Thanks for bringing this up, Pops!
You can count me in as well.
I used to say "If you are what you eat, then I'm cheap, fast, and easy."
This past July, my wife and I started seriously watching what we eat and drink. I had some real scary-high cholesterol numbers, and even worse tri-gyicerides (liver enzymes). They were bad enough for my doctor to order a liver biopsy for me to make sure I didn't have something life-threatening. Good news was no Cirrhosis, or Hepatitis. Bad news, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Nothing like that to convince us we could both stand to lose a few pounds.
SO we've been making a lot more turkey, chicken, and fish, and a lot less red meat. Added larger portions of fresh veggies to the plate to compensate. Nice thing is that I can still run the smoker and the grill all the time and feel better about what I put into my body. A lot of it has to do with portion, and proportion. Not just how much you eat, but what percentage is vegetables and fresh fruit versus meats.
I've even started experimenting with making sausage from turkey and soy protein and getting pretty satisfactory results. Texture is OK, and as long as it comes off the smoker the flavor is decent. And it's a lot lower in fat.
So far, after three months, I have lost nearly 30 pounds and my wife has dropped 25. All without really trying other than changing what we eat.
We still have a long way to go to be considered "healthy weight" but it's a lot easier when you make your own foods and control what goes into your body. Adding some great flavorings like fresh herbs, spices, and smoke just helps to ease the transition.
Good luck in your quest for healthier eating. It's not easy but I know from personal experience it can be done, and it can be very satisfying.