Here are some tips for eating healthy:

1. Avoiding temptation. Keeping junk food and high calorie fat-rich snacks around the house make it easy to give into cravings. Instead, stock up on healthy snacks.

2. Fill up on fiber. The American Heart Association recommends 25 grams a day. Try adding high-fiber foods to your diet.

3. Plan your meals. Planning meals ahead of time is the best way to gain control of what your eating.

4. Keep a food diary. When you keep a record of what you eat and how much, it will help put eating into perspective.

5. Graze. Carry around healthy snacks and nibble on them throughout the day so your blood sugar level doesn’t drop.

6. Cut caffeine. Caffeine gives you a lift, but it’s only temporary. Start by diluting your morning cup of coffee with decaf.

7. Eat at least five to six times a day. Eat small meals every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Keep a bowl of fruits and/or vegetables handy and eat at least five (that’s a minimum) of them a day.

8. Downsize portions. Eyeballing never works when you’re trying to control weight. Weigh or measure everything you eat on a food scale.

9. Don’t forget water. Water is a dieter’s best friend. Keeping hydrated keeps your energy level up and your whole body functioning. Keep a bottle with you or drink an 8-ounce glass every two hours.