For those of you who don't know what Junk Free June is - it is a month where people go without junk and raise money for Cancer Society of New Zealand. JFJ isn't just unhealthy eating either - you can complete it by reducing your household rubbish, or reducing your alcohol intake etc. It can be anything that you want to reduce in your life, and helping to raise money for cancer!
I know for me it'd be very hard to go completely junk free, but I'm going to give it my best shot! If you're doing Junk Free June as well, let me know! We can suffer together :P
My main aim with JFJ is to completely cut out sugary treats. So no chocolate, coca cola, lollies (or sweets) and bad foods like french fries and other deep fried things in general. I know my weakness will be chocolate, especially the chocolates they have at the checkout of the super market and it just tempts you so much to throw one into the basket.. Curse you super market for playing on my weakness!!
I have a few tips for those who are also doing Junk Free June -
- Do it with a friend, boyfriend or family member - it's a lot easier doing something like this when you don't have to do it alone. I'm doing it with my boyfriend (who doesn't hesitate to give me a disapproving look every time I "accidentally" stumble upon the chocolate isle in the shops) it's better to do it with someone who can help keep you on track, and you can also help them!
- Get rid of all the unhealthy food - I have spent the last couple of days clearing out all the foods that could tempt me in the cupboards. This will stop you from finding something and having the urge to have 'just one bite'. Future you will thank you for it.
- Use the Junk Free June website - the official website has amazing recipes for tackling JFJ. There's recipes for sweet things (while still being healthy) when you really feel like you need a fix. The 'Acai Bowl' idea is first on my 'to try' list!
- Read the back of the packaging - one thing I've learnt over the last couple of years is that 'Lite' or 'Trim' foods doesn't necessarily mean something is healthier, most of the time it'll have more sugar or bad things in it. Be sure to read the nutritional ingredients on the back!
Whether you're doing unhealthy food, rubbish or alcohol consumption, remember to have fun while you're doing it. Yes it's hard, but your body will thank you for it in the long run. I wish you luck, and feel free to comment if you're doing it, I'd love to know how you're finding it!