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.