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lol123 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2010 at 8:51 PM via web

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Why can't I deal with healthy food? What do I have to do to stay away from junk food?

I am not a fan of healthy food. For some reason, I only love junk food even though it is not good for my body. I need to eat healthier, but am unsure how to do so. 

Please help.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 10, 2010 at 9:18 PM (Answer #2)

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Dealing with eating the wrong stuff is difficult, and different things work for different people.

In my opinion (things that have helped me)

First thing to do is figure out which junk food you're going after -- is it stuff you buy and then eat at home or are you going and getting stuff out of the candy machine or what?

Then try to find ways to be unable to get that stuff.  If you go after the candy machine all the time, leave your money at home.  If you are eating at home, see if you can get whoever does the shopping not to buy junk food.

As far as eating healthier food, don't tell yourself that you just have to eat salads all the time.  There's plenty of healthy food that tastes good.  Look at websites that have recipes for healthier food --that's my first advice.

This will probably get moved to a discussion board.  Get on and give us more info --the more we know, the more we can suggest things that will work for your specific situation.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 1:06 AM (Answer #3)

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Junk food are a health hazard not just because these are not very good for health in terms of providing a balanced nutrition. This alone would not have mattered if junk food not very tasty. In that case not many people would have liked to eat too much of it in any case. So if you love (like the taste of) junk food, you are very much like most of the people.

The best way to avoid eating too much of junk food is to keep yourself reminded that in the long run having good health will be much more enjoyable than the immediate enjoyment of eating junk food. I say "keep yourself reminded" to emphasize that just knowledge of this fact ins enough. When we are in situation where we can immediately engage in any action that is capable of providing immediate enjoyment or gratification, we tend to push in the background our desire for other better things which cannot be obtained immediately. So some practice and discipline is required to to ensure that you do not have such memory loss about advantages of good health when you are within easy reach of junk food.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 3:23 AM (Answer #4)

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You have asked the miracle question.  Eating junk food is a lifestyle choice that so many of us, me included, have to learn to leave alone.  One of the first things to do is getting rid of it.  Having the trigger foods around invites one to put a bite or two or into one's mouth. 

Identify replacement foods.  Are there healthy low calorie options that might meet your cravings?  For example: low calorie yogurt or rice cakes. 

Look at ways to reduce calories in the types of junk food that you prefer.  Baking cakes without oil and using egg beaters can reduce calories.  Forgo the icing on the cake and you have reduced more calories.

See a nutrition expert who can help you to establish a healthy diet rich in the foods that you like.

The best method for me is to replace my craving with exercise.  Whenever I find myself walking around looking for something to eat, I do a few minutes of yoga  get on my indoor bike and pedal.  Exercise releases endorphins which help to curb cravings.

 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 11, 2010 at 10:04 AM (Answer #5)

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One of the first things we need to understand is that eating healthy is not about a diet. It’s about a lifestyle change. Another thing we need to be aware of is why we eat what we eat. Do we eat for comfort, out of anger, fear, etc. Then start making those lifestyle changes. A good resource is The Ultimate Weight Solution. One book walks you through the mental aspect of the changes, and the other walks you through the set up of a complete, appropriate, and healthful lifestyle. And believe me, the longer you eat healthy foods and cut out the bad, the less and less your body will want those bad foods that are oh, so good. In fact the longer you keep up a healthy eating lifestyle, the less appetizing those bad foods will taste.

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hannahshychuk | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM (Answer #6)

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Most diet experts agree that, as people have already stated here, subsitution foods are essential in weening one's self off junk food. The example of rice cakes for potato chips comes to mind.

Ultimately, you're talking about behaviors and cravings. As with any situation of this sort, it's much easier to modify the behavior than it is to eliminate the cravings.

Set a goal of weight loss which is measurable, or of specific foods to eliminate.

My advice would be to first learn what new behaviors (healthy food choices, etc) you are going to implement, identify the specific behaviors you're attempting to avoid (eating junk food) and try to act in accordance with your goal of weight loss. Don't expect to "like" healthy food or begin to "dislike" junk food, at least not initially.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 11, 2010 at 6:20 PM (Answer #7)

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Because humans evolved long-term in an environment in which fats and carbohydrates were scarce, we are sort of programmed to crave those foods. BUT--it is also an addiction. You may not believe it, but if you give your body an honest chance with healthy foods, you will not only start to crave those instead, but hugely fatty and sugary foods will start to look gross. Seriously! Those of us who eat healthy foods are not constantly battling with cravings for junk--we have lost our desire for it. You *have* to give your body a chance to get used to the good stuff, though...probably 4-6 weeks. You not only won't crave the crap, but you will feel so much better you will not believe it.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 11, 2010 at 8:17 PM (Answer #8)

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First, I don't believe you need to eliminate all junk foods. If you do a bit of research on the food you eat, you might be able to eliminate the worst of the worst, and still find that you can keep some of your favorites. Secondly, you should try some of the more healthy foods and determine which ones you actually can tolerate. I'll bet you find some you like; when you do, eat these often and keep trying new healthy foods to widen your scope. Hopefully, you can find a happy medium.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 9:19 PM (Answer #9)

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Stopping cold turkey is really hard to do, no matter what one is addicted to. Try eating a carrot or a pepper every other day, and see if you prefer healthier foods. Then start adding soups and more vegetables. Only after a careful beginning can one maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 12, 2010 at 6:11 PM (Answer #10)

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You need to fine healthy alternatives to replace the junk food you are craving. this is difficult to start with but I have found the longer you can stay with it the less you want the junk food and that the junk food eventually does not even taste as god to you as it once did.

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lol123 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 15, 2010 at 4:43 AM (Answer #11)

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thankyou for all your answer, but that didnt help.

you guys must tell me a good plan, a real plan that can work, cause these things doesnt encourage me.

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maadhav19 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 24, 2010 at 5:15 AM (Answer #12)

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I'll try this.... I eat pretty healthy foods for the most part, and I used to eat junk food (esp. Doritos) all the time. I didn't make the switch all at once, but it was gradual. The main issue is that eatig is habitual - you have certain eating habits that you follow without thinking. This is true whether you eat healthy foods or unhealthy foods. So what needs to be done is to change the habit from one where you regularly eat junk food (and maybe the occasional carrot or apple) to one where you eat mainly healthy foods (and maybe the occasional nacho chip).

The first thing - get a notebook and start keeping a record of what you eat and when over the course of a week. Once you know what your eating habits are, then you can work on them.

For me, I went through a phase where I had little money and was on my own for meals - and found that I could cook things like baked potatoes and other vegetables much more cheaply than just about anything else. I also noticed I tended to feel better when eating vegetables regularly than when eating nachos regularly (can you tell by now I pretty much used to live on nacho chips???).

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dolphin1978 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2010 at 11:52 PM (Answer #13)

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hi, i need to know your age , and your blood group ( ABO)blood grouping. what other things you do, i mean what is your daily diet, what food you do not prefer, what others you do prefer, and lastly when is your main meal of the day. 

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martha65 | eNoter

Posted April 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM (Answer #14)

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Try eating nuts.  Raw unsalted almonds are delicious.  You will get used to NOT eating so much salt, if  you  cut  it  out  gradually.

Pistachios  are  a  real  good  nut  too.   I  found  I  started  sleeping better  with  them .  Maybe  it'  the  potassium in  them.

You will lose  more  if  you  eat  more  fiber.  Eat more bran cereal

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mosikaa | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM (Answer #15)

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Have fruit juices & milk ..

It makes you healthier ...

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted June 24, 2010 at 12:01 AM (Answer #16)

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We are creatures of habit. Eating is no different, we develop eating habits over the years, some are good and some are bad. Changing any habit takes effort and time because you have to modify your behavior. Some find this quite challenging.

Start out slow, make a conscious effort everyday to eat something that you know is healthy, like an apple or orange or whatever you like. Over time, you will find that your body will slowly start to crave the more healthy choices rather than the junk food.

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kate1993 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 25, 2011 at 1:33 AM (Answer #17)

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Let me first tell you that this is in no way simple, whatsoever.  It is very hard to do and takes a lot of support & commitment.  Get family & friends to help cheer you on and maybe they will even try the new healthy diet with you :)

One tip that I think would be most important is just not to buy junk food.  While you go grocery shopping, try to avoid the chip aisle, ice cream/popsicle aisle, etc.  You will be less likely be tempted & it will get easier as time goes on.  Try to move on into your grocery store's produce section.  I'm sure that they're are some fruits & vegetables that you don't mind.  Some fruits (blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples) are chock-full of vitamins & minerals that will not only be great for you, but they will also have you feeling great too!  One thing I also always tell people is that if you are a potato person, but you don't eat the skin then you are doing yourself no favor!  All of the yummy vitamins & minerals of a potato are packed into the skin, not the actual potato itself.

I hope that I was able to help. Best wishes to you! :)

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kate1993 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 25, 2011 at 1:38 AM (Answer #18)

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Try eating nuts.  Raw unsalted almonds are delicious.  You will get used to NOT eating so much salt, if  you  cut  it  out  gradually.

Pistachios  are  a  real  good  nut  too.   I  found  I  started  sleeping better  with  them .  Maybe  it'  the  potassium in  them.

You will lose  more  if  you  eat  more  fiber.  Eat more bran cereal

I'm pretty sure that her being a teenager, that she will not be a huge fan of bran cereal.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 30, 2011 at 12:39 AM (Answer #19)

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You should really try to experiment with less processed foods. Cancer and heart disease are linked to processed foods with saturated fats and preservatives. Try preparing more fruits and vegetables, seafood and poultry rather than greasy fried foods. Look at the overweight and unhealthy people all around you and decide that you only have one body and it should be treated with respect.

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anzhela1 | Honors

Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM (Answer #20)

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Try to change junk food with healthy food slowly. Like, if you eat cheeps for a snack change it with some fruit or vegetable. It may sound really hard at first, but then you will see that there's a lot good and tasty fruits out there like banana, apple, peach, strawberry, blubbery. You, also, do not have to eat just fruits, you can make a smoothie, or a fruit salad.
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titacavs | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 28, 2011 at 7:09 AM (Answer #21)

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you may eat fruits when you feel that way.

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rozenthalm | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:31 AM (Answer #22)

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Here are a few simple things you can do:

1.  Get a good cook book of healthy recipes, and learn how to cook them.

2.  Make friends with people who eat healthy, either on the internet or in real life, and ask them how they do it.

3.  Go to some health food restaurants.

4.  Go to a nice health food store, like Whole Foods, and talk to the people there.

5.  Watch the movie documentary SUPERSIZE ME, available from Netflix.

6.  Take turns making healthy meals with friends, and eat together.

7.  Subscribe to magazines that advocate healthy life styles and food.

8.  Share healthy snacks with friends and relatives.

9.  Pray, if you are so inclined, and/or meditate, and visualize yourself eating healthy food.

10.  Keep pictures of nicely prepared foods around the house.

Hopes this helps. Happy healthy eating.

 

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 25, 2011 at 2:04 AM (Answer #23)

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It is OK to have junk food on occasion. Staying away from all "junk" foods can lead to cravings which can become uncontrollable. Study the food pyramid and select SMALL Portions at each level.  Eating healthy has a lot to do with portion size, and not just choices of what you eat. Eat large portions of your favorite fruit and vegetables, and small of grains, meat and dairy. Then add your favorite snack or dessert once daily or on  special occasions.

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cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM (Answer #24)

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try different kinds of fruit and veggies and see which you like best. you can then try eating them instead of junk food. also, keep your money at home and bring just enough to last you through your day. that way, you will have no choice but to not buy any snacks.

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bowerk | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted September 20, 2011 at 6:25 AM (Answer #25)

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You can always for for the healthier junk food. Like maybe buy low-fat ice cream and try to avoild adding any toppings. Also, limit how much junk food you eat at a time. If you really can't eat anything but junk food, just make sure you exercise.

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agoddard123 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 11, 2011 at 11:33 PM (Answer #26)

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When a person wants to stay away from junk food he must get the junk food out of the house.  If the junk food is out of sight and out of mind then he tends to stick with a plan.  A person cannot just "will" himself to stop eating junk food.  Healthy foods must be replaced in the house as soon as possible.  Once a person is truly on board with the healthy foods then it will be much easier.  A person has to also have an accountability partner or friend in the family who will monitor the junk food.  It is easy to sneak or hide food in the night time hours.  A person must trust that he will truly get rid of the junk food.  Junk food is much more tastier than healthy food.  But a person must have a mindset of "healthy food is better for me".  Also a person can think of getting rid of junk food for the health benefits over a lifetime.

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s-ahsan | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 23, 2011 at 5:02 AM (Answer #28)

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junk foods are nothing but a foundation of obessity. i know they are difficult to resist, but we need to have grip on our nerves. healthy food can be a matter of attraction only if a goal is set in mind. first motive must be an ideal weight that you need to attain, secondly its good if you take a companion too to follow the diet plan, if no one is there to assist you then no problem!!! accumulte self power in yourself. while leaving home grab an apple, or any other fruit with this take handful of nuts stuff them in ur bag and take along. on feeling hungry eat any of those things. try not staying epmty stomached for a long time, this increases weight. additionly, carry a water bottle with you, this helps to maintain good skin and good weight. junk food on other hand  if cant be avoided then they could be lessened. treat would be fine once a week only. try adjusting to the new menu hope you'll feel comfortable with your new life style.

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healme2 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM (Answer #30)

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This is a struggle for me aswell however when I was at my ideal weight what helped me mentain it most was... Not cutting out the sweets but allowing myself to eat them once a week.I chose the day and even if i were offered sweets before then I either would turn them down or save them for that day .It  wasn't easy and took a lot of will power and determination.

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bergcar | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM (Answer #31)

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Why can't I deal with healthy food? What do I have to do to stay away from junk food?

i dont love healthy food i only love junk food but thats not ok for my body i must stay healthy but i dont know how.

keep it out of the house for the healthy food part add it to soups like chicken noodle and have salads with low cal dressing

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raitu | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM (Answer #33)

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lols! ....ineresting question!!!

Everyone has this question in their minds...

same with me.. . I love Junk food..

Pray that we;ll be healthy even if we eat junk food:)

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yaacov613 | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:37 AM (Answer #34)

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You need to fine healthy alternatives to replace the junk food you are craving. this is difficult to start with but I have found the longer you can stay with it the less you want the junk food and that the junk food eventually does not even taste as god to you as it once did.

Excellent answer.

Agree 101%

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