A big thing that got me to stop, or at least really consider how badly I wanted that taste, was tracking it. If I tracked that tablespoon of mac and cheese, it meant it was "on the books" and I had to work my calories around it. And there have been times where someone is offering a taste, and I think of the hassle of tracking it, and decide I don't want that taste after all because it's too much work.
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4/8/13 2:58 P
I never cook without nor go to stores w/ samples without gum in my mouth. I chew the minty that way if I do try to sneak a bite, it will taste nasty.
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4/8/13 1:15 P
Try this. It works for me. Say "no thank you" to anything that is offered to you that is not part of your plan. Even say "no thank you" when you are by yourself and you are saying it to yourself. At the end of the day, see how many items are on your "no thank you" tray, and be happy about all the calories you won't have to worry about.
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8 4/7/13 11:15 P
By being accountable. Start asking yourself if that's what you really want or need. You can always have a snack later that you choose when you get hungry.
I don't eat samples because I don't know the calories or ingredients in them and I am not really hungry for them. Hope this doesn't sound arrogant or such, but it's how I feel about them.
Edited by: BADMOONRISING64 at: 4/7/2013 (23:15)
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4/7/13 10:45 P
i do like the mouthwash idea. maybe i can carry some mints around and pop one in my mouth when i see something tempting. i just don't want the sampling to become a habit. and yes i did break down and buy some dark chocolate coverd acai blueberries that i sampled at costco, which i don't regret at all. at least it wasn't the lemon cupcakes they were handing out.
4/7/13 8:13 P
Americans just can't stand to say no to free things. People could be giving away crap in a bag at Costco, and Americans would take a free sample!
I live very near a whole Foods. They have all manner of samples nearly every day. They're aren't BAD samples either. They're usually pretty healthy. BUT I've made it a point to always politely refuse them when offered. I simply say, "Those look lovely/delicious, but I can't. Thank you."
A couple of bites of mac & cheese isn't going to kill you. I can see your ticker. You're doing fine. Don't beat yourself up too much about it.
You know, I refuse to give up some of those things. When I lived near a Costco (and some fancy groceries that are big into sampling), going out and trying new things was a simple thing that gave me a lot of pleasure.
BUT... I decided that I would stick to the spirit of free samples. They put them out to let you try something new that you might decide to buy. So if I've tried it before, or if there's no way I would ever buy the product, I don't sample it. If I only sample things that are new, and if I keep a mental count and do my best to record and track what I ate, it doesn't seem to hurt my progress overall. (I'm 400 miles away from my Costco and my specialty groceries now, so it's moot, but I'll do the same when I move back to civilization in six months or so.)
You can apply the same idea to "sampling" things at home. If it's not new, you don't need a bite. You already know what it tastes like. It's just a matter of figuring out how to remind yourself of that. The mouthwash idea would work for meals. As for snacks and nibbles after or between meals, sometimes just making it a new rule that food always gets put away immediately will work, and give you a tidier kitchen to boot. Train the family to serve themselves one serving, put the package away, and only get it out if they're going to have another serving.
4/7/13 5:42 A
before you take the dinner out gargle with a really strong mouthwash, it will make the food taste bad when you take it out of the oven but be gone by the time you sit for dinner. Out of sight, out of mind on the snacking.
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4/6/13 11:44 P
tonight i made my husband some mac & cheese and i had a couple of bites. i had 3 samples at costco today. i left the yogurt raisins out on the counter so i had a few. i am not necessarily hungry, but its there in front of me, so i have a little. i do a pretty good job of staying within my range with my planned meals and snacks but these "tastes" are killing me. i am pretty sure i ate around 200 calories today just having a bite or two here and there. how do i stop?
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