Hello 2013, Goodbye Junk Food




By Syd Hoffman

If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food.     
—Sally Edwards

Once again it’s that time of year when thoughts of a New Year and a New You come to mind. If you’re like millions of people, the drive and determination to make a change will last about a week before you decide it’s just too much work!

You would be wrong! A new you doesn’t have to be hard, in fact, the best results come from small changes. I should know – it took me 40 years to commit to a lifestyle change but, once committed, I did it one small change at a time.

We know our bodies need real food —  food full of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Junk foods lack nutritional merit and often have several unhealthy chemical additives and artificial sweeteners. Soda, candy, and many ultra-sugary or ultra-salty foods belong in this category.

I recently read if we make our own healthy snack with just a little salt and just a little sweetness, we’ll satisfy our cravings for junk food. Outstanding information! My husband has created a perfect treat for our at-home movie watching: air popcorn with a bit of sea salt and apple slices. We skip the soda and opt for a glass of water with lemon.

Consider starting this year off with a “no junk food” contract. The key to success is to plan ahead! Instead of being tempted by the plethora of low quality food within arm’s reach, pack your own portable food bag with fresh fruit, ready-to-go chopped veggies (cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and snap peas are my no-prep favorites), hummus for dipping, a handful of raw unsalted nuts, and a sandwich or a salad (if you are going to be on-the-go all-day.)

Start off each morning filling two reusable drink containers with a fabulous green smoothie (spinach, soy milk, almond butter, banana, berries, plus extra supplements). I usually drink one as a mid-morning pick-me-up and one as a 2pm slump fighter … do what works for you. This naturally sweet drink eliminates the desire to raid the office candy jar, keeps your blood sugar level steady and your mind sharp.

Eating 5-6 mini-meals of delicious, beautiful and nutritious food keeps our bodies so satisfied you’ll be happy to skip the office donuts, the vending machine, and the awful drink choices because you have paradise right in front of you.

People ask me what I drink. It’s pretty simple – water or a green smoothie. These drinks make my body smile broadly.

I’ve been adding 1 teaspoon of organic freeze-dried pomegranate powder to my 20-ounce water tumbler each morning to help me achieve my goal of 60 ounces (three tumblers) of water each day.  Water keeps my head clear and my body energetic.   Our brains are 75 percent water and need to be topped off throughout the day.  Many junk food cravings actually manifest when we are a bit dehydrated.

It’s takes a month to make something a habit so try signing your own “no junk food” contract for the month of January and you’ll soon be on the way to a New Year and a New and Healthier You!

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No Junk Food Contract for 2013

 

I, ____________________ commit to removing junk food (items with no nutritional value) from my home, car, desk, and life.   There are dozens of nutritious, tasty choices I can make at any given moment.  I will go down the healthy path instead.  I am totally worth it!

 

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