I just turned 26. When I was 18, I was a toothpick. I was 5'9 and barely touching 140. Now I'm hovering between 176 and upwards of 180. It doesn't sound like a much and i don't have a twig frame any more but still... So I started doing some exercise, running just 10 minutes a day (yeah, it's a start, i'd get winded easily) I started getting more energy, etc. Just from a bit of exercise. My girlfriend runs more than 5 miles every morning, and she's in phenomenal shape..the kind of shape that makes other women angrily jealous when they see her. But I didn't keep the exercise up and I ate like **** to boot. Tonight i was at the mall, tried on a pair of jeans...walked in front of that three way mirror and thought, "holy ****, did I get THAT fat?" I was disappointed from what I saw, I'll be honest. It didn't help that I tried on some Canada Goose jackets later, and it didn't fit in medium, and barely fit in large (in my defense they were slim fit). When I was 18, a damn small was sometimes big. It's mostly the physical feeling, and not the look, but I'll admit I like to look good for my girlfriend, and despite not being on the market, look presentable to other women. But here's my problem: when I get hungry, I REALLY get hungry and can't think of anything else. My blood pressure is optimal, by the way, on the low normal side. So I'm looking for suggestions of healthy food that's going to give me energy, strength and keep me full. I'm going to exercise more, drink water, but i need to eat healthy food. I already cut sugar from my coffee and switched from cream to milk. But mostly I need to know about simple foods to prepare at home and bring to work and to campus. My problem is I eat out because I'm so busy, and fast food isn't exactly healthy. But when I get hungry, I eat and eat and eat to quench the hunger and then I feel way too full/sick. I need to stop doing that, that's for sure. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm also going to bribe myself with a new gun to get the ball rolling...a new gun to be purchased only after I make the changes. Sorry for making this so long.