Most people could eat junk food all day long, because they taste good! Our bodies give us initial positive feedback when we give it quick digesting calories full of simple carbs, which only makes us want them more. Genetics are against us!
But to maintain health, we obviously need nutrition and vitamins and all that jazz.
Don't try to change everything at once. Focus on maybe one thing per week to either add, remove, limit, or change in your diet so it doesn't feel so overwhelming.
Pasta is fine, limit yourself to a single serving of pasta with a tomato-based sauce, and have a large serving of vegetables with it (I usually pair penne pasta and marinara sauce with either steamed or lightly sauteed asparagus, onion, mushroom and spinach.)
Pick 4 of your favorite vegetables like peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, etc and buy some fresh for the week. Wash and slice, and keep them in the fridge for quick grabs for snacks, or toss into the pan with some soy sauce for a simple stir fry over rice.
If you're drinking lots of sodas, lemonades, or other sugary drinks, try switching to seltzer water, home-made iced tea or lemonade, or even just herbal tea. Many seltzer water brands contain no sugar (or sweetener of any kind), but can give you the fizzy carbonated feeling. Add a bit of fresh fruit, lime or lemon juice, or even a herbal tea bag to the water for a bit of flavor.
There are lots of articles here on Spark for making changes to your diet. Just be sure that you don't overwhelm yourself so much you can't keep it up and you fall back to your established habits.
All the best!
| current weight: 189.4