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How To Stay Away From Junk Food

Do you want to eliminate or reduce the amount of potato chips, chocolate, or other junk food you consume?

Are you trying to limit your calorie intake yet you keep drinking those daily sodas?

An article on Modern Forager refers to a list of common cravings and the likely nutritional deficiency associated with them. The list also includes healthy alternatives to address the craving.

For example, if you are craving chocolate, your body is requesting magnesium. Recommended healthy food choices include raw nuts and seeds, legumes, and fruit. This is a pretty interesting list and definitely worth a look. Of course whether chocolate is considered a poor food choice may be debatable, just ask my wife.

A couple methods that help me stay away for the less-than-ideal food items:

Become Conscious

Sometimes we get into a habit of eating junk and don’t even realize it. It becomes an unconscious action. For example, drinking a soda or eating a small bag of chips everyday at 3pm while at work. You may not even desire the item on a particular day but you unconsciously walk over to the vending machines because that is what you do at 3pm, like cattle heading to the barn to get milked.

How to break this habit?

Ask yourself and answer this question three times. “Do I really want to eat this _________?”

Now you are actually forced to become aware and acknowledge what you are about to eat, you just might say “No” and pass on the junk food.

If you answer “Yes” to the question all three times, at least you have consciously made the decision to eat this item which is better than being a lemming.

Another method to become more aware of your decision is to wait five minutes or so after making an impulse decision to eat some junk food. This will give you time/space to fully become aware of your choice. You may then decide that you don’t really need it.

If It Isn’t In The House, You Can’t Eat It

Eliminate the temptation and don’t bring it home. This is probably my favorite method to reduce eating junk. No mental discussion is required! If you are at a restaurant and have a piece of dessert, OK fine. Than is much better than bringing home an entire cake and eating it all week.

How do you reduce or eliminate the amount junk food you consume?

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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