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It was a rather rushed day and I never got round to looking up a dessert recipe for the frozen cherries that I had finally decided to buy (in order to try in the middle of winter), so dinner approached and mains were served without anything prepared for afters.

Then when desserts were called for the inevitable mobile technology was produced and the on-line hunt began for a recipe. We found lots that needed advanced preparation – overnight chilling and the like – but nothing for immediate consumption. After several minutes had passed we decided that DIY cherry crumble might be the answer for a quick solution – but by then we weren’t hungry anyway!

Not having something prepared was an unexpected – but really simple – way to pause from eating and reassess whether you’ve had enough! While healthy desserts can be a great way to add fruit or other good ingredients onto your plate, all too often it would be better to stop after the mains and leave it there. Now I know how!


Posted anonymously, 11th July 2016


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  • We only ever have mains. With a piece of fruit after dinner has settled. When the kids were little, we had things like ice cream and yoghurt or those mini chocolate bars. I didn’t go to too much effort unless it was an occasion

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  • it takes time to realise you are full and we so often eat for the sake of it. well done on realising this.

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  • They do say that it can take 20 minutes from the time you’ve eaten for the full feeling to arrive so what you’ve said makes sense. My problem is will power though.

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  • Awesome. What a great way to stumble upon a better way to eat.

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  • We all have a sweet tooth in this house which makes it very difficult to abstein from dessert. Will power and even delaying are great strategies but sometimes the sweet tooth wins! ????

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  • Sometimes you just can’t fit dessert in after a wonderful main meal!

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  • It looks like a very good move. Dessert is something indulgent we surely don’t need on a daily basis. :-)

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  • One way to not eat! But….I do love dessert!


    • Eating slowly is good for digestion and eating only what you need.

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