Junk food companies and restaurants know all about the perfect ratio and combinations of sugars, fats, salts and other chemicals that make the food appeal to physically and psychologically. It’s considered “flavor science” and it’s very real.
But why would you want to give up junk food?!?! Well, a recent study from the University of Warwick’s Medical School showed that the lower a person’s fruit and vegetable intake, the higher their chance of having low mental well-being. So not only does healthy food have physical benefits, it also helps with your mental well-being. Luckily, eating junk food is a habit and can be stopped.
Here’s a list of 5 rules you should follow, and soon enough you’ll be craving broccoli over chips:
1. Gross Yourself Out. Check out where the ingredients of your favorite junk food come from. For example, some dyes used in foods are sourced from beetles….yeah. The cringe factor will keep you away from it.
2. The Five-Ingredient Rule. If something has more than 5 ingredients, don’t buy it. If you do, consider it a treat and only eat it occasionally.
3. Replace Carbs With Healthy Fats. Once you replace junk with healthy whole foods, your metabolism won’t be stimulated to burn carbs as its primary fuel.
4. Balance Your Blood Sugar Through Healthy Snacking. When it’s low, you crave junk food. To avoid this, have a healthy snack (ex veggies or trail mix) every 3-4 hours.
5. Cut Down In Small Steps. Eating junk food often won’t only make you crave it, but it’ll dull your taste buds and you’ll keep needing it to satisfy your hunger. If you cut down in small steps (ex. take out one teaspoon of sugar in your coffee over a week), you’ll notice lower levels of sugar, fats, salts will be able to hit the spot and you won’t crave anymore.
Good luck! Full article here.