A week of meals to break your junk food addiction:
It’s been over a month since I started my journey towards breaking my junk food addiction. And so far, I’m enjoying myself immensely! There are many reasons why I decided to write this post. First of all, it was fun writing it!
Second of all, there were some things that needed to be explained better or at least clarified. Thirdly, I wanted to share with others what I’ve learned during this week. Fourthly, I want to give credit where it’s due. Finally, if anyone else wants to follow the same path that I did, then they’re free to do so too!
The first thing that needs to be mentioned is that it’s not just me; other people have experienced similar problems when trying to quit their unhealthy habits. However, these people didn’t necessarily understand each other. They couldn’t communicate with one another. So, I thought that sharing my experience would be a good idea.
I’ll start off by saying that I am not a doctor or medical professional. All of the statements made here are based on my own personal experiences and observations. Some of them may be wrong or even dangerous to your health depending on your individual situation. Please consult with a qualified physician before following any advice given here!
I’ve spent the past 25 days sticking to a very limited diet plan. I would eat one of two things every day: sprouts or bananas. At first, it was really difficult and I really missed junk food. After a few days, I started to get used to my new diet.
While I still craved junk food, my body also craved nutrients so it was easier for me to stick to my plan.
Eventually, I had better concentration, more energy, and wasn’t as hungry any more. Of course, everything I did was based on how I felt physically. I didn’t feel like my diet affected my mind in any way, but that’s not to say it didn’t.
I was always a vegetarian and have never eaten large quantities of meat. I started eating less and less meat until eventually, I didn’t eat any at all. I haven’t eaten any meat for as long as I can remember. Actually, I think my diet has been mostly vegetarian for the past ten years or so.
About two days before starting this diet plan, I went to the grocery store and stocked up on fruits and vegetables: apples, bananas, oranges, peaches, pears, carrots, celery, cabbage, spinach, kale, and some other stuff. That should be more than enough to get me through the week!
Finally, I need to give credit to Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe.
I read her book last summer and it really changed my life. She has a lot of great information about food and how different foods affect our bodies. If you’re really interested in learning more about her and her work, then I suggest that you visit her website!
My Weigh In: 158 pounds
Days Remaining: 23
Next time, I’ll share my experiences with the mental side of quitting eating junk food.
*If you liked this post, then consider checking out my book, Journey to the Lands of Man. It’s the story of a young man who is caught between two worlds: the world of magic and the world of technology. Check it out!
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