by a Former Junk Food Junkie

Here are a few simple steps to help you change your eating habits for the better.

1) For the first two days, you don’t have to change anything. Simply read the ingredients on everything that you’re eating, and look up anything that you don’t know. Record all of it so that you have an idea of what, where, and how much you eat each day.
Now that you know what is in what you’re eating, is there anything that you never plan to eat again? I thought so! Once I found out that artificial dyes are petroleum-based (yes, the stuff you put in your car) a lot of fakely-colored food became pretty unappealing!

2) Decide to eat only food. I try to avoid eating anything that contains petroleum, has a similar molecular structure to plastic, and anything intended to kill things. You might find other ingredients that you would prefer not to eat.

One thing you will notice while reading labels is that not everything that says “diet” is healthy. It may not have a lot of calories, but it might also contain chemicals like certain artificial sweeteners that cause cancer!

3) Find out how many calories you should be eating each day. You can talk to your doctor and/or a dietician about this, and there are many online tools that help you calculate it based on your age, gender, activity level, goal weight, etc. There are also tools that help you calculate how many calories and nutrients are in the foods that you are eating.