A few weeks ago, I made brownies for a women’s meeting. I carefully cut off the edges along the side of the pan, then cut the brownies into small squares.
But while I was doing this, I ate one of the edge pieces, then another, and a few more.
Whoa! I was suddenly hooked into the taste and the texture of those wonderful brownies and couldn’t seem to stop eating the edge pieces.
Suddenly I caught what I was doing and I pulled out one of my favorite tools for managing tasty foods this time of year:
Minimize the damage!
First I drank a glass of water to stop the taste trigger. Then I left the kitchen and brushed my teeth. No more nibbles on the brownie edge pieces.
During this holiday season, recognize when you feel weak or you’re struggling with a food trigger, then use any actions that will help you minimize the damage. Leave the room, take a walk, go home, read a book, even go to bed if necessary.
If you play cards or other games, cut up an apple and nibble on it instead of the chocolate covered cashews.
When you start eating a snack food and can’t seem to stop, brush your teeth or suck on a slice of lemon. You’ll cut the taste trigger and find you can leave the food behind.