What I Did Before Dinner
This little trick also worked to prevent overeating at dinnertime. I'm the one who makes dinner, and I'd find that I'd be so hungry while cooking that I'd want to sample the ingredients while chopping and stirring. I'd get so full before I even sat down, but then I'd still eat a full dinner with the family. No wonder I was gaining weight!
Noshing on carrots or an apple didn't work — I tried that. There was something more satiating about crunching nuts instead (peanuts worked too!). I kept a few containers of premeasured one-quarter-cup servings in my pantry, so I could just grab one and nosh while making dinner. It was just enough to satisfy my need to munch yet didn't spoil my dinner.