by coordinating a schedule, you will help both your budget and eating habits.
So when you set time for meals, your brain will not be obsessing over snacks all the time and your wallet will remain full. Here is your new Motto: Full stomach, full credit card, and full confidence!
To reduce your cravings for junk food doesn’t always mean give it up completely. But make sure the next time you eat it, you don’t binge it. Also, remember that your body deserves to be healthy.
Don’t forget to use alternatives, though, because that’s how you will begin a new journey of falling in love with healthy, sweet foods all over again. In general, if you are happy with the food you are eating, then that’s all that really matters.
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