Preparing food when you’re hungry is bound to tempt even the most watchful dieter. You know the drill, you stir in the sauce and take the spoon to your mouth to taste a wee bit. Add a bit of salt and you need to taste a teeny weeny bit more. You grate some cheese to go on the pasta but don’t pack it away until you’ve sliced a chunk for yourself to munch on then and there. And maybe you nibble on a bit of bread that you’ve been slicing to have with your dinner. As you can see, it’s easy to clock up an extra couple of calories before you sit down for dinner. Not only is it going to spoil your dinner but the whole process is unhygenic too. Yes I know we’ve all been there – me included – but it’s time to put a stop to it. Here are some simple ways to avoid such mindless eating.
Stop picking tactics……..
Chew gum – Try chewing a piece of sugarless gum as you prepare your food. This will a) prevent you from eating or drinking anything without having to physically remove the gum and b) it will keep the extra saliva distracted as the smells roam around you from the scrumptious food.
Light snack – Light means light and not a pre-meal in itself! Have a light snack like a small piece of fruit beforehand to take the edge off hunger. This will prevent you from eating whatever’s in your reach while you’re cooking.
Veggies to munch on – If you really must chomp on something while you’re being Jamie Oliver or Nigella, then slice up a handful of raw vegetables. A few carrot sticks, celery or red peppers are ideal.
Drink Up – That’s not a thumps up for you to glug wine while your cooking! Take regular sips of water while you cook. This will not only give you something to do but help you feel fuller leading you to eat less of your dinner later.
Get someone else to cook – Clearly the most sensible choice in my book! If it’s possible get your partner of flatmate to cook and stay out of the kitchen altogether
Post preparation ………
Serving spoons lying around with tempting remnants screaming for you to lick them are not good. Once you’ve dished up, hurl spoons directly into the sink and run water over them. This will also make it more of a hassle to dish up a second serving too as you’re less likely to get a clean spoon to serve up again. If you’ve made extra food for next day’s lunch you will need to allow this to cool down. Use the cool down time to package what’s left. Have the tupperware and bags ready waiting. Once cooled down, put in the contents and put it out of sight.
I came across a great saying: “Little pickers wear bigger knickers.” So next time you’re tempted to just have a “little pick” at while cooking, you may just want to remember this slogan!