I chew a piece of gum or snack on carrot sticks. Since most of what i make is raw food, grazing isn't really a problem. Even when i make raw desserts, it is just not as fun to graze on the mixes. Now once they are done, then I have to be careful.
I do two things to help my grazing. If I know I'm overly hungry - I'll prepare a snack before dinner to eat. Typically it'll just be some cut up veggies or an orange or just SOMETHING to keep me going. I also make sure I drink a glass of water or two.
My other suggestion is to only graze from what you have ready for dinner. If I'm cooking up some veggies to put over say spaghetti squash - I measure out a little extra before chopping everything out. (4 mushrooms instead of 3, a couple extra pepper strips, etc). I then graze as I chop and cook - and it doesn't change my calorite intake - just WHEN I eat my calories!
I keep a plastic container of cut-up low starch vegetables (carrots, celery, cabbage, green peppers-- whatever is in season/cheap) in the refrigerator. Any time I feel like I might be tempted to do too much "tasting" or grazing-- I put that on the counter & open the lid. The deal I've decided on for myself is that I can eat as much as I want but only from that container. I guesstimate how much I ate, for the Tracker. We're talking low-cal healthy food so I'm not worried if I'm off by 50-100 calories. (I usually don't eat at the top of my range anyway.)
Another thing I've found, for myself-- if I don't have a snack in the afternoon, I am starving by the time I start to cook dinner. I can make it from breakfast to lunch okay but there is a larger gap, til dinner. So I plan an afternoon snack to tide me over.
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pick a snack to snack on while cooking, say carrots and dip. measure out a portion of carrots, measure out a portion of the dip of your choice and snack while you cook on that food instead of what you are cooking. if you have some left over you can measure it again and subtract to find out how much you actually had.
There are some days when I get home from work and I feel like I'm starving. Usually I prepare and calmly eat a snack before I get started on dinner. This not only helps me not to graze while cooking, but I also make better choices and have a better time cooking (if I'm really hungry, I tend to rush, then I spill, etc). You might try eating (and drinking) a little something just before you're about to cook. I think it will help you all around.
Hi, I'm a long-time member, dedicated lurker, and love everything Spark :)
I've been pretty good at the healthy living the last three months, but there is just one habit I seem unable to break. I find myself continually grazing while I'm cooking. It's usually under the pretense of tasting it, but it almost always gets out of hand and I end up eating at least a portion of whatever it is I am making. Now, when it is cabbage or chicken , this is not very drastic: all it does is fill me up before dinner is even ready. But when it is cookies that I'm making for a special occasion, or a heavier meal for friends for example, this fills up my calories for the day pretty quickly. I've tried chewing gum, which reduces it, but at some point I take it out and just happily graze away. I've thought about cooking only when I'm not hungry, but then I don't really feel like cooking (i.e. it kind of defeats the purpose for me :P). I was wondering if anybody else has this problem and developed some creative method to deal with it! Thanks!
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