Thursday, February 23, 2012
To throw food away.
Not to treat yourself like the family garbage can. You do not have to eat the crusts from your child's sandwich or the last piece of meat from their plate. You are worth more than their leftovers, no matter how much you love the people that left them.
To clean out the cabinets, freezer and refrigerator of unhealthy temptation food. If its there and you will eat it, then get rid of it. Nonperishables can go to the food pantry they will love a box of cake mix so that a little boy or girl can have a nice birthday party at home. The diet begins in the grocery store. Yes, they will ask for it at first, but this is why they have allowances. Go to the store and buy it yourself.* Then eat it. We're not keeping it around.
(Yes, I know this is overly simplistic for some families. We're working on the principle here.)
Do not feel like you have to eat the last slice of deli if you have portioned your sandwich appropriately. Would you rather throw it out or sweat it out?
You have my permission to throw the food out that you don't want. Don't leave it sitting in the back of the fridge for a week, cluttering up your containers. If you didn't like it the first time, you still wont like it. Calories are precious things. Don't waste them on anything less than delicious.
I know you feel guilty. The money, the starving people! This isn't about them. This is about you. You can get rid of it. If you were waiting for a sign, for permission: You have it. Spring Clean your food.
Throw it away.
(This blog has been rattling around in my brain for a while. Someone posted that they felt guilty about getting rid of all the junk food in their house. I felt strongly that they were just waiting for someone to "give them permission" to get rid of the stuff. I also find myself feeling guilty for several of the other items here. So in one fell swoop we'll all give each other permission to throw it away. Perhaps this is a bit of a manifesto? My blog, my thoughts, you can write yours down in the comments.)