#1 Simplify. Your. Food. Fill 1/2 your plate with brightly colored, non-starchy vegetables and fruits.
#2 Choose whole foods. Fresh. Natural. Unprocessed. Food that looks like it did when it came out of the ground or from the animal. Reject artificial ingredients.
#3 Plan your meals. Always have quick, healthy ingredients on hand for quick meal prep or "fast food" on the go.
#4 Include protein at every meal. Optimally 25-30 grams: 2-3 eggs, 3-4 ounces of lean beef, chicken or pork, 1/4 cup of almonds plus 2 pieces string cheese. This will help you stay full longer, lose or maintain weight, and help regulate blood sugar levels.
#5 Drink lots of water. Make water your go-to drink. A minimum of 64 oz. per day.