Thursday, June 11, 2009

Letting food go to waste or to waist

Have you ever had to “finish off” something?

“It’s just a few more bites! I don’t want it to go to waste.”

As a child I was trained to eat everything. I had to sit at the dinner table until my plate was clean. I was also denied dessert until I ate everything. When I’d complain - I was reminded about “the starving children of the world.”

I learned that wasting food was bad and over-eating was good.
I was even rewarded for over-eating with more food!!! (Dessert)

I still have moments when my inner voice screams “I need to eat this or it will be wasted!!!”

Throwing away food was like throwing away money.

But honestly how much are those last bites worth?
Do you ever really benefit from over-eating?

Learning to “Waste” Food

When your brain is screaming “EAT THIS OR IT WILL GO TO WASTE” think of your waist!

You need to learn that it is okay to throw out food and let the last few bites go.

It’s okay, seriously. It’s better in a landfill or compost-pile than jiggling on your belly.

Learning to listen to your body and turn your senses back on when it comes to food, will help you notice when your body is satisfied sooner. (Before you’re stuffed.)

When was the last time you really paid attention to what you were eating?

Learning how to enjoy your food and eat only what you need is how a healthy person lives.

For example: breakfast today I had 1 whole egg plus an egg white - scrambled, with two links of vegetarian breakfast sausage on the side. (About 250 calories) While eating I really paid attention to the scent, texture and taste of my eggs and sausage. I concentrated on my senses and really focused on what I was doing and what my body was seeing, smelling, tasting, and feeling.

Honestly, it was magical. I felt just like a kid again. The eggs were full of flavor and wonderfully fluffy and spongy! The sausage was spicy and had a fantastic texture too. I even commented to Aaron (who must have thought I was crazy), “Wow! I really like scrambled eggs!” I wasn’t just woofing down my breakfast. I was actively participating in it.

Actively experiencing your feelings makes life fuller. You can feel satisfied eating less food and enjoy it more. Soon you will learn proper portions, and you will not have to worry about the excess going to waste.


Kira Petersson-Martin said...

This is still my Achilles heel. I know it's only wasted if I eat it when I'm not hungry, but it still feels terrible to throw it out! I try to package leftovers for "casseroles" later in the week... But then they just end up going bad in my fridge! Argh!

carla said...

I think of this DAILY with my Toddler.
it is so so so freakin tempting to just finish what she didnt.
I try and just give it to the birds (literally if it is something they'll eat) and then sigh and throw away.


Mellish said...

That was definitely a problem for me, but then I started weighing all my food, so I was sure I only had one serving (or less) at a time, and I could save the rest in single serving leftover containers. But there's no way getting around wasting if your are eating out... then I do feel a little guilty throwing the food away.

Anonymous said...

I grew up with a great grandmother that would pick up every crumb from her plate. I am glad I am not the only one that suffers with this. Thanks for the good words.

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Victoria said...

Thank you for keeping your blod ad-free. I get so sick of all the commercialism on blogs. I was also taught to eat everything on my plate and that it was wrong to waste food. I became very overweight and had surgery to lose weight. I now use small plates and take very little food. I have also learned to stop eating when my tummy begins to feel full. I throw out food every day, but am no longer overweight!

.vivian. said...

this is the problem i faced today on my 1st day of my weightloss challenge and guess what! i failed. But, I'll take your advice into consideration more often!

Alecia said...

I think this i probably the biggest factor in most of us being overweight. Waste not want not we always hear...well I guess you have to choose between wasting not, and wanting not on your hips. This is my battle everyday and I am so glad to hear other ideas for dealing with that extra food, I have to be careful my dog doesn't get all my extra calories!!

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Quacks0 said...

I never waste or throw away food; what I do is to carefully save it in a sufficiently cold part of the fridge so that it will keep for several days, and then I gradually eat it up when I want a snack, without opening other (fresh) food containers till the leftovers are all gone.