Note to Self: Don't Cook Hungry

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-04-06 13:33:10 -0500
Started 2015-03-31 17:52:38 -0500

I don't know if it was the moon or what, but usually I can keep my fingers out of supper while I'm cooking except to taste test. Tonight I was just very hungry while cooking and nibbling along the way. Bad idea. That is how I used to cook. It has been a long time since I have had such a run in the kitchen before dinner.

What are some ways that you discipline yourself while you are cooking to keep from adding unaccounted for calories and carbs to your intake?

54 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-04-06 02:13:52 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
The only trick I know but it works for me, is to suck on ice while .
cooking. But I still taste test some. I mean you have to know what your serving, tastewwise. ;-) seriously the ice helps.

GabbyPA 2015-04-06 13:33:10 -0500 Report

I love ice cubes and there are zero everything in those. I will have to try that out. Thanks

rolly123 2015-04-02 22:43:50 -0500 Report

Mine not cooking mine taking care of the leftovers i have extra their so now i chew gum to keep mouth busy

GabbyPA 2015-04-03 16:54:19 -0500 Report

I thought of that yesterday. When I am chewing gum, I am set to not nibble. I use it other times, I don't know why I didn't think of it then. Thanks

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-31 21:45:25 -0500 Report

I use to be guilty of eating while I cooked…hell I raised 4 kids…I was guilty of eating when I cooked…eating my children's left overs so they didnt end up in the trash…and picking on leftovers after I put them to bed…all that changed mos ago…when I realized my eating habits made me ill…I really dont look at food the same way anymore…so I stopped all that behavior…when I am planning or cooking a meal..I dont even think…what do I want…I think what do I need to eat..have I had enough veggies…how any carbs can I have at this meal…food is fuel…I know it is a hard place to get to for most..but I am a control freak…sooooo…it is just another thing I control…I still enjoy my food…I just have a different relationship with it…I am the boss of my food..whereas it use to be the other way around..

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 05:59:27 -0500 Report

I plan out a whole week at a time, so that part is easier and there is not standing in front of the open fridge wondering what to make any more. My relationship with food is still not as it should be. I am getting better at telling myself that all I need is to eat to live not live to eat. It does help, but there are times when something is so yummy it calls my name. Repeatedly.

I know what you mean about the picking at the plates. I used to serve family style and I would just pick from the bowl or platter. Just a taste here and there, but that adds up. Now I bring the plates to the table filled with one serving of what I am cooking. If you want more, there is generally more in the kitchen if they want. This has helped me immensely along with eating every meal at the table. No more TV meals or computer meals. That is huge.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-01 09:20:21 -0500 Report

Great strategies…especially not serving food family style…when my kids were young weekend breakfast was served that way..every week would be the same…big bowls of feta and tomato..fava beans in tomato sauce.. a platter of boiled eggs cut in half…mashed potatoes with olive oil and garlic…and plates of warm pita bread…( can you tell my children's father was from Egypt)…I never really knew how much I was eating..because I could never see it all on my plate at one time…MUCH better to portion everything out on your plate before you sit down..AND I always say and truly believe that as long as you are moving in the right direction all is good…and you are…( I love your tip for freezing cookie dough when making a batch..I have grandchildren and don't like giving them too many sweets at ONE time)..but we are still all human…and a lapse is just that..a lapse..and you couldn't have one if you weren't doing things right…

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 10:11:09 -0500 Report

I never thought of it that lapse is because I am working on making it right. Interesting indeed.

Michael_1960 2015-03-31 21:14:44 -0500 Report

Easy deduct it from what I put on my plate!

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 06:00:36 -0500 Report

That is perfect. The problem is how much if I am not keeping track. It was a bad day for sure. I do best once it's plated. If I nibble then, its off my plate. But I don't usually do it that it would be much smarter.

RebDee 2015-03-31 20:30:12 -0500 Report

I don't taste while I am cooking. I do cook in great quantities so that I can then measure out into individual portions to feed the freezer.
My grandmother taught me to cook in a 20 qt. pot. I make all my soups, stews, and even chulent that way. Then I use plastic jars with tight seals so that soups can be frozen for another time. I make chicken soup (for colds, etc as it is Jewish penicillin), vegetable soup, etc. You will never catch me surprised if you visit without an invitation. I just pull out another jar, run it under hot water, and heat it up.
I always want to be know as a balabusta (great hostess and good cook).

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 06:04:28 -0500 Report

I used to do that a lot, but not so much any more. I try to make just the meal and that usually includes one serving left over for someone in the next couple of days. I found that when I freeze it, it just gets left in there until it's frosted over and yucky. I do broths, soups and some sauces a little, but not in huge quantities any more.

grandma sila
grandma sila 2015-03-31 20:10:47 -0500 Report

I always get into trouble when I do shopping when hungry.

Michael_1960 2015-03-31 21:17:18 -0500 Report

That's funny, because I am totally opposite, because when I go shopping hungry, I get in a hurry to get out of there to go home and eat, so therefore I spend less time in the store.

Pegsy 2015-03-31 20:39:17 -0500 Report

Me too! I always shop after a meal or have a small snack in the car before going in. I also carry a list. It makes a huge difference.

sweetslover 2015-03-31 19:36:15 -0500 Report

There is another method you could try—don't cook every night. I'm not sure how many times I can convince my husband that the chicken didn't thaw out enough in time for dinner. :)

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 06:06:57 -0500 Report

LOL, I have done that. But I cook every night pretty much. I also cook breakfast about every other day and lunch is either salads or some left overs, so I feel like I am in the kitchen a LOT. It's okay, I do like to cook, and I am usually more disciplined than I was last night. It was just an odd moment that I thought I would share.

mac13155 2015-03-31 19:03:01 -0500 Report

I've never been one to taste test where I have the problem is remembering not to grocery shop when I am hungry I always get stuff l don't need and shouldn't have

GabbyPA 2015-03-31 19:07:43 -0500 Report

Yeah, it is the worst time to shop for sure. That is why I take a list. That helps me a whole lot.

camerashy 2015-03-31 18:50:52 -0500 Report

And don't go shopping hungry, either. If I'm hungry, and it's time to cook, I sit down for a few minutes and drink a glass of unsweetened tea. That takes up space that nibbling usually would. I don't taste test, either. I know what I'm cooking and what it tastes like. Besides, taste-testing leads to spoonfuls.

GabbyPA 2015-03-31 18:55:36 -0500 Report

very good idea. I usually am cooking something that I am familar with, so maybe that was some of my issue. It was a new recipe and I felt it was going to be "dry", so I had to test...and you are right, it lead to spoonfuls.

Type1Lou 2015-03-31 18:37:56 -0500 Report

I've pretty much stopped baking because when I do, I can't stop myself from tasting and sampling. Now, I only bake for really special occasions.

Pegsy 2015-03-31 20:41:47 -0500 Report

I have collected a few single serving baked item recipes for when we want that special treat. I have a chocolate chip cookie in a mug recipe that I bake for my nondiabetic husband and a brownie in a mug recipe for me that uses Stevia. It is no big deal to mix them up in separate mugs, microwave them for a minute or two and we have dessert without temptation to overeat or go back for more later on.

GabbyPA 2015-03-31 18:58:19 -0500 Report

I have found a great trick to my baking delima. My family loves my cookies and I used to bake a whole batch and though my husband comes around and is my taste test dummy, it's hard not to lick my fingers.

Anyway, what I do now, besides cut a lot of the carbs out of the cookies, is I bake a dozen. I roll up the rest in 12 cookies packets and freeze them. Then when company is coming over or hubby wants a cookie, I can just bake what I need. It has helped keep the cookie jar a safer place.

Bug - 14465
Bug - 14465 2015-03-31 18:25:15 -0500 Report

It's weird but I am rarely ever hungry, I eat because I have to. Also I never ever have any cravings. Been type 2 for almost 30, have been doing portion control for so long I think it has caused me to not be hungry lol

Pegsy 2015-03-31 20:44:02 -0500 Report

This is me most of the time. Once in a while I have the urge for dessert but I have several sugar free/low carb recipes for those times.

sweetslover 2015-03-31 19:32:34 -0500 Report

Please don't tell me it will take me 30 years to get to that point. I have been working on the portion control thing for 6 months, now. You would think by now my stomach would be accustomed to a nice meal without being stuffed, but Noooooo. I almost nightly have to tell myself that I ate a reasonable meal and have had plenty to eat. I am so tired of battling my inner "piggy." I am always afraid "piggy" is going to win. So far, so good, but there have been some really rough stretches. :)

Bug - 14465
Bug - 14465 2015-03-31 19:42:53 -0500 Report

LOL noooo it didn't take 30 years ! I worked on it and have been doing great for at least 20-25 years. About 11 years ago I decided I needed to lose weight (gained some while dating my now husband), I got very strict, lost 68 pounds (from size 12 to a 6) and feel great…don't look too bad at age 68. We are all a work in progress lol.

Bug - 14465
Bug - 14465 2015-03-31 20:40:17 -0500 Report

I didn't diet, I have only ever used pirtion control. I got strict by measuring everything. I eat dessert every day and I ave never given anything up. I truely believe in everything in moderation. Husband started eating my way, pirtion, nothing after 6:30 and lost 50 pounds. We just got back from vacation, we sharred dessert every night at a French bakery (in Vegas) , I did manage to gain almost 1/2 a pound over 7 days. Three days home it was back off.

RebDee 2015-03-31 20:58:39 -0500 Report

Wow. I want to be like you. Teach me your kind of portion control. I thought I knew how but never was able to lose that much and I have had bariatric surgery. One dessert (such as pie where I eat only the filling but not the crust) and my BS goes up, up and away.

Bug - 14465
Bug - 14465 2015-03-31 21:09:23 -0500 Report

I can only tell you what I do. When we dine out we share every meal but breakfast. I only eat apx 1/2 of everything, the weight came off, has stayed off and I am not hungry. Doctor is impressed, even with the stress of losing mom and dad and the hell afterwards my A1C is still good.

jayabee52 2015-04-02 08:30:42 -0500 Report

Please for your own safety, click "edit" and then edit out the email address. You don't need any more spam than you're already getting.

RebDee 2015-04-01 11:26:55 -0500 Report

Thanks Bug. I too only eat 1/2 of what I order at a restaurant then either Sam has the other half or I take it home. He likes spicy and I don't, so it means that I take it home for another day. My A1c as of 3/27/15 is 7.3. So it seems that I am doing what you are doing but you are losing weight and I am staying about the same or losing ounces rather than pounds. HELP. small

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 12:01:33 -0500 Report

I do not recommend putting your email address out here in the public forum. You can share that in a private message. I suggest both you and Bug edit that and become friends so you can share it that way.

sweetslover 2015-03-31 19:50:11 -0500 Report

My "work in progress" is still progressing, but it is going slowly now. I have now lost 103 pounds and would like to lose about 15-20 more. I am actually starting to like the way I look—also not too shabby for age 66. I had to go buy new clothes today for an up-coming wedding and I actually enjoyed myself. I normally hate clothes shopping, but it was fun trying on things that didn't look like decorated tents.

RebDee 2015-04-02 08:40:10 -0500 Report

I promised myself that until I had my panniculectomy (one year after bariatric surgery) that I would not buy new clothes. So I have been getting my 1x-3x clothes taken in and they look terrific and I feel great. Sure it has cost me for the alterations, but not even half as much as it would have cost me for new outfits.

GabbyPA 2015-03-31 18:59:30 -0500 Report

I am getting much better. That is why tonight was such a pain in my butt. I had not had a battle with the spoon like that for a very, very long time. I can't wait for the day when I just never get hungry.

Richard157 2015-03-31 18:08:55 -0500 Report

…and don't shop at the grocery store hungry!! HA HA!

GabbyPA 2015-03-31 19:00:03 -0500 Report

Yep, you have that right. And I don't go without a list either. That keeps me on track and helps me spend better.

RebDee 2015-03-31 20:35:10 -0500 Report

Don't go to supermarket without a list and don't go to Costco and taste all of the products that they give you for free so you will buy them. If you do, you could have a whole meal on the freebies. But your BS will soar.

Pegsy 2015-03-31 20:46:38 -0500 Report

My husband likes to go to Costco with me for this reason. I have to separate from him so as not to be tempted. He doesn't usually want to buy the stuff he just likes the free tasting.

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