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Too Much Junk!

Does Junk Food Have A Place in a Healthy Diet??

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  • SPANKYLOL
    I have struggled with my weight since I had my children 18 years ago. I have finally come to grips that there is no quick solution to weight loss. I have since lost 41lbs in about a year and a half. I have achieved this by cutting out the junk food, and increasing the really yummy stuff, like blueberries, nuts spinach and so much more, but as we all know cutting out what you love most is not the answer. So I have dedicated Friday nights to a free for all. What first happened was I just binged on all that is sweet, rich, creamy and decadent, but have noticed that I have even started to give up that as each thing I put in my mouth my mind says will stay on the hips and they are starting to look good. It is amazing how you can talk yourself out of something that is not good for you. You just have to have that conversation with yourself.....you may seem crazy that you are talking to yourself....but you look good. - 2/12/2010 1:23:47 PM
  • We only treat ourselves to one coke a week now. We order a small or if home we measure exactly one cup. If we are out, we often do not finish the soda. Just have few sips or half. I absolutely cannot give up my chocolate, but on a good day I have no trouble limiting myself to just one small snak size hershey bar. I found multi-grain pita chips as a substitute for potato chips, but I love them too much. Almost cannot stop eating once I start. So I am going to have to just not buy any chips for the house. Don't know how I will get past this one. Carrots, Cucumbers...nothing crunchy has helped that craving yet. Would love any ideas. - 2/12/2010 11:46:17 AM
  • When I started sp I was not going to stop my diet dew I was only going to cut back but now I found I don't need it any more. No more Mountain Dew, I have been drinking this since I was young. - 2/12/2010 10:26:51 AM
  • MLG511
    When I started with SP I decided to give up diet sodas. This not only will help my health it is going to save me money on all of the trips and stops I made to get a drink I thought I needed! - 2/12/2010 10:17:49 AM
  • CALLAROSENTM
    I also stopped drinking soda when I looked at the sodium and sugar content! It's craZy how much is in there! - 2/12/2010 9:47:09 AM
  • LOVEBLACKWOLF
    VICD25 Stop by my office and I'll introduce you to them. - 2/12/2010 9:37:33 AM
  • I'd be interested to meet these 4700 people who drink so much soda. I don't know any of them! - 2/12/2010 8:59:22 AM
  • I cut out all carbonated beverages years before starting with Spark, convinced that they are really not good for my system. I do still struggle to eat more nutrient rich foods, even 5 months into my Spark program. I hit my calories, but need more of them to be made up of better quality foods. I know that when at my largest, I was probably nearly as malnourished as someone who doesn't get enough to eat. While I'm MILES ahead of where I was when I began, I am encouraged by the progress I have made and keep making better choices every day. And I can feel the difference!! - 2/12/2010 8:28:38 AM
  • LIVINGONMYTERMS
    I have gotten better about reading the nutritional labels, it was shocking about how much garbage is in these cheap foods. My rule of thumb is spend the money on good food and less at the doctor later in life when it all catches up to you. - 1/29/2010 4:56:45 PM
  • PEOPLEGETREADY
    Luckily, growing up we weren't allowed to drink soda often. But my weakness is breads, rice, and pastas. - 1/6/2010 2:56:43 PM
  • My junk food crave is bubble gum. Like most it's cheap and I'm wired to want to just chew and chew. At first I was going to just gently try and consume less, but that's not working and I know I don't need of the sugar or food coloring, so I've decided to put a cap on what I'm allowed to have. At the end of the day I feel better knowing that eventually this little battle of cravings will be conquered! :) - 1/6/2010 1:10:48 PM
  • POODLEMAMA
    The demon junk food! In our society it is so hard to get away from it. The marketing people can make a bag of sugar sound like a new diet product! - 12/20/2009 8:17:23 PM
  • Junk Food: Empty calorie, highly processed foods that are loaded with chemicals, trans fats, and corn syrup.
    These have no place in a healthy diet or in an "eating well" diet. Once you start to avoid these foods, the rest begins to fall into place. After some time of eating healthy food, you lose your appetite for this stuff.
    I do not include dark chocolate or premium ice cream in the list of junk foods. - 8/17/2009 12:50:48 PM
  • That article was hard to read. Especially "a plan for weight reduction should emphasize eating differently, not just eating less." I guess I figured I could lose weight just staying in my calorie limit and eating what I wanted within that limit, but the scale definitely tells a different story. I guess I have to actually start eating better, lol. - 8/17/2009 4:32:34 AM
  • Sadly, it took me 19 years before I realized the disservice I was doing to myself by drinking sodas and eating copious amounts of cookies, chips, etc. Finally, I decided enough was enough and completely cut out sodas and cookies and chips and junk like that from my diet. Along with exercise, I managed to lose some 40 odd pounds and feel better than ever. I still enjoy the occassional treat - chocolate, a delicious flavor of granola bar, etc. - but I try to do that in moderation. Once I cut out the soda from my life, I find that I no longer even want it, and if I do ever take a sip of a friend's drink for whatever reason, I cough and splutter because it's so awful-tasting! - 8/16/2009 10:21:06 PM

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