I have been trying to eat healthier lately but it's tough! I have been eating tons of crap the past year and I wanted to put an end to it but I'm surrounded by it. At home, my parents buy a ton of snacks and junk food and then when I am on my school campus, I am surrounded by delicious smelling fast food. Even when I pack and bring my own lunch I get tempted to buy something from the food courts/stalls. How can I stay motivated to eating healthy?
LOL its really hard, im a fitness nut, but catch myself with cravings often. it comes down to self control, and learning about how bad junk food really is for your body. It really is as easy as saying no. Instead of that burger from a fast food place, make your own. instead of that chocolate bar with 25612651 ingredients that youve never heard of, grab one with simple ingredients like milk and chocolate (i like dairy milk). give yourself a couple cheat days a week to start and remove them slowly. Never completely remove them or youll binge. And cheat day doesnt mean stuff your face with everything, keep it portioned. instead of a full chocolate bar, eat half and save the other for another day. ALSO, avoid EVERYTHING with hydrogenated oils and aspartame. always look at ingredients before eating. i stick to mainly whole foods and im fine. Do some research on hydrogenated oils, see what it does to your body, and i promise youll avoid about 90% of the stuff you eat right now. youll live a better more full life, while everyone else is riddled with disease and bone/brain problems when they hit 40+
I think it is a bit of a continuum, based on your current level of health and fitness. Usually when you start, it is hard to stay motivated because you cannot see the results right in front of you. However, it gets easier and easier as your fitness level increases because you can see that your hard work and discipline are paying off. I think i's just a matter of being able to better envision the big picture. Think of what you want to look like (or feel like) in the future, and let that motivate you. A lot of people lose 'sight' of their goal, and so they fall off the cart. This being said, healthy food can taste pretty damn good... Trouble is, it takes time to prepare most of the time :P.
Instead of posting to funadvice to seek recipes for butter rum cream filling for chocolates, ask for recipes for delicious, aromatic, tempting, healthy foods. Find nutritious foods that please and satisfy you. I also agree with John's comment about the importance of "learning about how bad junk food really is for your body." When you know how it's killing you - and that it's literally toxic, not food - the sweet smell won't tempt you so much.
what i have is one cheat day a week, and ill have chocolate milk, or some oatmeal cookies in milk, nothing to serious. after avoiding them for a while and seeing how awesome i feel after avoiding them, i never crave for them. I get repulsed by something really sweet or if it has ugly ingredients haha, good luck.
oh ps, keeping high sugar and high carb foods/drinks limited reduces craving for sweets and stuff as well
I understand :( it's tough. I'm trying to reduce the amount of fatty foods I intake per day too. It's best to always have breakfast, obviously (most important meal of the day) so then one is not tempted to snack between breakfast and lunch. Have a reasonable sized lunch and perhaps eat low calorie snacks if needs be :)
Odd, that butter rum question was during Christmas when I was looking to make chocolates for my boyfriend, odd that it should surface :o. But anyways I do eat relatively healthy, I don't have much of a sweet tooth. My problem lately has been cutting out processed, frozen foods.
There's nothing wrong with frozen; frozen vegetables are as nutritious as fresh. As for processed foods, sounds like maybe you need to discover more convenient ways to prepare good foods.
Alot of self control and will power, make a choice that that's what you want to do, after a few weeks of not eating that stuff you won't even want it anymore