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hello all...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i have been junk food eater till very recently when ive met dh...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ....so now im totally convinced that junk is junk and we only eat healthy food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah">:....but you know when i pass by some vending machine or someone selling junk i want to buy...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer">:....cant do anything to myself...i dont buy of course and i cant accept ds is spoiled like me...so i tell me firmly that this is junk and bad....but I still want to buy it!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ...what do I do to myself????? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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My philosophy is "all is of God, all is good." It's easier to admit your love for it and then let it go then to be negative about it. There is a time and a place for everything. Perhaps your time for those particular foods has passed.
 

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Reading about junk food really helped my say no to it. "Eat to Live", "Fast Food Nation" or the video "Supersize Me!" are great places to start. I can now see candybars as dead food that is making me ill/fat. Now do I ever eat a candybar? Yes! But it is so infrequent that it is a special treat not a daily battle.<br><br>
I also eat A LOT (probably 5 servings a day + !) of fruits and smoothies because I have a BIG sweet tooth.<br>
Good eating, Jennifer
 

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Reading about junk food really helped my say no to it. "Eat to Live", "Fast Food Nation" or the video "Supersize Me!" are great places to start. I can now see candybars as dead food that is making me ill/fat. Now do I ever eat a candybar? Yes! But it is so infrequent that it is a special treat not a daily battle.<br><br>
I also eat A LOT (probably 5 servings a day + !) of fruits and smoothies because I have a BIG sweet tooth.<br>
Good eating, Jennifer
 

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Maybe try to figure out *why* you want the junk food. Then try to meet that "need" in a healthier way.<br><br>
Junk food is easy, for example. No prep time, etc... If that is your issue you could buy healthier foods in individual serving size packages (though that is not very NFL) or simply buy things you like and portion them out to just grab.<br><br>
If it's a specific taste you are craving, see if you can find it elsewhere. Bagel or pita chips taste good and I assume they're better than, say, potato chips. Or a small really good piece of chocolate versus a HUGE not so good one.
 

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Sometimes I look at a fatty food (eg potato chips, or Crisco if I'm thinking about baking) and visualize my arteries clogged with thick white gunk. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.<br><br>
Sometimes it helps to recall for yourself the yucky way you feel after eating junk food.<br><br>
Or make a commitment that you might do something healthful first, like 10 min. of yoga. Then if you still want it, you can just do it.<br><br>
Sometimes there is a nutrient that is lacking in the diet, which is found in the junk food. Eg, potato chips have vit. b6. Find a healthy source of that, and see if it satisfies the craving.<br><br>
(You can tell what my weak spot is!)
 

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I used to be a big junk food eater. I loved anything that was bad for me, the worse it was for my health, the more I liked it.<br>
I had to look deep inside and find out why I wanted to eat something that would hurt me, make me gain weight and someday probably kill me. Why was AI being self destructive?<br>
Once I dealt with those issues, eating healthy was much easier.
 

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This is just my experience so maybe it won't be helpful but who knows. Honestly, I say buy a little bit. After eating all the good food, the junk doesn't taste nearly as good as it used to and makes me feel like poop. Then the next time I see that doughnut it is not nearly as tempting.
 

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Last year I had a heart arrythmia scare that put my junk food habit into perspective. My ds was very small when it happened and I thought for awhile that he might grow up without a mom. Since then, everytime I think about eating that junk I remember how important it is to remain healthy, not only for myself but for my ds, too. I want to be around (and feeling good) for a long time.<br><br>
But I don't totally deny myself, either. On rare occasions I'll indulge a little, but since I've started eating really healthful foods I don't crave the refined sugar/processed stuff as much anymore.
 

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Last year I had a heart arrythmia scare that put my junk food habit into perspective. My ds was very small when it happened and I thought for awhile that he might grow up without a mom. Since then, everytime I think about eating that junk I remember how important it is to remain healthy, not only for myself but for my ds, too. I want to be around (and feeling good) for a long time.
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very very inspiring thanx for posting....thank you a lot everyone! i have to work on myself more...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> ...i dont want to be bad example for ds....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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me and dh agreed on that one as a compromise...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Something that really brought it home for me was calculating Weight Watchers' points. Once you see the value difference between a candy bar and something that's healthy for you, it's kind of an eye opener. I can eat a 5-point Kit Kat for breakfast, or I can eat some baby carrots, hummus, apple, and melba toast for 4 points!
 
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