Post # 1
I have something “bad for me” probably every day, usually in the form of chocolate after lunch or a small bowl of ice cream after dinner. I seriously can’t even remember a day where I had 3 healthy meals and nothing else! I got thinking today that this might be excessive (since my weight won’t seem to budge) but have no idea what “normal” is?
How often do you eat junk food? I dont mean a whole row of cookies or bag of chips, but just something in the form of chocolate/chips/ice cream/cookies/cake/brownies/candy/fast food, etc.
If there are any bees who don’t eat it often, do you just not have a sweet/salty tooth, or is something that you have to work at every day to avoid?
Post # 3
I hardly ever eat junk food. I do snack several times a day though. I try to choose healthier snacks- string cheese and fruit are my latest things.
Now that I’m pregnant I let myself eat what I want, when I want- sometimes that means a few potato chips or hashbrowns with cheese melted on top. I have been cutting myself some slack about that lately. Though, more often than not I’m craving something more like mashed potatoes or nachos, so not really ‘junk’ food like candy or fast food.
As for fast food, I haven’t had ANY at all since April of 2010 when I was in Vegas and I could not resist the chance to try In-N-Out burger. I broke an 8-months-of-no-fast-food streak to eat that. Worth it!
Post # 4
I voted once a week. It’s something I have to work VERY hard to avoid. I have an insane sweet/salty tooth. I try to come up with replacement foods. Fruit for sugar… something crunch (carrots/celery) for chip type cravings. The thing that helps me most is to not have it around.
I refuse to eat fast food after watching Supersize me and seeing all 3 doctors recommend that eating fast food should only happen one time a year…. it was THAT bad.
I’m also in the camp that has struggled with my weight my entire life… I’ve worked really hard in the past 2-3 years to cut out processed food from my life. It’s a work in progress, but making new choices to replace previous bad ones has been the most helpful (ie: greens instead of bread with protein during lunch). or – eggs for b’fast instead of cereal. Cutting out pasta sides at dinner and adding veggies.
I also an all or nothing person – meaning, I just can’t have a sliver of a brownie or piece of cake or 1/2 a cookie – I’ll want the entire pan/box/bag. Knowing that (boy, I have a lot of practice) helps me stay away. Also reminding myself that I could eat that Snickers bar any time I wanted (it doesn’t have to be RIGHT NOW and will exist in the future) helps me steer clear.
Post # 5
Somewhere between daily and 2-3 times per week. When I’m being really good (it comes in waves – sometimes I eat really well for a month or so), I just don’t buy it. I plan my dinner and lunch menus for the week, and only get what I’m supposed to. I know that’s easier said than done, but I will make myself read the ingredients and nutrition labels for the shit I want to buy, and then force myself to put it back on the shelf. And I don’t carry cash so I can’t go to the vending machine at work. But I’m off the wagon right now. It’s post-wedding and the holiday season. Good luck!
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Right now, daily… because I’m pregnant and I am hungry all the freaking time. But the staples of my diet are really healthy. I’m not, like, living off of junk food, but if I want ice cream, I eat ice cream. If I want chips, I eat chips. And if I want chocolate, give me chocolate or someone is going to get hurt.
Post # 7
I don’t think I’ve ever gone an entire day w/out at least a TEENY piece of chocolate 🙂
Post # 8
Before I was sick I would eat it probably every other day, but now that I have such a limited diet I eat junk food every couple weeks and I only eat like half of a chocolate bar or something (otherwise I’ll feel too sick)
Post # 9
More than I care to admit… I really want to work on both my cooking and meal planning skills, so hopefully that will improve how much junk food I actually am eating each day.
Post # 11
Daily haha, but it’s not a lot.
Post # 12
I’ve gotten to where junk food is an occasional treat, and when it happens, it’s usually in the form of cookie cake or chocolate. 😀 I used to just eat whatever, and yeah, it showed.
Finally changed my life this year. Lost 30 pounds.
Post # 13
I don’t know how to answer. I could say daily…but does 1 piece of mini sized chocolate count? I rarely eat an entire piece of cake or pie (except at weddings, showers, etc). But I do like to make pie and I will eat a few bites here and there without eating a whole piece.
I don’t know how to vote
I rarely buy cookies/brownies/candy/chips (except tortilla) outside of special occasions…so it would all either be homemade or a few pieces of candy from the office bowl.
My only fast food is sandwich type places (Jimmy Johns, Panera) and I get lower calorie fare there usually or Chipotle (veggie salads/bowls).
Any other fast food place would be maybe…a few times a year?
Post # 14
Maybe once a week?? It depends what you mean by “junk” — but as far as cookies, candy, cake, ice cream and chips and fast food go pretty rarely. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but fruit, peanut butter, etc. work when I want something sweet. If I want something salty there are always things like cheese, bacon (! is bacon junk or an awesome addition/flavoring to certain otherwise healthy things like swiss chard, spinach, etc.?) , cottage cheese, hummus, etc.
It really helps to never keep junk in the house. You can’t eat if if you don’t have it. I do indulge in tasty food all the time and I love to cook. But I make sure that I’m always eating real food. Once you get used to eating real food processed junk loses its appeal.
(I did make pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting last week because I wanted them soooo baaad!!! Happy fall!)
Post # 15
I voted 1x per week; I’ve had to work very hard to overcome the urge to snack on junk food. It used to be almost every meal. Now, I bake/make healthy foods that are similar to what I would be craving. I had health concerns that made it important that I change my eating habits, so the “everything in moderation” argument doesn’t really work for me.
Some of my favorite substitutions:
– Instead of a bag of potato chips covered in salt/oil, I make oil-free/salt-free potato chips in the microwave. Tortilla chips are also easy to make using oil-free corn tortillas; just slice into triangles and bake at 400 for 8-12 minutes. With a low-sodium salsa, this is a really tasty, healthy snack.
– Instead of brownies, I make oil-free/sugar-free/dairy-free zucchini bread muffins with raw cacao. They are delicious and chocolatey enough to curb the craving without the guilt.
– Instead of ice cream, I make a soft serve out of frozen bananas, a tbsp of almond butter, and vanilla extract.
It took me about a month before I no longer immediately wanted to reach for comfort-junk foods (21 days to break a habit), but now I’m pretty good about either not wanting it in the first place or being able to easily substitute a healthier food option without feeling deprived.
Post # 16
I eat something bad every day… I would be so sad if I didn’t! LOL…