Chances are you sometimes feel powerless when faced with your favorite junk foods. Fortunately, following a few key steps can help you reduce your intake of junk — and turn your long-term health prospects around.
Do any of these excuses sound familiar?
But… I don’t eat that much junk. Try keeping a food journal. I did — and very quickly started to see some pretty scary patterns emerge (such as consistently exceeding my daily recommended allowance of stuff like sodium and fat calories). There are many free websites and apps out there (such as myfitnesspal.com) that will do all of the calculations for you. Talk about an eye-opener!
But… junk food tastes so much better than the healthy stuff. Although you might like sugar and salt-filled goodies now, you weren’t born that way. “Our taste for salt doesn’t develop until six months of age,” says Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and author of “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” So, since it’s a learned taste, it’s no surprise that you can unlearn it, too!
READ MORE: cnn.com