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No. 1: Cut Back on the Booze — It’s amazing how quickly calories add up, especially those you drink. And the empty calories in alcoholic beverages can be the first place to start cutting back. While drinking in moderation has been found to have health benefits, it can damage diet discipline and led to overeating. Set guidelines that make it easier to stick to your alcohol limit.

Diet Change No. 2: Opt for More Vegetarian Meals — Aim for at least a couple of vegetarian meals each week. A vegetarian meal can be delicious, filling, and less expensive than a meat-based meal. If you don’t feel satisfied with an all-vegetable dish, opt for vegetarian recipes with meat-free protein choices, such as beans — garbanzo beans, pinto beans, black beans, and more — and lentils.

Diet Change No. 3: Pack Healthy Snacks — Avoid this unhealthy food habit by packing your own healthy snacks to bring with you.

Here are a few healthy snack ideas that are easy to pack for work or when you’re on the road:

Fresh vegetables with hummus dip

Fresh fruit

Seeds and nuts — make your own mix of choices such as sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, and almonds

A container of yogurt

A few whole-grain crackers

A hard-boiled egg

Vegetable juice

A packet of instant oatmeal

Popcorn (without added salt)

Low-fat cheese

Homemade trail mix with whole-grain cereal and dried fruit