1. Eat a light breakfast, a moderate lunch and no dinner. Just a 50-calorie "clean" snack in mid-afternoon and early evening.
2. As Michael Pollan's superb book "In Defense of Food" says, Eat f-o-o-d, not processed s-t-u-f-f. If my great-grandmother wouldn't recognize it, I no longer sabotage myself by dragging it home. Unlike Grandma, I throw out the sugar and all flour, even whole wheat, which is so processed it spikes the Glycemic Load. Across the 5-million-year history of primates, our bodies developed to metabolize nuts, berries, beans, greens, unprocessed grains, fruit, lean meat rarely, and frequent fish. Since humans always had to live by water, fish has always been primary. Grilled, of course, or baked!
3. A mouthful or two of any food may be all I really need/want right now. If I sit down with a small bowl of low-sugar granola, yogurt and fruit, I don't have to eat it all, I can save the other part for my afternoon snack. Portion control!
4. It's easier to do what I'm doing because I don't have to cook for anyone else and be around their tempting food. I salute every one of you who runs a family and works in addition to taking care of yourself. Bless you, ladies, for doing the most important job in the human species---mothering!