Today is the last day in January, which means that my no junk food challenge is complete! I decided to do this type of challenge to kick off my New Year resolution, which is to eat healthier. As I stated in my previous post, I had a terrible snacking habit and the two main culprits were chips (potato chips, tortilla chips, etc.) and jelly beans. I needed to get a grip on these cravings and so I thought that this challenge would be a great way to do that. Here are my results.
For the first few weeks, I was still craving the potato chips and candy and it was really annoying to eat fruit instead. However, I started to see a shift in my mindset during that time. I would crave one or the other and go to the grocery store, but once I came face to face with the food item, I didn't want it. It was as if my cravings went away and I didn't feel compelled to buy it. Then ultimately, my everyday cravings completely vanished and I was able to stick with the fruit. This is a huge victory for me because I finally gained control over it.
Although I had some wins, I wouldn't be truthful if I didn't acknowledge my slipups. When my parents came to visit the other week, they brought along a bag of salt and vinegar chips and while those aren't the typical chips I go for, I ended up eating a handful (I promise it was only a handful.) And yesterday, I ended up at the vending machine and got a bag of classic Lays and Starbursts, but I didn't feel guilty because throughout the whole month of January, I only had chips twice and candy once (Where's my applause?)
Last but not least, I definitely saw a difference in my weight. With a combination of exercise, I visibly lost inches and pounds. I don't know the exact number because I decided not to weigh myself just yet, but my clothes are looser, my stomach and waist are smaller and my body is toner.
I am a true foodie at heart and while that's ok, you shouldn't ever let food control you. Doing this challenge really helped me to conceptualize this and I am confident that I will be able to keep the snacking under control.
Have you started your New Year resolution yet?