Have you ever been in an all-consuming relationship? You date this person and they become your world; you watch the same movies, read the same books, and even go on the same diet, EAT THE SAME THINGS? No? Just me? Well, alrighty then.
Let me tell you about my ex-boyfriend and let’s call him…junk food. So, junk food only enjoyed eating fast food. His diet consisted of pizza, hamburgers and different types of pasta. THAT WAS IT. Do you see a food with any type of nutrition in that list? No? Me neither. Now, me, being the most amazing girlfriend that I was, spent almost all of my free time with him. We watched the same movies, read the same books, and were on the same diet. Needless to say, I started to form a fast food habit; which escalated quickly over the last two years.
A week ago, we had a heart-wrenching break up that forced me to take a good look at myself in the mirror. I was 50 pounds heavier, depressed, and my health had suffered tremendously. Needless to say, I knew I had to get my nutrition in check and put myself on a diet. The key to getting over this disastrous relationship and to finding myself was to simply make myself happy with my body. So, I kicked my fast food habit in just four easy steps!
Step 1: Find reasons to stay outdoors
We’ve all been there after the ending of a serious relationship. You want to stay in bed all day, eat tons of fast food, and find everything that is the exact opposite of health and nutrition…then stuff it in my face. Well, that wasn’t going to help me any. So instead of watching a movie and eating ice cream, I made a healthy home-cooked meal then went out for a jog.
Step 2: Avoid Temptation.
If you don’t want to eat fast food, stay out of the way of places that serve it! Whenever I go out with my friends, I make sure that our plans include a nice, well-rounded place to eat. I know myself, and if we stop at a McDonald’s, I am NOT getting a salad.
Step 3: Don’t Make Excuses
So, you’re running late to a meeting. Your options are to either eat a yogurt or stop and get a quick breakfast from some disgusting fast-food place. Don’t tell yourself the yogurt won’t fill you up, because neither will the fast food AND the fast-food will leave you with no energy. Just grab the yogurt.
Step 4: Give it TIME
Don’t just give up after 1 or 2 day. After a week or so, your body will get used to your new diet and it’ll become as easy as breathing. You’ll form a new habit and your health will be doing much better.
So, don’t let a fast-food habit get you down. Once you kick it, you’ll be even happier then ever!