There’s a lot of junk food out there. It’s sugary and sweet and everything not nice. One thing I have noticed is that it becomes easier to avoid it not by cutting it out on its own, but by bringing in another action that has natural vice-killing strategies.
It’s like getting that first paycheck and saying, “Golly-gee-wiz! All that work and this is what I get? This is it?” Then you finally understand why your parents have grey hair, because you don’t understand the basic value of a dollar and also, you’re a pain in the rear.
When you’re (initially) clomping away on the treadmill, watching those calories tick by you start thinking…”Wow, this sucks. All this for a few seconds of indulgence? This is hard!”
Then as you reach the 100s (of calories burned), and then 200s…maybe 300s and if you’re pushing it 400s…you start thinking, “I’m not letting anything take this away from me.”
When you go home that evening, you will very likely, extremely likely NOT EAT JUNK. Because that was some hard-earned calorie burn and you’re not just gonna squander it and spend it all in one place. It’s easy to spend your parent’s income but your own? Child, you gonna count every penny.
- Look up the ingredients
Just glance at all the unpronounceable ingredients, get yourself to Wiki, and read up on just what you’re about to put in your body. (Or you can watch a slideshow.) Do this when you’re in a good mood because when you’re down you’re not going to care a flying fish about what is or isn’t in it.
- Go to a Quran class
Seriously. Who said junk food was just what you ate? I’ve personally been unable to turn on the radio in my car because I’m thinking…I have Quran class in 4 hours. How can I sit there with song lyrics buzzing in my ears trying to learn how to recite the book of God?
- IN CONCLUSION: The way to subtract is to add.
You could attempt to peel off a disliked layer of paint from your walls. Flake by painstaking flake. Or you could just add a new splash of color on top and effectively erase that dishwater grey. It’s difficult to cut things out and deal with the vacuum the loss leaves behind. It’s much easier to add positive actions to your life, and you’ll feel better being on the offense than defense.