The #1 Way To Quit Eating Junk Food

The #1 Way To Quit Eating Junk Food
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What You Need To Know And Do In Order To Resist Temptation

If food is within your reach you will eventually eat it. Rid your home, office, car, or wherever it is that you may keep a stash of unhealthy food choices. You don’t have to throw it away, donate it to a food bank, a shelter, or a local church.

Some people would argue that you need to develop willpower and I agree that you do; having personal control is critical. But while you’re in the process of learning and developing a sound nutritional lifestyle you do not need to be faced with additional temptations. Why would you want to make the transition any more difficult? Why put yourself in a position to eat heavily processed foods and make regrettable food choices? Why test your willpower?

Most people have enough food stored up to survive an apocalypse. The average pantry in today’s home resembles that of a food bunker. How and why did a small storage cabinet in the kitchen turn into a walk-in closet to be envied? It is not uncommon to see large stand-alone refrigerators and freezers in modern kitchens. Where did we ever come up with the idea that we need to buy and store so much processed food?

Shelves are overflowing with bags of cookies, crackers, and chips. They are lined with rows of boxes touting “instant” this and “ready” that; jars of “recipe secrets” and “simple starts”; cans of “heat and serve” and “ultra-convenient “. Freezers filled with “entrée kits”, “diet TV dinners”, “chicken nuggets”, “fish sticks”, and “organic junk food”. Refrigerators loaded with sugary drinks and fruit juices, dips, dressings, and sauces laden with sugar, sodium, and fat.

It's time to ditch processed food in a dramatic blaze of glory. Your goal is to keep only items that are as close to the original, whole food as possible. Don't try to convince yourself that you can keep bad food within reach and change your habits; breaking bad habits isn’t always that easy.

While it’s easy to throw out the obviously terrible items like, candy, chips, cookies, soda, and sugar-laden fruit juice it may be more difficult to toss out the frozen pizzas and microwave burritos. You will be more likely to stick with great food choices if you don't have your old staples to fall back on. Don’t expect to see a change unless you make one.

Evaluate and consider the foods you used to think of as okay with new eyes, odds are you will be surprised. Read the label and ingredients list and decide to keep the product or toss it out based on its nutritional merit.

It’s time for you to do the dirty work; clean out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. You must look at nutrition labels and start to examine and scrutinize each one. Armed with knowledge and a discriminating eye put what you’ve learned into use. Remove the temptation to eat junk food by simply getting it out of reach! Your body will thank you.

Judy Molinaro is a wellness coach and master yoga instructor. She believes that creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself need not be such a mystery! Begin your journey, sign up for Judy's monthly newsletter, or buy her wellness guide, Eat Like You Give A Damn.

What junk foods do you need to keep out of reach in order to stay on track with a healthy eating plan?

This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.