Another DUH moment for me. It’s about snacking. Over my entire lifetime, I’ve been one of those cooks/eaters who takes out the ingredients and leaves them around until it’s time to clean up.
It’s been a convenience. Everything is at hand, and as I use something, I put it in a different place until everything that’s gone in is in one place, and the stuff that’s still needed is somewhere else. And, if I need a little bit more of something, it’s all right there.
But, what does this lead to? Let’s say it together: MORE SNACKING, MORE TASTING.
This week, however, I decided to try something different. As I finished with something, I put it away. So, after the cheese was grated for the quiche I made for Mom, it went into the refrigerator. It was much harder to take the occasional slice of cheese. Same thing with the ham.
And then, I noticed that I’d taken a major, huge step. Hungry while cleaning up the kitchen, or feeding the critters, or whatever, I realized that I was hungry, and that a snack – a controlled, appropriate bit of food – was in order.
Didn’t matter what it was – two whole grain crackers with 1/2 ounce of cheese, 1/2 of an apple with peanut butter – I fixed the serving, AND PUT THE REST AWAY. In fact, I didn’t take a bite until everything else was away.
Gotta admit, however, I feel really stupid. For heaven’s sake, I’m more than 50 years old, and I’ve only just realized that this is a great way to prevent mindless eating!
No one is immune from such embarrassing moments, however. And it just proves that baby steps are important, and that lightbulb moments can happen at any time.