Demolish self-isolation junk food cravings for good
-Apr 21, Jenny Paul , Nutrition -
Once you get the thought of a juicy burger, delicious piece of chocolate cake or the crunch of your favourite crisps into your head, it’s near impossible to forget, and while we know junk food isn’t good for us, sometimes the cravings can completely eclipse any rational thinking – especially during self-isolation.
But if you want to care for your health and come out of lockdown without several layers of extra weight then you have to kick those cravings to the curb and here’s how you can do it.
We’re all prone to cheating on our healthy eating and once in a while that’s ok. But if you are constantly checking in with the cookie jar or grabbing a fast food fix then you may be looking to rethink your eating habits.
While it’s not easy to go cold-turkey on your love of all things sweet or salty there are ways you can get a grip on your cravings and slowly but surely make a junk food packed diet a thing of the past.
Related: How to beat sugar cravings
Clear out your cupboards
If it’s not there you can’t eat it! So have a clear out and rid your fridge and cupboards of all the treats that tempt you. If you hate the idea of it all going to waste then give it away or have your friends round for a cup of tea and biscuits. At least you’ll share the snacks out and won’t consume them all yourself.
When you make exercise a part of your daily routine you are far less likely to want to spoil your efforts with a pile of french fries. It’s easier to make healthy choices when you’re caring for yourself, and physical activity is a huge part of this. Try Adriene yoga on YouTube – her classes are free and there’s something for everyone.
When those cravings for junk food kick in, it’s time to distract yourself. Grab a book, play a game or go for a walk to take your mind off eating. By the time you’re done you’ll likely find you don’t have any interest in snacking anymore.
Think before you eat
Rather than just grabbing the food that takes your fancy and wolfing it down, take a minute to stop and think about if you REALLY want it. Weigh up how it’ll make you feel in the moment versus how you’ll feel afterwards and make eating a bit more of a mindful practice.
Eat more protein
Protein works wonders for reducing your appetite and putting the cravings on the back burner. So try adding some to every meal. This could be in the form of lean meats, such chicken or fish, eggs, beans or nuts and seeds too.
Plan your meals
Removing the spontaneity factor from your daily diet can help you stick to a healthy eating plan. So get organised and plan your weekly meals. Often you opt for convenient junk food when you’re unsure of what to eat, but if your fridge is stocked with the right foods to make tasty meals all week long, there’s no excuse to ditch it for the bad stuff.
When you are consistently stressed your body is flooded with the stress hormone cortisol which makes you want eat foods which are high in salt or sugar. While reducing stress levels isn’t always easy it’s well worth look at ways to do it. Whether it’s meditation, exercising or breathing techniques which you try, lowering stress and learning to deal with it, will have a big impact on what you eat.
If you’re on a mission to clean up your diet then you might also be inspired by self-confessed sugar addict Carolyn Hartz who kicked the habit for good and is now in the best shape of her life at the age of 72. Discover her secret to making sugar a thing of the past.