Keeping up body weight in the kitchen in Restaurant Life Posted February 19, 2009 Make the time. That's it. Yes, we get busy in the kitchen and there just never seems to be enough time to get it all done, but you need to make sure you eat and drink plenty of water. You'll be much more efficient in the kitchen if you're fed and hydrated. So just make it a priority. Put it on your prep list. Set an alarm/timer. Plan your work so you have 5-10 minutes to eat something.If you can't throw something together quick from the staff meal bin, then nip a little something off the hot line's mis (not some expensive protein, of course). A couple scrambled eggs, a piece of fruit, and some toast makes a decent meal. Or bring something from home. Or stop on the way and pick something up at a deli.