Cut out sugar where you can.
I used to be a dessert fiend.Cupcakes, ice cream, brownies, if you put it in front of me, I would mostdefinitely eat it.
And growing up, I drank some sortof juice at every single meal (being mildly lactose intolerant meant instead ofmilk, it was OJ at breakfast, OJ at lunch, and OJ at dinner).
But the more I learned about howtoo much sugar affects the body -- and how it manages to sneak into all thenon-dessert-like foods I also eat -- the more I realized I had to wean myselfoff the sweet stuff.
So I started small. Instead ofdumping sugar into coffee, I slowly trained myself to go milk-only. (Now,coffee with sugar just seems too sweet.) Instead of drinking juice and sodawith meals, I opt for water (and on that note, I don't keep any beveragesbesides water in my fridge at home).
I don't buy cakes or cookies fromthe store, so I'm not tempted to eat them at 10 p.m. when I'm in my apartment.Don't get me wrong, I'll still indulge in a slice of birthday cake or some icecream. But those are treats, and I've realized that treats are not meant to beeaten all day every day.
Do not always indulge in empty talk.