How to Protect Yourself From Junk Food

Many of us may be surprised to learn that my healthy people don’t always eat healthy foods! It’s tragic I know. The sad reality is that we are old enough to make our own choices when we are away from home and we don’t always choose green peppers when there are chips around.

Does Junk Food Exist?

You hear a lot about “junk food,” but what makes a food “junk”?Any food that is high in sugar or fat, with very little protein, vitamins, and minerals, or fiber is junk food. Junk food is not the best choice for everyday snacking. You can eat junk foods sometimes, but it should be eaten along with a healthy diet. Junk foods usually add too many calories. If you are not a physically active person, be sure to eat healthy foods before eating any junk foods.

How Do You Protect Yourself?


If unhealthy, processed food, is sabotaging your weight loss efforts, outsmart junk food cravings with these clever tricks outlined below.

Practice the five-ingredient rule

First, read the ingredients on the food package. Ingredients are listed in order of how much of each ingredient is in the food. There is the most of the first ingredient and the least of the last ingredient listed on the label. If one of the first ingredients is sugar, oil, or butter, that food is best to eat only once in a while. If there are more than five ingredients on a food label—a red flag for food processing—don’t buy it. (Or if you do, consider it a treat instead of an everyday purchase). This is an easy way to avoid impulse buys like flavor-blasted chips or pre-made cookies when food shopping.

Break your routine

It only takes a few weeks to form a habit. So if you always associate 3 p.m. with a trip to the vending machine, start a tradition to walk around the block for five minutes instead. This may kick your craving altogether.

Keep the healthy stuff handy

Store healthy foods you want to eat more front and center in your fridge and out on your countertops. Snack foods are so easy to dig into—you just rip open a bag. If you had, say, red peppers all sliced and ready to go, they’re all the more tempting to dip into hummus.

Lastly, Know your trigger foods

Whether you've got a sweet tooth for chocolate and red velvet anything or love salty treats like pretzels, know the foods that send you down the spiral of junk food binging. You've already accomplished half of the battle by identifying them. Keep them out of the house.

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