We’ve been brought up in cultures eating a certain way. There is junk and snack food in every society. I might want to ask another valid question. Remember the old expression ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? There’s always an exception to every rule.
‘My wife craves sweets, while I crave the oily and salty. We have to do our homework and find healthy replacement snacks…’
How easy is it to change our ingrained habits? And, do we want to change? Furthermore, why would we? There is usually a reason behind why people change their ways. And, as for ones diet, the reason often is to lose weight, get healthier and live longer.
‘Consumption of high calorie junk foods has increased recently, especially among young adults and higher intake may cause weight gain [1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23738741/]’.
For example, I knew I had to lose about 50 pounds a few years ago or something bad was going to happen. I was afraid of having a heart attack. Also, I got tired of switching from my slim pants to my big boy pants. I had two sizes of clothing. Finally, I made up my mind to get off the weight loss ‘roller coaster ride’.
I don’t remember how I learned to eat plant based whole food. I think it evolved through watching YouTube® videos, diet experimentation and frequenting the online USDA choose my plate. Eventually, I figured out I was consuming more calories than I burned up in a day. And, I learned it added up each week, each month and each year.
‘Is There Life Without Junk Food? Those those old cravings never go away. Remember, we are not striving for perfection. Make it a goal to eat 80-90% plant based whole food…’
Eating processed and refined foods are commonly known to make one gain weight. For example, I got stuck at 185 lbs. until I figured out to stop eating bags of potato and corn chips, boxes crackers and loaves of bread. Once I did, I consistently lost about 5 lbs. a month. How I eat, here.
Source- 1 Robinson E;Harris E;Thomas J;Aveyard P;Higgs S; “Reducing High Calorie Snack Food in Young Adults: A Role for Social Norms and Health Based Messages.” The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23738741/.
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.