Healthy Eating Tips — How to Stop Eating While You’re Cooking

21 Mar

Whoever made up that old wives’ tale about a skinny chef being a bad cook is a fat idiot. In fact, skinny chefs should be applauded for having the willpower to resist shoving their delicious creations in their mouths every five seconds.

On that note, how many of you are guilty of sampling your culinary creations while you’re cooking? Of course it’s advisable to test a bite here and there to make sure nothing tastes like cat food, but if you don’t watch yourself, it’s pretty easy for this grazing to get out of hand.

I’ll admit it, when I’m cooking, I’m often guilty of inappropriate amounts of snacking. To make it clear, this is only on normal, tempting foods — I don’t like go nuts over grilled chicken breasts or anything. Not like that makes it any better…

Snacking on grilled chicken isn't really my thing.

It’s always a good idea to like your own cooking, but whether you’re making dinner for tonight, prepping make ahead meals, baking, or cooking for a party, you have to keep your appetite in check. Otherwise you’ll end up eating half the dish (read: half the calories), before you’ve even taken it out of the pan. Yowza!

Healthy Eating Tips — How to Stop Eating While You’re Cooking:

  • Don’t Cook Hungry. Everyone knows it’s a bad idea to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, so why is it any better to cook while you’re starving? If anything, it’s probably an even worse idea, because you’re actually handling the food! Even a person with willpower of steel is going to cave if put in a situation where they’re starving and touching food. This is a no brainer, if you’re hungry before you start cooking, make a snack.
  • Pour a Drink. When sampling your cooking for quality assurance purposes, it’s important to have a drink on hand to wash that delicious taste out of your mouth. The drink of choice is up to you, it can be water, coffee, adult beverages, whatever suits your fancy.
  • Chew Gum. If you’re feeling pretty sure that your recipe is going to turn out awesome, and no taste-testing will be needed, pop a piece of gum into your mouth before you start cooking. You’re less likely to go nuts shoving food in your face if you have to take a piece of gum out to do so.
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