Nowadays everyone wants to live as healthy as possible, which
means saying no-no to a bunch of harmful
habits, including munching on junk food. By now you’ve probably read a dozen or
two of stories about why exactly junk food is so bad for you and what wonderful
meals you can prepare instead, but they rarely talk about how exactly you can
switch from junk food snacking to healthy foods and drinks. That’s no easy
task, we admit that! But there are a few tips you can use to make the
transition as painless as possible.
Keep your kitchen tidy
Studies have showed something truly remarkable – we tend to
snack on chips, cookies, and other junk foods more often when all this is
happening in a cluttered kitchen! Whereas women who were offered same snacks,
but the kitchens were neat and tidy, didn’t have just as many cravings. In
office people tend to choose healthier
snacks when the workspace is tidy. It’s time to go an clean things up!
Put healthy snacks forward
Okay, you may not be ready to say no to all those
guilty-pleasure snacks just yet, but what you can do is hide them away and, as
a result, eat less of those pesky cookies, cereals, and sugar-packed yummies.
Put forward all the healthy snacks, so when you feel a craving, your first
option will be something that is actually good for you.
Drink more water
Water cravings are often mistaken for food cravings, so in
order to eat less junk food (and maybe eat less in general) we suggest you try
drinking a glass of water when you feel like having that burrito around the
corner. It may kill the craving altogether, and if not, you’ll be well hydrated
and water will fill you up so you’ll eat less of junk food anyway!
Go buy some fruits
Make sure you have a bowl full of fruits on your counter at
all times – it’s the healthiest way to snack when you need that extra boost of
sugars and calories. They will fill you up without adding extra pounds, and
don’t forget all those vitamins, nutrients, and fibre that will keep you fit
Turn off the TV
Whether it is Netflix or just some music videos, it’s a good
idea to turn off all the distracting factors and simply enjoy your food.
Studies show that people who watch TV while eating tend to consume much more as
they get distracted and forget they are actually eating, doing things
automatically. You brain should be focused on food and food only! That’s how
you’ll know when you’re full and won’t eat more than you actually need.
Clean up your social feed
There’s a thing called “visual hunger” – a type of hunger you
get from watching yummy foods, drinks, and meals on the Internet while
scrolling through your social feed. It just makes your cravings worse! So if
you’ve decided eating healthier, it’s time to unfollow all those foodies
because they are not helping you at all. Instead, you can start following some
healthy eaters – looking at fruits and veggies is less agitating than at cakes,
cookies, and ice creams.
Use smaller plates
Size matters, okay? Using bigger plates automatically
encourages you to put more food – it always looks like you aren’t eating that
much! In smaller plates your portion of food looks bigger and your brain thinks
you’re eating more than you really are. It’s a simple trick, but it works!
Plan your meal ahead
There’s no harm in eating same meals every week, in fact,
having a meal plan is absolutely necessary if you want to battle those nasty
junk food snacking habits. It reduces the stress of choosing what to have for breakfast
and dinner every day and you always have all the necessary ingredients, making
it really easy for you in the kitchen. If you don’t plan ahead you are more
likely to go buy some junk food as it is the easiest way out.
Find the right motivation
If you really want to get rid of junk food snacking habits, you’ll need to figure out why exactly you want to do it and hold onto those reasons. Some people choose a healthier diet because it’s trendy, others want to shed some pounds before summer, but this is short-term motivation that will burn off in a few weeks or so. Try writing down why eating healthy is so important for you – this exercise might be very enlightening!