When the weather is nice outside, try taking a quick, brisk walk before you eat lunch or dinner. You will benefit by burning a few extra calories, and chances are after some exercise you will be less likely to eat foods that are unhealthy. You will also feel really good, and will have a lower chance of overeating.
If you are a pasta lover, like so many americans are, you don't have to give it up. Just try and replace your noodles with whole wheat noodles. This will give you a more filling meal and will help you to feel better about what you are cooking and eating.
It is important to eat six meals every day. If you are the type of person to eat 3 square meals a day, you are not doing a good thing to your body. People that eat less calories then they should could be training their bodies to store all unused calories as body-fat.