DISCLAIMER! I am a work in progress, and I do fall into temptation often with these things. However, I am constantly working on ways to overcome these weaknesses and avoid junk food! What i'm sharing with you below, are things that often help me avoid chips and sweets and might help you too!
1- If you're into chips because you love the crunch, try going for celery or carrots dipped in hummus. This has become one of my favorite snacks!
2- If you're into the salt, try baking your own tortilla chips! I use whole wheat tortillas, but you can always use corn. Brush the tortilla with olive oil and brush a small amount on your cookie sheet. Slice the tortilla into wedges with a pizza cutter on the cookie sheet. Season with pepper, sea salt and chili powder (if you like some spice). Bake at 350 for 5 minutes then flip them over and bake for another 3-6 minutes. Just keep an eye on them towards the end to make sure they don't burn! Then dip them in fresh salsa or homemade guacamole. This has become one of my favorite snacks!
If you're following the 21 day fix meal plan 1 whole wheat tortilla or 2 small corn tortillas equals 1 yellow container, salsa is considered a purple container, avocado is blue then count whatever you put in your guac accordingly.
3- If you're a sweets person try making homemade protein bars. I recently started making Shakeology balls and bars, and they are filling and delicious! It's the perfect snack, especially if you have a sweet tooth or need some quick protein. Check out my Pinterest for my favorite shakeology bars and balls recipes! :)
4- Drinking shakeology in general has helped me combat my sweet tooth because it's so delicious! The chocolate taste like a dessert. My favorite thing to do is mix chocolate shakeology, a little natural peanut butter, half a frozen banana, splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, water and a few ice cubes in my nutribullet. It literally taste like a milkshake!!
5- When i'm in the grocery store or around junk food I really just try to focus on my goals. Whenever i'm tempted, I remember why i'm eating healthy and exercising. I remember the way I feel when I eat junk food, and that I don't like it!
6- Lastly, FORGIVE yourself and move on if you mess up. There is no point in giving yourself a hard time because it's over, you already ate it. Just realize it wasn't the best choice and make the better choice next time. This is something I am constantly working on, but it's important to focus on the future, and what you need to do to get where you want to be. If you had a cookie after lunch, make a goal for yourself to skip the cookie the next day.
Maybe you need to lose weight, maybe you are terrible about giving into tempting foods, or maybe you're where you want to be in your health and fitness journey but need to maintain. If you're like me, and need accountability, no matter what the reason is, shoot me an email to join my next online accountability group! Lspage15@gmail.com