Meals that are quick or happen unexpectedly, create the perfect opportunity to ruin all you hard work.  The more you plan and prepare your meals, the less likely you will be to eat all that junk.  Just remind yourself of the last time you “couldn’t find anything good to eat it the fridge.” I bet you ended up with the equivalent of a frozen pizza.  Fast, easy and really bad for you.  When you prepare fresh ingredients at home you waste less and weight less!  The faster the food, usually, the lower the health benefits.

Eat mindfully.  This is a simple statement, but for most is a complete turnaround from what they grew up with.  The adage, finish your plate, does not leave you with a healthy habit.  When you feel stuffed, all you want to do is sit down and take a nap.  You need to pay attention to what you eat and how fast you are eating and stop eating Before you are full.  Give the food a minute to actually trigger your contentment!

Temptations and indulgences never go away but you will always control what you do with them.  Remember, impulses are not genuine hunger.  If every time you come home you go straight to the fridge, it might not be hunger.  Set some guidelines for yourself about when you will eat and stick to it!  When did you last eat, are you really ready for that snack and your next meal is only in 1 hour are great examples of focusing on a timetable instead of eating whenever there is food nearby.

The next time you find yourself at a pot-luck or walking through some succulent foods, remember these suggestions to get you away from trouble.  Always know what you are eating and when, this will go a long way in reducing the junk you put into your body!