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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's hard to eat right when you are always on the go!  Dietitian, Candice O'Hare, says to make it work though, you've got to plan ahead.

"If you have healthier things around you're more likely to pick those and you'll really be able to stay above that hunger curve," O'Hare said. "When you get hungry, if there aren't any options around, that's when you're going to grab unhealthier items," she added.

O'Hare suggests keeping a healthy snack with you at all times: in your desk at work, in your purse, in your car.

You can also plan ahead by packing your lunch.

If you must eat fast food, O'Hare says, say "no" to sauces like mayo and ketchup. Cheese and fried options are also a poor choice. You can load up on more veggies like tomatoes and lettuce, O'Hare suggests.

And she says, research shows, there are 2 things you need in order to commit to changing your eating habits.

"You have to be physically active," O'Hare said. "Being able to get physical activity throughout the day will help you manage calories in and calories out, and it has to revolve around fruits and vegetable," she said.

O'Hare also recommends anyone trying to change eating habits should take it slow.

"If you don't eat fruits and veggies or if you don't get whole grains, the goal is not on day 1 to get in 5 full cups," O'Hare said.

"You have to slowly adapt to what works for you. Day 1 might be to get in 1 fruit and veggie and work your way up from there."

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