It's 6:00 p.m. You walk in the door exhausted from the work day - and famished! You walk in the kitchen because it seems like a good place to go to unwind. You open the fridge, the freezer and the cupboards, grabbing and munching mindlessly. Sound familiar? The last thing you want to do or think about is spending 30-60 minutes cooking a healthy dinner after you've had a long day.
1) The best way to resolve this (as you know) is you plan ahead. Cook and freeze your meals on Sundays, find a 15-minute meals cookbook, use your slow cooker or stop at Subway instead of McDonalds.
2) Make sure you're eating snacks throughout the day. Have an apple at 4:00 to help hold you over until dinner. Also, keep up with your water drinking. You should drink half of your weight in ounces per day.
3) If you have tendencies to wander to the pantry before dinner (or after!), find a go-to instead. Make a list of things you enjoy doing that will satisfy you the same way food does. Call a friend, read a book/magazine, work on a hobby such as knitting, learn an instrument or new language or exercise! Refer to this list and use it when you are struggling with your willpower.