Today, I had someone tell me that they are addicted to Junk Food and they can’t seem to stop eating it. That is when I shared with her that fats in junk food, along with other chemicals in processed foods, trigger our brain to want more of those foods. Yes, we can become addicted to junk food and sugar. And if that is the case, just like with any type of addiction, they can be very hard to break.
The easiest way that I have found to eliminate eating junk food, which I used to eat mindlessly and carelessly in front of the TV, was to stop putting the junk food into my cart at the grocery and bringing it into my house. This may sound simple, but think about it. If the food is not in your home, you aren’t tempted to eat it. If I want to eat junk food, it will require me to get up, get in my car, and drive to a store to spend money to buy it. In my opinion, that is a whole of trouble for a bag of oreos or pint of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Now if the food is no longer in the house, your habits of eating/snacking will still be there, so instead replace the junk with healthier options.
If you are more of a salty/savory junk food eater, try things like Kale Chips or veggies with low fat dip. If you are a sweet snacker or junk food eater, try Greek Yogurt parfaits with fruit and nuts (even try freezing it, I mix Shakeology with plain greek yogurt and freeze it to make a healthy frozen yogurt) or apples with a scoop of peanut butter. If you are a soda drinker, try flavored unsweetened seltzer water or squeezing some lime or oranges into club soda.
The key is to keep the junk of out of the house and find healthier options to replace it. Eventually, your brain will let go of the addiction and your taste buds and body will prefer eating real and whole foods over the junk and processed foods.