Unfortunately, the reality that many of us live in is that junk food is available to us the majority of our day. Whether it be going to see a movie with friends, making a simple trip to the grocery store, or a friendly pot luck at work, the temptation of unhealthy snacks is often present. Here are the best ways to avoid junk food and help you to stay on track.
1. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The saying does ring true: if items are out of sight, they are often out of our minds as well. Since our homes and workplaces are where we often spend the most time, try to apply this statement to junk food. If there are unhealthy items at home or at work, the temptation is constantly there. Even with the strongest willpower and best intentions, many of us often cave and end up eating the junk food. Plan on removing less healthy items from your pantry at home and talk with your coworkers about limiting the amount of junk food items that are brought in and stored at work.
2. Come Prepared and With a Plan
Perhaps you fall into the category where you eat very well during the week but then the weekend rolls around. Weekend gatherings and celebrations often involve food -- and usually unhealthy food at that. This is where many tend to cave and splurge. Although the occasional indulgence from time to time isn’t enough to set us off track, it is important to face these events prepared and with a plan. If you plan to go to a party where food will be present, peruse the options before you dig in. Also, be sure to take a small plate for your options. It will be much better to portion out your food than standing over the table and grabbing a nibble here and there. If you are not sure if there will be healthy options for you, bring one! Offering to bring a vegetable or fruit platter is not only a thoughtful gesture, but will ensure that you have a healthy option to eat.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive
A key to staying on track and avoiding junk food is to surround yourself with a positive environment. Your family, friends and coworkers can really help you to focus and resist temptation. Unfortunately, there is the other side where the people closest to you can often be the worst influences and can sometimes provide negative peer pressure. Stay close to those that continue to motivate you and provide you with reasons to stay healthy.
4. Exercise First Thing In the Morning
Working out regularly and making healthy food choices go hand-in-hand. If you get in a good sweat session first thing in the morning, it often makes choosing healthier options and avoiding junk food much easier to resist. We realize how hard we work to burn off those calories and want to continue to fuel our bodies the rest of the day with nutritious foods.