How to Stop Being a Junk Food Junkie

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Our country's dependence on junk food has reach epidemic proportions. Using new and interesting chemicals and industrial manufacturing processes, fast food restaurants are make it cheaper and cheaper to buy incredibly unhealthy food almost anywhere. And we're paying the price. Obesity rates have been on the climb for decades, and our health has never been in more jeopardy.

So how do you stop being a junk food junkie? Because fast food has become so cheap and easy to obtain, it's important that you stack the odds in your favor as much as possible.

The following seven tips will help you take back control of your diet and your waistline.

  1. Educate yourself. Watch videos, both on- and offline, on the dangers of fast food. There is plenty of material out there, and it's very hard to watch how they make some of the "food" you buy at fast food restaurants (chicken nuggets, for example...) and still want to eat there.
  2. Avoid the danger zones in the grocery store. Spend time picking out fresh fruit instead of ice cream. Stay away from processed goods and try raw produce or meat instead.
  3. Examine your own tastes. Make a list of the foods you like, and resolve only to buy those that are also healthy for you.
  4. Substitute healthy stuff for junk food. Instead of ice cream, try yogurt. Or eat raw nuts instead of potato chips. And remember, almost any food is better if you make it at home than if you buy it preprocessed and vacuum packed at the store.
  5. Go out of your way to avoid driving past the fast food chains. Avoid temptation, and if you must pass one, just remember the videos you watched and keep driving.
  6. Become a gourmet chef (or as close to one as you can be). Not only will fast food be less appealing if you know how to make something healthy and delicious, but your family and friends will thank you, too. Just be ready to always have guests over for dinner.
  7. Get help. Find a local healthy eating group or a dietician who can offer additional suggestions and resources. Because eating has a strong social component, making your switch from fast food to health food a social event will make you more likely to follow through.

Just like anything else you become used to, fast food can be comforting and enticing, but always keep in mind the many negative consequences of eating too much of anything. By following the suggestions above on how to stop being a junk food junkie, you can give yourself the health and the body that you deserve.

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