how do i cut out the unhealthy foods in my life? i told myself i would eat healthy today and i started off really great and then it all fell apart and i had a bunch of nutella and caramel corn
I get this question a lot. Whether you like to snack after dinner, can’t stop yourself reaching for the biscuits at work, or just love a soda with your food - you are not alone.
Many people advise that if you are tempted by something, don’t have it in the house, but what if you’re not in control of what’s in the house?
It’s all about discipline. You need to decide what you want, the short term or long term satisfaction. That drive has to come from you.
Some tips to help you get there: try to picture food as what it can do for you, what nutrients it can provide you, and how you will feel afterwards. If you associate chocolate with 45g of saturated fat per 100g, and with how you feel afterwards, then you might feel stronger in turning it down.
You can also fill up on what you have for dinner to avoid late night snacking. Fruit and vegetables take up more space per calorie than meat or carbs.
This brings me to other things you can have instead of chocolate/ice cream/doughnuts/soda if you simply must have something. Fresh fruit like a banana or some strawberries. Dried fruit like apricots and dates. Small amounts of nuts like pistachios and cashews. Skinny popcorn is great too.
Healthy Treat Recipes:
- Cinnamon apple chips
- Banana nut butter cookies
- Mango lime pops
- Barbecued apple kebabs
- Grilled peaches
- Fruit salsa with baked cinnamon chips
- Fruit tacos with chocolate tortillas
- No bake berry tarts
- Peach ice cream
- Froyo blueberries
- Mango vanilla pudding
- Avocado chocolate pudding
- Greek yoghurt cookie dough
- Low-fat chocolate ice cream
- Wholegrain oreos
- Healthy chocolate chip cookies
- Clean chocolate mousse
- Raw almond chunky monkey ice cream
Try switching to these healthy treats first and then gradually weening yourself completely off eating when you’re not hungry. If you know you’re just craving food because you’re bored then try herbal tea instead, there are so many flavours to choose from, it fills you up with liquid, and it gives you something to do with your hands while you’re watching TV or whatever.