Hello beautiful people,
Today’s blog post was inspired by one of the biggest struggles most of us face almost every day, Junk food. I will go first, mine is fries, I love fries any day any minute, I will smile at the mere sight even in the middle of the night, yep that bad. Some of the reasons we’re addicted to junk is because of its smell, taste: sweet, salty [favorite] and the memory we have attached to it. Here are some of the ways I manage to keep myself grounded hopeful they will somehow be useful to you and if you know any other hacks, please do share in the comment section along will your junk weakness.
Don’t skip the breakfast. First of all, enough with the” I don’t have time for breakfast” excuse. This is a very important meal and you should therefore attach it to something you can’t go to work or start your day without. Say like a shower, makeup or clothing. If you’re going to skip breakfast, skip the shower and makeup as well, cancel the whole morning routine not just the breakfast which btw is more important than the rest since it’s necessary for better performance throughout the day. , it’s called breakfasting for a reason and if you don’t break the fast, your body will start demanding for the nutrients it needs to function and in desperation, the brain will trigger junk food #Quickfix
Why the brain triggers junk food as opposed to sourcing nutrients from healthy options? Junk food is curated in a way that it has a very appealing smell and makes your mouth salivate especially with the sauces and creams which excites the brain but in actual sense, all the brain is communicating is the need for certain nutrients like fats, carbs, proteins name it. For instance, every time I crave for fries, chances are my body needs calcium which is usually evident from my brittle nails, so instead of fries I go for kale, broccoli and other healthy sources.
Checkout this chart from natureworksbest.com to figure out what nutrients to attach to what junk food
Eat slowly; Take time to properly chew and taste your food before you swallow. The brain does not register calorie intake for food that quickly goes down your throat, digestion begins from the mouth, take enough to enjoy the feel of food in your mouth before the next step that way it will properly register in your brain.
Cheat day, like many people, this one is of course my favorite. As you may know, I live by the 80/20 rule the 20 being for a spicy margarita any given weekend but what you didn’t know is that fries make the cut too. I believe we are allowed to indulge a little as long as we stay in control and not the other way round. Once a week is good enough but alternatively, you can take in junk in small quantities which is what I did in the beginning until I didn’t really need it anymore to feel satisfied. Now when I think of it, I first consider what I could spend the money on, how irrelevant it is and then I go like “it can wait until Saturday”
Like in many struggles, the beginning is the hardest making out of mind out of sight valid in this situation. Stay away from junk food by eating in, taking it off your grocery shopping. This I did by cutting back on my weekly grocery budget that way no extra cash to squeeze in the white kitkats.
And finally discipline. The way I go about this one is somewhat weird but gets the job done. First I give myself the pep talk and if that doesn’t work, I have this image of my toughest high school teacher telling me to snap out of it. It works on so many levels I tell you.
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