This article is a good place to start overcoming overeating. I think the next step (or the first step) should be eating ONLY when hungry. I tend to eat only healthy foods: skinless chicken, fruit, vegetables dipped in hummus, salads. I limit my sugar and I don't drink juices, sodas, or fancy coffee (although I sometimes have a latte for a snack and call it a protein boost). My problem is that I eat when I'm not hungry, but when I feel like I'm "scheduled" to eat. I typically go 100-400 calories over even though I eat "what food eats" as it were. I have to work very hard to pay close attention to whether I'm hungry or not, and to eat small amounts and stop when I'm full instead of when my plate is empty, or when I've hit a calorie amount for that meal. When I do, though, I hit my mark every time.
The only note here I disagree with is tasting while cooking. With few exceptions (like a meal you've made a thousand times or something fairly ordinary that you know what it tastes like), good cooking requires the occasional taste test. I'm not willing to take the leap of faith required to prep and serve a meal without checking and adjusting seasoning and texture even once. As long as it's a tiny taste once or twice and not whole spoonfuls of food, the effect should be mostly negligible, and of course we can always track those tastings!
- 3/26/2011 9:08:51 AM