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Train Yourself To Crave Healthy Foods

September 16, 2015

There is no denying that junk food cravings are powerful.  This food is carefully, strategically developed by food manufacturers.  Many of our favorite unhealthy snacks have the “perfect” amount of added sugar, salt, fat, and other chemicals designed to make us want more, and more, and more. 

However, you can change your brain’s response to junk food by eating as many healthy, whole foods, as possible.  The less junk food you eat, the less you will crave it.  Try these tips and see if they work for you:

  1. Practice the 5-ingredient rule.  If there are more than 5 ingredients on a food label- keep moving.  This is a great way to avoid flavor-blasted cookies and chips that really aren’t good for you.
  2. Aim for three colors.  Studies show that people psychologically prefer three different colors on their plates compared with more or less of a either category.  Instead of reaching for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar, have a handful of nuts, some fruit slices, and a small square of dark chocolate.  This will excite your palate and improve your psychological response to what’s on your plate.
  3. Break your routine. It takes at least 21 days to a form a new habit.  Most of us eat junk around the same time of day.  Whether it’s a mid morning snack, or a bunch of sugar around 3pm to get us through the day.  Replace this snacking time with a walk, or new, healthier alternative.
  4. Keep the healthy options in plain sight. Store healthy foods in your fridge and cupboards so that they are front and center.  You are more likely to grab what’s right in front of you.
  5. Gross yourself out. One of the easiest way to stop eating junk food is to educate yourself on what you are really eating.  Take for instance, eggs from McDonalds.  David DiSalvo, a writer at Forbes, decided to take a very close look into the eggs in the popular world of fast food breakfast sandwiches.  These “eggs” include a “premium egg blend” that includes glycerine, a solvent found in soap and shaving cream, dimethylpolysilxane, a silicon that can also be found in Silly Putty and calcium silicate, a sealant used on roofs and concrete.

What is your favorite junk food snack?  Google it’s ingredients and share in the comments below.  Let’s educate each other on what is REALLY in our food. 

We will also give you 5 points for sharing.

2 responses to “Train Yourself To Crave Healthy Foods”

  1. Gina Swensen says:

    Wheat Thins Popped. Whole grain wheat flour, dried potatoes, rice flour, brown rice flour, unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), canola oil, sugar, salt, buttermilk, onion powder, sour cream powder (nonfat milk, cream, cultures), whey, lactic acid, citric acid, spices (contains parsley), soy lecithin, yeast extract, natural flavors. Good points – No saturated fat, no cholesterol Bad points – Highly processed, contains MSG like ingredients

  2. Cali Jones says:

    McDonald’s latte: WHOLE MILK, ESPRESSO. I’m sure there is some fat and sugar in the milk. But I reduced it from the flavored latte to the regular latte which cut out 2/3rds of the sugar. Maybe my dependence on coffee could be reduced by getting more sleep.

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