Kicking the Junk Food Habit

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 04/17 2014 05:42PM

Updated 04/17 2014 10:45PM

It can be too easy to reach for that bag of chips or your favorite candy bar. But when you make that choice, it can impact your health.

"We really define junk food as foods that have few nutrients for the amount of calories and fat that they provide. So a little bit of junk food is ok, but when it becomes every meal, every snack then it can become a problem." And Freeman Dietitian Heather Boline says too many empty calories and you may end up feeling tired, rundown and bloated. She suggests a food journal to see if that's the cause. "It's right there in black and white and you can see 'What am I eating? Am I meeting my daily needs of grains and fruits and vegetables and dairy and meat? Or am I fulfilling that daily intake with chips and cookies and doughnuts and snack cakes and those types of foods."

Boline points out that you don't have to go cold turkey to get back on track. "We all enjoy chips or a cookie or a snack cake now and then. But usually we recommend trying to keep that to a minimum, maybe 100, 200 calories a day. We call those discretionary calories where you have a little treat then try to eat healthy most of the time."

There are also websites and apps that can help you keep track of what you're eating. Click here to find out more.

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