(Foreword: this is the continuation of our reply to Amihan of PAG IBIG regarding her problem with addiction to junk foods.)
DEAR Amihan of PAG IBIG,
Now, let’s get to some few steps that you can take to help you reduce your junk food intake and turn the table around this time.
1. Don’t let your excuses win over you.
I know we can formulate a thousand excuses just to eat what we want - especially these junkie goodies. It’s some ultimate war that we need to win over yourself. This means your mightiest enemy is yourself. This is why, it’s more than keeping on guard all the time - just like most people do with C of C (Clash of Clan).
Alright, let’s try to decipher now some common excuses.
A. “I only eat a bit of junk, not that much.”
Hmmm... sounds you’re in for some moderation and sounds healthy, anyway. Please don’t believe right at once what yourself is telling you or you want to tell yourself. Get a food diary or a food journal.
Now, if you have one, try to see what foods you were taking. Try to look at the pattern. Are there really no junk foods? I only have one thing to ask you. Don’t cheat on yourself. Please.
Now, if you do have the list of foods, try to look how much sugar or salt (sodium) and fat calories are in there and compute them. You can also read the label. This might wake you up that what you are eating is not really that bit as you want to tell yourself or anyone.
B. “But, I just can’t resist them. They’re just so good.”
Who doesn’t want sweet and salty foods?? Those cookies are just irresistible those chips are just overwhelmingly insane to get rid off.
Remember we were not born with a taste for salt. As a matter of fact, we only develop our taste for salt only until six months of age. So, if this is a learned behavior, we can always unlearn it, right? Well, if that is we only wanted to and is committed to what we want.
Again, as much as I want to talk on more steps that you can take to help you reduce your junk food intake so that you can win this war - for your heart and for your hips, but, since we don’t have a lot of space for now, so, let me then again, continue this in my next issue. Until then!
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