How to Kick the Junk Food Habit and Eat Healthy

Junk food has become such a part and parcel of our lives that it has become practically impossible to imagine life without them. It is a well known fact that junk food can wreck hovoc to your entire eating habits. Though research shows that the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. As you slowly begin to eat healthier, you will notice yourself wanting pizza and candy and ice cream less and less. Some people refer to this transition period as “gene reprogramming.”

Whatever you want to call it, the lesson is the same: if you can find ways to gradually eat healthier, you’ll start to experience the cravings of junk food less and less. Here are three strategies that might help kick the junk food habit.

The “outer ring” strategy and the “5 ingredient rule” to buy healthier food.

The best course of action is to avoid buying processed and packaged foods. We’ve talked about the power of junk food to pull you in and how memories of tasty food in the past can cause you to crave more of it in the future. Obviously, you can’t prevent yourself from ever thinking about junk food, but there are ways to reduce your cravings.

If you limit yourself to purchasing foods that are on the outer ring of the store, then you will generally buy whole foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, etc.).

5 ingredient rule; If something has more than 5 ingredients in it, don’t buy it. Odds are, it has been designed to fool you into eating more of it. Avoid those products and stick with the more natural options.

 

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