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2/25/14 11:41 P

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Wow, that is tough. Congratulations on managing the latest presentation of sweets. As I read your descriptions of your job I've been thinking about what professional restaurant critics say they do to stay slim, since they're in the same position -- they HAVE to eat for their job. Frank Bruni's memoir "Born Round" has some great descriptions towards the end of what he did while he was the restaurant critic for the New York Times. Basically, he only took a bite or two of most foods on his plate; he always worked out on days he was eating out; and he made sure that all his other meals on the restaurant days were healthy, high-protein, no processed foods. Good luck!

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As far as other women gossiping behind your back that you're trying not to gain weight - who cares? Isn't every woman in the world basically trying not to gain weight? Maybe you should come right out and announce in a good -humored vein at tastings that you love your job but it's adding to your waistline, so you're going to only take small bites.



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There are SO many things that challenge our willpower. The mental challenge is the hardest part of losing weight/getting fit.

Actually, depending on your specific challenge of willpower, I have lots of resources to share:

Here is one about Motivational Quotes and how to make them work for you:
findingyourfitplace.com/2014/01/15/motivat
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ss-how-to-make-them-work-for-you/


Here is one about HOW TO SKIP DESSERT :)
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skip-dessert/


Here is one about my top motivational tactics:
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otivation-tactics-i-brought-to-the-new
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And here is one about 5 AMAZING books that have transformed my approach to fitness and weight loss goals, including one that is all about willpower:
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Everything we do in life has to do with the choices we make, if we want to be extraordinary people, we must choose to be extraordinary people, we must learn to put our priority goals first and stick to them, that is hard because habits and choices contradict one another and so we have to break bad habits and replace them with good habits of choice.

Anything worth having is worth fighting for so let us fight for the choices that will lead us to the extraordinary life

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Thank you all for the great ideas, tips and "tricks" about helping with willpower.
The only thing that stops me is knowing that when I truly love myself I cannot fathom doing the horrible things I've done to my body in the past. Staying on track for me means constantly reminding myself that God loves me and I love myself more than anything else I could want.

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2/24/14 11:39 A

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I would suggest you stop telling yourself you don't have any willpower. You're just setting yourself up for failure. We all have willpower. It's just a matter of what choices we make. If you tell yourself that you know you're going to fail, then you're most likely going to fail. If you tell yourself you're going to do it and can visualize yourself getting through your work day making the choices you want to make, then your odds of success greatly increase.

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I'm reading the book ''The Willpower Instinct' by Kelly McConigal. You can probably find good suggestions in there, it's a very interesting read.

Also, the book '100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle, explains (among others) exactly the strategy of eating no more than two bites of a treat in order to unlearn emotional eating.
I never thought that it would work but I tried it a few times and now think that it is a good idea, I believe we can train ourselves to have just two bites and still get everything out of that small amount. Hey, it might even make you more of an expert if you can get a good impression of a dessert in just a few bites! Good luck!

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Hey there,
I knew the feeling... I worked in a restaurant for 9 years and it is definitely hard watching good food pass you by for 6-7 hours a day. I can only imagine what it is like to have to taste items as part of your job.

It's tough to offer advice when this is part of the work that you do. But I think set yourself up for success by planning ahead. If you know that a large part of your sugar intake comes from the desserts you have to taste, limit that same intake in the other foods you eat or drink.

Do what you can to burn off those calories before you even get started with your day. Work out in the morning, take the longer route from your car to the front door of your job. Take the stairs.

Maybe even chat with your supervisors or HR about healthy benefits. Fitness classes etc, if they aren't offered.

Many of the suggestions are great. I would also suggest portions. Does tasting mean you have to eat the whole sample or can you still do your job effectively without having to go over board?

Good luck!

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2/24/14 1:07 A

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I liked Renata's suggestion, too.

You might take the product and do a taste test with other people, rather than throwing it out. That could help your job, too, because sometimes it is good to hear what other people think.

I think the key is to make sure you divide it into the proper portion first. If you can't do it, maybe someone else can even cut it into pieces for you.



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2/21/14 10:40 P

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Thanks, this should help me...I always felt like I didn't have any willpower.....



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Positive self talk, a dash of prayer and staying away from the foods I know that I can't stop at one is what's working for me. I believe in moderation, but some foods just taste like "MORE", so I don't even have a bite of those.

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If you are spiritual, meditating and praying for power and self control over eating habits, to eat the right amount and the right foods for health can be a very helpful thing to do. It has been helping me this past week.

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Not sure whether you believe in prayer or not but sharing what answer I felt I got after I prayed about "willpower". The answer I got was that willpower is really not something we have as it is really all about choice. Meaning when we think we need to have this or that or have an urge to get up an eat something, we tell ourselves we are weak and can't resist. The truth is it is about "choice". We chose to pick up that food, we chose to buy that food, and we chose to put it in our mouth. In your instance, you have to try it but you "chose" to take the second bite. If you can think of it as you have the power and you are in control, you can win in this battle of willpower. I know that helped me when I realized I am the one in charge of what I eat or not eat. Take back your power. Best wishes!



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Whoa, guys...I'm not looking to change jobs. It's good money and I enjoy my work. I just want to fit back in my skinny jeans while I do it. And there have been some great suggestions to help get me on the right track.

Susank16- ironically, I don't want everyone to eat healthy. I only manage the frozen category, including bread, French fries, pasta and desserts. So if people stop eating desserts out and go for fruit or yogurt it would be someone else's category and I'd be out of a job.

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Just as a second thought - years ago there was a "Big Mac" theory that said the first big mac was wonderful, but the second one not as satisfying. Perhaps you can tell your sellers, that you only want to be presented a spoonful of the dessert as it ruins your tastebuds for the next dessert.

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Well, first thought in my head is quit the job which of course is easy to say when there is no connection to it. Frankly that is the only way I would be able to handle it. I am desperately trying to quit sweets again, I am not sure how you evaluate the desserts that you recommend. In today's society, I think we eat less sweets then when I was a kid. Can you start pressing for healthy desserts at your firm with the notion of being more health conscious? Apples, frozen greek yogurt, more fruit. Maybe you can start a campaign for this type of dessert and offer to lead a team to promote and locate those types? Just trying to make lemonade out of lemons here so to speak. I know personally, I am always looking at the desserts with that eye in mind.

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Wow, willpower on a job such as yours. I am glad that you have a job with today's economy. But sad for you that it has to be this one.

Is there any way that you are able to save any of these products after you have tested them?
If there is, you might look at them as a whole unit. And say to yourself, would you want to sit down and eat a whole cake? After looking throw them away.

Do you cut off a piece and taste just that piece? If you do, can you wrap it up and save it for someone else?

Tell yourself.... "I deserve better than this."

Could you decide which one of the great tasting items that you will eat all of and stop there?

Get some VERY STRONG ground coffee (not liquid) and put it in a small container with a screw on lid. Take a whiff of that after you have finished your taste test. (I don't like coffee so this works for me.) Or just find something that is unpleasant for you to smell. makes you not want to eat anymore of those items.

I truly wish you good luck with this, and blessings to you.






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I think that you are doing as well with this as you possibly can given the parameters. You really can't spit things out if you are tasting while clients or distributors are watching.

Do you reduce your carb/calorie intake on the days when you do tastings? Do you add any extra exercise?

Good for you for being mindful about this--I don't have a sweet tooth and I have great willpower...but this still sounds like a very difficult challenge. Kudos to you!

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I know I'm not lacking will power when something is important to me but it seems to me you are not up against will power but physiology here. If I were in your situation I would start looking for another job and as soon as I find something jump ship.
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Make sure you've had a healthy filling snack beforehand! I know others have said this but I agree and wanted to say so too. I tend to stay full up on healthy stuff enough that sweets don't interest me that much. I'm not interested in something else if I'm already satisfied and hubby likes his desserts so we have a little one every day so I don't crave them and sometimes don't feel like the little one even.


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I can only say I could never maintain my own program with the constant requirement of sweets at work. Way to go for having this goal!

Some have said this, but I think it's worth repeating to be sure you feel FULL (either with water or just after a meal) before you begin. If some of the pleasure of eating whole pieces is gone because you belly is already satisfied, maybe that cause you to stop after a just bite or two. Good luck!



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I know I could never handle such temptation. I know it is not how real life is set up but I need to stay clear of temptations.

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for help with willpower, here's an idea from my doctor. She said her husband loves potato chips and doesn't stop till he gets to the bottom of the bag. She only buys single serving bags.

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Focus on other things...which may be hard to do at times. When you find the secret of willpower, let me know.

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I can't tell anyone how to develop will power, because I don't have any. The best diet for me is one on which I can eat plenty of food and on which I don't feel hungry. The diet I swear by was developed at Vanderbilt University by a Doctor Kahtan (spelling?).There is a book on it, but basically it's easy. Count fat grams and eat between 30 and 40 fat grams a day. This means you are going to eat lots of lean protein, fruit, veggies, low-fat dairy, and yes, bread and potatoes. Just no butter on them. I have eaten about every 3-4 hours all day and I don't feel hungry.

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So a vendor dropped off some new cake bites today and I did really well talking myself up before I tried them. There were three flavors, but one of them we already have something similar so I didn't even try it. The other two I took a tiny half bite out of the middle. Then I put the rest out for my coworkers and I made myself ignore them. It was hard to keep from getting "just one more" but I'm pretty psyched that I didn't.

A couple people suggested spitting out bites, which is a good idea, but awkward in an office setting and unprofessional for tastings with the vendor present. And I want to keep it on the down low that I'm trying not to eat much. My office is kind of like a junior high and the women all talk behind each other's backs.

Luckily the samples and cuttings have tapered off to about 1-2/week at this point. Before the holidays and right after the new year every vendor wanted to show their new line up, so it was 2-3 formal cuttings a week and samples dropped off almost every day. And they all brought food when they came for end of year reviews. To be honest, I was really excited when I first switched over to desserts because there are so many awesome things to try and the dessert buyer seems to get the most samples. Now I kind of wish they'd stop making new things so I wouldn't have to try them.

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Here is my question: how often do these tastings happen? Is it several times a week, every week, a couple of times a month, etc? If it's really often, I think it's more worrisome than if it's only once a month or so. And you might have to develop new strategies if it happens all the time--like, you said that someone brought in fourteen cheesecake flavors to try? Maybe you could eliminate a few off the bat because you know that similar flavors don't sell well, and not even try those at all. Or maybe you could pick just a few flavors that you think would do the best and sample those.

Or, if you don't have to make the order immediately, you could spread the tasting out over a few days and do it by yourself, in small groups instead of all the flavors at once. If you were by yourself, you could even use the spit technique that wine tasters use, or commit to just having one bite of each. A few small bites in one day definitely doesn't take over your calories like doing it all at once would.

I don't blame you for being anxious about it; I have worked foodservice jobs and know that sample time can be the worst when it comes to keeping your diet on track. It's free food and (for the most part) tastes great! There's a reason I gained about 30 lbs working at Starbucks . . . . every new drink and pastry that came through, we were expected to sample so we could tell the customers about it, I couldn't stay away from having to eat sugar and it made me eat more and more sugar. Before that, I had worked in a health food store and I was pretty much off sweets, but they are addictive.



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Love the rubber band idea but I do wonder, might you need to taste then spit out, as suggested above? Because with this kind of job no matter how tiny the bite, it is a lot of bites! I know spitting out is a bit gross, but so it is when wine tasting. Perhaps you could thoroughly chew and savor then spit into a paper napkin, & then rinse your mouth with water before trying the next dessert?
Or, or and, can you get others to try everything and then present you with the best three for you to choose from? Or do you really have to try every single one? It seems to me food is so much a matter of preference, having other people involved in the selection process would make good sense.
Hope this helps!


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That is a great idea!! I am going to try the rubberband. emoticon



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I will try the rubber band idea



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It may sound crazy, but put a rubber band on your wrist and pop it as you go for that extra bite,
do this 30 times and you won't overeat again. It really works, but you've got to commit to a little pain to retrain your brain.

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

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I agree with CALLMECARRIE's husband...I think I would just have to succumb to being fat with that type of job. emoticon

It's great that you're working with people on this site to get a handle on things. I have been working to build up the motivational section of my start page and review it every morning when I get up. Maybe you could get some of those on your phone (if you have a smart phone) and look at it before you 'try out the latest dessert'. That, or having quotes listed somewhere that you can look at or a small picture book to motivate you.

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Will power that's a biggy. many people thing that their is something wrong with them if they give into eating! I think that what is wrong is thinking you need to starve to be skinny. no you need to eat real foods, not processed, fast food, or sugar, or noodles, or white foods. I think it is a commitment to a life style change, and how are you going to learn that? Whose teaching that? I know that the diabetic diet on Spark is among the healthist, yet where's the life style/ maybe they talk about it too, but I have to be accountable. I don't think sitting on a chair typing on this computer is going to do it for me. So I learn about changing my bad habits from Weight watchers. They seem to be the only ones who really help people succeed. You can lose weight from many places, yet most dieters get fat again. Why? Because they don't change their bad habits. I bet if you typed something into spark, it talks about this. So, why haven't you asked !!!

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What I just stared doing was actually writing down each and every bite I take. I was really good about logging my "regular" foods on SP, but I didn't keep track of the bites of this and the bites of that - too much work. So, I now have a little notebook and track EVERY bite I take, even if it's to clean off the spoon from my yogurt when packing my lunch. It makes me consciously think of what I am doing and I actually have to weigh in whether the bite is worth the work of taking out the notebook and pen and writing it down. It worked like a charm yesterday, which is one of my harder days and I'm hoping it works today on my hardest day of the week!! emoticon

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I wish I could offer some helpful advice but I have none. My problem is if I have it, I eat it. It is very hard for me to not buy it either. So I hope you find a way to get a grip on this. Whatever you do, do NOT give up.

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HI I clicked on this message board b/c I had a hard time doing anything other than looking stuff up on the web and watching TV today. Tomorrow, I'll start with exercise! So when I read down... I feel bad for you Neptune b/c bites of sugar usually make me want more bites. I know if I eat something with protein every 4 hours my brain doesn't "light up" for sugar. In other words, if someone told me about a cake in the break room before I had any "real" food I'd be all over it. There's actually studies to back this up. I thought tasters tend to just let the food hang out over their taste buds then spit it out? Also I thought they "clear their palate" with fennel seeds (they have them when you're leaving an Indian restaurant) or ginger. Maybe that will help get the sweetness out. Regardless, it's not an easy situation. I'm glad you're looking for ways to overcome it!

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Taking a bite and pushing the rest away seems to be your best option other than changing your job. You could also employ the wine tasting methodology and not swallow but that might be weird to the others from your job.

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I buy my favorite chocolates at Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory. I usually get around $70 bucks worth. I don't eat any on the way home. When I get there, I cut them into smaller pieces (2-4) depending on the size and use them as my rewards for good behavior. That way, I get to have my chocolate, but I don't gorge. I never have more than one piece per day, and some days I have none. (I have gone for 2 weeks without a piece. These chocolates I bought in November are still going strong in February. I keep them in a large ziplock bag in the fridge so they stay fresh.

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I'd do the same thing that I do when when I get a meal in a restaurant (immemiatly shove half to the side, dividing it so I know when I'm done). I'd immediately slice off a bite size piece and slide the rest of it away and out of reach. Give to someone else or slide into the trash. You only need one bite to know if it's good.

Never take it home , always give away extra and I"d NEVER have or eat sweets at home. EVER . If you have to have it at work then that is where you need to keep them. The day of tasting , I'd track it as a large piece of cake because that is what all the tasting will add up to.

I have a horrible sweet tooth and can't have much or my cravings start up terribly. I really don't envy what you have to do but you can work with it and still enjoy it without the guilt if you limit it to tasting.

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I told my husband about this and he gasped and said he would just have to decide, "That's it, I'll just have to be fat." Good for you for fighting the good fight. I can see how you can't just have a half a teaspoon full; you have to make an informed choice. But definitely don't take home any more trays of dessert if you can stop yourself!

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My company is a foodservice distributor so we sell food to restaurants. A lot of the stuff I'm looking at is the nicer $5-6/piece desserts you see at chain and upscale places. Usually a vendor comes in with several new items and shows them in our test kitchen with myself, the corporate chef, other buyers from my department and maybe the directors of sales or marketing. In those instances I really do have to try them myself. Plus, it's my reputation on the line if something's a dud. It's really easy to overeat and hard to keep track of calories. For example, I recently had a cheesecake tasting with 14 flavors of cheesecake (salted caramel, blackberry cabernet, blueberry swirl, etc). I try to have just a tiny bite of each, but it's so easy to have a couple bites of each and before you know it you have no idea how much you ate. Other times vendors bring me something to try informally (a whole cake, pie, tray of brownies) and I will usually give those away or take just a tiny sliver and give the rest away. A few times I took something home and ate it over several days only to realize it was 800-900 cal/slice. Yikes! I think I'll try giving myself a pep talk ahead of time as a way to boost my willpower and reminding myself what it will take to burn off the calories. That sounds really helpful. I've noticed a steady weight gain ever since I switched from buying misc frozen foods to desserts a few months ago and I really need to get a handle on it.

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NEPTUNE, that is the worst possible scenario I've ever heard of for someone trying to avoid sweets. It's actually your JOB? Wow. Well, congratulations on not just giving yourself permission to eat the whole dessert on the grounds that it's required for your job. You know one bite is enough. You have some good suggestions below -- eat a healthy lunch first, throw out or give away all but that one bite, remind yourself of your goals.

I find that I eat tempting foods that are in front of me because in the back of my mind I feel like I'll never get another chance again, the food is "too good" to let pass by. Remind yourself that it's just food. What's the big picture? When the fork or spoon approaches your mouth on the second bite, ask yourself "Is this what I really want? Is it?" Sometimes you have to wrestle yourself to the ground with sheer will power.

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Yep, I would do what Renata suggested. If I couldn't be served just a bite-sized portion in the first place, I'd throw out all but a bite-sized portion before I ate any at all.



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I like Renata's suggestion:

Throw the rest out right away.

Even before you put one spoon/forkful in your mouth, the rest of the serving is in the trash.

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Is it feasible for you to recruit others as volunteer tasters for the selection process? That's assuming that tasting is only one part of your job that could be 'outsourced' to a wider segment of the potential market.



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Sweets seem to be everywhere I look, and available at the most opportune times (like when I'm very tired or stressed and all I want is a treat). So, I just repeat mantras over and over to myself, almost yelling them at myself in my mind:

"Never trade what you want most for what you want in the moment!"

I'm not sure who to credit this quote to, but saying it to myself over and over in a moment of weakness has saved me a couple of times from giving in to my cravings.



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Another idea would be to have a healthy, filling snack before tasting sessions so that you are already full and aren't really interested in more than a bite or two anyway.



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Oh wow, that's rough! What's your process of "trying new items"? Is it that you purchase things from stores or people to test out? If that's the case, then whenever possible can you ask for just a taste of whatever, instead of a full serving? And if getting the whole thing is unavoidable, then set aside your small taste *and throw the rest out* before you put anything in your mouth.

At least that's how I would probably handle a similar situation. Break the potential for the reflex action (eating MORE) before the taste that triggers it ever happens.

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let me preface this by saying that this is how i talk to myself in my head when i am trying to talk myself out of something.
so i would start by mentioning that this is a tasting, not a cake eating contest. the point is to have a few bites, not eat the whole thing. it is why wine tastings give you maybe an ounce of wine and a bucket to spit it in. a tasting is not a meal nor should it have the calories of one unless you're eating a chef's tasting at a restaurant as your dinner. your job is to pick the best dessert and it really should not take more than a few bites to pick that one out. every few months, maybe you'll have a close one that needs a little more. but most of the time it's clear from the first bite or two what's winning. and it's not like i'm not going to be doing this tomorrow and the next day and next week and next month. this isn't a rare opportunity for something that will never happen again, this happens about as often as i go to the gym. it's not novel. it's not special.
i would also try and convince myself that i need to make sure to save some for tom or susie or whoever i might need to break a tie for me. if i can't taste as well or don't like something, there should be some for someone else. and that can't happen if i eat the whole thing.
i'd also look up some generic dessert nutrition information. figure you can get a decent taste in 1/4 cup of food and figure out that calories for that. then compare that to the info for the whole piece. so while the taste might be 90 cals, if you have the whole thing it's 600. and i only burn 1800 cals total a day. even if i weren't trying to lose weight, that one piece is 1/3 of everything i need for my body to function in a day. and it's about half of what i need to lose weight. and i want to eat three of them? and it has no iron, calcium, fiber or anything but sugar?
i'd also try and translate that extra 510 cal difference between the taste and the whole into activities. how many hours of light walking would it take me to burn off 510 cals? how many hours of washing dishes? if i ran a 12 minute mile, how many miles would i have to run to burn that many calories? so i would find every way that i could to emphasize the bother of having the whole as opposed to the piece, which i can easily work around.
perhaps also try and plan something after that doesn't go with a full stomach. is there an exercise class you could take? is there a type of food you love that you could plan a trip with a friend ["i can't have this extra cake now because i have to be able to eat some sushi with bob in half an hour. i'd much rather have a roll than pie."] so that you have someone to meet and something you like as a carrot right in front of you?
so i would spend the time right before the tasting talking to myself like this. focusing on all the reasons why i shouldn't and don't need to. doing everything i can to mentally prepare myself to put the silverware down after a few bites.

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I buy desserts for a distribution company so part of my job is trying new items and picking which ones to bring in. The problem is I don't usually stop at one bite and end up eating the whole piece. I'll have a taste testing and realize afterwards that I ate more calories in one sitting than I should have all day. My strategy for sweets in the past has been to avoid them so I could really use some tips to build willpower and stop at just a taste. Any suggestions?

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