They say old habits die hard, but it doesn’t mean they won’t die at all. Regardless of how bad your eating habits, you can change it for the better. And it doesn’t have to be as hard and monumental as you think it should be. Here are a few key things you can do to change your diet right now.

1. Pace yourself

Don’t expect yourself to change your ways all at once. Take baby steps. If it helps, master one healthy behavior at a time – for example, set a target of fruits and vegetables you would like to eat daily and focus on making that a habit, then move on to mastering something else.

2. Pay attention to portion size

Larger portions of food obviously have more calories. It’s easier to overlook the actual amount of food in your plate if you have no benchmark to contrast it against, more so when you are hungry.

3. Don’t wait for too long before your next meal

Waiting for too long before you have your next meal can lead to irritation and overeating, which is the very thing you don’t want. Rather listen to your body, and respond with healthy options.

Don’t forget:

  • Add an extra vegetable with your next meal
  • Drink more water
  • Choose whole grains, not refined ones
  • Don’t shop on an empty stomach, or without a shopping list
  • Try one new healthy recipe each week
  • Avoid mindless eating – don’t eat in front of the TV or computer

You might want to read this post on smart ways to avoid temptation when eating out.