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TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 6:51 P

Good ideas, for people in those types of situations that can do that.

Anyway, I'm happy I did what I did. I just went grocery shopping and actually had room to put in the food I will actually use before I leave, rather than shoving it in.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
9/14/12 6:25 P

Share with friends or neighbors.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,534
9/14/12 5:58 P

I know someone in AA, and they would sure appreciate the donation. They have to buy cookies/cakes and usually operating on a shoestring trying to pay rent to church. Also I am sure any church knows people who are needy and would welcome anything they received.

JULE1015 Posts: 104
9/14/12 5:00 P

I throw food away occasionally - if I am afraid it will call to me. Or sometimes I buy something without looking at the ingredients and and when I finally do look I realize it has something I never eat - i.e. sugar. If I don't have the receipt, or I don't want to make a special trip back to the store, or sometimes I even open it and start to eat it and then realize that it is "contraband" - so I just dump it. I would prefer to give it away, but that usually doesn't work. I don't feel guilty. I feel like I'm taking care of myself.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 4:43 P

Yeah maybe. But I'm only going to be in town for another week or so and don't know where any of those are.

Hopefully won't be a "next time".

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (102,316)
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9/14/12 4:33 P

Next time maybe you could leave the baked goodies at an AA meeting or at a local church.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 4:31 P

Well, it's not like I bought a bunch of food and threw it away, or asked her to make all that food, she just did.

I have been unemployed for a year and 3 months, so I live frugally too. But I value my health over most other things. If I have to spend more to do something to support it, then I will do that and spend less on something else.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (116,505)
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9/14/12 4:20 P

I don't have money to throw food away. I buy what I need for 1 week. That is how I live.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 4:08 P

Ok, I threw it away. I feel bad about it, but at the same time feel good about it too. For one, it was like getting rid of clutter, because I'd had it in there for a time, it was taking up a lot of space, but I wasn't eating it due to the indecision. I would rather have just a few items in there that I know I will eat rather than a lot that is just sitting there.

For two, I decided I value my health and progress more than that food.

I do still feel bad about throwing away good food when so many in this world are going without, and the landfills, and... but it was the right decision. I think...

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 2:55 P

Yeah, I actually read that. I am not a binge eater though and the food is actually healthy - organic ingredients, etc. In fact I am a marathon runner so typically more food around is better, LOL.

BUT I don't know the calories and that is the problem. There is quite a bit of food in there too, I have a top/bottom freezer/fridge and the top shelf of my freezer is full of the frozen stuff she left. It's always the problem with my Mom, since she doesn't measure what she cooks and that doesn't work for me (she is sort of an enabler when it comes to food).

One time when she visited me for my birthday, she made an entire double layer chocolate cake - for just her and I. After she left, I was able to take it to work to get rid of it. But now I am not working anymore.

I am just one of those people who feels bad throwing away food or anything good/useful. Even when I renovate my house, I try to think of ways to use leftover materials for other projects, rather than just throwing them away.

Edited by: TRI_BABE at: 9/14/2012 (14:57)
LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
9/14/12 2:18 P

If you cannot donate it and don't know anyone to give it to, I'd throw it away. There's a thread in the Diet and Nutrition Forum called "Garbage Can Body" where people are talking about this same sort of issue...not wanting to throw out food because it feels wasteful and eating it instead. The original poster made a great point that, when she does this, she feels like she is treating her body like a garbage can.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 2:11 P

LOL - I am unemployed, one of the reasons I am moving. I don't know anyone around here to give them too either. I don't think I could donate it because it's not pre-packaged food and probably wouldn't keep long unfrozen.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,530
9/14/12 2:09 P

Could you take them to work and put them in the break room?

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
9/14/12 2:05 P

Just trying to see if there is another option. I am moving soon so trying to use the rest of what's in my freezer.

When my Mom was visiting, she baked a bunch of things - cornbread, cranberry buns, etc. I tried asking her for the ingredients, but she doesn't measure when she cooks. So I have no idea how many calories are in each of these items.

I have FINALLY found a method of weight loss that is working and I am losing weight. I track what I eat religiously.

I am tempted to throw these away since I can't track what's in them. I don't like throwing away good food though, it feels so wasteful.

Any other suggestions??

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