Saying Goodbye to
the Food Drug
Have you checked out
July's poll? Most users of this site agree: giving up junk food is like
giving up a drug. It hurts to quit some junk food. It hurts just like it
would quitting cigarettes or another drug. Check out the
results so far:
Do you think
that high pleasure food (junk food) is addicting,
just like drugs or cigarettes?
So HOW do you
quit? Read on for ideas.
Know what junk food withdrawal feels like
for you. For many people it feels
uncomfortable, antsy, or like their skin is crawling. Other kids and teens
say they just really want the food and can't stop thinking about it. They
want it even through they are not physically hungry.
Quitting junk food is tough. When you are
trying to quit,
do not diet hard core.
Do not attempt a fad diet or really low calorie diet. This will make you
too hungry. You will crave the junk food more, too.
Instead of going on a diet,
quit one junk food or two at a time.
This way, your body will not be in complete shock.
Prepare to stop eating the junk
By preparing your mind and body, you will
be ready for the change. To prepare, tell adults and friends you trust of
your plans. Tell them how they can support you. Maybe you can call them or
visit when you are having cravings or experiencing withdrawal. Some kids
and teens say it helps when others do not eat the food with them. You need
let your support system know how to help
you. Then, you need to use your
Know your triggers.
Many kids and teens say they want to eat certain junk food when they are
bored. Others say they want it when they see it on TV. Know what triggers
you. Avoid the triggers as much as possible!
Pick a date.
Plan when the best time would be to quit. You may not want to pick a time
near exams or tests or a big holiday. Circle the date on your calendar.
Make sure your support system knows the date too!
When your date comes around, make sure you
drink lots of water. Be sure to have lots of
healthy low calorie snacks to
munch on. Have snacks like carrots, celery, fruit, and sugar free Jell-O on
hand. For other food ideas, click here.
When the cravings get really tough,
your hands together real tight. Keep squeezing until the craving goes
away. For other ideas to help you talk yourself through the cravings,
Believe in yourself.
Even if you have messed up before, believe
this time you CAN do it. I believe in you!
Make this a healthy
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