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HEALTHY EATING 101: I'M ADDICTED TO JUNK FOOD

HEALTHY EATING 101: I'M ADDICTED TO JUNK FOOD

Dear Sugar
I've never worried about my weight; I've always been slender and my metabolism is very fast. However, in general my eating habits are bad. I love junk food.

Chocolate is the sixth food group to me. I also eat very irregularly every day and if there's a candy bar within my immediate reach, I will have it for breakfast. I almost never eat lunch, and sometimes I'll eat dessert instead of lunch or dinner. I eat fruit when it's around but I don't go to any trouble to make sure it's always in the house.

I'm not concerned about gaining weight, but I am wondering how negatively my love of junk food will affect my physical health down the road. How can I go about incorporating healthier foods into my diet and eliminating the junk? I can't imagine having to give up junk food entirely.

Also, is it really true that you should drink eight glasses of water a day? Future Fatty

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Dear Future Fatty
There are so many different things wrong with your eating habits. I am not sure how old you are, but you must be of school age and should know the facts about food and nutrition. You are walking on the yellow brick road toward clogged arteries (heart disease), dehydration and a multitude of diseases associated with malnutrition such as: pancreatic insufficiency, pernicious anemia and kidney disease.

Also, I hope you aren’t afraid of the dentist’s chair either. Eating consistent amounts of junk food and chocolate lead to tooth rot. That sweet tooth doesn’t sound so sweet anymore, does it?

Although you are a member of the lucky club who doesn’t have to obsess over calories to be slim, it doesn’t mean that you can completely negate the importance of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals you can find in the five food groups.

It may be no big deal now to eat chocolate bars and skip meals but wait until your body begins to change. First there is puberty, but then there's the second change in your 20's ... 30's and so on.

Your hips begin to widen a little bit and your body composition shifts. You will find “padding” in areas you never thought possible and you literally start to look like a couch potato even if you aren't one. What’s worse is that it becomes harder than ever to lose the weight. All of the little tricks you once used to maintain your figure no longer work, and exercise becomes more of a chore than fun.

It also sounds like you are a person who indulges in immediate gratification and no self control. Maturity will help curb that, but deep down, I know you know that junk can not be substituted three times a day for: proteins, carbohydrates and HDL fats. Plus, don’t you find yourself getting moody when your sugar high wears off? That’s a result of poor eating. You can change that.

And yes, drinking water is very important. Human survival is dependent on water and it has even been ranked by experts as second only to oxygen as an essential for life. The average adult body is made up of 70% water. Water aides in digestion, regulates body temperature, blood circulation, cushions joints, protects tissues and organs, removes toxins, and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.

The body needs about 2 1/2 quarts each day. Without it, you risk suffering from dehydration, hypertension, asthma, allergies, and/or migraine headaches.

Here’s what I recommend.

  • Get into the habit of exercising regularly. There are innumerable heath benefits associated with being physically fit.
  • Exercise psychological self control. If you are thinking about grabbing a bag of chips in the middle day - stop yourself.
  • Force yourself to eat balanced meals and treat yourself to dessert once a day. If you don't allow yourself to eat what you crave, then you are going to wind up binging. Remember that anything in moderation is relatively ok, but dessert is only acceptable after you've eaten a portion size of real food.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day...no matter what!

If I sound like I am being harsh it’s only because I care about your well being. You always hurt the ones you love and I love my readers!

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4given 4given 7 years
thanks poptart princess..I know I'll break the habit & you are right it is addicting & it does not help I am emotional eater..so that just adds to it..yep that is truly my only bad addiction..chocolate, candy, twinkies..lol..I am sure you get the point. Thanks again
poptart-princess poptart-princess 7 years
junk food IS addictive!! sugar, as well as the the chemicals that preservatives and artificial colours/other ingredients are made of / laced with in processed foods can cause drug like dependence. good luck breaking your habit and hopefully it just revolves around chocolate and other yum-yum junkies!
4given 4given 7 years
that cracks me up that because of the way she eats she assumed she was young. I am 30 something mom of 2 & have eaten that way my whole life..Maturity never helped me..of course I still am pretty immature for my age..lol..I can say I got sick in Jan. & that changed everything for me & I started eating healthy & drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day & I felt great. It did not help my looks due to my condition but I loved eating healthy & than 6 months later I went on vacation & was so busy not alot of time to eat so I ate whatever I could when I could & now I'm trying to break those bad habits that are back in me. They say everything is good in small doses but I am not made like that I have to avoid it all together or I get drawn back in..even after 6 months of eating only healthy food..so if anyone else is truggling the way I am & has tips that'd be great. Also to those of you who are made as me we are just going to have to learn to go without..goodluck to getting on the healthy track
heatherp heatherp 10 years
don't keep junkfood around. treat a chocolate bar as a reward for avoiding crappy food all week. air popped popcorn is a good low fat snack that you can eat mindlessly.
crazylady crazylady 10 years
mmmm - those pecans sound good. its amazing how fast you can lose the taste for junk food after you take it out of your house. i just don't crave what i used to.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 10 years
haha crazii i will always love chocolate. i used to get all of the time girl you need to eat you need to eat...then they would go out with me and actually see me eat and be like oh. i just had an extremely fast metabolism and apparently im lucky. but i didnt feel good about what i was eating. i love veggies and fruits and i just never had access to a constant supply of them. now that i have found out i can eat pecans (though im allergic to other treenuts) i eat them like crazy and when im feeling like junk i make cinnamon sugar pecans in the oven and that is junk to me now!
crazylady crazylady 10 years
I sucked it up and am doing the Weight Watchers thing. It works for me and is easy for me to follow.
CRAZiiBEAUTiiFUL CRAZiiBEAUTiiFUL 10 years
i agree with pinkangelmonkey. i have the same problem with fast metabolism and obsessions with chocolate. ever since i went to college and had to eat crappy dorm food, i felt like i just needed a damn good meal! well i had no solution. also at work there is only junk food surrounding me. there are no decent places around me to eat. so my junk food days continued. i've had junk food for over a year now, constantly. my body is SCREAMING for a good meal. so i guess that is the cure. once you get too much of something, you begin hating it. i will say though, my love for chocolate will forever stay.
yayita yayita 10 years
Crazy did you get GBS?
yayita yayita 10 years
Yeah crazylady, I think I asked you before.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
Hey Crazylady, how did you lose all that weight??? i'm trying to lose 15 pounds before my cousin's wedding in October (i'm a bridesmaid) and i need some tips!
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 10 years
it seriously worked for me! i dont know how or why but im thankful!
yayita yayita 10 years
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yayita yayita 10 years
hahahahaha! this is hilarious pink, hysterical! That would not work for 99.999999% of people LOL I would eat all of it in one day!
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 10 years
here is what worked for me...i was concerned about my health and not my weight. diabetes runs in the family so this is what worked for me as odd as it sounds and i dont recommend it. i used to eat a lot of choc. and junk food. since i got my own place i have gotten alot of snacks when they were on sale and junk food. everytime there is a sale on junk i bought it...i saw it around the house so much that i didnt want to go near it. i have a junk cabinet full of chips, tasty cakes, candies...etc and it stays full! i havent touched hardly a bite of it. i only eat one junky thing a day at most. i go days without any junk often. now that i have an overabundance i dont touch it! i dont know why or how it worked for me but it has. but it was an immediate reaction that happened as soon as i started buying it. i also cook alot of from scratch dinners so im not hungry after i eat that. i found that i dont get satisfied or full off of processed foods. i also dont eat at fast food joints half as often. i get very sick to my stomach if i eat out more than once a week and my belly starts craving some healthier home cooked foods. its great and for some reason it worked for me and ill take it! haha i made homemade fudge for christmas and peanut butter snowballs and i didnt touch it once and had to throw it away after i deemed it too old to eat! good luck and alot of the posters are giving some great advice so try it out!
yayita yayita 10 years
LOL SanD, I was thinking the same thing hahaha. Great picture. BTW, Sailor I like the "Dont buy it and you wont eat it" philosophy. Recently Ive been drinking alot of Diet Coke and chips. I need to get a hold of myself!
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
That potato girl picture is funny. :-)
wynter wynter 10 years
I agree with the Crystal light and water thing. Plain water and water w/Crystal Light is about all I drink now. I don't miss sodas at all. Once you stop buying junk food and replacing it with healthier things, junk foods won't taste nearly as good after a few months. Potato chips used to be my weakness, but now my stomach turns when I see them. I prefer low fat popcorn or chopped veggies/crunchy fruits now and enjoy it. :)
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
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ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
replaces sugary junk with fruits. replaced crunch snacks with vegetables like carrot sticks. it may be good to quit this cold turkey. try a cleanse for 2 weeks or so. you'll feel bad as your body gets rid of garbage, but you'll lay foundaiton for healthier you!
Adriana42 Adriana42 10 years
I guess I'm lucky that I don't like sweets :)
crazylady crazylady 10 years
If you hate to drink water, try adding crystal light to it. It flavors the water without adding many calories. Then you can get used to drinking water. I wish I had to intelligence to realize how addicted I was to junk food a long time ago. Now I've spent the last several months trying to lose that weight and all my baby weight. I've lost over 50 and only have about 10 more to go. Drinking water is critical to a healthy lifestyle because by the time you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. It also clears up your skin and gives you a full feeling making you feel like you're not as hungry.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Oh, you know, actually I drink a ton of coffee too. I don't count that as a drink. Because it's hot...? I guess that's totally cheating, huh? Well, anyhow, coffee and water. I rarely drink anything but coffee and water. (Watch, I'll be back in a minute to be like, oh wait - I also drink...)
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Dear and the ladies gave you great advice on the junk food, already. As for water, you'll have to force yourself to drink it at first. But, you'll notice that you get thirstier and thirstier over time. (Or you just get better at noticing it!) And you'll really come to like water! I swear! I rarely drink anything but water.
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