Sometimes our lifestyles get a bit beyond our control, and when we have reached a point of obesity, the spiral downward becomes a difficult challenge from which to recover. We start with the basics. Sometimes, learning how to eat is the most important step in dealing with food management. The Mando Center, www.mandonyc.com , is a group devoted to teaching people not just what to eat, but how to eat, and this is sometimes the best step to take. Getting the basics of learning behavior and triggers for eating is essential in analyzing the role of food in each of our lives. Being aware, being accountable and changing eating behaviors are keys to success.