I ate unhealthy carb-filled foods for years. I was always trying to “cut back” a little, but this approach didn’t work for me.
What I eventually did was to just STOP altogether. For months, I didn’t buy anything unhealthy – it just wasn’t allowed to enter our apartment. (My husband loves chocolate, but respected my rules and NEVER brought chocolate into the apartment. I thought that his health would improve too until I learned that he compensates by eating chocolate from the vending machine at work everyday!! Still better than having that stuff in our apartment). If I buy a bag of crisps (chips), I will eat the whole thing. So I just don’t buy it.
In the first months, I have HUGE cravings and just resisted them. Instead I ate olives, cheese, and small servings of nuts. Another thing that I like is pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, which are really cheap as well.
Now after months of NOT eating carb-filled junk food, when I taste it, it doesn’t even taste that good. Now my view is that I will eat small portions occasionally, but usually my conclusion is that it is just not worth it. I think that the artificial flavorings can be almost addictive and when you stop eating them for a while, they even stop tasting good.
I have never smoked, but I feel like getting over snacking on high-carb junk food was a similar process as quitting!