Learn to eat around your favorite foods. Balance your diet the way you balance your budget. If you had $20 to spend for the day, you would not spend $19.50 on breakfast. Think of food the same way. If you want less salt in your diet for example, then find low salt options whenever possible so you have room for some food items that might be a little higher. Breaking things down by the day and meal makes dietary control seem a little less daunting.