By Leslie Goldman

They say you should never trust a skinny chef. But what about a petite food stylist or a svelte cupcake queen? The fact is, when your job involves truffle fries instead of office supplies, you have to get creative at dodging food so you don't blow up like a human soufflé.

We asked women who whip up culinary delights for a living (or are just near them all day long) how they keep themselves from nibbling 24-7. Steal their real-life-tested tricks.

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"My key to not eating cupcakes all day? A high-protein breakfast fills me up and keeps me satisfied. My favorite: egg whites with basil and tomatoes. And I plan a lunch I can look forward to, like brown rice sushi or chicken and broccoli. Yum!"

--Linda Lea, producer for the Food Network's "Chopped" and co-owner of Butter Lane Cupcakes in New York City

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